Playing Online Solitaire Tournament Games

I’ve never been a really skilled player at solitaire. The thought of competing in an online solitaire tournament seemed impossible to me. I have played my share of it on the computer during times I probably should have been doing something different with my time. I do not consider myself particularly technically savvy.

An internet game must be extremely easy to understand for me to enjoy it. I don’t have the attention span to get in to some involved download or a game that has a thousand rules. I lose interest and get that glazed look in my eyes when it gives me the slightest hint of complication.

When I first checked out tournament games, I was thrilled with the simplicity of it all. I was literally playing solitaire two minutes after choosing to download the game console. Their solitaire version was so easy to get started, and it is based on skill so the possibility of competing in an online solitaire tournament becomes closer with each hand I play.

The cursor acts as a little guide, letting me know I have a card picked up and ready to move by turning green. There’s also a little guide to let me know that exactly where I am putting my card, this was extremely helpful to me since I have been know to get a little crazy with the mouse and I end up putting my card on the wrong stack.

After playing a few hands I almost felt like a card shark. The full screen effect with the graphics just really added so my sense of being in the game. I almost felt ready to join an online solitaire tournament. The bottom left of the screen kept a running total of how many cards I had left and how many moves I had made. I could certainly see why the website had been around so long. They made games that I could jump right into without going through some long drawn out tutorial that I would have lost interest in two seconds from the start.

It gave me a sense of building up my skill, in the back of my mind I kept thinking I might just get good enough at this to join in an online solitaire tournament. With cash prizes to be won, I am more than willing to keep returning to tournament games to build my skill, and by the looks of the how many other players are online, I am certainly in good company.

The Interesting World of Car Games

If you look back and think, in children, the liking for cars being right from the age of 6 months. Place a moving car in front; he/she may crawl to hold it. One may argue that it’s a liking for anything that moves. But soon the child recognizes the structure similar it and loves to hold on to this toy that fancies him/her in shape and the captures by its motion. Especially loved by boys, cars and car games have always interested them. Initially it begins with collection of various toy cars. They are so much in love with cars that most children know how to differentiate between logos. They know which is a Mercedes, Jaguar, Porche, or a Mini Cooper, Hyundai, Honda or Toyota and they can go on identifying cars even from a distance.

From toy car collection, they move further to wishing to be sitting behind the steering. That is when car games fulfill their wish. These days there are so many online games that are easy to access. Car games are most sought after online games by both kids and youth.

Since these car games are virtual online games, there is little to worry like actual car game risks. Besides, the satisfaction that he derives is pleasing too. The child feels he drove his favorite car. Many online games give you a choice of model, and also the choice of color. So you can choose you favorite one. There are also options of the place you wish to race. You can choose if you wish to trace in a desert, or race track, or a forest, or by the shore, etc. All the different options seem more realistic and the graphics are very enthralling too. Thus each mode is a new adventure. So the child can always change the car the scenes and every game will be a new car in a new place.

Car games have developed from simple racing to even parking games. You don’t have to just win the race amongst other speeding cars and turns and twists, but you also have to park the car in the most difficult place. It is not easy to accommodate oneself in limited space. So in the effort of making oneself adjust to the front and reversing, turning etc, you are likely to bump to other parked cars too. These are fined. So the points that you have won by winning the race is deducted.

Car games are very interesting and can keep you glued till you win. For many playing these car games are a way to relax and brighten up, though there are many who feel as if they have returned after a long drive. Like other online games, car games too have participants competing from different part of the world. This makes it interesting. These being online games, you do not know the other persons tactics and moves.

Many of the online games are free. Thus easy on pocket these games also are one of the best ways to be creative in your free time. Not only are you competing, but also practicing and training your hand and eyes co-ordination. It also improves your thinking speed and decision making ability.

John Lennon – The Misunderstood Beatle

While watching Monday night football, on an uneventful evening on December 8, 1980, I was nursing a hangover, when I heard Howard Cosell interrupt the game with a news flash. John Lennon was shot in New York City? Could that be true? It was true. Later, he was pronounced dead. I was in shock. Then my brother, Mark, telephoned me with the news. We both were John Lennon fans.

The Beatles, the fab four of the 60s, were each given character descriptions or nicknames adopted by their fans. John was the smart one, Paul was the cute one, George was the mysterious one and Ringo was the funny one.

I always felt John Lennon’s character description or nickname, should have been dubbed the “misunderstood Beatle,” because he seemed to always stir up controversy concerning his beliefs. He couldn’t quite make his comments clear, and the media didn’t help.

Take for instance, the comment he made on March 4, 1966, when he said, “the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.” What he meant was that more people would go see the Beatles, than go to church on Sunday. Which may have been true. He generalized a wee bit by laying the blame on America, when he meant England.

Lennon was interviewed for the London Evening Standard by Maureen Cleave, who was a friend, and made an off-the-cuff remark regarding religion. Lennon said, “Christianity, will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first– rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

On August 11, 1966, The Beatles held a press conference in Chicago, in order to address the growing furor.

Lennon: I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a journalist friend (Maureen Cleave), and I used the word “Beatles” as a remote thing, not as what I think–as Beatles, as those other Beatles, like other people see us. I just said they are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way, which is the wrong way.”

Reporter: Some teenagers have repeated your statements–“I like The Beatles more than Jesus Christ.” What do you think about that?

Lennon: Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn’t knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact, and it’s true more for England than here. I’m not saying that we’re better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it’s all this.

Reporter: But are you prepared to apologize?

Lennon: I wasn’t saying whatever they’re saying I was saying. I’m sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don’t know quite what I’ve done. I’ve tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I’m sorry.

John Lennon returned to the subject later that year, when he told Look magazine that, “I believe Jesus was right, Buddha was right, and all of those people like that are right. They’re all saying the same thing–and I believe it. I believe what Jesus actually said–the basic things he laid down about love and goodness–and not what people say he said. If Jesus being more popular means more control, I don’t want that. I’d sooner they’d all follow us even if it’s just to dance and sing for the rest of their lives. If they took more interest in what Jesus–or any of them–said, if they did that, we’d all be there with them.

Although there was little reaction to his statement in England, Christians elsewhere embarked upon a massive campaign to destroy Beatle albums and other paraphernalia. The Archbishop of Boston admitted that he was probably right, but many still refused to forgive him.

I can relate to his controversial statement, because I have made similar statements, such as, when I drive by a gambling casino on a Sunday, I’ll say–“look at all those cars–try to pack them in a church parking lot.” Of course, my meaning was that gambling is more popular than Jesus. I hope that isn’t the truth–here in America. Am I in trouble for saying that?

All this didn’t bother Lennon, he continued using religious remarks in his songs, one was God, released in 1971. The lyrics are as follows:

God (words and music by John Lennon)

God is a concept

By which we measure

Our pain

I’ll say it again

God is a concept

By which we measure

Our Pain

I don’t believe in magic

I don’t believe in I-ching

I don’t believe in bible

I don’t believe in tarot

I don’t believe in Hitler

I don’t believe in Jesus

I don’t believe in Kennedy

I don’t believe in Buddha

I don’t believe in mantra

I don’t believe in Gita

I don’t believe in yoga

I don’t believe in kings

I don’t believe in Elvis

I don’t believe in Zimmerman

I don’t believe in Beatles

I just believe in me

Yoko and me

And that’s reality

The dream is over

What can I say?

The dream is over

Yesterday

I was a dream weaver

But now I’m reborn

I was the walrus

But now I’m John

And so dear friends

You just have to carry on

The dream is over

THE END

Once again, Lennon was misunderstood. He was put off by many Christians. I always understood the style of Lennon. I felt he was reaching out to question things we dared not ask. He was a buffer between reality and make believe. Some considered it threatening. I considered it harmless. Although he did say “I don’t believe in Jesus.” And he did say, “I don’t believe in bible.” Maybe he should have left them out of the song, at least to avoid controversy and save his career.. But, Lennon was Lennon, and he didn’t care. He was saying he has the freedom to say what he wants to say, or sing what he wants to sing. I’m sure it hurt his career. Paul McCartney’s career only blossomed. Not intending to leave out George and Ringo. Their careers remained stable.

I always thought a more fitting song for John Lennon would have been–Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, written and performed by a fellow musician and friend, Eric Burdon. He, also, authored a book under the same title.

In 1973, Lennon wrote and sang the song, Imagine, a very critical– but popular song. It questioned the existence of heaven and hell and no religion, too. This, too, was angered by Christians. His message was clear to me. He was simply stating, if there wasn’t any of these things he’s imagining, the world would live in peace–as one. What would there be to fight about? There would be no wars. Many wars are about religion. The song is all about imagination. He’s not a terrorist wanting to blow up the world. The lyrics are as follows:

Imagine

(words and music by John Lennon)

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

THE END

Lennon was always the outspoken one. Some say he was a hypocrite when he preached about love and peace–not war. In 1969, he demonstrated his beliefs in his penned song, Give Peace A Chance, after his departure from The Beatles, during his solo career.

He defended many rights and causes. He was an anti-war activist. His beliefs were misconstrued and often he was taken as a socialist or communist. President Nixon wanted him deported. Lennon stood up and fought for his right to stay where he loved to be–in New York City, U.S.A. Sadly enough, it was also the place he was killed by a deranged fan.

During his solo career, Lennon wrote and sang songs of rebellion with his political views. He would socialize with antiwar leaders, such as, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and others. Lennon and his friends organized a concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in December of 1971, dubbed the “Free John Sinclair” concert. Sinclair was a local antiwar activist who was serving ten years in the state prison for selling two joints of marijuana to an undercover cop. Lennon appeared onstage along with Phil Ochs, Stevie Wonder and other musicians, plus antiwar radical Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers. There was 20,000 in attendance; two days after the concert, the state of Michigan released John Sinclair from prison. During this time, a song written and sung by Lennon was released, entitled John Sinclair.

In 1972, Lennon released an anti-sexism song, entitled, Woman Is The Nigger of the World, implying that as black people were discriminated against in some countries, so were women globally. The lyrics are as follows:

Woman Is The Nigger of the World

(words and music by John Lennon)

Woman is the nigger of the world

Yes she is…think about it

Woman is the nigger of the world

Think about it…do something about it

We make her paint her face and dance

If she won’t be a slave, we say that she don’t love us

If she’s real, we say she’s trying to be a man

While putting her down, we pretend that she’s above us

Woman is the nigger of the world…yes she is

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave of the slaves

Ah, yeah…better scream about it

We make her bear and raise our children

And then we leave her flat for being a fat old mother hen

We tell her home is the only place she should be

Then we complain that she’s too unworldly to be our friend

Woman is the nigger of the world…yes she is

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave to the slaves

Yeah…alright…hit it!

We insult her every day on TV

And wonder why she has no guts or confidence

When she’s young we kill her will to be free

While telling her not to be so smart we put her down for being so dumb

Woman is the nigger of the world

Yes she is…if you don’t believe me, take a look at the one you’re with

Woman is the slave to the slaves

Yes she is…if you don’t believe me, you better scream about it

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

We make her paint her face and dance

THE END

On a happier note, in 1971, Lennon, also, wrote and sang the song, entitled, Happy Xmas. This became a holiday favorite. It’s questionable why he left out Christ in Christmas. But “X” is the Greek symbol of Christ.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. His killer is still imprisoned, as he should be. The music world was robbed of this musical genius. I sure miss his works and imagination. If it weren’t for his outspoken beliefs, he may have still been with us today. It may have been what killed him. But just imagine (I wonder if you can)–then there never would have been a John Lennon.

The Binion Silver Hoard

Lonnie Theodore Binion (known as Ted Binion) was that rarest of birds: Native Son of Las Vegas. Brought up amidst prominent privilege as the son of infamous Benny Binion, the owner of the downtown Horseshoe Casino and founder of the World Tournament of Poker, Ted Binion appeared to have it all. He, along with his brothers and sisters, were on intimate terms with the internal workings of the legendary Las Vegas landmark, taking over for Bennie upon reaching adulthood. On the surface, the Binions not only had the American Dream, with ownership of casinos, a huge ranch in Montana, and money, money, money coming into their coffers on a daily basis, they lived a life most of us cannot even imagine. Sounds good, doesn’t it? They had a large family, received the best education, lived in luxury, had all that money could buy.

As in so many cases, what’s wrong with this picture? So many times we hear of the sons and daughters of wealthy, prominent parents going off the deep end, losing their lives in ruination. Ted Binion was one of these unfortunate sons, who in spite of having the best money could buy, couldn’t buy himself a life worth living. He had the best, but fell victim to all the worst “Sin City” has to offer, ending in his demise – drug-addicted, barred from the only life he really knew (casino life), his live-in lover and his best friend accused of his murder. This is a story of excess: think money, think the best food, all you can eat, think drinks, all you can drink, think up all night, partying, topless bars, drugs to keep it going, no limits on what you can have, no boundaries on what you might spend, the best houses, the best cars, clothes, jewelry, whatever! No limits. This was Ted Binion’s life. Every man’s dream, so it seems. But, alas, it wasn’t the answer. Conversely, Ted Binion was also known as a caring, helpful person, who would put himself out to his friends and neighbors – a man at the mercy of opposing forces.

In his days managing the Horseshoe, Binion saw a constant flow of money that led him to develop an appreciation and eye for quality silver. He began to collect, becoming fascinated with the artistry and variety of coinage that numismatists are prone to. He not only began to collect, but being a man of excessive tastes, he began to hoard. He found and stashed every kind of silver coin he could get his hands on, eventually filling a vault beneath the gambling hall he called home with 46,000 pounds of mint silver coins.

This is a story, not only of Ted’s tragic life, but of the silver he loved and its journey from the vault under the Horseshoe to its newly-constructed home under the Nevada desert, to you, the reader of this story, and how it all ties in. In our society, precious metal in and of itself has value. But we, beings who love a story almost beyond where we should, are endlessly fascinated with the story behind things, the story behind celebrities, historical figures, great works of art, greatness on any level. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be greatness, as long as the telling of the story is great.

We are a people who love the backstory, especially if it concerns someplace we’re familiar with, and how many of us have frequented the Temples to Money that is Las Vegas? We (although we’re warned not to), love to worship at the Golden Calf, and hope it’s also being served on the buffet table. Hey, it’s what our economic system is all about. Our system may not be perfect and may cause a lot of secondary problems, but for right now, it’s all we’ve got. What’s that old line? The man who dies with the most toys at the end wins the game? If we begin to see things in terms of systems and games, everything looks a little different. It’s all a matter of perspective and perception.

So, this is the story of Ted Binion and the backstory of his Silver Hoard , an amazing collection of silver coinage (described in more detail below) and how you might get your hot little hands on some of it, should it be of interest to you. Silver in any form is expected to greatly rise in value in the next few years, and for those of you who are numistamistically inclined (there’s a mouthful), this may be your chance to acquire pieces far so beyond the ordinary they almost fall into the “worthy of worship” category. I don’t believe there’s any admonition about not worshiping at the Silver Calf. Certainly, we can understand Ted Binion’s desire to acquire and hoard these treasures, even if we can’t quite understand his loyalty to that which brought about his questionable end.

As we alluded to earlier, Ted Binion was quite the party animal. He lived hard and fast and loved the ladies. He was known to frequently frequent a famous Las Vegas establishment of titillation by tit-elevation known as Cheetah’s – a place known for it’s scantily-clad lovely ladies. Therein, he met a surfer-girl named Sandy Murphy. Ms. Murphy had just lost over $10,000.00, her life savings, playing blackjack at Caesar’s Palace. It was initially reported that in order to cover her losses, Ms. Murphy took a job as a topless dancer at Cheetah’s, but Murphy claims that she was working at the club as an independent contractor selling costumes to the dancers who worked there. In any case, it was where she and Binion hooked up.

Sandy Murphy’s profile on the Court TV’s website quotes Ms. Murphy as saying, “I really didn’t know who Ted Binion was or what the Binion family was.” Binion, age 55, apparently fell for the 23-year-old Southern California girl, who had just made her first trip to Las Vegas. It is reported that Binion and Murphy grew quite close, and on March 7, 1995, Binion moved her into his home on Palomino Lane. It was not long before Murphy quickly fell into step with Binion’s rich Las Vegas lifestyle, which seems to have included violence, sex, drugs, physical and verbal abuse. Sandy Murphy claims that she was never after Binion’s money or that she had any knowledge of his reputation on the local scene. It seems a plausible story, if you consider she, a pretty 23-year-old, was most likely thrilled she’d found a 55-year-old who gave her a nice house to live in, along with a lifestyle of abuse and degradation.

Enter Part Two of the end-story of Ted Binion. Early in 1998, Binion met and befriended a struggling contractor by the name of Rick Tabish, whom he had met in the restroom of one of Las Vegas’ high-end restaurants (…an auspicious beginning). Apparently, Tabish was not a very savvy businessman because he continually lost money through weak business dealings, and when he met Binion he was running a sandpit and trucking company on the verge of failure. Binion, however, befriended Tabish and invited him to his home. Both Tabish and Binion came from families with successful fathers, and the Binion family had a very large ranch in Montana, where Tabish also hailed from. These factors may have been the common bond that drew them together.

After some bad business with the Gaming Commission, Binion was barred from running the Horseshoe Casino, and his sister was in line to take over. Ol’ Ted had to find someplace to put all that silver. In the interim, Rick and Sandy had become attracted to each other and began an affair behind Binion’s back. The efforts of his new friend Tabish and his girlfriend Murphy in talking him into liquidating the silver were not well received. Binion felt the price of silver was too low and he wanted to wait for a more advantageous time. So, in a stroke of brilliance, he contracted with Tabish to build him an underground vault on his property in Pahrump. The vault was constructed, and on July 4, 1998, Tabish filled the vault with 46,000 pounds of silver from the basement hiding place of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino. When Tabish had finished and locked up the vault, he asked Binion if he wanted the locks changed and the key back, and Binion declined, stating he trusted his friend.

About two months later, Binion was found dead. On September 17, 1998, paramedics found Ted Binion dead in the den of his Las Vegas home that he had shared with Murphy for about 3 1/2 years. Initially, investigators thought Binion, who struggled with a drug addiction, passed away from a overdose of tar heroin, Xanax and Valium, drugs he had purchased a day

earlier. The 911 telephone call to police to report the death was made by Murphy an estimated four to ten hours later, and she was reported to have cried to the 911 operator that her “husband” was not breathing (Binion and Murphy were not married).

Rather suspiciously, one day after the death of Binion, Murphy is seen on a videotape pointing out which possessions she wants from the estate; accusing the Binion family of

removing items from the house in her absence and pocketing a wine glass that investigators believe may have contained the drug mixture that was forcibly poured down Ted Binion’s throat.

Even more suspiciously, two days after Binion’s death sheriff deputies caught Tabish and two assistants, excavating the last of Binion’s estimated $7 million of silver coins and bars from the underground desert vault at 2:00 a.m. Their report also stated that they found Tabish’s briefcase at the scene containing a safe combination and a handwritten note from Murphy

proclaiming her love for him.

These events, along with private investigations begun by the Binion family,

initiated an additional investigation by police. What was thought to be an

overdose now became a murder probe. The police probe into the death of

Binion led to the arrest of Murphy and Tabish about nine months later, and gave

the prosecutors the following evidence to present at trial:

o Murphy and Tabish began an affair during the summer of 1998.

o Tabish bragged about the affair.

o Both Murphy and Tabish knew about the $7 million of silver; tried to

convince Binion to sell it; and, knew of the underground desert vault.

o The prosecution’s medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, theorized that

Binion was force-fed the drug mixture which disoriented him, and allowed him

to be suffocated.

o Tabish’s involvement was reinforced by his attempt to excavate the

silver.

o Murphy was listed as a beneficiary in Binion’s Will.

o Binion’s estate attorney filed a petition stating that Binion told him over

the telephone, “Get Sandy out of the Will if she doesn’t kill me tonight.

If I’m dead, you’ll know what happened to me.” Binion was dead before the

Will could be changed.

o Tabish needed money because he was cash-strapped.

o Tabish had previous run-ins with the law. He was convicted twice in

Montana, once for burglary and once for conspiracy to possess narcotics.

In addition, he was also charged (along with two associates) in the kidnapping

and torture of business associate Leo Casey in July 1998.

Murphy and Tabish were tried and convicted on May 19, 2000, after an eight

day deliberation by the jury. Tabish was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Murphy received a minimum 22 years. In July 2003, in a 4 to 3 decision the Nevada Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Murphy and Tabish because of improper courtroom procedures. This led to a retrial, and in November of 2004 a seven-man, five-woman jury returned a verdict after 19 hours of deliberations. Murphy and Tabish were acquitted of the most serious charge against them, the murder verdict. The Las Vegas jury cited a lack of medical evidence for their decision. Through a provision in Binion’s Will, Murphy may be able to claim $1.2 million pending the outcome of a wrongful-death suit brought against her by the Binion family.

Where are they now? Both were each acquitted of murder but were convicted on lesser charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny. Murphy was not returned to prison, because of time served. Tabish is expected to be released in 2008.

Note: A prosecution death theory, which the jury ultimately rejected, formed the basis for “Burked,” a September 27, 2001 episode of the TV series CSI. After the jury in the re-trial found Tabish and Murphy not guilty of murder, news accounts reported that jurors had been unwilling to find them guilty because the forensic evidence introduced by the prosecution had not met the standards of the television show.

So, what happened to all of Ted Binion’s silver? In November 2001, Spectrum Numismatic International purchased the coins from the Binion Hoard for $3 million, and the marketing of the coins was assigned to Goldline International, Inc. There were over 100,000 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars, and an unspecified number of silver Half Dollars. The coins were authenticated and graded by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation). A special tag and designation was created by NGC to make these coins stand out as coins with a pedigree. In addition to the special tagging, the silver dollars were marked with the words Binion Collection and the half

dollars were marked with the words Nevada Silver Collection. The coins were sold in a variety of grades up to and including MS-68, and there was a wide array of price points originally starting at $50.00.

The story and court trial over Ted Binion’s death has kept America buzzing,

and the coins from the Binion Hoard have given Coin Collectors a piece of modern day history that will live long in the annals of numismatics. The complete story is far from over, but once the last chapter is written, these pedigreed coins will have a story like no other.

The Binion coins were authenticated and certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the nation’s leading independent facilities for the inspection, authentication and grading of collector and investor coins. At the completion of their process, NGC sealed each silver dollar into a tamperproof plastic holder showing the coin’s year and mint of issue, plus the coin’s grade. A coin’s grade is important because it is the primary determinant of the coin’s market value.

Mark Salzberg, President of NGC, said, “This is the greatest collection of silver dollars that NGC has ever authenticated.”

NGC has also included a unique certification sealed into each protective holder for the historic coins. Each Binion silver dollar features a special NGC pedigree label that for the first time is in a color (green) and depicts three cowboys from the Old West. Each label also reads, Binion Collection and BinionCollection.com to further identify the pedigree and to offer collectors a website with additional information about the collection. “These coins are dripping with amazing originality and historical importance,” said Salzberg. He added, “Less than one out of every 1,000 coins NGC grades has a pedigree. Pedigrees add to the collectibility of a coin because they identify it from a historical perspective.”

“The coins of the Binion Collection offer an opportunity for both novices and sophisticated collectors to acquire coins for their collections,” said Mark Albarian, President and CEO of Goldline. “The price range is affordable–many coins are available for less than $50 with the most expensive over $10,000.”

Author’s Note: Being the final chapter of this story has yet to be unfolded, we, have reported this story as accurately as space & time will allow. There was no intent to show bias, or to liable or slander any of the parties involved. Sources for this research includes:

Logic System for Horse Race Betting

The best way to make money is to follow the same system that bookies do. This system can be applied even for casino gambling games. That system is to use logic. Other prominent betting systems are arbitrage and hedge systems. Let us focus on what logic betting system is and how to implement it to get paid better.

What is this logic betting system?

This logic system was developed by mathematicians using logical conclusions drawn from intense analysing different horse races. This is simple and definitely worth a try. Most people lose money on horse races is because they don’t have a plan of investment and they don’t know when to stop. All systems have their own pros and cons.

The governing principle of this system is that 33% of horses that win the races are marked as favourite. Taking that into account, if you bet in 10 games on the winner of the day, you will win 3. Start betting only 2% of your principal amount. Let us say you decide to bet a £150 or $250. 2% of this would be £3 or $5. This is the amount you will bet every time.

Next step in this requires checking the odds. Usually odds for the horses are predicted by analysts and put for public view. The odds should be more than 1.375 for a high percentage of win.

Now for the actual betting plan. Remember this sequence 1-1-2-4-8-16. Bet in the following way when you lose. For the first and second race bet 2% of the stake (£3 or $5). For the third race bet 2*2% of the stake (that is, £6or $10). For the fourth bet 4*2% (£12 or $20). For the fifth bet 8*2% (£24 or $40) and for the sixth, bet 16*2% (£48 or $80).

When you have lost all six games, stop for the day. By this time you would have lost £96 or $ 160. But this is rarely true when you are choosing the winner of the day. Also, when you have won even on game, stop for the day.

Once you have doubled your initial principal amount to £300 or $500, only then can you increase your bet to 2% of this amount. Till then you should keep betting at 2% of the first principal amount only. Now your stake will be £6 or $10. But if you lose money and your balance drops back to £150 or $250, go back to betting £3 or $5.

Your winnings will be low, but it will be steady. Taking that into account, you can win up to 5 times of your initial investment. All you need is patience and the urge to control your greed. By doing that, you can very well retire early.

Betting is an addiction, but you need to keep a steady mind over the shoulders and keep a keen eye over the bank roll.

Types of Computer Addiction

Which type of computer addiction is responsible for most computer addicts? Since there are so many different internet computer activities it is very difficult to pinpoint exactly which one is the cause of most addicts. However, there are several types which seem to be more common with computer addicts. Outlined below are what are considered to be the most addictive computer and internet related activities.

*Online games

Online games are a common cause of computer addiction. Online games consist of multi-player games via the internet . This is where the player assumes a character in the game and plays against other people from all around the world. There are many internet games on the market and some of them have millions upon millions of players worldwide. The majority of the players involved enjoy just a casual game after school, work or at weekends. A minority, however, have become so addicted, and alarmingly so, that they are spending upwards of 12 hours per day playing the game they are addicted to. Reports have come in that some people have been playing around the clock and not eating or sleeping for days and days because they do not want to leave the computer and the character they are pretending to be.

*Chat rooms

Millions of people use chat rooms daily. It is fun for those millions of people. There are lots of conventional chat rooms. There is also chat software for the larger chat companies, for instance Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger. Alas, there is again the minority who use chat rooms to feed their addiction. These people can be whomever they want to be. They may have anti social problems, they may be shy, they may have other problems that stop them from meeting people in the real world. No matter what problem the person has the chat rooms seem to be the answer. However, the real answer is the chat rooms make a person lose even more social skills in the real world. Seldom will an internet chat room addict ever get to meet the people he or she is chatting to. It would ruin the facade the addicts are putting up for their chat room colleagues. Unfortunately, this type of computer addiction can have a drastic effect on a persons’ personality and health.

*Online shopping

Online shopping addiction comes in the form of many kinds. There is the person who is addicted to buying items from the many online shops. Then there is the person who is addicted to auction type buying. Either one could put a person in debt in a matter of seconds. Just one click of the mouse could take money from their credit card and rack up enormous debts. This type of addiction usually starts with small purchases and paying with their credit card. Many small purchases of this kind then add up to many thousands of dollars. The thrill of bidding on an item in an online auction and then overbidding just to win the item (which they may not really want anyway) does cause addiction. Once the item has been bid on and won, a contract has been entered into. A very easy addiction to get into but very hard to get out once the debt has set in.

*Online gambling and online pornography

These are possibly the most damaging of all computer addictions. These millions of dollar a year businesses make their money by sucking addicts of their money. The thrill of possibly winning by gambling is very real and has never been easier since the onset of online casinos and other forms of online gambling. Serious debts have been incurred by these computer addicts. Some have even lost everything, their family, homes, possessions and even more extreme, their lives. There are organizations that specifically deal with this kind of computer addiction and they have helped many thousands of people get rid of this damaging addiction and have been able to give advice on helping to pull their lives back together again.

By no means is this list of computer addictions complete as there are many other forms of computer addiction. The ones mentioned in this article are, I believe, to be the most prevalent types of computer addiction.

Risk Management for Professional Athletes

Lately, there have been a number of articles on professional athletes who have lost millions of dollars due to poor financial decisions. The athletes range from golfers to boxers to professional baseball players and their poor decision range from buying cars, women, and tigers to battling gambling addictions and making poor business investments. There are also those who have been swindled by their agent, their accountant, or their ex-wives. Most of these problems are due to a lack of education and some are due to a lack of maturity. Whatever the case maybe, these problems have opened doors to entrepreneurs who are in the business of financial and risk management.

One startling statistic states that 78% of NFL player enter bankruptcy or financial distress within two years of retirement and 60% of NBA players go broke within five years of retirement. These athletes know that they have plenty of money and do not think about what will happen when they stop receiving those multi-million dollar checks. A lot of them do not understand business and/or finance. Some of them may have never even taken a single class of either one in college. Some professional athletes may not have time to focus their finances. The stress of having to produce on the field does not leave much time to focus on off the field issues such as investments or retirement plans. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, a former professional football player who signed the largest salaries of his time in 1991 at $18.5 million over a four year period, once said, “I once had a meeting with J.P. Morgan and it was literally like listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher.” It’s not that he is not an intelligent person but without focusing on the details many professional athletes find themselves left out in the rain when their money is gone.

Of the athletes who have gone broke have not all have necessarily lost their money because living extravagant lifestyles. Some have tried to make investment and plan for their futures but did not have people that they could trust managing their money or they tried to manage it themselves but did not have the time or knowledge to do so properly. Some of them have invested in high risk businesses that flopped and some invested in businesses that had no chance at all. One player once invested in an invention that consisted of and inflatable raft that attached to the bottom of a couch so that people who lived in areas with high rainfall could pump up the raft and float on their couch when their area flooded. Had this player had someone in the business of financial/risk management that he could trust and that was reputable then he would not have lost his money on such a silly investment.

Financial/Risk management companies that athletes should use are those that have a good reputation with all of their customers, not Uncle Joe’s accountant down at the local strip mall. These companies should try to educate their clients on things that they do not understand by offer consultation sessions and possibly workshops on financial management and personal finances. If they are trying to keep the athlete in the dark then they are probably trying to get over on them in some way. Every investment does not have to be a “homerun.” These companies should try to keep the athletes risk within reason.

Financial/Risk management is key to the financial stability of everyone no matter how much money they make. If every investment a person makes is going to be high-risk and high-reward then they might as well go a casino because all they are doing is gambling anyway. Although it is bad that so many athletes are having this problem, it is opening doors for those entrepreneurs in the risk management business. Athletes have to understand that even sports are businesses and they have to view themselves as independent contractors who have to run and manage their business.

Online Poker News – Learn How to Become the Top Headline!

Owing to the popularity of poker as an online game, the internet is flooded with pretty much online poker news. You can be in the news and even become the top headline! Here’s how:

1. Play your heart out. If you are a very competent online poker player, and you have been consistently winning and gaining tremendous advantages over other players, then your fame and popularity will shoot to the stars that will make every online poker news site want you to land in their headlines as well.

2. Be notoriously famous. On the other hand, another type of fame may just make you grab the online poker news headline as well. Become the top cheat just like Yau Yiv Lam and his cohorts and become the top headline. But prepared to enjoy life in jail as well.

3. You must be willing to reveal your top secret on how to consistently win the game. Difficult as it may, to be able to make it to the online poker news mean parting with your best-kept secret on how to pocket good cash in online poker.

4. Tell the whole world the best hand odds that will lead them to successive winnings in online poker. Everyone wants to win! Why not give them that?

5. Discover new strategies in cheating. Gamblers have this penchant to want to know the easiest way to game victory. You’ll surely land in the online poker news for innovation and creativity.

6. Assure players of guaranteed winnings. Not only will you make the headlines but players will definitely flock your site.

7. Be a killer online poker player. Learn how to combine sheer talents and cheat software while getting the attention of the poker community. You’ll be in the news, if not the top headline.

8. Hang out with the most famous poker players. You’ll also benefit from their being in the news.

9. Do something ridiculous and stupid that will make everyone in the online poker community astounded to gain (or lose) your top spot in the online poker news.

10. Be ready to lose staggering amount of cash. Amaze the poker community with the amount of cash you are willing to gamble (and lose). Be sure also that you can handle the consequence of this stupid act.

11. Invent a poker variation. Although poker in itself is already exhilarating, if you can add to the excitement and thrill (and addiction) then you’re in the online poker news.

12. Play endless poker. Beat the odds and you will have your opportune time of landing in the top headline.

Like playing poker, you have to play against the odds in grabbing the top headline. Competence is your best option; all others are just an aside.

To be in the online poker news, you should be able to earn the corresponding reputation. Hone your skills, play consistently, and adopt the right attitude. Learn to be patient and wait for the right situation. With the right hand odds and situation, make your move to land in the top headline.

Review of Josh Axelrad’s Blackjack Bio, "Repeat Until Rich"

If you can tip a waiter, you can count cards.

I believe there’s a little bit of gamble in all of us. But for some there’s a ton of gamble, along with a possible addiction. This is the road Josh Axelrad traveled in his memoir, Repeat Until Rich. While the subtitle reads, “A Professional Card Counter’s Chronicle of the Blackjack Wars”, it isn’t so much about wars as it is about small exciting battles.

Josh Axelrad left his nine-to-five job to join a group/team consisting of MIT graduates and gambling veterans. Together they formed a card counting team that would beat casinos out of hundreds of thousands of dollars per session. I’ve seen movies and read books about card counting but this was the first one that details how multiple teams attack several casinos at once.

Axelrad goes into simplistic detail on how card counting works and the different roles each team member plays. Bringing these together you see how the system must work in harmony to be successful. It also shows when one thing is out of order a lot of money can be lost quickly. While card counting isn’t illegal, casinos definitely frown upon it and take great pleasure in “politely” escorting you out. Eventually you can be barred from the casino. This is where the drama and excitement emerges as the teams have to outsmart dealers, pit bosses, and the eye in the sky (security). They develop characters and wear disguises to be able to continue playing in the biggest casinos.

There isn’t much in terms of relationships between the team members and you don’t feel any strong connection with anyone except Axelrad. The teams travel from gambling town to gambling town to run their game plans and you see the toll the road takes on them. From Atlantic City to Las Vegas to the gambling boats on the Mississippi the stress and grind wears on the team and they eventually go their separate ways.

Axelrad returns home to New York after winning over $700,000 in four years and you’d expect this is where the story would flatten out and become one of settling down. It does the opposite as Axelrad becomes addicted to online poker and ends up taking his life down a whole new road. While prosperous new doors had opened for him on his homecoming he slams them all shut to sit home and put his four years of winnings to the test. The excitement of the first half of the book gives way to desperation and depression.

Being an on/off again online poker/blackjack player myself I totally connected with his highs and some of the lows. While it’s considered a cautionary tale it also supplied plenty of excitement and some laughs. If you ever wanted to know how card counting works and actually understand how it’s applied in the casinos I’d suggest reading this book.

How To Be A Wise Bettor

It would be difficult to say who is a wise bettor, unless of course he himself turns out to be wise at the end of the day. People bet for many reasons, with the majority of course betting for the money. However money alone is not the motivator for many who do the betting for the thrill and involvement. Even in the former category, many bettors forget about the end and mostly are guided by emotions, favoritism, addictions and betting beyond ones limitations. There is the last category, though not the least in number, who does the betting for the sake of betting or to be a part of the social system. Most would agree with the spirit behind the opening statement of this article.

Like many mysteries of the universe, the concept and popularity of betting continues to challenge the human rationale as it is only a few who gain with their bet, while the majority gets robbed of the purse and their valuable time. On line betting has brought new dimensions to sports betting by virtue of the multiplicity of choices and unlimited prize money. A small start made in the last decade is reaping revenue worth millions of dollars today. The growth and the volume of activity has also increased the chances of winning by a lot which was once unimagined by the bettors world wide.

Though on line betting is not without its thrill and enjoyment, one has to keep in the mind the need to square off the investment for the show to continue. Barring a few elite who can afford to ignore the returns, the majority logs on to the sports book to make a few bucks by trying his or her luck. In the final analysis, the wise is he who takes care of his hard earned money while betting on sports on line, without losing the thrill and the spirit of his favorite sport. This is definitely not the pure gambler who chases a big fortune always at the cost of a thrilling bet or the one who forgets his purse during the course of an aggressive bet.