Disabled and Physically-Challenged Traveling in South Africa – What to Ask and Where to Go

Disabled and physically-challenged tourists are well catered for in South Africa with easy access for wheelchairs in most public places and accommodation. Make sure to ask the following from your South African holiday accommodation and make notes of these travel hot-spots, including game reserves, touch farms and tea gardens, cultural and botanical gardens, boat cruises and gambling excursions, craft markets and art galleries.

An establishment is wheelchair-friendly when it has

• rooms on the ground floor or a lift to the relevant floor;

• ramp entrances to the building;

• entrances and doors that are wheelchair-wide;

• access to dining rooms and other public areas;

• interior space allowing for wheelchairs to move around easily;

• equipped bathrooms with ample space, handles and bars;

• appliances and facilities at reachable heights.

Confirm with your establishment of choice that all above requirements are met – before booking!

South Africa has aimed to make this country a friendly-to-all destination and mostly all of its top attractions can easily be visited by any-abled person. Some of these unforgettable tourist attractions include (by province):

South Africa’s Limpopo in a Wheelchair

• Arend Dieperink Museum – Mokopane

• Daktari Wildlife Orphanage – Hoedspruit

• Mangela Animal Touch Farm and Tea Garden – Tzaneen

• Geluksfontein Dairy Goat Farm – Melkrivier

• Polokwane Game Reserve – Polokwane

South Africa’s Mpumalanga in a Wheelchair

• Chimpanzee Eden – Nelspruit

• Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park – Hazyview

• Lowveld Botanical Garden – Nelspruit

South Africa’s North West in a Wheelchair

• Gambling at Sun City – Sun City

• Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium – Hartbeespoort Dam

• Klerksdorp Museum – Klerksdorp

• Motseng Cultural Village – Sun City

South Africa’s Northern Cape in a Wheelchair

• McGregor Museum – in Kimberley

• Big Hole and Kimberley Mine Museum – in Kimberley

• Colesberg-Kemper Museum – Colesberg

• Breakfast at Arabesque Coffee Shop – in Upington

South Africa’s Free State in a Wheelchair

• Art Workshops in Ficksburg

• Orchid green house – Bloemfontein

• Free State Botanical Garden – Bloemfontein

• Oliewenhuis Art Museum and teahouse – Bloemfontein

South Africa’s Western Cape in a Wheelchair

• ‘Behind the Scenes’ at SANCCOB – Bloubergrant

• Appreciate the arts – Artscape Theatre, Foreshore

• Boat Cruise from Simon’s Bay – Simons Town

• Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town

• ‘Art Jamming’ – Gardens, Cape TownEagle Encounters at Spier – Stellenbosch

• Green Point Flea Market – Green Point

• Green Point Stadium Visitor Centre – Green Point

• Fish at the harbour – Hout Bay Beach

• High Tea at The Mount Nelson – Gardens, Cape Town

• Iziko Planetarium – Cape Town Central

• Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market – Kalk Bay

• Kalk Bay Theatre – Kalk Bay

• Old Biscuit Mill Market – in Woodstock, Cape Town

• Beer Tasting & Tour at Mitchells Brewer – Knysna

• Brewery Tour at Birkenhead Brewery – Stanford

• Gambling at the Garden Route Casino – Mossel Bay

• Jukani Wildlife Ranch & Care Centre – Mossel Bay

• Greyton Market – Greyton

South Africa’s Eastern Cape in a Wheelchair

• Addo Raptor Reptile Centre – in Addo

• African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary in Jeffreys Bay

• Michaela’s – in Cintsa

• Yellow House Cocktail Bar – Grahamstown

• Daniell Cheetah Breeding Project – in Kirkwood

• Kwantu Game Reserve – Sidbury

• Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum – Jeffreys Bay

• Nelson Mandela Art Museum – in Port Elizabeth

• No 7 Castle Hill – in Central Hill, Port Elizabeth

• Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld – Humewood, Port Elizabeth

South Africa’s Garden Route in a Wheelchair

• Beer Tasting & Tour at Mitchells Brewery – Knysna

• Gambling at the Garden Route Casino – in Mossel Bay

• Jukani Wildlife Ranch & Care Centre – in Mossel Bay

• Picnic with the elephants – Little Brak

• Sedgefield Classic Cars – in Sedgefield

• Shopping at Langeberg Mall

• Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre – in Plettenberg Bay

• Birds of Eden – in Plettenberg Bay

• Feathers Gallery – in Knysna

South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal in a Wheelchair

• Delux Burger Bar – Glenwood, Burger

• Bierfassl Restaurant & Pub – Nottingham Road, Durban

• Butterflies for Africa – Pietermaritzburg

• Chatsworth Centre – Chatsworth, Durban

• Cragsview Wildcare Centre – Port Edward

• Fantasy Forest – Umhlanga, Durban

• Geology Education Museum – Durban

• Crocodile farm – Hluhluwe

• KwaMuhle Museum – Durban

• Mitchell Park & Jameson Park – Morningside, Durban

South Africa’s Gauteng in a Wheelchair

• Johannesburg Zoo – Johannesburg

• Jozi Food Market – in Parktown North

• Hatfield Market – Pretoria

• The Lion Park – Randburg

• Gold Reef City – Johannesburg

• Johannesburg Botanic Gardens – Johannesburg

• Everard Read Gallery – Rosebank, Sandton

• Afronova Art Gallery – Newtown

• Bensusan Museum of Photography – Johannesburg

• Blue Train – from Pretoria to Cape Town

• Drive-In at Menlyn Park – in Pretoria

• Department of Historical Papers – Johannesburg

• Dinner Theatre at The Performer – Menlo Park, Pretoria

Understanding Insurance: What Do You Get for Your Premium?

Buying an insurance policy doesn’t give you immediate gratification in the way that buying a TV, a washing machine or any other item you use on a daily basis does. In fact, we often hear clients say:

“I’ve never been in a car accident.” Or “I never get sick.” Or “My employees have never been hurt on the job… So what am I getting for my premium?”

That’s a great question. And the answer requires a shift in thinking, as well as a little history about insurance coverage and its original purpose.

What Am I Buying?

In a nutshell, insurance is an important but intangible product. It buys you protection and peace of mind.

A good insurance policy allows you to protect:

  • Valuable assets in which you’ve invested a great deal of money, such as your home, car, boat, motorcycle or jewelry
  • People you care about and would want to help should they be physically harmed: your children, spouse and employees

Insurance also gives you peace of mind, knowing that:

  • You’re not gambling with your financial security
  • If something bad happens, it won’t financially destroy your business or put your family into bankruptcy

While you may not be able to hold these things in your hand, they are of value.

How Does Insurance Work?

The concept of “risk” is the single most important thing to understand. Insurance involves the pooling of similar types of risk and the transfer of that risk to a central entity, such as an insurance company that agrees to cover the costs of future “losses.” Depending on the type of insurance, a loss could be an illness, a car accident, a workplace injury, a hailstorm, crop damage, a fire or other life events that could prove financially devastating to an individual, family or business.

Customers pay a predictable premium in exchange for protection against such catastrophic events. In fact the term “catastrophic” is another important insurance concept. Originally, insurance was developed as protection from catastrophic, overwhelming losses, rather than everyday expenses.

A Bit of History

The origins of insurance date back to the 3rd millennia B.C., when Chinese merchants travelling treacherous river rapids would redistribute their wares across many vessels to limit loss due to any single vessel capsizing. They were, in essence, spreading their risk, much like an insurance company spreads its risk across many policies.

Insurance in the 21st Century

So here’s what you need to know about shopping for an insurance policy today:

  • You’re buying protection-an intangible product that you hope you’ll never need, but will be tremendously thankful to have should something bad happen.
  • The most basic insurance policies cover catastrophic events only-not day-to-day expenses, but the big costs that could wipe you out financially.
  • There are literally hundreds of insurance options available today, to fit every budget. Basic plans are a godsend to folks on a budget, while those who have the means may want to purchase a far more inclusive policy. The choices in between are almost limitless.
  • Your agent should be able to both simplify the complexities of insurance while presenting you with a number of options tailored to your needs and budget.

Perhaps the most important lesson about insurance: Don’t go without it. Financial catastrophes usually come hand-in-hand with emotional trauma. The last thing you need is to be worried about money at a time when you should be tending to your loved ones or employees.

If you don’t have an insurance agent, search online for someone local. Talk to several agents and pick one who doesn’t “push products” but, rather, listens to your needs and tailors a plan specifically for you. Developing a one-on-one relationship with an agent now is something you’ll be thankful for if, down the road, you, your family or your business should experience a catastrophe.

What Is the Secret Behind the Odd-Even Lottery Number Strategy?

Do you want to know the secret behind playing the odd and even number lottery strategy? There was a time when I was in the same boat with you. Then, I discovered the secret and shared it with you in one of my previous articles. Now, I discovered yet another secret hidden within the first and will share it with your here. To set the stage for the first time readers, let’s recap a bit.

When I first made this discovery, the common belief among lottery players was that all wagers are equally likely and, I still believe that to this day. But, that doesn’t mean you should spend your money on just any wager. The secret is that wagers containing all odd or all even wagers are rarely the lottery jackpot winners. Therefore, knowing this, you can improve your chances of winning the lottery by carefully crafting the wagers you make. Thankfully, today computers with a good lottery software program can accomplish this for you automatically.

But, that’s not the whole story. There is another hidden secret in all this that you need to know about. And, it comes about because all lotteries are not the same. Applying your odd-even lottery number strategy equally to all lotteries is a mistake. A smart player takes into account the size of the lottery. And, herein lies the hidden secret.

In larger lotteries, like the New Jersey 6/49 for example, the winning numbers will be all odd or all even only once every 100 drawings or once a year. I don’t know about you but, for me, a year is a long time to wait for a single chance to win. So, the smart player avoids playing all odd or all even number wagers. Instead, he spends his money on wagers that at least have a chance to win in 99 out of 100 drawings.

Now, here’s the hidden secret that most players have missed. With smaller lotteries, lottery players need to be flexible and adjust their thinking. For example, let’s look at the Colorado 5/32 lottery where the size is only 32 numbers. In this lottery, wagers containing all even or all odd numbers occur on the average of once every 25 drawings. That’s four times more often than in the New Jersey 6/49 lottery. As you can see, your decision here isn’t quite as clear-cut.

What is the case in your lottery? How do you find this out? Easy. Just pretend to play all odd numbers (or all even numbers) over your lottery’s history and look at the graph of the results. For example, if all odd numbers occurred 6 times over a 500 drawing period then, this event occurred on the average of once every 83 drawings. That’s 500 drawings divided by 6 events for an average of once every 83 drawings.

Attention: Since all lotteries are different, you need to be careful. Rules of thumb don’t necessarily apply to all lotteries equally. Use your computer and your lottery software program to find out the facts and adjust your lottery strategy accordingly.

Learn Casino Craps – What Are the Pieces of a Craps Table?

If you’ve ever walked through a casino, you’ve probably seen a craps table, but have you ever wondered what a craps table actually is?  What does it comprise, what are its components?

The biggest and most obvious part of the table is the bed.  Casino craps tables are generally available in 8-foot, 10-foot, or 12-foot lengths.  Along the top edge of the bed is a continuous Padded Rail on which the players can lean.  Standing at a craps table for long periods of time can become tiresome for the player, so the padded rail allows the players to rest or change body positions to ease the stress.  After all, the casino doesn’t want players to walk away simply because their feet and knees hurt.  Obviously, the casino wants players at the table as long as possible.

Adjacent to the padded rail is the wooden Chip Rack, which is usually two-racks deep with dividers about every 12-to-16 inches.  The dividers separate the chip rack into individual sections for the players.

Along the outer perimeter is a little shelf called a Drink Rail.  As the name implies, this is where players place their drinks.  Drink glasses and bottles are not allowed on the Padded Rail because of the risk of spillage onto the layout.  Not only do spills make a big mess on the layout (which the casino has to pay to get cleaned), spills delay the game which digs into the casino’s profits.  Cigarette ashtrays are also placed on the Drink Rail.

Inside the bed is the Table Layout with all the numbers and boxes onto which the players’ chips are placed.  The felt can be any color depending on the casino’s specifications.  Common colors are green, blue, and sometimes red.  Special designs and patterns can be incorporated into the layout to match the casino’s theme.  The area on the outer edge of the layout is called the Apron.

Rubber material lines the inside wall of the bed and is called Rail Rubber.  Below the rail rubber on each inside end of the table is a 6-to-8-inch wide piece of Pyramid Rubber.  This is the part of the table with all the little pyramids or spikes that are specially designed to randomly deflect the dice.  Casinos have a rule that a player must “hit the back wall” when tossing the dice.  This rule ensures the dice hit the pyramid rubber, thereby, preventing anyone from controlling the outcome of a dice roll.  Regardless of what you hear, read, or see at a live craps table, no one (NO ONE!) can consistently control the outcome of a craps roll when the dice hit the pyramid rubber.  They just can’t.  (Please read my other articles about the silly notion of “dice control” or “dice setting.”)

On the inner side of the bed across from the dealers and boxman is a mirror about 8 inches wide that runs the length of the table.  The mirror allows the dealers and boxman to see the palm side of the player’s tossing hand.  The boxman can easily see if a player is cheating by “palming” the dice, trying to introduce a crooked pair into the game.

Cut into the table layout in front of the boxman is a Money Slot for the Money Drop Box.  The money slot is about 3/8-inch wide and about 3 inches long, which is just the right size for pushing bills down into the drop box.  The boxman uses a Paddle to push the money through the slot into the money box that’s attached to the underside of the bed.  (That’s where the term “boxman” came from.)

The stickman controls a small bowl that rests on the tabletop against the wall directly in front of the stickman.  This Dice Bowl (or Dice Boat) simply holds the extra dice that are not in play.  When a new game starts, the stickman dumps the unused dice onto the table and uses his stick (or whip) to push them all (usually 6 or 8) to the next shooter.  The shooter then selects two that she thinks are lucky, and then the stickman pulls the remaining dice back and puts them in bowl.  The bowl is usually made of clear acrylic or wood.

Also considered part of a craps table are the Puck and Buttons.  The ON/OFF puck (white for the ON side, black for the OFF side) is used simply to indicate whether a new game is in progress.  If a new game is about to start, the puck is turned to the OFF side.  If a game is in progress, the puck is turned on its ON side and placed in the appropriate number box on the layout to indicate the “point” for the current game.  Small buttons about the size of a quarter are used to indicate whether a player’s bets are off or on, or whether a certain type of bet is a “buy” or “lay.”  Each button has one word engraved in it, either OFF, ON, BUY, or LAY.  Buttons help the dealer, boxman, and the eye-in-the-sky keep track of players’ bets.

Now you know all the components of a craps table!  The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when you walk up to a table.  The more confident you are, the less likely the dealers will steer you down the wrong path by enticing you to make bets with high house advantages.

The Game of Draw Poker – A Brief History

In many ways, the game epitomizes the raw bone tenacity of the American spirit that drove the western movement from the Mississippi River in the 1800’s. Life on the frontier was harsh, hazardous and full of risks – the pioneers were literally gambling on their lives each day. To both survive in the untamed west and to win at draw poker a man had to be skillful at what he did and count on lady luck to smile on him. He had to closely watch his adversaries and at times bluff his way out of a situation. The results of his actions could prove very profitable or he could lose it all, sometimes even his life. Draw poker then was a natural choice for the men of the American west who were used to risking it all.

The game was the result of an evolutionary process that started when poker was first took shape in America early in the nineteenth-century. Just when and where it was first played is subject to a continuing debate among historians, as is the game’s origins. Several postulations attribute the game’s lineage to a French game called “poque” or possibly to a German game known as “pochspiel.” British historians state that the game was a direct descendent of the English card game of “brag.” Still other researchers claim that poker evolved from a sixteen-century Persian card game called “as nas” that was played with a twenty-five-card deck containing five suites and has rules similar to five-card stud poker. Since exact documentation of poker’s early history is impossible to determine its inception will probably remain a mystery.

Poker is thought to have started in America sometime in the early 1800’s, possibly in saloons of New Orleans. From there it spread up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers by way of the commercial steam boat traffic. Then as the wagon trains and railroads pushed the frontier west, poker continued to gain popularity with the early adventurers. An English actor, Joseph Crowell, recorded seeing poker being played on the riverboats in his diary of 1829 and later in his 1844 book, Thirty Years Passed Among the Players in England and America. A reformed gambler by the name of Jonathan H. Green wrote about early poker in his book, Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling that was published in 1843. Both men described an early version of poker that was played with a twenty-card deck (A-K-Q-J-10). Each of four players was dealt five cards and bets were placed on these five original cards without discards or draws. When the betting was over the owner of the best hand won the pot – in the order of one pair, two pair, triplets, full house (one pair and a triple), and four of a kind. Due to the limits of a twenty-card deck there was only a single round of betting before the winning hand was declared and this made bluffing a much more difficult maneuver.

As the game evolved it moved to a thirty-two card deck and then eventually to the standard “French deck” of fifty-two cards. Sometime in the mid-1830’s straights and flushes were introduced as winning hands. A few years later draw poker was born and started making the rounds of gambling halls in the west. The first mention of draw poker appeared in the American edition of Bohn’s New Handbook of Games in 1850. In that same year, wild cards were introduced to poker play.

With these enhancements draw poker and another version called stud poker became the card games of choice among the soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Originally called, “stud horse” poker, the game was played around the campfires between battles and was a close rival to draw poker in popularity. Both versions are conducive to bluffing but in stud poker, you are not allowed to draw or discard cards. Rather, some of the cards are dealt face down and some face up to the player so that everyone at the table knows a few of the cards being held by each player. Betting occurs after each new face up card is dealt and after the last face down card is dealt. The first mention of stud poker appeared in the American Hoyle of 1864.

In draw poker all the cards are dealt face down to the players and after all of the cards have been dealt there is a round of betting. Then players may discard any number of cards and receive the same amount of cards from the dealer. When all the players have completed their hands there is another round of betting before the winner is declared. Later, in 1870, jackpot poker was introduced in an attempt to prevent players with poor hands from being drawn into a pot that was impossible to win. In this version, players were required to have jacks or better to open betting. If a player did not possess the minimum to play, they were required to fold and lose their ante.

The first recorded set of rules for playing draw poker came about when Robert C. Scheneck, a United States ambassador to Great Britain, introduced the game to the members of Queen Victoria’s court at a party in 1872. Fascinated with the new game the royalty asked Scheneck to jot down the rules of the game so they could play the game after he returned to America. He obliged and his handwritten rules of play were then printed by the queen’s staff for future parties. Later, without his permission or that of the queen’s court, his set of rules were published as a small booklet and sold to the masses. Entitled, A Flowery Path to Wealth: The Game of Draw Poker as Taught to the English Aristocracy, the pamphlet was a major hit with the British people who quite often referred to the game as “Scheneck’s poker”. Scheneck, who had served as general under President Lincoln, was embarrassed by the public release of his rules that he had been assured would be used privately by queen’s court.

John W. Keller, an American, included Scheneck’s rules for draw poker in his own book, The Game of Draw Poker, published in 1887. In addition, he used a portion of a letter written by Scheneck to a political friend, Thomas L. Young; to describe how the ambassador had unwittingly became party to the publication of the first set of rules for the game.

Keller’s book provided a more detailed account of the rules and variations to the game as well as a section on progressive poker, which he described as being “The latest development of draw poker… and doubtless owes its origin to the popularity of progressive euchre.” Contrary to Keller’s comments, progressive poker never caught the attention of American gamblers and its play quickly faded from the gaming scene.

Throughout the book, Keller refers to a noted mathematician, “Dr. Pole” who provided the probability and odds for draw poker hands. At the end of the book, he summarizes Pole’s calculations in a series of probability tables, which have stood the test of time. According to Dr. Poe’s figures, there is an astounding 2,598,960 possible hands in draw poker.

Since Keller’s book was published in 1887, there have been a large number of books printed on the subject of draw poker but few have been as clear and concise on the rules and the strategy of the game. His sage advice to “Study your adversaries carefully; watch the game closely; be patient in adversity and calm in prosperity,” seems right in keeping with the old gambler’s adage of knowing “when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.”

Poker Timeline:

1839 – English comedic actor Joseph Crowell wrote about a poker game being played on the steamboat Helen M,Gregor, bound for New Orleans. He described a game called poker being played by four players using 20 cards (A, K,Q, J, 10) with a single round of betting – highest hand won. In his book, Thirty Years Passed Among the Players in England and America (1844), Crowell said that the game had been invented by the American politician, Henry Clay. The game was based on the British game, brag.

1834 – Jonathan H. Green, a professional gambler turned reformer, wrote about the “cheating game” called poker being played on the Mississippi riverboats in his book entitled, Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling.

1836 – J. Hildreth wrote about poker in his book, Dragoon Campaigns of the Rocky Mountains.

1837 – Poker used a 52-card deck. Straights and flushes were added.

1845 – Poker was first mentioned in an American edition of Hoyle’s Games. (The gold standard for the rules of card games) by Henry F. Anners.

1850 – First mention of draw poker in the American edition of Bohn’s New Handbook of Games.

1850 – Wild cards introduced to poker.

1861- 1866 – During the Civil War, soldiers and others made stud and draw poker the most popular form of the game.

1864 – First mention of stud or “stud-horse” poker in the American Hoyle of 1864.

1872 – Robert C. Scheneck, U.S. minister to Great Britain, introduced the game of draw poker to the members of the court of Queen Victoria at a royal party. He was asked to write down the rules of the game and eventually this was turned into a small booklet. The booklet was published without his permission and called, A Flowery Path to Wealth: The Game of Draw poker as Taught to the English Aristocracy. Scheneck had been an army general under President Lincoln.

1870 – Jackpot poker (jacks or better to open) introduced to prevent players with a poor hand from being drawn into an impossible to win pot.

1875 – The joker (a European invention) was introduced to the game as a wild card.

Marapets Currency And How To Get Boat Loads Of It!

Well yes everyone needs money; and so do you especially at marapets. There are ways to both earn and spend and these options are left entirely upto you, and have also been made extremely enjoyable, more often than not placing you in a win – win situation. Money is divided into three categories at Marapets.

The first is called MP or Mara Points, the second is called BP or Baspinar Points and the third is called RP or restock points. All three of them are important but the main currency is MP. Almost all moneyed transactions at Marada (the virtual world of Marapets) are done with MP as the measure of value and exchange.

MP can be earned by playing games. Click on the ‘games’ tab to the left of the screen at marapets and you will be shown a list of different game types that you can play. The list ranges from arcade to shooting to strategy. Choose the type of game that suits you best and head on to win as much MP as you can. BP can be earned at Baspinar’s Castle and is the official currency of the world of Baspinar.

When viewing the map of Marada, just click on Baspinar’s Castle and you will be issued into the court of king Baspinar where you can vote for parties and use your money to play select games. RP is the currency that you earn in when you restock items from the various shops that are there in the different virtual worlds of Marada. The rarer the item that you purchase, the more RP you will receive. You can spend your RP at Eleka’s Castle as it is the official currency of that place.

The quickest and fastest way to earn currency, in this case MP, because it is the most widely used, is to play games at Marapets. Once you have logged in, click on the ‘games’ tab on the left side of the screen and you will see a list of the various types of games that you can play.

The list ranges from shooting to casino to strategy and much more. Each type has games for all ages but the strategy based games are for slightly older players. The first category is called arcade games and these are games for all ages. The drawback however is that there aren’t any instructions provided for you to learn the game. And after each game you will be asked if you want to play again or submit your score.

So here’s one very important tip: never submit a score unless you think you’ve done the best you can, because you are allowed only three score submissions per game every 24 hours.

A healthy suggestion is that you play the game for at least a couple of times and familiarize yourself with the controls and gameplay. Once you have done this, you can play the best you can and then submit your score. Another suggestion is that you do not spend too much time on any given game because the maximum points, in this case MP, that you will earn is set at fifteen hundred per game.

So no matter how many points you may actually score, you cannot get more than fifteen hundred points. You will also want to look at the number of MP per gamepoint awarded for each game. The higher the ratio the better your chance of earning fifteen hundred MP. Some games offer only one MP per point that you score while others may earn you upto 25 MP per point; in which case you will only have to score 60 points to get maximum MP from the game.

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Sydney Harbour: Choosing the Best Party Style Boat

A party boat is an opportunity that every man should enjoy before they commit themselves to the confines of marriage in Sydney. Fun, friends, booze and plenty of scantily clad women. They are all just part of the experience for sending your friend off in style. Today, more guys are beginning to explore the benefits that a boat can have over other venues. A celebration that will be full of debauchery and memories. There is nothing more exciting than driving past Sydney Opera House on your left and then going under Sydney harbor Bridge. These are two of the most iconic features of this city in the world.

Space for Everyone

When your guest list hits the double digits, it can be hard to find an affordable place with enough space to accommodate everyone. Larger cruises can be too expensive, and the fees can cut into your budget for booze and entertainment. For this reason, you will love the affordability of a boat, which has plenty of room for 50 or more people along with reasonable rates, whether your party lasts for several hours or the entire day.

BYO Food and Alcohol Options

Planning for food and drinks is another element of your party that should be customized to the occasion. Consider your foods and beverages. Enjoy knowing that a party boat allows you to bring-your-own refreshments. This means that your guests will not be forced to eat reheated cruise food and overly priced drinks. Instead, you can pour your favorite liquor as freely as you wish on a party boat. Great knowing that everyone can indulge without being worried about a bar tab. You can get picked up or dropped off at Sydney Harbor Casino Wharf. This means that you can go straight from the boat to Star City Casino and continue your party with a game of poker or two.

Party Boat Entertainment

With a party boat chosen and your menu planned, you can get ready for the real reason why everyone is coming to your party. If topless waitresses are the main show at your event you can ensure that everyone can let loose on a boat. Whatever happens is just part of the fun. Unlike public venues where your friends’ crazy antics might be viewed by the public. Boats offer complete privacy where your guests can indulge their wildest fantasies.

As you plan your party, make sure it will hit epic proportions by choosing the right place to host your event. With a boat, you have full control over your refreshments and entertainment. This means that you can customize it to fit your preferences. Then, all you have to do is show up and get ready to have some serious fun. On a party boat, you choose to ensure that your friend’s last night of freedom is full of excitement.

The History of Gambling

Playing casino games stays very popular since the beginning of time. The history of gambling goes back to the ancient times and there are much archaeological evidence that gambling was present in all advanced societies of the past: Greek, Egypt, India, China, Roma, etc. Numerous artifacts like dice, inscriptions of game rules and others were found all over the world. Some of them have been dated back to 2300 B.C. But it was the 14th century AD when gambling was considered to be against the law. King Henry VIII of England has banned gambling when he found out that his soldiers were spending more time playing than actually working.

The practice of paper money shuffling in ancient China became the predecessor of the modern game we know as blackjack. The practice has evolved into card playing, which was borrowed by the Mameluke Empire. Mamelukes, being Muslims used various designs somewhat reminiscent of famous Muslim carpets, to decor the cards. Upon its arrival to Europe in the Middle Ages, the players started using royal ranks of men within the Royal Court to denote the cards. But it was only in the 1500’s, when the French have introduced the Queen to the cards. These cards were known as the “French Pack”, and were the direct predecessor of the modern 52 card deck.

Roulette, as a casino game also has a very interesting history. The word «roulette» means «a small wheel» in French. The game we know today was popular in France in Modern times, and was edited by Francois and Louis Blanc into the form we all are familiar with. They have introduced the “Single 0” to the game in 1842, and roulette was brought to America in that variation. The Americans have made their own version of the game, introducing the “Double 0” to the wheel. Thus, there were already two types of roulette – European and American. There are ongoing debates regarding the origin of the game itself. Some people claim that roulette was invented by Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician who lived in the 17th century. Other state that the game was introduced by the Chinese and brought to Europe by Dominican monks. Regardless of its origin, roulette still is the most fascinating casino games today.

Dice have been around for more than 20 centuries, being involved in numerous activities, ranging from gambling to religious rituals. Dice, as we know it now, are very popular due to the game called «craps». This game was highly popular among the rich and famous of the 18th and 19th century England, and was originally called «Hazard». It was imported into France, where it got its modern name. “Craps” has derived from the word “crabs”, meaning “pair of ones”. The game was a huge success in America, where it was simplified into the present form and played on steam powered show boats.

Free Betting Advice – Bookmakers and Secrets – Basics

Bookmaker Management

The vast majority of you likely think of the bookmakers as the old enemy, cash thief, the Devil himself even!!

If you do, it follows that your likely one of the many millions of folk giving them cash, and getting little back. This is negative thinking, and any negative thinking in gambling leads to your demise.

So what can you do about it, and what difference does it make what you think of your bookmaker?

Well all my bookmakers are my friend; in reality somebody who gives me cash is a friend. Wouldn’t that be the same for you? As soon as you believe that the bookie is the kind man who supplies you with cash for a Saturday night out, or that latest kitchen appliance, then you’re on the road to improving your returns already.

Most gamblers think you can win thousands a day, and purchase a boat one week, and a new vehicle the next when you’re a pro, but you are dreaming, it takes hours of work to create a decent profit every month.

If you additionally think your friendly bookmaker will happily hand over thousands a day too you, guess what? You’ve got to be kidding. If you run a business, and you are giving the same customer cash every day for nothing, would you still do business with him? Sure you wouldn’t.

If you keep attempting to bankrupt a bookmaker, he will show you the respect you deserve for your approach, and shut your account. This is not bad nasty bookmaker, but common sense, he is attempting to run a business, and make a profit.

Now if you know you are likely to make money, and the bookmaker knows you are going to make money, you have too keep to an acceptable each week, and then he’ll be able to lay off your bets, and he will furthermore accept that the bets you put on are in addition supplying him with good info. This way you can have a decent association, although they could still limit your maximum bet. However, this method will not work with the Big 3 bookies, as they do not wish for any winners.

If working at home, you will need to plan your betting like a military mission for each bet, and spread it all around various bookies.

If you want to bet thousands, then the only answer is to do battle on the track, or on a betting exchange, and as soon as your making this much, you still have to use the same theory as above.

On Course Secrets

Just a quick tip, but one which ought to help you find extra winners while on the racecourse.

Before racing begins, hang around the bookies looking for any punters placing a nice wad of cash on a horse. If he/she is wearing a suit, it’s probably best ignoring them, as these are corporate men trying to impress their clients or boss, and likely don’t have a clue which end the head is on.

If they look like ordinary Joe Punter, but are betting big, they may be a pro. You are probably best keeping an eye on them for the first few races to make sure they do know what they are doing, and keep an eye on more than one, as professional gamblers are pretty rare.

Watch which racehorses they gamble on, and watch the race. If that horse wins, or runs well, watch to see which horse they bet on next. Again, watch the race, and the next one. After that, if you consider this person to have good expertise, you can follow what he does for the remainder of the day.

We don’t mind folk doing that, as we can’t hide from view what we do, although a few will get piddled off with being stalked! Don’t follow in our shadow though, as you will get a number of choice words, as you wouldn’t like being tailed by a strange looking person would you?

You can make contact with pros on the track, although they might not give you the days selections, the majority will offer you advice, and a number of pointers for the future.

Poker Strategy – Detecting and Setting Traps

One of the less understood poker strategies is that of trapping. When playing poker, how many times have you been trapped by a more experienced or tricky player? We all fall into these traps from time to time… but why? How can we detect traps and avoid them? This article delves into poker strategy keys for setting traps, and detecting them.

First, what is a trap? A trap play is where an opponent with a strong hand represents weakness, luring their opponent into overplaying their hand. For example, I hit a nut flush (Ace-high flush) on the flop. I have the best hand at the table now, unless the board pairs (such that someone could pull a boat or four of a kind – not likely).

So, instead of betting it big, I might throw out a smaller bet or even check it (slowplay). Another player holding big slick (A-K) pairs up with an Ace on the flop, thinking he’s got the best hand so far. Another player has a small pair (e.g., 4’s) and picks up a set on the flop (assuming flop was something like 4-A-J).

Now, had I bet really big or raised back too early, the player holding the Ace would realize he’s trouble and the small pair would’ve likely folded pre-flop. Since I just checked it down, no reason to be afraid of me, since I’m obviously on some kind of a draw…

The person with the three of a kind (the 4’s) tosses out a bet of 4 times the blind. The guy with Aces calls it. After delaying slightly, I go ahead and also call it (why not, I’m getting decent enough pot odds).

So, I’m trapping them both at this point, letting them bet into me and just calling their bets. The same thing happens again on the turn, except the player with Aces drops out.

Now it’s just me and the set of 4’s. They bet big again, this time the size of the pot. Again, after a slight pause, I just call them “reluctantly”. Then comes the river, and they go all-in.

I immediately call them…oops! They’re sunk! What happened here?

These players never asked themselves two simple questions:

1) Why is he calling that raised pot (on the flop and turn)?

2) What hands might he be holding? What could he be

up to by calling my bets like that? Trapping? On a draw?

It’s crucially important to THINK before you ACT by understanding what the other players are actually doing. It’s also very important not to underestimate your competition, as there are some very wily players out there…

There’s a potential flush showing on this flop, and since I’m kind of “lurking” in this hand, it’s very suspicious behavior, and unlikely I’m on a draw calling those kind of big bets.

Unless you’re playing against a beginner or a drunk, there’s no reason to believe someone will likely call a raise that’s 4 times the big blind on a draw. That’s the first mistake – assuming another player has no hand and not realizing why they’re behaving as they are.

Second, the board is showing a possible flush – and both of these players aren’t holding it! Just because I didn’t bet on the flop does not mean I don’t have it!

Had either of these players slowed down and considered my betting (calling) behavior, and asked themselves these questions, they’d probably have realized what was going on. Whether the player with the set of 4’s could fold them is another story 🙂

Aside from a trap, what else could have kept me in this hand?

Traps aren’t easy to detect. When a good player calls a big bet, there’s a better than average chance they are trapping! You’ll also often see them delay for an unusually long time, as if they’re struggling to make a decision about calling your hand, then either call you, raise or go all-in. If this is indeed a good player, you now know almost for certain you’re being trapped (call) or warned (raise/all-in). If you don’t have the top hand at this point, you’re probably beaten.

This lengthy delay can be a great “tell” for traps and detecting strong hands, and is one you should learn to recognize. The delay is an attempt to make you believe they’re “struggling” to make their decision – do the opposite of what your opponents want you to do when there’s an obvious tell like this one.

Good players don’t usually call bets – they usually raise/re-raise with strength or fold. They don’t often waste their money on draws, so if they’re lurking in there with you, it almost certain it’s not out of curiosity…

If you aren’t spending twice as much time thinking about what your opponent’s hand might be, based upon their betting (calling) pattern and position and play history, you should be.

Your own hand strength is quickly and easily determined. Spend more time on your opponents, learning to read their normal betting patterns and skill level, then when they do something that doesn’t match their normal pattern, slow down and ask yourself why.

I hope this helps you become a better trapper (and avoid falling in yourself 🙂

Rick