26 March 2017

7 Lucky animals that bring good luck

7 Lucky animals that bring good luck Luck comes in many forms. As part of a three-part series examining how different peoples and cultures perceived luck we take a closer look at 7 lucky animals thought to bring good fortune, their origins and what they mean to the cultures that hold them dear. Pigs In the Germanic tribes of central Europe and southern Scandinavia, the wild boar was seen as a holy animal, a pet of the gods, and a symbol of fertility. For Greek, Roman, and later cultures, owning a pig symbolized privilege and prosperity. Especially during the Middle Ages, owning pigs was a sign of wealth because it indicated that the owners would never go hungry, and losers in competitions during this time period were even given a piglet as a consolation prize. Like a good crop harvest, successful breeding of pigs was considered a sign of good fortune. If someone says you’re a “schwein,” he’s calling you a pig and it’s probably not a good thing. But if he calls you a “Glücksschwein,” he’s saying you’re a…
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24 March 2017

The Ultimate Good Luck Symbols List

The Ultimate Good Luck Symbols List Around the world, from culture to culture and throughout history luck has taken many forms. As part of a three-part series examining how different peoples and cultures perceived luck. Here we present the ultimate good luck symbols list and look into their origins and what they mean to those who hold them dear. Hamsa Hand Believed to ward off the evil eye, the Hamsa hand has become a popular good luck symbol around the world. The Hand of Fatima and the Hamsa hand are common in both Jewish and Muslim communities – in Jewish communities it is known as the Hamsa Hand or the Hand of Miriam, while Muslim communities recognize it as the Hand of Fatima or the Khamsa. The evil eye is a malicious stare from someone that is believed to cause illness, death, or general bad luck. The owner of the Hamsa hand is believed to be protected from all negative energies, the most common one being the envious glares from people who wish you harm. Hamsas often feature an eye…
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22 March 2017

Bringing Down the House: Book review

The inside story of six MIT students who took Vegas for millions by Ben Mezrich Overview When it comes to stories, we all love a good underdog. There’s no denying that as a society, we can’t help rooting for the little guy. We love the guy who gets pushed around by the bullies but isn’t scared to push back; the guy who refuses to let the bad guys claim victory, no matter how much bigger, scarier, or more powerful they are. But there’s something we love even more than cheering for the underdog – after all the hardships he’s endured, we love watching him finally kick ass. From Remember the Titans to The Karate Kid, The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter – the best part of the underdog story is when the little guy finally has his day, defeating the odds and the enemy to claim sweet, sweet victory. When David beats the giant Goliath with a slingshot, it’s pure magic. And that’s what makes Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction novel, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six…
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20 March 2017

12 heads of state who knew how to gamble

12 heads of state who knew how to gamble When power alone just isn’t enough We’ve all heard of the celebrities and athletes who are notorious gamblers. Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, and Charles Barkley are only a few of the high rollers who both make and gamble millions. But we’re not talking about celebrities today – we’re talking about a different type of famous. We’re talking authority, monarchy, presidency – we’re talking about Heads of State. That’s right. Throughout history kings, queens and presidents, when not making war or plotting against their political rivals in the perennial power game, have loved to gamble. By nature those drawn to power are real risk takers and games of chance and skill are an inevitable draw for many. In this life-at-a-glance infographic we take a sneak peak at 12 heads of state who loved to gamble and craved the thrill of the win.
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17 March 2017

Numerology meanings – lucky number 3

Lucky Number 3 On the count of three. Third time’s the charm. Three’s a crowd. Three strikes and you’re out. Bad luck comes in threes. A genie grants three wishes. There are three musketeers, three stooges, three little pigs. A love triangle. The Triple Crown. Don’t take a third light. Birth, life, death. Past, present, future. Beginning, middle, end. While seven has long been considered the world’s favorite number, three comes in at second place and shows up practically everywhere. Religion, architecture, engineering, and art all use the number three extensively in their composition. It’s considered the number of the divine, the number of time, and the number of completeness. THE DIVINE NUMBER 3 Perhaps the most well-known example of the number three in religion, Christianity features the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But there are references to the number throughout the Bible. Three wise men gave three gifts to the infant Jesus. Christ resurrected three people during his ministry. Three people were crucified, including Jesus, and he was resurrected after three days. But…
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16 March 2017

St. Patrick’s Day games: what are the best Irish slots?

Slots to play on St. Patrick’s Day Are you looking for St. Patrick’s Day games? Well, look no further – these Irish slots games are sure to be as rewarding as the pots of gold at the end of the rainbow! Come find that luck of the Irish that St. Patrick’s Day is known for by having fun and winning big money! With these slots games, you’ll be filling your pockets with golden coins in no time. Enchanted Garden This magically beautiful slots game is sure to bring you some Irish luck this St. Patrick’s Day! Enchanted Garden features 5 reels and 20 paylines, giving you the opportunity to bet anywhere from $0.20 to $100 per spin, try your luck, and win big prizes. The green-haired Fairy Princess is the wild symbol in Enchanted Garden, and she substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter symbol, which is the Enchanted Garden itself. If you spin a winning combination with the Fairy Princess’s help, your reward is automatically doubled! There are other magical creatures and items in the Enchanted Garden though.…
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15 March 2017

Lottery winners’ success stories… and catastrophic failures

Lottery winner success stories… and catastrophic failures Real life winners whose folly lost it all Admit it: you’ve thought about it. We’ve all thought about it. That secret dream, that far-fetched fantasy, that almost guilt-inducing question that flits through your mind every now and then. You know what I’m talking about. What would I do if I won the lottery? Like I said – we’ve all thought about it. Everyone has some type of plan for when they cash that check worth millions. But for many who actually win, nothing goes according to plan. In fact, everything goes terribly, horribly wrong. Important lessons of the incredible importance of properly manage your bankroll when gambling, learning to take your winnings in stride and how to budget when the table goes cold to learn to live to play another day! Listed here are only a few winners who had millions of dollars one day, thanks to a lack of foresight and self-control, and not long after… … WERE BROKE: In 2002, Michael “Lotto Lout” Carroll showed up to collect a £9.7 million…
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15 March 2017

7 Fantastic bankroll management tools

7 Fantastic bankroll management tools Budgeting apps reviews When it comes to casino’s and playing for real cash, it’s long been said that one of the keys to getting the most for your entertainment dollar is knowing how to budget your gambling bankroll. At Casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, in fact the world over, the bright lights, whirling, tinkling slots, drinks, howls of delight and laughter, and sheer exhilaration in the air can make it easy to lose track of your cash, and all too fast. It’s essential to budget for dining expenses, hotel bills, shows, self-indulgent pampering and souvenirs to name just a few. Online gambling of course, is different. You don’t have to worry about the bright lights and massive distractions designed to suck your cash like a vacuum cleaner on speed. There are no hotel and restaurant bills, big ticket shows or other expenses to worry about. Whether safe at home, at the office or on the go, online casino gambling can be loads of fun, super relaxing and equally as thrilling an experience as playing…
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08 March 2017

Is esports betting really a thing?

Just when you thought you’d seen everything… It’s a rapidly changing world and gambling is everywhere. In Las Vegas, you can bet on when alien life will be proven, when Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy, if the next James Bond will be black, and what city is likely to see a white Christmas in 2017, but video games? Yep, that too. Once the realm of pimply teens and hard core computer nerds, video games are ubiquitous these days, on every smart phone and computer, in front of us and around every corner. Enjoyed by players of all ages, video games have sparked their own, global, massive, hyper-competitive, star-filled, real-money wagering universe… called esports. So, what are esports? All competitive video games are referred to as esports, whether it’s an actual video game version of a sport like FIFA soccer or Madden football, a first-person shooter game like Call of Duty, or a multiplayer online battle arena video game like League of Legends. The latter, also known as LoL, is the world’s most-watched video game, and garnered a very…
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01 March 2017

Can poker AI make its way to casino tables?

How AI and Swarm are Changing the Way We Bet There’s strength in numbers. We’ve all heard that before, in large part because it’s true. When you play online slots today, craps or keno, computers use random number generators to decide the outcome. And, when it comes to placing sports bets, strength in numbers is taking on a whole new meaning… and fast! Just look at AI, the science of using data and programs to teach machines to learn like people do, and it’s remarkable offshoots, like swarm intelligence. Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into our daily lives at an alarming rate. Okay, that’s not completely right, true AI is still a way away, so Big Brother is more likely to be a person or set of people than a machine. Hard to say if that’s good or bad. However, you can’t really blame the machine. But the fact remains that complicated algorithms and hints of true machine learning surround us and are being ever more intricately woven into the fabric of…
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