Las Vegas Odds & Ends

The Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook again paces the pack by posting the first lines on over/under season win totals for all NBA teams.

The popular SuperBook proposition gives players a chance to wager on how many wins a particular team will have.

Defending champ San Antonio and Miami have the highest expectations with 58 1/2 wins apiece, followed by Indiana at 54 1/2 and Houston and Dallas at 53 1/2.

The second-year Charlotte Bobcats bring up the rear with 21 1/2 victories.

The Lakers, a popular team in the Vegas Valley, are 42 1/2 with the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves while their Los Angeles neighbors, the Clippers, are at 40 1/2.

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Bourbon Street has shut its doors and rumors insist the Tropicana also is on the auction block and that this is the last football season for the Imperial Palace.

Harrah’s is supposedly interested in the latter two to add to its growing kingdom of properties.

Look for a Leroy’s Sports Book to go into the Las Vegas Club, which is being kept open by employeees now that the Barrick Group has

gone bust.

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The Clark County Commission recently approved plans for Olympia Gaming to enter the Las Vegas Market.

Plans call for Olympia’s $750 million Southern Highland”s Casino-Resort on Las Vegad Blvd. South and St. Rose Parkway.

Having an ultimate build-out in the $2 billion range, it is the South Strip’s most ambitious property to date.

Eventually, it promises to be a mixed-use destination luxury resort that has the amenities and attractions of a major Strip resort.

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Caesars Palace Race and Sports Director Chuck Esposito leads the Gaming Today newspaper’s “Battle of the Bookies” NFL Players competition with a 68-33 mark and appears to be running away with the contest.

The closest pursuers are Mike Hendrie of Paris Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Hilton’s Jeff Sherman and the Golden Nugget Laughlin’s Steve Harvey with 59-42.

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Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Paris, the Flamingo and Reno Hilton have Vitali Klitschko as a minus $4.30 faviorte over plus $3.30 Hasim Rahman in their Caesars Palace WBC heavyweight boxing match Nov. 12.

The “will go” eight full rounds is minus $1.10 and “won’t go” is minus $1.20.

Klitschko is 8/5 to win on a decision and Rahman is 8/1. Klitschko is minus $1.80 to win by a knockout and Rahman is 5/1.

The draw proposition is 15/1.

Bernard Hopkins is a slight minus $1.20 favorite over Jermain Taylor (minus $1.10) in their WBC/IBF/WBO Las Vegas middleweight title bout Dec. 3.

The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds.

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Las Vegas oddsmakers obviously consider the Chicago White Sox one-shot wonders.

The Las Vegas Hilton has them at 15/1 to repeat as World Series champs and the Caesars Palace family lists them at 20/1.

Favorites are the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees. The Hilton’s current odds have the Cardinals at 5/1 and Caesars Palace has them at 3/1. The Yankees are 5/1 at the Hilton and 4/1 at Caesars.

There’s a big gap between the properties when it comes to the Cleveland Indians. They’re 15/1 at the independent Hilton and 5/1 at Caesars establishments.

The Chicago Cubs, perrenial action-attractors, are 20/1 at the two properties and the local favorite Los Angeles Dodgers are 30/1 at the Hilton and 40/1 at the Caesars group books.

The Los Angeles Angels are 10/1 at the SuperBook and 8/1 at Caesars bet shops.

Boston is 7-1 and 6-1 respectively.

Atlanta’s Braves are 12/1 at the Hilton and 7/1 at Caesars properties.

Long shots are the Kansas City Royals at 500/1 and 300/1.

Commission Blueprint Review – Is This Clickbank Formula a Scam?

Does the Commission Blueprint system really work, or is it another overhyped and useless affiliate marketing product? I was really skeptical about this product at first, because I have fallen for many make money online scams before and did not want to become another victim. However, after hearing many success stories from people who have tried it, I went ahead to try this myself.

1. Who Are The Creators of Commission Blueprint?

This product is created by Tim Godfrey and Steven Clayton, both successful affiliate marketers today. Tim has been building websites for over 5 years now, and his websites have generated more than $25 million dollars for him. He specializes in marketing to the gambling industry, but his methods have been proven to work across other niches too.

Steven is another marketer who employs another strategy but has enjoyed as much success in affiliate marketing. He specializes in using AdWords traffic and has an internet marketing campaign of his own. Together, these 2 men have produced what I feel is one of the fastest course to start making money with affiliate marketing on the internet.

2. What Will You Get In The Commission Blueprint Package?

This system is meant to produce income on almost autopilot by using Clickbank and AdWords. In the video series in this package, you will learn step by step how to start from selecting products to driving traffic and finally converting the visitor into a paying customer. Along with the videos are written guides, templates and mind maps provided making learning the system really easy, especially for beginners.

Once you have understood the system, you will find the page templates provided to be very useful. They have been very well optimized to convert traffic, and I have been pleased to see how well they perform when I send AdWords traffic to them.

Stock Market Investment: Reliable or Gambling

There is an old metaphor saying, “Money makes money”. This can be literally applied now a days to capital generation through stock market investment. Generally, people have savings in the form of cash or jewelry. But it is going to do nothing if the economy gets hit with inflation or currency value falls. So, what can be a safe investment which is reliable as well as productive? Well the answer is stock market investment. The stock market comprises of a system where partnership or shares of publicly trading companies are bought, issued and sold. But for a few people it is no better than a dark chasm and nebulous casino of savings gambling. Contrary to the common thinking, the stock market is a far better investment option than classical investment areas like fixed deposits and gold bonds.

Basics one should learn before starting stock market investments

It is a great pain to lose money and that’s why nobody wants to lose their savings collected by hard work. Moreover, some people have a greater investment threshold than others. If a person is considering to divert his/ her savings as stock market investment and he is upset about the loss that might occur, he shouldn’t have invested in the first place. However, before investing one should have his mind clearly on a few things.

Here an investor sells any particular security owned by him too, another who is interested in buying it. Since both the investors cannot be absolutely correct, it can be called an adversarial system. For better understanding we can assume that, one investor will be profited and the other will definitely suffer loss.

The opinion of major investors, natural calamities, political and social instability, demand and supply, risk, and the abundance of or lack of alternatives. These factors compile with the relevant information released, which create a general sentiment (i.e. Bearish and bullish) thus influencing corresponding buyers & sellers.

Real profit lies in the price gradient of buying and selling a stock. The best time for buying is when other investors are pessimistic. Concurrently, the best time for selling is when other investors are optimistic.

Pros and cons of stock market investment

Similar to any other investment option, the stock market has its advantages and disadvantages too.

Advantages

1. Great opportunity of extremely good returns in a short time window.

2. Minority ownership. It may sound like exaggeration, but putting money in the stocks of a reputed company also makes the person a part owner of the firm. It doesn’t matter if the investment was large or small.

Disadvantages

1. Brokerage commissions. Every time a person trades his shares, he becomes liable to pay a certain amount to the stockbroker’s commission and it kills the margin of the profit.

2. Time consuming. Investing in the market is not same as putting money to win a lottery. Here one has to fulfill multiple formalities, hence it becomes time consuming.

Baccarat – A Casino Card Game With III Phases and a Bit of History

Before I explain this Baccarat game that dates back to the 15th Century, let’s review a brief bit of history. Americans got their first real glimpse of this casino game during the 1962 James Bond movie, Dr. No, when Bond, played by Sean Connery, was winning in a Monte Carlo casino. The game was Chemin de fer.

Phase I – Chemin de fer

In this original version Players wagered among themselves and won or lost with their own money. A dealer shoe rotated around the table counterclockwise after each hand. Players could decline the bank and pass the shoe to the next player. A 5% commission for winning bank hands paid to the house was to cover the casino overhead.

Phase II – Punto Banco

Punto Banco, meaning Player, Banker, was introduced in Nevada from Cuba in the late 1950’s, where it was very popular until Castro closed he mob run casinos. The main difference from the French version is that the house banks the game. A tie bet was added to increase the house edge, and the 5% commission to the house for a winning bank bet remains in place. Eventually the name baccarat, Italian for zero, was coined. Today baccarat is played in high limit rooms throughout the world where millions are won and lost each day.

Phase III – Mini-Baccarat

Eventually gaming establishments saw profit potential with Baccarat however they had to make it attractive to the average player. Hence, a new version was born, Mini-Baccarat.The rules for this game are exactly the same as Punto Banco except one house dealer controls he game for up to seven players. Table minimums are as low as $5 or $10. Numerous optional side bets have been added to increase the house edge.

How to Play Baccarat

The objective of baccarat is for the player to come as close to the number 9 as possible. Aces count as one, 2’s – 9’s are face value and 10’s – K’s count as zero.

Regardless of the number of players, the dealer only deals two hands from a six or eight deck shoe. Prior to the deal players must first place one bet on either the bank hand, player hand, or tie. Croupiers pass the shoe so players have the option in turn to deal the cards. In Mini-Baccarat, the shoe remains in place and the dealer controls all the action.

When a hand is totaled, it cannot exceed 9. If the two cards total more than 9, the first digit is dropped. The second digit becomes the total. Ex: 7,8=15. (the 1 is dropped) total = 5.

Baccarat requires no skill to play. All the player needs to do is place one bet before the deal. The dealer examines both hands to determine if a third and final card should be drawn. The determination is made according to a fixed set of game rules. Here they are:

Game Rules for Player Bet

The player position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2,3,4,5, unless the banker has a natural 8 or 9. Player always stands on 6,7,8, and 9. When the play bet has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Game Rules for Banker Bet

The banker position always draws on a 0, 1, and 2 unless the player has a natural 8 or 9. The banker always stands on 7,8, and 9. When a banker has a natural 8 or 9, the game is over.

Strategy

No playing strategy is required. Always bet the bank which has the lowest house edge at 1.06%, even with the 5% commission owed to the house. A player bet has a house edge of 1.24% while the tie bet that pays 8 to 1 has a whopping house edge of 14%!. This bet is not recommended. A number of optional side bets at the mini tables have house edges from 2 to 13%. These are not recommended.

Good luck!

Choosing Revenue Option For Poker Affiliate Programs

One of the most profitable niches for an affiliate marketer is with no doubt poker. If you have a poker site making money it is fairly easy, but make sure you are choosing the right commission model for your affiliate program; fixed commission, rev share or a combination of both. Use this fairly simple way of calculating which to choose.

Sending players to various online poker rooms is a lucrative business. Due to the very high competition, the poker affiliate programs need to offer very high commissions to attract new affiliates. For webmasters, this is as good as it gets.

The typical poker affiliate program offers variations of commission, making it possible for you to analyze your traffic and referred players, helping you choose the best model for you and your site. It is not always easy to know the break-even point for revenue share vs. fixed commission, but if you know your visitors, all you need is a calculator.

You need some information about the players you refer. This is sometimes hard to know, but usually you can use a rough estimate. The more information available to you, the better you will understand your players. Try to find out – or guess – the following:

Referred players average limit (player level)

Type of game preferred (limit/no-limit, stud, Omaha etc.)

Table size preferences (usually 6 or 10 players/table)

To find this information out, you can use any method available; a poll on your page isn’t a bad idea, one or a few easy questions will get many answers, making it easier to estimate the above details. There are numerous ways of getting to know your visitors, but that would be another topic, and therefore beyond the scope of this article. If you have no information about your visitors, or if you are yet to build your site, look at a few different levels (of limit games) to see the impact on your revenue. The same applies with table size and type of game, investigate and evaluate.

What you need to know about the affiliate program is the following:

Rake percentage (the percentage the poker room earns from every pot)

Revenue share (the percentage of the rake paid to the affiliate)

Average number of players on active tables (on the referrer’s player level)

Find the average number of players seated at the tables, as well as the average pot. This information is given at almost all poker rooms. If you can’t find the information in the affiliate interface, log in as a player and look directly at the tables.

Then calculate as follows:

(rake percentage x average pot x revenue share) / average seated players.

This gives you the average commission for one played hand.

Look at their fixed commissions and do another quick calculation:

Fixed commission / earnings per hand.

This gives you the number of hands the referred players has to be part of, before you make more from revenue share than from the fixed commission.

If you want to know the time each player has to spend in the poker room to make up for the fixed commission, all you need to find is the average pots per hour. This information is also available in almost every poker room. Then simply calculate:

Number of hands (from the calculation above) / hands per hour.

Giving you an estimate of the time each player has to spend in the poker room before you start earning more than the fixed commission.

Now you have a few more parameters to consider before choosing your revenue model, take your time – it is well worth it.