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February 12th, 2024 at 1:03:00 PM permalink
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"Both teams will have an opportunity to score" - the reason he restated is because that statement doesn't imply exactly the same as "both teams will have an opportunity to possess" although I suppose both statements could be misconstrued. Is an opportunity to intercept or take possession of the ball after a fumble, both of which are always on the table, the same as an opportunity to possess?

In any case, if some members of the '49ers didn't realize that they were not playing sudden death, they might have been not pushing as hard as they got closer to the end zone, and were assuming that even a field goal will end it.

And what about the '49ers coach, why did he direct his team to pick offense after winning the overtime coin toss? It does seem to make sense that the greater advantage would be to let the other team try and then know exactly what is needed to win or at least keep the game going. The only advantages I can perceive to going first are being less tired, and also the element of panic that would be instilled in the other team if they scored a touchdown.
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Most importantly that if you score first and the other team then goes and ties the game, you get the next possession and itís sudden death. Thatís a point most commentators have missed. (KC says they would have gone for 2 so the third possession irrelevant in a TD/TD situation, but not in a FG/FG or no score / no score situation.)

Itís a bit complicated whether kicking or receiving is better. I havenít heard any analytics reported about it.
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February 12th, 2024 at 1:18:32 PM permalink
Well then it might've just come down to that overtime penalty that sent the 49'ers 10 yards back and prevented an easier touchdown.

Then the Chiefs would have had to get a two point conversion, I read something about that they had envisioned such a play if necessary.

But basically, if the 49'ers had gotten 7 points ahead during OT instead of just 3, the odds would have been greatly in their favor to win.

And this analysis, from a not a Football fan who doesn't follow the sport.


I am not sure, based on the way the game was going, if either side could have assumed that there would be any scoring at all in the first possession round of OT.
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February 13th, 2024 at 10:12:21 AM permalink
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49ers players say they didn't know Super Bowl overtime rules

49ersí bizarre OT coin flip decision comes back to bite them in Super Bowl 2024

I heard what the ref said about "both teams will have an opportunity to possess" and realized that Sudden Death wasn't in play, but still it seemed odd especially in that the referee himself got it wrong at first when he said "both teams will have an opportunity to score." Also that comment about "unless the first team is as a defensive score," obviously some of the players didn't know what exactly that meant (neither did I).
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He did not get it wrong when he said both teams will have an opportunity to score. He got it right.

The fact that the players could not figure out if the first score is a defensive score (a safety or pick 6 or fumble returned for TD) that the game is over is just indicative of the generally low intellect of many football players.
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Have YOU ever seen an NFL team's playbook? It is as thick as a Grey's Anatomy. The players have to memorize it and more. Your "from the hip" assessment is just wrong and .......

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February 13th, 2024 at 11:04:24 AM permalink
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49ers players say they didn't know Super Bowl overtime rules

49ersí bizarre OT coin flip decision comes back to bite them in Super Bowl 2024

I heard what the ref said about "both teams will have an opportunity to possess" and realized that Sudden Death wasn't in play, but still it seemed odd especially in that the referee himself got it wrong at first when he said "both teams will have an opportunity to score." Also that comment about "unless the first team is as a defensive score," obviously some of the players didn't know what exactly that meant (neither did I).
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He did not get it wrong when he said both teams will have an opportunity to score. He got it right.

The fact that the players could not figure out if the first score is a defensive score (a safety or pick 6 or fumble returned for TD) that the game is over is just indicative of the generally low intellect of many football players.
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Have YOU ever seen an NFL team's playbook? It is as thick as a Grey's Anatomy. The players have to memorize it and more. Your "from the hip" assessment is just wrong and .......

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Iím not saying it takes NO mental ability to play football. An offensive guard has a full week to learn the letís say 80 possible plays. He has NO OTHER job. He in actuality has a specific task per play.
I always get a kick out of Ďfalse startsí. The QB has informed the team that the center will snap the ball after he says Ďseven outí. He says Ďcrapsí and the guy movesÖ
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February 13th, 2024 at 11:05:58 AM permalink
I need MDawg to get back in a casino so I donít have to argue with Lilred about the intellect of NFL playersÖ
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February 13th, 2024 at 12:42:29 PM permalink
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I need MDawg to get back in a casino so I donít have to argue with Lilred about the intellect of NFL playersÖ



I wouldn't argue about the intellect of Ryan Fitzpatrick or Myron Rolle.
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February 13th, 2024 at 2:14:30 PM permalink
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49ers players say they didn't know Super Bowl overtime rules

49ersí bizarre OT coin flip decision comes back to bite them in Super Bowl 2024

I heard what the ref said about "both teams will have an opportunity to possess" and realized that Sudden Death wasn't in play, but still it seemed odd especially in that the referee himself got it wrong at first when he said "both teams will have an opportunity to score." Also that comment about "unless the first team is as a defensive score," obviously some of the players didn't know what exactly that meant (neither did I).
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He did not get it wrong when he said both teams will have an opportunity to score. He got it right.

The fact that the players could not figure out if the first score is a defensive score (a safety or pick 6 or fumble returned for TD) that the game is over is just indicative of the generally low intellect of many football players.
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Have YOU ever seen an NFL team's playbook? It is as thick as a Grey's Anatomy. The players have to memorize it and more. Your "from the hip" assessment is just wrong and .......

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Iím not saying it takes NO mental ability to play football. An offensive guard has a full week to learn the letís say 80 possible plays. He has NO OTHER job. He in actuality has a specific task per play.
I always get a kick out of Ďfalse startsí. The QB has informed the team that the center will snap the ball after he says Ďseven outí. He says Ďcrapsí and the guy movesÖ
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Well, I guess that is more prep than an anesthesiologist monitoring his gas passing during an appendectomy.

For me, MDawgs' one liner "session" reports --- boring.

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February 13th, 2024 at 6:45:53 PM permalink
Boring? Not a bit of it!

They are consuming the night and day thoughts and efforts of at least two people right now! as all of those session reports are being added up.

To quote Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (well, approximately anyway), "Boring should be made of sterner stuff."
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February 13th, 2024 at 6:48:17 PM permalink
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February 25th, 2024 at 10:06:46 AM permalink
This is an interesting article about Anthony Farrer, ďThe Timepiece Gentleman.Ē Capitalizing on the massive run up due to scarce availability of luxury timepieces during the pandemic, this convicted felon ran a sort of ponzi scheme where he took in millions of dollars worth of watches, millions in cash from investors, sold watches and sometimes paid back consignees and investors, but mostly pocketed all proceeds to fuel a life of excess.

The time bandit The rise and fall of America's flashiest dealer in luxury watches

He drove a Lamborghini, partied heavily in high priced bottle service nightclubs, gambled hard in Vegas, and for a while rented the most expensive apartment in Los Angeles, to the tune of $90,000. a month. He documented much of the lavish lifestyle online, including on YouTube.

Along the way numerous online people including on Reddit dug up his criminal past, which wasnít really all that substantial anyway mostly alcohol related offenses, records of his having been a gay escort of sorts, and tried to warn people that he was bad news. Few listened, and the money kept pouring in.

When it all came crashing down by summer 2023, he posted some YouTube videos about how he had let alcohol and excess in general get the better of him, and vowed to pay everyone back.

He never got a chance, was arrested on federal fraud charges in October 2023, and has been in custody since awaiting a Fall 2024 trial date.

His website remains up:

https://thetimepiecegentleman.com



Breaking News: The Timepiece Gentleman Saga Continues. Anthony Farrer Posts YouTube Video Admitting Wrongdoings and $5 Million USD in Debt.

Beverly Hills watch dealer under scrutiny after items vanish

ĎSpending peopleís moneyí: Beverly Hills luxury watch dealer arrested by FBI in alleged Ponzi scheme
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February 26th, 2024 at 5:12:06 PM permalink
I stopped taking niacin (I was taking Niaspan which is a time release version of flush niacin) about a week ago after these reports came out.

High levels of niacin linked to heart disease, new research suggests

Niacin has long been a public health darling. But an excess could be bad for the heart, study suggests

Niacin, or vitamin B3, has long been a U.S. public health darling to the point that it is added, by law, to cereal products. But a new study published Monday in Nature Medicine points to a potentially concerning effect of an excess of the vitamin: It may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study looked into two cohorts of patients without active heart disease, 60% of whom were treated with statins, and found a strong association between a metabolic product of excess niacin and an increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke. One in four of the people in the study had excess niacin, which doubled their risk of major cardiovascular events to levels comparable with diabetes or a previous heart attack.

I suggested that my doctor put me instead on bempedoic acid

Statin alternative significantly reduces heart disease deaths, new study finds

but my doctor pointed out that I don't need any of that stuff as my cholesterol and triglycerides aren't even high. I believe the doctor had signed off on the Niaspan because it's just a vitamin, essentially, whether I needed it or not.

So then I pointed out, well what if they go up now that I'm not taking Niaspan? So we will revisit this on down the line and re-evaluate.
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February 27th, 2024 at 8:46:31 AM permalink
About to head back to southern Cal....



(Yes it's cold here, DRich.)
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February 27th, 2024 at 9:29:17 AM permalink
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About to head back to southern Cal....



(Yes it's cold here, DRich.)
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That looks miserable. It is 80 degrees here and it looks like winter is over. It is supposed to be above 80 every day for the next 10 days.
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February 29th, 2024 at 11:22:06 AM permalink
Recently watched "Poor Things" and the Willem Dafoe character Godwin in it is referred to as "God" in an obvious double entendre.

In it Bella often refers to herself in the third person, as does MDawg sometimes.
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February 29th, 2024 at 12:25:13 PM permalink
All that matters is that in the history of this forum no one has provided much, if any evidence of anything. Except MDawg.
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February 29th, 2024 at 1:08:48 PM permalink
Got out just in time! Batten down the hatches, entrust the home back to the local who watches over it...and depart!

Monster blizzard takes aim at Tahoe, Mammoth: ĎSerious life-threateningí snow, wind forecast
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February 29th, 2024 at 3:01:31 PM permalink
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All that matters is that in the history of this forum no one has provided much, if any evidence of anything. Except MDawg.
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I think Iíve posted hundreds of specific +EV opportunities. Since this forum is not about me, or any one person for that matter, I plan on posting no evidence of my actual bets.

The way to show how great you are is not by disparaging the rest of us.

Seriously, do you think I need to post Ďevidenceí for my sports betting claims (whatever they actually are?) so that they are believed by the members here?

You are a lawyer. If your claim (the SUM of your trip reports) that youíve made Ďsome suchí $5 million from the casino (not counting the presents, tickets, gift cards, RFB, etc..), the evidence you posted is NOTHING BUT CIRCUMSTANTIAL. It may be proof of something, but NOTHING in the Ďevidenceí you provided us is, well, evidence of a SUM win of that magnitude.

I just donít get you.
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February 29th, 2024 at 3:18:17 PM permalink
You must not have even read what I posted then. And how are actual video of me logged into my player accounts, navigating to the pages where the WIN statements are posted, where the WINs more or less corroborate the exact sums claimed along the way for those years, "circumstantial." Plus lots of other evidence.

Before I was witnessed playing and winning some people were crowing about how only "future" evidence of winning mattered. Once MDawg's ability to win was corroborated in the present and now, some started crowing about only "past results" matter. Which is it? 😅

Anyway, bottom line is you and almost all the others have posted zilch in the way of evidence. I've posted plenty.
Your stand on this seems to be, "If I'm doing what anyone else could do, then I must be doing it and don't need to prove it." Or, "If I explain how it could be done, then you must assume that I am doing it." Fine, but the fact remains - most such people around here have posted zilch in the way of actual evidence.

You don't even seem to understand what it takes to get your hands on $100K chips regularly in a casino that offers such high denomination chips, there is at least a little more to it than just showing up with $100K.


Just take my handle, multiple it by the expected house edge, you find that I should have lost pushing -$30,000,000. in my lifetime by now. So, either I am made of money, or I do have some edge that allows me to win. As others too know, the average life of a high roller no matter how much he has (look at Terrance Watanabe) is two years. For someone to play flat out the way I do, so many days a year, either he has beyond massive resources or...he's winning.
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February 29th, 2024 at 8:57:03 PM permalink
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Nuked for personal insult and for being a sock (apparently of a banned member, Boz.)
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March 1st, 2024 at 7:27:00 AM permalink
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Got out just in time! Batten down the hatches, entrust the home back to the local who watches over it...and depart!

Monster blizzard takes aim at Tahoe, Mammoth: ĎSerious life-threateningí snow, wind forecast
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The plan was always to leave end of February anyway.

Southern California isn't exactly burning with heat right now either, in the mid 50s right now, cloudy and supposed to rain tomorrow.

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March 2nd, 2024 at 5:12:48 AM permalink
Wynn lawsuit accuses Fontainebleau of Ďunhealthy obsessioní with resort, poaching employees

The lawsuit lists dates and names regarding Fontainebleau recruitment efforts, even coming to the Wynn property as paying guests to gain access to the workers they sought to persuade to jump ship.

Haven't even been to Fountainebleu yet, but via their Tier Match I am Fontainebleau Rewards Royal.
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March 2nd, 2024 at 8:56:58 AM permalink
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Wynn lawsuit accuses Fontainebleau of Ďunhealthy obsessioní with resort, poaching employees

The lawsuit lists dates and names regarding Fontainebleau recruitment efforts, even coming to the Wynn property as paying guests to gain access to the workers they sought to persuade to jump ship.

Haven't even been to Fountainebleu yet, but via their Tier Match I am Fontainebleau Rewards Royal.
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Do you believe Wynn has a valid case? Seems to me there should be nothing illegal in what Fountainebleu has done.
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March 2nd, 2024 at 11:33:00 AM permalink
The article mentions ongoing issues, where Fontainebleau was continuing to recruit Wynn employees as far back as in "mid-2022, a year and a half before Fontainebleau opened its doors," notwithstanding that it knew that Wynn employees "had non-competition agreements with Wynn that would preclude them from working at Fontainebleau for at least a year."

The parties came to some agreement where Fontainebleau agreed not to do it anymore.

Apparently this led to the filing of a lawsuit by Wynn against Fontainebleau in mid 2022, which was in turn settled via a non-solicitation covenant that "was to remain in effect through July 8, 2023."

Apparently, that non-solicitation was violated, which led to the current lawsuit.

Perhaps the lawsuit alleges violation of that non-solicitation covenant. It could be filed under a simple breach of contract or, some kind of "tortious interference" theory, where Wynn is alleging that Fontainebleau is interfering with Wynn's contracts with its employees.

I'd have to look at it. The article mentions District court but this could mean either the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada, which is a state court in Las Vegas, or the Nevada District Court, which is federal. If both entities are Nevada based it would probably just be a state action and I don't see any kind of federal question.

I know Fontainebleau has been very aggressive with trying to recruit players from other properties - both I and my friends / associates have been contacted, and other high rollers I know. Offering up front suite comp'ed stays and such, which is pretty routine in this business. For known players new casinos will always take a chance.

As far as recruiting employees, this always happens. I know of a lot of top people at Fontainebleau who came from other majors on the Strip, and when Resorts World Vegas was getting ready to open, some of the pit bosses and hosts went over to RW. Anytime a new resort opens they are in need of experienced personnel.
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March 8th, 2024 at 7:30:23 AM permalink
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I'm negotiating some terms that might make it hard to decline returning for at least another challenger champion bout. Just got the call this morning that my offer terms had gotten greenlighted as far as senior VP so far. It's just more of the same, but slightly different.

MDawg vs. the casinos!
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Still working on this. It may or may not 🤩 be at one of the NEW Majors on the Strip.

But one of the OLD Majors may be pulling the rug out from below me.... 🧐

Hoping on, at worst, a changing of the guard.
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March 20th, 2024 at 6:27:20 AM permalink
Looking promising.
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March 20th, 2024 at 8:49:56 AM permalink
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Looking promising.
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... and to think, they call me inscrutable.
May the cards fall in your favor.
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March 21st, 2024 at 5:16:33 PM permalink
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He was playing six decks "only" apparently. 😁


Nico Zoographic

Nicolas ďNicky the GreekĒ Zoographic is a famous baccarat player who lived during the early twentieth century. He was a member of a group of gamblers who toured European casinos. They made a fortune playing high-stakes games of baccarat, and Zoographic was renowned for his memorization skills and mathematical abilities. His memory allowed him to memorize every card in a baccarat game and alerted his team when the odds were in their favor.

During the early 20th century, Zoographic was a member of the Greek Syndicate, which controlled all baccarat tables. He had an amazing memory, and he was able to remember the order of three dozen cards when played with six decks. Zoographic also had an amazing ability to gauge fluctuations in odds in favor of the bank, and he was able to make the best bets according to that information.
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If you believe that knowing everything about what cards have been played and what are left makes a difference then it is possible to use one's brain or a computer to derive an edge.

This is not to say that this is the only Baccarat advantage play. There are more mundane but even more effective ones unrelated to perfect memorization.
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March 22nd, 2024 at 10:40:13 AM permalink
I suppose retail has fallen on hard times, including in Beverly Hills.

RIP Beverly Hills: Video shows high-end retail stores now shuttered amid LA crime wave

Rodeo Drive is still there, with most of its stores intact,


But when I was at the men's Saks the other day - maybe six customers in the entire store. There were enough uniformed guards though!

Battistoni, Chanel, next to the old Barney's (which is the new women's Saks for about a month now),



all shuttered.




And then another sign of the times, at the Beverly Wilshire,


this display case, that used to contain Breguets,




now - empty.



Over all, whether at Caesars Vegas, Wynn, or any retail anywhere, display cases outside of a store (by outside I mean physically separated from the store and outside of it) no longer contain high end merchandise. Some items for display here and there, but nothing high ticket. There used to be this case outside the old Wynn watch store (not the Rolex store, across from it), that contained hundreds of thousands in watches, with nothing but plexiglass to protect it from scoundrels.
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March 22nd, 2024 at 11:39:09 AM permalink
I think I find empty window displays less concerning than armed guards in front of window displays.
Even then, the heavy body armor got my attention more than the shotgun.
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March 22nd, 2024 at 1:36:03 PM permalink
Yes, the stores at least the ones that are located inside hotels or malls are still putting high end merchandise in the window displays. Just don't see it any more, detached from the store, in any of those cases such as you find around inside hotels in various unmanned locations. Those cases no longer contain high end watches or jewelry, just mostly men's or women's accessories, or non-precious metal fashion items.

It is the best deterrent I suppose - just don't leave anything out worth stealing.

Lot of stores have followed suit with this for many years now too, the highest ticket item you see out in electronic stores these days is maybe $300., most everything else that might be carried out easily is locked up in the back.

I saw this video online

Suspect steals multiple devices from California Apple store

no one bothers him while he's ripping over 40 iPhones from their displays, and then walks out right past a parked (but empty) police cruiser.

He was identified and caught within a week though, and tied to another such theft as well.

Masked thief arrested after allegedly being filmed brazenly stealing 50 iPhones on display in California Apple store

These guys don't know that the display items at Apple stores may be deactivated and tracked once removed from the store?
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March 28th, 2024 at 3:40:15 PM permalink
Trying to claim that no one will lose money, no one lost money, didn't work for Sam. Trump tried it without success at his New York civil fraud trial too.

"The defendant's assertion that FTX customers and creditors will be paid in full is misleading, it is logically flawed, it is speculative," Judge Kaplan said. "A thief who takes his loot to Las Vegas and successfully bets the stolen money is not entitled to a discount on the sentence by using his Las Vegas winnings to pay back what he stole."

Disgraced crypto king Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years for FTX fraud

During the dot com era a CEO of one of the public companies used to raise the payroll when desperate at the Vegas blackjack tables. Eventually though the company went under.

PurchasePro CEO guilty, faces prison

Worked better for FEDEX though. In the early days of FedEx, founder Fred Smith had to go to extraordinary efforts to keep the company afloat. After a crucial business loan was denied, he took the company's last $5,000 to Las Vegas and won $27,000 on blackjack to cover the company's $24,000 fuel bill. It kept FedEx alive for one more week.
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March 30th, 2024 at 7:02:47 AM permalink
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Looking promising.
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Yes!
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March 30th, 2024 at 7:21:45 AM permalink
I still watch this movie every now and then (although not necessarily around Easter, and not on regular TV).

ĎThe Ten Commandmentsí remains the granddaddy of all biblical epics. Hereís why

As Moses, Charlton Heston brought a sense of conviction to this epic role (see also ďBen-HurĒ) that anchored the movie in a way few actors could, before or since. Yet at the top of the heap look no further than Yul Brynner as Mosesí rival and eventual foe Rameses, who tells his reluctant bride-to-be with princely swagger and sexuality, ďYou will come to me whenever I call you, and I will enjoy that very much. Whether you enjoy it or not is your own affairÖ but I think you will.Ē

On the other end of the spectrum thereís Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Mosesí first love and Ramesesí reluctant bride when he ascends to pharaoh. Famous for her role in ďAll About Eve,Ē Baxter chews through much of Egypt, repeating ďMosesĒ so often (as in ďOh Moses, MosesĒ) that one might be forgiven for concluding thatís both his first and last name.

The supporting cast is equally delicious, including Edward G. Robinson sounding like heís in a gangster movie and still stealing every scene heís in as the traitorous Dathan, Vincent Price as pharaohís master builder and Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Ramesesí father, Sethi, who loves Moses more than he does his own son.
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The highs, lows and terrible in-betweens of a compulsive sports gambler

David Leong had a hunch, but thatís how it is for most sports gamblers. Luck is mistaken for skill, and skill, it is believed, can make you a killing.

On a Saturday morning, Sept. 3, 2016, he and a friend flew to Vegas, scored an 8-ball of coke and checked into a suite at Ballyís. Leong had an $18,000 credit, and it was time to make it rain.

ďThere is no way USC can beat Alabama,Ē he remembered thinking as he visited two sportsbooks to spread the wager.

Kicked up with adrenaline and nerves, he didnít touch the coke. A win would double his bet. A loss would Ö he pushed the thought away and settled in to watch the game.

The Crimson Tide was slow to score, but by halftime, they were up by two touchdowns. Still, Leong didnít relax. Nothingís ever a sure thing.

For almost 10 years, he had lived with these feelings: the highs, the lows and the terrible in-betweens of a compulsive sports gambler. And he knew he wasnít alone.
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March 31st, 2024 at 5:05:09 PM permalink
When Venetian first opened, the highest tier of their player club was simply Gold.

It changed some time ago, with Paiza Gold as the highest. What "Paiza" means depends on whom you ask. Some of the old time dealers at Venetian consider a person a Paiza only if he flat bets $300,000. a hand (yes, there really are players like that), others look at the term more liberally.

Obviously the Venetian Grazie Rewards program doesn't consider a Paiza Gold as a player who needs to bet all that much to achieve that level.





Now Diamond is the highest.





If you play as hard as I do, you're off the chart anyway, but it's interesting still how the different casinos tinker with the wording and benefits of their tier rewards programs.

It is just called Venetian Rewards now, not Grazie. They have been giving away free gifts the end of each year based on points accumulated, similar to Wynn, and as at Wynn, this is built up mostly via theo loss - actual loss doesn't get you much. Although I play at about the same level at both of these casinos, it seems like I've received a lot more free consumer goods via points/dollars at Wynn than Venetian though.

One thing that has changed across the board at the Strip majors is giving table games players like me the same sort of benefits as slots players - didn't used to be like that, earned points/dollars used to derive only or mostly only from slots play.
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March 31st, 2024 at 6:05:13 PM permalink
I'm thinking of not using my card when I don't have to so I don't run up my win/loss statements with numbers. Like I could play video blackjack without a card for a few trips and win $20K (with some extra luck for sure), but I don't need to tell the casino who dunnit. The points probably wouldn't add up to more than a few hundred bucks anyway.
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so I don't run up my win/loss statements with numbers
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???

What difference would it make if you "run up win/loss statements with numbers" or don't?

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I could play video blackjack without a card for a few trips and win $20K (with some extra luck for sure), but I don't need to tell the casino who dunnit.
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What's the end goal reasoning for this?
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March 31st, 2024 at 8:40:14 PM permalink
I'm just throwing an unrated player scenario in there before I even get my card.
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April 7th, 2024 at 9:11:36 AM permalink
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My daughter lives in the path in New York state and their prediction tomorrow is cloudy. She's not very happy.
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I'd be upset if I traveled someplace hoping to get a better view, and could not even see it due to cloud cover. But staying home and not getting a great view - not such a Greek tragedy.

Southern California is supposed to get a partial eclipse tomorrow but no clouds - good enough for me.

Here is an iPhone picture I took from Southern California of the August 21, 2017 eclipse - this pic missed the peak. I have some better pictures on a real camera that I never bothered to download. So, yes, it's not such a big deal to everyone.

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April 7th, 2024 at 2:39:23 PM permalink
The weather on Sunday was perfect, mid-60's, clear blue skies. Can only hope tomorrow is a carbon copy of today, or better.
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April 7th, 2024 at 5:34:04 PM permalink
The weather, where? or rather more importantly, how much of an eclipse is expected where you are.


Southern Cal weather was fine today, supposed to be about the same tomorrow, especially slightly inland.
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April 7th, 2024 at 9:47:45 PM permalink
Within 50 miles of Rochester, NY including Niagara Falls. The weather could change suddenly, so no forecast is certain to pan out at this point. I mean the temperature was 10 degrees warmer than they thought today, so it could be 10 degrees warmer than they thought tomorrow putting it in the mid-70's, who knows? Clouds are a constant threat. I just checked Ventusky and the Low Clouds forecast has clouds coming across the area from the west around the time of the eclipse, so it could be blotted out by clouds. The forecast glitches out for 4pm & 5pm, guess the eclipse got to it. I may have to go to Sodus or a shore town on Lake Ontario to catch the last of the missing low clouds at eclipse time, the rest of the area will be low clouded over. I'll check the internet when I wake up to leave. I may go to Oswego. It's 11:35 am and I just woke up again and I'm feeling too sluggish to drive far and it has gotten very overcast while I was napping for an hour. There may be nothing to see except darkness.

But I'm seeing some severe weather alerts for Waco, TX where The Wizard is and the internet weather channel I was browsing was talking about hen egg-sized hail and tornadoes tomorrow.
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April 8th, 2024 at 9:37:08 AM permalink
Sunny clear skies here.

Whatever will come, will be visible.
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I can see the partial eclipse when I look through a folded piece of black negative film, all black portion.

But when I try to take a pic of it with an old iPhone (apparently old iPhones have such small lenses they are not affected by the sunlight will not burn out), it looks same as always. Even trying to take an iPhone pic through the folded black negative film, just shows a complete sun circle no partial eclipse.

I didn't care enough about the event to bother to get a solar filter for my real cameras.

Oh well, I guess this is more about seeing than recording! We see it!
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Partial, from Southern California - clear skies, no issues with clouds.

With an improvised filter (folded over black negative film, in front of an older iPhone (older ones have small lenses can't really be damaged by the sun)):





Direct, same iPhone, same time, no filter, doesn't even look like any sort of eclipse:



So the way a camera works, or at least the one on an iPhone, appears that too much sunlight simply floods the lens or sensor and doesn't allow it to capture the eclipse - a filter is needed.
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April 8th, 2024 at 7:53:46 PM permalink
Yeah even with the smaller lens itís still not small enough to capture an eclipse directly unlike a camera obscura.
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Trump arrives at court for the start of jury selection in his historic hush-money trial

From a legal standpoint, will be interesting to see how each side uses its 6 peremptory challenges.

Some studies have actually shown that as far as the defense, the first 12 that roll out of the box are usually better - that at least defense peremptory challenges typically end up removing jurors who would have been better than the replacements.
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Anyone who has cable service (at this house we have cable internet, landline telephone and TV), knows that every couple years as the "promotional" discounts expire, your bill goes up - sometimes as much as 30%, or even more. So you call, get some "Loyalty Retention Department" and wait while they calculate how much they may bring your bill down, which still typically ends up being about 20% higher no matter what they do.

Arguments such as "Everything else in technology is going down, why is cable service going up?" fall on deaf ears.

Our "promotions" ran out recently and when I called in advance of expiration of the discounts with a sort of peremptory challenge to see what they could do, the best they could come up with was about two hundred fifty a month, versus the two twenty had been paying previously. That didn't sound like the greatest deal so I just left it alone until last week, when I did have to call as the promotions had now expired, and the bill was heading north - it turns out - was going to settle at about $290.!

This time, the best the guy could do was about two hundred sixty 😅. I brought up that when I had called before, two fifty was available, and after some adjustments, he got it back to that and I closed the deal at two fifty - for another two years.

Amazing how the bad deal of a month ago sounds acceptable today.

Something like when real estate was skyrocketing even more than it is lately, and the full price of two years ago, becomes the steal of today.
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