odiousgambit
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December 30th, 2014 at 5:12:39 AM permalink
also, gotta know if the New Zealanders seemed to be aware of this?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=furburger
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December 30th, 2014 at 6:08:01 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Quote: beachbumbabs

Does your license plate collection require that you get it yourself to count?

Good question! I'm not as strict on that as Doc with his chip collection. However, it helps. The way I look at license plates is they can carry monetary and/or sentimental value. Sentimental value is often associated with some personal story behind the license plate.


Aah, the challenges of keeping a collection "pure" to an arbitrary list of rules....

Way back on May 28, 2010, just two months and a day after I joined this forum, I gave you a souvenir plate that probably doesn't/didn't carry much in the way of monetary or sentimental value for you. No idea whether you even kept it. About the only supportive story would be that it came from a WoV member who had displayed it on his car and that it is a specialty plate celebrating one of the colleges that member graduated from.

If that's an interesting enough story for your collection, then the next time we meet I might be able to provide a second chapter not likely yet covered by your set.
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December 30th, 2014 at 6:11:28 AM permalink
Quote: Uranium235

Did you get any Aussie plates while you were in Sydney?



No. I already had plenty of Australian plates. Unlike NZ, Australian plates are easy to obtain.

Quote: odiousgambit

How does somebody play chess blindfolded? This guy even has his back turned, but on the other hand one of the guys there seems to be assisting him. Does that person describe the board and answer questions about positions?



Both players use notation to convey the moves. For example, pawn to queen-4. When people play who are unfamiliar with the notation it often leads to mistakes. Say one move wrong and it screws up the whole game. It also doesn't help that the letter B, C, D, and E all sound alike. One of the men in that picture was Adam's father who was just making sure the board was set up right and the moves called out properly.

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also, gotta know if the New Zealanders seemed to be aware of this?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=furburger



I certainly wasn't. I don't know what they know.

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Way back on May 28, 2010, just two months and a day after I joined this forum, I gave you a souvenir plate that probably doesn't/didn't carry much in the way of monetary or sentimental value for you. No idea whether you even kept it. About the only supportive story would be that it came from a WoV member who had displayed it on his car and that it is a specialty plate celebrating one of the colleges that member graduated from.



Any plate that was a gift has an immediate story attached to it. Yes, I still have that plate. As I recall, it was the University of Wisconsin. To be honest, I have about 50 collegiate plates, but that was the only one I didn't have to buy myself. Thanks again!
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December 30th, 2014 at 7:36:30 AM permalink
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Yes, I still have that plate. As I recall, it was the University of Wisconsin.


Your recollection might have been refreshed by clicking the link that I posted and you quoted. The photo is right there, and no, I'm a southern boy and avoided cold-weather schools.
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December 30th, 2014 at 7:47:53 AM permalink
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Your recollection might have been refreshed by clicking the link that I posted and you quoted. The photo is right there, and no, I'm a southern boy and avoided cold-weather schools.



Do'h!

I look a lot younger in that picture.
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December 30th, 2014 at 7:50:40 AM permalink
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I'm go to call my first casino that, in your honor.



Thank you! I didn't think to look specifically for that. However, I can say that there was not any obnoxious progressive signage that I recall. I won't say that no machine had a progressive element, but none were like Megabucks where that was the main draw.



It might be that the big Mystery Progressive plays are now extinct.
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odiousgambit
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December 30th, 2014 at 11:52:47 AM permalink
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Quote: odiousgambit


also, gotta know if the New Zealanders seemed to be aware of this?

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=furburger



I certainly wasn't. I don't know what they know.



I just noticed the sign actually reads Fer-g-burger; maybe your companions were making fun of the similarity, and this threw you off?
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December 30th, 2014 at 12:21:24 PM permalink
The TR says that "by law," each slot machine must display the return percentage. Is that a federal law, or a more regional one?

Om my last trip to Australia (a little over 3 years ago), I noticed the Melbourne slots did this but the Sydney ones did not, and I am under the impression that casinos are regulated at state rather than federal level there.

Something I noticed in the Australian/New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard: the probability of winning a jackpot cannot be worse than 1 in 7 million.

The Victorian state regulations say that, as of 1/1/2008, every gaming machine must display:
(a) the return percentage;
(b) the average number of individual games played per any win, based on one line being played per game;
and (c) the chances or odds of achieving the top 5 and bottom 5 (in value) individual winning combinations.
Somehow, I don't see Nevada going with (c) if it means that every slot machine has to display the odds against hitting the jackpot - especially if it's a Megabucks machine.

Also, any "bonus round" where you can risk your winnings must have an expected return of 100%.
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December 30th, 2014 at 1:50:44 PM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy


Also, any "bonus round" where you can risk your winnings must have an expected return of 100%.

Do you have an example of this type of machine?

I remember some old monopoly slot games where you could buy property, it was an interesting game. I haven't seen them in years. Has anyone seen any still left?
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
ThatDonGuy
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December 30th, 2014 at 2:42:33 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

Do you have an example of this type of machine?


IIRC, if you win, usually you are given the option of doubling the win by selecting that a card drawn from a deck will be Red or Black (or a coin toss Heads or Tails). In this case, the event must have a 50% chance of a win. I also think that you can continue to risk the winnings, but there is a limit as to how many times a particular win can be pressed (either 4 or 5, including the initial option); if a deck of cards is used, the drawn card is put back into the deck before the next draw.

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