Is Asia A New Horizon Of The Poker

The poker game has been a part of card games competitions for more than two hundred years already. Undoubtedly, poker has charmed the majority of the planet, starting from poker rooms on river boats and in bars on the Wild West in the past and up to modern card rooms with a huge amount of tables and luxurious casinos all over the world. Be it the USA, Europe or even Latin and South America, poker has become a super popular game of the 21st century. But even now there is a “new horizon”, which will be actively conquered in the forthcoming years, in order to move poker to the new stage of its popularity among dozens of millions of new players.

This “new horizon” is a continental Asia. One billion people lives in China, one more billion is the population of India, and one more billion is spread over the remaining part of the continent. Considering such an amount of potential poker players, this market is a “gold vein” for organizers of the game. Only recently this horizon started to be developed (with or without the assistance of local governments). The new horizon can become the last one for poker, meaning that it will completely conquer the whole world. Organizers of poker assure that by the end of 2007 many Asians understand perfectly well what is “blind”, “turn” and “river”.

For a long time on-line companies have been interested in the possibility of entering Asian markets (particularly, Chinese market), but governments of Asian countries prevent on-line or traditional gambling industry from full-scale development. The government of India, for example, does not actively support the idea of the gambling industry (though there are six casinos in this country). China, which will host international Olympic games-2008, the government gradually weakens the control over the Internet. This is very good news for the representatives of the gambling industry, who have already prepared to launch a large-scale acquaintance of Asia with poker.

Steve Wynn, the owner of hotels and casinos all over the world, is ready to bring his brilliant and glamorous style to the Asian market. “Wynn Macau”, the complex of casinos and hotels, was opened on September 5 in Macao. It familiarizes the Asian continent with the luxury of Las-Vegas. It includes hotels of 600 rooms and casinos, which undoubtedly offer gambling and poker games, just like the other Steve Wynn’s institutions do all over the world. The 20-storeyed hotel will be an exact copy of the hotel-casino “Wynn Las Vegas”. The company plans to arrange further spreading of table games throughout the continent.

TV has also brought poker tournaments onto the Asian market. The most popular world poker tournament (World Poker Tour or WPT) has recently granted a license to TV stations in Macao and Singapore for them to show the first season of WPT games to the Asian audience. But the continent is getting ready to organize its own outstanding poker tournaments. The organization entitled “PanAsia Poker Tour” has recently declared that the debut of this new championship will take place in November, and it is for the first time in history that the official championship will take place in Manila, Philippines.

Baccarat History and American Baccarat Rules

If we put aside the black ties, the velvet curtains and the overall exclusive atmosphere, baccarat is one of the simplest casino games around. In addition, baccarat is a beatable game with a low house edge, which makes it one of the best bets you can make! Here you can read about baccarat history and learn how to play the game.

Both the American and European versions of baccarat and the French Chemin de Fer are late developments of the Italian game called baccara, which means zero in Italian. The origins of baccara go back to an old Etruscan myth. According to the myth, a blonde virgin had to toss a nine sided die to decide on her destiny. If the die landed on eight or nine, she would have to fulfill her destiny and become a priest. If the die landed on six or seven, she would be forbidden to participate in any religious activity. If the die landed on any other number, the virgin had to walk into the sea.

The Italian game baccara was popular among French aristocracy during the end of the 15th century. Baccara had evolved to the European version of baccarat, which is still played in European casinos today as well as the French variation of baccarat known as Chemin de Fer, which is mainly played in casinos in France. The American version of the game was introduced to Nevada casinos in the 1950s by Francis Tommy Renzoni, who imported the game from Havana.

Baccarat still carries an aroma of aristocracy and exclusivity. In American casinos, baccarat is played in a separated area of the casino, hidden behind velvet curtains. Baccarat players are usually dressed up and the betting limits are higher comparing to other table games. In order to attract the medium budget players, a lower limit version of baccarat, called mini baccarat, was invented. Mini baccarat is played on a smaller table, inside the casino gambling area with lower betting limits than baccarat.

How to Play Baccarat

Baccarat is played with 3 dealers and up to 12 or 14 players. Baccarat is usually played with 8 standard card decks. Aces valued as one, face cards and ten cards valued as zero, and the rest of the number cards worth their face value. The suit has no meaning. The object of the game is to get as close to 9 as possible.

The play begins by all players, including the dealer, placing their bets either on the player, the banker, or on a tie. Traditionally, the dealer bets on the banker. The dealer can be the house dealer or one of the players. After everyone has placed their bets, the dealer gives two cards to each player and to the banker.

USA Is Worried About The Online Gambling Popularity

The topic of the USA struggle against on-line gambling industry disturbs the gambling community. There is the old Wire Act (1961) in force in the USA which prohibits to stake with the help of the phone, telegraph and other wire communication facilities outside the bounds of one’s own state. Gamblers consider that this ban does not apply to the Internet, whereas the official establishment has another opinion. American DOJ has forbidden advertising of casinos in search systems and on television, bank deposits in online casinos (not even forbade, rather than recommended very insistently, but it was a proposal which was not to be refused from). At the same time Antigua through the court of WTO reached a decision according to which the USA either has to forbid its citizens to play in any on-line casinos by law or push aside all obstacles with regard to gambling. Several years ago a try to adopt a prohibitive law failed in the parliament of the USA still at the level of the House of Representatives.

At the beginning of 2006 there was no considerable progress on the front of struggle with on-line gambling in the USA, but in the course of the current year there are a number of serious causes to talk about stronger measures against on-line casinos. It all began with a new bill on prohibition of gambling games in the Internet. The same senators Kyl, Leach and Goodlatte who joined them proposed another draft (known now as HR4777) on prohibition for the citizens of the USA of on-line gambling games (all the types of gambling, including stakes on sport, casinos, poker, except for horse racing stakes and fantasy sport). In accordance with this law banks are to fully block any opportunity for gamblers to make deposits in casinos, and gamblers themselves are under threat of a large fine or a sentence up to 10 years in prison. Despite the fact that numerous polls show that the majority of the population in the USA does not support the given law, it was adopted by the House of Representatives of the USA Congress by the majority of 3/4 of votes. It was planned that it would be considered by the Senate, after which it would be passed for signature of George Bush who, as it is known, does not feel any sympathy towards games of chance. Fortunately, there appeared some difficulties with the bill in the Senate; hearings were transferred to the autumn session. There appeared the information that the bill may not pass the Senate from the first, in this case there will be created a conciliation commission of the two Houses of the Congress that will at the minimum delay adoption of the law for a considerable term.

Successful passing of the bill in the lower House of the Congress was, evidently, promoted by a scandal around a quite famous lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He was accused of non-payment of taxes and fraud with the money of real casinos. It was his active position that in many aspects contributed to failure of the previous anti-on-line bill, but at the same time after the scandal a lot of legislators are trying to distance themselves from it supporting a new bill.

Struggle against gambling in the USA is carried out not only on the level of the country on the whole, as well as in individual states. The first signs appeared in the state of Washington (not to confuse with the capital of the USA, the city of Washington which was the first to pass its own anti-on-line legislation as an extension of Wire Act. From now on gambling through the Internet or other communication facilities (mobile phones, palms are meant here and etc) threaten the inhabitants of the state of Washington with a fine up to 10 000 dollars and (or) prison for a term up to five years. Also, any sites informing of on-line games are banned. The Law took effect on the 7th of June, 2006, though, there have been no cases of its application for two months.

One more blow was delivered by the USA DOJ. On the 20th of July David Carruthers was arrested, Chief Executive of one of the biggest on-line gambling companies BetonSports, at that it happened in the airport of Dallas where David was taken from the transit flight from England to Costa-Rica. He was presented a number of accusations, including racket and non-payment of taxes, he was refused to be let out on bail. This case also concerns several people, including one of the owners of the company Gary Kaplan. Interestingly, but David himself is a citizen of Great Britain, and the company is registered in Costa-Rica. By the way, the authorities of Costa-Rica have refused to cooperate with Americans with regard to this case, having explained that David and BetonSports have not broken the laws of their country. BetonSports itself ceased work till the 14th of August, and dismissed David Carruthers trying to distance itself from the scandal.

Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies: A Load of Crap: Part 2

This is Part 2 of my article about the load of crap (pun intended) some websites try to feed you to separate you from your money. Don’t fall for it. Be smart. Play smart. Let’s continue with more excerpts that are even more ridiculous than those in Part 1.

Excerpt: “Now for the first time, I’ll show you how you can turn $40 into $50,000 in as little as 87 days with a new system of playing and winning at craps! What the casinos hope you will never find out about playing this elusive game, now it’s possible to win 78% of the time. Using my system, you can win about three times out of four (up to 78% of the time, to be more specific). With my strategies, which are really a combination of the systems of the best pros that I’ve gambled with and learned from over the years, you can pick up everything you need to know to win at craps every time you play. You probably already know that craps is hands downs the best casino game based on the odds. What you may not know is that by using my ten-step system, you can actually turn the odds in your favor! That’s right, using my craps strategies, which I’ve detailed in a brand new report called [name redacted] you can actually beat the house!”

Analysis: This claim seems to me to be as ridiculous as those that promise you can learn dice control. If you learn nothing else from reading my website, my free sample chapter, and my articles, you must understand and accept one important fact: the game is designed for you to lose. It’s mathematically impossible for the player to gain an advantage over the house. Say it out loud, slowly, and let it sink into your brain—it’s mathematically impossible for the player to gain an edge over the house no matter what combination of bets or bet amounts are used. Therefore, the guy’s statement about his system, “—you can actually turn the odds in your favor,” is total crap. Period. If the guy’s system relies on dice control to gain the advantage, then run for the hills as quick as you can because you might get run over by another flood of bull manure. After reading my free sample chapter, you know what I think of dice control and dice setting. The phenomenon called “distribution variance” is what allows players to win in the short-term. Nothing else. No fancy system, no silly dice-setting technique, nothing. Got it? The house always wins in the long-term. No player can beat the house over time. You must understand and accept that fact. The truly knowledgeable player plays for the fun, excitement, and the occasional short-term win, not because of any silly belief that he can actually beat the house consistently over time. You must not yield to your strong desire to win an easy buck. Instead, you must be smart, you must play smart, and you must learn the secret to craps. In the excerpt above, the guy states, “—you can win about three times out of four (up to 78% of the time, to be more specific).” Then, he proudly states, “—everything you need to know to win at craps every time you play.” This guy can’t even keep his apparent lies straight! In one breath, he says you’ll win three out of four times, and then in his next breath he says you’ll win every time you play. So, which is it? Do you win only 78% of the time that you play or do you win every time you play (i.e., 100%)? LOL (laugh out loud). Remember, don’t be a sucker.

Plasma TV Technology

Before we consider the various plasma television sets available, let us acquaint ourselves with the technology that sets apart these television sets, from the conventional CRT sets. A plasma screen is made up of two sheets of glass. Plasma particles made up of xenon and neon gases fill thousands of tiny chambers between these sheets. These gases are electrically ionized to create plasma. A series of red, blue and green phosphors lie coated near the colour panels behind each chamber. When electricity hits the plasma chambers, a ultra-violet light is emitted. This in turn, hits one of the coloured phosphors. This is responsible for the visible image on the screen. Plasma gases are inert and sealed within tiny cells which, are in turn, sandwiched between glass plates. There is no need to refill or recharge plasma.

This technology revolutionised the concept of television viewing and paved the way for high definition television sets. Plasma TV sets also transformed the viewing experience. A plasma TV set has a screen size of up to 71 inches. This also provides for a wide viewing angle. Hence, it is ideal for watching movies. It has re-defined the home theatre experience by making films appear more life like. You can watch anything burst to life in the comfort of your living room.

Plasma displays are bright and the re-production of colours is almost flawless. In a fully dark room, plasma TV sets have a better contrast and brightness. The contrast ratio is very vivid and every shade of black and white is reproduced in the manner it was intended. This nuanced replication makes pictures more life-like. The red, green and green colours of the real world come alive in their million shades and tones. These sets are better suited for ambient lighting.

Plasma TV sets need only one impulse per pixel to produce an image. It can “refresh” almost instantaneously. Its pixels can complete one cycle very fast. How does make it a better viewing experience? Action movies and sports have very fast movements that need to be depicted realistically. A plasma TV can deliver very crisp and clear images. The technology at work here focuses exclusively on picture enhancement. Hence, fast-paced action is re-created with all its pace and sharpness intact!

The brightness and glare adjustments have eliminated the problem of lingering images or “ghosting”. Plasma TV sets have broken new ground in this respect. They have a viewing life of 60,000 hours and after that, the brightness levels de-grade to half their original value. This is not the catastrophic value that can render them unfit.

In view of these quantum leaps in Plasma technology, viewers can experience a new “high” when they can see life re-play itself in its myriad hues. At such a close distance, you can be a part of it even as you view it from a comfortable distance!

Latest Technology Advances in 2008

2008 has been an exciting year for innovation in technology, not a week has gone by without a major breakthrough or scientific discovery. But what do some of these new discoveries, innovations or inventions mean for our future? How will life change for the human race or our civilizations and societies due to these breakthroughs?

Holographic Cell Phone projection is here, and in four to five years we will see the first units available and within 8-years we will see these available for the general public. And the first 3D living room technologies are now available too.

With all the new robotic unmanned vehicle research we will soon have self Driving cars, trucks, planes and trains. Indeed, they are almost ready to roll out now, only one hang up, acceptance. Will the general public accept them? Perhaps, but it might be another 5-years.

Nano-technology in new materials could usher in the age of hydrogen fueled vehicles. Nano-tech in medicine will be available for dental uses, knee surgeries, organ strengthening and cancer fighting. Nano-machines for nearly ever medical purpose will be in the works as well.

Artificial Intelligence has surpassed human intelligence in many endeavors and will soon be smarter than humans in nearly any decision making task. Just ask a question and get the best possible answer. Will you trust a computer to make your decisions for you, run your government and the infrastructure in your civilization? What about your new AI CEO, teacher, or military commander?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are now sampling the air for pollution monitoring, as well as being used in fire fighting, Hurricane watching, drug smuggling surveillance and we have all heard of the great successes in the war on terror. Apparently, the sky is not the limit for new technology; the ground is.

Homeland Security Technology

Since 9/11 there have been a million changes, large and small, within our government and our society. Technology has constantly evolved throughout history and 9/11 made that undoubtedly clear. Homeland security has developed great technology to keep our nation safe and secure from any kind of attack. I’ll go over a one that covers information and intelligence gathering and analysis. One type of technology is called the SIPR (Secret Internet Protocol Router).

The SIPR replaces DDN DSNET1 as the “secret” of DISN. A completely new router system makes up the infrastructure. Secret level network connectivity is based through secret level networks which provide base router connectivity to SIPRNET for the Department of Defense.

Transmission sevices use smart multiplexer and 512 kilobits per second (kbps) channels. Other transmissions will be leased as needed. Expansion is expected to reach T1 circuit data rate of 1.544 Megabits (Mbps) and potentially to the T3 data rate of 45 Mbps.

The “secret” layer of DISN is to support national defense C3I requirements including COMSEC keys with STU-III to make secure dialup SIPRNET communications. Many commanders request this service before deployment. SPIRNET is beginning to replace NIPRNET as a favorite.

SPIRNET began in 1994. It supports the Dept of Defense TCP/IP. Subscribed government agencies can use this to transmit datagrams at the SECRET-NOFORN classification level.

Key Terms & Abbreviations:

SIPR – Secret Internet Protocol Router
SPIRNET – Secret Internet Protocol Router Network
COMSEC – Technology providing telecommunication security through encryption
STU-III – The second type of COMSEC
NPIRNET – Non-Classified (or Secure) Internet Router Network
DSNET1 – TDN-1 gateway
SECRET-NOFORN – Secret Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals

Water Purification Technology is Not So Pure

Water purification technology is a source of great debate. And it should be, with all the contaminants and pollutants in our environment. Simply put, we need healthy water to survive. Today more than ever water purification is needed. This type of “purification” is the process for getting rid of contaminants and other dangerous micro-organisms from water.

How this process is carried out is overseen by some government standards. However, these government standards are minimal at best. It’s a sad fact that they disregard trace levels of toxic chemicals in tap and bottled water. In fact, some scientists believe there are no “safe” levels of chemicals or toxins in our water supply. Hence, this all makes methods of water purification a tricky business to say the least.

Some techniques in this process have been the source of great controversy over the years. Fluoridation of water, for example, was established back in the day to help aid dental health. That technique was banned in many countries since it was found that enhanced levels of fluorides can make teeth and bones weak and easily break.

Other methods like chlorination are also used. Although chlorine is a strong oxidant that kills many harmful micro-organisms in water, it is also a toxic gas. So this also poses a danger when used. The main problem with chlorine water purification technology is that chlorine derived from any source reacts with natural compounds in the water to form potentially hazardous carcinogenic by-products.

What’s the alternative to all this big-scale technology? Some say home water purification systems are a safer option. Home water filtration provides a higher quality than bottled water since it is control right in your own home and removes the bad stuff. It also offers ease of use since it connects right to your sink’s faucet. Many methods of water purification provide healthy, chemical-free water right in your own kitchen.

Just show some caution in your selection. Find a system that can effectively filter out harmful properties but effectively keep intact the natural minerals contained in water. This way, you can get the next best thing to natural spring water straight from the tap in your own house or other living space. Plus, find a system that can eliminate lead.

This is a culprit that sometimes ends up in tap water. Yep, that little word has big implications. Lead is a heavy metal substance found in various styles of piping and is used as a stabilizer in paint. Unfortunately, the primary way it gets into our drinking water is through the corrosion of our household plumbing systems. As you can probably surmise ingesting this lead into our bodies has highly negative health implications.

Let’s end on a positive note though. There is hope. The way you can avoid some of these harmful water issues is by using water purification technology at home to get the water you need for your health, cleanliness and sometimes for fun in the sun.

Health Is Wealth – A Conceptual Critique

People have different preferences towards available life options. Same is true for the statement “health is wealth”. What exactly is it? A simple preference that signifies health is superior to wealth? Or a comprehensive statement that indicates health and wealth are linked with each other, systematically and dynamically?

Health is a comprehensive concept, it includes physical strength, mental power and spiritual-wellness of a person. On the other hand, wealth is the richness of a person i.e. abundance of money and worldly items. “Health is Wealth” is a simple statement but its meaning is so fabulous when deeply thought. People now a days refer the statement as when a person is healthy, he is capable of making wealth. On the contrary, if one is not healthy he/she cannot work productively, and hence won’t be able to generate income for independent living. This explanation is true but the deep meaning of this claim can be understood by the words of Virgil: “The greatest wealth is health.” Mr. Virgil is trying to enlighten the concept that the greatest wealth is health, not money or worldly items. There is nothing more valuable in our life than having a good health.

Patrick Meagher said: “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Nowadays people are influenced by wealth improperly that they don’t even care about their health, the greatest wealth. They don’t understand that without health there is no real happiness and enviable success. A person with poor health is unable to enjoy the pleasures of life. I think such people are foolish enough because they do not care about their health. Our first priority should be to maintain our health in the best way.

There are multiple methods and practices by which a person can stay healthy; Spending time in natural environment i.e. visiting parks and gardens. Physical exercise is also essential e.g. morning walks, playing sports, etc., it keeps a person smart and healthy. Water is the cure for all types of illness, so drink water to stay healthy and fit. Eating a balanced diet keeps people away from different illness and diseases. It is said that: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Abandon unhealthy practices and habits e.g. smoking, drinking and taking drugs because it harms internal parts of our body. Always be optimistic and cheerful because: “Laughter/smile is the best medicine.” On the contrary, an unhappy person is more prone to fatigue and other illness.

What to Look for in a Home Health Care Provider

Anyone in need of home health care deserves non-medical care or in home medical care that is compassionate whether the patient is a child, adult or elder. Home health care services are provided anywhere except for in nursing homes or a hospital. These services may even be provided at an assisted living facility, a school, apartment or house.

As far as care plans go, there are a wide variety of personal care and nursing services that are not just available, they are tailored for the needs of each individual recipient. Customized care plans and follow up assessments should be provided by a registered nurse.

Nursing Supervision and Case Management

The care that is provided by personal care assistants and home health aides is typically supervised by a registered nurse. One of these registered nurses should be on call at all times in order to assist the caregivers as well as to provide medical training and oversight and to implement the plans of care.

Elder or Adult Care

Are you aware of the fact that 75% of the health care costs in the US are incurred by only 12% of Americans? These people generally have some type of chronic illness. The benefits of this type of individualized home care include much more than just being able to keep someone at home for their illness as opposed to being institutionalized or put in a long term care facility. As far as cost goes, home care visits are roughly only 10% of what a single day in the hospital will cost.

Additionally, home health care has a track record that has been proven when it comes to things such as reducing readmissions to the hospital, expensive visits to the emergency room and in managing chronic illnesses. In addition, there is scientific evidence that has proven that patients are able to heal faster when they are in their own homes. Both morbidity and mortality rates are reduced in patients who take advantage of home health care. In fact, 90% of seniors facing long term care in nursing homes prefer to stay home and get the services of a home health care provider.

Private Elder Care Coordination, Planning and Management

This involves both advising and then assisting families when it comes to determining the necessities of an aging adult. These caregivers are able to navigate many of the long term type of care resources that are available in your area. The goal here is to educate and inform the family of what the options are and them to assist them with the implementation of their decision. Typically this is done by an RN who has been certified and specially trained in the area of geriatrics who can provide:

The services of being a liaison for family members who may live a great distance away
Educating and advocating for the patient
Assisting with paperwork and forms that are related to insurance, medical assistant and Medicare
Screening, arranging for and then monitoring any in home help or options for institutional or residential care options
Care planning that is tailored to the patient
In the long run home health care is a compassionate and caring choice for anyone who needs care and wishes to remain in their own home.