Togel hongkong wins 2009 WCOOP Event #24

Another day gone by, and another great event in the books! This time it was the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) event #24, $500+$30 USD Hold’em No Limit Heads-Up.  1564 hopefuls showed up for a night of extremely deepstacked poker, to determine once and for all who is the best NLHE HU player. All the biggest names in the game currently showed up, including 20 Buck Spin, our own Nutsinho, David “Chino23″ Rheem, skilled_sox, Greg “FossilMan” Raymer, Joe Hachem, THE__D__RY, paulgees81, Victor Ramdin, RasZi, TorontoToro, Chris “Money800″ Moneymaker, and many more! This event’s prize pool was $1,000,000, and only 256 places would be paid. Needless to say, a lot of money was to be made tonight, not to mention the prestige that comes with being a winner of a togel hongkong event, not to mention one as tough as Event #24.

Among many notables, Olivier “Adonis112″ Busquet, skilled_sox, and Sorel “zangbezan24″ Mizzi, all had cashes in this event, and would prove to do the same in the next event, Event #27 $25,500 NLHE HU.

Other notables were Barry Greenstein, our own Johan “busto_soon” Van Til, perrenial SNE Jorj95, and feared HU player JERRRY.

Hand cverage begins with 8 remaining.

Dokosoko gets to know the hard way, that when you need the flush to hit, it just won’t. straights work that way too.

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imashokU (SB) (t2845021)

Dokosoko (BB) (t994979)

Preflop:

imashokU bets t38400, Dokosoko calls t25600

Flop: (t76800) 10, 7, 5 (2 players)

Dokosoko checks, imashokU bets t51200, Dokosoko raises to t185000, imashokU raises to t2806621 (All-In), Dokosoko calls t771579 (All-In)

Turn: (t1989958) 4 (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: (t1989958) 10 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: t1989958

Results:

imashokU had 10, Q (three of a kind, tens).

Dokosoko had 8, 9 (one pair, tens).

Outcome: imashokU won t1989958

imashokU shocks Dokosoko, sending him home in 8th place collecting $27,500 for his efforts tonight. Congrats!

Next to go, in 7th place, is Pechorin, who sees TPTK get burned by two pair on a relatively harmless flop:

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MyRabbiFoo (BB) (t2654720)

Pechorin (SB) (t1185280)

Preflop:

Pechorin bets t46080, MyRabbiFoo calls t30720

Flop: (t92160) 6, J, A (2 players)

MyRabbiFoo checks, Pechorin bets t61440, MyRabbiFoo raises to t199680, Pechorin calls t138240

Turn: (t491520) Q (2 players)

MyRabbiFoo bets t365000, Pechorin raises to t939520 (All-In), MyRabbiFoo calls t574520

River: (t2370560) 2 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t2370560

Results:

Pechorin had K, A (one pair, Aces).

MyRabbiFoo had A, J (two pair, Aces and Jacks).

Outcome: MyRabbiFoo won t2370560

Pechorin also takes home $27,500 for his play tonight, so congrats!

6th: You just know overpairs are no good on low flops, without redraws, and for a ton of big bets

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pilsuhng (BB) (t1301960)

JakusKhan (SB) (t2538040)

Preflop:

JakusKhan bets t76800, pilsuhng raises to t204800, JakusKhan calls t128000

Flop: (t409600) 4, 5, 8 (2 players)

pilsuhng bets t204800, JakusKhan raises to t716800, pilsuhng raises to t1097160 (All-In), JakusKhan calls t380360

Turn: (t2603920) 6 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (2603920) Q (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t2603920

Results:

JakusKhan had 4, 4 (three of a kind, fours).

pilsuhng had 9, 9 (one pair, nines).

Outcome: JakusKhan won t2603920

pilsuhng now knows this too, and got $27,500 richer while taking the lesson. Congrats!

5tha: My, how do things turn around. First the setup:

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William (SB) (t2435840)

joe E scar (BB) (t1404160)

Preflop:

William bets t61440, joe E scar raises to t184320, William calls t122880

Flop: (t368640) 7, 6, 8 (2 players)

joe E scar bets t245760, William raises to t2251520 (All-In), joe E scar calls t974080 (All-In)

Turn: (t2808320) 2 (2 players, 2 all-in)

River: (t2808320) 6 (2 players, 2 all-in)

Total pot: t2808320

Results:

William had K, K (two pair, Kings and sixes).

joe E scar had A, J (flush, Jack high).

Outcome: joe E scar won t2808320

Then the knockout punch, a mere two hands later (5thb) GG last remaining PokerStars Pro William Thorson:

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William (SB) (t1000960)

joe E scar (BB) (t2839040)

Preflop:

William bets t61440, joe E scar raises to t1935360, William calls t939520 (All-In)

Flop: (t2001920) 6, 9, 7 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: (t2001920) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t2001920) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t2001920

Results:

William had J, K (high card, Ace).

joe E scar had 9, A (two pair, Aces and nines).

Outcome: joe E scar won t2001920

And he also takes home $27,500 for his efforts tonight. Could have been a lot better seeing he held the chiplead for most of the match, but he did not offer any sacrificial goats to the poker gods and had to pay the price.

4tha, imashokU puts his opponent on a probable flush draw and trusts his gut. Too bad he was wrong:

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MyRabbiFoo (BB) (t3402000)

imashokU (SB) (t4278000)

Preflop:

imashokU bets t122880, MyRabbiFoo raises to t327680, imashokU raises to t694700, MyRabbiFoo calls t367020

Flop: (t1389400) J, 10, 5 (2 players)

MyRabbiFoo bets t680000, imashokU calls t680000

Turn: (t2749400) 4 (2 players)

MyRabbiFoo bets t2027300 (All-In), imashokU calls t2027300

River: (t6804000) 4 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t6804000

Results:

imashokU had 5, 7 (two pair, fives and fours).

MyRabbiFoo had J, K (two pair, Jacks and fours).

Outcome: MyRabbiFoo won t6804000

4thb, after trying to come back, imashokU got shocked in this hand:

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MyRabbiFoo (SB) (t7204400)

imashokU (BB) (t475600)

Preflop:

MyRabbiFoo bets t81920, imashokU raises to t475600 (All-In), MyRabbiFoo calls t393680

Flop: (t951200) A, J, 3 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Turn: (t951200) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t951200) K (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t951200

Results:

MyRabbiFoo had Q, Q (two pair, Aces and Queens).

imashokU had 8, Q (one pair, Aces).

Outcome: MyRabbiFoo won t951200

Still, $55,000 to your name is not a bad outcome, so congrats!

3rd: This time, its joe E scar who learns the hard way that flushdraws do not hit when you need them to:

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joe E scar (BB) (t2032640)

JakusKhan (SB) (t5647360)

Preflop:

JakusKhan bets t204800, joe E scar raises to t614400, JakusKhan calls t409600

Flop: (t1228800) A, 3, 6 (2 players)

joe E scar checks, JakusKhan bets t921600, joe E scar raises to t1418240 (All-In), JakusKhan calls t496640

Turn: (t4065280) A (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t4065280) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t4065280

Results:

JakusKhan had 9, 10 (flush, Ace high).

joe E scar had K, K (two pair, Aces and Kings).

Outcome: JakusKhan won t4065280

joe E scar also takes home $55,000 after a grueling day of the finest poker possible. Congrats!

Upon starting the FT, the players agreed upon a deal. 140K to the winner, 120K to 2nd place.

Here’s how the final hand went down:

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JakusKhan (SB) (t7523640)

MyRabbiFoo (BB) (t7836360)

Preflop:

JakusKhan bets t184320, MyRabbiFoo calls t122880

Flop: (t368640) 8, 9, K (2 players)

MyRabbiFoo bets t184320, JakusKhan raises to t798720, MyRabbiFoo raises to t2211840, JakusKhan raises to t7339320 (All-In), MyRabbiFoo calls t5127480

Turn: (t1047280) 5 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t15047280) 7 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t15047280

Results:

JakusKhan had 10, 2 (high card, King).

MyRabbiFoo had K, 8 (two pair, Kings and eights).

Outcome: MyRabbiFoo won t15047280

JakusKhan couldn’t chase the rabbit with enough speed, and got left in the way. After the deal, he got $120,000 for his efforts on such an untlra long final table. How long? It took about four hours to go from 8 players down to 4. Ridiculous. Anyway, MyRabbiFoo emerged victorious after this epic duel, and has $140,000 to show for it. Don’t spend it all in one place!

And another great event is now in the pages of history! Stay tuned as we bring you more in depth coverage of final tables from every meaningful event in online poker! GG, and see you next time!

Exploiting Opponents’ Weaknesses

A great deal is made of a skill called ‘game selection’ – being able to select the right game for your level of ability, for your style of play and for the quality of opponents in that game. Whilst game selection is an extremely important part of being a successful poker player, for many, it’s simply not an option. They may only play in a local home game, or they may play in a small casino where there is only one game spread at their preferred limit – they simply don’t have the option to move in and out of games at will.

This is a problem but it can be overcome. It can be overcome by realising that, no matter the quality of your opponents, each and every poker player has weaknesses. No one is, or will ever be, weakness-free – not even World Class Players (WCP’s). Game theory shows only a small profit against a very select group of poor opponents, so there is a great deal more to be made in discovering what your opponent/s weaknesses are, and exploiting them to your advantage.

This may sound difficult, but you may be surprised at how easy it is. It all boils down to this: people either bet too much, call too much, or fold too much. It’s your job to work out which one of these your opponent/s are guilty of, and take advantage of their mistakes.

Many people believe that a game full of ‘rocks’ (people who play very few hands and are, by nature, extremely tight players) cannot be beaten. This is simply wrong. Rocks fold far too many hands. They give up +EV (expected value) for a decrease in variance. This is a clear mistake on their part. If sitting in a game where only 15-25% are seeing the flop every hand, you can make a killing by developing your skills in short-handed play – and by developing solid, aggressive blind-stealing skills.

Many people believe that a game full of ‘maniacs’ (people who play, as the name suggests, like maniacs and are extremely loose players) cannot be beaten. This is also simply wrong. Maniacs play far too many hands and, most importantly, they play their hands almost always incorrectly. They are making mistakes left, right and centre. If sitting in a game where four or more players are capping the betting before the flop, simply wait for premium hands and get in there and bet with them – you will get paid off when you get big hands. Don’t get trapped in there with marginal hands or you will be forced to fold – and give up all those Unique Casino preflop bets – when the flop doesn’t hit you. Axs (an Ace with any other suited card) becomes valuable in this game, for the flush potential – in addition, the lone Ace often will be enough as people are playing with such garbage). Remember, the maniacs can’t always have good cards – mostly they are betting with garbage – so when you get a hand, don’t be afraid to bet it and make them pay.

Many people believe that a game full of ‘calling stations’ (people who never bet/raise but merely call often) cannot be beaten. This is wrong and, as you will find as you progress, this game is the easiest game to play. If you do have game selection opportunities, this should be the game you are looking for. If people are going to call you all the time, you should never bluff or semi-bluff. Bet only for value. And don’t be afraid to lay down your hand if a calling station bets back at you – chances are they have a monster. You can play marginal hands in this game – but try and play them from late position – this way, you can control the betting and get more money in the pot when you want it. The important thing to consider in this game, is that you often need a strong hand at the showdown – so you need to be patient and don’t try too many angles/moves – simply let them pay you off when you hit. Be sure to make them pay you off when you hit. Don’t slowplay too often – just make them pay. It’s that simple.

Many people believe that a game full of tight, aggressive, solid players cannot be beaten. They are usually RIGHT. Sorry, I don’t have a great deal of advice for you in regards to playing this type of game – apart from GET OUTTA THERE! You can stay and try and mix it up with the tight, aggressive players but your variance will be huge and it will be very hard to overcome the rake.

Many of you will have watched the movie ‘Rounders’. At one stage, Mike says, “When you sit down at a table and can’t work out who the fish are, YOU are the fish!” What he means is: If you sit down at a table and can’t work out the styles and quality of your opponents, then odds are they will be able to easily work you out, and the odds are stacked against you. You absolutely must be able to determine the playing styles and quality of your opponents. After that, you can determine what strategies or adjustments to your play you need to make to beat them.

In summary, no poker player is complete. Not one. Every poker player has weaknesses. True, some have a great deal more than others, but each one has weaknesses. You need to be able to figure out what they are, and exploit them to your advantage. Once again, these skills come with practice so get out there and start thinking about what I’ve said – before you know it, you will be saying to yourself: “John’s a loose, passive player who calls far too much on 4th and 5th street – Mary’s a loose, aggressive player who bets far too much with mediocre hands – Phil’s a weak, tight player who folds far too many hands – Peter’s a solid, tight, aggressive player, be wary of him.” When you can think about your opponents in these terms, you are on your way to being one of the better, if not best, players on the table.…

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Keluaran Hk Tales From the Felt: Garis Putih Tipis

Saya telah bermain poker di lebih dari 100 ruang kartu, di setidaknya selusin negara bagian, dan enam negara berbeda. Tak pelak, semakin banyak tempat yang saya mainkan, semakin luas rentang ketidakkonsistenan yang saya temui terkait dengan aturan rumah. Ketidakkonsistenan ini membingungkan tidak hanya bagi sebagian besar pengunjung, tetapi juga bagi banyak pemain lokal.

Ke mana pun saya pergi, masalah yang tampaknya paling menimbulkan masalah adalah interpretasi aksi pemain. Penafsiran seperti itu bukanlah ilmu pasti. Apakah seorang pemain berniat untuk melipat? Apakah seorang pemain berniat untuk memeriksa? Apakah seorang pemain berniat untuk menelepon? Apakah seorang pemain berniat untuk menaikkan? Suatu kali, saya melihat seorang floorman dipanggil ke meja setelah satu pemain membuat gerakan tangan yang halus. Gestur itu bisa ditafsirkan dengan cara apa pun. Tiga pemain mengira pemain diperiksa. Tiga pemain lainnya mengira pemain tersebut tidak sengaja menggerakkan tangannya. Para pemain mulai berdebat. Ekspresi kosong Togel SGP di wajah tukang lantai mengatakan itu semua. Apa yang sebenarnya terjadi? Itu tergantung pada siapa Anda bertanya.

Orang-orang lantai dipaksa untuk membuat penilaian mereka berdasarkan laporan saksi mata, jauh setelah fakta. Hampir tidak mungkin untuk membuat keputusan yang memperlakukan semua pemain secara adil atau memperhitungkan apa yang mungkin merupakan respons manusia yang tidak disengaja terhadap tekanan dan gangguan ruang kartu. Sebagian besar kebingungan tentang niat pemain akan diselesaikan dengan melembagakan perubahan sederhana di dalam semua ruang kartu. Bahkan, jika apa yang akan saya usulkan akan diterapkan secara universal, saya percaya pemain bahwa perselisihan dan keputusan lantai akan berkurang secara signifikan. Pertanyaan akan jarang diajukan tentang niat atau tindakan pemain.

Inilah idenya: Tempatkan oval besar di atas kain yang melingkari seluruh meja. Ini berarti garis putih tipis memisahkan pemain dari pot. Setiap chip yang bergerak melintasi garis (dan masuk ke dalam oval) dianggap sebagai bagian dari pot. Keripik tidak “beraksi” sampai benar-benar melewati batas. Setelah chip bergerak melintasi garis, mereka tidak dapat diperbaiki.

Memiliki garis (atau batas berbentuk oval) berarti bahwa tindakan sebelum memindahkan chip melintasi garis tidak mengikat. Ini termasuk memotong dan menghitung chip, serta gerakan tangan halus yang terkadang bisa disalahartikan sebagai tindakan. Garis akan berkurang, jika tidak sepenuhnya menerangi berbagai bentuk pemotretan sudut, karena tidak ada taruhan yang benar-benar mengikat sampai chip memasuki pot. Anda dapat mengambil sejumlah chip dari tumpukan Anda; Anda dapat memindahkan chip ke depan; Anda dapat memindahkan chip ke belakang. Tidak ada taruhan yang dibuat sampai chip melewati batas. Tentu saja, semua pernyataan lisan dalam bentuk apa pun harus mengikat.

Apa yang memberi saya ide untuk mengusulkan ini kepada komunitas poker pada umumnya, adalah kunjungan saya baru-baru ini ke Biloxi Grand di Mississippi. Di sana, saya melihat garis putih di atas setiap meja. Garis yang ditarik sekitar 8-10 inci di depan pemain. Ada banyak ruang untuk keripik, minuman, dan berbagai macam pernak-pernik Keluaran Hk di belakang garis di depan setiap pemain. Selama kunjungan delapan hari saya ke Biloxi, tidak ada insiden kesalahan penyajian pemain atau argumen tentang niat pemain dalam bentuk apa pun — sesuatu yang meninggalkan kesan yang luar biasa bagi saya.

Tony Collins, Wakil Presiden Kamar Poker Mississippi untuk Grand Casinos-Park Place Entertainment, adalah pendukung terkemuka dari lini tersebut. Collins menjelaskan bahwa dia pertama kali melihat garis putih yang digunakan bertahun-tahun yang lalu di beberapa ruang kartu kecil California. Dia memutuskan untuk mencoba jalur itu ketika dia mengambil alih operasi poker di Biloxi.

“Kami memiliki permainan Omaha batas pot dengan tirai $25-50, yang merupakan pertandingan besar,” kata Collins. “Karena pemain batas pot memiliki kecenderungan untuk memindahkan tumpukan mereka, kadang-kadang membingungkan pemain lain. Memindahkan chip mempertanyakan apa sebenarnya deklarasi taruhan. Saya pikir cara terbaik untuk menghindari kebingungan adalah dengan gunakan saluran itu sebagai uji coba dan lihat apakah itu akan membuat perbedaan.”

Konsep ini terbukti sukses langsung. Segera setelah itu, semua meja dilengkapi dengan garis. Kemudian, garis itu diperkenalkan di ruang poker di Gulfport Grand yang berdekatan — atas permintaan pemain. Collins mengantisipasi bahwa pada akhirnya semua properti Grand di Mississippi akan menggunakan jalur tersebut.

Collins menunjukkan bahwa permainan secara alami mengalir lebih baik dengan garis di tempat. Dealer tidak dibebani dengan tugas yang memakan waktu untuk meraih chip yang tersesat, yang tidak selalu panjang lebar. Dalam permainan konvensional, dealer sering kali harus meminta pemain untuk mendorong chip mereka ke depan. Ini sangat memperlambat permainan. “Ketika pemain mulai mendorong chip mereka ke depan (sehingga mereka melewati batas), kami melihat mereka juga akan melipat kartu mereka di sana juga — dan itu meningkatkan alur permainan,” tambah Collins.

Beberapa pemain mungkin tidak sepenuhnya memahami mengapa perubahan semacam ini diperlukan, terutama di area di mana terdapat kebijakan yang bertentangan yang membahas prosedur taruhan. Atlantic City, misalnya, mungkin menjadi pusat kebingungan ruang kartu. Dalam satu ruang kartu Atlantic City, gerakan maju apa pun dengan chip di tangan merupakan taruhan. Di ruang kartu lain, chip dapat dipindahkan dengan bebas dan harus ditempatkan dengan jelas di depan pemain dan sebelum dianggap sebagai taruhan. Satu ruang kartu memiliki aturan bahwa Anda tidak dapat memeriksa dengan chip di tangan Anda — meskipun saya perhatikan aturan itu jarang diterapkan (titik kebingungan lainnya). Ruang kartu lain memiliki kebijakan taruhan untuk aksi langsung dan kebijakan yang sama sekali berbeda yang berlaku untuk turnamen. Beberapa pemain turnamen terkejut menemukan bahwa mengambil tumpukan besar chip di tangan dan mendorongnya ke depan — yaitu, menghitung chip dengan baik di depan meja merupakan taruhan dari seluruh tumpukan. Aturan resminya adalah — begitu tangan bergerak maju dengan chip, aksinya mengikat. Pengunjung Atlantic City pasti akan menemukan aturan seperti itu membingungkan, terutama mereka yang bermain di tempat lain dan mungkin terbiasa dengan kebijakan yang berbeda.

Bahkan pemain Atlantic City yang berpengalaman seperti saya (saya telah menghabiskan lebih dari 5.000 jam di ruang kartu Atlantic City) tidak kebal dari membuat kesalahan. Baru-baru ini, di salah satu kasino, saya tidak menyadari bahwa ruang kartu baru saja mengubah aturan rumah mereka — bahwa kenaikan gaji harus diumumkan secara lisan. Saya telah mengambil setumpuk besar dan mulai menghitung chip saya di depan saya dan kemudian memindahkannya ke depan. Kenaikan gaji saya tidak diperbolehkan, karena saya tidak menyatakan niat saya untuk menaikkan. Lipat gandakan kesalahan saya dengan ribuan contoh lain dan Anda akan melihat tingkat keparahan masalahnya. Aturan yang tidak konsisten dan kebingungan yang dibuat-buat tidak menguntungkan siapa pun, dan sangat tidak bertanggung jawab dari sudut pandang manajemen, terutama karena sekarang ada sesuatu yang dapat dilakukan untuk mengatasi masalah ini.

Mengapa garis putih tidak diterapkan di ruang kartu lain? Pertanyaan bagus. Di semua tempat yang pernah saya mainkan, Mississippi (dan beberapa ruang kartu di California) adalah satu-satunya negara bagian di mana saya pernah melihat garis itu digunakan. Tebakan terbaik saya adalah garis tersebut belum mendapatkan popularitas karena banyak manajer ruang poker tidak menyadari keberadaannya. Manajer lain yang mungkin telah melihat garis itu secara langsung – atau mungkin pernah mendengar lobi Tony Collins untuk penggunaannya di Konferensi Industri Poker Dunia tahun lalu, di Las Vegas – mungkin masih belum sepenuhnya menghargai nilainya. Tetapi garis adalah sesuatu yang dapat meningkatkan operasi keseluruhan di dalam semua ruang kartu, dalam aksi langsung dan dalam turnamen.

Garis putih membuat segalanya lebih mudah bagi semua orang — pemain dan karyawan ruang kartu sama. Pemain akan lebih mudah memahami apa yang dimaksud dengan taruhan, dapat melihat dengan jelas pemain mana yang terlibat dalam satu tangan, dan tidak perlu khawatir bahwa gerakan taruhan di satu ruang kartu mungkin melanggar aturan di ruang lain. Manajemen juga diuntungkan dengan tidak dibebani dengan begitu banyak keputusan lantai yang berantakan dan penilaian batas. Dealer akan diuntungkan dengan tidak harus terus-menerus berusaha meraih chip dan kartu nyasar. Permainan akan mengalir lebih baik dan lebih cepat. Bukankah itu semua tentang? Menghindari kebingungan? Menghilangkan kontradiksi? Mempercepat permainan? Membuat segalanya lebih mudah untuk semua orang? “Garis putih tipis” adalah konsep yang waktunya telah tiba.

Karena beberapa manajer poker mungkin ingin tahu tentang cara membuat garis di atas meja, inilah ringkasan singkatnya: Tidak perlu memesan kain flanel khusus atau menggunakan sablon sutra. Tony Collins menunjukkan bahwa cat kain sederhana dapat digunakan, yang tersedia di setiap toko seni dan kerajinan. Setelah garis (atau lingkaran) dicat, Collins merekomendasikan untuk menutupi meja setidaknya selama satu hari atau lebih.…

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Free Internet Togel Singapore Gambling is Still Gambling

Nevada is the only state in the United States, and probably the only government in the world, to conclude that players are making wagers — when they are not making wagers.

Everyone knows what gambling is. Judges and lawyers may use words such as prize, chance and consideration. But you do not have to have studied gaming law to know that gambling occurs when players risk something of value, with the understanding that they will be paid if they are correct in predicting the outcome of an uncertain event.

If one of those three elements — prize, chance and consideration — is missing, it simply is not gambling.

If there is nothing to win, how can it be gambling?

There are some old statutes and even older cases in a few states which held that amusement games could be gambling, even if the prize is simply more time at the game. Slick operators would set up gambling games, even video poker machines, and say that players could only win free replays.

Pity the poor winner of a video game jackpot in a bar, when a cop is standing nearby. He cannot cash in the credits with the bartender, as he normally would have done. Instead, he has to stand there, probably quietly weeping, watching his jackpot shrink away as he is forced to play game after game.

If you eliminate the next element, chance, how can it be Togel Singapore gambling? People bet on horse races, not on taped replays of races that have just been run.

We have names for individuals who know what will happen when opposing bettors do not. “Cheat” is the nicest term for someone who rigs a game.

Of course, the game could be a legal game of skill. There still is a risk of losing. Even chess tournaments cannot be predicted with 100 percent certainty. But the law recognizes that if chance is not the predominant factor, the game is not gambling.

The third element, consideration, is the most difficult for non-lawyers to understand. In gaming law, consideration means risking something of value, usually money. But there are old cases, usually involving promotional sweepstakes, where courts have found consideration when players have had to expend time and effort to enter. There are even older cases where courts have decided consideration was present because the game promoter got more customers by running the free sweepstakes.

Today, consideration for gambling almost always means betting money. This is particularly true when it comes to Internet gambling. Even if players have to spend time at a web page and effort in filling out a form or playing a game, and the web site operator gets more eyeballs looking at its banner ads, there is no consideration. If participants get prizes based on chance, but they do not risk any money, it is not gambling.

The Attorney General of Nevada agrees. But, she has also declared that betting nothing for something still can be an illegal wager.

The issue arose when the State Gaming Control Board asked for advice on Internet promotional games proposed by MGM Mirage (“MGM”) for its web sites. Attorneys from the Board and Attorney General’s office had meetings and conference calls with representatives of MGM and the game designers, Silicon Gaming and its subsidiary, WagerWorks. Frankie Sue Del Papa, as Attorney General, issued the formal Opinion, although it was actually written by Jeffrey R. Rodefer, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Gaming Division.

The A.G. Opinion explicitly held that “instant incentives,” which entitle web site patrons to receive randomly awarded prizes or sweepstakes tickets, are not gambling. MGM can also offer redeemable “casino points,” based on time spent at the site.

But the Opinion declares that it is “a wagering activity” if prizes are given to winners of free, “for-fun” casino games online, like “virtual blackjack, roulette or some other traditional casino game.”

Here is how the Attorney General justified the rather startling idea that a player can be making a wager without the possibility of losing anything.

In 1997, in response to some tax and bankruptcy cases, the Nevada Legislature amended the definition of “wager.” A “wager” now includes risking not only money, but also a “representative of value.” A “representative of value” was defined to mean “any instrumentality used by a patron in a game whether or not the instrumentality may be redeemed for cash.” Sounds like a gaming chip to me.

The Legislature and casino lobbyists were probably thinking of chips that were redeemable for merchandise, but not for cash. Also, the change enabled casinos to deduct jackpots awarded on free-play slot promotions as losses when they calculated gross gaming revenue for taxes. And it helped to ensure that casinos would not have to pay back money they had received from a person who then declares bankruptcy.

Of course, it is also possible that the Nevada Legislature intended, in 1997, to prohibit free casino games on the Internet, while allowing free online lotteries.…

Crypto Gambling

Ripple News As XRP Sends Blockchain Transaction Across 7 Ledgers to strat Crypto Gambling

It just got a whole lot easier for banks to do business with bitcoi

Yesterday, Ripple open-sourced the first bitcoin plug-in for its Interledger protocol (ILP), designed to seamlessly let users conduct transactions across a wide range of ledgers.

By open-sourcing the bitcoin tool, along with another plug-in for enterprise-focused platform Chain, Ripple was able to conduct, in a live demo, a single transaction across seven different ledgers. Conducted at the Blockchain Expo in Berlin, Germany, the single transaction went across public blockchains, private blockchains, a centralised ledger and a traditional payment channel.

While no single transaction would likely ever require so many ledger integrations, Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas said the purpose of the demo was to show future users that traditional channels can work in harmony with distributed ledgers.

Thomas said:

“WE THINK THAT’S WHERE THE FUTURE IS GOING. WE THINK THAT IN THE FUTURE ALL DIFFERENT LEDGERS WILL BE TIED TOGETHER AND TRANSACTIONS WILL BE VERY SEAMLESS. SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE GOING TO BE SET UP FOR SUCCESS IN THAT WORLD.”

In addition to the newly open-sourced bitcoin and Chain integrations, an Interledger transaction for a “relatively small” value was also conducted with Ripple’s native currency, XRP, using both an XRP escrow and an XRP payment channel. Ethereum, Ripple’s centralized Five Bells Ledger and a so-called ‘trustline’ were also used in the transaction.

The payment was converted from fiat to ether to XRP to euros, depending on the payment channels, with Interledger’s connectors converting the currency and forwarding the payments from one ledger to another for Crypto Gambling.

Interoperability in sight

The Interledger demonstration is part of an overall industry trend towards merging blockchains –one that has gained significant momentum this year.

In the last month alone, Blockstack launched its decentralized browser designed to let any number of blockchains mesh into a distributed version of the internet, and 0x launched an alpha version of its token trading platform built to allow decentralized applications to seamlessly interact by instantly exchanging their native tokens.

Co-inventor of the ILP and managing director of Ripple’s Luxembourg office, Evan Schwartz, positions the demonstration as part of a bigger-picture push to show blockchain interoperability has moved past being just a good idea.

“What this shows is that with this kind of architecture that Interledger has, it’s not just about integrating two ledgers, it’s about doing this across many types of ledgers,” Schwartz said.

Warming to cryptocurrency

Ripple initially released the ILP in October 2015, at a time when banks were even more wary about doing business with cryptocurrencies and had only just begun to explore non-cryptocurrency applications of blockchain technology.

Since the launch, banks have shown increasing interest in working with a wide range of distributed, shared databases and specifically blockchains, even if their willingness to transact in cryptocurrency remains largely stifled by concerns surrounding know-your-customer (KYC) compliance.

Ripple has, in part, helped overcome this reluctance by working with banks to build a wide range of early-stage products relying on its distributed ledger technology, but not its native currency.

Going forward though, that could change if the hesitance surrounding cryptocurrency lessens. This seems likely, because some banks around the world have already begun accommodating bitcoin companies that want to open fiat accounts. Ripple itself has even started building bank applications that rely on XRP, so the company seems to be preparing for a future of much broader acceptance.

“Bitcoin is one of the most widely used and one of the most well-known ledgers,” said Thomas. “So any interoperability protocol has to be measured by [whether] it supports bitcoin, if it supports XRP, if it supports ethereum.”

Plug-in workshop

By the end of today, Ripple expects an eighth connector to be built at the Berlin event, one that would enable integration with litecoin. The process, according to Ripple executives, would take only a slight tweak of the bitcoin tool’s code.

The firm further said a building session will take place, one in which it expects technologists from zcash, Lightning Network, GateHub, BigchainDB, PayPal and Monax’s Hyperledger Burrow to create yet more plug-ins.

Zcash and Monax have confirmed to CoinDesk that each will have blockchain engineer in attendance to assist with the work.…

Qiu Qiu Online

The Las Vegas Qiu Qiu Online Ride

A successful businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He lost the shirt off his back, and had nothing left but a quarter and the second half of his round-trip ticket — If he could just get to the airport he could get himself home. So he went out to the front of the casino where there was a cab waiting. He got in and explained his situation to the cabbie. He promised to send the driver money from home, he offered him his credit card numbers, his drivers license number, his address, etc. but to no avail. The cabbie said (adopt appropriate dialect), “If you don’t have fifteen dollars, get the hell out of my cab!” So the businessman was forced to hitch-hike to the airport and was barely in time to catch his flight.

One year later the businessman, having worked long and hard to regain his financial success, returned to Vegas and this time he won big. Feeling pretty good about himself, he went out to the front of the casino to get a cab ride back to the airport. Well who should he see out there, at the end of a long line of cabs, but his old buddy who had refused to give him a ride when he was down on his luck. The businessman thought for a moment about how he could make the guy pay for his lack of charity, and he hit on a plan.

The businessman got in the first cab in the line, “How much for a ride to the airport,” he asked? “Fifteen bucks,” came the reply. “And how much for you to give me a blow-job on the way?” “What?!!! Get the hell out of my cab.”

The businessman got into the back of each cab in the long line and asked the same questions, with the same result. When he got to his old friend at the back of the line, he got in and asked “How much for a ride to the airport?” The cabbie replied “fifteen bucks.”

The Qiu Qiu Online businessman said “ok” and off they went. Then, as they drove slowly past the long line of cabs the businessman gave a big smile and thumbs up sign to each driver.

A man was quietly reading his paper when his wife sneaks up behind him and whacks him on the head with a frying pan.

“What was that for?” he says. “That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Mary Lou written on it”, she replies.

“Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on”, he explains. She looks satisfied, apologizes, and goes off to do work around the house.

Three days later he’s again sitting in his chair reading when she nails him with an even bigger frying pan, pin-up kz knocking him out cold. When he comes to, he says, “

Making Up Is Easy To Do

Dear John,

I have been unable to sleep since I broke off our engagement. Won’t you forgive and forget? Your absence is breaking my heart. I was a fool – nobody can take your place. I love you.

All my love.…

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Casino Careers to Be Showcased At American Ligaz11 Gaming Summit. Chosen as One of Top 20 Most Innovative New Gaming Products of 2002

Just 3 years after going live online, Casino Careers Online (http://www.casinocareers.com) will be showcased as one of this year?s Top 20 Most Innovative New Gaming Products by the American Gaming Summit to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 11-12th. These prestigious awards, bestowed by a panel of independent judges, recognize the most innovative new products in the gaming industry.

Casino Careers is the world?s largest Internet-based recruitment web site designed specifically for the gaming-hospitality industry with over 14,000 applicants and more than 150 clients recruiting from the web site. In addition to the strength of its web site and client base, what sets Casino Careers apart is its strong focus on personalized one-on-one customer service both for the candidates who post resumes and the casinos that need quality employees at all levels of the business from dealers to top executives.

With just one click casinos can mass email all candidates they have identified using their individualized selection criteria. In addition, they are automatically notified when a new candidate having their sought-after qualifications posts a resume. Clients can also provide candidates with a direct link to their web site and post press releases publicizing job fairs and expansions.

Candidates have the option to post their resumes in either open access or confidential format, can update their resumes at any time and email clients a link to their online Ligaz11 resume in real time. Hundreds of candidates who have posted resumes on the web site have landed positions in land-based, riverboat, Native American and cruise line gaming companies, as well as technology firms. ?We?ve placed employees at every level ? from CEO to customer service rep, in every department from technology to culinary ? with no search fees,? said Beth Deighan, president of the company.

?We are delighted to be recognized with such a prestigious award,? said Deighan. ?It coincides with the recent redesign of our web site to make navigation easier for our users and provide our clients with applicants and services that other employment web sites do not offer.?

The adage ?what goes around comes around? seems to prevail, since many of the Casino Careers clients who were once candidates now turn to the web site to fulfill their recruitment needs.

Casino Careers Online (www.casinocareers.com) provides the largest online recruitment resources and services to the gaming-hospitality industry. Candidates can apply directly to posted career opportunities through the web site. A description of the gaming companies actively recruiting from Casino Careers is provided on the site with links to each respective client?s web site: http://www.casinocareers.com/clients.cfm…

Slot Online

Slot Online Poker Tip of the Week

The mathematically correct play is not always the best play.

(Chip Reese)

You must maintain a reputation for honor in the gambling business. Your word must be your bond. It’ll be your Ace-in-the hole.

(Super System)

Montana Words of Wisdom

. . .they have life down to a science, wouldn’t you say?

Crisis management principle:

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin the cat back in.

Negotiation principle:

Never drop yer gun to hug a grizzly.

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

A good horse never comes in a bad color.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.

The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman….

Neither one works.

Don’t worry about bitin’ off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger’n you think.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Never slap a man who’s chewin’ tobacco.

It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or person, don’t be surprised if they learn their Slot Online lesson.

When you’re throwin’ your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but you might need to know what it was…

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

There are three kinds of men:

The one that learns by reading. The few that learn by observation. The rest of them that have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

So you think your good real good I have a game for you 20-40. No problem. No I mean 20000-40000. This was the game played this week in the biggest game in the world. It made me want to go to the box and gamble it up. To bad many of the players you see today will never have the opportunity to play at this level the highest in poker. Today’s tip profiling of players relates to the way the game was played all week. Heads Up. No other opponents as specific as you can get. What do you look for and how do you do it. General demeanor to the specifics. Remember their is no other opponents but the ones left in the pot with you. Poker is an information based game the more you can gather the more it will be worth to you. It will make border line decisions easier and the simple decisions almost automatic. When you are out of the pot you must gather information. That is your job. Now what do you look for? The first thing to notice is how the opponent plays. Is he timid, solid, a maniac, calling station or an aggressive opponent. Next note his bet steps. Does he bet the flop and not the turn when he does not have a made hand. Does he bet the flop the turn and not the river. Or does he just bet all the way. Here’s an example of how this helped me this week. On the button was an opponent who always raised opponents in front of him and eliminated the blinds. He then would bet all the way to river hoping to blow the one opponent out. Well, Hosh was in the blind and let him do it once then the 2nd time. However, the third time Hosh was just going to make him show the hand down. No way he was going to win the pot unless I had absolutely nothing. I say here he goes again as he raises an early position caller. Luckily, Hosh has QT of hearts. The flop comes down K J 3 two spades. I check the original caller checks and he bets on the button. The original caller calls but gives not indication whether or not he has anything. Again on the turn I check and the original caller checks as an off suit 6 hits. The aggressive player on the button bets. I call and the original early caller folds. On the river comes a 5 as I expected he bets I call and show the hand down Q high(remember Q high is not nothing). He turns over and off suit Q9. I win the pot.

Note how he bets with a made hand aggressive or almost timidly. Does it change when he is bluffing. Fast to not give you time to think or slow to suck you into the pot. Or does he hesitate extra long with a huge hand. Take notes for later it will come in handy.

Next note how the opponent plays his position. In last position does he bet when he does not have much or does he check waiting for a big hand. You can use this to bet a made hand not giving a free card or check raising to gain and extra bet.

Now the specifics watch him. Start with his hands, then his arm motion and then how he breathes. Look at his face. Look for giveaways. Can he shuffle his chips when he does not have a hand. Is he breathing fully or shallow as when he bluffs. Does he carry a full real smile or a fake corner of the mouth smile. These are the things to notice try to play them in your mind backwards and forwards, all the way through the hand. Relating what you see on the river to his actions. Remember it is almost impossible for an opponent to hide his true intent. One part is going to give him away and it’s either going to be his breathing, shuffling or his smile or any other thing you notice that has changed from his previous actions. This is profiling.

Now go out and practice in live situations. Maybe if you hope and dream and play well you may get an opportunity to play the biggest game in the world at the highest level of poker. Your name will be spread over the Internet as winning one million or two million in a few hours.…

UFA

Sometimes Women Do Have an UFA Advantage

PokerPages has instituted a new discussion forum for women poker players. It looks as it’s going to be a rich source for discussion and a rich source of article topic ideas for me.

One of the first threads was started by PokerVeteran, an internet poker troll. He basically proclaimed that women belong in the bedroom, not the cardroom.

Of course, as you might expect, a number of posters felt the need to tell him how wrong he was. A couple of them were men. Randy made a very polite post pointing out that PokerVeteran never posted anything with any poker content and calling him an a-hole.

My boss, Mark, made a post claiming, among other things, that women don’t have an advantage at the poker table.

It was Marks post that inspired this column. I think he’s wrong. I think women do have an advantage at the poker table. It’s a situational advantage. It’s not an unfair advantage. And, not all women exploit the advantage. But, they do have an advantage.

Our troll, PokerVeteran, and Randy, our gentlemen, are examples of the kinds of opponents that often unwittingly give women an advantage.

Different players will react to situations in different ways.

Mr. Macho

He doesn’t think women belong at the table, and he’s aggressive about it.

Most men who think of poker in terms of a man’s game will think of it as a UFA game of controlled aggression. But, a guy who gets verbally aggressive about not wanting women at the table is a guy who isn’t really strong on the control part. He’s likely to become hyper-aggressive, almost maniacal, when competing against a woman for the pot.

A woman who realizes that can exploit it.

Generally, the Mr. Macho kind of guy will not react well to an initial show of aggression from a woman. She should wait until she gets a good hand, then bet or raise once and sit back and let him start throwing chips at her.

The Gentleman

Many men behave differently around women than they do around men. The Mr. Macho behaves like a macho jerk whether he’s around women or not. It’s just that he tends to be more directed in his behavior and more exaggerated when he’s around women. However, the Gentleman type does behave differently with women. Sometimes very differently.

The Gentleman doesn’t dislike women. On the contrary, he likes them very much and he wants them to like him. It’s the wanting them to like him that’s the source of his weakness.

Much like the male fighters in the new movie Girlfight, the Gentlemen will soft play women players. They’ll be much less likely to bet or raise, and with hands that other’s might raise with they’ll call while saying something like “I can’t fold this hand, I have to call.”

Just Adjust

The advantage that women have is that they are more likely than men to be faced with opponents who purposely play sub-optimally against them. Different men, with different attitudes, will react differently to a woman at the table. Most probably won’t react at all — there really isn’t any rational reason to react. But, some men will react.

Knowing which men will react, and how they will react can pay off for the observant woman. It’s part of knowing what image you have in the eyes of others. Knowing that image, knowing how they will expect you to behave and knowing how they will likely react to you is one of the keys to beating the game — for men or women.…

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Drawing ligaz11 Dead: A Poker Cop Mystery

Every hotel has a Pimp. Someone not connected to the hotel who, for cash, can supply its guests with “special services.” The Majestic’s Pimp is named Sonny – a wretched little pervert who specializes in human weakness: Want drugs? Sonny. Want sex? Sonny. Want sex and drugs? Sonny. Want a room, falsely registered, to which all of the above will be delivered? Guess who?

Red Penny and I walk into The Majestic Bar, Sonny’s hang-out, where, in a dark back booth we find Sonny, an effeminate little man, sitting in-between two very young blond girls who are wearing little enough for one. “Christina, Brittany,” Red Penny says to the two under-aged prostitutes, “it’s way past your bedtime. Get up and get out.”

They look to Sonny, who says to them, “Go, my darlings, go.” Sonny’s bodyguard, an ex-con named Luther Mope, who’s specialty is murder for hire, steps in directly in front of us. Sonny waves him away. Red Penny and I take the two seats on either side and slide up close to Sonny. “Talbot! Penelope! Together? What strange bedfellows. Can I rent you two a room?” Sonny giggles. “Just tell Sonny what you want. Anything you’ve ever needed. Everything you’ve ever wanted. I’m your guy.” I lean close to Sonny, “A Saturday night special was used to murder someone in the Poker Room. I think you supplied the gun.”

“Murder? Gun?” Sonny starts to whine, “I don’t know anyth . . . Oomph!” Red Penny has violently shoved her Smith & Wesson into Sonny’s lower belly. Luther emerges from the shadows and moves towards the table. The metallic click tells Sonny Red Penny has pulled the trigger back. Sonny stops Luther. Red Penny whispers, “Sonny, sweetie, Talbot has some questions for you. If you answer them I won’t shoot you.” She gives the gun another vicious shove. Sonny turns back to me, “Tal, what is it exactly that I can do for you and The Warrior Princess?”

“Tell me about the gun.”

Sonny laughs, “Is that all? Tell Annie Oakley to put away her ‘Shootin’ Iron.'” Red Penny’s gun does not move. Sonny shrugs. “Some hitchhiker wants a gun. Looks in the yellow pages under Gunshops. They tell him there’s a 5-day waiting period. He hangs up. Finds some mop squeezer or a luggage hauler who, for a little cash, sends him to me, who, for a lot of cash, sells him an untraceable Saturday Night Special. End of story.”

“Not the end of the story, Sonny. Your hitchhiker with the Saturday Night Special killed one and wounded another before I put him down.”

“Wounded? I heard there were two dead. . . .”

“The other one may live. What do you care?”

“I don’t. Just morbid curiosity.”

“Sonny. Did the hitchhiker say what he wanted with the gun?

“Why? Do you really think I’d ask why? Please. I’m not in the business of asking “Why?”

Red Penny asks, “Did he say anything about his wife?”

“Wife? I don’t know the hitchhiker had a wife. . . . Is she dead too?”

“More morbid curiosity?” I ask.

Sonny says nothing.

Red Penny says, “The wife’s missing. Maybe kidnapped. Maybe kidnapped and murdered. If you know anything about this. . . .”

“My dear,” Sonny says to Red Penny. “I’m in a low-risk, high-return business. Murder? Kidnapping? They’re so-o-o-o-o risky. To-o-o-o-o risky. I sell nice safe dry goods. I leave the wet work to others.” Luther looms nearby.

I nod to Red Penny who puts her gun away. We get up to leave.

Sonny is all smiles again, “So good to see you both. Anything you’ve ever needed. Everything you’ve ever wanted. I’m your guy. Do tell your friends.”

As we leave, Red Penny says to me, “I should have gut-shot him.” I don’t disagree.

We are outside the Majestic Bar. Red Penny’s beeper goes off. “Smash and grab on the Promenade. I have to go. Where will you be?”

“In the Poker Room,” I reply. “Captain Video promised me film.” We go our separate ways.

An hour has passed. I’ve spent it watching and taking notes on the late Scott Hadley’s ability to play Texas Hold’em Poker. Captain Video’s first tape, labeled “Monday Afternoon,” shows friendly, relaxed, Scott Hadley, buying into a $3-$6 Hold’em ligaz11 game a with a rack-of-red. In more than three hours of play he’s seen 110 hands.

He’s folded pre-flop over 50 times.

He’s folded on the flop over 30 times.

He’s folded three times on the Turn.

He’s folded once on the River.

He’s been in twenty-six showdowns.

He’s won twelve pots.

Minus the Blinds, Rake, and Tokes, Scott Hadley had managed to win a couple of hundred dollars. He’s played a solid tight-aggressive, no-nonsense hold’em game.

The second tape, labeled “Saturday Night,” shows an angry, surly Scott Hadley buying into the $500-$1000 Midnight Hold’em Game with five racks of purple. In half an hour of non-play, he sits like a zombie, stares, check his watch, pays the blinds, does not look at his cards, does not pay attention to the game. The first hand he enters is the last hand he plays. I don’t get it. I watch again. I still don’t get it. I am watching for the third time when Red Penny returns.

“I called the hospital. The Good Samaritan, Mr. Patrick, is out of surgery. It was touch and go. They think he’ll make it.”

“That’s the only good news for the night,” I tell her. “I’ve got nothing.” Red Penny sits down. “Talbot, tell me all the facts, only what you know to be true, about Scott. I’ll do the same for Audrey.”

“I look down at my notes, labeled Monday through Saturday, and begin: “I know for a fact that Scott had money.”

“Right. The job, the house, the car, the suite.”

“I know for a fact Scott’s Texas Hold’em comfort level was no higher than $3-$6.” I tell Red Penny I watched him wait more than twenty minutes on Monday to get a seat in the $3-$6 Hold’em table when seats at higher stakes tables were available.

“I know for a fact Scott was not a ‘gambler’ but a tight, careful, winning low-limit Texas Hold’em player.” I show Red Penny my pages and pages of notes from watching Scott play.

“I know for a fact that between early Wednesday and late Friday Scott raised a large amount of cash, $250,000. I know this from the telephone records and the Casino Cage receipts.

“I know that on Friday Scott bought a untraceable Saturday Night Special.” Red Penny rolls her eyes at the thought of Sonny.

“Finally, on Saturday night, an angry Scott buys into a $500-$1000 Limit Hold’em Game, in which he plays only one hand, betting all the money in front of him, almost $250,000. He holds the nuts but then surrenders his winning hand, giving the pot to a total stranger before, for reasons unknown, yelling “Give me back my money!” and murdering that stranger and sending another stranger to the hospital. Before I . . .” I do not say, “kill him.”

Red Penny, silent throughout my review of Scott, begins her own review of Audrey. “We only know two things for sure about Audrey. She was alive and well on Tuesday “”The slot farm and poker room surveillance tapes.”

“And she went missing Tuesday. . . . “

“The missing birth control pills for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.”

“. . . between 5:25 and 6:10 p.m.”

“The poker room and elevator lobby surveillance tapes.”

“Right. That’s the end of the facts. We put all the facts together, we come up with the following scenario.

“Audrey was kidnapped on Tuesday.”

“And it takes Scott three days, Wednesday through Friday, to raise the ransom. He turns traceable cash into untraceable checks and goes to the poker room on Saturday for the drop-off.

“Scott buys the gun as insurance that the kidnapper will return Audrey unharmed. The problem with all this is. . . .”

“While waiting for the kidnapper to show up he buys into a game he doesn’t belong in and kills a highly respected, elderly man who could not possibly be involved in the kidnapping.”

“Then why,” Red Penny asks, “did Scott enter the game and kill him?”

“The murder is a dead end. But we have two crimes, murder and kidnapping. If we solve one we can solve the other. Penelope, we need to answer this question: Who kidnapped Audrey?”

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