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1Q84 Book Review – InfoBarrel

To be honest, this is the kind of book that makes me scratch my head. I promise that this is one book that you’ll never forget.

1Q84 is one of the most notable works of Haruki Murakami. After I finished the book, I had to watch a no-brainer cartoon show to make my mind work again. 1Q84, which consists of three books, is both strange and likable. Still, it is very captivating. In the third book, another character’s point-of-view is added, someone who is the antagonist (though he’s not really a villain). If you’re looking for a weird and gripping book to read, I highly recommend 1Q84. It’s like going inside their mind, which is interesting for me. Mysterious things start to happen around them, which make them realize that they’re no longer living in the same world. It focuses on two characters – Aomame and Tengo – and the book’s perspective switches between them. This is the second book of Murakami that I’ve read after Norwegian Wood. Oddly, this makes me love the book all the more. It has a fantasy element, making it mysterious and bizarre but in a positive way.

Unlike his other novels, this one uses a point-of-view perspective. They put themselves in danger as they search for answers.. Granted, this is exactly what I love about the book. Most of the things that you will read are about the characters’ thoughts. I feel like being their friend, and it’s hard not to get attached to them.

To give you a little background, the book revolves around the life of two people living a double life- Aomame, a sports club instructor and part-time assassin, and Tengo, a Math instructor and an aspiring novelist. It’s very long and my sister thinks it’s long-winded. Both are seemingly two unrelated people whose lives are intertwined after their involvement with Sakigake, a powerful religious cult. I won’t describe this book as exciting. It’s not exactly a page-turner because the story is too slow-paced for me

Gambling – InfoBarrel

Five cards are dealt on the table face upwards and this is the board. The cards dealt to the players are called the hole cards.  It is generally considered the hallmark of weaker players. There are strategies for playing all the games in Vegas and there are some games or bets that you should stay away from. Wherever you look, new casino sites are popping up all around the place making choosing the right casino a tough choice.

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How to Play Poker

Limping is, by and large, a fairly poor strategy. You need a combination of talents to world class player, but a blind robot could “make a living” at poker. Tyson 3 years, 6 months ago

It is all too common for people to go to Las Vegas thinking that they are going to change their lives only to come back a couple of thousand dollars poorer. The problem is that out of all the casino games available not too many will give you a good chance of being a winner. That…

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How to become a professional poker player

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Online Slots: Fun and Easy To Play

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To an outsider poker looks complicated and involved, with a lot of jargon and lingo being thrown around.  In fact, it is considered such a weak play that often professionals will consider a player weak if they see a player limp just once.

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I Won The Lottery, Now What? Each day millions of hopeful citizens nationwide line up to buy a lottery ticket for their chance to break from the routine of their daily lives.  This is the version played in Europe, Asia and Australia – where every player with a bet in the box is dealt a face-up card, from left to right, and then the…

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A day at the horse track is a great time. Here is what is you need to know to get started playing. Knowing how to bet properly makes a day at the track even better. The rules of Blackjack are fairly simple and straightforward. There’s nothing like taking a small risk and earning quite a profit from it. There’s something about playing a game and making money that really helps excites us. Many of the so-called gambling experts swear that by using the Martingale System, games like roulette can be crushed for fun and profit.

Bet and the Deal….

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Be Smart And Have A Great Time Gambling In Las Vegas

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The Basics of Poker: Limping

I Won The Lottery, Now What?

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Vegas Casino Games That Give You A Better Chance To Beat The House

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Why Casino Gambling Should Be Legal in Texas

Las Vegas is a city where people dream of going to just to beat the house. Poker can be very profitable if you can sustain the variance.

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The World’s Most Popular Casino Game: Blackjack

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The topic of legalizing casino gambling has been a hot one among Texans for literally decades, yet year after year Texas legislation either ignores it or votes against it.

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Gambling is an extremely fun way to make money. Before the deck is shuffled or any cards are dealt players need to get comfortable around the table. Winning is difficult because the casino has the advantage in every game and that is how they make money….

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How To Win At Poker And Make Money Gambling

First off, the Blackjack version referred to below is the one that many people know, love and play – a dealer ‘no hole card’ game. In actuality it’s fairly simple, once all of the mystique is stripped away from the flow of the game. When most people go to a casino, many naively believe the eyes in the sky and casino floor security are enough to protect us from those who would try and take advantage of us. Choosing…

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Five Tips for Avoiding Casino Thieves and Scammers

In casino gambling, almost everyone has a system to beat the house – and one of the most popular is the Martingale System. If you go to the race track it is likely…

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Gambling with the Martingale System and Why It Doesn’t Work

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Poker is a game of skill, but many people are unaware of this

Online Poker ‘Payment Processor’ Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

Ok, it may have paid for awhile but in the end, it wasn’t worth it. All in all, around $3 billion have been illegally processed through such means.

You can bet that Franzen is regretting his time as a payment processor now. Saeyang Â- Gather Inc. Eight out of the 11 people charges are on the run in other countries. gambling laws by processing millions of dollars in payments from his home in Costa Rica and lying to banks about the nature of the transactions.”

© Evalynn J. banks did not process the payments … What’s a few bucks worth if you have to spend the next three decades in prison?. He is one of 11 people who have been indicted by federal prosecutors and now faces up to 30 File:Card magic.jpgyears in prison.

This definitely looks like another case where it doesn’t pay to commit a crime.

It came as a major shock to the online gambling community when federal prosecutors “seized the Internet domain names for Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.” Now, the first guilty plea has been given. and I understood U.S. 2011

Unfortunate, a plea bargain may be useless if prosecutors are unable to locate their main targets. Three of those people are founders of the online poker websites.

Federal prosecutors have accused online poker websites and their employees of lying to banks and deceiving regulators. Being a payment processor for the online poker websites wasn’t worth it either.

The payment processor, Bradley Franzen, 41, of Illinois stated that he knowingly helped “online poker websites dodge U.S. There will undoubtedly be a trickle of plea bargains and guilty pleas.

Franzen said, “I was aware that most U.S. law prohibits it,”

A payment processor for online poker websites has plead guilty to criminal charges

Spitzer betting on public “forgiveness” in new political bid

I’m very conscious of that and it’s not easy.”

Spitzer said he made the decision to run for the office just this past weekend.

In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning ” on Monday, Spitzer, when asked why people should trust him after the scandal, said: “First, I wouldn’t say they should. I sinned, I owned up to it, I looked them in the eye, I resigned. All Rights Reserved.

“You need fortitude,” he said. Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal. Because if that’s what I wanted I don’t think this is the path to it.

Spitzer replied to that on “CTM” and said, “This is politics.”

O’Donnell asked, “Did you just look at the role of comptroller and say, ‘Look, I would be running against Kristin Davis — I could probably easily get elected. I want to say, ‘Look, I had a long career as a prosecutor, as attorney general, was governor. This one takes a unique toll on the family. So many areas of endeavor are. Whether I was in front of a jury. Now, Spitzer is returning to politics. I hope some of that learning comes through. I have seen valleys that are deeper. On Sunday, he announced his candidacy for comptroller of New York City.

“You know, I don’t want to be glib and say, ‘No this has nothing to do with that.’ I think anybody who has been through what I have been through, sure, you want redemption,” Spitzer said. I held myself accountable.’ I think that was the only right thing to do. Spitzer said they’re not.

Spitzer said his strategy for sidelining the jokes is willpower.

“Whether that forgiveness extends to any individual is always a separate, independent question and I will have to make a case very different than any other person has made,” Spitzer said. I hope my desire to serve comes through. For five years, I have talked, I’ve written, I’ve had TV shows, and I hate to say this here, but the most satisfying thing for me ever is public service.”

Watch Spitzer’s full interview above.. The desire to stand in front and the roar of the crowd is something people like, but that’s not –”

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King asked Spitzer if news reports that he and his wife, Silda, are separated are true. “I don’t think this is the best way to get it. Politics is a contact sport. This is my pathway to return to office.’?”

© 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. He protected low-wage workers, on the environment, protecting (the) community.’ There’s a record there that I hope they will look to and say, ‘Yes, the comptroller’s position is one that fits the skill set and we hope to bring him back for public service’.”

(CBS News) Five years ago, former New York Gov. It’s now five years later, and I hope they look back at what I did as an attorney general, as governor and as a prosecutor and say, ‘You know what, this guy was ahead of the curve on the Wall Street issues. I’ve imposed that toll. “You need skin as thick as a rhinoceros has, and a desire to serve the public, and know that what comes with that.

So is this bid about public service or ego?

Spitzer replied, “This is a very tough race. I want to do to the office what I did with the Attorney General’s Office, re-envision it, reimagine it.”

“As I said, I’ve seen peaks that are taller than most people get to see as attorney general and governor and those are wonderful. “I expect I will make it every day between now and the election and I look forward to making it.

Responding to the question from “CTM” co-host Norah O’Donnell, Spitzer said: “It’s a question we ask of anybody who goes into politics. I was was asking for votes as attorney general or governor, I believe in the goodness and the judgment of voters and people. This is going to be an office — if I am lucky enough to win — where we can do so much in terms of shareholder power, in terms of corporate power governance, in terms of protecting the pensions, in terms of making sure the city’s money is invested well, spent well. You learn more in the valleys. It’s not that I want the security detail of the Governor’s Office or the mansion or — service is what makes me feel good.”

“We have discussed this,” he said. I hope the people look at what I did as the attorney general and say, ‘You know what? This guy was right on some fundamental stuff’.”

Spitzer said he spoke with his three daughters about his decision to run.

Turning to Anthony Weiner’s lately successful campaign in the New York mayoral race following his own Twitter scandal, Spitzer said he wasn’t influenced by it, but generally sees “forgiveness in the public.”

“What I am seeking is service. “I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think that the family would be supportive and was with it. If I win or lose, I have confidence in the public.”

Redemption, however, is also on Spitzer’s agenda.

King pointed out that Davis, a former madam, has tweeted, “Bring it,” in response to Spitzer’s bid for the office.

On going from governor to potentially comptroller, Spitzer said, “service is service. I want to ask them to, and I think there’s a difference there that’s important

Panthers vs. Seahawks: Betting odds, spread, preview, and prediction

With home field advantage and an extra week to rest and prepare for this game, Seattle is a worthy double-digit favorite at home. Seattle’s dominance at home is well documented but Carolina’s defense should be able to keep this game close enough to cover the spread as such a large underdog — even if the computer thinks the Seahawks might be able to squeak out an ATS win.

With their 27-16 win over Arizona, the Panthers picked up their fifth straight win and improved to 3-2 ATS over that stretch. The Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at CenturyLink Field at 8:15 p.m. Carolina is 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS in its last seven games against the Seahawks.

Both Carolina and Seattle enter this game with solid winning streaks and excellent play on defense in recent weeks. The Seahawks are 28-2 SU and 16-13-1 ATS in their last 30 games as a double-digit favorite according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Carolina Panthers are 8-6 ATS but just 1-13 SU in their last 14 games as a double-digit underdog. But with a strong defense and running game of their own, the Panthers should keep this score respectable as 10.5-point underdogs.

OddsShark Computer Prediction: Seattle 31, Carolina 20.1

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. The final score was not indicative of how thoroughly Carolina dominated the game, racking up 381 yards on offense while allowing only 78 total yards on defense. With the defense playing so well and a 26-3 SU and 22-7 ATS record over its last 29 home games, depriving Seattle of another trip to the Super Bowl won’t be easy. ET on Saturday night.

The UNDER is 4-1 in the last five games between these two teams and 5-1 in Seattle’s last six games overall. Seattle’s defense has been as strong as ever over those six games, allowing a microscopic 6.5 points per game.

The Seahawks hit their stride down the stretch with a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS record over their last six games to secure the top seed in the NFC. Saturday’s total is set at 40 points at the sportsbooks.

Two of the NFC’s hottest teams clash when the Carolina Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

Carolina is a 10.5-point road underdog at sportsbooks monitored by The Panthers have allowed only 11.8 points per game on defense over their five-game winning streak

Super Bowl betting line: Opening point spread foretells a close game | Shutdown Corner’s Super Bowl point spread database says the Broncos closed as a 2.5-point favorite. According to’s history, a Super Bowl betting line has never closed as a pick ‘em. The initial over/under total at the Westgate is 48.5.

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Whether or not the line moves, the oddsmakers in Vegas believe this is a very evenly matched Super Bowl, or at least they believe that’s how bettors will see it.

The Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks line at Westgate in Las Vegas and the Caesars Entertainment properties opened as a pick ‘em, which means there is no point spread for either team to cover, as neither is favored, at least initially. Last year the Seahawks opened as a favorite, but the line moved quickly toward the Denver Broncos, who became the favorite. San Francisco was favored by just 1 point over Cincinnati in Super Bowl XVI and Miami was favored by a point in Super Bowl VII. Although Tuley said MGM properties had the Patriots as a 1-point favorite.. Those are the smallest spreads in Super Bowl history.

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That doesn’t mean that’s where the line will end up. Just pick a winner.

According to Jeff Sherman, an assistant manager at the Las Vegas Westgate sports book, and Dave Tuley, who writes for, the consensus as the Patriots put the finishing touches on their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts was that the line was a pick ‘em. Oddsmakers move the line based on betting volume on one side or the other, usually with the goal of getting close to an even split on both sides.

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Super Bowl 2015: Bettors favoring heads over tails in coin toss prop bet

It’s been one of the most popular prop bets each year, and this time around it’s no different. If you want to bet on which way the coin toss will fall in the Super Bowl, it’s getting cheaper to go with tails.

If you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of Super Bowl prop bets in the past, then you’re likely aware of one that shows up every year but still manages to be hilarious every time: the coin toss odds. Bettors can put money on whether it will land on heads or tails.

Strictly speaking, the coin toss bet is totally random, but there are several interesting stats out there. So if you think they’ll win the coin toss, then you think the team that calls it will choose correctly.

But apparently there are so many people betting, and so many of them betting heads, that sportsbooks are making it cheaper to bet on tails in an effort to even action, according to RJ Bell of

As you can expect, the actual odds for either are even as per the latest odds from OddsShark, at -105 for either. From 1998 through 2011, the NFC had 14 consecutive wins, and it’s 15-2 in its last 17 coin tosses. Despite the fact that there is no actual memory at play here and any pattern is coincidental, the coin toss can actually be a smart bet to take. But that’s not the only thing you can bet on when it comes to the coin toss. You can bet on whether the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots will win the toss, whether the team that wins the coin toss wins the game, and whether the team that calls heads or tails will be correct.. It’s one of the top value bets out there, since bettors only have to go in at -105, so long as they know what they’re getting into.

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That last one is a little redundant, given that we already mentioned you can bet on which team will win the coin toss, and we already know that the Patriots, as the designated visiting team, will be calling the coin toss. That number alone likely leads to a lot more bets

Long odds for winning Mega Millions jackpot

are wondering if there’s a way to guarantee becoming an overnight multimillionaire.

The answer: Not unless you already are one and own a magic wand.

Mega Millions $540M: What to do if you win

But that chance – however small – of instantaneous, enormous wealth is leading to long lines of people at convenience stores across the country, where Mega Millions tickets are sold.

But there are too many limitations. “I’m with him in honoring a higher power.”After years of playing, he’s not grown discouraged by the long odds.

The jackpot is so large, someone with enough money could theoretically buy up every single combination of winning numbers, thereby guaranteeing a winning ticket – but only if you suspended the laws of physics.

Chris Stites, of Fishers, Ind., stopped by a market in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday to spend $20 he and his co-workers pooled for Mega Millions tickets. “When people ask me, I just tell them that the odds of a lottery game make it a game of fate. I see people paying $30, $40, $50, and that’s just painful.”

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A $540 million jackpot, if taken as a $390 lump sum and after federal tax withholding, works out to about $293 million. “If you don’t play, you know you don’t win anything.”

And as if to prove how long the odds are, in line to buy tickets with Fields was 80-year-old Everett Eahmer, of St. “It may be slim, but it’s the same as it is for other people.”

(CBS/AP) OMAHA, Neb. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images. All Rights Reserved. Paul, Minn., a retail store cashier who bought one ticket.

“To me, the value of the lottery ticket isn’t the realistic opportunity to win,” he said. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every single combination. Paul, who said he’s been playing the lottery “since the beginning.” “If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is buy a (Tim) Tebow football shirt, and I’m going to do the Tebow pose,” said Eahmer, who bought five tickets. you’d be much better off going to Las Vegas and playing blackjack or the slot machines.”

“You are about 50 times as likely to get struck by lightning as to win the lottery, based on the 90 people a year getting struck by lightning,” Catalano said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Based on other averages in the U.S., you’re about 8,000 times more likely to be murdered than winning the lottery, and about 20,000 times more likely to die in a car crash that hit the lucky numbers, Catalano said.

“You might get some psychological enjoyment from playing the lottery, but from a financial standpoint … He said he hopes buying in a group improves their odds.

“I’ve got as good a shot as anyone,” Stites said. “If I don’t win, it’s money gone. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Just buy a ticket, sit back and see if fate points a finger at you for that day.”

Mike Catalano, chairman of the mathematics department at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., said he covers the odds of winning in lottery games with his students in an attempt to show them how unlikely it is to win big.

Worth it … people coming in making very large purchases for a group,” said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association that oversees the Mega Millions, Powerball and other lotteries. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $117 million – less if your state also withholds taxes.

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“I’ve got bills to pay, I do not have money to be paying five lottery tickets,” Fields said. First, if it takes five seconds to fill out each card, you’d need almost 28 years just to mark the bubbles on the game tickets. Lottery officials are happy to have Friday’s record Mega Millions jackpot fueling ticket sales, but even they caution against spending large amounts of money per person in the hopes of striking it rich.

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is printed out on March 29, 2012 at a liquor store in California

And with a jackpot this large, experts say, there is more of a chance of multiple winners. You’d also use up the national supply of special lottery paper and lottery-machine printing ink well before all your tickets could be printed out.

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is handed over at Bluebird liquor store on March 29, 2012 in Hawthorne, Calif. “It’s the fact that for three days, the daydreaming time about what I would do if I won is great entertainment and, frankly, a very nice release from a normal day.”

He concedes the math is clear: The more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning. “Of course, if you buy 50 tickets, you’ve equalized your chances of winning the jackpot with getting struck by lightning.”

It’s why David Kramer, a lawyer in Lincoln, bought a Mega Million ticket Thursday.

“You have to get your foot in the door,” he said. So, if you buy 10 tickets filled out 10 different ways, your odds of winning the jackpot 10 in 176 million.

“We certainly know we get more pool play … If you have to share the jackpot with even one fellow winner, you’ve lost $30 million.

Even those seemingly well aware of the odds were buying lottery tickets this week, including Dymond Fields, of St

Macau’s casinos crush Las Vegas with $270 minimum bets

“It might be fun to lose $1,000 in two to three hours, but it is definitely not enjoyable to lose your entire gaming budget in one hand of Baccarat,” he said.


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3) Macau has problems, too

Analysts say the poor performance is due to Beijing’s campaign against corruption and lavish spending, a reduction in tourist visas and a crackdown on junket operators who recruit gamblers.

The boom started in earnest in 2002, when restrictions on foreign operators were lifted. Some gamblers are burning through their stacks of cash too quickly.

The city of 600,000 is almost entirely dependent on gambling. But foreign casinos owners must cater to Chinese preferences. At Galaxy Macau, it’s even higher: $320.

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But the runaway bets could become a problem, Fischer says. When the industry thrives, tax revenue jumps and residents — most of whom are employed in the business — receive payouts from the government.

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“Macau is merely scratching the surface now, with ample pent-up demand to be captured by new casinos opening from 2015 onwards,” Fischer said. And that means baccarat instead of poker or blackjack.

With the VIP market saturated, much of the growth is likely to come from more modest players.

There is still huge potential in the territory, however. Hotels are planning to increase capacity by 70% over the next few years.

Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal, making it a dream destination for millions of Chinese tourists.

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The city’s $45 billion casino industry is now roughly seven times bigger than Vegas, and eye-popping growth has attracted the biggest players, including Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts.

Here are three things to know about Macau:

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The mind-boggling stakes leave Macau’s international competitors in the dust.

Gambling in the former Portuguese outpost has been fueled by a relaxation of regulations and a Chinese populace eager to try their luck.

Gamblers in Macau are not messing around. Stakes at top casinos have been rising for years and it’s nearly impossible to find a table with a minimum bet of less than $65..

Casino stocks have taken a beating in recent months following a rare slide in casino revenue.

The average minimum bet at a non-VIP table is now at least $270, according to Aaron Fischer, the regional head of consumer and gaming research at CLSA