Threshold Preview : Windows 10 for the Not-Very-Techies

Now the reason I ask this out loud is because I have recently been using a local server stack called XAMPP and the default ports for Apache (I am digressing onto web servers for a moment) is the same as Skype. Now that might be because I have opened up a number of virtual units, but then when I want to open a new instance of Internet Explorer the computer insists on going back to my first screens where I have an IE window open.

Windows StoreIf you never installed Windows 8 and live by your Android smart phone then you might not have come across the Windows Store before.

Continuum

It’s Back!The Start MenuIt’s something I hate with Windows 8 installations. That is not surprising as most of the final code is being written and only some of the apps and features were included.

There is one problem though – and if they don’t change it I probably would not use Task View.

If you already use Windows 8 or 8.1 then you will know that Microsoft prefer you to set up a Microsoft Account. There are actually great benefits to doing this such as easily accessing your Skype, e-mail and cloud storage with a single sign-on, as well as of course Microsoft also being able to selectively target you with advertising or storage add-ons.

Task View

Now I should really bring in my good lady wife. We are going to look at what is coming to a PC near you and why you should be considering your next OS upgrade.

During the installation process there were a number of options that are clearly tailored to making it as easy for first time installers as possible. When you log off, they are gone. Not good when you want to use the same computer and don’t want to go fiddling with ports!

Now I think that this is a great idea and would certainly appeal to me when I am working away from the office; but there is no mention as to whether this is also going to work with Windows 10 tablets that you then connect a keyboard to using Bluetooth! 

 Even if you don’t think you will use the new features; you might as well upgrade to restart the technical support clock!

Windows 10 is expected to be one the biggest overhauls of a Microsoft operating system since they abandoned Windows Millennium Edition.

If you are currently using Windows 8 (or 8.1) –

they are giving you a free upgrade to Windows 10.

The Facebook app I also downloaded from the Windows Store is modified from the common mobile phone apps. Simple slider switches asking you if you want to enable “Do Not Track” as default on Internet Explorer and whether you want Bing as your default search engine were prominent. The Start Menu was rubbish, otherwise known as non-existent, until the 8.1 update.

The first installation of the Windows Technical Preview took less than 15 minutes. This is probably an edition of Windows that you would be familiar with as Windows 7 (or 8) Pro; there are other editions available for previewing if you are more likely to be heading for use in an enterprise environment.

Windows 10, codenamed Threshold, is coming though.

In order to tell you about Windows 10, also known by it’s codename of Threshold, I have played with the Windows Technical Preview that has been available to download and install for some time. That means that some of this information might be slightly out of date while I catch up and see what we have here. 

For the new Windows 10 desktop though, our Start Menu is making somewhat of a return albeit with subtle changes and incorporating metro style tiles in the new install. 

You see when I go into “desktop 2″ and open something like the Windows Store then it opens in all the later desktops. The thing is though that Windows 10 is that it is increasingly tailored to be idiot proof like it’s rival Apple OS’s. As you can see to the right, I have started up a few of these virtual desktops but I wonder if there is a bit of work to be done.

To Tie or Not To Tie?

Anyway….

This is going to be an article that I consider “living” and I will update it as often as I can so that you can make an informed choice that you want to upgrade to Windows 10.

The Windows Store allows you to install many programs and apps directly from the shop window like you can for your most popular smart cell phones; and for those that are already familiar, most of the apps and games seem to be similar to those found for Windows 8.

This great thing is though, this is going to make it so much easier for the likes of you and me to go out and take photographs using the tablet’s camera and then almost immediately publishing them to InfoBarrel and connecting the keyboard to do all the writing!

If this is the intended feature then I can not see half of the point of it.

Something I am wondering though, because I have not thought about it while logged onto Windows Technical Preview, is whether the computer ports will work differently. I wonder if this quiet push to re-engaging users with Microsoft products is going to be a long term issue.

As you can see left, metro-style tiles will still be size adjustable, allowing a bigger preference to programs you use the most or are more likely to need when you are inebriated and using the touch screen on your laptop or tablet.

If you are thinking that you will need different desktops because sometimes you use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Windows 10 tablet then fear not; Microsoft have thought of that too. It was clearly optimised for a touchscreen.

A Demonstration of ContinuumPublished by Microsoft

If you are currently using Windows 7 –

you will want to upgrade for free to Windows 10

You can set up a user account that is completely local and I have yet to decide whether my Windows 10 administrator is going to be cut off from the online world. She has said she like the ideas of a tiled start menu though, so when the newer updates are ready we should hope for this to stick around.

Multiple Desktops

New in Windows 10 (albeit not to other operating systems) is the virtual desktop. I doubt the Windows Store will ever be as strict as the Apple “iFranchise” but I bet someone somewhere with Windows 10 will eventually prove themselves to be a better idiot.

InstallationIt was Quick – but don’t read too much into that

Now the most important thing to remember is that the installation process is definitely going to change. She is severely sight impaired and has to use her gadget and devices on low resolutions. It looks awful and Windows clearly needs to avoid a “one OS for all” policy.

Task View, which to be honest is similar to using good old ALT+Tab window switch, will allow you to switch through these virtual desktops. The rumor is that this preview is going to be locked down soon so not everything will be from the horses mouth (or rather my horse sized fingers) and I will also look to what everyone else is saying as well.

As you can see, there is so much going on now with the new Windows 10 previews that I have had to start writing and as I experiment with the new features then I will update this piece as I go along.. The third party solutions on Windows such as VirtuaWin already offer a vast extension of the new Microsoft “feature” and lets be honest, if you are already a virtual desktop power user then you are probably already using Ubuntu or another Linux distribution.

I tried out the new store downloading a few games and I found that for the games I downloaded there was no way to play the game with your keyboard. Continuum, from the demonstrations I have seen, show a Microsoft Surface tablet-hybrid and the basic idea is that when you attach the keyboard then it works like a netbook/laptop, but when you disconnect the keyboard then it will work like a tablet computer.

It is worth pointing out that there is a new build which has been released in the last few weeks. I can keep all my games on one virtual desktop (I have an ever-increasing Steam library) while working on web development on another and my InfoBarrel tasks on a third.

The virtual desktops that are created are not permanent. I started at Evaluation Build 9841 which is the first public beta preview

New Jersey allows sports betting

The seaside resort has already lost three of the 12 casinos with which it began this year, and a fourth one is due to shut its doors next week; about 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs since January.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. “Obviously, this is a significant development. branch of William Hill agreed to be the exclusive provider of sports betting at Monmouth Park, but is taking a wait-and-see approach.

But those actions ran up against the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, enacted by Congress to restrict betting on sports to a few states. In light of our significant investment at Monmouth Park, we are happy that it appears racetracks and casinos in New Jersey will be taking sports bets sooner rather than later.”

In addition to the directive, Christie also had the state file a motion in federal court asking a judge to clarify or modify a February 2013 ruling that blocks a licensing program New Jersey had passed for sports betting in the state.

The professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey leagues, as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, all opposed New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting, saying it could give the appearance that the integrity of the games has been compromised.. Like others, we recognize that legalized sports betting is inevitable, and will be a good outcome for customers, states and the sports leagues. Raymond Lesniak, one of the legislature’s strongest supporters of sports betting. Nevada has allowed betting on sports for more than 60 years, and Delaware, Montana and Oregon have at times permitted more limited betting. — Gov. Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal in June, saying, “You know, that’s the way it goes.”

His action, through the state attorney general’s office, is likely to be challenged by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. Other leagues and the NCAA did not immediately return messages Monday.

Dennis Drazin, an attorney and adviser to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman and Monmouth Park, told ESPN in early September that he believes the track could have an operating sports book within three weeks after legalization.

The governor says sports betting is legal under previous federal rulings as long as wagers don’t involve a collegiate game played in New Jersey or a New Jersey college team elsewhere in the country.

Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred track in Oceansport, New Jersey, has been outspoken that it will take the lead once sports betting became legal.

Information from ESPN.com’s David Purdum and The Associated Press is included in this report. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.

He said he does not expect sports betting to begin until a court rules that it is legal.

Lesniak said he expects the leagues to challenge the move, but predicted: “They don’t have any arguments left to make. Jennifer Beck, a Republican who represents the area where Monmouth Park resides, said Monday that she would like to see the track begin taking bets as soon as this upcoming weekend, but wants to see the reaction from the sports leagues.

Casino executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Christie’s action.

“That to some degree will dictate how the race tracks and casinos move forward,” Beck told ESPN.

Voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly endorsed legal sports betting in a nonbinding referendum in 2011. “The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey.”

The move is a turnaround for Christie, who initially seemed resigned to defeat once the U.S. CEO Joe Asher said in a statement. This is all over but the shouting.”

N.J. Rachel Ryan, a spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday that the track has no plans to offer sports betting now.

A month ago, Christie vetoed a bill that would have pushed New Jersey to circumvent the federal ban on gambling on professional and college sports.

The move came hours before Christie was to convene a closed-door summit on the future of Atlantic City.

“Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today’s statewide directive,” the governor’s office wrote in a statement. State lawmakers soon enacted a law to allow for betting at tracks and in casinos. State Sen. Christie said at the time disagreed with the court decision but feels the law is “sacrosanct.”

“Victory at last!” said state Sen. That effort ended with the U.S. Bets wouldn’t have been taken on games involving New Jersey colleges or college games played in the state.

The U.S. District Court,” William Hill U.S. New Jersey missed a 1991 deadline in the law that would have allowed sports betting in Atlantic City.

The NFL had no comment when reached by ESPN.com. “People should book their hotel rooms in Atlantic City for the Super Bowl now because there won’t be any available in February.”

“We are reviewing the Attorney General’s directive and the motion filed in U.S. Chris Christie’s administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues.

The park built a sports bar last year that was designed to be transformed into a sports book quickly if sports betting were legalized.

The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting.

Christie suggested casinos and tracks could start offering betting immediately, but it’s not clear that will happen

Top 10 Blogs for Book Lovers 2013: The Winners

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We narrowed that list down to 20 book blog finalists. We asked you to help us find the best blogs for book lovers by nominating your favorite book blogs. You responded with over 120 nominations.

And to all book bloggers, whether you won this year or not, thank you for spreading the love of books with others. We’re writers after all and statistics are not our forté. Spread the word, sharing the results through Facebook, Twitter, and with your book loving friends.

If you’re a winner, post this award image on your blog sidebar, linking back to this page. Then, we had our expert judges rate each blog using a complicated formula. (Which we actually had to seek outside help on.

Top 10 Blogs for Book Lovers AwardBook lovers, make sure to check out these amazing blogs. So, thanks Scott!) You can see how the winners were chosen here.

We hope these excellent blogs help you satiate your love for books!

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When is a bet not a bet? A day at the Iran races | Reuters

I hope I can win something,” said Erfan, 15.

“I had a great time,” Tamanna said. “In a way we are donating this money to help develop the races.”

Wearing loose black trousers and speaking with a strong local accent, Sardar, a carpenter, said he chose not to buy prediction tickets as winnings were limited.

“The bettor makes gains easily, without working and this causes others to lose money with consequent dissatisfaction and grief,” he said, pointing out one reason Islam regards gambling as “haram”.

Cleric Mahmoudi warned of the dangers of gambling.

Betting among individuals is not legal but still goes on.

(Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

The Koran describes gambling as “evil, unclean and Satanic” and people found guilty of illegal gambling in the Islamic Republic can be sentenced to flogging and jail.. As well as a computer screen with race details, each has a basket into which they toss the takings.

“In negotiations with some sources of emulation , we finally managed to receive permission to bet on horses under certain conditions,” said Ebrahim Mohammdzadeh, an official at Tehran’s horse-racing committee.

“I always buy prediction tickets from this office but my dad bets directly with others,” he said. Odds are not given before the race and returns are calculated afterwards.

The 2,000-capacity Nowruzabad track off a major highway to the west of Tehran is the only track easily accessible to the population of the capital. “Big bets take place unofficially and the winnings are exchanged from hand-to-hand.”

“Last year someone won $75,000 there in a bet,” a race official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

People can also place bets on horses through the federation’s website, but that misses out on the spectacle.

However, three forms of gambling are permitted under Islam, said a cleric consulted on the matter by Reuters.

“I just lost 30,000 rials but I had a lot of fun,” said fine arts student Tamanna, 30, showing her ticket printed with a line that says cash spent buying the ticket goes to support the horse races, rather than in the hope of winning.

The really big bets happen at bigger tracks, particularly at the 10-000 capacity Gonbad-e Kavoos hippodrome in northern Iran.

He had just won 200,000 rials (almost $20). Mohammad Reza Pahlavi — the last shah who was overthrown in the 1979 uprising led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — was a keen horseman and aimed to expand racing.

“People are reluctant to place big bets with the prediction office,” he said . Not by “betting” on the horse, he insisted — betting is illegal under Iran’s Islamic law — but by “predicting” Rio Collection would win.

After the revolution the idea fell out of favour and today there are only four racetracks in the country. I predicted correctly,” said the 18-year-old.

Prediction tickets can be bought for as little as 10,000 rials (around $1) with no official upper limit, although large bets are rare. It hold races over a 10-week season each year.

In pre-revolutionary Iran, horse riding was considered an elite sport. “He once won 30 million rials.”

Under Islamic sharia law, gambling is generally seen as illegal and Sardar’s wager, made with a friend, was actually not permitted. Camel racing — popular in some Arab countries across the Gulf — is not a significant sport in Iran and archery has no great popular following.

Inside, a dozen women, wearing obligatory headscarves, sit behind windows, taking predictions and paying out winnings. But thanks to certain religious rulings, many race-goers are permitted to put money on the horses legally as long as they are “predicting” through official channels.

NOWRUZABAD, Iran As Rio Collection galloped across the finishing line, Sardar hooted with joy and high-fived his friends.

To make it possible for spectators to take part, the Equestrian Federation of Iran sought permission from senior clerics known as “sources of emulation”, to whom Shi’ite Muslims turn for guidance on moral issues.

By Mitra Amiri

| NOWRUZABAD, Iran

MASS APPEAL

Despite its limited availability, people from many walks of life crowd the “predictions” office next to the track in Nowruzabad where legal betting takes place inside a building where an electronic screen advertises: “Make a prediction, win a prize”.

But technically, he added, only the archery contestants and riders of the horses or camels in the races are permitted to bet.

THE BIG BETS

Most of the people buying prediction tickets legally from the racetrack office did not seem concerned, however.

The way it works is that jockeys authorise the horse-racing committee to place bets for other people on their behalf.

Of the total money coming into the official betting office, some 70 percent is given out as winnings with the remaining 30 percent going to cover the costs of racing.

As the horses pass the finishing line, the spectators — including dozens of women — jump up from their seats near the track and rush to the predictions office to see how much they have won and place money on the next one.

“I just paid 50,000 rials. “All forms of gambling are haram (forbidden by Islam) except for horse racing, camel racing and archery,” said Mohsen Mahmoudi, a cleric at a north Tehran mosque, adding that those manly, warrior sports were all encouraged by the Prophet Mohammad.

“I knew he would win

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How the Sports Betting Line is Made by RJ Bell

For example, the public might have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC. Reasons for such adjustments include:

RJ Bell

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Website: http://www.Pregame.com

“The #1 thing for us is to make a line for each game that creates good two-way action.

. If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC -7, then an adjustment up to -7.5 or -8 would be made in response to the public’s expected USC bias. For example, if the pointspread on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 ½ to try and attract money on the favorite.

The last step in the line-making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line “feels right.” This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture. People think it’s much more complicated, but it’s not.”

A round-table discussion among the 4-5 oddsmakers involved in making the line for each sport is then conducted and a consensus line is decided upon by the Odds Director before it is released to the sportsbooks. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line.

How the Opening Line Is Made

Contributed by:

Experts working for the individual books having a strong opinion on the game

Individual books having players who consistently bet with certain tendencies (such as an extreme bias toward favorites or toward a certain popular team like USC)

There is a common misconception that point spreads represent the oddsmakers’ prediction of how many points the favorite will win by.

Since the oddsmaker’s ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account.

“You either have a passion for it or you don’t,” Seba said.

Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event-related factors such as player injuries or weather. Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process.

What Is the Line Trying to Accomplish?

Why the Line Changes

Oddsmakers at LVSC are professional sports junkies who love what they do and would probably do it for nothing if you asked them, but they do get paid for it. Stated another way, they want to create a line that half the people find appealing to bet one way while the other half find it appealing to bet the other way (known as ‘dividing the action’).

Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time.

The opening line is the first line created by the oddsmakers, which is then sent out to sportsbooks.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) is the world’s premier oddsmaking company and the most respected authority on making the lines. This usually includes having up-to-date power ratings on each team.

Power ratings are the oddsmaker’s value of each team and are used as a guide to calculate a “preliminary” pointspread on an upcoming game. By necessity their approach is very research-oriented and concise, since with millions of dollars at risk there is little margin for error.

Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor (called juice or vig – typically $11 bet to win $10). Mike Seba is a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. Of course there is an entire method to the madness on how the opening line is created.

Once a game’s power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team’s most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent.

“The main objective is that our clients get equal action on both sides,” Seba said. We do this by drawing from past experiences and applying them to current situations. Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an “adjusted line.”

Moving the line is the oddsmaker’s effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor’s decision. That is not the case at all – their intent is NOT to evenly split the ATS result between the teams; rather, their goal is to attract equal betting action on both sides. In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4-5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro & college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game. Also, adjustments are made after reading each team’s local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches & players are thinking going into the game. “We’re not trying to pick the team that covers the spread, we’re trying to make it a coin flip, a tough decision (for the bettor). Examples of non-game factors that would require an adjustment to a team’s power rating are key player injuries and player trades. Of the 4-5 oddsmakers, generally the 2 most respected opinions are weighed more heavily by the Odds Director before he decides on the final line. The power ratings are adjusted after each game a team plays.

The purpose of these adjustments, like all line adjustments, is to more equally divide the betting action. If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job.”

Once the opening line is released by LVSC, the individual sportsbooks decide if they want to make any adjustments before offering it to the public. Seba explained that it all starts with each oddsmaker creating a line on each game based upon their own personal approach

USRacing.com Releases Updated Odds for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup

He represents value

when betting

on the Breeders’ Cup.”

. Keen Ice and Frosted could surprise, as well,”

he added.

US Racing is privately held with offices in the Americas, China,

Gibraltar, Hong Kong and the Isle of Man.

8

Hard Aces

Joe Talamo

John Sadler

50/1

9

Honor Code

Javier Castellano

Claude McGaughey III

6/1

US Racing (www.usracing.com)

is the largest international online horse racing service in the world.

US Racing offers thoroughbred, harness and greyhound wagering content

from over 200 of the world’s premier racetracks. Membership is free and

there are no fees or charges to wager on horses or to watch live horse

racing video. This is a horse I

definitely think you have to use on your ticket. Online horse betting is available via desktop computer,

laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android powered devices.

3

Frosted

Joel Rosario

Kiaran McLaughlin

15/1

The goal of US Racing to entertain, educate and inform people about the

sport of thoroughbred horse racing.

2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic Odds from USRacing.com

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Odds

1

Tonalist

John Velazquez

Christophe Clement

6/1

2

Keen Ice

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Dale Romans

12/1

US Racing features race analysis, interviews, free handicapping tips and

stories on trainers, jockeys, owners, breeders, horses and new

technology and developments in the horse racing industry. His video analysis of

the possible winners can be viewed online at US

Racing with Derek Simon.

Derek Simon, US Racing’s editor and handicapper, has no doubt of the

value found in Beholder and Smooth Roller–and he makes his case with

statistics compiled from every Breeders’ Cup race run from 1997-2014.

“I felt that Beholder’s win in the Pacific Classic was the best

performance by any thoroughbred this year,” said Simon. “Smooth Roller,

I think, is the horse that is going to be overlooked. “Can the Triple Crown winner round out his career

winning the Classic? The public loves him but we’ve observed several

punters backing Beholder. No wagering of

any form takes place at US Racing.

10

Beholder

Gary Stevens

Richard Mandella

3/1

5

Gleneagles

Ryan Moore

Aidan O’Brien

20/1

US Racing’s comprehensive Breeders’ Cup Betting Guide by Derek

Simon is available to all members of US Racing.

7

Smooth Roller

Tyler Baze

Victor Garcia

15/1

4

American Pharoah

Victor Espinoza

Bob Baffert

6/5

LEXINGTON, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Racing (www.usracing.com),

an international online horse racing service, today released the updated

odds of the 31st Breeders’ Cup to be held at Keeneland Race

Course on October 30th and 31st.

6

Effinex

Mike Smith

James Jerkens

30/1

The world will be watching American Pharoah’s final race on NBC and

getting all the action with US Racing.

“American Pharoah is the betting favourite with good reason,” said James

Maxwell of US Racing

Casino-Gaming :: Gambling Heroes | ArticleBiz.com

Broadly speaking gambling is of two forms. After this the ‘deal’ button is to be pressed to draw the cards. Poker is the well-known game of skill. For instance betting on horse race, car races, sports betting are all different types of gaming because in these cases too a person puts an amount of money at stake, calculates the odds etc. It is also the cause of livelihood for many people. Moreover with the arrival of online gambling, gaming has reached in every corner of the world. The game of video poker is quite popular in Las Vegas. In poker players make wagers into a central pot with fully or partially concealed cards. Its addiction can be disastrous to the concerned person as well as his entire family.

Gambling is one amongst the most eminent sources of entertainment today. Prior to playing any game it is better to get acquainted with its rules first. People cherish these games across the globe. All these games have different rules and regulations. Blackjack is the game of card counting.

Though gambling is also a good source of revenue yet is proclaimed illicit in most parts of the world. This is followed by a machine evaluation of the hands. It is legalized only at few places such as Las Vegas. It’s also known as twenty-one and pontoon in British English. It is played by placing a bet of one or more credits and by inserting money into the machine. This sort of gambling can be within the four walls of a casino or at home. Blackjack is popular for card counting, a skill with which players can turn the odds of the game in their favor by making betting decisions based on the values of the cards known to remain in the deck. This is why apart from ordinary people it is commonplace to see celebrities gambling in some or the other big casino.

Some of the most common gambling games are poker, baccarat, blackjack, video poker, slot machines etc. to play. One that relates to playing casino games and the other to bets on various sports. The winner of the game (who has the best combination of cards) takes away this pot. However all the players should take gambling in a sporty spirit only. If the hand matches one of the winning hands in the posted pay schedule the machine offers a payout. For a person had to collect various ingredients such as cards, table, dice, coins etc. Gambling is all about wagering money usually to acquire more wealth or even things of material significance. Then the player gets a chance to hold or reject one or more of the cards in exchange for a new card, which is drawn by the player from the same virtual deck. Few decades from now, gambling at home meant lot of expense and work. Internet is a good way to know about these moneymaking games. . But today with the advent of online gaming any gambling aficionado can relish gaming while relaxing on his couch. Nowadays the enticement of gambling is at a surge. it provides a rule book for almost every game. Besides this there is gambling related to gambling tables, deck of cards, slot machines and the like

Sports Memorabilia Value: What’s It Really Worth?

Selling prices are all over the board, from as low $50 in some cases, to over $900 in others. We toss him a ball, and low and behold, he signs it. They witness every ball signed. There are literally thousands of sites that have this.

We do some more searching and click on to Steiner Sports. Two of the most important factors are condition of the item and authenticity. We now own Derek Jeter autograph baseball. Although who’s going to believe me if I want to sell it. It’s our lucky day! We happened to be in the right place at the right time.

What’s it worth?

On to ebay. Everybody wants to know how much money they can get for their sports memorabilia. Well, it was a new ball before the game, but after Jeter signed it, he threw it back to me and I dropped it and it got a little dirty. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple to determine.

The short answer is, and the answer that many sports memorabilia dealers tell their customers, is that your sports memorabilia is worth what someone is willing to pay you for it! Although this answer is simple enough, there is a way to determine the value of an item. Does that mean my ball worth $500?

So how does my ball compare with these. Other companies, such as Mounted Memories, Tri-Star, and UDA are reputable as well and their authenticity is not questioned in the industry. You can’t beat that unless you see the player sign the item yourself, which is impractical in most cases. If you pay less, you usually get less. It’s worth what someone is willing to pay for it!

When we get home from the game, the first thing we do is check the internet to see if we can find a value for our new prized possession. Plus my friend got some mustard from his hot dog on it. Reputation and integrity of the company or individual standing behind the product is more important than the product itself. Some have COA’s from Steiner, some from PSA/DNA, some from Joe’s Baseball Card Emporium, and some that have no COA’s at all.

The answer. But I still want to know what’s it worth?

By: Larry Levine

Lets continue.

 Not so fast, lets move on.

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When you pay top dollar from a company like Steiner Sports for an autograph baseball, you get a brand new, snow white baseball, with a strong, smudge free Derek Jeter penned signature on the sweet spot. Memory Lane specializes in the sale of autographs, sports cards, and licensed products. We don’t even know if half of these are real.

At this point we are totally confused. Now Steiner is one of the largest memorabilia companies around, are based in New York, and do exclusive signings with Derek Jeter. In fact, this company is a Steiner authorized distributor, the ball is authenticated by Steiner, and is the exact same item that Steiner sells for more. We are at Yankee Stadium and Jeter is signing autographs on the rail before the game. That is why some people will pay top dollar for their items, because they know that it’s real.

Next stop, a sports memorabilia store that sell Jeter autographed baseballs for $399. How much is it worth?” We hear this question all the time. Oh yea, Jeter signed it on the side panel with a sharpie, but I did witness it. How can there be such a price difference for the same Derek Jeter autographed baseball? Well the answer my friends, is that they are not all the same! There are many factors that determine the value of similar items. We go to our favorite search engine, type in “Derek Jeter autograph baseball” and, needless to say, we get the phone book. Because of their reputation, a Derek Jeter autograph with a Steiner Sports COA is the best you can do. A Derek Jeter autographed baseball signed on a dirty or soiled ball, or one that is signed on a side panel, or one where the autograph is fading, is certainly going to be worth much less.. Larry has been in the sports memorabilia for over twenty years, has appraised numerous collections, and was an expert witness in the OJ Simpson civil trial.

“I have a Derek Jeter autographed baseball. So is my ball worth $399?

Larry Levine is the owner of Memory Lane Sports Memorabilia, a full service sports memorabilia retail store located in Manhattan Beach California. If you are not sure that the ball has actually been hand signed by that player, it is worthless. They sell Derek Jeter autographed baseballs for $500 each. It is a top condition ball. It may not be what we can sell the item for, but we certainly can find out what similar items have sold for.

Let’s take the Derek Jeter autograph baseball as an example. Here we find a very wide range of Derek Jeter autographed baseballs from many different types of sellers. The same is true about authenticity

Lions’ upset over Saints completes 20,000-to-1 parlay, paying $100K

“Of course, he didn’t believe me.”

Polia said she has loved sports her entire life — a Celtics logo tattoo on her hip is a testament to her love of Boston, which she left because she got sick of the winters.

Her dream, she says, is to make Vegas a pit stop on the way to owning a beach house in California.

The final game of the parlay was on Monday night, where she had the Lions as a three-point underdog. Even though she was getting higher odds for picking against the spread, she said she spent time just picking who she thought was going to win the game instead.

One of the biggest long shots in betting history will be cashed on Wednesday afternoon when Tayla Polia gets paid $100,005 for her $5, 15-leg NFL parlay that came through this week.

The closest game she had was the Steelers, who were six-point favorites on the card, beating the Broncos by a touchdown after spotting Denver a 17-point lead. They scored 61.

Polia then called up William Hill and the person on the other line informed her that she was picking against the spread. “So I thought it was strange when I looked at it [Tuesday] morning and saw that I won.”

Thanks to one of the most improbable betting stories, that might happen sooner rather than later.

Polia said, upon hearing the news, she fell to the floor of the law firm where she works in disbelief and, minutes later, said she was going out to lunch.

“I somehow drove back home to tell my boyfriend in person,” Polia said. Not only did Polia’s payout come through, but a 15-game parlay where bettors just have to pick the winners also hit. Her card had the Cardinals and Bengals as four-point favorites, and they won by 23 and 10, respectively.

“On Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I were sitting on the couch talking about how spreads worked,” Polia said. Polia had the Giants as a five-point underdog.

The Chargers, as a two-point favorite, beat the Dolphins by 16. Polia also was required to pick the over or under on that game. She had the Falcons as a three-point underdog, and the Texans and Redskins as one-point underdogs; they won and covered.

An hour later, Polia, with $20 in her account, risked $5 on the parlay. The Chiefs, as an eight-point favorite, crushed the Ravens by 20.

The 26-year-old Polia, who had just moved to Las Vegas two months ago, got 20,000-to-1 odds on the parlay card on betting firm William Hill’s mobile site. They beat the Saints, 35-27.

For William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich, this weekend wasn’t a good one, to say the least. She bet that both teams would score more than 45 points. She cashed in by being on the right side of the point spread in 14 games and correctly picking the over in the  Steelers/ Broncos game.

The against-all-odds story gets better: Polia said this is only the second bet she has placed in her life.

“I remembered that I picked the  Giants and they lost,” Polia said. The Patriots and  Seahawks were 14-point favorites and they both won by 17. William Hill paid out a couple times in Delaware, where betting on the cards is permitted.. “He was frustrated since I wasn’t getting it right away.”

Bogdanovich said the $5 15-team parlay card for $100,000 has hit before. The Packers won by 10 as a three-point favorite. The Panthers beat the Giants by three. A progressive pot of $170,782 was split by 17 people.

Aside from the Giants as five-point underdogs, Polia’s card had the Vikings as a five-point favorite, and they won by 21