Free Betting Advice – Bookmakers and Secrets – Basics

Bookmaker Management

The vast majority of you likely think of the bookmakers as the old enemy, cash thief, the Devil himself even!!

If you do, it follows that your likely one of the many millions of folk giving them cash, and getting little back. This is negative thinking, and any negative thinking in gambling leads to your demise.

So what can you do about it, and what difference does it make what you think of your bookmaker?

Well all my bookmakers are my friend; in reality somebody who gives me cash is a friend. Wouldn’t that be the same for you? As soon as you believe that the bookie is the kind man who supplies you with cash for a Saturday night out, or that latest kitchen appliance, then you’re on the road to improving your returns already.

Most gamblers think you can win thousands a day, and purchase a boat one week, and a new vehicle the next when you’re a pro, but you are dreaming, it takes hours of work to create a decent profit every month.

If you additionally think your friendly bookmaker will happily hand over thousands a day too you, guess what? You’ve got to be kidding. If you run a business, and you are giving the same customer cash every day for nothing, would you still do business with him? Sure you wouldn’t.

If you keep attempting to bankrupt a bookmaker, he will show you the respect you deserve for your approach, and shut your account. This is not bad nasty bookmaker, but common sense, he is attempting to run a business, and make a profit.

Now if you know you are likely to make money, and the bookmaker knows you are going to make money, you have too keep to an acceptable each week, and then he’ll be able to lay off your bets, and he will furthermore accept that the bets you put on are in addition supplying him with good info. This way you can have a decent association, although they could still limit your maximum bet. However, this method will not work with the Big 3 bookies, as they do not wish for any winners.

If working at home, you will need to plan your betting like a military mission for each bet, and spread it all around various bookies.

If you want to bet thousands, then the only answer is to do battle on the track, or on a betting exchange, and as soon as your making this much, you still have to use the same theory as above.

On Course Secrets

Just a quick tip, but one which ought to help you find extra winners while on the racecourse.

Before racing begins, hang around the bookies looking for any punters placing a nice wad of cash on a horse. If he/she is wearing a suit, it’s probably best ignoring them, as these are corporate men trying to impress their clients or boss, and likely don’t have a clue which end the head is on.

If they look like ordinary Joe Punter, but are betting big, they may be a pro. You are probably best keeping an eye on them for the first few races to make sure they do know what they are doing, and keep an eye on more than one, as professional gamblers are pretty rare.

Watch which racehorses they gamble on, and watch the race. If that horse wins, or runs well, watch to see which horse they bet on next. Again, watch the race, and the next one. After that, if you consider this person to have good expertise, you can follow what he does for the remainder of the day.

We don’t mind folk doing that, as we can’t hide from view what we do, although a few will get piddled off with being stalked! Don’t follow in our shadow though, as you will get a number of choice words, as you wouldn’t like being tailed by a strange looking person would you?

You can make contact with pros on the track, although they might not give you the days selections, the majority will offer you advice, and a number of pointers for the future.

Understanding Insurance: What Do You Get for Your Premium?

Buying an insurance policy doesn’t give you immediate gratification in the way that buying a TV, a washing machine or any other item you use on a daily basis does. In fact, we often hear clients say:

“I’ve never been in a car accident.” Or “I never get sick.” Or “My employees have never been hurt on the job… So what am I getting for my premium?”

That’s a great question. And the answer requires a shift in thinking, as well as a little history about insurance coverage and its original purpose.

What Am I Buying?

In a nutshell, insurance is an important but intangible product. It buys you protection and peace of mind.

A good insurance policy allows you to protect:

  • Valuable assets in which you’ve invested a great deal of money, such as your home, car, boat, motorcycle or jewelry
  • People you care about and would want to help should they be physically harmed: your children, spouse and employees

Insurance also gives you peace of mind, knowing that:

  • You’re not gambling with your financial security
  • If something bad happens, it won’t financially destroy your business or put your family into bankruptcy

While you may not be able to hold these things in your hand, they are of value.

How Does Insurance Work?

The concept of “risk” is the single most important thing to understand. Insurance involves the pooling of similar types of risk and the transfer of that risk to a central entity, such as an insurance company that agrees to cover the costs of future “losses.” Depending on the type of insurance, a loss could be an illness, a car accident, a workplace injury, a hailstorm, crop damage, a fire or other life events that could prove financially devastating to an individual, family or business.

Customers pay a predictable premium in exchange for protection against such catastrophic events. In fact the term “catastrophic” is another important insurance concept. Originally, insurance was developed as protection from catastrophic, overwhelming losses, rather than everyday expenses.

A Bit of History

The origins of insurance date back to the 3rd millennia B.C., when Chinese merchants travelling treacherous river rapids would redistribute their wares across many vessels to limit loss due to any single vessel capsizing. They were, in essence, spreading their risk, much like an insurance company spreads its risk across many policies.

Insurance in the 21st Century

So here’s what you need to know about shopping for an insurance policy today:

  • You’re buying protection-an intangible product that you hope you’ll never need, but will be tremendously thankful to have should something bad happen.
  • The most basic insurance policies cover catastrophic events only-not day-to-day expenses, but the big costs that could wipe you out financially.
  • There are literally hundreds of insurance options available today, to fit every budget. Basic plans are a godsend to folks on a budget, while those who have the means may want to purchase a far more inclusive policy. The choices in between are almost limitless.
  • Your agent should be able to both simplify the complexities of insurance while presenting you with a number of options tailored to your needs and budget.

Perhaps the most important lesson about insurance: Don’t go without it. Financial catastrophes usually come hand-in-hand with emotional trauma. The last thing you need is to be worried about money at a time when you should be tending to your loved ones or employees.

If you don’t have an insurance agent, search online for someone local. Talk to several agents and pick one who doesn’t “push products” but, rather, listens to your needs and tailors a plan specifically for you. Developing a one-on-one relationship with an agent now is something you’ll be thankful for if, down the road, you, your family or your business should experience a catastrophe.

Is GameStop Going Out of Business?

Without hesitation I can say I go to GameStop for all my gaming needs. I love the store. I like walking in and browsing for hidden gems. I like pre-ordering games, buying used games, and every once in a while having small talk with the friendly, albeit, somewhat nerdy, staff.

Other than their awesome return policy on used games, and on occasion the reasonable pricing, I don’t really think of GameStop as a generous, price conscious company. I know up front they are in it for the money, and to be fair, for the money, they mostly deliver.

I know that they buy my old games for coke caps and sell them for gold bullion. With all this said, I still love GameStop. if you’re a gamer, how can you not?

Here’s what is worrying me. I think of GameStop as an evil necessary friend, or a necessary evil; whatever, you know what I mean. They’re kind of like your drug dealer, if you’re addicted to crack. He doesn’t really care about you, but he’s got what you NEED and is always there when you need him.

With that said, I’m afraid I might lose my dealer and here’s why.

First

GameStop is in a mad dash to get rid of their inventory. I bought 47 games for $108. That’s with shipping and two-day delivery.

Second

The rumor mill, the Hopi Indians, the web-bot, and even “chatter” being picked up by the NSA, are pointing to an all digital gaming market. All downloads… No more buying CD’s or cartridges.

Third

GameStop is not a publisher or a developer. It’s a retail business, like Best Buy, and in case you haven’t heard, they’re closing a boat load of stores.

Fourth

GameStop bought Kongregate, no doubt to diversify their revenue stream.

I’m speculating of course, but the future does not look good for GameStop. Or does it?

After all, GameStop has built a gaming empire, mecca, military industrial complex, universal healthcare, smelly kids utopia, gaming retail business Donald Trump would be proud of.

Surely they’ve got something up their sleeves. Please tell me you have a plan.

I know one thing for sure:

GameStop execs are working their butts off to survive the coming gaming apocalypse. You know, the one the Mayans predicted. You can be sure the corporate offices of GameStop are tense and cutthroat. And in this environment they will either succeed and survive, or alter their business model and be relegated to “publishing” browser games.

We will know Friday December 21, 2012.

Enter The Magical World Of Lalaloopsy Online Gaming

Each Lalaloopsy doll in the online virtual world at lalaloopsy.com has a house that can be entered and in which you can play a game themed to the particular Lalaloopsy doll in question. These are incredibly fun little mini games for children to play that can occupy them for hours in a safe and engaging online environment.

Pillow Featherbed’s game is called Sleepy Sheep. In this game, the child must watch as a number of different objects float through Pillow’s mind as she’s trying to sleep. The child must click only on the sheep, and has a set amount of time to click on ten of them for each level.

Crumbs Sugar Cookie’s game is called Recipe Race. In this game, three conveyor belts of recipe ingredients are set in motion and the child must activate mechanical pushers that take the items that are needed off the belt and into bins so that Crumbs Sugar Cookie can use them to make cookies.

Peanut Big Top’s game is called Joyful Juggling. In this game, colored arrows are scrolled up the screen and children must select the proper ones as they pass in order to allow Peanut to continue juggling her balls.

Dot Starlight’s game is called Space Surprise. In this game, the child controls a space ship in 3 dimensions, and must pilot this ship through a course of loops, not missing too many, in order to complete the task successfully.

Spot Splatter Splash’s game is called Paint Park. In this game, the child must navigate a hedge maze in order to find all the objects that are missing their color, and then paint them within a certain amount of time allocated.

Bea Spells-a-lot’s game is called School Supply Search. In this game, the child plays a cute little old fashioned platform game in which she helps Bea’s pet owl find all of the school supplies and deliver them to Bea.

Mittens Fluff ‘n’ Stuff’s game is called Speedy Ski. In this game, the child must guide Mittens down a snowy mountain and get her to ski into colorful buttons placed around the slope. A certain number of buttons must be collected each round.

Jewel Sparkles’ game is called Jewel Jubilee. In this game, a child must control a paddle moving from side to side as a ball bounces off the walls, ceiling, and a group of suspended jewels. The ball must not fall to the floor, so it’s vital that the paddle be moved to bounce the ball back into play constantly. The jewels are collected and removed from play once the ball hits them, and a new level is generated when all the jewels have been collected.

There’s also a fun boat ride that can be accessed from docks throughout town. Children can use the boat to travel the river to different parts of town faster.

Lalaloopsy land online play is a fun and entertaining way for your child to interact with her imagination and engage in fun Lalaloopsy related activities.

Poker Strategy – Detecting and Setting Traps

One of the less understood poker strategies is that of trapping. When playing poker, how many times have you been trapped by a more experienced or tricky player? We all fall into these traps from time to time… but why? How can we detect traps and avoid them? This article delves into poker strategy keys for setting traps, and detecting them.

First, what is a trap? A trap play is where an opponent with a strong hand represents weakness, luring their opponent into overplaying their hand. For example, I hit a nut flush (Ace-high flush) on the flop. I have the best hand at the table now, unless the board pairs (such that someone could pull a boat or four of a kind – not likely).

So, instead of betting it big, I might throw out a smaller bet or even check it (slowplay). Another player holding big slick (A-K) pairs up with an Ace on the flop, thinking he’s got the best hand so far. Another player has a small pair (e.g., 4’s) and picks up a set on the flop (assuming flop was something like 4-A-J).

Now, had I bet really big or raised back too early, the player holding the Ace would realize he’s trouble and the small pair would’ve likely folded pre-flop. Since I just checked it down, no reason to be afraid of me, since I’m obviously on some kind of a draw…

The person with the three of a kind (the 4’s) tosses out a bet of 4 times the blind. The guy with Aces calls it. After delaying slightly, I go ahead and also call it (why not, I’m getting decent enough pot odds).

So, I’m trapping them both at this point, letting them bet into me and just calling their bets. The same thing happens again on the turn, except the player with Aces drops out.

Now it’s just me and the set of 4’s. They bet big again, this time the size of the pot. Again, after a slight pause, I just call them “reluctantly”. Then comes the river, and they go all-in.

I immediately call them…oops! They’re sunk! What happened here?

These players never asked themselves two simple questions:

1) Why is he calling that raised pot (on the flop and turn)?

2) What hands might he be holding? What could he be

up to by calling my bets like that? Trapping? On a draw?

It’s crucially important to THINK before you ACT by understanding what the other players are actually doing. It’s also very important not to underestimate your competition, as there are some very wily players out there…

There’s a potential flush showing on this flop, and since I’m kind of “lurking” in this hand, it’s very suspicious behavior, and unlikely I’m on a draw calling those kind of big bets.

Unless you’re playing against a beginner or a drunk, there’s no reason to believe someone will likely call a raise that’s 4 times the big blind on a draw. That’s the first mistake – assuming another player has no hand and not realizing why they’re behaving as they are.

Second, the board is showing a possible flush – and both of these players aren’t holding it! Just because I didn’t bet on the flop does not mean I don’t have it!

Had either of these players slowed down and considered my betting (calling) behavior, and asked themselves these questions, they’d probably have realized what was going on. Whether the player with the set of 4’s could fold them is another story 🙂

Aside from a trap, what else could have kept me in this hand?

Traps aren’t easy to detect. When a good player calls a big bet, there’s a better than average chance they are trapping! You’ll also often see them delay for an unusually long time, as if they’re struggling to make a decision about calling your hand, then either call you, raise or go all-in. If this is indeed a good player, you now know almost for certain you’re being trapped (call) or warned (raise/all-in). If you don’t have the top hand at this point, you’re probably beaten.

This lengthy delay can be a great “tell” for traps and detecting strong hands, and is one you should learn to recognize. The delay is an attempt to make you believe they’re “struggling” to make their decision – do the opposite of what your opponents want you to do when there’s an obvious tell like this one.

Good players don’t usually call bets – they usually raise/re-raise with strength or fold. They don’t often waste their money on draws, so if they’re lurking in there with you, it almost certain it’s not out of curiosity…

If you aren’t spending twice as much time thinking about what your opponent’s hand might be, based upon their betting (calling) pattern and position and play history, you should be.

Your own hand strength is quickly and easily determined. Spend more time on your opponents, learning to read their normal betting patterns and skill level, then when they do something that doesn’t match their normal pattern, slow down and ask yourself why.

I hope this helps you become a better trapper (and avoid falling in yourself 🙂

Rick