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Asian Cup 2011: Every team, Togel Online every ground, every game



‘January 2011 is the month which will see Australia crowned kings of Asian football in Qatar’ – a bold statement to offer up at the start of a competition (and an article), and one I will stand by, at least until they get knocked out in a semi final penalty shoot out that is.


Aside from the likelihood of Australian success this assertion could offer up another series of questions, such as: why 2011 – as a quadrennial tournament shouldn’t the 2004 event have been followed by competitions in 2008 and 2012? Weren’t the last Championships held in July? Why is it being hosted by Qatar? Isn’t Australia in Togel Online Oceania? Do they even play football there? Surely the Japanese or the South Koreans are better?


Some of these issues can be explored by referring to global calendars, unforgiving climates, and financial and political resources. However, the most significant question might concern the very notion of Australian involvement in an event once reserved solely for Asian teams.


We live in a world where residency can be bought, citizenship can be shared, and nationality can be chosen; where international representation in sporting spheres can divide brothers and unite strangers. National identity is adopting increasing fluidity, shaped by market forces, international law and migration patterns.


Continental sporting competitions are no stranger to mobility, or to globalisation. Football confederation events can now see players from Vladivostok compete for a European crown, men from Guadalajara invited to take on the cream of South America, and footballers from Accra win international tournaments in European colours. 2011 could (although it won’t) also see Japan crowned kings of both Asia and South America, after the Japanese accepted an invitation to partake in July’s Copa America in Argentina.


Armed with that frame of reference, the defence for Australia’s move into the AFC and their notable presence at Qatar’s Asian Cup appears more watertight; almost as tight as a pair of Lucas Neill shorts.


Legitimacy aside, Australia are in Qatar, and judging by Monday’s performance in their opening game against India at the Al Sadd stadium, they are here to win the competition. The strongest score line of the event so far might have been achieved against the weakest team in the tournament, but the manner in which Australia eased to the 4-0 victory will make the remaining pretenders to the crown sit up and take notice.


With a forward line that would once have divided Merseyside, first half strikes from Cahill and Kewell set the tone, followed by a goal from Holman, earning Australia an unassailable lead at the interval. With the foot well and truly off the pedal, the team in yellow and green barely left first gear in the second half, settling for the addition of a single goal, courtesy of Tim Cahill, the Everton goal machine (apologies for the contradiction in terms). It was clearly an honour for the Indians to share the same turf as their Australian victors, with both sets of players gracious in accepting the contest’s inevitable conclusion.


Later that evening South Korea stuttered to a 2-1 victory over Bahrain at Al Gharafa. Continuing the theme of the Middle East’s pitiful and the Far East’s unconvincing start to the competition, a late Faouzi Asish penalty could not change the complexion of this otherwise uneventful fixture, which saw the majority of the crowd struggle with fatigue.


Bahrain should have more success against the Indians in the next round of fixtures, which will first see an intriguing contest between Australia and South Korea. Bahraini hopes are set to be dashed with finality in their concluding group game against Australia, with the Koreans undoubtedly subjecting India to a third successive defeat.


My final day in Doha began with the other Korea, in what was unquestionably the least memorable encounter of the tournament. A pitiful crowd of 3,000 attended their goalless draw with UAE. (More people attended non-league Crawley Town’s FA Cup defeat of Derby County later that day in West Sussex).


There were few highlights to relay on the large screen, which are typically employed in this competition merely to display misspelt names of substitutes and massaged attendance figures. With each competing nation referred to by three letters on the adjoining scoreboard, “D” was the letter ominously omitted from DPRK.


The (Democratic) People’s Republic of Korea is one of sixty nations I am yet to have the pleasure of visiting, but if the reports of those who have are accurate, ‘democratic’ is not a word readily associated with the current regime.


Keen to capitalise on this rare opportunity to observe infamous North Korean customs, I slipped in amongst their supporters, much to their confusion. Every spectator wore black pants and shoes with a pristine white shirt and tie, complete with a Kim Jong-il pin badge.


The participation of the 300 North Korean supporters was directed by a disciplinarian conductor. Facing the crowd for the entire game, he was fortunate enough to remain oblivious to the lifeless football match unfolding behind him.


Like a choirmaster at an underperforming Kent preparatory school, he led with ferocity, pointing and shouting at those who sang or clapped out of rhythm, with surly assistants using dated camcorders to capture perpetrators on film. No one really smiled and no one really understood what was happening. It was a melancholic albeit fascinating couple of hours; punctuated on the pitch only by a penalty, foolishly struck onto the frame of the goal by the man formerly known as Hong Yong-jo.


My presence in the midst of the Koreans was unsurprisingly noted, inspiring a series of half time questions from a “freelance journalist”, (who should have done better in hiding his Kim Jong-il pin badge from view). Referring to myself by the name of a close friend, I entertained his questions, more out of curiosity than a desire to be helpful. He scribbled furiously as I revealed that the South Africa World Cup t-shirt I was sporting had been purchased at Portugal’s 7-0 demolition of North Korea in Cape Town the previous summer.

I left the Qatar Sports Club for Al Rayyan stadium with international relations rather than football dominating the mindset. Fittingly the following fixture was none other than Iran v Iraq. When the draw was made for the competition, this is the contest I wanted to attend above all others – and not simply because I was travelling with a lad of Iranian descent. Having seen every match and every team play thus far, I decided to make this my last game of the Asian Cup 2011.


As a stadium announcement was made about observing a period of silence dedicated to those who perished in a plane crash in Iran earlier in the week, the Iraq team chose to form a huddle, met with cheers from Iraqis, and jeers from Iranians. Wolfgang Sidka’s team did eventually join their neighbours to the east in spreading across the centre circle for a moment of silence, after which an enthralling context commenced.


Virtually every piece of footballing literature I have read on the 2007 Asia Cup victors makes reference to ‘war-torn Iraq’, as if it were the name of a recently established state. The Iraqis were in no mood for self-pity in Al Rayyan however. They were well represented by a vocal expatriate community, who clearly enjoyed the moment that saw Mahmoud fire them into a deserved lead.

Iran weathered a resultant storm before forcing their way back into the match, producing an equaliser on the stroke of half time through Rezaei. A more cautious second half looked destined to remain goalless, until a Khalatbari free kick bounced through a wall of players, giving Iran a late and ultimately decisive lead. Neither team are destined to win this year’s event, yet this contest was a grudge battle that transcends football.


And so, after watching all sixteen teams play in five stadiums across as many days, I bid farewell to Doha and Qatar. I will miss waking up on the 31st floor of a hotel looking out onto a city that seems to change on a daily basis. 30 degree January afternoons, £3 match tickets and amiable if elusive taxi drivers have done their part in making this refreshingly under-commercialised event a success thus far (even if the 24-hour construction industry and regular prayer calls have been less well received).


As the Middle East gears up for a World Cup, Qatar’s experience of hosting the Asian equivalent should yield meaningful lessons. FIFA’s agenda, shaped by the protection and advancement of international football, is likely to see seasonality, alcohol restrictions, accommodation, architecture and sustainability dominate the dialogue and the decisions.


The scores of cranes, ominous open spaces and huge financial resources are likely to mean an entirely different Doha will play the central role in 2022. For both critics and exponents, one fact commentators agree on is that it will be a World Cup like no other. In the meantime, ‘January 2011 is the month which will see Australia crowned kings of Asian football in Qatar’.





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Novice Togel Socceroos with big shoes to fill



Pim Verbeek has explained some glaring absences in his latest Socceroos squad by saying he’s made his choices based on recent domestic form and not international reputation.


Just six previously capped players adorn Verbeek’s 21-man travelling party for the opening Asian Cup 2011 qualifier in Jakarta next Wednesday with only two – captain Craig Moore and striker Archie Thompson – possessing any degree of senior international experience.


Top drawer midfielder Jason Culina will come into the Togel Asian Cup qualifying equation at the end of the European season when he joins newcomers Gold Coast United on a three-year marquee deal.


However, that still leaves the Dutchman’s cupboard a little bare for the group games against Indonesia this month and Kuwait in March, forcing his selection of a rookie group of national team L-platers.


The squad includes 33-year-old Melbourne Victory midfielder Tom Pondeljak, who won his previous four Socceroos caps in one spell in 2002, well before the arrival of Verbeek. Queensland’s Matt McKay was also recalled.


But the greater headlines were generated by those players left out. Newcastle’s star turns have clearly been punished for the Jets’ terrible championship defence with twins Joel and Adam Griffiths, Mark Milligan and goalkeeper Ante Covic all omitted.


Milligan and Covic were part of Guus Hiddink’s 2006 World Cup squad with the ‘keeper’s absence particularly confusing given none of Verbeek’s three replacements have previously enjoyed a taste of senior action.


Covic’s Socceroos career is now surely finished.


Adelaide’s Sasa Ognenovski will also never experience playing for the green and gold, with the Melbourne-born central defender heading to K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa at the end of the season expressing a preference to play for Macedonia over than his homeland.


But perhaps the biggest surprise is Sydney midfielder Stuart Musialik’s fall from grace.


Granted the pre-season title favourites saw their hopes of a place in the A-League finals series extinguished by defeat in Queensland over the weekend. But the 23-year-old was expected to win a berth in Verbeek’s party and the snub must be particularly galling.


Musialik had long been whispered as a senior national team figure and was one of seven A-League players called up for Australia’s pre-World Cup qualifier training camp last October. He is the only one of the septet not retained for this squad.


The deep-lying playmaker last week predicted the bottom clubs, of which Sydney have surprisingly been one this year, might not feature heavily in Verbeek’s thinking. But John Kosmina’s side will be represented by first year professional Shannon Cole.


Cole seems highly regarded despite only a recent rise to the top flight in Australia.


Verbeek is a huge fan of his versatility while a Times article by respected football writer Gabriele Marcotti over the weekend placed Cole above the likes of Bruce Djite, James Holland and Matthew Spiranovic as Australian football’s chief rising star.


“It’s one of those things where you hear people say all the time, if you told me this 12 months ago I would have said you were crazy, so it goes without saying that it’s not something that I expected at all or considered,” a breathless Cole revealed.


Perth’s Nikita Rukavytsya is on standby in Europe because he’s in the midst of a month-long trial with FC Twente.


Meanwhile, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is back from the wilderness after a domestic ban for striking a referee, as is Central Coast Mariners team-mate Dean Heffernan following a horrendous year with injury.




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Strikers: Daniel Allsopp, Dylan Macallister, Matt Simon, Archie Thompson





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It was not quite as astounding as what went on in the global economy, but the week in football was certainly an eventful one.


I was certainly dumbfounded, but perhaps should not have been, by FIFA’s woeful CHF 30,000 ($27,500) fine for the Croatian FA after their fans made monkey noises at black England players last month. That was the minimum fine according to Dominoqq Online FIFA’s disciplinary code. Why wasn’t it more, please?


This was not the first time Croatian fans have been found guilty of racism – most recently by UEFA at Euro 2008, so when o when will the soccer authorities accept these weak punishments are no deterrent? FIFA and UEFA anti-racism campaigns are not worth toffee if this is how they react to racist behaviour at their events.


Next in significance for me was the news that Poland & Ukraine have been reprieved as Euro 2012 hosts, even if the Polish FA have been forcibly taken over by the Warsaw government.


Poland was supposed to be the safer hands of the pair, with Ukraine struggling to improve its dilapidated infrastructure and build a new stadium in Kiev for the final. Three and a half years will evaporate in an instant, so UEFA are taking a huge risk. The 36-hour train ride with two changes from Gdansk to Donetsk still looks a bridge too far for fans.


With this news came the announcement that Euro 2016 will have 24 teams, as many as played in USA ’94. Plus, South Africa revealed Zakumi the leopard as the 12th World Cup mascot, continuing a tradition which began with World Cup Willie in 1966. We all know World Cup 2010 is Sepp Blatter’s baby, but was it him or Zakumi being described in the official literature – “He loves to perform…yet sometimes has the tendency to exaggerate a bit….Over the last years he has travelled the whole of Africa…and wants to make as many friends as possible…He may suddenly fall asleep on the spot at the most random times!” -?


UEFA boss Michel Platini was in fine form slagging off Arsene Wenger in the most acerbic terms, but he has a point: The Arsenal coach has zero sensitivity to the needs of national teams or domestic football traditions. He is, as Platini said, essentially no different to a businessman, morally blind in the pursuit of his personal goals, ignorant of the bigger picture.


In England, the calamity that is Newcastle persists, with everyone turning down the job before Joe Kinnear was hauled out of retirement to pilot the unsteerable ship. Meanwhile, West Ham were the victim of an unprecedented 30-million pound fine for the Carlos Tevez affair. Serve them right, too. They must have known there was something dodgy about Kia Joorabchian and surely misled the FA about the transfer details. FA Chief Lord Triesman put it quite succinctly:


“If it is going to go through the courts it is going to drag on and on. It would be much simpler for people to observe the rules of football.”


Finally, hats off again to Roy Keane. After savaging ‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ Jack Walker, the Celtic Tiger of Sunderland said he “will not tolerate” some of his fans. Watch this space…




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A Kingdom United in hope and grief for Bandar Togel Online



Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson will tell you otherwise, but it if anyone in the UK thought club international football was no longer the best, they only needed to follow this weekend’s relevant Euro 2008 qualifiers.


The fact remains no one club’s Champions League success can inspire a country like their national team can on the edge of glory.


After a week of nationalistic hyperbole at the prospect of making the finals ahead of the Sassenachs (their derogatory term for the English), Scotland failed heroically by losing 2-1 at home to Italy and will stay on the Eurostar platform, while England advanced to within a point of qualification without playing a Bandar Togel Online game, thanks to Russia’s equally calamitous 2-1 loss to Israel.


You can have all the confidence in the world but that’s not enough if you don’t have the quality was the painful lesson of the Scots’ narrow loss to the Italians in Glasgow.


The gods had done their best to help the home team, chilling the air and opening the heavens to welcome the Azzurri to a Hampden Park that recalled the glorious days of the ‘Hampden Roar’, when the national stadium was Europe’s largest.


But the world champions showed their class by grabbing the game by the neck with a second-minute strike from Luca Toni, and then having weathered the inevitable Scottish storm and equalizer, they stole their hosts’ thunder by snatching a last-gasp winner through Christian Panucci.


For England, their late late goal was scored by Israel’s Omer Golan in Tel Aviv, but was cheered up and down the land as if it had been struck by Wayne Rooney himself, awarding the little-known Maccabi Petah Tikva striker cult status in the home of football.


Three Lions boss Steve McClaren must have felt like Mark Twain reading his own obituary this week in every newspaper, only to prove reports of death had been greatly exaggerated. Few entertained the possibility of Russia falling short in Israel but with only a point to gain at home to already-qualified Croatia on Wednesday, McClaren has had the last laugh and forced Fleet Street’s hacks to file away their epitaphs for another day.


Scotland are still the brave in most people’s eyes, but time was when the Scots were shoe-ins for international tournaments and Hampden one of the most feared venues in UEFA. Their near miss in 2007, thanks to a superb team ethic, should not disguise the fact the Scots are still a long way short of their sides of yesteryear and have a lot of catching up to do.


For England the picture is no brighter in reality. The zeitgeist is gloomy in fact. Complaints about the high numbers of overseas players in England grow louder by the hour with more famous players and coaches adding their names to calls for a re-Anglicisation of the national sport.


While laments about the lack of home-grown talent increase, one can’t help thinking this was the same crop of players that was called England’s ‘golden generation’ last summer.


There are three other nations in these islands of course, none of whom have much to cheer about either.


The Republic of Ireland and Wales played out a 2-2 draw in Cardiff knowing they had both already been eliminated from UEFA 2008, and while Northern Ireland overcame Denmark 2-1 in Belfast in appalling weather, their qualification for Austria and Switzerland hangs on the unlikely scenario of them winning in Spain and Latvia winning in Sweden on Wednesday.


England look like scraping through to the finals now, but the cradle of the game, the British Isles, is inescapably one of UEFA’s weaker regions in 2007.


Beyond these shores, notable mentions must go to Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, who all booked their tickets to Euro 2008 on Saturday. The Czech Republic, Germany, Greece and Romania will be there too.



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I am back in England after three weeks or so at the World Cup, a pilgrimage I vowed to make every four years for the rest of my life after I met an Irishman in Seoul in 2002 at his tenth finals (I think he was wearing the same tweed jacket back in 1966).


The first I travelled to was Italia ’90 and compared to that, Germany’s organisation was light years ahead. Germany’s rail network was excellent and Bandarqq although its ICE trains were not quite as fast as France’s TGVs in 1998 or Japan’s Shinkansens (bullet trains) four years ago, they were very frequent and reliable. I found the city transports almost faultless, with the exception of the near fatal crush on Gelsenkirchen’s trams, which appeared to be running a Bank Holiday service before the USA v Czech Republic match.


Accommodation was readily available although I did fall foul of one of the many establishments that took your money and allowed no cancellations once travel plans changed, as they invariably do for fans in knock-out tournaments.

The fan fests were great ideas and worked very well, except for the draconian ban on bringing water in despite the searing temperatures, and the hard sell from the sponsors at every opportunity.

This leads me to another gripe with FIFA.


Given the indefensible ticketing policy that gave England an official total allocation of 14,700 and a company called Avaya 25,000, and saw dozens of people with “Suche karten” (want tickets) signs in every host city, why did we have to sit there and listen to the stadium announcer at every match triumphantly announce the game was sold out, with the same words in block capitals on the big screens? It was a sell-out all right.


Throughout I marvelled at the folly of England’s efforts to stage the 2006 World Cup. For a start England’s transport network is some years behind Germany’s, where trams, cycle lanes and double decker trains are the norm, not the rarity. One could argue that England’s stadia are better, though the modern arenas in Munich and Gelsenkirchen are streets ahead of anything the home of football has, until perhaps the new Arsenal and Wembley stadia open.


I thought the choice of three venues with running tracks, Stuttgart, Nuremburg and Berlin, also meant three venues with subdued atmospheres however renovated the buildings were, and at least England would have hosted the finals with soccer-only arenas. But the ‘smaller’ stadia such as Cologne and Hannover had top drawer atmospheres and superb sightlines. My favourite remained Leipzig, the most spectacular of the venues from the inside and so grand and imposing from outside, with a monumental approach redolent of the 1930s.


I would question the choice of small and inaccessible Kaiserslautern as a host city although Moenchengladbach might well have replaced it had their stadium renovation plan been in place by the time of the initial bid. One could argue that Derby, a venue touted for an English World Cup bid, has similar shortcomings.


But I do not wish to moan. The World Cup was at home in a great host nation and was a superb fan experience all things considered.

The best two things about the decision to give the World Cup to Germany were the amount of space in the country available for visitors and the positive reaction of the host nation’s people. Germany’s cities were so visitor friendly, boasting wide streets, many of them pedestrianised, and extensive beer gardens to make all the fans feel happy and relaxed.


The Germans were relaxed too. Even when thousands poured into the streets of Berlin or Munich after German victories the atmosphere was hugely celebratory, not aggressively tribal as it would have been in England.

There were TVs everywhere, even in the river (in Frankfurt) and the fan fests proved they had got it right in welcoming fans with or without tickets (most people saw none).


Above all it seemed the authorities were welcoming the influx, not worrying about any possible problems that could result. Unofficial merchandise was everywhere and there were no problems finding flags, scarves and shirts with the country of your choice, far cheaper and more attractive than the perenially overpriced and ugly official FIFA souvenirs.


I remember Euro ’96 as a tournament with unreliable transport connections, police and local authorities afraid of putting up big screens because of the public order risk and the centre of London oblivious to the tournament that was taking place on its doorstep. Add to the fact England is a cramped and awkward country where football fervour too often leads to ugly nationalism and you can see why Germany was so much the better choice.


I salute them for hosting a terrific party where it was hard to see what more the Germans could have done to live up their motto of ‘Die Welt Zu Gast Bei Freunden’ – the world as a guest among friends, or, as they translated it, ‘A Time to Make Friends’.




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Casino Pai Gow Poker Judi Slot




Each player at the table is dealt Togel Hongkong seven cards which are then arranged to make two hands: A two-card hand and a five-card hand. Rankings are based on the same card values as standard poker values. The highest two-card hand would be two Aces, and the highest five-card hand would be a Royal Flush.


It’s imperative that the five-card hand be higher than the two-card hand. For example, if the two card hand is a pair of sevens, the five card hand must contain at least a pair of eights or higher. If the player sets the hands so that the two card hand is higher than the five card hand, it is an automatic losing hand.


The point of the game is to ensure that the Togel Hongkong player’s two hands rank higher than the Banker’s two hands. The Player’s two-card (low) hand must rank higher than the Banker’s two-card (low) hand, and the Player’s five-card (high) hand must rank higher than the Banker’s five-card (high) hand. Should one hand rank exactly the same as the Banker’s hand, this is a tie. The Banker wins all ties by default.


If the player wins one hand, but judi slot loses the other, this is considered a “push” or a tie in other words. In “push” hands, no money exchanges hands.


Winning hands are usually paid even money, minus a 5% commission (check your casino for details). Losing hands lose all money wagered.


This is how the game is played: The dealer shuffles the cards and deals seven hands of seven cards each, face down in front of the dealer’s tray. The dealer checks that exactly four cards are left over, and then Togel Hongkong places those cards in the discard holder.


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Bwin Togel Online join with UnitedGames in an MMOG frontier




Bwin are known for their fearless innovation within the online gambling market, and recently have expressed this by taking out a majority shareholding in UnitedGames, the EU Massively Multiplayer Online Game developer & Publisher.


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Floyd Mayweather Jr The Best Bet Says Bookie


Favorites in boxing do extremely well and Floyd Mayweather Jr. certainly matches that criteria in his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night at the MGM Hotel in Vegas.


Mayweather Jr. was now priced at -450 at BetUS.com.  Marquez, on the other hand, would pay 3/1 odds.


But BetUS.com analysts advise that there is so much “uncertainty” in Marquez’s training camp that the steep price tag on Mayweather might be worth the reward – a $100 profit for every $450 bet or a $10 profit for every $45 bet.


A recent Togel Online report has suggested that the morale and confidence level in the Marquez camp are at an all-time low. Trainer Nacho Beristain has made several questionable statements about Marquez’s physical condition, and chances in the upcoming fight.


“Marquez was in desperate need of a certain type of sparring partner, there was nobody we liked here,” Berestain told the New York Examiner in July.


Apparently, the mood has worsened, leading some reporters to liken the training camp to a convict waiting for his execution.


Marquez, who is already an underdog at BetUS (+325 to -450), isn’t looking like a wise sports betting selection at the moment. The craft Mexican comes in with the size disadvantage already, not to mention having to concede on issues such as ring size to Mayweather Promotions, who will take the lead for this event.


The uncertainty in the camp also makes bettors think even harder about the other issues Marquez already has, such as his vulnerability to cuts. Mayweather is such an accurate puncher that he is able to both open up and target gashes to perfection, which is a dangerous combo for a bleeder like Marquez. In addition, the Mexican warrior will have to beef up in order to take part in the fight, possibly negating the tremendous speed he carried at lower weight classes.…

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Of all the games you’ll encounter in an online casino, video poker might be the one that offers you the most interesting strategic challenge. Part of the game is, like slots, largely up to luck of the draw – you’re at the whim of the cards you’re dealt, good or bad. But part of how well you fare is also up to you.


Video poker presents some fascinating decisions from time to time. Do you keep that pair of jacks, or chase the straight for the higher payout? Throw away the bad hand, or hold onto one or two promising high cards? The decision is yours to make.


This can be a blessing or a curse. On one hand, it’s nice to be in control of your own destiny, knowing that if you play well you could be in for a big payday. Alternatively, you might also crash and burn if you don’t know what you’re doing.


Before you start wagering serious money on playing a video poker game at Titan Casino, it’s good to take a quick crash course and review what’s what. Here are some casino tips to remember when you take a crack at the game:


Know the Video Poker Rules

It sounds obvious, but knowing the rules of the game is really important: Before you sit down to begin playing video poker, you need to make sure you know the rules of poker backward and forward. No, you can’t form “wrap-around” straights, with the ace being high and low at the same time, and no, contrary to the opinion of Topher Grace’s character in Ocean’s Eleven, you don’t win if your cards are “all reds.” Make sure you have all the rules down like the back of your hand.


That includes not just poker rules, but video poker and trusted online casino Singapore specifics too. What’s the lowest hand that gets paid out on that particular machine – jacks or better, kings or better, or two pair? What are the payouts? Are there wild cards in play? If you don’t know all of this stuff well and understand what it all means, you probably should think twice before starting to wager real money.


Think of the Video Poker Odds

Whenever you’re drawing to a particular hand, you should think for a moment about your odds of hitting it. This doesn’t mean you need to be a math genius and calculate percentages down to 18 decimal places, but learn some general principles. For example: An open-ended straight draw gives you a better chance of hitting a payout than an inside straight. Chasing a flush is easier than chasing a straight, because you have more cards that give you a win (9, as opposed to 8 or 4). Just like live poker players count their “outs,” you can do the same.


Slow Down Your Video Poker Play

Even best video poker players in the world know that casino games aren’t pre-programmed to payout out more than what’s wagered into the machines; in other words, the casino will always have the slightest of edges. That said, it’s best to play at a nice leisurely pace, enjoying the experience rather than rushing through it; regardless of how well you know how to play the game – get some entertainment value out of it. Especially if you start a bit of a losing streak, you don’t want to go on tilt and begin spewing your money away quickly.


Know When to Quit Playing Video Poker

Like any other form of gambling, video poker should only be enjoyed responsibly. That means you need to have self awareness as you play, and if you’re not feeling up to your A game, it might be time to walk away. If you’re frustrated, if you’ve been drinking, or if you’re gambling with money you can’t afford to lose, those are all signs that you might need to call it quits, at least for a little while.


Video poker is one of the best casino games out there, offering the perfect combination of luck and skill. If you play your best, your skills could win out.…

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Not all of the slot machine games at Titan Casino online are based on comic book superheroes. Some people are capable of being heroic without wearing costumes or obtaining superhero powers, and Marilyn Monroe was absolutely one of those people.


Monroe makes for the perfect subject for casino games or any other forms of entertainment – really! She’s iconic, unforgettable, and there are few faces in the world you’d rather look at while spending a few hours playing Marilyn Monroe slot machines.


Monroe was one of the biggest stars in American film history, so it’s only natural that she’d feature in one of the biggest games at Titan Casino, too. Read on, and you’ll learn about Monroe’s life, her career, and Marilyn Monroe slots, the hottest slot game this side of Hollywood Boulevard.


Marilyn Monroe’s Life and Times

Marilyn Monroe’s roots are uncertain and somewhat controversial. She was born on June 1, 1926 with the name Norma Jeane Mortensen, but she had her name changed to Norma Jeane Baker early on in life. Moreover, she denied that Martin Edward Mortensen, the man listed as her father on her birth certificate, was her actual father. She separated from her birth parents as a child and later bounced around a number of foster homes.


Through it all, she somehow persevered and eventually became a big Hollywood star. During the mid-1940s, she began working as a model, and that venture eventually blossomed into a movie career. Soon, Monroe was starring in the biggest movies of the era and she possessed the superstar persona to go with it. One of the most popular starlets on the planet on her own, her fame was heightened further after marrying big celebrities like baseball’s Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. Indeed, she had it all – until she sadly died young, on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36. Her tragic death was ruled a probable suicide.




Marilyn Monroe in the Movies

Monroe kept very busy during the 15-year period between the late 1940s and early 1960s, appearing in dozens of hit movies. She first garnered attention in Hollywood when she starred in “Ladies of the Chorus,” a low-budget musical, in 1948, and her fame grew from there.


In 1950, Monroe earned critical acclaim for her role in the Oscar-winning classic “All About Eve.” In 1952, she snagged a major dramatic starring role, carrying the film noir “Don’t Bother to Knock.” She scored a breakthrough in ’53, starring alongside Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters in “Niagara.”


One of her most iconic moments, however, came in 1955: her memorable “white dress” scene in “The Seven Year Itch.” Another was in 1959, when she starred along with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in “Some Like It Hot.”


Having reached the pinnacle of Hollywood, things sadly only went south career-wise towards Monroe’s eventual early demise. Her last movie, “Something’s Got To Give,” was suspended in 1962 and Monroe was fired from the project.


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BetonUSA: US Business continues despite of Togel UIGEA



BetonUSA statement said, “BetonUSA and all our partners will be continuing business as usual. BetonUSA is licensed and regulated in Antigua and complies with laws within the jurisdictions in which it operates. Furthermore our company has been expanding by acquiring new assets and operations. Announcements will be released soon.”


Antigua-based online betting group BetonUSA has become the latest company to announce that it is to continue to offer online gambling services to US players despite the specifics of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).


The company has indicated that traffic to BetonUSA casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks has dramatically increased since the signing of the Safe Port Act into law by President Bush, which in turn set the wheels of the UIGEA firmly in motion.


Since then a host of companies, many of them licensed in the UK, have pulled out of the US market with operators such as Sportingbet selling off their US facing business arms. BetonUSA join a handful of Caribbean-based companies who are continuing to accept US money.


UIGEA has claimed its latest victim, PokerAffiliate.com


In response to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), PokerAffiliate.com has announced its properties are no longer accepting US players.


The Togel company decided it would no longer accept US players after the passing of the UIGEA, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 13th.


UIGEA: PokerAffiliate.com“As we have previously advised, on September 30th 2006 the U.S. Congress passed the SAFE Port Act which also contained certain provisions known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (the Act that affects the processing of payments between US customers and certain online gaming companies). The legislation was signed into law by President George W Bush on October 13th 2006.”


“We regret that the U.S. has taken this step to make it virtually impossible to offer real money entertainment to U.S. customers. It is doubtful that the U.S. authorities will achieve their stated goals by introducing such legislation. We believe that a properly monitored forward-looking regulation would be much more effective than this general ban.”


The company added, “As officially stated before we have been working on a technical solution to restrict all customers within the U.S. from depositing new funds at any of the PokerAffiliate.com brands. This solution will be implemented on Wednesday, October 25th.”


As a result of this new law, PokerAffiliate.com will no longer accept real money deposits from any NEW U.S. players.


“We will have implemented the technical solution to restrict all customers within the U.S. from accessing our real money games starting Monday, November 6th. After that time players will still be able to login to the site, participate in play money games and withdraw funds from their account.”





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