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No Sbobet, You Can’t Be A Professional Poker Player

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If I have to read one more article about some clown winning some chips and then declaring himself a “professional poker player,” I’m gonna go completely on tilt. I hear and read so much crap about this subject, I’ve just got to put my two cents worth in. My two cents worth is this: You aren’t a professional poker player and you never will be, and neither is anybody else, and nor will they ever be. Am I making myself clear? Do you feel me?

Professional poker players are about as ubiquitous on the American landscape as flying saucers, Big Foots, and verifiable Elvis sightings. The very idea of a professional poker player is some kind of fanciful notion by somebody who got on a roll and won some money, and then romanticized it into a deluded self-image of “professional poker player.” Half the Tom, Dick, and Harry’s in the world who get on a little run while the card gods are smiling on them take this as a sure indication that they are now professional gamblers. These are the guys that don’t have a job and can’t get one; that hang around poker rooms because hanging out on the street for a comparable number of hours is loitering; that come to the poker room every day because they have nothing else to do and nowhere to do it; that fancy themselves too much of a “sharpie” to waste any resources doing anything but watching the cards endlessly go by…etc, etc.

Get it out of your head that you are a professional gambler just because you won some chips. I can beat every self-professed professional poker player in the world heads-up with one hand tied behind my back and they know it, and I’ll give them half their money back just for trying me. That’s an open invitation. My only qualification is once I bust them, they have to sign a contract admitting that they aren’t really a professional gambler and they’re sorry they said they were. That’s all I ask. Because the next time I have to read some half-baked article about ‘what everybody thinks about me now that I’m “a professional player,”‘ I’m afraid I’m going to split my side laughing. There are people who think they’re Napoleon Bonaparte too – don’t forget – but we don’t take that at face value, do we? Well, don’t take these professional gamblers/railbirds/stake-horse hounds/”I spend my life in a poker room” jokers at face value either.

If some broad in a bar takes a picture of herself and then calls herself a “supermodel,” you aren’t going to buy that are you? Same difference. She’s not a supermodel any more than some jack-around with a bunch of chips in front of him is professional poker player. From these harsh judgments I exempt the following people (and few others): Cindy Crawford, Doyle Brunson, Cheryl Tiegs, Johnny Chan, Tyra Banks, T.J. Cloutier, Claudia Schiffer, Puggy Pearson, Twiggy, Chip Reese (once upon a time), Elle McPherson, Scotty Nguyen, Naomi Campbell, Phil Hellmuth, etc. Now THAT’S supermodels and professional Sbobet poker players. Maybe Kathy Kohlberg might be a crossover. They qualify. But you’re not in that kind of company just because you have some chips in front of you.

There may be a few other professionals out there – the Prince of Docness from out of Santa Cruz is making noises like he might be a player – but if you’re not on the preceding list, you might want to check with me to see if you qualify. I guarantee you the odds are way against it. I’ve got the whole list, and it isn’t nearly as long as some would have you think.

For all intents and purposes, forget about being a professional poker player. Chasing poker destiny across the continents has got to be one of the most preposterous “professions” ever heard of. You don’t have to go to school, you don’t have to be able to spell, there’s no salary and no benefits, god knows what the service these talented professionals are offering supposedly is…etc.

I’ve seen some gifted professionals. They work in operating rooms, laboratories, universities, even courtrooms – but not in some smoke-filled poker room trying to borrow some chips when the card gods aren’t smiling on them. The very aspiration to be a professional poker player is a dead giveaway that the suspect in question is undirected, lazy, and no-count. That’s why loitering in a poker room seems like a good idea to him. After all, you can only watch Jerry Springer and game shows so many hours a day. So being a poker scuffler looks like a good idea; that’ll cover some of those other hours when you’re also not doing anything. There’s your professional poker player in a nutshell. If you choose to delude yourself with notions of being a professional player, fine – but keep it to yourself. One too many jack-offs has tried to convince me of this B.S. Every time I hear the latest flash in the pan billing himself as a professional player, I can’t help but think about the girl with a polaroid of herself that thinks she’s a supermodel.

I’ll rest my case with humankind’s supreme illustration of this principle: Even Doc Holliday didn’t bill himself as a “professional gambler.” No, he was a shootout artist, and gambled on the side. Gambling should always be on the side, like Doc Holliday done it. If you put gambling first, it’s because you are too friggin’ degenerate to do anything else. So, using Doc Holliday as my example: first he practiced dentistry, second he shot people, and THIRD he gambled on the side. It’s more respectable that way. History gave him some bad knocks, but Val Kilmer came along (see “Tombstone”) and set the record straight.

Old Doc was a businessman poker player, just like we all should be. So if he helps some fair lady with a toothache in the morning, draws down on her husband in the afternoon, and then gambles all night – at least he’s done something worthwhile. One out of three ain’t bad. But if he just gambled all night, woke up at noon, borrowed some money, and then gambled all night again – like “professional poker players” always end up doing – he wouldn’t be such a great American hero. In other words his day work – dentistry and shootouts – justified his night gambling. Let that be a lesson to all of us. Consider that my final word on the matter.

 

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Grand Banks Casino already has a strong reputation within the gaming community, thanks to its fast payouts, 24-hour customer support and unmatched customer loyalty perks. Evans ensures, “Grand Banks Casino has something for everyone. We’re bringing our strong reputation to the table and putting the deals on the floor to the gamers. Great comp points, loyalty bonuses, concierge services, big prizes, and huge money giveaways are as always, at our gamers’ fingertips. We want to prove we’re the best online casino out there.”

 

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Casino Fortune Player Hits $72K Jackpot

 

Casino Fortune continues to live up to its reputation among the gambling community as the destination for winning loads of cash. This time Alice B. walked away with a cool $72,583.89 while playing the Magic Slots $1 Progressive on July 19th.

 

“I started playing with Casino Fortune 3 years ago, and what an experience I’ve had. This is my 4th progressive win, this one being the largest” says Alice “There is not another group that compares with you all. I was a little concerned to say the least when the software was changed, but I hung in there and look at the return I got!”

 

To add to her delight, Alice won $100 at a Slots Tournament and reused these winnings to rake in another $7500 while having her morning coffee! “Every one loves a winner and we’ve had our share of them this year,” says Anand, Casino Fortune’s Marketing Manager. “With all the obstacles online gaming operators have faced in the past few months, this win is great for the industry and Alice in particular” he added.

 

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Short-handed ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล Hold’Em:

 

In the last article, we examined the relative value of starting hands in full and shorthanded games. To summarize, in shorthanded games implied odds are reduced, big cards take down pots unimproved, and hand domination is infrequent. Part II of this topic revolves around the blind structure. Blinds orbit quickly in a shorthanded game. At its most extreme is heads-up hold’em, where both players post a blind. In this article, we will examine heads-up preflop play so that we can review fundamental concepts before moving to larger shorthanded games.

 

Heads-Up Play

 

Heads-up play is analyzed by Sklansky and Malmuth in Hold’Em Poker for Advanced Players. If you do not own this book (and study it religiously), then you are placing yourself at a great disadvantage. The first concept offered by Sklansky and Malmuth concerns the preflop play required by the blind structure.

 

In a $10/20 game, the small blind has anted $5 and the big blind has anted $10. If the small blind raises, he is betting $15 to win $15. So, he must steal the blinds only 50% of the time to earn immediate profit (assuming no raising and all things are equal postflop). If the big blind folds too often, the small blind would earn a significant profit by raising 100% of the time preflop. In fact, since the small blind would also win some hands after the flop, the fold percentage required for profit is far less. In other words, blind stealing works incredibly well!

 

It Gets Worse…

 

Furthermore, the small blind has a positional advantage after the flop. Position will allow the small blind to bluff more successfully, earn extra bets with big hands, or save bets in many situations. Not only do heads-up games feature a large volume of hands, but plays such as bluffs and semibluffs hold more consequence. Consider the following examples.

 

Example 1.

It is a normal $2/4 heads-up game, with one exception. You must pay your opponent $20,000 if you play a ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล hand preflop. Clearly, to keep your losses at a minimum, you would never play a hand.

Example 2.

It is the same normal $2/4 heads-up game, except you must only pay $1 if you play a hand preflop. Many holdings such as AA are still clearly profitable, but you would think twice before playing most hands, since there is a hefty fee to overcome each time you compete.

 

Defending the big blind is similar to example 2 above. The exact amount lost by not having position differs with the competition, but the disadvantage always exists. For each hand that goes to the flop, the player with position will benefit because they will have an enhanced ability to profitably bluff, earn an extra bet on good hands, or save a bet with bad ones. How can a big blind out of position minimize its losses or even earn a profit against such obstacles?

Defending the Big Blind

 

Sklansky and Malmuth suggest defending with 40% of all hands, and reraising with the top quarter of those, based on the idea that this calling/raising strategy neutralizes the preflop advantage of raising 100% of the time from the small blind. I propose that this advice is too passive. Furthermore, the percentage of hands played should be fluid, based on the competition’s play after the flop as well as preflop.

 

Before going any further, let’s repeat the authors definition of playable hands, counting up to 40%. “Any pair, any ace, any other two cards that are both nine or higher, any other straight flush combination with no gaps or just one gap (except for 42s and 32s), and any king little suited. (You might add in a few more hands such as J8s, 98, or 97.)”

 

Many beginning players might wonder how to figure out that these holdings represent 40% of all possible hands. It is possible to double-check the authors’ work by reviewing the number of combinations of each holding. Since there are 1326 possible 2-card combinations, a hand like AA, which can be made six different ways, represents (6/1326) of all possible starting hands. In percentages, this equates to ~0.45% of all hands, or about 220:1. Two cards of unknown suits can be combined sixteen different ways, while a suited hand is only formed with four possibilities (e.g. AK, AK, AK, AK). One resource for an aspiring player who is truly interested in learning the fundamental probabilities is Hold’em’s Odds Book by Mike Petriv.

 

Reraising Preflop

 

There are three main reasons for adopting a more aggressive reraising strategy to effectively combat the stealer. Reraising punishes the stealer, sets up profitable postflop play, and establishes variation.

 

Punish the opposition.

I’m not the first person to suggest reraising to slow down your opponent on future action. In fact, Sklansky and Malmuth make it apparent that it is critical for your opponent to worry that a raise will cost more than it appears. As they say, “He needs to know that he’s in jeapordy of a reraise. Thus you frequently reraise for the sake of future hands, not the hand that you are holding.”

But is reraising 10% of your hands enough? 10% represents the cream of the crop: AA-99 (6 possible combinations each), AK-AT(16 combinations each), KQ(16), KJs(4), KTs(4), QJs(4), JTs(4). These hands are so dominating that many of them would be 3-bet in a full ring game. Versus a steal raise, the selection is too thin.

 

More importantly, reraising 10% of the time will likely not even affect a blind stealing opponent who is raising 100% of the time preflop. Out of 10 hands, the stealer will immediately win the blinds 6 times, play on the flop against an out of position caller 3 times, and face a reraise only once. In this situation, even against a reraise, it becomes pretty easy for the small blind to fold if the flop doesn’t hit him hard, since he knows he is competing against a premium hand.

 

Set up Flop play.

‘If you’re going to be in the hand to the end, you might as well get the money in early.’ I’m not sure where I read or heard the above advice, but it makes a lot of sense. With a powerful hand, you want to put pressure your opponent and make him pay for the right to outdraw you. You want to earn the most money possible, and fundamentally, you want to get your money in while you are ahead. (This is an oversimplification, but it works for shorthanded play due to a concept called ‘clustering’.)

Mason Malmuth wrote about shorthanded play in Poker Essays, a good book for advanced players to hone specific theories. “Concept No. 3: Be prepared to go to the river.” Basically, if your hand is strong and unless the board develops in a very scary manner, you will often want to showdown. Since you will be going to the river with many hands, you should get the money in early, which makes a showdown strategy more likely to be correct and profitable in the long run.

 

A second factor is initiative. I mentioned above that most preflop stealers will not be affected by reraises, especially those raising 100% of the time preflop. In my experience, most opponents simply fold if the flop didn’t hit their hand since they expect to be against a monster hand. Even those who do not habitually steal raise will still respect an opponent who reraised preflop. In other words, if you are the big blind and raise with a hand like JTs, you should virtually always bet on the flop, even if the flop misses entirely. Putting the pressure back on your opponent is critical. Opponents may simply concede on the flop, expecting to be against a very powerful hand and not wishing to pay a turn and river bet to see a showdown.

 

Establish variation.

The third reason to increase aggression preflop and reraise with a wider selection of hands addresses the predictability of the play. 10% narrows the possible hands considerably, and it creates an undeniable problem if the flop arrives with 3 rags. Under Sklansky and Malmuth’s advice, you would be reraising with big cards 3 out of 4 times; this is simply too predictable against even average competition.

So, what is appropriate for a reraise preflop from the big blind? What if we added 88-66(6 combinations each), KJo(12), KTo(12), QJo(12), QT(16), A9s-A2s(4 combinations each), T9s(4), and 98s(4)? The total is an additional 110 hands, which progresses the amount of reraising hands to 18.25% of total hands. Notice that most of these hands can be taken to a showdown, yet they create enough variation to make any flop potentially dangerous for your adversary.

 

Watching the opposition

An aggressive counterstrategy is only part of the equation. You will still be calling with other hands. You will still need to vary your play to keep your opponent off your scent. I recommend slowplaying AA or KK sometimes, reraising with lesser holdings on occasion, and following up with occasionally unpredictable flop play. Keep them guessing. Meanwhile, watch your opposition. Preflop, you will adjust your standards in the same direction as your opponent. If the small blind stops raising half the time, you should not call as often, since you will too often be playing bad cards with bad position, a costly combination. Reraising is still valuable but should be reduced as well. You want to slow down against an opponent who raises only with legitimate hands.

 

In addition, you must consider the postflop play of your opponent. If the opponent plays very well with position: earning extra bets, staying aggressive, and following a solid bluffing strategy, then he will earn a significant advantage each hand played on the flop. With your higher postflop burden, you must adjust by folding more preflop. Against an expert, you will fold quite often (and therefore call less than Sklansky and Malmuth’s recommended strategy). The important thing to note is that you will be losing money by folding the big blind more often. Repeat: YOU WILL BE VOLUNTARILY LOSING!!!! But you will lose less money folding than playing marginal hands that cost extra bets after the flop. Sometimes (often) you cannot win in the big blind of a heads-up matchup; your best choice is simply to minimize losses. Don’t worry; you’ll make your profits when you are in position and have the advantage.

 

Slow ’em Down

 

Finally, a good preflop game will complement the overall strategy. Getting the money in early with the best hand will help to mitigate your positional disadvantage to some degree. But the best reason to stay aggressive may be intimidation. If you can scare your opponent into slowing down, you will begin to win the blinds for free, and you will not be forced to play at a disadvantage so often. In other words, you want your opponent to stop raising your blinds. So snarl (metaphorically) and attack back! Until next time, good luck!

 

If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to email me at jason@pokerpages.com. I received a lot of great emails in the last month, and I hope to hear from more of you in the future.

 

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The Gambling Industry Shows its Support to Judi Online Terpercaya

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Many people are still in shock after last week’s terrorist attacks in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from helping those affected by this disaster. Donations have been pouring in to relief agencies, and the gaming industry is offering its support as well.

Many large brick-and-mortar casino companies have made sizeable donations to the relief effort over the past week. Mandalay Resort Group and Harrah’s Entertainment each donated $1 million to the families of the New York policemen and fire fighters who were killed in the attacks.

MGM Mirage made its own $1 million donation to the American Red Cross relief effort, while Pinnacle Entertainment will be donating a minimum of $500,000 to the children of victims and the Mohegan Tribe will donate $1 million to the Twin Tower fund. The fund will assist the families of those killed in the World Trade Center as well as the families of the fire and police personnel who lost their lives.

The online gambling industry has also stepped up to the plate and has contributed to the relief effort. Casino on Net has donated $50,000 on behalf of its staff and members to The September 11th Fund of United Way of New York.

Paypal, the online payment service used by many Judi Online Terpercaya casinos, is also collecting donations. To date, PayPal donations total $1.43 million; 100% of the money raised goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

WINNERonline has made its own donation to the American Red Cross and challenges all other online gambling portals, news sites, and online casinos to make a similar contribution to this worthy cause.

Donations can be made through Yahoo.com to any of the following relief agencies: the American Red Cross, the New York Firefighter’s Fund, and the Salvation Army. These three funds have raised more than $21 million to date and continue to grow daily.

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Colombia are the Pkv Poker Online World Cup winners, in joy at least

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Win or lose tonight in Fortaleza, Colombia have lit up the World Cup and won a legion of fans across the globe.

 

Los Cafeteros have made the game beautiful again. They play to win and win attractively, dancing in joyous celebration and reminding the football world that a billion people are watching and want to be entertained.

 

God forbid we get another World Cup Final like 2010, when one team (the Netherlands) turned up looking to foul and kick their way to the trophy.

 

Colombia counter-attacking is about the best reason to get out of one’s seat at Brazil 2014, and in the land of o jogo bonito, they have out scored and out performed the home side, whom they face today in the quarter-final.

 

Brazil v Colombia would have been a great final, but FIFA’s misguided ranking system overloaded the first half of the draw and dumped four of the six South American teams in the same quarter of the second round.

 

Argentina have been spluttering along firing mostly blanks, leaving tonight’s clash as the South American final of the World Cup pkv poker online .

 

Colombia have been on a steady upwards curve since former Albiceleste boss Jose Pekerman took over in 2012 and guided the coffee-makers to their first World Cup finals since 1998. Pekerman, who is distantly related to Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, carries himself with the same amount of dignity, refusing to get drawn into the narratives of journalists, whom he tends to shun.

 

Serious and austere he may be, a striking contrast to the singing and dancing image of Colombia, but he lets his results do the talking and is a national hero in Colombia, albeit a most reticent one. When the Cafeteros have found the net, Pekerman’s exterior has melted somewhat as he has briefly joined in with the hysteria.

 

The Colombian nation has been allowed to smile again too. It suffered greatly from the narco-war of the 1990s, which spilled overt into its football, most notably with the collapse of the much-vaunted 1994 World Cup team and subsequent assassination of Andres Escobar.

 

Colombia is still a very economically divided nation with rampant corruption and paramilitary violence spilling over into people’s lives too often. Football cannot solve these problems but can at least temporarily soothe them and give everyone a feeling of communal happiness.

 

The fact Colombia are a relative novelty at the finals created a lot of curiosity and the team have turned the global interest into admiration by winning every game with aplomb.

 

 

James Rodriguez, who also has an Argentine connection having spent two years with Banfield, is the unexpected top scorer at the World Cup so far, netting one more than the marketing men’s favourites Neymar and Lionel Messi.

 

The unfortunate injury to Falcao, who scored nine in qualifying, has let the 22 year-old Rodriguez take centre stage unexpectedly, and his exquisite goals, particularly the shimmy and deft chip against Japan and the exquisite chest to foot rocket against Uruguay, have made him the tournament’s poster boy.

 

There are also the flying wingers Andres Cuadrado and Victor Ibarbo, whose high-speed raids have been thrilling, and goals from Jackson Martinez. Carlos Sanchez is a strong midfield enforcer and Mario Yepes at the age of 38 has been solid at the back. Bringing on 43 year old Faryd Mondragon was a lovely touch, and Colombia have won millions of fans for their joyful dance routines after scoring. Football is fun again and this team is impossible to dislike.

 

All that could end in tears tonight if as widely expected, the home team respond to their fans and the ghosts of 1950. Such is life in the knockout stages.

 

Having sailed through one of the weaker groups and demolished a demoralised Uruguay, Colombia face their first real test tonight.

 

Whether Brazilian or Colombian coffee tastes the sweeter at the end, Colombia’s return to the world stage has been a fantastic one.

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Real trip up in the Situs Judi Online home straight

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Villareal qualified for next season’s Europa League by beating Elche 1-0. The Yellow Submarine were La Liga runners-up in 2008 and Champions League semi-finalists two years earlier.

 

Down at the bottom, Granada beat already relegated Situs Judi Online Cordoba 2-0 in the Andalusian derby to give them a glimmer of hope of survival.

 

Deportivo La Coruna meanwhile, claimed what might prove to have been a valuable point away to Athletic Bilbao by Alberto Lopo’s 94th minute leveller.

 

It is possible that three Andalucian sides could go down if Almeria swap places with Deportivo.

 

As it stands, Spain’s regions are represented thus in La Primera:

 

ANDALUCIA – 5 – Almeria, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Sevilla

BASQUE COUNTRY – 3 – Athletic Bilbao, Eibar, Real Sociedad

CATALONIA – 2 – Barcelona, Espanyol

GALICIA – 2 – Celta Vigo, Deportivo La Coruna

MADRID – 4 – Atletico Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid

VALENCIA – 4 – Elche, Levante, Valencia, Villareal

 

Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Castille La Mancha, Castille & Leon, Extremadura and Murcia have no representation in the top flight.

 

Real Betis from Andalucia and Girona from Catalonia look set to ascend to the first division next season. The other place is currently between Las Palmas (Mallorca), Real Valladolid (Castille & Leon), Real Zaragoza (Aragon) and Sporting Gijon (Asturias).

 

PICHICHI race (goals):

 

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 42
  2. Lionel Messi 40
  3. Antoine Griezmann 22

Neymar 22

  1. Carlos Bacca 20

 

*Football in Spain could sensationally come to a standstill this weekend however as the Spanish Football Federation (FFE) have weighed in against the government forcing a redistributive TV contract on La Liga clubs and called a halt to proceedings.

 

The Spanish League was meeting on Monday morning to discuss its course of action, with the players’ union also complaining the new collective bargaining agreement does not help second division clubs enough.

 

The directive demands a fairer share of TV money for clubs outside the big two, who up until now have taken the lion’s share.

 

The FFE’s intervention seems curious given the grotesque gap between Barcelona, Real Madrid and the others, but they obviously have sympathies for them.

 

Plus with the egregious Angel Maria “all the fish are sold” Villar in charge, any madness is possible.

 

We should know by Thursday if the strike will go ahead or not, but it is hard to see the league stopping for long with little time between now and end of the season commitments such as the Champions League and Copa del Rey conclusions.

 

*The big two were in Champions League action as well of course and their respective results only underlined Barça are having the better of this season.

 

Real kicked off on Tuesday in Turin, where they lost 2-1 to Juventus but scored a vital away goal.

Alvaro Morata grabbed a poacher’s goal in the eighth minute when he tapped in at the far post after Iker Casillas saved from a classic Carlos Tevez drive.

 

The Spanish international did not celebrate scoring against his old team, but gestured to the visiting fans who had been taunting him.

 

Juve’s marking went astray in the 27th minute however as an unchallenged Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a vital leveller. Juve were back in front ten minutes after the break when Tevez charged down the field on a breakaway only to be hacked down by Daniel Carvajal.

 

The former Man City and Man Utd man hit the penalty down the middle to dig the knife in, but Ronaldo’s goal means a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu will be enough. Yet Juve’s attacking intent and traditionally mean Italian defence means it is by no means guaranteed.

 

Karim Benzema missed out for Real, for whom the returning Gareth Bale once more did his invisible man impression.

 

Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich was a mirror of the scoreline two seasons ago when Jupp Heynckes men won at the Camp Nou.

 

That game, part of a 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Tito Vilanova’s side, appeared to signal the end of tiki-taka and Catalan Euro dominance.

 

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UEFA u21: Germans join England in last Situs Bandarq four

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Halmstad, Sweden – Germany booked their place in the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 with a second-string England in Halmstad this evening.

 

When Gonzalo Castro fired Germany into a fourth-minute lead, it looked like Stuart Pearce’s weakened team selection would backfire into humiliation, but England fought back and deservedly equalised through Everton’s Jack Rodwell on the half hour.

 

After Rodwell’s goal, England had other chances to bag a second, which would have sent Spain, 2-0 conquerors of Finland in Gothenburg, through instead of Situs Bandarq Germany. But as the minutes wore on in the second half, it seemed as if both teams were content to settle for a draw.

 

“I expect a big performance and to win,” said Stuart Pearce before the game, stressing his personal, painful experiences of losing to Germany as an England player, but his starting eleven showed ten changes to the team which had beaten Spain. Actions speak louder than words.

 

Inside the charming little riverside ground the Orjans Vall, German fans, chanting obscenely and belligerently, exploded flares and firecrackers before kick-off, one landing not far from England goalkeeper Scott Loach and the others fogging up the field of play. There were no visible police on show. The Swedes had expected everyone to be friends at the u21s but had not anticipated this.

 

Once the smog had lifted after four minutes, Germany saw clearly enough to snatch the lead in the game. Gonzalo Castro, a 22 year-old Spanish-German attacker from Bayer Leverkusen, outran Michael Mancienne and nutmegged Loach.

 

Germany had the lead and the psychological advantage. But as the succeeding minutes proved, they were not up to dominating their B-team opponents. Both teams slipped up and sprayed passes wildly. Then England replied.

 

Andrew Driver, who plays his club football in Scotland for Hearts, was England’s most impressive player, driving attacks from his right-wing berth in a highly-impressive debut.

 

Gardner got his head onto one of his crosses and should have scored after a quarter of an hour before he and Richard Stearman got entangled in the German box five minutes later and failed to get a shot off. Promising stuff after a horrible start.

 

Just short of the half hour, Gardner curled over a corner from the left and Jack Rodwell, Everton’s young find of the season, rose to power his header into the German net.

 

Panic over, England started to open up and play with more fluency. Germany, up against a B-team and having to avoid defeat, were pinned back and having to play on the counter, though they still posed a threat via Castro’s energy and the mesmeric dribbling of Mesut Ozil, their ace in the pack.

 

But the first half ended with the red shirts of England dominating.

 

At 1-1, neither side needed to do anything, but any suspicions of a gentlemen’s agreement had no wings, though England were clearly experimenting.

 

Three minutes short of the hour mark, Pearce replaced his lone striker Fraizer Campbell, who had worked well up front, with Theo Walcott, in another enigmatic employment of his star man. His retirement of the penetrative Driver with 20 minutes left for the defensive Kieran Gibbs was a sure sign that winning was not Pearce’s top priority tonight.

 

Germany made their first switch ten minutes later, replacing their ineffective left-winger Anis Ben-Hatira with a zippier performer Marko Marin, a pint-sized midfielder reminiscent at times of Thomas Hassler.

 

As the clock ran down so did each side’s enthusiasm for three points, Germany especially knowing only one would do. With Spain leading Finland 2-0 in Gothenburg, an England goal would eliminate the Germans, but by the end they had lost all stomach for a fight.

 

In the semi-finals, England play the Group A runners-up in Gothenburg on Friday, while Germany play the Group A winners in Helsingborg the same day.

 

Scoring:

 

GER – Castro 4′

ENG – Rodwell 29′

 

ENG- Scott Loach (Joe Lewis 45′), Andrew Taylor, Richard Steadman, Craig Gardner, Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell, James Tomkins, Michael Mancienne, Andrew Driver (Kieran Gibbs 71′), Fraizer Campbell (Theo Walcott 57′), Danny Rose

 

GER-Manuel Neuer, Andreas Beck, Bendikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, Patrick Ebert (Dennis Aogo 85′), Sami Khedira, Ashkan Dejagah, Mesut Ozil, Anis Ben-Hatira (Marko Marin 67′), Gonzalo Castro, Marcel Schmelzer

 

 

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On The Right Korea Qiu Qiu Online Path

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It was a satisfactory six days for new South Korean coach Huh Jung-moo in the sprawling city of Chongqing. South Korea lifted the East Asian Championship trophy for the second time in three occasions. The opening day dramatic 3-2 victory over China was followed by 1-1 draws with North Korea on Wednesday and then Japan on Saturday.

 

The trophy is not a big deal but the performances of a young and inexperienced team have been encouraging. There is still much work to do but a Qiu Qiu Online number of players have emerged from the haze of the polluted megapolis with reputations and confidence enhanced.

 

Former Korea, and current Australia, coach Pim Verbeek was at the tournament to check out China. The Socceroos will be in the Middle Kingdom in March for a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

 

The Dutchman was keeping quiet on the Chinese but was happy to see some familiar, and some not so familiar, Korean faces in action. “It was good to watch Korea again and it was good to see them win,” he told me. “I was quite impressed against China – I thought that they did a good job and played well.”

 

“There were lots of young players in the team. I am happy that Park Chu-young is fit and he scored two great goals. The first goal, he showed fantastic timing to head the ball into the net…hopefully he will be fit now for a whole season.”

 

That is unlikely. The striker has already been ruled out of FC Seoul’s season opener on March 9 and will play no part in the game with LA Galaxy and David Beckham on March 1.

 

As well as Park, Yeom Ki-hoon, who was handed his national team debut by Verbeek, showed his versatility in attack. The Ulsan forward scored the goals against North Korea and Japan and is starting to look like he may fulfill his undoubted potential.

 

There is potential in the team that lifted the oversize trophy last Saturday but some of them are not yet, and perhaps never will be, good enough for international football. That is the whole point of these kinds of games however; it’s a time for testing and trying. March’s World Cup qualification game in Pyongyang will feature a very different line-up.

 

There is virtually a completely new starting eleven that Huh could call on. English-based stars such as Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Seol Ki-hyeon will be certainties for the game. With that match due to played out in front of over 100,000 fans in the North Korean capital, Huh may go for experience. Other 2006 World Cup stars are also likely to be recalled – Lee Chun-soo of Dutch giants Feyenoord, Kim Dong-jin and Lee Ho of Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg and Kim Do-heon of West Bromich Albion.

 

Cho Jae-jin is another likely recall. The powerful striker ended his three-year stint in Japan last December and since then has spent much time in England trying to do deals with three English Premier League clubs, in order, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Fulham.

 

All came to naught and last week the powerful striker joined Jeonju team Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ahead of the new season that kicks off on March 8.

 

Cho Jae-jin signs for Jeonbuk

 

After three seasons and dozens of goals in Japan, Cho needs to show that he can score goals on the Korean peninsula. He struggled to do so in his first spell in the K-League prior to 2004 but a goal or two in Pyongyang at the end of March, wouldn’t go amiss.

 

 

 

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Friday Weekly Roundup – Agen Slot

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Busy week on the legal front:

On Monday, UIGEA regulations went into effect making it more difficult for US residents to deposit into online casinos. While banks have over 10 months to comply, some players are already reporting that their deposit attempts have been blocked.

 

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Appeals Court overturned the previous courts findings and ruled that internet domain names are not “gambling devices” and not subject to forfeiture. This is a positive ruling for online gambling, but the domain battle is far from over. Up next: the Kentucky Supreme Court.

 

Poker fans found reason to celebrate this week a Pennsylvania Judge found two defendants not guilty on unlicensed gambling charges for holding a house poker game when he ruled that poker is primarily a game of skill. This ruling clears the way for legal house poker games across the country, easing the minds of millions of Americans who play agen slot poker.

 

Trump Entertainment Resort Inc, Donald Trump’s casino company, is desperately trying to avoid its 4th bankruptcy since 1991. The firm has managed to negotiate a 2-week debt extension to keep lenders at bay, but with terrible revenue reports coming out of Atlantic City, it might be only a matter of time. Trump One Card members with a significant balance of points should consider cashing in and requesting some of their hard earned comps while they still can.

 

At least 3 people from Nebraska avoided falling victim to the Gambler’s Fallacy after they won by using the same numbers from the previous week. That’s right, Monday night’s “Pick 3” drawing produced the same winning numbers 2for two weeks in a row.

 

1979 WSOP Winner and Poker Hall of Fame member Amarillo Slim was beaten and robbed of $8,000 cash and a $85,000 diamond ring when he was lured into a field expecting to collect a 4×4 as collateral for a bet he had won. We hope you heal fast Slim, and normally we would feel sorry for you, but at 80 years old you might want to consider hiring some debt collectors. After all, this isn’t the first time you have been robbed.

 

UIGEA Regulations go into effect

 

UIGEA Regulations went into affect in the United States on Monday despite the serious objections and concerns voiced by financial institutions, card players, and online gambling enthusiasts. Passed in 2006, but unenforced up until this point, the regulations make it illegal for financial institutions to process online gambling transactions. Banks, credit card companies, wire transfer locations, and other financial institutions have until December 1st, 2009 to comply with the regulations.

 

The regulations, meant to target financial institutions and online gambling sites and not players, will make it more difficult for US players to deposit at online Togel Hongkong casinos. No longer will they be able to fund their gambling accounts with their VISA or MasterCards, or send funds from their bank accounts, discouraging new hobbyist players. Critics have been quick to point out that funding online casinos has been difficult for some time now and that it has done very little to discourage online gambling.

 

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An eclectic underground art movement has emerged from cryptocurrencies | Shelter Crypto | Shelter Humanity | Charity Token Homeless | Charity Coin

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What does the cryptocurrency and art worlds share in common? The love of the abstract, evoking emotions, and the ability to confuse admirers are some of the common traits. We have witnessed cubism over the past century. It started in the early 1900s and opened up the door to other art movements such as abstract, impressionism, pop art, surrealism, and abstract. Now, we are entering a new phase where art and cryptocurrency merge to create hybrid exhibitions such as the “Bitcoin Art(r)Evolution” in France.

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The Emergence of Cryptocurrencies Has spawned an Eclectic Underground Arts MovementModernism is a rejection or commitment to radical innovation and conformity in art. Modern art movements emerged in the 20th century because they believed that technological innovation, democracy, and capitalism would lead to a better society. This is a good fit for crypto. Bitcoin’s anti-capitalist characteristics include the ability to decentralize banks and provide equal access to finance.

Futurism, futurism and constructivism have all played an important role in creative expression. There is an undercurrent of esoteric jargon and ‘isms,’ which teaches that anyone can make or appreciate art. Art is not only for the educated and elite, but also represents new age revolutionaries.

Therefore, it is not surprising that artists are using crypto to purchase, sell, and create art. It is crucial for collectors and artists to be aware of the current market trends. The world of cryptocurrency and the products it has created has infected pop culture and infused products. Independent art galleries are now joining the crypto wave. One London gallery sold a fraction of Andy Warhol’s 1980 work, “14 Small Electric Chairs”, as fractionalized ownership through cryptocurrency.

Joe Nash, a Singaporean collector, is selling his Australian art collection through Visionairs Gallery. Visionairs Gallery also accepts cryptocurrency. Lynx Art Collection, a Florida-based gallery that sells art, accepts bitcoin payments. Maecenas, which claims to be the “first open Shelter Crypto platform that democratizes fine art access,” is another option.

A group of international artists organized a cryptocurrency art show in France to celebrate the company’s birthday. The “Bitcoin Art (r?)Evolution” was a group of international artists who wanted to “show the potential of cryptocurrency through symbolism, practice, and illustration,” and “illustrate this digital revolution’s genesis.”

A new twist in the art world is that wannabe artists can submit art for tokens. The Scarab Experiment, a multi-user collective that uses artificial Intelligence image processing to create a single piece of art from a thousand submissions, was created in 2014.…