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Fuelcoin is currently going through significant changes. One of the most important items that’s being looked at right now is the current warning that it will be removed from its preferred exchange Bittrex. Bittrex is NOT the only exchange available and if removed Fuel will indeed move to another. However we have a long term and very good working relationship with Bittrex and prefer to maintain it. The message the market is showing is rather misleading. “Being removed for lack of user interest” couldn’t be further from the truth. In Jan 2017 Bittrex changed its minimum requirement for hosting from .2 BTC average daily volume to .5 BTC / day. This poses a small problem for fuel and its users and holders. One would think that low volume is a bad sign. Quite the opposite. If no one is willing to sell? Then that actually a good thing. This shows that most who hold fuel believe it is in a good long term position to sustain its vale and grow. Long term. Unlike so many other coins, who rely on a lot of new attention that dissolve right along with the weakening of the launch hype created? Fuelcoin is on a LONG TERM plan. So low trading volume is actually a good sign people love their Fuel!
Fuelcoin was the first coin that crossed the threshold of being fully distributed. This took several years. Price volatility was an issue mainly due to new coins entering the market. However today? They ONLY way to get a Fuelcoin is to buy it from someone else on the open and public exchange. Why does this matter? Overhead can be a major problem for coins maintaining their value. Lets look at Bitcoin. While it IS breaking records and gaining mainstream adoption. It constantly has trouble maintaining its new price. The reason is the miners are still creating new Bitcoins. Currently at the rate of 12.5 every 10 min! These coins come at a cost too. The miners are forced to sell coins just to pay for the electricity and ever increasing hardware expenses to keep current enough to still mine blocks. This has a negative net result in excess of 38 MILLION dollars each and every month! (Based on a 1700.00 BTC) You can see the price spikes and the ensuing drops due to this large amount of money required to keep the network going. Good news is Bitcoin has been grabbing the attention of much more than that therefore the prices are still going up. I will add a quick side note. 38 million dollars a month is literally a drop in a very large bucket when dealing with the flow of money. So Bitcoin has a LONG way to go before it can even come close to maxing out its potential. Team Fuelcoin LOVES Bitcoin!
The developers of Fuelcoin did recognize a few flaws with Bitcoin though. The first is the constant need to inject money to miners to keep the network going. This will eventually become a major problem especially as the price of it increases. This is why Fuelcoin was 100 percent pre-mined. Meaning all the coins that are ever going to exist? Are here today. (With exception of the very small staking rewards. This will be discussed below). Why was this done? To mitigate the long term effects of perpetual down pressure on the price of the coin due to the expense of network upkeep. (Mining) Of course in the beginning Fuel was suffering the same problem. We had 100 million coins to distribute. That milestone was crossed in October 2016. So problem #1 is solved.
Next issue. Scale-ability. We are seeing the flaw in BTC TODAY! What happens if the network explodes with interest? The miners get back logged. It takes considerable time to bring hardware in and launch it to increase confirmations of transactions ( I am leaving out the part where Bitcoin can only handle so many in a block no matter how much hash power is applied) As of this writing Bitcoin is 140 THOUSAND transactions behind. Fuelcoin was developed using proof of stake technology and here’s WHY that important. Bitcoin relies on mining operations to confirm transactions. If a few new people a day choose to use Bitcoin the miners can easily keep up. With the explosive growth of Bitcoin interests there have been 10s of thousands using the coin overnight. That’s part of where the back log comes from. Fuelcoin on the other hand does not use mining to confirm transactions. Rather it shifts that process to the users. Meaning if the network suddenly gets 100 thousand people overnight using it? Its not going to slow down. It will increase in performance and processing capabilities as each new person gets a wallet.
Block times. Bitcoin processes 1 block every 10 minutes. Another reason the processing time is so back logged. Fuel is MUCH faster for Crypto Gambling. With block times of 3 minutes? You will generally see a transaction within 3 seconds and fully confirmed and usable by the person you sent to in about 3 minutes. Today Bitcoin is taking as much as 48 hours to fully confirm transactions. Speed is everything if your sitting at a shop waiting to leave after paying for your coffee. As a shop owner? Sometimes having access to your fund to use immediately can make the difference between keeping the doors open or not. Waiting 12 to 48 hours is simply unacceptable.
Future development. Fuelcoin is very adaptable. The current code can be modified rather easily to implement things like Segwit as its needed. Hard forks are virtually impossible when your dealing hundreds of thousands of users and wallets. Look at the fiasco Bitcoin is facing today for this very reason.
Branding. Fuelcoin lends itself to a wide variety of marketing options and directions. Using tag lines such as “Fuel Your Dreams” Or ” Your Futures Fuel” are very easy to embrace. There are several coins on the market that are very good but difficult to remember. We believe this will be yet another long term decisions for our coin.
Mature. Fuelcoin has to date confirmed in excess of 1.6 million blocks. The platform is very stable. Stability of the blockchain can sometimes be the golden grail for developers and many struggle to generate a consensus. Due to the complete distribution of the Fuel this has not been a problem.
Fuelcoin is literally one of the best coins on the market today. A diamond in the rough so to speak. The future looks very bright for crypto in general and Fuelcoin is NO exception.…
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The casino operator said that the Sommer Trust of the US, its 60pc equity partner in Aladdin, had gone back on an agreement to renegotiate of Aladdin’s $740m debts.
The agreement, announced at the group’s full-year results in July, and involving the company’s banking syndicate led by the Bank of Nova Scotia, gave London Clubs vital breathing space over Aladdin’s annual $80m interest bill.
It included “the waiver of all financial convenants and changes to the Keep Well arrangements for the period to end August 2002”. London Clubs has had to pay Keep Well penalties to the banks, the most recent a sum of $8.7m, because Aladdin is not hitting its earnings targets.
The agreement was supposed to be the forerunner of a much bigger deal, essential to restoring London Clubs’ financial health.
This involves London Clubs exchanging £118m of preference shares in Aladdin, accrued when Sommer refused to pay its share of $220m cost overruns on the project, for equity. London Clubs would raise its stake from 40pc to 85pc, allowing it to sell control of the Las Vegas casino.
Yesterday, London Clubs said: “At the time of LCI’s announcement, the renegotiated terms of the Aladdin financing package were approved by LCI, the Sommer Trust and Aladdin Gaming Holdings. In the intervening period when this agreement was formally documented, the Sommer Trust has rescinded its support.”
London Clubs said it remained in talks “with the Aladdin banking syndicate with a view to reaching a unilateral agreement” over Aladdin’s financing. Industry sources said, however, that Sommer had put London Clubs in “a perilous position”.
One said: “It could be tactical with Sommer trying to squeeze out a bit more before it agrees to the equity deal. The risk though is that if Sommer plays hardball throughout, the banks could lose patience and put Aladdin into Chapter 11.
“That would almost certainly bring down London Clubs.”
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The program is available for residents of any state or country that choose to be banned from the casinos in New Jersey. “Problem gamblers who make attempts to stop gambling have sometimes relapsed back into gambling because of promotional material they have received by casino marketers”, states Looney.
Kevin O’Neill, Deputy Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. states “Recovering gamblers are many times faced with issues in their lives that create urges to gamble. Knowing that they placed themselves on this exclusion list, and they will be banned from entering the casinos, will help them handle these urges to return to gambling.”
The State of Missouri has had a similar program in existence for the past few years, with over 3,000 people who have registered for the lifetime ban.
This program has been made possible through the cooperation of the casinos, the Casino Control Commission, the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement, New Jersey legislators, and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc.…
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Microgaming has announced that Jackpot Madness, the Microgaming Jackpot Network portal (www.jackpotmadness.com), has exceeded a record-breaking $16,000,000 in total jackpot payouts. This exclusive milestone firmly establishes Jackpot Madness as the world’s number one online jackpot destination.
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· By nature I am a rather conservative person. This comes from my accounting background, which is how I make my money to play poker. As a group, accountants are normally not great risk takers . That’s not to say that some accountants don’t take inordinate risks but I believe in general we are less prone to risk taking then the average person.
· Patience is another quality needed to have discipline at the poker table. Raising three boys gave me some real lessons on improving patience.
The above factors have helped greatly with my poker discipline. This directly conflicts with the gambler type you find at your tables. These are the folks who have to have action. They are betting the horses, playing keno and maybe leaving the table for while to play craps. They are the reason we have all the simulcasting at the racetracks and Slot Gacor casinos. The gambler can’t wait a half hour between races he needs stimulation every couple of minutes. I found that a half hour sometimes wasn’t enough time to properly handicap a race. The gambler just wants action and you’ll hear them say they have a great bet on the “2” horse. They probably didn’t even look at the Racing Form but had to get a bet in. He can’t wait a half hour for a good playable hand to come along either. While playing stud this type player plays way too many hands. He figures he can’t sit here for an hour without getting in the action. This can be an advantage and disadvantage to the disciplined players at the table. Along with playing too many hands, betting patterns are many times very erratic. Just because the pot isn’t big enough the gambler may try to grow it all by himself. He may be bluffing but he may have a monster. Don’t worry about those times he does have the big hand. Maintain your discipline, play only quality hands, and you will beat him in the long run and most likely the long run will be the length of the current session.
I work at my discipline. It is not just the ability to play only quality hands and avoid the temptation to go with whatever has been dealt. You must not let the mood of the table swallow you up. If everyone is playing loose and raising like crazy, you must stay conservative. Yes, you can loosen up in these circumstances but not to the extent that your positive expectation criteria go out the window. Be sure you are playing well, not just winning pots. Know when to get up and change tables or go home. Don’t stay there because this is your only night to play. It may be the night that makes you a loser. Don’t play unless you are alert. If you find you aren’t watching how the others play, you have lost your discipline. When folding hand after hand, be sure to watch what is happening in the game. Test yourself by developing a plan on how you will attack each player when a playable hand comes along. Put each player in a category and develop a feel for what they play and how. With all this said the most important discipline you must have at low limits is to never go on tilt. When you do, they have won, you are lost. Maintain your cool. You know and I know very well they are going to do stupid things and draw out on us. That helps you, it may not be that session but if they keep playing like that you will get their money.
I normally play in Atlantic City. It is about an hour and a half drive from home. During the first part of the drive I talk to myself about how I want to play, what image I want to project on the table and how I’ll play certain hands. During the last half hour of the drive I continue to practice. No I don’t practice hands or bets, I practice saying “nice hand, well played” with as little sarcasm as possible. It takes a while to get the sarcasm out of my voice. But it works, they think you have complimented them and they will continue to draw for those gut shot straights. But you know you’ll get more of their money then they will of yours over time.
You must develop what works for you as far as discipline is concerned. Learn to recognize when you are losing it. Develop a plan of action for when this happens. Perhaps you take a walk around the casino. Or maybe call your friend and have a five-minute conversation on a topic other than poker. Many times when I feel I have started to play badly or get restless, I go back to my car and read my notes. I have 3×5 cards with notes from all the poker books I’ve read in my glove compartment. Reading some of these in the area where I may have shown weakness, gets me back to my disciplined style of play. If you are or have been a gambler type, analyze the negative effect that can have on your poker game. Try to separate those tendencies from disciplined poker play. You can get action from any of the other casino games and the horses, but when you play poker don’t expect action. Just work on playing with extreme discipline and you’ll see that your winnings are all from poker, not the other action. Remember you only have to win one big bet an hour to be successful in poker. Playing with extreme discipline will make that happen more times than not.…
As you may or may not know, we have closed the tournament area on the old software. You will only be able to play 24/7 side action on the old software. To download the our new software and participate in the Fun Play tournaments and Single Table satellites, click here.
We are still awarding Poker Dollars, but this time it is a slightly different system. You play in the Fun Play area and your play in the tournaments is calculated and included in a ranking system (20 games per month).
The top 3 players on the ranking system at the end of the month win, 3 months, 2 months, and 1 month respectively in our www.pokerschoolonline.com
If you are already a PokerSchool member, then you can also participate in the Fun Play tournaments. If you win then, the time will be added onto your existing membership.
The Fun Play tournaments are run at the same times every week, so see the calendar for further information. The single table satellites are 24/7, and as soon as there are 10 players on the list then the satellite will start. When this happens, another new satellite appears in the lobby screen and you can immediately start to book into that one, and so on. The single table satellites on the Fun Play do not count towards the ranking table.
The multi-table tournaments appear in the lobby, 1 hour prior to the event starting and you just add your name to the list, and the tournaments will start on time and you will be seated. There are no restrictions to the number of players per tournament, like the old software, so there will not be a batch of 3 tournaments like the old structure.
There is also not going to be round 1’s and 2’s anymore as all of your ligaz11 results are automatically calculated and added to the ranking system. We also have a new function on our new software this week, where you can unjoin the event if you decide for any reason that you will not be able to play once you have put your name on the list. This is really as a courtesy to the other players and will not delay the game unnecessarily if you are just not present and blinded off.
If any of you have any questions please email me Tina@pokerpages.com
If you still have Poker Dollars that you have not yet claimed for tournament play in a live casino – don’t worry as they are valid for a year.…
These events happened. The names have been changed to protect the naïve. All three hands are $20-40 hold’em.
Jerry Mander bet the turn. His lone opponent, Moe Mentum, paused to think. Jerry put his cards out in front. He put a $5 chip on one card and two $5 chips on the other card. Jerry pointed to the card with one chip on it and said to Moe, “You can pay me five bucks to see this card.” Then Jerry pointed to the other card and said, “It’s ten bucks to see this one.”
Everyone at the table was loving Jerry’s creativity, including Moe, who had his own rules in mind. Moe tossed three $5 chips over to Jerry. Then Moe turned over both of Jerry’s cards.
Jerry was unfazed as everyone gawked at his exposed ace-five. Jerry had no pair, no draw, he was out of position, he had already bet the turn, and now his cards were face up, meaning his pants were pulled down. So what else could Moe Mentum do but raise? And that’s what he did. Moe raised the turn.
Jerry called in tempo as if still dressed. The river was a blank. Jerry checked. Moe bet the river and Jerry called. Moe mucked. He couldn’t beat Jerry’s ace-high. Not only did Jerry’s cunning offer earn bluffing chips from Moe, but Jerry also got fifteen bucks icing. Brilliant.
Seeing that hand got me thinking about what I’ve been missing out on by going statue whenever I have cards. I decided to stay alert for bargains if the right people were involved, just for one night, just for fun.
An hour later I had eight-three in the big blind. Everyone folded to Justin Case on the button. Justin and I don’t go out of our way to beat each other up. We don’t soft play, but we don’t hard play either. Honestly? We play honest. Honest! Check out UFA
Justin slowly looked around like how he does. He saw my big blind sitting there like a red duck on a green pond, and he meekly limped from the button. The small blind called two chips and I knuckled. The flop came 9-9-4, twotone. The small blind checked the flop and I bet out.
Justin gave me a suspicious stare and called. The small blind folded. Right away, I called time out. This was my big chance to play Let’s Make a Deal. I mean, me and Justin are palsy, and the guy in the small blind had got up and was 20 feet away on the phone screaming at his bookie, so I knew he wouldn’t mind. Plus, I had just bet with nothing and got called. Perfect.
“Hey Justin,” I said. “How about if I take back three chips and you take the rest?”
Clever offer, ya think? If I had asked to take back my entire bet, it might have looked desperate and sent up a flare as to just how bad my hand really was. And if I had offered to take two chips back and Justin agreed, I’d have sold myself short because if he would say yes to two chips then he’d surely say yes to three, right? Man, I’m good at this! I should do it more often!
Justin quickly agreed to the deal. My bet was still in front of me, so I retrieved three of the four chips and thumb-flicked the other chip into the pot on it’s way to Justin.
Another player, Ella Mentry, spoke up. “Good play, Tommy,” she said. “By betting four chips to win 12, and by getting three chips back when you got called, you were retrospectively risking only one chip to steal 12 chips. Plus, if Justin had declined your offer, you’d know he had something, and you’d know not to get frisky on the turn, even if you made a pair. Ni Han.”
Justin heard Ella’s analysis and he didn’t care one bit. Later, Justin told me he had queen-ten and he was happy to take a quick profit. A good deal was had by all.
My other true-confession from that night is another money-back scenario, but this time my cards were already in the muck! I was in the small blind. The first player limped and everyone folded, including me. The pot was now heads up between the big blind and the limper. They glanced at each other and I knew what they were thinking. They wanted to chop the pot then and there, as if chopping blinds, but they couldn’t because my small blind was in the pot too.
So, I said, “Let’s chop!” Neither of them bothered to say, “Okay.” They grabbed their bets back, four chips each, leaving my two chips idle for an instant before I snatched up my piece of the pie. With no cards, I got a full rebate. As usual, a song lyric came to mind:
“They call that a bargain. The best I ever had.”
– Pete Townshend
That Darn River Card
Playing the Friday night tournament, $30 buy in, limit hold’em tournament at the fort, the unusual happens. The first ten hands were won on the river. 1st hand, aces were cracked by two pair, J, 10 off suit. J on the river. Next hand, KQ flop two pair: K, 5, Q. Ten then Jack and the A, 5 suited gets the straight. Next hand: Flop is 3,4,7. Turn is J; River is J. J7 full beats the 56 flop for the straight in the big blind. This goes on and on with most of the players winning one hand on the river. I started counting. Ten hands won in a row on the river.
We all experience the river bad beat. We cry and moan when it happens to us. On the other hand, we love it because we pray for the river. Please g-d, Please g-d, river me. As we scoop up the pot, we feel “Hell ya, I know how to play.” Damn I’m good.
There is a winner and a loser on the river. Then there is hindsight. Jeez, if I would have stayed I could have had the flush. How about the player who always stays to the river no matter what. Maybe there should be a table called River Hold’em. Place the $3 blind, $3 flop, $6 turn, $6 river in the pot in the beginning and play showdown. Frustrating as it is, it is a fact of Hold’em .Win or lose we have to accept the river. Either way, you have to learn how to swim.…