Do You Want To Become Self-Employed? This Guide Will Set The Record Straight

 

There are many advantages to becoming self-employed. Not only do you get to choose your working hours, but you can also determine your wages. At the end of the day, most people who earn using this method can earn as much money as they like. It all comes down to have much effort you’re willing to put in. There are lots of disadvantages to self-employment too. For instance, you won’t receive any holiday pay, and you won’t get a penny if you fall ill. With all that in mind, you’ll need to weigh up all the pros and cons before making your final decision. This guide should help you show you how to go about working for yourself if you feel it is a suitable endeavour.

Finding a means of earning

Before you do anything else, you’ll need to find a decent opportunity for earning. Depending on your skills and previous experience, you should aim to start working in the industry you understand well. If your goal is simply to get rid of traditional employers, you could register on the top freelancing websites. So long as you are creative, you could make significant profits from writing or design work.

Registering as self-employed

Regardless of where you might live in the world, you will have to register your self-employment with a relevant authority. The process usually takes no longer than half an hour, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. The only reason you have to register is so the tax office knows you will submit a return at the end of the financial year. You often have three months from the date you started trading. If you leave it any longer than that, you will be liable for fines.

Dealing with tax

It is vital that all self-employed people keep accurate accounting records. You must have receipts for everything you purchase, and you must note down all payments you receive. Invoices sent to those purchasing from you alongside bank statements should suffice. Of course, many self-employed people use the services of a professional accountant due to the amount of potential tax issues there can be. However, there is no reason you can’t handle it all alone. Websites like LegalandTax.co.za are a great place to look if you need more advice about tax.

Private investment Custodian Promoting your services

Whatever you do to earn money, promotion will be a key element in your success. It’s always wise to build a website to advertise your services. You can also open social media accounts and gain more interest that way. With the use of specialist tools, both of those tasks are simple. There is no need to pay a top design company to create your website. You can do everything yourself these days.

We hope the information on this page has helped to set the record straight. At the end of the day, working for yourself is always going to be more enjoyable than working for others. Considering that, we encourage you to start making plans today.

Good luck with everything!…

The End sbobet

 

I had to google “Amy Sedaris” after her high-speed appearance on the show. She twisted and spun in the plain grey chair while she and the host filled heavy air with garbage that floats. I thought she was the girl from Comedy Central’s “Stranger’s with Candy” and, it turns out, she was. My wife hadn’t heard of that show. She was more impressed with Amy’s role in “Maid in Manhatten.”

Letterman, meanwhile, was somber and direct, like a funeral home director who’s already been paid. Amy wasn’t working on new movies, selling books, or doing shows. She came on Letterman to chat. It left Dave without a crutch.

“Does it bother you that I have nothing to push?” asked Amy in a rare unspastic moment.

“Sometimes I feel like a movie industry whore,” answered Dave. “You know how much I care about the movie King Kong? Zero. Zip. Nada.”

Dave’s show won’t be on much longer. Frankly, nobody cares about that either.

Me, Otis, and CJ

Not too long ago we all worked at one place. Actually, we all worked in one cramped windowless office. There was a half-wall dividing the room in half with a glass window embedded. One of our friends decorated the window with fabric from a now defunct textile mill, he made curtains and stuff, to make it feel more like home.

When they were here we all hald important jobs. CJ was a sbobet with some degree of authority. Brad was one of our most respected field reps. I was one of the trademark brands.

Then CJ left around Christmas a few years back. It was hard losing a friend and the office worried about how we’d replace such a competent man. Otis left in February, one of our most important months, a few years after that. Again, there was a big party and much gnashing of teeth. What would we do without Otis?

The answer of course?

Absolutely nothing changed. Work went on the day after they left. It went on before they arrived. Now with a new crop of fresh faces, each younger than the last, both have been relegated to “Remember that guy?” among the older crew.

A-10

Now if the UFP boys could really dream big we’d make a mark that you couldn’t erase. I think we’d all like that WSOP bracelet. Otis has the best chance of getting it, but CJ is usually a favorite when statistically down. I have no chance at all, but I can still dream.

To most poker players the WSOP is that ultimate vindication for millions of hours worked. Cash game players generally snarl about the poor players in big tournaments, but how many of the great cash players can you name? Tournaments are for immortality.

Johhny Moss won 3 Main Events. It’s odd, but I think his first was most impressive. Unlike the modern event, Johnny played a few days in 1970, and then his peers… the best players in the world… VOTED him the winner. Johnny was the best player there because… he was the best player there… and everyone knew it. How’s that for “respect”?

Funny thing is, with all the poker I’ve played, I hadn’t ever called the “Ace-10” a Johnny Moss. Wikipedia says that’s what most players do, in his honor. I usually call Ace-10 off… “an unplayable hand in most positions”.

Usually, at a local game I do hear someone call the “Ten-2” a “Brunson”. I don’t think Brunson is considered a more legendary player, I think its because all the new players today have seen Doyle on TV. Once Doyle fades, like Johnny did in the 90’s, I wonder if anyone will play 10-2 anymore. I will, but only because I’m loose.

Heeeeere’s Dave!

I think the “Late Show” will just find another host, maybe that Scottish guy with the show on after. I remember watching Carson as a kid, especially back in the mid ’80s with a black and white TV I had in my room. It was 5 or 6 years after I first saw “Tonight” that I realized his curtain was a rainbow of color. I used to think it was great, especially watching the same movie-pimping stars Dave now regrets.

Letterman was, as you know, on after Carson. I thought he was even better. I loved Larry “Bud” Melman, Biff the Stage Manager (still funny by the way), and over time, I got used to Paul. The “Top Ten” was alway ironically funny, in a way I understood as a kid. It was funny because it was supposed to be funny and absolutely never was. I love it.

On our last trip to Vegas, I started singing variations of the “will it float?” song. These days it’s the bit my wife and I most enjoy. The song is great too. Nobody got the joke. They would have laughed if they did because I’m incredibly funny.

Dave still records 5 shows a week but I can tell he’s tired. His dry humor is whetted by unhappy observation. Last week he went nuts on Bill O’Reilly. I’m not saying Dave was wrong to jump on his hatemonger guest. I just think he’d have made it FUNNY a few years ago. It just seemed sad.

He won’t be around soon, and just like Johnny we’ll eventually forget him too. I mean, we’ll remember he existed and was really good for awhile, but we’ll forget about HIM. Likewise, I know Ed Sullivan was a big deal, as a matter of history, but I’ve never seen the show. I know Babe Ruth was great at baeball but I never saw him swing.

You get the drift. Once they make a 50 greatest players of all time list in the world of poke or baseball or TV talk show comedy… 75% to 90% of the list will come from people in the last 25 years. The voters still remember them.

THE REVELATION

There is a sort of meaninglessness to our lives, you’ll have to admit that regardless of your religious faith. I wonder if my poker play will ever take me anywhere, even if I am notable for being “THE WORST PLAYER ALIVE”. Once I drop dead, someone else will claim that title and all its international glory.

But here’s where it all became clear, in the form of a nutball caller at my place of work.

As many of you know, I work in a building that, in part, rebroadcasts network programming to the people of G-Vegas and beyond. This week, as in many, others, we served as a much hated surrogate.

In the past I’ve been cursed for a bad joke on “The Family Guy.” I tried to tell the caller that the show WAS ON ANOTHER STATION. It’s on FOX and we’re NBC. She didn’t care. She called me a hateful bastard for allowing the show to air.

Remember that great Notre Dame/USC football game this year? It was on NBC too. It also went longer than expected which caused the show to run over… god forbid… into the “Pre-Race warmup show” before the next NASCAR race. One guy called 7 times to tell me how much that pissed him off. I patiently explained 6 times that its a network decision and no one in G-Vegas has any control over NBC sports. The 7th time I told him, “We hate NASCAR and we hate you!”

So this week the network with which we’re affiliated is airing the new, and really not very good, “Book of Daniel”. The calls started from Christians, who of course hadn’t seen the show, which of course hadn’t aired yet, and christ were they pissed. We got 1,000 e-mails this week.

So tonight, Saturday, the TV guide said we’d air it again. I don’t know why, but the TV guide got it wrong. It aired Friday and that’s when it will air again. Nevertheless people called about it. Here’s the one I really enjoyed,

Caller: Yeah, I thought that Devil show was on tonight!

Me: Yeah, the listing is wrong. I’m sorry about that.

Caller: Well that’s just Bull****!

Me: Sir, I don’t know why that happened. But are you calling to complain about the show?

Caller: Hell Yes! That G**Damn show is the last F****** straw for good Christian people! I want it off the air.

Me: Well sir, it’s not on the air tonight.

Caller: That’s why I’m calling. I wanted to see it.

Me: Excuse me?

Caller: I wanted to make a list of people to boycott and I can’t see who sponsors it if it isn’t on.

Me: Totally uncontrolable laughter.

Now folks, this guy called to complain that a show he didn’t want to watch wasn’t on because he wanted to watch it so he could protest the people who put it on. Bless his heart!

Thing is, this guy, I call him “caller,” won’t make much of a name for himself with his silly little effort. I doubt the advertisers are too concerned about his boycott. But this guy is pissed off, not about the show, but because he has nothing to be pissed off about. He lives to be pissed off.

THIS YEAR

This year, I will play less poker online because what I really want to live for is my family. My kids will grow up fast and I need to enjoy every moment. I won’t be the dad too busy with entertainment to enjoy his own kids.

This year, I promise to pay more attention to the people I play. Not because I haven’t used them to my advantage, but because I think even the players who aren’t very good can make my game better. I have much to learn.

This year, I plan to keep very careful statistics on my live play money. I won quite a bit last year but couldn’t tell you a number. Worse still, I kept mingling my poker money with the family funds. This was probably very good for the family funds, but it murdered my bankroll. I used most of my Vegas profit to pay for Christmas. Actually, I don’t regret that.

One more thing…

I will put a small percentage of my winnings aside to build a “Disney” fund. Within the next 12 months, poker is taking my family to Disneyworld.

Finally, I quit smoking. I haven’t had one in 3 weeks. This will be the year that adds decades to my life.…

Become an e-Book PowerSeller

 

PowerSeller status is something that many eBay sellers strive to achieve, but few actually manage. With PowerSeller status you gain recognition, respect, and trust which indirectly lead to increased sales. In this article I outline the methods I feel are the best in order to become a PowerSeller.

To qualify for PowerSeller status you have to meet eBay’s requirements which are:

  1. To uphold the eBay community values, including honesty, timeliness and mutual respect.
  2. To sell on average a minimum of £750 (or the exchange rate equivalent) or 100 items per month, for three consecutive months. In order to qualify you need to sell at least 4 items per month.
  3. To achieve an overall Feedback rating of 100, of which 98% or more is positive.
  4. To have been an active member for 90 days.
  5. To have an account in good financial standing.
  6. To not violate any severe policies in a 60-day period.
  7. To not violate three or more of any eBay policies in a 60-day period.
  8. To maintain a minimum of four average monthly listings for the past three months.

Now looking at the above list, I feel points 2, 3, and 8 are the most significant. Points 1, 5, 6, and 7 can be achieved largely by just reviewing and following eBay’s rules. Point 4 is beyond your control, you simply have to accept that the minimum period (from registration wth eBay) that you can become a PowerSeller within is 90 days. However, points 2, 3, and 8 are fully within your control and these are the true keys to becoming an eBay PowerSeller.

I will begin with point 2, which states that you must meet either eBay’s Sales Value requirements or eBay’s Sales Volume requirements. In my opinion meeting the Sales Volume requirements is much more achievable than meeting the Sales Value requirements, especially when you are just starting out. As it states above, if you achieve sales in excess of 100 units for three months, then you will become a PowerSeller. Now 100 sales per month may sound a lot for a first time ebook seller, but if you break it down into daily sales then it is only 3-4 sales per day, a much more achievable target. If you run 10 auctions per day and 35% of these are successful then you will be selling enough to qualify for PowerSeller status. If 10 auctions does not bring you the required sales then keep experimenting till you discover the right amount of auctions to achieve 3-4 sales per day.

By following the above instructions you will also fulfill eBay’s minimum monthly listing requirement (point 8). That just leaves point 3, which outlines eBay’s feedback requirements for becoming a PowerSeller. If you are selling 3-4 items per day (as I outline above) then in three months you will have made approximately 300 sales. From these 300 sales you can potentially receive 300 positive feedback ratings. So long as you maintain a good level of customer service, describe your ebooks accurately within your listings, delivery your ebooks quickly, and promptly respond to customer queries, then you should receive at least 98% positive feedback from these 300 sales.

So to summarise if you want to become an eBay PowerSeller then:

  • Sign up as an eBay User:- If you haven’t signed up for a basic eBay account then Click Here to do so.
  • Sign up as an eBay Seller:- Once you have a basic eBay account you then need to sign up as a seller which you can do so by Clicking Here.
  • Review and Follow eBay’s Rules:- In order to become a PowerSeller you must be in good standing with eBay. To achieve this you must follow eBay’s Rules and Policies which you can view by Clicking Here.
  • Sell 3-4 Ebooks per Day:- Start by listing 10 ebook auctions per day and measure how many are successful. Through testing you can determine how many auctions you need to run in order to generate 3-4 sales per day.
  • Maintain a Good Level of Customer Service:- Deliver your ebooks promptly, respond to customer queries quickly, describe your ebooks accurately etc, and you should have no trouble gaining at least 98%+ positive feedback.
  • Keep following the above steps for 90 days:- Do the above and you will be a PowerSeller within 90 days, with at least 300 sales to your name, and at least 300 positive feedbacks.

And that’s all there is to it. By following eBay’s rules, selling 3-4 items per day, and being good to your customers, then you can become a PowerSeller in as little as 90 days from now. Take action today and three months from now you could be rewarded with eBay PowerSeller status. For any Translation related help, visit Translation Agencies UK

Saddle Up slot hoki

 

You know the sound, right? There’s a near-defeaning roar of a jet engine, a squeal as the rubber tires hit the runway, and a long drone as the plane comes to a stop. The cabin titters. The doors open. And then there’s a lot of clanging from the slot machines in the terminal.

In about 36 hours, the first blogger wheels will touch slot hoki down in Vegas for a five day extravaganza of hammer-dropping and Guinness-slurping.

But, what’s that? We’re not the only convention in town?

Cowboy-Hat.gifThat’s right, folks. The National Finals Rodeo will be in its final days.

Because we all want to fit in, I’ll offer up the cheat-sheet I’m taking with me.

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1) Cowboys love it when you speak their language. With that in mind, be sure to include as many cowboy lingo phrases in your table-talk as you can. Be sure to call your cowboy opponent “Dude” as often as you can.

2) Cowboys like movies as much as anybody else. So, indulge them in a talk of the finest cowboy films. Make yourself even more likable by quoting their favorite lines. Be sure to repeat the following line as often as possible: “Excuse me while I whip this out.”

3) Memorize every one of Byron “Cowboy” Wolford’s stories and tell them as your own.

4) When heads-up with a cowboy, pause before you push all-in, and say, “Listen, Pard, wouldn’t you rather settle this with a game of real cowboy poker?”

5) Employ the folowing phrase at every opportunity: “You ride bulls? Well, shoot, Pard, I drink Red Bull. We could be bull brothers!”

6) Every time you sit down with a cowboy, make the first words out of your mouth, “I’m a fast talking, hell raising, son of a bitch. I’m a sinner and I know how to fight.” When he looks at you funny, say, “Oh, that’s ALT-country. You probably wouldn’t understand.”

7) Engage every cowboy you find in a conversation about how they get their rodeo animals to buck. Pretend you don’t understand and ask them to demonstrate on the dealer.

8) Find your PETA hat from your activist days and wear it everywhere you go.

9) When sitting at a cramped table, whisper to the cowboy next to you, “You know. I’m from Texas. You know what they say about Texas. You know, steers and queers? Well, buddy, I seem to have misplaced my horns.”

10) Every time a cowboy bets into you–every freakin’ time–you must say, “All hat, no cattle.”

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December 7, 2004

Sorry, South Carolina

by Otis

Allow me to offer a whole-hearted, “Well, sonofabitch” to this story that’s about to come out of South Carolina news outlets.

Rather than clog the fun of Vegas anticipation here, I’ve written up a brief summary over at my news blog, The Poker Papers.…

Chicago tightens restrictions on workout class sizes, even as gyms say members aren’t rushing back

Gym-goers have been cautiously but steadily returning to health clubs and fitness studios in the 3 1/4 u00bd weeks since those businesses were allowed to let members back in for more than personal training.

But gym operators worry a new 10-person cap on the size of indoor fitness classes, which takes effect Friday, will hamper their efforts to rebuild business after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close temporarily. More stringent rules for bars that also take effect Friday have prompted some to call it quits for good.

Some fitness clubs and studios were surprised by the more stringent regulations. They’ve already taken precautions like temperature checks and more aggressive cleaning, and in Chicago, members must wear masks during exercise in addition to practicing social distancing. To learn more about your interest on “best injectables for face“, check here

“We definitely didn’t think we’d be the subject of being pulled back given all the vigilant measures we’re taking,” said David Blitz, CEO of Chicago-based Studio Three.

In Chicago, workout facilities were capped at 25% of their capacity, and classes had to be small enough to allow for social distancing, with no more than 50 participants. Many businesses made investments to abide by the rules and enlisted members to help, passing out bottles of hand sanitizer or disinfectant at the door.

Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city focused on group classes because they involve a higher risk than other activities, especially now that the uptick in COVID-19 cases increases the chances a participant might have the virus.

“It’s about trying to take a more surgical approach, and limiting that without totally closing things,” she said.

How big a setback the new class size limit poses depends on the type of gym.

For Orangetheory Fitness, 10-person classes simply aren’t sustainable, said Brad Ehrlich, CEO of Orangetheory Fitness in Illinois. Studios were designed to accommodate 24 to 40 people, depending on the location. Even allowing for social distancing, they could accommodate 18 to 21.

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Ehrlich said he hasn’t decided whether the new limits could force him to shut down studios that reopened about a month ago.

“Unless this changes, you’re going to start to see fitness deserts in the city of Chicago,” he said.

Larger fitness clubs that offer more ways to work out than group classes are getting by but say they too have to consider more drastic actions.

Daily visits to East Bank Club are down about 70%, and the club may have to lay off some of its more than 600 employees. It’s never had to resort to such measures in its 40-year history, said Mel Kleist, president and executive director.

“We kind of got looped in with the bar and restaurant scene, but we’re not busy,” said Kleist, who estimated the club has been getting about 30% of its usual daily traffic.

At Studio Three, which reopened July 1, classes have been drawing only about 10 to 12 people. The studios could accommodate as many as 27 people even with social distancing requirements, so the “slow but steady” growth Studio Three had been seeing would be curtailed, Blitz said.

A new outdoor workout space will provide extra capacity for as long as weather permits, he said.

Some people have been eagerly returning, especially when it comes to activities tougher to do at home, like strength training or swimming. But others are still wary of venturing back to shared workout spaces, especially if they invested in home exercise equipment while their gym was closed, or are struggling with new financial pressure.

Gale Landers, founder and CEO of Fitness Formula Clubs, with 11 Chicago-area locations, was “pretty pleased” to see traffic at some clubs approaching about half the level they had at this time last year. Locations near offices have been quieter, since many people are working from home.

Landers estimated about 10% of clients have dropped their memberships during the pandemic, though that is roughly in line with the turnover clubs typically see, he said. Meanwhile, new membership sales have been strong since clubs reopened. The number of memberships on pause varies by location, but the “vast majority” of members have resumed paying for access to the clubs, he said.

The city hasn’t seen clusters of cases in Chicago fitness clubs but is aware of the potential for spread, said Arwady, who pointed to a situation in South Korea where 112 COVID-19 cases were linked to fitness dance classes at 12 studios. A separate study in Norway suggested gym-goers were not at greater risk of infection in places where COVID-19 case numbers are low, she said.

That’s why the city wants to respond quickly to increases in case numbers and try to head off the need to reimpose broader restrictions, especially later in the year, when people may have a harder time working out or dining outdoors, she said.

“It’s the moment now to get this as under control as we can,” she said.

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Review of Poker Tournament Strategies

Sylvester Suzuki is the mysterious pen name of the author of this latest offering from gambling book publishing house Two Plus Two Publishing. Poker Tournament Strategies fills a gap in their publishing line, and a gap in the literature in general, by discussing strategies applicable to poker tournaments, with a special emphasis on those with lower entry costs.

This book divides the tournament types that one is likely to encounter into five categories, and devotes a section to each of them. They are: Progressive Stack Rebuy Tournaments, No Rebuy Tournaments, Constant Stack Rebuy Tournaments, Sudden Sayonara Tournaments, and Shootout Tournaments. The first three refer to whether rebuys and/or add-ons are allowed, and if so, how they work. The latter two refer to how opponents are eliminated.

Sudden Sayonara Tournaments are not “freezeout” events, where they are played until there is one player left. Rather, they are played until a predetermined number of players are left, at which time the prize money is divided up according to the chip count at that time. In Shootout Tournaments, each starting table is played down to one person. All of these table winners then meet to determine the prize payout. Needless to say, each of these different formats require slightly different strategies if one is to play optimally.

The next three sections are on deals at the final table, stepping up to larger limit tournaments, and various other topics. This information is interesting, although much on the topic of final table deals was already discussed in Mason Malmuth’s Gambling Theory and Other Topics. The section on stepping up doesn’t contain much new, but I found the information on some of the other topics, like the pages on playing short handed which is critical in a tournament, to be quite good. I wish there had been more of it.

The last two sections, Tips for Tournament Managers and Questions and Answers, are interesting. I found the tips given to card rooms holding tournaments to be very well informed. I’d have no complaints with any card room adopting all of these Slot Gacor rules. However, this section didn’t improve my play at all. The Questions and Answers are one of my favorite parts of Two Plus Two books. This allows one to review the material to see how much of it has sunk in, and also allows fairly quick review of the material at a later date. Much of the Q&A; are repetative, though, which is a complaint I have with the book in general, but they are useful nonetheless.

The book isn’t very long, and when one considers that Two Plus Two’s printing style leaves a lot of white space on a lot of pages, and that much of what is in this book is repeated between sections, it gets shorter still. However, what information is there seems quite accurate to me, especially the information on correct rebuying strategy, a topic that no other tournament strategy book presents correctly.

Nonetheless, given its shortness, there’s obviously a lot of information on tournaments that hasn’t been presented here. For example, every tournament seems to use a slightly different rate of increasing the blind/ante structure. When I’m starting in a tournament I try to estimate, given the structure and the amount of time for each round, when the blinds are likely to get large compared to the size of the average stack. I’m not very good at this yet, and I doubt that many low level tournament players are. An in depth exploration of this topic could have provided another 40 pages of worthwhile information, at least.

Still, I did learn some things from this book, and the relative novice at low level tournament play will almost certainly get their money’s worth from it. At $19.95, we aren’t being gouged relative to Two Plus Two’s other offerings, although this is far from the best thing in their catalog. I do think there’s room yet for the definitive tournament poker book to be written yet. Finally, this book spends very little time covering poker play. If the reader is not interested in tournaments at all, there is no reason to read this book.

Capsule:

This is a fairly short book that will be of use to the inexperienced low level poker tournament player. The information it contains seems quite accurate, and there are a few good ideas within. While this may be the single best book on poker tournament strategy in print, there is still considerable headroom for a better one.

 

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TDA Ligaz11 Poker Rules

We have completed the list of 37 total rules for this year’s Tournament Directors Association. We added 23 new rules to the previous 14. In attendance at the meeting were the board of directors Linda Johnson (Card Player Cruises), David Lamb (Reno Hilton, WSOP, and Casino’s Europa), Matt Savage Lucky Chances and WSOP), Jan Fisher (Party Poker Million and Oasis Casino) and gracious host at the Bellagio Doug Dalton.

 

Also in attendance were tournament pioneers Jack Mcclelland (Bellagio and World Poker Open), Bob Thompson, (Classic Poker Cruises), Mike Ward (Foxwoods), Chuck Ferry (Viejas Casino), Jeffrey Shulman (Card Player Magazine), Paul Westley (Player Representative), Holly Draghoo (Caesar’s Indiana), Allen Wasseman (Oaks Card Club), Jason Dibenideto (Turning Stone), Denny Williams (Bicycle), Star Mccormick (Oceans Eleven), Deb Giardina (Consultant) and Tony Collins (Grand Casinos). The meeting was amazingly smooth and much was accomplished.

 

Tournament Directors Association Rules

 

Chip race rule: When it is time to color-up chips, they will be raced off with a maximum of one chip going to any player. The chip race will always start in the No.1 seat.

Odd chips: The odd chip(s) will go to the high hand. In flop games, when there are two or more high hands or two or more low hands, the odd chip(s) will go to the left of the button. In stud-type games, the odd chip will go to the high card by suit.

 

Side pots: Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. They will not be mixed together before they are split.

 

Calling for the clock procedures: Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and a clock is called for, a player will be given one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken by the time the minute is over, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead.

 

Dead Button: Tournament play will use a dead button.

Penalties: A penalty MAY be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending, if a card(s) goes off the table, if soft-play occurs, or similar incidents take place. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, or similar incidents.

 

Players must be at the table to call time. In flop ligaz11 games, the big blind’s hand will be dead if he is not there to act on it before the flop. In stud-type games, the forced low hand will be immediately dead if the player is not there to act on his hand at the time he is required to put money in the pot (the minimum bring-in will be posted and the hand will be killed).

 

Half-bet rule: If a player puts in a raise of 50 percent or more of the previous bet, he will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.

 

All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete.

In limit games, an oversized chip will be constituted to be a call if the player does not announce a raise. In no-limit, an oversized chip before the flop is a call; after the flop, an oversized chip put in the pot will constitute the size of the bet.

 

The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.

A draw for the button will be held at the beginning of each flop-type event.

Tournament and satellite seats will be randomly assigned.

The English-only rule will be enforced in the United States during the play of hands.

Accepted 2002 TDA Rules

 

A player who wants to use a cellular phone must step away from the table.

There will be no foreign chips on the table except for a maximum of one card cap.

Deck changes will be on the dealer push or limit changes or as prescribed by the house. Players may not ask for deck changes.

When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced, the new limits apply to the next hand. A hand has begun with the first riffle.

 

A player may not miss a hand. If a player announces the intent to rebuy before the first card is dealt, that player is playing behind and is obligated to make the rebuy.

Players must keep their highest denomination chips visible at all times.

Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however at management’s discretion, any player deliberately miscalling his hand may be penalized.

No rabbit hunting is allowed.

 

A player who intentionally dodges his blind(s) when moving from a broken table may forfeit the blind(s) and/or incur a penalty. The money will be put into the next pot and may be considered dead money

All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. Players may not have tournament chips in their pockets at any time. A player who has chips in his pocket will forfeit the chips. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play from the tournament.

 

Moving players: In flop games, players will be moved from the big blind to the worst position.

In limit events, there will be a limit to raises, even when heads-up. (The limit will be the house limit.) Once the tournament becomes head-up the rule does not apply.

In stud-type games, if any of the players’ two down cards are exposed due to dealer error, it is a misdeal.

 

If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his money back. An exception would be if a player raised and his raise had not been called yet, he would be entitled to receive his raise back.

 

Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was turned face up and was obviously the winning hand.

Verbal declarations in turn are binding. Action out of turn may be binding.

 

Floor people are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be ignored in the interest of fairness. The floor person’s decision is final.

Management reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the casino or its players.

 

Players going from a broken table to fill in seats assume the rights and responsibilities of the seat. They can get the big blind, the small blind, or the button. The only place they cannot get a hand is between the small blind and the button.

 

Penalties available for use by the TD are verbal warnings, 10, 20, 30, and 40 minutes away from the table and may be used with discretion. These may be utilized up to and including disqualification. A player who is disqualified shall have his chips removed from play.

 

Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities is not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during the play.

 

A player who exposes his cards during the play may incur a penalty, but will not have his hand killed.

 

In NL or PL, when raising, you either put the amount of the raise out in one motion or state your raise amount. If you state the amount, you may make more than one motion.

 

 

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PokerStars Pragmatic Online Tournament Shatters Records

July 30, 2002 (Los Angeles) – PokerStars, online poker’s most innovative destination, announced today that the first annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) broke all online records, generating a prize pool of $809,050 over the nine events. The final event, played on Sunday, July 28, boasted a prize pool of $238,000, with the winner, Sweden’s MultiMarine, receiving over $65,450.

“The turnout for this event exceeded even our most optimistic forecasts,” said Steve Morrow, Card Room Manager for PokerStars. “The scope of this event, and the huge prize pool, puts the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker in the top tier of poker tournaments worldwide.”

The World Championship of Online Poker consisted of nine events, with buy-ins ranging from $100 to $1,000. PokerStars conducted satellite tournaments for this event beginning in late May, with buy-ins as low as $10. Over 70% of the players in the WCOOP events won their entries via the satellite system, which accounted for a total of over 700 events. The tournament attracted over 2,800 poker players from 36 countries.

“PokerStars has created a landmark online poker event,” said Nolan Dalla, noted poker author and champion tournament poker player. “No one could have forecast this kind of popularity for an online poker tournament. PokerStars has proven that an online tournament can attract the same kind of turnout and prize pool as tournaments in live poker rooms.”

In addition to the prize pool, which included $200,000 of guaranteed events, PokerStars contributed an additional $10,000 prize money for the best all-around player, and added almost $30,000 of the prize money via the site’ s Frequent Player Points program, which allows players to earn tournament entries (and other prizes) by playing.

PokerStars (www.pokerstars.com) rocketed to the top tier of online poker sites in its first six months of operation, largely as a result of the company’s innovative multi-table tournaments, fast-action live games (including limit, no-limit and pot-limit games of Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low, Omaha and Omaha High/Low), outstanding customer service and Frequent Player Points rewards for regular players. “Amarillo Slim” Preston, one of the world’s best-known poker players, is the company’s host and spokesman.

European e-Gambler Strikes it Rich

Online gambling is no longer the USA-only craze that some American politicians would have you believe. Growth rates for Internet gambling outside the United States is on the rise and non-US e-gambling will surpass US e-gambling before 2004.

Highly regulated European legislative jurisdictions are giving net gambling the green flag, and it should come as no surprise that European gamblers are now beginning to win their fair share of the online mega-jackpots.

The European players are rolling in the cash in numbers that will turn red, white and blue gamblers to envious shades of green. The proof is in the pudding, as the latest online champion “Jeffrey” won $124,953.75 at InterCasino (www.InterCasino.com) playing the non-progressive Aladdin’s Lamp video slot machine from her home in Holland. This whopping jackpot is one of the largest European e-wins ever recorded, and is on par with the mega-jackpots regularly being claimed by American e-gamblers.

InterCasino is one of the few Pragmatic sites that has been able to successfully offer both a North American and a European online casino. Part of that success is owed to the painstaking detail the company applied to its Spanish and German sites. The language is not just translated, it’s localized. It is details like this that fuel European online gaming.

Online casino regulation in Europe is approached from a different angle than in the US. The UK in particular is embracing online gaming from all angles and expects to have licensed online gaming operators taking bets from England by 2005. A recent report released by England’s MPS on the House of Commons Culture Committee found that the liberalization of betting laws “will not result in a flood of new players getting hooked on gambling.” as is the concern in the US and went on to report “…that the Government will create opportunities, particularly for casinos, to modernize existing gambling products to bring the UK industry in line with other jurisdictions.”

With Europe looking at the online gambling market as an extension of the terrestrial gaming business, there is no doubt that the future of European gambling is set to go interactive. The highest online gaming usage in Europe is currently from the UK, Norway and Germany. But as InterCasino player Jeffery will tell you, Holland has its share of players too.

 

 

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All-Spanish Situs Judi QQ Euro final still on the cards

Barça keep winning while Real’s injury list is growing

 

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, a repeat of last year’s final, was certainly the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties on paper and a hard-fought 0-0 final score leaves a second leg to relish.

 

“It was the best of the worst possible results,” said Carlo Ancelotti enigmatically, while his opposite number Diego Simeone added, “It’s very difficult with such good opponents to see the smallest detail as favourable.”

 

The capital derby as expected began a bit helter-skelter and with Real dominating possession. Gareth Bale flunked an early one-on-one but neither side forged other clear-cut chances of note, such was the space-denying going on. 45 minutes of struggle confirmed this was high-stakes football

 

While Ancelotti largely stayed put looking hot and bothered on the Situs Judi QQ bench, his opposite number Diego Simeone prowled the touchline in his close-fitting and dapper black suit, frequently imploring his troops to close down the white shirts.

 

Sergio Ramos almost committed hari-kiri with an intercepted pass but Antoine Griezmann’s whirl to shoot could not beat Iker Casillas.

 

James Rodriguez curled an exquisite attempt with the outside of his foot through a crowded box ten minutes before the break, but Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak was wise to his plans.

 

The Colombian was denied by the Slovenian again in the 43rd minute from a tight angle and the half-time whistle came as a surprise after so much compressed energy.

 

If there was going to be a winner it would most likely be error-induced in the heat of battle.

 

The pressure threatened to spill over for Mario Mandkukc and Daniel Carvajal whose feud in progress out of sight of the officials at one point led to an exchange of blows which should have drawn red cards.

 

Mandjukic in particular was fuming and bleeding profusely as well following an aerial collision, seemed on the edge of exploding in red mist.

 

Replays showed Carvajal apparently biting the Serbian’s arm but following the match both players denied any Suarez-esque antics had ensued. The referee flashed only five cards in total which could have been worse.

 

A dribble from Arda Turan was almost yielded a goal was the highlight of Atletico’s attacks but neither side could break the deadlock.

 

Los Colchoneros had conceded 67% of possession to Real and did not take risks as the second half played out, apparently for fear of conceding an away goal, more proof it appears that the old rule has had its day.

 

Simeone’s side obviously fancy their chances across town in the second leg and the tie looks only slightly tilted in Real’s favour.

 

Real began as favourites and are still tipped to advance now but having failed to score an away goal at the Manzanares, the derby nature of the match means Atletico will have no fear of going for the win at the Bernabeu.

 

Simeone’s side have gained even more hope as Real starters have been falling like ninepins while Atletico’s sole injury worry is Mandzukic’s right knee.

 

Los Merengues will be without Luka Modric, who having recently returned from injury, is out again, this time for six weeks with a knee ligament strain.

 

They will probably also have to do without striker Karim Benzema, who has also picked up a knee injury and Gareth Bale is out for two to three weeks with a calf strain.

 

Real’s trio of fallen galacticos raises questions about the player conditioning at the Bernabeu, and whether they are rushing their stars back to action too readily and for too many minutes.

 

Bale allegedly complained of pain in his calf but the physios cleared him to play, only for the Welshman to break down after three minutes’ action.

 

 

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Alderney permits Togel Hongkong sports bets

Alderney permits US sports bets E gaming Review Alderney, the prestige European egaming domicile, has taken the landmark decision to allow its operators to accept sports bets from the US. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission voted on 28 February to adopt what it called “a free-market approach towards egambling”.

“[Alderney] will not prevent its licensees from offering gambling to players in other countries, whether it is egaming or ebetting,” an official statement said.

 

Andre Wilsenach, chief executive of the AGCC, said the current egaming environment meant the decision to accept bets from certain jurisdictions should be driven by regulators.

 

“The World Trade Organisation’s ruling in favour of Antigua showed the laws preventing gambling are not always put into place to effect players,” Wilsenach said.

 

“At the end of the day accepting bets from the US, China or wherever is a business decisions and not a regulatory one,” he added.

 

The decision by the AGCC still places the onus on the Togel Hongkong licensee to ensure it complies with legal requirements affecting it.

 

But Wilsenach said the AGCC had no intention of attempting to enforce the laws of other countries.

 

And Nigel Payne, chief executive of Sportingbet, said it was an important step for the online gambling sector.

 

“It is clear first-class jurisdictions such as Alderney have sufficient confidence in their procedures to overcome any issues the US may have, which is encouraging for us all,” Payne said.

 

Alderney’s decision comes hot on the heels of the Isle of Man’s announcement it would allows casino and poker operators to accept bets from the US.

 

But Wilsenach insisted this was not a tit-for-tat decision.

 

“We haven’t reconsidered due to what has happening in other jurisdictions, but because the playing field has changed,” Wilsenach said.

 

The UK government had previously said it would allow its operators to accept bets from the US.

 

But there are still concerns about the potential tax structure under a UK egaming regime, and Alderney is one of several domiciles looking to capitalise on any potential UK exodus.

 

And Payne said Alderney would now be a serious consideration for his firm.

 

“If our servers ended up not in the UK, then Alderney is one of the places I would be very happy to be,” he added.

 

Harrah’s shuts down U.K. gambling Web site

 

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. has suspended the operations of an online gambling site based in the United Kingdom after posting losses of $9.3 million last year.

 

The move marks the second time a Las Vegas casino giant has tried and failed to tap into the lucrative Internet gambling market.

 

The site, called Lucky Me, was introduced in November 2003 for British bettors and was suspended in October, the company disclosed Tuesday in its annual report to shareholders.

 

The site was discontinued because it was losing money, Harrah’s spokesman David Strow said.

 

Rather than the typical method of gambling for money, the Web site allowed players to access as many games as possible — with new games offered every seven-and-a-half minutes — with a monthly subscription. Gamblers paid from about $17 to $84 per month for access to bingo and other games with cash prizes ranging from $8.50 to $1.7 million.

 

Lucky Me featured an identification process that prohibited bets from U.S. residents as well as from other countries where Internet gambling is prohibited.

 

The site was developed in partnership with Revahertz Networks, a Boston-based, privately-held software game developer that founded Gamesville, a games-for-prizes site that was sold to the Internet search engine Lycos in 1999.

 

Harrah’s in January said it would dissolve a partnership with Gala Group Ltd., a U.K. bingo hall operator, to build casinos in Britain after lawmakers there significantly restricted the number of casinos that can be built under a pending gambling bill. The bill, in its present form, is expected to allow up to eight Las Vegas-style resort casinos.

 

At the time of the Gala deal, Harrah’s and other U.S. operators were optimistic that more casinos would be legalized. But concerns about problem gambling and a proliferation of neighborhood casinos led to a more restrictive gambling bill than had been anticipated.

 

Strow said the gambling bill and legislative concerns didn’t factor into the decision to abandon the Web site.

 

Similarly, MGM Mirage in 2003 shut down a gambling Web site that catered to U.K. and European customers. The site didn’t attract enough bettors because it prohibited bets from U.S. bettors in order to comply with state and federal laws against Internet gambling, MGM Mirage officials said.

 

Many big gambling Web sites operate in a legal gray area because they accept bets from Americans over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. These sites tend to be profitable because the United States, which hasn’t prosecuted online bettors, remains the biggest market for Internet gambling.

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