Athlete Facts and Sports Fiction

These children’s books are written for a younger audience and their readability. Biography books do the same. Children’s biographies often include glossaries that are not provided in adult biographies. . In some articles, readers learn more about how a professional player got to their current career, while other articles report on their special interests and community involvement.

Toddlers are aware of environmental print, that is signs and words around them that they easily recognize. If the reader is truly motivated to read about their favorite player, they will do their best to read and comprehend, using their background knowledge on the topics or asking questions about words or concepts. Current players make it into the newspapers and sports periodicals, so reading the sports section with your child will show how readers find information on a regular basis that has nothing to do with school. The same is true for the child who follows their family’s favorite sporting team. Examples including restaurant logos like McDonald’s are part of the early reader’s repertoire.

Once they learn about their favorite teams and players, they will seek out more information about them. Rising sport stars have their books published quickly to meet the demand for their stories. They may be identified as high-interest, but a review of the content will determine its readability. Jerseys are the environmental print for the sports enthusiast. Not only do they learn to recognize animal names like Sharks, Bears, and Orioles, but also player names like Jones, Martinez, and Sutter

Sports Betting: Five easy steps to place your first horse racing bet

“Coach” Kevin Trumpfeller is an experienced handicapper and race and sportsbook writer. You can find him in the busiest Vegas sportsbooks surrounded by big screens and excitement. Learn more about sports betting basics at Kevin’s Betting Bootcamp. Connect on Facebook or e-mail your sports betting questions or suggestions.

How to place your first football bet at a Las Vegas sportsbook like a pro

Good Luck.. Or $37 to win $10 + your $37 bet. You can also view this information up above your head on the big, brightly lit boards, but it’s easier to grab a paper copy to study at your leisure.

Find the team that you are convinced will win. Each sportsbook (or group of sportsbooks) have established minimum bets and maximum bets, ask the Ticket Writer about minimum bets if you’re a Low Roller or maximum bet limits if you are a High Roller.

Or, find your team and bet numbers for the game, walk up to the window and tell the ticket writer that you would like to bet $110 on the OVER (or UNDER) in the Texans/Dolphins game #465/466. More on that in future articles.

What if you still like the Texans to win but heard about some key player injuries or weather changes or other factors that could affect the team’s performance on Sunday? You are still convinced they will win but not sure if they will win by MORE than a touchdown. As above, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY, thank the Ticket Writer and ask for a drink ticket and relax.

Now, go pick up your odds sheets, pick some winners and step up to the window. See the 43 in the total column? If you believe that both teams are healthy, happy and the weather will be perfect and you KNOW this game will be a high scoring game OVER 43 combined points, you can bet $11 (or $110) to win $10 + your $11 (or $100 + your $110) back. The point spread is always placed to the right of the team that is favored. Can you see why point spreads of 3, 7 and even 10 and 14 are extremely important? And to add to your stress, point spreads fluctuate up and down as the kick-off approaches. The Texans are favorites, indicated by the (-) sign and the Dolphins are underdogs or ‘dogs’ indicated by the (+) sign. The Texans are -370 and Dolphins +300. Or for the same rates, you can bet that the COMBINED score will be UNDER 43 points. You can bet the moneyline, that is bet the Texans to win by laying $370 to win $100 + your $370 bet. It can get you more drink tickets and even better service on your next visit.

In Vegas for the weekend and you’d like to place a friendly wager on your favorite team but don’t know where (or how) to begin? Follow these simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be able to walk up to the casino sportsbook window and place your first NFL or college football bet like a pro.

Ready? Find your team and the bet number. Remember that OVERTIME COUNTS when betting totals.

A few final notes. Now, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY and if you drink, ask for a drink ticket when you place your bet. Look back at your sheet under the M/L column. You just spent (invested) $110, you deserve a free cocktail.

Or, find your team and bet number and walk up to the window and tell the Ticket Writer that you would like to place a $37 moneyline bet on #466 the Houston Texans. Ask the sportsbook staff about mailing and cashing your winning tickets from out of state. Remember that IF your team wins AND covers the spread you will get back your original bet PLUS $10 for each $11 dollars bet. You could just as easily bet $370 or $3700. For your $110 bet you would get $210 back when you cash your winning ticket after the game. This is the moneyline. Remember that teams that cover the point spread win. ALL bets must be placed BEFORE kickoff. Good choice, the Texans are 7 1/2 point favorites. Stop by the book, short for sportsbook, and pick up the current week’s odds sheet for the sport (in this example NFL football) you are interested in. The bottom or second team listed is always the home team and has the home field advantage.

Look at that point spread again. When straight betting or betting the spread that team must cover the spread. It is customary to bet in increments of $11 ($22, $33, $55,…$1100, etc.) when straight betting/point spread betting. Las Vegas runs on tips and good service should be rewarded. DO NOT LOSE YOUR TICKET. This is optional when placing your bets, but a tradition when cashing your winning tickets. Now find the corresponding bet number next to your team and circle it. Notice that the Texans are the ‘bottom’ team of the two teams listed. In this example, if you straight bet the Texans, they must win by EIGHT points or more in order for you to win your bet. Walk up to the betting window and tell the Ticket Writer that you would like to straight bet or just bet $110 on #466. You win if they win by any number of points. In this example you have selected #466 the Houston Texans. Or you could bet the Dolphins for $100 and win $300 + your $100 bet for a total of $400 back – IF the Dolphins win.

Another way you can bet on this game is to bet the total. ALL bets must be placed in person, but you do not need to be in Vegas to win or collect. The -7 1/2 under the line column indicates the Texans are 7 1/2 point favorites. Again, CHECK YOUR TICKET FOR ACCURACY, thank the Ticket Writer and ask for a drink ticket and enjoy the game.

And finally, consider tipping the helpful Ticket Writer a dollar or two or ten. If the underdog Dolphins win outright, tie or lose by seven points (or less) the Dolphins are declared the winner for betting purposes and you lose

History of Boxing

These stalwarts in my opinion are men who have fought for guts and glory and forever left an indelible mark in the minds of fans.

The new generation of boxers are also an energetic and spectacular breed. Corbett emerge as the victor.

Owing to his contribution to the sport, Jack Broughton is known as the ‘Father of English Boxing’.

In order to avoid such gruesome situations, in 1743, a set of rules were introduced for all boxing matches which were supposed to be played thenceforth.

The first officially recorded boxing match took place in England, where Christopher Monck, an English politician set up a contest between his butler and his butcher. However, the sport itself fell into a state of obscurity after the downfall of the Roman Empire. But popularity always has a price to pay. Muhammad Ali (1960-1981): Possibly a living example of why boxing is called a lethal sport, Muhammad Ali has been revered all over the world as one of the greatest boxers ever. He also has a record of winning 73 matches in a row. The introduction of gloves changed the entire pulse of the game. The resurrection of boxing finally came about. This was the first true revolution that happened in the field of boxing. Despite all this, in the 21st century, the glory that boxing once achieved and enjoyed, seems to have diminished considerably with other more glamorous and supposedly elitist sports such as cricket and football coming to the forefront.

Mike Tyson (1985-2005): As a boxer, there was no question that Tyson makes an important part of this list. The butcher eventually won and was rewarded.

The wealthy English aristocrats began to patronize bare-knuckle fights among the boxers whom they chose. In this quest of gaining knowledge from the sources of antiquity, the curious Europeans stumbled upon ancient references to boxing which triggered a renewed interest in the sport. Regardless of this, he never managed to score high ranks but still his winning record brought to his name, a lot of glory.

Willie Pep (1940-1966): This Italian-American boxer has a record of 229 victories out of the 241 matches that he played. Sullivan (Boston Strong Boy) and James J. While he himself was trained in boxing as a young man, he also promoted it as a manly sport. Television had made its way in a majority of homes and international network providers featured live sport broadcasts. A lot of money was involved in such fights, with the victorious individual winning hefty amounts. Owing to this, boxing took one more leap forward. This was the period when the people of Europe looked keenly into their ancient sources of knowledge and wisdom and tried to incorporate them in their daily lives. work by Homer, illustrates how boxing was a sport that was played in the form of ‘prize-fight’ during funerals. Army during the Vietnam War. Some sources also tell us that in ancient Rome, where slavery was deeply rooted, boxing matches were arranged for those slaves, who sought freedom. The whole vibe and accord of times that saw these champions in action is ineffable and still vests in the hearts of many. The 90s paved way for many talented newcomers like Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Floyd Mayweather Jr. In 1892, in New Orleans, the title for the first heavyweight champion under the Queensberry Rules was spectacularly fought between John L. This was when the term ‘boxing’ was coined.

Establishments like World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) began pitching competitions against each other. Fighters from Cuba, Russia, India and USA have shown some serious talent in the recent times, and the world has witnessed several women’s boxing tournaments as well. His fights, particularly with Richard Humphreys fetched a lot of audience as both of them would block attacks, taunt each other (both during the match and in the newspaper bytes that they gave the night before the match) and wave their bodies in a unique way for the purpose of self-defense. He described his unconventional and distinctive style of fighting as ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.

What had commenced on dingy streets and shady taverns, evolved into a stage with cheering spectators and spotlights; Boxing had officially arrived!

Despite the establishment of the ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ and the soaring popularity of the sport, boxing in the late 19th century came to be outlawed in U.K. He brought with him, his unique style of boxing footwork and counter punches. Yet, he steadfastly voiced his opinion about being against the whole idea of the Vietnam War and went on to inspire the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. Some of these boxers included Henry Armstrong, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, James. J. It was one of those competitive sports wherein contestants either lived or died, or in some cases suffered irreparable injuries. The code of these rules was penned down in 1865 by a Welshman called John Graham Chambers, who was an all-star athlete and sportsman excelling in boxing, cycling, wrestling, rowing and billiards.

The ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ borrows the name from the 9th Marquess Of Queensberry, Sir John Sholto Douglas.

In 1838 came the introduction of the ‘London Prize Ring Rules’ which were to be revised later in 1853.

18th century Europe saw the age of Enlightenment.

The Torch is Lit

After Jack Broughton’s era as a bare-knuckle champion, the interest of English aristocracy in boxing faced a decline. This shows how ceremonially important the sport may have been in ancient Greece. One such name that rose to prominence was a London-based pugilist called Daniel Mendoza. More and more people wanted to learn the sport and be an active part of it. Everyone was suddenly very curious to know about their roots and the origin of things. Gambling and betting on the fighters came to be a rage with huge stakes involved. One famous incident was the 1938 match between Max Schmeling and Joe Louis that resulted in Schmeling’s defeat after which he was compelled by Adolf Hitler to enroll in the German armed forces. Boxing Championships were now, not only limited to the United States and England but was also hosted by many other countries like South Africa, Japan, Australia and Argentina. Sometimes, the fights became so intense and vehement that they resulted in the death of one of the fighters. The modern professional boxing scene saw many legends showcasing their talent since 1920s. Because it essentially involves fist fighting, the practice may have existed, not as a sport, but as a form of violent encounters, even during the prehistoric times. But, will there be another iconic era for boxing? Only time will tell!

Boxing, today, is a multimillion dollar sport that has inspired and garnered millions of passionate followers throughout the world. as the law was a little skeptical about the motive of this prizefighting sport that was usually held at shady venues. Ali was stripped of boxing title and license, after which he did not make a ring appearance for four years. On the contrary, the one who lost was either killed in that combat or was retained as a slave for the rest of his life. Possibly, the very fact that it is a brutal combat sport, wherein participants take on each other, one on one, plays an important role in creating the hype that exists around modern boxing.

The Beginning

As a sport, boxing has given the world great men and excellent sportsmen. Suddenly, everybody wanted to do things that they thought were truly ‘English’. Boxers such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durn and Marvin Hagler continued to intrigue the spectators. These rules came to be recognized as Broughton’s rules named after an English bare-knuckle champion Jack Broughton, who formalized them. . The upper class elites indulged in more noble forms of entertainment and regarded boxing as a savage sport.

Roosevelt wanted all men of America to be strong and sturdy and regarded boxers to be “men as hard as nails”.

The ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ then transitioned as the foundation of boxing governance into the USA and Canada.

The ‘Gillette Friday Night Fights’ program that aired live boxing matches from around the globe on NBC and later on the ABC network, was a rage.

In the 1950s, the world had started finding its feet economically after World War II. These rules were eventually succeeded by ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ that set the parameters for modern-day boxing. Despite being an underrated sport today, boxing still finds a huge fan following amongst fierce and passionate boxing lovers. Boxing has also been controversy’s child through time. However, the sport itself is mired with stories, controversies, contradictions and of course, personal enmities. He, however, returned to the boxing ring in the 1970s.

Did you know?A British periodical, London Protestant Mercury, featured the victory of James Figg in bare-knuckle championship in 1719 for the first time ever in the history of prizefighting. Whoever wished, could take part, and anybody could fight anyone. The attack and defense strategies, gradually began to change from their orthodox bare-knuckle counterparts.

Glamor to the Glitz

A Leap Forward

Men began looking at boxing as a way of defending themselves from hooligans who menaced all across the streets of London.

The popularity of boxing was thus increasing at a tremendous speed. Numerous boxing schools and academies sprang up all across England and, not surprisingly, most of them were soon overflowing with applications. But at the same time, he is also a classic case of how too much of publicity and adulation can be extremely bad for a person.

What started off as a competitive sport mainly played for betting, boxing has come a long way from what it used to be. The Greek epic Iliad, an 8th century B.C. Boxing event organizers, promoters and managers generated a heavy amount of finance through their work. Several legendary fights of all time are still reminisced upon by ardent fans and spectators.

Gladiator contestants wrapped their hands in leather straps embedded with metal shards, sharp enough, to injure their opponent.

An interesting take on boxing, as a mortal combat event, comes from ancient Rome where it was included in the gladiator contests, where the contestants fought until one of them died, or was severely injured. In the following years, a lot of boxers stemmed from controversial pasts. The rules, however, revolved around bare-knuckle boxing only and upheld Jack Broughton’s legacy for a little over a century. An immortal legacy has been shaped by various champion boxers, who came, reigned and left.

Daniel Mendoza was a Jewish fighter and so was often referred to as ‘the Jew’.

A lot of fights began to be arranged during this time leading to a lot of new pugilists rising to popularity.

So, in ancient times, boxing was in a very primitive stage. Matches for boxing titles in accordance to divisions such as lightweight, heavyweight, etc. The result of the match saw James J.

Sugar Ray Robinson (1940-1965): One of the few sportsmen who have a commemorative stamp in their name, he is regarded as one of the greatest boxers to ever have set foot inside the ring.

During World War II, a boxing ring became a major battlefield for champions hailing from different countries. This was followed with the establishment of boxing commissions, legal sanctioning and governing bodies. People from all walks of life would flock to the venues and this spectator sport was usually held at underground locations like the Lillie Bridge in London which was often subject to raids and arrests by the local police. However, the following Anglo-French war for colonial dominance that took place during the 1780s, triggered a strong nationalist sentiment in the people of England in general. Chambers was also an honored member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. A major part of this physical sport then involved fencing and cudgeling. and Oscar De La Hoya hailing from countries such as Britain and Canada, who carved a niche for themselves. Braddock, Jack Dempsey, Jess Willard and Georges Carpentier amongst many others.

Journey Thenceforth

The 18th century Revival

Rocky Marciano (1948-1955): One of the hardest punchers of all times, Marciano remained undefeated in all the 49 matches which he played. The ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ was a set of 12 rules which called for the mandatory use of gloves during the boxing match, a standard size of the boxing ring, dividing a boxing match into different rounds of three minutes each and a count of 10 seconds for a complete and an undisputed victory. The competitors were divided into lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight in accordance to their physical characteristics which broadened the possibilities of participation. A professional British boxer, Amir Khan, shot to fame quickly with the WBO Intercontinental, Commonwealth and WBA International titles to his name. England became the birthplace of what came to be known as ‘prizefighting’, wherein the two contestants fought on behalf of their patrons, sometimes even to settle their patrons’ personal grudges. Shortly after this era, in the 20th century, boxing, through its highs and lows came to be recognized as a prominent part of society and featured many influential promoters and legendary champions.

The 1867 draft of the ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ paved the way for a number of amateur competitions at popular venues throughout London. When one of the boxers was too tired and injured to fight any further, the other one was declared the winner.

With the dawn of the 20th century, Germany emerged as an epicenter for boxing with a number of talented boxers to its credit. Corbett (“Gentleman Jim” Corbett). The combat took place between two such slaves and the one who won was released from the bonds of slavery. It was officially ranked as the most difficult sport by ESPN in 2004. Also, Theodore Roosevelt advocated boxing to a large extent.

In countries like Cuba, North Korea and Norway, professional boxing still remains banned.

Soon enough, boxing grew to international heights and ‘professional boxing’ emerged in many countries. It became the sport of the masses, a sport in which men from every race, class and creed could participate. But still, boxing was in a very rudimentary form, in that there were no defined rules and regulations about any aspect of the sport. The ‘Marquess of Queensberry Rules’ were finally published in 1867. As a result, owing to the development of boxing as a white-collared sport in England and the valuable contribution of their very own Jack Broughton to it, boxing also re-emerged, alongside many other things, with force and double the energy.

One such controversial boxing legend during the 1960s was Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), who embraced Islam and was charged with evasion of not serving the U.S.

Though many people thought that such kind of dance-like moves gave a crude tint to the otherwise white-collared gentleman’s sport, the sport did manage to get a considerable fan following of the young and the old alike.

The first solid evidence of boxing has been recorded way back around 3000 B.C, and comes from Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Boxing is one of the oldest contact sports known to mankind. Players were prohibited from wearing boots with springs or even from hugging the opponent or wrestling with him. Later on, though, it was included in the Olympic games and thus became a full-fledged sport rather than making ceremonial appearances. But again, these contests were not based on any kind of rules and regulations. Vijender Singh, a small town boy from India was also recognized by the International Boxing Association which announced him as the top ranked boxer in the annual middleweight category in 2009. Moreover, every new kid on the block, brought with him his own style of fighting (staying within the framework of Broughton’s rules) which gained more and more fame for the sport. This definitely makes him one of the greatest boxers of all times.

Mike Tyson, in 1986, was reigning supreme at the peak of his career with the World Heavyweight Champion title to himself.

Boxing in the 1980s and 1990s featured some of the most magnificent matches, primarily financed by the corporates. However, a lot of prominent promoters were either involved with the Mafia, or were the Mafia themselves, and boxing transitioned into an intense and notorious backdrop. Some of the basic rules that shaped conventional boxing since then, includedThe use of ‘mufflers’ or padded gloves, Prohibition to attack and grapple an opponent below the waist, and Disqualifying a player if he was unable to get up and fight back within a prescribed time limit of 30 seconds, after being knocked down by his opponent. Broughton is said to have formalized these rules after he injured an opponent in a prize-fight so severely that he eventually died. It did make minor appearances in the form of bare-knuckle fighting during the Renaissance age in 16th century Europe, but did not manage to gain enough popularity, as it was then practiced predominantly by the lower classes. commenced in the 70s which could be viewed live on color television sets

The Secrets of Sports Betting Champ Revealed

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Don’t Blink: Super Sonic Sport of Jai Alai

It wasnt until 1924 when the first court (called fronton) was opened in Miami.[4] This was largely due to one manPedro Mir. The Miami fronton was built with the purpose to showcase Mirs talents.[4] Mir served as the chief judge and match-maker at the Miami fronton until he retired in 1975. Spectators of jai alai will not want to blink lest they miss the speeding ball bouncing wickedly into a players cesta only to smoothly be launched out within a nano-second. In addition, perfecta and quiniela bets are allowed. It is about three quarters the size of a baseball and considered the hardest ball of any sport.[1] The core is made of virgin rubber from Brazil. In some countries, the courts are called canchas, especially the outdoor courts. The court can be varied in length, but is usually about 40 feet wide and 176 feet long.The Game of Jai Alai

The object of the game is to score points by throwing the ball against one of the walls in such a manner the opponent is unable to catch the ball before it bounces more than once. The court is divided by 14 parallel lines numbered from front to back. A red area around the front wall surface indicates out of bounds and on the right side of the court, a 10-15 feet wooden floor area is out of bounds. In 1900 it was an official sport in the Olympic Games with Spain taking the gold medal.

History of the Sport

The American version of the sport of jai alai comes from the Basque region in the Pyrenees Mountains of Northern Spain. When it made its first public appearance in St. Louis in 1904, there was little fanfare for the game. Three pieces of equipment are needed for the game:

The ball (called the pelota) The wicker basket glove (called the cesta-punta in Spainish and xistera in Basque) The court (called the fronton) The ball, or pelota, used for this sport is similar to the ball used for hand-ball or racquet ball. Once the players have been eliminated down to three finalists, those three play until one player or team reaches seven points.

Betting on jai alai increased the popularity of the sport. It is between 30-70 centimeters (about 11-27.3 inches) long and is held by a leather glove and strapped onto the forearm. In the Spectacular Seven, round-robin style of play, players or teams with the lowest post numbers usually have the advantage as the

higher numbers see less court time.[1]

In the United States, initially most of the jai alai players were from Cuba; then Basques from Spain were brought in for the sport. The players are paired for round-robin competition. Mir was born in Cuba and had a Basque grandfather who ran a fronton there. In particular, the sport was extremely popular in Cuba and when immigrants made their way to Florida in the United States, they introduced the sport to that region. He is credited with developing the rules for the game in the United States.[4]

Gambling on Jai Alai

In 1934 Florida legalized parimutuel betting (bets pooled together before an event and then distributed amongst those who bet correctly once the outcome has been determined) on jai alai. There are several theories concerning the origins of the sport of jai alai:

It originated in ancient Greece and Egypt. It originated in pre-Columbian Central America and was brought to Spain by the Conquistadors. It originated as a game that grew from the ball and court games of France which evolved into tennis. Various versions of the game were popular in 18th century Spain, but eventually the enthusiasm for the sport blew out; that is, except in the Basque regions where the sport continued to be quite popular. If the ball bounces elsewhere, it is considered an under or over serve and the opponent is awarded the point. The server is required to bounce the ball behind the serving line and hurl the ball using the cesta directly to the front wall in such a manner it rebounds and bounces between lines Number four and seven. The game starts with one player serving the ball. Mir became a professional player as a young teenager and when he arrived in Florida at the age of 23; he heavily promoted the sport. Players then alternate catching and throwing the ball. However, the youngest recorded professional player in the history of the sport was Piston I who began his professional career in Spain at the age of nine in 1922.[1]

Jai alai (pronounced Hi-Lie) is a little known sport among the mainstream sports fans. The winner of each point stays on the court to meet the next team in rotation with losers going to the end of the line to await their next turn. The front court player serves the ball to start the game. In the 1920s frontons were built in Chicago and New Orleans, but later closed when betting was not legalized in Illinois or Louisiana. Analyze the players well before making bets; money may disappear as fast as the pelota. This centuries old game is fast-pace; billed as the fastest game in the world. (At one time there were ten frontons open in Florida.)Equipment for Jai Alai

Players of jai alai wear uniforms consisting of a tee shirt with their post number on the front and their unique number on the back; white pants with a red sash (belt); tennis shoes; elbow pads and since 1968 a helmet. Points are awarded if the opposing player:

Does not serve the ball so it bounces between lines four and seven Does not catch the ball in the air or after the first bounce Juggles or holds the ball (no fluid motion) Throws the ball out of bounds Interferes with a players attempt to catch and hurl the ball

Most games are played until a player or team reaches seven (Spectacular Seven) in a round-robin rotation with eight teams or single players; though some go to nine points (Superfecta). In doubles (teams) there is a front-court and a back-court player. It is widely popular in Florida; especially among gamblers. Likewise, the fronton in Newport, Rhode Island (where betting on the sport was legalized in 1976) sees much competition from other gambling venues and while the fronton is still open, much of its revenue comes from slot machines on site.[4] In Florida five frontons are open as of this date. In a perfecta bet, the first two players or teams must finish in the chosen order. It was included in several Olympics as display sports; in 1924, again in 1968 and the most recent in the 1992 Barcelona games. This is where the modern version was developed and thus where many cite it originated.

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. Layers of nylon are added and then it is covered with two layers of goat skin covers. The cesta cannot be longer than 60 cm when measured straight or 110 cm when measured around the curve.[3] The cesta was invented by French Basque player, Gantchiqui Diturbide, in the 19th century.

The fronton is used to describe the court of jai alai. Spectators are protected by a screen over the open section. The first team to the seven score, wins. In tie situations, there is a play-off to determine the winner. It is patterned after horse race betting; win, place or show. The pelotas hit the walls of the court with such force, (up to 180 miles per hour [1]) their play life is only about 15-20 minutes before the cover splits and needs replacing.

The catching glove, or cesta, is made from woven reeds and a frame work of chestnut wood.

Top players usually have custom made cestas. Connecticut opened three frontons and betting was legalized in 1971; however, competition from other gambling venues forced them out of business. It must done in one fluid motion; juggling or holding the ball is called by the referee. Once the first round is completed, points double. In the Basque language jai alai means merry festival and the name was used for the game because it was often played at festive events; usually against the sides of churches. The program entailed a four-five year training regime before the students were capable of entering the professional realm.[4]

Professionals usually start young, between ages eight to ten, and train for years before becoming good enough to be a professional player.

Toward the end of the 19th century playing jai alai spread to other countries, predominately the Philippines, Latin America and Indonesia. When the number of frontons increased (after WWII), a training facility was built in Miami to accommodate the increased need for top players. In a quinela bet, two players or teams must finish first or second in any order.[4]

Betting for win, place or show has the singles players and doubles teams assigned post positions, 1 through 8 as in horse racing. In some places, a building with several courts

is called the fronton and the individual courts inside are called canchas.[3] The court is three-walled with walls on the front, back and left side, leaving the right side open; thus all players play right-handed


Pu?ini sunt cei care ?tiu c? ARO 10, automobilul f?cut la Câmpulung, era vândut în Marea Britanie sub numele de Duster. Uimitor, cat de simpla poate fi viata. Dup? moartea lui David, Iman a postat pe Facebook câteva cuvinte care surprind perfect rela?ia lor, dar ?i sentimentele pe care le încearc? fostul top model în aceste momente dramatice. E infrac?iune!

E greu s? scrii despre drama unei familii c?reia i-au fost confisca?i cinci copii de c?tre autoritatea de protec?ie a minorilor. Chiar ?i cel mai liberal adult din ?ara noastr? consider? educa?ie celor mici un amestec ideal între dragoste ?i severitate. Acesta mesaj vine dup? ce vineri Iman publica pe contul s?u de Instagram îmagini cu lansarea celui de-al 28-lea album al lui David Bowie. În Marea Britanie au ajuns în jur de 3.000 de exemplare române?ti, toate cu volan pe dreapta, scrie 4tuning.ro. C?s?toria


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10 idei simple sa pastrezi alimentele si sa economisesti bani

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Invata cum sa economisesti spatiul si, in acelasi timp, sa maresti durata de viata a alimentelor, economisand totodata banii. Iman ?i David Bowie s-au c?s?torit în 1992 dup? ce se cunoscuser? doar cu 2 ani în urm?. ?i acolo, ma?ina 4X4 a fost comercializat? de asemenea sub numele de ARO Duster. La începutul anilor ’80, ARO se situa pe locul al patrulea în lume dup?


Drama familiei Bodnariu. Cartofi, ceapa, mere Ar trebui depozitate separat. Nu ne referim, neap?rat la b?taie, dar o ridicare a tonului vocii, o corec?ie verbal?, o critic? serioas? a unui mod de comportament sunt

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Iman ?i David Bowie au avut una dintre cele mai longevive c?s?torii, cei doi formând un cuplu extrem de admirat de-a lungul celor peste 20 de ani cât au fost c?s?tori?i. In acest fel ceapa se poate pastra si opt luni intrucat este depozitata la aer si nici nu se sprijina una de cealalata. Este o diferen?? major? între modul cum ne raport?m noi la cei mici ?i cum se raporteaz? p?rin?ii din ??rile nordice. Dupa fiecare produs, inoada dresul. Mai ales c? e vorba despre o familie cum sunt atâtea altele în România. Ceapa Foloseste-te de dresurile vechi pentru a depozita ceapa. O alt? zon? în care a ajuns ARO 10 a fost America de Sud. De unde vine numele SUV-ului | Magazin, Ma?ini clasice, ?tiri | AUTO BILD

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What Are The Odds Big Slick Suited

Better than a coin flip, but perhaps not as much of a favorite as you would think.

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You will also beat good starting hands like QQ, and JJ if they do not flop their three-of-a-kind. These are all things that make AKs such a nice starting hand to have.

When the flop lands, the value of your hand will probably be made clear. If you land the top pair on the board, you have a major advantage with a top pair/top kicker situation.

If the Ace or King youd like to see land on the board doesnt also fill in someone elses straight or flush draw, you would have six cards (three remaining Kings and three remaining Aces) that can give you the top pair.

Against hands like AQ or KQ where you have the higher of the cards in the opposing hand covered, AKs is roughly a 7 to 3 favorite. You will often win bets put in by players with the same pair, but a lesser kicker.

Against any pair, even a lowly pair of twos, Big Slick at best a coin flip. What are your odds now for catching an Ace or a King on the turn or the river and salvaging your hand? Of course this only works if a pair is able to salvage the hand and will be good enough to win the pot.

With those six outs, the odds of landing your card on the turn are roughly one in eight, so if youre planning on putting money into the pot to chase it, look for at least seven dollars in there for every one dollar youre willing to bet to keep the pot odds even. It is a very powerful starting hand, and one that shows a profit over time if played well. You will still have two overcards (cards higher than any of those on the board). Sometimes it is a slight underdog because if you do not create a hand with the board cards, Ace high will lose to a pair.

But what if the flop comes, and misses you. Not to mention that if you flop a flush or a flush draw, you will be drawing to the nut, or best possible flush. But, it is not a made hand by itself, and cannot be treated like one.

Lets look at some of the odds involving AKs before the flop.

While playing poker by the odds does not guarantee that youll win every hand, or even every session, not knowing the odds is a dangerous situation for anyone at the poker table that is thinking of risking their money in a pot.

Against a better hand, say JT suited, your odds are roughly 6 to 4 in your favor. Thats about as good as it gets pre-flop with this hand. Its as good as taking AKs up against 72 offsuit.

Every list of texas holdem starting hands has Big Slick suited (AKs in poker shorthand) near the top. Those odds do not change much on the river.

Fantasy Football: Harmless Fun or Unregulated Illegal Gambling?

They are not always true. You win money by betting on (buying or drafting) players you thinkare undervaluedwho then prove your judgement correct by doing better than expected (catching more passes, gaining more yards, scoring more touchdowns). Sometime coaches bench players who are healthy, to save them for next game or punish them for violating team rules. Thiscan beproblematic. Many rules and regulations are in place in the world of stock trading to prevent traders from benefiting unfairly from insider information. It does not concernseason-long fantasy football, which usually has a nominal cost, is played among friends, and has fewer legal problems.

Players are either fairly valued,overvalued, or undervalued. Teams must report when NFL players are injured. The outcome of all theses nuances is not predictable, much as the weather two weeks from now is not predictable with any accuracy.

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Game of Skill or Chance?

Now let’s look at the argument that FanDuel and DraftKings run games of skill. But reality is far more complex. Participants earn points based on the performances of the players in real-world football games.

Fantasy football is a big business. Otherwise, it is just luck. This makes them inexpensive. An instructive way to frame this debate is to compare fantasy sports to a similar pursuit in which you make “bets” about the near future using limited funds: short-term stock trading. You make money by buying stocks in companies that outperform expectations. The participants select their team rosters in an imaginarydraftin which allNational Football League(NFL) players are available. This can happen when an unknown player gets a chance when a starting playeris injured. According to the New York Times, an employee ofDraftKingsused insider information to make bets that earned him $350,000 onFanDuel.[1]

Like penny stocks, which are very risky but have huge potential for returns, some football playersare considered”flyers” in that they are long shots, not likely to even play. But, these are just generalities. But they are not required to do so. Some claim it is online gambling, which is illegal in most states[5], while proponents claim it is a game of skill[2]. Or the other team might have injured players and be forced to play second-string defensive backs, which your player’s team decides to exploit by focusing on the pass instead of the run. If you know a player is hurt before it becomes public knowledge, you have an edge. Think Enron, Martha Stewart, boiler room operations, etc. Common sense tells you that with the large amount of money at stake, valuable informationwill be leaked. Predicting such events is difficult, and arguably impossible.

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What is Fantasy Football?

Fantasy footballis a popular role-playing gamein which participants pretend to ownprofessionalfootballteams. In snow and rain, teams usually run more than they pass and attempt fewer field goals. But players often hide or downplay injuries. The fact that the operators can manipulate the price of the players makes fantasy football distinctly different from stock trading, and more susceptible to fraud. In any event, predicting the weather at game time is difficult because you usually have to pick your players several days before the gamesare played.


Stock trading is heavily regulated and yet scandals and fraud occur with regularity. First, fantasy football is not regulated. They increase sales and profits more than expected, which causes traders to bid up their stock price.. Perhaps they are trying to become entrenched before regulators catch on. Finally, as shown here, arguing that these contests are games of skill is dubious. The same principle applies in stock trading. If nothing else, as a player you should go into it with eyes wide open. Here are just some of these factors:

Fantasy football is controversial. In fantasy football, there are nosuchsafeguards. But these long shots can pay off in a big way. Personally, I consider fantasy football to be a game of skill if I win. Speaking of weather, what will the weather be like at game time? Some players don’t like playing in foul weather. They have a value, but unlike stocks, their value is not determined directly by the market, but by bookies – the operators of the fantasy football websites.

What is the player’s psychological state? Did the player have a fight with his girlfriend the night before the game. Second, in fantasy football, “price” is not set directly by supply and demand in the market, as is the case with stocks. Almost 75 million people will play this year and spend almost 5 billion dollars.[3]

Is the matchup favorable? This is a an area where you might think that your skill comes into play. Or your player’s team might get behind early in the game and abandon the run for the pass, which can get you points quicker. Player pricesare setby game operators, who use supply and demand todecidepricing, but indirectly. In fact, this has already happened. Some coaches don’t like to disclose the health of their players because it could give other teams an advantage. If a player is in unusually high demand one week, which indicates he isunderpriced, the game operators likely adjust his priceupfor the following week. In fact, FanDuel and DraftKings probably know this, which might explain why they have been in an all-out marketing blitz, reportedly spending $150 million in advertising in just 3 months[4]. So unless you are an insider, you likely don’t know the true health or status of any player, regardless of your skill.

As with stock trading, access to information in fantasy football gives you an edge. This article concernsdaily or weekly fantasy football that is most often associated with the large operators FanDuel and DraftKings. I am not suggesting you should not play, but don’t bet the farm and don’t be fooled into thinking it is a game of skill.

Sample Fantasy Football Team (espn.com)

Fantasy Football and Stock Trading

In fantasy football, players are like stocks. To be a skillful fantasy player, you need to understand all the factors that influencehow well a particular player might perform. They know they have a short window of opportunity. If you are playing a running back and you know that the opposing team is weak against the run, you might have a favorable matchup. Does he have a grudge against the opposing team that would motivate him to play better than usual? Is the player unhappy and trying to get traded? Obviously, no amount of skill enables you to get inside the head of a player, so all of this information is left to chance.

So while fantasy football and short-term stock trading are similar, they have some important differences. But, let’s try to be more subjective. It is comparable to stock market operators setting the prices of stocks, instead of letting the market directlydeterminetheir value based on supply and demand.

Is a player healthy? This information appears to be readily available. Players must trust that the fantasy football operators are trustworthy and that information about player health, pricing, and team strategy is madeavailable publicly, and not leaked to a select few for financial gain. Or an injury could happen during the game on either side that completely nullifies the favorable matchup. There are no external systems in place to prevent fraud or insider trading, other than the internal controls implemented by the fantasy football operators themselves. Sometimes the opposing team might decide to focus on stopping the run that week and instead force the other team to pass. Given that fantasy football is much less regulated, and given the large amounts of money involved, you should expect shenanigans

Bizarre works of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter

I can tell a Potter from the work of another taxidermist at a glance across a room – he was a genius”. James Brett, the Museum of Everything’s founder said: “Potter was worth it, he was a true original and himself an outsider artist as much as a craftsman. Afterwards, the collection was moved to Brighton and then to Arundel before finally ending up in Cornwall.

The Kittens Tea Party is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter

The Rabbits’ Village School will be on display at the Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill, London

The Rabbits’ Village School contain 48 rabbits exhibiting various degrees of studiousness, impishness and confusion.

The Lower Five's drinking den is being raided by the police. Artist Damien Hirst, a huge fan of Walter Potter’s work, has paid 1 million to keep the collection together.

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His bizarre collection of stuffed animals which were broken and sold all over the world have been reassembled to be on display at the Museum of Curiosities. Walter Potters great works including The Kittens Wedding and The Kittens Tea Party will be exhibited along with masterpieces of celebrities such as comedian Harry Hill, photographer David Bailey and artist Peter Blake.

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It is Peter Blake who has the idea of opening a museum for Walter Potters works. He started his collection at the age of 19. However, it closed in the 1970s. In 1918 when he passed away, his family kept his museum in Bramber open