The MIT BlackJack Story

Whether you read the book, Bringing Down the House (written by Ben Mzrich, or seen the movie “21” produced by and acted in Kevin Spacey and Jim Sturgess you’ve likely heard of the MIT Team. Without ruining the book or movie we will discuss some of the happenings at the MIT and Harvard Universities.

It was well known in the mid to late 70’s that MIT had a group of mathematicians, scientists, and human behavior students that decided to take a stab at busting Vegas. There were various groups at both schools, and they competed against one another.

The groups dissipated in the early 80’s with a couple from each team joining forces with a man named Bill Kaplan, he had created a team that was somewhat successful, but soon burned out.

Another guy named JP Massar also known as Mr. M. was deeply involved with the blackjack. He soon joined forces with Bill Kaplan as his team was struggling with different counting techniques and inappropriate betting etc. Massar met up with Kaplan and asked for his opinion on what his team was doing wrong.

Kaplan broke down what the problem was and agreed to create a new team, but the team would need to follow his guidelines. He and Massar played and created the first ‘Bank” of the team. It wasn’t long the team was making between $150-$170 per hour.

Obviously they needed to remain somewhat inconspicuous so they recruited new players as necessary. By the late 80’s they had 30 players involved. The book Busting Vegas better describes the story, whereas the movie ’21’ and the book Bringing Down the House sticks with certain individuals involved.

The story in the movie is also Hollywood-ized as there are some aspects that did not happen. The team really took off in the early 90’s making anywhere from $100,000-$500,000 per trip. The select group began changing their appearances in order to avoid detection.

The main group consisted of Jeff Ma, John Chang, Mike Aponte, Jane Willis, and Laurie Tsao. Once the group hit the tables, each member had a role. Some would be the high rollers, others the degenerate lowlife, the bimbo etc.

Each member had a specific responsibility; they were a signaler, bettor or monitor. Signals included brushing hair out of their face to signal a hot shoe, or leaving for the restroom if things were cold. They also used code words that represented the count, Pool for +8 (eight ball), +9 was Cats (nine lives) etc.

The team or select members were soon figured out, and the rest is history, as casinos began changing the rules adding more decks, using cutoffs etc. The group certainly made millions, and today each has their own story to tell.

Some facts and myths

-None of the team were every beaten up

-Jeff Ma was not spending is tuition at the tables he came from a well to do family

– The group was not all from MIT

-They did not use strippers to cash out money for them.

The Truth About Pick 3 Lottery Systems

Currently, close to 13,000,000 (million) people play the Pick 3 lottery game everyday. Some use birthdays, license plates, house numbers etc. when determining which numbers to play, but the vast majority of them like to use systems. It would seem every player has a system. Some pick 3 systems will do pretty well, but none of them are consistent when you back check against a states history file (i.e. the numbers that have hit). Traditionally, you find that systems get hot (meaning they frequently) but then get cold (won’t hit at all) without warning. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people online selling commonly used pick 3 lottery systems and claiming that they can hit consistently. That’s consistently, as in hitting over and over again being profitable in the long run.

Now, if there really were a single system out there that could hit consistently…why would anybody sell it? Let alone tell anyone about it. Really, if you had a system and you knew you could hit the lottery and win more then you lost…you would only need a bankroll that covered the loss period and you could double or triple up on the next couple of plays, right? Well, in that example, you would be a multi-millionaire in just a few plays. What logically follows that? Retirement in the French Riviera…or…build a website, advertise it on Google and sell it for $30? Hmmmm. And this is the delusion that many Pick 3 lottery players live under. If you play, don’t get discouraged, it’s not all hopeless; there is light coming I promise, but before you can get there, you need to do a reality check.

Namely, If you play the pick 3 lottery, you must know that there is no single system out there that can hit the pick 3 or any lottery consistently enough to turn a profit long term. None! If anyone tells you different…they are lying to you. And if you have bought any of those online systems, then as much as you would hate to admit it, you know I’m telling you the truth.

Unfortunately many pick 3 players continue to deny the facts and plunk down their money just to get burned over and over again. It sickens me to see it advertised online. “Make $5000 guaranteed pick 3 system!” or “Mathematical Genius …” These are the guys that do not play pick 3, but come across an old system, dress it up and sell it for $30 – $500. No respect for the game or the players.

So what does work? Well the issue is not with the pick 3 systems in general, but specifically that no individual system can win consistently. So, the only logical way to win pick 3 lottery consistently (over the long haul) is to use multiple systems simultaneously. Whenever you use several systems together, it works as a type of validation filter and you end up with a small set of pick 3 numbers that have the highest chance of hitting. (5 – 10 combinations max.) Now, either most advanced players are nodding in agreement right now…or shaking their heads in disbelief that I just let the rest of the world catch up with this philosophy. After years of working and teaching pick 3 players, I would venture to bet it’s not the later but the former. They know exactly what I’m talking about here.

Keep it fun, and remember, it’s all about the thrill of hunting for the winning numbers in tonight’s lottery and the excitement of actually picking the right ones! The money is only a bonus. Pick 3 is winnable consistently, but you are gong to need more then “a” system…you need an EDGE.

Things To Know When Selecting An Online Casino

Online casinos are nothing but the online version of the conventional casinos. The popularity of online casinos is increasing tremendously in recent times. Online casinos enable the gamblers to play their favorite casinos games from the confines of their home. If your a casino enthusiast and want to play online then these tips would help you find the right US casino sites online.

1. While choosing an online casino the foremost thing to do is to check whether the casino has a good registration process. The registration process should be such that it should do a complete identity check and it must keep all your personal details secured. Some online casinos require you to give your own user name and the casino provides (administrator defined) password. It is advisable to not join such casino because the administrator defined password can be easily cracked and they can be easily manipulated.

2. While choosing a casino you must also consider the money security factor. You must choose a casino that offers you fund security. You must choose an online casino that uses reliable and authentic tools for money transfer.

3. To avoid any problems you should carefully read the contract details before joining. You can easily distinguish authentic casinos from others by their contract itself. These legitimate casinos have a detailed specification of their contracts. You should not join a site that refrains from giving its terms and conditions as chances are high that they can be fake.

4. Once all your security concerns are sorted out you can choose a casino that offers the best gaming experience and offer a high quality user interface.

5. You must choose a casino web site that provides a good payout scheme. You can also check an online casino directory for sites that provide good online casino bonuses.

6. Last, make sure the casino site accepts players from the country you live in. Not all casinos accept US Casino players for example so make sure the site accepts players from your country.

Once you have selected an online casino you will want to earn money and be successful at it. The key lies in learning the casino basics. The following tips would help you to be great gambler:

1. Before you start gambling on online you must pre-determine the amount with which you would play. Effective money management is the most basic tip to be a competitive gambler. If you set a limit for yourself you will lose less money and only what you can afford.

2. To start winning you should be very patient and be aware of other players moves. You can take advantage if you see other players are on a roll and you can increase your bet and increase your chances of winning.

3. If you are a beginner you must always start with games that require only limited experience. Though these games usually do not pay big winnings, they will help you to become a good player and allow you the opportunity to gain experience. You should not play complex games until you are ready and experienced enough. Once you have gained confidence of winning in these games you can go on to bet on games which requires higher skills and knowledge.

4. A very important tip to be successful while gambling on online is to know exactly when to stop playing. If you are reckless and continue to bet even when you are losing continuously then you can lose a lot of money. You must immediately stop betting when you are on a losing streak.

You must be aware of these facts and you must utilize the above mentioned while you gamble on online casinos.

Top WOTLK the Nexus Guide – Wrath of the Lich King Strategy & Leveling Guides

There are a lot of reasons to be excited over World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. With leaks about a new hero class (Death Knights), a new World PvP gamestyle (Lake Wintergrasp) and a new reputation-gaining feature (Championing), the game has all the MMORPG lovers out there talking. However, it’s not just these new additions that are making everyone go gaga. The old and time-tested favorites are still in the new expansion, including dungeons, which are definitely one of the best gamestyles of the game. One of the best dungeons that players can participate in is called The Nexus. Below are some facts about this dungeon that might just help you plan your gamestyle once you have the expansion in your hands. I only wish you happy gaming!

The Facts:

The Nexus is a dungeon with a player limit of 5 up to 25 players. There will actually two available 5 player dungeons and one Raid, whose end boss is no other than the Blue Dragonflight Aspect himself, Malygos. Below are details about the different instances and the Raid:

* Ice Caverns – a 5 player instance, this is for players with levels 71 up to 73.

* The Oculus, also known as Magical Rings – a 5 player instance for players with a Level 80 rank.

* The Eye of Eternity – this is the dungeon’s raid wing, where players will be facing Malygos as the final boss.

To get to this dungeon, all you have to do is head to one of Northrend’s regions called the Borean Tundra. Since this is one of the game’s entry points, it should be easy. Once there, just look for an old fortress of ice found in Coldarra, the Borean Tundra’s center. You’ll know you’re there if you see a towering column of blue-white energy reaching up to the sky. Surrounding it are floating earthen rings. To get to Coldarra itself, go to the Amber Ledge where a dragon will give you a ride to Coldarra. Look for a rift in the ground and go down. Once you see Arcane Serpents, then you’ve arrived.

The details of the first instance known as The Nexus or Ice Caverns has also been released. For those who are interested in playing it (everyone, I’,m sure), let me just tell you that the dungeon has a very wide area. However, difficulty comes when you have to kill three other bosses before finally getting to the last boss. If you communicate well with your team and you have a strategy planned before diving in into the game, then this one should be a piece of cake. But if all of you are just hot for action, then expect your butts to get kicked.