Bat Masterson and The Ogallala Bust-Out

In the summer of 1880, Billy Thompson was in a saloon shootout in Ogallala, Nebraska. Following the shooting, the law held him under guard at the town’s only hotel, The Ogallala House, until he could be tried and hung – which was a forgone conclusion of all of the residents. His brother Ben Thompson, a noted gambler and pistol fighter, was convinced that the mob in Ogallala was waiting for him to come after Billy. He had reason to believe that if he showed up they intended to stage a necktie party for two. Hedging his bets, Ben called in an old friend, Bat Masterson, to free his brother from the clutches of what was reputed to be the crooked law of Ogallala.

It all began when Billy vied for the affections of a local whore with the ignominious moniker of Big Alice. A saloon owner named Bill Tucker lay claim to her off-duty trysts and warned Billy to stay away from the damsel. Billy, not known to heed warnings, continued to commingle with Big Alice until he decided to confront Tucker in his saloon, the Cowboy’s Rest. After downing a gut full of liquor, Billy swung into the saloon and ripped off a quick shot at Tucker. The bullet caught the saloon owner in his hand as he was serving a customer a shot of whiskey. Tucker quickly counted the fingers on his left hand and found that he was missing his thumb and three other fingers had been mutilated. He grabbed a bar towel, wrapped his bloody hand, and ducked behind the bar. Billy, thinking he had killed the man, holstered his pistol and staggered out of the saloon.

Tucker was far from dead. He pulled up from behind the bar with a double-barreled sawed-off shotgun. He ran to the door and with his good hand leveled the ten-gauge at Thompson, blasting away with both barrels. Billy, who was a short distance from the saloon, pitched forward into the street with five buckshot wounds to his back and buttocks. Tucker’s friends rushed him to his house for medical attention while the law dragged Billy to the Ogallala House where he was treated and held prisoner.

Because Ben Thompson had saved his life or for whatever the reason, Masterson felt obligated to help Ben retrieve his wayward brother from the toughs of Ogallala and he boarded a train for Nebraska. Arriving in town, which was little more than a few rough-hewn buildings huddled around the Union Pacific line on the north bank of the South Platte River, Bat surveyed the situation and found he was bucking bad odds. Billy’s wounds rendered him incapable of riding a horse so Bat had to devise another method of getting him out of town. He told Billy to pretend that he was so weak that he could not manage to escape while he came up with a plan.

Biding his time, Bat befriended the young deputy charged with guarding Billy in the hotel. They played cards to pass the time and often Bat paid for a round of drinks. Then after a few days, Bat saw his opportunity on a Sunday night when the whole community turned out for a dance that was held in a schoolhouse on the edge of town. The sheriff, who was the best fiddle player in the area, dearly like to play and would keep the crowd dancing until the wee hours of the next morning.

The night of the dance, the Ogallala House had emptied leaving only Bat, Billy, the deputy, and a bartender named Jim Dunn. Masterson managed to bribe Dunn into slipping a “Mickey Finn” into one of the whiskey sours he ordered for himself and the guard. The guard downed the doctored drink and Bat called for another round. A few minutes after the second drink, the guard slumped to the floor in a stupor. Bat paid the bartender and rushed to Billy’s room where he got the wounded man dressed. He then rolled up Billy in a carpet, hoisted him over his shoulder, and carried him down to the depot. They arrived just as the train was pulling into the station around midnight. Bat boarded the train, heaved Billy into a seat, and they quietly left for North Platte some fifty miles east of Ogallala.

At about two o’clock in the morning, they pulled into North Platte where Bat shouldered Thompson and climbed down the steps to the station. It was pitch black but up the street, Masterson could see the gaslights of Dave Perry’s saloon. He managed to lug Billy through the saloon doors and deposit him onto a pool table. As luck would have it, Bill Cody was in the saloon drinking and telling stories to his friends. Bat explained their plight and Cody, ever the showman, dramatically swore that he would personally see to it that they would not fall into the hands of the Ogallala authorities and would provide a means of getting them back to Dodge City.

Here is where the story takes a comedic twist. Without telling his wife, Cody gave Masterson her new phaeton buggy and a well-bred horse to transport Billy out of Nebraska. In addition, he offered to let them follow along with the group of dignitaries he was leading on a trip to a large cattle ranch about twenty-five miles to the south of North Platte. The Europeans, who had been sent by General Sheridan, were touring the west for a first-hand look at the wilds of the frontier and Cody was in charge of escorting them to the Keith ranch. The twenty foreigners arrived eager to have the famous Buffalo Bill guide them through the wild plains and he was in his element – full of grandiose gestures and dramatic flair.

As the caravan assembled, Cody asked Masterson to drive his double teamed mess wagon and let another ranch hand drive the buggy carrying Thompson. Bat quickly found that the mess wagon was loaded with a small quantity of food and a massive amount of liquor. All of the riders were given a stout drink and then Cody signaled for the group to set out on their journey. After traveling for a short while, Cody halted the riders for a rest stop that included a liberal amount of “liquid refreshments”. He repeated this routine for several more stops until the caravan was now having a grand old time but finding it harder and harder to stay in the saddle.

Finally, Cody, reeling in his saddle, rode up to the mess wagon and sloshed aboard. He fell asleep immediately and Bat was left in charge of leading the group to the south. Bat, who had also had his share of liquid refreshment, was barely able to navigate the wagon and after a short distance hit a rut and flipped the wagon over on its back. Masterson was pitched from the wagon but Cody was trapped under the bed, covered with the load of “refreshments”. Bat had landed on his face and was nursing a bloody gash in his lower lip. He and the others managed to right the mess wagon only to find that Cody was unscathed and wondering what in thunder had happened.

They finally made it to Keith’s ranch where they had supper and Cody sobered up enough to entertain his entourage with his legendary skills of shooting and riding. The next morning Masterson, nursing a swollen lip and a massive hangover, hitched up Mrs. Cody’s phaeton and headed for Dodge City with Billy. A short time after leaving the ranch a massive black cloud overtook them from the west drenching them in torrents of bone-chilling rain. It continued to rain on the pair for the remainder of their two hundred-mile trip.

Several days later, Mrs. Cody’s carriage rolled into Dodge City with Masterson at the reins and Thompson wrapped in a soggy buffalo robe. Both were covered with mud and thoroughly soaked. Shivering, Bat urged the tired horse toward his favorite hotel where a hot bath and a decent meal were always available. Billy stirred from beneath his buffalo hide and demanded that they first stop at the telegraph office where he wired the sheriff of Ogallala. The message said that he had arrived safely in Dodge and that the sheriff could find him there if he wanted to come and get him.

Over the years, Billy Thompson had been accused of many things but never, never of being very bright. Fortunately, for Billy, the sheriff decided he was not worth the effort and let the matter drop.

Use the Internet For Online Sports Betting and Make Profits While Staying at Your Workstation

There are many types of sports that offer its bettors to invest their monies in betting. Some of the sports are baseball, basketball, soccer (football), college football, golf, etc to mention a few. The bettors are encouraged to place their bets based on various factors, like predicting the winner or various place positions, the points or goals in the game, and even the individual performance of the players involved in the game. Nowadays, with the technological advancements such as internet, you can become a bettor and place your choice of bets online itself. Your profits out of betting are just a few clicks away. Learn more to make use of the technologies available at your service.

  • Internet is an information superhighway, which provides its audience with all the information required. You can find the details of different games, their rules and regulations, various tournaments held and their calendars. You are also provided with the intricate details of the statistics of the several tourneys, teams involved and the key players. This information can guide you in deciding the possible outcomes of each game.
  • The odds are the magical numbers that give you an idea of who are the favorites and the amount of risk. When the odds of a team has 1:20 whereas the other team has 1:10, then the former has lesser chances of winning as you would earn 20 times more if you place your bet on them and if they eventually win.
  • There are many bookies and books (formal organization of many bookies) available on the internet that feed you with an overdose of free offers and many goodies. By choosing the right book, you can avail these ancillary benefits apart from making profits regularly.

San Francisco is the Most Photographed City in North America – A Book Review

The Golden Gate Bridge towering over San Francisco Bay as the fog clears, a testament to mankind’s will to overcome adversity, and a symbol to all of a great city. Perhaps, there is no other bridge in the world that captures the human spirit and imagination and there is definitely no city more photographed in the last 100 years than San Francisco. Some say that Las Vegas is more photographed, but mostly people buy post cards there and are too busy being tourists and gambling to take pictures.

Now then, what if I told you that you could have a beautiful collection of pictures of San Francisco, really classy professionally done photographs by the top photographers of our time? What if I told you that you can have all this one awesome coffee table book? Well, it’s true, and the book I describe, I own myself, the book is:

“San Francisco – Photographs by Morton Beebe” with essays from Herb Caen, Tom Cole, Barnaby Conrad, Herbert Gold, and Kevin Star.

This awesome collection has over 200 high-quality extra large photographs and everyone captures the human spirit of San Francisco. Museums, nightlife, beaches, harbor, tourist attractions, trolley cars, row houses, bridges, events, and people. It’s all here, along with lightening, moonlight, sunrises, neon lights and sailboats on the bay. The restaurants, the sights, the hotels, the architecture, it makes San Francisco look like the greatest city in the world.

This is a must have keeper of a photography table book. Now you might ask me what are the cons to this book, I mean I’ve just described how great it is. Well, one of the cons of this book is that it is very heavy, because it is so packed with high quality pictures. Think on that and get a copy today for your family too.

The Hidden Secret Behind Sports Betting Success!

Why Money Management is so important

To consistently make profits over a long period of time in sports betting, you must not only make the right bets, but you also have to use your bankroll and keep control of your emotions. There is a tendency for people to ride a winning streak too hard and bet too much hoping to hit a super big payday. I have done it many times before I learned proper bankroll management.

Also, there is a tendency for gamblers to bet wildly amidst a losing streak to attempt to make a one bet comeback. This has spelled the death of many sports bettors that would have otherwise been on the path to profits. Improper money management can turn wins into losses and moderate losses into nightmares.

Both winning and losing streaks are a very real part of gambling. It is how you deal with these ups and downs that will determine just how well you’ll do at the end of the day.

That is precisely why money management is so critically important. When you are on a winning streak, you have to stretch those winnings to the maximum, but still safe level and make sure that you are a winner. And when things go the other direction, you must restrict losses to affordable amounts.

Money management takes a lot of discipline and for some people it probably takes some of the fun out of it too. But those are the people that must get a kick out of giving a lot of money to the sports books. Sports

Betting is very similar to investing in stocks or other financials in the way that money management can make or break the investor.

Royal Gorge Railroad War

In the 1870’s a small section of narrow gage railroad line snaked its way down the cavernous walls of the Arkansas Canyon in the heart of Colorado. Control of this rail line would play out as a significant melodrama in the mining history of the state and would be later referred to as the “Royal Gorge War”. The incident took place in the Arkansas Canyon during the years 1878-1880.

Bat Masterson and Ben Thompson, two noted gunmen of the day, sided with one of the warring railroad companies – the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe (AT&SF). The rail company was trying to lay claim to the tracks that their rival, the Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) had built in 1872 as a lucrative link between Denver and Pueblo.

The stage was set in 1872 when the Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) Railroad Company built a narrow gauge rail line from Denver to Pueblo, Colorado. Next they opened a line from Pueblo to Canon Coal Mines, which lay 37 miles to the west of Pueblo. Then building south of Pueblo, they ran a line through the mountains of southern Colorado and into the San Luis Valley until they reached El Moro in 1876. They extended the rail line to Fort Garland in 1877 and finally to Alamosa in June of 1878.

Around same time frame the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railroad Company was building west of Kansas City. The AT&SF reached the Colorado line by 1872, but due to delays did not reach Pueblo until 1876. During that same year, Leadville was booming as a center for the silver mines and a great deal of money was to be made freighting goods into and out of the city.

Realizing this potential, the AT&SF decided to run a rail line from Pueblo to Leadville. This required the line to pass through the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River, which was situated fifty miles west of Pueblo. The narrow pass would allow only one rail line to be constructed. This was the crux of the conflict; the D&RG wanted the same thing.

By 1878, both railroad companies had rushed men and equipment to the area hoping to secure the right of way through the gorge while the company attorneys battled for court rulings in their favor. In April of that year, the AT&SF had stationed more than 300 men in the canyon to secure their line construction sites. The D&RG matched that number but had trouble keeping the men hired because their rival paid higher wages.

The AT&SF attorneys got a local court to issue a temporary injunction against the D&RG, halting any further work in the canyon. But, before the AT&SF could take advantage of this opportunity the D&RG got their court order blocking the Kansas company from doing any further work on their line. With both companies at a standstill, men were placed at critical spots in the canyon to ensure that they had control of the line and the equipment.

The D&RG built several stone forts under direction of their Chief Engineer, a man by the name of James R.DeRemer who had served in the Civil War and knew how to construct the rock breastwork needed for fighting a battle. These dry-laid masonry “DeRemer Forts” built at Texas Creek and Spikebuck featured gun ports and a commanding view of the track below.

Fortunately, for both sides, the rock forts were never used for ambushing each other. By November of 1878 the D&RG ran out of money and was forced to make a pact with their arch rival. On December 1 of that year, they issued a 30-year lease to the AT&SF, which gave them the use of all of the rail lines and all equipment – including the rolling stock.

Once the AT&SF had control of all the tracks and trains they quickly started squeezing in more business for Kansas City and less for Denver. Realizing their mistake, the D&RG started legal action to break the lease. Finally, in the early part of 1879 the case was brought before the Supreme Court in Washington. Anticipating a violet response, regardless of the court ruling, each company sent in armed men to defend their rights and property. The AT&SF hired Bat Masterson and a posse of 33 men he recruited in Dodge City to set up a camp in the canyon to defend their construction men and the company property. They arrived on a special train and after setting up the camp, dubbed “Dodge City”, Bat returned to Kansas.

On April 21, the Supreme Court ruled that the D&RG had the prior right to the Canyon, but did not have the exclusive rights. The decision, diluted as it was, did not please either party. In the latter part of May, the Colorado Attorney General entered a suit in the State court to halt the AT&SF from operating railroads within the state. Then on June 10, State Judge Thomas M. Bowen issued a writ stopping the AT&SF from using or operating any of the D&RG buildings, equipment or rolling stock – essentially nullifying their lease. With Judge Bowen’s writ in hand the officers of the D&RG went to the sheriffs of each county traversed by the railroad lines to take possession of all of their property.

Before the writs could be delivered to the county sheriffs, AT&SF instructed Bat Masterson to return to Colorado and concentrate their forces in Pueblo. He quickly recruited 50-armed men and brought them in on a special train. Included in this group were Ben Thompson and a dozen of his fellow Texans.

Initially, when approached with the offer, Ben was reluctant to sign on, fearing that if violence broke out he would be accused of murder. Finally, he agreed to hold the stone roundhouse at Pueblo until officers of the law presented him with legal papers to take possession. According to Walton’s book (Life and Adventures of Ben Thompson) Thompson agreed to do the work for $5,000 and was approached by the D&RG to surrender the roundhouse for $25,000. Ben turned down the offer saying: “I will die here, unless the law relieves me.”

On June 11, the sheriff of Denver and his posse of D&RG men seized the AT&SF office and roundhouse in Denver. Then a trainload of D&RG agents headed south to take possession of the property along the way. At the same time the ex-Governor of Colorado, A.C. Hunt, raised a posse of 200 men, captured a train and headed north seizing all the small stations and taking the agents as prisoners. At Cucharas, Hunt’s forces shot it out with twelve AT&SF men – killing a Mexican and wounding an Irishman named Dan Sullivan.

At Pueblo, Sheriff Henley R. Price backed two officials from the D&RG, J.A. McMurtie and R.F. Weitbrec, served copies of Judge Bowen’s writ to all of the AT&SF workers at dawn. After serving the writs, Sheriff Price and his posse marched down to the office of the train dispatcher at 8:30. The dispatcher refused to let him take possession of the building and the sheriff told him he had thirty minutes to think it over.

At 9:00, Price returned and found the office filled with a several dozen armed AT&SF men who refused to budge. Rebuffed, the sheriff trekked back to the Grand Central Hotel and recruited an additional 100 deputies – all heavily armed and primed with plenty of free liquor.

Returning to the depot at noon, Sheriff Price and his army of deputies demanded that those in the depot surrender. They refused and the posse moved on to the roundhouse where Ben Thompson and Texans were waiting. Confronted by the sheriff, Ben said he had been placed in charge of the company’s property and he could not give it up without being authorized to do so. The sheriff then stated that he had come to disperse an armed mob.

Ben replied that there was no armed mob in the roundhouse, only men from the construction crew who had been sent to guard the company’s property. Saying that some of the men did have arms Ben invited the sheriff to step inside the roundhouse and look over the men to see if any of them were guilty of violations of the law. Price was allowed to enter the roundhouse alone and after a brief search left without making any arrests.

Faced with a powder keg of a standoff, Sheriff Price withdrew his men and sought the advice of the local attorneys. After reviewing the judge’s writ he was advised that he was not authorized to use force to take over the AT&SF property. He chewed on this until about 3:00 and then decided that it was time to take action regardless of the legalities of the writ. He and fifty of his liquor-lubricated deputies met in front of the Victoria Hotel where they were supplied with rifles equipped with bayonets and a heavy ration of ammunition, courtesy of the D&RG. Marching down to the depot they formed a skirmish line in front of the building.

About that time, a cattleman by the name of W.F. Chumside staggered out of the ticket office. He was said to have been “a little under the influence of liquor” and wanted to argue the case for those inside the depot. He was quickly struck down by one of the deputies and kicked in the head.

The posse then headed to the telegraph office and shooting started as they were battering down the door. Most of the men inside the office quickly escaped through the back doors and made it to safety. Unfortunately, Harry Jenkings fell as he was running away and was shot through the chest with the bullet lodged in his spine. The posse pitched the wounded man in an express wagon and sent him for medical attention. He died a short time later.

After storming the telegraph office, the posse raced over to the roundhouse, the last stronghold of the AT&SF defenders. Thompson met them outside the roundhouse yelling: “Come on you sons of bitches; if you want a fight you can have one.” Before he could back up his challenge, he was overpowered by a dozen of the deputies and thrown in jail. Without their leader those inside wanted to parley. A short time later, they surrendered the building without firing a shot. All of them were disarmed and herded down the street to join Thompson in the crowded little jail on West Fifth Street.

Late that evening ex-Governor Hunt and his party arrived by train from the south and then continued on up the Arkansas River to Canon City. By midnight, the entire railroad had been captured. Sometime during that night Bat Masterson, Ben Thompson and the others hired by the AT&SF were released from jail and put on a special train bound for Dodge City. Arriving in the following morning, Ben collected his money from the AT&SF and headed for Texas by way of Kansas City and St. Louis.

The Royal Gorge affair did not end on June 11, but continued on in the courts for several more months. Finally, the “robber baron” Jay Gould bought fifty per cent of the stock in the D&RG and settled the litigation out of court. On March 27, 1880, both railroads agreed to sign the “Treaty of Boston” which returned the railroad and property back to the D&RG. The AT&SF was paid $1.8 million for the rail line it had built through the pass and the Royal Gorge War was finally over.

Illegal Sports Gambling Is Big Business! Will It Finally Become Legal? Supreme Court to Decide

No matter what sports season we’re in, you probably have a favorite sport you relish following. Maybe March madness college basketball, the NFL, baseball, hockey, golf, or soccer. Perhaps you would like to make a little bet, but many sports fans in the United States are leery of the legitimacy and legality of internet gambling. If you live in the United States, your legal sports betting options at brick and mortar casinos are limited to Nevada, and to some degree at Delaware racetracks.

The Supreme Court has heard arguments on a New Jersey challenge which would permit sports gambling at its casinos and racetracks. If the court rules in favor of New Jersey, Gaming experts predict that most states will jump on the bandwagon to legalization, in order to fill state coffers with tax revenue.

If you’re unfamiliar with the particulars of how to bet on sports, the following describes how it all works:

Sports Betting Jargon

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a little jargon explanation to help you understand the process:

  • Action – A term for all the betting activity that happens during an event.
  • Handle – The total amount of money wagered on events.
  • Spread – Giving one of the two teams points to even out the betting action.
  • Sports Books – Establishments that take bets on sporting events.
  • Juice – A percentage of the win taken from a bettor that won an even money bet. Sometimes called the vig, which is short for vigorish.

Types of Bets

There are many different types of bets. By far, football draws the most action with the biggest handle. The Super Bowl alone draws over $100 million in legal betting activity, and over three billion (that’s billion with a B!) illegal wagers. Now you see why states want a piece of the action.

  • Even Money Bets – Players betting on only one team to beat another. The sports book takes the juice/vig from the winning payout amount. A common vig is $11 for $10. (Bettor wages $11, wins $10.) House keeps $1. Most bets will have a point spread (line). If the player is picking the underdog, S/he will take points. If the bettor is picking the favorite, S/he is laying (giving) points.
  • Parlay Bets – Betting on multiple (two or more) teams to win. Here’s a scenario on a point spread ticket. Let’s assume that on event #1, Tampa Bay is playing at Green Bay with GB favored to win by at least 3 points. In event #2, Buffalo is playing at Miami and BUF is expected to win by at least 7 points. Your game ticket would look something like this:

Event Visitor Vs Home

1. TB GB. -3

2 BUF. -7 MIA

This means that if you bet on GB they must win by more than 3 points. A bet on BUF would require them to win by more than 7 points. By choosing the favorites you are laying (giving) points. If you were to put your money on GB and MIA, you would be taking (receiving) the points.

One way to eliminate confusion is to jot down a spread score before the games start. for example on this ticket:

The score before the game starts is:

  1. TB 3 GB 0
  2. MIA 7 BUF 0

When the games are over just give the points to the underdogs. In most jurisdictions, ties lose for the player. In other jurisdictions the prize payout for one tie is reduced to the next lowest payout factor. A common play in casinos is a four team pick for 10X the bet.Bet $10, win $100, but you can wager from two to twelve games. The more games you play, the higher the winning payouts.

  • Over/Under – One scenario is betting that the final score ill be over or under a certain number a preset number.
  • Prop Bets – A proposition bet is where you predict the outcome of a preset number of props on a single ticket. Example: Total field goals over/under 4. Total interceptions over/under 3. Total sacks over/under 2. Total receiving yards, total yards, and the list goes on and on.

If you visit Vegas or other jurisdictions that permit sports gambling, Good Luck!

On Online Casinos and Online Card Games

Poker is a card game. It uses playing cards and it’s now very popular among men and women the world over. Poker requires not just skill and talent but it also requires enough determination for players to win.

Before, people used to buy poker books to serve as their guide so that they would understand the game better. The competitive industry, on the other hand, has forced people to consider more than just reading regular books about poker, but it also required them to take part into online games (when actual gaming is not possible) to learn all the strategies that are required of poker players.

There are a lot of ways on how you can gamble and this is true even in other parts of the world. Different casinos now offer a wide selection to accommodate both casual and professional visitors. These people go to casinos to play, relax and have a good time, and hopefully, earn huge sums of money while doing so. There are also poker rooms begin set up that have are actually “no deposit poker rooms.” Here, you are given the chance to test the room without having to stake out anything. You might find it difficult to find the right medium but if you are good enough with poker, you know that you can always join different poker rooms so that you can receive multiple bonuses if that’s what you want. You will notice that there are a lot of casinos where there are no enough tables to accommodate lower limit players (which can be disappointing if you are new to game).

Other than poker, blackjack is another game that can give you a huge payout, if you are lucky, although most people would still prefer to play poker in online sites than spend too much money in online casinos. They are convenient for most people because they are easily accessible and you don’t have to dress up just to play. You also don’t have to rush because online poker games have a lot of tables for low limit players.

Here are other games in the casino world that you might be interested in playing. These are also available online for your convenience.

There are also video poker games where poker is machine based. Your right strategy and skill is still required to win. If you play it right, you can have a one hundred percent return of investment.

Slot machines are also found in casinos and they are also available online. Slots are characterized by quick, easy and fun gambling experiences that also offer a huge payout every once in a while.

Craps one is another game in the casino world that has stayed for years. It is also a favourite gambling game and it is also made available online. Current craps game is actually a continuation of craps’ long standing tradition with gamblers dating as far back as ancient Rome.

You don’t have to be in the casino to enjoy the actual games. You just have to be online.

Dominic LoRiggo – The Man Who Mastered the Secrets of Winning at the Craps Table

In the world of gambling craps has always been associated with a purely luck game that depended on a player getting hot or getting on a streak. You see it all the time in the movies and TV shows where a player starts playing craps and gets on a winning streak so big that he would end up playing at the table all day and his friends come back the next day to see that not only has he lost all his original money but has lost all of the money that he has borrowed to keep playing on top of that. It can be a fun game but it could drain your pocket book really quick. Has anyone ever cracked the system to consistently win at the crap table? So far only a few and we will take a look at the incredible feat of one infamous individual.

Dominic LoRiggio was a man who consistently made more money then the casinos that he has played at on its crap table and has earned some great praise by being called the man with the golden arm. Dominic through many years of practice has perfected the technique of getting the rolls that he needs and in his books explain the physics behind dice control and how to get the rolls you want almost every time. He says to get this style done you need to purchase a regulation craps table. He explains in his books and in his dice control seminars that there is a precise mathematical system involved and it takes discipline and focus as well as practice to be able to do this every time. He gets the cream of the crop as far as clients who sign up for his seminars like famous actors and big businessmen. These well known personalities know his reputation as a dice control specialist and if they are able to pass his courses they believe that they can also succeed at the tables. His courses aren’t cheap but in this world you get what you pay for.

He was originally part of a dice control team called Rosebud and were pretty successful at the beginning but Dominic eventually left them because their bets were too low for his taste as he was a very high roller who liked to bet big to win big. He figured that if he could consistently beat the house why not accumulate a large pot in a shorter period of time. I guess that would give him more time to enjoy his life outside the crap tables. The guy is a legend and people come from all over the globe to try to learn his golden secrets of rolling the dice. To call his feat an amazing one is the understatement of the century.

Mechanical Sports Betting System

If you read any book about sports betting or any kind of article about sports betting, what will you learn? Bet the underdogs! Every book, website, tout, service, you name it, are always telling you to bet the dogs. If everyone is betting the dogs, are the odds for favourites too high?

European football leagues are starting soon and to prepare myself for them, I did a small study using the data from the last two seasons from Premier League, Bundesleague, Serie A and La Liga Primera.

Premier League

Dogs 760 / 542 / 0.71 / -21.8k

Fav. 760 / 728 / 0.96 / -3.2k

Bundesleague

Dogs 612 / 578 / 0.94 / -3.4k

Fav. 612 / 563 / 0.92 / -4.9k

Serie A

Dogs 760 / 551 / 0.73 / -20.9k

Fav. 760 / 717 / 0.94 / -4.3k

La Liga Premier

Dogs 760 / 748 / 0.98 / -1.2k

Fav. 760 / 704 / 0.93 / -5.6k

How do you read that table? Let’s take Premier League for example. In the past 2 seasons you have had 760 games. If you had played every dog, your total odds would have been 542 (btw, I am using the European style odds, 1.35 etc.), return 0.71 (542/760) and for a $100 bet on every dog, you would have lost $21800.

What is interesting is that playing the favourites is a much better tactic in general, IF(!) you play every game. Only in Spain, your best tactic is to play every dog and almost break even.

Well, nobody plays every game. That would be insane. The question now is: can we use some very simple methods to find an edge from either the dogs or the favourites? I know for a fact that you can find an edge using sophisticated probability models and shopping for the best odds BUT for this article we would like to find simple methods for the average punter, who likes to bet for fun and TV-games, and not just for profit.

How about playing only home dogs, home favourites, away dogs, away favourites?

Premier League Bundesleague Serie A La Liga Premier

home fav 0.98 0.91 0.94 0.93

home dogs 0.84 0.94 0.77 1.03

away fav 0.91 0.96 0.95 0.93

away dogs 0.66 0.94 0.71 0.97

home fav 1.55 0.98 0.91 0.90 0.92

away fav 1.55 0.85 0.95 0.95 0.92

Home dogs in La Liga, home favourites under 1.55 in Serie A and away favourites under 1.55 in Premier- and Bundesleague and Serie A would have been a winning bet. Other possible good bets were home favourites in general in Premier, away fav 1.55 1.02 0.95 0.95 0.96

away fav 1.55 0.89 0.99 0.99 0.96

So, in Premier League, play every home favourite and big away favourite, dogs in Bundesleague and big away favourites, big favourites in Serie A and dogs and big away favourites in Spain, and pick the highest odd possible, and you will be just fine!

In the future I will go through more powerful, mathematical methods for finding an overlay in sports betting.

Is the Stock Market Legalized Gambling?

A lot of people think twice about getting into the stock market because they believe it is similar to gambling. We are living in hard economic times where everyone is looking for a way to make extra money and secure their financial future. Because of the high standards of living and financial pressure, some people opt for methods such as gambling in order to earn money. While some people believe investing in the stock market cannot be equated to gambling, others believe otherwise. To understand the difference between gambling and whether the stock market is a legalized form of gambling, it is vital to know what each definition involves.

It’s important to mention that both investing and gambling involve putting money into use with a hope of getting back more. The dictionary meaning of gamble is highly associated with games which has no association whatsoever with stock investing. Therefore, it is accurate to conclude that gambling is closely associated with games and entertainment but with the aim of making a better return on the initial investment. On the other hand, investing in the stock market is all about business. It’s good to mention that in some countries, gambling is outlawed and therefore, those found engaging in this practice are reprimanded by the law. On the other hand, stock investing is a business investment practice that is legal across the globe. Based on this explanation, stock investing is purely a business activity and cannot therefore be referred to as legalized gambling.

For gamblers, their ultimate aim is to reap as much money as possible after playing a game. However, for stock investors, they don’t aim for immediate profits but rather, wait until the markets become favorable to allow them make good returns. In other words, it could take months or years before you finally make good financial returns.

The purpose of engaging in gambling and the stock market is totally different. A lot of gamblers engage in this activity in order to make money for leisure activities. However, the stock market is used by investors to grow their investment in order to spend it productively. Investing in stocks is a serious affair and can therefore not be associated with any gambling techniques. Stock market investment is a long-term affair while gamblers do it for short-term excitement by putting their money at risk and hope for a chance that it will turn around their financial fortunes.

However, despite the differences, there are a few things that both gambling and stock investing share in common. To begin with, they both involve the use of money in form of an investment whose return is not known. In other words, they are associated with both the risk of time and money. The stock market shouldn’t be at any one time confused with gambling whether legal or not because the two operate differently. It is important for the difference between the two to be clearly defined to avoid sending out the wrong perceptions.