Important message to everyone here


It does not make any logical sense to keep gambling. We have to be aware that our brains are wired differently. If you ask any person on the street about gambling, they would say we gamblers are out of our minds. And they are correct. Just think about it for a minute. Handle your whole paycheck to a stranger in exchange for making you stressed out the whole time? even worse, handing out future paychecks (debt) in exchange for bad things? Thinking about it, I think what we are buying is hope. We hope we can strike it big. But even then, we might strike it big, but only to lose all of it again in an instant. Numbers do not lie. The law of big numbers say that we will lose the house edge of all our bets placed, which in the end, that tiny percentage, will be huge. You’ll be shocked. I am 31, and realized that if I keep doing what I do, I will be 40 in no time, at a very crucial time in our lives. I have been gambling for some 11 years total. On and off. I have had several episodes where I have really wanted to stop, even 10 years back. I wished I did. I remember six years ago, a guy at a blackjack table asked me to have a smoke with him outside and warned me about gambling. He said I looked like a decent person and doesn’t want me on the path he and other people are in. 60k gambling down the drain in my lifetime, of which 8k is debt. Some 30k on some other risky investments. I wish I stopped eight years ago when I fessed up to a friend. I wish I stopped six years ago when I was pissed about losing 200 dollars and the guy at the casino gave me a friendly reminder of what gambling is on a bigger scale. I wished I stopped two years ago, when I fessed up to my mom crying. I wish I stopped a year ago, after I lost income due to covid, which made the debt situation worse. I do not want to be a year from now saying: I wish I stopped February 2021. If you are 20 years old and have lost 10k, just think about being 30 and losing 100k. Or 40 and being down 500k. Or 50 and down a million. Just stop now. See my other thread on how we lose big with the seemingly small house edge. To recap my gambling career: 60k loss. 8k debt. Probably some ten thousand hours lost gambling, many others lying and worrying. At the same time, that was time I could have done something constructive with my life. I am stuck on a job I do not like, in part due to my passiveness on not keeping improve myself. Wanting to build businesses, but not doing it due to either not having money or being too busy with it. How easy life would have been if I just worked and kept money in the bank or put it on an index fund? getting home, reading a book or just chilling out? well, I was not able to do that. I fear that if I continue this path, I will be exactly where I am right now but much older. It really is unexcusable. In regards to other areas of my life, I want to get an MBA but will not bea able to pay for it nor have any mind to do it if I keep on gambling. Same goes for a side business. Regarding my personal life, I want a girlfriend but lately have let myself go, so not confidence in going out with the kind of women I would like to date. Who would want to date a broke gambler who just gets home and stares at scores at the screen? I am 31, so am still in age, I think, so will get my life on track. I will not forgive myself if I am 40 and wasted another decade on this nonsense. These are my prime years. I must use them fully. If I stop now, I think I will be able to pay off all debt and be able to pay a pending trip I have to make overseas in the summer, all in this year. It sounds easy but is hard at the same time. It sounds like a long time, but 10 months go by fast. submitted by /u/gamblingsucksass [comments]

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Kevin Pietersen Betway Blog: India v. England, Second Test Review 16 02 21



นโยบายการคัดเลือกของอังกฤษเป็นสิ่งที่น่าผิดหวังมากสิ่งที่ทีวีภาคพื้นดินทำเพื่อคริกเก็ตในปี 2548 นั้นยอดเยี่ยมมากดังนั้นฉันจึงค่อนข้างไม่พอใจที่อังกฤษจะไม่จัดทีมที่แข็งแกร่งที่สุดในการทดสอบสี่นัดกับอินเดียที่ถ่ายทอดสดทางช่อง 4 ในบริเตนใหญ่ มันน่าผิดหวังอย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ พวกเขาควรจะออกมาพร้อมกับอาวุธทั้งหมดสำหรับซีรีส์นี้ ฉันรู้ว่าช่อง 4 มาช้าในวันนี้ แต่พวกเขาจำเป็นต้องทำทุกอย่างอย่างเต็มกำลังท่ามกลางการแพร่ระบาดของคริกเก็ตในช่อง 4 เพื่อเลือกทีมที่ดีที่สุด เพื่อแข่งขันในซีรีส์นี้จริงๆ. ใช่พวกเขาชนะการทดสอบครั้งแรกหลังจากชนะการโยน แต่ผู้ชายอย่างจิมมี่แอนเดอร์สันสามารถนั่งดูเกมนัดที่สองได้เมื่อคุณมีสจวร์ตบรอดที่จ่ายบอล 75 กม. / ชม. ด้วยปั้นจั่นและหยุดผู้รักษาประตูก็มีความหมายสำหรับผม คุณกลับบ้านไปที่ Jos Buttler จอนนี่ Bairstov หนีไปเพียงไม่กี่นัดสุดท้ายและตอนนี้ Moeen Ali ก็กำลังจะกลับบ้านด้วย ฉันรู้ว่าอาจมีเหตุผลส่วนตัวกับ Moeen แต่ฉันอยากจะคิดว่าเขาจะอยู่เพื่อเล่นในการแข่งขันทดสอบซึ่งเป็นเกมประวัติศาสตร์ทั้งกลางวันและกลางคืนหากเป็นไปได้ ฉันตระหนักดีว่าชีวิตที่มีฟองสบู่ไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายมันยากจริงๆ แต่พวกนี้อยากเล่นแน่ ๆ ? เราเล่นในปี 2548 ทางทีวีภาคพื้นดินและ BEAT Aus นั่นทำให้คริกเก็ตในประเทศนี้เปลี่ยนไป คริกเก็ตกำลังกลับไปที่โทรทัศน์ภาคพื้นดินสำหรับซีรีส์เรื่องใหญ่นี้และอังกฤษไม่ได้เลือกทีมที่ดีที่สุดสำหรับเรื่องนี้ Moeen แต่ตอนนี้เธอกำลังจะกลับบ้านหลังจากการทดสอบหนึ่งครั้ง ว้าว! 😱👀🤦🏻‍♂🤷🏻‍♂ – Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@ KP24) 16 กุมภาพันธ์ 2021 ชัยชนะในปี 2548 และในออสเตรเลียในปี 2553/54 นั้นยอดเยี่ยมมาก แต่ชัยชนะในอินเดียในปี 2555 เป็นหนึ่งในสิ่งที่ดีที่สุด ช่วงเวลาแห่งอาชีพของฉัน การแข่งขันทดสอบที่มี 100,000 ที่นั่งในอัห์มดาบาดจะตามมาถ่ายทอดสดทางโทรทัศน์ภาคพื้นดินและมีคนยกขา เป็นเรื่องที่น่าผิดหวังมากที่ได้รับชมในฐานะแฟนเพราะนี่เป็นโอกาสที่มวลชนจะตกหลุมรักทีมนี้จากอังกฤษ ฉันไม่เข้าใจเรื่องนั้นไปตลอดชีวิต สนามไม่ดี แต่อินเดียเหนือกว่าอังกฤษ เมื่อสัปดาห์ที่แล้วฉันเขียนว่าฉันไม่ต้องการเห็น “การทุ่มเข้าร่วมการแข่งขันชนะ” อีกครั้งในเจนไน แต่น่าเสียดายที่เราทำสำเร็จ มันค่อนข้างเป็นเต๋าจากอินเดียเพราะถ้าพวกเขาแพ้การโยนครั้งนี้พวกเขาจะตกอยู่ในอันตราย 2-0 ในซีรีส์ นั่นบอกว่าอินเดียเล่นคริกเก็ตได้ดีที่สุดในนัดนี้และสมควรได้รับชัยชนะ โอกาสที่ยอดเยี่ยมของ Rohit Sharma ทำให้เกิดเสียงในวันแรกและจากนั้นความแตกต่างระหว่างปาร์ตี้ก็เห็นได้ชัดเจน บางทีอินเดียอาจพิสูจน์ได้ว่าผู้เล่นของอังกฤษไม่ดีพอที่จะแข่งขัน แต่ฉันไม่แน่ใจ – ฉันแค่หวังว่าเราจะได้เห็นด้านที่ดีที่สุดของอังกฤษโดยให้การทดสอบนี้ตรงกับรอยแตกที่ดีที่สุดเท่าที่จะเป็นไปได้ เราจะต้องดูว่าตั๋วสำหรับการทดสอบครั้งที่สามมีลักษณะอย่างไรและทีมอังกฤษประเภทใด แต่สภาพกลางวันและกลางคืนทำให้ผู้เข้าชมมีโอกาสที่ดีที่สุดในการรักษาความปลอดภัยอย่างน้อยก็เสมอจากซีรีส์นี้ การประมูล IPL เป็นหนึ่งในสองอารมณ์การประมูล IPL ซึ่งจัดขึ้นในวันพฤหัสบดีสำหรับการแข่งขันปี 2021 อาจเป็นเรื่องที่น่าตื่นเต้นหรือน่าผิดหวังมาก มันง่ายมาก คุณสามารถลงทะเบียนเพื่อรับเงินจำนวนมากและดูว่าชีวิตของคุณเปลี่ยนแปลงไปอย่างไรหรือคุณสามารถนั่งเฉยๆก็ได้ ในปี 2009 Freddie และ I (Flintoff) พบว่าเราทำเงินได้ถึง 1.5 ล้านเหรียญในระหว่างการแข่งขันในทะเลแคริบเบียนซึ่งค่อนข้างแปลก เห็นได้ชัดว่าเป็นข่าวที่ยอดเยี่ยม แต่ในขณะเดียวกันฉันก็พยายามโฟกัสไปที่การแข่งขัน วันรุ่งขึ้นฉันวิ่งเข้าไปในอากาศ 97 และชื่อเรื่องคือ “เศรษฐีโง่ล้าน” ฉันยังคิดว่ามันเป็นชื่อที่ดีที่สุดที่เคยเขียนเกี่ยวกับฉัน มีชื่อที่น่าสนใจในการประมูลปีนี้ เป็นเรื่องน่าสนใจที่จะได้เห็นจากหนุ่ม ๆ ในต่างแดนที่ Alec Hales, Jason Roy, Aaron Finch และ Steve Smith จบลงเพราะพวกเขาล้วนเป็นนักแสดงระดับโลกที่ได้รับการพิสูจน์แล้ว คุณยังมี Glenn McWell, Shakib Al Hasan และอื่น ๆ อีกมากมาย ความสามารถพิเศษบางอย่างมีอยู่ เป็นการยากที่จะคาดเดาการประมูลเหล่านี้ ฉันคาดการณ์ไว้มากมายในอดีตและในที่สุดคุณก็ดูโง่เมื่อมีคนคลุมเครือในที่สุดก็หาเงินมหาศาล แต่ละทีมมีแนวคิดและทฤษฎีของตัวเองดังนั้นจึงน่าสนใจที่จะดูว่าเรามาจากไหนในคืนวันพฤหัสบดี ไปที่หน้าการเดิมพันคริกเก็ตของ Betway

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2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Tuesday Night


Rod Laver Arena | 11 p.m. TuesdayAndrey Rublev vs. Daniil MedvedevAndrey Rubley and Daniil Medvedev secured the ATP Cup for Russia earlier this month, with neither player losing a singles match throughout. In their three meetings on the ATP Tour, Medvedev has come out on top each time, including in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in September.This may be Rublev’s chance to finally overcome his friendly rival. He has looked particularly dominant, not dropping a set throughout the tournament. His match against Casper Ruud ended after only two sets when the Norwegian withdrew with an injury. Going into the quarterfinals, Rublev has led the field in both percentage of first service points won and second service points won, a sign of how hard it has been for opponents to break his serve.Medvedev has also been playing well, aside from a chaotic, disorganized third round match against Filip Krajinovic. He has now won 18 matches in a row, with his last loss coming in October at a tournament in Vienna. Although the fast surface fits Medvedev’s flat baseline shots, Rublev’s open stance is well suited in defense, and we’re sure to see many dynamic, aggressive point.Rod Laver Arena | 3:30 a.m. WednesdayRafael Nadal vs. Stefanos TsitsipasRafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, has moved smoothly through the first four rounds, no surprise for a player with 20 Grand Slam titles. Although Nadal won his only Australian Open title over a decade ago, he has reached the finals on four other occasions since, and is a clear favorite in his half of the draw to do so again. Nadal’s powerful topspin shots are well-suited to clay courts where he can drag opponents around with tightly angled shots. Nadal’s ability to exploit his opponent’s weaknesses with relentless pressure can break most players on their best days.Stefanos Tsitsipas, the ATP finals winner in 2019, is a study in unpredictability. The fifth seed has a capable all-court game, but lacks the consistency to execute match after match. The 22-year-old has worked to improve this aspect of his game, but needed five sets to push back unseeded Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round. After receiving a walkover in the round of 16, Tsitsipas will be well rested and hoping for an advantage against one of the most mentally tough players on tour.

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Win a Share of $1.5 Million in PokerStars’ Tetris® Spin & Go Games

February 16, 2021
Matthew Pitt

Tetris® combines with Spin & Go tournaments at PokerStars in a fun promotion that sees $1.5 million paid out between February 15 and March 28.
Head to the Spin & Go lobby in the PokerStars client and you’ll see there are Tetris® Spin & Go games with buy-ins of $0.25, $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, and $500. They all play out the exact same way as a traditional Spin & Go, meaning they’re three-handed hyper-turbo tournaments where the prize pool is randomly determined before the first hand is dealt.
It’s still possible to win up to $1 million in some of these game, but there are a few notable differences.
First, the virtual felt is made up of Tetris® blocks, which actually looks pretty cool. Also, the dealer button is now a Tetris® block too, and other blocks fall down the screen.
The Tetris® part of the promotion comes in the form of leaderboards. There’s a separate leaderboard for each Tetris® Spin & Go buy-in level, so 10 in total. You need to opt-in and then fire up some Tetris® Spin & Go tournaments.
Play your tournaments as you would ordinarily, but do so knowing the aim of the game is to clear lines, just like in Tetris®. The number of lines you clear depends on your Spin & Go multiplier and your finishing position in the tournament.
Your level increases each time you clear five lines. This results in you earning even more points so you can climb up your leaderboard faster.
The 2021 Guide to PokerStars Spin and Go Poker
How Many Lines Do I Clear?
 1st2nd3rd

2×432

3×321

Over 3×211

As you can see from the table above, finishing in 1st place in a Tetris® Spin & Go that has a 2x multiplier clears four lines. Just playing a tournament earns you points.
How Do You Earn Points?
The number of leaderboard points you earn is based on your finishing position and your current level. You start off earning 40 points for clearing one line when you’re at Level 0, but this increases to 840 points if you manage to climb to Level 20, which is the highest level you can achieve.
It is possible to earn up to 25,200 points per Tetris® Spin & Go tournament, as you can see in this table.
LevelPoints for 1 LinePoints for 2 LinesPoints for 3 LinesPoints four 4 Lines

0401003001,200

1802006002,400

21203009003,600

31604001,2004,800

n=40*(n+1)=100*(n+1)=300*(n+1)=1,200*(n+1)

208402,1006,30025,200

Tetris® Spin & Go Payout Table
The leaderboards payout $33,000 every day throughout the promotion making for a combined total of $1,500,000 just for playing Tetris® Spin & Go tournaments.
The $0.25, $1, $2, and $5 leaderboard payout the top 100 points earners, so you have a decent chance of walking away with a cash prize. The prizes don’t have any restrictions on them meaning you’re free to do with them as you wish.
 $0.25$1$2$5$10$25$50$100$250$500

1$50$150$250$400$500$500$750$1,000$1,500$3,000

2$40$100$200$300$400$400$600$800$1,000 

3$30$75$150$250$350$350$500$600$750 

4$20$50$100$200$300$300$400$500$500 

5$15$25$50$150$250$250$300$400$500 

6-10$10$20$40$100$150$150$150$200  

11-20$5$10$20$50$100$100$100$100  

21-50$5$5$10$25$50$50    

51-100$5$5$5$10      

Spin & Go Your Way to a PokerStars Sunday Million Seat
The Tetris® Playing Field – Avoid Hitting Game Over
There’s an extra element to this promotion that you have to be aware of at all times. PokerStars calls it the Playing Field.
Just like in a game of Tetris® where it is Game Over when the blocks reach the top of the screen, it can be game over for you if you go on a streak of out of the money finishes!
Finishing in first place either improves your Playing Field status or makes zero change to it. Finish in second place, however, and your Playing Field status either stays the same or actually worsens, which is also the case when you finish in third place.
Your table, or playing field, is green in color when your Playing Field is in a good state. It turns amber when it is worsening and turns red when you’re in big trouble. Failing to win when your playing field is red could see you reach Game Over which means you cannot earn any more leaderboard points until the next day!
The changes to your playing field status depend on your current level.
 1st place 2nd place 3rd place  

LevelImproveNo ChangeNo ChanceWorsenNo ChangeWorsen 

0-1100%0%100%0%100%0% 

2-580%20%80%20%50%50% 

6-960%40%60%40%40%60% 

10-1340%60%40%60%30%70% 

14-1720%80%20%80%200%80% 

18-2020%80%20%80%10%90% 

Get Involved in the Tetris® Spin & Go Promotion
With $33,000 waiting to be won every day until March 28 there’s no time to waste if you want to win some free cash.
Download PokerStars via PokerNews, enter the bonus code “STARS600” when making your first deposit and PokerStars will match your deposit 100% up to $600. In fact, your first three deposits in a 90-day window are matched 100% up to a combined maximum of $600.
All you need to do then is opt-in and fire up some Tetris® Spin & Go tournaments and see if you can pad your bankroll with some of the $1.5 million that’s guaranteed to be won. That and try not to spend the rest of the day humming the famous Tetris® tune!
The Stars Group is a majority shareholder in Oddschecker Global Media, the parent company of PokerNews.

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$285K Guaranteed in the KO Series Warm Ups

January 14 2021
Matthew Pitt

partypoker’s latest KO Series has been a resounding success so far and these next three tournaments are sure to prove popular. Kicking off at 7:05 p.m. GMT on January 14 are a trio of Warm Up tournaments, called such because they serve as the perfect way to warm up for the weekend’s Main Events.
They come with three different buy-ins, making it possible for players of all bankroll to get involved and potentially win big.
KO Series #20 – Warm Up Day 1A is a $320 buy-in event with a guaranteed prize pool worth $200,000. You can also play in the $33 buy-in Mini Warm Up with its $75,000 guarantee, and the $3.30 Micro Warm Up that has $10,000 guaranteed to be won.
SPINS your way into the KO Series Warm Up events
Amazing Structures Regardless of the Buy-in Level
You are in for a treat regardless of which Warm Up you play because of the amazing structures partypoker has created. Everyone sits down with 100,000 chips and the plan is to play until only 15% of the field remains. You’ll lock horns to blinds starting at 500/1,000/100, which gives you plenty of room to manoeuvrer. Those blinds increase every 16-minutes in the $320 buy-in, 14-minutes in the $33 edition, and every 12-minutes in the $3.30 Micro.
Don’t leave it too long to turn up fashionably late because late registration slams shut after the 10th level concludes. Dust off your stack while late registration is open and you can re-enter once and only once, which levels the playing field somewhat.
The second of three flights in each of the three events shuffles up and deals at the same time, 7:05 p.m., on January 15. The structure and format is a carbon copy of Day 1A with 15% of the field progressing to Day 2.
Those of you planning to grind on Day 1C need to head to partypoker at 4:05 p.m. GMT. Playing Day 1C means the clock is a little shorter than the previous two flights. Blinds increase every 10-minutes in the $320 Warm Up and nine minutes in both the Mini and Micro.
Day 2 starts at 8:05 p.m. GMT prompt and continues until only one player remains in each tournament, that player becoming a KO Series champion and padding their bankroll with what should be a chunky top prize and a bucketful of bounty payments.
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KO Series Warm Up Schedule
DateTime (GMT)TournamentBuy-in

Thu 14 Jan7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Warm Up Day 1A: $200K Gtd$320

 7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Mini Warm Up Day 1A: $75K Gtd$33

 7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Micro Warm Up Day 1A: $10K Gtd$3.30

Fri 15 Jan7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Warm Up Day 1B: $200K Gtd$320

 7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Mini Warm Up Day 1B: $75K Gtd$33

 7:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Micro Warm Up Day 1B: $10K Gtd$3.30

Sat 16 Jan4:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Warm Up Day 1C: $200K Gtd$320

 4:05 p.m.KO Series #20 – Mini Warm Up Day 1C: $75K Gtd$33

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Meet America’s 63rd National Park


As Americans continue to weather the pandemic, the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and spending bill passed by the federal government in December brought an unexpected and lasting gift: a new national park.The 5,593-page spending package included a raft of provisions authorizing little-known projects — the construction of the Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota, for one — and giving lawmakers a chance to advance a variety of long-delayed initiatives. Among them was the elevation of the New River Gorge, in southern West Virginia, to the status of Yellowstone, Yosemite and the country’s other most renowned outdoor spaces. The designation of the area — roughly 72,000 acres of land flanking 53 miles of the gorge — as a national park and preserve creates the 63rd national park in the United States and completes a multigenerational effort, started in the mid-twentieth century, to transform a tired industrial area into a national landmark.“Towards the end of this year, with these big bills coming down, I decided to strike,” said Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican and the state’s junior senator, who, along with Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, introduced the New River Gorge legislation in 2019.“This was the right opportunity,” she said.A draw for rafters, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiastsThe gorge and its surroundings have been prized for decades as one of southern West Virginia’s more spectacular natural places.In 1963, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution seeking to designate the New River Gorge as a “national playground,” preparing to send the proposal to President John F. Kennedy, whose primary campaign was lifted substantially through support from West Virginia voters. But momentum to create a national recreation area stalled after Mr. Kennedy’s assassination later that year.Though the gorge remained a curiosity among rafters and outdoor enthusiasts, the area only received federal protection from the Interior Department in 1978, when it was designated a national river.Now, the outdoor offerings in the gorge have come to define the area as a premier destination for adventure sports in the East.The New River plunges 750 feet over 66 miles, resulting in long stretches of violent rapids that can reach a class five level, generally considered the most difficult that can be navigated by white-water boaters. (Licensed outfitters operate in several towns near the river, providing rentals and tours for rafting and kayaking.)The canyon walls, which soar as high as 1,600 feet, offer miles of cliffs that rank among the best in the East Coast for rock climbing. Sheer faces in the gorge made of robust Nuttall sandstone provide both traditional and sport-climbing routes across the difficulty spectrum.Bike routes are scattered throughout the park on both sides of the river, with options for both technical mountain biking and more casual pedaling along former railroad beds.A glimpse back in timeAccording to the National Park Service, geologists believe the New River — its name a misnomer used by early American explorers who often assigned the same name to any river they came upon for the first time — was a segment of the preglacial Teays River. This larger river, which traversed much of the current Ohio River watershed, was later diverted and broken up by glaciers. The age of the Teays is uncertain, but fossil evidence suggests it could be as much as 320 million years old, leaving its remnant, the New River, as quite possibly the second oldest river in the world.Beyond the millions of years of geological history on display, the gorge is also filled with signs of the region’s heritage as a major coal production hub.Miners once capitalized on the easy access to rich deposits of high-quality bituminous coal in the canyon, where the river had already shorn through hundreds of feet of rock. Especially after the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway linked the New River coal fields to markets in 1873, dozens of boom towns popped up along the river’s edge, thriving well into the 1920s.In 1963, a coal mine was still operating in the gorge, said Dave Arnold, a state tourism commissioner who operated a rafting company for more than 40 years.“In ’76 or ’77, if you were in my boat, we’d have been floating down the river and I would have been showing you, ‘here’s an old coal tipple, here’s the old hotel at Caperton, here’s this and that,’” he said.The demand for coal around the turn of the twentieth century was so high that towns existed every half mile along up the river, according to the Park Service. As the industry went into decline, however, by the 1950s many were already abandoned, leaving ghost towns scattered throughout the gorge. Additionally, logging during the late nineteenth century stripped vast portions of the gorge bare, clearing enormous swaths of virgin forest.The park contains the remnants of communities such as Nuttallburg and Kaymoor, which still stand near the riverbank and are accessible from points higher up. Seams of exposed coal are visible along some trails leading into the gorge and its towns, where abandoned mine portals and the foundations of coke ovens remain.Restoring an ecosystem with diverse wildlifeDespite the environmental degradation and pollution that industry unleashed, some unique ecological features make the gorge well-suited to a diverse combination of wildlife, which has slowly reappeared as time has passed.The river lies at the center of a migration corridor where plants and animals that typically range further north or south come together, including several federally endangered and threatened species, such as the Virginia big-eared bat and the Allegheny woodrat.According to Lizzie Watts, the park’s superintendent, the river itself is also notably warmer than surrounding areas, making it a popular warm-water fishing destination with more than a dozen public access points. The river is one of the premier spots for smallmouth bass fishing on the east coast, and muskellunge and walleye are common in the park today.“The next generation will have the opportunity to see what, in the last 150 years, it looks like when an area goes from being logged and mined to left alone,” Ms. Watts said. “The ecosystem has come back to full trees and mature forests.”As federal protections took effect after the Park Service began overseeing the area as a national river in 1978, wildlife has largely recovered, and many see an opportunity to showcase the region’s natural elegance.“To show off our rock climbing, our extreme sports availabilities in that area, is just really exciting,” said Ms. Capito of what she described as a “kind of wild and wonderful part of our state.” ‘The cream of the crop’The National Park Service, created in 1916, oversees more than 400 areas across the country, including national monuments, seashores and battlefields as well as parks, which together total more than 85 million acres.While the new title for New River Gorge does not fundamentally alter the area’s day-to-day operations, both lawmakers and the Park Service tend to view “national parks” as the crown jewels of the park system — a protection granted to some of the largest and most prized tracts of the country.“National Park status is usually considered like the cream of the crop,” Ms. Watts said. “But it really is just another one of those names.”The New River Gorge does not match the scale of many national parks in the western United States, where Death Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone sprawl over more than 1 million acres each.Nevertheless, officials expect the new designation to bring a substantial influx of travelers, boosted in part by a dedicated set of enthusiasts who strive to visit every national park.In typical years, around 1.3 million travelers visit the gorge, according to the Park Service’s tourism data. Based on studies of other areas that received national park status, Ms. Capito said she expects to see visitors increase by as much as 20 percent.“It does feel like the very beginning stages of transformation for the whole area,” said Becky Sullivan, the executive director of the New River Gorge Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’ll be very, very interested to see where we are in about 10 years.”Maintaining the community and its favored pastimesAs unique outdoor attractions throughout the Appalachian region have gained more national visibility, some concern has grown over the idea of a wealthy and mobile set from out of state trampling the communities adjacent to these places.West Virginia remains the second-poorest state in the country in terms of median household income, according to data collected by the United States Census Bureau. And while tourism has brought a needed injection of wealth to areas all around the gorge, it has also changed the makeup of neighboring communities, as more people have come to visit the park or settle down near it.Interest in the natural offerings around the park has brought slow but measurable change for small towns nearby like Fayetteville. Officials say that the advent of remote work during the pandemic has only hastened a trend of properties in the area being repurposed for vacation rentals and outsiders snapping up second homes.“You cannot find a house for sale in Fayetteville, because they’re just in such high demand,” said Sharon Cruikshank, the town’s mayor. “So that definitely changed the budgeting of the town as well as the county.”When legislation was first introduced to designate the area as a national park, pushback came from some locals. Hunters have long enjoyed access to secluded sections of woods around the gorge, and with hunting prohibited in federal parks, some protested the potential loss of thousands of acres of hunting grounds.In a compromise, more than 65,000 acres of the total area were designated as a nature preserve where hunting can continue as before, and only roughly 7,000 acres directly within the canyon are officially off limits as national parkland. A provision was included to empower the park to acquire more than 3,000 acres of private land around its current boundaries as well, to expand the size of the preserve and add public hunting grounds.In a nod to tradition, the legislation also enshrines the right for visitors to continue to make use of one of the park’s most famous features — the New River Gorge Bridge — at least once a year.BASE jumping, an extreme sport in which jumpers parachute from elevated structures or cliffs, is banned in every other national park.But, since 1980, BASE jumpers have been permitted to plunge from the top of the 876-foot-high bridge and parachute down toward the river once a year, on Bridge Day, held one Saturday in October. The legislation designating the area as a national park allows that tradition to continue.As many as 100,000 people typically come to watch the jumpers plunge, according to Ms. Sullivan, providing a major boost for businesses in the region. The event has only been canceled twice, including last year because of the coronavirus.Bridge Day’s organizers advise jumpers that the only dependable way to touch down safely is to plan to land directly in the river. In normal years, hundreds do so, often multiple times that day, gliding down and softly hitting the New River’s waters.

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Aslan Karatsev of Russia Continues an Unlikely Run at Australian Open


He is the mystery man who few in the sport had heard of just days ago. But Aslan Karatsev of Russia has landed in the semifinals of the Australian Open.In one of the most unlikely runs in the history of modern tennis, Karatsev on Tuesday became one of the few players to make the final four of a Grand Slam after surviving the qualifying tournament when he beat an ailing Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in four sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.Karatsev, 27, who was born in Russia, moved to Israel as a child, then returned to Russia as a teenager to pursue better tennis training, according to The Times of Israel. He had been playing in the tennis hinterlands for several years with little success. He had never qualified for a Grand Slam before this tournament. He won three straight matches at the Australian Open qualifying event in Doha to win a spot in the main event and came in ranked No. 114 in the world. He has never been ranked higher than No. 111.Dimitrov appeared to have the match under control after the first set but suffered what looked to be back spasms in the third set and appeared to be on the edge of retiring for the rest of the match.Just four other players have made the semifinals of a Grand Slam after getting through the qualifying event.Ahead of the Australian Open, he played doubles for Team Russia in the ATP Cup, a team event in which players represent their countries. Russia won the competition, but not because of Karatsev, who lost all three matches in which he played with two different partners.His teammates noticed that he was playing as well as they had ever seen, and yet none of them would have predicted anything like this.“We felt like he could do something amazing,” Daniil Medvedev, Russia’s top player and the No. 4 seed in the Australian Open. “To be honest, being in your first Grand Slam main draw? Making quarters is something exceptional. He’s not over yet.”He certainly is not.Karatsev will take on the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, which is scheduled for Tuesday night.

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Poker Tips by George: Cheap Flops Are the Best

Playing low/middle-limit Texas hold’em, your goal is to go home a winner. Being the best player – the most skilled – at the table will help. But, more likely, you will rank near the middle in the skill department; let us assume that is the case. With eight opponents vying for the same pots, the cost-to-play (house rake, Bad Beat Jackpot drop, and tip to the dealer), chances are you will not be able to realize your goal.
What’s the solution? You need to win the bigger pots and only lose the smaller ones. In principle, that’s simple: Build the pots when your hands are strong; and lose less with the weaker hands. That’s a strategy that ought to apply whether you’re playing at a brick and mortar venue or on the internet at places like online casino Malta. For this column, we will focus on the latter. How can you limit your losses when your hand is not the best?
Avoid the weaker hands
The most  obvious strategy is to muck weak hands even before the flop. You will be dealt your fair share of them. Avoid the temptation; save some chips. Those chips saved will add up over time and could easily be more than the cost-to-play.
The Hold’em Algorithm helps make that decision by scoring my hole cards and providing the criteria. (There are also charts available for that purpose.)
Starting with a playable hand
Mucking your weaker hands preflop does take some self-discipline. More important is how you play your hand when it is a decent starting hand but not good enough to invest a lot of chips. We are referring to starting hands such as an Ace or a King with a medium kicker, a middle pair, and suited connectors, 8-7 or higher.
These are the type of hands you should play when there is at most one raise – better yet, no raise – to see the flop and it is multi-way (three or more opponents). I label this the Hold’em Caveat. Since the chances of significant improvement on the flop are relatively small (the odds are against you), be sure there will be enough opponents to build a pot big enough to warrant your investment. (I am willing to invest one Big Blind bet, but not more; otherwise I might get myself too pot committed.)
This is analogous to using the implied pot odds after the flop, when you can easily estimate your card odds. (Note: On the flop, you get to see over 70 percent of your final hand.) If the implied pot odds are higher than your card odds, it will pay to see the turn and river cards. (You have a positive expectation.) In the long run, you are virtually assured of being a winner.
The Blinds
If you are the Big Blind and the pot is not raised, it costs you nothing to see the flop. It’s a free card no matter how weak your hole cards.
In the Small Blind, the Hold’em Caveat should apply. But, in practice I have seen many players calling with weaker hands. Their rationale: It is only a half-bet to see the flop. There are two problems with that thinking:

The vast majority of the time, their hand fails to improve enough to warrant further investment.
With a weak starting hand, their hand often improves just enough to keep them in the pot (chasing) in hope of further improvement which is rare. That can be very costly.

Advice
If you find yourself in a game with lots of raising preflop, look around for a friendlier table at which to invest your chips.

About George EpsteinAfter a long and productive career as a leader in the aerospace industry, upon his retirement in the 1990s, George Epstein chose poker as his “second career.”
George has been widely recognized for his many significant accomplishments and contributions to our society. These include pioneering and innovations in various materials, testing and manufacturing technologies for our defense and space programs; teaching specialized engineering courses at UCLA, other colleges, and at seven NASA centers; introducing advanced composites into Air Force space systems; and creating the Air Force Manufacturing Problem Prevention Program (has helped avoid costly failures and anomalies for space systems),
He has authored many engineering reports and books; and is listed in American Men of Science; Leaders in American Science; Who’s Who in the West; Dictionary of International Biography; and Personalities in the West and Midwest.
Since “joining” the poker world, George “The Engineer” Epstein has written three poker books – most recently, Hold’em or Fold’em?– An Algorithm for Making the Key Decision and The Art of Bluffing.
George has organized poker groups at two senior centers, at West L.A. College, and at the VA/West Los Angeles, including teaching poker classes.He is a columnist for several poker and gaming publications.
George has been elected to the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame, and was named Man-of-the-Year by the Westside Optimists, primarily for his efforts in encouraging retirees to learn and enjoy the game of poker.
He firmly believes that playing poker will help to keep seniors/retirees mentally and physically healthy.

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Bally’s Atlantic City casino to close for 38 hours

Between Feb. 16-18, for a technology overhaul

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ally’s casino in Atlantic City will temporarily close for 38 hours this week to perform a technology overhaul.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement told The Associated Press on Thursday that the closure will only affect the casino floor, not the associated hotel. It will start at 8 p.m. EST February 16 and end at 10 a.m. February 18.
“We are excited to announce that Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino will be rolling out a new rewards program beginning February 18, 2021,” said Michael Monty, the casino’s assistant general manager. “The new program will provide greater rewards for Bally’s AC’s loyal players and guests, enhancing their overall gaming experience, while maintaining players’ current tier status.”
While Bally’s will continue to honor hotel reservations during the closure, “we understand that these conditions are not ideal for our players and guests. As such, customers are welcome to receive a refund on those days, if requested.” Monty said.
Bally’s was sold in November for $25 million from Caesars Entertainment to Rhode Island-based Twin River Worldwide Holdings, which subsequently changed its name to Bally’s Corp. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission in November approved the new owners to operate Bally’s after the company pledged to invest in renovations and repairs to what has become Atlantic City’s poorest-performing casino in terms of revenue.
The company has said it intends to spend at least $90 million to renovate hotel rooms, upgrade restaurants, entertainment offerings and its pool and spa, and replace or repair critical infrastructure in the 41-year-old facility.

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Hollie Doyle’s Appeal Denied

Hollie Doyle’s Appeal Denied

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The Feb. 8 appeal made by Hollie Doyle in regards to a six-day ban after improper use of the whip on Echo Brava (GB) (Proclamation Ire) at Kempton was denied by the British Horseracing Authority Disciplinary Panel, the BHA announced on Monday. The six-day ban will stand. The Group 1-winning rider had chosen to appeal after feeling that the stewards’ tone when conducting the original inquiry was objectionable.

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