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Inspired by a recent post about Ontario casinos, here is a report on my recent trip to Caesars Windsor (Nov 1-3). First thing to note is Caesars Windsor has a legitimate, real-deal craps pit. 2 crapless craps tables and 4 craps tables. Friday night the 4 craps tables were open ($15 minimum, 1 table fluctuated between $15-25) and one crapless craps tables were open. Basically, if you wanted to play you could find a spot for a game with a decent pace of play. (This has not been my experience at Fallsview in Niagara Falls, for example, which only has 2 craps tables on the main casino floor -with only 1 table open during the day). $10 minimum tables were available Thursday night and Friday afternoon. Generally at least 2 craps tables open from 10 AM on. The crapless table opened at noon, from what I saw. Sometimes a table would be reserved for a high-roller ... the upside being when he left a fully staffed table opened up for other players. Second point is that Caesars has full 5X odds. "Full" odds allows $15 pass/come bets to take $125 odds on 6/8 and $100 odds on 5/9. So this provides a good opportunity to press up your odds on a hot roll and/or start with high odds bets. Additional odds (beyond a simple 5 X multiplier) are available on flat bets of $30, $75 (multiples of $3, generally speaking). When full 5X odds are applicable, payouts for all the numbers are the same (e.g., with $15 flat bets and max "full 5X odds" the payout for all the numbers is $165). [An old Alan Krigman column online explained "full odds" this way ... Imagine a casino with a $3 minimum, single odds and no chips with denominations under $1... On points of 6/8, $3 odds would not result in a proper payout ... therefore, single odds on points of 6/8 are $5. Similarly, $3 odds does not lead to a proper payout on points of 5/9, therefore single odds on points of 5/9 are $4. If the same casino goes to "full 5X" odds, a $3 minimum bet can now take $25 odds on the 6/8 (5 times $5 single odds) and a $3 minimum bet can now take $20 odds on the 5/9 (5 times $4 single odds) ... Scaling up from $3 results in a $15 flat bet being allowed to take $125 on the 6/8 and $100 on the 5/9]. Third point is that Caesars has the Fire bet. Fourth point. Caesars Windsor dealers are friendly and good. They do get a fair bit of craps play (from what I saw). The more experienced dealers worked the afternoon shift, with greener dealers working at night. I play an aggressive style of line bets + odds, placing the 6/8 and continuous come bets. If my 6/8 hits I (basically) full press my wager by putting odds (e.g., $10 come bet, place 6/8 $30 each, 6 hits, comes to 6, down with $50 odds, $10 come bet, $5 in the rack). My bad habits are 1) $15 hardway on the point if the point can be rolled hard (i.e., 4/10 or 6/8- open to suggestions on what hardways to bet on points of 5/9) and 2) $75 YO-ELEVEN if 2 YOs have hit consecutively (going for the trio ... 0-2 on this bet this trip). AT $10 minimum my come bets will take $50 odds (although I did scale down to double odds, with $25 odds for 6/8 at times). AT $15 minimum I'd generally take $30 odds on 4/10, $40 odds on 5/9 and $50 odds on 6/8. Sometimes just go straight to $50 odds. With $15, I'd press up my odds to the "full 5X odds" maximum on a hot streak. Lots of volatility with some bad sessions and some good sessions and escaped with a modest profit. Alas, the dealers didn't do well on my bets for them. My general tipping method (to give some tips while I'm playing) flows through my hardway bets. If one of my $15 hardway bets hits, I a press it up $5 for 4/10 (to $20) and press up $10 for 6/8 (to $25) and then throw $5 on that hardway for the dealers (and hand-in a $5 tip). I think they hit exactly 1 of these hardway bets over the whole trip. Also - when I was going for my fifth point to the Fire Bet - I needed a 4 - I had the dealers $22 inside, $3 hard 4 and place the 4 for $5 .... and .... and .... and .... 7-out immediately followed. All-in-all a good trip.
A Cliff Notes Summary of the First One Out Interviews
If you haven't had time to listen to seven hours of podcast interviews, or you didn't retain everything you heard, here are some key points. I didn't think to do this until just now, so I'll be posting it as a work in progress and updating it throughout the afternoon. That way more people will have a chance to read up before the premiere. Karishma Patel, 37, Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, Houston, TX -First generation Indian-American Her mom was as a legal assistant, and got her a filing job at her law firm when she was 14. "I didn't have other options. I was basically told I was going to be a lawyer and I didn't disagree."She has watched every season and regularly listens to RHAP. She sits close to the TV to study the inflections on people's faces when something is said to them, so that she can think about what that means. But, her parents and husband don't share her enthusiasm for the show. Asked if it's her dark pleasure she says, "It is completely bright. It is a beautiful pleasure of mine, but it is mine and mine only. I haven't been able to find people to share it with." -Doing the show has caused her conflict. "Not only is it not expected, it's not allowed. It's kind of like being a disobedient Indian girl. You're not supposed to be doing this. What you're supposed to be doing is having babies. But I don't care. I'm a risk taker. I'm here to prove to myself that I don't need to listen to anybody else. I don't need permission from anybody else. This is my journey and I'm going to take it. I hope that people watching out there can see that an Indian woman's value does not come from doing what she's told." -She doesn't currently have children, and she says she has some decisions to make as she enters a crossroads and the next stage of her life. -Her law firm told her they'll replace her if they're able to find someone, and she can have her job back if they don't. "I didn't flinch." -Her strategy is to be non-threatening and play a social game. She doesn't look 37, and she wants to use that youthfulness to be disarming. She wants to build relationships other people believe in. She defines success by other people vouching for her loyalty when they go off and have private conversations with one another. "That means I got 'em, because it's actually the other way around." Asked if she wants to find someone she can trust, "I'm not going to be capable of it. I'm too skeptical for that. I overthink things, so I'm not going to be able to trust somebody the way I want to be trusted... If I do, that's the end of my game." My take: Oh my God. Poor Karishma. Her story hurts my heart. She reminds me so much of myself in her isolation, her defiance and her deep feelings. I worry that her fear of trusting people could get in the way of her forming genuine bonds. But, there's nothing she can do. Society has made her the way she is. I hope she gets a lot of screen time so she can be a star of her favorite show. Missy Byrd, 24, Military Veteran/App Developer, Tacoma, Washington -Originally from Georgia. Her family was 'decently poor.' She played basketball for the Air Force Academy because she thought it was her ticket out. -She had a brain tumor. She stopped menstruating for a year and two quarters. "I'm not dating anyone but I have breast milk. I'm a literal cow... I would look down and my shirt would be wet, and I thought, 'Dang you're clumsy. I knew you were clumsy, but you're clumsier today than you were yesterday. But it was - it was - uhh - milk." She had crying fits. She developed a stutter and couldn't look at people. Doctors told her she was just stressed. When her dad died she couldn't process emotions normally. She was about to go to the French version of the Air Force Academy, École de l'air, after graduation but because of her mental instability she was removed from school. The military shipped her to the same Air Force base as Sandra (Fort Lewis.) "I don't want to be there. Super sad. Check into the post office - fuck this. Check into the dorms - hate that." The doctor there found the tumor. She got an MRI and all weekend she believed she might have cancer. Over the next year and a half she eliminated the tumor and the symptoms using vitamins. She enlisted and worked logistics. -She made a list of the things she wanted to do now that she was going to live. "The first thing was go see Beyonce. Beyonce costs way too much money for a normal person to go see, but if you've just almost had a near death experience you go see Beyonce, bro!" She was feet away. She drove across the country. She tried weed. -She had an idea for an app, but didn't even have the computer literacy to use social media. She found a veteran's association and asked if she could intern. "They said, 'No, you should build this out yourself. We want to work for you.' I said, 'No, the fuck you don't. Okay, lemme call my grandma.'" She wrote a grant proposal and won a $1,500 office space in the center of Seattle. "Just to do whatever I want. It was like a laboratory for a child. I had Play-Dough up there. I had a white board... Just mind blowing shit when I could have been dead." -She'd seen every episode of Survivor at least three times. She started watching because her Air Force Academy basketball team was getting decimated, and she related to Foa Foa getting decimated in Survivor: Samoa. She added the show to her list. Josh suggests, "The bugs are eating you because they want some of that magic." -She isn't going to tell people her story until she's in the Final 3. "That's that Final 3 magic." She doesn't want to overly rely on strategy. She doesn't want to win individual challenges. She to build a social game and find ways to relate to everyone. My take: She's so full of exuberance. There's not a negative bone in her body right now. She's too young and her life experience is too necessarily limited to talk around three years of her life. If she shares her story, the beauty of her perspective will cause everyone to fall in love with her and want her to do well. If she doesn't, people will sense that she's hiding a lot. I think she'll figure that out and course correct within the first day. Since she was at the same Air Force base as Sandra and she was a massive fan, does that suggest she knows her? Ronnie Bardah, 35, Professional Poker Player, Henderson, Nevada-Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, 20 minutes south of Boston. They were the only Israeli family in town. 50% of the people in Brockton were from Cape Verde, and he considers himself an "honorary Cape Verdian." A couple of his friends were shot and killed at a young age. -He was a good kid and had a good heart, but he was always hustling. In Junior High he was flipping Oatmeal Cakes and Fudge Rounds for a profit. Slinging baseball cards. Both his parents gambled. They were always at the dog tracks or Mohegan Sun. He had his friend make him a fake ID and got stuck with the name Alaja Jones. He went by Al and started playing the casinos. Quit his job at Sears Automotive to play poker full time.-He played Atlantic City, Vegas, then internationally. He had his first big score in 2010 when he took 24th place in the main event for $320,000. Got to keep $150,000 after taxes. "Poker's a hard way to make an easy living. Lots of people try. We risk every day. You have to get to a point when you can manage your bankroll and I've never gone broke in the 16 years I've played." -In one of the most viewed poker hands of all time, he was bluffed out of a million dollar pot by a supermodel on a poker TV show filmed in Monaco. "She made a sick play. She had no idea what she was doing but all the stars were aligned."-He watched Borneo when it aired and got back into it when fellow poker player Anna Khait was on. He calls Jean-Robert, "kinda a lazy guy...He's really good at befriending multi-millionaires." "Anna Khait... is probably the least poker player out of all of us. She played for a couple years." "And then Garrett - He's a very, very smart, smart kid... Self-made millionaire. One of the very, very few." -He only drank water for 7.5 days and lost 25 pounds for his health and to get an idea of the conditions of the show. He thinks he'll thrive in the survival situation. "People like being around me. I like to fucking bust balls and joke." He thinks old school alliances are a good plan, but you have to adapt. He says that like in poker, Survivor players can have every advantage, but they have to really smell it. -He wants Vince out. "There's an Asian Zeke in there. What value does he bring besides ruining people and getting in people's heads? He's a liability in challenges. He looks like a little corn puff. We gotta get him outta here. Sorry to sound so mean but it's the truth." My take: Ruuuuude. He has no way of knowing how other people on the cast are talking in their interviews, and may assume the trash talk is standard. If he were playing on some seasons it would be. But, in this particular season it sets him apart in an unflattering way, and it seems a part of the tough persona he's built up to escape a scary situation growing up and enter a fantasy career. We'll see whether his tribe thinks he's a straight talking character or a jerk. Tom Laidlaw, Former NHL Player, Brampton, Ontario, Canada -He was with the New York Rangers for 7 years and the LA Kings for 4. Now he has his own podcast, True Grit Life (truegritlife.com). Does it with a friend, Kevin Allen, who writes for USA Today. Does motivational speaking. -Growing up on a dairy farm outside Toronto there was a pond to water the cows. It froze over in the winters and he'd play hockey because there wasn't much else to do. Went to Northern Michigan University - four year hockey captain, ranked #1 team in the country. Drafted as a 20 year old. "My buddy had a horse farm. We were cleaning horse shit out of the stalls. There were no cell phones back then. This is 1978. My father got a call at our farm house from the New York Rangers at the draft. Back then nobody went to the draft - it was just teams. They said I'd been drafted in the sixth round. He calls the farm house where I'm working. They bring me up. He says, 'Son, you've been drafted by the Rangers.' I said, 'Great. What do I do now?' He says, 'Finish cleaning the shit out of the stalls.'" -When he played intimidation and fighting was strategy. There were guys tougher than him, but he could fight and he could also play. Problem was, he fought a guy once, and from then on the guy wanted to fight him over and over. -Jerry Bruckheimer, big hockey fan, called the NHL and wanted to get some players on the Amazing Race. Tom had kept himself in shape, he had his passport. They ended up asking him about Survivor. He'd watched it before but not for a while. He wasn't so sure he wanted to play a game where you hurt other people, but friends helped him get his head around it. He was very impressed by Christian's toughness in the endurance challenge. To prepare for the show he studied how he reacted to different situations, how to control his heart heart, etc. He wants the mental challenge. My take: Tom really ticked me off when he spoiled a couple of outcomes of this season. That's a betrayal of the producers, his cast and the viewers. But, if that hadn't happened I would like him. He's an easy-going, charming guy. His life experiences are a bit different than anyone else who's been on the show, which is what you want. Vince Moua, 27, Admissions Counselor, Merced, CA -His family is Hmong. His parents lived in Vietnam in the destruction left by the war - dead bodies, guns, people who wanted to kill them. They went to refugee camps in Thailand. Then his dad became a Montana farm hand. He met Vince's mom in the US, but she came from the same place. -Vince is from small town Merced, California - the 209. Few people he knew went anywhere but the UC system and community college. He went to Stanford, one of only 7-10 Hmong. He realized the significance someone can bring to people from the same community. He tried to be pre-med but realized "no, not today." The issues of access he cared about came well before people got to the hospital. He ended up going with education. His mom was a teacher, "But when I was growing up she said, 'Yo, if you become a teacher Imma disown yo ass.' To all of us. But, that's always kinda been my jam." -He lived in South Korea for five years. He taught English in a town. Then in Seoul ahed worked with low and middle income students who wanted to study outside of Korea. -He's a Survivor superfan, who even mentions on his Tinder account that he plans to be on Survivor. His parents were worried about him doing TV because he's not out as gay to his extended family. He comes from a clan where his dad is the "top dog" and Vince is "the next top dog." In the Asian American/Pacific Islander community when you come out, it's your family who faces - in a sense - dishonor. For a long time he distanced himself from his family, hoping they'd all be less hurt if they found out and disowned him. He always tried to find friends who would be there for him should his parents not be. A year ago his mom asked him rhetorically if he was gay. "I was try'n to go around it. I was like, 'Gurl, you don't wanna know! Yo ass keeps asking!' But she kept asking, asking. So finally I told her 'Yeah, I am!' and she was crying. My dad was like, 'Oh, my son!'" But, Vince is fine with who he is and wants to show kids like him that "let's hope that it gets better." Now his parents just want him to win. -He'd like to play an old school strategy but "I'm not afraid to cut a bitch." With the tribe he's going to be Homeboy Vince from the 209, but when he talks to the camera he's going to tell people "Don't underestimate your narratives." This past year with Crazy Rich Asians, he wants people to know that there are some Crazy Hood Ass Asians. My take: What a character. Vince has a clear point of view - Hmong, blue collar, gay - which is unique to him in Survivor lore. Even though double minorities have sometimes had trouble fitting in socially on Survivor I think somehow he's going to pull it off. As unlikely as this sounds I could even see him being a Cochran-esque winner. Aaron Meredith, 36, Personal Trainer, Warwick, Rhode Island -He's very keyed up at Ponderosa. Rambling so fast it sounds like you're listening to 1.5x. He's read four books so far - Relentless by Tim Grover, Can't Hurt Me by Dave Goggins, Iron Cowboy by James Lawrence, Harry Potter. -He was an engineer at a building insulation plant. He was miserable, too antsy sitting at a desk. Couldn't focus. So, he drove up and down the East Coast popping kettle corn - from Maine to Florida - traveling with carnies. Bartended for a while. He'd played college football and baseball, lifted since high school, and he and his friends wanted to get "huge and jacked and ripped." The owner of the gym suggested he become a personal trainer. He ended up working mostly with middle aged women and it taught him empathy. Now he owns two women's-only fitness studios. He puts supportive women around one another and offers them the positivity to seek self-growth. -He's also a party boat emcee. Lights, DJ, bar, drinks. He's an extremely social person. -He'd first applied at 23 - 6 or 7 times over the years. He was in the mix for Cook Islands and David vs. Goliath. -He's been married 7 years and has a 5 year old son. His son is a huge fan of Survivor. Libby Vincek is his favorite player. Kara Kay was his next favorite. Aaron is already sure Molly will be his son's favorite. "He has a type. He He likes the attractive blondes. He says, 'I like them because they have a nice face.' I like mommy because she has a nice face too." The boy was very concerned about his dad going on the show. He said, "Dad, I don't want anyone to laugh at you and make fun of you." Aaron said he wanted to win. His son said, "But you might not win." When they watch the show he'll always ask, "Do they like him? Do they like her?" If Aaron is portrayed in a negative light he'll have to sit down with his son and talk. He doesn't want to play a deceitful game, but he will, because he doesn't care how he's portrayed. My take: His story about his son is one of my favorites from all these interviews. I hope he gets to work with Molly. His adrenaline is too high. I hope he calms down a lot when the game starts. But, someone so social and sweet hearted who can win challenges and take themselves to the end has got to be a contender to win. Chelsea Walker, 27, Digital Content Editor, Los Angeles, CA -Chelsea just took the cast photo and they put her in the third spot from the bottom, a good omen because a weird number of winners have been in that position. "Your girl's number three. I got this!" -She's a Jersey girl. She went to the University of Maryland. "I didn't do Survivor: Maryland or anything." She studied Broadcast Journalism. She knew the generic emails for NBC Universal and emailed random people until someone replied. Now she's been in LA a year. She did coverage of award shows. Now she works at IMDB, where she helps Kevin Smith with his show. She just interviewed people at SXSW. -She's been watching Survivor since she was 8. She's cried in every interview because this means so much to her. She's trying to explain that at the point she starts crying again. "It's been such a dream of mine and To be told no year after year after year - these past six years have been a total mindfuck. I've basically been called every single year. I've been to finals three times. Survivor is my one true love, but the one year they didn't call me I got really pissed off so I tried out for Big Brother. I ended up becoming the alternate and got my key being filmed and all of that crap. But I don't like that show anyway." -In September 2017 she was at a WeHo bar for her friend's birthday when, "Oh shit that's Jeff Probst." Her girlfriends all know she's obsessed, so she pulled the waiter over and asked what that guy was drinking. So, Chelsea sent another one over. "I told my friends, 'Take my credit card. Split the bill, because I can't come back after I do this. As soon as the waiter drops off the drink I'm like, 'Jeff, this one's on me. You can buy me the next one at finals.' And I just walked out of the restaurant... That was a big move!" They didn't call her again that year, but Jeff still remembered when they talked this year. -She's been working out at four different gyms - weights, pilates, yoga. Push ups. Memorized puzzles. Reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, which she keeps in.a Bible sleeve so people will think she's religious. She also carries Harry Potter because she would trust someone who read HP. She wants to keep it cool. Make one on one connections. Eventually find idols - and not tell anyone she has one - and make calculated moves. "I don't want to be a Jacob. No offense." My take: Hearing this girl cry from joy because she's so happy to be on the show makes me emotional. She's a real go getter. I wish I were that damn fearless. Truly, I wish I were more like her. I hope her pure zest for life comes across on TV and she doesn't get stuck with a purple edit just because of her age and gender. I also hope no one decides to get threatened by her as a competitive girl and vote her off premerge. I think she'll go far. Hope so. Dean Kowalski, 28, Account Executive, New York, New York -Referring to himself in the third person, "Dean is 28 years old. As we mentioned, he lives in New York and he prides himself on being a well rounded person when it comes to interests, abilities, personalities... If I'm listening to Drake and Lil Wayne, I gotta go home and cry to This Is Us.. I can play basketball but also think about our place in the universe." He likes to tag basketball courts with a peace symbol with a ball on it which he makes using a stencil. -He structures most of his interview with Josh around an Outwit, Outplay, Outlast format, explaining why he excels at each. -He grew up in an affluent suburb. His dream was to play in the NBA. He was 5"9 3/4, so he set his eyes on college basketball as a realistic alternative. In order to get looks from colleges he went to a school 30 minutes away - top five in the country, Nike would fly them around for games and give them free Jordan sneakers. He was one of only 4 white guys in the whole school and the only one on the team. He played with Kyrie Irving, the #1 overall draft pick. "My friend said you look like the Make a Wish Kid who just wants to be on the team for a day." He played at Colombia University, where he was co-captain his senior year despite averaging two minutes a game. He became a teacher, then did sales for a tech startup in New York. He now sells ads for Google. -He's a fan, but far from a superfan. He started watching Brenda's season. (He thinks it was Nicaragua, but it was actually Carmoan.) He works with a superfan who freaked out when they had a meeting at H&R Block with Carolyn Rivera and they went out to Bourbon Street with her. He kept watching for five years and thought he could do well. He hates when people are all talk, so he sent in a tape. For the video he interviewed random strangers on the street, who had never met him or seen the show, and asked them, "Why am I going to win it?" A barber, a construction worker. He's going to tell people he's in marketing, not sales - people have sales. My take: I'm just not that into him. Elaine Stott, 41, Factory Worker, Rockholds, NY -When Josh asks her not to touch the table she asks him, "You seen that Bart Simpson commercial, right? Don't touch my Butterfinger? I'm already hungry thinking about it." -"I had a pretty rough way to go growing up." Her single dad raised her and her three brothers. She was the youngest. "I was raised like one of the boys. Know what I mean? Daddy didn't know how to raise no little girl." He worked 16-17 hour days. The kids raised themselves. "When little children make their own decisions, they make poor ones." She was a hellion. -She's originally from Woodbine, Kentucky, Nick Wilson's hometown. Her god sister went to school with him and she knows him through the grapevine. "We rode on different sides of the track. 20 years ago he coulda been my lawyer, because I was on the other side of the law. I'm not bad. I've just done some things." Public intoxication several times. "I come from a dry county. It's like Footloose. We cross the state line to get a beer and when you come back you're in trouble." She stole a newspaper stand once and had to do community service. "I was a little bit mean." -She went to live with her grandpa and cleaned her act up, by which she means that she started smoking a little weed and playing sports - basketball, softball, track. She played softball and judo in college. "I couldn't do nothing real technical. We had Brazilians on the team who could do flying arm bars. But if I got these claws on you and got ya on the ground I'd waller you to death." In casting she put this guy Will in an armbar. She was gonna choke him but didn't know if she should. -When she graduated, her girlfriend was a college Freshman so she went to all the same parties and ballgames for four years. Then she realized she needed a job. Now she drives a Ford truck for a factory. She's been there 15 years. She works 12 hours, 7 days a week. -Growing up her mom "was always in my life in some sense. She'd never miss a birthday. She'd be homeless, but she'd still call." Elaine and her brothers bought her cars, and places to live, and got her jobs. "In a sense I've been mourning the loss of my mom my whole life." Once Elaine was homeless herself and there was snow on the ground. It was cold, and her teacher took her in. Gave her Christmas presents. Made her go to prom. Survivor was a thing they shared, and the teacher was gonna be Elaine's loved one. But within a one year period the woman lost her daughter, her husband, her dog and then had a stroke. Now "she walks like Frankenstein" and can't go. Elaine got Probst to talk to her, and she can't wait to watch. In October Elaine's biological mom went into a coma. She was on life support, but Elaine wouldn't unplug her. Her mom came out of it and seemed to be doing a lot better only to die very suddenly of a heart attack. -Her girlfriend and her girlfriend's two sons are gonna be watching. The 18 year old doesn't know because he can't keep a secret. The 13 year old helped her lose 20 pounds doing crossfit to come out here. She wants the money, but she really wants "some of that soul searching, that life adventure, that life changing - some of that. You know what I mean? Gimme some of that soup! Lemme eat some of that up! I want this show to build me up, because I feel like it can. I sure hope to hell it don't tear me down." My take: About 12 sobbing emojis in a row. She's my favorite. If she gets voted out premerge I'm going to go into mourning. And how can you not sort of expect that? I am going to be so upset if they just dismiss her because she's older and looks out of shape and sounds country. If that happens, I want another Second Chance season next year. Elizabeth Biesel, 26, Olympic swimmer, South Kingstown, Rhode Island -Josh says that Elizabeth was outright identified by one of the other contestants because they'd been watching YouTube videos about how to be a better swimmer. Others guessed she was an Olympian based on her rings tattoo. -She's from the Ocean State. They lived a block away from the beach, so they wanted her to take swimming lessons. She was a rambunctious child and swimming was the only way they could calm her energy. She started breaking records when she was 7 or 8. When she was 13 she made her first national team. At 15 she went to the Olympics. She got good early. Women peak around 22-23, and she ended her career at 24. You couldn't make much money doing it. She swam one of the longer, more grueling races, and her body said "no more." She listened to her body and retired. Some athletes lose their love for swimming because they're embittered by losing by 1/100th of a second, or they leave injured. She left on a good note. Still, if she could swim competitively for the rest of her life, she would. Now she doesn't know who she is or what she's going to do with the rest of her life. Every hour of the day used to have a purpose. Now her days are wide open. She can't keep eating 5,000 calories a day. "It's sort of like I'm mourning the death of Elizabeth Biesel the swimmer." -She was a Survivor fan as a kid because Richard Hatch was from Rhode Island. In her area "Every single household that had a television set was watching Survivor." When they asked her if she'd do the show, she felt pure joy. She said absolutely right away. She's excited about the competition of Survivor. No heated Olympic pools. You're stripped down to your core. She's amazed by the scope of the production apparatus. She's not a schemer. She wants to be a challenge beast - not the best woman but the best overall. She'd love to have a Wendell and Dom relationship with another woman. But, she wants to avoid the drama as long as she can. My take: Could Chelsea be Wendell to her Dom? She's so wholesome. She's just so "Olympics." I love her and everything she represents. I'd love to see her rocket through the swimming competitions, lapping everyone else. Go Elizabeth.
Casino Woodbine Treating New Employees Like Complete Garbage
I'm going to start off by acknowledging that this is a burner account. Since I am still technically employed by the casino, I'd prefer to remain anonymous. Where to even begin with this horror story. I attended a job fair late in the summer and was told that I got the Dealer job and to come in for a 5 week training course. The first thing I noticed when I looked at the offer letter was that it was for a PT position even though I was looking for FT. When I asked the interviewer, they told me not to worry about it, everyone is working overtime right now there are more than enough hours to go around for everyone. The deal was no pay for the first 2 weeks of training but you get a bonus for passing the first 2 weeks, from there the final 3 weeks are paid + an additional bonus for completing the course. First day of training, there are over 50 of us in the class. Most of whom thought that they were hired as FT but EVERYONE was PT. There was also another class of 50 that came from the same job fair that split the room with us night/day class, so there was a total of over 100 Part timers that they hired there. Anyone that asked about wanting to go full time was told the same thing, all the current dealers are working overtime and not to worry about it. Then the shit show begins. This is week 6 of work and none of us have received a single dollar from the casino. They give us one excuse after the other about problems with their system blah blah blah but 6 weeks? At this point we've all completed the training and are waiting for our AGCO license (Government gaming lic) to be approved and sent to us so we can start working on the floor. From talking to current dealers, some trainees received their licenses within the first week but others have had to wait months (This part is not in the control of the casino.) From the moment we started, we were told that we would be able to continue to come in after the 5 week training to continue to practice all the games we've learned, with pay, until our license came in. Well they lied. At the end of class yesterday, they told everyone not to come in anymore. Once they receive our license, they will contact us to come pick it up. WTF right? It gets worst. They than tell us that since we are all PT that our guaranteed hours are 0-24hrs a week and that they will not be scheduling the majority of us and but we're free to pick up shifts if we want.... It gets worst.... The only place where we can find shifts to pick up is located in the employee lunch room.... And it gets even worst... There was another class of 50 ppl that just started, possibly 2. This was a fucken horendous experience that I would not wish on anyone. Right now I'm stuck still waiting for my first pay cheque from them AND I basically don't have a job if I'm not being scheduled. Anyhow, that's the end of my rant. Fuck Casino Woodbine.
Toronto poker players - the CNE is running NL this year. 1-2 and 2-5.
It's actually spread limit with $100max bet per street, but it's better then nothing. They have free parking passes available to people who register with the casino. Casino is closed Saturday and Sunday due to Caribana.
Thoughts On Canadian Gaming/Casino Stocks In General
Hello Everyone, wanted to get some opinions on the Gaming/Casino sector as a whole and then specifically TNA.V. Why Casinos? Because I have spent serious time researching them and it's a niche sector on all Canadian Exchanges (CSE/TSXV/TSX). There are only 8 now since two were acquired this year (NYX, IGG) and I am looking for something that can have the highest returns over the next 12-24 months. GC and GH are way too expensive from a multiple perspective and riddled with money laundering issues, the 5 other juniors can't turn a profit to save their lives, so that leaves TNA.V which I have spent the time on SEDAR to do a DD of below. All comments are welcomed Evergreen Gaming Corporation Q3 Results (Ending September 30th 2017) All Information Can Be Found On SEDAR – www.sedar.com Previous Closing Price: $0.15 - $0.15 Common Shares: 124,716,865 InsideInstitutional Holdings: 95,967,855 or 77.51% Retail Shares Available: 28,749,010 or 22.49% Financial Results (All Numbers In USD) ASSETS Property, Plant & Equipment: $10,531,011 Goodwill: $6,435,481 Trademarks: $1,185,000 Game Licenses: $60,667 Deposits: $27,110 Inventories: $168,011 Accounts Receivable: $37,196 Other Assets: $224,477 Cash, restricted: $2,758,138 Cash: $5,444,510 Total Assets: $26,871,601 USD LIABILITIES Deferred Tax Liabilities: $348,000 Notes Payable: $6,573,585 Other Payables: $5,460,159 Notes Payable: $393,858 Total Liabilities: $12,775,602 USD 3 Month Results USD Revenue: $8,554,697 Net Income: $627,304 9 Month Results USD Revenue: $26,196,124 Net Income: $2,012,248 9 Month Revenue convert into CAD and Earnings Per Share USD-CAD-1.27 as of November 16th 2017 $2,012,248 X 1.27 = $2,555,554.90 CAD $2,555,554.90 / 124,716,865(common shares) = $0.0205 over 9 months
SUBSEQUENT EVENTS The company has entered into an agreement to sell the real property where Palace Tukwila was located for $1,950,000. The buyer has made a $50,000 earnest money deposit and the sale is supposed to close on or before November 30, 2017. The company has mortgages on the property with balances of $1,054,956 as of September 30, 2017 which would be paid in full if the sale is completed. The book value of the property being sold is $1,434,184 as of September 30, 2017.
NOTE - Tukwila was closed February 4th and has not generated any revenue since then. This will reduce liabilities substantially and give the company additional operating capital. TNA.V MD&A Highlights Overall Performance Current quarter compared to prior year Net revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $8,554,697, an increase of $108,190 compared to the same period in the prior year. Gaming dollars dropped were 11.3% higher than the prior year quarter but that increase was offset by a lower hold percentage of 1.8%. The income from operations was $1,042,536 compared to $971,941 in the prior year quarter. This increase was due to the increase in net revenues partially offset by an increase in operating expenses of $37,595. The labor and benefit expenses increased due to an increase in the minimum wage, but that increase would have been even higher except for the closing of Palace Tukwila on February 4, 2017. Net income before taxes was $967,761 compared to $836,569 in the same quarter of 2016, a $131,192 increase. The increase was due to the higher income from operations and lower finance costs due to paying off outstanding indebtedness. Working capital at September 30, 2017 was $2,778,315 compared to working capital of $1,744,546 at December 31, 2016. With sustained healthy revenues and ongoing game protection and expense controls, management expects continued profitable operations sufficient to exceed the cash demands necessary for the company to meet its future obligations. The Company’s assets at September 30, 2017 totaled $26,871,601 compared to total liabilities of $12,775,602. At December 31, 2016, total assets were $23,922,129 compared to total liabilities of $11,838,378. The Company’s cash at September 30, 2017 was $8,202,648, compared to $4,563,587 at December 31, 2016. These amounts include “Restricted Cash” balances of $2,758,138 and $914,071 respectively. “Restricted Cash” balances are jackpot funds held for prizes being offered at the casinos. Cash provided by operating activities for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $1,615,226 compared to $471,994 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.
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Weekly "What to do in Calgary Thread" for Oct. 6th to Oct. 12th.
Hello /Calgary, we are changing things up a bit here. I have been appointed to create a "Weekly to do list" for our city. Feel free to continue to PM the mods for future events and we will continue to update the wiki and sidebar as I do use those to help contribute to this list as well. Well here it is /Calgary, please help contribute too! Need some ideas on what to do this week in or around Calgary? Do you know of a special community event that you would like to share with others? Please post any event you know about in this city that I may have missed or not known about here in Calgary or surrounding area. If you have any questions like what to expect at certain events or any other related questions feel free to ask here and hopefully someone who is familiar with the area will be able to help. Music & Shows Oct. 6 - Grieves and Sol at Republik tonight too! $15 - Praetor192 Oct. 7 - Boz Scaggs, The Memphis Tour, an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets from $68.15 - $81.90 Oct 8 - 10 at 10 at Commonwealth Bar. Ten local acts preforming, starting at 10pm. First 100 are free and then after that it's $10 cover (confirmed) - ph4ra0h Oct. 9 - Constantines with LadyHawk will be at Commonwealth Bar. $20 plus fees. - Thanks to furtive Oct. 9 - Gob and guests, a Canadian punk band, will be at Dickens Pub. $20 tickets, or $25 with their new album. Oct. 10 - Ryan Adams, an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer, will be at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. $59.50, $45.00, $35.00 plus fees Oct. 10 - Bombay Bicycle Club, an English indie rock band, will be at MacEwan Hall on the UofC Campus. $28-$30 for the night. Oct. 10 - Death Toll Rising at TEN Nightclub on Friday. Metal bands on a PK Sound system. should be good - dsquareddan Oct. 10 & 11 - Dr Hook feat. Ray Sawyer - FAREWELL TOUR, a classic American rock band, will be at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. $39.00 or $59.00 for the first 10 rows. Oct. 11 - Eluveite, a Swiss folk metal band, will be at Mac Hall on the UofC's campus. $25-30 Oct. 11 - Safe in Sound, an EDM festival at the BMO Centre on Stampede Grounds. Tickets starting at $72.70 Sports (I'm only going to do home games here, too much work to add all the games.) Oct. 8 - Canucks Vs Flames. First game of the regular season, and it's a home game. Game starts at 8PM. Oct. 10 - Victoria Royals Vs Calgary Hitmen. Puck drops at 7PM Oct. 12 - Brandon Wheat Kings Vs Calgary Hitmen. Puck drops at 4PM for an early afternoon Sunday Special. Other Oct. 8 - () Wake up early on Wednesday to watch the moon disappear in a total eclipse. This is something I recommended you do if you can. It's not something that occurs every day. It lasts from approximately 4:30 AM to 5:30 AM. Where is the best place to watch it in or around the city? - Thanks to Hypno-phile Oct. 10 & 11 - Scream Fest! at Stampede Grounds. According to the webpage this is an adult focused Halloween festival, but is rated PG13. Scream Fest has always been a good time in the past, I recommend this. $25 at the door, and open every Friday and Saturday night until Nov. 1st! - Thanks to frankycrankie Oct. 11 - Eleven @ 11. From 11AM-3PM there will be a Skate Event taking place at the Woodbine Skate Park, right next to the 7-11 (460 Woodbine BLVD) - gmac13 Feel free to comment with any events you know of that I may have missed or you want people to know about. Let us know what you are going to be up to, maybe going to Prince's Island Park for one of the last few warm weekends this weekend, or maybe Cochrane is having a festival that I don't know about? Please help contribute to our new weekly list, or city has so much to offer that it can be difficult to find some nice events to go to without the help of some friends. edit 1 I'm adding an event that we got PM'd about today that I missed adding to the sidebar that is happening right now at Kings Head Pub, YYC Rocks for the Calgary food bank. Check it out if you can! edit 2 I'm going to clarify because we have received a few PM's now about events that are happening this week that were also posted in this thread as a comment. This is meant to be a community project, so please continue to post this weeks events that you know about, but if its during the week with the current thread then please just keep the event in the comments section of the thread. The reason is I don't plan on updating the sidebar with events within the posted week, but I do plan on updating the sidebar with future plans. Posting a comment here provides a section for discussion about that activity between interested members. So please continue to PM us with future events as I will continue to update the sidebar, but keep current events to this thread. Thanks for all the appreciation!
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