The Man With The One-Eyed Cat & Dog

What are the odds of that!

I could be talking about anything and everything. It could be the next race at Newmarket or someone considering that life insurance policy. You know, one of those patronising TV adverts where the actors pretend (I hope) they have Alzheimer’s disease.

There used to be a bloke who lived up the road. Actually, just around the corner in a bungalow. He was a postman. He was a very strange character. You couldn’t quite put your finger on it, but there was something missing (from his brain). His character trait was being obnoxious, confrontational and just a madman in the making. Thankfully, he didn’t deliver to our door very often but I’d pity the poor souls who were on his route. On one occasion I heard a tremendous knocking at the front door. It was as if someone was hitting the door with a hammer.

I said: ‘Who on Earth is that?’

Surprise surprise it was him.

I didn’t say anything but realised he wasn’t normal.

We used to have a pet dog, a lovely border collie called Blue. He went for his daily walk over the local playing field, literally 50 metres from our door. The postman took his dog over there. I used to keep out of the way as I wasn’t interested in chatting with an idiot but pitied his dog as it couldn’t be a place you would want to live.

For all I knew it lived a life of milk and honey.

However, one day the dog was off its lead and ran over to Blue. I noticed the dog had one eye. I thought it was kind of strange but considered it must have had an accident or something. Who knows. I wasn’t going to ask. It was sewed up and must have gone to the vets.

What are the odds of that?

Not millions to one but probably hundreds.

I wouldn’t want to bet on your pet dog having one eye or pre empt a gamble that your pet would lose one of its mince pies.

But you get the idea.

Poor dog.

About a week later, I walked into town and had to pass the crazy postman’s house. I didn’t think too much about it. As I passed, I saw he had a cat sitting in the garden. I can’t remember what it looked like. It might have been a lucky black cat. To my surprise it looked round as I passed and it had one eye!

It’s a coincidence, I guess.

The odds of a person having a cat and dog with one eye must be a rare sight. It must be millions to one. I couldn’t help wonder what was the story about the one eyed cat and dog because there most certainly must have been a story to be told.

Did they lose an eye at the hands of a punchy postman?

I shouldn’t imagine as it doesn’t go to a pretty place.

The next time you go to the casino and bet on a single number on the roulette with odds of 35/1 please take a moment to consider how your odds compare to other bets or aspects of life.

When someone says: ‘That’s a one in a million happening!’

Just say have you ever met a bloke with a one-eyed cat and dog?

Poor things.

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When To Bet Fixed Odds

Fixed odds.

So, what are we talking about? It’s the different side of the coin to skill bets which are not surprisingly based on skill.

An example of fixed odds, betting a single number on roulette which is 37/1 but after the house takes its cut you receive 35/1. Each number of the roulette wheel takes 2.7% of the cash on the table. So that’s £27 in every thousand. It doesn’t sound a great deal of money but it all adds up when you have perhaps two or three tables, betting terminals, and a variety of other games such as blackjack, three-card poker, poker and the ever-taking slots, which are said to make up 70% of casino revenue.

Realistically, there is never a good time to play fixed odds.

Why?

Because from the outset you are, statistically, destined to lose. Not the best starting point for any gamble. The house edge takes its cut of each and every game because it’s there to make money at the expense of you and your hopes of winning. As far as the odds go, they are odds on to be winning by the end of the night. Even if the odd occasion that wasn’t true (because someone got lucky and they won big money) they would be confident they would be in profit by the end of the week.

That doesn’t mean that punters don’t win or can’t get lucky.

They do have their days. Sometimes its a win that changes their life. Some of those progressive slot machines have been known to pay out millions.

Out of fixed odds betting and skill based I would rather bet on the latter. Although that doesn’t mean you will get an easy ride because to win you will need to know a lot more (or at least a little more) than your opponent. It may be a bookmaker laying odds on a horse race, a poker player bluffing their way to a big pot or even a chess player making out they just got lucky but a hustler who knew the score when they bet levels you devils (1/1) and they were basically a certainty. Unless being out hustled by a hustler.

You don’t acquire a skill worth having by osmosis. You will take years of dedication and passion to build a knowledge, understanding and skill to appreciate you are better than most.

Nothing is easy. We live in a competitive world. Even if you cannot see that before your eyes, it is there. If someone says: ‘let’s have a bet!’ You’d be wise to appreciate they fancy you are the loser waiting to happen. Unless, you know more.

So why play fixed odds?

It’s a question you need to ask yourself. You at least need to appreciate that going to the casino from a statistical and financial point of view isn’t, logically, a good idea.

You are destined to lose.

Whoever, that doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t go to the casino as it can be a very enjoyable night out. Often cheap food, free bets, match bets, competitions, music and entertainment. All put on to bet you through the door.

The choice is yours. I’ve never seen a croupier or pit boss with someone’s arm behind their back saying: ‘You will bet and lose!’

You don’t have to bet a penny. You can take advantage of everything free and enjoy the experience. In fact, it’s often more enjoyable just watching people winning, losing…

There’s always a character or two at the casino.

If you are going to bet then please think about what you are doing. Why? Because we all need to be responsible for our life and actions. Bet what you can afford to lose. If you don’t like losing then don’t bet. If you have a £10 to gamble then play roulette with 50p chips and stick to one lucky number. If you are going to be lucky you may as well get 35/1.

Also, the longer you play the more likely you are to lose.

So play for a couple of hours at most. If you are winning put your stake money in your pocket and you will go home level at worst. If you have a few more wins, put some of that profit in your pocket and you will leave a winner.

If you lose your stake, don’t bet more than you intended.

Why?

Because you will break your own rules and create a bad habit which will prove to be a bad idea long term.

Without discipline we really do have problems in life.

Gambling can be a very innocent, enjoyable pastime. But it can also be very problematic and addictive, especially those slots. They will have you acting like a pigeon pecking a coloured light for a handful of corn.

Don’t drink too excess and gamble. You can take advantage of hot and cold drink in the gaming room for free. One of the perks of sitting at the table whether betting or not.

It’s a bad combination.

Fixed odds betting isn’t the wisest gamble. It’s a bet that you need to appreciate before getting involved. However, if you know the facts then you will be wiser than most and have an enjoyable evening and, at most, lose a few quid which doesn’t addle your mind or lose your shirt.

Good luck.

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Celebrities Who Loved to Gamble Too Much

Fame, fortune and ample limelight.

You’re a celebrity.

I can’t say I’ve met a celebrity to talk to. It really doesn’t interest me. They say you should never meet your heroes. Why? Because they will prove to be a disappointment.

I pity the poor soul who has Jim Davidson as their hero.

I’ve heard a few people mention this as the truth. I guess if your hero was Mother Teresa you would be happy with who you found.

I doubt you would have seen her in Las Vegas, Nevada, sitting at one of the slots in the Bellagio, knocking back shots, swearing, or even wearing a diaper so she doesn’t have to miss a spin while passing not only time.

Sorry, I’m just painting a picture. It’s not the truth.

Perhaps Mother Teresa wasn’t a celebrity. Who knows? I once see a bald-headed comedian on the tube. I just Googled bald-headed comedian and realised it was Lee Hurst. I looked up, thought I know that face, and had zero interest in asking for an autograph. It wasn’t him. I’m not interested in anyone’s monika. I almost see it as a weakness wanting something from a celebrity even if a word. I think it’s a strength not to give a stuff.

Who cares?

It always makes me feel sorry for some little child who waits for an autograph only to be ignored.

So what about celebrities who like to gamble.

There have been a number of high-profile cases. A few make grim reading. One I remember is David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minelli (they were married for 16 months). The showbiz promoter found fame and fortune in his own right carving out a career as a TV reality star.

Staring roles included:

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! 2006 (24 episodes)

Soap Star Super Star 2007 (3 episodes)

This Is David Gest 2007 (6 episodes)

Grease Is The Word 2007 (7 episodes)

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Now! (6 episodes)

Celebrity Big Brother 2016 (15 episodes)

Unfortunately for Gest, he had an addition to slot machines and was almost broke by the time of his death. Gest (62) was found dead in a hotel room in the Canary Wharf area of London.

Gest’s company had debts of £474,000. He had almost £58,000 in his personal bank account. It was alleged he lost £100,000 in one year to a well-known casino group, playing roulette and slots. Often losing four figure sums a nights.

A source said: ‘David wouldn’t think twice about betting £10,000 at a sitting.’

His death wasn’t suspicious. He had suffered from ill health and had hypertension.

David had no gambling debts.

God bless.

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Why I Play Roulette

I guess we all have our favourite casino game.

Take your pick: Blackjack, roulette, three-card poker, slots, poker…

Out of that selection, I have played all but poker (which may sound unusual). I have lost money on the slots. Won a couple of times at three-card poker (only times I’ve played) and won decent cash at roulette which I’ve played for a number of year although perhaps no more than 20 times. The vast majority of times at Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth.

You have a choice of playing roulette at the terminals which are kind of a quiet way to play and you don’t feel on show. Or you can play at the table which can be a different experience depending on the number of players. You may find yourself playing alone, which I don’t like, or feel you are in the middle of a rugby scrum if the ‘circus’ is in town. All the fun of the fair. There will always be pros and cons with gambling, the setting and the experience.

What I like about the playing roulette.

Compared with other table games is that you can stop whenever you like. It’s easy to sit out a spin or two (or as long as you like) whereas blackjack or three-card poker you almost feel obliged to bet which isn’t always ideal. Sure, if you wish to bet consistently then you won’t be hindered by this format.

The odds playing roulette are fair (I think 2.7% house edge compares favourably with the US double zero).

My experiences playing roulette.

I never play with much cash at the casino. It just doesn’t interest me to lose a couple of hundred on an evening and frustrating. So I’m one of those low rollers who stay south of £50. In general, I start off with £20 and hope to get lucky. I bet 50p a spin on a single number and basically ‘hope to get lucky’ with a 35/1 payout. I figure if I’m going to get lucky it will either happen or not at big odds. It often works out.

The last two times I’ve gone to the Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth it has been a loser. Probably about £50 in total. Not ideal but that’s how life goes. Previously, I have won a few hundred. So I’m still in profit which is a novelty at the casino.

At the end of the day, going to the casino for me is about a little bit of fun knowing that the house edge means the longer you play to more you will lose. If you have those aspects in mind you are an informed bettor, which is about as good as it will get.

The best way to make your betting pay is to use free bets or match bets which small-change bets. That way you can nullify the house edge which is the answer to any gambler’s question. It simply cannot be done betting any decent money but if you are out for a bit of fun you can give yourself a better chance than winning than the casino.

Who has ever heard such a comment?

It’s true.

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Using A Laser To Predict Roulette Result

You hear stories about people winning at the casino by cheating.

The light wand with slot machines, counterfeiters making chips while some people just try a money grab. However, there was one story which caught my eye about The Ritz Club, Piccadilly, London. A prestigious venue. Supposedly, three individuals won a vast sum of money by using a laser and mobile phone to predict where the ball would stop. Well, not the exact position but making the odds from 37/1 to about 6/1. If true, this would be the difference between winning and losing. In this case, the trio were said to have won over £1M,

Three Arrested Over Roulette ‘Sting’

Supposedly, two Serbian men and a mysterious ‘’beautiful Hungarian woman allegedly used a laser scanner to predict the spin of the roulette wheel. It’s claimed the scanning device was hidden in a mobile phone, linked to a micro computer, which calculated where the ball would drop.

The prediction would be calculated as the ball spun and bets placed.

The first visit the trio won £100,000.

But £1,200,000 the following night. The casino paid £300,000 in cash and £900,000 in a cheque.

The casino were suspicious and after reviewing CCTV contacted the police with concerns the money was won by deception.

The Metropolitan Police Clubs and Vice Unit seized cash and mobile phones.

A senior police source said: ‘Casinos allow gamblers to place bets during the three revolutions of the wheel. The three were placing and winning bets in this narrow window. The device cannot predict the exact number but can reduce the odds from 37/1 to possibly 6/1.’

The payout would be 35/1 if hitting a single number.

A trio is made up of two Serbian men, aged 39 and 34, and a very chic beautiful Hungarian woman of 33.’

They were released on bail.

There was no offence of ‘cheating’.

There has been speculation of such devices being used regarding roulette but no evidence this is true.

As the roulette wheel or ball were not interfered with it is a moot a point whether a crime has been committed.

The Ritz Club may be left with the option of refusing entry or asking someone to leave.

The casino refused to comment.

Thoughts about the likelihood this could work.

I would be very surprised that such a device could help predict where the ball would stop on the roulette wheel.

It is mostly likely the trio simply got lucky and won the cash.

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