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While everyone believes that it’s impossible to beat the house edge in the long run, some people do believe that there is a secret to doing so. Perhaps they get their inspiration from the infamous MIT Blackjack team who reigned in the early 90s with their extra-ordinary skill in blackjack gaming. This is definitely an iconic story that should encourage every casino player out there, whether they do so at Vegas Palms casino or any other internet casino.

Here’s a recap for those who don’t know this story yet. Perhaps it will help with reinforcing the fact that playing at casinos can be profitable if you have a strategy to rely on.

It started with a man named Bill Kaplan

Can you imagine a young talented man postponing his entrance into a world-class University like Harvard to gamble? This is exactly the story of Bill Kaplan. He had discovered a mathematical model which he thought could be used to beat the casinos in their own game.

Of course his ambition was contrary to what his parents (especially his mom) had expected. He was an A-class student, and so gambling (according to the majority who understand it) would be a total waste of his brains.

So after doing a little bit of convincing that this was the right career for him, Kaplan decided to visit Vegas and spend a year gambling there. He took with him some $1,000, and that was quite a lot of money in 1977. Nevertheless, he was able to return a profit of $35,000 out of his seed ‘’investment’’. He had applied his mathematical model on Blackjack games, and the outcome was very good. This guy graduated from Harvard nevertheless.

Meeting a team of students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Some students who had developed interest towards card counting overheard him discussing how he had beat the casinos at the Vegas strip. And since this was something they loved very much, they asked him to train them so that they could form a team that would later be known as the infamous MIT Blackjack Team. This happened towards the onset of 1992 when casinos were recording booming business. Through the support of partners and friends, the MIT Blackjack Team was able to raise $1 million dollar to fund a new company which they would call Strategic Investments. People had confidence in Kaplan’s techniques because they had heard his rumors anyway.

Mike Aponte was one of the students who had joined this infamous team, and after months of learning the techniques, he was given $40k cash to gamble for his team. He lost $10k in the first 10 minutes of gambling part of the money at a Blackjack table in a certain casino situated in Atlantic City.

Back then, casinos used to love clients with big money (they still do). So Aponte was quickly approached by one of the casino executives and offered VIP treatment in form of a pool table, Jacuzzi, food, accommodation you name it. It was a lesson well-learned. It showed the volatile nature of Blackjack games and the potential risk they could inflict on bankrolls.

In conclusion

In the end, Aponte was able to recover a net profit of $25,000, ultimately returning to college to earn his degree. To cut a long story short, their mathematical model had proved effective. But most importantly, it had proved that Blackjack is a game of math. So register and play online casino games from your mobile with the Vegas Palms app because you could win a fortune like this team did. There is nothing to lose in the long run if you master these techniques of card counting.

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There is something innately beautiful about card games. Perhaps it’s the mystique of the games, or the appeal of gaining an edge over the house. Regardless, card games have captivated our attention for eons and their intrinsic value is wildly appealing to our senses. From 2s to Aces, the hierarchical structure of card games allows for champions to be groomed. To the untrained eye, strategic card games like poker and blackjack are stooped in mathematical gobbledygook. But to the professional card player, there is nothing random about these statistical probabilities. Every card that is dealt decreases the probability of an equal value card appearing, and it is this aspect of card playing that is so tantalizing to players. Professional players build careers off 52-card decks, and many of them got their start in college.

Learning the ‘Art of the Draw’ at College

Student card players are among the best in the business – one only needs to consider the world’s finest poker players as a case in point. It is no secret that colleges are breeding grounds for building the card players of the future. Many top poker professionals perfected their game-playing skills while at college. One such institution of higher learning is the University of Waterloo in Canada. Several high-ranking poker professionals emerged from this Canadian university, including Mike McDonald – the winner of the European Poker Tour Major with over $1 million in poker prize money. He competed against fellow student, Steve Paul-Ambrose, a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Winner. Other highly-ranked poker professionals who emerged from this university include Mike Watson, Glen Chorny, Matt Kay, Scott Montgomery and others.

South of the border, University of California Berkeley is a hotspot for breeding top-tier poker players. Maestros like Lauren Kling, Joe Sebok, Bill Edler and Prahlad Friedman are among the high-ranking poker professionals. The critically acclaimed Harvard University has created more than its fair share of strategic thinkers on the poker circuit. These include Richard Brody, Andy Bloch and Brandon Adams to name but a few. The list of poker colleges spans far and wide and includes Trinity College Dublin, and Yale University. Student card games are a popular pastime in the dorms, in between lectures, and off-campus. The popularity of card games like Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Blackjack and Caribbean Stud Poker is unprecedented.

Card Games Bring People Together
Nowadays, everything is online. Poker tournaments and blackjack tournaments are particularly popular in the online format. Technological advancements have helped to make the world a close-knit community, and the Internet makes it possible to compete against players from all corners of the globe. Unfortunately, the Internet has the opposite effect on traditional relationships between people. Our friends, family and loved ones often take a back seat to our online activities.
That’s where college is unique. The social setting allows for face to face interplay between players. Card playing has quickly become the #1 most social activity on campuses around the world. It is not limited to male players either. A growing number of ladies are taking to games like blackjack and poker. The proof of the pudding is seen at the highest levels of competition at tournaments like the WSOP, EPT, WSOPE, WPT and others. Women are holding their own against men, and there is a burgeoning interest in card games across the spectrum.

No Tech Needed – Leave Your Smartphone in Your Dorm

Card games can be played at all hours, anywhere there are interested players. And since a 52-card deck is smaller than a mobile phone, it can be taken with you everywhere you go. No technology is needed to play card games, and the entertainment value of these attractions is off the charts. Card games are not limited to poker and blackjack. Gin, Rummy, War, and even 52-card pick up have proven their worth over the years. College students are often found camped out on the field with a bag of Doritos, a six-pack of ‘Red Bull’, and a deck of cards. The interactive nature of card games is a terrific vehicle for forging relationships between people. Poker is one such example where psychology, intuition, and strategic gameplay are especially important. By reading the body language of fellow players, you get to understand when they are bluffing, and how they are likely to react in given situations. When you play one-on-one against your friends and colleagues, it’s not really about who wins or loses – it’s the experience of getting together and having a good time that matters. College students typically don’t play for much money anyway – a couple of dollars here or there.

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Compare a game of blackjack to a formal dinner party. Interaction is limited in the latter setting since you can only interact with the person on either side of you, without making a spectacle of yourself by shouting across the table. A modicum of decorum is expected at a formal dinner event, while a game of cards encourages creativity, free speech and a relaxed posture. The dynamics of dinner parties and official get-togethers are rather limiting. You will find yourself hard-pressed to discuss anything other than what is socially acceptable in the group dynamic. With card games, you typically have like-minded people getting together for a routine session. This automatically eliminates tension levels, and creates a mood conducive to fun and games. What’s great about card games is that the process of learning never stops. You may be holding a deck of 52 cards in your hand, but the possibilities are endless.

Legendary card players like Phil Helmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Stu Ungar never stopped learning. It is their yearning for learning that keeps them at the top of their game. And the best possible setting to learn the intricacies of card games is the University. It is here where fellow students are hungry for knowledge, success, and recognition. As a card player, it doesn’t matter what your academic acumen is – all that matters is your ability to read the cards and the people behind them. No specialist knowledge is required – barman, gym instructors, scientists and engineers are equally adept at fine-tuning their card-playing skills.

Cutting Cards with Legends of the Game

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Fortunately, we can all learn from one another as card players and adopt winning methods in our game. It is even possible to exhibit leadership during card playing sessions. By taking the initiative in a game, you gain self-confidence. By risking the known for the unknown, you bring the potential of profits into play. Of course, your mathematical prowess can shine in strategy-based card games, with things like blackjack strategy charts, card counting techniques and the like. But most important of all, students who play card games are well socialized and generally affable people to be around. Next time somebody wants to deal you in, accept the offer and become part of something amazing!

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23-year-old Erik Cavanaugh, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is defying traditional body stereotypes with his fierce contemporary dance routines. The male dancer is a “bigger” sized, male ballerina. Eric fell in love with dance when he was in high school. His efforts and enthusiasm are beginning to pay off. Cavanaugh has now more than 8,000 followers on his Instagram and even caught the attention of actor Ashton Kutcher. The male ballerina works at a pizza shop “to pay the bills,” but he also teaches dance classes to kids, ages 6 to 17. Image Source: Screenshot/Instagram/2017

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Armenian chocolate factory Grand Candy has created the world’s largest chocolate bar, weighing in at a grand total of 9,702 pounds. It took 48 hours to mix the chocolate, five of which were spent roasting and grinding cocoa beans.

The 224-inch by 110-inch by 10-inch bar was certified the largest on record by officials from the Guinness Book of World Records. The chocolate, made of 70% cocoa, will be divided and shared in the capital city’s main square. Image Source: Screenshot/Craywebsite/2016

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Is your teacher babbling along for ever about stuff you already know, or you simply find boring? Are you close to falling asleep, again? Taking a nap will probably get you detention, or will see you sent off to the headmasters’ office. Yet, no one can blame you for concentration or enthusiasm on your face while you are actually just raiding a country, are conquering a kingdom, are fighting a battle from hell, or are building your own construction. Here’s a list of some fab games that can make those boring classes an adventure playground for you. These are also great to play when school is not getting in the way. You get the drift?

1. Throne: Kingdom at War (Plarium)
This is taking history class to a completely new level. Don´t just hear about the times when brave knights, lords and kings ruled and defended their lands against assailants and enemies. Be the emperor conquering the adversaries’ towns and cities. Form an army, create alliances, amass riches and raise yourself to power. Throne: Kingdom at War, lets you build cities and empires, and lets you ascend thrones by bringing down those that stand in your pathway to victory. You must devise strategies to build you empire from a small settlement to a rich kingdom, must form huge armies and build resources to defend what’s yours and to conquer what you must have in order to become the king of kings. Ascend the throne and rule to greatness!

2. Clash: Of Clans (SuperCell)
Do you already have your tribe or group of friends that would go with you through thick and thin? Why not take your gang into the world of clan chiefs, goblin infested towns and make your way to build your own villages. Form a clan, train your troops and together make your way to find precious gold and gems to build and expand your villages. Cast spells and find elixirs of life to battle against other clans that threaten your settlements.

3. Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Mojang)
New as a pocket edition, this game lets you do all that the PC or console version did. Build your own virtual world. It’s all about constructing and deconstructing blocks. This game lets you explore and build, while different modes require you to collect resources to stay alive, to build your own or fly around the world of other players.
This is a sandbox game where you have to strive to achieve without having to meet specific targets.

4. Enemy Within (XCOM)
Action packed, this extension to the precursor XCOM: Enemy Unknown, enables you to take on some intense battles against aliens invading our planet, and the paramilitary troops of EXALT. This tactile game has a couple of new features such as Meld, new alien robotic units and MEC troopers. Hold the command at XCOM headquarters, and have different teams take turns to save the globe from alien take-over.

5. Kingdom Rush Origins (Ironhide Game Studio)
Set in medieval times this game is all about gaining money. The player buys towers that he must defend against enemies aiming to destroy them. The towers are the weapons in this game, being used to ward off enemies as they approach the towers. Killing the attackers increases cash flow, which can be used to build tower-power needed to fight the assailants. There are numerous levels and reaching them unlocks different modes, increasing the challenges the player is facing at the given level. Killing enemies before they reach defense points has the player gain stars, thereby making equipment available and making towers stronger.

6. République (Camouflaj, LLC )
A heroine action-adventure set in a fictional totalitarian republic, where the payers monitor and direct the principal characters escape from the confinement of a facility called ‘Metamorphosis’. The state runs experiments on ‘Pre-Cal’ people, individuals born in ‘Metamorphosis’. The main character of the game, the Pre-Cal named Hope, contacts the players asking for their help escaping from the facility. Players need “OMNI View” software to interact and progress in the game.

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We have all been there, when the toothpaste runs out we try to do our best to squeeze the last bit out. Sometimes it works quite well and sometimes it doesn’t. The tube squeezer “Buckle”, designed by Lorenza Bozzoli and Gabriele Chiave, is part of the Objets-Bijoux collection. A buckle that pulls and presses on a belt may in this way become a minimalist tube squeezer. The Tube squeezer comes in chrome-plated zamak and it costs a cool €16.00. Image Source: Screenshot/Alessi/2016

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