Old versus new in the Super Bowl

The matchup is set with the Denver Broncos facing off against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl which will be the first to be played outside in a northern city. It will likely be a very evenly matched game between two very different football teams led by very different quarterbacks. With such a matchup we can all expect the Super Bowl online betting to be quite brisk. As soon as the two teams were in place there was already a flurry of activity as most sportsbooks had Seattle listed as a slight favorite, but that changed quickly as money poored in on the Broncos. Now were see Denver as a one point or 1.5 point favorite on many sportsbooks, and we can probably expect more volatility.

One factor that will probably move the line with be the weather. With Peyton Manning leading Denver’s traditional yet explosive air attack, we can expct more money to flow to the Broncos if we see mild conditions for the game, or at least little wind and snow. But if the weather is bad, than the conventional wisdom has that favoring the Seahawks who rely more on the running game as opposed to Russell Wislon. Also, while Wislon is not particularly effective in the pocket, he is great at improvising and bad weather might actually help his game.

The matchup between the quarterbacks will be the most intriguing and that goes far beyond the weather. Peyton Manning represents the kind of quarterback that has been winning championships in the NFL throughout its history. Manning beats you by throwing from the pocket. His mobility isn’t that great though he’s good at navigating around a pass rush and throwing under pressure. Russell Wilson on the other hand is one of the new mobile quarterbacks who sometimes relies on the read option to be effective. The Seahawks have been limiting the number of times he runs, as it’s obviously a huge risk that he’ll get injured, but he’s also been less effective lately. Without the running threat teams are daring Wilson to throw the ball. But he’s certainly capable of making big plays, and if he hits on some then Seattle will be in a good position.

It should be a great game!

  

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Feeling Lucky at the Falls? Check Out Niagara’s Best Casinos

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Next to visiting the falls and experiencing the myriad activities that the Niagara area has to offer, for many people the most exciting experience of all is a visit to the casinos. For many visitors from the United States, where gambling is restricted, a visit to a casino in Niagara can be one of the main highlights of a vacation.

In addition to hundreds of gaming tables throughout several properties, many of the casinos offer exquisite fine dining options, comedy clubs, live music shows, and so much more. Patrons may also indulge in spa experiences and luxury shopping in the casino complex. With so much fun to be had, it’s no wonder that Niagara’s casinos are consistently described as the highlight of many visitors’ experiences.

It is sometimes difficult to decide which casino to visit, especially if time is a factor. Here we will break down some of the highlights of each property, so guests can choose the option that best suits them, then visit this website to choose the perfect package.

Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino

Does a casino the size of three football fields sound appealing? If so, the Fallsview Casino is right up your alley. This impressively sized casino has everything for a gambler, whether a beginner or a seasoned tournament veteran. Over one hundred tables offer games such as baccarat, roulette, craps and poker. Three thousand slot machines are on hand, as are numerous video poker machines.

The Fallsview Casino offers a dedicated poker room, as well. The buy-in at the tables range from a few dollars to high stakes, high action games. Fallsview Casino also hosts tournaments which attract the best poker players from around the world. Dedicated players can participate in the VIP tournaments, and experience the best casino service that Niagara has to offer.

The Fallsview Casino is part of the larger, luxurious Fallsview Casino Resort. This property boasts views of Niagara Falls, and each of the 374 rooms are comfortable and classy. Dining options are top notch, and the casino hosts several international restaurants featuring Chinese, Italian and Japanese cuisines, as well as a steakhouse serving prime beef, and several different casual dining options. A spa, fitness center, and many other amenities are available for hotel guests. Hotel staff is on hand to assist guests with the planning of other activities, as well.

Casino Niagara

The other of Niagara’s most popular casinos, Casino Niagara is located near the Sheraton on the Falls and the Skyline Inn. Spread over 95,000 square feet, Casino Niagara offers two levels of slot machines and multiple gaming tables offering craps, roulette, poker, blackjack, and more.
Casino Niagara offers a sports section where patrons can wager on their favorite sporting events, including football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and more. The various sports sections offer comfortable seating and over 20 HD televisions, which brings “watching the game” to a whole new level.

This property boasts a wildly popular comedy club, several venues for live music and dining options offering everything from sumptuous steaks to a lavish buffet and a casual coffeehouse. Several nightclub and bar options are on hand to help guests create a perfect evening.

Additionally, Casino Niagara hosts special events throughout the year, including concerts by international musicians and bands, live theater productions, guest speakers, and many more. Consult their continuously updated events calendar for more information.

Despite the allure of Niagara’s casinos, it’s important not to forget all of the other things that make Niagara Falls such an amazing destination. Days spent touring the falls on the Maid of the Mist are never wasted, and other activities such as hiking, cycling, golf, or winery tours are available as well. The casinos are conveniently located near many family friendly activities, such as the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and the Clifton Hill entertainment area.

After a wonderful day spent outdoors in beautiful Niagara, return indoors to one of the area’s top notch casinos for an evening of glitz, glamour and excitement the way that only Niagara can do it. You many never look at casinos in the rest of the world the same way again.

About the Author: Dan Woodburn is a travel expert and journalist.

  

NFL Playoff picture gets more muddled

Same old Lions. Same old Ravens.

It’s been an unpredictable NFL season as many teams have been through wild ups and downs, but some things seem to remain constant. The Detroit Lions find ways to lose, and the Baltimore Ravens find ways to win. Last night’s Ravens victory over the Lions included a 61-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. We also saw Magatron drop several key passes. So the Lions seemed poised to make the post-season and earlier this season the Ravens were toast, but now things are changing. There’s a ton of football left to be played before fans and sharps try to place a winning bet on Super Bowl 2014, and there will be chaos with the NFL playoff picture with two games left.

This NFL weekend started out on Thursday night with the Denver Broncos getting shocked by San Diego. All of a sudden, the New England Patriots, who got a miracle win the previous week courtesy of the Cleveland Browns and the officials, were now in the driver’s seat. But then reality kicked in as the Gronk-less Patriots couldn’t beat the Dolphins. Yes, that’s the same Dolphins team that everyone thought was dead with the hzing fiasco.

Meanwhile, the Bengals now had a great opportunity to solidify their playoff position and possibly get the second seed, but they were literally beaten up by the Pitsburgh Steelers, another team we all left for dead. The AFC playoff picture is a muddled mess at this point, with a bunch of mediocre teams fight for a spot. Meanwhile, the question remains as to whether Broncos peaked too soon. The Chiefs are upping their game, so they still might have a say in things. Also, all the Joe Flacco bashers might have to watch him in the playoffs again.

On the NFC side, Seattle is king, and the Saints are suddenly struggling. Pathetic teams like the Cowboys still have a chance, and Green Bay might sneak in just in time for a healthy Aaron Rodgers to make another run.

This is just how the NFL likes it, though at some point the unredictable nature of the game and the subpar quality of play might start having an effect on fans. Some love it, others see a sub-par product. But betters will always love it.

  

The Advantages of Playing Blackjack Android Apps

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Playing blackjack on android has long shed the stigma of having to settle for less, in just about every respect. Mobile devices are perfectly capable of handling graphics just as good as you’ll find in the full, downloadable clients of online casinos, and blackjack (like slots and other casino card games) is wonderfully suited for being played on the smaller screen of a mobile phone or tablet.

Indeed, blackjack lends itself well to android-based gaming, and because of that, one can safely say that the android-based version of the game is possibly even better than the PC-based one.

The smaller screen-size is just about the only drawback, other than that, blackjack for android only carries advantages. People can take the game with them wherever they go, and given how well blackjack works as a recreational game, playing a couple of hands while waiting in line at the bank or the ATM, makes perfect sense indeed.

Blackjack is a strategy-based game, in which the players can actually diminish the house edge by adhering to optimal strategy. What that also means is that through practice, one can actually polish up on his/her skills and thusly, by playing lots of recreational games, one can get better for the real money action.

There are several types of blackjack games made for the Android platform, and there are literally hundreds if not thousands of such apps, which – considering the overall popularity of the game – isn’t even particularly surprising.

One type of blackjack android devices run is the offline type. This kind of app is basically a standalone game, with built-in AI, which goes up against the player. Needless to say, such games are all play-money ones, and even though they lack the excitement brought along by the element of risk, they’re great for recreational players. They lose no money, yet they get to enjoy the action and even – as said above – brush up on their basic strategy skills in the process.

There are so many such blackjack android apps of this type available out there, one will probably have to try out several before a favorite is found.

The second type of blackjack android devices can handle just as well, is the kind available for free through the apps offered by various online casinos. Blackjack is one of the backbones of the online gambling industry, and given how well it lends itself to mobile gaming, it’s only natural that it be one of the best and most widely implemented games in the online casino apps available out there.

This type of blackjack game can only be played online, and even though the focus is on the real money action, most online casinos make these games available in play money versions too.

With that in mind, it’s probably safe to say that these games are the best for recreational gamblers too, simply because – its financial interests on the line – the online casino will never do a sloppy job at delivering top-notch play experience through these games and yes, that goes for the play money versions too.

The bottom line: if you’re looking for a good android blackjack game, just log on to a reputable online casino, download their app and fire up the play money version of the game. It doesn’t even matter whether you’re interested in real money action or not. These games look great, they work well and the experience they offer is second to none. Add to that the fact that you can carry the game around with you wherever you want and play whenever you have a spare moment, and you have a sure winner!

  

Bellagio Poker Room still rules

Bellagio

The changes in Las Vegas have been stunning over the years. With the recent addition of City Center and also the hip and trendy Cosmopolitan hotel, the standard for the best spots in Vegas is constantly evolving.

Still, many of the established names still hold up even with the new competition. The Bellagio for example is still one of the best spots in Las Vegas, particularly if you’re looking for an upscale experience with a female friend.

It’s also still one of the top destinations for poker. The Bellagio Poker Room remains one of the best in town and the spot where many pros go to play. Everything is top notch, from the luxury surroundings to the dealers and the cocktails. It’s open 24/7 with around 30 tables. Of course you’re not coming here if you have a small bankroll. The minimums are higher than you’ll find in many other rooms on the Strip and you’ll see some huge pots here.

Then you have Bobby’s Room, the ultimate spot for poker high rollers. It’s described on the Bellagio website as follows: “Be one of the privileged few to get in on the high-stakes excitement inside our signature poker room. Decked out in winning style, this coveted experience pays tribute to its namesake, Bobby Baldwin, the 1978 World Series of Poker Champion and Chief Design & Construction Officer, President & CEO, CityCenter. Within its storied walls are tables providing maximum privacy and concentration.” If you’re heading to Las Vegas with a serious bankroll and an appetite for some white-knuckle poker, then this is your spot!

Of course many players love the online world of playing poker. It’s a completely different experience but many enjoy the convenience of being able to play at any time. It’s excellent for poker practice. But of course there are all sorts of issues as well like deposits. If you’re having trouble depositing funds on online poker sites you can read why credit cards are being declined can be read here. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where the regulators finally acknowledge this is a game of skill and even out the rules for everyone. Until then places like the Bellagio offer a real experience for poker that you really can’t match online.

  

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