Blackjack games open in Pennsylvania


Tuesday saw the U.S. state of Pennsylvania celebrate the launch of table games in their casinos, which had until then housed online slot machines. The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosted a grand-opening ceremony, where the Mohegan tribe’s vice chairman, Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, offered a blessing. There was then a free ceremonial blackjack hand […]

The House Edge

The house edge is a concept that seems to be defined a million times on the Internet, in a million different ways. Part of this stems from the fact that the odds and house edge have so many different names, and different ways to think about them. It all comes down to math and two […]

“Expected Value” is useless when applied to the Lottery

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Here’s a lesson about how sometimes you have to put the math into perspective. Some gambling authors are so caught up in the numbers that they won’t buy a lottery ticket unless the jackpot gets high enough for their bet to have a high enough “expected value”. That is, if the odds are 20 million […]

More Mobile Blackjack Sites


I already featured the mobile blackjack site Platinum Play in a previous post on the site. I wanted to update this with a couple more options for player to choose from. The one thing that these mobile casinos have in common is that players in the United States will not be able to participate. This […]

Polling stations open in British general election

Polling stations opened across Britain for general elections widely predicted to give Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair a third straight term in power.   Polling stations opened at 7:00 a.m. (0600 GMT) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for a new 646-seat House of Commons. Polls will close at 10:00 p.m. (2100 GMT).   […]

Fresh blow to EU treaty as Britain shelves referendum plan

Britain shelved plans for its own referendum on the EU constitution, driving a further stake into the heart of the stricken treaty and exposing a deep political rift with the European bloc.   The move rebuffs calls from Britain’s EU partners, particularly France and Germany, for other members of the 25-nation     European Union to go […]

At least 36 killed, 72 wounded in bus blast in southwest Nepal

At least 36 people were killed and 72 wounded in southwestern Nepal when a powerful bomb ripped through a crowded passenger bus in one of the bloodiest attacks on civilians by suspected Maoist rebels since their revolt began nine years ago.   “At least 36 civilians were killed and 72 others injured when the terrorists […]

Bush promises Susilo full military ties

President George W. Bush said that his administration supported the resumption of full military ties between the United States and Indonesia, saying that such relations “would be in the interest of both countries.” Bush said the resumption in February of a US military training programme for Indonesian military officers was an important step. “It makes […]

Nestle baby formula pulled off the shelves

A type of milk powder produced by international food firm Nestle has been pulled out after it was found to contain too much iodine, according to a survey conducted by quality inspection authorities in Zhejiang Province. The “Jin Pai Growing 3-Milk Powder,” produced by the Heilongjiang-based Shuang Cheng Nestle Co Ltd, failed to meet national […]

Aussie PM urges Australians to accept Corby conviction in Indonesia

Prime Minister John Howard asked Australians to accept an Indonesian court’s decision to convict a young Australian woman on drug charges, urging people to remain calm. Howard said he felt sympathy for Schapelle Corby but he and all other Australians had to accept the Indonesian court’s 20-year sentence imposed on Corby for smuggling 4.1kg (9lbs) […]