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Online Poker – How To Stay Safe From Rigged Games and Cheats

You don’t have to go far in the online poker world to find a discussion about rigged games, inaccurate deals, collusion and cheating. It seems that every forum, site or blog you visit will have people arguing over how prominent cheating is in the online games, and whether the poker sites themselves rig the games to their advantage. So let’s look at both sides of the argument, and get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Are the poker sites crooked?

The first thing to look at are the poker sites themselves. From the “big boys” like Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars to the smaller sites like Bodog or Cake, they all have one thing in common – they make their profits by taking a rake from the games. That means they take a small percentage of every dollar bet on the site, so they make a profit no matter which players are winning or losing on their tables. The more players who come to play poker on their site, the more they make so it’s in their interest to keep those players happy. Lose the trust of the players, and a site will go bust which is why the major poker sites invest millions in security measures and software to ensure their games are as fair as possible. So the answer is quite clearly no, poker sites (or at least the large, well established ones) are not crooked, and in fact they are very active in keeping the games fair and preventing cheating. They also invest heavily in software to ensure that their deals are fair which brings us to the next point…

Is the dealing fair?

In a casino card room a human dealer shuffles and deals the cards. In online poker, the software does this which is another aspect of online poker often attacked by opponents who believe it to be rigged. The argument goes that since a random number generator (RNG), which is the software used to shuffle the cards, can never be truly random (due to the way a computer works) then it must be rigged. However, there is a very simple way to prove that online dealing is very fair and that is to look at statistical analysis of hand histories. PokerStars, having recently dealt their 50 billionth hand, gives an excellent sample size, and checking it proves that the odds of getting dealt a particular hand online is just the same as getting dealt that hand offline. In other words, the software that shuffles and deals the cards on the big poker sites does its job very well, and deals a fair game!

The other side of that argument however is the fact that, since it’s a computer shuffling and dealing the cards, and since computer’s cannot generate a truly random shuffle, it could be possible for a talented and determined individual to predict cards before they are dealt and gain an edge. Well, that brings us to our third point…

Do people cheat at online poker?

OK let’s make one thing clear from the start – yes, some people do cheat at online poker! But wait a minute, here’s another shocker for you… some people cheat at offline poker too!

The plain fact is, whenever there is a potential for profiting there will always been unethical people who try to cheat the system. Whether offline or online, certain people will try every trick in the book to gain an edge, and whether offline or online the card rooms will always do whatever they can to stop them.

The fact is though, that it’s actually much easier to catch cheaters online than offline. The card rooms use sophisticated software to track every hand played by every player on their site, and that software can quickly and easily detect players who are cheating. Whether they are colluding with another player, or somehow using “inside information” the software will pick up on it very quickly, and when a cheater is found their accounts are immediately closed.

So while there certainly are people who try to cheat, it’s really nothing worth worrying about, which brings us nicely to my final point.

Whether people cheat or not makes no difference!

OK, I know that sounds illogical but please let me explain. If you are a solid player, winning on at your usual stake then why would you care if someone else is cheating? You’re making money whether someone else is playing by the rules or not, so what difference does it make to you? Can you do anything to stop them? No, you have to leave that up to the poker sites so don’t waste your time worrying about it – spend your time working on your own game so you can move up in stakes and start earning even more!

Similarly, if you’re a losing player it really doesn’t matter if anyone else is cheating. One way or another you’re going to have to improve your game if you want to start winning, so that’s all you should be worrying about. Read some books, watch some videos, and practice, and leave any thoughts of rigging or cheating to the programmers working behind the scenes at the poker sites!

Baby Shower Games and Ideas – Creating Custom Crossword Puzzles and Word Search Puzzles

Are you looking for some unique baby shower games and ideas? Baby shower crossword puzzles and word search puzzles are a fun and unique party activity to determine just how much the shower guests know about the Mommy-to-be! If you want to create your own, there are free online puzzle generators that can help you. Or if you want to save some time, there are many online party planners that will create them for you.

When creating your own puzzles, you can ask the Mommy-to-be specific questions and have her provide the answers. She may also have some ideas about specific questions that she would like to include. Alternately, if they are a surprise game activity, that you don’t want the Mommy-to-be to know about, ask one of her close relatives or friends some of the questions found below.

  • What is the Daddy-to-be’s favorite hobby?
  • First name chosen for the new baby?
  • What has been the Mommy-to-be’s main complaint during pregnancy?
  • Middle Name chosen for the baby
  • What month is the new baby due to arrive?
  • What is the theme for the nursery?
  • What food did Mommy-to-be crave most during her pregnancy?
  • What food did Mommy-to-be dislike most during her pregnancy?
  • What is the name of the baby’s big sister or brother?
  • What is the name of the family pet?
  • What is mommy’s favorite hobby?
  • First name of the baby’s maternal grandmother?
  • First name of the baby’s paternal grandmother?
  • What is the name of the Mommy-to-be’s favorite restaurant?
  • What is the last name of Mommy-to-be’s doctor?
  • At what hospital will baby be born?
  • What month was the baby conceived?

If most of the shower guests are close friends and relatives of the Mommy-to-be, you can make the questions a bit more difficult by asking questions about Mommy-to-be’s food likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc. Don’t forget to include questions about the Daddy-to-be as well!

Generally, the shower guests will be a mix of close friends and relatives and also some casual acquaintances. In that case, include a combination of easy and more difficult questions. You don’t want to make it too easy… it should be somewhat challenging so the shower guests have to really think about the answers! You should try to include between 15-20 questions if possible, to make the puzzle more entertaining.

When solving a crossword or word search puzzle, everyone can do well, as most often there are enough letters to be able to make an educated guess! It is best to provide the guests with a pencil, rather than a pen, in case they need to change an answer.

Materials You’ll Need

  • A computer to create the puzzle online and a printer to print the copies.
  • Paper to make copies of the puzzle for each shower guest. You can purchase stationery printer paper that has a baby themed background image at most craft stores. Or you can also use pastel pink and blue paper if the gender of the baby is known.
  • Another option that will require a text editor, such as Microsoft Word, is to use plain white paper and add some clip art or graphics to the puzzle, which coordinates with the shower theme. Don’t forget to print a copy of the answer page and make an extra copy on good paper (parchment paper is great) so the Mommy-to-be has a nice keepsake for the baby book.
  • A prize for the winner is always a nice touch!

During the baby shower, each guest should receive a copy of the puzzle and the clues. Usually both can be printed on the same page, so you will only have to hand out one page. Allow the guests approximately 10-15 minutes to complete it.

The guest that has completed the most answers correctly is the winner! As the shower host, make sure to read each question and provide the answers. Then the shower guests that may not have known all of the answers, can learn more about the Parents-to-be!

How to Properly Copy Wii Games and Make Personal Backup Copies

In the event that you’re fortunate enough to own a Wii system, you may have asked yourself if it is possible to copy games on your PC. Today we’re going to detail exactly how you could burn Wii game titles. It is in fact incredibly easy when you have the proper tools on your personal computer.

Certainly, you are not able to use an ordinary disc copying plan to duplicate Wii games. The reason behind this really is that you will find guards for the game titles that inhibit your PC from becoming capable to recreate the games. You will need special software program to create copies of Wii games.

Thankfully, you will find now businesses that have place together specialized Wii game plans that make it feasible for the PC to create sense with the data around the game. These software let your personal computer to create backups of your Nintendo Wii games. The reason for this really is that these applications can bypass any copyright guards that are around the original online game discs.

We wish to make you conscious that these software are meant for individuals to generate legal backup copies of video games. We surely are not condoning creating illegal copies of Wii video games that aren’t yours. On the other hand, it’s crucial to create backup copies in case anything happens to the originals.

The application is simple to make use of; it is just like burning a music CD. As quickly as you install the software, it’ll begin to operate automatically. You just have to have to open the plan when you desire to melt off a Wii game. There’s no tough work in your end – just several clicks with the mouse!

You just insert the online game within your disk drive and your personal computer will then produce a copy with the game data on your hard drive. When this image has been made, you toss inside a blank DVD or CD and also the online game info is transferred onto the disc. The whole procedure only takes about 20 minutes.

Whenever you buy a software program plan for copying Wii game titles, pay out attention which you get a money back guarantee. Just in situation you are not fully content with it or it does not work in your system, then you might have a technique to get your funds back.

It’s achievable to find a outstanding system inside $30-$40 price range. You will find some which have been a lot far more, but you shouldn’t pay out above this price. The most well-liked system I’ve seen is much less than fifty bucks.