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Poker Facts For Poker Fans

So, you’re a Poker fan, are you? Well, sit back, relax and delight in these facts your beloved, ever-entertaining Poker. 

1. Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world, having been around for well over 200 years.

2. Poker was originally created in America, first drafted and developed in the Louisiana area.

3. The earlier versions of Poker were played with only 20 cards, quite different to the 52-card deck that we see today. Back in the day, four players would each be dealt five cards and the betting would then begin based on who had the best hand. Historians have come to the educated conclusion that the first 52-card game was introduced to the world of Poker from 1834 onwards. 

4. Believe it or not, there was once a game of Poker that was said to have lasted almost eight and a half years. A theatre in Arizona, called The Bird Cage Theatre, claims to have hosted the longest game of Poker to ever have been recorded. Apparently, as the legend dictates, the game began in 1881 and lasted an amazing eight years, five months and three days. According to the theatre in question, the players that participated were all well-known, wild-west kind of personalities who liked to bet big, with the minimum stake to grant entry to the game being $1,000. 

5. In 1973, the first ever live Poker tournament was televised, much to the pleasure of the American audiences. The tournament in question was the World Series of Poker, which took place in the gambling epicentre Las Vegas!

6. Poker is thought to currently be the most lucrative game in the world. Despite how much footballers, NBA players and golfers are known to make, the top five largest prizes on offer in the super high roller Poker tournaments come together to equal a total sum of $44,202,738, which would therefore make Poker the more lucrative event to participate in.

7. UK Poker has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2013, the game earned its place amongst the many wondrous and shocking pages of the well-known record holder’s catalogue by having the largest game of Poker take place in Onchan on the Isle of Man. At this tournament there was a massive 225,000 eager players vying for the top prize of $25,000, having paid a surprisingly low $1 to enter.

8. Poker is believed to have evolved from the game Dominoes, as well as taking inspiration from other ranked card combinations along the way. It is thought that a game of Dominoes played by Emperor Mu-Tsung and his wife back in 969 A.D is when the concept of a card game was first blurred into that of the principles of Dominoes. Interestingly, bluffing was found to be entirely integral to the Emperor’s game which is an aspect that has followed through to the way we play modern Poker today.

9. Over 300 MILLION seven-card Poker hand combinations exist within the game. How many have you got all figured out? 

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Theory 11 Star Wars Playing Cards

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Theory 11, has collaborated with JJ Abrams for a special Star Wars deck.

The cards are available in two iterations: the “Dark Side” and “Light Side.” Adorned with an embossed red and black design, the “Dark Side” packaging reads “The Power of the Dark Side” on its side and is sealed with a red emblem emblazoned with “Defend the Empire.” In a similar design, the “Light Side” packaging is dressed in a striking blue color. Yoda’s iconic phrase “Luminous Beings Are We” is printed on the tuck box’s side.

Focusing on the details of the actual cards themselves, the traditional face cards depicts Star Wars characters. For example, the King is replaced with a depiction of Darth Vader holding his distinctive red lightsaber, while an ornate, geometric design makes up his dress. The Jack and Queen characters are also replaced by some of the most revered characters from the saga.

Order HERE for $9.95 per deck.

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Card Counting Techniques

Card counting has been practised for many years, with the first successful method created by Edward Thorp in 1962. After Thorp created an initial way to count cards, he created a path for others to follow with their techniques. Card counting is used in the game of Blackjack also known as Twenty-One, by card counting you can mathematically figure out when to raise or lower your bets in order to win more money – making your day at the casino much more successful.

Card counting has been portrayed in many different books and films, such as 21 where we see the MIT Blackjack Team take on the casinos – which is based on a true story. You’ll find many stories of different Blackjack teams beating the casinos; naturally, the casinos had to change a few things to keep the odds in their favour. But how are card counters doing it? What methods do they use? Here you’ll find out the many different techniques used in card counting. 

Basic Strategy

One of the most basic strategies is known by many different names. The High-Lo technique is its most common name. The strategy is fairly simple, it doesn’t require much skill, you just need to remember a rolling number total and consider it before making a bet. 

It’s really simple to grasp the concept of counting cards using this method, each card is assigned into a value group, for example; cards from 2-6 are worth +1, the cards 7 8 and 9 are worth 0, and the cards 10, 11, J Q K and A are worth -1 point. After each card that is dealt you need to add or subtract the value of the card to your rolling number (which starts on 0). After a few rounds, your number will become more factual and you can start betting depending on its value. If your number is high, the chances of you receiving a high card are high – meaning your chances of getting a Blackjack are increased, the lower the number, the lower your chances – it’s as simple as that!

The best time to start placing bets using this strategy is after you have counted a few rounds. This is because your number will become more accurate the further down deck you go, although the number is a pretty good predictor from the start. Although you may not know what card is coming out of the deck next, having a rough idea of the value can massively increase your chance of winning. Why not employ basic strategy if you enjoy casino live?

The True Count

By using the same methods spoken about previously, you can advance these into the technique known as a True Count. A game of Blackjack is typically played with multiple decks, the lowest amount of decks is two while the highest is eight, although six is most common – each deck contains the standard 52 playing cards.

True counting involves guessing how many decks are left in the dealer’s deck as well as keeping a running count number which we mentioned in basic strategy. This can be slightly trickier but is much more accurate. If you play regularly with several decks then you’ll find it easier to determine how many are left. Using the running count method here is an example: your current running count is at +9, your chances are very high, but there are still roughly three decks in the dealer’s deck which dilutes your chances. Take your running total number of +9 and divide it by the number of decks left, in this case, three, your true count number is now +3. A true count will be more accurate the further you get down the dealer’s deck because the number of each card is concentrated. You may have turned over five 3s in a row, improving your chances, but in six decks, there would still be another 19 more to reveal!

Back-Counting or ‘Wonging’

The term ‘Wonging’ originally comes from the famous card counter, Stanford Wong. Whereby a player will create their running number total before taking a seat, by standing over the table and not sitting, you can wait for the best moment to join the table at a time where your chances are high. A great advantage to have although some casinos don’t let you join or leave throughout a deck. The disadvantage of doing this could be that it will raise suspicion of casino staff members and they could brand you as a card counter which could see you being removed from the casino floor.

Although the films and media portray card counting as a ‘genius brains only’ area, it’s clear that anybody can card count in its simplest forms. Of course, some people can specifically remember what card came after the last, but for six whole decks, the probability of ever being that person is very low. If you’re going to card count, at least make it easier for yourself so you can also focus on having a good time!

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Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Thought of Everything Including This Cool Gift Card

Every detail was painstakingly considered when opening the expansive new Star War’s: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland including the design of their gift card.

No paper or plastic gift card would do, instead the theme park opted for hexagonal metal in the form of Batuuan Spira, the ancient currency of the Black Spire Outpost.

The minimum amount that can be loaded on the chip on the card is $100. From dining, shopping and beyond, the unique gift card/souvenir can be used at Disney destinations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Available for purchase at the Droid Depot.

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Behold…The Limited Edition Collector’s Series $300 Disney Gift Card Honoring 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Justin Hamana, Graphic Designer with Walt Disney Imagineering, developed the concept of a crystal-encrusted Disney Gift Card to honor Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary. Specialists from Swarovski in Austria developed a brand-new way to adhere crystals to the entire face of the card, something that had never been done before. 

All 5,000 cards are made with a metal core, encased in a protective plastic, and encrusted with over 2,500 premium Swarovski crystals.The custom box is almost as stunning as the card itself. Ready for display, the magnetic-closure box is the first to carry the Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series insignia and includes a vellum certificate describing the grandeur of the card.

If you find yourself at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, you can take one of these limited-edition cards home for yourself. For $300, you receive one of the only 5,000 premium gift cards produced, nestled in a box ready for display, loaded with $90 redeemable for practically all things Disney — from Theme Park tickets, resort stays, Disney vacations and dining, and all the Mickey merchandise you could imagine at Disney locations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series will be available for purchase starting December 4, 2018 at the locations below (while supplies last.)

Walt Disney World Resort

– Magic Kingdom Park
– Main Street Cinema
– Epcot
– The Art of Disney
– Disney Springs
– The Art of Disney
– Ever After Jewelry Co. & Accessories

Disneyland Resort

– Disneyland Park
– Disneyana
– Disney California Adventure Park
– Off the Page
– Downtown Disney District
– WonderGround Gallery

If you do get your hands on an inaugural card in our Disney Gift Card Collector’s Series, know that it can be redeemed for practically all things Disney by scanning the barcode on the back. There is no magnetic strip, so your card will never be swiped.

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From All of Us To You: The Disney Christmas Card 

For nearly nine decades, Disney artists have created annual seasonal art for greeting cards, advertisements, and in support of motion picture releases, TV programs, and the parks. 

Featuring beloved Disney characters and scenes, these seldom-published examples of vintage Disney art create a one-of-a-kind and festive collection perfect for holiday gift-giving. The book includes a center gatefold cover opening, like Maps of the Disney Parks, and a dozen removable holiday cards, exclusively-designed as a unique bonus feature to showcase both rare and original Disney art, artifacts, and treasures from the Walt Disney Archives!

You can purchase the 144 page book HERE.

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Gallery 1988 Announces Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards 3 Art Show Opening On May 18, 2018

One of Gallery 1988’s most highly anticipated shows of the year opens tomorrow night (May 18, 2018) from 7-9 PM at G1988. It’s the return of Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards show! The collection of new actual cards for this third annual exhibit is better than ever. As these limited edition cards mostly sell out, the gallery is encouraging collectors to attend the opening reception.

Cuyler will be in attendance to unveil his new cards paying tribute to fictitious pop culture athletes, and selling a limited edition pack – with a special card only available in this format – and if you buy the whole series.

Join Gallery 1988 from 7-9 PM at 7308 Melrose for your first chance to pick up work and meet the artist. The remaining cards will go online the Saturday afternoon at gallery1988.com.

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Comixology Distributing Comic Book All-Stars Trading Cards At San Diego Comic Con

Comixology will be distributing “Comic Book All-Stars” trading cards at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

The cards will be available both at Comixology’s own Comic Con booth and at the 10 panels they’ll be hosting throughout the convention. Each card is emblazoned with the visage of a different comic creator, from Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson to Hellboycreator Mike Mignola to The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman.

“These collectible trading cards are a fun way to pay tribute to the amazing writers and artists whose creativity inspires and excites us all,” Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger shared in a statement. “Whether you love superheroes, indies, graphic novels, all-ages adventures, manga, or all of the above like me, there’s never been a better time to discover new comics – and fall in love with the creators.”

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Beatles Pop Up Cards

Check out these cool Beatles Pop Up Cards featuring Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine.

The black cover of The Beatles Abbey Road pop-up card features a laser-cut illustration of the band’s iconic logo. Once opened the Beatles themselves emerge. George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon walking outside of their studio in single formation on Abbey Road. Instantly recognizable, each pop-up member of the Beatles has authentic design elements and details as unique as their personal style.

The cover of the Beatles Yellow Submarine card features a hint of the incredible 3D pop up that awaits. Open the card, and a Yellow Submarine emerges from the center. Colorful and detailed, the Beatles Yellow Submarine pop up is a throwback to the height of Beatlemania.

These designs were created in partnership with The Beatles and is one of two officially licensed designs.

The Beatles Abbey Road Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

The Beatles Yellow Submarine Pop Up Card, Order HERE for $15

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Topps Company Releases Star Wars: Card Trader, A Digital Trading Card App

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The Topps Company, Inc. released Star Wars: Card Trader this week, a digital trading card app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Available for free in the iOS store, the innovative app is a landmark in the history of Star Wars collecting, bringing the tradition of collecting and trading Star Wars cards into the digital era.

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“In the same way that digital media is transforming reading books, listening to music and watching television, Card Trader is revolutionizing Star Wars collecting,” said Michael Bramlage, vice president of Digital at Topps. “Your favorite characters, vehicles, and locations from the Star Wars universe can be collected and traded on your iOS device, from anywhere at any time.”

Star Wars: Card Trader launches with retro-inspired cards of known new from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, trading functionality (including friend lists and trader ratings), and classic re-releases that present vintage cards in beautiful high-definition.

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