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Buzzluck Casino

I have recently seen a new casino online (it’s not a random encounter as I know some of the people working there) and it goes under the name of Buzzluck, promoting itself as a “super casino”. The Buzzluck team have introduced some new features to online casino with the most important: Their Live Lounge. The Live Lounge is a live broadcast that you can watch while you are playing (in theory at least). The Live Lounge of Buzzluck is not always active but Friday to Sunday there is activity during the nights. Mostly it is a show about funny clips from the net (sort of here is your Funny YouTube Clip of the day show). It is pretty entertaining and the three presenters seem very professional, I would guess they have worked in TV in one way or another earlier.

One of the things that bother me some with Buzzluck is that it is all Flash, and a flash that I had to download as well. Once I had it installed in my browser it still kept giving me problems. I’m not a big fan of explorer so I use either Chrome or FF and the site had problems with both. There are some really annoying bugs that have been torturing me but me guess is that they will take care of them pretty soon, the site is brand new after all.

As a casino I wouldn’t say that there is anything really special, it looks good, it’s a 3D flash-casino and they have the usual games (You know; Black Jack, Slots, Roulette, Craps etc). The biggest advantage here is that the site looks very good but to be honest I never really care for that. They have a whole big lobby section that I never quite figured out. It’s like a big 3D room where you, sort of, can walk around and approach avatars. Me using Chrome might be the reason that this was a pretty crappy experience and I just couldn’t understand what to do there. The good thing is that you can skip the lobby and head directly to the casino or the Live Lounge  if that is what you came for.

All in all Buzzluck is a nice Casino and chatting with the hosts of the Live Lounge gives a bit of a warm feeling, it is nice with real people in a casinoworld that is almost completely automated elsewhere.

Mike on Pokeriot has written about Buzzluck too and that is the only other review that I could find.

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21

I recently saw a really decent gambling movie called “21”. My expectations weren’t too high, but they were far exceeded.

The plot is that an intelligent student joins a school club that trains in cheating Blackjack casino systems. Our “hero” only has small experience in poker playing, but since he has a sharp mind he slowly catches up. The math that the members of the club pull off is really something, and with those skills they are able to win absurd amounts of cash. Naturally, though, this has a dark side to it. Their lifestyle is far from safe and they start to get different sorts of enemies, even among them. Actually they are leading a kind of double life, where school is their scene on the weekdays, while Las Vegas is their destination come the weekend. There they can afford to live in a way far beyond imagination, with enormous hotel suites, expensive clothes, expensive food, huge parties, room service and so on.

Their leader, and teacher, is played by Kevin Spacey who does his part brilliantly, as he always does. That actor really has a wide register, in which he knows how to play warm, ice cold, funny, scary and so on. It took me some time to realize it, but fact of the matter is that he has already played a University magister earlier, in the movie “Life of David Gale”. That is also a really nice film, I reckon.

He has also played against Kate Bosworth earlier, in the movie “Beyond the sea”, which he does again in this piece. She plays one of the students.

Another of the actors are Laurence Fishburne, most famous for his role in the Matrix movies. However, the actor that impressed me the most in this film was Jim Sturgess, who plays the leading role. Previously he has mainly done TV productions, but now he is considered one of the rising stars in Hollywood. I loved how his character completely changed during the course of the movie. He went from a geek with no style to a cocky, modern man with nothing to lose.

I haven’t played a lot of card games myself, though I like poker a lot. Even still, I really liked the scenes in which they play Blackjack. The rules aren’t that hard, yet it is amazing to see what they do when they are cheating. Actually, this is based on a true story, where a group of A-students trained themselves in tricking the system.

All in all, I really recommend it!

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Play like a pro, sting like a bee

There are only a few rare pros that manage to play loose. Loose players rarely make it to the tougher games as they tend to spend their bankroll on the small tables. I spend a lot of time at the tables on a local casino just 1 mile from my home. I know that I’m really a pretty loose player. I tend to limp in with small pairs and even small suited connectors (it is actually a valid strategy but it is loose) and I tend to give the flush draws to much credit. I know it.

I have a mantra that helps me through the cash games with the tourists: Play like a pro, Sting like a bee.

Every time I go to the casino there is always some tourist bulldozing the others and I have to constantly remind myself not to make a statement out of him, it’s better to play good than to aggressivly attack. I have to keep reminding myself, Play tight and when you play, make sure it stings.

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Going to the Casino

Waking up at 4 PM, trying to reach for the coke I know I left just beside the bed. The throat and mouth hurst like hell. I know I shouldn’t be smoking when I work but it’s hard not to. I flush down the bitter taste in my mouth with the coke and leaves the place to go to the breakfast place in the same building. I smoke another ciggy before I get there and the waitress knows me so she gets me the coffee on the bar before I sit down.

This is the start of yet another day at the poker tables. I’ll have breakfast as usual, go home again and brush my teeth before I sit down for an hour in the sun and then hit the Casino again. It’s not very far from doing drugs, is it? It’s like I have to do it every night, like a drug. The only difference is that doing drugs costs a lot of money, what I do sure do bring in some cash, and it’s a living.

I live in Las Vegas the major part of the year, this is an accurate description of how glamorous the life in the Sin City really is. It’s hard work and worn out people trying to make a living, or a fortune, we are all so very tired though no matter what. The tourists are moving fast going to the strip clubs when they are done at the casinos, I crash in my bed way to sleepy. It’s a long hard gring being a poker pro, always a bit drunk and always hung over. Think twice before you consider a life at the casinos.

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