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‘Second Life’ bans gambling – ABC News

Virtual characters, known as avatars, may compete at baccarat, poker, slots or other games.

Second LIfe has 8.5 million avatars, including 1.7 million logged on at least once in the past two months. Linden Labs also threatened to report user information to authorities.

“It’s a funny psychological thing, because even though for some people it’s a small amount of real dollars, they are dollars that circulate in the SL economy,” he said.

Although Second Life is home to large corporations such as Toyota and Intel, which have virtual advertisements and marketing promotions, thousands of gambling shops dominate commerce.

The company may remove violators’ virtual equipment and may suspend or terminate accounts. Although creating an avatar is free, players may buy “Linden dollars,” which can be cashed out for U.S. In the past 24 hours, players have spent $1.3 million on virtual clothes, real estate and other items.

Second Life executives refused to elaborate.

Numerous Second LIfe fans complained in message forums and on their blogs that the ban was a heavy-handed move to restrict freedom, and experts said the ban could crimp revenue.

San Francisco-based Linden Lab, which operates Second Life, imposed the gambling ban last week, citing in a blog “conflicting gambling regulations around the world.”

Steve Nelson, chief strategy officer of Berkeley-based Clear Ink, which provides virtual-world consulting services, said Second LIfe casino operators would be the hardest hit by the ban — but it could also result in an overall downturn in spending.

The virtual world Second Life has banned gambling, a cautious legal maneuver that could dent revenue and spark anger among fans.. dollars at a variable rate

Nothing Finer: Book detailing N.C. sports history highlights CIAA, Conference Carolinas

“Buddy” Lewis, Charlie Smith, Dave Smith, Humpy Wheeler, Jr., and James Worthy.

And Derr (golf) and Wheeler (auto racing) are interviewed extensively about their roles in promoting the sports they loved.

And Conference Carolinas, an 85-year-old league that began in 1930, begins its 73rd postseason tournament on Saturday.

You can reach Richard Walker at 704-869-1841 or by

That league eventually spawned two national champions – Guilford in 1973 and Barton in 2007 – and 11 eventual NBA standouts, among them M.L.

As you might imagine, tales of the two small college conferences are only a part of the rich history and tradition of this state as told by nine veteran newspaper writers from across the state.

Both leagues have been rich in tradition and championships as well as extraordinary players as the book details.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – more affectionately known as the CIAA – is one of the country’s oldest leagues with 103 years of existence (since 1912) and is holding its 70th tournament at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.

But Conference Carolinas broke the color line in the Southeast in 1963 with Western Carolina’s Henry Logan – and virtually every college in the region was soon to follow.

CHARLOTTE – The history of North Carolina sports can’t be written without talking about basketball championships.

Following a foreword by ACC commissioner John Swofford and a preface by veteran Triangle area writer Caulton Tudor, Raleigh-based historian Jim Sumner tells of how cockfighting, barehanded fighting and horse racing were actually the first recorded sporting events in the state, dating to at least the early 1700s.

Among those discussed in the book are Gaston County Sports Hall of Famers Robbins, Lawrence “Crash” Davis, John Derr, Chuck Hartman, Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell, J.K. Among those eventual pros are the legendary Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, who led Winston-Salem State to its 1967 championship, Gastonia’s Darrell Armstrong (at Fayetteville State) and three players who shined under Robbins at Virginia Union and in the NBA (Charles Oakley, Terry Davis and Ben Wallace).

And while the ACC and national championship teams like North Carolina, Duke and N.C. Carr and Lloyd “World B.” Free of Guilford’s title team.

Also among the CIAA’s eventual NBA standouts were pioneers Chuck Cooper and Earl Lloyd in 1950; Cooper and Lloyd broke the NBA color line only days apart (Lloyd played in the first game).

The CIAA has the greater number of national title teams (five), including three coached by Gastonia’s Dave Robbins at Virginia Union, and eventual NBA players (37). State have gained more attention – and deservedly so – the recently-released book “Nothing Finer: North Carolina’s Sports History And The People Who Made It” discusses two of the small college leagues that are currently in the midst of holding their annual basketball tournaments.

Later, chapters are devoted to baseball, basketball, football, auto racing, golf, high schools and all the other sports not previously covered are included in the book printed by Carolina Academic Press in Durham.

Unibet Group plc – Interim report January – September 2014 (unaudited)

A high sports betting margin has indirect effects in reducing sports turnover and activity in other products.”

About Unibet

“In the period up to 26 October 2014, average daily gross winnings revenue increased by around 10 per cent (approximately 20 per cent in local currency) compared to the same period in 2013″, says Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Unibet.

Henrik Tjärnström, CEO +356 2133 7885 or +44 7515 975 629

“Activity and margin growth drive new all-time highs”

“Despite absorbing a 45 per cent increase in betting duties, Unibet delivered a 54 per cent growth in EBITDA compared with last year which shows the scalability of our business model.

For further information please contact:

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Gross winnings revenue amounted to GBP 80.4 (64.0) million for the third quarter of 2014 and GBP 234.0 (193.6) million for the period January to September 2014.

Profit from operations for the third quarter of 2014 amounted to GBP 18.1 (9.2) million and GBP 83.6 (29.0) million for the period January to September 2014.

Profit before tax for the third quarter of 2014 amounted to GBP 18.1 (9.2) million and GBP 83.6 (27.9) million for the period January to September 2014.

Profit after tax for the third quarter of 2014 amounted to GBP 16.5 (8.2) million and GBP 79.9 (25.4) million for the period January to September 2014.

Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2014 were GBP 0.585 (0.292) and GBP 2.838 (0.908) for the period January to September 2014.

Operating cash flow before movements in working capital amounted to GBP 21.8 (14.2) million for the third quarter of 2014 and GBP 59.6 (43.4) million for the period January to September 2014.

Number of active customers at the end of the quarter was 573,074 (453,753).

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Unibet was founded in 1997 and is an online gambling company listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Unibet is one of the largest privately-owned gambling operators in the European market and provides services in 22 languages through,,,,,,,, and Excluding those factors the sports betting margin before free bets was 8.4 per cent. Today, Unibet has 9.5 million registered customers in over 100 countries. The growth was wholly organic and demonstrates continued increases in market share.”

Inga Lundberg, Investor Relations +44 7887 996 116

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As reported in the second quarter, the result for January to September 2014 includes Kambi’s results up to 31 May 2014. The second quarter also contains a significant non-recurring net gain of GBP 35.3 million as a result of the disposal of Kambi and a GBP 2.2 million adjustment to fair value of contingent consideration related to the Betchoice acquisition.

“The mobile channel accounted for 38 per cent of the total gross winnings revenue and 55 per cent of gross winnings revenue in the sportsbook.”

“The sports betting margin for the quarter was influenced by the final stages of the World Cup and Unibet’s continued strong growth in France. Unibet is a member of the EGBA, European Gaming and Betting Association, RGA, Remote Gambling Association in the UK and is audited and certified by eCOGRA in relation to responsible and fair gaming.

“Unibet delivered 26 per cent year on year growth in gross winnings revenue in the third quarter (40 per cent excluding the impact of exchange rate changes and the spin-off of Kambi). Unibet’s focus on re-regulated markets demonstrates that it is possible, with sustainable market conditions, to drive efficiency and increased profitability while reducing overall corporate risk.”

Super Bowl Bets, Meet Math | Nik Bonaddio

He’s only likely to throw the ball about 28 times in the game, and with the worst WRs situation of any team that made the playoffs, there isn’t much of a downfield threat to speak of.

This one isn’t for us, but it might be for you. It gets even better when you dig into the numbers – we at numberFire use advanced analytics and similarity scoring to generate these insights, it should be noted – and realize that seven out of the top nine strongest predictors for Blount’s performance all top 15 carries.Length Of National Anthem: 2:01

In fact, we’re projecting only 173.05 yards for Wilson. Part of the reason is because the Patriots have a very strong pass defense (#4), but another, perhaps larger part of the reason is Wilson just isn’t a bulk passer. While I’m not here to debate the ridiculousness of that figure – do you think any states could use that tax revenue? – I am here to say that if you’re going to partake in any of that delicious, gray-area action, you may as well use math to give you an advantage.

Hopefully some of these prop bets will not only give you another reason to stay glued to the game, but a nice windfall in which to take your significant other to a nice dinner to make up for how little you paid attention to them during the actual game.

(Ah, using things to gain an advantage. What’s amazing is that only $100M of that will be done legally. And what better time of year to tell that story than right before the Super Bowl, the pinnacle of legal and illegal gambling in our great country?

Americans probably like to think of their countrymen as a group of achievers, hardscrabble hustlers who pull themselves up by the bootstraps each morning to go to work, eat apple pie, and fall asleep watching baseball.. Well, here’s another one for you, ‘Hawks faithful: Wilson won’t top 200 yards in Sunday’s game.

While that’s certainly true in some cases, another silent majority is popping up and it’s almost all in the shadows: the story of America, the gambler. It’s hard to really build a mathematical model around this sort of thing, but we can say that only three anthems over the past nine years have gone over two minutes.

Be sure to follow these bets on numberFire Live, a brand-new predictive platform that makes following the game more exciting. The common logic here is that Belichick likely knows that a downfield passing game against Richard Sherman and company isn’t likely, so the earlier they can get settled with a power running game, the better.Our algorithm predicts him at 15.28 attempts, which makes the OVER a good play. They rank #1 in defensive efficiency, but there’s a slight difference between how good they are against the pass (#1) and against the rush (#4). Idina Menzel is this year’s singer – I must admit, I don’t know much about her – so this is an UNDER unless you happen to know that her style lends itself to long solos and Aguilera-esque tremolos.Total Passing Yards: Russell Wilson 219.5

I’ve already gone on record that advanced analysis shows that while Russell Wilson is very good, he’s not elite. Now THAT’S American, baby!)

Total Rushing Attempts: LaGarrette Blount 14.5

You probably don’t need a fancy algorithm to tell you that the Seahawks have a great defense. And let me tell you, my Twitter feed can confirm that a lot of Seahawks fans disagreed. Jennifer Hudson’s languorous, throat-shedding 3:10 version before Super Bowl XLIII skews things quite severely. Check it out here.

It’s said that over $3B gets bet on the Super Bowl every year between small prop bets, Squares, pools, and other sundry wagers amongst friends and co-workers

South Florida happy hours, events and wine tastings from July 13-July 19 – Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Events

Wine Watch do an Asado demo in the courtyard at Progresso Plaza and a wine tasting featuring a portfolio of wines from Argentina, Nicolas Catena. $10 per person for this event make your reservation online with Dine Magazine at

City Fish Market

7940 Glades Road

Boca Raton

Happy Hour is even happier in our lounge from 4-7pm and 9 to close Sunday-Friday when you can enjoy half price appetizers, specialty martinis and premium wines. 

Sunday Supper @ da Campo Osteria

da Campo Osteria in the Il Lugano Hotel,

3333 NE 32nd Avenue Ft. Tropez inspired restaurant and lounge. to 1 a.m. After polling the members of the Las Olas Association to recommend movies that would be a mix of classics and family favorites that would appeal to a wide range of people, both adults and children. For further information call 305-373-KIDS (5437) ext. 129


Wednesday, July 15, 6:30PM

California Red Zinfandel Tasting

At Café Maxx/ A Wine Watch event

2601 East Atlantic Blvd

Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Call 954-782-0606. Tacos Arabes (beef), Saturdays from 2 p.m., Tacos al Pastor (pork), Sundays from 2 p.m. (305) 374-9449.


BOURBON STEAK is launching a monthly wine dinner series to be held the second Tuesday of every month through December 2009. Peruse our Gourmet and Deli selections and fill up on our in-store chef’s tasty creations. No reservations required

Miami Children’s Museum is located on Watson Island at 980 MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach. Take advantage of our “Event Only” discounts with savings of up to 20%. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. Peruse our Gourmet and Deli selections and fill up on our in-store chef’s tasty creations. till the bubbles run dry Ortanique on the Mile | 278 Miracle Mile | Coral Gables 305.446.7710

Thursday, July 16, 6PM

The Vine Bar

925 N. Full menu, Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. From July 13 – August 2 wines from Spain and Argentina will be highlighted and from August 3 – 23, wines from South Africa and Napa Valley will be featured. 16.


Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tastings cost $10 and $5 goes toward your purchase that evening. $15 is all it takes for an evening of Wine, Food, and Fun. to make reservations for this California Red Zinfandel Tasting.

Wednesday, July 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Happy Hour

Solu Restaurant located The Resort at Singer Island,

3800 N Ocean Drive in Singer Island

Located at The Resort at Singer Island, Solu Restaurant serves up dynamite Asian-infused Caribbean food in a gorgeous oceanfront setting. Asado is quite popular in the Pampa region of South America. Crown Wine Tastings are a true Gourmet Experience.

Every Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Pool Deck and Pool Bar Networking with chef Liberoni’s Kobi Beef Bra Burgers (sliders) with complimentary fries, 2 for 1 Drink Specials and Live Music. Sunday Lounge Party, 3 p.m. Stop by any of the 7 locations in the tri-county area and fill your FREE Spiegelau glass with a myriad of over 50 libations from across the globe. 954-523-9463


Raise Your Spirits, weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of 170 in the world has carefully selected a collection of his favorite wines from four of the world’s premier wine-growing regions to share with you during this six-week Master Wine Tasting Event. My role at the Bancroft is to realize its objective to be a culinary destination, the rest of the team will handle the after 11:30pm experience.”  Bancroft SupperClub is “a club that provokes and pushes the senses to a new level; a high quality environment that offers the ultimate experience beginning with world class organic American cuisine from a renowned chef, … Guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a selection of hors d’oeuvres.Menu:

Beef Tournedos of Charolois medallions on small Provencal crostini

Salmon roulade with flavored boursin cheese lollipop

Goose Liver Mousse with Black Truffles on Brioche

Monaco Shrimp topped with Calypso Sauce

Honey Brie with mustard and walnut

Coated Coconut Chicken Breast

Assorted mini Quiche Lorraine

Bastille Seine Shrimp puff

an international display of cheeses with petite baguette, crackers and grissini.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are $50. The following classes are: July 25, August 1-8-15 and 22, Chefs Kathleen Duran and Bonita Whitehead August 29, Chef Michael Jacobs from MediterAsia.

The classes focus on cultural diversity in cuisine and teach recipes that are easy for children to prepare at home as part of a family activity. to 11 p.m., Happy Hour at Oasis, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s new beach club overlooking Biscayne Bay, with music by DJ Snezana, sunset cocktails at the water’s edge and a delectable menu of Chinese Dim Sum and other Asian specialties prepared by the hotel’s chefs. Crown Wine Tastings are a true Gourmet Experience.

GRUPO NOSTALGIA AT RUMBAR at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

As dusk falls, RUMBAR transforms into Miami’s only upscale live Latin music venue with Grupo Nostalgia, a fantastic four-piece band. Known for their beautiful view of the Atlantic and fantastic Mediterranean cuisine, this will be an event to remember. Take advantage of our “Event Only” discounts with savings of up to 20%. – sunset. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. (786) 279-6600

Chef Tim Andriola, the chef/partner of Timo in North Miami Beach, and nightclub operators Dimitri Fragoulias and Sergio Quinonez have opened a culinary nightclub, the Bancroft SupperClub in the Art Deco Bancroft Hotel on Collins Avenue, where natural American cuisine, based on organic ingredients, fuels the sizzling night life. 1501 Collins Avenue, South Beach. Talula Restaurant Bar, 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, 305.672.0778

Wednesday, July 15 at 8:00PM.

Outdoor movies on the ‘Great Lawn’ of the Riverside Hotel,

Movie showing: Hotel for Dogs (you can bring your dog to this one)

“The idea was to set up a large movie screen on the newly created ‘Great Lawn’ adjacent to the historic Riverside Hotel, where families, downtown office workers, neighbors and anyone interested in a fun and free evening under the stars could enjoy a family-friendly night out,” explained Andrew Hillier, President of the Las Olas Association. – midnight.

Crown Wine Spirits Wine Tastings at various locations throughout the tri-county area. (305) 913-8254

Sage French Café Oyster Bar

2000 Harrison Street

Hollywood, FL 33020

Phone: (954) 391-9466

Riverstone Wine Shoppe

Wine Tastings -Every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm for our wine tastings. Cost is $15 for adults and children and $12 for Florida residents. 954-523-9463

Nicolas Catena tasting and Asado

Asado is a technique for cooking cuts of meat, usually consisting of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a grill (parrilla) or open fire. Chef Ken will be making pan seared chicken breasts with Island spices and a mango salsa, and a pesto tomato and asparagus side dish.

Admission to the cooking classes is free when you pay to visit the Museum. Daily complimentary tequila tastings at 6 p.m. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

455 Grand Bay Drive

Key Biscayne, FL 33149 

Phone: 305-365-4500

Palm Beach County

Capital Grille serves up a six-week master wine tasting event

Starting today, July 13 the classic yet dynamic Capital Grille has achieved wine, dine and dazzle once again; this time with its six-week summer Master Wine Tasting Event. Performing Arts District, Miami 305-403-7850.

I must begin my posting with a qualifier of immunity; this is not a comprehensive list of ALL that is going on in South Florida. Enjoy a jewelry and clothing fashion show sponsored by Zola Keller and Daouds Fine Jewelry. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Benvenuto! Please join us for SUNDAY SUPPER

A Family-Style Celebration of the Italian Table Featuring Regional Foods

*Our signature tableside mozzarella service

will be available for a supplemental charge

Adults $37 Children under 12 years $17

Phone for reservations: 954-564-4400


Crown Wine Spirits Wine Tastings at various locations throughout the tri-county area. Riverstone now offers a light evening menu on Friday and Saturday nights to compliment the wine selection of your choice. You’re thoughts will drift away with the soft ocean breezes as a DJ spins European Lounge music in this St. For reservations contact Dine Magazine online at

Starting today, July 13 the classic yet dynamic Capital Grille has achieved wine, dine and dazzle once again; this time with its six-week summer Master Wine Tasting Event. half-priced signature cocktails and reduced-priced appetizers. Reservations are required by calling (786) 279-6600. Stay cool this summer at a happy hour that includes tea, wine spritzers, mar tea-ni’s, chocolate, raffle prizes and more. Y Ultralounge offers drink specials on their one-of-a-kind signature cocktails and complimentary tapas by Executive Chef Alberto Cabrera. This event is limited to 16 people and the fee for this dinner is $95 per person all-inclusive, for reservations call 954-523-9463.

Wine Watch, Inc.

901 Progresso Drive

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

phone. BOURBON STEAK, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort Club, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura

Broward County

Happy Hour

Monday Thru Friday 4 to 7

50% off Drinks and Oysters

Tuesday, July 14, 6:00-8:00PM

Special Bastille Day Wine Tasting!

French Wines and Fine French Food!

Theresa is pouring wines from Bordeaux ” Grand Cru”, Burgundy, Rhone Valley,

Loire Valley and Alsace.

Bispo’s Cellar Fine Wines

2112 East Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Call 954-788-8117 for reservations, $25 per person

Thursday Ultra Hours with Free Champagne tasting 5:30 p.m. to sunset. The restaurant is casual with a refined elegance. $15 is all it takes for an evening of Wine, Food, and Fun. Valet parking is complimentary. Email me tell me what you’ve got “cookin’ and wine-ing” and we’ll go from there. Featuring the fine wines of Bliss and Brutocao and Trina will be serving scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.

Hors d’oeuvres:

* Assorted miniature flat breads

* Chicken Pesto in phyllo rolls

* Mini Lamb Burgers with tzatziki sauce

* Raisin Bread Crisps with whipped goat cheese and prosciutto

TACOS AND TEQUILA AT CANTINA BEACH at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

Weekends at the Coastal Mexican-inspired Cantina Beach restaurant feature special displays of Tacos Arabes and Tacos al Pastor, also known as Tacos del Trompo (spinning top) for their preparation on a vertical rotisserie. Themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ “Perfect Season,” the restaurant features football memorabilia along with hand painted menus on an official NFL game football. Sunday – Thursday, 3 p.m. Admission is $10.00 per person which includes a tasting portion of each wine, light snacks, and the educational presentation. 33073

Telephone: 954.753.9905


Ken Wilbanks, executive chef with Bill Hansen Catering, will lead a hands-on cooking class for children and their parents at Miami Children’s Museum on Saturday July 18th, from 2pm to 3pm. It is not intentional, just an oversight, I didn’t know you had it “going on!” So if you, your restaurant, venue or organization has the “go-to happening” this week then let me know about it. (305) 630-8540

Fridays, from 6 p.m. at The River Oyster Bar Half off Oysters, $5 wines by the glass, $3 Premium beer on tap, $5 selected cocktails. The tasting begins at 7:00pm. To email me use the link from my home page. From July 13 – August 2 wines from Spain and Argentina will be highlighted and from August 3 – 23, wines from South Africa and Napa Valley will be featured. Bar Bites: a selection of snacks $3 – $7; including Oyster or Shrimp Po’ Boy Sliders, Buffalo Frog Legs, Curried Duck Empanadas, Bacon Wrapped BBQ Shrimp, Baked Clams and Chorizo and Goat Cheese Croquettes. New themes, guest speakers, great wines. 954-345-7533

Ladies, get the girls together and kick off your weekend in style, with Ladies Night at The Vine Bar. The fee for this tasting is $35 and is limited to 25 tasters, for reservations call 954-523-9463.


Starting today, July 13 the classic yet dynamic Capital Grille has achieved wine, dine and dazzle once again; this time with its six-week summer Master Wine Tasting Event. “My commitment is to find the finest in natural and organic foods,” said chef Tim Andriola, “and I will be sourcing and working with the best farmers and purveyors in the region. Pool Terrace, DoubleTree Hotel, 2649 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove.786.866.8211


Wind down the weekend, champagne glass in hand and toes in the sand. From July 13 – August 2 wines from Spain and Argentina will be highlighted and from August 3 – 23, wines from South Africa and Napa Valley will be featured. The wine tasting at lunch is $10 with the purchase of lunch and the wine tasting at dinner is $25 with the purchase of dinner.

Tues, July 14: Happy Hour at Shula’s Steakhouse on Miami Beach 5:30-7:30PM

Shula’s Steak House

at the Alexander Hotel

5225 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Recognized as one of America’s top five independent steak houses, Shula’s at the Alexander Hotel is a popular oceanfront restaurant with a stunning view of the Atlantic. Bring your blankets, but please leave your lawn chairs and coolers at home. Chef Carlos Jorge has created a seasonal menu emphasizing seafood and clean, fresh ingredients. that turns into an electrifying and innovative nightclub…”The Bancroft SupperClub is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and entertainment. Karu, 71 NW 14th Street. I research as in-depth as possible under deadline and get “fed” hot info rather regularly however, it is without fail that someone will be left of a list or two. Peruse our Gourmet and Deli selections and fill up on our in-store chef’s tasty creations. Ladies come for the wine and gentlemen, come for the ladies! Party starts at 6:00 PM – see you there! Free 3 ounce glass of wine is of equal of lesser value.

Thursday, July 16, 7:00PM

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING! Tuesday July 14th, 2009 6:00-9:00 pm No charge for tastings

Every Saturday Sunday

Weekend BBQ Saturday Sunday Poolside at the Il Lugano Hotel Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Il Lugano Hotel, 3333 NE 32nd Avenue Ft. Join us this Thursday night and receive a complimentary 3 ounce glass of wine when you purchase a 3 ounce glass on every round. Proceeds benefit the Fort Lauderdale History Center. Crown Wine Tastings are a true Gourmet Experience.

Miami-Dade County

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 7:00 PM

Wine Watch, Inc.

901 Progresso Drive

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

phone. Stop by any of the 7 locations in the tri-county area and fill your FREE Spiegelau glass with a myriad of over 50 libations from across the globe. Stop by any of the 7 locations in the tri-county area and fill your FREE Spiegelau glass with a myriad of over 50 libations from across the globe. The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of 170 in the world has carefully selected a collection of his favorite wines from four of the world’s premier wine-growing regions to share with you during this six-week Master Wine Tasting Event. The wine tasting at lunch is $10 with the purchase of lunch and the wine tasting at dinner is $25 with the purchase of dinner.

Capital Grille serves up a six-week master wine tasting event

Hollywood Vine

2035 Harrison Street

Hollywood, FL 33020

Phone: 954-922-2910



Perricone’s Marketplace Cafe, 15 SE 10th Street, has brought back its $10 entrees weekly from 4 – 7:30 p.m., through Labor Day. Live music Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Phone: 954-564-4400. Riverstone offers a choice of six platters that include a variety of cheeses, meats and breads.

7391 North State Road 7

Parkland Fl. BOURBON STEAK off the main lobby of The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort Club at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura. Chef Oliver Saucy will be sending out a few small courses to accompany the tasting wines

Cost $35 + tax

Every Monday Tuesday

The Blue Fish Summer Special All You Can Eat Sushi and Rolls!! $24.95

The Blue Fish (Downtown Delray Beach), 110 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

-Monday’s ½ price on selected bottles of wine

-Tuesday’s $5 martinis

-Thursdays $1 Sake

Phone: 561-330-3474


Ladies Night

Thursday Night 4 to 7

Ladies Drink FREE


At Talula Restaurant, husband and wife team Chef/Owner Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo have implemented a tapas/small plate menu with 10 selections ranging in price from $5.00 to $8.00; from Marinated grilled beef skewers and daily empanadas to Catch of the Day ceviches, cork-braised octopus salad and slow-roasted pork open faced sandwich with corn salsa.

They have added a few new dishes and daily specials including homemade pastas ($12), soup risotto of the day, a fresh catch, a special appetizer and a sous chef Kyle’s Tapa of the Day, as well as $10 Grey Goose Kettle One Martinis. The first on July 14, is a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by new Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton – asparagus soup with Peekytoe crab and Meyer lemon, Alaskan halibut served over baby squash, black olive and preserved lemon, New York steak pavé with fingerling potatoes, cipollini onions and a foie gras emulsion, and Mina’s signature beignets accompanied by a Valrhona chocolate pot de crème – paired with fine wines hand-selected by Sommelier Matthew Turner.

The wine dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. The wine tasting at lunch is $10 with the purchase of lunch and the wine tasting at dinner is $25 with the purchase of dinner.

Thursday July 17 Fort Lauderdale Historical Society The GClub at Riverwalk Trust will host Summer TEAse Looking for something new, fun and good for the community to lend your time and efforts to? The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and The GClub at Riverwalk Trust will host “Summer TEAse”, a Happy Hour Tea Party on July 17th from 4-7 pm at the History Centers’ 1905 New River Inn. Sink into the plush seating, savor one of the more than 52 rums and Cuban-inspired light fare and discover the sultry, yet refined ambience that inspired Hemingway to make Cuba his permanent home so many years ago.  Beverage service only, Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. In other words ladies, it’s buy one 3 ounce, get one free all night long. Chairs will be available for rent for a nominal fee and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Grape Merchant

The Promenade at Coconut Creek 954-602-0909

4455 Lyons Road,

Coconut Creek, FL 33073


Educational Wine Tasting Series continues every week at The Grape Merchant. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The Tequilier (similar to a Sommelier) presides over the restaurant’s more than 85 high-end tequilas and hosts daily tastings to explain the three different types (blanco, reposado and anejo), dispel myths (the salt and lime method is actually an ancient Mexican cold remedy) and provide pairing recommendations – a treat for even the tequila novice. To RSVP or for more information, please call 954-463-4431 ext. It is always something different each week. Mention:

Christine Najac can be reached via email through her company,


Capital Grille serves up a six-week master wine tasting event

Crown Wine Spirits Wine Tastings at various locations throughout the tri-county area. A $75 VIP ticket includes complimentary parking and a special gift. $15 is all it takes for an evening of Wine, Food, and Fun. Take advantage of our “Event Only” discounts with savings of up to 20%. Now that I’ve absolved myself from any potential happy hour oversights let’s get happy….

Saturday, July 18 7:30PM

White Rhone Tasting at Wine Watch

Chef Michael Saperstein will be preparing a three course meal to accompany the tasting wines. River Oyster Bar 650 South Miami Avenue Miami, (305) 530-1915

Thursday, July 16, 5:30

Trina Restaurant Lounge

601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cost: $20 per person make your reservation online with Dine Magazine at Dine Magazine has partnered with the AdFed to host a spectacular wine tasting event at Trina Restaurant and Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, one of 170 in the world has carefully selected a collection of his favorite wines from four of the world’s premier wine-growing regions to share with you during this six-week Master Wine Tasting Event. to sunset.


Everyday, Monday through Saturday 4:30 till 7pm. Movies are free and open to the public. University Drive

Coral Springs, FL 33071


Casino-Gaming :: Best Casino Games Principles

Your best option is made for your hands to beat the dealership.

On this game, you have to choose a card with numbers 1-80 printed across. Wheel of Fortune



There are lots of casino games, that is one of many busiest tables. Select 20 numbers and then suggest a wager. 7 cards are provided to each and every players and dealer. The letters B-I-N-G-O are positioned on the top, with each and every column of numbers represented by each one of the letters. Here are several of the finest casino games that you need to take a look at.

Baccarat. 2 cards get over to players and dealer together with the latter’s dealt cards get one exposed card. For anyone who is new to such a activity, you will be interested to understanding the greatest casino games to help you get started. During this game, you’ll need to purchase cards printed with numbers across 5×5 matrix. 5 and 2-card hands will be created. The target is made for players to hit the amount nearest 21 without busting.

A participant can enjoy either as a player, a tie or even a banker. Place bets on either with the 6 symbols available. If perhaps one card beats the dealership, it is a push. The winning hand will be the higher value.


Of many casino games on the market, poker contains the most variants with PaiGow as a popular choice. The caller will draw out 20 numbers randomly and also the player should match all the numbers using their own selection. After the pattern appeared, the gamer has to shout “Bingo!” and will also be awarded an amount.

There are many casino games to take into account when you have the time and budget, check out additional options like slots, roulette or anything else.


One of the most classic of casino games is blackjack the location where the player challenges the house. Greater matches, the greater the earnings to the wager.

Wagering can be a enjoyable and fun regular activity for some. When compared to regular game, you are competing against your home as opposed to players. The wheel, consisting of 52 sections will probably be spun, using the pins secured for the edges, when the pointed halts, as well as the symbol the place that the pointed is provided to wins the round and offers the prize.

When compared with other casino games, this can be a many more social. The luck may not be on your side constantly however, there is real fun in playing casino games. Each participant have to place bets and they will probably be dealt 2 hands containing 2 cards. The one with 5 cards should be higher can rival the two card. The aim should be to make the designated winning pattern in line with the mix of letter and numbers that will be called. The center square is left blank. Once registered, the overall game begins. The numbers are added and when it reaches 10, 1 is going to be removed leaving only 1 digit

***Tarot as Mental Exercise, as a Game Like Blackjack

Ignore reversed meanings, says me. Also, you can look at the illustrations on the RIDER WAITE deck, and glean your own impressions about what they mean to you, feeling your way. The three cards are:

By Emily Erickson-Sandstrom

Where else can you support wildlife in natural habitat AND discover your best strategy to deal with a situation, whether personal, business, spiritual or miscellaneous? Who should you be, why are they acting that way, and what is your best approach? Accurate analysis of this succinctly, that you will remember.

Four of Cups + High Priestess = not the lady (as in not the lady he wants).. The illustration shows him gazing intently at a disc with a star on it, thoughtful expression on his face.

Tarot is an exercise in creative thought. Let’s illustrate this process, shall we?

Author’s Bio: 

The Four of Cups, who is refusing…in this case, an influence or experience. This is also a fine way to teach oneself to read Tarot to apply it to a subject or a question.

High Priestess + Page of Pentacles = the lady he is looking for or at.

Notice “the lady he IS looking for” necessarily appears in a spread that means “not the lady he is looking for.” Persons who read cards for meaning must attend to this!


And here are the three two-card combinations they make:

Another mental acrobatic is to put three or more cards down, apply a meaning to them as a group, then interpret as many two-card combinations as will arise out of them. She is illustrated seated, looking sedate and passive.

Our full spread means “not the lady he is looking for.” Of course, these three can mean other things too; that does not matter right now. The illustration shows him with arms crossed, looking down. And he is male. Doing this process with a friend is double the fun. Quite apart from any messages or any use of messages it can produce, the act of simply figuring out language that arises from combinations of cards stretches one’s mind: It is mental exercise like bridge or blackjack is.

A fine exercise is to take one card, and put each of the other 77 cards with it one at a time, and say all the meanings you can imagine from each combination. See you there, perhaps?

Four of Cups + Page of Pentacles = not what he is looking for, not what he wants, not the ___________ he wants.

The High Priestess, who is the lady. This is interesting because the meaning of the full spread and the meanings of the double-card combinations are sometimes contradictory, sometimes unrelated (especially when one of the cards is a negative modifier, as Death is). Personally, I think it’s fun, and am thrilled to be doing this for a living after 25 years of court reporting.

The Page of Pentacles, who is thinking or believes…whatever. – tells you all about Emily, what she can do for you, and has her voice – demonstration of method via daily detailed messages for visitors

It is that simple. Other articles I have written expand on this thought. Three cups set in front of him and a fourth is being offered him by a hand coming from a gray cloud.

There are 78 cards, and of course each card has many meanings by itself, and each combination of cards (3,003 possible two-card combinations exist) therefore has even more possible interpretations. This can be a fun game.

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Where do you get the meanings, did you say? Eden Gray’s ‘The Tarot,’ a Bantam paperback, is good enough–especially her full-page treatment of the Major Arcanae

Sports Betting: Five easy steps to place your first horse racing bet – Las Vegas Sports Betting

There are also a number of ‘exotic’ bets that are beyond the scope of this article. Check your ticket for accuracy. This can be a simple bet such as ‘win’ – a wager that your horse will finish first; ‘place’ – a wager that your horse will finish either first or second; or ‘show’ – a wager that your horse will finish first, second or third. Once you have announced the track, race and type of bet, tell the writer which horse you have selected by number and the amount of your bet. In most race and sports books, you can enjoy the races AND your favorite sporting events on the big screens.

1. Most major casino ‘books’ offer horse betting and simulcast the major domestic thoroughbred and harness tracks. But for now, just sit back and enjoy the race. Placing your bet MUST be completed before the last horse enters the starting gate.

5. Find a race and sports book that offers simulcasting and parimutuel betting. All of the information you gave the ticket writer must appear on your ticket exactly as you announced it – track, race, horse, type of bet and amount. Go to the ticket writer and announce the name of the track you wish to bet, for example “Santa Anita”.

Placing your bet is the easy part, selecting which horse to bet – that’s the hard part. Then the type of bet. Watch for future articles on exotic wagering and race horse handicapping. As the race approaches, watch the simulcast screens and check your selections on the track’s ‘tote board’ for the latest odds, payouts and to ensure that your horse (or horses) haven’t been ‘scratched’ (withdrawn from the race).

4. Find a race and sports book that offers simulcasting and parimutuel betting.

1. Putting it all together – “Santa Anita, race three, two dollars to win on horse five”. Some also offer quarter-horse and greyhound wagering.

2. Racing forms such as the Daily Racing Form and printed track programs are usually available at the ticket counter free or at a reduced charge.

3. Then the number of the race you wish to bet, for example “race number three”. If you find an error you must tell the writer at this time in order for him/her to void that ticket and issue a correct one.. Study your racing form, program and tip sheets and make your selections

Sports, Gambling, and Referees | Patrick Anderson

It can get a lot more complicated than that.

The NCAA and NFL and NBA have taken strong strides to protect the games from such corrupting influences. Referees have incredible influence over the games they officiate. I am waiting for the most interested of all football followers to weigh in on the issue…

I have no reason to believe that this has happened. If the Lakers win by only 6 points, the gambler who took the Knicks and the points wins. Gamblers have tried to pay players to “throw a game” or influence the final point spread. The outcome of some games has been determined by the ineptness of the replacement referees. Just ask Pete Rose. These are just two easy examples how a player could have some role in determining the outcome of a game in favor of a gambling interest, and happily such instances have been rare.

The poor performance of the replacement referees in National Football League games is a point of conversation around every water cooler, bar, and Sunday School class. Counselors and consultants speak to athletes at every level to warn about fraternization with gamblers.. A basketball player can influence things by “accidently” throwing a pass out of bounds at a key juncture late in a game, or purposely missing free throws, for instance. The NCAA basketball tournament sets records each March in the total dollar amount changing hands between gamblers. A quarterback can throw a pass incomplete, resulting in the failure of his team to reach field goal range, especially after the winning or losing outcome of the game has been settled and the only issue is the point spread. The mammoth amount of serious wagering on sports events is well documented. Who knows how point spreads have been affected. The weird determination in Monday night’s game which awarded the Seattle Seahawks a touchdown, despite the fact that a Green Bay Packers player apparently caught the football in the end zone, has been discussed far and wide. But when an entire contingent of professional referees is summarily discarded and replaced by unknown amateurs, risks to everyone interested in the games are heightened. Even with instant replay the football holding call or the charge-block call in basketball can be ambiguous.

But what should strike fear in the hearts of the professional sports league is the possibility that a poorly trained and paid part time amateur referee can make a crucial 4th-quarter call in the end zone, or call holding on a 3rd-and-long which reverses a crucial first down and therefore the outcome of a game.

The worst kept secret regarding professional and collegiate sports is the heavy presence of big-time gambling and gamblers. I am not talking about office pools or friendly wagers on the outcome of a particular game. In baseball, the scandal of the “Black Sox” early in the 20th century led professional baseball to establish strong anti-gambling rules. But for me, criminologist that I am, the real danger to the game is not just in the poor referee performance.

The day-to-day, week-to-week sports betting activity is huge, and the bets are not only about which team wins and which loses. An official who has a financial stake in a game can change the momentum or scoring opportunity without much chance of being caught at it. If Green Bay loses by 4 points, the gambler who took the Seattle Seahawks wins. In basketball the charge-block call can legitimately go either way in many cases. In their place the NFL hired inexperienced men to take their place. the gamblers.

What makes this topic so timely today is the disturbing performance of the “replacement referees” in National Football League games this season. The Super Bowl provides a forum for billions of dollars in wagers. The NFL league leaders have responded to rather modest demands of the professional officiating staff they have developed, trained, and utilized by locking them out. I am talking about the multi-billion dollar worldwide industry in sports betting. One can gamble on the spread of the final scores of football or basketball games, called the “point spread.” Odds-makers set the odds, saying “Seattle is a 3-point favorite over Green Bay.” Or, “the Lakers are a 7-point favorite over the Knicks.” Gamblers can choose whether or not to bet Green Bay plus 10 points, or the Knicks and 7 points over the Lakers. The Professional Golf Association, NASCAR, Major League Baseball and other sports associations provide fodder for the gambling industry.

Gamblers have sought ways to control the outcome of a game and the point spread. Players’ safety has been jeopardized.

But professional and collegiate sports organizations have known for many years that the biggest threat to their game is in the area of officiating. In football, for instance, holding can be called on virtually every play