Online Casino Singapore deal is bad for state, says lawmaker



Struggling to overcome objections by regulators, backers of the stalled Rosemont casino project may face another problem: complaints from an influential pro-gambling legislator that the casino could be the most profitable in the Chicago area but generate the least revenue for the state treasury.


State Sen. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago) says he will ask lawmakers in the General Assembly’s fall veto session to rewrite special provisions of a 1999 state gambling law that earmarked less than 15 percent of Rosemont casino revenue for the treasury, ostensibly to pay for education programs. The share of revenue that goes to the state from Illinois’s nine existing casinos is roughly double that.


Under a compromise reached to pass the 1999 law, the Rosemont casino would be taxed by the state at the same rate as other gambling boats. But, more than half of the Rosemont tax money would be diverted to the horse racing industry as a subsidy to compensate it for lost revenue caused by competition from casinos.


Molaro, a member of a Senate committee that oversees gambling issues, said he has talked to several Republicans and Democrats in the legislature about the 1999 law and few were aware they had rendered Rosemont far less lucrative for the state than other casinos.


If Rosemont eventually gets the green light, regulators expect it to reap annual revenue of $400 million, more than any of its competitors. State fiscal experts estimate that would translate into about $111 million annually for the state if the horse money weren’t subtracted.


As the law stands now, however, the racing industry would get $60 million of that money, reducing the take for the state to $43 million. Another $8 million would go to Cook County.


Molaro said he still backs the subsidy but thinks it shouldn’t come out of the state’s share of the pot. He wants the formula changed so the state will keep its full share of Rosemont revenue and the subsidy will be deducted from the owners’ take, rendering the casino less profitable.


“The question is, does the 15 percent come from the owners who are going to have the best license in history or should the 15 percent come from the state? I think the public overwhelmingly would say it should come from the owners,” Molaro said.


The Online Casino Singapore owners can afford it, he said.


“Let me tell you this, if you own 1 percent of the Rosemont casino, your great-grandchildren won’t have to work,” Molaro said.


Kevin Flynn, chief executive officer of the Emerald Casino group that is seeking the license, could not be reached for comment.


The Illinois Gaming Board in January rejected the Emerald’s license bid, contending the top officials of the ownership group provided false information to regulators, contracted with a mob-related vendor and sold shares to two investors with alleged ties to organized crime.


The Emerald is currently locked in legal, administrative and political battles to overturn that decision.


Gary Mack, spokesman for Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens, said he did not know whether the powerful mayor who brokered the casino deal would support making the casino’s owners responsible for the horse racing subsidy rather than the state.


Rosemont casino supporters have long said that every year the project is delayed, the state loses more than $100 million in revenue. Stephens has complained that “taxpayers and schoolchildren [are] paying the price” for the state’s failure to approve the project.


The $100 million figure, Mack said, was derived by looking at the performance of the state’s top-grossing casino, the Grand Victoria in Elgin, which contributed $106.8 million to state coffers last year.


That calculation, however, does not appear to take into account the racing subsidy that would reduce state’s revenue from Rosemont.


The Rosemont wrinkle aside, the 1999 law has reaped some economic benefit for the state while turning even greater financial rewards for the existing nine casinos and providing a big financial boost for the racing industry, a Tribune analysis of the gambling law’s economic impact shows


Thanks to the law, the horse racing industry has received more than $41 million annually in tax reductions or direct subsidies, not including the projected additional $60 million that would come from a 10th casino.


Revenue grew because the law eliminated a requirement that Illinois riverboats cruise while gambling is under way, dramatically increasing the number of hours in a day that casinos could take bets. After subtracting new tax breaks and subsidies for horse racing, the state’s new revenue due to so-called dockside gambling amounts to $179 million a year.


The bottom line: The 1999 law was worth $410 million per year to horse racing and casino interests. It brought less than half of that to taxpayers.


While other industries lay off employees and slash expenses, Illinois casinos are celebrating unprecedented boom times.


In Aurora, the Hollywood Casino plans to pay for a $75 million project, with nearly half paid for from cash on hand. In Joliet, Harrah’s is nearly done with an $82 million project–one of four casino expansions around the state totaling $200 million.


Critics say state lawmakers spend too much time promoting gambling as a revenue source when its actual impact on the state budget is negligible. Casinos still contribute less than 1 percent of the state’s $51 billion budget.


“Out of the $50 billion budget, we spend an awful lot of time talking about not a lot of money,” said Rev. Tom Grey, executive director of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling.



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Universal Truths of Slot Gacor Poker 3

In my first two columns I dealt with four of the 6 Universal Truths of Poker (UTP). Here I give you Universal Truth of Poker #5.


UTP #5 Play Tight in a Loose Game and Loose in a Tight Game


This is one of those general rules that many players learn early in their casino playing career and then repeat to other players new to the game. It sounds good, it makes sense generally, and it helps give players who are learning a good understanding of some general principles about how to play. But, unlike the other UTP, it isn’t even correct most of the time. It is a gross overgeneralization and more frequently wrong than right.


Let’s look at it closely to start. To play tight means to play more conservatively. It means, generally, to only play with the highest quality starting hands. A very tight player in Hold Em may only play a very high pair or an Ace-King or suited Ace-Queen, regardless of position. A very tight player in Stud might only enter a pot initially with high Premium Pairs like Queens or better. He’ll fold every other hand.


To play loose means to play many hands. It means that one has much lower than normal requirements for entering a hand. A very loose Hold Em player may play any two cards before the flop. He’ll certainly play any pair no matter what the position and nearly any hand from any position containing a face card or an Ace. A very loose Stud player may call with every starting hand he gets and will certainly call with any pair, any three-to-a-Flush or three-to-a-Straight, and maybe even with just two high cards.


A loose game is a game with many loose players – players who play many, many hands. A tight game is a game with many tight players – players that fold nearly every hand.


So what’s wrong with the UTP about playing loose in a tight Slot Gacor game and tight in a loose game? It seems to make sense to bet more if your opponents are likely to fold but be more selective if your opponents are likely to call.


The biggest mistake is that this simple strategy fails to appreciate the significant differences between the two types of loose players and the two types of tight players. Let’s look at loose players first.


Loose players can generally be divided into two categories. There are loose-passive players and there are loose-aggressive players. Loose-passive players are often known as calling stations. That is, they call a lot and raise little. Loose-aggressive players are the opposite. They are often known as maniacs because they raise a lot and call little. Your strategy will be very different against loose-passive players than it will be against loose-aggressive players.


If they are calling stations then just playing tightly doesn’t make sense. Since they are likely to call with sub-par bad starting hands, your starting hands can be relatively lower too since it is still likely to be better than the hands they’ll be playing. Also, since you know they won’t raise you later in the betting even if they do catch excellent hands, you can you can see more hands to start because you can see them develop cheaply. This means playing more loosely. Similarly, since they are likely to call your raises when you draw successfully, you will make more money on your drawing hands. This means that your drawing hands increase in value since when you hit them you’ll make more from them because your loose-passive opponents will be less likely to fold.


Accordingly, the general strategy against a table of loose-passive players is to play more loosely, not more tightly. You maximize your winning potential by just playing one level less loosely against these calling stations – making sure to become very aggressive when you make your high quality hands.


However, if the game is filled with loose-aggressive players this loose strategy doesn’t make sense. In a game filled with these maniacs you need to be much more selective. Calling early on with drawing hands will cost you much more money because of all the raises you’re likely to face. Since you can’t get in cheaply, you need to be more selective. And if you start out with an excellent hand you don’t need to be as aggressive because other players at the table are doing the betting and raising for you. Later in the hand, if you make your draws you can be aggressive. But even if you don’t, and still hold a borderline hand, you need to call because the pot has become so large with all of the raising of the maniacs. You need to become loose and passive with these kind of hands in this type of game. Against maniacs you’re going to play more tightly early, more passively early, and more loosely and passively later on with anything but monster hands.


Tight players can also be divided into two categories. There are tight-aggressive players and tight-passive players – also known as weak-tight players. Both players only play high quality starting hands. But weak-tight players are both conservative and timid. They seldom raise; they are easily bullied with raises and can be made to fold the best hand.


Against players like this you can play more loosely than normal because you might be able to win the entire pot later in the betting by being aggressive. If you’re against a weak-tight opponent who can be made to fold if he fears he’s beaten on the River it often makes sense to play mediocre hands all the way to the end, planning on a bet or a raise to get him to fold if his good high quality starting hand didn’t improve.


Similarly, if your opponent’s are too tight, you can be more aggressive early in an effort to steal the blinds or the antes. If you know they are more likely to fold, you can bluff and semi-bluff more, knowing there is a greater chance you will get them to fold either right away or when you apparently improve on a later Street.


When you’re in a game with weak-tight players it probably makes sense for you to play more loosely.


But this is not the case against a tight-aggressive player. If a tight-aggressive player enters the pot with a raise you should be less inclined to play than against a normal or loose player because there is a greater chance that the tight player has a high quality hand. And he is likely to continue betting and raising if necessary to get the maximum value out of his hand. Similarly, if the tight-aggressive player just calls a bet in front of you, you should be less inclined than normal to call along with a drawing hand – since he is likely to raise on a later Street with a high quality hand, making it expensive for you to draw.


When you’re against a tight-aggressive player it probably makes sense for you to play tightly as well.


Also, if the game is tight and aggressive then if a player raises you early, the pot is unlikely to have much money in it later on because few other players are likely to call the raise. In hands likely to be heads up against a single strong opponent you need to be more selective than in a hand with many opponents who are likely to be calling with inferior hands. Hence, a game of tight-aggressive players is tough to beat.


As you can see, there is much more to playing in tight in loose games than this simple UTP suggests. Unlike the others, I suggest that you dispose of it entirely when you sit down to play poker.



Which UFA software should I play on?

As most of you are aware, we are currently running 2 different poker software on PokerPages. This has been somewhat confusing to some of you, so I thought that I would explain what’s what on PokerPages and now PokerSchool Online, and share what’s coming soon.

Old Software for ‘Fun-Play’

This is the older software (World Series Warm up and TOC Warm Up) that we have licensed for some time now and is still currently available on for anyone to use. This is the software that PokerPages now uses for our PokerDollars program. Sometime near the end of November, we are going to stop using this software and substitute our new poker software (described below).

Poker Dollars: Until that time, you can play on this old software for Poker Dollars as follows:

If you place in the top 5 in a round one event, then you are qualified to take part in a round 2 event on a Saturday and or Sunday.

If you place in the top 3 you will win a Poker Dollars voucher.

1st = $25.00

2nd = $15.00

3rd = $10.00.

Poker Dollars vouchers can be redeemed at a casino of your choice anywhere in the world where they play poker tournaments. The voucher can only be used towards a buy-in for a poker tournament.

Other Games: On this old software you can play the following side action UFA games: Limit Hold ’em, Limit Omaha 8 (Hi-Lo), Limit Stud, Limit Stud Hi-Lo; there is also heads up where you can play one-on-one against someone.

The multi table tournament games available are: Limit Hold ’em, No Limit Hold ’em, and Limit Omaha 8 (Hi-Lo).

You can download the old software here.

*Please remember that the old software goes away around the end of November. So if you wish to continue to play for fun (whether you’re a PokerSchool Online member or not), then you must download the New Software (see instructions below).

Our New Software

PokerPages has developed it’s own software to use inside PokerSchool Online, and on PokerPages for ‘Fun-Play’. After listening to many of the players’ requests, we feel that we have produced a superior poker experience for all of our customers. It’s likely you’ve seen this software referred to as ‘Beta Test software’ or ‘PokerPages software’.

Beta testing has been an ongoing experience for all of us. Now, the No Limit Hold ’em Tournaments in beta testing are coming to an end and we will begin introducing all the other games and limits, along with side action and single table satellites, which will all go through the Beta test phase before we introduce them into the school tournament syllabus.

The beta testing will be available to both fun play customers and school members, as we do appreciate your help and feedback. Soon we will begin running our PokerDollars program on the ‘Fun-Play’ Software. The tested, more-stable versions of the new software will be moved into PokerSchool Online as they become available on an ongoing basis.

The system requirements for this new software is:

A minimum processor speed of 200 MHz

64 Megs of RAM

Download the new software by clicking here. You can also download the new software from either PokerPages and PokerSchoolOnline.

Promotions using the New Software:

Thru Nov 30th in the ‘Fun-Play’ (Beta test) area. We now have a unique ranking system that puts players in a league table and tracks performances. On October 22nd, the ranking table was placed at zero. On Nov 30th, the top 5 ranked players in the league will share in a $400 Poker Dollars prize pool. All players may participate in this promotion whether you are a school member or not. Just download the new software.

Beta Testers for ‘the Big One’- We’ve qualified some beta testers into ‘The Big One’.

Click here to see a list of people who’ve qualified for ‘the Big One’ so far.

What is “The Big One”?

The “Big One” is a free-roll tournament within PokerSchool that we will be holding in March of 2002. We are offering up to $100,000 worth of sponsorships to the 2002 WSOP in ‘the Big One’. The maximum number of players that will qualify is 650 for “The Big One”.

Click here for further details on how to qualify. – New Software

Be one of the first 500 by October 31st to sign up for an annual membership to PokerSchool Online, and you will qualify to play in a free-roll on November 16th. The top 5 players will win their annual membership for free!

Sign up for an annual membership to PokerSchool Online by October 31st, and you’ll get 2 extra months of membership for free-your membership will run through December 31st 2002.

School members for ‘the Big One’- Beginning November 1st, PokerSchool Online tournaments will begin. They will use our logarithm-ranking table to calculate rankings.

Incentives for school members to qualify for “The Big One” will begin November 1st based on school members’ new weekly and monthly rankings.

Click here if you’d like to learn how to join PokerSchool Online so you can vie for 2002 WSOP sponsorships.

Bankroll tournaments structure

When we decided to launch PokerSchool Online we wanted it to re-create the real world of tournament poker as closely as possible. Therefore, when you become a member of Pokerschool you will be given a starter $200 bank roll. When we start the school tournament schedule you will be able to buy-in to $20.00 tournaments, and the prize pool will be a calculated percentage by the amount of entrants.

You will also be able to buy-in to 24/7 single table satellites for $5.00. The top 2 places of the single table satellites will win the “money”. The idea is for you to build up your bank roll and achieve a high position on the ranking tables. This way we are sure that you will improve your poker playing and we will generate champions of the future.

What happens if you lose your bankroll? We will calculate your ranking position and according to that position will award you a starting bank roll again.

You really have to play poker to achieve a higher bankroll to play in the more advanced tournaments. Our goal is to host a real online World Championship poker tournament where the players have built up $10,000 bankroll which will enable them to enter, whereas some of the other members may not have enough bank roll to participate and have this as a goal to reach.

Poker Dollars for everyone…

‘Fun-Play’ will continue to be offered with our new software. The schedules of these tournaments will be listed (along with the school tournaments) closer to November 1st

We will continue to run the Poker Dollars program for anyone to use (whether you’re a school member or not). But the poker dollars will only be redeemable towards membership in the school from the time it runs off the new software..


To re-cap, Up until the end of November, you can play on both software programs.

After the end of November, you’ll only be able to play on our own new poker software. It’ll be used for Poker Dollars/Fun Play for those who are not in PokerSchool and it will be used for tournaments for school members only. School members will be learning and trying to qualify (using the new ranking system) for their place in ‘the Big One’ for up to $100,000 worth of sponsorships for the 2002 WSOP.




Who Is Training ligaz11 Whom?

This is a column devoted to making money in low limit holdem, popularly referred to as No Foldem. This author does not claim to be an expert poker player. He is a legend only in his dog’s mind.

When we lived in Virginia, my wife and I once kenneled a dog for the first time with an old dog trainer. Now this dog was like my wife’s child. It had reached the age of five without every being kenneled. Like any mother, my wife expressed her concerns for the dog to the trainer. After listening politely for a few minutes, the trainer said in a gentle southern way, “Ma’ am are you training the dog or is the dog training you?”

Anyone who has every played low limit holdem has witnessed this scene. A player lecturing another player who just beat him, how the player who just won should never have been in the pot. To the player raking in the chips, this of course seems like utter nonsense. If I get such a lecture from a player, I usually tell him or her that I skipped that chapter in the book.

Instead of wasting time lecturing a player about pot odds, these “book” players should ask themselves the question, who is training who?

More often than not, low limit game $3-$6 games are fairly passive with little pre-flop rising. Most of the time players can see the flop for $3. In these types of games, a pattern develops with six or more players paying to see the flop. Then they start to drop out until two or three are left. Rarely will one person win on the end by other people folding.

In a $3-$6 game with six initial players and one player dropping out after each betting round, the total pot usually will be $71 after a $4 dollar rake assuming only one bet at each round. If that is the case, then a player only needs to hit a winner on the flop every 23 times to breakeven on an initial $3 bet. If a player pays another $3 to see the turn, the player only need to develop a winning hand on the turn once every 12 times.

Certainly, after the flop or turn the player may have to pay in more to see the river. But if the players throw away the real junk and stick with hands that have a chance to be a winner, even if it requires runner-runner, such players will hold there own at least in the short run. The table is training them that it is ok to play this way. If they happen to catch some cards, they will start to have a big stack of chips in front. This encourages these players all the more and starts a low boil in the “book” players.

Of course part of the answer to such players is to make them pay for the opportunity to chase those runner-runners. But the other complaint one hears from “book” players is that you can’t get anyone to fold in low limit holdem. Some subscribe to the theory that there is no point in raising even with premium hands. If you are convinced of this, ask yourself who is training whom?

Think about it from the prospective of a typical low limit player who chases too many hands. They aren’t thinking about how the pot odds have just changed because a “book” player raised preflop. Certainly they would rather see the flop for one bet, but they can usually still anticipate getting to the turn or river for minimal bets. After all, the only guaranteed raise opportunity in holdem is preflop. Players can’t raise themselves.

So if you’re a “book” player in a low limit, no foldem ligaz11 game, here is some advice: Keep betting your premium hands; just don’t fall in love with them. Holdem simulation of every player staying through to the river shows premium starting hands such as big pairs will win 25-33% of the time. With those odds, there is nothing better than getting six people calling your raises when you have aces.

On the other hand, if the flop misses your hand completely, be ready to abandon ship. Too often I have watched “book” players muck hand after hand waiting for the real premium hands. You can tell they are priding themselves on their discipline and looking down their noise at their wild and wooly compatriots.

They finally get that pair of aces and view it as their just reward for mucking so many hands. By this time it doesn’t matter if the flop shows a pair, straight or flush draw, they have almost a fatalistic desire to play their aces to the end. It is like they can’t believe the poker gods have conspired against them to deliver one more bad beat. Often they pay off the winner when they have the third best hand. Who is the sucker now?

The only revenge for getting rivered is rivering someone else. A “book” player needs to remember that in almost every discussion of starting hand standards is the caveat that players need to adjust them for game conditions. Part of the reason these books set higher standard for early position hands is the risk of paying too much to see a flop with a hand that needs a lot of help. If a table has fallen into a pattern of letting players see the flop cheaply that risk is taken away. Hands the books tell you are only playable in late positions become playable in early positions, particularly if they have the chance to be a big hand.

So if you have a premium hand in a low limit game and you know you just got beat; don’t pay off just to see another bad beat so you can lecture the player who caught runner-runner. Instead, use that money to see a few more flops and lace up your track shoes.




Larry Holmes Interview about Casino

How did you get involved in the online casino business?

LARRY HOLMES – [My manager] Jay Newman hooked me into it. We knew that online gambling was illegal here in the States so we wanted to go offshore with it. We have some people that we partnered with and we’re offshore with that but we’re still not allowing betting not only at the sportsbook but gambling period from the United States.

Do you gamble on sports?

I don’t gamble on sports. With a friend of mine or two I might bet on a fight or something like that. I’ll tell you what, I’m probably the lousiest picker out there because every time I’ve bet on a fight, I’ve lost. So I don’t bet on fights any more but I go see fights. I don’t bet on any sports but I’m a blackjack player. I play blackjack, I play poker and stuff like that. But I don’t bet on sports. I’m not good at that. Like the World Series coming up, I watch it but I don’t bet on it.

Your casino and sportsbook is really popular with Spanish speaking people. I didn’t realize that you’re so popular in Latin America.

I fought 4 or 5 of my fights in Puerto Rico and I traveled a lot to Mexico. And I still travel a lot back and forth to Puerto Rico because I do gamble there. I go down to the Cabana Plaza down there in Puerto Rico and I play blackjack. It’s nice. I like gambling. I don’t do it enough to blow a lot of money. I probably blew 5 or 10 thousand dollars, that’s enough. See I don’t go crazy with it.

Have you tried playing blackjack on the Internet?

I played blackjack on the Internet for fun. I play my blackjack for fun and one of the things that I like about it now is that they’ve speeded it up and you can get into it real quick and it pays quick.

Do you have any other Internet plans?

We got the Larry Holmes souvenir shop that we’re putting on the Web. We also got some property that we’re selling on there. We are a business and we try to do a variety of things.

You can get that through or


Any plans to fight again, Mr. Holmes?

Fighting again on November 17 at Biloxi, Mississippi. I’m fighting Mike Weaver again.

There was a rumor going around that you were going to fight Butterbean.

They’re trying to do that too. If they can put that together, well then fine. I’ll fight Butterbean. I think it would be easy.

How about George Foreman? Are you going to be able to get together and fight him?

I think not because I think George Foreman is a chump and a punk and I think he’s afraid of me. George Foreman is afraid of me. He thinks he’s Mr Shit on a Stick and it went to his head. He thinks he’s better than people. People don’t really know George Foreman. But the real George Foreman has always been afraid of me. Even when he were 789betting Champion of the World back in the day. 1978, 77, when I was a young guy coming up, he was champion then, he was afraid of me then.

He looked like he was getting serious there for a while, then he backed out of it.

He’s fat, he’s out of shape. I think, he’s 300 pounds. I don’t think he wants to do this again. I think he’s afraid. If he wants to go to the top, he’s gotta work his way to the top. I do what I gotta do to get the title shot. He wants to take short cuts. That’s why he was with the IBF and with the grand jury investigation and all that thing. He paid the commissioners off to get ranked. And I think that’s junk. I think the guy should’ve fought his way in there like I did when I fought Ray Mercer and everybody else.

Are you still trying to go for another title shot?

Well you know, that’s kinda like far fetched. Nobody wants to give me a fight not because I’m older than them but because they could lose their position. These fighters today are not the same as they were. These guys don’t want to fight anybody.

How does Lennox Lewis compare to you when you were the champ or to Muhammad Ali?

He wouldn’t have never made it. He’s a decent fighter. Right now he’s the best fighter out there because there’s no one out there. If he was in our time, you would never have heard of Lennox Lewis.

Do you see any young guys coming up that might be any good?

Well I take a look at them and they all look the same to me. No dedication, no discipline, no real self training or nothing. These guys just go out and throw punches. No fire, no skills, no jab, no side to side movement, nothing. Just punches.

How about outside of the heavyweight division?

You got the De La Hoyas out there, and the Shane Mosleys, and those guys but they’re not recognized enough to carry the ball. Like when I was there I had Sugar Ray Leonard, I had Marvin Hagler, I had Roberto Duran. I had Tommy Hearns. I had all those guys. But these guys ain’t got nobody to carry the ball.

Did you hear Oscar de la Hoya’s new CD?

I didn’t hear it but I heard some of it. He sang some of it on the Tonight Show or something like that. If you like Spanish music, then it’s okay. I don’t understand the singing but I listen to the music. When I go over to Puerto Rico and Mexico and places like that, and I hear the Latin music, I love it.

In your opinion, who is the best heavyweight fighter out there?

I’d say Mike Tyson when he’s not crazy and then Lennox Lewis. I think Mike Tyson would beat Lennox Lewis because of the determination Mike Tyson will bring to the fight. But there’s only two guys out there right now — Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. And Lennox Lewis won’t get that PR recognition because he’s not American. People prefer American fighters.

I just have one more question for you Mr. Holmes. It’s political season right now. I know you’re extremely popular back in Easton. Do you have any political ambitions?

No I don’t want to be into that because politics is all bullshit. I would want to try and do the right thing for people and there would always be some politicalness in there. For instance, let me say this. In our city here there are people behind in their water bills. They evict them out of their homes. They do it before winter comes but the thing is they let them get 3 years or 2 years behind and then they want to throw them out. You see, I’m against that. They paid 30, 40, 50, 100, 200 thousand dollars for their home and they can’t afford their water bill and all of a sudden they throw you out of your home if you don’t pay your water bill for $3000. Those things I’m against. So political, no I would make a lot of people angry with me but I’d probably make a lot of people happy.

You wouldn’t want to be mayor?

No, please no.

Are you supporting either candidate Bush or Gore?

No I don’t support anyone but I am a Democrat. And if I vote for anyone it will be for the Democrats. I’ll tell you one of the reasons why. Republicans are good people and I can make a lot of money with the Republicans because they think about big business but I’m for the little man I like to see the little man have a job, the little man have a home, the little man be more comfortable because rich people don’t stay rich but they may get richer. Let the little man make some money.

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The Cure for the Common Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya

This year has seen a bumper crop of new computer virus outbreaks. I’ve received over 30 virus-infected e-mails in the last 14 days, and while I’ve managed to avoid any infections, this deluge has forced me to review and renew my emergency recovery plan(s). You might want to, too.

Let’s assume that a virus makes it onto your computer and you’ve inadvertently activated it. But what does activation mean, exactly?

Your garden-variety virus needs to be – for lack of a better term, ‘turned on’ – in order to do its business. That usually happens when you open an infected file or run an infected program, which then delivers the virus payload into your system. Whatever the activation method, the point is that you’ve got it and you need to get rid of it.

The first step is to identify the extent of the problem. Most anti-virus (AV) programs (such as the ones I mentioned in the last Tech article) ask you to create a set of “boot disks” when you install the program. They also prompt you to update the disks; we’ll further assume you have done that. Those boot disks will prove invaluable.

Insert the main Emergency (Boot) disk and reboot your machine. When it comes up, you’ll be running off a clean disk instead of your infected hard drive and the recovery process can begin.

To identify the extent of the problem, you should run a full system scan once you are running off a clean boot environment (your boot disks or a bootable CD). This is a critical, because if you’re simply running off an infected hard drive you’re wasting your time and are probably making things worse.

If you don’t have boot disks and can’t get any, your best bet is to turn your computer off, leave it off, and call a Togel Hongkong computer-smart buddy or as a last resort, your local computer shop.

Let’s assume you’ve done your scan and it tells you that you’ve got ‘[email protected],’ for instance. Now what? Again, the AV software people are your best bet. Get on an uninfected computer that has web access and go to Symantec’s Security Response web page.

You’ll find an encyclopedia of known viruses at the Security Response site and by searching for your virus by name, [email protected] in our example, you’ll find a Recovery Procedure and possibly free tools for removing the virus. If you’re an experienced computer user, you probably won’t need the free tools as the recovery procedure text will be both informative and sufficient for cleaning the infected computer.

Once you’ve performed the removal, reboot from your emergency disks and rescan your computer to make sure the virus gone. If you find other infections or infected files clean them out, too.

Repeat the virus scans until the machine finally comes up clean, always booting from the emergency disks if possible. Immediately update your virus definitions, refresh your boot disks, reboot, and rescan again. If you’re clean, congratulations! If not, repeat the procedure until you are.

By now, you can be pretty certain that you’ve (a) recovered from the virus infection and (b) repaired or removed any files that could reinfect your system. Remove the boot disk and reboot your computer normally. You’ll soon see if your machine still has a heartbeat. Hopefully it does and you’re ready to get on with your life.

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Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott

At the first televised poker tournament in Cardiff Wales, in the spring of 1999, I watched Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, dressed in all black with gold-rimmed sunglasses and goatee, breathe life into televised poker by winning Late Night Poker I. I’ll never forget that night after the final; back at the bar with Devilfish buying a case of champagne, there was a true pioneer spirit in the air. Most of us had played and lost, but it didn’t matter, because something great had been created and Devilfish was a worthy winner to present the face of poker as a sport.

Now, more than five years later, Devilfish is on top of the poker world. Over a midday meal on the 11th deck of the ship on a recent poker cruise to the Mediterranean, I got to talk with him about how far he has come and how life is now that he’s an UltimateBet-sponsored player.

Everybody knows Devilfish. Wearing his black suit and those two finger rings that say “Devil” and “Fish,” the Devil has topped big poker tournaments in both the UK and America, like the one he won (pocketing $600,000) in front of a partisan American crowd in Tunica, Mississippi, during the breakout season of the World Poker Tour. Ulliott wiped up a final table there that included American superstar Phil Ivey and Texan old-timer Tommy Grimes. “I done Tommy Grimes’ head in there,” Dave laughed. “It was good for televised poker that I won those early tournaments.” Yes, it’s been great. Devilfish’s image and play have won him fans from around the world, and helped to catapult poker to being a sport with exciting stars.

It certainly didn’t start out easy for Dave Ulliott. “In the old days,” he said, “I used to have to win at poker to play the tournaments, because nobody ever gave me a spit to slide in.” A young Devilfish once lost his friend’s car in a poker game. “They asked me, ‘How much have you got left?’” he reminisced, “and I said, ‘I got these car keys here,’ and I put them in.” Ulliott smiled at the memory. “Hey, I was an 11-1 favorite in the pot!” he said in his own defense. “Then, I called my mate up and said, ‘You know that car? How much would you sell it to me for?’”

Devilfish got his nickname in Las Vegas, and don’t let his wit let you forget his skill. A devilfish is an oriental delicacy that kills you if it’s not prepared properly. Someone had called him that in his local game in Hull many years ago, but it hadn’t stuck. And wouldn’t you know it that someone from that game happened to be in Las Vegas when Dave got to the final two of the World Series of Poker pot-limit hold’em championship in 1997. Ulliott was head up for the $200,000 first prize against Men “The Master” Nguyen, a stack ’em up tournament artist who’s a commander on the tour.

The spectators were a little boisterous, and one of Men’s supporters, of which there were many, shouted out, “On the Master!” A cheer went up. Then, from the back of the pack, the man from Hull fired back, “On the Devilfish!”

Then, the Devilfish skinned the Master, and laid him out to dry, and the nickname stuck.

Devilfish served serious notice to the judi poker online pkv world on that 1997 Las Vegas trip. “I went to Vegas,” he said, “and Mansour Matloubi (1990 WSOP champion) befriended me. He suggested I play Lyle Berman heads up. I beat him for $168,000.”


“Did Lyle say anything to you?” I asked.


A dry smile broke across Ulliot’s lips. “He said, ‘That’ll do … ’”


His friendship with Mansour was to pay even bigger dividends. When the online poker site UltimateBet decided it wanted someone in Europe toward the end of 2000, Mansour told consultant Russ Hamilton that Devilfish was the man for the job. “At the first Poker Million on the Isle of Man, Russ and Mansour invited me up for a dinner. I was a bit dubious, and decided that I better not fasten my shoelaces,” he said with a wink.


Devilfish needn’t have worried. He was offered a 1 percent share in UltimateBet and was given two weeks to make up his mind. He decided to give it a go. “And if I had decided not to,” Ulliott said, “I probably would have shot myself. It’s probably worth over a million bucks now.” Dave strongly believes that UltimateBet has the best software, and in his opinion is the best in online poker. Devilfish calls UltimateBet CEO Greg Peterson “one of the cleverest guys I ever met; he never makes a wrong move.” And of former WSOP champion and UB consultant Hamilton, Dave said, “I’ve known Russ for seven years, and in all that time, I’ve never seen him lose a bet — whether it’s golf or bungee jumping!”


After his initial contract with UltimateBet was up, Devilfish tested the market and found quite a few offers. But, UltimateBet matched all comers, giving Dave the most lucrative individual contract ever in European poker. Ulliott can now play whichever poker tournaments he chooses, whenever he wants. “It’s nice,” he said, “to be involved in a company that you believe in and own 1 percent of!”


Dave Ulliott has come a long way from a tough upbringing in Hull, but he has no desire to forget where he came from. He still lives not far from where he was raised, in a house with a garden, a pond, a snooker room, and a music room. “My only worry,” he said, “is getting the kids to school on time!”


Talk about how times have changed. “Although I started as the bad boy of poker,” Dave admitted, “I’ve changed quite a bit. I used to swear and say what I thought … ” That wink and the smile that cracked his lips signaled that the man known as Devilfish is still apt to say whatever’s on his mind, but it’s different now — now that Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott has reached the pinnacle of the poker world. Devilfish is not a bad boy any more, and he wears it well.


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“You can win cash for cars, vacations and more every month, betting as little as $1 or $2 per hand.” As far as pitches go that one is pretty direct and to the point.


So the question I asked myself when I looked at this book is “what is this guy selling?” And in a nutshell it boils down to this: Blackjack basic strategy + betting rules + money management = the best chance of success. Following his simple approach author Dennis Spivak believes that the player can predictably and consistently win. “Let me tell you,” he says, “it’s utopia on the internet.”


Okay, hyperbole aside, his basic advice is pretty sound. Savvy players on and off the internet know that Blackjack is one of the few casino games where skilled players can minimize their loss expectation. And money management is essential to any player’s game strategy. As to the betting rules … well let’s have a look at the book first.


After a long and somewhat repetitious introduction and preamble the meat of Spivak’s text, his Chart, appears on page 34. It is a novel reworking of a standard Basic Strategy chart for a Multiple Deck game. What he adds to the mix is a lot of arm-twisting.


“When you stop thinking and start referring to the Chart … you’ll play a more relaxed, fundamentally sound game” he says, and “Never play hunches … Believe in the Chart”. For emphasis he adds the old saw “ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do or die.” Okay, okay, we’re getting the point: Chart good, everything else bad. Fair enough, let’s move on.


After some excellent suggestions about which Blackjack games to play –namely those where the dealer Stands on any 17 and where Double is permitted after a Split– we’re introduced to his betting strategies in Part IV.


Spivak presents a structured approach to betting that is based on (a) an “Opening Bet”, say $1 or $2, and that all subsequent bets are derived from it and (b) his stated goal which is to “minimize losses and conserve wins”. So far so good.


However, it’s in the details that I start to lose Mr. Spivak. For instance, assuming your Opening Bet was $2, he says “always log off once you are up by $2”. Say what? Sure enough, the details of his “Conservative” and “Traditional” betting strategies repeat and make a specific point of this.


In attempting to make sense of this advice I think I’ve gleaned the following: By “log off” Spivak means just that. Once you’ve logged off it’s apparently fine to log right back on again. In his words “log on and off frequently.” You’re supposed to ensure that when you do log back on you’re not “in the same spot where you previously left off”. It’s better to play games that assign you a random number as identification because then you know that the game hasn’t identified you as the same person you were in the previous game.


As far as I can tell what Spivak is saying is that it makes some difference to your final results whether the game software knows what you’ve won before within a given play session. To that I can only say this: if your results in a given hand are effected by hands you’ve already played they you’re playing a rigged game, plain and simple. Furthermore, if the casino wants to cheat you, logging off and on again isn’t going to make a big difference.


One could interject here that a hand’s results could be effected by the remaining cards in the shoe but Spivak himself makes reference to “the shuffle factor” meaning the programmed rule that online Blackjack decks are effectively reshuffled after each hand. He quite rightly points to this as the fact that renders card-counting at online Blackjack pointless. Spivak’s advice regarding log-offs baffles me because elsewhere he states that at “virtually every online casino they [the games] are programmed to be fair and … ultimately will be truly random.” I agree, but how then can logging off and then back on in any way effect a player’s results? Either the games are fair or not.


Since further explanation of this log-on-log-off betting approach is not given we’ll leave the subject as it stands. Needless to say I am soundly unconvinced.


The section concludes with some good advice on Judi Slot Online money management, specifically on establishing your bankroll. Simply put he advocates that the player have 50-times their Opening Bet in the pocket when they begin play. This is well within the common advice on this point widely given elsewhere.


There are other tidbits of advice that Spivak gives that I find puzzling though perhaps less troubling than the log-offs. Regarding Surrender, for instance, he says “I don’t like the option and I never consider it ….” Okay, that may be his preference but game analysis has shown that Surrender can give the player a slight edge so why disregard it so out of hand especially since, as he so often repeats throughout the text, “it’s all about winning”.


Around the middle of the book Spivak offers some math explaining how you’ll win 80% of the time and so on but … well, you decide for yourself. I’ve tried their Chart and their betting strategy and I sure as hell didn’t win 80% of the time. More like 1/2 that but perhaps my problem is that, as they warn, “until you totally accept the concepts … you may very well lose money.” So far he’s right about that.


The books wraps up with a 58 point summary including the mantra “Follow the Chart”. Right, we’re with you on that point. Finally there come a number of quotes offered by Chip the Cow, “team mascot, lucky charm, four leaf clover, and wheel of fortune all wrapped into one loveable bovine”. These pearls appear under the heading “Chip Sez”.


Okay, well at this point Max Sez: I’m outta here!



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* The 230th clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was of course the match of the week, with 98,760 in the Camp Nou and an estimated global TV audience of 400 million.


Barça arrived the clear favourites on the back of their excellent form and Real the underdogs based on the Champions League loss to Schalke, Cristiano Ronaldo’s grouchy mood, Gareth Bale’s only recently re-watered goal drought and James Rodriguez’ ongoing injury absence.


Lionel Messi’s 17 goals in the calendar year of 2015 versus the ‘BBC”s total of 15 also bolstered Catalan hopes of victory.


Real led Barça in wins 92 to 89 going into the game but the azulgrana had a 42 v 18 wins record on home turf and leading the league had not lost at home to Real for 85 years.


It was not a classic clásico by any means but had a heap of talking points and incidents. Having enjoyed the better of a first half and scored an exquisite equaliser, Real will be scratching their hands as to how they ended up playing such a muted second 45 minutes and losing 2-1.


They can point to Ronaldo hitting the bar and having a swerving long-range effort tipped over, Bale wrongly being flagged offside for a goal, two Claudio Bravo saves from Karim Benzema and narrow misses from the Welshman and Isco as evidence the gods were not on their side.


Yet the lack of true Dominoqq Online Terbaik strikers beyond Benzema was again laid bare, as was the lack of fire in the midfield duo of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, who burnt out early, and Bale’s ongoing search for his old magic.


Much criticised for his selfishness, Bale played so many horizontal short passes one longed for him to run with the ball into his own channels, but he was compelled by Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-4-2 shape to track back and keep the shape in the middle.


Despite exciting runs from Messi and Neymar and a brace of last-gasp saves from Iker Casillas to stop further scores, Barça themselves never really caught fire either.


The game as a whole threatened to descend into a bad-tempered scrap of fouls and simulations as referee Antonio Mateu flashed 11 yellow cards, and the show was not a patch on last season’s memorable battles in the league and Copa del Rey.


But the Catalans were deserved winners simply for netting one more than Real, the first a simple Messi free-kick met by a diagonal run and header from Jeremy Mathieu, and the second a route one ball from right-back for Luis Suarez to run onto and fire into the corner.


Four points is the gap at the top now, which looks wider than it is given Barça’s rich vein of football (19 wins in the last 20), but the big two could yet meet again in the Champions League.


* Valencia maintained their fine form with a 4-0 win at Elche to stay third, a point clear of Atletico Madrid, who beat Getafe 2-0 at the Manzanares. Fernando Torres scored in the second minute for Los Colchoneros, his first strike in La Liga since 2011.


* It was a great midweek in the Champions League for Spain as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona joined Real Madrid in the last eight to form the largest country contingent.


Atletico rescued their waning season by advancing to the quarter-finals on a tense night at the Manzanares. Trailing Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 from the away leg, Los Colchoneros won 1-0 after 120 minutes and 3-2 in the resulting shoot-out.


The tie started nervously for the home side who lost goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya through injury on 21 minutes. They took the lead six minutes later from Mario Suarez’ blast from the edge of the box but had to endure a nervous further hour and a half as both sides failed to find a decisive second.


Watching a German side fluff three out of their five penalties was a surreal sight, and Hakan Calhanglu’s opening miss, a powder-puff pass down the middle to the goalie, will probably find its way onto football-comedy DVDs before long.


Atletico had an escape in truth as Raul Garcia and Koke both missed their penalties too. Luckily for Atleti, Omer Toprak and Stefan Kiessling scooped their kicks sky-high. During the shoot-out, Atleti’s Turkish midfielder turned his back and prayed in Islamic fashion.


Two of his compatriots playing for Bayer then missed. For the 48,273 packed into the Manzanares, it was a mighty relief.


On Wednesday, Barcelona had it a little more comfortably as they edged Manchester City 1-0 at the Camp Nou to go through 3-1 on aggregate.


The Catalans dominated the game and showed flashes of their old brilliance, which doubtless pleased Pep Guardiola, looking on from the stands.


Messi was once again imperious, setting up the only goal, orchestrating Barça’s best attacks with flambloyant aplomb and at one point nutmegging James Milner delightfully.


Ivan Rakitic’s goal just after the half hour was the only goal they had to show for their efforts, but a lot of that was down to Joe Hart making a string of top-drawer saves for the visitors in the closing stages.


The Blues missed a golden chance to get back into the tie with twelve minutes to go when Sergio Aguero’s spot-kick was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, but they could not complain as Barça outshot them 19 to 10 overall with nine versus five efforts on target, and enjoyed 57% of the ball.


The last eight of the Champions League has three La Liga clubs but no more than two Spanish teams will be in the last four however, as last season’s finalists Atletico and Real were drawn against each other, with Atletico at home first on the 14th of April.


Barça travel to PSG the following night for the first leg of their tie.


Over the past six seasons, the quarter-finals have witnessed 14 La Liga entrants compared to eight from the Premier League, eight from the Premier League and five from Serie A. Will it be the second all-Spanish final in a row?


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QFs: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, Juventus v Monaco, PSG v Barcelona, Porto v Bayern Munich.


* In Thursday’s Europa League action, Sevilla eliminated Villareal 5-2 an aggregate after a 2-1 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.


Villareal were looking for a miracle having lost 3-1 at home in the first leg but attacked manfully and certainly did not throw in the towel. Their endeavour was not rewarded by goals however and their hopes took a hammer blow in the 69th minute when Vicente Iborra tapped in for Sevilla.


Giovani Dos Santos curled in an equaliser but Denis Suarez’ header in the 83rd minute sealed the deal for the Andalucians.


As luck would have it the two clubs, who sat 5th and 6th in La Liga, met again on Sunday at El Madrigal in Villareal and Sevilla again emerged triumphant, 2-0, with goals from Coke and Vitolo.


Sevilla’s reward is a quarter-final showdown with Zenit St Petersburg, who knocked-out Torino 4-1 on aggregate. The first leg is in Seville on the 16th of April.


EUROPA LEAGUE QFs – Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg, Club Brugge v Dnipro, Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina, Wolfsburg v Napoli.


* Real Sociedad boss David Moyes might have left the Premier League under a cloud following his traumatic few months at Manchester United, but he now claims from his La Liga vantage point that the English top flight is “probably the poorest Premier League I’ve seen in a long time.”


Moyes’ comments are timely as no English club has made it to the last eight of the European competitions. The Scot admitted that most Spanish clubs have no buying power compared to the big two, but that Atletico, Valencia and Villareal had still managed to go far in Europe.


* Sevilla’s in-form Vitolo was the most notable addition to the Spain squad for their Euro 2016 qualifer with Ukraine on Friday in Seville and friendly with Holland in Amsterdam the following Tuesday.


The 25 year-old left-winger has scored eight goals in 28 appearances this season, helping guide Sevilla to the last eight of the Europa League.


Another new face was Villareal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and Malaga’s 21 year-old striker Juanmi, who replaced the injured Diego Costa.


Vicente Del Bosque dropped Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, citing ample cover at left-back in the form of Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Bayern’s Juan Bernat.


There was no recall for Fernando Torres, Juan Mata or Alvaro Negredo, but Juventus’ Alvaro Morata was selected on the basis of his contributions to Juve’s Serie A and Champions League campaigns. Valencia’s 21 year-old striker Paco Alcacer was also overlooked.


Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David De Gea (Man Utd), Sergio Asenjo (Villareal)


Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), JuanFran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)


Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mario Suarez, Koke (Atletico Madrid), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Vitolo (Sevilla), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Man City), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Isco (Real Madrid)


Forwards: Juanmi (Malaga), Pedro (Barcelona), Alvaro Morata (Juventus)


* Cristiano Ronaldo wants to move to MLS in 2018, according to Sports lllustrated and the Daily Telegraph.


The Portuguese would be 33 then and would have a maximum three seasons left in Spanish soccer.


If he went it would probably be to a major city like New York or Los Angeles, and he could link up with David Beckham, who still hopes to get his Miami franchise plan off the ground.


* The Daily Star claims Jose Mourinho is proposing a €200 million raid on Real duo Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane, joining the dots and coming up with a suitably large figure.





HIGH Togel DEMANDS, HIGH REWARDS: Working for Wynn a mix of allure, angst

The name floats above the Strip in cursive lettering — Wynn. — punctuated by that subtle period.


There are tens of thousands of potential rank-and-file workers who see that name in the sky as a beacon for the Strip’s newest hot thing, a place that potentially could overtake the high-end chic of The Venetian, the five-star cool of Bellagio.


To hear applicants seeking to work for Steve Wynn, he is the boulevard’s most charismatic CEO, a union-friendly boss who offers first-rate pay and benefits. Nearly 100,000 people have applied to work at the $2.5 billion Wynn Las Vegas. Just 10,000 will be hired by the time of the megaresort’s scheduled April 28 opening.


“I have a great job, an eight or an eight-and-a-half,” says an MGM Grand bellman who wants one of those positions, “but I don’t have too many opportunities to work for a nine or a 10. He (Wynn) just has the opportunity to make everything nice.”


Many Wynn executives of the past and present say he is a trendsetter who redesigned Las Vegas Boulevard with The Mirage and Treasure Island, the first Las Vegas megaresorts to generate the bulk of their revenues from noncasino operations. His creations helped kick off the casino building boom that has driven the region’s hypergrowth of the past 16 years, highlighted by Bellagio’s 1998 opening.


“If you’re working with Steve Wynn, you’re probably making more money, and then there’s his attention to detail. He’s the real deal,” says Don Marrandino, a former executive vice president and general manager at Wynn Las Vegas who left before the property’s opening.


But Wynn also is known for an emotional, hard-driven approach that has its mercurial bent. It’s one that few front-line employees ever see, but occupants of his executive suite must learn to develop a thick hide or they could wither from Wynn’s periodic verbal assaults.


At least one ex-Wynn executive, who requested anonymity, recalls the words of the Togel casino developer’s wife, Elaine, who once counseled the then-employee: “You will never be as brilliant or as stupid as Steve says you are on any given day; the reality will be somewhere in the middle.”


‘Human’ or humiliating


Down at the city’s best-known union hall, organizers of Culinary Local 226 have brought together two groups of potential Wynn Las Vegas workers to chat with a visitor. There’s a bellman, a housekeeper and several others. None is willing to share a name because all fear losing their jobs if their employers learn they are considering moves to Wynn Las Vegas.


Several work at former Wynn properties — Bellagio and Treasure Island. They speak fondly of his leadership.


“In the first place, he’s a good boss,” one of the housekeepers says. “He’s more human. They value the work.”


“I respect him. I like him a lot,” another says. “I feel like that’s my place.”


Not all is cheery when it comes to a discussion of Wynn Las Vegas hiring practices. Tim Reilly, a 29-year-old Las Vegan and waiter at a neighborhood restaurant, said a recent job interview with a midlevel Wynn manager left him feeling angry and humiliated. The interviewer hammered him with a series of questions, some that were critical of Reilly’s employer, Red Robin, and others that seemingly criticized Reilly for taking off time from work to raise his 3-year-old daughter.


“I’m sure what happened was not indicative of the company as a whole, but I was brow-beaten,” says Reilly, who previously worked in retail at Treasure Island when Wynn headed Mirage Resorts. Reilly’s father worked as a cook at Treasure Island and is now a banquet server at Bellagio. His dad, aunt and uncle also planned to apply for jobs at Wynn Las Vegas. Not anymore.


“I walked out of there and felt like I was 2 inches tall. I had looked so forward to it,” Reilly said of the job interview.


Vying for workers


An estimated 168,100 people work in the valley’s casino, hotel and gaming industry. Wynn Las Vegas executives say nearly half of the front-line workers at Bellagio, Treasure Island and The Mirage, about 22,000 in all, have applied for work at the Strip’s newest megaresort.


Randy Morton downplays the potential threat posed by the loss of some of Bellagio’s 10,000 employees to Wynn Las Vegas. As the head of the hotel operations for the high-end property, Morton is confident that the vast majority of Bellagio’s workers will remain in their jobs.


“I would think that all of our competitors would want to hire employees from Bellagio,” Morton says, his monotone, straight-spoken delivery lacking any hint of cockiness.


But the competition for workers has been described as cutthroat. There has been talk that computer experts from competing Strip properties have attempted to tap into the computer database at Wynn Las Vegas to determine who has applied for jobs at the new hotel-casino.


Wynn personnel director Arte Nathan declines to offer specifics about the charge, but he says Wynn’s computer staff has locked down the property’s computer system to prevent outside access to the applicant database.


Meanwhile, Nathan was banned from the back of the house at Bellagio, The Mirage, the MGM Grand and other MGM Mirage properties after he was caught passing out business cards to potential hires in the bowels of those buildings.


Nathan and his MGM Mirage counterparts privately chuckle at the ban and the thought of Wynn’s personnel director lurking around behind the scenes, but the message is clear: Stay away from our workers.


Those competitive fires never were hotter than when a former Bellagio chef was counseled to leave the property immediately after announcing that he had accepted a job with Wynn; otherwise, he faced being escorted out of Bellagio by two security guards.


‘No trouble filling in’


MGM Mirage’s Morton notes the benefits that come with seniority at his 7-year-old property. There’s the predictability of scheduling, the well-established relationships with co-workers and the opportunities for advancement found in a company that, once its buyout of Mandalay Resort Group is completed later this year, will own nine of the 10 megaresorts on the west side of the Strip between Treasure Island and Mandalay Bay.


“Across the company, we know there will be a certain percentage that will go,” Morton says. “Whatever the number ends up being, we will have no trouble filling it.”


As proof, he points to the December opening of Bellagio’s new 928-suite hotel tower. The hotel-casino had more than 115,000 applications for 1,400 new jobs. Thirty percent of the tower’s work force was promoted from within the company.


MGM Mirage officials say a certain amount of turnover is good for any property. It brings in people with a fresh outlook, people who offer a new take on the day-to-day workings of a Bellagio. In fact, MGM Mirage executives are so confident that the potential losses will not hurt their company that they have not offered any special incentives for workers to remain.


Back at the union hall, workers continue to debate the merits of a move to Wynn Las Vegas. Some will stay where they are. They’d rather retain their seniority and all the perks that come with it. Others are ready to go. Wynn typically has been the first Strip employer to sign new union deals, and that hasn’t escaped the attention of this potential pool of new employees.


“He looks for people who work hard, do a good job, and treats them well,” a Bellagio bellman says.


Tough like a father


Wynn’s agitated exchanges with top managers, replete with street epithets and a heated intensity, are legendary within his operations. He has been known to hammer outsiders as well, whether they’re Wall Street analysts, university professors or journalists.


“The legend of Steve Wynn seems to be more pronounced the more you are removed from him in your daily life. Executives have a more balanced and tempered view,” says an ex-Wynn executive who requested anonymity. “They (front-line workers) don’t see any of the (Wynn) anger. The front-line guys see him as a charismatic personality, a celebrity. They don’t have day-to-day interaction with him as a boss.”


Nathan speaks fondly of the man he has known since the two were youngsters in upstate New York, a man he considers an older brother, a second father. Wynn’s not verbally abusive, the personnel director says, but he is direct.


“He’s tough like a father, your uncle, your brother. This is a family business. This isn’t an overly politically correct place. It is more entrepreneurial than it is corporatized. People do get burned out on this. You’ve got to be on top of your game. You can’t let down one second. Steve doesn’t,” Nathan reflects.

“He doesn’t accept anything at face value, and he doesn’t allow you to. It works for me, the shift manager in the casino, the restaurant manager, anybody in management who likes to be challenged, stretching a little bit more, they’ll do well here. If you’re somebody who is willing to accept the status quo or not willing to stretch to overachieve every time you do something, this will be maddening.”


Eye on every detail


From 1973, when Wynn took control of downtown’s Golden Nugget, through the 1980s when he developed and sold Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget, Wynn laid the groundwork for the high-end properties that became his forte. He opened The Mirage in 1989. Treasure Island followed four years later to handle The Mirage’s overflow. Bellagio opened in 1998.


Throughout, Steve and Elaine Wynn have developed a working relationship that taps into their individual skills. He is the hard-charging dealmaker, the development guy. He provides the concepts; she helps implement them, Nathan says.


Although she lacks an executive title, Elaine Wynn serves on her husband’s board of directors. She has designed the employee uniforms for Wynn Las Vegas, plans major parties and is her company’s face on all things related to charitable and community giving.


Steve Wynn has redesigned high-roller suites two, three and four times until they are what he truly wants. When choosing fabric for a room or restaurant, Wynn, who is losing his eyesight to a degenerative disease, touches and looks at dozens of samples. He’s had models built to study the sight lines of his casino floor. He had another scale model constructed of the Desert Inn golf course and ran a pencil-sized camera along each fairway. “He would say, ‘You’ve got to move this tree 3 feet,’ ” Marrandino remembers.


Six years ago, Wynn’s then-Mirage Resorts purchased the tired Boardwalk hotel-casino between Bellagio and Monte Carlo. It was more of a real estate play than a casino purchase, but several Boardwalk employees were ecstatic to learn of the buyout. One, a housekeeper, was so excited that she stood outside of the hotel-casino shouting: “Steve Wynn is coming! Steve Wynn is coming!” Tears trickled down her cheeks.


Mirage Resorts executives routinely quipped that Bellagio’s employee dining room was as nice as most Strip restaurants.


“Steve has always said if we treat our employees like guests, we will set the foundation for our success,” Nathan says. “All of the attention and the detail that you apply to approaching, addressing and retaining your guests, we follow those same concepts.”


While he has a loyal coterie of top- and midlevel executives, hundreds of whom would follow him to any new project, there are past Wynn executives who are happy to be done with the man.


Ask one of these high-powered gaming types to talk publicly about their Wynn experience and they clam up unless promised anonymity. They routinely say their Wynn tenure was among the most important experiences of their careers, something akin to a high-end finishing school for megaresort bosses.


Wynn alumni members run major casinos along the Strip, in Northern Nevada and the northeastern United States, but ask some of those alums whether they ever plan a return engagement, and they roll their eyes or smirk.


The evolving Buddhist


Wynn’s speaking on the phone. There’s the sonorous bass, the broad vocabulary, the use of inflection to make his points.


The pending opening of Wynn Las Vegas has created excitement and uncertainty along the Strip, excitement for anyone seeking a major infusion of creativity along the boulevard, particularly along the street’s aging north end, but uncertainty for operators of The Venetian, Bellagio and Mandalay Bay, which stand to lose customers, employees and some of their cachet.


Wynn believes his greatest strength is the ability to design a megaresort from a customer’s viewpoint. His goal, he says, is simple: When people come to town, he wants his building to be considered the best of the bunch. “I find that automatic. Some people can sing. I can think like a customer,” he says.


Wynn hasn’t run a hotel-casino since early 2000, when he lost his Mirage Resorts in a tactical stock play led by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. Many institutional investors had tired of Wynn’s act, his reluctance to release property-by-property quarterly results, a verbal style that smacked of a to-hell-with-you approach. Critics complained that he overspent on the construction of the $1.9 billion Bellagio, which by all accounts was a smash hit when it came to generating top-line revenues but failed to earn the bottom-line numbers that Wall Street demanded.


The buyout of his Mirage Resorts shares earned him about $500 million, sparking his $270 million cash purchase later that year of the struggling Desert Inn, a site that he has leveled and totally redesigned with the soon-to-open 2,700-room tower. He’s developing plans for a second 2,000-room tower.


Wynn acknowledges that his hard-driving style might have angered others in the past, but he says any angry exchanges were well-intended on his part, even if they didn’t come across that way.


“Passionate people have tempers. Passionate people are intemperate,” he says. “Being a Buddhist, I’ve gotten better at (that) these days.”


He’s asked to explain that last statement: Is he studying the teachings of Buddha? Wynn’s reluctant to answer.


“I’m not keen about getting into a religious discussion,” he says. But he invokes the name of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, when further discussing his own temper.


Last summer, Wynn spent a weekend in Florida with the religious figure who is revered by millions throughout the world. At first, Nathan wasn’t sure what to make of the trip. Wynn had been quiet about the visit before heading south, but Nathan said he spotted noticeable changes in his longtime friend following his return.


“It’s not about us. It’s about them,” Wynn took to saying about the employees he was about to hire. A photo of the smiling CEO is posted in the lobby of his employment center. A Buddhist-inspired message written by Wynn sits next to the picture: “In this place we are trying very hard to find out what makes you excited so that your job can be fun.”


Ask Wynn what it all means, especially for his legendary temper, and he offers a humble response. “I am working at it. The only way to be happy in life is to know you’ve helped other people,” Wynn says.


He points to the estimated 25,000 direct jobs created by the opening of Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island and the expanded Golden Nugget as a sign of his good works. An additional 50,000 to 75,000 jobs were created indirectly by the projects. Toss in the impact of the Wynn-inspired megaresort construction boom, a boom largely credited with sparking the doubling of the region’s population over the past decade, and there is no way to gauge with any accuracy Wynn’s impact on the state’s economy. No doubt it’s meant hundreds of millions, maybe even billions of dollars to the city and state.


“That is the only legacy I will ever have,” Wynn says.


He’s asked again about his temper. Does he ever regret some of his past exchanges, the ones with the angry epithets?


“If I ever said anything to anyone in the heat (of discussion) it was probably because I was right,” Wynn says.


He pauses for a moment, possibly realizing that the sentiment lacks an air of humility. “The way I do it is wrong if I’m being judgmental but right if I’m being helpful.”


Shifting loyalties


Up in the executive suites, nuance reigns. There are several MGM Mirage executives who run former Wynn properties and would seem probable candidates for a move. Most don’t want to talk about it publicly. The Strip’s a small town, and there’s no reason to ruffle anyone’s feathers, especially when today’s competitors might become tomorrow’s co-workers.


But those who do speak, at least on background, say they are proud to have done their time with Wynn. They learned a lot; many grew wildly wealthy because of that relationship, but they have moved on. And besides, at least one former Wynn executive says, there is greater predictability, greater inter-office stability that comes with the MGM Mirage stewardship of Terry Lanni, John Redmond and Bobby Baldwin, and that means a great deal, too.


Wynn is philosophical about such talk. Drawing upon what might be a new-found well of self-composure, he replies softly and succinctly without any hint of irritation.


“When you sell a company,” he says, “the people who stay behind form new loyalties because they want to protect themselves. I became their enemy. I understand that.”