Gambling It Up and Making a Mint

It’s been a while since my brother and I went out for a good gambling night out, so we have put that right and in style!

We hit the Mint Casino in London, which is part of the Genting Casino group, one of the biggest casino companies in the UK. They also run the Circus Casino chain and are pretty big players in the whole casino industry.

It’s in Kensington, which feels kind of classy and the dress code is smart, but not too smart, which is good. It had a nice relaxed atmosphere, membership wasn’t mandatory, and the dealers at the blackjack table were warm, friendly, and when we were there, very good at busting! My brother made about £400 and I left £100 up!

The roulette wheel wasn’t so kind, but the slots did their thing, and we both ended up around £200 to the good, which was a welcome bonus. The other thing which was good was the food from the grill, with steak baguettes and a good pizza, plus the complimentary drinks.

I also noticed they do the odd re-buy poker tournament during the week. If I can find a spare night or two, I might well be back. Good atmosphere and a fun place. A nice break from the daily grind of work.

Good Christmas TV?

I am praying there is someting good to watch over Christmas.

I love my family, don’t get me wrong, but there are times when you are stuck together for Christmas, that you need a little break and something good to watch. A good movie, or a good comedy especially.

I do miss Sex and the City – it was a bit contrived sometimes but it was kind of fun and a little bit of fantasy for every girl. The film wasn’t good, when I went to Vegas I’d say the Sex and the City Slot Machine was more entertaining!

I don’t want to be stuck watching the “Only Fools and Horses 1989 Christmas Special” on Gold, so if anyone knows of some good stuff that’s due to be on, please leave a comment.

And happy Christmas to everyone!

World Cup Blues

So no World Cup hosting for England.

It’s rather depressing as everyone seems to say our bid was good, and our presentation was good too. David Beckham has certainly still got it you know – in all areas believe me! It’s all very easy to say that FIFA are corrupt – and you might not find me wasting any of my spit on Jack Warner, but we have to accept that England is not a popular a nation as we like to think.

We have to embrace different cultures more and how they work – that element of back scratching is not seen as unfair with the murky deals in smoky corridors – and sound less like we are entitled to something.

Why I am a sucker for Kittens

The natural world provides numerous options for ideas for a lot of of the madder slot machine games that one can come across. There are several animal species around the world we find cute, cats and kittens as an example, or perhaps highly comedic – like penguins. You can also find animals which inspire video slot machines as they are recognised certain characteristics – owls as an example, are seen as wise – particularly if have ever come across a slot known as Super Hoot Loot!

The simple yet perfect cat themed slot is Kitty Glitter – it’s rather straightforward in most ways, but it continues to be a widely liked slot where cats and kittens are definitely the personalities. Matching up several kittens and cats, from Manx to furballs of strange parentage will help you win big prizes Penguins, as we also hinted, have also prompted some great slot machines – our individual favourite is actually Penguin Power, that has sliding penguins as its major element, something absolutely no human being could dislike

It is a surprise to anyone right now there aren’t quite so many rainforest themed slots as you may assume. Tiger’s eye is a recent launch inspired by jungle life, but it is much more into free spins as an alternative to extra games, which will certainly help make creature based slot machine games enjoyable to play.

A fresh slot that really does increase the loveable animal factor is known as “Cute and Fluffy”. To be truthful it’s pretty hard to stomach, featuring pictures of puppies and kittens as well as balls of string. Sometimes just a little pulling back from the very edge is a wonderful thing. A much better and much more enjoyable slot machine is called Gold Medal Mania, in which you have animals competing in Olympic type sports.

But what ever your number 1 creature happens to be, they will be spotted some time placed on the reels of video slot machines.

I’ve been quiet

Mmm, not a lot to add to this blog recently, but just to say that it’s been the best Fireworks Night I have had in ages.

There was nothing that special about it in some ways, but I went to the local display with my brother and dad – it was nicely cool without raining and we just had a lot of innocent fun waving sparklers around.  A hip flask with some very warming brandy in it helped too.

The organised display was excellent actually, it got all the oohs and aahs you would expect from the crowd and there were some vibrant catherine wheels that didn’t actually get stuck on their nail for once.

Sometimes British traditions can be fun!

Seductive Cleopatra and the Slots

For some reason, the manufacturers of video slot machines are definitely drawn to the long lost world in all its varieties. Whether or not its the Aztecs or Incas, the Vikings, or other past worlds, just a little reflection on the past would seem to be one of the major themes you will find in slot machine games.

Labyrinth of Egypt is a vintage slot machine that is Egyptian themed. It has 5 reels and 15 pay lines and all the traditional symbols you would probably expect, bar pyramids! There are hieroglyphs, scarab beetles and much more. The drumming music could use a little work though. Yet another slot, the Book of Ra, also looks similar and draws on the Egyptian sun god. You can open the book of Ra to get free spins on that slot, that also has some nice twists.

Along with the ideas of pharaohs, pyramids, Cleopatra has also inspired slots. The provocative temptress who inspired Shakespeare and more is a popular figure – who doesn’t love a little tension and seduction. The exploration of King Tutunkhamun’s tomb was also a great story a while ago – have a read about the curse, which is intriguing, and you can enjoy getting deep into the pyramids with a slot called King Tut’s treasure.

Chariots and horses come to the fore in Egyptian Kings and Queens, while there is a progressive jackpot slot called Queen of the Pyramids. The themes of mystery, hidden treasure, pyramids, locked away secrets and perplexing hieroglyphs are full of suspense, intrigue and fun – in a nutshell they create the perfect theme for a slot, so it ‘s no wonder a lot of slots have been inspired by ancient Egypt.

September Rain

I know it’s terribly British but god I am bored of the weather – rain, rain, cloud, rain.

It feels like it is going to be a long grim winter for whatever reason. I know the plants and flowers need it, but some of us need the odd bit of sunshine.

I guess it doesn’t help that I am having a struggle with my poker game. for whatever reason. I think everyone has those spells when things don’t always go right and you get outdrawn, but its down to more than that. I need a bit of coaching from somewhere, hopefully my brother can come and spend some time with me.

It’s been a little while since I played live, perhaps it’s time for another casino visit just to try and have a bit of fun and a laugh and a smile, as well as concentrate on the serious business of playing cards!

Football Season

So the new football season is starting. I’m not really into it but it’s intereting watch my dad and brother get ready for the ritual of another seasno of watching Ipswich – they are about 25 miles away from us. They didn’t have a particularly good time of it last season, but as ever hopes are high before the reality of any results actually kicks in.

The same affliction seems to affect thousands of men up and down the country! I can watch a game and enjoy it as a spectacle – and boys it’s not just because of the occasional nice pair of legs on show. But I can’t get the slavish addiction that some guys have. Each to their own I guess.

For now I’m just enjoying the weather and seeing if there might be the chance of any trips to a decent nearby beach before the summer disappears. A day trip to Southend and a night out at the casino are definitely in order right now!

Slot Machines

Having finally come back from Vegas, I guess I have to say I am amazed by all the different designs of slot machines you can get these days. It’s no longer the old one armed bandit, pull the lever, see if you get a few cherries or bells and move on.

Nowadays you have lots of winning lines, up to 25, zooming all over the screen, you have five reels and not three most of the time, and the vast majority of them are video based now. That means they can offer all sorts of graphics on all sorts of crazy themes so there’s a slot machine theme to interest everyone. I saw ancient Egypt, sports based slots, food slots, cartoon slots – a million and one things in fact.

The other thing that makes the big difference is the fact you can now have lots of bonus games using the video screens. I really like these, whether its clicking a few buttons or playing with some touch screen its kind of relaxing, you are getting a win and it adds another dimension to the experience. I enjoyed the odd go on the Vegas slots, even though I really went for the poker.

Amazing Tennis

I like my tennis and I love Wimbledon. It’s another ambition of mine to get centre court tickets, which reminds me I must get into the ballot for tickets when it’s all over.

I know everyone is talking about it, but that match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. Those two guys must have left parts of their soul on the court. Typing the score out is so much fun, I’ve got to do it. It finished 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6 70-68. A 70-68 tie break would be amazing enough, let alone a final set like that. They just gave everything and it became more than a sport, just a kind of primeval battle of wills.

So well done John Isner even though that is something of an understatement! It’s difficult to know who will win this year. Obviously I’d like Andy Murray to do well although not everyone agrees. It’s difficult to see Rafael Nadal being beaten though I love the way Roger Federer plays. On the other hand, Rafa does look rather good in his tight T-shirts!

I also found an interesting tennis web site – Free Tennis Betting Tips – it does exactly what it says on the tin, as they mutter in those dreadful adverts. I don’t even think they recommend backing a 70-68 5th set though!