Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Few Thoughts On The Card Counting Debate

The gambling world is divided on the subject of card counting. The question is ethics, or the lack thereof. Card counting is one of those things that isn’t illegal but considered to be done in bad taste. And the consequences of which are much direr in certain stricter casinos. 

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Card games as a whole are considered to be a realm in which classy people take part in. Quite like chess, the games of cards are enjoyed by royalty, and as such require a certain standard when it comes to ethics and behavior. That was then. 

Over the centuries, people began to add money into card games to fuel the competitive fire in players, which is probably why card counting began. Nobody knows when it started, but many people say the method creates a clear disadvantage for those who just want to enjoy the game. It becomes a violation of tradition propelled by greed. 

On the other hand (no pun intended), card counting as others may see it, is unavoidable. A standard deck has a limited number of cards and mathematics enters the game inevitably. 

It depends really on the nature of the game being played and for what purpose. If it’s for fun, a card counter in the group can be terribly annoying (believe me, I’ve experienced it). But if the stakes are high, then no one can really complain. 

Hello there! I’m Apparao Mukkamala, a senior theater student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I love to gamble during my free time. Check out this blog for more on card games and gambling.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What You May Not Know About Your Favorite Slot Machine

The slot machine is an all-time favorite fixture of guests at a casino. Slot machines can lull a guest for hours, and sometimes even days. It has become a pastime that’s both rewarding and incredibly addictive. Let’s take a quick look at some of the things you may not know about slot machines.

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  1. Contrary to some people’s beliefs, there is no cheating slot machines and their random number generators.
  2. In Britain, slot machines are also known as “fruit machines.” Scots call them “puggies.” Down under, Aussies simply call them slots, or “poker machines.”
  3. The first slot machines ever created were known as “one-armed bandits” for the single lever on their sides.
  4. The series of images spinning in slot machines are called reels. Reels can come in threes or fives, depending on the slot machine and its manufacturer.
  5. Some gambling aficionados have noticed that using the levers of slot machines offers the user a higher chance of winning compared to using the spin buttons. While this isn’t true, using the slot machine lever slows down a person from losing money because pulling the lever takes more time than pushing the button.
  6. The first slot machine prototype was enormous and made of five drums with 50 card faces. It was built in 1891.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Tips For The Beginning Poker Player

Any new player should know that unlike other card games, poker has a steep learning curve that involves a lot of reading opponent tells, taking advantage of position and the progression of turns, and studying the cards available on the table. It’s quite easy to lose your money quickly if you are not familiar with the various nuances of the game. Here then are some tips on improving your play.

Firstly, limit the hands you are playing. Poker is not so much about luck as it is about strategy. You shouldn’t expect to always get that river flush or three-of-a-kind by continuously betting. If you’ve a bad-looking pair to begin with, fold it readily. Constantly being in the mix will also make it easier for your opponents to know when you are just bluffing.

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Speaking of bluffs, avoid doing this too much. You don’t need to base your skills in poker on bluffing. Do this more often only when you are already familiar with the fine art of raising, or when you feel very sure that your opponent’s hand is weak, maybe based on a convincing tell. Failing a bluff might likewise get you ridiculed if you don’t do it convincingly, as well as give your opponents an advantage over you in succeeding rounds.

Finally, read for tells and think about your opponent's cards. Don’t get caught up on what you perceive to be the strength of your hand. Study carefully how other players are reacting to your checks and raises. Remember that no matter how good your hand is, if you are convinced that your opponent’s is better based on tells, then prepare to fold.

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Hello, everyone. Apparao Mukkamala here, a senior theater student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I like to watch my school’s sports team, but when the Rebels don’t have games, I usually spend my time at the casinos. For more poker tips, check out this website.

Monday, October 30, 2017

What else can you do with your theater arts degree?

Being a theater arts student, I have more people worrying about my future than I do. While I take this as genuine concern, I have to assure them that there are lots of opportunities out there for those who are passionate about theater arts. If you're also planning on pursuing a degree in theater, here's a list of other fields you can work in after college: 

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Writing and publishing 
They say talents come in packages. I know a lot of theater people who are amazing writers as well. Reading countless dramas from different periods and traditions have shaped the personal writing of many theater people. Some might even have the talent to write not just dramas but also novel. And of course, there are those who have the eye to be editors and publishers.

Not all theater arts students desire to be actors. Though they might dabble in acting, I have friends who feel more alive when they're working behind the scenes. Those who focused on set and stage production might have a future working not just with theater companies but also film and TV production units. 

Theater is about sharing a story with people who are watching and listening. This is very similar to teaching, except that the goal is mainly learning and not entertainment. Some theater people have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become influential educators. 4

My experience as a theater major led me to believe that a person has multiple talents. College is the best time to discover and develop those talents. 

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Beat the slots: Four ways to score a win in a slot machine

The slot machines are the most colorful and loudest attractions in the casino. They’re also the best cash cows generating billions of dollars in revenue from patrons looking to hit the jackpot. 

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Below are tips on how to maximize your chances of winning the slots: 

1. Research slot payouts

There are a number of websites that will tell you the payout percentages of slot machines at different casinos. While this information is kept private by casinos, some insiders get access to this information and publish it online. Choose the slot machines with the highest percentage of payout to increase your odds of winning. 

2. Choose machines with the smallest jackpots

The bigger the jackpot, the harder it is to hit so you’re better off choosing a machine with a smaller jackpot. 

3. Play the highest denomination possible

Play the highest you can afford as these machines pay back at a higher percentage, meaning, dollar machines pay better than quarter machines, which pay better than nickel machines, which pay better than penny slots. 

4. Play in a premium location 

“Loose” machines, or those that pay out more frequently are typically located in high visibility areas to attract maximum attention when players win and entice others to play. 

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My name’s Apparao Mukkamala, a college student from the Univeristy of Nevada. I take theater. Sports and casinos are my hobby. Visit my page to know more about me.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Start Of The Rebels Long Road To Division 1

When Tony Knap came from Boise State to Las Vegas to coach the Rebels in 1976, it signified the end of the Ron Meyer era. This would also be the start of the Rebels’ road to Division I football.

Tony Knap guided the Rebels to a successful 9-3 record and the 7th spot in the country rankings. This earned the team a berth in the Division II playoffs in which they lost to Akron in the quarterfinals.

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In 1978, after a decade in Division II, the UNLV Rebels football program made the leap into Division I. They were still independent of any conference. Their first game was against Washington State on September 9, 1978. The Rebels were beaten 34-7. Their first win away would come with against Colorado State in Fort Collins with the score 33-6. When the season ended, the UNLV Rebels traveled across the Pacific to Japan. It was there in Yokohoma where they met the mighty Brigham Young team and lost 28-24. Their first year in Division I was still impressive, and still surpassed many experts’ predictions and expectations. They ended the year with a 7-4 record.

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Hello there! I’m Apparao Mukkamala. I’m currently studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and I follow the Rebels. Check out this LinkedIn page for more about the UNLV Rebels.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Where To Find Vintage Stamps

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Vintage stamps are an awesome thing to collect, whether one seeks to add them on milestone stationery, send them to family and friends, or collect them for the sake of collecting. They can also represent one’s style and preferences in themes and color palettes. But where does one begin to build a cool collection? Here are some recommended places to start.


This online resource offers sheets upon sheets of vintage stamps, from old to recently issued ones. Identify the Scott number of a particular stamp you are looking for since many sellers on eBay will use only this information in their listing.

Stamp dealers, club members, and stamp shows

Local sources like these can easily be tracked down and asked if they are willing to part with certain vintage postage for face value. From the huge piles of old stamps they typically acquire, there’s a good likelihood that there are some they can let go and you would appreciate having. Google your city or locality with the words “stamp club” and start with what will come up. See, too, if they have upcoming shows you can visit!
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Online stores

There is an abundance of online shops that curate a collection of stamps for you based on your chosen theme or color palette – a rather overwhelming process that they do on your behalf. There are also shops that don’t provide stamp curation but showcase tons of stamps that are worth exploring. Still, be well aware of pricing and make the proper comparisons.

Apparao Mukkamala is a senior taking up theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also likes watching sports, going to casinos to play, and collecting vintage postage stamps. Learn more on this page.