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Play Poker in Brazil

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Hi everyone! What’s up? Today we came to Uruguay Well, actually yesterday To show you how is poker phenomenon in Brasil Wait dude, this is wrong We’re not in Brasil, we are in Uruguay No? No? That’s true!

I can’t remember what’s next This is the first time Brazilian Series Of Poker Left Brasil and came to Punta del Este To be closer to me, of course Obviously Since some years ago Brasil is fighting For this mental sport #Jogodehabilidade It is fighting for poker to be recognize it as such My hair is driving me crazy In Brazil it takes place one of the major poker tournaments around the world With thtat, you’ll getting the picture how big poker is around here OH… there.. Wel.. in Brazil To clear the air Clearest as… clear We asked them! One word to define our love for Oncasinogames would be… Passion! Sport! Thrill Fun Party Friendship! Patience Passion Joy Enjoy Patience See!

For them is more than a simple sport! They’re totally passionate about it! I love the way they are! They take everything in life with joy, good vibes Characteristics of their culture, no? Beach, samba, caipiroska and who is not? they don’t take nothing personal What’s up?

Ok, ok, with futbol is a whole other thing… But… I’ll be as they’re with that national team! Today, with a little bit of help from some friends I’ll learn more from their culture! And you’ll to! let’s talk Portuguese! I don’t understand a single word!

The only thing I can say it’s: Obrigado, Vai embora Cara Eu, você I forgot Eu quero Eu quero tchu Eu quero cha I’m here with my good friend Nicolau I’m with Bruno I’m with Coronel He is going to teach me a little bit of Portuguese! a little bit… Easy Easy… that’s right! Ok? ok?

ok! I wanna learn the basics! Like the usual slang! For example… days of the week for example where is the bathroom? where is the bathroom?

where is the bathroom? once again, please! where is the bathroom?

so so… Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday There’s no… no, no… Hi Hi! Where can I eat something? Donde puedo comer churrasco? It’s a tricky one! Once again!

Where can I Eat… It’s like… eat meet? Yeah, yeah… like a grill a grill I’m the worst! I’m wondering about poker words Dimond Heart Spade I’m missing one Diamonds Hearts Spades Clubs! Where can I play poker? Where can I see a flop? It’s ok?

I’m ready? Sure… Really appreciate! Thanks!

Thanks very much! Tanks! You’re the best! Great Thanks! Mirelle, I wanna be able to dance Samba! How can I do?

I don’t have a clue! You should go like this… hips motion! Now… hands in the leg Step from here to there Basic Tiptoe just a little bit higher And go like this There you go I wanna be one of you guys! How should I prepare?

All dress up? brazilian women dresses depend on the occasion In poker tournaments it would be… as discreet as you can but always perfect always with a perfect make up earrings A lot of accessories that kind of things Always perfect! Something like that For party time? High heels!

a dress finger nails? Always paint it! Ok, let’s take a look of mine! It seem like I don;t care So… How should I go?

Blush Eyelashes mascara lipstick eyeliner Accessories I was going to say Accessories! Ok! You’re perfectly beautiful Oh! Thanks! She’s gorgeous! Look for the camera!!

The wind it’s going to take it!

Poker Rooms

Free Ride Poker Game

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Free Ride is based on stud poker. You are dealt three cards and given two opportunities to raise your bet and receive an additional card. If your five-card hand ranks high enough you win — it’s as easy as that! Free Ride also offers a separate progressive jackpot bet for $1. If you play the progressive and your hand qualifies, you win big!

back to the topLet’s Play!

At the beginning of each game you are required to place an initial bet, known as an ante. This amount appears on the betting circle on the table top.

  1. Select a chip value of either $1, $5, $10, $25, or $100.
  2. Click on the betting circle marked “A” until the number of chips displayed equals the amount you wish to bet.
  3. To reduce your bet amount, right-click the betting circle to remove chips. Your bet will be reduced by the amount of the currently selected chip.
  4. Click Progressive to participate in the progressive jackpot (optional). When you place a $1 bet on the progressive jackpot, a light appears on the coin slot in front of the betting circle to indicate that you have bet on the progressive jackpot.
  5. Click Deal. You will be dealt a hand of five cards. Three of your cards will be face up and two of your cards will be face down. No additional cards are dealt.
  6. Click Bet or Pass.
    • Choose Bet if you think the three cards lying face up are part of a winning poker hand. When you choose Bet, your initial bet is doubled and one of the two remaining cards is turned face up. There are two chances to bet.
    • Choose Pass if you have a hand that you do not believe will win. There are two opportunities to choose Pass. When you choose pass one of the remaining cards is turned face up to reveal more of your hand. There are two chances to pass.

back to the topRules

Free Ride uses a one deck shoe.

Remember you are not competing against the dealer; you are just trying to get the best hand possible.

Even if you pass twice, you could still qualify to win based on your initial wager.

Make sure your initial wager is greater than the minimum bet for the table.

  • The maximum bet refers to your initial bet, and that the total bet per hand may exceed the maximum bet if you choose to raise.

back to the topFree Ride Poker Hands

Hand Definition Example
Royal Flush The highest hand in poker. Consists of the following cards: ten, jack, queen, king, and an ace all of the same suit. Royal Flush Royal Flush Royal Flush Royal Flush Royal Flush
Straight Flush Five cards in sequence, all of the same suit. Straight Flush Straight Flush Straight Flush Straight Flush 
Four of a Kind Four cards of the same denomination, one in each suit.     
Full House Three cards of one denomination and two cards of another denomination.     
Flush Five cards all of the same suit.     
Straight Five cards in sequence of any suit.     
Three of a Kind Three cards of the same denomination and two unmatched cards.     
Two Pairs Two sets of two cards of the same denomination and any fifth card.     
Pair of 10s or Better Two cards of the same denomination and three unmatched cards.     

back to the topYou Win!

The maximum payout in Free Ride, which is set by the casino, is shown inside a display box at the edge of the table

  • Casino A has a $20,000 maximum payout limit on Free Ride and a progressive jackpot of $5,000. A player bets $60 on Free Ride, and makes the $1 progressive bet.
  • He/she obtains a Royal Flush and expects to win $60,000 but actually only wins $20,000, regardless of the odds given below, because $20,000 is the maximum payout amount designated for that table.

    This player also played the progressive so, according to the progressive jackpot payout schedule, his/her winnings would include 100% of the progressive jackpot giving her a grand total of $25,000 in winnings.

A winning hand pays out according to the following odds:

Hand Payout
Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Full House
Three of a Kind
Two Pair
Pair of 10s or Better

back to the topProgressive Jackpot

You can place a $1 bonus bet if you wish to participate in a progressive jackpot. By placing an additional $1 wager, you have the chance to win a portion or all of the jackpot based on the strength of your hand! Below is the payout schedule for this optional $1 wager.

Hand Payout
Royal Flush
100% of the Jackpot
Straight Flush
10% of the Jackpot
Four of a Kind
Full House
Texas hold’em

All Texas Hold’Em Poker Games Are Not Alike

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When joining a Texas hold’em poker game at a brick-and-mortar casino or its online cousin, the new player must post the Big Blind. This does not have to be done immediately. The new player may pay the Big Blind now and to play the game immediately, or wait a few hands until it is their normal turn to post the Big Blind.

Probability is a huge factor when playing Texas hold’em. Players use odds to determine their actions. The chances of completing a flush or a straight, the chances of getting an over card, the number of times you will flop a set to match your pocket pair in comparison to the number of times that you are betting are all important factors in playing the odds. Knowledge of the statistics is imperative to the chances of winning a Texas hold’em poker game. In online games statistical knowledge is the main factor when playing the odds aids in choosing whether to bet, call, or fold.

The forms of betting can vary. Sometimes antes are used. In a Texas hold’em poker game it is usual for the game to start with the two players to the dealer’s left placing an ante so there is a pot on the table to get things started. This is called posting the blinds.

Another factor when playing Texas hold’em is position and is known by the players directly around you. For example, an aggressive, blind-stealing player to the immediate right of a tight player (name given to a player who seldom raises and folds often preferring safety when unsure) commonly results in the tight player seeing their blinds stolen.

These articles do not cover every possibility when it comes to playing Texas hold’em. The TDA and Robert’s Rules cover a variety of poker games, from razz to stud. is creating a set of rules meant for playing Texas hold’em.

Blackjack Tips

Keeping Aligned with Blackjack Rules

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In the casino, the game of blackjack is has the lowest house edge, this means that players of blackjack has bigger chances of winning as compared to other card games. However, some players do not know this and go blind, hence bigger advantage is set to the house.

So here are some blackjack rules that will help you minimize such house advantage:

1. Have a plan

First in the blackjack rules is to decide on how much you can afford to spend in playing . Also determine the exact amount of wager for every hand. Should you desire to play many hands in blackjack and you have $100 as your bankroll, play on the blackjack table with a minimum bet of a dollar to five dollars. However, if you want to increase your money fast, then choose the blackjack table with a bigger limit say ten to twenty dollar per hand. Important in the blackjack rules is whatever your kind of play is, be sure to adopt one and keep playing on it.

2. Refrain from coping up with losses

This blackjack rules apply and is good not only for blackjack but for almost all games. In chasing your losses, you had lost on a hand with a considerable amount of money, your emotional reaction is to play aggressively with huge bets on the next hand to compensate for the loss you incurred. Playing aggressively often leads to bad decisions, hence, will end up with more losses. Losing big and continuing to play, resume your game as if nothing happened at all. This will prevent you from getting into the trap of chasing losses.

3. Play different rules

Playing different blackjack rules when ever possible is another strategy in blackjack. A n ideal type of this blackjack rules is the “surrender” rules which some casinos offer. As the name implies, this means that a player can surrender his hand and only half his wager will be taken should he lost. The less profit for the casino this blackjack rule applies makes it rare for some casinos to offer. Nevertheless, make use of it should a casino offers one. Also you can select a blackjack table in which the dealer stand on 16 instead of 17, thus it lowers the house advantage.

4. Keep on practicing

The saying goes ” practice makes perfect” . So with one of the effective rules in blackjack, keep on playing the game. Blackjack is one of the card games where skills and luck goes together. You can practice your game of blackjack with your friends and relatives at home if you will play online. You visit one of the online casinos thru the internet. This is one of the most important rules in blackjack.

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Brunei: Jendee’s unique travel experience

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When we think of holiday abroad, Filipinos normally prefer to go to Hong Kong, Singapore or Thailand.  Brunei, a small, but rich Islamic country, is not a normal choice for holiday destination for Filipinos, with the exception of a few; among them, Jendee, a fellow nomadic friend and work colleague.

On this week’s fellow nomad series, we follow Jendee’s short adventure in Brunei. Read about her tips, what she learned about Brunei during her short visit, the places she explored; her tips and why it’s her most unique travel destination thus far at Eleventy traveler blog.

What made you travel to Brunei? Why was it your choice for holiday destination?

My brother-in-law works there so I went with my sister and niece to visit him. During my stay, I didn’t see a lot of public transport so I think it would be hard to move around. I noticed that houses there have a minimum of two cars. Good thing we have a family sponsor so it’s easy to be on the go.

Isn’t it an expensive destination?

Expensive? Maybe because of the lack of public transport, and only a few hotels to choose from (I only saw Radisson Blu and The Empire). Their fuel (at around Php15 per liter) and electricity (which can be bought prepaid) are sold really cheap. Even the food in typical foodcourts are almost priced the same here in the Philippines.

How long were you there and where did you stay? How did you get there? Airline used?

We were there for 4 days and 3 nights and stayed in my brother’s place in an Executive Housing village. We flew by Cebu Pacific Air, direct flight from Manila and touched down in Bandar Seri Begawan airport.

What sites did you see? What strike you the most and why?

The magnifescent mosques, Embassy of the Philippines, Istana Nurul Iman (House of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah), the malls, the Bandar Waterfront, the Empire Hotel, University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Shell Science Discovery Center in Kuala Belait (a town about 2 hours away from Bandar). What I was so amazed about are their mosques which have been designed in detail – the lighting, the wall carvings, the ceiling, the floor, the trash bins and even the gates are intricately made works of art. Their mosques look really beautiful by day. At night, it transforms into a shining gold that are readily seen from afar.

How is Brunei different from most of the other countries you’ve been to? 

I have been to the US, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia before coming to Brunei. These countries have a unique thing of their own but already are too modern. Brunei was different. The rich Muslim culture is very evident here. When I go to their malls, seldom do I see modern clothing for women. Majority are “tudong”, or those that cover the hair and face of the Muslim ladies. No high rise buildings, even downtown where most of the business establishments are found. (I was told this is because Sultan does not want any building to rise above his mosque, not sure if true though.)

Give us top 3 unique things have you learned about this country?

1. The mosques which symbolizes the wealth of Brunei, even though they are a small country.

2. The waterfront , where you can see motorboats transporting passengers to the other side of the river (where the first inhabitants in Brunei lived).

3. Safety to move around, that’s why it’s called Negara Brunei Darussalam which means, State of Brunei Abode of Peace.

How much is a rough estimation overall for costs related to the trip?

The trip cost me around Php10,000 (5k for plane fare and another 5k for pasalubongs) since my food, accommodation and transportation are all free. 🙂

What tips can you give our fellow travelers interested in visiting this destination? DO’s and don’ts?

It’s hard to give one since I was there with a guide who is very familiar with the place. Perhaps, wear light clothing because it is very hot and sunny (I was there middle of May) and do not miss the Teh Tarik (Milk Tea) served at the waterfront café. The country is Islamic, so respect the local traditions, customs and laws at all times, and dress modestly.

Could you tell us about the best part of your experience traveling to Brunei, and why?

The best part would be seeing the Brunei Shell oil fields in Kuala Belait. Since I am an Oil & Gas company employee it was sort of a given for me to check it out and I was not disappointed. The place is a very clean seaside park with a lot of donkeys (machines that extract oil from the earth) and pipeline around the place.

Thank you Jen for gracing our website and sharing your travel to Brunei! More power to you and God bless!

Blackjack Tips

The Hard Facts About Blackjack

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Wherever part of the world that you go, it will be difficult to find a person who does not know about blackjack. It is one of the most well-known casino games around although a lot of people do not know how to play it properly. There are a lot of players who do hold back because they do not know how to proceed correctly on the game. If you are keen to participate in a blackjack game, then you should devote some time on how to learn it properly. When you are familiar with the basics of the game, you have already improved your percentage of winning in the game.

To fully understand the casino game of blackjack, you should know the main blackjack rules. The main goal of the game is to have a card hand that has a total of twenty-one (blackjack) or closer to the total of twenty-one. One main advantage of blackjack is that players do not have to keep tabs on the card hand of the other participants of the game because it will not have any effect on their own result. Players are playing against the blackjack croupier in this set-up.

A lot of casino players’ love playing blackjack because the rules that govern the game are very simple and not too complicated to understand. Even you are just a beginner; you can fully understand it because it is enjoyed the same way from card hand to card hand. Surprisingly, there are not only blackjack rules made for players but also for the blackjack croupier. This instance means that there are no gray part in the game, no need for the blackjack croupier to decide on who was triumphed and who has lost. Because blackjack is dealt in a straightforward manner, the blackjack croupier gives out the cards to the players in a face up position.

It also does not matter because the players in the table are not going up against each other but against the dealer. A lot of blackjack beginners love the facts that the cards in the game are given out in a face-up position because it gives them the chance what the other players will do so they inquire during the actual game.

Now that the main goal behind blackjack is fully understood, a blackjack player then needs to study on what is the meaning to hit or hold. These blackjack terminologies that most blackjack players may already know but do not know how to use it well. When you choose to hit in the game, you are saying to the blackjack croupier that you like to acquire another card for your card hand. When you choose to hold in the game, you are saying to the dealer that you do not need another card in your card hand. If you reached this point in the game and you do not know what you should do, then you will be hard pressed to win. A lot of advance players have a specific card hand value that they will reach and then they will not require additional cards. Like some players will not choose to hit after they have reached a total of seventeen or eighteen because they do not want to exceed the total of 21. You need to test this theory and see if it will be helpful in your game play.

Poker Rooms

Poker Rooms in Different Countries

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United Kingdom has a long history of poker, it is a British tradition to play poker, and today you can do so online.
U.K poker online casino sites permits pokers players withdrawals and deposits in the British Pound which is great , there top U.K rooms offer targeted marketing for the U.K players and thanks the to European Union legislation from 2001 against double taxation, poker winnings are tax free !

Due to legal reasons, these rooms won’t accepts players from U.S but will accept international players, so if you’re coming from the U.K or even Europe this is the right place to be.


Unfortunately most US online casino websites are closed for US players , like : Pokerstars, full tilt poker, ultimate bet, players only, bodog and many more.

We decided to stop giving feedbacks about poker US online casino websites, because all of them will be closed sooner or later.

We have until now problems with poker sites that didn’t return them their bankroll , this is the main reason , why we would like to recommend to all US players to stop playing online poker.

Our solution, Win Palace online casino offers players very nice poker games, such as video poker, and Caribbean holdem, we prefer to recommend on this great casino than to send you to poker sites that will be closed in a week.

  • Offers all types of gambling games including poker, blackjack, slot, roulette & many more.
  • Players can play both play money & real money.
  • Winning Software for 2010 and 2011.
  • Accepts US players.
  • Live Chat Support
  • Payments can be made through all kinds of credit & debit cards & eWalletExpress, Netteller & MoneyBrooker.
  • Huge variety of Bonuses!


First we would like to welcome the Canadian players who decided to use our featured Canadian online casino poker rooms!

It will be almost impossible to find a room that doesn’t accept Canadian poker players, but it’s really important to rank the best ones who accept most favorite Canadian options , such as Usemybank , and also all of the rooms provide free support for Canadian residents.

In the Internet you will find the top Canadian online casino websites available. All of the rooms will provide you with cash game in all levels and a big variety of poker tournaments to all levels.

No Download Poker Rooms

No poker download – web based poker is actually the easiest way to play poker.

There is no need for a software and usually it involves JAVA which 95% of the computers today use or Flash.

The advantage of no poker download is that you can play instantly without having to install everything, it runs faster and you don’t need a good Internet connection, and the biggest advantage you can play from anywhere in the world, from work , when visiting your family or in a vacation.

The software is always left on the poker room servers allowing you to play easily.

Travel and Gamble

Hiking the Great Wall of China

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Like many of you, I have dreamt of hiking the Great Wall of China for as long as I can remember.

Needless to say, this has been very high on my travel bucket list even before I met Matt. Thankfully, the onslaught of budget airlines in the country as well as across the Asia Pacific region has made it possible to travel to regional destinations for cheap.

I’ve been to Beijing several times and have hiked the Great Wall twice, and both at winter season: first with friends (Nov 2011), and second, with my mum and sister Len (Feb 2012). On both occasions we went to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Something about Mutianyu

Our travel brochure mentioned that the Mutianyu was built as early as the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 -557) and it was rebuilt in the 1300s in order to strengthen its defense. They are built with slabs of granite and stretch to about 22 km long. The walls are about 7 to 8 meters high and 4 or 5 meters wide. As is the other sections of the great wall, the Mutianyu was built primarily to guard the capital and the imperial tombs from the Mongol tribes that invaded China.

Why go to Mutianyu over Badaling?

The Great Wall at Mutianyu is a little further away from Beijing than the crowded Badaling, which is the more famous section for group tours. I can tell you though, I’ve seen Badaling (although we didn’t stop). It’s way too commercialized and crowded.

It’s better driving all the way to Mutianyu (If i remember correctly, about an hour’s drive further) as this section is considered the most beautiful section of the great wall. The drive up there is scenic and the tour normally stops at the Ming Tombs before going to the great wall. The best part about this section, other than the fact that you’ve got spectacular views, is that this is not crowded. The area has 90% forest coverage. On both occasions that i went to it, there were hardly any people there. As a result, I”ve got tons of photos where I was alone with the whole section of the Great Wall. That is pretty rare for China! :)

What to expect at Mutianyu

This section of the wall is fully restored; and there are hand rails to help you up on the very steep parts. There are 22 watchtowers, but we only made it to 3 because the altitude and the steep steps were not an easy challenge. That, or I am just physically unfit! haha!

There are two cable cars that will take you to the top of the wall and back down again. I have tried both on separate occasions. The other cable car is open , more like a chairlift (kinda what you use when you’re skiing) where 2 people can ride, the other is an enclosed cable car that fits about 4 people.

You can buy return tickets or you can buy one way and buy the return at the top. Keep in mind the 2 cable cars are owned by different companies, so when you buy a return ride for one cable car, you can’t use it for the other.  Before you decide that you would like to use another cable car, look at the map you will see at the entrance and anticipate the distance from the one cable car to the other. Do you really want to walk that far to try the other cable car? Can you bear all the hike and will you make it in time before the day ends? Trust me, you don’t wanna mess with those steps! They are quite a challenge!

If not, it may be better for you to just book a return trip. As far as i remember, the fee is cheaper if you book round trip, and that’s what we did.

An alternative way to go down is via a single-rider sled or toboggan. This looked like an adventure to try as you descend from the wall at the top of the hill via a winding metal track. We wanted to experience try, but hesitated in the end as it was too cold at the great wall at that time and we thought using the single rider sled going down may be too tough to do and bear with the cold weather.

There was a Chinese restaurant at the base of the wall where we ate food and had tea before we went up. There are also many souvenir shops at the base where you can haggle for prices.

Why do you need to see it?

This beautiful and massive human ingenuity is said to be the largest man made structure ever to have been built; so large that it can be seen from outer space (of course we all know that this is disputed).  Recently, the Great Wall has also made it to the New 7 Wonders of the World list; a definite must see destination at least once in your lifetime!

Tips when you go:

1. Ensure you look at the map and plan your bathroom visit accordingly as there’s only limited places where you have them.

2. Haggle for the prices at the souvenir shops before paying. Most of the prices they offer you first hand are ballooned (of course, you are a tourist!). I have been able to haggle up prices up to reduced rate of 60-70% of the original price. My friend Teta was an amazing haggler who was able to haggle down to 90%. Now that’s what i call talent! haha!

3. The Ming tombs is normally part of the tour en route to Mutianyu. In our view, you can pass the Ming tombs. Or if you visit, don’t spend as much time there. Rather, ask your guide to drive you to Mutianyu and spend more time there, especially if you  plan to hike up several watch towers.

Good luck and Happy Travels!

Blackjack Tips

Knowing the Blackjack Craze

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Historians have attributed blackjack origins to France during the 18th century. Blackjack is a game of cards and luck that most casinos refer to as the cards probability game.

The card game got its term from Americans who did not recognize the blackjack’s increasing popularity in Europe. Before, casinos have thought of bonus offers on payouts to new and regular gamblers, which comprised of the hand called “blackjack.” In this hand, the player gets two cards consisting of the ace of spades and Jack of Spades or clubs. Blackjack usually had the jack of spades. In every turn, there was a bonus payoff of 10. Thereafter, the game carried with the name blackjack even though the bonus payouts were removed.

This card game requires the winner to have the highest sum, although it should not be over than 21. When the hand has a sum greater than 21, gamblers term this as bust. Initially, the main objective of blackjack gamblers is to attain the highest score that isn’t busted. When the player and dealer busts the game, the blackjack gambler loses. On the other hand, if the gambler’s hand value is similar to the dealer’s cards, there is the presence of “push” and both parties are neutral. In each game, the dealer plays independently with one blackjack gambler.

Essentially, the blackjack gambler should know the time when the dealer shows the cards. In order to manifest this, certain methods are applied to reveal cards on table. Firstly, the knowledge on number of decks should be present. Certain casinos provide blackjack gamblers single sessions consisting 10 cards. Therefore, the number of decks solely depends on the policies of casinos. Doubling cards are optional for single blackjack sessions. When the player doubles the cards, it should contain nine, ten, and eleven. This is appropriate when four, five, and six numbered cards are present.

Primarily, the goal of blackjack gamblers is to win over the dealer and prevent cards’ sum of over 21. To address this, a single tactic is necessary that is, doubling down. All gamblers intend to do this trick to increase their winnings. Further, this strategy also establishes understanding on the dealer’s presented amount and the blackjack gambler’s funds. Lastly, we can attest to experience as the main tool in winning blackjack. For every session, a gambler learns what strategies are applicable and which tactics give unfavorable results.

Playing blackjack necessitates its gamblers to take advantage of techniques. This does not only give the best experience but also the amazement they want.

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Amber Fort: Jaipur’s beautiful ancient treasure

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This was all we could utter upon seeing Amber Fort that late afternoon in May.

The Amber Fort stood there, grand and imposing; looking down on us from a hilltop.  We had such a tiring day after a very long 8 hour drive from New Delhi. The weather was extremely hot at 40 °C, that mum & I felt all of our body fluids were drained. We were very exhausted from our very long journey and upon seeing Amber Fort and the lake below it, we immediately felt refreshed.

The Amber fort landscape looked really majestic from afar; but the sheer size of it blew us away. I couldn’t contain my excitement as we planned to visit it the next day. Built in the late 1500s, the fort is over 400 years old. It’s one of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur area, and only 11 km away from the Pink city.

Time Space Warp

We made our way into Amber Fort the following morning after some light breakfast at our Indian hotel. As was expected, Amber Fort’s location offers spectacular views of the city below. Once we got inside, I thought we were transported back in time. It looked very ancient, unique and just truly majestic out there. We were in an out of this world era, all so suddenly.

You can get inside using your vehicle or by riding an elephant. We saw a number of tourists who took this mode of transportation during our visit.

What was it for and what to expect?

A royal family lived in Amber Fort in the ancient times, so its layout had to be appropriate as royal residence. Inside this massive structure are numerous courtyards, halls, rooms and patios, all to display the affluence of the royalty that lived there.

Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace is in one of the courtyards. It’s a building built with many mirrors that should be akin to the stars up in the sky, when candles are lit at night time. The mirrors are made of coloured foil and paint.

Beautiful, intricate designs were carved on the marble at wall panels of the Mirror Palace.  Our guide pointed to us this particular flower image carved at the marble on one of the pillars. It’s admired for its soft, intricate and unique detail: notice the fish tail on the flowers, and how they blended quite well with the overall image:

One thing I learned in India: their have great artistic inclination and their attention to detail is unbelievable!

Some of the courtyards were used to hold victory parties for wars won and some were to hold public announcements/gatherings. The rest of them were private quarters of the royal family, or the concubines.

The vast, ancient courtyards, its great sturdy halls, intricate wall carvings and latticework: all of them were said to be inspired by both Hindu and Muslim influence. There’s a garden and a beautiful lake (Maota lake) that can be seen from below Amber Fort that adds to the dramatic beauty of this landscape. They all fit together remarkably well, making Amber Fort a must-see destination in Jaipur.

Tip:  There are many guides at the entrance that offer their tour services. Unless you have all day and you are feeling adventurous, I do not recommend just exploring on your own as the site is huge.

A guide would be able to tell you where to go next, how to navigate your way through, which is helpful if you’re on a tight schedule. Also, the guide is able to give you an enormous amount of historical information about the place, which is quite helpful for a visitor to fully appreciate what they are seeing. Ask, and agree on a price before getting the service. We asked our driver from New Delhi what a reasonable rate is to pay for the guide, so it helped us prepare and negotiate when we got there.

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