Watch the ‘Muppets’ Pilot Pitch for New ABC Series With Elizabeth Banks, Topher Grace

Again!”: It wasn’t just tax refunds that attracted the makers of the follow-up to 2011′s “The Muppets” to the land of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. 22 at 8 p.m. The bulk of the ornate historical drama was shot on a single soundstage at London’s Shepperton Studios.“Snow White and the Huntsman”: The castle may have been computer generated, but the expanse of beach that serves as the backdrop for the fantasy film’s climactic battle scene can be found in Wales.“Prometheus”: Iceland’s barren landscapes served as exteriors for Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel, but much of the footage of the space ships and hangers were done Shepperton Studios and Pinewood Studios in England.“Maleficent”: With a budget north of $130 million, this re-interpretation of the “Sleeping Beauty” story with Angelina Jolie is a pricey gamble.

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In the 10-minute video, Kermit the Frog introduces the idea of a reality show about them to the other Muppets, so Floyd suggests to do it in a crazy “documentary style video and cut to interviews,” which Gonzo secretly thinks is a bad idea.


12 of the Biggest Movies Shot in the U.K.: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Muppets’”Fast & Furious 6″: Previous installments in the cars and criminals franchise had filmed in Los Angeles, Japan and across South America, but production on the most recent entry took place in London, with Piccadilly Circus and Lambeth Bridge serving as iconic settings for vehicular carnage. if she can keep her trotters off Topher at least.

Elizabeth Banks and Topher Grace make cameos in the teaser, and Kermit promises more celebrities will be featured every week.

The network is pegging the series to look like a reality show complete with cutaways to individual interviews. In the case of this science fiction romantic comedy, that included “Love Actually” collaborators Bill Nighy and director Richard Curtis.“Dom Hemingway”: The black comedy follows the travails of an English safecracker (Jude Law), so plot as well as savings likely factored into its London location.“The Counselor”: Fox’s drug trafficking thriller may have attracted big names like Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem nd director Ridley Scott, all of whom often arrive with big salary demands, but it was able to save money by shooting in London.“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Marvel Studios has done an expert job of scouting out places like North Carolina and New Mexico to get tax credits and rebates on films like “Iron Man 3″ and “The Avengers.” For its upcoming adventure film about interstellar do-gooders, Marvel is following a similar strategy of going where the money is by having its adventurers touch down in London’s Shepperton Studios.“Jupiter Ascending”: The Wachowski siblings’ science-fiction film may be set in the future, but by shooting at Warner Bros. is its deep bench of talent. Abrams’ upcoming sequel will be done in the country, including the visual-effects work.Previous; Next1 of 13

Lured by generous tax incentives, many of Hollywood’s biggest films have shot in London or plan to decamp for the U.K.

“Fast & Furious 6″: Previous installments in the cars and criminals franchise had filmed in Los Angeles, Japan and across South America, but production on the most recent entry took place in London, with Piccadilly Circus and Lambeth Bridge serving as iconic settings for vehicular carnage. Ken’ (Video)

Watch the pitch video above.

However, the gang’s biggest problem is diva Miss Piggy, who’s not on board to do the show so they have to make it their mission to convince her.

“The following presentation was made by the Muppets to convince ABC to make a new show starring the Muppets,” video introduction says

Watch the ‘Muppets’ Pilot Pitch for New ABC Series With Elizabeth Banks, Topher Grace (Video)

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Meanwhile Fozzie has a new girlfriend — and takes Uber!

ABC teased its upcoming primetime reality series featuring Jim Henson’s iconic puppets in a very unique first look on Tuesday.

If you’ve ever wondered what a TV pilot pitch meeting run by the Muppets would look like, now’s your chance to find out.

Piggy (who is making a period film when she’s not busy shopping at Trader Joe’s) and Kermit have ended their relationship but the video hints that their romance might just be rekindled … It couldn’t have done that in L.A., where movies with budgets over $75 million are ineligible for incentives.“About Time”: One thing that keeps Hollywood coming back to the U.K. Yes, Bond traveled to exotic locales like Turkey, but the finale of the film was set in the Scottish Highlands instead of some tropical paradise.“Anna Karenina”: Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel may have been set in Imperial Russia, but filming took place half a world away. “Skyfall”: James Bond is as quintessentially English as the Union Jack, so it was only fitting that much of the production work on the most recent 007 film was done at Pinewood Studios. By filming the picture in the Buckinghamshire as opposed to Burbank, Disney will be able to get tax rebates to defray costs. Leavesden studios, the film’s backers were able to take advantage of tax refunds in the here and now.“The Muppets … The plot of the film, a caper flick set in Europe’s major cities, required shooting to take place in London.“Star Wars” Sequel: All six previous “Star Wars” film have shot some scenes at U.K. studios, but almost all of the production on J.J. ET on ABC.. View In Gallery Read More

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from Casino Industry to the Foreign Exchange Market

Then, a pullback and support at the 50-day Exponential Moving Average (red on the weekly chart) followed.

Three consecutive bear-trend bars led the price down to the 100-day EMA, where an overshoot took place in early November 2014.

Founded in 1999 by Teddy Sagi, a London-based Israeli businessman, Playtech PLC is the world’s largest online gaming software supplier traded on the London Stock Exchange. “We intend to offer TradeFX trading platform to all of Playtech’s licensees and other gaming companies, given the fact that the trading platform is complementary to gaming companies’ operations”, Mor Weizer, Playtech’s CEO, commented for Reuters.

Following the announcement, Plus500′s stock received support to reach a daily high of 403.00 pence on June 1st.

The Plus500 acquisition

During the fiscal year ended on December 31st 2014, Playtech’s Total Revenue rose for a fourth consecutive year to reach EUR 456.98 million, which represented a 24.45% surge compared to the fiscal year ended on December 31st 2013.

The 25-day EMA (blue on the chart) crossed the 100-day EMA (green) in a bottom-up manner in mid-August 2012, after which in mid-October the 50-day EMA did the same. Playtech is a software provider for online casinos, bingos, poker rooms, scratch games, fixed-odds arcade games, sports betting, live dealer games and binary options, social and mobile gaming. On May 22nd the share price plunged to lows unseen since November 2013, reaching 198.00 pence.

Being the ownership entity behind the brand, TradeFX is majority owned (86.45%) by Telesphere, a subsidiary of Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi’s benefit trust. The fact that this order still remains intact suggests that the bull trend is still in play.

The company was floated in 2006 at a price, which evaluated the entire business at about GBP 550 million.

Playtech states internationally renowned online operators and entertainment brands such as Betfair, bet365, William Hill, Paddy Power and others, as being its licensees.

The deal, encompassing a 91.1% fully-diluted stake in TradeFX, was seen as a potential generator of cost and revenue synergies, which could facilitate Playtech’s customer base expansion and also its access to new markets. As momentum turned bullish, the RSI moved back above its 50.00 level, the perfect order of the three moving averages and the major trend line remained intact, logically, a breakout from the upper boundary of the range occurred in late January 2015. At the time of this article, Plus500 was losing 0.32% for the day to trade at 386.50 pence in London.

Having fallen to a prominent low at 210.50 pence on November 23rd 2011, Playtech’s share price entered a relatively tight range, after which that low was tested with a higher low at 218.63 on December 20th 2011.

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The number of first time depositors for core CFD B2C business increased 34% to 18 200 during the five-month period to May 31st, from 13 600 reported during the first five months of 2014.

However, Playtech refused to reveal any details on the matter. The Forex and CFD (contracts for difference) broker also reported 23 900 active customers in Q1, while having operations in over 100 countries.

From this point on, given the fact the perfect order is still in place, the major trend line is intact, the RSI is above its 50.00 level but still far from the overbought level (70.00), and if the price breaks above the two prior prominent highs (May 15th and April 27th), we have a reason to believe that more upside is to be seen.

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Total Assets grew for a fourth consecutive year in 2014 to EUR 1.253 billion, or by 17.63% compared to a year earlier. At the time of writing, Playtech had a market capitalization of GBP 2.39 billion and was trading at 816.75 pence, which marked a 0.52% decrease for the day.

In addition, on June 18th Playtech announced that its TradeFX unit achieved remarkable business results during the period January-May 2015. The deal was valued at EUR 458 million, as a cash payment of EUR 208 million was to be made initially and an additional amount of up to EUR 250 million was to be transferred by December 2017, taking into account future EBITDA numbers. To have a closer glance at Playtech’s best paying slot games, you can read our specialized article. All of the company’s products can also be freely incorporated into existing systems as standalone applications, because they are part of unified platform. “I do believe we will see consolidation over a period of time, and we intend to act as an aggregator”, Playtech’s Mor Weizer said in an interview, cited by Reuters.


Operating Income also dropped for the first time in the past four years in 2014, down 72.48% compared to the fiscal year ended on December 31st 2013, to EUR 128.11 million.

Playtech’s expansion into trading industry may not end with Plus 500, as major media revealed the technology provider was in negotiations for the acquisition of Forex trading platform AvaTrade. TradeFX’s net revenue from trading soared by the whopping 72.24% to reach USD 42.2 million in the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2014.

A prominent high at 818.00 pence was registered in mid-February 2014, which coincided with the RSI reading moving beyond the overbought level (a signal the price has risen too suddenly in a relatively short period of time). The up move, which was supported by both the RSI (showing readings above its 50.00 level) and the MACD histogram (bullish momentum), drove the price to highs unseen since February, at 779.50 pence in late October 2014.

“Having recently completed the acquisition of TradeFX, the opportunity to acquire Plus500 will prove transformational for our ambitions to expand Playtech’s wider offering. Last but not least, the acquisition, which is to be finalized by the end of September 2015, is anticipated to bring about an immediate earnings improvement.

At the same time, the number of active customers for core CFD B2C business went up 30% to reach 32 000 during the reported period, from 24 600 customers reported in the first five months of 2014.

On May 18th Plus500 Ltd was ordered by the UK Financial Conduct Authority to freeze the trading accounts of its customers as part of anti-money-laundering checks, which were initiated in the beginning of 2015. All these are necessary prerequisites for a successful customer attraction and conversion.

On June 1st this year, it became clear that the governing bodies of Playtech PLC and Plus500 Ltd, a CFD broker based in Israel but listed in London (FTSE AIM 100 and FTSE AIM All Share), have reached an agreement on a cash acquisition, according to which the entire issued ordinary share capital of Plus500 will be acquired by Playtech.

According to the terms of the deal, the CFD broker was valued at GBP 459.6 million (USD 702.05 million) or GBP 4 (USD 6) a share. The up move drove the price to highs unseen in at least five years, as it reached 868.50 pence on April 27th 2015. In case we see a break above its high, this could be taken as an additional reason to expect continuation of the bull trend.

Share Price Performance and Forecast

More deals to come?

The gambling technology provider announced in April 2015 it had come to an agreement regarding the purchase of a majority stake in TradeFX, a leading provider of international payments and currency exchange. In addition, Playtech is to provide Plus500 with CRM capabilities and expertise, so that the CFD broker could maximize customer life time value, which would undeniably boost its standalone financial results.

Since its launch back in 2009, TradeFX has enriched its spectrum of trading brands, with and TopOption being the most renowned. A gap and a prominent bull spike marked the beginning of a bull trend in late December 2011, a trend which, obviously, is still valid, as there has not been a break of the major trend line ever since.

At the beginning, two bull spikes followed by two tight channels were to be observed – the first one formed in late December 2011 and the second one in early March 2012. In order to ensure high-roller needs are satisfied, Playtech offers a special VIP area, known as the Ruby Room, where this specific contingent of players are able to enjoy the above mentioned gaming options. In order to respond to demand for a higher level of entertainment, Playtech developed a live dealer platform, which brings about the most authentic live gaming experience currently on offer. Listed under the ticker LSE:PTEC, the company is included in the following indices: FTSE 250, FTSE 350 Travel & Leisure, FTSE All-Share, FTSE All Share Consumer Services, FTSE All Share Travel & Leisure and FTSE 350.

On May 7th 2015 Playtech officially announced that all outstanding conditions in regard to the acquisition of TradeFX have already been met, including the approval of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, while the transaction has been completed.

As gambling sector companies have been on the lookout for ways to spur growth via acquisitions amid new regulations and more stern tax regimes in some of their key markets, Playtech’s intention to enter the Foreign Exchange Market (Forex) hardly comes as a surprise. Later, on May 15th there was a test of that high with a lower high at 864.00 pence, after which a certain retreat was observed, which led to an overshoot of the 25-day EMA in early June.. The FCA was reported to have found “major failings” in the way the company gathered information about its customers’ financial position and proof of residence. May-July 2014 was a period of indecision in the market (a trading range), which was eventually breached to the upside in early August 2014. Sagi also has a 33% stake in Playtech through Brickington Trading Limited.

“We are very proud to have built Plus500 in a short time into a significant player in the CFD market. One such decision was the introduction of live dealer casino games. Having been admitted to AIM at a share price of 115p on 24 July 2013 and paid significant dividends during this time, we believe that now is the right time to combine the business with Playtech who can provide additional infrastructure and expertise to add to our core skills in products, technology and marketing”, Plus500′s Chief Executive Officer, Gal Haber, commented on the deal, as cited by Business Insider.

According to the boards’ announcement, the acquisition is seen as an unique opportunity for Playtech, because of Plus500′s market reach, advanced technology, product offering and existing customer relationships worldwide. Given the cash payment of EUR 208 million, Playtech was to pay 8.1 times EBITDA for brand. All traditional casino games (roulette, blackjack, baccarat) are available in a live-dealer format along with remarkable new games such as Unlimited Blackjack, Double Screen Roulette among others.

The company’s Net Income, on the other hand, fell for the first time in the past four years in 2014, down at an annual rate of 71.28%, to reach EUR 140.33 million.

TradeFX reported an 87% surge of its revenue to USD 27.6 million during the first quarter this year compared to the same period a year earlier, while its Q1 EBITDA was valued at USD 12.3 million. The retracing move was halted at the 100-day EMA, after which a trading range formed. In December 2014 launched the latest addition to its trading platform portfolio – a proprietary web-based platform, which utilizes technology from Leverate.

Remarkable growth

Playtech has always striven to satisfy players’ demand for a thrilling web experience by offering a unique combination of unbeatable games and cutting-edge technology. A pullback and support at the 100-day EMA occurred in May 2014, while the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) pointed to weak bearish momentum.

At present, the company has more than 3 600 people in employment, with the majority of them being engaged in the research and development of current and future games technologies across development centers in 12 countries. However, Playtech’s CEO Weizer noted that the deal might not take place, if “certain material adverse change” that affects Plus500′s business occurs.

As competition in online casino gaming industry reached all-time highs, technology providers began to realize that new, groundbreaking gaming decisions would probably be the driving factor behind growth in the future. The company’s portfolio features more than 500 innovative casino, poker and sportsbook games, with over 50 new games being launched on annual basis in order to ensure players are able to test their luck and skills at a variety of slot, table and card and fixed-odd options. On June 1st the company’s CEO hinted that more deals were possible.

In addition, in May this year the Israeli website stated that Teddy Sagi had not once visited Cyprus, as he intended to acquire another Forex broker, IronFX. As an immediately earnings enhancing acquisition, the combination of the two businesses is compelling, enabling us to apply our market-leading products and services to the enlarged financial trading business as we continue to execute our growth strategy for the Group”, Playtech’s CEO Weizer said in regard to the deal. Shareholders at Plus500 were to receive 400 pence in cash for each Plus500 share. This led to a more-than-50% decline in the CFD broker’s share price.

As of the moment of this analysis, a tight-range bull-trend bar formation can be observed. Since then the three Exponential Moving Averages have been in a perfect order (the EMA with the shortest period being on top and the EMA with the longest period being at the bottom). The most prominent high since July 2011 was reached in late April 2012, which coincided with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) touching its overbought level

Villainy, a.k.a Diabolical Doom-Dealing Doers of Dastardly Deeds – National Board Game

Here, let me pull out a few more and see what I can come up with for a truly epic name for a villain.

You want to be the first to complete three crimes (an Origin Plan, a Villainous Act, and a Magnum Opus), each a little more daring than the one before, and significantly, more difficult, requiring you to enlist outside help – Henchmen. You (example) pick a card (Hire a Henchman, Do a Crime or adopt an Alter Ego), pay the cost (Henchmen) or just take the card (the other two) and it’s someone else’s turn. The Stat Dials and their matching spaces on the board could have been better designed, so that the chance of knocking them out of their space would be lessened. There are ways to move the dials, and a few that move them in the wrong direction, but moving those dials to levels dictated by the crime you’re trying to commit is what most of the action is about in this game.

The multiplicity of teeny, tiny rules will have a way of distracting, possibly even annoying you, but once you establish the rather quick ebb and flow of this thing, it moves along rather nicely. It retails for around $45, with some $25 and $30 copies available after some diligent shopping.

There’s a Free-for-All Process which brings whatever plans you may have been trying to fulfill to a dead standstill as you single-die-fight with your opponents for game-related rewards. Every little moment of this game is dominated by a process, each with its own quirky little thing you need to remember (or just do). Performing these tasks, of course, is a matter of matching your villain’s abilities to each of the card’s ‘dial’ requirements.

As noted by various observers, including one in my own game group, there is very little down time with this game. It can be played by 2-4 players, aged 12 and up, and be played in 90 minutes (less, as noted above, with a veteran group). If you’ll just assume the position of the villain, twirl your moustache if you’ve got one, or sneer if you don’t, everything will work out just fine.

There are only three things you can do on your turn. Not a big deal, this ‘some assembly required,’ but annoying. The villain putting the poo in the bag has to have a strength of “2″ and a Loyalty token near his Charisma dial.

It takes a special kind of gamer crowd, I think. This is done by means of three cardboard/plastic Stat Dials for each of the four members of your villainous game, which has to be assembled when you open the box; 12 of them per player, four each in red (strength), green (charisma) and blue (intelligence). Lady Macbeth. The dials sit very loosely within their appropriate spot, and are prone to being knocked out of alignment for any number of normal reasons. You might find that to complete a given crime, one of your team has to have a minimum “5″ Intelligence and a Strength of “6.” Each Villain starts with each of the three dials set to “3.” Henchmen, when they’re hired, come with varying start levels; the higher the levels, the more the henchman is likely to cost. Mrs. Without going into details that would keep us here ’til morning, they’re either about dial moving, getting help, or obtaining specialty skills or tools. I’d notch that up to an “8″ when played with that ‘special kind of gamer’ crowd.

What ties these characters and the relative strength of their attributes to game play are the three crimes. Turns happen quickly. These go onto appropriate spots on your board and are used to denote a value for each of the three attributes a given Villain or Henchmen possesses. Your second crime will require two Henchman and your last will require three (plus you, as the Villain, in each case). Your first crime will require you (the Villain) to Hire a Henchman, and assure that both of you have fulfilled the requirements of the crime, as detailed on the card that you’ve chosen to execute. If you opt out of taking any of the above actions, you can either ‘work your team’ (turn each of your team’s “Ready” tokens to the “On” position, collecting whatever money selected Alter Egos provide your Villain or Henchmen) or complete an Evil Plan.

As a species, we appreciate the villains in our stories.

That last is a name derived from the use of 102 Villainous Name Tiles packed into Mayfair’s game of Villainy.

Moriarty. .OK. Everybody who rolls higher than you gets $2 from the bank.

You can’t fault the designer (Nicholas Trahan) for his sense of humor, though. It’s where information about your Strength, Charisma, and Intelligence are gathered and adjusted as game circumstances allow. You reach for a card, or stand up and brush against the board, and your Henchman’s Intelligence has suddenly dropped two points on the dial. One that’s willing to be a little silly and can resist the temptation to take the strategy, tactics, and abundance of process-rules too seriously. There are eight villains with names already on both sides of four cards, and I’m good with any one of those; Eye Carumba, for example, or the one I picked the last time I played, Rex Roofer (instead of Lex Luthor, get it?) They all start with exactly the same amount of Strength, Charisma, and Intelligence, so their immediate ‘personas’ are of no significance. You’re always calculating what you need to do to get your team in a Stat Dial situation that matches the crime card (Evil Plan) you’ve drawn.

Personal villain boards provide you and your Henchmen a place to hang out. When you and your own personal Right-Hand Man, Specialist and Fighter get done with your Magnum Opus, you have to take on Fantastiman, a lurking good guy who shows up at the very end of the game to bring you down.

Villainy’s rule book recommends that you get your friends to play with the Villainous Name Tiles, choosing a name for themselves, while you, their fearless leader, get the game set up to play. And on and on and on go these little rules. One of the crimes in the Magnum Opus deck is to Decaffeinate the World’s Coffee Supply!!! One villain, needing a “5″ Intelligence, as well as possession of both a Tech and Science loyalty token has to synthesize a decaffeinaing (sic) agent. It would have been cheaper to do that here, but one assumes that somebody got sold on the Stat Dial design and just ran with it.

“Okay, I have to fight to get this dial turned up a couple of notches, get a Specialty token for this Henchman and then hire a new one to complete Plan X.”

How about The Koala Doom Lady?. It’s new to BoardGameGeek (25 ratings), with a less-than-stellar average rating of 6.28, but it’s early days yet. The guy lighting the fire has to have a strength of “4″ and a “3″ in Intelligence. Says “90 minutes” on the box, but even with four, I suspect that a veteran group could knock this out in under an hour.

It helps a lot if you’re willing to get into the mood of this somewhat ‘retro’ good guy versus bad guy process, complete with its sense of humor. Or worse, the dial is out of the spot altogether and you have to convince an opponent that it really was set at “6.”

Personally, I don’t mess with the name tiles. The next villain (“5″ Strength, “5″ Intelligence with one Gadget and one Tech) has to build a global aeration disperser. Serviceable, although they look and feel a little cheap; cardboard tokens (lots of them), those pesky, self-constructed Stat Dials, and Specialty Tokens that at the very least could have been a little bigger. So obviously, complications ensue there at the end.

It’s a game with a powerful potential for excessive analysis paralysis; all those bad guys, with all those Stat Dials, trying to match numbers with an Origin Plan, Villainous Act or Magnum Opus. One of the Origin Plans is to “Leave a Flaming Bag of Poo Outside Fantastiman’s Headquarters.” The “Poo” is quaint, giving you pause to wonder just what percentage of the gaming population would have been offended if they’d written “Flaming Bag of Shit.” Anyway, you need one of your villains to get the “poo in the bag,” after which your other villain will light it on fire and run. As usual, a tough crowd. The artwork by Jay Stephens will help. There’s a Help Wanted token that can either be or not be moved along a path of available Henchman for hire, which might cause a ‘wipeout’ of the available Henchmen, Alter Ego and Doing a Crime cards, which in turn, creates the Free-for-All conditions. Rewards can’t be duplicated (if you roll a number that is higher than two other people in the game, you can’t, for example, choose the money reward twice). You initiate a fight, everybody rolls dice, results are determined and it’s somebody else’s turn. This also gives you an insight into the tone of the rules.


The components are . Not a bad idea. Hard to pick up and assimilate right off the bat, although as I have noted on numerous occasions, some gamers are more adept at assimilation than others.

You have to defeat him with a dice roll of “8″ or better. On the other hand, if you’ve been keeping up (as you should be), you might be a die roll away from taking on Fantastiman yourself, and crossing that finish line ahead of The Koala Doom Lady.

The crimes get increasingly difficult, requiring more Henchmen and more complex attributes. Each of the three crimes requires that all members of the villainous team have a minimum strength combination. . If your roll matches or exceeds your opponents’ roll(s), you get a ‘reward;’ one of three possible – Money, Specialty, or +2 on a Stat Dial of your choosing. They’ll take on some character, these characters, when you start adding Alter Egos, Doing Crimes and basically, just getting good at the villain business.

Villainy (sub-titled Diabolical Doom-Dealing Doers of Dastardly Deeds), designed by Nicholas Trahan, with artwork by Jay Stephens is published by Mayfair Games. Don’t want to get somebody out there who doesn’t understand the principles of combustion.

For all of its tasks, and there are a bunch of them, there’s a strong element of timing involved that in the end, literally, will determine who wins or loses Villainy.You have a lot to do before you take on Fantastiman, but the first time somebody actually does that in a game, it’s a signal that the end of the game could be a die roll or two away. It seemed as though decisions were made about overall cost that (surprise, surprise) affected overall quality. You ‘work your team’ (turn all ready tokens to “On”) or complete an Evil Plan. One of those things – Take an Action – provides you with six choices of actions to take; Assume an Alter Ego, Hire a Hench, Do Some Crimes, Hot Action, Start a Fight, and Buy a Specialty. You’ll note that the box looks like the cover of a mid-20th century comic book, and the eight villains look like they dropped right out of that comic book. Next guy up has to fly over the world’s coffee fields, while the last member of the team takes the spray gun and sprays away. Fang Warbler.

Believe me when I tell you, this is bare bones stuff. A Rio Grande game called Goblins, Inc., uses a plastic mechanism that attaches through cardboard to hold a simple dial in place. If you choose that action, you and everybody at the table rolls their one die. With a single, six-sided die. As an example, “Start a Fight” is a dice fight, actually a die fight. The cards aren’t bad, although the coating has a way of making things slide a bit

Will the big game save gaming in Atlantic City?

Casino industry experts have argued that it will be difficult for Brookfield to operate Revel as a casino because it never made a profit. Professional sports leagues in the U.S. The Trump Taj Mahal has threatened to shut down next month unless it receives concessions from state officials.

. Florida developer Glen Straub, who submitted the losing bid, is challenging the sale.

“The reality is that it’s a big deal for Monmouth Park and that’s it,” said Alan Woinski, the president of Gaming USA, a consulting firm based in Paramus, New Jersey, in an interview, referring to a struggling race track in Oceanport, New Jersey, that under the state’s new law will be able accept sports bets. The AGA pegs the gross gaming revenue from sports bets at $170 million, a tiny percentage of the $10.9 billion consumers plunked down in the state’s casinos in 2012.

A further damper on sports betting profits at Atlantic City casinos is the fact that it’s legal in Delaware and a handful of other states.


A lifeguard boat sits on the beach in front of the closed Revel Casino Sept.

“Nobody expected such a bizarre move,” said I. 15, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


But State Senator Raymond Lesniak, an outspoken proponent for sports betting, pushed through a bill this that year that abolished the state’s existing prohibitions against sports betting. A federal court ruled in the league’s favor, and the U.S. According to data from the American Gaming Association, a trade group, about $3.4 billion was wagered on sports at casinos in Nevada in 2012, though the total amount generated by the state’s casinos race books was much smaller. “This whole thing is a snow job.”

“I don’t think it’s going to be the lifeline for the casinos,” said Alex Bumazhny, who follows the casino industry for Fitch Ratings, adding that the credit rating agency “doesn’t think it will make a big difference” in Atlantic City.

Still, sports betting is starting up in New Jersey despite ferocious competition from a number powerful interests.

Atlantic City’s embattled casino industry, which has lost thousands of jobs this year as money-losing operator shut their doors, shouldn’t expect much of a boost from sports betting, experts say.

Earlier this month, Brookfield Asset Management, owner of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, acquired Revel for $110 million, a fraction of the $2.4 billion to build. All Rights Reserved. For one, the decline of New Jersey’s gaming industry has been years in the making and was hastened when lawmakers in neighboring Pennsylvania, a key Atlantic City market, allowed casino gaming. “This isn’t going to save Atlantic City. Despite such concerns, Christie initially moved to permit sports betting in 2011 after voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize it. and the NCAA have long opposed sports gambling because of fears it would lead to game-fixing. Atlantic City casino revenue reached a peak of $5.2 billion, and tumbled to $2.86 billion last year nearly two dozen casinos were built within driving distance of the Jersey shore gambling mecca. Supreme Court refused to hear the state’s appeal, leaving the ban in place.

Under a measure New Jersey Gov.

The NFL subsequently sued to block the law, claiming that it violated an 1992 federal law that restricted sports betting to four states.

Another obstacle is that New Jersey residents are divided over the benefits of sports betting. Though 44 percent of people surveyed by Rutgers-Eagleton poll thought that sports betting was a positive for Atlantic City, another 48 percent were less sure of its value, while another 31 percent thought it would make no difference. There probably isn’t anything that can save Atlantic City.”

The reasons are many.

Second, as an economic activity, sports betting isn’t a game-changer. Over the past few months, operators of the Revel Casino Hotel, which at one time was touted as linchpin of an Atlantic City revival, Trump Plaza and Showboat, closed their doors.

© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc.. The state then eliminated all of its laws outlawing sports betting at tracks and casinos. Nelson Rose, a professor at Whittier Law School who has written a textbook on gaming law, adding he wasn’t sure if New Jersey’s move will survive a court challenge. Chris Christie signed into law last week, Atlantic City racetracks and casinos can start accepting sports bets. But that law comes amid a major slump in gambling in the state

How Casinos Know That You Are Counting Cards | Quora

They have to shout out things that are strange to the pit as well such as “splitting 10′s” and “making plays” (doubling previous bet which they say something like “checks play”). This is also why shuffling machines are bad, because their deck penetration is about 2%. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge.

Answer by David Shi, Former Blackjack player

When the pit boss suspects something, he might use the phone and call the security for a skills check. Remove doubling after split. If they change the blackjack payout to 6:5, then I don’t think any counters would play unless there’s 0 heat, a single deck, and the deck penetration is 90%. Even if you don’t count cards, look at the rules in a casino to see if they have bad rules. Remove late surrender. They can do the following, but at the same time also steer regular players/bad counters away from their games.

Make the rules worse. This is why some people don’t always start out with 1 unit bets. This basically makes counting useless and the only plays that can be made are choosing between standing/hitting 16 against a 10. They can also change the bet limits from25 to5 or to100. Then you’ll find out you’re banned from other casinos before you even play there.

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What the casino might do to prevent people from trying to count

It comes in levels. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.. This is why when the dealer leaves, look for where he goes and if he tries to point to your direction. Regular players know that bad rules equals less winnings too, so some would be less likely to play. If you’re in the system, the pit boss may also mark you as a counter in his or her notes (play unrated if you count). They turn the cameras on you and may analyze your previous play, [and see] if you are in the system. If the deck resets, then the shoe will never be good enough for a player to raise bets. No, there is no backroom, unless you play somewhere you shouldn’t be playing in the first place.

After each shift the dealer may approach the pit boss and tell him/her about counting suspicions. Using too many would be bad for business. If the house edge is more than 0.5%, then it not be worth playing.Use automatic shuffling machines. At the end you just get banned from the casino, or banned from table games. They might switch between 1-3 unit bets, or the last bet from the last shoe. They have a lot of tools against card counting and I’ve experienced many to most firsthand. Most players and sometimes dealers hate these machines too. This is done by taking away their advantage. They can mess with the min/max on the table, or set a rule just for a certain player. Set the cut card earlier. They can also shuffle when they feel like it. The security employed by the casino is basically retired card counters and the like so they can tell easily who’s counting and who isn’t. If they think you’re a threat to the casino, then they come down with a group of people, tap you on the shoulder and tell you that you’re too good for the game.

The pit boss also observes play just by walking around. Also this is why counters train their skills up so that counting is second nature, so that when they do get “harassed” nothing happens.

They can easily deter counters by making the game not fun for [them]. Many people don’t play unless the penetration for 2 decks is over 55, and 6 deck is 75% or higher. Now they assess if you’re a threat or not. He may also walk up to you and start talking to you and acting too friendly to mess up your concentration. They can tell you that you can only bet10 instead of varying your bets from10 to1000. There’s many things that they can do to increase the house edge. I sometimes play them to relax though and for cover play. Normal players might not care much about deck penetration, which is how many cards are being played, but this is very important to card counters. The more cards that are played before a reshuffle the better. If he sees huge bet spreads (you start out with a 1 unit bet, and then start playing 2 hands of 4 units, or 1 hand of 8 units), he might take the discard tray and count cards backwards to see if your play correlates with the cards that have come out. Ask a question, get a great answer. This is less seen because other players might assume the casino is bullying another player, or the minimum bet is no longer fun to play in.More questions on Quora:

Then they might share your information/picture (they have footage of you playing when they analyze your skills) with other casinos

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Research and Markets: 2011 – Global Online Gambling – Market expected to grow to $46.1 billion by the end of 2015

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