Sports Junkies: a love letter and analyses of the “Fab Four of DC radio”.
My first experience with “the Beatles”, of Washington sports radio, aka the sports junkies, started back in the 90’s when they began on Sunday evenings. Right from the start, there was something compelling about this group of fresh voices. Despite playing songs from Sugar Ray as their back drop (way too loud, by the way), there was something there. Gold. An honesty. A fraternity.Their language, unique. Terms like “money“ (pronounced mah nay”) and “hurting” (har tane), were unique to the sensibilities of radio at that time. Their conversations were both idiotic yet compelling and bright at the same time. Prior to the Junkies, the bar was set on local sports radio by the likes of WMAL’s Ken Beatrice, a much maligned, but incredibly insightful sports voice that did deep dives into the NFL and specifically the redskins. He too, had a unique style. Back then, you listened to KB for the intel. With the Junkies, you listen for their camaraderie, humor, and then the sports analysis. You are the 5th guy sitting at the poker table with this group. In my analyses of this most popular sports radio show in the DC area, I hope to unravel the “secret sauce”, as to why we listen to them. In huge numbers. Daily. This, despite the fact that over half of the time it’s not even about sports, (Mostly thanks to the “Rona”, as they would say). In my mind, they’ve never been better. I love the daily minutia of their lives. So if you are still reading, let’s get to it. The Junkies are akin to the Beatles. Each unique and accomplished in their own way. John Lennon Eric: is the John Lennon if the group. Much like Lennon, EB is the driving genius. EB is the most outspoken, meteoric, rabble rousing, and compelling. EB wears his heart on his sleeve and gives little concern to his haters. He produces very entertaining material and is the lynchpin of the group. Hell, even like Lennon, he has his own version of Yoko when he married his beautiful Asian wife. Like the Beatles without Lennon, the Junkies would no longer exist. EB’s inner “Id”, has no restrictions. Depending on his mood and needs, EB changes his takes on life like the wind changes direction. He can’t help but give you his honest take. And that’s why we love him. Honesty. Genuineness. Agree or disagree, you know where EB stands on everything from covid restructions to changing the Redskins name. Although the group survived 2 weeks without EB (when he was on vacation), the lack of connection of warmth, humor, and engagement was evident. EB brings an energy to the gang. EB is the Reggie Jackson of the Junkies, The straw that stirs the drink. The song writer and lead voice. The John Lennon. Paul McCartney If EB is John Lennon, then the Paul McCartney of the group is Johnny Cakes Auville. Cakes riffs off of EB like Lennon and McCartney harmonizing. Cakes is the smart one of the group. He has a wise perspective that eeks out regularly. Although not one to take a lot of dangerous chances, he will still gamble with games of chance regularly. It’s as if all of his chance taking has been relegated to the games of “chance” where the mortal consequences are far less dire. He has a very healthy concern for danger and his own mortality. His figures of speech, tone, delivery, are only out-matched by his common sense responses to EB’s often times absurd takes. Everybody loves Cakes. His effortless pleasant way and sharp comments resonate with everyone listening. As polarizing as EB can be, Cakes is the unifier. George Harrison Jason, who now goes by “Bish” will always be Lurch Papa to me. His attempts to rebrand himself is misguided and wasteful. There’s nothing wrong with “Lurch Papa”. Wolfman Jack owned his persona, Jason should too. When Lurch reminisces about some of his stories of yesteryear, he is hilarious. Lurch is the most impressive of the group as to how he has evolved as a man. Lurch was dealt a relatively tougher hand in life. Growing up without a father figure has made his obvious love and devotion to his family, especially his daughters, endears everyone to the “George Harrison” of this group. He “harmonizes” and provides the bass needed to give the broadcast a strong backbone. Of all the Junkies, I envy Jason the most. He has no problem telling a guest how he feels about them. If not to them, as soon as they hang up. And yet he is able to move effortlessly amongst Washington’s powerful elite, despite His very humble beginnings and provocative comments. When he talks about having a cocktail with the connected, wealthy, affluent after 18 holes of golf at a swanky country club, I marvel as to how he does it. His contribution to the show, apart from his impressive sports opinions, is how he is amused by EB and Cakes. Jason is us. Jason is our sense injected into the show. I bet many of us relate and hear the show through Jason’s perspective. Yet there is a sadness to Jason. And not based on his recent admission of depression. He has always seemed melancholy. Too wise. I worry about him. Humorless, yet at the same humorous. An enigma. Jason is entering a difficult phase now. One that is seldom discussed. If I were to ever speak to Jason, I would advise him to press the pause button on any impulses, focus entirely on the incredible positives in his life, and know that any sadness is temporary. The next 10 years should be to reacquaint himself with his wife and continue to build a stronger foundation so in 10 years, as he enters the final 3rd, he can celebrate his retirement and grand kids. The quaint term, “hang in there”, truly fits. Ringo And finally, JP. JP is the director. He keeps the rhythm of the show impeccably. He is Ringo. JP gives the show a flawless rhythm. He gives an alternate political view that is needed. He keeps many liberals tuned in. They have a voice. That’s Smart. Liberals buy cars and “Wave soda”, too. JP is the face of the sports junkies. You can see JP going on to a good career in tv. He checks all of the blocks. JP, these days, seems a bit like the odd man out. I think once they are back in studio, a lot of my perceived disconnect from the other 3 will stop. Of the 4,JP will have an easier time in the sports media biz than the other three. You can see him doing post game commentary on a cable show one day. The observations and compliments to the junkies has exceeded my word quota. Much more to say, but let me just finish by saying thank you to them all. I’ve listened throughout my life to radio. Nowadays, my 30 and 33 year old sons listen when they can. Along with sports, my sons and I regularly talk about the Junks as often as the Nats, Caps, and REDSKINS. They are another blessed topic to relate and bond with my sons. From listening to Arthur Godfrey as a pre-schooler with my mom, all the way through WWDC’s Carroll James, WRC’s Joel L Spivack, WMAL’s KB, JFK’s don and mike, Howard, greaseman, and currently the junks, joe Rogan, and whatever other podcasts are interesting, theJunks are in the top category and I hope for many more years to come. I can’t wait to hear about whatever they have to say tomorrow. That’s how good they are.
[Book Summary] Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose
Book name: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose Author: Tony Hsieh About: Delivering Happiness resembles an autobiography of Hsieh with business and life lessons sprinkled throughout the story. This summary attempts to keep the plot and structure of the book while emphasizing the lessons. Quick summary about the author: Tony Hsieh co-founded LinkExchange, which was later bought by Microsoft for $250 million. He then started an investing, playing poker, and a whole bunch of other things before the 2008 recession. During and after the recession, he doubled down on being the CEO of Zappos, an online shoe company. After Amazon acquired Zappos, Hsieh claims to have found the path to profits, passion, and purpose. The structure of Delivering Happiness: ——————————————————
Introduction: Finding My Way SECTION I: PROFITS Chapter 1: In Search of Profits Chapter 2: You Win Some, You Lose Some Chapter 3: Diversify SECTION II: PROFITS AND PASSION Chapter 4: Concentrate Your Position Chapter 5: Platform for Growth: Brand, Culture, Pipeline SECTION III: PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE Chapter 6: Taking It to the Next Level Chapter 7: End Game Epilogue
—————————————————— Introduction: Finding My Way
The author, the CEO of Zappos, recollects of the moment Amazon.com acquires Zappos as a jumping point in the book about his “path.”
Section 1: Profits
In Search of Profits
Hsieh was young and aspired to become a worm farmer (his parent’s profession), but let the dream die after he failed to breed worms.
Hsieh was very focused on money when he was young. Before elementary school, he sold his self-written and self-published newspapers to his friends and his barber but later stopped for obvious reasons. Hsieh lists many more of his young and failed business ideas, but then transitions to a “successful” button business.
Dialing for Dollars
More childhood memories.
Hsieh describes his high-school life. He always tried to do the least amount of work while getting decent grades.
Crowdsourcing: Never went to a single class in Bible studies but organized a massive study group to create the most comprehensive study guide. Hsieh did well in Bible studies.
Sold pizzas, met Alfred, who bought his pizzas and sold to his roommates. Realized although he made more money than Alfred, Alfred made $20/hr compared to his $2/hr. Alfred would soon become the CFO and COO of Zappos.
College interviews for jobs: he didn’t care about what company or location, only salary and amount of work mattered (high and low respectively)
You Win Some, You Lose Some
Out in the Real World
Hsieh and a friend land a $40000 “software engineer” job; however, they soon find the job to be boring. The pay was good, but when Hsieh and his buddy started on a side project, they decided that it was best to quit after only five months of working and focus full-time on their Web site business.
After a week, they got bored with their startup idea and were bored out of their minds. They had nothing to do, until one day, out of sheer boredom, they thought of a business idea which would later become LinkExchange. Hsieh recalls that growing the company, from first emailing his favourite websites to having floods of emails of people wanting to be signed up, to being offered $1 million to buy the company and turning that down, to being offered $20 million by Yahoo! and turning that down again.
In that emotional rollercoaster, Hsieh felt that the situation was them against the world and that they were living the time of their lives. Hsieh even remarked that he had the opportunity to not work a single more day in his life, but the reason he abstained from selling the company at $20 million was that he was still young and preferred adventure.
“24/7 adrenaline high”
But as the company started to expand, soon they had to get larger offices. Soon, Hsieh realizes that there were faces in his office he had never seen, and it was a unique experience to him, and he welcomed it, at first (Foreshadowing: this is not good). Once the company reached 100 employees, Hsieh recalls a time when he couldn’t bother waking up and going to work: at that moment, he realizes that his attitude towards LinkExchange has changed. Hsieh viewed his own company more like a job (like his previous job) rather than the closely-knit culture club before. His company sold to Microsoft for $250 million, but when the deal was done, he wasn’t happy, just relief and apathy. The contract stipulated that he and his friend stay at the company for at least 12 more months, and Hsieh said to himself that he promised to do his bare minimum just not to get fired.
Note: Later in the book, Hsieh heavily emphasizes the importance of the culture of a company and the importance of a tribe like feeling where everyone knows each other—basically a large group of tight-knit friends.
I made a list of the happiest periods in my life, and I realized that none of them involved money. I realized that building stuff and being creative and inventive made me happy.
Hsieh had basically beaten life. He invites a group of 15 friends on a cruise to party hard and to have Vegas poker every week. However, this type of life was making him miserable: he knew he was wasting his time. He realizes that money and this “success” did not make him happy; instead, chasing his passion brought genuine joy.
Hsieh decided to quit the company (and not receive the full amount stipulated in the Microsoft agreement). Many people thought he was insane, and Hsieh also admits that it was a scary decision, but also a turning point in his life.
Hsieh started an investment fund with a friend. Met a guy who had an idea for an “Amazon for shoes,” which would soon become Zappos. Hsieh invests in his business and slowly accumulates to 27 companies in his investment fund. Hsieh finds being an investment fund boring and discovers poker.
Lesson: Realization: “Looking back, a lot of our growth happened that way. We’d just throw ideas against the wall to see if they’d stick, improvise, and make it happen”
Hsieh started to get interested in poker. At first, he believed poker to just be about luck, being able to bluff, and reading people. He soon realized that it was much more mathematical and that he can practically guarantee winning if he used math and not intuition. He compares it to always betting tails on a coin that has a 67% chance of landing on tails. The coin may get heads, but in the long run, he will come out winning. It was fun and challenging because Hsieh was constantly learning through both reading and playing.
He soon noticed similarities between poker and business:
Evaluating Market Opportunities
Marketing and Branding
I realized that whether in poker, in business, or in life, it was easy to get caught up and engrossed in what I was currently doing, and that made it easy to forget that I always had the option to change tables. Psychologically, it’s hard because of all the inertia to overcome. Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always win.
Hsieh started day trading but lost a lot of money.
They were expensive lessons, but I guess what I ended up learning was that it’s a bad idea to invest in industries you don’t understand, in companies you don’t have any control or influence over, or in people you don’t know or trust.
As our group grew, I realized that forming new friendships and deepening the connections within our burgeoning tribe was bringing both a sense of stability and a sense of excitement about the future for all of us. The connectedness we felt was making all of us happier, and we realized that it was something that we had all missed from our college days. It was something that, like many people, we had unwittingly lost upon graduating from college, and we didn’t realize how much we missed it until we accidentally re-created it for ourselves.
Hsieh finally understood techno music. At first, he disliked it. Now he recognizes that it is to be enjoyed as a group. Recalls a time going to a warehouse rave with friends, found moment to be spiritual.
Don’t network. Instead, build the number and depth of your relationships.
Hsieh creates a massive party on his birthday. Emphasizes that the birthday date is just an excuse to have a large party with his “tribe” as a way to thank and give back. One woman thanks Hsieh for spending his money on creating life-long memories these party-goers would remember.
Dot-com crash. Discovered his passion was proving everyone wrong (by succeeding despite odds). Joined Zappos full time and not just investing.
Tweets to live by:
“A great company is more likely to die of indigestion from too much opportunity than starvation from too little.”
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
“Told ghost stories with friends last night. Now wondering whether ghosts sit around campfires and tell each other People stories?”
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Be humble: “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but int he expert’s mind there are a few.”
Section II: Profits and Passion
Concentrate Your Position
Figuring Things Out
The economy is crashing, and Hsieh is in a dire situation. His fund is out of money, and Zappos is losing too much money each month. Layoffs happen. Hsieh sells off all of his property except the one he is living in to finance Zappos. His parent’s restaurant also fails to reach its sales projections. But in this dire situation, Hsieh finds out that this business has become his new “tribe”.
At the current rate, Zappos was not going to survive. Hsieh came up with a plan with a close friend. To finance this plan, Heish needed to get $2 million. He planned to take almost everything he had left in his name and liquidate it in a fire sale (Including his party loft). His friend would have objected to that if he had found out.
Reasoning: They had taken Zappos this far; there was no turning back now. Also: Hsieh had undying belief in Zappos and his friend.
One of the most stressful situations for Hsieh: Zappos signed up with another company (eLogistics) to manage the inventory and shipping. However, it turned out to be a disaster. Zappos lost 20% of inventory when a truck carrying shoes overturned (estimated $500K), and the organization of the shoes is a mess. At the same time, Hsieh had a planned vacation to hike a mountain in Africa with a significant other.
Snows of Kilimanjaro
He was sleeping in Africa on a mountain. There was an offer to buy his party loft, which would give Zappos 2 months extra before bankruptcy. Turns out it was a dream. (This was during the recession)
Hsieh recalls the gruelling experience of climbing the African mountain: bleeding noses, caught a cold, eight layers of clothing that made his diarrhea difficult. Finally, he made it to the summit, and there were “Tears welled up in my eyes.”
End of an Era
Hsieh finally sold his party loft for a 40% loss against the advice of his family. He believes selling it to be the right thing to do as it was following another partner who sacrificed his career to be part of Zappos
Zappos is in charge of their inventory and shipping now. (Not eLogistics anymore)
Hsieh talks with his friend and tells him that he should read Good to Great by Jim Collins.
He talks about what separates the great companies from just the good ones over the long term. One of the things that he found from his research was that great companies have a greater purpose and bigger vision beyond just making money or being number one in a market. A lot of companies fall into the trap of just focusing on making money, and then they never become a great company.
Zappos was saved, received funding. Recalled the feeling leading up to the moment was like drowning in deep water while seeing and swimming towards the surface, unknowing whether or not you would make it.
At Zappos, it was a very tight-knit community where all the company goals were well known.
Platform for Growth: Brand, Culture, Pipeline
Viva Las Vegas
In a company, “Never outsource your core competency.” Zappos did that with eLogistics, and they messed up the shipping.
Zappos moved its entire company headquarters from San Francisco to Las Vegas. 70 out of 90 Zappos employees moved because of the strong culture.
New hires were told about company culture. Book culture created.
“Looking back, a big reason we hit our goal early was that we decided to invest our time, money, and resources into three key areas: customer service (which would build our brand and drive word of mouth), culture (which would lead to the formation of our core values), and employee training and development (which would eventually lead to the creation of our Pipeline Team). Even today, our belief is that our Brand, our culture, and our Pipeline (which we internally refer to as “BCP”) are the only competitive advantages that we will have in the long run. Everything else can and will eventually be copied.”
Cultivating the Culture Book by Jenn
note: The following is quite advanced:
Hsieh emphasizes the need to focus on company culture, and one method is through a culture book where it is a book with all employees’ ideas on what the company culture is and their honest attitude towards it (can be negative).
But, the culture book is not about the book …it’s about the culture
It is a short term expense, but a long term investment
Hsieh notes that many aspiring entrepreneurs want his company’s culture book as a role model, but he tells that every company’s culture will be different, and that’s good.
Branding through Customer Service
Hsieh notes that most of their marketing is spent on improving the customer experience and letting the customers do word of mouth advertising.
For example with Zappos: free shipping on shoes both ways, 365-day return policy, and 24/7 call center, which is heavily promoted (opposite of what other companies do: hiding contact information). Hsieh views the above expenses as marketing expenses. Hsieh also believes that the telephone is still a great marketing tool in the current era as it is the best way to have the undivided attention of the customer and to build a relationship with the customer.
Hsieh claims that a significant trap most marketers fall in is focusing too much on trying to generate a lot of buzz when they should be focusing on building engagement and trust.
Hsieh focuses on maximizing customer experience rather than efficiency: such as staffing warehouse 24/7 when most efficient would be letting orders stack on.
Building relationships with the consumer: no scripts for call centres, no upselling, if a customer asks for a shoe that is out of stock, Zappos call centres will help find the specific shoe on a competitor’s site and direct them there. Hsieh claims that doing this helps build trust and creates a life-long customer.
Zappos’ company tour for vendors soon turned into a company tour for everyone who wants to experience Zappos culture.
Hsieh claims that culture and brand are on the same face of the coin. Although at first brand may lag behind culture, it soon will merge into the same thing. To sustain a positive brand, companies must focus on company culture and not just on advertisements. Ex: Car company brand and culture (interactions with car companies, not the same).
Zappos hiring process: Technical interview, then cultural interview. All newly hired employees go through a 4-week course on customer service and then must complete two weeks of working in the call centre (no matter if the new hire is a software designer, lawyer, etc.). Then Zappos offers the new hire an additional $2000 to quit.
However, not all the company culture is organic; some were artificially put in. For example: having a mini test of matching employees face to name every day, having the only entrance be the lobby, etc.
Made a list of core values (Hsieh regretted not doing this earlier). Although this may resemble something marketing departments of other companies will put out and staple to a board, Zappos is willing to commit to these values by hiring and firing based on these virtues.
Deliver WOW Through Service
Anything worth doing is worth doing with WOW! In other words, things should be done with so much innovation, efficiency, expertise, creativity, that the result yields a WOW from both internally and externally of the company.
Embrace and Drive Change
Prepare and embrace constant change. Hsieh notes that people from larger companies had a difficult time adapting to the rate of change at Zappos. Although change can come from any direction, change is encouraged to come from the “bottom-up,” from the frontlines closest to the customers upwards.
Notes that although others could copy Zappos’ website, shipping, etc., they cannot capture Zappos’ culture and the rate of change.
Create Fun and a Little Weirdness
Encourages employees to create their own enjoyment by being a little “weird”. Note that Hsieh does not advocate for extreme weirdness, just enough to spice up the culture and daily life.
Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
Essential to be bold and daring, but not reckless. Encourage taking risks and making mistakes, as long as lessons are learned.
Pursue Growth and Learning
Keeping a company sustainable is a cycle. Face challenges, learn, overcome the challenges, and repeat. Like it or not, the cycle will not stop, and learning is a never-ending process.
Build Open and Honest Relationships with Communication
Communication is usually a weakness in any business, and it’s necessary to focus on clear and supportive communication.
Ex: during 2008, Zappos needed to lay off 8% of employees. Instead of spinning it as some restructuring event, Zappos remained truthful to both employees and the press.
Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
Hsieh tells of a time when one of his employees’ husband died and didn’t have anybody to comfort her. She called her senior manager, and her manager gave her all her phone numbers and told her to contact her whenever she needed comfort. Zappos is one extended family.
Do More with Less
Always strive to be more efficient.
Never do something that is “good enough.” Good is the enemy of great, and Zappos is a great company.
Be Passionate and Determined
Have a positive, optimistic, but realistic attitude towards everything you do, as such passion and determination is contagious and will inspire others.
Hsieh notes that the above criteria have a part in the interview, and many excellent candidates able to help grow the company in a technical way are not hired due to the “be humble” criteria as many of them come off as egotistical. Hsieh states that other large companies hire them, and that’s why they have an inferior company culture.
Lesson on vendors: Normal companies treat vendors like enemies and are after short term gains by squeezing the last dime out of them. In reality, it’s better to treat vendors with respect and build alliances. Case study: Zappos vs Nordstorm.
Every last Friday of the month, Vendors come to Zappos’ golf party. Has a party every year to celebrate Vendors. Vendors get all company insider information. Zappos celebrates vendor milestones with more parties, etc. (ex: first $1 000 000 sales).
Note: This summary is over 40000 characters long. The rest is continued in my comment below.
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Unibet is probably the most seasoned game bookmaker around the world, set up in 1997, serving a large number of web based wagering account holders. It is notable all over Europe for its superb games wagering, online gambling club and poker stages. 13-Betfred Betfred is a British bookmaker. They offer their administrations for India also. Betting power licenses them. The Betfred Empire starts working in 1967. They are offering a noteworthy edge on football wagering. You can either utilize their versatile application or site to make the most of their administrations. 14-888sport It is an European based wagering stage which acknowledges the clients of India also. It is one of the perceived brands in odd markets. They are covering numerous games like rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis, horse dashing golf, boxing cycling and numerous others. You can make the most of their liberal invite offers. 15-Coral When discussing Indian bookmakers, Coral is among the primary names you can consider. Coral was established during the 1920s, and it is one of the most well known brands when talking about excellent items and offers. They show top European nearby soccer with stunning highlights. Numerous different games have been presented, including football classes. 16-Royal Panda Illustrious Panda is a worldwide stage which is offering their administrations all around India. They are advancing on the web gambling clubs, not the sportsbook. You can utilize their versatile application and site to make the most of their inventive rewards. It is one of the strictest betting locales. They are offering a wide scope of wagering markets. They are covering circuitous 40 games and a lot of classes. 17-Smarkets Smarkets is an online stage which was established by a little gathering of speculator. They are acclaimed for their propelled exchanging stage and 25th quickest developed organization in Europe. Smarkets is exceptionally simple to utilize. 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That response to this inquiry is that Bet365 has taken the internet wagering industry to an uncommon new level. They give the best betting involvement with all territories. They have the most gigantic assortment of gambling club games and sports wagering. They offer the best portable wagering experience, the best reward on wagering and simply the most amazing live betting experience generally. Be that as it may, the point which makes Bet365 the world's greatest wagering site is the notoriety for unwavering quality that they have worked for themselves in years. Bet365 is a wagering site you can trust. They generally pay what they owe, and they put incredible significance on their notoriety is the thing that makes Bet365 a genuinely extraordinary bookmaker. 21-Sportsbet.io Sportsbet.io is a worldwide games wagering organization that was established by individuals with an energy for sports. When you enter the site of Sportsbet.io, you get the inclination that this whole site is committed to sports wagering. It doesn't have the equivalent lavish impression that you jump on an old wagering site like Unibet or Betway. It's more Spartan and old school. Then again, this isn't really an awful thing. They don't attempt to push ads or advancements at all of you an opportunity to achieve client's consideration. It's an entirely reliable spot for individuals who simply need to put down wagers and not need to stress over something over the top. 22-Bodog Bodog is an old wagering bookmaker really among the most seasoned on the planet which has as of late opened up and began tolerating Indians players. They have set up the procedure of the wagering site principally to serve bettors from India, where they endeavor an assortment of live cricket wagering alternatives, give helpful choices of storing cash and permit Indian money. 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Additionally, determinations of incredible table games don't stop there and make your life agreeable and simple we likewise offer a colossal assortment of store strategies for Indians gambling club players. 27-MELBet Our consideration is currently redirected to the focal point of the screen where we see an advancement slider. It is where Unibet features all the present advancements that they are running. They are very brave advancements going on, which we will investigate later. One thing we notice is that all the costs are named in euros. Beside the live wagering segment, we notice a catch named "supertoto'", and we choose to look at it. It ends up being another uncommon capacity, which is truly remarkable when contrasted with Unibet. Supertoto is a basic method to put down a wager on sports. The objective is to wagered on the result of whatever number matches as could be expected under the circumstances. You can wager on a success, lose or draw. 28-Matchbook Matchbook offers a total sportsbook with in excess of 40 distinct games classifications to bet on, including cricket, football, tennis, horse dashing and practically all the famous games, just as e-sports, expert wrestling and different less normal games. You have a decision of live wagering on each live match that is occurring right now, and numerous competitions can even be live-spilled with liberated from cost office. The main standard is that you include put down a wager inside the most recent 24 hours. That gives you full access to the live spilling capacity. 29-Betfair Betfair is one of the world's biggest global online games wagering specialist co-ops. Betfair has more than 2,000 utilizes around the world. Betfair holds betting permit in Malta, Gibraltar Italy, Tasmania and the United States. Betfair is promising in conveying exclusive expectations of respectability and has ensured more than 40 Memoranda of Understanding with the administering groups of sports. Betfair is the most significant wagering bookmaker on the planet, offering a wide scope of wagering items including exotics wagering markets and extraordinary games, huge poker networks, arcade games and a gambling club. 30-Dafabet Something that make Dafabet one of a kind is that they were made to serve the Asian market. All things considered, we can see that they are doing a great deal to interest Asian players, and particularly Indian players. For instance, we realize that they acknowledge Indian cash stores. They additionally offer loads of well known Indian games, for example, cricket, tennis and kabaddi. As an Indian player, it is pleasant to feel like you are esteemed as a client. There is likewise a lot of European games and well known Asian games and gambling club games accessible. 31-Rizk It is an energizing and one of a kind internet betting webpage having a place with the European island naming Malta. The site is special it might be said that it depends on a superhuman topic which is an uncommon thing we have seen on some other wagering site previously. This current bookmaker's appeal is a hero naming Captain Rizk, and his topic can be discovered everywhere throughout the site. 32-Meridian BET Meridian Bet is a main worldwide supplier of on the web and land-based games wagering arrangements with 700+ wagering shops in 35 nations around four landmasses? Their most noteworthy accomplishment is the steady income development pace of 20% over the most recent three years. 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This organization is among the first non-US online games wagering organizations working in the United States. It is additionally an individual from ESSA, which is the European wagering uprightness body. 39-Cloud wager Cloud wager directs the wagering business through a chain of authorized shops that are situated in Ireland and the UK. It offers online games wagering, online club and poker, online bingo and numerous other web based games. 40-POKER SPORTS Once in the past known as Party Bets, is presently possessed by one of the biggest poker locales on the net, Party Poker. Authorized from both Gibraltar and UK, the site offers a wide scope of sports and great client care. To stall out in, the site gives a broad scope of games. Customers are very much provided food for, and every single significant game occasions are secured. 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The site offers a dependable gaming strategy and is focused on limiting the unfavorable impacts of issue betting and is resolved to advance positive betting practices. 43-BETPAWA Offering different sorts of bettings on numerous games from over the world, BETPAWA is the most present day and quick wagering site in Zambia. This site is a creative bookmaker that offers the most reduced value wagers. It leads a wide assortment of pre-coordinate and in-play wagers on football alongside different games like b-ball, tennis and so on. You can choose from an immense scope of wagers on the site and can likewise decide on live wagering. 44-MISLI As a piece of Fold gadgets gaming and distributing, MISLI was established in 2009. This site is situated in Istanbul. MISLI is a participation based site which offers online games wagering and lotteries. This site offers wagers on an assortment of games, particularly supporting soccer. It likewise gives the clients to play the national lottery. This site as of now utilizes 36 innovations. MISLI.com has been positioned 12,027 among the worldwide sites dependent on the huge number of its month to month guests surpassing 4,115,485. 45-Sky BET Sky wagering and gaming, a British based Canadian organization, has offered a wagering division as Sky Bet. It possesses 1,628 representatives and is evaluated sixth among the ten highest contenders. This organization is the world's driving internet gaming and wagering organization which has the most noteworthy number of clients than any other person. Lion's share of the tasks of Sky Bet are led from Leeds. They offer to wager through their site, phone or portable applications and so forth. AGCC licenses the organization. Sky Bet likewise had a TV channel on Sky Channel 864 which quit working on February 2012. 46-Bet SAFE With regards to online club and wagering, and Bet Safe is a rumored name. This website is a bookmaker and online gambling club which was established in 2006 and is possessed by a notable Swedish organization. 400 fifty thousand clients profit the ideas from 100 distinct nations around the globe. The dependability and unwavering quality of the site are apparent by the tremendous number of clients it possesses. Wager Safe is an easy to understand site offering an enormous assortment of games and items. It gives an astounding client assistance program and its simple to store and pull back cash. This site gives its clients the best web based gaming experience. 47-1xBit This site offer betting stage for Bitcoin and digital money was established in 2016. Wagers are offered day by day more than 1000 games. Live online club games and in excess of 3000 openings are likewise accessible. A selective element is that it gives its games too. All client accounts bolster numerous monetary forms, and it empowers the players to wager utilizing in excess of ten cryptographic forms of money. Clients are additionally offered an assortment of rewards. A 100% first store reward is the most extreme preferred position. A bug assists with multiplying and right away pull back the main store reserves. Client's perspectives recommend that their client care is dependable and accommodating. It is being seen as the best reserving site for crypto. It offers high chances to the players when contrasted with comparable sportsbooks. 48-Mozzart BET Since 2000, Mozzart has been a specific piece of the gaming business. This organization offers around 10,000 chances day by day for around 500 games. As of late, Mozzart has led its ground activity with more than 900 retailer shops and has seen a high development rate in its online administrations. One ought to be over 18 to wager on the site Mozzartbet.com. BCLB has given the permit to the site. Live wagering on games is offered including football, ball, tennis and other critical occasions. You can observe live spilling of your preferred round and put down online wagers. 49-Boyle SPORT Ireland biggest and free bookmaker is known as BoyleSports. They contribute in the online space by adding the top of the line applications to the google play store which offer web based wagering, club, gaming, wagering and lottery administrations. By 2004, they had 77 shops, and in 2006 they opened their 100th store. 50-BetChris In 2019, BetChris declared to enter the United Kingdom retail advertise with the popular bookmaker Gilbert. The organization's activity was extended in Northern Ireland which made the nation Ireland's biggest retail bookmaker.
I play in at least two money games a week at my home course. Wednesday evenings we a group of guys usually sixteen to twenty guys play and we throw in 12 a man. Foursomes two ball! Sides, total andIndividual skins pay. Both rounds I play for league on the weekends have skins game buy ins for ten bucks.
Illinois legalized weed yesterday by way of our state legislature, as opposed to a voter-approved ballot measure. We're the first state to legalize weed this way. The new law goes on the books 1/1/2020. There are some real pluses to this thing, including clearing the records of people who got busted for 30 grams or less. Anyone who got tagged for between 30-500 grams can petition the courts for expungement. This could involve as many as 750,000 cases. Communities hit hardest by prohibition can cut the line on the licensing process as "social equity applicants" as well as benefit from $30million put into a low-interest loan program for those same communities to launch start up weed shops. (This will boil the blood of people who consider the black community to be a "victim constituency" ...which makes me like it even more.) Per Marijuana MomentTaxes on cannabis sales would be based in part on THC concentration. Flower containing up to 35 percent THC would be taxed at 10 percent, whereas products with more than 35 percent THC would be taxed at 25 percent. Cannabis-infused products would be subject to a 20 percent tax. The state’s 6.25 percent sales tax would also apply, with local jurisdictions having the option to impose an additional 3.5 percent tax. I've never had flower with more than 35% THC, nor do I expect to. I think 30% is the highest level I've ever tried. It was plenty. Pritzker's budget includes expected revenue from weed taxes, with some studies saying it could bring in as much as $500million in 2020. My state rep is a guy named Marty Moylan. He's a Democrat from Des Plaines. For those of you from out of state Des Plaines is pronounced Dess Planes, which I'm sure pleases Luis Jolliet & Jacques Marquette to no end. Marty voted against legalizing weed, saying it's addictive and destructive. So fuck Marty Moylan. In related news, Marty has a fucking casino in his town and I'll be very interested to see how Marty votes on legalized sports betting today, or maybe tomorrow. They're working Sunday, because the next legislative get-together is in October. I'm against legalized sports betting. It's actually addictive, unlike weed, and it truly has destroyed countless lives, unlike weed. Unless you count weed prohibition, and the lives it fucked up. Back in the day I had the pleasure of working with a large number of degenerate gamblers. The limo company I drove for was owned by a dickhead named George Jacobs. George was (maybe still is) the head of the Illinois Chapter of Gamblers Anonymous. George recruited limo drivers at the GA meetings. Of the 250-300 drivers he employed I'd guess that no fewer than 40% were people who came from Gamblers Anonymous, including Vyto Spakauskus, a member of my golf foursome for about 10 years. One day at a local track named Cog Hill, our regular course, we were on the 7th hole when Vyto announced he had to leave. He called up to the pro shop and asked them to send out a cart to pick him up. Told us he had an emergency and he would explain later. About 5 holes later, the Cog Hill people shuttled Vyto back out to us and he finished the round. We finally got him to tell us what the fuck was wrong. He had forgotten to buy the daily $30 in Lotto tickets for himself & his 80 year old mother and tonight was the big roll-over, monster, gajillion dollar blah blah blah. I simmered with fucking anger for the last 5 holes. When we got to the 19th hole and ordered a pitcher of beer I explained to Vyto that he was out of the group. As I explained to him...I love you buddy, but you're a 49 year old man who lives with his mother. You're a degenerate gambler to begin with, but even worse than that you're a degenerate gambler who gambles on possibly the dumbest game ever invented. You spend almost a grand a month on the stupid fucking Lotto despite the fact that you're in debt up to your fucking eyeballs. And that's your problem, not mine. You want to flush your money down the toilet, by all means go right ahead. But here's the thing Vyto...you borrowed money from me to pay for your fucking golf, and then you walked out in the middle of the round. So fuck you. Get help. I was a former limo driver by that point so the only time I ever saw Vyto was at Cog Hill on Fridays, so it came as no surprise that was the last thing I ever said to Vyto. Never spoke to each other again. I got a call recently from another member of the old foursome. Mark lives in Vegas now. Just called to shoot the shit, and in the process he asks me if I heard about Vyto. I said something like "No, but is this about Bitcoin?" Turns out Vyto's mom died, left him the house, and something like six months later he had pissed away the house playing the poker machines at a casino in Aurora. The whole house. Supposedly something like $140,000. Took out a reverse mortgage and blew it all gambling on possibly the second dumbest form of gambling ever invented. Don't know exactly why I'm so adamantly opposed to gambling, but I am, and especially sports betting. It's the only vice I can think of that riles up the puritan in me. I'm a huge sports fan, and I can only see bad shit happening when gambling and pro sports start inter-mingling. Players and referees are human beings. Some can be bought for the right price. There's a reason the Black Sox were all permanently banned from baseball. Pete Rose same. Whether it's Tim Donaghy fucking around with the spread in NBA games, Northwestern running back Dennis Lundy shaving points, or the Boston College basketball team doing same the lines get blurred. One doesn't have to "throw a game" to see how gambling can fuck up the integrity of a contest. Those cases all came when gambling was illegal. Imagine what it will be like now. If we're going to talk about destructive addictions I can say with certainty that gambling is one of them. I suppose it goes back to all my interaction with twelve-stepping chauffeurs. I mean sure, if somebody wants to fuck up their life that's their business but don't fuck up my golf game.
Rumnchess's Guide to Live Poker. A.K.A Alex Livingston Main Event FT 2019
This is taken from his guide on the forum. Highly recommend for anyone who's new to live/casino poker. He and the other 2 players at this year Main Event Final Table are the ambassador that we need to make poker fun again.
I'm crossposting this from the HUNL forum, but I wrote a brief summary of live poker; some of you may find it interesting and/or (in)accurate. Rumnchess's Guide to Live Poker TABLE OF CONTENTS PART VIII - IntroductionPART XI - Attitude & EtiquettePART XIII - General StrategyPART XV - Bankroll Guidelines (an extremely short section)PART XVII - Player Profiles (quite long by contrast)PART XXIII - Conclusion PART VIII: Introduction Live poker is my bread and butter. It has been one of my favorite pasttimes for the last five years of my life, and will always remain so. Along with golf, fine dining, and women, live poker constitutes one of the four core pillars of my life. Over the past few months, I have experienced a period of extraordinarily erratic, and for the most part tumultuous, results in online poker. The advent of heads up superturbos has been particularly disruptive to my confidence, state of mind, and bankroll. Nonetheless, my live results have remained consistently good. I consider live poker my best form of poker, not only relative to the respective fields, but in absolute level of skill. Perhaps just as important as my results, I love everything that live poker has to offer: easily attainable food and beverages, chip shuffling tricks, and an incredibly social and lively atmosphere. Through live poker I have attained an internship with a day trading firm in New York, and free business class flights for the next year. The opportunities for conversation and networking are plentiful, and the live poker world encompasses a fascinating crossection of society. Rarely do such a diverse group of individuals come together. Everyone from min-buying truck drivers to lawyers to wealthy Middle East businessmen can be found at the poker table. To my knowledge, the plethora of people you meet in a cardroom have only one thing in common: they are all notoriously poor players. PART XI: Attitude & Etiquette It is extremely important to approach a casino poker game with the correct attitude. Often I see online players who are new to live cardrooms walk into a game with an attitude that is not only harmful to themselves, but to the overall quality of the game. Berating poor card players is not only disrespectful, but is extremely harmful to your bottom line. It is imperative to treat your opponents with respect, and in particular, you should often make an effort to befriend the poor players. Of course if a guy at the table is acting like a complete *******, I will make no effort to be friendly towards him, but at the same time, I will typically avoid being rude towards him, unless absolutely necessary. It is important, however, to make a distinction between your conduct as a person and your conduct as a competitor. Conduct as a person: Your conduct as a person is the way you act in conversation, your demeanor towards others, and also the way you respect the ettiqute of the game. If I see somebody slow roll another player or try to angleshoot, in my eyes this speaks towards their character as a person, and not their character as a card player or a competitor. There are some exceptions: sometimes a guy who is clearly a novice will take a long time to roll his hand on the river, or make a string bet. Here he is just inexperienced and unfamiliar with the code of the game. It should be fairly obvious to you who is simply new to the sport, and who is deliberately trying to take advantage of their opponents by use of non-poker tactics. Conduct as a competitor: While I am extremely friendly to my opponents in conversation, etc., I am a ruthless beast as a poker player. If I think a guy wants to avoid playing big pots, I will relentlessly three-bet him in position. Sometimes I will reraise him on each of his first three opens while we are both at the table. This often frustrates and even angers your opponents, but its completely within the ettiquette of the game, and says nothing about your character as a person. Ideally, I want my opponents to like me as a person, but fear me, or dislike me as a card player. Etiquette:
If the dealer asks you to go to the cage to buy your chips, comply. Every card room has a different process (and in most you can buy chips right at the table), and the last thing you want to do is get off to a bad start with the dealer. Bad karma.2. If a dealer makes a ruling that you disagree with in a hand that you are involved in, do not be silent. Ask to speak to a supervisor, and explain your case clearly and concisely. Be as polite as possible, but be firm.3. Always make your big chips visible. Nothing irks me more than when I think a guy has a $500 stack and he is hiding a tower of black chips behind his red chips.4. String betting is not allowed in any casino I’ve been to. Either announce the amount of your bet or raise, or make sure you bet in one clear motion.5. Tip the dealers when you win a pot of any decent size. My rule of thumb would be that a tip is not necessary for a pot of $40 or less, but for anything beyond that $1 will suffice. I typically tip $2 when I win a pot of $400 or more, and $5 when I win a really huge pot.6. Tip the cocktail waitress $1 when you get a drink.
PART XIII: General Strategy Before I get into specific player types, I’ll list of general adjustments to make when transitioning from internet poker to the live arena.
Raise bigger preflop. You can get away with raising to 5x or 6x (sometimes even more, depending on the table), because people will call you with the same or greater frequency that they would call a 3x raise online.2. 3bet less frequently. Your edge on the table should be so big that you want to play large pots with deep stack to pot ratios. You also typically want to keep the bigger fish in the pot. Obviously if you are playing at a table of loose fish who will call very wide, it is okay to three bet a reasonably wide value range, but generally, I try to avoid 3betting trash, except against the nitty guys who want to avoid playing big pots.3. Overbet more often. Live players are notoriously unaware of the size of the pot, and of the correct sizings of bets in relation to the size of the pot. A player will typically think more about the actual dollar amount you’re betting than the amount relative to the pot. You will often see opponents make absurd bets like $50 into a $500 pot. As a good player, born and bred on the internet, you should be able to control the size of the pot and determine the correct betting amount in a given situation. Do not be afraid to bet $600 into $400 if you have a big hand, believe your opponent to be reasonably strong, and perceive him as the type who doesn’t care too much about money.4. Play suited junk. As heads up players, most of you should feel in your element here. I advocate playing hands like K4s and Q7s in a live game, particularly if the pots are multi-way. Stacks tend to be deeper in a live game, so your implied odds are greater. Most pots in a live game will be multiway, with poor players who allow you to dictate the size of the pot post flop. Flushes and straights are like jackpots in a live game.
Part XV: Bankroll Guidelines: I tend to not worry too much about my bankroll because I consider my winrate to be extremely high in these games, and am just a general degenerate. But in general, you need far fewer buy ins to be properly rolled for a live game than you would online. I like to buy into a live game for 200 bbs, and I think that having a roll of 10 such buy ins would be plenty. Keep in mind you are only one tabling, and seeing far fewer hands. Not only that but your winrate per hand should be at least triple what it would be online. $10,000 should be plenty to play 2/5 live. PART XVII: Player Profiles It would be extremely time consuming to identify and describe each of the many different player types you will encounter at the poker tables. Therefore, I have chosen five different player profiles that I believe will provide a solid framework for the type of creatures we are dealing with. In parentheses, I’ll indicate that player’s corresponding play style. The Businessman’s Son (LAG) Description: Usually Lebanese or Middle Eastern (though they can be Greek, or from other parts of the world), the businessman’s son is a party animal with a seemingly limitless budget. Typically single, under the age of thirty, and comes with an air of sheer and utter lack of responsibility. Plumage: Designer shirts, designer jeans, expensive jewelry, crocodile shoes. Poker Style / How to Adjust: The BMS is not afraid to put money in the pot. He comes to play, and he doesn’t like folding. Not only that, but he is almost always accompanied by a couple of cronies, and is sure to try to impress them by showing bluffs, scooping large pots, and being the center of action and attention. As such, the BMS is extremely loose both preflop and post flop, and will often employ tactics such as large unnecessary overbets, merely designed to display his true indifference to money. 3bet a reasonably wide value range vs. this player, but never 3bet as a bluff. Don’t worry if your image is rock tight, you will still get action when you 3bet AA vs. this player. BMS’s have a fold to 3bet of about 1.8%, a decision they usually only make when they are receiving an important phone call on their blackberry. If you have a strong hand, and perceive the BMS to be weak, it can often be correct to trap this player. Even a BMS will sometimes throw away their total air to a flop check/raise, but they will rarely slow down if you check/call. While you will get action from the BMS regardless, it can be helpful to build up a slightly looser image, perhaps even attacking them early, as they will develop a need to personally show you up in the future. It is considered advantageous to show a BMS a bluff for this reason. Old Man Coffee (TP) Description: If you never play poker between the hours of 7AM and 8PM, don’t bother looking for old man coffee; he’s at his home, likely sleeping. Usually between the ages of 55 and 90, old man coffee shows up to his local poker game on a strict routine. Some OMC’s are daily grinders, others only show up on Tuesday. But every OMC has a strict poker schedule that he follows and incorporates into his weekly routine. The OMC arrives looking fresh and ready for action. He quietly sits into his favorite seat, pulls out a newspaper, and orders a coffee, black. He rarely displays much emotion, and avoids conversation, unless it is about a violation of the rules, in which case he leaps into action and displays his authority on the matter. Every dealer and supervisor in the casino is on a first name basis with the OMC. Plumage: Weathered flannel shirts, warn out khakis, bland sweaters, goofy straw hats (more successful OMCs, such as Dan Harrington, have even been spotted with baseball caps) Poker Style / How to Adjust: The OMC is completely positionally unaware and completely unaware of his opponents. He knows that KJ is a limping hand, so he limps it under the gun, and he limps it on the button. OMC’s generally play tight, and when they do raise (even on the button), you can be sure it’s one of seven possible hands (AA,KK,QQ,JJ,TT,AK,AQ). While Some OMC’s protest raising AQ and TT, most have come to understand that these are acceptable raises in today’s poker environment. Postflop, an OMC will rarely slowplay a big hand, and will often even lead into a multiway field when he flops a set. If an OMC comes out firing big, back off. If he comes out firing small, this is often representative of a middling made hand like middle pair or top pair, weak kicker. It’s often a good time to try to get the OMC off his hand. OMC’s pride themselves on being able to fold hands - they consider it a skill they have honed through decades of poker experience. For this reason, you should almost always try to make an OMC fold his hand by the river if you have reason to believe he is not very strong. OMCs are weak prey that a professional poker player can eat up for consistent small gains. While you will rarely win large pots form an OMC, you can win many small ones. OMCs are easy to manipulate by simply altering your bet sizing. Often you will arrive at the river in a $180 pot vs. an OMC. You know from experience, that he has top pair, weak kicker here. You also know that he will begrudgingly call a $100 bet, and you know that he will fold to a $150 bet. It’s very simple: bet $100 when you have a hand that wants to be called, and bet $150 when you are bluffing. It sounds too good to be true, but with the OMC, that is the beauty of his game. His decisions are mechanical and predictable. Even if he were perceptive enough to alter his decisions based on his opponent type, he is too stubborn. Raised by a strict father in a household where rules were rules, the OMC was never given enough freedom to actively develop an imagination or any sort of creative thought of his own. The Middle Aged Guy With Everything To Prove (A mix) Description: Often from New Jersey, the MAGWEP owns a small business, and he can’t wait to tell everyone around him about its success. In reality, MAGWEPs almost always earn between 35 and 100k per year. The MAGWEP is happily married, as you can see by obnoxiously large wedding band displayed around his ring finger. The MAGWEP loves to talk strategy; rather, the MAGWEP loves to tell you how you misplayed a hand. When he gets sucked out on, the MAGWEP always lets out some sort of verbal declaration, and then often bangs the table and gives the dealer some sort of dirty look. MAGWEPs cannot stand young internet poker players; they are subconsciously aware of their own inferiority in skill to these players, and are threatened by the seemingly reckless attitudes of their competitors. When a young internet player sits down at a poker table, a look of concern appears very briefly on the face of a MAGWEP, but not long enough for anybody to notice. This look will disappear quickly, and the MAGWEP will refer to the internet player as “kid” for the rest of the session, announcing his dominance. MAGWEPs always appear to be more interested in sports than they really are (they are interested, but not obsessed, as they try to convey), and often try to converse with the other players about the table about the future of their football team. Generally, but not always, it could be said that MAGWEP’s have some form of need to assert their masculinity, which can often be attributed to physical deficiencies in certain areas. Plumage: Working man’s jeans, sweatshirts (often emblazoned with the logo of their son’s university), baseball caps. Poker Style / How to Adjust: MAGWEP’s can range from being reasonably tight to quite loose, but they are almost always aggressive. They understand the basic theory that raising is better than limping in, and have incorporated it into their game. They are even somewhat positionally aware, and would do things like raise 76s on the button, something an OMC would never dream of doing. MAGWEPs tend to get waaaaaaaay too attached to premium starting hands, and are often even guilty of overplaying AK on whiffed flops. Flop a set when a MAGWEP has aces, and the money is all yours, no matter what. MAGWEPs give away several very obvious tells. The most noticeable one is when a MAGWEP is involved in a hand, and he has check/called a bet on the flop, and then the turn falls. The MAGWEP will look his opponent right in the eyes, and then he will check the table so viciously that it might even startle some of the other players. When the MAGWEP does this, you can be damn sure that he has a marginal to strong, but not super strong, made hand. Occasionally he will have a semi-strong draw in this spot too. The MAGWEP is essentially trying to intimidate his opponent into keeping the pot small by checking behind. He feels that his eye contact and intense slamming of the felt will do so. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether or not to continue with a bluff in spots like these. On the one hand, the MAGWEP doesn’t want to fold, but on the other hand, he knows that you know that he is pretending to be committed to showing his hand down, so he may feel that you won’t bluff him here (the MAGWEP does have some poker smarts). My advice would be go with recent history: if you have a crazy animal image, now would be a good spot to cut your losses, but if you’ve been reasonably tight thus far, try to take it away from him. The Internet Kid (LAG/TAG) Description: While you will find “internet kids” of all descriptions playing live poker from time to time, the most common one I see is the 1-2 NL grinder. The kind of guy that plays 6-8 tables 15-20 hours a week online, and, when he sits in a live game, thinks he is God’s gift to poker. Often wearing a backwards hat and a smug grin. Typically enters the casino with two or three of his buddies, one of whom is almost certainly a novice poker player. While generally congenial and easy going, the internet kid can get extremely defensive when his poker skills are brought into question. Plumage: Jeans, polo shirts, Birkenstocks, hooded sweatshirts, watches in the $100-500 price range, sometimes sunglasses. Poker Style / How to Adjust: The IK tends to be tight aggressive, while some more brazen varieties are loose aggressive. He is positionally aware and willing to mix up his game and play creatively. While the IK will make quite a bit of money from the fish in the game, an experienced and aware opponent can profit quite nicely from the IK by putting him in spots that he is uncomfortable. If you are seated to the left of an IK, both flat and 3bet him relentlessly, and establish your presence as table captain. You want to be the one playing multiway pots against fish, and when he opens the pot, he cuts into your win rate. Figure out what kind of IK he is: some will buy in for 50 or 80 big blinds and play a scared money style, others are overly bold and bluff happy. Focus much of your people reading skills on figuring out exactly how the IK plays (it will be incredibly obvious to obtain this information on the other players at the table). Also try to figure out how the IK perceives you: unlike the other player types, the IK will actually be capable of adjusting his play based on your play and your dynamic with him. Do everything you can to take the IK out of his comfort zone: show him bluffs, own him with overbets for value, etc. etc. Keep in mind that some more inexperienced IKs can actually be good opponents to have at the table: they will play a straightforward style, and their ranges will be very obvious. Study the IK at great length, and even go out of your way to make eye contact when you get involved in pots with him - this will often make him uneasy and you will be able to pick up physical tells. Remember, the IK is used to hiding behind a computer screen, and is not necessarily socially adjusted or in solid control of his emotions and body language. The Friendly Whale (LP) Description: We save the best for last. The Friendly Whale is an icon in any live poker game - there’s almost certainly sure to be at least one at every table. Some of my best friends in the poker world are friendly whales, and most are between the ages of forty and fifty-five. Not only do FWs consistently give me large sums of money, they also tend to be accomplished, interesting, and conversational people. And the best part about them is that they don’t care when they lose, so there are no hard feelings, or awkward moments when your hour long conversation is interrupted only to have you win $1,000 off them. Friendly whales come in many shapes and sizes, but tend to be middle aged businessmen with successful business ventures or other forms of employment. Despite being the poorest card player I have profiled, the FW is arguably the most life successful type, and is the envy of MAGWEPs worldwide. Plumage: Business casual: dress shoes, khakis and casual/dress shirts. More conservative FWs may sport a blazer or slacks. Poker Style / How to Adjust: FWs are the loose passive fish that poker players dream of. Recreational players who enjoy the thrill of the game, FWs rarely miss a flop with any two cards that have even the remotest of similarities to each other. The beauty of the FW is that he is eager and willing to call large bets, but will rarely bet or raise himself without an extremely powerful hand. It is therefore extremely easy to bet/fold extremely strong hands on the river against an FW, as he may well call you with fourth pair but would be unlikely to raise you without the nuts. Value bet, value bet, value bet. Often you can get three streets of value out of 2nd pair, top kicker vs. an FW. If you have a huge hand, consider overbetting for value, and also consider incorporating some overbet bluffs into your arsenal (even an FW can fold a hand to significant pressure, but try to feel the situation out and use this move sparingly). If an FW is in the pot, you should not be looking for an excuse to play a hand, but rather looking for an excuse not to. Mix in some overlimps with your weakest hands, and make small to medium raises with your suited connector type stuff, and bigger raises with your pure value hands. Nobody at the table will notice when you make it 6x with AA and 4x with Jts - remember, you are trying to accomplish two different things with these two hands, and so it would make sense to adjust your raise sizes accordingly. When you make a very strong nut type hand, and believe the FW to be reasonably strong, hammer the pot with large bets and raises. Do not be scared of frightening the FW off, if he likes his hand, he will stay in almost no matter the price. FWs favorite thing to say after making a bad call, usually accompanied by a chuckle and a smile, is “well at least I can sleep at night”. FWs are wonderful people, great for the game, and fantastic for your bottom line. PART XXIII: Conclusion Live poker is the nuts. You get to sit at a table with interesting people from around the world, and hear their life stories. You hear married men ***** about their wives, and listen to Norweigan businessmen who have played 100,000 euro pots. You experience a general sense of comraderie that cannot be replicated in the online arena. I advise you this: do not judge a person’s character by the way he plays cards. Even the biggest whales in the world can be fascinating, interesting and successful people. Take time to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the full experience of playing live: winning money will take care of itself.
5 Quick Tl;Dr Android Game Reviews / Recommendations (Episode 78)
Happy Friday Android gamers, here are my 5 quick mobile gaming recommendations of the week, this time covering an RPG made by King (yes, seriously), a beautiful samurai game, the most addicting golf game I've ever played, a British football game, and a casual third-person shooter. Enjoy :) Disagree about my opinion on these games? Let’s have a friendly discussion below. New to these posts? Check out the first one from 78 weeks ago here. The games are "ranked" somewhat subjectively from best to worst, so take the ranking for what it is.
Let's get to the games!
Knights of Fury [Game Size: 402 MB] (free)
Genre: RPG / Casual – Requires Online Access Required Attention: Some (turn-based) tl;dr review: [UNRELEASED] Knights of Fury is a casual - yet surprisingly deep - RPG by King with a great stylized art style. But wait a sec! King? Yes, King. The makers of Candy Crush. They made an RPG, and it's actually rather enjoyable - who would've thought? The game has us travel along a path around a fantasy universe (think the Candy Crush level screen), with levels, bosses, and shops along the way. The combat is turn-based, allowing us take 4 actions per turn, such as doing normal weapon attacks, a fist attack good at piercing shields, or use the special power of one of the two allied heroes that we also take into battle. Watch the video for a good representation - the combat is quite interesting and there are lots of unique enemies. The game also has guilds, random enemy encounters, boss fights, a ton of items to unlock and upgrade, a fully-fledged potion system, and so much more. I'm impressed! There IS an energy system, but we can't buy more energy through iAP, which means the system simply serves to even out the playing field between casual and heavy players. Monetization happens through selling lootboxes that we also get for free every 48 hours, and skins. Google Play: Here First Impressions / Review: Here
Golf Battle [Total Game Size: 235 MB] (free)
Genre: Sports / Golf / Real-time multiplayer - Requires online Access Required Attention: Full tl;dr review: Golf Battle is a new and highly addictive casual golf game by Miniclip where we compete against 5 other players in real-time multiplayer golf matches of 3-holes, with an objective of either finishing in as few hits as possible, or as fast as possible. Each match takes just a few minutes, and the gameplay had me constantly sitting at the edge of my seat, as we bet an amount of gold to enter each match, and if we don't end up in the top-3, we lose our bet. If we win, however, we get a lot more gold, which allows us to enter even higher-stake matches (a bit like Poker tables with a minimum buy-in - it's insanely addictive!). We can customize balls, their trail, unlock new clubs, and even level up existing ones to make them slightly better. Upgrading a club requires finding enough of the same club in chests first, which gives paying users a pay-to-progress-faster advantage, although I've found the matchmaking to be super fair so far. There's no energy system, and the game can easily be played for hours at a time unless you run out of gold (I had a hard time putting this one down!). Google Play: Here First Impressions / Review: Here
Glory Ages - Samurais [Total Game Size: 124 MB] (free)
Genre: Action – Offline Playable Required Attention: Full tl;dr review: Glory Ages - Samurais is a gorgeous-looking action game where we slash large groups of samurais using our Katana to attack, defend, and dodge as we fight through 100 campaign levels split across 10 beautiful worlds, and an endless mode. I especially enjoyed the open levels that allow us to talk freely around, and the advanced AI of the opponents, which makes combat meaningful and forces us to pick proper strategies; instead of fighting one opponent at a time, I often found myself dealing with 3-5 at a time! The game monetizes through selling new characters and weapons (most of which are unlockable through simply playing too), and skippable video ads after every level, which we can pay $4 to remove completely. Google Play: Here First Impressions / Review: Here
Dream League Soccer 2018 [Game Size: 438 MB] (free)
Genre: Sports - Offline Playable Required Attention: Full tl;dr review: Dream League Soccer 2018 is a FIFA-like game where we play singleplayer, local Wi-Fi, and online multiplayer matches with our team of players, buy new players, and upgrade and customize our stadium. There's no autoplay or energy system, the controls work well, and the automatic switching between players on the field felt natural. I had so much fun shouting at the judge as I played that I nearly forgot I don't particularly like football ;) The single in-game currency, which is used for everything from buying new players to upgrading our stadium, is acquired through playing or iAP, which makes the multiplayer slightly pay-to-win, but at least the singleplayer should be more than challenging enough to keep you entertained. Google Play: Here First Impressions / Review: Here
When signing up, you can choose one, select a preference, or say that you don't mind either way. While Game A isn’t inaccessible to beginners, Game B is expected to be more beginner-friendly than Game A. We're expecting Game A to be intricate, but does not require a past knowledge of HWW canon to play. Frances waited outside Dr. Farnsworth’s Cambridge office for fifteen seconds that felt like fifteen hours. Foolish, really. Hadn’t she been there a million times before? What good cause would she have to lose her nerve? She rapped on the door thrice in quick succession. “Gheorghe, be a good lad and let Miss Gambon in!” came a booming voice that she didn’t recognize. The door swung open far quicker than Frances expected. She found herself face-to-face with a muscular man at least half a metre taller than her. He scowled. “Oh, don’t mind him, Miss Gambon. I’m afraid he’s never found it in himself to learn proper manners.” Unlike usual, Dr. Farnsworth wasn’t seated in his chintz armchair. Instead, he was standing next to a gentleman with a thick, sandy moustache whose suit smelled faintly of freshmint. They were both beaming. “Dr. Farnsworth.” Frances’s eyes darted between them. “Er...I don’t mean to be curt, but I’m afraid I’m Dr. Gambon now.” The man with the moustache looked at Dr. Farnsworth, who nodded. He rose to his feet. “My deepest apologies, Dr. Gambon. No offense was meant.” He extended his arm. “Lord Reginald Perryman III. Like you, I’m quite proud of my title. Would you be a dear and sit down?” Frances sat. Lord Perryman snapped his fingers at Gheorghe, who withdrew a bottle of Glenmorangie from a red velvet pouch. “Richard, would you happen to have three glasses? Gheorghe, could you pour for us?” He set the bottle on the desk. “Am I correct in assuming your Dr. Farnsworth has told you the purpose of this meeting?” Frances nodded, her throat dry. “He has, Lord Perryman. As I understand it, you are aiming to assemble a team to canvas the Langeklaue Ruin Site.” “That’s the long and short of it,” he said, beaming. “It’s odd that a site of such historical resonance has been examined so lackadaisically. Of course, the Austrian government’s instability has prevented them from throwing in their all, and our Prime Minister has no interest in a snowy mountain in a land he’s quite eager to forget all about. This is where I enter. Would you like a glass?” Frances kneaded her knuckles together. “Er...I don’t think…” “No need to be modest, Fran,” Dr. Farnsworth said. “Lord Perryman, Dr. Gambon would like a whiskey, as would I.” Frances accepted the glass from Gheorghe wordlessly. The first sip was a balm on her anxious throat. “Thank you, Lord Perryman. Dr. Farnsworth.” She swallowed. “We’re all--that is, the archaeological community and Cambridge in particular--we’re all quite grateful for your willingness to fund an expedition like this, Lord Perryman. And your willingness to assemble such a team…” Lord Perryman waved at the air. “It’s nothing, it’s nothing at all! If the Austrians have no interest in stepping in, I certainly shall. Of course, I have my own motives. My reputation is well-worn.” He took a deep sniff of his glass and smacked his lips. “The Langeklaue site is rumoured to be nearly untouched since the days of the Silk Road, and once you academics have your day, I daresay that my new wing needs decorating.” Frances held back a grimace. Dr. Farnsworth had repeated the message often enough, but it never was pleasant to be reminded of the financial realities of her field. The truth was, it was very difficult to pursue research without private investment, and it was very difficult to pursue private investment without allowing them the centrepiece for their next dinner party. “Never mind that,” Lord Perryman said. “I keep dallying away from my purpose. I asked Richard for recommendations on who to allow to staff this dig, and he continually mentioned your name, Dr. Gambon. He waxed poetic about your...what was her research on, Richard?” “Stratigraphy, Lord Perryman.” “That’s the one. Fascinating!” To his credit, Frances was almost convinced that he meant those words. “He also mentioned that you’re quick as a whip, decisive, and a uniquely skilled researcher...although, I daresay, he didn’t mention your striking beauty.” Frances forced a smile, and said a silent thank you to her mentor. “Lord Perryman, Dr. Farnsworth, you flatter me. When do you anticipate departing for Langeklaue?” “When do we depart?” Lord Perryman chuckled. “Dr. Gambon, I haven’t even begun to describe your team or your responsibilities yet!” “No matter, Lord Perryman,” Frances said. “I’ve been awaiting this opportunity for a good long while. It would be my honour to help lead this expedition for you.”
The year is 1929. The setting, the Austrian Alps. A team of elite archaeologists has been sent to excavate the Langeklaue Ruin Site, which houses an ancient Silk Road trading post built on top of a Roman military outpost built on top of a Pagan temple. Unfortunately for you, not everyone wants you to be there. Welcome to Alpine Terror, a 100% original story created by MacabreGoblin, Moostronus and oomps62.
This game will run on combined day/night phases. This means that players must submit actions and lynch votes every day.
Lynch kills will resolve before night (action) kills. If your target is lynched, you will not be given a backup.
Each phase will run for approximately 24 hours. Phases will close at 10:00:00 PM EDT (UTC -4:00). Votes and actions are due before this time.
Full roles will be revealed after players die.
We will provide the names of the 3 players with the most votes in the lynch and how many votes they received.
Tie votes in the lynch will result in every affected party dying. One person will be lynched every day unless there is a tie.
On the action form, we will include the option not to submit an action. Role PMs will specify if you are not allowed to use that option.
You can not submit an action on the same person twice in a row, no matter what your role is.
Alternate accounts are allowed in this game! If you’re signing up with an alt account, make sure to tell us what your primary account is in the sign-up form!
Teams and Win Conditions
There will be two main teams in this game.
The Dig consists of all those who want the Langeklaue expedition to run smoothly. They will win when all those who are not aligned with The Dig are dead.
The Spirits are all those who wish to banish these meddlesome humans from the Langeklaue Ruin Site. They will win when all those who are not aligned with The Spirits are dead.
Any ulterior win conditions will be sent to the necessary party, if necessary.
We will have a great many roles for this game. Your role, affiliation and ability at the start of the game are not guaranteed to be your role, affiliation and ability at the end of the game. If your role, affiliation or ability are different or altered in any way, you will be informed in PM. These roles and abilities may or may not be listed on the sheet. We will be listing the roles divided by class, along with a few other pieces of information:
whether they are a visiting role (V) or non-visiting role (NV)
whether they are a passive role (P), which does not require a submission on the action form, or an active role (A), which will require a submission on the action form
whether your role will be able to be performed every day (D), a limited number of times (L), or is non-applicable (N/A)
Roles may be added or subtracted depending on the number of people playing.
Aloysius’s French blood can get him into trouble in the stuffy circles of academia, but the more he talks, the more people generally agree with him. If he makes ten or more game-related comments in a single phase, all players with three or fewer game related comments will have their lynch votes changed to match his. (NV) (P) (D)
Clara's purpose is to dig and dig and dig, relishing the interaction of historical periods beneath the soil. However, her favourite artefacts to unearth are the ones which force her and her colleagues out of their comfort zone in order to disentangle their meaning. Twice in the game, she will choose two players. If they are both affiliated with The Dig, their role abilities will be permanently swapped with each other. (V) (A) (L)
Richard M.A. Farnsworth
Dr. Farnsworth taught Frances at Cambridge. A warm and kind man, he’s always willing to provide a leg up to those who need it. If Frances is killed, he can choose another archaeologist to bestow her power upon. If he chooses poorly, though, it’ll mean his demise. (V) (A) (L)
Frances is staffing her very first dig, fewer than three weeks removed from defending her dissertation. What she lacks in experience, she more than makes up for in mental acuity and hard work. Three times in the game, she will be able to choose another player and copy their role for a single use. (V) (A) (L)
Cyril has been on digs for most of his 78 years, and despite the creep of his arthritis, nobody has managed to drag him away from the field. He's made his name by surviving where others have failed. If he is still alive when 50% of the players have been killed, his lynch vote will be doubled for the rest of the game. (NV) (P) (L)
Otto is the dean of Austrian archaeologists, spearheading dig teams in his country since young hotshots like Frances and Sophia were in swaddlings. He's a stern, bald man who knows how to get the most out of his charges' particular talents, whether they like it or not. Three times per game, he can replicate the action of his first target onto his second target and double their efforts. (V) (A) (L)
Dr. Lutz is a rising name in the archaeological world, using her sharply written papers and incisive lectures to gain access to digs all around her Geneva home. The money earned from her expeditions helps to finance her secret opium habit. Three times in the game, she will have the chance to indulge in her drugs. Because she is so insistent on keeping it secret, however, she will murder everyone who visits her those nights to preserve it. (NV) (A) (L)
Dr. Meyer is Dr. Huber's partner in crime, an efficiency maven and scientific bulldog who makes it his duty to know the doings of every single person on the dig. Each night, he can choose a player. He will then see the last three players who they voted for in the lynch. (NV) (A) (D)
Dolores is a charming presenter and a dedicated researcher, equally comfortable at both the secretly naughty conferences of Cambridge and the humid archives down below. She loves neither, however, as much as she loves her husband Morris. If Morris is attacked at night, she will die protecting him...and take down his attacker. (NV) (P) (L)
Morris may love his wife Dolores, but he loves his scandalous underground games of poker more. If his wife found out, though, he'd be toast. Each night, he will "bet" on another player. Their action will only have a 50/50 shot of success. However, if he bets on Dolores, he loses his protection along with his marriage. (NV) (A) (D)
As an archivist, Cesare is known as an organizational genius, able to categorize based on just a glance. His alphabetization skills are top-notch, yet his work ethic is lacking. Three times over the course of the game, when he visits a strange player, he is able to deduce which letter their role's surname begins with. (V) (A) (L)
Gladys is a perfectly capable (and, dare she say, highly competent) archaeologist, yet her chief acumen lies in her close personal connection to the spiritual world. Once per phase, she will submit the name of another player and learn their class. (V) (A) (D)
Captain John Gladwell
Capt. Gladwell fought bravely for the RAF in the Great War, and studied diligently at Cambridge, but the horrors of No Man’s Land keep him awake at night. If he chooses to spy on a player, he will see all those who visited that player...and will receive the same consequences as the player would have. (V) (A) (D)
Alyosha was born in three-family, one-room shack in the freezing depths of Yakutsk. There he learned three things: how to make a hearty borscht, how to make an ushanka, and how to divine a person's affiliation by reading their intestines. Twice per game Alyosha can unravel a dead player's intestines like so many nesting dolls to discover the affiliation hidden within. (NV) (A) (L)
Evelyn is one part archaeologist, one part seductress, hopping from tent to tent the second dusk hits. Her aim: convince her fellows to abandon their love of modern surrealist dreck in favour of the sweet songs of Byron and Shelley. Every night she chooses someone to persuade and over the course of this conversation, she learns who (if anyone) they submitted an action on the prior night. (V) (A) (D)
Herbert van Helsing
Herbert is extremely well read, both on the history of the Langeklaue Ruin Site and the proper way to appreciate German chocolate. Alas, because his nose is in his books so often, he often forgets to look up and smell the roses. He can investigate a player and see whether they are loyal to The Dig. Unfortunately, when he learns that a player is not affiliated with The Dig, he is so dedicated to further research that he can only make a maximum of three comments in the main subreddit for one whole phase. (V) (A) (D)
Johanna van Helsing
Johanna is the most talented, and most loved, of Herbert's nine nieces. He has taught her the history of Langeklaue, but as she is still an undergraduate student, she hasn't accumulated his depth of knowledge. When Herbert dies, she will inherit his role. Unfortunately, she will only get a result 50% of the time. (V) (A) (L)
At least one of the readers not named Johanna van Helsing will always receive false results for their investigations. There will be no pattern for the results or forewarning that the results are false.
Sir and Dame Garfield may not have let young Brienne play in the mud, but when she got accepted to Cambridge her studies couldn't tear her away from the rugby pitch. More than her physical strength, though, Brienne is known for her loyalty to her archaeological mentors. As long as Brienne is alive, Richard M.A. Farnsworth cannot be lynched. (NV) (P) (D)
Lieutenant Roland Kingery
Lieutenant Kingery knows his way around a rifle, thanks to his service in the Great War, but his true strength comes in reading the room and stopping trouble before it starts. Each day, he can choose one individual. All of the lynch votes cast for them the next phase will be voided. (V) (A) (D)
Lady Helen Mortimer
Lady Mortimer educated herself in the massive garden surrounding her family's estate, testing the potency of various herbs on less than eager volunteers until she settled on just the right medicinal mix. Every night, she’ll give her herbal blend to a player, which is so foul smelling that it prevents any action from being done to them. It will also prevent them from carrying through any action for the entire day, thanks to its numbing powers. (V) (A) (D)
Dr. Edelweiss Müller
Dr. Edelweiss Müller trained at the University of Berlin and has become a fast favourite of Germany’s rising political elite for her willingness to push the boundaries of conventional medicine. Because of her nerve, she can go farther than your average doctor. She can choose one person per night and protect them against all attacks. (V) (A) (D)
Dr. Erna Müller
Like her twin sister Edelweiss, she trained at University of Berlin. Unlike Edelweiss, she is a by-the-book, no nonsense medical specialist with zero tolerance for bending the lines of the Hippocratic Oath. She’s not as effective as her sister, but she is a talent. Her targets, if they are attacked, will have their deaths delayed by one phase. (V) (A) (D)
Gheorghe has been hired by Lord Reginald Perryman III as his personal guard. Strong, silent and descended from good Carpathian stock, a mere glance from him can freeze intruders. As long as Gheorghe is alive, nobody can visit Lord Perryman at night. (NV) (P) (D)
Marcus knows the treacherous alpine passes more than anyone else, and while his mountaineering ethics technically prevent him from leading people astray, he’s been known to have an accident or two. Three times in the game, he’s able to point another player in the wrong direction and watch them fall off the side of the mountain. Unfortunately, if they share the same team as him, his next attempt at pointing another player astray has a 50% chance of success and a 50% chance of Marcus losing his footing and plummeting to his death. (V) (A) (L)
Despite both Edelweiss and Erna having medical degrees, one of them is secretly a quack. All of their protections will fail without forewarning.
Maria's sprawling Provençal mansion has a collection of curios second only to Lord Perryman III's in Europe. Whereas Lord Perryman adores the opulence of history, Maria prefers to dabble in the old traces of the occult. Maria has three jewels: Emerald of Evanescence, Onyx of Obscurity, and Ambiguous Amethyst. She can smash each jewel once, releasing the magic within, but no more than one per night. Each jewel contains a different form of magic and Maria won't know which jewel corresponds to which result. (NV) (A) (L)
Very few Austrian postmen are willing to brave the trek to the Langeklaue Ruin Site in order to deliver packages and letters from home. Gerhard is one of them. However, due to his privileged position, he is able to control the flow of information. Each phase, he will designate one player whose messages he is willing to deliver. The next phase, that player will write a 75 character private message to deliver to any other player in the game. (V) (A) (D)
Tough and tenacious, Mary-Alice knows that there's something suspicious at Langeklaue. She uses her charm to uncover more than anyone would expect from someone her age. Every three phases, she will learn how many are loyal to The Dig. (NV) (P) (L)
Katja is not an archaeologist, nor is she a financier, but moved to the Alps years before to escape the German economic crisis post-Versailles and live off the land. She will duplicate the loyalty of the first person to visit her in the game. If the visitor is Marcus, she will not die, but will duplicate his ability as well. (NV) (P) (L)
Francesco is meticulous, punctual, and a master of efficiency. He is the one who has access to the basket inside which the lynch votes are contained. Each phase, he will get a list of who voted for the phase's victim. (NV) (P) (D)
Lord Reginald Perryman III
Lord Perryman: mining baron by day, curio enthusiast by night. He commissions archaeological digs the world over in hopes that he’ll unearth a new item for his personal collection at his manor in Cheshire, which he proudly states rivals the British Museum’s. Because he is financing the dig, all lynch votes cast for him will be discarded. (NV) (P) (D)
Reginald Perryman IV
Reggie, as his friends call him, is Lord Perryman’s oldest son. He lacks his father’s business acumen and love of antiques, but shares his passion for thick moustaches and brandy. If his father dies before a predetermined point in time, he will inherit his ability. If his father doesn’t die, he will choose a new destiny. (NV) (P) (L)
Edgar doesn't necessarily love his job, but someone needs to take care of the dreary duty of allocating the paycheques and it may as well be him. For a spot of mischief, once per phase, he can withhold someone's paycheque. They will then be prevented from performing their action. (V) (A) (D)
Elsie just loves life! She has no special skills in any way (except in the way that everyone's special), but gosh darn it does she have enthusiasm! She has very special skill of voting for the lynch victim every day, just like everyone else. (NV) (P) (N/A)
Ernesto may not have grown up dreaming of being a coachman (his goal was a calcio superstar), but he does his job with pride. He's a very meticulous worker who has full control over who enters into which caravan, and he exercises the right to change troublesome arrangements if need be. Each night, he will swap two players. If player A is swapped for player B, ALL actions done to player B will happen to player A and vice versa. (V) (A) (D)
Lenora is an amateur mountaineer with cat-like agility who usually becomes a fast favourite among digs for her refreshing lack of pretention. Because of her social charm, she can be essential at worming her way into the discourse. Every night, she can choose one person whose lynch votes received will be wiped clean for that phase. (V) (A) (D)
The Langeklaue Ruin Site is too rugged for fine china, but Niklas knows that his roast venison tastes just as scrumptious on rounded planks of wood. If he is attacked at night, he'll offer his visitor a board of his latest culinary creation. They have a 50% chance of being so satisfied that they will turn around and return without attacking. (NV) (P) (D)
Arthur Kissinger is a carnivore to the bone. He takes immense pride in tracking down what he believes to be the true source of nutrition for the camp, unlike that narcissistic simperer Ivy: small fowl and larger game. If Ivy dies before he does, his lynch vote will be doubled. (NV) (P) (L)
Ethel is beloved around the central European digs for her wide smile, bright skirts, and prompt delivery of water to the thirsty diggers. The archaeologists at the site know that her services are integral to the success of the dig and their own safety. Twice per game, choose someone and if they submitted an action, guarantee that it succeeds even when it wouldn't have otherwise. (V) (A) (L)
Hugo is just about the only person unable to find love in his hometown of Paris, France. While some have come to the Dig for adventure, some for work, and some for sport, Hugo has come to this secluded Alpine camp to find love. At the beginning of the game he will choose another player to woo. If the chosen player dies, Hugo will die with them. (NV) (A) (L)
Ivy Lowry is an omnivore to the root. She takes immense pride in tracking down what she believes to be the true source of nutrition for the camp, unlike that arrogant simpleton Arthur: root vegetables and local mushrooms. *If Arthur dies before she does, her lynch vote will be doubled. * (NV) (P) (L)
A ruin site is no place for stiff ironed shirts and fine skirts, yet Marlene has somehow acquired that dreary task...and the ruin site lacks sufficient access to her favourite gin. At the end of a long day, she's so grumpy that she'll fight anyone who crosses her path. If she attacked in the night, no matter by whom, she will take them down with her. (NV) (P) (L)
Vegans are good at finding other vegans, and Janusz is no exception. While there aren't terribly many who share his dietary proclivities in his native Poland, he has far more luck on his multinational archaeological digs that draw from the rest of Europe. Two times in a game, he will submit a name, and will find someone who shares the same affiliation as that person. (V) (A) (L)
Gizella hasn't become a dig regular in her native Hungary by mere chance. No, despite not having the formal training of many of the archaeologists, she's noted for asking the tough questions and determining whether the latest lifechanging artefact is a forgery or not. Once in the game, she will choose one player. She will find out whether or not they're a fraud. (V) (A) (L)
Abram has been keeping the grounds for Lord Perryman and his family for over three decades. He's had to clean up after the Lord's hunting parties, garden parties, croquet parties, and the odd golf party. In the process, he's learned a thing or two about footprints. Once during the game, he can choose a tent, and will learn how many people came and left from the tent that night. (NV) (A) (L)
Gonzalo isn't technically a member of the crew, but his ability to carry a dozen bottles of scotch up a mountain without breaking any makes him among the dig's favourites. That said, because he is an outsider, he naturally looks suspicious to those in charge. Whenever he is investigated by one who can determine affiliation, he will always show up as against The Dig. (NV) (P) (D)
When you're stressed after a long day at the dig, Carnegie Hall jazz virtuoso Joel Wilhelm is here to take out his piano and sing a little song for the weary masses. However, some days his skills are more transcendent than others. Once in the game, he's able to play a song so stellar, so pure, that the entire crew at Langeklaue will relax and share their secrets. In that phase, the full lynch voting results will be posted. (NV) (A) (L)
Unlike the other groups listed above, you will not learn the names of the spirits. Instead, you will learn their abilities. Not every ability listed here will be in play. These abilities may or may not be duplicated. Spirits will have the ability to communicate in a private subreddit. The ability to kill is inheritable should the previous killer die.
A bloodthirsty spirit can go forth each night to drag a member of the Dig to an early grave. (V) (A) (D)
A restless spirit can replicate one target's action onto a second target. It can only do this every other night, and cannot replicate the same player's action twice in a row. (V) (A) (L)
A shy spirit can use their powers of illusion to always appear as a member of the Dig when investigated. (NV) (P) (D)
A distracted spirit can increase all investigator's chances of failure if it stays quiet enough through the day to focus its powers. This spirit must comment fewer than three times in a given phase to be successful. (NV) (P) (D)
A lonely spirit can choose a lover each night, doubling that player's vote. If its lover should perish, so will this spirit. If the spirit dies, its lover will accompany it to the grave. (NV) (A) (D)
A manipulative spirit can use their magical puppet strings to change the target of one player's action every night. (V) (A) (D)
A vengeful spirit can choose a victim to take with it to the grave when it dies. (NV) (A) (L)
A helpful spirit can, once per game, choose to reveal the phase's lynch vote results publicly. (NV) (A) (L)
A cheeky spirit can cast an aura of darkness over a member of the Dig, making the target appear as the wrong role and affiliation to all investigators. (V) (A) (D)
A crafty spirit can hide a target's role and affiliation reveal three times in the game. (V) (A) (L)
A sneaky spirit can permanently rob another player of their abilities once. (V) (A) (L)
A pacifist spirit may align with their comrades' goals, but they are personally unwilling to shed any blood in the process. They will be unable to kill even if they're the last spirit alive. (NV) (P) (N/A)
Rules and Additional Information
In addition to the already established sidebar rules, we would like to inform players of the following...
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Do you have anything you need to get off your chest? One of the fun parts of Werewolves is that players get the chance to record their thoughts on the game as it is ongoing. Each player will have access to the diary form and all diary entries will be released at the end of the game, so yanno, don’t be a dick.
Ghosts and Spectators
We will be allowing spectators to follow the game from /HogwartsGhosts if they’re unable to play. Only living players are allowed to comment on the game threads in /HogwartsWerewolvesA, which means that neither ghosts nor spectators are allowed to do so. Failure to comply will result in you being banned from commenting in the sub.
Behavior and Role Play
Werewolves is a game of lying, deceit, manipulation, and broken hearts. There will be disputes. There will be arguments. There will be tough questions. There will be people calling you a liar. There will be people accusing you of things you did not do. Many of these things will rely on circumstantial, or hilariously thin, evidence. As facilitators, we will be enforcing the established rules of the game, but we will not be stepping in on any of these interpersonal disputes, within reason. The best way to tell someone that you don’t like their attitude is with a lynch vote. If things get too out of hand, we ask that the players be the change they wish to see in the game and try to de-escalate conflict themselves.
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The Day 0 event will begin shortly after the confirmation period ends and will close at the standard game time of 10:00 PM EDT (UTC -4:00) on Monday October 2.
If any roles need to be reassigned due to non-confirmations, we will do that during the Day 0 event.
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