The Monte-Carlo Casino

We were there right outside this grandiose building in Monte Carlo. My to young children and I had flown to Italy a few days earlier and it was our first trip to Europe. As an Australian mum rather naïve about European uppishness, some might call it snobbishness, we parked the car opposite and marched up to the door expecting to be let in. After all we were tourists and in a rush to see whatever the country had to offer.

We had already visited the pink palace and the Napoleon Museum, which was a great attraction for the youngsters. As they were just 9 and 10 years of age they knew nothing about any of the characters whose history and likenesses were on display. But my son was greatly impressed with the emperor’s weapons and the horse he was riding.

We got some nice souvenirs and looked over the inside of the palace. This type of luxury is not something we think too highly of, especially as we have no class distinction at home. So why would someone want all of this luxury and waste of money to support their life-style.

Monte Carlo is a small place and everything seems over the top as far as wealth is concerned. The Casino is no different. Of course it was frequently used in movies and there is song about breaking the bank of Monte Carlo, all of which was in my mind when we confronted the doorman who barred our entrance.

Was it our dress, or lack of it? It was hot and we had come from the Australian winter so we were wearing shorts and T-shirts. On our feet were the thongs that were the best and coolest for travelling in the car. Maybe we didn’t look the part as the patrons coming and going were dressed in suits and ties. Maybe it was the age of the children. We never did find out as we felt rejected and was told we could not enter.

Oh well! We wore the same get-up inside the Vatican and no one objected. Later it occurred to me that as an unescorted female, a crime in Europe at that time, with two young kids in toe, we must have looked completely out-of-place. They didn’t know us and we certainly did not get to know them. In a way, looking back at it, that doorman did us a huge favour because it was not a place that a spiritual person like me should ever enter.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioural problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

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Why the Catholic Church Supports and Runs Gambling Venues

The catholic Church is hungry for money and it apparently doesn’t care where it comes from. In a recent report on the properties it owns in Rome alone the income is staggering. Some of the premises are used as brothels, others as gambling venues, and still others are highly priced homes and guest houses. The incredible portfolio of properties globally is too huge to even contemplate.

When Constantine, the Roman Caesar who established the religion in 325 AD, passed a law to encourage people to donate their wealth to the church it set it up to become the richest business in the world. Its income rivals that of the United States and its power grows with its wealth.

Gambling is a curse on families and communities and yet the Catholic Church operates gambling houses in the Australian Capital Territory. These are mainly the Southern Cross Clubs, of which there are 5 such premises. They contain poker machines, gaming, grog, and other things. The cubs are run as not-for-profit businesses, that means they pay no tax. They also have gambling in their schools by way of raffles, bingo, and other things.

While the organisation gets away with it the clubs are reaping in millions. The story is that they donate to local sporting clubs, social clubs, and community groups, but these are also involved with the religion. It’s a great ring-around-the-rosy way of raising more funds for the Vatican.

The incredible tales of fancy the latter spreads around could drive people mad trying to figure it out. Government’s, however, allow it to escape notice while the public continues to be fooled. Gamblers are encouraged to spend big and many lose their homes and families because of it. They are probably then given hand-outs of second-hand clothes and goods by one of the Catholic charities that pay nothing for them but make money selling them on.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioural problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

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Criss Cross Poker – Two Ways to Win With One Hand

How Criss Cross Poker is Played

What’s unique about Criss Cross Poker is that there are two ways to win with one hand. The objective of this poker table game is to have a winning five card poker hand which pays according to a poker ranking pay table. The dealer does not play. A standard 52 card deck is used. Before play begins, players must first make two ante bets of equal size, one in the across betting circle and one in the down betting circle. An optional 5 card bonus bet is also available that pays according to the total poker ranking in the 5 card community hand.

The dealer gives each player two hole cards face down and places five community cards face down in a cross pattern. Three horizontal and three vertical. Based on the value of player’s hole cards, the following action takes place:

Player may make an across bet from 1X to 3X the ante or fold the hand.
Dealer exposes the two outside cards on the horizontal row of the cross.
Player may make a down bet from 1X to 3X the ante or fold the hand.
Dealer then exposes the two outside cards on the vertical column.
Player must then make a middle bet from 1X to 3X the ante of fold.

After the middle card is exposed, the players use their hole cards to make two five card poker hands, one across and one down. The middle bet pays according to the ranking of the across and down hands according to the following pay table:

Winning Pay table

Royal Flush – 500/1

Straight Flush – 100/1

Four of a Kind – 40/1

Full House – 12/1

Flush – 8/1

Straight – 5/1

Three of a Kind – 3/1

Two Pair – 2/1

High Pair (J-A) – 1/1

Low Pair (6-10) – Push

All Other – Loss

Optional Bonus Pay Table

Royal Flush – 250/1

Straight Flush – 100/1

Four of a Kind – 40/1

Full House – 15/1

Flush – 10/1

Straight – 6/1

Three of a Kind – 4/1

Two Pair – 3/1

Pair of 6′s or Better – 1/1

All Other – Loss

Strategy and House Edge

Here is the recommended strategy:

Across Bet

Fold if your hole cards are unsuited, unpaired, and the highest card is 2-5. If you have a suited Jack-Queen or any pair, make the 3X raise. With all other cards, make the 1X bet.

Down Bet – The same applies to the down hand. You have already seen the two across cards which may assist you with your wagering options.

Middle Bet – You have now seen fou community cards from the deck. If you made at least one 3X bet, do not fold.

The house edge is calculated at about 4.3%, and 3.5% for the optional bonus wager.

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