The Band Box Tavern

Recently, my sister and I were reminiscing about our wild party days when we were younger- when we’d stay out until 5 in the morning and hide out in my car around the corner from the house, waiting for our mom to leave for work so that we wouldn’t walk in while she was eating breakfast in her nightgown. Inevitably, our conversation turned to drunken nights at a bar in Bellmore that we used to frequent called The Band Box Tavern.

Now, The Band Box was a special place for my sister and I… we’d been Sunday afternoon regulars there since we were toddlers (literally, not figuratively). My dad, like so many others, played Sunday morning softball, and the experience wasn’t complete without a trip to the bar afterward- beer for the men, Shirley Temples with extra cherries for the kids. I know times have changed drastically and nowadays bringing a child to a bar will provoke a visit from Child Protective Services, but in the 1970’s and early 80’s, it was commonplace and we were certainly not the only children running around like ragamuffins.

One Sunday, when I was about 9 years old and my dad was feeling no pain, he gave me a few dollars to put in the Jukebox (the kind that spun 45’s- eek! I’m old!). I was- and still am- a big Blondie fan, and my favorite song at the time was Rapture (you know, Fab Five Freddie and the man from Mars, eating cars, bars, and guitars…) Well, anyway, I was old enough to like music and old enough to put the money in the machine and find the songs I wanted to play, but I was not experienced enough to realize that once I punched in the code to play Rapture, there would be a sizable delay before the song actually played. When the music didn’t start immediately, I thought I had done something wrong, so I punched in the number again. It still didn’t play, so now I thought the jukebox was broken and punched in the number for Rapture a third time,…and a fourth. By the time Rapture played for the seventh time in a row, I was getting dirty looks from the entire bar (remember this was before remote control, and you couldn’t “skip” through songs), and the bartender finally unplugged the jukebox.

It was a homecoming of sorts when we returned to The Band Box as patrons ourselves, and we quickly reestablished our status as regulars. During one of these blurry nights, another regular, whose name escapes me entirely, so I’m going to call him Bear, invited me to accompany him the next day to Atlantic City. Bear looked like an overweight and aging Magnum PI, complete with semi-unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt, showcasing a thick gold chain and tangles of coarse chest hair. I’d guess he was in his mid to late 30’s, with thick, curly salt & pepper hair, and a Hell’s Angels mustache. I found him physically repulsive, so, of course, I agreed to go (insert shooting- myself- in- the- eye emoticon here).

He picked me up the next morning at 7 am, and in my bleary-eyed, hung-over, sleep-deprived state, I wanted nothing more than to cancel the trip and stay in bed. But, he was outside, honking and he had already paid for my coach bus fare the night before. I had told Bear that I’d go with him to AC, but I had also told him that I was broke… in fact, I think I had less than $10 in my wallet. Bear had agreed to pay my way, so I felt obligated to get up and go. I didn’t shower, or even change my clothes from the night before, so I can only imagine how I looked as I stumbled to his car. We drove to The Band Box, where the bus we were taking was leaving from.

When I stepped onto the bus, it was as if I’d walked onto the set of the movie, Cocoon. If you don’t remember, that was the movie with all of the old people who swim in the pool with extraterrestrial eggs and regain their youth by sapping the life force from the alien embryos. In other words, I could have been the great-granddaughter of 75% of the group that we were traveling with. Bear seemed to know everyone on the bus; I’m assuming from his affiliation with the local K of C, rotary club, or VFW. I tried to escape at this point, and called my sister to come get me, but she just laughed and told me to sleep in the messy bed I had made.

I took her advice. I dozed during the 4 ½ hour ride to Jersey, and, even when I wasn’t sleeping, I pretended to. Like a fly on the wall, I overheard the conversations of those around me as they complimented Bear on his pretty, young girlfriend and asked how long he and I had been dating. His boastful reply of how this was our first date almost made my ears bleed and my stomach convulse. I was groaning silently in my head and devising a plan to sabotage any notion that Bear had that he was going to kiss me within the next 8 hours.

It turns out that being a bored, whining, foul-smelling girl was all I needed to do.

I stood next to Bear while he played Black Jack, yawning obnoxiously and making sure that no part of my body touched any part of his. I could smell the stale cigarette smoke in my hair from the night before and the sour smell of alcohol seeping through my skin, and I gave thanks and praise for my disgustingness… I was hoping it would act as garlic to a vampire. Bear had given me $20 so that I could eat while we were there, and we went to some restaurant in the casino. He ordered steak, baked potato, salad… the works. I had already spent some of my $20 on drinks, because, since I wasn’t gambling, I wasn’t entitled to drink for free in the casino. So, I didn’t have enough money to buy a decent meal, and settled for a sandwich and chips. I complained about my food loudly (and sincerely, actually- it was terrible), while I watched with envy as Bear ate his shrimp cocktail. I was tired, hungry, in company that I didn’t want to be in, and I did not hesitate to let Bear know how miserable I was. By the time we returned to the bus to leave, he not only wasn’t speaking to me, he wouldn’t even sit next to me on the ride home.

Moral of the story: The most painless way to get out of a bad date is to be a worse one.

Guide to Live Dealer Roulette at Online Casinos

Live dealer roulette is becoming incredibly popular in the online gambling universe. Live dealer games provide an air of realism in what is a largely digitized world, helping to bridge the gap for players who have yet to make the switch from land-based casinos to online gambling websites. For players who are unfamiliar with the platform, this article will provide an overview of these games and how they work in the online world.

Live dealer roulette is essentially a cross between online casino games and land-based offerings. A dealer in a remote location is broadcast to the player via webcam, and the game plays out in exactly the same fashion as a traditional casino game. The dealer spins the wheel, so there is no need for a random number generator; the dealer carries out any actions needed to move the game forward. In addition to roulette, live dealer baccarat and blackjack are also available in the online gambling world.

There are two main types of live games. The first is streamed from an online casino and broadcasts a dealer from a private studio. The set up is optimized to create a comfortable online gambling experience. The second type of live dealer software broadcasts a dealer table from a land-based casino. Players can see all of the other players at the table and watch as the action unfolds in the exciting casino environment.

When playing this type of online casino game, the player’s screen is divided into two sections. The top half of the screen broadcasts the dealer – and displays the bet limits, chat box and timer. The bottom half of the screen is a digital representation of the dealer’s table. In games like baccarat and blackjack, the cards that the are dealt appear here. All of the wagering options also appear in this section of the screen, and the functions are similar to those in a completely digitized online casino game.

Live dealer software is provided by third-party developers rather than individual casino operators. Companies like Microgaming and PlayTech supply the software that make online roulette, blackjack and baccarat into live dealer games. As the market continues to grow and develop, more developers who specialize in this type of gaming are emerging. Smaller companies like Evolution Gaming and CWC Gaming specialize in this type of software development and are slowly gaining a portion of the live dealer market share.

DC-5 Lottery Game Odds and Payouts Info

The DC-5 lottery game is offered by DC Lottery and is played throughout the District of Columbia in the United States. It is a pretty cool game because it is played twice every day, with mid-day and evening draws, and is customizable in that you can choose to pay either 50 cents or one dollar. The payouts on the $1 game are twice as high as the payouts on the 50 cent game. However, this article will only analyze the odds and payouts info on the $1 game.

To play the DC-5 lottery game, you must choose 5 digits, from 0 to 9. So, for example, you could choose the numbers 00000, 00001, 00002, all the way up to number 99999. From that, you could see that there are exactly 100,000 different numbers that you could choose. That would make the odds of matching all 5 numbers exactly 1-in-100,000. If you match all 5, you win the game’s top prize payout of $50,000.

There are many other ways in which you could win money in the DC-5 lottery game. The following is a list of the rest of the odds for the smaller payouts:

  • First 4 digits or last 4 digits in exact order wins $5,000; odds are 1-in-10,000, either way.
  • First 3 digits or last 3 digits in exact order wins $500; odds are 1-in-1,000, either way.
  • First 2 digits or last 2 digits in exact order wins $50; odds are 1-in-100, either way.

There are also five additional ways that you could win money with various boxed numbers, with prize payouts for boxed numbers ranging from $425 to $10,000.

As you can see, there are many different ways that you could win on DC-5 and your chances of winning are pretty good too.

Football Betting – 3 Bets To Avoid This Coming Football Season

The new European football season is fast approaching and that spells big profits for those of us who make our living, betting on football. I don’t even class what I do as betting on football or gambling it is a trading process, that locks in a profit whatever the outcome of the football match.

Here are some football bets that must be avoided if you are to take your football betting seriously and make some money from this billion pound industry.

  • Accumulators – These football bets must be avoided at all costs. Why risk all your hard work getting three results right only to lose it all on a fourth result that goes wrong. These bets are where the bookmakers make a fortune and whether it is horse racing, football or multiple soccer events they should be avoided at all costs.
  • Scorecast bets – These bets are a complete waste of time. Long term you cannot win these bets. These bets require that you predict the correct score and the first or last goalscorer. If you win this bet it is pot luck. Bookmakers make a lot of money on football bets where people just make these throwaway bets, and then repeat them every week. Be more disciplined and you have a greater chance of success.
  • Red cards, yellow cards, number of corners etc. Again these special bets along with time of first goalscorer etc are bets you really should not be making. If you are gambling, gamble to win, not just for recreation. Take each transaction seriously and there is money to be made.

Football betting is one of the easier ways to make money gambling. To find out more and take your own betting experience to a whole new level, visit the website in my resource box below.

Win Pick 3 Lotto

Winning the pick 3 lottery is one of the greatest feelings in the World. There is absolutely no better feeling than sitting there, no matter what state you’re in, and watching the drawing and ACTUALLY WINNING! Many people use various methods on how to pick lottery numbers and some even use software lottery programs. Winning the lottery is nearly impossible. Let me give you an example.

The pick 3 has the best odds of winning 1:1000

Odds of winning the Lottery = 120,000,000:1

Odds of being struck by Lightning = 2,650,000:1

Put it this way, you are 45 more times likely to get struck by lightning then win the lottery. So you can pretty much forget about it.

The pick 3 is the only lottery game that gives you a legitimate chance of winning. All other lottery games you can throw out the door. This lotto tip right here will give you proven results and extra money in your pocket. Let’s go over how to play the Pick 3 lotto system and which way to play which will give us the best results.

1) EXACT ORDER-The numbers you pick have to match exactly from left to right. Example: You pick 847. The 847 from left to right is 8-4-7. You will win $1000 in most states but your chances of winning are 1:1000!

2) BOX BETS- With box bets you can pick 123 and you will win with 1-2-3, 2-3-1, 3-1-2, 3-2-1, 1-3-2, and 2-1-3. It does not matter what order you pick the numbers in, you will win!

3) FRONT PAIR – match the first two numbers in the EXACT ORDER as drawn. Example you have 512. The drawing comes 5-1-9. YOU WIN! Don’t get to excited though, the payout is extremely low.

4) BACK PAIR – match the last two numbers in the EXACT ORDER as drawn. Example you have 6-9-3. The drawing comes 2-9-3. YOU WIN! The payout is extremely low, but at least you win something right?

There are one thousand numbers consisting of three individual digits from 0-0-0 through 9-9-9 from digits 0123456789. Now out of 1000 possible winning Pick 3 combinations, they fall into 3 distinct categories.

1. We call numbers with three distinctive digits “Unmatched” 456, 891, 724, 985, etc… Each unmatched combination is completely different with no repeat numbers.

2. We call numbers with two distinctive digits “Doubles” 4-6-4, 227, 808, 343, etc… With doubles, 2 out of the 3 digits will match.

3. We call numbers with one distinctive digit “Triples” 999, 111, 222, 333, etc… With triples all 3 digits are the same.

If you break down the 1000 possible pick 3 combinations even further you will find this:

Unmatched: 72% of all combinations = 720 numbers with 120 BOXED combinations.

Doubles: 27% of all combinations = 270 direct numbers and 90 BOXED combinations.

Triples: 1% of all combinations = 10 direct numbers and 0% BOXED combinations.

The best way to win at pick 3 by far is to bet using unmatched numbers. You can never go wrong!