What’s wrong with online videos?

Inspired by the launch of Bud.tv, I took a quick tour of what is available in online videos. And the results are a frustrating mix, to say the least. It’s certainly more complicated than the video programming I can get from my DirecTV dish. I don’t understand how a normal person is expected to make this technology work. After looking at a couple of video sites, I have come up with eight different problems:

First of all, my expectation is to be as close to the YouTube user experience as possible – you search for the video content on the home page, click on what you want, and the video starts playing within the existing browser frame. I don’t want to download any special media player, thank you very much, I already have a lot of them running on my hard drive. Nor do I want to go looking for the video; It should be easy to find whatever you want to see.

Second, it should work with my setup. I don’t want any secondary windows to appear, because I may have blocked pop-ups and I don’t feel like letting your video site be on my whitelist. I don’t want to make any other changes to my browser settings to allow your video to start, because that could break something else or open me up to other vulnerabilities.

Third, I want this to work on just about any browser and OS you use, but certainly more than the Windows / IE combination (and while we’re checking it, let’s make sure IE 7 doesn’t break when you use it to navigate your site too). Many of us use multiple browsers on multiple platforms, and we don’t want to have to start a particular PC just to see something. Of course, this goes against almost everything Microsoft and Apple are doing.

Fourth, I want an easy and simple way to “email this video to a friend.” Part of the fun of watching videos online is sharing them with 100 of your closest friends. Having said that, I want some confidence that you, as the site owner, will not take all those emails and sell them to a spammer in Moldova.

Fifth, I don’t want to go to extreme measures to deal with your registration system just to get your video. Life is too short, I already have too many passwords to deal with and can go elsewhere to get video content anyway, so why bother trying to get through whatever door you put in my way?

Sixth, I don’t care if the content is copyrighted or not. I know, this is heresy for someone who makes a living creating content, but I think a short three minute clip has legitimate use. Get over it, media moguls, and be happy that someone cares enough to record and post a clip promoting your show. Now, there are certainly different issues involved when downloading a full two-hour feature film, but I’m talking about consuming short pieces of content here.

Seventh, if you’re going to stream, stream with the correct amount of caching so the audio doesn’t get cut off and the image doesn’t move. And if you’re going to make it download something, the download shouldn’t take any longer than watching the actual clip. But I would prefer streaming, just because I don’t want to clutter my hard drive with videos that I won’t watch more than once.

Lastly, I want to see more than just a window the size of a postage stamp. I don’t have to have full screen, DVD quality, but it sure would be nice to at least see something that comes close to filling my screen. Right now that’s more of a bandwidth issue, and most sites, including YouTube, don’t display a large enough image.

Taking all of these issues together makes it a difficult task for most of today’s web videos. YouTube pretty much meets all the criteria, more or less, which is why the site has gathered so many followers and why it has received so many GoogleBucks. Let’s take a look at a few others and see where they are lacking.

Netflix announced that they will start streaming videos to their customers soon, and I haven’t seen it first hand yet. But as a very satisfied customer, I wish you all the best. They have the best video search in the business and they have the right idea for the rest of the user experience. Hope they live up to expectations.

Bud.tv, the industry startup from our hometown here in St. Louis, uses a special player in a pop-up they got from Akamai / Nine Systems. (A demerit for that). It has a pretty good registration system that actually checks my date of birth against a national database (no longer using January 1 as my default entry, which is something I recommend to confuse identity theft). They do this to make sure you are over 21, but I didn’t see any content that I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing with my teenage daughter on the site. There are already people complaining about problems, and I predict they will scrap this system in no time.

Bud.tv also falls for the search: you scroll through a horizontal channel bar that is now quite short, but once the site goes live it won’t be very functional. I don’t imagine that many users will tolerate this method for long, not going back or just going back to one or two channels that resonate with them (TriggerStreet.com shorts were big hits for me). They stream all their videos and the sound cuts out multiple times on my DSL connection. Since the site just launched this week, I can’t tell if I’ll be a frequent visitor.

An example of a video site I will not return to is CinemaNow. They require IE, download their own player, and generally make it painful for me.

One video series that I have really enjoyed is Amanda Congdon, on ABCnews.com. I’ve been watching it on iTunes, because it was very difficult to find the content using a web bookmark. So right away I’m breaking some of my rules, but I consider iTunes to be a pre-existing software condition. Weekly videos are about five minutes long, and Congdon is cute, fun, and informative all rolled into one. The downloads are done in the background (one of the advantages of having iTunes as a player) and the quality is first class, which you would expect from a television network.

So, as you can see, we have a long way to go before online video can be as easy as pressing a couple of buttons on a remote and watching regular TV. Well, maybe we’re about to cross over: having my DirecTV remote turn on and off all the entertainment devices in my living room isn’t easy, and I still don’t have it all working the way my wife wants. Maybe those browser video plugins aren’t so bad after all.

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How to play Fantasy Football Confidence Pools

Maybe you’ve been playing fantasy sports for a while and have been asked to play your first Confidence Pool. Or maybe you’re new to fantasy sports games entirely. In any case, a trust fund is actually quite an interesting way to bet on games. We say “bet” because you are choosing a team to win each of the games each week, even though you are not actually placing a bet.

The game is quite simple. In a standard Trust Fund, you are asked to choose the winners of each NFL contest for the week (yes, all 16 games; less during the bye weeks). Then weights each selection with a number of confidence points between 1 and 16 (where higher is better). You cannot reuse a number and must use all numbers. When the team you picked to win actually wins, you get the points you assigned to that game.

Scoring and payments

So how do scores and payouts work? Many pools will charge an entrance fee. This fee is charged to all participants and is distributed in the form of weekly and / or seasonal prizes. The weekly winner is the person whose coin returned the most points from the correct selections (as close to 136 points as possible). Those rankings are tabulated throughout the season to determine ranking within your league. You can win a week to earn money and you can also earn the total score for the season.

This type of prize structure means that even newbies to the trusted pool can compete with the experts. Even a novice using the “animal strategy” can choose the best during a given week. (The “animal strategy” involves choosing the winner as if it were a cage battle in the desert. For example, in a game pitting the Chicago Bears against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears always win. Of course, this strategy has some pitfalls: see “Detroit Lions” or the other side, “Arizona Cardinals”).

Variable league settings

A good fantasy sports site will allow pool commissioners to choose from a wide variety of customizable settings. Here we will cover some of the most common league options. You will want to weigh the options and the cost between some of the providers. There are some good websites that offer free trust groups. You just have to look for them.

Trust groups generally allow each team owner to discard a certain number of bad week picks per season (say, the lowest 2 weeks of the 16 weeks). These are often referred to as “Fall Weeks.” This feature lets you forget about the week you were headed out of town and didn’t read, and helps brighten your spirits after an unusually bad week.

Another common option is not to rank the weekly direct winners, but to rank the winners against the spread. This more difficult option requires that if the Broncos – Raiders margin is 6 points (in favor of the Broncos in this case), you would have to choose whether the Broncos will win by 6 or more, or win by less than 6. You ‘ Then assign confidence points to that selection as you would a normal group.

Lastly, does your group allow the use of “automatic selections” when the owner does not make selections for the week? Automatic selections allow the computer to use its default decision-making system, such as choosing all favorites, ranked in descending order by point margin. If your group closes the opportunity to make selections at the beginning of the first game and you are busy sleeping off your Saturday night drinks, you are at least playing that week.


If you’ve read this far, you deserve some advice on how to earn your Trust Fund. Beyond the obvious (which is making sure to assign points according to your confidence), every trusted league player should be aware of the main factors that affect victory in the NFL: injuries, weather, home advantage, matchups. between teams and training. clashes. Studying all of this information for each game can be tedious for non-NFL addicts, but there are many websites and experts that offer predictions for each game. These websites are worth checking out if you don’t have time to do the research yourself.

Best of luck!

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Are there bed bugs in your mattresses? – 3 things determine if they are!

1. These small insects usually live inside mattresses and you become their source of food. Do you have hives that itch in groups of three?

2. These small insects are nocturnal and feed on human blood. Do you have little red marks on your sheets?

3. Tape the bedpost and frame rails. You can see nymphs and eggs. If you notice something that appears to be dirt on the tape, you will have to try many techniques to remove it from your mattress.

These little insects can infest your mattress. They are not dangerous, but they are very annoying. They can cause skin irritation and rashes. It is a good idea to get rid of them because each nasty bug can lay many eggs a day. You can end up with tons of them if you procrastinate and just leave them alone. Many times, however, even professional extermination fails.

Sometimes it just isn’t worth the time and hassle. The best answer may be to simply buy a new mattress!

Insist on the store you find online:

Matches the price of any competitor

Offers free delivery and setup

It offers a wide variety of beds, divan, bunk beds, futons, electric beds, etc.

Offers brands such as Sealy, Serta, Simons, Symbol and Tempurpedic

Offers twin, full, queen sizes along with bunk beds

Has special promotions

It has knowledgeable, helpful, honest and courteous staff.

Note: Whenever you search online, enter the product name along with your city into the search engine; for example, when searching for mattresses, search for “Pittsburgh mattress” or “Pittsburgh bunk beds.” You can also search for any product brand along with the area, such as “sealy waterfront” or “tempurpedic Pittsburgh.”

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Sorrows of an American – Siri Hustvedt

The inner layers of a person’s life control their actions when compressed into one. The first layer, your past shapes and creates your wishes, desires and ambitions and will hopefully encourage and generate what will come next. All events in between and leading up to the present include the middle layer. That is the one in which you keep your fears, your secrets and hidden desires and wishes. The present is what is happening now and it will create a bright and positive future made up of all the events of the past, the middle and the present. However, that’s not always the case, as we see in this deep and profound novel of loss, grief, and depression by Siri Hustvedt.

Returning home from his father’s funeral, Dr. Erik Davidsen, the main character and narrator of this novel, realizes how lonely he is and how isolated he has begun to feel. A prominent psychiatrist, surrounded by his patients, family members who are also dealing not only with the loss of a parent or grandparent, but also others, helps create a feeling of melancholy and sadness throughout this novel. When he and his sister begin to go through their father’s papers, they find a rather disturbing letter that a person named Lisa wrote to him. Nobody knows the origin of the letter or who she is. So, start them on a journey to find out who she is and discover a secret that could break the already fragile shell of her family.

Throughout the novel, the main character goes back in time and describes his father’s experiences in the military during World War II. Although haunting and graphic, these experiences described by the author increase our understanding of what Erik is going through and how much he misses his father and his life with him. Throughout the novel, Erik often sees his father in sight in visions during dreams or slipping into psychoanalytic flashbacks where he begins to think about situations that happened in the past and intersperses them in the present. Sometimes, it is difficult for the reader to know if he is referring to situations in the present or something that happened before.

Erik, not only is he looking for answers related to this letter, but he is also involved in the lives of other characters. Miranda, a single father has decided to rent the rooms on the floor below his. Alone and in dire need of company, he forms a deep and instant attraction to Miranda, who makes it clear that she has no romantic interest in him. Along with her haunting and manipulative boyfriend, the father of her five-year-old little daughter, they all play an important role in Erik’s life. The parent or groom enjoys photographing everything and everyone, disturbing and distorting them in disturbing ways. The groom has an art exhibition and shows many photos of Miranda, her daughter Edgy, and Erik. Unbeknownst to him, he exhibits a photo titled The Chief Doctor Goes Crazy, which is a photo taken of him with almost nothing and carrying a hammer that he used when this man broke into his home and caught him.

Inga, Erik’s sister, also has many secrets and layers in her life. Married to a writer and film director, she has to deal with the knowledge that he was unfaithful to her and to the reporter and biographer who want to know more about him and expose him. Sonia, your daughter is dealing with what she saw on September 11 and with the knowledge that she has kept a secret about her father from her mother and family.

His vivid descriptions of the war, character flashbacks, and memories of times with his grandparents are not only poignant but tragic in many ways. The narrator, Erik, seems to live in the past and, although he tries, he does not seem to appreciate the present. Being close to your sister and building trust in your niece can help you both deal with some horrible problems.

So many secrets and so many mysteries are revealed as the family discovers who Lisa really is and the secret she made to her father, Lars, that they both swore in a Bible they would never tell. His patients, those who are alive, whom he refers to by the first letter of their name, and the deceased, their full names, lets the reader know that he is trying to make sense of the deceased person and that he has yet to understand. the ones you are still dealing with.

Through Erik and his sister, the reader comes to understand how different people from the same family deal with the death of a father and how Erik’s visions and dreams help guide him in coping with the death of his father. The author’s descriptions of immigrant life and experiences and her vivid descriptions of the Minnesota landscape are truly remarkable. His account of the life of this Brooklyn psychoanalyst is not only realistic, but honest and a true description of how someone, even a doctor, deals with death and pain. It makes him human and vulnerable like everyone else.

Although we think that the reporter, who wants to know more about Inga’s late husband, is going to find a terrible dark secret to print, we later find out that she is doing it out of revenge to hurt her and, as she puts it, “to find some dirt on you. ” He wants to put her down a few times for making her feel unworthy of being noticed when they both attended college. Edie, the person who has some letters written by Inga’s late husband, is holding them for ransom to make sure she sells them to the highest bidder for money to help her take care of her son and herself. What the reader discovers in the end is that Edie’s son is also the son of Max, Inga’s late husband, and has learning disabilities. She is distraught and unhappy and sells the cards to what I call Inga’s hero, Burton, a comical character who is always sweating and who is secretly in love with Inga. Her husband actually writes the letters to Lili, the character Edie plays, and not to Edie herself.

Through the characters, the reader learns how difficult it is to deal with secrets, the death of a father where the empty space in his heart never disappears, and the sorrows that families and individuals face every day. This novel is realistic, heartbreaking, and yet it gives us all hope.

This novel is quite unlike anything you have read before. It’s one that caught my eye from the first page and I couldn’t put it down until I read the last page. I will reread this novel many times. Powerful, profound and fascinating, it is a must read for all who have lost a loved one and need to find a way to remember that person in their mind or heart.

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The pros and cons of studying in a foreign country

Many people dream of studying abroad. Whether they are still students or currently working, many people would immediately seize the opportunity to study in a different country, if the opportunity presented itself.

The idea of ​​studying abroad can be really exciting. And students can really get a lot of benefits when they decide to take and complete a course in a foreign country. However, studying abroad also has some drawbacks.

If you are also considering studying abroad, you would do well to consider the different pros and cons that come with this option before making your final decision. And below are some of the most prominent advantages and disadvantages of studying in a different country that you should be aware of:


• You have the opportunity to go on an exciting adventure. This is one of the most desirable benefits of studying abroad: you can stay in a different and strange country and explore the whole place. You have the opportunity to see and visit new tourist spots, try new cuisine, and participate in new activities that you have never tried before.

• You will achieve a higher level of independence and self-reliance. When you study in a country where you don’t know anyone, you will learn to be more independent and to trust yourself. This means that he will learn to wash his own clothes or cook, since he no longer lives with his mother. And you will learn to trust yourself more while in a foreign country.

• You have the opportunity to make new friends. You will be able to expand your social circle when you study abroad. You can create lasting friendships with other local students and your classmates who also come from different countries.

• You will learn more about a different culture. In addition to the formal education you will receive, you will learn about new customs and a different way of life. You can even learn a new language and some other skills that can be of great help in the future.


• You will be away from your home and your familiar surroundings. Living in a different country will definitely test your limits. You will face new cuisines, new ways of life and new customs, new people, and even language barriers. All of these can be very difficult and stressful to handle and if you are not tough you could give in to all of these difficulties and find yourself dropping out of the course you signed up for in this foreign country.

• Expenses. If you are not careful in choosing the course you will take and the country where you will study, all this effort will cost you. Course fees can be expensive and the total cost of living in a different country can also be expensive. As such, it is important that you give some thought to the course you wish to take and the country where you will study.

• Ambiguity with your graduate plans. After completing your course, you may feel indecisive about your future plans. Should you return to your home country to seek employment? Or should you try your luck in the country where you finished your course? If you decide to stay in the country where you just graduated, keep in mind that there will be residency and work criteria or requirements that you must meet as soon as you are no longer a full-time student.

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Upgrade Cabinet Handles – Put Kitchen Cabinets To Work

If you’ve been contemplating an update for your kitchen, cabinets are a good place to start. Our kitchen cabinets get used a lot in a day and over time they can start to show, especially when it comes to hardware. If your kitchen cabinets start to look shabby, then it’s time for an update! A fresh look will brighten the room AND make sure your kitchen stays in top working condition.

Often times, simply swapping out your old, worn hardware for new cabinet handles and drawer pulls will breathe new life into your kitchen. And the good news here is that it’s inexpensive and easy to do on your own. Since kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls have to withstand a lot of use, it’s important to choose a set that is sturdy and easy to clean. A very popular option right now for homeowners is stainless steel cabinet handles. They match the trend for stainless steel appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, which have become so popular in “prosumer” kitchen styles, and are durable and easy to care for.

However, if you don’t like the idea of ​​stainless steel, don’t worry – the knobs and pulls come in so many different materials, styles, colors, designs, and finishes, you can’t help but find a set that fits directly into what you want to make. with your decoration. Whether you want apple-shaped wooden kitchen cabinet knobs to match your classic country design scheme, or you want a detailed brass set to match your door handles, you’ll be able to find the one that’s right for you and your home. More ideas include glass or ceramic knobs that will fit perfectly with a Victorian-themed kitchen and fleur-de-lys-shaped pulls to complement your French kitchen décor.

The most important thing to consider when shopping for your new cabinet hardware is what kind of care they will need and how well they will complement the room. Hardware that blends well with your kitchen décor will add the finishing touches that will really bring the look of the room together and make it look polished. And hardware that is easy to maintain and care for means your kitchen will look great without you having to spend a lot of time cleaning and maintenance!

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Advantages of a dump van

Builders and other workers in the construction industry are among the largest group to invest in and use commercial vehicles. These freight vehicles are used day after day to transport materials and tools and transport equipment from one place to another, which means that not only reliability is an important issue, but also interior space and fuel economy.

Vans such as the Ford Transit and Connect models have become two of the most popular vans on UK roads. These types of box vans are becoming the industry standard when it comes to dealers replacing older vehicles, but many are opting for another option, ‘The Dump Truck’. The main advantage of a ‘dump truck’ is that its contents can be emptied without manipulation, most of the time the front end of the cargo area can be lifted pneumatically to allow the contents of the truck to be emptied. These vehicles are often conversions of existing truck types, so if you enjoy your current commercial truck, you can surely find a converted model that offers the key benefits of a ‘tipper’.

Depending on what you need your ‘tipper’ for, you can have many different options, including everything from utilities to different materials of construction such as side panels. For example, if you need your truck to transport large and heavy items, you will need a type of steel construction to ensure you do not damage the vehicle during your daily tasks. One of the disadvantages of this is the great weight of this type of “tipper” section; this can be less economical in the long run with regard to fuel and spare parts.

Crew cabins are also another factor you will need to consider when purchasing a “dump” van along with storage facilities, primarily in case you need lockable areas for tools or other expensive items. One thing to keep in mind is that although ‘dump trucks’ are very useful for hauling a wide range of different materials, a boxed commercial vehicle can be a much better purchase depending on how often the system must be used during use. lifetime.

Many people find that hiring a “tipper” can sometimes provide exactly what they need by allowing them to maintain their current style of van. One of the reasons many people choose to trade in their trusted work vans is because they become less economical and by investing in a new vehicle they start saving money right out of the box …!

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How to improve your website ranking on Google

There are millions of websites online. You may feel that the competition is too great and that it will never make your website appear on the first page of Google or any of the other search engine listings. But it’s not impossible. When you use the right tactics, you can improve your website’s ranking on Google.

Here are 5 tips to get started.

1. Keyword research

Google directs people to your website because of the keywords they have typed in the search box. That means those same keywords should be on your site and easy to find. They must be part of the content and part of the navigation. Research your keywords and provide the most valuable and useful content possible. Provide what your customers and prospects are looking for and it will set you apart from the vast majority of your competition.

2. Create more content

Google and the other search engines will scan your website and index your content. The more relevant your content is, the more value search engines will place on your site. All search engines like fresh content because they want to provide their users with the most up-to-date information. But don’t compromise on the quality of your content by trying to post something new, let’s say every day, if it’s just a lot of crap.

3. Check your analysis

It goes without saying that if you want to improve your website ranking on Google, you need to install Google Analytics on your website. These free analytics help you track where your customers are going on your website, how long they stay on your website, how they got to your website, what keywords they use to find your website, how many visitors return to your website, and more. . This information is important. Check your website analytics regularly. Create content that matches what you find.

4. Don’t overuse keywords

While keywords are important for your website to appear in Google search results, you don’t want to use too many. Generally speaking, your keyword should be used once for every 100 words. If you repeat your keywords too much, Google will ignore your website because your content will be considered artificial and unreadable.

5. External links

If other authoritative, high-quality websites are linked to your website, Google will see this as a “recommendation” on the value of your site and will rank it higher in their search lists. For more of these backlinks, contact respected websites or blogs to see if you can provide a guest post or article. That post or article will contain a link to your website.

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Mistakes to avoid when choosing Christmas gifts for children

Don’t worry when choosing Christmas gifts for kids

You’ll be stressed enough on the big day, so relax and avoid these common mistakes.

I am a parent myself, so I know we make the idea of ​​choosing gifts for kids too complicated. There will be enough, how much we spend. These are just a few of the mistakes we made in previous years. Hopefully you don’t fall into the same traps this year.

Don’t choose gifts that are too old

As parents, we all seem to think that our children are “advanced” for their age.

So what do we do? We buy gifts that are for children a couple of years older than ours, thinking that they will provide them with more stimulation.

A bike that is too small, a game that needs a lot of concentration.

This causes two problems: –

  1. Gifts will not be used because the child does not understand them or are not old enough to use them yet.
  2. In later years, you may run out of gift ideas for your children because age-appropriate gifts were already bought (and thrown away) years before.

Buying the same Christmas gifts as your friends’ children

Envy of Christmas gifts, we have all been guilty of it from time to time. We see what our friends children are getting and then we run off and get the same gifts without stopping to think whether they are suitable or not.

Worried that there won’t be enough

The closer Christmas approaches, the more we worry that there won’t be enough to open on Christmas morning. So we run to the stores and grab whatever we can find and put it in the cart. With older children, this seems to be a bigger problem. Young children are much easier to shop for, they like everything, so it can be easy to buy a lot of goodies to entertain them.

As your children grow, they resolve one or two interests. Unfortunately, they also get more expensive (game consoles, mobile phones, laptops, etc.). So unless we spend more and more each year, naturally there will be less to open each year. I hope this article helps you avoid some of these mistakes when buying Christmas gifts for children this year.

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Game Jargon: Know the jargon to get things done! Here’s the lingo of popular board games

Don’t be left out when playing at the casino! Learn gambling vocabulary as you learn the games. This is important to understand so that you don’t feel like a newbie when playing board games.


Basic strategy – Plays you must make to maximize your advantage

Burn letters – Cards removed after the deck.

Bust / Break – Beating a total hand of 21

Card counting – Memorize cards played with an assigned value

Color – Collect your chips

Fold – To double your initial bet after the initial 2-card deal

Even money – Cashing your bet for a 1/1 payout when you have a blackjack against a dealer ace

Cards with figures – Jacks, Queens, Kings (aka picture cards)

First base – First seat to the dealer’s left

Hit / Draw – Asking for another card to add to your hand

Hole card – The dealer’s face down card

Sure – An additional bet for the player when the dealer shows an ace.

Pat Hand – A had a value of at least 17 points

Push / tie – Player and dealer with the same total hands

Shoe – A device used to store and dispense cards.

Soft hand A hand with an ace counted as 11 or 1

Stiff hand – A hand with little chance of winning if you get hit

Give up – Give you your hand to lose half your bet

Third base – Last seat to the dealer’s right

Card up – Dealer’s first card dealt face up


Any Craps – A total of dice of 2, 3 or 12

Great red – a bet on the Any seven box

Vans – When the dice add up to 12

Covered dice – Twisted dice

Cold Table – When most shooters aren’t winning

Come Bet – A bet placed after the point is established

Exit Roll – First roll of dice in a round

Don’t come to bet – A bet placed after the point is established (the result is opposite of the Come bet)

Don’t pass the bet – Betting against the shooter before Exit roll

Free fees – An additional bet behind the Pass line bet taken in true odds

Jorge – A good tip

Hard way – A 4,6,8,10 thrown in pairs

Place bet Betting that a place number (4-6, 8-10) will be rolled before a 7

Point number – One of the numbers 4-6, 8-10 made on the exit roll.

Press A Bet – To double your bet amount

Betting proposal – (AKA Prop Bets) one roll and Hard way bets

Right Gambler – Betting the shooter will win

Seven out – When a 7 is rolled before the point number

Shooter – Player currently rolling the dice

Snake Eyes – When the dice add up to 2

Rigid – A poor dumper

Toke – An advice given to the dealer.

Vigorish – ( AKA Vig) commission taken by the house

Wrong gambler – Betting the shooter will lose

I – The number 11 (aka Yo-Leven)


Aces up – A pair of aces with another pair

Everything inside – Betting all your remaining chips

In view of – The initial bet before the deal begins

Belly Buster – An interior staircase project

Big Slick – An ace and a king

Blinds – 2 forced bets before the cards are dealt (small blind and big blind)

Boat – Slang for a Full house

Broadway – The highest possible ladder with mixed suits, 10, J, Q, K, A

Button – A disc placed in front of a player acting as a dealer.

Bullets – A pair of aces

Call – To match the current bet

Control – Postpone placing a bet until another player does

Cowboys – Slang for a pair of kings

Dead hand – A hand with no chance of winning

Donkey / Fish – A bad player

Dead drawing – A hand that will lose even if it improves

Flop – The first 3 community cards

Flush – 5 cards of the same suit

Full house – (AKA Boat ) 3 of one type and 2 of another

Kicker – The highest unpaired card in a hand

Ladies – Slang for a pair of queens

Muck – Discarded hands upside down

Walnuts – Highest possible hand

Overcard – One card higher than another

ATVs 4 of a kind

Rag (s) – Cards that don’t add value to your hand

Rainbow – Cards with different suits

River – The fifth and last community card

Rounder – One who makes a living playing cards

Royal flush – Highest possible hand, a suited 10, J, Q, K, A

Set / Travel – 3 of a kind

Small pile – Have the least amount of chips on the table

Color ladder – 5 cards of the same suit in sequential order

He says – Behavior that gives other players information about how you might play your hand

Tight – Someone who only plays premium hands

Inclination – Desperate to hit losses again, causing bad decisions

Turn – The fourth community card

Under the gun – First player to bet after the big blind

Wheel – The lowest possible ladder with mixed suits A, 2, 3, 4,5

Wiring – A pair dealt on the first 2 cards

So there you have it. Learning this lingo will help you on your way to becoming a seasoned responsible gamer. Good luck!

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