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Here you can learn how to play the American version of baccarat and learn about the history of the game.

Baccarat History and American Baccarat Rules

Baccarat History and American Baccarat RulesIf we put aside the black ties, the velvet curtains and the overall exclusive atmosphere, baccarat is one of the simplest casino games around. In addition, baccarat is a beatable game with a low house edge, which makes it one of the best bets you can make! Here you can read about baccarat history and learn how to play the game. Both the American and European versions of baccarat and the French Chemin de Fer are late developments of the Italian game called baccara, which means zero in Italian. The origins of baccara go back to an old Etruscan myth. According to the myth, a blonde virgin had to toss a nine sided die to decide on her destiny. If the die landed on eight or nine, she would have to fulfill her destiny and become a priest. If the die landed on six or seven, she would be forbidden to participate in any religious activity. If the die landed on any other number, the virgin had to walk into the sea. The Italian game baccara was popular among French aristocracy during the end of the 15th century. Baccara had evolved to the European version of baccarat, which is still played in European casinos today as well as the French variation of baccarat known as "Chemin de Fer" , which is mainly played in casinos in France. The American version of the game was introduced to Nevada casinos in the 1950s by Francis Tommy Renzoni, who imported the game from Havana. Baccarat still carries an aroma of aristocracy and exclusivity. In American casinos, baccarat is played in a separated area of the casino, hidden behind velvet curtains. Baccarat players are usually dressed up and the betting limits are higher comparing to other table games. In order to attract the medium budget players, a lower limit version of baccarat, called mini baccarat, was invented. Mini baccarat is played on a smaller table, inside the casino gambling area with lower betting limits than baccarat. How to Play BaccaratBaccarat is played with 3 dealers and up to 12 or 14 players. Baccarat is usually played with 8 standard card decks. Aces valued as one, face cards and ten cards valued as zero, and the rest of the number cards worth their face value. The suit has no meaning. The object of the game is to get as close to 9 as possible.The play begins by all players, including the dealer, placing their bets either on the player, the banker, or on a tie. Traditionally, the dealer bets on the banker. The dealer can be the house dealer or one of the players. After everyone has placed their bets, the dealer gives two cards to each player and to the banker.The score of each hand is calculated as the sum of the two cards minus the left digit. For example, if the sum of the two cards is 15, the score would be 5. The decision whether to deal a third card is determined by a set or rules and it is not up to the player or the dealers decision. If the score of the players hand is 9 or 8, he winsIf the score of the dealers hand is 9 or 8, it is a tieIf a players score is 7 or 6, he can be dealt a third cardIf a players score is 5 or less, he has to receive a third cardIf a player gets a third card and the score of the dealers hand is 2, 1 or 0, he must draw a third cardIf the score of the dealers hand is 3 and the players third card is any value but 8, he must draw a third cardIf the score of the dealers hand is 4 and the players third card value is between 2 and 7, he must draw a third cardIf the score of the dealers hand is 5 and the players third card value is between 4 and seven, he must draw a third cardIf the score of the dealers hand is 6 and the players third card is 6 or 7, he must draw a third card.If the score of the dealers hand is 7, he cannot draw a third card.

CDC Issues Health Alert Notice for Travelers to USA from Hon

CDC Issues Health Alert Notice for Travelers to USA from Hon

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Saturday began distributing cards at airports receiving flights returning directly from Hong Kong warning travelers returning to the United States from Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China & Hanoi, Vietnam that they may have been exposed to cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).The cards are being handed out by quarantine officials at Chicago, O'Hare International Airport; Los Angeles; old York City, JFK International Airport; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the only U.S. airports receiving direct flights from Hong Kong. No U.S. airports receive direct flights from Hanoi or the Guangdong Province. CDC officials expect to expand the distribution of cards to Anchorage, Alaska & the territory of Guam later today.The cards also offer guidance designed to assist physicians in making a diagnosis by advising travelers to tell their physicians about recent travel to the affected regions, & whether they've been in contact with individuals who displayed symptoms of SARS.The travel cards warn those returning from the three areas that they should monitor their health for at least three days. they're also advised to contact their physicians if they become ill with a fever accompanied by a cough or difficulty in breathing.The CDC advises physicians & other clinicians to be alert for travelers who:As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had received reports of SARS cases in Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. For that reason the World Health Organization has issued emergency guidance for travelers & airlines so that persons displaying symptoms of the illness can receive immediate health care & can be brought to the attention of public health authorities. These individuals are also advised against travelling while ill.Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher; one or more symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, hypoxia (deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching tissues of the body), X-rays indicating the presence of pneumonia, or respiratory distress; & one or more of the following:History of travel to Hong Kong or Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China, or Hanoi, Vietnam within three days of symptom onset; Close contact with persons with respiratory illness having the described travel history. Close contact includes having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiratory secretions & body fluids of a person with SARS. Additionally, airlines should:Alert the destination airport of any passengers meeting the case definition criteria; Arriving passengers who are symptomatic should be referred to health authorities for assessment & care; The passengers & crew should provide all contact information for how passengers can be reached for the subsequent 14 days to airport health authorities. Aircraft passengers & crew should be informed of the person's status as a suspect case of SARS;

Tea: Origins, Flavors and Health Benefits

Tea: Origins, Flavors and Health Benefits

How many times do we just want to drink tea after a heavy meal, but are then bombarded with all the various tea flavours that we get lost. This article answers that need.What you should always remember is that there are only four types of tea.1) Black tea2) Green tea3) White tea4) Oolong teaAll these are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, also known as the tea plant. Other herbal infusions such as chamomile tea, ginger tea or red tea made of rooibos leaves are disqualified as types of tea since the tea plant is not involved in their making. The difference between the four tea variations lies in the process of making them. In addition, each type of tea has another flavor and various health benefits. 1) Black TeaThe strong flavored burnt Sienna colored hot beverage is the most popular type of tea in the West. Either served with a squeeze of lemon or added milk and a cube of sugar, the cup of black tea is part of daily tea ceremonies that take place worldwide. Black tea is made of heavily oxidized Camellia sinensis leaves. When served plain, it contains no calories, carbohydrates, or fats. A cup of black tea contains more caffeine than any other types of tea but less than in any cup of coffee.2) Green TeaThe lightly oxidized tea has been popular in China, Japan and Korea for centuries. Recently, rumors on its health benefits increased its popularity in the West as well. It has been proven that drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, increase metabolic rates and be helpful in variety of other conditions and illnesses. The green tea is lightly oxidized, dried, but not fermented. It is usually served plain, without sugar or milk. Since some of the green tea variants taste a bit bitter, it should be brewed in lower temperature than the boiling point.3) White TeaWhite tea is rarer and more expensive than the other types of teas mentioned above. Originated in the Fujian province of china, the white tea is made of young Camellia sinensis leaves, which go through a long process of steaming or frying, inactivate fermenting and drying. Since the leaves are harvested while the buds are still covered by white hair, it is called white tea. White tea has the most delicate, sweet taste than the other types of tea. Moreover, it contains the smallest amount of caffeine and the largest amount of antioxidant that help prevent cancer.4) Oolong TeaThe traditional Chinese tea is the common companion of Chinese foods such as dim sum and chop suey in American Chinese restaurants. The oolong tea, black dragon in Chinese, got its name after its long, dark distinguished leaves that look like wild black dragons when brewed. The unique taste of the oolong tea is achieved by a long process that includes sun drying of the Camellia sinensis leaves, light oxidization, cooling and drying processes. The result is a lighter flavor than the popular black tea and stronger than the delicate green tea.

Loincloths and Tenderizing at a Budapest Spa

Loincloths and Tenderizing at a Budapest Spa

The Gellert Hotel Spa is renowned as the ultimate spa destination in Hungary. Heres a first hand account of the Gellert experience.Gellert Hotel SpaWhile in Budapest, everyone kept saying I hadnt experience Hungary until I had a spa. According to my newfound friends, a spa meant the Gellert Hotel Spa.Being a macho American male, I dragged an American girl I met on the train with me to the spa. The purported purpose, of course, was chivalry and introducing her to an experience she would never forget. After paying $2 each, my bluff was called. Women and men were separated for the treatments. I was alone and didnt speak a word of the language!Once separated, I was sent into a large room with what appeared to be a few hundred dressing rooms. An attendant looked up from a desk, said something in Hungarian, slapped a piece of cloth in my hand and pointed to a dressing room.In the dressing room, I prepared to change only to realize the cloth was no more than a string and a 2 x 2 inch square of cotton. For those anatomically challenged, the string went around your waste and the cloth hung in front. At this point, there was only one thing to do. Chant the traveler mantra, Ah, what the heck. Ill never see any of these people again.Outside the dressing room, I proceeded to immediately stand around, try to look casual and see what the locals were doing. This was a bit difficult as I was the only person in the room. Eventually a local showed up, changed and headed down a hall. I followed and hoped he didnt notice.At the end of the hall, we walked through two giant pools. The walls were painted in baroque styles, the steps into the pools were marble and the whole place was impressive. I nearly let my loincloth slide up.After the pools, we approached a room that looked remarkably more industrial. There was a line out the door and I dutifully joined it behind my guide. After a few moments, we rounded the door and I saw something I did not expect. Eight loincloth clad men like myself were lying on metal tables. Large male masseuses were standing over them. They would slap them about, spray them with garden hoses, slap them about and repeat as necessary. This wasnt the massage I was anticipating, but I sure as heck wasnt getting out of line. That would be to embarrassing!After a few moments, it was my turn to jump up on a table. My masseuse looked at me and said, Americanski? I nodded. He grinned. And the beating began. A Hungarian/Turkish massage reminded me of the movie Rocky. In Rocky, the lead character pounds on sides of meat to get ready for his fight. In the case of the massage, I was the side of meat. It didnt hurt, but it wasnt exactly relaxing.After a few moments of tenderizing, I was lifted off the table and sent flying through the air. As time slowly passed, I noted this hadnt happened to any of the men who went before me. I also noted the limestone and marble material used in the walls. Just as I started panicking, I splashed down into a pool to the sound of laughter. While I was trying to decide if I should laugh or be enraged, my body started sending its own signals. I was in a pool of what had to be the coldest water on the planet earth. I am talking Antarctica kind of cold.Leaping out of the pool, the men in the room gave me a standing ovation accompanied by hunched over, gasping laughter. Now I knew Hungary.Well, when in Romeerr, Budapest.

Bons Plans pour Mariage Express

Encore jeune et pas fortun, pourquoi se privez de ce que la vie vus offre de plus prcieux pour fonder une famille? Le mariage.Alors qu'un mariage sur le vieux continent s'value entre 10 000 et 15 000 euros, las Vegas vous offre des prestations pour dix fois moins cher, et en plus sortant de l'ordinaire. Que vous faut il faire. Bon, d'accord, il faut acheter le billet, mais ensuite?Ensuite rien de plus simple, rendez vous au Bureau des Mariages (Clark County Marriage License - 201 Clark Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89155 - Tel. (702) 671-0600) munis des papiers suivants: carte d'identit prouvant que vous avez plus de 18 ans, en cas de prcdent divorce, n'oubliez pas de prendre avec vous la copie de votre acte de divorce.Ensuite, c'est vous de voir.Une simple crmonie civile au Bureau des Mariages vous cotera qu'une cinquantaine de dollars et ne durera qu'une demie heure.Les clbres chapelles long du Las Vegas strip reconnaissables par leur jardins de roses vous offres des services pour une somme comprise entre $200 et 500 dollars qui regroupent un forfait de mariage comprenant l'utilisation de la chapelle, la crmonie de mariage, des fleurs, de la musique et des photos. Les forfaits plus coteux comprennent plus d'extras comme le transfert depuis votre htel en limousine ou Elvis Presley comme tmoin. Ou encore, les casinos. Selon le thme que vous dsirez pour votre mariage, rendez-vous soit l'htel Excalibur pour un mdival,sinon MGM Grand a un mariage en montagnes russes, Treasure Island offre un mariage de pirates bord de son bateau HMS Brittania et le Las Vegas Hilton propose un mariage Star Trek bord du vaisseau spatial Enterprise avec des tmoins Klingon et des invits Ferengi. Les prix varient alors de de 350 $ 3500 $, voir d'avantage. Mais vous tes tout prets des salles de blackjack et des machines sous.Pour la Lune de Miel, en panne d'ides ou de sous? Pourquoi ne pas faire un tour du monde depuis Las Vegas?Las Vegas, autre ses casinos, vous permet en effet de dcouvrir les sept merveilles du monde en un clin d'oeil. Vous voulez Paris et le charme de ses cafs? Pas de problme, rendez-vous au Paris Las Vegas! Ici, des votre arrive, la Tour Eiffel, l'Arc de triomphe sans oublier le clbre opra Garnier vous accueillent a bras ouverts!Dans une architecture trs Franchie style Haussmannien, vous retrouvez toutes les spcialits franaises et europennes au sein de ses fameux restaurants, sans oublier son casino.Envie subite de vous dpayser. Rendez-vous Venetian! A Venise et ses gondoles... Quelle femme digne de ce nom ne souhaiterait pas passez sa lune de miel dans ce dcor pittoresque, et rvasser comme une jeune fille a l'aube de ses 20 ans, en attendant Casanova... Venez vous dtendre au Venetian. Cet htel recre pour vous les fameux canaux, les gondoles, les palais vnitiens et la rplique de la Piazza San Marco. Elgance et raffinement caractrisent le Venetian et ses 3000 chambres. Le Venetian abrite galement une superbe galerie d'art avec le Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. Et pour dcouvrir encore plus de l'Italie, direction le Tuscany Suites CasinoPour les nostalgiques d'Astrix et Obelix et du fameux Ave Csar, prcipitez vous vite au Caesar's Palace! Conue sur le modle de la Rome antique, le Caesar's Palace accueille galement des championnats du monde de boxe et des grands spectacles de vedette.Envie de vous retrouvez sur une le paradisiaque? Essayer le Tahiti! Ses bananiers, les tropiques et les plages de sable fin, Pourquoi trop attendre.Alors, qu'attendez vous pour passer la bague au doigt?

Advantage of Renting a Condotel Suite in Cebu while on Vacation in the Philippines

Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences [LCRR] in Mactan, Cebu, a boutique Brand Name Condotel Investment of Pacific Concord Properties Inc, is now ready to accept guests in the Condo Hotel. Under the management of Lancaster Hotels, Land and Properties, Inc. [LHLPI], rental operations of LCRR were soft launched March 2007.Beth Collingz, International Marketing Director of PLC Global an internet based sales and marketing company and lead marketing partners with Pacific Concord Properties, Inc., for the Lancaster Brand of Condotels in the Philippines, recently announced the company has acquired, by purchase, additional units in its Lancaster Cebu Condotel adding another 75M pesos to its project inventory and expansion program. This brings the number of properties held in the development to 75 suites with another 120 units to be added before year end for Condo Hotel rental operations.Collingz said staying in a condominium hotel not only gives you the same flexibility as you would have in your own home but also you are usually fairly close to the attractions. "Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences" for example is located a few minutes from Mactan-Cebu International Airport, 15 mins to first class beach resorts and 20 mins from down town Cebu.Some of the things that are included with your condominium at the Lancaster Cebu Resort Residences: Airconditioing, Kitchen is fully supplied, Laundry service, Swimming pool, Cable television in bedroom and living room said CollingzThe idea of being able to have four people in a Two bedroom suite is also an aspect that will go far. No more having to get two rooms for a family of four.Wireless Internet access for your laptop is available in all rooms and maid service can be provided as well.One of the other advantages that really should catch your attention is that you have the comforts of being able to cook, have someone else do the laundry and just relax said CollingzYou can choose from Studio or Two Bedroom suites at Lancaster Cebu. For the soft launch, LHLPI has prepared special promotional room rates aimed at budget travelers. Guests can check-in to any of the executive studio suites for as low as $35 a night or to any of the two-bedroom loft rooms at $65 a night plus 13% Government Tax whilst longer term discounted rates for monthly and yearly lease rentals are also available said Collingz.If you are planning your vacation either as one family, or as a two family group then the cost per person of renting a condotel suite is quite small.Some people will try to weigh the cost of a stay in a condominium against a couple of weeks in a low budget motel. There is really no comparison, especially when you look at the advantages and cost over the long run, including being able to cook instead of eating out every meal. Some motels and hotels actually work out to be more expensive, especially if you choose to stay in a suite.Taking everything into consideration staying in a condominium while on vacation may be the best choice you have ever made.Whilst some renovation works are still ongoing within the complex, unit rentals are now available to guests at 'Special Promo Rates'. Cebu City is the acknowledged gateway and Queen City of the South. Cebu is the most important trading and commercial hub outside of Metro Manila. Mactan Cebu International Airport assures the arrival of a steady stream of international flights from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kota Kinabalu, Seoul and Qatar. There are also chartered flights from Incheon, Taipei, Kansai, Nagoya and Kiaoshung that arrive on a weekly basis. Cebu is identified by Asiaweek and Conde Nast Traveller as one of Asias Best Cities

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Here you can learn how to play the American version of baccarat and learn about the history of the game.