Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced yesterday that after 146 years the show won’t go on past May. They explained in the statement, “The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the elephants off the circus, the company saw a decline in ticket sales greater than could have been anticipated.”
I know people will hate me for saying this, but I am sad to see it go. I can still remember the fun time I had as a kid when my parents first took me to see it. I wasn’t even as old as all the fingers on my hand, but I can remember driving there with anticipation, watching the show with excitement and wanting to go see it again and again. I did. It brought a smile to my face and millions, probably billions, of other kids’ faces over the century and a half, and it is shame that future generations won’t be able to see it. Who doesn’t need a clown? Or several of them coming out of a tiny car every now and again? I know I do.
So thank you for the memories, sorry that babies around the US won’t be able to have the same ones.
Omaha Hi-Lo poker is a variant of the popular Omaha poker game. The difference between Omaha Hi-Lo and traditional Omaha poker is that the former splits the pot evenly between the lowest hand and the highest hand. If you're playing a game of Omaha Hi-Lo, and you have the lowest hand, you will win 50% of the pot. If you have the highest hand, you will win 50% of the pot. However, players who hold both the highest and the lowest hands will win the entire pot. Omaha Poker shot to popularity in 1939 when WWII broke out. It was popularized in Las Vegas back in 1982, but it took another 9 years before the game became a mainstream attraction at the WSOP (World Series of Poker).
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Newbies should always remember that you count the low hand in Omaha Hi-Lo from the highest card downwards. If you're holding the following cards: Jack, Ace, King, 2 and 5, then your low hand is: Ace, King, Jack, 5 and 2. If your hand is made up of the following cards: 2, 9, 6, 4 and 3, then your low hand is: 9, 6, 4, 3, and 2. Comparing these hands, the second hand is the Omaha Lo winner. If players have the same high card in their low hand, then we need to take account of the other cards that make up the hand. The second card in each hand must be considered, since the lower-value card wins in Omaha Hi-Lo. If both players have the identical low hand, then the pot will be split 50/50 between them. In other words, the low hand winners will receive 25% of the total pot.
Players who already know the rules of games like Texas Hold'em are well positioned to play Omaha Hi-Lo poker. Remember that you will receive 4 hole cards, but only 2 can be used. The dealer will also deliver The Flop, Turn and River – the Community Cards. The most important thing to remember at this stage of the game is that you can use only 2 of your 4 hole cards along with any 3 community cards (Flop, Turn and River) to form the best Omaha Hi-Lo hand.
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Once the dealer has been designated, the positions of other players relative to the dealer are evident. These include the Small Blind and the Big Blind. These mandatory bets are required for all players in the hand. The Big Blind is twice the value of the Small Blind. Once the blinds have been posted, each player will receive 4 cards face down. These are known as the hole cards. The dealer always acts last in games of Omaha Hi-Lo. The dealer position is regarded as the best position in a game of poker, given that the dealer gets to see exactly what every other player is doing before acting.
This is where things like poker psychology, bluffing and strategy come into play. However, the dealer position rotates around the table after each hand of play. Therefore, every player at a table gets to enjoy this prime position. Once the Small Blinds and the Big Blinds have been posted, 4 facedown hole cards will be dealt. Players will then act by calling, raising, or holding and checking. Once the betting round is over, the first 3 community cards will be dealt. This is known as The Flop. Players then act, and the betting round will end. The next community card, The Turn, is the fourth community card. Another round of betting will follow this. The fifth and final card is The River. At the end of the betting round, The Showdown ensues. The best low hand will win 50% of the pot, and the highest-ranking high hand will win 50% of the pot.
Hollywood loves history, and every now and then it just seems like we’re due for a new attempt at a sweeping historical epic. The likes of Braveheart, Gladiator, and Troy have done the genre proud over the past few decades, even if we’ve seen our share of epic flops as well. But there hasn’t been a truly memorable historical epic in quite some time, and it’s beginning to seem like the movie industry is overdue for a new historical hit.
One chapter of history that seems particularly ripe is the Viking era. There just isn’t a definitive cinematic Viking epic, and the argument can be made that public interest in this fascinating time period is at an all-time high.
This is largely due to the success of the History Channel’s surprise hit series, Vikings. Despite debuting in the shadow of Game Of Thrones, and on a network not particularly well known for fictional dramas, Vikings has found a great deal of success. The show depicts the adventurous, brutal, and action-packed life of Ragnar Lothbrook, an ambitious young man in a world of Viking kings and armies. The aggregate rating at Rotten Tomatoesfor the show’s four seasons is above 90 percent, indicating that it has enjoyed staying power with audiences. Those same audiences would likely eat up a cinematic Viking tale, even if it had little or nothing to do with the show.
Viking themes have also become more prominent in gaming lately, in part through games like Clash Of Clans (which vaguely hints at Viking culture with a Scottish twist), but also through more direct examples. A game called Viking Mania is featured as one of the many slot gaming titles at Betfair, which often tend to represent some of the more popular trends in gaming. Other examples at the same site include titles relating to Marvel, professional soccer, Sherlock Holmes, and Jurassic Park, to name a few. Viking Mania offers a cartoonish take on the Viking age, but still demonstrates the continued appeal of these types of characters.
A more realistic take on Vikings in the gaming world is also set to emerge in 2017 with the release of For Honor. Set to become one of the latest installments in Ubisoft’s game lineup, For Honor involves knights, samurai, and Vikings in a mash-up brawling experience spread out across various chapters from history. Players will have the chance to control mighty Viking characters as they hack and slash their way through a number of violent challenges.
Viking culture and adventures are fairly mainstream at the moment, which could mean that there’s already an established fan base for a potential film. There are actually some rumors about just such a movie. According to Slash Film, Leonardo DiCaprio is circling a number of major projects for the coming years, and one of them—thought to be titled Ruthless—might be a Viking epic. The belief is that it is a new version of King Harald, a legendary 11th century Viking king.
The stage is set for this genre to move to cinema screens in a big way, regardless of whether or not we wind up with a King Harald biopic in the future. Let’s hope it happens soon.
Up until last week, HBO planned to air the Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary in March. But then sadly, both the mother and daughter died a day apart from each other and HBO pushed up the air date. Their story of love is now airing this Sunday at 8p and I am glad they made that decision.
This doc will show why and how this mother and daughter who couldn’t be separated in life found they are also inseparable in death. It is a relationship that most women wish to have with their moms, but not all of them do. If your mother is still alive, watch this trailer and then the special, and call your mother to tell her you love her. Or better yet stop over and give her a big hug.
If any good can come from their passing, is that the mother/daughter bond is something that should be respected and honored.
If you can’t wait until Sunday this heartwarming doc, then you can watch Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking on HBOGo now.
Remember when Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant this year? Well yesterday on The Tonight Show he revealed to Jimmy Fallon what really happened that memorable night.
For those of us who watched it go down on YouTube, it seemed to all happen in a blink of an eye. It didn’t, there was a 4 minute interval between him announcing the wrong name until he corrected his error. An error that he says went down like this, “I read the teleprompter, but the guy in my ear said read the next name.” Then he added, “The teleprompter just said, ‘the new 2015 Miss Universe is…’ And the next thing he said was, ‘read the next name.'” At that point, he read Miss Columbia’s name and went backstage.
Then like Justin Timberlake/Madonna song, 4 minutes, later, he heard words he can’t repeat on the NBC show. That is when the host learned that he read the wrong name. The producers’ decision was to wait until the next day to fix it. Harvey then told them no, took his “most gut wrenching walk” and admitted his mistake on International television.
Say what you want about him, he did the right thing. You have to respect him for doing that. Most people would’ve let it be handled in the press, but he faced it like a man. I, on the other hand, would’ve faced it like the girl that I am. I would get in my car and hightailed it out of there.