Aug 29

Labor Day Weekend!

Category: Holiday

Labor Day is coming up, and folks everywhere are packing up for camping trips, attending parades, hosting barbecues, or hunting for sales. Everyone is excited for that extra day off, knowing it’s the opportune time to make plans with family and friends. However, do you know the origins of Labor Day in the U.S.? Why is it even a holiday in the first place (not that anyone would ever complain about it)? We’ll fill you in on the facts!

Labor_Day_New_York_1882The first Labor Day celebrated in New York City, 1882

  1. In 1882, the Central Labor Union proposed the idea of Labor Day, dedicated to the American worker.
  2. The first Labor Day was held on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, which had a street parade and a festival to entertain the workers.
  3. Labor Day symbolized the improvement of labor during that time period, and focused on the ideals of higher standards of living for the American citizen.
  4. The first Monday of September was chosen to be the official Labor Day holiday in 1884.
  5. In 1885, the holiday spread from New York to other major areas in the U.S., and eventually grew into the national holiday that it is today.

Enjoy the three-day weekend, because you deserve it. We hope you have a blast!

 

What are your plans for Labor Day Weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Aug 27

Top International Casino Resorts – Part 5

Category: Casino

Hey! Wasn’t this place in a couple of James Bond movies? I wonder if he’s in there now…

The Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

monte carlo casino“Monte Carlo” by Glen Scarborough on Flickr is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (license)

For being the second smallest country in the world, Monaco sure is impressive when it comes to the casino experience. The Casino de Monte-Carlo is considered legendary, partly because of its huge collection of table games considered to be the “most prestigious and the most complete in Europe.” Some of these tables include traditional games such as Blackjack and Texas Hold’em, but also include special versions of card games like Trente et Quarante and Chemin de Fer. The casino also holds over 1,000 slot machines, being the largest collection of slots in all of Europe. Guests can also play golf while viewing the Mediterranean Sea, and participate in the bustling nightlife to enhance the casino experience. You can choose to stay at the four luxury hotels within close proximity of the casino to supplement the high-class experience: Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, and Monte-Carlo Beach. It’s no wonder James Bond loves to stop by the Monte-Carlo during his missions!

Time to leave Monaco, and expand our horizons into another enchanting location. Tune in for our next post!

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Aug 25

Top International Casino Resorts – Part 4

Category: Casino

Time to stop by China, at the largest hotel in the WORLD. Look how glamorous this place looks, it could be mistaken for a palace!

The Venetian Macao, Macau, China

venetian macau“The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel” by Dennis Wong on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

If you’re looking for a high-class location, the Venetian Macao would definitely be among the top of your list. This all-suite hotel has massive rooms brimming with elegance, complete with exclusive spa and limousine services. The casino is even more impressive, split into four themed gaming areas – Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon, and Phoenix – consisting of around 3,400 slot machines and around 800 gambling tables. VIP guests have admission to the prestigious Paiza Club, which gives them access to their own private entrance and lobby, private game rooms, and the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge. The resort also houses the famous Cotai Arena, which hosts a wide array of special events, such as concerts, awards shows, and sporting events.

The next destination oozes with grandeur, and is usually associated with everyone’s favorite British spy. Find out where it is in the next blog post, you don’t want to miss this one!

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Aug 22

Top International Casino Resorts – Part 3

Category: Casino

Unpack your bathing suits ladies and gentlemen, and feast your eyes on our next destination:

Ibiza Gran Hotel, Ibiza Town, Spain

ibiza gran hotel“Gran_Hotel_Ibiza.jpg” by Pablo Monteagudo on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

The Ibiza Gran Hotel has perfected the balance between relaxing and partying. This resort offers beachfront hammocks and fiestas, as well as a chance to explore the area’s villages. The rooms include Open Spa service and an indoor jacuzzi, paired with original contemporary art. The casino showcases its glamorous gambling experience: guests have the option to reserve a game table for their private group, complete with a bar and catering service. Players can also choose from over 300 gambling machines and a variety of table games. On the Cala d’Hort archipelago, visitors can submerge themselves in scuba gear and marvel at the crystal clear waters and diverse aquatic life.

A beautiful place filled with beautiful people. We don’t want to leave either, but there’s other resorts out there just as wonderful as this one, we promise! Come back next time to find out where we’ll land.

 

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Aug 20

Top International Casino Resorts – Part 2

Category: Casino

Will you look at that view? Here’s an opportunity to get in touch with nature on your next trip:

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut, USA

Foxwoods resort“Foxwoods_Resort_Casino.jpg” by Stilfehler on Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 (license)

Located on the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation, Foxwoods is composed of six casinos nested within a 900-acre forest. It’s the prime spot to unwind! Guests can enjoy nature in Lake of Isles, one of the top golf venues in the United States. It is also the second largest casino in the U.S., and has over 380 gambling tables and more than 6,300 slot machines. In addition, the casino hosts an online casino for those who are unable to get the firsthand Foxwoods experience. The resort also includes the Tree House Arcade, which can be a saving grace for parents who wish to spend more time gambling without hiring a babysitter. Its AAA Four-Diamond hotel rooms can be upgraded to include a 24-hour private butler service for the ultimate lavish experience.

 

Foxwoods brings you the woodland environment minus the hassle of camping. But for our next trip, maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch. Grab your neck pillows, because we’re flying to Europe!

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Aug 18

Top International Casino Resorts – Part 1

Category: Casino

It’s never a bad time to start planning for your next vacation. Since you will be taking MobilityWare apps along with you, why not put your casino skills to use? For this week and next week, we will be your tour guide and show you the top hottest international casino resorts.

Let’s jump in a plane and fasten our seat belts! Our first stop is Atlantic City, New Jersey:

 

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, USA

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“The Trump Taj Mahal” by Randy Kline on Flickr is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 (license)

Located along the Jersey shore, this casino resort is considered one of the largest hotels in the world. The hotel rooms exhibit luxurious European décor, complete with whirlpool tubs and marble finishes. The Ego Bar & Lounge boasts an exciting nightlife destination apart from being just a place to grab drinks. The casino houses over 2,500 slot machines, 177 game tables, a Baccarat Pit, and a poker room with daily tournaments. The Trump Taj Mahal’s poker room also hosts the United States Poker Championship! The building overlooks the Atlantic City Boardwalk and the beach, which offers countless attractions such as cultural and art museums if you ever need a break from the casino. There are also a variety of ocean activities, as well as the Absecon Lighthouse, which is the third tallest lighthouse in the U.S.

We will be hopping a few states over in our next blog post, to a place far away from the hustle and bustle of city life!

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Aug 15

What does Blackjack have to do with FedEx?

Category: Blackjack

It certainly isn’t obvious, but there is a direct connection. FedEx was saved from bankruptcy by the founder’s Blackjack winnings

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Last month, we told you about a not-so-lucky Blackjack game that tennis star Ernests Gulbis had after the French Open (read more). Today, we’re highlighting a more optimistic ending to a round of Blackjack. Turns out, when the company was first starting out, FedEx was on the brink of bankruptcy. The founder, Frederick Smith, took the remaining $5,000 that the company had left and flew to Las Vegas with it.  He left the Blackjack table with $27,000, enough to keep the company running another week. Things turned around from there, and today FedEx is worth over $42 billion. That’s some fateful Blackjack game!

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Aug 13

Meet Jaxon, Our New Creative Director

Category: Uncategorized

 

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Background

I was born in Vancouver, but have been living in Southern California for most of my life. I went to school at the University of Southern California (USC) where I studied business. In my free time, I enjoy trying to keep up with my two little boys, playing competitive basketball and following my USC Trojans football team. One of my proudest moments not including being a first time Dad was dunking a basketball when I was 30 years old!

When did you first get interested in gaming?

As a youngster, I’ve always enjoyed playing video games. It all started with the old school Atari console. My favorite type of video games usually is sports related. The first game that I played on my first PC was EA’s “Lakers vs Celtics” on a floppy disk… the rest is history. I always knew I wanted to work in the gaming industry but sort of got side tracked while attending college. Shortly after graduating, I worked for IBM for a while but my heart was always on the creative side so I had to make the switch. Ironically, my first start in the industry was at Electronic Arts.

Why did you decide to come work for MobilityWare?

It was an exciting opportunity to take what I’ve learned in the industry throughout the years and share it with a company that I felt had huge potential to grow even further.

What is your favorite game of all time?

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! Enough said.

If you could be a character in a game, who would you be?

Little Mac because he represents the ultimate underdog.

 

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Aug 11

Chance’s Blackjack Challenge – Results Part 2

Category: Blackjack

bjack results pt 2Casino Night 2.19.13” by Southern Arkansas University on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

You can stop biting your nails now because we are about to find out the conclusion to Chance’s Blackjack adventure. Will we cry with him, or jump for joy for him? Let’s find out.

 

Question 7: Chance feels like he could win a lot of money with his current hand. He decides to “double down”, meaning:

Answer: a. Double his initial bet and deal one more card in his current hand
This can be a very risky move, because Chance might end up with a losing hand and lose double his money. 

 

Question 8: Chance made a bad call with that previous hand, so now he’s a little more wary and decides to “surrender” his current hand, meaning:

Answer: c. Quit this current round and lose only half of his initial bet
Chance could opt for an “early surrender”, where he surrenders before the dealer checks for a Blackjack. He could also choose a “late surrender”, where he surrenders after the dealer checks his hand and does not have 21.

 

Question 9: The dealer shows his hand, and Chance’s wife whispered, “That’s a push”. What is she implying?

Answer: a. Chance’s hand and the dealer’s hand are a tie
Nobody wins, and Chance’s bet is returned. This is known as a “tie” or a “stand-off”.

 

Question 10: Chance is sick and tired of losing. He decides to end the night quickly by betting all of his remaining money, and choosing to “stand”, which means:

Answer: b. He sticks with his current hand and ends his turn
Another one of the most basic Blackjack terms. In our future blog post about Blackjack strategy, we’ll share with you when it’s best to “stand” or “hit”.

 

Question 11: Chance takes a deep breath while he is dealt his final hand. He receives a “natural”, and he sheds a tear because:

Answer: c. The two cards total 21, making Chance an automatic winner
A “natural” hand consists of a 10-value card and an Ace. The probability of getting a natural is a slim 4.8%!

 

Sum up your total points, and see how you did based on the scoring sheet below:

1-3: Beginner’s Luck – The stakes were high, but at least you got more than 0.
4-6: Card-counting Apprentice – You tried your best, but it just wasn’t enough to beat the house.
7-9: High Roller – Casinos are definitely keeping a close eye on you, and everyone suddenly wants to be your friend.
10-11: A “Natural” – Are you sure you’re not Don Johnson? Teach me your skills, genius!

 

Now that you know most of the essential Blackjack terms, tune in for our Blackjack strategy posts in the near future!

Hopefully you were able to gain some new Blackjack knowledge. Who knows, it may come in handy for your next trip to Vegas!

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Aug 8

Chance’s Blackjack Challenge—Part 2

Category: Blackjack

blackjack pt 2DSC29094, Atlantis Casino Hotel, Reno, Nevada, USA” by Jim G on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (license)

 

Chance doesn’t feel like his luck has run out just yet. He asks his wife to continue playing her Blackjack app on the side as he resumes his attempts to beat the house.

 

Question 7: Chance feels like he could win a lot of money with his current hand. He decides to “double down”, meaning:
a. Double his initial bet and deal one more card in his current hand
b. Bribe the dealer by giving him double the tip
c. Forfeit his current hand and take his winnings

Question 8: Chance made a bad call with that previous hand, so now he’s a little more wary and decides to “surrender” his current hand, meaning:
a. Let his wife play the rest of the rounds for the night
b. Beg mercy for the dealer to return all the bets he lost
c. Quit this current round and lose only half of his initial bet

Question 9: The dealer shows his hand, and Chance’s wife whispered, “That’s a push”. What is she implying?
a. Chance’s hand and the dealer’s hand are a tie
b. The dealer is pushing Chance around
c. Chance needs to push his cards away, closer to the dealer

Question 10: Chance is sick and tired of losing. He decides to end the night quickly by betting all of his remaining money, and choosing to “stand”, which means:
a. He stands up to signal the dealer that he is finished playing for the night
b. He sticks with his current hand and ends his turn
c. He convinces himself that he’s made the right decision

Question 11: Chance takes a deep breath while he is dealt his final hand. He receives a “natural”, and he sheds a tear because:
a. That was a really bad decision, and he now has an empty wallet
b. The casino naturally has to escort the penniless Chance out of the casino
c. The two cards total 21, making Chance an automatic winner

 

Check out our next blog post to see where your ranking lies, and to find out if Chance is shedding tears of sorrow…or tears of joy.

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