John McCain’s Gambling Problem — and Ours?

That’s more than borderline unseemly, I’d say — easily several hundred thousand dollars over a period of 5-10 years if McCain plays regularly. And Noam Schieber comments today at the New Republic’s The Stump blog on McCain’s visits to the crap tables in Vegas: “A few thousand dollars at a time? Wow. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.

. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request. It is a game of skill. At the most obvious level, the game is incredibly simple — players rotate turns throwing the dice, and you either win or lose depending on what number comes up. “Uh-oh!” he cried, as a player accidentally threw the dice off the table. “Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John’s life,” says John Weaver, McCain’s former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino. “Taking a chance, playing against the odds.” Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before. In the heat of the G.O.P. Craps is an absurd game of luck. Wes Gullett, a close friend who worked for McCain for years, told me that they used to play craps in Las Vegas in fourteen-hour stints, standing at the tables from 10 a.m. You may have thrilling short term wins but only madmen play craps.”

And here’s an excerpt from the Time story:

The surprising Time magazine piece this week about the gambling habits of John McCain (craps) and Barack Obama (poker) continues to reverberate, with McCain’s much more avid and cash-expending pursuit drawing most of the attention. “This is a very, very superstitious game,” he said. “And he just sort of revels in it.”

Only recently have McCain’s aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.”

A diarist at DailyKos is even probing whether McCain has ever filed the proper federal tax forms for gambling profits and losses. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor.

This is not exactly my area of expertise, though I have been to Vegas three times in the past two years for conventions, during which I played the slots in the casinos for about a half-hour total — while winning two $75 jackpots on the machines at the airport!

But will all this attention now “scare the craps” out of McCain?

The Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf article at Time contrasted McCain’s high-stakes and risk-taking gambling with Obama’s cautious, cerebral brand, practically inviting readers to consider how this might play out when one of them is in the Oval Office.

You may have read the Time piece already so here is an excerpt from an earlier Connie Bruck piece in The New Yorker, May 30, 2005:

In the past decade, [McCain] has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip.

The moment the car stopped at McCain’s hotel in downtown New Orleans, he set out at his usual fast clip for Harrah’s, across the street. “He clearly knows that this is on the borderline of what is acceptable for him to be doing,” says a Republican who has watched McCain play. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. It’s certainly a far cry from the $1-ante games Obama played in Springfield.”

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It’s not exactly a bolt out of the blue — as long ago as the 2000 campaign, Maureen Dowd was joking about the Bush men staking out the craps tables in Vegas to catch McCain in the act — but still intriguing. McCain is an avid gambler.

I love this quote from Anthony Holden, the well-known British poker-player and writer, from a recent article in the London Telegraph: “We poker players don’t call poker gambling. But McCain’s betting formula makes it much more complicated. “Craps is addictive,” McCain remarked, and he headed for the fifteen-dollar-minimum-bet tables. to midnight. “He never, ever plays on the house,” says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser

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Gaming – InfoBarrel

A lot of games are now being introduced to the public. One significant development has something to do with the way games are being played. Even with the numerous online games available, offline gaming is still going to exist and probably preferred by some.

Online Gaming

Playing Games

Information technology has certainly made a big impact to humankind. That is why more and more IT experts are religiously developing new games or simply improving the current prevailing games since there is a huge public clamor for such.

With offline gaming, the usual games could last around 20 to 100 game play hours. Watch out for that.

– Card games: Poker, Baccarat, Canasta – to name just the most popular and well known

These games are available online and the best part of it is that you can now play with people from all over the world. But for you to fully appreciate online gaming, you should be aware of the technical aspects to secure a spot in what they call the elite circle of online gamers.

– Pencil and paper games

Gambling involves activities like casinos, sports books, poker, video poker, craps, black jack, roulette, slot machines, lottery and skill games – just to name a few. In addition, such games are fairly simple to finish off, so gamers are not at all pressured to play for more hours.

There are a number of popular games for offline gaming as:

– Dexterity/coordination games

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia © 2001-2010 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

There are many different types of games. Today these games are primarily electronic and cover a diversity of imaginary contexts that the modern computers try to recreate as a form of virtual reality.

– Video games

These games require a PC or laptop, but an Internet connection is not needed. Knowing the trend in online gaming, it is expected that there’s more to come in the future that’s completely exciting. The thought of outwitting their counterparts is what drives any online gamer to succeed. It has gained its popularity which led to the existence of arcades. Here, online gamers met and have formed virtual camaraderie through the game preferences they had. Attested as early as 2600 BC, games are a universal part of human experience and present in all cultures.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

– Simulation – Games of this type are extensions of childhood games where children pretend being in adult roles such as doctor, parent or fireman. And for these reasons, this is where offline gaming comes into play. From simple to complex, intellectual to sports related and the highly dynamic violent games, name it and you have a long list of choices.

– Dice games: Backgammon , Dice Chess, Ship, Captain, and Crew (or Six Five Four), Shoot the Moons, Strat-O-Matic

To play online, you must register first to be qualified and enjoy the benefits of various online gamers club. Furthermore, there are times when people would simply want to relax and play a game without having to deal with the other players. In the case of The Sims 3, it can be played either in a computer or PS3 console. Some are old games that are just modified to fit with the modern times while some are totally new. Almost every aspect of human interest turned out to be very accessible. Time, distance and nationality are defied in the so-called growing cyber world that gathers online gamers.

Gambling

The Sims 3

Need for Speed: Shift

The Orange Box

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Starcraft 2

Offline Gaming

Offline gaming is a cool way to fill in time and enjoy, especially when you cannot go online. Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. The classification made by Wikipedia goes like this:

– Tabletop games

– Board games: Monopoly, Go, Scrabble, Chess, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Maharaja, Backgammon, Taj Mahal, Mine a million, Torres, Lost Cities , Speachless, Logo board games, Masterpiece, Buzzle, Highlanders, History of the World, The Game of Life, Dominion, LifeStyle The Financial Planning Game

Are you interested in playing games or in gambling? In real world, offline or online?

Offline gaming began in the year 1970. These games involve taking on the role of a character in the game and controlling the choices of the character while working with their strengths and weaknesses.

– Sports – here is a list with the most popular sports games: Football, Soccer, Baseball, BasketBall, Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball, Pool Games, Water Games, Cricket, Boxing, Wrestling, Golf, Shooting, Horse Racing, Car Games, Driving Games, Cycling, Bowling, Dodge ball Games, Fishing , Hunting, Ice Skating, Olympics Games, Parking Games, Skateboard, Snowboarding, Surfing Games, Winter Games.

One reason why online gaming is such a major success is because of the competition being held on a particular game every now and then in which fabulous prizes are at stake. They are really popular in both real and online world.

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– Domino and tile games

“A game is a structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational, or psychological role. While games for offline gaming are still available and loved by some people, the majority already prefers the online games at present.

– Business games. But more than the prize being offered, online gamers are interested on the title for each competition. As a member, you may avail of discounts on games for sale, get the freebies given to its member, and the opportunity to meet and play with other online games enthusiasts worldwide. By the year 1990, its popularity has hit the highest point, but eventually dropped since the market did not expand quickly as what was expected. Additionally, games for offline gaming are either skill-based or story-based, with the former as the more difficult as it needs your experience and skillfulness in order to play and finish the game.

– Guessing games

– Role-playing games (RPG) – These types of games can be played either in electronic format such as on a computer or video game console, some of them even being online like World of Warcraft, or they can be played as a tabletop game like White Wolf or Shadowrun