Archive for December, 2010

Do you enjoy casino gambling? Do you love hitting the casinos and trying to win big… but do you hate having to drive or fly to Vegas? Do you hate the smoky rooms and over priced drinks? Would you prefer to gamble in the privacy of your own home?  Thankfully there are websites like OnlineCasinos.org that make it much easier to find out the best ways of hitting the casinos from your desk chair or couch.

The website is an extensive guide that reviews the best online casinos. They post casino news and have a detailed gambling blog that is updated daily.  Looking for the best places to play online casino games including slots, blackjack, roulette, and video poker? Lets take a look at this website…

The website’s front page is very clean with a blue, green, and white color scheme and very clear text and website sections. The top menu bar has links for “Home”, “Online Casino Reviews”, “Best Online Casinos”, “Casino Bonus”, “Discussion Forum”, and “Free Casino Games”. The right sidebar has links to popular pages and top pages for such things as games and software. The top of the page has a table with this website’s favorite online casinos, and under that is gaming strategy guide with blurbs on different games including poker, craps, blackjack, slots, and others. Under that is a list of the newest blog posts and news stories.

The actual blog posts and news stories are very detailed, with blog posts and news stories being between 200 and 500 words.  The archive goes as far back as October 2008, so there is a lot of info and articles to swim through if you are interested in checking them out. The “Discussion Forum” includes two sections for general casinos and two sections for poker in particular.


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Posted on December 29th, 2010 by admin | Comments Off on Review of OnlineCasinos.org
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Hi loyal readers! I’m back from a long visit with my parents and catching up on wrestling. So you’re not going to get my usual level of detail until I’m caught up.

Brief Smackdown thoughts:

  • If Smackdown wasn’t my favorite show to begin with, a Green Day theme would take it over the top.
  • Orton and Miz’s match was fine and the ending works perfectly for The Miz’s gimmick.
  • It’s good Edge is the champ, but they should have had the rematch tonight and sent Kane lumbering back to the midcard where he, sadly, belongs these days.
  • Drew MacIntyre utterly squashes Kaval. Kaval was released after this match. Nice way to show the guy the door. Only Drew McIntyre may be a lost cause at this point and pairing him with Kelly Kelly is like sewing a dead albatross to his ass.
  • The Kingston/Mysterio vs. Swagger/Del Rio match must have been Vince’s Christmas gift to fans of actual wrestling.
  • Sadly, the main event is John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guererro. Ziggler and Cena give it their all but the post-match attack by CM Punk totally steals the spotlight.

So there’s WWE’s X-mas present to us all. Not bad, but losing Kaval so soon makes NXT even less important than it was. RAW next, then TNA.

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by Lucian | Comments Off on Wrestling Recap: Xmas Wrestling
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The folks who brought us the hysterical Total Recall: The Musical and Conan the Barbarian: The Musical have turned to one of A-rnold’s lesser action classics, Commando, for their newest musical spoof… Commando: The Musical! I don’t think this needs any other introduction, just watch…

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Funny Video: Commando: The Musical
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Blackjack Tactics is a website that is an online blackjack guide that looks at the strategy behind mastering the game and becoming a winner. Lets start with the beginning and take a look at the website’s front page.

The website is very basic and doesn’t have a modern feel to it. It feels like a website out of the 1990s. The basic layout is three columns, with the left side being links to sections of the website, the middle being the meat and content of the page and the right side is more links to information pages. One thing that the page has going for it is that it is very clean with big font that is easy to read. There isn’t as much clutter as a lot of the “online guides” have.

Lets take a closer look at the links to the left side of the page. The links are broken with three headers; “Blackjack Basics”, “Blackjack Strategy”, and “Other Blackjack Subjects”. Under “Basics” are links for pages to How to Play Blackjack, Blackjack Tips, Blackjack Odds, Blackjack Rules, and Why Play Blackjack. Under “Strategy” are links for Basic Strategy, Dealer Tells, Card Counting, Strategy Card, Strategy Charts, Shuffle Tracking, Secret Blackjack Secrets, and 12 Hard Core Blackjack Tips. Finally, “Other Subjects” have links for Related Games and Blackjack Websites.

I took a closer look at the sub-pages, here is a screenshot of the page for How to Play Blackjack:

These pages lose the right column, but keep the same basic format. There are larger ads added to the top and middle of the page, which distract from the otherwise detailed information in the beefy section of the pages. This page in particular has more than 800 words describing how to play blackjack and the basic rules of the game.

All in all, if you can look past the basic page design and somewhat annoying banner ads, Blackjack Tactics has a world of information on the game of blackjack and can be very useful for a hopeful player.


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Posted on December 29th, 2010 by admin | Comments Off on Review of BlackjackTactics.com
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No I did not see the PPV. I may have a chance later, but I read the spoilers and there were no surprises on the RAW side of things. So RAW starts with the Miz gloating over still being champion. He is interrupted by Alex Reilly playing Ghost of Christmas Past. No sign of Cole. Lawler and CM Punk are unaccompanied on the announce desk. Cole shows up, sadly, as Ghost of Christmas Present. Miz remains unrepentant. Christmas Future is a still image of the Miz-Girl on the Tron with overlaid moving lips, ala Conan O’Brien. John Morrison gets to provide the interruption. Morrison’s title shot will be “sometime soon”, so probably not being saved for Royal Rumble. Morrison goes after Miz and Reilly but Sheamus arrives to take Morrison down. Anonymous GM books a six-man tag between Miz, Reilly and Sheamus versus Morrison, Lawler and Orton. Orton ambushes the Miz to punctuate the segment.

Cole is back on commentary and Natalya has joined the gang to make it an even 4. A Triple Threat is on to determine a #1 contender to the Diva’s Championship. Eve, Alicia and Melina. No great talents here. Some good spots in the match and Melina wins, which is the lesser of three evils. Natalya tries to make nice with her challenger but gets bitch slapped for her efforts.

Nexus is not supposed to be here tonight. Daniel “Why am I stuck with the Bella Twins” Bryan faces William “I’m not retired yet” Regal. This is an excellent match. The student surpasses the master as Bryan makes Regal tap, really quickly, to the LaBell lock. He gets a kiss from both Bellas as a reward and doesn’t seem to know how to deal with it. There’s some random crap with Tamina and Maryse getting in an argument while standing on Santino’s back. And Mark Henry’s joy at no Nexus is curtailed by Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guererro being in da house.

We have a mixed tag with Santino joining with Tamina to face Ted Dibiase and Maryse. Santino’s constant attempts to use the Cobra make this comical and take away from a nice Superfly Splash by Tamina that gets her the win.

We’re at the midpoint of the show. Time to bring out John Cena. Cena wastes a lot of time being cutesy. They break with their own tradition and show some actual footage from last night’s PPV. It’s the scene where Cena brings down an avalanche of chairs on Wade Barrett. Barrett is safely under a palate so it’s not that big a deal. Hopefully he plugged his ears. Cena plans to be in the Royal Rumble. That’s when Vickie Guererro and Dolph Ziggler interrupt. But the hot Houston crowd will not let Vickie speak. Cena plays along but it gets a little silly after three minutes. Vickie wants an apology from Lawler for fat jokes. Which just leads to Cena and the King trading even more crappy fat jokes about a woman who barely looks fat any more. E-GM books Cena to face Ziggler – right now!

A surprisingly pro-Cena crowd cheers him on as he takes on the Intercontinental Champion. It’s a decent match for TV. Dolph taps to the STF, but Vickie has the ref distracted. That lets Ziggler recover and actually hit a Zig Zag, but that’s not enough for the pin. Cena’s Attitude Adjustment is enough to hold down the kid. Then CM Punk hits Cena with a chair and storms off. Is he recovered now? Sheamus and Lawler play duelling kings. Dolph wants Cena on Smackdown tomorrow, but Vickie inserts herself to make it a handicap match… Because I really want to see Vickie wrestle when she seems so unwilling to take a bump.

Miz now carries his title in a briefcase, which Reilly carries, so he’s not still lugging the old Money in the Bank briefcase around but still has a handy weapon to interfere with. We went from a two man announce team with no Cole at the start of the night to just Cole for the main event. Talk about a reversal of fortunes. Oh no, Josh Matthews just joined Cole. So we’re reuniting the announce team of NXT Season 3? Brilliant.

It’s a long match and Morrison gets beat on by the heels for most of it. Orton gets in against The Miz. It breaks down and Lawler winds up legal, but Orton sneaks in and lands The Miz with an RKO and Lawler gets a pin on the WWE Champion. Celebrations are cut off by the E-GM plugging Smackdown. He adds an Orton v. Miz match for the show. Now we Canadians don’t get to see the show early so I won’t be recapping it until next week if at all.

Tonight’s RAW didn’t advance many storylines. With the Royal Rumble not until late January we’re going to need some filler before the drive to that show can begin in earnest. Hence John Morrison and Melina getting title shots. I expect both those shots to be resolved before the Rumble itself. What does the Rumble have in store? Who knows?

After RAW I saw the PPV. It was pretty decent and exciting given how safe WWE tries to work these days. The opening ladder match was a great start. John Morrison continued to break out as a future star. Edge cemented a place in the Hall of Fame if he can just stay on Vince’s good side, or by then Hunter and Steph’s. The Miz continued as the second coming of the Honky Tonk Man with his cheap tactics. The Smackdown main event benefited from adding Rey Rey and Del Rio. The women’s table match was okay. If I had been footing the bill for the replay I might have thought differently but I had a good time overall.

That brings us to NXT, the next show to air in Canada. We get the wheelbarrow challenge again tonight. This time the Soaring Eagle gets to be the passenger. The second competition is trivia. But the trivia is actually really intelligently designed this week. Striker gives a category (former WWE champions, 2010 PPVs) and the rookies have to name something that fits. When they screw up they are gone. No stupid air horns vastly improves this. Derrick Bateman wins both challenges for a total of 3 immunity points. Even the wrestling is pretty good this week. The vignettes between rookie and pro are entertaining. Add in the decent announce team of Todd Grisham and Josh Matthews and this shows is better than its been since season one. I guess the show really only became a joke because WWE treats Women’s Wrestling as a joke.

Loyal readers I am off for the holidays and will have no wrestling access until the 28th. I’m not sure I’ll be able to cover all the shows I miss when I get back but don’t worry, the column will continue before the New Year! For those who have something to celebrate these days (what with Hanukkah being well over) I wish you happy holidays!

Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by Lucian | Comments Off on Wrestling Recap: Raw & NXT Week Ending 12/25/10
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Hey everyone! Things have been a bit bumpy over the past few weeks. We’ve been taking on a lot of guest posts to fill the days. Thankfully we’ve had Lucian’s ongoing wrestling recaps that I hope you have all been enjoying. We’ll be posting Raw’s recap later today. He has been doing a great job following all of wrestling entertainment. Now, it is time for a new Pit!

  • A new cartoon based on Tron is coming to Disney XD! The series bridges the gap between the original film and Tron: Legacy. It has a damn impressive cast that includes Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, and Bruce Boxleitner. It is being overseen by Tron: Legacy writer and Lost writer/producer Adam Horowitz. Word is that they are taking a very serious approach to the material and it will not be goofy or kiddie. I have yet to see Tron: Legacy, but after the holidays I’m planning a double feature of both flicks.
  • I’m not sure how I got through a whole Tron news tidbit without mentioning Jeff Bridges, but I guess I did. Anyhow, I had the pleasure of sitting down to watch Bridges step into a role originally played by John Wayne and I have to say that I was damn impressed. The Coen Brother’s True Grit is easily my favorite film of the year and I hope it gets some respect come Oscar time. If you are a fan of westerns, or hell, a fan of good movies in general, go see it when it comes out.
  • DC Comics has released a pretty cool teaser image for March’s Justice League of America #55 and the “Reign of Doomsday”. You can check it out here. I can’t wait to see DC Comic’s big guns take on the monster that killed Superman all those years ago.
  • Interested in making movies? How about casting your favorite stars in them? And releasing them into virtual theaters where they can become box office blockbusters? Well, you can do such that in Hollywood the Game. The Internet’s longest running Hollywood Simulation and Community Game.
  • PJ over at 141tv posted a very cool video he found online that spotlights all of the films released in 2010. You can check it out here, it is a pretty damn awesome video. Big props go out to the editor, G-Whiz Productions.
Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on The Pit: Tron, True Grit, Doomsday, & More!
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Marvel Comics has released this teaser image for next year’s A Zombie Christmas Carol from Jim McCann.

The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes to us in Spring of 2011.

Posted on December 23rd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on A Zombie Christmas Carol Teaser
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