The Regent's Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.
I am loving this nice weather and hope it truly is here to stay for the summer. It has given us so much time to be out and about exploring, which is something I love. This weekend saw me doing the Superhero Run and as the weather blessed us with yet another lovely day.
We took advantage and went wandering round Regent's Park. Spotted some babies, a beautiful black swan and some weird and wonderful statues. It's definitely not your typical London scene, with times completely forgetting you were in London with very little building around. So peaceful and quiet, with rockery and water and more flowers than you can imagine. (A bit of a shame the roses were not in bloom)
Learn to Count Cards and Make the Right Plays in Blackjack
Casino card games are a dime a dozen, but one of the hottest among them is Blackjack. This skill-based card game has been tearing it up with the crowds for decades, and for good reason. Contrary to popular belief, Blackjack is not about hitting 21 – it’s about beating the dealer’s hand total without busting out.
Another major difference between Blackjack and games like Texas Hold’em is that you’re playing one on one against the dealer in Blackjack and not against other players. The skill-based element in the game is just as important as the chance-based component. In Blackjack, the contest between player and dealer is particularly exciting in that you’re dealing with imperfect information.
As a player, you know what your hand total is, but you don’t know the value of the facedown card held by the dealer. You are tasked with calculating the probability of beating the dealer’s hand total given the cards in your hand, and the dealer’s up card.
A practical example will clarify how things come together in this strategy-based card game.
Let’s say you’re dealt a King and a 5. Remember that the suit of your cards doesn’t matter; all that matters is the strength of your hand. But a caveat is in order: If for any reason you exceed 21, you automatically bust, regardless of what happens with the dealer.
Blackjack typically pays out at 3 to 2, but you are advised to avoid blackjack tables that pay out at 6 to 5 – for obvious reasons. In a ‘risk off’ style betting environment, simple mathematics would caution you not to play blackjack games at odds of 6 to 5 – it really doesn’t make sense. So before we even go any further on this topic, I’m just going to stress for the last time that you should always avoid single deck 6 to 5 Blackjack games. Casinos that offer odds of 6 to 5 are actually increasing their edge by 1.39%.
Of course, there are several tips that you can adopt to increase your probability of winning such as employing blackjack strategy. Casinos may attempt to entice you with a rule that allows you to split and then double afterwards – but this hardly makes up for the poor odds in the game. It should be noted that this type of rule will negate the positives you gain from employing effective blackjack strategy during your real-money gaming sessions.
A Blackjack Strategy that Works Every Time
Now that you know what to expect with the game of blackjack, it’s time to get down to one of the simplest and most effective gaming strategies ever. You’ve probably seen, or at least heard about, card counting skills that blackjack players use to gain an advantage over the house. In any event, these are more than the musings of delusional casino players – they are real strategies that pay dividends.
To put things into perspective, consider all of the possible cards that you can hold in a game of blackjack – Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen and King. That’s pretty much it – there are no other possibilities because these are standard cards in a deck, regardless of how many decks are in play.
Now, to try and formulate a strategy based on the aforementioned givens is relatively simple. We know for example that there are a limited number of 10-value cards in a 52-card deck. If we assume that there are 5 X 4 cards that have a value of 10 or 11 (Aces can be 1 or 11), there is a 20÷52 (percent) likelihood of any card being a 10 or 11-value card. That means we have the following likelihood of receiving a 10-value card: 38.5%. This is a significant number in that almost 4 in every 10 cards on average will have a value of 10 or 11 (Aces can be 1 or 11). In Blackjack we also need to know the likelihood of receiving a low-value card between 2 and 6, since hands valued at 15 or more will require this type of information. There are 5 cards in every suit ranging from 2 through 6, and that translates into 20 ÷ 52 = 38.5%. Next up, are medium-high value cards. These number 7, 8 and 9 in every suit, and there are 3 X 4 of them. The likelihood of these cards coming up is significantly less at just 23.08% each.
These numbers tell us important things that we are likely to get a low value card or a high value card more frequently than a 7, 8 or 9. Now since we don’t know which cards are going to come up at any particular time, an intelligent system has been devised to allow you to ascertain the likelihood of hitting certain cards at certain points.
If for example we know that the dealer has a 5 showing and we have a 2 and a 6 showing, the likelihood of the next card being a low-value card is diminished, because there are simply fewer of them in the deck. By contrast if the dealer has a 10 up card and we have a 10 up card and a 9, the likelihood of a high card coming up next is also diminished because 2 of them have already been removed from the deck. You can tell where this is going by keeping a running count of high, low and medium-high value Blackjack cards.
Here’s how it works:
Cards valued between 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 receive a count value of +1
Cards valued at 7, 8 and 9 receive a count value of 0
Cards valued at 10, Jack, Queen, King & Ace receive a count value of – 1
Based on the above example, if the running count is largely negative, the likelihood of high-value cards coming up in the next deal are slim. However, if the count is largely positive, we can pretty much raise the stakes and hope that a high-value card will come up!
We all need a superhero in our lives, and no I don't mean the fit men and women that you see on TV that fly, having super strength and wonderful powers. I am talking of the everyday heroes that help so many people and the superheroes that refuse to give up a battle easily. Sunday 15th May was a day to unite all those people, to have fun and raise money for amazing causes. All dressed as superheroes.
|warm up time|
Hidden away in Regents Park, the beautiful weather was out. After a quick collection of a FREE costume choice of Bat or Super. It wasn't long before I met my lovely team for the first time, after working together for so long and waiting for everything to start. A very long and slightly weird warm routine - before actually hitting the course. Which I had no idea what the route was because there was no map. oh well!
Getting round the course in one piece was not too bad, but I felt there was a lot of going somewhat back on yourself which put me off a bit. I like seeing different things all the way round the route, but then again I am just a fuss pot runner.
I did it! and I am glad to have done it for an amazing cause!
Some times you don't need a lot of words, with the warm weather finally making an appearance and hopefully it is here to stay for a while - the flowers seem to be coming out! Especially my personal favourite the bluebell. Who doesn't love a splash of colour in their day.
These (i want to say) beautiful photos were taken at Port Lympne Zoo, after my brilliant staycation which I am pretty sure people must be getting sick of hearing about now, but I am hoping with this lovely weather I might be able to get out and explore some more in the local areas. But being Britain this may not be the case and you might be getting images of rain and wellies by next week.
People know I love the weird and wonderful world of art, and after a recent visit to Margate Kent. I found something that caught my eye, now street art is still quite a controversial topic as some will still see it as graffiti. Don't get me wrong I often see graffiti which is just kids having a laugh and 'tagging' areas with pretty pointless things.
When I came across these though there was something that made stop and smile and studying every single one. Even had the chance to stop and watch the men at work creating something they thought was wonderful. They are not thugs or kids defacing a surface, they are not causing problems and right rude things - they are talented, taking their time to create something wonderful for people to enjoy. Pinpointing parts of the British Culture we all know and love.
So maybe sometimes we need to stop and admire the work of others. I know I will.
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