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10 Most Sinister Ways Casinos Keep You Gambling

Put all thoughts of big winnings and Casino Royale out of your mind. No matter what your system or how great your understanding of the odds, at the end of the day the house always wins, meaning you can kiss your hard-earned dollars goodbye. And just in case you were to get a run of good luck and attempt to hightail it out of there with the casino’s money, the people in charge have some dirty tricks to play, below-the-belt connivances and underhand tactics to keep you in there until your pockets are empty – and your brain has turned to jello! Casinos are big business, and there are reasons why it’s been that way for so long, stretching far beyond the human urge to gamble and the fact that the numerical odds are always stacked against you. Indeed everything about the casino environment is carefully designed to keep you gambling – thereby maximizing the business’ profits.

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16 Celebs Who Are Supposedly Bad In Bed

Crystal Harris majorly broke Hugh Hefner‘s heart when she called off their wedding. It doesn’t help that, since their split, she has been seen multiple times with Dr. Phil’s son, Jordan McGraw. But now Crystal is adding injury to insult, hitting Hugh below the belt. Literally. In other words, she told Howard Stern that their sex life totally sucked. She says that during her courtship with Hugh, they only had sex once and that it lasted “like two seconds.” She also implied that he has body issues. “He doesn’t really take off his clothes. I’ve never seen Hef naked,” she said. “Then I was just over it. I was like, ‘Ahhh.’ I was over it. I just like, walked away. I’m not turned on by Hef, sorry.” All this leads to the ultimate question: why did you accept his proposal? But we’ll move past that.

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The 24 Greatest Conspiracy Films

Hollywood has been more than happy to tap into (read: cash in on) the public's fascination with conspiracies. The inherent action, disguises, clever plots, subterfuge and double-dealing are tailor-made for the movies. Here's a review of our favorite conspiracy films—from A (All the President's Men) to Z.

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10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet

They say safety is relative. Some people go their entire lives and NEVER feel safe. Others take incredible precautions to protect both themselves and their loved ones from anyone and anything that may seek to cause them harm (babyproofing anyone?). Where are you most safe? Are you thinking about places where you can retreat and hide from the world? If so, here are the 10 Most Secure Locations on the Planet that are considered the safest, for various reasons.

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10 Inside Secrets of the Cruise Industry

From far away — or in a pretty brochure — cruise trips might seem like the perfect stress-free vacation. Sailing to stunning locales while eating specially prepared meals makes you feel like a millionaire, even if you're not. But from corporate irresponsibility to environmental pollution to hushing up crimes and pirate attacks, the cruise industry operates on a more complex level than the average customer realizes. It's not all bad — the industry contributes a lot to the economy in terms of jobs and spending, but very little in taxes and moral example.

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8 Free Tools For Live Website Visitor Tracking

The number of visitors that a website receives is an important statistic for many. Google Analytics, the widely-used website analytics platform, and alternatives like Webalizer or AWStats are great for long-term stats, but what if you want to see how many visitors are on your website right now? Real-time visitor tracking tools have been popping up ever since 2007 or so, and now there are many choices in the live website analytics arena. Let’s go over some of the choices and see what makes them stand apart from the others.

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6 Things That Block Your Wi-Fi, and How to Fix Them

oes your wireless network seem slow? A recent study by Epitiro, a UK-based broadband-analysis firm, shows that consumers lose an average of 30 percent of the data speed their broadband connection supplies when they use Wi-Fi connections in the home. Why the slowdown? You've probably heard that some household electronic devices, including microwave ovens, baby monitors, and cordless phones, hamper Wi-Fi performance. To separate fact from fiction, we did some research and consulted an expert on the topic: Nandan Kalle, networking business unit manager for router manufacturer Belkin.

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10 Internet Sites for Stay at Home Dads

When one parent stays home with the kids and the other one works outside of the home, it is no longer assumed that the father will be the one working outside of the home. Many households now have SAHD (Stay at Home Dads). Because of this growing trend, you are finding more sites on the internet that provide camaraderie and resources for these men.

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8 Home Buying Secrets Your Real Estate Agent Won’t Tell You

When they’re finally ready to make the jump from renting to home ownership, most first time homebuyers enlist a real estate agent to help them through the process. No wonder: buying a home is complicated and when it’s your first time, you feel like you could use some hand-holding. Real estate agents provide a valuable service and are generally well-paid as a result. There’s nothing wrong with that. But money does have a way of distorting relationships — even when honest people are involved. Here are some tips that will help you, as a first time homebuyer, take full advantage of today’s real estate market and get the most out of your relationship with your real estate agent.

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Five Stories: Disturbingly Bad First Dates

I worked as a cocktail waitress at a swanky downtown hotel and had gotten into the habit of ignoring the portly, old businessmen and their propositions. But, on occasion, I've met people closer to my age and body type and gone on a few semi-successful dates. Matt was staying in the hotel and tipped me well on his Stella. Later that same evening, he came back down to the bar and we got to talking. He actually lived in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, but told me he enjoyed taking a little Manhattan vacation every now and again. He was tall, handsome, and apparently had a good enough job to allow him to pop over for luxury stays in the city, so when he asked me on a date I said yes. Little did I know that this svelte, sweet-talking fellow was going to provide me with the single worst date in my entire romantic life. “He told me about his days as a party promoter, bragging about his rock-star lifestyle and repeatedly referring to himself in the third person. We met at a bar, as is customary. Although I'm not a big drinker — and I never drink on first dates — I'm used to sitting at a bar and getting to know someone. Usually it's not a big deal, but when I ordered sweet tea with Matt, he began grilling me on why I didn't drink and encouraging me to have something, all while drinking heavily himself. I was already irritated, so I suggested that we head to the movies, as was the plan. We set off to the theater, only to realize that he hadn't looked up movie times. By the time we got there, the theater was closed.

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