Ivey: $9.6 million Atlantic City baccarat win was all skill

first_imgIn this July 15, 2009 file photo, Phil Ivey looks up during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — World-famous poker player Phil Ivey says his disputed $9.6 million baccarat win at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino was all skill, and he’s seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit in which the casino accuses him of cheating.Ivey’s spokesman John Falcicchio told The Associated Press the motion was filed Wednesday night.In April, the Borgata sued Ivey, alleging he and an associate exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino asserted that technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasions between April and October 2012. The casino says the technique, called edge sorting, violates New Jersey casino gambling regulations.But Ivey’s motion says his win was simply the result of skill and good observation.“Each and every penny of defendants’ winnings was the result of sheer skill,” Ivey’s lawyers wrote in court papers.The Borgata had no immediate comment.In legal terms, Ivey’s lawyers responded to the lawsuit in three main ways. They asserted that Ivey and the associate did nothing that could be considered cheating; that a six-month statute of limitations to recover money lost in a supposedly illegal game had expired; and that supposed violations of state casino regulations can be pursued only by state gambling regulators, not by casinos.The lawsuit says the cards were defective in that the pattern on the back was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata says some of them were only half-diamonds or quarters.The lawsuit says that Ivey and his companion instructed a dealer to flip cards in particular ways, depending on whether they were desirable cards in baccarat: the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9. It says bad cards would be flipped in different directions, so that after several hands of cards, the good ones were arranged in a certain manner — with the irregular sides of the cards facing in a specific direction — that Ivey could spot when they came out of the dealer chute.The lawsuit says Ivey wanted the cards shuffled by an automatic shuffling machine, which would not alter the way each card was aligned.Ivey’s response says he simply noticed things that anyone playing the game could have observed and bet accordingly.Responding to a lawsuit Ivey filed in Britain’s High Court against Malaysia-based casino operator Genting Group involving a similar dispute, Genting made a similar accusation against Ivey. It alleges Ivey and an accomplice amassed almost $12 million by cheating at baccarat. Ivey has denied any misconduct.Ivey won his 10th World Series of Poker bracelet last week. He is tied for the second most all time.___Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

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Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon

first_imgA man who accidentally assaulted a young woman in a Donegal nightclub was only trying to defend himself after being set upon by other people.Jorge Carlin Pereda pleaded guilty to the charge arising from an incident at Voodoo, Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on April 22, last year. Full evidence was heard at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court on June 10 and had been adjourned until this week for finalisation.Sgt Jim Collins said Gardai were called to Voodoo nightclub after a male had been ejected for allegedly causing an assault inside.Garda McFadden found Carlin Pereda, of 51 Main Street, Ballybay, Monaghan, had a cut above his right eye.On viewing CCTV footage, the court heard that there was an altercation on the dance floor and the defendant could been seen attempting to strike another male, as he did so, he hit inadvertently hit the injured party who was sitting at the bar nearby.CCTV footage also showed that another male bumped into the defendant causing his glass to fly out of his hand.Solicitor for Carlin Pereda, Mr Frank Dorrian outlined that his client is a Spanish national who works in a managerial role for a meat factory and had been in Letterkenny for some time at the time of this incident.“He tells me that he was being provoked, jostled, insulted and made fun of all for reasons he did not understand. He went to strike the guy who pushed him and it actually looks like the elbow of the person he struck is what hit the young lady in the face.”In a statement to gardai, the defendant said he was deeply apologetic for what happened and said: “I’m so sorry for that, I did not mean that. I was defending myself.”This week, Mr Dorrian re-iterated what he had said at the previous hearing and added that his client has treated this matter with “great seriousness”.He added: “It can be seen on CCTV that my client’s assailant meets this matter with great hilarity. The contact was accidental. My client is not of a violent disposition and is as contrite as can be. He had no malice or ill will toward the injured party. His recklessness was borne out of panic and fear. It was a strange, bizarre situation.”Judge Kelly said that under the circumstances he would apply the Probation Act, meaning a conviction will not be recorded against the defendant.Man accidentally struck young woman in nightclub after being set upon was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Calls made for new building for Gaelscoil in Donegal Town

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the need for a new school building for Gaelscoi na gCeithrel Mhaistrí in Donegal Town with the Department of Education.He said there is a clear and urgent need for a new school building for the Gaelscoil.A delegation from the school previously met with officials from the Department of Education in the Dáil while Deputy Gallagher said he has raised this issue on a continuous basis with the Minister and his officials . Pat the Cope said the reply from the Minister said the plans for the new school have been submitted.The Minister replied “My Department recently received the Stage 2a submission from the Design Team, which is now under review.  Following the Department’s review of the submission, a Stakeholders meeting will be arranged, to which the school will be invited, and if there are no issues outstanding after the Stage 2(a) meeting the project can be authorised to progress to Stage 2b (Detailed Design Stage).  This stage includes the applications for Planning Permission, Fire Certificate, Disability Access Certificate and the preparation of Tender Documents. ”Deputy Gallagher said that while he welcomes the progress to date on the Gaelscoil project, it must be admitted that actual progress is slow and extremely time-consuming.He added “I am imploring on the Department that a fresh impetus and renewed determination is given to this project in order to quickly move it to the next stage. “This project needs to get to actual design stage and a full planning application be lodged with Donegal County Council, until we get to this juncture in the project, we will not see the end line in sight.“Therefore, I am requesting the Minister and the Department to finalise the current stage without delay, and to sanction the next step in this project .”Calls made for new building for Gaelscoil in Donegal Town was last modified: October 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownGaelscoilnew schoollast_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup: Ellis Park 1

first_imgLocation: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCapacity: 62 500 seatsMatches: Argentina vs Nigeria (12 June), Brazil vs North Korea (15 June), Slovenia vs USA (18 June), Spain vs Honduras (21 June), Slovakia vs Italy (24 June), Round of 16 (28 June), Quarter-final (3 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Ndaba Dlamini, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

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What’s all the fuss about recycling? Here’s what you save!

first_imgRecycling helps reduce energy used during manufacturing, freeing it up to be used for other purposes such as lighting and heating.Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 26.498 litres of water, 2.3m3 of landfill space, 238.48 litres of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity.Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, and a TV for 2 hours.Recycling 1 ton of mixed paper saves the energy equivalent of 185 gallons of oil.The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle can light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours or run a computer for 30 minutes.Recycling 1 million laptops saves enough energy to power over 3000 homes in a year.Recycling 1 million cell phones allows £35.274 of copper, £772 of silver, £75 of gold, and £33 of palladium to be recovered.last_img read more

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a month agoChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nerves

first_imgChelsea No1 Kepa: I don’t bother with nervesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No1 Kepa Arrizabalaga admits nerves do not affect him.Kepa says he rarely feels pressure ahead of a match, whatever the stage and whoever the opponents, instead focusing on his love of the game in the moments building up to kick-off.”I’m not really a person that is prone to anxiety, or feeling nervous,” he told chelseafc.com. “I generally don’t feel that way before a game. What I always think is, at the end of the day, it’s football – that’s what it is – and football is what we do, it’s what we like, and it’s what we enjoy.”Of course, when there are really important games there is a bit more tension, a bit more adrenaline, but I wouldn’t call it nervousness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Optimism in Iraq fuels revived interest in classic cars

first_imgBAGHDAD – When Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of eastern Mosul a year ago, Nashwan Shakir Mahmoud raced back to his home, hoping that his red and white 1955 Chevrolet coupe had survived three years of war and upheaval.When he saw that it had only suffered light damage from a mortar shell that landed nearby, he was overjoyed. “I had an unspeakable feeling, I sighed in relief when saw it,” he said.He spent 10 days carrying out his own repairs and then drove it all the way back to Baghdad, a 13-hour journey that would have taken four in a modern car. “When I reached Baghdad,” he said, “people were stopping me in the streets to take pictures and videos. It was like a dream to me and to the people.”The 49-year-old father of six is part of a small community of vintage and classic car aficionados who are hoping to rekindle their passion now that the war against the Islamic State group is over. For many, the cars remind them of happier times in Iraq, before decades of war and chaos, which they hope are finally coming to an end.“These cars have something spiritual that lets you feel the happiness of the good old days,” said Mahmoud, who also owns a 1964 GMC pickup. The pickup is in a mechanic’s garage in Mosul’s Old City, in an unsecured area cordoned off by security forces.Mahmoud had two other classic cars — a 1957 Dodge Coronet and a 1967 Dodge pickup — but U.S. soldiers towed them away in 2006 after warning him against parking them on the street without getting them repaired, saying militants could use them to conceal roadside bombs. He said he cried when they were taken away.Car enthusiasts and collectors, even car clubs in various countries, make a distinction based on a model’s age, with “vintage” cars considered to be those from the period of 1919 to 1930. Models after that are usually classified as “classic” cars and anything over 50 years of age is called “antique.”Iraq’s vintage and classic cars date back to the period between the discovery of oil in the 1920s and the booming 1970s, when the country was awash in petroleum wealth and boasted some of the finest roads in the region.Much of that infrastructure was destroyed in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and the 1990 Gulf War. The sanctions in the 1990s made it difficult to secure spare parts. In the chaotic years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, many collectors kept their cars hidden or locked up, while the daily bombings, and the blast walls and barbed wire that sprouted across Baghdad and other cities, took the pleasure out of driving.Now, many of those barriers have come down, and some collectors feel more comfortable showing off their treasures.Saad al-Nuaimi, 65, has parked six classic models in front of his coffee shop in Baghdad’s northern Azamiyah neighbourhood, including green and blue 1954 Chevrolet Bel Airs and two Townson cars from mid 1960s. Three others, including a 1952 Chevrolet and a 1959 Townson, are being repaired.“When you feel secure, you have the guts to get money out of your pocket to enjoy such beauties,” he said.Many Iraqis from war-battered areas are desperate to sell old cars, and as Iraqi forces have driven IS back over the past three years, more and more models have appeared on the market, al-Nuaimi said. His latest acquisition was a badly damaged maroon 1952 Chevrolet from Salahuddin province, where IS was driven out in 2015.He restores the cars himself, ordering spare parts from Europe and the United States.The Iraqi government keeps its own trove of vintage and classic cars, including a rare 1904 Jeep Levon and luxury models used by the Hashemite monarchy from 1921 until 1958, including a 1936 Mercedes-Benz that was a gift from Adolf Hitler. Others belonged to Uday, the notoriously brutal playboy son of Saddam Hussein.Some have had their body work restored but do not have working engines, while others are in very poor condition.The collection is stored in a garage for safe-keeping and is only rarely exhibited to the public. Adil al-Ardawi, the vintage and classic car expert in charge of the royal collection, says at least 1,000 troops were assigned to protect the cars when they were used in a parade last year to mark the 100th anniversary of Baghdad’s al-Rashid Street.Ahmad Shukor, a 39-year-old engineer who runs a Facebook page devoted to documenting Iraq’s vintage and classic cars, says only around 100 remain nationwide. He says a third were in Mosul, and that many of them may have been damaged or destroyed.He’s now in the final stages of opening a showroom in the central city of Najaf. The owners of more than 60 cars have agreed to display them there when the showroom opens in the coming months.“We want to prove that Iraq is not done yet,” he said.___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .___This story was corrected to show the distinction car collectors make, with ‘vintage’ cars being those pre-dating 1930 while ‘classic’ cars are models after that period.last_img read more

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Pet dog saves farmer from cobra in TN

first_imgThanjavur: In a heroic battle exemplifying its loyalty, a pet dog saved its master from a cobra, killing the venomous reptile and laying down its own life in the process at a village near here.Seeing the five-foot long cobra about to attack Natarajan (50), a farmerof Vengarayankudikaadu village while on his way to his field, the dog ‘Puppy’ jumped to his rescue Saturday. While the dog and the snake fought a pitched battle, the farmer rushed to his nearby house to fetch a stick to chase the reptile away. But, by the time he could return, Puppy killed the snake, but tragically died due to bites suffered earlier, the farmer said. News of Puppy fighting off a venomous reptile spread and residents gathered at the farmer’s house to pay homage to his pet. Natarajan, who turned emotional, picked up the dead dog, and held it close to his chest before giving it a tearful burial near his house, neighbours said.last_img read more

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Save Cinemas in Morocco founder Tarik Mounim on the fight to

first_imgPhiladelphia- Tarik Mounim is the founder of Save Cinemas in Morocco, an organization dedicated to preserving traditional theaters to promote public cinema in Morocco.Tarik Mounim first learned of the derelict state of Moroccan cinemas when he returned to his home country from Paris in 2006 for a role in the film Goodbye Mothers, which included scenes shot in an old theater in Tetouan. “When I saw how amazing the cinema was, and how run down it had become, I met with the theater owner to ask what had happened. He explained to me that as less and less people were visiting cinemas, many were in disrepair or closed,” Tarik says. Other cinema buildings were purchased and repurposed for other businesses. Internet piracy and the rise of movie multiplexes have each played a role in the decline of traditional cinemas in Morocco. “Now you can buy a pirated movie on any street corner in Casablanca for 4 or 6 dirham,” Tarik explains. “It kills creation, it kills culture, it kills cinema.”The Moroccan Cinematographic Center, in charge of funding and regulating film projects and institutions, put money into producing movies while neglecting to restore old cinemas; instead, they built multiplexes, and stopped sending new releases to the old theaters. At 60 dirham per ticket, the multiplexes are unaffordable for many Moroccans.The young actor knew that to lose the historic cinemas would mean a loss of vital cultural venues for Moroccans. “It is the only place for people to share the experience of watching a movie,” Tarik says. “If you watch a movie on a big screen, you are in the movie. Cinema is a mirror to society, a way to understand society and to broach formerly taboo topics.”Mounim founded Save Cinemas in Morocco in 2007 to raise awareness and funds for the preservation and promotion of traditional movie theaters. Without funding or publicity, the organizers began by selling t-shirts at an international film festival in Marrakech to make money and garner media attention, and by sharing stories and pictures of the cinemas on social media. The Cine Theatre Palace Marrakech, pictured above, is one of the oldest theaters in Marrakech, and was the subject of one of Save Cinemas in Morocco’s first organizing events.From the beginning, SCIM received enthusiastic support from students and young professionals. “We made an active campaign to mobilize people and convince the authorities that they should not destroy the theaters. Some investors were interested in buying the cinemas to make supermarkets, so we got in front of this, and the more we communicated about the story of the cinemas, the more people joined our cause.”Eventually, more than twenty old cinemas were declared historic landmarks thanks to the efforts of Save Cinemas in Morocco.SCIM recently developed an exhibition with English artists for the Biennale heritage month to push authorities to buy a theater for renovation that could then be made more accessible with lower ticket prices.Tarik hopes that restoring old cinemas will pique interest in subsidizing theater tickets to encourage public engagement with art. He sees the buildings as the symbolic heart of visual art. “Cinemas are temples of culture,” he says. “Making cinema affordable will encourage people to share movies, their culture and their hearts.”Without major donors or public funds, Save Cinemas in Morocco has managed to gain the support of the Minister of Communications for the preservation of cinemas as historic monuments. Now, SCIM is looking for funding for their newest project. “We want to put cinemas where there are none – El Jadida, Ouazazate, Essaouira, Agadir, and many other cities,” Mounim says.Tarik, who is also the director of development at Sandman Productions, says that starting an NGO in Morocco can be challenging. “It is difficult to find funding, and there is little existing structure.” However, he advises aspiring organizers to learn by doing. “It is the best school,” he says. “When you work for someone else, you have to sacrifice your passion; when you work for yourself, you are surrounded by people who believe in your project.” The SCIM founder sees broader significance in preserving traditional cinema. “The language of cinema is the language of dialogue between people; it is about peace and understanding – an international language. A country where there is no cinema is missing something.”“We will not save all the cinemas, but we know one thing: there is less and less space in our cities for cultural events. For us, it is vital to explain to the authorities that there is a demand for this kind of place, for people to have a place where they can express their creativity, especially young people,” Mounim says.“The more people who join us, the more we will change the mentality of authorities and engage them in issues of cultural politics in Morocco. We are happy to organize partnerships with artists or anyone who is interested in supporting our efforts, and we invite them to join us.”For more information about Save Cinemas in Morocco, visit their website, www.savecinemasinmarocco.com, follow them on Facebook, or email inquiries directly to savecinemasinmarocco[at]gmail.com.This article is part of a series on young artists, creators and organizers pursuing unconventional paths. Read about Off-the-Wall Pilgrimage, the first Palestinian-Israeli arts festival in Paris, and an interview with rapper Soultana.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Field hockey Ohio State begins weekend of nonconference play victorious against the

OSU sophomore midfield Morgan Kile (8) carries the ball for the on Oct. 2 against Maryland at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State field hockey welcomed the Kent State Golden Flashes to Columbus, which had a couple flashes of its own at game time, Friday. The match scheduled for 3:30 p.m. was delayed by an hour due to multiple sightings of lightning in the area. However, in the late stages of the game, the Buckeye defense stayed grounded.OSU was able to hold off the Kent State Golden Flashes in the final minutes of a closely contested match; finishing on top, 3-2.Since beginning its run in Big Ten play this season, OSU (4-7, 0-3) had lost four straight matches before its match against Kent State. The Buckeyes came into the game knowing they had something to prove.The match did not start out in OSU’s favor, as Kent State pulled out three shots on goal within the first seven minutes of game play. That quickly changed after freshman midfielder Esther Clotet Alsina and junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey tag-teamed together on a breakaway goal.For Humphrey, that goal marked her team-leading eighth goal of the season.Kent State continued to put the pressure on OSU with a total of nine shots in the first half. This was largely due to to the four penalty corners given up by the Buckeyes. However, junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro welcomed the challenge and kept a zero on the board through one half. Tamburro finished the half with five saves before adding four more in the second. For the second time in the last three games, she made nine or more saves.After the second half commenced, the dynamic duo of Clotet Alsina and Humphrey was back at it again; but this time with the roles reversed. Humphrey assisted Clotet Alsina with a close range score against senior goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart.Clotet Alsina now has one point in six of 11 games and has multiple points in five matches.Sophomore Irene Fritschy earned her first career goal with the Buckeyes with 17:20 remaining in the contest. Her goal pushed the lead to 3-0.However, Kent State would not go away quietly in the final moments of the game. After nine penalty corners, junior midfielder Silvia Figa Malgosa gave the Golden Flashes their first point of the night with 6:49 still on the clock.Kent State put another point on the board with only 2:49; closing OSU’s lead to only one. But as the clock ran out, the Buckeyes emerged victorious and broke their losing streak. OSU has now won five of the last six meetings against Kent State. The Buckeyes finish their non-conference break against Ball State (4-6) on Monday. OSU has not lost to the Cardinals since 2007 and have won 15 of the last 17 contests.OSU is set to travel to Schumann Stadium to face the Cardinals at 3 p.m. read more

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