Addiction, The Silent Killer

The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.” Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction or has tried to help someone else to do so understands why.

Addiction exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.

Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable, but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

The word addiction is used in several different ways. One definition describes physical addiction. This is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that drug no longer has the same effect, otherwise known as a tolerance. Another form of physical addiction is the phenomenon of overreaction by the brain to drugs (or to cues associated with the drugs). An alcoholic walking into a bar, for instance, will feel an extra pull to have a drink because of these cues.

People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful.

Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate – in other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).

However, most addictive behavior is not related to either physical tolerance or exposure to cues. People compulsively use drugs, gamble, or shop nearly always in reaction to being emotionally stressed, whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug or brain effects, they can account for why people frequently switch addictive actions from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behavior.

Addiction, often referred to as dependency often leads to tolerance – the addicted person needs larger and more regular amounts of whatever they are addicted to in order to receive the same effect. Often, the initial reward is no longer felt, and the addiction continues because withdrawal is so unpleasant.

When referring to any kind of addiction, it is important to recognize that its cause is not simply a search for pleasure and that addiction has nothing to do with one’s morality or strength of character.

Experts debate whether addiction is a “disease” or a true mental illness, whether drug dependence and addiction mean the same thing, and many other aspects of addiction. Such debates are not likely to be resolved soon.

Social Benefits of Online Gambling

Online gambling has many social benefits due to its efficiency and convenience. The first benefit derived from the online betting is the provision of ample family time. In our current lifestyles; we are marred by over stretched schedules leading to having none, or very little time for our families. Online gambling has solved this; rather than spending time in the physically casinos the player can now stay and play at home. When playing in your house you are near your children and wife. In this way they will not feel neglected; you are next to them if they need you.

Online casinos are cheap and convenient in time and finance. The registration and playing charges are minimal; this eliminates family conflicts stemming from overspending on the family budget. For inflation has affected every part of our lives things are costing a lot including the recreation activities. The online gambling will save you on fuel and impulse playing due to incitement by others who are winning while you are losing. Harmony in the family gives the children healthy and excellent atmosphere to grow.

The online gambling business has reduced crimes in the society hence enhancing security. People are earning from the casino winnings thus need not indulge in crime. The new businesses started using the gambling rewards increase the earning opportunities to the owners and creates more employment. People with steady income have no time to engage in criminal acts. The payments options availed are secure in that people need not carry hard cash with them; this has reduced the crime rate.

These online gambling activities have also engaged the people’s time; ‘idle mind are dangerous minds’. When people are busy they will least think of taking part in crime like drug trafficking and drug use, robberies and other crimes.

The rewards offered, the taxes, and the investments done using the online gambling winnings have affected the living standards of the citizens positively. The money has been used to fund community projects as building schools, offering sponsorships and scholarships, building hospitals, rehabilitating the sick, creating more housing facilities, building roads and other infrastructure, improving sports and paying salaries to different people. In the process of accomplishing these projects many people are employed and businesses boom due to consumption of materials needed

Once the living standards of a community are raised you will see good co-existence between the people thus stimulating more development cooperation. The online gambling prizes and the donations from the casinos have frequently been used to care for the environment; trees are planted, water sources, fauna and flora being conserved, garbage removed and other environmental activities.

Lastly, the online gambling ventures have reduced congestion in urban area. Congestion of people contribute to less efficiency, disease transmission and also crime; rather than people running to casinos after work to play they head straight home where they play the online casino games on their computers. This eases the strain on the local governments in provision of the crucial amenities as water, lightning and security in the town centers.

Open Face Chinese Poker – A New Twist to an Old Card Game

Chinese Poker is a poker game popular with Asian players and now has a new variant called Open Face Chinese Poker. This card game is simple and not much strategy is required for players that like to play poker.

How to Play Open Face Chinese Poker

You will first have to know poker hand rankings. The objective is to have a better poker ranking hand(s) than the other player(s) at the table which accommodates two to four players. Each player will receive a total of thirteen cards to make 3 poker hands. Points (units) are awarded or the various winning hands. A monetary value per point is established before play begins.

Each player first receives five cards from a standard 52 card deck. A dealer button is used to identify a dealer position. the button rotates to he left after each hand is played. This is important because he player with the button is the last to act. This is known as having “position” on the other players. Starting with the first player to the left of the button, players must flip their cards face up and start setting them into what is known as a Chinese Poker 3-5-5 format. These are three separate poker hands:

  • A 3 card hand at the top
  • A 5 card hand in the middle
  • A 5 card hand at the bottom

Each hand must be progressively stronger starting with the 3 card hand at the top. The middle hand must outrank the top hand and the bottom (back) hand must outrank the middle. If you’re lucky and your initial 5 cards are very strong, such as a full house or a flush, you can use all five at the bottom, and build the middle and top during the draws. Once you initially set the three hands they are cast in stone. You cannot switch cards between the three hands.

Each player is then dealt one card at a time to complete the remaining hands into the proper 3-5-5 format. If a hand is miss-set the player automatically receives a “foul” and loses the hand.For example, having two pair on the bottom hand while setting three of a kind in the middle would be a foul, in that three of a kind outranks two pair, where the bottom is supposed to be the strongest.

A player is awarded one unit for winning two of three hands and six units for winning all three, which is known as “scooping”. In addition, royalty points are awarded for achieving certain hands, such as a bottom would win two units for a straight, and up to twenty for a royal flush. The top hand is one point for a pair of sixes ( lowest qualifying hand) and up to twenty for trip aces. Straights and flushes do not count in the three card hand.

Playing Strategy

It is very important to pay attention to the dealt cards to determine which ones are alive or dead. (Dead cards are already dealt.) For example, if you’re waiting for a queen to complete a full house and three of them belong to other players, you’re out of luck.

Placing Your Bets on Big Sporting Events

You want to place a bet on your favourite team in the World Cup, Super Bowl, World Series or other sporting event. Like many other people, you want to be a part of an event and make it more exciting, but where do you place your bet? If you want to place your bet online, you can select an online bookmaker or a betting exchange.

Firstly you should look for a comparison betting portal, there are many around in different languages and cater for either niche events or a wide range of sports.

Online bookmakers are organisations that provide betting services for customers. They allow their customers to wager on the outcomes for a variety of events in addition to sporting events. The bookmaker sets odds for the outcome of events based on the betting patterns of their customers. The odds are set in such a way as to achieve a balance between the bets for and the bets against the outcome. This is why different bookmakers offer different odds for the same event. This is also why the intelligent gambler shops around for the best odds before placing a bet. After the event, the bookmaker pays the winner and collects from the losers. The bookmaker does not make his money from gambling but from collecting a commission for his services.

An alternative way of placing a bet is to use a betting exchange. A betting exchange brings gamblers together to allow them to bet with each other. The bettor can act as a bookmaker by establishing the odds and terms of the wager and look for someone to take the other side of the bet. Other people look at the odds that are offered and then enter into a wager with the individual who offered the bet. The wager is between the two individuals. The betting exchange just brings the bettor together and charges a small commission collected from the winnings. This is the only service provided by the betting exchange which allows the bettors themselves to act as bookmakers. Bettors can usually find better odds at betting exchanges since they are not as standardised as they are at the bookmakers. The individuals can also bet on anything as long as there is someone who wants to take the other side of the bet. The betting exchanges offer more flexible betting than do the bookmaker.

The next time you want to place a wager over and beyond the traditional office betting pool, look over both of these types of organisations. Find the ones that you feel comfortable with, open an account and enjoy your wagering.