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The Largest Nordic Auction for Contemporary Art and Photography, Bukowskis is also a great marketplace for Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Bukowskis is a Nordic leading art business as they offer international hammer auction and they also have an online support auctions where you can bid online and they even offer Private Sales. Their headquarter is located in Stockholm with branches in Helsinki, Gothenburg and Malmo and have representatives from all around Europe, USA and even Asia.


During the exhibition, there will be paintings, sculptors, mix-media and photography works from artists like the famous Jockum Nordström, Maria Friberg, Nathalie Djurberg and many more. Many of their works have been represented from renowned art houses like the David Zwirner Gallery and Zach Feuer Gallery. There are also some that have had their works exhibited in exhibitions such as Nathalie Djurberg’s at the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice. Well if you’re an art lover and like to have a preview of all the art works, you can visit them by clicking the link above or if you’re lucky and have the opportunity to be at the exhibition and auction will be better still as it will be a truly grand event. More about Diamond Dotz


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Thomas Kinkade has earned the name of the Painter of Light for a good reason. He has a talent for being able to pour the sunshine into his paintings. It would almost appear as if he asked the sun to borrow a bit for his work. The light and shadows in the gardens and landscapes he has painted is an example of just how well he has control over his brush when it comes to painting light.


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Partners with Orbis to Create Industry’s Most Compelling and Credible Online Casino and Sportsbook Solution WagerWorks, Inc., the leading technology and content provider for the online gaming industry, announced today it has been selected by MGM MIRAGE (NYSE:MGG – news) to develop its online casinos.

MGM MIRAGE, headquartered in Las Vegas, owns and/or operates through subsidiaries, 19 casino properties on three continents. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WagerWorks, which has been the content and technology provider for MGM MIRAGE’s online prize site since its inception in March, 2001, develops and markets a comprehensive Internet gaming system that enables gaming operators in regulated markets to implement a complete online casino solution. WagerWorks’ technology and high quality content allows these companies to increase customer acquisition and maintain a highly interactive relationship with their end-users. WagerWorks has recently completed the integration of WagerWare with Orbis’ OpenBet sportsbook system, which has also been selected by MGM MIRAGE. Target customers include online and brick and mortar casinos that currently operate in regulated markets and international online businesses (e-commerce companies, portals/search engines, online communities, etc.).

“The popularity of MGM MIRAGE’s prize site can be attributed to WagerWorks’ unparalleled content suite,” said Bill Hornbuckle, president and COO of MGM MIRAGE Online. “Their proven record of delivering reliable and innovative technology solutions for online gaming, coupled with their team’s 50 plus years of collective experience in the fully regulated gaming industry, makes WagerWorks and Orbis the ideal partners to help us establish our international online gaming presence.”

In order to concentrate on the international expansion of its Trusted Online Casino Singapore initiative, MGM MIRAGE will phase out the points program on May 1 for its U.S. prize gaming site at The site will remain live and continue to offer the finest online gaming content available.

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“We are very enthusiastic about our relationship with MGM MIRAGE and our partnership with WagerWorks,” noted Charles Malir, vice president of marketing at Orbis. “We have demonstrated our expertise in the area of online sports systems and MGM MIRAGE’s selection of us through our partnership with WagerWorks reaffirms this. We firmly believe that the WagerWare system from WagerWorks combined with our OpenBet sports engine, will be recognized as the most compelling and credible online solution in the marketplace.”

“The international marketplace offers the greatest opportunities for gaming in a cash environment,” said Marc Falcone, managing director of gaming and leisure research with Bear Sterns. “WagerWorks’ content, technology, and strategic relationships (with established brands like MGM MIRAGE) makes them unquestionably well-positioned to capture a significant share of the market.”

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MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGG – news) is an entertainment, hotel and gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, which owns and/or operates through subsidiaries 19 casino properties on three continents. Its U.S. holdings include: Bellagio, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino — The City of Entertainment, The Mirage, Treasure Island, New York — New York Hotel and Casino, the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino and 50% of Monte Carlo, all located on the Las Vegas Strip; the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas; Whiskey Pete’s, Buffalo Bill’s, the Primm Valley Resort and two championship golf courses at the California/Nevada state line; the exclusive Shadow Creek golf course in North Las Vegas; the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada; the Beau Rivage resort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The Company is a joint venture partner on Borgata at Renaissance Pointe, a resort under development in Atlantic City, New Jersey and also controls several development sites in the oceanfront resort community. Internationally, MGM MIRAGE owns and operates the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Darwin, Australia and manages casinos in Nelspruit, Witbank, Johannesburg and East London, Republic of South Africa. For more information on MGM MIRAGE and its operating subsidiaries, visit our website at Statements in this release which are not historical facts are “forward looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including risks and/or uncertainties as described in the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.




eBay said it is acquiring online payments company PayPal in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.


PayPal will continue to offer its service as an independent brand, but there are some changes ahead.


eBay Chief Financial Officer Rajiv Dutta said eBay will discontinue PayPal’s online gaming business, which was expected to account for 10 percent to 15 percent of total revenue in fiscal 2003. Dutta said the move is due to the “uncertain legal situation” around online gaming.


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Chartwell Reports Continued Growth in 3Q


CALGARY, Canada — Chartwell Technology Inc. (TSX-VEN: CWH) a leading provider of gaming and information systems for companies engaged in the Internet gaming industry, announces financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended July 31, 2002.


Total revenue for the third quarter of 2002 increased 20% to $1,117,939 compared to $928,663 in the same period of 2001. For the nine months ended July 31 2002, the Company’s total revenues increased 21% to $2,391,092 compared to $1,973,018 for the corresponding period of the previous year.


“Consistent with our business strategy, during the quarter the company has continued to focus on attracting established gaming clients, primarily in Europe”, states Darold H. Parken, President and CEO of Chartwell. ” Steady growth in our market share and the recurring revenue component of our total revenue has resulted in an average 30% quarter on quarter revenue growth since entering the software development business. Our objective is to continue this trend.”


Expenses for the third quarter were $1,131,736 compared to $926,911 for the corresponding period of the previous year. Expenses decreased $302,298 from the previous quarter. For the nine months ended July 31 2002 expenses were $3,749,959 compared to $2,833,266 in the corresponding period in the previous year. This increase is reflected in the continued development of our industry-leading choice of gaming options including casino, bingo and poker room games, now available in download, in-browser and wireless options giving an unprecedented level of access flexibility while using a wide range of currencies and languages. Consistent with our proactive expansion into new regulated markets, the Company has increased its compliance expenditures for its certification in these regulated markets.


The loss for the quarter was $13,797 or $0.00 per share compared to $568,224 or $0.04 per share in the previous quarter. Working capital at the end of the quarter was $6,159,960.


“We are seeing continued growth in Europe with the opportunity to break into new verticals”, states Darold H. Parken, “Poker, Bingo, and Wireless gaming are all new opportunities for revenue growth, both within our existing client base and with new licensees”. “Our unique business model along with our dedication to software development and un-paralleled customer support enables our existing and future clients in Europe and other regulated markets to depend upon us as a truly independent technology partner with no potential conflict of interest”.




This story was inspired by David C. Surette’s Letter to the Editor this week. Las Vegas can be intimidating by it’s very nature. In fact, one of our main goals in publishing this newsletter is the give you that “edge” and the knowledge you need to help eliminate that intimidation.


Las Vegas is a very tip-hungry town. 25% of the work force is employed in gaming, and many in gaming pay their bills primarily with tip income. So, they tip well when they go out, all their friends tip well, and everyone has the attitude that tips are expected and deserved. In fact, I often wonder if every local service worker stopped tipping, I think everyone would still have the same amount of money. They just pass it around. Having said that, tips can certainly help improve the service and attention that you get. If you stay at the same hotel here a couple times a year and the attendant, bartender, waitress, or change person remembers your name

and gives you that extra care and attention, a few extra bucks are well deserved. But in general, tips are rewards to be earned, not expected.


Here is my general tipping guide compiled from both personal experience and those of friends:


Slots – This is going to draw some f Poker Qq ire, but if you are sticking your own bills in the machine, you don’t owe anyone a thing if you hit. None of the casino employees are rebating your losses. However, if the change person points out a hot machine, sells you coin, or is reasonably quick when you have the change light on, do remember them with a little something. They are among the lowest paid in the casino.


Tables – We are always amused when someone says “The dealer is killing me” Believe me, if that dealer knew what the next card was, they’d be at Bellagio playing until they owned the place. It’s not their fault if you don’t leave the table during a bad run of cards. They HAVE to stay at the table and deal. You don’t. In addition, people tip less when losing. You

think most dealers like that? Bottom line – tip the dealers if they are friendly and helpful. If you have a good session and they made it fun, it’s not out of line to give them a tip when you color up.


Cocktails – from the waitress: $1 a drink if you care how soon she gets back around to you. I always get a kick out of people in the nickel areas complaining that they have not seen a waitress. These same people act like they are doing her a favor to give her 3 nickels. She has to do the same amount of walking regardless of whether she is bringing a coffee to the

nickel area or a top shelf drink to the higher limit areas. My personal trick? Tip them the dollar WHEN you order the drink. They’ll be back because they know you are taking care of them, they’ll tell the bartender to make it a “good” drink (sit in earshot of a waitress station sometimes and listen), and if you start losing and leave the table, just find them and get the drink from them — you’ve already “paid up”.


Restaurants – Tip like you would at home with this exception: Consider if the meal is a casino loss leader. Tipping 45 cents (15%) on a $3.00 steak is crazy, especially when the meal would cost $10.00 or more anywhere else. Tip based on what the meal would actually cost.


Buffets – $1 per person (regardless of meal – they do the same amount of work) for good service: Drinks served and refilled promptly, plates cleared. More if the server accommodates special requests. Don’t be afraid to stiff them for lousy service.


Bars – Tip just like you would anywhere else. The exception: when you buy a roll of quarters and get a free drink, give them a buck and a also tip them if you win IF they keep the drinks coming while you play (which that buck helps insure after each complimentary drink). Some casinos only give you one drink per roll or quarters you buy. If the free drinks are important to you, leave and go play next door.


Hotels – $1 a bag to the bellman (more if they are helpful and answer some questions — remember, they know the hotel and the area better than most), $1 a day to the maid (if they do a decent job), and $1 to the pool attendant if they fetch you something with a smile. Washroom attendants? My opinion is that unless you are using their stuff, they are pretty much holding you hostage (i.e. — they take all the paper towels out of the dispenser so you have to get a cloth towel from them). A quarter or two is enough to get you over feeling guilty for stiffing them.


Valet – If you can’t afford the give them $1 when you pick your car up, self park. These people run hour after hour in all kinds of weather. In fact, $2-3 is not out of line if they fetch your car in just a couple of minutes (although stiffing them isn’t out of line if it takes more than 10). Want them to keep it close because you won’t be long? Give them $1 when you park, telling them you’ll only be a little while (and tip them when you pick it up also — you are paying for service and convenience). Is the “valet full” sign up? Drive up anyway and hand them a $5 bill. You will be amazed at how they still have spaces available just for you.


Taxi Drivers – These guys can be the best or worst. Some really keep their ear to the ground, talk to their customers, and are a great wealth of information. They can tell you what shows their fares are touting, take you the shortest way, and help you with your luggage. Others are bitter, unhelpful, and the only thing they’ll recommend to you is one of the strip joints that pay cab drivers $5-10 a head for everyone they get in the door. If you have no luggage, round up the nearest dollar under $10, round up $2 to $20, etc. If they are good with your luggage, and genuinely friendly and helpful, a couple more bucks isn’t out of line.


These are my suggestions. Do you tip more or less? Have their been situations where you tipped and it really paid off, or tipped and got lousy treatment anyway? Let us know at [email protected] Make sure to include your name and state (city optional) if you want it considered for publication.


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UNITED KINGDOM — As reported by the UK Financial Times: “To gamblers losing thousands of pounds betting on blackjack and poker, the prospect of one of Britain’s most established casino chains collapsing seems as unthinkable as a reality- defying run of wins on the roulette wheel.


“But unless London Clubs International, which operates some of the most prestigious casinos in the UK capital, manages to sell some of its assets or finds a partner to invest funds in the group, an ignominious exit from the gaming sector may happen sooner rather than later.


“Several parties have considered a bid for LCI: they include Kerry Packer, the Australian tycoon; Sol Kerzner, the gaming entrepreneur who created South Africa’s Sun City; and some of the international casino operators such as Las Vegas’ Park Place and MGM Mirage.


“…LCI’s debts of more than £230m (US$360 Million) have scared off several potential suitors, although it has now reached agreements with its lenders to extend existing debt facilities and reduce interest rates on some of its borrowings for a further two years.


“…How will LCI raise the money? A sale of some assets is one possibility, as LCI operates some of London’s plushest casinos, including Les Ambassadeurs, The Golden Nugget and 50 St James.


“A joint venture is another, with a new Togel Hari Ini investor putting fresh capital into the business. But it is likely that the company would be very wary of a joint venture after the disastrous repercussions of an ill-advised gamble in the US.


“…The company has privately suggested it would be prepared to sell a number of its UK casinos. `The problem is the ones they want to sell are not the ones people want to buy,’ says one banker…”


Analysts Optimistic About MGM Mirage’s Online Casino


LAS VEGAS–Most Wall Street experts see MGM Mirage’s as a plus for the company, with its brand-building and business-growing prospects outweighing concerns that a security lapse could jeopardize the company’s relationship with regulators who police its land-based casinos in Nevada and elsewhere.


McDonald Investments casino industry analyst Harry Curtis said: “It makes sense for MGM Mirage to stick its toe in the water. $15 million isn’t that much. It’s really just research and development spending. As long as they stay on the right side of regulators, and I think they will, there’s no worry for shareholders.”


Deutsche Banc Securities casino debt analyst Andrew Zarnett said he thinks it may not take long for the site to contribute profit to MGM Mirage’s bottom line.


“The upside is fantastic,” Zarnett said. “This gives them a chance to capture business in Europe, and if and when the U.S. decides to allow Internet gambling they’d be years ahead of their competitors.”


Fellow Deutsche Banc analyst Marc Falcone said MGM Mirage is using superior technology and will use the site to attract new customers and improve its brand recognition.


“They can’t go after the whole world market, but initial results from the United Kingdom suggest that MGM Mirage will be tapping into a deep European market,” Falcone said.


Bear, Stearns & Co. casino industry analyst Jason Ader took a different approach from his Wall Street colleagues and said he thinks the MGM Mirage Web operation is more pie in the sky than a significant part of the company’s business.


“There’s a lot of ‘if, if, if,’ ” Ader said. “It’s a lot of energy and publicity for what will be a very small part of their business for a long time.”





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Gypsy King Software releases Kick Butt 1.0


In the 17 level adventure game, your goal is to smash the tobacco factory to smithereens and fire all the employees. But you’ve got to make it through 17 levels of angry smokers, lit cigarettes, burning garbage cans, dirty ashtrays, paper shredders, rolling machines, life suckers, junk food, and other assorted goodies. If your health drops to zero, you die.


Kick Butt also includes resources to help you quit smoking: A printable quit smoking chart with words of encouragement for your successes, facts about smoking and tobacco, advice on how to get through those first days and weeks, a description of the various methods of quitting, and a section on self hypnosis.




* 17 level adventure game

* Quit smoking facts and advice

* A printable quit smoking chart

* Quitting methods and encouragement for those trying to quit


Check out the screenshots at:




Kick Butt is $19.95, and is available now from the Gypsy King Software web site. This product is a New Release. You can download Kick Butt from the following URLS:


System Requirements: PPC only, 50 MB RAM, 13 MB disk space, Color (coming soon for OSX and Windows)


About Gypsy King Software:


Words of widsom from Gypsy King Software founder Shari Coxford, “I’ve been clean for over 10 years now. I spent 20 years as a smoker, most of those years trying to quit. It was the hardest thing I ever did, and I never would have believed it possible, but today, it’s as if I never smoked. I’ve included my journey through the weeds and how I finally mowed them down in the resource section of Kick Butt. It really is possible to quit, no matter how bad you’ve got it. Good luck to you!”






Bottom Line


The is the first site we’ve reviewed dedicated to poker only. While I don’t have a lot to compare it to, I find all aspects of the site and gameplay to be very impressive. As a bottom line, the maximum the house will take for their rake is 5%, but many times they’ll take less than this, sometimes zero! They’re casino games out there with a house edge less than 2.5% (The 5% rake on winning hands only translates to a 2.5% house edge, more on this later on a house edge article we’ll be having)(video poker, blackjack, craps), but you’ll still lose playing them in the long run. At least with poker it’s you against another human; it’s a game of skill. I give Pokerspot a rating of 4.25 chips.



Pokerspot is one of the newest online gambling sites out there, having just debuted May 31, 2000 EST. Their server is based in Costa Rica. All games are based upon the theme of……you guessed it, poker! Pokerspot allows you to play online against other people online in games of Texas Hold’em, Pengeluaran Sgp , Omaha, and 7-Card Stud. They offer some high/low table limits and Hi/Lo versions of the games to give 8 different table areas total. I will go into more detail in the gaming section and individual game section below.


PokerSpot offers an excellent faq 9 pages in length which answers most any question you may have about their site and policies. Questions about setting up accounts, depositing money, house rakes, etc etc are all covered in this faq. I get a strong feeling from seeing this and working with their staff on some questions which arose when I was researching this site that they are very much on the up-and-up and are commited to customer service. All feedback welcomed if anyone out there feels otherwise!


Now, with a game like poker at a casino the most important thing to know going in is the house rake. I’ll post their words directly from their faq:




What is the rake? Along with several new features, Pokerspot is introducing all new rake limits (that have since been adopted by some other online cardrooms): For $2/$4 tables and $3/$6 tables there is a $2 maximum rake! There is a $1 rake at the flop and then another $1 when the pot reaches $20, but that’s where the rake stops. For $5/$10 and up tables, there is a $1 rake at the flop, another $1 when the pot reaches $40, and the final $1 when the pot hits $60.


If there are only 2-3 players at a table, then there is a $1 maximum rake when the pot reaches $20! This applies to all games on our site. Also, PokerSpot has a “No flop, no rake” policy for all our games.




So you can see that you may be giving up 5% to the house on some of your winning hands. This isn’t bad comparing it to other poker sites out there. We’ll see if they decrease that in the future. One thing worth noting is that their most busy time is 7 P.M. PST. So if you want to have the best chance to play with someone else online, try this time.



Money Matters

Pokerspot offers payment methods of Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check, bank/debit card, and money wire. One thing Pokerspot does which I do not like, is that they charge you a 5.75% processing fee for the amount you buy in at. Now, before you have a complete fit, they do refund this to you at a rate of $10 for every 10 hours you play. I realize that banks charge fees for merchant accounts and transactions for credit card purchases, but I just never have a good feeling about a business when they want to charge more to compensate for this. Hopefully when Pokerspot gets more established and off the ground they will drop this fee. Pokerspot often hosts special poker tournaments which give out money and prizes.



Pokerspot uses unique software for gaming. No other site uses the same package. Download size is 2.7M. I haven’t played at many other online poker sites, but I have played my share of computer card games. I find the graphics to be just as pleasing as any of those games out there. I found connection speed to be very good overall. The 8 different table areas you may go to are: Hold’em 1-on-1 High, Low, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Hold’em Low Limit, and Hold’em High Limit. The minimum buy-in is 10X the small bet.

To play the games once you log in, you have the option to view either available tables, or the games by the waiting lists. This way you can see how many players are playing what versions you might want to play. You then add your name to the list, and you automatically taken to an available game. This is called their dynamic seating feature, and allows you to waste as little of your time as possible in searching for an available game.


I won’t go into much detail on the individual games except to give the betting ranges you may pick. They all play similar to each other.