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Pai gow poker

Pai gow poker is a version of pai gow, played with playing cards, instead of traditional pai gow's Chinese dominoes. The game of pai gow poker was created in 1985 in the United States by Sam Torosian, owner of the Bell Card Club; the game is played with a standard 52-card deck, plus a single joker. It is played on a table set for six players, plus the dealer; each player attempts to defeat the banker. The object of pai gow poker is to create a five card poker hand and a two card poker hand from seven cards that beat both of the bank's hands; the five-card hand's rank must exceed that of the two-card hand, it is for this reason that the two-card hand is called the hand "in front", "on top", "hair", or the "small", "minor", or "low" hand. The five-card hand is called the hand "behind", or the "bottom", "high", or "big", as they are placed that way in front of the player, when the player is done setting them; the cards are shuffled, dealt to the table in seven face-down piles of seven cards per pile.

Four cards are unused regardless of the number of people playing. Betting positions are assigned a number from 1 to 7, starting with whichever player is acting as banker that hand, counting counter-clockwise around the table. A number from 1 to 7 is randomly chosen the deal begins with the corresponding position and proceeds counter-clockwise. One common way of using dice to determine the dealer starting number is to roll three six-sided dice, count betting spots clockwise from the first position until the number on the dice is reached. If a player is not sitting on a particular spot, the hand is still assigned, but placed on the discard pile with the four unused cards. In some casinos, such as the Golden Nugget and Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, an extra "dragon hand" is dealt if a seat is vacant. After all players have set their original hand they are asked in turn if they would like to place another bet to play the dragon hand; the bet on the dragon hand can be the table minimum up to the amount the player bet on their original hand.

The first player to accept the dragon hand receives it. Rules vary from casino to casino, but the dealer turns over the dragon hand and sets it using the house way; this is because the player has seen 7 cards which could affect the way they would set the dragon hand. The only two-card hands are high cards. Five-card hands use standard poker hand rankings with one exception: in most casinos, the "wheel" is the second-highest straight. At most casinos in California and Michigan this rule doesn't apply, A-2-3-4-5 is the lowest possible straight; the joker plays as a bug, that is, in the five-card hand it can be used to complete a straight or flush if possible. In the two-card hand it always plays as an ace, except in several southern Californian casinos where the joker is wild. If each of the player's hands beats each of the banker's corresponding hands he wins the bet. If only one of his hands beats the banker he pushes in which case neither he nor the banker wins the bet. If both of his hands lose to the banker he loses.

On each hand, ties go to the banker. If the player fouls his hand, meaning that his two-card hand outranks his five-card hand, or that there are an incorrect number of cards in each hand, there will be a penalty: either re-arrangement of the hand according to house rules or forfeiture of the hand. In casino-banked games, the banker is required to set his hand in a pre-specified manner, called the "house way", so that the dealer does not have to implement any strategy in order to beat the players; when a player is banking, he is free to set the hand. California casinos charge a flat fee per hand to play, win or lose. Other casinos take a 5% commission out of the winnings, known as the rake. There are a number of variations of Pai Gow poker; these variations were formulated in 2004 — 2009. Pai Gow Mania was the first variation to be created which allows for two side bets instead of the traditional one side bet per hand. Fortune Pai Gow is another variation which allows players to make a side bet on a poker hand ranking of trips or better.

This is one of the most popular variations. Similar to Fortune Pai Gow is Emperors Challenge, which allows a side bet on a 7 card pai gow. Shuffle Master introduced a variation of the game in 2006, adding a progressive jackpot side bet, named Progressive Fortune Pai Gow. Part or all of the jackpot may be won by placing a side bet and landing one of the hands specified on the payout table; the hand that wins 100% of the jackpot is a combined seven card straight flush. Advantage play refers to legal methods used to gain an advantage while gambling. In pai gow poker, a player may be able to gain an advantage in certain circumstances by banking as as possible, taking advantage of unskilled players while banking, dealer errors when not banking. Sam Torosian, owner of the Bell Card Club in Los Angeles, invented the game of Pai Gow Poker in 1985; the idea for the game came to Torosian after being tol

Mirza Varešanović

Mirza Varešanović is a Bosnian retired professional footballer and current football manager. Varešanović started his career with FK Sarajevo, breaking into the first team in 1991, but getting only limited playing time. With the start of the Bosnian war, competitive football in the country halted and Sarajevo became a touring club. During one of these tours, Varešanović was spotted by FC Bordeaux scouts, he joined the French team. A year he made a move to Olympiacos F. C. spending two seasons with the Greek outfit. With Olympiacos, he won the Greek Super League in the seasons 1996–97 and 1997–98, he next moved to Turkish Süper Lig side Bursaspor, who he would go on to represent on two separate occasions. In 2002 while at Sarajevo, Varešanović won the 2001–02 Bosnian Cup, he concluded his playing career with Sarajevo in 2004. Varešanović was capped 24 times for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team between 1996 and 2001, he played in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns. After concluding his playing career, Varešanović was named FK Sarajevo Sporting director, held the position for two years.

In 2010, he was named FK Sarajevo manager and led the team for one season and finished second in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the summer of 2011, he was approached by FK Velež Mostar, went on to lead the Herzegovina outfit for one season. In May 2014, Varešanović accepted an offer from FK Olimpik. In his second season, he won the Bosnian Cup trophy and made historic achievement with Olimpik by winning the first trophy for the youngest football club in the Bosnian Premier League. Varešanović left the club in November 2015. Varešanović once again came back to Olimpik in June 2017, but again left the club the same year in November. In 2018, Varešanović was the head coach of the Herzegovina U18 national team, he led the national team to 8th place at the 2018 Mediterranean Games in Spain. On 26 February 2019, Varešanović signed a half of a year contract with Bosnian Premier League club FK Tuzla City, his first win as Tuzla City's manager came on 9 March 2019, in 0–2 away win against FK Krupa.

On 25 May 2019, after the end of the last game of the 2018–19 Bosnian Premier League season in which Tuzla City lost against FK Željezničar Sarajevo at home 0–3, Varešanović decided to leave Tuzla, stating: "I've been here for about three months, we have achieved what we had planned, but I will not be the manager of the club next season. I'm just too tired for this time, some things have happened that have added to the decision of my deparutre, so..." Mirza's son Mak Varešanović is a professional footballer who plays for Caserstan in the Italian Serie C. He played for Serie A club Udinese; as of 25 May 2019 Bordeaux UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995Olympiacos Super League Greece: 1996–97, 1997–98Sarajevo Bosnian Cup: 2001–02 Olimpik Bosnian Cup: 2014–15 Mirza Varešanović at National-Football-Teams.com Mirza Varešanović at FootballDatabase.eu

Maughold Head Lighthouse

Maughold Head Lighthouse is an active 20th century lighthouse, located on the headland of the same name at the southern end of Ramsey Bay on the eastern coast of the Isle of Man. Completed in 1914, it was designed by Charles Stevenson. Following a complaint by the shipping owner Lord Inverclyde that a number of ships had foundered as a result of poor maritime signalling near the Whitestone Bank, that a fog signal should be built at Maughold Head, the need for a new lighthouse was raised in 1909 by the Commissioners of Northern Light Houses. Trinity House stated that there was a fog and light signal established on the Bahama Bank Lightship nearby, but after further discussion, with the support of the Board of Trade they approved the works for a lightstation to be built on Maughold Head. Designed by Charles and David, two brothers from the notable Stevenson lighthouse engineering family, it consists of a 23 metre high masonry tower, with the lighthouse keepers accommodation built on the headland above at the same level as the lantern.

A set of 127 steps links the tower to the keeper's cottage. The optic was supplied by Chance Brothers of Smethwick, the fog signal and other ancillary equipment by Dove & Co of Edinburgh; the 1st order Fresnel lens is still in use. Maughold Head Lighthouse became operational on 15 April 1914, the Bahama Bank Lightship was subsequently taken out of service. With a focal height of 65 metres above the sea, the light has a nominal range of 21 nautical miles, has a characteristic of three flashes of white light every thirty seconds; the fog signal, which formed the major part of justification for the station, produced a single blast every 90 seconds. It was deactivated in 1987. Following automation in 1993, the former keeper's cottages were converted into bed and breakfast holiday accommodation, they were sold in 2014 for a guide price of £600,000; the light and tower continues to be maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board, is registered under the international Admiralty number A4786 and has the NGA identifier of 114-5036.

List of lighthouses in the Isle of Man List of Northern Lighthouse Board lighthouses Northern Lighthouses Board Media related to Maughold Head Lighthouse at Wikimedia Commons

She and He (1963 film)

She and He is a 1963 Japanese drama film directed by Susumu Hani. It was entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival where Sachiko Hidari won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award. A middle class woman in Tokyo, Naoko Ishikawa lives with her husband in a shining new apartment building on a hill overlooking a slum; as her husband Eiichi becomes more entangled in his life as businessman, Naoko looks for ways to expand her own life as her husband's life shrinks in scope and intimacy. She loses her sense of security, she finds herself strangely drawn to a rag-picker, Ikona who lives down below in a tin shack with a blind child and a dog, the sheltering comforts of her middle-class existence inexorably fall away. Sachiko Hidari - Naoko Ishikawa Kikuji Yamashita - Ikona Eiji Okada - Eiichi Ishikawa Akio Hasegawa - Laundry Boy Yoshimi Hiramatsu - Nakano Setsuko Horikoshi - Old lady of book store Takanobu Hozumi - Doctor Hiromi Ichida - Nurse Mariko Igarashi - Blind girl Hiro Kasai - Ghetto guy Shûji Kawabe - Detective Toshie Kimura - Sasaki Masakazu Kuwayama - Laundry owner Toshio Matsumoto - Laundry man Yukio Ninagawa - Balloon guy Kazuya Oguri Miyoko Takahashi - Ghetto woman In 1964, Sachiko Hidari won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival for her film The Insect Woman directed by Shohei Imamura.

The film was nominated for Golden Bear, but won OCIC Award and Youth Film Award for best feature film. In Japan, Hidari won Best Actress at Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award, she and He on IMDb

Robert A. Holekamp

Robert August Holekamp was a businessman and apiarist from the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, Missouri. Holekamp was significant in the development of Webster Groves, had state and national influence in the field of beekeeping. Holekamp was born the son of a Lutheran minister in Hanover Province, Germany. At the age of 14, he went to Hildesheim to attend college. In 1868 he served for two years, leaving as a non-commissioned officer. In 1870, he settled in St. Louis. Upon arriving in St. Louis, Holekamp worked for various employers before becoming the manager at a door and sash dealer. In 1879, Holekamp and James Gray organized the firm Gray & Holekamp, a wholesale manufacturer and distributor of sashes and doors, grew the company into the largest dealer in St. Louis. In early 1885, Holekamp bought Gray's ownership interest and in December of that year he sold the company to Charles H. Huttig for $40,000. Gray & Holekamp is known today as Huttig Building Products, is one of the largest distributor of building products in the United States, is traded publicly on the NASDAQ Exchange.

As a result of the coal pollution in St. Louis and following his doctor's advice, in 1896 Holekamp moved to a farm located three miles outside of Annapolis in Iron County, Missouri, he purchased and operated a saw mill in that area. In 1901, Holekamp returned to St. Louis where he purchased a surgical instrument company which he named Holekamp, Grady & Moore, he sold the company after operating it for 7 years. In 1908, Holekamp co-founded the Holekamp Lumber Company in Webster Groves with his four sons. Holekamp served as the firm's president. In addition to the wholesale and retail sale of lumber and hardware, the firm was active in real estate development. Holekamp and his sons established many of the subdivisions and built many of the homes in Webster Groves, in neighboring Kirkwood, in the surrounding southwestern suburbs of St. Louis. By the time of Holekamp's death, Holekamp Lumber operated six lumberyards, the company would remain in business until the mid-1980s. While living in rural Annapolis, Holekamp developed an interest in apiology and began beekeeping.

He continued the hobby upon his return to St. Louis, Holekamp became among the first to engage in urban apiculture in the United States. Concerned about the spread of foulbrood disease among bees in Missouri, Holekamp proposed a bill and lobbied both houses of the Missouri State Legislature to pass a law to address the epidemic; when the measure was unexpectedly vetoed by Governor Joseph W. Folk in 1908, Holekamp appealed to the Governor and convinced him to change his mind. Holekamp's bill created the state office of bee inspector, making Missouri among the first states to regulate the commercial beekeeping industry. Holekamp advised the new bureau, continued to testify for the state on matters of apiculture. Holekamp was a judge at the Missouri State Fair for several years, was the superintendent of the bee exhibit at the 1920 Oklahoma State Fair, was the apiary superintendent for the University of Missouri, served as a member of the Executive Board of the Honey Producers' League, served for several years on the board of directors for the National Beekeepers’ Association of the United States and Canada.

Holekamp died in 1922 after a brief heart trouble. The banks in Maplewood and Webster Groves were closed on the day of his funeral in observance of his passing

2009 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team

The 2009 Appalachian State Mountaineers football team represented Appalachian State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season. It was the 80th season of play for the Mountaineers; the team was led by the 2006 Eddie Robinson Award winner for Coach of the Year. Moore is in his 21st season as head coach; the Mountaineers played their home games at Kidd Brewer Stadium in North Carolina. Coach profiles at GoASU Walter Payton AwardArmanti Edwards Southern Conference Coach of the Year — Jerry Moore Southern Conference Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year — Armanti Edwards Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Trophy — Mario Acitelli