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Denim Blù Releases New Single, “I’ll Die (With Lizzy Clarke)”

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Denim Blù, the Toronto-based pop artist with Chinese roots, released his new single, “I’ll Die (Ft. Lizzy Clarke)” an emotional song that explores the depths of rock bottom. This track will be his second of 2021, following his recent single “Extraordinary Feel (Ft. Lizzy Clarke)” and adjoining remixes.

“I’ll Die” is inspired by the fallout after heartbreak and the emotions of needing to fall before you rise. The song begins with “I’m drowning in thick liquid without a desire to resist” – a sentiment of falling so deep into a state of despair that death seems closer than life, that death seems more tolerable than life, that life and death are indistinguishable. The theme repeats throughout the song – the harrowing feeling portrays the real emotion experienced after gut-wrenching heartbreak:

“The song is heavy and dark, but these are real emotions.” – Denim Blù on his new single “I’ll Die (with Lizzy Clarke)”

Although suffering is usually an emotion you experience in solitude; this duet between Denim and Lizzy expresses the universality of the message – it shows that even at your lowest point, you are not alone. Denim croons in his smooth tone and Lizzy dazzles with her agile vocals. Together, they deliver different but complementary vocals over this power ballad.

Denim Blù is an emerging Toronto-based singer-songwriter whose identity and music reflect the cultural mosaic that makes Toronto’s music so universally appealing. He’s a Chinese-born queer artist whose inspiration is born out of rebellion. Denim Blù is not supposed to be Chinese and making pop music; he is not supposed to be gay; he is not supposed to emote sex. Well, he does. His music training and influence spans three continents having studied and composed in China, the UK, and Toronto. The product of his music is pure pop fantasy with emotional intrigue, drawing from blues, dance, electronica, and R&B elements, all while being unapologetically queer. His music delivers new-age pop with a story to tell.

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Sean The Star Emperor Delivers Sultry Halloween Fantasies with New Single, “Witch Disco”

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Enamored with the iconic aesthetic of 80s movies, Sean The Star Emperor had an intensely visual connection to music. The pandemic offered him an opportunity to reevaluate his life and shun conventional expectations of progress in order to pursue true happiness. However, like many people after months of lockdown, Sean’s ready to get a little wild. His new single, “Witch Disco,” celebrates releasing one’s inhibitions and surrendering to seduction, a reflection of the human need for touch and shared experience. Sean remains committed to utilizing music as a means to question the status quo and deconstruct the sex and gender binaries that hold us back as a society. Listen to “Witch Disco” below and don’t forget to follow Sean The Star Emperor on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook

Cliché: How would you describe space pop?
Sean The Star Emperor:
Space Pop is the fusion between Sound, Glamour, and Science Fiction. 

What was your journey like to become Sean The Star Emperor?
It started in NYC, having a theater background, loving practical effects of stage and in the movies of the 80s, and wanting to connect the visual to music. When I hear sound, I SEE what it would become as a visual expression before I have concrete lyrics. That is my process with everything Star Emperor and that is how what you see today was born.

 
Throughout the pandemic, how did you cope with being separated from the community? How did it affect you?
The pandemic and lockdown saved me. I felt I was always catching up to “The Man’s” idea of stability and success. However, because of the break I was able to really sink into what I truly valued.  I became so happy with myself and life, and no longer felt I had to do certain things because this is what people do at such junctures in life… I ended up getting really into Deep House music, with a good friend of mine because of no longer feeling I had to be “mature,” or focus on “adult things.”  We formed a quarantine pod around Melodic/Deep House.  We would just play songs and dance for hours on end. I ended up losing 40 lbs.  We would walk and listen to house, go to parks and set up shop and listen to house, hike and listen to Melodic House.  Only concern was Melodic House.  
 
Tell us about your new single, “Witch Disco.”
“Witch Disco” is the new Halloween Anthem.  It is sexy, ‘dancy,’ sultry, spooky, ethnic, theatrical, and also very real – I used esoteric practices throughout the creation of the song and music video. It was inspired by 80s New Wave, as well as Disco’s penchant for nighttime glam. I wrote the song for people to feel a common bond through revelry. 
 
Why do you think seduction and the idea of embracing our real desires has become even more appealing in a post lockdown world?
Human beings need touch. Psychologists have done many studies on the detriments placed upon individuals lacking certain interactions. So we just came from forced isolation, coupled with many of us understanding our fragility – with death being the ever looming antagonist – hence we all want to live, really LIVE.  We can catch a virus and miss out on the chance to “paint the town red,” or try some latent kinks. Most of us are ready to be savages.  I feel bad for those of us who just turned 21 right before, during, and right after the pandemic.  I can feel there must be an itch that needs to be scratched.  I think we’re all like “ Who cares!! I want to touch something!”
 
What are your hopes for the queer community as everyone starts reuniting and reconnecting?
I hope that love can take precedence over the superficial. The community was hung up on exterior appeal and not the interior.  One can miss out on a lot just making decisions on outward appeal. “Witch Disco” is a light example. It is all about seduction. I think people forget sexuality starts with energy and the mind. Seduction/chemistry is not just looks. A lot is wasted when we neglect the unseen… Additionally, I hope the lines between what is queer vs straight become even more blurred. I think humans are limiting themselves, sexually and on how to have fun, by being so binary.  Maybe one wants to be straight but enjoys wearing a dress. That’s cool too.  Enjoy your life! Me, my music, and esthetic, are all about non-judgment and being uninhibited. Social norms are arcane. 
 
Why is it so vital to continue to dismantle heteronormativity and the status quo through music?
The more we normalize free expression, I think the higher the output from humanity as a whole.  Art and science and social relations, I feel will be heighten to the point of our next evolutionary leap. We cannot get to the next step if we have a society in which individuals could have thoughts like: “I really want to do this thing, but if I do this would people think I was gay? A slut? Too shallow? Too prude?”  These questions and ideas are impeding progress.  Imagine a world in which we could be using so many shades of colors but because one is a boy, he’s stuck with blue…

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9 Low Budget Costumes for Halloween

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Today we want to share 9 low budget costumes for Halloween. Halloween is just around the corner, and this 31st of October, we’re hopefully going to have a little bit more fun than last year!  The Holiday couldn’t possibly be complete without a costume! While the rental place or Amazon are there for us, you don’t actually need to spend a ton of money on something you will wear only once (ever)! 

You can create some great Halloween costumes from items and clothes you already have or can borrow from family and friends. 

Here are 9 low budget costumes for Halloween. 

Superman 

One of the most iconic comic book characters of all time, Superman gets special attention during Halloween. And it’s super easy and cheap to create the costume from scratch.

All you need is the Superman logo and a white shirt. If you have a few extra dollars, you can get the logo printed on a basic tee, but to be honest, printing it on a sheet of paper and attaching it to your t-shirt with pins is so much cheaper and easier! 

“Men in Black”

You probably already have everything you need for this costume in your closet. It’s simple – put on your black suit (or borrow from your entrepreneur friend or cousin), crisp white shirt and some killer sunnies. That’s pretty much it, but if you want to nail the look, grab a toy gun at your local supermarket or borrow from neighbor’s kids!

Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers brings smiles wherever he goes, and this costume will do that too. Khakis, a white shirt and a red cardigan is all it takes! Don’t have a cardigan? It’s one of those pieces that your dad or uncle might lend you, or you can get it at your local second-hand shop for a couple of bucks. 

Ace Ventura

Everybody loves this eccentric pet detective! And this costume is very easy to create. Just put on red trousers, a white tee and a Hawaiian or another floral print shirt. 

If you have some hair to work with, puff it up with a good amount of hairspray! Don’t have a white tee?

You still have time to order one from the high-quality t-shirt brand Fresh Clean Tees. Enjoy the large selection of v-necks at FreshCleanTees.com, and even after Halloween, you’ll wear it everywhere as it’s so comfy. 

Harry Styles

Harry Styles is the perfect choice if you’re looking to go as some of the current superstars! This guy is famous for his eclectic style that you can easily recreate with a little bit of help from your mom or female friends.

Put on wide-legged colorful pants, a bright west or sweater vest and go crazy with jewelry (rings, necklaces). Visit your local vintage shop for some great options.

Freddie Mercury

Another iconic man is Queen’s lead singer Freddy Mercury, famous for his white jeans and white wife-beater shirt. Yep, that’s all you need, plus maybe some cool fake mustache from your costume store or Amazon and a microphone stand (optional).

vampire, zombie and witch holding a pumpkinBrush up on the Queen repertoire so you can put on a show at the party!

Harry Potter

The boy wizard is one of the most famous book characters of all time, so with just a little bit of effort, you’ll be super easy to recognize! 

You’ll need round glasses, a wand and some eyeliner to draw a scar on your forehead. Wear simple corduroy trousers and a nerdy cardigan (or a long black cape if you happen to have one) to complete the look, and don’t forget to brush up on your spells! 

Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation

Ron is the hilarious grumpy city government official from this iconic show, and his wardrobe resembles most dad’s style. 

Grab a checkered shirt, khakis, order a fake moustache and don’t forget the grumpy face. Ron is also known to love meat, so you can grab a turkey leg or stake to carry around (and snack on).

Baywatch

Going to a beach Halloween party? In this case, the easiest costume to opt for are the red Baywatch trunks, sunglasses and a whistle!  Trust us; you’ll get a lot of attention from the ladies and will be swimming-ready at all times!

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Who are the Favorites for the Longines Breeders Cup Races?

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Longines sponsors some of the biggest races that will be taking place at the Breeders’ Cup in November. In total, the races sponsored by the watch manufacturer equate to $12 million in the prize money that is up for grabs in Del Mar later in the year.

Still, with such prestigious races set to be taking place, it means that the fields for those races will also be ultra-competitive. But, which horses are currently at the top of the betting for the three races sponsored by Longines?

Longines Distaff

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is a race for fillies and mares over nine furlongs on the dirt. Famous winners of this race in previous years include Monomoy Girl and Royal Delta, who have both won the Distaff on two previous occasions. However, a new name will be added to the roll of winners this year, and the heavy favorite in the betting is currently Letruska.

The five-year-old for trainer Fausto Gutierrez has been near perfect so far this season and has won five from six. Her only blip came on her first start of the season, as she was second in the Azeri Stakes. Since then, she has won five straight races, with the most recent of those coming with success in the G1 Personal Ensign.

Other Grade 1 victories during the 2021 season have come in the Ogden Phipps and Apple Blossom. Competition for Letruska in the Distaff could come in the forms of Malathaat and Swiss Skydiver, but we await final confirmation regarding whether this will be the race that they run in at Del Mar.

Longines Turf

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The featured turf race at the Breeders’ Cup is also sponsored by Longines, as the field will race over one and a half miles with a $4 million purse available to connections. Many of the big European contenders will make the journey over for this race, which means it is little surprise to see those head the betting.

Tarnawa for trainer Dermot Weld has been listed as the favourite for this race, despite finishing second on both of her two most recent starts. She was second behind St Mark’s Basilica in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes in the middle of September, before returning with a gritty performance when second behind long-shot Torquator Tasso in the Arc at Longchamp.

She will be looking to become only the third horse to win back-to-back Turf races at the Breeders’ Cup.

Value can be found everywhere in this market, with St Leger winner and horse that finished third in the Arc, Hurricane Lane also available, as well as Dubai Sheema and Juddmonte International Stakes winner Mishriff also likely to make the journey.

Longines Classic

The featured race of the meet at the Breeders’ Cup is also sponsored by Longines, as the Classic has a purse of $6 million. The best horses in the United States will run in this race, which covers a distance of one and a quarter miles.

Knicks Go is the current horse at the top of the betting for this race, as the five-year-old has won four from six races this season. He was outstanding most recently in the G3 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs, which was his third straight graded victory this season, following the G1 Whitney and G3 Cornhusker.

However, further quality is clearly evident behind Knicks Go in the betting, with Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality looking for a second straight victory at the Breeders’ Cup, while Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit could also be heading to the Classic. Hot Rod Charlie is also a competitive sort, who could be in the frame for a victory, as is Max Player.

Find more information about the upcoming Breeders Cup 2021 here: https://www.twinspires.com/breeders-cup

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Barret Turner Releases New Music Video For “Wait”

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Barret Turner is a singer-songwriter and producer from Dallas, Texas. For Barret, it all started when he was just a kid and picked up a guitar. He hasn’t been able to stop making music since, but he also never shared the music he created. Now Barret decided it was finally time to let his songs go out past the four walls of his room, so he has been releasing a single a month for the past 10 months. Written and produced by Barret, featuring an undisclosed singer, “Wait” is the last of the 10 singles to be released. To continue celebrating the single release, Barret Turner released a new music video for “Wait.”

“Do you ever focus on a decision in your life.. and it consumes you… where nothing else matters,” says Barret about the story behind “Wait.”

Barret has been diligently working on his craft to get these singles out to the world. On top of that, he has been creating music videos to help share the story behind each song on a deeper level. Just like the music video for “Wait” each one has a story to tell. In one way or another, it relates to something that has happened in his life. “Wait” has such a transparent story that we can all relate to.

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What is the Best Strategy for Online Slots?

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Today we want to discuss the best strategy for online slots. The beauty of playing slots is that you don’t need any previous experience and you have an excellent chance to win as an absolute beginner. It is the most popular genre for many reasons, but one of them is simplicity and unpredictability. If the games are developed by professionals, certified as fair by auditors, and run by a solid random number generator, only luck will determine the outcome. Knowing this, it can be hard to believe that there are functional strategies to be used when spinning the reels of slots.

Money management is essential

Best Strategy for Online SlotsAssuming you decide to play online slots on real money, you will naturally hope to make a profit. Since the outcome can’t be predicted and only luck can influence the odds, you need to look for different strategies. At the cornerstone of any functional system, is a solid bankroll management tactic that players respect to the letter. If you are unable to manage your finances and keep the stakes sensible, sooner or later you will end up losing your bankroll.

Proper money management doesn’t mean that you should always go for the lowest bets, quite the opposite. In many cases, it makes perfect sense to bet the maximum amount allowed by the game. This is particularly true when it comes to progressive jackpot games. Many of these games have several tiered prizes, but the main jackpot can only be won by those who bet the maximum number of coins. Correct money management means that you only bet a small percentage of your bankroll during each session.

In your quest for the best strategy for online slots — “You need to pay close attention to the average return to player” according to this online casino website source. This determines the odds of winning in the long run, with the best slots paying more than 98%. If you choose a high volatility game, you need to adjust your bankroll management to accommodate this style of play. The goal is to make sure that you have enough resources available to stay afloat until you hit the big payout. Don’t hesitate to increase and decrease the stakes based on your new budget realities.

Use cash bonuses and free spins

Casinos are hard-pressed to keep players happy because there is tremendous competition in this line of work. Some of the most effective instruments they used to keep players satisfied are bonuses and promotions. These can help you boost your bankroll and use casino funds to play your favorite games. At the same time, you need to make sure that the wagering requirements, as well as the terms and conditions, are fair. Whenever you have the opportunity, claim these freebies and use them to play slots risk-free.

The importance of choosing a reliable software developer can’t be overstated. As long as you can’t trust the producer of online casino games, all your efforts will be in vain. You need to be certain that the random number generator is truly random and that the slots pay the percentages they promise to do. 

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Wave System Release Euphoric New Track “How Do You Feel”

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LA-based experimental indie band Wave System have released their newest track, “How Do You Feel” on all DSPs today. The newly released single features a darker appeal, with blaring production and haunting vocals, but fans of their previous single, “Something Real,” are sure to still resonate with the cinematic balance of the new track. The band describes “How Do You Feel” as one that came together naturally and easy:

“’How Do You Feel’ is one of those that seemingly fell out of the sky and wrote itself. It’s rare it happens, but when it does it can end up sounding like something we’ve never done before and you just get on board. That’s what you hear with the bounce, valleys, and peaks on this one. We hope you enjoy!” – Wave System

Wave System is the project of composer/producers Phil Danyew and Taylor Johnson, whose music spans from intimate piano ballads to epic cinematic post rock. After years of touring and writing with Frank Ocean, Foster the People, and Lorde, the duo started composing songs together that blend sweeping orchestral arrangements with modern synthesis that take the listener from the depths of introspection to the peaks of explosive joy.

Be sure to stream Wave System’s newest track “How Do You Feel” on all streaming platforms today. 

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Indie Pop Duo Wild Story Release Debut EP “Into The Wild”

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Indie pop duo Wild Story have released their debut EP, Into The Wild on all streaming services today. With cinematic vocals and grand production, songs like “It’s Happening” and “Moment” transport fans to a feeling of serenity in a coming-of-age story. In the EP’s songwriting, tracks like “Time To Let Go” and “Little Dreamerresonate with Wild Story’s inner-transformations and new-found confidence. The four-track EP, in all, is a meticulously crafted body of work that breaks genre-molds in the indie-dream-pop space, and bookmarks itself as the foundation of all things Wild Story: freedom of expression. 

“‘Into The Wildrepresents so many things for us, but most importantly it represents us taking a chance on ourselves and our music; setting free our doubts and fears and just unleashing our music out Into The Wild. We’ve been so deliberate about how we release songs and how we tell our stories, because we both put so much of ourselves into our music.” — Wild Story

Into The Wild is set up for listeners to follow Wild Story along their journey and give people a chance to hear their story in how they’ve evolved over time. 

“The EP itself is laid out in the order these songs were written because we wanted to bring our listeners not only into the backstory of us as a band, but also to show how we evolved even over the course of four songs. From the honest and real versions of ourselves that we share on our social media, we always want to show the most honest and real versions of ourselves with our music as well. We really hope that with this EP comes a greater understanding of who we are as creatives, but also who we are as Wild Story.” — Wild Story

Wild Story is a duo originating from Los Angeles, California. This anthemic band combines Viv Parker’s cinematic, immersive production with the adventurous, dynamic and vulnerable melodies of Katie Hargrove. From their first writing session together, Katie and Viv knew they had something special. Building on their solo careers, the pair decided to plunge headfirst into the LA music scene together with Lyric House’s support along the way. Staying true to themselves and each other, they have found success creating music that reverberates with fans and listeners alike. In their own words, Wild Story is about embracing who you are, creating your own narrative and owning it wholeheartedly.

Wild Story’s debut EP, Into The Wild is available on all DSPs today

 

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How to Stay Safe When Gambling on new Casino Sites

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Today we want to show you how to stay safe when gambling on new casino sites. The main challenge that players face when trying online gambling is to beat the house edge. This is a pretty serious challenge and in an ideal world, it should be the only concern for gamers. Finding the right strategy, exercising correct bankroll management, and honing gaming skills requires time and practice. The last thing that players need is to be concerned about their security when gambling online. Having said this, there are multiple risks associated with playing over the Internet and you must know how to stay safe.

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Be positive but not naïve

The online gambling environment has changed a lot over the last decade and mostly for the better. There is now a multitude of licensed and regulated new casino sites, source here, that treat their players with the utmost respect and professionalism. Many of the dishonest operators have been filtered out and reviewing websites warn readers of rogue casinos. Going over their content and paying attention to what the experts, as well as the players have to say is one way to mitigate the risks.

Just because these guard dogs exist online doesn’t mean that the risk of being mistreated has vanished. New casinos are being founded every month and a fraction of them are not driven by the best intentions. You should be positive and optimistic when switching to online gambling, but you can’t afford to be naïve. Don’t take unnecessary risks and scratch off the list unlicensed and unregulated casinos. Not all of them are bad, but you have so many licensed ones that you simply shouldn’t take the chance.

Do your part. Be responsible

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There will always be bad people and malicious companies out there trying to take advantage of naïve people. Online casino players should undertake research and be extra careful to avoid falling into their trap. At the same time, you have the responsibility of protecting your personal information. When signing up for an account, make sure you choose a strong password and don’t disclose it to anyone. Don’t use the same combination of words and letters for all casino accounts to mitigate the risks of fraud.

Encrypted logins and two-factor authentication are highly effective ways of reducing the risks of being scammed. Such technology is readily available, completely free, and can be used as many reliable online casinos. It has the merit of adding a new layer of security that can prove insurmountable for cybercriminals trying to steal your funds and sensitive data. Some players regard this as a nuisance, as it slightly complicates the login process. However, if you compare the benefits with the shortcomings, you will surely agree that it is worth going the extra mile to stay safe when gambling online.

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Online Casinos vs. Offline Casinos

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Today we want to discuss online casinos vs. offline casinos. With the advancement of technology, many events are now possible online, including virtual meetings and casinos. Gambling is a recreational activity where players try out their luck in many games of chance, like slot machines, keno, poker, and more.

Currently, there are 217 physical and over 100 online casinos that Canadian players can access. With many options available, how do you choose where to play?

Advantages of Online Casinos

online casinos vs. offline casinosTo help you decide whether to go for an offline or online casino, Kevin N. Cochran has listed the benefits of each, starting with online casinos:

1.   Many Payment Methods Are Available

Online casinos offer electronic payments that allow players to connect their bank accounts through debit or credit cards. Other e-wallets, such as PayPal and GooglePay, are also available. Now, even cryptocurrency (mainly Bitcoin) is accepted in some online casinos.

If you don’t want to have problems with depositing and withdrawing money in an online casino, you need to search for the best payout casino canada has.

2.   Fast and Anonymous Gambling

Traditionally, people needed to travel to casino hotels to gamble. With online casinos, they can instead just open their computers to play. Many desktop casino games also have an application version. These apps can be accessed on Android and iOS, so users can play anytime and anywhere through their phones.

Also, gamblers can create accounts and register with just an email address. There’s no need to show their faces while playing. Anyone is free to play anonymously and safely.

3.   Access to Great Bonuses

online casinos vs. offline casinosJust like any other online game, virtual casinos incorporate bonuses that can be triggered while playing. The bonuses include a welcome bonus, referral bonus, free spins, and other rewards. In comparison, these prizes aren’t readily available when going to a land-based casino.

For example, you won’t get a referral bonus when you recommend a casino hotel to someone. But when you suggest an online casino to your friends and colleagues, you’ll earn a bonus from the referral code you sent out.

4.   Wide Game Selection

Online game providers add twists to the traditional casino games by creating fun and exciting versions of them. For instance, you won’t just find classic poker; you’ll find variations, such as “razz Poker” – where the player with the worst hand wins.

If you miss interacting with real people, you can join a game with a live dealer who facilitates the table games. With this, you’ll feel like you’re in an actual casino.

5.   24/7 Support Team

Online casinos promise to provide their users with adequate support for any needed help and queries. The support team will answer any inquiries like signing up, making deposits, or other problems you might face.

If you’re planning to start your online casino business, you’ll have to always be connected to your users and be up-to-date on the latest technologies to give them the best experience.

Advantages of Offline Casinos

Online casinos mimic live games through clickable virtual experiences. However, some gamblers still prefer offline casinos where they get to physically play with the machines. Below are some of the benefits of going out and playing in land-based casinos:

1.   Real-Life Experience

Some players prefer being in a physical casino and playing games for real to socialize with other people. Having opponents in poker and other card games adds thrill as they compete and win. For them, victory is more fulfilling when they know how they beat the odds to get there.

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2.   Learn Potential Strategies

Online games are limited to the user only. Because of the anonymity they offer, individuals won’t see how other gamblers play. With an offline game, you get to see the reaction of the players you’re wagering against and note down strategies that could help you win in future games.

3.   Get Real-Time Payment

Online casinos take time to process and transfer funds because of security measures. With a land-based casino, players pay in cash in exchange for chips. They can cash out anytime at the counter by exchanging the chips they’ve won. Remember, however, that these chips can only be exchanged in the casino where they came from.

4.   No Internet Required

Obviously, you don’t need any internet connection to play offline games. Issues with WiFi connectivity, including slow processing of information that can affect the game, are avoided. You’ll play in real-time with the physical equipment of your favourite casino game.

Conclusion

Because of the recent pandemic, the rise of online casinos became more apparent. However, where to gamble still depends on your preference. If you prioritize convenience, go for online casinos. But if you want to physically interact with people and machines, book a trip to a casino hotel.

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First Week of “Jeopardy!” Season 38 off to Eventful Start

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First Week of “Jeopardy” Season 38 off to an eventful start. In its more than 40 years on the air, “Jeopardy!” had seldom been the kind of show to make national headlines, until long-time host Alex Trebek announced his diagnosis with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2019. That sad news got the nation’s attention, but no one could have predicted the firestorm that would follow his death in November of 2020.

Alex Trebek’s Death and the Search for a New Host

Trebek hosted the 37th season of the show right up until 10 days before his death. Producers opted to finish out the season with a rotating selection of 37 different guest hosts, starting with the show’s winningest former champion, Ken Jennings. Critics and fans alike perceived the guest host lineup to be something of an audition for the role as Trebek’s replacement. Some fans were surprised when ultimately the show named former “Jeopardy!” producer Mike Richards as Trebek’s successor. In another surprise, it was announced that actress Mayim Bialik would share hosting duties. 

Hosting Controversy

Richards was initially praised by fans and critics for his good looks, professional presentation, and his dedication to honoringTrebek’s memory by putting the contestants at the forefront of the show. Additionally, he had some previous hosting experience, having hosted on “Beauty and the Geek,” “The Pyramid” and others. Some social media users felt that he had “chosen” himself for the role and were angered by that fact. However, Sony made it clear that he was not part of the decision, stating “A senior group of Sony Pictures Television executives pored over footage from every episode, reviewed research from multiple panels and focus groups, and got valuable input from our key partners and Jeopardy! viewers.”  He earned points with Trebek fans by closing his guest appearances with Trebek’s mantra that our society can become more kind by working together. 

Unfortunately for Richards and his fans, he was attacked about comments that some deemed to be offensive and sexist. Richards has since apologized for the comments, characterizing them as an attempt at edgy humor. His apology garnered mixed reactions with some fans saying the comments were merely bad jokes made almost a decade ago that he has since apologized for. Others felt that Richards had crossed a line and demanded his resignation. After filming the first five episodes of season 38 on August 19th, Richards announced he would step down as host, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction to fans of the show. 

The Winning Streak

While the hosting controversy has taken up much of the headline space for the season 38 debut, that isn’t all that fans have to look forward to. Matt Amodio extended his winning streak to 19 games on Monday and tied Julia Collins for the third most consecutive wins, at 20, in episode 2 on Tuesday. Amodio, who has won $678,801 so far will continue to attempt to climb his way up the leaderboard the rest of the week. Amodio is currently in third place in all-time regular-season prize winnings, behind James Holzhauer at $2,462,216 and Ken Jennings at $2,520,700, but he still has a long way to go to catch consecutive win leader, Jennings, at 74 games.

Jeopardy Season 38Tribute to Alex

In behind-the-scenes news, the “Jeopardy!” stage was renamed from Stage 10 to the Alex Trebek Stage as a tribute to the former host. Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Tony Vinciquerra emceed a dedication ceremony for the renamed stage on the first day of taping for Season 38 with Trebek’s wife and three children in attendance. They began filming season 38 of the show immediately after the ceremony concluded.

After an unusually eventful start to the new season, producers hope that the multiple Emmy award-winning quiz show can get back to what it does best. However, they still have the job of finding the show’s next permanent host ahead of them. They hope the excitement of Amodio’s record-setting run and a new lineup of guest hosts will pique fans’ interest. You can catch the show on your local ABC affiliate Monday through Friday or on the ABC.com website.

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Denim Blù Releases Pop Single “Extraordinary Feel”

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Denim Blù, the Toronto-based pop artist with Chinese roots, released his new single, “Extraordinary Feel (feat. Lizzy Clarke)” a hymnal-inspired pop-rock song. This track will be his first of 2021, following his recent entry into releasing original music that began in October 2020 with his single, “Burn” and adjoining remixes.

“Extraordinary Feel” finds inspiration in the Southern US and vibrant African-American church choirs singing gospel and soul music. Both artists came to find strength in each other’s talents when creating the single through a mutual effort.

The single became a magical amalgamation of song creation– crisp songwriting, a powerful vocal, and satisfying production. The gospel elements include prominent organs and splashes of bells over modern synths and classic electric guitar.

Infiltrating almost every component of the song– the lyrics, the production, and the vocal, with religious elements, Denim Blù is able to carry his message of a love that is almost divine in nature. The use of religious themes throughout the track breathes life and gives words to the once indescribable inner emotions.

“‘Extraordinary Feel’ is about the exuberance of falling in love, a love so hard that you’re willing to sacrifice everything for that person, the lyric ‘made a martyr out of me’ is a perfect example of selflessness that comes with this kind of passion.” – Denim Blù

Denim Blù is an emerging Toronto-based singer-songwriter whose identity and music reflect the cultural mosaic that makes Toronto’s music so universally appealing. He is a Chinese-born queer artist whose inspiration is born out of rebellion. Being Chinese, he is not supposed to be making pop music; he is not supposed to be gay; he is not supposed to emote sex. But, he does, proudly.

Denim Blù’s music training and influence span three continents having studied and composed in China, the UK, and Toronto. The product of his music is pure pop fantasy with emotional intrigue, drawing from blues, dance, electronica, and R&B elements, all while being unapologetically queer. His music delivers new-age pop with a story to tell.

 

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