October 2017 Archives

« September 2017 November 2017 »

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 277: Elvis

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 277In this 277th episode, Mike chats with Elvis chat about seeing Guns N' Roses the previous night, the death of Gord Downie and more. This episode is exactly 1:52:16.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Elvis and me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 277: Elvis" (33 comments so far)


Guns N' Roses at the ACC - What a Setlist!

Guns N' Roses played for well over three hours last night and gave us everything that even smelled like a hit.

Guns N' Roses

Check out this setlist.

  1. It's So Easy
  2. Mr. Brownstone
  3. Chinese Democracy
  4. Welcome to the Jungle
  5. Double Talkin' Jive
  6. Better
  7. Estranged
  8. Live and Let Die
  9. Rocket Queen
  10. You Could Be Mine
  11. New Rose
  12. This I Love
  13. Civil War
  14. Yesterdays
  15. Prostitute
  16. Coma
  17. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)
  18. Sweet Child O' Mine
  19. Wichita Lineman
  20. Used to Love Her
  21. My Michelle
  22. Wish You Were Here
  23. November Rain (but first, the Layla piano coda!)
  24. Black Hole Sun
  25. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (with "Only Women Bleed" intro )
  26. Nightrain
  27. Madagascar
  28. Patience
  29. Don't Cry
  30. The Seeker
  31. Paradise City

Discuss "Guns N' Roses at the ACC - What a Setlist!" (13 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 276: Bob Willette Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 276In this 276th episode, Mike and 94.9 The Rock FM DJ Bob Willette play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:25:23.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Bob Willette and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 276: Bob Willette Kicks Out the Jams!" (11 comments so far)


Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

Discuss "Open Mike" (57 comments so far)


In-depth Look at Online Casinos in Canada, the Key to Winning Big-Time

Canada is one of the places which treat gambling in a different light. Though most gambling games are legal in Canada, it's a totally different story when you're talking about online gambling. This is because the Canadian government refuses to grant licenses to online casinos in the country.

poker

But despite this, there are still a number of Canadian casinos that are currently operating. Before the 1960’s, Canada was known as a very strict country when it comes to gambling.
However, all that changed when the government tried to find for additional sources of revenue. This led to a number of provinces being granted the right to decide whether to have gambling operations or not.
Having a sports betting website or any site that operates gambling games are treated as a criminal offense based on Canada's criminal code. That's how strict the country is when it comes to online gambling. 
But as what’s mentioned above, the provinces have the freedom to decide on which gambling operations will they have. This then serves as the loophole for the provinces to decide whether to legalize online casinos or not.
Games of Chance vs Games of Skill
Now that you have a background on the status of Canadian online casinos, it’s time for you to know how to deal with them. In doing so, it’s important to know that there are two types of gambling games.
These are the games of chance and the games of skill. Games of chance like slots and online roulette NZ don’t require much knowledge or techniques in playing. But it’s a different story when you’ll be playing games of skill like Poker and Black Jack. These games need the right strategy and game plan to bring you to victory.
Top Online Casinos in Canada
1. Jackpot City
Jackpot City is one of the best online casinos in Canada because of its more than 300 games. But it's not only about that as there are also plenty of welcome bonuses where you can get lots of cash rewards. Its customer service is also excellent as they'll answer your queries as soon as possible. It has a minimum deposit of C$20.
Pros
What’s great about this online casino is that it has a lot of microgaming games. Its progressive slots also have big-time prizes. All of these are smoothly running in an easy-to-use interface. The best part about playing here is the C$1600 Welcome Bonus you can get.
Cons
Though its bonus requirements are a bit complicated and there are some misleading texts, it’s not that big-of-a-deal as its interactive interface makes up for these.
2. Spin Palace
Spin Palace is another one of the best online casinos for Canadian players. This is the ideal site if you’re going to play on a desktop computer. There are over 200 poker games you can choose from. With a minimum deposit of C$20, you’ll surely be enticed to play here.
Pros
There are lots of games to choose from. This goes perfectly with the Video Poker catalog and customer support that's open 24/7. And this runs smoothly on your Android or Apple device.
Cons
It’s not the fastest and the most visually pleasing online casino.
3. Betway
You might also want to try your luck in Betway, another reputable online casino in Canada. There are over 450 games you can choose from, as well as 9 live table games. There’s even a Live Bingo game, a sports book, and an eSport betting place.
Pros
It has its own poker room, full-service casino, and sports book. These also run perfectly well on your Apple or Android devices. And what's best is that it has a dedicated phone support for Canadian users.
Cons
The visual property of its interface is not very pleasing. The games are also made only by one developer.

Discuss "In-depth Look at Online Casinos in Canada, the Key to Winning Big-Time" (0 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 275: Jarvis Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 275In this 275th episode, Mike and his 3-year-old son play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 32:56.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Jarvis and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 275: Jarvis Kicks Out the Jams!" (12 comments so far)


Fats Domino, Dead at 89

Fats DominoFats Domino was 89. He was the influential rock and roll artist best known for his songs Ain't That A Shame, Blueberry Hill and I'm Walkin'.

Discuss "Fats Domino, Dead at 89" (3 comments so far)


My Favourite Instrumental Songs

With apologies to Rush, here are a few of my all-time favourite instrumental songs. Add yours to the comments! Bonus points if you embed a YouTube video of the song.


Red Hot Chili Peppers - Pretty Little Ditty


The Allman Brothers Band - Jessica


Dick Dale and the Deltones - Miserlou


Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky


Booker T and the M.G.'s - Green Onions


The Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

Discuss "My Favourite Instrumental Songs" (47 comments so far)


Robert Guillaume, Dead at 89

Robert GuillaumeRobert Guillaume was 89. He was the actor best known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night.

Discuss "Robert Guillaume, Dead at 89" (2 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 274: Mike Hogan

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 274In this 274th episode, Mike chats with TSN's Mike Hogan about his 18 years at The Fan, his work at TSN, calling Argonaut games, the Argos attendance problem and his personal relationship with Doug Gilmour and The Tragically Hip. This episode is exactly 2:23:59.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Mike Hogan and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 274: Mike Hogan" (14 comments so far)


The Secret Path

Discuss "The Secret Path" (4 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 273: Kayla Grey

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 273In this 273rd episode, Mike chats with TSN's Kayla Grey about her role at TSN, why people of colour in sports media shouldn't give up, Canada's diversity problem and how the Raptors will do this season. This episode is exactly 1:44:27.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Kayla Grey and me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 273: Kayla Grey" (1 comment so far)


Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

Discuss "Open Mike" (91 comments so far)


Investment And Prioritization – Main Requirements For Company Culture

How important is culture for your team?

First and foremost, there can be some confusion and raised eyebrows when using the word ‘culture’ within the company context. Some people might confuse this word with the experience on the market, the history of the company or worse, the perks that the company can offer. But when talking about a company, whether it is because you have just received a job offer from the respective company or you are already hired by that company, the term ‘culture’ refers mainly to the company’s working environment, to how you, as an employee, would describe your working place. Culture in this sense refers to the personality that the employees shape out of the company itself.

1

Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/people-meeting-workspace-team-7097/

Is culture something ready-made?

The first contact you have with a company is the recruiting process. You are being interviewed by several people in the company and have to contact with each one of them. Unknowingly, each of them is a face of the company for you and bears the mission of sharing with you the company culture, the aims of the company, and the values that the company stands by. However, culture is not something ready-made, something that you receive when you are hired. Culture is something you will contribute actively to, that you will be a part of, and that you will grow together with your coworkers. It has become seemingly important to appreciate the culture of the company nowadays, as we get to spend numerous hours during a day at work. And certain perks, such as free lunch, gym subscription or free entries, can be provided by each and any company. But in the end, what really makes the difference is the company culture and the type of working environment it provides.

2

Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/party-glass-architecture-windows-34173/
This is why culture needs to have deep sediments in a company’s background and needs to fulfill the following requirements, the same way you need to fulfill some requirements when playing stargames casino:

  • The hiring process is the first contact that a person has with a company. The more pleasant this process is, the more likely it is that the future employee will understand, appreciate, and want to be part of the company culture. Even if in the end, the person who is applying for the respective position won’t get to be part of the company, they will be more likely to share positive feedback on the company and in this way, help you spread the word about your company’s values.

3

Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-business-choices-choosing-515169/

  • Some of the managers often believe that motivation is extrinsically achieved. This is, most of the time, a thinking which is doomed to be misunderstood, just like the casino games are by some people, as it implies that the employee needs to be constantly pushed into achieving more. However, part of the employee’s motivation should come from their personal wish to make their job better and satisfy their manager. For this, their manager needs to reward the employee’s efforts with understanding, flexibility, and empathy. Making the employee feel happy and intrinsically motivated to come to work every day is part of the company’s culture.
  • The company culture should be envisioned by the ones in the upper management and communicated to the whole company. Communication is definitely essential if you want to make sure that the company culture is clear to everyone, as well as the company vision and values. Keeping everyone informed and involved through brainstorming sessions, meetings, and open chats can lead to everyone feeling part of the business and getting involved in all the processes the company is going through.

4

Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/colleagues-cooperation-fist-bump-fists-398532/

How can one contribute to the company’s culture?

It is important that we identify the company whose culture we appreciate the most. At the end of the day, one appreciates going to work in a relaxed but motivated way more than stressing out too much or being tense all the time. On the same note, being part of the upper management, it is essential for you to understand the role of culture in your organization, to grow it, and to keep your team happy.

Discuss "Investment And Prioritization – Main Requirements For Company Culture" (0 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 272: Peter Bulut Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 272In this 272nd episode, Mike and Great Lakes Brewery owner Peter Bulut play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:26:23.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Peter Bulut and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 272: Peter Bulut Kicks Out the Jams!" (8 comments so far)


Gord Downie, Dead at 53

Gord DownieGord Downie was 53. He was the lead singer and songwriter for The Tragically Hip, my favourite band of all-time.

I'll never forget the day I heard Blow at High Dough on Q107 back in '89. I picked up Up To Here and never looked back. I've since seen them twelve times, meticulously documenting the setlists each time. I was lucky enough to see them one last time on August 12, 2016, a show I'll never forget.

I'll also never forget watching the final Tragically Hip show in Kingston from Ingonish with my oldest daughter as we openly wept together. Gord wasn't just a rock star, he was our national poet, our conscious. Most importantly, he was ours. Hip fans get it. If you don't, it's probably better for us that you don't understand.

We all knew this day was coming, but that doesn't make it hurt any less. And damn, does this ever hurt.

gord

Update:

I didn't know what to do, so I went down to my podcast studio and recorded something for Toronto Mike'd subscribers. Just 26 unscripted minutes of me talking about the Hip while playing some Hip.

Update 2:

I had one more story I wanted to share. This is my Hallelujah story.

Discuss "Gord Downie, Dead at 53" (62 comments so far)


John Dunsworth, Dead at 71

John DunsworthJohn Dunsworth was 71. He was the actor best known as the irreverent trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys.

Discuss "John Dunsworth, Dead at 71" (5 comments so far)


Top 10 Famous Dishes to Eat in Italy

There are a lot of things that make Italy worth a visit, and one such has to be their cuisine. Italians are known to be great chefs, both for their trademark dishes that taste like nowhere else in the world and their innovations, which are rarely found outside its borders. Those planning a trip to the boot-like peninsula are going to have quite a lot of sights to see and old-fashioned streets and canals to walk through. So, in order to encourage you towards this task, get a whiff of the best dishes you are going to, and must, have afterwards.

Pizza
You may not be able to make use of that bonus code for Bet365 in Canada, but there is hardly a safer bet than eating pizza in Italy. What started out as a humble meal for the poor has now become a worldwide phenomenon and constant object of innovations. Italians are pretty strict when it comes to their topping, but it is mainly due to their ketchup-provoked irritation.

Tip: Make sure you get to try both the Neapolitan and Roman-styled pizza – one has a fluffier crust, while the latter has one as thin as a leaf.

Bistecca Fiorentina
According to a recipe evidently from Florence, this dish has become a classic in elite restaurants all over the globe, as chefs try to get just the right mixture of tastes. It is practically a T-bone steak – a rather thick and large cutout from the loin of the specific breed of Chianina cows that are bred in Tuscany. Tip: Eat the steak the Italian way – sharing it with an eating partner. Pieces tend to be rather big, but you can still influence pricing by choosing the exact weight, about 1-2 kilos for two people.

Ribollita
Ribollita is another piece of evidence that everyone in Italy have a thing for cooking. The wealthier tended to include meat in their dishes and are recognized for dishes such as the stake mentioned above, while the poorer social strata fed off of leftovers and cheaper ingredients. While the ribollita may not seem refined, there is hardly a soup/stew that tastes so fully in your mouth as this one. With cannellini beans as a basis, tomatos, garlic and pieces of bread, it’s a match made in heaven. Tip: If asked, choose to have the ribollita soup served in a deep dish on top of the pieces of bread.

Pesto alla Genovese
This is not so much as the name of the dish as it is its main ingredient. Namely, pesto is a sort of paste, a blend of crushed basil, garlic, sea salt, pine nuts, Parmesan and olive oil. It is mostly used as a topping for a kind of pasta, but the whole dish has been named after this Genoese specialty which is best when tasted in its place of birth. Tip: Eat just enough of it to be able to enjoy the other benefits of your visit to Genoa, such as the unique lace creations.

Arancini
No matter where in Italy you are planning to go, there is bound to be a recipe variation for arancini that is typical of that local region. These arancini are simply rice balls that are covered in crispy breadcrumbs and deep-fried to a golden brown state. What differs among the regional balls of arancini is their stuffing, but most are bound to have ragù, mozzarella, tomato sauce and peas. Tip: Don’t be afraid to take in all the tastes – arancini are meant to melt on your tongue, so you might as well enjoy it thoroughly and not be embarrassed.

Risotto
You would think that having pizza and pasta would make Italians unwilling to cook any other form of carbs, but rice is a widely available product nonetheless. Cooking rice is done in their own unique way, much like every other dish on their tables, in the form of a risotto. Anyone can find their suitable form of risotto, as Italians love to add new things to its creamy essence, from basil, garlic and other flavors, to meat, fungi and the inevitable Parmesan.

Tip: A famous type of risotto, in Italy and worldwide, is the risotto alla Milanese, supposedly invented by the builders of the Milan cathedral. They figured that the saffron they used to dye the glass windows of the church smelled so good that it could be eaten, so they added it to their risotto. Knowing bits of history can get you a long way in the country where people appreciate the old along with the modern.

Coffee & Gelato
These aren’t dishes by definition, but there is no excuse to going in Italy and not tasting their ice cream. Washed down with the best espresso in the world, there is no better ending to a long day of sight-seeing and dish-tasting.

Discuss "Top 10 Famous Dishes to Eat in Italy" (0 comments so far)


Supporting Independent Canadian Podcasts: Support the Supporters

I've been assisting in the production of podcasts for over a decade now, and I've managed the A-Z of my own podcast for over five years, so trust me when I tell you Canada is lagging far behind the United States when it comes to the monetization of podcasts. Sponsors seem hesitant to embrace the medium, avoiding the "bleeding edge" and parking their marketing dollars in traditional legacy channels.

Ask any podcast listener how many independent Canadian podcasts they listen to. If you remove podcasts from the CBC, Bell Media, Rogers Media and Corus, what Canadian content is on your playlist? I'll wait while you count them on one hand...

This is why it's vital we support those companies willing to step up and sponsor independent podcasts in this country. If you'll allow it, and you don't really have a choice, I'd like to talk about the three organizations spending real dollars from their marketing budgets on a completely independent podcast recorded in some guy's basement in southwest Toronto.

Pay TM
Pay TM Canada is located in Liberty Village and they recently signed on for six months to promote their bill payment app. This is pretty cool, and I urge you all to try it. Not only is it convenient to have all of your bills on the PAY TM app but they'll pay you to pay your bills. You’ll receive 3% cash back on everyday goods like coffee at Tim Horton's and Gas at Esso. Now here's what I need you to do...

  1. Visit paytm.ca and download the app for your smartphone
  2. Use promo code "TorontoMike" to get $10 off on your first bill payment
  3. Enjoy and profit!

Propertyinthe6ix.com
Brian Gerstein is a longtime supporter of the podcast who recently renewed his sponsorship for a second six-months. A real estate sales representative with PSR Brokerage, he's not only a solid citizen, but he knows his stuff.

If you are planning to buy and/or sell in the next 6ix months, call Brian at (416) 873-0292 and visit Propertyinthe6ix.com.

Great Lakes Brewery
Great Lakes Brewery were first to step up and sponsor Toronto Mike'd and they've just renewed for the third time. That's two years now (and counting)!

They're a fiercely independent brewery celebrating 30 years in the craft beer business and I can't tell you how many $5 pints I've enjoyed on their patio. In fact, I'm planning to bike over there today.

It also helps that they produce tasty beer. The next time you're thirsty, choose GLB and let them know you appreciate their support of independent Canadian podcasts.

Your Company Here
A podcast listener is a focused and loyal listener. If you have marketing dollars to spend, consider sponsoring an independent Canadian podcast. I'd like to hear more independent voices in this country and I'll bet you would, too.

Discuss "Supporting Independent Canadian Podcasts: Support the Supporters" (19 comments so far)


Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

Discuss "Open Mike" (89 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 271: DJ Ron Nelson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 271In this 271st episode, Mike chats with DJ Ron Nelson about his Fantastic Voyage show on CKLN, bringing the first hip-hop shows to Canada, the emergence of Maestro Fresh-Wes and Michie Mee, recording the Dream Warriors album in his home studio, Reggaemania and what he thinks of Drake. This episode is exactly 1:35:05.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

DJ Ron Nelson and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 271: DJ Ron Nelson" (29 comments so far)


What Canadian Thanksgiving Means to Me

robbie

Discuss "What Canadian Thanksgiving Means to Me" (5 comments so far)


Watching the Argos at BMO Field: My Experience

Thanks to this recent Toronto Mike'd guest, I took the entire family to this afternoon's Argos game. It was my first Argos game at BMO Field.

20171007_163021

Normally I bike to BMO Field, but since all four kids were going, we took the Go Train. it was the very first time in my life I took the Go Train and damn was that slick. A comfy six minute ride from Mimico to Exhibition couldn't have been more convenient.

By the opening kickoff, one thing was crystal clear. Argos games look a million times better at BMO Field than at the dome. The weather was perfect and the field looked great. This is a fantastic venue for football.

20171007_162905_HDR

You don't get the energy from the crowd you get from TFC supporters, but it was fun with so many Roughrider fans wearing green. The crowd was pretty thin at kickoff but looked much better by the end of the first quarter. There's no denying it, though. This team has a serious attendance problem when they can't come close to filling BMO for a 4pm game on a beautiful Saturday.

20171007_160745

When Mike Hogan heard I was coming to the game, he invited me up to the booth to see him and Jeff Johnson calling the game for TSN Radio. I managed to get media passes for me and my oldest son and we peeked in every room. Here are shots from the TSN Radio booth.

20171007_164600_HDR

20171007_164707

20171007_165318-1

Here's a peek into the TSN booth.

20171007_164444

I wanted to say hi to Don Landry, but they keep him locked up in this room throughout the game.

20171007_165514_HDR

And finally, here's where the press sits at BMO Field. I'm told Sean Fitz-Gerald was there, but I didn't see him. There was coffee and food. I did not partake.

20171007_165630

In the end, the Argos lost a close one, but it was a fun game in a great stadium. I really hope the Argos can fix their aforementioned attendance problem because they've been here since 1873 and I'd like them to stick around.

20171007_173207_HDR

It was the very first pro sports event I've attended with all four of my kids and a good time was had by all. Thanks, Jackie.

Discuss "Watching the Argos at BMO Field: My Experience" (9 comments so far)


Finding the common ground between sports betting and casino games

Two of the most prominent pillars supporting the world of gambling are sports betting and casino games. Both of them have, in unique ways, fueled the industry for centuries—a phenomenon that won't be slowing down anytime soon. But how exactly do these pillars stand in relation to each other? Is there overlap between sports betting andonline casino games?

The answer to that question naturally holds a great deal of importance for gambling service providers and promoters, who benefit from increased interest in their industry, but also for gamblers themselves. A bettor who is drawn to the gambling pastime by slots might never think to extend that intrigue to sports, even though he or she would probably end up loving it for many of the same reasons as the slots (and no, not just because they're spelled almost identically). Let's take a look at why that is, and why the rationale applies to pretty much all comparisons between sports betting and casino games.

It's all about bringing down the house

Whether you're going all in on a blackjack hand or betting big on the Green Bay Packers, your opponent is always the house (the casino/gambling service). Even though the force that people root against in a sports bet is the opposing team, the house is still the entity that bettors are actually trying to best.

Not only are gamblers trying to overcome the house, they're trying to do so from a point of disadvantage. In both sports betting and casino games, the house has transparently tilted the odds in its own favour. Casino games do this naturally because of their inherent structure—no bet in roulette has better odds than those of the house, blackjack players are disadvantaged by having to play before the dealer, etc.—but sports bets are tailored on a case by case basis in order to best serve the house. Spreads and payout margins are meticulously adjusted so that even when a lot of people bet correctly against the house, the consequences it faces are minimal, and bailed out by the successes it is having with other bets.

When bettors adopt a 'bringing down the house' mentality, it frames sports betting and casino games as two sides of the same coin. The end goal is the same, but the paths that gamblers take to get there require different strategies to navigate. Speaking of which...

Bettors get to develop their own thresholds and strategies

What do going for a flush with four common suited—but low—cards off of the flop, and making an in-game bet against a struggling Golden State Warriors team have in common?

For starters, they both allow for a high likelihood of getting burned (the odds are against that common suit showing up again, just as they are for the Warriors struggling for an entire game). But beyond the situation-specific risks, they both represent a type of bet that requires a certain level of comfort on the part of the bettor. Some people are happy to chase that semi-elusive flush when they've seen enough signs on the table indicating it could happen, just as some would be eager to bet on a Warriors team down by 10 or more entering the fourth quarter. Others would back off of those bets entirely.

Part of the appeal of both sports betting and casino games is that bettors get to write their own 'code.' They can assess the risks involved and set thresholds for themselves. They can strategize and identify opportunities to wager a bit more when the time seems right to strike. Though different types of knowledge are required to make educated bets in the sports and casino spheres, the underlying process of applying it is the same.

Even the losers get lucky sometimes

First, shout out to the late, great Tom Petty for giving us the immortal line, "Even loooosers get lucky sometimes." Just one of his many gems.

It also serves as a sort of proverb for the gambling world. At the end of the day, gambling is a pastime that allows for all kinds of wacky results to occur. No matter how much preparation bettors do, or how much research they put in, there are times where they're simply going to get burned. The Maple Leafs can typically play like world beaters at home, coming off of rest, but can still get upset there once in a while by a lowly opponent. The turn and the river can validate a foolish poker player with the unlikeliest of great hands.

That's just the nature of gambling. It's not always about merit. Nobody will give bettors an 'A' for the thought they've put in ahead of time. All that matters is what happens in that moment. Which is why a total novice can show up to a casino and bet recklessly or make an ill-advised sports bet and still walk away a champion. How's that for overlap?

Discuss "Finding the common ground between sports betting and casino games" (0 comments so far)


Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike on Toronto Mike

Discuss "Open Mike" (77 comments so far)


Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 270: Damien Cox Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 268In this 270th episode, Mike and Damien Cox play and discuss his ten favourite songs. But first, a frank discussion about his behaviour on Twitter. This episode is exactly 1:59:10.

Become a Patron

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Damien Cox and Me

Toronto Mike'd is proudly brought to you by Great Lakes Brewery, Property in the 6ix and Paytm Canada.

glb   propertyinthesix   paytm

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd and subscribe here.

Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Discuss "Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 270: Damien Cox Kicks Out the Jams!" (24 comments so far)


Tom Petty, Dead at 66

Tom PettyTom Petty was 66. He was the singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

There was a lot of Tom Petty talk in my recent podcast with Barry Davis who sings in a Tom Petty tribute band. You can hear that episode here.

Barry turned me onto the Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream which I've since seen twice. It's excellent and streaming on Netflix right now. Petty was an immense talent.

petty

Discuss "Tom Petty, Dead at 66" (78 comments so far)


The Meet and Greet Finds a Way

I took my youngest two kids to see Splash'N Boots yesterday at the Al Green Theatre. They thoroughly enjoyed the show and afterwards we were patiently waiting for the meet and greet with Splash and Boots. That's when a 3-year old decided to pull the fire alarm. I witnessed the whole thing, but was too far away to prevent it.

Even though it was clearly a false alarm, protocol must be followed so everyone had to vacate the theatre until the fire department came to clear it. But what about the meet and greet?

The show must go on, and Splash and Boots moved the meet and greet to the back alley. It was a pretty cool sight.. dozens of toddlers lined up beside graffiti and the stench of garbage cans to meet their entertainment heroes. No child left disappointed.

Meet and Greet

Discuss "The Meet and Greet Finds a Way" (5 comments so far)


Forecasting Toronto Raptors' Fate this NBA Season: Is it Safe to Bet?

The 2017-18 NBA season is now on full blast. People from all around the world are again to make their predictions as to what this year would be for the teams. The Warriors are jam-packed with talent, while the Cavs are stronger than ever with an all-star-caliber team.

But this doesn’t mean that the season’s going to be all about them. Canada’s only team, the Toronto Raptors, is on the same page as these guys. But how will the season go for them? Let’s find out.

1. It’s going to be a mediocre year for the Raptors.

The world was left in shock when the Raptor’s precious assets slowly fled off the team. Terrence Ross is gone, Bismack Biyombo too, as well as Patrick Patterson. And it’s not just them! Cory Joseph also got traded, as well as P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carrol.

The Raptors are torn apart, and now, it’s up to their “MVPs”, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to carry the team. We all know that basketball’s a team game, and there’s no way that these two ballers are going to handle all things by themselves.

In other words, Toronto’s roster is reduced to nothing but these two all-stars and a couple of young bloods. With this, it would be easy to predict how the season will go for them — and it’ll be short of greatness.

It’ll be a very average year for them, and the post-season would depend on how they level up their game from mediocrity. It’s pretty likely they’ll finish the season with 41-41 stats, or close to it.

2. Jonas Valanciunas will get moved to the bench.

The 25-year-old Lithuanian is not the best when it comes to defense. And as a big man, that’s supposedly what he needs to be really good at. Averaging 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, it’s pretty clear that he’s not performing at his peak level.

And that's the reason why he might be demoted to the bench. But this doesn't mean he's short of talent. It's just that the bench needs a scorer, and he's a pretty good candidate to that. Don't remember that there are Nogueira and Poeltl who can serve as back up for the big man.

3. Lowry Goes Down, DeRozan Goes Up

Lowry is still 31-years-old and that’s not really a problem. But when you’re turning 32 and your game relies heavily on speed and jumping ability, then you're in for a rough ride. He's averaging 14.3 points and 5.8 assists per game last season. But let’s expect those figures to go down unless he shifts into prioritizing shooting over playmaking and drives to the rim.

But Lowry’s impending misfortune wouldn’t affect DeRozan’s performance this year. One of the 28-year-old shooting guard’s achievements last season is his seven 40-point games. And with bad teams popping up this year, it wouldn’t be a challenge for him to go beyond those records.

The Lakers are out of sync, Chicago’s lost Wade, and the Pacers and the Knicks are without Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. It would surely be an easy breezy for DeRozan to annihilate those teams with his own style of explosive game.

Will they Make it to the Playoffs?

The Raptors are nowhere near being called as a Finals-contender team. They currently have 40/1 odds to win the Finals and are on the 9th spot in the ladder. As usual, Curry and Durant’s Warriors are on top of the outright betting game with 4/6 odds to reign as a back-to-back champion.

Meanwhile, LeBron and Wade's Cavs sit at the second spot with 9/2 odds, followed by Harden's Rockets with 9/1 odds. The Raptors need to overtake Kyrie Irving and the Celtics, as well as the new OKC Thunder, to have a shot at success. But this doesn't mean that they won't dominate the playoffs. 

Pundits and basketball analysts both agree that it’s not impossible for them to dominate post-season. Canadian bookmakers providing NBA betting odds are giving the Raptors a 1/6 betting odd to enter the playoffs; while 9/2 underdog odds are on them to get dropped off after the season.

Whichever the case is, the Raptors will be a pretty good team this year. But their greatness is confined only to two star players, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Discuss "Forecasting Toronto Raptors' Fate this NBA Season: Is it Safe to Bet?" (1 comment so far)


« September 2017 November 2017 »

Want more Toronto Mike blog entries? Visit the archives.