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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 370: Jeff Woods Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 370In this 370th episode, Mike chats with broadcaster Jeff Woods about his podcast, his sexuality, his favourite songs of all-time and more. This episode is exactly 2:17:47.

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Hockey Night in Canada Changes: Paul Romanuk Out, John Bartlett In

Although I've tweeted about this and discussed it on Toronto Mike'd and Hebsy on Sports, it was just brought to my attention that I never wrote about it here. My bad!

The big change at Hockey Night in Canada for the upcoming season is the removal of Paul Romanuk, who called a conference final last season. The official word from Rogers PR is that "Paul Romanuk has elected to move on to a new challenge" but that's simply PR spin. There is no way Paul elected to move on... he was told his services are no longer required.

I've always liked the way Paul calls a game, and was surprised so many Leafs fans passionately hated his work. I was also surprised so many Leafs fans disliked Glenn Healy's analysis, so what do I know? Before you accuse me of favouring a past guest on Toronto Mike'd let me assure you I was a big Romy fan well before I met the man. But yes, he did appear on my podcast, and not only was it a great episode, but he was incredibly giving. Prior to this news he was set to return this August to kick out the jams with me. I hope we can still do that one day as Paul's a huge music fan.

Hear my deep dive with Paul Romanuk below.

Paul Romanuk and Me

Paul was performing double duty at Rogers. He was the voice of Sportsnet regional Leafs games, and he called Hockey Night in Canada games nationally. His replacement for regional Leafs games is not Joe Bowen (sorry Leafs fans) but John Bartlett, who was most recently calling Montreal Canadiens games. Bartlett will also call some games for Hockey Night in Canada.

I don't know why Rogers parted ways with Romanuk, but I would speculate there were two primary reasons:

  1. The aforementioned vocal minority of Leafs fans who seemed to despise him calling Leafs games
  2. The rapid rise of Rick Ball who seems primed to become the number two guy after Jim Hughson

If you have further insight, please share in the comments.

In other Rogers Hockey news, Darren Millard has left Sportsnet. He's been there since its launch in 1998. Rumour has it he'll now take a job with the Vegas Golden Knights.

And meanwhile, there's no news yet on whether Bob Cole is calling games this upcoming season. He remains my favourite. Tell me why I'm wrong in the comments.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 369: Cam Gordon Returns

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 369In this 369th episode, Mike chats with Twitter Canada's Cam Gordon about the recent Molly Johnson and Stu Stone episodes and TMLX2 before they play and discuss his ten favourite songs of all-time. This episode is exactly 2:11:45.

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Sponsor my 2018 Terry Fox Run

Terry foxI'm running for Terry on Sunday, September 16 at High Park. I'm aiming to raise $1000 for The Terry Fox Foundation. I realize the site will state my target as $500, but I plan to double that! I'm really going to need your help.

Sponsor my run. They'll email you a tax receipt in PDF. It's easy, secure and for a good cause.

Who's with me?

Thank you to those who have donated thus far, including:

  • Terry C.
  • Jason from Sudbury
  • Beatts
  • Rick C in Oakville
  • Blind Dave
  • LieveFamke
  • Rob J
  • Dale
  • Rebecca B.
  • Doug Mills
  • Karen Anne
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Our Road Trip to Mont Tremblant in a Ford Expedition SUV

A couple of years ago, the six of us drove to PEI for what I thought might be a last hurrah of sorts. My oldest son was 14 and I wasn't sure how interested he'd be in future family road trips. Luckily, the now 16 year old still digs me and we got to do it all again, this time with two teenagers in tow.

Fam Vacay

This time, we rented a ski chalet via Airbnb in the resort town of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, right by Pedestrian Village. We drove in a 2018 Ford Expedition SUV which was... enormous. Two adults, two teenagers and two toddlers and plenty of room to spare. Seriously, this is one big automobile.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

It was about 600 KM door-to-door, but smooth sailing. With the toddlers, you can only drive so many KMs in a row, so there were stops at Onroutes and in Gatineau to break things up. We were driving the 2018 Expedition Platinum so we were loaded with USB ports, charging pads, and a premium 12-speaker audio system from HARMAN that kicked ass.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Mont Tremblant was fantastic. In addition to great hikes on the mountain, we drove to the national park for more tremendous hiking. I wore the two year old so she couldn't slow us down.

Fam Vacay

Fam Vacay

On the way home, to break things up, we stopped in Brockville to check out the Brockville Railway Tunnel, Canada's first railway tunnel. I highly recommend it!

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Toronto Mike'd Listener Experience 2.0

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The first Toronto Mike'd Listener Experience was great fun, so we're going to do it again. Only this time, it's bigger and better!

Join me on September 12 from 6pm to 9pm at Great Lakes Brewery for TMLX2. Once again The Royal Pains will perform (book them, they're fantastic!), and they'll be joined by very special guests Splash'N Boots. Splash'N Boots aren't just great past Toronto Mike'd guests, but they're also this country's answer to The Wiggles, only better! But fear not, they won't be playing their standard toddler fare, they'll be singing covers of great 90s jams.

Former Toronto Mike'd guests David Shoalts and Gare Joyce will also be performing 10 minutes of stand-up each, so you don't want to miss that!

There's no cover, your first beer is on the house, and then it's only $5 a pint for fresh and tasty GLB. They'll also have their amazing food truck open, so come hungry. Weather permitting, we'll be on the patio, but there's plenty of room indoors if it rains on September 12.

So join me September 12 from 6pm to 9pm and be sure to say hi and introduce yourself. If you attended the first TMLX, I can't wait to see you again. If this is your first, I can't wait to meet you.

Mark your calendars, but if you track such events in Facebook, here's the Event Page in FB for your convenience.

And finally, thanks to Stu from The Royal Pains for the poster above, and Steve from Igniter for the poster below.

TMLX2 Poster

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Neil Simon, Dead at 91

Neil SimonNeil Simon was 91. He was the playwright who gained international fame in the 1960s for stage and screen comedies including The Odd Couple and Barefoot In The Park. He won the Pulitzer Prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers in 1991.

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John McCain, Dead at 81

John McCainJohn McCain was 81. He was a six-term US senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

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Robin Leach, Dead at 76

Robin LeachRobin Leach was 76. He was the entertainment reporter best known for hosting the television series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous from 1984 to 1995.

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Open Mike

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Kofi Annan, Dead at 80

Kofi AnnanKofi Annan was 80. He served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 368: Molly Johnson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 368In this 368th episode, Mike chats with Molly Johnson about the passing of Aretha Franklin, her career as a singer-songwriter, the Kumbaya Festival, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival and more. This episode is exactly 1:11:25.

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Aretha Franklin, Dead at 76

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin was 76. She was the Queen of Soul who placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, including 17 Top 10 pop singles and 20 number one R&B hits.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 367: Keith Hampshire

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 367In this 367th episode, Mike chats with Keith Hampshire about his successful recording career, his work in TV and radio, and most importantly, his performance on OK Blue Jays. This episode is exactly 1:40:16.

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Famous People Playing in the Casino

Casino games have always been favourite of thousands of people. Players bet a lot of their money on these games and win/lose every day. There are even some celebrities who like to go out and play casino games too. Whether they play online or in the land-based casino, a lot of sports and cinema stars enjoy gambling. Some of them spin slot games, the others prefer table games like poker, blackjack or roulette. Some of the most well-known faces that could be seen in the casinos are Ben Affleck, Tiger Woods, Gladys Knight, Matt Damon, Michael Jordan, Pamela Anderson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, etc. To save the precious time, some they can also become members of VIP clubs at online casinos like https://casinos-top-online.co.uk/euromoon-casino/ and many others. Gambling is not just a fun pastime, it can also be a source of money, and celebrities don’t miss an opportunity to fill their pockets with some cash. Below is the list of recognizable names.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is well known for his most famous movie “Batman vs. Superman”. His gambling skills are as good as acting skills. Ben Affleck prefers to bet on Poker mostly. Though, he doesn’t mind going on the Blackjack table. He was once seen betting $60,000 on a game of blackjack which he eventually won and made $950,000.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is the most famous Golf star. He has been the world’s highest paid sportsman ever. Blackjack is his favorite game and he has been seen to place $25,000 for a single game.

Gladys Knight

Gladys Maria Knight is a very famous American singer. She is also known as the “Empress of Soul”. She had the most successful career with the pips, but her success in the game isn't so great. She lost $40,000 in one night in a game, and she promised not to gamble anymore.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon, a very famous movie star is best known for his movies “Interstellar” and “The Martian”. He is a very good friend of his co-star “Ben Affleck,” and they share their casino tables often. Matt Damon likes to play Poker too. Although he is not as lucky as his friend, he still plays very often.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is the most famous athlete in the world and the richest NBA player. He is an American basketballer. He likes to play every single game available on the table. He is very well known for betting on almost all the games. He was even banned once from basketball for a short period of time because of his interest in gambling.

Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth is a very popular movie star best known for the movie “American Pie”. She is so fond of casino games that she rarely signed any movie contract after her success in the American Pie series. According to her, casino games are much more interesting as compared to movies.

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen is famous for his starring in “Two and a Half Men”. Charlie Sheen was seen spending more than $20,000 a week on gambling. He likes to play poker the most.

Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is famous for playing the role of the Spiderman. He is very fond of casino games. As other actors, he is keen on playing poker games. He was once sued for being part of some illegal gambling as well.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the highest paid actors in the Hollywood. In the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” he plays a role of a famous tradesman” but in real life, he is also a gambling man, and he even celebrated his first Oscar win by helping the launch of Macau Studio costing $3.2 billion.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson is a very popular Canadian American Model. She is a frequent casino player too. Once, she got herself into a debt of $250,000 from Rick Salomon while playing poker. Later, she got married to the same man but her love for gambling never ended, and she kept playing poker afterward.

The casino games have always been a favorite entertainment for lots of people. Celebrities are not an exception. They are the people who love living it up, whether in sports, cinematography or in their free time.

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USS Turns 10

I've been digging USS for over a decade, so when lead singer and song writer Ashley Buchholz agreed to come on Toronto MIke'd in the early days, it was an absolute thrill. Here's episode 95 with Ash from USS.

Tonight, I was invited to a private birthday party for the band as they celebrate 10 years. They've got a great sound and they really are sweethearts. Ash told me with all the sincerity he could muster that his interview with me was the best one he's ever done. I choose to believe him.

Ash from USS and me

It was a birthday party, so you can bet there were cupcakes.

USS turns 10

On my ride home, there was a beautiful rainbow over the city. I had to stop and take a pic.

USS turns 10

Here's that first USS single I heard, over 10 years ago. It still sounds fresh.

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Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Dead at 63

Jim Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was 63. He was a member of The Hart Foundation WWF tag team with Bret Hart, managed by Jimmy Hart. The duo debuted at WrestleMania II in 1986 and won their first title less than a year later when they defeated The British Bulldogs.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 366: TJ Connors

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 366In this 366th episode, Mike chats with 97.7 HTZ-FM's TJ Connors about his career in radio and his relationship with his father, Scruff Connors. This episode is exactly 2:36:59.

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Map of Toronto Bike Fixit Stations

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Open Mike

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Smashing Pumpkins 18 Years Later

I've been a Smashing Pumpkins fan since I first caught Cherub Rock on the radio in '93. I jumped on the subway and headed downtown to pick up Siamese Dream and just loved what I heard. What a great album.

I played the mess out of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and enjoyed Adore, too. By 2000, the Pumpkins were calling it quits and on their farewell tour. It came to Barrie as part of Summersault and I was sure to get a ticket.

I was so disappointed by that 2000 Pumpkins show that it turned me completely off the band. The set seemed short, there was no encore, they barely played their hits and when they did they rearranged them significantly. I thought they were awful.

That bitterness had legs, because earlier this year I said "no thanks" when my wife offered to buy us tickets. I did apply for a media pass, but was rejected by Live Nation early yesterday morning. Then, just before 6pm, I got a message from my buddy Bob. He had an extra ticket. I jumped on my bike and headed east.

Pumpkins

From the opening song "Disarm" I knew it was going to be better than 2000. They played a very long set full of their hits and they sounded great. They even covered Bowie and Zeppelin. It was a fantastic night, full of great live music, a wonderful late night bike ride along the lake and the tastiest watermelon I've ever enjoyed.

Smashing Pumpkins

I will say, the Smashing Pumpkins do lack a certain energy live. It doesn't feel like a Pearl Jam or Hip show where the crowd emanates an air of electricity. But the show did indeed rock and I'm glad I got to witness their redemption, 18 years later.

Here's the setlist from last night at Scotiabank Arena:

  1. Disarm
  2. Rocket
  3. Siva
  4. Rhinoceros
  5. Space Oddity
  6. Drown
  7. Zero
  8. The Everlasting Gaze
  9. Stand Inside Your Love
  10. Thirty-Three
  11. Eye
  12. Soma
  13. Blew Away
  14. For Martha
  15. To Sheila
  16. Mayonaise
  17. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  18. Landslide
  19. Tonight, Tonight
  20. Stairway to Heaven
  21. Cherub Rock
  22. 1979
  23. Ava Adore
  24. Try, Try, Try
  25. The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
  26. Hummer
  27. Today
  28. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  29. Muzzle
  30. Solara
  31. Baby Mine

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Canada vs USA: One of the Greatest Rivalries in Sports

There are many great rivalries in the world of sports but the ones that always manage to capture the excitement of the fans are those that take place at the pinnacle of the sport. In almost all sports, the international field of play is considered to be the ultimate state of the game, with nations pitted against each other to see which has developed the very best group of players in the world.

In men’s hockey, Canada dominates. Canadians dominate the elite-level group of players in the NHL and tend to overwhelm on the international stage when their best players are allowed to attend events. Over in women’s hockey, Canada is also a dominant force, but their close neighbours down south have managed to best the Canadians on numerous occasions – creating an epic sporting rivalry over the decades.

The rivalry between Canada and the USA has produced 139 titillating matchups, in which both sides have gone all-out to defeat their close rivals. Being two very strong teams with good funding in the sport, they have been able to stay toe-to-toe with each other on many huge occasions, such as Olympic finals.

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The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics provided some incredible games on the ice but, ultimately, it all came down to Canada meeting the USA in the final once again. Having defeated USA in Group A, Canada was confident going into the game, but a USA comeback in the third left the teams at 2-2, which lasted until the shootout. The USA won the shootout for their first gold medal in the event for 20 years.

The USA snapped a five-game win-streak that Canada had held over them coming into the final, adding even more intrigue to the next matchup. On November 7, 2018, Canada and USA will meet in the 2018 4 Nations Cup to compete for the gold medal that the USA has won three years running.

The two seem to be able to trade periods of dominance, with Canada, historically, being the better side. Despite this dominance, it Is still extremely hard to take your pick between the two, with many people opting for strategies used by punters to make accurate predictions based on form and past events. The tournament will be taking place in Saskatoon, Canada, giving them the slight edge. But, then again, USA has been remarkably dominant in the competition, winning six of the last ten tournaments – Canada taking the other four. The score lines have been close since the 2017 4 Nations Cup, so an Asian handicap may not be the best way to go when trying to pick a winner.

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The rivalry first began on April 21, 1987, when the two met in the preliminaries for the inaugural World Women’s Hockey Tournament. Canada edged the proceedings 2-1 and went on a four-game winning streak against the USA, spanning the 1990, 1992, and 1994 IIHF World Championships. Then, in 1995, USA finally drew blood by beating Canada a whopping 5-2 in the IIHF Pacific Rim Championship in 1995. USA’s win came at the San Jose Ice Center, which is the NHL’s San Jose Sharks’ training facility.

Over the years that followed, in major tournaments and major international tournaments, Canada and USA exchanged wins, with the Canadians coming out on top more often than not. But, then came Canada vs USA Series 2001-02. The series would bookend three TSN Challenge exhibition events, creating a string of eight matchups over two years – all of which the USA won in regulation. A combined score of 31-13 in favour of the USA hinted at a new age of USA dominance.

However, when the two met at the 2002 Winter Olympics in the USA, Canada reverted to its dominant self and dished out a 3-2 beating to earn them gold against the USA in the final.

Games are often close between the two rivals but Canada does boast the biggest win of the rivalry, with an 8-0 thrashing of the USA on April 17, 1992, in the IIHF World Championships. But, then again, the USA boasts the longest period of dominance with a seven-game win streak.

Overall, Canada boasts 62 wins in regulation, 11 overtime wins, and six shootout wins against the USA. The USA only has 44 wins against their northern neighbours, with a further six overtime wins and nine shootout wins. Only once has a match between the two ended in a stalemate – way back in the 2003 4 Nations Cup preliminaries, ending 1-1.

When it comes down to the biggest events, the gold medal matches, Sports Illustrated tallies the score as 3-2 in favour of Canada. The USA won the first gold medal matchup in 1998 3-1 but Canada followed up with three wins on the trot in 2002, 2010, and 2014. Proving that the rivalry is still very much alive, USA thrillingly claimed the 2018 gold.

The Canada vs USA rivalry in hockey stands as not only one of the greatest rivalries in women’s sports but in the whole of sports. The two continue to go all-out to get one up on their neighbours in the heated game of hockey.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 365: Buck-a-Beer

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 365In this 365th episode, Mike chats with Troy Burtch from Great Lakes Brewery about Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative Party's decision to lower the price floor to a buck-a-beer in Ontario. This episode is exactly 34:26.

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Stan Mikita, Dead at 78

Stan MikitaStan Mikita was 78. He was the four-time Art Ross Trophy winner who played all of his 22 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He led the club to the 1961 Stanley Cup and is the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 364: The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 364In this 364th episode, Mike chats with Dr. Gregory Klages about the life of Tom Thomson and the mythology surrounding his death in Algonquin Park in 1917 at the young age of 39. This episode is exactly 1:22:49.

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Tips and Tricks on How to Play in Live Casino.

Live casinos are the boon of many gamblers who cannot access land-based casinos. It removes the tasteless experience of a pure online platform. Today, a player can interact with live dealers in real time. The quality of experience in a live casino depends on several factors: the dealer’s competence, the Internet speed, the variety of games, and customer support for technical concerns.

As such, an enthusiast can face a myriad of issues and turn a possible fun experience into a nightmare. But supposing that all these are not issues, we have prepared a list to make your gaming experience worth your time and money. The tips below will help you maintain a fun lifestyle without breaking the bank.

Manage Your Time

Any fun experience makes the time fly. Before you even start, plan ahead how long you intend to play. Create a schedule and stick to it. If you think two hours per week is enough, commit to this schedule. However, do not short-change yourself. Pick the appropriate length of playing time that will not make you crave for more.

This form of discipline is imperative to prevent you from losing and to help you keep your winnings. If you are in a winning streak by the time your committed schedule is over, you get to keep the money you won. The other end of the spectrum is if you are on a losing streak. Stop playing when the time is up. Sticking to a tight schedule will help you cut your losses.

Look for Good Deals

Live casinos are dime-a-dozen. But not all offer the same value for money. If you are patient enough, you will find companies that offer huge sign-up bonuses to new players. It is not unusual for casinos to launch promotions. Be on the lookout for new UK casino bonuses as this can boost your bankroll.

Loyalty is another option to get a good deal. Casinos typically reward players who constantly fill their table. Watch out for announcements because these deals happen often. One thing you need to do, though, is to read the terms of the deal. Sometimes, a live casino will limit how you use a bonus for a game. In some cases, you cannot withdraw the money for a certain period of time.

Nevertheless, free money is still not so bad. Read the terms and conditions and manage your expectations.

Stick to One Game at a Time

Moving from one game to another causes you to lose your momentum. While we understand how frustrating it is to be on a losing streak, all it takes is to take a break and strategise before coming back to the game.

Assess carefully what you are doing wrong. Plan your course of action and recoup your losses. If you move to another game, you denied yourself redemption. The worst thing that can happen is for you to make the same bad decisions on the new game. This only magnifies your losses.

Play Games That You Know

One pitfall that many amateurs make is to play games they have no idea about. Although this increases the excitement, this also exponentially spreads your risk. If you are interested to play a game, a good exercise is to train on free gaming platforms first. If it is Blackjack, then understand the rules and devise a strategy.

Patience is key to your success. As you become better during practice, you also improve your chances of winning in a live game that involves real money. And even if you lose in a real game, you can pat yourself on the back and say that you just had a bad day. You did not lose because you had no idea what you were doing. Sometimes you win, sometimes, lose. Take it with a grain of salt and move forward.

Only Play with Reputable Casinos

Just like in real life, not all live casinos provide the best experience. Before you even get in, be diligent enough to read about live casino reviews. Ask some friends for their feedback or recommendation. This is important because some live casinos are known for downtimes.

And when this happens, you go through the painstaking process of getting your money back. There are thousands of live casinos online. Check out at least five that you like and compare everything. Start with the service, check the bonuses, study the payouts, and take a look at the games offered. Then decide what you think is best for you.

Conclusion

Playing online is exciting. And that is what it is supposed to be. The addition of real dealers to live casinos just sweetened the deal. Do not forget to enjoy the games even if you lost. Focus on the fun and the experience instead of making a big killing. If you do this, you will walk away with a positive feeling, win or lose.

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Charlotte Rae, Dead at 92

Charlotte RaeCharlotte Rae was 92. She was the actress best known for playing Edna Garrett on both "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life."

One of my first favourite non-kids shows was "Diff'rent Strokes" and I also watched "The Facts of Life". Edna Garrett kicked ass.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 363: Jodie's Jumpsuit

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 363In this 363rd episode, Mike chats with Crystal-Rose b.k.a. Jodie's Jumpsuit about her tweets before they kick out the jams. This episode is exactly 1:53:40.

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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.

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Adam Ricard and Melani Mariani Gone From 102.1 the Edge, Fearless Fred Moves to Q107

There was a time when the firing of the Edge morning show would be a "stop the presses" moment around these parts. Since the cancellation of The Dean Blundell Show, the only constant at 102.1 the Edge in the mornings has been change. Fearless Fred was there for a while, Rick the Temp was there, Josie Dye was there, and most recently, Adam Ricard and Melani Mariani were there.

Corus will announce a new 102.1 the Edge morning show soon, as Adam and Mel have been let go. I've never had the pleasure of meeting Melani, but Adam was kind enough to visit me for an episode of Toronto Mike'd, and we noted that he was the longest-serving DJ still on the air at that station. Alan Cross doesn't count because he left and came back.

You can hear my chat with Adam here:

Does anyone want to guess who will be their next morning show? I'm guessing Adam Wylde because that's my go-to guess for all Toronto morning radio shows targeting younger listeners with a vacancy.

Meanwhile, Fearless Fred is moving from 102.1 the Edge to Q107. His first shift on Q is 2pm on August 13. And Weekend host Wade MacNeil has also been let go. This is a rather aggressive refresh at 102.1.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 362: Paulie Morris

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 362In this 362nd episode, Mike chats with longtime 97.7 HTZ FM music director and radio broadcaster Paulie Morris about the station he helped build, the greats he worked alongside, why he's no longer at the station, The Tragically Hip and The Boss. This episode is exactly 2:14:35.

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Map of Every Arcade and Pinball Machine in Toronto

416cade shows every logged machine within a 15-mile radius. By default, the map is centred on downtown Toronto. Enter your address into the map search bar or click a point on the map to change the search area.

Keep in mind, 416cade is an ongoing, open-source project. Machines have a tendency to rotate in and out of locations. They suggest contacting an establishment first before seeking out a specific machine. For example, I see they have an Indiana Jones pinball machine located at Bowlerama West and I watched that Bowlerama get demolished recently. I'm pretty sure the pinball machine was moved out beforehand.

To add a machine that is not in their map, please email David.Weisz@Zolo.ca.

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