Grand Borgata Casino At Atlantic City

Gambling is a big business, but it’s not always a welcome one. Due to bans on gambling, other than small casinos on Indian land throughout the US, there aren’t really any serious gambling centers except for three. Two of them are Connecticut, which hosts Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun, Nevada, which is, of course, home to Las Vegas, the US gambling center and, arguably, the world’s gambling center. The third is, of course, New Jersey, home to Atlantic City.

Atlantic City has always been a great place for tourists. The boardwalk and the marina area, as well as the cool weather, have always been a draw. When casinos started to be build in Atlantic City, though, tourism rates increased by leaps and bounds.

The Borgata:

The latest of the many Atlantic City casinos is called the Borgata. It was first opened in 2003 and, as the newest Atlantic City casino, it quickly gained a massive fan club. Even in the short time it has been open, it has already been renovated and expanded twice to better accommodate the hordes of gamblers who travel to it each year. The first time was in 2005 and the second was in 2008.

Hotel Rooms at the Borgata:

Another great thing about the Borgata is the décor. The hotel area is done up with a wonderful Tuscany design and there are many different room types to choose from. They include the classic, opus, piatto and fiore designs. So, there’s a room for anyone’s needs and tastes.

Borgata Gambling:

Then there’s the Borgata gambling scene, which is, after all, the main reason that most people come to the casino. Comfort while playing is a prime concern. Many of the over 4,100 slot machines feature comfy, plush seating. So, you can play for as long as you like without fear of being stiff or sore.

Of course, the casino features more than just slot machines. There are also over 200 gaming tables where players of all skill levels can enjoy various game. Blackjack is just one of those games.

Poker at the Borgata:

There are also around 85 poker tables at the Borgata. That’s more than most other casinos. Many of them are for Texas Holdem games at various stakes levels. There are other poker versions played there as well, though. Not only that, but World Poker Tours and other major tournaments are held at the Borgata on a fairly regular basis.

Dining and Shopping at the Borgata:

Finally, there’s dining and shopping to think about. The Borgata houses over a dozen restaurants. They range from Italian to Asian to American and almost everything in between. So, guests can easily find foods that they love at the Bobby Flay Steakhouse and other restaurants. There are also many shopping boutiques in the Borgata, including the Whims, Carina, and Borgata Collection. So, between those and the other attractions, like shows and spas, it’s clear that the Borgata is a great place to go for any vacationer, especially a gambler.

Why in the World Do You Want to Make Your Own Golf Clubs?

A better question might be, why would you not want to build your own golf clubs. If you have shopped for a new driver lately, you know that the cost of top “brand name” clubs has skyrocketed. Are we to believe that they can make your game that much better? I would bet that you already own a driver, maybe even one with a wood head, that you can still hit to within 10-20 yards of how far you could hit a new top drawer driver.

Disregarding the above paragraph, there are 3 basic reasons for wanting to make your own golf clubs,

You want to become a golf club-maker as a hobby or as a business.

You want to own custom clubs, at a lower cost.

And my favorite, you want to experiment with new technologies, without paying the prohibitive costs for brand name products.

If you want to become a club-maker and sell your product to the public, you will need to spend some time learning the craft. Contact any of the component suppliers, most of them have the tools you will need, and instructions for fitting clubs to your customers, or yourself, and assembly instructions. Take care to produce a quality product and each club becomes a silent salesperson. Re-gripping in the off season can bring a steady supply of business, and give you the opportunity to sell those same people new clubs or just repairs of their current ones.

Do you want your own custom clubs? Building them from the quality components with the latest technology is one way to get superior performance and quality without paying premium “brand name” prices. It would be next to impossible to achieve the same exact custom fit from an “off the shelf” set.

Want to experiment with the newest hot driver? You don’t really want to spend up to $800.00 for one of the big “brand names” without knowing if it will improve your game, do you? Custom or clone components can be purchased that will exactly mimic the performance of the big guys. You’ve heard the talk about have a more flexible, or a stiffer shaft, but you are not sure if they are right. Re-shaft your existing club and see if it makes a positive difference. If you don’t want to assemble it yourself, most component suppliers offer them as assembled units, and still at much lower cost. After you have determined that a new technology will benefit you, if you still want the “brand name” you can buy it with confidence.

Another Doomsday, Another Dollar: Shifting Science Towards Peace & Ecology

In his book, “Our Final Hour,” Cambridge professor and Britain’s “Astronomer Royal” Martin Rees predicts humanity has no more than a 50/50 chance of survival into the next century and that by 2020 a million people will perish due to scientific error or terror. Some would call him prescient, while others would interpret his words as alarmist, resembling a layer cake with environmental fears on top of nuclear fears on top of chemical and biological threats, ad infinitum. With a sci-fi flare, he warns of runaway technology, human clones and an ability to insert memory chips into the brain.

Doomsday predictors get much the same respect as the “toxic fumes” sign at the local service station; they impart their wisdom, yet we yawn. Situations which seem grim and overwhelming, even potentially lethal, tend to be ignored. Attention on more immediate and “American” concerns, such as consumer goods and personal advancement, monopolize our daily thoughts. This is arguably foolhardy and indicative of the “another doomsday, another dollar” mentality.

Rees is not a lone voice on the scientific stage. The “Bulletin of Atomic Scientists” reports we have seven minutes until our final bow at midnight. Other reputable experts surmise that a “gray goo” or nanotechnological catastrophe poses the greatest threat. This involves the invention of miniature, self-replicating machines that gnaw away at the environment until it is devoid of life. It need not be deliberate sabotage–as in technological warfare by one nation against another–but could result from a laboratory mishap.

Astronomers speak of fugitive asteroids that could destroy major sections of our planet within the next 30 years. Others point to atom-crashing tests and their potential for a lethal strangelet scenario. Strangelets are malformed subatomic matter, which could distort all normal matter and dissolve the earth in seconds.

There are streams of alerts from environmental experts who tell us natural disasters are on the rise. They warn of climatic change and tell us the world’s species die at a rate 1000 times greater than they did prior to human existence due to habitat destruction and the introduction of non-indigenous species into the ecosystem. Their conclusion? If we do not reverse the damaging trend, Earth itself will be extinct.

Should we open our minds to doomsday predictions? And if we accept them, what is the next step to insure or increase our chance of planetary survival?

In his book, “Science, Money and Politics,” Daniel Greenberg follows a trail of suspicion. He condemns what he believes to be the self-serving, greedy scientific community with its bungled research, conflicts of interest and findings that never see the light of day due to suppression by corporate sponsors. But this seems to be an overly cynical, embellished perspective; there are surely many scientists dedicated to discovery and social responsibility, apart from any personal gain. And we should not forget that offering controversial insights can be at a cost; proponents of “radical” theories often expose themselves to public and professional ridicule.

Regardless of skepticism, the “Pascal’s Wager” game plan seems a good bet. This essentially means we should not gamble with eternity, but instead urge the scientific community to take precautions since Armageddon allows no second chance. Better to err on the side of life, even if it means some black holes will go unexplored and some research grants will be pulled.

Precaution means building contingency plans–such as shields and containment measures–into emerging technologies so that if an experiment goes awry, a safety net will kick into place. It means the scientific community should better police itself. It means committees or boards–both local and international–should be established for oversight and regulations, much like Albert Einstein proposed in 1947 to maintain worldwide peace. Many nation-states and multinational corporations are known for fighting even minimal efforts to regulate dangerous technology, and they must be countered.

There are pragmatic hurdles to be negotiated when trying to impose rules on private parties or on authorities in renegade lands, but the ozone hole “near disaster” demonstrates how the world can cooperate when it comes to life-and-death matters. As cultures dovetail, as communications rise, as borders become more porous, and as the world figuratively shrinks, it will be easier to impose structure and scientific parameters on nations that seem combative today

Science must shift its course and find new mountains to climb. It looks to us for cues. Due to our materialistic bent as a culture, our cursory endorsement of “progress” and our captivation with the Prometheus-like aura of technology, we subtly ask the scientific community to scale those mountains that are the highest (great accolades can be received), the easiest (the path of least resistance) or the most profit-oriented (grant money from special interests or an emphasis on reducing labor so companies can realize greater proceeds) rather than those that are the most ecological and peace-enhancing.

The research community has rivers of creativity and forests of energy that could instead be directed towards rivers and forests. It could move towards ecological preservation and restoration, peaceful alternatives to conflict and a furthering of life on this planet.

We will know a cultural transition is underway when news reports following fires, earthquakes and other disasters address the impact on natural systems and nonhuman species, rather than just the human and economical consequences, such as the number of homes lost. Our capitalistic culture thrives on the fact that nature is cost-free, which in turn, reinforces the notion that it is expendable and devoid of value. This reality must change. Our reality must change. And science must change. It must shift towards peace and ecology. It’s as plain as doomsday.

Casino Night Fundraiser

Putting together a charity fundraising event like a Casino Night Fundraiser can be a lot of work unless you’re well organized. Events like these often include live entertainment, a catered dinner, live and silent auctions, sponsorships, ticket sales, tax deductible donations, and a host of other details that require plenty of advance planning.

The plus side is that a Casino Night is a great excuse for adults to get all dressed up and have a fun time, so turnouts are impressive. There are lots of charitable groups who need to raise large amounts of operating funds and these events really deliver if done well.

Getting started
You need a strong crew of volunteers with a passion for getting things done. Group the tasks by category and divide them up by skill set of your volunteers. It’s best to have them work singly or in pairs, partnering veterans with newcomers. Having too many people assigned to a task just slows it down.

The only exception to that rule is in seeking donations of auction items. Have everyone call or better yet, visit their contacts to ask for their help with donated products or services. Seek out things with a true “Wow” factor to generate a strong buzz of excitement around your auctions.

For your games of chance, contact party supply and equipment rental firms. In major metropolitan areas, there are also companies that specialize in supplying this equipment and many even supply staff to run the games, deal the cards, etc.

Make sure you have all permits well ahead of time. Some jurisdictions have special restrictions on gambling-related activities even when they are for charity and don’t involve cash winnings, so research this carefully.

Raising funds
A Casino Night fundraiser offers dozens of ways to raise funds for charity, including silent auctions, live auctions, raffles, poker tournaments, individual sponsorships, corporate sponsorships, cash bar, gourmet catered dinner, and ticket sales.

Set your ticket prices high enough to cover all your expenses. In some instances, a high-dollar ticket price makes the event exclusive and will help attract a wealthy roster of supporters.

You can price tickets differently for those who might not want a catered dinner or gambling chips included. Some people won’t and you do want as many people as possible attending and bidding on your auction items.

To boost ticket sales to a black-tie affair, you’ll want your meal catered by a trendy restaurant that has a certain cachet. God press coverage mentioning society and celebrity attendees will also help sell out your fundraiser.

Publicity
Besides publicizing your Casino Night fundraising event in your newsletter, by email, and through word of mouth, to get a big turnout, you have to get media coverage.

Put together a press release summarizing the highlights of the evening and emphasize why you are raising funds. Include details on the entertainment, the sponsors, prominent attendees, your best auction items, etc.

Include full contact information as well as the obvious information such as place, date, and time. Send it to all the major media outlets in your marketplace well ahead of your fundraiser. Include a group photo such as the organizing committee or your group’s board of directors.

Summary
A Casino Night is a great way to raise funds for your cause because it gives people an excuse to dress up and have fun. Sure it’s a lot of work pulling it all together, but the results are well worth it.

This type of event offers multiple ways to raise funds and is easy to promote. It also lends itself well to becoming an annual tradition. Plan everything in detail, divide the tasks, solicit auction items and corporate sponsorships, and have dinner catered.