Jazz at la Calle del Delfin Verde

March 28th, 2013

jazzTwo brothers, one, a jazz fanatic and the other, an avid vegetarian, decided to join forces and invest their time and money in what it is they know best. The result is La Calle del Delfin Verde, a jazz club and restaurant featuring vegetarian food in addition to white meats and fish.

La Calle del Delfin Verde in Santiago de Chile opened its doors many years ago but as yet, has no clear defining lines. It is a place still forging a niche for itself in the busy section of Calle Suecia. Ricardo, one of the brothers, jokingly described the Delfin Verde as a “joint with serious personality problems”. After spending some time there you will understand what he meant.

If there is one theme coursing through the club, however, it is jazz. It looks, tastes, and sounds of jazz. It is everywhere, from the life-size black and white mural of a jam session at the entrance, to the colorful manner in which the menu is laid out. They offer a medley of dishes ranging from international plates to sandwiches cleverly categorized under musical themes. We chose the Mexican Jam Session (delicious taquitos) and a saxophone sandwich from the Instrumentos Musicales section, all washed down with a Tito Puente (margarita). The food is tasty and certainly abundant but unquestionably, the main attractions are the musicians and their music.

Delfin Verde, according to the owners, is becoming a place where local musicians go to hang out and are often incorporated into the “nocturnal jam”. We were witnesses to this last Friday, when the Angel Parra Trio, a jazz spin-off of Los Tres (a well-known Chilean rock group), casually took over the stage and played some exceptional tunes. The Angel Parra Trio, in fact, recorded Piscola Standard live at the Delfin Verde. Cristian Cuturrufo, a famous Chilean saxophonist (for a quintet of the same name) is also a regular at the club and occasionally takes the stage.

The club contracts groups on a weekly basis, from Monday to Saturday, with a new group each week in an attempt to offer variety.

“Our doors are open to any and all manifestations of jazz,” confirms Ricardo, “any group, national or foreign, can present themselves so long as their music is rooted in jazz.” La Calle del Delfin Verde hopes to show the public the richness and idiosyncratic styles of jazz. Last month, for example, Irazu played lively Latino jazz while a few weeks later, the Sammy Dominguez Quartet demonstrated the intricacies of “standard” jazz. (Describing any jazz as “standard”, however, is contrary to the flowing ideas of jazz itself.)

“We want to demystify jazz,” Ricardo explained, “rid it of its conception as mellow, even depressive music…move it away from smoky, dark, and alternative clubs.”

The public is quickly catching on. Increasingly, more and more Chileans are beginning to foster a real appreciation for jazz. This is apparent in the number of people who come to Delfin Verde regularly. They are a mixed bag of university students, curious folks who frequent Calle Suecia, and traditional jazz lovers. Surprisingly, a growing number of 15-16 year olds constitutes part of the crowd. Like jazz itself, the clientele at Delfin Verde is neither homogeneous nor can they be described in simple or general terms.

La Calle del Delfin Verde is open Monday through Saturday with live music everyday beginning around 10.30 p.m. The kitchen is open from lunch until 2.00 a.m. There is no cover charge (a surprise for Calle Suecia yet consistent with Ricardo’s and Leonardo’s vision). There is, however, a minimum consumption of 2,500 pesos per person with no obligation to order more.

After all the talk, though, it is best to simply go and experience it for yourself. Jazz, like the club, is personal and this may be the root of the club’s perceived identity problem. It does have a distinct personality but one that you, as a client , will feel and know.

As the pioneer, Mr. Louis Armstrong said, “if you have to ask what Jazz is, you will never know.”

London’s Knightsbridge

November 9th, 2012

London’s Knightsbridge area is amazing for many reasons, and one of them is the local casinos and gambling stores.

After all this blog is about travelling & gambling, or gambling & travelling, whichever order you prefer.

So if you go visit the most prestigious of London’s districts, namely Knighstbridge, you will not be disappointed when it comes to casinos and gambling.

Indeed there are many casinos, and this is because the UK are very permissive in this regard. But this is not so in most locations. In China, Hong Kong or Japan, gambling is not allowed. They have casinos in Tokyo, but you can only bet with chips that allow you to buy drinks. Of course in New York there is no casino except the underground ones, but they have a big slot machines parlor in Queens. But in most locations it it forbidden in the USA; you need to be in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles or some Indian Reserve to play your favorite game of blackjack.

So the point is, when you walk along London’s streets, you will observe a lot of William Hill venues where punters love to place bets or play the slot machines. Which in itself is an unusual sight. In addition there are some casinos like the Park Tower Casino at the center of Knightsbridge near One Hyde Park.

Do not visit a payday loans shop to get some cash to play at this casino. This will probably not be enough to let you in. Because this is clearly the casino with the most wealth in its vicinity. A stone’s throw away, there is One Hyde Park, which is an apartment complex with billionaire dwellers, such as Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone or the Prime Minister of Qatar. And most of the residents in a one mile radius are millionaires with a few other billionaires like Roman Abramovich, the second richest Russian man. So as you can imagine the casino has an inclination for high rollers.

This is the most expensive area in all of England, and probably all of Europe, maybe the world. The average home value in the neighborhood is over one million pound. Walking around you will notice the beautiful luxurious building and houses, in a variety or styles. Victorian stuccoed houses, town houses, revival Gothic as well as some more modern dwellings. Private Gardens can be discovered in smaller streets away from the main arteries, in peaceful allays of multi-million pound houses.

Except elegant architecture, Knighsbridge is renowned for its shopping with Harrods and the most expensive brands represented, either inside or nearby. For a walk in the park, Hyde Park is next door. Finally dining is an amazing experience with a huge selection of the best chefs in the world, offering French, Russian, Japanese, and many more exotic dining experiences like Iraqi.

Casino Slot Machine Tips

August 7th, 2012

Are you a frequent casino visitor looking to win that coveted jackpot by playing the slot machines? Whether you are a seasoned player or a beginning novice, there are some tips that are useful to know prior to your visit.

Keeping these tips in mind can make the experience much more enjoyable, if not profitable.

Most casinos nowadays offer reward cards to their players. These reward cards allows casinos to reward frequent customers with comps such as meals, accommodations and even bonus money with which to gamble. Many players opt not to use their reward cards. They fret that the use of the card might affect the outcome of their game. However, this is completely false and not using the card is in fact a crucial error on their part. By not using their card, these players are not taking advantage of special offers they could be receiving.

Another tip when heading for the slots is to make yourself aware of what particular manner of play will provide certain pay outs. For example, some slot machines require a certain numbers of lines to be played in order to win bonus levels which can lead to free spins and multiplied winnings. Also, if you decide to play the progressive slot machines which can be found at www.luckynuggetcasino.com/online-slots/, make sure that you are in fact wagering the maximum amount of coins each play. If not, you may not be eligible for the progressive payout. Wouldn’t that be horrific if you get the qualifying combination on the slot but because you didn’t wager the maximum you don’t win the progressive jackpot? If you’re not willing to do this, it would be wise to not play this type of slot. It would definitely save you some potential heartache.

Machines provide clues to users as to how often the pay out. Machine’s have corresponding pay tables. These provide users with information regarding the frequency of wins with that particular machine. While many players often ignore this information, you would be wise to not follow suit. This information is readily available and can be used when considering which slot machine to use.

My trip to Vegas

July 21st, 2012


Oh I am super excited about my reporting of the ESC, I was tweeting as it would have closed its doors and I’m still at the airport in Chicago. In fact I got home super happy, super frustrated and over jetlagged since Monday. I finally landed at the Paris Hotel Casino, Las Vegas. Nadia inviting me, put the dishes in the great, limousine waiting for me at the airport and large double room on the Vegas Strip, just minutes from the Venetian and its dedicated lounges at CES.

I wake up on Wednesday, July 5 in the morning at 7:00 local time. Great shape to start this show of a few thousand square meters. I go down to take a well deserved breakfast buffet when the cruel reality of America and the Sin City caught up with me. To the question of where can I find an espresso, the waitress dressed in traditional costume from Greece (one is at the Paris Hotel and while smelling the false France, like any fake environment expected in a casino city) therefore answers “Not here” with a big smile sorry or even a small trace of sadism on the edge. I start to cry all the tears in my body, wondering where I could find a real coffee.

So armed with a closed cup, filled with a flavored water arabica, with American, I’m heading on foot towards the Venetian Casino and its first conference. In fact I see the CEO of Nvidia Tegra will speak to his ARM chip associated with a graphics chipset for the brand. Big conference packed with people, about 500 devices that seek to suck Fi network in parallel for live-blogging or twitter the word. I cook the big print in the middle of the appetite of all those small-Fi networks, microwave atmosphere. Everyone is on edge and rightly so, everyone sniffs the arrival of the Tegra 2 double heart and its performance. This is powerful for gamers or online poker players.

It does not miss and I frankly find it difficult to remain calm in my chair when we are planning a live video tour of a smartphone Tegra 2 which displays a 3D multiplayer game based on the Unreal Engine. Nothing unusual except that a priori a large PC and PS3 were running right next to the same game, or 3 players found themselves in competition. Nvidia promised performance-type console for its chip, the brand has not lied. It’s pretty amazing to see a phone from a few millimeters thick, powered by a tiny battery, provide the performance of PlayStation 2 network.

With the arrival of Android 3.0 is a whole armada of machines that can compete with today’s portable consoles that will sweep the market. Apple iPad after his very casual, Nintendo and Sony will be faced with manufacturers like Samsung, Asus, Motorola, Acer and many others who will benefit from a common pool of gaming development that has already proven itself. Flagship titles on the Market of Google or Appstore have proven direct profitability of an investment well worth it to current conditions of the developers console. A gene pool of true originality, novelty, where a single individual with talent and a good idea can hold its own in the game. These devices are leading a revolution in online gaming and online casinos are fiercly trying to grab their market share.

This was indeed a great trip to Las Vegas.

Casino Cruises

April 21st, 2012


How to combine the fun of gambling with the drift of the waters: book a casino cruise.

One might feel that the word ‘casino cruises’ is a new trend in gambling games. But the truth is that this is one of the oldest forms of gambling at casino games. Long back when gambling was not legalized in the US, betting in the ships was the only way that gamers could play their favorite casino games. Nowadays, river cruise gaming is an added recreational modification that increases the fun of casino gaming. In the 19th century, riverboat casinos in the Mississippi river were the main centers where expert gamblers hunted down the rich merchants.

Times have changed and so has the image about casino cruises. Earlier, this kind of gambling was a sign of power and lifestyle and now things have changed and there are even people who gift a boat Casino for their parents or even grandparents on their wedding anniversary. On a boat ride, you get to enjoy the beauty of the nature, the seas, its silence and its sounds. This when combined with your love for gambling can light up your day. If you are a gambling enthusiast, you can turn any of your vacation with friends and family, for days or weeks into the most enjoyable and memorable one with a gambling cruise trip.

Gambling produced critical aftereffects and therefore pure gambling has been banned in many cities and states in US. When this restriction came into effect, the casinos found their way into the seas whereby they moved into international waters and then operated the casino from that unregulated location.

There are several different kinds of casino cruises available. There are day trips and even those that operate overnight. In the day casino trips, the first half of the hour is spent in travelling across the border so that the casinos will not have to abide by the government casino restrictions. The day cruises are mainly of four to five hours and this time frame ensures that the players do not fall into debt. When the time ends, it is mandatory to make the final move and end the game.

But, in an overnight cruise casino, there is ample time to gamble and have fun. These are usually luxury cruise ships which often have other entertainment forms besides the casino. With so much time available, the gamblers run a risk of playing endlessly into a bankrupt situation and even engaging into fights. But, whenever the player feels like quitting, he can stop the game and engage himself in other entertainment venues. But, the problem with this overnight luxury cruise is that, it is very expensive and has been created for the elite class.

There are casino cruises that even last for a week. This is the ultimate destination for a week on board with only gambling running through the mind and body. Before opting for a gambling cruise, enquire about the company that runs the casino and its reputation. A good cruise ship company will also provide other good amenities beside the reputed casino facility.

Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas

January 27th, 2012

Vacation in the Bahamas – Exploring the Tropical Paradise on Earth

A vacation in the Bahamas is the dream of every traveler; sinking your toes into the white sands and gazing out into the horizon of the pristine blue beaches is an unforgettable experience. There is a sense of belonging and extraordinary calmness that you experience in this tropical paradise on Earth.

The Bahamas is a bunch of islands and you can either explore just one or all of these depending on your travel budget. The most popular one among these has to be the capital city, Nassau or New Providence Island. A vacation in the Bahamas is simply incomplete without a visit to the Paradise Island which is a neighbor of Nassau. You can either opt to do everything that your heart fancies here or simply kick back your shoes and do nothing but laze around all day. This tropical heaven is infused with the right dose of international glamour to make it vibrant yet rejuvenating for all kinds of tourists.

A special mention has to be given to the Atlantis Beach Resort on Paradise Island which is bound to take your breath away. This ocean-themed destination is a complete world in itself with different types of accommodations, fine dining experience and activities. You must stay at the Beach or the Coral Towers if you want to indulge and rejuvenate your senses in sheer luxury and elegance. If it is modern contemporary luxury that you seek, then head for the The Cove Atlantis and if it is a piece of historical architecture that you are after, then stay at the iconic Royal Towers.

A vacation in the Bahamas especially in Atlantis also means a gastronomic journey. This beach resort has a whopping 21 different restaurants and 19 bars so that guests can enjoy any kind of cuisine that they fancy. There are gourmet culinary delights, family meals and endless buffets to choose from to satisfy the taste buds of each person. There are plenty of activities that you can take up at the Atlantis and some of the these include watching dolphins play at the Dolphin Cay, splashing out in the 141-acre water theme park, learn about coral reefs at the Kerzner Marine Foundation, experience the wonders of marine habitat and party away into the night at the various discos and pubs.

As night beckons, your vacation in the Bahamas takes on a different turn on Paradise Island. The doors of the Atlantis Casino are thrown open to the public. The innovative design, breathtaking sculptures, skylights and interior décor is bound to enthrall you. And if this is not enough, this casino offers a world class gaming experience with more than 80 types of table games and slot machines.

And for many a vacation in the Bahamas means a declaration of love. This tropical paradise is the best place to take or renew your wedding vows. The wide expanse of the sparkling blue water, heaven above and the white sands will make anyone fall in love over and over again.

Swiss entertainment

June 3rd, 2011

Switzerland is not the destination most people have in mind when thinking of an exotic destination, especially Europeans. But it is all a question of perspective, as exotic means ‘of foreign origin or character’, so for people living in the Maldives for example, Switzerland would be a very exotic trip to make.

Switzerland is interesting for numerous reasons, having a rich history as a starter. It was inhabited by a tribe called the Helvetii at the time of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar narrates in his majestic work ‘Commentarii de Bello Gallico’ about the Gallic Wars how they had decided to burn they country down and to wander erratically in what is now the south of France. Certainly a more civilized conduct followed in the next two millennium.

The Swiss are famous for their watches of course such as their Rolex Watches, their cheese and their ski resorts. What is quite unique among other European countries is the high altitude, as Switzerland sits on part of the Alps. This implies that the country has always been somehow isolated and this is one reason why they have maintained their neutrality in time of war for a very long time.

So if you are looking for nice sunny beaches, better look somewhere else to the south as they have no sea at all. But they have beautiful lakes such as Lake Léman. If you like mountains and culture, this is a country you will enjoy, either in the summer or the winter, depending if you prefer skying or hiking. They have also great food due to the influence of their French neighbors to the West and Italians to the South.

Last but not least they also have quite a few casinos, in fact this is the European country with the most casinos. Here again for historical reasons, as the wealthy people who used to do their private banking or their thermal spa vacation in Switzerland liked also to do some roulette during their leisure time. The history of casinos starts in Europe and such games where played by the nobility or the ultra rich. It is only recently that the Americans have made it a mass market, starting in Las Vegas. So high rollers are familiar with names such as Casino Geneva or Grand Casino Baden in Zurich.

Don’s miss a chance to visit Switzerland, this country has a lot to offer.

Gambling in Macau

February 5th, 2011

Stanley HoMacau is an interesting mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture. It is a good example of how history is ever present, as Macau is one of the reminiscences of 16th Century history when Europe and China clashed. Even more interestingly many hundreds of years later it became the Asian capital of gambling, and three recent news highlight this fact.

First it was reported that some of the top poker players in the world congregated in Macau to play against wealthy businessmen in million dollar duels. Prominent members of Full Tilt Poker such as Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan as well as Titan Poker Sam Trickett made the trip in pre-organized games. Tom in particular is rumored to have won over 6 million dollars in one particular match.

As Full Tilt was closed for a long time, Titan Poker meanwhile remained the home of Sam Trickett since 2010. Note that the Titan Poker bonus for new players is one of the largest in the industry, register and you can see these pros playing online poker and learn from them. The story is that Las Vegas used to be the place where the highest stakes ring games were played daily, but now it is said that these games are drying up. But the action is moving to the East and with the economic rise of China, successful and wealthy Chinese businessmen are keen on challenging the best players in their home turf at high rollers casinos in Macau.

The second piece of news goes in the same vein as it was reported that the profits from gambling in Macau are skyrocketing while Las Vegas is still in a deep recession. By some measures the profits of Macau would be currently a few times the profits of all casinos in Las Vegas. Here again this shows how the tide is moving to Asia in many aspects of wealth creation and spending. The nouveau rich from China are big spenders and big gamblers and as casino gambling is illegal in Mainland China and Hong Kong, they come to Macau in droves, as well as other Asians.

Finally the third relevant news that came out in the past few weeks is about Stanley Ho, who is the tycoon controlling the casino monopoly in Macau (shown in the picture). He is in the middle of some legal battles against two of his four wives and ex-wives with regard to his inheritance and how it will be split among his 17 children. At 91 years old, he remains the leading and most recognized figure of Macau, but his relatives are not waiting for his death to start already trying to get a share of his many billions.

Stanley Ho is certainly one of the savviest businessmen from Asia, as he managed to obtain the gambling monopoly from the Macau Government in 1961 and still owns it to this day.

Playing Poker while traveling

August 23rd, 2010

Although poker has remained consistently popular ever since its inception, over time different variations of the game rose to prominence. Three games in particular could be said to have dominated the poker scene at different points in history and defined what the majority of gamblers were playing.

The complexity of poker has certainly increased from the earliest variations, leading to the ultimate dominance of one particular type of poker that today is the most popular and frequently played at online poker rooms.

The game of 5 Card Draw, although not particularly popular during the Civil War, suddenly shot to prominence following it and became the most popular variation of poker for almost an entire century. Difficulty arose when the morality of gambling was being questioned, as it often still is, and the state of Nevada decided that running a betting game was a felony. A law was passed to enforce this, supposedly making all forms of poker off limits.

However, the Attorney General of California questioned Nevada’s legislation. It was proposed that as Draw variations of poker were based on skill rather than on luck or chance, the anti-gambling laws could not apply to them. Stud poker, on the other hand, which was definitely a chance based game, was deemed illegal. Since Draw was the only legal game left on offer, Draw poker games had a great opportunity to develop and grow, until eventually Nevada reversed the law in 1931 and casino gambling was legalised.

Just prior to the start of WWII, the 7 Card Stud variation of poker increased in popularity and overtook 5 Card Draw as the country’s favourite game. For about forty years 7 Card Stud remained top of the table, riding the booming business that flooded into the newly developed casino industry of Las Vegas.

It was during the 1970s that the so called “Cadillac of poker” arose. Texas Hold’Em shot into the public eye when it was featured as the important title game in the World Series of Poker, and since then it has remained the top dog of poker variations. Although other types of poker are still played such as Omaha, Manila and Razz, it is almost impossible to compete with the popularity of No Limit Texas Hold’Em.

Casino or culture, Singapore brings tourists

June 23rd, 2010

What makes Singapore an attractive tourist destination? Casinos or culture?

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Since Singapore has reduced its exports of electronic components, they are now trying to develop the tourism industry to bring new income to the island-city. As China grows and wins the world, it can expect to prosper from its casinos and roulette strategies as well. Singapore is not exactly mainland China, rather a satellite Chinese economy. As the most modern and wealthy Chinese location, it has led the way for China in many respects.

However, Singapore has a major handicap: it has no Angkor Wat or Taj Mahal as a major touristic attraction unlike most of its neighbors, or tropical beaches and diving spots. For foreigners, Singapore is not the favorite destination but rather a flying hub leading to more exciting countries. Most travelers only spend a few days, so the introduction of casinos is an attempt to attract a different breed of visitors as well as to keep the existing ones longer.

With the new generation of Chinese and the influence of Indians and other Asians who start to travel around the world, Singapore has begun to work on new attractions, including two casinos, a theme park by Universal Studio and French style tourist boats (bateaux mouches).

Other projects to give Singapore a different cachet include the opening of clubs and film clubs, and the famous car racing of the famous Formula One, hoping to attract tourists from other continents. Citigroup, the group responsible for this project, hopes to generate a profit of between $ 150 and $ 200 million per year, and thereby show that Singapore has changed. Creating a Formula One circuit is certainly a brilliant idea, but it does not have no local flavor, does it?

As for the new casinos, they should be similar to those already present in Macao. Faced with all these radical changes, local residents remain skeptical. For them, the establishment of a Formula One circuit is a way to get free publicity. Regarding the casinos that should be opening soon, there was a petition up against the project, criticizing the evils of gaming on families and young people, adding that these venues may attract the local population more than the tourists.

Some deplore this change of the city, thinking that Singapore is seeking to become a modern city and delete all its history and culture in the process, to make way for a city that can be found anywhere, which also represents the end of Chinatown, famous for its shopping.

Time will tell how the casinos perform and if international gamblers really decide to make Singapore a new stop on their routes. The Marina Bay Sands is a very beautiful casino hotel and there is no reason to believe that it will not be a success.