Poker Movies: “Molly’s Game” (2017)

Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba in Molly's Game

If you love poker, you probably enjoy the characters you meet along the way as well. Also, all the different setting from back room games with friends to upscale private settings. It’s part of the fun. Unless you’re one of those players who can’t control him or herself. High stakes poker, like any form of high takes gambling, can crush souls and ruin lives. The key is to enjoy the thrill of this intoxicating game without letting it destroy you.

In “Molly’s Game” we get a glimpse into the world of private, high-stakes poker games in Los Angeles and New York. It’s a world filled with celebrities, athletes, beautiful women and plenty of booze and drugs. It’s a target-rich environment if you’re a smart and disciplined player. But for many others it’s a seductive trap that can often lead to a spectacular crash.

Warning: spoilers will follow.

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Ultimate High Roller Experience at Super Bowl in SoFi Stadium

SoFi Stadium Super Bowl

If you love the Super Bowl and you crave the ultimate high roller experience, a Super Bowl in Los Angeles is pretty damn enticing. LA is the ultimate destination spot for high end parties in a town filled with celebrities, and now they have a stadium venue that lives up to the glitzy LA lifestyle people want to experience when they visit this amazing city.

Check out this video for a cool overview of everything SoFi Stadium has to offer in terms of luxury for VIP visitors. Yes, you’re going to break the bank to party there, but what’s the use of being a high roller if you’re not going to spend it at events like the Super Bowl. SoFi Stadium is a $5 billion project that has set new standards for luxury in sports stadiums:

Kroenke built 260 luxury suites and more than 13,000 premium seats — and that official count seems low when you’re wandering through its seemingly endless succession of posh, shiny areas.

In keeping with the Southern California theme, a three-story “Beach House” club area is connected by an Instagram-bait staircase. Several large, connected suites called “Bungalows” sit just beyond the end zones, enticing rich fans with the chance to be a few feet from a receiver catching a touchdown pass.

And then there’s the Executive Club, a 75,000-square-foot corridor circumnavigating the field underneath the stands. It has everything from marble-paneled elevator banks and gorgeous lounge areas to four separate bars focused on a single beverage: champagne, tequila, whiskey and wine.

If you consider that you’re not getting into this place for the Super Bowl for anything less than around $5,000 for a ticket, you can imagine how much you’ll be dropping for the VIP experience. If you want a VIP Suite at SoFi for the Super Bowl, you’ll be dropping a whopping $1.2 million for the experience!

Of course, having the Los Angeles Rans playing in this game, in their home stadium, raises the stakes even higher. The celebrity community always loves a party, but having the star-studded home team in the Super Bowl adds even more excitement to the weekend. You could hardly come up with a bigger contrast between the Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. There were stories of how few Bengals fans were making the trip to LA for the game, but that shouldn’t be surprising given what we’ve covered here. Not many people can afford this crazy experience, and watching the game on a big screen TV with all your friends is still and damn good experience.

Still, Joe Burrow has some of the Hollywood flair that would fit this event. He comes from small-town Ohio but his Joe Cool image fits this Super Bowl like a glove. He’ll be lighting up a nice cigar if he wins the game. But the Rams are loaded with high-profile players, and the after parties will probably be even better than the pre-game parties if the Rams can pull this off.

The key of course is finding you’re way to the right party. What are you looking for? Celebrities? NFL legends like Joe Montana? We would lean towards all the LA hotties, model and actress wannabe’s and sugar babies that flock to La La Land. But that’s just us . . .

It’s hard to imagine any city topping LA for a VIP Super Bowl experience, until of course the Super Bowl arrives in Las Vegas!

  

Chiefs and Rams favored to meet in Super Bowl

NFL playoff Odds Jan 22

Bu the end of the day we’ll know which NFL teams will be meeting up in the Super Bowl that will be played in Los Angeles in two weeks. The current betting lines have the Chiefs and Rams favored to meet for the NFL title, but we all know anything can happen in the NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals +7 at Kansas City Chiefs

This line hung around 7.5 all week, but late money must be coming in on the Bengals as the line is now an even 7. Joe Burrow is extremely confident and he has an offense loaded with weapons at the skill positions, so you can see why you can’t count this team out. He also has the moxie to take the necessary risks to win this game. But there’s a downside to this strategy. The Bengals have been on the edge of playing recklessly all season. Last week Burrow was sacked 9 times but were bailed out by a horrible game by the Titans offense. They won’t be so lucky against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. This team will score points, and put plenty of pressure on Burrow and the Bengals offense. We know that Burrow is unflappable, but he will certainly be tested this week in Kansas City. Burrow pointed out last week that SEC stadiums are typically louder than NFL stadiums, but he hasn’t played on the road in KC in the playoffs. Things are different there.

While I think anything can happen in this game, I’m going to lay the points here. The Honey Badger is back for KC, which should bolster the defense that was shredded by Josh Allen and the Bills. Mahomes will put up points, and this could turn into a blowout if Burrow makes some mistakes.

San Francisco 49ers +3½ Los Angeles Rams

Many would concede that the Rams are the better overall team, and it’s certainly a team loaded with elite talent, but the 49ers have had their number. It’s a matchup issue, as the 49ers are built to give the Rams headaches. The Rams don’t defend the run well. They’d much rather pin their ears back and kill you with their pass rush. But the 49ers love to run the football and they do it very well against the Rams. Also, everyone is talking about the mistakes we’ve been seeing from Jimmy Garoppolo, but Matt Stafford has had his share of mistakes as well. He’s played much better in the playoffs, but against the 49ers pass rush we easily could see more this week.

This is a tough game to pick, but it’s hard to pass on the 49ers and 3.5 points in this game. The Rams are at home but there could be more 49er fans in the stands so both teams will be dealing with the noise. The key to the game could be the 49er defensive line. If they get pressure today then the 49ers should be able to win this game outright.

Based on last week’s games, betting on NFL games can be quite stressful, so try to enjoy the experience!

  

Being a High Roller Requires Some Discipline and Self-Control

London skyline

Part of the fun of being a high roller is just the ability to let go and enjoy the ride. You can bring a big stack to the casino and life isn’t going to change at all if you blow it. The same goes for the ordinary gambler who wins a big parlay early in a casino trip and then lives like a high roller for a while with those winnings.

The key of course, as with most things in life, is knowing when to stop. This may be tricky, as we can all get a little wild when we’re in the zone. But there’s a difference between wild excess and sheer stupidity.

Which brings us to the latest example of high rollers taking things way too far. This story takes us to the historic city of London where one can find plenty of ways to enjoy your vices. A 62-year old gentlemen went on a 72-hour gambling bender which resulted in separating himself from £3.9 million of his net worth. That’s around 10% of his claimed net worth, so naturally this one stung a bit. Can you imagine losing that much money playing baccarat? It’s absurd.

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U.S. Sports Betting Continues to Grow Rapidly

football player scores touchdown

2021 was a year of huge expansion in legalized sports betting across the United States. The legal sports gambling market doubled in 2021 with more than $52.7 billion was wagered throughout the year.

Young people are diving in and giving sports betting a try, and the continued popularity of NFL football and college football is certainly helping to drive interest.

We can expect continued growth in 2022 as states like Ohio will be joining the fun, while New York will continue to grow as well with casinos a possibility inside New York City.

High rollers and casual gamblers will now have many more ways to play, and everyone will need to think about what they really want to get out of this. Are you really putting the work in to win these bets, or are you just enjoying the high roller lifestyle when traveling to places Like Las Vegas? Be honest with yourself as you navigate these new opportunities.