The Story of the Gamble House

Southern California around the turn of the 20th century was the birthplace of the Craftsman movement. This style spread rapidly throughout the country and became the predominant style seen in small homes built between 1905 and 1920. This was a style which was available to and affordable for just about all, whether wealthy or working class.

Taking the bulk of its inspiration from the architecture of Pasadena, CA brothers Henry and Charles Greene, Craftsman homes were a significant change from the ornate Victorian homes in style at that time. These homes aimed to present a connection to nature and a newfound simplicity of design.

Taking their cue from nature, Craftsman homes seemed to be a part of their natural surroundings. Overhangs provided relief from summer heat and winter chills. Design elements were taken from natural ideas – wooden wall cladding, stepping stones and interior decoration schemes which reminded one of outside.

The Greene brothers were influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style as well as the architecture of H.H. Richardson. The Greenes also took inspiration from Japanese functional home philosophy. These homes were built to be adaptable to the changing needs of families and designed to integrate as closely as possible into their environment. Along with these influences, the brothers took some cues from the English Arts and Crafts movement – the sum of all these influences was what we now know as the California Bungalow.

The Gamble house in Pasadena is universally acknowledged as their masterpiece. Built in 1908, this home uses exposed joinery which seems to grow organically out of the home, verandas and an integration of home and garden to integrate the home in to its outdoor setting. Unique at the time in its asymmetry, the home appears almost a natural, rather than an architectural wonder. The exposed rafters, triangular braced supports and transomed windows are all hallmarks of the Craftsman style.

One is struck by the beauty of the Gamble House immediately at the front door. You seem to see a reflection of an oak tree behind you. The cloud lifts and Tiffany Glass (by Louis Comfort) are a sign of the beauty to come. There is a unifying theme of broad horizontal lines; this begins with the bars under the transoms and is repeated throughout the home in many windows.

Upon entering the home, you now see the same oak tree from the inside – there is a feeling of still beige outdoors. The stained glass of the front door changes with the light of the day over the hours. The main attraction of the interior is the wooden joinery. There is not a single crevice exposed here; the scarf, lap and finger joints are all impeccable.

The austere, Japanese inspired design and functionality of the home is displayed best through the extensive built-ins added by the Greenes. There are drawers built in to the dining room for linen storage and other uses. The Greenes were very concerned with creating a unified look and feel for the home; so much so that they even built most of the furniture, lest the residents disrupt the ambience with furniture which was not perfectly suited to their vision of the home.

The horizontal themes are carried on throughout the dining room. There is also a recurring motif of threes to be seen in the home – there are three stained glass windows, three vertical wooden pieces where the wall meets the ceiling, three tiles on either side of the fireplace and so on.

The windows here also continue the tree theme of the front door and also change colors over the course of the day. The mahogany table and chandelier are matching in shape (suba). All of the home’s furniture was designed by the Greene brothers or by Gustav Stickley. The walls are covered in fabric and then painted over. Carpets were added for color.

The fireplace features tile with a Tiffany glass inlay in a vine pattern matching the Tiffany glass bowl on the dining room table. This pattern also meshes with the pattern of the windows – there is no element of design here which does not fit together perfectly.

Gambling – The Legal Aspect Of Wire Act And Online Poker

Not many know that in the States, there is one implemented Wire Act which convicts people operating gambling houses, especially the online gambling sites. Though sounds like a fiction, it is actually true.

Many of them argue whether online poker games are fully covered by controversial Wire Act that has been implemented. The United States Justice Department has such general interpretation of anti-gambling bill.

Based on February 21, 2001, the Wire Act, ruled by Judge Mr. Stanwood Duval of New Orleans’ United States District Court against certain Jay Chen: “Online casinos and online poker rooms are now covered under aimed-at-sports betting bill. In plain language, this Act does not prevent the online gambling ‘on a game of chance.'”

Poker online and states of the US

At present, every state in the US has its own ruling and regulation regarding the very popular game of online poker.

As online poker is a game of chance, the experts and law interpreters treat it similar to online casinos and the way they are treated.

In the United States, how could a playful and amusing recreation be illegal? You would have to revert towards the subtitle. Every US state has its very own regulation regarding playing online poker.

For instance, the office of New York prosecutor is very specific against playing online poker and similar operations. It means playing online poker or rather the players of online poker are absolved from legal actions. Its contrary applies to the online poker operators. When or if they get cracked down, then they could automatically face charges.

A country free like the United States- how does it resort to this?

This answer is quite simple. The Federal Government, along with each state government has been very anxious about protecting its people.

All know that gambling online could be more anomalous than gambling in traditional ways. This is because unscrupulous people and many techies have many advantages to play over people or cheat on them during the games of online poker.

The government would want to protect people from them. You would have surely in some point of life, have met people who got reduced to beggars or mendicants just because they lost all their possessions to the gambling games. When you gamble online, it is concluded that such risks are quite greater.

Playing online poker as mere recreation

The popularity of playing poker online must never be undermined. One must make sure never to be totally hooked onto it. On the other hand, it is not advisable depriving the self when one feels like trying it.

If you know to play right, and also know of the reliability and credibility of online poker and similar card rooms, then you may very well go for it.

Games of chances or gambling are simply like that. The approximation of winning is as great as or as little as probability of losing the game. The game of online poker might make you to lose money if one bets too much’ however, it could also make you little richer too.

Know and determine all the regulations implemented in your state as you go on to register in some online poker room. One must know that just by playing online poker it would never lead to committing crime. One must know all regulations so they would know to legally defend themselves in any case.

Landmark ruling

Along with all this, it is interesting to know about the World Trade Organization who was ruling in Nov 2004. At that time, Antigua and the Barbuda island nation in Caribbean complained about the US legislation against betting and gambling online. The island nations claimed that online betting would not violate any global laws.

World Trade Organization essentially backed the Antigua and Barbuda Island’s claim. The body said that US must only rule in its territories and must not extend implementing the anti-online gambling and gaming enforcements to any other countries.

Many legal experts in US advise that until the online poker players or player in the country own stakes in house rakes or the online poker operations or even businesses, they must not worry about any law.

Until the time the online players abide and obey the state laws, until the time the online poker players bet and wager with each other in the card room, until the time online poker players ensure to participate and progress within the online poker skills, until the time online poker players enjoy the fun and don’t compromise any rights of others, they can be their own judge drawing the conclusions themselves.

Cordish Plans to Open Temporary Gambling House In the Garage Early Next Year

David Cordish, the developer of the upcoming largest casino in Maryland said that they have a plan to install 2000 slot machines on the ground floor to run their casino business on a temporary basis. The projected time for the opening of the temporary casino is late 2011.

Joe Weinberg, director of development for the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos told the state’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, “To expedite the project, we looked at a lot of different options”. “We’ve been using the word temporary, but this is really a phasing in of the permanent project.”

Though the temporary casino would contain only half of the total proposed slot machines, it would still be the largest gambling house of Maryland. The services that will be provided at the garage parlor will be of high standard.

Cordish Cos. has a plan to construct the building in two phases. The first level is the garage which will hold half of the authorized 4750 slot machines and include a bar and a buffet.

But the more anticipating features like Cheesecake Factory, a Rams Head-brand live music venue and a Bobby Flay restaurant will be available in the final building. The garage will be opened for parking vehicles after the second phase of construction is finished. The estimated time for the construction to be finished is one year after the completion of first phase.

Some people wanted Cordish to build a temporary tent-like facility as they did so in the time of constructing Indiana Live! Casino. But the slot commission said that same plan might not be successful here at Maryland. That’s why they wanted to present the customers with a permanent structure rather than a tent-like short term gambling house.

Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, also sounded upbeat about the Cordish proposal.

The application of the Cordish’s permanent casino is under process and expected to be approved by early next year but they have not submitted the application for their short term garage casino.

Some changes might come in the plan of the Maryland Live! Casino. The initial plan was to build a casino of 200000 square feet area consisting of a six-story garage with 4000 parking spaces.

Commissioner Linda Read asked the number of workers needed during the construction process of the first phase.

The country council approved the zone for casino a year ago and fifty six percent country voters approved the referendum on November 02, 2010. But before approval people who were against the casino did a petition.

Gambling And The 20th Century Rulers Part 4

Robert Mugabe
(1924)
Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born on the 21st of February, 1924 in the town of Kutama on the territory of current Zimbabwe. Before coming to power in 1987 he had spent 11 years in prison for participation in the national liberation movement. Robert Mugabe is famous, firstly, for his anti-American claims, as well as for the fact that in 2005 he the inflation reached the record 502% in the new 21st century.

Interestingly, but at the peak of inflation growth speaking in front of the journalists the president of Zimbabwe declared that the population of his country was “very happy”. What it meant to be “very happy” the president knew not through hearsay. A few years ago Mugabe won the state lottery’s main prize in the amount of 2 639 dollars. Curiously, but only those citizens took part in this lottery who had accounts in the National Bank of Zimbabwe, at this for every 135 dollars there was only one lottery ticket. Naturally, under the name of the current president there was registered the record number of tickets, that is why the prize did not keep him waiting for a long time. They say, the results of the lottery upset the citizens of Zimbabwe very much.
Robert Mugabe is a very temperamental person and a typical gambler by nature. A lot of his statements are made in a burst of passion and excitement. By the way, the attitude of the president towards gambling industry is not in the least bad: there are several casinos opened in the country, as well as race tracks with the totalizator, left to the Zimbabwean from English colonizers.

Augusto Pinochet
(1915)
Augusto Pinochet was born on the 25th of November, 1915, in a Chile resort town of Valparaiso. In September 1973 he organized a putsch against the president of Chile Allende and after his murder took the post of the head of the state. Like many other “heroes” of the 20th century, he was distinguished by mass terror in relation to the “otherwise-minded”.

General Pinochet was quite a cruel and ruthless person, but under his rule hyperinflation was stopped and economic growth began.

The Chilean dictator had a negative attitude towards gambling industry, and there were no gambling-houses in the country during his rule. However, he had rather a loyal attitude to holding a state lottery. Maybe it was because the control over profits from lotteries was entrusted to his daughter Lucia Pinochet Hiriart?

Only after a few years upon retirement of Pinochet under the president Eduardo Free a new casino was opened in the country in 1997.
At present Augusto Pinochet is in Chile under house arrest and is awaiting the trial for evasion from tax payment. The trial, by the way, perhaps, will not even take place because of his age and extremely bad heath.

We can continue mentioning great dictators and rulers of the 20th century and argue about their attitude to gambling industry. Iosip Broz Tito, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Idi Amin, Joseph Desire Mobutu, Muammar Gaddafi, Suharto, Thieu, Somoza, Marcos, Pol Pot, Ceausescu, Bokassa, Hissene Habre, Chombe, Franco, Duvalier, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Batista, Salazar and many others had different attitude to gambling. Some, like Marcos and Batista, liked it a lot, while others, like Gaddafi and Ceausescu, didn’t give it even a chance for existence.
While in Spain all power was in the hands of the general Franco Bahamonde Francisco, people were even afraid of talking about gambling-houses, but as soon as he died and the royal throne was occupied by Juan Carlos I, there were at once opened a number of casinos in the country. While Batista favoured gambling games, Fidel Castro, who substituted him, banned them at once. And it is clear. Batista was an American protégé, and Fidel was the one who fought against American imperialism. That is why casinos simply lost favour.

A lot of rulers of the 20th century were quite venturesome personalities having revealed their excitable skills in politics, and not on the cloth of the gambling table in the gambling-house. Who knows, if their passion had been connected with visiting of gambling establishments, perhaps, our planet would be quieter.
Total struggle against gambling in the 20th century was under way only in one, at this “the most democratic” country – the USA. And after repressions, which failed, gambling industry there not only continued to exist, but started to flourish. The ideas of Marxism-Leninism did not give the right of existence of gambling establishments in the countries that chose the way of rise to radiant future in the form of communism, since the norms of the given ideology prescribed earning money by way of labour, and not in the hours of entertaining pastime. Countries practising traditional Islam do not allow gambling industry on their territory in accordance with their religious dogma. Despite this, Muslim Egypt, Tunis, Morocco and Lebanon have opened gambling-houses. The same was done by the Korean Republic, having demonstrated that ideology is ideology but if the country needs to earn money for the budget, gambling industry won’t hinder it.

Totalitarianism and gambling are not connected with each other in the least. The basis of struggle against gambling industry in 99 cases out of 100 is not the desire to protect the rights and interests of the citizens and the society, but the most trivial desire to win votes of people which any party, striving to come to power, pursues. Politics is rather a subtle thing.

East Meets West at the Gamble House

The Gamble House which was built in the early 20th century in 1908 was an architectural masterpiece of that era that has recently been designated as a National Heritage Landmark in the United States. The house was meant to be the home of the millionaire businessman David B. Gamble of the Proctor and Gamble Company. Though it was originally intended to be the winter home of David and Mary Gamble, the exquisite architecture of the building led to become a residential ark commonly described as a masterpiece of American art.

The secret behind its architectural brilliance was that the designers broke sharply with the accepted norms of that time, borrowing heavily from traditional Japanese architectural styles. The two brothers that drew up the plan for the house Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene utilized the spaciousness of the California property and blended in oriental aesthetics into their design to create a unique fusion of two contrasting architectural styles. Their, idea bore rich dividend sin later years with it being representative of the artistic schools of American architecture. Though many clients of the Greene’s couldn’t afford the massive construction charges and the luxuries of the Gamble House, there creation spawned a new wave in architecture and inspired countless others to follow suit and blend different styles from different countries.

The interior of the house can be modestly described as being luxurious! It features extensive wood paneling from a variety of different species such as teak, maple, oak, mahogany and cedar. The furniture was custom made to suit the interior of the house and makes the interior of the extremely sensuous.

The exterior is a fusion of Japanese architecture and spatial country mansions; the teak paneling is the defining quality of the house. The large exterior porches in the houses make it seem even more expansive and were used for relaxing and entertaining, while a traditional Japanese water garden is featured in the backyard.

Gambling 101 – Tips and Tricks For New Gamblers

“I’ve heard stories of men making astronomical sums in the casinos; life changing stories about a single slot win; man making a couple of millions on roulette on the run. How can I be that man?” Every young man who’s ever had the urge to gamble asks himself this question. This article will teach you how to win more often than you lose.

Win big. Or not.

Ok. First, a reality check. As much as you’d like to believe that you’d win 32 trillion dollars on your first night in the casino, you probably aren’t going to win all that much. In all probability, you’d be lucky to win just a couple of dollars. So, do not set your expectations too high.

Gamblers who play high stakes and win are professionals. Yes, there are professional gamblers in this world and no, they aren’t anything like your “down-on-his-luck” friend who keeps borrowing money from you to pay his bookies. These men are self-trained experts who know their game. To them, gambling is just another day’s work and they have trained vigorously to become professional gamblers. They know their art and you won’t be able to pick their moves on your first weekend in Vegas. If you are lucky to meet one or indeed be friends with one, you could pick up a few pointers, but do not expect to win big immediately.

Money Management

Another thing that you need to keep in mind is money management. You must decide how much you are going to spend in the casino. Set a limit. Decide for yourself that you are not going to spend over, say, three hundred dollars in the casino. And stick with it. No matter how many times you lose.

Keep a record book for all your expenses like an accounts journal if it helps you.

Pick the right game

Pick a game that you know how to play. If you have never played blackjack in your entire life, stay away from that table and play roulette instead. This is just common sense. If you don’t even know the basics of the game, you cannot possibly hope to win at the table.

If you are only playing for fun and would like to learn while you play, go online and play the game for fun money on one of the many websites that offer this service. You can play for real money when you think you have at least mastered the basics. You may be able to find learning tables at land-based casinos as some, not all, have them for a small fee.

Play on a table that offers you to play with the rules that you are most comfortable with. If you play slots, play on a machine that allows you to play with a denomination that fits your budget. If you play roulette, bet on the colors and odd/even brackets. If you play blackjack, pick a table where dealer stands on an all seventeen. If you are into poker, play pot limit poker. Play with the right rules set and you will have a better chance at winning.

If this article sounds a little too pessimistic for your tastes, let me warn you that more people have destroyed their future with gambling than people who have made a fortune in the gambling houses. Play wisely.

Gambling And The 20th Century Rulers Part 1

The history of the 20th century is inseparably connected with wars, revolutions, forcible change of governments and other political cataclysms in which the leading role was often played by bright, extraordinary personalities – leaders, chiefs. Impetuous was also the history of legislative regulation of gambling games and bets. They were allowed, then prohibited, then allowed again…
A lot of these bans and legalizations were directly connected with the principle political acting personalities of the 20th century. How venturesome were the most famous totalitarian rulers of the previous century and what was their role in regulation of activities on organizing and playing games and bets?

Vladimir Lenin
(1870-1924)
When in a small town of Simbirsk little Volodya Ulyanov was born nobody of the people around, including his parents, could ever guess that one of the main heroes of the 20th century came into the world. After many years it is already difficult to unambiguously evaluate the activities of Vladimir Lenin in the office of the chairman of the Soviet of National Commissars, but there is no doubt that he has gone down in history as the main ideologist of the bright ideas of communism which the Russian poor strived for so much and never achieved despite the long 70-year way.
It is not known for sure whether Vladimir Lenin was fond of gambling, in his public speeches he never mentioned the words “gambling-house” and “casino”. However, in his boyhood the future Ilyich played chess and russian bowling (gorodki) with passion. Having grown up, he played cards as well, alas, the history does not give a single answer as to the games the chief of revolutionists played and whether the bets were made

It is interesting to know that even when Vladimir Ilyich was still alive there were anecdotes and tales concerning his love of card games. But still the most favourite game of Ilyich was politics. But with regard to regulation of gambling industry, of course, Vladimir Ulyanov succeeded in the way so typical of him.

Having become the statesman, firstly, he started to fight against bourgeois heritage, established censorship. And he decided to establish order in gambling in addition to this. In provisions of the Petrograd (St. Petersburg)military-revolutionary committee as of the 24th of November of 1917 the task was set to “close all the clubs and gambling-dens where card games were played”. Despite this, in spring of 1918 the commissar of municipal economy of Petrograd the future “all-union head” M.I.Kalinin taking into account the interests of reimbursement of state treasury proposed legalization of gambling. This proposal was rejected though “on revolutionary grounds” and all the gambling establishments were found illegal.

In 1921 Vladimir Lenin introduced NEP – so to say new economic politics of the state at which the priority was no longer general equality and fraternity but earning money by the young Soviet state for its own budget for realization of revolutionary ideas. It was at that time that gambling business was founded in the Republic of Soviets. On the 9th of November, 1921, The Soviet of labour and defence of the RSFSR issued a decree according to which sale of playing cards was allowed on the territory of the country. Also in 1921 when there happened to be the worst drought in Russia, the first All-Russian lottery to help the starving people took place.
In the course of two years local authorities allowed activities of gambling-houses, following financial principles and collecting rather large amounts of taxes from organizers of gambling games. In spite of this fact, at the end of 1923 there was created a commission on struggle against “moonshine, cocaine and gambling” in the USSR.

Struggle against gambling started to follow its regular soviet course, however, Vladimir Lenin could not witness its end. On the 21st of January, 1924, Lenin died. It happened just at the time of flourishing of soviet gambling industry, but after half a year after his death CEC of the USSR and SNC of the USSR issued a Decree dated the 1st of August, 1924, “about state monopoly on production of playing cards”. And afterwards still four years later gambling industry was finally prohibited in the USSR as a remnant of the old times which was to be done away with.

Iosif Stalin
(1879-1953)
Iosif Stalin (Djugashvili) was born on the 21st of December 1879 in a small Georgian town of Gori. A friend and adviser of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, his great successor, he took the reins of government in his hands after Lenin and kept them till his death. The time of Iosif Stalin’s rule is still reflected with joy and pain in the hearts of those Soviet citizens living at the time of his being in power. Industrialization, the victory in the war and continuation of communistic construction, on the one hand, and concentration camps and mass repressions – on the other hand. Without taking into account personal characteristics of the second chief of proletariat and without estimating the deeds of his in the course of almost 30 years of his being in power, we’ll point out only one thing – Iosif Stalin was not a venturesome person and except for games in politics, where stakes were sometimes hundreds of thousands of human lives, he acknowledged only billiards and races on the race track.

Let’s point out that totalizator on the race track under Iosif Stalin the only legal pastime for venturesome Soviet citizens. The most famous race tracks were situated in Moscow, Tbilisi, Tallinn, Odessa, Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod) and other cities. The son of Iosif Vissarionovich – Vasiliy was also a great admirer of race tracks.

The death of Iosif Stalin did not have any impact on the existence of legal gambling in the Soviet country. They did not exist when Stalin came to power and did not appear after his death. The exclusion were horse races and races on the race tracks which attracted rather large cash means with the help of the totalizator for development of the Soviet horse breeding.