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Is Casino a game of luck or skill?

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It was evident in Ancient China that gambling took place as early as 2300 BC and up to date, gambling has evolved and has branched out to different types including online casino games. It is hard to predict what will come next when it comes to gambling, with the technology that we have nothing is really impossible on what will come next and with gambling everything is possible.

Gambling is for risk-takers. For most people, they say that they find gambling satisfactory and fun. Some say gambling can be a problem when it goes overboard and you lose control. The majority of people who gamble go back to their normal lives and responsibilities after taking gambling which is totally fine.

Studies say that people don’t only gamble for money but also for fun, excitement, and satisfaction. There are various of games wherein you can gamble and most of these games are called the game of luck a few of those games are bingo, roulette, and the lottery because it depends on your luck BUT there are also games wherein you can gamble but would need strategy, knowledge or skill.

Wanting to do activities like mountain climbing? Before you do that be sure to have the best climbing shoes equip in your feet. Games of skill like poker require a piece of certain knowledge and skill to win. You have to study your cards and your opponent. Chess, golf, and billiard are also a few examples of those games requiring knowledge and strategy.

There are various games that would require bets. Girls and boys have their own preference on which games to gamble on, girls, for example, would engage in lotteries, bingo, cards, and slot machines, while boys prefer sports betting and skill-based activities.

I have mentioned a lot of games above and I would like to discuss 2 games that people would love to bet on.


The first signs of the lottery were traced back in 200 BC from the Han Dynasty in China but it was not until the adopted son of Julius Caesar created the lottery that we understand today.

A lottery is a form of gambling wherein winners are chosen by drawing lots from among those who paid to join. Players risk a small amount of money in the hopes of winning a large amount of prize money while its net proceeds go to the public good.


The game’s history was traced back to 1530. It was an Italian lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” which was played every Saturday in Italy. From Italy, the games were introduced to France in the late 1770s where it was called “Le Lotto”. In the US, it was popularly known as “beano”.

Each bingo card contains 24 numbers on a 5 by 5 grid card. When the game starts, balls are drawn and depending on the pattern, whoever completes the patters wins the game first.

In a customary way, to announce that you’ve won is to yell BINGO and a floor walker checks and verify your card. If two people call the same BINGO then the prize money is split evenly.

  • Bingo is a game of chance however there are common rules to follow when playing BINGO and here are a few:
  • Players must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Players must pay attention to the marking of their bingo cards.
  • Never play more bingo cards than you can watch.
  • It is not allowed to reserve specific cards.
  • If a player calls for BINGO it is important to know that bingo must be claimed on the most recent number that was called.
  • When the caller closes the game, any missed bingos become invalid.


This game of chance started in the 15th century. According to research, baccarat started in France or Italy. In Venetian slang, baccarat is called “zero’ because the jacks, 10s, queens, and kings have valued zero points.

Baccarat does not require any special skills and techniques and it mostly based on luck. This game gives opportunities to win and fun for players. It is one of the most popular games in Asia and among high rollers.

There are different baccarat types which have been developed over the years and here are a few:

American Baccarat Rules- Up to 14 players are allowed to play in a game of American Baccarat. The seats are numbered from 1-15 except the number 13 because 13 is deemed to be an unlucky number.

Chemin de Fer Baccarat Rules- a French version of the game which means “railway” in French and can be found in some European casinos. Its game objective is same as the American baccarat. In this game, the player has the opportunity to be a banker and the players can bet among themselves.

Baccarat en Banque Rules- more different from the American baccarat and is more common to Chermin de Fer. One difference of this game is the number of decks is three unlike the other types of baccarat which use eight.

Each and every player may play as the banker but if a player wants to play banker, the player needs to say “banco” to cover the bet of the current banker.

As mentioned above, Gambling is fun but there are also rules to follow, with games that required skills, you have to learn the rules. While gambling provides excitement and satisfaction, you have to be responsible for the risk you take. So which would you choose? A game of luck or a game of skill? Choose wisely!​​

Oktoberfest 2009 Success!

Panama City Oktoberfest proved to be a great event once again! The weather was nice, the people were abundant, and ECHO had a great time serving homebrew and recruiting new members. Knights of Columbus provided the space, and we attracted some hungry patrons in return. Big round of applause to Iron Mike for handling the booth setup and providing the draft equipment. He provided updated business cards as well, which were picked up as fast as they were set out. They looked great! We also conducted transactions for the bulk grain order. Thanks to all the club members who donated their time and their beer to pull this off.
Rob, Iron Mike, and Jesse are ready to go at the ECHO booth.


Mike and Jesse are wooing the crowd with their knowledge of beer appreciation and homebrewing.

Rachael, Matt, Rob and Dave keep the brew flowing all night.

Rachael’s traditional German Dirndl hit the spot!
Blonde Pale Ale- called the “dirty blonde” by some, this finely crafted brew was the go-to beverage for those not quite sure what we were all about. Dave’s pale poured light amber in color and had a great mouth feel and smooth finish.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Stout- Jesse’s trademark infringing stout pushed the envelope in terms of intense fermentable adjuncts with the addition of 30 large RPB cups in the boil. Dark as night and thick as syrup, you either loved it or hated it. Folks stopped by just to request the RPB stout by name. Don’t forget to check out the online slots guide from our website.

Belgian Tripel- Iron Mike forced this one to maturity in time for the event, but no one noticed! Thick and a little darker than expected, I witnessed many club members going for the Tripel when it was time to refill their mugs!

(Friday and Saturday)
ECHO Saison- This seasoned Belgian farmhouse ale was brewed back in June at the Beef O’Brady’s for AHA big brew 2009. Baby-sat by Iron Mike, this brew definitely lived up to its name. Dark amber, subtle spice, and slightly sour yeast made this a great example of the style. It’s good to know we can crank out such a top notch beer while chatting with friends and enjoying the hospitality of Beef’s.

Fat Bastard Scottish Ale- Jeremy’s Scottish didn’t disappoint. This ale was reddish in color and quite malty. Similar to an ESB, but without the hop kick. As I poured each taster of this finely crafted ale, I was compelled to exclaim, “Get in my belly!”

American Cherry Wheat- A collaboration between Pug Butt Brewery and War-Ale Brewery, this lawnmower helped to diversify the tasting selection by offering a lighter, cleaner, “American” approach to Oktoberfest. It was a simple Northern Brewer wheat-beer grain bill, but 2 ounces of cherry extract in the secondary gave it a good cherry nose and taste. Too bitter for some, too sweet for others, and a biker did ridicule the brewer for using fruit in a beer, citing Reinheitsgebot of 1516. Maybe he’s right.

To sum up the event, a little old lady walks up to the booth and says, “I don’t like beer but I want to try one of yours.” With hesitation, we provide her a sample and wait for the inevitable comment of distaste. We were surprised to hear, “Oh wow! That tastes better than REAL BEER!!” ……. Real beer????

Cheers to the folks of Bay County for making this event another one to remember.

Oktoberfest 2009, Downtown Panama City

The time has come to begin planning for Oktoberfest 2009, ECHO’s annual tasting and recruiting event! This will be held in downtown Panama City on the 2nd and 3rd of October. For Oktoberfest, we team-up with our gracious sponsors, the Knights of Columbus, to serve samples of a variety of homebrewed beers. This provides ECHO a great opportunity to interact with the masses and recruit potential new members to play online slots! Every year the club has a great time, and this year’s event should not dissappoint! We hope to serve ~30 gallons throughout the weekend.

So, we need all club members to volunteer to “work the booth” as they have time. This is a lot of fun and you do meet some interesting people. The hours that we will be serving our beer are:

5-11pm on Friday (setup at 4pm)
5-8pm on Saturday (setup at 4pm)

Please visit the forum for more discussion of this event.

ECHO forum 2.0!

Out of necessity, I’ve set up an ECHO discussion forum 2.0! Finally got in touch with the host company and evidently, there was a problem with the admin permissions, which made the server think the forum was inactive, and hence, deleted. I’ve since figured out the problem, so we are back in business. The bad news is we lost all of the previous posts/data for downtown Panama. For this reason, each ECHO member may have to re-register to get into the forum again. Just click the link to the left and follow instructions. I will approve of you, and we’ll get our coms going again! Thanks for your patience.

Update to the forum

Recently the club met at Beef’s in Lynn Haven for the November business meeting. Owner Pat generously offered up a couple of their new 750’s and we sampled a wide variety of new member brews as well. Planning has started for upcoming events for the next several months, so we encourage all to check out the discussion forum for the details. We also added a “Meeting Minutes” section to the forum, so everyone can check the minutes if they happen to miss a meeting. Here’s the crew midway through the sampling session: