Once upon a time, I was in love with a man who loved football and loved gambling. That meant that I was very lonely on Sundays, when he spent the whole time switching between games on the TV and making various bets online, not just on the outcomes of those games, but little bitty plays within them. It looked complicated and I didn’t care about football, so I stayed out of it. But come Super Bowl Sunday, my specific expertise — or at least my second opinion — was often called upon. See, in addition to the many specific bets you can make about each and every play of the game, online gambling sites offer up a wealth of non-sports related bets you can make as well, on everything from the length of the National Anthem to possible surprise appearances during the Half-Time Show. Basically, people will bet on anything. And if you’re not really into football but looking to inject a little bit of that pre-game excitement into your Super Bowl Sunday, you can make a few of these ridiculous “prop bets” online or bet against your friends too. Here’s a selection of some of the ones I’m considering laying down some money on, along with their current odds. [via Huffington Post; Bovado] Keep reading »
I sort of love the idea of richie rich celebrities gathering in swank hotel rooms for illegal high-stakes poker games with an $100,000 minimum buy-in. Apparently, this is what Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and other assorted Hollywood high-rollers have been up to. I imagine there were lots of cigars at these games, not to mention tomfoolery that would make a gossip columnist drool all over themselves.
So how did we find out about these underground poker games? Because Maguire, along with Nick Cassavettes (the director of “The Notebook”) and Gabe Kaplan (the star of “Welcome Back Kotter,” who I’m guessing is like the crazy older uncle of the group) just got sued over them. Keep reading »
Starring Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess
Based on the book by Ben Mezrich
The Lowdown: Okay, so I am not sure if 21 totally qualifies as a “chick flick,” but it’s got most of the variables: Kate Bosworth + hot up-and-comer Jim Sturgess + one somewhat tame, but still sexy love scene=good enough for me. Based on the true story and best-selling book, Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, 21 is about six MIT students who are led by their professor (Kevin Spacey) to become experts in card counting. Through the use of fun disguises, fake ID’s and fancy hand signals, they manage to take the Vegas casinos for millions. Keep reading »