Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Which Is Better Online Casino Or On-Land Casino

Everybody should play internet casino game titles in a land-based gambling establishment once in his life span. The bright lamps, the nonstop commotion, the clad waitresses scantily, the glamour and pleasure - everything results in a remarkable experience. But also for your regular casino gambling, there is a wide range of benefits to playing casino games within an online casino.

There are More Varieties in the web Casino

A land-based gambling establishment may offer two or, for the most part, three types of blackjack. But an online gambling house can provide greater than a dozen different blackjack game titles. In the event that you play blackjack, you have a ton of options from Old classic, Atlantic City, Vegas Remove, European, Pontoon or even Spanish Blackjack etc. No land-based gambling establishment can provide much variety in blackjack game titles. And there exists Triple 7s Blackjack, the initial online blackjack game with the best progressive jackpot. Triple 7s is not found at any land-based modern casino on the global.

The same will additionally apply to roulette and a great many other casino games. A land-based gambling establishment has one roulette steering wheel. Your only option is to have it or leave it. Within an online modern casino, you can try out American roulette, Western roulette, France roulette, or intensifying jackpot Roulette Royale. An internet casino has more slots, more poker game titles, and even more video Texas hold'em machines, than any land-based casino can offer. Participating in casino games online means better variety and better freedom of preference for you, the gamer.

You can find new games in the web Casino

Most online gambling sites add new titles on a monthly basis. Which means, there will be something waiting that you haven't tried before.

The only possible way a land-based casino may bring in a fresh game, is by eliminating one of their old games. In the end, you haven't really gained anything. The game they might get rid of may be one of your favorites.

The online gambling establishment does not have any space limits. Cyberspace is infinite. That is why they could consistently add new games without eradicating any old ones. SlotsMillion, for example, has more than 400 online slots, a lot more than even the largest land-based gambling establishment. So if you are seeking to add something new and exciting to your casino gambling repertoire, playing online casino games is the ideal solution.

Online casino games are always available

It often happens that someone switches into a land-based casino with the objective of participating in blackjack, but discovers that the seats at the blackjack tables are taken. Or he desires to play a particular slot machine game maybe, but sees that another person is participating in his machine. Then they must wait, or playing various other game that they doesn't actually want to play.

This may never happen within an online casino. There's always room for just one more at the online blackjack table, and every online slot machine is always available so that you can try your luck on it. Once you enter the online casino, you will be certain that your chosen casino game is obtainable, no matter just how many other folks are playing the same game.

You will be able to play online games at your own pace

Everyone has his own speed at which they prefer to play. A couple of those who prefer to play quickly, and discover it aggravating when they need to wait for the dealer to shuffle, and then hang on as the other players place their wagers and play their hands.

Then there will be the players who prefer to take their time, think about their strategy, and perhaps even look to a blackjack strategy or various other research source. At a land-based internet casino, they shall face the dealer and the other players pressuring them to move, making them feel uneasy and pressured.

In the event that you play online casino games, you won't suffer from any of this. You can always play online blackjack and the rest of the online casino games in your own rate, fast or gradual. You can always have a break for the toilet or even to raid the refrigerator, and the game will wait so that you can come back. That is why online casino games are the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

Friday, November 4, 2016

PhoulBallz Interview: Arizona Fall League All-Star Scott Kingery

Scott Kingery, image- Jay Floyd
Second baseman Scott Kingery is slated to represent the Phillies in the Arizona Fall League's All-Star Game on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old righty batting speedster was the Phils' 2nd round draft selection last year out of Arizona. In time split this year with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading, Kingery posted a .281 average with five homers, 46 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

Through 13 contests with the Scorpions in the AFL, Kingery has tallied a .245 average with a home, two RBI and two steals.

I spoke with Scott on Friday to gain some insight on the level of competition in the AFL and what the honor of playing in the prestigious league means to him. Kingery also spoke about working with personnel from other organizations, teammate Tim Tebow and plenty more. Read ahead for the full interview.

- Does it mean a lot to you to be able to represent the Phillies as an All-Star there in the Arizona Fall League?

I mean, of course. First being selected to play in the Fall League is an honor itself. Having a chance to be selected as one of the top guys in the league is just incredible and I'm just really excited to get to know just of the guys on the others team and play with them a little bit and just have some fun out there.

- When did you find out you were going to spend part of your off-season playing there, in such a highly regarded league?

I found out with about a month left in the season. For me it was perfect because I grew up watching some of those games and watching baseball in Arizona, I knew how great of a league it was and that the top players get sent there, so it was always a dream of mine to one day play in that league.

- Being a local guy, from Arizona, do you have a lot of loved ones coming out to see you play?

I have friends and family come to every game. It's the best situation I could have been put in. I live about 20 minutes from my stadium, so I have family and friends and people always asking me if I can get them tickets to the games and it's awesome just having them be there and able to watch since my whole (professional) career I've been on the east coast and I haven''t really had the chance to play in front of my family and friends since I started playing for the Phillies.

- How does the AFL compare to the Double-A Eastern League, where you wrapped up the regular season with Reading?

I'd compare it talent wise it's the same and better. We've got some Triple-A guys and some guys that have had big league time and so, you know, there's a lot of talent in this league and the thing about the Arizona Fall League is you don't get a chance to get in a groove or find a rhythm when you're hitting, 'cause they've got to get everyone in and you're playing one day, off the next day and you're facing a new pitcher every at bat, so it's different in that sense, but talent wise there's a ton of guys that are really good out here and they're just trying to show what they have as much as you are. So, it's definitely a tough league and there's a lot of talent here.

- You're there with several guys that you've played with in the Phils system, like Jeff Singer and Mitch Walding, but what is it like working with personnel from other organizations, both players and coaches?

I think that's awesome, just the chance to get some insight and learn from other people that you're not normally around. Especially playing with people from other organizations, seeing what their routines are and what they go through and how they play and that's really cool to get some different angles on how things go. And especially learning from the coaches, they'll have different views on things than the Phils do, so it's kind of cool to get those thoughts from a bunch of different people.


- Have you given any thought to how beneficial the time there could be to your path in the long run?

Just the experience is just what's going to be most beneficial for me and just some extra time to work on some things that I wanted to work on in the off-season and now I've had the chance to work on them in a real live game and a live situation. So, I think it's huge and I'm happy that I'm here and it's giving me a great opportunity to kind of get things going through the off-season.

- I feel like I'm missing an opportunity if I don't ask you about Tim Tebow, who is also on the Scottsdale team representing the Mets. What is he like as a teammate?

He's a great guy. I mean, he's here to learn and he's trying to get every piece of information out of situation, every play, every person that he can. And he's really been a great guy to have in the club house and on the field. Always trying to learn and asking about each situation and just it's fun to have him around. He's a good guy.

- I saw Tebow on Good Morning America recently talking about his book. Did each guy on the team get a free copy?

(Laughs) No. I've seen the book, but I haven't had a chance to get my hands on one.

- I saw (Phils outfield prospect) Aaron Brown with an interesting Instagram post this week. Was that Aaron himself dressed as Tebow for Halloween?

Oh, yes. That was definitely Aaron Brown dressed as Tim Tebow for Halloween. That was the best costume we had that day!

- That's classic. Wrapping it up here, how do you think this off-season, once the AFL is done in a couple weeks, will vary from your off-season last year?

Yeah, I'm gonna have to tweak some stuff. Last year I went out the California to train for a couple months and I'm gonna have to shorten that, obviously, now. But I think I'm gonna pretty much stick to the same routine, 'cause it helped me a lot during the season, especially (with it being) my first full season, helping me get through. But, I'll definitely take a couple weeks off, let the body rest a little bit and then I'll have to jump right back into things pretty soon, because of the shortened time.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Evaluating the Phillies' Rule 5 Draft & 40-man roster plans

November is the time of year when the Phillies begin to refine their 40-man roster in preparation for the annual MLB Winter Meetings and the corresponding Rule 5 draft. Fans will see players "activated" from the 60-day disabled list, players opting for free agency as well as minor leaguers added to the roster in order to protect them from being scooped up by the competition.

rule_5_draft_logo_ny6zx9iu_9pdnvgoiPlayers are initially eligible for selection in MLB's Rule 5 draft when they are not on their major league organization's 40-man roster and 1) were signed to a contract at age 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years, OR 2) were signed at age 18 or younger and have played in pro ball for five years.

Like the annual amateur draft, teams draft in reverse order of the regular-season standings. A team that does not have any vacancies on its 40-man roster may not make a selection in the Rule 5 draft. Once a player is chosen, that player is automatically assigned to his new organization's 40-man roster.

A Rule 5 player must remain on the selecting team's 25-man big league roster for the entire next season, or be offered back to his original team.

The Phillies are heavily stocked with players that could be of interest to teams throughout baseball. Individuals that are eligible for the first time this year and are not already on the organization's 40-man roster include former top draft choice RHP Shane Watson, powerful outfield prospect Nick Williams, rising slugger Jose Pujols, infielder Jesmuel Valentin, hurlers Nick Pivetta, Mark Appel and Elniery Garcia, plus Paul Owens Awards winners Ricardo Pinto, Ben Lively, Andrew Knapp and Dylan Cozens, among many others.

Watson, who was drafted 40th overall by the Phils in 2012, admitted this year that he thinks about his eligibility for the Rule 5 draft, implying that he wants to stick with the team he turned pro with, but like any smart ballplayer he just wants a chance to succeed somewhere. After missing two full years with shoulder injuries, the 23-year-old righty has yet to reach the Double-A level, having tallied a 4-5 record with a 3.93 ERA and a 7.6 K/9 mark in 14 starts with Class A Advanced Clearwater this past season. He likely would not be ready to stick with a team for an entire season at the big league level next year, so the risk of the Phils losing him would be minimal.

Williams, who was one of the big gets in last year's Cole Hamels trade with Texas, is a lock to be added to the Phillies' 40-man roster. As a member of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs last season, the 23-year-old lefty batter posted a .258/.287/.427 slash line in 125 games. For a team that had a MLB worst OPS from its outfielders this past season, the Phils will be relying on Williams' bat, which features plus power, in the near future.

Pujols, a 21-year-old righty batting masher, has begun to creep toward the top of the Phillies' prospect rankings. With a hefty amount of strikeouts (179) to go along with his team single-season record 24 home runs for Class A Lakewood last season, it's not likely a team would have confidence with inserting him onto a big league roster for next year's entire campaign. Pujols is far enough down in the baseball ranks that he's likely safe to leave unprotected.


Valentin, the son of former White Sox and Mets infielder Jose Valentin, is another player that has spoken of being aware of his need to be on the 40-man roster in order to avoid the Rule 5 draft. In other organizations, it's possible that Valentin, who wrapped up his 2016 regular season campaign with Triple-A Lehigh Valley (.248 avg, four HR, 14 RBI in 36 games) could end up on the 40-man, but maybe not in this Phils system that is chock full of guys that need protection. The 22-year-old switch-hitter could easily become an instant utility infielder at the top level of the sport, where versatility can often prove valuable.

Pivetta, a 23-year-old righty that sports a mid-90’s fastball, is possibly the best equipped among the players listed here to contribute at the top level starting next April. In 27 combined appearances at Double-A and Triple-A last season, Pivetta, who was acquired from Washington in the Jonathan Papelbon trade in 2015, posted a 12-8 record along with a 3.27 ERA and an 8.4 K/9 mark. A starter throughout his professional career, the British Columbia native could be a prime candidate to see some innings in a relief role in the big leagues next season. 

Appel, who was acquired as part of the 2015 Ken Giles trade with Houston, is a former number 1 overall draft choice (2013). The 25-year-old right-hander missed a majority of last season after requiring shoulder surgery. It is unlikely that a team would jump at a health risk like Appel, although the disabled list status and minor league rehab period that goes with it could help him stick on a 25-man roster for some time until a team can test his durability and capabilities next year. 

Garcia, a 21-year-old Dominican Republic native, had an excellent season for Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he tallied a 12-4 record with a 2.68 ERA and a 6.9 K/9 mark. The left-hander is already regarded among the Phillies' top pitching prospects, but should be considered a long shot to stick on a big league roster for an entire season next year.

Pinto represented the Phillies in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this year. A steady strike thrower with an outstanding change up, the 22-year-old righty had a good season in which he posted a 7-6 record with a 4.10 ERA in 27 games with Reading. The Venezuelan could be attractive to some teams desperate for consistency.
Lively is fresh off a remarkable season that saw him lead all of the minors in wins with 18. In 28 starts combined with Reading and Lehigh Valley, Lively sported a 2.69 ERA with a .192 batting average against. If he is left unprotected, the right-hander might be as likely to draw interest as any of the other hurlers listed, however the 24-year-old may not have a ton of believers that his success can translate to the big leagues.

Knapp, a Triple-A All-Star last season, was overlooked for the younger Jorge Alfaro late in the 2016 campaign when the Phils needed an extra catcher. The switch-hitting 24-year-old posted a .266 average with eight homers and 46 RBI in 107 games for Lehigh Valley. I would expect with the upcoming free agency of fellow backstop A.J. Ellis, the team would have room for Knapp on the 40-man.

Cozens, the minor league home run leader for 2016 (40), is a no-brainer to be added to the Phils' 40-man roster. See earlier notes on Williams for how valuable this lefty hitting powerhouse could be to the future of the team's outfield.

It's worth pointing out that not only players who are eligible for the first time this year are subject to the Rule 5 draft. Names like Carlos Tocci, Mitch Walding, Malquin Canelo, Alberto Tirado and Cam Perkins all became eligible in previous seasons and could draw interest from other clubs. Additionally, players with big league experience like Mario Hollands and Darnell Sweeney could also be subject to the Rule 5 draft.

Tocci, a talented outfielder with limited power, is often ranked among the Phillies' top prospects and could be worthy of protection. Tirado, a 21-year-old righty that can get his fastball up to triple digits, should garner loads of consideration as a future contributor at the big league level.

The Phillies will need to use every single spot on their own 40-man roster to protect as many of these players as possible, so they won't have any room to select in the Rule 5 draft themselves.

Now that the World Series is over, off-season roster moves will begin. Players will officially become free agents, others will be waived, disabled players will be activated and qualifying offers will be extended. Then soon after, some player options (so long, Ryan Howard) will be bought out. All of that will lead to the additions of several of the players I've discussed here to make sure they remain Phillies next year.

Much forecasting and prioritizing will need to be done by the Phillies' front office. It will all be quite a chore to say the least.

This article was originally published on Phillies Nation.