Good Odds

The odds are always against you when you gamble, which is an excellent argument for not gambling in the first place.  If you're gonna gamble anyway, then it pays to play at a casino that offers good odds.  That's one reason I chose Bovada as the advertiser.  Let me first tell you about the competition, though.

Many online casinos are stingy when setting the odds on their games.  They think they'll make more money by setting the games tighter, so the player has less chance of winning, but they're wrong.  When players lose at a tight casino too quickly, those players much less likely to return.  Contrast that with a casino with good odds: Players get to play longer, which is a good experience, so they're more likely to return and become long-term customers.

Bovada has always offered games with good odds, knowing that if your money lasts longer, you'll be a happier, loyal customer.  They've got:

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KÁ (Cirque du Soleil)

at the MGM Grand

シルクドソレイユのカーを観た感想 2015年7月、私たちは家族4人(40代夫婦と高校生の子ども達)で鑑賞してきました。 会場はもちろんラスベガスの MGM Grand です。劇場前ではチケット確認のスタッフや館内案内係のスタッフも舞台衣装もどきの黒い衣装を纏い楽しそうに接客していました。着席して開演を待つ間もパフォーマーがちょこちょこ楽しませてくれました。 会場全体は機械的な感じに創られており、少しSFっぽい廃坑か廃工場のような雰囲気で私はワクワクしました。 私たちの座席はステージ中央のブロックでした。ちなみに私の席は Section 102 Row J Seat 25でした。シルクドソレイユは劇場全体が舞台のようになっているので、どの席に座っても楽しめると言われますが、私は中央の前方寄りのお席をお勧めします。空中パフォーマンスなどはやはり中央上空が多かったですし、特にカーはステージの床が垂直に切り立つ演出がありますので最前列の方々はその間、真上を見上げ続けていなければならず少し辛そうに見えました。その点でも私たちが座った席は終始心地よかったです。中でも通路側に座った私はすぐ隣にパフォーマーがスタンバッたり、走り抜けたりとプラスαな楽しみもありました。 カーは炎をテーマにしたショーです。ショーのストーリーは平和に暮らしていた部族が敵の部族に攻撃され部族の長の双子の王子と姫がそれぞれ別々に旅をします。道中それぞれが仲間と再会したり、新しい出会いなどを経てようやく再会し、そしてまた敵の部族と戦い。。。とシンプルで分かりやすいストーリーだと思います。ストーリーはセリフなどの言葉によって伝えられるものではなく、舞台装置やパフォーマンスにより表現されているので英語に自信がなくても全然大丈夫だと思います。 パフォーマーの衣装やメイクなどはどこか東洋を感じさせるものも多くその点でも楽しめると思います。シルクドソレイユのショーは舞台演出&装置とパフォーマーのレベルの高さが有名ですが、もちろんカーもその一つです。空中パフォーマンス、ロープを使ったパフォーマンス、垂直に切り立った中でのパフォーマンス等々(ネタバレ防止のため全部は書きません)劇場をいっぱい使ったパフォーマンスはそれぞれに素晴らしかったです。観客もそれぞれにそう感じたのでしょう、私が観た時の回ではショーの最中の素晴らしい場面では観客が数々の拍手を送っていました。そしてショーの最後にはスタンディングオベーションで拍手喝采の中パフォーマーは下がっていきました。 シルクドソレイユのショーは子どもから大人まで楽しめるショーだと思いますが、Children Under 5 Not Permitted となっています。私の個人的な意見ですが素晴らしいショーではあるものの、小学校低学年のお子さんには時間的に集中して観るにはちょっと長いかもしれないなぁと思いました。しかし40代の私には主人が『もう一度観たい?』と聞けば『うん』と答えられるほどのものでした。 (真砂美)

  • Like most Cirque shows, it's a 3D experience.  The show isn't just horizontal, it's vertical. And performers often parade down the aisles, and do their things from the balconies as well.  Thus, even the cheap seats afford an excellent view; there's no need to be right up front. In fact, if you are, it's harder to see the things that don't take place on the main stage.
  • There's absolutely no dialogue.  The story is told entirely through silent movement.
  • It's about fictional peoples.  Best I could describe them would be that they incorporate the aura of African, Native American, and Asian, and pre-Renaissance Europeans.
  • The music is just as good as the dance.  It's basically one long piece broken up into different movements.  It features lots of primitive-sounding percussion, and the sound quality is excellent; there are speakers in the seating, too, for added effect.  The music is performed by live musicians, though that might not be apparent, which is why I point it out.  It would probably be impossible to synchronize the dancing with prerecorded music, so live performers makes sense, and makes the experience more special besides.
  • The stage not only rotates, it rises, up to several stories, and sometimes tilts to almost vertical.  The battle on the vertical wall was inspired.


  • Cirque describes the show as family-friendly.  There's no nudity, and no profanity (since there's no dialogue at all), though there are a fair number of fights depicted.
  • KÁ plays Saturday through Wednesday (off on Thursday & Friday). Showtimes are 7pm and 9:30pm.
  • Expect to pay about $90 per ticket, including taxes and fees.  The discount ticket outlets often have discounted tickets, but you have to buy in person, and sometimes their prices are higher than the box office, because sometimes the discount outlets sell only the pricier seats.  You can buy direct from the MGM Grand website.  The Cirque website advertises $69 tickets, but I've never been able to actually find tickets at that price on their website.
August, 2015.

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