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Beginners Guide to Playing Slots Online

Slots are perhaps the most popular online casino game available today. Every good online casino will have a wide range of slots, covering many themes. It is the variety of choice that makes slots such as pleasure to play. Despite being relatively straight forward to play in comparison to other online casino games, as a beginner there are some things you must be aware of before playing.

When playing slots online using real money, you want to get the best value possible. You can so by taking advantage of special promotions. Free spins with no deposit are one of the leading online bonuses available for online slots. As the name suggests, free spins with no deposit does not require any money to be added to your online casino account. Instead, the casino will give you the specified number of free spins without having to pay any of your own money. You can find a great selection of free spins with no deposit bonus offers on gamble-usa’s website. We recommend you check them out before playing slots.

When playing online slots for the first time, it is important to understand the different terms. Reels are located in the middle section of the slot, and spin when you play a slot game. They are always an odd number–usually either three, five, seven, or nine. Reels will have different symbols on them, and you must know what each of these symbols mean before you begin playing a slot game. This is information you will have to discover for yourself by reading the information about the individual slot before you begin playing. You should never play an online slot game without knowing what each of the symbols on the reels means, because you need the information to know when to hold reels to win.

Paylines are rows that go across the slot from left to right. The more paylines there are on a slot, the better your chances are of winning money. Winning paylines are often in a straight line across the screen, but as online slots have become more exotic, paylines have fluctuated across the reels. You should always have access to a payout table when playing an online slot game and analyze it so you know which combinations of symbols payout the biggest amounts of money.

Always track how much money you are spending when playing online slots. Funds can quickly diminish, so its a good idea to have a budget in mind before you begin playing. Always choose a slot you like, rather than the one that has the biggest jackpot, and play for fun. There are no guaranteed winnings when playing online slots. Remember, they are a form of entertainment, not a way to make money.

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Naomi Osaka × Mental Health Advocacy

Naomi Osaka, the highest paid female athlete to date, recently withdrew from the French Open and announced on Monday that she will also withdraw from the Berlin WTA 500 tournament. Osaka is 23 and is currently ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association in singles and number two in doubles, and is the first Asian player to hold the top rank in singles. Osaka has defeated long time tennis star Serena Williams and made over 37 million in endorsement deals last year.

Making enormous strides as a young, non-white female athlete and especially so in an underappreciated women’s sport, it was very shocking to hear of her depart from the French Open and subsequently from the Berlin 500 tournament. Doing what was best for her mental health, most were understanding and many of her competitors gave their praise and support for her decision. Osaka tweeted announcing her initial decision to not speak to the press on Twitter stating, “I’ve often felt that people have no regard for an athlete’s mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.” After her announcement began to garner a lot of attention, she released another tweet explaining her leave from current play, “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players, and my well-being is I withdraw from the tournament so everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.

Serena Williams responded to Osaka’s decision by saying “I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it’s like… You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to, in the best way she thinks she can.” While many agreed with Williams and shared similar sentiments, Osaka did receive a fair amount of backlash from her decision. Many criticized her for not being mentally tough and encouraged her to just talk to the press. Borris Becker, another tennis star, had a slightly different opinion, stating he was scared how Osaka’s career would fare after this decision and if she could not learn to handle the stress of a professional sports career.

Osaka told the press that she had too much anxiety over post-game press conferences; having dealt with anxiety and depression for a while and feels that interacting with the press increases her anxiety. When Osaka refused to speak to the press after her first French Open match, she was fined $15,000 and could have faced more severe punishment if she continued to ignore the press. Osaka later withdrew from the tournament after and announced her mental health was more important than her playing at this moment.

Many of you may remember a similar situation with the Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, who would refuse to speak at press conferences. While it was included in his contract that he attends press conferences he told the press in a 2015 press conference that he did not appreciate the media constantly in his face hounding him, and that he felt the media was mad at him whether he spoke or not so he would prefer to say nothing at all. Called to be in compliance with his contract he would show up at every press conference and sit there not speaking or saying no comment. It came to be a joke to everyone and later clips of him at press conferences were turned into viral memes. We can see the comparison here and I wonder if the difference in reaction is because of the difference in sport or the difference in gender of the player. Both players are highly praised in their respective sports, they are top performing athletes and are both old and mature enough to make their own decisions as for what is best for them and their mental health.

Mental health struggles, although not new, have become newly accepted in society and it is a relatively new idea that celebrities, professionals and professional athletes can openly talk about their mental health struggles and hope to not to be put down for them. Although many still are, it is a sad thing to witness someone receive negative comments after claiming they are doing what they believe is in their best interests. We all struggle with mental health in one way or another and if Osaka believes it is best for her to not talk to the press, that should be a respected opinion by the community.

There will always be players, whether that is newbies who want to get their name out there and enjoy the spotlight, captains such as Megan Rapinoe and LeBron James who enjoy speaking on behalf of their team and feel it is in their duties as captains and team members to speak, or just someone who enjoys talking and doesn’t mind speaking to the press, there will never be a shortage of players, coaches, and staff members who are willing to give their opinion and comment at press conferences. All players should not be mandated to speak to the press if it is something they are not comfortable with.

With the negative reaction Osaka received, the fine and the additional media coverage she received after announcing she wanted very little, Osaka was forced to drop out from two major tournaments. Osaka discussed how she feels the tennis community, and higher ups could do a better job of supporting players and ensuring that they have good mental health. She and many others hope this starts the process of bettering all athletes’ mental health and changing outdated rules; hopefully this change does not come at the cost of a young star’s tennis career.

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Tennessee Has Great Vacation Options for Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner, treat Dad to the natural wonders, thrilling adventures and southern hospitality of Tennessee. Whether he is into hiking, fishing, golfing, or cheering on his favorite team in the stands, gift Dad with the ultimate guys weekend he will never forget.

If dad is looking for some time to relax, recharge and experience some natural wonders, spend time at Fall Creek Falls where dad can spend the weekend hiking to the park’s breathtaking waterfalls, golfing away on its 18-hole golf course, swinging from tree to tree on the Canopy Challenge Course, enjoying the day on the water and much more. Join in the fun all Father’s Day weekend long with planned events at the park, including a scenic pontoon boat tour, night kayak tour, fishing for dinner, night hikes and much more. With lodging available on-site, including 30 cabins, 222 campsites and a new hotel opening this fall, it makes for the perfect outdoor weekend with dad. 

Adventure off the grid with dad this Father’s Day at the highest lodge in the eastern United States. Only accessible by hiking, LeConte Lodge is located within the Smoky Mountains National Park where its guests can enjoy breathtaking views, a quaint atmosphere and delicious family-style meals. Unplug from the world for the weekend and enjoy the spectacular sunsets and sunrises atop the mountain while basking in the sounds of nature. During dad’s stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take him to visit one of the 90 historic structures housed within the park such as the Little Cataloochee Church, Barn at Mountain Farm Museum or Gregg-Cable House in Cades Cove and take the whole family on a hike along the Kephart Prong and Porters Creek Trails. 

Venture out to West Tennessee June 20 to Chickasaw State Park to explore the beauty and rolling terrain of the region. With campsite amenities and cabins to rent, spend the day diving into nature with the park’s featured activities like playing a round on its Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, paddling away on Lake Placid, swimming at the park’s beach, fishing or hiking one of the 7 trails on-site. Dad will have his summer oasis whether with friends or family. 

Tee the day off at Mirimichi Golf Course where dad can channel his inner pro golfer on their championship-inspired golf course and practice facilities. After a relaxing day of golf, head over to Old Millington Vineyard to enjoy a glass of wine and live music or stop by Barretville General Store for a mouthwatering sandwich and homemade dessert. 

Looking to score the ultimate gift for dad this year? Look no further than tickets to the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational at Memphis’ TPC Southwind. Taking place Aug. 2-8, tickets are available for purchase. Dad will be able to see some of the top golfers in the world at the championship-style golf course while enjoying a taste of Memphis at “The Pit,” featuring some of the area’s best barbecue, including Central BBQ, The Commissary, HOG WILD and The Rendezvous. There is also a special getaway package at the Peabody Memphis Hotel where guests can enjoy a one-night stay, two ground tickets, special on-site access and exclusive tournament swag. For more info, click HERE

Take a trip to the “golf capital of Tennessee” and spend the weekend at Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade. Ranked one of the top golf courses in the state, Stonehenge is a golfer’s paradise with its pristine greens and competitive edge. Dad will not want to leave. During his stay at Fairfield Glade, dad can take advantage of not only the golf course but the trail range, tennis and pickleball courts, the marina and the three pools on property. Fairfield Glade and Stonehenge Golf Club make for the perfect summertime getaway for the whole family. 

For the dads that like to cast a line, take him to one of the best lakes in the country according to BASSMASTER, Douglas Lake. Located in Jefferson County, Douglas Lake offers up a weekend of not only fishing for crappie, bass, catfish, sunfish and more, dad can also swim among the smooth water, jet-ski, kayak, and go boating and bird watching for the day. There are also spots around the lake to pitch a tent, park your RV or even rent a cabin overlooking the water. Click HERE to learn more about cabin and boat rental and check out the latest fishing guides.

Dad can drift the day away along one of the natural wonders of the world, Reelfoot Lake, while reeling in one or more of the 50 species of fish in the lake including largemouth bass, catfish, bream and crappies. Guests can take in the beauty of west Tennessee by canoeing or kayaking along the 20-mile lake showcasing bald cypress trees while keeping a lookout for the area’s birds up high in the trees. Reelfoot Lake also offers boat cruises, deep swamp canoe trips and duck hunting trips.

For all the sport-lovin’ dads out there, Tennessee has plenty of fun. Have dad join in on the history-making debut of the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Nashville Superspeedway Sunday, June 20. This inaugural event will be filled with all the family-fun entertainment for racing lovers. Make it a weekend of racing with tickets not only to the NASCAR Cup Series race but also to the Xfinity Series June 19 and Rackley Roofing 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series June 18 all located at the Nashville Superspeedway.

Take dad out to the ballpark Father’s Day weekend with tickets to the Chattanooga Lookout vs. Tennessee Smokies baseball series. The two teams are set to play all weekend long with games June 15-20 at the Tennessee Smokies’ stadium. For more information on the upcoming series, click HERE.

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How gamers have become online celebrities

Online streaming is one of the most popular activities that gamers can do in the modern era, and it is proving to be rather lucrative for some of them.

Indeed, with so many people becoming interested in eSports and watching gamers play their favourite games as a way of either learning to play the game themselves by picking up various tips or for sheer enjoyment pleasure, many of the best online gamers have gone on to become celebrity figures.

With names such as Ninja and Pewdiepie having emerged and become some of the biggest names in the industry, there will be many that use Platincasino who will instantly know exactly who they are and why they have become celebrities.

Ninja

Better known by the name ‘Ninja’, Richard Tyler Blevins is perhaps the most famous celebrities to have been created via the world of eSports and live streaming. Of course, platforms such as Twitch and YouTube have helped his brand and name grow, with more and more continuing to follow him and watch what he does when he plays live.

Ninja – who is from Detroit – first started playing in 2009 when he played Halo 3 professionally for teams such as Cloud9, Renegades, Team Liquid and Luminosity Gaming. However, his celebrity status only really took off in 2017 when he played Fortnite Battle Royale. He saw his followings increase exponentially, thus making him attractive to businesses.

As of November 2020, Ninja had more than 16.1 million followers on Twitch, whereas he had over 6 million people follow him on Twitter, over 14.5 million on Instagram, 4.3 million on TikTok and almost 25 million people subscribing to his channel on YouTube; thus further highlighting his appeal as a celebrity.

Pewdiepie

Gaming influence Pewdiepie has also had a huge impact on the live streaming market and one that has allowed for those who are successful to become celebrities. Of course, Pewdiepie is a game and user tag, as the Swede is actually known as Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg.

The Swede was one of the first to experience huge growth in the live streaming sphere, as he managed to acquire over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel in July 2012, and subsequently became the most subscribed channel in August 2013.

In 2016, Pewdiepie was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine; further highlighting why he has been able to become a celebrity figure.

Why have they become celebrities?

Indeed, with so many followers, it only made sense for businesses and brands to try and get their products and services represented by Ninja and Pewdiepie, as it would only help them to potentially tap into a new market demographic, or simply take advantage of a huge market that could be presented to them.

Ninja’s status helped Fortnite Battle Royale’s developers, Epic Games, make billions whilst he also earned close to $10 million, whereas he was also paid $1 million to promote Electronic Arts’ Apex Legends, whilst his celebrity status has been so big that he has appeared on a number of celebrity-edition TV shows, including The Masked Singer and Family Feud.

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Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Sets New Personal Records with X1-PRO Device

Despite his age and setbacks due to the pandemic, 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte is setting new personal records as he prepares to solidify his legacy in the water at Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year.

To gain a competitive edge, Lochte teamed up with David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist and former world record holding swimmer, who was working on a revolutionary training device for swimmers. McCagg developed the world’s first resistance trainer that travels the entire pool length with the swimmer. It is called the X1-PRO by GMX7, and Lochte, who holds the current world records in the short and long course individual medley, began training with it in 2019.

“The gains I have been seeing by using the X1-PRO are absolutely unbelievable,” said Lochte. “It’s undoubtedly helping me achieve the best times in my career, which at my age, are rather unprecedented.

The X1-PRO is a small, 6-inch-long, resistance training device that weighs less than 4 pounds and clips into the end-point connections for a pool’s lane lines. It can then be connected to the swimmer via a leash and travels on a line back and forth up to 50 meters in length at the adjustable resistance the swimmer desires.

“The versatility and functionality of the X1-PRO has proven to be the difference maker,” said Lochte. “It really has helped our entire team prepare for the global stage in Tokyo.”

Lochte, who is now married and a proud father of two, has been training near their home in Gainesville. This is where he met McCagg in 2018 and where the X1-PRO was originally tested. 

“Ryan approached me, asked what it was and offered to give it a try,” said McCagg, co-founder of GMX7. “Since then, we can’t keep him away from it. Between his work ethic, and mental fortitude, it’s really no surprise that Ryan is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history. There is no doubt in my mind that he’s going to do something special at trials and in the games this summer.” 

Lochte isn’t the only Olympian training on the X1-PRO. Currently, more than 75 anticipated Olympians from 15 countries across the world are training on the X1-PRO in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics with more to come.

The X1-PRO is assembled in the USA by GMX7, and has quickly become a necessity for all levels of competitive swim, especially those collegiate swimmers working so hard to get to the very top of their sport.

Development of the X1-PRO began in 2018, and it was tested extensively at the University of Florida prior to becoming available to the general public earlier last year.

About GMX7

Founded in 2018, GMX7 is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and is dedicated to changing the world of swimming by empowering competitive swimmers with the best aquatic resistance training devices ever created. GMX7 was founded by David McCagg, a 7-time gold medalist, former world record holder and winner of multiple national championships. The first device on the market by GMX7 is the X1-PRO. 

Designed by ROBRADY Engineering, the X1-PRO has already been the recipient of five international awards including the 2020 International Design Excellence Award, 2020 Red Dot Award, the 2020 Good Design Award, IDA Design Award and most recently the MUSE Design award in 2021.

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Dodgers All-Star Trevor Bauer Continues Donations

In the first two months of his season-long giveback initiative Ks for a Cause, Dodgers All-Star Pitcher Trevor Bauer has collected 96 strikeouts, which means $96,000 donated to local nonprofits. Through Ks for a Cause, Bauer is providing financial support and highlighting various nonprofit organizations focused on STEM and/or youth programming in the greater Los Angeles area. For every strikeout this regular season, Bauer is donating $1,000. Each month, a different nonprofit organization is designated.

In April, Bauer threw 51 strikeouts and made a $51,000 donation to Think Together to help fund its afterschool STEM and robotics programming for middle school students in southeast Los Angeles. In May, Bauer threw 45 strikeouts and made a $45,000 donation to the Just Keep Livin Foundation to help fund its afterschool fitness and wellness programming at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School in Inglewood and Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles.

This month, Bauer is supporting 9 Dots, a Los Angeles-based community of educators, researchers, and engineers committed to providing students from Title I elementary schools with the opportunity to engage in a transformative computer science (CS) education. 9 Dots has a special focus on creating empowering CS experiences for female, Latinx, Black, and low-income students. The organization creates learning environments that engage every student, foster joy, and promote fearlessness in problem solving while also providing teachers with the support and tools they need to lead exceptional computer science learning experiences.

Specifically, Bauer’s donation will help fund 9 Dots’ computer science education for elementary school students in Compton Unified and Los Angeles Unified school districts.

In addition to monetary support, Bauer is highlighting all Ks for a Cause organizations through a dedicated content series on his YouTube Channel and with limited-edition Ks for a Cause merchandise on his website. All proceeds from merchandise sales will benefit that month’s designated beneficiary organization. 

Bauer is fully funding Ks for a Cause through grants via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). He has also partnered with LADF to evaluate potential partner organizations and to work with receiving organizations. 

About Trevor Bauer

Trevor Bauer is an All-Star pitcher and entrepreneur in his 10th MLB season and first with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner was selected No. 3 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians later that year and made his first All-Star appearance in 2018. Bauer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2019 and went on to become the club’s first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award (2020). 

Off the field, the former UCLA standout co-founded Momentum in 2019, a media company aimed at connecting fans and athletes on a human level and going behind the scenes of the lives, training, and game days of MLB stars. Bauer is also an equity partner and co-leads the baseball vertical at PlayersTV, the first-and-only multi athlete-owned TV network and media company.

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Lux launches Born This Way Campaign

Unilever beauty brand, Lux, has voiced its support for renowned South African Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya. This comes off the back of her fight against the World Athletics board to be allowed to compete in the 800m race in the upcoming 2021 Olympics. Semenya has a genetic condition known as hyperandrogenism which means she produces a higher-than-normal level of testosterone. Even though she was born this way, new legislation by World Athletics in 2018 has led to her being disallowed from defending her gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

The new Lux campaign titled “Born This Way” and created by WPP’s Wunderman Thompson, is part of a broader global initiative in which the brand has pledged to inspire 50 million women by 2025 using content, partnerships and activations to help them rise above everyday sexist judgements and express their beauty and femininity unapologetically. 

An emotive video by Wunderman Thompson, featuring an animated Semenya, is being widely shared on social media, with a message from Lux on how it believes no woman should be judged for how they look, ending with the words, Lux stands for Caster. Lux stands for all women.

Speaking on behalf of Lux, Severine Vauleon, Global Vice President said, “I am passionate about brands’ ability to make a positive impact in people’s lives by leveraging their scale to drive positive change in the world. Working for a beauty brand like Lux, it pains me that in this day and age, women still constantly get judged for how they look and choose to express their femininity. So I am proud to say that Lux stands with Caster. She is an example and an inspiration for women everywhere, to rise above the judgements of others and express their beauty fully and authentically. At Lux, we believe that beauty should be a source of strength rather than a source of judgement.”

On March 9, 2021, Unilever launched a new Positive Beauty vision and strategy globally which aims to champion a new era of beauty which is equitable and inclusive. This mission echoes Lux’s support for Semenya. Lux seeks to inspire women to confidently embrace their beauty and appearance as their own, as opposed to it being dependent on the opinion of others thus making their interpretation of their beauty their strength.

It was with this in mind that Lux decided to donate its brand voice through paid advertising on social channels and other media in support of Caster. Alongside that, the South African Parliament has joined the African Human Rights Commission and other institutions to help Semenya in her fight for justice and equality. The South Africa Parliament passed a Motion Without Notice, condemning the actions of World Athletics against Ms. Semenya as an “injustice and violation of human rights.” Parliament also resolved to do everything in its power to assist Ms Semenya in her fight.

“It makes me very happy to see brands like Lux who fearlessly stand on the side of what is right,” says Semenya. “My case is but one amongst many experiences that can be heard and felt by women all over the world. My team will continue to fight the good fight. Like I have always said this fight is not about me. It’s about the future. Those talented up-and-coming athletes who are going to face the same discrimination. I have to make sure that I can honestly say, I did my bit. We all need to continue doing what’s right in fighting for justice. And with the campaign my team has been working on, I am certain we will bring light to such issues beyond my case. I encourage everyone to unapologetically claim who they are and never waiver, no matter what society says. Thank you to my fellow South African’s who have stood by me through this journey. I will not cower.”

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ESPN+ Nearly Doubled in Subscribers Last Year

ESPN+ hit 13.8 Million Subscribers, a Massive 75% Increase Year-over-Year

Over the last years, ESPN’s business model has changed, both from a digital and broadcast perspective. The multinational cable sports channel is putting a bigger focus on its additional paid service, ESPN+, as the number of sports fans who chose live streaming instead of other media platforms continues to rise.

According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the number of ESPN+ subscribers hit 13.8 million as of April, a massive 75% increase year-over-year.

The Number of Subscribers Doubled Amid the Pandemic

Not meant as a replacement for the cable channel, the ESPN+ has become essential for sports fans who don’t have the cable channel to access ESPN’s content and coverage. It has also grown into a necessary service for sports fanatics, searching for exclusive access to specific sports coverage, special analysis, events, shows, and much more.

In the first quarter of the fiscal year 2019, ESPN+ had around 1.4 million subscribers, revealed the Walt Disney Company’s financial results. Over the next twelve months, this figure jumped by 370% to 6.6 million. However, statistics show the number of subscribers surged after the pandemic struck, as more and more sports fans started choosing live sports streaming over other media platforms. Since January 2020, the number of ESPN+ subscribers more than doubled, rising from 6.6 million to 13.8 million.

Almost 40% of Sports Fans Choose Live Streaming Content, China Leads in Global Comparison

The global YouGov survey conducted in January 2021, revealed some interesting facts about the platforms and media channels sports fans choose to watch sports content. Although live TV still represents the global number-one choice for watching sports, almost 40% of sports fans prefer live streaming content. Statistics show that sports fans aged between 18 and 24 lead in watching live sports streaming, with 47% of them using these services. Millennials, aged between 25 and 34, ranked second with 45% of respondents who stated they do the same.

The social media platforms ranked as the third-most-popular choice for watching sports content, with a 34% share among respondents. Online content, mobile apps, and newspapers followed with 25%, 24%, and 19% share, respectively. Only 8% of all respondents followed sports via magazines.

The survey also showed China represents the leading market for live sports streaming, with 54% of respondents who use online streams to follow the sport. Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates follow with 50%, 49%, and 42% share, respectively.

The United States, France, and Japan were on the other side of the list with a 17%, 16%, and 13% share, respectively.

Read the full story here at Safe Betting Sites’ website.

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Health Benefits of Online Gaming

Online gaming has long had a stigma that it’s only suitable for lazy people who don’t want to do their household chores or interact with the outside world. This stigma has been blown away by recent studies that suggest online gaming has a lot of benefits for your development. Let’s have a look at some of these benefits.

Risk-Management Skills Via Sports-Betting

Sports betting is something that will not suit the faint-hearted. You need to have an eye for sports betting by utilizing certain strategies to enhance the probability of winning. You will develop skills in stress management and risk management because you will need to ensure that the risk you’re taking is worth the possible outcomes.

A big part of risk management is to make sure that you are willing to lose the money you bet. You will have to summarize the player’s past performances and make more accurate predictions as history truly does repeat itself now and again. An example of the latest sports betting is Euro 2020 betting where people can bet on the teams and players in the tournament.

Social Skills Via RPG’s

Being lonely can have a dramatic effect on your health, there are many diseases where loneliness is a direct symptom like depression, dementia, and heart problems. Online games can improve the amount of communication you have with others. There are many role-playing games (also called RPG’s) where you will have to communicate with a stranger on the other side of the planet to engage in actions and thoughts for example. Some people have even made lasting friendships through online gaming.

Memory Games on Mobile Phones

Dementia is not just a disease for old people. Some 10% of dementia sufferers are under the age of 65. A study came out back in 2017 that gaming could decrease your risk of getting dementia by up to 27%. I don’t know about you, but I certainly like the odds. You can play any game where you need to recall certain information to complete your action.

There are a lot of mobile games that are customized just for this reason like brain training, puzzle games, and even old classics like Sudoku. Just search for brain improvement games on your Play Store, whether you have an iPhone or an Android and there will be thousands of results ready for you.

Conclusion

Online games can have great health benefits for your brain including a decreased risk of developing dementia, maintaining or developing your motor skills and spatial awareness, and decreasing the possibility of loneliness. You can also train yourself in risk management by playing more edgy betting games like the above-mentioned sports betting.

Everybody has different likes and dislikes and therefore it’s essential to find a type of game that you would enjoy by doing some of your own research. Some people like to play games with a storyline whilst others are more analytical and will enjoy anything with numbers. No matter the skill you’d like to improve there are loads of different gaming options out there for you.

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Special Olympics × USA Games

­LOCAL SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW YORK ATHLETES SURPRISED WITH NEWS OF USA GAMES SELECTION

Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, and Ben to Represent New York in Orlando Next June

Special Olympics New York surprised five local athletes Wednesday and Thursday with the news that they’ve been selected to compete in the 2022 USA Games, which will be held at Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.  

Video of the surprises can be found here.

The Special Olympics New York USA Games delegation will include 121 athletes and coaches in 13 sports: Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, and Track & Field. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will compete.

“We are thrilled for all of our athletes headed to Orlando next year,” said Ceylane Meyers-Ruff, chair of the Special Olympics NY Board of Directors. “We know they will do an outstanding job representing their home state, and we know that their fans across New York will join us in supporting them and cheering them on from afar.”

“We are so proud of Kathleen, Jonathan, Sabrina, Thomas, Ben, and every downstate athlete representing New York at USA Games,” said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics NY. “These are our champions. They are the best of the best in their sports and they continue to inspire so many to accept all people as they are. The road to Orlando begins now!”

Kathleen Maggi, 42, of Flushing, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 27 years. Though swimming is her favorite sport, she also competes in bocce and floor hockey and has previously competed in basketball, track & field, tennis and cross-country skiing. Kathleen is an athlete leader within the statewide organization and a health messenger for Special Olympics International. She has earned hundreds of medals over the years. She is most proud of being the first female athlete to win the gold in the 500 meter/20 lap backstroke at State Games. This will be Kathleen’s first USA Games.

Jonathan Beiner, 24, of Queens, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for 10 years. In addition to bocce, Jonathan competes in swimming, softball, floor hockey, bowling and equestrian. He is an athlete leader and health messenger who welcomes every challenge and enjoys turning it into an opportunity for success. This will be Jonathan’s first USA Games.

Sabrina Walker, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 20 years and has previously earned a gold medal for tennis at World Games Aspen in 2011. Sabrina also competes in equestrian for Special Olympics New York and has served as a Global Messenger, sharing her story with those who support inclusion for people with disabilities.

Thomas Mensche, 25, of Suffolk County has been a Special Olympics New York swimmer for more than 10 years. This will be his first USA Games.

Ben Beavers, 48, of Amityville, NY has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 30 years. He is an avid runner who once ran the NYC marathon in memory of his mom. Ben was one of the first athletes to serve on the Athlete Leadership Council. He also competes in basketball and floor hockey with Special Olympics New York. Ben works at FragranceNet in Deer Park and previously competed in World Games China in 2007.

About USA Games

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games is scheduled for June 5-12, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. Jersey Mike’s Subs is the Presenting Partner and Walt Disney World Resort is host. During this magical week, more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will travel to Florida to unite in one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games is hosted once every four years and showcases 20 Olympic-style team and individual sports and 30 events throughout the week including forums and VIP receptions. Learn more at: Special Olympics USA Games.

About Special Olympics New York

Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with about 250 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports, where students with and without disabilities compete as teammates. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. The organization has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.com, making it one of the most trusted charities in the business nationally. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit Special Olympics New York.