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Desert Encounter bids for third-straight Pattison International at Woodbine

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Desert Encounter will attempt to make history at Woodbine on Saturday, as he tries to complete a hat-trick in Canada’s most famous horse race.  The Pattison International Stakes was first staged at the Toronto venue in 1938.

Horses from Canada, the United States and other corners of the world have been travelling to Woodbine in search of riches ever since, with greats like Dahlia, Singspiel and arguably the greatest of them all,
Secretariat claiming top honours in this historic Group One.

The most successful horses in the history of the International Stakes is Joshua Tree. Aidan O’Brien’s raider won this great race three times between 2010 and 2013, finishing second to Sarah Lynx in
2011. Shepperton and George Royal won back-to-back Canadian Internationals and couldn’t quite land the hat-trick – a feat Desert Encounter will attempt when he returns to Woodbine on Saturday.

David Simcock’s globe trotter has run out a ready winner of the past two Pattison Internationals. In 2018, Desert Encounter defeated Thundering Blue to secure his first Group One victory, before
successfully defending his crown the following year. After last year’s meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19, a now nine-year-old Desert Encounter will seek to become the first horse in history to win
three successive renewals of Canada’s most prestigious race.

Desert Encounter may be winless in 15 starts since winning at Woodbine in 2019, but he travels over in decent form. Simcock’s charge was last seen finishing second to Teona at Windsor. The winner has
since upset triple-Oaks winner Snowfall to land the Prix Vermeille and will next take her chance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Fellow British raider, Walton Street will provide the defending champion with stiff competition according to racing tipsters. Charlie Appleby’s star claimed Group Two glory out in Meydan during
the winter, and heads to Canada on the back of a strong third-placed effort in one of Germany’s most important races, the Grosser Preis von Berlin.

Jonathan Thomas’ Corelli defeated English Conqueror, Belichick and Wheregoesjojo to win the Singspiel Stakes here at Woodbine last month, and all four will take their chance in this year’s
Pattison International. Bluegrass Parkway also comes into this on the back of a victory, having landed the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup at Ellis Park five weeks ago.

Argentinian-bred Fantasioso further adds to the international flavour of this year’s renewal, but all eyes will be on Desert Encounter, as he bids to rule the roost at Woodbine one last time.

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How to Throw a Casino Style Party for Friends at Home

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Home parties have become extremely popular lately. More and more people are realizing that it’s better to invite a couple of closest friends over to their homes, instead of going out. And to make those gatherings even more special, many people decide to throw a proper theme party. And for gambling fans, there is nothing like a good casino-themed party.

The gambling industry has certainly been on the rise in the past couple of years. The number of active players is growing, which means that now more than ever before, people are familiar with casino games and there is a great number of those who are very good players. However, not all of these players have had a chance to visit a retail casino, even once.

Many players around the world, who don’t live next to a land-based gambling venue, would like to have a proper casino experience, without having to travel miles and miles. Therefore, they are more than eager to attend a casino party, And even those who have the luxury of having a proper casino in their area, enjoy these parties because most of the guests are people that they know. This means that they can relax and just play their favorite casino games.

So, if you are thinking about throwing a casino party at home, below you can find tips that will help you organize the best casino party ever.

Invite Your Guests With Style

We live in the times of fast messaging platforms and group chats. And the easiest thing to do would be to invite your guests by texting them or via video call. However, by putting in some effort, you will create a certain level of exclusivity and luxury for your event. And isn’t that what casinos are all about? Think of a creative way to invite your friends, like making custom-made invitations that you can send via e-mail or regular mail.

Decoration Is The Key

One of the things that will make your casino night memorable is the decoration. You can look online for different ideas. You can even visit different Canadian online casino platforms that have plenty of available casino games that can serve as an inspiration. All of these online casinos have a certain theme or a color scheme that you can use. For example, the classic red, white, and black themes, will most likely remind the guests of a real casino. However, there are
many other themes that you can incorporate into your party. Think about Las Vegas, the roaring ‘20s, or even first-class casinos like Monte Carlo, and the ideas will come pouring in.

Think About Which Casino Games You Can Include

The most important part of your party will definitely be the casino games that you have prepared for your guests. For some games like poker and blackjack, all you need is a couple of tables and cards. But why stop there? You can even add slots to your party without spending too much money on renting or buying huge slot machines. All you need is an account with the fastest withdrawal online casino websites that offer a great variety of slots and other casino games. Your tablet or laptop can serve as a slot machine for anyone interested in trying their luck with this game. Moreover, if your budget allows it you can get a live dealer that will make the entire experience unforgettable.

But if you are organizing the party on a limited budget, then you can look online for different tips about how to become a professional dealer, and at least for a while, you can act as a live dealer for your guests.

Foods And Drinks Are A Must

Depending on your budget, the foods and drinks at your casino night can vary. If you want to keep your party budget-friendly, then you can set a table with some finger food and jello shots. Also, you can add tiny snack bowls at each table, filled with different snacks, that you can easily refill.

However, for a more luxurious event, you can add finger food like bruschettas, smoked salmon crisps, or even deviled eggs with pickled shrimp. Additionally, you can prepare a mini bar for different cocktails, or even hire a professional bartender to make them for you. Moreover, you can order casino-themed desserts, like cookies or small cakes in the shape of cards, dice, or even slot symbols. Lastly, you can even hire a waiter so that all of your guests have their
glasses filled and plates full at every moment.

Everyone Loves Background Music

The worst part of every party is when everyone goes silent for a moment, and the next person who speaks thinks that the entire room can hear them. In order to avoid such unpleasant situations, especially during a casino night, you should make sure to make a long playlist of some relaxing music. Jazz or lounge music is the most obvious choice. But if you and your friends have a particular genre of music that you like better, then feel free to go for it.

Conclusion

In the end, you should remember the golden rule of every party – have fun! If you miss out on all the fun, worrying if everything is perfect, the guests too will likely feel bored and eager to leave. But with your own positive energy, you will make this casino-night party into an event that will be remembered.

 

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Top Five Canadian Online Casinos You Need to Check Out

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When it comes to selecting a grand online casino, you will find yourself bombarded with options and, frankly, a large percentage of players on the market and not worth your business.

So, how do you go about finding a trustworthy and enjoyable casino in the Canadian market? The truth is, it’s not easy. Ideally, you’d locate possible big-name brands that arouse your curiosity and then check out the many online reviews before finally selecting one that works.

In order to help you in your crusade, here are the brands that we feel are most rewarding in the online casino Canada industry. It’s worth noting that when selecting the best in the market, you should pay close attention to the following.

● Reputation
● Sign-Up Offers
● Customer Service
● Payment Methods
● Range of Games

These aspects are the main points of interest that online casino users look out for before completing the sign-up process. They should be taken into account before you do likewise.

PlayOJO

These guys are one of the most popular in the business, especially in Canada, and their service is particularly appealing for those who like their casino action via mobile devices. As well as having a ton of games, Play OJO offers excellent welcome bonuses and has a great user interface that will keep you entertained for hours.

Royal Vegas

Royal Vegas is fabulous for slots and table games with over 700 games on offer and great live dealer options. It is perhaps their blackjack games that attract the most attention, with 35 variants and an excellent slick interface.

There are few casinos that have been around as long as Royal Vegas, which launched back in 2000, and the fact that they are still hugely popular goes some way to show you just how compelling and built for purpose their offering truly is.

Spin Galaxy

If you like spin action, then Spin Galaxy is the online casino for you. They have a truly astonishing number of spin games, including traditional favourites and those that are more modern leaning. They also offer some great movie tie-ins as well as other casino game options.

Bodog

Though Bodog is well known for its sports betting platform, its casino site is also top-rated in the Canadian market. Fronted by Rival Gaming and Real Time, Bodog has a very advanced setup, and their site is perhaps the freshest of those on our list. Bodog is keen to reward its loyal customers, offering ongoing promotions as well as solid sign-up offers for new users.

Mansion Casino

Mansion is one of the longest-running players in the casino market, and as such, they are one of the most trustworthy of those available. Powered by Playtech, Mansion’s casino site is very state-of-the-art and offers a vast selection of games. They offer a truly 24/7 customer service, which is more than most casinos can claim to have, and we are very impressed by their loyalty program, though be warned that access to this is by invitation only.

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