Six Ways to Make Money Online from Home

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Six Ways to Make Money Online from Home

If you’re a student, a budding bridge pro, or an at-home mom or dad, you might be looking for ways to make money at home. Some say the easiest way is playing online slots for real money. However below we’ve listed 6 other suggestions.

While these jobs may not be paying as much as conventional work engagements, it is possible to earn a decent living with proper effort and focus. The upside of such jobs from home is that people have the freedom to work on their own terms and can earn as much as they want by investing equivalent amounts of time. But keep in mind, the amount of income from this kind of work is directly proportional to the level of effort you are willing to put out on each assignment.

  1. Get paid to view advertisements

The job description is just as the title suggests, you can sit at home, watch television while browsing through advertisements that pay you to view them. There are many trustworthy websites which pay their registered users to view advertisements in their collection. You can use any device like your desktop, tablet or mobile for viewing purpose. The websites apply various techniques for sending the advertisements that need to be viewed to you. Some sites send an SMS with the link to your device, while some others display the links on your screen after registering as their affiliate. This job has the potential of earning up to a dollar per viewing of an advertisement.

  1. Website testing      

Another popular and engaging online assignment is testing new or upcoming websites and providing feedback to the owner or creator about its various performance aspects. This job provides a pretty decent rate per assignment, you can earn up to ten dollars from one of these. The website testing process is fairly simple, and it takes about half an hour in general to complete the testing, barring any special cases. As there are 300 to 500 new websites being created every minute on the Internet, there is no shortage of work on this front. You only need to get registered at sites that offer such jobs; the allocation of assignments is fairly steady, based on the number of testers available on the site.

  1. Writing blogs

If you are confident of your writing skills and love to write about new subjects, blogging is a job you can easily do from home. Your desktop or smartphone can easily serve as the writing medium, and you can look for websites that offer blogging assignments on a variety of subjects. You can also specialize in particular areas like travelling, cooking, fashion, wildlife, nature, etc. and look for websites offering blogging assignments related to your choice. Good blog writers can earn a decent amount by leveraging their follower base and using their blogging website for promotional purposes.

Great Bridge Links is always looking for good articles on the topic of bridge travel, tournaments, bridge people, and other non-technical topics. We pay $40 usd for these articles, up to 500 words. Click here to enquire.

  1. Filling online survey forms

Filling online survey forms for various companies is a proven and effective way to earn money. There are many online companies who want people to conduct surveys of their services or products and provide feedback on them. This helps them to grow their online business and you are paid for every completed survey job. The payment depends on the number and quality of the survey work. There are sites that offer some registration bonus also along with survey jobs for you. Earning depends on the number of surveys filled in a certain period and increase proportionately to the amount of work done.

  1. Proofreading

In case you have an innate flair for finding out grammatical or syntax errors in texts, proofreading online can get you some decent cash in return. The job is to check blocks of text for correctness in its use of words, spelling mistakes, grammatical and syntax errors. There are many sites online working as a platform for connecting clients with proofreaders, enrolling in one of these can provide a steady stream of proofreading assignments for you. With experience and increased client base of people appreciating your talent, the number of assignments can increase considerably, and you can even earn a decent livelihood from these kinds of remote jobs.

  1. Online data entry jobs

Your typing skills and speed will be tested if you choose this assignment for earning online. There are many organizations which are on the lookout for data entry operators with good typing speed. The sites offering such assignments usually take a typing speed test before accepting you as a data entry operator for their clients. Data entry assignments can pay up to twenty dollars upon completion within stipulated deadlines. As with most online jobs, reputed platforms with good credentials offer better and steadier number of such assignments.

As you can see, there are many opportunities for earning a good amount of money online while enjoying the more relaxed atmosphere of home. You are your own boss; the amount of time, effort, and focus on the assignments depend totally on you. Prudence needs to be applied while choosing online platforms that offer such jobs and working with your own skill sets has more likelihood of raking in more income, while investing a lesser amount of time.

 

A Look at Cheating

Cheating at Bridge - what to do

Putting the Spotlight on Cheating

by Alex J Coyne. © 2016 Great Bridge Links

Did you just see someone cheat at bridge? Or worse, did someone just accuse you of cheating? As you can expect, this is a very sensitive topic and newcomers to the game will appreciate an introduction to cheating at bridge. What’s it all about?

Bridge made international news when the Israeli players Loran Fisher and Ron Schwartz were accused of cheating by their fellow teammates in August 2015 and that news rocked the bridge world. One year later they were officially expelled from the American Contract Bridge League, surrendering the Spingold Trophy, Reisinger Trophy and North American Swiss. Over the history of bridge there have been many others – some cheating has been subtle and other times not so much. Players Alan Cokin and Steven Sion were caught out in the late ’70’s using illegal signals with their pencils during the game and were expelled from the American Contract Bridge League.

In  2000 John Bubaugh was accused of handing his partner choice cards when acting as the dealer. He was quickly hit with a suspension by the American Contract Bridge League. In 2014, two German physicians, who had won a World Pairs Championship, were banned for ten years by the World Bridge Federation for using an auditory signalling system. (They’re now known as the Coughing Doctors – see article on The Guardian here)

In 1965, the bridge world was rocked by an accusation of cheating at the world championships in Buenos Aires. The pair involved were Britain’s Terence Reese and Boris Schapiro, two of the world’s best players (and authors) who were allegedly holding their cards in unusual ways during bidding to communicate how many hearts were in their hand. While there was direct evidence of this, it was insufficient to find them guilty beyond a doubt. Years later, it was revealed that Reese had admitted to someone that they were indeed using hand signals but only as part of research for a book they were writing on – you guessed it – cheating at bridge. This confession was published after their deaths.

These are only a few of the more famous stories. Cheating, and the invention of complicated cheating systems, is not meant to be part of the game of bridge, but many have risked their careers indulging in the challenge.

But not all cheating is on purpose.

By the Rules

So, just what constitutes a cheat? Not all cheats are outright, and not all rule violations are on purpose! To protect you from cheating inadvertently, here are a few of the applicable laws according to the 2007 Edition Laws of Duplicate Bridge and what they mean to the game:

– LAW 6: THE SHUFFLE & DEAL

(D) A re-shuffle is required should any player, accidentally or purposefully, spot the cards of another player. It remains within the rules if this is reported immediately, and the cards are shuffled and dealt again.

Note: This would not apply to ‘duplicate’ bridge where all the hands are pre-dealt. In this case, players at the table should call a director.

– LAW 16: AUTHORIZED & UNAUTHORIZED INFORMATION

(B): Extraneous Information from Partner

Rule 1(a) makes it clear that absolutely no signals should be given to another player to indicate the meaning of a bid or play. This is considered downright cheating, and seems to be one of the most common kinds. Signals can be varied – from the way a player touches their hair or holds their cards, to asking his or her partner a specific question to tip them off about their hand, but all deliberate signals are prohibited. Even an undue hesitation in the bidding could pass information to your partner and whether or not you meant to ‘cheat’ you could be called on it.

– LAW 73: COMMUNICATION

(B): Inappropriate Communication from Partner

Here, rule number 2 prohibits exchanging any kind of pre-arranged information about the game between partners. Funnily enough, most new players go though a stage where they think it might be cool to have special bids that hold secret meanings known only to them and their partner. This is not allowed – all bids and their meanings must be available to everyone at the table. Convention cards and alerts and even pre-alerts are ways organizers ensure everyone at the table knows what’s going on during the bidding.

– LAW 90: PROCEDURAL PENALTIES

(B): Offenses Subject to Procedural Penalty

Law 90 covers any other plays that might get in the way of the game – again, some outright cheating and some bordering on a grey area. More specifically during duplicate tournament play (where everyone plays the same hands), (B)2. prohibits unnecessarily slow play – thus, someone trying to extend a game by playing on a go-slow. Number (B)3. prohibits giving out information about the result, bidding or play of the game to other players. (B)4. stops players from comparing their scores before the game has ended. And, of course, number (B)5. says: Don’t touch or handle another player’s cards!

Are there ways to prevent cheating?

In the world of tournament bridge, there have been many innovations in an attempt to curtail cheating. One is the invention of the Bidding Box, invented in Sweden in 1962 and first used in a World Championship in 1970. Today Bidding boxes are used in all duplicate play and at many home games as well. Rather than saying a bid out loud, players pull a bid card from the box. This invention puts an end to all the ‘accidental’ information conveyed to partner by the tone of a player’s voice, or the forcefulness of the bid. However, I’ve seen some pretty forceful DOUBLE cards slapped to the table – so bidding boxes alone were not enough.

Other innovations include Table Screens and Table Trays, video surveillance, and more. Watch for a future blog post that will address these items in more detail.

Could you spot a cheat?

You know the rules and you’re absolutely convinced your opponents couldn’t possible have bid or made that hand without some kind of unlawful knowledge. What do you do?

There are proper avenues for reporting your suspicions.

What you should not do is accuse anyone of cheating – either to their faces or behind their backs.

Proving someone is a cheater is very difficult. Boye Brogeland, the person who exposed Loran Fisher and Ron Schwartz studied many videos and set up a website (http://bridgecheaters.com/) to examine the evidence. However, this is not recommended for most of us and indeed Brogeland is currently being legally challenged on  various fronts.

If you have concerns about cheating at your table or at your bridge club, start by talking privately with the director in charge. They will advise you of your next steps.

At ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) tournaments or unit events, there is a Recorder on hand. Recorders are specially trained people who will receive and record your complaint. If there is no Recorder around, there will be a Recorder Box. Fill out the slip and drop it into the box. Recorders do not take action, other than to pass your complaint or report on to the appropriate authorities. If those authorities have received similar complaints, action will be taken. Read more about Recorders on the ACBL Website

And stating the obvious, if you have concerns about cheating at a home game or party bridge, let it go!

 

About the author: Alex J Coyne is a freelance journalist, author and language practitioner. Sometimes, he’s got an ace up his sleeve and a Joker in his hat. He can be found at his blog. alexcoyneofficial.wordpress.com

Playing with the ‘bots

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Bridge and Online Casinos

Playing Bridge is most commonly done in physical locations, but thanks to modern day innovation, you can play this classic for real money online.

by Annie Beeson for Great Bridge Links. Bridge, since its inception, has remained one of the most popular card games on the planet. Most often played in duplicate/tournament form or  among friends in the privacy of home, playing bridge online is a foreign idea to many lovers of the game. But this is changing, and money bridge is now an option to play at casinos online.

Card Games at the Casino In General

Bridge is a partnership game, and you might wonder how an online casino can maintain fairness. Bridge partners should not be able to see each other’s hands and the only communication should be through the bidding and play of the cards. Any other communications between partners – say by telephone, chat, text or perhaps they’re playing in the same room – would totally defeat the purpose of the game. Online casino operators have seen it all, which is why most online casino games, like Blackjack, Baccarat, and Casino Hold’em, involve a single player playing against the casino rather than other players. This ensures that cross communication is impossible. There are some multiplayer games, such as Poker in Poker Rooms, where individual players are playing against each other and while it’s tough to prevent table talk online t. And since Poker is not a team game, only one player would benefit anyway. These methods are now also being used with online bridge to ensure there is no cheating.

How Online Bridge Works

In some online bridge casinos your partner will be a robot, and the opposing team will consist of a real person and their computer software partner. While the game is still four players, only two of them are real people. The positions of the humans and robots are randomly generated and since the partners are robots, players are not able to engage in any form of unauthorized communication.

In this kind of online bridge, the robots used are very good, but what makes the game really fair is that all the robots have the same skill level.

At BridgeBase.com’s Money Bridge, the robots are built using the bridge-playing program Ginsberg’s Intelligent Bridge Player (GIB). It’s an excellent program and would give even master bridge players a run for their money in some cases, but certainly not all. The decision-making, bidding, and general complexity makes bridge a game that does not always have a set mathematical formula that determines the best odds of a bid or even play, especially when you are dealing with an fallible partner. Nobody’s perfect, including robots!

In other bridge casinos, for example BridgeBig.com, you are able to play with a human partner in what is known as Individual Competition. However, because being able to choose said partner would almost guarantee cheating at some level by some players, the casino will randomly place human players together at tables when they choose to play. This ensures that your partner is a stranger, or at least is more than likely a stranger, unless you and your friend are lucky enough to be randomly placed on the same table and on the same team, though if cheating is detected, both of you could be banned. In these same casinos, a robot is often used to fill in for spots at the table if there are not enough players looking for a game. This ensures that you can play bridge whenever the mood strikes and don’t have to wait around for all four seats to be filled. These robots, too, are most commonly based on GIB.

Should I Play Bridge Online?

If you are a good bridge player, just like if you are a good poker player, you can win a lot of money playing online. It is important to be sure that the online casino that offers it has a good reputation, is highly ranked on third-party review sites, and has the proper licensing, jurisdiction, and certifications. If that is established, we see no reason why playing bridge online would be any different than playing any other casino game online. You don’t have to wait around for a local tournament or your friends to come over. In just a few clicks, you can be instantly in a game, and many of these casinos even offer deposit-matching bonuses that give new players free money to play with.

The world of online bridge also includes hundreds of games that don’t involve money. In these games you can play with your friends or favourite partners and teams. You can take classes, practice for tournaments, or even play against robots for the mental exercise. Watch for an upcoming blog on playing bridge online.

Turning Tricks

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Turning Tricks

The rise and fall of contract bridge.

By David Owen – The New Yorker, 2007

When I was in ninth grade, back in 1970, we finished our geometry textbook six weeks before the end of the school year and spent the final grading period studying our math teacher’s principal extracurricular passion, which was bridge. He gave us quizzes on the Goren bidding system, and we got so hooked that we often dealt quick hands in the halls, between classes. We played on weekends, too, sometimes at tables wreathed in marijuana smoke. Our teacher told us that we would love playing in college, as he (and most of our parents) had, but by the time I got there, in 1973, nobody seemed to know anything about it. I didn’t play again until five or six years ago, when, during a family vacation, I was reintroduced by my brother-in-law, who had begun taking lessons as part of his midlife crisis. Now it’s the main thing I think about when I’m not thinking about golf.

A passion for bridge is hard to explain to someone who doesn’t share it. One attraction is the sense of endlessly unfolding complexity: the more you learn, the less you feel you know. Computers have been able to beat the world’s best chess players for a decade, but—as Edward McPherson writes in a lively, somewhat haphazard new book, “The Backwash Squeeze & Other Improbable Feats: A Newcomer’s Journey Into the World of Bridge” (HarperCollins; $23.95)—they “still stink at bridge.” There are 635,013,559,600 possible bridge hands, and a vast catalogue of approaches and techniques and stratagems for playing them. (A backwash squeeze, by the way, is an obscure offensive tactic whereby a player, facing a certain arrangement of cards, forces an opponent to make a certain kind of self-defeating discard.) The best players are able to visualize their opponents’ hands after just a few cards have been played and to imagine strategies that would never occur to the less skillful, yet even they find the game inexhaustible. One player told McPherson, “For people who enjoy puzzles, this is one they will never solve.”

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Get smart, stay smart

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Bridge is the secret to adult neurogenesis.

The mean age of bridge players in North America may be 65 but this is not the downward trend you might think it is.

by Jude Goodwin

You’ve likely heard phrases like ‘aging population’ and read opinions that the ACBL is about to ‘fall off a cliff’ in terms of membership. In fact the opposite is true!

The ACBL, North America’s over arching bridge organization, is growing at the rapid rate of approximately 1000 new members a month and almost all of these new members are over 60 years of age. The reason for this is science. We have learned something wonderful over the past decade and it has changed our way of thinking and behaving during retirement.

Recent neurological studies have revealed the human brain does not have to diminish with age.

In fact, the neurons in our brains, those cells that transfer information, can increase in quantity throughout adulthood. This process is called adult neurogenesis and is key to functions such as learning, problem solving, and memory.

And how to we get our brain cells to replicate and grow in number? The same studies have also shown that that it’s the way we live our lives that will determine how our own brains and abilities continue to grow and strengthen as we age.

The process of neurogenesis is profoundly affected by the way you live your life. The brain’s anatomy, neural networks, and cognitive abilities can all be strengthened and improved through your experiences and interactions with your environment.  Cognitive Fitness by Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts, Harvard Busienss Review

There are two very important ingredients required for adult neurogenesis to take place.

Cognitive Workouts – you need to exercise your brain.

Did you know you can actually make physical changes in your brain by learning new skills? Advances in neuroscience have shown that you can be as sharp at 65 as you were at 25. But you need to exercise your brain. The more fit your brain is, the better it is able to make decisions, solve problems and deal with stress and change. And the more open your mind is the better it can grasp new ideas and learn.

One of the best cognitive workouts for your brain is to play games. Play helps you reason, expand your imagination and your curiosity. Games like Chess, Checkers, and Go are all well loved and challenging games. But some of the best games in the world are played with a deck of cards. This little stack of 52 cardboard rectangles has such an infinite variety of combinations and ‘deals’ the challenge to cognitive fitness is endless. Poker, Blackjack, Pinochle, Euchre and of course, bridge! Many of us believe bridge is the most challenging, fun, and rewarding game in the world.

In order for a game to promote neurogenesis it needs to present some ‘risk’ – you need to have a stake in the game in order to activate your neurons. This encourages you to make ongoing effort and continue to learn more about the game, at the same time continuing to grow your capacity to think, imagine and problem solve.

Social Interaction – staying socially connected is key to healthy aging

A second important ingredient to cognitive health well into our 80s and 90s is social interaction.

“There is quite a bit of evidence now suggesting that the more people you have contact with, in your own home or outside, the better you do” mentally and physically, Dr. Kawas said. “Interacting with people regularly, even strangers, uses easily as much brain power as doing puzzles, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this is what it’s all about.”  At the bridge table, clues to a lucid old age.

The game of bridge is ideally suited to this kind of social interaction. At the bridge table at home or at the club we get to know people, discuss strategies and possibiliites, challenge our memories and problem solving skills together, and laugh. And it’s been proven that people who interact socially live longer and have improved immune systems as well.

Today, the American Contract Bridge League has over 167,000 members and half of these members have fewer than 200 mps.

MPs, or masterpoints, are the ‘coin’ of winning at competitive bridge around the world and because friendly competitions is part of the game’s challenge, everyone has a stake and strives to improve … generating new neurons at the same time!

Bridge is good for continued health in seniors because of its cognitive and social benefits and the 60+ generation is rushing to take advantage of this and are signing up with the ACBL by the thousands. Teachers, clubs, tournaments, and authors could benefit from an understanding of this demographic!