Let’s Swing at Santa Catalina Islands Casino on Avalon Bay

Written by Carolyn Proctor

Let’s Swing at Santa Catalina Islands Casino on Avalon Bay

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Inrepparttar 1930s and '40s, this is where you came to dancerepparttar 140514 night away with your beau, or perhaps meet that new handsome man or pretty girl. Since its Grand Opening Memorial Day weekend in 1929, Santa Catalina Island’s Casino has been and continues to be a main attraction.

The maple, white oak and rosewood dance floor inrepparttar 140515 circular ballroom onrepparttar 140516 top floor could hold up to 500 dancing couples. Nightly they arrived by steamship from Los Angeles, a two-hour trip one-way.

The art deco masterpiece that isrepparttar 140517 Casino became a world-famous landmark, thanks to nationwide nightly big band broadcasts. “Fromrepparttar 140518 beautiful Casino Ballroom overlooking Avalon Bay, at Catalina Island, we bring yourepparttar 140519 music of . . . ” told radio listeners they were about to hearrepparttar 140520 best ofrepparttar 140521 big bands. Every one from Glen Miller to Harry James to Jimmy Dorsey to Woody Herman performed to enthusiastic dancers and listeners. For 28 seasonsrepparttar 140522 Casino Ballroom averaged 4,000 guests every night. The largest group of dancers ever gathered in 1938 for Kay Kaiser’s Band: 6,200 people.

It was an elegant time whenrepparttar 140523 dress code included high heels for ladies. Smoking was never allowed inrepparttar 140524 ballroom—floor-to-ceiling doors opened to a balcony outside—sorepparttar 140525 original dance floor has never been sanded down or refinished.

William Wrigley, Jr., who purchased Santa Catalina Island in 1919, builtrepparttar 140526 Casino because his wife, Ada, and her sisters loved to dance. Inrepparttar 140527 1920s,repparttar 140528 word casino was Italian, meaning a place of gathering or entertainment, or a grand dance pavilion—nothing at all to do with gambling.

Althoughrepparttar 140529 style ofrepparttar 140530 Casino is referred to as Moorish Alhambra,repparttar 140531 building has becomerepparttar 140532 premier example ofrepparttar 140533 art deco style so prevalent inrepparttar 140534 1930s.

At 130-feet tall,repparttar 140535 Casino reachedrepparttar 140536 height limit in Los Angeles county atrepparttar 140537 time of construction. For awhile it wasrepparttar 140538 tallest building in LA. Five hundred workmen had worked three shifts daily for 14 months to completerepparttar 140539 structure. The design was considered simple forrepparttar 140540 time—no heating or air conditioning—andrepparttar 140541 clay roofing tiles were made onrepparttar 140542 island. But Wrigley spared no expense; chandeliers were designed by Tiffany. Inrepparttar 140543 lobby,repparttar 140544 black walnut wood alone is valued today at $3.9 million. Vibrantly-colored ceiling frescos, decorated with 22 carat gold leaf and sterling silver leaf, were so well-executed that they have never needed restoring.

Rake Back - The pros and cons of rake back deals

Written by RB

Rake Back facts - are they worthrepparttar trouble?

Rake Back is a rebate given to poker players. The rake isrepparttar 140369 small table fee charged torepparttar 140370 players for each hand of poker. Rakes add up over time ifrepparttar 140371 player plays frequently and/or for high stakes games.

Online poker rooms, in general, do not offer rake back. They offer sign up bonuses instead. There are a lot of bonuses offered out there but there is only one poker room that sanctions rake back themselves.

So whyrepparttar 140372 buzz on poker forums and elsewhere about rake back offers? These offers for rake back are coming from affiliates that work forrepparttar 140373 poker rooms. Party Poker,repparttar 140374 world's largest online poker room, does not allow their affiliates to offer rake backs. They've started to enforce a long standing no rake back policy that can lead to these affiliates being shut out of their program. Atrepparttar 140375 very least, Party Poker will make it impossible for them to track, and hence pay, rake back torepparttar 140376 players. So if a player is thinking of a good offer that's been made to them for rake back at Party Poker, they might want to think again.

Ifrepparttar 140377 affiliate is caught doing this they will be shut down andrepparttar 140378 rake back payments will stop. The affiliate will still keep getting paid commission onrepparttar 140379 already signed up players though.

There are other risks involving rake backs. They have limits on them. It is really not worthrepparttar 140380 affiliate's time to offer them torepparttar 140381 casual poker player as they are seen as never accumulating enough rake to be profitable, so they will go afterrepparttar 140382 frequent player instead. The limits involverepparttar 140383 player having to contribute so much rake per month before becoming eligible for a certain percentage of it back. Another risk is thatrepparttar 140384 affiliate will getrepparttar 140385 player to sign up then stop paying. Most affiliates get paid commission forrepparttar 140386 life time ofrepparttar 140387 player so if they conveniently decide they will no longer payrepparttar 140388 rake backrepparttar 140389 player has no recourse other than not playing at their favorite poker room.

Is it possible in these deals to get rakeback plusrepparttar 140390 sign up bonuses? The poker rooms that do allow certain affiliates to offer these are not as likely to offerrepparttar 140391 rake back playersrepparttar 140392 generous re-load bonuses. If you don't believe this, when wasrepparttar 140393 last time that you saw even a sign up bonus link that was associated with a rakeback offer? Well, most have never seen one. In 99% ofrepparttar 140394 deals they won't offer both. These rake back affiliates are, in essence, replacingrepparttar 140395 sign up bonus with a rake back deal instead. The just want to sign up players and it does not matter how they get them.

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