Justin Morneau with the Twins

American League Most Valuable Player Justin Morneau signed a one year contract of a total of $4.5 million with the Minnesota Twins, who also settled their salary arbitration cases with third baseman Nick Punto; who agreed to a $4.2 million, two-year contract, and with reliever Juan Rincon who received a $2 million, one-year deal and with outfielder Lew Ford who obtained a $2 million, one-year deal.

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Morneau, the 25-year-old first baseman, hit .321 last year with 34 homers and 130 RBIs and won the MVP award by 14 points over New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter 먹튀폴리스 토토사이트. Morneau’s agreement was at the midpoint between the $5 million he had asked for and the $4 million the team offered to the player who hit more homers than any Twin in a season since 1987.

Rincon went 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 74 1-3 innings as Minnesota’s primary setup man to closer Joe Nathan. Rincon, who has appeared in at least 75 games in each of the last three seasons, also settled at the midpoint after asking for $2.4 million and receiving an offer of $1.6 million from the team.

Punto, who hit .290 with 47 RBIs and 17 steals for the AL Central champions in his first year as a full-time starter, will get $1.8 million this season and $2.4 million in 2008. He had asked for $2.1 million and had been offered $1.6 million.

Ford was a backup last year who hit .226 with 18 RBIs in 234 at-bats. In addition to his base salary, he could earn $65,000 in performance bonuses: $15,000 for 300 plate appearances and $25,000 each for 400 and 450 plate appearances. Ford had asked for $1.3 million and had been offered $800,000.

Many people are confused by the concept of card counting. There is a weird perception that you have to be an intellectual Einstein to pull it off. This is quite contrary to the facts. In reality, the basic principles of card counting are so easy that even a child could do it with a little know how.

The Hi-Lo counting system is definitely the easiest. There are only two things to remember, low cards equal +1, and high cards equal -1.

Explained further, cards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are given a value of +1 and 10, J, Q, K, Ace are worth -1. Cards 7, 8, 9 are called neutral cards and are worth 0. You can completely ignore these neutral cards when they are dealt.

I strongly urge you to practice card counting for at least a month before trying it at the casinos. It is not the system itself that is complex; but rather the amount of concentration and memory that is required. Card counting will make you very tired as it is mentally exhausting. It is even tougher when you are at a noisy casino surrounded by ringing bells and slots. Practicing will improve your memory, allowing you to remembering the count. If you can get that part down, the rest is easy.

The best way to practice is to simply find a quiet place and flip through a deck of cards a hundred times or so. Do this for a few weeks and you should have it down pat. Here is a piece of advice; instead of saying “plus one” just say “one”, and instead of saying “minus one” use “m one”. This will make things much easier for you in the long run.

Another thing you will want to do is memorize basic strategy. You will need to know it like the back of your hand because all of your focus needs to be on the count. As soon as you receive your two cards you need to automatically know what whether to hit or stand without hesitation.

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