If you want to feel superior to others, become a magician.

If you can trick a room full of people into giving you money to fool them, it probably makes you feel pretty good. (You think you're better than me, David Copperfield?)

Whatever. Your name is a book title. Burn.

Anyway, we all know a magician is simply a liar in a suit.

A prestidigitator on the other, is a true wizard among mere mortals.

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This might seem like a joke, but it's not.

I know it's hard to believe, but "sports" like pole dancing, poker, foosball (table soccer), and dodgeball are all taking steps towards becoming Olympic sports.

You won't see them at any of the upcoming games, but they're not just casually tossing their hats in the ring either. These sports are going for the gold.

How exactly are they making official moves?

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Listen, I never thought I'd be the type to cover a fighter throwing an extravagant party for his kid, but Conor McGregor is once again changing the game and, by proxy, forcing my hand.

I just happened to see a photo of the McGregor clan and thought, "aw, good for Conor and his family -- wait, did he spell out his son's name in bright lights amidst a beautiful castle backdrop."

*Takes moment to rummage through photos.*

Yes, yes he did. In retrospect, I was foolish to think this could happen any other way. But let's examine the evidence.

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A few weeks ago, we were surprised to hear that someone managed to get an FDA compliant hangover cure to market, so we wrote about it. It's called Morning Recovery. Since then, we've had the opportunity to sit down with one of the founders, Sisun Lee, for a drink in L.A.

Just one drink. But he did give us samples, which I've now tried — and it works.

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You may want to sit down for this…

No, really, this may come as a surprise, but…

There's more than just EDM in Las Vegas.

I know, it's shocking, but club-bumpin', dub-steppin' dance music hasn't entirely Calvin Harris'd up the whole joint.

Check out these Vegas area venues for some quality punk/indie/underground music after you're done having sex with your expensive escort winning big at the tables.

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If there's one thing we know about Vince McMahon, it's that he's an insanely competitive. He's not just the P.T. Barnum of the sports entertainment world, he's also the guy who cuts shrewd deals to protect his intellectual property and investments.

Just this week, the WWE ordered cease and desist orders to indy wrestlers who used "trademarked" gestures and slogans.

Yep, you can't do this without upsetting the WWE.

Seriously, you can't.


So it probably wouldn't surprise you to hear that McMahon had a bit of a rivalry with UFC President Dana White. A respectful one, as per White, but still one that the WWE refused to do business with the UFC.

That was until the WWE lent megastar Brock Lesnar to the UFC for a one-time special deal last year to fight Mark Hunt.

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I was not the first person on the Demetrious Johnson hype train, not by a long shot. I will admit that outright. The dude has always been a phenomenal fighter, but his press interviews have always left something to be desired. At one point, he was even asking out loud, "seriously, I might not even be all that interesting" to reporters in an age where calling out individuals and trashing our opponent verbally isn't just expected, it's demanded.

And as a result, "Mighty Mouse" has endured his fair share of critics, many of whom initially wondered if he might be able to finish fights during his tenure in the UFC (he had a couple decisions for fights that could be considered underwhelming, if not still dominant). Then it became, "well his division isn't deep enough (despite opponents like Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, John Dodson, Jose Benavidez). Hell, they even created an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter based around the premise of, "shit, he's too good. We can't find anyone else to beat this guy, so ANNNNNYBODY OUT THERE?"

Finally the argument became "he's just not that interesting enough, I'm going to go buy a burrito instead of watching him fight."

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I remember my most expensive drink...

It was at a club in Miami that I was neither tan, nor rich, nor Cuban enough to have any business in, yet there I was—and I was thirsty as hell.

The music was loud, the women were ridiculously beautiful, and I was the only man in the place whose Ferrari was only a 1:64 scale Hot Wheels.

The drink was a $22 vodka tonic (I know, I panicked), and it was the cheapest drink in the whole place. I couldn't afford it at the time, so I guess it was the most expensive drink I almost had.

What can I say, it doesn't take a lot of money to get me drunk, and outside of that $40 bottle of bourbon I bought that one time (Woodford Reserve; so worth it) I don't really spend much on drinks.

But that's because I don't have cash to burn...

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Yeah, this has nothing to do with Las Vegas, or gambling, or anything really. It's just... well, I watched it and now I'd like to curse you all to the same fate too.

Check out this puppet with a live human face:

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When it comes to apps, we live in a modern age, where almost everything is free somehow. Some free games don't even have ads to help monetize them.

That's because of a little tag-line you may notice under the "free" price on many apps that reads: offers in-app purchases. Nothing really sums up society better than that—pay real money, and get better stuff, or reach higher levels faster.

If you play video games (or smoke weed on the couch next to someone who does), you may have noticed that after achieving a certain level, or acquiring an amount of experience points, a loot box/reward crate/battle-pack is earned.

Often times, those boxes contain weapon paint-schemes (skins), car upgrades, new characters, multiplayer upgrades, and more (depending on the game you're playing). Games giving away free stuff to players isn't the issue. Controversy crops up when those same free items are also offered for sale for cold hard cash.

That feels a bit like a game of a chance—receiving a prize (that has a form of a monetary value) based on randomness—and that sounds a lot like gambling.

The Electronic Software Rating Board (ESRB) must've thought so too, because they've actually weighed in on the matter…

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There have been a number of wildfires taking place in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino countries that has damaged over 2,000 homes and business and has also tragically resulted in the death of at least 17 individuals.

However, the fires provided one close call for current UFC fighter and Olympic gold medalist, Henry Cejudo who was forced to jump from the second story of his hotel balcony to narrowly escape danger.



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If there's one thing Las Vegas is known for it's: poker casinos prostitutes spectacular shows crazy people baseball bat wielding goombahs buffets.

But with so many buffets in Las Vegas, how would you ever know which ones were worth your time, and which ones would send you sprinting to the bathroom, cursing yourself out for gambling (and losing) on that risky-looking ceviche?

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After one of the most emotional weeks in his lifetime, Jason Aldean made an appearance on SNL to honor the victims of last week's tragic shooting in Las Vegas. After making a set of brief remarks, Alden tore into a rousing rendition of the late Tom Petty's defiant classic Won't Back Down.

It was a moment that was met with universal acclaim.

Except from maybe one person: Dana White.

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If you're not aware… the juice is loose.

After nine years in prison, O.J. Simpson has been released.

He's chosen to live in Las Vegas, which is interesting because that's also the same place where he committed the kidnapping and armed robbery that sent him to prison for his most recent sentence.

(If you don't remember, he's been to prison before, under much more serious circumstances.)

His most recent stint in the big house stemmed from when Simpson tried to reclaim sports memorabilia allegedly stolen from him. Things got heated, a weapon was drawn, and as soon as a door was locked, the charge became kidnapping.

But his life of crime is all behind him.

Well, maybe not exactly…

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I'm sorry to say, but I don't care if "curiosity killed the cat."

I want to know if curiosity is going to kill the humans.

Curiosity is just human nature. It's probably buried deep down in our DNA somewhere. It feels like we're just hardwired to explore and push boundaries.

But will that be our salvation, or our downfall?

We're coming very close to testing if our curiosity will bring about our own destruction, or usher in a shiny, semi-utopian future. I'm talking about artificial intelligence. The flaming eye of Skynet has turned its attention towards poker, and it's already outbluffing flesh and blood humans.

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Oktoberfest is almost over, and you're already looking ahead to your next vacation/holiday/full-body massage with full-release/whatever.

So you planned a trip to Vegas. Ensuring you'd get the aisle seat for that sneaky legs-in-the-aisle-equals-extra-leg-room move, you made sure to book your trip early. But then you realize:

You have no idea what's happening in Vegas in November! Novemberfest? You don't know! (Note: it's not a thing.)

Luckily, the internet knows all (and sees all; too much) and below you'll find a lovely round-up of all the dopest November-y shit going down in Sin City this Fall.

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Back in 2011, the UFC made huge waves when it was announced that they would be coming to FOX television. It was an ambitious plan that would have the world's leading MMA organization appear on all of the FOX properties (including FX, FXX, FUEL TV, FOX Deportes), while also serving as the flagship set of programming for the then-fledgling Fox Sports network.

However, that was six years ago. Now, Fox Sports has established itself as the still-distant, but clear rival to ESPN, while the UFC was recently sold for $4.2 billion dollars. With both sides of this party now at very different stages it would only be natural that the negotiations for re-upping the broadcast agreement between both parties might be a little more difficult.

Just this week, it was announced that the UFC and FOX television have failed to come to an agreement for programming beyond the 2017 broadcast year.

I'm not sure what that means?!!!


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With all of the terrible stories that have been coming out of Las Vegas over the past day, we can definitely use some good news. And it appears we may be getting some from the UFC.

The UFC has major love for Las Vegas. The city serves as the epicenter for the organizations base of operations and the home of many of the UFC's biggest fights (including this Saturday's upcoming UFC 216).

However, yesterday's tragic events hit home for UFC President Dana White, who was quick to put this up on his social media shortly after the shooting that took place at the Jason Aldean concert.

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