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5 Top Racecourses in the UK

The UK loves to gamble, this is proven by the number of bingo halls on our high street and the fact that Slot Games can be enjoyed inside just about every bar. However, if you want to enjoy a more refined day out which involves gambling, a trip to the races is for you!

There’s no shortage of racecourses in the UK, with over 60 for you to enjoy,  some of which are more famous than others and each of which offer something unique that makes them special.

Below, we’ve listed our five top racecourses in the UK that you may want to visit and check off your list.

Ascot

Talking about horse racing without mentioning Ascot is difficult.  It’s particularly picturesque in the summer when they host a five day festival for racing fans. They host fantastic entertainment, as well as food and drink that draws a crowd.  The racecourse was founded in 1711 by none other than Queen Anne and has more recently catered for Queen Elizabeth II.  Every year a member of the Royal family is in attendance, bringing publicity and increasing appeal.  This racecourse oozes traditional style which is what makes it stand out. Continue reading

Why NFL Betting Online Makes Sense

Most of us who have been to Las Vegas or Atlantic City have placed a sports bet at one of the huge sportsbooks that we saw at a gaudy casino, and the majority of those bets were placed on an NFL or College Football game. If we want to bet on these games at home, however, our options are limited to using a bookie over the phone or betting online. There is no question that NFL betting online is the smarter option, but did you know that it’s also a better move than using a Vegas sportsbook!

Here are just a few reasons why wagering on football online makes sense:

1. They want your business more, and they’re willing to pay for it.

Do you really think that it matters to the Wynn’s sportsbook if you take your measly $100 parlay with them or with the guys across the Strip? They offer their NFL lines and Super Bowl odds and they’ll pour you a free watered-down drink while you look at them, but that’s about it for special deals. Online sportsbooks are a different story. There are thousands of them out there so in order to stand out they will make you a far sweeter deal.

They’ll give you free money if you bet with them: in the form of a sign-up bonus and in reload bonuses.

They’ll run special promotions and competitions. If you bet with them on a certain day, say taking your NFL bets on a Friday you will qualify for lower juice on all your winning bets – try getting that deal in Vegas!

They will send you free gifts like pagers, golf shirts, and tote bags to reward you for being a loyal client.

Most importantly, if you are a serious sports bettor looking to make serious money from your NFL bets you have to bet online because they offer critical stretches on NFL lines. Online sportsbooks do offer superior odds on many NFL games, that’s a fact. If you don’t know how important that ½ point stretch can be then you clearly have never bet on football before.

2. They’re convenient and idiot-proof

Most of us don’t want to fly to Vegas every time we want to place a bet on the NFL, and a lot of us aren’t comfortable phoning some guy who works out of the back of a laundry to take our action. We’ve seen “The Sopranos” and know that a lot of bucket shops are run by bookmakers without the best credentials. Online sportsbooks are open 24/7 and have incredible customer service departments. They will take you through every step and if you ever have a problem or question the result of a bet they can sort it out for you. Their reputation matters a lot to them, so they will do whatever it takes to keep you as a satisfied client.

You can bet on the NFL whenever you want to, and it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake with your bet. There are confirmation screens and records of every bet you placed. Continue reading

5 ½ Reasons Why England Are Going To Win the World Cup

After sampling the ‘delights’ of a packed out Elland Road for the final friendly warm-up match against Costa Rica, the Three Lions faithful should be absolutely buzzing. Not only did they beat Costa Rica 2-0 but they showed everyone in attendance and the millions watching around the world  that there are five-and-a-half reasons why England are going to win the World Cup.

1.    Marcus Rashford

Coming off the back of a campaign where Marcus Rashford has been asked to play as a wing back by Manchester United Dictator Manager Joseph Mourinho, it looks as though Rashford has been storing all of his skill and guile in reserve for the World Cup.

Not only did the explosive young forward delight the crowd with a ‘Flip-Flap’ so good it sent the entire Costa Rica backline for a hot dog…

…he scored an absolute worldie that Cristiano Messiahimovic would have been proud of:

(Currently 150/1 on the Betfair odds to win world cup market to finish top goal scorer – free money anyone?)

2.    Formation

There has been a debate raging for years about how you fit all of our top-tier players into an effective starting line-up. Fans have been arguing Lampard over Gerrard, the benefits of Scholes and Carrick and whether we can afford to get a plane with wheelchair access to accommodate Jack Wilshere at the tournament.

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At first glance England’s 3-3-2-2 formation against Costa Rica looked like someone was trying too hard to show they’ve got tactical nous but it actually worked. England played a team that wasn’t 472nd or below in world rankings and didn’t lose. Not only that, they’ve solved the conundrum of slotting the best of the best into a starting line up with Fabian Delph, Eric Dier and Danny Welbeck all playing together and bossing the proceedings. Continue reading

Europe’s premier race; the Prix de L’Arc

Europe’s premier race; the Prix de L’Arc inaugurated back in 1920 and has continued to grow in statue. It has established itself as the most prestigious horse racing event and is a targeted group 1 as many of the top horses across the world are brought over to France to take part. With this in mind it has been won by a long list of the top horses ever to race. One that must come to mind is the mighty Mill Reef.

Mill Reef had an amazing career in which he won 12 times and finished runner up in 2 others in his 14 race career. He won a list of awards throughout his career that included the English 3 year old Champion Colt in 1971 and the English Champion older horse in 1972.

In his two year old campaign he won a list of the top races such as the Coventry stakes at Royal Ascot and the Dewhurst at Newmarket. He followed this up the following years by winning the Epsom Derby, King George and of course the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. He won the Arc impressively by beating star French filly Pistol Packer by 3 lengths. Mill Reef will forever be remembered as one of the top horses to have ever raced. This infographic will cover the stats and facts on Europe’s key race and why it is the best. The latest horse racing betting odds can be found here ahead of the huge Champions day meeting at Ascot later this month.

Tottenham striker troubles

Although Tottenham vs West Ham may not be the fiercest of rivalries, their proximity to each other means it can still be considered a derby. Whilst there have been a lot of goals and drama in recent seasons alone, there have also been some misfiring strikers that have played for both teams throughout the year. It’s no secret that West Ham are struggling for goals at the moment, and it has been a while since they signed a goalscoring striker – hopefully the signing of Javier Hernandez will fix this. Although Harry Kane has been firing in the goals in the last few seasons, Tottenham have also had their fair share of misfiring strikers. If you’re a football betting fan who has bet on Spurs to win, you’ll be glad that you won’t be seeing any of these misfiring Tottenham strikers on the pitch:

Roberto Soldado

The best place to start for misfiring Tottenham strikers is Spaniard Roberto Soldado. After selling Gareth Bale for a then-world record fee of £85 million in 2013, Tottenham reinvested the money in their playing squad. One of the incoming players was Soldado who was brought in for a then-club record £26 million and came with high expectations. The Spaniard did manage to get off to a good start at his new club, scoring the winning penalty in the first game of the season, and then scoring a brace four days later in the Europa League playoff round. Although Soldado had an impressive goal-scoring record in Europe, where he scored five goals in seven games, it was in the Premier League where he struggled badly. The striker only managed to score six league goals in his debut season, and only two on them were from open play. His next season was even worse, only scoring five goals in 40 appearances in all competitions. After his two disappointing seasons, Soldado ended up returning to Spain. However, he has yet to gain his goal-scoring form which earned him the big money move to White Hart Lane in the first place. Continue reading

Champions league odds

Real Madrid have started this year’s champions league as favourites again as they go to break more records in becoming the first team to triumph in Europe’s premier competition for the third year in a row. They started the competition as 7/2 favourites to do so with the nearest challenges being the big spending PSG at 13/2.

PSG have spent a staggering amount ahead of this season bringing in the likes of Neymar so are expected to be a force against any of the big teams. Group B is one of the most competitive with two of the top 3 favourites fighting it out. Continue reading

Early Football History Dates Back Millennia

Football – in various forms – has existed for millennia. Historic evidence suggests that people in ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Rome enjoyed sports that involved kicking or handling a ball in a designated field of play.

It was most likely the Romans who spread the game they called harpastum throughout Europe and eventually to the British Isles, where the game took hold as mellay. As the later derived term melee suggests, this early form of football was characterized by wild mob action. Legend says the first mellay ball was actually the head of a Danish pirate. During Tudor times, football was characterized by injuries and fatalities, and laws were passed against the “devilish game” because it was depleting the workforce.

By 1700s, Football Players Adopted Rules, and the Game Began to Resemble Modern-Day Soccer

Over the centuries, rules were applied to mellay, and the sport gradually became more civilized, even though it was considered a game for commoners. By the 18th century, the game resembled modern-day soccer. At English secondary schools like Eton and Harrow, it was adopted as a popular intramural. However, rules varied from school to school – with one exception: players could not carry the ball. Continue reading

Making your Golf game great without spending a Fortune!

When it comes to golfing you know the money can add up when you are buying all of the necessary equipment. The good news is that there are things that you can save some money on. These range from discount golf shoes to accessories.

Golf Shoes

When it comes to golf shoes quality definitely matters, but this does not mean that you have to spend a fortune. If you shop around you can find the perfect shoe for you at a price that you can stomach. You may want to look at the different online stores that offer golf shoes so that you can easily compare. You do not want to have to run out and buy a new pair of shoes every couple of weeks. Ask your golfing buddies which shoes they prefer and what the quality of these are. Also, do not be afraid to try on as many pairs as it takes to find one that feels perfect on your feet. You should have these for at least a year if you play regularly and longer if you only get out every weekend so pick a pair that is of good quality, but at a reasonable price too.

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Golf Balls

Face it, you are going to lose so many golf balls that spending a fortune on them is just not a good investment. You want a decent ball, but you do not need something fancy. Pick a weight and size that you feel comfortable with and go for it. If you are a beginner golfer you do not need to worry about buying the most expensive balls because a lot of these will end up in the pond anyway. Just grab what you are comfortable with. If you are a more experienced golfer, then you can put out some extra cash for balls that will give you the best game.

Golf Bag

You need a bag to hold your clubs and you want this to last you. Having to get a new bag every few months because of tears is just not acceptable. Head to your local sporting goods store and ask around. Ask about which bags their customers seem to like the most. Pick the bags up and look at their stitching. The key here is durability with an affordable price.

Be Different and Bet For the Underdog

Losing a bet is a terrible thing for the mind. When we lose, we feel like we ought to stop betting completely. But that wouldn’t be the best way to use our time. It makes more sense to turn things around and bet for the team that’s expected to lose, especially if the numbers work in your favor.

You see, a favorite team might be the fave for very superficial reasons. This is why using data to drive decisions can be extremely lucrative. Instead of it being just about getting your emotions connected with the team, you’re getting your passion for winning connected with the team that can deliver the most on your expectations.

Underdog betting

There are a few classic tips that will help you along the way:

First and foremost, you need to have intimate knowledge of this team. Notice that we didn’t say insider knowledge, but intimate knowledge. You need to know who the players are, who the old players were, the coaches, the way they tend to play. Looking at past games will help you get an eye for the team’s playing style better than listening to all of those news shows. In fact, skip over any player interviews or coach interviews or commentator stories. The coaches aren’t going to really reveal too much on TV, where their competition could learn things. The players are also under the same pressure to keep quiet. So if you’re really trying to learn something, you’re going to have to look at other ways to get the information. Continue reading

NBA DraftKings – Defense Efficiency Research

One of the easiest ways to get a leg up on your competition is by studying each team’s defense efficiency.  If you’re unfamiliar with this type of research tool, it’s basically how well a team adjusts their defense throughout a game.  For instance, San Antonio is one of the best defensive teams and it’s because they work well together as a team.  Most nights you want to stay away from players playing the Spurs.

If you look at the other side of the spectrum, the Philadelphia 76ers have one of the worst defense efficiencies in the league.  Whoever is playing them, you usually want to target one to two players, as the odds of them scoring more points will be greater.  However, always remember that blowout games can work against you.  If the Cavs are hosting the 76ers there is a good chance the game won’t be close.  This means your star players could be sitting half the game.

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The Best Defense Efficiency Strategy

There are so many variables attached to picking the best NBA lineup for DraftKings. Defense efficiency is only one facet, but it’s an extremely important one.  Here are a few quick pointers that can put you in the money more times than not:

1. The Houston Rockets have a horrible defense efficiency, but you don’t see them getting blown out very often.  If you can find teams that will stay competitive with the Rockets for four quarters, it’s a good idea to take either the opponents point guard and/or shooting guard.  It’s even better if you can find a value pick that plays a lot of minutes and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to utilize him. Continue reading

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