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Top factors to look for on a race card; deciphering the race card and what to look for before placing a bet

When heading to the horse racing the first thing many people will do is to get a race card on entry. This covers the form and horses involved in the races on the day. However what are the top factors to look for on these race cards and what are the most important stats to take from them before placing a bet.

Race Details and Conditions

The first part on a race card will show the list of races and the times that they are scheduled to start. A usual race day will have a start time of around 2pm. The code of the race will be displayed on the race card such as a flat race, chase, hurdle or a bumper. It will also show the distance of the race and the level of class of the race such as a group race or a handicap for example. One of the key things to look for on a race card that also may change on the day is the ground conditions. This can have a major impact on the result of the race with many race horses only able to handle certain conditions and will therefore run below their best.

Handicaps

A large proportion of races in the UK are handicaps. These races consist of giving all horses an equal chance due to the weight they are carrying based on their ratings. This is where the aim of the game for connections is to get a horse well in and therefore have a good chance to win a race of the weight they have to carry. Different factors to take in to account could be top weights and low weights in races. Claiming jockeys taking weights of horses for example and penalties that horses will have for running well or winning previously. [Read more…]

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The Most Successful Countries at Wimbledon

The all England Lawn Tennis Club began hosting the Wimbledon championships in July 1877. Since then players from all over the world have come to take part in, what is arguably dubbed, the most prestigious Grand Slam of the tennis season.

Wimbledon Now and Then

Every summer players prepare themselves for the only grand slam that is played on a grass surface. In fact, since 1877 the competition has been played every year, with the only exceptions made during the years of World Wars One and Two. At this time the competition was not considered to be appropriate due to the depressions caused by the wars. However, just because tennis hadn’t been at the forefront of everyone’s minds during these years, the absence of the competition didn’t affect the popularity of the Championships.

Wimbledon signifies tennis in the most humble way, it is an event that continues to carry the traditions and etiquette of times gone by through to today.

Wimbledon is the Grand Slam Tennis sensation of the season that just continues to grow. Not only do players from all over the world come to participate, The AELTC also welcomes visitors from overseas that come to follow their countries representatives.

Wimbledon Tickets

Notoriously, because it is hosted at a club, Wimbledon isn’t the easiest event to get a ticket for. There are only three ways to get a ticket.

Those wishing to visit can enter the ballot. This is a draw that takes place every year where random entrees are selected and offered the chance to purchase a ticket on a specific day.

Alternatively, should you have the funds, you can make an application to be a debenture holder. This means that you purchase seats at the AELTC. The seats are yours for a period of three years to do with as you wish. A debenture ticket is the only ticket to Wimbledon that can be transferred. Therefore, it is the only ticket that can be bought on the open market, and it is the only way you can guarantee you will get to Wimbledon. Wimbledon debenture tickets are often sold together with hospitality packages. These packages are very appealing to travellers from overseas as well as affluent individuals that simply love tennis.

The only other way to get in to Wimbledon is to join the queue. The Wimbledon queue is famous due to its length and the amount of time fans are willing to gather and wait for their chance to be at the championships. Unfortunately being in the queue doesn’t guarantee you a ticket. Quite often tickets are sold out before you get to the front of the queue. [Read more…]

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The Most Famous Knockouts

The biggest boxing match in history is only two weeks away as the time nears Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor stepping into the ring together.

It is widely-expected to smash pay-per-view records in what many believe will be Mayweather’s last fight.

The American, arguably the greatest boxer ever, currently has a record of 49-0 and another hefty paycheck waiting for him at the end of the fight.  Now 40 years old and with no competition left to fight, it is unlikely he will fight again, unless it ends up in a draw.

His opponent, Conor McGregor, is making his boxing debut, having previously been a Mixed Martial Arts fight and current UFC Lightweight champion.

The fighting Irishman has knocked out many a cage fighter in his time but could be mismatched inside a boxing ring where he can only use his gloves.

With Mayweather essentially fighting a novice boxer and McGregor being an MMA fighter who likes to put fighters away early, we could be headed for a spectacular knockout victory in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday 26 August.

Odds on the Mayweather v McGregor fight are 9/4 that the fight ends with a knockout.

Let’s have a look at some memorable knockouts in recent times:

Canelo Álvarez vs Amir Khan

In what was a hyped up match, also at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo Álvarez and Amir Khan had been fairly even in the first five rounds of the fight.  The Mexican began taking control in the sixth before detonating a bomb of an overhand right that knocked Khan out before he even hit the mat.

Conor McGregor vs José Aldo

Conor McGregor made a name for himself all over the world with a mixture of his UFC knockouts and his personality.  If he wasn’t already well-know before 12 December 2015 he certainly was afterwards.  José Aldo had been undefeated in cage fights for a decade and was 7-0 in the UFC alone.  Victories included Mark Hominick, Chad Mendes (twice) and Ricardo Lamas prior to getting into the ring with McGregor.  You barely had time to blink as the Notorious Irishman knocked Aldo out with a left hand in 13 seconds.

Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks fight in June 1988.  Both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion.  Tyson was 34-0 and 30 knockouts and Spinks 31-0 with 20 KOs.  A knockout was on the cards and Mike Tyson delivered it after only 91 seconds – becoming the only boxer to send Spinks to the mat and the only one whoever beat him.

The below infographic from Betfair looks at just how hard some of this boxers can hit:

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Best golf courses in the world

I wanted to share with you an infographic that is the definitive guide to the best golf courses in the world!

This includes in depth information about the top 8 golf courses around the world and gives an indication of how to join, a who’s who of members and how difficult the course is.

Best golf courses in the world

Infographic sponsored by Paddy Power Us open golf betting.

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3 rules that could shake up world football

In the FIFA headquarters, we would like to image a bunch of passionate football experts conjuring up  ideas for the next technological innovation or footballing law that could improve the game and take it to the next level. However, as we know, FIFA is basically just a bunch of corrupt dogs who do nothing but take money from large corporations. So, what could happen if the people were in charge? What if it was up to us to think of some new ideas to challenge the current game? Here are a few ideas to think about – what do you think?

Bonus points for goal margin

The idea of awarding teams extra point for outscoring their opponents has often been discussed amongst fans. There are many games where a team would rather sit back, park the bus and take the draw and this can make football interesting, however it’s very frustrating and often boring. In terms of entertainment purposes this would increase the number of teams willing to go towards goal and grab as many as they can and will encourage lesser teams to pick up points this way. However, the ruling would be a very drastic introduction into football that a lot of people would oppose. [Read more…]

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Introduction to NFL Futures Wagering

Each February, the NFL season concludes on an epic stage. The spectacle of the Super Bowl marks the end of one journey but the beginning of another. For football bettors, the next Super Bowl quickly becomes the focus once a season is in the books. Bookmakers like betolimp.com promptly post the odds for an upcoming Super Bowl right after the conclusion of an NFL season. There are many factors for the bettor to evaluate in an NFL futures pool.

There are three main NFL futures pools. The main one is on the Super Bowl. There are also pools for conference and division titles. While bookmakers have to be extremely focused to set an accurate NFL point spread, there is more leeway in a futures pool.

Super Bowl Futures Pool

For a Super Bowl pool of 32 teams, only one club is going to win. So, there is a good deal of flexibility that is available to the oddsmaker. Because of this, the Super Bowl odds for the upcoming year can be released at the conclusion of the season. Initially, the odds will be greatly influenced by what has occurred in the prior season after all, the opening odds have been set before any offseason personnel moves have been made. When the odds are first released, the savvy bettor will be looking to find some teams that could have some upside for the coming season. Because of the structure of the league, bad teams can become playoff contenders from year to year.

In the previous decade, many squads went from a last place team one year to a division champion the next. The Miami Dolphins posted a woeful 1-15 record in 2007. In 2008, a rejuvenated Miami club went 11-5 to win the AFC East. Since 2001, nine different franchises have represented the NFC in the Super Bowl. These are examples of how quickly things can change in the league from one year to the next. [Read more…]

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Roulette Strategy

In this article, I will dive into Roulette Strategy, also known as Roulette Systems. Many people think that Roulette Systems are a guaranteed way to beat Roulette or that Roulette Systems are all false. The fact is, a Roulette System is simply a Roulette Strategy (a way to play Roulette). No Roulette Strategy is fool-proof, but using a good Roulette Strategy can greatly increase the number of winning Roulette sessions you have. Reading a UK roulette bonus guide will also help you find a great bonus which will help you test these two roulette strategies mentioned below. If you know of a Roulette strategy not listed here, use the contact form to let me know about it.

Martingale System

This is one of the most popular systems known to man.

The Martingale Roulette System dates back about 300 years, according to my research. It is simply a progression system for even-money bets and is used in casinos, in some form or another, every day of the year all over the world. The Martingale betting system is a progression chain. You have to decide, according to your bankroll, how long that chain is going to be. Most casino players limit the Martingale Roulette progression chain to eight bets. Let’s take a look at what those eight bets would look like if you were a £1 player.

Bet Number One £1
Bet Number Two £2
Bet Number Three £
Bet Number Four £
Bet Number Five £16
Bet Number Six £32
Bet Number Seven £64
Bet Number Eight £128

As you can see from the chart, your total bankroll would need to be at least £255 for the session to run this Martingale chain. If you were a £5 bettor, you would need £1,275 to run the Martingale Roulette progression chain.

If your even-money bet hits anywhere from the first bet to the eighth, you win one unit. In the table above, you would win £1. The first question that pops into one’s mind is why in the world would someone bet £128 to win $1. The answer for most Martingale players is that the probability of losing nine times in a row is somewhat minimal and therefore, you are not just winning £1, you are winning back all of your money.

Just how safe is the Martingale system? Well, no system is safe in Roulette, but let’s look at the probability of you losing with an eight step Martingale Roulette system approach. It’s important to remember there are two kinds of Roulette (American and European). As you will see in the chart below, the European version of Roulette is better for using the Martingale Roulette system. [Read more…]