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Be Scared At Cheltenham

Guinness @ Cheltenham Festival 2014.

Guinness @ Cheltenham Festival 2014.

The first big horse racing festival of 2014 starts tomorrow and the bookies are after your money with gusto! You can tell when a sporting festival is going to be a bonanza for the bookies by the amount of giveaway bets they advertise. Giveaway bets are those enticing bets where the bookies either give you your money back or give you some other financial bonus for not backing the winner. 

Just like when their betting shops offered £50 prize money to those who played the fixed odds betting terminals in their shop ‘tournaments’ which were free, they knew they would be getting that money back plus a lot more for their efforts. Bookies are not called turf accountants for nothing!

So every year I wait and see the advertisement for an event. If all the bookies, large and small, are going for it you know they say a bigger return in the future. The large firms are looking for brand new clients, probably teenagers and women. The smaller firms are looking for established bettors who need a new firm to change their luck.

The surprising thing that I have noticed is the lack of drink promotion that is usually part and parcel of Cheltenham Festival it seems that the betting firms have totally brought up all the advertising space for the festival, which really instil in me a fear of the days ahead. So good luck to all those who are playing tomorrow and don’t be worried if you fancy a big price runner it may have more chances than you think. 

 


Betting With Bitcoins

Added on December 26th, 2013 by admin
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Bitcoins Accepted

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Clearly the story of the year has been Bitcoins and its rise to being at one point more expensive than gold. Which was a little weird since you can do stuff with gold such as making necklaces, rings etc. The only thing you can do with Bitcoins is store them until you want to cash them in or buy drugs.

People are trying to organise betting with Bitcoins but as seen in regular scam stories Bitcoins are very handy if you want to steal them. Since they are untraceable i the sense they leave no obvious paper trail, how would a victim make a claim of theft?

I suppose intellectual property rights become an option since you’ve effectively had licence to an algorithm or software which is unique and usable. But the question remains unless you can prove that the Bitcoins left your wallet and went to another wallet directly, then what claim do you have? So for now unless there is a viable way of securely having some sort of paper trail you would be mad to bet with Bitcoins.

Just hang onto the virtual currency and what until the market is sufficiently good for you to convert to proper money with which you can bet with and is traceable. 


Can Gambling Ever Be Clean?

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The 'King' of Match Fixing Wilson Raj Perumal.

The ‘King’ of Match Fixing Wilson Raj Perumal.

The news that the police have taken into custody a number of individuals in connection with match fixing is bad news. The fact that it involves English football teams is really bad news, and the accusation that it involves the king of match fixing Wilson Raj Perumal is even worst news.

Match fixing seem to be growing as the betting on their outcomes go into hundreds of millions pounds. But, the one area that did looked untouchable was the English Football Association. It seemed that with the money involved the very loyal fan base that it was almost impossible to bring the game into disrepute. Yes there was always the element of ‘English fair play’ in which the rules were always upheld for the good of the game. To say that English football supporting is almost a religious experience is not an outlandish statement.

Now with the latest news this will be a body blow in which most supporters will hopefully be glad if it is so small and amateurish that it will not taint the game too much. The last thing we need in football is for it to be tainted like cricket and therefore get relegated to the scepticism of horse racing and greyhound racing.

This ask the question can any form of gambling be entirely without corruption?

The simple answer is no, but, there can be an element of trust in the result. Making sure players cannot bet in the game they are playing is the first thing. The second would be to regulate the betting markets in Asia. Third and finally castigating anyone found fixing a game and expelling them for ever is the final pillar to keep crooked players down to a minimum.

Players will always bet on the game. It is part of the fun of playing any sport is risking financial well being on its outcome. But there is a time when the money won from betting is greater than the reward offered in playing. However, you have got to ‘trust’ the participants to have some sort of honour and to do the right thing.

Why Asian countries outlaw betting is beyond me. Apparently in India something like $60 billion per year is betted on all sorts of events yet the country still make it illegal except for horse racing? This applies to other countries within Asia to some degree. Now if it were legal it would be open to regulation and revenue for the government. Instead criminals and websites which will never pay tax in those countries benefit. How stupid is that?

Finally retribution to those involve in match fixing should be heavy and punitive. Just like drug cheats get a hammering, so should players and officials who cheat.

Ultimately you will never get rid of dodgy sports men and officials, and why should you if you’re in the know. So for the good of sport and those not in the know I hope the police were wrong or the weight of the law drops heavily on their heads.


A Star Maybe Born

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Two interesting stories to be told. The first is about legendary gambler Archie Karas (born Anargyros Karabourniotis) who is in prison awaiting charges relating to cheating at blackjack and the news that there is a betting shop worker who claims to be the newest and greatest Poker Totty yet to be discovered.

Archie Karas is a bloke all gamblers aspire to be.. He turned $50 into $40 million dollars in the betting variance of all betting variance. To do this he played poker, dice and pool amassing the fortune all in the space of 6 months. However, since he has a self-confessed low regard for money, he has won and loss millions over the year and now is under heavy investigation for cheating at blackjack.

As of now charges have not been made and under the laws of natural justice a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Which brings me to the challenge I had while drinking with a ‘Patrician’ lady who works in a betting office. Now when is having a drink one does here stories about daring do’s, but this one seemed different and the vigour of her language made it impossible for me not to take notice. therefore I have decided to take notice and will be filling you in with more details as and when I get it.


For Sale: A Sports Book Betting System

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  1. Have you ever wanted to run your own sports book?
  2. Have you successfully traded the sports market?
  3. Would you like to realise your dream as the online equivalent of Charles K. McNeil, Arthur Bendir, Helen Vernet, William Hill, Joe Coral, Cyril Stein, Freddie Williams, or William Chandler? 

If you answered yes to any of the above question then we have the solution for you. 

Our Sportsbook betting system consists of a front-end web site which can be branded to your specification and allows your users to place bets on early events (pre-event) and live events (in play. The major markets (odd types) are supported: 1×2, over/under, odd/even, Asian handicap, total goals, exact score, and others.

The back office gives you all the tools to manage the users and their bets. You can arrange for your business to run within your means and to manage your risk.

You have a wide range of settings for different sport types and leagues so you can define minimal and maximal bets, move points, monitor live bets, accept them in both manual and automatic mode.
Reports are available for user historical and real time activity, financial transactions, etc.

The front-end web site’s graphics can be easily re-branded though modification of style sheets and provision of customized graphics. So your business will be fully reflecting your brand and the market you are aiming at.

The system can be easily integrated with external tools, such as Micro-gaming API for instant casino games, payment processing APIs (e.g. Paypal), and odds feed providers.

The system handles multiple languages and currencies and has a built-in content management module so that you can update promotions and articles on the web site in a simple and intuitive way.

The front-end web site is implemented in pure html and thus requires no plugins and can run on tablets, including Android devices and iPads, making it user friendly for all the latest devices that are on or coming to the market.

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Special Bee For The Magical Tipster

Added on August 12th, 2013 by admin
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The Magical Tipster

Can the legend keep on producing? The variance of unfortunate endings maybe on the up, but, the reason for the bets and the seriously methodically profits are impressive. Therefore The Magical Tipster is going to increase the punters opportunities and we can only be grateful for his assistance.

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Bookmaking And Bitcoins

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Two events happened in the last seven days which has altered my perception about BitCoin and the future of this virtual coin.

1.  The apparent loss of 1,300 BTC by a Bitcoin betting site called Just-Dice when a gambler betted coins that he/she did not own when the coins should have been transferred away from the site. The owner was supposed to have transferred the coins away from the account but forgot to actually take them from  the account. The account holder or as the account holder stated a person who used his unguarded laptop in a cafe managed to bet and lose 1,300 BitCoins which worked out as about $100,000+.

The owner of the website said he will cover the losses although a load of BitCoin users have donated some of their BitCoin to help cover the loss! If this seems remarkable then please read the source of this story at Coindesk.

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2. According to the Financial Times  IG Group – a company not known to make silly bets – have decided to take bets on the price fluctuations of BitCoins!. Now an organisation as big as IG Group do not get involved in markets in which they are not going to make humongous amount of money. What also made this story interesting was the fact that they will take on the risk associated with the market. Yes, I thought of it right away, why would not a BitCoin investor take bets on BitCoin going down and then dumping a load of Bitcoins and cleaning up? This should be interesting.

Now, with my ongoing row with William Hill and their customer service, who want me to jump through hoops like a puppy so that I can get my meagre winnings from Royal Ascot, still running (I now want them to donate my winnings to Save The Children fund), I am seriously looking to BitCoin as a way of bypassing the overly paternalistic attitude to MY money and what I want to do with it! If I want to bet then I should, but, if I win then I should be able to get my money as and when I want it, not, when some prickly jobsworth decide I should get it.

I therefore did a half-arsed search and so a site called http://betwithbtc.com/ and yikes it scared me, when you see the amount of sites that do not payout. But when you look at it a little more carefully it is not too dissimilar to what most bookmakers do so further research is needed to see why a site is only 99.8% likely to pay out. It is alright having stats but what lay behind those figures?

I seriously want to get involved in using ‘virtual currency’ for betting and with the Zynga model well and truly tested I can see it being viable. Yes there are going to be ‘accidents’, hustles and scams but that I suppose is the nature of the world wide web wild wild west nature. Anyone what to do a deal in BitCoins, I am still open to offers? 


November Nine Are Who?

2013 November Nine

2013 November Nine

Here they are the ‘November Nine’ for 2013 or in other words the ‘November Who’? This year has produced a load of outsiders who are going to be runners for the goal of World Champion of Poker 2013 and yes there will be a pool on this courtesy of PoolKnave Pari-Mutuel

Here are the November Nine with their chip total:

1 JC Tran – 38,000,000
2 Amir Lehavot – 29,700,00
3 Marc McLaughlin – 26,525,000
4 Jay Farber – 25,975,000
5 Ryan Riess – 25,875,000
6 Sylvain Loosli – 19,600,000
7 Michiel Brummelhuis – 11,275,000
8 Mark Newhouse – 7,350,000
9 David Benefield – 6,375,000

By the way there has been a flood of ‘money’ when the birth of the royal baby was born on the sex of the royal baby and it was due to ‘yours truly’ was otherwise occupied with friends in having a catch up with old times. So since the naming of the baby is going to take some time, there will be a closer eye being put on the ‘bets’ being made on the name.

Luckily this is just a game and not a real sweepstakes, so no harm done!

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Royal Baby SweepStakes

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Here is a fun way of having a bet on the sex of the royal baby and the name of the royal baby. Click on the logo and join the PoolKnave Pari-Mutuel by registering as a new user. Tell use you user name so we can load up you account with credits and away you go. Place your bet on the sex and/or the name of the royal baby. 

There are other things you can have a bet on such as who will win UK Big Brother 2013 and the next Olympic City (2020). If you have an idea of a fun sweepstake then let us know and we will put it up so you can get your friends to play along. 

Dont forget to blog on your sweepstake exploits and there will be a $25 prize for the best blog in August 2013.

Click logo to register and join the fun

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Funny Guy Mel Smith Dies

Mel Smith (3 December 1952 – 19 July 2013) RIP

Mel Smith (3 December 1952 – 19 July 2013)

The great comedian, director, promoter and gambler Mel Smith died aged 60 after what was described as a massive heart attack. Mel Smith had a face that was made for comedy. His down at heel hang dog look was perfect for the roles he played which were usually the gruff working class lad with a temper.  Although he went to a private school were people like Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman went too, he always had the persona as semi intellectual who could tell a joke or two, when really he was a student at Oxford University.

Mel Smith was a habitual gambler and during the 1980′s he had such a bad run that there was talk of the Jockey Club ‘warning him off the racecourses’ which is equivalent to being barred from every racecourse because you could not pay your debts owned to bookmakers. Basically he seriously lost a lot of money. This was surprising since Mel Smith’s father was a rather successful bookmaker and made enough money to send Mel Smith to Latymer Upper School. 

After his escape from losing loads of money to bookmakers, Mel Smith started to invest his time and energy into other ventures such as setting up TalkBack Productions with his comedic partner Griff Rhys Jones. The company was later sold for £63 million to the Pearson Group. He also went into directing films and made a massive success with the first Mr Bean movies with another of his old working partner Rowan Atkinson. ‘Bean’ made a massive $250+ million at the box office for a small budget of $18 million. But not even with this success under his belt could Mel Smith break the perception that he was ‘just a comedian on the telly’.

His best gamble was doing ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ which was the first of the new ‘alternative comedy’ which aimed to break the stereo type of mother in law jokes and easy sexism which was around in the late 1970′s. Not The Nine O’Clock News went on to make a major impact and led to Mel Smith starring with Griff Rhys Jones in ‘Alas Smith and Jones’ and their hilarious two men having a chat routine, in which Jones played the snobby intellectual and Smith the confused dullard.

Mel Smith leaves a wife and son.

Not The Nine O’Clock News – Gerald the gorilla

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Alas Smith & Jones – Series 1 Episode 1 Part 1

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Alas Smith & Jones – Series 1 Episode 1 Part 2

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Alas Smith & Jones – Series 1 Episode 1 Part 3

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