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The parallels that can be drawn between Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of Manchester United, and his first in his second spell at Chelsea are hard to ignore: There was a significant improvement in terms of creativity and build-up play, but wasteful finishing against the lesser sides cost them dear.
There has always been an element of doubt as whether Horse Racing and indeed, gaming on the whole is fair and all above board. One cannot argue that in the past, there have been numerous reports on bet & match fixing, betting syndicates and unscrupulous online betting companies. In fact, just recently we had the case where Wayne Shaw was forced to leave Sutton United due to ongoing investigations over a pie-eating bet fiasco.
With the Cheltenham Festival just 6 weeks away we are going to take a look at the jewel in the festival crown, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, run over an extended 3m2f. It has been won by some National Hunt greats over the years, with the likes of Arkle, who had to see off the previous Gold Cup winner Mill House twice in the mid 60's when racking up a Gold Cup hat-trick.
As noted previously, the move of Ladbrokes into the Australian sports betting market was seen by many as being too little, too late, with many of their biggest name competitors having already entered the market and having made huge investments to solidify their position among bettors.
Years ago, when the local bingo hall scene was thriving, there were two key observations that could be made about the core playing demographic.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has announced that live betting through its platform will cease to be available in response to local laws – we analyse their position.
Great Britain begin their defence of the Davis Cup in Birmingham on Friday, with a newly refreshed Andy Murray leading the charge after the birth of his baby daughter, Sophia. The team is currently five strong, with Murray’s brother Jamie, Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund and Dom Inglot; this will have to be cut to four closer to the tie, with final selection announced on Thursday. GB are heading into this tie off the back of some impressive form individually, with Jamie Murray having won the Aussie Open doubles title, and brother Andy reaching the singles final.
One of the biggest racing festivals of the year, Cheltenham, is set to get underway on March 10th and, as ever, the fight for supremacy will be a tough one. Four days of racing will give aspiring tipsters and betting pros across Europe a chance to ante-up and boost their bankroll no less than 27 times.
It’s getting to that time of year again when many people in the UK begin to get excited about the biggest single gambling event the country has to offer. That is the Grand National.
More than £150million is gambled on the big race by UK punters alone each year, with millions more being gambled around the world as the race is broadcast live to so many people in so many countries.
Sports betting is highly profitable in the UK, with the government stating that the number of high street bookmakers has already risen by 3% in the last 12 months.
Darren Small, the Director of Integrity at Betting and Sports Data Analyst Sportradar, estimated that the sports match-betting industry, including both legal and illegal markets, is worth between $700 billion and $1 trillion (£435 billion to £625 billion) annually. Football betting accounts for around 70% of this trading.
While there are plenty of high-stakes poker games on tour at the moment, the Micro Turbo Online Poker Series is also back, and claims to be bigger than ever before.
The tournament kicked off on the 13th October 2013, the series is played throughout 15 days of jam-packed poker with over $1 million to play for.
With approximately 197,144 slot machines in Las Vegas alone, it’s no wonder that artists have started to recognise these games as a digital platform for their work. One such artist is marine muralist Robert Wyland.
Now that Prince George of Cambridge is happily cooing away, we can get back to pursuing other entertainment on the Internet. Metro Play Casino is there to satiate our need for excitement by offering more than 200 web games and over 50 mobile games. From brainy puzzles like Sudoku, to casino games including the thrill-seeking Lara Croft slots, Metro Play online gaming offers instant real-time fun.
Jersey has halted plans to allow for Internet gambling. The economic affairs scrutiny chairman has delayed any business by up to a month for the island, Channel One TV is reporting.
Just shy of 75 percent of the United Kingdom’s population has dabbled in gambling this past year while 59 percent of the population gambled on the national lottery.
With addiction fears mounting, the United Kingdom has vowed to begin a crackdown on foreign Internet poker rooms, or those not licensed directly by the UK government.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is planning to stop companies based overseas from advertising in the country, according to the Daily Mail. Hunt also wants to prevent gamblers from using their credit cards to bet with money they do not currently have.
The Brits love to gamble and this is evident in the dramatic increase in online gambling activity over the past year with a rise of 40 percent.
A study conducted by the Nielsen Group reveals that an additional 3.2 million people logged onto Internet gambling websites during the last year compared to 2.2 million who accessed social media websites such as Facebook and its rivals.
Online poker sites were among the most successful, with PartyPoker registering an additional 870,000 visitors last year, up 174 percent.
Giant rats are being reported throughout the United Kingdom, some as big as 2 feet long (and 5’7 inches tall if you count love rat Ashley Cole).
The London Sun is predicting that the UK could be overrun with rats if a new EU pest control proposal becomes law. Gambling911.com places an all out rat infestation by year’s end at 2/1 odds.
British poker players are making out quite well at the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Ireland says it will start taxing Internet gambling establishments operating overseas and catering to Irish citizens.
"This will have the additional benefit of facilitating the extension of the tax regime for the betting industry to all those providing online and telephone betting and so underpin funding for the racing industry," said Brian Cowen, Irish Head of Government.
Ireland claims that this step is needed in order to secure funding for the racing industry.
As France prepares for its World Cup appearance, they have had to also deal with a shocking sex scandal involving alleged under age teen prostitutes.
WSOP.com presents a look at each of the nine finalists at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.
Shane Faulk dominated the final table at Heartland Poker Tour's (HPT) 200th event Monday at Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour to capture the title, bracelet, and $132,262.