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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Arsenal v Man United - Bookie offers Moneyback if it ends in a draw

Irish bookmaker PaddyPower is offering punters their money back if the Arsenal v Man United game ends in a draw- up to €/£50 per customer.

It really is as simple as it sounds - place a single bet on the win / draw / win market at PaddyPower, and a draw gets your stake back.

Latest odds at PaddyPower are : Arsenal 2.20 - Draw 3.50 - Man United 3.20

It's only available "virtually" - if you wander into a shop you can't get it. And this money back option means that betting at PaddyPower on this game ON EITHER TEAM is the +EV play of the weekend.

Here are the T&C's at PaddyPower:
1/ Applies to first bet only
2/ Applies to Win-Draw-Win market only.
3/ Applies to singles placed before kick-off only
4/ Max Free Bet Refund €/£50 per customer.
5/ Free bet will be available to use on football matches for 7 days from when it is credited.
6/ Applies to Online, Mobile, Phone, Text and PP Messenger bets only. Not available in Retail.

No prizes for guessing that I'll be on the Arsenal to win - but whichever way you are betting on the Arsenal v Manchester United game - this Paddy Power offer is the market for your €/£50 bet.

Get your bet on at Paddy Power now !

Friday, October 17, 2014

German fans try to help their team find their way to goal .. funny video!

If your team hasn't scored for five games in a row - perhaps they need some help? Take a look at some German fans "helping hand" to their team in this short video!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Will Qatar host the World Cup in 2022? Bet on it at MyBet!

There's been a lot of controversy after the FIFA's decision to give the World Cup 2022 to Qatar and chances are it won't ever take place in the country of the sheikhs.

MyBet have stepped in and are offering odds on whether Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022 - and also offer a second market on exactly which country will host the event.

The interesting thing is that despite FIFA Dictator err ... "President (for Life?)" Sepp Blatter coming out and saying he will move the 2022 event to January to make it slightly cooler ... the price on Yes Qatar will host in 2022 is set at 3.00 for Qatar to be the host!

Financial Website recently wrote a piece quoting a FIFA Ex-Co member as saying he personally thinks that the tournament will be moved from Qatar.

Current Odds at MyBet as at 14 October - Click on the image to visit MyBet.
So what do you think? Will Qatar remain the 2022 host?
WHERE will YOU be putting you money on the bet at MyBet ?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

PinnacleSports close door to UK punters from 30 Sept 2014

Closed for UK Business from 30th Sept
PinnacleSports are top close their doors to UK gamblers from September 30th - citing a UK amendment to gambling laws and requirements to hold a UK license.

This amendment will also include a 15% profit based remote gambling tax based on the point of consumption - effectively a levy on offshore sites serving UK customers.

A Q&A page on Pinnacle provides details on what will happen to UK registered accounts.

Q. What does Great Britain include?
Great Britain includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Q. I am a British account holder. What will happen? What do I need to do?
All your account options other than withdrawal will be blocked after 11.59pm (BST*) September 30th, 2014.

Any of your bets placed up to and including 11.59pm (BST*) September 30th, 2014 will be honoured. Funds remaining in your Pinnacle Sports account may be withdrawn at any time free of charge.

Accounts that withdraw their funds prior to September 30th, 2014 will be disabled from making further deposits.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bet365 - On the Move Bonus for Mobile betting

Whether you’re a new or existing bet365 customer, did you know that you can get an EXTRA 100% bonus when you place your first mobile bet using a mobile phone or tablet?

To claim your bonus, simply place a qualifying bet at Bet365 on your mobile phone or tablet of at least $2* or more and you will be entitled to a 100% bonus, up to a maximum of $100*.

Once you have placed your qualifying bet, you will receive an email with your Offer Code to your registered email address. You can then enter your Offer Code by entering the Members area on site or through the bet365 On The Move application.

bet365 On The Move allows you to enjoy great features including easy to use navigation, thousands of markets across a wide range of sports, our industry leading In-Play service and a homepage displaying all the top events, whilst iPhone, iPad and Android users can also watch live streamed Sport and Horse Racing on the go.

With fantastic offers and an extensive range of pre-event and In-Play markets, bet365 is the best place for all your mobile bets.

So here is how it works :

Existing Customers :

Step 1/ Just place a bet via mobile phone or tablet at Bet365.
(You will see confirmation of the special on the move offer when you land there on a mobile)

New Customers
(You can double your bonus by following these steps)  :

Step 1/ Open an account with bet365 today (via that link) and qualify for a fantastic 100% Initial Deposit Bonus, up to £200, Eur100, $100 (depending on where you live).

Step 2/ Place a few bets via you PC to get the feel of the site.

Step 3/ Just place a bet via mobile phone or tablet at Bet365.
(You will see confirmation of the special on the move offer when you land there on a mobile)

Bet365 Joining Bonus

T&Cs : There are a few terms and conditions which you can check out at the bet365 site but I'll run through the main ones here.

a) The bonus is between $2 and $100.
b) Offer closes 31st August 2014.
c) Available for these countries - Australia, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and United Arab Emirates.
d) When you get the bonus code please claim it within 7 days!
e) You need to rollover initial bet + bonus 3 times via mobile before withdrawing, so a $100 bonus is a $100+$100 * 3 = $600 rollover. And bets need to be at 1.50 (1/2) or higher to count.
f) Asian handicap, goal line (over/under) and baseball bets don't count for rollover. Don't ask me why - it just IS that way ;-)

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Paddy Power Offers Twist on Top GoalScorer Market

The English Premier League season starts in two weeks time and recommended bookmaker Paddy Power has come up with a way to make the Premier League Top Goal Scorer bet a wee bit more interesting.

Here's the deal ... Simply place a €20 bet on the Premier League Top Goalscorer and every time your player scores in the league Paddy Power will give you a €2 free bet.

This deal is open to new and existing customers - and while it's not going to put you in the millionaires club - it is a good example of how Paddy Power do give punters good value for their punts.

Paddy Power is Ireland's largest bookmaker and one of our recommended places to bet for UK and Irish punters.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Luis Suarez banned for 4 months - too short - too long - or just right?

So FIFA have reached a verdict :

Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity

Could it have been longer? Yes - especially as it's a 3rd offence.
Could it have been different? Yes - it might have only affected international football - but FIFA has jurisdiction over ALL football.

Looking at the ban :
1/ The 9 international matches part of the ban is about a year - and prevents any more action at this World Cup which will definitely hit Suarez hard given the 4-year gap between events.

2/ The 4 month total football ban is really just 2 competitive months (as July and August are layoff months) but is probably also appropriate as it prevents the player slinking back to Liverpool and surrounding himself with sycophants that tell him he did nothing wrong.

There may be an element of cultural clash. It seems that areas of South American football (and Uruguayan football in particular) has fashioned itself on the do anything it takes to win mentality, and there is little "shame" in being caught by the referee or cameras if it works. The "clever gaucho" that outwits a bigger opponent is often the image used.

I'm thinking here about Maradona's "hand of god" goal for Argentina to beat England, and Suarez's double handed last minute goalkeeper save in the last world cup that eventually sneaked Uruguay past Ghana. They succeeded and the actions are lauded positively as sneaky examples of beating an opponent with trickery.

With that background, and seeing the blanket denial by the Uruguayan team, manager and Uruguayan newspapers that the bite even occurred at all I really think there is/was a huge disconnect in certain areas about what is deemed as acceptable gamesmanship.

Let's look at how foul play is treated within the game :
- Diving and faking injury seems to be acceptable - occasional yellow card. 
- Foul language amongst players is common, but yellow/red cards if aimed at officials.
- Racial abuse has recently been targeted with severe 8-10 match bans.
- Pulling shirts is a yellow card (if spotted).
- Denying a goal scoring opportunity. Red card and 1 match ban.
- Using elbows and/or committing gross foul tackles causing injury (or potential to hurt) are a red card offences and subsequent 2-3 match ban
- Headbutting (even a gentle tap) also is a red card at this level, as is fighting (even in retaliation for a bad foul).

So where does that put more calculated actions like spitting or biting? Is it worse? Yes - I think so as there is some premeditation, but exactly how much worse is quite hard to quantify because of the different attitudes.

Put in the context of the more common fouls - the ban does seem to be severe - but I think FIFA have accurately positioned the ban to reflect the biting must NOT occur on a sporting field.

And to me the 4-month ban appropriately reflects that it's a 3rd offence.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Real Madrid wins 2014 Champions League Final

Real Madrid has secured its 10th Champions League trophy, equalising in injury time before scoring three times in extra-time goals to beat Atletico Madrid 4-1.

Atletico Madrid took the lead with Diego Godin's 36th-minute header when Real keeper Iker Casillas blundered badly, coming off his line allowing Godin's header to gently lob over him.

Real Madrid attacked relentlessly in the second half as Atletico dropped back to defend the lead, and it took until the third minute of stoppage time before central defender Sergio Ramos headed in powerfully from a corner to equalise at 1-1.

Atletico looked a spent force in extra time and Real completed the comeback win when Gareth Bale put Real ahead in the 110th minute before Marcelo slammed in the third and Christiano Ronaldo put scored from a penalty in the final minute.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watch the 2014 FA Cup final - 12 mins highlights.

Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win a dramatic FA Cup final 3-2 with a goal from Aaron Ramsey in extra-time.

Arsenal TV and the online Media Player have released high quality video coverage - including 12 minutes of highlights - showing all the action from Wembley - and all five goals.

Check out all the action as Arsenal finally get their hands on some more silverware - doing it the hard way of course - and win their 11th FA Cup.

Check out all the FA Cup Final Highlights here.

(NOTE : The Arsenal media player and highlights of every Arsenal game are available for free to Digital Members - but a signup at the Arsenal site is required for viewing. It's one-off process and at ZERO cost.)