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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bodog Sportbook added to our list of approved bookmakers

BoDog Sportsbook make the grade and get the Thumbs up from The Gooner

Having analysed Bodog Sportsbook extensively over the last few months we'd like to welcome them into the stable of online sportsbooks and bookmakers used & recommended by the team at

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Bodog has a great reputation for innovation, professionalism - and paying out - which is probably the most important thing on the internet these days.

Bodog offers a single, easy access account to play poker, casino games, and for sports betting and we recommend Bodog Sportsbook for recreational European bettors who want a hip place to play- and also for all US bettors who do not have access to our other sites.

With 10+ years of online experience you know that will payout all winnings - and all US players should definately have this outfit as one of their primary places to play. Sportsbook

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Aussie Rules : Sheet for Round 10

Spreadsheet for Round 10 - Click to view

Here's the spreadsheet for round 10 - and regular readers will know that the spreadsheet has two components to each pick - a raw SONAS (or rating) calculation and then a comparision against previous matches.

This week we have 6 of the 8 games are favoured as win picks :
- Home wins for Port Adelaide, Sydney, West Coast are all picked by both sides of the sheet.

- Adelaide are picked to beat Melbourne despite the inter-state trip.

- Wins also for "Neutral" games with St Kilda winning an upset, and the Western Bulldogs beating Carlton.

Line (Handicap) bets are considered worth playing on :
- Fremantle +14 (sheet says they lose by only 3)
- Port Adelaide -7 (sheet says they win by 24)
- St Kilda +24 (sheet thinks that they MIGHT win outright)

Remember though - the sheet is still a work in progress and has a few issues to work though - specifically it knows nothing about injuries, returns, or suspended players.

Also the sheet has three ratings (home, neutral, away) for each side ... so if a side had a great AWAY win (eg Geelong) then it does not help their "Neutral" rating much.

Ok so there are the picks - let's see how it goes this weekend.
Good luck to all punters.

(You can find our weekly match previews on our Aussie Rules match previews page on the main site)

1 Jun 2007 : England v Brazil at Wembley

Wembley Stadium hosts England v Brazil

David Beckham is set to cap his England comeback by starting in Friday's friendly against Brazil.

The former captain is set to play after Tottenham's Aaron Lennon withdrew from the squad because of a knee injury. Lennon was ruled out after twisting a knee during England B's 3-1 win against Albania last Friday. This means McClaren is ready to start with Real Madrid midfielder Beckham against the Brazilians.

Beckham has not played for England since he came off injured in the World Cup quarter-final defeat at the hands of Portugal last July, after which he announced his resignation as captain.

Defensive duo Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson have been forced to pull out of the England squad to face Brazil and Estonia because of groin injuries. Liverpool's Jamie Carragher could come in for Friday's friendly against Brazil at the new Wembley Stadium and the Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia on 6 June.

Ferdinand and Dawson's absence leaves England manager Steve McClaren with a defensive headache. Gary Neville, Ashley Cole, Jonathan Woodgate and Micah Richards have already been ruled out, meaning McClaren is now without three of his four first-choice defenders.

Cole's back-up at left-back Wayne Bridge is also a major doubt for the game against Brazil, with Reading's Nicky Shorey standing by for his first full cap. Carragher and Ledley King will compete for the right to partner skipper John Terry in defence and, if Carragher is chosen, Phil Neville is almost certain to come in at right-back.

For a betting preview of the game - check out the England v Brazil page on the main site.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Blackpool win promotion to Championship

Blackpool celebrate their first goal in a 2-0 win

Blackpool's return to English Championship football after a 29-year exile was sealed with a 2-0 win over Yeovil in the League One play-off final.

A goal in each half from Robbie Williams and Keigan Parker ensured that Blackpool won their tenth game on the trot - breaking a club record that had stood for 70 years.

While the one-time FA Cup winners dominated the first half, Glovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was not actually tested before Williams curled in a free-kick from 25 yards in the 43rd minute.

Frustratingly for Yeovil, the free-kick was awarded against Terrell Forbes despite the defender making only minimal contact with Parker. Parker then gave the Seasiders a comfortable advantage in the 52nd minute with a wonderful long-range strike.

Yeovil, who were in the Isthmian League just a decade ago, battled and battled but never really looked like getting back in the game, with Marcus Stewart wasting their best chance late on.

That's two wins for the favourites now - and we've got a preview for the final playoff game as well :
- West Bromwich Albion v Derby County

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


Walker scred twice for Bristol

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Shrewsbury

Richard Walker scored twice and Sammy Igoe added a third as Bristol Rovers came from behind to beat Shrewsbury 3-1 in the League Two play-off final.

Stuart Drummond gave Shrewsbury a great start with a glancing header which opened the scoring in the third minute, but the Pirates were soon back on terms through Walker, who netted from close range before a precisely weighted chip left Shrews goalkeeper Chris MacKenzie despairing and Rovers in front by half-time.

Shrews winger Marc Tierney was sent off by referee Michael Jones following a late challenge on Stuart Campbell in the 88th minute which earned him a second yellow card and Town's misery was completed when Igoe slotted deep into injury time.

Regular readers should have made a profit as Merlin tipped the result in the Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury preview on the main site.

We also have betting previews for the other two games this weekend :
- Blackpool v Yeovil Town
- West Bromwich Albion v Derby County

Good luck with your punts !

David Beckham back in for England v Brazil

David Beckham back in the England setup.


Steve McClaren has denied being panicked into handing David Beckham an England recall, revealing he would have brought the former captain back two months ago had it not been for an untimely knee injury.

McClaren named Beckham in his 26-man squad for next week's friendly against Brazil and the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia five days later. Although the decision had been widely expected, it has still come as something of a shock given McClaren's very public axing of the 32-year-old immediately after he succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach.

McClaren has admitted he made the decision to resurrect Beckham's international career after the friendly defeat to Spain at Old Trafford in February.

"It is not a panic measure, we have thought about it long and hard," said McClaren. "After the Spain game, we looked at the situation and re-assessed where we were because that get-together and game were such a big disappointment.

"We were looking at the possibility of changing things around, so David came into our thinking and reckoning then. We were monitoring his progress and he was under consideration for the Israel game but unfortunately, he got injured." McClaren continued.

The former Manchester United stars place in the starting line-ups against Brazil and Estonia is now virtually certain, even if the coach is unrepentant about the original decision to drop him.

A number of alternatives to replacing Beckham on the right have been looked at, including Steven Gerrard and Aaron Lennon, who is almost certain to withdraw from McClaren's squad with the knee injury he sustained against Albania on Friday, but none have come close to filling the void.

Beckham is joined in the squad by uncapped youngster David Bentley, as well as Reading left-back Nicky Shorey. Wayne Rooney's absence just makes it all the more of a relief for McClaren that Michael Owen is getting back to full fitness again after finally recovering from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered at the World Cup.

And, with Alan Smith available for the first time during his reign and Joe Cole for only the second, McClaren feels there is a freshness about his squad that can trigger an immediate upturn in fortune.

England Squad : Robinson (Tottenham), Carson (Liverpool), Green (West Ham), P Neville (Everton), R Ferdinand (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Man Utd), Carragher (Liverpool), Dawson (Tottenham), King (Tottenham), Shorey (Reading), Beckham (Real Madrid), Gerrard (Liverpool), Jenas (Tottenham), J Cole (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Bentley (Blackburn), Carrick (Man Utd), Lampard (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Dyer (Newcastle), Crouch (Liverpool), Owen (Newcastle), Smith (Man Utd), Defoe (Tottenham).

Friday, May 25, 2007

Bet365 take a beating as AC Milan win

Punters beat Bet365 in Champions League final

Bet365 suffered substantial losses of well over £450,000 on Wednesday night's Champions League final as a successful gamble on AC Milan was landed.

The Italians defeated Liverpool 2-1 in Athens thanks to a brace from veteran striker Filippo Inzaghi and Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth commented : "The punters landed a monumental gamble and we've felt the full force of it."

"Our 7/5 on Milan stood out like a sore thumb on Monday and punters took full advantage of our 103% margin. Milan eventually went off at 11/8 after peaking at 13/10 and we'll be counting the cost well into the night."

Of course all readers should have done well as Simon's UEFA Champions League Final preview on the main site was touting Milan as the winner all week.

And the great prices at Bet365 along with their financial security to make these payouts quickly are some of the reasons why Bet365 remain our #1 recommended bookmaker.

Enjoy your beers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 offer High Rollers US$250

Top Costa Rican bookie - - has just launched a new limited time joining bonus to entice new customers.

The deposit promotion is being Spring Bling and it is a pretty good deal.

This is a 50% match offer where new bettors who deposit $500 get an extra $250 in bonus cash.

A few Terms and Conditions apply:
(1) New customers only

(2) It's a one-time deal and capped at $500

(3) Your Deposit and Bonus funds are held for 90 days (you can bet and win - but can't withdraw)

(4) You must bet through (roll over) the deposit and bonus cash 7 times before withdrawing it and any winnings can be withdraw after rolling deposit and cash 3 times.

As you can see - this is no easy to clear bonus for "bonus whores" to snatch up - it's specifically designed to boost the bankroll of players intending to have a few bets.

Visit now to check it out - but you'll have to hurry the offer expires June 1, 2007


IF you want more info on this online bookie then here's a link to our main site review on

Oh - and do take ALL players from ALL jurisdictions. I'm sure you North American punters know exactly what I mean by that.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Michael Owen to Arsenal ?

Arsene Wenger is interested in taking Michael Owen to Arsenal, according to reports in the north east.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle claims that Wenger asked St James' Park officials whether they were intending to partner Owen with Obafemi Martins next season. He apparently indicated that he would be interested in taking whichever striker may be available.

Wenger is expected to watch Owen when he plays for England B against Albania this Friday night and again when he faces Brazil and Estonia if he proves his fitness at Turf Moor.

The report suggests that Manchester United's interest in Owen has cooled because of the combination of his £5million-a-year wages and his questionable fitness, while Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has no interest in taking him back to Anfield.

Wenger has made his admiration for Martins very clear in the past, but the Nigerian will disappear on African Nations duty at the same time as Emmanuel Adebayor, leaving the Gunners with limited options.

Owen is still to sit down and talk with Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce about his future.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

BetDirect have a FA Cup free bet

BetDirect offer FA Cup Free Bet

Here's a late breaking promotion from BetDirect

Place a win single bet of £25 or more on any market of the FA Cup final online from 8.30am this Saturday and if your bet is a loser, BetDirect will give you a £25 free bet on the Champions League Final.

Yes that's right - if you don't back a winner on the FA Cup Final you'll get another go on the Champions League Final !!

So if you've got a balance at BetDirect then they're definately worth considering as THE place to bet at least £25 on the FA Cup Final.

(just remember it's from 8:30am BST on Saturday - don't be too early).

But kudos to BetDirect for offering something to EXISTING customers ... and of course new players to BetDirect are eligible for a pair of £25 free bets when joining ...

(But I don't know if you can combine all this - and somehow get 3 x £25 free bets so you might have to check THAT out with them)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Three FA Cup Cash Back Betting Offers


We've found three good cash back offers that you should consider if you're betting on the FA Cup this weekend, as it gives you a little bit of insurance if things do not go to plan.

(1) BETFRED - No Way Jose!
(read more)
Get up to £100 (or currency equivalent) per customer back, if Chelsea win the game in extra time OR on penalties!!

A refund on all losing correct score, first/last goalscorer and scorecast single bets

(2) PADDY POWER - Too Close to Call (read more)
Get up to €300/£200 per customer back, if you back a team to win in 90 minutes and they fail to win in normal time and then lose on a penalty shootout

(3) VC BET - Don't pay the penalty (read more)
Losing Correct Score or First Goalscorer refunded to a Max of £100 per person if the match reaches a PENALTY SHOOT-OUT.

So there we have - three good offers open to ALL punters (both NEW and EXISTING) that might help you to stretch your punts a little further ...

Good luck.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Interwetten (82%) - The global bookmaker

Interwetten - Betting Since 1990

I know that Interwetten is a big name for online betting. They were my first online bookmaker in 1999 - and the first bookmaker that we ever reviewed and put on the site as a recommended place to bet.

Check out the latest interwetten review on the main site.

Anyway, I was going through my reporting from Interwetten last night looking at all the different countires that we have visitors who signed up there.

Punters from United Kingdom, Singapore, Turkey, Greece, France, Brazil, Slovenia, Australia have all joined up in the last month ... and I was thinking - wow it's pretty global.

Then I saw Iran (Islamic Republic of) ...

Uh-oh ... don't they chop your hands off if they find you gambling over there?! I don't know who you are mate - but keep your head down, and your hands in your pockets and keep safe !!

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Newcastle Manager : Sven will we know ?

Sam? Sven? or Shearer?

Having been backed at a low of 1/33 for the job when the Betfair betting opened on Monday, Sam Allardyce is out to 1/3 for the Newcastle manager's position after other names were linked with the post today.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has been backed at a high of 49/1, but he is now into the 9/1 second favourite on Betfair.

Favourites to be the next Newcastle manager at Betfair :
1/3 Allardyce, 9/1 Eriksson, 22/1 Houllier, 33/1 Shearer,

And some no-hopers if you feel like donating your money away ... :
49/1 Pardew, 59/1 Coleman, 69/1 Juande Ramos, Bruce, 100/1+ Others.

Friday, May 04, 2007

The Sheet - England 5-7 May

Weekend Statistical Spreadsheet

First off let's discuss some situational things to consider that the sheet knows nothing about as there are 3 games where situational issues might make the "normal % calculations" less than accurate.

Man City v Man United
City love to tweak the nose of their more famous neighbours and have won this derby three times in the last five occasions (including 3-1 last season).

West Ham v Bolton
West Ham are on an emotional high after last weeks win and there is talk of a "great escape". Also at this stage a draw doesn't really suit with West Ham or Bolton.

Arsenal v Chelsea
Chelsea are tired and shagged out after a string of weekend/midweek games and must be a little down after dipping out in Europe and likely to lose their league crown too.

With that in mind here are the picks :

Likely Winners :

Reading (78%) to beat Watford @ 1.46 at Centrebet
Everton (66%) to beat Portsmouth @ 2.00 at Globet

Value Bets :

Everton (66%) to beat Portsmouth @ 2.00 at Globet (132% value)
Newcastle (50%) to beat Blackburn @ 2.30 at Globet (115% value)
Reading (78%) to beat Watford @ 1.46 at Centrebet (113% value)
Arsenal (51%) to beat Chelsea @ 2.85 at Eurobet (144% value)
Charlton (39%) to beat Tottenham @ 3.10 at Centrebet (119% value)

Middlesbro (38%) to win at Wigan at 3.60 at Centrebet (136% value)

good luck with your punts.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Milan are early favourites for UEFA Champs Final

AC Milan are 5/6 favourites (1.83) to lift the Champions League trophy when they contest the final against Liverpool in Athens on May 23.

The Italian side thrashed Manchester United 3-0 in the second leg of their semi-final at the San Siro on Wednesday night to progress 5-3 on aggregate.

First-half goals from Kaka and Clarence Seedorf allowed the Rossoneri to turn around the 3-2 first leg deficit, before substitute Alberto Gilardino put the game beyond United's reach with 13 minutes left.

AC Milan book a meeting with Liverpool, in a repeat of the thrilling 2005 final which finished 3-3 after extra time.

The 2007 Final will take place in the Athens Olympic Stadium on 23rd May.

AC Milan 1.83 at Ladbrokes and EuroBet
Liverpool 2.10 at Betfred.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Picks Sheet - UEFA - 1/2 May

UEFA Champions League Semi-final Data Sheet

Champions League Data Sheet
There should be nothing too surprising in that sheet - as none of the sides are picked as a "likely" winner - but there are two "value" bets.

TUESDAY - Liverpool v Chelsea
The sheet says that there is almost nothing to call between these two sides at Anfield (1033 v 1029) and so the draw is considered the most likely result as it occurred 35% of the time (in 57 similar games previously) and the 3.20 price on THE DRAW looks the value bet.

WEDNESDAY - AC Milan v Manchester Utd
Manchester United are not ranked highly by the sheet when they play away - which is not surprising given that they've lost away at both Celtic and Copenhagen this season and only won twice in their last 13 European trips.

The Italian side is perceived as a 55% chance to win (based on over 250 similar Euro ratings) not strong enough to be a recommended winner but the 2.25 odds on offer at PinnacleSports on AC MILAN looks worth a value bet - statistically speaking at least ...

Good luck with your midweek bets.

TheSheet - weekend results.

Final weekend tally in the English Premier League.

Likely Picks 3-1
We got three winners with only Chelsea slipping up.

400 points Bet - 520 points returned.
+120 points profit = +30% yield.

Value Bets 5-3
Plenty of tasty priced winners as Portsmouth, West Ham, Blackburn, Sheff Utd, and Villa all get nice priced wins ... although Everton threw away a 2 goal lead

800 points bet - 1385 point returned.
+585 point profits = +73% yield.

I hope that we helped your beer fund too !!