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Sunday, February 22, 2009

iPhone Blackjack Card Counting Application for $1.99

I've just been browsing the blog-o-sphere and came across this Blackjack card counting application at

It appears that for $1.99 you can download a little application for your iPhone that will allow you to secretly count the number of big cards and little card during blackjack to get an edge when the deck is over-balanced one way or the other.

It operates in a "stealth mode" and is supposed to vibrate in your pocket in your pocket when conditions are right.

Is it legal? IN a word NO While counting cards in your head is expected, using a device is usually specifically outlawed in most gambling jurisdictions.

EG. Counting cards with a device is a felony under Nevada law and is punishable by prison terms of between one and six years, or a fine of no more than $10,000, for the first offense.

So be careful out there guys n gals.

Source : Casino Lab Rat Blog : iPhone Blackjack application.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hiddink still favourite to be next Chelsea manager

Guus Hiddink is 8/11 favourite with UK bookmakers to be the Chelsea manager on the first day of the next campaign despite suggesting he will only stay with Chelsea until the last day of this season.

The Russia head coach was announced as Luiz Felipe Scolari's temporary successor at Stamford Bridge last week and he is currently preparing his charges for his first game in charge at Aston Villa on Saturday.

On his future, Hiddink said: "I will help out until the end of the season, and then it will stop. I am certain it will only be until the end of the season."

But the bookmakers don't beleive it making him a strong favourite.

8/11 Hiddink
3/1 Ancelotti
5/1 Rijkaard;
13/2 Zola;
10/1 Mancini;
10/1 Mourinho.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Spurs lose 0-2 to Shakhtar - 33/1 longshots to progress

Tottenham have now drifted out to 33/1 with Ladbrokes to win the UEFA Cup after they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their last 32 clash at RSC Olympiyskiy.

The Ukrainian champions' first goal came with 11 minutes remaining, with substitute Yevgen Seleznov glancing home a Jadson free-kick.

Jadson added the second goal two minutes from time, wriggling into the penalty area and finishing low into Gomes' bottom corner and now Sky Bet make Spurs 5/2 to progress to the next round.


Shakhtar 1-0 Tottenham - 78th minute Seleznyov

Shakhtar 2-0 Tottenham - 88th minute Jadson

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doyle Brunson's Poker Room takes the Cake

The poker room promoted by the great Doyle Brunson (, has successfully transferred to the Cake Poker Network.

This move allows Doyles Room poker to continue to offer great online poker to players from around the world - including most of the USA (except residents of WA, KY and LA).

Doyles Room has introduced some new promotions (such as the Gold Card Jackpot where special gold cards are dealt at random as hole cards at real money ring game tables).

Be first to collect the entire deck of 52 gold cards in any Series and you'll win $52,000! You can also redeem them as you go for tournament entry, etc.

In general the new Cake poker client compares favorably with the previous Microgaming poker client. It's stylish, quick to play and offers some good levels of action.

Check out today.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Avram Grant favourite to take over at Portsmouth

Avram Grant is the 7/4 (from 3/1) favourite with bookmakers to be the next Portsmouth manager after support for the former Chelsea boss today.

Former favourite Sven-Goran Eriksson has eased to 5/2 with caretaker boss Paul Hart and Slaven Bilic both 3/1.

"The support for Eriksson has dried up in the last 24 hours, while Avram Grant has publicly stated that he would be willing to return to Fratton Park," said Eurobet spokesman David Stevens.

"Although another three points at Stoke this weekend could see Paul Hart take pole position."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Real Madrid still making the most money in revenue league

Real Madrid remain top of the Deloitte Football Money League in terms of revenue generated for the fourth successive season.

But English clubs dominate the list with seven Barclays Premier League sides are among the top 20.

The Manchester United money men saw last seasons double success increase their revenues to £257m, an increase of £45m on the previous season.

It saw United receive a bumper pay-out in terms of broadcasting revenue while their income from commercial contracts also saw a healthy increase. In addition, sell-out crowds at their 76,200 seater stadium saw matchday revenues grow by a staggering 10 per cent to £101.5m last season, meaning that 39 per cent of their total revenue comes from home games.

Chelsea's overall revenue grew by 12 per cent, largely thanks to a 30 per cent increase in money from broadcasters.

While Arsenal may be sweating in Champions League qualification this season, the move to the Emirates Stadium continues to be a success story.

While there are suggestions that the cost of building the 60,000-seat arena has tied manager Arsene Wenger’s hands in the transfer market, matchday revenue of £94.6m last season, which represents 45 per cent of Arsenal’s total revenue, is difficult to argue against.

Liverpool's need to press ahead with the construction of a new stadium is highlighted by their relatively low matchday revenue figure of £39.2m despite an average crowd at Anfield of 43,500.

Even Tottenham's smaller White Hart Lane home generates more matchday revenue than Anfield, while they, too, have a plans for a new stadium in place. Spurs continue to do well from broadcasting and commercial revenue streams, but the Deloitte survey points out that they must return to the days of challenging for a Champions League place to stand a chance of regaining a top 10 spot.

Manchester City return to the top 20 thanks mainly to the revenue generated by the new broadcast deal and a reviewed ticket price structure, which saw the average gate at Eastlands rise by five per cent, keeping matchday revenue constant at £18.5m.

Deloitte Football Money League - 2007/08 revenue
1 (1) Real Madrid £289.6million
2 (2) Manchester United £257.1m
3 (3) FC Barcelona £244.4m
4 (7) Bayern Munich £233.8m
5 (4) Chelsea £212.9m
6 (5) Arsenal £209.3m
7 (8) Liverpool £167.0m
8 (6) AC Milan £165.8m
9 (11) AS Roma £138.9m
10 (9) Internazionale £136.9m
11 (12) Juventus £132.6m
12 (13) Lyon £123.3m
13 (16) Schalke 04 £117.5m
14 (10) Tottenham £114.8m
15 (15) Hamburg £101.3m
16 (19) Marseille £100.4m
17 (14) Newcastle £99.4m
18 (-) Stuttgart £88.3m
19 (-) Fenerbahce £88.1m
20 (-) Manchester City £82.3m

(previous year in brackets)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar regrets Real Madrid move

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is reported to be considering his future at Real Madrid just a few weeks after joining the Spanish club.

The Dutch striker is unhappy after being omitted from their revised squad eligible to compete in the latter stages of the Champions League and not playing in the domestic La Liga either.

Huntelaar is quoted as saying "I can't stand this situation anymore ... they have neither included me for the Champions League nor do they want to play me in La Liga."

"Juande Ramos does not have any confidence in me. I want to leave Madrid. I can't bear this."

Monday, February 09, 2009

Scolari sacked by Chelsea - Guus Hiddink favoured to take over

Guus Hiddink is widely regarded as the favourite for the Chelsea manager's job in the wake of Luiz Felipe Scolari's shock sacking on Monday afternoon.

But Hiddink's price has been drifting after his agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said there was "no chance" of him going to Stamford Bridge. "Guus wants to qualify for World Cup for a fourth time in a row and with a fourth different team." he said.

With Chelsea having slipped to fourth in the Premier League - seven points off Manchester United's pace, having played a game more - the decision was taken to axe Luiz Filipe Scolari.

That sparked a frenzy in the betting markets, with Guus Hiddink and Avram Grant almost immediately being linked with managerial roles at the club.

Grant, ditched by the club and replaced by Scolari in the summer, was being touted as director of football with current Russia boss Hiddink in charge of team affairs.

Hiddink, who knows Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as a result of his spell in charge of the Russian national side, was almost immediately installed asthe bookmakers 1/2 favourite for the manager's job - but that price soon drifted out to a general 3/1 as the markets settled down.

Paddy Power's Darren Haines said: "Hiddink's close relationship with Abramovich in the Russia job have repeatedly linked Guus to the Stamford Bridge post in the past. Now could finally be the time for Chelsea to go Dutch."

Betfred's Jon Wilde added: "Surely now Chelsea will go for someone who knows his onions at club level. Hiddink fits the bill having won the European Cup and with his Russian connections he is a worthy favourite."

Meanwhile, bet365 are prepared to offer 14/1 about Avram Grant returning to the hot seat.

Former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is also prominent in the betting at a general 6/1, while Chelsea playing legend Gianfranco Zola, currently in charge of West Ham, is also towards to the top of the markets at a best price of 7/1.

Earlier Zola's lawyer Fulvio Marrucco had said: "At the moment we know nothing about the link between Gianfranco Zola and the vacant position at Chelsea.

"Gianfranco is very happy at West Ham and still thanks them for giving him the opportunity to be a coach in the Premier League. It is very difficult to say if anything will happen, but Chelsea is a special place for Gianfranco Zola."

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Bettingzone take Arsenal to beat Spurs

Tottenham v Arsenal

These two arch rivals meet for the 144th time on Sunday with not only the magnificent 4-4 draw still fresh in the memory from earlier in the season, we also have Robbie Keane and Andrei Arshavin on show after protracted transfer deals were finally thrashed out.

They are on offer at 12/5 and 10/3 respectively to find the target at some stage and I would suspect there will be a few takers come match time.

This is a fixture that has its fair share of goals and Keane and Arshavin aside, one player fancied to get in the thick of them again is Dutchman Robin van Persie.

He looks set to get the nod from Arsene Wenger to return to the starting line-up and has already banged in nine goals from 20 league appearances this season - including against this opposition at the Emirates back in October.

Sharp as a tack in the box, he looks a decent poke at 15/8 to get into double figures in the Premier League.

The total goals tally is set at 2.5 and recent history suggests these two may well blow that out of the water - but I just fancy the Gunners nicking this at 6/4 as the better option and spoil Keane's return to The Lane.

Verdict: Tottenham 1 Arsenal 2

Source : BettingZone

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A US bettors viewpoint ..

I found this post over at the BookieLabRat Blog and it's well worth a read.

I'm still buzzing over Super Bowl XLIII. That might have been the best football game I've ever seen – but I'm biased, because I made some money in the end. Everything looks better when the bankroll is growing.

It started before the coin toss. I couldn't help but to take the over on Jennifer Hudson's version of The Star-Spangled Banner, even at the chalky price of -210.

I personally don't bet every single Super Bowl prop, but I always take the time to see what's on the menu, and the total on the length of the national anthem was 2:01 - exactly how long it took Hudson to sing it at the Democratic National Convention. Of course Sunday's version was going to be longer. It was a more dramatic moment in a much larger venue.

As for the football itself, I was watching at home with the computer in front of me and the game on the big-screen. Most of my friends are either in the sports media or the handicapping business, so we had a UFC 94 party the night before instead - and what a card that was. But I digress.

Sunday was a workday, and I was working the live betting ...

(get the full post at BookieLabRat Sports Blog)

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Relegation battle looms for Pompey

The pressure is building on Portsmouth following their 3-1 defeat at Fulham.

Portsmouth are still a point clear of the drop zone but the bookmakers now offer only 5/2 about Portsmouth being relegated at the end of the season having been 12/5 before the trip to Craven Cottage.
(best prices are at Ladbrokes and Bet365)

Middlesbrough are second bottom after a 0-0 home draw against Blackburn and Boylesports now have Boro at 7/4 for the drop.

In contrast Blackburn Rovers are as big as 6/1 with Ladbrokes to finish in the bottom three.

Tottenham are again being dragged into the relegation dogfight after a 3-2 loss at Bolton and Spurs are 13/2 from 8s to drop into the Championship.

Get all the live betting Premier League odds quoted at

Liverpool now second favourites for title after beating Chelsea

Liverpool have been cut from 8/1 to 9/2 second favourites for the Premier League title with William Hill after defeating Chelsea 2-0.

Liverpool dumped ten-man Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday to cut Manchester United's lead at the top of the table to two points - and in the process moved them three clear of Chelsea.

The bookmakers makes Chelsea 8/1 following the defeat, with Aston Villa at 33/1 and Arsenal 66/1 after they were both held to goalless draws by Wigan and West Ham respectively on Saturday.