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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

FT : Reading 5-7 Arsenal (AET) - Video highlights of all the goals!

Arsenal have stormed back from 0-4 down to beat Reading 7-5 after extra-time in a Capital One Cup tie.

Jason Roberts, a Laurent Koscielny own goal, Mikele Leigertwood and Noel Hunt put Reading 4-0 up after 35 minutes.

Theo Walcott found the net before the break, before Olivier Giroud and Koscielny scored with headers from corners, and Walcott grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of normal time.

Marouane Chamakh scored in extra-time before Pavel Pogrebnyak levelled, but Walcott and Chamakh had the final word.

Reading v Arsenal by dm_5090bf3966cbe

Arsenal had 32 shots (21 on target) while Reading also managed 17 shots in a game that started with goals and just went mental. WTF was this? A header tennis match? ;-)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

FT : Arsenal 1-0 QPR - Video highlights

Mikel Arteta's late goal gave Arsenal a much-needed win over struggling QPR at the Emirates Stadium.

It was not a vintage Arsenal display against a hard-working QPR side, with Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar producing a series of good saves to keep Arsenal at bay.

The Gunners dominated with 66% possession and 22 shots to 6 but when Santi Cozorla blazed over the bar from 12 yards out with 15 minutes remaining it looked like it was gonig to be another frustrating day.

Arsenal finally went ahead via Arteta's scrambled effort with eight minutes left after QPR full-back Stephane Mbia had been sent off for kicking out at Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen.

Here are some viudeo highlight's that I found on the net after the game.

а 1-0 к by footyroom

FT : Arsenal 1 (Arteta 84) beat QPR 0

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nevada sports book director arrested - how are involved?

Online gambling forums have been buzzing in the last 24 hours after a Nevada Sportsbook director was arrested, and mention of top online sportsbook has subsequently been made in reports.

Cantor Gaming sports book director Mike Colbert was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas by state gaming agents in connection with a warrant filed by the district attorney in Queens County, N.Y.

Cantor Gaming has leased space in seven Las Vegas-area casinos - M Resort, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Venetian, Palazzo, Tropicana, Hard Rock and Palms - where it operates race and sports books -  but legal sources say that this arrest has nothing to do with Cantor Gaming's activities.

Instead, it appears that stories are circulating that law enforcement officials are trying to tie Colbert and seven other men arrested in Las Vegas on New York warrants as acting as agents for bookmaking activity associated with an operation dubbed "World Wide Wagers".
( SOURCE : Nevada Gaming Control Board Release )

Seven homes were searched, and accounts and safe deposit boxes frozen and seized. Approximately $2.8m in cash and chips has been nabbed by the Feds.

Now, major sports network ESPN are reporting that "the owners of Curacao-based, one of the most prominent sports betting websites, were named in the indictment."  ( ESPN source )

WTF? PinnacleSports are active in the United States? That doesn't ring true.

Online sports bettors will know the PinnacleSports stopped accepting US players on their website in January 2007, shortly after UIGEA was enacted, and in December 2008 stopped offering odds on US Horse races. Additionally, closed their poker room in June 2011 over concerns about US poker players playing on the nework.

Furthermore, has a significant list of countries that are excluded from playing including the United States, France, Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands - all potentially lucrative markets that were turned away by the company as different national gambling regulations were passed.

PinnacleSports seem to have tried hard to remain compliant with the various laws and regulatory issues around the globe.

So if PinnacleSports are not accepting wagers from United States based players directly, then what is this all about?

It appears that a third-party "Agent System" offered by to dozens of agents around the world may be the cause. These agents use the system to take bets from players using PinnacleSports lines - but the betting and the money stays between the agents and the player.

Agents pay a fee to use the software and the bets taken have nothing to do with the company providing the software.

But if this system was being used to facilitate gambling from US players even remotely via proxies, phone calls to "robot" clients that enter the bets or any other means, then I could see a possible connection that is not legal according to current United States UIGEA laws.

What do PinnacleSports say?

Pinnacle released a statement asserting that ”No Pinnacle Sports employees have been arrested or charged, and Pinnacle Sports itself was not charged in the indictment. We expect no interruptions to our day to day business activities at this time.” ( Pinnacle statement at )

What should bettors at PinnacleSports do with their accounts?

It's the first time that I've even heard a whisper about the Agent system being used in the United States - I was pretty sure that PinnacleSports had decided to get completely out of the US betting action.

With the details of the "Agent System" in mind - WHO REALLY KNOWS what the ramifications might be for Pinnacle in the long-term.

I think that any player who is worried about their Pinnacle funds should probably take action to reduce their balance. There is no harm in using your free monthly withdrawal to reduce your balance to a level you feel comfortable at.

Bring back 50%, 75% or even 100% of your bank at PinnacleSports if you are uncomfortable with the current situation - there is nothing wrong with being cautious and minimizing risk - that's part of being a good punter.

I have the word from a couple of players that they got paid out today via e-wallets and it only took 10-20 minutes ... so right now liquidity is still good.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

NCAAF Betting – Are the Gators Primed to be Upset?

South Carolina Gamecocks (7) @ Florida Gators (2)
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 3:30PM EST

This weekend marks the beginning of the second half of the college football season, and the second half gets kicked off with a bang when South Carolina heads to Florida.

The college football betting fans are watching the Florida Gators and Oregon Ducks battling back and forth for the number two spot in the country and the likely matchup against Alabama in the BCS championship game. That means that every game in the second half of the season is critically important to the Florida Gators, which could cause problems if the Gators get upset by the Gamecocks.

Steve Spurrier has taken the South Carolina Gamecocks and turned it into a top 10 program. Just two years ago, no one would have bet that South Carolina would be in a position to challenge for the BCS title, but that is the opportunity that this game presents.

Considering the instability in the top five (with the exception of number one Alabama), this game could help the Gamecocks to leapfrog several teams and thrust itself into the national championship discussion. A win over the Gators would do wonders for the Gamecocks standing in the national rankings.

Florida Gators (6-0)

The online betting experts know that the Florida Gators are winning games primarily on defense with just 60 points conceded in 5 SEC conference games. The 14-6 masterpiece that the Gators put together against fourth ranked LSU in week five is the game that helped to thrust the Gators into the second ranked position in the country.

The dominating win 31-17 at Vanderbilt the following week was just icing on the cake. The weakness with the Gators is in its passing game with the Gaters ranked just 118th. The running game and the defense more than make up for a lackluster passing game, but that may not be enough to hold off the Gamecocks.

South Carolina Gamecocks (6-1)

The thing that separates South Carolina from Florida in the standings is that South Carolina lost its game to LSU last weekend 21-23, but the Gamecocks did keep the game close.

South Carolina qrguably has a better defense than Florida, and the Gamecocks have the potential to score more points than Florida. But Florida can be so dominating on defense that it is able to smother other teams.

The Gators are also proficient at scoring points on defense and the Gamecocks are not. But with all of that, the South Carolina Gamecocks are still in a good position to pull off the upset if it can avoid the mistakes that cost it the LSU game last week.

The Bottom Line

The sports betting sites are all over Florida (-3½ points) in this game, but that may not be the bet to make. The Gamecocks are getting the points, but South Carolina has a shot at winning this game straight-up.

This will be South Carolina’s last chance to get into the BCS National Championship discussion, and the Gamecocks are ready for the challenge.

Pick: South Carolina with 3½ points start

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Monday, October 15, 2012

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NFL : Green Bay beat Houston 42-24 - The Pack are back!

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers finally put it all together by beating previously unbeaten Houston 42-24 on Sunday night.

Rodgers, the reigning MVP set a career high with six touchdown passes and the Packers played their best game of the season in dominating Houston. Rodgers completed 24 of 37 passes for 338 yards, 6TDs and no picks.

Jordy Nelson caught three touchdown passes and James Jones had two, including a diving one-handed catch in the 4th quarter for the Packers.

Tom Crabtree had the other TD, a 48-yard catch that Rodgers threw just before taking a hit from Texans' outside linebacker Brooks Reed.

The Packers sill have plenty to do - they're just 3-3 and site behind the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North - but it was a very solid performance against the AFC's best with Houston leading the AFC South at 5-1, and it shows that Green bay have the weapons to beat any side.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Pros and Cons of NHL Players Playing During the Lockout

As the battle between millionaire players and billionaire owners rages on in the NHL collective bargaining agreement talks, many fans have been noticing that many of their favorite players are opting to play overseas rather than sit things out and wait.

Since the previous collective bargaining agreement expired on September 15, the players have been free to sign with any team they want from any other league. This raises some interesting questions.

NHL players appearing in other leagues raises the interest in those leagues from hockey fans. ESPN has already capitalized on that interest by broadcasting games from the Russian KHL while the NHL is locked out.

ESPN has been largely ignoring the NHL since the 2005 lockout and having a competing league being broadcast on ESPN definitely does not help improve the NHL’s negotiating stance with NBC Sports and other television networks.

From a fan and team perspective, there are benefits and drawbacks to having the NHL players on teams overseas. The most obvious problem is the potential for injury. The last thing that the fans want to see is an NHL player’s career end because of an injury suffered during the lockout.

Another problem for NHL franchises that have players playing overseas is, with the raised public awareness of these other leagues, those league revenues will go up. The reason players come to North America to play in the NHL is money. If a league closer to home can offer decent money to a star player, then that player may decide to stay home and make a very comfortable living without having to deal with the aggravation that the NHL can sometimes create.

Despite the challenges, there are some perks to having NHL players play overseas. For one thing, the players get to play and stay in shape and the NHL does not have to pay them. In an NHL lockout, no one wins. The NHL has already lost an estimated $250 million because of the lockout. Any more losses will be catastrophic.

Another advantage to having the NHL players playing overseas is that they get game experience as opposed to just working out in a gym or skating in drills. It is a little easier for players to get their chemistry back with NHL teammates when they have already been playing in overseas leagues.

With ESPN chiming in and broadcasting KHL games, maybe the NHL owners will feel the pressure to get a deal done and get the international hockey spotlight focused back on the NHL.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

St George's Park: A tour of England's new training base

Former Gooner and ex-England defender Martin Keown goes on a tour of St George's Park, the English FA's new national football centre at Burton.

Costing around £100m, the centre is a 330-acre site which includes a grass replica of the Wembley surface with exactly the same mix of grass and artificial fibres, a full-size indoor pitch, and 11 outdoor pitches as well as an altitude chamber to mimic a variety of playing conditions.

The FA is hoping St George's Park will provide the basis for England success at future international tournaments.

It certainly is an amazing facility.

Check out the 3 minute video tour on BBC's website now

Monday, October 08, 2012

VIDEO : Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid - 3 minutes of highlights

Barcelona and Real Madrid battled to an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp on Sunday evening.

Not surprisingly it was the two stars who dominated the game wth Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both scoring two goals apiece.

Ronaldo scored midwat through the first half, but Messi equalised for Barce before halftime. In the second half Messi gave the home side the lead with a stunnign free-kick, before Ronaldo equalised with a clinical finish.

The final 15 minutes was end-to-end action, but neither side could grab a winner.

Barcelona 2-2 R.Madrid by footyroom

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Bodog ends UK and European Sportsbook operations

The Bodog brand has decided to cease sportsbook operations in UK and Europe, but it will be an orderly withdrawal with all players funds secured. announched that it was going to target the Asian market in the UK in future and will re-launch with a new Asian-optimised website later in the year.

IN the meantime, will remain in operation as a standalone Casino brand. Players will have the option to request a cash out or continue playing on the casino product as usual

There are also changes to which is no longer serving players directly and players will have their balances paid out in full.

Bodog continue to serve Canadian players through it's website at, while players based in the United States are welcomed at the special spinoff site

Also, Bodog88 offers sports and casino gambling for players in China, Thailand, Korea, vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.