Sports Betting Moments Helping you with your sports handicap. Sat, 01 Sep 2007 05:00:17 +0000 en hourly 1 New Regulations for UK Professional Players Sat, 01 Sep 2007 05:00:17 +0000 Nigel It could be a result of what has been going on in the United States or not but the fact remains that professional players in the UK will be under new regulations starting this month.  The Professional Players Federation has recently issued a code on gambling.  Affected by this new code is the activity of sports betting.

As with other countries (well, the US to be more specific), sports betting has experienced a surge in the recent years.  However, concerns have been raised, time and again, regarding the integrity of sports which can be wagered on.  Of course, one of the main (and legitimate I would say) concerns of many is the fact that professional athletes may be able to manipulate the outcomes of games they are involved in.  As the case in the NBA showed us, it does not even have to be athletes.  Referees and other sports officials may be put in a compromising position due to the insider knowledge that they have about the sport.

So under the Gambling Act, anyone – player, referee, trainers, managers, and even journalists! – can go to jail if found guilty of cheating or helping someone cheat in order to get favorable results in sports betting.  The concern now is that there might be some interpretations of the Act that may not be clear to players and other concerned people.  As a PPF spokesman said “A footballer could tell his mates that so-and-so is going to play well or score, and without realising it potentially be in breach of the law. We would like to see proper education on the implications of the act.”

We’ll see how this one turns out soon enough.

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Top Sports Betting Events Sat, 25 Aug 2007 07:32:54 +0000 Nigel Here’s something for regular sports bettors out there.  has just added a new feature to their site which will allow users to see the top ten sports betting events live anytime they want to.  I have pasted the top ten sports betting events as of the weekend below to give you a sample:

•    Favorite pick is [1916] MINNESOTA TWINS +2000
•    Favorite pick is [916] TIGERS +1½-155 ( J WESTBROOK-R / N ROBERTSON-L )
•    Favorite pick is [1018] NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS +320
•    Favorite pick is [905] CUBS -130 ( ACTION )
•    Favorite pick is [2109] NEW YORK METS +450
•    Favorite pick is [901] DODGERS -128 ( ACTION )
•    Favorite pick is [1050] BALTIMORE RAVENS 10.50
•    Favorite pick is [2007] MINNESOTA TWINS +1000
•    Favorite pick is [904] ROCKIES -139 ( ACTION )
•    Favorite pick is [109] K.J.CHOI +2800

Of course this is just a sample and not conclusive.  At the very least, this top ten list can give you insights as to the hottest picks.  For more specific and updated information, you can just visit Bookmaker.

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NBA: Donaghy Guilty Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:31:11 +0000 Nigel In what could be dubbed as one of the most scandalous events in the history of the NBA, the referee accused of illegal sports betting activities has been found guilty of the charges.  Timothy Donaghy, a 13-year veteran referee of the NBA, has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.  These include his accepting cash in exchange for making winning picks, which he made based on privileged information as an NBA referee.  More than that, some of these games were under his jurisdiction as a referee.

What do people have to say about this?  There is no official word from Commissioner Stern as of yet but U.S. Attorney Roslyn Mauskopf  says “The participation of an official of one of the world’s premier sports leagues in an illegal betting scheme involving his own sport demonstrates the corrupting allure of easy money. Today’s guilty plea and charges serve as a warning that seemingly easy money often comes at a high price.”

It should not cast such a shadow over the sports betting scene, though.  There are perfectly legitimate sports betting operations wherein ordinary people like you and me participate.  We should not be punished for what one person has done.  However, we have to be realistic.  With such a highly publicized incident, we can expect some sanctions on the sports betting side.  We might have to face more restrictions.  I have no idea what they may be but I am pretty sure that repercussions would follow.  I just hope that whatever they implement would not make the innocent suffer just because someone else messed up.

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The Uniqueness of Sports Betting Sat, 11 Aug 2007 05:18:53 +0000 Nigel If you are into various gambling activities, you would tend to agree with me that sports betting is a league of its own.  When a gambler goes into a casino – whether it is online or land based – the fact is that most table games have a house edge.  That is, the house has an advantage over the player.  No matter how small this house edge is, the fact remains that it exists.  The only way to win at those games is for the player to employ strategies that will keep the house edge to a minimum.  More so, he has to have the skill needed to succeed at these games.

So how is sports betting different in this respect?  It is simple, really – there is no house edge when it comes to sports betting.  More so, the odds in sports betting are not as huge as that of different lotteries.  In sports betting, you need to approach the whole thing as an investment and thus you should keep a cool head and be disciplined.  With that combination, you can easily profit from sports betting.

Of course, there are certain things that you need to bear in mind when betting on sports.  Just like other gambling activities, it is best not to chase your losses.  Despite the fact that there is no built-in house edge in sports betting, there are still times when your picks will have losing streaks.  Walk away from that.  There will always be a next time.

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Sports Betting in Uganda Mon, 06 Aug 2007 08:38:45 +0000 Nigel This piece of news that I ran across online yesterday proves my theory that wherever in the world you go, you will run across people who like to gamble.  Whether it be on sports or cards or what not, there will always be someone willing to take risks.  For those who think that gambling activities are frivolous and unnecessary, it might be that the last thing they would associate Africa with is gambling.  I would tend to agree with them.  However, if you think about it, what is the logic behind this way of thinking?  As I said in the beginning, there really is no geographical limit to taking risks.

The people of Uganda are no different from millions and millions of people around the world – they have a passion for sports, specifically, soccer.  Recently, though, Sports Betting Africa announced that they are expanding their operations into East Africa, of which Uganda is part.  They are introducing their “Soccer 1×2” game which, they believe, will add some zest into the soccer fans’ experience.

How to play?  “One has to obtain an applicable fixture list for the 1X2 game and consider how each of the 12 pre-determined fixtures will end. The player must play a minimum of two board games of sh300 each. One marks (1) for a home team win, an (X) for a draw and a (2) for an away win.

The player who predicts right at least nine of the 12 games is an instant winner with sh2.78m as the highest jackpot.”

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How to Avoid Online Betting Scams (Part 2) Wed, 01 Aug 2007 03:41:30 +0000 Nigel In the last post we looked at some things that you can consider when evaluating how safe or legitimate an online sportsbook is.  Of course, as a reminder, I would like to say that these are only pointers and they do not guarantee, in any way, that you are safe from scammers.  Anyhow, let us look at some more tips on avoiding online betting scams.

Check out these management issues:  how long has the sportsbook been in business, how financially secure is it, and what kind of management does it have?  The first question is easily answered.  The second one would entail looking at listings such as the Stock Exchange.  The third one would entail more research.

One of the best measures for a sportsbook is customer service.  Check if they have service 24/7.  Try giving them a call.  Do their reps speak good English?  That is, is there no language barrier?  Are they helpful?  Courteous? Patient?  You want to know these things because if you encounter problems later on down the line, you would have to deal with them.

Last, evaluate their wagering rules and their bonuses and promos.  Though these things may not really give you a good gauge as to whether the site is legit or not, it is assumed at this point that you have a good idea regarding that already.  It is time to make sure that this site is going to give you your money’s worth!

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How to Avoid Online Sports Betting Scams Tue, 24 Jul 2007 08:31:03 +0000 Nigel Wherever you go, there are always people who would try to take advantage of you – that is, if you let them.  This is a fact of life and is applicable to most any case.  Sports betting is not exempt, especially online sports betting.  So how can you avoid being victimized?  Here are some tips to help you.

Know where the online betting site is located.
  There are so many ways that people can con other people online.  One is to base their company in an obscure place.  Do your research and make sure that the sports betting site is located in a country that legally allows sports betting.  When in doubt, better look for another site that you are sure is legitimate.

Test the speed of the site. 
Though this may be a shaky point for others, I believe that a good sports betting site should be generous and smart enough to establish resources to maximize the betting experience.  Try using the site right before a major game.  If the connection is too slow, then I suggest that you go someplace else.  This means that the owners of the site are too cheap to invest in additional resources and this is not a good thing.

Check the payment options.  One way to check if the site is in good financial shape is whether or not they offer credit card payments.  If they do not, it may be a sign that they are not in good financial standing.  Credit card companies are quite strict when it comes to partnerships, so this is a good measure.

More to come.

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Sports Betting at CasinoUnreal Tue, 17 Jul 2007 08:21:24 +0000 Nigel A relatively old player in the world of online casinos, CasinoUnreal has recently undergone a face lift.  Established in 2001, this online casino is now offering new graphics, features, and games.  In the beginning, it was just another online venue for playing poker and other games but with their revamp, they are now offering sports betting as well.

This is, of course, good news to all sports betting enthusiasts out there who are always on the lookout for online venues to play in.  Existing members of CasinoUnreal do not need to create new accounts to be able to gain access to the online casino.  However, they may be in for a huge surprise as everything will be different from what they are used to.  Upon logging in, players will not be greeted merely with the casino homepage but will be given three options and the choice between poker and sports betting.

They have a wide selection of poker variations, from 5 Card Draw to 7 Card Stud to Omaha, and of Texas Hold ‘em Poker.  For sports betting, of course, you can take your pick from different sports such as baseball, football, golf, hockey, rugby, and tennis.

You can choose to play either by downloading their software or using the flash mode.  The latter is actually a much appreciated update by their players who do not want to have to wait for the software to download.  The flash player makes it easier for anyone to just enter the site and play immediately.

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How to Succeed at Sports Betting Tue, 10 Jul 2007 08:32:36 +0000 Nigel I don’t know about you but for me, anything that I try out I want to be successful at.  The thing is, success is not always guaranteed.  No matter that I want it so much, there are simply times when I cannot get what I want.  I know I am being philosophical here…anyhow, in sports betting, I would think that most people are aiming for success as well.  Otherwise, why keep on making your bets and placing your wagers?  Here are some tips to help you succeed in this activity.

I believe that the main thing to remember is the fact that there is no one way to succeed at sports betting.  There are many different systems and strategies and not all of them work for everyone in the same way.  That is why it is important for you to find your own strategy or adopt one which works for you.  This is probably the hard part.  In the beginning you would have to keep on trying our different systems and methods.  This would be akin to the trial and error method.  When you hit upon a system that seems to work for you, try it out for a while – measure the long term success.  If it lives up to your expectations, stick with it.

All the while that you going on with your sports betting activities, do not overlook a simple yet powerful thing – doing your homework and keeping notes.  These go hand in hand.  Search for information and keep track of your activities.  This way you can go back and look through your notes for future reference.

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NBA Draft 2007 (Part 2) Tue, 03 Jul 2007 08:39:14 +0000 Nigel Here’s another piece of very interesting news.  Again, I do not know exactly how it is going to help you make your wagers but I could not help but share this with you guys.  Remember Spencer Hawes from Seattle?   He has been drafted into Sacramento.  As it turns out he is a right-wing fan Governor Schwarzenegger.  Very interesting comments from the young guy:

Hawes says he “loves” Arnold, and that he brought True Lies with him on the trip to New York, with plans to watch it on the flight home. “Now it has a little extra meaning for me,” Hawes said.

Before we expect some kind of right-wing, basketball-and-politics partnership to form, though, Hawes might need to change his stance on global warming. Schwarzenegger, who most recently discussed the issue with world leaders during a tour of Europe, has become a leading figure in the fight for action against climate change. Hawes has a different view.

When I spoke with Hawes at the league’s predraft camp on May 31, he talked about a recent Public Debate class exercise at the University of Washington. In it, he said, he denied the entire existence — and human cause — of global warming. When asked for his take on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Hawes said, “It’s one big lie. I talked about that in my opening speech — it’s the media’s liberal overexaggeration of just about everything.”

I wonder how Hawes will be in his opening game in the NBA?  We have yet to see if his passion for politics will be anything like his passion for the game.

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