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David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
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2013 Prize Money

First:$3,600,000, Second:$900,000, Third:$450,000, Fourth:$250,000,Fifth:$175,000, Sixth:$125,000, Seventh:$125,000, Eighth:$125,000, Ninth:$125,000, Tenth:$125,000

To help appreciate the economics of winning the Melbourne Cup only two races in the world currently offer more prize money, the Dubai World Cup ($10,000,000 US)on a synthetic track, and the Japan Cup ($6,700,000 US)on grass.

To put in context why the organizers and sponsors, Victoria Racing Club, the Victorian and Australian Governments may not want to tarnish the reputation of Australia’s greatest race by publicly making available statistics of Melbourne Cup related deaths one may have to look at the amount of tourism and local dollars it attracts.

Then there is the huge entry fees paid by owners to actually nominate horses for the race, of which only 24 are finally accepted to start. . To give you some idea of just how much the Melbourne Cup must generate each year, let’s look at a breakdown of the prize money for this years race 2013.

With assistance from the Emirates Airlines (major sponsor), and others, the Melbourne Cup of 2013 offered winning prize money totaling $6 million AUD plus $175,000 in trophies.

This maintains the Melbourne Cup’s status as the world’s richest handicap race, and the single richest held on turf READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
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The new red pro employed by Full Tilt Poker. I managed to film, edit and produce the video in a week, whilst grinding insane volume. Women who say men cant multi task havent tried dating a poker player yet. I decided to film the events to make a cool video to add to my living my dream episodes I have been making. I hope you enjoy the video.

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WWW.MOCACHOCA89.COMnTWITTER: @MOCACHOCA89nFACEBOOK: MOCACHOCA89nnI spontaneously decided to take a weekend trip surfing to Costa Rica whilst in the middle of a sick grind challenge. I knew I would play a lot of poker there because I used to live/grind there and the people grinding there know how to grind READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
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It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. ? Gambling has proven to be addictive. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family. The two go hand in hand. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life. The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. On giving a serious consideration to READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
David E. Ramsey

As poker and gambling enjoyed something of a surge in popularity over the last few years, more betting shops, casinos etc started to install video poker machines and slots which allow customers to play a game of virtual poker for cash. It is obviously much quicker and easier to simply fire up your computer and play online pokies than it is to travel to the nearest establishment which offers pokies.. Establishments which offer pokie games do so only at very specific hours and if you want to play outside those hours, online pokies are the only solution.

Onlinepokies4u.com offers a unique poker experience for the online gambler.

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By playing online pokies, you are able to play pokie games whenever you feel like it without restrictions. These games are great fun and very popular but they are not as convenient or as much fun as online pokies can be.

Online pokies are great fun and a much more convenient way to enjoy a fun game of poker or slot machines from the comfort of your own home at any time of the day or night. To learn more about Online Pokies visit their website today.

As you can see, playing online pokies has several very real advantages over playing offline. If you are used to playing pokies offline, then online pokies should be no challenge for you and you will probably find that they are a much better way for you to gamble.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of online pokies is that they are so much more convenient than their offline counterparts. If you are a fan of poker machines, you should definitely consider trying out online pokies, once you so, you’ll never turn back.

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Convenience

It is often the case that online pokies offer much higher jackpots than those that you may find in the local betting shop for example. Sites which offer online pokies tend to get many more players as anyone in the world can log on and play and this enables the companies to offer much higher jackpots, so playing online pokies could definitely mean bigger wins for you, providing that you choose the very best online pokie sites to play at.

Pokies or poker machines and slot machines to give them their full name are something which are very popular at the moment READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
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Fighting a quarter crack, he may not have been at his physical best here, but his heart was never in doubt.

1997 Preakness Stakes – Silver Charm et al.

Silver Charm, Captain Bodgit, Free House, and Touch Gold, all amazing horses in their own right, battle it out in one of the best Triple Crown Races ever. This is a selection of my choices for the greatest races since 1973, pulled from the great treasure trove of horse racing videos on Youtube. A desperate finish ensues.

1973 Belmont Stakes – Secretariat Wins Triple Crown

How could I start with anything else? I still get chills from watching this race, in which the great Secretariat not only sealed the Triple Crown, but shattered the record for 12 furlongs on the dirt.  Keep an eye on Touch Gold, who stumbled at the break, but may have run the best race of all.

1981 Arlington Million – John Henry

The great John Henry made the inaugural running of the Arlington Million a memorable one. You have to pity The Bart, who looked a winner all the way round only to get out-bobbed at the wire. Cigar may have been just a trifle past his sell-by date after a long campaign that year, but he still gave Skip Away all he could handle. The embedded video below is just the finish of the race; the full race can be seen at this link.

1991 Breeders Cup Juvenile – Arazi

The European superhorse Arazi stunned the world with his electrifying move to the front, passing horses like they were standing still. Winning Colors

The undefeated Personal Ensign in her last career race runs up against the former Derby winning filly, a revivified Winning Colors. Easy Goer

Who was better, Easy Goer or Sunday Silence? This epic race may have finally answered the question, with former champion Blushing John tossed into the mix for good measure.

1996 Jockey Club Gold Cup – Skip Away vs. Easy Goer

It’s hard to imagine a more dramatic race than this. Feel free to add your choices for the best races in the comments section below.

1987 Breeders Cup Classic – Ferdinand vs. Note how Alydar fails to switch leads in the stretch, a flaw which may have kept him from besting his rival.

1996 Dubai World Cup Classic – Cigar

The mighty Cigar was going for his fourteenth straight win in the first Dubai World Cup. AlyshebaThe two Derby winners hook up in a classic of Classics. Chic Anderson’s superb race call complements the greatest race ever.

1989 Breeders Cup Classic – Sunday Silence vs. Preakness winner Louis Quatorze and Belmont winner Editor’s Note completed the field.

1989 Preakness – Sunday Silence vs. Sadly, he never lived up the the hype thereafter, but this amazing race was the real deal.

1978 Belmont Stakes – Affirmed vs. East coast stalwart Easy Goer was out to avenge his Derby loss to California-based Sunday Silence. From then on, I was hooked on the sport of kings. Tom Dirkin’s “Tiznow wins it for America”, may seem a bit over the top in retrospect, but at the time it had a real resonance. Alydar

In the culmination of their great Triple Crown battle, the two greats battle neck and neck around the track, with the game and gutsy Affirmed prevailing by a head. Even though I know who wins, I still found myself leaning in my chair as the two crossed the line together.

1988 Breeders Cup Distaff – Personal Ensign vs. Cigar

Two of the greats of the 90′s hook up in the Jockey Club at Belmont. 2001 Breeders Cup Classic – Tiznow vs. Did Pat Day move prematurly and comprimise Easy Goer’s chances? Judge for yourself.. Sakhee

Taking place just a month after the tragedy of 9/11, this Classic matched defending champion Tiznow against the Arc de Triomphe winner, Dubai-owned Sakhee. But of course John Henry, one of the smartest horses as well as one of the best, did have a habit of doing that.

What are the greatest horse races of all time? I can’t claim to have seen them all, since my horse racing consciousness only starts with Secretariat’s amazing Belmont Stakes win in 1973, which I watched with awe at home with my family crowded around the TV set READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
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The two leased eighty acres of land to their nephew Colonel Meriweather Lewis Clark, Jr. Richard Ten Broeck was a horse breeder and trainer and Clark’s father-in-law. The mural was painted by Pierre Bellocq, who updated the mural in 2008 to reflect all of the winning jockeys and trainers to date. The track has also hosted the Breeders’ Cup races on six occasions. . From 2001 to 2005, the grandstand underwent a $121 million renovation.

By: Simon_Michael Skinner_

Simon Skinner has worked in the online gambling industry since 2000.

Louisville had always had a love affair with horseracing. The dirt oval main track is a mile while the turf track is 7/8 of a mile. Since the spires were built, several renovations have been made to the track itself. The renovation was somewhat of a controversy since the new grandstand suites block full view of the twin spires, although they are still the highest points of the facility.

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When you talk with people about Churchill Downs, one thing comes to mind – the twin spires. Churchill Downs would do just that. He has worked for some of the top online sportsbooks and now runs internet marketing for BetAmerica – the top online US horse racing betting website.

The twin spires are the most recognizable feature of Churchill Downs. A new tradition would also be implemented that year – the adorning of the Kentucky Derby winner in a garland of roses. They have been standing since 1895 and were designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez.

For quite some time, Churchill had a reputation as a gambling hall. Broek was an accomplished trainer, regularly attending the English Derby at Epsom Downs in London. What most people don’t know is the history behind the track and how the twin spires came to be.

The track is named after John and Henry Churchill. Today, the Churchill Downs complex covers over 147 acres, nearly double its original size. Even people who don’t watch horseracing know about Churchill Downs and its twin spires due to the popularity of races such as the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. When these two tracks closed, there was a void in Louisville that needed filling. He was the man that introduced Clark to the world of horse racing.

Another unique addition to Churchill Downs was the adding of a mural that depicted the 96 jockeys that had won the Kentucky Derby from 1875 to 2004. Some changes needed to be made and in 1893 the track was sold to a syndicate that was led by William Applegate. He was also the president of the Louisville Jockey Club and Driving Park Association. After all, it was home to Oakland racecourse as well as Woodlawn. The renovation replaced the clubhouse and added 79 luxury suites and the twin spires were refurbished. Clark was actually grandson of famous explorer William Clark. New changes were implemented including shortening the track and the commissioning of the twin spire grandstand in 1895 READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
David E. Ramsey

Unlike team sports such as football, non-team sports also have multiple events over the course of a year, so “Betting to Win” obviously happens much more frequently than a once a year NFL futures bet on the Super Bowl winner does.

It is very important to note that not all the competitors in an event may be listed, so another betting option is on the “field” which includes all other competitors not listed. The two main ways of wagering on non-team sports are “Betting to Win” an event and “Matchup Betting” which pits an individual against another individual or a group of individuals.

An example with team sports would be NFL futures, where you often can get much higher odds on a team by betting before the season starts. These are not fixed and are adjusted by sportsbooks several times leading up to the event and are sometimes released months before an event.

Betting to Win

For non-team sports like golf, boxing, tennis and NASCAR, “Matchup Betting” offers an alternative to simply betting on the event’s winner. If her opponent pulls off the upset, $100 bet on the underdog would profit $360 (plus the return of the $100 risked). For example, you can bet on:

Before every major event in non-team sports like golf, tennis and auto racing, futures are set by oddsmakers. . Open tennis tournament, a reasonable money line would require Serena bettors to risk $400 to win $100 while a $100 bet on her opponent would win $360. Other examples of props for non-team sports include what racing team will finish highest in a particular NASCAR race (Chevy, Ford or Dodge) or how many rounds will the fight between Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride last (Over/Under 8.5 rounds). The odds on a “field” bet are typically comparable to a bet on the favorite in order to protect sportsbooks from taking a big hit if a major upset occurs. A NFL future bet on a team to win the Super Bowl might be 20/1 in the preseason; but by midseason, their odds might decrease to 10/1 if they turn out to be legitimate championship contenders. “Matchup Betting” generally involves an individual going up against another individual in a head-to-head event, such as a tennis match, and the odds are determined using the money line. Props, also known as exotic wagers, are also extremely popular on high-profile team sporting events like the Super Bowl in Las Vegas .

“Betting to Win” an outcome event like The Masters is the most common way to wager on individuals competing for a particular non-team title. For more information on how this works, be sure to check out How to Read the Money Line.

For example, if Serena Williams faced an overmatched opponent in the U.S. In exchange for a lesser payout, field bettors gain the advantages of having more than one entrant that can win for them. The same holds true for major team sports like NFL and college football, NBA and college basketball and MLB baseball.

The main advantage of futures is that you can get appealing odds by betting far in advance of when the event takes place. These artificial matchups are also fake in the sense that bookmakers are the ones creating them – solely for betting purposes – and different books will often offer different matchups. So be aware of all your wagering options and don’t miss out on the excitement non-team sports have to offer with prop betting!

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Matchup Betting

Group matchups are another way “matchup betting” is used which is particularly popular in golf and auto racing events like NASCAR, where you can select whether a leading competitor or a few other lesser competitors will finisher higher amongst the group, with the odds again based on money lines. However, many sportsbooks also offer proposition bets (or props short) for gambling on non-team sports like golf, tennis, boxing and auto racing – including NASCAR – due to their growing popularity.

As you can see, there’s much more to betting than simply totals and sides, especially when it comes to gambling on non-team sports. Since golf and NASCAR both have pre-qualifying, not everybody makes the cut to the final day of competition, and these group matchups require all individuals to qualify in order to be eligible for action. For example, betting on the 2006 Masters golf tournament now might get you much better value on Tiger Woods, who may be 10/1 at this moment but dip to 6/1 closer to the event if he is on a roll.

What player will score the game’s first touchdown

What team will win the coin toss

Every $400 bet on Serena nets a $100 profit if she wins (plus the return of the $400 risked). Betting sides and totals on major sports like baseball, basketball and football are the most common wagers available everywhere.

RJ Bell

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Here’s how the money line would be listed: Serena Williams -400 / #102 Ranked Opponent +360. The Imperial Palace Casino’s sportsbook is well-known for the enormous number of prop bets offered. An artificial head-to-head matchup involves competitors in an event like a golf tournament or auto race who are indirectly competing against each other since in reality they are competing against everybody in the field, not just one other competitor.

Proposition bets for non-team sports are not limited to “Betting to Win” an event and “Matchup Betting” but those are the primary ways to wager on them.

Furthermore, a tennis match would be considered a tournament-style head-to-head matchup since the competitors involved directly play against each other in the event READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
David E. Ramsey

Reforms and patronization was brought to horse riding by King

Charles II.

From first millennium B.C., the chariot races were known and

spread. In the United States, first race course was built in North

American Long Island. This sport is famous around the world including Canada, South

Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

In 20th century, after the reformers demanded to

outlaw betting and bookmaking in different states, Florida and California

became an industry with horse races scheduled to year length activity.

As the interest of people in horses grew in 19th

century, a joint club called, ‘The Jockey Club’ evolved, which was an American

organization resembling The British Jockey Club. These horses were swift with racial superiority. This

breed was unknown to the Europeans till now. Its headquarters

is in New York. These races were normally up to the distance

of 4 miles. This entity was

further upgraded to The Bureau of Regularity American Thoroughbreds.

. So, it remained less popular till the fall

of Rome in 5th century A.D.

In 1942, with the objective of encouraging ethical horse

racing, Thoroughbred Racing Association of the U.S was formed. Descendants of Darley Arabian were brought to Virginia. This sport started flourishing in ancient Greek; however, in roman

times, it was not that emphasized. Pennsylvania

Virginia and Maryland became the house of horse racing in U.S.

In the 6th century, Middle East Arab Horses were

introduced by Muslims. An Arab horse was imported to

England by king Henry 1, which was mated to get Anglo Arab breeds of horses.

Racecourse of Roman times was constructed at London in 1174,

where saddle racing became famous. This club served as a regulatory

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David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
David E. Ramsey

The offshore books with whom I work are top grade but it is in the offshore environment that problems occasionally occur. I also like SportingBet (www.SBSportsbook.com) who take US customers and cater for global sports.

“How to Choose the Right Sportsbook!”

 by: Daniel B. Therefore you should think of the sportsbook you are considering as a bank – a place that you intend to keep funds long term.

If you have already have an account with a sportsbook watch out for lapses in customer service and slowness of payment – these can be signs that the company could be in trouble.

Happy betting!

Read press articles as opposed to reviews – reviews are usually written by the sportsbook’s marketing team.

Test run the software by joining and playing for free – most sportsbooks offer this facility.

Find out if your funds are insured or separated in ESCROW accounts so that if the sportsbook company goes under – your funds are still safe.

Find out if the sportsbook is independently audited.

How long has the operation been online – three to four years is usually a good marker as a minimum.

Test out the customer services to see if they meet your standards or the standards they promise you.

If you know about betting already, then check some of their odds and lines – are they in keeping with what you would expect? Some less scrupulous sportsbooks offer very attractive prices to lure unsuspecting bettors. But ask yourself ; “how easy is it to get access to my money and how much does it cost?”

So what do you look for:

Not all the above are critical – but help towards finding a secure book. Options should be available that are ‘free’ or where the sportsbook absorbs the charges. It is, therefore, critical that those US customers put in the research before signing up.

. Sometimes this means added solidity.

What are the deposit and withdrawal options and the associated charges. These vary quite a bit from book to book.

Find out if the sportsbook is part of a larger group of companies. I have had at least three online sportsbooks go broke on me – luckily my losses were kept to a few thousand dollars – that may sound a lot but it could have been a lot worse.

The UK has a number of established books including William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, and Victor Chandler.

So you have decided to start betting online – or maybe you just want to find a new trustworthy sportsbook – what do you need to look out for?

This article was posted on October 22, 2004

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It is not that easy finding a reputable sportsbook – partly because the web is populated by website owners who will sing the praises of a sportsbook or casino simply because they earn revenue from signing up customers via an affiliate program.

You are keeping your money in an account online. King

I would say that US bettors are at most risk since they are generally forced to bet at offshore sportsbooks due to legality issues. Often these website owners know nothing about betting, do not hold accounts with the sportsbooks they are advertising and have not researched the companies they are involved with.

Well I am in a position to speak from some experience – I did at one time hold accounts with about sixty bookmakers in Europe, UK, Australia and offshore – the latter catering mainly to the US market READ MORE

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David E. Ramsey

David E. Ramsey

Usually, bookmakers run different policies and requirements for preparing wagers on arbitrage sports betting with abnormal results. This will naturally influence the end result of the arbitrage you are dealing with. If this describes the circumstance, it is then ideal to verify the policies maintained by the bookies before you place your wagers with them. Simply examine if the bookmakers share the same regulations for every sporting event you may be interested in.
David E. Ramsey

 It is a force in most white creature-based Pauper decks.

Delver of Secrets

Squadron Hawk

 Lightning Bolt is THE premier burn spell in Magic.  Most people say that this is the best Enchant-Creature card ever printed.  You cast this (one card) to make the opponent waste two of his.  Its not overpowered, but very valuable to decks that play it.  

The reason Delver is so powerful is because, you don’t have to really invest any resources in getting it to flip over.  If your deck is built correctly, this can often be a 3/2 flying beatstick on turn 2.  He had the spotlight on him when he was standard legal.  

 Ah, an old favorite of mine.  It is more of a fun and casual format, but like anything, it can be very competitive.  Let me know in the comments what your top 5 cards are and why.  Much like Delver, (which Bolt kills) this is a multi-format all-star.  This can be the difference between winning and losing a game.  If you are playing a deck with red in it in Pauper and Lightning Bolt is not in your list, you are doing things wrong.

This card is illegal in MTG Online because the set it was printed in originally was never actually released online for players to use.  It thins your deck, it attacks, it plays defense.  Put a Bonesplitter on him and go to town.  If you consider Delver to be a 3/2 flyer for one blue mana, that ratio of mana cost to power/toughness ratio is INSANE.

Here are my top five cards to play in Pauper:

Rancor

Lightning Bolt

You play Hymn on turn 2 and your opponent randomly discards two lands or a combo piece.  The reason this is such a big deal it because most of the time Enchant-Creature, or Aura spells, leave the caster at a disadvantage.  Rancor solves that problem while turning any creature into a threat.

Well, there you have it.  By the way, it almost nevers goes away.  Rancor keeps coming back for more even after the creature it was on has bit the dust.

They got everything right when they printed this card.  In order to really appreciate this card, you need to have it cast against you.

.  It ended up working out so that there was one of each color.  Perhaps he kept a risky hand, then gets hit by Hymn and has to discard the stuff that made his hand keepable.  It is currently the most played card in Pauper in the Mono Blue deck that most people say is the best deck in the format.  They can drop this guy on turn 1, then sit on their counterspells all game long.  The icing on the cake is that your opponent has to discard two cards of his at RANDOM.  Just play it in a deck with a bunch of Instants and Sorceries.  The problem is that one removal spell will two-for-one you by removing the enchantment and creature.  However, the card is legal in physical Magic and is extremely powerful.  Example:

 If you have played any format of Magic over the last couple of years, you know how powerful this card is.  Those are my top 5 cards for Pauper.  And how can you argue against that?  It can be played very early on in the game helping you win tons of damage races.  Maybe you remember the deck it was in? Caw-Blade, ever heard of it?  Of course you have.  Well similar decks exist in Pauper.  Delver of Secrets is part of the reason.  In this case, only the game’s common cards are used. This sets the tempo for the entire game now.  Boom, that’s a two-for-one special.  Ponder and Preordain aid the Delver in flipping over to its more powerful side.

Hymn to Tourach

For those of you that don’t know, ‘Pauper’ is a format in the card game Magic: The Gathering where only a certain rarity of cards can be used.  For starters, it’s a card advantage bomb.  You can cast Brainstorm, then put two undesirable cards on top of your deck, then get a nice shuffle effect with a hawk.  I play a RW variation with Squadron Hawk and his friends, but the more popular version is UW mainly because of the addition of Brainstorm.  It can hit opposing creatures or players and could be cast at instant speed.  Thanks for reading!

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