Its been a while…..

Its been a while since my last post  (35 days actually) and despite many peoples hopes, the blog hasnt withered away like so many others. its just that its just that Ive had a bit on. Its been a while since I was properly “fulltime” at this ( I’ve just finished a two year stint working back at the countries largest supplier of  Electronic gaming machines to LBO’s and Casinos). Its been a while  since the last Steve Palmer winner (March) and he is 189 points down this year already! Its been a while since the last World cup. I cant blooming wait! Lets hope we have some of this on […]

Dont let it slip…

When I wrote this on 22nd April I didn’t realise that I was perhaps being slightly premature: As a United fan its made ten times worse by the fact that a rampant and impressive Liverpool look like they will win the title after years of  waiting . So for the last time I bring you my favourite stat – “Liverpool have not won the league  since the backpass law was introduced”.  Wont be able to use that come the middle  of May. and far be it from me to laugh at United greatest rivals just as they looked like they may getting back on their famous perch but this piece […]

gone

So the inevitable happened and Im sat here watching Sky Sports News going into complete overdrive regarding David Moyes sacking but as previously stated here it was clear he was massively out of his depth and I actually feel quite sorry for him. I’ve gone on record previously as saying  that I believe he was “sold a pup” by Sir Alex Ferguson  in terms of an aging squad that had been chronically under-invested in over the last 5 years and I’ll stand by that statement. There was a telling statistic which was trotted out on his 50th game in charge, in that time he had picked 50 different teams. He […]

Masters Day 2

Regular listeners will know that I’m a keen golf   fan so when the opportunity comes around to watch 4 whole evenings of absolute top quality golf and try and make some money out of it at the same time then Mrs Blogger is never going to win an argument to get me to go to Ikea. The Masters is a tournament that historically Ive always seemed to do well at although its definitely not without putting in some long nights. I make sure Im familiar with the course in  terms of which holes are playing easier etc and then also (and probably most importantly) keep a very close on […]

Out of depth?

Huge game tonight for David Moyes and I’m grateful for the always entertaining and knowledgeable   Hejik for stopping by the blog and posting the following comment . I do feel sorry for Moyes but the appointment was a quite bizarre one in the first place. I can’t see what they thought they were hiring in and all the evidence says hes not, nor ever has been, a Man Utd manager. What exactly does David Moyes bring to the table in terms of playing style? The man looks sick to me and clearly under immense strain. I do hope he turns it around as there’s long been calls for British […]

How times change …

A few years back Fred Done famously paid out on Man United to win the Premier league only for them to be overhauled by Arsenal, so its a sign of changing times when today Fred Done announced that they were refunding all bets on United  to win this years title. I’m not entirely sure what the rationale is behind this move (pity perhaps?) however its worrying when people take pity on you. I didn’t watch too much of yesterdays game due to being at a family function however I did watch the last few minutes and asked for the volume to be turned up at the end – why? To […]

Confessions of a bonus hunter

 My email inbox regularly receives requests for guest posts however they are normally never followed up or if they do appear they are normally badly worded adverts that are jammed full of links. Therefore I was delighted to receive the piece below which  makes for interesting reading and as someone who completely missed the “casino glory days” I have to admit to being ever so slightly envious! In other news its a week till Cheltmas!    It all started nine or ten years ago with a promotional CD that dropped through the letterbox, advertising the casino gaming website of a major UK betting operator.   I had always liked a […]

When bookies go bad…..

Sometimes I hate being right.When I titled this post You CANBET but they  wont pay on December 24th little did I realise how true that was to become. Fast forward two months later and the whole house of cards has  come tumbling down and left a lot of people very angry not least myself as Ive got a 4 figure balance in there. Key to a lot of this anger has been the role that the UK authorities have played (or to be more accurate , not played) in the whole affair. In that post in December  I stated this: For me there is a key phrase in the note from […]

Crewe(L)

No posts for a while but no lack of activity. I attended the ICE exhibition in London last week where the great and the good (and the not so good) of the gaming world were gathered to put the world to rights and “press the flesh”. In between doing this in a professional capacity I wandered around the stands and chanced upon the Gambling Commission stand. It was no surprise really to hear that the guy on the stand had never heard of Canbet and no surprise either that he just struck me as a career civil servant who I would never, in a million years  , back to  make […]

Curley Whirley

An amazing day betting wise at the races where legendary Irish trainer Barney Curley seems to have pulled off another one of his famous coups. You may recall a similar episode a few years back where some very big bookmakers famously refused to pay out and it all got very very messy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9094487/Betfred-finally-pays-out-4m-to-Newmarket-trainer-Barney-Curley-coup.html All the horses were returning after long lay offs – the last one “low key” (which turned out to be a rather ironic name !) was the type of horse that would normally be taken on however it was hammered in and even in running the price didn’t move above the starting price despite it being fifth […]