Archive | May, 2012

When the golfing gods smile……

…..its nice that they smile on your winning selection! I had Zach Johnson to win the Crowne  plaza invitational at the weekend courtesy of Steve Palmer who is on absolute fire at the moment. For those that missed it Johnson won a topsy turvy battle with current form player Jason Duffner to eventually win by 3 shots. It must have been superb to trade with four two stroke swings but that was only the start of the fun and games. Johnson had moved his ball mark on the eighteenth and not moved it back before replacing his ball and in doing so incurred a two shot penalty. Worse could have […]

Trust is a must: The role of trust, personalization and context in online gambling

Something slightly different today and the first in what I hope will be a series of posts from Professor of  Gambling Sudies at the Nottingham Trent University….. Until recently there appeared to be a commonly held perception that consumers viewed the Internet as an information gathering tool rather than a place to spend money. The explosive growth in online gambling shows this is no longer true. Historically, the two things that have had the power to drive any new consumer technology were pornography and gambling. These activities have helped satellite and cable television, video, and then the Internet. For me, the interesting question is how online gaming companies use as […]

£28,000 winner

A relatively quiet few days of the trading front as operation ” paint the house” neared completion at the weekend and was followed up by a pleasant evening at my local racetrack where I somehow managed to pick the first three winners and still  ended down on the evening while Mrs Blogger  happily picked 10/1 winners all night. Unfortunately for us she didn’t combine them all in a mega selection and win the aforementioned £28K. No this monster was landed by the Racing Post tipster Steve Palmer   who apparently backed up his selection of Nicholas Colsaerts to win the Volvo World matchplay at 15/1 with a tip of Jason Duffner […]

Scholes For England?

I had to laugh today when I saw a flurry of online press speculation about Paul Scholes making a dramatic return to the England camp for Euro 2012. Scholes was a fantastic  player and I covered his retirement in a previous piece almost a year ago. The fact is though in the very biggest games both he (and Ryan Giggs) didn’t deliver. Its all very well running the game against a ten man Wolves team and looking brilliant , its another thing in the very biggest games (think United against City last week and United vs  anyone in Europe). Scholes hates the limelight and retired from international football in 2004 […]

Feel a bit dirty…….

Well that’s a headline that should get my SEO stats racing. But alas for Mrs Blogger I don’t mean in that way. I’m referring to the (as usual) ever so slightly controversial advert from Patrick Power when someone bets against their own team. In my last post I showed the full extent of my  football knowledge and expertise that Cassini from green all over so admires by predicting Not that important anyway City will thrash a poor QPR team and United will struggle against Sunderland. I hope I’m proved horribly wrong. I didn’t watch the first half of the game as I couldn’t really be arsed to listen to Niial […]


That’s what I’ve been since my last post- it’s not a case of sulking at United’s ability to throw away an eight point lead at the top of the premiership (well perhaps just a little bit). In fact I feel a bit like the bloke in the new Paddy Power advert who says he feels dirty as he has backed against his own team. When United had the aforementioned lead I decided to “buy some insurance” against the unthinkable happening by laying them at 1.45 to win the premiership- it hasn’t eased the pain although always the optimist I have greened it up so perhaps it doesn’t count as betting […]

F(r)ed Up

So the Manchester derby has been played out with City deservedly winning on the night and as hard as it is for me to say they have been the better team over the year and deserve the title. If I’m talking like its all over then I apologise I’ve obviously been listening to Sky too much who billed Mondays nights game the title decider  (or some sort of bullshit until the next big game comes along) despite the fact that City have to go to Newcastle who have been formidable at home. Mind you United’s recent run of  form (one point from a possible nine) will not have a decent […]