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A bit of a gap in posting while the Umpa lumpas at Blogger Towers worked feaverishly to give the blog a make over. Let me be clear this make over had nothing to do with Gok Wan. I’ve tried to make it easier for people to find older posts as well as having dedicted menus for the subjects that seem to generate the most interest. I also  hope that more people will leave comments although clearly that’s dependent on the posts being interesting enough in the first place! Incidentally in the last week there have been some great posts and debate on the Green All Over blog on the subject […]

Ryan Air Chase Preview

For this weekend’s post I’m delighted to welcome to the Blog Josh from Bodugi, who has supplied us with this excellent ante post guide to the Ryan Air Chase. Bodugi have also provided us with an exclusive sign up offer so that if you stake £25 on fixed odds bets with Bodugi (it doesn’t have to be in one stake – just a total of £25), they will receive a £25 free bet. Anyone who signs up through this link will be eligible . Cheltenham ante-post betting guide: Ryanair Chase Preview The Ryanair Chase is always a tricky ante-post affair, with many of the entered runners having engagements in […]

Versatile Tidal Bay has big race hurdles and chase options

What!!? The world didnt end??? Its back to life   and back to reality then….. Boxing Day is always a massive day of racing so I’m delighted to have this excellent piece on Tidal Bay and his options over the next few months…. Versatile Tidal Bay has big race hurdles and chase options   The Paul Nicholls-trained Tidal Bay has been called more unkind names than nearly any other top horse in training, but he keeps on producing the goods and may now have a chance to switch back to the highest level over timber following the shock absence of the great Big Buck’s from the remaining Grade 1 staying hurdles […]

Critical test (Of nerve?)

Ouch indeed!! There’s no way of dressing up in a positive the news that the Champion Jockey has decided to get his own back on me  by winning 4 out of his last 5 rides that Ive laid. The post here showed AP with a bloodied nose and it’s now me who has been left reeling. Well I say “left reeling” but perhaps I need a sense of perspective here . The fact is that those winners have halved the profit I made in the first couple of weeks of the project – that’s halved the profit (thought i would repeat it so i don’t forget). He is always going […]

Sweden v’s England Preview

Guest blogger Thomas Rooney has provided this for tonights game England boss Roy Hodgson will field an experimental side in Sweden tonight, with Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling making his full international debut in Stockholm. Sterling, at 17 years and 342 days, will become the fifth-youngest England player ever in tonight’s friendly and Tottenham’s Steven Caulker and Leon Osman of Everton are also primed for their debuts this evening. For the hosts, Sweden coach Erik Hamren will have key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line while West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson and Blackburn Rovers’ Martin Olsson will also be familiar faces to English fans. Three Lions Captain Steven Gerrard has […]

Poor losers?

Well it certainly was an action packed afternoon of football on Sunday and as a United fan I was pleasantly surprised to see Fergie go for it against Chelski and play two wingers rather than this newfangleddiamondformationbollox * (that’s the technical phrase). For me the game was overshadowed by the amount of fuss made about refereeing decisions and its one of the reasons why I feel many people are falling out of love with the game.  Players dive and cheat constantly and the second someone takes action he (Clattenburg) gets absolutely hammered for it. If more players were sent off for CHEATING (not simulation or “going down a bit easily”) […]

Ajax v Manchester City Preview

A guest contruibution from Thomas Rooney as he previews Tuesday nights big game…. Ajax v Manchester City Preview A huge Champions League game takes place on Wednesday evening as Manchester City travel to Amsterdam to take on Ajax. City have just one point from their two matches in the tournament so far, whereas Ajax have been defeated twice. Whichever side can come out on top at the Amsterdam Arena will close the gap on the top two teams in the group and put themselves in a strong position to reach the knockout stages. As for the loser – they will certainly have it all to do. Looking at City to […]

Basic Instinct 2: Counting the cost of blackjack (again)

The third in our series of articles from the Professor of Gambling studies at the Nottingham Trent University…. ————————— In a previous blog I looked at the psychology of following ‘basic’ strategy and card counting based on the seminal work by Ed Thorp. Compared with other forms of gambling, there has been very little psychological research into blackjack – about one or two studies per decade by my reckoning. In the 1970s, Dr. Nicholas Bond (who at the time was at the California State University at Sacramento, USA) did some research asking blackjack players some simple questions like ‘When do you take insurance?’ and ‘What do you do when you […]

Basic instinct: Counting the cost of blackjack

The second in our series of posts from the Professor of  Gambling Sudies at the Nottingham Trent University Dr Mark Griffiths….. ———————– Playing blackjack is relatively straightforward. Most of us played variations like ‘21’ and ‘pontoon’ as children. In the casino, all a player has to do is make a bet before a card is dealt and decide whether to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ on the total. Simple. However, as with the psychology of all great games, the rules are easy enough for almost anyone to play but can take a lifetime to master. One of the main reasons that blackjack attracts regular gamblers is that it is a game that […]

Heroes and Villians

So the Euros are over and  personally thought it was a great tournament- Im delighted to have another guest post from Ian Hutchison at TVbet with his own summary  of the tournament. ——————– Spain triumphed last night in emphatic fashion, beating Italy 4-0 to create history as the first team to win a back to back treble of major tournaments as well as being responsible for the highest scoring European Championships ever. Now the competition is done and dusted, I have compiled a list of my heroes and villains of Euro 2012. The list is potentially huge, but I’ll keep it to just the very best (and worst). Heroes 1) […]