A Preview of February’s UK Horse Racing

Northern trainer Sue Smith won this race a couple of years ago with smart stayer Royal Emperor and may have another similar candidate in Rebel Rhythm, who has already won a novices? event around the West Yorkshire track.

The main attraction on Newbury?s supporting card is the Game Spirit Chase, a two mile and a furlong conditions chase that is often used as a final preparatory race by trainers for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Alan King?s tough stayer Fork Lightning may well be among the entries for the ?Agfa?, and given his preference for racing right-handed and his fine run behind Joaaci in a strong heat last time, he is likely to be among the more fancied runners.

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Sandown opens the month on February 4 with an excellent card and another set of possible Cheltenham clues. He won easier than most horses do at Cheltenham in November and following good support for the Champion Hurdle in March would be a fascinating runner.

Take note too of the winner and placed horses because this influential contest has frequently yielded a winner or two at next month?s Cheltenham Festival. Connections have been pleased with his two runs so far and he has been aimed at this race since returning to action behind Acambo at Windsor before Christmas. Stamina is of the essence here and the locally-trained Ossmoses, who relishes racing over long-distances and has long looked a natural for this race and will be a name to note among the entries later in the month.

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Finding the winner is never easy but the bookmakers seems to think that Martin Pipe?s talented novice Acambo is the one to beat and he heads the ante-post market with most firms.

Local handler, Nicky Henderson, has also been a trainer to watch out for in this valuable event, saddling no less than four of the last ten winners and the stable?s main hope in 2006 looks to be Grand Jete, a one-time Champion Hurdle hope who looked like winning at Aintree last April until he went lame approaching the last.

Trainer Ginger McCain, a four-time winner of the Grand National courtesy of Red Rum and Amberleigh House, looks to have another leading Grand National candidate in the guise of Ebony Light, a surprise winner of January?s Peter Marsh Chase from the joint Gold Cup favourite, Kingscliff. Pipe has won the race a couple of times in recent years courtesy of Copeland (2002) and Make A Stand (1997) and Acambo is sure to figure highly in Pipe?s plans for Newbury.

Twelve months ago Ireland?s Essex justified favouritism to give the Emerald Isle its second winner in three seasons. In recent seasons the Agfa Diamond Chase has suffered through small and uncompetitive fields but that worrying trend has started to change of late and this year?s renewal is sure to be a competitive one.

On the same day at Newcastle there?s the four mile and a furlong Tote Northern National, a marathon chase in which shock winners are a rarity. Among the more potent contenders this season are likely to be the well treated Ladalko, who has been talked about as a possible for this prize by his trainer, Paul Nicholls, and Lacdoudal from the Philip Hobbs stable that has sent out three winners of this race in recent years.

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Top weights boast a good record too and Irish trainer John Queally believes his stable star Al Eile will go close to winning the totesport Trophy off 11st 12lb. Queally?s gelding didn?t hurt his Newbury chances by winning at Haydock the other day because he incurs no penalty for that success and has to be on any one?s short-list.

Up at Haydock on the same day Grand National hopefuls will go on trial in the Red Square Vodka Gold Cup, a punishing test of stamina over Haydock?s big drop fences in a contest that has sometimes exerted a strong influence upon the outcome of the world?s most famous race at Aintree in April.

. Significantly, Mrs Harrington landed this valuable pot with Spirit Leader in 2003.

A week later sees Newbury stage the totesport Trophy Handicap Hurdle, Europe?s richest handicap over timber, on February 11. One year later there?s a strong Irish challenge once again with the Jessica Harrington-trained Studmaster bidding to follow Essex?s footsteps by winning at Newbury after landing Ireland?s prestigious Pierse Hurdle one month earlier. McCain plans to run Ebony Light in the Red Square Vodka Gold Cup before going to Aintree for a crack at the Grand National.

Some of the season?s smarter novice chasers will be in action in Sandown?s Grade 1 Scilly Isles Chase, a contest that was won last year by Henrietta Knight?s El Vaquero and it?ll be interesting to see whether Ms Knight decides to let her rising chase star Racing Demon take his place in the select field.

The best of February?s action closes on the weekend of February 25 with Racing Post Handicap Chase day at Sandown Park. On a day of cracking action the pulsating two-mile contest takes pride of place and is always won by a good horse.

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Who knows, maybe even the elusive Lingo will return to action for Jonjo O?Neill. The betting is often a strong guide to the outcome of this classiest of chases and well-fancied runners boast a good record.

This year?s race is likely to be won by the current Queen Mother favourite Kauto Star, who will be using the Newbury event as a stepping-stone to Festival glory. He is also a tipster for the Racing Post Weekender, contributor to The Guardian and has written on racing for Sporting Life, Racing Post, Irish Examiner and The Independent newspaper.

On the following weekend ? February 18 ? all eyes will be on Champion Hurdle aspirants in the Axminster Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. Over at Warwick course specialist Voy Por Ustedes will be treading a similar path as he bids to earn a place in the Arkle Trophy line-up at the Festival by running well in the coralpoker.com Kingmaker Chase at Warwick on the same day.

Over at Wetherby on the same day the staying novices strut their stuff in the Grade 2 Totty Construction Towton Novices? Chase where the accent is firmly upon stamina in what is always a gruelling contest. Trainer Alan King may well let Penzance, his Triumph Hurdle hero of 2005, take his place in the line-up at the West Country venue after a series of disappointing efforts so far this season.

The same is true of the Venetia Williams-trained Chief Yeoman, who looks terrific value at 14-1 with most bookmakers

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Last year it bought rival Bwin Interactive of Austria and changed the merged company’s name to Bwin.Party, with annual revenue of 691 million euros, or $902 million.

The Justice Department had long argued that Internet poker violated the Wire Act and other federal and state laws. debut of legal online poker, MGM Resorts International, owner of such Las Vegas Strip monuments as the MGM Grand, the Bellagio and the Mirage, wanted a partner that knew the ropes.. “But do they want a headline saying some kid lost $10,000 playing poker on Facebook?”

At a hearing on a Caesars deal with the Israeli company last year, Mark Lipparelli, chairman of Nevada’s Gaming Control Board, said: “I don’t think as we look at companies that we can have perfection as the standard, because I think that would be a disservice to the state in attracting business here.” The board unanimously recommended approval of the venture.

Similar concerns are on the minds of social media companies.

In 2010, prosecutor Arlo Devlin-Brown told the court that the probe was continuing and referred to documents under seal. “Some will probably not make it through,” Lipparelli said.

In 2006, 888 joined PartyGaming in pulling out of the U.S. games where players pay to play and can cash out their winnings.

In 2005, PartyGaming’s IPO became the largest London had seen in four years, valuing the company at more than $8 billion. Another tribe last week announced a deal with Bwin.Party.

Gambling foes warn that states are putting fiscal worries ahead of public safety, exposing a huge and vulnerable population to the potential for compulsive betting. Dikshit couldn’t be reached. market. The main owner of Station Casinos, which serves Las Vegas locals at 11 casinos off the Strip, abandoned a similar tie-up with Full Tilt. accounts for about $400 million of global annual online poker revenue of nearly $5 billion, or 8 percent. Concern about past lawbreaking “has all gone away,” one casino executive said.

Online expertise isn’t the only thing that distinguishes Bwin.Party. Caesars manages the Rincon tribe’s Harrah’s casino and is hoping to build on that with software from 888.

The tribes are aware of the risks of choosing partners that won’t satisfy the state Justice Department, which the current bill would empower to approve license applications.

Then Parasol put her money behind Internet Entertainment Group, which gained notoriety for releasing an early Pamela Anderson sex video and promising an initial public offering that never happened. as players migrated to other offshore providers. Full Tilt officials couldn’t be reached for comment.

Caesars Entertainment Corp is prepping for online poker by tying up with an Israeli company that in 2007 acknowledged settlement talks with the U.S. Hence the casinos are cozying up to some tech-savvy offshore partners whose pedigrees might give regulators pause.

“We are very, very concerned about probity,” said Joaquin Fletcher, president of the Pechanga Development Corp, owner of the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. The alliance reflects the calculated risks that major casino operators, Native American tribes and social-gaming giants Zynga and Facebook are weighing as they angle for a slice of a market valued at billions of dollars a year.

Parasol managed to emerge unscathed, and in 1997 founded Starluck Casino in the Caribbean, providing online gambling to customers in the U.S. Despite the success of PartyGaming and other offshore companies, no U.S.-based companies offered alternatives for fear of prosecution.

During the merger talks, the regulatory suitability of PartyGaming and Parasol became an issue. In 2009, an earlier incarnation of the company paid $105 million while admitting to U.S. That company is 888 Holdings, founded by a dentist inspired to put poker on the Net after a 1996 trip to Monte Carlo. market even though founders of both were indicted by the Justice Department last year on charges of illegal gambling, bank fraud and money laundering, according to people familiar with the situation.

The 888 deal with Caesars that Nevada regulators approved last year was a trial run of Caesars-branded online poker in the British market, where such games have been legal for years. Nevada requires that successful license applicants and their large shareholders possess “good character, honesty and integrity.” Nevertheless, the big casino operators and their offshore partners are betting that regulators will look favorably on their license applications for two good reasons: tax money and high-tech jobs.

One big test could come in the case of PokerStars, based in the Isle of Man, and Full Tilt Poker, based in the Channel Islands, which together snapped up most of the U.S. The company might experiment first with poker in well-regulated overseas markets such as the United Kingdom, they said. In 2008, co-founder Anurag Dikshit pleaded guilty to gambling via the wires in federal district court in New York. venture. Research firm H2 Gambling Capital estimates the U.S. “They will create addiction in order to feed off of it.”

In California, casinos and gambling-software companies already are scurrying for deals with the tribes and others that would be eligible for direct licenses under a bill pending in the state senate. The company paid $105 million to avoid prosecution for pre-UIGEA violations. DeLeon couldn’t be reached for comment.

Full Tilt has shut down while it negotiates with the Justice Department. Bwin.Party’s Ryan said he couldn’t imagine the couple standing in the way. About 40 per cent of Playtech is owned by Teddy Sagi, an Israeli billionaire who pleaded guilty to stock manipulation and bribery in 1996 in a scandal known as the Discount Affair. MGM Resorts took 25 percent of a new venture 65 percent owned by Bwin.Party, with smaller Las Vegas casino operator Boyd Gaming getting the remaining 10 percent.

Early indications are that they are right.

The gambling majors have seen the promise of social networking as well. But PokerStars remains the biggest site worldwide, with what others in the industry believe tops $1 billion in annual revenue. He was sentenced to nine months in prison. Employees accused the company of routinely overbilling customers, and Chief Executive Seth Warshavsky fled to Thailand as authorities investigated. He forfeited $300 million and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, leading PartyGaming itself to settle in 2009. He recently told Reuters he could not comment further, leaving open the possibility that Parasol could be charged if she returns home to the United States.

People familiar with the situation say that as part of the settlement talks with the Justice Department, PokerStars is considering buying Full Tilt and refunding U.S. After earning a law degree, Parasol first prospered in the 1990s through 1-900 phone-sex and other services that were sued by multiple states for aggressive billing and collection practices. Those virtual chip purchases have made the game one of Zynga’s top earners and opened the company’s eyes to the potential of the real thing.

Meanwhile, offshore gambling outfit PokerStars is considering buying its chief offshore rival, Full Tilt, and making a run at the U.S. players hundreds of millions of dollars missing from their accounts. PokerStars confirmed the settlement talks but declined to comment on Full Tilt or its American aspirations. He said confessions of pre-2006 wrongdoing wouldn’t automatically prevent licensing, though. It harbors hopes that a deal with prosecutors could pave the way for a return to the U.S.

Bwin.Party grew out of PartyGaming, a brainchild of San Francisco-area native Ruth Parasol, who has a history as colorful as Las Vegas. Warshavsky didn’t respond to an interview request.

Zynga has held talks with Bwin.Party, 888, multiple California tribes and card rooms, and the big brick-and-mortar casinos, people familiar with the discussions said. Parasol and her husband, Russell DeLeon, agreed that the board could force them to restructure their more than 13 percent stake in the merged company or sell it if “required by any gaming regulatory authority in connection with business opportunities,” according to merger documents filed with regulators.

A group of Native American tribes in California has signed up to use software from another Israeli company, run by a man who served prison time for stock manipulation and bribery. prosecutors it had run an illegal gambling operation and engaged in bank and wire fraud.

MGM Resorts’ choice of Bwin.Party as a partner while applying for online poker licenses in Nevada might seem unusual. MGM Resorts, like Bwin.Party, is planning its own game without cash payouts but with social networking built in. legal status of online gambling flared.

Last year, on an April day known in online poker circles as Black Friday, federal prosecutors unsealed indictments alleging illegal gambling, bank fraud and money laundering against the founders of PokerStars and Full Tilt. Caesars recently bought game application developer Playtika, which has a popular free slot machine app on Facebook called Slotomania, and it launched a Caesars-branded casino game suite there, too.

But casino operators, Indian tribes and Internet powers bent on offering online poker lack experience delivering it. The late Aharon Shaked and his brother Avi mortgaged their homes to fund the company, and their families and a co-founding family still have majority control.

In 2006, Congress clarified the matter by passing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, explicitly barring processing interstate or international poker transactions where state laws forbade such gambling. Justice Department over alleged breaches of anti-gambling laws.

PartyGaming’s fortunes recovered as it began to focus on non-U.S. home Internet users, reaching more than 10 percent of them in a single week, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

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Ambitions are running high at 888. He said current investigations of Bwin.Party, 888 and more than 20 other license applicants would be far more rigorous than anything the overseas outfits had experienced in their home countries. The company had a big hit with its PartyPoker website, which became the dominant force in U.S. Playtech didn’t respond to a request for comment.

“Suitability is the very first question on all of their minds,” he told Reuters during a recent business trip to San Francisco.

That clause wouldn’t apply, however, if the licensing process is “more burdensome to the principal PartyGaming shareholders than the licensing requirements currently imposed by the state of Nevada.” That means the couple’s stake could, in effect, block deals in states with tougher standards. His lawyer didn’t return calls seeking comment.

Zynga, the dominant provider of recreational games on Facebook, has 36 million monthly average users of its Texas HoldEm Poker, the second most popular game on Facebook after its CityVille, according to market research firm AppData.

It’s easy to see why.

Despite the enthusiasm, the risks of a regulatory, legal or public-relations setback for Zynga and Facebook are substantial, even if they partner well.

With millions of free players, “it’s very likely these people can be converted” to playing for real money, said one longtime offshore poker executive. “The governments are so desperate for revenues that they will partner with these lawbreaking outfits,” said Les Bernal, executive director of the nonprofit Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation in Washington, D.C. MGM did not respond to repeated interview requests about its choice of Bwin.Party.

All this comes as Nevada prepares to license the first online poker operators and software suppliers late next month — and as California, New Jersey, Iowa, Massachusetts, Delaware and other states debate similar moves.

In the meantime, he said, Bwin.Party will promote its brands through a social game, to be announced soon, without the ability to cash out. PartyGaming responded by pulling out of the U.S., leaving two-thirds of its players behind to be claimed by privately held offshore companies.

Most states have “suitability” rules designed to keep crooks out of the gambling industry. No charges were filed.

Among its principal backers: a California-born woman who made a fortune in phone sex and Web pornography businesses that, like the pioneering online-gambling company that became Bwin.Party, faced multiple allegations of wrongdoing.

The card game doesn’t require regulation because players don’t receive cash payouts, though they often pay for extra chips to play with. Online poker is a business that involves processing billions of dollars worth of bets and battling the fraudsters, cheats and robot-player software that can ruin the games. In North Carolina’s suit, the judge ordered a company she co-founded to pay $270,000 in damages.

The law didn’t snuff out online poker in the U.S. But for a time before that, 888’s Casino-on-Net gambling website was among the top 10 buyers of banner ads aimed at U.S. Just then, debate over the U.S. and elsewhere. companies.

A coalition of tribes and card rooms known as the California Online Poker Association has signed up to use software from Playtech Ltd, a London-listed British company. Officials at 888 declined interview requests, as did those at Caesars.

Now partnered with MGM Resorts, Bwin.Party has applied for a Nevada license to offer Internet poker software and services. partners, its history was a chief concern of MGM Resorts and other U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Full Tilt had operated as a Ponzi scheme, relying on new players’ deposits to cover payouts to older customers while executives and advisers took hundreds of millions of dollars from player accounts.

The indictments prompted Wynn Resorts Ltd to drop a weeks-old “strategic relationship” with PokerStars. Neither Nevada company returned calls seeking comment.

One of Bwin.Party’s top rivals is also listed in London but based in Israel. “The most exciting market opportunity for the industry must be that of the States, and we are definitely the prettiest girl in town, with everybody keen to have discussions with us,” 888 Chief Executive Officer Brian Mattingley told investors last month. market after the 2006 law was passed and PartyGaming ran for the exits.




“We’ll be out of the gate as soon as anybody,” MGM Resorts Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren boasted to investors in February.

In 2007 the company acknowledged it was in settlement talks with the Justice Department over suspected breaches of pre-2006 anti gambling laws. Zynga declined to comment.

Lipparelli, the Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman, said scrutiny of the initial Caesars venture was lower than what it would have been for a U.S. Caesars, operator of the Strip’s Caesars Palace, Harrah’s and Rio, has since expanded its relationship with 888, agreeing to use its software in the United States once states approve.

So last October it hooked up with Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc, a London-listed, Gibraltar-based specialist that rakes in more from Web betting than any other publicly traded company. Ryan said negotiations with Facebook, a likely game platform, are continuing.

Parasol, who has been living in Gibraltar for most of the past decade, declined requests for an interview.

Many of the cash-starved states, encouraged by intensive industry lobbying, have felt freer to act since December, when the Justice Department declared that one federal anti-gambling law, the Wire Act, would no longer be enforced beyond sports betting.

Zynga, eager to convert some of its tens of millions of virtual poker enthusiasts into cash gamblers, also has been in talks with Bwin.Party and others that have had brushes with the law, according to people familiar with the matter.

Jim Ryan, co-chief executive officer of Bwin.Party, acknowledged in an interview that when the company was looking for U.S. Preet Bharara, U.S. It isn’t. Gambling executives say they expect smooth sailing in Nevada because regulators want to add local technology jobs. Co-CEO Ryan said the joint venture will handle all U.S. Depending on how many states ultimately legalize online cards, that share could rise to as high as 28 percent in five years, the company says.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – To prime itself for the U.S. online cards, and then renamed itself PartyGaming.

PartyGaming’s problems didn’t end when it left the United States. customers. “We don’t want whoever we pick to just create more nightmares down the road.”

Lazard Capital Markets said in March that it expected Zynga to move “aggressively” and capture an extra $100 million in annual profit by offering online poker with cash payouts and prizes.

Facebook declined to comment


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Television viewers in Israel can see the latest entry in this proud tradition, and iReporter/Obama fan mrmannyc is right in the middle of it. Flash-forward to today, where he is the star of a musical  Israeli TV commercial as the President, singing and dancing in the “White House,” saying “Yes, we can” to the “Yes” satellite television service.

As President Obama takes the podium for his first State of the Union address tonight, it’s worth taking a look at how this President, with his much-admired speaking style, has been impersonated and used in advertisements worldwide.

mrmannyc reports that he has been asked to make a promotional trip to Israel. In the meantime, check out Jeanne Moos’ interview with him.. During the election, he shared many iReports about his desire to see the then-candidate speak, and after being told of a resemblance, started posting up videos of himself as Obama. Impersonators have also been big hits online since the 2008 election. hhanks // January 27, 2010

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Free Preakness Stakes Bet Offered on Giacomo at All Horse Racing

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Unique Romantic Gift Ideas For Him

Depending on the smoking and drinking habits, a good-looking lighter or cigarette holder is something that would always be welcomed as a gift, by men.

Gifts are symbols of eternal love, immortal passion and undying faith. There are a number of new gardening and painting tools coming up everyday. Therefore, it would be a touching gesture on your behalf, if you gift your man something that he knew would greatly enhance his hobby but didn’t feel like parting with his hard-earned buck. Think from his point of view. An alarm clock could also be the ideal gift, if your man is keen to go for a run in the morning, but can’t stop himself from lolling in bed and procrastinating the program!

Minimalist Approach

A mans’ wallet perpetually looks undernourished, with a tatter here and there. Men seldom spend money on their hobbies. Gift him what he may cherish and not what he would appreciate. Does he work in an office, is he a businessman or a freelancer? Undoubtedly, the best gift is the one that men can use day in a day out.


Why not gift him something unusual; something he had never dreamt would have existed! If he loves his cell phone and can’t part with it, consider gifting a cell phone sanitizer. Uncanny as it may seem, this sanitizer comes with a cell phone holder and it is through the UV light that the germ attack on your phone is countered. Therefore, gifts like Perfumes, Deodorants, Shaving Kits are a welcome accessory on their shelf.

Most gifts are supposed to be personal property and used by one person. As for a ‘putting’ patriot, a new golf set would never hurt.

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Apparel like shirts, trousers, ties, jackets are safe bets. and the ‘awww’ is bound to come your way!. So, if you wish your gift to be a little less controversial than what Marilyn Monroe gave JFK, you can reserve your tickets for a vacation, but… to a place your man likes best!

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Even so, there are people whose likes and dislikes are difficult to decipher, the best bet for them are gift baskets. Since time immemorial, gifts have been the messiah for all souls smitten with love. Yes, there is a difference. He may be interested in something as different as stamp collecting, travel or heavy reading. Gifts play an important role in strengthening a relationship and even taking it forward. You can make a difference to his life by gifting him that rare collection of stamps he was looking out for, or going for a vacation with him, or even gifting him a book he liked a lot but has misplaced the same.

Hobbyist to the Core!

Most men have ‘expensive’ or ‘elite’ hobbies. There are various gift baskets available in the market, related to the tastes and hobbies of your man. A gift basket is another perfect romantic gift for your man.

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All said and done, quality time spent with each other is the best gift one can ever give in a romantic relationship. Contrary to popular belief, most men wish to look and smell good. Gardening, painting, playing golf, fishing are just some of them. After all, gifts do set the stage on fire! Gift him something exciting, not necessarily something that excites you as well. If he is fond of cooking, you could gift him a set of cook books. Though gifts are necessary in platonic and family relationships, they become all the more meaningful when paired with romantic relationships. If your man has run-out of a good cash-carrier, why not gift him the same! It would show how observant you are… A gift basket contains a number of useful things, out of which at least some are sure to hit the spot. Interesting!

Each person has different interests. By S factor, I mean the scent factor. To appreciate is to derive gratitude; to cherish is to treasure. Though some people may say that gifts are a materialistic concept and have no place in a relationship, they are still the most sought after bets to win your beloved’s lubb-dupp! When you think of gifting something to your man, investing a good thought over what he may appreciate and what he may cherish is very important. Some of them are rare and therefore difficult to satisfy. Therefore, sit down and think carefully about your man’s lifestyle before splurging on a gift. Therefore, the usability of the gift depends on the lifestyle of the person you intend to give the gift to. However, there are a few who will actually make an effort to do so

Use The Win, Draw, Loss Method For Soccer Betting

By calculating the number of wins, draws and losses for both the home and away sides and then combining them it is possible to produce a statistical probability of the possible outcome of the game.

To do this we can employ a simple voting system, here is how it works:

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Of course you may choose to use different values to those shown above and by experimenting you may come up with better values to use. Apart from how each tip performed within its respective league 1X2Monster also provides the league tables of how each league has performed in successfully predicting outcomes of games. Experimenting with threshold values and durations will let you home in on the best settings for you.

This means we now have a total vote count for each of the three possible outcomes.

Next we can deduce our final 1, X, 2, 1X, and X2 predictions based on the voting as follows;

First we set three thresholds;

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This gives you a percentage probability for each of the three possible outcomes.













HW = number of home wins by home team

AL = number of away losses by away team

Once you have a percentage probability for each outcome a decision can be made on the most likely outcome.

(( HW + AL) * 100) / total number of matches

2. Each of the techniques has its own advantages and disadvantages and using them in isolation will improve your chances of winning. We will also give you information as to where you can already find websites that use this technique in comprising their weekly soccer betting forecasts.

The statistical methods described in this set of articles will help you to arrive at a better decision about the match, or matches, that you are betting on.




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The Win, Draw, Loss method is very simple and takes into account the proportion of past wins, draws, and losses over a specified period of time. For a specified period of time the number of wins, losses, and draws are counted for each side. For example, the home win percentage is calculated as follows:







Here is how a typical calculation is made…

Now let’s extend this to provide 1, X, 2, 1X, and X2 predictions…. The percentage probabilities for home wins, draws, and away wins are then made. Or, if you’re lazy like me, you could grab some free software that already does this for you. In each article we will describe in detail how a particular method works giving you enough information for you to go ahead and create your own forecasts. A total of seven different statistical methods are used to determine the outcome of each game played in each league, and a comprehensive record of how each method in each game performed is kept. 1X2Monster and Footyforecast have been providing this kind of facility since 1999. So, you could create better threshold values and decide to collect data over any period of time you like. However, together they will prove invaluable in your battle with the bookies. This could be for a whole season or you may wish to have a rolling time period, say the last six months for example.

Let’s look at a simple example of how you could apply this…

Then we initialise our voting counts for each method;

First of all you would collect the data for a specified period of time and for each of the three possible outcomes, i.e.

HW = number of home wins for home team

HD = number of draws for home team

HL = number of home losses for home team

AW = number of away wins for away team

AD = number of draws for away team

AL = number of away losses for away team

Here are the basic rules…

Improve Your Soccer Betting is a series of articles that describe some well known and well used statistical techniques that will help the soccer punter make more informed bets. IF DRAW DRAWTHRESHOLD THEN






In this article we will be describing the well known Win Draw Loss method.

Now it’s your turn…

Now we compare each of the calculated probabilities against our thresholds to arrive at a vote count for each outcome;

If you have the necessary skills you could go away and build your own spreadsheet of data or even write a piece of software to take in results and fixtures and apply the Win Draw Loss method to your data. The league tables of prediction performance are produced for home win predictions, draw predictions, away win predictions, and for overall predictions and are invaluable tools to the soccer punter when deciding where to target their European soccer betting predictions.


Post handicappers back BHB over treatment of Irish horses.

Mason said: “We looked at the horses in the handicap proper for the County, and the average weight-adjusted Racing Post Rating for the British horses is 155, while for the Irish it is 154.6, suggesting the BHB handicappers are basically right in their summing up of the Irish form and how it relates to the British form.”

THE Racing Post’s jumps handicappers for Britain and Ireland yes-terday defended their BHB counterparts in the wake of criticism by leading Irish trainers and the country’s senior handicapper over the “very unfair” treatment of Irish horses in Britain, writes Lee Mottershead.

In the latest twist to a long-running row, Ireland’s chief jumps handicapper Noel O’Brien on Wednesday reacted with “surprise and disappointment” to the marks given to Irish entries for Cheltenham Festival handicaps.

O’Brien, who believed he had finalised a sliding-scale agreement with his British opposites, claimed: “The understanding we reached about how the Irish horses would be handicapped has not been implemented at all.”


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Six Irish-trained possibles for the County Hurdle have been assessed 7-9lb higher than they are in Ireland, yet an early analysis of the contest by Racing Post handicappers Steve Mason and Sam Walker points towards there having been no discrimination.

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O’Brien was yesterday set to embark on assessing the treatment of the Irish-trained entries on a case-by-case basis before commenting further.

Walker added: “On Racing Post Ratings you would say the treatment of Irish horses is not unfair and, at most, you could argue that, as a group, those in the County Hurdle are only 1lb higher than they should be.

“If they had not been reassessed, there would have been a lot of Irish-trained horses looking very well handicapped and, as such, the British handicappers had to do something to achieve parity.”

Digital Showcase Releases My Craps Game v1.2 Upgrade.

“My Craps Game” is now the only computer Craps game that plays the game the right way, with the right rules and correct Las Vegas odds, providing an excellent simulation of the live game at major casinos.

Copyright 2007, Gale Group. All rights reserved. “My Craps Game” is a high level simulation, just for fun, a non-gambling game for Mac OS X and Windows.

“My Craps Game” allows the new player to get in the action by easily practicing the game with no risk, utilizing the extensive online Help. “My Craps Game” is now available for consumer sales at the game website: http://mycrapsgame.com

* When a Come Bet is on, if a Seven is rolled, the Come Bet is paid and now returned to the rail.

* Added a new Option for: Put a BUY Button on Place 4 / Place 10 as “Automatic when $25 or more” or “I will put it on myself.”

Complimentary copies of the game are available to qualified media on request.

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Retailers and online content providers are encouraged to contact Digital Showcase LLC to resell the game at lucrative rates for Downloads and CD sales.

New Features in Version 1.2

LAS VEGAS — Software developer Digital Showcase LLC announces that its software title “My Craps Game” now has a new version 1.2 that takes the game playability up a whole level. * When a Point is made and there are Come Bets still on the table, the game will now present a small prompt for Come Bet Odds: On or Off.

* A new feature has been added to Return to Rail any existing Place Bet, when Coming Out and the Point is Established on the same number a Place Bet is sitting on.

The game software sells for $19 for Downloads or $29 for the CD which contains both the Windows and Mac OS X versions. Experts can try their own styles and systems in the most realistic Craps game ever according to many Las Vegas experts. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

* Extended Free Odds Limit Options to include the Standard Las Vegas 3X-4X-5X, 5X, 10X and 20X Odds; allowing the player to match the environment that they will encounter.

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