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Betting On Sports Activities – What You Need To Get The Vast Majority Of Your Bets!

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Nothing will ever top From Russia With Adore. The plot is clever and twisted, the villains are abundant and all iconic (Rosa Klebb, Blofeld, Crimson Grant) and the Bond lady, Tatiana Romonaova, is stunning and alluring. It’s also 1 of the most fascinating movies Bond wise, as the character hadn’t turn out to be a caricature of himself yet. Connery provides a performance that’s silky easy but with an fundamental cruelty and viciousness that is absent from many of the other Bond films. The battle in between Bond and Grant in the train car is still one of the very best near quarter fights on movie, regardless of some clunky choreography. In short FRWL proves why most people think about Connery to be the best Bond.…

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Baseball History on a Scrap of Paper

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Funny when you are a young kid, how really historic moments may drop into your lap and you don’t realize it. I was only 10 years old and living in Bakersfield, CA, when my Dad came to the breakfast table one morning, smiling and holding a pair of tickets in his hand. “Son,” he said, “I’ve got two tickets to a baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark for today, would you like to go?” Well, I did play Little League Baseball and just a year before had become a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, after watching them win their First World Series. So, I said, “Sure.” It wasn’t until I was an adult, many years later, and was sorting through an old box of my belongings from my youth, that I realized, “My God, I got Willie Mays’ autograph.”

Now, let me put a couple of things in perspective. Bakersfield only had about 50,000 residents at the time. A Major League Baseball player coming to town was about as rare as seeing an eclipse with the naked eye. A whole team of Major Leaguers coming to Bakersfield to play an exhibition game was like stumbling over a gold nugget only to find an entire mine just beneath your feet. And yet, the Hall of Fame outfielder of the then New York Giants did come to town with a barnstorming group of ballplayers billed as, “Willie Mays Major League Negro-American All-Stars Tour.”

The sad thing is I probably knew who Willie Mays was, and that might have been the hook that convinced me to go to the game. But, truthfully, I am too old to remember. I do recall that Dad bought me a souvenir program for the game, and in it was a page which about half way down had the word “Autographs” printed on it over a large area of empty white space. I cannot tell you much about the game – who won it, who made the great plays, or if Mays hit a dramatic homer. Like I said, I was 10 years old. I Checked with The Bakersfield Californian, the city’s only major daily. It does not have a record of the game. Only by finding a Willie Mays biography on the less than reliable Wikipedia did I discover that Mays did indeed go on a tour with black Major Leaguers that year.

I do know that I spent a considerable amount of time sticking that program and a blue ink pen in front of every ballplayer I could get close to that day. Before I get to the players, how about some history? Only nine years before Mays and company came to Bakersfield, there were no black players in Major League Baseball. The Color Line was not broken until the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson to play for them in 1947. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in Birmingham predated Mays’ visit by only a year. Governor George Wallace would not block the entrance to black students trying to enter the University of Alabama for the first time until seven years later in 1963. Equal rights for African-Americans would not be achieved until President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

There was plenty of racial turbulence around the country and more to come after that game played in Bakersfield. Much has been said of Mays as a ballplayer, but to take an all-black team on a series of exhibition games in cities around the country, during that time in history, showed how much of a forward-thinker he was, too. The saddest thing is that he had to do it at all. One other detail about the game in Bakersfield – the opposing team was comprised of all-white players, mostly minor leaguers. Segregation was still alive outside Major League Baseball – matching race against race – not on the streets but inside a ballpark.

Here is how Wikipedia referred to the tour. “1956 Willie Mays Major League Negro-American All-Stars Tour. In 1956, Mays got many of Major League Baseball’s biggest black stars to go on a tour around the country after the season had ended to play exhibition games. While much of the tour has gone undocumented, one venue where the tour made a stop was at Andrews Field, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on October 16. Among the players to play in that game were Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Elston Howard, Monte Irvin, Gene Baker, Charlie Johnson, Sam Jones, Hank Thompson, and Joe Black.” And of course, one of the undocumented cities was Bakersfield. After all, I have the autographs to prove it.

More information and insight about the tour can be found online on the Baseball History Blog. The information is about the 1955 and 1956 exhibition tours, which apparently took place in November one year and October in the other. It gives good glimpses into what the tour was all about. Some of the more enlightening information reveals that one reason the players agreed to play the exhibition games was so they could earn between $2,000-$4,000 for the month, which amounted to about 50 percent of what a Major Leaguer would make playing an entire 154-game schedule.

Speaking of schedules, the blog prints out the 1956 location of the exhibition games. All four in California – Los Angeles, San Franciso, Oakland and Los Angeles again – were all canceled, it says. Bakersfield is not mentioned on the schedule, which means it must have been added as an after thought to recoup some of the revenue lost by not playing the other California games.

But to dwell on the disparities of the time is not my goal. Instead, I would like to single out some of the black players who made that trip to Bakersfield, and who were kind enough to sign their autographs, allowing me, years later, to discover what accomplishments they made to the game of Major League Baseball. Consider for a moment that many of these men were well beyond their prime playing days after spending years in the Negro Baseball League – in many cases lying about their ages just for the chance to play in the Major Leagues. Many had what would have been Hall of Fame years while playing in the Negro League but did not have enough good years left when they got their chance in the Majors. Still, many did succeed, and those who did not made it possible for those who would follow to do so.

The Autographs

Willie Mays – What can I say about him that has not already been written? Let’s enumerate some, anyway. They are worth repeating: 1951 National League Rookie of the Year, two-time National League MVP, 24 times a National League All-Star and twice the MVP of the game, 12-time Gold Glove winner and a man who amassed 660 homeruns in his career – fourth best of all-time, and Mays did it without performance enhancing drugs.

Jim Gilliam – He was the1953 National League Rookie of the Year, played 14 years as an infielder with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, was twice named to the National League All-Star team and was on four Dodgers World Series Championship teams. As a rookie with the Dodgers, he hit more triples, 17, than any Dodger since 1920, and in 1956, the same year he played the game in Bakersfield, Gilliam tied a Major League record that had stood since 1892, when he totaled an incredible 12 defensive assists in one game.

Joe Black – He was the 1952 National League Rooke of the Year and the first black pitcher to win a World Series game. His rookie year, Black won 15 games, saved 15 games, had an ERA of 2.15, and came within eight innings of being eligible to win the NL ERA title. He pitched six years in the Major Leagues. It might have been longer, but he was already 28 when he got his chance. He joined with Jackie Robinson to push for a pension plan for Negro League players and inclusion of those who played before 1947.

Gene Baker – If it were not for bad luck, Baker, a second baseman, would have gone down in history as the first African-American to play for the Chicago Cubs. He was the first to be put on the roster in 1953 but an injury prevented him from playing, and the honor went to Ernie Banks, who was called up later. Still, he and Banks (who played shortstop) became the first black double play combination in Major League Baseball. As a part-time player, he earned a World Series Championship ring with the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates. A year later, the Pirates made him the first black minor league manager, where he also played and batted.387 for the Class D Batavia Pirates.

Wes Covington – He played 10 years in the Majors as an outfielder, none bigger in terms of dramatics than the year 1957. Called up by the Milwaukee Braves with a little less than half the season already gone, Covington, playing in the same outfield with Henry Aaron, hit.284 with 21 homers and 65 runs batted in. When the Braves went to the World Series that year, Covington made an impossible catch robbing the Yankees’ Bobby Shantz of an extra basehit, and then drove in the winning run for the Braves. Covington crashed into the fence to steal a homerun from Gil McDougal and save Game Five for the Braves, who went on to win the World Series.

Al Smith – Although he played 12 years in the Majors, most of Smith’s memorable moments came with the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. Two years before the Mays All-Stars came to Bakersfield, Smith played against Willie in the 1954 World Series in which he led off the first game with a homerun. Smith also played in the 1959 World Series for the White Sox against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In all, he had eight World Series hits. He was also twice named to the American League All-Star Team.

George Crowe – He was a 30 year old first baseman, when he got his Major League chance with the Boston Braves. Crowe was a college graduate from the University of Indianapolis (known as Indiana Central College back then) and a gifted athlete in two sports. He was Indiana’s first “Mr. Basketball.” His biggest year was with the Cincinnati Reds in 1957, when he filled in for the injured Ted Kluszewski and hit 31 home runs at the age of 36. Crowe was named to the 1958 National League All-Star Team. At one-time, he held the Major League record for most pinch hit homeruns -14.

Humberto Robinson – He was a door opening pitcher. The first native-born player from Panama to make it to the Major Leagues, he was called up by the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. As such, he paved the way for many other Panamanians who followed, including standouts Carlos Lee, Dave Roberts, Manny Sanguillen, Hall of Famer Rod Carew and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera. He won 122 games in 10 minor league seasons. Robinson was a middle reliever for six years with four teams in the Majors. Robinson’s integrity makes him a footnote in baseball history. While pitching for the Phillies in 1959, he refused a $1,500 bribe to throw a game and made sure the man who made the bribe was arrested.

Harry “Suitcase” Simpson – As an outfielder, he came up to the Majors in 1951 with the Cleveland Indians and played eight seasons with five different teams. Sportswriters nicknamed him “Suitcase” after a Toonerville Trolley character called Suitcase Simpson. He played on the 1957 New York Yankees World Series team. Manager Casey Stengel called him “the best defensive right fielder in the American League.” The feat for which he is probably best remembered came on Aug. 26, 1952, when he broke up a no-hitter by Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Art Houtteman with a two-out, ninth inning single.

Bennie Daniels – If nothing else, it appears Daniels, a starting pitcher, had a flare for pitching in landmark ballgames. He was still a minor leaguer playing for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, when he played in the Bakersfield game. The next year, 1957, he would be called up by Pittsburgh and spend 10 seasons with the Pirates and Washington Senators. Consider these landmark games in which he pitched: 1957 – started the last game ever played at Brooklyn’s Ebbetts Field; 1960 – lost a one-hitter to the Dodgers and Sandy Koufax, but his hit broke up the no-hitter; 1962 – started the last game ever played at Griffith Field; 1962 – started the first game in history at D.C. Stadium (now called RFK Stadium) a five-hit, 4-1 win over Detroit.

Charlie White – His career as a Major League catcher was over by the time he played in the Bakersfield game. He played in only 62 games, backing up Milwaukee Braves’ catcher Del Crandall from 1954-55. In total, White spent 13 years in the minor leagues. Yet, he had some history while in the Majors. White hit his first Major League homerun in the same game teammate Henry Aaron hit his first on April 23, 1954. Unlike Aaron, who would hit another 754 in his career, White never hit another one. His other claim to fame? He was Aaron’s first Braves’ roommate.

So, while some may regard my scrap of paper as a meaningless souvenir, to me, the history it reveals makes it a priceless treasure.

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Source by Stephan Talbot

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50 Years Ago: "1968 Was a Horrific Year"

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1968 Was A Horrific Year

Horses are big business in Kentucky, and even schoolboys were aware of the controversy in Louisville 50 years ago. It began with the horse race on the first Saturday in May, so far as we knew.

With Kentucky Gov. Louie Nunn and presidential candidate Richard Nixon watching from the stands, Dancer’s Image came from dead last, 14 lengths back, to pass 13 horses and cross the wire a length and a half ahead of Forward Pass. Nunn chuckled as Nixon dramatically tore his losing ticket in half.

But Nixon may have been a little hasty, depending on which horse he picked. Three days after the race, Churchill Downs stewards ordered Boston car dealer Peter Fuller to return the trophy and winning purse, and named Forward Pass the 1968 Kentucky Derby winner. Post race testing revealed that Dancer’s Image had phenylbutazone in his blood sample.

It’s an anti-inflammatory painkiller, used routinely nowadays when horses suffer swelling in their joints. But in 1968 it was illegal at Kentucky racetracks. Fuller’s veterinarian prescribed it during training, but allowed six days for it to clear from the horse’s bloodstream before the race. Fuller, his veterinarian and the horse’s trainer were at a loss to explain why Dancer’s Image still had phenylbutazone in his system on race day.

I was an odd 8th-grader who read Racing Form past performance charts fluently and had committed a lot of racing trivia to memory. But we were also a politically conscious family. My dad ran for the House of Representatives on “Clean Gene” McCarthy’s antiwar slate in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. Bobby Kennedy was campaigning for the presidential nomination across the river in Indiana.

Martin Luther King was shot down exactly one month before the 1968 Derby, but he was in Louisville one year earlier to help local Blacks, led by his brother, A.D. King, protest housing discrimination.

Locals had disrupted a race at Churchill Downs the previous year, and wanted to disrupt the 1967 Derby, but King persuaded them to hold the protests downtown instead, due to the potential for mayhem at the track.

In April 1968, Fuller entered Dancer’s Image in a tune-up for the Derby, the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City.

When his horse won, Fuller donated the purse to the recently widowed Coretta Scott King. I’ve seen two different numbers – $62,000 and $77,415. Either way, it was a lot of money in 1968 dollars. He didn’t publicize it, but it was common knowledge at the track, and a race announcer mentioned it on television.

The gift made friends and enemies for Fuller. There was hate mail. There were anonymous death threats. There was a mysterious fire at one of his stables. So he asked Churchill Downs management to put on extra security. They refused.

Fuller was a pretty demanding guy. He was an ex-Marine and the son of a Republican ex-governor. His father was one of the wealthiest men in America, and Fuller was no slouch, himself.

After growing up in a household with 11 domestic servants, Fuller was accustomed to having his way. It was customary to provide Derby horse owners with four tickets. He demanded 50.

The brash, hard-charging Yankee may have alienated courtly Southerners he should have tried to charm. Instead, he made condescending remarks about “rednecks.”

The bottom line is that he didn’t get the extra security from Churchill Downs, and he didn’t hire his own. Security at his race barn, he recalled, was “an old fella in a chair and asleep.”

Fuller said later he believed he was “set up,” that some unknown intruder entered his horse’s stall to inject the disqualifying phenylbutazone. Either that or the blood sample was adulterated.

Fuller appealed the track stewards’ decision to the Kentucky Racing Commission, and lost. He took his case to court and won in 1970. Dancer’s Image was once again the 1968 Kentucky Derby winner.

But then the State of Kentucky took that decision up to a federal appeals court, and won its case against Fuller and Dancer’s Image. That was final. Fuller said he spent $250,000 on his futile lawsuits.

A billboard at his horse farm in New Hampshire boasts stubbornly that it is the home of Dancer’s Image, 1968 Kentucky Derby winner. But that sign is false.

Forward Pass is the 1968 Kentucky Derby winner. The colt was no fluke, either – he went on to win the Preakness, and barely missed a Triple Crown sweep June 1 after leading the Belmont til final sixteenth pole.

Three days later, as 13-year-olds were starting summer vacation, there was another tragedy in the real world, the second in two months. that made horse racing seem awfully frivolous.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” wrote poet Emma Lazarus, addressing the Old World. “Send these, the tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

And so Palestinian immigrant Bishara Sirhan brought his family to America. The poet also bade the Old World “keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp.” But when Bishara brought his 12-year-old son Sirhan Sirhan to California, he imported a monstrous ego and many centuries of ancient hatreds to his American sanctuary.

The younger Sirhan appeared Westernized in his teens, with a pompadour hair style, and even in old age today he looks like a kind gentleman. But he testified in court that he assassinated Bobby Kennedy “with 20 years of malice aforethought.” His diary confirmed that he was seething with resentment against Jews, and against the New York Senator who favored selling fighter jets to Israel.

He cased the Los Angeles hotel where Kennedy would watch primary election results with supporters. Kennedy won the California and South Dakota presidential primaries June 4. Incumbent President Lyndon Johnson had long since bowed out of the race. There was great hopefulness among Americans who had supported the late president John F. Kennedy eight years earlier.

As Bobby Kennedy left the celebration through a hotel kitchen, Sirhan intercepted him and put three bullets in him, one in the head and two in the back. Like phenylbutazone, Sirhan nullified the victory. And in my mind’s eye, I see Richard Nixon piecing the shreds of his Derby ticket back together.

Of course, it’s anybody’s guess how the world might have been different if Bobby Kennedy were elected president that November instead of Richard Nixon. Like his older brother, he had a penchant for adultery. But he was a practicing Catholic, under the influence of Cardinal Spellman. Unlike his younger brother Teddy, he didn’t try to harmonize public policy with his personal immorality.

If older brother John’s lone nomination to the Supreme Court is any indication. a Court populated by three Bobby Kennedy nominations might have decided Roe v. Wade differently.

Byron White, JFK’s appointment to the Court, not only dissented from Roe, but from all subsequent decisions that applied it as binding precedent. Nixon, by contrast to JFK, nominated pro-abortion Justices Lewis Powell and Harry Blackmun, and pro-abortion Chief Justice Warren Burger to the Court.

If Bobby Kennedy instead of Richard Nixon had filled those Supreme Court vacancies with the same kind of Justices as Byron White was, they might have combined with William Rehnquist and White to form a 5-4 majority for the protection of unborn children. Tens of millions of American children might have been spared the abortion holocaust that ensued after Roe v. Wade, and continues today. Thanks to Sirhan Sirhan and the people who welcomed him to our country, we’ll never know for sure.

“1968,” Fuller said, “was a horrific year.”

by Bart Stinson

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Stephen Jackson Fined $ 50,000 By NBA

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The Golden State Warriors Stephen Jackson was fined $ 50,000 by the NBA for his conduct after he was ejected from Game 2 of the first round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Jackson was ejected after getting a second technical and it ended with him shouting at the officials and having a verbal fight with Mavericks fans. Though Jackson regrets the ejection but he does not think his behavior was enough for an ejection.

However, there is nothing much that Jackson can do about his on-court behavior. He has acknowledged that he plays with a lot of emotion and does not know to play any other way. He also said that emotion plays a big part in his game and when he knows that there is a lot on stake, he does not know to play in any other way.

Jackson love to play basketball and is very passionate about it. Although, coach Don Nelson thinks Jackson should keep his emotions under control, yet close to the surface to get the best out of him.

Jackson did not play college basketball, instead he played in the CBA, Australia and Venezuela before rising through the ranks in NBA. He has played for five franchises in seven years and this includes the championship year the San Antonio Spurs.

Jackson did not have a reputation of a troublemaker till be got involved in the infamous Indiana Pacers fight in the stands on November 19, 2004. Jackson was suspended for 30 games for his role in the brawl. In October 2006 Jackson fired his pistol outside an Indianapolis strip club in an attempt to break up a fight.

He is due to stand trial on May 10, 2007 for a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. The incident for which he is being charged also violated his probation for the charges levied after the Palace brawl.

In January 2007, Jackson was traded to the Warriors and it gave his career a second chance. The fans love and respect him and he is hoping to give them a season to celebrate this spring.

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Source by Kum Martin

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Sports Handicapping Services Gear Up for Pro Football and College Football

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Every business has a peak season, even businesses that the average person does not think about on a regular basis. For sports handicapping services, that peak season is right around the corner. Pro football and college football drive the sports betting industry and the handicappers that live off that industry. Handicappers around the country and online are waiting in breathless anticipation of the upcoming football season.

You may be wondering how businesses can legally sell sports picks when sport betting is illegal in most states. That's easy. Sports handicapping services sell only their opinion of who is going to win a game based on the current odds. The handicappers do not take bets so they are only selling information about sports. In fact, they are very similar to all the services that help people with their fantasy football teams. They simply sell their research and information about a topic they are interested in. Think of them like your stock broker. You could pick your stock portfolio yourself, but are you more likely to make money if you take professional advice? These handicappers put in time and effort to make sure their clients have the best chance to win.

To get ready for the pro football season that starts on August 5th handicapping services are planning their advertising, researching injury updates and paying attention to every detail that relates to the NFL in any way. To you or I the news that some obscure lineman is holding out in Green Bay might mean nothing, but to a handicapping service company, this may be the tidbit of information that leads to a winning prediction in week 1. Then by selling that pro football Winner, their customers may buy a full season of pro football picks from their service or site.

These hard working handicapping services don't just wait for the regular season. According to TodaysPicks, the pro football preseason is the best value in betting. So if you are anxious to try out a sports handicapping service, no need to wait for pro or college football to get into their regular games. You can start buying football picks or packages as early as right now for the upcoming season.

Who would have thought that sports betting could have spawned an entire niche market on the internet? The sports handicapping services even have police, the Handicappingpolice.com that is. So not only are their sports handicappers, but sports handicapping monitors that keep track of the handicappers to see if they win or lose. This will help you determine who the good online handicapping sites are and who is a Scamdicapper as this article explains.

If you want to win your office football poll, maybe buying a season long football handicapping package is the way to go. All your office mates will think you are a football genius when they see your picks each week, but you will have the knowledge of a true professional, a handicapping consultant behind each and every one of your picks. Who knows, if you win a couple weeks of your office poll it may pay for your handicapping services completely. Then you will know that you found a good handicapper and not the dreaded SCAMdicapper!

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Professional Poker Player Transition to Sports Betting – Where's the + EV in Horse Racing Systems?

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EV or Expected Value is a widely used term in poker terminology to determine if the outcome of a play is +, 0 or – in terms of profitability. This article is aimed for Poker Players who also like to punt on UK and Irish horse racing. It never ceases to amaze me how many good poker players are terrible at betting on horse racing. If they can spend so much time on their poker game then why not also put in the effort when placing a bet to ensure that you have the most + EV decision that you can possibly make with all the information at hand. The title of the post is actually a small bit misleading as I personally believe that all horse racing systems are doomed and the way to consistently profit at betting on horse racing is to have a horse racing method not a system.

The following article will lay the ground work for anyone who wants to start taking their punting to the next level. There is no better satisfaction then spending an hour or two analysing a race and 1 horse just stands head and shoulders above the rest when you compare all the different factors that I will explain below. Of course the toughest part is having the discipline to only wait for when these such occasions occur when placing a bet, and some times, this may mean you do not bet for up to a month. (This may help explain why I moved into playing poker from sports betting as the results of your actions are known instantaneously, and you can play a game anytime of any day). I also think you can compare a MTT player to a professional sports bettor – you can go long periods without a win and then score a few big results and then rinse and repeat and hopefully over the course of the year you will have been profitable.

1. You must specialize. All the most profitable professional sports bettors pick not only 1 sport but only a small niche in that sport. Patrick Veitch, who has won over 10 million punting on horse racing in the UK only bets on UK flat racing. He even has a massive team of researchers who do a lot of the work for him, but he as he also works 18 hours days during the flat season he is naturally burnt out by the end of the season.

For the beginner though, what I mean by specialize is concentrate on an area of ​​horse racing where you can get the most information. Information is power so unless you own a shed load of 2 year old horses or are the nephew of Aidan O Brein, there is no point in specializing in 2 year old horse races as you just wont have enough information to go on. Therefore it makes more sense to specialize on handicap races, where each horse in the race must of least have run 3 times to qualify but mainly are run by the same horses year in, year out until they are retired.

The best races then to specialize in are 4 year old plus handicaps in flat and national hunt racing as you have the most information available and you can start to see patterns in horses and therefore pick out some very + EV selections when you have spotted this pattern and the majority of the racing public haven't. This is the bread and butter of successful punting, going against the crowd.

Personally I used to specialize in 4 year old plus UK flat handicaps in the summer, and UK and Irish National Hunt handicap chases and hurdles in the Winter.

2. In your specialized area, when you select a race to analyze, you must go through every horse in the race to develop a shortlist. Below are my 5 essential criteria that every horse must have when you are placing a bet.

a) Going – The horse must be proven on going conditions.

b) Distance – The horse must be proven on the trip

c) Course Type – The horse must be proven on similar type of course

d) Fitness – The horse must have shown that it can operate at optimal levels since its last number of days off the track.

e) Class – The horse must have either won at the class he is currently competing in before or else gave a very good showing in a previous race at the similar or higher class level.

Going and Distance

With regard to going and distance and to a lesser extent course type, I will not fully discount a horse who has never raced on the going if he has extremely good sire stats (15% + strike rate) however I would always give precedence to another horse in a race who has won on for example soft going compared to a horse who has never raced on soft but has sire stats of 18% strike rate for soft going conditions.

With distance, I would also use sire stats if a horse is moving up or down in trip by 1 furlong on the flat, and 2 furlongs in national hunt. With experience, you can tell by looking at a race if a horses needs the extra trip or not and the sire stats can be a great way to back up that visual piece of information.

Course Type

This often overlooked by the general racing public. The best thing about UK and Irish racing is the different types of race courses you will encounter. Cheltenham (left-handed, galloping, undulating and testing track with stiff fences) is totally different to Stratford (left Handed, flat & Sharp) as it is to Sandown (right-handed, galloping, testing track)

A horse who has won twice in Cheltenham will probably never win a race at Stratford and vice versa. Bigger sized horses are more suited to galloping tracks as they can take the turns easier and can maintain a strong galloping pace for longer whereas a smaller sized horse is better suited to sharp tracks (ie less than 10 furlongs) as most of the running will be going around bends and therefore the bigger horses will not be able to maintain their top galloping speed for long on the stretches.

Also some horses can only run to their best at left handed courses and vice versa. You would actually wonder why trainers persist to run horses which clearly will not win on a certain turning race track, but then you realise by doing this, they will get their official rating down as horse will appear to be trying but will be hanging left or right the whole way through. You have to be aware that trainers will be trying to manipulate the handicapper a lot of the times in the lower grade races by running horses on unsuitable ground, at the wrong distance, on the wrong course type, or running the horse with a different style During the race all to try and reduce their rating so that they can set up a better chance for themselves to win in the future at a decent price.

I love Cheltenham race meet in March for the simple fact, the course is a stiff testing course which straight away rules out a lot of other horses in the race as they just cant handle it, the grade of racing and pirze money on offer means that everyone is trying to win, and you can nearly always guarantee what the going will be. Therefore if you just use the criteria above and select horses who are proven on the 5 factors (and this applies to the non handicap graded races too, you will see huge profits)

Fitness

To determine a horses fitness, you must look at its previous patterns of how it performed when it returns after a certain number of days off the track. The beauty of handicap races is you have loads of past information to go on and you can see if a horse is 0-5 when returning after an 80 day lay off, whereas he is 3-2-5 when he returns between 15 and 30 days.

Class

A horses class is often overlooked by the racing public. Statistically horses who are moving up in grade / class do not have a good strike rate, however the public will back it blindly if it sees it has won by 5 lengths in its previous race in a lower grade. Analyze past races to see if a horse has won or come close in the grade of race it is racing in today. You can discount a horse if it has failed 2 times at the grade when having all other conditions to suit except for when it is running for a new stable which has a good record at rejuvenating horses.

Also keep in mind that a horse who has placed in a black type race (ie grade, 1,2,3) will have a more class than a horse who has a good winning record in Class 2 (B) handicaps, so if it It is racing in a Class 2 handicap for the first time, do not discount just because it has never won a race.

3. Once you have created your shortlist based on the above criteria, you can now get down to the real dirty work of finding the eventual winner. Sometimes you might only be left with 1 horse, sometimes with 8, you must then start applying other filters to see if you can narrow down the list more. Sometimes the odds will allow to dutch 3 horses left if you can not narrow it down anymore. Then go for it as it is a plus EV move.

However be aware that every time you discount you must have a very valid reason backed up by a decent sample size. Here's a list of filters to reduce the shortlist.

Weight

Some horses as stated earlier have a bigger frame then others, therefore having top weight doesn't make much difference to them, whereas the smaller horse will struggle. Again by studying previous races you will spot a pattern

OR

This is the official rating that the horse racing board's in house handicapper assigns to a horse to determine what weight it should carry in its next horse race. The OR is updated weekly, therefore you sometimes see trainers turn out a horse 3 times in a week to try and take advantage of this before the handicapper reassigns it a higher rating. For an excellent explanation of official hores racing handicapping see this article written by good friend Malcolm Smith over at www.UKhorseracing.co.uk .

After a while, horses will reach their peak and start to hover around a certain OR mark. Therefore it will be unlikely that it will win if its OR mark is higher than its highest winning mark unless the horse is an improving progressive sort. But for older horses, this OR mark becomes more important and can be more relied upon.

Field Size

Some horses will not race unless they are covered in the pack, other horses need room otherwise they get into trouble during the race. The trick is to identify these type of horses. You will start to spot where some horses only win in races with less than 8 runners, but never figure in races with more than 12. You can safely assume that he needs the perfect ride in a big runner race but more than likely will not get that (This is when you can factor in the Jockeys ability to see if its OK to rule out this horse or not) The field size matters more in National Hunt, as some horses prefer seeing the jumps early / later and as they are pack animals prefer chasing a leader than actually leading

Seasonal

A lot of horses prefer to run in certain times of the year. This could be down to how a trainer prepares the horse over the course of the season and aims it to be at full fitness come March time for example, but other times horses just perform better in certain months. Again by looking at past patterns you will begin to spot these trends.

Trainer Statistics

8 years ago it was a very profitable trend to follow certain trainers at certain race tracks for certain race types. This edge has slowly eroded since the markets have caught on, however it still needs to be factored in when trying to finalize your short list.

Trainer – Jockey combinations

If you try and follow this blindly by backing winning Trainer-Jockey Combos, you will most likely end up with a loss. However it is a good tool to have when you are trying to reduce the shortlist as some stats are just too good to ignore.

Jockey Booking

This is actually a powerful indicator. However this again does not mean much if the horse does first qualify for the 5 essential criteria above. Also if you only ever back horses with the top jockeys on board you are forgoing on EV as, the odds will drop on a horse with the likes of Ruby Walsh or Tony McCoy on board, but odds will still remain good on a horse if for example the jockey booking was Graham Lee, who is a very underrated performer. Look back over past races and see how the horse has performed under their guidance before. You will start to see profitable trends and indicators.

Gambling Stables

There are a few ways to do this. One is manually record stables where horses have been heavily backed and won. Another way is to look at a horses previous wins and see what the average odds were. The lower the winning odds, the bigger chance that the stable money only goes down when the horse has a good chance of winning (Kevin Ryan is an example of a gambling stable). The higher the odds, means the horse has won races that they weren't fully expecting to win and therefore less likely a gambling stable (Veneita Williams comes to mind here for being an honest stable).

Post Race Comments

This is often overlooked. If you see what trainers, jockeys and owners have said to the press after a horse has won (See the racing post website for all the comments), you can pick up some useful information which can help you lean one way or the other on a selection.

Pace of the race.

To understand the pace of the race you first need to figure out what is each horse's preferred running style. They can be broken down into front runners, prominent runners, Hold up horses. Here's is a fantastic article which details the breakdown of winning% of different horses running styles compared to the actual number of race entries of horses with different running styles.

It shows that you should really be concentrating on front running and prominent horses as it accounts for 65% of winners compared to being only 50% of entries in races. Front runners in particular account for 20% of winners even though they only supply 11% of runners in a race.

You can use this to your advantage once you get to know all of the different course types. By backing a front running horse that satisfies the 5 essential criteria on a race course which has a sharp track with a short run in, you have added a few% EV points to your selection.

Another factor here is analyzing the previous 3 races the horse has ran in and check out the in running comments. Especially look at the horses who came placed or came outside the top 4 but were close near the end. Keep and eye out for comments like "finished strongly", "kept on well", "stayed on well", "kept on final furlong" and for other tidbits like "hampered" but then "finished strongly". These can point towards a horse who is on the upward curve and given the perfect conditions in the next race will have a very good chance of winning.

Another thing to factor in is if a race does not have any natural front runners, then the race will not be run at a true pace, therefore could throw up some very unusual results. It may mean that the horse who has the best speed on a flat track will win when it drives all out in the last furlong.

When the pace of the race is guaranteed, the classier horse which satisfies the essential criteria will more often than not win the race.

4. Resources

For 6 years, before getting lured into the world of Online Poker, I punted successfully on horse racing and I used the following resources

Ratings from ukhorseracing.co.uk.

The ratings are based upon advanced pure mathematics but are presented in a an easy to read pdf. The main feature in my view that sets this service apart from a lot of pretenders is the 'Class' filter they derive using their mathematical approach. Fantastically accurate for Non Handicap graded races in both National Hunt and Flat racing in the both UK and Irish racing. They also have a great forum where you can exchange ideas with the other members and have recently introduced a Racing Bot where you plug in all your profitable racing systems and sit back and watch.

Stats and ratings from ukracestats.com

I only found this website 4 years into my sports betting career, and it was free for nearly 2 years after that. It is without doubt the biggest time saving tool when it comes to analysing a race using all the criteria and filters I have mentioned above in the article. The only negative is that they only cover UK horse racing.

Racing Post Website- Last year they introduced a subscription service and I suppose it was about time considering all the information that it provides. It is essential for anyone serious about racing. I used it to confirm my findings from the ratings and stats mentioned above.

At The Races Website – Good for watching previous races and offers different race analysis from the Racing Post. As far as I know this is still free.

I hope that after reading the above that you will now not just throw money blindly at the favorite when you have a punt on the horses. Put a bit of time and effort into the selection process and give yourself a + EV chance of winning.

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Source by Paul Redfern

Sports Betting

Seattle Supersonics Full Of Energy

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On the NBA round, Seattle Supersonics won again last night on a basketball game played against Indiana Pacers. For the third time in a row, the Sonics have shown their fans they are full of energy and they are improving their scoring techniques.

As back up guard Ronald Murray said: "We're just trying to bring a whole lot energy, and keep the rhythm going and the pace going."

Ray Allen scored 25 points at this game, Murray added scoring and energy to the match. Steven Jackson also scored and Ron Artest got to make a three pointer.

The Sonics were pleased that they did not push the tempo in the first half of the basketball game. They had just two fastbreak points in the half and ended with 11 in the whole game.

An evidently tired Indiana team couldn't achieve the objective they had in mind for this basketball game. It might have been that the NBA team did not have all the concentration they required or they haven't got all the sleep hours they needed. Even though Ron Artest said the long road trip did not have any effect on the Pacer's performance. Anyway, it worked out just fine for Seattle Supersonics. The final score for this game was 107 – 102.

The Sonics also won last Friday when playing with Cleveland Cavaliers: 115 – 108.

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Source by Julie Smith

Sports Betting

Are the Spurs the Best Team in Pro Sports? Gregg Popovich Joins the 1,000 Victory Club

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Gregg Popovich joined an exclusive group for NBA coaches when he achieved his 1,000th victory against the Indiana Pacers. He is the third fastest coach to achieve the milestone, only behind Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. Any time you are in a group with those two coaches, you know you are doing something right. And Popovich has done it in a small market in San Antonio. Jerry Sloan, formerly of the Utah Jazz, is the only other coach to win 1,000 games all with one team. However, Popovich is the only one to accomplish such a feat while also winning an NBA championship. With the way things are today, it's unlikely that this feat will ever happen again, much less someone winning five titles with the same team and winning 1,000 games.

When you look back at Popovich's career in San Antonio, it was not always smooth sailing. When he was hired in the mid-nineties to be the new coach, there was a lot of push back from the fan base. Popovich was coming from a front office job to the sideline and not many fans approved of that.

However, once David Robinson arrived and Tim Duncan came later on, that animosity quickly diminished. The Spurs won their first NBA championship in 1999, but no sports betting experts predicted that they would become a dynasty over the next decade. They have since won four more championships under Popovich and have consistently been one of the top teams in the Western Conference during his tenure.

Young Spurs fans today probably don't remember how bad things were in San Antonio before Popovich arrived. The Spurs weren't exactly a consistent contender, but "Pop" was able to turn that around quickly. Good coaches seem to be like a father figure to players, and that's exactly what Popovich is. It's no wonder why guys like Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have stayed with him for so many years.

With longevity and loyalty almost non-existent in the NBA nowadays, the Spurs have been a rare franchise in those terms. There's no telling how that could change when Pop finally decides to stop coaching, but the culture that he has created is second to none.

Popovich may not coach long enough to surpass Jackson or Riley for total wins as a coach, but you can argue that his career accolades is right up there with theirs. With an aging team, his core players may not have many years left. He has built up guys like Kawhi Leonard to be stars in the league, so that may keep him going. A lot of experts predict that he will stop coaching when Duncan decides to retire, but I wouldn't be so certain about that. He still has the fire and passion on the sideline so I would expect him to coach at least a couple more years after Duncan hangs it up. One thing we know for sure is that there won't be another "Pop" in the league for a long time.

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Source by Jimmy Reilly

Sports Betting

The Myth of the Hot Sports Betting Handicapper

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The most prevalent means of sports service marketing is some variant on the theme that so and so is "red hot" and you should therefore pay him your money and follow his plays. The crooked services do this by coming up with all sorts of confusing and contradictory rating systems and hyperbolic descriptions for their games. How many times have you heard a handicapper brag about being "16-2 on his 500 star MWC underdog plays of the month" or saying that his "Southern Conference total of the month is 60% lifetime"?

Basically, the bottom feeders of this industry can slice and dice their statistics all sorts of ways to make themselves seem "hot". Or they can do what a lot of them do, and simply lie about their performance. When I was first starting out as a sports handicapper there was no such thing as the Internet (at least as it exists today) and I had to rely on a scorephone for line and score updates. This scorephone was sponsored by a group of touts not noted for their veracity, and you had to sit through a few pitches for their 900 numbers before you got to the scores. A bit of a Faustian bargain, to say the least, but it was an effective way of keeping up with scores in the pre-Internet dark ages.

So one night we're at a party thrown by some kid that we did not like too much. My crew and I were racking our brains to think of some mean pranks to pull on the guy. Someone got the idea to rack up some 900 # charges on our mark's phone bill. Since there's no such thing as 900 # directory assistance, I resulted to the only 900 # I could remember – one of the touts from the scorephone that had drilled his digits into my memory through the sheer force of repetition.

For the sake of argument, I decided to write down the tout's NBA plays. I had less faith in his handicapping ability than I would in a prognostication based on a divining rod or Ouija Board, but since I was not paying for the call I figured I'd just see how the guy did. I wrote down his plays and checked his performance the next morning.

To his credit, the tout went 5-3 on his 8 plays. By any criteria a 5-3 night is a solid performance. Later that day I called the scorephone and waited for the tout to start crowing about his 5-3 night. Much to my surprise, the tout did say a word about his 5-3 night. That's because he was too buy bragging about his mythical 7-1 performance the preceding day.

Now, I understand that the revelation that boiler room touts like about their performance is on par with "pro wrestling is fake" or "the games at the fair aren't on the up-and-up" as self evident truths. The point I'm trying to make, however, is that the desire to be the "hot handicapper: is so great that the tout felt he had to embellish a solid performance the night before.

So despite the fact that some handicappers like about their performance, what's wrong with trying to ride the hot handicapper? Plenty-it's not only an ineffective way to evaluate a handicapper's abilities, it also has a number of statistical and theoretical shortcomings.

The simplest way to explain what I'm talking about is to borrow a disclaimer that you'll hear on every commercial for a mutual fund: "Past performance is no guarantee of future results". The sports gambling milieu, like those of stocks, commodities and other financial instruments, is a marketplace and subject to a number of the same tendencies of other financial institutions (what economists call "market dynamics").

The fact that a sports wager's success or failure is dependent to a degree on the "whims" of a marketplace (of odds and pointspreads) and to a greater degree on other external events outside of the bettor's control exacerbates what is already a matter of simple logic: what a handicapper does over a period of time (be it a day, week, month or season) has no intrinsic correlation between a handicapper's performance one year and the next. In other words, the sports gambling marketplace and the random patterns of events that act upon them don't care if I hit 60% last year. If I don't do my work, crunch the numbers, get good prices to bet into, and catch a few breaks along the way I may end up beaten regardless of how well I performed in a subsequent period of time.

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Source by James Robert Murphy