Introduction to Sports Betting

Sports’ betting has taken a huge leap in popularity in the last five years that has coincided with the rise of the internet. Everybody can now have a piece of the action, and there is a multi billion dollar industry that thrives thanks to the ever growing demand for sports betting.

It is safe to say that sports’ betting has been around for as long as two men have sat in a room together. A simple wager on how far someone can throw, or how high they can jump is a form of sports betting, but of course now it goes much deeper. The internet allows casual gamblers to bet as they watch the action without having to visit their bookie, while this instant nature also means that an almost infinite amount of in game markets have arisen.

You can now bet on sporting events as they happen. Who will score next in a football match, who will have the most aces in a tennis contest, and that is literally just the tip of a very large and ever growing iceberg.

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Andy Murray gets Shanghai-ed by Djokovic

We all know that Andy Murray has been on fire this year from his near misses, the success of the Summer Olympics to finally winning the US Open Final. Betting blog sites were all buzzing on the adrenaline of Murray’s past two title wins and after his victory against the mighty Federer on his way to the Shanghai Finals, there was definitely huge expectation that Andy would be able to defeat Novak again to achieve a hat trick of titles.

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Cole’s Apology Gets Him Off the Hook and Playing for England

Almost immediately after the FA sentenced John Terry for the racist comments directed at Anton Ferdinand, Ashley Cole tweeted insulting remarks aimed at the FA and their judgement. The reaction was most likely the result of the FA commission expressing doubts and questioning Ashley Cole’s evidence submitted to the FA commission. However, in true Cole form, he then quickly retracted the twitter comments and apologized unreservedly.

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West Indies Starting Something Special

West Indies won the World Twenty20 after yet another awful start against Sri Lanka. The home team always seemed comfortable and in control of the game especially when we saw the West Indies only muster 32 runs from 10 overs. But Marlon Samuels brought the visitors back from the brink of an embarrassing defeat by scoring 78 runs from 56 balls and bring the score to a respectable 137 for 6.

Betting blog sites all had the West Indies going back home with nothing, but the Windies showed lots of character and determination to prove their critics wrong. The pride of the West Indies was evident for all to see with the celebrations that followed the surprising win. Captain Darren Sammy commented that he hopes the title will encourage his team to “start something special”.

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Can Manchester City Progress in the Champions League?

On Wednesday night we all witnessed Manchester City struggle for a draw at the Etihad Stadium against a more confident and superior Borussia Dortmund team. Betting blog sites are already filled with comments and opinions on whether or not Man City has the determination and resolve to overcome the demons from last year’s venture into the European Cup. As it was only a late penalty scored by the young Italian Mario Balotelli that keeps Mancini’s team in with any chance of reaching the knock out stages of the competition.

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Is Mercedes the Right Move for Hamilton?

Lewis Hamilton confirmed that he has signed a three year deal to be with Mercedes from the start of next season. This announcement ends months of speculation on contract negotiations and if both parties (Lewis and McLaren) would be able to live with the terms and have a future together. Reviewing many of the betting blog sites, there is a mixture of opinion on whether this is the best move for Hamilton. But one thing is for certain, it is one of the most exciting news to hit the world of Formula One racing.

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Aston Villa Kick Manchester City Out of the Capital One Cup

Aston Villa progressed to the next round of the Capital One Cup in spite of playing away from home against one of the high flyers of the English Premier League, Manchester City. Mancini made ten changes to his team, which last played against Arsenal, and probably thought there would be no problem in overcoming Villa at the Etihad Stadium. But the visitors did start very well, and it seemed that City may have a hard time, especially with the amount of changes to the squad, which is what all the betting blog sites seem to be expecting.

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Racehorse Trainer John Dunlop decides to retire

One of best trainers in the world, John Dunlop has announced his intention to retire in November which is at the end of this year’s Flat racing season. John has been one of the most successful trainers in the sport, and is well known to be a respected gentleman who is loved by everyone in the business. The trainer won the Epsom Derby twice with Shirley Heights and Erhaab, in addition to three winners of the St Ledger and 1000 Guineas. John was also a winning trainer twice for the Oaks.

Betting blog sites will sorely miss him, as it would come as no surprise that punters and online betting operators would always have to keep an eye out for any horses from his stable being entered in any race. John Dunlop trained in excess of three thousand winners, an incredible record which reflects his training practices and his eye for developing horses and seeing the potential in every one of them.

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Stoke nearly do the unthinkable

Manchester City could only draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. The game was packed incident, near misses and player debuts. Peter Crouch scored after handling the ball, plus City’s Tevez, Toure and Balotelli all wasted opportunities to put the ball past Asmir Begovic, Stoke’s keeper. In addition, we saw the long awaited return of Michael Owen and Javi Garcia. For once betting blog sites got it wrong, even though some were looking for Owen to score on his debut and do Manchester United a favor!

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Roy Hodgson happy with the draw

England managed to get a point for their World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley. England Manager Roy Hodgson fielded a team missing a number of key players due to injury and illness. Captain Steven Gerrard did not help matters with his sending off and it was only with sustained pressure at the final part of the game that rewarded Roy’s team with a penalty, which Frank Lampard scored. Betting blog sites have all commented on the good fortune of the English team and noting the draw as good result.

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