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Betfair Extends Expands Contract with Playtech

The backbone of every online gambling site is the software it uses to power its catalogue of games. In recent years Betfair has powered its network with solutions from Playtech, a business relationship that it intends to retain going forward.

Betfair has just announced that it will be continuing to work with well known software developer, Playtech in the coming years. The internet gaming company recently renewed its contract with the developer while also expanding on the number of services it will hire the company to provide. Betfair will now be counting on Playtech to provide not only casino software, but also new bingo software and an option to take advantage of the developer's existing online poker network. The new terms in the contract between the two businesses will allow Betfair to offer a much larger range of betting games through both its desktop and mobile site versions. While no service expansions have been announced as of yet, Betfair and Playtech have confirmed that they will work together to release a new, licensed poker product in Spain in the near future.

Ian Chuter, Betfair's Group Operations Director, told press that his company "has built a strong relationship with Playtech over a number of years" and that they were still "the logical choice for providing us with what we now need." Hinting at a service expansion, Chuter added that a wider contract with Playtech will enable Betfair to "[provide] customers with a high quality one-stop shop for all their betting needs."

Paddy Power Poker Hosts Irish Open 2012 Qualifiers

Paddy Power Poker continues to promote the upcoming Irish Open 2012 with great events that look to give its members entry to the series. Its new online qualifiers will allow some of the best players to win their way into the venerable series, regardless of the size of their bankroll.

The Irish Open 2012 is fast approaching and Paddy Power Poker members interested in competing should take note of the site’s qualifiers. Weekly online qualifiers are now set to take place each Monday night with buy-ins set at €27.50. These events will take the form of no-limit hold’em re-buy games that provide each winner with a fantastic prize package. Paddy Power’s Irish Open packages are valued at €3,500 and come with access to the 2012 series and the opportunity to compete in its $100,000 Sole Survivor endurance games. If that wasn’t enough, the first edition of the weekly qualifier also gave its winner a €550 seat into Thursday, 8th December’s Irish Christmas Poker Festival at Cork’s Macau Poker Club.

Paddy Power Poker’s Irish Open 2012 qualifiers opened on Monday, 5th December and will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future. Paddy Power Poker’s press release spoke of the company’s desire to continue its tradition of “[offering] a variety of Irish Open satellites to suit all types of pockets” and encouraged its members by mentioning how last year’s “champion Niall Smyth was new to the poker scene and went on to win €650,000 in the Irish Open.” The Irish Open 2012 will take place next April.

Paddy Power Takes Odds on Full Tilt Poker’s Future

Not being one to shy away from controversy, Paddy Power’s sports betting service has just finished hosting an unorthodox wagering opportunity for its fans to take part in. Centred on the British government’s decision on the future of Full Tilt Poker’s UK operating license, the site took bets on whether or not the well known poker platform would be able to resume business.

Paddy Power members are already provided with a wide array of betting opportunities but, refusing to sit on the sidelines of a large industry event, the company opened its books to accept wagers on the Alderney Gambling Control Commission’s licensing decision. Full Tilt Poker was ordered to halt service offerings in June, meaning that no cash poker games could be held for members of its site until the Gambling Control Commission reached a decision. Paddy set 9/2 odds on a positive outcome and 1/8 odds on Full Tilt Poker being forced to close up shop. As the numbers reflect, Paddy Power wasn’t predicting anything good for Full Tilt fans. In order to console them the company has announced that Paddy Power Poker will completely match all sportsbooking stakes, allowing that money to carry over as bonus funds for Paddy poker players.

It’s obvious that Paddy Power is looking to take advantage of a bad situation and make something better out of it for both online poker fans and its own company. Regardless of whether Full Tilt Poker re-opens or is forced to shut down, Paddy Power punters are sure to benefit from the latest set of industry problems. Posts Declining Revenue, Possible Ladbrokes Buyout has always maintained a strong presence in the world of online gaming but, with the recent release of its 2010 earnings report, the former giant looks to have fallen upon hard times. Fans of the company have little to worry about, however, as another major player in internet gambling may be interested in buying out the struggling business.

Ladbrokes, one of the industry’s most successful online/land-based gaming companies, has been in talks regarding an acquisition of — a move that would give the site the kind of monetary boost it needs to continue to survive in the incredibly competitive world of online casinos. The decline in’s revenues serves to make Ladbrokes’ possible purchase an easier task. With 888 currently in a financially precarious state Ladbrokes will be able to enjoy a better negotiating position if they plan to go forward with the acquisition.

The loss in revenue throughout 2010 is, possibly, the result of 888’s decision to spend larger-than-average amounts of money on marketing and a general slump that has negatively affected all internet poker providers. Even though the website did see an increase in player growth, this new customer base hasn’t been able to counter the overall hit (a staggering 37 percent decrease) taken by the company. Both and Ladbrokes have chosen to remain silent on the potential takeover until any substantial developments have occurred.

Make the most of bet365’s Bore Draw Money Back offer

bet365 are making sure that you’ll never be bored by a blank score sheet again, with their Bore Draw Money Back offer.
Simply place a pre-match Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bet and if the game finishes 0-0 then bet365 will refund all losing bets on these markets.
This great offer runs all year round and is available on ANY match, meaning you don’t have to be bored by a blank score sheet again. With bet365’s Bore Draw Money Back offer, a goalless draw may not be the worst result.

Betfair Sportsbook Expands Its Services with New Video Options

Popular online bookkeeper, Betfair, has just announced new expansions to its service line-up that should help to keep the site relevant for serious punters. Live sporting events from across Europe have been added to the internet sportsbook as part of a substantial platform update that will make Betfair a more attractive option for betting enthusiasts.

The new live video options now appearing on Betfair are the result of the company’s recent agreement signing with The Sportsman Media Group GmbH, a sports rights and marketing agency. Betfair members receive benefits from the deal that include more wager-ready matches across Europe and an increase in live, streaming events. New videos will be available from top games across the European Handball Federation, the Confederation of European Valleyball, football from Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and more. The Sportsman Media Group specializes in live stream support and brings years of experience in the industry to Betfair in order to make the site a great choice for punters that want to enjoy plenty of variety with their betting.

Betfair’s streaming video services add to their existing roster to make their bookkeeping coverage even more extensive than before. Their working relationship with The Sportsman Media Group is great, not only for the two companies involved in the new agreement, but also for members of the site.

William Hill Launches Austrian Version of Its Successful Sports Betting Website

Austrian punters are now able to take advantage of sports betting support from William Hill as the company has released a version of its popular service specifically designed for the nation. With the addition of a brand new, dedicated domain for Austria, William Hill has set its sights on keeping an entire country of potential customers happy.

The online gambling company is going a long way toward ensuring that Austrian sports fans are able to enjoy top-notch bookkeeping services in a convenient fashion. The new William features complete support for Austrian language and currency usage and is the result of months of research and development. The site also caters beyond the cosmetic by implementing a heavy focus on Austrian football. Will Hill gives the country comprehensive support for domestic games through betting options on up to 100 pre-match or in-play matches.

William Hill has thrown plenty of weight behind the launch of the new domain. An expensive television, print and internet advertising campaign began shortly before the site went live and features the talents of former Monty Python star John Cleese endorsing the slogan, “Wetten wie die Briten!” (“Bet like the British!&rdquoWinking. There’s no word as of yet on whether William Hill has any further plans to expand its bookkeeping services to other European nations in the same manner as its Austrian domain.

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English Morris Dancers in Dance-Off with USA Cheerleaders!

Great to see Bodog Sports getting in the spirit of the World Cup with this England v USA video for their upcoming match on the 12th June 2010.

Being British, I am obviously shouting for ENGLAND!!

Visit Bodog Sports for all your World Cup Betting Needs.

England v USA World Cup Money Back Special

England v USA World Cup Betting

England V USA, World Cup Betting Money Back Special

Paddy Power are providing one of their famous Money Back Specials for England’s opening game of the 2010 World Cup.

If Wayne Rooney scores a goal at ANY TIME in this game then Paddy Power will refund all losing first and last goalscorer bets that you may have placed.

Place a World Cup Bet with Paddy Power Now

Be sure to keep checking our World Cup Betting pages as we plan to release a lot of information regarding the up and coming World Cup 2010 from South Africa.

World Cup Betting

Here at Findabet we are just starting to put together our World Cup Betting pages.

Be sure to keep checking our World Cup Betting pages as we plan to release a lot of information regarding the up and coming World Cup 2010 from South Africa.

We are going to have all the fixtures as well as all the latest syndicated news and live bets from all the major providers who are offering World Cup Special Bets.

US Masters Betting 2010

This week sees the start of the 2010 US Masters at Augusta National in Georgia, USA.

Last year saw Angel Caberra win his first ever major championship when winning the coveted Green Jacket that is awarded to every Masters champion.

The big news of the 2010 Masters must be the return of Tiger Woods after his few months out of the game of golf due to personal reasons.

The field is quite open this year and there are some great betting deals to be had.

So why not take a chance on your US Masters Golf Betting.

Also do not forget to check out the Grand National Betting pages here at Findabet with the famous race being under a week away!

Grand National Betting 2010

Grand National Betting
The Grand National is only a week away now from the famous Aintree racecourse.

This is the biggest race in the annual racing calendar and one race which a staggering 65% of the UK population have a flutter on.

Be sure to check out our latest grand national betting offers here at Findabet.

Don’t forget the the US Masters Golf Championship is also around the corner so be sure to have a look at that as well.

Cheryl Cole on Jonathan Ross Betting

It is no real surprise that Cheryl Cole and Ashley Cole are breaking up after revelations of his alleged affairs.

The Girls Aloud singer is due to appear on the BBC Jonathan Ross show and Stan James Bookmakers are taking a novelty bet to promote a couple of markets for the interview with Cheryl Cole.

A lot of people are getting sick of hearing about the breakup in all the newspapers and all the mainstream media.

The First Market is as follows:

Will Cheryl Cole/Tweedy cry during her interview with Jonathan Ross?

4-6 Yes
11-10 No

What phrase will Cheryl Cole/Tweedy say 1st during her interview with Jonathan Ross?

11-10 I am getting divorced
2 support from my family
9-2 permanent move to L.A
7 Simon has been my rock
9 He's a cheat
14 I'm on a journey
25 I'm ashamed
80 I blame my mother
80 Fight for this love
100 Sex therapy
125 Love machine
200 I love Derek Hough
250 I love Charlie McCann

Why not give the bets a go and head over to Stan James to place your bet now, you even get £25 free for your first bet!

Bet £25 on Cheryl Cole Now!

Cheltenham Festival 2010 Betting

2010 Cheltenham Festival
The 2010 Cheltenham Festival is nearly with us.

The Cheltenham Festival is the proper start to the 2010 Horse Racing season and normally attracts a fantastic crowd that all adds to the electric atmosphere.

We are sure that the 2010 Cheltenham Festival will be as good as ever and the crowds will make it a great event to follow.

For 2010 200,000 people are expected at the Festival with a staggering £500 Million being waged over the 26 races at the Cheltenham event.

The climax of the four days of racing is the Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

We are busy building are special 2010 Cheltenham Festival Betting page so be sure to place your bets!

Place a Bet on the 2010 Cheltenham Festival

Jenson Button wins the 2009 Forumla One

Jenson Button wins the Formula One

Just a little congrats to Jenson Button for winning the 2009 Formula One Drivers Championship.

I will write a review in the coming days of the Brazil Grand Prix.

Don't forget to heck out our
Formula One Betting pages here at Findabet.

Lucas Glover Wins the 2009 US Open Golf Championship

Lucas Glover 2009 US Open
Congratulations to Lucas Glover on winning the 2009 US Open Golf Championship from Bethpage Black Course in New York.

Lucas Glover said he hoped he would not "downgrade" the US Open title after his unlikely victory elevated him alongside the sport's most illustrious stars.

"I dreamed about it as a kid and pulled it off," said Glover, who came into the tournament ranked 71st in the world.

"It's an honour to be on the trophy with names such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. I hope I don't downgrade it or anything."

Glover fought off a late charge from
Phil Mickelson to win his first major.

Pre event favorite, Tiger Woods, finished in sixth on level par after a great last round of 69.

Don’t forget to check out our US Open Golf Betting page here at

Lions Tour - 1st Test

Lions Tour 2009

South Africa Vs The British & Irish Lions - 20th of June - 2PM - Live On Sky

If Tommy Bowe scores a try at anytime, Paddy Power will refund all losing try scorer and winning margin bets on that match. 

  • Applies to single bets placed before kick off only.
  • Applies to 1st tryscorer, last tryscorer, 1st team tryscorer, to score a try in 80mins and winning margin bets only.
  • Does not apply to 1st tryscorer insurebet, alternate winning and exact winning margins.
  • Max refund €300/£200 per customer bet.
  • Paddy Power Rugby rules apply.


Monaco Grand Prix Betting

Monaco Grand Prix BettingThe 2009 Grand Prix of Monaco will be held this weekend in Monte Carlo.

This has to be the most glamourous event in the Formula One calendar.

We have teamed up with William Hill to give you a
fantastic £100 in Free Bets offer for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Simply click a banner or follow this link to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Be sure to check out our Guide to Betting on the 2009 Monaco Grand Prix.

Bahrain Grand Prix 2009

The next race of the Formula One season is the 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Be sure to check out our dedicated 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix Betting page here at Findabet.

2009 World Snooker Championship

The 2009 World Snooker Championships are starting from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

It is no surpirse that the tournament favourite is last years champion,
Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is currently at 9/4 odds with BetFred.

The 2009 Snooker Championships are sponsored by BetFred.

BetFred are offing a CUSHION THE BLOW free bet offer. Place a bet on any player from this market and if your selection is knocked out in the first round of the tournament, we'll refund your stake as a free bet to use on any other World Snooker Championship market.

World Championship Snooker Betting

Be sure to check out our dedicated 2009 World Snooker Betting page here at Findabet.

2009 US Masters Day Three Review

Angel Cabrera

Day three of the 2009 US Masters finished with Argentina’s
Angel Cabrera and America’s Kenny Perry both sharing the lead at eleven under par.

Chad Campbell is in second place at nine under par with Jim Furyk in third place at eith under par.

Be sure to check out our dedicated page to the 2009 US Masters Betting.

Cabrera shot a three-under 69 and Perry a 70, with Chad Campbell leading the chasing pack on nine under.

Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker carded 68s, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood the leading Europeans on four under.

Padraig Harrington and Tiger Woods had problems and look unlikely to figure, while Sergio Garcia carded a 75.

Shingo Katayama of Japan, bidding to become the first Asian to win a men's major, was tied with South African Rory Sabbatini and American Todd Hamilton on six under.

Tiger Woods (70) and Phil Mickelson (71), numbers one and two in the world, will be disappointed not to have made up more ground as they finished four under in joint 10th.

"I think for me to have a chance it will take a round of 64 or 65 [on Sunday]," said Mickelson. "But I think it's out there.

"A lot of things happen on Sunday at Augusta, and I would never put it past happening again. At this golf course funny things can happen and if you get momentum on your side and you're making some birdies, you can make a lot of them."

2009 US Masters Day Two Review

Day two of the 2009 US Masters saw a slight change in the weather with gusting winds and overcast skies. Some great rounds were still carded and we see Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry sharing the lead on nine under par.

Be sure to check out our dedicated page to the 2009 US Masters Betting.

Kenny Perry shot a bogey-free five-under-par 67 to join Chad Campbell at the top of the Masters leaderboard on nine under after two rounds at Augusta.

Overnight leader Campbell fired a two-under-par 70 while Angel Cabrera carded a 68 to sit third on eight under.

Tiger Woods had another low-key round and is two under after a level-par 72.

Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in the last three holes but avoided disqualification for kicking sand in a bunker on the 18th.

Woods, who returned an opening-round 70 on Thursday, had birdies on holes 6 and 8 and bogeys on 7 and 9. After birdying 15 he bogeyed 18 for the second day running.

"There were a lot of wasted opportunities out there," he said. "I hit some good putts today, better than yesterday for sure, but I still didn't make much.

"Obviously I need to play a bit better over the weekend than I have been. I need to make few more putts and hopefully get it going."

On each of the three previous occasions Woods has started a Masters by shooting 70, he has gone on to claim victory.

But the 33-year-old, competing in his first major since knee surgery, had before never failed to score in the 60s on Friday having shot a 70 on Thursday.

Tiger Woods 16th Hole US Masters 2005 Video

2009 US Masters Day One Review

US Masters 2009 Day One
Day One of the 2009 US Masters saw Chad Cambell lead the masters after a first round 65. Tiger Woods is 5 shots off the lead after carding a two under par 70 on the first day at the Augusta National Golf Course.

Be sure to check out our dedicated page to the 2009 US Masters Betting.

Chad Campbell led the Masters after the first round yielded low scores aplenty in perfect conditions at Augusta.

Campbell, 34, surged to nine under, before two late bogeys left him with a seven-under 65, one ahead of fellow Americans Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan.

Tiger Woods was in decent shape five shots off the lead, and one adrift of leading Europeans Padraig Harrington, Ross Fisher and Graeme McDowell.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia both disappointed with rounds of 73.

Accessible pin placings, sunny weather and light winds took much of the fire out of the course. And many players were eager to make the most of the situation while they could.

Campbell had a perfect start, with birdies on each of the first five holes, before he bided his time a little, playing par golf from the sixth to the 11th.

But the Texan exploded into life again with putts of between six and eight feet disappearing into the cup for birdies at 12, 13 and 14.

Through the green in two at the long 15th, a brilliant chip back set up a tap-in for the ninth birdie.

Par golf from there would have given him a 63 to match the course record established by Greg Norman in 1996 and Nick Price 10 years earlier. But the round ended poorly - an approach into the bunker at 17 brought him his first dropped shot, and he finished off with a missed short putt for par at the last.

Woods, making his first major appearance in a major since winning last year's US Open after being sidelined with knee surgery, was a slow starter.

But a two-putt birdie at 13 took him to one under and he followed with a 20-foot birdie putt at the next before picking up another shot at the 15th.

The 16th and 17th saw birdie chances come and go, but he went to the last just one shot away from the group tying for sixth place on four under.

However, he over-hit his approach and could not keep his third shot on the top tier of the green, so it was a closing bogey and a two-under-par 70 for the four-time Masters winner.

Harrington, hunting a third major win on the bounce, took longer than some to find his rhythm. But the traditionally awkward stretch of holes known as Amen Corner smiled on the Irishman, with birdies at 12 and 13.

A bogey six on the long 15th - a hole which has got the better of him several times in the past - was a blow Harrington could have done without.

But he saved a good par at the short 16th after going way too long, birdied the 440-yard 17th with a brilliant putt from the fringe and almost made another from 15 feet on the last.

"The golf course is set up for good scoring," said Harrington. "I was disappointed with 14, 15, 16 where there were opportunities, but this round keeps me in the tournament. I'm happy."

Defending champion Trevor Immelman had three straight birdies on the back nine on his way to a one-under-par 71.

Fisher, the 28-year-old from Berkshire making his Masters debut, was one of the early starters. He was a shot clear of the pack when walking off the 16th green with a birdie following a confidently-struck downhill putt.

An approach hit into a greenside bunker and an ill-directed tee shot cost him strokes at each of the last two holes, however, to knock the gloss off his round.

Fisher said: "If you can walk off Augusta National disappointed with a 69 you were doing something right. You dream of playing in the Masters and I've been dreaming of it for a very long time.

"Just to get an invitation and feel you belong is a great achievement. Being my first Masters, obviously I'm going to cherish every moment, but I feel like I have a chance of winning. I'm here to do my best and do my damnedest to win."

Be sure to check out our dedicated page to the 2009 US Masters Betting.

2009 US Masters Golf Championship

It is that time of the year again.

The 2009 US Masters gets underway this Thursday the 9th April 2009 from Augusta Georgia on the famous Alistair McKensie course.

If you fancy a bet, Tiger Woods is the current favorite running at 15/8 with Phil Mickelson at 8/1.

Be sure to check out our 2009 US Masters Betting Guide and Good Luck!

Mon Mome Wins the 2009 Grand National

Mon Mome Wins the Grand National

Congratulations to Mon Mome for winning the 2009 Grand National at Aintree.

mon mome wins grand national

The 100-1 chance Mon Mome caused a massive shock with a superb display to win the Grand National at Aintree.

Trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Liam Treadwell on his Grand National debut, the nine-year-old came home a 12-length victor.

He jumped the last alongside last year's winner Comply or Die but pulled away after the final fence.

Comply or Die (14-1) held off My Will (8-1) for second, with State of Play (14-1) in fourth.

Read the full report via the BBC Website

Next major betting event is the 2009 Golf US Masters.

Grand National Betting 2009

Grand National 2009

The 2009 Grand National is nearly here.

Be sure to check out the 2009 Grand National Betting guide from Findabet and be sure to check out the offers that Paddy Power have for the Grand National.

Paddy Power are offering a free £20 bet as well as paying out for the first five places.

Cheltenham Festival 2009 Day One

The Cheltenham Festival is here and we are looking forward to the Day One of the Cheltenham Festival.

Below are some of the races and runners along with their odds.

Cousin Vinny
Red Moloney
Kangaroo Court
Golan Way
Go Native
Micheal Flips
Copper Bleu
Leo's Lucky Star

2.05pm ARKLE TROPHY - 2m
Kalahari King
Made In Taipan
Calgary Bay
Golden Silver
Panjo Bere
Planet of Sound
Follow The Plan

Celestial Halo
Sentry Duty
Crack Away Jack
Brave Inca
Snap Tie

Cheltenham Festival Day One Preview

With the Cheltenham Festival this week we have teamed up with Paddy Power to bring you a top notch review of Day One of the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Festival Day One Preview

Be sure to check out our full review page for the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup

In conjunction with Paddy Power we have brought you a full page of betting information from the Cheltenham Fetival and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Get a Free £25 Cheltenham Festival Bet from Paddy Power

Be sure to check out our dedicated Cheltenham Festival Page here at

Paddy Power Cheltenham Festival TV Adverts

In time for the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup, Paddy Power have launched a set of TV Adverts that are to be shown on prime time TV.

The first advert is with Carlton Palmer.

The second advert is with Richard Dunwoody.

Be sure to check out the special page we have built for the Cheltenham Festival and Gold Cup.

Snooker is not really dead

I have been to the Crucible in Sheffield for the World Snooker Championships for the last few years.

Today, February 14th 2009 is the day when the online and ticket sales open for the event in Sheffield.

I phoned the box office around 1000 as the Internet ticket facility was not available and I was shocked to find that most of the tickets had already sold from the pre-allocation. There was nothing at all left to see
Ronnie the Rocket O’Sullivan.

I ended up with a ticket for match 20 & 24 as well as a ticket for the fist session of Semi Final 2.

Looking forward to the championships to start now.

British Open Golf Tournament Revives Summer Sports Betting

The summer usually means a few months of slow action for punters and bookkeepers alike but this year’s British Open has caused unusually high attention and bets within the industry. The popularity of golf and the absence of Tiger Woods, usually the annual winner of the event have lead to enormous UK and worldwide bet placements.

Although the British Open is a regular, yearly event in the golf world this summer has been atypical for the large amount of interest invested in the events. Tiger Woods’ knee injury has meant a recovery time which didn’t allow the golf star to compete in the tournament and with his absence, bets exploded accordingly. Woods presence in the British Open is historically overwhelming and betters can’t expect anything but even money due to his unparalleled skills. This July however, golfers such as Sergio Garcia were receiving 10:1 odds from premier sports betting services like Bodog.

Summer typically means a dry spell for punters and bookies with only baseball, tennis, boxing matches and golf available for the most part. The majority of major league sports are in the off season but a rare occurrence in golf has been enough to spark gambler’s interest and keep businesses booming for at least this year.

Michael Chang Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

After repeated displays of athleticism throughout his career, Michael Chang was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Although the highlight of his career may have come only a short time after turning pro, Chang was deemed worthy of inclusion along with some other very prestigious company.

At only seventeen years old,
Chang became the first American male to win the French Open singles title in thirty-four years setting a record for his performance as a youth. The Roland Garros victory would ultimately be the high-point of his career however and remain the only major title won by Chang throughout his sixteen year career. Just the same the player remained a considerable force throughout his time as a tennis professional making waves through a notable presence in the US Open, US Davis Cup, French Finale and the Australian Open where he was a finalist in 1996 and a semifinalist in 1995 and ’97. Chang was renowned for his seemingly infinite energy, quickness on the court and a powerful, two-handed backhand.

The International
Tennis Hall of Fame hosts 207 inductees from eighteen different nations and is known for its selective selection process since its 1954 foundation. Michael Chang was inaugurated alongside the late Gene Scott and Mark McCormack at last week’s ceremony.

Villareal host Liverpool - Fancy a Bet?

Villareal host Liverpool on Wednesday the 30th of July. The match will be shown on live Sky Sports 1.

Paddy Power have some great money back special offers for this match. If the last goal in this match is a header Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st /last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on this match.

So, why not give
Paddy Power a try today?

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Padraig Harrington Becomes First European to Win Two Consecutive British Opens

After a week full of speculation regarding Greg Norman’s possible chance at a victory, thirty-six year old Irishman, Padraig Harrington emerged as the winner of the British Open last Sunday.

Harrington managed to beat out both Norman and Ian Poulter for a four-shot victory due to an excellent performance at the par 5s and finished with a 1-under 69 despite enormous winds. Even though Harrington was suffering from a sore right wrist (which stopped his practice after only nine swings at the Royal Birkdale earlier in the week) he managed to combat both disagreeable gusts and a late-game charge by Poulter. Greg Norman and Ian Poulter’s losses may have given Harrington the consecutive European record but it also meant the end of two other milestones in the making. Norman, fifty-three was set to become the oldest major champion and Poulter the first English champion since 1992 saw Nick Faldo take the British Open.

Perhaps most surprising is the credit Harrington gives to his injury in winning the British Open and becoming the first European to take the title two years straight. The Irishman credited his sore wrist as the reason he was able to relax and lower his personal expectations which eventually led to the victory.

Manchester City Manager Remains Hopeful in Spite of Striker Shortage

Manchester City Manger, Mark Hughes doesn’t seem to be bothered by the potential shortage of strikers as the team prepares to enter the Premier League opener against Aston Villa on August 17th. Most notably, Benjani Mwaruwari’s injuries, Jo’s decision to join Brazil in Beijing and significant trades have left City with a notable absence of the strikers necessary for a strong team.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics and a set of injuries may have left Manchester short on the strikers they’ll need to get off to a good start at the Premier League but Hughes has been maintaining confidence. Although external forces may have removed some key players the manager is determined to make up the losses and provide a good showing as the games kick off. The youthful, ambitious team line-up and the promise of solid, new blood on the field may end up being enough to counter the lack of strikers currently listed on the Manchester City roster.

A meeting between Manager, Hughes and Executive Chairman, Garry Cook took place on the weekend and the acquisition of quality strikers is surely at the top of the list. Lens’ Aruna Dindane has been in high demand among European clubs and Hughes has expressed interest in bidding the player onto City as well which could mean good things for the team.

Lewis Hamilton Wins German Grand Prix and Takes First Place Standing in F1

Driving for McLaren, Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim last Sunday. Beyond the title of champion at the Grand Prix, Hamilton now also enjoys a four point lead as the driver at the front of the Formula One standings.

Renault’s Nelson Piquet Jr. placed second and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa came in third behind Hamilton who managed a 5.6 second margin by the race’s end. The twenty-three year old Hamilton had a grim start when he was forced into a delayed pit-stop which eventually had him rejoining the circuit significantly behind competitors. Luck and skill won out however and the McLaren driver was able to close the gap and emerge triumphant despite the very present possibility of failure. Hamilton reported that he would have much preferred staying out in front as much as possible but was set on taking first place despite the setback. Ron Dennis, McLaren’s Team Principal defended the strategy and praised Hamilton’s skills as part of why they were able to take such a risk.

Just the same, the McLaren team is hard at work learning from the mistakes which accompanied the pit strategy and are determined to come out on top of the F1 races this season. Hamilton is next set to race at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, scheduled for August 3rd.

Serena Williams Pulls Out of Semi Following Knee Injury

After injuring her left knee and attempting to play through the strain, Serena Williams has decided to pull out of the Bank of the West Classic semifinals. Her decision was reached on Saturday which makes Williams the third singles player from the American woman’s Olympic tennis team to sustain a knee injury.

During her match against Aleksandra Wozniak, Williams was forced to retire after trailing desperately behind. Despite determination to play out the rest of the match with a heavily taped knee it would appear that the pain was too much for the determined player to bear. After stretching for a backhand at the beginning of the second and further provoking the injury Williams had to walk off court and forfeit the rest of the game. Wozniak is currently ranked 85th and will play in this Sunday’s final against the winner of a match between Ai Sugiyami and Marion Bartoli.

Now with Serena Williams out for recovery she joins two other Olympic contenders with knee injuries; sister Venus and fellow professional singles contestant Lindsay Davenport. The debilitation stems from a 2003 surgery which forced Serena out of ten tournaments and later forced her back into the hospital in 2006. Hopefully the players’ injuries will be sufficiently improved to allow their showing for the US Olympic team in the Beijing games.

Phil Mickelson Eyes Royal Birkdale Win with Tiger’s Absence

Although Phil Mickelson is certainly no slouch on the links the absence of Tiger Woods at this year’s Royal Birkdale may provide just the opportunity he needs to win the competition and finally take the title. The Birkdale course marks the location where Mickelson made his amateur debut in 1991 and holds a special place in his heart.

Tiger Woods is unable to play the game because of a knee surgery which leaves Mickelson as perhaps the top contender for the prestigious event. In spite of an unremarkable showing at the Scottish Open the golfer maintains that the three week break allowed him more than enough time to properly prepare for the Royal Birkdale. Mickelson reported that a chance to play the course and acclimatize to the British time zone has gone a long way toward adjusting his body and mind for the task at hand and he feels ready to take a real shot at the challenge.

Of course only time will tell how well
Mickelson is able to fare but punters and fans alike are putting a lot of faith into the player as he readies for Royal Birkdale. He has been working hard at preparing to counter the British oceanic breezes which have wreaked havoc on his game in the past and feels that the time has been well spent and should help ensure a solid performance.

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Liang Wen-Chong Represents China as First Citizen to Enter the British Open

The number one Asian player, Liang Wen-Chong has his eyes set on making history as he becomes the first golfer from mainland China to enter the British Open. Aside from aspirations of personal success in the sport, Liang is also excited to increase national support from his country by becoming a golfer for the Chinese population to follow.

Liang, twenty-nine years old, has only played one other links course during the Dunhill Cup (in St. Andrews, Scotland) but is preparing hard to adjust to the geography, climate and style of play during his practice time leading up to the event. At his previous two appearances during the US Masters and PGA tournaments last year Liang narrowly missed the halfway cut and is anxious to make bigger waves this time around. He should have some extra practice when playing at the Barclays Scottish Open this week however and this time alone could go a long way toward fully tempering his style toward British courses.

The golfer currently enjoys the title of
China’s first citizen to rank first in the Asian Tour 2007 but wants to go further with his talent in the sport. Liang is confident that his game has improved through playing against tough competitors and hopes that his abilities will be enough to truly compete in the British Open.

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Euro 2008 Final Betting - Germany v Spain

The Euro 2008 Final is on Sunday 29th June from Vienna and it will see Germany play Spain. Spain have not been in a major final since the 1984 Euro championships when they faced France.

This is the largest game of international football between the
World Cup Finals and one well worth a bet.

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Germany v Spain Euro 2008 Final

After Spain beat Russia 3-0 tonight, they will face Germany in the final of the Euro 2008 Championships which is to be playd on Sunday night in Vienna.

For me, these championships have not been as good as usual, with England not qualyfying, the competition lost its sparkle somewhat with myself.

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Wimbledon Tennis first Day of Play

The 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championship starts today at the All England Tennis Club.

Roger Federer is chasing his record breaking sixth straight win and he gets the play underway at 1200 on Centre Court against Dominik Hrbaty.

Andy Murray missed last years chapmionships through injury and he is flying the flag for Great Britain, and our hopes for a home nation champion rest firmly on his shoulders.

In the ladies,
Venus Williams will be chasing her fifth Wimbledon title but she will face strong competition with the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, and her sister, Serena Williams all in good form.

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Tiger Woods Out for the 2008 Season

Tiger Woods Out for 2008 Knee
Last evening, Tiger Woods announced that he was out for the rest of the 2008 season becuase of his injured knee, and the problems that he suffered with it during his win at Torre Pines to collect the 2008 US Open Championship.

This means that Tiger will miss the
2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale as well as the 2008 USPGA and the 2008 Ryder Cup.

It was important to me that I disclose my condition publicly at an appropriate time," Woods said on his website. "Now, it is clear that the right thing to do is listen to my doctors, follow though with this surgery, and focus my attention on rehabilitating my knee."

So, this rather throws the world of Golf right open for the rest of the 2008 season and it must give the Europeans a massive advantage in the
Ryder Cup.

I am going to
Royal Birkdale with my Son for the 2008 British Open and I know that we will miss Tiger not being there. But we can still watch the other major players and I am sure it will be a fantastic event.

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US Masters Golf - Review of Day 4 - Trevor Immelman wins the 2008 US Masters

Congratulations to Trevor Immelman on winning the 2008 US Masters Golf Championship. Immelman was at the top of the leaderboard for all four days of the Masters and he is the first person to win, after doing this since Ray Floyd in 1976.
Trevor Immelman Wins at Augusta Masters
It got quite close at the end with only a three shot gap between
Trevor Immelman and and the second placed player, Tiger Woods. Immelman started the day on eleven under par, having shot rounds of 68, 68, and 69. He was two shots clear of Brandt Snedeker and Tiger was six shots behind on 5 under par.

In a day which provided difficult scoring conditions, due to the high winds, most of the people high up the leaderboard tailed off with over par rounds. These included Britons,
Paul Casey, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, and Justin Rose. The final day second placed Brandt Snedeker also have a very bad round and finished on four under having shot a five over par 77 and he shared third place with Stewart Cink.

Tiger Woods had another indifferent day and shot an even par 72 to finish the day as he started on 5 under par. I am sure he will be looking back and realizing that the short putts he missed on the back nine could have made the difference to force a playoff with Trevor Immelman, however, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Woods normally has accurate putting and this is what has made him win 7 of his last 8 professional outings, and the true favorite for the US Masters.

Well, it was nice to see
Immelman win his first major and we wish him all the best for the future. My money was lost, Woods, Rose, and Harrington all failed. Oh well, I am looking forward to the Open already!

Liverpool beat Arsenal to reach the Champions League Semi Final

Well, in what was a memorable night at Anfield Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-2 on the night to win 5-3 on aggregate.

You would have thought, as the
bookies did, that Arsenal were the favourites to beat Liverpool. So, my money was on Arsenal but yet again I was disappointed and lost my money!

No, I don't really follow Arsenal or Liverpool so I was impartial to the result but I must admit that it was a very entertaining game of football for the impartial viewer.

Tonight, Manchester United take on Roma, with a 2-0 away advantage. The match at Old Trafford should be an easy one for Manchester United, but, being a Leeds supporter for so many years has taught me never to rely upon anything!

2008 Grand National Won By Comply or Die

Congratulations to Comply or Die for winning the 2008 Grand National from Aintree on the 5th April 2008.

The Grand National was won by the Joint favorite, Comply Or Die, who held off a strong challenge from King Johns Castle to make it first to the post by four lengths in the 2008 Grand National at Aintree.

Comply or Die was ridden by the Irish jockey Timmy Murphy. Comply or Die was a David Pipe-trained nine-year-old horse and this is his first Grand National win after 11 previous attempts.

Snowy Morning claimed third place, while Slim Pickings was fourth.

The horse which I backed was Cloudy Lane, who also started as a 7-1 joint favorite, finished in sixth but was never really in contention.

Murphy gave his David Johnson-owned mount a trademark ride as he cruised along with something to spare before asking for an extra effort off the last fence.
Several horses, with Chelsea Harbour and Bewleys Berry joining the first four home, were vying for the lead as the race reached its closing stages, but it was Murphy who found the extra gear to claim the victory.

"I can't believe it yet, it's the best ride I've ever had over these fences," Said Murphy.

"He got into a lovely rhythm and he jumped fantastic, he picked up again when Paul (Carberry, on King Johns Castle) came at me.

"It's not sunk in, I'm delighted for David Pipe and my boss David Johnson - it's a race he's always wanted to win."

Milan Deux Mille was the final horse to complete the four-and-a-half-mile course in 15th place, with 25 horses failing to get over the 30 fences.

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The Grand National with Totesport

The Grand National is coming! This Saturday the Aintree racecourse hosts the 161st running of the John Smith's Grand National.

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Sports Betting - Bookmakers and Making Money

The latest two articles to be published on this site cover the History of Sports Betting and also cover what Sports Betting is, and how to Make Money from Sports Betting.

Sports Betting has been around for as long as people have played sports. Gambling has been traced back to the ancient Greeks who used to place wagers, or bets, on sporting events such as the Olympics. Wherever an element of risk has existed, then the human race has normally being in a position to gamble on the event for the greater increase in wealth.

Check out the articles on Sports Betting and I hope they prove of use to you.

2007 Grand National - Won by Silver Birch

Silver Birch Wins the Grand National 2007

Congratulations to Silver Birch on winning the 2007 Grand National.

Silver Birch, a 33-1 shot, held on down the finishing straight to become the sixth Irish-trained winner of the Grand National in the last nine years.

Robbie Power's mount overtook Slim Pickings over the final fence and then resisted a late charge from McKelvey to win by three-quarters of a length.

...The race took an age to get under way, with a false start and numerous re-sets before they were finally off and running.

...The grey The Outlier settled into the early lead but by the Canal Turn rank outsider Naunton Brook had hit the front with Ballycassidy in second and Bewleys Berry in third.

...As the race moved past two-thirds distance Slim Pickings, Liberthine and Simon all came into contention and by the third last there were eight horses in with a shout.

Slim Pickings led the pack over the penultimate fence, with Silver Birch a couple of lengths back, and approaching the last they pulled clear of the rest.

...As they approached The Elbow, Power's mount pulled a couple of lengths clear, with the fast-finishing McKelvey starting to get into contention.

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US Masters 2007 - Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson Wins the Masters
Congratulations to Zach Johnson on winning the 2007 US Masters.

Well, I had my first online sports book bet, placed on Tiger Woods. I placed my bet part way through the third round as Tiger was back from the pack and the odds had slightly improved so I stood to make a fair return for my wager.

I used Victor Chandler (VC Bet) to place the bet. I created an online account in a matter of minutes and then deposited my funds. Placing the bet was also very easy. I just navigated to the Golf section, the Masters had its own area and then I selected Tiger to win.

Here is a summarized report from the website. Please follow this link for the full report.

Johnson, a 31-year-old Iowan, played the round of his life at Augusta National Golf Club.Challenged by some of the game’s greatest champions, among them four-time winner Tiger Woods and two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, Johnson relied on his skill, guile and heart to shoot a final round three-under-par 69 for a 289 total, and a two-shot victory in the Masters....In a final day that saw six golfers lead at some point, Johnson took the lead alone for the first time with a birdie at the 13th hole. He laid up his second shot on the par 5 hole, hit an approach in ideal position, and made the 10-foot putt....“I could tell from the fans what was going on. At the 14th hole, (Green) said we’ve got a 2-shot lead.”...Sabbatini said of Johnson’s round, “That’s phenomenal … under the circumstances, that’s just great golf.”“It just goes to prove that if you focus on what you’re doing and you don’t think ahead, you’re going to be fine,” Sabbatini said.

Oh well, heres looking forward to the next golf competition for me to bet on!.
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