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2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

2017 Royal London One-Day Cup

The 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup tournament is a cricket competition that forms part of the 2017 domestic cricket season in England and Wales. All eighteen First-class counties are competing in the tournament which run from the end of April with the final taking place on July 1th.

The competition this year was moved earlier in the season to allow the NatWest t20 Blast to take place during the summer and to allow England players to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales, during this present June.

The aim of the England and Wales Cricket Board is to allow county players to develop skills more effectively, to allow preparation for England matches and to make the schedule easier to understand.

The Royal London One-Day Cup reaches the knockout phases this week. They changed the format this 2017, and it’s certainly fairer.

There’s now perceptible reward for topping the group in the preliminary period, with Essex and Worcestershire skipping the quarter-final stage and going straight to the semi-finals.

The teams finishing second and third in each group play off for the right to meet, so there are only two quarter-finals played.

The quarter-finals have thrown up a tough clash with Yorkshire meeting Surrey in Tuesday at Headingley (1400 BST start). Both teams are clearly packed with quality, although Surrey are odds-against outsiders and make more appeal in a game that looks tight. There is an inherent risk in backing a middle-order batsman in this market for limited-overs games.

The other quarter-final pits Somerset against Notts, with the visitors odds-on favorites in a market that looks good. Samit Patel was easily Notts’ leading run-scorer in the group and comes into this one on the back of a Championship double-century. On the other side, Adam Hose might not be the biggest name in the Somerset line-up.

The competition will be on hiatus for the majority of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which takes place in England and Wales during this month, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals taking place this week (between 13 and 17 June). The knock-out stages of the competition will continue near the end of the Champions Trophy with the final taking place at Lord’s on July 1st.

Due to the penalty for accepting a £3.8 million financial assistance package from the ECB during 2016, Durham began the competition this year with a deduction of two points.

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2017 ICC Champions Trophy

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy is the 8th in its series, a One Day International cricket tournament. It is being held in England and Wales between 1 and 18 June 2017. The top eight teams in the ICC Championship as on September 2015 qualified for the tournament, for which they were divided into two groups.

Following the Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester, it was reported that security around the tournament was increased before the start.

In a media release before the commencement of the tournament, the ICC stated that the tournament’s broadcast would reach China, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia for the first time.

While the West Indies failed to qualify this year, Bangladesh returned to the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006. England qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 automatically as host. England became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. Pakistan won by 8 wickets yesterday. This was the first time that Pakistan had qualified for a final and it was their first in an ICC ODI competition since 1999.

It is fair to say that few people have expected a one-day tournament to produce three sub-continent semi-finalists.

India progressing from Group B it’s certainly a surprise, especially when seeing them joined by Pakistan and Bangladesh in the knockout stages.

Bangladesh may have had some good fortune along the way via their no-result against Australia, but they cashed in with a sensational victory over New Zealand.

Pakistan’s varied seam attack always keeps batsmen thinking, while England will be delighted at the way Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have performed. Pakistan possess an attack capable of spiking England’s guns.

From the Pakistan cricket team, you get an inspired spell of fast bowling, an outrageous catch, and a match-saving innings. They spring these surprises every now and then.

The other semi-final – which takes place on Thursday – features an even tougher favorite in India, and the temptation is to side with the remarkable underdog at extravagant prices. Bangladesh have frozen in the past against India, but they undoubtedly have the talent.

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Gambling on The Big Screen

Gambling on The Big ScreenAre you a bettor or are you considering to become one? Gambling and movies are some of the most popular entertainment activities in the US.

Finding good movies that go in depth into the world and underworld of the industry can sometimes be hard to find. The entertainment industry at times takes aim at the gambling industry.

Most of the movies made about betting take the viewer into the dark side of the gambling industry. This lets you see some of the possible outcomes for those who find themselves stuck in this life.

Others take you to the other side where the bookies make the money. Even movies about the other side of the industry show the possibility of trouble coming. This can take those involved and turn their lives upside down.

Gambling is a great theme for a movie and brings in big bucks for most at the box office.

The next time you’re looking for a movie check one of these films out. You might learn something. At the very least you’ll enjoy some entertainment.

One thing that it hasn’t touched up that much is sports betting, and in particular soccer betting, but it has shown up in a couple of films in recent memory. The first is the Matthew McConaughey and Al Pacino film Two For The Money. The film is written by Dan Gilroy, who would later go on to make the Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nightcrawler, and was directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: Return Of Xander Cage).

McCounaghey played the part of Brandon, a college American Football star who was forced into an early retirement by a life-changing injury. After the accident, he hooks up with Al Pacino’s Walter, a guru in the world of sports betting where he starts a brand new career. Of course, this film largely revolves around American sports, but soccer is something is offered on sports betting websites these days, and some even come with a handy football betting guide, something that Brandon could have done within Two For The Money.

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Football is a game where you can bet on absolutely anything, from an outright score to the first player to land the ball in the back of the net, goal difference, correct score prediction and even whether the game will go into extra time or not. These are things the lead character of our next movie may have seen he get involved with.

Football, horse racing and even cards are something that is seen in Mississippi Grind, a 2015 Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn film which showed the duo take to road in the southern States for Mendelsohn’s character, the down on his luck Gerry, to attempt to win a fortune. Of course, Gerry is the kind of guy to bet on absolutely anything, a trait that sees him get into all sorts of trouble.

These two films are really worth checking out, two examples of sports betting used to great effect in the ever changing world of the movies. Seek them both out at your nearest opportunity. Sign up at

NBA Finals and Early Lines

NBA Finals and Early LinesJust as it was expected the 2017 NBA Finals wrapped up last night with the Golden State Warriors easily defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers en route to their second championship in the last three seasons. Even less surprising, sportsbooks have already released odds on which squad will reign supreme a year from now and the results won’t shock you.

At some places you can find that the Golden State Warriors are the -150 favorites to go all the way with the Cleveland Cavaliers (+300), Boston Celtics (+1200), San Antonio Spurs (+1200), Houston Rockets (+2000), Los Angeles Clippers (+3300), Toronto Raptors (+5000), Washington Wizards (+5000), Oklahoma City Thunder (+6600) and Memphis Grizzlies (+7500) listed as the next likeliet contenders to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Truthfully, anyone who’s seen even the littlest basketball action in the last few years could’ve guessed the top portion of these odds. The Warriors have assembled one of the most dominant teams the Assocation has ever seen, while the Cavaliers aren’t going to go away as long as LeBron James stays back home in Northeast Ohio.

There are some interesting things to note on the board, though. Already possessing a deep roster headlined by the fantastic Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are about to land what will most likely be Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 spot in the NBA Draft. Like every team in the East, Boston will have a tough time getting by Bron Bron and the Cavs but I’m a big fan of the +1200 price.

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Following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, the Warriors moved from +100 to -150 while the Cavs slipped from +400 to +450. For what it’s worth, the Warriors opened the 2016-17 NBA season as +150 favorites to win the title but jumped to -150 following their acquisition of Kevin Durant.

These odds will fluctuate throughout the offseason based on free agency, trades, and the NBA Draft. As the season progresses it is important to monitor the changes.

One of the most interesting teams to monitor will be the Boston Celtics, who will have ample salary cap space this offseason in addition to the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. Although it’s unclear whether GM Danny Ainge will cash in some of his assets to acquire another star player like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, Boston could see their odds skyrocket with a blockbuster trade.

It will also be curious to see whether the Cavs will break up their core this off-season. Cleveland was dominated by Golden State in the NBA Finals, and there are already rumors circulating that LeBron James could opt out of his contract at the end of next season if things don’t turn around. Unfortunately, Cleveland doesn’t have many valuable trade assets outside their big three, so they may need to disrupt their core if they hope to make any major moves.

Once the uncertainty around these two players is cleared up, we could assume that Golden State would become an even larger favorite. Odds could also be impacted by the results of this year’s NBA Finals. Sign up at

Bad Bets Do Happen

Bad Bets Do HappenSo we’ve come to game 5 but prior to the NBA Finals, books did their part setting odds on a number of props, everything from the length of the series to the MVP to the most three-pointers. With potentially just one game left in the 2017 season and the Warriors on the verge of something truly historic you may not have much time to place bets on a wide selection of prop bets but it is never too late to make some smart bets.

Bad bets happen. Don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise. With all the experience and attention, some slip through the cracks even with the best bettors out there. We must accept the fact that we made one, mark the situation down and learn from it to prevent it in the future, or at least minimize the occurrence.

But what is a bad bet, if I may ask you? Most of the recreational bettors answer this question with a wrong answer. No, it is not a bet that you have lost a significant stake on, and it’s not one which outcome was far from your projection. Bad bets can earn you money. Not too often, but with his variability of results and event, you may find yourself fortunate here and there and profit on a bad bet. It doesn’t make it less bad, just like a losing outcome doesn’t turn a good wager into a bad one. This is what many casual players can’t comprehend. Any winning wager should be a good one and vice versa. This thinking leads to definite red numbers over the longer period, unless everything you touch turns to gold. If you are not already aware, mark it down.

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A bad bet is a one that holds a negative value under a certain set of circumstances.

You might find this definition too broad, so let’s use some examples. You open up your bookie’s offer and spot a +4 Cleveland Cavaliers in Detroit and you think this is such a nice price and bet on it. After placing the wager, you check the Twitter and find out that LeBron James won’t be playing. Right there, there’s a bad bet.

You haven’t checked all the circumstances and ended up with a bet you probably wouldn’t make if you had known all the facts. Cavs could win the game or cover, but it’s still a bad bet. Or, your team led by 20 after three-quarters but you lose a money line bet on a historical comeback by another team. In frustration, you immediately punt against the team that lucked out (or on your team), but the price ends up 15 points better by closing of the market. Bad bet. The market move indicates that the value was clearly on the other side and you allowed your emotion to get better than you and chose the wrong team. There are numerous ways how you can make bad bets, ranging from terrible one to null-value bets, and they all have that negative value in common. Avoid taking bad bets as much as possible and you’ll see an increase in your accounts. Sign up at

Bet On The NBA Finals

Bet On The NBA FinalsThe Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers face off Monday night at 9 p.m. ET in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors hold a 3-1 series lead and can clinch their second NBA championship in three seasons with a victory in front of their home crowd in Oakland, California.

With their backs against the wall, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned on the switch and had a night to remember in Game 4 Friday, blowing out the Golden State Warriors, 137-116.

The Cavaliers, trying to become the first team in the NBA to dig out of a 3-0 hole in the playoffs, jumped out to a phenomenal start and never gave the Warriors a chance to take the lead during the contest. They set new Finals records a plenty, namely the most points in the first quarter (48) and in the first half (86), as well as draining 24 three-pointers on 45 attempts.

It was expected that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would take charge of Cleveland’s offense and they certainly stepped up tremendously at that. James secured his ninth triple-double (31-10-11) of the Finals to break Magic Johnson’s own record of eight, and with Irving exploding for a game-high 40 points on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.

What came as somewhat a surprise for the Cavs is that LeBron and Kyrie finally got some help from the rest of their supporting cast. Kevin Love knocked down six three’s and finished with 23 points, Tristan Thompson hauled-in double-digit rebounds for the first time this series with 10, and the bench pitched in with 23 points after a total of just 11 in Game 2.

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The Warriors saw for the first time this series just how dangerous the Cavaliers really are on Friday as they had their 15-game playoff win streak snapped in rather embarrassing fashion. It was also the first time that they’ve lost a game in two months dating back to the regular season.

Golden State still got a terrific performance out of Kevin Durant, who scored 35 points in the loss. Stephen Curry, meanwhile, made just four of his 13 field-goal attempts to finish with 14 points, but still dished out 10 assists. Draymond Green was nearly ejected from Game 4 as well, but still finished with 16 points and 14 boards.

No doubt that the Warriors will be smarting from Friday’s defeat, but don’t count them out from ending the series in Oakland on Monday. They’ve scored an average of 118.3 points at home this postseason, all the while limiting their opposition to just a little over 100 points.

The Warriors exact sweet revenge by winning the Larry O’Brien trophy at home, but the Cavaliers (+9) put up another valiant effort and cover the spread, 123-119.

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Find an Edge in Sports Betting

Find an Edge in Sports BettingFinding an edge in sports betting or in any particular market is the ability to place bets that have a higher probability of happening than the odds you receive. In any sporting event, the probability of something happening can never be known, but it can be predicted, which is what the bookies do when they price up an event. To find an edge people adopt different practices.


The concept of specializing in one or two sports is one that is growing in the sports betting world, primarily because people are seeing good results from those who do exactly that.

Some bettors will concentrate only a few sports, while others will limit themselves to either professional or college sports. Other bettors will take that another step and focus their attention on several conferences, typically the smaller ones that don’t get nearly as much press as the larger ones.

Many sports bettors have a hard time believing there are actually people out there who handicap nothing but cricket or soccer and make a decent living doing so, but they are out there. Just as there are bettors who devote all of their time and energy into football or basketball.

The ultimate factor when choosing which sports to wager on is largely dependent on two factors. The first is to decide why you are betting. Are you betting to make money or are you betting for enjoyment?

The second is how much time you have to devote yourself to handicapping. If your time is limited, it will be difficult to handicap an entire Saturday college basketball or football slate. Especially when you consider the fact that you are wagering against people who do nothing but handicap college football or college basketball.

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Non-Mainstream Wagers

Another way bettors may be able to find a decent advantage is by looking at the non-mainstream wagers that are available. These could practically be expanded to cover baseball and hockey, which receive far fewer wagers than football or basketball, but I was generally referring to things such as proposition wagers, the WNBA, AFL, etc.

Professional sports bettors often give readers profitable Super Bowls proposition bets, and the NHL awards are another example of finding a solid advantage in a non-mainstream manner.

There are also those who combine the first two methods by specializing in the non-mainstream sports. While it’s not guaranteed that spending hours handicapping the WNBA will lead one to riches, it would probably make sense to venture that those who do so are more likely to show a profit at the end of the season than those who devote all of their time to handicapping the NBA.

Don’t be afraid to look at wagers that aren’t getting much attention from the betting public. Many times you’ll find your most profitable opportunities. Put some of these tips in place, find an edge in sports betting. Sign up at

Betting on US Sports

Betting on US SportsOne of the best things about the world of betting is that no matter what you leave behind, there’ always a big game coming up soon.

Whether it’s football, basketball, racing or fighting, there’s always something important that you can win or lose some money on.

Everybody knows that sports betting happens but not everyone knows how sports betting works.

The first step to learning how sports betting works is to understand where it happens and where it doesn’t.

In some places, it’s legal: in many developed countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and the American continent, people spend hundreds of dollars every year trying to gamble into some extra cash.

Other countries around the world have outlawed it. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen: in China, for example, sports betting still happens behind doors that aren’t always so closed.

In the United States, sports betting is illegal in many states. There are a few exceptions, including Las Vegas.

The United States Congress is currently reviewing changes to sports betting laws in such fast-changing technological times.

So, if you want to get in the sports betting world, it’s important for you to stay up to date with where you’re allowed to do it.

It is also important to understand the words people use to talk about it.

Once you have a handle on those, everything else will make much more sense.

Some of the most obvious examples are not that intuitive. A handicap, for example, refers to the assumed edge that one side of a competition will have over the other.

Sportsbooks and bookies refer to establishments and people that you bet through. They facilitate the process by letting you bet in a more formalized and secure setting.

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Use the Spread

The spread is one of the most common terms in the sports betting world.

The spread refers to a number established for a game or match. Like the handicap, it compensates for a perceived mismatch between teams.

If a team is favored to win, the spread will go in their favor. Obviously, the worse team will have the spread going against them.

A common bet revolves around the spread. If you bet against the spread, your winnings will be bigger.

A case study proves that the spread isn’t always so accurate. Before Game 6 of the series between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics, for example, the spread was Washington -5.5, which means that the Wizards were expected to win by 5 or 6.

That spread didn’t play out in reality. Instead, the Wizards were down the whole game and barely squeaked out a victory on a last second shot. That means you do have some prospects when betting against the spread.

The spread’s best friend is the Money line.

In sports where points are too few to make a spread, the money line is used. If you bet on a baseball game, for example, you could put down 50 dollars on a given outcome. If your outcome happened, you’d get back your 50 bucks doubled. If not, you’d lose those bucks. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of betting on US sports is a universe in its own, but little by little you should feel more prepared than before to take on the world of sports betting. Sign up at


Sports and Gambling

Sports and GamblingWhat happens when two of the greatest activities mankind has developed come together? There is absolutely nothing like gambling and sports, especially if you develop a winning system. Now most people out there that gamble have faith in themselves. These type of people usually have full-time jobs, and barely enough time to read the sports page. If you aren’t dedicating the time to do the job, watch and analyze every game, why would you put the faith of your picks in your own hands when you can hire a professional handicapper.

Now by a professional handicapper, we mean someone that will constantly give you a winning percentage of 80% or better on each game. Not only will they give you a winning percentage of 80% or better, but they won’t charge you an arm and a leg for their services. It doesn’t matter if it’s Nevada sports betting or Canada sports betting they should only charge a one time per month fee which is regularly under 60 dollars.

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The advantages of having a professional handicapper for your sports picks are many. For one, this is what they do for a living. They watch each game, analyze them, study the lines, and give you the best gambling in sport picks. Also another point to make about professional handicappers, a great one will also offer you a 100% money back guarantee if you have a losing month when betting on sports.

When betting on sports, you are always faced with at least a 50/50 chance of winning. You can’t say that about many things! You can put $ 1000.00 or more on a game and win with a 50/50 chance of winning without knowing anything about that sport. Now as you know, if you hire a professional handicapper that knows what they are doing, you can increase that 50% to 80-95% depending on how good your professional handicapper is. As with any gambling sites, play responsibly. Gamble online sports is pretty much the only way to go these days.

If you want to try out luck before you go seriously into it hiring a handicapper use certain practical principles.

The right time to bet is the time when the underdog is playing at home. The condition of the ground and crowd support will be more favorable. The teams will be able to play a more inspired game at home. In most cases, the underdogs will win. You can also see that big underdog will find ways to cover the spread. They will rarely give up in front of the home crowd towards the end of the game.

The sharp bettor will always bet for the underdogs. They will also do it as early as possible. The squares will be waiting for the best opportunity and will bet only after a while. They will be looking to bet on the favorites. The best time to bet for an underdog is to do it as late as possible. You can find heavy action from the part of the squares on the favorites during this period. The best time to bet on the favorites in to place the bet as early as possible. Sign up at

A Popular Sport to Bet

A Popular Sport to BetEverything is set for game 4 of the NBA Finals, as much as the cavaliers have come close they have not quite made it to win any of the previous three games. In terms of betting though, we don’t necessarily care who wins the game but by how many points they win.

As one of the most popular sports to bet, sports bettors have been making money on basketball for years and show no signs of letting up anytime soon. While the sport itself is simple and the bets on the sports are also simple, the strategy can sometimes be a bit confusing knowing where to start. Ultimately, you will probably develop your own strategy to beat the books, but we can help by giving you some tips to get you headed in the right direction to “making some serious coin.” It’s our understanding that is how the cool kids say making money.

The best way to utilize these strategy suggestions is to use them as a guide for developing your complete betting strategy. While most of them are meant to be taken literally, it’s important to remember that they are meant to be a piece of your overall strategy, not the entire strategy. These tips should work hand in hand with your own strategies and should help to direct the way your mind works to develop your strategy. Basically, don’t let one tip below be the only way you pick your bets. Use them as pieces of a more comprehensive betting strategy based on your knowledge base.

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Paying attention to how a team makes most of their points can be important when looking at consistency. A team that relies heavily on 3-point baskets is great, but it’s a lot easier to go cold on shooting 3-pointers than it is on posting up and driving to the basket.

Teams that focus more on points in the paint are going to be more reliable and are going to be less susceptible to cold streaks.

Keep this in mind when looking to pick game winners as well as if you are making bracket bets for the tournament in college basketball. The winning team in the NCAA tournament is almost never a team that makes most of their points from beyond the arc. Those teams are great to look at for upsets, but not for long-term consistency and deep runs.

Fatigue plays a huge role in the success of teams in basketball. Unlike sports like football, teams play a lot of games and their schedules vary, often with multiple games throughout the week. Take a look at how many games the team has played recently and if they’re on a long road trip or something like that. If a team is playing their fourth game in five days, you can bet that they’re going to be tired which means they’ll be slower and less likely to perform well. Sign up at