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Sport Betting: Betting Odds

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Odds are simply a reflection of the chance or probability of a certain outcome in an event. In any event, every outcome has a chance or likelihood of taking place. Odds are simply an interpretation of those chances. The bookmakers form odds or prices to reflect those chances.

  • Betting odds tell you how likely an event is to happen
  • They also tell you how much money you will win

The first thing you need to understand is what basic betting odds mean.Let’s take odds of 2/1. This means that you need to bet one unit to win two back. Odds of 4/1 means that you bet one unit to win four back. Then you have odds-on prices such as 1/2. In this scenario, you would need to bet two units to win one back.

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The longer odds of 2/1 have less of a chance of winning, while the 1/2 odds-on price is more likely to happen but you would have to risk twice as much to get the same return as if the longer price won.

 ‘Odds Terms’

Fixed Odds Betting

When you place a fixed odds bet, you are staking a certain fixed amount of money against the bookmakers money to predict the outcome of the event.

Stake

When placing a bet, your stake is the amount of money which you risk or gamble.

Laying Odds

This is another term for a bookmaker taking bets.

Odds Against

Odds against is the term used to describe a bet where you will receive a return of more than double your stake. The profit on the bet will be more than your stake.

Even Money

Also known as EVS, this is when the return will be double your stake.

Odds On

Odds on is the term used to describe a bet where you will need to stake more than you will win,

Short Odds

This indicates that a selection has a good chance of winning.

Long Odds

This indicates that a selection has a poor chance of winning

 

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How To Be A Responsible Gambler

How To Be A Responsible GamblerGambling in one form or another has existed throughout history and to this day is an enjoyable pastime for people all over the world. Many see it simply as a form of entertainment or fun, while there are others that take it very seriously. There are even professional gamblers that make a living out of it.

Responsible gambling for individuals means:

  • They may gamble for pleasure and entertainment but are aware of their likelihood of losing and understand the associated risks,
  • They exercise control over their gambling activity, and
  • Responsible gambling occurs in balance with other activities in their lives and is not causing problems or harm for themselves or others.

Unfortunately, though, the nature of gambling means that it’s possible to become addicted or to lose control.

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Even if you think that you’ll never encounter a problem yourself, it’s a good idea to be aware of the importance of responsible gambling.

Tips for Safer Gambling

  • Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money.
  • Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose.
  • Never chase losses.
  • Set a money limit.
  • Set a time limit.
  • Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset.
  • Balance gambling with other activities.
  • Gambling and alcohol are not a good combination.
  • Know Where & How to Get Help
  • Take Frequent Breaks
  • Keep a Record
  • Know the Game

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How To Bet On Golf

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The game of golf is played in almost every part of the world now, with professional tours in almost every region. There’s the Asian, Australasian, Japan, Canadian and Sunshine Tour, to name just a few, but the main two to concentrate on are the European Tour, now rebranded as the Race to Dubai, and the US PGA Tour.

Where to start
Get to know the courses well. Most will have their own websites with plenty of helpful descriptions and hole-by-hole course guides, but a study of the statistics from previous events will provide the most clues.

Getting to know the players strengths will take time but again, the stats will help you get up to speed quite quickly.

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Types of statistical analysis
On the PGATour.com there are a myriad of weird and wonderful stats and an over-analysis of them could tie you up in knots. Here are the main ones to concentrate on though.

Driving Accuracy – The higher the percentage the more fairways hit from the tee.
Driving Distance – Expressed as average yards covered from the tee.
Greens In Regulation – The higher the percentage the more greens hit in regulation. I.e. On the green with your second shot on a par four equals a green hit in regulation.
Putting Average – Shows the average number of putts per green. Lower the better.
Scrambling -This stat demonstrates the percentage of times a player gets up-and-down when they’ve missed the green. It’s the most important stat in my mind. If a player is scrambling poorly, the rest of their game has to immaculate or they’ll fritter shots away. And a good scrambler can keep a score going, even if they’re off their game.

Odds to Win

The sports bookoddsmaker will give the bettor money line odds on specific golfers to win a tournament or event, as well as odds on “the field”, which is an opportunity to wager on a collection of the golfers not given individual odds.

Example:

Odds for British Open:
Tiger Woods 1/1
Phil Mickelson 4/1
Fred Funk 14/1
David Duval 50/1
The Field (Any other golfer) 6/1

Golfer Matchups
In a golfer matchup or head to head wager, the oddsmaker takes two golfers in a tournament or event and pairs them against each other.

Example:

Chad Campbell -130
Boo Weekly +120

Group Matchup Betting
The group matchup betting wager is similar to golfer matchup betting, but instead of just a single head to head matchup, the sports book oddsmaker creates a matchup pool consisting of three or more golfers.

Example:

Tiger Woods +100
Phil Mickelson +150
Jim Furyk +170

Future Bet
A future bet is a bet made on an event which will happen sometime in the future.

Example:

How many Majors will Tiger Woods win this season?
0 – 10/1
1 – 7/1
2 – 5/1
3 – 15/1
4 – 25/1

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets

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The Cavaliers are in Charlotte on Wednesday night to take on the Hornets for the second of four regular season matchups in 2015-16. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Cavs sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 35-12 record, which includes winning 11 of the last 12 games against the East (7-0 on the road over that span).

This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Cavaliers won the first game 95-90. James played a big role with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Cleveland has the best road record in the NBA since Dec. 28 at 10-1 (.909). Over that 11-game stretch away from home, the Cavs are winning by an average of 8.3 points (104.3-96.0).

Charlotte (23-25) enters Wednesday’s contest having won four of the their last six after defeating the Lakers, 101-82, in their most recent game on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

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Notes

  • Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games.
  • Charlotte is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games at home.
  • Charlotte is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte’s last 8 games when playing Cleveland.
  • Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland.
  • Charlotte averages 101.6 points per game (ranked 15th). However, Cleveland has allowed an average of just 96.5 points per game (ranked third).
  • Charlotte ranks 14th in the league with 103.5 points per home game. Cleveland allows just 95.1 points per away game (ranked second).
  • In its last game, Cleveland won by a 22-point margin. Charlotte is 6-2 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. Cleveland has a 7-2 record in blowouts.
  • When allowing fewer than 100 points, the Cavaliers are 20-6 on the season. When the Hornets score fewer than 100, they are a subpar 5-18.
  • The Cavaliers have a 12-6 record when they allow at least 100 points. The Hornets have also performed well when they register triple digits with a record of 17-5 in such contests.
  • The Cavaliers have the fourth-best offensive rating in the NBA (106.6). The Hornets are also in the top half of the league based on their defensive rating of 102.5 (ranked 13th).
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the best field goal percentages this season, ranking 10th in the league with a FG% of 45.3%. When their opponents record a similar or higher FG%, the Charlotte Hornets have a losing 6-12 record.
  • The Charlotte Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Charlotte is 29th and 20th in the league for FG% and EFF% respectively, while Cleveland is 10th and sixth in these categories.
  • Charlotte makes an average of 21.3 assists per game (ranked 20th). Cleveland ranks higher in assists with 22.4 (ranked 10th).
  • Charlotte makes an average of 5.2 blocks per game (ranked 10th), while Cleveland makes 3.7 blocks per game (ranked 28th).
  • Charlotte is ranked 24th when it comes to offensive rebounding. Cleveland ranks 10th in defensive rebounds.
  • On average, Charlotte makes 7.2 steals per game. Cleveland has a winning 19-7 record when it allows at least 7 steals.

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Farmers Insurance Open

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This week, the PGA Tour is in the San Diego area for the Farmers Insurance Open. The annual stop at Torrey Pines sports a 156-player field battling to make the weekend cut playing a round each on the North and South courses on the publicly-accessible property.

Jason Day is the defending champion, but he pulled out of the Wednesday pro-am with flu-like symptoms. Beware the sick golfer, they say, but we’re not sure if that’ll mean good things for the Aussie – like when he won The Barclays last summer after pulling out of a pro-am due to illness – or a tough few days.

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Here are our top 4 players for this year:

Jason Day

Day’s breakout 2015 PGA TOUR campaign got kickstarted with a playoff win in last February’s Farmers Insurance Open. He followed it up with four more wins in ’15, including a major victory at the PGA Championship. He’s only entered one stroke-play event since September, a 10th-place finish at the Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Although Day will be a surefire favorite if he plays, there is some concern over whether he’ll be healthy enough to compete. Day pulled out of the Pro-Am on Wednesday, citing flu-like symptoms. It remains to be seen whether he’ll make it for the tournament proper, but if he does, don’t be concerned about illness slowing him down. The last time Day withdrew from a Pro-Am was at he Barclays last year, a tournament he won.

Rickie Fowler

As a youth revolution takes hold of the PGA TOUR, Fowler looks to join the best of the best. Fowler won in Abu Dhabi last week, prompting some to say golf now has a “Big Four” instead of “Big Three,” adding Fowler to a group that includes Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. While Fowler is certainly one of the best golfers plying his trade today, he’s still a step behind those three, all of whom have won a major title. Back-to-back wins by Fowler to start ’15 would give him lots of momentum to go out and get that first major this year.

Brandt Snedeker

Torrey Pines is built for those who can drive the long ball. Snedeker is good — not great — off the tee, but he’ll more than make up for that on the green, considering he’s one of the game’s best putters. The main reason he makes this list is his outstanding play at the Farmers Insurance Open in the past. Snedeker has five top-10 finishes in nine appearances at the event, including runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2013, as well as a win in 2012. More importantly, Snedeker has been lights out for the last month or so, winning the Franklin Templeton Shootout, tying for third at the Tournament of Champions and getting runner-up at the Sony Open.

Phil Mickelson

So what if the Hefty Lefty is a few years off his prime? Torrey Pines is a hometown course for Mickelson, a San Diego native. And this is his 27th time competing in the Farmers Insurance Open, winning three of them. However, his last win at the event came way back in 2001, and in the past four years he’s missed the cut twice, withdrawn once and finished 51st the other time. Mickelson’s a bomber, though, and he should be able to handle the course’s distance. You also have to factor in the fact he finished tied for third last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. If he plays as well as he did last week, between his big drive and a hometown crowd cheering him on, Mickelson may have enough to get the win for old time’s sake.

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Steph Curry says Obama talked a lot of trash during their round of golf

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Sounds like NBA MVP Stephen Curry needs to work on his golf game. The NBA champion told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday that he and his dad lost a golf match to President Barack Obama on the 18th hole.

As if the the President watching you putt wasn’t enough, you’ve got Secret Service agents looming. That’s pressure.

President Obama is known to take his sports \very seriously, and he carries that competitive streak to the golf course.  The president drove Curry around in the golf cart, Curry said. When it came time to actually golf, Curry told Kimmel that Obama engaged in trash talk to distract his golfing partners.

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The president was talking trash, oh my goodness,” said Curry. Kimmel was confused. “How do you talk trash in golf?” he asked. “Like what, specifically, did he say?” Anything to get inside your head and throw you off your game, Curry replied. When Kimmel said that didn’t sound very relaxing, Curry laughed: “Well, there’s 25 Secret Service agents at every hole, so I couldn’t relax at all.”

According to Curry, Obama and Allen’s team won.

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PGA Championship

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The 97th PGA Championship returns to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., for the third time in 11 years, and for the third major championship in a row, competitors will be faced with a links-style test after Chambers Bay in the U.S. Open and the Old Course at St. Andrews in the Open Championship.

The PGA Championship got a huge boost last weekend when world No. 1 Rory McIlroy showed up to practice. A week before that, Rory seemed like a longshot to make his return to the game in time for the season’s final major. But he’s back for one last 2015 chance to add to his career tally of 4 major titles.

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Rory’s return, and the PGA of America’s decision to pair him up with Jordan Spieth for the opening round, amplified the hype. It’s also on a fantastically scenic and world class venue in Whistling Straits.

Spieth is listed at 6-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. He is the only golfer with single-digit odds and is attracting action. With a strong performance, Spieth has a chance to overtake Rory McIlroy and become the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

McIlroy missed The Open and has not played a competitive round since the U.S. Open in late June.

Along with McIlroy, Bubba Watsonand Jason Day are also 12-1. Dustin Johnson is 15-1, and Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are 20-1.

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Jason Day rallies to win Canadian Open

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Jason Day birdied the final three holes to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, spoiling David Hearn’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.

Leaderboard: Day (-17), Watson (-16), Hearn (-15), Jim Furyk (-14), Stewart Cink (-13), Tom Hoge (-13)

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Day made a 20-foot putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory over Bubba Watson. Day finished at 17-under 271 at Glen Abbey.

Day was coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the British Open at St. Andrews. The 28-year-old Australian also fought through vertigo symptoms last month to tie for ninth in the U.S. Open. He has four PGA Tour victories, also winning at Torrey Pines in February.

Watson birdied the final four holes for a 69.

Day birdied three of the first seven holes, he but dropped strokes on Nos. 8 and 9. Playing a group ahead of Watson and Hearn, Day parred the first six holes on the back nine, then birdied the par-5 16th and par-4 17th to take a one-stroke lead.

Hearn, two strokes ahead of Day and Watson entering the round, had a 72 to finish third at 15 under.

Hearn birdied the first two holes, but he gave back the strokes with bogeys on Nos. 3 and 7. He also bogeyed the par-3 12th, birdied the par-5 13th and closed with five pars.

Two-time winner Jim Furyk was fourth at 14 under after a 69.

Stewart Cink and Tom Hoge followed at 13 under, each shooting 66.

Round of the day: Long-driving Tony Finau made nine birdies en route a 7-under 65 and a T-22 finish at 9 under for the championship. The PGA Tour rookie has finished inside the top 25 in eight of his last nine events.

Source: sltrib.com

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What is Handball?

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Handball is a fascinating game played throughout five continents by over 180 countries and 19 million people all ages, worldwide.

Is a combination of Basketball, Soccer and Netball.   It is played indoors on a court about the size of two basketball courts.  At the each end of the court is a net which is 9 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet high.  The object of the game is simply to score more goals than the other team.

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Defenders may use their body to make contact with attackers to prevent them from having a clear shot at goal. Attackers attempt to break through the defence or shoot over the top of them to score a goal. Two teams compete with 6 court players and 1 goalkeeper playing per team at any one time. Substitutions can be made at any time. Each goal counts as 1 point and games regularly finish with teams having scored over 20 points.

The game is played on a court 40m long and 20m wide with with 2m high and 3m wide nets at either end. The game consists of two 30 minute time periods with a 10/15 minute rest in between. All players alternate between an attacking position and a defending position, depending on who has possession of the ball. The ball is usually moved around the court by passing and dribbling however, as in basketball, you cannot double-dribble. Players can hold the ball for a maximum of three seconds before having to pass or dribble and take up to three steps while holding it.

There are four types of players:
Goalies: Defend goal.  Not expected to stop as many goals as goalies in hockey or soccer.
Circle Runners:  Large players who block shooters and try to disorganize the defense.  They also are shooters, usually from close-in range.
Wings:  They are offensive players who shoot at odd angles, usually from the sides.
Big Shooters: They are tall, agile players who much like quarterbacks lead the offense.  They shoot from the backcourt over the head of defenders.

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Tiger Woods proves himself at the Greenbrier

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Is this a comeback? We sure hope it is! Tiger Woods surprised everyone in the golf world by posting a 4-under 66 that put him four shots behind 18-hole leader Scott Langley heading into Friday.

Woods made seven birdies during his opening 4-under 66 on the Old White TPC. That finish came after a sloppy double bogey on No. 6, and allowed Woods to get to the clubhouse with some serious momentum, posting his lowest score of the season and matched his best in relation to par.

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It was only the fourth time he shot in the 60s in 21 rounds. None were on the first day of a tournament.

“Overall I can’t really say I hit any great shots but I hit a lot of good ones,” Woods said. “I hit the ball better than what my score indicates.”

“It was a pretty good day. I felt like I left a lot of opportunities out there, too,” Woods said. “I hit the ball better than what my score indicates. I gave myself a lot of looks and just didn’t make enough. But overall as of right now, I’m only (four) back. It’s going to be a bunched leaderboard come Sunday.”- golfchannel.com

For one round, at least, his solid game returned.

Two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods had the highest 36-hole score of his pro career – 156.

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