Top 10 Reasons Why MLB Sucks

Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. Pitching is relatively the same. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. Here are my top reasons why…

#10-The players are overpaid. Hitters have developed, even without the use of human growth hormones, the art of hitting a round ball with a round stick squarely has become a science.

#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player

Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle. They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. I know the revenue sharing scam that MLB has put into place to hush up the small teams enough for them to keep a star of two, but this is out of control what these players make. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums.

It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing. Spice it up a little bit, if Golf can up their ratings due to Tiger and a few dicy commentators..what is MLB or the broadcast networks doing to change it up?

#1 Loss of the Inner City Development

Just when you thought I had nothing intelligent to say: The main reason that Major League Baseball is below average is because the inner cities do not produce baseball players like they have in the past. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. To me that is a player that should get to stay wherever he wants, and the MLB market should be to a point that some salary could be eatin’ by the Reds to ensure the Hall of Famer goes out exactly as he wanted to go. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. Maybe its boring, maybe there are no role models, maybe they have no place to play? For whatever reason there has been a lost link, and it shows. Granted there are some hard nosed athletes which could be considered baseball purist still around, but the Mark Graces of the World are few and far between.

#8 No Salary Cap

This is a problem. And the small teams get hit the hardest..these teams survive by calling up the next great hope from AA or AAA to fill a gap. The only thing that makes it bearable for a fan is they are in third place, and they haven’t had a World Series monopoly. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). Pitching is usually something you have that is innate and polished, hitting can be developed and is so more effectively in all the ametuer ranks of baseball. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70′s. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. I love the game. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses. This is what happens without a salary cap. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!

#6 Pitching

Now that Nolan and the Goose have hung up their cleats who is left to make these lumber lugging neanderthals look retarded at the plate. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!

#3 George Steinbrenner

Don’t get me started on this figure. He has publicity stunts that take the focus off the game, and puts on a show for our young adoring fans about the urgency to win, and gives them a seminar on the art of whining about losing. It’s a joke that MLB pulled in order to do away with having pitchers go to the plate and flail out the ball in crucial parts of the game. ratings are falling because people would rather watch people drive around in a circle at high rates of speed then listen to another has-been drooling all over the microphone about baseball. Contemporary craziness is Pete Rose betting on baseball, strikes, and now the “roid rage.” There are just too many factors to list! It just well…sucks! The game has been tarnished in so many ways. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.

#7 No Parity in the League

Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character.

Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball

I am a baseball fan first and foremost. These types of players survive their MLB bootcamp with Kansas City or the Reds and then after those teams can no longer afford them they have them well groomed for the “big money franchises.” The rich get richer, the poor keep calling up rookies!

#2 The Designated Hitter

The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships.

#5 Boring Commentary

The T.V. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!

#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons

This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now.

. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television. MLB has been slow to move on this, but some initiatives are starting to funnel money back into developing solid inner city youth baseball programs. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes

He Bets Life Savings, Wins $270K

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The ball bobbled into various slots before landing on Red 7.

Rose said Revell claimed he came to the hotel “with nothing but the clothes on his back.”

After trading the cash for chips and engaging in some low stakes gambling as a warm-up, Revell placed it all on red.

The idea for the bet was hatched earlier this year during a casual conversation between Revell and a friend, Rose said.

The owners of the Plaza, however, saw the publicity value and quickly agreed to take the double-or-nothing bet.

Revell’s winnings were paid at the table. The hotel had him sign the roulette felt and will put it on display in the lobby, Rose said.

Norm Clarke, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, reported that the bet was no sure thing. All Rights Reserved. The two explored their options and enlisted a film crew to record the event for possible future release.

A crowd, including his mother and father, watched as the roulette wheel was spun.

Wearing a rented tuxedo, he brought cash to the casino, said Rich Rose, the Plaza’s president of sports and special events.

Revell received a bottle of champagne and a suite from the hotel. The cash is now nestled in a safety deposit box at the hotel. Negotiations to place the wager at the Hard Rock Hotel broke down Saturday night, and the Sky TV crew that accompanied the gambler rewrote the script to fit a new theme: “The Bet Las Vegas Wouldn’t Take.”

. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A man who put his life savings on the line took home $270,600 in a double-or-nothing roulette wheel gamble at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

Ashley Revell, 32, a London man who said he liquidated all his possessions to fund his leap of faith, put $135,300 on red at the roulette table Sunday as a film crew videotaped his wager.

Columnist Clarke said Revell chose red at the last minute, saying he was influenced by fan polls in Britain that favored the color. Messages left for Revel were not immediately returned.

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And if he can win by five touchdowns, all the better. I’m excited for him and his opportunity at BYU.”

“I don’t see it as a big-time rivalry with hatred as a lot of others see it,” Sitake said. They talk and text frequently … There are still fan bases to appease.. Heck, Kyle Whittingham was the WAC’s 1981 Defensive Player of the Year for the Cougars. “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s exciting, and a lot of good people involved with both fan bases.

“This is one of those weeks where we want to respect their preparation,” Sitake said.

Let’s be clear, neither coach is saying he doesn’t want to win. I could list 20 anecdotes about the rivalry through the years, and there would be at least 50 more that I’d be leaving out.

Where’s the vitriol? Where’s the bulletin board material? Where’s Seni Fauonuku dropping “D” bombs. This is going to be one of those things that extends our friendship where we get on the football field and compete and we’ll hug afterwards.”

Many of them are still good friends. because …

“I don’t know if that will have a major impact with the fan base,” Whittingham said. Whittingham never said the two were “best of friends.” Because they weren’t.

Enter Sitake, who branched out on his own in 2015 and was the defensive coordinator at Oregon State before BYU snatched him up. And new Utah receivers coach Guy Holliday coached at BYU from 2013-2015.

“He’s a guy I respect,” Scalley said. Ena was a three-time all-conference linebacker. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and his BYU counterpart and former protégé, Kalani Sitake, are exchanging pleasantries, not jabs, through the media. This isn’t entirely uncharted territory. It looks as though we might be in for a softer, gentler Holy War. “I’ve coached underneath him, and he’s always been there for me. “We’re the best of friends.”

Kalani Sitake brings his alma mater to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday to try to snap BYU’s five-game skid against Utah and his longtime boss, Kyle Whittingham. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Said Sitake: “I know I love Kyle and Kyle loves me, and we’re going to be friends no matter what. “I don’t see that happening.”

Now, about basketball …

Love! Hugs! Best of friends! Way to mix it up, fellas.

But on the field, it’s possible, and one hopes, we’ll see a more respectful game.


That might be the most anti-bulletin board quote of all time!

And the fact is, Whittingham owned the rivalry with Mendenhall, going 7-3, including a current five-game winning streak. though not this week … And for that reason, friendships among the coaches probably won’t sway those in the stands.

“I can say that I have a great relationship with Kalani,” Whittingham said. “It’s about respect. Many have grown up choosing a side and bitterly defending their colors. Where’s Max Hall dropping “H” bombs? Doesn’t everyone (except in Oregon and New Jersey) pump their own gas now?

Take this season, for example. He put an exclamation point on it at last season’s Las Vegas Bowl, when the Utes won 35-28 to send Mendenhall to his new job at Virginia with yet another loss to the Utes (how’s that new gig working out, by the way?).

BYU has three former Utah assistants on its staff: Sitake, Ilaisa Tuiaki and Steve Kaufusi.

One of college football’s nastiest rivalries (historically), it appears, has smoothed over its edges. … While Whittingham and former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall were never outwardly disrespectful, they weren’t going out of their way to be complimentary to each other, either. There are four former BYU football players on the Utah coaching staff: Whittingham, Aaron Roderick, Justin Ena and Fred Whittingham. And as Whittingham’s coaching tree continues to grow and players from each school become coaches, the crossover between the two staffs will probably breed more admiration and less acrimony.

The fans might not feel the same way. It’s a fawning that would make the Mutual Admiration Society jealous.

“To me, that’s what football is about,” Sitake said. Sitake and Whittingham golf in the offseason. Former Utah coach Ron McBride and BYU counterpart LaVell Edwards shared a friendship and a strong mutual respect.

“I’ll never say anything bad about the University of Utah, about the athletic program and especially about the football team, because they were great to me, and I think that’s important for me to share that with everyone.”

Welcome to the Holy Warm-and-fuzzy.

One thing is for sure: The Holy War is beginning a new chapter. I think they’ll play a much cleaner game.”

In a Q&A with ESPN in February, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley praised Sitake, noting that he thought the rivalry had “gotten a little bit nasty” of late.

The history of the rivalry, frankly, is too extensive to dive into with one column, though our Sam Strong did a nice job here

12 Effective Tips to Get Rid of Gambling Addiction

There are chances that he has other psychiatric problems at the same time; for example, substance use disorder, mood and anxiety disorder, personality disorder, etc. He may lose his job and may commit crimes to get money for gambling. As he spends more gambling, he requires more money to recover his losses. To experience the same excitement, he needs larger wagers or more frequent gambling.. Addiction to gambling at a young age increases the risk of suicide. When a gambler with severe ludo mania meets certain criteria, the condition is diagnosed as ‘clinical pathological gambling’. Despite being aware of the serious negative consequences, or despite having a strong desire to quit, he cannot stop himself from gambling. Study results show that a gambler who has not been treated for compulsive gambling during his desperation phase is likely to commit suicide. Here are some useful tips regarding lifestyle changes to get rid of a gambling addiction.

‘Problem gambling’, also known as ‘ludo mania’, can destroy the life of the gambler and also of his/her family members. Analysis of casino customer data may help identify problem gamblers, but casino owners do not share this data for fear of losing their most lucrative customers (may be 25 – 50%). But studies show that suicide attempts are usually made by older people with problem gambling. He lies to his family and friends, borrows money, and loses control over his mind and behavior. Gambling addiction is referred to as ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘impulse-control disorder’, where the behavior of the gambler is similar to that of a person who has substance addiction.

When an individual realizes that gambling is destroying his family and social life, he thinks of quitting, but in just a few hours or within a couple of days, he is again found in a gaming zone or casino. Researchers have noticed increased rates of mental health disorders in gamblers with severe ludo mania

Biography of George Soros

One of his most notable humanitarian works is, the generous donations he made in order to eradicate extreme poverty from Africa. The article was in context of the American foreign policies which were applied on several fronts like Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Somalia, and killing of thousands of innocent civilians.

As a global financier and philanthropist, George Soros is popularly known for his unmatchable skills related to the field finance and currency speculation. The philanthropic works by him are done through an entity called Open Society Institute (OSI), which was created by him in 1993. Social Work

Since the 1970s, George Soros has shown active involvement in philanthropy and social work. He is the chairman of ‘Soros Fund Management’ and the ‘Open Society Institute’, a stock investor, American currency speculator and political activist.


While studying in London, Soros became acquainted with the work of a philosopher, Karl Popper, which had a great influence on Soros’ intellectual development. Soros survived the Nazi invasion of Hungary from March 1944 to 1945, and in 1947, he emigrated to England and supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter. In 1969, he founded his first offshore hedge fund, which grew immensely through speculation. In 1956, he moved to United States, and started working as a financial analyst. In 1992, Soros earned himself a profit of whopping $1 billion and the title, the man who broke the Bank of England, betting against the Bank of England with $10 billion worth of pounds. In 1970, he co-founded the famous Quantum Fund with the help of Jim Rogers. He was thirteen, when Hitler’s Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country’s Jews to extermination camps. OSI is a private operating and grant making foundation which aims to promote human rights and social reforms. Speaking about his humanitarian works, Soros once said, “I’m not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. The firm made a spectacular achievement by giving more than a 4000% return within the next ten years.

Childhood and Early Life

George Soros was born on August 12, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary. In August 2006, he wrote an article titled A Self-Defeating War, in the Wall Street Journal. Soros graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics, in 1952, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank namely Singer and Friedlander.. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.”

In recent years, Soros has been a vocal critic of America’s military endeavors and foreign policies. It’s really a great invention and I wouldn’t under-estimate the value of that, but they’re not designed to take care of social needs.”

These were the famous words of George Soros, who has made his mark as an enormously successful speculator

‘Arbitrage’ should put Richard Gere back on the movie star map

With a sale pending, his associate demands his money back, against Miller’s protests. No matter which road he takes, Miller is on his way to a very bad place. Miller is then caught in a series of escalating nightmares, from an affair gone wrong to the looming merger deadline to becoming the target in a police investigation.

“Arbitrage” is a resurrection of sorts for Gere. Bryer’s (Tim Roth) scrutiny while working the legal system to get his patsy (Nate Parker) off an accomplice charge. That’s both a testament to Gere’s performance as much as Jarecki’s screenplay.

. He keeps up the façade of a sparkling billionaire, but behind those eyes we see raw fear and a conscience devouring itself.

Gere is wonderfully contrasted by the gutsy and grimy performance by Tim Roth as Detective Bryer. She expertly turns a seemingly non-existent role from the first half of the film into a heavy-hitting, blood-boiling performance by film’s end.

Director Nicholas Jarecki’s first feature shows that he is a master juggler, keeping many equally intriguing threads of the story in the air without ever letting them fall. When things are going strong for Miller, Gere gives us a raucous, pompous performance of a man deifying himself. Gere really shines, though, as Miller comes close to losing everything.

Richard Gere cooks the books in “Arbitrage,” an elegantly crafted potboiler that fires on all cylinders, giving the “Officer and a Gentlemen” star his juiciest role yet.

“Arbitrage” opens in theaters and is also available on-demand on September 14.

Gere is superb at portraying the sliding scale of success. Roth is coarse as he cuts through all the seedy economic and legal details, desperately trying to stick evidence to the sly and slithering Miller. He is a perfect fit for Robert Miller, just as “Arbitrage” is a perfect fit for the star.

Jarecki fashions a wonderful Shakespearean character with Miller. Susan Sarandon gives a noteworthy performance as Miller’s wife. Though he is a pretty rotten person and quite conscious his actions are destroying everyone around him, it’s hard to not have a modicum of empathy for Miller. Jarecki gives us a fascinating look into the mind of a financially and morally bankrupt individual.

Gere delivers his best performance to date as Robert Miller, a hedge fund magnate secretly on the brink of bankruptcy. On top of all that, Miller must hide his fraudulent business dealings from his heir-apparent daughter Brooke (Brit Marling) and try to negotiate his buyer into purchasing his failed company. In a shady move to make his company look profitable and enticing to potential buyers, Miller borrows half a billion dollars from an associate (played by director William Friedkin) to temporarily store in his accounts. We witness him consciously make terrible choice after terrible choice, like a tragic hero. Miller’s scheme is mere inches from success when he accidentally kills his mistress (Laetitia Casta) in a car accident, bringing forth questions from the police and his wife (Susan Sarandon).  He works hard to avoid NYPD Det

Gambling – advice for family and friends

Content has been prepared for Victorian residents and wider Australian audiences, and was accurate at the time of publication.

Don’t try to take control of the gambler’s life. Your relationship with them may cease or dramatically change in the short or long term.

Decide if you can manage the gambler’s money. 1800 858 858, TTY 1800 777 706 – 24-hour telephone counselling service

Gambling Help Online – for problem gambling counselling and support (Australia-wide), 24 hours, seven days

Gamblers Anonymous Tel.

The gambling is the problem, not the person.

You are not to blame for their behaviour.

Relate to them as an equal person. Coping with a family member or friend’s gambling behaviour can be exhausting. It won’t work and will make you unhappy.

Photocopy (and keep in a safe place) copies of important documents such as house title, marriage and birth certificates, and tax file numbers.

Don’t sign anything you don’t understand or are not prepared to pay for. Maintain your friendships, continue with your interests and hobbies, and do things that you find enjoyable.Look after your health

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Content on this website is provided for education and information purposes only. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional. They may feel out of control, embarrassed or ashamed. Use your energy to help change your own situation rather than theirs. Having time out to do things you like can stop you from getting consumed by someone else’s gambling.

Let the gambler know you want to help. General suggestions include:

Seek professional advice about how to protect your family’s assets and income.

Do not lend the gambler money.

Do not pay the gambler’s debts. Readers should note that, over time, currency and completeness of the information may change.

Check the mail yourself for bills.

Keep records of all finances including assets, income, expenses, contributions and gifts. Consider talking frankly to other affected members of the family so you can support each other.Socialise with others

Spending time with others socialising can relieve stress.

No matter what you say or do, ultimately the only person who can stop gambling is the gambler. If taking action puts your safety or the safety of others at risk, you may need professional help.

Relationship counselling and mediation can be a safer alternative for discussing problems and seeking solutions if there is a communication breakdown between you and the gambler. Contacting a gambling counsellor is a good place to start. 1800 134 139 or (03) 9663 2000

Lifeline Tel. Communicate your feelings carefully and openly. It is important to remember:

You cannot force your family member or friend to acknowledge that their gambling is a problem. Talk to trusted people who will not judge you or the person that gambles. (03) 9696 6108 – support group for people with a gambling problem

Gamble Aware – information about the odds of winning, how gambling works, and when to stop

Financial and Consumer Rights Council Tel.

It’s not your fault

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Inform the gambler of the negative impact that their gambling is having on you. Avoid trying to protect them. There are Gambler’s Help services available throughout Victoria, which provide:

Friends or family members can often feel isolated and alone. 1300 651 251

Things to remember

You have the right to feel safe, and emotionally and financially secure.

Seek professional advice about how to protect your family’s assets and income.

Talk to trusted people who will not judge you or the person that gambles. Talk with a professional who understands problem gambling if you are starting to experience overwhelming sadness, anxiety or anger. Counselling or self-help groups can help you make important decisions about your relationship.

Gambler’s Help is a free service for people who are affected by gambling. For example, let them deal with creditors and their employer.

Confide in people you trust

Problem gambling can strain relationships.

Seek support for yourself

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A healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate rest can improve your wellbeing, and increase your resilience to stress.

Do not lend EFTPOS or credit cards or share ‘pin’ numbers, or leave that information where it can be found. Consider talking frankly to other affected members of the family so you can support each other.

Counselling or self-help groups can assist you in making decisions about your relationship.

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Coping with a loved one’s problem gambling can be very distressing. All users are urged to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis and answers to their medical questions. You can convey a willingness to support them.

Budget and allow each member of the family some spending money, including the problem gambler. A gambling counsellor can give you other suggestions on how to look after yourself.Making decisions about your relationship

Free, professional, confidential counselling for people for whom gambling is an issue

Counselling for the family and friends of people for whom gambling is an issue

Financial counselling to help people with gambling-related money problems

Advice on self-exclusion programs and other support services

Community education to help communities reduce the negative effects of gambling.

Where to get help

Your doctor or other health professionals

Gambler’s Help Tel.

Support them in their struggle, but don’t take on their burden.

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You have the right to feel safe, and emotionally and financially secure.

You cannot force them to stop gambling. You don’t need to talk about your concerns if you don’t want to. It is important to protect yourself from any harm that may arise from your family member or friend’s problem with gambling.

Seek legal, financial and other advice to explore your options.

Your relationship with the gambler

In most cases, people who have a gambling problem have difficulty handling money when gambling opportunities exist. A gambling counsellor can help you avoid a bad credit history if you have joint credit or loans with the gambler.

Take control of finances, for example, organise direct debits for bills, mortgages and regular debits, and limit access to cash. Choose to say ‘I can’t do this for you, but I will be with you while you do it’.

Allow them to take responsibility for their behaviour. It may be helpful to seek support from others. If not, you may need to maintain separate bank accounts and credit cards.

Remove your name from joint accounts to avoid inheriting the gambler’s debt. 13 11 14

SuicideLine Victoria Tel. Take steps to protect yourself and the people around you from financial harm. Do not help them lie and deceive.

Practical steps to avoid financial harm

You may need to put emotional and physical distance between yourself and the gambler

How To Pick a Winner at the Dog Track With a Simple Trick

I can lay off the race and find another race I like better. Many times, there are two dogs that look just as good. I even check to see if one of them has had more days between races than the other. If I look at all these factors and can’t find any significant differences, there are two options that I see. If one of them is 3 yrs old and the other is older, I’ll go with the younger dog.

If you handicap by picking the best dog out of 8 in a greyhound race, there’s a common problem. But when it gets down to two dogs who are evenly matched, I look at things like age, kennel standing, time of their last race etc. If there doesn’t seem to be any difference between them based on those things, I look for any little thing that one has going for it that the other doesn’t.

Usually, when I handicap greyhound races I don’t take minor factors into account. That would be betting against yourself. So what do you do?

I’ll look to see if either of them has won a race by several lengths recently, gained position on the leaders in a fast race or is from a kennel that is burning up the track at the moment. That can actually make a difference sometimes.

There are a few options, but this is the one that has worked the best for me over the years. There are some other rare situations when I play two dogs to win, but this isn’t one of them and I don’t recommend it. You don’t want to bet them both. Check for any advantage one has over the other and if there isn’t one, play them in a quiniela or don’t play them.

First, I look at their class, running style, post position in this race as compared to their last race, post position that they like and whether they’re in form right now. I compare them with a little list I’ve come up with. Or I can play them in a quiniela, which is what I usually do.

I never play two dogs to win if they’re evenly matched. Then, if they’re still evenly matched, I look for the one thing that indicates that one of them is more likely to come in this time.

The Ups and Downs of Arbitrage Betting and Trading

And two months later I began sports trading, leaving my arbitrage betting days behind.

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But let’s just start from the advantages of arbitrage betting.

In my case the guaranteed profit was even better than that!



You must be quick to find arbitrage bets.

You must be super quick to find arbitrage bets. Thus, I think new arbitrageurs can be profitable even today.

By the time arbitrageurs have placed their bets, their profit is guaranteed. This funding will probably max out your credit card(s).

Constant money moving. What’s that at Betfair? A third possible outcome you say?

If you are going to give arbitrage a shot after all, be very careful and begin betting or trading small. No need to wait for the final whistle.

There is zero chance that arbitrageurs will lose money from the particular game. A lesson that made me withdraw all of my funds from all the bookmakers, except Betfair. I could let the specific bets as is and make a profit, unless the games ends a draw. Some still make a lot of money. Moving money around does not only mean extra commissions with banks, but may also arise suspicions.

And last but not least, you can still lose big chunks of money if you don’t pay close attention when placing your arbitrage bets.

I spent the following 5 minutes deciding how to react. Yes, so quick that I had to write it twice for emphasis!

While there are services, which let you know when there is an arbitrage opportunity, they come at a cost. Much like arbitrage bettors are looking at sports events, arbitrage traders do the same when trading stocks, forex, bonds, commodities, derivatives and other financial instruments, looking at the markets worldwide.

Oh, wait. At one point, an account of yours will be full of money, while the rest will be depleted. As a result, they may limit the stakes they are accepting from you or even forbid you to continue betting with them. That is because they have bet on every possible outcome of the game.

Given the infinite number of sports events around the globe, new opportunities for arbitrage betting will constantly arise, especially as more and more people are introduced to betting or gambling in general.

Don’t dig into arbitrage betting before reading of the disadvantages

Two golfers were competing at a golf course, when I noticed the divergence of the betting odds between Betfair and another online bookmaker. What a relief! My bets were both accepted and I just had to wait for the game’s result before I got paid. And no, the game did not end a draw but it still was a great lesson for me. Noticed the word “almost”? That is because you still stand to lose some money. Worst case scenario? To confiscate your money. Because I was going to get paid for sure, I had just bet on both golfers.

These advantages apply as well to arbitrage trading. Lessons can come cheap. The reason I am talking today about arbitrage, is an email I received from a visitor of my gambling blog. You can’t expect the results to even out among the bookmakers. And that is not the worst thing it can happen in arbitrage.. Arbitrage trading is likewise an almost risk-free way of trading any kind of financial instrument. Yes, that’s happened before.

An arbitrageur has to open accounts with several betting or trading companies. I also write about my success or failure and run a small business.

Of course, my bets now resulted to a loss, no matter the final outcome of the golf game. Because that is when I was going to lose a hefty amount of my total bankroll! As I am not used to gamble with my money (I know, it sounds peculiar, but by the time gambling becomes an investing, you stop gambling with your money), I reluctantly gave away some of my future profits to cover the losses of a likely draw.

Let me tell you my short story about when I finally decided to quit arbitrage betting.

As quickly as possible, I had my Excel spreadsheet calculate the stakes and I submitted my bets concurrently at the two betting operators. And I have heard that by the time you get to hear of that, it’s already too late.

Many bookmakers do not welcome bettors, who follow an arbitrage betting pattern. Keep your capital safe for when you are more experienced.

People have made a lot of money in arbitrage. Their sole worry is just how much money they can make but they neglect the fact that they can also lose money, even in this advertised as risk-free investment.

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Arbitrage betting is an almost risk-free way of betting on sports. Usually the ROI of a sure bet is about 1 to 2%, although you may stand lucky occasionally and find a 4 or 5% gold mine!


People usually focus on the bright side of any investment, like in arbitrage betting or trading. That was my first (and last) bet on a golf game.

I myself haven’t spent more than a month taking advantage of fluctuating odds and prices when trying out arbitrage. Here is why:

And that is when the emotion of relief converts into panic in a matter of nanoseconds!


Jim Makos

By advantage gambling and investing with real money online, I put my money where my mouth is. Yet, my little experience has taught be enough to recommend anyone against arbitrage betting or trading. They are considering a career in arbitrage trading in particular.

As I was getting really tired the past few weeks, surfing around looking for sure bets as they are commonly known, I had found a really generous one at a golf event. These accounts also need sufficient funding. That was almost 10 years ago! So, yes, I am far from the arbitrage expert you were expecting to be talking here

Betfair Lay Betting Tips And Secrets

For handing over a relatively small amount of cash,combined with the exciting prospect of a possible good win looming, the temptation can be simply too much to resist.

If you enter a bookmaker’s premises you will often observe many ‘gamblers’ with their lists of lucky numbers, betting tips, hot tips etc, going about the same routine always used to make their selections. Someone looking for a ‘quick fix’, knowing that each time they make a back bet the odds are stacked firmly against them, they are lured into ‘backing’ based purely on a hunch, or a betting tip, maybe from a mate at work. If the bet loses then the bookmaker will keep your stake money. The strange thing is that they follow this same pattern race after race, day after day, week in week out ‘ and the bookies love them!

Well, it depends on what you expect to achieve from lay betting, also what your general betting expectations are. Therefore, unlike the ‘backer’, the odds are stacked very much in the ‘layers’ favour as far as the probability of a successful lay bet is concerned.

Betfair Lay Betting Tips And Secrets – Are You A Backer Or A Layer?

 by: Lawrence Taylor

Sometimes, this greatly increased chance of a successful lay bet can lure the inexperienced layer into the trap of thinking that lay betting is easy. The ‘layer’ will not be expecting to make a killing from just one lay bet, therefore is likely to be more patient and better prepared, safe in the knowledge that the Betfair lay bet is readily available.

I do hope this helps you to decide whether you are a ‘backer’ or a ‘layer’. Sticking rigidly to a good solid staking plan they will never over commit themselves.

The lay bet – typical ‘layers’ attitude …

Patience will play a big part in all successful ‘layers’, their attitude to risk will be much better adjusted, knowing that their profit will come over a period of time by strictly following a good staking plan, they will only lay bet when their system indicates a strong lay betting opportunity.

Which one are you? . Remember you are looking for losers, not winners.

On the other hand, the experienced and clued up ‘layer’ will have complete confidence in their selection process, whilst adopting a highly disciplined and professional approach to their lay betting. You become the ‘layer’.

If your aim is to be highly successful at lay betting on Betfair, you should be looking to achieve a win rate of around 9 times out of 10. If the outcome of the event that you lay bet does indeed lose, then you get to keep the stake money just like the bookmaker. This is realistically achievable. Let me explain …

Now, I am not suggesting that every backer falls into the above categories. You become the ‘backer’.

Therefore, you might want an answer to this question:-

There is one very important thing that most ‘backers’ and ‘layers’ are likely to have in common – they both want to make as much money as possible in the shortest possible amount of time. Sometimes, ‘backers’ will strive to put in the extra work needed, helping them with their final betting selections, by analysing stats, studying form, maybe taking advice, of following good quality betting tips etc.

The back bet – typical ‘backers’ attitude …

Now we all know that it’s much more difficult to pick a winner, than it is to pick a loser. This fact is undoubtedly true, but with some important differences. A couple of minutes before each race, they hurriedly glance through the race card, make their selection then run to the counter to place their back bet, then invariably watch it lose. Well it is easy to do, but you need to make confident lay bets based on sound judgement and analysis, always making sure that you are completely familiar with the type of event you are lay betting, no lay betting on whims, or hunches.

It will come as no surprise to you that I am most definitely a ‘layer’.

If you place a ‘back’ bet with a bookmaker in the usual way and the bet wins, the bookmaker will pay out your winnings. Thank you very much for reading this article.

If you can make money from lay betting in the same way as a bookie, by being a ‘layer’, why would anyone want to be a ‘backer’?

If you fall into this category because you have developed your own unique method for selecting that really hot horse in a race, or statistics might be your thing, giving you a profitable edge to your favourite sport before you decide on that all important back bet. They will never lay bet with money that is needed for other important things like household bills, only using money that is set aside purely for their lay betting activities. If so, I wish you luck because you have done extremely well, but you are very much in the minority.

-Lawrence Taylor-

As people say “you don’t see a poor bookie very often”.

A ‘layer’ is the complete opposite of a ‘backer’, it’s basically the same as playing the role of the bookmaker. Since the introduction of betting exchanges such as Betfair, you now have the unique opportunity to lay bets in the same way as a bookmaker. By taking bets from people in this traditional way enables the bookies to make millions of pounds profit each year