Winning big in the Sports Betting World!

Winning big in the Sports Betting World!  Sport plays a big part in all of our lives. You don’t have to be on the pitch, racecourse or inside the ring or octagon to have ‘skin in the game’. Big events like the World Cup (and the currently playing out Euros) and fights like Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk both add to our social calendar, and allow us to vicariously live out of sporting dreams. Aside from that, these events also bring us together and capture the nature, and competitive aspects of who we are. Of course some of us like to take that further than others by having a flutter.

With so many variations of bet open to us, there’s huge scope for really getting into an event or match. From, in football, the number of corners , total goals scored, HT/FT odds, to boxing with its round betting and so on, there’s so many angles to opt for when making a prediction for a sporting event. As you’d expect there are amateur and professional punters, some bet for a living and even get their bookmaker accounts closed due to their betting successes. That’s why the likes of PS3838 (available exclusively through bet brokers) are popular with those looking to ‘lump on’ without concerns about the implications of doing so.

Sports betting is littered with examples of people either displaying expert judgement and winning big, getting lucky, or being the the bad side of things. That’s the nature of the game. There are many ways in which big wins come about too. One you’ll often read about is accumulators (also known as accas or multiple bets) . These involve stacking together more than one bet with winnings from one going onto the next selection. In 2011 for instance one lucky punter placed £2.50 on a nine match accumulator bet largely consisting of underdog choices. They all came in, winning a total of £272,000. Not bad for a days work!

Some punters instead prefer to opt for outsiders that they feels are significantly undervalued by betting markets. Who can forget Leicesters dream run in the premier league in 2015/16 when they managed to win the league at odds of 5000-1? One punter who bet £100 on them a few games into the season (while still at odds of 2000-1) certainly still remembers. He pocketed a cool £200,000 as result.

Of course these are pretty extreme examples and many bet on shorter odds selections that they’ve followed and analysed, resulting in a more measured and informed approach to betting. There’s the ‘more money than sense’ camp too that, especially a lot of sports pros themselves fall into. Take NBA Legend Michael Jordan for instance, he played for up to $100,000 a hole against his golf buddies. Being gungho to that level will never end well (the ‘Drake Curse’ is another good and somewhat amusing example). For most though, clever analysis of sport comes from the desire to make millions rather than already having it and aimlessly blowing it for fun. As with anything in life, a cool head and strategic approach beats most others, so that’s the way to go!




Who was the only German to play for Manchester United in the Premier League?

Who was the only German to play for Manchester United in the Premier League?  The one and only German to play for Manchester United in the Premier League was holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was signed for the Red Devils by Louis van Gaal, on a three-year contract, on July 13, 2015. Schweinsteiger made his Premier League debut on August 8, 2015, replacing Michael after an hour during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the opening match of the 2015/16 season.

However, he subsequently fell out of favour with José Mourinho, who replaced van Gaal on May 27, 2016 and was, at one point, banished to training with the under-23 squad, thereby limiting his opportunities for first-team football. All told, Schweinsteiger made just 18 appearances for the Manchester United first team, before completing a move to Chicago Fire on March 21, 2017, where he remained until his retirement from professional football on Pctober 8, 2019.

Bavarian town of Kolbermoor, near Munich, on August 1, 1984, Schweinsteiger originally signed for Bayern Munich as a 14-year-old, but went on to become a mainstay of the senior first team, making 500 competitive appearances and earning himself the nickname of ‘Fußballgott’ or, in English, ‘Football God’. At international level, he was similarly ever-present, making 121 appearances for the German national between 2004 and 2016. Former manager Joachim Löw, who led Germany to victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, said that Schweinsteiger was ‘certainly one of the greatest players Germany has had’.

To avoid any confusion, two other German players, midfielder Markus Neumayr and goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler were on the books at Old Trafford, between 2003 and 2006 and 2005 and 2008, respectively, but neither ever played for the first time, in the Premier League or elsewhere. Zieler came the closest of the pair to first team action, being named as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on September 23, 2008.

Who was the first boxer to beat Ricky Hatton as a professional?

Who was the first boxer to beat Ricky Hatton as a professional?  Stockport-born Richard ‘Ricky’ Hatton made his professional boxing debut against Colin McAuley at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes in September, 1997, winning by technical knockout in the first of four scheduled rounds. Forty-three fights and just over a decade later, he would finally surrender his unbeaten record to the similarly unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On December 8, 2007, in a fight billed, imaginatively, as ‘Undefeated’, Hatton (43-0-0) challenged Mayweather Jr. (38-0-0) for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and The Ring world welterweight titles. In the sixth round, Hatton was deducted a point by referee Joe Cortez for hitting his Mayweather on the back of his head, having pushed him off-balance through the top rope.

Thereafter, Hatton began to tire and Mayweather started to take control. With just under two minutes remaining in round ten, Mayweather landed a powerful left hook that knocked Hatton to the canvas, via a ringpost. Hatton rose at the count of eight, but was unsteady on his feet and, despite hanging on valiantly, was caught with two more left hooks that knocked him down again. After 1:35, Cortez waved off the contest, without starting a count, to give Mayweather victory by technical knockout.

Hatton subsequently returned to the light-welterweight division, making two successful defences of his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world light-welterweight title, against Juan Lazacano and Paulie Malignaggi, before being knocked out in the second round by Manny Pacquiao, back at the MGM Grand Arena, in May, 2009. After a three-year hiatus, he made a brief, but unsuccessful, return to professional boxing before retiring with a 45-3-0 record.

Thrilla in Manila

One of the epic battles / fights mentioned in the previous memorable boxing trilogies post. The phrase they don’t make em like this anymore comes to mind, as Muhammad Ali takes on Joe Frazier for a third time, in a boxing trilogy for the ages!