Irish golfer Padraig Harrington retained his British Open Golf title and it cost the Irish Bookmaker Paddy Power over two €2m in patriotic payouts according to the Gooners Betting Blog.
Paddy Power was feeling the pinch for the second year running with patriotic Irish punters backing the Dubliner all weekend long resulting in a huge payout of over €2 million!
Brazil star Ronaldinho has been unveiled to fans and the media at the San Siro stadium after completing his move from Barcelona to AC Milan.
The 28-year-old insisted he was fully fit despite concerns about his lifestyle and attitude in Spain.
“I have always lived a regular life and I will continue like that. I am in good physical condition” he said. “Every player dreams of playing for Milan. It is a special emotion and I hope to bring happiness to the fans.”
Thousands of fans turned up at the stadium to welcome Ronaldinho to the club, with the San Siro nearly half full.
“I already feel at home here” he added speaking in Portuguese.
Not every football blogger is impressed with the move … check out Gooners Football Blog where he questions whether it’s a good purchase.
It’s getting down to the business end of the World Series of Poker – with less than 100 players left in the 2008 Main Event.
Follow the daily summaries at the WSOP section at PokerLabrat.com or get live updates on the major hands directly at worldseriesofpoker.com.
Currently we are in day 6 and leading the pack is Gert Andersen on 9,000,000 chips – who is a bit of a poker unknown (to me anyway), with Brandon Cantu in second place on 6.2 million.
TV motor-mouth Mike Matusow is sitting nicely with 2.3 million in chips, while poker brat Phil Hellmuth has taken some tough hits and he’s the smallest stack left with just 415,000 chips.
Will we see either personality at the final table? Only time will tell.
It was another interesting round of games this week – and as the results keep coming in the systems get tighter and tighter and we are starting to see some profits emerge.
Marvin went 5-1 this weekend with his short priced winners by picking kansas City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England and Philadelphia with only San Diegos defeat in GReen Bay preventing the clean sweep.
A +11% yield on stakes for the big man put a smiule on his face.
Also smiling was Vincent who went 4-5 with his “Value picks” and that was enough to make $96 for the weekend (or a +10.6% yield) as he got good prices for the Chiefs, the Jags, the Cowboys and The Titans.
He’s back with another couple of choices this weekend too
Abe (the Cheesehead) slipped into the loss column with a 2-3 record (and a push on Kansas City) against the spread – but over all he is 13-12-2 and show a very slight profit.
Finally we have “Crazy” Eddie who ran up a 1-3 record with his dogs – the New York Giants came home at a tasty +176 (2.76) – but the other three choices were losers and it’s another week in the doghouse for him.
Four more choices this week from Eddie – including Cincinnati to beat New England … is he nuts? Or Nostradamus?
We will know on Monday night.
What are our sharps betting on these days?By the time you read this, any individual games we talk about will be long over. Instead, we will discuss teams and perhaps in the future pitchers that are attracting sharp attention, starting with a trio of bad teams.
When a team struggles, the question on everyone’s mind is: Are they really that bad? Most of the time, the squares say yes and the sharps say no, or at least they’re not so fast to judge.
Teams are never as good as they look when they’re winning and they’re never as bad as they look when they’re losing. That’s the conventional wisdom, and the skeptics turn out to be right the majority of the time. This is especially true in baseball with all its time for random fluctuations and even the largest favorites being about three to one.
The Rangers are looking bad, and it’s not that anyone thinks they’re good. The sharps do however feel strongly that they are not as bad as they appear, and bet on them consistently through several re-evaluations.
Kansas City Royals
The baseball world is used to the Royals being awful, with talk of how big a disgrace it would be if they pass the White Sox for fourth place. The Royals may still be in the basement, but they’re far from the hopeless disaster from a year ago.
This team has been and is being rebuilt from top to bottom and is improving steadily as its players gain experience. Kansas City also seems to enjoy a strong home field advantage.
St. Louis Cardinals
It seems like everyone finally woke up and realized these aren’t the cards they’re looking for. The All-Star break seems to have been the last straw, and now the Cardinals have lost whatever luster is left. This time, there is no resistance, there is only freefall.
The sharps aren’t lining up against them, but no one is stepping in to defend them either, and that’s what you would expect from this kind of value shift. If things don’t improve for them, they could get a lot worse.
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