: Les Bleus dismantled Espaсa yesterday behind the brilliant performance of 34-year old Zinedine Zidane and he and his mates are confident heading into their showdown in Frankfurt this weekend. Once again these championships were marred by questionable officiating, although it must be difficult for these guys as the players are constantly diving to the field. In North America where we are use to watching punishing hits in football and hockey, it is sad to watch these great athletes, play the game with a fragile style. With the scores tied at 1-1, after Frank Ribery had leveled David Villa's penalty, and the game heading towards extra-time, on 83 minutes Henry fell to the ground clutching his face after a challenge from Spain's Carles Puyol. At no time did the Barcelona defender connect with Henry's face but referee Roberto Rosetti gave a free-kick from which Patrick Vieira headed home to put Les Bleus in front before Zidane supplied the finishing touch to the victory. Just as in 2002, when Spain controversially went out to South Korea in the finals, they felt cheated. While everyone has been drooling over Brazil in this tournament, the French have steadily gotten their game in gear and now we will see a rematch of the classic 1998 confrontation. That affair resulted in large quantities of Beaujolais’ being consumed for days after France’s victory. The stage is now set as the eight teams that remain are Italy, Ukraine, England, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and France. Italy as we have seen are vulnerable and they could get upset by the underdog Ukraine’s. Germany has the home side, but Argentina has been playing with passion and this game could go to kicks. England is overrated and their day is up, as Portugal will move on. Zidane leads the French to the semis with a shocker over Brazil! Bob Acton Online Sports Betting
If you really want to win by gambling, then you have to play smart and act smart, not only on the table itself but outside it as well. Hence, if your skills are not worth... If you really want to win by gambling, then you have to play smart and act smart, not only on the table itself but outside it as well. Hence, if your skills are not worth anything when it comes to poker and you have the worst luck when it comes to the slot machine and the roulette wheel, then it may be time for you to switch gambling careers and focus on another game…like blackjack. Blackjack is a very easy game to understand, play and master. More than that, blackjack is very fun to play as well, so if you haven’t tried playing blackjack yet, then you haven’t experienced all the pleasure in gambling yet. How to Win in Blackjack Now, before we get down to the winning tips in blackjack, let’s first recap the rules of blackjack. Remember that the main goal of all players in blackjack is to get cards that are equal to twenty one or one nearest to it like 20 or 19. Pray, however, that your cards don’t get busted by going over 21 because that means you’ve lost your bet right away. Counting cards in blackjack is simple. 2-10 should be counted as they are. Face cards, on the other hand, should be counted as 10. Lastly, you have the option to count the ace as one or eleven. If you’ve noticed, with the exception of the ace rule, the counting system used in blackjack is very much similar to what’s used to play Lucky 9. But whereas 9 is the lucky number indeed in the other game, in blackjack, 21 is the luckiest number in the pack. Now that we’re done recapping, here are the tips we’ve mentioned. Don’t Make a Habit of Taking Insurance – You get the chance to take insurance if one of the cards showed up by the dealer is an ace. By taking insurance and placing a bet that’s not more than half the amount of the player’s bet, the player is able to insure that his money shall return to him in the case that the dealer has a blackjack hiding in his sleeve. But, anything beside that should warrant a victory for the dealer. We advise you against taking insurance because your main opponent would be the dealer so it’s pointless to bet against yourself. Go for a blackjack table on which the minimum bet is not more than five percent of your total stack. Lastly, doubling down is the best advantage for a player in blackjack so remember to make use of this option if your cards show great potential! Blackjack if both fun and can be very profitable. Learn it and win big next time you are at the casino.
Your transformation from novice to expert Texas Hold ‘em Poker player begins by making sound judgments using all the information that you have at your disposal. The acquiring of information begins even before your first two hole cards are even dealt to you. Before the first cards are even dealt you should begin by considering your position at the table. The table should be divided up as follows: Early Position 2-3 Players to left of the blinds Middle Position Players 4 through 7 Late Position 8-10 Small and Big Blind Early Position – When you are seated in early position you are making you’re betting decisions before getting a chance to see what the other players are going to do. You are making you’re decisions without information on what hands your opponents may have. You will not be acting from a position of strength. For this reason, if you do not have one of the better starting hands, you should consider folding. Middle Position – This position will allow you to play more hands than if you were seated in the early position since you will get to see what the other players in front of you are going to do. There are also not as many players who will act behind you so you are not as susceptible to a raise as you would be in an early position. For this reason, you can play the best starting hands aggressively. Raising and re-raising opponents would be a sound strategy. In middle position you can use a raise to help you determine the strength of your opponents’ hands – Do they fold, call or re-raise? How they react to your raise can tell you a lot about what they may be holding. Late Position – This is the most advantageous position at the table. You get to see what most of the other players in front of you are going to do. You get to act with the most information available to you. Being seated in late position allows you to play a wider selection of hands. Being “on the button” – the dealer - is the best position. This is because you will act last. You will have the advantage of seeing what all the others in front of you have done. Here again, raising and re-raising opponents would be a sound strategy. Being seated in late positions allows you to play a little looser. Small and Big Blinds – While these do act last before the flop, you are acting last in every round after the flop. This makes it one of the more difficult positions on the table. As a general rule of thumb, you should expect to play a tight game when you are seated in one of the early positions and looser when in late position. You will put yourself on the winning path in limit hold ‘em by playing good hands and showing sound judgment on when to be aggressive. • There are some very good reasons to be aggressive and raise the pot, especially before the flop, such as: • You have one of the best starting hands and by raising, you get more money into the pot. • You want to force opponents with weaker hands out of the game. There is no sense in letting someone hang around and give them the chance to hit the flop. Others in front of you have folded. The likelihood that your hand is the best increases as others fold. Of course there are also some good reasons to not raise: • Someone else has raised. • You don’t want to narrow the field. An example of this is when you are drawing for a flush or straight. You are risking less up front for a hand that you may or may not make. By keeping more players in the pot, you have the potential to win a larger pot if you do hit your hand. • You’re raises don’t work. This happens in very low limit games and/or games with poor players. They all react to raises by raising and re-raising. The large pots tempt players to hang around with lower ranked hands and increase the possibility that one of them may hit a card on the turn or river that will beat your hand. By studying and knowing your opponents you’ll know how they play hands and you’ll know when your raises will or will not work.
: Roulette is one of the oldest and the most famous game played in any of the casinos of the world. In playing the Roulette game, your objective is to pick the winning number that will appear on the Roulette wheel. Other than the individual numbers, you can also bet on the combination of numbers or choose the color, odd or even. For many newbie, it is not as easy as it seems. Hence, let go back to the basic to learn how to play Roulette and understand what your chances to win in Roulette game are. Two Types of Wheels If you have been to casino before or visited an online casino, you may notice that there are actually two types of Roulette wheels, one has 37 slots, numbered from 0 to 36 and another type has 38 numbers, range from 0 to 36 with added extra number "00". The 37 slot's wheel is the original wheel since the game invented; the 37 slot's wheel is known as "European Wheel". The house edge / casino advantage for this 37 slot's wheel is 2.63%. The 38 slot's wheel is known as "American Wheel", it has an added double zero ("00") which has increase the house edge from 2.63% to 5.26%. In other word, you chances to win in "American Wheel" are less than the "European Wheel. Roulette Table Layout Roulette layouts have two betting areas: the inside betting area and outside betting area. The inside betting area contains the individual numbers on the layout; the outside betting area has boxes for the columns, red/black and odd/even and different groups of numbers. The individual numbers at the inside betting area are arranged in 3 columns times 12 rows and the zero and double zero (if it is American Wheel) are arrange at the top of the columns. There are 18 numbers colored with "Black"/"Yellow" and the other 18 numbers are colored with "Red"; you can making the betting based on these two colors at the outside betting area. Beside the colors, there are three other types of betting at outside betting area: 1-18 (small), 19-36 (big); Old or Even; column bets: 1 to 12, 13 to 24, and 25 to 36. Buying In In order to avoid disputes, each player will receives a different color chip and these color chips can only be used for that table only; you much cash them in once you are done playing to exchange these chip with the cash chips where you can cash them at the cashier cage later. You can make several types of betting at inside betting area; you can bet a number straight up or straddle the line between numbers to select a combination of numbers. The payouts for each type of betting are as follow:
a. Single Number : Pays 35 to 1
b. Split bet between two numbers: Pays 17 to 1
c. Quad bet between 4 numbers (place your chip at the center of 4 adjacent numbers): Pays 8 to 1.
d. Line bet / street bet (you bet on 1 row with 3 numbers): Pays 11 to 1.
e. Double street bet (you bet on 2 rows with 6 numbers): Pays 5 to 1.
At outside betting area, the payouts for any winning are as follow:
a. Even/odd, big/small and color black/red are all pay 1 to 1.
b. Column bets (1 to 12, 13 t o24, 25 to 36) are paying 2 to 1.
After the roulette ball drop into the wheel's slot, the dealer will mark the winning number with a marker. He/she will pick up all the losing chips first before paying out the winning chips. You are not allowed to place your bet until the dealer removes the marker. In summary This article is giving you some basics on how to play the famous Roulette casino game. Roulette has a high house edge and you cannot overcome this edge in the long run. But if you put some strategies in place, you can increase you chance to win in this game. I will discuss a few roulette strategies in my next few articles. Good luck!
: A passionate heart termed it ‘Bingo’ Just seconds, that was what they were left with. The players stood amidst the growing sense that there was just one among them who could survive. Yes, I’d rather say survive, as the heated urgency with which men and women engaged themselves to go play the best slots, to mark their grid and to form the sequence, all reflected the pure passion that the game of Bingo had to offer. And then there was a call, Bingo! The voice that marked the dissonance in the efforts of people who tried in vain to spot their grid with each opening of the slot. And that name had in it the history of a passionate heart calling out Bingo rather than beano, which was its initial identify. Now the popular Bingo has emerged as the best game of chances, able to prefix your name with a handsome sum of money. Online bet enormity Far from the world of casinos, away, yonder in any cave, with the web accessible, let it be made clear; you are never far from the game of Bingo. So, for those who are used to the lottery online, the fact has to be put forward that Bingo after all forms the basis of these games. How? Just like the Bingo cards that you are given to play with in the club, tickets are sold for the online version for which you get a receipt. With each slot drawn, you are to form the sequence in the ticket and the resulting winner takes his price. That’s how online Bingo works and well does it work indeed without the Bingo cards. What to watch for when each time the slots is taken online is the enormity of the bet that you have at hand. Fetching a fortune The affair at hand has the momentum worthy to fetch you a fortune; that’s the guarantee of Bingo. The relation blooms and the chill of victory blossoms amidst the chaos that reflects with the tension mounding up under the calls. And that’s exactly the reason why Bingo online gains popularity. Each time the caller makes the call, you are made to go one step ahead to earn the treasure. We, however, would recommend the game for only the brave at heart; this is an absolute ‘no’ for the souls that are bereft of the last strings of courage. Tough men play the game tough and the speedster uses his ultimate strength; there starts Bingo, there start the battle, the slot has been arranged; would you like to call Bingo?
Gambling is a recreational way people use to forget about their daily problems and win money by playing in online casinos. Virtual casinos are found on the World Wide Web with the help of the online casino directory which is an index based on gambling related links. Players remain loyal to their online casino if it has a good costumer service. Statistically, 78% of online casinos don’t take care of their costumers properly and, because of this, lose thousands of new players. Trust is also very important when gambling and many people feel that online casinos are only interested in wining money without giving any advice to players. As a consequence, they choose online casinos with better help service. Costumer satisfaction is very important so online casinos have to please the costumers by giving tips and advice on the game they play. If you own an online casino you should know that your casino is rated by the following aspects: security, payment method, variety of games and free bonuses. These aspects are very important for a new comer who is testing the ground by playing at many casinos. By improving them you will surely win more costumers. As a new player in search of a good online casino, you should try to find one on an online casino directory where there are many links pointing to many casinos. You can try some in order and choose the best. It is said that gambling is a fast way to get rich, so people try to improve their gaming skills in order to win more money. Some of them even become pros and win large amounts of money without always basing on luck. For this they need a lot of practice and people often don’t have money to spend in pure practicing. However, some online casinos have free downloadable practice games and you can find them by searching an online casino directory. So, an online casino directory provides not only information about gambling, but also news about gambling styles, game reviews and about the gambling world in general. Some games are easier to win at than others. Players should choose to play those games that offer them better odds of winning, like poker and blackjack. By improving the skills at these games one can be sure that he will not fail because these count less on luck. An online casino directory offers a big variety of blackjack and poker sites. You shouldn’t avoid searching for the best and remembering that the more sites you visit the more choices you have. Sites which are signed up on an online casino directory are more reliable and their administrators are permanently improving them because the competition is high. Players should avoid being taken as bonus hunters; bonus hunters have multiple accounts and play large amounts of money taking advantage of the bonuses that online casinos offer for recreational use. If you are to be found being a bonus hunter your account will be banned and your access might be prohibited on the online casino directory. To avoid such a mix up you should give correct information about your credit card, make only one account and try to bet average sums. If you play big and win you will attract the administrator’s attention and lose their trust. Why should you take into consideration an online casino directory? If you are searching for the best online casino and you don’t know where to start, browsing the online casino directory will make you succeed in finding what is best for you. An online casino directory is a fast way for new players and experienced ones to find appropriate casinos and accumulate more information about gambling styles. The online casino directory can give you useful information about games, tips on how to play games and important events that happened in the gambling world. What is more important than details like these? They are the ace up your sleeve.
: June 12, 2006 (New York, NY) - the New York Yankees were at it again this weekend at the venerable ball park and if you had your cash on them against the Oakland A’s, the overpaid ballplayers sure burned you dough! In the three game set with the A’s and the game before against the Red Sox, the Yankee pitchers yielded 26 runs, while the vaunted New York hitting attack, delivered just 15. With about $50 million a year sitting on the bench in the form of Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Jason Giambi and Derek Jeter as the designated hitter, New York is very vulnerable. Two teams that were money in the bank this past weekend were the A’s and the Mariners who are quietly strolling up the standings in the AL West. So much for the slump that everyone was concerned with regarding Ichiro Suzuki who is now hitting .366 and has an incredible 20 stolen bases! Bettors may want to keep an eye on the over/under totals with Settle as they are hitting up a storm and second basemen Jose Lopez is putting up astonishing numbers. Prior to this season he had a total of 7 homeruns and 47 RBI’s in 397 at bats, while this year he has 9 homeruns and 50 RBI’s in 261 plate appearances. If Beltre, Sexson and Everett ever get untracked, watch out! Once again a team that does well on the road comes home with all kinds of momentum and gets pushed around in their own house. The Reds were coming off an outstanding road trip and were welcoming the anemic hitting Chicago Cubs. After winning the first convincingly, they were handled rather easily by Dusty Baker’s troops. At least someone is doing something right in the nation’s capital and it isn’t George Bush. The Washington Nationals are 8-2 in their past 10 games for greybeard manager Frank Robinson. Texas loss was Washington’s gain as Alfonso Soriano continues to annihilate National League pitching. Twenty three homeruns and 47 RBI have and were only early into June! The weather may be hot in Arizona, but the Diamondbacks are stone cold as of late. When the visiting teams outscore you 58-14 in seven games, I would suggest that some soul searching is in order and you just know a players only meeting is about to be announced! Bob Acton Online Sports Betting
The state of Wyoming is known more for the activities it offers outdoors, than for its indoor recreational activities. From the historic capital of Cheyenne to Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming rules the outdoors. It is the home of Yellowstone National Park as well as a population of 493,782 people. This is the place where you can catch of glimpse of the real "West" with cowboys, ranches and fascinating wildlife, right out your back door. There is fun to be had indoors, as well. Wyoming casino numbers are not as plentiful as the number of casinos featured in other states, but what they have works great for these outdoor-oriented and indoor-oriented residents alike. These few Wyoming casino offerings feature a laid-back, modest environment that is just flashy enough for residents of Wyoming. Wyoming Downs, located in Evanston, is the spot to go if you are looking to get in on the excitement of horseracing. Wyoming Downs is laid-back and is the perfect way to relax on the weekend or after a long day at work and bet on horses, sip a beer and have fun. The action is exciting and the winnings can be lucrative. 789 Bingo is another Wyoming casino perfect for winding down after a long week. Bingo is the perfect way to gamble because amateurs and professionals alike can see success. A Native American casino, located in Riverton, this Wyoming casino also boasts the excitement of the slot machines as well as the game of bingo. Slot machines are another lucrative way to gamble for beginners as they have just as much of a chance to win based on chance as they do, based on skill. Existing in close proximity to 789 Bingo is another of the Wyoming casinos, the Wind River Casino in Riverton. This modest facility features dining, slot machines, entertainment and more. It is owned by the Northern Arapaho Tribe, which also owns 789 Bingo. It is a newer facility, built after the apparent success of 789 Bingo. While there is not a numerous amount of Wyoming Casinos, what the state does offer is casinos that boast quality service and a variety of games and fun to be had by visitors to the region and those who have established a home in this outdoor paradise. Wyoming casinos simply prove that while this state, and most of the activities surrounding it, is geared towards being outside, residents and visitors can come inside for some wholesome, fun and sometimes lucrative entertainment as well.
The World Series of Poker first started in 1970 at Binion's Casino in Las Vegas and today is considered the most prestige's poker tournament held any where in the world. In the last few years the field of players has been enormous in number and the prize money has been several million dollars to the winner of the tournament. They have been showing the poker tournaments on TV and the camera view of what each player is holding has helped to gain a huge TV audience. Three factors have attracted the large number of players to tournament poker. The many televised tournaments that are now shown on TV are one factor of the growth. Another factor is the many satellite tournaments where a player can pay a small entry fee and win the entry into the tournaments. The final factor is the popularity of Internet poker and the many tournaments that offered daily at these online poker casinos, there are literally thousands of them to choose from. This has allowed many young players to gain experience and they now make the final table at many tournaments that are shown on TV. There is a significant difference between tournament poker and cash game poker. When you lose all of your chips in a cash game, you can purchase more. In a tournament when your stack is gone, you are over in that tournament. So the secret is to maintain your chip total at a good level and try to make the final table where the prize money is the highest. When the blinds are low, the player can take some flyers with suited connectors and lower pairs. When the blinds get really big, the better hands may not come and you need to be more aggressive or you will be blinded out of the tournament. It is easier said than done to wait for really concrete starting hands in tournament play. Aggression is rewarded and the art of the bluff is a big part of the way the game is played. Calling significant raises in tournaments must be done only when you have a solid hand or have many outs that can give you a winning hand. Gambling early on in the tournament on marginal hands is a sure way to get eliminated from the tournament. Of course if the cards are running over you, then you can play almost any two cards in Holdem. For new players the budget tournaments that are held daily on virtually all the sites are a superb place to learn to play tournaments.
The world series of poker is the ultimate challenge out there for both internet and real poker rooms players. The truth is that if you enter the WSOP you stand a chance to win lots and lots of money. But that is not the only reason. Just the fact that you made it there is a huge realization both for you as a player and for you as a person. If you want to really be a part of the poker world then WSOP is the place to start. With all the media attention you will be getting and with all the famous people that are going to be around you, you will get a chance to real show your skills and to improve them greatly since you will be surrounded only by the best of the best. Being in the heart of all these events and agitation is a quite exciting and fun thing to do in your poker career. Nowadays, because of the satellite tournaments that are played in order to gain entrance to the WSOP, you can easily enter the world series of poker with a limited bankroll. The entrance fee for some of these tournaments can be as low as $40 and with that kind of money you can get to play in the end for over $2.000.000. (the tax required to enter the WSOP can be paid from the money won in the qualifying satellite tournament, so you will really only invest $40). Still, when looking at it mathematically we realize that even entering the WSOP is a very lucky situation and that a many people lose a lot of money trying to enter it and even when they do they just lose instantly their $10.000 bankroll. The WSOP is opened for every person over 21 years old and it can be won even by a skilled player no one has heard about that comes from a satellite tournament. This happened in 2003 when such a player won about $2,500,000 investing just the $ 40 entrance fee to the satellite tournament. Young talents arise every year and ore and more players take part in the WSOP as years pass. You have a chance of winning even this great tournament if you have studied enough, if you learn every day new things and practice every day your strategies and approaches and if you manage to keep an overall good attitude so you can play your best hands and strategies.
Outright Odds: 125/1 Group A Winners: 4/1 Following a disastrous 2002 World Cup campaign in which coach Jerzy Engel talked up his side’s prospects only for them to be beaten 2-0 by South Korea and hammered 4-0 by Portugal, Poland will be keen to recreate their former World Cup glories. Under coach Pawel Janas, Poland made short work of their qualifying group, enjoying home and away victories against Austria, Azerbaijan, Northern Ireland and Wales. Two narrow 2-1 defeats to England prevented a clean sweep but eight wins out of 10 matches was more than enough to cement their place in the finals. In qualifying they proved their ability to beat average teams convincingly and they will need to repeat this on the grand stage if they are to repeat their glorious campaigns of 1974 and 1982 in which they finished third. However, they also need to prove they have what it takes to beat the stronger sides as they did in 1974, when Argentina, Italy, Sweden and Yugoslavia were dispatched before beating Brazil to claim third place. They certainly have the firepower to do so and Poland’s main strength lies in attack. During qualifying they cracked in 27 goals, notably the 8-0 thrashing of Azerbaijan and scored at least once in all 10 of their qualifying matches. More importantly, they scored 10 more than group winners England managed for all their multi-million pound’s worth of strikers and only three sides scored more goals than the Poles during the European qualifying campaign. Elche striker Tomasz Frankowski, nicknamed “The Goals Hunter” and Celtic forward Maciej Zurawski fired in 14 goals between them during qualifying while Southampton’s Grzegorz Rasiak is also in contention. Poland are also a side that is not short of experience. The expected starting line-up has an average age of over 30 while Jacek Krzynowek, Jamil Kosowski and Radolsaw Kaluzny have all played in the German Bundesliga. Four years ago the team struggled to cope with the climate in Korea and Japan but will have no such issues this time when making the short trip over the border into Germany. Their only real weakness is at the back where they have developed a habit of conceding soft goals which will not go unpunished when they face a team in clinical mood. Recommended Bet: Poland have received a favourable draw in which they should arguably beat both Ecuador and Costa Rica with the local “derby” fixture against Germany sandwiched in between. The dismal failure of four years ago means the Poles cannot be backed confidently to win Group A, although they are strong enough to qualify from it. Poland to qualify from Group A @ 8/15 Poland to beat Costa Rica @ 4/5
: For many years there has been an argument in sports circles regarding the partaking in sexual activity prior to and leading up to a game, match or prize fight. I mean even in the movie Rocky 1 the Italian Stallion had to say “Yo Adrian no fooling around” the night before he met Apollo Creed in the square circle. Word has come out of the Ukraine soccer camp that coach Oleg Blokhin has decided to use the promise of sex for his players if they reach the semi finals. Ukraine, playing in their first World Cup finals, have been drawn in Group H, along with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia! My take on this is that if Ukraine stuns the soccer world by getting that far, why you would give the boys a reward, rather then hold off until they win the grand prize. Most coaches think that depriving players of their personal freedom gives them a soldier mentality and keeps that “eye of the tiger” mentality. The World Cup kicks off on June 9. Veteran Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata on the other hand is concerned that his young Japan team is not properly focused, prior to their friendly with Germany. Japan is coached by Brazilian legend Zico and 11 members of Japan's 23-strong squad were veterans of the 2002 World Cup finals on home soil, Nakata said only four struggled through France 1998 when Japan made a winless, one-goal debut on the big stage. Without the advantage of home field and the support of millions of Asian fans, I look for Japan to get bounced early. I know we encourage our young adults to speak their mind and make a difference in our society, but I’m not sure that officials at Bangladesh University are teaching students, to burn property in the street, when they have a demand. Seems like several students in the one of fifteen dormitories on campus, were unhappy with the quality of the two television sets in the lounge area and decided to throw them in the street and ignite them. This was their way of displaying their anger, as the country awaits the beginning of the World Cup. Meanwhile French fans are optimistic about their squad’s chances, even though defending champions in 2002, France disappeared from the tournament in the first round without winning a match or scoring a goal. But the opinion poll carried out by L'Equipe newspaper found that French fans were optimistic over how Zinedine Zidane and his team-mates will perform in Germany where they are grouped with Switzerland, Togo and South Korea. The poll showed that 51 percent of fans thought that their side would reach at least the semi-finals, while 15 percent said they would go all the way and win it as they did in 1998. There was good news too for the embattled Domenech with 68 percent of fans saying they had full confidence in him and only 19 percent saying the opposite. On whether the team was dependent on Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane, French fans were split with 45 percent saying it was and 48 percent saying it was not. Bob Acton Current World Cup Betting Odds To Win World Cup Betting
: The 18th FIFA World Cup will begin play June 9th when the top 32 nations battle for world soccer supremacy and the Brazilians looked like the favorites at most betting shops. They bring a wealth of scoring power with the likes of Ronoldo, Ronoldinho, Gaъcho, Kakб, and Robinho, but defense wins championships and they are loaded on the backend! The Brazilians are similar to the talented US Men’s basketball teams in that they are loaded with firepower, but can they mesh as a unit? Early games against Croatia, Austria and Japan should be a breeze, but they must face the host Germany team early in the tournament and remember it has been 44 years since a country last won back to back titles. Brazil won in 1958 and 1962 and is 3-1 favorites this year! At 6-1 Argentina is on most bettor’s radar screen after a solid runner-up placing at last year’s FIFA Confederation Cup to Brazil. The country is still stinging from the first round exit in 2002 in Japan/Korea, so they should be focused. They must tackle an inspired African team in Cotes d’ivorie that will try and represent its oppressed nation, and they will get a scare, but will join the Netherlands in the round of 16! England is dealing with the injury bug as Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is battling a broken bone in his foot. With Rooney to miss opening round matches, the pressure will be squarely on Michael Owen’s shoulders and he just recover from yes a broken foot. An intriguing matchup will occur in Group B when England squares off against Sweden as England’s coach Sven-Goran Eriksson faces his homeland and no doubt emotions will run high that day! It goes without saying that he throws the party, gets his choice of music and Germany is certainly singing a sweet tune with their grouping. Costa Rica, Ecuador and Poland are not exactly world powers, so the home side will get a nice tune-up for the Sweet 16 round. Michael Ballack who stars for Chelsea will be prominent on the score sheet in this tourney! Holland is very young and is in a testy pool with Argentina, Serbia-Montenegro and the hyped up Ivory Coast squad, who will feature Drogba from Chelsea and Toure from Arsenal. It is expected that Argentina and Holland will advance, but most experts call for a shocker in this group! Group E gives you the Italians and Americans, but the Czech Republic will make noise in this division. Totti and Toni are talented scorers, but the Italians are famous for underachieving. The United States has done horrible under coach Bruce Arena is Europe with a pitiful 1-7-2 record and he could get the boot, if they fail to advance. The Czech’s like their hockey team can fill the net as Koller, Rosicky and Baros, will give opposing defenses fits! At 10-1 I like the Frenchmen as they have an easy draw, which will benefit this experienced team. Playing against the likes of Switzerland, South Korea and Togo will be a nice tune-up for round two and their veterans Zidane, Thuram and Makelele give them a chance for the huge upset! Current 2006 World Cup Betting Odds To Win Happy Wagering! Bob Acton
The World Cup is down to eight countries as we approach the business end of the tournament. This is what happened the four quarter finals and who will be squaring off against who in the semis. In a match billed as the 1990 World Cup final replay, hosts Germany ousted second favourites Argentina on a penalty shoot-out. Roberto Ayala headed Argentina in front four minutes into the second half and Jose Pekerman’s side looked to have booked their place in the last four until leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose levelled 10 minutes from time. No more goals were scored and the impeccable Germans maintained their 100% penalty record in a major finals by defeating their opponents 4-2 from the spot. A large brawl broke out after the final spot kick and Pekermen resigned in the aftermath of defeat. Italy vs Ukraine was expected to be a low scoring affair but the Italians stepped up a gear and swept the World Cup first timers aside 3-0. Italy were out of the blocks early and Zambrotta broke the deadlock after just six minutes. Luca Toni, tipped by many as a dark horse for the World Cup Golden Boot, finally scored his first of the tournament, heading in after 59 minutes and netted another 10 minutes later to set up a semi-final clash against Germany. Arguably the biggest shock of the tournament was France against Brazil. The ageing French side who had surprisingly got this far after an unconvincing group stage performance were expected to lose against pre-tournament favourites Brazil. However, an inspired performance by veteran Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry’s goal after 57 minutes was enough to see France through to the final four. Before they met Spain in the second round, France were 20/1 outsiders but now see themselves as 2/1 second favourites behind hosts Germany. Whereas France’s victory over Brazil was a shock, the most dramatic match of the quarter finals was unquestionably England vs Portugal. England had arguably better of the chances until the crucial turning point after XX minutes when Wayne Rooney was sent off. Rooney apparently stamped on Ricardo Carvalho and Manchester United team-mate Ronaldo gestured to have the striker sent off. Rooney pushed Ronaldo away and duly received his marching orders. Sven Goran Eriksson had no more ideas to call upon, despite banking Ј25 million during his five year tenure and with the score still 0-0 after 130 minutes, the match was to be decided by the lottery of a penalty shoot-out. Simao scored but Frank Lampard’s was saved by goalkeeper Ricardo. Hugo Viana hit the post and the impressive Owen Hargreaves scored. Armando Petit struck his effort wide but with the chance to put England in front, Steven Gerrard saw his tame effort saved. Helder Postiga converted from the spot but Jamie Carragher saw a third penalty saved by Ricardo. Ironically, it was Ronaldo who netted the third crucial penalty to send Portugal into the semi final by a 3-1 scoreline.
The World Cup is over for another four years and it was Italy, rather than hosts Germany or a rejuvenated France, that were crowned World champions. Here is a short round up of the semi final, third and fourth place play off and the final itself to complete BetBonus. co. uk’s comprehensive coverage of the greatest tournament in the world. Semi Finals Germany vs Italy was arguably the best match of the tournament. Both are traditionally defensive sides but this year have shown attacking prowess like never before. The match was goalless at 90 minutes, proving the cautious bookmaker’s called the draw correctly at meagre 2/1 odds but the match was not without incident. Alberto Gilardino’s effort rebounded off the post and Gianluca Zambrotta's drive struck the bar. Lukas Podolski led the German attacking threat, missing the header from David Odonkor's cross and forcing a brilliant one handed save from Gianluigi Buffon. The match was heading for penalties until two goals in the final two minutes of the game stunned the hosts. Impressive left back Fabio Gross hit an unstoppable first time shot and a minute later substitute Alessandro Del Piero collected a pass and struck firmly into the top corner beyond the advancing Jens Lehmann to send the Italians into the final. France, at odds of 5/4 eased themselves into the final after beating a disappointing Portugal side 1-0. Zinedine Zidane struck a decisive penalty after 33 minutes after Thierry Henry was tripped inside the box by Ricardo Carvalho. Third / Fourth Place Play Off Germany finished the tournament in third place, comfortably beating Portugal 3-1 and ensuring they were one of the safest bets of the tournament at odds of 3/4. After a goalless first half Bastian Schweinsteiger stuck a long range effort after 55 minutes and Armando Petit deflected in another Schweinsteiger effort from distance, this time a low free kick. The Bayern Munich midfielder fired in another long range goal 13 minutes from time to seal victory for the hosts but Oliver Kahn, winning his eighty sixth and final Germany cap, was denied a clean sheet as Nuno Gomes headed in a consolation two minutes from time. Final Italy were crowned World Champions after a faultless penalty shoot out display but the match will be best remembered for Zinedine Zidane getting himself sent off in his last appearance for France. Zidane put France ahead after seven minutes from the penalty spot and became only the fourth player to score three goals in World Cup final matches, joining Geoff Hurst of England and both Vava and Pele of Brazil in this exclusive club. His goal also ended Italy's clean sheet streak of four matches, one short of the World Cup best set by the Italian side of 1990. France struggled to cope with Italy’s set pieces and Marco Materazzi headed in from Andrea Pirlo’s corner to draw level after 19 minutes. With the match level at 1-1 after 90 minutes at even skinner draw odds of 9/5 how ironic that the two goalscorers would be embroiled in controversy with the match heading for a penalty shoot out. After 109 minutes, Zidane was sent off for head butting Materazzi after the former Everton defender seemingly said something to offend the veteran Frenchman. No further goals were scored and five weeks of action would be determined on penalties, but it was the Italians who would vanquish the demons of 1994 and emerge victorious. Andrea Pirlo scored for Italy and Sylvain Wiltord drew the French level. Marco Materazzi scored but substitute David Trezeguet cannoned his effort off the crossbar. Daniele De Rossi put Italy 3-1 ahead but Eric Abidal scored to make it 3-2. Alesanndro Del Piero scored and so did Willy Sagnol. With the score at 4-3 in Italy’s favour, Fabio Grosso could win the Cup with a successful spot kick. He duly obliged and Italy won the match and indeed the World Cup, 5-3 on penalties.