Interviews

In this section you will find interviews with some of the sports betting industry's key figures, as well as athletes, journalists and anyone else who has something interesting to share with our readers. On top of this, our team of experts will be regularly sharing their thoughts on both upcoming and previous sporting events. Stay tuned!
Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge
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Francesco Baranka – Working at the Football Federation of Ukraine is a big challenge

How long ago was it that you received the offer to become the Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play at the Football Federation of Ukraine? The offer came in about two or three weeks ago directly from Mr Pavelko. I made my decision very quickly and we decided to start. What was your initial reaction to the proposal? Of course I had to think about it but I immediately thought of the FFU’s attitude to this problem. I was sure about the offer and, additionally, I trust the people at the federation and hope they trust me. The…

EXCLUSIVE: How Grand Slam matches are fixed, masterminds reveal
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EXCLUSIVE: How Grand Slam matches are fixed, masterminds reveal

Tell me about your business. What do you do? Informant: I’m an agent between a sportsman and a punter. The informant gets money for selling information and he also can gain benefit from his client’s profit. Intermediary: There is a contact person who gives the information about a fixed match. This cost some money for sure. Screenshot or bill with bets on a fixed match is saved. The informant is a guarantee of refund if the fixed match falls through or ends with another score. So if the intermediary doesn’t win, the informant must refund all of his material losses according…

Atletico Madrid tipped for glory in the Champions League
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Atletico Madrid tipped for glory in the Champions League

Zenit are considered as favourites over Benfica. Is it because they were in Pot 1 at the draw while Benfica were in Pot 2? Or are there other reasons? Zenit are the only team to win five games in the group stage. More to say, Zenit played against Benfica last year and won twice. Their superstar Hulk was once a MVP of one of the Champions League rounds. Zenit’s respected manager has a higher status than Benfica’s Rui Vitoria. The sum of all this factors says than Zenit are considered to be more heavyweight. But I think that the Russian side has just a little of…

The man who changed sports betting history. The Bookmaker Ratings’ EXCLUSIVE with Vegas Dave
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The man who changed sports betting history. The Bookmaker Ratings’ EXCLUSIVE with Vegas Dave

If I understand correctly, you specialize in two sports – baseball and (American) football. Less is better? I have the ability to handicap all sports, however, baseball and football are my specialties. Overall I am known as the “Baseball King”. I have posted 125 wins and 3 losses over the last 3 seasons for my system plays. I predicted the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series at 30-1 odds. I made sports betting history by winning 2.5 million off a $100,000 wager in week one for them to win the world series. This ticket is documented on my…

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