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How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?
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How much is the Russian bookmaking market worth?

The bookmaking business is considered to be one of the most rapidly growing branches of the Russian economy. It first started growing in the early 1990’s after a long period of gambling prohibition during the Soviet era. Now, after more than two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bookmaking business has become a fully-licensed industry that can satisfy the betting needs of more than 2.3 million Russians. A significant factor in the development of the industry came into play in the summer of 2009 when a law banning gambling (casinos and gambling halls) was introduced in the…

Under-21 European Championship Preview & Betting Tips: Big players for the big occasion
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Under-21 European Championship Preview & Betting Tips: Big players for the big occasion

As the Under-20 World Cup is now a thing of the past, it’s time for Europe’s best under-21 teams to come together in Poland for the 2017 renewal of the Under-21 Euros. Having seen their younger compatriots lift the aforementioned World Cup less than a week ago, England’s Under-21 side will be hoping to follow up with victory in Poland, although, with the strength in depth possessed by some of the other nations, they might just struggle to do so. Having said that, at 10/1, there will be plenty of punters who’re fancying the English to take this tournament. Big…

Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?
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Champions League Final Betting: How do favourites perform in Europe’s biggest match?

On May 19th 2012, Bayern Munich took on Chelsea in the Champions League final in Munich. The German side had been afforded the luxury of playing their biggest match of the season in front of a home crowd and so were strong favourites to win in 90 minutes. With the familiar surroundings very much in their favour, Bayern were priced as short as 4/6 to get the job done in 90 minutes and when Thomas Muller gave the hosts the lead with just seven minutes left on the clock it looked as though they’d secured the money for favourite-backers and…

Champions League Final: Familiar territory for both Italy and Spain
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Champions League Final: Familiar territory for both Italy and Spain

The 97/98 Champions League final saw Italian champions Juventus face Real Madrid, who’d recently finished a surprisingly low 4th in La Liga. After all the usual hype, a packed Amsterdam Arena witnessed the pair play out something of a disappointing cat and mouse encounter which saw the Spaniards come out on top by a single goal courtesy of Yugoslavian born striker Predrag Mijatović. Fast forward 19 years and, this time at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, these two giants of the game meet again in Europe’s biggest game. This may be the first time since 1998 that this particular pair have met…

Champions League Final Betting Tips: Defensive stats point to the Italians ahead of Cardiff clash
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Champions League Final Betting Tips: Defensive stats point to the Italians ahead of Cardiff clash

Another mouth-watering Champions League final is nearly upon us and this time it is two recent domestic title winners in Juventus and Real Madrid who’ll be going head-to-head at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff for the right to get their hands on club football’s most coveted prize. By deploying contrasting tactics, these two giants of the European game have overcome all challengers, but who will put in the better jump at the last and get over the line in front on Saturday evening? Below is a basic statistical breakdown of each team’s performance in the competition so far: As we…

Premier League 16/17 Betting Review: Spurs prove to be a favourite-backers dream on home soil
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Premier League 16/17 Betting Review: Spurs prove to be a favourite-backers dream on home soil

Another Premier League campaign is over and it was certainly an eventful one, not just in terms of the football played or the goals scored, but, from a betting point of view, it was another season littered with drama. Favourites were foiled at regular intervals and outsiders triumphed. Early upsets  The betting whirlwind started very early on in the campaign as Champions Leicester City were beaten in the opening fixture by newly promoted and eventually relegated Hull City. Despite being away from home, the Foxes, then managed by Claudio Ranieri, were as short as 10/11 to start their title defence…

Europa League Final: Stats suggest pair closely matched but also expose poor disciplinary record
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Europa League Final: Stats suggest pair closely matched but also expose poor disciplinary record

Of the 64 teams that entered the group stages of this competition back in September 2016, it is Ajax and Manchester United – two teams who were once considered giants on the continental stage – who’ve made the final in Sweden. If the betting is anything to go by – United are a best price of 17/20 to win the game in 90 minutes – then the English outfit are massive favourites and really ought to be getting the job done. However, as the graphic below shows, based on their exploits in this competition so far, the pair look much…

LootBet Cup Betting Tips: Thug Life and Team Empire to do the business
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LootBet Cup Betting Tips: Thug Life and Team Empire to do the business

The Dota 2 action is coming thick and fast and there’s no shortage of top calibre tournaments on the horizon. We’re set to preview the Manila Masters which is approaching at the end of this week but for some of the teams that haven’t made it there’s the no small matter of the LootBet Invitational to secure the final spot at the $100,000 Summit 7 which gets underway in June. The first fixtures get underway later today with Ninjas in Pyjamas facing off against Thug Life and Team Empire playing against mousesports. Below is a look at the two matches…

Premier League Betting: Man United disappointed punters on home soil
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Premier League Betting: Man United disappointed punters on home soil

It’s no secret that the once dominant force of Manchester United has waned somewhat over the last few years but, nevertheless, with Mourinho at the helm, and a squad of expensive talent at his disposal, they were still considered heavy favourites against most teams this season, especially on their own patch. However, despite being favourites in almost all of their matches, Mourinho’s men failed to live up to market expectations on a regular basis, particularly when playing in front of a home crowd. In fact, United were available at a shorter price than the opposition in each of their 19…

Starladder i-League Betting Tips: New Dota 2 patch could see Vega Squadron spring an upset
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Starladder i-League Betting Tips: New Dota 2 patch could see Vega Squadron spring an upset

Starladder i-League is being approached with a real sense of intrigue by Dota 2 fans around the world. A huge game-play match dropped just days before the event and it’s thrown a proverbial cat among the pigeons. To compare it to traditional sports, the changes are so fundamental it would be like playing professional football with a rugby ball – it’s simply that big. Starladder i-League Day One is done and dusted. TnC Pro Gaming, a team that we haven’t seen since their change in personnel breezed past both of their opponents on the way to recording an immaculate 4-0…

UK Bookmakers: bet365 proves to be more popular than competitors
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UK Bookmakers: bet365 proves to be more popular than competitors

With multiple betting shops on almost every high street up and down the country, as well as punters piling onto online sites at all hours of the day, the UK really does have a unique bookmaker culture. With so many well known firms being frequently used by UK punters, we wanted to find out which, if any, is searched for the most. Unsurprisingly, a large number of bookmakers, according to google trends, are frequently searched for, but there is one who, over the last three years, seems to be leading the way as far as search engine popularity goes. bet365…

Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up
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Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up

The regular Championship season might be over, but for Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Huddersfield there is work left to do as they are all still in with a chance of promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. While the remainder of the division are off on their holidays this quartet are still scrapping to achieve their objectives, although, at this stage, only one of them can. Fulham  Given that they stormed into the play-offs with a fine late run of wins, it’s hardly surprising that Fulham have been priced up as favourites to join England’s elite division via…

Championship Betting Upsets 16/17: Favourites foiled left, right and centre
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Championship Betting Upsets 16/17: Favourites foiled left, right and centre

The Championship is often dubbed as one of the most unpredictable leagues in world football and England’s second tier certainly didn’t disappoint this season. Over the course of the campaign, punters were left scratching their heads at regular intervals as odds-on shots were foiled by teams who, according to the betting, had little chance. At the start of the season, Newcastle, having dropped out of the top flight a few months previously, were the favourites to finish top of the Championship pile. They did of course managed to reclaim their Premier League status by winning the division; however, it wasn’t…

Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Two accumulators for punters to get stuck into
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Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Two accumulators for punters to get stuck into

We’re now heading full-steam for the Kiev Major event. The production will be immense, the atmosphere deafening and the Dota 2 scintillating. We’ve previewed the overall tournament, but now it’s time to put the first four individual match-ups under the microscope. Invictus Gaming v mousesports Greek squad mousesports provided the story of the Boston Major recently. They were the underdog backer’s dream as they ploughed through the tournament to finish eventual runner-up to Dota juggernaut OG. Invictus Gaming shoulder the weight of Chinese expectation as an emphatic win at the Dota 2 Asia Championships leaves them among tournament favourites in…

Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Team Secret the one to be with for the main event
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Dota 2 Kiev Major Betting Tips: Team Secret the one to be with for the main event

Four months after OG seemingly breezed past the competition on their way to winning the Boston Major, Dota 2 major action is back underway – this time in Kiev, Ukraine. The past two days have seen each of the sixteen teams fight it out in a Swiss format group stage to ultimately decide the seeding for the main event. Now that’s done and dusted, the single elimination main event is set to get underway tomorrow. What this effectively means is that there’s no second chances. It’s a straight knockout tournament, and should a team lose in a best of three,…

Premier League: Business end of the season
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Premier League: Business end of the season

We are finally reaching the business end of the season and, with no more than seven games left to play for any Premier League side, teams will be looking to put good runs together in order to achieve their objectives. The race for the top four is currently wide open with most of the teams stretching down to 7th believing they have a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. The top two of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are the only ones all but guaranteed to finish in the Champions League spots this season. Beyond that though,…

Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants
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Champions League: The time is now for Italian giants

Having won each of the last five Serie A titles, Juventus are well and truly the big boys of the Italian game and have been for some time now. With a sixth consecutive league title looking very much on the cards as they hold an eight point advantage at the top of the table with just five games left, the Old Lady’s dominance domestically cannot be questioned; however, it’s been a long time since the Italian giants were considered a dominant force on the continent. During the early 1980’s, under the stewardship of legendary Italian manager Giovanni Trappattoni, Juventus boasted…

CS_Summit Betting Tips: Gambit to go well at big odds
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CS_Summit Betting Tips: Gambit to go well at big odds

Esports tournaments are now a far cry from what they once were. The burgeoning industry has swapped bring-your-own-computer exhibition halls for sold out stadiums with production value on par with any top sporting event. The Spodek Arena in Katowice played host to IEM’s multi-genre tournament just last month and holds approximately 11,500 people at full capacity. Beyond the Summit have a different idea though. Through their house/studio setup in Los Angeles, the esports studio run a series of alternative tournaments. They bring the intimacy back to esports and bring the communities a glimpse at their favourite competitors behind the scenes.…

Horse Racing Tips: Course specialist the one to side with at Brighton
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Horse Racing Tips: Course specialist the one to side with at Brighton

With spring now in full flow, it’s time for flat courses around the country to reopen their gates and this Saturday it’s Brighton that returns to action. On what looks an interesting seven-race card, there aren’t loads who stand out, although, there are a couple, including a certain course specialist, in the 18:35 and 19:35 respectively, that make plenty of appeal. 18:35 Brighton – Becca Campbell @ 9/2 Eve Johnson Houghton’s filly has taken a real shine to this place, so much so that she seems to save herself for races over C&D. The four-year-old has won each of her…

Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place
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Scottish Premier League: Playing for 2nd place

As another season in Scotland’s Premier division draws to a close, another inevitable Celtic title has already been sealed. Having secured their 1st place finish with any amount in hand, Celtic have now come out on top in each of the last six seasons. Even though it’s widely known that the Scottish top flight is lacking in competition, six in a row is still impressive. Of all their recent titles, the first of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure is likely to be remembered as both the easiest and the classiest. Right from the word go, it was clear that the Celts were…

Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers
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Everything’s Going According to Plan: How the ban changed demand for Russian bookmakers

History of blocking online bookmakers without a Russian license The first wave of the blocking in Russia came back in March 2014. At that time, the government considered amendments to law No. 244-FZ, which regulates the gambling business. These amendments legalised online sports betting (so-called interactive bets) on a Russian bookmaking license, however, they also demanded that these bookmakers were based in the Russian Federation and were members of the Self-Regulating Organisation of Bookmakers (SRO). On 21st March, Roskomnadzor (the Russian executive body which oversees media and mass communications) blocked the websites Betcity, Fonbet, Liga Stavok, Parimatch, Olimp, Baltbet, Favbet…

Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?
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Can Brighton beat Newcastle and the bookies to the Championship title?

With just six games to play in the Football League season, Newcastle and Brighton are gearing up to go to battle in Championship title race and appear to be the two teams who’re Premier League bound, but who will be heading there in pole position? Both Newcastle and Brighton, who play their football at opposite ends of the country, have been occupying the top two spots for the vast majority of the season with the former being in the automatic promotion places since match-day 12 and the latter being there since match-day 14. It is currently Brighton who top the…

Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?
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Leicester, Brexit, Trump, Spurs? Can Tottenham join the list of victorious underdogs?

Even before Father Christmas started dropping down our chimneys all those months ago, it looked like Chelsea had this season’s Premier League title in the bag as they continuously stretched their lead at the top of the table. However, there may well have been a defining twist in a title race that appeared to be over at the weekend as relegation-threatened Crystal Palace snatched a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge to inflict Chelsea’s first home defeat since 16th September. This loss against Palace means that the current table-toppers are now only seven points clear at the summit of the Premier…

Horse Racing Tips: Stratford (01/04/17)
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Horse Racing Tips: Stratford (01/04/17)

16:30 Stratford – Viking Mistress @ 8/1 (each-way) This 16-runner hurdle has the potential to be a competitive affair with no single entrant looking at all solid. Having said that, Viking Mistress is a horse who has shaped well in a couple of similar races this season, particularly last time out and makes plenty of each-way appeal. Although her overall record is somewhat patchy, Martin Keighley’s nine-year-old has run some nice races in Class 5 company this season, especially on her latest outing when finishing 2nd in big-field race at Taunton, shaping as though the longer trip really is ideal.…

Horse Racing Tips: Uttoxeter (1/04/17)
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Horse Racing Tips: Uttoxeter (1/04/17)

13:55 Uttoxeter – Baraboy @ 13/2 In Saturday’s opener at Uttoxeter, it’s fairly difficult to see why Baraboy is as big in the early market as he is. Barry Murtagh’s seven-year-old is certainly one of the better horses in this line-up and appears to have considerably more going for him than a good few others. A course record of two wins and two places from six runs would be impressive in itself, but considering the remainder of the field don’t have a victory at this venue between them it is doubly so. The form of Baraboy’s most recent C&D win…

Horse Racing Tips: Wolverhampton (30/03/17)
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Horse Racing Tips: Wolverhampton (30/03/17)

15:10 Wolverhampton – Fast Track @ 5/1 Thursday’s feature at Wolverhampton looks like a decent little contest and should be fairly competitive; however, Fast Track for the David Barron stable might just have been found the right opportunity to build on what was a solid 3rd place finish over C&D last time out. Having won over C&D on reappearance back in January, Barron’s gelding has run with plenty of credit on two subsequent all-weather starts. A 4th place finish when 9/4 favourite at Lingfield on his penultimate start was perhaps slightly underwhelming, but he bounced back to finish a close-up…

Cheltenham Festival Day 3: Pertemps Network Final Betting Tips
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Cheltenham Festival Day 3: Pertemps Network Final Betting Tips

14:10 Cheltenham (Pertemps Network Final) Rocklander @ 25/1 (each-way) Another day at the Cheltenham Festival and another hugely competitive big-field handicap is the focus. Once again, there’s plenty in here who deserve respect; Jury Duty, Impulsive Star, Presenting Percy and For Good Measure are closely grouped at the head of the early market, while the eight-timer-chasing Tobefair certainly can’t be discounted, alongside several others. However, the one who really stands out at the prices is Tom George’s Rocklander. Having won on handicap debut back in November, this eight-year-old hasn’t looked back and has steadily progressed with each run since. His close-up 2nd…

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