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Footballers Who Like Playing Poker

 Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 11:55 pm  Guest post
Oct 152013

Bwin is a site where you can find downloadable applications involving casino, poker and sports betting. They are easily downloadable and can be installed quickly and easily. Poker can also be played live on the website if you want to play against other people online. Being a competitive sport, it brings people together to improve upon their poker skills in a social environment. is supported by a few football teams such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Bayern and RSC Anderlecht. Being a game quite similar to football, many footballers themselves like to play the game on a regular basis. There are quite a few famous footballers who like to play in some tournaments around the world once they have finished their careers in football.

Teddy Sheringham is a famous footballer who played for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs. After playing poker for around seven years now, he has earned almost $300,000 by dabbling in tournaments around the world. He seems to be a man of multiple talents, both in football and in poker. He has finished in various places in these tournaments, including coming an impressive 5th place in one in particular.

Marseille, Chelsea, Celtic, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland player (ex-player) Tony Cascarino retired after many years playing football for some great teams. His competitive streak definitely wasn’t over once he finished playing football professionally, as he went on to playing in poker tournaments instead. Winning over $500,000 and coming 14 in the European Poker Tour, he is showing his skills run further than the field. He has also won the Grosvenor United Kingdom Poker Tour in 2008.

Toman Brolin is another footballer who you might recognise from around 2007 when he played for Leeds United. He, like many other footballers, is also a keen poker player. He has also played many tournaments over the years, winning a lot of money, including the $12,000 at EPT and another $38,000 in a similar event in Monte Carlo a year later.

Many footballers are attracted to the idea of playing poker because of the similarities that exist between the two games. Both are fiercely competitive, while demanding a high level of skills and tactical awareness. It is easy to see why someone who has excelled in their footballing career might also perform well at a poker table.

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Football Betting 101

 Posted by on July 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm  Guest post
Jul 012013

A football game is a highly physical sport that attracts wagers from all over. It is considered as the world’s favorite sport. This is why it is easy to find a betting game, live or online, that tackles football. 

If you are familiar with online casino bets, you know that it’s essential to get tips on betting like the ones offered on So here are some tips for those of you who want to bet on football games.

1.    Study Matchups

It’s not because a football club is number one in overall team standings that the opponent has the slimmest chance to win. Sometimes, there are underdogs that can rise to the occasion because of motivation and a dire need to win. Study football statistics and see which team prevails more than the other in the last 10 or 20 meetings.

2.    Team Form

You may want to check on the team’s health and news of injuries or personal problems. Players going through divorce or a difficult time in their life are not able to fully concentrate on the game. It is not as if you are taking advantage on someone’s misfortune, it is just a reality of the betting game. You must keep yourself updated with football broadcast. Never miss out just because you did not know that the star player or the goalkeeper will miss the game due to suspensions.

3.    Home and Road Performance

Playing in a home crowd is a lot different playing within the opponent’s territory. This isn’t just about the fans, but more of the playing conditions. The weather and the playing field are important factors that can affect the game.

Players who are used to playing in cold temperature would most likely to triumph during winter season. Those who have well-expanded lungs in relatively hotter states will have more stamina to keep up with summer games.

Get a history on how the football clubs win at home and away. This will give you a better proposition when placing your bets.

4.    Check for Schedule

Football is a 90-minute game that can be physically taxing. Consecutive game schedules can wear their energy off. Football clubs do not have control over matchups; the team standings and sports authorities have the last say. This is why it is very important for you to look at the interval or resting period of the football club of your choice. If you think they are not well-rested, do not gamble on fanaticism or luck.

These tips could really come in handy. Just as important is knowing the different ways to bet on football.

1.    Over/Under

The winner of the bet is dependent on the goals scored in a football match. For example, the total set is at 4 1/2. If the combined goals reached 5, the “over” betters win. If football clubs’ only syndicated 4 goals below, “under” wins.

2.    Moneyline

This type is pretty straightforward. You bet on a football club and if this pick turns out to be the winner, you get the entire sum of money that corresponds to the team. Say if Team A, B and C have moneyline of $100, $200 and $300 respectively. If you bet on Team B and they win the game, you get $200.

3.    Future Bets

Future bets do not depend on only one game. Wagers are placed opposite the team that you think has the highest likelihood to win the entire series or the championship. Betting starts even before the season commences.

4.    Proposition Bets

Proposition bets or props can be wagers on anything. It can be as crazy as how long will the national anthem take in the opening of the match. Others bet on the player who will first score in the match, the winner of toss coins, the number of goals a player can make, who gets the yellow card, etc.

The rules in football betting are simple. You have the free will to play by plain luck or study your chances and get a deal of a lifetime.

Mar 212013

If you’re always being nagged by your better half to stop watching the game and to start paying her attention instead, here’s a great way to distract them so you can concentrate on the match. Tell them about the fantastic games that they can play on Jackpotjoy, where they’ll not only have loads of fun but also stand to win some amazing cash prizes.

The perfect choice for a football fan’s sidelined girlfriend is Footballers’ Widows – an easy to play instant win game, where every success doubles your money. The aim of the game is to throw as many of a football mad husband’s belongings out of the window while he makes like a goalie to dive and save them. If you succeed in smashing something, your win is doubled and with up to six consecutive wins you could win up to 64 times your money! But when you’re up to an amount like £800 it might be safer to Collect It instead, and start a new round of Footballers’ Widows when you’ve got the win stashed in your Jackpotjoy account balance.
Of course, instants aren’t the only games on Jackpotjoy – there are many other different games to choose from, so once your better half has started playing, they’ll be having so much fun with Jackpotjoy that you’ll always be left in peace to watch the beautiful game!

Jackpotjoy is one of the UK’s most popular bingo sites, and though interest in the site started out because of the amazing range of bingo games on offer, there are also casino games including classics like roulette and poker, as well as a myriad of slots to choose from.

For bingo players, there’s a fantastic choice of 90 Ball Bingo and 75 Ball Bingo games, many of which have impressive progressive jackpots attached to them. There’s also SNAP! which is a combination of bingo and poker. To play SNAP you can win in three different ways. First you need to decide how many hands to buy (up to five). The poker hand bonus means that you can win a cash prize instantly if you have two pairs, three or four of a kind, a straight or flush, a straight royal flush or a straight flush or a full house.

While the dealer turns the cards you’ll see the letters S, N, A, P being revealed. If your hand reveals SNAP!, then you’ll have won the jackpot. The prize is shared if more than one player wins at the same time and the win goes straight to your Jackpotjoy account balance. There’s a further bonus available if the jackpot is won in seven calls or fewer, so there’s plenty to play for on this bingo variation.

With all the games on Jackpotjoy, your partner will be more than easily distracted – in fact, the tables might be turned with you ending up a Jackpotjoy widower!

Mar 142012

Guest Post: “A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?”

 A View from France: Will the WPS help to grow the game in France and beyond?

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Background on the women’s game in France
Women’s soccer is starting to get more recognition and exposure in France. Currently, the French league has twelve teams. There are teams, like Lyon, that are comprised of professional players. Unlike the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league in the United States, the French league has yet to field all teams with professional players.

These days, you can turn on the television and watch games featuring the France Women’s National Team (FWNT). If you are a fan of women’s league 1, it is not a problem. You are more than likely to catch a game online and television. More and more people enjoy watching women’s games and share a belief that women’s soccer can be much more technical than men’s soccer.

Perception of women’s soccer in France
Consider a survey taken of spectators after France’s World Cup victory in 1998. Half of women surveyed stated soccer is their favorite sport. 2.5 million knew about women’s soccer, including teams, players, and regulations. Two thirds of them would watch games at least twice a month (1).

What is disheartening to me, as a fan, is that even if soccer is their favorite sport, girls cannot freely admit their passion and love for the game. They find it difficult to say out loud “Hey I’m playing soccer!” Why is this so? Despite tremendous progress made in women’s soccer, there are still some people who view soccer as a sport only for men. It is difficult to change people’s minds.

Laure Boulleau, a defender on FWNT said, “Men see women playing soccer like if they were guys, but we can be as feminine as the others girls.” Bérangère Sapowitz, a goalkeeper, dismissed critics of women’s soccer and said, “I’ve played since I was a little girl. For me, it’s normal to play with a soccer ball” (2).

Across the Atlantic, soccer remains the most popular sport for young women in the United States. It is not a taboo to play and talk about soccer. Camille Abily, another FWNT player, that once played for the San Francisco-based FC Gold Pride, noted that in the U.S, little girls play soccer with little boys as if it was the most natural thing to do (3).

French players who played in the WPS had to step up their game so they could compete physically. Are American players physically stronger than foreign players? Or perhaps, there are better soccer programs to help train athletes? Keep in mind that French teenagers have school from 8am to 6pm and have only three hours of sports. If French girls want to train and play soccer, they have to do it in their free time. Since they do not receive much training in school, they make most of their training by focusing on their technical skills. Yes, these girls love the sport and they are painfully aware how the sport is perceived in society. It takes a great deal of passion and courage for them to struggle and pursue opportunities to play professional soccer.

Many French players, like Sonia Bompastor, took opportunities to play pro soccer in the United States for a couple of years. Bompastor, a former Freedom player and current FWNT member, said, “…The biggest difference is women’s soccer is more recognized than in France. It’s like night and day, the best players in the world play for the WPS, so it’s a huge challenge” (4).

The impact of US women’s soccer on women’s soccer worldwide

From an outside perspective, the American collegiate athletics system and the national team are responsible for the rise of women’s pro soccer leagues in the US like the WUSA and the WPS. The institution and the national team have helped foster growth of the game in the country. Moreover, these leagues invite talented players from around the world to come play. It is possible for women to play professional soccer, and the best players in the world, such as Marta, Christine Sinclair, and many French WNT players, found such opportunity in the United States. The game quality of the WPS and the national team, for example, is also recognized and respected by fans not only in the United States but around the world. You see fans like me inquiring about pro teams in the US over social media and watching games online.

While football, basketball, and baseball continue to thrive in the US, men’s soccer tries to become an established sport here. In the meantime, women’s soccer is becoming more known and acceptable as sport for women in the US. The fight for stability of the Women’s Professional Soccer league rages on. As the prospect of not seeing WPS teams this season has sunken in for players and fans, the dream of playing professional soccer at the highest level in the United States and elsewhere has not diminished. We can only hope that a professional league in the US will work hard to maintain a top-notch standard for professional soccer everywhere.

I talked to Ash, a semi pro player from England, about women’s soccer WPS. She told me that she admire American players greatly for their talents. When I asked what she would do if she had the chance to play in the WPS, she responded that she would leave England, her family, and her current club for such an opportunity to play in the best league in the world. When she heard about the cancellation of 2012 WPS season, she was disappointed, but hoped the hiatus will help strengthen the league and help grow the game in the US and beyond its borders. It was the promise of playing in a professional league along side with talented players that compel Ash and soccer players to follow the news of WPS and USWNT closely.

Women’s soccer will always encounter bumps whether it is in France, in the US, or Saudi Arabia. If the WPS and US national team can find a way to maintain a professional soccer league for a couple of years, then it still can serve as a spark and a standard for women’s pro soccer in France and elsewhere.

Yasu is a teacher from France. She discovered her passion for the game at a young age. One of memorable moments for her is when she studied abroad in the US and had an opportunity to play in varsity soccer alongside with girls.