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Transfer Talk…

April 30th, 2007

Footballing headlines from Globet Bookmaker and the team at BookieLabRat.com

Agent warns Valencia over Liverpool, Chelsea target Villa
Chelsea and Liverpool are among clubs chasing the Spain international and his agent, Jose Luis Tamargo, said: “He is waiting for an improvement of his contract. “In England, they would pay Villa £4 million-a-year. Juventus would go up to £3.5 million-a-year. “Valencia is a club with limited finances. It is no Real Madrid, nor Barcelona, nor Chelsea, nor Inter Milan. Valencia are very lucky to have such a player in their team.”At the end of the season they will have to choose between whether they want to build a champion team with stars or listen to the offers that are going to arrive.”

Juventus plan £11.5M bid for Man Utd defensive pair
Juventus have held talks with Manchester United over defensive pair Nemanja Vidis and Gaby Heinze. Both players are wanted by Juve coach Didier Deschamps for next season’s return to Serie A, says Tuttosport. Juve are willing to offer £8 million for centre-half Vidic and £3.5 million for Argentina international fullback Heinze.

Is The Price Right?!

April 30th, 2007

Paddy Power himself - in case you thought he was just a fictious Internet character!Cheeky Irish Bookie Paddy Power is trying to stir up the market again. In his latest promotion Paddy is claiming ‘best price’ for the Champion’s League Liverpool vs Chelsea – game but we think he may have kissed the blarney stone on this one… check out our Live Odds Comparisons for the latest cross-bookie take on game odds and see if Paddy’ll put his money where his mouth is!

Paddy says…

 “With the title now in Utd’s hands it’s all about the Champions League for these two sides. After a subdued first leg we reckon this one is going to be a cracker, which is why we’ve come up with the cracking idea of going best price on both sides!” “That’s right we’re offering you 21/10 on Chelsea to win in 90 mins and 7/5 on Liverpool. The only one who’ll be paying the price on this one is us.”

Paddy Latest odds on Liverpool vs ChelseaWin-Draw-Win (1X2) odds onsite at PaddyPower.com
 
Liverpool    7 – 5     (2.40)
Draw         2 – 1     (3.00)
Chelsea     21 – 10  (3.10)

Sorry, no US Bettors

Sam Allardyce resigns as Bolton Manager

April 29th, 2007

Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has ended his eight-year reign as manager of Bolton after resigning with immediate effect.

Allardyce has been linked with several domestic jobs recently including possible management roles at Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Manchester City although no news has been forthcoming on this front … yet

Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside said “His reasons are private, we respect that” although Gartside said he had known about Allardyce’s intentions for the past fortnight, when the subject came up as part of planning discussions for next season.

Gartside explained that “It became clear that he wanted some time with his family and to reflect on his life” ….

So all this seems to make it unlikely that Allardyce would simply be walking into a comparable job at another club … but if that’s the case then why leave now and not at the end of the season?

There’s more to this story than “spending time with the family” … and we will be keeping an eye on it.

Oliver Kahn Retains Maddest Goalkeeper in the Bundesliga Title

April 29th, 2007

Here are the latest quips from Paddy’s comedians: check out the Sunday action at PaddyPower.com

Maddest Goalkeeper?HE’S A KEEPER!
In news that ensures the number of stupid scuffles at corner kicks will remain improbably high next season, Jens Lehmann has announced that he will be staying at Arsenal for at least one more year. The German looked likely to return home to reclaim the ‘Maddest Goalkeeper in the Bundesliga’ title that has been Oliver Kahn’s for so long, but has opted to stay because “I think there is a good possibility to harvest something at this club.” He may get mad and he may make mistakes, but can keeping a clean sheet @ 10/11 against Fulham prove that Lehmann truly is outstanding in his field?

Sun 4pm SS1 – Latest Win-Draw-Win (1X2) odds on site at PaddyPower.com
Arsenal   4 – 11 (1.36)
Draw      10 – 3  (4.33)
Fulham   15 – 2  (8.50)

Dubyas side kickTHE BLAIR NECESSITIES
Winning the SPL is getting too easy for Gordon Strachan. The Celtic manager looks to be eyeing up a move to Downing Street whenever Tony Blair calls it a day as he declared “I do believe if you can manage Rangers or Celtic, you can go on to become Prime Minister of Great Britain.” Well, he probably would have handled the war in Iraq better and certainly wouldn’t have put up with any of George Dubya’s crap. The Bhoys have already wrapped up another league but Hearts are still pushing for a European spot. The 5/1 for an away win looks to be a bit of value and could get the vote for Sunday’s match!

Sun. 2pm Set. – Latest Win-Draw-Win (1X2) odds on site at PaddyPower.com
Celtic  8 – 15   (1.53)
Draw  11 – 4   (3.75)
Hearts  5 – 1   (6.00)

The Battle of the Cash Backs Continues…

April 26th, 2007

The ‘Best Cash Backs’ Battle between top online bookies BetFred and PaddyPower continues this week with Fred licking his wounds after after Joe Cole scored on Wednesday resulting in punters being credited more than £20,000 in free bets! Good stuff. Paddy escaped a payout with Liverpool not holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw…

Here’s this weekend’s pair of money back specials to tempt you:

Click to visit BetFre for details on this cashback offerThis weekend BetFred will refund all losing correct score, first/last goalscorer and scorecast single bets on the Saturday 28 April 2007 Everton v Man Utd game as a free bet – if a penalty is awarded during the game.  Maximum refund is £100 (or your currency equivalent) per customer

 

Click to visit PaddyPower.com for more info on this offer

Chelsea v Bolton – Sat 12.45pm SS3   AND
Everton v Man Utd – Sat 12.45pm SS1
Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast single bets on these matches if Drogba and Rooney both score in 90 mins
Max refund €300/£200 per customer

>>Compare the latest live odds from these and other top bookmakers.

Football: Speculation, opportunism and capitalism

April 25th, 2007

Football news from BookieLabRat.com and Globet Bookmaker

The latest football headlines brought to you by the team at BookieLabRat.com and Globet Sports Bookmaker.  

Real Madrid chief Pedja back in for Arsenal’s Wenger
Aware that David Dein’s departure has sparked speculation over Wenger’s future at the Gunners, Mijatovic is keeping tabs on the situation closely, says DiarioSport. Real know they’re unlikely to prise Wenger away from Arsenal this summer, but with over a year left on his current deal there is a growing possibility of convincing the Frenchman about moving to Madrid for season 2008/09. Should Wenger indicate interest in the prospect, Mijatovic could stick with current coach Fabio Capello next season before welcoming the Arsenal manager for the following campaign.

Real Madrid plan £15M bid for Arsenal’s Gallas
The Mirror says Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic wants Gallas and is ready to make a £15m offer for the French defender who has endured a frustrating first season at Arsenal. Mijatovic will make a formal enquiry for the 29-year-old when the clubs meet within the next few weeks to discuss the futures of Julio Baptista and Jose Antonio Reyes. It is believed that Gallas was one of the players prepared to take part in a show of strength from the first team squad to the board to make it clear they were not happy at David Dein’s departure. Gallas has always been fiercely ambitious and a big offer from Spanish superpowers Real Madrid may be tempting with Arsenal currently in a state of turmoil.

Kroenke upset with Arsenal chairman Hill-Wood
Hill-Wood claimed, when asked about Kroenke launching a takeover bid, that “we don’t need his money and don’t need his sort” and he knows “sweet FA about our football”.  Sources close to Kroenke say the billionaire businessman, who receives a daily press update from aides, was “unimpressed” when told of Hill-Wood’s concerns about his nationality, says the Daily Mail. Hill-Wood’s ill-timed comments should not affect their agreement with the Colorado Rapids, but the club have now undoubtedly been put in an uncomfortable position. Arsenal formed a marketing agreement with Kroenke’s football club, Colorado Rapids, three months ago to help develop their brand in the States. The relationship is based primarily on an exchange of commercial and coaching ideologies and the north London side have even lent their name to the inaugural Arsenal Cup, which will be hosted in Denver this summer at the Rapids’ new stadium and will involve only American clubs. The Arsenal board are now waiting for Kroenke’s next move.

Man Utd legend Charlton brands Mourinho “silly, senseless”
Mourinho was incensed that Manchester United avoided two spot-kicks being awarded against them in the past week, while his own club had a handball appeal rejected at Newcastle on Sunday. Both Sheffield United and Middlesbrough had what appeared strong claims for penalties waved away in their Barclays Premiership trips to Old Trafford, prompting Mourinho to say: “It looks like there is a rule in football that it is forbidden to give a penalty against Manchester United.”

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday refused to be drawn into a war of words with his Chelsea counterpart but Old Trafford legend and club director Charlton told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s a little bit silly really. “Considering he’s a very intelligent man, to come out with statements like that is a little bit silly. “It’s a nonsense really. We’ve played in so many matches this year when we’ve not had the decisions and they’ve been quite obvious really. “But you get on with it, you move on. “I thought it was a little bit senseless. “It makes good copy for the media and he’s obviously a marvellous coach. But sometimes, really, I think some of the statements are quite unnecessary.”

Thursday – Last Day for GBP 50 (EURO75) Free Bet Offer

April 24th, 2007

The ‘bonus fairies’ at Centrebet are all swanning off to some conference and so have decided to cut short their offer of a free bet to new customers … 

If you’ve been planning to suss out this top Australian online bookie now is not the time to procrastinate if you want to take advantage of their GBP £50 (or €75) Free Bet offer. This offer closes end of day Thursday April 26, 2007.

(…yeah that is equivalent to 100USD / 125AUD / 75EUR / 600 NOK-SEK-DKK free – if, like me, you don’t think in Pounds Sterling or Euros) 

Centrebet scored 88/100 in our last assessment round. Impressive as we are fussy bastards.

Sorry no US residents can bet with CentrebetHave a look at CentreBet now. (Just ignore the SnapShot mouse-over image on this link if it says bad URL… you need to use this link for this exclusive bonus).

We ranked Centrebet at 88/100 for ‘bookmaker excellence’ and their stand-out features were:   

**Extensive betting coverage – excellent for Scandanavian ‘summer’ fooball betting
**Great for horse racing bets (all major meets covered)
**Reliably good odds – always in the top 5%
**Safe and reputable (traded on the Aussie Stock Exchange so ultra-audited, etc.) 

Blankety-Blank: Chelsea vs Liverpool

April 23rd, 2007

Having moaned in a previous blog post about the lack of ‘a sporting chance’ in a recent PaddyPower Money Back Special, the canny Irish gent has come to the party with what we consider to be a far better deal. In our view a scoreless draw is potentially on the cards…

Paddy Power home of the money back special Money Back Special:  Blankety-Blank!

Chelsea v Liverpool
Wed  25 April 7.45pm Sky Sports 1/RTE2

Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast single bets on this match if the games ends in a 0-0 draw. Max refund €300/£200 per customer.

Here’s the latest 1X2 (Win-Draw-Win) odds on site at PaddyPower.com:
Chelsea    11 – 10  (2.10)
Draw        2 – 1     (3.00)
Liverpool  11 –  4   (3.75)

Sorry top Irish bookie Paddy Power cannot accept bets from US residentsSorry, no US bettors

Happy St Georges Day!

April 23rd, 2007

The team at BookieLabRat.com and top Bookie Fred Done of BetFred.com wish all punters a ‘Happy St George’s Day!’

Happy St Georges Day from BetFred.com

As the net is such a cool global medium, if that’s met with a big huh? then here’s a little info…

St. George’s Day is celebrated by several nations of whom Saint George is the patron saint, including Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, England, Catalonia and the Gora.
For England, St. George’s Day also marks its National Day. 

Not much is known about the real St George. He is thought to have been born into a noble Christian family in the late third century in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey. He followed his father’s profession of soldier and became part of the retinue of the Emperor Diocletian. The emperor ordered the systematic persecution of Christians and George refused to take part. In 303, he was himself tortured and executed in Palestine, becoming an early Christian martyr.

The legend of George slaying a dragon and rescuing an innocent maiden from death is medieval. St George’s Day is celebrated in England on 23 April, reputed to be the day of George’s martyrdom in 303.

You can use Ukash in Europe too!

April 20th, 2007

Ukash has come of age having just extended into 16 more countries across Europe!

Ukash Voucher Payment System - safe, secure, anonymousThe payment system operated by Smart Voucher Ltd (trading as Ukash) lets you ‘buy stuff’ online – and bettors can use Ukash to fund online accounts for sportsbooks, casinos and poker rooms. This savvy UK licensed online payment voucher system protects your security – and ensures anonymity.

“Ukash has been a great success in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Germany  and I am sure that the expansion across Europe will ensure that the success story continues,” says Mark Chirnside, Chief Executive Officer at Ukash.

So how does it work?
You buy vouchers at in-the-flesh convenience stores, arrange a bank transfer or buy them online via Internet banking.  They’ll even send e-vouchers to your email inbox or mobile. Each Ukash voucher purchased has its own unique 19-digit code and can be up to GBP500 (or currency equivalent).

To spend Ukash you enter your 19 digit code and transaction value when asked for payment details during the gambling site deposit process. The Ukash payment is authorised in real-time and if change is required you are issued a new Ukash 19 digit code online.

Where do I get them?
You can get Ukash vouchers from thousands of stores such as convenience stores, newsagents and petrol stations. There are already over 30,000 outlets – most stores where electronic mobile top-ups are sold in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Germany.

New to the service, cash customers in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden can now get Ukash at their nearest bank branch by completing a simple paying-in slip. They will then receive an email or SMS message with their unique and secure 19-digit Ukash voucher number.

If you have a bank account but don’t want to give out your details online, you can make a bank transfer, either at your bank, or using internet banking, and receive your Ukash voucher by email or SMS direct to your mobile.

So who accepts Ukash?
Ukash is already accepted at hundreds of international websites, and is popular with online gaming companies including Bet365, Ladbrokes, Interwetten and 32Red

>>Click for a listing of the top rated bookmakers, poker rooms and online casinos that currently accept Ukash.

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