Futures betting also is offered on the major events in horse racing, such as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup. In horse racing futures, if your horse does not start the race due to injury or any other reason, you lose the bet -- there are no refunds. On the other hand, the odds on your horse racing futures bet also are "locked in," regardless of the horse's odds on race day.
So, at the end of the day, what could you call a “good” record for a sports bettor? Most casual gamblers looking into sports betting see a pro advertising his 1100-900 record and shake their head a little. How could such an abysmal record be something to be proud of? That’s a 55% winning percentage, and it indicates to those in the know that this bettor is actually turning a profit placing bets on sports.
Horses also face dangers in racing. 1.5 horses die out of every 1000 starts in the US. The U.S. Jockey Club in New York estimates that about 600 horses died at racetracks in 2006. The Jockey Club in Hong Kong reported a far lower figure of .58 horses per 1000 starts. There is speculation that drugs used in horse racing in the US which are banned elsewhere are responsible for the higher death rate in the US.
Some Sharps will say to stay away from parlays altogether. I’m not going to say that. Every once in a while, I will play a parlay. Now it won’t be a 5 or team parlay or anything crazy like that. But rarely I will do a 2 or a 3 team parlay. I don’t make the bet really expecting to win. I know going in that it is a much lower percentage bet and make sure that if I win, it will be big. Amateur bettors love the big payouts from the 6-7-8 team parlays but do you know who loves parlays even more? The Bookie! There is a reason they pay out so much, it’s because they are such low percentage bets. The main difference between a sharp and an amateur is instead of betting a 5 team parlay a sharp will bet 5 separate games. If he walks away 3-2 in those 5 games he would be happy. The amateur, on the other hand, would probably hit 4 of 5 and walk away with nothing. He would then proceed to go home and slam his head into a wall for 5 hours in disgust.
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While there’s no arguing that it can be a bit boring and tedious to go over the history and company information for each casino site, it can certainly save you a lot of headaches if you’re willing to do so. Even just a quick review of things such as when a site was established, where a site is licensed, and who actually owns a site can help you identify not only great places to play, but also questionable places that you should avoid. And it always pays to do a search for player complaints about any site that you’re considering playing at because this can really help you weed out any rogue casinos.
Afterward—it was probably 1984—Benter, Woods, and some of their partners earned a place in the Griffin Book, a blacklist that a detective agency circulated to casinos. On top of the indignity of having their mug shots next to hustlers and pickpockets, the notoriety made it almost impossible for them to keep playing in Vegas. They needed to find another game.
Line shopping is an easy way to gain an edge. This method involves looking for sharp, trusted lines (usually from well respected, liquid books) and then finding other sites that are slow to update their lines. This can happen a lot in the last hour before game time. One book may list a team at -3 and then all of the sudden the line starts dropping, first to 2.5 and then all the way down to 2 and finally 1.5. However, while the line is at -2.5 at one book, another may still have -3. This would provide a great opportunity to take the underdog and “chase the steam.”
Slots, roulette and blackjack are the most popular UK online casino games, and a balanced range should be offered by an operator to meet its customer’s needs. Yet, there are other games, which although not generally as popular, should still be provided to cater to all tastes. So whilst it is true that you’ll find a smaller selection of other games, like video poker, arcade games, and tables games, such as craps and baccarat, they should still be provided by any decent casino. When assessing and comparing the game selection, I have omitted the live dealer games. These have been put to the test in a separate category, which you will learn more about shortly. Overall, in my opinion, William Hill boasts the best game selection. Not only does it have a good total number of games, but there is also a good balance across all game types, giving plenty of choice to all types of players.
Benter had achieved something without known precedent: a kind of horse-racing hedge fund, and a quantitative one at that, using probabilistic modeling to beat the market and deliver returns to investors. Probably the only other one of its kind was Woods’s operation, and Benter had written its code base. Their returns kept growing. Woods made $10 million in the 1994-95 season and bought a Rolls-Royce that he never drove. Benter purchased a stake in a French vineyard. It was impossible to keep their success secret, and they both attracted employees and hangers-on, some of whom switched back and forth between the Benter and Woods teams. One was Bob Moore, a manic New Zealander whose passions were cocaine and video analysis. He’d watch footage of past races to identify horses that should have won but were bumped or blocked and prevented from doing so. It worked as a kind of bad-luck adjuster and made the algorithms more effective.
Horse racing in Poland can be dated to 1777, when a horse owned by Polish noble Kazimierz Rzewuski beat the horse of the English chargé d'affaires, Sir Charles Whitworth, on the road from Wola to Ujazdów Castle. The first regular horse racing was organized in 1841 on Mokotów Fields in Warsaw by Towarzystwo Wyścigów Konnych i Wystawy Zwierząt Gospodarskich w Królestwie Polskim (in English, the Society of Horse Racing in Congress Poland). The main racetrack in Poland is Warsaw's Służewiec Racecourse. The industry was severely limited during the Communist era, when gambling, the major source of funding, was made illegal.
Individual flat races are run over distances ranging from 440 yards (400 m) up to two and a half miles (4 km), with distances between five and twelve furlongs being most common. Short races are generally referred to as "sprints", while longer races are known as "routes" in the United States or "staying races" in Europe. Although fast acceleration ("a turn of foot") is usually required to win either type of race, in general sprints are seen as a test of speed, while long distance races are seen as a test of stamina. The most prestigious flat races in the world, such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Melbourne Cup, Japan Cup, Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, are run over distances in the middle of this range and are seen as tests of both speed and stamina to some extent.