Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Soccer World Cup Group B: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks

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Soccer World Cup Group B: Round 2 Preview and Betting Picks

Group B of the soccer World Cup produced one of the most entertaining games after Spain and Portugal drew 3-3.

This is a decent result for both of the favorites, who will now have a good chance to win their first game in the competition.

Portugal will play Morocco, who is on the brink of elimination and needs at least a point.

In the other game in this group, Spain will face Iran, who now has 3 points after a surprising win. It’s curious to see if the Asians could do something interesting despite the obvious difference in the quality of both teams.

Of course, the most important thing would be to check if there are some exciting betting opportunities to make money in the 2nd round.

Round 1 Recap and Impressions

I expected Portugal to take something from the game against Spain, and they didn’t disappoint. To be fair, the Spanish team seemed a bit better, but Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously on a mission, and he managed to score three goals.

What surprised me, though, was the howler of David De Gea. He is certainly one of the top keepers in the world, and I expect better from him as the tournament  goes on.

At the same time, Spain was rather impressive. They managed to find enough penetration and score 3 goals against a team that defends well and is set up to play predominantly counter-attacking style. If they keep it going, Spain could actually win the trophy at the end.

Of course, it’s still VERY early days.

In the other match of the group, Iran somehow managed to win against Morocco after a stupid own goal right at the end. I think that’s the end for the African team, as they will find it impossible to take at least 4 points from Spain and Portugal.

It’s a bit of a shame, really, because Morocco showed some great soccer in the first match, but the lack of clinical finishers up front was the main problem. They had some decent opportunities and should’ve found the net.

At the end of the day, they were punished and will most probably go home. Still, I think Morocco might have a role to play against Spain or Portugal. The Africans have the potential to upset one of the teams and have an impact on the outcome of Group B.

Portugal – Morocco

The main betting markets for this game show the following.

Portugal to Win1.65
Draw3.75
Morocco to Win6.50
Under 2.5 Goals1.61
Over 2.5 Goals2.25

This game certainly won’t be a walk in the park for Portugal, as Morocco has shown some positives against Iran.

Furthermore, I expect the African side to play a style that won’t suit Portugal. Ronaldo and company don’t like to be in control and face teams that prefer to defend. Instead, the Iberians are at their best when they can sit deep and exploit space.

For that reason, I expect Portugal to struggle to create many chances against Morocco. However, they have many skilled individuals that can break the deadlock. Ronaldo is the best example, but pretty much any of the attacking players of Portugal could make the difference at some point.

At the same time, Morocco will face the tough task of scoring themselves. The team was unable to do it against an Iranian side that can’t compare to Portugal in any way.

The Europeans have a much better defense. If you add the lack of cutting edge in the Moroccan side, a clean sheet for Portugal looks highly likely.

Prediction and Betting Picks

Going for Portugal to win at 1.65 is not bad at all. I would say that the under 2.5 goals market, which is priced 1.61, is also a choice that makes sense, as both teams prefer to sit deep.

However, I think there is another better option out there. Portugal to win to nil is a great option, and the price is 2.40. I expect the European team to find a way to score and completely shut the front line of Morocco.

That would be the most logical development in this game, based on the strengths and weaknesses of both teams. Something like 2-0 for Portugal is what I expect.

PICKPortugal to Win to Nil2.40
Iran – Spain

Let’s start by looking at the main odds for this 2nd-round game of Group B.

Iran to Win21.00
Draw7.50
Spain to Win1.18
Under 2.5 Goals2.00
Over 2.5 Goals1.80

Iran was extremely lucky to win the game against Morocco, and the whole squad was over the moon. It must be admitted that the team was brave and did whatever it could to keep a clean sheet.

I’m afraid that even a similar effort won’t bring much success against Spain. The European favorite has a much better squad than Morocco and a ton of quality players up front. They managed to create a lot of chances against a strong defensive team like Portugal.

On top of that, Spain showed that the toothless style from the last two big tournaments is now gone.

Spain once again looks like they can create chances and score against teams who sit deep. One of the reasons is the clinical Diego Costa. The striker is not the most attractive player out there, but he knows how to find space and score goals.

At the same time, the full-backs of Spain are pushing hard when the team has the ball, and this leads to a lot of pressure for the opponents. I can’t see Iran resisting, and Spain should be able to score a couple of goals.

On the other end, it would be a miracle to see Iran scoring. They were toothless against Morocco, and it took a lucky own goal. I don’t think Spain will be in the mood for such gifts, so a clean sheet is highly likely.

I would also like to point out that Iran had some dirty fouls against Morocco, and I expect the same against Spain. This makes for a strong possibility of a lot of cards for Iran.

Prediction and Betting Picks

I don’t see anything but a win for Spain in this game. The price of 1.18 is actually not that bad, despite the fact that it looks super short. Still, I think there are a couple of better options out there.

For a start, I fancy Spain to score a couple and keep a clean sheet. A win with a 2-3 goal-difference or even more is quite possible. Under such circumstances, the odds of 2.10 for Spain to cover the -2 Asian Handicap are fantastic.

Any win by 3 or more goals will bring the cash home. Even if the European team struggles a bit and only wins with two, your bet is safe. Still, I expect a solid win, something like 4-0.

The other bet I believe is worth a shot is for Iran to receive more than 2.5 cards. The price is 2.37. If the team plays like it did against Morocco, I think this line could be covered with ease.

PICKSpain -2 Asian Handicap2.10
PICKIran Over 2.5 Cards2.37
BetVictor Million Pound Bet

As I already mentioned in a previous post, the leaderboards of the Million Pound Bet of BetVictor show that the winning price will be higher than 3,500. This is why we need to go for some crazy wagers now if we want to try to win this promotion.

This is the suggestion for round 2 in Group B of the soccer World Cup.

Spain to Win 4-0 Iran Over 4.5 Cards Diego Costa to Score 3+ Goals Spain Over 9.5 Corners Iran Under 2.5 Corners

I will go with my correct score prediction for the game between Spain and Iran. On top of that, I feel the dirty play of the Asians could bring them a lot of cards.

The other selection is on Diego Costa to score at least 3 goals, as he is the main man in Spain’s attack.

Finally, I think the Europeans will dominate and have plenty of corners, while Iran won’t win more than 2.

This combo is priced 4,799, so a win here would provide a great shot at bringing the million home.

Final Words

This round should pretty much confirm that Spain and Portugal simply have too much for the other two teams. It’s interesting to see if both teams can continue their fierce goal-scoring form, as this could affect the race for the Golden Boot.

Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa are among the favorites now, and a couple more goals in round 2 would certainly help.

As always, feel free to share your own thoughts and betting picks in the comment section.

Good luck!

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Cashmio Casino Lines Up Midsummer Race

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Cashmio Casino Lines Up Midsummer Race
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Calling all LCB'ers from Scandinavia – more specifically, Finland and Sweden! Cashmio Casino is going to help you celebrate the Midsummer (Juhannuskisa) with the Midsummer Champions Race starting on Thursday, June 21st at 12:00 CET and ending on Friday, June 22nd at 12:00 CET. So, as they say there, let's get those umbrellas and barbecue ready for a unique day of Scandinavian summer festivities.

The promotion holds a prize pool of €350 plus 450 extra spins on the Flowers slot! All the registered players need to collect points in the following ways: the easiest way to do it is by spin and win – each win from a single point will get you one point. The fastest way is via consecutive wins: if you win three times in a row you get 5 points. Finally, the lucky way to collect points is getting a big win (10x the bet) and winning 25 points.

Playing any of the following eligible games will win you points for the race: Fairy Gate, Spina Colada, Phoenix Sun, Sunny Shores, Guns and Roses, Fruit Shop, Piggy Riches, Sweet Harvest, Summertime, Fruit Zen, Mamma Mia, Win Sum Dim Sum, Very Fruity, Pizza Prize, Spring Break, Bier Haus, and Big Chef.

The first prize is €200, the second ranked player wins €100, while third place gets 200 extra spins on Flowers. Fourth place will get 100 extra spins, fifth gets 50 and places 6 to 10 all get 20 extra spins each.

This will also see the release of numerous new games on Cashmio. On the 19th of June, Push Gaming's Wild Swarm is live, while a host of games will be live on June 20th: Anchorman, Olympus Thunder, Lost Temple, Serengeti Diamonds and Fortunium. NetEnt's Jumanji, yggdrasil's Tut's Twister and Red Tiger's Wild Circus will all see the light of day on June 21st.

Former Taj Mahal Strip Club Scores Will Reopen Inside Hard Rock Atlantic City

Former Taj Mahal Strip Club Scores Will Reopen Inside Hard Rock Atlantic City
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On opening day, Hard Rock Atlantic City will be home to a 36,000-square-foot strip club run by national gentlemen's club chain Scores, a fact that Hard Rock isn't too happy about.

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Evolution Installs Dual Play Roulette at Resorts Casino Hotel

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Top performing providers of live casino solutions from Latvia, Evolution Gaming, has announced a historic agreement with Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel, as first dual play roulette kicks off at the venue, allowing customers to play alongside online players. The product represents Evolution’s first streaming service outside of Europe, and also first installation in the United States outside of Nevada.

The casino is owned by Mohegan Sun Property, a luxury ocean view gaming haven with the best casino games and entertainment on the Boardwalk. In addition, Resorts Casino Hotel is the first American rotunda on the east coast to have celebrated a major milestone this May – its 40th anniversary. By launching an entirely new and innovative Evolution Dual Play table with five-cameras, customized gear and wide HD screens, designed to create a unique gambling environment, the resort is ready to introduce an entirely new generation of on-floor gaming action! The monitors will successfully feature live-streamed game feeds thanks to new technologies, as well as promotional messaging, which should engage visitors and patrons.

However, Dual Play will not launch before Q3, since it represents a part of Evolution’s B2B service to European licensees. Players will be able to experience the Resorts Casino’s Dual Play American Roulette table from anywhere in the world, regardless of the device type – playing alongside real-time visitors is definitely going to depict a breakthrough in live gaming. Director of business development and land-based sales at Evolution, James Stern, is convinced that a landmark installation such as Dual Play will surely give online players across Europe a chance to experience the excitement of playing live at a leading Atlantic City casino.

Meanwhile, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, Mark Giannantonio, said that developing a trustful relationship with market leaders in Dual Play tables is key to expanding their gaming offerings. Evolution Gaming belongs to a premium clique which knows how to attract and retain leading operators, that will enable the experience of playing online at a real live American Roulette table at Resorts, added Giannantonio.

Monday, June 18, 2018

At Long Last, A New Era Of Legal Sports Betting Begins For New Jersey

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Last week, Monmouth Park in Oceanport and Borgata in Atlantic City took the first legal sports bets in NJ. And with that, NJ sports betting at long last was live.

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3 Ways Technology Made Learning About Gambling Easy

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3 Ways Technology Made Learning About Gambling Easy

I have never been much of a gambler. Sure, I played a few hands of cards with my friends and family every once in a while, but most often, the stake was who had to do the dishes instead of money.

I didn’t have a ton of interest in gambling because I just didn’t have enough money to be willing to risk any of it.

But another reason that I didn’t dive into the betting world was that I was confused. Even when I played with my friends, I always felt terrible asking questions, and I always lost because I didn’t know the rules or strategy.

All of that changed when I got a promotion at work. I paid off some debts, and for the first time in my adult life, I had money to spare.

I am still a stickler for putting most of my hard-earned cash into savings, but I gave myself a larger budget for entertainment.

Soon afterwards, a neighbor invited me to a monthly poker game. I wanted to go to the game, but I didn’t want to make a fool of myself because I didn’t know anything about gambling or the particular variation of poker we would be playing. So, I decided to be proactive.

As we often do in today’s society, I looked to the internet for some help. The world wide web is full of information, and I quickly learned that there were several ways that the internet could prepare me for my first live poker game.

Since then, I have used the plentiful resources on the internet to help me master the finer techniques of the game.

And now, I am using all that I have learned to help other beginner bettors by compiling it all into one article for you. Here are three ways that technology can help you become a better gambler.

#1: Access to Information

It probably goes without saying, but you can find everything you ever wanted to know and more on the internet. So instead of going into things blind, do a quick Google search and read up on gambling.

Don’t try to read everything out there; just focus on the specific type of betting that you are interested in trying.

Here are a few things I learned to make my research more effective.

The first thing I learned when it comes to research on the internet is not to go down the rabbit hole. It is way too easy to get sucked in, clicking on one link after another, and before you know it, you have spent hours reading.

You will probably only remember a small percentage of everything that you read anyway, so focus on one thing at a time.

The second thing I learned about internet research is to be specific. If you research gambling in general, you are going to get a ton of information that only applies to particular circumstances. If you know the game you want to play or what sport you want to bet on, start by researching that one in particular.

If you aren’t sure what you want to do, a quick read on the basics of each type of gambling can help you narrow it down from there. Here are a few possibilities to get you started.

Casino Games Sports Betting Poker Bingo

The most important thing that I learned is to bookmark helpful articles. If you read five blogs, you are going to remember one thing that stuck out to you, but you will forget which section it came from.

You don’t want to have to try to go back through all of the links you clicked on to try to find the same information again. Clicking on a bookmark that you already saved is going to be a great deal faster.

The last thing that I learned when reading information on the internet is that not all websites are created equally. Some other websites accept payment to write positive reviews of online casinos.

Other sites are going to be produced by people who don’t know what they are talking about. Still other websites will be trying to sell you something.

Learn to take the things you read with a grain of salt, read information from multiple sources, and only pay attention to the websites that you find reputable.

The best strategies and approaches to gambling aren’t reserved for the high-rollers who spend every weekend in the casino.

The internet can give you advice and hints on every possible wager, including charts that tell you what move to make in every blackjack hand or guides that tell you how to make the most when you are betting on sports and resources for making sure your gambling hobby doesn’t become an addiction.

So, use that information to beat the system and play smart.

#2: Practice Makes Perfect

The old adage is true; practice really does make perfect, whether you are practicing a musical instrument, a new skill, or gambling. In my opinion, the best way that technology can help you become a better gambler is by allowing you to practice.

You can read information online all day long (literally, if you don’t pay attention), but none of that information matters if you don’t have a chance to try it out.

Almost every online casino has a play-for-fun option that lets you practice for free.

You can play the exact game that you would be playing for real money, but you don’t have to pay for any of your practice hands.

Of course, you don’t win any real money on your practice wins, either, but it’s a great way to get started. Free-play options might not be available for live-dealer games or sports betting.

If you are playing for real money, you can also win bonuses that allow you to practice for free. It is a great way to try different games from the same casino without having to risk your money. But the best part is that if you win when you are using bonus money, you get to keep your winnings.

As I mentioned before, when I tried gambling in the past, I always lost because I didn’t know what I was doing and I was too afraid to ask questions. I hate feeling like I am annoying the people who came to play for fun.

Free-play games online gave me the opportunity to practice, make some mistakes, pause to clarify something with more research, and learn strategy at my own pace.

Playing a few practice hands before that first neighborhood poker game made a world of difference in my confidence and understanding.

Another reason that I use the play-for-fun option is that some sites are not trustworthy. Free-play games allow me to try out an online casino, see how they operate, and experience their customer service before I ever give them access to my funds.

I always read reviews and do some of my own digging before I sign up for any online casino, but I like the option of trying it for myself before I spend money. Check out our independent reviews page to get you started on finding a reputable online casino.

Live-dealer games are another way to use technology to get some practice. If you have only ever played automated, online games, you might find that the live experience is a little different. That is where live-dealer games come in.

You can still play from the comfort of your own home, but you are playing with a human dealer via a video connection. Most online casinos offer live-dealer options for table games like poker, baccarat, roulette, craps, and blackjack, but some games are not available in a live-dealer format.

I think that live-dealer games are a great stepping stone to prepare you for playing in a casino or in person because they allow you to get comfortable with the atmosphere you might experience.

Before my first neighborhood poker game, I had played online, and I was comfortable with the rules of the game. But I wasn’t prepared for navigating the interpersonal aspects of the game.

I had no idea how to read other people’s tells, and my face gave it away every time I tried to bluff. I was also used to pausing to contemplate my next move. The other players became annoyed with my time-consuming thought process very quickly.

Between the first and second poker nights, I decided to try to find a way to practice the social parts of the game. I live a couple of hours away from the nearest casino, so going there on a regular basis to practice wasn’t a viable option.

My friend suggested trying live-dealer games online, and they turned out to be the best way for me to learn. Live-dealer games didn’t allow me to practice playing with other players, but interacting with the dealer helped me get used to having other people influence my moves.

Practicing on the internet gave me the confidence that I needed to keep trying.

I was able to learn at my own speed, and I used a variety of options to make sure that I had practiced every aspect of the game. Each type of online gambling had a specific purpose, so here is my recommendation.

After you have done some basic research, try out a few hands with a play-for-fun game, then advance to a real-money game so that you can practice making bets in the heat of the moment, then try live-dealer games to get a feel for the social aspects of the game.

#3: Convenience and Mobility

The internet and mobile technology have made our lives so much more convenient in so many ways. They have made gambling so much more convenient, too. Here are a few ways that I think mobile gaming is particularly helpful for beginners.

The best part of more recent technology is mobile gaming that allows you to practice anytime, anywhere, on almost any mobile device.

In the US, online casinos usually have a mobile-friendly version of their site that you can use to play through the internet browser on your smartphone or tablet. In other countries, some casinos offer a downloadable app instead of a mobile site.

Online casinos mean that you can practice your game from home on your computer. But mobile gambling allows you to practice even more often because you can practice on a plane ride, during your lunch break, or any other time you have a few minutes to spare.

Just please don’t attempt to gamble while you are driving!

If sports betting is your particular style of gambling, the ability to watch and wager on any game at any time is revolutionary. Gone are the days of having to go to the bookmaker and watch the race or game in person. Online sportsbooks make it easy to bet on any sport, anytime, from anywhere.

The flexibility of online sportsbooks is fantastic because they allow you to choose the sport you want to bet on, including esports. Most of them even let you bet on international games.

They stream the matches, so you can watch your winnings pile up without having to switch between several websites. Statistical information is usually included on the same site so that you can choose your picks wisely.

Poker games were how I began gambling, so I am just starting to branch out to the world of sports betting. I personally love the convenience offered by online sportsbooks.

My research is usually open on one browser and the sportsbook open on the other so that I can refer back to the information I need before I make my bet.

The ability to bet on two different games that might be playing at the same time without having to be at either game in person is another benefit.

Another way that the internet makes online gambling easier for beginners is the ability to get expert help. YouTube has hundreds of videos from expert players showing you exactly what they would do in specific situations. Many professional poker players even have their own websites with blog articles, videos, and tips for playing.

I have learned a lot from those poker experts, but it is even more helpful when you happen to know a master player.

One of my good friends from my hometown is Lou. He isn’t a professional, but he is an avid player who knows a lot. But my hometown is over 2,000 miles away. Thanks to the convenience of mobile technology, I can get his advice anyway.

I appreciate that I can always text Lou with a specific gambling question, and he usually responds pretty quickly. But we have discovered an even better way for Lou to share his wealth of knowledge.

We start a video chat using Skype or another similar program. Then one of us can share our screen with the other one. This way, Lou can walk me through every step of a hand that he is playing, and I can ask questions any time I need to.

Or I can share my screen with him, and he can see exactly what I am talking about so that he can give me the best advice. If you happen to have a friend who lives far away but has a vast knowledge of the game you are learning, give a video chat a try.

Conclusion

Online casinos and informational websites give you convenient, mobile, and easy ways to learn everything that you can about gambling.

The more you learn and the more you practice, the quicker you will become proficient.

Do some research, practice online, and try video chatting with a knowledgeable friend to master your game quicker than ever before possible.

Good luck at your next poker night, or wherever your gambling takes you.

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