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  • #31
    I can watch prime-time programming on major networks about pornography but I can't bet on track online.

    Selective puritanism is truly an ugly thing.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by IFK_Vaxjo
      Ohh so much easier Just take your 1 £ and take it times the decimal odds!
      1£ on Kozmus to 4,50 gives you a return of 4,50£ if winning. Can't be that hard could it :wink:
      Thanks for that. All logic says it it is easier, but until betting websites came along I wasn't even aware that odds came as decimals, living on a secluded island and all that :wink: .

      As to why bookies seem to have an obsession with a certain athlete. From my limited knowledge of how the books work in another niche betting sport Formula One, big betting companies will employ the services of someone close to the sport, usually a journalist, to give advice on who is the people's favourite (e.g. people will bet on Usain Bolt to win even if he arrived with his leg in plaster), most likely likely to win, who could be a dark horse etc.. If that journalist has a lot of love for a certain athlete then the bookie is likely to offer short odds. That one journalist may offer his advice to more than one company.

      Then what tends to happen is that other betting sites kind of mirror what other betting sites offer, maybe giving slightly more tempting odds in some cases to attract competition. Then throw in a bit of nationalistic bias which skews odds a bit, the complex mathematics bit to ensure that the bookie always wins no matter what and you have sometimes what looks like an odd favourite.

      Remember too that a favourite is sometimes he or she who has had the most money placed on them, not necessarily who is the most likely to win.

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      • #33
        Boylesports offering 8.00 on Barrios to win... Looks good to me even if Trafton certainly is the favourite.

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        • #34
          Hey Jon

          Where abouts are those accumulators that you mentioned, are they on Boylesports ?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by LopenUupunut
            I don't get this "Kaki is a great big favorite" thing. Why are the bookies so in love with him? :?:
            That's a 6 million dollar question.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by IFK_Vaxjo
              Unibet.com has Chambers at 25 times the money for a medal. Good enough for a small bet, have a feeling he'll got something up his sleeve.
              Right there with you

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Kai88
                Hey Jon

                Where abouts are those accumulators that you mentioned, are they on Boylesports ?
                Yes. Just start adding more than one athlete to your betting slip and it will give you the option to do a 'double', 'triple', or 'accumulator'.

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                • #38
                  Thankyou !

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                  • #39
                    Interesting bet on the Bluesq Web site for the m100:

                    Monzavous Patton 40/1 BET

                    Who is their consultant?

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                    • #40
                      Anyone got any good accumulator tips? I think accumulators will be my best bet because there don't seem to be too many dark horses anywhere.
                      http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                      • #41
                        For some bizarre reason, the odds of Evora finishing in the top three are only 3/1 on Boylesports :?

                        If Benhassi, Sokolovs and Evora make the top three, I win £72 if I put £1 on.
                        http://twitter.com/Trackside2011

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by nevetsllim
                          Anyone got any good accumulator tips? I think accumulators will be my best bet because there don't seem to be too many dark horses anywhere.
                          I did a goliath (which is a bit like an accumulator, but you still get a return if one or more wins) on these:
                          Semenya, Majewski, Jeter, Benabbad, Kiprop, Taylor, Dominguez, Ohuruogu

                          Stake: 4p. Potential return: £275,767.49

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by milkandwater
                            My £1 on Kozmus is placed! (I know very little on Hammer throwing).
                            You're now £3.50 richer thanks to me

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                            • #44
                              Thanks! Now lets hope for semenya!

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                              • #45
                                I'm doing VERY nicely at the moment- about £50 up and all my accumulators are still in play!

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