Best Of Paddy Power: Chav Tranquilizer

Paddy Power have this reputation for making funny but controversial TV ads which often get banned by the PC watchdogs. This is my tribute to the best of them, starting with the brilliant Chav Tranquilizer at Cheltenham.

If you’ve ever had an event ruined by chavs, you’d definitely appreciate one of these. Even if not, it’s funny – unless you are a chav I suppose. But if you are, and you recognise yourself in this, might be time to take a good look at yourself eh?

Anyway I digress, here’s the ad.

Blinds Stealing

Blinds stealing is a very prominent component of the Texas Hold’em game. If you have aspirations of becoming a great poker player then you will have to master the art of stealing blinds. Blinds stealing allow you to keep your bankroll ticking over and not be out of action for a very long time.

Little Blind and Big Blind

Little Blind and Big Blind (Photo credit: kev/null)

If you are not getting any good cards then blinds stealing become even more important but it will take confidence. You will have mastered the art when you can do it when playing against just a few players.

Whenever there is a full table and more than half the table has folded, you will notice the play beginning to be much more aggressive. What the remaining players who have yet to fold are trying to do is to steal the blind. It is imperative as a poker player that you not only steal blinds but also defend against falling victim to it.

If you are a novice to playing poker try to practice stealing blinds at a full poker table of about nine or ten players. This will allow you to take more time in making decisions and not to be overwhelmed or bullied by the more experienced players.

If the blinds are on you and a player that is before you raises then your decision to play that game should be made only if you have a good set of cards at your disposal. If you find that this is occurring quite frequently then the game may be too aggressive for you. It will be better to quit that game and find a much more passive game to play. It can be tempting to defend your blind to your own detriment but that should not be a factor in your thought process. A mistake that many new players tend to make is to play on their blinds regardless of the cards dealt to them or on the board.

It is sometimes more efficient if u practice stealing blinds playing against the computer. The fact is if you cannot defeat the computer then you will be unable to beat real players.

In stealing blinds you must decipher the character of your opponents. Which are aggressive and who tends to be passive? It will be easy to steal the blinds of a passive player when compared to an aggressive one. From personal experiences, the passive player tends to choose his games wisely and will more often times than not, play only when he has good hands.

The aggressive player is about bullying the players at the table and will play no matter the cards at his disposal. What I tend to do is to find a mixture of both when stealing blinds. At times I immediately raise and other times wait to the last second before raising to steal blinds. It helps to not have your opponents zero in on how you are playing but this tone must be maintained even when playing with good cards as well.

It is easier to steal at the smaller blind because you just have one player (the big blind) to go up against rather than stealing from three or four players. Stealing blinds tends to take time to master and it is common for you to fail at it before you become excellent at it.

Recommended Betting Sites

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The bookmakers in town IMG_4957 (Photo credit: tomylees)

I’m often asked (mainly by newcomers) where to get information about the best betting sites to use, so to answer that question I wanted to do a post on some of the online betting sites I personally use and recommend.

Of course it’s kind of a broad question, because it all depends what information you’re looking for. So I will try to make a few suggestions of sites you might want to look at for different purposes.

As always if you have any questions about any of these sites, you can contact the sites themselves or just leave me a message and I will do my best to answer you in a future post.

Bookmaker And Sportsbook Reviews

If you’re new to the online betting market, you might be confused by the sheer number of online bookmakers to choose from. It’s understandable, there are so many companies all claiming they have the best service, the most generous odds, the highest free bets. How do you know who to believe and which one should you choose?

That’s why you need an independent website that compares and reviews the most popular bookies and free bets. There are many such sites, and more come along every day. One of the newer sites is also one of my favourites.

I found that offered unbiased bookmaker reviews and compared most of the big name bookies and free bets. The reviews were well written and easy to follow. If I was new to the online betting market, this is a site I would want to check out first before I signed up with any betting company.

Betting Promotions And Bonuses

Once you have accounts with a few bookies, you ‘ll have already used up their signup bonuses. But you still might want to keep up to date with the ongoing promotions that they offer. If you’re betting on a particular event, you’re much better off betting with a bookie that is offering money back promotions on the event rather than one that isn’t. That way if the bet doesn’t go your way, you still have a good chance of breaking even.

Sites that compare sports betting promotions are less common, however one such site that I like to use personally is This site gets updated every week with the top promotions for that week’s most popular betting markets, so you’re very likely to find an offer on the event you plan to bet on.

Research And Statistics

If you’re going to take your betting seriously, you’ll certainly want to do some research into the best value bets each week. My personal preference is soccer betting, and for my research I use as I find it has the most detailed analysis and stats of any soccer site.

The stats cover a wide variety of leagues and you can go back through several seasons’ worth of data, so in-depth research is possible. Like all the sites I have recommended, it is also free to use.

I hope you find these recommendations useful, and like I said at the beginning, if you have any questions please get in touch and I will use these as the basis for future betting posts.

Video: Beer, Gambling and the Saddest Quest in Borderlands 2

Logged into YouTube today, actually my intention was to find a new rock video to post on here. But on the suggested videos area on the homepage, they came up with this instead. It’s like they know the things I like and someone put them all together in the same video.

The second part of that is good, but the first I’m not so sure about. Should YouTube really be allowed access to my brain? I can’t see how that would be a good thing.

In any case, I liked the video so am sharing it here. I guess that means the Tube wins this round.

By the way, if you read the title and instantly thought it said Bonerland, you watch too much TV!

How To Bet With Teasers

Denver Broncos logo

Denver Broncos logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Teaser bets are offered mainly in football and basketball. It is often-times compared to parlay betting and is sometimes confused for the latter. They are very similar forms of betting but yet still teaser bets are quite unique.

All teams that you select to win on your betting slip must all win for you to claim your winnings and one loss among the other winning games, results in a losing bet. What makes the difference between parlays and teasers is that the points spread given to you in parlay betting are fixed and pre-assigned to you to make your decision on whether to bet over or under. With teaser bets you can however move the spread to wherever you like on a given game.

Let us say for example, the Denver Broncos are favored by 6 points against the Dallas Cowboys, the teaser bet will allow you to move this point spread in either direction to where you want it to be. You can put the new points spread at Broncos at (-1) or the Cowboys at (+12), wherever is to your favouring.

Bettors can move the point spread 6, 6.5, and 7, up to 10 points at times when placing teaser bets on football. The money you will be paid on a 6 point teaser would be less than if the bet was made on a five point teaser.

When placing teaser bets on basketball, the movement allowed to the point spread is a bit less with the allotment being 4, 4.5, or 5 points. You can make teaser bets on as much as ten teams with the minimum being two teams. The number of teams will depend on the bookmaker that you are placing your bet with but generally sports bookmakers tend to put the limit at six teams.

It’s always best to check with the bookmaker you are betting with, as to the rules surrounding teaser bets as they will have varying rules. One such example is in the case of a game that results in a draw. This will result as a loss at some sport bookies but at others they will reduce the number of games in the teaser with a game that results in a draw.

The trade-off for being allowed to manipulate the points spread for football games are that bettors are given lower odds than if you were wagering on parlay. A four team parlay may pay 8-1 but 6 points four team teaser bet will pay 3/1. The same applies for teaser bets placed on basketball games with the difference being fewer options to move the point spread.

The debate is still out there whether teaser bets are actually a good form of betting. I for one prefer to parlay bet but there are many instances that the spread given to me in parlay betting is so on point that just a movement upwards or downwards will affect my bet and here in lies the advantages of the teaser bets.

Which Are The Best Paying Online Casino Games

Engaging in online casino games is an exciting and fun way of earning and entertaining yourself. However, you must know the games to play including the best you could try your luck at.

Some of the popular casino online games are table games. These include Roulette, Craps,

King playing card and casino tokens.

King playing card and casino tokens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blackjack and Baccarat. Numbers low, numbers high, red or black dice and cards depict the basis of what these online games have in store.

Blackjack and Baccarat are card games that have specific numbers very crucial with bets placed as every hand is being dealt.

Through a dice, you engage in a game of chance known as craps, where your bet is on the roller to either succeed or fail to strike lucky numbers. With every roll of the dice follows real excitement in a fast and fun environment.

One of the famous online casino games is roulette, a game where chance and pure luck are in play. Bets are placed on either colors or numbers, the ball dropped within the spinning wheel with the inside ring made up of numbered slats. Red, black and colored slats are on the outer ring that gets spun. You can place your bets on either the colors or numbers of the wheel. The right guesses on the selected number or color could end up into a huge win and payout.

Slots are other online casino games popular with many players. Online casino slot machines resemble the tradition slots found in offline casinos today. Once you have placed your bet with various amounts and levels available to bet on, the virtual level is pulled and the wheels spun, lining up matching pairs or symbols, to win.

Online casino games also provide other fun ways to win and entertain, such as lottery style games like Keno and Bingo. Video poker is also common in almost all the casinos spread across the web. The objective of the game is the assembly of most powerful poker hand achievable. It is a game of wit and strategy.

While venturing into online casino games do not only play safe and enjoy but also have fun in all the casino offers you.

Online Betting Is Coming

Whether you agree or not, whether you like it or not, whether it offends your morals or not – online betting is coming to the USA, soon. As you may have guessed, I am one person that is fully behind the move. Here’s some of the reasons why.

There are many benefits of online betting if you know the techniques to engage in this very popular worldwide online betting industry. If you become one of those successful online bookmakers you will not only make money sitting from the comfort of home but also have the ample time of managing your other workloads. Online betting allows you to create a betting account on the Internet and participate instantly through your PC, without having to go to a betting shop. You have great advantages of making money from your home doing something that you enjoy hugely.

Here the advantages of online betting:


There is no denying the fact that for online bookmakers placing a bet online could not be easier. It takes a minute or two as a matter of fact, to place a bet online once you have signed in to your betting account. One of the biggest advantages of online betting is online bookmakers are open 24 hours a day round the year. So it is quite simple and very convenient for you to place a wager or bet whenever you want, in the comfort of your own time.


The availability of wide ranges of betting products online and the cost-effectiveness of online betting industry than that of traditional betting shops have made online price for the same selection of a bet much cheaper for online bookmakers. You will get the best possible price for any betting item at online betting shops or companies.


If you choose opening an online betting account, you are allowed to open more than just one account. Since you have the choice of having more than one account in your betting portfolio, you have the opportunity to choose better and more suitable odds for your bets. So the more accounts you have, the more profit you can make out of it.
Many online bookmakers offer free bets and it is highly suggested that you avail of this opportunity to make decent money in free bets simply by joining several online bookmakers. Using the most innovative technology of the modern world you can have an excellent experience of online betting like so many other online bookmakers are having already.