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Stanley Cup Playoffs, Trotting and the World Cup – Read about my betting weekend [Guest blogger]

Friday, May 28th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]

Stanley Cup Playoffs

As I’ve had some days off not only from blogging here but also from following any sports as well as from betting on them I’ve almost lost interest in it as I tend to do over the summer.

Okey, I’ve been watching the NHL semi-finals and the Ice-hockey World Championship with at least one eye, and I send BIG congratulations to 19-year old Timrå IK player Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson for making the all-star team as well as finishing in the top of most statistic listings for the World Championship and bringing home a bronze medal to Sweden with him!

Coming up soon is of course the World Cup in South Africa and I will watch it but not follow every game and I’m a little surprised to see so many seems to think Spain will win the cup easily and even more surprised that England is among the favourites. I think this Cup will be hot in more than one way. Because of that I believe either Brazil or Argentina will win it. As for surprise teams I’ll go for the African ones, and looking back at the last African Nations Cup I think there will be more nations than Ivory Coast and Nigeria to watch out for this time as Ghana, Algeria and Cameroon all are teams good enough to stir up some fuzz even if neither of them of course will stand there as winner in the end.

South Africa will most certainly leave with three straight losses as they are simply not good enough in my eyes. But there’s still a couple of weeks until the World Cup starts and for me as a trotting and ice-hockey fan I have the swedish Elitloppet to look forward to already this weekend as well as the first game of the Stanley Cup final on the same sunday and on saturday there will also be some great races on Solvalla to watch and bet on with Sweden Cup as the highlight.

In the clash between Chicago and Philly I will put some money on Flyers as I think they’ve had the most impressive play of the two so far and has a great defensive. Blackhawks are too big of a favourite here and I really think they’ve had an easier way to the final so despite the fact that they have players like Toews I believe they at least will have a hard time going all the way – my guess for the series is that this will go to 6 or 7 games and a couple of overtime wins will be in it so I put my money on a draw in 60 minutes for the first battle to 4.10 in odds.

In Elitloppet I already have a bet on Lucky Jim but that was placed long before I knew he would have grid 7 behind the starting car in his trial heat. Now the race looks quite open and the qualifying races will show more and I rest for now when it comes to betting on the winner of the final. In Sweden cup I would have liked the opportunity to bet on from which qualifying heat the winner will come from as I think heat 1 has all the best trotters in it.

Now I’ll sit back, watch and look for anything worth betting for in the final instead but a small tip is that french horses are the best in the world so 5.50 on Quito D’aveze as winner of trial 1 for Sweden Cup seems okey at hand but remember grid 8 is almost impossible to win from at Solvalla and most probably you will see a lot of horses winning from the lead as usual in the summertime and especially on Solvallas track.

As I look for some higher odds as I’m not betting with big stakes on these two days of great racing I look at some place bets (top-3) instead and will put them in some kind of system, most likely in a Yankee, Patent or Trixie but I’m not at all clear about on which horses yet – much depends on what kind of weather and what type of track there will be and the first races of the two days will show a lot more of what to expect in the ones later on even if a first glimpse at the racing form looks like a lot of favourites will win both days.

Well, that’s all the thoughts I’ve got when it comes to betting right now and if I have to recommend just one bet I would put it on Copper Beech NOT reaching the Elitloppet final to 2.10 in odds – this horse has done well but I think he’s up against too good horses to finish top 4 in his heat this time.

Good Luck!

Some thoughts betting on the IIHF Ice-hockey World Championship 2010 [Guest blogger]

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]

First of all I’d like to congratulate Niklas Wikegård a.k.a “Mr Hockey” to his 3-1 victory over me when it comes to picking out which teams to go through to the third round of the NHL play-offs in our private little battle with “only” our honour at stake and crushing him 7-4 in which teams to go through from the first round means nothing now – congratulations Niklas Wikegård!

Second, I’d like to congratulate Philly in making history and thanking them for letting me watch them do so. For the first time in 35 years a team has succeded in overtake another team after being down 3-0 in games and in what a way they dit it! After ten minutes Bruins lead 3-0 in the game and Flyers took a time-out as they were losing each and every battle on the ice and then totally turned the game around. Congratulations to a great win, Philly an Gagne!

Third, I’d like to congratulate Denmark to their 6-0 win over Slovakia as well as to their other wins in the IIHF Ice-hcokey World Championship and most of all ex-Timrå IK players Peter Regin and Frans Nielsen to being totally out-standing in their performances as well as Timrå IK player Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson for being the same for the swedish team. Congratulations all Red & White!

Last I must send a thank you to all Russian stars of the NHL that shows heart and comes to europe to play for their national team. My guess is that Satan as well as Chara will do the same for the Slovak team and then maybe, maybe I will at least have one of my long-term bets right for this season – can’t say I’ve had any luck there with my bets on Franzén as best swedish scorer and Zetterberg as everything “best swedish” with Franzén in top of the list of points made and Zetterberg second in goals and third in points but that summons the Red Wings season as well as my bets quite well, I think.

Today, Saturday, I will not watch nor bet on any sports at all as I’m awaiting tomorrows season endings of La Liga and Serie A as well as the start of the NHL semi-finals with San José taking on Chicago in the Shark Tank and a great trotting race in Oslo Grand Prix as well as Team Sweden playing Team Canada in the IIHF Ice-hockey championship but I’ve put in some pocket change on some trotters already, trying to avoid to have to put any more money into my betting account.

This brings me to the cruelness of betting on trotting and what happened to my bets last Thursday. It started out just so well with the winner I’d picked, Viola Silas, being just as great as I guessed and I even had a bet on a horse that made it top 3 to 4.75 in odds.

Then my best bet for the evening came on the course and with each and everyone speaking of it and the odds dropping to about 10 on the course (I had 40 in odds and 8, around 2 in odds on the course, on top 3 with on my early bets) I had at least the odds on my side. But then what happens? Well, top driver Jorma Kontio makes the wrong decision in a split second and Askö Toy passed the finishing line with the best speed of all even though it had lots of more left but with nowhere to run with a wall of horses in front of it.

And now everyone watching trotting have seen that and the odds will be too low to care to bet on on Askö Toy in it’s next race. Put in my winnings from my first bet on my third idea for the night and that one was of course totally useless.

Today I don’t really have any good ideas at all so I’m just betting on a horse called Rano as I’ve had some success in betting on him before and the same goes for Brianson and as I believe 8 in odds are good enough to try on a favourite I’ve put these in a system with Fax Ivar K.R. but to be honest I don’t have any real feeling for any of them today or at least they all race against some great horses but maybe luck will be on my side – usually is when I just put in pocket change on my bets so maybe I should stick to that and it was a 5-fold with a stake of € 0.50 that took me to NY with the first time. Good Luck!

IIHF Ice-hockey World Championship 2010

Supertoto coupon with a guaranteed winning of €10,000 to one sole winner [Guest blogger]

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and customer since many years back. Tobbe has been with us on multiple customer events, last in New York for an exclusive NHL-weekend with our own ambassador Niklas Wikegård. Tobbe blogs mainly about ice-hockey and trotting.]

Hey there, betting fans! Coming up this weekend is first of all the last games of the italian and spanish top leagues in soccer and together with the final clash between Boston and Philly in the NHL play-offs (what a great series this has been!) and with the IIHF World Championships going into a more interesting phase this must be one of the most interesting betting weekends in a long, long time. And a great time in front of the TV is also expected for us “armchair sportsmen” :)

My own betting weekend is soon to begin while I’m writing this with two of the biggest trotting races in Sweden for 4-year old trotters with Queen Silvia’s and King Gustaf’s cups, and these two races each holds two really outstanding horses as favourites in Viola Silas and Maine Wise As and I’ve placed a couple of early bets on both of them to 1.85/3.25 as winners and as they are now down to 1.69/2.35 and still dropping it feels great right now anyway.

I also have a bet for a trotter named Askö Toy to 40 times my stake as winner of his race and 8 times on a place (top-3) bet and after as well a swedish expert as top catch-driver Erik Adielsson put out warnings for this one the odds has dropped to 20/7.50 so even that bet feels good but as you all know it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings and just about at the same time I guess this blog will be posted.

I will have the answer to if my bets were that good that I believe right now. The clash between the toughest teams in the NHL right now will be interesting in more than one way as my beliefe (or hope, as I have a bet on Slovakia to win the World Cup) is that Satan as well as Chara will join the Slovakian team if Bruins get knocked out and I look upon this as a fairly good chance even if a team coming back from three straight losses from start to win a series hasn’t happened in the play-offs since 1975.

For the game as such I hope will have live-betting for this game as I for one will not miss watching it live! This game has a great chance to become a classic one and it will spell B-L-O-O-D and W-A-R on the ice!

And now to the football games at last. Nerves, psychology and maybe even bribes (in Italy, ha-ha) are things to consider here and I for one will place some money betting on the Supertoto Euro mix extra coupon for sunday. What happens if Inter or Roma scores early? Or if Barca or Real does the same? Or the other way around? And will teams like Xerez (sad to see them leave, frankly…) or Atalanta put up a fight?

Well, I must say this is the kind of Supertoto coupon I look for all year and with one match out (Milan-Juve) there’s only 11 left and with a guaranteed winning of €10,000 to one sole winner this one really thickles my nerves! Won’t tell you how I’ll be betting on my coupon but come join me to make a great pot for the winner now, will ya?

Now I’m going back to trotting for a while with my expectations for swedish Elitloppet (on May 29:th) where I’m looking forward as many trotting fans to see if US #1 trotter Lucky Jim is as good as the rumour travelling across the Atlantic before him speaks of. You can still get 3.50 on a win bet and 1.85 on place (top-4) betting with and as he is compared to a trotter like Mack Lobell it feels like quite good odds here, especially as there will most probably be no great french trotters in the race (Solvalla racing course will not pay for any flights to get trotters here from France as they have done before) and as swedish favourite Torvald Palema has not looked any impressive at all on the course this far.

If anyone is looking for high odds here I recommend a bet on canadian trotter Define The World which has been up there with Lucky Jim in the trans-atlantic elite races and will most probably be given a nice race by his driver to 35 in odds to win and 5 times your stake to finish amongst the top four.

Well, I believe that’s all for now and in a couple of hours I will have the answer to if my trotting bets for tonight were right or just useless and don’t forget mr Hockey’s blog here – he’s HOT right now!

Good Luck with your bets!