Posts Tagged ‘NHL’

Spela poker och chatta med Niklas Wikegård ikväll kl. 21.00 [Poker]

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Swedish flag Ikväll kl. 21.00 har du chansen att möta Niklas Wikegård vi pokerbordet. Vi värmer upp inför nattens NHL-slutspel med en 15 Kr turnering med extra $50 i potten.


Niklas kommer spela under pokernamn “NiklasWikegard” så att du kan hålla koll på honom i chatten.


“Men jag är ju så j-v kass på poker” sa Niklas när vi ringde upp honom förra veckan för att planera för turneringen. Det är ingen fara, Markus Klintborg, vår Poker Manager, kommer ha ett långt coach möte med Niklas innan vi kör igång ikväll. Om inte annat så har ni chansen att chatta hela turneringen med Niklas om det vi alla kommer sitta bänkade vi inatt: Stanley Cup slutspelet mellan Philadelphia Flyers – Chicago Blackhawks.


Turneringen är öppen för registrering nu, spelet börjar kl. 21 och pokerklienten kan du ladda ner här. Lösenordet till turneringen är “wikan”.




Stanley Cup playoffs entering the 3rd round [Guest blogger]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com 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.]


Even if I’ve been close on my NHL bets for draws in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final it doesn’t feel that way. In the first game Philly goalie Leighton was useless and even if Flyers had the game already from start Blackhawks could score as soon as they came into the offensive zone as it felt. In the second game the play was way above the first in quality and at least my bet on under 5.5 goals got me my stake back in total as this game was very much how I expected this series to be but I somehow knew the first game would be a little bit “crazy” as NHL teams and players are not used to the rest they had to face because of winning their semi-finals all to fast and easy.


The second game was just as “tight, tight, tight” as i said in a comment to Niklas Wikegård on his blog here but I don’t know what happened but after Blackhawks first goal I just got up to get myself some food and drink from the fridge during the commercial and when I sat down again the standing was 2-0.


Didn’t watch the last period as I got tired of the eating and drinking but according to the reports and interviews from the game Chicago goalie Niemi had been great so 2-1 maybe was closer to a draw then it feels like for me as watching the first two period gave me another picture: Philly tightening up their defensive play made them lose all their offensive strenght and that even in power play.


For the third battle I think it will go to Philly quite easily as Chigaco now is up two games and will not be on their toes and the crowd will make Flyers fly and odds 2.45 at Expekt.com is okey but I hope they will put up a handicap +1.5 goals as usual. Betting these days is not an easy task if you’re not into friendly games (I almost never bet on them), cycling, second class soccer or tennis (at least I made some winnings on the French Open) but those who took my advice of betting on trotter Copper Beech not reaching the final of elitloppet at least doubled their stakes.


Unfortunately for me I didn’t stop there and I could not have seen Iceland as the winner of Elitloppet. Never. Ever. And that’s all for now – not much to bet on for me so I go for a Philly handicap win as I said before and rest on the betting trigger after that as I’m going away for a couple of days were no internet is accessable and that feels great during these lovely, sunny summer days.


Good Luck!


Elitloppet 2010


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 Expekt.com 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!


NHL Stanley Cup final, Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers [Betting tips]

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

[Niklas Wikegård is one of Sweden’s most iconic hockey profiles. Started out as assitant coach 1986-87 for Väsby IK and succesfully brought them up to Elitserien, the top league in Swedish ice-hockey. Last he was heach coach for Djurgården between 2002-2005. Today Niklas Wikegård works as Swedish TV commentator and is loved by a whole nation. Niklas is an ambassador of Expekt.com and will frequently provide you with blogs, videos and betting tips.]


We will witness a high tempo and a very physical game throughout the whole final series. Chicago are a small favorite in my eyes, they have a more skillful team including more potential match winners. Many people aren’t surprised to see Chicago in the final this year, me included, but to see Flyers in the final is definitely a surprise, especially after their start in the playoff. They have been the hard-working playoff team that never give up – and nobody want to meet!


Chicago have a very complete squad and a very qualified coach in Joel Quenneville, who has built this team from scratch for a couple of seasons. They were the worse team in the league a few seasons ago but Jonathan Toews has stepped up as the big leader every team needs. They have plenty of skillful players, both offensively and defensively, but I want to single out one player that has been very important throughout this playoff: Dustin Byfuglien! Eight goals so far and very useful for the Blackhawks. He weights 115 kg and is 193 cm tall, and is a nightmare for all the defenders and goalkeepers.


Chicago have so many tools to use in different scenarios and that’s why they have reached the final – and that’s why I see them as the favorite against the Flyers.


Philadelphia Flyers have just been better and better after every game in this year’s players, especially after both Gagne and Carter has returned back from injuries. Goalkeeper Leighton, who replaced Boucher in the series against Boston, has been amazing and saved the Flyers on numerous of occasions.


Their alpha male is Mike Richards, who is a copy of Peter Forsberg; tough, hard and reckless! He set the standard for the rest of his teammates. They also have, like Chicago, a lot of players to mention, but I will just mention two of the: Chris Pronger, the giant in their defense who I criticized during the Olympics earlier this year, has been the player he is paid be – ice time around 30 min per game is normal for him. The other player is Danny Briere (18 points in 17 matches so far) who is finally producing after numbers of seasons with injury problems.


Chicago Blackhawks to win the series 4-2!


Bet on Chicago Blackhawks - Philadelphia Flyers


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 Expekt.com 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 Expekt.com 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 Expekt.com 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!


Elitloppet


How I bet on Superscore [Guest blogger]

Monday, May 10th, 2010

[Tobbe “Hippie hockeydynamit” from the northern parts of Sweden is an avid sports punter and Expekt.com 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.]


As I’ve been more or less knocked out by a cold for a couple of days I haven’t been betting that much neither watching any sports, at least not a full game, for some days now. Feels quite good that I didn’t have to watch the Red Wings getting knocked out of the Stanley Cup play-offs and as the swedes of the Canucks made a couple of points in their game this morning the only long-term bet on the NHL I have left is the one on Penquins as winners.


Put a bet in on a trotter on Saturday and that was OK as it came in second to four times my stake in odds but it would have been better if it could have put it’s nose first to 12.50 in odds and that’s a good way how to describe my bets right now – I seem to be finishing second all the way… But you can’t win’em all, right?


And my betting season is more or less coming to an end now and when I summit it I’m satisfied with my winnings in accordance to my stakes and this is a good thing with the Expekt.com betting site as it’s quite simple to check your history month by month. When you make some good winnings it’s not all that easy to keep track of your losses and at least I want to be able to check out my betting history once in a while.


In the weekend that’s passed I had my eyes on betting on Superscore as there was some great fotball games in the big leagues and I don’t know if I should be glad or not over sleeping away that opportunity. I would of course not have had a 8-0 victory for Chelsea or any other of the Premier League results for that matter but in Spain as well as in Italy I would have been somewhere in line with the results but that’s nothing I give any thoughts now but I thought I would push some for superscore (the more money staked – the greater the pott for me to win, ha-ha…) and at the same time explain a little about how I bet on superscore, so far with at least some netto winnings.


I usually go for one result in each game put in three systems. Let’s say I believe in 2-2, 1-1 and 1-2, I bet on these results in each system but in each bet I put in guards with two of them.


For example:


System 1: 2-2 + 0,1,2-0,1 + 1-1,2,3 goals

System 2: 1,2-1,2 + 1-1 + 1,2-1,2 goals

System 3: 1,2-1,2 + 0,1,2-1 + 1-2 goals


Betting like this I’ve had some success and when it comes to my stake I would have had to put in 144 times my chosen amount in a mathematical bet but like this it’s only 40 times my chosen stake.


Of course this is just an example and most of the times I gamble a bit more with up to 4 or 5 goals. Well, that’s it for now and look up Mr Hockey’s blog here – he’s a bit hotter than I am right now when it comes to betting on ice-hockey haha.


Good Luck!


Expekt Supertoto Superscore


It’s almost impossible to lose if you just follow your brains, use statistics, bet on markets you know well [Guest blogger]

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Stupid, stupid, stupid and even more stupid, that’s the best way to describe myself when it comes to betting over the past few days. I’ve had just so many rights on my main bets starting with the Robertson-Spurs-Fenerbache three-fold which I mentioned in my latest blog followed by Chelsea’s win at Anfield, Xerez win against Almeria, Pens win in their first game (even a handicap bet there) against Montreal, the draw between Boston and Philly (etc…) and I even picked a winner on the trotting course each and every day since thursday but have managed to lose it all betting on systems, going all-in on other trotters and of course some bad luck in some games like the second battle between Sharks and Wings.


That brings me to speak some of the “bad luck” I don’t really believe in. I used to be just like many I know – blaming bad luck for my losses – but with the internet betting scene I’ve come to the conclusion that luck, or bad such, has nothing to do with wins or losses, nothing whatsoever. According to me “bad luck” is just another word for stupidity when it comes to betting.


If you just follow your brains, use statistics, bet on markets you know well and last but not least; NEVER follow your heart, then it’s almost impossible to lose. But that will of course take a lot of the fun of watching sports out of it :)


As an example from two nights ago I was watching Sharks vs Wings and Wings were wrestling down Sharks if not easily so at least they were in total control of the game. Usually I don’t bet on my favourite teams but in this case I did and watching the game I couldn’t keep from live-betting already from the first period and when I had in many ways already counted in my winnings.


What happens? Well – the ref’s sees a penalty on Bertuzzi that wasn’t there while closing their eyes for all the Sharks more or less obvious obstructions, Kronwall takes a stupid penalty in box-play and suddenly Sharks is 5-on-3 and scores. Okey, I thought, I have enough money on a draw to at least make a small winning, Detroit is starting to take over the game once more and then what happens? Yes, Lidströms stick break when he tries to take a shot up by the Shark’s blue line and suddenly the game is 4-3 in favour of the Sharks with only minutes to go… Bad Luck? Don’t think so!


I’ve been watchin hockey for too long, and as my fav team Timrå IK has a reputation of sleeping with the jinx I know what I’m talking about here, to know that this is hockey! At it’s finest, to be honest. Of course the refs would give the Sharks some advantages in the end of the game when they were playing at the Tank and Wings were in the lead. Composite sticks break a lot and it´s only when it comes to things like this it’s taken great notice of.


And when a team is being out-played as I believe the Sharks were most of the game (Well, I admit my eyes are somewhat coloured in red and white when it comes to hockey) and they score an equalizer they will even score the winner most of the times.


Well – that’s it for now and if you don’t believe in the jinx or that I’ve been cursed by it (sometimes I wonder myself, ha-ha…) you can always follow my example and bet for a trixie with draws on Valencia – Xerez tonight, remember Xerez is a totally different team now and that they still have a chance to stay in Primera, and on both the NHL quarter-finals and if Xerez manage to take a point in Valencia I will put in a small guard on a double with wins for Wings and Pens :)


Good luck with your bets!


NHL Sharks


I go for a three-fold with Spurs, Fenerbache together with Neil Robertson [Guest blogger]

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Sitting here in front of my TV with this mornings first cup of coffee in front of me and Red Wings first loss in the semi-final against Sharks behind me I’m feeling a bit philosofical around my role as a supporter in contradiction to the way I react as a betting man.


The fan of the Wings puts the blame on the referees, thinks Nabokov was more than lucky making that save with only seconds left and Howard was on the other hand of course just unlucky when San José got the puck in the net via his “fifth hole” (between his legs) while the part of me who lost on betting on a draw sees upon the same game from a different view: Of course Sharks will have some benefits playing at their home, even from the referees.


Nabokov had a great game between the posts and Red Wings must get more shots on goal to beat him more than the three times they did so. The Detroit defence including Jimmy Howard were useless for a couple of minutes in the first period and that’s enough to lose a quarter-final i ice-hockey.


Simply a bad bet that might have worked for me anyway with some luck but you can’t rely on luck to win on the betting scene. Good for me I had some winnings from earlier on Thursday eve, betting on a double with wins for Liverpool and Fulham (speaking of luck…) and I’m now even more confident then before in my bets on Red Wings, as I know they have so much more to show, and Pens, as they most probably already have won their place in the finals in knocking out Senators.


This weekend has lots of good sport to watch (when I clicked on my saved favourite leagues at Expekt.com I had to scroll down quite a bit) but I don’t find that many good bets. I go for a three-fold with Spurs, Fenerbache together with Neil Robertson (in lead 6-2) against Ali Carter in the snooker championships to double my stake as a starter.


Bets on the NHL play-offs will be on draws except for Pittsburgh – Montreal. I believe 1.72 on Pens is too good an offer to refuse ;-) I think this will be all I put any money on this weekend as I don’t have any real feeling for any team in any other game, just a lot of maybes, so to speak, and/or odds not worth betting for.


When it comes to the Swedish trotting scene, which I like to bet on from time to time and also make a good profit from most of the time ;), that’s very much the same with great races but not so good betting opportunities. I will put some money in on a Trixie with place bets on Bobtail (Örebro race 5 saturday), Debbie Brodda (race 8) and True Q (race 10) but I can’t pick even one winner…


Good Luck with your bets!


Olympiatravet