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Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor will be stepping out to take on Jose Aldo in Las Vegas on July 11th for the featherweight crown. There has already been some great verbal sparring between the two ahead of their Octagon clash, with McGregor telling the Brazilian fighter to just act like a man and suck up his bruised rib.

The injury though could force Aldo out of the fight, even though McGregor mocked his opponent by telling him that he wouldn’t be going for ribs, he will be gunning for his chin instead. The UFC have lined up Chad Mendes as a replacement to take on McGregor if Aldo has to withdrawal. There is a lot of pride and money at stake in the mega-fight and one punter in Dublin has thrown a lot of money at McGregor.

A five-figure bet has gone down on McGregor to win the title fight, the punter placing €11,000 on McGregor to defeat Jose Aldo at 8/11 with Boylesports. That will return an €8,000 profit if the Irishman leaves Las Vegas victorious. Jose Aldo has been eased out to Evens from 5/6 following his rib issue.

Liam Glynn, BoyleSports’ spokesperson said: “Conor McGregor is all the rage to win his upcoming UFC match against Jose Aldo and if he manages to win, BoyleSports will be hit with a six figure loss.”

He added “One punter certainly has faith in The Notorious, having placed €11K on the UFC fighter on Friday morning and our traders are expecting the current 8/11 available on McGregor to defeat Jose Aldo to dry up sooner rather than later judging by the latest surge of support.”

28th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are two of the biggest names on show at Wimbledon against this year. Both are former champions as well, Sharapova winning the title for the only previous time back in 2014, but again will be one of the front-runners in the women’s draw for this year’s edition.

Roger Federer has won the title seven times before in his career and he is looking for an amazing eighth title there and aiming to go one step further than his defeat in last year’s final. Federer’s recent win at Halle shows that the old master still has it in him to win titles and he will be heading to Wimbledon full of confidence again.

Online betting site Boylesports are offering some money back insurance on both the men’s and women’s Wimbledon 2015 draws. Any pre-tournament bets on the men’s draw will be refunded (up to the maximum value of  £25) if Roger Federer wins the championship.

Over in the women’s draw if Maria Sharapova wins the title then losing pre-tournament bets will be refunded to the same maximum value. This offer is open to both mobile and desktop customers and both new and existing customers can take advantage of the Wimbledon promotion, which closes Monday 29th June at 10am.

27th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

Well, what a season it could turn out to be for Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters Champion is now lined up for a possible shot at back to back majors. After landing a T2 at the 2014 Masters, he went on to card a solid T17 at the US Open. So can he go much better than that twelve months on and land back to back majors for the start of the season? Of course, no matter how good of a player you are, landing back to back wins at Majors is a tough thing to pull off.

What adds an air of unpredictability about the 2015 US Open is where it is being played. Chambers Bay is a pretty new course, and everyone seems to be split on whether it was a brave, innovative move to send the US Open there or one of folly. Players have been trying to get as much early practice in on the course as possible, which has long rolling fairways and is pretty much a lush links course.

The greens are huge, the fairways are wide and there are going to be some massive elevation changes to deal with. This is the first time the US Open has been held up in the Pacific Northwest and the course doesn’t even have a permanent clubhouse yet because it was only constructed in 2007. The course is a par 70 but the 1st and 18th holes will switch between par four and par five across the event.

So the winner of the US Open 2015 could come down to who can adapt the quickest. The course is likely to play like four different courses on each day of the event, so thinking on the fly and some rewards for bravery are going to pay off and that should play Spieth into the spotlight. The FedExCup leader has carded two top-three finishes in his last three events (T2 Crowne Plaza and T3 at the Memorial) and that combined with his wins at the Hero World Challenge and the Masters, plus a second place finish at the Valero Texas Open.

That’s nine top ten finishes for Spieth this season from sixteen events two firsts, two seconds and one-third. Spieth is running at a 2/1 quote with online betting site Boylesports to take a top 5 finish at the US Open 2015 while he is running at a quote of even money to secure a top ten finish at Chambers Bay. With outright favourite Rory McIlroy having fallen into some bouts of inconsistency lately on the European PGA Tour, Spieth may look a little more value for punters out of the only two men in the field who are in single figures in US Open 2015 betting.

US Open 2015 Betting Odds

Rory Mcilroy 7/1, Jordan Spieth 9/1, Phil Mickelson 16/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Dustin Johnson 20/1, Rickie Fowler 20/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Hideki Matsuyama 33/2, Bubba Watson 35/1 Adam Scott 33/1, Sergio Garcia 35/1, 40/1 bar

You can take advantage of some good insurance running at online betting site Boylesports for your US Open 2015 betting. Place a pre-tournament wager on a player and if they end up finishing second or third at the US Open 2015, then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet, up to the value of £50.

16th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting


Bookmaker Boylesports were again paying out this week, after a punter landed over €15,000 after picking just three numbers in this week’s Euromillions draw. The stake on the bet was €10 and consisted of the three numbers 5, 9 and 17.

All three rolled out and totalled a wonderful €15,010 return. According to Boylesports, if the three numbers have been picked just as a regular National Lottery draw selection, then the numbers would have returned a paltry €11.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at BoyleSports, said: “BoyleSports want to offer our sincere congratulations to the lucky Cork punter who grabbed €15,010 and wish them all the best whilst enjoying their winnings.

“We have seen an influx of punters doing their Lotto numbers with BoyleSports and we suspect it’s winnings like this that has enticed customers to come into our stores to do their lucky numbers.”

12th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Free Bets & Promotions

It is going to be a busy weekend of Euro 2016 qualification action over the weekend and Friday night sees a clutch of interesting games going off. One game in particular comes from Latvia, to where the Netherlands travel in search of a win to bolster their chances of trying to make it to next summer’s finals.

The Netherlands are trailing the Czech Republic and Iceland badly in the group and will be desperate for a big three points to help their cause. Given that they have already beaten Latvia 6-0 in the group, it’s likely that the Dutch will get the points on the board. Group rivals Turkey, who lie just a couple of points behind the Dutch have a winnable looking match as they take on group outsiders Kazakhstan, and a win for the Turks would put some pressure on the Netherlands if the Dutch fail to win their game.

That’s all going on in Group A, while in Group B there is a top of the table clash in Cardiff between Wales and Belgium. Both sit on eleven points and with Israel just two points back of both of them, it’s not a game either side will want to lose. The Red Devils go as favourites for the win though, the Welsh not being helped out with defensive injuries.

Online betting site Boylesports are running an enhanced odds boost for Friday night’s Euro 2016 qualification action.

Back a treble of Holland -1, Turkey -1 and Belgium all to win at an enhanced odds price of 6/1, up from 5/1. The maximum stake in this offer is £100 and it is open to both new and existing customers.

12th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

Get a free £5 in play bet from online betting site Stan James for this week’s St Jude Classic. Just get a minimum of £20 down as a win single or a £10 each way punt on the outright in-play market on Thursday, and the bookmaker will give your a free £5 bet to use in-play on Friday! A fantastic deal to be snapped up for your St Jude Classic betting.

Dustin Johnson is running as 11/2 heavy favourite to land a win on the PGA Tour this week. He won the St Jude back in 2012 and has been ticking along in decent steady form this season, having won once in 2015 at the WGC Cadillac. He is the only man in single figures for this week’s FedEx St Jude Classic golf betting, with the nearest challenger being Phil Mickelson all the way back at 16/1.

So there is some big value around this week, with Webb Simpson and Billy Horschel tracking behind the quote of 18/1 while Ryan Palmer sits at 20/1, and everyone else 22/1 bar. You are going to be better off again looking at the top ten finish market where is there is more realistic value on offer for your golf betting. 2013 winner Harris English is running at 22/1 to get back on top twelve months later.

The Stan James offer above does lend some great value to Thursday, as you can just watch some of the first round and see who gets off to a solid start and then play an each way wager live in-play.

Online betting site Boylesports are offering some insurance on your St Jude Classic betting markets this week, because you will get your lost stake refunded on the outright winner market if your selection finishes second or third at the event. This applies to tied finishes as well, so offers some great coverage and the maximum refund is £50. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can earn up to £50 worth of free bets when registering.

There is some great coverage also over at online betting site Coral, who offer a free bet back if a 2/3 Ball fourfold loses by one leg. So play a 2 or 3 ball acca with them on any US PGA or European PGA tournament and if just one of the players in your bet lets you down, Coral will refund your stake as a free bet up to the value of £25.

9th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Other Events Betting

Online betting site Boylesports has pegged Marc O’Neill in as 5/2 heavy favourite to win Big Brother 2015. The Irish contestant is currently all the rage, coming into his current price from being as big as 7/2 on Friday afternoon.

Liam Glynn, Boylesports’ spokesperson said: “Punters are loving the cheeky and rude attitude of Marc and at present it’s all they want. Having laid some hefty bets including €500 at 9/2 on the Kildare native we have had to shorten Marc into the clear 5/2 favourite.”

He added “Marc is the biggest loser in the book by a mile and if the former Tallafornia cast member can go on to win Big Brother there will be a lot of happy punters throughout the UK and Ireland with Boylesports looking at a five-figure loss currently.”

The Big Brother 2015 betting market remains competitive though, with Nick Henderson and Chloe Wilburn positive 5/1 marks just behind second favourite Danny Wisker at 9/2 with Boylesports. Friday night saw Joel Williams avoid eviction and he took a huge price from 33/1 into 12/1, with Jade-Martina Lynch going the other way out on the drift from 16/1 to 20/1.

7th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Other Events Betting

Bookmaker News

There could be a bidding war coming for Ladbrokes’ troubled Irish business. They are currently under a rescue plan being prepared by examiner Ken Fennell of Deloitte, who was appointed by the High Court to look at the ailing business. The rescue plan means that Ladbrokes are looking at closing 60 of their 196 shops in Ireland, and having to cut 250 of their 850 jobs.

There has already been some interest expressed in a takeover of Ladbrokes Ireland, coming in from Independent Irish bookmaker Boylesports. They are reportedly ready to stump up an eight-figure sum, offer better credit terms and also plan to close fewer shops and save so many redundancies having to be made.

The bookmaker is also arguing against the proposed rescue plan, as they say that it is simply geared only to ensure that Ladbrokes Ireland remains under its current ownership, limiting any other bidder interested. They are also contesting that they haven’t been given all the necessary information to make a formal full bid as well. In riposte, Ladbrokes are saying that even if Boylesports took over, they would still need to close as many shops and enforce as many redundancies as the rescue plan is saying.

Lawyers for Mr Fennell told the High Court earlier this week that a third bidder had expressed some interest (other than Ladbrokes Ireland’s UK-based parent and Boylesports) in a takeover. It is believed to be Betfred, but no firm offer and no official word has been released by them.

Betfred owns 1,375 betting shops but has none in Ireland, but do pull in a small number of digital subscribers from there, so it would be a decent expansion opportunity for them.

7th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


There was a bit of a triple whammy for online betting site Boylesports as three punters were enjoying some big payouts from winning Irish Lottery bets in midweek.

The biggest winner came from Tipperary who recorded a whopping €20,000 win from just a 0.50 cent wager on the numbers 7-17-27-35-37 on a special Pick 5 bet, the numbers coming out in the Lotto Plus 1.

A punter from Kerry swept aside 3000/1 odds which they faced from a €3 wager on the numbers 10, 20, 30 and 40 which came out of the Lotto Plus 2 draw. The punter had to sweat a bit though because the number 10 only came out as the bonus, which landed them €9,003.

There was a nine grand win for a Meath Boylesports customer who hit a €9,141 return from a bigger stake than the others. They have played a €1 Yankee on the numbers 7-17-27-37 to cover all 3 Lotto draws, the winning result coming out in the Lotto Plus 1 draw.

Liam Glynn, Boylesports’ spokesperson said: “It’s certainly been a balls of a start to June for Boylesports with another three customers winning big from Lotto bets on Wednesday night.”

He added “With the latest Lotto payouts reaping big dividends from small stakes, we are sure to see a surge in our Lottery bets as the weekend approaches. We would like to congratulate our latest customers who defied the gigantic odds and wish them happy spending.”

5th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Football Betting

Ireland v England Betting Preview

The Three Lions haven’t beaten Ireland in the last twenty years and so punters may see a bit of value on the hosts to pull out an underdog victory. England are in good form though but both will be looking ahead to their forthcoming Euro 2016 matches, when England take on Slovenia and Ireland go into a huge clash against Scotland. So just a warm up ahead of that, and a game is likely to end in a draw.

Big promotion running for the game at online betting site Boylesports who are offering lost stake refunds if the Irish score. You will get your money back as a free bet on losing first goalscorer, last goalscorer, anytime goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets if Ireland score in the game against England. The maximum refund in the Boylesports Ireland v England betting promotion is £25.

Ireland v England Betting Tips

Ireland have a good run of unbeaten form going against England, not having been beaten by the Three Lions in their last six meetings. The last time that they met in Dublin was back in 1995, a game which Ireland won, but will long be remembered for crowd troubles. So the Irish have strung together a good six match unbeaten streak then, since they last suffered a defeat against the English which was a 2-1 loss in 1985 during an international friendly at Wembley. The most recent time that they came together was in 2013 at Wembley when the two nations played out another 1-1 draw. Ireland have lost just one of their last seven games played, a run which has included draws against Poland and Germany in Euro 2016 qualifying. Their lone defeat in that spell came against Scotland.

Ireland have scored in all but one of their last seven matches, so they are a pretty good shot to bank, even though Robbie Keane isn’t in this one. That leaves Shane Long who is running at a quote of 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game. It was Long who netted Ireland’s last minute equaliser in their last match, which was against Poland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Ireland’s recent goalscoring stretch of form has added some value to a Both Teams To Score bet which is even money value at online betting site Boylesports. Even though they have won just two of the previous fourteen meetings with England, they may be value for a draw in this one. Ireland trail 5-2 in the head to head stakes from those fourteen games.

They will face a confident and positive England side who have picked up five wins from five in their Euro 2016 qualifiers so far. Their dismal World Cup 2014 is a long way behind them at the moment and they look more energetic and positive. Wayne Rooney is a 2/1 anytime goalscorer quote at Boylesports, which is actually the same quote being offered on new caps Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin. It has been more than twenty years since England beat Ireland in a game, and a 1-1 scoreline is trending. The last four games between these have ended 1-1 which can be backed as a 5/1 correct score wager for this one. Under 2.5 goals is also a strong probability as eight of the last nine meetings have gone under.

Ireland v England Betting Odds

England evens, draw 12/4, Ireland 11/4

Ireland v England Predictions

There’s really little argument that England have the stronger squad and the Three Lions are in a good winning form. However, a trip to Ireland isn’t going to be that easy as the home side will want to put on a good showing, especially with their tough match against Scotland coming up. Ireland won’t want to lose this one and it is probably worth leaning towards a drawn outcome.

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5th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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