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After what was an emotional weekend for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, online betting site Boylesports had to make a big market move in Sports Personality of the Year 2014 betting. There was a surge of bets coming in for Gerrard in the market after he played his role in what could turn out to be for Liverpool, a title-defining win over Manchester City on Sunday.

The award isn’t handed out until December of 2014 of course so even with plenty of months left on the board for big performances to come forward, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, Boylesports, had to move Gerrard into 13/8 favourite in the Sports Personality of the Year 2014 market, after he had been sitting out as a 33/1 shot.

He has been the engine room in the heart of the Liverpool midfield again, a key component of the side’s successes this season. With the Reds pushing on towards a league title, which they weren’t wholeheartedly backed for at the start of the season, Gerrard has put in some highly valuable contributions.

He has been with Liverpool for seventeen years, but that league title dream has always eluded him. So with it being in touching distance at the moment, this has be an emotional year for him. His emotions came to the fore after the win over Man City on Sunday, where the Liverpool man could be seen with tears in his eyes. The match marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, an event in which Gerrard had lost a 10 year old cousin.

Gerrard said “The reason I was so emotional was because of when this game fell.

“It wasn’t just because it was a big match in our season, it was because this week is always about more than football for everyone associated with Liverpool.

“It’s emotional for so many people. I’m speaking on behalf of everyone when I say the win was dedicated to the victims and families of Hillsborough.

If he can captain Liverpool to the league title, and put in some big performances for his country as well at the 2014 World Cup, then he has to genuinely be one of the front runners in the SPOTY 2014 market. Showing his emotional side too will probably have been a reason for the flurry of activity as well.

Gerrard’s closest challenger in the SPOTY 2014 market is F1 driver Lewis Hamilton at 4/1, who is running as favourite to win the Drivers World Championship this season, followed then by Chris Froome, Andy Murray, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Lizzie Yarnold.

Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “We have had to react quickly and cut Steven Gerrard into 13/8 on Tuesday morning as the money keeps coming in for the Liverpool player. We laid him at 33/1 on Tuesday morning and our traders smelt a rat and cut him into 12/1 and within twenty minutes we have had to cut him into the clear 13/8 favourite as the support kept coming.”

He added “No doubt if Liverpool can manage to win the Premier League this season we would expect Steven Gerrard’s price to shorten even further but certainly all that punters want on Tuesday morning is a bit of the Liverpool player.”


April 15th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Paddy Power

The BHA took showed some proactive initiative on Wednesday, as they stepped in to prevent what they thought was a potential all-weather coup from happening. They struck first by contacting both the Gaming Commission and bookmakers after their suspicions were raised.

Nine horses (four from Tony Newcombe’s yard and five trained by Ann Stokell) were all subject to major market moves at Lingfield and Kempton, and that set the BHA into defensive mode, which they did by going on the attack.

It’s no surprise that they would look to protect the integrity of the sport and its reputation after being blindsided back in January 2014, by former trainer Barney Curley who masterminded a reported £2m coup on four low-key races.

“The BHA alerted the Gambling Commission yesterday to the possibility of a complex betting-related issue involving races at Lingfield and Kempton“.

Immediately Paddy Power stepped up and took precautionary measures to protect themselves, by putting SP prices on the seven races in question, and were quickly followed in suit by Bet365, William Hill, Stan James, Boylesports and Coral, all of which pulled the plug on betting in the Lingfield 2.00, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.40 and Kempton’s 6.10, 6.40 and 9.10.

Paddy Power stated: “We’ve seen plenty of action on the Stephen Arnold/Ann Stokell horses and we’ve SPed races due to strange activity.”

“We’ve seen a few Tony Newcombe-trained runners being backed, but there doesn’t seem a link between that gamble and the Arnold/Stokell gamble except that some of the Newcombe horses being backed are in some of the races concerned with the other gamble.”

March 20th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


You can grab yourself some golf insurance this week for your Valspar Championship golf betting. There is an offer running at online bookmaker Boylesports which should offer a lot of value for your betting.

There’s a good field out in Florida on the PGA Tour, with Luke Donald leading the European challenge, along with Justin Rose.

There is a big American attendance in the field, with Harris English and Jordan Spieth trading as 16/1 joint favourites with Boylesports. Mix in Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Bill Haas for starters and you have a very strong US challenge at Copperhead, Palm Harbour in Florida.

If your backed selection in the outright winner market in Valspar Champions Golf betting finishes second to a non-American, then online betting site Boylesports will refund your lost stake for you. This applies to any player who either finishes solo second or ties for second place, so you are well covered.

New customers registering an account can not only enjoy some great live in play golf betting from the popular bookie, but can also receive up to a free £50 bet as welcome bonus too, as the bookie will match the value of your initial stake as a free bet.

March 13th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Jockey Tony McCoy, the 2010 Sports Personality of the Year and OBE will be a big feature of 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting. Some punters like to pick out horses because of form, some like to just back jockeys for their wagers and AP McCoy, who has won just about every major race that there is to win, will be one of the high profile jockeys in the saddle at Prestbury Park again.

The multiple-time Champion Jockey has a long history at the Cheltenham Festival, including two Gold Cup wins, one with Mr Mulligan and most recently in Synchronised in 2012. The Arkle, the Champion Bumper, the Champion Hurdle (three times) the Queen Mother, the RSA, the Ryanair chase and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle titles have all been won (among others) by AP McCoy at Cheltenham.

Online betting site Boylesports are running a great 2014 Cheltenham Festival betting promotion with a focus on McCoy.

Back a selection in any race at the Festival and if your selection finishes second to an AP McCoy-ridden winner, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet. The maximum return is up to £100. Superb coverage on one of the top jockeys and new customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

March 11th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Well, Bobs Worth keeps getting shortened in the market, and is now running as 7/4 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. This may be a bit of a predictable Gold Cup, as trainer Nicky Henderson looks to land back to back wins in the Blue Riband race with Bobs Worth. It was a stroll for him at Cheltenham last year, with Barry Geraghty leading him home by seven lengths over second placed Sir Des Champs and Long Run back in third.

Bobs Worth had a big workout in Lambourn recently, to keep him well on schedule for his title defence in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Barry Geraghty will once again be on the saddle for Bobs Worth, who is likely to run away with this one at a canter. Bobs Worth was last out at Leopardstown at the end of December, taking a win in the Lexus Chase over First Lieutenant.

The fact that he has taken such strong favouritism is down to what could be perceived as frailties in his closest challengers.

That is where the key to figuring out who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014 will lie. Sir Bobs Worth has the staying power, even if he comes off the bridle and will work and work and work on his own to get to the line first. That could be a telling factor because the work that Silviniaco Conti will put in will likely see him firmly in the top three, but after travelling well, may not have the legs to close it out, certainly not in a head to head duel with Bobs Worth if it comes down to it.

Silviniaco Conti, who fell three out in last year’s renewal, has taken around 13% of the Cheltenham Gold Cup market compared to the 31% taken by Bobs Worth. It is a telling stat, and the 3/1 on Silviniaco Conti tells a bigger picture. His victory in the King George VI Chase though will have punters on his back.

It really is going to be a scrap for spoils of third most likely then. You will have the good, solid jumping of Captain Chris who probably makes a decent Place Market option for your Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, while The Giant Bolster is likely to be in the mix as well.

The Giant Bolster enjoys Cheltenham a lot and had two runs out there in January, weakening a couple out on January 1st in the Rewards4racing Handicap Hurdle before delivering a win over the 6/4 favourite Rocky Creek in the Argento Chase. He showed some slower, controlled jumping, putting in a strong finish there. The Giant Bolster took fourth in last year’s Gold Cup, weakening a couple out after tracking well in the race

So while you have good chasers in The Giant Bolster, Captain Chris and the threats of Last Instalment and First Lieutenant coming in, none of them, on form should be able to prevent Bobs Worth from winning back to back Gold Cups.

It is to Nicky Henderson’s Triolo D’alene who could be the dark horse in the pack for a good each way bet here. Working with Bobs Worth in training, Henderson has been impressed by the high class horse, who was last out at Newbury last December, taking a near three length win over Rocky Creek. He could make a stunning Cheltenham debut.

2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds
Bobs Worth 7/4, Silviniaco Conti 3/1, Last Instalment 7/1, First Lieutenant 10/1, Triolo D’Alene 12/1, Captain Chris 14/1, The Giant Bolster 16/1, On His Own 25/1

Online betting site Boylesports are running a festival long promotion, offering some insurance should any of your selections finish second to an AP McCoy ridden winner. If that happens at any race during the 2014 Cheltenham festival, Boylesports will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

March 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Most of the action for 2014 Arkle betting has been focused on Champagne Fever. The Willie Mullins-trained novice looks a strong title shot in this one. All the stars are pretty much aligned for what is arguably the strongest novice that Mullins is taking to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival with him. Champagne Fever has the credentials and knows the feeling of being in the winners’ circle at Cheltenham, having landed the Supreme Novices’ and the Champion Bumper title before.

At the end of the day, it is that experience of winning at Prestbury Park that should put him in good standing to pick up his third Cheltenham Festival win. Nine of the last 10 winners of the Arkle have either won or placed at the Cheltenham Festival before, so that stat works heavily in his favour. He was beaten last time out though, finishing third and fourteen and a half lengths back of Defy Logic at Leopardstown on Boxing Day last year.

But part of Champagne Fever’s shortening to the head of the Arkle betting market was defeat in January for Defy Logic and Felix Younger, as well as Rock On Ruby missing out on a scheduled run at Doncaster because of the ground. Mullins decided to keep Felix Younger out of the Arkle, moving him across to the JLT. Champagne Fever was due for a run out in February at the Grade 2 Flyingbolt Novice Chase by Mullins decided to just send him straight to the Arkle because of concerns about conditions. Campagne Fever had also been pencilled in to run at the Dr PJ Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown, but passed on that Grade I race too.

None of that has stopped him shortening still further, in at 5/2 with Boylesports in 2014 Arkle Betting. Rock on Ruby (9/2) is heading to Cheltenham as well with a lack of races under his belt this season. He has had just the two trips, opening the season with a win at Plumpton, and there were concerns over putting him out in February at Doncaster. But they did and he landed an easy ten length win in literally a two horse race over Mr Mole. It was more of a training exercise than anything over the jumps. Rock On Ruby took second place at Cheltenham last year in the Champion Hurdle behind Hurricane Fly. He has a fine Cheltenham record for his owners.

Jockey Bryan Cooper rode Trifolium (5/1) to an impressive win at the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase (Grade 1) back in January. It was massively impressive win, which saw firm favourite Defy Logic only manage a fifth after breaking a blood vessel, and Trifolium took a nine length win over second placed Felix Younger. The result saw the bookies absolutely slash odds on him after being as far out as 20/1 at one point. The impressively controlled and calculated race at Leopardstown puts him in with a great shot.

Paul Nicholls’ Dodging Bullets was impressive too in his second run over fences last year at the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase. He went out again in Newbury in February, finishing second behind Module, after not having anything left in the tank to challenge the winner.

2014 Arkle Trophy Betting Odds at Boylesports
Champagne Fever 5/2, Rock On Ruby 9/2, Trifolium 5/1, Dodging Bullets 5/1, Felix Younger 8/1, Valdez 8/1, Grandouet 12/1, Hinterland 12/1, Ted Veale 20/1, Bar 25/1

2014 Arkle Betting Tip: Like Trifolium’s chances of getting in the picture here and big value for an each way shot at worst. Champagne Fever is the one to beat though, but Trifolium could get close.

Online betting site Boylesports are focusing on AP McCoy for a great Cheltenham Festival 2014 betting promotion. If your selection in any race at the Festival finishes second to horse with AP McCoy in the saddle, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake up to £100. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

March 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival Betting

Sports Betting

The PGA Tour gets back to stroke play this week after all the excitement of the WGC Accenture Match Play over the weekend. It is Honda Classic golf betting up for grabs this week as the Tour hits the east coast in Florida. The PGA National was the most difficult course of the season during 2013 and players are going to have find their form out of the gate early on this one. Chances may be at a premium but there is a high quality field in attendance, waiting to tame it.

Rory McIlroy is running as narrow 8/1 favourite in the field, and tees off as a previous winner back in 2010. He has been in great shape recently and looking like he can have a powerful season again. McIlroy heads to PGA National with five consecutive top 10’s in stroke play. So great form and at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish market, well worth a punt there.

Tiger Woods was a close second to McIlroy here in 2012, but his current form can’t stand up to that of McIlroy. Woods hasn’t seen himself in a top ten finish now in his last four starts. Nothing really to suggest that he’s going to turn that around here, but of course you can never count him out. He is up at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish Market, which just adds more weight really to backing McIlroy instead.

Online betting site Boylesports are running a Money Back Special surrounding the two big guns in the field. Back a selection in the outright market and if your player finishes second to Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods then they will refund your lost stake as a free bet. New customers registering an account with the bookie can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

All sorts of value through the deep field in this one, and given the mean nature of the course, would stick to Top Ten golf betting. Charl Schwartzel has performed consistently well at the tournament, with two top tens in his last two starts here. Took a top ten recently at Riviera as well to suggest that he’s in with a shout here. Graeme McDowell is in hot form with the putter and could make a charge as well this week, as he looks full of confidence.

Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and even Lee Westwood could all make solid cases here as well. It’s a high quality field scrapping for scraps on a tough course. It adds up to it being a thrilling prospect for viewers and bettors over the weekend.

Online betting site Coral also are running a Money back Special for the Honda Classic betting. Get a pre-tournament bet down in the outright winner market and if you’re backed selection finished 2nd (to anyone) then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £25. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet as well when signing up with Coral.

2014 Honda Classic Golf Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 8/1, Tiger Woods 9/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Charl Schwartzel 20/1, Sergio Garcia 22/1, Graeme McDowell 22/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, Zach Johnson 25/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Keegan Bradley 30/1, Hideki Matsuyama 35/1, Rickie Fowler 35/1

Paddy Power are offering something a little different for Honda Classic betting as they are paying out to an extra place this week. The highly popular bookie are going with pay outs on the first six places for the tournament, so fantastic coverage if you are looking at each way bets this week. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet when registering with Paddy Power.

February 25th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rory McIlroy

There is some great golf betting action to enjoy this week as the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship swings back into action. The one v one knockout tournament offers thrills and spills all the way and it takes a special mentality to be able to pull through this one. The unpredictability of the tournament makes for some fantastic betting options this week in the outright market.

It is a tough, tough market to call though because usual stroke play form can pretty much be thrown out of the window. That is why you are going to see exaggerated prices this week, and you are probably going to be looking at much better value around in Bracket Winner markets this week which should be a little easier to narrow down.

WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Odds at Paddy Power
Rory McIlroy 12/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Jason Day 20/1, Henrik Stenson 22/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Jordan Spieth 25/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1, Ian Poulter 33/1

Better still is shooting for match betting throughout the tournament because there are so many match ups to come and far better value for less risk. Looking at some of the main protagonists in the field of 64, Rory McIlroy has been in great shape since last November and he finished runner up here back in 2012. Tough draw but carrying good form and outright tournament favourite this week at a price of 12/1.

McIlroy is favoured at 4/1 to win the Hogan Bracket ahead of Sergio Garcia 6/1, Ian Poulter 8/1, Charl Schwartzel 8/1, Jimmy Walkers 12/1, Bar 14./1

After a third place finish last season, Australia’s Jason Day is trading well, and winner on the PGA Tour last week, Dustin Johnson is also showing up well. Surprisingly Johnson to the semi finals here last season because he hadn’t ever shown up in the match play tournament before. Still, in tip top shape early in the new season and will have his backers. Henrik Stenson, the 2007 is in the mix as well, but his match play win didn’t come at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain. It’s a long course and so big hitters may come into play here.

Jason Day and Henrik Stenson are joint favourites in the Jones Bracket at odds of 4/1, with Webb Simpson 7/1, Steve Stricker 12/1, Brandt Snedeker 121, Bar 14/1

There are some good match play specialists like Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell to look out for as well, and they too will have their backers too through match betting.

In the Player bracket, Jordan Spieth is narrow favourite at 5/1, with Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose hot on his heels at 6/1, Luke Donald and Ryan Moore at 8/1, bar 12/1

At the head of the Snead bracket, Dustin Johnson is trading at 4/1 favourite, with Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson at 6/1 just behind him.

There are a couple of great promotions around this week, starting with Paddy Power who are offering superb coverage. If your selection in match betting is leading through 12 holes, but then fails to win the match, then Paddy Power will refund your losing bet on that selection. That could prove to be some great insurance throughout the tournament and well worth taking a shot at. 

Over at Boylesports, they have gone in a little bit of a different direction. Tensions are naturally going to be high and it takes quite a bit of mental steel to pull through in a one v one situation like this. It could be heartbreaking to see your backed match selection lose out on extra holes. Boylesports are offering a Money Back special on match bets if your player does lose in Extra holes.

February 19th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

There is a familiar looking line up at the Northern Trust Open this week on the PGA Tour, it’s pretty much looking at the same crop of players at the head of the market as you were last week at Pebble Beach. John merrick is the reigning champion but really not on the radar for your golf betting this week as he is out at around a 90/1 shot.

So who are the big names in the mix at the head of the field this week? Dustin Johnson is leading the way at a price of 14/1. He posted a share of second place at Pebble Beach last week, carding a 66 on Sunday to finish one stroke back of Jimmy Walker, who just about hung in there.

Online betting site Boylesports are running a Money Back Special for your golf betting this week and it is all about Johnson. Back a selection in the outright winner market if they end up finishing second to Johnson, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake for you. Boylesports also offer up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus for new customers.

Jimmy Walker, who should have cruised to the title at Pebble Beach, but wobbled badly with a 74 in the final round, is priced at 18/1 with Boylesports for this one. Still, that is third title of the season after winning the Open and the Sony Open. It is probably worth covering him in the Top Ten Market for this one, because his effort on Sunday will have been draining.

Hunter Mahan, who finished 6th last week at Pebble Beach and Jordan Spieth who took a share of fourth are both good value options again this week, both worth considering in the top ten or the Place Market. However, they are both also worth an each way punt with Paddy Power this week, who are paying out to six places at the Northern Trust Open, providing some extra great coverage.

Northern Trust Open Golf Betting Odds at Boylesports
Dustin Johnson 14/1, Webb Simpson 18/1, Hunter Mahan 18/1, Jimmy Walker 18/1, Jordan Spieth 20/1, Graham Delaet 20/1, Justin Rose 20/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Bill Haas 28/1, Keegan Bradley 28/1, Bubba Watson 28/1

February 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting


Sunday’s match of France v Italy betting in the RBS Six Nations should be a bit of a foregone conclusion. The French, after their victory against England in Paris on the opening weekend, will be heavy favourites to post a win over the Italians. After opening up an early lead against the English last weekend, France were run ragged by England in the second half, unable to live with the attacking pace and power that was thrown at them. A late touchdown from Gael Fichou saved their blushes in a 26-24 win.

There should be different challenges coming their way on Sunday, as the Italians are likely to keep a closed shop and try and disrupt the French game as much as possible. The French defence certainly won’t be tested as much, and that could give their backs some license to open up in the second half. Les Bleus will also be out for a bit of revenge after losing 23-18 in Rome during last season’s Six Nations.

The French have won their last eight in a row on home soil against Italy though, and they’ll be heavily backed to do it again. They do look a little better than last season, and after beating one of the main contenders for the Six Nations crown last week, they have something big to build on. Italy did themselves quite proud in Cardiff as they really threw down a challenge to reigning champions Wales. Granted, Wales were very sloppy and made far too many mistakes, but Italy pushed hard, particularly at the end of the first half and at the start of the second. They had their chances to make the match even closer really, but still, winning consistently looks a long way to go for them. Still, they did enough good stuff to have some renewed confidence in Paris. Italy have lost sixteen straight away games in the Six Nations, winning once on the road since 2000.

In the head to head between the two sides, France hold a massive 32-3 lead. However, Italy have won two of the last three encounters, but they were both in Italy. France have averaged 29.49 points per game against Italy, while the Italians have averaged 10.89 per game. That is a margin of 18.6 difference between the two on average and about the right mark to look at in a handicap bet. France -19 handicap is trading at 10/11 with online bookmaker Boylesports.

France v Italy Six Nations Betting Odds At  Boylesports
France 1/50, Italy 16/1, Draw 66/1

There is a good Six Nations betting promotion running at online betting site Boylesports for the duration of the championship this year. Back a selection in match outrights in any Six Nations match, and if your team is winning at half time but then goes on to lose the match, the bookmaker will refund your lost stake for you. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

February 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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