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It is horse racing and the unexpected happens. It can be cruel to just miss out on a winner and it can be a cruel betting experience if your selection just doesn’t get a good run on the day. Thankfully there is a great insurance on offer at online betting site Sky Bet who will give your lost stake back as a free bet if you lose in the first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Just place a bet on the 1.30 at Cheltenham for any of the four days of the Festival and if your horse loses, then Sky Bet will refund all win singles and the win part of each-way singles as a free bet up to £25 within 24 hours per qualifying race.

Day One – Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle

Day Two – Neptune Novices Hurdle

Day Three – JLT Novices Chase

Day Four – Triumph Hurdle

So that means you could have a shot at Altior for example in Tuesday’s Supreme Novices Chase, who is going as 4/1 second favourite behind 9/4 shot Min. If he was to end up not winning then you would get your stake back from the bookmaker, so the offer gives you a shot a perhaps having a good gamble on a longer priced runner, while offering protection if you are putting a stack on the outright favorite. Sky Bet are also non runner no bet and best odds guaranteed at the Festival!

17th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The first race of each day of the Cheltenham Festival is always highly anticipated. Everyone wants to get the day of horse racing betting off to a great start of course and so that is why there is always big action in the opening markets of the day. You want to come out of the gates as fast as your selection in the big race!

Four days of Cheltenham Festival 2016 betting of course to come again, which means four opening races. Day One has the much anticipated Supreme Novices’ Hurdle where Min is leading the charge at 2/1. Then on Day Two you have the Neptune Novices opening the action with Yanworth running as even money favorite.

Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival sees Bristol De Mai, Outlander and More of That in a tight battle for supremacy in the JLT Novices and then on Friday the action all beings again at Prestbury Park with the Triumph Hurdle.

Take advantage of a great insurance offer at online betting site Sky Bet for each of the four opening races of the day at the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Register an account with online betting site Sky Bet and earn a free £20 bet as a welcome bonus. You can also earn a free £5 bet each and every week for placing £25 worth of qualifying bets in their sportsbook before midnight on Sunday.

16th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival

Well, off the bat, they aren’t great. That’s a disappointing return because it screams of there being a lack of competitiveness in the Arkle 2016. It’s true that Douvan is a masterful horse and is in very high standing at the moment, but it has led, much like last year really, to what should be an Arkle field without a tremendous amount of depth in it. Douvan is trading at a price of 4/11 odds on with online betting site Sky Bet.

Undefeated in seven races, Douvan is the master. You may remember him from last year at the Cheltenham Festival when he won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with ease over Shaneshill. Big wins are the staple of what Douvan does. His maiden this season at Navan saw him land almost a ten length victory over Rogue Trader and things have gotten even better since then. Running at 8/1 third favourite in the Arkle 2016 is Sizing John and he has been beaten heavily by Douvan this season.

Actually back in the 2014 season at Gowran, Douvan landed a 12 length victory over Sizing John and improved upon that at a Leopardstown meeting this season. In the Racing Post Novice Chase Grade 1 event, Douvan cantered to an 18 length victory over the fences over Sizing John. That’s the power and he followed that up with a return to Leopardstown in January where he beat Velvet Market by fifteen lengths. So for the two mile Arkle Challenge Trophy on Tuesday, March 15th, there doesn’t appear to be anyone to stop Douvan taking the title. The winning distance under 9 lengths is 6/4, while over 11 lengths in 9/4

You have the Rich Ricci, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh combination going again and it should be profitable, at least for them, not so much the punters who are looking at a heavily restrictive 4/11 price on Douvan in the Arkle 2016. Really, in a field which lacks any kind of depth, the only one likely to even raise an eyebrow is Vaniteux, trained by Arkle leading trainer Nicky Henderson and ridden by Arkle leading jockey Barry Geraghty.

He has put in some good showing this season, notably against Ar Mad at Kempton in December last year, finishing second to the tough competition. He has been travelling well and showing signs over the jumps that he has gotten out of his end of season 2015 funk. He is looking sprightly and has looks well condition and it will help his cause in the race if the pace is near the top mark. But again, while you are looking at a very good horse in Vaniteux, it’s hard to put him in the same class as that of Douvan.

So the odds on Douvan winning the Arkle 2016 are 4/11 and not too appealing as a single although as a banker in a multiple, even thinking about a Min (Supreme Novices Hurdle) and Douvan double at 2/1 and 4/11 respectively would fetch £30.91 from a £10 stake leaving you to cash in on a Mullins/Walsh double to kick things off with on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival 2016.

Arkle 2016 Betting Odds Cheltenham Festival

Douvan 4/11, Vaniteux 5/1, Sizing John 8/1, Garde La Victoire 10/1, The Game Changer 12/1, L’ami Serge 12/1, Shaneshill 14/1, Outlander 16/1, Fox Norton 25/1, Sizing Codelco 33/1, bar 66/1

Sky Bet are offering great coverage at the Cheltenham Festival 2016. If your selection in the first race of each day at the Festival (so the Supreme Novices, Neptune, JLT and Triumph Hurdle) loses then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet, up to the maximum value of £25. Register an account with online betting site Sky Bet and earn a free £20 bet as welcome bonus from them.

11th March 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cheltenham Festival


Sky Bet are running a wonderful promotion for Saturday’s football betting. The Premier League is on a break of course because of the FA Cup, but then you have the FA Cup and the four matches there being played on Saturday to look at. They will all qualify for the Sky Bet promotion.

You also have a packed Championship and Football League coupon to look at, as well as top action from across Scotland and Europe as well. This is a great weekend to be a Sky Bet customer because they are offering a free £10 bet when you cash out for profit.

Place a bet on Saturday’s football and then cash out for a profit the same day. If you do that then Sky Bet will match your profit as a free bet, up to £10!

This is a great offer for Saturday’s football betting and for example, if you place a £5 bet and cash it out for £13, you’ll be credited with a £8 free bet the next day! This applies to bets placed during the promotional period on any of Saturday 20th February’s football and cashed out for a profit on Saturday. If you need to sign up with Sky Bet to get in on the action, then follow our links to register an account with them!

20th February 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Sunday’s Premier League title race battle between Manchester City and Tottenham at the Etihad should be a bit of a cracker. Manchester City have to come out with all guns ablazing after suffering a major setback in a 3-1 home loss against league leaders Leicester last weekend.

Can they pick themselves up from that? They do have the home record to suggest that they can pull this out of their hat. Manchester City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League games against the Lilywhites, losing just two of those. Not only that, they have won the last five on home turf against the Londoners.

However, City were trounced 4-1 on their visit to White Hart Lane earlier in the season, unable to cope with the creativity and pace of Spurs. Tottenham are motoring along at the moment with four league wins on the bounce and they have lost one away game all season, that coming on the opening weekend of the season at Old Trafford.

Online betting site Sky Bet are running a huge promotional offer for Manchester City v Tottenham betting.

Place a £10 bet on Man City v Spurs and get a £5 free football bet!

This is a tremendous offer from Sky Bet, simply Bet £10 Get £5! This offer applies to both new and existing Sky Bet customers so if you are one of those people who need to sign up with them, just follow our links to get started and you can claim a free £20 bet when you sign up with them too!

14th February 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Free Bets & Promotions

There will be some great offers for your Super Bowl 50 betting over at online bookmaker Sky Bet this week. They are running with a big week of enhanced odds bet offers for the big game on Sunday, which will see the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos.

The Panthers, who destroyed the Arizona Cardinals in their Championship match, are running as odds on favourites to win Super Bowl 50 and they will be fired along by the immense passing and running game of quarterback Cam Newton who has simply been on fire over the second half of the NFL season.

Will the defence of the Broncos be able to keep them at bay long enough and do a job equal to the one that they pulled off against the New England Patriots in their Championship match? The Broncos perhaps don’t have the versatility of offence through veteran Peyton Manning as the Panthers do, but their defense has the ability to keep them in there.

All through the week, Sky Bet are running enhanced odds offers in the build up to the game. They have already thrown out offers like Cam Newton To Score A Touchdown, Over 45.5 Points & Carolina To Win The Match for a price of 9/2 which is up from 7/2.

Sky Bet have the Broncos running at a 2/1 quote to win in normal time, with the Carolina Panthers in short at 4/9 odds to take the win in regulation. There is a 3/1 price on the Panthers winning by a 1-6 points margin with online betting site Sky Bet as well.

Register an account with online betting site Sky Bet and you will earn yourself a free £20 bet as a welcome bonus from them. AFter that when you have opted in to the Sky Bet club then you pick up a free 5 bet from them each and every week for as long as you make the qualifying £25 worth of stakes during a given week in their sportsbook.

6th February 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Sky Bet have rolled a 10/1 enhanced odds offer on Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester United all to win on Saturday in the Premier League. These are all 3pm kick offs in the English top flight and there are some important points up for grabs in the matches with all three looking to get in on, or sustain, a Premier League title challenge.

Tottenham are the only one of the three who go out on the road this weekend as they face a London derby against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Fortunately for Spurs, who start the weekend in fourth place, they could be catching the Eagles at the right time, because Palace are on a five match winless streak in the top flight at the moment.

Manchester United have a winnable home fixture against Southampton it would seem. The Saints have lost their last four away games in the top flight and have won just one of their last seven games against the Red Devils. With Wayne Rooney coming to life, United are starting to produce up front and they don’t give up much at the back on home soil (just four goals conceded in ten home matches this term in the Premier League).

Leicester start the weekend level on points with Arsenal so a big game for them at home against Stoke. Breaking down the Potters is never an easy task, but Leicester have won eight and lost only one of their last thirteen home games in the Premier League and will need the likes of Vardy and Mahrez at their bests to land an important home win. A point would send them back to the top with Arsenal hosting Chelsea on Sunday.

Register an account with online betting site Skybet and get a £20 free bet when you place your first bet of just £5. Then as a member you will have access to the enhanced odds of 10/1 on Spurs, Leicester and Manchester United all to win, which is up from a price of 7/1.

22nd January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


A Sky Bet punter was celebrating the New Year in some style after banking just over £32,000 from a £5 stake on an accumulator. There was a dramatic finish to the bet though, with Reading coming through in stoppage time to turn the acca into a winner.

It was a sevenfold accumulator that the punter had played, backing Cardiff, Reading, Gillingham, Coventry, Bristol Rovers, Northampton and Middlesbrough all to win to nil on January 2nd. Six of the selections were in good standing with the clock running down, but the Royals were being held 0-0 by Bristol City.

But then, Nick Blackman slotted home a late winner in stoppage time of the contest to give Reading a 1-0 win to help the punter turn his £5 into £32,124.69.

The Sky Bet customers accumulator was:

Cardiff to beat Blackburn to nil 7/2 (Result: 1-0)

Reading to beat Bristol City to nil 21/10 (Result: 1-0)

Gillingham to beat Bradford to nil 10/3 (Result: 3-0)

Coventry to beat Crewe to nil 15/8 (Result: 5-0)

Bristol Rovers to beat Luton to nil 9/4 (Result: 2-0)

Northampton to beat Barnet to nil 5/2 (Result: 3-0)

Middlesbrough to beat Derby to nil 9/4 (Result: 2-0)

3rd January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News


Online bookmaker Sky Bet announced recently that they will be continuing on as the sponsor of the English Football League for another three seasons. The Football League has gone through a rebranding and is to be known as the Sky Bet EFL and the new agreements sees Skybet hold the title sponsorship through to at least 2019.

The deal will also increase revenue to EFL clubs (the three tiers beneath the Premier League ) and the new deal will come into place in August 2016.

“At a time when The Football League is very much focused on its future, which includes our imminent re-branding to the EFL, it is a great encouragement to see Sky Bet putting their continued faith in our competition and our clubs,” said Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey.

“This is an excellent way to end an outstanding year of league football and, on behalf of clubs, I would like to offer my appreciation to Sky Bet for their continued commitment.”

Sky Bet chief executive Richard Flint said: “Over the last couple of seasons we’ve loved working with the League, its clubs and the fans, and so are delighted to extend Sky Bet’s sponsorship. We are proud to continue our investment in such a fantastic competition and look forward to making betting better for football fans.”


29th December 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Football Betting

It is nearly the end of December and already the Premier League has had five managerial casualties. Back on October 4th Dick Advocaat and Brendan Rodgers both got the sack from Sunderland and Liverpool respectively. Then Tim Sherwood was given the boot by Aston Villa in the same month and then at the start of December Garry Monk was given his marching orders by Swansea.

So number five is Mourinho to be pushed out of employment this season in the top flight. With questions of where Mourinho will be heading to next or who will be the next Chelsea manager, the other aspect of The Special One’s departure is who will be the Next Manager To Leave his position in the Premier League?

With Monk and Mourinho now out of work, the two who were under the most pressure, who does that pressure now shift too? Louis van Gaal is the 6/4 new favourite to be the next manager out of job now with online betting site Sky Bet. He has failed to revive the glory days of Manchester United and frankly has taken them backwards a bit with a unexciting, unadventurous approach to the game which cost them their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Behind him, Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is still under heavy pressure with the Magpies struggling to find their feet this season, while Norwich’s Alex Neil must be feeling the pressure with just one win in their last eleven games. Villa boss Remi Garde is a 6/1 punt but with the Villains in a mess when he came in he’s likely to be given time, especially being given support to go spending in January.

It’s a long punt at 16/1 that no other manager will leave this season, which is the same price as Manuel Pellegrini or Ronald Koeman being the next ones to get the chop. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is the same price, but obviously hasn’t been in the position too long, so it probably won’t be him.

17th December 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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