Fixed Odds Football Betting

Sports BettingFixed odds football betting is one of the most common types of betting done in Great Britain. For those who are new to the world of sports investing, fixed odds betting is betting against the bookie with the odds set at the time you place your wager. The odds stay fixed most of the time, although the category of fixed odds betting has been expanded in some cases to include starting price bets. With starting price bets, the final odds are not set until the match begins.

Football fixed odds betting is not only one of the most common types of betting done in the UK but also one of the most traditionally lucrative for bookmakers. Using fixed odds football betting, bookmakers have been able to keep rather balanced books. This means that all bets are arranged in such a way that the bookmaker will not be paying out more than he has taken in and/or that he will be able to pocket an overround. Continue reading

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FIFA Chooses 2018 and 2022 World Cup Hosts

Amid controversy and accusations of corruption, soccer’s world governing body FIFA selected the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups this week. The 2018 host will be Russia, and the 2022 host will be Qatar. Already there is lots of talk about what these selections mean, and many observers are wondering aloud whether corruption was a factor in these selections. FIFA

In any event, FIFA officials have long been talking about how they’d like to take the World Cup into areas where the tournament has not traditionally been held. Their selection of South Africa for the 2010 tournament and Brazil for the 2014 cup shows this commitment, and these new selections seem to continue this pattern. Russia has never held a World Cup, nor has any Middle Eastern country.

As FIFA president Joseph Blatter put it at this week’s announcement ceremony in Zurich, “We go to new lands. Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time.” Continue reading