Cheltenham Open Creates Excellent Returns for UK Bookies

The four day Cheltenham Festival horse racing event created an excellent opportunity for UK punters to wager on this exciting fest, but also created good returns for UK bookmakers. One such bookie, OpenBet, lauded the event, saying that it had handled more the 25 million bets and 146 million account transactions over the four day period. A record 63% of all bets were placed via mobile devices, indicating the huge rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets among punters.

At the height of the betting frenzy surrounding the Cheltenham Open, the number of sports bets placed PER MINUTE was 20,000 – a forty percent increase over the same event last year.

OpenBet’s chief executive, Jeremy Thompson Hill said that he was very proud of the group’s performance and reliability throughout a significant and demanding event such as the Cheltenham Open – the second busiest race fixture of the year.

“The fact that a global retail giant like Amazon averaged 3,840 orders per minute on Black Friday shows the sheer scale of our sports betting and account platform,” said the CEO proudly.

Thompson Hill also pointed out the significant mobile statistics and said that they underline an ongoing change in player behavior. He applauded OpenBet’s commitment to an “omni-channel strategy in delivering technology that supports player needs and provides the performance OpenBet is known for.”

Arsene Wenger optimistic for Gunners first CL quarterfinal qualification since 2009-10

Both Premier League and Champions League are getting hotter as we are getting into their conclusion. While English topflight is all about securing a place among the top four, in UEFA tourney, everyone wants to at least secure a place in the quarterfinals and those sides who have not been good in domestic leagues try to coup up their domestic loss by securing a quarterfinal place in the Champions League. Arsenal is one such side who is fighting hard to keep a tight hold over its third leaderboard position in the premier league amid severe threat from both Manchester United and Liverpool. Likewise, Arsene Wenger is also focused to enter into the knockout round in UEFA Championship where they could never be a contender since 2009-10. Hence, Wenger is confident his side would make a history by overshadowing Monaco and make their road clear for the quarterfinals. However, if we look at the stats, no side has ever entered into the quarterfinals after losing home first leg but Wenger is determined to break that taboo by surprising Monaco despite the home record of French side where they did not contain a single goal in their last three games played at Stade Louis II.

Supplementing his exaggerated claims 65-year-old Frenchman said, “The statistics are against us. The result in the first leg is against us. We are conscious about that. But no matter how big the percentage is, we have to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie — that is our desire and belief that we can do it.

“We want to give everything to have the greatest performance on the pitch. If we did not believe we could do it, we would not be here.”

The regained confidence of the English mentor could also tripled if Olivier Giroud, who missed several opportunities in the first leg game, recollects his known form in the last leg, and for this reason, Arsenal could be looking on the next game with more positive approach. Adding about Giroud performance in the last leg and what could he be thinking for the second leg, he said, “Giroud actually owes the revenge to himself. He owes a great performance for himself. He missed a few opportunities in the first leg, but what striker doesn’t miss an opportunity? He has the ability and the right mental level.”

Jose Mourinho accepts Arsenal is still in the Premier League title race

Whenever you are on top of the leaderboard, it is obvious you will never accept any other team’s chances to replace you on the top or be in the title race and this practice is more common in English premier league where managers use their mouth to issue exaggerated statements ahead of any upcoming high-profile game. Chelsea, the league giant, is obviously in its top form this season and has also been on the top of the leaderboard for quite some time hence it is obvious manager Jose Mourinho would not like to favor any other side – not ever Manchester City or Arsenal who are closing following him on the board – for 2014-15 title race. Accordingly, 52-year-old Portuguese has played down any possibility for either Manchester City or Arsene Wenger’s men for taking over Blues to win this English topflight. However – he admits – both the sides are good to challenge any team in the world but it’s too late by now and both of them are just not in a position to stop Chelsea’s victory march this year.

Actually, luck is also following the second term serving manager that is why City lost at Burnley on Saturday evening along with Blues who could manage to draw their last game with Southampton on Sunday extending their top lead to six points with one game in hand. Replying over the questions if Arsenal is still in the title race, especially after their back to back four successive wins in the league, former Everton manager said, “Of course. Of course. Seven points behind Chelsea and one less match to play than Chelsea.

“I keep thinking whether our opposition is better than them [over the run-in], but I think so. I think more teams are in the race.”

“We are not complacent, I am not afraid of that,” he about effect of points loss at this stage. “It is not easy, every match is difficult, and in our two matches against Southampton, in one there was penalty that is not a penalty and in another game a penalty that was not given, so you are speaking about six points becoming two points, so the danger is always here, but I keep saying: we are there.

“If somebody told me in August that in March we are six points in front with one game in hand, I would sign for that immediately, no doubts.”

Battle of Tactics and Wits on the Cards in Saturday’s Six-Nation Rugby Game, Says Peter Stringer

Rugby is an intense physical game that has offered itself well to betting enthusiasts over the decades. It is one game where sports betting fans have a field day regardless of what game is on, be it a regular league game or a championship fixture. The Six-Nation Rugby tournament is on and sports betting enthusiasts have been following it enthusiastically. Saturday’s game between Wales and the Emerald Isles promises to be exciting, and Peter Stringer’s belief is that behind the physicality will be an intense battle of wits and tactics. Wales is currently priced at 2.10 and Ireland at 1.72.

Stringer, a former scrum-backer for Ireland, thinks the game will be a study in the way the coaches of the two teams approach the game, a mental game as much as a physical one. Joe Schmidt has been in charge of the boys based out of Aviva Stadium since 2013 and has done well, bringing home the Rugby 6 Nations championship title in 2014. A win against the Red Dragons will mean a second consecutive title, and that is something you cannot really ignore.

However, they are going to be playing in Cardiff and that is never easy for an outside team. Add to that the fact that the Wales team coach Warren Gatland has managed to put his team in top gear with a triumph over France in Paris and you have a cracker of a contest in the offing.

Speaking about the impending game, Stringer said, “Joe’s approach is the tactics, the detail which is down to a tee – no stone is left unturned. Ireland is playing a very simple game plan, it’s about the execution with accuracy, it is not a flash game where they’re off-loading the ball a lot. It is very structured, very disciplined and they’re a very difficult team to beat at the moment.”

“Gats’ approach, like it has been over the last couple of years, is about getting the forwards into the game and just seeing how the game turns out. When you have quality players that are able to create something from nothing, they sometimes rely on that, but once Wales get that momentum, there is no better team to play off quick ball,” he added.

McCoy Sizzles with Amazing Win at the Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival has a lot going in it always, and every year there are some special feats and events that come out in this amazing event. This year, the horse was amazing, the rider was even better: Uxizandre, trained by Alan King, let himself be ridden expertly by AP McCoy and the result was phenomenal: a superb victory for the awesome twosome.

What made the victory even more sweet was the fact this pair came at 16/1 odds heading into the race. And that was not all; for McCoy it was even sweeter because this was his final appearance at the Cheltenham Festival. Speaking about it after the race, he said, “The thrill this horse gave me, I’ll miss riding horses like this, the ones that run away with you and jump like stags. It has to happen at some point. It’s a bit sad, but we will worry about it this time next year.”

McCoy rode expertly – he was quick and always ahead of the pack, something that took the competition by surprise. Helping him along was Uxizandre, a horse that McCoy thinks is amazing, and a natural. He broke ahead at the start and never let the hooves off the pedal, so to speak, throughout the race. He got the better of the one horse that came close to throwing down the gauntlet, Ma Filleule, and ended up the winner.

The crowd also took to the win and McCoy in a big way, and he loved it, given that this was his last appearance here. The grandstands were packed obviously, and there was much cheering for McCoy from all across on his trip back to the winner’s enclosure.