Alice Jenkinson

About Alice Jenkinson

Alice has always had a passion for writing, but she couldn't think of a way to make that into a job. She started to write betting and promotion reviews and found that she had a surprising knack for it. We grabbed her before anyone else could and now she’s a happy little writer, just don’t interrupt her before she’s had a coffee in the morning – no-one should have to see that. You can find her on Twitter and Google+.

Fancy a Spot of Elephant Polo?

What’s the dumbest sport you can imagine? Chances are polo will be up there. A bunch of toffs prancing around on indulged fillies smacking a ball with mallet…That’s pretty dumb.

But how about if you replace the horses with elephants?

Elephant Polo

“Nellie the Elephant Packed her Trunk and said Goodbye to her Dignity”

That’s right sports fans; elephant polo occupies a special place in the Asian sporting firmament. The sport is played widely in Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. And guess what? England and Scotland regularly field elephant polo teams.

The rules (yes this is a proper sport) involve two teams, mounted on elephants, smacking balls with a six to ten-foot cane with a polo head on the end, trying to score goals. The game ends when an agreed playtime elapses, or when the elephants stop giving a sh*t and pack it in.

Guess which tends to be the case?

Elefail

And this isn’t the pursuit of a small bunch of overpaid idiots with too much time on their hands. Oh no. This is a proper, honest to goodness, tournament sport. The BBC even described the 2008 Elephant polo World Cup the ‘highlight of the sporting calendar’ in Nepal.

Personally? Think we’ll stick to FIFA and the Ashes.

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Pick of the Week: Murray’s Out of the US Open…But with Paddy Power, You Could Still be a Winner!

So, it’s official. Murray has crashed out in the quarter finals of the Men’s US Open after having his little Scottish backside handed to him in straight sets by world number 10 Stanislas Wawrinka.

The bad news is we’ve been robbed of the dream Murray-Djokovic clash at Flushing Meadows that everyone was expecting. But the good news is you can still rake in a killing at the bookies, because now it’s anyone’s game.

Murray Loses 1

Game? Set? Match?

Even with Murray gone, there are loads of way to flutter on the rest of the tournament, Paddy Power are receiving wagers on the outcomes of matches, sets and stages of elimination.

What’s more, they’re running a promotion where newcomers to Paddy Power Vegas can trigger a £5 free bet on the US Open by registering a £1 stake.

Paddy Power US Open Promo

In our opinion, you’d be daft to shill out on an outright bet (which do you fancy, 10/11 on Nadal or 11/10 on Djokovic?), but paying attention to players’ performance over the course of the tournament offers some potential for slightly more left-field wagers.

For instance, Wawrinka is nobody’s favourite to take the title, but his attacking game means that he might well triumph in his first set against a natural defensive fighter like Djokovic.

Stanislas Wawrinka

Never Mind Murray

No matter what your wager, Paddy Power are offering a Money-Back special if the last set of any match goes to a tie-break, so there’s a bit of insurance for you.

What better way to get over the disappointment of seeing Murray’s streak fizzle out than nabbing dosh betting on one of his competitors? Sorry Andy, but all’s fair in love and tennis.

You can check out the full list of odds and lay down a wager over on the Paddy Power website!

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Cheeky Feckers! Paddy Power Launch Facebook App!

It’s here sports fans! Those mischievous little scamps at Paddy Power have launched their brand, spanking new Facebook app. Paddy Power In-Play! is the first EVER real money sports betting app to hit Facebook and we have to say, it’s a pretty cool service.

Paddy Power Reveal

The app allows users to share tips, view leader boards and follow betting experts. In Paddy Power’s own words, In-Play “gives sports fans from all over the UK an arena where they can beat the bookie and each other!”

Like it!

Of course, Paddy Power already have a strong presence on social media and regularly tweet out promotions and betting tips to its 197,000+ followers, flavoured with their particular brand of lad-friendly banter. However, this is the first toe dipped in the virgin waters of real money gambling via social media.

Facebook has taken a bit of flack in the past for making free-to-play casino games accessible to children. However, Will Collins, Head of Social Casino partnerships at Facebook, welcomed In-Play! enthusiastically:

“Given the popularity of sports betting in the UK, we’re delighted to be welcoming Paddy Power onto the Facebook gaming platform with an innovative gaming experience.”

Paddy Power In-Play!

The Social Bet-work

Another spokesperson, ducking a few rotten tomatoes hurled by an angry crowd of incensed middle-class housewives, had to the following to say:

“Online betting is a popular and well-regulated pastime in the UK. Our carefully chosen partners work within stringent regulatory guidelines to ensure their products and services are used safely and responsibly by adults. These products will be invisible and inaccessible to people aged under 18 on Facebook.”

Paddy Power Facebook App

Age appropriate gamblers who’re bored of Farmville and want to lay down some cold, hard moolah can download the app here.

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£140 Million Deadline Day Creates Record-Breaking Transfer Window

England wakes up with a deadline day hangover after a £140 million spend took outlays during the summer transfer window to a record-breaking £630 million.

The Big Deal: Arsenal

Arsenal’s notoriously tight purse strings popped with the £42.4 million signing of Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil. “Arsenal Spender” – as The Daily Mail exclaimed – will enjoy a slew of creative riches at his disposal, but the lack of defensive reinforcements or an Olivier Giroud back-up mean a Top 4 spot is far from guaranteed.

Mezut Ozil

Man Utd

Manchester Utd’s fruitless summer saw one angry fan tweet: “BREAKING NEWS: David Moyes announces the signing of South Korean midfielder Fukin-No-Won.”

But last-chance saloon saw the Red Devils snap up Belgian fur ball Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million from Everton. It was a frantic finish to a transfer window that saw unsuccessful bids for La Liga quartet Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Sami Khedira and Ander Herrera. Their bid for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is still pending.

United fans have been lamenting the departure of former Chief Executive David Gill after his replacement Ed Woodward’s failure to secure leading targets.

Marouane Fellaini

Liverpool

Flushed with the triumph of beating rivals Manchester United one-nil at the weekend, Liverpool scored two transfers for the price of one, signing centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori for a cool £25 million combined fee.

Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori

Everton

Meanwhile Everton picked up Wigan midfielder James McCarthy for £13 million and Aston Villa nabbed Czech Republic striker Libor Kozak for £7 million.

James McCarthy

The Championship

Harry Redknapp teased reporters from his car window before securing last-ditch loan deals for Spurs duo Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Let’s hope all this cash translates into some decent footy, eh? Check the full list of transfers below:

Premier league

Cameron Jerome – Stoke to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Marouane Fellaini – Everton to Manchester United (undisclosed)

Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton (loan)

James McCarthy – Wigan to Everton (undisclosed)

Gareth Barry – Manchester City to Everton (loan)

Victor Anichebe – Everton to West Brom (undisclosed)

Gedo – Al Ahly to Hull City (loan)

Elsad Zverotic – Young Boys to Fulham (Undisclosed)

Andrea Dossena – Napoli to Sunderland (free)

Stephane Sessegnon – Sunderland to West Brom (Undisclosed)

Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid to Arsenal (Undisclosed)

Fabio Borini – Liverpool to Sunderland (loan)

Alvaro Vazquez – Getafe to Swansea (loan)

Emiliano Viviano – Palermo to Arsenal (loan)

Libor Kozak – Lazio to Aston Villa (undisclosed)

Stephen Ireland – Aston Villa to Stoke (loan)

Adrian Mariappa – Reading to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Victor Moses – Chelsea to Liverpool (loan)

Lee Camp – West Brom (free)

Mamadou Sakho – Paris Saint-Germain to Liverpool (undisclosed)

Morgan Amalfitano – Marseille to West Brom (loan)

Tiago Ilori – Sporting Lisbon to Liverpool (undisclosed)

Marko Arnautovic – Werder Bremen to Stoke (undisclosed)

Jack Hunt – Huddersfield to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

Emmanuel Mayuka – Southampton to Sochaux (loan)

Abdul Razak – Manchester City to Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)

Francisco Junior – Everton to Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Sam Hutchinson – Chelsea to Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Championship

Ryan Shotton – Wigan to Stoke (loan)

Kei Kamara – Sporting Kansas to Middlesbrough (undisclosed)

Jacob Butterfield – Norwich to Middlesbrough (undisclosed)

Niko Kranjcar – Dynamo Kiev to QPR (loan)

Michael Kightly – Stoke to Burnley (loan)

Nathan Tyson – Derby to Blackpool (Undisclosed)

Tom Carroll – Tottenham to QPR (loan)

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – Tottenham to QPR (loan)

Cameron Stewart – Hull to Charlton (loan)

Nick Powell – Manchester United to Wigan (loan)

Peter Ramage – Crystal Palace to Barnsley (loan)

Paul Caddis – Swindon to Birmingham (undisclosed)

Liam Fontaine – Bristol City to Yeovil (loan)

Bradley Orr – Blackburn to Blackpool (loan)

League One

Danny Green – Charlton to MK Dons (loan)

Stephen McLaughlin – Nottingham Forest to Bristol City (loan)

Raphael Calvet – Auxerre to Brentford (undisclosed)

Marcello Trotta – Fulham to Brentford (loan)

Jayden Stockley – Bournemouth to Leyton Orient (loan)

Conor Townsend – Hull to Carlisle (loan)

James O’Connor – Derby to Bristol City (loan)

Harry Bunn – Manchester City to Sheffield United (loan)

Massimo Luongo – Tottenham to Swindon (£400,000)

Dany N’Guessan – Swindon (free)

Mohammed El Gabas – Swindon (free)

Florent Cuvelier – Stoke to Sheffield United (undisclosed)

Genseric Kusunga – Basel to Oldham (free)

League Two

Cauley Woodrow – Fulham to Southend (loan)

David Noble – Rotherham to Cheltenham

Marcus Bettinelli – Fulham to Accrington Stanley (loan)

Hamza Bencherif – Plymouth Argyle (free)

Jamie Reckord – Wolves to Plymouth Argyle (loan)

Brian Jensen – Bury (free)

Graham Cummins – Preston to Rochdale (loan)

Marcus Carver – Accrington to AFC Halifax Town (loan)

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Insanity Bets: First to Leave One Direction?

Hey music fans! You might wanna give this one a miss…But if you have a daughter who can be reduced to a gleeful puddle of adolescent slush by five grinning X-Factor twerps, then why not profit from her inevitable emotional trauma when one of them moves on to pastures new?

That’s What Makes you Beautiful!

That’s right, in the wake of the new One Direction biopic This Is Us, Paddy Power are taking bets on the first member of 1D to call it quits.

One Direction

To be clear, your chosen teeny-bopper must publicly announce they are leaving the band and have their departure confirmed by the rest of the outfit. Also, your bet will be rendered void should One Direction split before your chosen individual official leaves.

So not only will the condition of modern pop music improve by a fair margin, but you’ll be a lot richer and your young’un might move onto the next (hopefully less hateful) thing the kids are into.

Everybody wins! Except One Direction, obviously, but screw them.

Here are the odds from Paddy Power:

First Member to Leave One Direction Odds
Liam Payne 7/4
Harry Styles 5/2
Niall Horan 7/2
Zayne Malik 7/2
Louis Tomilson 6/1

Phone-lines are Now Open…

So, who’s your pick for desertion? Toothy hamster-hybrid and de facto leader Harry Styles? The shy one, Zayn? Blonde bombshell Niall? Or…er…one of the other two? Head on over to Paddy Power and lay a few bob on your pick.

Chances are Twitter will combust should this come to pass, so why not follow us? We promise to break it to you gently…

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Who will Win Celebrity Big Brother 2013?

Well, it’s that time again folks.

Last night Celebrity Big Brother returned to our screens, so you can expect to see BB updates plastered over magazines and beamed out from every screen for the next few months.

And whether you spent last night glued to the idiot box soaking up the reality love or sat in your room with your eyes closed and your fingers in your ears, there’s serious money to be made betting on the victor!

The line-up this year has some big names and even bigger personalities…plus the usual cohort of D-listers scarcely anyone has heard of.

McCalled it!

A few notable contestants include Pineapple Dance Studio director, Louis ‘liquid legs’ Spence, TOWIE’s Mario Falcone and…uh… racist former Man United manager Ron Atkinson. Sure to be a firm favourite.

Bet365 are taking bets on the winner, so why not head on over and wager a few bob on your pick of the litter?

Celebrity Big Brother 2013

Here’s the full list of contestants (odds from Bet365):

Celebrity Big Brother 2013 Contestants Odds
Charlotte Crosby 13/5
Louis Spence 3/1
Carol McGiffin 7/1
Dustin Diamond 8/1
Vicky Entwistle 11/1
Abz Love 12/1
Bruce Jones 18/1
Mario Falcone 22/1
Roy Atkinson 20/1
Courtney Stodden 25/1
Sophie Anderton 40/1
Lauren Harries 50/1
Daniel Marr 66/1

So, who do you fancy for king/queen of the 2013 Celebrity Big Brother house? If you feel like a flutter, head on over to Bet365, sign up and pick this year’s celebrity winner!

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Doctor Who? Bets On The Next Doctor

If you’re a complete sci-fi nerd like some of us, myself included, then you’ll be biting your nails until the Christmas special of Doctor Who when we finally find out who will be playing the next regeneration of the last Time Lord of Gallifrey. At the moment there is some interesting speculation about who could play The Doctor, who the fans want as The Doctor, and could the new regeneration even be female? Before you ask, yes, they can regenerate between genders. Science!

A Ginger Doctor?

At the moment, there are over 40 different actors and actresses suspected to be playing the Doctor. I would list them out, but you could just head on over to Paddy Power and see them for yourself. Instead, here are some of my own favourites:

Rupert Grint

We’ve all seen Harry Potter, so don’t act like you don’t know who Ron Weasley is. The past two regenerations have complained about not being ginger, so could it finally be time for a Doctor with red hair?

Benedict Cumberbatch

You’ll recognise him from either the Sherlock TV series or from the recent movie ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’. Either way, you can rest assured he would make a very interesting Doctor, plus his last name is fun to pronounce.

Fun Fact: Benedict Cumberbatch’s fan base is known as ‘Cumberbitches’.

Tom Hiddleston

If you don’t think that Loki from ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers Assemble’ would make an amazing Doctor then you need to re-think your life.

live-betting-next-doctorFrom left to right: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rupert Grint, Tom Hiddleston.

YOLOATRTT (You Only Live Once And Then Regenerate Twelve Times)

If you think you can work out who will be playing the next regeneration of The Doctor, then why not put down a bet with Paddy Power? There’s plenty of time until the Christmas episode is released, so you can think about it for a while whilst re-watching the last series that just finished.


Allons-y!

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Pick Of The Week: Bet With Paddy Power – England VS Brazil

With the friendly match at the renovated Maracana stadium drawing ever closer, our Pick of the Week is this Sunday’s match between Brazil and England. The match is going ahead despite worries that the stadium was unsafe. It’s the first time England have been back to Brazil since June 1984, where they won 2-0.

Place your bets with Paddy Power today!

Markets Offered

We’ve got our eye on both the correct score markets and the win markets. Paddy Power offers a great selection of bets to choose from, but here are the most interesting markets available.

Here are the odds for the team to win:

Win-Draw-Win

Brazil 4/7 Draw 11/4 England 9/2

Draw No Bet

Brazil 1/5 England 3/1

These are the odds for the correct score at the end of Brazil vs England on Sunday 2nd June:

Correct Score

Brazil 1-0 - 6/1 Draw 0-0 - 11/1 England 1-0 - 14/1
Brazil 2-0 - 7/1 Draw 1-1 - 6/1 England 2-0 - 30/1
Brazil 2-1 - 13/2 Draw 2-2 - 12/1 England 2-1 - 14/1
Brazil 3-0 - 11/1 Draw 3-3 - 50/1 England 3-0 - 90/1
Brazil 3-1 - 11/1 Draw 4-4 - 300/1 England 3-1 - 45/1
Brazil 3-2 - 19/1 England 3-2 - 40/1
Brazil 4-0 - 22/1 England 4-0 - 375/1
Brazil 4-1 - 22/1 England 4-1 - 175/1
Brazil 4-2 - 40/1 England 4-2 - 150/1
Brazil 4-3 - 90/1 England 4-3 - 200/1
Brazil 5-0 - 60/1 England 5-0 - 500/1
Brazil 5-1 - 55/1 England 5-1 - 500/1
Brazil 5-2 - 100/1 England 5-2 - 500/1
Brazil 5-3 - 225/1 England 5-3 - 500/1
Brazil 5-4 - 500/1 England 5-4 - 500/1
Brazil 6-0 - 175/1 England 6-0 - 500/1
Brazil 6-1 - 150/1 England 6-1 - 500/1
Brazil 7-0 - 500/1 England 7-0 - 500/1
Brazil 7-1 - 475/1 England 7-1 - 500/1
Brazil 8-0 - 500/1 England 8-0 - 500/1
Brazil 8-1 - 500/1 England 8-1 - 500/1
Brazil 9-0 - 500/1 England 9-0 - 500/1
Brazil 10-0 - 500/1 England 10-0 - 500/1

Keeping It Friendly

The last time England were in Brazil it was Alex Oxlade’s father on the pitch. Now that the 19 year old has the chance of playing the same ground his father played years before all that’s left to ask is how will England do this Sunday? Where will your money be going?

Enjoy your weekend! We know we will.

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Believe In Bonnie And Place Your Eurovision 2013 Bets With William Hill

Tomorrow night parties will be held all around Europe as the event of the year gets underway… William Hill have the odds up for who will win Eurovision 2013.

Okay, maybe not the event of the year. It’s still going to be great though. Gather your friends and place your bets here with William Hill and get learning the words to Bonnie Tyler’s masterpiece in time for a sing-a-long. You have a little over 24 hours.

Believe In Me… Please?

This year Eurovision is in Malmö, Sweden. Loreen won last year with
Euphoria.

Who do you think will win this year? Join in the conversation on Facebook.

The odds look like this:

Denmark 4/6 Norway 5/1 Ukraine 9/1 Azerbaijan 12/1
Russia 12/1 Finland 25/1 Germany 25/1 Greece 25/1
Holland 25/1 Italy 25/1 Georgia 33/1 Ireland 40/1
Sweden 50/1 United Kingdom 50/1 Malta 66/1 Belarus 100/1
Moldova 100/1 Romania 100/1 Belgium 125/1 Iceland 125/1
Estonia 150/1 Hungary 150/1 Armenia 200/1 France 200/1
Lithuania 200/1 Spain 200/1

You Win Some, You Lose Some

If betting on people to win is not your style, William Hill are also taking bets on who will come last. Odds on the country to finish in last place are as follows:

Spain 3/1 Lithuania 5/1
Hungary 7/1 Armenia 8/1
United Kingdom 8/1 France 10/1
Belarus 12/1 Belgium 12/1
Iceland 14/1 Malta 14/1
Estonia 16/1 Romania 20/1
Finland 25/1 Sweden 25/1
Ireland 33/1 Germany 50/1
Moldova 50/1 Georgia 66/1
Holland 66/1 Italy 66/1
Greece 100/1 Azerbaijan 200/1
Norway 200/1 Russia 200/1
Ukraine 200/1 Denmark 500/1

We’ll Stand Beside You, Bonnie

Here is Bonnie Tyler’s entry for 2013, for those of you who aren’t already familiar with it.

I am completely unashamed to say that I know all of the words to this and will be singing along tomorrow night. I’ve placed my bet with William Hill, have you?

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William Hill Want You To Guess Where Rooney Will Be In September

William Hill are taking bets on which club Wayne Rooney will be with come September 2013.

You can place your bet with William Hill by clicking here.

 
Rooney has put in a transfer request to leave Manchester United, although this is not the first time he has asked to leave the club.

This time around, even though the retiring Ferguson has said that they will not let Rooney go, it will be one of the first things that David Moyes tackles when he takes over in July.

William Hill Present The Odds

Man Utd 2/1
Bayern Munich 11/4
Paris Saint-Germain 3/1
Chelsea 4/1
Man City 20/1
Monaco 20/1
Real Madrid 20/1
AC Milan 33/1
Arsenal 33/1
Barcelona 33/1
Juventus 33/1
Inter Milan 40/1
Liverpool 80/1
Anzhi 100/1
Everton 100/1
Tottenham 100/1

Get Back In The Game

After Rooney missed the recent match against Swansea, he was still out celebrating with the team after their victory. Ferguson has remarked that Rooney just needs some time off to get his head back in the game and concentrate on being a Manchester United player again.

Will Rooney really fly the Old Trafford nest this time around?

Sign up with William Hill today to place a bet on which club Rooney will be at in September later this year.

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