Betting on Crufts 2014: Pocket a Packet on Princely Pooches

Crufts 2014


It’s that time again! Crufts 2014 kicks off tomorrow (March 6th), meaning pampered canines across the nation are being permed and primed in preparation for the panel of judges.

Whether or not you’ve got a contender in the running, you could nab a tidy stack by betting on the victor.

William Hill are taking wagers on the breed that will pick up the rosette for Best in Show. Check out the odds below…

Crufts 2014 Best in Show Odds
Utility 11/10
Terrier 5/1
Pastoral 9/1
Toy 12/1
Gun 9/2
Hound 7/1
Working 10/1

Fancy taking a punt on a poodle? Wanna lay some dosh on a dachshund? Get yourself to William Hill and stick a wager on your favourite fluffy friend!

That’s all my dog puns, I swear…

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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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Bets On The Next Bond

News is going around that Daniel Craig is getting ready to hang up his Walther PPK and hand in the keys to his Aston Martin. He’s signed on to do two more Bond films, but he’s also expressed his feelings about wanting the latest Bond film, ‘Skyfall’, to be his last.

We all know that Bond has always been a great fan of gambling. A lot of people follow the misconception that his favourite game is either roulette or poker, but in actual fact it’s baccarat! There have also been two films where casinos have been a major plot point in the story (‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Casino Royale’).

But now that we know Daniel Craig may be leaving, bookmakers have already set up bets for who might play the next James Bond, who do you think it will be?

Who’s Next To Visit MI6?

William Hill is holding bets on who might be next to step into James Bond’s shoes, even though Daniel Craig still has at least two more films ahead of him, it’s never too early to start making predictions.

There are a few popular and likely options such as Tom Hardy (who played Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’), Sam Worthington (who portrayed Perseus in ‘Wrath Of The Titans’) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto from ‘X-Men: First Class’). There are also a few more unlikely choices, including Will Smith (I shouldn’t need to tell you who Will Smith is), Jude Law (Dr. Watson from ‘Sherlock Holmes’) and Orlando Bloom (the man behind Will Turner in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’).

While all of those options may have varying odds, none are unlikely as these. For shits and giggles, William Hill has included a few unlikely candidates like David Beckham (Ex-England football captain), Steven Gerrard (England striker) and Simon Cowell (talentless git from the X-Factor).

So we’ve laid out some of the options for you, but who do you think it will be? Make a bet and let us know.

Orbis Non Sufficit

These bets aren’t likely to be fruitful any time soon, and if anything we’re more likely to see the list shorten to weed out the extremely unlikely contestants before we find out if we’ve won or not.

Personally, I’m hoping Michael Fassbender gets the part, just because his last name is funny to pronounce.

Fass-ben-der.

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Betting | The Fine Line Between A Hobby And An Addiction

I can stop any time I like, I just don’t want to

We hear this all the time, from people who smoke a pack of twenty cigarettes a day to those who just can’t lay off the latte’s. Addictions can vary from the physical, like becoming alcohol dependent; to the psychological, where we start to believe we can’t function without a bottle of wine. Sometimes we can develop mental addictions to activities we enjoy, but what’s the difference between a healthy activity you participate in during your free time and a crippling addiction?

Gambling is something that everyone can suffer a mental addiction to, and a lot of the time you won’t see it coming until the problem has already hit you. But is there a middle ground between a hobby and an addiction, or can you only be one or the other?

Defining Grounds

 
Well for a start, a hobby is defined as ‘an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.’ – Oxford University Dictionary. Now a lot of you will be thinking “That sounds like me”, and you’re probably right.

Next, an addiction is labelled as ‘the state of being enslaved to a practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.’ – Oxford University Dictionary. Again, you’re probably thinking “That definitely isn’t me”, which we hope is the case.

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Hobby or Addiction?

There is some grey area in between these two, however it’s a very thin line that you have to careful with, otherwise you might cross it without even noticing. This grey area can be recognised as a habit, which is the middle ground between a hobby and an addiction. You can easily tell what stage you’re in by the way you bet.

If you’ve just heard about a bet that you feel confident about and then decide to place a small amount of money on it, you have a hobby.

If you’re checking the bookies every morning like clockwork to see what bets are available, you’ve got a habit.

If you’re constantly checking your phone and the internet for new bets and are constantly placing wagers on games you don’t even care about, you’ve got an addiction.

As you’ve probably guessed, a habit is only a step away from an addiction, which is not where you want to be. However there are a lot more people who would be considered to gamble as a past time than there are who would be seen to have a gambling problem. A lot of online bookmakers will also offer help to anyone who even thinks they might have a problem, so whilst nobody actually wants a gambling addiction, there is always help available to those who might need it.

I Take Advantage Of Casino’s Offers, Am I Addicted?

 
Put simply, probably not. But people might show concern for you.

The reason that this has become such a problem recently is that the definitions are changing because of In-play betting. Before you could tell if someone was addicted as they would go out their way to place wagers every day. However, because of In-play betting, you can easily place several bets in one day with little struggle. Dr Mark Griffiths, professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham University, has said You cannot become addicted to something unless you are constantly being rewarded. If the reward only happens once or twice a week, it’s impossible to become addicted. In-play has changed that.

Because of In-play betting being so accessible and simple to use, it can make people who are merely able to enjoy their hobby anywhere and anytime look like they have an addiction. This is probably not the case though. If you’re just making sure that you don’t miss out on an offer that applies to you, then you’re making the most of your hobby. The signs to look out for are more extravagant than that.

Another thing to remember is something that Allen Moody from Sports Gambling Guide has said:

If your sports betting winnings or losses are going to change the quality of your lifestyle, you’re probably betting too much.

If you just stay sensible with your bets and wagers, then you’ll never have to fear becoming addicted to gambling. At the same time it’s still best to keep your wits about you, don’t hide your hobby, let people know about it; otherwise it looks like you’re trying to hide something from your friends and those close to you.

Play Safely And Sensibly

For most things in life the key is moderation, this includes gambling (along with drinking and smoking, which are things that you may enjoy whilst betting). No one’s going to deny you your favourite past time, as long as it remains a hobby. Always remember to spend time with your friends and others that are close to you, take regular breaks and set yourself a certain amount of time to play each day.

Always be aware of whether you’re playing for fun or because you feel like you should be, if you’re not playing for enjoyment anymore, you may need to quit betting for a while until you find the entertainment in it again. If you need any more convincing, read some of these gambling addiction stories and see the damage it can cause for yourself.

Apart from that, enjoy gambling as much as you want. As long as it remains fun for you then there’s no reason you to stop, just be aware of how much money you can spend and don’t alienate the people around you!

 

 

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