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Rapid Roulette approved in Nevada

Stargames Limited (Stargames) announced today that its international distributor for electronic table gaming products, John Huxley (Casino Equipment Limited) London, UK, has received formal approval in writing from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to permit the installation of Stargames Rapid Roulette (TM) incasinos throughout Nevada, USA.

The approval follows a successful field trial of Rapid Roulette (TM)at MGM MIRAGE Inc’s New York – New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

 

John Huxley’s Chairman, Mr Jeffrey Lindsay, said “Rapid Roulette (TM)is the first dealer determined multi-player electronic table game approved anywhere in the USA. The Nevada approval will open up many opportunities for sales of this outstanding product which will increase table gaming revenues and increase profits for casino operators”.

 

The Managing Director of Stargames, Mr John Rouse, said “This is a defining moment in the history of Rapid Roulette (TM) following on from the product’s great success at Crown Casino. We are excited about the Nevada approval and we are now preparing plans to roll out the product in North America, as well as in other international markets”.

 

Pokies turnover hits $4.6bn

 

POKER machine turnover in South Australia has reached nearly three times the national average – up to $4.6 billion a year.

 

South Australians are spending $473 a head a year on gaming machines ($316 more than in 1994-95), compared with $68 (up $14) on lotteries and $70 (down $5) at the casino.

Total gambling turnover in SA has risen 10.65 per cent – to $6 billion – compared with a 3.83 per cent national increase where turnover reached $118 billion.

 

Poker machine turnover rose 12.6 per cent in the 2000-01 financial year compared with only 4.84 per cent nationally.

 

The figures are in the latest annual report of the Tasmanian Gaming Commission, which is regarded as the nation’s most comprehensive gambling report.

 

They reveal that SA gaming machine turnover has risen from $1.4 billion in 1994-95 to $4.6 billion in 2000-01.

 

Over the same period, total UFABet gaming turnover – which includes lotteries and the casino – has risen from $2.1 billion to $5.3 billion. The latest figures from the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner in SA show net gaming revenue – the amount lost on poker machines for the 2001-02 year – was $606 million, of which $394 million went to club and hotel owners and the SA Government received $212 million in gaming taxes. SA poker machine numbers were capped in December, 2000, and extended for a further two years by a vote in Parliament in May last year.

 

No Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon said the Government should now make a commitment to cap poker machine losses, not just numbers, following the release of the gambling statistics.

 

He said a cap on pokies numbers was only a first step in dealing with problems caused by gambling addiction.

 

“The statistics released by the Tasmanian commission do not tell the full story because in the last 12 months there were another 550 electronic locusts released into the community,” he said.

 

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TDA Ligaz11 Poker Rules

 

 

We have completed the list of 37 total rules for this year’s Tournament Directors Association. We added 23 new rules to the previous 14. In attendance at the meeting were the board of directors Linda Johnson (Card Player Cruises), David Lamb (Reno Hilton, WSOP, and Casino’s Europa), Matt Savage Lucky Chances and WSOP), Jan Fisher (Party Poker Million and Oasis Casino) and gracious host at the Bellagio Doug Dalton.

 

Also in attendance were tournament pioneers Jack Mcclelland (Bellagio and World Poker Open), Bob Thompson, (Classic Poker Cruises), Mike Ward (Foxwoods), Chuck Ferry (Viejas Casino), Jeffrey Shulman (Card Player Magazine), Paul Westley (Player Representative), Holly Draghoo (Caesar’s Indiana), Allen Wasseman (Oaks Card Club), Jason Dibenideto (Turning Stone), Denny Williams (Bicycle), Star Mccormick (Oceans Eleven), Deb Giardina (Consultant) and Tony Collins (Grand Casinos). The meeting was amazingly smooth and much was accomplished.

 

Tournament Directors Association Rules

 

Chip race rule: When it is time to color-up chips, they will be raced off with a maximum of one chip going to any player. The chip race will always start in the No.1 seat.

Odd chips: The odd chip(s) will go to the high hand. In flop games, when there are two or more high hands or two or more low hands, the odd chip(s) will go to the left of the button. In stud-type games, the odd chip will go to the high card by suit.

 

Side pots: Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. They will not be mixed together before they are split.

 

Calling for the clock procedures: Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and a clock is called for, a player will be given one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken by the time the minute is over, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead.

 

Dead Button: Tournament play will use a dead button.

Penalties: A penalty MAY be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending, if a card(s) goes off the table, if soft-play occurs, or similar incidents take place. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, or similar incidents.

 

Players must be at the table to call time. In flop ligaz11 games, the big blind’s hand will be dead if he is not there to act on it before the flop. In stud-type games, the forced low hand will be immediately dead if the player is not there to act on his hand at the time he is required to put money in the pot (the minimum bring-in will be posted and the hand will be killed).

 

Half-bet rule: If a player puts in a raise of 50 percent or more of the previous bet, he will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.

 

All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete.

In limit games, an oversized chip will be constituted to be a call if the player does not announce a raise. In no-limit, an oversized chip before the flop is a call; after the flop, an oversized chip put in the pot will constitute the size of the bet.

 

The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.

A draw for the button will be held at the beginning of each flop-type event.

Tournament and satellite seats will be randomly assigned.

The English-only rule will be enforced in the United States during the play of hands.

Accepted 2002 TDA Rules

 

A player who wants to use a cellular phone must step away from the table.

There will be no foreign chips on the table except for a maximum of one card cap.

Deck changes will be on the dealer push or limit changes or as prescribed by the house. Players may not ask for deck changes.

When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced, the new limits apply to the next hand. A hand has begun with the first riffle.

 

A player may not miss a hand. If a player announces the intent to rebuy before the first card is dealt, that player is playing behind and is obligated to make the rebuy.

Players must keep their highest denomination chips visible at all times.

Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however at management’s discretion, any player deliberately miscalling his hand may be penalized.

No rabbit hunting is allowed.

 

A player who intentionally dodges his blind(s) when moving from a broken table may forfeit the blind(s) and/or incur a penalty. The money will be put into the next pot and may be considered dead money

All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. Players may not have tournament chips in their pockets at any time. A player who has chips in his pocket will forfeit the chips. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play from the tournament.

 

Moving players: In flop games, players will be moved from the big blind to the worst position.

In limit events, there will be a limit to raises, even when heads-up. (The limit will be the house limit.) Once the tournament becomes head-up the rule does not apply.

In stud-type games, if any of the players’ two down cards are exposed due to dealer error, it is a misdeal.

 

If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his money back. An exception would be if a player raised and his raise had not been called yet, he would be entitled to receive his raise back.

 

Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was turned face up and was obviously the winning hand.

Verbal declarations in turn are binding. Action out of turn may be binding.

 

Floor people are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be ignored in the interest of fairness. The floor person’s decision is final.

Management reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the casino or its players.

 

Players going from a broken table to fill in seats assume the rights and responsibilities of the seat. They can get the big blind, the small blind, or the button. The only place they cannot get a hand is between the small blind and the button.

 

Penalties available for use by the TD are verbal warnings, 10, 20, 30, and 40 minutes away from the table and may be used with discretion. These may be utilized up to and including disqualification. A player who is disqualified shall have his chips removed from play.

 

Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities is not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during the play.

 

A player who exposes his cards during the play may incur a penalty, but will not have his hand killed.

 

In NL or PL, when raising, you either put the amount of the raise out in one motion or state your raise amount. If you state the amount, you may make more than one motion.

 

 

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BeTheDealer.com Offers Judi Slot Online House Odds

Canada NewsWire – BeTheDealer.com announces the release of the world’s first online gaming platform that allows players to enjoy the “house” odds. Patent-pending BeTheDealer.com software launched early this month after research and development by Honor Graduates of Technion University in Israel.

BeTheDealer combines the best of Internet gaming — a multiplayer capability with a transaction fee model using proprietary algorithms that allow players to become the house. This is the first time a casino company has been able to provide players with the ability to play as the dealer.

As a dealer, players are afforded not only an increase in odds since they’re playing as the house, they also have the excitement of becoming the blackjack dealer or even acting as the slot machine itself, while chatting with the other players.

Peer-to-peer technologies such as those employed by Napster and ICQ/AOL Instant Messenger are unique in their ability to virally market themselves to large numbers. Similar to eBay, BeTheDealer charges as commission a fraction of the value transacted through its system thereby rapidly growing revenue.

BeTheDealer has signed on Internet portals Lycos and LastMinute in the UK, as well as other leading Internet sites. These agreements, as well as others in the pipeline in Europe mediated by Ariadne Capital, help position the company to capture a share of the online gaming market that researcher Datamonitor estimates will grow to $5 billion in 2004 from $50 million in 1999 in Europe.

“The online gaming industry is maturing and gaining credibility … BeTheDealer is another inflection,” said Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital. “BeTheDealer blends the breakthrough technology of an ICQ with the viral peer-to-peer distribution of a Napster. Casino Village (developers of BeTheDealer) is poised to be to gaming what eBay is to auctions — a top transaction-based P2P platform.”

Due to the growth in the online gaming industry, Judi Slot Online Casino Village on Net saw the need for a novelty concept to stand out from the over 1500 other gambling sites on the Internet. Casino Village on Net has its operations in Dutch Netherlands Antilles, Curacao. Having launched only weeks ago, BeTheDealer.com has already experienced phenomenal growth. The BeTheDealer platform is perfectly suited to change the online gaming industry and lead it into a new era.

Fortune Lounge to the Rescue

The Fortune Lounge group of casinos has taken gambling promotion to new heights with its superhero-themed Adventures of Casino Man and Bet Boy short animated movie.

This one-minute film was made using a technique known as Flash animation. Flash is created on a computer by adding sound and motion to a series of still images – photographs, drawings, or both.

Flash movies are the rage on the Net these days, both as a marketing tool and as entertainment, and the campier the movies the better, it seems. These animated films can be anywhere from a minute in length to more than 10 minutes long, depending on creative forces behind the project.

This type of animation isn’t exactly new to the online gambling market, however. Casinos have used Flash banner ads for some time, but the Casino Man spot is the first instance of a Flash movie being used to promote an Internet casino.

Episode 1: The Monster Cash-in features a blonde heroine who has had a little luck at the games tables being threatened by a large monster. The monster, which looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing greeen body paint and a dragon mask, tells the heroine not to expect her winnings any time soon after cashing in.

Enter Casino Man and his trusty sidekick, Bet Boy, to rescue the damsel in distress from this nightmare cash-in problem. Casino Man sends the creature back to the slow-paying casino hell it came from and assures the woman that “Fortune Lounge always pays lightning-fast.”

Bet Boy then chips in with a little bit of friendly advice, reminding people that Fortune Lounge casinos also offer hundreds of dollars in free money. What more could you ask for from a cartoon? The woman is saved, the heroes are triumphant, and there’s a happy ending.

Hopefully we’ll see more of Casino Man and Bet Boy in the future. And who knows?They might even tackle the giant evil known as credit card rejections.

To view the movie, go to the Fortune Lounge web site and wait for the pop-up window to appear.…

PokerStars Pragmatic Online Tournament Shatters Records

July 30, 2002 (Los Angeles) – PokerStars, online poker’s most innovative destination, announced today that the first annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) broke all online records, generating a prize pool of $809,050 over the nine events. The final event, played on Sunday, July 28, boasted a prize pool of $238,000, with the winner, Sweden’s MultiMarine, receiving over $65,450.

“The turnout for this event exceeded even our most optimistic forecasts,” said Steve Morrow, Card Room Manager for PokerStars. “The scope of this event, and the huge prize pool, puts the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker in the top tier of poker tournaments worldwide.”

The World Championship of Online Poker consisted of nine events, with buy-ins ranging from $100 to $1,000. PokerStars conducted satellite tournaments for this event beginning in late May, with buy-ins as low as $10. Over 70% of the players in the WCOOP events won their entries via the satellite system, which accounted for a total of over 700 events. The tournament attracted over 2,800 poker players from 36 countries.

“PokerStars has created a landmark online poker event,” said Nolan Dalla, noted poker author and champion tournament poker player. “No one could have forecast this kind of popularity for an online poker tournament. PokerStars has proven that an online tournament can attract the same kind of turnout and prize pool as tournaments in live poker rooms.”

In addition to the prize pool, which included $200,000 of guaranteed events, PokerStars contributed an additional $10,000 prize money for the best all-around player, and added almost $30,000 of the prize money via the site’ s Frequent Player Points program, which allows players to earn tournament entries (and other prizes) by playing.

PokerStars (www.pokerstars.com) rocketed to the top tier of online poker sites in its first six months of operation, largely as a result of the company’s innovative multi-table tournaments, fast-action live games (including limit, no-limit and pot-limit games of Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low, Omaha and Omaha High/Low), outstanding customer service and Frequent Player Points rewards for regular players. “Amarillo Slim” Preston, one of the world’s best-known poker players, is the company’s host and spokesman.

European e-Gambler Strikes it Rich

Online gambling is no longer the USA-only craze that some American politicians would have you believe. Growth rates for Internet gambling outside the United States is on the rise and non-US e-gambling will surpass US e-gambling before 2004.

Highly regulated European legislative jurisdictions are giving net gambling the green flag, and it should come as no surprise that European gamblers are now beginning to win their fair share of the online mega-jackpots.

The European players are rolling in the cash in numbers that will turn red, white and blue gamblers to envious shades of green. The proof is in the pudding, as the latest online champion “Jeffrey” won $124,953.75 at InterCasino (www.InterCasino.com) playing the non-progressive Aladdin’s Lamp video slot machine from her home in Holland. This whopping jackpot is one of the largest European e-wins ever recorded, and is on par with the mega-jackpots regularly being claimed by American e-gamblers.

InterCasino is one of the few Pragmatic sites that has been able to successfully offer both a North American and a European online casino. Part of that success is owed to the painstaking detail the company applied to its Spanish and German sites. The language is not just translated, it’s localized. It is details like this that fuel European online gaming.

Online casino regulation in Europe is approached from a different angle than in the US. The UK in particular is embracing online gaming from all angles and expects to have licensed online gaming operators taking bets from England by 2005. A recent report released by England’s MPS on the House of Commons Culture Committee found that the liberalization of betting laws “will not result in a flood of new players getting hooked on gambling.” as is the concern in the US and went on to report “…that the Government will create opportunities, particularly for casinos, to modernize existing gambling products to bring the UK industry in line with other jurisdictions.”

With Europe looking at the online gambling market as an extension of the terrestrial gaming business, there is no doubt that the future of European gambling is set to go interactive. The highest online gaming usage in Europe is currently from the UK, Norway and Germany. But as InterCasino player Jeffery will tell you, Holland has its share of players too.

 

 

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All-Spanish Situs Judi QQ Euro final still on the cards

Barça keep winning while Real’s injury list is growing

 

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, a repeat of last year’s final, was certainly the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties on paper and a hard-fought 0-0 final score leaves a second leg to relish.

 

“It was the best of the worst possible results,” said Carlo Ancelotti enigmatically, while his opposite number Diego Simeone added, “It’s very difficult with such good opponents to see the smallest detail as favourable.”

 

The capital derby as expected began a bit helter-skelter and with Real dominating possession. Gareth Bale flunked an early one-on-one but neither side forged other clear-cut chances of note, such was the space-denying going on. 45 minutes of struggle confirmed this was high-stakes football

 

While Ancelotti largely stayed put looking hot and bothered on the Situs Judi QQ bench, his opposite number Diego Simeone prowled the touchline in his close-fitting and dapper black suit, frequently imploring his troops to close down the white shirts.

 

Sergio Ramos almost committed hari-kiri with an intercepted pass but Antoine Griezmann’s whirl to shoot could not beat Iker Casillas.

 

James Rodriguez curled an exquisite attempt with the outside of his foot through a crowded box ten minutes before the break, but Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak was wise to his plans.

 

The Colombian was denied by the Slovenian again in the 43rd minute from a tight angle and the half-time whistle came as a surprise after so much compressed energy.

 

If there was going to be a winner it would most likely be error-induced in the heat of battle.

 

The pressure threatened to spill over for Mario Mandkukc and Daniel Carvajal whose feud in progress out of sight of the officials at one point led to an exchange of blows which should have drawn red cards.

 

Mandjukic in particular was fuming and bleeding profusely as well following an aerial collision, seemed on the edge of exploding in red mist.

 

Replays showed Carvajal apparently biting the Serbian’s arm but following the match both players denied any Suarez-esque antics had ensued. The referee flashed only five cards in total which could have been worse.

 

A dribble from Arda Turan was almost yielded a goal was the highlight of Atletico’s attacks but neither side could break the deadlock.

 

Los Colchoneros had conceded 67% of possession to Real and did not take risks as the second half played out, apparently for fear of conceding an away goal, more proof it appears that the old rule has had its day.

 

Simeone’s side obviously fancy their chances across town in the second leg and the tie looks only slightly tilted in Real’s favour.

 

Real began as favourites and are still tipped to advance now but having failed to score an away goal at the Manzanares, the derby nature of the match means Atletico will have no fear of going for the win at the Bernabeu.

 

Simeone’s side have gained even more hope as Real starters have been falling like ninepins while Atletico’s sole injury worry is Mandzukic’s right knee.

 

Los Merengues will be without Luka Modric, who having recently returned from injury, is out again, this time for six weeks with a knee ligament strain.

 

They will probably also have to do without striker Karim Benzema, who has also picked up a knee injury and Gareth Bale is out for two to three weeks with a calf strain.

 

Real’s trio of fallen galacticos raises questions about the player conditioning at the Bernabeu, and whether they are rushing their stars back to action too readily and for too many minutes.

 

Bale allegedly complained of pain in his calf but the physios cleared him to play, only for the Welshman to break down after three minutes’ action.

 

 

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Alderney permits Togel Hongkong sports bets

Alderney permits US sports bets E gaming Review Alderney, the prestige European egaming domicile, has taken the landmark decision to allow its operators to accept sports bets from the US. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission voted on 28 February to adopt what it called “a free-market approach towards egambling”.

“[Alderney] will not prevent its licensees from offering gambling to players in other countries, whether it is egaming or ebetting,” an official statement said.

 

Andre Wilsenach, chief executive of the AGCC, said the current egaming environment meant the decision to accept bets from certain jurisdictions should be driven by regulators.

 

“The World Trade Organisation’s ruling in favour of Antigua showed the laws preventing gambling are not always put into place to effect players,” Wilsenach said.

 

“At the end of the day accepting bets from the US, China or wherever is a business decisions and not a regulatory one,” he added.

 

The decision by the AGCC still places the onus on the Togel Hongkong licensee to ensure it complies with legal requirements affecting it.

 

But Wilsenach said the AGCC had no intention of attempting to enforce the laws of other countries.

 

And Nigel Payne, chief executive of Sportingbet, said it was an important step for the online gambling sector.

 

“It is clear first-class jurisdictions such as Alderney have sufficient confidence in their procedures to overcome any issues the US may have, which is encouraging for us all,” Payne said.

 

Alderney’s decision comes hot on the heels of the Isle of Man’s announcement it would allows casino and poker operators to accept bets from the US.

 

But Wilsenach insisted this was not a tit-for-tat decision.

 

“We haven’t reconsidered due to what has happening in other jurisdictions, but because the playing field has changed,” Wilsenach said.

 

The UK government had previously said it would allow its operators to accept bets from the US.

 

But there are still concerns about the potential tax structure under a UK egaming regime, and Alderney is one of several domiciles looking to capitalise on any potential UK exodus.

 

And Payne said Alderney would now be a serious consideration for his firm.

 

“If our servers ended up not in the UK, then Alderney is one of the places I would be very happy to be,” he added.

 

Harrah’s shuts down U.K. gambling Web site

 

Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. has suspended the operations of an online gambling site based in the United Kingdom after posting losses of $9.3 million last year.

 

The move marks the second time a Las Vegas casino giant has tried and failed to tap into the lucrative Internet gambling market.

 

The site, called Lucky Me, was introduced in November 2003 for British bettors and was suspended in October, the company disclosed Tuesday in its annual report to shareholders.

 

The site was discontinued because it was losing money, Harrah’s spokesman David Strow said.

 

Rather than the typical method of gambling for money, the Web site allowed players to access as many games as possible — with new games offered every seven-and-a-half minutes — with a monthly subscription. Gamblers paid from about $17 to $84 per month for access to bingo and other games with cash prizes ranging from $8.50 to $1.7 million.

 

Lucky Me featured an identification process that prohibited bets from U.S. residents as well as from other countries where Internet gambling is prohibited.

 

The site was developed in partnership with Revahertz Networks, a Boston-based, privately-held software game developer that founded Gamesville, a games-for-prizes site that was sold to the Internet search engine Lycos in 1999.

 

Harrah’s in January said it would dissolve a partnership with Gala Group Ltd., a U.K. bingo hall operator, to build casinos in Britain after lawmakers there significantly restricted the number of casinos that can be built under a pending gambling bill. The bill, in its present form, is expected to allow up to eight Las Vegas-style resort casinos.

 

At the time of the Gala deal, Harrah’s and other U.S. operators were optimistic that more casinos would be legalized. But concerns about problem gambling and a proliferation of neighborhood casinos led to a more restrictive gambling bill than had been anticipated.

 

Strow said the gambling bill and legislative concerns didn’t factor into the decision to abandon the Web site.

 

Similarly, MGM Mirage in 2003 shut down a gambling Web site that catered to U.K. and European customers. The site didn’t attract enough bettors because it prohibited bets from U.S. bettors in order to comply with state and federal laws against Internet gambling, MGM Mirage officials said.

 

Many big gambling Web sites operate in a legal gray area because they accept bets from Americans over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. These sites tend to be profitable because the United States, which hasn’t prosecuted online bettors, remains the biggest market for Internet gambling.

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Dr. Joel Rookwood – Lille V Data HK Liverpool

 

 

With the club finishing a mere four points off the Premier League summit in 2009, succumbing to only two league defeats in the process, this campaign was supposed to be full of promise for Liverpool. In reality however, it is proving a nightmare season for Rafael Benitez and his team. In truth the Rafa Regime has always maintained ‘on the brink’ status. In his first seasons, Champions League and FA Cup finals were won on penalties in 2005 and 2006 respectively, with the following seasons culminating in a narrow defeat in the European Cup final, and then semi-final. With the Anfield title famine an ongoing source of suffering, 2009 was all about the obligation that is the Premier League title. The club were ultimately Data HK denied the coveted prize, although once again, in circumstances that could easily have been reversed. Love him or loathe him, Benitez is right about one thing, the difference between success and defeat is all about ‘the small details’. The devil it seems, is in the detail.

 

One thing that does seem certain is that this season will produce the least convincing champions in Premier league history. Whichever club lifts the crown in May will likely do so despite a sultry points tally and a string of defeats – a record that in other seasons would no doubt barely have warranted a top four finish and subsequent Champions League qualification. But the challenge of the second quadruple of teams – Man City, Spurs, Aston Villa and Everton – below the ‘big four’ is collectively stronger than it has previously been, and the performances and results of those above them have hardly been the stuff of champions. Liverpool serve as the most compelling case in this respect. In a campaign that is amounting to the definition of underachievement, virtually the same team as that which came so close to the title last year, is languishing in the melancholy of its own mediocrity this season. The defeat at Wigan on Monday night was Liverpool’s ninth in the league, and the tough fixtures are far from over. It was such form that Liverpool took to Lille in northern France for the Europa League last sixteen clash on Thursday night.

 

Having been present at 49 consecutive Liverpool European away fixtures heading into 2010, stretching back to a match against Galatasaray in 2002, I could be forgiven for considering my opinion on Liverpool’s European plight a qualified one. However, with work commitments being what they are, I was unable to attend the recent Europa League fixture against Unirea in Bucharest. (Ironically I was instead presenting a lecture at a sport politics conference in Leeds on fan participation and social movements at Liverpool Football Club). The second leg of the tie against the Romanian minnows followed a painfully uneventful 1-0 home victory at Anfield. In the return leg, Liverpool ended up strolling into the second knock-out round of the competition, despite conceding an early goal which briefly levelled the aggregate score. After surviving the brief scare against the Romanian champions, most Liverpool fans seemed content at the prospect of a tie against Lille. PSV, Barcelona, and Marseille have all been repeat visits in my almost-half-century of trips to the continent, and Lille was at least a break from the norm. In addition, despite our horrendous form, lowly Lille were surely not destined to offer much competition over two legs, particularly with the latter fixture set to be played at Anfield. The short journey across the Channel appeared ideal preparation for the quarter-final, and we were grateful to avoid the long trip to the over familiar Istanbul that would have been on the cards had Lille lost to Fenerbahce in the previous round.

 

Sixteen lads met at an exclusive Huyton alehouse the night before the match, ready and suitably intoxicated for the ridiculous departure time of 22:50. I can only imagine the driver of the minibus, the ageless Pops, was merely trying to get us accustomed to the farcical Europa League match kick-off times. The game was an 18:00 start (GMT) at Stadium Lille-Metropole, with the return leg set to commence at the still more absurd time of 20:05 next Thursday. Football is for the fans, apparently. Such pathetic organisation – not to mention the lowly status of the competition – contributed little to Liverpool’s sense of connection to a trophy that the club is apparently looking to secure for a record fourth time in Hamburg in May. Judging by the performance of the away team, and the atmosphere generated by the visiting support in the stands, no one in the Liverpool corner appeared committed to anything but a sharp European exit. The 1100 away fans that managed to secure a ticket, in a stadium with a capacity roughly twenty-times that number, appeared largely disinterested in the tie. The only action of note off the pitch was the lighting of a flare by an unnamed Kopite a quarter of an hour into the second half. It rose the collective spirit, but only temporarily.

 

As Belgian teenager Eden Hazard shot Lille into an unlikely but ultimately decisive one-goal lead in the concluding stages of the second half, I looked down at the succession of ‘Europa League’ advertisement boards and noticed that each was interspersed with others containing the word ‘respect’ – representing UEFA’s latest blood-sucking political campaign, I mean, value-laden mission ‘for the good of the game’. But given the calibre of opposition, unsociable kick-off times, and multiple redundant tracksuited officials, together with the dominance of the continent’s premier tournament, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ‘Respect Europa League’.

 

In reflection, the pressure that Benitez is under is partly a consequence of results and performances this year – including fifteen defeats thus far in all competitions – and of the six years of failure to win the league title. However, the regime that functions on the brink has also unquestionably produced some notable achievements, and it is also the difficulty of living up to and reproducing these considerable highs that Benitez is currently struggling with. Burdened by the weight of Anfield expectation, he has simultaneously become the victim of his own success, and the reputation he has forged. However, in addition to Liverpool’s results this year, his recent public statements – pledging a fourth place finish, refusing to state where he will be employed next season, and drawing on his past achievements – are also worrying signs. Yet as concerning as the first two are, the latter development is particularly alarming. Benitez has argued in no uncertain terms that he has restored Liverpool pride, which is undeniably the case. It was only nine years ago that victory in the UEFA Cup (admittedly as part of a quintet of trophies secured that season) under Gerard Houllier saw a frenzied response from Liverpool supporters. Now, mere involvement in the newly branded version comes closer to representing a source of shame. However, publicly reminding the footballing world of one’s own achievements is not an act undertaken by a self-assured man who confidently expects to achieve more of the same. The image of Jose Mourinho’s six-fingered salute as Chelsea secured the 2007 FA Cup serves as a notable contemporary example. His record of a half dozen trophies in three years was impressive, yet his fingers were not seen clasping another trophy in West London blue, and within the year he was managing in Italy. For Benitez, a similar threat has now entered the frame of possibility. There are cracks in this regime, and the only mechanism of repair begins with satisfying those three concerns: Secure a top four finish, win the Europa League and remain in charge next season to rectify the errors in judgement. To that end, dispatching Lille next Thursday night has simply become an obligation.

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Man Togel Utd v Chelsea

 

 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Sunday’s opponents Chelsea to once again be one of his team’s closest challengers for the Premier League title. United are 6/1 with Bet 365 to win 1-0 at Old Trafford and customers can get a free In-Play bet for the game this weekend. Andre Villas-Boas’ side have failed to impress in the league so far this season, although they have taken ten points from their first four matches, and are 11/1 to beat the league leaders 1-0 on Sunday. Ferguson said: “They will be there at the end of the season, there is no doubt about that. At the moment, of course, the two Manchester teams are enjoying the publicity but in the background lurks Chelsea. They don’t need the publicity. They will be enjoying being out of the profile at the moment.”

 

Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard is Togel determined to continue to keep the pressure on Manchester United’s currently recognised No.1, David de Gea. Despite the Dane’s impressive display against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists De Gea will be back for Sunday’s all-important Premier League clash against Chelsea. United are 6/1 with Bet 365 to win 1-0 at Old Trafford and customers can get a free In-Play bet for the game this weekend. However, the Spaniard’s shaky start to his United career, coupled with Lindegaard’s emergence, could provide Ferguson with an interesting dilemma. Lindegaard says: “I learned a lot from Edwin van der Sar and I have confidence in my own ability. I came to Manchester United for the challenge to be the first-choice goalkeeper.”

 

George’s Premiership Predictions September 17

 

George got five correct results and no perfect scores.

 

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Saturday 17th September 2011

 

Blackburn 1 v Arsenal 1

Aston Villa 2 v Newcastle 1

Bolton 1 v Norwich City 1

Everton 2 v Wigan Athletic 1

Swansea City 0 v WBA 0

Wolves 3 v QPR 2

 

Sunday 18th September 2011

 

Tottenham 0 v Liverpool 2

Fulham 1 v Manchester City 3

Sunderland 1 v Stoke City 1

Man Utd 2 v Chelsea 1

 

Parma will hope Graziano Pelle (bought from AZ Alkmaar for a million) will help Crespo and Giovinco score more goals than the team lets in at the other end.

 

Roma have spent big this summer, and new coach Luis Enrique has managed to lure the sought after Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to the Italian capital. Bojan Krkic (Barca) and Lamela (River) could be the wide men at the front of a 4-3-3. As yet we don’t know whether this will be a true 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 (or even a 4-6). Where will Argentinian Pablo Osvaldo (Espanol) fit in? Roma will be interesting to watch.

 

Siena are expected to employ a traditional 4-4-2 with Zeljko Brkic in goal, D’Agostino in midfield, and Destro brought in from Genoa. Siena have been (on occasion) exciting to watch when at home. Can they survive this time?

 

Udinese’s strengths and weaknesses were plain for all to see in their recent matches against Arsenal. Prior to the match in London the team looked relaxed as they were spotted strolling the gardens of Regents Park and were unlucky to lose to Walcott’s solitary goal. In Udine, though, their over-reliance on the brilliant Di Natale was evidenced, despite Pinzi’s great range of passing. Coach Francesco Guidolin is going to have to quickly stifle the psychological blow of losing Sanchez to Barcelona if Udinese are to emulate last term’s excellent showing.

 

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World Club Cup Part IV – Daftar Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021

 

 

I mentioned earlier that I would try and find my way to any local games taking place, my quest started the moment I arrived at my hotel where I asked for their help in checking the fixtures. I believed there were two games taking place in Dubai, and that the following morning there would be camel racing at 7a.m.

 

Dubai

 

They confirmed the first game as I thought but told me the second game was actually due to take place here in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Sports stadium, one of the venues for this competition. As for the camel racing they knew nothing about it. I was clearly up against it as I was sure that FIFA would not allow a stadium being used by them to host Daftar Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 a local game. So now I knew I could not rely on the hotel for information.

 

Whilst collecting my tickets I spotted someone in an Al Ahli shirt, knowing that he must be from Dubai, I asked him about the fixtures the next day. Immediately he phoned a friend and confirmed that Al Nasr would play at 16.45 and Al Wasl would play at 20.00, in Dubai, at grounds just 10 minutes apart. Unfortunately the camel racing wasn’t on in Dubai but it was in Abu Dhabi.

 

So my second day in the Emirates and I was off to Dubai, the Al Nasr website is one of only three that I had found with English content and kindly provided a location map for the ground. I spent the afternoon in Bastikaya before heading in the direction of the stadium. Meeting yet more roadworks on major roads meant navigation had become impossible. Jumping in a taxi I was soon at the ground.

 

I phoned my friend, who had said he might accompany me to the games, but he was still at work. Judging by the crowd, so was everyone else. It was hard to imagine that this was a stadium where recently crowd trouble had seen supporters banned. This was only a cup game and I was assured that there is more of a crowd, firstly for evening games and for the actual league games.

 

Without my friend I wasn’t sure how I would get to Al Wasl later so I asked around and worked out that the ground was 10 minutes away, by car.

 

Al Nasr was the club that Don Revie managed after laying the foundations as U.A.E. national manager, where he had an unsuccessful reign but correctly predicted that they would appear in a World Cup finals in the next 15 years. They made their debut at Italia 1990, losing to Colombia, West Germany and Yugoslavia.

 

Al Nasr had lost their previous game 5-1 and their website announced that they were standing by their German manager, Frank Pagelsdorf, but their assistant coach and fitness coach would be leaving.

 

Al Nasr strolled into a 3-0 half time lead, as a lethargic Emirates defence watched. The second half saw the Emirates wake up, but a quick two goal burst from Al Nasr saw them run out 5-2 winners to restore some much needed pride.

 

Whilst watching the game I met Michael Rodosthenous, the Deputy Executive Director of Al Nasr. A former W.B.A. player who found his way here via Cambridge United and Adelaide Raiders. He explained the circumstances surrounding the crowd trouble. Al Nasr were hosting city rivals Al Ahli. Al Ahli were having a torrid time and were told they must not lose this game. Their was a lot of hype surrounding the game and Al Ahli were outplayed but winning 2-1 with five minutes to go. Al Nasr equalised, but the a dubious offside flag was raised. Spectators vented their anger and a sandal hit the linesman.

 

Michael showed me behind the scenes before driving me to the game at Al Wasl. We decided to take the scenic route as he showed me Dubai by night, passing the Emirates Towers and the tallest building in the world the Burj Dubai. Dropping me off I could hear there was a little more atmosphere, as expected for the evening kick off.

 

The game itself was a close affair with away side Al Jazirah winning 1-0. After the game a taxi back to Dubai saw me catch the bus back to Abu Dhabi. Now the camel racing was apparently due to take place 45km away from Abu Dhabi at 7a.m. As it was now 1a.m and I couldn’t confirm where the track was or how to get there I decided to give it a miss.

 

 

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Interview: Nagoya Grampus Eight Boss Sef Bandar Poker Online Vergoosen

 

 

59 year-old Dutchman Sef Vergoosen is enjoying his second season with J-League club Nagoya Grampus Eight.

 

How did you end up in Japan?

 

It was very strange. In 2005, I was in the United Arab Emirates coaching Abui Dhabi team Al-Jazeera. Two years ago in the Netherlands there was the Under-20 World Championship and somebody called me from Japan to ask me if I was going to watch the game between Japan and the Netherlands. I said ‘yes’ and he asked to meet me.

 

I met him and at that time he was the club manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight but we didn’t really speak about the club. Some months later, I was back in Abu Dhabi and he called me to say that he was in Dubai and he came to see one of our games. After the game we spoke and he asked me if I was interested in going to Grampus Eight because the club was looking for a new coach.

 

This was in 2005?

 

Yes. I was very interested. Ten years ago I was here for four weeks lecturing and a friend of mine Jan Versleijen was the coach of JEF United. From that period, I was impressed with Japanese football, the culture, the people, the organization and so when they asked me if I was interested I said ‘Yes’.

 

There was only one problem and that was the fact that my contract with Al-Jazeera finished in June 2006. I talked to the club – this was September, October 2005 and they let me finish in December and in January 2006 I started here at Nagoya.

 

Why did they choose you?

 

I asked later. Years ago I lectured 15 Japanese coaches in Maastricht and he was one of them. I didn’t remember him but he followed my career. He said the most important reason was that everywhere I had gone as a coach, I had built up the club and had built up the team and that was important for Nagoya.

 

Now it’s your second season with the club. Are expectations higher this season?

 

The club is very realistic and has made a plan for three years. Some people do say that Nagoya should finish in the top five but in 2004 and 2005 the club struggled to stay in the J1 league.

 

Last season we made some big steps in the second half of the season and moved from 15th to seventh.

 

We have been a little unlucky this season. Our best defender Marek Spilar is injured for ten months. He was the best defender last season in Japan. Our goalkeepers is one of the best here in Japan and he missed five games.

 

We were also a little unlucky in the transfer period. We were hopeful that we would take a Bandar Poker Online player from JEF United. He would have been very important to our team but he went to Urawa Reds and I can understand that.

 

Our squad is not stronger than last year but it is more stable. Without our defender and our goalkeeper for five games we are now sixth and I think that is the best possible position for us.

 

You said that the club has realistic expectations but what are they?

 

The task this season is to finish in the same position, maybe a little bit higher, perhaps between eighth and fourth and to continue to improve the football we play.

 

Is there money available for you to do this?

 

I think so as there was money available for a very important player that became available in the winter. We only spend money if we are sure we can buy a player with the specific qualities that we need, who can bring this team to a higher level.

There is nobody like that available at the moment in Japan. There are always foreign players but we can do nothing at the moment, we have to wait until the summer maybe.

 

Was the important player Yuki Abe?

 

We made the same offer for him as Urawa but Urawa Reds are the champions and the top club. I can understand that. I come from Holland. If a player can go to Utrecht or he can go to Ajax then his choice is very simple.

 

Is it possible for Nagoya to compete with teams like Gamba Osaka and Urawa Reds?

No. This season Urawa, Gamba, Kawasaki and Shimizu are the best teams and are a level above. If we can finish just below them then in my opinion, it will have been a good season.

 

You play in two stadiums. Is that a disadvantage?

 

Yes. Normally we play in Mizuno stadium in Nagota but sometimes we play in a very beautiful stadium in Toyota City. It is one of the best stadiums here in Japan. However we can only play there if Mizuno stadium is not available, if there are other events or if we are expecting more than the 26,000 people that Mizuno can hold. For example, in the last game against Urawa Reds we played in the Toyota Stadium in front of 38,000.

 

Everybody prefers to play at Toyota, it is an excellent stadium.

 

Is South Korean midfielder Kim Jung-woo one of your important players?

 

Absolutely. He is physically strong. He knows where to go in defence and he knows when and where to go deep. He is very strong mentally and has some excellent qualities.

 

His endurance and stamina is unbelievably high, sometimes he runs too much. His is so professional off the pitch and is very quiet off the pitch. He is an absolute winner. I am so happy with him. He has so many qualities that he gives to our team.

 

What can he improve?

 

His heading and finishing are not his strongest point. With his qualities he is often arriving in the penalty box and if he was better at finishing he would have around 10-15 goals a season. However, he has scored three times already this season.

 

What are the differences between Korean and Japanese players?

 

The biggest difference is that Korean players are stronger mentally. Sometimes when games aren’t going so well, the Korean players start to fight – they give a little more. Sometimes Japanese players wonder what to do but the Koreans always step forward and are ready to fight.

 

Kim is not an automatic choice for the national team. Do you think he should go to the Asian Cup?

 

Absolutely. If you see what he is doing and what he has done from the start of the season until now then I think he will join the group.

 

Do you talk to the South Korean national team coach Pim Verbeek?

 

Yes. Sometimes he comes to Japan to watch our games. He calls me also and asks me about Kim’s situation. I am always very honest. However, my answers are almost always positive. He is doing very well.

 

What are your thoughts on Cho Jae-jin at Shimizu?

 

He is a high quality player. He is a very good striker.

 

Would you be interested in buying him if it was possible?

 

If it was possible I would love to (laughs) but now we have Frode Johnsen from Norway and is a similar type of player. When he leaves and if Cho could come to Nagoya then I would be very happy.

 

Johnsen is not an out-and-out goalscorer but he is important for the team. He is the kind of striker that can maybe make between 12-15 goals a season. He is not Brazilian but he is always in a good position but is physically strong and has a good mentality.

 

There is another Dutchman in the J-League, Robert Verbeek who is coaching Omiya Ardija. Have you had a chance to talk to him?

 

I called him some weeks ago and we have played against each other this season and in a pre-season friendly.

 

It has been a tough start for him.

 

Yes but Omiya have been playing well. They need a striker; if they have one player capable of scoring goals then they would be much stronger.

 

Why are there so many Dutch coaches around the world?

 

I don’t know (laughs). I didn’t ask to come here, they asked me. Maybe people like the Dutch way of football, I don’t know.

 

There is a strong Dutch connection with Korean football. Would you be interested in coaching in Korea in the future?

 

I am 59 years old now. If I was a few years younger then maybe. I am very happy here at the moment and I don’t think about the future too much, just year-to-year.

 

In terms of organization, the J-League is perhaps the best in Asia. Is there any way to improve it?

 

For the future of Japan, youth football is very important. The situation is very different in Holland where players come form amateur clubs, in Japan they come from university teams.

The most important thing is whether the players receive high-level coaching at university. In the clubs we get players here in Japan who are 21 or 22, when these players arrive at a professional club, they still have a lot of things to learn. But it is already too late.

 

I told Nagoya that in Holland it is too late for players at 19 to be making the step to a professional club. If we have them at 14 and 15 then it is possible but most of the time they start at eight. We spend four or five years with these guys and by the time they are 19, they must be ready for professional football.

 

In Japan it is too late. I know it is a different culture. In Holland parents will take a chance with their kids but in Japan, parents tell their kids that they have to study first. If they are going to study, they need high-level coaches at university. That is the most important thing for Japanese football.

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