Betting On The Under or Over 2.5 Goals Market in Football

In recent years the evolution of gambling has been such that people have started to move away from traditional betting of Win, Loss and Draw and into other different markets. This was first realised by the popularity of the First Goalscorer market, but people soon realised that this market was too much of a lottery in order to profit.

Now the bet is the 2.5 goals market. It’s popularity is because of the high strike rates that can be attained if you know what you are doing.

2.5 goals can be confusing to those of you who are knew to football betting because we all know that there is no such thing as 0.5 of a goal. This figure is just there to split the difference between 2 goals and 3 goals ie. if you backed over you have effectively backed that there will be 3 or more goals, if backed under you have effectively backed that there will be 2 or less goals.

This market is not quite as easy as people starting out think it is however. People just starting out will just look for two teams playing against each other who have scored a huge amount of goals in their past couple of games.

There are so many more variables at play than that, firstly is the defense of the two particular teams. The two teams may have both scored lots of goals in their last few games but it could also be that they have not conceded any goals either in their last few games meaning that their defense is solid as a rock at the time.

Just remember to think about more than just how many goals have been scored, think more of how many goals can be scored in the next match instead!

Book Summary: Three Feet From Gold – By Sharon Lechter, Greg Reid and the Napoleon Hill Foundation

Napoleon Hill was way before his time. Think and Grow Rich and Outwitting the Devil are two of the best books I have ever read. According to Hill, you can control your mind and your attitude regardless of what happens to you. Once you truly understand that then success will be yours.

Why is this important to me?

I don’t want to waste your time. Three Feet from Gold is a good book and parallels what Napoleon Hill did when Andrew Carnegie tasked him to study success.

Three Feet from Gold is a story that Greg S. Reid was tasked to write a book by interviewing and meeting with highly successful people. The reason why the title is so strong is based on a true story where the Darby Family was digging for Gold and stopped. They sold their land and the new owners sought council from experts and struck gold. The irony is that the Darby’s were only three feet away from finding the Gold.

The main lesson here is not to quit. Thomas Edison tried thousands of different filaments until he found the right one when he created the light bulb. Most people would have given up. I do have a corollary where this principle is bad. Addiction with gambling is based on the same principle. People think they are close to striking it rich when they gamble. This is why Las Vegas can build billion dollar casinos and have them paid for in 5 years.

Three Feet from Gold is packed with great lessons which I will profile. For the sake of time, I will pick three and relate how they work through examples.

1. (P+T) x A x A=Success – This success stands for P is Passion, T is Your Talent, A is Associations, A is Actions. I have read a lot of material and this formula is right on. Basically because if any value is zero then you will not have success. You have to take action and WORK to achieve success and you have to solicit the knowledge of other through associations. If you do not do that then success will be fleeting.

2. Masterminds – Napoleon Hill in all of his works discusses the power of Mastermind groups. This book is a classic example. Greg was successful in writing because he had access to successful people and made them part of his mastermind. The concept is simple – multiple heads with varying backgrounds are better than one.

3. Subconscious Mind – I touch on this more from Napoleon Hills other works. The conscious mind is designed to be critical and cautious. If not then we would have been food to larger animals. Understanding the unlimited nature of the subconscious will open your abilities. A personal example may help. I was a horrible reader and in college had a sixth grade reading level. Using a concept known as Mental Photography has allowed me to overcome this limitation. The results for me personally have allowed me to increase my reading speed, comprehension and writing ability by more than 10 times. This is the power of using your whole mind. Napoleon Hill talks about this a lot in his work Laws of Success.

Three Feet from Gold is a good book if you are not familiar with Napoleon Hill’s work. It is a fast and easy read packed with great principles. If you have not read any of Napoleon Hills work then I suggest strongly that you read: “Laws of Success, Outwitting the Devil and Think and Grow Rich.” Those books have the power to change your life.

I hope you have found this short summary useful. The key to any new idea is to work it into your daily routine until it becomes habit. Habits form in as little as 21 days. One thing you can take away from this book is (P+T) x A x A=Success. Understanding and doing daily behavior using this formula will bring you the success you want. Likewise, not doing each part of the formula will result in frustration and failure.

Why You Must Know Your Relationship Market Value Before You Begin Dating

Before you begin the dating process, it’s important to understand your Relationship Market Value (RMV). Your RMV helps you determine three things:

(1) the characteristics that you bring to a relationship that can be of value or benefit to a mate;

(2) what type of guys you can attract so that you can focus your efforts on finding that type of man; and

(3) if you are ready for a relationship. When determining your Relationship Market Value, you take a close look at your mental/emotional health, financial health, family relationships and other areas of your life, and discover if you are really ready for a relationship.

You determine your RMV by looking at the positive traits that you bring to the table that add value to the relationship, while evaluating the negative ones as well-those that may take something away or create challenges in a relationship. Determining your value is about being realistic regarding what you will be bringing into a relationship. Sometimes people are frustrated in relationships because they are always dating people who are not in their lane or out of their league. If you are constantly frustrated or getting rejected, evaluate your RMV and be honest with yourself.

Don’t always try to be a romantic overachiever and then ask why you can never find a man. If you have some real negative traits, such as being broke or having eight children, those things are not going to be perceived positively by a lot of men. One of my negative traits, gambling, probably rules out the possibility of me marrying a pastor. (But I enjoy gambling.) It is important to know your strengths and build upon them so that you can differentiate yourself from other women. If you are funny, be the funniest, wittiest woman in the room. If you are pretty, smile and be proud to be the most attractive woman in the room.

In my book, I provide an exercise that allows you to rank your positive traits so that you can attract the type of man who would value the best in you. A brief summary of the RMV assessment areas are listed below:

o Physical Appearance/Your Looks – Assess how attractive or pretty you are (as others see you) considering both your facial features and body/figure

o Career or Job Stability – Evaluate the degree of success in your career or job

o Spiritual/Emotional/ Mental Stability: Evaluate if you are emotionally stable person, which strong values and beliefs that guide your day-to-day life

o Financial Stability – Determine if you are financially stable with savings, investments and good credit

o Personality/ Interpersonal Skills – Assess if you have interesting things in life to share or talk about and if people are interested in spending time with you

o Family Relationships – Assess if you have strong family ties or are all of your current family relationships dysfunctional

o Education/Training – Evaluate the quality of your education

o Social or Celebrity Status – Determine how well connected you are with “high society” folks, elite country clubs or celebrity events

Once you completed your RMV assessment, you will have better clarity on the type of guys you can attract based upon your positive traits. You can begin to focus your efforts on finding the type of man that will value your positive traits. This will not just be any man, but the right man for you.

Poker Table Tops – An Affordable Way to Play Poker During an Economic Recession?

The above question asks whether Poker Table Tops are an affordable alternative for Poker Players in today’s economic climate? And whether or not Poker Table Tops make the playing of Poker more accessible to general members of the public, the ordinary Poker player?

This question is not posed merely to promote the product of Poker Table Tops. It ponders if the affects of the recent / present Recession, which has resulted in growing unemployment, reductions in take home pay and subsequently disposable income and the limiting of individuals earning potential, has led to the playing of Poker in casinos to become an unaffordable luxury for many Poker Players.

In attempting to put forward some kind of rational and logical argument to the question that is posed by the title, one must first ask ‘Who is the ordinary poker Player?’

According to eCOGRA (e Commerce On-line Gaming Regulation and Assurance) the typical on-line poker player was:

  • Male 73.8%
  • Age 26-35 (26.9%)
  • Play two to three times per week (26.8%)
  • Have played for two to three years (23.6%)
  • Play between one to two hours per session (33.3%)
  • Play one table (24.1%) or two tables (24%) at a time
  • Play both cash games and tournaments (34%)
  • Play at big blind levels of $0.50 to $2.00(US) (61.2%)
  • Play with 6-10% of their bankroll on the table at any one time (23%)
  • Claim that they are average in terms of skill
  • Feel that there is slightly more skill involved in poker than luck (31.9%)
  • Travel over 100 miles to play poker at least 2 times per year (38%)
  • 52% Internet Poker players have a bachelors degree or higher
  • 75% of those who did not and would not try internet gambling where married while 56% of internet gamblers were married
  • 37% of casino goers gamble online as compared to 5% of the general population

The above statistics not only show the general make up of the ordinary Poker Player but also their playing habits. Granted the above statistics are applicable to the on-line Poker Player, however eCOGRA went on to state, “Most studies suggest that demographics of online gambling are broadly similar to those of the offline gambling population, with a spread of income, gender and education.”

Given the ravages of the world wide Recession money has become a scare commodity and people are retreating from the high streets. With less money in people’s pockets there is less money for people to spend to help boost the economy.

With any recession people are left to re-evaluate their finances. Usually their little luxuries in life are the first to be sacrificed in their home budget. These luxuries include those trips to the casino to play the great game of Poker. It isn’t a free and desirable choice, it’s a choice dictated by the effects of a failing economy.

Granted on-line Poker offers the ordinary Poker Players the opportunity to play the game but that, in my opinion is impersonal. For me there is nothing like the feel of playing Poker in a room, face to face with your opponents, yet being part of the camaraderie that exist between players.

One could purchase a Poker Table for his / her home. This provides one with the opportunity to reproduce that Casino feel without having to travel. However it does also provide some difficulties. Furthermore, the cost of a Poker Table could be anywhere in the region of $2000 but in these recessionary times the luxury of having $2000 spare is not one luxury many people have.

Another option is to avail oneself of the many manuals on-line that illustrate how to build a Poker Table for between $200 & $300. Unfortunately not everyone has the skills or the desire to build one.

Further to the above, not everyone has the room to store a full size Poker Table in their house. As a result of the Recession, many people have had to downsize on their homes. Be it through choice, enforced sale or by eviction, people have had to seriously curtail their living habits and lifestyles. This includes reducing the living area / space in which most of us live. A full size Poker Table may not be a practical option.

Here is why I believe Poker Table Tops allow the ordinary Poker Player to play Poker during the Recession: Poker Table Tops allow all players to enjoy the game with like minded people in the comfort of their own home without the burden of high cost and with an added bonus of convenience. The cost of Poker Table Tops is relatively cheap compared to other products. Some affordable options start at around just $29. At this low cost, one can still enjoy the face to face intensity of playing Poker, Octagonal or Rectangular shaped Poker Table Tops can fit up to 8 to 10 Poker players at any one time.

Unlike Poker Tables, Poker Table Tops are not bulky items, lay them anywhere on any surface and quickly prepare them for playing on, they are just as easy to store away. This allows one to recreate that casino feel without having to sacrifice much needed space in their home.

I do not profess to be an Academic on this topic. This piece is based on my opinion, an opinion formed by witnessing more people looking for cheaper and more sustainable ways of maintaining a lifestyle they had prior to the world wide Recession. In that I believe Poker Table Tops allow the ordinary Poker Player an opportunity to keep playing Poker in a truly competitive and fun atmosphere, while not having the added expenses that were incumbent when travelling to the casino during the good times.

Therefore, in answering the question posed by the title, ‘Poker Table Tops – An easy way to play Poker during an economic recession?’ I would answer ‘Yes, in my opinion Poker Table Tops do indeed offer an easy way to play Poker during a recession.’