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Last Updated February 20, 2018

What are betting exchanges and how do they use technology?

Sports betting was, for a long time, in the technological dark ages with a real refusal to use anything other than good old-fashioned intuition and guesswork, both for bookmakers and punters. Many tried to come up with systems but would view stats and figures with a certain disdain and unhappiness that amounted to a sort of reverse snobbery.

We can see it today with football and xG, expected goals, a term that is very common for professional gamblers to used but your regular run of the mill punters view it with subscription. It is easy enough to understand, it basically just calculates how valuable a chance is and if a team is over or underperforming based on the chances it creates. This can, of course, help you to see patterns and how likely teams are to win a match based on previous performances. It can also help to evaluate players.

For a long time, despite there being so many new pieces of technology, be that hardware or software, technology was simply ignored by people who liked to places bets and the companies who let you place them. There was no competition, no need to innovate before the internet people had to go into actual shops so why make it easier for punters if it was paid for them to find a new place to bet.

However, there were some innovative and driven companies which felt there were ways which we could change and alter betting in order to both freshen it up and make it more exciting. One of the key ideas was to introduce betting exchanges, with a number of companies pioneering this idea which would change the way people bet and interact with each other. One of these companies is Matchbook, who run one of the worlds biggest sporting exchanges and there are many different matchbook promotions people can use in order to get introduced to the platform without having to spend any money. They have worked hard to create this new system which makes betting better.

In essence, what it does is seek to set odds in a way that other companies had never even considered. Rather than using an algorithm no-one knows anything about or having a secret sect of employees who bicker and argue before putting the price up, betting exchanges give control back to consumers and allow them to interact with one another.

They have embraced technology which allows people to interact with one another, they have created a betting space which uses the latest technology to quickly and easily interpret what real people are betting on in order to change the prices. You are able to bet on or to bet against something happening, the more people doing one affects the price of the other. If a lot of people are betting on something to happen, say Manchester City to beat Leicester this weekend, then you will get good odds on betting for that not to happen.

Like the stock market, prices are affected by real time events and by actual people’s confidence in something happening. This technology then has given power back to the consumers and made betting a more open and democratic process.

Three tech innovations in betting that have changed the way we bet

For a very long time, the technology behind betting was very stagnant. When we first were allowed to go into bookmakers and stick on a bet, there was a closed market with little choice of how, where or on what we decided to bet. If you wanted to bet on something already in progress, too bad. If you expected the bookmakers to give you anything, well that’s too bad as well.

Bookmakers knew that, basically, they only had other high street shops to compete with and in small town and cities, they knew it was a big pain for you to find a different place to wager at. Finding a new bookmaker meant looking in the yellow pages, or driving around in hope, maybe asking a friend. This gave them no incentive to make things easier or better for their audience. Why risk losing money or giving a customer more of an edge if they would keep coming back.

However, as with many things, this all changed when the internet age became mainstream and people had more choice across many aspects of life. Suddenly companies were reinvigorated by the fact that they faced new competition. Local bookstores suddenly had Amazon to compete with, clothes shops had online retailers armed with the ability to slash prices and bookmakers, well, they suddenly had to deal with a whole slew of new companies armed with fresh web hosting technology, that forced their closed shop was suddenly open.

If you wanted to find a new casino, now it was a click of the mouse away. If you felt you weren’t getting good odds, if you thought there wasn’t enough keeping you there or if you could see new and exciting ways to bet online then suddenly you could just move to a new place. This meant regular casinos had to go online and do something in order to compete with the new boys. This brought a number of exciting changes and innovations to online betting, here are two of the most celebrated ones.

 

Betting exchanges

Suddenly, with the internet around, there were new ways for people to interact, be it over social media or using other techniques. In terms of betting, what this ability to interact with each other brought, is the ability to create betting exchanges. A number of companies began to offer these, like sports betting Matchbook exchange which allowed betting to become more like the stock market.

Prices changed and fluctuate depending on who was backing bets or who was betting against them happening. Now you had prices that were set more by a community than some corporate algorithm. This made it much easier to understand and see how and why prices were what they were, it revolutionized betting.

Cash out

Another wonderful innovation that helped customers, if you have a bet on that is winning but worry it might be going south, you can now take an offer from the betting company to end it early and make sure your pocket at least some of the winnings. These innovations have given us as customers a degree of control which we should celebrate.

The two best odds casino games to play online

When online casino games first came out, they were really very poor. They were no fun to play, they were slow, the UI was embarrassingly unhelpful and the security was a real worry. This was especially true of online card games which were just awful, didn’t work properly and the cards were always fuzzy. If you were playing blackjack the dealer was always just too good and it just became a waste of time to try and win money playing them.

Nowadays though the games are miles better, they are quite a bit more fun and you can actually win money with them. If you have spent big money on a gaming machine or a great gaming monitor, now online casinos have graphics worthy of your machines.

One of the biggest reasons for this is the fact that a number of bookmakers have stepped into the casino market. Before, when it was just small online casino companies trying their hand, they didn’t have the resources or the expertise to create great games. However, when companies that have been around for decades doing sports betting and other bookmaking stepped in, they used all their knowledge to create great games. Coral is one of the best example, this excellent, and most importantly impartial, Coral Bookmaker review, explains why it is one of the best choices for online betting and online casino gambling. It is a real golden age for online betting.

One of the few problems though is knowing the right game to play. There is an assumption that the house always wins when it comes to casinos. However, this is not always the case with many different casino games being better to play than others. Everyone thinks the games all have an equal chance of seeing you part with your hard-earned cash but some games actually have very good odds. Here are two of the best.

 

Blackjack

This game has the best odds of any casino game with it often being close to 50-50 and there are a number of reasons that this is the case. The main one is the fact that you are not playing against anyone but the dealer. In other games, you are playing against other patrons, as well as the house, but when it comes to blackjack, it’s just you vs the dealer, sometimes you even have help from other players who can force the dealer to go higher to beat them. It is also very easy and hard to make tragic mistakes owing to the fact that, in essence, you are only counting up to 21. There are not many very hard rules for you to observe making it well worth your time to play.

Red or Black on Roulette

The odds in roulette are quite well explained on the table with many of them being obvious. Red or black is near to 50-50, the house has two of their own slots with 0 and 00 in US casinos making it slightly less than a 50% chance you will win. Still, it is very simple and totally down to luck making your chances higher than in a game of skill, where you can easily mess up.

 

How Modern Phones have Helped to Root Out Cheats

 

In today’s modern world of technology, we have come to rely on various gadgets and devices on a day to day basis. One of the things that many people are most reliant on when it comes to tech is their smartphone, with some people carrying it around with them no matter where they go. With the number of features that we get on today’s phones, it is little wonder that we spend so much time on them.

Smartphones have helped to make our lives easier in many different ways. For instance, we can now go online while we are out and about. We can stream movies and TV shows direct to the device, we can chat with friends and family via social media, and we can take and share videos and phones. However, one more thing that can be done with a smartphone is rooting out a cheating partner.

If you believe that your partner is cheating, it is likely that his or her smartphone will play a big part in this. Cheating partners often start to spend a lot of time on their phones simply because this enables them to liaise with the person they are seeing with greater ease. In the past, people had to make sly phone calls to be able to communicate when having an affair. However, these days the modern smartphone offers a host of different options for communication.

Many cheats will get on Facebook on their smartphones so that they can private message the person they are having an affair with rather than do it on the computer where there is more of a risk of being seen. Many others will send texts back and forth via their phone to the person that they are having a fling with. Some will use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp to contact the person that they are seeing. Finally, many resort to the traditional old methods of actually calling the person that they are cheating with, although this is obviously behind the back of their significant other.

So, what does this mean for people who are trying to find out whether their partner is cheating? Well, in a nutshell if you can get your hands on that mobile you could be presented with a wealth of information that will enable you to determine whether your partner has been up to no good. You can check on people that have been calling your partner and use a reverse phone app to find out who it is. You may be able to access their Facebook account to see if they have been sending private messages to someone else. You’ll b e able to read any messages on instant messaging apps that they have used. You can also check on outgoing calls to see who your partner has been calling.

This vast array of information means that you can quickly and easily root out a cheating partner with relative ease when you have access to their phone.

Successful Couponer

4 Things You Have To Do To Be A Successful Couponer

If you are like most people, finding a way to save money is a top concern. With all of the different ways to save money out there, doing a bit of research to find out what methods work for you is important. For years, people have been using coupons to save money on everything from electronics to groceries. While most people like the idea of couponing, they fail to realize just how much work it takes. If you are not dedicated to finding deals, then it will be extremely difficult to cut corners and keep more money in your pocket each month. Here are just some of the things you will need to focus on in order to become a great couponer.

  1. Combining Coupons and Offers is a Must

One of the biggest keys to success as a coupon enthusiast is learning how to combine various offers and coupons. Finding an aggregate site, like Couponbuffer, is the best way to see what deals are out there and which ones can be combined. If you are able to reduce the price of the goods you need by using multiple coupons, then you need to invest some time into researching the deals available to you. The only way to find out about these deals is by going online and doing your homework. Some of the bigger deals will require you to use coupons within a certain time frame. Planning out your shopping trips in detail will allow you to save money and avoid making mistakes. Organization is a must when it comes to saving big bucks on goods and services. People who try to rush through the research process usually find it very difficult to take advantage of really good deals.

  1. Who Accepts the Coupons You Have?

The next thing you have to focus on when attempting to be successful at couponing is which stores will accept the coupons you have. Often times, newcomers to the world of couponing fail to realize that not every store accepts these discounts. The last thing you want to do is to get a bunch of coupons ready and go to check out only to realize the store in question does not accept. Looking at the website of a retail establishment is the best way to find out about their policy on coupons. The more you are able to find out about the stores in your area, the easier it will be to get the great deals you are looking for.

  1. Starting Small is a Good Idea

We have all seen television shows where people are saving hundreds of dollars on single transactions. While this is possible, you will have to work your way up to these large ticket savings. The best thing you can do when first starting out in the world of couponing is to start small with your transactions. Trying to do too much too soon may lead to a number of costly mistakes being made. As you gain more knowledge of how couponing works, you will be able to plan larger hauls and get better deals on the goods and services you need.

  1. Utilize the Power of the Internet

When trying to find the best possible deals on the good and services you need, utilizing the power of the internet is a great option. There are tons of different websites out there that are dedicated to providing their users with information on the best deals out there. Finding and using these websites is the only way you will be able to reduce the amount of money you are spending each month on things like food and clothing. Researching the various couponing sites out there is the only way to figure out which one is the right fit for what you need.

Saving money will require a lot of work, but the benefits you can reap will make the effort invested worth it.

Overwatch League Begins

Streaming Figures in the Spotlight as Overwatch League Begins

The moment that the gaming world has been waiting for ever since it was announced at BlizzCon back in November 2016 has arrived – Blizzard Entertainment’s eagerly anticipated Overwatch League is finally up and running.

Arguably the eSports world’s brightest new hope absolute global domination, the competition has attracted a lot of attention in recent months for a number of reasons including its format of using city-based teams in a manner reminiscent of traditional sports like the NFL or MLS. It has also developed serious star power too, with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and even Jennifer Lopez known to have invested in the competitors involved in the event.

Considering all of the hype, it is unsurprising that now it has launched attention has turned to whether it is proving a hit with gamers. With this in mind, a big focus has been put on its streaming performance.

Of course, the ability to stream video has had a huge impact on many areas of our lives – just ask the millions using Netflix or Amazon Video for instance. However, it has particularly played an important part in gaming in its various forms for a number of years now, whether it has been to simply watch top performers in action or had a use as part of playing a game. For example, only a few years ago there was lots of buzz around online casinos and how they were using such technology to create ‘live dealer’-style experiences in which players could participate in games controlled by a real-life dealer.

Streaming has also had a major role in bringing eSports to its avid fanbase, with Twitch undoubtedly being the go-to brand when it comes to watching top gaming action. Considering how huge the service is, it was not exactly surprising to see the recent confirmation that Twitch would carry livestreams of all Overwatch League matches in its capacity as the ‘exclusive worldwide third-party provider’. According to Blizzard Entertainment COO Armin Zera, the decision was made in order to “drive significant viewership” in the competition’s first season – so how is it faring so far?

It remains very early days, but the signs are promising. According to estimates, the first day of action saw streams reach more than 415,000 viewers. Such figures would be impressive enough on their own but as PCGamesN point out, they do not include results for either Chinese viewers or those watching on the official phone app or MLG stream. When all of this is taken into account, the final number could well have been significantly higher.

While the initial figures for Overwatch League are hugely positive and will no doubt be welcomed by Blizzard, there should, of course, be a word of caution that interest was inevitably going to be high as the action first got underway. The key will undoubtedly be for the competition to maintain such streaming figures and, if it can achieve that, we could well be looking at a competition with the potential to push eSports right into the mainstream.

Best Kitchen Gadgets

The Best Kitchen Gadgets for 2018

With the new year come different resolutions, expectations and promises we will all struggle to keep as 2018 unfolds. We might have even gotten ourselves a new armchair, the best exercise kit to lose those extra pounds that the holidays left us with and/or we probably have some great gaming gear lined up and ready to be tried out. However, in the spirit of making our lives easier, this time, we’ll focus on the best kitchen gadgets we can get our hands on this year.

Best Kitchen Gadgets

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a personal chef (like Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome) or self-cleaning kitchens (not a thing yet) or food that stores itself. For this reason, we have looked at a few simple things that might give us an extra hand when it comes to keeping this sacred place of our homes tidy and help us save time so that we can spend it on other worthwhile activities. If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes cooking more, then you will be interested in the Amco Rub-AWay bar. This stainless-steel bar that can be used with or without water helps remove smells — like garlic, fish or onion — from your hands, so you don’t have to worry about unpleasant fragrances lingering after you finish preparing a meal.

Now, if you’re seriously thinking about cooking more in 2018, then you will need a proper knife. There are many options out there, and different chefs have their personal favorites, but the Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife has proven to be infallible. User-friendly and safe, which is designed so it won’t slip away from your hands, the Victorinox razor is one of the best ones around, and it will surely help you cut with precision as you prepare any dishes this year.

If you’ve read our site carefully, then you know that we give importance to kitchen faucets — here is the complete list of the five best faucets of 2017 — and we look forward to delving further into the newest and most comfortable ones as the year unfolds. The same goes for home vacuum sealers that help us store food, which we always look forward to reviewing on a continuous basis as new models come along. However, in the meantime, we have found this fruit and veggie keeper, which has a delightfully funny design. It comes in different colors and helps preserve the freshness of your food, especially specific kind of fruits and vegetables like onions while also keeping unpleasant smells away from your fridge.

From an almost magic steel bar to help you smell great even when you get your hands dirty to the perfect knife to a fun food keeper, these are just a few of the best gadgets you can discover in 2018. So, if you have planned to spend more time in the kitchen this year, then these are all tools you’ll find both fun and useful. And when you go back to your armchair, make sure you check the rest of the updates we’ll be posting about, from electronics to toys to the latest gaming specials. Enjoy your 2018, which apparently comes full of pleasant surprises!

Runescape Gold

4RSGOLD For When You Need An Instant Resupply Of Runescape Gold

As a long time Runescape fan, my goals have morphed over the years. When my love affair began a decade ago, stuff like getting a 99 attack or getting ovls was considered difficult. Achieving such feats was more than enough recognition. Unfortunately, with time and the steady rise in players, these achievements are no longer hard to achieve.

Going beyond and breaking the barrier requires spending Runescape gold, at least in my opinion and that is where I spend the majority of my time nowadays. In fact, nearly half of my time goes in trading RS coins, and this is where 4RSGOLD comes into the picture.

Full disclosure, there are plenty of online exchanges that deal in Runescape gold. If you wish to consider another provider, please do so. For me, 4RSGOLD is ideal thanks to the plethora of payment options. Personally, I prefer dealing with Moneybookers or Paypal, but that’s just my choice. They even entertain Western Union and Euro Standard, so that’s neat for folks across the pond.

My experience since the first time I made an account till date has been nothing short of amazing. Select the server, coin quantity, provide your character name and email address. Choose from the many payment options, complete payment and your character will now have access to Runescape gold that you can spend to level up, get ovls or if you are like me then go for the Completionist Cape, Max Cape but before that do complete Plagues End.

On a prior occasion, the payment was successful although my game seemed to miss this transaction. The good thing is you don’t have to wait for a resolution thanks to their 24/7 support. I really can’t say if they provide all year round support but at least my issue was resolved in under one hour, which is spectacular. Other RS Gold platforms are equally good, but I haven’t received such quick customer support from any other place.

I have bought Runescape gold in the past, but approached 4RSGOLD on a recommendation from a friend. I know a lot of my loyal readers play Runescape – and as you know, I already recommend a lot of the best products out there. I haven’t really recommended game currencies before, but 4RSGOLD is definitely up there as being one of the best.

Get Back In The Game! You Will Love It

Were you like 132/138 level when you quit playing Runescape? You must have felt pretty content knowing that you reached a level others can only dream of and that’s probably why you decided to call it quits. Well, be ready to be surprised because nowadays almost everyone is either maxed out or close to maxing out. You have to spend your gold to get a higher thrill since maxing out is pretty straightforward. Just remember to get all the gold you need from 4RSGOLD now that you are back in the game.

Perfect Guest Room

Creating the Perfect Guest Room in Your Home

If you have a spare bedroom in your home, it can be a great idea to set up a guest room, which can be used if you have friends or family coming over to stay. By using your spare room as a guest bedroom, you will not only be able to benefit from a very practical and useful space in your home but you can also eliminate the risk of the room inadvertently becoming a junk room.

Setting up a guest bedroom in your home doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly. All you need is a pretty basic room that will be comfortable for any guest who is staying at your home. Remember, this room will only be used on occasion so simple, basic, yet comfortable are the qualities you should be aiming for in order to avoid spending more than you need to.

Tips to create a comfortable guest room without spending a fortune

There are a number of steps you can take in order to create a practical, comfortable guest room within a pretty low budget. This includes:

  • Freshen up the room with a lick of paint: Simply giving the room a lick of paint will help to freshen it up. Once you’ve done this, you can start looking at other areas of the room such as furniture, curtains and lighting. Opting for a warm neutral colour such as biscuit or cappuccino is an excellent idea for your guest room. If you want to liven the walls up a little buy one or two framed prints for the walls, which you can pick up really cheaply from a range of home ware retailers.
  • Buy a basic bed: Bear in mind that your guest room will only be used on occasion, so you don’t need to buy the best bed on the market. Choose something basic – not low quality though. Also, buy a good foam mattress for the bed, as this will be affordable for you and comfortable for your guests – take time to read through mattress review sites before you choose. You can then dress the bed up to make it look inviting, using things such as throws and cushions.
  • Lighting: The lighting requirements for your guest bedroom also only need to be simple. A basic light shade for the ceiling will be fine – you can colour co-ordinate this in line with your walls and fabrics or go for something like glass in order to add a touch of class to the guest room. Also, make sure you invest in a lamp for your guest to use.
  • Other furniture: There are some other items of furniture you will need to look at. One or two bedside tables are important so that you have somewhere to put the lamps and so that your guests have somewhere convenient to place their belongings. You might want to add a small dresser with a mirror if the room doesn’t have en-suite. Your guests will also need somewhere to put their clothes but rather than paying a fortune for a solid wardrobe, you can consider one of the very practical and pretty sturdy fabric ones available these days. You can even add a TV so that your guests can watch movies, shows, and news such as MSNBC Live.

With these steps, you can make sure your guests are able to feel welcome and comfortable in your guest room, but you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

Laptop Size

Choosing the Right Laptop Size

Choosing the right laptop for your needs involves looking at a range of different factors. There are many different laptops to choose from these days, with the range of laptop devices having rocketed over recent years. There are laptops of all sorts of sizes, colours, makes, models, and specifications, and you therefore need to choose carefully.

One of the decisions you will have to make is what size laptop to go for. Different sizes will suit different needs when it comes to laptops. It is important to think about where and when you will be using the laptop, how often you will be using it out and about, and whether you would be comfortable on a larger or smaller screen.

Making your choice

These days many people have a laptop instead of having a desktop computer at home. They don’t really take the laptop out and about, but find that it is a convenient alternative to the desktop because it can be used from any room in the home or even the garden if the user has wireless internet at home. Those that plan to use the laptop as an alternative to a desktop may find that the larger laptops are suitable, as they will provide a large screen for convenience and ease and the user doesn’t have to worry about lugging it around because they use it at home more than anything.

For those that have to take their computer out and about with them a lot, such as many business users, a tablet is often a good choice. They are very small and portable making them excellent tools for those that need to be hooked up to the internet whilst on the move. You can get tablets in different sizes, so you can choose the one that best fits in with your needs.

In addition to looking at the size of the computer that you have you also need to look at the specifications that come with the system to ensure that they are adequate for your needs. This is something that you should check when comparing the different laptops and netbooks. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the bigger the laptop the better the specifications as this is not necessarily the case. You will often find that some smaller laptops have higher specs than some of the larger ones, so always be sure to check things like memory, processor, hard disc drive capacity, and other specifications. Take the time to read through laptop review entries from other people before you make your decision, as this could help to ensure you make the right choice.

Another thing to bear in mind is that you should focus on more than just the cost of the computer. Buying a laptop can be a big investment for many people, which is why people are always on the lookout for good deals. However, make sure that you consider the size, price, and specs before you make your choice.