Gods of Gambling

People like to gamble, they place bets to have fun or to earn extra cash. When they feel lucky or when someone is watching over them, they simply want to take a chance, to prove that fortune smiles on them, and betting / gambling is no exception.

Praying to God for a team to win a specific game in order for you to win a bet is more or less selfish when there are still so many bad things in the world. But what about those ancient gods of the past, people believed in them and prayed to them for fortune. The different mythologies of the world reveal powerful deities that rule over the world of gambling. Here are some of the gods that can influence the outcome of a football match in our favor:

Hermes is the Greek god of gambling, profit, hazard, and gaming. Hermes was the winged messenger of the gods. He was the god of flocks, road, trading, commerce, thieves. He is also known as Mercury in Roman Mythology. His father is Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods.

Thoth is the Egyptian god of gambling. He had the same attributes like the Greek god, Hermes. He is the creator of magic, the inventor of writing, the messenger of the gods and the divine record-keeper and mediator. According to myth, he earned 5 extra days by gambling with the moon (then known as Iabet) in a game of dice to help the sky goddess Nut to have her children.

Macuilxochitl, (five flowers, also called Xochipilli) is the Aztec god of gambling, music, dancing. He was the god of games, from board games (Patolli) to the Aztec version of football (Ullamaliztli). Generally represented as a god of fun and dancing, Xochipilli could also send venereal disease to anyone who violates abstentions by engaging in sexual intercourse.

Li-Nezha is the Chinese god of gambling. He is probably the only one of the Chinese Gods that can reveal the winning numbers in lottery. Li-Nezha is perhaps more well-known as Nataku or Nata from Japanese anime a half-mortal war god. In ancient times mortals worship him as a God of Lotteries and Gambling.

Lakshmi, is the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune. Lakshmi is the consort of the god Vishnu. Hindus believe that anybody who worships Lakshmi sincerely, and not in greed, will be blessed with fortune and success. After worshipping Lakshmi on Diwali, many Hindus gamble and spend profusely, believing that Lakshmi has bestowed good fortune upon them.

Nohoilpi – The gambling god of the Navajo. Also called “He Who Wins Men”. He is a renegade son of the sun god Tsohanoai. He came down to Earth and taught his gambling games to the various tribes but soon abused his power by overcoming them at all his games of chance and collecting his winnings by enslaving people to build a city to mark his glory. He was defeated at gambling by a Navajo man send by the other gods and was thrown into the sky.

Football Betting Strategy Depends on Team Form and Statistics

Football betting strategy is required for punters to succeed in the football league of their choice. Among the most common strategies are the complete knowledge of the team form, the condition of each player and statistics.

It should be based on a particular football league instead of many of them together. You should follow the paces of your chosen league minutely to keep track of every development. Keeping a betting log is also imperative in getting together the right strategy and it should not be less than at least 50 bets.

You should bet only when you are confident that the odds of the bookmaker are enough for you to take a risk. Value bet can be calculated by ascertaining the team’s chances of winning and getting the best price to the last decimal and then multiplying the winning chance percentage by the available odds.

Then you should go about checking the home form of the team. According to statistics, the home win takes place more than half the time, while a quarter of them are draws and the rest are all won away from home.

To get a hang of the situation, you should check the last season records of the team and even go back to the season before that. It would provide an ample opportunity for you to work out the chances.

Another way of getting a football betting strategy together is to concentrate on recent forms only. Players may have come back from injuries and the confidence level is on tops. Sides that have lost recently lack the spirit to have a go at the next event. But these are not exclusive scenarios and upsets can happen anytime.

The captain, goalkeeper, key players and the central defender’s presence in the team should also be factored in while sharpening up your football betting strategy.

Sports & Gambling – Where Is Sportsmanship?

It was only a couple of thousand years ago that sports was culminated by the Romans when they had what they called their own version of the Olympic games. The progress of these games saw what we now have as the modern day Olympics.

Since then, many other sports have risen in popularity in modern times with the biggest being football which is followed by almost 2 billion followers around the world. Many of these sports have made millionaires of the players who excel and represent their sports in the international arena.

The most famous being Tiger Woods (#1 ranked golfer in the world) who has been proclaimed as the 1st billionaire sportsman since the beginning of sports.

There is also Michael Jordan (rated by many as the greatest basketball player of all times) who is a few hundred million short of becoming a billionaire himself.

With these players one cannot easily say that they have not performed 100% each time they go out and play. Looking at their performance record it would be more easy to say that they have excelled 90% of the times they have played. Being humans we all have our bad days due to illness, stress, family issues etc. Thus, the few substandard performances.

But there are sports that is so glaringly transparent that gambling has got a hold in their hallowed halls of management. The sport that I am talking about is FOOTBALL.

Take the recent World Cup for example. There were more than 20 incidences where a wrong call or no call by the referee or linesman made a critical difference to the outcome of the match. This would seem insignificant to most viewers except those who had bets on the outcome of the game. And it is the belief that at least 5% of viewers bet on the matches around the world. This would amount to 100 million viewers globally. If the value of each bet was $10 that would make the value of each match a cool $1 billion. There were more than 30 matches throughout the tournament. That’s more than $30 billion at stake. Astounding isn’t it. Just over a period of about 30 days.

You see, the mistakes that were made by the referee or linesmen could have been avoided if FIFA (world governing body for football) had agreed to install the video playback which is currently used by other sports like tennis and badminton. It takes only a few seconds for the playback verification. It also takes out the ‘unfair play’ factor. Joseph Blatter (FIFA chairman) has made a statement on ‘fair play and respect’. What fair play? Millions were lost to syndicates. So why the indifference by FIFA? Could it be that the gambling syndicates have their support even within FIFA???

This means that past history on football could very well have changed if video playback technology was implemented and I would like to recall that most famous incident involving Diego Maradona and his ‘hand of god’ incident against England. He scored with his hand which is in effect a foul. Not a goal.

Let’s take a look at one example, a top team playing with a team ranked in the 70s. The odds of the top team going through would probably be 3 or less to 1. That means whoever betted on the top team stands to win $30 or less if they had betted $10. If 10 million viewers did the same thing then the stake of the match would be about $300 million. It is very easy to BUY someone for let’s say $1 million when the stake is $300 million wouldn’t you agree? It is very hard as a human to ignore this kind of temptation when you earn about $100 to $200 per game (as in the case of the linesmen and referees and to not make a call at a critical stage during the match).

Let’s take a look at the same example but with a different betting stake. Most bets are on a variable stake. That means that the bet is broken down into several stakes. Take team A (top team) and team X (ranked 70s). The bet would look something like this:

Team A beat Team X = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 1 goal = Odds are 3 to 1

Team A beat Team X by 2 goals = Odds are 5 to 1

Team A draws with Team X (90 minutes) = Odds are 10 to 1

So if there is a result where Team X beats Team A or draws with Team A (full match including overtime), it’s all profits for the syndicates.

There have been recorded incidences in the past about referees and linesmen being involved in match fixing. There were also recorded incidences in the past about football players being involved in match fixing. So with all this sordid history, wouldn’t you think FIFA would want to implement video playback technology? If they have not done so and are postponing this glaring truth technology you have to ask yourself why? WHY?

This would not even be considered if video playback technology was implemented.

Handicap College Football Like a Pro

Like the majority of the American population, you enjoy the NFL and college football games. One night, after watching the games, you think you have what it takes to handicap college football, and you decide to give it a try. You spend hours looking at every game, stats and numbers you can find, and finally gather enough guts to place your bets on your prediction. However, your prediction went totally wrong and inaccurate. You ask yourself ‘What did I do wrong this time?’ This is the world of football handicapping— it is a hard and daunting task. Handicapping cannot be done overnight. It takes time, sweat, tears and perseverance to be successful in this discipline.

College Football can be just as fun and exciting as NFL games. If you want to handicap college football like a pro, as a pursuant you need to have a better understanding of the game to be successful in handicapping. Football handicapping is one very frustrating and daunting challenge to any amateur. If you really want to succeed in football handicapping, follow these easy steps and it could greatly help you in your handicapping endeavor.

1. Read full accounts for all the college football games, especially the games with the teams you are most interested in, the Monday the games have been completed. Read the newspaper articles, look for articles from the internet, and get full accounts that give the football team’s scores, outcome and overall performance.

2. Look at the stats carefully. Examine turnovers, passing yards, rushing yards, etc. Check out the trends, and see if the teams are more powerful on the offensive or defensive. Do not forget to look at their opponent’s stats and records, as well.

3. Listen and watch the coaches and football players carefully. Listen to their press conferences, interviews, etc. Some teams will tell you about their player’s injuries and condition, though other teams are not as forthcoming.

4. Read midweek articles from the newspapers. See how the college practices are and how the team has been after a win or loss. Attitude plays a major key to a football team.

5. Watch for any changes by Thursday. If favors have moved from one team to another or vice versa, check factors like injuries, illness or suspensions.

6. Check different online handicapping message boards and websites. See and compare your information from others. Some of the people on those boards are professionals and usually have inside sources.

7. Place your bets once if you feel confident, and place it as early as possible.

Of course, there are several websites that offer football handicapping services, both college and pro. These handicap services are done by specialists and experts. These websites offer information and analysis per game, and inside information. You can get all these information for a fixed fee.

However, handicapping doesn’t give you assurance of a sure-win. After all, there is still a risk element when betting on football games. If you can find out how to handicap college football games, you can increase your chances of winning tenfold.