How to Find the Best Betting App in 2021

Betting on sports is one of the most popular pastime activities in the UK. People do it for varying reasons. It’s cool. It’s exciting and can make you money. It’s also risky and people love to take risks in life.

If you’re planning to get into sports betting, take time when choosing a sportsbook app. It plays a crucial role in your success as a punter. Here’s why. You need an app that’s reliable. It should be fast and cover your favorite sports with competitive odds.

Continue reading to discover all the reasons you need a quality betting app and how to find the right one for you.

Security and Trustworthiness

A good betting app needs to be safe and secure. That goes without saying. It should have security tools to protect your data and money. It also needs to be trustworthy. Although you can spot a secure betting app by looking at its features, a license from the UKGC also confirms an app’s security.

The UK Gambling Commission is extremely strict about security. It requires every betting license applicant to secure their sites and apps accordingly. That means they must hire professionals to build these apps and use tools like SSL, firewalls and multi-authentication to protect players.

When it comes to trustworthiness, the best way to discover reputable companies is by reading reviews. The best betting app will obviously rank at the top of reviews. By comparison, terrible apps attract overwhelmingly negative reviews.

App Layout and Optimization

Before you think about creating an account, install a few betting apps (free of charge) and gauge your experience using them. Test their loading speeds, their designs, layouts and ease of navigation. 

Obviously, you want an app that makes it easy to bet. It doesn’t matter whether you want to check odds or whether you want to place an in-play bet. If the app lags, or takes too long to open, you risk losing money.

Luckily, app design is an area many betting companies excel at. It’s probably because the UKGC requires them to create efficient apps. Or maybe it’s stiff competition that has forced betting brands to work on their apps. Regardless, it’s easy to find beautifully designed betting apps nowadays.

Sports, Leagues and Tournaments

What’s the real reason you’re looking for a betting app? Perhaps you want to make money by wagering on the upcoming English Premier League. Maybe you’re more interested in horse racing. Or maybe you’ve fallen in love with the rapidly growing sport known as eSports.

Choose an app that supports your preferred betting markets. Rather, choose an app that gives priority to your favorite sports, leagues and teams. Let’s say you love football. Then you want an app that delivers betting markets on all the big leagues around Europe, and major FIFA tournaments worldwide.

However, that doesn’t mean football is the only sport on the app. You could develop a love for tennis, basketball, cricket or golf later on. And you don’t want to start over the entire process of finding a great app.

The best betting apps support a wide range of sports, from major sports like football and basketball to minor sports like wrestling and Australian Rules. The benefit of providing lots of betting markets is that you’ll always have something to predict.

What’s more, it’s easier to find high-value odds. For the uninitiated, high-value odds are games where a team is under-valued based on its odds compared to its winning potential.

Competitive Odds

As mentioned, a good betting app provides competitive odds. If you find a good-looking app but it offers poor odds, find an alternative. You don’t owe betting apps anything. Quite the contrary, they owe you quality odds.

Picture this. You’ve found a nice-looking betting app that covers your favorite sport, hockey. It supports all the major leagues. But there’s a problem. Your friend who bets at a different app makes more money than you do even when you bet the same amount on the same game.

The explanation is that your friend is at an app that gives him better odds than you get. Over time, the small difference in profits can turn into a lot of cash. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure you pick an app with the best odds.

Free Bets and Bonuses

Let no one deceive you. Free bets aren’t entirely free. Nonetheless, they’re excellent betting tools that could boost your profits and minimize risks tremendously. That means you shouldn’t fear accepting betting freebies.

However, don’t accept just about any betting bonus you find online. Take time to discover the value you’re getting from a bonus. Let’s say you come across a bet £10 get £40 bonus. That’s 4x your money, meaning it’s worth your attention.

Next, look at the betting terms and what you need to do to cashout your profits. Most bonuses have something called playthrough: the amount of real cash you must spend at the betting app before you can withdraw your bonus winnings. Pick a bookie with zero or only a small number of wagering requirements.

Quick Payouts

For a lot of newbie punters, an app is great if it supports their favorite payment methods. Maybe someone loves PayPal. And so, they choose the first PayPal betting app they find. The problem: the banking process differs from one app to another.

Sure, you can find five apps that support PayPal, Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, Bitcoin and Google Pay. But some of them charge you for deposits. Others don’t. Some limit withdrawals at £1000 per day. The best apps have limits of up to £100,000.

Owing to that backdrop, look beyond payment methods. Find out the minimum and maximum you can deposit and withdraw from a sportsbook. Also, read online reviews to verify that a company keeps its word on charges and payout speed.

Generally, the best betting apps support instant deposits and withdrawals if you use e-wallets and crypto. Withdrawals can take longer, though, especially when using credit cards and bank transfer.

Which Summer Transfers Will Perform This Season?

It’s been a summer of sport, and to top it off, the start of the next Premier League season is only around the corner. As always, there are going to be theories about which club will perform well and at the centre of the debates are questions about the capabilities of new transfers.  

Deciding who will take to life in England like a duck to water is notoriously difficult since the speed and intensity of the EPL is infamous. However, several signings appear to be readymade for the division. So, which players are ready to make their mark?

Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)  

Jadon Sancho signed for Manchester United in July. After a fraught couple of years, the transfer saga finally came to an end when Borussia Dortmund accepted a fee for the English winger and the player agreed to the deal on personal terms. Of course, being born in England isn’t the only feature that makes Sancho stand out above the rest of his summer 2021 alumni.  

Firstly, he’s proven he can adapt to a different type of football: let’s not forget that he moved from Man City to Germany in the early stages of his career and very quickly transformed into a European superstar. Secondly, his statistics for Dortmund easily make him one of the most prodigious rising stars in world football, never mind English football. And finally, Dortmund is a massive club, so Sancho’s well seasoned as a player who has demonstrated his abilities on the big stage against some of the world’s most prolific sides.  

Sure, there’s confusion as to where he’ll fit in and he might not show his best form straight away. Still, it’s almost certain that he will highlight why he’s a wonder-kid by the end of the season, next May.  

Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa)  

No disrespect to Aston Villa, but you don’t expect a club like them to feature on a list of the major summer transfers. This epitomises two things – the lack of activity from the big guns on the market and the Claret & Blue Army’s savvy business acumen. After all, Buendia is a top signing.  

His form in the Championship proves this beyond a doubt, with the former Norwich man notching 15 goals and 16 assists in the last campaign. Overall, that equates to 107 chances created and 2.74 chances created every 90 minutes. Perhaps some would argue that this is of no consequence as the Championship is inferior to the Premiership, and technically, those critics would be correct.  

However, Buendia has featured in the Premier League, managing seven assists in a season where his club was relegated. If you need proof of his qualities, just look at the Premier League betting odds for his current/former side. The latter is 5/6 to be relegated this season, whereas the former is 7/1 to avoid the drop.  

Francisco Trincao (Wolves)  

Francisco Trincao is a Barcelona starlet and it’s therefore unsurprising that the Catalonians have only agreed to a temporary loan move for him. It’s evident that they want to keep him in the long run and aren’t prepared to sell him, even though the club needs to shed wages to resign Lionel Messi.  

This sacrifice, alone, shows you how good the up-and-comer could be because almost everyone at Barca is for sale at the moment. Whenever Trincao has played, he’s impressed at the Camp Nou. Although he only managed a total of three goals, he appeared a total of 28 times during the La Liga season, which is a lot of appearances for a 21-year-old.

One reason why the Wolves could provide the perfect training ground at which to further develop Trincao’s skills is because of the number of Portuguese players on the club’s books. From Rúben Neves to Pedro Neto, Fábio Silva, and João Moutinho, the squad is packed with countrymen that will make him feel at home. If he can adapt, there’s no reason he won’t take the league by storm.  

Let’s hope that they all perform for the sake of the Premier League. Otherwise, it won’t be a very entertaining season from a Fantasy Football perspective.

Choosing the Right Payment Method When Betting Online

No matter what you want to bet on, when you want to place a bet with a bookmaker, you will need to send money to your bookmaker account on the site. Most bookmakers will offer many different payment methods that you can use to deposit to your player account. We’ve taken a look at the various payment methods and providers available, how they work, and the best options for deposits and withdrawals.

The Best Payment Methods Offered by Bookmakers

Once you have registered, choosing your preferred payment method and depositing to your balance will be the next step to take before betting and playing on your chosen bookmaker’s betting site. Most good bookmakers, such as Betfair, accept a range of payment methods, but not all of them will meet your needs in the same way. You can check the Betfair payment and withdrawal info available on this page to get started with choosing the right payment method for you. Some of the most popular payment methods accepted are:

  • Debit card
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Paysafecard
  • Apple Pay

The Differences Between Bookmaker Payment Methods

Numerous payment methods are offered for your convenience by the best online bookmakers. And each payment method has a unique way to deposit money on a betting site. When choosing which one to use, you may be wondering what the main differences are between all the different payment methods.

There are several aspects that are worth considering when choosing which method you will use to deposit money at an online bookmaker site. Not only is it worth understanding more about how they differ in terms of how money is collected, but it’s also worth considering the payment speed, your safety and security, deposit and withdrawal limits, and whether there are any costs or fees involved.

Payment Speed

Payment speed refers to the time in which a payment is processed and received. The good news is that, other than traditional bank transfers, which will normally take a few days to process, the most common payment method options will usually be processed almost immediately, allowing you to place your bet straight away. For example, depositing with Skrill, PayPal or Neteller means you’ll receive your money into your player account straight away.

Safety and Security

Licensed and registered bookmakers are required to have secure website infrastructure to protect players and their finances. The easiest way to achieve this is through using SSL (Secure Socket Layer), which offers HTTPS. These are two systems that work together to encrypt any information that is sent to and from the site.

Deposit and Withdrawal Limits

Due to the fact that the operator may have to pay a cost per transaction made, limits are usually set. These may differ based on the method, the operator, and whether you are depositing or withdrawing funds. These rules are usually in place to discourage players from depositing certain amounts or using specific methods. Typically, there will be a minimum amount that you’ll be able to deposit per time, and a minimum amount before you will be able to withdraw your funds.

Fees and Costs

The good news is that most bookmakers do not charge you for making a deposit, and any payable fees are almost always covered by the house. Some bookmakers are the exception to the rule and will charge small fees for withdrawals, due to the high percentages that they need to pay to the payment processor for each transaction. This may also vary depending on the payment method that you choose to make your withdrawal.

More Information

When it comes to depositing and withdrawing money, bookmakers today offer a wide range of different payment methods to choose from. Not every bookmaker will have the same payment method options on offer, so it might be sometimes wise to choose a different bookmaker site if you know that your most trusted and preferred payment method is offered there. The good news is that, when it comes to the most popular and reputable online betting sites, the same or similar payment methods are typically accepted.

Most good bookmaker sites offer a range of payment options to choose from. Which one you use is completely up to you. Consider the above factors to help you make the best decision when it comes to depositing and withdrawing your funds when betting.

Players with Proven Staying Power to Deliver for Fantasy Teams

The demands made on a pro footballer’s body these days are incredible, meaning that only those with sturdy physiques and an ability to heal quickly have longevity in the sport.

This applies in the Premier League more so than any other domestic league in Europe, due to the physicality and relentless pace that games are played at.

This can throw up some difficulties for Fantasy Football managers, many of whom have to weigh up if a talented player is worth the investment if they are going to spend half the season nursing injuries. Some good cases in point last season were Christian Pulisic and Diogo Jota, both of whom showed flashes of genius but spent the majority of their time receiving treatment on the physio table.

Here are some of the most robust players in the Premier League, who are sure to deliver consistent points hauls throughout the entirety of a Fantasy Football Premier League campaign.

Any Fantasy Football manager who had their squad packed with Liverpool talent knew full-well how damaging injuries and fixture congestion can be (Photo Source: Envato)

West Ham’s Czechs

Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal were two of the biggest breakout stars in the Premier League last season, as they took David Moyes’ Hammers to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

Despite hardly missing a game throughout the entire Premier League campaign, the dynamic duo then headed straight to Euro 2020 where they helped their Czech national team reach the quarterfinals.

With both men practically assured to play pivotal roles in the 21/22 season, they will both make for shrewd additions to any Premier League Fantasy Football outfit. The only thing that could hold them back is fixture congestion having a negative effect on their performances, especially because West Ham will have to contend with a gruelling Europa League campaign this time around.

West Ham should have yet another robust squad for the Hammers faithful to enjoy next season and Fantasy Football managers should not discount their hardworking players

A Fox with Gloves On

Kasper Schmeichel has consistently been one of the most assured goalkeepers in world football over the last few seasons and proved his worth once more as he led his Danish national side all the way to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Most Fantasy Football managers focus on the men who can score them huge goal tallies, but it also pays to have a shot stopper who can rack up points with those all-important clean sheets.

Man Utd Goal Machine

Bruno Fernandes is one of those wiry athletes who is so hardened to getting kicked that his legs may as well be made of iron.

However, he is far from only being a midfield warrior, constantly banging in goals, be it from set plays, penalties, or open play. He was a budget buster in Fantasy Football leagues last season and will no doubt harbour huge bids this time around as well, particularly because he seems impervious to injury.

Many Dias Since He Missed a Game

By most Fantasy Football metrics Rúben Dias was the best defender in the Premier League last season. He also only missed one solitary game through injury, only to return to action in even better form than he displayed before his fleeting layoff.

With a plethora of high-quality defensive talent packed around him in the Man City squad, it is hard to see him not being close to the top of the best defender rankings come June.

Mo Stopping the Egyptian King

He was unsettled by transfer rumours, playing in a team whose injury list was the worst in the league, and had a misfiring Roberto Firmino alongside him, but Mo Salah still ended up finishing the season with 22 goals in just 37 appearances.

With Liverpool looking like they will be back to their best in 21/22, Mo Salah is one striker that most Fantasy Football managers will be dying to get their hands on.

Into The Horse Track: Things You Should Know About Horse Racing

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If you’re new to horse racing or a seasoned pro, there are a few important rules to follow if you want to win consistently. As you’ve probably heard, knowledge is power in betting games, so if you’re just getting started, make sure you’ve thoroughly understood and appreciated this game.

Horse racing has grown even more popular in recent years due to the internet and is now one of the most bet on and watched sports. Thus, we go above and beyond by providing you with horse racing tips for a sort of event, such as those held at the del mar race track, that you may find useful.

Choose the Paddock Picks

If you want to get a good view of the horses as they run the race, the paddock is the best place to sit down. You can generally see and analyze your horse in the paddock before making a decision on your wager. It is recommended that you keep an eye on your horse’s characteristics, such as calmness, alertness, as well as the lightness of his feet, to ensure that he is fit for racing.

Check the Form History

Those who intend to place bets on horses should gain a better understanding of the horse’s form. This generally provides you with valuable information about a horse’s performance in the most recent races, which can be extremely useful.

Whenever it comes to horse racing, it may be necessary to check both the form history of the horse and any potential free racing offers. What is the significance of form history? The majority of the time, it provides information about a horse’s bloodline.

When deciding whether young horses seem to be preferable to older horses, this method is extremely effective. This can be applied in a variety of ways, but in most cases, nothing is as it appears, especially when considering the owner or trainer.

Handicapping

In horse racing, handicapping is a method of evaluating the data you find about a horse’s latest ‘races’ in order to determine the ability of a particular horse. There is a wide range of handicapping systems available that contribute to making use of data to the fullest extent possible. Therefore, understanding the handicapping system is vital if you intend to place big bets.

Betting Favorites

Putting money on favorites can be difficult because favorites are only top picks due to the bettors’ extreme money. Even if a horse is the favorite doesn’t really necessarily imply that it has the best chance of winning the race.

You must place your bets on the horses that your handicapping system indicates are the most skillful. In addition, if you aren’t making any money, you should work on improving your handicapping system.

Betting Long Shots

On the other hand, there is the option of placing bets on long shots. Some gamblers place bets on long shots since they stand to gain significantly if the long shot wins. However, the problem is that most long shots have extremely high odds of winning because they are not likely to win.

To place a wager on a long shot, you must have a compelling reason to do so. For example, if you’re handicapping shows and believe they will improve performance more than the odds, it could be worthwhile to place a show bet or an across-the-board bet on one of them; however, don’t place a bet on them solely based on the odds.

Select the Winners

After thoroughly understanding and analyzing the handicapping details as well as the horse’s current form, you can place your bet and stand in line for the racing schedule to be released before proceeding. You must exercise caution when making your selection if you want to achieve your goals.

As a beginner in horse racing, there are several factors to consider when selecting a potential winner. These include the trainer, the jockey, pedigree, and form whether or not the sector is ready for competing, weather conditions, and any possible weight that may be assigned in the handicap.

To Conclude

Betting on horses is somewhat comparable to betting on any other sporting event or competition. However, it takes a lot of small details to come together just right when it comes to winning. Everything, from the track to the weather to the jockey and the trainer, must be taken into consideration. Furthermore, if you make a single mistake, it could cost you money.

You have just learned important tips about horse betting that will assist you in making the best decision possible. First, use these tips to improve your handicapping systems and understand how to handicap horse races effectively. Then, continue to improve your horse race handicapping skills until you have a successful system in place.

Make money via no deposit Bonuses.

Did you know that you can win real money without paying any first at a casino? Yes, it is possible in online casinos that offer no deposit Bonuses. By using this scheme, you can start gambling without having to pay a single penny, and all the wins you get is all yours! You can cash them out and spend them the way you like it. In this article, we will discuss more on this neat little feature that some casinos offer. Have you ever wondered how casinos make a profit from this? If yes, then keep on reading because we will disclose some information that will blow your mind.

How No Deposit Casino Bonuses Work

First, the online casino will ask you to sign up with them to avail offer. Then you will receive a bonus code that you need to enter to claim the bonus, or in some cases, we have seen that it gets automatically added to your account. But in a few rare cases, you’ll have to do this the hard way. After that, you will be asked to claim the bonus via email. What is the catch here? You will only be able to play for free on selected few games. Such as Table games like Blackjack or roulette are allowed. All these games are generally developed by Casino game developing companies such as Yggdrasil. You can check out the website https://www.yggdrasilcasino.com to learn more about this software provider. 

Furthermore, Progressive slots are not allowed either to play on. You need to know that all the no deposit bonuses come with their set of rules and regulations. They have set rules that you will not get massive cash outs to put the casino at a colossal loss. It would be best if you did not confuse this with the house has the edge over you. You are eligible to get wins but small wins. Usually, the maximum cash out you can get can vary from $50 to $200 per game. You need to check the terms and conditions of the no deposit bonus to know more.

How does the Casino Profit?

You might be wondering what does a casino get from giving out risk-free money to new customers? The answer is simple they want to steal customers from their competition by offering them a better deal. Once you get into their website to gamble, they will try to pitch you into their gambling games and compel you to spend money.

How To Make Money Playing No Deposit Bonuses

Yes, it is possible to play and make free money. Many online casinos are offering no deposit bonus offer to new players. Some of them are:

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  • MrQ. 
  • Bonus Boss
  • Cashmo
  • Space Wins
  • Mirror Bingo
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But these casinos are set to not give out huge wins to any players playing through no deposit offer. So how can you earn big bucks from this offer? The answer is simple; you need to enroll in multiple casinos and start winning in them. Even if you can’t will big in all of them, if you can get $20 from each casino and enroll for 30 casinos, your total will become $600!

Conclusion

In this detailed article, we have discussed how the no deposit casino bonuses work. We believe that after you finish reading this article, you will be able to start earning big bucks by making use of no deposit bonuses at online casinos.

FanTeam £1m Fantasy Premier League 2021/22

FanTeam have today launched their 2021/21 season-long Fantasy Premier League game with a guaranteed pool of £1million including a life changing £200,000 for 1st place. At £20 per entry, you get 9 months of entertainment and excitement along with the chance to win some serious cash. A number of fiso members finished in the prizes in the 20/21 season game.

On top of £200,000 for 1st place, there is £75,000 for 2nd, £50,000 for 3rd …… £10,000 for 10th and prizes are paid out all the way down to 5,000th place.

The game rules are fairly straightforward and little changed from the previous season:

The scoring systems has been slightly tweaked from the previous season to reduce the impact of the team winning/losing and to provide points for shots on target (that don’t result in a goal).

Follow the news and discussion about FanTeam on our FanTeam forum where you can also see promotional offers from FanTeam for entries into their 2021/22 FPL game.

7 Top Players Who Failed Euro 2020

While placing bets or playing at https://tonybet.co.uk/casino, you try to predict the results. And when we are talking about football or other sports events, we pay attention to the sportsmen. But they don’t always live up to our expectations. The results for these 7 footballers were not as their fans expected. 

Kylian Mbappé (France)

It’s not just a blurred penalty. Mbappé looked arrogant throughout the tournament. He played with disdain, wasting chances. Perhaps it was the conflict before Euro 2020 when the big media reported that he was being judged within the team for being one. Kylian couldn’t overcome this. He could have led the national team to the quarterfinals on his own, but he failed, and after the decisive miss none of his partners even came to support him. The player went silently to the locker room. 

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Before every major tournament, they expect magic from Bale. His phenomenal game for the national team at Euro 2016 is too memorable. But since then, the player has been losing ground. At the European Championship, the team made it out of the group, but much of the credit goes to Turkey – they managed to win against only them. In that game, Bale made two assists – his only productive actions at the tournament. And in the playoffs, Denmark ran riot over Bale, Ramsey and others. But the 31-year-old national team captain is not giving up.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands)

Barcelona went the unconventional route and announced a top transfer during the Euros: Memphis Depay officially joined the Catalan club on June 19. There was just over a week before the disappointing 1/8 finals. The Netherlands flew through the group stage. Depay was expected to show his leadership qualities in the difficult moments against the Czech Republic. But he and his team sank after de Ligt was sent off. The Dutch media destroyed the player. According to most, with such a weak character there is simply nothing to do in Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Portugal quickly found the main culprit for their Euro 2020 relegation – most of all Ronaldo. The emphasis was not even on the game, although even there is something to be criticised – because the captain is still in the spotlight and hardly wants to share it with anyone – but on the disrespect for the captain’s armband. After Belgium, Crist threw it on the lawn and then kicked the symbol of leadership. It infuriated people. Ronaldo is not the main culprit for the defeat, he still shows a high level, but still wants to decide all the episodes himself. The Portuguese remains an individualist, and that’s not good for the team.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)

Few people understood why Manchester United’s star and one of the best players in the EPL did not become a mainstay player in the national team. He did not play a single full match at Euro 2020, did not have a single productive action and did not play well. Perhaps the problem is that he didn’t try to play exclusively through Ronaldo, as others did?

Thomas Müller (Germany)

The player, who was called up to the team under great public pressure, could not fail at the crucial moment. But with the score of 1-0 in favour of England, it was Müller who jumped out one-on-one with Pickford and shot just past the post. At this point, he turned into the main enemy for the fans. It was on him that fans vented their anger. Although Thomas apologised a lot immediately after the game, he realised he took away the dream of millions of people. But the saddest thing is that it is not certain that the next head coach will call him up again for the team.

Antoine Griezmann (France)

Another player in whom Deschamps had endless faith. Griezmann has long needed to become a leader, but major tournaments fly by, and he remains just a faceless detail in the mechanism of the team. The Barça player scored only one goal at Euro 2020, and in the match against Switzerland he didn’t make it to extra time as Deschamps replaced one of his favorites. The striker needs some sort of internal rebuilding if he wants to go to Qatar as the main player.

The longest home losing streaks in the Premier League

Intro

The Premier League is often lauded as one of the best and most competitive divisions in European football. With this in mind, it’s very easy for smaller clubs to end up in a seemingly endless downward spiral, where even partisan home fans can’t turn the tide. 

In honour of Liverpool losing six home games in a row in 2020/21, here are the longest home winless streaks in Premier League history. The Reds just about managed to avoid cracking the top five, but the following clubs weren’t so lucky. In fact, the majority ended up being relegated, which most bookies will have favoured anyway after seeing these losing streaks grow. Click here for the latest football betting odds for the upcoming season.

Huddersfield Town – 7 defeats

Huddersfield Town were viewed as the ultimate underdog story when they were promoted to the Premier League for the 2017/18 season. Remarkably, the Terriers managed to stay up in their debut campaign, meaning they’d have another year in the topflight in 18/19, despite their financial inferiority. 

Resilience and desire alone was enough to keep the club afloat during their first Premier League season, but by year number two the novelty had somewhat worn off. Huddersfield didn’t win a single home game until November 2018, with the club taking just three home wins altogether that year. The run of defeats started on the 1st of December and didn’t end until February 2019, when David Wagner’s side finally registered a 1-0 win over Wolves.

It was a heroic effort over two years, but in the end, relegation back down to the Championship could not be avoided.

Bolton Wanderers – 7 defeats

Bolton’s run of home defeats is slightly different from the rest of the entries on this list, as it was spread across two seasons. The streak started on the penultimate match-day of the 2011/12 campaign, where the club lost 2-1 to Sunderland.

 This form was then carried over into 2011/12, with the Trotters subsequently getting beaten 5-0 by Manchester United, and 5-1 by Chelsea over the following few months. They did manage to break the run of defeats at home in spectacular style, by thrashing Stoke City 5-0 at the Reebok in November 2011.

 Stoke would end up having the last laugh however, as in a cruel twist of irony, a defeat away at Stoke on the final day of the 11/12 season would end up relegating Bolton to the Championship.

Derby County – 7 defeats

Statistically speaking, Derby County in 2007/08 were the worst team in Premier League history, breaking almost every unwanted record in sight. They recorded just one win in 38 games, ended the campaign with only 11 points to their name – and scored the fewest number of goals in a single season (20).

During this dire period for the East Midland outfit, they naturally went on a dismal run of home defeats that helped cement their status as one of the league’s worst-ever sides. Derby’s best performances that year were all on home turf, with their only league victory being a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Pride Park. 

That result was immediately followed by a run of seven home defeats in a row, which was only halted thanks to a January draw with Manchester City.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – 9 defeats

Wolves performed the greatest of escapes to stay in the Premier League in the 2010/11 season, but nothing could seemingly prevent their inevitable relegation just 12 months later. The club won just one of their last 24 league games, setting a club record by going 30 matches without a single clean sheet to their name.

Mick McCarthy started the season as Wolves’ manager in 2011/12, only to be booted out after a shameful 5-1 humiliation at the hands of bitter local rivals West Brom. His assistant, Terry Connor, took over for the rest of the campaign, but he could do very little to prevent the club’s slide into the Championship.

Ironically, Wolves managed to end the run of defeats on the penultimate day of the season, when the already relegated side held Everton to a scoreless draw.

Sunderland – 10 defeats

It doesn’t get much worse than Sunderland’s pitiful 2005/06 Premier League campaign. Fans of the club must have thought they’d reached rock bottom three years prior when the club finished 20th after 15 straight defeats in a row.

And yet, the Black Cats managed to outdo themselves in 05/06, losing 10 games in a row at home and registering just 15 points – yet another unwanted record for manager Mick McCarthy. They were without a win in 28 consecutive matches that season, 12 more than any other club in Premier League history.

Mercifully, Sunderland fared a lot better when they were promoted at the first time of asking in 2007, becoming a Premier League ever-present until their eventual relegation a decade later.

Is Poker an eSport, or Something Else Entirely?

The synergy between eSports and professional poker seems to be getting more obvious than ever. The decision by the WSOP to give eSports a huge presence at the 2018 games just goes to show that more and more people now believe that the connection is making sense. The Rio Hotel and Casino which is based in Vegas has been the home of the WSOP since the year 2005 and they have decided to go ahead with a centrepiece around the schedule for poker as well. The UMG eSports stage was then unveiled and this gave poker players the chance to step up and take part in some of the most famous games out there. The games included Fortnite as well as FIFA and even Hearthstone. Right now it would seem that the WSOP is an institution. To unveil this information shows how dedicated they are to eSports in general.

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Embracing eSports

When you look at sites such as GGPoker, you will soon see that they started bridging the gap between poker and eSports some time ago. They started hosting live and virtual tournaments for people and this is done in a very similar way to the popular gaming site Twitch. People then started to see that the two were very similar and this has helped to bring them together in more ways than one. Elsewhere in Vegas, which is still one of the biggest poker hubs around, it would seem that eSports is now being embraced hugely.

The Luxor, which is at the southern end of the strip, is capable of staging  huge eSports tournaments. You also have Poker Central. They are due to make their broadcasting area available for those who want to stream eSports events. The mental attributes that you need to have in order to play both poker and eSports are indeed very similar. Some of the finest poker players in the world are now migrating onto the card.  Starcraft has captured the imagination that Asia has and now the game has been scrapped so that people can work on games such as Overwatch 2.

ElkY

ElkY who is a professional poker player has taken the time to try and get involved with other eSports games. He has chosen to sign a deal with the Team Liquid division so that he can partake in the Hearthstone tournaments. This is very similar to the game of poker when you think about it because nobody knows what cards their opponents have. Hearthstone is a sporting game that has been able to enchant poker greats such as Daniel Negreanu as well. He had to go up against ElkY in a game that was hosted in 2015. This game was hosted in California.

A Big Transition

Many professionals have been able to make the transition from eSports to the game of poker very easy to do. Their ability to analyse and then process data before making quick decisions has helped them to branch out into a whole new industry. When it comes to unlocking secrets and strategies, it would seem that there are not many minds out there like James Mackenzie. He has been confirmed as being part of the team Pokerstars. They have a background in games such as Runescape and even Hearthstone, meaning that he has the ability to create strategies that are able to utilise the newest forms of gaming online. This is fantastic to say the least and it just goes to show how things have transitioned. Some might even say that poker is now an eSport in itself.