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How to Get Started with Sports Betting

Football or SoccerBy We Digitize

Since you enjoy blackjack, you might also be interested in trying out sports betting. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to get started and how to take your blackjack knowledge into sports betting.

As an already experienced gambler, you have great preconditions to become a successful sport better. Sports betting is a game of knowledge, ability of prediction and gambling strategy. They all need to be combined to be successful.

As a blackjack player, you already have at least one of these three golden talents: insights on gambling strategies. Many beginners in sports betting go into the betting as sports fans and place their bets without great gambling knowledge. But to be a successful sport better, your knowledge of the sport is not enough.

You need to know when to take a risk and when your chance of winning is getting too low. With your blackjack experience, you have the skill of logical thinking and mathematical gaming training, which will give you an advantage over other sports betters, who rely purely on their sports insights. So, let’s take that advantage of your blackjack skills and stimulate your potential as a sports gambler with a few tips on how to get started with sports betting.

Set a budget

Few major results come from beginner’s luck. You need the training to become a winner. And that means you should be willing to accept some mistakes in your learning process. So, start by setting a budget of what you are willing to put at risk. The money should never be more than you can afford to lose.

In the beginning, your main focus should be on learning, so start with a low budget. Then each bet should be based on a low percentage of your total budget – let’s say 2 percent of the total budget. Then your whole budget isn’t ruined by a goal in the final minute that will change the result. As you become more experienced you can upscale your budget and make higher wages, while still sticking to the 2 percent rule.

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Don’t just bet on everything

One of the keystones to successful sports betting is to gain knowledge about your sport and predict winners, losers, or other results. So, you need to do your research to rely on something more reliable than your stomach feeling. Stick to one sport that you might already be following. Stay updated on relevant news, results, players’ shapes, and every other aspect that might influence the result you are trying to predict.

Pick the right bookmaker

The different sports bookers vary to a big degree in terms of odds, bonuses, special boosts, or which games they offer. But it isn’t difficult to gain knowledge about the different betting sites. You can visit an online betting guide that will show you all the best, licensed online betting companies. Furthermore, you can read about the latest betting news and get information about bonuses or other advantages. It will also inform you about special gambling regulations in your home state, so you are on top of the local gambling laws.

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Smartphones are Changing the Online Gambling Industry

Smartphones Changing Online Gambling IndustryBy Oscar Salazar

How have smartphones changed the online gambling industry and the way we gamble?

Cell phones have evolved exponentially since they were first introduced to the public in the 1990s from a simple device used to make phone calls to a fully-fledged handheld computer otherwise known as a mobile device. Today, billions of people around the world have a mobile device and they’ve become an integral part of people’s lives. Mobile devices are portable and light and can be just as powerful as desktop or laptop computers. They’re used to connect us with both people, information and other smart technology, they allow us to work remotely from home or on the go, they entertain us and they do practically everything else in between.

The online gambling industry debuted around about the same time as cell phones did in the 1990s, but few could have foreseen then the power couple that they’d become in the 2000s, thus revolutionising how the gambling industry is viewed and how we play and gamble at the same time.

In the mid-2000s, smartphones were introduced to the public and instantly changed the world forevermore. They tipped the world off its axis, charting a new path for civilisation towards a future that was unimaginable just a few decades before. And ever since the advent of smartphones, innovation has only picked up pace, pushing the boundaries of imagination and the realms of possibility.

Industries have had to adapt to the little device otherwise they’d have risked being made redundant. One of the quickest industries on the uptake, experiencing the greatest transformation since the smartphone’s introduction, is the gambling industry. And thanks to their adaptability, tapping into innovation and technology, the gambling industry has enjoyed unparalleled success and growth over the last two decades. What’s more, the growth is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

On the contrary, it’s growing at a faster clip than previously predicted, thanks to an unexpected boost few could have foreseen in the form of a global public health crisis. The gambling industry cashed in HUGE on the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that rocked the world and shuttered most industries and brick-and-mortar retailers for extended periods since March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the world was facing an extraordinary global pandemic.

The very manner in which smartphones revolutionized the gambling industry is behind one of its success against the backdrop of a global pandemic.

So, how have smartphones revolutionized the gambling industry? We’re going to have a look in this column at some of the key impacts of smartphone technology on the industry. Let’s have a look…

Smartphones have made betting easier

Another Level To Ease of Access

Smartphones have made betting easier and even more convenient to bet on sports no matter where a person is. Online gambling was already popular because it allowed bettors to get in on the action from the comfort of their own homes, but smartphones have taken it up another level. They’re increasingly replacing desktops and laptop computers because they allow bettors to get in on the action from anywhere and everywhere – be it from the comfort of their own home or on the go. So, whether bettors are looking at betting odds or to play virtual casino games, smartphones make it much easier to do what they want. Everything is at their fingertips, including live offers, up-to-date odds and live betting lines

Live Odds

Live betting lines are real time information for sports fans and act as an invaluable up-to-date source of information. Sports betting odds are fluid, the ebb and flow determined by many variables – team and player news, injury reports, weather, public betting trends and so on. Therefore, odds can and will fluctuate all the time and up to game time. In the morning, the odds for a certain game, match, event… might have looked one way but closer to time the odds might have changed slightly or dramatically. With a smartphone, bettors can stay abreast of all and any market changes in order to place the bet that they feel the most comfortable with.

Bonuses and More Offers

Bonuses and other offers and rewards set apart online sports betting sites and casinos from the brick-and-mortar bookmakers and casinos. Thus, giving them a competitive edge as they try to lure gamblers away from these traditional gambling outlets. The ease of access that smartphones provide goes both ways: gamblers can access gambling sites directly from a phone, via mobile apps or mobile-friendly websites, while gambling sites by that same token can reach out to their customer base with similar ease, using text messages, SMS, email or in-app notifications to alert users to various bonuses and promotions in real-time.

The unrestricted access that gambling websites have to their customer base is critical to marketing initiatives that are designed to keep customers engaged, such as bonuses and other offers and rewards. Typically, these will come with calls to action, prompting bettors to react instantly before they expire. Some gambling websites offer standalone mobile offers which can only be accessed with smartphones, thus providing incentive to download apps or to access the site using mobile-friendly websites.

Safety and Convenience

Carrying wads of cash is never safe or recommended, and having to go to the bank to make withdrawals in order to dabble in some gambling activity – be it betting on sports or casino – can be a hassle for many whose day-to-day lives are already busy enough. With the advent of smartphone banking and apps such as Apple pay, Paypal and other pay-by-phone apps, funding online gambling activities couldn’t be more safe or convenient, not to mention instantaneous.

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Five Key Lessons from Card Counting Masters

Do Your ResearchBy Alicia Davis

Those with a passing interest in blackjack have likely looked into card counting legends like Edward Thorp and Al Francesco. Most gaming enthusiasts know that blackjack offers the best odds to win against the house—but card counting is a surefire way to beat the dealer.

Even better, it’s not illegal. Though most casinos will track suspected counters and the skill doesn’t exactly translate to online play, that doesn’t stop pros and newcomers alike from checking out the ropes. But first, players have to learn the basics, like knowing when to split, when to double down, or when to take a break. 

But when it comes to card counting, knowing when to stay at a table is even more important—and it’s not always dependent on when the count is in or out of their favor. Similar to how sports bettors will cross-reference odds from a variety of sportsbooks, blackjack pros may also choose to remain loyal to one company in search of exclusive offers. 

For example, one FanDuel sportsbook review highlights the group’s same game parlay capabilities. Punters who bet with FanDuel will have more competitive offers on the table for their loyalty, which could lead to competitive bonuses on parlays or other bets, leading to much higher payouts.

Similarly, a card counter may choose to stick around at a table with a cold deck, looking for a larger payout in the future—or, in some cases, to avoid raising suspicion. In other words, the standard advice may not always apply to those diving into card counting.

Let’s take a look at five key lessons from history’s most successful card counters.

Al Francesco: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

There’s plenty for the average blackjack player to admire in pro Al Francesco. First of all, he wasn’t a natural-born mathematician. Instead, he spent hours and hours learning to count cards and battling headaches. 

Eventually, Francesco turned his hobby into a money-making endeavor in Reno and Tahoe using the Ten Count strategy. However, his biggest contribution to blackjack was forming card counting teams to alleviate the demands on a single counter. Francesco and his ever-shifting team brought home hundreds of thousands throughout the late 1960s and early 70s.

Edward Thorp: Stats > Emotion

So who did Al Francesco learn to count cards from? The original strategy came from Edward Thorp, regarded as the father of card counting, and his debut work Beat the Dealer (1962). Thorp was a mathematician who drew on his probability skills and applied them to blackjack.

Many consider Thorp to be the first true master of blackjack. Similar to his work in the financial sector, Thorp’s message for card counters is this: hard stats will yield reliable probabilities. The most successful players don’t rely on emotion or even experience but stick strictly to the numbers.

Build a team that’s skilled and trustworthy
Build a team that’s skilled and trustworthy!


Tommy Hyland: It Pays to Know the Rules

As mentioned above, card counting isn’t illegal—but that doesn’t mean casinos like or tolerate the practice. And it certainly doesn’t mean large companies losing hundreds of thousands to experienced card counters won’t attempt to hold them accountable.

Back in 1979, blackjack enthusiast Tommy Hyland formed his own card counting team. Over the years, over two hundred different players moonlighted as part of his team, and more than one attempt has been made at taking Hyland to court. However, no charges have ever stuck, as Hyland knows the rules related to card counting, signaling and more—and has never officially broken them.

Ken Uston: Know Who to Trust

As one of the most high-profile card counters in the world, Ken Uston is regarded for his high IQ and card counting precision. His skills landed him on Al Francesco’s card counting team but exposed the team’s secrets in a 1977 tell-all book, The Big Player

What’s the lesson to be learned from Uston? Don’t be overly trusting with team members and make sure everyone is incentivized to toe the line.

Peter A. Griffin: Keep it Basic

Similar to Uston, Peter A. Griffin is hailed for his intellect. But rather than card count himself, Griffin preferred to observe other counting teams and take notes. In fact, he never opted into blackjack but preferred to construct theories from the sidelines.

Griffin’s lesson is to keep it basic—both for the purpose of enjoying what you’re doing and to keep complex strategies as simple as possible. In the end, blackjack has only one goal: to beat the dealer!

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BK8.com lands John Terry as their main ambassador

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February 15th 2019 announcement in Manila, BK8.com has named John Terry, English Premier League’s most successful club captains and Chelsea FC legend as the group’s first Brand Ambassador.

Manila, The Philippines: BK8.com, one of Asia’s biggest brands within the online gaming industry, secured the appointment of the English Premier League’s most successful club captains’ and Chelsea FC legend, John Terry, as the Group’s first Brand Ambassador.

The agreement grants BK8.com the exclusive marketing rights to John Terry as Brand Ambassador for all the Group’ s marketing campaigns and advertising platforms in which he will appear across its major businesses, throughout Asia.

The partnership with John Terry underpins BK8.com’s key values, reflecting its commitment and passion to grow the brand’s visibility to become the leading gaming destination for all Asian players.

John Terry said: “I am excited to begin this partnership with BK8.com! They share my great passion for football and I’m looking forward to playing a role in their many future plans to promote the brand to new and existing players throughout Asia.”

Mr. Lawrance Wayneson, General Manager of BK8.com, said: “We are delighted to welcome John Terry to BK8.com; a man who shares many of the same values with our brand and who is always looking for opportunities to reach greatness. One of the most influential and successful captains to compete at the highest level of club football, John Terry is a true sports icon who inspires fans worldwide to strive to reach the ultimate standards of excellence. John Terry will help engage our target audience in Asia and working with him as a brand ambassador is just one of the many exciting, upcoming projects BK8.com has planned for 2019!”

The agreement is a result of a collaboration between Samson Sport Consultancy and Entourage Sport & Entertainment, who are the commercial agents for John Terry.

John Terry was a strong, tenacious, commanding and physical defender and was known for his aggressive tackling, positioning, leadership and his ability to read the game. He is considered to be one of the greatest central defenders of his generation. Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2009, PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2005, and was included in the FIFA Pro World XI for five consecutive seasons, from 2005 to 2009. He was also named in the all-star squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the only English player to make the team.

Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League title since 2004! He is one of only five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender.

About BK8.com

BK8.com is Asia’s largest online betting agency, which provides customers with access to Asia’s top Sportsbook, Casino, Lotteries and Games brands. BK8.com is Asia’s biggest online casino brand, attracting millions of players to join and play. As the official agent of major gambling brands, they provide a huge range of casino games which deliver a premium experience for each player, whether playing at home or via Smart phone enabling continuous access to fantastic promotions that are on offer. BK8.com offers the highest quality across its wide range of products and services. Their Member Service Support Team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, to provide assistance.

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