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All Results and the Championship Schedule

Odds for the Championship Title

The odds of the football betting increased and the bookmakers speculate on the 4th European title for Germany in the face of a tough first round group.

Before the draw in Kiev, there could barely even 4-times European Championship odds be gotten for Germany, so now there currently are odds already running up high on EM 4.50. Nevertheless, Spain remains the top favorite among the best bookmakers, with odds between 3.20 and 3.50. Holland remains at odds, with rank 3 to 9-fold, who has been at odds with England as well, but now a similarly high (about 10-fold), and a potential winner EM side.

Measured against the drastically increased odds of EM Outright, the Danes are the most obvious losers in this group’s draw. Before Denmark was staggered in a group with Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal, there were rates up to 70-fold for the 2nd Title after 1992, and now you can loose 100-to-1, partially even 150-to-1 in the betting programs of the EM bookmaker.

All results and the Championship Schedule

The finals of the Euro 2012 football championship has just been drawn at 18 o’clock in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Should the supposed “hammer group” in this case be the German Group C: Germany meets the Netherlands there, Denmark and Portugal are put together. The hosts Poland, however, had bad luck of the draw. Football fans can look forward to it but always expect high-class groups, and thus – an exciting Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The luck of the draw this time was not Germany, but rather the EM-hosts Poland Hold. In a lucky draw – for Poland – for the country came away unscathed – with Greece, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic is in a balanced group, without the absolute top teams, advancement is quite feasible.

Quite different, however, are the impressions from the B Group, which is true for the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal, these we can clearly call the “deathly” group. In Group C, the European champions Spain has been placed, together with Italy, Ireland and Croatia. In contrast to Poland, Ukraine is the second EM-host in Group D, and has it much more difficult: here Sweden, England and France are certainly the toughest challenge; they will need to clear the Ukrainians out of the way.

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Private Lotto 24 was allowed to offer online lottery

The subsidiary of the German gaming giant Tipp24, the first online lottery, has received a new license for internet sales nation wide. Thus, the company may again offer lotto games over the Internet.

Since 2009, it was forbidden for state lotteries to offer betting through private intermediaries in Germany. Since the 1st July, however, the new gambling treaty got into action, allowing Internet sales again.

The license, issued to Lotto24, will be valid for a period of five years; it, however, must still be signed by North Rhine-Westphalia. But that would only be a formality. The license, however, is bound to strong regulations and strict youth protection guidelines.

Throughout Germany, it may be advertised on the Internet and on television only after a ratification by North Rhine-Westphalia. In the forthcoming months, it is estimated that additional licensing will actually follow. The easing of regulations has certainly got some impact on the approval of the sports and football betting provider.

This is highly likely to move in the foreseeable future forward again.

The first licenses for sports betting provider have been issued. Schleswig-Holstein has awarded its first licenses for the private sports betting companies.

Betfair, Betsson and Oddset may now offer sports betting on the Internet available for players residing in Schleswig Holstein. The authorization will be valid until 2018, and are subject to strict conditions and regulations. The Secretary of Interior receives applications which are currently of 23 other gaming establishments. Moreover, there were queries for 14 more providers of online casino games such as poker, roulette, baccarat and blackjack coming from Schleswig Holstein.

As regards the liberalization of the gaming market, the law is the basis for approval. In this way, Schleswig Holstein goes far beyond the common liberalization of the other 15 states.

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Better than the bookmaker?

So, huge statistics departments, sophisticated algorithms for calculating the perfect ratio, insider information, etc., etc. Many imagine the bookmakers as the perfect enterprise to work flawlessly and against odds which one has long term chances. The reality is, however, that there are quite a few who make permanent gains and earn more than just pocket money with sports betting.

It is also true that large bookmakers are investing a lot of technology and human resources in the calculation of the correct odds. But the fact is also that bookmakers focus mainly on the mass of the betters and often put up “people’s quotes” (see also “Bookmakers and ”Psychology of the Masses”).

Herein lies the advantage of the serious bettors. Instead of blindly betting on favorites and big names, professionals recognize it when a quota is of value, and where the weaknesses of the bookmakers are. It is also a fact that long-term success is achieved through specialization in sports betting. Those who specialize in one or two leagues and know all the features inside and out, have the edge in the long run.

The biggest advantage of the bookmakers is the house edge (see “Fair Odds vs. Bookmakers’ Odds”) and the lack of knowledge of the general public. As mentioned in the article “Bookmakers and Mass Psychology”, it is necessary to always keep in mind that the losses of the losers pay the winners’ gains. It is almost superfluous to mention that the losers’ losses are considerably higher in total than the gains of the winners. So, the bookmakers finally live off those – and in most cases not poorly.

Even though the house edge is a seemingly insurmountable advantage of the betting company, you should not be discouraged. The list of benefits of sport betters is in fact much longer. The key word is self-determination. Examples?

Advantages of sports betting:

* I can choose on which game I bet
* No bookmaker in the world can force me to play at bad ratios
* I decide how high the stakes are
* I can choose the bookmakers, and I bet I can bet where the highest rate is offered
* I do not need to know about all the sporting events and make decisions about correct predictions for them. It is enough that I am an expert in just one sport or league.
* I determine when I bet. A small hint: you should bet on favorites as often as possible. The closer a game draws, the smaller the odds on your favorite are, because the mass of the betters has just started a kick-off of the favorite. Outsiders are usually overpraised, shortly before the kickoff. See also “How bookmakers earn thier money”.

Can your own prediction system really be better than that of the bookmaker? In the fight against bookmakers they will probably have the years of experience in the calculation, and experience with quotas, so many might consider this perhaps hopeless. It is necessary to remark that there are a plenty of sports for the betters to choose from, without involvement in match-fixing being done. Practice, practice and practice again is the keyword. The continual refinement of your own forecasting system is crucial for your long-term success.

You should also endeavor to set up a network of informants and peers. One could constantly be informed on the current squad situations (injuries, suspensions, etc.), another could look after the ongoing evaluation of statistics, the next would know all about the local conditions (space, the weather forecast, fan support, etc. etc). Teamwork is the key!

The way to a good forecasting system is certainly not without hurdles and obstacles.

However, if you invest enough time in your continuous improvement, then you will arrive at a point where sports betting will have less to do with a bet, and have more with commonsense – in the real sense. From then on, you do not simply bet any more, but you invest, and good investments are always associated with income.