CitizenBlogI have had to adjust to life without Sports Betting and, I can tell you, it hasn’t been easy.

CitizenBlogHaving successfully come through a weekend without any sport and by definition without any betting, I have been watching the behaviour of some of my fellow punters as they look for alternative outlets for their disposable income.

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I mentioned the advent of Betgames and Lotto Numbers, but the market with the closest correlation to Sports Betting is probably E-Sports.

Popping onto the World Sports Betting Website there are a host of E-Sports listed many of which are absolutely Greek to me. I do recognize the top one on the list though, namely “Call of Duty” as my teenage son has played it on occasion.

The next Call of Duty Tournament is in Dallas on 28 March and Dallas Empire are priced at 7/4 favourites with the Chicago Huntsmen 2/1 and you can get 11/2 and better about the balance. I have, of course, absolutely no clue as to the form heading into this event, and it may well be prudent to spend some more time with my son as he plays his X-Box.

To find out more about E-Sports Betting and to see whether there has been growth post COVID-19 I made contact with the Marketing Director at World Sports Betting, Ryno Du Plessis who advised that “E-Sports has been a growing betting sport for a while now and although the growth has been slower in SA than other countries, there has been a telling migration as the Generation Y kids enter the working market and start earning more disposable income. With the COVID-19 pandemic, E-Sports suddenly finds itself at the forefront though and we are seeing an increasing number of bets on these sports by patrons who would not have been betting E-Sports a couple of weeks ago”.

I have long suspected that E-Sports is the market of the future, but never really had the inclination to get involved, but it looks as though the time may well be ripe though.

This will likely be my last article for a while as we enter the lock down (it is of course meant to be a sports betting piece) and I wish all of the Citizen readers and regulars to this column a safe and trouble free isolation period and I cannot wait until we are back talking about and betting on top class domestic and international sport.

Twitter: @BrentGraham.

This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 26 March 2020.

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CitizenBlogI put a post out on Facebook last week that I would be summonsing all my will power and would be giving up Sports Betting for a few weeks. There was a wide range of reactions with most people asking if this was a cry for help and I had perhaps been kidnapped, while others commended me on having the discipline to make this move.

CitizenBlogThere was a time when I used to bet on the PGA Golf every weekend which meant plenty of late nights especially when my fancies were in contention. These days I tend to focus on the bigger events like the Majors and with the US Masters on the horizon, I am looking to get involved in the Players Championship, the event many call the 5th Major.

CitizenBlogThe only thing that has gone right for me in this season’s Super Rugby is that I have not been able to watch many games due to school sports commitments. After a strong start in Week 1, my form has slumped considerably and to give you an indication of where it stands, I am currently sitting 64th out of 69 players in our “Pay To Play” Pool in SuperBru.

CitizenBlogAfter a short break Sevens Rugby returns to our screens this weekend for the 5th round of the IRB World Rugby Sevens Series.

CitizenBlogI have somehow found a way to make a profit these last two weekends of Super Rugby. I say “somehow” because if you have been reading my betting previews on Goodforthegame you would be forgiven for thinking I am talking absolute rubbish.

CitizenBlogAfter a quiet opening weekend of Super Rugby, I had more opportunities to watch games in Round 2 and I am pleased to report I came out ahead of the bookmakers, but only after some serious close shaves.

CitizenBlogThere were 7 Super Rugby matches in Week 1 and if you add together the amount of rugby I watched over the course of the 7 matches you would not even get a full game.

CitizenBlogFor many rugby punters things get real this weekend with the start of Super Rugby and Six Nations.

CitizenBlogA friend of mine was out from New Zealand over the holiday period and although now a fully-fledged All Blacks supporter he does follow my social media accounts and we got to talking about rugby and betting.

CitizenBlogHaving cleared most of my accounts after the Rugby World Cup, I then proceeded to flitter away what was left and was on the verge of shutting up shop for the year. I had a small balance left in my World Sports Betting Account and decided on a change of approach which, so far, has paid dividends.

CitizenBlogAs 2019 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on what was an up and down sports betting year. The highlight was, without doubt, the Rugby World Cup and I turned a profit on the event thanks to long term positions going low on points and tries and despite being on England to win the tournament.

CitizenBlogAs 2019 draws to a close, rugby punters will be taking close order as the Cape Town 7’s gets underway.

CitizenBlogMy weekend began on a positive note when I cashed in our Poker School’s annual year end Tournament on Friday night. Unfortunately things started going wrong on the Saturday when I got involved in Horse Racing including the Summer Cup. It was one of those days where anything I backed failed to even challenge for the places and only Queen Supreme, who eventually finished 4th, gave me a run for my money in the main race.

CitizenBlogThe Summer Cup is one of four Horse Races I get excited for each year with the others being the Durban July, J & B Met and Queens Plate.

CitizenBlogSports Betting took a back seat for me this past weekend as I was invited to play in one of the WPT Poker tournaments at Emperors Palace. GGGaming were kind enough to sponsor me into the opening event and I lined up alongside 183 poker players, the majority of which play far more poker than me. As much as I love poker I tend to run out of patience and if I was going to go deep in this one I needed plenty of discipline.

CitizenBlogWith the Rugby World Cup something of the past I am looking to take something of a betting sabbatical over the next two months. Of course, strictly speaking it is not a sabbatical at all as I won’t be getting paid and frankly I won’t stop betting all together. The frequency and size of my bets will decrease though.

CitizenBlogCongratulations to the Springboks on being crowned World Champions after a dominant performance against England on Saturday.

CitizenBlogI fancied England to win the Rugby World Cup at the beginning of the Tournament and a few weeks ago finally took the plunge and backed them at 9/2. I knew they would have to beat New Zealand in the semi-final and that would quite likely set up a final against South Africa.

CitizenBlogThis past weekend was unusual in that I didn’t have any school sporting events to watch so I could focus on the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals.

CitizenBlogAfter a rather shaky Rugby World Cup to date I enjoyed a great weekend with virtually all of my bets arriving. In fact the only one that went belly up was Scotland to beat Japan, my final play of the weekend.

CitizenBlogI made sure to organize a business meeting with someone who wanted to watch the Rugby last Friday when South Africa took on Italy just after midday SA time.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks play their third World Cup Pool Match against Italy on Friday and if they win this match they will be assured of a second place finish behind New Zealand and a spot in the quarter-finals.

CitizenBlogComing into this Rugby World Cup I had a long term strategy which was to go low on points as I expected conditions in particular to trouble the teams.

CitizenBlogI often find myself saying “where does the time go?” and as a general rule every year seems to fly past quicker and quicker. But for some reason the four years between Rugby World Cups seems like an eternity and I cannot wait for the action to get going on Friday with Japan playing Russia.

CitizenBlogI was in Brits this past Saturday watching my son play a 7’s Tournament for his school and for that reason I never got as financially involved as I usually would have.

CitizenBlogRugby World Cup fever is building and I am getting more and more enquiries from people who are keen to have a bet.

CitizenBlogThere has been some significant moves in the Rugby World Cup markets over the last few weeks. New Zealand’s prices have moved between 12/10 and 16/10 and they are currently sitting around the 13/10 mark after an impressive Bledisloe Cup showing last time out.

CitizenBlogI was invited to watch the South Africa v Argentina Test match at Boktown in the Monte Casino this past weekend. I decided to take my son along and before we arrived at the venue we stopped in to get him a Springbok Rugby jersey. I wasn’t prepared to take a second bond on my house for the top of the range, but we got him a nice World Cup replica and enjoyed some refreshments while we waited for kick-off.

CitizenBlogThere has been some significant movement in the outright World Cup betting markets following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

CitizenBlogI am coming off one of those weekends I would rather forget.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks last gasp draw against New Zealand in Wellington have seen them installed as 4/10 favourites to win the Rugby Championship with just one round of games remaining.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks delivered an impressive display against the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday to win by 18 points, comfortably beating the 6 points handicap the bookmakers had given them.

CitizenBlogAfter a temporary lull rugby fans have plenty to look forward to this weekend with three Currie Cup matches and the opening two Rugby Championship tests.

CitizenBlogI usually get very involved with the Durban July hosting a big get together, however this year I had a 50th birthday party to attend so scaled back considerably although that did not apply to my bets.

CitizenBlogThe first Saturday in July is always one of my favourites of the year with the running of the Vodacom Durban July and also the start of the Tour de France.

CitizenBlogBok coach Rassie Erasmus cast his net wide when calling up players to his training camp in Pretoria this week.  South African fans will have taken note of the large contingent of overseas players who have the opportunity to prove themselves.

CitizenBlogIt doesn’t happen often but every now and again a weekend comes along where everything goes your way.

CitizenBlogThe 18th and final week of the Super Rugby regular season takes place this weekend and judging by how much money I have already got down, it is going to be very much a make or break weekend for me. 

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