How To Gamble: Sports Betting

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Even so, “wacky” proposition bets can sometimes be found in Las Vegas sports books. If you bet $10 on Burton 15-1 and he goes on to win the race, you win $150 plus your $10 back, for a total payoff of $160.

DriverOddsJeff Gordon4-1Jeff Burton15-1Casey Atwood100-1

Auto racing matchup propositions also are available, in which two drivers are paired against each other in a head-to-head wager, with a betting line on each driver set by the oddsmaker. Boxing odds are shown using a “Money Line.”

Thanks to satellite feeds from racetracks around the nation, Las Vegas is a sort of nirvana for horse racing bettors (or “horseplayers,” as they are sometimes called).

As another example, to generate interest in Monday Night NFL games, many sports books offer odds on which player will score the first touchdown in the game.

Because there are so many tracks to choose from, in Las Vegas race books it is usually necessary to identify which track you want when you place your bet. This increases the probability of winning your bet but decreases the odds of the parlay. The Dodgers’ odds are +110, meaning a $10 bet would win $11, for a return of $21.

On Today’s Line we use a different format, the idea is the same. The Red Wings must win the game by at least two goals to be a winner. All teams must win to win the bet. A two-team parlay would become a straight bet.

Note: The money line is used in conjunction with the point spread. Typically a sports book will list 30 or more individual golfers along with a field (all others) option, at various odds.

Total: Total runs scored in a game. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates an underdog.

Some matchups pit one (usually very good) golfer against two or more others. This increases the probability of winning your bet but decreases the odds of the parlay. The bet is treated as if the postponed game were never included in the parlay.

Note: When betting a total, these rules apply:

(a) The game must go nine innings, or 8 1/2 innings if the home team wins.

(b) Both listed pitchers must start the game.

If either doesn’t happen, the bet is refunded.

Point spreads change constantly. If for some reason he does not tee off, this is usually considered “no action” and tickets are refunded.

Here are two more examples of a dime line and a 20-cent line. 4.”

It is common for a team to be listed as a 1/2-goal favorite and be listed with a +120 price. If Tyson wins, a $26 bet would win $10 and return $36. (Both drivers must start for action.)

Another popular form of golf betting involves matchup propositions, in which two golfers are paired against each other in a head-to-head wager, with a betting line on each golfer set by the oddsmaker. If you bet $10 on Lehman at 25-1 and he goes on to win the tournament, you win $250 plus your $10 back, for a total payoff of $260.

Hitting an “exacta” entails picking the first two finishers in a race in the correct order; a “quinella” is the first two finishers in either order. In horse racing futures, if your horse does not start the race due to injury or any other reason, you lose the bet — there are no refunds. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. All teams must win to win the bet.

All runs scored in extra innings count in over/under bets.

To bet on basketball, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet, with the point spread, and the amount you wish to wager. Rules and details vary greatly by casino so be sure to shop around to find those that appeal to you.

To bet on football, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet, with the point spread and the amount you wish to wager. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. If you place $10 on the Redskins and they go on to win the Super Bowl, you collect $120 plus your $10 back for a total payoff of $130. If the Red Wings win by 2 goals; a $15 bet would win $10 and return $25. Read them carefully before wagering. The cards are simple to fill out. (-110)

Total: Total points scored in a game. Several books still offer dime lines.

Among Las Vegas gamblers, golf is considered one of the two fastest-growing sports to bet on (auto racing is the other).

Parlay Cards: These offer the potential for huge return while betting as little as $2.

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1.00. Odds and the number of points available to “tease” vary from casino to casino. This means that a wager of $11 would win $10 and return $21.

Nevada sports books are not permitted to accept wagers on presidential elections, the Academy Awards or the winner of the TV show “Survivor.” Some sports books may post odds on these events as a publicity stunt, but these odds are for amusement only. The golfer with the better (lower) score wins the matchup. This means that a wager of $11 would win $10 and return $21.

Especially in major tournaments, some sports books offer odds on unusual golf propositions, such as the over/under on the winning score, the over/under on the lowest round by any golfer or the over/under on the finishing position by a particular golfer. They are often linked to the Super Bowl or another major sporting event.

When making a baseball bet, you are betting team vs. They are not real betting lines.

Note: Same rules apply to run line bets as totals.

(a) The game must go nine innings, or 8 1/2 innings if the home team wins.

(b) Both listed pitchers must start the game.

If either doesn’t happen, the bet is refunded.

Example:

Pitcher listed is starting pitcherBet Num.TeamPitcherOddsTotalMoney line

for total301DodgersBrown+1107.5Over -110302BravesMaddux-120 Under -110

Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

You may combine several teams into one wager. For the purposes of future book betting, the team has to win only the Super Bowl.

You may combine several teams into one wager. If you bet $145 on the favored Jarrett, the payoff would be $100 plus your $145 back, for a total of $245. If you bet the Lakers, any of the following will declare you a winner.

(a) The Lakers win the game.

(b) The Lakers lose the game by not more than 3 points.

 

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In head-to-head matchup propositions, both golfers must tee off for action.

For example, a matchup may pit Dale Jarrett (minus 145) against Bobby Labonte (plus 125). team. A two-team parlay would become a straight bet.

Betting lines can be found on NASCAR races as well as on the various open-wheel circuits.

The Braves’ odds are -120, meaning a $12 bet would win $10, for a return of $22. All teams and/or totals must cover the point spread to win the bet. All teams and/or totals must cover the point spread to win the bet. On the other hand, the odds on your horse racing futures bet also are “locked in,” regardless of the horse’s odds on race day.

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1.00 A “minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a favorite. The payout varies according to the odds posted. Dime lines are slowly disappearing as sports books look to make a larger profit during what is traditionally the slowest betting season. The Jets’ odds are +160, meaning a $10 bet would win $16 for a return of $26.

Otherwise, betting procedure in the race book is the same as at the track: For you to collect on a “win” bet your horse must win the race, to collect on a “place” bet he must finish first or second, and to collect on a “show” bet he must finish first, second or third.

In some cases, bettors have the option to discard the point spread and bet on which team will win. If the Yankees go on to win 94 or more games, the “over” is a winner. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.

 

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Propositions

 

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Hockey

To bet on hockey, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager. For example, the over/under on Woods’ finishing position may be 3 1/2. And a “Pick Six” calls for picking the winners of six consecutive races, an extremely difficult feat that is usually rewarded with an enormous payout.

Don’t let the numbers at the sports books confuse you. A “daily triple” entails picking the winners of three consecutive races. The following are approximate odds:

Number of teams4 points4.5 points5 points2 teams10-1210-1310-143 teams8.5-57.5-57-54 teams3-15-22-15 teams9-24-17-26 teams7-16-15-17 teams10-19-18-1

 

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Boxing

Example:

Bet No.TeamLineMoney LineTotal401Sharks+1.5+130 402Red Wings-1.5-1505

Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

The Goal Spread:

Baseball Run Lines

Basketball Teasers: A wager that improves the point spread, but at reduced odds.

In Las Vegas, race books frequently offer promotions such as free contests with cash prizes, special house-banked betting pools that grow larger if no one hits them for a few days or horse racing tournaments. A “minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a favorite. If you bet $125 on the favored Lehman, the payoff would be $100 plus your $125 back, for a total of $225. Simply darken the boxes, or circles, that apply to the teams you wish to parlay. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.

You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. A “plus” (+) preceding the number indicates the team is an underdog.

Bet No.TeamLineTotalMoney Line101Jets 40+160102Dolphins-6 -180

The Dolphins’ odds are -180, meaning an $18 bet would win $10 for a return of $28. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. If he finishes first, second or third in the tournament, the “under” wins; if he finishes fourth or worse, the “over” tickets cash.

 

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Horse racing

Baseball Parlays. Simply add the final scores of each team. Odds and the number of teams vary from casino to casino. The following are approximate odds:

2 teams13-53 teams6-14 teams11-15 teams22-16 teams44-17 teams90-1

Any game that results in a push reduces the parlay one team. The point spread that is listed on your ticket is your official spread.

“Teasing” the point spread is done by adding points to a underdog or by subtracting points from a favorite. This means that by giving up 1/2 goal, a $10 bet would win $12 for a return of $22.

The most basic form of golf betting involves picking the winner of a tournament. This is called betting on the “Money Line”

You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed.

This guide is provided for informational purposes only. Simply ask the betting attendant at your favorite sports book what your payout would be before placing the bet.

Total: Total points scored in a game. Simply add the final score of each team. Simply add the final score of each team. Hockey parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game and so forth.

Here’s an example of how to figure out a baseball parlay:

Amount

wageredOdds for

Team 1Odds for

Team 2Odds for

Team 3 $10+120-130-150 $10x 2.20x 1.77x 1.67= $65.03

Now at VEGAS.com we don’t pretend to be mathematicians and we don’t have a breakdown of multipliers for every bet, but the good news is you don’t have to be either. Simply add the final scores of each team. It does not matter whether your team covers the point spread in the Super Bowl. A “superfecta” is the first four finishers in exacta order.

To bet on boxing, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the boxer you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager. The Underdog’s odds are based on what the casino has for its line. If you bet the Jets, any of the following will declare you a winner.

(a) The Jets win the game.

(b) The game ends in a tie.

(c) The Jets lose the game by not more than 6 points.

 

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Auto racing

Boxing matches often feature money line proposition wagers on knockouts, draws, rounds and the duration of the fight. Also called the over/under.

This is called a straight bet.

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1.00. This means you cannot even bet on who will win awards such as the Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and the like.

The point spread: When betting on football, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points.

The Point Spread: When betting on basketball, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of points.

Rules vary by casino, but usually your golfer must tee off in the tournament for “action” (meaning once he tees off, you will either win or lose your bet). Most use a “Dime Line” or something close to that.

You have just seen an example of a dime line.

Braves -120

Dodgers +110

Teasers can not be straight bets.

You can arrive at the underdog’s price by looking at the favorite’s line. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. If you bet $100 on the underdog Furyk, the payoff would be $105 plus your $100 back, for a total of $205.

Hockey Parlays

This is called a straight bet. You have the option to specify that either or both listed pitchers must start the game.

When betting on hockey, the team you bet on must “cover the spread.” This means the team must win or not lose by a predetermined margin of goals.

Some sports books offer futures betting on unusual propositions, such as which major league baseball player will hit the most home runs in the regular season. Odds vary on each fight.

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Football

“Teasing” the point spread is done by adding points to a underdog or by subtracting points from a favorite. Then darken the amount you want to bet.

Football Teasers: A wager that improves the point spread, but at reduced odds.

A “daily double” is a wager that calls for picking the winners of two consecutive races. Example:

Bet No.BoxerOdds2001Mike Tyson-2602002Evander Holyfield+220

Tyson is favored to win the bout. If the Sharks win, tie or lose by one goal; a $10 bet would win $13 and return $23.

Since baseball odds are determined on starting pitchers, any late pitching changes often force an adjustment in the odds. In this example, if you bet the Bulls, the Bulls must win by 4 points for you to win your bet. The driver with the better finish in the race wins the matchup. The listed point spread the time you make your bet may be different from the point spread when the game starts. A straight bet is the most common type of football bet.

The Money Line: Odds for a game based on $1. Also called the over/under.

You may combine several teams into one wager. The following are approximate odds:

Number of teams6 points6.5 points7 points2 teams10-1210-1310-143 teams8.5-57.5-57-54 teams3-15-22-15 teams9-24-17-26 teams7-16-15-17 teams10-19-18-1

 

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Futures

Listed pitcher(s) option

Basketball Parlays: More than one team on the same bet.

Under state law, wagers must involve the outcome of “athletic contests” rather than elections or votes of any kind. This is not a betting site.

The structure of betting on auto racing is similar to that of golf. Baseball odds are shown using a “Money Line.”

The Red Wings are 1 1/2-goal favorites to win. The most basic wager involves picking the winner of a race. If you bet on the Sharks, you win your bet if:

(a) The Sharks win the game.

(b) The game ends in a tie.

(c) The Sharks lose the game by not more than 1 goal.

Betting on auto racing has exploded in popularity in Vegas in recent years, and its appeal continues to grow.

Another form of futures betting involves the over/under on the number of games a particular team will win in the regular season. For example, tell the ticket writer, “Churchill Downs, eighth race, five dollars to win on No. To determine the winner, take Woods’ score and compare with to the best (lowest) score recorded by the three others.

As an illustration, let’s look at Super Bowl futures. If Holyfield wins, a $10 bet would win $22 and return $32.

For example, Jeff Gordon may be listed at 4-1, Jeff Burton at 15-1, Casey Atwood at 100-1, etc. If they win 92 or fewer games, the “under” is a winner. (If one golfer continues play in the tournament after his opponent misses the cut, the golfer who continues play wins the matchup.)

 

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If the Bulls win by exactly 3 points then the wager is declared a push and all money is refunded.

Sports books offer bettors the opportunity to wager on the outcome of a season — for example, which team will win the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup or the American League East pennant. Rules for parlay cards are placed on the back of each card. Note that in this type of wager, all bets are action regardless of injuries or other unforeseen events.

Baseball parlays are figured out by calculating the payout for the first game, based on the money line, then applying that amount to the next game, and so-forth.

Example:

Bet Num.TeamPitcherMoney LineTotalMoney Line

for totalsRun LineMoney Line

for run line301DodgersBrown+1107.5Ov -110+1.5-180302BravesMaddux-120 Un -110-1.5+160

The Braves must win by 2 runs; a $10 bet would win $16, and return $26. Also called the over/under.

If your team wins the game, you win. It makes no difference which team covers the spread. See whether you can tell them apart.

For example, a matchup may pit Lehman (minus 125) against Jim Furyk (plus 105). If you bet the Dolphins, the Dolphins must win by 7 points for you to win your bet. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. A “minus” (-) preceding the number indicates a favorite. It makes no difference which team wins. You will not find the odds for the Underdog. This is explained later.

A draw on a straight bet will refund your bet.

A 20-cent line would be this.

Braves -130

Dodgers +110

A favorite must win by 2 runs or more, or the underdog must either:

(a) Win the game.

(b) Must lose by only one run.

The payout varies according to the money line odds assigned to each outcome.

 

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Baseball

Example:

Bet No.TeamLineTotal201Bulls-3 202Lakers 198

Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

If a game is postponed for any reason, the parlay reduces by one team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11.

The run line: a point spread of 1 1/2 given to a baseball game.

The point spread is always placed to the immediate right of the team that is favored. This will increase or decrease the payout on a winning ticket. Also called the over/under.

Point spreads change constantly. However, if you list starting pitchers, and your pitcher doesn’t start, then the bet is refunded.

For instance, in Super Bowl XXXV gamblers could bet on whether the Ravens would score more touchdowns than the Chicago Blackhawks scored goals on Super Bowl Sunday — and that was just one of countless “wacky” propositions.

Football Parlays: More than one team on the same bet.

You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. Typically a sports book will list 20 or more individual drivers along with a field (all others) option, at various odds.

Betting a horse “across the board” is really three separate bets: one to win, one to place and one to show.

You may combine several teams into one wager. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. For example, Woods may be pitted against Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Ernie Els. The following are approximate odds:

2 teams13-53 teams6-14 teams11-15 teams22-16 teams44-17 teams90-1

Any game that results in a push reduces the parlay one team. A “minus” (-) preceding the number indicates the team is a favorite. Sports books list each NFL team with corresponding odds to win the Super Bowl. The listed money line the time you make your bet may be different from the money line when the game starts. Learn all the basics to sports betting on this page along with a few advanced methods. For example, the Ravens may be 5-1, the Redskins 12-1, the Cardinals 100-1, etc. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11 (-110).

Money lines change constantly. If they win exactly 93, the bet is a push and tickets are refunded.

For example, Tiger Woods may be listed at 2-1, Tom Lehman at 25-1, Bob May at 100-1, etc. This is known as “futures book” or “future book” betting.

Braves -105

Dodgers -105

To bet on baseball, tell the ticket writer the bet number of the team you wish to bet and the amount you wish to wager.

Example:

Bet No.TeamLine101Jets 102Dolphins-6

Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted.

You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. If your team covers the goal spread, you win. This type of wager is typically found on pro football and major league baseball, and sometimes on pro basketball. The point spread that is listed on your ticket is your official spread.

Bet No.TeamLineTotalMoney Line101Jets 40+160102Dolphins-6 -180

Total: Total points scored in a game. Odds and the number of teams vary from casino to casino. A “trifecta” is the first three finishers in exact order; a “trifecta box” is the first three in any order. Odds and the number of points available to “tease” vary from casino to casino. If you bet $100 on the underdog Labonte, the payoff would be $125 plus your $100 back, for a total of $225.

DriverMoney LineDale Jarrett-145Bobby Labonte+125

Some sports books also post unusual auto racing propositions such as the over/under on the number of cautions in a race, or which car manufacturer (GM, Ford or Dodge) will win the race.

The point spread is always placed to the immediate right of the team that is favored. The listed line on your ticket is your official odds, unless starting pitcher is changed. The listed point spread at the time you make your bet may be different from the point spread when the game starts. The Dodgers must not lose by 2 runs; an $18 bet would win $10, and return $28.

Sports books offer a number of different cards, each one having different rules. For example, the over/under on the Yankees may be 93 wins. The payout is based on a “Money Line”.

When you make a futures bet, your odds are “locked in.” That means if you bet the Redskins at 12-1, you will get paid off at 12-1 odds, even if the sports book later adjusts the odds (to 6-1, for instance).

If the Dolphins win by exactly 6 points, the wager is declared a push and all money is refunded.

Braves -120

Dodgers Even

These “wacky” bets can be lots of fun, but odds and details vary tremendously by casino, so read the fine print before getting involved.

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FAQ can help you find the answers.

Futures betting also is offered on the major events in horse racing, such as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup

Sports Trivia: Questions and Answers

and Ken Griffey Jr.

Which type of ball was basketball played with until 1929?

Soccer ball

Who is the only player to have blasted 100 international centuries?

Sachin Tendulkar

Which NFL team is known as the ‘ain’ts’ when on a losing streak?

The New Orleans Saints

What is the highest possible break in snooker?

155

Who is the only wild card entrant to have won Wimbledon?

Goran Ivani?evi?: 2001

Who beat Ivan Lendl in a French Open final using underhand serves?

Michael Chang

Who is the only tennis player to have won each of the four grand slam events at least four times?

Steffi Graf

Which country dominates Olympics basketball like no one else?

USA has won the gold 14 times out of 18 editions

American Football

Who is the only coach to win both a Super Bowl and a Rose Bowl?

Dick Vermeil

Michael Phelps

Retired American swimmer Michael Fred Phelps II is easily the most successful Olympian ever. To name a few, sports like soccer, cricket, football, tennis, basketball, and baseball, have hundreds of millions of fans all over the world. volleyball player to win three Olympic gold medals?

Karch Kiraly. Fry

What is an NBA player deemed to be if he has received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy?

The most valuable player (MVP)

After retiring as a player, with which team did baseball great Babe Ruth spend one year as a coach?

The Brooklyn Dodgers: 1938

Which country won the first World Cup held in 1930?

Uruguay

In which sport are the terms ‘stale fish’ and ‘mulekick’ used?

Snowboarding

Who was the 1st non-European to win the Tour de France?

Greg Lemond from the US

Tennis

Which is the only country to have played in each and every World Cup?

Brazil

Which was the only team to win two World Series in the 1980s?

The Los Angeles Dodgers

Various Sports

Cricket

Who was the first U.S. A sports trivia, with amazing facts and figures in just what’s needed then.

Here is an easy sports trivia, which will be thoroughly enjoyed by kids too.

Soccer

Which boxer was an underdog with odds of 42:1 when he stunned Mike Tyson?

Buster Douglas: 1990

What is the maximum time limit allowed to look for a lost ball in golf?

5 minutes

Which team is as well-known for their comic antics as for their on-court skills?

Harlem Globetrotters

What three movements are required for an athlete to successfully complete a triple jump?

Hop, step, and jump

Which 2 counties did umpiring legend Dickie Bird play for?

Yorkshire and Leicestershire

How many World Cups have been won by Australian?

Four: 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007

Which sport did George Washington play with his troops?

Cricket

Why did the year 1994 see no baseball World Series?

Player’s strike

In cross-country bike racing, what do the initials BMX represent?

Bicycle moto x (cross)

Who is the youngest winner of a Ladies Singles title in the Open Era?

Martina Hingis: Winner in 1997 at 16 years of age

Baseball

In which year was the first Wimbledon tournament held?

1877

The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was the first keeper for which English football club?

AFC Portsmouth

Before the NFL mandated the use of helmets in 1943, who was the last player not to use one?

Chicago Bears lineman Dick Plasman

What sport used the term ‘home run’ long before baseball?

Cricket

Which was the first televised game of the NFL?

Oct 22, 1939: The Brooklyn Dodgers Vs. Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain was the first gold medalist.

Weren’t these sports trivia questions and answers really amazing? If you have other such interesting sports facts, do share them in the comments section below, for everyone to enjoy.

Who was the first athlete to fail an Olympic drug test?

Pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in 1968

In 1990, two baseball greats created history by becoming the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back homers in an MLB game.

Ken Griffey Sr. Philadelphia Eagles (broadcast by NBC to 500 TV sets)

Which sport is played on the biggest pitch in terms of area?

Polo

Which is the coldest game in NFL history?

1967 NFL Championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers: -13 degrees

How many home runs did baseball great Ty Cobb hit in the three world series in which he played?

None

Which sporting great was dubbed ‘the boy from Bowral’?

Sir Donald Bradman

What is ‘El Clásico’?

A game between club giants Real Madrid and Barcelona

Basketball

In horse racing, what is a Yankee?

11 individual bets

What was banned from 1967 to 1976?

Slam dunk

Which cricketer was even offered the throne of Albania?

C.B. Out of those, 18 are gold, more than double the next best Olympian.Arguably, every person on this planet loves some sport or the other. He has won a whopping 22 medals at the 3 Olympics he has taken part in. How many world records did swimmer Mark Spitz set when he won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics?

Seven-one in each of the races in which he competed.

Which was the first African country to qualify for a World Cup?

Egypt: 1934

What was the first sport in which women were invited to compete at the Olympics?

Tennis, at the 1900 games in Paris. As a true fan you’d always be wanting to gather more and more information about your favorite sport, and more likely the team you root for

Online Gambling: A Growing Addiction

“It’s American, like apple pie. “But I thought this must be what I have to do. The sharing of experiences with friends, family, like I’ve never seen before. ‘A Devastating Illness’

Erickson is a compulsive gambler, a condition just as dangerous and debilitating as drug or alcohol addiction. Desperate, he began stealing from his clients. Then, it’s March Madness, where many participate in an office betting pool.

Three and a half years ago, Erickson accrued $400,000 in gambling debts. And when they caught on, he left his family and fled.

The situation became so dire, that Erickson contemplated killing himself. That will always be there. He served a year in prison and now works for a compulsive gambling helpline. These are things that I avoided my whole life, not choosing to be a part of, but today I cherish them.”

If you or your loved ones has a gambling problem, help can be found at the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Mark Erickson always craved a piece of the action — so the accountant from Phoenix started betting on sports over the Internet.

But soon, it spiraled out of control.

“I think it’s a devastating illness, it’s an illness that if it’s not treated, it will end up that the person’s whole lifestyle will be affected,” said Ed Looney, executive director of Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.

“I’ve heard other people compare it to a cocaine addiction, the high you get from that, and that’s the euphoria I felt,” he said. By some estimates, $7 billion is wagered on the Super Bowl alone in casinos, online and with bookies.

“Life is great,” Erickson said. People love to bet on it. “It becomes an all-consuming activity. People love to bet on their football games.”

It is now high season for sports betting. except Nevada.. He considered going to Mexico and if he couldn’t kill himself there, he’d pay someone else to do it, he said.

After 23 days on the run, Erickson turned himself in. He credits a 12-step program to helping him overcome his problem, and he has not gambled in almost four years.

Nevertheless, the industry rakes in mind-boggling amounts of cash. Win or lose, it didn’t matter to me, it just set me up to bet again.”

The problem is affecting younger people as well. “The miracles I’ve experienced. There are an estimated 6 million people who deal with the problem in the United States. Drawn in by the popularity of poker, half of all men in college are gambling on an monthly basis — even though betting on sports is illegal everywhere in the U.S. I got myself into this. I got to get myself out of it.

“Sports betting is the rock of Gibraltar,” Looney said. As gambling on the Internet becomes more popular and more sites crop up, those numbers are expected to increase.

“I became this person I didn’t know,” he said. The lining up the money, the handicapping of the game, the betting of the game, the watching of the game. The college bowl games this weekend lead to the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl

Negative Effects of Gambling

Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. The two go hand in hand. Rehabilitating the gambling addicts needs money and time, and the process is not very easy. It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

? Gambling has proven to be addictive. The skill of a gambler lies in weighing the three parameters and making a decision about what amount should be staked and how much should be expected in return.

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

? Addiction to gambling has been linked with substance abuse. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. In the following sections of this Buzzle article, we discuss the negative effects of gambling on the individual and society.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. The addiction robs a gambler of all the productive time and leads to loss of efficiency at work. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.. They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life. They engage in gambling activities at the cost of their time with family and friends. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

Gambling refers to the betting of money on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the intent of winning additional wealth. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

? Gamblers often exhibit mood swings and a strangely secretive behavior. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

? The stress from gambling may lead to health issues like ulcers, stomach problems, muscle pains, headaches, and problems with sleep.

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. ? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

Gambling = Thoughtless Expenditure + Waste of Time

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. On giving a serious consideration to the negative effects of gambling, we realize that it is best avoided.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.

? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. The addiction gets on to the gamblers to such an extent that they fail to think wisely before acting. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

? According to a research by NCPG, 76 percent of problem gamblers are likely to have a major depressive disorder.

? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. Forget satisfaction or peace, it is not even refreshing in the real sense. It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. Card games, coin tossing, and dice-based games are some non-casino based forms of gambling

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Gaming – InfoBarrel

The classification made by Wikipedia goes like this:

- Domino and tile games

These games require a PC or laptop, but an Internet connection is not needed. But for you to fully appreciate online gaming, you should be aware of the technical aspects to secure a spot in what they call the elite circle of online gamers.

Information technology has certainly made a big impact to humankind. Watch out for that.

The Sims 3

Need for Speed: Shift

The Orange Box

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Starcraft 2

“A game is a structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Here, online gamers met and have formed virtual camaraderie through the game preferences they had. Additionally, games for offline gaming are either skill-based or story-based, with the former as the more difficult as it needs your experience and skillfulness in order to play and finish the game.

- Card games: Poker, Baccarat, Canasta – to name just the most popular and well known

- Guessing games. That is why more and more IT experts are religiously developing new games or simply improving the current prevailing games since there is a huge public clamor for such.

Offline gaming began in the year 1970. A lot of games are now being introduced to the public. Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. Time, distance and nationality are defied in the so-called growing cyber world that gathers online gamers. Attested as early as 2600 BC, games are a universal part of human experience and present in all cultures.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

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- Video games

- Board games: Monopoly, Go, Scrabble, Chess, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Maharaja, Backgammon, Taj Mahal, Mine a million, Torres, Lost Cities , Speachless, Logo board games, Masterpiece, Buzzle, Highlanders, History of the World, The Game of Life, Dominion, LifeStyle The Financial Planning Game

Offline Gaming

There are a number of popular games for offline gaming as:

To play online, you must register first to be qualified and enjoy the benefits of various online gamers club. As a member, you may avail of discounts on games for sale, get the freebies given to its member, and the opportunity to meet and play with other online games enthusiasts worldwide. From simple to complex, intellectual to sports related and the highly dynamic violent games, name it and you have a long list of choices.

Playing Games

- Sports – here is a list with the most popular sports games: Football, Soccer, Baseball, BasketBall, Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball, Pool Games, Water Games, Cricket, Boxing, Wrestling, Golf, Shooting, Horse Racing, Car Games, Driving Games, Cycling, Bowling, Dodge ball Games, Fishing , Hunting, Ice Skating, Olympics Games, Parking Games, Skateboard, Snowboarding, Surfing Games, Winter Games.

- Tabletop games

Gambling involves activities like casinos, sports books, poker, video poker, craps, black jack, roulette, slot machines, lottery and skill games – just to name a few. Furthermore, there are times when people would simply want to relax and play a game without having to deal with the other players. While games for offline gaming are still available and loved by some people, the majority already prefers the online games at present.

There are many different types of games. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational, or psychological role. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Almost every aspect of human interest turned out to be very accessible. By the year 1990, its popularity has hit the highest point, but eventually dropped since the market did not expand quickly as what was expected. Some are old games that are just modified to fit with the modern times while some are totally new. And for these reasons, this is where offline gaming comes into play. In the case of The Sims 3, it can be played either in a computer or PS3 console. Knowing the trend in online gaming, it is expected that there’s more to come in the future that’s completely exciting. In addition, such games are fairly simple to finish off, so gamers are not at all pressured to play for more hours.

- Dexterity/coordination games

Online Gaming

- Business games

Gambling

- Simulation – Games of this type are extensions of childhood games where children pretend being in adult roles such as doctor, parent or fireman. The thought of outwitting their counterparts is what drives any online gamer to succeed.

- Role-playing games (RPG) – These types of games can be played either in electronic format such as on a computer or video game console, some of them even being online like World of Warcraft, or they can be played as a tabletop game like White Wolf or Shadowrun. But more than the prize being offered, online gamers are interested on the title for each competition. They are really popular in both real and online world.

With offline gaming, the usual games could last around 20 to 100 game play hours. Today these games are primarily electronic and cover a diversity of imaginary contexts that the modern computers try to recreate as a form of virtual reality.

- Pencil and paper games

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia © 2001-2010 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

Are you interested in playing games or in gambling? In real world, offline or online?

Offline gaming is a cool way to fill in time and enjoy, especially when you cannot go online. These games involve taking on the role of a character in the game and controlling the choices of the character while working with their strengths and weaknesses.

- Dice games: Backgammon , Dice Chess, Ship, Captain, and Crew (or Six Five Four), Shoot the Moons, Strat-O-Matic

One reason why online gaming is such a major success is because of the competition being held on a particular game every now and then in which fabulous prizes are at stake. It has gained its popularity which led to the existence of arcades. Even with the numerous online games available, offline gaming is still going to exist and probably preferred by some.

These games are available online and the best part of it is that you can now play with people from all over the world. One significant development has something to do with the way games are being played

Would legalized sports gambling in N.J. mean a loss for the mob?

© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. That ain’t where you draw your money from.”

After two decades with the mob, John Alite told Ford he has given up bookmaking, and now supports efforts to legalize sports gambling.

“If that can help people in the community for their taxes, roads, the infrastructure of whatever goes on in Jersey, why not,” he said. He said gambling will always be driven by the customer.

“Because the guy that has no money in his pocket …

Bookmakers and organized crime members have long profited in the high-stakes world of illegal sports gambling. No one’s ever gonna stop it.”

Ford asked Alite why he’s okay with letting New Jersey legalizing sports gambling.

When Ford asked Luntz if legalizing sports betting would make bookmakers lose some of their business, he said “who cares.”

“You want the degenerate gamblers to bet with you. New Jersey is now appealing to the Supreme Court to legalize betting on games. “Gambling’s going on anyway. “That ain’t what you do. That ain’t your weed. The state hopes to collect millions.

However, as CBS News’ legal analyst Jack Ford reports on “60 Minutes Sports,” the ruling won’t put the mob out of business. All Rights Reserved.

“Because they won’t take it over,” he said.

If it becomes legal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said there would be strict state oversight, much like the way it works at his state’s Atlantic City’s casinos.

But Angelo Lutz, who is a legitimate businessman and restaurateur, told Ford that if New Jersey wins, it still won’t have much of an impact on organized crime. is still going to call the local bookmaker to bet” because it requires no money, he said. “They won’t even put a dent in it.”

To watch Jack Ford’s full report, watch the video in the player above. You’re not looking for John and Nancy Adams to walk in and order champagne cocktails and pomegranate martinis,” he said

Using Reverse Line Movement To Win

It should be noted that many fewer MLB games have qualified so far this season (is the whole world using RLM now?), but smaller profits is still profit.Again, these records are for Money Lines only and do not include totals.Finally, NHL sports betting has picked up 148.49 units in two years, and unlike MLB, NHL had four sportsbooks out of the top five gain double-digit units this past season. Keep in mind that NCAAB was the most liquid sport in terms of top-five sportbooks however, with not a single sportsbook making the top five both years. Sure, using this approach leaves open the possibility of the line turning around and moving back against you, but as you will see in bit, betting as soon as an RLM qualifies has been profitable in every major North American sport such as the last two seasons, so if one line turns around, so be it. However, instead of the line rising as you might expect, it instead drops to Chargers -6. All of this will be fun to follow (not to mention profitable) when every sport except baseball are going on simultaneously during the winter months.

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NBA sports betting has the lowest two-year five-book RLM winning percentage among the 11/10 sports, but then again, every gambler in the world would kill to go 382-301-9, 55.9 percent, +48.90 units, and the 57.5 percent win rate this past season is nothing to sneeze at. Carib ruled the roost season at 93-66-9, 58.5 percent, +18.55 units after ABC held the penthouse spot in the 2007-08 season.

Thus, following reverse line movements is the same thing a following the smart money. Keep a close eye on Canbet here, as that Australian sportsbook cracked the top five both years.

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. Note that these records are for sides only and do not include totals.

The NFL sports betting is generally considered the toughest sport to beat, yet blindly following this method produced an exceptional 59.2 percent win rate last season, improving the two year record to 328-249-12, 56.8 percent, +59.06 units. Quite a few RLM followers watch the moves until almost game time, and then bet accordingly. The records quoted below are based on the bets being made at the triggering books, so beating the move by a half-point or a few cents now and then would actually make your record even better.

Now do the sharps win every single time? Absolutely not! However, they are right more often than they are wrong, so being on the same side as the sharps is a prudent strategy over the long run, and again, the best thing is that there in absolutely no conventional sports handicapping necessary..

College Basketball sports betting was not too shabby either, with a two-year mark of 492-356-22, 58.0 percent, +91.96 units. The huge problem with this is that the nfl line, ncaaf line or nhl line may have moved too much by that time, and all of the value has been sucked out of the unpopular side.

The highest two-year winning percentage using RLM from the top five books belongs to College Football, which went 480-341-10, 58.5 percent, +95.10 units. To illustrate, let us say that San Diego Chargers open at -7 over the Miami Dolohins, and over 70 percent of the sports bets placed on the game are on San Diego.

Also, games where over 60 percent of the public are on one side, yet there is reverse line movement of at least 10 cents on the Money Line from the opening number at the top five sportsbooks in MLB and NHL sports betting has also been profitable. So what we recommend is to only use the top five each season for each individual sport (in terms of units won). Furthermore, they list the RLM records for many individual sportsbook, making it easy to spot which books this system is working at and which books it may be best to ignore.

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So what exactly is reverse line movement? RLM takes place when a large majority of bets are on one team, yet the line moves in the opposite direction. This may enable you to get the stale more favorable sports betting line at the time the reverse line movement hits at the triggering Sportsbook. Last year was a good RLM season for NFL sports betting (45-29, 60.8 percent, +11.91), but two sportsbooks that were in the top five in NFL RLM in both seasons.

The proper way to make a sports bet using reverse line movement is to place your bet as soon as there is an RLM of one full point (or 10 cents in MLB and NHL) off of the opening line. We tracked the top five books for each of the pointspread sports for the last two years, as as you can see, this strategy has been profitable in every sport. This is where an important word of caution is in order though. Keep an eyes on the top five sportsbooks at Sports Insights though, as NCAAF sports betting has been very liquid in that regard, with only one sportsbook (believe it or not, Bodog) finishing in the top five both years.

To back this up, our friends over at Prosportsonline.net have tracked the records for games where over 60 percent of the public has been on one side, yet there was reverse line movement of at least one full point from the opening number at the top sportsbooks in NFL, NCAAF, NBA and NCAAB. RLM takes place when more money/ sportsbook picks are bet by the small percentage of bettors that are on the unpopular side (the sharps) than is bet by the huge majority of players betting the popular side (the squares). This would make Miami +6 the RLM play.

So what causes RLM when the aim of most sportsbooks is to get as close to balanced action on both sides as possible? The answer to this is quite simple: the sharp bettors; the one’s who give sports betting advice. Another important recommendation is to use a slow moving (but reliable) sportsbook

U.S. Treasury warns casinos on illegal sports betting | Reuters

National Football League’s Super Bowl on Feb. However, illegal sports betting operations around the world, including online outfits, sometimes offset bets they receive by placing casino wagers, law enforcement sources told Thomson Reuters. The report urged governments to correct what it called a vulnerability of sport betting to organized crime.

The letter with guidance for casinos from Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) came in response to a Dec. It said $140 billion is laundered annually through sport betting. The AGA, citing the Thomson Reuters article, had asked FinCEN about its plans to issue guidance.

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The letter reminds casinos that the Bank Secrecy Act requires them to ask gamblers whether their bets are for themselves, and to report any wagers for third parties as suspicious activity. The letter was dated Dec. In a statement responding to FinCEN’s letter on Friday, AGA President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Freeman said the group “welcomes continued guidance from FinCEN.” He added that “members are committed to robust anti-money laundering measures” and that they “invest significant resources to tailor risk-based compliance programs for every corner of the casino, including sports books.”

Regulators and law enforcement authorities are concerned by intelligence suggesting that criminals are making bets with legal sports book operations, using intermediaries, or “runners,” to place bets, the Treasury bureau said.

“While casinos routinely look for suspicious bets at sports books and have worked with law enforcement to identify illegal activity, in some cases leading to criminal convictions, no such oversight exists for the illegal sports betting market,” he said.

FinCEN noted that prior to the news of its planned guidance, it had been “planning on communicating to the casino industry directly with respect to a particular concern in this regard.”

Freeman said the risk of money laundering “is far greater in the vast, unregulated, illegal sports betting market than in the highly regulated, legal gaming industry. LOUIS U.S. The letter also reminds casinos that they must take a risk-based approach to compliance, focusing on gaming that presents the greatest money laundering threat.

The FinCEN letter was addressed to the president of the American Gaming Association (AGA), the trade group for the U.S.

“Increases in sports betting conducted on behalf of third parties are facilitating criminal activity and posing a money laundering risk to the U.S financial system,” the Treasury said in a letter made public on Friday.

(Reporting by Brett Wolf of the Compliance Compelete service of Thomson Reuters Accelus, Editing by Randall Mikkelsen and David Gregorio)

The global International Centre for Sport Security reported last year that 80 percent of global sport betting is illegally transacted, and therefore invisible to authorities. This poses distinct money laundering risks for casinos,” FinCEN said in the letter.

By Brett Wolf

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. 1 yields one of the busiest sports book weekends of the year.

Runners have been known to loiter at casinos, keeping numerous mobile phones and tablets near them to receive orders from illegal gambling rings.

“In these cases, the intermediaries rarely voluntarily disclose to the casino that a transaction is being conducted on behalf of a third party, thereby disguising the third party’s role in the transaction and obscuring the source of funds used to place the bet. 22 Thomson Reuters article, which said the department was likely to press casinos to take a greater role in fighting illegal sport book activity.

The U.S. 24. casino industry. states including Nevada, home of Las Vegas. casinos must take steps to combat illegal sports gambling, the Treasury Department has told an industry group in a letter that came just weeks before the Super Bowl, one of the biggest betting events of the year.

Sports gambling is legal in only four U.S

Greece starts assets sales with horse racing gambling license | Reuters

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Keith Weir)

ATHENS Greece’s privatization agency (HRADF) has invited OPAP (OPAr.AT) to sign a deal next week to acquire the country’s sole license for horse racing betting, the first state asset sale to be completed by the new leftist-led coalition government.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters on Thursday that state assets were one of the thorny issues in talks with the EU/IMF creditors assessing whether the cash-strapped country can get further bailout aid. It has also said that it favors joint ventures and wants the state to keep a minimum stake in its assets to boost social security funding and protect workers’ labor rights.

The government has made clear that it will honor all existing contracts.

Betting on horse racing in Greece had been run by a state-owned group.

Greece has a series of ongoing tenders for the divestment of state assets, including the sale of a 67 percent stake in its biggest port Piraeus and the lease of a bundle of 14 regional airports to a joint venture led by German airport operator Fraport (FRAG.DE).

The agency announced in March it would proceed with the sale of the exclusive betting rights to OPAP, the country’s dominant gambling firm, which won the license last year after offering 40 million euros ($43.26 million)..

Privatizations have been a key demand of the country’s international lenders. The election of Tsipras’ government in January on promises to end austerity and block “fire-sales” cast doubt on the future of Greece’s privatizations plan.

In a reform list sent to the creditors last month, Athens estimated privatization revenues of 1.5 billion euros this year.

“HRADF…invited the successful bidder, OPAP ?nvestments Ltd, to sign the concession contract on April 24,” the agency said in a statement on Friday