Blog – Snooker Shootout , Oscars and Paddy Power / Tote

Roy the Blog looking at the Oscars and Snooker among other things.

No Tote at Powers

I’m not sure what is happening with Tote betting but less and less online sites are accepting Tote bets and/or placing them into the Tote pools on your behalf.  The recently revamped Paddy Power site saw their Tote betting option dropped meaning they join Betvictor and Boylesports as places where not to go if you want to do a Placepot.

Incidentally it’s been announced this week that the ‘Racecourse Pool System’ (AKA Tote) at 50+ of the UK’s racecourses will be known as Britbet from July when there is a changing of the guard as the Fred Donne owned organisation all but disappears from the landscape.

David Williams, former PR mouthpiece at Ladbrokes who was the first to get the chop following the Ladbrokes/Coral merger, has been appointed the Director of Communications at this new Britbet company.

According to his Linkedin profile Williams hosted the press event for the 2006 Poker Million.  Of all the things I should remember amongst my years at Ladbrokes Poker and on the staff at Sky Sports (who broadcast the event) his involvement I strangely don’t.  I’ve even trawled through my emails from that period and cannot find his name anywhere.

War Horse

Is Irish horseracing in a healthy state?  I mean less than five ‘powerhouse’ stables seem to win any race in the national hunt sphere and the flat game, at the top end, is even more exclusive.

Anyway whereas I’m no fan of ‘prefixes’ such as the monotonous ‘Droopys’ prefix which has wallpapered greyhound programs for the past 15 years I’m equally depressed by the names of many of Michael O’Leary (AKA Giggestown House Factory) horses.

Tombstone, Death Duty, Game Of War, Blow By Blow, Judgment Day, Devils Bride, Fire In His Eyes, All Hell Let Loose, Killer Crow, Crown Of Thorns and Rise Of An Empire are amongst the horses that race in the burgundy colours featuring a white star.  Jaysus, what did the Ryanair supremo do?  Watch an episode of Game of Thrones and pick out the phrases he liked from it?

14/1 Coup taking Shape

There’s good news if you followed our September advice and backed ‘The Shape of Water’ for the Best Film Oscar.  We put up the flick up at 14/1 back then – after it received the ‘Golden Lion’ award at the Venice Film Festival – and our film is now trading at a top-priced 8/11.

Shoot for the Snooker Stars

Coral Snooker’s Shoot-Out tournament is on this weekend. At first glance this one should be avoided like the plague.  A one-frame shootout with each match lasting a maximum of ten minutes and a shot-clock of 15sec for the first five minutes of a game wound down to 10sec for the last five minutes.

This crap-shot format is compounded by a random draw at the conclusion of every round.  Unsurprisingly the results have been random – Nigel Bond, Barry Hawkins, Martin Gould, Dominic Dale, Michael White and Anthony McGill are the previous winners – with no player making the final more than once.

The best advice is to ignore the players at the head of the betting, as their position is based purely on their record in a traditional format, and wade into a number of kippers.  Around half the 128-player field can be backed at 200/1 or greater and given the randomness of this tournament, it will be no surprise if the winner were to come from this number.