Blog – World Darts and the madness of Bitcoin

Roy The Boy Blog with Bitcoin chat and a bet in the World Darts Championship.

What’s in a Name?

The UK Gambling Commission has been throwing out all sorts of warnings to the online casinos and sportsbooks that it licences and while some of their activity has been hitting the headlines, some has not.

My spies tell me online sportsbook and casino Royal Panda has to undergo a complete rebrand with regulators insisting their cuddly panda bear profile/image is inappropriate as it could appeal to young children.  Likewise Leo Vegas, which features images which look like they are out of Disney’s Lion King, have to give their king of the jungle some blood and gore or dump him.

I’m not sure which site is next to be forced into a rebrand corner although I do recall some customer research that Paddy Power conducted when preparing to launch their online site.  When asking a random section of the population what they thought ‘Paddy Power’ was or meant, the majority of the general public announced it was a paramilitary organisation; the second most popular answer to the question ‘a brand of whisky’.

When Harry met the Ladbrokes PR team

It’s unlikely you’ll be able to get on more than the cost of a small round but a recent press release from Ladbrokes stated they are going 6/1 about Harry and Meghan getting married in April 2018.

In a choice of three market, given the last two royal weddings took place in April, it is a knockout price.  Sadly the PR department at Ladbrokes are obviously not liaising with their odds compilers as there is no sign of this market on the Ladbrokes website.

But if you fancy Googling ‘news at Ladbrokes’ and then printing off their November 27 press release you may be able to hold a Ladbrokes shop manager to ransom and get a little of this seemingly mythical price.

Bits ‘n Pieces

With Bitcoin’s soaring popularity online bookmaker Betway have also wasted no time in cashing in on some free exposure.  They have told Forbes magazine they are quoting odds of 1/2 that McDonald’s will be offering their customers the opportunity to pay for their Big Mac and fries by Bitcoin by the end of 2018.

Bitcoin may have risen more than 35% in a week and over 900% since the start of the year but the acceptance of Bitcoin by a major corporations and conglomerates this side of 2020 is storybook stuff.

Suffice to say I believe the 1/3 about British Airways taking the crypto currency (and 1/5 American retail giant Walmart doing the same) simply fanciful.  These prices have simply been concocted to attract headlines.

4/5 Argos, 7/4 Easyjet… It’s all bullshit.  Once again there is no sign of these prices on Betway’s website and they only accept wagers via their website.  Strange stuff huh?

Crock loads

Anyway according to Forbes ‘Alan Alger, Betway’s Head of PR and spokesman in London, said’: “We are seeing fresh gains for Bitcoin on a daily basis at the moment, leading us to believe that Bitcoin could easily sail past $20,000 before the end of next year.”

He added: “With the steep increase in the number of people getting their hands on Bitcoin, we think it is highly likely at odds of 1/2 that the likes of McDonald’s will begin to accept it. I’m not sure how many fractions of a Bitcoin it would take to buy a Big Mac but it looks like we will start finding out sooner rather than later!”

In other special bets in the space, Betway, which as a group has a team of over 1,000 staff and operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in the UK, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland, has pencilled in odds of 25-1 for any G8 Government to ban Bitcoin in 2018 and 100-1 for Ethereum to be worth more than Bitcoin at any point in 2018.

Have you ever read so much shit?

Hung, drawn and second Quartered

Darts have been very unkind to me but I’ll stick with the ethos that getting value will get you in front in the end.  So I have to recommend backing the PDC World Championship winner to come from the second quarter of the draw at 9/1 with Paddy Power.

Firstly this bet is top-priced at 7/1 with rival bookmakers. It will, of course, give you a player in a semi-final which could be priceless should Michael van Gerwen get himself eliminated from the opening quarter/bracket of the draw beforehand.

Finally you will have Rob Cross amongst the 16 players playing for you.  Cross has been a semi-finalist in the Players Championship finals, a quarter-finalist in the Grand Slam of Darts and finalist in the European Championship in the course of the last three ranking tournaments he has played.  He’s also won four Player’s Championships in 2017.  Throw in Klaasen, Suljovic, Gurney and Michael Smith from this second quarter bracket and you should get some real fun and value for your investment.

Recommended Bet

PDC World Championship – winner to come from the second bracket of the draw at  9/1 with Paddy Power