Saturday, June 10, 2006

Richard's Guide To Enhancing the World Cup Experience

This will be of some help to those facing one or more of the scenarios below:

1) You never understood the fun in 22 mad people chasing after a ball, but now you feel compelled to like it in order not to be neglected by all your other football crazy friends;

2) Your girlfriend loves football for the cute players but you hate it. Your close friends call you a geek and they have your girlfriend over at their place but not you;

3) You like football, but only when your favourite team/country plays. All other matches are a bore and you really hope to find some motivation to watch these to keep your World Cup spirit high;

4) You are waiting too hard and too long for Chinese New Year to come so that you can meet up with your uncles to play blackjack because you may still be underaged to go see Uncle Lim;

5) You are in need for some quick cash but how you wish they come while you are fast asleep at night.

The solution to any of the above mentioned scenarios is............

PASSIVE INVESTMENT.

Yes my friends. I am no Warren Buffett or Donald Trump, but the way to enhance/rescue/change your World Cup experience is by betting. Of course there is a possibility of losing all your hard earned pocket money, but hey, what's wrong with placing small amounts of bets so as to find renewed interest and excitement in World Cup football?

Trust me, when YOUR money is on the line, you will really show much interest in the teams you are betting on and not to mention the fact you will be probably even more a football maniac than your other friends. Every mistake made by the lousy defence will warrant a F*** word from you, cos you could be losing your bet! Or a 30 yard free kick converted into a goal could make you yell for joy and kiss your TV set! This is what I call as really being a part of the world's greatest sporting event. Without further ado, allow me to share some of the commonly used betting Methods...

The easiest way is the "ball" method.

For example, England vs. Malaysia (World Cup 2060). Duh, it's obvious England is a much stronger team than Malaysia thus it will seem that there isn't much logical motivation for a person to bet on Malaysia to win, unless you are Malaysia's coach or Prime Minister. So in order to level the playing field, a handicap is given to the weaker team. The handicap is in the form of giving balls, and the number of balls given is based on the ability and current status quo of the particular team. This is how it works. Say for example those who take Malaysia is given a 2 ball handicap, it means that even before the match starts Malaysia would already have a 2 goal lead over England. For the England taker, he has to hope England scores 2 goals to draw, or at least 3 goals to win the bet. For more balanced teams, eg. Argentina vs. Italy, there may not be anybody who is willing to give handicaps or at the most some may give half ball. In that case, a draw means the person who has the half ball advantage wins the bet. Basically, you literally add the handicap to the final score and the higher number wins the bet la. But beware that it doesn't mean taking the weaker teams and always taking handicaps is always a good thing. You have to know when to take and when to give balls. This all comes through experience.

For the more advanced betters, they may opt for the bookie methods, ie. betting using odds. It's more complicated for sure, but the profits can be big. Here is as example of how it looks like:

England vs. Paraguay.
3/4 handicap to Paraguay.
Odds for England to win: 1.8
Odds for Paraguay to win: 2.1

The smaller the figure of the odds, the better is the team's performance. It means that, say if you bet on England for RM 1, you will be paid RM 1.80 should England win. But if you take Paraguay and they win, you get RM 2.10 for the RM 1 you betted on. So you can see that it seems not much a surprise for England the stronger team to win compared to Paraguay of which you deserve to get paid more in the event they win. Now you have heard of half and 1 ball, how about 3/4 ball? Technically, half and 3/4 ball doesn't seem to have any difference. In a 1-0 match the half or 3/4 ball taker still loses his bet. But this is how it works in bookie world. If England wins Paraguay by 1 goal difference (1-0, 2-1 etc.), the person who betted on England only gets HALF his money multiplied the odds for England to win. If it's a 2 goal difference (2-0, 4-2 etc.), the England taker wins in FULL multiplied the odds. ie.

England beat Paraguay 2-1, I betted RM 40 on England:

My winning is RM 40 X 1.8 (odds) X 0.5 (half money) = RM 36.

England beat Paraguay 5-2:

Winning is RM 40 X 1.8 (odds) = RM 72

If draw, or England loses to Paraguay, I lose RM 40.

If I betted on Paraguay for same amount, and Paraguay wins, or ends up in a draw:

I win RM 40 X 2.1 (odds) = RM 84

If Paraguay loses to England by 1 goal, I lose HALF money, in the way the England taker wins HALF the bet multiplied the odds.

So these are the methods of betting available to you. But a word of caution, bookie betting is ILLEGAL in Malaysia. Betting among friends quietly is er.... ok, I guess. Hope what I have shared will benefit those who read and try what I described. All the best, good luck and enjoy the World Cup!

Judi adalah haram di sisi agama!

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8 Comments:

First you dedicate an entire post to gambling on the world cup, and then you say "Judi adalah haram di sisi agama!"

Killjoy..

By Blogger kenJ, at Sunday, 11 June, 2006  

Well it's called giving people an informed choice you see. In the same way there is the Surgeon-general's warning on cig packs that smoking kills, and the Judi adalah haram on 4D tickets!

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