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From the archive: A look back at the final day of the 2011 U.S. Masters

The US Masters – which was supposed to be the first major golf tournament of the year – has been postponed until October 30th due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is still leading the way in the US Masters market – the only major to elude the current World Number One – if you’re looking for a bet on golf. Since, McIlroy is favourite to win the tournament at Augusta National, it is worth having a look back at his Masters meltdown in 2011.

The County Down native went into the final day of the tournament destined to win his first major and become the second-youngest golfer to get fitted into the famous green jacket. However, McIlroy, who was then only 21 years old, shot eight over par, which saw him spiral down the leaderboard to 15th and 10 strokes behind eventual winner Charl Schwartzel.

The now four-time Major winner went back into the clubhouse in the lead after each of the opening three rounds and teed off in the final pairing on the Sunday morning with a four-shot advantage, but his nerves were apparent. McIlroy dropped a shot straight away on the first hole – sending his second shot long of the green before failing to get down in two and, therefore, dropping to 11-under.

The early pressure from Schwartzel, who tied with McIlroy on 11-under after just three holes, didn’t help the youngster’s nerves and he dropped another shot on the fifth hole. A birdie on the seventh sent the Northern Irishman back into the lead, but you could see it wasn’t a comfortable one.

As if the pressure from the South African and his partner Angel Cabrera, who were hot on his tail, wasn’t already enough for McIlroy, Tiger Woods was also rocketing up the leaderboard. Woods, who started the round on five-under, had the Augusta crowd roaring as he shot four birdies and an eagle to move within one stroke of the 21-year-old.

The Ulsterman’s descent started early in the back nine with an agonising triple-bogey at the 10th hole. McIlroy’s homeland support watched through their fingers as he sent his tee shot into the woodland, leaving him no other option than a short pitch back to the fairway. His third stroke desperately needed to hit the green but it faded left. As his chip struck a tree and he failed to get up and down, you could tell this was all too much for the 21-year-old.

McIlroy’s afternoon only got worse, another bogey followed on the 11th, before a horrific four-putt meant that he double-bogeyed the 12th. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for the youngster, who was almost in tears, when his tee shot on the 13th landed in the creek.

With McIlroy now out of the picture, attention turned to who would go on to win the prestigious tournament. Geoff Ogilvy, Woods, who couldn’t keep up his front nine momentum, and Luke Donald all posted 10-under rounds. Australian’s Adam Scott and Jason Day seemed to be in with a shout after finishing on 12-under.

However, Schwartzel found his stride at the perfect time, birdying the last four holes to send himself two shots clear of Scott and Day, and in the process become Masters champion.

“This was my first experience of it,” McIlroy said after his meltdown. “Hopefully, next time I’m in this position, I’ll be able to handle it a little better.” The current World Number One didn’t have to wait long for his Major – winning the U.S. Open two months later.

Most recent winners of the European Championships

We appeared to drawing ever nearer to the European championships, that were set to take place later this year. It will be the 16th edition of the competition, with anticipation continuing to build ahead of one of the major sporting events. However, it has now been postponed due to the current pandemic and will now take place next year. Despite this, punters have continued to support the markets using the betfred promo code that is available, as England head in as the favourites. So here we cover the last five winners of the competition and their chances of success next year.

2016 – Portugal

The current champions are Portugal, following their victory at the 2016 edition of the tournament that was held in France. This was their first major title and an incredible result for the country. This saw them beat France in extra-time 1-0, and they will now be looking to follow up on this victory. They have progressed through to the finals, following finishing second in Group B behind Ukraine. Portugal are now a best priced 20/1 to win the championships.

2012 – Spain

Spain landed the competition for the second championships in succession with their 2012 victory. This was their fourth major title, following three victories at the European championships and their one title at the World cup back in 2010. Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final, with the tournament being held in Poland and Ukraine. They have progressed through to next year’s competition, following topping Group F, ahead of Sweden and Norway. They are also now amongst the favourites for the title and can be supported at 8/1.

2008 – Spain

This was the first success for Spain, before they went on to win a further two big competitions in succession. At the time, this was their second European championship victory, in which they beat Germany 1-0 in the final, with the tournament being hosted across Austria and Switzerland.

2004 – Greece

One of the biggest shocks in sporting history was the 2004 success of Greece at the European championships. The tournament was held in Portugal and Greece continued to overachieve before reaching the final to beat the hosts 1-0. This was also there only victory to date. Greece have failed to qualify for the finals next year, which is the third consecutive major tournament that they will not be competing in.

2000 – France

This was a second European victory for France, following on from their 1984 victory. The tournament was held between Belgium and the Netherlands, as France progressed through to the finals to take on Italy. They eventually picked up the trophy, beating Italy 2-1 in extra-time. France head into the competition off the back of their World Cup victory in Russia and are the team to beat. They were also impressive in qualification but have a difficult looking group against Portugal and Germany.

Sports Betting Vs. Other Gambling

A layman might say – “what’s the difference, in the end, you’ll always lose”. It is a fact that any form of gambling exists due to the unpredictability of the events people wager on. If it wasn’t so, it wouldn’t be called gambling, because chance is a vital part of its definition.

Well, sports betting is part knowledge, part luck, and it has been around as long as sports have. In recent decades it has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, and people place bets on every sport imaginable.

However, the truth of the matter is, the bookmakers know just as much as you do, thus, they set the odds accordingly. In order to win big, you have to bet on more games or on certain events occurring during one. This lowers your chances and increases the bookie’s edge.

While there’s no question that sports betting is more scientific than other forms, let’s analyze and see exactly by how much.

Casino Gambling

While it used to be fashionable to go to a casino to put a bet down, today you have a casino on your phone. Online casinos are taking over the industry, with Casimba Casino being on the forefront. And with features such as progressive jackpots, bonus rounds, free spins, and loyalty programs, it’s easy to see why. The only question that remains is which game to choose? A well-known card game, or a five-reel slot?

Casinos are in business because they always have an advantage. The house edge may differ from game to game, but it’s always there. Obviously, your chances are lowest at slots, but if you play Blackjack or Baccarat, the house edge gets as low as 1.4%.

Poker

What kind? There are so many variations. When you say the word, Texas Hold’em pops into most minds first. However, there’s Seven Card Stud, Omaha, Razz, Five Card Draw and more as examples. There are even some variations invented specially for casino gambling, like three-card poker.

According to pro, David Stamm, in Texas Hold’em, three out of every five players are long-term losers. The numbers add up to something like this, 20% are long-term winners, 20% are marginal ones, while 40% are marginal losers, and 20% are major ones.

Bingo

Calculating your odds in bingo is very simple. It’s just the number of cards you’ve got divided by the number of cards that are in play. If there are a thousand cards and you bought ten, your chances of winning are 1%.

Some bingo sites even tell you how many cards are in play, so you can calculate your odds precisely. Though, these odds don’t apply to progressive jackpots.

Lottery

Again, there are different types of lotteries. If one is set up in such a way that you can choose six numbers from a possible forty-nine, then your chances of getting those six numbers drawn are close to 14 million!

If you buy one ticket each week, then your chances of winning get to about one lottery-win every 269,000 years. Doesn’t sound too promising, does it?

The Grand National’s top trainers

Every racehorse trainer dreams of saddling a Grand National winner. To see their horse strutting around as champion after a hard-fought victory in the UK’s biggest horse race represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, and the reward for the long hard hours spent preparing their horse for the big day at Aintree.

Of course, this year the Grand National will look a little different, and it is unclear when the race will actually take place after the original date of April 4th was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis. But that will take nothing away from the magnitude of the Grand National when it does eventually get going. Once horse racing gets up and running again, the punters will be eagerly perusing the horse betting odds and the sport’s most successful trainers will be putting in every effort to make sure those horses are 100% ready for this showpiece sporting event.

Many of those trainers have never tasted victory in the National, but the cream of the crop all know what it feels like to saddle a winner in the season’s biggest race. Let’s take a look at a few famous active trainers who have tasted success in the Grand National.

Gordon Elliott

Of all the active trainers on the horse racing circuit today, none boast as strong a record in the Grand National as Gordon Elliott. He has saddled the winning horse on three occasions, including the two most recent editions of the race, as Tiger Roll stole the show in 2018 and 2019. Elliott’s prior victory in the race came in 2007 when Silver Birch won the Aintree showpiece, ridden by Robbie Power.

Elliott will be hoping that Tiger Roll can secure an unprecedented third Grand National win in a row in the 2020 race, an achievement which would ensure that horse, trainer and jockey Davy Russell go down as legends of the sport.

Nigel Twiston-Davies

You have to go all the way back to 2002 for Nigel Twiston-Davies’ most recent Grand National winner, but that does not detract from the trainer’s quality and capability of winning big races. 2002 was Twiston-Davies’ second win in the National, as Jim Culloty rode Bindaree to victory. Four years earlier, he saddled Earth Summit, who gave the trainer his first taste of Grand National glory.

While it’s been 18 years since Twiston-Davies was last victorious in the famous old race, he remains a top trainer and one to watch out for when it comes to potential winners at Aintree.

Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has long been one of the biggest names in horse racing, and the trainer earned his first winner in the Grand National in 2005, as Ruby Walsh rode Hedgehunter to victory. For a trainer of Mullins’ quality, it’s perhaps a touch surprising that he does not boast more than one winner in the Grand National, but that speaks more of the difficulty of the race itself rather
than any failings on the part of the trainer.

Mullins will be keen to get a second title under his belt though, and his best shot in 2020 looks to be Burrows Saint, who is currently 12/1 to win the Aintree showpiece.

Paul Nicholls

Paul Nicholls is another trainer with outstanding horse racing pedigree, and he secured Grand National success in 2012 with Neptune Collonges, ridden by Daryl Jacob. His horse was a 33/1 shot that day, but Nicholls and Jacob overcame the odds to taste that coveted feeling of Grand National victory.

At the time of writing, one of Nicholls’ 2020 entries, Yala Enki, is similarly priced at 28/1 to win the Grand National, so it may take a repeat of history if the trainer is to claim a second triumph in the famous race.

Bills Acquire Star Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs From Vikings

The NFL’s opening day of legal tampering was March 16 and it has helped fans cope with the almost sports-less world because of the coronavirus outbreak. A move that shocked many in the league was the Stefon Diggs trade from the Vikings to the Bills.

It does shock us but we should have seen it coming, considering that hours before it happened Diggs tweeted: “it’s time for a new beginning.”

Sports betting sites and per head sites made Buffalo the favorites to win the AFC east division.

I just recovered from finding out that the Cardinals basically stole DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans and now the Bills and Vikings make a blockbuster trade of their own.

Diggs, along with a seventh-round draft pick in this year’s NFL Draft will go to Buffalo and Minnesota will receive a first-round pick, a fifth-round pick, a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Bills were tough to beat last season. Their defense was very solid, ranking third in total yards in the NFL, fourth against the pass, 10th against the run and it was the second-best in points per game allowed.

Their offense was eighth with 128.4 rushing yards per game and quarterback Josh Allen showed flashes of brilliance in his second year in the NFL. Now Allen will now have a legitimate star wide receiver as part of his list of weapons.

John Brown and Cole Beasley are decent wideouts but the Bills were just 26th in the league with 201.8 passing yards per game and Diggs is among the top five wide receivers in the NFL.

Diggs had 63 receptions for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns in 15 games last season, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards in two straight years and he also had a career-high 102 catches in 2018. He battled for touches with fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen in the Vikings so I can see him putting up big numbers in Buffalo.

Odds to win the AFC East

New England Patriots -110
Buffalo Bills +175
New York Jets +650
Miami Dolphins +1000

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Tom Brady Will Sign With The Buccaneers

TB12 will go to TB! Brady entered free agency for the first time in his 20-year career and he is getting ready to spend his 21st season in the league with the Buccaneers.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Brady will sign for $30 million per year and an announcement is expected very soon.

“To be clear: Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year,” Rapoport said.

Last Monday Tom Brady let the Patriots know that he would not coming back. he made the official announcement on Tuesday. Tom Brady spent 20 seasons with the Patriots and won six Super Bowls and three NFL MVP awards.

“To all my teammates, coaches, executives and staff, Coach Belichick, RKK and the Kraft family and the entire organization. I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me – I have learned from everyone. You all have allowed me to maximize my potential and that is all a player can ever hope for.

Everything we have accomplished brings me great joy and the lessons I have learned will carry on with me forever. I couldn’t be the man I am today without the relationships you have allowed me to build with you. I have benefited from all you have given me. I cherished every opportunity I had to be a part of our team, and I love you all for that. Our team has always set a great standard in pro sports and I know it will continue to do just that.

Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible team accomplishments. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to know each and everyone of you, and to have the memories we’ve created together.”

Brady was drafted No. 199 in the sixth round in 2000. The signal-caller has completed 6,377 of 9,988 passes for 74,571 yards, 541 touchdowns and 179 interceptions in 285 games.

The Buccaneers have many weapons, including wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and tight end OJ Howard and help might be coming soon, as former Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon is being considered as a potential signing.

Brady wanted to stay as close to home as possible and he will still be on the east coast, in the same time zone as Boston.

Odds to Win NFC South

New Orleans Saints -125
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +200
Atlanta Falcons +600
Carolina Panthers +1400

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What to Expect from the CONIFA 2020 World Cup

The whole world is talking about the situation we’re all in due to COVID-19. Sports competitions large and small have been postponed until further notice. However, those behind the CONIFA 2020 World Cup haven’t yet mentioned anything regarding the cancelation of the competition. Unlike the officials of all major soccer competitions, the people from CONIFA have decided not to cancel the competition just yet.

As the future of the CONIFA 2020 World Cup is uncertain, we will use this opportunity to remind you of the competition’s form, as well as update you on the latest news about it. Without further ado, let’s begin.

About CONIFA 2020

The CONIFA World Football Cup is also known as “the other World Cup”. It is an international soccer competition created by an organization called CONIFA. Particularly developed for states, minorities, and stateless peoples and regions unaffiliated with FIFA, the CONIFA World Cup has been organizing a world championship every two years since 2014.

The CONIFA 2020 World Cup is the fourth edition of this competition. The initial host of the tournament was supposed to be Somaliland, a self-declared state located in an autonomous region of Somalia. However, some changes occurred in August 2019 and North Macedonia took over.

The competition should take place from May 30 to June 7, 2020, in Tose Proeski Arena in Skopje, North Macedonia. There are 16 teams divided into four groups that will give their best to win the title of the world’s best team in 2020.

To remind you, here’s what the groups look like:

  • Group A — Parishes of Jersey, Panjab, Kurdistan, Chagos Islands
  • Group B — Kárpátalja, Western Armenia, Tamil Eelam, Kabylia
  • Group C — Mapuche, Matabeleland, Kernow, Mariya
  • Group D — South Ossetia, Cascadia, United Koreans in Japan, Darfur
  • Who Are the Favorites?

    According to the most recent rankings, Parishes of Jersey is the team most likely to dominate the CONIFA 2020 World Cup. Even though it is one of the most recently accepted CONIFA members, the team has very quickly jumped to fourth place on the list of best-ranked teams by acquiring 1470 points.

    There is a specially designed system for assigning CONIFA ranking points. It consists of several elements and takes into account all the matches reported to CONIFA. For example, a team gets more points for winning a match against another CONIFA member than against a non-CONIFA opponent. Also, official competitions and tournaments carry more value than friendly matches.

    CONIFA Officials Still Optimistic

    As more than half of the world has implemented a complete lockdown together with a curfew, almost all sports events have been canceled. However, there is still nothing regarding the cancelation of the CONIFA 2020 World Cup.

    The official CONIFA website has recently posted some articles but stated nothing about postponing the competition. Their Twitter account has also been active and sharing news about some of the participants getting ready for the CONIFA 2020 World Cup.

    It seems that CONIFA officials still hope that all the mess made by COVID-19 will pass quickly and that the tournament will take place during the previously scheduled dates. This can be considered as quite an optimistic attitude, especially since the UEFA has decided to postpone EURO 2020 that was supposed to happen after the CONIFA 2020 World Cup.

    Even though we would all like the world to put an end to this general health issue as soon as possible, it is highly likely that CONIFA officials will soon have to come up with other dates for the CONIFA 2020 World Cup.

    How the Global Economy Affects Sports Betting

    Betting had always been a part of the human history. It may be safe to say that from the moment money way invented, man started gambling. I mean, from the days of wagering nickels and copper over certain ancient sports down to this modern era of online betting sites, man had always found a way to gamble. Now it is important to note that betting was somehow a part of the culture of people of the old.

    For instance, a young lad would hunt some animals in the woods, sell them to buyers and very likely use part of the proceeds to wager with his peers. Tis may not be very popular for the young men of old but it was a stable activity for the old. Taverns where countrymen and travelers drink had a reputation for being a place where gambler slug it out with their money. This may in fact shed light on the earliest origin of what happens in Vegas.

    Who builds a casino without building or at least adding a bar for alcoholic alcohol? No one. At least no smart entrepreneur would make that mistake. But this could be another article for another day and another blog. In this blog post, we will be looking at how the economy affects.

    The Good Times

    Generally, people often never admit that there are good times in the economy. People will always say that economic times are difficult and all that but the truth is this: there are some times that we can generally call good times. It is common sense that the global economy was way better in 2006 compared to 2008-2009 when the stock market took a nose dive and crashed in consequential proportions.

    But whatever the economic conditions looks like, you can expect two outcomes: the people who will be more willing to bet on sports and the people who not be willing to do the same. For the sake of this article, we will name them optimists and pessimists. Their decisions will determine whether bookmakers make a lot of profits or not. Also, these decisions will determine whether they make a ton of money or not. Let us start with the optimists when the economy is great.

    Optimists

    Think about it. The economy is doing, great or fine or not bad (in the least) and there is still a decent level of cashflow in the society. Would people still want to bet? Perhaps there is no need for betting as things are moving just great. How about using the extra income to gamble in the hopes of growing that fortune?

    Optimists will bet. Period. The truth is: optimists place bets irrespective of the prevailing economic situation. Whether the stock markets crash completely or internet access (data) becomes three times more expensive than usual, optimists will bet online, still. I am not talking about the young lads and old folks that are addicted to gambling.

    Their Logic: In times of financial abundance, the optimistic punter believes he has extra cash to invest in sports through betting. In fact, most career punters will double or triple their betting budgets if they have extra cash to spare. Unlike people who do not bet at all or individuals who bet part-time, fulltime optimistic punters will only place better sums when they bet. Usually, they focus on choosing one or a few games and putting a lot of money in there as opposed to staking a little amount but choosing way too many games or outcomes.

    Pessimists

    In times of financial abundance or balance, punters who aren’t fully into sports betting are likely going to see less needs for placing bets. The ones who love sports and betting may stake a little amount of money here or there but they often do not inject a lot of money into the betting economy as they feel financially comfortable enough to do just fine with what they are currently earning.

    Their Logic: “Things are moving just well and there is no immediate financial crisis. Why would I risk placing huge bets online? What if I lose? Is it worth placing any bets at all since I already know that things are moving just fine?” Thoughts and questions like this dominate the heart of the punter who had always been a pessimist at the fundamental level. It goes without saying that pessimists see little to no reason to gamble when there is enough money in their pockets and a lot of time to make more.

    The Bad Times

    Nothing lasts forever. Even good things must come to an end at some points. Same for bad times too. But let’s think about it. The Corona Virus Diseases aptly named the COVID-19 has been on a roll for well over 2 months now. Almost every independent country of the world has its fair share of infections and in some cases, deaths. Businesses are shutting down and people are being forced to stay indoors in many cities across the globe as it is hoped this move will stall the spread of the virus.

    But how does this affect economic activities? Simple. The world’s economy heavily relies on two things: buying and selling. Technologies of several millennia may have changed how we do business but the fundamental philosophy remains the same. If people do not interact with each other in ways that are economically relevant, money will not flow smoothly and the economy will suffer.

    As anyone can guess, it is the internet based businesses that are faring well in this challenging time. Freelancers are having a field day if we compare them to their counterparts who work in brick and mortar establishments. Content creators, influencers and webpreneurs as a whole are to an extent not affected by what’s going on in the world’s economy as we speak.
    But are bettors affected? If so, how? If not, why? How does the entire saga affect punters and betting sites or bookmakers? Let’s get down to it below.

    Optimists

    The will continue to bet. Like I had already stated in a previous paragraph, economic times do not affect a punter’s desire or willingness to gamble. It only affects the amount of money he can afford to play with. But beyond their desire to continue gaming, they often do it believing there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. For instance – and this is one of those unpopular betting tips out there – bookmakers are more likely to motivate bettors in times of general despair (as many people won’t be eager to place bets) than in normal times when more people will be willing to bet on games on their sites. But, for the optimists, why would they keep betting even when dark clouds are brewing?

    Their Logic: The odds are higher where and when people are not overly excited about placing their money. If you pay attention on bookmaker sites, you will realize that outcomes that are very uncertain or unlikely to happen often get the highest odds. The same thing applies to harsh economic times like the one the world I facing. As expected, odds will be generally higher. The more the global economy suffers, the higher the odds available on these sites. Devoted punters (especially the ones who already have a decent amount of money they currently use for betting) are really going to capitalize on these weird opportunities.

    Pessimists

    They will stay far away from betting and anything that remotely looks like it. The fear of losing a bet is such a great obstacle for pessimistic bettors. However, the fear of losing a bet (and, of course money) at such a critical time like now is one that they’d typically consider unthinkable. “How would I cope if my I fail to win? I’ve got bills to pay and cannot currently afford to risk any money on betting” He assumes.

    Their Logic: They have nothing to fall back to in the event that the bet(s) they place fail to work out just fine. Another common logic would be that since things aren’t generally great, then betting would not have much to offer in terms of profits. This reasoning is incorrect but is very understandable. Another factor could be the fear that I they win huge sums of money, it is possible that the bookmakers may not be able or willing to payout winnings if they are broke. Or worse, they could wind up operations with bets placed!

    In a Nutshell

    At all times, global economic conditions affect the sports betting industry. People are generally more willing than usual to place bets when they know that if they lose their money, they have something to fall back on. As already stated, above, the optimists will bet a lot when the economy is doing fine. They will still do the same when times are hard but with less money. Pessimists will attempt to earn through betting or doing it part-time. Some will do it full-time but betting with very minimal sums. However, they almost don’t bet at challenging time. Generally, at trying times, the desire to bet on sports both online and offline isn’t exactly great.

    Who are the favorites for winning UCL and EL and what are their betting odds?

    The Champions League and the Europa League have been in the focus of the entire football fanbase following the Coronavirus outbreak.

    Many were wondering what will happen with two of the most prominent football competitions in Europe. The fans were debating about the possible format of the finishing stages, whether it would reach its end at all, and about all sorts of other, let’s technical stuff.

    But in the end, they would all come down to one question – who is going to lift the trophy?

    Well, according to the bookies, the No.1 favorite for taking the Champions League title is Manchester City. The Citizens were the biggest right from the start, and they never moved from that place.

    The odds bookies gave on their success are currently at 3/1, Bayern Munich is now second with 13/2, Paris Saint Germain 5/1, and Barcelona 7/1, with Atletico Madrid sitting at 10/1. If you follow this link, you can find lots of stuff offered by new online UK bookmakers for 2020 season.

    The Citizens were focused only on this competition even before all the turbulences caused by their ban from Europe and the COVID-19 chaos. Simply, this was Pep Guardiola’s obsession, and since the campaign started, it was obvious that the Spaniard aims to attack the UCL trophy before the Premiership title. With the development of the situation in the EPL and Liverpool’s domination, City slowly began moving all of its resources to the Champions League, and when UEFA’s ban appeared, they thought about nothing else but conquering the continent.

    Meanwhile, Bayern was in a completely different situation. At the start of the year, the German powerhouse had numerous problems inside the club. Niko Kovac wasn’t getting along with the players, and at one point, it seemed that the season would go down the drain. But, as soon as he left Allianz Arena and Hansi Flick jumped in, things changed.

    The young German coach brought back the old attacking style to the table and removed Kovac’s philosophy, which didn’t suit Bayern’s mentality. And the impact was obvious right away. The German champs have the top candidate for winning the UCL top goalscoring award.

    Robert Lewandowski is 1/14 to take the honors, and the first one after the Polish international is Lionel Messi with 33/1. Raheem Sterling is 35/1, Serge Gnabry 40/1, Kylian Mbappe 50/1, while one of the best scorers ever, Cristiano Ronaldo, sits at 150/1.

    Now, about the Europa League, the situation there is pretty exciting. We have several teams aiming at the trophy, and the automatic ticket to the Champions League.

    Two of the top ones are from England – Manchester United and Wolverhampton. The Red Devils are 3/1 to win the competition, while Wolves sit second with 5/1, slightly ahead of Inter Milan, 6/1. Bayer Leverkusen is 13/2, the same as Sevilla, with Shakhtar Donetsk sitting at 14/1.

    It is no wonder to see United and Wolves at the top of the list. English teams value the Europa League a lot, as some of them find it much easier to reach the Champions League there than through the domestic competition. We already saw the Red Devils and Chelsea doing that in the past.

    Both United and Wolves are not certain to finish among the first five in the EPL, and they need to play with 100% here. We need to underline that Wolves might be chasing this trophy because of the ambitions to bring back the old glory to this side, who was one of the best in the world during the 1950s. Their owners have an agenda to make the club one of the best in England and to make them a powerhouse as before.

    Inter meanwhile, is chasing the Serie A title and has that as a priority. Nerazzurri would like to lift the trophy, but are keener to stop Juventus and its domination in Italy.

    Bayer is a solid team, but they lack experience at these stages, and vas majority of experts don’t believe in their consistency, predicting that the Germans might choke when needed the most.

    Meanwhile, many are suggesting that Sevilla might be a dark horse to take the silverware. The Spanish team is the most successful in the history of this competition, and they know how to behave when things get rough.

    Hole In One Insurance Contests

    Hole In One Insurance For Tournament And Contests Prize Reimbursement

    In the 80s, golf tournaments began awarding prizes to contestants who were successful in making a hole-in-one at tournaments. During this same time, hole-in-one insurance started to increase in popularity. A majority of sponsors or those promoting events don’t use funds that are set aside for the game to pay the winnings. Instead, they buy ‘prize indemnity insurance’ or ‘putting contest insurance,’ which covers the likelihood that they will need to award a prize.

    Prize Indemnity Insurance

    For those who offer a significant prize for a sporting event, there is a need for prize indemnity insurance or indemnification coverage. This insurance, which is also known as ‘hole in one insurance‘ for golfing contests, pays the insurer an indemnity if a contest participant were to win the prize. If you happen to sponsor a golfing event where you put up $20,000 for a hole-in-one to take place on a particular hole, your insurance carrier will need to reimburse you that amount if the golfer clears the shot and you have to award the money.

    This insurance is comparable to any other insurance as it gives compensation or indemnity when an insured member has a loss. In the case of a hole in one, the loss suffered would be the cash prize that needs awarding for a successful shot. The insurance policy coverage limit would be the value of the prize offered by the contest. Insurance companies typically have stipulations on their guidelines, and these types of policies are no different. You would need to work out any variables that pertain to the game, such as the potential for the issuing of a consolation prize, and how the carrier will deem proof for the hole in one.

    Insurers and Prize Insurance Costs

    Although it’s typically called hole-in-one insurance, this coverage can be useful for a multitude of different spectator, sporting, or participant events and with many organizations responsible for promotion. The prizes range considerably in size for each game, and the price for the insurance will, therefore, vary greatly. The carrier has many factors to take into consideration for a particular event, but a few of the things that they examine in making a decision is:

  • The level of difficulty involved in a contest.
  • The participants’ skill level.
  • The number of contestants who participate in the event.
  • The cash or prize award value.
  • A more fabulous prize will bring more significant costs in insurance premiums. Prize money for contests can fluctuate from as little as a couple of thousand dollars to as extravagant as more than a million dollars. Money is not always the award for these tournaments. Some offer vacations, cars, boats. Depending on how the sponsor chooses to award the prize will affect insurance costs. The more luxurious the sponsor opts to be in their prize offering, the higher the rate is for the insurance carrier’s quote. Go to https://www.insurancejournal.com/magazines/mag-features/2007/08/20/83341.htm to learn more about this protection.

    Variables Insurance Carriers Take Into Consideration

    Event organizers know that they will likely have to pay out the prize money that they offer in one or more of the tournaments they sponsor. As opposed to hoping against it, they purchase insurance to cover the award. The insurance carrier has variables that they take into consideration to determine if they want to take on the risk, whether it be the high value of the prize or the talent of those playing.

    • How many participants involved in the tournament will influence the insurance carrier. The odds of one particular contestant getting a hole-in-one is not affected by the volume of players involved in the contest. But a considerable amount of participants in a tournament will increase the chances for a hole-in-one to take place. Insurance premiums will be higher for an event where there is a massive number of players.
    • The hole-in-one tournaments typically take place on par-3 hole. For an insurance provider to cover an organizer, the distance to the green from the tee has to equal specific yardage. The carrier will decide that yardage. It is tough to make a hole-in-one on a longer par-3 as compared to a shorter one, the chance for success diminishes. Premiums for a longer hole are going to be much less. Follow this link to read about the ‘ace’ tournaments.
    • A professional player works better under pressure allowing them to make the challenging shots with greater ease. When it comes to insuring a professional over an amateur, the insurance carrier is going to charge higher rates for the more skilled player. The odds of them making the shot are more likely. A tournament involving professionals is going to be an event bearing much higher rates.
    • There needs to be verification for payout. For a hole-in-one, a sighting needs to take place from the club’s swing to the point where the ball drops into the hole. There can’t be any obstruction of vision during any aspect of the viewing. The insurance provider’s form has to be signed by the witness as confirmation of the shot. In instances of enormous prizes, winning holes may need to have video documentation along with the verification process.

    With all the variables taken into consideration, hole-in-one insurance costs can vary widely from tournament to tournament. A lot is based on the prizes the organizers choose to award. Each carrier will be different in how they make their determination and what rates for which they opt.

    For a prize valued at $1 million, the prices are going to be significant across the board. But because the insurance providers offer these plans to the sponsors, the tournaments have an extra sense of excitement for the spectators and provide a more significant challenge for the players.