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Epic rant from owner of California Chrome

Like many, I got to see this epic rant live, and it’s amazing what people say when they’re pissed off. Never mind that this has been going on for years, as some horses show up in the Belmont Stakes to thwart a Triple Crown. That’s why it’s so damn hard.

The debates on Twitter were priceless and also informative, as those who understood horse racing explained why Steve Coburn’s rant about some taking “the coward’s way out” was just silly given the nature of the sport.

The great horses are able to overcome the task of winning three straight. Heck, some great horses don’t even achieve it given the competition in the year they run.

Still, the reaction was priceless and will be replayed for years to come.

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This is the time of year for poker aficionados as the World Series of Poker gets underway at the Rio in Las Vegas. The Rio has been slipping in recent years as a Las Vegas destination, but the WSOP always brings it back to the forefront as it gets invaded by poker fans and players who have been brushing up their skills all year online working on their game and going for bonuses like the 888 poker bonus. The atmosphere changes completely this time of year as the Rio becomes a mecca for the poker world.

Every year brings new highlights along with new issues, and the Las Vegas Sun pointed out 25 things to look for with this year’s tournament. The Rio will get some new attention with the all-new VooDoo Zipline, which stretches from one tower of the Rio to the other. The zipline is strung 490 feet above the ground and you can get up to 33 MPH on this thing. This attraction gives you an idea of what the Rio needs to do these days to grab attention, as newer and trendier casinos have swiped many of the young and beautiful visitors who no longer see the Rio as a real option unless they’re trying to save cash.

As for the actual poker, developments in online play with new state regulations are also have an impact. Online players have changed the sport, but sanctioned tournaments can make things even more interesting to the point where the WSOP might start looking seriously at hybrid games. We’ll see how that plays out. Also, WSOP.com is making it easier now for fans to track the tournament action in real time.

There’s no doubt that the WSOP will do everything possible to keep its status as the top tournament and event in the world. This year’s Main Event is featuring a guaranteed $10 million first-place prize.

Spectacular multi-slots with Mega Spin

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First of all: what the frack are Mega Spin pokies?

Well, the Mega Spin is a new concept of pokies (slot machines) introduced by Microgaming, a casino software developed based in the Isle of Man. Basically, it’s like multi-hand poker: you play the pokies on more than one set of reels, for even faster gameplay and the chance to win multiplied.

Mega Spin is a popular concept, featured at most Microgaming – powered online casinos, like the Royal Vegas or Euro Palace. You can play several Mega Spin Pokies at Platinum Play: Double Magic, High 5 or Fantastic 7s (all replicas of classic three-reel pokies) and Major Millions, Microgaming’s popular progressive jackpot title.

The Mega Spin Major Millions offers its players the chance to win big – not quite major millions, as its name suggests, but hundreds of thousands – with a lucky spin.

Slot machines, or pokies, are the most popular games a player can find in an online casino. They are so popular that online gambling operators of all kinds – not just casino operators, but sportsbooks, poker rooms and bingo halls – use them as side games for their players.

Pokies were invented by an ingenious mechanic, Charles Fey, over a century ago. At first they only had three reels and one payline, but their number has increased considerably during the years. He didn’t know back then that he invented a whole new arm of the gambling industry.

Pokies were later admitted into Las Vegas casinos, and started their conquest of the world. First they invaded casino lobbies, later they have been introduced into various establishments – pubs, hotel lobbies and clubs. In the middle of the 1990s they even conquered the internet, after the first real money online casinos were introduced.

Nowadays pokies are the casino games with the most diversified offer online. Operators have literally hundreds of pokies in their offer, each one with its special bonuses, extra features and side games. Their themes cover everything a player might think of: shoes to shovels, fish to predators, leprechauns to fairies, or even TV shows and movies. There is a pokie out there for football fans and hockey junkies – whatever you can imagine. Mega Spin is an exclusive feature available only in Microgaming online casinos.

And not just online! Pokies are the perfect mobile games. Their reels usually fit on the smaller screens of smartphones, and are perfect for the bigger screens of tablets. They are the perfect game to play on the go: they can be started up and stopped in an instant.

Chelsea Signs With Coral

Chelsea fans who like a wager could be in for a treat; the west London club has agreed a sponsorship deal with bookmakers Coral. The contract, which lasts until summer 2016, names Coral as Chelsea’s official online betting partner for Europe. It’s expected to enable Chelsea fans to benefit from special offers, including better odds on the team’s matches.

Form

The last time Chelsea dropped any Premiership points was 23rd December, in an uninspiring away match at the Emirates stadium. While their December form was somewhat patchy, with losses away to Stoke and Sunderland, since Boxing Day (and prior to the West Ham match on 29th January) they’ve won every game and conceded only three goals in all competitions. A challenging February lies ahead however; for fans looking to put money on Chelsea’s upcoming fixtures, comparison sites including bookmakers.co.uk compare free bets and offer continual updates on the most favorable odds.

Fixtures

Chelsea’s next big test is a trip to the Etihad where they’ll face Premiership title favorites Manchester City, in a clash that could see the winner going top of the table. With Arsenal facing Crystal Palace at the Emirates the day before, the Monday night fixture is far from a guaranteed ticket to the top spot, though it does promise to be a thrilling encounter. Bookies are strongly favoring City to win, with current best prices at slightly worse than evens. Astute fans may be able to back Chelsea at a little better than 3/1, with around 13/2 a decent price for the draw.

Newcastle

The following weekend Chelsea hosts Newcastle for what should be a less intimidating game. Odds on Chelsea taking three points on 8th February are very short, with slightly better than 1/3 about the best you’ll find. Alan Pardew’s side lie eighth in the table, after a poor January and a mixed December. Their current position can be put down in part to an excellent run of results in November, during which they took 12 points from 12 – including a 2-0 home victory over Chelsea.

Finance

Coral and Chelsea have been tight-lipped regarding the amount of money that’s changed hands with the new sponsorship deal, but with Roman Abramovich’s generosity apparently on the wane, any new source of income will a boon for manager Jose Mourinho. The sale of the under-utilized Juan Mata to Manchester United has already funded the purchase of 21-year old Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from FC Basel, with plenty left over.

“We are very pleased to align ourselves with such a leading betting company as Coral,” Chelsea chief exec Ron Gourlay commented.

“I hope Chelsea fans can benefit from the relationship over the next two-and-a-half years.”

Early Super Bowl money being placed on Denver over Seattle

The early lines for the 2014 Super Bowl were all over the place last night. At first Seattle was favored on many sportsbooks and then the money came flooding in on Denver. Now we’re seeing the Broncos as 1.5 to 1 point favorites in most places.

In the video above, Howie Long makes a great point – that the officiating will play a big role in this game regarding how much Seattle defenders can get away with versus Denever receivers, and likewise whether Denver can run their pick plays with impunity. NFL officiating has become a disgrace, so expect plenty of controversy.

Also, we’re seeing two completely different quarterbacks. Peyton Manning is a classic drop back passer and one of the all-time greats. Russell Wilson is a mobile quarterback who makes big plays but also huge mistakes with his improvizing. Frankly, Wilson is a bit overrated – he’s riding the Seahawks bus to the Super Bowl, not driving it.

It should be a great game.

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