Most Famous Robberies in History

One of his biggest qualms against art came when he was rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts as a kid. 301 bits of paper that belong to anyone who is carrying them. Both were held for questioning but were later exonerated.

This is what happens when a man tries to manipulate the system for gains when he is unable to provide for it himself.

James Verone had lost his job as a Coca-Cola delivery man after 17 years of working for them. So love it or hate it, human greed, ambition, and adventurism will always attempt to reach new heights.

The Mona Lisa (1911)

Hitler’s appetite for destruction knew no bounds. The paintings by Van Gogh, Czanne, Degas, and Monet, have been valued at a total of US$162 million.

One of the biggest quandaries of art theft is that regular connoisseurs don’t buy stolen art. He went broke and ended up owing a lot of money to people (mostly the crown itself) who wanted it back. They quietly let the robbers in, who made off with more than 25 million.

Before Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, the tomb had already been broken into twice. And then some are just bat-crap crazy.

Two accomplices were arrested and sentenced to prison. He was later hanged for his crime.

We’ve seen the playboys and the determined. They got away with a total of R$164 million (US$71 million at 2005 exchange rate). And even if they kept everything clean, there were very few ways they could have laundered the money. When they entered, they subdued the employees and the other guards by pouring petrol over them and threatening to set them on fire if they did not comply. No one has been able to prove this; all incriminating evidence points to Notarbartolo and four others. And that was the number in 1984. They were so meticulous that when the cops first inspected their house, it was covered in burnt lime to destroy any evidence like fingerprints and DNA.

Perhaps a story of box-office movie caliber, the life of Valerio Viccei was nothing short of excessive adrenalin-racing. It’s not certain exactly who robbed it, or how many robbed it, or where the gold went. Which is one of the reasons why all the four paintings have been recovered by 2012 with little to no damage.

Dar Es Salaam Bank (2007), US$300 million

Hotel/casino Robberies

The most famous art theft has to be of the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa. He tried returning to England, at which point he was caught and jailed.

Nazi Looting During WW II (1933 to the end of WW II)

It is incredibly frustrating when you have people that rob you after you’ve placed all your trust in them. Blood made the offer of having his cousin marry one of Edwards’ daughters, promising her quite a decent income by virtue of marriage and thereby gaining complete trust of the Edwardses.

When the King heard of this, he ordered the crown officials to search for the valuables. It would even have worked if it wasn’t for one minor glitch; Verone didn’t have a gun.

The theft that happened on March 18, 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is easily the biggest art theft, as well as the biggest theft of property in all of criminal history. He was caught when he tried to sell the chips online.

Gardner Museum (1990), US$500 million

E.G. This is one of the biggest reasons why crime is so glorified in movies, because it’s sometimes true in real life as well.

The gem district in Antwerp, Belgium, is the place through which 80% of the world’s rough-cut diamonds go through. Qusay gave them a hand-written note from Saddam, that asked for the withdrawal of $920 million. 2.6 million was stolen from the traveling Post Office train that night, which is more than 40 million by today’s standards. All it was, was a president and his son, and a piece of paper.

Saddam Hussein was the President of Iraq at the time, and had complete control over the state activities and assets. But by that time, the masked robbers were already making their way into the engine. At the same time, his physical condition was getting worse. When he realized that the Coalition forces were about to bomb Iraq, he ordered his son, Qusay, to go to the bank. Most of the gold has not been recovered, and it is speculated that almost all of it was melted off and put into consumer circulation. That’s exactly what happened, when three guards at the Dar Es Salaam bank ran away with US$300 million. One of them hit Mills on the head with a cosh, knocking him unconscious. When Germany collapsed, the bank became a sitting duck for anyone who knew about it. On that day, they broke in through the floor, and took whatever they could before anyone could find out and raise an alarm. Anything lesser is instantly rejected. The Proceeds of Crime Act prompts any bank to flag any cash transfer or deposit beyond a certain amount (usually 10,000). One guy takes him away, while the others stay with the rest of the family till the robbery is completed. Another suspect, Keith Cheeseman was jailed for 6 and a half years. With everything ranging from movies to media coverage or rumors to political cover-ups, our view of crime becomes a bit skewed. They put a message out on the front door saying that the vault was closed, while letting in more accomplices who were waiting outside. The collar had a metal box attached to it, which the assailants claimed was a bomb. William was a sports book cashier at the hotel. Despite that, it took Howard and his team eight years to document and carefully remove the remaining contents of the tomb, then transporting it to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels (1907)

The robbery of Banco Central in Fortaleza, Brazil, has to be one of the most deviously orchestrated heists in history. They carried the cages full of cash to their truck and ran off. Chris is taken to the home of his superior, Kevin McMullan, who was also bound by the other crooks. Here’s how.

They rented out a vacant house two blocks away from the bank three months before the robbery. Vicars was still blamed for failing to act promptly when he received the message that the regalia was missing from its safe.

Sinn Fin is the other political party accused for the heist. The bank had already called for the cops, who got there by the time Wells was out of the bank. He later claimed a patriotic cause, stating that the painting belonged to Italy, and was hailed for his act. Meanwhile, the team of crooks included skilled excavators, mathematicians, and drivers to get the real job done. Bhrle Art Museum on February 10, 2008 and ran off with four of the most valuable paintings in the world. Between dinner preparations, Blood convinced Edwards to show his guests the Crown Jewels. And when it comes to stealing, some of the most common motivations include the need for money, the need for more money, the desire of an object, or just plain old exhilaration. When he got to the place, three men attacked him, subdued him, and put a metal collar around his neck. The bomb had exploded, leaving a giant gash in Wells’ chest. Then they kidnapped his wife and kids. When they were shown to the vault, the two pulled out their guns on the unsuspecting employees, the manager, and the guards. She simply drove off with all the money straight to Solis.

Two major things got in the crooks’ way: one was their lack of planning of what to do after they robbed the place, and the other was the Proceeds of Crime Act. But he did come back later, which the police found out and made sure they got him.

Cops have recovered only about R$8.9 million. What the thief didn’t know was that the briefcase was full of bonds; bearer bonds. He notified the security who later concluded that the painting was indeed stolen. The outer door and its seal was open, and Howard found the insides in complete disarray. The guard Black, his brother-in-law Brian Robinson, and a Micky McAvoy, were all caught and jailed. Sometimes it can be truly difficult why someone would go through all that effort for things that actually can’t be sold. Notarbartolo later claimed that he and the other thieves were set up by a diamond dealer who was looking to claim money off an insurance fraud. She had long left Solis’ company after becoming pregnant with his child, and wanted to support his life.

One-of-a-kind Robberies

They opened as many safe deposit boxes as they could, gathering valuables worth around 60 million. That’s more than 500 million by today’s standards.

John Goddard was walking on a London street with his briefcase, when out of nowhere, a mugger took it from Goddard at knifepoint. More than 20 criminals have been suspected, with only 8 of them arrested. An argument is that most of the gold was stolen by Germany from other countries anyway, so they really can’t claim anything. Led by Leonardo Notarbartolo, a five-man group infiltrated the vault and got hold of gold, diamonds, and jewelry worth more than US$100 million. Apart from speculations, not much is known about this heist, mostly because of minimal media coverage.

Banco Central, Fortaleza (2005), US$71 million

Turns out Richard had already stolen from the crown once; a small loot that didn’t last long. The police say that this was done just to ensure that nothing stinks for the robbers.

The big one came after closing time, for which the two captives were told to stay back at the bank. Wells kept telling the bank employees as well as the police about the bomb around his neck. No guns, no gangs, no killing, no planning, no nothing. The basic story is something like this:

On August 28, 2003, Brian Wells was sent to deliver pizza. Blood then frequented the Tower to meet his ‘new friend’ Edwards, who started inviting him to his house for dinner. Although they vehemently denied any connections, the media and Government officials still blamed them, claiming that a robbery of such high scale could only be carried out by them. One such crook was Roberto Solis, the mastermind behind the movie-like Circus Circus theft of ATM cash in 1993.

Solis had just gotten out of prison for a robbery attempt, in which he shot and killed a security guard. It was later concluded that the mastermind of the entire plot was Lee Murray, a reputed mixed martial artist, who was then sentenced to 10 years in prison. Blood had to flatten the Crown to hide it under his clothes, and cut down the Sceptre and Orb to make them fit into the small bag.

People who have nothing to lose (and maybe a little on the kooky side) often come up with the most ingenious things. Even though half the criminals have been nabbed, the other half, as well as a large sum of money still bathes in mystery.

One of the biggest gold bullion robberies in history happened at Brink’s-MAT warehouse, London. The two bank employees are then given specific instructions and made to go to work the next day as if everything was fine.

The idea of the robbery was put forth to the group by an unknown individual who went by the name (or possibly alias) Ulsterman. Blood was arrested, but he refused to speak to anyone except the King.

We’ve always admired human determination and ingenuity, even when it was used for all the wrong things. Of the few plausible explanations as to how the first two walked in with guns, one speculation is that it was an inside job, from as far inside as the people who ran the place.

Stardust (1992), US$500,000

Anthony Carleo walks in to the Bellagio one day and demands the operators of the craps pit to come up with all the chips they have. They simply left too many clues that the cops just ate up. The painting was in quite a vulnerable place (for better public viewing) and was thus stolen. But one accomplice switched the fake with a real bomb, supposedly as a means to kill Wells so he wouldn’t blow the whistle on them.

The money broker firm Sheppards got their knots twisted really hard in 1990, when a common mugger managed to loot 292 million from them. The reasons as to why the King did this are not really clear, and is a mystery. The next few years after this, about 6 murders have been connected to the Brink’s-MAT heist somehow. Most of the money has not been recovered because they were unmarked bills.

The train’s driver Jack Mills was prompted to stop at 3 AM by an odd red light. He claimed that he was the only one involved in the crime and took the full ‘credit’ for the act himself.

Northern Bank (2004), 26.5 million

The train was stopped at the Sears Crossing, which the robbers realized was too steep to operate the theft on. But it should be noted that because of little or no media coverage or even official documentation, the numbers are all basically gross estimates.

The German Reichsbank held most of the Nazi gold and treasures during World War II. They say it’s just for fun, but it’s anything but that for the authorities.

Thieves mostly fail, but some that succeed can continue to live on as legends. By the standard of that time, that money was almost equal to an entire year’s worth of tax collection for the entire Kingdom of England! This is how he did it:

Verone thought this was a good idea, and on paper it may have seemed good to him – rob a bank for a small amount of money so the prison term won’t be too long, then go to jail and get medical attention paid for by the Government. 299 of those bonds have since been recovered, thanks to informants.

The second time was in August 2004 when masked gunmen stole The Scream along with Munch’s other painting, Madonna. He hailed the works of painters of Germanic descent and the classics of the Old Masters, while derogated and even ordered to remove or destroy a lot of Modern art, or even art that he didn’t like.

He ordered the formation of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR), which was controlled by Hermann Gring. They forced open the metal grille that protected the Jewels. Please only give me one dollar.” He then took the dollar and told the cashier that he will sit in a chair next to him and wait for the cops to arrive.

One-dollar Robbery (2011)

All of this was not covered by the media during the War, but got more and more importance after it. More than 2-3 billion dollars of trade happens here every year. Vicars even refused to show up for the trial by the Commission, making matters worse. Vicars on the other hand, denied all claims of the theft and openly blamed Francis Shackleton, his second in command. So they had to leave all that cash hidden somewhere. But to date, no one has been successfully caught for the heist. They gave him a rather ingenious contraption of a sawed-off shotgun that looks like a relatively harmless walking stick. But there was still the problem of people seeing the large gash in the castle wall. The group was led by Bruce Reynolds, who fled to Mexico with his wife and son. They tricked the guards to step away from their desks and the alarm button, handcuffed, gagged and tied them, then left them in the museum’s basement. Fingers were pointed, and one of those was straight at French poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his Spanish painter friend, Pablo Picasso. Then, for Hitler’s self-proclaimed artistic taste, the ERR was to “collect” basically anything culturally important that was present in the occupied countries.

The FBI could only track them down to Denver, which happened to be just a pit stop. They did it with such precision that no one could even figure out exactly how they broke in, until Notarbartolo was interviewed personally in jail.

Bank/storage Robberies

As the cops probed further, they found reason to believe that Wells was in on the robbery as well. The money has never been recovered, and William is still reported missing.

Bellagio ‘Bike Bandit’ (2010), US$1.5 million

One of the weirdest true incidents of robbery comes from a pizza delivery guy called Brian Wells. The hemp grew quite fast, helping to not only cover the wall, but also lay thick on the ground for him to hide the loot in, while he went back in for more. The room is covered by Doppler sensors, magnetic fields, seismic sensors, IR heat detectors, and probably even more stuff that they haven’t told us. The suspect, Patrick Thomas, was found dead of a gunshot. No concrete proof against any individual, let alone the IRA itself, has been found to date. According to their statement, the thieves had planned to put a fake bomb on his neck, just to provide enough room for him to escape. It’s one of those plots that just keeps getting thicker and thicker the deeper you get. They soon started to find those treasures with prostitutes and even in the fishing-nets on the river Thames! Most of the treasure was recovered, and after about half a dozen people were wrongly hanged and many more arrested and tortured and questioned, they finally caught Richard, who was quite boastful about it.

The theft was first noted by Louis Broud, a painter. Which is exactly what he did. This included the Central Bank of Iraq. He won’t get to spend much time in prison, so he probably won’t get the full medical attention that he wanted.

One of the quietest robberies in any casino’s history, suspected crook William John Brennan simply walked off with $500,000 worth of cash and chips from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. The thief was Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee at the Louvre. Bhrle Art Museum (2008), US$162 million

Circus Circus (1993), US$3 million

Robbing from Royalty. The incident took place on February 21, 2006, at Kent in South East England.

First, they kidnapped the manager of the depot, Colin Dixon. The thieves stole a staggering US$500 million worth of art, which has never been found. And even if you want to get across all of this, you’re still to start out with a lock system with 100 million possible combinations. Edwards was new to the job, and was possibly taken by Blood’s deceitful charm. The theft marks the loss of some of the most iconic artworks ever made, including those of names like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas.

The Scream (1994 and 2004)

The first haul is what the cops called the trial run. Hitler, Goebbels, and Gring frequently visited the museums.

It has been said that anyone who wore gold after 1983, was probably wearing Brink’s-MAT gold.

This is the biggest train robbery in history, which happened on Bridego bridge in Ledburn, England. But every once in a while, we come across this rare act that, in its core is bad, but we can only be flat-out impressed about the way it was done. To carry this loot out, he either took the help of the clergy which he bribed, or possibly friends of his. A movie (Fool’s Gold, 1992) and a documentary were made about the robbery.

Everyone has their own reason to act. It didn’t cover his debt completely, and surely not his desire to live lavishly. State-of-the-art security, the best guards from the best private sector security firms in the world, the works. Viccei was the son of a lawyer and would stop at nothing to fill his life with excitement. They traveled to Bridego Bridge, under which they kept a van. Nevertheless, this was one of the weirdest robberies in history, with some who still believe that there are mountains of sacks filled with gold hidden somewhere in Germany, that belonged to the Reichsbank.

For taking one dollar without a gun, the judge charged Verone with larceny of a person, not robbery. Patrick’s Day, claiming to have gotten reports of disturbance in the area. The robbers intended to steal 3 million cash, but changed their mind when they saw the three tons of gold bullion. They successfully ran off with the haul, as it took about an hour for anyone (outside the deposit) to figure out what had happened.

The scene turns out to be much, much shadier as the cops probe further. He was calm, collected, charming, and devious. They supported claims of Wells’ involvement.

London City Bonds Robbery (1990), 292 million

The Biggest Bank Robbery Ever

The authorities received a note in 1931, demanding ransom for the return of the regalia. When they entered the Jewel Room, the thieves covered Edwards with a cloak, struck him down, bound and gagged him, then stabbed him to keep him quiet. The police believe that about 15 people were involved in this robbery. He lived the rest of his life as a legend and died in 1680. In a way, it was the painting that made the criminal famous, and it was the theft itself that made the painting even more popular. There, they gained the friendship of Talbot Edwards, the Master of the Jewel House. He simply started drilling a hole in the thirteen-foot wall! This of course he did alone, which required months of hard work through the nights of winter and into early spring. He tried doing other jobs, but couldn’t keep them. He had previously robbed the Suncoast Casino, and the cops found plans to rob the Caesars Palace in his hotel room. She was working as a driver for the Loomis Armored Car Company. But the detailing in the plan can be denied by no one.

Bank employee Chris Ward gets some uninvited ‘guests’ over, who force their way in and tie up him and his family. By the time they got there, it was too late. He therefore dared to steal from the inner crypt of the treasury. They are often charming, exceptionally smart, and even good-looking; sometimes coming very close to their movie and TV counterparts. Viccei would reiterate that he was not in it for the money, he just liked the rush of doing it, claiming that it was even better than sex.

Viccei’s crowning moment was at the Knightsbridge Deposit in the City of Westminster. The truck was filled with more than US$3 million in cash. Which means a lot of the crooks are out there, enjoying any weather they want, with all that cash to make it more pleasant.

The ERR has recorded to claim more than 21,000 artwork, most of which was kept in Museum Jeu de Paume in Paris. The thieves demanded a ransom of US$1 million, which the museum refused, while aiding a police sting operation to successfully recover the painting.

The Reichsbank Robbery

Blood had Edwards arrange a grand dinner party for him and his ‘cousin’ (another accomplice) along with some other ‘family members’ (more thieves). They gave him specific instructions about robbing a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The plan was foiled by Edwards’ son, who just got home after finishing his military service. The robbers then uncoupled the engine and the first two carriages from the rest of the train. A lot of people were arrested, but had to be let go for lack of evidence.

Central Bank of Iraq (2003), US$1 billion

He was made to demand US$250,000, but the cashier gave him far less. By the time he committed this particular crime, he was already wanted for quite a few others, as well as acts of rebellious discontent.

Blood and a female accomplice posing to be his wife entered the Tower of London under the pretext of viewing the Crown Jewels. The investigation went cold later, although efforts were still made even into the 1980s.

Art Robberies

Knightsbridge Security Deposit (1987), 60 million

Viccei could possibly have gone scott-free, if it wasn’t for a fingerprint in blood that he left when he got nicked while trying to open a box. By the time the police confirmed that the print belonged to Viccei, he had left for Latin America. He solved this problem by sowing hemp seed near the wall. He wore a full black attire with a black helmet. The police called for the bomb squad 30 minutes after the first 9-1-1 call was made. Their final haul was worth 26 million.

The robbers could get in with the help of a security guard, who was the brother-in-law of one of the thieves. She agreed, but didn’t comply. The underground art dealing world has been valued at billions of dollars annually, but the deals have to be carried out with the tightest of lips and the most firm of handshakes. They started digging a hole from their house to the bank’s floor. Five others have also been arrested, with a few more still on the loose.

Called the biggest cash robbery in the U.K., the guys who pulled it off, left with about 52 million of nothing but cold, hard notes. His body was exhumed just to confirm that he had died, and not pulled a trick to escape his recently acquired debts to the Duke of Buckingham.

The figure in the painting looks scared for good reason: it is so popular that thieves can’t keep their grubby hands off it.

The first time the painting was stolen was in 1994, during the Winter Olympics. He found most of it when he stole things. The gang of robbers proceeded to the depot, armed with shotguns, handguns, a submachine gun (korpion), and AK-47s, forced their way in and bound and gagged the employees inside. After his ‘talk’ with the King, he was not only pardoned, but was given a land in Ireland and 500 a year. They planned to strike on August 6, the day they knew the bank would be closed. It is protected by devices and systems that make the CIA headquarters security fantasy shown in Mission Impossible look like cute little plastic toys. He died right there.

Three robbers forced entry into the E.G. They quickly formed a human chain from the train to the van, and transferred all the sacks and boxes there.

Antwerp Diamond Center (2003), US$100 million

The Regalia of the Order of Saint Patrick was one of Ireland’s most prized possessions. They captured and handcuffed him. But to get there, he would have to either gain entry through its entrance (and have to face the entire Royal Guard), or somehow go through the wall that protected the loot. He is currently out on parole, while the whereabouts of the gems is still a mystery.

But the crooks did it. The main vault of the Diamond Center is located two floors below the ground. Sometimes they involve robbing their own king’s most valuable treasures.

Richard of Pudlicott was a commoner and a wool merchant by profession. He oversaw the entire transfer, which was boxes of US$100 notes put into vans.

The Great Train Robbery (1963), 2.6 million

The thieves made a run for it, but were caught after a horse chase. So Verone did the thing that – according to his self-proclaimed ‘logical mind’ – he should have done – rob a bank.

You can’t have Vegas without the dapper crooks and the gold-digging beauties. He and an accomplice walked right in, asking about renting out a safe deposit box for themselves. He therefore decided to rob the treasury of King Edward I (Edward Longshanks), who was up against the Scottish resistance led by William Wallace (as shown in the movie Braveheart). With a host of medical issues like Carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and a growth on his chest, Verone was an ailing 59-year-old with zero cash to treat himself. When he stopped, he found out that the phone cables have been cut. He apparently seduced the young Heather Tallchief, who did all the work. Twelve years after the incident (September 2005), Heather appears out of nowhere and turns herself in. He had concluded that more than 60% of the valuables had already been removed from the tomb. The paintings were feared burned off, until they were recovered in 2006, with repairable damage.

Thomas Blood, or Colonel Blood as he liked to call himself, was a devious man. The painting bore no damage in its two years of disappearance, during which time the Mona Lisa stayed with Peruggia at his apartment.

Collar-bomb Robbery (2003), US$8,700

The repercussions of the robbery were quite serious. He claimed to be made the scapegoat by high-ranking officials. The two bankers withdraw 1 million, put it in a bag and hand it over to one of the criminals. One creepy speculation was that a lot of those people were not really crooks, just kidnapped people who were made to work for the real crooks. Their primary aim was to destroy any and all Jewish art and books. Her co-workers took some out to fill an ATM and told her to get the van out in the back of the casino. One of the reasons they took 52 million was because the truck couldn’t carry any more; it was full.

Securitas Depot (2006), 52 million

King Tut Tomb Robberies

Blood was a devious man. So old James gets into a bank with nothing but a note that says, “This is a bank robbery. Now I don’t know which Looney Toon they got this idea from, but in real life, all that dirt and gravel has to go somewhere right? They even had that covered, by posing as a gardening company! They would literally put the dirt into vans and throw it all far away, while the neighbors would think that was all a part of the gardeners’ ‘job’. The robbers dressed up as police and gained entry to the museum on St. The Viceregal Commission which was looking into the matter, blamed Vicars for the theft. Indeed, born in 1955, he came to London for the high life, after being wanted in his home, Italy, for 50 instances of armed robberies. Carleo left with US$1.5 million worth of chips.

He was arrogant enough to call himself the “Biker Bandit” and the “Cranberry Kid”, because he rode off on a bike, and the US$25,000 cranberry-colored chips that he stole. After he rose to power, he focused on ‘collecting’ as many paintings and other artworks as he could. Well it doesn’t get more of an inside job than this! Apparently the crooks had connections with the militia in Baghdad, because they could make a clean getaway without any patrol stopping or checking them. All of this, of course, surrounded by an elite security patrol.

The Mona Lisa was not to be seen for another two years, when the real thief tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery out of desperation. He turned against his own king to win favor from King Charles II during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. So when they went missing, all of Ireland was in an uproar.

Arthur Vicars, the Officer of Arms at the Dublin Castle, was the first suspect in the case embroiled in mystery and confusion. The son gained entry to the house, while Talbot Edwards managed to free himself and scream for help with all his strength.

Brink’s-MAT Warehouse (1983), 26 million

Colonel Thomas Blood (1671)

This was a bank heist with supposed links to Irish political parties, namely the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). She and her crew were supposed to refill the ATMs around the casino in preparation of a busy weekend. The first two carriages had only a supervisor and a couple of unarmed employees, while the security was left in the carriages that they had uncoupled.

The police managed to get back 19.7 million by March 2006. And each of those 301 bonds were worth around 1 million. An estimate of at least 100,000 works of art have gone missing or not been returned to their rightful owners.

Very little details about this robbery are known, although speculations arrive at a robbery of 2.9 billion. Upon gaining entry to the vaults, they were surprised to find all the gold, and decided to steal it along with the money.

Richard of Pudlicott (1303)

You know, with all the other robberies that you’ve read about above, you’ll quickly figure out how exasperatingly simple this one was. So it goes without saying that the place is heavily guarded. Richard took help from the clergy to deal with the guards, then gained entry to the treasury room and made off with about 100,000 pounds

Sports betting could give New Jersey’s horse industry a chance

Other states such as New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania have generous incentives for horse racing. That is a drop from a high point of 517 according to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey. 17 Governor Christie put ink to paper and signed legislation that will allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks in New Jersey.

A lot of livelihoods are resting on the success of sports betting in the state. It is expected to breathe new life into a struggling industry that has been at the mercy of arbitrary state policies for decades.

It is true that many Thoroughbred horsemen have either retired or have left the state for greener pastures. However, New Jersey is not quite in the clear as of yet since sports leagues could try to prevent the state from offering sports betting due to the federal ban currently in place. “Sports wagering will enable the New Jersey-bred program to compete with surrounding states.”

One breeder who feels it may already be too late to turn things around is Eileen Munyak of Hill Haven Farm in Millstone Township. Sports wagering will bring much needed revenue for Monmouth Park and signals a new beginning for the Thoroughbred breeding program in New Jersey.”

Thoroughbred breeder Peter Roberts, owner of Rock Talk Farm in Monmouth County, is cautiously optimistic, “If the federal court embraces New Jersey’s new statute and clears the way for legal sports betting in the state, a natural outcome will be more horses, more farming, more agriculture and open space in New Jersey,” he said.

The equine industry may still have a future in the Garden State. “New Jersey-bred horses and the farms they are born on are an important part of the New Jersey economy,” said Mike Campbell. These small numbers put pressure on trainers and owners who need daily help to care for horses year-round but must now rely on a tiny pool of races to pay the bills.

Gerri and Lloyd Kromann of Edgemont Farm in Millstone who breed and race in New Jersey are excited about the prospects, “We hope that sports betting translates to more racing days and increased purses so we can continue to breed and race here.”

Mike Campbell, executive director of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey is excited about what the legislation will do for the horse breeders and racing. On Friday, Oct. By 2014 the number of race days dropped to just 71. Campbell commented, “S2460 paves the way for legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. And only 69 Thoroughbred mares were bred to New Jersey stallions in 2013 down from a high of 597 all due, in large part, to the decline in the number of racing days.. It plans to start on October 26.

The track and the horsemen see the bill as a lifeline for the survival of horse racing within the state. The old breeding families have passed on and the children from these families just don’t see it as a way to make a living.”

But not all Thoroughbred breeders are convinced that the statute will have an impact.

Following the Governor’s approval, Monmouth Park, the venue for Thoroughbred horse racing in Oceanport, NJ, was the first to announce it will begin taking sports bets. New Jersey is circumventing the ban by allowing sports betting through non-state-regulated private entities.

A sigh of relief among New Jersey horsemen

In 1993 there were 289 Thoroughbred race days in New Jersey providing full-time work for those in the industry. “I have slowly phased out of breeding there is not enough incentive for a family-owned operation to sustain itself in the horse business. Only 122 Thoroughbred foals were registered in New Jersey in 2013. The fallout has been a precipitous decline in the number of foals born in the Garden State. Financial independence for the horse racing industry is indeed key for its future. New Jersey horseman have been lured to these states in order to keep their businesses going

Miami Dolphins 2006 Schedule by Sebastien Sports

Presumably, their next tough game doesn’t come until week five against the Patriots. The Dolphins finished out the 2005 campaign by rattling off six straight wins against the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots.

They won the last 6 games of the season and the media is all over themselves for the Miami Dolphins. The NFC East has been owned by the New England Patriots for a good while now. However, the Bills might pose a challenge. They always play the Dolphins tough, so you can’t write them off just yet. Last season, thanks to their last season push, they finished with a 9-7 record. Their schedule could be a little challenging this season. The Miami Dolphins want to change all that. Could this be the year that Miami returns to glory? Is their schedule soft enough to yield an easy 10+ wins and take the NFC East?

Week One: @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Week Two: Buffalo Bills

Week Three: Tennessee Titans

Week Four: @ Houston Texans

Week Five: @ New England Patriots

Week Six: @ New York Jets

Week Seven: Green Bay Packers

Week Eight: Bye

Week Nine: @ Chicago Bears

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs

Week Eleven: Minnesota Vikings

Week Twelve: @ Detroit Lions

Week Thirteen: Jacksonville Jaguars

Week Fourteen: New England Patriots

Week Fifteen: @ Buffalo Bills

Week Sixteen: New York Jets

Week Seventeen: @ Indianapolis

Their offseason losses were somewhat mild. They could be in trouble if they are one game out going into the last game at Indy, unless the Colts

. This year, they are hoping to take the next step and get into the AFC playoffs. This offseason they lost Sage Rosenfels to Houston, Sam Madison to the Giants, Bryan Gilmore to the 49ers, Reggie Howard to Carolina, Matt Turk to the Rams, Gus Frerotte to the Rams, Kiwaukee Thomas to Buffalo and Tebucky Jones to rival New England. The first big challenge will be the Steelers, but they will be without their starting QB Big Ben. Their key additions include: Daunte Culpepper, Andre Goodman, Sedrick Hodge, Will Allen, Fred Beasley, Kelly Campbell, Justin Peelle, L.J. Is this team really that great? Many analysts seem to think so. Heres the breakdown.

The Dolphins season opens up pretty soft. It will be tough for this team to put together win streaks of more than a couple games. Their schedule is mixed up well. Shelton, Renaldo Hill, Deke Cooper and Mike Pearson

Sports betting could give New Jersey’s horse industry a chance

That is a drop from a high point of 517 according to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey. Only 122 Thoroughbred foals were registered in New Jersey in 2013. Sports wagering will bring much needed revenue for Monmouth Park and signals a new beginning for the Thoroughbred breeding program in New Jersey.”

The track and the horsemen see the bill as a lifeline for the survival of horse racing within the state. It plans to start on October 26.

Thoroughbred breeder Peter Roberts, owner of Rock Talk Farm in Monmouth County, is cautiously optimistic, “If the federal court embraces New Jersey’s new statute and clears the way for legal sports betting in the state, a natural outcome will be more horses, more farming, more agriculture and open space in New Jersey,” he said.. “New Jersey-bred horses and the farms they are born on are an important part of the New Jersey economy,” said Mike Campbell. Other states such as New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania have generous incentives for horse racing. The fallout has been a precipitous decline in the number of foals born in the Garden State. New Jersey horseman have been lured to these states in order to keep their businesses going. The old breeding families have passed on and the children from these families just don’t see it as a way to make a living.”

Gerri and Lloyd Kromann of Edgemont Farm in Millstone who breed and race in New Jersey are excited about the prospects, “We hope that sports betting translates to more racing days and increased purses so we can continue to breed and race here.”

The equine industry may still have a future in the Garden State. On Friday, Oct. “Sports wagering will enable the New Jersey-bred program to compete with surrounding states.”

Following the Governor’s approval, Monmouth Park, the venue for Thoroughbred horse racing in Oceanport, NJ, was the first to announce it will begin taking sports bets. 17 Governor Christie put ink to paper and signed legislation that will allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks in New Jersey.

It is true that many Thoroughbred horsemen have either retired or have left the state for greener pastures. New Jersey is circumventing the ban by allowing sports betting through non-state-regulated private entities.

In 1993 there were 289 Thoroughbred race days in New Jersey providing full-time work for those in the industry. By 2014 the number of race days dropped to just 71. These small numbers put pressure on trainers and owners who need daily help to care for horses year-round but must now rely on a tiny pool of races to pay the bills.

One breeder who feels it may already be too late to turn things around is Eileen Munyak of Hill Haven Farm in Millstone Township. But not all Thoroughbred breeders are convinced that the statute will have an impact.

Mike Campbell, executive director of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey is excited about what the legislation will do for the horse breeders and racing. Campbell commented, “S2460 paves the way for legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. It is expected to breathe new life into a struggling industry that has been at the mercy of arbitrary state policies for decades.

A sigh of relief among New Jersey horsemen

Financial independence for the horse racing industry is indeed key for its future. However, New Jersey is not quite in the clear as of yet since sports leagues could try to prevent the state from offering sports betting due to the federal ban currently in place. And only 69 Thoroughbred mares were bred to New Jersey stallions in 2013 down from a high of 597 all due, in large part, to the decline in the number of racing days.

A lot of livelihoods are resting on the success of sports betting in the state. “I have slowly phased out of breeding there is not enough incentive for a family-owned operation to sustain itself in the horse business

Casino-Gaming :: Tips to Win at Online Slot Machines

Avoid Boring Online Slots

Games with progressive jackpot prizes have the great popularity among players. Remember, that gambling is first of all entertainment and you should learn to stop, when luck is not on your side. Game Symbols Play the Crucial Role

Of course, each of us has own taste and gambling preferences. Some prizes, for example, become available only for those, who activate all paylines or stake the maximum coin bet.

4. All this means that you should carefully create the bankroll for the slots play and decide, when you can play with all paylines active and highest bets. The plus is also that usually among the great number of icons you will meet more symbols with special features, which offer generous payouts. Paytable is Your Key to Success

10. That is why, it is the mistake to think that after the series of unsuccessful spins the following spin can be the winning or losing one under some conditions.

Different slot games have the different number of paylines, starting from just one and ending with hundreds. Watch Out Generous Jackpot Offers

3. On the other hand, the slot with the progressive jackpot is combined with all gamblers bets, who play it in different casinos. For example, if it is possible to choose between 1 and 25 coin denominations in the slot with 100 paylines, you can pay for 1 coin (with one payline and the lowest stake) and up to 2 500 coins (with all paylines and the highest stake). There are slot machines of various types and different payouts, so you should define clearly, what your gambling intensions are. Sometimes, induced by emotions you can lend money to continue your play with hope to return your lost credits. When there are many symbols, they will create more winning combinations per spin. They offer no guaranteed results. Remember, Slot Machines are Games of Chance

5. Remember that online slots with not very high main prizes award players with jackpots more frequently than slots with huge jackpots.

Do not ignore free versions or so-called demos of slot games, because they will allow you to experience the gameplay of different slots and choose the best for real money play. When the jackpot win is connected with the gameplay of the online slot and it has the fixed amount of wins or credits, we call it the non-progressive jackpot slot. Moreover, usually in many slots gamblers can win jackpot prizes while using all paylines or get other prizes for the activation of certain paylines. However, there are simpler games with not so entertaining gameplays, but the ideal for you payout figures.

Have you ever heard about the Random Number Generator or RNG? You have heard, probably, if you consider yourself the professional slots player. Know What You Can Afford to Lose

8. Many slots have very specific rules and they cannot be ignored. However, you should remember that there are certain rules for players to make it possible. So, the piece of advice is to choose games with more paylines. It is highly advisable to learn the wagering requirements of these bonuses to be able to withdraw your money easily in the future. The greater number of activated paylines means the more frequent winning combinations and payouts.

9. There you can read about the payout percentages of available games, learn about casino welcome bonuses, security measures and the cooperation with independent structures, which check out their RNG fairness. There are also different loyalty program rewards and similar things. For example, there are slots with extremely realistic graphics (usually the 3D one) and cool sound effects based on popular films, shows, cartoons, etc. The More Paylines the Better

You will not find the slot, where you can win despite all conditions, because all such games are games of chance only. Only the good luck can let you win or lose the spin. For instance, you can learn about features of Wild symbols or define icons and their combinations necessary for activation the free spins or other bonus features. When you know how to use them, they will increase your bankroll and your winning chances. The thought about the RNG should always be in your head and warn you about the danger of such decisions. However, the disadvantage is that multiple symbols will decrease your chances to land many combinations with one of them.

Almost all online casinos have so-called welcome or deposit bonuses for gamblers. By omitting all complex explanations, we can say that RNG defines the outcome of every spin and this outcome does not depend on the player. So, your task is to use them at 100%.

6. Every spin can be winning or losing one at the same time, because the RNG defines its outcome. Be attentive and think carefully before depositing your money.. Of course, the progressive jackpot figure can be different, but very often it reaches millions of dollars and to win it, usually, you should land the combination of special symbols.

It is always tempting to try to win the huge jackpot in some game. This is not the secret that, when you play slots with the greater number of paylines, your chances to win increase. Define Your Affordable Coin Size

7. Use Casino Bonuses Wisely

11. First of all, you will be supposed to activate all paylines and stake the highest possible coin value and amounts. Progressive Slot Machines Rock

It is possible to find many pieces of advice for winning in online slots, but all of them can only increase your winning chances and make the gameplay more rewarding. That is why it is advisable to create the budget for the play and define how much money you can lose within this budget.

2. There are many slot machines today created for gamblers with different bankrolls, which will allow you to enjoy the game as long as you want.

To find out how many reel symbols are in the game, you can switch on its paytable. You also should not think that the slot, which has the huge payout percentage, would guarantee you only winning spins. However, this is the bad strategy. The more they bet, the higher is the jackpot sum, because all players stakes are added to it. Despite all this, we have gathered some useful tips for all slots fans to make their gameplay better and more entertaining.

Once again we recommend you to learn the information from the paytable first and be sure that you understand everything well. You will be really disappointed, when you have the winning sequence, which does not pay you, because it is no the non-active line. How About the Free Demo Game?

There is usually the whole set of coin denominations, which you can apply for the line or spin. Moreover, you should pay attention to the term of service, which offer online casinos. 1

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New customers signing up at the site can qualify for a Sporting Bet free bet. The skill is in looking for weaknesses in the line. There’s no catch, just free credit simply for signing up. For punters looking for great odds, a huge variety of sports to bet on and different ways to bet, it’s all here. Sporting Bet cater for real sports fans. Some people just like to bet on show piece sporting occasions. Handy when receiving that hot tip.

Sports betting makes things a bit more exciting. The bookmakers don’t always get it right. Sports fans don’t have to take trip down to the betting shop. Not all online sports betting sites are the same. Others like a punt each Saturday. Punters can start betting online without having to even stake a penny of their own money. That Sporting Bet free bet could lead to a big win. It’s where serious fans and punters come to bet.. Sports fans can pit their knowledge and wits against the bookmakers and potentially win big.

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Iowa Caucus 2016 live stream online info, results coverage, Trump & Clinton odds

Bovada online sports book also lists odds for which party will win the Presidential Election in 2016, with the Democratic party favored at -150 compared to a +120 underdog price for the Republican party to win.

Voting counts are expected to start at 8 p.m. Many major networks will have live results coverage either on TV or live streaming, or both, throughout the night. Viewers will most likely need to use a valid cable or satellite account log-in to access the live streams via the web or mobile apps. Ive gone through many election nights, but it was always for somebody else. Sling TV subscribers may also have access to CNN on their services and can watch the live online coverage using a mobile device, Smart TV or other compatible device.

. 1 that Republican officials are expecting a record voter turnout for tonight’s caucus, due to the enthusiasm around Donald Trump. Can one of them win both Iowa and New Hampshire in this year’s election season? Will Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz shock the more popular candidates, and will any candidates be eliminated from the running? The 2016 Iowa Caucuses live streaming and TV results coverage will be shown through multiple networks Monday night.

For those wondering, various sports books keep odds on who will win the Republican and Democratic nods tonight, as well as which party will win the overall election in November. On the Democratic side, the gap has been narrowing between Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Central Time. Ted Cruz, saying he is a “politician indebted to special oil interests.” Trump also spoke with ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier today about how he felt going into tonight’s event, saying “This is actually my first election night. And I will do the same for them in the campaign and in the presidency.” While an upset could loom over the Democratic side with Bernie Sanders possibly getting the Iowa win, many expect that tonight will mark the end of Martin O’Malley’s campaign as he is significantly trailing Clinton and Sanders in the three-candidate race.

The Washington Post reported on Feb. The billionaire businessman recently launched an attack against his closest rival, Sen. Clinton told the “Today” show, “We hope that even though its a tight race, a lot of the people who are committed to caucusing for me will be there and standing up for me. This is a little bit different for me.” With Trump involved, it seems that voter turnout is picking up due to hype and interest, almost similar to how it had back when Barack Obama was first running for president.

The Iowa Caucus 2016 live stream online and televised results coverage takes place on Monday night with Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton in tight races for their respective side. For more information, the ABC Go, CBS News, FoxNews.com/live and CNN.it/go2 websites will provide details of how to watch the Iowa Caucus coverage live online using a web browser or mobile app. Tonight’s tallied vote counts and overall results should tell the story for which candidates stand out strongest. Ted Cruz for the Republicans, while Hilary Clinton has the edge against Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side. Despite the potential for a wicked winter storm arriving tonight, Clinton was optimistic that she’d have good voter turnout in support of her at the caucus. Eastern Time or 7 p.m. The former Secretary of State was featured on NBC’s “Today” show earlier on Monday. Hilary Clinton is a -310 favorite to win for the Democrats tonight, with the field at +230. 5Dimes has Donald Trump as a -280 favorite to win the Iowa caucus tonight, with the field at +200. Trump has a slight advantage over his next closest competitor, Texas Sen

Barcelona (FCB) 2012 Title Predictions

Champions League

As demonstrated overnight this is the #1 priority for Barcelona. Barcelona will remain hard to beat at home, but can be suspect away from home especially if they rest key players.

The focus for the remainder of the year is on the Champions League and hopefully raising the Spanish Cup as well in May. It was be pleasing for Guardiola to have some of the best players in the world who know how to play as a team and such a strong bench that includes home grown junior players like Issac Lopez.

Predictions

For those who like to have a small punt on Soccer I think that Barcelona will remain suspect in La Liga games through to the end of the season. Away from home Barcelona may prove to offer some good value for money in odds depending on how the first leg of the draw went.

Regardless I am still looking forward to seeing the magic of Messi and this powerhouse team right through to the end of the season.and a win against Valencia in the next week!

The 1-3 win over Bayern Leverkusen was a gusty effort from the team and showed elements of the brilliance that we expect from Barcelona. Messi had a difficult night, but his goal in the second half was a brilliant conversion of a pinpoint Dani Alves pass.. As defending champions in the worlds most lucrative league there is a major incentive for Barca to take the title.

Providing that Barcelona can stay fit and can get back key players from injury there is enough talent in this team to take the title again

March Madness Predictions Tips For Picking NCAA Basketball Bracket Winners

Sixty four teams start out in the tournament and they play until there is one team left. Sometimes all the hoopla surrounding the games can interfere with a teams overall focus. There are always upsets. There are sports shows dedicated to their pick strategies along with analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the various teams and players in the tourney.

Are there any strategies that work better than others? Maybe, but in the end it can be any teams tournament to win.

Pick the teams who have been winning because they havemomentumin their favor. The key is to pick the upsets at the right round. It is a very exciting time for the players, coaches, fan and the media.

Any team can win although some have a better chance than others. This is another good way to pick teams when you are undecided. Keep in mind though, that the favorites dont always win.Pick your personal choices just because you like them. Pick in terms of those with the best odds of winning according to events of the past.A Great Video That Captures The Spirit of What Is March MadnessInteresting Facts About The March Madness Tournament You Probably Don’t KnowOdds are over 9 Quintillion To 1 of picking every winner correctly.All winners of the March Madness tournament get to keep the actual board from the court where the championship was played.The NCAA takes all the money they make from the NCAA tournament and reinvests it in the schools and conferences that participate. These teams are often led to victory by the strength of one player.When selecting between two teams, choose the one that has more experience in the NCAA tourney. Fans spend time making bracket selections at the office, online or with friends. Use that fact to help you make your picks. We have a bracket pick contest in our family every year and that is exactly how my 10 year old niece picked her and won the whole thing.Pick according to themascots. If you have a favorite team or one that you have been a loyal fan to all season could make your picks easier to make.Look at the location where the games are being played. These rankings are known as to how they are seeded or ranked within their specific region with 1 being the top seed and 16 being the worst. Every team has acolor schemefor their uniforms and school. Choosing the one that has been to theMarch Madness

tournamentbefore will be better at handling all the pressure.Read a guide that that analyzes historical data of how far seeds advance in the tournament. Do you like the Wildcats or maybe the Buckeyes? The Jayhawks, the Hoosiers or the Irish can be amongst your favorites. The winners of those games are called the Elite 8 and then the Final Four play in a semi-finals game leading up to the championship.

The games are electrifying and the enthusiasm seems to grip the nation for just three weeks of exciting action. Its a fun way to pick especially when you dont know a lot about basketball but you still want to play in the bracket pool.Pick the teams that are favored (the ones with the lower seed numbers). Each game a team wins allows them to go on within the bracket. They keep no profits.The term March Madness has been used since 1939. Another popular term is The Big Dance.Number one seeds win over 50% of the games they play in the tournament.March Madness Basketball Tournament ExcitementHow To Pick Winners in the March Madness Tournament

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Additional Tips for Making March Madness Bracket PicksTry to keep upset picks contained to the first couple of rounds. They win less than 15% of the time. A #16 team has never won a first round game in the history of the tournament so that can help you make your choice in at least four games.

Picking the winners in the March Madness is not a science. This is a great strategy to pick teams because when a team has things rolling, they often keep it rolling and maybe right into the final four.Pick by team colors. The odds are in your favor to pick the favorites. Leave teams that are seeded #13 to #16 off your bracket. The underdogs rarely make it to the Elite 8 or final four. Over 85% of the top seeded teams advance in the first and second rounds. You dont have to have a lot of skill or even know what youre doing to any degree. You dont have to be an expert to pick the winner of each game. When there are sixteen teams left in the tournament there are called the Sweet Sixteen. Those teams will have a lot of crazy and loyal fans because they are the hometown favorites. It is definitely one of the most exciting periods of the year for sports.

What Is March Madness?A little bit of history about the NCAA basketball tournament.

Every year in March the NCAA hosts a tournament for all of the premiere college basketball teams for both men and women. People take time off of work to watch the games. Choose which one you like best between each team. The energy from the fans often propels their teams to victory.Sports Books or odds makers are pretty accurate when they make their odds. It is fun to play the brackets and to see how many winners you have.

Here Is How The NCAA Basketball Tournament Works:. Some teams will have a natural home field advantage because they are located at venues nearby the school. It definitely is a type of madness that takes over.

March Madness Strategies for Picking Winners

10 Ways To Help You Predict The Winners Of Each Bracket

Bracketology is a term that was coined to name the process of predicting the winners in each of the brackets. Use that information to help you make good picks especially when you have an 8 seed playing a 9 seed.Choose teams that have a player that is considered to be a Super Star. Sometimes this strategy works just as well as any especially when teams are a toss-up. There are four divisions with 16 teams in each division. Each team is ranked according to the expectation of where they will end up within their specific bracket or region. The original 64 teams lead into 32 teams, 8 teams remain within each bracket. It is a great way to pass the time in March as we look forward to the coming of Spring. Wherever you are during March madness time, all conversation seems to revolve around bracket picks and how your bracket is doing. You can even flip a coin to predict the winners of the NCAA basketball tournament

Casino-Gaming :: Odds and Odds Movements

This was even though they had won their previous game. That is, bet on those teams which are being bet heavily on.

UEFA Match Day: 17 Mar 2005

Sporting Lissabon vs Middlesbrough 2.05 0 : 1/2 1.85

Remember that mastering this is something of an artform and takes some time and experience to get good at.

When you see odds like these, you first have to recognize certain factors outside the movements of these odds.

Odds and their movements present a unique opportunity to gauge what the bookie thinks and how the markets react to them.

Study the movement of the odds. Naturally, punters shied away from backing Chelsea this time, afraid of a similar scoreline with another relegation struggler, Crystal Palace. A check with the odds confirm that prices on Middlesbrough are getting lower.

- Beating the Big Boys at Their Own Game! Background

How do you make sure that the heavy betting is by these big boys in the know? Check out the forums. They confused the public with the same handicap and the same team at different times and the favourites won heavily without much betting on them.

EPL Match Day: 19 Mar 2005

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2.05 0 : 1 3/4 1.85

We do not know what the bookies know but the final score?

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Sometimes, the big odd movements are caused by these parties (less often) and not by the betting public.

Examples

Final Score: Valencia 3 Getafe 1

Not much movement in the odds (above) to suggest heavy backing of Valencia by the public to warrant such a handicap.

Although the position that bookmakers take in public relations exercises is that they stand to make the most when there is an equal amount of bets on both teams in a match, the reality is that sometimes bookmakers think that a certain outcome is likely and use the odds as a psychological tool to draw the public into betting on the team they think will lose.

Knowing that the memory of this was still fresh in the minds of punters, bookmakers posted the same opening handicap for Chelsea the following week at 1.75.

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Note: For the study of odds movements, we approach match analysis with a conspiracy theory kind of angle and assume that bookmakers have insider knowledge or are almost able to know outcomes of games based on connections or highly qualified handicappers, researchers etc on their payroll or both. When you see little action on popular favourites from the odds movement and the asian handicap is reasonably high against the favourites, you might choose to bet on the favourites then. Well, if so, why were the bookies so kind as to award Boro a 1/2-ball handicap?

You have to question just why Valencia was giving a one-ball handicap when Getafe was in hot form. . Some will clear and some won’t most match days. It is up to you to identify them based on researching the usual factors and the odds. Study it over two or three days. When you see particularly heavy betting on weak teams, check the various factors and if you realise there’s no reason for it, be aware of such ‘big boy’ action going on. (This take some experience and study.)

People tend to bet on teams they know and think of less heard-of teams as not up to par.

How do you tell if people have fallen for the trap?

There is no such thing as a foolproof method. However, there are other parties around – big timers with inside knowledge, betting syndicates, match-fixers, etc who are not necessarily friendly to the bookie. Also, sometimes the big bookies intentionally let the public have a good week or two (rarer and rarer though) -to let losses wipe out the smaller bookies and throw off anyone who’s on to their game. So look out for favourable opening or early odds on these teams which eventually climb to normal levels when the match is about to start. Punters were sure Boro would go all out to win this match to avoid disqualification from the UEFA Cup. Ever notice how top teams quite often (not always) beat bottom ones by small margins? Chelsea won 1-0.

We reason, ‘Hey, if they’re that good, I would have heard more of them, right?’

The Other Parties Involved

Conclusion

Valencia vs Getafe 2.00 0 : 1 1.90

Sporting Lisbon had won the previous reverse fixture 3-2.

Exploiting the Odds

Check match facts against the odds movements.

Verdict: Bet Valencia

Example 1. If the top of the table-team is giving a ball handicap to the number two team in the table, it is usually too high. Sometimes, even the bookies/big boys make mistakes or events occur which have not been expected. Check for Class, Form, Motivation and other factors as described in THE GUIDE.

You can tell that most of the public are betting on a team when the price and odds on the team gets less favourable. Check for large trends once or twice a day for three days and check the odds a last time an hour or two just before the match.

Valencia vs Getafe 1.975 0 : 1 1.925

The bookies need to let the public win sometimes. This is not for every match so just be on the lookout for unusual activity. Punters missed this opportunity to win from betting on their favourites but they noticed the scoreline and regained their confidence in the favourite again.

As always, when unsure, lay off.

Chelsea was giving the same 1.75 handicap to West Brom the previous EPL fixture and won the game 1-0 with a single goal from Didier Drogba. Well, we do not know the answer to that but we know that when a relatively well-known team is given a 0.5 handicap by a less-popular team, everybody bets on the popular team, confident that they can at least draw with the ‘obscure’ team.

Analysis

On the whole, however, it is a very accurate way to predict winners based on the number of winning bets this has produced for some pro-bettors.

Normally, the bookie likes to lay traps on favourites and popular teams which the public likes to bet on.

Example 2

You can tell what the bookie is trying to achieve from the early odds. When? When the action is low. The bookie is seducing you to bet on the underdog. This is where the public can lose if they bet on favourites who win by just goal. Take note of heavy action where odds or prices have big movements. Punters lapped this up, confident of a sound trashing of WBA by Chelsea and bet on Chelsea despite the high handicap.

Considering how the bookie always wins from the general betting public in the long run, it is wise to piggyback on the bookies’ predictions by considering how they market the odds.

Middlesbrough, in that season, was an upper mid-table team in the English Premier League, the most popular league worldwide. Hone your analytical skills and try to think like the bookie. Expectations was that Chelsea would trash WBA, who was a relegation struggler.

Valencia had just lost their last game and Getafe was getting known as a giant-killer, beating Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao and drawing with Deportivo and Real Betis recently the previous four games. Chelsea was then leading the table with 8 points more than the nearest contender for the title, Man U.

Sporting 1 Boro 0.

Take note however, that on any matchday, there is seldom the case that all the favourites fail to clear the handicap, even when the public is betting heavily on them. If everyone there seems to say they are betting on one team but the betting odds prove that money is being poured on the other, you will know that the heavy betting is not done by the Joe Publics.

Score? Chelsea 4, Palace 1.

That was the most common scenario. Sporting Lisbon is a fine team from Portugal but relatively unknown when compared to Middlebrough even though they have produced some of the best known names in football currently like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

This is the psychological function of the odds used to the fullest by the bookmakers to fool the public. There the bookies go again. The very high and rather rare handicap of 1.75 given by the bookies seemed to confirm this fact. In this case, go with the flow of the betting. Try not to get trapped in this hidden but vicious cycle. Some of them even bet on Palace, evidenced by slightly dropping prices on the underdog, thinking perhaps Chelsea were losing their form.

Example 3

As the public likes to bet on favourites most times and these favourites do not lose or draw often enough for the bookmakers’ appetite, it makes sense that they use this psychological function mostly in Asian Handicap odds.

SPL Match Day 20 Mar 2005

The bookies met two objectives with this match.

Valencia was 6th and Getafe 13th on the Primera Liga table. A one-ball handicap was a lot to give for a separation of just 7 places. Is there something that most of the public wouldn’t know? If the non-favourite team exhibits traits that could help them win (or draw) or if the favourite team has some factors going against them, bet on the underdog just like the bookie, when the betting public is going heavy on the favourites