The Weekend Wager

Posted on June 4, 2010 by  

Welcome to this the latest Weekend Wager free betting column produced courtesy of the team at the Secret Betting Club

Each and every Friday we bring together some of the finest betting experts to give you some of the best tips, advice and guidance to help you out with your next 7 days betting.

1. Mike Says..


In this column, Secret Betting Club co-editor and professional gambler Mike Bishop discusses some of the weeks most topical betting issues.

England Expects…A Free TV!

That was the leading line this week from a fascinating article on all the many promotions big businesses are running this World Cup. Read the article in full at the Times website.

It turns out that Toshiba will give you your money back on any TV you buy now, should England win the World Cup.

Not a bad offer but it does conjure up images of high powered Toshiba executives frantically sticking pins in Wayne Rooney voodoo dolls to make sure they dont end up out of pocket. Or as the graffiti on one poster said “So basically Toshiba thinks England have no chance in hell of winning.”

Shareholders in Toshiba can rest easy though as it turns out they are just one company running such offers who have hedged the potential losses on such offers. Essentially, Toshiba have placed a large bet with bookmakers (or ‘insurance firms’ as they term them) to make sure should England win the tournament, they will cover any loss on their offer.

Not that these companies want you to know they are betting of course!

So it turns out that even at this highest corporate level, betting is rife and fully sanctioned!
In actual fact, these companies are doing similar calculations to what many of the tipsters we monitor at the Secret Betting Club do (but to much smaller stakes!)

That is observing the odds on offer and making percentage calls in order to make an overall profit or to ‘hedge’ their losses.

The World Cup is without doubt a great time to make money betting, whether you are Toshiba selling TV’s or Joe Bloggs starting out on his professional betting journey.

If you are keen to use this World Cup as a springboard for your own betting, then keep your eyes peeled for our extra special FREE World Cup Issue, due out next Wednesday. This will feature hand-picked advice and bets from some of the best football betting minds out there.

Until next week…

Mike Bishop

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2. The Next Week in Betting


Mike analyses the forthcoming football betting opportunities over the next week and highlights a few bets he feels offer value.

This week as part of my World Cup Betting focus I want to take you through a few of the tournament award markets, such as Top Goalscorer market (Golden Boot) and Top Goalkeeper (Yashin Award).

The Golden boot is always a very popular bet and with the ability to bet each way, it can bring big rewards if getting it right and life-time fame for its recipient. Remember Toto Schillachi? He came out of nowhere in Italia 90 and I can only imagine how big the odds on him pre-tournament must have been!

I have been doing my own research in this market lately and generally you can expect the top goalscorer to come from a team that reaches the semi-finals at least (giving them 7 games in total). Thus I fancy these three each way… Nicolas Anelka (66/1 with Hills), Alberto Gillardino (50/1 with Ladbrokes) & Luis Fabiano (12/1 generally). France and Italy maybe two of the lesser fancied teams this time around but I expect one of them to get to the semi-finals, while Brazil in my eyes have to be favourites.

If you fancy a more speculative bet how about combining the World Cup winning team with top goalscorer? A double on Brazil and Wayne Rooney is 80/1 with Paddy Power or how about England with Luis Fabiano at 140/1 at Betfair?

The Top Goalkeeper award is the Yashin (named after famous Russian cat – Lev Yashin) and is awarded based upon the findings of the FIFA technical study group (whoever they are!). Iker Cassilas leads the field at 5/1 but I fancy Brazil’s Julio Cesar at 13/2 with Totesport, who had a cracking season with Inter Milan. As an outsider how about France’s Hugo Lloris at 9/1 with Paddy Power – a very well regarded young player and a tad more sane than Fabien Barthez!

Another more fanciful market is the FIFA award for the most entertaining team, in which I like Chile at 20/1 with Boylesports. Heaven only knows how Sepp Blatter decides this award but with the Chileans lining up 3-4-3, we can expect goals at both ends, which should be bloody entertaining!

Whatever you bet on, good luck!


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3. Herbie Goes Racing


Herbie Fogg is the editor of Key Racing News, the incredibly useful punters’ aid – which delivers key market indicators and a host of useful information to your inbox, free of charge, by 8am on Saturdays and main race days. Racing news…with a difference.

The Investec Derby (Group 1), 4:00pm Saturday 5th June

It’s widely acknowledged the best horse going into the race is Jan Vermeer who has looked mightily impressive ever since a wide-margin G1 juvenile winner at Saint-cloud. Aside from a tricky draw, the only hole you can pick in him is the fact that this was not the plan and the race could conceivably come too soon. Given he won eased down at The Curragh you would think this unlikely to diminish his chance. He copes with any ground, looks the most likely winner and quite possibly is a class apart.

If you’re looking for something to take him on, your realistic options do seem fairly limited. Jan Vermeer was miles ahead of Midas Touch when they met and it feels most unlikely the form is about to be reversed. Meanwhile Frankie has chosen Rewilding, supplemented after Goodwood, who catches the eye, but the proximity of Prizefighting does nothing for the form, even if the latter has improved, and with good yardstick Simenon 7.5l back in 4th – the same distance he finished behind Chabal. On a line through Togiak (or for that matter Midas Touch) that puts Rewilding on a par with Bullet Train, or a little behind Midas Touch. Bullet Train himself is blighted by the proximity of Hot Prospect in the Lingfield Derby trial who was himself a further 3 lengths behind Coordinated Cut when they met 3 weeks before.

And with that in mind, the Dante has looked the best British trial and the horse with an excuse in that race was Workforce, who was highly-regarded going into the race but spoiled his chance by slipping the bit after carrying his head awkwardly. In an interview with Robert Cooper on Thursday morning Sir Michael confirmed they have sorted the problem and he goes there in good heart. That was his seasonal reappearance, he’s sharpened up since and goes to Epsom in excellent good nick, attracting good money the past few days and looking the best of the British challengers. The one concern is a lack of experience but the relatively small field should help. The simple strategy is to back them both.

Bon chance,


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4. A Little Birdie Says…


Roger Green of the Birdie Golf tipster service is the latest contributor to the Weekend Wager. Previously supplying advice under the Tipping Legends banner, he has been providing golf tips since 1987 and has spent his entire life working in the golf industry.

I know some of you like to be updated regarding the Ryder Cup which is just 4 months away and due to be played at Celtic Manor, which is currently staging the Welsh Open.

It is very interesting to see both how the teams are shaping up in advance of the tournament. The European team have 9 players from the points system, and captain Colin Montgomerie picks 3 wild cards. His opposite number, Corey Pavin, picks 4 wild cards

At the moment, 10 of the players who were in the European team are not qualifying by right. Amazing! This includes Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Soren Hansen, Jimenez, Karlsson, McDowell, Justin Rose, Oliver Wilson and Henrik Stenson

Of course a couple may squeak in by right, but that will mean two more players will drop out of the list.

Casey & Harrington will surely be picked but what of the others? Will Monty pick a Welshman, perhaps Rhys Davies or even Bradley Dredge?

I am sure the sponsor and owner of Celtic Manor, Terry Matthews, will be expecting a Welshman in the team

In the US team, 6 of the 2008 team do not qualify at the moment.

They are Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, Ben Curtis, Boo Weekly, JB Holmes & Chad Campbell. But remember Corey Pavin has 4 wild cards at his disposal.

What about Tiger?  He did not play in 2008 due to his knee surgery, and at the moment he does not get in on the points system.

Will Corey pick him? It is no secret that they are not the best of friends on and off the golf course.

The more I study this years event, the more I believe it is going to be very close with the odds in favour of a Euoropean win. A bet on the tie might be the call in the end!

If you require any info re golf or subscriptions to birdie golf please contact me at

Roger Green

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend…

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