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The World Cup Story
Meet the American Team
Something Sweet On The Court
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GX JUNE 2010 FIRST UP 06 Editorial 10 News
POKER 18 UIGEA The end of online poker?
20 Expected Value in Poker Part 3 of the series
22 The Goldmine How to rake in the cash
SPORTS BETTING 12 The Sports Month in Review See some of the moments you might have missed
24 How to Bet in a Sportsbook An easy guide to sports betting
28 The Best Sportsbooks in Las Vegas Where to go to bet on, and watch, the big game
The Sports Month in Review
32 Horse Racing Industry Saddled with Financual Meltdown
WORLD CUP SPECIAL 36 World Cup Wallchart Don't miss a game and keep track of all the action
38 Stepping into the Spotlight Player profiles
US WC Players
46 Face to Face with the Enemy World Cup Group Lowdown
50 Fit for a King South Africa Stadium Guide
54 World Cup A to Z 60 The Hotshots Who's taking home the Golden Boot this year?
64 Is this your first World Cup? WC By Numbers
Test your knowledge with our World Cup quiz
66 World Cup by Numbers Everything you need to know about the World Cup broken down by number
68 Decoding your FIFA Rank Find out how determines your team's rank
70 Build your own Soccer Goal Play like the big boys in your own backyard
LIFESTYLE 72 Something Sweet on the Courts Wimbledon Babe Watch
76 Best Jobs/Worst Jobs A guide to the jobs you want and the ones you want to avoid
78 Cabestan Nostromo Everything a watch should be
80 Driving in The Fast Lane The Venom GT
The Venom GT
82 Is this News? What Vegas finds offensive
First UP GX 9 POKER PAYMENT PROCESSOR TZVETKOFF DEFIES DOJ
he US Department of Justice has pretty much run ruff-shod on any online gaming person or company it has decided to go after with basically all defendants reaching plea bargain deals or settling out of court. That was until they arrested Australian payment processor Daniel Tzvetkoff, whose company has processed some $500 million in online poker transactions. Tzvetkoff entered a not guilty plea, and plans to fight the DOJ to the end claiming that poker is not gambling, and therefore is not illegal. The DOJ has been very picky in prosecuting online gaming by going after the payment processors like Tzvetkoff –and previously Douglas Rennick who pleaded guilty to a lesser offense. The DOJ has also settled out of court with Party Poker, and their founder, for hundreds of millions of dollars, and has prosecuted BetonSports CEO David Carruthers.
Tzvetkoff’s plan to fight against the DOJ may be a huge moment in the history of online poker, and may finally put to bed the gambling or game of skill argument once and for all. It’s likely that many pro-online gaming groups will jump to Tzvetkoff’s defense if it seems plausible he could win the case –on the other hand, if it looks like his strategy will fail you can be certain they will steer clear of this trial entirely.
9 TEAM TITAN SIGNS NEW PLAYERS
hile their sports book have been gathering atop rooftop buildings in the quest for footballing millions, Titan Poker have snapped up a new team of poker pros to take them through to 2012. Titan recently signed up Canadian pro Sorel Mizzi to lead the team and have now added a further six players to their roster. Sam Trickett, who won the GUKPT Luton leg in 2008 for more than £100,000, is the team’s only UK representative and will join French pros Florian Desgouttes and Yann
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Brosolo, Denmark’s Jonas Klausen, Belgian player Joel Benzinou and Marvin Rettenmaier from Germany on Team Titan. The seven players have replaced the Titan Team ‘09 and have all been handed 12month contracts which will end in May 2011. Mizzi will captain the team and will lead them at various events around the world, including the World Series of Poker this summer. He has won over $3,000,000 in his four-year poker career and finished 2nd in last month’s WPT Grand Prix de Paris High Roller event for a cool €120,000.
anish pro Theo Jorgensen won the World Poker Tour’s Season 9 opener at the world famous Aviation Club de Paris last month, after fending off the challenge of Frenchman Antoine Amourette at the final hurdle. Jorgensen took home €613,377 for winning the Grand Prix de Paris and also secured himself a $25,000 WPT Championship seat. The event was dominated with French players, although Swede Per Linde bagged third place and the UK’s Andrew Teng secured tenth spot and a €35,215 pay-out. Jorgensen has previously reached two final tables on the European Poker Tour and also won the £5000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker Europe in 2008. A total of 247 players competed under the arches of the Arc de Triomphe in the €10,000 buy-in event. Freddy Deeb meanwhile, won the High Roller Event to bag a tidy €290,000 with Canadian pro Sorel Mizzi finishing second for €120,000. English pro Andrew Feldman was the unfortunate bubble boy when he was eliminated in fifth after his A-J came up against A-Q and he failed to catch a second jack. The World Poker Tour is set to come to London later in the summer after WPT confirmed the London Poker Classic will be held at the Palms Casino in Mayfair between August 29th and September 5th.
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Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Richards (L) collides with Montreal Canadiens' Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards (L) shows the Prince of Wales trophy to team-mates after their win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of their NHL Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia Flyers Arron Asham celebrates his goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Expected Value in
POKER THIS ARTICLE WILL BE EASIER TO UNDERSTAND IF YOU FIRST CHECK OUT MY ARTICLES ABOUT POKER POT ODDS AND POKER PROBABILITIES IN APRIL AND MAY’S ISSUES OF GX MAGAZINE
efore going in depth with the concept of Expected Value (EV) in poker, some math is needed. In mathematics, the EV of a variable is defined as the probability-weighted sum of the possible values for the variable in question. This may sound complicated, but it really isn’t that bad. Let’s look at the simple example of rolling dice. In this case the possible values and probabilities are as follows:
• 1 will come up in 1 out of 6 rolls on average yielding a probability of 1/6 = 16.7% • 2: 16.7% • 3: 16.7% • 4: 16.7% • 5: 16.7% • 6: 16.7%
When it comes to EV in poker there are basically two situations to consider, namely EV when you call a bet and EV when you make a bet. In both cases, I will define EV in poker as the amount you will be paid back on average on a $1 bet (including your original $1 bet): • EV < 1 – If you always play hands with an EV of less than 1 you will lose on average • EV = 1 – If you always play hands with an EV equal to 1 you will break even on average • EV > 1 – If you always play hands with an EV of more than 1 you will win on average So ALWAYS aim to play hands with an EV larger than 1!!!
EV IN POKER WHEN CALLING A BET So the EV for rolling a die is: (1 x 0.167) + (2 x 0.167) + (3 x 0.167) and so on. In total this adds up to 3.5.
It is pretty straight forward to calculate your EV when calling a bet. It’s simply the product
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SPORTSBOOK With so many people travelling to Vegas for the World Series of Poker we here at GX thought this would be an excellent time to go over the basic rules of sportbook betting. This isn’t as easy as buying a Superbowl square in your office pool or making a friendly wager with a friend while watching a game. The sportsbooks in Vegas are going to offer a massive selection and once you’re at the window you will want to know how to place your bet like the pros do. cautions in a race, or which car manufacturer (GM, Ford or Dodge) will win the race. Betting lines can be found on NASCAR races as well as on the various open-wheel circuits.
On Today's Line we use a different format, the idea is the same. You will not find the odds for the Underdog. The Underdog's odds are based on what the casino has for its line. Most use a "Dime Line" or something close to that.
BASEBALL When betting on baseball each team will have a number next to it on the board. When you go to the window tell the ticket writer the number of your team and the amount of your bet. If your team wins, you win. The payout depends on the odds, and baseball uses a “Money Line”
AUTO RACING Betting on Nascar has exploded over the last few years to become one of the most popular sports to bet on. Racing and golf bets are similar as it usually involves picking a winner. The board will usually list 20 or so names and a field option (all others) with the odds out beside them. If the board lists Jeff Gordon at 15-1 odds that means if you place $10 on him and you win then you get $150 plus your $10 back, for a total of $160. Driver Dale Jarrett Jeff Gordon Bobby Labonte
Odds 4-1 15-1 100-1
There’s also racing matchup propositions where two drivers are paired against each other in a head-to-head wager with the odds set by the casino. The driver with the better finish wins (both drivers must start the race for the bet to be live). For example, a matchup may pit Jeff Burton (minus 145) against Casey Atwood (plus 125). If you bet $145 on the favored Burton, the payoff would be $100 plus your $145 back, for a total of $245. If you bet $100 on the underdog Atwood, the payoff would be $125 plus your $100 back, for a total of $225. Driver Jeff Burton Casey Atwood
Money Line -145 +125
Some sports books also post unusual auto racing propositions such as the over/under on the number of
You have just seen an example of a dime line. Braves -120 Dodgers +110 A 20-cent line would be this. Braves -130 Dodgers +110
Example: Pitcher listed is starting pitcher Bet No Team Pitcher 301 Dodgers Brown 302 Braves Maddux
Odds Total Money line +110 7.5 Over -110 -120 Under -110
Note: The bottom team is always listed as the home team unless otherwise noted. The Braves' odds are -120, meaning a $12 bet would win $10, for a return of $22. The Dodgers' odds are +110, meaning a $10 bet would win $11, for a return of $21.
Here are two more examples of a dime line and a 20cent line. See whether you can tell them apart. Braves -105 Dodgers -105 Braves -120 Dodgers Even You can arrive at the underdog's price by looking at the favorite's line. Dime lines are slowly disappearing as sports books look to make a larger profit during what is traditionally the slowest betting season. Several books still offer dime lines. Money lines change constantly. The listed money line the time you make your bet may be different from the money line when the game starts. The listed line on your ticket is your official odds, unless the starting pitcher is changed. This is explained later. Total: Total runs scored in a game. Also called the over/under. You may wager that the total score of the game will be more or less than the number listed. It makes no difference which team wins. Simply add the final scores of each team. The payout, unless stated otherwise, is figured at odds of 10/11. (-110) Note: When betting a total, these rules apply: (a) The game must go nine innings, or 8 1/2 innings if the home team wins.
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SPORTSBOOKS inLAS VEGAS
With the World Cup, the World Series of Poker, and the usual summertime rush, Las Vegas is the place to be in the hotter months. With casinos popping up on and off the strip constantly it can be hard to pick one, especially one you want to spend your hard earned money in. We here at GX have you covered; we’ve compiled a list of the best sportsbooks for all occasions. Whether you’re looking for a place with the best lines so you can bet all day or a place to kick back, have some drinks and enjoy the atmosphere we can tell you where you need to go.
LAS VEGAS HILTON SPORTSBOOK
The Hilton boasts one of the largest sportsbooks in Nevada, at over 30,000 square feet it contains more than 1,000 seats on two levels, 60 viewing monitors and a massive 15 x 20-foot screen you can practically see from Arizona. Visitors will also enjoy the fully stocked Eighth Pole Bar and the Superbook Super Snack Bar, which serves sandwiches, salads, snacks, and breakfast food to early risers and those who have yet to go to bed. The Hilton reigns as the pound-for-pound champ of sportsbooks thanks in part to a top-notch team of odds makers behind the scenes and a professional, courteous staff working the betting windows. Attractions include the city’s best selection of Super Bowl betting propositions, early-bird NFL lines posted nearly two weeks before kickoff rather than the week of the game, and some of the most competitive future-book odds anywhere. The Superbook has odds and prop options on every major North American sport and even the most obscure international events. They offered over 300 prop bets for the Super Bowl alone last year. Horse bettors can enjoy LED TVs at every seat and a VIP section with enhanced amenities and comfortable seating. If you’re looking for it, it’s probably here. If every sportsbook were run like this, the phrase “Las Vegas: Gambling Capital of the World” would be more than an outdated banality.
THE SPORTSBOOK AT CAESARS PALACE
Caesars is perfectly set up for bettors with individual seating and personal 12 inch monitors. You can also make use of comfortable, luxurious chairs that surround coffee tables with flat screen television monitors. It also boasts several jumbosized screens, 50-foot plasma televisions and a massive odds board. The venue seats 250 but there is still plenty of standing room for gamblers too anxious to sit. Caesars is a great sportsbook because it has bets for just about anything you can imagine. If you're tired of the same old sports bets, then go to the Caesars. And watching a live sporting event there is something every sports fan should experience. The roars and moans of the crowd with each missed shot, dropped pass or warning-track pop fly is exhilarating. Bettors can expect odds for pro and college football and basketball in addition to NHL, MLB as well as a devotion to the ponies. The sportsbook provides a wide variety of future and prop bets for all sports. Visitors are guaranteed parlay cards even during the summer months. You get exceptional treatment and quick assistance. The staff understands the needs of everyone, from the professional player to first-
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Horse Racing Industry Saddled with
FINANCIAL MELTDOWN Words DIANE M. GRASSI
The 2010 Kentucky Derby winner, Super Saver, was a favorite along with Lookin’ at Lucky in the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Maryland’s Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2010. And it was but redemption for Lookin’ at Lucky ‘strainer, Bob Baffert, when his Derby favorite colt finished a disappointing 6th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby on May 1st. But sadly, there will be no Triple Crown winner, again, for the 33rd consecutive year.
ore importantly, however, was the fact that up until just days before the very running of this year’s Preakness, its future to remain in Maryland was in serious doubt. And equally remarkable, the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown, the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes, coming up June 5, 2010 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, NY, also remains in a fiscal crisis.
And it is with the Triple Crown races clearly in mind that it is worth exploring the present state of the thoroughbred industry’s challenges away from the track that once could be counted on to provide the essential businesses necessary to support those horses we get to see on race day.
businesses that have evolved from it, and that earn their livelihood by benefit of the horse racing industry, which have taken a big hit over the past 2 years. However, the global recession has but exacerbated an industry clearly in decline for the past decade.
Largely, it comes down to the horse breeding farms and all of the ancillary
Yet, the actual running of thoroughbreds is dependent upon the farms and businesses
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ortunately, Jay DeMerit is back in action following an extended absence due to a scratched eyeball. Ouch! DeMerit is a relative newcomer to the national team, and a late-bloomer at age 30. He received his first cap in 2007 but earned his spot on Bradley's roster during the 2009 Confederations Cup when he partnered Onyewu in central defense. If Gooch is healthy, he'll do it again this summer. If not, look for a DeMerit/Bocanegra combination in the middle of the U.S. back line leaving DeMerit possibly on the subs list.
ssuming Onyewu regains match fitness in time for the World Cup, Bradley is likely to use the same back line that earned him a second-place finish in last summer's Confederations Cup. That means Jonathan Spector will start at full back. Although his club form was shaky this season he is still the best right back the U.S. has to offer and deserves a place in Bradley's starting 11. With an accurate cross and the speed to move down the flanks, Spector can also be a threat on offense. If needed, he can also fill in at center back.
efore the Czech friendly Edu would have been top pick to partner Michael Bradley in central midfield, but after Holden's performance, itâ€™s been opened up. However, given his experience in that role, expect Bradley to use Edu, who enjoyed a good club season in Scotland with Rangers. Edu is also capable of playing in central defense, which no doubt cemented his place in the final roster.
lthough he was partially responsible for the Czech Republic's third goal in the match when he failed to clear a dangerous ball, Goodson nonetheless cemented his spot in the final 23 with an impressive display on offense. Goodson will likely be nothing more than a substitute, but given the uncertainty of Onyewu's fitness, he may end up playing an important role for Team USA.
ith Bradley, Donovan, and Dempsey locked in their respective positions, there is only one midfield spot left in the starting 11, and who will end up there is the biggest question mark for the national team. Stuart Holden has definitely made his case. With a deft foot on set pieces, he had a hand in both US goals in the friendly against the Czechs. He is also capable of playing any midfield position, making him a valuable member of USA's squad.
e is unlikely to crack the starting 11 unless Onyewu is unable to play. However, if that happens, Cherundolo will likely be the first one Bradley calls upon. Injuries cost him appearances in the 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Cup, and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, but otherwise has been a mainstay for the national squad. This will be his second World Cup, but his third time on the roster.
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THE WORLD CUP STADIUMS
FIT FOR A KING TEN STADIUMS WILL HOST THE 64 MATCHES AT THIS SUMMER’S WORLD CUP, WITH A HANDFUL BEING PURPOSELY-BUILT AND THE REST RENOVATED FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. MICHAEL GALES GIVES THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT WE CAN EXPECT.
Johannesburg Capacity: 91,141
Johannesburg Capacity: 62,567
Built in 1987, Soccer City is seen as the home of football in South Africa and hosted Nelson Mandela’s first rally following his release from prison in 1990. It has undergone a £192million refit for the World Cup with an outer shell fitted in order for the stadium to resemble traditional African pottery. The stadium is located in Soweto, the heart of South African football. The country’s two major teams, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are based there, as are two other Premier League teams, Bidvest Wits and Moroka Swallows. Soccer City will host the opening ceremony on June 11th, the World Cup final on July 11th and the USA’s game against Slovenia on June 18th.
Constructed in 1982 as a modern, integrated stadium offering outstanding sight lines from every seat, Ellis Park stands within a world class sporting precinct 15 minutes walk from the city center, and offers outstanding office, security and medical features. Johannesburg stands out on the Highveld at 1750 meters and is notorious for its cold nights: good for the European sides who prefer to play in cooler weather, bad for those unaccustomed to playing at altitude. The second of the Johannesburg stadiums played host to the memorable moment when Nelson Mandela, in the Springboks shirt that once symbolized Afrikaaner supremacy, presented the William Webb Ellis Trophy to Francois Pienaar, the nation’s captain who had just led South Africa to the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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SOUTH AFRICA 2010 The World Cup Hot Shots
When the game’s best players go head to head over 64 matches at this summer’s World Cup, the one word on everybody’s lips will be ‘Goals’. Who will score them, how many will they score, where will they be scored? Wally Downes assesses all. Words WALLY DOWNES Pictures ACTION IMAGES
a lot of talent, it could be the influence of their manager that proves decisive. Messi is at the top of list to be the top goal scorer at 11/1. Wayne Rooney will be vying for a chance to swap the protective, plastic boot we have become used to seeing him sport towards the end of the season for a golden one. A total of 26 Premier League goals left him second in the UK scoring charts behind Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, and the Manchester United golden boy can be backed at 12/1 to do the business for England this summer. Selection will not be a problem as the ex-Evertonian will be the first name on the team-sheet, and his temper problems are fast becoming a distant memory. This year Wazza has even
arlos Alberto, Dennis Bergkamp, Johann, Cruyff: just three names synonymous with great world cup goals. But you won’t find anyone willing to take a bet on who will score the prettiest goal at South Africa 2010. Quantity rules over quality when it comes to the golden boot, but there has been a distinct lack of greed in front of goal in recent years.
You have to go as far back as 1970 for the last time a player hit a two-figure haul Gerd Muller crashing home 10 for the Germans - as since then, six has been the magic number in six of the last nine World Cups. Ronaldo raised a few eyebrows when he showed up in Japan and Korea in 2002 looking rather portly, but he was hungry for goals as he topped the table with a handsome eight notches. This year there is
a plethora of talent on show, old heads and new blood, world soccer is in fine shape and there are goals galore throughout the world’s leagues week in, week out. If points mean prizes then goals at this World Cup could certainly make you money.
IF THE BOOT FITS...WEAR IT Jose Mourinho and his Inter Milan charges proved in the Champions League that Lionel Messi is, in fact, a mere mortal like the rest of us. The little magician, nicknamed ‘The Flea,’ has had a fabulous season with Barcelona and the hopes of Argentina rest, in part, on his diminutive shoulders. His manager, Diego Maradona, however, does not employ the same freeflowing formation that Messi benefits so much from with his Spanish club side and it shows in the performances. Argentina only just made the finals after scraping through a play-off, and although they have
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BABE WATCH The All England Club will once again open its doors to fans, ball boys, line judges and the game’s finest athletes for a whirlwind fortnight on June 21st. It also happens to be every cameraman’s favorite sporting occasion thanks to the number of seductive beauties playing in the Ladies’ Championships. As any hardcore tennis fan will tell you, there’s more to the sport than the fourteen days of tennismania which grip the nation when the first ball is served on the luscious green courts of Wimbledon at the end of June. They will also be acutely aware that the chances of a Briton winning any major tournament (World Cup we’re looking at you) are not nearly as high as they would have us believe.
And let’s not forget that poor Wimbledon lands smack in the middle of the World Cup this year, leaving many of its fan on other channels. But if the U.S. team is getting thoroughly trounced, and you’d like to watch the reverse take place, or if you’re just really not interested in that Slovenia v Algeria match we have a better idea. Why not go for something sweet? The Wimbledon Women. To the blind Wimbledon-goer, it may be hard to fathom the exact species of those competing in the Ladies’ event thanks to the groaning, grunting and screaming of the participants. Yet for the 20/20 vision-ers no matter how bad they are for the ear, the Wimbledon Women are way better for the eye. And so in homage to the Wimbledon Women, here we run through those worth looking out for during Wimbledon.
Spectacular new creation by Jean-François Ruchonnet
nchored in the segment of ultra-exclusive, revolutionary watchmaking, Geneva-based Cabestan presents Nostromo, a new and bold design born of the boundless imagination of its creator, Jean-François Ruchonnet.
Created in collaboration with master watchmaker Eric Coudray, Cabestan Nostromo brings together, aiming at nothing less than perfection, the best in technical and
creative watchmaking. The savoir-faire of the exclusive Swiss manufacture is evident in the new interpretation of the Cabestan Winch Tourbillon Vertical, this time simplified, but always with a characteristically harmonious and masculine architecture. Cabestan’s DNA is perfectly respected. Nostromo gets its inspiration from the world of science fiction, that of the spaceship in the unforgettable film,
The Last Word Stupendously quick and surprisingly small given Mr. Hennessey’s long running love affair with tuning big muscle cars, the Venom GT is a hybrid in many senses; combining expertise from the U.S. and UK to create a super-powered V8 that is as capable on the twisty bits as it is on a drag strip. One can only hope in this instance the Trans-Atlantic partnership results in a brilliantly balanced Supercar rather than a Bush-Blair generated war-zone, although with 1200 Horsepower to feed, the extra oil will probably come in handy.
guaranteed to get the pulse racing. Then most probably kill you. And if it does, it’s a seriously expensive way to go at $600,000. I just wonder whether $600k is really going to buy a refined and exotic supercar, or the rich man’s equivalent of a Vauxhall Corsa with a great big turbo strapped to it.
The combination of a British chassis and American power plant is a formula that has rarely been adopted. However, if the success of the legendary AC Cobra is anything to go by, we are in for a serious treat with the Venom GT. Watch this space…
It’s still early days to speculate on the success of the Venom GT, although when you look at the build quality and size of the Elise and then increase the power almost tenfold, it is
Stats Price Engine
$600,000 Available in a Supercharged 6.7 V8 developing 725bhp & Twin Turbo V8 at 1,000 Bhp and 1,200 Bhp Transmission 6-Speed Ricardo Gearbox Max Power 1,200 Bhp Top Speed 260+mph (speculative figures) 0-60mph Sub 3 seconds Weight 1,071 Kilograms