Any seasoned punter knows that horserace betting isn't an exact science and, in all honestly, that is half the fun. Ultimately, the thrill is in the risk. The knowledge that fate can lift you up or slam down is intrinsic to the excitement of the whole enterprise. However, equally, nobody is going to go around saying you should leave everything to chance. Nobody ever became a successful better by being reckless and impulsive.


No, when it comes to being profitable when betting, one needs to mix instinct and fearlessness with experience and knowledge. Research really is key, and the more you do, the better your chances will be. Now, anyone could tell you that knowing current odds and being aware of recent withdrawals – such as Carlingford Lough’s recent ruling-out - should be your first port of call, for any potential bet. But, when it comes to picking the most likely winner, there is so much further down the rabbit hole you can, and should, go. So, here are some more intricate, and unusual, things to research about both horse and jockey before you put your money on the table.

Winning DNA

Whilst a horse having a winning pedigree is no guarantee to its success, it certainly isn't detrimental to that very same stallion having winning DNA in its blood. Often, punters are so focused on jockeys, trainers and breeders, they discount the importance of a rich bloodline. However, whilst these professionals are integral to sculpting the animal, their success is somewhat dependent on the clay – so to speak – they have to work with.

For example, Welsh National winner Dream Alliance was bred by a pub landlady, who previously had only raised Whippets, and was trained in a slag heap allotmenttrained in a slag heap allotment. However, Dream Alliance came from a long line of champions with his sire and grandsire, Bien Bien and Manila respectively, both being extremely successful Grade 1 steeplechaser in America.

A Match Made In Heaven

Factoring in the dual achievements of jockey and horse is a natural part of betting. Every punter worth his salt knows that the horse is only as good as the jockey that rides them and, almost, vice-versa. However, just because a successful jockey and a tried-and-tested champion horse join forces, does not always mean that victory is assured.

It is wise, when contemplating betting on a new partnership, to see how the jockey has performed with a horse of this breed, age and temperament before. It is all well and good having a world-class jockey who has had great successes riding young mares, but how is he going do with a more mature grey?

A Clean Bill Of Health

Long Run was one of the outside favourites for this year's Grand National, with odds of 25/1, having had a successful 2014 season. However, it was announced this month that Long Run would not be competing, this year, due to him not yet recovering from injuries sustained a year ago, whilst being transported back to France.

Horses may be imposing and strong animals but that doesn't mean they are infallible. Whilst professional athletes can often comeback from injury and return to form, when it comes to horses this is a much more tricky proposition. Trainers cannot regulate their horses behaviour to the point that they can maximise the animal's chances of recovery. Simply put, horses don't know that they shouldn't move or act in a certain way to avoid inflaming an injury, so they are much more likely to relapse.

Moreover, owners and promoters are unlikely to want to acknowledge the extent of a horses injury, for various reasons, so it is wise to be careful when considering betting on a horse that has had injuries either recently or repeatedly.

On The Right Side Of History

Although there may sometimes be no rhyme or reason as to why more often than not a certain type of horse or jockey wins more frequently at a certain event, this shouldn't mean that a punter can't roll with it. If, historically, there has been some statistically or logistically proven element at play which means a horse is more or less likely to win, consider it in your decision-making.

For example, since the Grand Nationals' inception in 1839 only 12 mares have won the event, and the last of them was in the 1950s. So, if you're planning to bet on a long-shot outsider – hoping for a big payoff for the risk – maybe it is best to, at least, pick one whose bread has been victorious at the event in the last half a decade.

Online casino games are very much a 21st century phenomenon. And phenomenon is the right word. In the space of just a decade-and-a-half the online gambling industry has exploded into a $40 billion industry. Bear in mind that up until around 2003 online gambling simply did not exist and you begin to get a grasp on just how quickly and how dramatically the world has changed.


But the fundamentals of the industry are far older. Online casino games like poker, Baccarat and roulette have their roots way back in time. It is thought that the first playing cards were produced in ancient China more than a thousand years ago. The circuitous route by which games of cards and other games that combined elements of both skill and chance made their way to Europe and even further west is a story that is as convoluted as any story ever told.

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Even the humble slots game, the online equivalent of the traditional slot machine has its own place in this ongoing story. Slot machines were invented in the 19th century as a way to mechanise poker. The now traditional emblems of fruit and bars were simply the advertising logos of the day. Original machines often paid out in fruit flavoured gum - hence the fruit - and the logo of one of those companies was, for no reason that makes any sense, a gold bar. The rest, as they say, is history.

But it was only as late as the 15th century - or as early if you prefer - that the suits that are universally recognised today were first employed. Previously, cards had been divided in terms of swords, cups, coins and - somewhat strikingly - polo sticks. The origins of these designs are - like so much else, now shrouded in mystery.

But just as there have been historical evolutions in the forms and formats of casino gamesforms and formats of casino games, the online revolution is seeing new forms of traditional games being introduced. None of these is more eye-catching than the development of rush or speed forms of poker. The format is branded differently according to various different suppliers’ marketing emphasis, but the bottom line is a whole new card game.

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Given that the technology is still in its infancy, there will doubtless be further evolutions in the way the world plays online in the years ahead. The year of 2015 is still just the latest stage in what has been a long and unpredictable story, in which every single hand or spin of the wheel has been at least one small part. It is a weird thought, but every time we play, we are all making history.

The increasing popularity of poker among the celebrities has made several celebrities to join the bandwagon and play the game. It is believed that almost all the famous celebrities are planning to play poker after their respective career in sports ends.

Some of the celebrities planning to make a career in poker include tennis ace Rafael Nadal. Nadal is very determined about making a career in poker and has already joined the PokerStars. Apart from Nadal, several other celebrities are planning to make a career in poker simply because of their love for poker. These include several of the basketball, baseball and soccer players.

With such an increase in the love for poker, we can say that the celebrities are suffering from poker fever and it will not be too long to see them playing poker after their career. 

James Obst, the Australian teenager has created history by becoming a high stakes poker player after taking up the game at the age of 14. Now 19 years old, Obst has won a mammoth $1.5 million playing online poker tournaments from the comfort of his home.

A former chess champion, Obst has represented Australia at three world junior chess championships in Georgia and Greece. His friends introduced him to poker while he was on a Victorian chess tour and since then Obst started playing poker up to 10 hours a day on the Internet.

Obst started playing live poker tournaments after he turned 18 and flied to London to participate in several major poker events where he required paying $35,000 as entry fees. Obst has also tasted failure when he once lost $200,000 in a single day in poker. You can Click here for more information about James Obst and Australian casino.

The PokerStars Caribbean adventure is one of the most revered events that a lot of poker lovers wait to participate in. The PCA as it is commonly called starts with 30,000 chips and has levels at 60 minutes on Day 1 and 75 minutes thereafter.

There are certain guidelines that players need to meet to qualify for the PCA event. The 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure saw a $25,000 high roller winner in the face of Leonid Bilokur who topped a field of 148 to capture the title of the event.

Due to the fun and excitement it offers, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is surely one of the best poker events that poker lovers can participate and make the most out of their experience that comes with playing poker.