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The Best Remaining Sports Bets of 2021



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Talk about a controversial title – we didn’t choose it at random, as you very well may have guessed! Sports can be a very personal thing, and whilst one person may commit his life to the NFL, others could find the sport quite dull. I’ll admit that is a bad example, though – who in America doesn’t love the NFL?

We’re in December now, and many people’s thoughts are on Christmas dinners, purchasing the perfect gifts and making the day an exciting one their children. Even if you have all of this going on though, there are still several sports betting events left on the 2021 calendar which are ripe to be taken advantage of – and you could well score better odds on your favorite as a result of the lower number of bets being placed day as people concentrate their time on more seasonal matters.

Women’s Handball

Ever thought of placing a bet on the women’s Handball World Championship? The 2021 result is still to be decided, and you may just be surprised at how exciting and thrilling this sport can be. Group stage games are currently taking place, with France, Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, and Spain leading the eight four-team groups. Norway are the current favorites to win the tournament with most sportsbooks, though Hungary’s Katrin Klujber looks to have a good shot at the Best Goalscorer of 2021 award. If you’ve never watched a game, give it a try! This is an entertaining sport that never gets enough attention from mainstream media.


Or perhaps Motorsport is more your thing? The Drivers Championship of F1 has come down to two men this year – Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. With Hamilton winning six of the last seven Championships, he is the favorite despite Verstappen currently having the lead over his opponent. There’s a bet worth looking at there, for sure!

Depending on the result of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the drivers Championship could have been decided by the time you read this – but even if that does prove to be the case, there is one more race left in this year’s season – next weeks Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Bookies will be taking bets on the winner of that race, as well as the Constructor’s Championship, which is currently balanced on a knife edge between Mercedes and Red Bull Racing Honda.


How about eSports? The VCT (Valorant) Championship is proving popular with gamers this year, and there are lots of bets worth placing in the 2021 VCT Championship. The tournament’s group stages have already begun, but the playoffs will soon be taking place – these will be played in a single-elimination format, with eight teams playing best-of-three games to decide who will be fighting for glory in the grand final.

If you haven’t looked at eSports before, Valorant is a great place to start – the practice, experience, and eventual skill required to play these sorts of games at the highest level is amazing to watch. Just because these are “electronic” sports – or video games, if we’re going to break it down to the most fundamental level – doesn’t mean there isn’t some serious money being staked on these sports – why? The prize pool for the 2021 VCT Championship is a million dollars. eSports are becoming bigger and bigger every year, and this is only the second major Valorant Championship – who knows how big it might become in the future!


There are two major MMA events left in 2021 – UFC 269 is due to take place on December 11th, and top of the fight card is the UFC Lightweight Championship bout between current champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier. Poirier has been making some serious waves in the UFC in 2021 and is currently the favorite to win this bout and steal the Championship away from Oliveira.

There’s also UFC Vegas 45 due to take place on December 18th, and although the fight card has yet to be confirmed, we are likely to see Derrick Lewis attempt to make his way back to title contention by fighting heavyweight master Chris Daukaus. Daukaus has won the last five of his fights, so Lewis will have to put on the showing of a lifetime to achieve his ambition.

We are also likely to see welterweight up-and-comer Belal Muhammed continue his climb towards a fight with the Karate “Wonder-boy” Stephen Thompson. The APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada will be buzzing with activity on December 18th whatever the final fight card turns out to be, and these fights will make for some amazing bets.


Brenda and John Romero to be presented with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at GamerFest for their outstanding contribution to the gaming industry



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  • 5,000+ gamers will gather at GamerFest in the RDS on October 22nd and 23rd to celebrate an epic weekend of gaming
  • Special guests lined up include content creators DeeBeeGeek, Antitinkerbell, Jamie Jay Car, The Gara Show,  Miss Audrey and many more

Gaming legends Brenda and John Romero have been announced as the recipients of the inaugural GamerFest Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution to the gaming industry both in Ireland and internationally.

Brenda and John, founders of Romero Games, were chosen as recipients for this award as a result of their unparalleled success in the game development world and their tireless work supporting gaming related projects and initiatives in Ireland.

Brenda Romero is a BAFTA award-winning game director, entrepreneur, artist and is currently game director and creator of the ‘Empire of Sin’ franchise. She has worked on 50 games and contributed to many titles, including the well-loved ‘Wizardry’ video game and the ‘Jagged Alliance’ series. John Romero is an award-winning game designer, level designer and programmer who has worked on over 130 games including legendary games ‘Wolfenstein 3D’ and ‘DOOM.’

After visiting Ireland in 2014, the husband-and-wife duo decided to move to Galway permanently and founded Romero Games, a move that has transformed the gaming industry in Ireland by offering career opportunities in the sector and contributing to the overall growth of gaming in Ireland. The Romero Games team released ‘Sigil’ the unofficial fifth episode of the 1993 video game ‘DOOM’  in 2019 and ‘Empire of Sin’ in 2020 which was directed by Brenda herself.

GamerFest takes place in Dublin’s RDS on October 22nd and 23rd and promises to be a jam-packed weekend of all things gaming including the latest games, esports, VR, special guests and live stage content. 5,000+ gamers will gather to celebrate the weekend for the first time since Covid in the RDS.

As well as Brenda and John Romero, content creators DeeBeeGeek, Antitinkerbell, Jamie Jay Car, The Gara Show and Miss Audrey will be special guests at GamerFest, Ireland’s biggest gaming and esports festival.

GamerFest CEO Stuart Dempsey said:

“John and Brenda are absolute giants of the gaming world and we are incredibly excited to welcome them to GamerFest this year. We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of our inaugural GamerFest Lifetime Achievement Award. Since arriving in Ireland and establishing Romero Games, they have been wonderful supporters of the gaming community here, regularly making time in their busy schedules to support a huge array of gaming projects and initiatives. It’s fitting that they be honoured this way and we can’t wait to see them on the GamerFest Live Stage.”

Brenda and John Romero said:

“We are both so honoured to receive these awards, especially here in our adopted home of Ireland. The game development scene here is only going from strength to strength and we are delighted to be a part of it. More and more new developers join the industry each year, taught by the excellent institutions all around the country. We love seeing the excitement building as gaming gets bigger.”

GamerFest takes place at The RDS, Dublin this October 22nd and 23rd

with tickets on sale now at GamerFest .ie.

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Cricket NSW, Wanderers and Macarthur FC continue to help fans to reclaim the game



Cricket NSW, Wanderers and Macarthur FC continue to help fans to reclaim the game
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Sports fans are set to enjoy more games free of sports betting ads with Cricket NSW and A-League football clubs Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Macarthur FC extending their partnerships under the NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game initiative.

CEO of Hospitality and Racing, Anthony Keon, said the extensions are a major boost for Reclaim the Game, which is challenging the idea that betting is a normal part of sport.

“The extended partnerships are a strong show of faith in Reclaim the Game as sporting franchises realise the importance of rejecting sports betting advertising and promoting gambling awareness among their supporters,” Mr Keon said.

“We now have fourteen teams from five codes turning down sports betting sponsorships and making gambling awareness and education an important part of their work.”

Cricket NSW’s two-year extension will see the rejection of sports betting advertising at home games of the men’s and women’s Big Bash teams, the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder and also their state teams NSW Blues and NSW Breakers.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said the partnership extension would allow Cricket NSW to continue to make important inroads in helping to prevent – and reduce – the harm gambling can cause individuals, families, and society.

“Since joining forces with the Office of Responsible Gambling, Cricket NSW has made a meaningful contribution towards changing the community’s attitudes towards betting on sport,” said Mr Germon.

“We’re proud to be able to continue to play an active part in educating children that gambling is not a part of sport, and that gambling on sport is a bad bet.

“Cricket NSW will continue to do all we can to counter the constant sports betting advertising and the adverse effect it has on young people – young men, in particular – and their families.”

Western Sydney Wanderers’ partnership has been extended for a further two seasons and includes the women’s team for the first time, while Macarthur FC has signed on for an extra season. These extensions will be in place for the upcoming A-league season which kicks off on Friday 7 October.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson said he was proud to be continuing the relationship for the next two seasons.

“It is important for us to have an impact beyond the field and together with Reclaim the Game we have brought awareness of the impact that sports betting can have in professional sport,” said Mr Hudson.

“We are delighted that this partnership has now extended to our A-League Women’s team, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Reclaim the Game over the next two years.”

Macarthur FC Group CEO, Sam Krslovic said “We are proud to continue our partnership with Reclaim the Game and be part of this positive initiative. Our community wellbeing is our primary focus and we feel it is important to promote a healthy connection between our game and our fans.”

Mr Keon said Reclaim the Game partners play a vital role in educating fans, players and staff about the risks associated with gambling.

“Reclaim the Game is a great way to reach young men who are most at risk of gambling harm with an estimated 41 per cent of regular sports bettors experiencing one or more gambling-related problems,” Mr Keon said.

“Online sports betting is on the rise with one in 20 adults in NSW betting on sports and growing community concern that children and young people are being exposed to too much gambling advertising.

“Research shows that almost 50 per cent of 12–17-year-olds saw gambling advertising on television during sports and racing events on a weekly basis and almost 1 in 3 young people considered betting on sports to be normal.

“Reclaim the Game is about getting back to what sport is all about – watching, enjoying and cheering on your team without intrusive sports betting ads getting in the way.

“We are so pleased that Cricket NSW, Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC will continue to reclaim the game and provide a family friendly environment for their fans to enjoy games without being bombarded by betting ads.”

If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call GambleAware on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support 24/7.

These Reclaim the Game partnership extensions come in the leadup to GambleAware Week, an annual initiative for the NSW community to raise awareness about the risks of gambling and gambling harm. GambleAware Week will take place from Monday 17 October – Sunday 23 October 2022.

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Genius Sports launches In-Play MultiBet for the next generation of same game parlay bets



Genius Sports launches In-Play MultiBet for the next generation of same game parlay bets
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  • Genius Sports to provide sportsbooks with automated, AI-powered live odds enabling bettors to place same-game parlays during live play or game intervals   
  • The new product will be available for the FIFA World Cup, NFL, English Premier League and thousands of other official Genius events

Genius Sports Limited (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and broadcast partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, has launched In-Play MultiBet, providing sportsbooks with a powerful new tool to engage players and grow revenues in time for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and ongoing NFL season.

Same-game parlay bets, which enable bettors to wager on multiple events occurring within the same game, have become an essential part of every major sportsbook’s offering, giving customer’s greater control over their bets and enhanced margins for the operators themselves.

Now, through In-Play MultiBet, these bespoke bets can be placed once the game has begun, enabling players to place bets after every goal, touchdown and during intervals.

Launched in time to give sportsbooks a new dimension at the FIFA World Cup, In-Play MultiBet is powered by the highest quality AI-powered live odds, tried and tested on Genius Sports’ leading LiveTrading service.

InPlay MultiBet will also be available across the NFL, English Premier League, Liga MX, and dozens of FIBA basketball and FIVB volleyball leagues worldwide.

“Combining same game parlays with the unstoppable growth of in-play betting is a breakthrough innovation for us and our partners,” said Jack Davison, Chief Commercial Officer of Genius Sports. “Starting with the biggest sports event of the year, the FIFA World Cup, InPlay MultiBet will enable our partners to unlock bigger margins and drive engagement between key match events and breaks.”

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