How to Win at Sports Betting

Sports betting is the game of choice for many gamblers. With poker, there are some hands that you just can’t do anything with. The same goes for blackjack. But in sports betting, you’ll never put money down on a game that you’re not confident in, and there’s considerably less chance at play.

It will take you a very long time to get rich if you go for the safe bet on every single occasion given the odds you’ll get, but the fact is that a smart player can, in fact, learn the game well enough to seriously reduce the risk that comes with betting on a favourite team or athlete.

The question is: How do you do that?

Well, the first step is to…

Know Your Game

You want to be a fanatic about your chosen game if your aim is to win. If you’re betting just to make watching the game a little more fun, or because it’s your favourite team, then maybe you can get away with not being a scholar. But, if you’re looking to make a lot of money on sports betting, you need to know the game like a history professor knows Ancient Greece. You should look at the team’s past and think about how regular their wins and losses are. Know who the top scorers/winners are and who the unlikely underdogs are. If you really want to succeed at sports betting UK, you should know the game better than the odds makers do, because that’s who you must beat.

Set a Budget

When it’s betting season for you, start every week with a budget, what you can afford to lose on your bets, and stick to it. Don’t go a penny deeper than what you’ve set aside to spend. Put it in a separate account if that helps you to stay organised. You must go into each bet knowing you may not see that money again. Ultimately, you’re not paying for a chance at winning, you’re paying so you can play. Anything you get back is a reward. You can invest that back into your playing or you can put it aside in a retirement account, but don’t spend any more of your actual income than you’ve put into the budget.

Superstition is Another Word for Intuition

Gamblers have all kinds of superstitions. Some will tell you never to watch the games you have action on because it’s bad luck, while others say the opposite. The crazy thing is that sometimes superstitions wind up becoming true. There’s usually always a bit of truth behind them, so try not to go for something you’re not completely invested in or confident about.

Watching the game may be too exhausting an experience, making it more difficult to make the smart call on your next bet: because you have all these tense memories of the last game you bet on. It’s like a placebo. Sugar pills don’t have anything in them to make stress headaches go away, but they give the sufferer a feeling of control, and that can make the stress go away, curing the headache.

Maybe you’re the most rational person in the world and don’t believe in anything that seems completely fabricated or not plausible, but if you do start to develop your own superstitions when betting, that may just be your subconscious telling you things aren’t quite right.

Put Some Money Aside for Longshots

Although going for the obvious and small wins makes for more cautious betting, there’s nothing wrong with going for a longshot every once in a while. For example, the odds of Manchester United winning the premier league are 20 to 1. You’d be crazy to put ten grand on that. But, if you put £100 on it, you could potential get £2,000 back. If it’s in your budget, there’s nothing wrong with putting some money aside for the occasional longshot. You might live your whole life and never see it pay off, but if it does, a small investment can pay off big time.

Most of all, it’s important to have fun with sports betting and don’t let it take over your life too much. If you’re on a cold streak and having a bad time, take a break. Come back when you’re sharp and can have a good time, whether you win or lose.

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

As many of our readers will be aware, I’m developing an unhealthy obsession for the tailoring of a certain Gresham Blake. He has been a regular guest on the MenswearStyle Podcast and we’ve even meticulously sieved through his clients lookbook and requisitioned them for interviews about their bespoke Gresham Blake label suits. This borderline sycophantical behaviour has also an estranged cousin; an unbridled love for the work of British Actor Ray Winstone. So it felt like Christmas opening a recent email to find a link to Gresham’s new short film, Murder at Ridgeview featuring Ray Winston and written by Peter James.

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

“I like Gresham’s clobber, and this Peter James story is a bit of fun. But it’s important to remember that violence is not acceptable in any form so it’s great that money from the book goes to help those who suffer from domestic violence.” – Ray Winstone.

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

“I wanted to do a crime story to promote my SS17 collection, and Ridgeview winery seemed the perfect location. Peter James is a friend and client so I asked him to write a mini story. He did and being Peter he managed to put in 4 murders. Just like any crime story there is violence. I personally volunteer with an addiction rehabilitation center in London and I have heard many stories first hand of domestic violence, in these cases relating to alcohol and drug abuse. It seemed to make sense to put any money made from the sale of the book to help create awareness of this unfortunate but very present problem in our society.” – Gresham Blake.

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

The collection featured in the film is based on linen and wool blends. The deeply stylised short film highlights the atrocities of domestic violence with egregious schemes of malevolence, starring Ray Winstone who also offers a velvety seductive narration. Ray of course is no stranger to this genre having terrorised Kathy Burke in the grossly unreferred, Nil by Mouth. Two women a week in the UK are murdered by their partner or ex-partner. For them, men’s violence against women is a reality not a fantasy. That’s why the proceeds from the book that is an accompaniment to the film are going to AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) a leading UK charity committed to ending gender based violence and abuse.

Gresham Blake Releases Murder at Ridgeview

“It is a terribly sad statistic, that victims of domestic violence are so demoralised and afraid, they will endure over thirty attacks from their partner before they first seek help. I’ve been going out with the police in this country and with many forces abroad on a regular basis, for over twenty-five years. On every response shift I’ve ever done there has always been at least one emergency call from a domestic violence victim.” – AVA Project.

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The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

A trend largely driven by the millennial generation, pre-owned luxury watches are in high demand.

For millennials it’s not about purchasing something to show off about. Owning an expensive watch is not about bravado and showmanship – expensive doesn’t cut it any more.

Millennials care about the artistic craftsmanship, the history, the experience of owning a piece that has existed in a different time. They have redefined luxury in the search for more originality.

And this is the fundamental reason why the luxury watch market is falling, but the pre-owned luxury market is booming.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

Luxury Watch Market Decline 

The luxury watch market hasn’t been this bad since the financial crisis in 2009.

Last year exports fell by more than 2bn Swiss Francs, the main culprit being the Chinese who brought far fewer watches. Asia sales makes up about half of the luxury watch market. Europe makes up 33% and America 15%. So when China started to drop their sales volumes the market was hit bad.

Pegoraro (The Federation Of The Swiss Watch Industry’s Lead Economist) said the drop in sales had forced several of Switzerland’s most famous watchmakers to issue profit warnings and cut about 3,000 jobs over the past two years. Richemont, which makes Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget watches, has shed about 200 jobs.

These are painful times for Swiss watches and the wider luxury watch market, worrying figures in 2016 that have continued in a downward trend.

But while the luxury watch market is taking a hit, there is another trend emerging and that is Pre-Owned Luxury Watches or Vintage Watches.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

Pre-Owned Luxury Watch Trend 

The pre-owned Luxury watch market is a totally different trend. Vice president of Christie’s comments; “Everything from vintage Rolex to emerging brands at a level under £10,000 has gained incredible amounts of new followers and collectors in the last year.”
Watches as collectors’ items are a relatively new phenomenon. In the 20th century it was mostly pocket watches or clocks which were collected. But that has shifted. Towards the end of the 80s and 90s, and especially as the Asian markets started to grow, watch collecting started to get some serious attention.
It is difficult to exactly pinpoint the size of the pre-owned watch market – but to give you an idea, Sotheby’s one of the most internationally acclaimed and historic auction houses in the world reported annual sales of around £100 million up from £20 – £30 million five years ago.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

Online Dealers Mediate The Process 

Emerging online dealers like Chronoexpert are offering a safe environment for buyers to access the pre-owned watch market. The biggest concern for new owners moving into collecting vintage luxury watches is the replica market which has grown more advanced.
But every product that Chronoexpert sells passes through their facilities and is subjected to a complex verification process. They are so confident of the validity of their product they offer a 14 day return policy.
The ease of using a marketplace like this means new buyers can be confident they are getting what they are paying for. And sellers can be equally as confident they will receive the money for their item. When dealing with sales of several thousands of dollars and up, security and a trusted mediator are key.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

Instagram Puts Fire Into The Market 

Instagram, a highly visual platform has also contributed to the rise of the vintage watch market. Collectors, bloggers and auctioneers use the platform to showcase their best items and buyers can scroll through their feeds easily. If you have Instagram there’s two accounts we can recommend you follow right now; Kristian Haagen, an auctioneer and author of six books on watches – and A Continuous Lean’s Michael Williams’ account dedicated to men’s fashion & lifestyle. Despite fashion brands like Montblanc picking up on this trend and creating their own vintage watch collection, the pre-owned luxury watch market is where it is at.

The Rise of Pre-Owned Luxury Watches

There you have it, a growing trend you can’t ignore. Millennials are looking to showcase their uniqueness, not conform to a fashion trend which is formed from a factory isle and you should too.

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Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

Jeep has unveiled its latest limited edition Renegade by taking the new Desert Hawk onto Britain’s largest sand dunes and towing one of this country’s best sandboarders to a series of epic stunts and tricks on Braunton Burrows beach, North Devon. Sandboarder Alex Bird helped mark today’s launch of 100 Desert Hawks by becoming the first participant in his sport to be towed by a car on UK shores.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

Despite extreme conditions the Renegade once again displayed its famed off-road capabilities helping Bird reach speeds of 40mph and negotiate a number of grinding rails, jumps and 90ft high sand banks. “I’ve never done anything like that before,” said 34-year-old Bird. “It took time to get used to being towed at such speeds but I do a lot of wakeboarding and it was principally very similar.”

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

“The car performed incredibly well on such deep sand; if it wasn’t so good off-road there’s no way I could have got up to 40mph and nailed the jumps and stunts.” With more than 11,000 Renegades sold in this country last year, the Renegade Desert Hawk follows in the tyre tracks of the popular Night Eagle and Dawn of Justice versions.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

Designed to enhance Jeep Renegade’s popular and striking design, the new Desert Hawk version takes the Renegade Trailhawk’s rugged appearance and best-in-class capability a step further with exclusive features and functionality inspired by the desert. Available in Alpine White, Anvil, Black or – exclusive to Desert Hawk – Mojave Sand, the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk features 17-inch Low Gloss Black wheels, exclusive bonnet and rear body panel decals.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

Inside, the Renegade Desert Hawk is enhanced with exclusive seats in black leather and fabric – the seat base features a Moab desert map logo – with electric lumbar support for the driver. There is also a leather wrapped steering wheel, dual zone climate control, DAB UConnect radio with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Live services, Bluetooth and satnav, 7-inch full-colour thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display and cruise control.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

The Desert Hawk, like the Trailhawk, delivers best-in-class Trail Rated 4×4 capability with standard Jeep Active Drive Low with 20:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain system with exclusive Rock mode, 8.7-inch ground clearance, skid plates, 8.1-inch wheel articulation, Hill-descent Control, 19-inch water fording. The Renegade Desert Hawk comes as standard with a 170 hp 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It features a ParkView rear parking camera and 7-inch full-colour thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display.

Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk Sandboard Stunt

The new Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk costs from £28,995 OTR for the 2.0 MultiJet II 170hp 4WD. To find out more about the Renegade Desert Hawk visit: www.jeep.co.uk/renegade/renegade-desert-hawk/.

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2017 Mens Jewellery Trends

2017 Mens Jewellery Trends

London, New York, and Milan fashion weeks have been and gone for summer/spring 2017. They were full of texture, colour and wacky designs that somehow still looked amazing. This year the fashion industry seems to be all about the men; no longer is this industry overrun with women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. The men’s fashion world is bold, handsome and working well on these famous catwalks. At the top of the trend list this year is men’s jewellery. This isn’t just watches and cufflinks but necklaces, bangles, bracelets and rings that are accessorising spring/summer and fall collections to perfection. If you are on the look out for the best menswear buys in 2017, here are some jewellery trends to watch out for:

2017 Mens Jewellery Trends

Signature Personalised Bracelets 

Gone are the days when men’s jewellery meant nothing but cufflinks. This year there seems to be a craze for signature bangles, statement pieces that are metallic, chunky, and yet perfect for every day. British designer, Daniella Draper has created a range of signature gold/silver bangles that can be personalised. These men’s bangles are perfect for nights out, special occasions or even for everyday wear. You can personalise the bangle with names or an inspirational quote to really make this piece your own. These look great for work, out for dinner or even a special occasion as the gold or silver coordinate well with a range of different colours. This means after treating yourself to a piece of bespoke British jewellery at least you can then wear it all day every day.

2017 Mens Jewellery Trends

Much More Than Just Leather 

Along with these metallic delights, it is leather that is making a comeback to men’s fashion. The dark or even bright colours of the leather are being used for chokers, bracelets and even rings. Working with denim, shirts and even suits, the leather look is here to stay. If you are staying ahead of trends with leather jewellery you need to be looking for big statement pieces as well as bright coloured leather. Try leather rings or chunky leather bracelets that will impact upon your outfit. This will help you keep up with the trends and stand out from the crowd.

2017 Mens Jewellery Trends

No More Chunky Chains
 

Everyone loves a good chain necklace, and back in the day we even loved chains attached to the back of our jeans. We not only felt cool but looked like one of Justin Timberlake’s best friends, what more could you ask for? However, 2017 seems to be avoiding chunky chains and instead opting for delicate chain necklaces and bracelets that make the pendant or charm the most important feature. This slick look at men’s jewellery means that masculine and boyish chains are being overtaken by elegant yet statement pieces of jewellery.
To keep up with this trend you need to be looking for pieces that are elegant, simple, and yet eye-catching. It might sound like hard work but once you realise that multi-coloured beading and heavy chains are outdated, the rest is up to you. Stay on trend this year by following these 2017 jewellery must haves.

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GUCCI’s ‘Donald Duck’ Collection Is Now Available on MR PORTER

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We previously waxed lyrical on GUCCI’s full “Donald Duck” capsule collection last week, and now it seems the collection is finally making its way to stores. Though it’s not available in the USA as yet, MR PORTER is already touting a beanie and sweater adorned with Donald Duck in his signature pose.

GUCCI’s nostalgic nod to Disney is a sharp pivot from Alessandro Michelle’s opulent romanticism, an aesthetic that’s already come to define his short tenure at the Italian brand. However, given that ‘ole Donald Duck was Michele’s favorite childhood cartoon, the designer proves he doesn’t take everything too seriously, and GUCCI is offering a bold intarsia of the classic cartoon across a range of wardrobe staples.

Jon Stewart Gives the Media a Pep Talk After Breaking up With “Asshole” Trump

We’ve been fed a lie. Jon Stewart hasn’t retired from late night talk shows, he’s merely living under Stephen Colbert’s table — or at least, he shows up whenever his old pals at Comedy Central call him in for a new segment.

Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a second time since Trump became president, Stewart addressed the media following its high-profile “breakup” with The Donald when Sean Spicer banned reporters from CNN, The New York Times, Politico, the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed from a White House briefing.

“I heard Donald Trump broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it?” Stewart said. “You finally thought you’d met your match: a blabbermouth who’s as thin-skinned and narcissistic as you are. Well, now it’s over! Well, good riddance, I say. Kick. Him. To. The. Curb.” Watch the full clip above.

After you’ve finished, watch Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel explain what really happened during the “Best Picture” blunder below.

In other news, here’s why our resident contrarian Aleks Eror is finally sick of Kanye West.

Watch Chance the Rapper Discuss Kanye, Trump & More With Katie Couric

Chance the Rapper has returned to his hometown for a new interview with Katie Couric. Conducted in legendary Chicago joint Harold’s Chicken Shack, Chance talks candidly about the meaning behind his ‘3’ hat that he wears religiously, staying independent, his tribute to Muhammad Ali, Obama, Kanye, Trump and a lot, lot more. Watch the brilliant new interview in full below.

Chance is also meeting up with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner tomorrow to talk about the essentialness of education funding in the city, as he’s the goat. And lest we forget, he also just made Grammy history with his wins for the streaming-only full-length Coloring Book which dropped last year. Does he have any faults? Not yet it seems.

Watch his recent new video for “Same Drugs” below.



In other music news, you should probably watch Rome Fortune go in spookily hard on his latest track “Get Out”.

Microsoft Announces a $10 per Month Netflix-Style Games Pass for the Xbox One

In what is sure to get fans of old school Xbox titles excited, Microsoft has today announced plans to roll out a Netflix-style pass which allows users to access a variety of games from the 360 and One libraries.

A similar system is already in place for PlayStation gamers with the PlayStation Now service, now Xbox is following suit. Publishers that have signed up for the service so far include 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, Sega, SNK Corporation, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Microsoft Studios. That means games from the Resident Evil, NBA, and Halo franchises should all be available to play.

“Xbox Game Pass will only be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices,” Microsoft wrote in a statement. “While some Xbox 360 backwards compatible games will be included in Xbox Game Pass, those titles will not be available on the Xbox 360 console via your subscription.”

What makes the scheme even better is the fact there are no set download limits. Users can take as many titles as their hard drive space allows.

A limited, preview program for the service will be trialed today, with a wider rollout earmarked for spring. Be sure to stay posted for further information as it emerges.

In other news, here’s a best look yet at the resurrected Nokia 3310.