Most Popular eSports Right Now

If you like video games, why not try competing in eSports for some very exciting prizes! Of course, the competitions are dominated by South Koreans exercising day and night, so the chances of actually winning are very slim, but you can still have incredible fun by entering one of the popular tournaments. Below is the list of currently most popular eSports.

Counter-Strike Global Offensive

Counter-Strike Global Offensive is an online multiplayer first-person shooter. The game pits two teams against each other in a battle between terrorists and counter-terrorists. Your task is to eliminate players from the opposing team while taking care of minor objectives. Of course, there are competitions that are organised on a large scale that attract professional eSports players. Why? Because the game is great and the prize pool has risen to 1,000,000 USD. Gamers that excel at this game can make a living just training for these events. CS GO won the 2015 “Game of the Year” award which gives testimony to its public appeal.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is a MOBA game which means multiplayer online battle arena. Developed by Valve Corporation, this game puts you on a map in a team of five players against five other players on the opposing team. The goal is to occupy the enemy base located on the map while at the same time defending your own. In the game, the player controls a hero and gains experience through battle in order to spend their points in upgrading their chosen champion. This team includes leagues where teams battle to become ultimate champions and the prize pool is the highest of any eSport – for the international competition the prize is over 14,000,000 USD.

League of Legends

Another MOBA, League of Legends is a game where the player controls a summoner or champion that will battle the opposing enemy player or computer controlled champions. The goal of the game is to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus.” The game was released in 2009 and has been gaining popularity ever since. In 2014, 67 million people played LoL per month which is an astounding number of people who return to this game. In social media, it is usually the most watched eSports game on YouTube and Twitch TV. In 2017, 60 million viewers tuned in to watch the LoL championship competing for a 4,000,000 USD prize pool.

Overwatch

Released in 2016, by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch is a 2-year-old multiplayer first-person shooter. You can play it on Windows, PS4 and Xbox One. Its total prize pool is currently close to $3 million, and there are 55 tournaments in 2018. Players are divided in two teams, with 6 players each. Each player can choose his or her “hero”, with unique powers and characteristics. The goal of the game is to control more areas on the map than the opponent. The game has received many awards for its gameplay and graphics, as well as the Game of the Year Award in 2016.

How to Bet on Dog Races

Bored from betting on regular sports such as football, basketball, or horse races? Why don’t you try something totally new and visit a Greyhound racing track? The races are taking place daily all over the UK and fun and excitement are guaranteed!

When it comes to most simple bets, the rules are not much different than when betting on horse racing. You can bet on a dog to win a race or a tournament, and you can also bet “each way”, placing two bets on the same dog. In other words, you are actually betting half your stake on a dog to win and the second half on it to “place” (i.e. finish second). This is a very common way of betting on outsiders, because it secures that even if your dog ends up second, you will get a small return on your bet, usually calculated as ¼ of the odds for your dog to win.

There are also more exotic and riskier bets, but promising much bigger winnings. Forecast and Tricast are bets on two or three dogs to finish first, second and third in an exact order. The US variants of these bets with winnings determined by the number of winners are called Exacta and Trifecta. Reverse Forecast and Reverse Tricast bets, on the other hand, don’t require you to pick the exact order of the first dogs to finish. Instead, you can pick them out in any order.

Finally, you may also consider betting on an accumulator. Accumulators are multiple bets and they require you to predict the outcome of several races. There are numerous combinations thereof, and you will win only if all your predictions turn out to be true. These bets are extremely unlikely, but they can lead to truly life-changing winnings.

Another exciting option is betting live, meaning that you can place your bet as the race is taking place, based on direct observation of the race. This option is only available to online bettors.

If you decide to bet online, make sure to choose a reliable bookmaker, and compare the odds between several bookmakers to find the best ones. Keep up to date with the latest news from the world of Greyhound racing. Also, you should study the form, age, and gender of the dogs, as well as the racing lines that dogs take. Soon, you will start noticing patterns that will lead you to better predictions. You will become a dog racing expert in no time!

One last word of caution: always bet responsibly, don’t chase your losses and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose.

Good luck!

Where is Cycling the Most Popular Sport?

Bicycle racing is an Olympic sport and quite the popular one in fact. It has widespread popularity in Europe, especially in countries like Belgium, Denmark, France, and Spain.

Belgium

Cycling is incredibly popular in Belgium where a number of important cycling races are held. The sport is governed by the Royal Belgian Cycling League. The best Belgian cyclist of all time is Eddy Merckx and he has won the Tour de France five times along with Giro d’Italia five times, and one Vualeta a Espana. The “Cannibal”, has a huge list of accolades and it would take a while just to name them all. But being the best Belgian says a lot because the Belgians have been one of the most successful nations to compete in the sports since its inception. Likewise they host one of the oldest races from Liege-Bastogne-Liege, first held in 1892.

Denmark

Cycling is extremely popular in Denmark and it is considered to be one of the best cyclist-friendly countries due the infrastructure in place and the flat land. The sport of cycling has received some bad press in recent years due to doping scandals. Although, there has been negative press the sport has not lost its popularity in the slightest in the country. One of the most successful Danes to ride the bike has been Thorvald Ellegaard who won six sprint titles, three European titles, and twenty-four Danish titles.

France

Every July, lasting three weeks, France hosts the Tour de France. It is one of three of the most prestigious grand tours. Attracting over twelve million people and is therefore one of the most popular cycling events around. France has won their own event thirty-six times in the history of the event. The gruelling 3,500 kilometre race varies its course from year to year but almost always ends at the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The very first winner of the French event was French himself by the name of Maurice Garin. Sharing the place for five Tour de France wins are between Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Miguel Indurain. Both Jacques and Bernard are French competitors.  

Spain

Around 20% of Spanish people list cycling as their main mode of transportation and the country does have some cycling infrastructure put in place to make it easier and safer for cyclists to move about. The Tour of Spain is one of the most important cycling events in the world. Miguel Indurain is Spain’s most gifted cyclist winning the Tour de France five times. Miguel’s physique earned him his nickname “Miguelon” or “Big Michael” because he was 1.88m and weighed 80kg. His hour record, achieved in 1994, was a whopping 53.040km.

How Do VR Casinos Work?

VR Casinos are an emerging industry based on the latest developments in VR technology. Until recently, gamblers had only two options: online casinos and land-based casinos. Online casinos offer the convenience of playing from home, whereas land-based casinos simply have the added touch of glamour that makes for a richer casino experience.

VR Casino games combine the comfort of your home with the feeling of being in a real casino, to produce an immersive, interactive, multiplayer, 3D experience for players. Is it already incredibly life-like and soon it will be even more, as the technology leaps forward and the old gaming technology slowly becomes obsolete. With the VR tech becoming more affordable, analysts predict that the total amount of bets made via VR casinos will reach almost $520 billion by 2021.

VR casinos offer some amazing features: highly detailed and realistic game rooms that you can freely explore, 3D slot machines you can try out, game tables where you can interact with other players and a live-dealer, both in multiplayer and co-op modes, online and offline, as well as the ability to sit, stand up, walk, and make hand and body gestures that other players can see and react to in real time.

To try their luck at a VR casino, users need a VR headset and other accompanying equipment, such as movement sensors, headphones, and controllers, as well as a PC that supports this technology. Also, your gear will need to be compatible with the suitable gaming platform that your chosen game supports. Oculus Rift is currently the most popular choice among players and developers alike.

So far, the VR Casino industry has produced several great games, with much more expected to be released in the future, due to an increasing number of VR compatible iGambling platforms being rapidly developed.

Social Club VR: Casino Nights, developed by Perilous Orbit, and released on 22 June 2018, is a fine example of the latest developments in the industry. The game supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. It lets you play Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Poker and Roulette, as well as Chess and Backgammon, and three different shooting games! You can play privately with your friends, online with other players around the world, or against the AI in the single-player mode. The game looks simply stunning, and it lets you customize your avatar, the music (you can set up your own YouTube playlist) and the surroundings. The more you play the more (virtual) chips you earn. These can be used to further personalize the game or treat your friends with a little something.

So far, not a lot of games offer playing with real money. One of the few is Slots Million that boasts being the first VR casino around. However, even if you don’t play for real money, VR Casino games can be incredibly fun and they can help you improve your skills, to prepare for the real deal in a safe, risk-free environment.

Frankie Detorri and Calyx Dominate Royal Ascot

The most elite competition in the UK and one of the most valuable races in the world is currently taking place in Ascot, Berkshire. Royal Ascot is also a high-society event of the year, its tradition stretching back to 1711, when Queen Anne announced that the field is to become a place for races. Today, it is an opportunity for ladies and gentlemen to wear some very fancy hats and enjoy the said races.

This year, the five-day event started on Tuesday 19 June, and will last until Saturday 23 June.

The opening day of Royal Ascot saw the 47-year-old jockey Frankie Detorri win three races: in the Coventry Stakes on Calyx, in the St James’s Palace Stakes on Without Parole, and in the Wolferton Stakes on Monarchs Glen. The second victory made him third-most successful Royal Ascot jockey of all time, preceded only by Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery.

On Day 2 we had Expert Eye winning the Jersey Stakes and Settle For Bay winning the Royal Hunt Cup. Most shockingly, everyone’s favourite Cracksman was outrun by Poet’s Word in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, making Sir Michael Stoute the winning-most trainer in the history of Royal Ascot, with 76 triumphs. Stoute commented: “It’s a relief because we were stuck on it [75 winners] last year. It [Royal Ascot] is special to every trainer. We’ve been very lucky to have a lot of nice horses over the years.”

Another notable victory was accomplished by Aljazzi, who finished first in Duke of Cambridge Stakes, under Buick.

The Ladies Day saw Stradivarius, an offspring of 2009 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sea The Stars, take the Gold Cup under Frankie Detorri. Vazerabad and Torcedor finished second and third, respectively. This is Detorri’s sixth Gold Cup and after the race he said for the BBC: “”He was a lion, he fought everything off. The crowd lifted him. I just wanted to time it right. I come alive here, I love it. To win the Gold Cup again, which is the showcase race of the week, is just amazing.”

Friday’s schedule (source: BBC)

14:30: The Albany Stakes (Group 3) 6f

15:05: The King Edward VII Stakes (Group 2) 1m 4f

15:40: Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f

16:20: Coronation Stakes (Group 1) Old mile

17:00: Sandringham Stakes (Listed) (Handicap) 1m

17:35: Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) 1m 4f