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For those of you who do not know me, I have written a column called Poker 101 for three years in a popular published poker magazine. With everyone going online for all of their information these days, it seemed like a good time to join the crowd and go the way of the cyberworld. This column began with the nuts and bolts of how to play poker. We covered everything from the rules of the games, the jargon, the behavior and etiquette, to some strategy. I have addressed many questions and comments in the column and plan to continue down that same road.

With the introduction of the Pokerpage’s PokerSchool Sbobet Online, there is no need for me to start this column over again. After all, it took about 75 columns and 65,000 words to get this far! So, for you true beginners and those of you wanting poker instruction, please see all of the information on the homepage about the school. Here, we will talk about many things related to poker from my perspective as well as yours.

Here is a little bit about me so that you can decide if you want to read my articles; certainly every column is not for everyone. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but I currently reside in Las Vegas and have lived there since 1977. I am a graduate of UNLV with a degree in business management. It will be obvious that my degree is not in English or writing! 1977 is when I first became involved in the poker industry. I was very young at the time! I have worked in all areas of the cardroom, beginning as a dealer when I was merely 12 years old. (Hey, a girl has to protect her age, right?)

I have dealt many of the major tournaments as well as played in them. I have played poker for more than 25 years and am currently playing on a semi-professional basis. In other words, I make a portion of my income from playing the game and no, I am not in fear of the IRS reading this as I do pay my taxes and am proud to do so as an American.

I am a partner in Card Player Cruises (please see our website at http://cardplayercruises.com for information on that aspect of my life). In addition to running that cardroom and directing tournaments, I work closely with our customers in assuring that they enjoy their cruise experience with us…but I digress.

The point being, I have been involved in poker from both sides of the table for many years. Likely, I have spent more hours in a cardroom than most of you ever will. I do not know that that is necessarily a good thing, but it is a fact. I feel that I am fairly well qualified to give you some perspective on what is going on in the poker world as well as answer your poker related questions. I am happy to answer questions of a general nature in my column and invite you readers to send me ideas for topics that you would like to see covered. I am also happy to answer privately via email any specific questions that may not be of a general interest.

I hope that you will enjoy this column. I have many ideas for columns and hope that you who are new to my column will enjoy my “not so stuffy” writing style. I like to have a good time in life, and I want my column to be fun and easy to read. My sense of humor is “out there” some times, but that is the real me. I hope that you will enjoy getting to know me as I hope to get to know you.

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Omni Casino’s payout percentages are reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and they have been awarded “best payout percentages” for the month of February 2002, by winneronline.com and have been the highest of all rated online casinos, three of the first four months of this year.

You don’t have to search long to find out the reason why. It’s the highest progressive jackpots that make it possible. Just ask the latest player in the long list of Omni Casino’s big winners, long time player “PLUMB”, who hit a jackpot that paid him $146,193.57 on Tuesday evening. “I felt really lucky all day while I was playing at Omni, but I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I saw 5 spades, Ace through ten, I just thought to myself, ‘I hope the dealer qualifies.'” He would still win the progressive jackpot, even if the dealer didn’t qualify.

Just a few days earlier, player “Durango” won over $18,000.00 on the Single Player Let- it- Ride Poker Table. On Valentine’s Day, a long time player “mark” hit a Royal Straight Flush on Multi-Player Spice Island Poker and won over $140,000.00.

It doesn’t look like Omni Casino™ is ready to slow down in the huge jackpot department either, the progressive jackpot has already been reset to $100,000.00, and is waiting to be hit once more.

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“Sometimes a machine is hot, red hot. And that’s when you make the majority of your winnings. Games on the internet are the same, when they’re hot, they’re hot. And that’s they only way to explain it…”

At least that is how internet gaming analyst Will Valentine explains the phenomenal $400,000 in combined mega-jackpots won by InterCasino (www.intercasino.com) players this past week.

The “hot streak” began with “Billie”, who won a sizable $102,263 last Thursday playing on the wildly popular Rags to Riches slot machine. Over the past months this machine constantly proved itself as the net’s one armed Santa Claus rather than a one-armed bandit.

Later in the same week “Barb”, the newly crowned online video-poker queen, proved her wit and poker guile when she beat the Spice Island Progressive Poker machine twice in one day for a combined win of $192,000. “That was one super Sunday for Barb. She got a $100 bonus from me in the morning and then rolled that into $192,000 by the end of the day.” Tells magnanimous InterCasino manager Ryan Hartley. He continues, “Barb is now one of the most successful female poker players on the internet.”

Two days after Barb’s $192,000 Sunday, player “mgpg33” hit a $118,596 progressive jackpot on the same steaming hot Rags To Riches slot machine that paid “Billie” her $102,263 just four days prior. Between Billie and mpgp33’s jackpots, Rags to Riches has paid out over $220,000 in progressive wins within one week, making InterCasino’s Rags to Riches the hottest slot on the Internet.

So what does a pros make of all this? Will Valentine explains… “The Rags to Riches game is definitely on a streak. Anytime a slot pays out over $100,000 on more than one occasion within a short period of time -its on a roll. If you throw Barb’s video poker win into the equation, then it starts to look like it may be the InterCasino server itself that’s on the roll. That being the case, players could expect to see jackpots springing up from all over the casino. In the next few weeks players may see strong winning patterns developing like repeat sequential chances at video-slot bonus levels and additional progressive slot and poker payouts.”

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I am going to discuss the difference in playing at a short-handed game (4-6 players) and your best approach to these games. There will be many times that you will find a game that can be profitable, but you find that your style of play probably won’t get you the chips as it would in a full-handed table. There are many factors that work against you in a short-handed game that one needs to conquer to be a winning player.

Blinds – The blinds are coming around faster than in a full game, but you’re still getting the same frequency of playable hands so it’s costing you more money to see your hands.

Rake/Tipping/Jackpot Drop – I’m mainly talking about short-handed games with 4-6 players (note: I will not be talking about games that are heads-up or with 2 opponents). Depending on the club or casino you play in, most of them will reduce the rake when a game becomes short-handed. But that is still money that is gone — which is more important the lower the limit you are playing.

For example: You’re playing $3-6 Hold-Em that is short-handed and a guy puts in $200 total over the course of 2 hours and loses it all. Let’s say the rake is $2 when it gets down to 6 people and the table is seeing 25 hands per hour or more. The rake is $100 (25 hands x $2 rake x 2 hours = $100, assuming there was a flop with maximum rake) for those two hours. Half of the money that guy put in now belongs to the house.

There’s not much you can do to get around this, except for maybe ask the dealer or floor for a rake break. You might get lucky.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against tipping. But when a ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล game is short-handed the pots tend to be smaller, but most people tip the same. That is money gone as well. If the pots are really small, consider tipping every other pot you win.

For those of you unfortunate enough to have a Jackpot going where you play (can you tell I’m against Jackpots?), there is nothing you can do to get around this. All I can say is that’s just one more thing going against you, unless your table hits the Jackpot of course.

To get around these 3 factors, the higher the limit you play the less they go against you.

Opponents – What you might find in certain cases is that players in short-handed games are actually in fact relatively good. I’m not saying all of the players you find are good, but you will discover that these games do on average consist of a greater percentage of better players. Short-handed games for the most part were once full, and the most common reason they became short-handed is that most of the poor players ran out of money. This is usually found more often later at night.

Now that we’ve gotten the dirt out of the way, let’s talk about how we are going to increase your stack.

If you play a tight/aggressive game when the table is full and it becomes shorthanded, your table image as a tight player works very well in your favor. Some players are not aware that when a game becomes shorthanded, they need to confront the game in a different manner. The players I believe you should want in your game are weak or loose players or tight/passive players. You want players who will call you down when they know they are beat or players who will muck when they think they’re beat.

You have to be able to recognize the difference between these types of players. If you’re in a hand against a loose player, be prepared to show down your hand. If you’re up against a tight/passive player, you don’t necessarily have to have him beat to take the pot. A lot of these types of players will muck the winning hand if you check-raise on the turn, or even on the flop.

Bluffing like I mentioned in the paragraph above is key to winning in a shorthanded game. If you’ve set up your image as a tight player and can shift gears easily, you can increase your winnings greatly. Players will catch on to this if you do it too much. However, I think you can get away with many more bluffs in a shorthanded game if you’ve set up your image as being tight.

The blinds, like I mentioned earlier, are very important. You don’t want to give up your blinds to a raise as easily, because that money could be the difference between a winning and a losing session. If in your blinds you are confronted with a raise and you find yourself sitting with a mediocre hand or better, go ahead and re-raise. This re-raise is meant to make the raiser think twice next time he holds a good hand and reaches for two bets. This works better if you can take down pots when you’ve re-raised. The point being, you are trying to set up for the future that you’re blinds don’t get raised.

Starting Hands – You still need to have a tight/aggressive style of play, but you need to drop some hands from your starting list and add others. Drawing hands like 89s go way down in value, because you’re not getting the odds to play them correctly. However, I think hands like Ace-x go up in value and can be played more frequently. I’m not going to list a chart for starting hands, as it depends on what type of game you’re playing in and what kind of players you are up against. You should be able to determine this on your own.

If you enter a pot and see the flop and you’ve got the best hand or you think you might be able to buy the pot, bet or raise. Calling in short-handed games just doesn’t work because you don’t get that extra percentage that you might take the pot if you raise.

I’m not saying don’t call anything. If everybody entered the pot and you hit a four flush on the flop, and if another one of your suits falls, you have the nut flush and you raise on the flop, but get bet into on the turn, calling is ideal. You’re costing yourself more money if your card doesn’t fall.

Just be more aggressive and aware of your opponents and how they will react to your actions and you’ll come out a winner. Good luck.…

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World Gaming – World Gaming plc, a global pioneer in I-gaming technologies, today announced the signing of a software licensing agreement with Sona Innovations Inc., a leading North American provider of secure mobile solutions, that will see the introduction of wireless applications for its most popular games, blackjack, slots and sportsbook, before the end of the year.

Under the three-year agreement with Sona, World Gaming will be deploying three games on Microsoft’s Pocket PC – expected delivery November 2001 – and Palm OS(R) – expected delivery December 2001 – built on the Sona Wireless Platform(TM).

Microsoft’s Pocket PC and Palm OS devices were chosen for World Gaming’s first wireless software suite, due to screen size and capabilities, input method, power management, network bandwidth, device memory, graphics and processor power.

“The wireless market is growing exponentially and it represents a very real opportunity for World Gaming to expand its global presence – particularly in Europe and Asia where wireless gaming is more advanced,” said Michael Aymong, CEO of World Gaming. “Wireless is an exciting new opportunity for World Gaming – enlarging our total available market and increasing revenue streams for our existing products and services.”

World Gaming selected its most popular offerings – blackjack, slot machine, and sportsbook betting for the initial wireless suite, with plans to expand in the future. The new products will tap into the users of online casinos and sports betting, which dominate up to 73 percent of the online gaming market.

A recent Datamonitor report projects that revenues from the total mobile Situs Judi Online gaming markets in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific will grow from an estimated $950 million in 2001 to $17.5 billion in 2006. The international research firm also reports that Asia Pacific is currently the wireless gaming capital of the world, with 60 million gamers.

In Europe, 41 million currently play games on their mobile phones or PDAs, compared to 22 million in the US. By 2006, Europe will have over 150 million wireless gamers, while in the US, the number will grow to 124 million.

“Data is typically encrypted then decrypted, which has inherent security risks,” said Jeff Halloran, president and CEO of Sona Innovations. “The robust architecture of Sona’s technology is very unique, as it does not use public gateway servers and it rapidly deploys an animated presentation layer unlike any other wireless service. “Sona’s client software establishes a secure session on the Pocket PC or Palm operating platform and communicates directly with World Gaming’s servers. Through our unique end-to-end secure approach to deploying applications on handheld devices, we are able to deliver to World Gaming a wireless solution that provides the level of presentation, performance and protection the World Gaming community has come to expect. Being network carrier agnostic, Sona Innovation’s one of a kind solution becomes an immediate global platform to support World Gaming’s secure growth.”

World Gaming evaluated several vendors before choosing Sona Innovations. Sona was selected based upon the following criteria: a strong commitment to continued diligent support of World Gaming products and services, synergies of respective business models, number of wireless devices supported, ease of implementation, and security.

“Our new wireless suite of products is a plug-in solution, requiring no back-end integration, that leverages and extends existing World Gaming technologies, products and services,” said David Pasieka, COO of World Gaming. “Wireless technology is still in its infancy and continuously evolving. Standards, protocols, network and client device issues require significant and dedicated development resources. “Sona Innovations’ experience successfully delivering bullet-proof applications for the banking and brokerage industries has made the company the ideal supplier for World Gaming and has addressed our concerns over security.…

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It’s new. It’s got Power Poker and Treasure Nile. It’s the new Golden Tiger Casino, where you can get $10 just to download and try out their games.

One of the first casinos to introduce Microgaming’s new Treasure Nile 5-reel progressive slots, Golden Tiger Casino has a wide selection games to please all sorts of people. The sister of another great download casino, Blackjack Ballroom, and the Microgaming Flash casino Strike It Lucky, Golden Tiger Casino brings the same high level of service and support in a new package!

Seeing a great opportunity to try out the Treasure Nile slots, I quickly went in and signed up at Golden Tiger Casino – and I was not disappointed. The Treasure Nile slots are the very first progressive I have seen, land-based or online, which uses 5-line reels. Some of you will have played the well known Winning Wizards slots – well, now you can play a similar version with a huge progressive jackpot to boot!

Unfortunately, I didn’t win – but I was intrigued and figured that I would be back for more pretty soon. But I had also seen another game at Golden Tiger Casino which I hadn’t yet had the chance to play – Jacks or Better Power Poker, which is the standard Jacks or Better video poker game but with a 4-line multi-play feature! It isn’t the first on the Net, but it plays realistically, unlike some I have seen which deal back the same cards you threw away on occasion.

If you have ever played multi-hand video Judi Bola poker before, you know how addicting it can get – especially when you are dealt a pat full house, or perhaps drawing one to the royal flush! And so I sat here and played and played and played – and absolutely got my fair share of hands, but as I only deposited a little bit of money, I decided to chase the elusive royal flush which never came.

Those of you who have read the Blackjack Ballroom review will know that I hit my one and only royal flush here – and frankly I would NOT be surprised to hit my second (maybe third, fourth and fifth as well) here at Golden Tiger Casino – no more standard Jacks or Better for me – this is definitely THE game most in favor with me at present! aces!

Earlier I mentioned the $10 bonus you get just for downloading the software. But that’s not all.

If you make a first deposit of $100 or more, you will get another $40 – equivalent to a 50% bonus overall on your first $100 deposited. But even that’s not all!

One of Golden Tiger Casino’s unique new ideas runs EVERY weekend and is available for all players – if at ANY weekend you deposit $100, you will get a $20 bonus. Any weekend at all. No email needed. No special invitation required. Now THAT’s an interesting way of rewarding loyalty and enticing players to come back every week!

Naturally, Golden Tiger Casino also has Playcheck and Accountcheck facilities common to all Microgaming casinos. Payments are fast and efficient, just like their support. And smoothness and ease of play were to be expected.

Let’s not forget that Golden Tiger Casino, besides the Treasure Nile slots – carries the full complement of Microgaming progressive slots, including the progressive Supajax video poker. Additional bonus feature slots and Power Poker make this one of the newest casinos with the newest games on the Net!

Golden Tiger Casino, like its sisters, comes highly recommended. I have yet to hear of a significant problem with any of these casinos – and considering that I monitor portals and boards on a daily basis looking for signs of trouble, the lack of this type of limelight is a BIG plus in Golden Tiger Casino’s favor.

 

 

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The 2013-’14 Premier League season has kicked off and will go down in history as the first one to use goal-line technology.

 

On the field, the first weekend appeared to be a continuation of the previous one.

 

Champions Manchester United, with the disgruntled Wayne Rooney starring alongside the exquisite Robin Van Persie and fast-improving Danny Welbeck, began with aplomb, despatching Michael Laudrup’s much-lauded Swansea City 4-1 at their Liberty Stadium. David Moyes could hardly have wished for a smoother landing into Alex Ferguson’s shoes.

 

Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho back at the helm, also hit the ground running, with an opening 45 minutes of dynamic attacking in their 2-0 defeat of newly-promoted Hull City.

 

The three Situs Judi Online teams who came up from the Championship all lost their opening games and failed to trouble their opponents’ goals, a depressing reiteration of the gap between England’s top two divisions.

 

Yet Manchester City’s 4-0 demolition of Newcastle confirmed there are also divisions within the Premier League.

 

After a barren summer in the transfer market in spite of a £70m war chest, Arsenal remain in the mire following a 3-1 home defeat to a resurgent Aston Villa, who had managed to hold on to their top striker Christian Benteke.

 

Arsene Wenger cuts an increasingly cornered figure, unwilling to overspend while bearing the brunt of a constituency of supporters increasingly furious at the Gunners’ inability to challenge for trophies. His players’ apparent fatalism and lethargy in their opening home match should give him more sleepless nights.

 

While Tottenham lost the last Champions League place to their North London rivals at the end of last season, their summer shopping, including the shrewd acquisitions of Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho and Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, and the transfer of England midfielder Scott Parker to Fulham, suggest Andre Villas-Boas has already planned on life without Gareth Bale, whose purchase Real Madrid have just over a week left to finalise.

 

The loss of two world-class performers in Bale and Luis Suarez, who wants out of Liverpool, would hurt the prestige of the Premier League, which missed out on most of the big name transfers this summer. Until this year it would have been unthinkable for Chelsea and Manchester City to be outbid by French teams, but they were in the case of Edinson Cavani (PSG) and Radamel Falcao (Monaco).

 

The Premier League remains a strong global brand, as attested to by its latest TV & internet deals, and the fact the World Cup will conclude this season is not news right now.

 

One man less than excited about the new campaign is probably Roy Hodgson, who has only 34% of the division to choose his England XI from. After a summer of failure from England’s U20 & U21 sides and the continued lack of a winter break in the domestic season, the league’s host nation’s prospects of glory in Brazil next summer look slim.

 

Meanwhile the premier carnival of cash carries on as usual.…

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Members of the media who don’t really understand poker often ask me, “What’s the biggest pot you’ve ever lost?” They’ll usually ask this question after they have asked, “What’s the biggest pot you’ve ever won?” For some reason, it seems to be an important question from the public’s standpoint, but it used to be a question I had trouble answering, because … well, I didn’t know.

But now, I do! I took a seat in a game on a Wednesday night at Bellagio. The lineup was as follows:

 

Seat 1: Doyle Brunson

 

Seat 2: Lyle Berman

 

Seat 3: Johnny Chan

 

Seat 4: Chip Reese

 

Seat 5: Me

 

Seat 6: Phil Ivey

 

Seat 7: Chao Xiang

 

As you can see, my game selection is impeccable these days. Let’s not dwell on that, though, and get straight to the details.

 

It was a mixed game, $2,000-$4,000 limit. It was a mixture of stud, Omaha eight-or-better, hold’em, deuce-to-seven triple draw, stud eight-or-better, and pot-limit Omaha, with a $75,000 cap. The cap simply meant that no player could lose more than $75,000 on any given hand. It actually creates more action than it kills, because players are more willing to enter a pot when they know they can lose “only” $75,000.

 

Well, I’d played $2,000-$4,000 on a few occasions and had done quite well. However, I’d never played it with the added element of a $75,000 cap. As you can probably guess, the pot I got involved in was one of those capped pots, in pot-limit Omaha.

 

Phil Ivey limped in from first position for $2,000, as did Chao, Doyle from the button, and Chip from the small blind.

 

I looked down at my hand and found the 3clubs 4clubs 5spades 6diamonds. It wasn’t a bad big blind hand if I caught the right flop, and the price was right. The flop came 8clubs 3hearts 2clubs.

 

This looked like a dynamite flop for my hand. Of course, I could be in big trouble if someone else had a bigger flush draw. Nonetheless, this hand had to be played for something, so after Chip checked, I decided to bet $8,000 into a $10,000 pot. Both Phil and Chao folded, so it was up to Doyle.

 

Doyle called my $8,000 and raised me a “pancake.” A pancake is the nickname for a $25,000 chip ($5,000 chips are called flags, due to their colors: red, white, and blue). Chip folded, and it was back to me.

 

If I called that bet for https://harlemshambles.com I would have an additional $40,000 to play with on the turn and river. However, after running through all the possible hands Doyle could have, I finally decided that I wasn’t going to fold, so I wanted to play for it all on the flop. “I raise 40 more,” I said, knowing Doyle would be forced to call.

 

With Doyle raising me here, I thought there was a good chance he’d flopped a set. However, provided he didn’t have any extra outs (a flush draw or straight draw), my hand was actually favored over even top set!

 

So, I got the whole $75,000 in there and Doyle said, “Well, I think you got me in really bad shape.” Not knowing what he had, I said, “I dunno, you might have me crushed.”

 

We decided to turn our hands faceup, which is customary in pot-limit Omaha. Oftentimes, players will make deals to lessen their swings. Considering the fact that I was playing a little out of my comfort zone, I was happy to reduce my risk. “Wanna run it twice?” I asked, hoping Doyle would say yes.

 

“Oh, I don’t know; I don’t see how I could win it twice!” Doyle quickly understood that despite the fact that he had the best hand at the moment, my draw was a significant favorite to win the pot.

 

Doyle’s hand was the Kspades Khearts 8spades 3diamonds, giving him top two pair. All I had at the moment was a pair of threes with a 6 kicker, but I was still close to a 2-1 favorite to win the pot. Doyle finally agreed to run it twice, which suited me just fine. I was thinking to myself, “Winning both would be awesome, but breaking even wouldn’t be such a horrible result.”

 

Now, when I say “run it twice,” I mean the dealer would burn and turn as usual. Whoever had the best hand after all five community cards were faceup would be up one leg.

 

Then, both the turn and river cards would be thrown into the muck and the dealer would once again burn and turn, revealing a new turn card as well as a new river card. If you win both legs, you win the whole pot. If you win just one leg, you split the middle. If you lose both legs — well, you cry about your bad luck!

 

So, we proceeded. The first card off was the Jdiamonds — a good card for Doyle. Before the river came, Doyle yelled, “Keep it high, dealer!” Doyle’s prayers were answered when the 9diamonds hit the river, ensuring him of at least a chop.

 

“Oh, well,” I thought, “as long as I don’t lose both of ‘em.” Then, the dealer burned and turned again. An 8! Oh, no! I had been in a glorious situation, had hedged my bets, and still lost the whole enchilada. That 8 sealed my fate, as I was drawing dead. My monster draw was totally worthless. I looked at the river card anyway, just for fun, and nope … the Qhearts didn’t help me, either.

 

Suddenly, I felt some gas pains deep down in my stomach. No, wait, those weren’t gas pains at all; it was my Adam’s apple that I was belching up. I must have swallowed it when that 8 fell.

 

So, now I have a story to tell people when they ask the question, “What’s the biggest pot you’ve ever lost?” The next time I’m asked that question, however, my answer will be, “I don’t want to talk about it! Go to www.fullcontactpoker.com and find out for yourself!” By the way, the pot was officially $156,000.

 

While that really sucks, I guess I’m forced to look on the bright side (sigh) … at least I have material for a column. Unfortunately, I’ll have to write lots of columns to get me even for that pot!diamonds…

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This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organisation. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

 

Anti-FIFA graffiti in Porto.

 

As unfortunate as these Lipoqq events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.

 

While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year. Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game. Following the events of today, the independent Ethics Committee – which is in the midst of its own proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups — took swift action to provisionally ban those individuals named by the authorities from any football-related activities at the national and international level. These actions are on top of similar steps that FIFA has taken over the past year to exclude any members who violate our own Code of Ethics.

 

We will continue to work with the relevant authorities and we will work vigorously within FIFA in order to root out any misconduct, to regain your trust and ensure that football worldwide is free from wrongdoing.

 

Rafael Benitez seemed a more likely replacement. Emilio Butragueno had refused to confirm Ancelotti had a job next season on more than one occasion, keeping the rumour mill alive, but Real’s hierarchy usually talk in vague equivocation.

 

Cristiano, James, Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric all voiced support for their Italian boss but on Monday the news emerged Ancelotti had indeed been fired. CEO Florentino Perez only stated that the club “needed a new impulse” as explanation.

 

Despite winning the Champions League last season, Real’s failure to bring home silverware this year has done for the Italian. The decision was clearly taken following the semi-final loss to Juventus.

 

Ancelotti leaves with his head held high however, and he was popular with fans as well as players. Losing the league by two points and exiting the semi-finals of the Champions League are no disgrace, yet gargantuan standards are expected by Florentino Perez.

 

Real had a ropey March and lost the lead in La Primera after losing the clasico at the Camp Nou. Record signing Gareth Bale has been off-kilter too many times while the aggregate loss to Juve showed a team which had run out of ideas when up against a strong defensive unit.

 

When given the chance, Isco has impressed and James Rodriguez has had a good first season, which has been somewhat overlooked given Bale’s travails. Karim Benzema has been a dangerous presence up front.

 

When Real lost James as well as Luka Modric, for key spells in the season, they suffered, as Toni Kroos has not been able to influence in the same way as the Colombian and the Croatian.

 

Despite Ronaldo’s huge goal haul, the Portuguese has looked isolated in too many key games. Once more Real have looked the sum of their parts at times.

 

* It has been far from a vintage season, but with only two points the winning margin, the second clasico of the campaign, which Barcelona won, proved decisive.

 

* Barcelona look unstoppable this season but their reserves, Barcelona B, are rock-bottom of the Liga Adelante and barring a miracle, are headed to the third tier. Perhaps their famous academy is not all it has been cracked up to be after all.

 

* The new Barça shirt featuring hoops instead of stripes has been given the thumbs-down by the blaugrana faithful. 57% of Mundo Deportivo readers and 73% of Sport’s disliked it .

 

* Sami Khedira fired a parting shot at Real Madrid, claiming he was deliberately overlooked this season by powers-that-be above Carlo Ancelotti. The 28 year-old World Cup winner made only 11 appearances this season, eight of them as a substitute.

 

* Real Betis will play in La Primera next season after clinching promotion from the Liga Adelante. Pepe Mel’s side are six points clear with one game to play. The Seville side will be joined by Girona or Sporting Gijon plus the winner of the second division playoffs.

 

 

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Any coach who can afford to leave Theo Walcott out of his team is a lucky one.

 

But when that team is the England U21s and Walcott has started the last two games for the National Team, the manager opens himself up to scrutiny. Is the team really that good? Or is there another reason?

 

Predictably, journalists have latched onto Pearce’s sporadic use of his best player as a story to run with and them to interrogate him on at every opportunity. Pearce denies any exceptionalism at every turn, but the hacks are still baffled.

 

Is the FA trying to keep the big clubs on board by Qiu tacitly acquiescing to Arsene Wenger’s request that Walcott should not travel to Sweden? Is Pearce trying to prove to others, or even to himself, that star names cannot be allowed to outshine the team’s identity? Or is he secretly playing games with his opponents by naming unexpected lineups only to unleash his talisman as an impact substitute?

It would seem absurd to suggest England could do without Walcott when he is good enough to play for the National Team and was explosive against Spain.

 

The promotional posters and literature for the UEFA u21 Championship all seem to have Walcott prominently displayed on them. English football is closely watched in Scandinavia and Arsenal have strong support across Sweden. Attracting crowds to U21 football during the Midsummer Holiday here was never going to be easy, so the organizers must have breathed a sigh of relief when England refused to bow to Wenger’s predictable request that they rest his scarcely-used 20-year-old this summer. If there is one thing Wenger has no appreciation of it is the international game and it should not bow to his selfish and club-centric demands.

 

True, Walcott did not impress for the first 45minutes against Finland in Halmstad and was unsurprisingly replaced. Coach Stuart Pearce justified his substitution of the Arsenal starlet by pointing to the fact England won the game after he departed, but the media interrogation is not about to stop. He is the star name of the tournament, just ahead of the now disappointing Bojan Krkic of Spain, and the show must go on.

 

When Walcott was not named to the starting eleven against Spain in England’s second game there were baffled looks all around. ‘Is he injured?’ everyone wondered. Not as far as anyone knew.

 

At last! was the collective feeling in Gothenburg’s new stadium when Walcott stepped onto the field after an hour and the effect was immediately catalytic. England scored within two minutes and added a second soon afterwards following a typical roadrunner raid by Walcott on the Spanish defence.

 

With that victory England qualified for the semi-finals, leaving the clash with Germany in Halmstad little more than a training game. The one thing Pearce will not want is for his best players to get injured and/or suspended in that game. But there was Walcott, coming on as a second-half sub….?!?!?

 

Without Walcott, England still appear to have the quality to defeat any team in this competition, but if they struggle to make headway after an hour, an injection of the Arsenal man into the cocktail should prove too potent for anyone, so Pearce’s thinking goes. Psycho remains unconvinced of the need for 90 minutes of Theo. But in the knock-out stages there is no room for experimenting or for making the sort of errors you have time to make amends for in the group stage.

 

Come the semi-final on Friday, Pearce must be tempted to give in and field Walcott from the start, although his return against Spain might tempt him into using him as sub again. It is a risk which could backfire should England leave it too late to do too much catching up, but results so far have backed Pearce.

 

Whatever his insistence on treating all his players the same as each other, the former England skipper knows well that some players are more equal than others.

 

 

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Fresh from signing the Kyoto Protocol, warding off Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, saying sorry to the stolen generations and doing just about everything his predecessor, John Howard, failed to do in four terms in office, Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has lent his bookish gravitas to an official bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

World Cup trophy at FIFA HQ, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Rudd has been assiduously building his “sportsman” credentials of late, notably being pictured throwing the arm over in an impromptu cricket match at Parliament House in Canberra and then appearing alongside Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy at last Sunday’s A-League grand final. Getting behind a World Cup bid is by far and away Rudd’s biggest play in sport so far, yet speculation is rife that privately the FFA knows it has no chance of nabbing The Big One in 2018 and is instead using the bid to make a Qiu Qiu Online solid impression for a tilt at 2022.

 

The fact of the matter is Australia, despite being talked up in some quarters as a possible stand-in host for South Africa 2010 should the Africans fail to get their act together, has a long way to go before it can hope to host an event of such magnitude.

 

There are very few suitable football stadia currently built and operational, training facilities are thin on the ground (even now for the Socceroos) and, as anyone will tell you who has had the misfortune of braving its CityRail network, public transport in Australia’s biggest metropolis, Sydney, is appallingly bad. Any World Cup bid is going to require a massive injection of capital and a hell of a lot of groundwork. But with Labor governments installed in all Australian states, the prospects for cooperation are good.

 

Even the AFL, Australia’s biggest sport, has given the World Cup bid its support.

 

“We’re not sure of what it might mean for us yet, nobody’s spoken to us about that, so we’ll just wait and see if there are any proposed implications for us,” said AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson. Well, Adrian, Soccerphile can start by saying the AFL won’t know what hit it when the World Cup comes to town.

 

The locals’ knowledge of the event needs some improving, though. In announcing the news, a Sydney radio station declared Melbourne would even “share” the event with its northern cousin, oblivious to the fact that a World Cup is a multi-city event. This is not the Olympics, folks.

 

The biggest mitigating factor against a 2018 World Cup in Australia, of course, is the fact Europe will have not played host for 12 years, an eternity in football politics and about as realistic a prospect as Harold Holt emerging from his 41-year dip in the waters off Portsea.

 

The frontrunner at the present time appears to be England, with Portugal/Spain a close second. Sydney 2000 might have been the most successful Olympics ever, but when it comes to truly big football events the FIFA Congress in May and a likely Asian Cup in 2015 will have to suffice till 2022 rolls around.

 

 

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