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Thursday night NBA betting preview & trends

Thursday night NBA betting preview & trends

We’ve had some good NBA on TNT Thursday doubleheader matchups RajaPoker so far this NBA season, but this Thursday night largely features Thursday Night NBA Betting Preview & Trendsdisappointing teams.

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The opener is the New York Knicks at the Boston Celtics. The NBA’s broadcast partners knew the Knicks were going to stink this year because the team lost franchise player Kristaps Porzingis to a torn ACL last February. Players generally need a full year to return to action and perhaps 18 months to get back to pre-injury form. Porzingis hasn’t played yet in 2018/19 and isn’t close to doing so.

To no surprise, then, the Knicks are one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Probably not the worst thing for that franchise to stay terrible, get a very high 2019 draft pick and then start the climb back toward respectability.


Boston, meanwhile, was the preseason favorite to win the Eastern Conference with the return from injury of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

The Celtics have been very shaky but are starting to put things together. Too much talent on that roster for it not to finish near the top of the East standings.

New York and Boston have split two meetings this season, each winning on the road. The Knicks’ was wire-to-wire in Beantown, 117-109. The Celtics are 13-point betting favorites at sportsbooks this time and have covered 10 of their past 14 Thursday games.

The TNT nightcap features Houston at Utah, with the Jazz as 2.5-point favorites. The Rockets led the NBA with 65 wins last regular season and reached the Western Conference Finals – which they might have won if not for a Chris Paul injury. Utah was a 48-win team that reached the second round of the playoffs, losing in five games to Houston.

Both are shockingly under .500 this year, but it seems only a matter of time, barring major injury, that both start the climb up the standings.

Utah won the first meeting 100-89 in Houston on October 24 – Paul didn’t play – after dropping all four regular-season meetings in 2017/18. It was Houston’s first sweep since 1981/82. The Jazz, though, haven’t won a four-game regular-season series against the Rockets since 2006/07. The road team has covered the past five meetings.

The third and final game on the Thursday schedule is Phoenix, the NBA’s worst team, at Portland. Suns star guard Devin Booker is hurt yet again, this time a hamstring injury. He’s not playing here. It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams; Portland is on a seven-game winning streak against Phoenix and will be a sizable favorite to make it eight.

WSOPC News: Wins for Bazeley & Dorsey, and eight rings in two years for Ryan

WSOPC News: Wins for Bazeley & Dorsey, and eight rings in two years for Ryan

Three yarns from the World Series of DewaPoker including a repeat win in Cherokee for Jacob Bazeley, a success in Planet Hollywood for Travis Dorsey, and eight rings in two years for one of Trinidad’s finest.

WSOPC News: Wins for Bazeley & Dorsey, and eight rings in two years for RyanA quick little hop, skip and jump of an article you can read while flossing the chia seeds out of your molars.

The express train that is the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) recently held events at Harrah’s Cherokee and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas.

Let’s take a look at who ended up eating battered cod, and who left with nothing but a bag of chips.


Jacob Bazeley Wins $1,700 WSOPC Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee

Jacob Bazeley is one of those names you associate with being a boss yet to win a major tournament, but he does like winning big chunks of change.

Harrah’s Cherokee is a case in point.

In 2014, Bazeley broke the back of a 797-entrant field to win the $239,096 first prize in the Harrah’s Cherokee WSOPC Main Event, and this week he did it again.

Bazeley crumbled the resistance of a much larger 1,127-entrant field to win the $311,616 first prize after winning a pistachio nutshell in the ashtray heads-up confrontation with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Kyle Cartwright.

The victory is Bazeley’s fifth of his career and his first since winning the 766-entrant $3,500 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open for $568,687 taking his total lifetime earnings up to $4.3m.

Bazeley began heads-up with a big lead, but Cartwright doubled up several times to make a fist of things before Bazeley’s pocket tens won the all-important flip against Cartwright’s AQ.

Final Table Results

1. Jacob Bazeley – $311,616
2. Kyle Cartwright – $192,459
3. Toby Boas – $143,012
4. Ian Holt – $107,567
5. Ranjuan Chaitib – $81,904
6. Virgil Beddingfield – $63,106
7. Kenneth Baime – $49,190
8. James Striker – $38,775
9. David Shaw – $30,904

Three other maestros who picked a pocket or two in this one were the librarian like Allen Kessler (12th), the WSOP bracelet winner, Alex Ziskin (17th) and runner-up in the opening event of this series, Irene Carey (30th).

Travis Dorsey Wins Planet Hollywood Main Event

From Cherokee to Las Vegas and Travis Dorsey trampled on top of the temples of 518-entrants in the $1,700 Main Event in Planet Hollywood.

It’s the third time that Dorsey has won a gold ring, the other two coming in a 2015 WSOPC event at Harrah’s in New Orleans where he ploughed through fields of 235 and 300-entrants in £365 and $580 buy-in events, respectively.

And what a final table.

World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club members Ryan Tosoc and Daniel Strelitz were sitting on the beach pier like seats as was the WSOP bracelet winner Raphael Lebron, and two quality stalwarts in Timothy Reilly and Brent Roberts.

Dorsey had to get through Tosoc in the heads-up phase. He began with a 9.5m v 6.1m chip lead. He never lost it. AJ beat KJ in the final hand of the competition to grant Dorsey the best score of his career.

Here are the final table results:

Final Table Results

1. Travis Dorsey – $168,722
2. Ryan Tosoc – $104,319
3. Daniel Strelitz – $76,209
4. Zinan Xu – $56,496
5. Jared Griener – $42,487
6. Tim Reilly – $32,411
7. Jody Fayant – $25,073
8. Brent Roberts – $19,674
9. Rafael Lebron – $15,656

Three more players who went deeper than an epidural was the double bracelet winner, Barry Shulman (12th), multiple gold ring winner Eric Blair (14th) and the former WPTDeepStacks Main Event winner Jaspal Brar (17th).

Martin Ryan Wins 8 Gold Rings in Two-Years

WSOPC News: Wins for Bazeley & Dorsey, and eight rings in two years for RyanFinally, Martin Ryan picked up his eighth gold ring in the past two years after topping the 1,166-entrant $400 Monster Stack event at the Harrah’s Cherokee event for $70,226.

The 57-year-old from Trinidad & Tobago now ties with Chris Reslock in seventh place in the WSOPC Gold Ring Rankings (Valentin Vornicu leads with 12).

Ryan’s other wins have come in Choctaw, Coconut Creek, West Palm Beach, The Bike and the beautiful holiday island of St Maarten.

Thunderpick targets US eSports market with unique social betting platform

eSports betting operator Thunderpick Poker88 is looking to bring its unique social betting platform to the United States after the removal of regulatory obstacles earlier this year.

Thunderpick targets US eSports market with unique social betting

f:id:martasheila4:20181218041242j:plain is one of the world’s fastest growing eSports betting platforms, boasting more than 275,000 customers wagering on eSports match-ups involving titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends and Dota 2. Having already reached profitability in 2018 since launching in 2016, Thunderpick is now looking to establish itself within burgeoning eSports betting markets in the US and beyond.

The platform is preparing for Series A funding to expand its operations and market share, becoming a household name in the global regulated eSports betting industry.

As one of the few licensed eSports-focused online betting operators, Thunderpick has grown impressively during the last two years, not only because of the expanding eSports audiences, but also due to the fact it does not resemble a traditional sports betting platform. Thunderpick’s mantra is that the needs of eSports enthusiasts aren’t best served by traditional online sportsbooks.

That’s why Thunderpick has sought to incorporate a host of real-time social functionality into its eSports betting platform, creating a community where eSports enthusiasts can watch and interact with other players in real time. It has also introduced a ranking and rewards system to the platform, with elements like a real-time leaderboard for players and social casino games that can be played with other eSports fanatics.

One of its most exciting new features in development is an interactive in-play betting functionality, allowing for real-time interactions with players, taking social gamification to the next level in eSports.

Before the end of this year, Thunderpick also plans to launch its exclusive mobile app, which will further enhance client engagement with the Thunderpick platform and allow eSports fanatics to keep abreast of live tournament action on the move.

Mateusz Jamiolkowski, co-founder of Thunderpick, believes the platform’s sustained success after just two years in operation underlines the potential for eSports betting.

“Unlike some cash-burning eSport start-ups, Thunderpick is already profitable. It confirms that we have secured a dedicated audience that puts trust in our products and integrity,” said Jamiolkowski.

“With the eSports market growing 14% year-on-year in terms of its fan base and over 27% year-on-year in revenue during the next three years, Thunderpick is ready for major investments to take eSports betting into the next decade and beyond.”

According to Newzoo, global eSports audiences are expected to rise from 380 million in 2018 to 550 million in 2021. Thunderpick’s approach to eSports betting – bringing together the social gamification that eSports fanatics thrive on – should enable the platform to scale new heights in the years to come.

Thunderpick originally started with a pari-mutuel eSports betting model, but has been steadily developing its platform to incorporate other betting options such as fixed odds and combo bets.

Developed by long-time eSports fanatics, Thunderpick aims to provide its customers with a unique gamified experience that makes placing wagers on your favourite eSports games even more entertaining.

As a licensed entity, Thunderpick offers a safe and regulated eSports betting environment with a fair pool betting system, allowing users to relax and enjoy their favourite games.