19 November, 2020

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BETTING ODDITIES: Hard Lines

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.


TWO CLICKS

Lines. Which side of the line you are on can often be the difference between winning and losing.

But what happens when the lines are invisible, wobbly, or wonky?

The Cheltenham shenanigans on Saturday highlighted not only the problems of running races in the dark (what could POSSIBLY go wrong) but also a distinct lack of IT equipment at the judges’ disposal.

THE PHOTO: Bear in mind I’m not working with the original but a low quality copy.  Even so it’s easy enough to work out which horse won.

It took just two clicks on some very basic photo editing software.

(1) THE ORIGINAL

(2) CLICK 1️⃣ – CONVERT TO NEGATIVE

(3) CLICK 2️⃣ – DARKEN IMAGE

It’s clear that nearside (6) was the outright winner. Nothing more to see.

“Lessons Will Be Learnt” (NAP)

Continuing the series of lines in punting and sport:

(1) WOBBLY LINES

The Perry Barr line doesn’t look the straightest to my eyes. And as ALL punters know…. THEY can put the line where THEY want:

(2) WONKY LINES

To think that corners and potentially goals are given on this line at Darlington FC:

(3) FINE LINES

Fine margins in tennis:

(4) NIGHT LINES

From the new midnight racing trial at Catterick:


SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Interesting to hear during coverage of The Masters that they steadfastly refuse to use digital scoreboards and persist with the manual ones at Augusta.

Part of the charm they argue.

I have always wondered whether the racing experience just lost something magical when they did away with the old jockey boards. Or am I being overly nostalgic?


THE COMMON MARKET

What a thoroughly depressing graphic highlighted over the weekend by Chris Poole (@ChrisPoole___) on twitter.

Jon Rahm 10/3 across the board on oddschecker – talk about odds compilers forming and backing their opinion accordingly.

At least betway showed some imagination and bucked the market by going 100/30.

…… oh, hold on a minute 🙁

Shame, I would have had a bet but couldn’t find anyone who would lay 50/15.

David


DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.


Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.

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