Let's follow StraightWagers' lead and get a discussion going on the current chances of teams to win WNBA title this season:
+480 Los Angeles
Frankly, no other team has a snowball's chance in hell this year. Or do they?
So... I'm about to take off to Thailand. Life is cheap there, weather at least as tolerable as in Europe (or rather, part of Europe I'm able to currently afford to live in) and, as my main income comes from translating and creative advertising, I'm lucky to never have to 'be at the office' - except at my Internet-connected laptop.
I'm in the research stage now. Reading blogs, making connections. Unfortunately, I haven't found anyone yet who gambles a lot and can confirm how to go about making online wagers/playing poker from within Thailand.
The only piece of news which is confirmed is, disturbingly, that Betfair refuses login attempts from within the country.
So my question to anyone who visited Thailand no later than 2012 or better yet lives there fulltime, is this:
Is this country strictly against gambling? Do their laws cover Thai citizens or is online betting outlawed for expats as well? Of course, if it's as bad as I fear it is, I would love to get some feedback on how to overcome the government-imposed barriers and continue to wager at Pinnacle with an occasional Pokerstars tournament to spice up a slow week in the Paradise.
Thanks a lot for all your comments; I hope this thread will put my mind at ease and make moving a no-brainer. According to the numbers I've run, I should spend much less living in Thailand - and that's great for my bankroll
Porto have undergone a major overhaul in the offseason. It would be a mistake to gauge this team's chances against the always potent Shakhtar's attack based on their performance last season.
Cappie Pondexter and Candice Dupree were the most influential player switching teams a year ago.
Who is it this year? Katie Smith (15.2 PPG, to Seattle)? Tangela Smith (11.5 PPG, to Indiana)? Marie Ferdinand-Harris (10.2 PPG, to Phoenix)? Nakia Sanford (6.6 PPG, to Phoenix)?
Phoenix retained their starting four (Dupree-Taurasi-Taylor-Johnson) who have on average 6.5 years of WNBA experience each. They added Sanford at center, who is a veteran player herself (8 years). Plus Marie Ferdinand-Harris (9 years). Plus Kara Braxton (6 years) who obviously was added before the offseason and even played in the WC finals vs Seattle, but now she's had a proper training camp with the team.
To me, this team looks loaded and worth a shot at +900 to win it all. Obviously, Seattle looks attractive as well at +300... but price differential of 3/1 makes me like Taurasi & Co. better every time I think about it.
I'm starting what should become a 20 page long live thread.
I will pay $15 to anyone who
- makes a great pick (both favorites and underdogs may apply),
- posts a great 'inside type' info (such as the malisse mother's disease) - obviously, before the lines are OTB for the relevant match, or
- just makes the best joke or posts a great - tennis-related - picture that makes me smile.
Yes, I will be the one to decide who wins and when. Yes, I am THIS vain. And yes, I actually think this might work, since - not many realize this - there are 50 times more lurkers than posters on this forum (hello Mack and TennisCapper :)
P.S. Anyone who posted/lurked the WNBA forum last season might remember MuggsyBogues' Exact Score Contest. I ended up paying out over $350 to the prize winners - Bucheron666, rhino5542 and boyboy. I'm good for the money. $15 is definitely worth being an author of the greatest f*cking tennis thread of the week.
Payment to be made via moneybookers or pokerstars/fulltiltpoker transfer no later than WCOOP event #1 on Pokerstars kicks off on Monday.