ESI Gambling Report: Outright markets limited on League Worlds

first_imgWhilst it’s undeniable that the depth and availability of markets in esports has grown exponentially over the last six to twelve months, there’s still aspects that haven’t quite grown to match that of the traditional sports offering. Namely, in the outright market during major tournaments.At the moment the League of Legends World Championship is well underway, with the second week of the group stages currently taking place. With day two finished, there’s a lull in the action until early tomorrow morning where action will resume. For many, League of Legends World Championships is the biggest esports tournament (by viewership) and many bookmakers will suggest League remains the most punted on esport, and thus one would assume that the markets on offer would be the best available.For the matches beginning tomorrow and Sunday, the offering is not disappointing. With markets we’ve become familiar with such as “Race to 10 kills”, “First Baron Slain” and “First Inhibitor Destroyed” still featuring prominently across a multitude of bookmakers there’s no shortage of markets for those who want to have a bet in advance.The gripe here, and it may be petty, is the lack of operators offering a market on “outright winner” of the entire tournament. Every bookmaker will offer outright odds on the World Cup winner, or the Champions League winner throughout the season even as competition progresses and that’s arguably the way it should be.Of a selection of the top esports bookmakers: Betway, Unikrn, Sky Bet, William Hill, Pinnacle, GG.Bet, Marathon Bet and Bet365, only Bet365 and Sky Bet have any outright markets up currently. There’s no shortage, either on Bet365, with “To Win Outright”, “Player of the Tournament”, “To Reach the Final”, “Region of Winner”, “Winner’s Group”, “Group Qualification” and “Group Betting” all still available for users looking to bet on anything outside of the match betting markets. Sky Bet on the other hand has a special price boost on RNG or SSG to win at 9/2, whilst still pricing the “Win Outright” market, too. Esports Insider says: Considering the complexity of some of the markets for match betting, it’s probably not too difficult for operators to keep the outright markets available for punters throughout a tournament. They’re rarely seen for several tournaments, but with League’s World Championship the most watched it’s one that many may expect to see it on. Again, it may be petty but it’s something that would help elevate the esports betting offering even higher. Credit to 365 and Sky Bet, though.last_img read more

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Zambia captain Katongo, Chamanga out of Senegal tie

first_imgStriker Evans Kangwa and play-maker Bruce Musakanya have been included in the Chipolopolo squad to play Senegal next week Wednesday in Paris.The duo take up the places of Chinese skipper Chris Katongo and James Chamanga who will not make the trip to France, FAZ Spokesperson Erick Mwanza has announced.“Chris and James wont make the trip to France and therefore are out of the international friendly match against Senegal. Coach Herve Renard has since called Evans Kangwa and Bruce Musakanya to take up their places.The rest of the squad remains unchanged and as unveiled at the press briefing Wednesday morning,” Mwanza said.Chipolopolo fly out to France on Sunday when the Zambia Development Team will be playing Zimbabwe in the first leg of the final round of qualification for Chan South Africa 2014.last_img read more

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What, the Angels worry about center fielder Mike Trout’s batting slump?

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousAngels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani winds to deliver a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani takes the field to warm up before the start of the game against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOakland starting pitcher Kendall Graveman delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Angels in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)The Angels’ Mike Trout, right, gets a handshake from Kole Calhoun, after Trout scored in the first inning against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Japanese fans take some photos of Angels third base coach Dino Ebel before the game against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Fans gather near the Angels dugout trying to catch a glimpse of Shohei Ohtani after the game against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17), of Japan, heads to the dugout after the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, throws against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, heads to the dugout after the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Angels’ Zack Cozart beats the throw home to score in the fourth inning against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy waits for the throw. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)The Angels’ Mike Trout singles to right in the fourth inning against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels’ Mike Trout, right, rounds third after hitting a home run to center in the third inning against Oakland in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels’ Zack Cozart, center, slides into home plate to score on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton as Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy looks to catch the throw during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks back to the dugout after striking out the Oakland batter in the sixth inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers a pitch against Oakland in the fifth inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani delivers a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani winds to deliver a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 17Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani winds to deliver a pitch against Oakland in the first inning in Anaheim on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)ExpandANAHEIM — Right-hander Kendall Graveman and the Oakland Athletics were already trailing the Angels 2-0 when center fielder Mike Trout stepped to the plate to lead off the third inning Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. Graveman started their confrontation with a sinker that didn’t sink.Trout crushed it, sending it sailing over the center-field fence, over the ficus trees behind the wall and over the railing that forms the lower border of Bo Jackson Country. The ball traveled an estimated 440 feet for Trout’s third homer of the season, a blast that ended an 0-for-14 skid.Trout went into Sunday without a hit in eight at-bats against the A’s during the series. He was only 1 for 18 on the homestand, seemingly the only regular who wasn’t off and running as the Angels raced to a 6-3 record before they defeated Oakland to make it 7-3 on Sunday.In addition to his homer, Trout also dropped a run-scoring single into right field off Graveman in the fourth that made it 4-0 and marked only his third multi-hit game of the season. Graveman exited the game and then Trout stole second off reliever Liam Hendriks. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Trout also became the ninth player in baseball history to score 700 runs and hit 200 homers before turning 27.Overall, Trout is hitting .220 (10 for 41) going into Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers, the start of a seven-game trip that also takes the Angels to Kansas City. Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton lead the Angels with three homers apiece. Trout also has seven RBIs.Related Articles Scioscia also said he wasn’t concerned the Angels’ starting rotation was heading for a repeat of last season’s march to the disabled list. However, they’re already without Matt Shoemaker, who is scheduled to undergo tests on his strained right forearm Monday.Andrew Heaney made a rehab start Friday and could join the rotation soon as he recovers from inflammation in his left elbow. But there is no firm date for his return, although he could be slotted into Wednesday’s spot in the rotation at Texas. As of Sunday, the Angels’ starter was still TBA.Garrett Richards is scheduled to pitch Monday and Tyler Skaggs is set to start Tuesday.MOVES, MOVES, MOVESIn addition to placing Ramirez on the DL, the Angels also optioned Akeel Morris to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled fellow right-handers Eduardo Paredes and Felix Pena from their top minor-league club. Pena pitched the ninth inning against the A’s giving up a homer to Matt Joyce.WELCOME TO THE CLUBThird baseman Ryan Schimpf homered in his first start with the Angels, after they recalled him Saturday from Salt Lake to replace Nolan Fontana, who was sent the other way. The Angels are Schimpf’s fourth team since the end of last season. He’s also been with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. “If we’re worried about Mike, we’ve got a lot of big problems,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Mike Trout is going to hit. You’re going to have stretches with any great hitter when you’re not quite in sync. It’s going to happen with every player. Mike had a really good day this afternoon.”RAMIREZ UPDATEThe Angels placed right-hander JC Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list because of a elbow strain that forced his departure from Saturday’s loss to the A’s. Scioscia said the Angels had no further clarity on the severity of his injury or what caused it.last_img read more

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