Black Friday, probably not my favourite adopted American holiday. Scratch that, it's definitely not my favourite adopted holiday.
I don't need a new television, so there's not really much point going to Asda and getting into a scrap over one.
Imagine my delight then, when it became apparent that the bookies and casinos are embracing this new holiday tradition. That means money!
Paddy Power have got the ball rolling with #PPGreenFriday. A boost every hour on the hour all day.
Ladbrokes have got in on the act with lots of horse boosts from 12
And...........that's it so far. Still, it's better than nothing. Maybe we'll get some more throughout the day. Follow @tgt_official on twitter to get all the latest offers.
With that in mind, let me introduce you to Star Sports. Star Sports is a bookmaker in the more traditional mould, a bookmaker for gentlemen (at least that's what they'll want their credit account holders to be when it comes to settle at the end of the month!).
Exclusive, discrete, high-quality bookmaking..................not terms you'd expect to hear in reference to bookmakers if you've only ever dealt with high street chains and live chat.
Yet in a world where the margin is everything and a 'customer' is merely a profit/loss calculation on a spreadsheet, Star Sports is instead offering a first-class telephone betting serivce, where all calls are answered by experienced traders. That means you no longer have to spell out your horse’s name or wait on hold for “a manager” to approve your bet! In fact after you've placed a bet or two the traders will know you and what you're going to be interested in and can actually have a conversation with you about your bets. And in terms of bets, well the sky is limit, Star Sports are known for not shying away from the large bets.
As a company Start Sports was born on the tracks, but has since grown through acquisition and word of mouth (the only review you can really trust) to become the premier sports betting company for the more discerning punter.
If you're looking for a different betting experience, one where you are valued as a customer and a person, one where you can place big bets and reap the big rewards, then sign up for a Star Sports account now. It might be the only way, in this digital age, of receiving the personal touch when you place a bet.
At the time of writing, England are the 6/5 favourites, with Scotland widely available at 14/5. So it's expected to be an England victory, but they aren't expected to walk it.
Along with the new sign up bonuses below, don't forget William Hill, Bet Fred and Paddy Power will all have their standard offers on so check those out before you bet as well.
Click the banners to be taken straight to the bonuses at each site.
And just as a treat, here's Gazza scoring a fantastic solo goal against Scotland at Euro 1996
And in closing.........come on England!!
Spread betting will impact your credit file, as that's a credit agreement that you enter in to (you could lose more than you deposited). A regular bookmaker or casino doesn't work on that basis, what you deposit is the maximum amount you can lose.
There is, however, the potential problem of people seeing your account and making a judgement on it. If, for instance, you were applying for a mortgage or other loan then having the names of internet betting exchanges, bookies and casinos on your bank statements may be frowned upon.
One friend of mine decided to apply for a mortgage recently and his broker advised her to stop gambling or at least move the activity to another account.
More recent mortage rule changes mean expenditure is more important than simple affordability tests. If someone is spending a lot of money on gambling, does Barclays or whoever else really want to lend to them?
If you are matched betting, and therefore not really gambling, it shouldn't really make a difference. Even if you're losing, provided it is affordable, then you could say it was a hobby, an entertainment expense no different to the cinema. But that's not how banks see it, they see danger in bookmaker deposits, even if the withdrawals are bigger.
The solution is pretty simple, get a Skrill account. A digital wallet lets you keep your betting separated from your day to day spending (and also the eyes of the bank manager or mortage broker). It's simple and free to set up (you only need an email address), and also the quickest way to get your money transferred between accounts.
eToro is a trading platform. Anyone can join and once you've deposited (and taken on their generous deposit bonus) you can start trading in minutes. Everything you'd expect from a trading platform is there, but with one key additional feature which makes eToro the most sociable trading platform there is...........you can follow other people's trades.
Everyone who is making active trades is given a rating and a ranking based on their performance. If you like what you see, you can follow them and attach some of your funds to their trades. They buy, you buy. They sell, you sell. All automatic and incredibly simple to set up.
Whilst this offers no guarantee that you will profit, there are traders on there that have shown over years that they can consistantly beat the markets and turn excellent profit. By spreading your ballance across multiple traders you can limit your liabilities and look to achieve that all important upward curve on your balance.
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Matched betting is the process of extracting the value of free bets and bonuses from bookmaker offers, and turning them into cash in your pocket.