Saturday 1 June 2013

Review of football slots game Shoot

When the football season comes to an end, online casino websites report that they see a sudden increase in their customer base.

Hardly surprising; all those football bettors need something to while away the time until next season. That is also a possible reason why so many football themed slots games have appeared over recent years.

Slots are the most popular online casino games, football is the most popular sport, so why not combine the two? That is precisely what Microgaming did when they developed the highly entertaining football slot called Shoot, a full 5 reel 50 pay-liner. The name Shoot is derived from the football magazine with that name and some of the game’s features are based on aspects of the magazine.

Just as highly collectable old editions of Shoot the magazine show footballers from as long ago as the 1960s, so too does the slots game, which gives it a great retro feel. The regular spin top prize is 50,000 coins and if you spin three scatter symbols you trigger the bonus round. This is a game called Trade ‘Em Bonus in which you are shown 12 cards and you choose four of them. Each card reveals a prize which can be an entry to the Magazine Bonus game or the Free Spins bonus. In the Magazine Bonus game you are shown 12 Shoot magazines and you select four of them which might reveal prizes.

There is also a free spins bonus where you can receive from 10 to 35 free spins. These have a multiplayer applied to your winnings and there is a chance to make some very good wins if you are lucky.

Shoot is not a slot game for everyone but there are many choices at your average online casino. If was developed for football fans and is a favourite amongst them, but if football is not your scene then you are unlikely to enjoy playing this slot which is entirely focussed on the sport.

Thursday 23 May 2013

Neymar must still Impress at Conf. Cup

News that Neymar has agreed in principle to join Barcelona after the 2013 Confederations Cup this summer means even more pressure is on the striker to perform in a Brazil shirt.

Neymar reportedly agreed to join Barcelona last Wednesday after much resistance, with many surprised sports betting fans assuming he would stay in South America until after the 2014 World Cup before transferring to Europe.

Well, a year early and with Barcelona in slight dire straights following a disappointing Champions League campaign the move has gone through – but now Neymar must show his worth for his national side.

Brazil kick off this summer’s eight-team tournament on 15 June and the majority of Confederations Cup punters expect the Samba Boys to make the final come the end of the month.

Neymar is part of a strong attacking unit that also includes Chelsea’s Oscar, Hulk of Zenit and Fred, who has recently found good form at Brazilian club side Fluminense.

Yet it is the small 21-year-old that is expected to get the goals this summer and the eyes of the world will be watching him now he’s joined Barcelona.

Neymar has impressed many over his blossoming career. Three years ago he was not part of the Brazil World Cup side that travelled to South Africa but since then he’s become the main forward outlet of the team, playing every game of the 2012 Olympics last summer and bagging three goals.

What most inspired the watching fans over that two-week tournament was the player’s confidence to go for goal. Neymar forced 26 shots in just six games, proving why he is such an exciting player to watch and why Brazilian fans expect so much from him.

Well, this summer he must replicate that form and justify why Barcelona are set to spend millions bringing him to Spain. The youngster has handled pressure before but this is a whole new ball game.

Neymar may get his chance on Sunday against England. Hodgson's men need to keep the Samba Boys guessing. Visit the Betfair website for more Confederations Cup Tips.

Monday 20 May 2013

Allardyce says Carroll Signing is Main Priority

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says the club will do all they can to sign Andy Carroll as he believes the striker is key to their chances of moving to the next level.

The Hammers finished off their season in fine style on Sunday, with skipper Kevin Nolan netting a hat-trick as they beat relegated Reading 4-2 at Upton Park, to confirm their position in the top half of the table.

Having been promoted via the play-offs last season, it’s been a highly successful campaign for the East Londoners and with Allardyce recently signing a new two-year contract, the future certainly looks bright for West Ham.

However, the boss is certainly not looking to rest on his laurels and knows he has to continue to build his squad if they are to develop.

Key to their chances will be keeping Carroll, who after arriving on loan from Liverpool last summer, has established himself as a key member of the starting line-up.

The two clubs are currently locked in negotiations over a permanent deal, with the player’s wages thought to be one of the main stumbling blocks.

Allardyce knows just how important the 24-year-old's signing could be to his side’s chances and has made hammering out a deal for the player his main priority for the summer.

"If we can start with Andy Carroll that would be a great achievement for us as he can only get better and better," the experienced boss said. "Then we build around that in terms of how we want to improve next year, with better quality. It is our target to make it a permanent situation."

"Hopefully we can get somewhere in the near future to do that.  It’s our main priority.  There are negotiations between the club and Liverpool.”

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