Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Team Work


Trading the NFL LIVE on Sunday night turned out to be good fun and if the reader statistics are to be believed, it would appear that 53 of you joined me to watch the game. Those are pretty good numbers which gives me encouragement that quite a few of you like the idea of me giving opinions as I trade.
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As for the match itself, it started the way I expected with the Colts finding it difficult to break down the Jets defense and I was able to capitalise on this to end up with a medium green figure. Unfortunately, the Jets couldn't keep up their good start but fair play to Cassini for forecasting a comeback by the home team - it ended almost bang on his pre-match prediction of a 12 point difference. If you'd like to see exactly what was said then you can review the comments at anytime by going to the post and clicking on the section under the heading. Thanks to those of you who took the time out to be there - I really enjoyed it.
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My trading calendar looks a bit thin this week so it's likely that the next event won't be until the beginning of February. If you want to make sure don't miss it then why don't you sign up for my updates?
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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Jets @ Colts - LIVE from 7.45pm

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Next LIVE Event


Thanks to everyone that attended my first event last night. I really enjoyed it but only time will tell if it will have an affect on my trading results. Obviously maintaining my profits comes first, but if I'm honest I think I'd have lost money on that game anyway - it just didn't fit the profile of the type of game that pays off. In fact I might have lost less last night due to the distraction of blogging at the same time!
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I hope those of you who did follow my commentary had fun though. The idea is that it should add to the experience of following the event and if you can pick up any pointers along the way then great.
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So, what's next? Well, with the NFL playoffs reaching it's peak it would be criminal not to cover at least one match so my next LIVE event will be........
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NEW YORK JETS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
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Prior to the start of the playoffs this is how I ranked the top 12 teams (Betfair odds at the time in brackets) :
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1. New York Jets (48)
2. Green Bay Packers (22)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (44)
4. Baltimore Ravens (34)
5. San Diego Chargers (5.60)
6. New England Patriots (15.50)
7. Indianapolis Colts (4)
8. Philadelphia Eagles (32)
9. Minnesota Vikings (9.20)
10. Dallas Cowboys (13.50)
11. Arizona Cardinals (32)
12. New Orleans Saints (5.80)
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Some surprising positions there like New Orleans & Cincinnati!
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With the Jets the outsiders of the bunch I'm delighted they've got this far but can they go all the way?
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Kick off is at 8pm on Sunday 24th January, but coverage will start on my blog from 7.45pm.
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Friday, 22 January 2010

Munster v Northampton - LIVE From 7.30pm

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Thursday, 21 January 2010

First LIVE Event


Thanks to you all for your enthusiastic reaction to my last post. It's great to be welcomed back.
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Okay, let's get this party started but before we do I'd like to make it clear how i plan to make this work.
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The LIVE blog isn't meant to be a chat room. It's a place where you'll be able to observe my thoughts whilst I'm trading during an event. Occasionally, I'll look to interact (e.g. ask for your opinion/feedback) but a lot of the time you'll just see me posting what I think will happen, what I intend to do or anything else that's on my mind at the time.
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Please also bear in mind that I'll only be able to reply to a certain amount of questions when an event is in-play as I'll be working at the same time! If you leave any comments I'll try my best to reply to as many as I can, but this will depend on the number of requests and on how busy I am. In a worst case scenario, I may suspend readers from posting any comments so that you're not left waiting for a reply that is unlikely to appear.
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Whilst I'll also try to update the LIVE blog frequently I'm not committing to updating every couple of minutes. At busy times there could be substantial gaps in my posts but if this is likely then I'll try to let you know in advance. Try to think of it as a companion!
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Lastly, I don't want to misguide you into thinking I'll be detailing every trade that I place. Sometimes the market moves so fast I have to react and this is more likely to happen in fast moving sports such as Rugby and Darts. Instead I'll be attempting to paint a more general picture of what's going on and hopefully you'll find something in there that can be of benefit!
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Above all else, please don't hold me liable for any losses you may incur from following my actions. I make plenty of mistakes so if you listen to any of my observations then it has to be your decision as to whether you place any trades and this must be conducted at entirely your own risk.
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Phew! That's about it, so let's see how this idea works out.
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My first LIVE event will be........
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MUNSTER v NORTHAMPTON
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Kick off is at 8pm on Friday 22nd January, but coverage will start on my blog from 7.30pm.
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I hope you can make it, and it'll be interesting to see if any other bloggers introduce this approach over the coming weeks.
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

I'm Back


It's been a while! It's seems a little strange to be back and posting on here after nearly a year so I'm really hoping some of you are still out there :-)
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So, why have I returned?
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Well, before I answer it's worthwhile remembering why I stopped in the first place. At the time I felt it was important to take a break (from blogging - not trading) as the content of what I was writing had served it's purpose. In addition, a number of similar blogs were appearing and I felt the concept was starting to get a little stale. I made a promise to myself at the time that if I did come back to the blogosphere then it would only be to do something different. I had no idea what the guise would be and I didn't know if that time would ever come, but over the last few weeks some thoughts have started turning in my head which have got me excited again.
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What are they?
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As previous readers will know, I'm predominantly an in-play sports trader whose majority of profits come from one day cricket. I love in-play trading but one of the problems I had last year was that I often felt detached with anyone reading and as a result ended up writing the same type of things as with my shocking memory I'd forget what I'd done and why etc. This was all well and good, but in a perfect world I'd have liked to have communicated at the time, whilst in the moment. I could have used Twitter, MSN or utilised Forums much more but none of those ticked the boxes as I felt I wouldn't be able to control the content of what I wanted to say or manage the participants who would be involved. In the end, I didn't pursue these thoughts any further.
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That is, until now.
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The truth is I've now discovered a platform that will allow me to deliver what I've just described and I can do this all from the comfort of my very own blog. In effect, I intend to publish a LIVE blog as I trade LIVE events and have you for company if you wish to join me. It would be for a trial period, but my longer term intention would be to identify individuals with a professional outlook who could form a small team committed to increasing trading profits. I like the company and trading can be lonely especially on an event that lasts a few hours :-)
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This may not work, and I'm conscious that I don't want it to affect my trading, but I've seen enough to think to myself, "why not give it a go?"
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So, the next bit's down to you. There's two things I'd like to know; are you still out there and would you be interested in reading/participating during live events?
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Please leave a reply in the comments section of this post and if there are enough of you interested we'll kick something off soon.
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All the best, as always.
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Mark
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