The 2014 season opens on September 4th when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers, following the start of the college football season this week. The world's first online sportsbook will be offering attractive odds and prop bets for every NFL and NCAA game, right the way through to Super Bowl XLIX in February.
There are also a wide range of season specials, such as bets on MVP and 'Name the Finalists', as Intertops prepares to offer some of the broadest NFL coverage out there.
Defending Super Bowl champions Seattle enter this campaign as +550 favorites to go back-to-back. Intertops Sportsbook expects the hosts to start with a win over Green Bay, with the money line at -5.
The visitors will be out to improve on last year, when they went 8-7-1 in the regular season but lost out to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game.
"The Seahawks dominated last year's Super Bowl, and we expect them to be in the mix once again this year," said Intertops' sportsbook manager. "Green Bay shouldn't cause their opponents too many problems in theory, but the NFL can always throw up surprises."
To celebrate the start of the 2014 season, Intertops is offering a special 20% kickoff bonus up to $100 for anyone who makes a deposit by 10:20 ET on September 8th. Members can also qualify for a huge $500 free bet on NFL by wagering $5,000 or more on the NFL regular season at minimum odds of -200.
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The three-step online tournament series begins August 20th with eight $2+$0.20 tournaments every day, each awarding three tickets to Step 2. Step 2 tournaments ($10+$1) begin August 21, each awarding a ticket to the $50+$5 Final Sunday, September 14th. The winner of that tournament gets a $2500 CPT prize package including $1100 Main Event buy-in, four nights all-inclusive casino-resort accommodation and travel expenses.
Once again, poker players from around the world will gather on the beautiful island of St Maarten for the Caribbean Poker Tour, October 30 until November 8. The CPT Main Event (buy in $1000 + $100) is November 1 & 2, just prior to the WPT Caribbean tournament that begins the next day in St Maarten.
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A player known only as “Joe” beat 214 other players to win the NLH Main Event at CAPT Velden, taking €105,400 of the €395,000 prize pool. “Velden is one of the biggest tournaments in the CAPT season in terms of participants and it takes place in a great setting!” Christoph said. “It’s kind of the kick-off tournament. For me it’s also fun to meet a lot of players that I know but don’t see very often.”
“I played OK but I was very unhappy with one hand where all signs were telling me that my opponent was bluffing but I didn't have the guts to call with my weak hand. After I folded, my analysis was proven to be right when my opponent showed his cards.”
“Competition was good this year, many players of different skills. Fun to play them and I learned a few things from observing some fun hands that went down on my table.”
Christoph was one of two Intertops Poker players that won his way to Velden by competing in online qualifier tournaments held in May and June at the online poker room that’s popular with players all over the world.
“When I saw that I’d won so much I was SHOCKED,” the excited winner told an Intertops customer service representative. “I was in a feature in Triple Twister when I got a tornado in the middle. I was hoping it would move left, but was disappointed when it (initially) moved right. But then, it moved left as well, covered three spots, and paid 11k. I was jubilant!”
She said her first thought was “OMG, I can't believe it! I’ve got to call my sister right away!”
The winner said her lucky win will help with some bills, but she said she’d also use some to take a nice vacation.
A VIP player at Intertops, the winner said she likes the Triple Twister game because the features are so much fun, but that she also plays the Mayan Queen slot quite a bit. She had this advice for wannabe jackpot winners: “Stick with it and a big jackpot will come your way.”
The popular Triple Twister slot has a bonus round (nine free spins) triggered by three or more Weather Vane symbols. Its Win-Win feature makes sure no one finishes the bonus round empty-handed.
Intertops Casino offers hundreds of real-money online casino games including Blackjack, Roulette and some of the world’s most popular online slots. Some, like Aztec’s Millions, have million dollar jackpots. Its $210,000 Cycle Tour Scoreboard will continue awarding weekly casino bonuses up to $500 until September 1.
Intertops Poker to Send Players on Spanish Fiesta 28 Jul, 2014
29 July 2014, St John's, Antigua -- The first big poker tournament after the World Series is less than a month away, and Intertops Poker players have the chance to book their place at the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona with daily satellites starting this week. The $55 final satellite will take place on August second, awarding at least one €2,000 ($2,700) package which comprises a €1,100 main event entry, five nights' accommodation in Barcelona and $400 in travel expenses. However players with smaller budgets can get their feet on the first rung of the ladder for just $2.20 in one of several daily satellites. Step 1 Satellites: Barcelona
Step 1 Daily July 30th-August 2nd Buy-in: $2.00+0.20 Step 2 Satellites: Barcelona
Step 2 Daily July 31st-August 2nd Buy-in: $10+1
Barcelona Final August 2nd, 19:45 GMT
Last year's Estrellas Main Event in Barcelona attracted a huge 1,798 players, making it the largest ever poker tournament on Spanish soil with a prizepool of more than $1,000,000. German amateur Soenke Jahn won the 2013 tournament for more than $200,000, while this year the main event could break more records with an extra start day expected to only increase the size of the field.
"The Estrellas Poker Tour has been hugely popular with players from around the world, and we are delighted to be sending our players to Spain for one of the biggest and best tournaments of the year," Intertops' poker manager said. "With sunshine, sangria and a chance to play in a million dollar poker tournament, it is easy to see the appeal of the tournament. We can't wait!"
In addition to the Estrellas satellites, Intertops Poker will continue with its regular program of Texas Hold'em, Omaha and more, with tournaments and cash games running around the clock.
Intertops takes you on a Caribbean Poker Cruise 24 Jul, 2014
Intertops players will need their sea legs as they set sail for the Caribbean Poker Cruise aboard the ‘Allure of the Seas’. Satellites for the seven-day trip across the Caribbean start next week, giving players from all over the world the chance to visit Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico on the poker trip of a lifetime.
From as little as $2.20, players can give themselves a shot at a $3,500 cruise package, which includes an entry to the $1,100 Card Player Poker Tour main event and seven nights aboard the fabulous 'Allure of the Seas' cruise ship, which leaves from Fort Lauderdale on September 7th. What's more, players will get $500 to help for travel expenses.
$2.20 buy-in Daily Step 1 Satellites July 28th-August 9th, 2000 and 23:00 BST (15:00 and 18:00 Eastern)
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$110 buy-in Final, one $3,500 package guaranteed August 11th, 00:00 BST (August 10th, 19:00 Eastern)
"It really is the best of both worlds, with a week's worth of poker tournaments and stop-offs in some of the most exotic and picturesque ports in the world."
"The chance to play poker on a cruise ship doesn't roll around all that often, and the lucky winners will have access to a state-of-the art poker room while enjoying all that the Caribbean has to offer. The first satellites are just days away, and everyone at Intertops is already looking forward to the cruise."
In addition to the main event, tournaments and cash games will be running throughout the week, with No Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Mixed Games all available.
Intertops Casino’s $210,000 Cycle Tour 17 Jul, 2014
Intertops Casino offers hundreds of real-money online casino games including Blackjack, Roulette and some of the world’s most popular online slots -- some with million dollar jackpots like Aztec’s Millions. Players earn points just by playing and are ranked on a scoreboard.
Every week 400 top scoring players will win Cycle Tour bonuses. The top 20 on the leaderboard during each week of the promotion will be included in the September 2 Bike Bonanza draw for two additional $1000 cash prizes.
“I like the way they set this up,” said one player that received bonuses in the casino’s Samba Soccer promotion last month. “You don’t have to be number one to win the top bonus – the top ten all get $500 and even the next twenty get $250!”
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The crushing victory over Brazil was the biggest semi-final win in World Cup history, and leaves the Europeans on course for a fourth trophy, their first since 1990. Their opponents on Sunday, Argentina, were also their opponents for that win.
Germany forward Thomas Müller found the net for the fifth time in the tournament when he opened the scoring against Brazil, and the Bayern Munich player is +200 to end the tournament as top scorer. He is just one goal behind James Rodriguez (-200), whose Colombia side was eliminated at the quarter-final stage.
To celebrate the final match in what has already been a hugely entertaining tournament, Intertops Sportsbook has prepared an amazing live free bet offer. Any bettor who wagers $10 or more on the final at odds of -200 or longer will see their wager amount matched in the form of a live free bet up to $50. And if that wasn't enough any Intertops member who makes a deposit before the final will receive a 20% reload bonus of up to $100.
After the World Cup is over, there will still be plenty of betting options for Intertops Sportsbook members. Soccer fans will be able bet on all the world's elite competitions, including the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League, as well as hundreds of live and pre-match markets across dozens of other sports.
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“In the early levels I try to get a feeling for the table dynamics and players playing tendencies. I try to keep my chips together for the later stages, where the pots are bigger and making moves is more profitable than in the early stages.” “If the buy-in is higher, that is exactly the strategy I would follow. But if it’s lower, I would deviate from it and play more hands even in the early levels – against better knowledge.”
Last year Christoph won the €500 buy-in event in Velden. Despite his win, he wasn’t entirely happy with his game play. “Coming to the final table I realized there was a table bully so I decided to not mess with him and I sat back and watched players eliminating each other.” “But I shouldn’t have called a 3-bet shove from a tight player close to the final table with AQ. Of course you’re always smarter in hindsight.” “It wasn’t until the third player was eliminated that I realized I might win. I usually try to stay pessimistic because in tournaments it’s all over so quickly and you might be disappointed if you toss with the idea of winning too soon. I’ve played so many tournaments – if I’d won half as many as the number of tournaments where I had a chip lead at some point, I’d be rich!”
“I like Velden because it has so much flair. All kinds of people come to play: pros as well as people on holiday. So there’s a good mix of people and playing skills. “One thing I tell people that are new to tournaments: never play at buy-ins where you feel uncomfortable. You’re not playing your best if you can’t afford the buy-in.”
Set in breathtaking surroundings, CAPT Velden, July 11-20th, will have at least 25 cash tables and €1,000,000 in prize money. Christoph was one of two Intertops Poker players that won a CAPT Velden prize package that includes a €500 and €300 side event buy-ins, travel expenses, accommodation and hosting by the Intertops Poker Team. He won his prize by competing in online qualifier tournaments held in May and June at the online poker room that’s popular with players all over the world. “Playing online has definitely helped me a lot. Even though there are big differences between online and offline poker, there is no substitute for the experience of many thousands of online hands, where you play at least 10-20x as many hands in the same time.”
The three-time world champion only needs a draw to win the group and so is quoted at -2500, with the Americans at +900.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his German counterpart Joachim Loew are good friends, but they’re both equally determined to win. Klinsmann, who coached his country at the 2006 World Cup with Loew as his assistant, has made it clear that he wants to beat his homeland and win the group. “We have that fighting spirit and we give everything in every game,” Klinsmann told reporters. “We will go to Recife and we will give everything to beat Germany. That is our goal.”
Intertops is offering a risk-free live bet on the USA vs Germany game on Thursday. If the first live bet placed on this duel isn’t a winner, it will be refunded as a free bet (up to $100).
Every customer wagering at least $50 (minimum odds +100 / 2.0) on a World Cup match day is automatically in a draw for a $500 cash prize. Every further $50 wagered means another chance to win.
Customers placing at least $2000 (minimum odds -200 / 1.5) on World Cup bets are able to claim a $200 Free Bet in time for the final on July 13th.
Intertops – the world’s very first online sportsbook -- is taking bets on everything from Tournament Top Goalscorer to whether the final will be decided in 90 minutes (-303), extra time (+400) or in a penalty shootout (+450).