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Layne Flack

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Layne Flack’s reputation precedes him. The World Poker Tour describes Layne as “poker’s party boy” and “a dynamo in action.” The Travel Channel says he “plays an ultra-aggressive brand of poker.” Phil Hellmuth describes Layne as a “no-limit poker genius.”

 

One only need observe Layne for a moment to instantly witness an effervescent, chatty, intelligent, and refreshingly honest young man. Nearly everyone is aware of Layne’s nickname, “Back-to-Back Flack,” for his amazing feat of winning two coveted World Series of Poker bracelets back-to-back in no-limit hold’em events in 2002. He won the tournament’s first two no-limit hold’em events that year, topping fields of 449 and 528 players. The guy is relentless.

 

Growing Up

 

Layne was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 18, 1969, and grew up mostly in Montana. He moved back to South Dakota to graduate from high school in 1987, and began working in a casino.

 

In 1991, he went back to college in South Dakota, and during the summers, he went to Deadwood, South Dakota, to deal cards. (Deadwood was made famous by the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in the late 1870s.) Word has it that Layne was one of the best poker dealers ever.

 

A Taste of Poker

 

“In 1993, I met a girl and we moved to Reno. I played poker and won about $10,000 in a month. Then, I started playing bigger. I played in a no-limit tournament at the Reno Hilton and won it. I started winning, and it came easy to me.

 

“My daughter Hailey was born in 1995. I moved back to Montana with my girlfriend and my daughter. We moved to Bozeman, Montana, to open up a cardroom in the casino. I did that for a while, but the mistake I made was caring more about work than my family.”

 

Vegas Bound

 

“I came alone to Vegas in 1997. In August, I entered the Hall of Fame $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament at the Horseshoe, and with little experience, I won the tournament and $67,800. I still haven’t spent that money! I helped out some friends who haven’t yet paid me back.

 

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I moved back to Montana for a while. Then in 1998, I finally moved back to Vegas for good.”

 

An Ego Boost From Johnny Chan

 

“When I first came back to Vegas, I seemed to win everything I touched. I won in limit and in no-limit, and started playing in an Omaha split $300-$600 game. I was beating up everyone.

 

“One day, I won a Situs pkv games tournament but practically lost it all in a side game. It was late and I was losing. Johnny Chan said, ‘Hey, kid, get some sleep and I will stake you tomorrow.’ That was quite an ego boost. I played the Rio $500 no-limit tournament; Johnny staked me and I won it. Our deal was 50 percent with make-up.”

 

Johnny Chan is one of poker’s most respected players for his skill, his poker finesse, and the nine WSOP bracelets he has won. The fact that he would stake Layne was not only a great compliment to Layne, but also a great read by Johnny, judging by Layne’s incredible tournament success.

 

Some Stats

 

Layne cannot remember all of his high finishes, but here are some of them:

 

December 2004, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 13th, $6,690

 

November 2004, consolation tournament; Monte Carlo Millions, second, $40,000

 

October 2004, $3,000 no-limit hold’em; Festa al Lago III, second, $96,168

 

October 2004, $6,000 no-limit hold’em; Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic, second, $500,000

 

September 2004, $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Borgata Poker Open — WPT, fifth, $36,788

 

June 2004, $10,000 no-limit hold’em; Championship Poker at the Plaza, sixth, $20,000

 

March 2004, $1,000 no-limit hold’em; World Poker Challenge, 18th, $1,922

 

December 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, first, $92,150

 

November 2003, $300 half seven-card stud & half limit hold’em; World Poker Finals, 15th, $1,362

 

September 2003, $100 no-limit hold’em — twilight; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $9,811

 

September 2003, $500 Omaha eight-or-better; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $15,715

 

May 2003, $1,500 limit hold’em shootout; World Series of Poker, first, $120,000

 

May 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, first, $119,260

 

April 2003, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, ninth, $11,800

 

April 2003, $25,000 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship, 10th, $31,997

 

April 2003 $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic, 16th, $4,888

 

February 2003, WPT Invitational Tournament; first, $125,000

 

November 2002, $10,000 no-limit hold’em — WPT; World Poker Finals, second, $186,900

 

May 2002, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $268,020

 

April 2002, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $303,880

 

May 2001, $5,000 seven-card stud; World Series of Poker, 11th, $7,565

 

April 2001, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, third, $81,270

 

August 2000, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; Legends of Poker championship event, first, $114,000

 

May 2000, $5,000 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, third, $59,400

 

May 1999, $3,000 pot-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $224,400

 

April 1999, $1,500 limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, eighth, $18,270

 

April 1998, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, second, $133,000

 

August 1997, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; Hall of Fame, first, $67,800

 

Back-to-Back Flack

 

Layne’s first WSOP bracelet was won in 1999. Although he was in the money the next two years, he didn’t dazzle the poker community until 2002.

 

In April 2002, he won his second WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 no-limit hold’em event, taking home $303,880. Two weeks later, he entered the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament and decimated his competitors again, taking home an additional $268,020.

 

Layne waded through nearly a thousand competitors total to capture these two first-place wins. And he won more than $570,000 in two weeks. Yep, that Johnny Chan sure had a good read on Layne!

 

By the way, the next year, Layne did it again, winning two more bracelets back-to-back. But it just wasn’t as exciting in 2003, since we all knew he could pull off that sort of thing. It wasn’t as shocking, but it was still awesome.

 

Game Analysis

 

“When I first started playing poker, I didn’t even know I could play no-limit. When I first started playing, I was winning. I don’t know how I did it. When some people asked me questions, I gave answers that flabbergasted them.

 

“As it turns out, in no-limit, everything you think you should do, do the opposite. In no-limit, you shouldn’t raise on the button, because everyone steals on the button.

 

“I was always a great people reader. In no-limit, a person might have to go all in. Everyone thinks you should go after the short stack, but I believe you should go after the big stacks. Not only that, the big stacks play scared against you because they have something to lose.

 

“I have many weaknesses in my game. Boredom is one and discipline is another. Getting ahead of myself is a big one. Then again, sometimes it benefits me. You never know. You can’t complain about what you’ve done wrong, as long as you learn from it.”

 

When I asked Layne to rate his play, he said: “A lot of people put me in the top category. Chip Jett told me that, undoubtedly, I’m in the top. But I would never say that about myself. I swore to my girlfriend a long time ago that I would always stay humble.”

 

Jerry Buss

 

“At one point in 1999, I stayed home and ran thousands of poker hands in my head. Then, I started playing in Larry Flynt’s $2,000-$4,000 stud game. I moved up to the $6,000-$12,000 game at Harrah’s, where I met Jerry Buss. When you meet someone, you can tell who they are and what they’re made of. We formed a friendship bond. I love his entourage. I go to all the Laker games and I feel so privileged.”

 

In 2003, Layne and Jerry were heads up at the WPT Celebrity Invitational Tournament that many of us watched on TV. It was interesting to see how the two smiled and joked with one another, almost as if they were related. Jerry made a respectable showing for a nonprofessional, but Layne was in complete control and won the title, the honor, and $125,000.

 

Addiction

 

Layne is a gutsy guy who deserves respect for his frankness. He openly spoke about his use of alcohol and drugs, a topic gossiped about and widely discussed.

 

“I used to have a beer on each side of me. I could walk in and hardly drink, but because I have an outgoing personality, I got a bad rap. I could have a beer in front of me and people would think I was drunk, so a lot of people thought I was drunk all the time.

 

“Before 2000, I drank but never did drugs. Then, in Tunica, Mississippi, someone gave me an ecstasy pill. From there, I started trying everything. I don’t regret any of it. I wanted to learn about drugs. I was bored. I wanted to try stuff. I had plenty of money. I never had to be anywhere. I enjoyed it. But a person can do that for only so long.

 

“I remember playing in the Legends of Poker in August of 2000. I was being staked by Ted Forrest. At the end, I was heads up against Jeff (Shulman). The night before, Ted and I stayed up and partied all night long. I was so out of it, I couldn’t even drive myself to the casino. I had to take a cab to get there. Even though I was wasted, I still won.

 

“I am one of the most cognitive drunks around. I could be passed out on my chips, but when the floorman came over, I could tell him exactly what just happened.

 

“I knew I had to stop.”

 

The Intervention

 

“I discipline myself in certain ways. I lost a few hundred thousand betting sports. So now, I don’t watch sports so that I won’t bet and lose. I know if I watch, I will bet, and I don’t want to fall back into that. I discipline myself on things where I know I need to stay away.

 

“In my mind, I thought I could stop drinking and doing drugs. I guess the people who love me had a different idea. My brother called from South Dakota to ask my friend Daniel Negreanu (who was staking me) if there was anything he could do to help. My girlfriend, Paulette, searched for a program, which I agreed to do. It cost $60,000.

 

“Daniel paid the 60K for my rehab. I went into the program from July 22 through August 22, 2004. When I came out, the doctor gave me Ritalin, because I am hyperactive. I do well with no sleep. I have pretty close to a photographic memory. The doctor gave me 10 cards. Although I can’t remember a name, I could say the 10 cards frontward and backward.

 

“I don’t drink or do anything now, because I think that many people are in my corner, and I don’t want to let them down. Everything is boring to me except winning. No one is staking me. I have goals that are more near to me.

 

“I also have a 24-year-old girlfriend who keeps my mind full. And what keeps me going is helping other people. Paulette thinks it’s one of the greatest things about me.”

 

Intuition

 

“I seem to have an intuition in poker that is amazing. I …

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Aspinalls.com to Give Away Laptop or PDA to play Judi Online Terpercaya

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Aspinalls.com – Kick back and enjoy Aspinalls.com wherever you are. Aspinalls.com is offering all new players who register and play at one of its two acclaimed online casinos between now and 5th November 2001 the chance to win a Dell Latitude L400 notebook and one of five PDAs.

With the lightweight, 1″ thick Dell Latitude L400 featuring Intel Pentium processor, the lucky winner can experience the excitement of a real world casino wherever they are. Alternatively, you could leave the desktop behind, and take the Internet with you with one of five Compaq iPAQT PDAs – a state-of-the-art package that allows you to read your e-mail, play digital audio and manage your affairs wherever you might be.

With over 26 classic games to choose from, Aspinalls.com offers players the choice of two casinos – London Casino and Caribbean Casino. The emphasis at the London Casino is on high-rolling table games, the maximum bet being $2000 – one of the largest online. The emphasis at the Caribbean Casino is on big jackpot slot machines, the maximum bet being $200.

Russell Foreman, CEO of Aspinalls Online plc – the first online-only casino business to be publicly traded – commented, “It’s all about choice, service and professionalism. As one of the most respected names in the casino industry, we wanted to give our members a choice of online casinos so that each person could choose the playing environment that best suited them.

“It’s also why we operate one of the best loyalty and rewards programmes around. The laptop and PDA free prize draw is just one of the many promotions we are running to add to the fun and excitement of playing at Aspinalls.com. These free prizes will also allow our international members to stay in contact with us no matter where they are.”

Aspinalls.com members currently come from over 200 countries. At present, players are able to play in 10 different currencies and collect their winnings in either US dollars, Sterling or Euros.

To join Aspinalls.com, visitors simply need to log on to www.aspinalls.com and install the software for the casino of their choice. The software can be downloaded directly from the site or installed from a free CD-ROM. The registration process then takes just a few minutes. To qualify for the Dell Latitude l400 notebook Compaq and iPAQT PDA promotion, newly registered members must deposit and play their first $50 before 5th November 2001.

Microgaming Comments on Departing Licensees

Microgaming – Microgaming advises that two of its operator groups have ceased using the company’s online casino software.

It is well known that Microgaming imposes very strict regulation on its operators. Microgaming’s service provides continuous upgrades and improvements, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports, and programs allowing the players maximum information, control, and protection of their play. New features incorporated in software about to be launched will enhance these advantages.

Microgaming software also provides some of the highest player jackpots in the online gaming industry.

Microgaming’s Roger Raatgever stated that since Microgaming is the largest supplier of Judi Online Terpercaya software, it is inevitable that the company will lose operators from time to time.

Microgaming is confident that its operators will continue to prosper and grow from the use of its unique software. Microgaming pledges to continue to play its part in providing its operators and players with software and services to ensure entertainment of utmost integrity, security, and pleasure.

Microgaming considers the key to its success to be the continuous development of innovative value added products, and the associated intellectual property. As a matter of general policy therefore, Microgaming also announces a standing reward of up to US$ 500,000 for information leading to the successful prosecution, civil or criminal, of any person or corporate entity that has pirated or unlawfully profited from its intellectual property.…

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Layne Flack

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Layne Flack’s reputation precedes him. The World Poker Tour describes Layne as “poker’s party boy” and “a dynamo in action.” The Travel Channel says he “plays an ultra-aggressive brand of poker.” Phil Hellmuth describes Layne as a “no-limit poker genius.”

 

One only need observe Layne for a moment to instantly witness an effervescent, chatty, intelligent, and refreshingly honest young man. Nearly everyone is aware of Layne’s nickname, “Back-to-Back Flack,” for his amazing feat of winning two coveted World Series of Poker bracelets back-to-back in no-limit hold’em events in 2002. He won the tournament’s first two no-limit hold’em events that year, topping fields of 449 and 528 players. The guy is relentless.

 

Growing Up

 

Layne was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 18, 1969, and grew up mostly in Montana. He moved back to South Dakota to graduate from high school in 1987, and began working in a casino.

 

In 1991, he went back to college in South Dakota, and during the summers, he went to Deadwood, South Dakota, to deal cards. (Deadwood was made famous by the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in the late 1870s.) Word has it that Layne was one of the best poker dealers ever.

 

A Taste of Poker

 

“In 1993, I met a girl and we moved to Reno. I played poker and won about $10,000 in a month. Then, I started playing bigger. I played in a no-limit tournament at the Reno Hilton and won it. I started winning, and it came easy to me.

 

“My daughter Hailey was born in 1995. I moved back to Montana with my girlfriend and my daughter. We moved to Bozeman, Montana, to open up a cardroom in the casino. I did that for a while, but the mistake I made was caring more about work than my family.”

 

Vegas Bound

 

“I came alone to Vegas in 1997. In August, I entered the Hall of Fame $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament at the Horseshoe, and with little experience, I won the tournament and $67,800. I still haven’t spent that money! I helped out some friends who haven’t yet paid me back.

 

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I moved back to Montana for a while. Then in 1998, I finally moved back to Vegas for good.”

 

An Ego Boost From Johnny Chan

 

“When I first came back to Vegas, I seemed to win everything I touched. I won in limit and in no-limit, and started playing in an Omaha split $300-$600 game. I was beating up everyone.

 

“One day, I won a Situs pkv games tournament but practically lost it all in a side game. It was late and I was losing. Johnny Chan said, ‘Hey, kid, get some sleep and I will stake you tomorrow.’ That was quite an ego boost. I played the Rio $500 no-limit tournament; Johnny staked me and I won it. Our deal was 50 percent with make-up.”

 

Johnny Chan is one of poker’s most respected players for his skill, his poker finesse, and the nine WSOP bracelets he has won. The fact that he would stake Layne was not only a great compliment to Layne, but also a great read by Johnny, judging by Layne’s incredible tournament success.

 

Some Stats

 

Layne cannot remember all of his high finishes, but here are some of them:

 

December 2004, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, 13th, $6,690

 

November 2004, consolation tournament; Monte Carlo Millions, second, $40,000

 

October 2004, $3,000 no-limit hold’em; Festa al Lago III, second, $96,168

 

October 2004, $6,000 no-limit hold’em; Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic, second, $500,000

 

September 2004, $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Borgata Poker Open — WPT, fifth, $36,788

 

June 2004, $10,000 no-limit hold’em; Championship Poker at the Plaza, sixth, $20,000

 

March 2004, $1,000 no-limit hold’em; World Poker Challenge, 18th, $1,922

 

December 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, first, $92,150

 

November 2003, $300 half seven-card stud & half limit hold’em; World Poker Finals, 15th, $1,362

 

September 2003, $100 no-limit hold’em — twilight; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $9,811

 

September 2003, $500 Omaha eight-or-better; Four Queens Poker Classic, first, $15,715

 

May 2003, $1,500 limit hold’em shootout; World Series of Poker, first, $120,000

 

May 2003, $2,500 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, first, $119,260

 

April 2003, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, ninth, $11,800

 

April 2003, $25,000 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT Championship, 10th, $31,997

 

April 2003 $2,500 no-limit hold’em; Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic, 16th, $4,888

 

February 2003, WPT Invitational Tournament; first, $125,000

 

November 2002, $10,000 no-limit hold’em — WPT; World Poker Finals, second, $186,900

 

May 2002, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $268,020

 

April 2002, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $303,880

 

May 2001, $5,000 seven-card stud; World Series of Poker, 11th, $7,565

 

April 2001, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, third, $81,270

 

August 2000, $5,000 no-limit hold’em; Legends of Poker championship event, first, $114,000

 

May 2000, $5,000 Omaha eight-or-better; World Series of Poker, third, $59,400

 

May 1999, $3,000 pot-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, first, $224,400

 

April 1999, $1,500 limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, eighth, $18,270

 

April 1998, $2,000 no-limit hold’em; World Series of Poker, second, $133,000

 

August 1997, $1,500 no-limit hold’em; Hall of Fame, first, $67,800

 

Back-to-Back Flack

 

Layne’s first WSOP bracelet was won in 1999. Although he was in the money the next two years, he didn’t dazzle the poker community until 2002.

 

In April 2002, he won his second WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 no-limit hold’em event, taking home $303,880. Two weeks later, he entered the $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament and decimated his competitors again, taking home an additional $268,020.

 

Layne waded through nearly a thousand competitors total to capture these two first-place wins. And he won more than $570,000 in two weeks. Yep, that Johnny Chan sure had a good read on Layne!

 

By the way, the next year, Layne did it again, winning two more bracelets back-to-back. But it just wasn’t as exciting in 2003, since we all knew he could pull off that sort of thing. It wasn’t as shocking, but it was still awesome.

 

Game Analysis

 

“When I first started playing poker, I didn’t even know I could play no-limit. When I first started playing, I was winning. I don’t know how I did it. When some people asked me questions, I gave answers that flabbergasted them.

 

“As it turns out, in no-limit, everything you think you should do, do the opposite. In no-limit, you shouldn’t raise on the button, because everyone steals on the button.

 

“I was always a great people reader. In no-limit, a person might have to go all in. Everyone thinks you should go after the short stack, but I believe you should go after the big stacks. Not only that, the big stacks play scared against you because they have something to lose.

 

“I have many weaknesses in my game. Boredom is one and discipline is another. Getting ahead of myself is a big one. Then again, sometimes it benefits me. You never know. You can’t complain about what you’ve done wrong, as long as you learn from it.”

 

When I asked Layne to rate his play, he said: “A lot of people put me in the top category. Chip Jett told me that, undoubtedly, I’m in the top. But I would never say that about myself. I swore to my girlfriend a long time ago that I would always stay humble.”

 

Jerry Buss

 

“At one point in 1999, I stayed home and ran thousands of poker hands in my head. Then, I started playing in Larry Flynt’s $2,000-$4,000 stud game. I moved up to the $6,000-$12,000 game at Harrah’s, where I met Jerry Buss. When you meet someone, you can tell who they are and what they’re made of. We formed a friendship bond. I love his entourage. I go to all the Laker games and I feel so privileged.”

 

In 2003, Layne and Jerry were heads up at the WPT Celebrity Invitational Tournament that many of us watched on TV. It was interesting to see how the two smiled and joked with one another, almost as if they were related. Jerry made a respectable showing for a nonprofessional, but Layne was in complete control and won the title, the honor, and $125,000.

 

Addiction

 

Layne is a gutsy guy who deserves respect for his frankness. He openly spoke about his use of alcohol and drugs, a topic gossiped about and widely discussed.

 

“I used to have a beer on each side of me. I could walk in and hardly drink, but because I have an outgoing personality, I got a bad rap. I could have a beer in front of me and people would think I was drunk, so a lot of people thought I was drunk all the time.

 

“Before 2000, I drank but never did drugs. Then, in Tunica, Mississippi, someone gave me an ecstasy pill. From there, I started trying everything. I don’t regret any of it. I wanted to learn about drugs. I was bored. I wanted to try stuff. I had plenty of money. I never had to be anywhere. I enjoyed it. But a person can do that for only so long.

 

“I remember playing in the Legends of Poker in August of 2000. I was being staked by Ted Forrest. At the end, I was heads up against Jeff (Shulman). The night before, Ted and I stayed up and partied all night long. I was so out of it, I couldn’t even drive myself to the casino. I had to take a cab to get there. Even though I was wasted, I still won.

 

“I am one of the most cognitive drunks around. I could be passed out on my chips, but when the floorman came over, I could tell him exactly what just happened.

 

“I knew I had to stop.”

 

The Intervention

 

“I discipline myself in certain ways. I lost a few hundred thousand betting sports. So now, I don’t watch sports so that I won’t bet and lose. I know if I watch, I will bet, and I don’t want to fall back into that. I discipline myself on things where I know I need to stay away.

 

“In my mind, I thought I could stop drinking and doing drugs. I guess the people who love me had a different idea. My brother called from South Dakota to ask my friend Daniel Negreanu (who was staking me) if there was anything he could do to help. My girlfriend, Paulette, searched for a program, which I agreed to do. It cost $60,000.

 

“Daniel paid the 60K for my rehab. I went into the program from July 22 through August 22, 2004. When I came out, the doctor gave me Ritalin, because I am hyperactive. I do well with no sleep. I have pretty close to a photographic memory. The doctor gave me 10 cards. Although I can’t remember a name, I could say the 10 cards frontward and backward.

 

“I don’t drink or do anything now, because I think that many people are in my corner, and I don’t want to let them down. Everything is boring to me except winning. No one is staking me. I have goals that are more near to me.

 

“I also have a 24-year-old girlfriend who keeps my mind full. And what keeps me going is helping other people. Paulette thinks it’s one of the greatest things about me.”

 

Intuition

 

“I seem to have an intuition in poker that is amazing. I …

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Harold maybe you’ve cracked Judi Online

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Harold Mayne-Nicholls, whose technical report warned FIFA of the health risks associated with playing the 2022 World Cup in the heat of Qatar, has suggested evening kick-off times could be the solution.

 

Under the Chilean’s proposals, the tournament would begin a month earlier in May 2022 and games would kick-off at 7pm, 10pm and 1am local time to avoid the worst of the heat, or at least the sun.

 

In May the average temperatures for Qatar range from 27C to 39C (81F-102F) as opposed to between 29C and 42C (84F-108F) in June.

 

With Doha only one hour ahead of continental Europe, Judi Online advertisers and marketers could still cash in on television broadcasts at reasonable times, while the big US market would benefit from the switch from afternoon kick-offs in the Middle East.

 

On the east coast of America, games would start at noon, 3pm and 6pm, although the California market would have to make do with 9am, 12pm and 3pm.

 

The Far East would have a harder time, with kick-offs in Beijing at midnight, 3am and 6am, and in Japan one hour later.

 

While the FIFA Executive Committee is still expected to back a switch to the 2021 winter and potential clashes with the Winter Olympics, Superbowl and European soccer leagues, Mayne-Nicholls is angling for a challenge to President Sepp Blatter in next May’s FIFA elections.

 

To that end he has issued this proposal in the hope of attracting support in the run-up to the application deadline at the end of January 2015.

 

The controversy surrounding the decision to award the 2022 tournament to a country with little football heritage and extreme temperatures continues to rumble on, with FIFA reluctant to release Michael Garcia’s corruption report.

 

With no action on 2022 expected before the Spring of next year at the earliest, it appears as if FIFA is trying to delay as much as possible so that Qatar can start building infrastructure, which would reduce the likelihood of a switch of hosts.

 

But the inescapable issue of the searing heat of summer there, which Mayne-Nicholls rightly flagged up in his famously ignored report, remains an almighty headache for world football.

 

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Scottish Premier Domino99 Pkv League News

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Neil Lennon has dismissed any suggestion that Celtic will be preparing to make a marquee signing in the looming January transfer window – and the Hoops boss isn’t of a mind to bring in a box office name on the back of a short-term loan deal.

 

In recent seasons the Parkhead side have introduced the likes of Roy Keane, Robbie Keane and Freddie Ljunberg at this stage of a campaign, with varying degrees of impact. With Celtic well on their way to a third successive title there would be little need for any further reinforcements other than to encourage more entertainment value for season ticket holders between now and the end of the season.

 

Lennon, though, is more inclined to look to the bigger picture as he attempts to mould a team for the long-term.

 

“I don’t want to bring in any players like that because it won’t serve any purpose going forward,” said Lennon. “Any player we do bring in I would like to be permanent.” A goalscorer, though, is the priority with the Hoops boss keen to bring in a Domino99 Pkv player who could use the remaining months of the current campaign to bed into the team and therefore be up and running when the critical but early UEFA UEFA Champions League qualifiers begin.

 

“We are looking but we’ve not pushed the button on anyone yet,” Lennon said. “You know what January is like. Every day a new name will come forward. But we have plenty of options and we would hope to come out of January with a stronger squad than the one we went into it with.”

 

Lennon has been linked with a move for Dundee United’s Stuart Armstrong but would not be drawn on the player. “You’re always wary that they play well at a certain club and they come here to a different environment with different pressure they’re not used to,” Lennon said. “You don’t just look at their ability but their mental strength as well.”

 

The Parkhead manager has been linked with a number of players, the latest being South Korean midfielder Han Kook-Young of Japanese club Shonan Bellmare, who claims he has already been approached by Celtic.

 

Egyptian teenager Mahmoud Hassan, Japanese midfielder Hiroki Yamada – who had a trial period at Lennoxtown last week – Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason from Heerenveen and USA international forward Aron Johannsson are also believed to be on Celtic’s radar.

 

“We have made strides in trying to get one player in,” said Lennon. “We are in talks, but nothing is confirmed yet. People think we have a relatively strong squad. But we don’t. A few injuries, and we are looking pretty thin at times. The likes of Scott Brown, Virgil van Dijk, Efe Ambrose, Kris Commons and Fraser Forster have played a huge volume of games – basically a season in half a season for a lot of players.

 

“A lot of these matches have been high-intensity, pressure games, but I don’t want the players to tail off now. Hopefully we can get into the break we are taking to Turkey next month unbeaten, and come back even fresher for the second part of the season.”

 

Lennon, meanwhile, has continued to play down any chance of his side going through the SPL season unbeaten.

 

The Celtic boss has taken great satisfaction from the consistency that his side have shown domestically this season, but he is wary of predicting a whitewash.

 

“To go through a league season is virtually impossible but where we are at the minute is very pleasing,” said Lennon. “The attitude of the players has been fantastic. People will look at the Scottish game and talk about the level of competition. But I’ve got to make this season better and the only way to do that is to instil a certain mentality, a will to win and a determination to not get beat. We’ve just had a Champions League campaign which wasn’t as good this year compared to last season. But we have set the bar very, very high.” While Lennon will look to bolster his squad in January, he will not recall Tony Watt from his loan spell at Belgian club Lierse.

 

20-year-old Watt scored twice as a substitute for Lierse in their 3-0 Boxing Day derby victory over Mechelen. It was a perfect response to recent criticism of the player’s attitude from Lierse coach Stanley Menzo who had raised doubts over whether Watt would remain with his club for the rest of the season.

 

Lennon agrees that Watt has issues to address but intends to leave the Scotland Under-21 international striker where he is for the moment. “I’m not of a mind to bring him back just yet,” he said. “We’ve loaned him for the year and I’d like him to see that one out. We couldn’t put him out on loan anywhere else if he does come back, so that’s not crossed my mind.

 

“I wasn’t aware the Lierse coach has had a pop at him publicly. I’ll speak to Tony over the next week or so, see how he is feeling and what the situation is. There’s an immaturity about Tony and the reason for putting him on loan was to see life at a different place. If it’s not going well, then he needs to knuckle down and make it work. The onus is on him. “He can be a difficult boy at times but there’s no malice in him or anything like that. When he’s finished at Lierse, he will still be part of our plans for the future. There’s no question that Tony has ability. He’s raw and just needs to polish it off a bit – and polish himself off as a fully rounded figure. He’s not a man yet.”

 

 

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