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Ben Stokes (Red Bull Athlete) & Stuart Broad share thoughts ahead of Virtual Grand Prix



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This weekend, England teammates Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad will be rivals as they compete in the Virtual Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit.

Stokes will be racing for Red Bull a second time, whilst Broad is making his debut for AlphaTauri.

Ahead of Sunday’s race, both Stokes and Broad have been speaking about how they’ve been preparing along with sharing some thoughts on who is the better all-round sportsman…

Who is the better all-round sportsman?

Ben: When it comes to golf for me and Stuart – if we paid 20 times, it would be 11-9, 10 -10. We are very similar golfers, so it just depends who turns up and plays best on the day.

I think he would happily admit I have him covered on the football field, although he considers himself a tactical genius. I can see him standing on the side of the football pitch in a suit ordering people around in terms of formation and what to do. Come in tight, push out wide, and all that kind of stuff.

Stuart: With no hesitation, I have to say Stokesy is one of those mates that seems to be good at every sport he has a go at. I’m sat here trying to think of any sports I’d like to take him on 1v1 at.

  • Cricket- No
  • Rugby- Absolutely not
  • Athletics- No chance
  • Golf- We are pretty close but when it’s his day he’s unplayable
  • Football – let’s just say neither of us is nearing a pro contract there….

Who would you say is the better driver between you?

Ben:  To be honest, Stu and I have been practicing together. Trying to give each other tips and things like that because we don’t want to embarrass ourselves when it comes to race day. This is Stuarts the first time, so I have been giving him the tips that follow Red Bull athlete Alex Albon gave me it. I think we are both going to be better prepared than I was for the last race and we are both looking forward to it.

Stuart: Better? Or Quicker? I’d suggest Stokesy gets to the cricket ground in the morning for training before me, even if he leaves after me… but you should see the state of his alloys…

Sledging can be used quite effectively in cricket – do you think they’ll be any mind games between the two of you?

Ben: Not really from us, the mind will be totally on not making fools out of ourselves!!

Stuart:  It’s an interesting one as we’ve actually been training together and working on strategies to help each other out for this race weekend (makes us sound like pros- were not, we just need all the help we can get!) I can genuinely say I hope we have a competitive battle. I think we’re really close actually; we just need to avoid contact in the first few laps and control our brains.

We do have a weakness in that we think we can overtake anywhere on the track!

Be patient and pick our spots. Patient?! Ben Stokes?! This could be chaos…

Are either of you big fans of F1/ have any heroes in the sport?

Ben: Out of the both of us Stuart is definitely the bigger F1 fan. But over the last couple of months, I would say that I have taken a lot more interest in it, purely from the game and the Drive to Survive TV series. I didn’t use to give it too much thought, but now I do take an interest. I haven’t been to a race yet but will definitely go to the next race I am around for. I have always been into cricket and golf, but F1 now is one of the sports I would say I take a decent amount of interest in.

Stuart:  Love it. Always have done. I used to love watching it with my Dad when I was a kid. I’ve been very fortunate to have some wonderful experiences at races. My Dad & I went to Monza and Abu Dhabi with Red Bull at the time when Vettel & Webber were in the seats and we had brilliant weekends. Being up close to the cars just grows your enthusiasm for the sport. As cricketers, we always seem to check the cricket fixtures in early July as soon as they come out to see if they clash with Silverstone! I’ve found it to be one of those sports – a bit like NFL – where the more I’ve understood the strategy behind it, the more fascinating I’ve found it. Dream career if I wasn’t a cricketer? And if I wasn’t 6ft 6? A Formula 1 Driver… I have my virtual chance now.


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Decoding Online Casino Reviews: What Industry Insiders Want You to Know




Gambling industry experts pulled down the curtain and started talking about crucial things every new and old gambler has to know. After years of experience, the editors of CasinoExpert365 sound the alarm and offer vital information so people don’t get scammed by fake casinos or bonuses with unpleasant terms.

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Casino experts understand the psychology behind casino reward systems. Seeing 100 free spins with no other strings attached initially seems too good. However, you always determine the requirements if you read the terms and conditions. Usually, some kind of “catch” is designed to benefit the casino.

Wagering requirements are usually the term that will take some of your advantage.

For example, you get 100 free spins, but you may need to wager the bonus amount 450 times before cashing out. So, a $10 offer would require $450 in bets!

Each casino bonus has rules; if you have no wagering requirements, you’ll need to deposit around $10.

Casino insiders’ advice is to seek reasonable playthrough terms like 20-30x the bonus and minimum deposit bonuses of a maximum of $10.

The best platforms you can find

Top 10 lists feature big global brands overwhelmingly, but the best regional online casino for you depends on your location.

At the top, you will always find well-established names with safe websites but don’t overlook newer sites with good licensing. New casinos with improved payment systems get ignored because they can’t afford to have big marketing strategies yet.

Local sites offer better language/currency support and targeted game libraries. Don’t limit yourself to only well-known international operators. It is important to give a chance to a platform with good reviews from players and industry insiders.

User vs. expert reviews

Expert opinions provide valuable perspectives, and genuine player reviews can offer unfiltered experiences. Casino experts and insiders follow the same path as a new player. They open an account, access bonuses and pages, and play games with a small sum to summarise their experience and rate the punting platform.

Experts who care about people’s needs will always tell the truth, even if it weakens the casino’s reputation.

Players usually leave reviews only when they lose essential sums or feel incredible emotions. Some will be blunt and describe their honest opinion, but most will simply leave a negative review after a losing streak.

However, you should not ignore either experience. Look for consistent feedback highlighting a site’s strengths and weaknesses before joining.

Listing casino sites

Listing websites are simply comparison tools everyone can use for free. You can see these comparison sites in every domain, from medicine to music. In gambling, these listing casino sites compare bonuses and show you cold facts about which casino is the best.

They are meant to observe flaws and advantages in each gambling platform and give you the information.

When checking out online casino reviews, the experts really dig deep into every part of the gambling experience so that you can get all the info you need about each platform. The top-rated analysis sites don’t just skim the surface – they explain clearly how to get those bonuses and break down the important terms that come with them.

They also compile lists with the pros and cons of each casino experience so that you can get an honest, bigger picture. Plus, each casino assessment ends with a final verdict on the best way to use a casino bonus and what type of players would enjoy the most particular bonus or limited offer.

This way, you get all the details that match up with what you like, and you can feel more secure about your gambling experience.

The best listing casino sites have comparison pages where you insert 2 casino links, and they tell you which might work best for you and why.

A rating without explanation means nothing

A 5-star rating is worthless without explanatory pros/cons and individual category breakdowns. Quality reviews should make you understand the best and the worst features like game variety, bonuses, software, and data protection.

A casino review must always include functionality details, payments and their fees, the platform’s licence number and customer support details.

Generic ratings make it hard to gauge what matters most to you. When you see a generic review, search for other listing sites and eventually read their policy to ensure they are unbiased and care about people.


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Pragmatic Play Partners with Starkbet





Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, is celebrating the signing of a new partnership with Starkbet, enhancing its standing across Latin America.

Like many partnerships in the region, this latest tie-up with Starkbet includes three of Pragmatic Play’s popular verticals. Its Slot provision will see players able to enjoy recent releases including Rocket Blast Megaways and Diamond Cascade, as well as a host of award-winning popular hits like Sugar Rush and Gates of Olympus among 300+ quality titles.

The operator’s Live Casino offering will be significantly stronger once the deal goes live, with consistent top-performing titles such as Sweet Bonanza CandyLand and Mega Wheel being available for players along with a comprehensive collection of classic games such as roulette and blackjack.

Pragmatic Play’s Virtual Sports titles which offer a wide range of realistic games to complement real-life sporting schedules also form part of the new deal. Products like Force 1 and Horse and Greyhound Racing are among the sports soon to be available, giving bettors on-demand opportunities to enjoy a large selection of bet markets.

Victor Arias, Vice President of Latin American Operations at ARRISE powering Pragmatic Play, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome the Starkbet team on board as Pragmatic Play’s latest partner in Latin America. It’s another fantastically strong brand that we’re delighted to see Pragmatic Play bringing its content to and we’re sure the relationship is going to work out incredibly well for both parties.”

Henry Berger, CEO at Starkbet, said: “Starkbet has always been a popular choice for LatAm players and that will be even more true now we will have content from Pragmatic Play in our portfolio. Its games are among the most requested among our players and we’re going to able to offer them so much more as a result of this agreement.”

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Illawarra Hawks






The Illawarra Hawks have joined the Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames as partners in the NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game program, offering fans a new chapter to enjoy the National Basketball League (NBL) and Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) without being bombarded by betting ads.

Liquor & Gaming NSW Policy and Programs A/Executive Director Natalie Wright said the Reclaim the Game partnerships allowed fans to watch the game and barrack for their favourite clubs, with less distraction from sports betting advertising.

“We are pleased to see the collective commitment to Reclaim the Game, which challenges the normalisation of sports betting and advertising in sport,” Ms Wright said.

“For all NSW-based NBL teams to take this stand sends a powerful message, especially to younger fans.”

“You can watch and enjoy basketball for the action, rather than the odds.”

Under this initiative, the Illawarra Hawks, Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames have all pledged to decline sports betting sponsorships and help reduce the amount of betting advertising in the NBL and WNBL for the next two seasons.

As well as the clubs, the fans are also on board with a Reclaim the Game survey revealing that 86% of Kings supporters and 93% of Flames fans believe excessive gambling advertising is concerning.

Illawarra Hawks General Manager Commercial Sam Attrill said the Reclaim the Game partnership will play a meaningful role in educating the community about sports betting and gambling risks.

“We look forward to welcoming our members, fans, and partners to WIN Entertainment Centre this season to enjoy the excitement of Hawks basketball with family and friends without the distraction of betting.” Mr Attrill said.

Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames Chairman Paul Smith said the clubs are doing their part to promote responsible behaviour towards gambling.

“It is our fundamental duty to support the well-being of players, community and sports integrity.” Mr Smith said.

The NSW Government’s Reclaim the Game program has been a huge success boasting 10 partners across 16 teams in five sporting codes including AFL, NRL, A-League and cricket.

The initiative has reached millions through more than 200 home games, both on TV and in stadiums.

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