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Fifa world cup: premiership players to watch

Fifa World Cup: Premiership Players To Watch

When the 2010 FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 11 in Johannesburg many of the footballers playing in the tournament will be extremely familiar to UK TV viewers due to their current or past connection to the FA Premier League.

As well as the England contingent there will be many representatives from the Premier League playing for all the top ten ranked countries, as well as others, in the Finals tournament.

Starting with tournament joint-favourites Spain, prolific 25-year-old Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is sure to feature heavily, providing he remains fit after returning from a spell of injury. The Merseyside favourite managed to bag a trio of goals during Spain’s 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals campaign, and he also scored the winner in the UEFA Euro 2008 Final against Germany. The blonde-haired goal machine will be hoping to repeat that feat in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.

Teammate Cesc Fabregas plies his trade at Arsenal and along with former Liverpool player Xabi Alonso, who now plays at Real Madrid, will be hoping to make a big impact in South Africa during June and July 2010. Other Spanish players well-known to Premiership fans include Liverpool’s goalkeeper Jose (Pepe) Reina and left winger Albert Riera.

Amongst other Premiership players hoping to be on flights to the FIFA World Cup will be Holland and Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie. Having sustained a serious injury to his right ankle playing for Holland, the 26-year-old underwent surgery in early December 2008 and is anticipating returning to football before the FIFA World Cup Finals get underway.

Manchester United players attending the FIFA World Cup finals, in addition to England’s Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and possibly Owen Hargreaves, could also include 39-year-old goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar who is Holland’s most capped player of all time. Although officially retired from international football the Dutchman has been approached by his national side to come out of retirement and join the Holland squad on the flight to South Africa.

Chelsea, of course, will also provide England with a host of players including captain John Terry and midfield dynamo Frank Lampard as well as players to other countries in a veritable who’s who of international football stars. Indeed, Premiership teams outside the top four will also be contributing players to the 32 teams in the tournament; far too numerous to mention individually.

Whichever team in the Premiership that you follow, you are almost certain to see a player or two from your team playing in South Africa next year.

Some strategic poker lingo

Some Strategic Poker Lingo

Let’s consider the various types of poker games. They are divided into two main groups: tournament poker and non-tournament, that is, cash poker or ring poker. Tournaments can be multitable tournaments (MTT) or single table tournaments (STT). Single table tournaments are usually sit and go games (SNG), that it, the game begins as soon as the table is full.

There are satellite game tournaments where players have access to the higher status and higher fee games, or the freerolls, where there is no fee to enter into play, then there are the guaranteed games where a prize pool is guaranteed by the game’s originators. A buy-in fee is mandatory in all but the freeroll tournaments. Sometimes, the house will allow players to purchase more chips using the re-buy or add-on options.

The tables are named for the number of players around it, so long tables include 8-10 players, short tables have 4-6 players, plus heads-up (HU) which are one-on-one.

Now we know the raw basic terms and rules so lets move right along to basic poker strategy. Leading in importance is the concept of odds. The odds are the opportunities you have of receiving a winning card combination throughout all the game’s steps.

These winning cards are referred to as outs. So your chances for hand improvement is dependent upon the number of outs currently in your hand and these chances (odds) can be calculated, put to memory, or read from an odds table.

You must also be able to do the same with pot odds which is simply how the required bet relates to the size of the pot. There are discounted and implied pot odds. The process of discounting involves a decrease in the number of outs that are a boon to the opponents as well as yourself. Implied chances involve not just the current pot and bets, but throw in the possible bets in upcoming rounds.

The strategic possibilities of poker include bluffing plays like: the straight bluff – a bet or raise without any chances of winning in case of a showdown, and the semi-bluff – a raise without a ready hand but with a large number of outs (and thus good chances of improvement). Trickier plays include the slow play or sandbagging – passive play while holding a strong hand in the opening stages of the game, meant to keep players in the game; the free card – a raise from the last position in the flop in the hope of getting checks on the turn and so reach the river without additional expenses (usually used with a drawing hand).

A distinction is usually made between a flush-draw, four cards to a flush, and a straight-draw, four to a straight. Straight-draws can be open ended or gut shot (inside straight) draws. If two specific cards are required to compose a combination, such draw hands are called backdoor draws or runner-runner. When a player still attempts to assemble a draw despite certainly losing to a ready opponent combination, the player is said to be drawing dead.

Now lets talk about the check-raise. This is where a player checks intending to raise after an opponent’s bet. This strategy is generally used during the flop against the preflop-raiser (Preflop-raiser: The player who raises during the preflop round).

Finally there are the blind steals and defense. If nobody enters the game before the flop, a player in late position makes a raise in order to force the blinds to fold and thus to get their bets without opposition. The blinds can retaliate with a 3-bet, which constitutes blind defense.

Where and how to catch arkansas walleye

Where And How To Catch Arkansas Walleye

To a visitor in Arkansas, Walleye fishing wouldn’t seem to be a major activity in the state since most of the locations for walleye fish is in the north. Lake Greers Ferry happens to be the best spot for walleye fishing in the state, where the largest walleye ever caught in the state fell short by just a mere two pounds from the world’s heaviest walleye ever caught.

Located 80 miles north of Little Rock, Arkansas, you will find the expansive 32,000 acre Greer Ferry Lake that is famous for being the place where the state’s biggest and heaviest walleye fish was caught. It’s the number one walleye fishing hot spot in the state. Situated in the northern center of Arkansas is the massive 45,000 acre Bulls Shoals Lake that happens to be also among the top hot spots for walleye fishing in Arkansas. Lake Ouachita is also as big as 40,000 acres in size located about 25 miles north-west of Hot Springs, and is categorized as being among the top three most famous walleye fishing hot spots in the state of Arkansas.

Apart from the three popular walleye fishing hot spots in Arkansas i.e. Greer Ferry Lake, Bulls Shoals Lake as well as Lake Ouachita, the other fairly good spots for walleye fishing include the River Saline that happens to be quite well connected by several links such as the ferry boat sites, county roads as well as a highway crossing that connects so well to another good home for walleye fish in Arkansas. Referred to as the walleye fishing secret, the Saline River also happens to be another great home to not only walleye fish but also channel catfish, making it more prolific to the fishing industry of the state.

The methods used for walleye fishing are somewhat unconventional in nature wherein the fishing boats are substituted by canoes, and the smaller trolling motors are replaced by the normal standard boat motors in certain situations that warrant trolling. Most of the feasible walleye locations are mainly found in the northern part of Arkansas. Some of the popular ones apart from the top three are: Black River, Middle White River, White Upper White Beaver Dam, and the Eleven Point. Other fairly popular spots with a fair quantity of walleye include Lake Greeson, Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton.

The White River drainage system contributed a lot towards the high figures of walleye in the state of Arkansas. Since walleyes prefer warmer temperatures, the majority of the walleye population is found in lakes, streams and rivers, which explain why the other places downstream are devoid of walleye population.

The walleye menu is quite simple and small in nature. On the most part, the walleye fish will always eat anything thrown at them though their preference lies with the size of the food; the smaller the better. For this reason insects, worms, as well as crawfish happen to be their most preferred food. Their best preference happens to be the minnows. Deep waters are the most favored locations for walleye for safety reasons. Choosing their locations based on safety, catching the walleye means that the timing is critical. Therefore, the best time to go fishing is from dusk to midnight. That’s when the walleye feel most safe with the cover of darkness.