Monthly Archives: August 2012

Is Jermain Defoe up to the Task?

There is always much debate surrounding the merits of Jermain Defoe. Twitter is awash with comments about him being a flat track bully and is nothing more than an impact sub. While I agree with some of the criticism levelled at him, I don’t think Defoe has had enough opportunities at Tottenham to judge him without some level of doubt. If given the chance to lead the line for a full season, would he be able to produce sufficient quality performances and ultimately goals?

Defoe scored the winning goal for England last night and was well backed by the betting public to get on the score sheet. Sportsbook reviews and more sports information on Defoe’s chances of scoring against the Toon Army this weekend tell us he is amongst the favourites to net again. However, I’m sure a large proportion of the Spurs faithful wouldn’t dream of backing him to get the winner away from White Hart Lane.

While some aspects of his personal life are questionable, Defoe has suffered multiple personal tragedies over the last few years but he has continued to be a model professional where Tottenham are concerned. Jermain has never quite hit the heights expected of him earlier in his career and at 29 years of age, it’s now or never as far as fulfilling this promise is concerned. With Spurs light on strikers currently, Defoe has the perfect opportunity to prove all the doubters wrong and become AVB’s main man. It will be interesting to see whether Villas Boas gives him the opportunities that Redknapp did not.

I accept that some of his all round play is lacking, but what Jermain Defoe is all about is goals. If he’s finding the back of the net with enough regularity, the rest quite simply won’t matter. Given a decent run in the side this season, I’m confident that the man who is arguably the best finisher in the Premier League can play a key role in helping Tottenham to achieve great things.

Professional Footballers Turned Poker Players

Football, like many sports, is a game of adrenaline. It makes sense, therefore, that many of its players seem to be risk-takers who enjoy high-octane thrills. This could explain why so many footballers have turned to gambling, sometimes during their careers to let off a bit of steam, and in other cases taking on a second career in gambling after they retire. Here are the three most notable examples of footballers who turned to one of the most exciting games around – poker.

Former Manchester United, Tottenham and England striker Teddy Sheringham began playing poker during the later years of his football career. He then proceeded to play full-time after retiring in 2002. He made a name for himself in 2009 after finishing 14th in the World Series of Poker Main Event, and since then has won over $298,000 in poker tournaments.

Tony Cascarino is a former international player for the Republic of Ireland. A man with a lifelong fondness for gambling and card games, Cascarino turned this interest into success on the poker table when he started playing professionally in 2006. His first major title was won at the 2009 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final, where he also took home $283,000. His total poker earnings thus far amount to $589,000. Click here if you want to reach the same online!

The biggest success story of all is thought to be that of Scandinavian Jan Vang Sorensen. Having won his first World Series of Poker Bracelet in 2002, he went on to win a second in 2005 and later triumphed at the 2008 Master Classics of Poker main event. He has earned over $2 million from his participation in poker tournaments.

With so many footballers successfully turning their careers to poker after they retire from the beautiful game, don’t be surprised if more and more professional sportsmen start to try their hand at the poker tables.