Maple Story Bowman Guide – Bowman Training Guide

A Bowman is the ranged class in MapleStory. They use bows and crossbows to deliver high amounts of damage to their enemies.

The Bowman’s main stat is Dexterity which provides him with very high accuracy. This will allow them to be the only class to hunt monsters that are a much higher level than themselves.

The Bowman character class gets a very unique skill which allows them to knock their enemies back which will allow the Bowman to stay at range and unleash his fury on them.

Bowman is a low populated class, meaning there are not many of them on most servers compared to other MapleStory character classes.

The downfall to a Bowman is that they take a while to train and level until you reach the 3rd Job Advancement.

As a Bowman, your damage will be very inconsistent while leveling until you get some of the higher end class skills.

While a Bowman is one of the most unique classes to play, their full potential will not be shown until they reach the higher levels in MapleStory.

This is how you can advance as a Bowman character class:

Beginner > Archer > Hunter (with more job advancements)

Beginner > Archer > Crossbow Man (with more job advancements)

If you are tired of playing with the other Maple Story characters such as Thief, you may want to have a change of character class and try your hand at being a Bowman!

Our MapleStory Bowman training guide has all the details for training your Bowman character.

Hockey Betting Systems

Hockey betting systems will do wonders for your betting positions and give you a much better chance of collecting cash from your wins, as opposed to losing money from using trial and error methods. When you use effective hockey betting systems, you can essentially eliminate a large amount of uncertainty that is normally associated with amateur betting (especially amongst avid sports fans and beginners who place bets purely for entertainment purposes).

To set yourself apart from the amateur bettors and on your way to professional betting, the best hockey betting systems will bring you there. Having said that, here are a few betting tips that you can implement into your hockey betting systems:

Betting Against The Public

Basically, the sportsbook will always go along with the public, agreeing upon the public’s betting trends and patterns. Next, the sportsbook will then reduce the odds and thus the value of public betting. Keep in mind that NHL hockey bets are much less compared to NFL football betting, meaning that public bets are usually wrong. Given all of this, using your hockey betting systems to bet against the public. In other words, bet on the underdog team and you will have a better chance of seeing winning results.

Betting Against The Road Trip

Another addition you can implement into your hockey betting systems include betting against a team playing on the road. You can wait for a specific team to have a 3-game trip on the road. Several professional NHL bettors have developed proven statistical analyses that justify the fact that many teams do not play as well as they could on the road compared to when they are playing a home game. So, when a certain team plays a game on the road, you should bet on the home team of pulling off a win. If you end up losing that bet, you can double up on your next bet to a maximum of about three bets. Doing this will show you that rarely you will find that it will ever find its way to the third bet – in other words, you’ll most very likely be collecting profits by then.

Betting On The First Round Of Playoffs

The NHL playoffs are an exciting time of year and can definitely bring in some great winning cash if you use your hockey betting systems properly. One strategy is to put a lower valued bet on the underdog teams during the first two games during the first round of the playoffs. This works because the sportsbooks normally place de-valued figures on the chance of an upset, which often happens on a consistent basis each and every year. It’s a good idea to exploit this opportunity and gain from it since this trend is not looking like it will chance any time soon, statistically speaking.

Implementing the above strategies in NHL hockey betting will increase your chances of winning your bets, and when used in conjunction with effective hockey betting systems, will offer you the fantastic opportunity to become an expert NHL hockey bettor.

For more information, resources, and tipsters on hockey betting systems, visit www.BettingUnderground.info.

Betting is a Business – Gambling is For Idiots!

My question to you today is, how much profit are you really making from gambling? (And please be brutally honest with yourself when answering that question!)

I hope you are winning! If you are then well done to you, as that surely is the goal for most people, but even if you are a rare winning gambler, are you making as much as you could? However if you’re not a winner then don’t worry as your not alone. In fact you’re in very good company, as an amazing 98% of gamblers lose money long term.

So assuming you are not winning, do you know why?

Well I’m going to hazard a guess the reasons are something like this;

a) Betting in the wrong types of races,

b) Blindly backing favourites (especially odds on shots)

c) No sense of money management,

d) Undisciplined approach

e) Chasing losses

f) Maintaining a ‘gamblers mentality’.

However if 98% of people are losing money it stands to reason that 2% must be winning, so who are these elite 2% and what is it that they do differently to the majority?

Well the elite 2% are the professionals and semi-professionals like me and we approach betting as a business. The betting industry like to call us ‘professional gamblers’ but lets just make one thing absolutely clear here, one thing we are NOT are gamblers and this description couldn’t be further from the truth – we don’t bet for fun, or for the sake or thrill of it. We bet for one reason and one reason alone – TO MAKE A PROFIT!

I’ve said this many times before and I’m going to say it again – ‘Betting is a business and gambling is for idiots’ – So let me try and explain the difference between betting and gambling.

As I have already stated I am a professional and as such I am in the business of betting for only one reason – to secure slow and steady long term profitability. To achieve this outcome betting professionally has to be BORING and MUNDANE, from a psychological point of view the result of just one race becomes almost irrelevant to me, as in the long term I know I will make a profit from my betting strategies.

The point of running any business is to make a profit and to achieve this outcome I need the following three elements to work in my favour:

a) A betting bank,

b) A staking plan

c) A betting strategy which will deliver profits over the long term.

The betting bank needs to be big enough relative to my stake size to withstand the inevitable losing runs. It is also important that psychologically the betting stakes are well within my betting comfort zone, meaning that my pulse is never racing either before during or after a bet.

The moment your pulse starts to race should immediately alert you to the fact that you have stopped betting and are instead gambling, something has gone wrong with your strategy and you have become either uncomfortable with the size of your stake or have lost confidence in your chosen betting strategy. The inevitable result of this will be a breakdown of discipline and a desire to start chasing your losses, which is something I NEVER do. When I have a poor day then my attitude is always the same ‘cest la vie’, there will always another day.

I have many diverse and varied betting strategies within my betting portfolio but for the purposes of this exercise let me use my ‘Hughie’ Place Betting Strategy as an example of the above philosophy in action.

‘Hughie’ Place Betting Strategy

Here are the Hughie results for the six months to 01 June 2009. (I could use any 6 month period from over the past 9 years, in fact some previous half yearly figures would show higher profits. But these are the latest figures and emphasise the points I am trying to make.

The results are based on a betting bank of £400 and the stakes being used are as follows £2, £4, £8 and £12

Oct 1 + 77.63

Nov 1 +129.90

Dec 1 + 14.34

Jan 1 +179.83

Feb 1 +116.37

Mar 1 +169.58

Apr 1 – 3.62

May 1 + 13.81

Jun 1 + 77.78

The first thing you will notice is the relatively small and ‘boring’ size of the stakes I am using in relation to the size of the betting bank. By staking such a small percentage of the betting bank on the ‘Hughies’ takes all the stress away instantly, as the bank is never in any danger of going bust and the stake size is always well inside my betting comfort zone. Some of my members bet the ‘Hughies’ to much bigger stakes, however if the stakes are doubled or trebled then so must the bank.

As you can see you could comfortably follow this particular betting strategy to the advised stakes and at betfair sp safe in the knowledge that win, lose or draw over a long term period of say 6 months you would be comfortably in profit. You wouldn’t need to watch any races biting your finger nails praying that a particular horse hung on for a place, because you would be confident that the strategy works and one or two horses not placing wouldn’t make one jot of difference to the ability of the strategy to deliver a long term profit.

I keep using the phrase ‘long term’ because it is essential that you understand that it takes this long-term approach in order to succeed with any betting strategy. Just have another look at the ‘Hughie’ results above and you will clearly see that the months of March and April were not good months for the ‘Hughies’. At the time I remember saying regularly in my daily column that it was probably down to the transitional period of switching codes from the ‘jumps’ to the ‘flat’. For me though that’s just part and parcel of any strategy – we will have these bumps but will come away unscathed as all that matters is to maintain a long term strategy. The plan works, as it doesn’t require me to either lose faith or panic. That said any member who joined in March or April and followed my advice to concentrate on the ‘Hughies’ would have been pretty downhearted by the end of April as it would appear to them that the ‘Hughies’ are a poor bet. However any member joining last December enjoyed a terrific run and would have had a totally different opinion of both ‘place betting’ and me.

I think this point clearly demonstrates the importance of taking a long-term view of any betting strategy (12 months minimum I would argue)

Anyway this example of how safe, slow, steady, boring but consistent profits are generated month after month after month is just one aspect of a strategic and professional betting approach and hopefully demonstrates the difference between the excitement of gambling which is for thrill seekers and the boredom of betting which is my business.

Casino Craps Secret "On the Hop" Bet – Alternative to Hard Way and Easy Way

On the hop is the name of a wide range of wagers that players can make in the game of craps. First of all, casinos usually will not display or show this bet on the table itself and there is a good reason for it. This is actually why some would say it is a “secret” craps bet. As arcane as that may seem, that does not necessarily mean the odds are that great.

Basically, the “on the hop” craps wager is almost the same thing as the hard way craps bet and the easy way craps wager. All you are doing in this bet is wagering that the shooter will roll a specific combination of the dice. For instance, you could tell the dealer that you would like to bet on “2 and 3 on the hop”. Basically, this means you are wagering that when the dice are thrown, one will be a 2 and the other will be a 3. This is actually the same thing as an “easy 5”.

Players can also wager on rolling double numbers. For instance, you can tell the dealer that you would like to bet on “4 and 4 on the hop”, which is exactly the same thing as a hard eight. Note that the hard eight option is actually displayed on the craps table and it usually pays out 9:1 (or 10:1 depending on casino rule variations). When playing on the hop, you could roll a hard eight and get paid 30:1 odds!

This means you would be paid $30 for ever $1 wagered. You can also wager on the rest of the hard numbers like hard 4, 6, 8, 10 as well as snake eyes and boxcars (2 and 12). All of these will pay out 30:1 odds when you play on the hop. One thing to realize is the “on the hop” bet is a single roll wager, meaning you must roll that specific number on the next roll to win, otherwise you automatically lose. The hard way bets allow players to keep rolling the dice until they win by rolling the number or lose by rolling any seven.

So in the end, the odds stay just the same and the house edge is just as large. In fact, if you wagered on the hop for doubles (hard numbers), the house edge is a whopping 13.89%, which is not ideal at all. Though this bet is still available for players to use while playing craps and players can use it for additional single roll bets instead of the normal multi-roll bets for hard way options.

The reason casinos don’t put this bet on the table is because there are so many possible combinations to wager on if you consider all the easy way bets available. So they just left it out and kept a few of the common ones that are found on the proposition betting area in the center of the craps table, rather than crowding out an already complicated looking table layout. The dealer should know what you are talking about if you are asking to bet “on the hop”.