6 Practical Things You Can Do To Stop Minors From Gambling

6 Practical Things You Can Do To Stop Minors From Gambling

Kids and gambling should never mix. We all know that’s true. But at the same time, it can be difficult to know how to practically try to make sure kids stay away from gambling.

We’re going to give you a few straightforward tips that you can use in your life. Nothing difficult to follow. Just things you can keep in mind to give you a little more peace of mind when it comes to kids and gambling.

1. Familiarize yourself with age limits in your jurisdiction

Depending on where you live, the minimum age limit for gambling can vary. In some places it’s as low as 18 years of age, meanwhile other places it can be 21 years of age. So at the start of your journey to discourage kids and gambling, know the correct age limit you’re dealing with.

2. Keep your passwords to yourself

We’ve all been there before. Your teen wants to use your phone for something or other. So you just shout out your passcode so they can type it in. And that’s fine. But if you also have online gambling accounts that you’re logged in to on your device, or if you use the same passcode or password for those accounts, you’ve just given them access to your online gambling accounts.

So remove the temptation straight away by not giving your child access to passwords they can use to access gambling accounts. And also remember to log out every time you use your online gambling accounts too.

3. Make use of parental controls

Parental controls are an extremely easy thing that you can use on any device your child uses. Whether that’s their own smartphone, yours, tables, laptops or smart TVs, they can all be a little more secure when a parental control is put in place.

It’s usually fairly self-explanatory in settings, but if you can’t find out how to do it yourself, a quick Google should clear things up.

4. Get external software for extra security

If you feel like you need an extra layer of security, you can get external software to keep kids and gambling separated. NetNanny covers a wide range of different not-safe-for-children areas. Meanwhile GamBlock is specifically for gambling.

5. Report minors using your account (or creating their own)

If you suspect a minor is using your account or that they have created their own, report it immediately to the online gambling site. They are compelled to shut down and suspend all activity on accounts they think are used by underage players. Winnings will be forfeited and they’ll be banned.

Because of age verification software, this should not be happening too frequently. But there’s always a chance, so definitely report it if you are suspicious.

6. Know when to talk about kids and gambling

Talking to kids about gambling is also really important. It might feel like it’s the last thing you should do, but talking to them in a straightforward way about it will mean they’ll get the facts from a trustworthy source. Tell them that gambling doesn’t make sports more exciting. Tell them that gambling is designed so that people lose more than they earn, therefore, it’s not a smart way to make money. And tell them that it’s possible to get addicted to gambling.

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World Grand Prix Of Darts 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

World Grand Prix Of Darts 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

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The World Grand Prix of Darts gets underway on Monday, October 3rd welcoming in a week of live televised PDC darts. 32 of the world’s best players will be facing off in the fight to reach the final two on October 9th.

For the second year in a row, the play takes place at the Morningside Arena in Leicester rather than the Citiwest Hotel in Dublin, its traditional home for the last 20 years.

This will also be the 25th staging of the World Grand Prix which dates back to 1998. Famously, this prestigious tournament is unique in being the only major televised darts tournament that features a double in, double out scoring system. What this means is that players can’t start scoring until they have hit a double at the beginning of each leg.

World number one Gerwyn Price, reigning champion Jonny Clayton, world champion Peter Wright and five-time winner of the World Grand Prix Michael van Gerwen will all be among the favourites to take down one of the last televised events before the World Darts Championships get underway on December the 15th.

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The Iceman Cometh 

2020 Grand Prix winner Gerwyn Price is the joint-favorite and has recently returned to the top of the PDC Order of Merit and he really shouldn’t be having any problems in his opening round match against debutant Martin Schindler. Only once has a debutant made the final of this event and that was Dirk van Duijvenbode back in 2020 when he lost to Price. 

Despite the fact that Price came out and said he didn’t like double start darts, he won this event back in 2020 and finished runner-up here twelve months ago. He’s also in good form having recently won the World Series of Darts Finals and, having sat out last weekend’s event in Belgium, he should be nice and fresh too. The Welshman will likely face Darts Masters champion Joe Cullen or Damon Heta which, although tough, shouldn’t faze The Iceman.

Heta and Cullen faced each other in July’s Darts World Matchplay where it was Cullen who came out on top. The Heat has enjoyed a good summer without actually winning very much and I fancy The Rockstar to overcome the Aussie once again.

Rob Cross, who is a very good finisher but notoriously struggles with the double start format, is the highest seed in his quarter, James Wade being the other. Price has a good record against both and will be disappointed not to at least reach the final. He certainly has the easier draw than MVG, who was beaten in the first round last year by Danny Noppert, winner of this year’s UK Open. Noppert is a darter that exudes confidence on the outer ring, which is vital when it comes to double-start events. 

The Freeze will be backing himself to bag another major title in Leicester and his quarter of the draw certainly looks the easiest. The Dutchman’s biggest problem could be a second-round duel with Michael Smith should Bully Boy overcome Nathan Aspinall. Both Aspinall and Smith have lost in the first round in each of the last two years and Bully Boy has only made nine appearances at the World Grand Prix, winning just two matches.

A year ago, it seemed unthinkable that Noppert would beat Smith to a major but that’s what’s happened as his stock continues to rise. He is even almost in with a shot at competing in next year’s Darts Premier League

MVG Back To His Best

Joint favourite Michael van Gerwen is currently in the best form he has been in for the last couple of years which makes him an obvious threat, even taking into account his tricky opening match against Gary Anderson.

The Flying Scotsman is the world number nine but only the top eight have been seeded and he has been handed an unfortunate draw. Anderson hasn’t enjoyed a great year and is unlikely to cause Mighty Mike any problems, making the Dutchman the most likely to reach the next round. 

The other seeds in MVG’s half are Jonny Clayton, Peter Wright and Jose de Sousa. Wright, though, has struggled at this event with his best performance so far being a was a run to the final in 2018, where he was beaten 5-2 by van Gerwen. Since then, Snakebite has only got past the first round on one occasion in three years, losing in the first round six times. 

Despite Snakebite having a dismal record at the Grand Prix, the Scotsman is another to have got out of the long and exhausting World Series trips back in August so he should be a lot fresher than he normally is at this time of year. He also won a European Tour event earlier this month when he took down the German Open at the expense of Dimitri van den Bergh which should do him the world of good.

The Machine Is Switched On

Fifth seed James Wade has perhaps been awarded the kindest draw.  A refreshed Wade, who has hardly played in September, has drawn debutant Martin Lukeman in the first round and also managed to give the big three a swerve in his quarter.

If The Machine wins his opening match, and he will, then either Ross Smith or Andrew Gilding await before a likely meeting with either Michael Smith or Nathan Aspinall.

Wade is a five-time finalist and two-time winner here and can possibly run into Price, so long as the Iceman doesn’t melt first. The next highest ranked players on Wade’s side of the draw doesn’t have the best of records at this event so be surprised to see The Machine go on a deep run. 11-time major winner Wade clearly likes the format and was a runner-up in New Zealand recently, so is in decent looking form. 

The Best Of The Rest

Save for the van Gerwen Anderson clash, the tie of the first round is Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode. The Aubergenius played really well at the World Series Finals, just losing out to Gerwyn Price, but I’m giving The Ferret the nod here.

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall is a very good starter and has climbed back up inside the top 14 on the PDC Order of Merit. That followed his win at the Belgium Open where he chucked in a nine-darter for good measure. Although his record in this event isn’t, great, Chizzy is more than capable of putting together a run.

2022 World Grand Prix Of Darts Outright Winner Bet365 Darts Betting Odds

Here is where the betting lines stand for the 2022 World Grand Prix of Darts on Bet365 as of September 30th.

Gerwyn Price – 9/2

Michael van Gerwen – 9/2

Peter Wright – 7/1

Jonny Clayton – 15/2

Michael Smith – 12/1

Luke Humphries – 12/1

Dimitri van den Bergh – 14/1

Joe Cullen – 16/1

Dave Chisnall – 20/1

Danny Noppert – 20/1

Dirk van Duijvenbode – 25/1

Nathan Aspinall – 28/1

James Wade – 33/1

Jose De Sousa – 33/1

Rob Cross 40/1

2022 World Grand Prix Of Darts Schedule (match odds provided by bet365)

Monday October 3 

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Callan Rydz (11/8) v (4/7) Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Brendan Dolan  (11/10) v (8/11) Stephen Bunting
  • Chris Dobey (2/1) v (2/5) Luke Humphries
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh (4/5) v (1/1) Dave Chisnall
  • Jonny Clayton (8/13) v (13/10) Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Peter Wright (3/10) v (5/2) Kim Huybrechts
  • Michael van Gerwen (4/9) v (7/4) Gary Anderson
  • Jose de Sousa (8/13) v (13/10) Adrian Lewis

Tuesday October 4

First Round (Best of three sets)

  • Madars Razma (7/4) v (4/9) Ryan Searle
  • Ross Smith (1/1) v (4/5) Andrew Gilding
  • Danny Noppert (2/5) v (2/1) Gabriel Clemens
  • Joe Cullen (4/5) v (1/1) Damon Heta
  • Rob Cross (8/13) v (13/10) Daryl Gurney
  • James Wade (4/9) v (7/4) Martin Lukeman
  • Gerwyn Price (1/3) v (12/5) Martin Schindler
  • Michael Smith (4/6) v (6/5) Nathan Aspinall

Wednesday October 5

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four Matches

Thursday October 6 

Second Round (Best of five sets)

  • Four Matches

Friday, October 7

Quarter-Finals (Best of five sets)

  • Four Matches

Saturday, October 8 

Semi-Finals (Best of seven sets)

  • Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2
  • Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4

Sunday, October 9 

Final (Best of nine sets)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


Venue: Morningside Arena, Leicester

Dates: 3rd of October – 9th of October

Format: Best of five, seven, nine sets

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Arena HD

When to Watch: 19:00 UK

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What Exactly Is The Online Darts Live League

What Exactly Is The Online Darts Live League

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It seems a long time ago now, but covid and its horrible lockdowns were only declared ‘over’ a mere matter of months ago. And while it brought nothing but misery and damage and some changes to the way we go about things on a daily basis, there is at least one legacy that has been positive.

We are talking about the Online Darts Live League, originally branded as the MODUS Darts Live League which itself followed on from the MODUS Icons of Darts Live League.

As noted, all of these events came about as a reaction to the coronavirus pandemic which at the time brought global sports to a standstill. Darts, of course, is fortunate that it is one of the few sports that can benefit from being played inside people’s homes. Football, cricket and rugby, for example, not so much.

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Who Are MODUS?

Founded in 1997, MODUS is an events and management company that represent many of the world’s highest profile darts players while laying on professional, premier events and exhibitions.

MODUS have partnered with Belfast-based iGame Media in order to utilize their sophisticated technical delivery and broadcast capabilities to bring these events to the market. 4k cameras will continue to capture every thrilling moment as well as every throw in ultra high definition as standard while supporting Ultra Low Latency streaming and broadcast-grade quality content. This is achieved by broadcasting brand new multi-camera footage.

The 2020 Modus Icons of Darts Live League pitted groups of six players fighting it out from the comfort of their own homes and live streaming their efforts remotely. Play was set up in a round-robin format and took place from Monday to Saturday each week.

Not only did this provide players with valuable match practice in a competitive environment at a time when no darts tournaments were ongoing, but it also gave darts fans the chance to catch some live darts during that first initial period of isolation.

Now that lockdown is a thing of the past, there is no need for the players to take on each other from home. However, such was the accidental success of live streaming the darts behind closed doors, newer tourneys have sprung up in their place, the Online Darts Live League being one of them.  

Weekly tournaments

2021 saw the Icons tournament replaced by the Modus Online Live League which originally featured a host of star names taking each other on in a group stage format through a live stream in a behind closed doors set up. The League was comprised of three groups and play took place from Monday to Friday with a final group being formed for the Saturday. There was a £10,000 prize fund, reserved for the weekly winners, runners-up and third-placed players.

Former Lakeside world champs Martin Adams and Richie Burnett, plus former UK Open finalist Colin Osborne, James Richardson and Chas Barstow were among the bigger names to take part.

All of the matches were contested over a best-of-seven legs format while being streamed exclusively live on desktop, mobile and tablet for darts fans in the United Kingdom and numerous other regions globally.

MODUS Super Series, The Successor

As of Saturday the 3rd of September 2022, an exciting new darts competition will launch in the UK. The MODUS Super Series will feature top international stars such as the record-breaking Fallon Sherrock, plus the legends that are Martin Adams and Robert Thornton.

Lisa Ashton, Jarred Cole, Neil Duff, Kevin Painter, Mikuru Suzuki and Thibault Tricole are all also on board while Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster, Chris Mason, Chris Murphy and Abigail Davies will be providing live commentary.

This competition will again be live streamed, but games will not be taking place inside players’ homes but instead at a top-spec, purpose-built location in Portsmouth. There is over £1 million on offer to players across the season which comprises of more than 30 hours of live streamed matches which can also be viewed through the bet365 darts live stream Monday to Saturday every week.

The MODUS Super Series will offer perfectly timed matches for UK bettors with matches running in Morning and Evening Sessions from 09:30 GMT through 22:00 GMT.

Open to non PDC Tour Card holders over the age of 18 as well as legends of the sport, the MODUS Super Series will see 12 players compete each week in a series of group matches. They will happen on weekdays, producing six qualifiers who will each progress onto the Finals Night on Saturday evening which will be held in front of a live audience. 

This will continue for 13 weeks when the 12 weekly winners will battle it out in Champions Week in an effort to be crowned the MODUS Super Series champion who will pick up a winners’ prize of £20,000.

Best of all, the next MODUS Super Series begins all over again from week one creating a non-stop cycle of high-quality tournaments that are played continuously all year round. Not bad for a successor to the Online Darts Live League which ran for two years as a COVID era, play at home darts tournament and evolved made for TV, studio-based competition.

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