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      25.08.2009 23:16
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      THE Best Online bookmaker

      I joined up to Blue Square's online betting site about 7 years ago, after my local bookmaker shut down, and I instantly wished I had done it earlier.
      It saved me so much time and effort of having to drive over to the bookmakers, and pay to park each time, and then repeat this operation to collect any winnings, and instead I could do it all from the comfort of my own home.

      I chose Blue Square, as it was recommended to me by a friend, and so I decided to give it a go, and over the last few years I have signed up to several other online bookmakers, usually to gain the cash back from cash back sites, and / or for the match cash bonus offered from the online betting site for new members joining up, but as far as I am concerned Blue Square is by far the best site I have used so far.


      ~ Joining up ~

      Firstly for anyone thinking of joining up, look out for the offers that are available from time to time, like initial deposit matched up to £100 for example. This will make a huge difference to your account, and it is worth pushing yourself to deposit a little more than you would normally in order to take extra advantage of the cash match bonus, assuming that you can trust yourself not to blow all the deposit just because 'it is there'.
      I found joining up quite a simple process, just the usual details, name, address, date of birth, etc. etc. and then choosing username, and password, and entering your bank details, depositing some money, and your are off!

      ~ Blue Square ~

      I find the web layout of Blue square is very simple, and user friendly. There is a box at the top of the screen that always displays your current balance, which is useful, and quite a new addition to the Blue Square site, saving you the effort of going into the 'My Account' tab to check on your balance.
      If you do go to 'My Account' there is a list of self explanatory options including statement, Deposit, Withdrawal, etc. The statement section allows you to search for any bets that you have placed, and you can filter them out, by date, or by Status, so it is really easy to retrieve a bet that you might have placed say 8 months ago at the beginning of the footy season for a bet on who will win the premiership, just by selecting unsettled bets, and entering a rough time period.
      Any deposits that you make are available in your account instantly, and withdrawals tend to take 3-4 days to appear in your bank account.

      The site is great for all types of sport betting, and there is also a specials section where you can place a bet on politics, such as 'who will win the most seats at the next election', or on reality TV shows, like 'who will be evicted from Big brother next', or on the BBC sports personality award etc. etc.

      There is also a live betting section, which gives a selection of live sports events, which are currently running, and allows you to bet 'in running'. This is great if you are watching a tennis match, cricket match, footy game etc. and you suddenly get the impulse that one player / team is starting to get the upper hand in the match, and you are able to place a bet at any time.

      Throughout the time I have been using Blue Square, I have never had a single problem with any deposits, or withdrawals, or with being paid out incorrectly, or not at all. If there are any problems, there is a free phone number where a team of friendly staff are waiting to sort you problem out. This number is also available for placing bets, which is useful if you are not able to get online for any reason.

      ~ Casino and Poker ~

      Within the Blue Square site there is also a poker section, and a casino section. I have found these great to use, although they are a little addictive. The poker is live poker, where you can join a table of your choice, and play several different types of games of poker for a few pence a game, up to a few thousand pounds a game.
      The casino contains lots of slot games amongst others, and these are the best slots I have come across on an online site, my favourites are Captain Quids, Unicorn, and monopoly.

      ~ Be Careful ~

      As with all types of gambling, it is up to the individual not to bet, or gamble, with money that they cannot afford to lose. For this reason Blue Square have a limit setting section where you can set your maximum betting limits, as well as your maximum deposit limits. I have found this useful, and have a limit set on my deposit, which will not let me deposit more than £20 a week into my account. These limits can be made tighter at any time, but to relax the limit, i.e. if I wanted to up my limit to £30 a week, it will take a week to be accepted.

      All in all it's a great site, and for anyone thinking of joining up to an online betting site, I would definitely recommend Blue Square.

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        12.09.2008 01:15

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        Easy to navigate site, with greater range of markets for the lower leagues.

        5 years have passed since the last review was wirtten on Blue Square, and a lot has changed since then, while some things have remained exactly as they were.

        The site is still as straightforward and easy to understand, and the range of markets to bet is still huge. Now we have the addition of television reality shows such as Dancing on Ice and Maria.. in effect you can now bet on something you can influence! (although you may spend more than you stand to gain on the numerous calls to vote for your desired winner!)

        Changes to the site include a reduction in the minimum deposit - you can now deposit a minimum of £5. With this, the minimum stake has also been reduced. You can now bet a minimum of 10 pence on a win or each way bet and a minimum of 1 penny on doubles, trebles, accumilators etc.

        The withdrawal limit has stayed at £10, although if your balance is below this, you can withdraw your entire balance.

        One of the main reasons for me choosing Blue Square, apart from its ease of use, was its coverage of the lower leagues. I take interest in the lower leagues and I find its range of bets on these markets better than your other bookmakers.

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        03.06.2003 06:30
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        The days of bookmakers only being smoky shops in a back street populated by old men are over. Bookies are now available to all people, all the time, because of the internet revolution. Many bookmakers have launched their own online betting sites, but there are a growing number of bookmakers that do not exist in the 'real' world, but are just on the internet. One such site is Blue Square (bluesq.com). When i decided i wanted to place a few bets, but wasnt all too keen on going to a traditional bookmaker i started looking round for an internet alternative. Having visited a number of online bookies i eventually settled on bluesq.com, the simple reason being it looked more user friendly than the others id seen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WHAT CAN YOU BET ON~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blue Square offers all the usual markets. Football and Horse-Racing are the main two: Football: Prices on upcoming football matches are usually made available about 2-3 days before the match. For small matches, (English Conference for example) they offer the basic range of markets, including Win/Draw/Win, correct score, half time betting, total goals and handicaps. Step up to Division One or Premiership matches and you can expect to add first/last goalscorer markets and scorecasts. For bigger matches, such as internationals or televised games they often offer extra markets such as number of corners, number of bookings and players to score or not to score. For the biggest of all matches (such as cup finals) they occasionally offer specials like shirt numbers of goalscorers or certain players to score a hattrick. Aside from the matches, they update prices for all the major divisions throughout the year, as well as relegation betting. Blue Square also offer betting on a large number of European Leagues, from the Spanish Liga to the top league in Norway. The website also offers some interesting other specials from time to time, such as number of goa
        ls in a certain premiership weekend. At the moment their betting on which club Beckham will be next season. Horse Racing: Blue Square bets on all the races from all the major tracks. They offer either starting prices all day, or live prices (fixed odds) about ten minutes before the race. You can bet on the big races (like the Grand National or the Derby), well in advance of the day. You can also bet on Irish racing and occasionally continental races. Plus they offer a service for betting on US Racing, by a pools system. There are also regular racing specials, such as betting on how well the favourites will do, or the total winning distances from a particular track. Aside from these two major betting areas, you can also bet on plenty of other sports, finance markets, and a few other things: Other sports: Cricket: Betting on both divisions of the two championships, plus the two knockout competitions. Also betting on some matches. Rugby: Bet on the Super League, Zurich Premiership, Heineken Cup etc. plus regular match bets. Golf: All the major European and US tour events, plus a few specials, like how many majors will Tiger Woods win this year. Tennis: Bet on major competitions, both to win the tournament, and for individual matches. Motor Sport: Good range of markets for each Grand Prix, such as who will finish on the podium or in the points, and winning distances. Plus bet on the world championship and constructors championship. Greyhounds: Bet on all the races from all major tracks, plus occasional specials, such as which trap will have the best runners at a certain track. US Sports: There is always betting available on a number of sports from America, such as basketball, baseball, ice hockey and American football. These are the regular other sports, but there are others from time to time, such as snooker, pool, darts and boxing. Financials:
        I was surprised to find out you can bet on the financial markets (FTSE, Dow Jones and Nikkei indexes). Betting on these consists of picking the closing level for either end of the day, or end of year. You can also bet on what are known as stock lotteries. This means you can bet on what the last one or two numbers of a closing level will be. From time to time there is also betting on interest rates and house prices. Lotteries: You can bet on the Irish Lottery, the Spanish Lottery, a twice daily draw called 49's, plus Prizebuster, which is a bet on Saturdays national lottery. Specials: You can also bet on a number of specials, which vary greatly. These include Christmas number one, winner of the next general election, and at the moment Big Brother. These specials change regularly, so its impossible to list them all, but it never fails to amaze me the things they come up with to bet on. ~~~~~~~~~~~OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW~~~~~~~~~~~~ The way the site works is that you have an account balance. You add to this by means of a deposit with your credit or debit card. They accept the major cards, and the minimum deposit is £10. If and when you win, your returns are credited to your Blue Square balance. You can choose to withdraw funds at any time, by the same card as you deposited with. This is normally back in your bank account within a couple of days. Note however that the minimum withdrawal amount is also £10. All transactions are processed via an encrypted secure server, and security is always a priority. The minimum bet on all markets is 50p, and the maximum Blue Square will pay out is £250,000 (i should be so lucky), so the stakes are also limited accordingly. There are a number of types of multiple bets you can choose from which i wont even begin to describe as there are far too many, but for those who have a clue what im taling about they include trixie, patent, yankee, lucky 15, lucky 31, lucky 63, and goliath. <
        br> If you dont know what im talking about, dont worry. Theres a good help page on the website which runs through all the basics, plus all the rules for the various bets. Theres also a site tour, for which youll need flash player, but it is useful for beginners. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~EXTRAS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blue Square also has a game called lucky squares. This is essentially a lottery game (for which youll need flash player again), picking 6 numbers from 36, that is drawn every 90 seconds. You can watch the numbers being drawn with a little animation that is hard to describe. Kind of like a roulette wheel. You see little balls fired out, and then run round a circle, slow down, and eventually settle on one number. There are a number of ways you can bet on this game, from traditional lottery betting (pick 1-6 numbers) to betting on which column will have the highest value from the numbers drawn. There is also a little section called The Blue Bar, which is basically a collection of free to play games. If your registered with Blue Square you can also win prizes. There is currently a nine week competition running, in which you can play nine arcade style games, with a prize fund of £4500. Note however that these prizes are not cash, they are in the form of free bet vouchers. These cannot be withdrawn from your account, and when you use it to bet, any winnings do not include the original stake. You can also bet with your Blue Square account through Sky digiatal tv, via WAP, and on the phone. For phone betting, some of the latest prices are available on C4 teletext page 609. On the phone you can bet on everything that is on the internet. On WAP the service is slightly less comrehensive, due to the limitations of using a phone keypad to bet. Unfortunately i havent got Sky digital, so i cant comment on that particular service. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~SO WHAT DID I THINK?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As i said at first (seems like a
        long time ago), the layout of the site is very easy on the eye, and navigation is no problem. All the different betting areas are categorised, and can be accessed by drop down menus. You can also customise the site to suit you, meaning the range of bets that your most interested in can be highlighted to you when you log on. The site is fairly jargon free too (unlike my review; sorry), and if your not sure about something, the help section should give you answers. The range of markets is good, and the range of specials and US sports is especially good compared to other sites ive visited. The special markets are usually quite amusing too, and there is always quite a light hearted feel to the site, which made it feel friendly to me when i first started. There are also articles on the site, written by a number of different authors, and updated daily. These are usually sport related, and are always very light hearted and humourous. The site is very reliable too. Ive been with them for almost a year and havent had a single problem or complaint. However, if do run into any problems or questions the customer service department is always helpful, and respond very quickly to any questions. If your looking for an easy way to access betting i would definately recommend Blue Square. However, if youre a newcomer to the world of betting, i would urge you to take it easy. I know its been said many a time before, but it is worth reinforcing that you should NEVER bet with money you cant afford to lose, and if your wise youll only bet on things you want to bet on. Betting can be a good way to add some extra excitement into a sports event youre watching. However it is very easy to get carried away and start betting on anything and everything. This is pretty pointless, and if you going to a bookie expecting to make money, well, you wont, quite simply. The odds are stacked against you by the very nature of bookmakers, and if you bet for long enough yo
        u will always lose. This is the only disadvantage with Blue Square (but applies to all similar sites). As you can now bet 24/7, you can lose money very quickly. The game lucky squares could also be very addictive, as there is an instant return or loss, which encourages more gambling, and means there is always something to bet on. So be warned. That lecture over, id like to reinforce my recommendation of Blue Square. It is an excellent site for newcomers and experts alike, and in my opinion it is better than most of the other similar sites out there. Apologies for the length of this review (i just re-read it), thanks for sticking with it. Let me know if ive missed anything (i cant think of anymore to say), and also let me know what you think of the site. Thanks for reading. Jim

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          31.07.2002 00:24
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          Blue Square is often overlooked because of its more infamous counterpart, Ladbrokes. Maybe it is because Ladbrokes is available off and online or just tradition; however, the fact remains that this brilliant betting site is often under-rated. Now for the sign up bonus! This is probably the best I have encountered. Users can bet as little as 50p and Blue Square will credit their account with a £10 bet voucher. However there is a catch, you must bet this voucher before you can withdraw it, this is simply to prevent abusers of the system. But betting on a very likely event will have you walking away with a smile on your face. There is no obligation to continue using the service but I have decided against that idea for the following reasons. The customer service at blue is brilliant. I sent them an email concerning their current promotion offer and they replied within 2 hours, which is excellent compared to Ladbrokes where I had to wait for over 10 hours. This way I didn't have to miss out on any events, which I would have liked to bet on. The odds at the site are almost identical to that at other leading Bookmakers such as Paddy Power and William Hill, however, I discovered that at Blue Square you are more likely to find small but profitable fluctuations in the odds in your favour. The layout of the site is aesthetically pleasing. Without having to many bold colours, Blue Square designers have manages to create a quintessential and relaxing environment with a collage of deep sea blue and sky white. Don't worry about being bored to death with dull and dreary colours but you also won't be blinded into a migraine with this well researched colour scheme. Ladbrokes however does have one thing over Blue Square, Ladbrokes allows its users to enter a fair and honest casino, which is a branch off them so you won't have to register and sign up all over again. However, Blue Square doesn't even have a casino.
          In saying this, Blue Square hold a monthly and weekly tournament at their site in which registered users are allowed to take part in. The general idea is that you log on and attempt to get the highest score in a variety of specially designed games and quizzes. Winners are awarded with £100 bet vouchers upwards. In addition to all these features, Blue Square like Ladbrokes and unlike Betfair are absolutely tax and commission free. So what you bet is what you receive, there are no last minute surprises. This provides a relaxed and reassuring environment for the thrilling betting experience. There is a wide range of categories, ranging from football and cricket, to cycling and even major league baseball. Major League baseball being something that other major brokers don't offer. The service also has various specials such as politics and finance orientated to music. These bets are necessary moneymakers but they are very good fun and if by any chance (despite the ridiculous odds) you do win, the benefits and bonus' are rich. For anyone worried about the security of your information at the site, rest assured that it is safe. Apart from Blue Square being an independent site such as Ladbrokes (no banners etc), they refuse to pass on your personal information to third parties or partners without your absolute consent. In addition, the site uses 128 bit encryption which ensures the security of vital information such as credit card numbers and hides it from the notorious hacker as if flies across cyber space. In conclusion, Blue Square is an excellent bookmaker. They provide intricate and honest odds, which allows the users to benefit from an exciting and rewarding gambling environment. The staff at Bluesquare were, in my personal experience very kind and generous in their help providing extra links and advice in their emails. In addition, users won't be inundated with junk email from partners because Blue Square h
          olds your information with the utmost sincerity and security. Although I haven't won as much as with Ladbrokes, Blue Square has defiantly become my second favourite and more importantly my second community.

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            05.05.2002 23:30
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            Blue Square is simply amazing. It;s so easy to win on the site, especially with the free £10 sign up bonus. Here's my £56 story: Saturday 4 May. 2.35pm. The FA Cup final is just moments away, 25 minutes to be exact and I fancy a little wager to make my televised football a little more interesting. As a Manchester United supporter, I was a neutral fan in the final between Arsenal and Chelsea and had never bet on a match before. However, today I felt lucky. I had seen many banners on the internet before saying ?Free £10 Bet? or ?Free £20 sign up bonus?. Fortunately, I was on a website which had a Blue Square banner on it so I clicked there and was diverted to the Blue Square website. I signed up and deposited £20. My account was then instantly deposited with an extra £10, curtesy of Blue Square as a sign up bonus. The time was now 2.45pm. The FA Cup kick off was just 15 minutes away. There was now £30 in my account and I went to the homepage which had the FA Cup Final as the main feature. I clicked on the link and was searching through the wide range of bets available. I couldn?t choose just one out of them all so decided to choose four! As I was almost certain Arsenal were going to win the match, every bet was going their way. They were: 1.Ljungberg scores the first goal of the match. Bet: £3.70. Profit if bet wins: £25.90 2.Arsenal win 2-0. Bet £6.30. Profit if bet wins: £63 3.Arsenal win 2-1. Bet: £3.00. Profit if bet wins: £24.00 4.Henry scores and Arsenal win 2-1. Bet: £4.00. Profit if bet wins: £112 My account balance was now just £13, which means if I lose all my bets, I would lose £17! (but £10 out of the £17 was free, so really I would only lose £7!) The match was underway at 3.00pm, and at half time, it was 0-0. It looked like I was going to lose money. But in the second half, Arsenal scored in the 69th minute, making it 1-0 to Arsenal. 80 minutes gone, and I am just minutes away from losing £17. But then after
            81 minutes of football, Arsenal score again, making it 2-0! I pray that it stays that way and neither side score. 93 minutes gone. Final score: 2-0 to Arsenal, which means I won my second bet, giving me a profit of £63! I check my Blue Square account and find that I have £76 in the account. Now since I deposited £20 at the beginning, I have made £56 (£76-£20=£56). All this in just 2 and a half hours! Well there?s my £56 story?.some of you may find it very boring but it was a life changing moment for me! Well, maybe not life changing but I was very happy when I won! Now, back to a normal review? The Blue Square website doesn?t only have football to bet on. It has many other sports, including worldwide ones such as Baseball and Basketball. You can even bet if you are in another country other than the UK, and you would still get the free £10 (although it would be converted to your currency). Most sports are available to bet on along with some other bets, such as betting on soaps, music and some 2002 specials. (odds for Kat Slater from Eastenders to be landlady of the Queen Vic are 25/1!) You can deposit money into your Blue Square account using a Solo, Switch, Visa, Delta or Mastercard. The minimum deposit is £10, however the minimum bet on Blue Square is just 50p. But be warned, the card you use to make you first deposit is the card you must use to make all deposits and withdrawals from Blue Square. If you do win a bet, your winnings or not directly credited to your account. They are funded to your Blue Square account and you can withdraw however much you want from there onto your bank account. Do not be afraid to make a deposit with your credit card as it is safe and secure ? there is a padlock in the bottom right hand corner of the screen which shows it is a secure connection. The layout of the website is superb. It is easy to use and navigate around. You can check your overall betting history and you can view th
            e odds on the website as decimals or as fractions, I think fractions is easier as you just multiply however much you want to bet by the decimal amount to see how much you can potentially win. Overall, Blue Square is a superb betting service. It is easy to use, safe, secure and of course, you get a free £10 if you sign up and deposit £10! So don?t delay, start winning today! But remember one thing?as it says on the Blue Square website, only bet with money you can afford to lose!

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              18.04.2002 02:28
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              I don't bet very often, in fact I only have a flutter on the Grand National once a year. Having just acquired Sky Digital, I was pleased to see I could sign up to Blue Sq and get a free £10 credited to my account when I placed my first bet. It's probably more Sky's fault than Blue Sq, but the service took absolutely ages and ages to work, however I got my £10.00 and felt quite pleased. I signed up the day before the National, on the Saturday morning I eagerly went to place my bets and couldn't access the service - there was also no customer service number for Blue Sq - the given number took me through to SKY. So I went to the Blue Sq website where, after 9 attempts I was able to log in. They do have an support email to contact and I must say they responded within 2 hours which I was impressed with. Once logged in and able to access the service I found it easy to use, although the site was slow. There was a wide choice of bets including special national bets and also non-sport related bets. I'm pleased to say that my horse came 3rd and I won £9, I'm also pleased to say that Blue Sq credited my account very promptly. Only wish I could log in again to get my winnings!

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                A gambling man I certainly ain't. Infact when my horse came home fourth in the grand national I had to wait until the website told me how much I'd won. But I still managed to make myself £15 on Saturday while only betting 50p of my own money. Wanna know how? Read on.... From time to time Blue Square offer a free £10 bet when you join up; they ran the promotion last Wimbledon, and again for this years Grand National. It's probably finished now, but that doesn't detract from the fact that they are a decent gambling site, although I can't say I've tried them all. Typing www.bluesq.com in to your browser takes you to the site, where you have the choice to register, log in, or browse the site as a guest. You have to be a member to gamble, but joining is easy and free, and only takes a few moments. It's the usual stuff - name, address, declaring you are over 18 etc. Once this is done, you can deposit money in to your account - this is done using either a credit or debit card, and thankfully they accept just about all of them. To claim the ten pounds free offer you need to deposit a minimum of £10 in your account, and then make a bet. The site remembers your card number for future deposits and withdrawals from your account. On the one hand this saves time typing in your card details, but I'm never happy to know that my debit card details are sitting on a servers hard drive somewhere. Anyway, crediting your account is instantaneous, so within about 10 minutes of visiting the site you can make your first bet. Withdrawing money from your account is equally as simple, although depending on which credit/debit card you have it may take a week or so to arrive back in your account. I had no real intention of betting lots of my own money, I wanted to have some fun with their free £10, but to gain this I needed to make a bet first. The minimum stake is 50p, so I had a quick check in the newspaper and put 50p on the nose on
                a horse running at a race at Aintree. I had never had a real bet before, and watching the race on TV even for such a small stake was quite exciting. Unfortunately the horse I picked came dead last, but never mind, I'd only wasted 50p! Betting on the site is easy as everything is split up in to categories. The site concentrates on sport but does have limited betting on other events, and the stock market. Within the sports section there are all the sports you would expect, football, racing, rugby, snooker - it's all there. There loads of options available, you can bet either on the current price or the price at the start of the race, add bets together and make forecasts on lots of things at once. It's all rather clever, most is way above my head, but the site does make it as clear as possible. Simple bets (ie on one horse) have a returns calculator to tell you how much you can win, but more complex bets (ie. the ones that might take you a while) don't have this calculator, which is annoying. Anyway, when you've chosen your bet you select how much money you want to bet, click the button, confirm it, and then wait for the event to take place. I have little knowledge of gambling but I managed to understand it, it really isn't that daunting! Once I had placed my 50p bet the free £10 arrived in my account. They aren't as silly as to let you transfer this back to your bank, but I could transfer my original £9.50 (£10 minus the 50p bet) back in to my account. So I did. I was left with £10 in my Blue Square account, free to bet on whatever I wanted, and all I'd done was spend 50p. Good deal if you ask me! If you want to play it safe at this point you can bet on a snooker or tennis match (or something where there are only two outcomes, player A wins or player B wins). If you choose one with even odds, say both players are 5-7. Bet £5 on each, then whoever wins you will then win the same amount of money, plus one of t
                he £5 stakes back giving you about £7.50 for free. But that would be boring - instead why not start off gambling for real, safe in the knowledge that you aren't losing your own money! Details of all your bets are available in your user account on the site, you can see previous bets, bets waiting to be resolved and how much you've won. I was very impressed with the sites update time, when I won on the national the money was in my account on the site within 10 minutes of the race ending. Speedy service indeed! Overall the site is slick, and easy to use for a newbie to the gambling scene. From what I saw odds are competitive when compared with high street bookies, and the range of bets available is impressive. It's also one of the biggest name online bookies, so you can have confidence in them. Still, I won't be staying. Gambling isn't my thing, and in the end only the bookies will win. Unless, of course, you're using their money!

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                  BlueSQ are one of the leading sports betting companies on the web, offering tax free betting on all major, and some minor, sporting events across the globe. I'll say straight off that I'm not a gmabler but I do recognise a little free cash when I see it and thats exactly what BlueSQ are offering right at this moment...well almost. But first the boring stuff: ~Site Design~ I can't say I'm all that impressed with BlueSQ's site design in all honesty. Its very minimalist, black text on white background with the occassional bits of blue here and there to keep the company's 'blue' feeling throughout. Of course, no one would put flashy colours, wonderful animation etc. over content, but all of these kinds of sites I have visited seem to have pretty much the same content and get away with looking a little more visually appealing. Strangely as well, despite the lack of graphics and other memory hogs the pages on the site are rather slow loading which is rather annoying because none of us like waiting for pages to load up - you'd be forgiven for going elsewhere - but don't. Not yet anyway. ~Navigation~ Navigation around the site is easy. Every page has a number of labelled tags to click on which enable easy progress around the site. Clicking a tab will take you to one of the main pages inside which itself will have stories and links to the major bets around at the moment. Select an event and a list of available bets and odds is displayed - betting is then a simple case of point, click and enter your required amount, bet type etc. which appears in a popup box. Navigation around the site can not be faulted, its all very simple and somewhat idiot proof, it being one of the aims of BlueSQ to simplify betting for the masses. ~Site Content~ I am not a connoiseur of betting sites, nor do I frequently gamble but of those I have seen this is one of the best in terms of content. BlueSQ are one
                  of the most respected of all the online gambling sites, with 150,000 members they are also the UK's largest and offer a good range and selection of bets including all the major, and some minor sporting event, as well as some of the more outlandish bets you won't find in your local bookies or other online bookie, such as being able to bet on the outcome of soap operas(no really!) and the world poker tournament(go Devilfish!). I placed a bet on the Thaiwan Snooker Championship yesterday so they are certainly not limited in what you can bet on as far as I can tell. You can even play the Irish and Spanish lotteries here as well if you can't get enough of our own. Flutter.com used to be the place for fun bets but sadly that site seems to have changed dramatically so you're better off coming here. One really good thing is that you do not have to register to browse the site. Clicking the guest link will provide you access so that you can bypass the initial log-in screen and wander around the site unhindered. You won't be able to place bets etc. but it gives you a flavour of whats on offer. ~Newbies?~ If you are new to the world of betting then the site offers help to get you on your way and to make sure that you place the kind of bet you want to. There are step by step instructions on how to set up your account and place your bet as well as plenty of information on the bet types and what they entail. Placing a bet as a newbie can be a pretty daunting task, wander into a bookies and you'll no doubt have little clue what one of thsoe scary forms means but BlueSQ makes it much easier. Maybe not a good thing in some ways... ~Registration~ Before you can place a bet here(or at any other betting site of course) you need to actually register your details with them - which will include a credit/debit card number as well because thats how they credit/debit your account with cash. When you join you'll need to enter th
                  e usual set of personal details and your credit card number to make a deposit into your account. A deposit of a minimum of £10 must be made into your account when you first register and minimum deposits and withdrawals are £10 from that point onwards. Registration is quick and painless with none of those annoying demographic questions and such like which slow down the process - it takes around 5 mins at the most. ~Cards Accepted~ The major credit cards are accepted : Visa, Switch, Delta, Mastercard, Switch, Solo. ~Betting~ Having registered you'll no doubt want to place a bet - again this is very simple. Browsing around the site is easy so finding the bet you want to place isn't going to be a problem. Clicking the link to you required bet brings up a pop-up window with the odds and bet type asking you to enter the cash amount to bet, bet type and confirmation of the above. Once placed a bet can not be recinded so best make damn sure its what you want to do - and be careful where you shove that decimal place! Minimum bets are of £0.50 with a maximum of something hopefully you won't be touching unless you hit the lottery jackpot sometime soon. Once placed its a case of sit and wait for the result. You can't bet more than what is already in your BlueSQ account, it doesn't come directly from your bank account even though they have your card details. On gripe here is that although you are shown the odds of your bet, keying in a cash amount to bet does not calculate a 'returns' value based upon that - you have to go grab a calculator yourself. Minor gripe, but other sites do it for you and its kinda courteous to do so seeing as the returns are what all site users are interested in rather than just what they stand to lose! ~Tax on bets~ 0%. This is 100% tax free betting. ~Your Account Page~ Your account page offers you the chance to check the progress of your bets, change yo
                  ur user details, password etc, and take money out of /out more into your account, the value of which can also be found here. You are given the option of looking at all placed bets, queried by date and status which are listed together with how much you won or were set back upon losing. Again, outstanding results are not shown with how much you stand to win if the bet comes through on your side which is a bit of a bummer. Navigation around here is easy though and deposits/withdrawals are simply a case of entering te amount and your password for further verification as an extra security measure - your credit card details are held and therefore do not need to be entered again. ~!!FREE MONEY!!~ Ok, this bit finally. I was attracted to BlueSQ by a freebie site which claimed that you would be given a tenner just for registering. Having heard all this before from other sites which then transpire that you have to bet £50 to receive the £10 or such like I was less than convinced but went along to check it out. The same site had recommended flutter.com to me many moons ago which gave me £20 without ANY kind of initial outlay whatsoever. BlueSQ however ARE true to their word. Deposit £10 into your account and after your first bet they'll put £10 of their money into your acount as well. That first bet can be any amount on any sporting event - so 50p on a long odds-on favourite will suffice and a tenner is yours, win or lose! Of course you need to rebet this before you can withdraw it, but as you are allowed to bet on anything then I suggest a long odds-on favourite again, cross fingers and run with the meagre returns and their tenner - but the choice is yours. Not exactly free money, but on the unlikely setting that you lose, then you've only lost 50p. Worth a gamble with those odds if you ask me. NOTE: The free £10 offer is exclusive to TaxFreeBet.co.uk, an online portal bringing you the best freebies in betting so you'll need to click the
                  link through from the address below or the offer will not be available: http://www.eshops.co.uk/bet/bluesq ~Drawbacks~ Betting should only be considered as a hobby, there are far too many who let the thrill consume them and ultimately destroy them. One of the biggest problems that I see with this kind of site is the ease with which money can be clicked back and forth from your bank account and there is something of a feeling of unreality of typing numbers into boxes as opposed to handing over cold, hard cash at a betting shop. I can see it being VERY easy to get out of your depth at an online bookie so be aware of this and remember to bet ONLY that which you can afford. Bookies make money because the odds are stacked in their favour so never expect to wander into one and make a profit - just do it for the fun...and keep it fun! If you do have a problem then these guys can help : http://www.gamblersanonymous.co.uk/ ~Overall~ If you are looking for an online bookie then you can't go far wrong with this one. Ignoring the initial offer which is actually rather over-generous and may not stick around too long considering the number of people who will no doubt perform a smash and grab raid on the site it is still rather good. Navigation is simple, they claim their aim is to cut out the jargon which makes gambling complicated and for the most part they do and you can bet on a wide variety of different sports and other non-sporty fun matters. On the downside it looks rather drab and personally I find the pages load rather slowly but I suppose thats not too much to grumble about. Whether they offer the best odds on the net is debatable - seems to be swings and roundabouts to me anyway whereever you look, but most won't care to go hunting out that extra percentage. If the odds weren't that great then they wouln't be consistently picking up awards from various sources and their userbase would be low
                  er, so they must be doing something right.

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                    10.11.2001 23:19
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                    The Blue Sq website is absolutely superb. This must be one of the easiest ways to make a bet. The added bonus is that you won't look stupid by going into a bookmakers and not knowing what you are doing. You can make bets for as little as 50p as long as you deposit the required funds into your account by credit or debit card. Withdrawing money is also easy with the company arranging transfer of the cash back to the card with which you have set up your account. The site is updated regularly with various sports such as (obviously) football, ice hockey and rugby. Many smaller events are only put onto the site just a few hours before commencing. This is actually quite good as it means the site isn't cluttered up with many small events happening in the distant future. There are the usual bets on winners of individual games and championships as well as the option to make multiple bets combining various events. As well as sports there are various other things you can bet on such as the outcome of lotteries and the chances of snow on christmas day. The fact that you can bet just 50p means that you can place small ludicrous bets that would be too embarassing to do in public. Registration is painless and takes just a couple of minutes then you can start gambling straight away. Complaints are dealt with in 2 hours during the day 7 days a week. I was just about to email a query over the outcome of a bet today but before I could do so they corrected it. Now that's what I call a response time. My views may be clouded by my bet on Beckham to score first aginst Sweden! I will try not to let my 4 pounds 50 winnings affect my life.

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                    25.08.2001 01:12
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                    Bluesq.com is just one of a host of betting sites on the internet, and one I had neglected until recently. They used to offer the tranditional incentive, the carrot that has been dangled to potential punters since phone betting first came in, namely a free bet, although there is currently no promotion for this, although in the past there was a free ten pound bet when you joined. So if there was no incentive to join, why did I plump for it? At the time I was having to place a bet for an Australian friend on the Ashes, and the odds were the best for his bet that he wanted placed, so it was as simple as that. --- As with all betting sites, there is more to just betting on the horses these days, with betting possible on a wide range of sport, and with mybluesq.com you can choose what you want to appear on your front page, if they are certain sports that interest you more than others to bet on, and the set up is very easy. The sign-up process is very easy, with the mandatory contact details, login name and password as well as card details so that you can put money into your “account”. One of the advantages of online betting, and one that is the case with bluesq.com is the fact that as well as betting from the comfort of wherever your computer may be, you can also enjoy tax free betting, i.e. you are not liable to pay the 9% betting tax (well it was 9% when I was last in Britain!) that you would have to if you went to your local “turf accountant”. The range of sports is comparable to that of its competitors and in the ever diversifying world of betting you can bet on increasing numbers of things, and to give an example of the current Ashes cricket series, you can bet on series scores, game results, team totals, matchwinners, innings totals, next man out. The odds are constantly changing with odds e.g. England to win the match having drifted from 25-1 to 33-1 in the last 15 minutes as I type.
                    Another choice of bets other than for sports and events (e.g. Big Brother, Tory Leadership etc.) is for the financial markets with a wide range of different bets on the various markets (American, London, Fast East and European) with currencies, commodities and stocks all represented. The site is well laid out, and your account page is very simple to understand, telling you how much you have laid as a stake, whether to win, or each way, and the odds at which you placed the bet, the stake value, and also the money returned/refunded (i.e. won or refunded in the event of a bet being void – e.g. a horse not running, someone not competing.) An example of the latter was me placing an each-way bet on Heinz Harald Frentzen to win a Grand Prix, when of course he promptly got sacked two days later. My stake was refunded in full, without any problems. The site is simple to understand and a lot less cluttered than many betting sites. You can search your transactions between certain dates of for a certain historical period, and withdrawing money from your account (i.e. putting it back into your bank account) or depositing (i.e. debiting your bank account) are simple procedures, which require your password for security purposes. The minimum initial deposit is £10 which is more or less standard across the board. A comprehensive help section offers you all the guidance you need and explains how to place bets, talks about the site security/integrity for those who are new to it, and general frequently asked questions. All in all bluesq.com is an easy to use site, which is reliable and certainly is one to recommend, although you may find introductory offers elsewhere (incentive bets e.g. free £10 for registering). Of course as with all betting sites, your self control is essential, as otherwise you can lose a lot of money that you may not have to lose. Use with caution!

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                      22.08.2001 00:41
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                      Bluesq.com, better known as Blue Square, are the UK's largest interactive book maker. They provide online betting, as well as betting through your WAP phone and through interactive TV (on sky's OPEN service). The Bluesq.com website is very basic by design, not too many options, simply log in and select either sports, financial or sports betting. You also have the option to customize the 'home page' to display your favorite betting, this is very useful as it can act as a calander aswell. The website is reasonably fast, very rarely does it carry any problems. It is updated regularly and always has an excellent spread of bets. Unlike many other book makers, you can email them to suggest a bet if they haven't got it on offer themselves. I haven't used this service but does seem like a great idea. To receive a free £10 bet with BlueSq.com, you must join the site through one of it's affiliates. The one I joined through www.freeguide.co.uk and received my £10 the same day. To qualify you must be 18 yrs or over, have a UK bank account, etc. You must also place a bet first to receive the free £10 bet. This can be as little as 50p. You can also receive a free £5 bet if you register through Sky's interactive service, although I'm unsure of the terms and conditions of that. All in all, the free bet is a great incentive to join. However, what I like most about this site is its fair odds and wide range of things to bet on. Having use a betting portal (that searches accross all the major betting sites for the best odds), I have noticed that 8 times out of 10, Blue Square is the best bet.

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                      26.07.2001 06:28
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                      I signed up for this site via an opinion on it from another user and it was the best thing i could have done. When you sign up they give you a free £10 bet when you credit your account with £10 then all you have to do is find a bet for instances where two tennis players are the same price to win and put your tenner on one and the free tenner on the other and your guarenteed to come out up no matter who win's. I did this and got £18 in the account after i'd won my tennis bet and i have not looked back since i have at least trebled that same £10 just on fun little bets such as Big Brother evictions and the Cricket,but of course you can just withdraw your winnings if you like and bank it,you won't even have to use the site again although as a betting site it is brilliant with a huge variety of bet's from Football to the Conservative leadership race. I bet a little for fun every now and again and would never advise anybody to take it up seriously so if you have addictive tendancies then avoid this site altogether. So for your Free money just click the link above and away you go,after all you got nothing to lose.

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                        Blue Square - strange name and I'm not really sure where it comes from, but to be honest I don't care !! Let's get things straight - I'm NOT a gambling man - I don't take delight in betting and the associated risks, but I just can't resist a freebie. Now come on, bookies don't give things away do they ? Well, if you play your cards right, the internet can be a veritable goldmine of quick little ventures, none too valuable by itself, but collectively quite a nice little earner. The cost of these opportunities ? Well, as the market trader shouts - not £50, not £40, not even £10, but to you sir/madam - free as a special offer !! Bluesquare offers new punters who join through various links a free £10 bet - pick a winner and you're on a winner, take the cash, say thanks very much Mr Blue Square and walk away - the only money risked is their money. Now, before you say it isn't that simple, well it is - I've done it, and they paid up fair and square, no questions asked and no complaints. If you don't think you can guess (bet) successfully, then try another tip - pick an event where there are only 2 possible outcomes - put the free money on the 'favourite' bet and cover the outsider with your own money. Here is an example : Odds are 3/5 and 6/5 Put £10 on at 2/5 if you win you get £14 back. Put £5 on the 6/5 if this wins you get £11 back. You then are risking £5 of your money with a guarantee of a minimum return of £11 (£6 profit). If you pick your event, and mix and match your 'investments' you can usually guarantee that you get some 80% of the free stake back. This isn't cheating, and I'm not recommending gambling in any way shape or form - but if a guy is offering money for free - well let me join the queue !! Don't worry about not having heard of Blue Square - they are a fair
                        and well known internet bookmaker, they pay-up on time, their odds are fair and their website offers a good range of 'events' on which to speculate - but then I'm not hear to advocate gambling, just making a quick few quid !! If you want a link the freeguide.co.uk usually has one available for the free £10 bet !!

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                          28.06.2001 18:50
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                          Quick get some free cash now! It's so simple it's not alot but at least you can get something from the bookies for nothing. Blue Square are doing a free bet on Wimbledon as an offer if you deposit £10 with them and place a bet on a tennis game, they will automatically give you £10 straight into your account. You can't take the free £10 out so you bet Against yourself on the bet you have just placed. For example If the tennis match was Andre Agassi V Pete Sampras, you put your £10 on Agassi to win place your second free £10 bet on Sampras to win! you can't lose, one of them will win. You have to find the closest odds on each player in order to take full advantage of the bet. If the odds are 5/6 for Agassi and 5/6 for Sampras then your returns are £18.33 you originally only deposited £10 so you have made £8.33 profit for 10 minutes of registering not bad hey! Just withdraw your money and you don't have to bet again. The only down side is you can only do this once. Obviously if you look at todays matches you want to try and get the best odds you can get in order to take full advantage i.e, both players prices want to be around 5/6 because thats about the best price the bookies will give! If the prices aren't that good check out some of the games coming up this week, until you get the best you can. All the games are listed under the Wimbledon Coupon. Check out my other opinion on on-line betting and gambling for some other useful beat the bookie tips. Come on take them for all you can! Happy Gambling...!

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                            This is one of the better internet betting sites, principally because it is designed better than most. Clear, crisp graphics allow easy access to all bets and the range is quite impressive, especially so for those who prefer the financial markets to sports. Incentives for joining betting sites have dropped in recent moths because, one suspects, far too many people were adept at making them pay, but Blue Square continue with their £10 free bet option. Simply deposit a minimum of £10, place a bet (minimum bet 50p) and you'll be credited with the £10. It is also worth noting that at times the site does a few excellent offers to promote betting - at the recent election you could get evens on Anne Widdecombe to poll more votes than Jordan in their respective constituencies (but could place no more than £5 unfortunately).

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