Jan 1: Darts & Other Sports Tips

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IT’S time to shake off the New Year’s day hangover and devour a feast of darts with the World Championships quarter-finals taking centre stage today.

Following the shock defeat of Michael van Gerwen in the previous round, Phil Taylor suffered a similar fate as he crashed to Jelle Klaasen.

So defending champ Gary Anderson is now just 2-1 title favourite at Unibet but he faces a dangerous opponent today in James Wade.

Raymond van Bernevled takes on Michael Smith and Klaasen is expected to make it past Alan Norris.

Tie of the round looks to be the final match of the night with two-times champ Adrian Lewis 13-16 at 888sport to get the better of Peter Wright, a 6-5 outsider at Stan James.

Our resident darts expert Lockuptipster landed two winners from two with his tips on the last day’s action so be sure to check out his latest picks when the thread goes up today.

Elsewhere in the sporting world today there’s international cricket – New Zealand v Sri Lanka in an ODI – plus Pro12 rugby union and a handful of NBA matches among the highlights.

Post your tips and chat here and happy new year to all visitors and contributors to the sports thread.

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    primetime 11 months ago

    Not a lot of value in anything within the Bama Spartans game… First thought was Derek Henry LAST TEAM TD scorer, that is available at Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes. Don’t have an account with any of them so went with over 1.5 field goals at evens (365) in the end.

    Bama will win this without a shadow of a doubt. They have the best O-line and D-line in the country, it will probably be close for the first quarter, by half time Bama will start to pull away and Henry will wear the Spartans down by the 4th.

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    bullseye 11 months ago

    World Championship darts quarter finals afternoon session:

    Singles:

    Norris vs Klaasen, Norris over 9.5 180’s 6/5 **NAP**

    Norris vs Klaasen, over 18.5 total 180’s 10/11

    Anderson vs Wade, Anderson -1.5 4/6 **NB**

    Norris has only dropped two sets on route to the quarter finals by defeating Thornton 3-0, Murnan 4-1 and Webster 4-1. The main reason for this has been his relentless bombarding of the treble twenty bed which has seen his opponents struggle to stay with him.. In all three rounds so far his maximum scoring has been consistently high. In the first to four sets format of the last 32 and last 16 he has posted respectable counts of eleven and nine 180’s, so in the longer first to five sets format of the quarter finals, against Klaasen who is also expected to hit big scores, there will likely
    be more sets played out between the two and Norris should register at least ten maximums to cover his line.

    Klaasen hit fifteen 180’s against Taylor and Norris hit nine aginst Webster in the third round This is a match where both are very capable of contributing to the total tally. Looking at some of the various matches of the quarter final stage from previous years, the target of nineteen 180’s has been achieved several times so I think considering the participants of this match where both are heavy scorers and with it now being best of nine sets, it is a good bet to take.

    Wade hit twenty five 140’s but only three 180’s against Caven. Anderson hit seven 180’s, had a 40% sucess rate on doubles and finished on a 101.5 average which saw him blow away Van der Voort 4-0. Wade very nearly conceeded a set to a poor Wes Newton and did drop a set to Caven on route to the quarters. If Anderson displays his usual power scoring of 180’s, 140’s and can maintain a decent checkout percentage on the doubles, he should be able to win the match relatively comfortably so the -1.5 handicap is a good market to use here.

    Prices with Bet365

    Good luck all

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      richb20806 11 months ago

      Generally follow yours and tungstens darts tips and do well from it thank you.

      Watching Klaasen dismantle Taylor the other night left me tempted to put a small bet on him taking the tournament. Been a few shocks, esp MVG bowing out. Skybet offering 8/11 on over 17.5 180’s which I think seems a decent one considering these 2 players.

      Was also looking at maybe Klaasen most 180’s at 5/6.

      My main issue is if I choose my own bet it fails lol.

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      simpledxb 11 months ago

      Great write up again @bullseye – thank you. Only cure for a NYE hangover is more beer and the darts on the Telly…

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    nick2 11 months ago

    McCollum is sh*t hot at the moment!

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    raoul duke 11 months ago

    New Orleans Pelicans -2.5 @ 1.90 (Bet 365) – 5 Points. – *LOST*

    Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) Over 25.5 Points @ 1.83 (PP) – *WON*

    Brandon Knight (Phoenix Suns) Under 27.5 Points and Assists @ 1.83 (PP) – *WON*

    Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) Under 15.5 Rebounds @ 1.83 (PP) – *LOST*

    As usual my prop bets are in profit.

    Definitely a turning point for me…. it’s time to stick to what im good at.

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    aldave 11 months ago

    Hi guys, first tip on here. I’ve been following this site for a while now. I’ve had quite a few good days on the NCAAF bowls so I’m going to share todays ones with you and hope if you follow they come in.

    Cheeky treble is
    Northwestern +8.5
    Ohio State -6
    Florida/Michigan over 39.5
    6.1/1 on bet365

    Although Florida and Michigans strongest points would be their defence, I fancy a nice flowing game. If I was to pick the best one for a single it would be Ohio ST I think they will just have the edge over Notre Dam.

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    captain 11 months ago

    Yesterday was a really good day, couldn’t tip in play because I didn’t have the time to but GSW weren’t the favourites to win even with a 4 point lead in the 2nd quarter, I know curry and Barnes are out but they are still a good team, maybe GSW can be looked at again against the Nuggets on Saturday if they get of to a slow start, the bookies may under estimate the rest of the squad,

    Anyway on to tonight, no stand out bets on the spread, but the Maverricks were mighty impressive last time out, anyone else like the look of +3 v the Heats

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    rmsam 11 months ago

    Whilst scouring the cards for a striking bet, one single that jumps out to me is James Wade over 6.5 180s

    Ladbrokes have James Wade over 6.5 maximums at 10/11.
    For me this is a steal! James is very much a confidence player, And as Bullseye mentioned. He hit 25x 140’s!!! and only 3 x 180s, That could have been alot difference had a few of them 140s turned into 180s.

    He hit 5 against Newton previous.

    I understand the line set here, However a player of Wades calibre, in a match at this crucial stage over a much longer match period (Especially if Wade holds throw and wins a few sets. i am confident he will hit the line. Plenty of time

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    tungsten 11 months ago

    Glad i can just lie down and watch darts all day.

    Norris over 8.5 180s 4/5 NAP

    Sidebet:
    Wade over 120.5 checkout 5/6

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    richb20806 11 months ago

    Bet 2:
    Norris over 8.5 180’s. 1 point at 4/5.

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    rmsam 11 months ago

    Norris currently on 5.
    Need klaasen to get a few sets here, to give Norris more time to land another 4 maximums

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    primetime 11 months ago

    Last night’s field goal bet was let down by a turnover right at the end of the first half when the Spartans were in field goal territory.

    There are 5 bowl games on today and I have gone with a long (ish) shot of;

    Tennessee ML
    Michigan State ML
    Ohio State ML
    Standford ML

    Pays around 3/1.

    With bigger stake, I have also gone for the treble taking out Tennessee. Wolverines have the better coaching and play calling against a Florida team that lost it’s promising QB midway through the season due to using PED. Ohio State on paper should win, talent loaded in every skill position but motivation could be a factor having won it all last year and not even making the playoff this year. I fancy Urben Meyer to fire these guys up with a lot of them playing for draft stock in this game. And Standford, well, Christian McCaffrey. The kid is a god out there and I don’t think Iowa’s offense can keep up with Stanford’s.

    Happy new year guys :)

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    richb20806 11 months ago

    Bet 2:
    Norris over 8.5 180’s. 1 point at 4/5.

    *win*

    Now need to look for something from the next game lol

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    the lucky filipino 11 months ago

    Bullseye you amazing man!!! Thanks for your NAP again mate..!!!!!!! Woohoooooo!!!!💪🏾

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    gunner 11 months ago

    Jelle you beauty! Awesome 1st game. 180’s for days & great for betting.

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    greaves 11 months ago

    Great 1st game. Thanks again Bullseye & all for Darts insight!

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    richb20806 11 months ago

    Bet3:
    Going to go with the tip from rmsam and go with a point on wade over 6.5 180’s at 5/6 on skybet.

    Totally agree to be fair and with the longer game and the sheer amount of 140s I think he will either cover it with ease or totally crack today.

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      aldave 11 months ago

      I’m also on this, after watching that first set I can’t see it happening. Wade doesn’t even look like peppering the treble 20.

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        richb20806 11 months ago

        Yeah been a bit painful lol. Certainly can’t see it happening now but so far today has been pretty good. Think I’ll follow your am football tip mate. Follow the nfl like crazy but never bet on this the college stuff before

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    mulac 11 months ago

    pacers -5.5 *lost*
    GSW/Rockets over 210.5 *won*

    4/1 *lost*

    i need to stick to singles…

    Hornets/raptors over 197 10/11

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    Smouha inplay -19.5

    1 point on

    Doubled with BTTS wolves game

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    nick 11 months ago

    @Jordan, any thoughts on Otto Porter Jr tonight.
    Seems like he’s getting decent minutes again after being out with an injury and in both of those games he’s hit 20+ yet his line is set at o12.5. Might just jump back on the Nikola Vucevic bandwagon as he’s on a hot streak right now!

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    Smouha inplay -19.5

    62- 32

    WINNER !!

    come on brighton

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    punterpounder 11 months ago

    inplay wawrinka 13/8 @willhill he lost 1st set is coming back and this price looks too big so worth jumping on for a bit of value if nowt else

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    bit of interest in footy im on over 10 corners and btts at just over 3`s

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    bullseye 11 months ago

    World Championship darts quarter finals afternoon session:

    Singles:

    Norris vs Klaasen, Norris over 9.5 180’s 6/5 **NAP** WON

    Norris vs Klaasen, over 18.5 total 180’s 10/11 WON

    Anderson vs Wade, Anderson -1.5 4/6 **NB** WON

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    ourwullie 11 months ago

    Excellent tipping bully!!

    Same again tonight please??

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    nick 11 months ago

    Tempted by Zeke Elliot o132.5 but it does seem a little high even for him!

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    bit of interest in footy im on over 10 corners , cover available of under 12 corners at 4/1 if taken as a single…

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      finchy 11 months ago

      cheers huggy, took the double!

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        huggybear518 11 months ago

        TOP MAN FINCHY ,

        nice little winner that… late coming that QPR goal , but late will do us..

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          finchy 11 months ago

          anytime will do us for sure. done tungstens and bulls 4 bets as singles and 2 dbls, can fight through the hangover while i watch it. good luck everyone

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    tungsten 11 months ago

    Darts

    Norris over 8.5 180s 4/5 **WON**

    Evening

    Barneveld 10/11
    Wright over 9.5 180s 5/6
    Double 5/2

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    £2 on over 19 corners at 7/2

    just a fun bet

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    huggys nba shouts

    Otto Porter Jr Over (12.5) 5/6 —– 2 points

    Jimmy Butler Over (30.5) 5/6 —– 2 points

    heat/mavs Under (195.5) 10/11 ( main bet 4 points )

    Philadelphia 76ers 27/20 ML ( 2 points )

    GOOD LUCK ALL….

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    bullseye 11 months ago

    World Championship darts evening session:

    Singles:

    Van Barneveld vs Smith, over 7.5 sets 5/6 **NB**

    Wright vs Lewis, Wright win 11/10 **NAP**

    Van Barneveld vs Smith could potentially play out like Barney’s previous match against MVG. Smith is a heavy 180 scorer but when he doesn’t hit them in such high amounts they tend to end up as 140’s. Barney is predominantly more of a 140 scorer but this is all dependant on how sucessful his first dart is. Its worth saying that Barney hit seven 180’s but thirty 140’s against MVG in those seven sets of the 4-3 classic and those type of numbers are always going to hurt an opponent. Smith hit twelve maximums against Van de Pas in a ruthless 4-0 victory but against Beaton in round two only managed five with nineteen 140’s. Barney did well to absorb fifteen 180’s from Bunting in round two and managed to just make it over the line in the seventh set. I think 140’s and 134 cover shots are going to be very important in the outcome of this match. Barney has shown he can stay with opponents even when getting smashed with massively big scores whilst Smith has posted 100 averages in his last two matches so all things considered its likely neither player will open up a very large lead and at least eight legs should be played.

    Peter Wright is starting to display all the ingredients needed to be world champion. The most noticable thing is that he is now consistantly posting averages over 100. In round one he only dropped two legs to Brown in a 3-0 win. Against Ronnie Huybrechts he hit nine 180’s finishing on a 100 average and in the belter of a match against Chisnall hit fourteen 180’s posting a very impressive 105 average (2nd highest of the tournament) To add to this he also posseses the priceless ability of being able to checkout under extreme pressure. Lewis has won his last two encounters both 4-0 against Gilding and Suljovic hitiing eight and four 180’s respectively. Its fair to say he probably has had to more easier path to the quater finals of the two and he has’nt yet had serious questions thrown at his game which he has overcome. He is known for going off the boil in matches from time to time and this was the case against Suljovic where his range on the treble twenty was not as good so he subsequently finished the match on a 98 average. I think if Wright maintains the consistancy he has shown throughout the tournament up to now on the big scores, cover shots and doubling, he wins this.

    Prices with Bet365

    Good luck all

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    bit of interest in footy im on over 10 corners and btts at just over 3`s

    1 -1 AND 14 CORNERS

    3.03/1 WINNER !!!!

    nice little £30 win to lob on bullseyes NAP…

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    DAFT INPLAY

    FUS RT 5 CORNERS / FUS GOALS OVER 1.5

    DOUBLE PAYS 2.45/1

    £7

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    captain 11 months ago

    Mavericks +5.5
    Magic +3.5

    Double 1.77/1 with ladbrokes ,

    Hopefully two doubles in a row

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    nick 11 months ago

    Nikola Vucevic o19.5
    Otto Porter Jr o12.5
    Zaza Pachuila o10.5/Zaza Pachuila o19.5 P+RB
    Chris Bosh o20.5
    Robin Lopez o13.0 P+RB
    Nerlens Noel o11.5

    My quite long shortlist for tonight, any opinions would be appreciated!

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    Point on Wright over 8.5 180’s

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    primetime 11 months ago

    If anyone got on the treble / 4 fold mentioned earlier, cover is now available with only Stanford left to go.

    Iowa is 2/1 at the moment so price isn’t great though its hard to imagine Stanford not leading at any point so cover price will probably get better in-play, dependent on how much risk you fancy taking.

    Personally, I will not be covering yet, though I may look to if things start looking crap since I have a few bets riding on Stanford.

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      scattercash 11 months ago

      Hi prime time I followed your tips this morning. Liked them that much I even chanced a point on the early treble spreads which came in at 13/2. Looking forward to the Stanford Iowa game. Although I did fancy Iowa +6. Thanks again great tipping

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        primetime 11 months ago

        First play… 75 yard TD jesus!

        Hello pal, glad you got on buddy, lets hope Stanford don’t let us down, I am just a wee bit worried aha!

        Got Stanford in my spread which I didn’t put up because I didn’t have too confident on it but good on you, good start to the year, hey?

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      huggybear518 11 months ago

      Superb mate..

      Money 2 be won everywhere

      Many thanks

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      aldave 11 months ago

      Christian McCaffrey is just rolling in the money for me here tonight

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        aldave 11 months ago

        Just before that punt return I he lumped on O 61.5 so good start. Another TD before the half at least and should look good. Always got the cash out option

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          primetime 11 months ago

          I was looking at the Stanford points, currently standing at 48 which doesn’t actually look too bad to me. Didn’t take it when it was at 41, so will have a dabble on it now me thinks!

          Christian McCaffrey doooooh, the kid is a machine!

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    scattercash 11 months ago

    Amazing first play. I enjoy the college football great crowds atmosphere everything. Tigers and tide will be an interesting final. Then the draft to look forward to.

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      primetime 11 months ago

      Amazing… Stanford up 3 scores now… Cover price stands at 45/4 for anyone interested.

      Personally, I can’t stand the Tide, they are playing dull football where they are pounding the ball and choking the oppositions with dominating defense so I hope Tigers win, but its a tall order.

      The draft this year looks average but I agree, the draft is one that I look forward to very much myself!

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        aldave 11 months ago

        Iowa total points at 14.5 may be worth a small bet as they will get going at some point. And they have plenty of possession left in this game.

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    tomekplnd 11 months ago

    Bullseye and tungsten some great tipping on the darts today lads, with your tips I managed to go 3/3 with wrights & Norris’ 180s overs and sets overs in barnie’s game, keep up the great work boys!

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    scattercash 11 months ago

    It’s a massacre. Lol. What do I know they might need +60.

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    bullseye 11 months ago

    World Championship darts evening session:

    Singles:

    Van Barneveld vs Smith, over 7.5 sets 5/6 **NB**

    Wright vs Lewis, Wright win 11/10 **NAP**

    Wright only got going in the fourth set and missed crucial doubles too many times unfortunately. Both players finished on 103 averages but Wrights misses proved costly :(

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      bullseye 11 months ago

      an Barneveld vs Smith, over 7.5 sets 5/6 **NB** WON

      Wright vs Lewis, Wright win 11/10 **NAP** LOST

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        the lucky filipino 11 months ago

        Thanks again bully..unlucky with wrighty, would have been the icing on the cake..keep up the great tipping mate and well done to tungsten too with your 5/2 double..roll on 2morow 💪🏽..

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    raoul duke 11 months ago

    Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76er’s) Over 11.5 Points @ 1.83 (PP) – 1.2 Points
    Julius Randle (LA Lakers) Over 20.5 Points and Rebounds @ 1.83 – 1.2 Points

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    shotty 11 months ago

    Just 1 bet I’m on tonight

    Orlando magic money line 21/20

    Good luck!

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    aldave 11 months ago

    Stanford 48.5 (just 2 more TD’s) is 4/6 at the moment if anyone fancies it. They way they run their offence and the sheer class of McCaffrey I would say that’s a steal at that price.

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    jambo973 11 months ago

    going with a long shot 4 fold tonight had a good few days with hunter’s euro b-ball and tungsten and bullseye’s darts tips.

    Under 209.5 – 76ers @ Lakers – 1.83
    Mavs -2.5 – Mavs @ Heat – 2.50
    Over 200.5 – Mavs @ Heat – 2.35
    Over 208.5 = Magic @ Wizards – 2.40

    4-fold pays 25.85 at bet365

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    HullShaker 11 months ago

    Rare appearance outside of the football threads but always follow your work on here boys – very impressive stuff and I’d spend more time but simply don’t have it.

    Two for me this evening:

    Magic +1.5…10/11
    Game totals Over 203…10/11

    Best of luck with bets and for the New Year.

    Raoul, Cuba Libra with mescaline on the side for me.

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    huggybear518 11 months ago

    First prop otto jnr .. 1/2 a point needed 2nd half

    Got a chance

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