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first_imgFor the first time in living memory the outright markets provided for Dota’s flagship tournament, The International, have truly shown the potential for scope of outright esports markets.Multiple bookmakers have opted for an extensive range of markets, mainly based off Valve’s compendium but it’s comfortably the most comprehensive range of markets seen prior to an esports event that we can remember. Bet365 continue to lead the charge.The bookmaker has offered a staggering:168 tournament markets (including specials);18 markets per match;1464 total markets.Simply put — it’s a fitting way to price up the world’s biggest esports tournament by prizepool. Over $23,000,000 (and counting) is on the line in Seattle and Dota 2 offers a wealth of data to create innovative markets. Whether it’s based GPM, XPM or kills, last hits, assists, game time, tournament heroes picked — there’s a huge amount of data points and we’ve finally seen them being utilised pre-tournament.It owes in large part, arguably, to game developer Valve’s in-game Compendium. It encourages players to make predictions on a multitude of statistics across the tournament and thus automatically keeps tabs on the results. Therefore one would assume it makes a bookmakers job a whole lot easier when the data is 100% reliable and the markets are effectively ready made. Bet365 has not only taken those markets but also created specific hero versus hero match-ups and player versus player match-ups so there’s a huge amount for punters to choose from. The only criticism is that a user has to scroll an awful lot through “Specials” to actually find exactly what’s being offered. There’s little segregation so the user experience isn’t overly optimal — but that’s but a small gripe. The markets are available until tournament action gets underway in around six hours — so for those who want to have a look, make sure you act quickly. They won’t be around for long.It will be interesting to see if bookmakers price up the tournament again pre-main event. There’s a day in the middle (6th August) where the Group Stages are done, but we rarely see esports events updated for outrights mid-tournament. Unlike in football, where you can bet on the overall winner at pretty much every point, it doesn’t tend to be the case with esports for whatever reason. Here’s hoping that it may change in the future. Several other bookmakers have been offering impressive markets as well — Bet365 was just the first we noticed and the most comprehensive out there. For those wishing to have a dabble on The International 7 — check out our “Ready, Steady, Cook” series. Outrights;Day One. Esports Insider says: Let’s hope this has set the precedent for future esports events — not only for Dota but multiple titles. It’s an impressive effort.last_img read more

first_imgMr Connors, Mr Murphy and Dr O’Connor speak to the mediaHEALTH bosses have nailed rumours surrounding the future of jobs at Letterkenny General Hospital.They’ve also slammed claims that maintenance and work at the site hadn’t been carried out and this contributed to the flood which caused millions of euro worth of damage three weeks ago.They spoke out as the hospital’s interim Emergency Department begins operations today, taking some ambulance patients until Sunday night, with walk-in patients from north Donegal from Monday. Sean Murphy, the hospital manager, dismissed what he called “all sorts of rumours” about the future of catering services.Meals had been brought in from Mayo over the past fortnight but the cooking of all meals will resume in Letterkenny in two weeks’ time when new temporary facilities are opened.“There have been rumours and they’re not true,” said Mr Murphy.“We are working to do as many things as possible in as short a time as possible and catering will be back on site in the next two weeks. “Catering facilities are being organised and will be on site so that all meals for staff and patients will be prepared at the hospital in a couple of weeks time.”It’s understood management were keen to dismiss rumours that catering at the hospital was going to be outsourced to another company.Mr Murphy insisted staff would all be back on site and preparing meals.And Paul Connors, the head of the HSE’s Communications Department, said he wanted to “nail” the suggestion that the hospital had failed to comply with works in 2002.He said council officials and HSE officials had discussed the claims and concluded they were “rubbish.” Mr Connors said the HSE were “totally committed” to restoring all services to Letterkenny General Hospital in as short a time as possible.He and Mr Murphy confirmed that the Government waived red tape to allow work on the site to proceed quickly.Several local contractors won sub-contract work on the site including joiners and electricians.Dr Paul O’Connor, the hospital’s Clinical Director, said staff were pleased at how quickly progress had been made to begin the restoration of services. HOSPITAL MANAGER DISMISSES ‘RUMOURS’ OVER FUTURE OF HOSPITAL AND ITS STAFF was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cateringfloodjobsletterkenny hospitalRepairslast_img read more