12 August 2008 – Spanish football glory at last, Nadal finally breaking Federer’s five consecutive Wimbledon titles, Lewis Hamilton walking on water, and Calzaghe out boxing Hopkins. Sports fans have been in for a treat this summer, so with the 2008/09 instalment of the Premier League almost here, have we had our fill of sporting excitement already?
Pikum’s star host Helen Chamberlain of Soccer A.M. has been counting the days until the start of the season and reckons the fun has yet to start: “England has the best league in the world and though last season was a two horse race right until the last kick, I reckon Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will top the table again this season in the Premier League.”
Whatever you think is going to happen, Pikum lets you compete with other fans for cash and prizes in simple sweepstake style games. You can create your own Pikum and play against your mates as a weekly sweepstake with the best predictor winning the prize pool. Don’t have mates you want to compete with? You can join other fans in Pikums hosted by Helen or Setanta presenter Charlotte Jackson. You can choose to play for cash, or for bragging rights using Pikum’s free fun money currency – Pikles.
Helen says that below the big four is where it will get really interesting with: “The usual suspects - Villa, Spurs, Everton challenging for fourth.” She adds, “I’m looking forward to seeing what Fergie trainees Hughes and Ince can do at City and Blackburn though.
“After the Euro’s in June I’m looking forward to watching Modric at Spurs and let’s see if Walcott can build on last season, he could have a stormer if he does, especially with the exodus of Arsenal midfielders this summer. If Berbatov goes to United they won’t miss Ronaldo one bit and I’d love to see Keane playing with Torres at Liverpool.”
Helen told Pikum! fans Spain would win the Euros and she was right, but the summer’s been full of sporting surprises and the Premier League may bring more of the same. Compete in Helen’s 1st week-end predictor here: http://tinyurl.com/647bzo.
When you enter a Pikum! you have the benefit of being able to win even if you don’t predict exactly what’s going to happen. To win the bet, and the Pikum’s prize pool just guess more accurately than the other players. Even if you’re not 100 per cent right, you can still win.
Last season a Pikum! player and QPR fan from West London, won 1,049 pounds by making the below predictions on the Champions League Final, he only got two exactly right, but he was closer than everyone else and walked off with the cash.
The season kicks off with the Gooners facing West Brom at 12.45 pm on the 16th August, don’t miss out! People have already started placing their bets and prize pools are growing daily.
Sean Glass, founder and managing director of Pikum!, says, “Is it really a four team league? There are always surprises and making predictions is never easy. Tottenham’s gotten much stronger, and don’t rule out the likes of Man City or Portsmouth. Whatever your team, you can set up a weekly sweepstake on them for you and the other supporters to play.”
You can play Pikums on a wide range of sports, including tennis, cricket, boxing, and mixed martial arts. Pikum! continues to add events in the entertainment, sports, and current events categories weekly.
Pikum! launched in beta in May and can be played at www.Pikum.com.
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Pikum! is a new kind of betting game created and played by users online at Pikum.com. The games can be played for fun or money (money betting services are offered through Pikum! Worldwide Limited, which holds a full eGambling license from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission).
The company has attracted top quality financial support and is backed by Virgin USA and First Round Capital. The company’s founders, Sean Glass, Logan Lindsell, and Johannes Larcher are serial entrepreneurs and have assembled an experienced international management team with experience from companies such as Yahoo!, Overture and Higher One.
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