Daily Archives: June 15, 2014

Oh by the Gods!!!!! Look out Vegas!

Betting on Costa Rica’s 3-1 Win Made Millionaires in Las Vegas

Costa Rica News – As I saw on a friend of mine’s Facebook wall yesterday, “That sound you just heard was the human-enduced earthquake in Costa Rica.” He was not far from the truth.  No one expected Costa Rica to win yesterday and that included the odds makers in Las Vegas.

soccer bettingThe odds were very low for Costa Rica to even win the game but a few people in Vegas not only bet on them to win but bet on them to win 3 to 1.  On average the odds were 1800 to 1 at sportsbooks but they were even higher game time in Vegas, for the score to end the way it did.  There were some people counting their dollars in Vegas even though at least 2 of them made the bet by mistake.

So far the damage for sportsbook and Las Vegas is estimated at several billion dollars.

According to a report from MGM casinos group, it only takes a few bets to completely make a business go under.

“For some reason 3 people bet in favor for Costa Rica winning with this score, and there is nothing we can do except pay,” said the MGM spokesperson.

One of the winner was an America named Robert Green who said he wanted to bet on Cristiano Ronaldo when he saw CR on the screen.

Green said that he thought that Cristiano Ronaldo could beat Uruguay and it made him a millionaire. Nice mistake to make.

Another gambler won during a drunken haze.  He was completely drunk when he placed the bet and admit that he knows nothing about soccer. His bet while drunk netted $3.2 million dollars. Some people wake up wondering where their money went in Vegas this guy actually woke up a millionaire.

Finally was a 3rd sport bettor who as of yet does not have a face.  He bet on Costa Rica to win 3 to 1 but placed the hefty amount of $10,000.  At the odds of 1800 to 1 this would make him $18 million richer.  There are several investigations going on about this bet as no one believes someone would place it.

Not only were the hearts in Costa Rica filled with joy yesterday, many people had their pockets also filled from wagers on the game.

Originally posted at Costa Rican Times

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Cast your Vote Today!

Update 6/18/14

Well we have only raise $18 so far since yesterday and that includes my matching contribution. Does not bold well for the charity that wins. 😦 Whatever money will roll over into the next month and than may go to another charity that wins in that month. I’m pushing as best I can and trying to come up with some good designs.  There has to be a min. of $100 in the pot in order to send to the charity, other wise it rolls over into the next month where the votes start all over again. Any suggestions on designs send them to me at Email Best of Costa Rica. Just as an FYI if you want something other than Costa Rica and Pura Vida and the CR flag, send me what you want and on which design and I will swamp it out. So you Canadians and US Citizens just let me know. I will make the same designs with your home country in place of Costa Rica.

Update only 1 purchase has been made. So without purchases the voting will be moot for this month. It will have to carry over to next month. If you don’t see something you like let me know what you want to see and I will get working on creating it for you.


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As promised here is the poll. So vote for your favorite. the money for the Charity that wins the poll will come from 3 sources.

  1. Best of Costa Rica CafePress Shop where we will put $3 of every item sold for the month of June and July into the pot.

2. Amazon Deals and Discount shop (visit the shop for full details on how we calculate what will be added)

  1. I will match what is generated up to $100 personally.

So spread the word!!!!!!

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Costa Rica #1 again!!!!

‘Oh, you should go to… Costa Rica’. Latin state is shock winner in list of countries people would recommend to other travellers

  • Austria also ranks highly as a place travellers would commend to friends
  • Britain fares relatively well in the survey, coming joint tenth with Greece
  • Indonesia, China and Malaysia comprise surprise bottom three in results


Many of us would run a mile rather than listen to the travel recommendations of friends who have just returned from an exotic part of the world complete with sun tans, very long anecdotes and overly effusive comments about how ‘you really should go yourselves.’

But if we were all to base our future holiday arrangements on the advice of others, it seems that – according to a new study – we would all be packing our bags for Costa Rica.

Top of the world: Costa Rica has two coastlines - and proffers beauties such as Drake Bay, on its Pacific side

With scenery like the Arenal volcano, Costa Rica is the destination travellers would most recommend

New research conducted by the Global Tourism Monitor Survey asked a total of 23,000 holidaymakers, in 26 different countries around the world, to name the destination that they would most recommend to others based on their own travel experiences.

Those questioned as part of the survey were restricted to countries they had visited in the previous 12 months, and asked whether they would or wouldn’t tell others to follow suit.

The number of people who criticised a recent holiday destination was then subtracted from the number praising a place as visit-worthy, to produce a net score for each country.

And the Central American republic came top of the tree with a score of 63 – finishing a clear five points ahead of Austria and Israel (both 58), New Zealand (57) and Italy (56).

Not too shabby: Britain, with the sights of London to the fore, came a respectable tenth in the survey

Although not, perhaps, well known to British holidaymakers, Costa Rica’s appeal is easy to fathom.

It is one of only seven countries able to boast coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea (the others are Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico), and as such, is home to a wealth of wonderful beaches.

Britain performed relatively well in the survey, polling a score of 52, finishing in joint tenth position along with Canada and Greece.

Other countries fared less well in this court of popular opinion.

Tunisia was the only country in the survey to ‘achieve’ the dubious feat of a negative score, polling a dreadful -7.

The ten most recommended destinations…

1. Costa Rica
2. Austria
3. Israel
4. New Zealand
5= Italy
5= Japan
7= Croatia
7= USA
9. Norway
10= Canada, Greece, UK

…and the ten with the fewest fans

64. Bulgaria
65. Russia
66. Albania
67. Cambodia
68. India
69. Ukraine
70. Malaysia
71. China
72. Indonesia
73. Tunisia

And the Far East also fell foul of plenty of tourists.

Although it can boast the sunshine island of Bali, and some of the world’s most pristine areas of rainforest, Indonesia finished second bottom of the pile with a score of just four.

Perhaps surprisingly, China – home to the exciting cities of Beijing and Shanghai, plus the historic wonder of the Great Wall – came third last, polling a meagre five.

And Malaysia contributed to a miserable survey for the Far East, slumping to fourth bottom with an unimpressive recommendation rating of six.

Eastern Europe also found itself on the receiving end of traveller discontent.

Ukraine was the fourth of over 70 states included in the survey to manage a rating of less than ten, with a score of only eight – a vote of no-confidence from holidaymakers which will not, perhaps, come as the biggest shock in light of the current troubles in the country.

But Albania (18 points), Russia (20) and Bulgaria (21) will wonder who they offended.

‘This study is one of the most broadly based assessments of recent tourism experiences and future intentions,’ says Jon Young, on behalf of the Global Tourism Monitor Survey.

‘It looks at destination appeal and the likelihood of recommending a country based solely on personal experience in the last 12 months.’

Beautiful, but at the bottom: Despite the allure of Bali, Indonesia did not fare well as a recommended destination

The results, Mr Young says, make happy reading for Britain.

‘It’s a credit to the UK that it has achieved a high joint tenth position in a league table.of more than 70 countries, especially given the competition of countries with more favourable climates,’ he continues.

‘Overseas visits rose to 32.8million in 2013, up 5.6 per cent on 2012, and the prominence of the UK is good news for our tourism sector and the overall economy.’

Half of the 26 countries consulted as part of the survey were in Europe (Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, UK and Ukraine).

Eight Asian countries (India, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) were also involved, with four countries in the Americas (USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil), plus Australia, rounding out the line-up.

Originally posted on Mail on line

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