Despite the mild temperatures, it's mid-summer which means it's time for a little thank you to the tipsters. You are the lifeblood. You keep us afloat with all of your intel, rumormongering, rants, photos and gossip spilling. Thank you. For all you newcomers, a quick reminder on how you can get involved in all the fun:
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