Sunday, February 12, 2006

Gambling On the Pro Bowl

Hello all. For today's Sunday pick, I take the following Pro Bowl bet:

YEah, I had the over a couple years ago, when it the total was at 50, and the final score was 55-52 in OT. I like this line - I think they'll bust all through it.

I also have a big college hoops pick over at the Sedge Court Journal contest - check it out here.


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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Duke - North Carolina matchup and pick

I'm not even sure which way I want to go on this one. Currently, the Dookies are favored by 5 points over UNC.

Anyways, I think the pick of the day (outside of my pick over at Sedge Court Journal), is this:
Duke at North Carolina Over 155
These teams have been scoring a lot recently. So I think this is the way to go, but I could be wrong.

I guess that my ideal result is a Duke-sideline explosion, with Dick Vitale in the middle of it.

Speaking of which, did you see this picture? Duke & Arod together. Thank you Deadspin.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sports Gambling Site Review and Recommendation - Pinnacle Sports Book

If you are new to sports gambling, and are perhaps interested in putting a bet or two down on the Super Bowl, I think you should read this post. I've now got an official partnership with the good ladies and gents over at Pinnacle Sports. In this post I talk a little about all the reasons why Pinnacle has got to be the best sports book out there (it's now my most-preferred sports book), and why I agreed to partner with them.

Why Pinnacle? Pinnacle Sports is generally known as the place for real gamblers to go play. The reason is actually pretty simple – Pinnacle consistently offers the best house edge for any players. So what does that really mean? Most sports books (online, in Vegas, or from your local bookie) offer their lines at -110. What this means is that, lets say for the upcoming Super Bowl, you bet the Pittsburgh Steelers -4 -110. That means that you think the Steelers will win by at least 4 points, and if you're right, you will win your bet at a -110 pace. Which means that you need to bet $110 to win $100 (or bet $1.10 to win $1.00). This is a universal spread, and is generally referred to as the "house edge" or the "vig."

Pinnacle Sports Book, however, currently has this line as Steelers -4 -107. Which means that you still are giving the same number of points (4), but now, you only have to bet $107 to win $100 (or $1.07 to win $1.00). This is closer to real odds, though you are still giving a little house edge. On other games, Pinnacle may have the odds as low as -103. I know, I know, you plan on winning all your bets, so it doesn't matter. Well, unless you are the next coming of Nostradamus, trust me, you're going to want to go with Pinnacle. Over time, this difference can add up significantly.

A great source to check this out is which is universally acknowledged as the number one sports book review and ratings site. They are very stringent in their requirements, so it seems (though who knows how much they actually make directly from each of the books they praise). Check out their recommended list HERE.

Pinnacle also offers some other random bonuses, including a 10% signup bonus, and a 0.3% Cash Back program for Casino games (for all of you who play online blackjack). So, I highly recommend that you sign up for Pinnacle if you are new to the sports betting world. Your cash will last much longer. Just click HERE to sign up.

Note - I have used bet365 for a long time, and I will continue to do so (along with Pinnacle), because it has some features which are pretty fun (like any-way-adjustable lines, and parlay bonuses). I will detail what these are, and how they benefit a gambler, in a later post (If you are interested, you can check out bet365 HERE). But for now, and if you're a basic bettor and want to get into the game with paying a reduced house edge on standard bets (with lines, over/unders, and moneylines), then Pinnacle is where I recommend you start.
FYI, this was not a writeup generated by the Pinnacle Sports marketing team or anything - I wrote it myself. I really believe that Pinnacle is the best sports book to go to if you're going to start online gambling.


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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Gay, Gay....Gay, Gay...

I'm waiting for JJ to bring my six banger home.

There's no better moment in sports gambling when you're rooting home the final leg of your six-banger. I'll even get behind Gay-Gay for that (pardon the pun).

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Tonight, Tonight

Piston -8.5 v. T-pups
Angry Pistons team comes home to feast on T-pups. Ricky Davis? Kevin McHales is prepared for an episode of "This could've been your life" he watches Chauncy dominate.

Suns -4.5 v. Celtics
Suns will be interested in this affair as they can head home with a winning road trip by closing out the C-minuses. Celtics are carrying Wally Weight and can't score enough points to keep up with the Nashinator and Boris Diaw.

Notre Dame +8 at the WV
The Irish have to have some good luck sooner or later, and I'm guessing its tonite. WV doesn't have the athletes that usually give the Domers trouble, so they can hang tough or potentially win this game.

Kentucky -5 at Mississippi State
The toughest part of writing about this pick is spelling Missis....What does concern me, though, is UK lack of spread closing ability. At Auburn, they let a 15 pt lead with 2 minutes remaining dwindle to 9, although still managed to cover. At home against Arkansas, they had leads of 8 with 1:35 and 46 seconds left and managed to win by only 2 and not carry my water. I expect their cushion to be big enough to avoid a slip fatal to the spread.

Marquette -4.5 v. St. Johns
Of course the Johnnies have had some notable wins (Pitt Louisville) but they pushed on road against UCONN and Marquette is the only show in Milwaukee. I like the Warriors, oops, the Golden Eagles

Duke -5 v. BC
This game gives me concern b/c Sheldon is a paper tiger inside and BC has good size at the 3-5 spots, but the Dukies love to win these games big. (For example, they've covered their last 4 ACC road games-- Georgetown was non-conference).

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Is Kammron Taylor

the offspring of Chris Rock?
What I want to see during half-time of the Minny at Wisco match-up is the backwoods battle both teams' lumberjack big men. We'll use a "World's Strongest Man" type set-up.

Brian Butch
Greg Steisma
Jason Chappell

Dan Coleman
Spencer Tollackson
Jonathon Williams

We'd see shit like keg toss, car lift, etc.

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Back to Basics

Remember when you were a kid? You grabbed the rock, went out to the backyard and started hoisting long-range jumpers? Well, if you played organized hoop, unless you were Jimmy Chitwood, Coach Norman Dale would make you back to the charity stripe and work on your fundamentals. If you're an NBA gambler and your crystal ball is a bit cloudly, I suggest that you go back to those unequivocable rules of NBA gambling that are as certain as certain as a White Sox repeat:

1. The Pistons at home ATS. If you get early money, they are a perfect 21-0 at home ATS. And look, they're at home tonite against the Ricky Davis (Is he Spre's stunt double?)-led T-Pupps after a loss.

2. The Atlanta Hawks are an equally "perfect" 0-21 on the road ATS. Even horrible home teams like the Bulls have found a way to cover large number against this team. Where have you gone Boris Diaw, Atlanta turns its lonely eyes to you....
Sweet Jesus, this disastrous road team is now a favorite on the road against Charlotte. Somewhere, Bobcat Baz is cashing out his 401k

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The 30pt NBA Rule

Here's what I've learned in the last week of NBA watching.

In an NBA game when a favorite has a 30 pt 3rd quarter point differential, you would much rather have your greenbacks on the team getting 9+ points than the team leaving them on the floor.

The defense presents the following two examples:

1. Lakers at Pistons. Pistons up by 31 early in the 3rd quarter and end up with only a 9 pt win, leaving folks like myself who got late money at -9.5 on the losing end. Now, those non-believers probably invoke the Kobe Bryant excpetion. For you, I offer:

2. Bulls at Mavs: Bulls down 69-39 in the 3rd quarter then charge back to easily win my wager.

The moral of this story, is if you're team is down in the 3rd quarter, you want them to be done big (assuming you don't bet the Knicks or an equivalent team that loves to quit).
I raise this issue to combat an alarming trend of "hail mary" bets that may not be needed. As you know, the "Hail Mary" bet is the, "oh shit, my team is down 30 with no chance of winning with number, I look to the West and gamble on a St. Mary's, Portland or Hawaii team that I've never seen." Union Jack ?

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