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Bettors cash in on Bubba Watson at Masters

04.11.2012     11:14 AM         Printer Friendly
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The 2012 Masters took in the most betting action in golf history. Bubba Watson, who opened at 40-1 to win and has never taken a golf lesson, provided his betting backers with a big pay day. Bubba closed at 30-1 to win at the LVH (Hilton) in Las Vegas, but the sportsbooks still made plenty of money and ‘green’ on the tournament. Tiger Woods recent win at Bay Hill and his return to Augusta sparked big betting action and profit for the sportsbooks with Tigers finishing T40th; the worst Masters Tournament of Woods’ professional career. 

I was at LVH last week and bet Bubba and others to win and had a few large tickets on Bubba’s finishing position. I also posted this top recommendation in the Sportsmemo posting forum and sent out on Twitter (@FairwayJay). LVH opened Watson’s O/U finishing position at 27.5 and was bet down sharply to 23.5 before closing at 24.5. LVH takes $1,000 max bets on O/U wagers, and I corresponded and talked with LVH golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman about the tournament. Sherman noted Read more

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Sports Betting Podcast 4-11-2012 with Handicapper Rob Veno

04.11.2012     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Rob Veno. Rob broke down today's MLB card from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - MLB Every Game on the Board

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MLB Gambling Preview: First team to two wins? Halladay squares off against Johnson

04.11.2012     07:26 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Miami (Johnson) at Philadelphia (Halladay) -135 O/U 6

Runs could be at a premium tonight in Philadelphia with Miami's Josh Johnson taking on Roy Halladay. The duo has produced some memorable matchups with only six runs combined in the three meetings. Johnson has a strong history at Citizens Bank Park with a 4-0 record and 1.87 ERA. He struggled in the season opener, allowing 10 hits in six innings in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis. Johnson however claims that he feels fine following last year's shoulder injury.

"Feeling really good," he said Monday, noting that his pitching hasn't yet reflected it. "It was kind of here and there in the spring — the last [spring training] start it was a lot better except for one pitch. Last start [on Opening Day] I was pretty confident going in that it would continue, but

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Tags: MLB Philadelphia Phillies Miami Marlins

MLB Handicapping: Chicago's Samardzija shows promise in first start

04.11.2012     07:05 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Almost as shocking as Barry Zito's complete game shutout against the Rockies Monday was the gem Chicago received from the often times erratic Jeff Samardzija. Thrust into the role of a starter, Samardzija allowed just one earned run and struck out eight in a 4-3 win over Washington. But perhaps even more impressive is that he didn't walk a batter (some thanks should probably go out to umpire Doug Eddings). So was Samardzija's performance a one-time deal or a sign of potential? According to FanGraphs, a few stats indicate that he could be a "capable starter" which for the Cubs (1-4) is pretty good news. Samardzija is scheduled to throw Friday at St. Louis.

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NBA Betting Trend Update: Kobe out, Lakers continue struggles against the spread

04.11.2012     06:32 AM     Printer Friendly

Without or without Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles just can’t seem to cover a pointspread these days with its current run now at 2-13 ATS. Bryant is listed as "out" for tonight's game at San Antonio. While the Lakers have been a pointspread disaster (22-35-1 YTD), the Spurs have somehow produced the best ATS record in the league at 34-19-2. Amazing we you consider head coach Gregg Popovich’s willingness to wave the white flag in certain spots so his veterans can rest.

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Results 3/16/2012-4/10/2012
Lakers Line
ATS Result
at New Orleans
W 93-91
at Phoenix
L 105-125
L 107-112
at L.A. Clippers
W 113-108
New Jersey
W 91-87
Golden State
W 120-112
New Orleans
W 88-85
Oklahoma City
L 93-102
at Golden State
W 104-101
L 96-102
W 103-96
at Dallas
W 109-93
at Houston
L 104-107
L 99-103
W 97-92

NBA Betting Trends: Los Angeles Lakers fail to cover 10 of last 11 games

04.04.2012     07:28 AM     View Original Blog

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference Betting Preview

04.11.2012     06:10 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
#1 Vancouver vs. #8 Los Angeles
Season Series:  Tied 2-2 (Canucks 1-0, Kings 3-2 (SO), Kings 4-1, Canucks 3-2)
Pinnacle Series Price: Vancouver -224/Los Angeles +200

What to expect: Goals will be at a premium in this series and there is no doubt both goalies will feel the pressure of the one goal game.  Each meeting between these two teams had five goals or less. Vancouver looks to make its way back to the Stanley Cup Finals on the back of the Sedin brothers up front and Roberto Luongo in net.  With Daniel Sedin getting back on the ice after his concussion he becomes the deciding factor in this series and should give the Canucks enough offense to advance (if in fact he is healthy enough to play).  The Kings have made some big moves in order to bolster a below average offense.  Will the additions of Jeff Carter (assuming he plays) and Mike Richards be enough for Los Angeles to upset the Canucks?  The Canucks have had the luxury of playing in the Northwest Division all season and definitely had the easier of two roads to the playoffs.  The Kings have grinded on their schedule for over two months now doing enough Read more

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MLB Handicapping: Velocity down for some big-name starting pitchers

04.10.2012     01:04 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Good article from ESPN on some of the velocity issues with starting pitchers. It is not uncommon to see a few "dead arms" this early in the season with spring training not always allowing enough time to build strength and stamina. And fastball velocity league wide tends to pick up as the season progresses. Still, dips in velocity need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Felix Hernandez's lack of fastball is perhaps a concern though he did shed some weight during the offseason. Clayton Kershaw was sick in his first start so he gets a pass. Rumors are circulating that Tim Lincecum's lack of gas is a sign that something may not be right. Josh Beckett also makes the list after a disastrous fastball-less first outing.

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Masters Tournament provides big weekend for sportsbooks

04.10.2012     11:59 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
LVH Sportsbook Director Jay Kornegay said that last week's Masters was most wagered on golf tournament in history. Winner, Bubba Watson, went off at 40-1 prior to the event.

"This was the biggest golf tournament, wagering wise, in the history of golf betting," said LVH Race and Sportsbook Vice President Jay Kornegay.

"It all surrounded Tiger," Kornegay said. "With all the bets that came in on Tiger, this definitely made it the biggest wagering tournament in history."

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MLB Handicapping Notes: Feliz makes first-ever start, has owned Seattle

04.10.2012     11:45 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Seattle (Beavan) at Texas (Feliz) -225 O/U 9.5

Texas' Neftali Feliz will make his first MLB start tonight against Seattle. It is an opponent that Feliz has had a little bit of success against. In 17 appearances, tallying 16 innings, the Mariners have yet to record a hit against the Rangers right hander. Yep, in 48 at-bats, Seattle is hitless (current roster 0-for-22) and has only reached base five times. Perhaps a good sign that Feliz spent much of the winter rediscovering his change-up – a pitch he'll need in order to survive a full season as a starter.

"At the end of spring, it was right where it should have been," manager Ron Washington said. "It's a very good change-up. We gave him time over the winter to prepare and tinker with the grip, so he'd be ready to go. He showed a lot of confidence in it and his other secondary pitches

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Gambling Preview Podcast with Handicapper Sammy P

04.10.2012     09:53 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
Listen to Sportsmemo Handicapper Sammy P break down the NHL Playoffs from a betting perspective on today's Podcast.

Today's segments
Sammy P - NHL Playoff Preview

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Sports Betting Podcast 4-10-2012 with Handicapper Teddy Covers

04.10.2012     09:49 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy broke down today's MLB and NBA cards from a betting perspective.

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Teddy Covers - MLB and NBA Every Game on the Board

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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference Betting Preview

04.10.2012     08:18 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports blog entry.
#1 New York Rangers vs. #8 Ottawa Senators
Season Series: Senators won 3-1 (Senators 4-1, Senators 3-0, Rangers 3-2, Senators 5-4 (SO))
Series Price at Pinnacle: NY Rangers -216/Ottawa +193

What to expect: The New York Rangers have been playing playoff hockey since Day 1 of the NHL season. They are the best shot blocking team in the NHL, they have an elite goaltender in Lundqvist that can steal a game if needed, they play suffocating defense, and they typically receive contributions from all four forward lines. I am not however quick to dismiss what head coach Paul MacLean has done with the Ottawa Senators this season. The complete 180 this team has done is remarkable and they have been a consistent team throughout the much of the season. With Spezza, Alfredsson, and Michalek up front, the Senators are a very dangerous team and tough draw for the Rangers as seen in some of their recent meetings. The key in this series (like most) is goaltending and it is hard to go against King Henrik. In the end, New York has the overall depth and defensive style to grind down Ottawa and win a seven game series. New York takes this series in 6 games, but like Read more

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MLB Betting Recap: Texas' Darvish limps through first start

04.10.2012     07:38 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
FanGraphs gave a recap of Yu Darvish's MLB debut. Darvish had a rocky first inning (43 pitches, 4 ERs) but settled down enough to earn the win (as a huge -250 favorite). Overall, only 59 of his 111 pitches were strikes.

It wasn’t a stellar debut, and Yu Darvish walked too many batters. He still garnered ten swinging strikes on 111 pitches, for a 9% swinging strike rate that would have been a top-40 number among qualified starters last year. He settled down after a poor first inning and battled through a tough day. His team won. Most importantly, he certainly learned more about the American strike zone, and what sort of strategies he will have to employ when faced with lefty-heavy lineups in the future. It wasn’t a stellar debut, but it was a step forward.

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NBA Betting Game Notes: Miami a 7-point favorite over Boston

04.10.2012     06:46 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Boston at Miami -7 O/U 183

Thanks to Boston's late season surge (9-3 SU, 10-2 ATS run), tonight's game at Miami actually has some relevance. The teams split the first two meetings with the Celtics winning the most recent matchup, 91-72, on April 1. The Celtics have a three game lead over New York for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. If they playoffs started today, Boston would be the no. 4 seed while Miami would be no. 2.

“They’re too good of a team, too well-coached, I never get into that too-old mess,’’ MVP candidate James said. “What’s amazing about it? They got four probably Hall of Famers, Garnett, [Paul] Pierce, [Rajon] Rondo is on his way to being one of the greatest point guards, and [Ray Allen]. And then they got guys behind them that just play well. Doc [Rivers] puts them in position

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MLB Gambling Tools: Official 2012 Umpire Crews

04.10.2012     06:32 AM     Printer Friendly
Here is the official list of this year's MLB umpire crews. Also, see below for explanations on some of the roster moves, etc. Thanks to

2012 MLB Umpire Crews
Crew Chief
Umpire 2
Umpire 3
Umpire 4
Crew A
12 Gerry Davis
10 Phil Cuzzi
1 Bruce Dreckman*
53 Greg Gibson
Crew B
32 Dana DeMuth
44 Kerwin Danley
88 Doug Eddings
39 Paul Nauert
Crew C
36 Tim McClelland
65 Ted Barrett
18 Brian Runge
51 Marvin Hudson
Crew D
66 Jim Joyce**
77 Jim Reynolds
16 Mike DiMuro
92 James Hoye
Crew E
3 Tim Welke
63 Laz Diaz
57 Mike Everitt
43 Paul Schrieber
Crew F
5 Dale Scott
14 Bill Miller
58 Dan Iassogna
54 C. B. Bucknor
Crew G
22 Joe West
49 Sam Holbrook
30 Andy Fletcher
34 Rob Drake
Crew H
37 Gary Darling
41 Jerry Meals
50 Paul Emmel
87 Scott Barry
Crew I
4 Tim Tschida
52 Jeff Nelson
45 Bill Welke
68 Chris Guccione
Crew J
13 Derryl Cousins
46 Ron Kulpa
28 Jim Wolf
AAA Fill-in
Crew K
38 Gary Cederstrom
25 Fieldin Culbreth
80 Lance Barksdale
23 Adrian Johnson
Crew L
24 Jerry Layne
61 Bob Davidson
21 Hunter Wendlestedt
2 Dan Bellino
Crew M
9 Brian Gorman
27 Larry Vanover
11 Tony Randazzo
97 Todd Tichenor
Crew N
8 Jeff Kellogg
56 Eric Cooper
60 Marty Foster
95 Tim Timmons
Crew O
20 Tom Hallion
72 Brian O'Nora
7 Alfonso Márquez
75 Chad Fairchild
Crew P
33 Mike Winters
47 Wally Bell
35 Mark Wegner
91 Brian Knight
Crew Q
19 Ed Rapuano
55 Angel Hernandez
6 Mark Carlson
15 Ed Hickox

Among the most notable features of the 2012 MLB Umpire Crew list are:

The separation of Joe West (22; Crew Chief) and Angel Hernandez (55; Crew Chief: Ed Rapuano [19])

The absence of John Hirschbeck (MLB 17; DL) and Bruce Dreckman (MLB 1; Medical)

Vic Carapazza is expected to replace Dreckman until his return no sooner than May

MLB number changes: Dan Bellino (93-to-2), Mark Carlson (48-to-6), Bob Davidson (6-to-61)

AAA number change: David Rackley (76-to-86)

The promotion of Jim Joyce (66) to Interim Crew Chief necessitated by Hirschbeck's movement to the DL

Joyce's Crew: Mike DiMuro (16), Jim Reynolds (77), James Hoye (92)

The dissolution of the opening series umpires sent to Tokyo, Japan: Crew Chief Tom Hallion (20), Jeff Nelson (45), Marvin Hudson (51), Dan Bellino (2)

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NBA Handicapping: Knicks and Bulls tangle against after Sunday's OT thriller

04.10.2012     06:24 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
New York at Chicago -8.5 O/U 186.5

Short turnaround for Chicago and New York as the Knicks got the best of the Bulls, 100-99 in overtime on Sunday in Madison Square Garden. Derrick Rose scored 29 points (8-of-26 FGs) in his first game back from injury. Both teams shot under 40% from the floor. The Bulls are two games ahead of Miami for the no. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference while New York is currently tied with Philadelphia for the eighth spot. Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau is concerned about his team's slow starts (they missed 11 of their first 12 shots on Sunday). New York head coach Mike Woodson was extremely pleased with Iman Shumpert's defensive performance against Rose on Sunday.


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NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Series Betting Prices

04.10.2012     05:52 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Sammy P Sports

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Series Prices courtesy of Pinnacle. Action starts on Wednesday. Higher seed on bottom.

Philadelphia +185
Pittsburgh -206

Detroit +101
Nashville -111

Los Angeles +189
Vancouver -211

Ottawa +193
NY Rangers -216

Washington +191
Boston -213

San Jose +138
St. Louis -153

Chicago -126
Phoenix +114

New Jersey -186
Florida +167

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