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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Bettors gear up for Super Bowl 50 Prop Bets

02.01.2016     09:00 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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When I talk with casual fans in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, they tend to be interested in my opinion about who is going to win the big game. But when I’m talking with bettors, not fans, the topic inevitably turns towards props; where sports betting and fantasy sports collide.

Props have been on the Las Vegas betting boards for thirty years. It all began when the juggernaut 1985 Chicago Bears were facing the Patriots in Super Bowl 20. Legendary Vegas oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro was a very creative bookmaker at the Mirage (at the time), looking for ways to increase their betting handle. Vaccaro posted odds on whether 350 pound defensive lineman William ‘Refrigerator’ Perry would score a touchdown in the big game. Vaccaro certainly didn’t think it was likely, offering attractive underdog odds for those who wanted to bet on The Fridge would hit paydirt in the end zone.

Vaccaro’s unique offering attracted all kinds of attention both from bettors and from media types. It also accomplished his goal of increasing betting handle, with money pouring in on the ‘Yes, Fridge will score a TD’ side of the prop at big (but Read more



Tags: NFL Denver Broncos Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 Teddy Covers Las Vegas




A Pefect Match: Gambling and the Super Bowl

01.29.2016     06:46 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Publicly, the NFL is among one of the staunchest opponents of legalized gambling. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and current commissioner Roger Goodell were instrumental in getting the anti gaming ‘Illegal Internet Gambling Prohibition Act’ attached to the Port Security Bill. The NFL has taken this stance despite the fact that its enormous popularity is, in no small part, due to the prevalence of betting on games.

The hypocrisy of the NFL in regards to betting is almost laughable. The facts, as you will see, clearly show that the league was founded by gamblers for gamblers. From the NFL’s first television appearance in 1939 through the current TV deal that pumps more than three billion dollars per year into the league coffers, the NFL’s popularity rests upon the shoulders of those who wager on the outcome of the games.

Here in the 21st century, the NFL is the most popular and profitable sport in the. NFL owners are among the richest men in the world; franchises are bought and sold for more than half a billion dollars. However, the league’s humble origins were anything but the extravagant bonanza that is the NFL today. Read more



Tags: NFL Super Bowl 50 Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Texas A&M Aggies at Arkansas Razorbacks

01.27.2016     09:05 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Drew Martin

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Texas A&M -3 at Arkansas O/U 150.5
Recommendation: Texas A&M


Riding one of the country’s longest winning streaks, the 5th ranked Texas A&M Aggies looks for their 11th consecutive victory tonight against Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena. This is a matchup of two teams headed in opposite directions. Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks have lost three straight SEC games and continue to go through the growing pains of a completely rebuilt roster. “I just think our inexperience really comes to the forefront at the wrong time,” Anderson said.  The Hogs are going to be up against it tonight as A&M has emerged as the class of the SEC with the No. 2 offense and No. 1 defense in league play. The Aggies handed out a 23-point beat down on Arkansas earlier this month. Jalen Jones scored a game-high 28 points and was one of five Texas A&M players in double figures. The Aggies also made 11 3-pointers -- something Arkansas has struggled with this season -- and led by 21 at halftime. It’s also worth noting A&M turned it over only 10 times in a 75 possession game. The Aggies are tops in the league in lowest turnover rate Read more



Tags: College Basketball Texas A&M Aggies Arkansas Razorbacks Drew Martin




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers

01.26.2016     08:33 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Toronto at Florida O/U 5
Recommendation: Florida -1.5 +170


Easily the biggest surprise story of the first half has to be the emergence of the Florida Panthers. Leading the Atlantic Division with 61 points, they host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in their last game before the All-Star break. The Panthers are coming off of a pair of big home wins over the weekend. They took down defending Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago, 4-0 thanks to a 27-save shutout by Roberto Luongo and then used a four-goal second period to beat in-state rivals Tampa Bay 24 hours later. Both games drew near sell-out attendance numbers and with a 14-3-1 record in their last 18 games, the buzz in South Florida should continue to rise during the second half of the season. Toronto comes into this contest on a 1-5-2 skid and have dropped three of their last four road games. With less than a month before the trade deadline, Maple Leafs management has already started shopping names of players and  contracts they are willing to part ways with. It's tough to keep a steady focus when a team is losing, but even tougher when you know you're going to be moved to another team. The Leafs Read more



Tags: NHL Toronto Maple Leafs Florida Panthers Alex B. Smith




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: An early primer on betting Super Bowl 50

01.25.2016     08:53 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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The Super Bowl 50 matchup is set.   In the end, second best didn’t cut it.  The team with the very best defense in the NFL this season – Denver – won a pair of tight home playoff games against banged up foes to return to the big game for the second time in three seasons.  The Broncos are set to face the team with the very best quarterback in the NFL this season – Carolina, with Cam Newton behind center; a Panthers team that finished with the best record in the league. 

The best quarterback vs. the best defense!  We saw this two years ago, when Peyton Manning set records with his play, but Manning tailed off down the stretch and the Seattle Seahawks elite defense controlled the flow right from the get-go in the biggest Super Bowl Blowout of the 21st century.

The irony here, of course, is that two years ago, Denver was here due to Peyton Manning, and they lost the Super Bowl to the league’s best defensive team.  Only two years later, Denver is here because THEY have the best defense in the NFL, facing off against an emerging yet elite dual threat quarterback.  That defense didn’t perform Read more



Tags: NFL Denver Broncos Carolina Panthers Teddy Covers Super Bowl 50




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NFL Conference Championship Preview

01.18.2016     09:37 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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March Madness has a lock on the Final Four terminology, but we’re down to the final four teams standing in the NFL Playoffs following a wild weekend of football.  In this week’s Wiseguy Report, I’ll take a look at how the Final Four teams still standing this NFL season survived, and what their realistic chances of Super Bowl success are moving forward into the Conference Championship Games this coming weekend.

Denver was outgained by more than two full yards per PLAY against the Steelers.  It was not vintage Peyton Manning, to put it mildly: 37 pass attempts for 215 yards, with only two passes all afternoon gaining more than 15 yards.  If you were watching the game, you already know how many missed connections that Manning had with his receivers – no shortage of inaccurate passes and dropped balls.  With the exception of one explosive 34-yard run by CJ Anderson, Denver’s running game wasn’t much better.  Anderson and Ronnie Hillman’s other 30 carries combined for just 76 yards.

But the Broncos avoided mistakes, playing turnover free football; the first time as a starter all season in which Manning Read more



Tags: NFL New England Patriots Denver Broncos Arizona Cardinas Carolina Panthers Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Play: East Carolina Pirates at UCF Knights

01.16.2016     08:15 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports

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East Carolina at UCF -4 O/U 139
Recommendation: Under


A few weeks back I wrote up a free play on East Carolina-UCF under 139. Early bettors were able to cash on the under but the game unfortunately landed right on 139 thanks to 51 points the final 10 minutes of the game and a slew of free throws late due to fouls. Prior to that flurry of points, the game was a dead nuts under. At half, UCF led 28-25, and with five minutes to go it was 56-51. These are two under type squads (10-14 O/U combined) with the Knights playing zone and boasting one of the biggest frontcourts in the country and the Pirates also playing zone. Both teams are also mirrors images of one another when it comes to pace (NCAA average) and offensive efficiency (again, NCAA average). The Knights are probably a little better defensively that their numbers suggest. They played two throw-away type games against Stetson and Bethune-Cookman where they traded baskets and everyone got to boost their stats. They also struggled against the high-power offenses of Davidson, Detroit, and SMU. Outside of that, this is a team that has been pretty consistent about holding teams in the 60's. ECU is in Read more



Tags: College Basketball East Carolina Pirates UCF Knights OTTO Sports




NHL Handicapper Free Play: Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators

01.07.2016     10:10 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Florida -110 at Ottawa O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Florida


If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and right now the Florida Panthers are a team that can’t be beaten. The red hot Panthers head to Ottawa looking for their 11th consecutive win which has already been established as a franchise record winning streak. Three Florida players were named to the All-Star ame yesterday: Jaromir Jagr at the ripe age of 43, goaltender Roberto Luongo and 19-year-old defenseman Aaron Ekblad. I can’t think of three bigger reasons why Florida has surged to this 10-game winning streak and risen to the top of the Atlantic Division. Jagr has played like he is 20 years younger than he actually is registering 14 goals and 29 points in 37 game. Ekblad is a dominant defenseman already at his age at both ends of the ice and has a team leading +16 rating in plus/minus. Luongo has turned back the clock in between the pipes with one of his best seasons in recent memory. He enters tonight with sparkling numbers including a 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov have also been integral components to Florida’s recent Read more



Tags: NHL Florida Panthers Ottawa Senators Ian Cameron




College Basketball Gambling: Purdue not pleased with offensive efficiency

01.07.2016     07:16 AM     Printer Friendly
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Purdue may have arguably the best defense in the country but head coach Matt Painter ain't happy. Last week, the Boilermakers ran out to a 37-20 halftime lead against Iowa but proceeded to allowed 50 in the second half. It resulted in a 70-63 home loss. Painter said that it wasn't so much poor defense as it was poor offense that played a role in the meltdown. Purdue plays host to Michigan tonight.


"Our offense has been poor,"  Painter said. "We haven't taken care of the basketball and our shot selection hasn’t been great. Any time you're in transition more and you can’t set your defense, you're not going to be be as efficient."

"We had guys that didn’t play with poise; didn’t show their experience," Painter said. "Nothing that happened in the second half didn’t happen in the first half.  When there's something that needs to be adjusted, you make that adjustment at halftime. When you've held somebody to 20 points and

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Tags: College Basketball Purdue Boilermakers Michigan Wolverines




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Seton Hall Pirates at Villanova Wildcats

01.06.2016     09:38 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Seton Hall at Villanova
Recommendation: Over 66 1st half


Villanova's offense looked like a well oiled machine in Big East wins over Xavier and Creighton. The Wildcats hit a combined 51-of-64 from two and 19-of-43 from three. They can score from all over the court and have an endless array of offensive weapons. Seton Hall has been serviceable on the offensive end with 83 and 78 point efforts in wins over Marquette and DePaul. Both games also featured a fair amount of pace with 80 and 72 possessions respectively. What I don't buy is any of Seton Hall's defensive numbers as multiple metrics indicate the schedule has been extremely favorable in terms of its opponent's offensive potency. In fact, six of their foes are currently averaging less than a point per possession. The Pirates allowed 1.09 ppp in Big East play last season which means we can put little stock into their current output of 0.94 (32nd nationally). Tonight serves as a massive step up in class considering Villanova ranks sixth in offensive efficiency despite struggling from beyond the arc to start the season. You do have to be concerned about Villanova's ability on the defensive end which Read more



Tags: College Basketball Seton Hall Pirates Villanova Wildcats Andrew Lange



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