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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Updating NFL Regular Season O/U Wins

11.16.2015     08:05 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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I write a lot about NFL Win Totals and NFL Divisional Odds throughout the summer months; my preferred methodology for discussing the upcoming season.  As we approach Thanksgiving, with Week 10 in the books and the final bye weeks coming up this weekend, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at how those wagers are faring heading into the homestretch of the 2015 campaign.

The very first NFL season win bets cashed this past weekend.  Dallas fell to 2-7, ensuring that the Cowboys cannot go Over their 9.5 game win total.  Carolina improved to 9-0, cashing their Over 8.5 win total from last summer.  Seattle fell to 4-5.  Even if the Seahawks win all of their remaining games, they can do no better than push their 11 game win total. 

It’s a similar story with Baltimore, sitting at 2-7 now, with a win total of 9 from last summer.  A 7-0 Ravens run to end the season would only produce a push for Over bettors. And while I write this column before Monday Night Football kicks off, the Bengals are in prime position to cash their Over 8.5 win total, 8-0 now and sitting as double digit favorites against the Texans.

A Read more



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NFL Gambling: Las Vegas SuperContest Week 10 consensus picks

11.14.2015     11:07 PM     Printer Friendly
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Below are the top consensus plays for Week 8 of the NFL SuperContest.

1. TENNESSEE +5.5 vs. Carolina
2. OAKLAND -3 vs. Minnesota
3. JACKSONVILLE +5.5 at Baltimore
4. WASHINGTON pk vs. New Orleans
5. KANSAS CITY +6 at Denver

Least picked Sunday side: Cleveland +4.5 at Pittsburgh.




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College Football Betting Preview: Oklahoma Sooners at Baylor Bears

11.13.2015     07:24 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Oklahoma at Baylor
Saturday, 5 pm PT - ABC
CRIS Opener:
Baylor -5 O/U 78
CRIS Current: Baylor -2.5 O/U 76
Recommendation: Baylor

Baylor has a clear path to the four team college football playoff this January.  If the Bears can win their last four games, they’re in, plain and simple.  Of course with Oklahoma at home, then road trips to face TCU and Oklahoma State over the next three games, Baylor’s three toughest tests of the season are coming in back-to-back-to-back weeks.

For a good portion of the season, I had Baylor ranked among the top two or three teams in all of college football in my power ratings.  And I’ve got the Bears homefield edge ranked as high as any in the land, as clearly evidenced by their remarkable 19-4 ATS mark in Waco dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign.  It’s surely worth noting that this is the shortest pointspread that Baylor has had at home since 2012 – they haven’t been less than -7 at home against anybody over the last three seasons.

But two things have happened to make me lower my Baylor Read more



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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: The College Football Playoff circus has begun

11.09.2015     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly
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I haven’t had an appropriate opportunity to rant against the most corrupt organization in sports – the NCAA, making billions off the backs of student athletes without a lick of oversight – in quite some time.  But now that we’re in Playoff Committee time here in November, it’s time to call out the NCAA for this ridiculous atrocity, designed to do one thing and one thing only – make the NCAA more money, by driving up the hype factor of the college football playoff.  You know, the playoff that doesn’t begin until January?  You know, the playoff that has a constantly-hyped national TV show every week, designed to get fat checks from corporate sponsors?   Yeah, that college football playoff!

Can you imagine, even for a minute, if the NFL held a mid-season poll so that a group of high profile bureaucrats, administrators and big name celebrities (does Condoleezza Rice really know the in’s and out’s of college football) could vote on who the top teams were?  Of course you can’t imagine such a thing, because it’s a ludicrous concept.  If these polls never existed, there would be Read more



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Westgate Superbook nears completion

11.09.2015     07:13 AM     Printer Friendly
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Las Vegas' Westgate Superbook is still working on various renovations and upgrades including 220 feet worth of big screen TVs.


“It’s the biggest screen of this type you’ll see inside, anywhere,” Kornegay says, looking across the Superbook at a digital image of a rushing attempt by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. “This is part of the plan to not only have the biggest sports book in Las Vegas but the best.”

“This was the owner’s idea, right from the start,” Kornegay said. “During his first walk-through, he realized the book hadn’t been touched in a really long time.”






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Son of foreign dignitary welches on Las Vegas casino debt

11.03.2015     08:10 AM     Printer Friendly
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Amazing that those who actually have money are often times the ones not willing to settle up on gambling debts. Take the son of France's foreign minister, Thomas Fabius. This dude rang up well over a million in debt as various Las Vegas casinos and wrote a bunch of bad checks to try to cover his losses. According to Clark County, if he shows his face on U.S. soil, he'll be arrested.




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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Analyzing bye-less College Football teams

11.02.2015     10:16 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Seventeen college football teams enter November without having had a single bye week since the start of the season and without a bye this coming week.  Those teams are Arizona, Ball State, Boston College, Colorado, UConn, Eastern Michigan, Florida International, Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Miami-Ohio, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Texas Tech, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  Two more teams, North Texas and UMass, haven’t had byes since Week 1; teams that started their seasons a week late, but haven’t had a break since.  Is there anything unique or different about these non-bye squads?  Read on to find out.

Five of the 17 teams listed above don’t have any bye weeks at all.  Florida International, Miami-Ohio, Hawaii (with their 13 game schedule!), Arizona and Colorado will finish the season without a break.  Note that none of those five are going to play in a conference championship game, and only two (Arizona and FIU) have any realistic shot to make a bowl game.  Bye-less teams don’t tend to be very successful.  Most importantly for our purposes, they also don’t tend to cover many pointspreads Read more



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NFL Gambling: Las Vegas SuperContest Week 8 consensus picks

10.31.2015     08:15 PM     Printer Friendly
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Below are the top consensus plays for Week 8 of the NFL SuperContest. A unique situation with two of the top five picks coming from the same game with Green Bay the third-most selected team and Denver the fifth-most.

1. ARIZONA -5 at Cleveland
2. NY JETS -2.5 at Oakland
3. GREEN BAY -3 at Denver
4. CHICAGO +1.5 vs. Minnesota
5. DENVER +3 vs. Green Bay

Least picked Sunday side: Tennessee -3 at Houston




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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Breaking down the NFL's five unbeatens

10.26.2015     07:59 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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We’re nearing the halfway point of the NFL season and five teams still remain undefeated; an unusually high number of perfect teams at this stage of the campaign.  There’s not much debate with the betting community about how to rank the five remaining unbeatens.  The New England Patriots are power rated at least a field goal higher than any other team in the league right now.  Behind the Pats come the Green Bay Packers, followed closely by the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Denver Broncos rank #4 on this list; with Peyton Manning’s ongoing struggles carrying more weight than the Broncos elite level defensive stats in the current betting markets.  Last on the list is the Carolina Panthers, still searching for market respect even after their win and cover against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

My goal of this week’s Wiseguy Report is to break down these five teams in terms of my probability of them producing a profit over the final ten weeks of the regular season.  Is it possible to make money with ANY of these teams moving forward, or have the betting markets eclipsed any semblance of future value?  Read on to find Read more



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NFL Gambling: Las Vegas SuperContest Week 7 consensus picks

10.24.2015     08:52 PM     Printer Friendly
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Below are the top consensus plays for Week 7 of the NFL SuperContest.

1. NY JETS +9 at New England
2. ATLANTA -4.5 at Tennessee
3. ST. LOUIS -5.5 vs. Cleveland
4. CAROLINA -3 vs. Philadelphia
5. DETROIT +2.5 vs. Minnesota

Least picked Sunday side: New England -9 vs. NY Jets

 




Tags: NFL New England Patriots



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