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NFL says players can't attend charity event because of casino ties

06.03.2016     08:54 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The NFL is at it again. This time it decided that a children's charity bowling event at Las Vegas' Sunset Station Casino was "against policy."

“That’s a great question and we do not have the answer to that. That’s one of the many unknown things about the NFL and the way that they have chosen to enforce certain policies against certain groups. Why they were OK with it is anyone’s guess. There’s no consistency with what the NFL does in regards to these policies,” Pettit said.

“The NFL has a tendency to selectively enforce their own policies when it’s convenient for them or when it makes sense for them.”

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NFL Handicapping: CG Technology offering lines on every NFL game

06.02.2016     08:30 AM     Printer Friendly
CG Technology has released pointspreads on every NFL game through Week 16.

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NFL Handicapping: Pittsburgh Steelers project to have potent offense

06.01.2016     09:25 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
There's reason to believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to put up points in bunches this season. They put up 26.4 ppg in 2015 despite Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell playing only 58 snaps together. From a totals perspective, the Steelers finished 6-10 O/U, including 0-4 without Roethlisberger. Oddsmakers appear well aware of this squad's offensive potential as their Week 1 game at Washington is currently lined 50.5 which is the highest total on the card (Oakland-New Orleans also 50.5). Totals of 50.5 or higher are a dead even 47-47-2 O/U since 2013.

"Obviously, we have playmakers all over the field," Bell said. "We use OTAs as our leverage point. We know where we were last year. We kind of have to pick up where we were last year and get better.

"Teams are going to pick up on things that we do, so we have to continue to detail everything."



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NFL Gambling News: To some, staying in Bay Area makes more sense for Oakland Raiders

05.25.2016     08:19 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
While most of the attention on the Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas is centered around gambling, there are a few folks who are questioning whether or not the location is viable. The Bay Area has nearly 8 million people whereas Las Vegas has less than a million.

"That's why we're doing studies on that now to determine whether it's viable," Davis said. "We're not looking to make this something where the fans fly in on weekends for games. For the first year, it would probably be like that, but we want to have a local fan base. That's important to us."

"If you look at demographics around the league, over the next 10 years, the East Bay/San Francisco/San Jose area will grow more than any other NFL market. I

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Raiders to Vegas makes little sense if locals can't bet on the games

05.17.2016     08:23 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
While the odds of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas seem decent, the underlying issue is will local sportsbooks be able to offer lines on their games? Oddsmaker Jay Kornegay brought up a good point that if their games aren't on the board it'll continue to make sports betting look taboo.

“As much as we want to see a pro franchise, I certainly would not be in favor of taking those games off the board,” said Jay Kornegay, the race and sports book director of the Westgate Superbook. “It’d be sending the wrong message. It’s stating something is wrong with the industry.”

“Future sports betting, when it spreads across the United States, will be modeled after Nevada,” Rood said. “We’re one of the most highly regulated industries in America. I’d put us up against any banking or Wall Street regulations. That stringent. And I would think the leagues will embrace that. We want the same thing the leagues want: games played with integrity.”

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Reche Caldwell used to be a big time bookmaker

05.12.2016     07:17 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Crazy story about former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell who apparently moonlighted as a bookie.

Speaking from prison, the most animated Caldwell gets is when talking about gathering around his parlor's makeshift bank of TVs to watch the end of seemingly meaningless games, like Northern Illinois -- Ball State in 2013. Ball State had the ball with 46 seconds left to play and NIU leading 41-27. Caldwell was silently celebrating because he had failed to control just how much money was placed on the 72.5-point over.

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: How to Handicap NFL Season Over/Under Wins Part II

05.09.2016     10:47 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Last week, I wrote about how taking a look back at EXACTLY what happened throughout the course of the 2015 season can help bettors create more accurate opening power ratings for the 32 NFL teams for the upcoming 2016 campaign.  Instead of looking at aggregate numbers compiled at the end of the season, my methodology here is to track strength of schedule based on power ratings on the week the games were played. 

Taking the time to do that accurately gives bettors a much better idea of how a team came to accumulate their final record.  Did they underachieve because their schedule was tougher than it looked?  The Giants and Cowboys stood out here.  Did they overachieve because their schedule was weaker than it looked?  The Cardinals and the Jets stood out in that regard.

Once last year’s numbers are compiled and filed, it’s time to do the same thing for the upcoming campaign – creating more accurate numbers than you can commonly Read more

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: How to Handicap NFL Season Over/Under Wins Part I

05.02.2016     10:25 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Over the past decade, the NFL betting marketplace has evolved into a year round process. The very first Super Bowl odds for 2017 came out before the Broncos beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl this past February.  CG Technology posted lines for every NFL game through the first 16 weeks of the season prior to the draft.  Week 1 regular season lines are widely available right now.  And the NFL Season Win Total marketplace, while still a long way from maturity, has seen a handful of key shops, like the Westgate Superbook, post virgin numbers in recent days.

My process for handicapping the upcoming NFL season begins immediately after the draft.  This is the time of year to focus on those aforementioned season win totals.  My NFL prep work begins each spring with a thorough look back at last year’s results.

Why look back, you ask?  The answer, of course, is simple – because that’s where I find my very first edges when approaching the upcoming season.  If my base power rating heading into the offseason wasn’t wholly accurate, it results in inaccurate adjustments moving forward.  Part 1 of my process begins Read more

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NFL Gambling News: Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas has financial backing

04.29.2016     07:31 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
So, this Oakland to Las Vegas thing has legs. Raiders owner Mark Davis is willing to pony up a half billion dollars to make it happen. And Roger Goodell is apparently leaving the decision in the hands of the owners.

"All of us have evolved a little bit on gambling. To me, where I cross the line is anything that can impact on the integrity of the game. If people think it is something that can influence the outcome of a game, we are absolutely opposed to that."

The NFL has long shunned Las Vegas, refusing its TV ads and telling players not to make appearances at casinos. But Davis said he believes owners will approve the move if the stadium is built.

“If we give them an offer they can’t refuse and that’s what we’re talking about now, I don’t see a problem,” Davis said.

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NFL Gambling: Prop bets galore for tonight's draft

04.28.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The NFL Draft begins tonight at 5 pm PT on ESPN. That means a number of sportsbooks will be offering prop bets on the outcomes. Below are a few options currently being offered at 5Dimes.

QBs in Round 1
2.5 Over -3000
2.5 Under +1300

RBs & WRs in Round 1
5.5 Over +4.5
5.5 Under -750

Offensive Players in Round 1
13.5 over +115
13.5 under -155

Defensive Players in Round 1
17.5 Over -170
17.5 under +130

Ohio State Players Drafted
13.5 Over -115
13.5 Under -125

SEC Players in Round 1
8.5 Over -190
8.5 Under +150

Mr. Irrelevant (last player drafted)
Offensive Player -110
Defensive Player -110

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