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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: How to bet college football bowl games

12.09.2013     08:23 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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During football season, I usually write about the NFL every week.  But it wasn’t easy to make broad generalizations about teams on a Sunday in which more than half the games were significantly affected by snowy or frigid weather.  And the college football bowl pairings were announced on Sunday Night.  So, I made the executive decision to take a one week break from the NFL this week to discuss my personal strategies for winning during bowl season.

Motivation is the key factor for any bowl game.  Overall talent and team speed don’t mean a thing when the players don’t give a hoot about being there.  That’s why underdogs tend to do fairly well against the spread in the earlier bowl games.  It’s not a reward for a favorite to end up in front of a sparse crowd in Boise or Detroit facing a team they’re not particularly excited about playing, especially if their second tier bowl bid came as a result of a relatively disappointing campaign.

Always check the local newspapers, blogs and yes, even twitter feeds for clues about any team’s level of preparation and Read more



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NFL Gambling Preview: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

12.05.2013     01:19 PM         Printer Friendly
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Detroit at Philadelphia
Sunday, 10 am PT - FOX
CRIS Opener:
Philadelphia -2.5 O/U 53
CRIS Current: Philadelphia -2.5 O/U 54
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Philadelphia -1.5
Brian Edwards' Recommendation: Under

With four games left in the playoff chase, every game is crucial. Two NFC contenders will square off Sunday afternoon when the Eagles and Lions collide in the City of Brotherly Love.

As of Thursday afternoon, most books had Philadelphia (7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread) favored by -2.5 (offshore) or -3 (Las Vegas). The shops at 2.5 are attaching a -120 price, while those at three have the Eagles at -105 or even money. The total is 54, while the Lions are +125 on the money line (risk $100 to win $125).

Chip Kelly’s team is in a first-place tie with Dallas in the NFC East. Philadelphia has won four consecutive games and six of its last eight. The Eagles are coming off a 24-21 win Read more



Tags: NFL Detroit Lions Philadelphia Eagles Brian Edwards




Former Vegas gambling exec runs into trouble for playing at Pinnacle

12.05.2013     07:59 AM     Printer Friendly
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Because of his ties to Pinnacle Sports, former Golden Nugget owner Timothy Poster had his application to work in the gaming industry rejected by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Funny that despite residing in Las Vegas, Poster placed bets at Pinny simply because its limits were higher.


Burnett told Poster, "I've heard you're a really good guy. I like you personally." But the board cannot ignore these violations.

Board member Terry Johnson said he could not approve the license because of "his associations with certain persons" and his online wagering with an illegal sports betting service.

Johnson said he had "trouble accepting that you (Poster) did not know it was an unlawful act."







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College Football Handicapping: USC offensive coordinator to coach bowl game

12.04.2013     07:54 AM     Printer Friendly
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USC announced that offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach the team in their bowl game. Former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian who was hired this week reportedly won't be involved in the team's preparation. The Trojans haven't won a postseason game since 2009. They are projected to play in the Las Vegas Bowl against the winner of the Mountain West Championship.




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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: Betting on Bad NFL Teams Down the Stretch

12.02.2013     08:02 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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I’ve spent the last two weeks breaking down playoff contenders in both the AFC and NFC. But the playoffs are still a month away. There are still four more regular season games to be played for every team in the NFL; a full quarter of the season. That’s why I’m taking a hard look in the opposite direction this week; breaking down the bottom feeders.

Bottom feeders in December are a mixed breed. Some squads tank; done with their season. Other bottom feeders play their best ball down the stretch, building momentum for next year.

Look at last year for some prime examples. The Lions went 0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS in five December games a season ago; the lone pointspread cover coming by a single point in their meaningless season finale defeat. Philly went 1-4 SU at the tail end of the Andy Reid era, and got blown out in each of their final three games, losing by a combined nine touchdowns in those contests. Arizona, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Cleveland, Jacksonville and Kansas City – all teams that were considered ‘bottom feeders’ at this time last year – each finished with a losing SU and ATS mark in their five December Read more



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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: AFC Super Bowl Contenders

11.25.2013     07:54 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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Last week, I took a break from the typical team notes column that I’ve been writing here in the Vegas Wiseguy Report since the start of the NFL season, focusing on NFC Playoff Contenders. I’ll finish that thought process this week, turning my focus towards the AFC.

I had a spirited debate with a fairly well known professional bettor on Sunday Night after the games were finished. We were both having the same problem; trying to figure out somebody – anybody – in the AFC worthy of support down the stretch as a Super Bowl contender. Frankly, there aren’t a whole lot of choices, and our debate primarily consisted of finding fatal flaws in whatever team the other guy brought up.

My power rating numbers have seven of the top ten teams in the NFL residing in the NFC (Seattle, New Orleans, San Francisco, Carolina, Arizona, Dallas and Detroit). An eighth team could join that group after Aaron Rodgers gets healthy for Green Bay.  And all three of those supposedly elite level AFC teams have problems, which is why I included a fourth contender in my discussion below.

Six AFC teams sit at 5-6 right now, tied for the final Wild Card Read more



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New Jersey online gambling trial shows glitches

11.22.2013     06:52 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

New Jersey is in the midst of its five-day online gambling trial and for one gentlemen, it's got some holes. He basically spent the day driving around trying to find a location that would allow him to log on.


"Over there, I was being told I wasn't in New Jersey," he said. "Here it's not telling me yes or no."

"I made a small deposit, but when I tried to play they said I wasn't in New jersey," she said. "I'm afraid that when they try to do this statewide on the 26th it's going to be mayhem."








New Jersey preps for live online poker; residents on border may have issues

11.18.2013     07:48 AM     Read more








College Football Handicapping: Week 13 Injury Report

11.21.2013     04:26 PM         Printer Friendly
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Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is out for the rest of the season and his career could be in jeopardy after he sustained a concussion two weeks ago in a 20-19 home loss to Arizona St. Wilson finished 2013 with a 16-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Utes’ sophomore Adam Schulz started in last week’s 44-21 loss at Oregon, completing 13-of-30 passes for 181 yards with one TD and one interception. In four games this year, Schulz has connected on just 35-of-75 throws (46.7%) for 428 yards with a 2-2 TD-INT ratio.

Florida QB Tyler Murphy is ‘questionable’ vs. Georgia Southern due to a shoulder injury. Making his first career start and taking his first snap at the collegiate level last week, Sklyer Mornhinweg completed 10-of-13 passes for 107 yards in a 19-14 loss at South Carolina. UF didn’t put too much on his plate with most of his throws consisting of screen passes and short patterns. However, the redshirt freshman should be credited for being accurate and only making one mistake, an interception on the final drive with just over one minute remaining. The Gators are favored by 28 against the Eagles.

Missouri QB James Franklin is Read more



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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: NFC Super Bowl Contenders

11.18.2013     12:31 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
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It’s late November.  Thanksgiving is next week.  And that means it’s time for me to take a break from my typical team notes column that I’ve been writing here in the Vegas Wiseguy Report since the start of the NFL season.

It’s time to focus on the big boys – teams with playoff aspirations.  Who can get hot down the stretch and make us some money winning games and covering pointspreads?  Which squads are legitimate Super Bowl contenders; which are pretenders.  Let’s take look through the NFC this week, gauging which squads have ATS value moving forward, and which squads have already reached their zenith, poised to tumble back to earth down the stretch.

I did not include notes on Carolina (they don’t play till Monday Night) and Dallas (on bye this week) due to space limitations.  That leaves Philadelphia, the New York Giants, Detroit, Chicago, Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona to consider; all of whom remain live for the postseason as Week 12 approaches.

Serious Super Bowl Contenders

Seattle Seahawks - I Read more



Tags: NFL Teddy Covers




College Basketball Handicapping: UNLV tries to bounce back after ugly loss

11.15.2013     08:03 AM     Printer Friendly
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It's been a rough start to the season for UNLV. They were up only one at half against Big Sky bottom feeder Portland State before pulling away. The Rebels had 18 turnovers and shot 13-of-28 from the free throw line. And on Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara, who won only 11 games last year, waltzed into the Thomas & Mack Center and won by 20. The Las Vegas Review-Journal summed it up best with a post-game article titled, 'UCSB shows Rebels, Rice how to play, coach.' The Las Vegas Sun pointed out UNLV's struggles against the zone – something they’ll likely see more of moving forward.


“Obviously, it’s a very, very difficult loss,” Rice said. “Santa Barbara played well. We played very, very poorly. We got beat in every aspect of the game. It’s very disheartening; very disappointing.”



Heading into tonight's game against Nebraska-Omaha, head coach Dave Rice announced that Read more



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