We have found that during basketball season it was much easier to find a good pick than it has been during baseball season.. If you get it wrong, your streak resets to zero. You do not have to pick everyday, but you must pick once every six days to keep your streak alive.
Many of the picks are not just picking which team will win. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it is a contest that a smart sports fan has a reasonable shot at winning. If you get your pick correct, your streak goes up. Other prizes are available for smaller streaks. Each day you can make one pick from a list of games that Covers.com chooses. Covers.com is a sports betting information website that runs a free streak style contest with a top prize of $100,000. See the table to the right for a breakdown of the prizes.
Only having the option of picking one game a day makes this contest one of my favorites. My longest streak was seven in a row and my girlfriend had 11 in a row during basketball season. Basketball and football include picking ATS (against the spread), which makes Covers.com the closest thing to actually betting on sports on this list.
The ultimate goal is to build a streak of 24 correct picks for the overall grand prize of $100,000
Las Vegas will have four nearby rivals — at least by West Coast standards: the league’s three California teams and the Arizona Coyotes.
Foley’s also bid had the enormous advantage of an NHL-ready arena built with private funding and eager for a flagship tenant. “We’re dedicated to it. We’ll leave no stone unturned in our dedication, in our pursuit of hockey for Las Vegas, not just for our team, but for the community.”
“I think the NFL would be great here,” Foley said. He has strongly considered the Black Knights, a name that has special meaning to Foley, a West Point graduate.
With nearly 2.2 million people in the last census, Las Vegas is the largest population center in the U.S. Foley is joined by minority partners Joe and Gavin Maloof, the former owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
The NHL is expanding for the first time since 2000, when Minnesota and Columbus each paid $80 million to join the league.
“We think this is a tremendously exciting opportunity, not just for Las Vegas, but for the league as well,” Bettman said, calling Las Vegas “a vibrant, growing, global destination city.”
“We won’t sell out every game with season-ticket holders, but I believe it’s going to be 85 percent, 90 percent (filled by season ticket holders),” Foley said.
Although ice doesn’t last long in the desert, Las Vegas has had an appetite for hockey since the Kings and New York Rangers played a memorable outdoor exhibition game here in 1991. “I’m an Army guy, but maybe that’s not the right name for the team at this time. without a team in the major professional sports. Foley has already accepted more than 14,000 season ticket deposits and sold out all 44 suites in the 17,500-seat rink built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Los Angeles Kings.
“There is no doubt as to the passion for hockey in Quebec City,” Bettman said. Foley announced plans to devote considerable resources to building community interest in youth hockey, including a two-rink team training complex that will be “open to all.”
“I love Black Knights,” Foley said. We’re going to work through the league.”
Along with a top-six pick in next year’s draft, the Vegas franchise will be stocked by a June 2017 expansion draft that will be more favorable than previous drafts, theoretically allowing Foley’s team to become competitive more quickly. The league’s alignment and playoff format won’t change.
Bettman said the league made the move largely due to the persistence and strength of the ownership group led by Foley, a financial services tycoon, who has been working on the idea for three years. The IHL’s Las Vegas Thunder sometimes drew more fans than UNLV’s beloved basketball team at the Thomas and Mack Arena in the 1990s, and the Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker leads a handful of locals who went on to hockey careers.
Sports leagues once rejected the city outright due to concerns about corruption from Vegas’ massive sports betting economy, but the NHL and the NFL no longer share those worries, with Bettman calling his sport “less susceptible” to gambling interests due to the small volume of bets placed on hockey.. These components, the ones within the control of the Quebec City applicant, are first-rate.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bettman also announced that an expansion bid from Quebec City was “deferred” indefinitely, allowing Las Vegas to enter the league alone in the Pacific Division. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is interested in partnering with Vegas interests to build an enormous domed football stadium for his team.
Foley hasn’t decided on a nickname or logo for his team, but an announcement could be made in the next few weeks. “They have a different fan base than we do. Vegas was an economic boomtown in the previous decade, and the NHL is betting that its slowed growth hasn’t curbed the city’s appetite for sports and spectacles.
“We want everyone to be a fan,” said Foley, who fell in love with pond hockey while growing up in Canada. The new team will play in T-Mobile Arena, the $375 million building that opened just off the Las Vegas Strip in April.
The endurance of that appetite will depend on Foley’s ability to keep fans excited about the newest show in town, but the NHL seems confident it’s getting in early to a growing market. Concerns about the Canadian dollar’s fluctuation, the stress of a two-team expansion draft and the league’s desire to correct its geographical imbalance — the Eastern Conference already has 16 teams, while Las Vegas will be the 15th in the West — prompted the governors to go with Las Vegas alone.
Foley realizes his team might not be alone in Vegas for long.
The National Hockey League’s 31st franchise will play in Las Vegas beginning in 2017, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday.
Bettman strongly praised the bid backed by telecommunications giant Quebecor to return the league to Quebec City, the former home of the Quebec Nordiques. “There is no doubt as to the suitability of the Videotron Centre as a home for a team, and there is no doubt regarding the ownership credentials or the eagerness to own a team of Quebecor, which has been an outstanding partner. I don’t think it will affect us.”
On a 109-degree day in the Mojave Desert’s gambling mecca, the NHL’s Board of Governors awarded the team to billionaire businessman Bill Foley, who is expected to pay $500 million to the NHL’s other owners as an expansion fee
Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”
“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises.
But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.
2. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”
So, how much are we gambling each football season?
So, how much should you bet a game?
4. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”
7. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned.
“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”
Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined.
While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”
And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”
Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.
“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005).
Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.
But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”
. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”
“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says.
“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas.
1. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit.
Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”
5. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”
Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”
Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.
However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose.
10. “Teams play inspired ball at home.
So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”
Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has.
“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”
“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can.
“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”
“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”
Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points.
Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor.
And where does all that money go?
“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”
6. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”
Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”
9. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners
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