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Betting on Nontraditional Events – Valero Texas Open

Betting on Nontraditional Events – Valero Texas OpenWhen people talk about sports betting they are usually referring to betting on US traditional sports like football, baseball or basketball. There are many other sporting activities that you can bet on though. These other sports fare normally referred to as nontraditional. As of this moment NBA betting is at the hottest stage, the play offs are on, same thing happens for hockey which is not as big but certainly big enough to not be considered among others nontraditional, MLB season will keep us occupied for months to come, and among all the regular sporting activity we have occasional big events on certain popular sports like golf, this is a very well known and popular sport but it is not really associated with sports betting the way that football is. If you like the sound of this consider the big events that take place every now and then, now is a good moment, because the world’s top golfers will head to San Antonio this week for the 2017 staging of the Valero Texas Open. A cool $6.2 million is at stake for the elite field with the champion grabbing not only 500 FedExCup points but also the $1.116 million top prize.

Predicting a pre-tournament winner in golf isn’t easy. While it’s true sports bettors can find fantastic value, it’s incredibly frustrating when one of your picks doesn’t even make the cut. That’s why we have experts to tell us about it. Here’s a betting preview with the biggest names in this great sport.

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Hoffman won the 2016 Valero Texas Open and clearly loves playing in San Antonio. After edging out Patrick Reed a year ago, the 40-year-old now has nine top-15 finishes at the tournament and has never missed the cut.

Just how good has Hoffman been at the Valero Texas Open? He’s a combined 43 under par here. Only two men have gone back to back at the tournament since 2000 but Hoffman is in prime position to join those ranks.


The 2011 champ, Steele is as consistent as it comes on the PGA Tour. He always manages to be in the thick of things, as he hasn’t missed a cut since last year’s PGA Championship in July.

At a layout where he’s had success in the past, I’m comfortable rolling with him – especially with the weakened field. After all, only eight of the top 50 in the world rankings will tee it up in San Antonio.


Horschel missed the cut last week at the RBC Heritage, but don’t let that poor play fool you. The man is an absolute beast at this tournament. A year ago, Horschel finished in a tie for 54th the week before the Valero Texas Open and proceeded to end up in a fourth-place tie.

The American placed third in both 2013 and 2015, yet he’s never managed to win here. In six starts, Horschel ranks 15th on the all-time money list. He’s always a threat in Texas. Join and start betting on nontraditional events.

Triple Crown Action – Kentucky Derby

Triple Crown Action - Kentucky Derby Now that the Kentucky Derby prep season has come to an end, handicappers can focus on the 20 probable starters and try to decide which one of them will be fortunate enough to win the run for the roses.

That quest for success at the betting windows promises to be as challenging as ever, but there is one somewhat logical way to start.

Bet against the favorite – at least to win.

That might sound foolish on one level, but the law of averages would seem to mandate it.

Let’s face it. In the last four years most handicappers have probably improved their Kentucky Derby batting average. That tends to happen when favorites win the Derby in four straight years. The ball started with Orb in 2013, then kept on rolling with California Chrome, followed by American Pharoah and Nyquist.

What has also been obscured in recent years is that the last three decades have been a little bit hard on Kentucky Derby favorites.

After six of eight favorites captured the run for the roses from 1972-79, Spectacular Bid’s win in 1979 ushered in a steak of 20 straight years to close out the 1900s in which the favorite went down to defeat.

Fusaichi Pegasus ended the drought in 2000, and since then eight of 17 favorites have won the Derby. That’s a winning percentage of 47 percent, which is well above the standard odds of victory for a favorite on a typical day of races.

After his disappointing three-year-old debut, a foot abscess, bad back and a couple of aborted workouts, many horseplayers were jumping off Classic Empire’s bandwagon, but the 2016 champion juvenile struck back in a big way last Saturday.

The Mark Casse trainee won the $1-million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park and has returned to become a top contender again for the Kentucky Derby (G1) on the first Saturday of May.

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The colt is the current co-favorite along with Always Dreaming at 5-1 in the latest online odds.

Classic Empire was the rock-solid early betting favorite after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall at Santa Anita, as low as 5-2.

However, his price drifted up to 12-1 after his third-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park in February.

Just last week his odds were still at 12-1, but now he could end up the betting favorite for the Run for the Roses.

The colt earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his win, rallying from the back of the pack to win by a half-length, running down long shot Conquest Mo Money.

Always Dreaming will go into the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the Florida Derby (G1) on April 1 that earned the Todd Pletcher trainee a 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

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Betting The MLB Favorites

Betting The MLB FavoritesToday it’s all about Baseball, with two articles one for novice bettors and one for more experienced ones that can still welcome some advice. The MLB season is longer than any other in sports in terms of pure games played and as a result its teams go through longer peaks and valleys than in any other sports. The 162-game season creates longer winning streaks and losing streaks than in any other major sports leagues and that is something that the people that bet on baseball can take advantage of. The biggest difference between good teams and bad teams is that the good ones are able to minimize their losing streaks while the bad ones can drop five or six in a row at any point. That is the focus of the Betting MLB favorites system, which looks to capitalize on these extended slides.

The basic premise of the Betting MLB Favorites system is to bet on any team with a win percentage that is higher than .470 if it is a home favorite of -110 or greater. The key is to capitalize on the fact that the good teams will win more than the bad teams with the majority of their wins every year coming at home. While it might seem basic on the surface the point of the system is to stick with those teams knowing that they are in a favorable situation and even if they lose that first game they will more than likely bounce back and win the next one.

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The numbers certainly support staying with the favorites in those situations as the majority of them pulled out the win in their first game as a home favorite at -110 or greater. Of the 37 teams that lost in that situation throughout the entire baseball season, 24 of them went on to win the next game for a 24-13 total record coming off a loss on the initial bet. Of the 13 teams that lost both the first and second games, nine of them ended up winning the third game. The numbers are proof that even when the teams in the system lost the first game they went 24-13 in the game following the loss and 9-4 in games following back-to-back losses to make it a successful system. Those are excellent numbers for any player that invested in the MLB favorites system and stuck with it through the three-game window if they needed to do it in order to make a profit.

The numbers never lie and anybody that used the MLB favorites system a year ago ended up making a substantial profit. It’s important to remember that the initial bet was always on a home favorite at -110 odds or greater and that the player had to have a bankroll that could handle back-to-back losses in the rare instance they occurred in order to capitalize on the eventual payoff. The MLB favorites system rewarded anybody that met the criteria with a major profit for the entire season so don’t be afraid to try it out this season at

The Process of Baseball Betting

The Process of Baseball Betting The 2017 baseball season is here with great betting value, here’s a brief on the process of betting in baseball for those that will be getting in the action for the first time. The different aspects of the baseball betting include the wager types, money lines, and more that happen to take important parts in the whole process of betting.

The Aspect of the Money lines:

Among the different processes of betting, there happens to be certain positive and negative aspects. However, the most favorite betting process is the money line betting. In this betting process, the difference is drastic and big risks are there.

That means, either you can win it all, all lose all. The experienced players show the interest in playing the game in this process.

Playing in 5-Inning Lines

It also happens to be a moneyline in which the winner is declared after winning 5times. The betting, in this case, is not dependent on the final score. The pattern is similar in this case, to the half time basketball or soccer betting.

Because of the fast game and the nature of betting, the amount stays heavy and therefore, the stakes stay wide. As a result of that, the odds stay higher than usual.

Games Based on the Totals:

Among the popular ones, another option is to bet on the total score. In this case, at the time of betting, the option becomes, whether the total score would be more or less to the predicted score.

According to the prediction you can decide on the score and therefore, the stakes stay quite high. Here the option becomes of betting against the philosophy of the public.

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Just like the spread bet on basketball or football, the runline process runs. The only exception is that in this case, the runline stays -1.5 or -2.5. That means that the winning of the favorites will take place with 2 or 3 covers.

However, this process can offer you worse odds.

Choices for the Alternate Runlines:

A flipped runline is the alternate runline wager. This process flips the position of the underdog and the favorite. In specific scenarios you will be getting the positive benefits of the process.

The increment of the payout will also be taking place at that time. Thanks to the alternate moneyline option, the payout will get stronger by the hours.

Seasonal or Future Winning:

The last method that should be mentioned here is the seasonal or future winning. In this process the bet is made not on specific games, but the seasonal wins. Although the popularity of these sorts of winning is not high enough, as the betting amount is high, bettors prefer them for long term wins. Join and get action on the biggest selection of sporting leagues in the market including the MLB.

Home Underdogs On Bottom Line

Home Underdogs On Bottom LineVery often you can hear bettors compare how many correct predictions they made on any given night but you don’t always hear them talk about how much money they won. Have you ever thought about why that is? Which is more important? When it comes to sports betting the bottom line is making money so whether you get five out of six right or nine out of 10 right all that matters is the money that you walk away with. It would be better to get six out of 10 straight underdog bets right and make a profit than it would be to get nine out of 10 right on a parlay and walk away with nothing. The key is to make sure that you are consistently making a profit and that brings us to the perfect system for winning percentage versus units won.

Think about a major supermarket. The company doesn’t bother being too selective and worrying about pulling out big gains at once. Instead, they have a high volume at low prices with the expectation that the more people buy the bigger the profit they will be able to pull out. The baseball season is the perfect time to take a similar approach with so many games and so many underdog teams available to bet that can pull out wins and help the bottom line. The worst team in baseball still won 64 of its 162 games a year ago and while you might want to stay away from the team at the very bottom there are teams that win 70-80 games each year that are often available at a very good price. The approach is simple: Identify teams that range from average to very good and bet them as home underdogs. Even when you lose you will not pay juice and you should win more often that you lose regardless. The key is to get a high volume of home underdog bets at plus-odds in favorable situations and grind out a profit.

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The Colorado Rockies finished 30 games below .500 a year ago but posted a 45-36 record at home and were a betting underdog in a lot of those games. While it didn’t make any sense to touch them on the road they were an excellent play at home the majority of the time. The San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds fell under that category as well as they finished a combined 18 games below .500 overall but were a combined 22 games above .500 at home. The numbers alone indicate that you would have made a profit and you can always add to that the ability to break down the individual match ups.

It’s always important to take into account the bottom line over win percentage as the only number that matters at the end of the day is how much you have won.

NBA Playoffs Are Set to Get Underway

NBA Playoffs Are Set to Get UnderwayThe NBA playoffs are here, so it’s time to get in those series bets for the first round. Teams like the Warriors are heavily favored for a reason, and most Vegas pros wouldn’t go near them.

There are a few series, however, where betting on the underdog seems to be the smart play. One of them is the Pacers against the Cavs. That’s right, the defending champion is actually being bet against to lose its opening series. The Pacers were getting action when they were +675, so books were forced to move the line to +639.

With the NBA playoffs set to get underway, it seems like the perfect time to take a closer look back at the regular season numbers with a focus on the teams that excelled in specific categories – especially for NBA betting purposes.

The playoffs are a different animal altogether as defenses tighten up and the half-court game becomes more important. Also, playing well on the road is key. That being the case, we took a look at those stats to see who thrives in those areas. Ironically, the teams that led in the categories we decided to focus on all happen to play in the Western Conference. They also each qualified for a playoff spot.

Points Per Game – Golden State Warriors (115.9)

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The Warriors finished with the best record in the NBA because of their dominance in a number of areas. There is no doubt about where they are the most dangerous. Golden State led the NBA with an average of 115.9 points per game, thanks in large part to the partnership developed between Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Curry led the Warriors with an average of 25.3 points per game while Durant was right behind him with an average of 25.1 points per game. Klay Thompson averaged 22.3 points per game while Draymond Green also finished in double-digits with an average of 10.2 points per game. Teamwork was clearly a factor as Golden State also led the NBA with an average of 30.4 assists per game.

Points Allowed Per Game – Utah Jazz (96.8)

Utah’s defense remained the biggest reason for the team’s success this season as they held opponents to just 96.8 points per game. That total was almost two points better than the San Antonio Spurs and more than three points better than the Memphis Grizzlies for the best mark in the NBA. Rudy Gobert led the way with 2.64 blocks per game while George Hill, Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles each averaged at least a steal per game. It might not have meant anything in the standings but the Jazz should gain some confidence from holding the Warriors to 99 points in the first of back-to-back wins over Golden State and San Antonio to close out the season.

The Jazz opening round matchup is with the Los Angeles Clippers, who have been an up and down team this season. If the Jazz can clamp down defensively, they could have a very good shot of beating the Clippers. As the playoffs begin, possessions become more valuable and the Jazz will be one of the teams that should be able to thrive in the half court sets. NBA playoffs are here at

Why Aren’t Sports Bettors Successful?

Why Aren’t Sports Bettors Successful?Betting and betting on sports in particular has been part of human society since ancient times, over the past two decades it’s popularity has multiplied enormously thank to the internet. Unsurprisingly, given their ability to be ahead of the game in the adoption of technology, online casinos have embraced the growth in mobile use with greater alacrity than many other web-based industries. This means it requires you to do a little more thinking than you used to have to do not doing this could be one of the reasons why some sports bettors aren’t successful.

There is absolutely no excuse at all for not doing research in today’s age, with the internet at your fingertips. Sports is broken down into stats that you would have never thought about even a decade ago, but some players think they can make the right bets just based on what they know. That is never a good idea. Use your knowledge, but know that you can always get more just by doing the proper Google searches. An educated pick gives you a better chance at winning, just like studying for a test gives you a better chance of passing.

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Being smart with your money and the amount you put on wagers can go a long way in making your account stretch further. Do not put 85% of the money in your account on one game because if you lose (and there is a good chance you will), you will spend the rest chasing bad wagers that you do not have a chance to win. Being intelligent with your money will allow you to dictate the bets you want to make, not the other way around.

Then you have the players that will just wager on anything, including sports they know nothing about. If you have never seen a cricket match in your life, are you going to risk 50% of your sports betting account on a cricket match? You should not, but there are more than enough players that will and that is why they wind up broke.

Sticking to the sports you know is a smart choice, but what is the opposite of that? Betting on every single game in that sport. No one is going to pick all the games correctly, so why not just bet on the games you feel the best about? They might be the games for which you have done the most research, or you are most familiar with the players. Whatever the case may be, you are not proving anything by betting on all the games.

The television games in every sport are tricky to judge because lines move based on how much money comes in on either side of the matchup, and television games are always going to bring in a lot as casual players are going to wager on them. You should still bet on these games, but be a little more diligent in your research and do not make larger bets; instead, go the other way and make smaller bets.

MLB Action on Friday Afternoon

MLB Action on Friday AfternoonAn afternoon baseball matchup pits two NL Central rivals against each other MLB action on Friday will see the Pittsburgh Pirates duke it out with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in game one of their three-game series. The Pirates have really gotten off to a slow start this year, while the Cubs come in off an emotional series against the Dodgers. The Over is 9-2 the last 11 games in this series. Pitching Probables: Gerrit Cole vs Kyle Hendricks.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a slow start and while their offense has really struggled so far, their pitching has not helped out at all. The Starting staff comes in with a 4.22 ERA on the year, which is bad, but their pen ERA of 5.68 is one of the worst in the league. They just don’t have a strong pen and that will haunt them as the season goes on, especially their middle relief as Wade Leblanc (6.35 ERA), Trevor Williams, 6.75 ERA), Antonio Bastardo (20.25), have all struggled in the early going. They really need the pen to step up, especially since their offense has been one of the worst in the league so far. Toeing the rubber for the Pirates will be Gerrit Cole, who is making his 3rd start of the year and has gone 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in his first two starts. He has allowed eight ERs on 15 hits and three walks in 11 innings in those two starts. Last year, he was 7-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts, including 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts on the road. Cole has gone 18-12 with a 3.39 ERA in 37 career day starts, while against the Cubs in his career he has gone 8-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 11 starts, including 6-1 with a 2.21 ERA in seven starts here at Wrigley Field.

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World Series champs have been set as +160 moneyline underdogs. Underachieving ace Gerrit Cole will go head-to-head with Kyle Hendricks in the matchup as the two righties look to put forgettable starts to the 2017 season behind them.

The Pirates have lost 4 consecutive games coming into this matchup.

Gerrit Cole had a 5.48 ERA in his 9 starts after the all-star break last season.

Kyle Hendricks was 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA in his 3 starts against the Pirates in 2016.

With a 9-2 record and an ERA of 1.32 in 14 home starts in the Cubs’ World Series-winning season, Kyle Hendricks was one of the best home-field pitchers in all of baseball and he’s a serious contender for the NL Cy Young Award in 2017.

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Chicago Cubs No. 17-ranked scoring average of 4.11 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates offense rated No. 28 and scoring 3.11 runs per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.44 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (7.67 per nine innings).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 at home, scoring 2.33 runs per game. Get in the MLB Action on Friday afternoon at

Betting on Totals

Betting on TotalsThe possibilities for betting on sports are many, from checking money lines throughout the MLB regular season to shopping for the best point spreads during the football and basketball season. But there is something that you can do for all sports and that is betting on the totals, which is an underrated way of betting on sports and if you are good at it, you can make quite a killing.

Betting on totals is exactly how it sounds: you are betting on the total of runs that will be scored in a game, or goals, or points, whatever sport you are wagering on. The sportsbook will set a number for the total, and your job will be to bet on whether the actual amount will come in over or under the number posted by the sportsbook. This is why you might hear totals referred to as over/unders. But this is where doing your research comes into play because you have to look into the factors that affect totals. For example, if it is in football, where is the game being played, outside or inside? What is the weather like? Are there any major injuries in regards to the team’s best players? In baseball, which pitchers are on the mound? In hockey, which goalies are in the net that day? There are so many factors you have to consider when it comes to totals.

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The totals for baseball and hockey are obviously going to be much lower than football and basketball, although they will not be as low as soccer totals. But for all of the sports, you might see the sportsbook take a stand on an over or under for a total, and make that option the favorite. For example, you might see a total of 9.5 in a baseball game and if there are two offensive teams going to battle, you might see the over as the favorite, let’s say, at -145. This means you have to bring your knowledge of moneylines into the equation, so you would know that you would have to bet $145 to win $100 on the over for that game.

Something else that you will commonly see in totals betting is that extra half-point on a number, and that is because oddsmakers are trying to avoid a push, which is when the actual total lands right on the total that they had set. In the event of a push, the player gets their money back and no one wins. Since a game cannot end on a half-point, this ensures that there will be a winner in the bet.

Those are the basic principles of totals betting, but the most important factor is the research you do. Make sure you know what type of game you are looking at before you bet on the over or the under, so you can make the smartest possible pick in your sportsbook. You can definitely boost your sports betting account by wagering on totals. Sign up at

MLB Betting Odds – Tigers vs Twins

MLB Betting Odds - Tigers vs Twins Detroit Tigers fans pointed at May 2017 as a major trouble spot after the 2017 MLB schedule was released last September. The Tigers were scheduled to play 19 of their 29 games on the road, with stops in Oakland, Anaheim, Arizona, and Houston. Last week’s rainout in Chicago added another game to that tally, giving the Tigers 20 road games in 31 days, with just two days off.

Worse yet, the home games aren’t any easier. They open the month with a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians, and also play against the reigning AL West champion Texas Rangers and a Baltimore Orioles club that also made the postseason last year. Long story short, the Tigers need to figure out a way to weather that storm. Perhaps the best way to do it is to take care of business at home, and the Tigers have done that so far this season. They are 5-1 on their current homestand, with series wins over the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. Jordan Zimmermann has a chance to deliver a sweep of the Twins on Thursday before the Tigers set off on a nine-game trip, including their first series against those pesky Indians. Jordan Zimmermann gets his second start of the season following a solid first outing. The right-hander went 6.0 innings and allowed just four hits and one run against Boston but only registered three strikeouts. Detroit sits atop the AL Central despite Miguel Cabrera’s poor performance at the plate, as the normally consistent slugger is batting just .107 with nine strikeouts.

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And this is why we’re talking about this in the first place, the game Twins vs Tigers is a great value option for bettors this good Thursday. It’s early in the season but the Minnesota Twins have quickly cemented themselves as the best UNDER play in the MLB. The Twins have posted an OVER/UNDER record of 1-5-2 through their first eight games with the UNDER hitting in each of their past five. The Twins will close out their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Phil Hughes is 1-6 with a 5.64 ERA in six starts against the Tigers over the past two seasons.

The Twins are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games at home against teams with winning records.

Any concerns about Phil Hughes following surgery to deal with thoracic outlet syndrome was put to rest in his first start of the season. Hughes went 6.0 innings of one-run ball in his first start against the Chicago White Sox last week. The Twins offense has dropped off drastically after starting hot, as Minny is averaging just 2.5 runs and batting a combined .202 in the past four.

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Minnesota Twins rank No. 23 at 7.12 hits per game. That compares with the Detroit Tigers No. 30 ranking in that category. Find the best MLB betting odds at