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Controversy in Chicago

Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox has been suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday’s game.

The 27 year old player cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox’ rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won’t affect the club’s decision on whether to trade the lefty or not.

If the reports currently circulating are true, Chris Sale might have issued the most categorically negative review of a uniform that any athlete has ever issued. But not the first one, the Chicago White Sox were slated to wear a throwback version of their infamous 1976 “leisure suit” uniform on Saturday night, complete with the untucked jerseys and the disco collars.

But when the Sox took the field against the Detroit Tigers, they weren’t wearing the 1970s throwbacks. Instead, they wore their 1980s “beach blanket” throwbacks, which they normally wear on Sundays. And instead of Sale, who had been scheduled to be on the mound, the starting pitcher was Matt Albers — a relief pitcher.

The Sox soon issued a statement indicating that Sale had been scratched due to “a clubhouse incident.”

There is nothing in the historical record to compare with an athlete disliking a uniform so much that he went hair stylist on it, however there is at least one other instance of a player essentially vetoing his team’s scheduled uniform for a given game.

Back in 1995 Sam Wyche was set to coach his final game for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs were still wearing their original orange-based uniform set at the time, and the plan was for the team to wear solid-orange — orange jerseys paired with orange pants, something that had never been worn before — for Wyche’s finale.

Longtime manager Frank Pupello explained how that played out in a 2010 interview:

“The fans had voted on it. The team had a food drive — you were supposed to bring in a canned food item, and they had two barrels set up to receive the food. One barrel had a picture of a uniform with an orange jersey and orange pants, and one had and orange jersey with white pants. So the fans voted by where they deposited the food. And the orange-on-orange won in a landslide. … I had the orange pants all laid out in the lockers and everything. And some of the players were all excited about it. But [linebacker] Hardy Nickerson said, ‘I ain’t gonna play this game if I gotta wear orange pants with my orange jersey. I don’t like it.’ And Coach gave in. So one guy vetoed the whole thing.”

Nickerson disputes several of the details in Pupello’s account, including the claim that the uniform choice was tied to a fan food drive.

But about what happened Saturday, well, this could have been Sale’s last start with the White Sox. Every indication is that he likes pitching for this team, in this city. Can you blame the guy for wanting to go out in style wearing a major league uniform instead of an uncomfortable pullover you’d pass over in a resale shop?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RBC Canadian Open

RBC Canadian Open

From Scotland to Canada, the PGA Tour returns to North America for the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario.

The touring tournament visits Jack Nicklaus’ first individual design and sports several big names in the field. Glen Abbey stretches 7,273 yards as a par 72 and was last a PGA stop in 2013 when Brandt Snedeker captured the title.

The Canadian Open is a professional golf tournament in Canada, first played 112 years ago in 1904. It is organized by the Royal Canadian Golf Association / Golf Canada. Played annually continuously since then, except for some years during World War I and World War II, the Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour, after The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.

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Glen Abbey Golf Course has hosted the most Canadian Opens, with 27 to date. Glen Abbey was designed in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus for the Royal Canadian Golf Association, to serve as the permanent home for the championship. In the mid-1990s, the RCGA decided to move the championship around the country, and continues to alternate between Glen Abbey and other clubs.

 

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Royal Montreal Golf Club, home of the first Open in 1904, ranks second with nine times hosted. Mississaugua Golf & Country Club has hosted six Opens.

Three clubs – Toronto Golf ClubSt. George’s Golf and Country Club, and Hamilton Golf and Country Club – have each hosted five Opens.

Three clubs have each hosted four Opens: Lambton Golf ClubShaughnessy Golf & Country Club, and Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

The championship has for the most part been held in Ontario and Quebec, between them having seen all but nine Opens. New Brunswick had the Open in 1939, Manitoba in 1952 and 1961, Alberta in 1958, and British Columbia in 1948, 1954, 1966, 2005 and 2011.

 

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Prop Betting = Smart Betting?

Prop Betting Smart Betting

The term is actually a short for proposition, and a proposition bet can be on any outcome at all. Generally props are not directly related to the final outcome of a match. Proposition betting has existed for a long time– since back in the 1870’s when bookies would accept wagers from baseball stadiums on the results of each pitch and at bat. Nowadays props are very popular, especially among recreational bettors, and are often viewed as fun wagers rather than a way to make any serious money.

Even though props are often dismissed as luck-based wagers, they can still be handicapped just like most sports bets can be. Football props in particular can be profitable, and you should learn how to use them effectively alongside points spreads, moneylines and totals.

Bettors have the an advantage over sportsbooks because they have the resources to dig deeper. Historically, how has been the performance of one particular player against this team?

Is he in form at the moment? Is he at his 100%? With hundreds of prop bets available every week, you will surely find regular discrepancies if you do your research homework.

One particular discrepancy you will sometimes find involves lines appearing too high. Casual bettors often bet popular players to go “Over” the posted total, and the lines are adjusted accordingly. However, the better bet is to find projections that are way too high and have enough value on the “Under” to overcome the extra juice.

Prop Betting Strategy

It is true that there are certain propositions that are mere chance. For example, will the coin toss be heads or tails? heads -105 / tails -105; this is a proposition that has negative expected value (-EV) no matter which side you choose. To address the critics: the NFL uses a coin that weighs equal on each side and physics behind coin flipping are not enough to overcome the 2.38% advantage. There is one rule in particular that should be considered on prop betting strategy, that is to avoid bets that no matter how much you study them, you can’t win.

The next thing to understand about prop betting is there many ways, whether intentional or not, in which you can be cheated by the bookmaker. One example is a prop bet made on which team will be penalized first? You bet Team A, the first penalty is called on team B which is declined. Note that this team hasn’t been penalized (it was declined). Next penalty is called on Team A. Considering the wording of this prop bet and the fact declined penalties do not appear in official NFL stats this bet should probably win. One simple aadvise is to avoid props that have any ambiguous wording, or any possibility for multiple interpretations.

Important to understand is that football propositions are the essence of many small stakes football betting professionals. Bookmakers offer props merely as a recruitment and retention tool rather than as a profit generator. Consider that many of the largest betting sites accept millions of dollars in wagers for each game of the NFL season, however only a small percentage is bet on props.

 

How to bet on Hockey

HOW TO BET ON HOCKEY

The National Hockey League may rank a distant fourth in the four major sports in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that bettors can’t take action while taking advantage of one particular aspect, odds-makers don’t dedicate the same amount of time as they do when creating odds on more popular sports, such as football or basketball.

Same as with most other sports, the simplest way to go for betting hockey is the money line. The odds on a typical National Hockey League game may look like:

Calgary +110
Vancouver -130

What that means is that Vancouver bettors are asked to risk $130 to win $100, while Calgary bettors risk $100 to win $110. But the odds on a game with a larger favorite are more inclined to look like:

Toronto +250
Detroit -300

The larger difference in odds is typical in all sports, not just hockey.

 

The Puck Line

But if you want to get deeper into the excitement of betting the NHL there is also the puck line, which baseball bettors will relate to the run line. When betting the puck line, bettors can either lay 1.5 goals with the favorite or take 1.5 goals with the underdog.

Using the two examples above, the puck lines odds would look something like:

Calgary +1.5 (-240)

Vancouver -1.5 (+200)

Toronto +1.5 (-110)
Detroit -1.5 (-110)

Those bets that were placed on Calgary will be winners if Calgary wins the game or losses by one goal, while Vancouver bettors can only win their wagers if the Canucks win by two goals or more. But in order to take action on Calgary you are asked to risk $240 to $100 and Vancouver bettors are risking $100 to win $200.

 

Totals

Like in other sports there is the option to bet on totals however in hockey there is one major difference. Because of low scores, bookmakers are reluctant to change the number of a total and instead will often adjust the odds.

Example: If the over/under number on the Red Wings and Penguins is 6 and a bettor places a $500 bet on the over, the bookmaker is unlikely to raise the total to 6.5 what he’d do is that he will make bettors who wish to wager over 6 risk $120 to win $100. Those wishing to bet the under would then be able to wager at even money or +100, as totals nearly always use a 20-cent line.

If people continue to bet the over, the bookmaker will continue to adjust the odds upward and eventually bettors may have to risk $145 to win $100, or -145. In this case, an under bettor would risk $100 to win $125. The bookmaker will generally raise the odds up to -145 before raising the total to the next number, which in this case would be 6.5.

 

Grand Salami

Hockey fans will be into every game being played on a particular day for the cost of one bet. Here’s how it works, bettors can wager over or under the total number of goals scored in all of the games played on a particular day. If there are 10 games on a given day, the Grand Salami total will generally be around 53 to 60. As with regular totals, there will be times when bettors are risked to give higher odds on betting the over or the under.

So now we will let you go to take action on ice.

Take part in Soccer betting

Soccer Betting
Like with most other major sports in the US, betting has also become an important part of soccer. It is the largest sport worldwide and to take part of the action in it there are a number of different ways to bet an individual game.

The 3-way Moneyline:

In soccer, there are many types of competitions with rules that vary so it’s always good to be informed prior to placing a bet. It is a low scoring game, and ties are often the final result of the game, there are three different outcomes to bet on between Team A and Team B:

Team A wins

Team B wins

Team A and Team B draw

Soccer bets are based on results after 90 minutes of play or, ‘Regular Time’, which includes any time added by the referee in respect of injuries and other stoppages. It is very important to note that any Overtime, Golden Goals or Penalty Shoot-Outs do not count towards these betting since they are not considered ‘Regular Time’. For example, in the elimination stages of UEFA Euro 2016, a winner is required in the tournament in order to progress to the next stage, but all bets are settled on 90 minutes of play (Regular Time). Thus, a draw is a possible outcome to bet on even in a game where one team must be eliminated. An example of what a 3-way moneyline would look like is:

France -129

Iceland +325

Draw +250

The 2-way Moneyline without the Draw:

To bet on soccer you could also take the 2-way moneyline, also known as “Draw, No Bet” This is betting on the outcome of the game without the Draw. The two possible wagers are:

Team A wins

Team B wins

This form of betting eliminates the option of the Draw, and will likely have overestimated odds on the favorite and deflated odds on the underdog to win the match since a draw results in no bet. For example, in the UEFA Euro 2016 match between France and Iceland, odds on the 2-way moneyline would like look:

France -225

Iceland +242

As you can see, there is no option to bet on the draw, and if the game ends in a draw, the bet is refunded or “No-Actioned”, and is as if the bet was never placed.

Goal Lines:

Similar to betting the 2-way moneyline (without the draw), the Goal Line is a way for bettors to win a bet on multiple outcomes of the game. Goal Lines are similar to Puck Lines in hockey and point spreads in football or basketball. A Goal Line is typically 0.5 goals but for games with big favorites, the Goal Line may be 1,1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and so on. A World Cup match between Brazil and China looks like this:

Brazil -2.5 goals (+110)

China +2.5 goals (-120)

If you bet Brazil -2.5 goals, then to win the bet they must win by 3 goals or more. On the other side, betting China +2.5 goals means to win the bet, China can win, draw, or lose by 1 or 2 goals.

Totals:

Totals in soccer work differently than other sports and can be shown in multiples of .25 goals. Since scoring is minimal in soccer, bookmakers will often times set a Total of 2.25 or 2.75. For example, if you bet on the Over 2.25 goals, half your bet is placed on “Over 2” and the other half of the bet is placed on “Over 2.5”. If the game settles on 2, you lose half your bet (Over 2.5) and refunded the other half (Over 2). If the game settles on 3, you win both bets (Over 2 and Over 2.5).

Another example is if you bet on the Under 2.75 goals. In this example, half your bet is placed on the Under 2.5 goals and the other half is bet on the Under 3 goals. If the game lands on 3, you’d lose half your bet (Under 2.5) and refunded the other half (Under 3).

Betting action in MLB

Betting action in MLB

No other sport features more games during the year than that of Major League Baseball. There are 30 teams playing 162 regular season games, in addition to the postseason as they each look towards the ultimate goal of winning the World Series. With more than 2,000 games in the regular season, betting odds are created on a daily basis relating to matchups, season totals etc.

Betting on the MLB is not much different than wagering on NHL or those for other sports, with the exception of the number of chances that bettors have to place their wagers.

MLB Moneyline Betting Odds

Betting the moneyline on Baseball is simply betting on the straight up winner of the game. There is no run line, there is no point spread. If you think the Dodgers are going to beat the D-Backs, you bet on the Dodgers to win the game outright. You may find that payouts on the moneyline may look quite different than on the run line. Since there is no run line where a team has to cover any spread, the payouts for the favorite will be much less. And on the other side, the payout for the underdog will be a lot higher. Making a straight moneyline is definitely easier than betting the run line, but that will also be reflected in the payouts. But if you are ready for more action read on…

Proposition bets

These are differentiated from the general bets for or against a particular team or regarding the total number of points scored. Traditionally, proposition bets can be made on outcomes such as the number of strikeouts a pitcher will accumulate in a game, whether a non-offensive player will score in a football game, which team will score the first points of the game, the discipline record of teams in a match, the timing of certain events, the number of specific events per team or in the entire match, etc.

MLB Team Props

Team prop wagers for MLB are set for each game, but can also be for more broad betting lines relating to the entire season in a particular stat category, or whether or not a certain team makes the playoffs. Often, oddsmakers will set a variety of team + game prop betting lines for each match during the season. And these team props do not necessarily relate to the outcome of the game. They are wagers placed on smaller outcomes. A couple of examples of props are, the team to hit the first home run in the game, or the one that records the first hit. Once the bet has been satisfied, it is done, and the rest of the results of the game are irrelevant.

MLB Player Props

Same as team props, proposition betting lines are based on smaller outcomes within a game, as opposed to the run line or moneyline for a matchup.

These can consist of player performances, or can confront players against each other. For example, how many hits a player will have in a specific game. The result is not based at all on the score of the game, but only on how that player performs. The result of the bet will be determined based on how you bet on that player prop.

 

Betting Strategy

Betting Strategy

Did you know that on Baseball you can lose more than 50% of your wagers and still turn a profit? That’s right, by winning only 40-45% of your MLB wagers you can still be ahead. The reason is that in Baseball, the odds focus on moneylines instead of a point spread. Instead of Boston being 1.5-point favorites (meaning they have to win by two runs to win the bet), they are -180 baseball moneyline favorites. The Yankees might be +160 moneyline underdogs.  When wagering on basketball and football using point spreads bettors must win 52.4% of their games (assuming a vig of -110) in order to break-even.

This can be confusing for bettors trying their hands at baseball for the first time because lower winning percentages can still be extremely profitable when consistently betting moneyline underdogs.

The long Major League season provides many opportunities to take advantage of your edge. Some sports fans find the regular season (2,430 games) to be long and drawn out. However, for sharp sports bettors, more games mean more opportunities to maximize the amount of wins.

ROI

For example, if you’re betting system has a return on investment (ROI) of 2%, you’ll average a profit of $2 for every $100 bet placed.

Assuming this 2% ROI, it’s reasonable to expect your system to result in 486 MLB bets and 51 NFL bets over the respective seasons of each sport. (We come to this conclusion by taking 20% of each sport’s total regular season games played). Remember, the NFL plays 256 games in a normal regular season compared to the MLB’s 2,430.

Even though the ROI is exactly the same for both sports, the sheer volume of wagering opportunities creates a significant difference in the amount of units this system will win for each sport.

A 2% ROI applied to 486 MLB games would result in a profit of +9.72 units, while that same ROI applied to 51 NFL games only earns a profit of +1.02 units.

An MLB bettor wagering $500 on each play ($500 x 9.72 units) would finish the season with a profit of $4,860. Conversely, a $500 NFL bettor earning the exact same ROI would have finished the season with a profit of $510 ($500 x 1.02 units).

The only difference between these two bettors is that a 2% edge in baseball offers exponentially more wagering opportunities than football and, in turn, a profit that’s more than 9.5 times greater for the baseball bettor.

Let’s take a look at the numbers of last five years (regular season) and compare the results of underdogs and favorites.

Favorites: 7,430-5,543 (57.3%) Avg. Line = -140.7

Underdogs: 4,713-6,600 (41.7%) Avg. Line = 133.9

With the 57.3% winning percentage you would need to get an average of -134 or better odds on each game just to break even. On the other hand if you won only 41.7% of your games you would only need average odds of +141 or more to show a profit on underdogs.

You can see if you focus on underdogs you are ahead of the game, but you can’t bet them blindly because you will still end up behind. If you haven’t already, drive your attention to underdogs, use this profitable baseball betting strategy and have a profitable season.

NBA Parlays

Jul 19 - NBA Parlay

If you are to bet on NBA you will have multiple choices on a daily basis. You will find several different options on any one game, ranging from point spreads to totals to moneylines. Even though the majority of wagers placed on the NBA use the po
int spread, there are times when you may find it better to play the moneyline.

Parlay betting in the NBA (as in other sports) this is the technique of combining multiple game picks into one single wager. Parlays often called, exotic wagers are not too exotic, more thrilling than a straight-up moneyline or over/under wager, but not so thrilling that bettors are reaching for a dose of anxiety medication.

The upsides are many, including the lack of juice, the high potential for bet-hedging but most importantly the fact that there’s a little risk for a potential big win. The main downside is that you will have to pick more than one game successfully, in a market where picking just one contest the right way can sometimes seem impossible.

Parlays have odds based on the size of the pool of games picked and the preferences of the bookmaker a bettor buys the parlay from. Generally speaking, parlay payouts in the NBA look something like this:

2 Teams                 2/1

3 Teams                 6/1

4 Teams                 10/1

5 Teams                 27/1

6 Teams                 40/1

7 Teams                 75/1

8 Teams                 150/1

9 Teams                 300/1

10 Teams              750/1

11 Teams              1,100/1

12 Teams              1,800/1

The number next to the size of the parlay indicates the payout, so that a successful 3-team parlay pays $6 for every $1 wagered, 4-team pays $10 for every $1 wagered, etc.

Yes, the larger payout is due to increased risk, something that’s always the case in sports betting (or casino betting for that matter). But the biggest payouts on parlays (as much as 1,800/1 for a successful 12-team parlay bet) carry the biggest risk, and a simple 2- or 3-team parlay wager can be many times more valuable than individual bets on those two or three games.

With the example previously shown, a bettor could parlay the Celtics and Bulls picks into a single bet for a potential 6/1 payout. If either of the picks fails, the whole wager fails – there’s your increased risk.

Parlays can get a little more complicated when placed on multiple odds lines – bettors are able to place parlays on the moneyline, over/under, and point spread, all in the same bet. Parlays can be endlessly interchangeable, which is another big part of their charm, and the reason they can be approached somewhat strategically.

Do not go Overboard With Parlays

 The more parlays you play, the least chances you have to win. Sure, you might get high returns, however, after about 5-team parlays it gets statistically very unlikely of winning a parlay. For this reason more experienced bettors stick to 3-team parlays. In a 3-team parlay you are getting good returns and you can still get big profits. The difference is that your risks are much more manageable and you can actually make a profit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to bet on NFL

How to bet on NFL

The upcoming 2016 NFL season is the 97th season. It is scheduled to begin on September 8th 2016. The initial game will be between the defending Super Bowl 50 champions the Denver Broncos hosting the Carolina Panthers. The season will then end on February 5th 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the most popular game of the year, the Superbowl.

The NFL is one of the most popular sports in the United States and it’s also the most popular sport to wager on. So, let’s take a quick view on what to do and how to bet on the NFL.

There are three basic bets, the Moneyline, Handicap and Total Points.

Moneyline

The Moneyline can be a very profitable when betting on the underdog. This type of wager is one that is placed on either the favorite or the underdog to win. It will always be more expensive and the reward will be lower if you place your bet favoring the strongest team. To bet on the underdog although riskier, can definitely bring more profit if the team provided a shocker.

Handicap

 This is the most popular bet. Since not all teams are equal bookmakers will give a “handicap“ or disadvantage to the strongest team to bring them down to be equal playing field.

So for example, both teams are offered associated odds on either a plus or a minus points score, so this would mean team X are offered -6 1.909 against team Y +6 2.020. A bet on team X would have won if team Y won by six points or more. If the result was 29-17 to team X, those who bet on team X to win -6 1.909 would have won since the point difference was indeed 12. Six points over the handicap offered.

Total Points

On the NFL is the combination of points scored by both teams. Bookmakers will offer an option to bet on whether or not the points will be over or under their mark. This is normally referred to the Over/Under.

In both the Handicap and the Totals, when the team exceeds the points for a successful bet it is called covering the bet.

There are other types of wagers that can be placed on the NFL that are a bit more complex but that should certainly be taken into consideration. These include:

  • Quarter and 1st Half Lines – These are special lines that will only be available during halftime. The quarter is used to determine who will be the winner at the end of the first quarter.
  • Parlays – A combination of bets, in order to collect, all of your options have to win.
  • Teasers – Is composed of two or more straight bets that are combined into one bet. The number of points offered on each individual line will then be adjusted in your favor.
  • Prop Betting – This has no relation to the outcome or score of an NFL game. It comes in a form of a player, team or props like for example a coin toss, among others.

This is a start and the best way to master it is to practice, so start placing your bets on Futures, this is just what it sounds like, you can wager on events that will occur in the future. Why not start there?

 

 

How to bet on Baseball

how to bet on baseball

 

Many professional bettors consider wagering on baseball to be the most elite of sports betting. Baseball is not a very popular bet because of the unfamiliarity of it compared to other sports such as basketball and football. In baseball wagering, money-lines and run-lines compose the two most common wagers.

The simplest bet for the beginning to baseball is a moneyline wager. Take a look at the odds board and see which team is favored and which team is the underdog. You can choose between the favorite team or the underdog and place an appropriate bet. The underdog team is made cheaper to wager on.

Totals

The second most popular bet is betting the total, also known as over/under odds. This form of baseball wagering involves deciding if the total number of runs scored in the game by both teams combined will be more than or less than a certain number. That certain number is an MLB total. Baseball totals usually range from a low of 6.5 to 11.5 or 12. If you see 9.5 and decide to bet over, you are predicting 10 or more runs will be scored. If you bet under, you need 9 or fewer runs to be plated.

Where you see a Moneyline value associated with the total, this is the vig or juice for selecting either the over or the under. Foe example if you see 8.5, u-115, (u means under). That means the total is 8.5 runs and you have to risk $115 (-115) for every $100 you want to win, same logic as the straight moneyline. If the final score is 4-3, the total is 7, which is under 8.5, in this case you would win $100. You will also see values for the over like 8.5, o +115. (o means over) Here, you profit $115 (+115) by risking $100 if the game ends 8-4 (as 12 is more than 8.5 total runs).

Sometimes the odds may be adjusted by the book if they are trying to balance their ledger by encouraging wagers on one side or another. This does not necessarily mean that one bet is more likely to win out over another.

Run line

Runline gambling is a combination of Moneyline and a point spread system. (Point spread is the system in which points are subtracted or added in favor of the favorite/ underdog in high scoring sports such as Football and Basketball) This type of betting is only recommended for the most serious baseball aficionados. Runline requires a prior knowledge of stats, trends, and pitching performances. Runline brings a familiar element to sports bettors who favor wagering on football and basketball based off adding or losing points. Points translate into runs for baseball.

5-Inning Lines

A 5-Inning line is a Moneyline that uses the score after five innings to determine the winner, rather than the final score. It is similar to betting on the first half of a football or basketball game. Odds on a 5-inning line will usually be very similar to the regular Moneyline odds; however, due to the shortened nature of the bet, the starting pitcher match-up is weighted more heavily and may waver the odds one way or the other.