10 Tips for Betting on Football

“Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

And where does all that money go?

“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. 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. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

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. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

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. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit.

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns.

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. 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. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. 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.”

1. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

6. “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. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

8. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books.


However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned. “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. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”


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. 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. “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.

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

“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. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says.

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. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman 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. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.


“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. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

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.

3. 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.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs.

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. 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. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. 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.

10. “Teams play inspired ball at home.

9. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets.

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says. 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.”

“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. 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.

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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. 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). Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. 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. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

So, how much should you bet a game?

2. 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

College Football Playoff 101: How it works, who makes the decisions and more

The CFP is entering its third season, yet there’s still plenty of confusion over how it all works.

. Kickoffs will be at 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

o Tuesday, Nov. Two committee members are assigned as monitors for each conference. 

The College Football Playoff semifinals this year are in which bowls? The committee releases its rankings when? Who’s on the committee?


Playoff semifinals: Allstate Sugar Bowl & Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual

College Football Playoff National Championship: Atlanta, Ga.

Their duties include:

o Six weekly top-25 rankings, beginning Nov. 2, 8 p.m. 30, 8 p.m., ET, ESPN

o Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Jan. 31 this year. They will, however, try to avoid rematches in the other New Year’s Six bowls.

The highest-ranked team from the Group of 5 conferences is guaranteed a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.


Playoff semifinals: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic & Capital One Orange Bowl

College Football Playoff National Championship: Santa Clara, Calif.

College Football Playoff National Championship: Jan.

New Year’s Six schedule:

o Capital One Orange Bowl, Dec. 15, 9 p.m. 8, 7 p.m. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr had to step down due to health reasons.

There are coaches everywhere who study the sport for a living and can’t answer those questions. When those bowls host the semifinals and their contracted conference champs do not qualify, the displaced champion(s) will play in a different New Year’s bowl. They each come prepared with their own preliminary top 30 but only rank 25.

College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama 45, Clemson 40



Capital One Orange Bowl: Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Alabama 38, Michigan State 0

The selection committee consists of 12 people: Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt (chair); Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez; former Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower; former Central Michigan coach Herb Deromedi; former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt; former Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson; Arkansas AD Jeff Long; Oregon AD Rob Mullens; Clemson AD Dan Radakovich; Condoleezza Rice; retired sports reporter Steve Wieberg; and former coach Tyrone Willingham. 2 vs. ET, ESPN

o Sunday, Dec. ET, ESPN

o Tuesday, Nov. 4, and No. 1, 7 p.m. 2, 5 p.m., ESPN

o Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. ET, ESPN

o Tuesday, Nov. 1, the committee will unveil its top-25 rankings on ESPN’s College Football Playoff: Top 25. If a conference champion qualifies for the playoff, the bowl losing that team chooses a replacement from that conference. No.

Nine of the 12 committee members are affected by the CFP’s recusal policy, which prohibits a committee member from voting for a team they or an immediate family member receive compensation from or have a professional relationship with. 4. ET, ESPN

o Tuesday, Nov. and 7 p.m ET on ESPN.

They are guided by these criteria (not weighted) when choosing their top four teams:

oChampionships won

oStrength of schedule

oHead-to-head competition

oComparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory)


Each week, starting on Nov. 2, 1 p.m. 9 on ESPN in Tampa, Florida (it’s always on a Monday).



Playoff semifinals:  Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl & Fiesta Bowl

College Footblal Playoff National Championship: New Orleans, La.

As semesters begin across the country, here’s your CFP 101 for 2016:


The semifinals: Chick-fil-A  Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, both Dec. 1 vs. The other New Year’s Six game is the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Inhale. 29, 7 p.m. 22, 7 p.m. 4. 3. ET, ESPN


Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Oregon 59, Florida State 20

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ohio State 42, Alabama 35

College Football Playoff National Championship: Ohio State 42, Oregon  20

You can find more detailed bios of the committee here. Exhale. They each have a computer to vote on, and they debate and rank the teams in groups of six or eight.

o Selecting the top four teams for the playoff, ranking and assigning them to semifinal sites. Repeat.

o Tuesday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. And oh yeah, the second ranking just happens to fall on election night. ET, ESPN

o Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, Jan. ET, ESPN


The committee doesn’t try to avoid regular-season rematches in the semifinals: It’s No. 31. There will be weekly updates, culminating with the final rankings on Dec. You can find the full recusal list here.


The selection committee meets at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, every Monday and Tuesday, starting Oct.

o Selecting the highest-ranked champion from the Group of 5 (MAC, Mountain West, American, Sun Belt, Conference USA) for a New Year’s Six bowl.

Both teams for the Capital One Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl are contracted outside the playoff arrangement (Big Ten and Pac-12 to the Rose Bowl; SEC and Big 12 to the Sugar Bowl; and ACC to the Orange Bowl against the highest-ranked team available from the SEC, Big Ten and Notre Dame). 1 and ending on Dec. No

New gambling record: Betting on outcome of Brexit vote

That surpasses the 40 million pounds placed on the 2012 U.S. It has become increasingly popular, particularly to bet on financial markets.

Such betting fever is normally associated with major sports events, with people here habitually placing wagers online or in betting shops on everything from horse races to football matches. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All Rights Reserved. The referendum also outmatches the 35 million pounds placed on the 2014 World Cup Final.

Betfair allows people to place wagers against each other rather than setting odds like the traditional bookmakers. That’s particularly true since pollsters have missed badly in measuring sentiment before some of Britain’s most recent votes, the last general election and the Scottish referendum.

“If we are going to remain in the E.U., at least I will take compensation,” said Jones, who expects to get 3,000 pounds back in profit in such an event. vote as of Wednesday and expects a final amount of 50 million pounds. E.U. That’s reflected in financial markets, where stocks and the British pound are relatively buoyant one day before the big event.

“This is comfortably the biggest political betting event in history and dwarves both the general election and the Scottish referendum,” says Lewis Davey, spokesman for Paddy Power, referring to the Scottish vote on independence last year.

“This is a historical event, and I want to take part in it,” said Can Zhao, an investment researcher who last week placed a 135-pound ($198) bet on “remain” at a Ladbrokes betting parlor near London’s Kings Cross train station.

The betting has also gained the attention of global investors as a gauge of the likelihood of an event’s outcome. referendum betting already hit a record for a political event days ago for Betfair, bookmaker BetFred and IG, the largest provider of spread betting services.

Betfair, bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School all estimate that the total value of bets on the vote placed in Britain will reach, and likely exceed, 100 million pounds.

The bookies’ odds have largely been in synch with global financial markets. He was back in the betting shop this week to place additional wagers on behalf of three American friends.

. He intends to vote to leave the E.U., but has placed bets on “remain” to at least get something in case of his side’s defeat.

Betting exchange Betfair says it had taken 45.8 million pounds in wagers on the E.U. “But my big win is to leave the E.U.”

For Stephen Jones, 55, betting is a form of insurance against disappointment. But the importance, drama and uncertainty that have surrounded this vote have made it a spectator sport in its own right. presidential race, which was its previous record for a political event. The industry is expecting 100 million pounds, or nearly $150 million, to be wagered by the time the result is known in the early hours of Friday.

Betting is his way to get in on the drama because as a foreign citizen from China he will not have a right to vote. Polls suggest it is too close to call, while bookies give the “remain” side a higher chance of winning.

LONDON — As if the stakes were not high enough in Britain’s nail-biting vote this week, people are betting record amounts of money on its outcome.

Betting on political events used to be a niche area in the gambling industry but has become more widespread, particularly in Britain. While the polls show this week’s vote is too close to call, bookies like Betfair are giving the “remain” side a 76 percent probability of winning.

Thursday’s vote on whether to leave the European Union, which will have lasting consequences for the country and Europe, is due to break the record as the most bet-upon political event in Britain’s history. Spread betting, on the other hand, does not provide a simple win or lose outcome, but can provide payoffs based on the accuracy of the bet. Ladbrokes has seen a tenfold increase in recent years.

© 2016 The Associated Press

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Sports :: College Football – If You Thought SEC Was the Toughest NCAA Conference, Think Again

3, California No. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. 2, Stanford No. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. 4 and Colorado No. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.

Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.

For the record, Nebraska is No. Turns out that I am right.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.. The facts and statistics say otherwise.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10

How the Sports Betting Line is Made by RJ Bell

Of the 4-5 oddsmakers, generally the 2 most respected opinions are weighed more heavily by the Odds Director before he decides on the final line.

Since the oddsmaker’s ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account.

Once the opening line is released by LVSC, the individual sportsbooks decide if they want to make any adjustments before offering it to the public. We do this by drawing from past experiences and applying them to current situations. Reasons for such adjustments include:

“The main objective is that our clients get equal action on both sides,” Seba said.

Why the Line Changes

Experts working for the individual books having a strong opinion on the game

Moving the line is the oddsmaker’s effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor’s decision.

Power ratings are the oddsmaker’s value of each team and are used as a guide to calculate a “preliminary” pointspread on an upcoming game.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) is the world’s premier oddsmaking company and the most respected authority on making the lines. Seba explained that it all starts with each oddsmaker creating a line on each game based upon their own personal approach.

The opening line is the first line created by the oddsmakers, which is then sent out to sportsbooks.

Individual books having players who consistently bet with certain tendencies (such as an extreme bias toward favorites or toward a certain popular team like USC)

Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event-related factors such as player injuries or weather.

“The #1 thing for us is to make a line for each game that creates good two-way action. The power ratings are adjusted after each game a team plays. Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an “adjusted line.”

“You either have a passion for it or you don’t,” Seba said. People think it’s much more complicated, but it’s not.”

Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor (called juice or vig – typically $11 bet to win $10). Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process.

The last step in the line-making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line “feels right.” This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture.

Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time.

There is a common misconception that point spreads represent the oddsmakers’ prediction of how many points the favorite will win by. If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job.” . In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4-5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro & college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game. This usually includes having up-to-date power ratings on each team. By necessity their approach is very research-oriented and concise, since with millions of dollars at risk there is little margin for error.

How the Opening Line Is Made

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Once a game’s power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team’s most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line. That is not the case at all – their intent is NOT to evenly split the ATS result between the teams; rather, their goal is to attract equal betting action on both sides.

For example, if the pointspread on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 ½ to try and attract money on the favorite. Also, adjustments are made after reading each team’s local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches & players are thinking going into the game. Of course there is an entire method to the madness on how the opening line is created. Mike Seba is a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC -7, then an adjustment up to -7.5 or -8 would be made in response to the public’s expected USC bias. For example, the public might have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC.

A round-table discussion among the 4-5 oddsmakers involved in making the line for each sport is then conducted and a consensus line is decided upon by the Odds Director before it is released to the sportsbooks. “We’re not trying to pick the team that covers the spread, we’re trying to make it a coin flip, a tough decision (for the bettor). What Is the Line Trying to Accomplish?

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Oddsmakers at LVSC are professional sports junkies who love what they do and would probably do it for nothing if you asked them, but they do get paid for it. Examples of non-game factors that would require an adjustment to a team’s power rating are key player injuries and player trades.

The purpose of these adjustments, like all line adjustments, is to more equally divide the betting action. Stated another way, they want to create a line that half the people find appealing to bet one way while the other half find it appealing to bet the other way (known as ‘dividing the action’)

How to Bet on Baseball

Team action against a listed pitcher: This one is very similar to the previous one, the only difference is that here you need the opposite listed pitcher to start the game, the one for your chosen team can vary and you will still have action.

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Even though it is said that you can get better profits when wagering on baseball, most people will avoid placing wagers on this sport because the betting lines might appear a bit different than the regular point spread, and because we want to shed some light on the subject, we have created this article.

Michael Hill is an avid sports fan and a sports writer who has been in the betting and price per head industry for years. Michael writes about his experience and offers tips for other aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to make a living with sports bookmaking.

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Money Lines:

This is the first element we should analyze. So, as long as your chosen pitcher starts, you will have an active bet.

Team action: This option allows you place a wager that doesn’t depend on pitchers, although if there is a change in listed pitchers, the odds might vary.

On the other hand, if you were to bet on a 20 cent line, you would be getting a +125 line on Milwaukee, which means fewer profits, and even though it doesn’t sound as a lot of cash, when it comes to losing 10 cents on every dollar during a full baseball season, losses can be considerable.. In the event of one of the listed pitchers not starting, then the wager is voided and the funds are returned to the player.


Here you are betting on the combined number of runs accumulated by both teams at the end of a given game, and on baseball, runs on extra innings will also count  when the game has gone over nine innings.

Run Lines:

This one is very similar to a point spread; the difference is that in baseball you are dealing with runs and not points.

Specifying a pitcher: When you bet using this option, you need to choose the pitcher for the team you are betting on, the one for the other team might vary. In baseball, an experienced bettor will always go for the  “Dime Line”, which is a line with a ten cent difference between the favorite and the underdog (for example, a bet with the Angels  as favorites at -145 and the Brewers as underdogs at +135.


A betting line on baseball will always depend largely on who the listed pitchers for the game are, and you are offered four different options:

Listed Pitcher: When you are going to bet on a baseball game with listed pitchers, the ones listed for the two teams must start the game, and a pitcher is said to have started a match after throwing the initial pitch for his team

FBS (I-A) Schedule – 2016 – NCAAF

Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX1,144 tickets available from $92Arkansas State ARSTAuburn AUBSECN

WatchESPNJordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL2,485 tickets available from $9Iowa State ISU#16 Iowa IOWABTNKinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA995 tickets available from $116BYU BYUUtah UTAHFOXRice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT129 tickets available from $124Eastern Michigan EMUMissouri MIZSECN

WatchESPNMemorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO728 tickets available from $14Jacksonville State JVST#21 LSU LSUESPNU

WatchESPNTiger Stadium , Baton Rouge, LA2,004 tickets available from $9North Carolina UNCIllinois ILLBTNMemorial Stadium , Champaign, IL819 tickets available from $16Southern SOUTulane TULNESPN3Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA10 tickets available from $56Virginia Tech VT#17 Tennessee TENNABC

WatchESPNBristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN182 tickets available from $197UNLV UNLVUCLA UCLAPAC12Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA1,168 tickets available from $32New Mexico UNMNew Mexico State NMSUESPN3Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM10 tickets available from $74Sacramento State SACFresno State FRESBulldog Stadium , Fresno, CA6 tickets available from $122Texas Tech TTUArizona State ASUFS1Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ1,413 tickets available from $30Washington State WSUBoise State BSUESPN2

WatchESPNAlbertsons Stadium, Boise, ID628 tickets available from $67California CALSan Diego State SDSUCBSSNQualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA316 tickets available from $43Virginia UVA#24 Oregon OREESPN

WatchESPNAutzen Stadium, Eugene, OR2,168 tickets available from $20Grambling State GRAMArizona ARIZPAC12Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ1,128 tickets available from $9Tennessee-Martin UTMHawai’i HAWAloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI74 tickets available from $28. Central Michigan CMU#22 Oklahoma State OKSTFS1Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK731 tickets available from $35NC State NCSTEast Carolina ECUESPNU

WatchESPNDowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC865 tickets available from $73Penn State PSUPittsburgh PITTESPN

WatchESPNHeinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA1,266 tickets available from $140UCF UCF#5 Michigan MICHABC

WatchESPNMichigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI4,746 tickets available from $26Cincinnati CINPurdue PURBTNRoss-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN230 tickets available from $24Lamar LAM#6 Houston HOUESPN3TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX2,272 tickets available from $9Howard HOWRutgers RUTGBTNHigh Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, NJ1,066 tickets available from $9Indiana State INSTMinnesota MINNESPNN

WatchESPNTCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN710 tickets available from $32Rice RICEArmy ARMYCBSSNMichie Stadium, West Point, NY191 tickets available from $14Boston College BCMassachusetts UMASSESPN3Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA76 tickets available from $38Nicholls NICH#9 Georgia UGASECN

WatchESPNSanford Stadium, Athens, GA2,188 tickets available from $26Prairie View A&M PV#20 Texas A&M TA&MSECN

WatchESPNKyle Field, College Station, TX706 tickets available from $28Wyoming WYONebraska NEBESPN2

WatchESPNMemorial Stadium , Lincoln, NE1,335 tickets available from $49Charleston Southern CHSO#3 Florida State FSUACCN

WatchESPNDoak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL1,516 tickets available from $21Troy TROY#2 Clemson CLEMACCN

WatchESPNMemorial Stadium , Clemson, SC1,586 tickets available from $19Stony Brook STONTemple TEMESPN3Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA364 tickets available from $10Georgia State GASTAir Force AFACAMPFalcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO214 tickets available from $9Utah State USUUSC USCPAC12Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA3,090 tickets available from $20Youngstown State YSUWest Virginia WVUMilan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown, WV546 tickets available from $44Ohio OHIOKansas KUFSNMemorial Stadium , Lawrence, KS157 tickets available from $27Mercer MERGeorgia Tech GTACCN

WatchESPNBobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA442 tickets available from $24North Dakota UNDBowling Green BGSUESPN3Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH25 tickets available from $10Connecticut CONNNavy NAVYCBSSNNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD443 tickets available from $29Illinois State ILSTNorthwestern NWBTNRyan Field, Evanston, IL1,849 tickets available from $9Tulsa TLSA#4 Ohio State OSUABC

WatchESPNOhio Stadium, Columbus, OH1,916 tickets available from $53Eastern Illinois EIUMiami (OH) M-OHESPN3Yager Stadium, Oxford, OHBuy on StubHubWake Forest WAKEDuke DUKEESPNU

WatchESPNWallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC487 tickets available from $10Old Dominion ODUAppalachian State APPESPN3Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC7 tickets available from $101Akron AKR#10 Wisconsin WISBTNCamp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI1,180 tickets available from $32Nevada NEV#18 Notre Dame NDNBCNotre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN516 tickets available from $56Kentucky UKFlorida FLACBSBen Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL1,705 tickets available from $24Western Kentucky WKU#1 Alabama ALAESPN2

WatchESPNBryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL517 tickets available from $32SMU SMU#23 Baylor BAYFS1McLane Stadium, Waco, TX2,180 tickets available from $12Wofford WOF#19 Ole Miss MISSSECN

WatchESPNVaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS2,094 tickets available from $12Ball State BALLIndiana INDESPNN

WatchESPNMemorial Stadium , Bloomington, IN347 tickets available from $20Texas San Antonio UTSAColorado State CSUCAMPHughes Stadium , Fort Collins, CO433 tickets available from $9Middle Tennessee MTSUVanderbilt VANSECN

WatchESPNVanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN165 tickets available from $30Portland State PRSTSan José State SJSUCEFCU Stadium – Home of the Spartans, San Jose, CA24 tickets available from $26Idaho IDHO#8 Washington WASHPAC12Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA498 tickets available from $49Idaho State IDSTColorado COLOFolsom Field, Boulder, CO161 tickets available from $19Morgan State MORGMarshall MRSHJoan C. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MSBuy on StubHubUTEP UTEP#11 Texas TEXLHN

WatchESPNRoyal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX1,255 tickets available from $50South Carolina SCMississippi State MSSTESPN2

WatchESPNDavis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS1,432 tickets available from $21Arkansas ARK#15 TCU TCUESPN

WatchESPNAmon G. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV13 tickets available from $49Elon ELONCharlotte CHARMcColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC12 tickets available from $26North Carolina A&T NCATKent State KENTESPN3Dix Stadium, Kent, OHBuy on StubHubFlorida Atlantic FAU#25 Miami MIAMIACCN

WatchESPNHard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL2,096 tickets available from $18Georgia Southern GASOSouth Alabama USAESPN3Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL30 tickets available from $24McNeese MCNSLouisiana Lafayette ULLESPN3Cajun Field, Lafayette, LABuy on StubHubLouisiana Monroe ULM#14 Oklahoma OKLAMemorial Stadium , Norman, OK1,302 tickets available from $27North Carolina Central NCCUWestern Michigan WMUESPN3Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MIBuy on StubHubMaine MAINEToledo TOLESPN3Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH6 tickets available from $19Northern Illinois NIUSouth Florida USFCBSSNRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL565 tickets available from $14Bethune-Cookman COOKNorth Texas UNTApogee Stadium, Denton, TXBuy on StubHubSouth Carolina State SCSTLouisiana Tech LTJoe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LABuy on StubHubSavannah State SAVSouthern Mississippi USMM. M

Cantor Gaming Announces In-Running Wagering for The NFL Season

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cantor Gaming, an affiliate of the global financial services firm Cantor

Fitzgerald, today announced that its extremely popular “In-Running”

sports betting product will be available at The Venetian, Palazzo and

the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas for the 2009 NFL season, beginning

with Tennessee at Pittsburgh on September 10. Cantor Gaming offers mobile

solutions to the gaming industry as well as developers of proprietary

casino games including XtraOdds Baccarat(TM) and Bonus Roulette(TM). With In-Running, customers can place bets during the

game, so fans can have a stake in the action all the way through the

event,” said Lee Amaitis, President and CEO of Cantor Gaming.

Mr. Amaitis added, “In-Running is hugely successful at the M’s Race &

Sports Book. Amaitis said the bets that will be offered through In-Running are:

Cantor Gaming is an affiliate of global financial services provider

Cantor Fitzgerald, which has over 60 years of experience and

unparalleled expertise of highly secure real-time financial transaction

processing, management, and execution. In-Running betting allows

wagering on live sporting events throughout the event. “We are constantly looking for

opportunities to add new and exciting amenities to our overall guest

experience and this is the type of “only in Las Vegas” concept that

helps differentiate The Venetian and Palazzo from other properties on

the Strip, and also demonstrates the true uniqueness of Las Vegas and

why there is no city in America quite like it.”

. We opened the action with the NCAA March Madness Basketball

Tournament, continued throughout the NBA Playoffs, horse racing’s Triple

Crown, and currently offer selected Major League Baseball games. In

addition to NFL games, In-Running will be available for select NCAA

football games this season.

“In-Running is particularly well suited for football because of the

popularity of the game and the huge number of football fans interested

in sports betting. In-Running betting allows wagering on live sporting events throughout

the event.

Full Game Money Line

Full Game Point Line

Full Game Total, Over/Under

First Half Money Line

First Half Point Line

First Half Total Over/Under

Through Cantor Gaming’s In-Running, wagers also will be accepted on


About Cantor Gaming

The current drive will yield a first down.

The current drive will result in a punt, field goal, touchdown, or an


Twenty or more yards will be gained on the next play.

Any field goal attempt will be made or missed.

For more information, visit www.cantorgaming.com

“The addition of “In-Running” is certainly going to enhance our sports

book offering and be a huge hit with the many sports aficionados who

spend time at our properties,” said Robert Goldstein, president of both

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas. Cantor is

the first company licensed as a manufacturer, distributor, and operator

of a mobile gaming system by the state of Nevada and remains the world

leader. Cantor was also the first company to introduce in-running

wagering in Las Vegas, at the M Resort Spa & Casino’s Race and Sports

Book. The NFL

season is immensely popular with sports betters and we’re excited to

extend our product offerings to The Venetian and Palazzo.”


All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.

© 2003 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. All Rights Reserved. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

By Lynn Elber

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said.

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said