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Everet Golson is the new starting quarterback for Florida State

Everett Golson, the New Starting Quarterback for Florida State

Everet Golson is the new starting quarterback for Florida StateFor weeks NCAA football betting fans have been kept in suspense as to who will be the starting quarterback for Florida State Seminole.  Today, Coach Jimbo Fisher announced that Everett Golson is the man for the job as he relates well to players and shown what kind of player he is himself.

Golson previously came from Notre Dame where he played from 2011 to the spring of 2015.  Even though he was never able to repeat his 2012 performance at Notre Dame where they had a perfect season finishing 12-0, Goldson still performed admirably during his time at Notre Dame.

According to Coach Fisher, it came down to Golson and Maguire as to who would be the next starting quarterback for the Seminoles saying that they “have both had their moments and shined”.  What set Golson apart was that “he has a good grasp of things.  Making reads, plays and getting on the edge with his legs when he has to.”

Nolan Young, a top football handicapper believes that one of the main reason as to why Fisher chose Golson over Maguire is experience because Florida State has four returning starter on offense and Golson is the most experience of them all.  That and considering that he has thrown 5,850 yards and had 41 touchdowns where he ran 14 of those touchdowns during his time at Notre Dame makes him a powerhouse for Florida State.

The big test for Golson and the Seminoles will be when they take on Texas Sate in their season opener giving the online sportsbook plenty of mixed signals as to which way the handicapping will go.

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MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update

MLB Betting: NL Playoff Update With one more month to go, the National League playoff picture is starting to take shape. Entering Sunday’s action, the division leaders are all at least 3.5 games ahead of their closest competitor, and even the two Wild Card teams (Pirates and Cubs) have a comfortable lead against the Giants (currently 4.5 games behind the Cubs for the final Wild Card spot).

Not only are those top five teams in the NL winning, but they are winning big. Runline players have been cleaning up over the last few weeks backing these teams while getting a favorable payout laying a run and a half.

The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games, with all six victories coming by at least two runs. Pittsburgh has won 10 of their last 12 games overall, with seven of those ten victories coming by at least two runs.

Chicago has cooled off a bit, losing four straight heading into Sunday, however we can give them a pass due to their 21-4 winning streak just prior to that four-game skid. And again, we find runline players cleaning up at the most online sportsbook as the Cubs won by at least two runs in 16 of those 21 victories.

The LA Dodgers are our pick to come out of the National League, and they are heating up with five straight wins entering Sunday. That includes a pair of wins over the streaking Cubs this weekend, and of those five wins four of them have come by at least two runs.

The New York Mets are the final team in the top five, and they too have performed well for MLB runline bettors. The Mets have won seven of their last nine games overall with six of those seven victories coming by at least two runs.

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Remember, even if our team loses the game outright, we are still laying a smaller price than we would betting them on the MLB moneyline. This trend of the NL contenders not only winning at a high percentage, but winning by margins of 2+ runs is a trend that should continue until these teams lock up their playoff spot and begin to rest their starters.

We’ll be back next week with a look at the American League Playoff contenders and see how they are performing from an MLB betting runline standpoint.

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting Denied

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting Denied

New Jersey Appeal to Legalize Sports Betting DeniedFor several years, the State of New Jersey has been fighting to legalize sports betting and was hoping to become the latest state allowed to bet on sports. Unfortunately for thousands of sports bettors in New Jersey and the surrounding area, their latest effort was stopped Tuesday by a federal appeals court.

The State New Jersey sports betting advocates were hoping for a favorable decision after a three year battle against national sports organizations. This battle of will has been closely watched by several lawmakers in the US who are believe that legalizing sports betting as an opportunity to help the state budget.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a lower court ruling that had voided the state’s repeal of some prohibitions against sports gambling. The judges however, were not swayed to their side in a 2-to-1 decision, that New Jersey’s efforts to allow its casinos and racetracks to take bets violated the 1992 U.S. Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA.

Many people in the gambling industry had their opinion of the matter. Many overseas companies that run an online sportsbook were hoping to see the law past to further enhance the chance of becoming a legal entity in New Jersey. Others however, were happy to see the appeal fail as it kept the status quo for illegal online sports betting which is estimated to be bringing around $400 billion annually in bets.

Fantasy sports operators were also happy with the results as they are currently able to operate under the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006” bringing millions of dollars in their pocket every year. The latest statistics show that 57 million people in the United States and Canada participated in fantasy sports this year.

“The bigger winner today is the daily fantasy companies who now have the legal sports gambling space all to themselves for years to come,” said Daniel L. Wallach, a sports and gambling lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff. “The sports league benefited again as well because now they get to control the timing of when and how legal sports betting eventually gets implemented.”

On the other side of the issue are the national sports organizations like the NBA(despite having Commissioner Adam Silver in favor of legalized sports gambling), the NHL and MLB who claim that legalizing sports betting in New Jersey would “irreparably” corrupt sports in the United States.

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“We agree with the Third Circuit’s decision reaffirming that the appropriate path to legal sports betting is through Congress,” said NBA spokesman Mike Bass. “We continue to support a federal legislative solution that would protect the integrity of the game while allowing those who engage in sports betting to do so in a legal and safe manner.”

The game however is not over according to the American Gaming Association, which represents the $240 billion U.S. casino industry. They have vowed to keep on fighting to bring legal sports gambling to a broader audience across New Jersey and the rest of the United States.

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends

MLB Betting: How to Use MLB Betting Trends Betting Trends are often sought after by those who bet on baseball, and while MLB betting trends can add value to a handicapping routine, many betting trends are misleading and misused.

The first thing to do when reviewing MLB betting trends is to discard the ones that don’t make any sense. These trends, while accurate, are more of a fluke than anything else and can’t be trusted to return the same winning percentage over a longer period of time.

Trends that involve a specific day of the week – like a team going 10-2 on Wednesdays – doesn’t have the same impact as an NFL trend relating to Thursday or Monday night games – as those games involve teams playing with an unusual amount of rest in between games.

For the professional sports handicapper who enjoy online sports betting, another type of trend to stay away from is a trend that has only a few occurrences with a record that goes back several years. With the amount of roster turnover that happens every season, these MLB betting trends are based on games where many of the current players weren’t a part of.

Betting trends that we do like are ones that pertain to certain situations. For example, finding a betting trend that pertains to a team coming off a loss or two straight losses, or against left-handed starting pitchers. These are specific in-game motivational or matchup situations that MLB handicappers would want to find out information about.

MLB betting trends related to pitchers (often in the form of team start records) are much more reliable than team-based betting trends, as it pertains to the most important position on the field. Having specific betting trends related to the starting pitcher against the current opponent is a fantastic place to start your handicapping on the game.

Of course, win/loss records associated to betting trends must be taken with a grain of salt. If a team is 20-20 as an underdog of +150 or higher, and another team is 30-20 as a favorite of -150 or higher, then the underdog trend is resulting in a big profit while the favorite trend is actually losing money.

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the Year

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the Year

Panthers’ Wide Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Out for the YearThe Carolina Panthers have been one of the few teams in the NFL that boasted 2 or less player injuries but this all changed yesterday when Kelvin Benjamin injured himself during practice on Wednesday morning.

The MRI results just came back and it’s bad news for the Panthers as Benjamin will need surgery for a torn left ACL that will take him out for the rest of the season.

Benjamin who is a second-year wide receiver was a former Florida State star athlete who was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 60 overall player nationally in his class during the 2014 NFL draft.

The 6 feet 5 inches, 240 pounds Benjamin was often compared to players like Alshon Jeffrey for his size, speed, physicality and high pointing abilities. Last season, he played very well as a rookie, beating the NFL’s stingiest cornerbacks for 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns

“Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement released by the team. “He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a position to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before.”

Benjamin being out of for the season will greatly affect quarterback Cam Newton’s offense and many a sportsbook are currently adjusting their Super Bowl futures odds. According to most sources, Benjamin is one of the five most valuable players on the roster.

It is still too early to count the Panthers out of the running but the loss of Benjamin will limit their win options.

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NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 2 Lines Posted Home favorites ruled the first full week of the NFL postseason, posting a profitable 10-4 record against the pointspread. How will home favorites fare this week? Here we break down the NFL Preseason betting lines for Week 2.

We’ll start with Minnesota, who after going a perfect 4-0 straight up last August under new head coach Mike Zimmer (3-1 against the pointspread) is off to a perfect 2-0 straight up and ATS start this year. The Vikings beat Pittsburgh by 11 points in the Hall of Fame Game, they beat Tampa Bay by 10 points last week. It’s no surprise the Vikings are the biggest favorite on the board this week, laying 5 points at home against the Oakland Raiders.

That is just one of three games that features an NFL betting line of more than three points. Philadelphia is a 3.5-point home choice against Baltimore after the Eagles crushed the Indianapolis Colts 36-10. Houston is a 3.5-point home favorite against Denver, as the Texans starting quarterback battle of Mallet vs. Hoyer resulted in both players looking great in their preseason opener. Mallet will get the start this week.

The Eagles matchup also features the highest over/under line of the week. Last year Philly went over the total in all four of their NFL Preseason games, and went over the total last week in their win vs. the Colts. This week, the posted total is listed at 44.5 points, and even with another good showing by their offense, NFL bettors will need the Ravens to reach the end zone a few times to send that game over.

There is only one road team listed as the favorite this week, and that is the Atlanta Falcons as they are small one-point chalk at New York against the Jets. The Jets arguably played worse than anyone in the league last week, finishing with a paltry 123 yards of total offense – far less than they allowed the Detroit Lions to reach in rushing (193) and passing (235) separately.
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The NFL Week 2 line that sticks out to us is the Colts being a three-point home favorite against Chicago. Indianapolis was one of two teams to go win-less last August, and based on their 36-10 trouncing this past Sunday at Philadelphia, we’re not sure they are deserving of that respect.

We’ll be back next week to discuss the NFL Betting Lines for the third full week of the preseason.

2015 NFL Preseason Player Injuries

NFL Preseason Games Wreck Havoc on Player Injuries

2015 NFL Preseason Player InjuriesThe purpose of the NFL preseason games was that it allowed players to get some much needed practice to get back into the game while at the same time test and toughen up the rookies.  Today, the purpose of the NFL preseason games are not so much for the team since they now have more mini-camps available to keep them in shape during the off-season.

Some my argue that preseason games are for the fans, for the online sportsbooks who are out to make an early buck on the NFL and for the owners to make more money but even if that is the case, there is no reason for a coach to risk playing hard in games that do not have any bearing on the NFL team standings.

So far, there has been quite a few preseason injuries leaving many teams scratching their heads as to how they will play the regular NFL season.

Here are some of the more notable preseason injuries starting with tight end, Niles Paul was one of the first preseason victim when on August 13, 2015 during a match-up against the Browns, Paul had to be carted off the field after an awkward fall from a block and will now miss the rest of the season due to an ankle fracture dislocation.

That same Thursday night, the Chargers had a run of bad luck when guard Johnnie Tourtman broke his arm and Tourek Williams for the chargers broke his foot during the same game

So far, the Jacksonville Jaguars have only sustained one injury when Julius Thomas of the Jaguars fractured his hand against Pittsburgh.

The New York Giants have also had their share so far of preseason injuries when Rookie safety, Landon Collins exited the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that will probably take him out for 3-4 weeks.

Write us a comment on how these injuries will affect your NFL betting season below!

 

NFL Preseason Betting – What to Look For

NFL Preseason Betting – What to Look For

NFL Preseason Betting – What to Look For The best way to gauge football teams going forward is to watch them play. When professional football bettors watch games, they don’t look at specific plays so much overall tendencies to give them an edge on whether to back them or fade them going forward.

This past Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 in the Hall of Fame Game to open the 2015 NFL Preseason. Both teams left points on the board, with the Steelers missing a sure touchdown on fourth-and-goal and the Vikings passing on an easy field goal attempt in the first quarter, plus missing a makeable field goal later on.

But in a general sense, you could see by watching the game that Minnesota was putting a heavier emphasis on the victory than Pittsburgh was.

Often times NFL teams won’t go far into their playbook, as they want to keep their more complicated plays off of film and save those plays and sets for the regular season. Minnesota threw that game plan out the window, especially on the defensive side of the ball and pressured Pittsburgh with a number of blitzes from all over the field. That is a perfect example of what professional NFL bettors want to see – an in-game tactic that isn’t often used.

Specific plays can also be helpful going forward. Minnesota had a touchdown set up by a long punt return – not something they will be able to rely on every game they play. And the Vikings were also beat a number of times in the secondary – sometimes being bailed out by Landry Jones unable to put the ball where it should have been. It’s not a surprise that Pittsburgh struggled early given the amount of starters the Steelers didn’t put on the field, but seeing Jones struggle in the second half against backups is certainly telling.

These plays can be used to judge Minnesota’s secondary as being susceptible to competent passing offenses going forward in the preseason, and looking to fade Pittsburgh if Jones is going to get the bulk of the playing time again.

It’s too hard to judge teams based on total rushing and passing offensive stats in the preseason as the quality of players on the field typically change from game-to-game. But by watching the games we can find matchup advantages and apply them in theory in the games upcoming.

Remember, that most online sportsbook don’t often have favorites of more than 3 points in the NFL Preseason, and picking spots where a line is not indicative of how the teams truly matchup can lead to a number of great wagering opportunities.

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NFL Preseason Betting – Week 1 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 1 Lines Posted

NFL Preseason Betting – Week 1 Lines Posted After a perfect 4-0 NFL Preseason effort last year, the Minnesota Vikings took care of business against this past Sunday night in beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 – easily covering the pointspread as a 3-point favorite – to kick off the 2015 NFL Preseason.

Every team sees action this week, with games being played from Thursday through Sunday. The lines for all 16 games are already posted at www.crsportsbet.ag and here we’ll take a look at some of the marquee matchups.

There are six games on Thursday’s card, including last year’s Super Bowl winner New England hosting Green Bay. No word yet on if Tom Brady will see the field, as he has a court-ordered settlement hearing the day prior (NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will also be there) in New York. The Pats are a three-point home favorite.

After that poor effort on Sunday night, the Steelers get a chance to redeem themselves on Friday when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Pittsburgh has now lost eight of their last nine preseason games dating back to the 2013 season, but are listed as a pick ‘em in this contest.

Backing new head coaches is a popular NFL Preseason betting strategy, and there are seven new head coaches this season. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, NY Jets, Oakland, and San Francisco are the teams to circle if this is your NFL Preseason betting strategy. Some of those teams are favorites and some are underdogs, but none of those seven teams are favored by more than three points.

The Vikings are one of the few teams listed as a favorite of more than three points when they host Tampa Bay on Saturday. Minnesota is now a perfect 5-0 under head coach Mike Zimmer in these early NFL Preseason games, and as a 3.5-point favorite they are just one of three teams favored by more than a field goal.

The other two teams favored by more than three points are Seattle, who is laying 4.5 points against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in a rematch of the 2014 Super Bowl, and the Philadelphia Eagles are a 4-point choice at home against a Colts team that didn’t win a preseason game at all last season.

Good luck this weekend, and we’ll be back next week to look at the next group of NFL Preseason lines.

NFL Football Betting Tutorial

NFL Football Betting Tutorial

NFL Football Betting Tutorial Betting on NFL Football is the most popular sport in terms of wagering, and has been for many years. While Las Vegas continues to see their numbers go up every year, most people bet on NFL games through online sports betting sites which offer live betting options as well as the biggest sportsbook signup bonuses that the Las Vegas sportsbooks don’t offer.

There are two main types of NFL wagers – that being against the pointspread and the over/under. Betting on NFL games against the pointspread means that the team chosen doesn’t necessarily need to win the game, but win or lose by a certain amount of points to stay within the given number.

For example, if the New England Patriots are a 3-point favorite against the Green Bay Packers, then New England would have to win the game by more than 3 points in order to cover the pointspread. Likewise, Green Bay would either need to win the game outright or lose by less than three points to cover the spread. If the Patriots won the game by exactly three points, then the game would be considered a “push” and all bets made on either side would be returned.

Over/Under wagers consist of the combined points scored in a game. If the combined score is more than the posted total, then the “Over” is declared the winner. If the combined score is less than the posted total, then the “Under” is the winning bet. Just like pointspread wagers, if the score falls exactly on the number, then it is declared a “push.”

In both of these types of wagers, there is typically a 10% juice which is where the sportsbooks make their money. To make a $100 profit on an NFL bet, you would need to wager $110. If you win that bet, you get your initial $110 back plus the $100 profit. If you lose your bet, then you would be down the entire $110.

A sportsbook sets the line trying to attract equal action on both sides. If they take $1,100 on each team, then they make $100 regardless of who wins. Because this line is set to attract equal action, it is not necessarily what the linesmaker believes will be the winning point margin.

There are other types of NFL bets, including moneyline wagers (picking a team to win the game outright), teasers (picking two or more teams to cover a more favorable pointspread), parlays (picking two or more teams to cover the spread and all games must win for a higher payout), and futures (picking a team to win the Super Bowl early in the season or even before the season starts).

The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, September 10th when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. And for those looking to bet on NFL games earlier, the NFL Preseason is already underway. We’ll check in throughout the season with some NFL Football betting tips to help your bottom line this year!

Stay tune for more football betting tutorials!