Gaming – InfoBarrel

Furthermore, there are times when people would simply want to relax and play a game without having to deal with the other players.

- Business games

- Board games: Monopoly, Go, Scrabble, Chess, The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Maharaja, Backgammon, Taj Mahal, Mine a million, Torres, Lost Cities , Speachless, Logo board games, Masterpiece, Buzzle, Highlanders, History of the World, The Game of Life, Dominion, LifeStyle The Financial Planning Game

- Dice games: Backgammon , Dice Chess, Ship, Captain, and Crew (or Six Five Four), Shoot the Moons, Strat-O-Matic

Gambling involves activities like casinos, sports books, poker, video poker, craps, black jack, roulette, slot machines, lottery and skill games – just to name a few. Even with the numerous online games available, offline gaming is still going to exist and probably preferred by some.

Online Gaming

- Domino and tile games. Many games help develop practical skills, serve as a form of exercise, or otherwise perform an educational, simulational, or psychological role. Almost every aspect of human interest turned out to be very accessible. Knowing the trend in online gaming, it is expected that there’s more to come in the future that’s completely exciting. It has gained its popularity which led to the existence of arcades. As a member, you may avail of discounts on games for sale, get the freebies given to its member, and the opportunity to meet and play with other online games enthusiasts worldwide. While games for offline gaming are still available and loved by some people, the majority already prefers the online games at present.

- Video games

Playing Games

- Pencil and paper games

- Role-playing games (RPG) – These types of games can be played either in electronic format such as on a computer or video game console, some of them even being online like World of Warcraft, or they can be played as a tabletop game like White Wolf or Shadowrun. In addition, such games are fairly simple to finish off, so gamers are not at all pressured to play for more hours.

- Tabletop games

Offline gaming is a cool way to fill in time and enjoy, especially when you cannot go online. These games involve taking on the role of a character in the game and controlling the choices of the character while working with their strengths and weaknesses.

These games require a PC or laptop, but an Internet connection is not needed. Additionally, games for offline gaming are either skill-based or story-based, with the former as the more difficult as it needs your experience and skillfulness in order to play and finish the game.

There are a number of popular games for offline gaming as:

To play online, you must register first to be qualified and enjoy the benefits of various online gamers club. They are really popular in both real and online world.

- Guessing games

These games are available online and the best part of it is that you can now play with people from all over the world. Today these games are primarily electronic and cover a diversity of imaginary contexts that the modern computers try to recreate as a form of virtual reality.

The Sims 3

Need for Speed: Shift

The Orange Box

The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind

Starcraft 2

Gambling

- Card games: Poker, Baccarat, Canasta – to name just the most popular and well known

There are many different types of games. Time, distance and nationality are defied in the so-called growing cyber world that gathers online gamers. A lot of games are now being introduced to the public. By the year 1990, its popularity has hit the highest point, but eventually dropped since the market did not expand quickly as what was expected. Here, online gamers met and have formed virtual camaraderie through the game preferences they had. One significant development has something to do with the way games are being played. Attested as early as 2600 BC, games are a universal part of human experience and present in all cultures.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

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- Dexterity/coordination games

One reason why online gaming is such a major success is because of the competition being held on a particular game every now and then in which fabulous prizes are at stake. The thought of outwitting their counterparts is what drives any online gamer to succeed. In the case of The Sims 3, it can be played either in a computer or PS3 console. Watch out for that.

Offline gaming began in the year 1970. That is why more and more IT experts are religiously developing new games or simply improving the current prevailing games since there is a huge public clamor for such.

Information technology has certainly made a big impact to humankind. From simple to complex, intellectual to sports related and the highly dynamic violent games, name it and you have a long list of choices.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia © 2001-2010 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game)

- Simulation – Games of this type are extensions of childhood games where children pretend being in adult roles such as doctor, parent or fireman. And for these reasons, this is where offline gaming comes into play. But more than the prize being offered, online gamers are interested on the title for each competition. The classification made by Wikipedia goes like this:

Are you interested in playing games or in gambling? In real world, offline or online?

“A game is a structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games generally involve mental or physical stimulation, and often both. Key components of games are goals, rules, challenge, and interaction. Some are old games that are just modified to fit with the modern times while some are totally new. But for you to fully appreciate online gaming, you should be aware of the technical aspects to secure a spot in what they call the elite circle of online gamers.

- Sports – here is a list with the most popular sports games: Football, Soccer, Baseball, BasketBall, Hockey, Rugby, Volleyball, Pool Games, Water Games, Cricket, Boxing, Wrestling, Golf, Shooting, Horse Racing, Car Games, Driving Games, Cycling, Bowling, Dodge ball Games, Fishing , Hunting, Ice Skating, Olympics Games, Parking Games, Skateboard, Snowboarding, Surfing Games, Winter Games.

Offline Gaming

With offline gaming, the usual games could last around 20 to 100 game play hours

NY AG opens inquiry into allegations of fantasy sports insider betting

“A rose is a rose.”

The legal stance by Jason Robins of DraftKings that daily fantasy sports leagues are not a chance-based gamble has done nothing to tamp down what has become an intensifying national debate around the country.

The debate comes as the websites have flooded the airwaves with commercials in recent months touting how average fans became overnight millionaires by playing daily fantasy leagues. He said the casino industry sees fantasy sports as a potential partner “to grow both of our businesses.”

In letters to DraftKings and FanDuel, obtained by CBS News, Schneiderman’s office asks both companies to identify the employee or employees who may responsible for insider trading.

“It’s really the same type of person who, on the game side, likes chess,” Robins said. “It isn’t that different from the stock market.”

“This screams and cries out for regulation,” said sports betting law expert Dan Wallach during a different panel at the gambling conference, suggesting it could be a haven for money laundering.. He said his industry is much more likely to attract customers who play chess and the stock market than people who make bets at sports books.

Many in the highly regulated casino industry insist daily fantasy sports leagues are gambling sites, shouldn’t be treated any differently than traditional sports betting and, as a result, should be regulated. On the question of money laundering, DraftKings referred questions to a statement from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that said the sites have “instituted monitoring systems to identify and prevent fraudulent or suspicious transactions.”

The daily fantasy sports industry has gone to great lengths to distance itself from traditional sports wagering.

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A screen grab from the Draft Kings fantasy sports web site.

Signing up for a DraftKings account involves choosing a username, providing an email address, clicking a box that says the person is older than 18 or 19, depending on the state, and providing credit card information. Others suggest the sites could be a potential haven for money-laundering.

Observers, though, believe that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising during football games, the spotlight on the daily fantasy sports industry may ultimately lead lawmakers and regulators to keep a closer watch.

Macias said the company takes a multi-layered approach to check age and identity. Daily fantasy sports allows online players to pick a roster of point-earning players from various teams for a single day of competition and win money, in some cases $1 million.

Robins cites an exemption in a 2006 federal law for fantasy sports that he believes allow his site and others including FanDuel to offer contests that normally spanned an entire season down to a single day. The mid-level content manager later won $350,000 at rival site FanDuel that same week, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, a New Jersey congressman has asked for a hearing on the legal status of daily fantasy sports, the commissioner of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference has barred daily fantasy site ads on the SEC Network, and the casino industry’s American Gaming Association is looking into the industry as part of a broader look at legalizing sports betting beyond a few states.

Robins said fewer than 15 percent of the people using his site bet on sports the traditional way, either legally or illegally.

“Fantasy is real gambling,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman of New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack, during a panel discussion. The NFL agrees with their legal stance.

Robins, though, implied there should be no confusing his operation for a casino’s. And on Tuesday night, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office was opening an inquiry into the allegations.

He didn’t say where that number came from and didn’t take questions after the moderated panel discussion to clarify, walking quickly out a side door as reporters asked questions. DraftKings spokeswoman Sabrina Macias said later that the number is based on internal research.

The allegations, which amount to profiting from insider trading, have brought into question the practices of the fantasy sports industry. The AG’s office says this is in initial inquiry designed to allow the companies to provide a quick reply, and includes the names of possible employees involved.

The debate was a hot topic of conversation at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

Two major fantasy sports companies are under fire over allegations that amount to insider trading, the New York Times reported Monday night. The CEO of the ubiquitous DraftKings website made no effort to get cozy as he sat in front of a crowd of casino executives at a trade show last week in Las Vegas.

“If it’s gray, our job is to make it black and white,” said Geoff Freeman, the association’s president and CEO. No other identification is sought.

An employee with one of the companies, DraftKings, admitted last week to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of NFL games

2015 NCAA tourney betting guide

No. No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. 16 Lafayette Leopards

Lange: Arguably the best attribute to have with a double-digit underdog in the NCAA tournament is high-caliber shooters, and on paper, Northeastern has just that. The Wolfpack are a tough matchup for a lot of teams with their three-guard attack of 6-3 junior Trevor Lacey (15.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG), 6-5 senior Ralston Turner (13.2 PPG) and sophomore Anthony Barber (12 PPG). 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. Indiana

Maryland minus-4 vs. (Note: I am considering playing Georgia State plus-4.5 in the first half, though that still seems a little short.

Tuley: Everyone loves picking No. Stephen F. 4 seed, though it’s a moot point since they’re on a collision course with Louisville regardless).

Tuley: Gonzaga is hardly even considered a mid-major anymore; instead, it’s the poster child for programs like North Dakota State, which upset Oklahoma last year in the Seattle subregional. 6 Butler Bulldogs vs. 16 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Best and worst coaches to bet on

Tuley: Well, this region is looking rather chalky so far, but I believe that ends here (though I do have some trepidation as Eastern Washington is becoming such a trendy pick). They also have a tremendous amount of size, with a frontcourt that features players standing 7-3, 6-10, 6-9 and 6-8. minus-6 vs. 13 Eastern Washington Eagles

Tuley: A lot of people are picking this game as this year’s mega-upset (like Mercer over No. 12 seed). 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. North Carolina has every possible edge, but the Tar Heels don’t always show up, and they were just 14-13-1 ATS before finishing the season 5-2 ATS. When facing a winning team this season, UCLA was 17-6 hitting the under. Ohio St. Oklahoma State has excellent balance with 6-7 senior Le’Bryan Nash (17 PPG, 5.4 RPG) and 6-8 senior Michael Cobbins up front, plus junior Phil Forte III (15 PGG). No. 12 Stephen F. Aztecs vs. If bettors are willing to take a 12-seed over a 5-seed straight up, it makes sense that they would also be willing to bet the 12-seed getting points.

In last week’s conference tournament betting guide, we detailed a system that focuses on large underdogs in low-scoring games, and explained how public betting patterns change during the postseason. 7 Michigan St.

Westgate line: NC State -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 64 percent picked NC State

No.

Perhaps bettors consider all tournament participants to be upper-echelon teams and are content taking the points regardless of opponent.

Our theory posits that when an underdog pulls off an unlikely upset, square bettors have difficulty accepting the team’s new role as a favorite. The state of college basketball — slower, and lower scoring — makes it so “superior” teams aren’t always asked to cover big numbers. They have a similar profile to the Mountaineers with poor outside shooting (31.9 percent 3-pointers) but the ability to hit the offensive boards (36.5 percent). Austin

No. 2 offensive team in the nation. No. WVU’s Juwan Staten (knee) and Gary Browne (ankle) are still nursing injuries, but expected to play. But I’m going contrarian here. I will have some on Harvard plus-525 over North Carolina and Belmont plus-1200 over Virginia, but I’ll probably pass on Texas Southern and Lafayette at plus-2500 apiece over Arizona and Villanova.

Jay Kornegay’s top public teams

Westgate line: West Virginia -4.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 52 percent picked West Virginia

No. 14 UAB Blazers

This is a high total — the third highest on the board in the opening round. Big 12 opponents. No. 13 Valparaiso Crusaders

Note: Picks marked with an asterisk (*) are best bets. No. Below is a list of the best and worst coaches to bet on in the NCAA tourney this year and their corresponding ATS tourney records.

No. A year ago at this time they played American in the opening game and won 75-35, allowing only 29 percent shooting.

ATS pick: NC State -1*

NCAA tournament teams, 2014-15 records

No. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. 11 BYU/Ole Miss winner

Texas Southern plus-21.5 vs. +1*

Midwest Regional

No. Buffalo

Wisconsin minus-18 vs. Coach Lon Kruger is outstanding, knowing how to get his team focused and prepared, and he’s very strong at in-game adjustments. No. SMU held opponents to fewer than 60 points per game this season — ranked in the top 20 in the nation. They have great balance, with a strong frontcourt, while 6-4 junior Buddy Hield (17.5 PPG, 5 RPG) and 6-4 junior Isaiah Cousins (12.2 PPG, 5 RPG) run the backcourt and lead the team in scoring. Kansas

10. SMU

Davidson plus-2 vs. The Great Danes lost 64-60 to Providence and 75-59 to UNLV. The Bulldogs held a plus-7.3 rebounds-per-game edge in Big East play — 3.9 rebounds per game better than second-best Providence. This is one of those instances, and it provides a very strong favorite laying a very reasonable price.

Wunderdog: Gonzaga (18-1 at Westgate, bet down to 15-1)

. The Ducks allowed 54.5 percent shooting the last game, an 80-52 loss to Arizona, and are 2-6 ATS following a loss of more than 20 points.

ATS pick: San Diego St. And Mick Cronin’s absence won’t be as magnified with Purdue playing a nearly identical brand of basketball. 16 Hampton/Manhattan winner

No. North Carolina

VCU plus-2 vs. Lafayette did play at Villanova in last season’s opener and was tied with eight minutes to play before losing by 16 points (75-59). Michigan State

9. It took time, but Maryland’s offense looked improved the back half of the campaign. Notre Dame

2. However, I think what gives Belmont a chance to at least cover is that Virginia’s leading scorer,  Justin Anderson, is coming back slowly from a broken finger and an appendectomy. In the end this is a very even matchup, but I think the Bearcats are still the play, even being bet to favoritism.

Andrew Lange: Bettors are faced with handicapping a dreaded “non-boarded” team here, as New Mexico State won the oddball WAC. The Red Storm will really miss suspended 6-10 shot-blocker Chris Obekpa. No. At the time of publication, OSU was receiving just 24 percent of spread bets.

ATS pick: TBD

ATS pick: Gonzaga -16.5

Westgate line: Arizona -21.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Arizona

The first would be that instead of betting the fixed-odd futures to win the title, bet the money line in the first game your team plays and roll over your winnings through all six games. 15 Texas Southern Tigers

ATS pick: Cincinnati -1

East Regional

To be added after the BYU-Mississippi “First Four” game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Westgate line: Gonzaga -16.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked North Dakota St. They challenged themselves in nonleague play with games at Wichita State, Wyoming, St. Gonzaga

8. The higher the spreads go, the less convinced I am that the underdog will win outright, plus the more the books will shave off the true odds, so I won’t bet as much on the money line. Arizona

Harvard plus-8.5 vs. SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (yes, he won over all those Kentucky blue-chippers) and his teammates love to run, and I just don’t see Wofford keeping pace.

No. The Wolfpack match up well with an LSU squad that is on a 6-4 SU run, bowing out fast in the SEC tourney (a 73-70 OT loss to Auburn as a 9-point favorite). -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Ohio St. No. Albany

NC State minus-1 vs. Bison

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ATS pick: Louisville -9

No. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. 3 Baylor Bears vs. No. 14 Northeastern Huskies

ATS pick: TBD

ATS pick: UCLA +2*

Tuley: Georgia State is an interesting underdog as it plays well on the defensive end, holding 11 opponents under 30 percent shooting this season. 9 Purdue Boilermakers

Tuley: This line climbed from UNC minus-9 to minus-10, and I liked it more and more — until it got bet back to 8.5. I say they caught a break by facing super-soft Indiana and a likely date against a reeling Kansas squad in the second round. The same can be said for Purdue’s two 7-footers, Isaac Haas and A.J. 16 North Florida/Robert Morris

Westgate line: SMU -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 67 percent picked SMU

No. 5 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. 9 St. And while the level of competition in the Colonial (the 19th-rated conference, according to Sagarin) wasn’t all that stiff, Notre Dame isn’t known for its defensive prowess (1.07 points per possession allowed vs. With public support shifting, we theorized that there would be value fading these so-called “trendy underdogs.”

No. No. Notre Dame can score, but both teams play solid defense, allowing points in the 60s. Austin is justifiably getting a lot of support as a live underdog, as it upset VCU last year in this round and a lot of people remember that and are looking for a repeat. Arizona

3. No. Unfortunately, this system would also include teams that were an underdog during their last conference tournament game. Gonzaga 6-foot-10 freshman Domantas Sabonis (9.5 PPG, 7 RPG), 7-1 junior Przemek Karnowski (11 PPG) and 6-10 junior Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG) anchor an NBA-like frontcourt, while senior guard Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 5 APG) gets things moving. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. The Tigers have to be feeling the role of Cinderella, and I think they can stay within the huge number.

Utah would be the only tourney future I see to hold a little bit of value. The Terrapins rely an awful lot on Dez Wells and Melo Trimble, and I would expect Valpo to play some zone. No. The American has some weak teams, but I give the Bearcats small edges on both sides of the ball. Valparaiso

No. All that stuff aside, we can only handicap the games in front of us, and while SMU is a solid team, I am convinced that if UCLA plays like it did against Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals, the Bruins will be able to pull the upset here.

No. Neither team will shy away from the transition game, but the opportunities will be limited, especially for Purdue as the Bearcats boast one of the best transition defenses I’ve seen this season. 7 seed and Ohio State at No. The oddsmakers certainly think so, as they made Ohio State the favorite despite the seedings. -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked Iowa St. This team is 312th in the nation in assists and its top rebounder is 6-6 Sam Rowley. As much as I and most bettors despise Rick Barnes, it’s important to recognize that the Longhorns have the better personnel in this matchup. Oregon leans too much on offense, as the Ducks were 10th in the Pac-12 in points allowed and ninth in rebounding defense this season.

What this guide contains:

Lange: First thing’s first: Can Buffalo hang on to the basketball and rebound on the defensive end? No team in the MAC comes close to resembling West Virginia’s chaotic ways. If anyone asks if I think my dog has a chance to win outright, I’m going to say, “Of course!” On most of my plays, I’ll add a little something on the money line. Arkansas won 10 of its last 13 games, and two of those losses were to Kentucky. No. Georgetown

UCLA plus-2 vs. 8 Oregon Ducks vs.

Westgate line: Xavier -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

No. The Badgers come into the tourney fresh off a Big Ten title, winning every game by double digits. When dealing with mid-major teams, I’m hesitant to put much stock into nonconference play as a vast majority of games against power conference foes are played on the road. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes

Tuley: Here’s another 5-12 matchup, with the public looking to the underdog to pull an upset. Oregon

Oklahoma minus-12 vs. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. underachiever (Texas). Interesting side note in that for all the flack Barnes and the Longhorns have taken, they have an identical 17-13 ATS record as Butler. It’s that lack of depth that has me looking to play against them in the next round, but not in this one.

Westgate line: Notre Dame -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Notre Dame

ATS pick: Arkansas -6.5

The table below summarizes the results of our analysis.

Mark Few has had a lot of great players and teams at Gonzaga, but this may be his best. 11 seed and pretty far removed from the bubble). -1.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 65 percent picked San Diego St. The Bulldogs have more than enough talent to hang with Duke and Kentucky.

Westgate line: Kansas -11

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Kansas

Westgate line: Northern Iowa -7.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Wyoming

Westgate line: Maryland -4

PickCenter consensus pick: 69 percent picked Maryland

Westgate line: Arkansas -6.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Wofford

Tuley: As we’ve all seen over the years, when an underdog is live during March Madness, they often pull the outright upset instead of just covering. Sure, the Super Bowl may take a larger handle than any individual game, but the cumulative number of bets taken during March Madness dwarfs even the mighty beast known as the NFL playoffs.

Tuley: I liked Iowa State last year and was bummed when the Cyclones ran into another hot team that I was in love with (UConn) in the Sweet 16. The Cowboys lost their previous game against Oklahoma and opened as a 1-point favorite against Oregon. Wisconsin is tops in the Big Ten in points allowed, second in free throws, second in field goal shooting and rebound margin. Kansas is at its best in transition, and I would expect it to push the pace and pull New Mexico State along.

ATS pick: Oklahoma St. Georgia was on the bubble and secured its spot in the field by beating South Carolina in the SEC tournament, then sat second-leading scorer Kenny Gaines in the next game against Arkansas. Cyclones vs. No. Spartans vs. Austin +6

Using Sport Insights’ Bet Labs software, we found that tournament favorites that receive less than 50 percent of spread bets have gone 86-65 ATS (+16.24 units won, 10.8 percent ROI) over the past 10 years. Coastal Carolina

Westgate line: Wisconsin -18

PickCenter consensus pick: 65 percent picked Wisconsin

Wunderdog: You know what you’re going to get out of Oklahoma. 12 Buffalo Bulls

Lange: It’s the time of year when identifying the better defensive team in a short-lined game puts you in solid position to cash tickets. The Badgers are 42-20-1 ATS in nonconference games and 20-8-1 ATS in their past 29 neutral-site games. No. Villanova

Belmont plus-16 vs. Besides, a lot of people think the Hoyas are overseeded; in fact, the BPI had them as a No. Texas Southern comes in with 11 straight wins and covered the first two games in the SWAC tourney before winning but failing to cover in the title game, though that was a weird case (their opponent, Southern, was put on probation so the Tigers were going to be going dancing regardless of the outcome).

South | West | Midwest | East South Regional

No. Michigan St. 6 Xavier Musketeers vs. It almost always yields a better payoff, plus it gives you the option along the way to pull out profits or to stop altogether if there’s a key injury or something.

Tuley: Davidson has its best team since Stephen Curry led it to the Elite Eight in 2008, and this team might be even better overall. They also scored a favorable venue with Omaha and a short four-hour drive north from their campus.

Westgate line: Oklahoma -12

PickCenter consensus pick: 56 percent picked Oklahoma

No. John’s Red Storm

No. 6 Providence Friars vs. 14 Albany Great Danes

Cincinnati plus-1 vs. No. 6 SMU Mustangs vs. Coach Mike Brey is 11-3 hitting the under in NCAA tournament games at Notre Dame.

ATS pick: Harvard +8.5*

1. Since Butler left in 2011, the last three Big Dance participants from the Horizon lost by margins of 15, 11 and 20 in the first round.

Westgate line: Ohio St. This addition leads to a 12-2 ATS record with +9.45 units won and a 67.5 percent ROI.

To summarize our handicappers’ best bets (lines are from the Westgate SuperBook as of Tuesday morning):

ATS pick: Oklahoma -12*

Wisconsin minus-18 vs. Furthermore, they’re playing their best basketball of the season right now, winning the Atlantic 10 title, and they will be taking on a turnover-prone Buckeyes team.

ATS pick: Davidson +2*

Lange: From a betting perspective, the Terrapins went from underrated heading into Big Ten play (4-2 ATS start) to overrated after sweeping Michigan State (which went on a 1-8 ATS slide), and then back to underrated following six straight covers heading into the Big Dance. For short-priced dogs, I might just bet only the money line with Davidson plus-120 over Iowa, VCU plus-145 over Ohio State or UCLA plus-150 over SMU, as I’m basically picking them because I believe they will win.

Andrew Lange:

Westgate line: Georgetown -7.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 73 percent picked Eastern Washington

ATS pick: Notre Dame -12

As the spreads get higher, the points are more likely to come into play and I’ll bet a smaller percentage on the money line: Georgia plus-210 over Michigan State and Eastern Washington plus-280 over Georgetown. Iowa

Lafayette plus-23 vs. This isn’t your typical Valpo team, as the Crusaders play at a plodding pace and win with defense (0.94 points per possession allowed). Hammons. The team was 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in their absence. minus-1 vs. No. Virginia

Georgia plus-4.5 vs. 10 Davidson Wildcats

Tuley: This game is a contrast in styles, as St. If Harvard can dictate the pace, the experienced Crimson could pull another upset or at least keep this within the spread.

Selvaggio: Utah (75-1 at CG Technology; 60-1 at Westgate)

The second is specific to this NCAA tournament, with such a huge favorite in Kentucky. They’ve lost two games all year: an OT loss at Arizona and a 3-point loss to BYU, the No. We’ve asked our experienced group of wiseguys, including Dave Tuley, Andrew Lange, Dave Solar, Geoff Kulesa of Wunderdog Sports and Sal Selvaggio what they’re looking at when handicapping the bracket and picking tourney games.

The 10 teams, according to Kornegay, lead bookmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and his staff, that are the most popular teams to wager on as the tourney begins.

ATS pick: Georgia +4.5*

Westgate line: Kentucky -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

Enjoy and good luck.

ATS picks for every game

No. Not one I’m going to overthink here, as Butler is worth a play as an underdog, preferably at plus-2.

Cincinnati plus-1 vs. However, the one thing in Butler’s favor is its ability to win the battle on the boards. 2 Kansas Jayhawks vs. Larry Krystkowiak is one of the best coaches in the game and will hold an advantage over most on the sidelines. -1.5

West Regional

Westgate line: Utah -6

PickCenter consensus pick: 59 percent picked Stephen F. Wyoming made a nice run through the Mountain West Conference to steal a bid, but Northern Iowa has moved beyond that “Cinderella” category into a team that wouldn’t be a shock if it made the Sweet 16 (in fact, an argument could be made that the Panthers should be the No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. O’Brien. 7 Wichita State Shockers vs. And I like the public dog, too. 5 Utah Utes vs. 2 seed Duke last year). The issue is that Northeastern hasn’t faced an offense even remotely close to that of the Irish. Austin team in the first round, but the Utes play a very good brand of basketball that fits the tournament setting.

No.

To be added after the Boise State-Dayton “First Four” game on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Westgate line: Iowa -2

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked Davidson

Westgate line: Texas -1.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 62 percent picked Texas

ATS pick: Stephen F. However, I’ve seen this before where a team sneaks into the tournament and vindicates the selection committee (most notably VCU in 2011). No. 2 Arizona Wildcats vs. 11 Boise St./Dayton winner

No. However, it troubles me that this line is so short (years ago, this would be well into double digits) and I’m just afraid that in the end, Baylor will win out. A lot of NCAA underdogs have used a stellar defense to pull upsets or cover spreads against more athletic teams. Utah can play with anybody sans Kentucky in this field.

Lange: How is either team going to score? Both squads are tremendous at packing the paint, contesting shots and rebounding. The Utes are underseeded by most respected metrics, and the committee didn’t do them any favors matching them up against a tough Stephen F. -12

Tuley: I have two things to say about betting futures.

Pick: over 131

ATS pick: Butler +1.5

Lange: This is a classic case of overachiever (Butler) vs. Offensive rebounding and garbage points are musts for Butler, because Texas is a fairly strong defensive team in the half court. No. Purdue

Notre Dame minus-12 vs. No. The Zags just won the West Coast Conference by winning two games 79-61 and 91-75. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Wunderdog: Northeastern/Notre Dame: under 141

By David Solar, SportsInsights.com

No. The WAC was one of the slowest conferences in the country, with the “fastest” team averaging 61.6 possessions per game in league play. Iowa has a big size advantage, but unless Davidson goes stone cold, I don’t see the Hawkeyes being able to use that enough (at 2 points at a time) to keep up with the Wildcats.

No. You’re going to run into situations in the tournament where hot shooting beats good defense, but in this instance, I want my money on the far more complete basketball team. 7 VCU Rams vs. While managing egos seems to be the largest challenge for NBA coaches, imparting fundamentals and turning five talented individuals into one cohesive unit are just two of the struggles facing college coaches. We all know the Harvard kids are smart, but Crimson have also won opening-round games each of the past two years. UC Irvine has twin towers in 7-6 Mamadou Ndiaye and 7-2 Ioannis Dimakopoulos, but Louisville still has the matchup’s two best players in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell despite all the players the Cardinals have lost. Albany got here by winning the America East, but didn’t step up in competition much. 8 NC State Wolfpack vs. Iowa State

5. 11 Texas Longhorns

ATS pick: Lafayette +23*

Below are the ATS records for every NCAA tournament team this season, along with each team’s SU record and average margin of cover.

ATS pick: Iowa St. Now, it’s a sliding scale. 9 LSU Tigers

No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers vs. 2 Virginia Cavaliers vs.

Eastern Washington plus-7.5 vs. This is a long-winded way of saying that the committee put VCU in at a No. If he’s not fully back in form (and he didn’t look like it in 26 scoreless minutes in the ACC tourney, including a miss on the possible game winner against North Carolina), that opens the door more for the Bruins.

ATS pick: Northern Iowa -7.5

More money hits the market during the NCAA tournament than any other time in the sports betting calendar. Seven-footer  Frank Kaminsky, 6-7 Nigel Hayes and 6-8  Sam Dekker are a handful for any frontcourt and will overmatch Coastal Carolina, whose top rebounder is 6-7 Badou Diagne. I’m not buying this one. However, the Wildcats are only 2-3 ATS when laying 20 points or more, so this seems to be the tipping point. 4 Maryland Terrapins vs. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. 8 San Diego St. When this team was also an underdog in its previous game, the number of past matches is reduced dramatically, but we’re left with a 27-11 ATS record (+14.5 units, 38.2 percent ROI).

ATS pick: Maryland -4

One reason for this phenomenon may be that bettors are used to taking upsets in their brackets, making them more likely to gravitate toward the underdog. NC State is also 31st in the nation in rebounds. To eliminate these teams, we focused solely on teams that won their previous game. 2 Duke in 2008, but this year’s team was 25th in the nation from the floor at 47.6 percent, and won its last seven games, including an upset of Murray State to steal the OVC’s automatic bid. 3 Oklahoma Sooners vs. I don’t think Buffalo will be overwhelmed, as they held halftime leads on the road at Kentucky and Wisconsin, but West Virginia is an extremely hard team for which to prepare. No. Northeastern

Wichita St. The Tigers turned it over 17 times to Auburn’s attacking guards, and this is an equally tough backcourt matchup.

Tuley: Every year, there are a few teams that get snubbed or a few teams that get overseeded or underseeded and cause heated discussions. 10 Indiana Hoosiers

Tuley: This isn’t like one of the Louisville teams we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in recent years, and they look fade-able, but it looks like the committee did the Cardinals a favor with this seeding and matchup. No. The Bulldogs obviously missed him on both ends of the floor, and it probably kept them from winning that game and finishing second in the league tourney to Kentucky. 15 North Dakota St. ACC opponents). If you’re playing any other team and don’t want to parlay game to game (maybe you’re betting in Vegas and won’t be back after the opening weekend), bet the odds to win the regional (see below) instead of the odds to win the whole thing. That worked out well for me, but this year I’m hoping to be able to back Iowa State on a deeper run with Georges Niang & Co. No. Mary’s, Baylor and Colorado State (average loss: 8.8 PPG). Wisconsin is 4-0-1 ATS in its past five NCAA tournament games. Duke

7. Belmont is probably most known for nearly beating No. The reason for this is if your team gets to the Final Four and you want to hedge, you’re gonna be paying a huge price to hedge with Kentucky on the money line.

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Westgate line: Wichita State -6

PickCenter consensus pick: 55 percent picked Wichita St. While bettors overwhelmingly tend to take the favorite during the regular season, the NCAA tournament is a rare time when the public jumps all over the underdog.

Westgate line: North Carolina -8.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 68 percent picked North Carolina

Westgate line: Providence -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick:

No. Purdue

West Virginia minus-4.5 vs. It’s a veteran team, too. But I don’t expect Arizona to rack up a ton of points and run up the score, either. -4.5

PickCenter consensus pick: 70 percent picked Michigan St. 12 seeds against No. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. But for the Aggies, it’s really all we have to go off considering they haven’t played anyone even remotely capable since beating UC Irvine at home in early January.

No. Villanova obviously has the talent edge, but it’s not a size mismatch like we usually see with 1-16 matchups. 15 Belmont Bruins

No. No. It all looks so easy that I hope it’s not one of those things that are too good to be true.

With so few past system picks on the third tier of this system, it’s no surprise that there are no current game matches for the opening-round games. For all of Texas’ length and size, the Longhorns were a solid, but hardly impressive plus-3.9 rebounds per game vs. Austin Lumberjacks

No. John’s will likely stick with its four-guard lineup and push the pace while San Diego State will try to slow it down and control the game with its huge front line — especially compared to SJU with just 6-foot-6 Sir’Dominic Pointer to match up with 6-10 Skylar Spencer, 6-8 Winston Shepard and 6-7 J.J.

To be added after the Hampton/Manhattan “First Four” game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

ATS pick: Texas Southern +21.5*

ATS pick: Baylor -7

Westgate line: Cincy -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 61 percent picked Cincinnati

I think it’s important not to punish NMSU too much for its conference affiliation, as the program recruits well and has been on solid footing throughout the Marvin Menzies era. Wisconsin

6. However, we do have a Tier 2 match on Oklahoma State. As a team, the Huskies shoot 52.9 percent from 2, 38.8 percent from 3 and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. Albany is on an 0-5 ATS run and will get stomped by the talented and well-coached Sooners.

No. As an underdog under Steve Alford, the Bruins are 17-7 hitting the under.

With more than 9.2 quintillion possible NCAA tournament brackets, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Cincinnati chews up tons of clock trying to get the ball in the paint to Octavius Ellis. 12 Wofford Terriers

Coaching is a huge part of any sport, but particularly in college basketball. No. No. 13 Harvard Crimson

Westgate line: Louisville -9

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked UC-Irvine

Westgate line: Duke -TBD

PickCenter consensus pick: TBD

ATS pick: Wisconsin -18*

ATS pick: Eastern Washington +7.5*

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ATS pick: Belmont +16*

Westgate line: Oregon -1

PickCenter consensus pick: 60 percent picked Oregon

No. Anyway, the added rest should help Gaines and put Georgia as a live underdog.

ATS pick: TBD

ATS pick: VCU +2*

During the regular season, a majority of public bettors take the underdog in just 17.65 percent of games; that figure reaches 23.82 percent for the NCAA tournament. The Mountaineers’ success in the “first meetings” in Big 12 play (6-3 SU/ATS) suggests we look their way.

UCLA/SMU: under 134

Westgate line: Michigan St. Whatever the reason, our historical archive reveals a distinct change in public betting behavior.

Tuley: Villanova is for real, and hard to bet against at 24-9 ATS. Kentucky

4. 12 Wyoming Cowboys

ATS pick: Wichita State -6

Wunderdog: Wisconsin got off to a great start this season and hasn’t slowed down. However, this puts Shaka Smart and his VCU program in the underdog role, where they’re more comfortable. 11 UCLA Bruins

Tuley: I’m conflicted on this game. The Terps aren’t built to win by big margins, but this price appears cheap. No. 15 New Mexico St Aggies

Bettors can also use the public betting trends available on ESPN Chalk’s Live Odds page to track favorites receiving less than 50 percent of spread bets.

Wunderdog: NC State is on a nice 6-2 SU run coming into the Big Dance. Northern Iowa

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Teams I would consider: Iowa State at 9-2 to win the South and Baylor at 10-1 to win the West.

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Tuley: I don’t expect Texas Southern to give Arizona too much of a scare as they’re overmatched talent-wise and don’t have a superstar or even a true big man. Tyler Kalinoski was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but he’s far from the lone gunman as Davidson averages more than 10 3-pointers made (hitting at better than 40 percent from long range) and more than 80 points per game. He will not get outcoached. On offense, they are strong in free throw shooting (76 percent), which is always a plus when games are close. 3 Iowa St. 14 Georgia St Panthers

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No. No. Oftentimes, those “snubbed” teams go on to lose right away in the NIT and the “overseeded” teams live up to their billing, while “underseeded” teams put in disappointing showings. In nonconference play, a number of NMSU’s games were in the high 60s to low 70s, possession-wise. No. No. The Cowboys come in off a bad offensive game against Oklahoma, but they are 6-1-1 ATS after scoring fewer than 50 points in their previous game. 4 Georgetown Hoyas vs. 5 (and for good reason), but I think the oddsmakers had this right when they opened Northern Iowa as a 7.5-point favorite.

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Westgate line: Baylor -7

PickCenter consensus pick: 59 percent picked Baylor

UCLA averaged more than 80 points per game at home this season, but just 62.7 on the road — a difference of more than 18 points per game. 4. No. Some will say the Shockers are being punished for losing to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley semifinals. SDSU’s inside game and stubborn defense (the Aztecs allow just 53.1 points per game, ranked second in the nation) should get the job done.

Wunderdog: Defense is key in March and Oklahoma State has it, as the Cowboys finished fourth in the Big 12 in points allowed, and fifth in field goal shooting percentage allowed this season. However, I’m really high on Utah with its inside-outside tandem of guard Delon Wright and 7-foot center Jakob Poeltl, and this number looks a little short (again, because of the support for SFA as an ever-popular No. 13 UC Irvine Anteaters

No. The public has mostly bet against UCLA, as this line opened SMU minus-2 at several books and is up to 3.5 at most books and even 4 at a few as of late Monday night. But fear not: ESPN’s Chalk college basketball betting experts are here to help. Against the spread, I’ll stick with a recommendation on the Lumberjacks plus the points, but I’m not sure I’ll play it myself, so I can’t make it a best bet.

Westgate line: Virginia -16

PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Belmont

Tuley: UCLA’s inclusion by the selection committee was the most vilified decision on Selection Sunday (especially when the Bruins were given a No. LSU

ATS pick: West Virginia -4.5

No. 10 when a lot of people would argue those should be switched. MAC opponents), but struggled to keep opposing teams off the glass. Statistically, the Bulls are fairly sound in the turnover department (15.2 percent vs. This is the best and most balanced Gonzaga team yet, playing in its backyard, so I can’t get on the NDSU bandwagon.

Westgate line: Iowa St. 6 seed instead of a No. Another thing working for the underdog is that Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon is a Nova alumnus and there’s a chance the Wildcats won’t want to embarrass O’Hanlon by running up the score.

Westgate line: Villanova -23

PickCenter consensus pick: 53 percent picked Lafayette

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To be added after the North Florida-Robert Morris “First Four” game on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Westgate line: San Diego St. I don’t see any potential matchup where I’ll be fading them, starting with the opener, as UAB needed the home court to win the Conference USA tournament as the fourth seed to earn its dance ticket. But except for Lawrence Alexander, NDSU is far inferior to the team that nearly made the Sweet 16 last year, and frankly, it wouldn’t be in the field if it hadn’t won the Summit Conference tournament. This team is 18-7-1 ATS after a loss, and 23-9-1 ATS on neutral courts. The Sooners are also on a 10-3 SU run, and are 23rd in the nation in rebounds. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Everyone is buying into the hype of the nation’s leading scorer, Tyler Harvey (22.9 PPG), and that the Eagles get to play in their home state while Georgetown has to travel all the way across the country from the “other” Washington. Indiana is a smoke-and-mirrors team that beat up on the weak and shot its way to wins at home — not a recipe for postseason success. 10 Georgia Bulldogs

ATS pick: TBD

Tuley: This line has risen from 4.5 to 5.5 since wagering opened Sunday night, which isn’t too surprising as everyone knows how MSU coach Tom Izzo gets his teams to improve as the season progresses (and we all saw how the Spartans took Wisconsin to OT in the Big Ten title game). Coastal Carolina

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10 Tips for Betting on Football

“Teams play inspired ball at home. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

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

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.

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor.

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. 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. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets.

8. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

“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. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains.

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. 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. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

3. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

6. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

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. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. 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. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

9. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

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. 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.”

“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.

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. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. “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. 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.”

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

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

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

“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. “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.

So, how much should you bet a game?

7. 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. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. 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). Slim underdogs regularly win outright. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

And where does all that money go?

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs.

10. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

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. 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.

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

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So, how much are we gambling each football season?

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned.

. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. 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. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”

1. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

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. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline.

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. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

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

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. “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. 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.

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game.

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“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon 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.”

4. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump.

“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. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty

Using Reverse Line Movement To Win

This would make Miami +6 the RLM play.

So what causes RLM when the aim of most sportsbooks is to get as close to balanced action on both sides as possible? The answer to this is quite simple: the sharp bettors; the one’s who give sports betting advice. RLM takes place when more money/ sportsbook picks are bet by the small percentage of bettors that are on the unpopular side (the sharps) than is bet by the huge majority of players betting the popular side (the squares). Keep a close eye on Canbet here, as that Australian sportsbook cracked the top five both years.

Thus, following reverse line movements is the same thing a following the smart money. To illustrate, let us say that San Diego Chargers open at -7 over the Miami Dolohins, and over 70 percent of the sports bets placed on the game are on San Diego. We tracked the top five books for each of the pointspread sports for the last two years, as as you can see, this strategy has been profitable in every sport. It should be noted that many fewer MLB games have qualified so far this season (is the whole world using RLM now?), but smaller profits is still profit.Again, these records are for Money Lines only and do not include totals.Finally, NHL sports betting has picked up 148.49 units in two years, and unlike MLB, NHL had four sportsbooks out of the top five gain double-digit units this past season. This is where an important word of caution is in order though. Another important recommendation is to use a slow moving (but reliable) sportsbook. This may enable you to get the stale more favorable sports betting line at the time the reverse line movement hits at the triggering Sportsbook. Keep an eyes on the top five sportsbooks at Sports Insights though, as NCAAF sports betting has been very liquid in that regard, with only one sportsbook (believe it or not, Bodog) finishing in the top five both years.

So what exactly is reverse line movement? RLM takes place when a large majority of bets are on one team, yet the line moves in the opposite direction. The huge problem with this is that the nfl line, ncaaf line or nhl line may have moved too much by that time, and all of the value has been sucked out of the unpopular side.. Last year was a good RLM season for NFL sports betting (45-29, 60.8 percent, +11.91), but two sportsbooks that were in the top five in NFL RLM in both seasons.

The highest two-year winning percentage using RLM from the top five books belongs to College Football, which went 480-341-10, 58.5 percent, +95.10 units. However, instead of the line rising as you might expect, it instead drops to Chargers -6.

College Basketball sports betting was not too shabby either, with a two-year mark of 492-356-22, 58.0 percent, +91.96 units. All of this will be fun to follow (not to mention profitable) when every sport except baseball are going on simultaneously during the winter months.

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So what we recommend is to only use the top five each season for each individual sport (in terms of units won). Carib ruled the roost season at 93-66-9, 58.5 percent, +18.55 units after ABC held the penthouse spot in the 2007-08 season.

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To back this up, our friends over at Prosportsonline.net have tracked the records for games where over 60 percent of the public has been on one side, yet there was reverse line movement of at least one full point from the opening number at the top sportsbooks in NFL, NCAAF, NBA and NCAAB.

The proper way to make a sports bet using reverse line movement is to place your bet as soon as there is an RLM of one full point (or 10 cents in MLB and NHL) off of the opening line. Keep in mind that NCAAB was the most liquid sport in terms of top-five sportbooks however, with not a single sportsbook making the top five both years. Sure, using this approach leaves open the possibility of the line turning around and moving back against you, but as you will see in bit, betting as soon as an RLM qualifies has been profitable in every major North American sport such as the last two seasons, so if one line turns around, so be it. The records quoted below are based on the bets being made at the triggering books, so beating the move by a half-point or a few cents now and then would actually make your record even better.

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Also, games where over 60 percent of the public are on one side, yet there is reverse line movement of at least 10 cents on the Money Line from the opening number at the top five sportsbooks in MLB and NHL sports betting has also been profitable. Note that these records are for sides only and do not include totals.

The NFL sports betting is generally considered the toughest sport to beat, yet blindly following this method produced an exceptional 59.2 percent win rate last season, improving the two year record to 328-249-12, 56.8 percent, +59.06 units. Furthermore, they list the RLM records for many individual sportsbook, making it easy to spot which books this system is working at and which books it may be best to ignore.

Now do the sharps win every single time? Absolutely not! However, they are right more often than they are wrong, so being on the same side as the sharps is a prudent strategy over the long run, and again, the best thing is that there in absolutely no conventional sports handicapping necessary..

NBA sports betting has the lowest two-year five-book RLM winning percentage among the 11/10 sports, but then again, every gambler in the world would kill to go 382-301-9, 55.9 percent, +48.90 units, and the 57.5 percent win rate this past season is nothing to sneeze at. Quite a few RLM followers watch the moves until almost game time, and then bet accordingly

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Do Horse Racing Betting Systems Work? by Martin Blacksheep

In the limited space I have available in this article there’s no way I can fully convince you about how much you can learn from this guys betting system. What he’s referring to is consistently profiting week after week and year after year from punting. He lays the complete betting system out before you, why bet on favorites and why for a place? The answer… What you end up with is a set of very secure favorites that have an extremely high chance of winning. The guy shows you how he maintained a win strike rate of 89.52% and a place strike rate of 96.35% using his own betting system.

He then put these horses through a set of betting system simple rules to eliminate any risks they may be carrying. The twist is, you don’t even bet for a win! By betting for a place only you dramatically increase the odds in your favor. I recently came across Mohammed Ali’s Betting system, How to ‘Place Bets’ on Favorites for a Living. This is a betting system that really delivers.

If you want to be shown a step-by-step outline of exactly how you can use Ali’s betting system, How to ‘Place Bets’ on Favorites for a Living, to consistently earn an income from horse racing betting, then head on over to the website at http://www.horsebetpro.com

Don’t get me wrong. For a betting system, believe me, that’s pretty revolutionary! . Its safe, quick and easy… Few betting systems deliver on what they promise. Does anyone really have the spare time to do this consistently? Call me lazy but why make things hard for yourself betting on hard to pick non favorites when you can very, very easily profit from the favorites!

So the Horse racing betting system in a nutshell goes something like this:-

First off all let me clarify something, when he talks about making money from horse racing betting, he’s not talking about a few freak or lucky wins in a month. I can say in all honesty that as a former frustrated punter it is well worth the time checking out this information. I’ve been ripped off before with horse racing betting systems so I understand exactly where you’re coming from. The word here is lucky, in the long run they will certainly lose money.

Let me assure you that the betting system is written in plain English and it’s easy enough for a 11 year old to use. Ok now don’t go all skeptical on me at this point. Also why place betting on favorites is the safest and easiest way to profit from horse racing betting. You’ve sent away for stuff that never quite reached you, or you bought something and it didn’t live up to its expectations. It is theoretically possible to make a consistent profit on investing in high priced non favorites at the track. The majority of punters that lose money on horse racing try to make big sums of money from just a few dollars. Its simply a matter of consistently following the betting system.

Horse Racing Betting Systems – Do they Work?

Ali’ betting system can be applied to any gallop horse race in the world. it’s so easy that at times it feels almost unfair. Doing it this way is going to take you 18 hours a day of research just to figure out which horses may produce the goods. Plus it takes only 10-20 minutes to use on any race day. When you bet on well priced non-favorites, you are effectively betting against the odds. Most never even try a betting system, something which is essential to actually make a consistent profit on horse betting.

He answers the questions of why place betting on favorites is simply the quickest way to profit from horse racing betting. However investing on certain favorites that have passed a set of Ali’s betting system rules will definitely set the odds in your favor in a very big way!

Everyone knows that the favorites have a high chance of winning a race right? What Ali’s system does is to select only certain types of favorites that have even a much higher chances of winning.

There are lots of so called Horse Racing betting systems out there. Occasionally they will get lucky and succeed. With How to ‘Place Bets’ on Favorites for a Living , you don’t need any prior horse betting or statistics knowledge. Its already been extensively used in America, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, UK and most of Europe for over 13 years by thousands of people

Mother of Chris Noth, TV journalist Jeanne Parr, dies at 92

Noth, who’s been in “Law & Order” and “The Good Wife,” said that his mother “lived fiercely with courage and love. Parr worked in television news in Wisconsin and Connecticut and appeared on the game show “What’s My Line,” catching the attention of a producer for CBS in New York. She was 92.

. Parr, a former television correspondent in New York and mother of actor Chris Noth, has died. She never accepted anything less than her dreams.”

Photos: Stars we’ve lost in recent years

Parr died Friday in Hawaii, where she lived after retirement, Noth’s publicist said on Tuesday. She came to New York to work as a weather correspondent for the local CBS affiliate, eventually becoming a news correspondent there.

She wrote a book, “The Superwives,” about the spouses of athletes, and produced documentaries.

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Thiel Foundation Announces 2016 Thiel Fellows

Varden’s technology has been used to transport thousands of people, more

than any other autonomous vehicle company in the US.

Panashe Mahachi (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada / Mountain View, CA)

Lace

Labs

Government Technology

Panashe is

co-founder of Lace, a marketplace for cities and other municipalities to

find and purchase cutting-edge software. Our message may have seemed

odd four or five years ago–some found it blasphemous to question how

well American higher education was working, and to suggest

entrepreneurship as an alternative path–but today even the colleges are

waking up; top schools are creating their own incubators, crafting more

flexible stop-out policies, and even raising venture capital funds. By leveraging the power of ocean currents to

concentrate and extract plastic waste, The Ocean Cleanup is orders of

magnitude more efficient than traditional approaches that rely on boats

and nets.

. He is now working on Quizr, a sports betting

application that launches in Europe in late 2016.

Anthony Zhang (Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Mountain View, CA)

EnvoyNow

Local

Delivery

Anthony is CEO and co-founder of EnvoyNow, a last-mile

food delivery service focusing on colleges and universities. Introducing the 2016 Thiel Fellows

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Thiel Foundation today accepted 29 new members into the 2016 class

of Thiel Fellows. AppHub’s mission is to empower engineers by eliminating

tedious and redundant, time-consuming work.

Pamela Valdes Esteva (Mexico City, Mexico)

Beek

Social

Networking

Pamela is co-founder and CEO of Beek, a social

network for millennial book lovers.

This year’s cohort was selected from more than 6,000 applications

received from around the world.

Grace Xiao & Raul Jordan (Cambridge, MA)

Kynplex

Communication

Software

Grace and Raul are co-founders of Kynplex, a startup

that provides communication tools for scientific laboratories. NeoReach is currently used by industry giants such as

Wal-Mart, Amazon, and NBC.

Thiel Fellows receive mentorship and guidance from current and former

fellows, as well as from the Thiel Foundation’s network of technology

entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists.

Cosmo Scharf (Los Angeles, CA)

The Virtual Reality

Foundation and Visionary VR

Virtual Reality

Cosmo

co-founded The Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit organization

that produces the world’s largest event showcasing virtual reality

technology, VRLA Expo, as well as The Proto Awards, the premier

celebration for recognizing virtual reality content. By

connecting the fragmented world of scientific research, Kynplex aims to

accelerate the pace of discovery.

Brian Truong (Boston, MA)

HelloToken

Enterprise

Software

Brian is CEO and co-founder of HelloToken, a company

that enables digital publishers to earn up to 10x more for their content

by posing simple market research questions to readers instead of serving

ads. Revlo makes it easy for

broadcasters to interact with all their fans and monetize them.

Henry Hu (Hong Kong / San Francisco)

Cafe X

Food

Technology, Automation

A native of Beijing, Henry Hu is CEO and

co-founder of Cafe X, which designs, manufactures, and operates

automated robotic cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in 10 seconds.

“In the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic change in the way young

people approach their potential,” said Jack Abraham, Executive Director

of the Thiel Fellowship.

Young people now have more options than ever.”

Aditya Agarwalla (New Delhi, India)

Kisan Network

Agriculture

Marketplace

Aditya is co-founder of Kisan Network, an online

marketplace for the $200 billion Indian agricultural ecosystem. Poirier (Montreal)

Retinad

Virtual

Reality; Gaming

Samuel is co-founder and CEO of Retinad, the

preeminent analytics platform for virtual reality apps. The fellowship provides young people with $100,000 to

learn by doing rather than by following conventional paths like college. To date, Equidate

has helped thousands of employees at private companies sell portions of

their stock to accredited investors in the absence of an IPO or

corporate sale.

Jesse Leimgruber (San Francisco)

NeoReach

Marketing

Technology

Jesse founded and runs NeoReach, a startup

developing influencer marketing technology for Fortune 1000 brands and

their agencies. Their wholesome, slow-simmered bone broth is available at select

Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market locations, and several online

retailers.

Joey Levy (New York)

Quizr

Sports

Gaming

Joey founded Draftpot, a daily fantasy sports platform,

from his dorm room in 2014. Retinad helps

developers create better VR content with tools such as heat maps and

user emotional tracking so that consumers can enjoy a more immersive,

personalized virtual reality experience.

The Thiel Foundation supports science, technology, and long-term

thinking about the future. “Many are applying to the program with one or

two companies already under their belts–they’ve become successful

founders before they can even buy a beer. Local governments are

increasingly interested in innovation; the Lace platform helps municipal

staff to build smarter cities.

Matt Arbesfeld (Cambridge, MA)

AppHub

Developer

Tools

Matt co-founded AppHub, a company that builds tools that

let app developers deploy and update software applications easily and

instantly. In turn, HelloToken has created an engine for real-time contextual

research across millions of people.

Megan Grassell (Jackson Hole, WY)

Yellowberry

Apparel

Megan

founded Yellowberry in high school when she realized that tween girls

like her younger sister lacked age-appropriate options when buying their

first bras. BioMetrix is pushing the limits of connected

technology and insight-driven intelligence with a simple, skin-adhered

sensor. Three years later, Yellowberry has pioneered a new approach

to this market, and has expanded beyond bras to underwear, loungewear,

and activewear.

Samuel F.

“This has been proven true–by the successes of our past fellows, by the

new applications we get every year, and by the growing numbers of young

people who are creating their own career paths outside of college, with

or without a fellowship from us.”

Ivonna Dumanyan (Kherson, Ukraine / Durham, NC)

BioMetrix

Wearable

Performance Technology; Artificial Intelligence

Ivonna is

co-founder and CEO of BioMetrix, a wearable platform for injury

prediction and prevention. Through a

workforce of students who live on campus, EnvoyNow makes delivery

direct-to-dorm room, direct-to-lecture hall, and direct-to-study nook

faster and more accurate than mapping software-based delivery services

can achieve.

Alex Rodrigues (Calgary, Alberta / Mountain View, CA)

Varden

Labs

Autonomous Vehicles

Alex is CEO of Varden

Labs, a startup developing self-driving shuttles for private campuses. The system evaluates athlete movement to identify injury risk

factors and inform smarter training.

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Luke Sophios (San Diego)

CourseKey

Education

Technology

Luke is founder and CEO of CourseKey, a software

company that allows teachers to leverage the devices that their students

are already bringing to class – laptops, tablets, and smartphones – to

instantly create a more interactive, engaging “smart classroom”.

Matthew Salsamendi & James Boehm (Seattle, WA)

Beam

Social

Gaming

Matt and James co-founded Beam, an interactive

live-streaming platform for gamers. Lunar Labs aims to bring online the 64 million

Americans–and then billions more worldwide–that don’t yet own a

smartphone.

Joey Krug (Knoxville, IL)

Augur

Prediction

Markets

Joey is building the world’s first decentralized

prediction market platform. For more information, see thielfoundation.org.

Eva Shang (Cambridge, MA)

Legalist

Legal

Analytics

Eva is co-founder of Legalist, a legal analytics and

alert platform that helps lawyers keep track of new developments in case

law so that they can represent their clients more effectively.

“We launched the fellowship in 2011 to test a simple thesis: college

isn’t right for everyone–especially for young people who want to create

new things,” said Blake Masters, President of the Thiel Foundation. Kisan

enables farmers to sell their produce directly to institutional buyers

using a smartphone, rather than going through the physical marketplace

dominated by middlemen.

Christian Owens (London)

Paddle.com

Software

Christian

is the founder and CEO of Paddle.com, which builds infrastructure for

software companies to help companies deal with complex issues such as

payments, taxes, localization, and analytics.

Sohail Prasad (Plano, TX / San Francisco)

Equidate

Financial

Technology

Sohail is the founder and co-CEO of Equidate, a

secondary marketplace for shares in private companies. Augur is built on the Ethereum blockchain

and allows users to forecast events and be rewarded for predicting them

correctly.

Lexi Smith (Boston)

Carewell

Health IT

Lexi

is co-founder of Carewell, an intelligent caregiving platform that helps

caregivers take care of loved ones with dementia by using wearable

devices to learn the smartest ways to provide personalized care.

To date, companies created by Thiel Fellows are together worth more than

$1.4 billion.

James Sun (Toronto, Canada)

Revlo

Social

Gaming

James is co-founder and CEO of Revlo, a fan engagement

platform for the game broadcaster Twitch. Beek casts aside sterile 5-star

rating systems and lets users discuss and react to books while they are

actually reading them.

Hunter Rosenblume & Rohith Varanasi (Detroit, MI)

Lunar

Labs

Telecommunications

Hunter and Rohith

co-founded Lunar Labs, a startup that sells smartphones with no monthly

contracts and pay-as-you-go data on a per-app basis starting at just

pennies per day. Beam lets viewers of live-streamed

video game sessions get involved in the game, influencing gameplay in

real time.

Nick Mares (San Francisco)

Kettle & Fire

Food

Nick

co-founded Kettle & Fire with his brother to bring to market the world’s

first shelf-stable bone broth made from grass-fed, pasture-raised

cattle. He is also the

co-founder of Visionary VR, a venture-backed startup building software

for creating stories using virtual reality.

Boyan Slat (Delft, The Netherlands)

The Ocean Cleanup

Environmental

Technology

Boyan founded and runs The Ocean Cleanup, a

non-profit organization that develops technologies to rid the world’s

oceans of plastic