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Bookies Speculate on New England Patriots’ Chances without Star Quarterback Tom Brady

NFL free betThe NFL season begins next week and one of the most interesting NFL bets is on how the Patriots will fare in their first four games without Tom Brady.

Brady was given a four game suspension last spring for the so-called Deflategate controversy.

“Since the Patriots’ star quarterback got suspended for the first four games of the regular season it’ll be interesting to see how they will perform without him,” noted an Intertops Sportsbook  oddsmaker, “The pressure’s really on their backup QB, Jimmy Garoppolo.”

“We ran a Madden NFL 17 simulation of the Patriots’ first four games without suspended quarterback Tom Brady,” wrote Will Brinson, a senior writer at CBS Sports.  “New England didn’t do very well with Brady suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo starting. Garoppolo himself wasn’t terrible, but the Patriots finished 1-3 during their first four games of the season.”

New England Patriots vs Arizona Cardinals is one of 13 games being played Sunday, September 11.  Odds on the Patriots first game of the season are currently Patriots +5.5@-110.

The Broncos are also a big question this season now that Peyton Manning has retired.  The 2016 NFL season opens September 8th when the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.  Current odds have the Broncos at +3@-110.

It’s early days yet but oddsmakers favor the Seattle Seahawks (+750) to win the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston next February.  The New England Patriots (+800) and Carolina Panthers (+950) are also looking good.


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Bookmakers Like Tar Heels Chances of Winning College Basketball Championship

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North Carolina is favored, Syracuse is underdog in Final Four showdown in Houston this weekend.

The maddest season of the sporting year reaches its climax this weekend with America’s top four college hoops teams battling it out for the national championship title in Houston. Just one number one seed has survived the usual carnage of the four Regional tournaments, but does North Carolina now have what it takes to go all the way? Intertops Sportsbook bookmakers see the Tar Heels (+110) on top of the pile, but Villanova (+250) and Oklahoma (+300) are still right there in the mix. Syracuse (+1000), seeded 10 in the Midwest Region,  is the obvious underdog, but anything is possible at the NRG Stadium.

“Syracuse has been the big surprise of the tourney so far and we have seen plenty of interest in a semifinal upset win over UNC,” said an Intertops Sportsbook manager. “You never know, we might all be seeing Orange after Monday’s final – it’s March Madness, after all!”

Intertops adds to the hoops excitement by offering its customers $50 free bets for their picks on Facebook. They simply have to post their tip to win the Final Four before the first game gets underway and wager in the sportsbook to qualify.  The prize draw will take place after the champion has been crowned on Monday.

The world’s first online sportsbook will also reward its customers for wagering on Monday’s Championship Game with an attractive $100 free bet promotion. Details will be posted on the website on the big day.


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March Madness Down to Final Four

 

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Over the weekend the Elite Eight narrowed the US college basketball field to the Final Four.   On Saturday, Villanova will take on Oklahoma at 3:00 pm PST and UNC will battle Syracuse at 6:00 pm PST.

BettingInstinct will have a preview and predictions from UK NCAA blogger Cathal Laughren later this week.

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Underdog Hunches Can Pay Big Time during March Madness Betting

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March Madness is biggest online sportsbetting event of the year.

There’s a reason they call it March Madness — it’s the absolute craziest betting period of the year!  People that don’t often bet on sports bet on U.S. college basketball. Super Bowl may be the biggest single betting event of the year, but way more money is bet on NCAA college basketball.  Selection Sunday saw Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia handed the top seeds in the four Regional tournaments, but anything is possible as the best teams in the country battle it out for glory in the weeks ahead.

“We have seen a huge amount of action from the moment our March Madness lines were posted,” said the sportsbook manager at Intertops. “It’s the time of year when many recreational punters decide to try their luck — a correct hunch on one of the underdogs can provide very tasty winnings. It’s not called March Madness for nothing!”

Anything could happen on the basketball courts, but Intertops customers know they’ll be well taken care of.  The world’s first online sportsbook has a reputation for providing exciting promotions for all major sporting events and March Madness is no exception.

“We know a perfect bracket is very unlikely to be cracked, but that doesn’t mean that our players are left empty-handed. The cash prize will then be shared equally between the 25 customers with the most correct picks,” added the manager.

In the UK, writers at The Guardian predict that Duke will be out early, that Michigan’s Valentine will be a star of the tournament and that Michigan State will take the title.

NCAA forum users like Kansas to beat Michigan State in the championship game.

Jon Hale at USA Today predicts that Kentucky will take it all.

“The Wildcats had the perfect team last season, entering the NCAA tournament 34-0 and chasing the first undefeated season since 1976. But Wisconsin stunned Kentucky in the Final Four and busted brackets everywhere — showing the cold reality that the single-elimination NCAA tournament isn’t kind to even the most dominant of teams. So how outrageous would it be if John Calipari’s far-less talented Wildcats won the national championship in 2016? Wouldn’t that be wild? It’s actually not that far off.”

Ricky O’Donnell at SB Nation thinks Kansas vs. Oklahoma round three would be incredible and that Michigan State’s shooting advantage over UNC will get them into the national semifinal.  He thinks it’ll be Michigan State over Kansas in the title game, giving Tom Izzo another title.

Which teams do YOU think will make the Final Four?!

 

Panthers may be going into Thanksgiving undefeated… but Tony Romo is back!

NFL Thanksgiving betsAs American sports fans prepare for a four day weekend of football and food, the Carolina Panthers are hoping to give their fans a real Turkey Day treat with yet another win in Dallas.  Thanksgiving Day betting is always heavy and this game – one of three NFL games on Thursday — is seeing a whole lot of action. 

“The Panthers are still undefeated, but Tony Romo just returned from an injury,” noted one Intertops’ bet manager.  “The win at Miami after 7 straight losses in Romo’s absence has kept Dallas’ slim playoff hopes alive, but can the Cowboys stop the still-perfect Panthers, that’s the question.”

“Cam Newton’s career-high 5 TD passes against Washington showed that he has no intention of letting up with a perfect season in his sights.”

On Thanksgiving Day both QBs will be keen to use their arm and if one of them throws for over 300 yards in the game, Intertops Sportsbook customers betting on “Total Team Points” get losing stake back.

Along with pages of other NFL bets this holiday weekend, Intertops Sportsbook has the Carolina Panthers as an early one-point favorite over the Dallas Cowboys.

“That could change by Thursday, of course,” reminded the Intertops bookie.  “It could easily move a point either way.”

Breeders Cup is Last Race for Legendary American Pharoah

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After becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah joined the ranks of Secretariat and Seabiscuit as one of the most legendary race horses of all time.  He returns to Kentucky, the state of his birth, to finish his triumphant racing career tomorrow in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

Then, like all great champions, he begins his new life as a stallion.

The Breeders’ Cup only began in 1984, making American Pharoah the first Triple Crown winner to run it. In the Classic, he will be facing his elders for the first time, coming off a two-month layoff, and racing a demanding 1 1/4 miles on a track he’s never raced before.

Following tomorrow’s race, American Pharoah goes to stud. That’s some carrot! Perhaps the thought of retirement will spur him on to one more victory!

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Intertops Sportsbook has American Pharoah at -120 in Breeder’s Cup odds posted October 31, 2015

Las Vegas sportsbooks report heavy losses over Sunday’s NFL opening

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After several popular favorites covered the spread this weekend, Las Vegas sportsbooks say they’ve never had such a bad NFL opening Sunday. Sportsbooks usually do quite well on the first Sunday of the NFL regular season.  Last year in Week 1, underdogs covered the spread in 10 of 13 games.

The underdog Giants covered against the Cowboys in a 27-26 loss, which helped the books. However after the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins both covered the day was already a loss.

The St. Louis Rams, who took the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime, were a popular pick among savvy bettors. Some books had 2.5 times more money on the Rams. Ouch!

Although the season started off a little rocky for most, Nevada sportsbooks won an all-time high of $114 million on football in 2014.  So they don’t need our sympathy!

The journey to Super Bowl 50 has begun

Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski scored the first two touchdowns of the 2015 NFL season over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Patriots beat the Steelers 28-21 and with that, the NFL regular season for 2015 and the journey to Super Bowl 50 have officially begun!

Coast-to-coast celebrations before the game featured Ellie Goulding and Train performing at the site of Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

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Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 7th, 2016. Online sportsbooks like AllYouBet Sportsbook offer competitive odds on all regular season games and have already taken a huge amount of bets on who will win the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy.

When asked for their Super Bowl predictions, bookmakers say they like the Packers’ and Colts’ chances of making it to the Super Bowl this time around.  It’s early days of course, but the Eagles, Seahawks and Ravens are also considered contenders.

NFL bets on RGIII and PAT seeing pre-season sportsbook action

RGIII Robert GriffinThe 2015 NFL season begins tomorrow when the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots play the Week 1 opener.  American football has seen a lot of action at online sportsbooks where they’ve taken thousands of bets on pre-season predictions. One of the most popular NFL bets has been “RGIII: Team for the 2016 season”.

“Robert Griffin III wasn’t picked as the starting QB for the Redskins this season – the spot was given to Kevin Cousins –  after Griffin suffered a concussion in Week 2 of the preseason,” noted an Intertops bookmaker.  “When RGIII was drafted in 2012, he was one of the most anticipated Rookies in the NFL, but several injuries led to today’s situation and to some experts saying that he should make a move to get his career back on track.”

Another bets that’s been active is “Regular Season PAT Success Rate – Over/Under 95.5%” following a recent NFL rule change that moves the ball for the extra point field goal or “PAT” (Point after Touchdown) from the two yard line to the fifteen yard line.

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The NFL Isn’t going to like Will Smith’s new movie, Concussion

NFL won't like Concussion movie with Will SmithThe NFL isn’t going to like the new movie Concussion starring Will Smith that opens in December.  The trailer shows that Dr. Bennet Omalu is portrayed as a brave pathologist and that the NFL is shown as the looming corporate power that will do anything to stop him from revealing the truth.

It’s rumoured that the studio wanted the movie softened to avoid complaints from the NFL.

Director and script writer Peter Landesman maintains that they did not cower to the NFL but did remove scenes that the NFL may have attacked them for.

The NFL is accused of knowingly allowing players to be repeatedly injured, sustaining debilitating brain damage.  This movie, with a star like Will Smith, will give voice to the doctor that brought the situation to public attention.