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NFL Betting Tips

NFL American football betting tipsWith the beginning of the NFL season just a couple of weeks away it’s time for those who bet on sports to come up with a strategy for the season.  CasinoCity published the first part of a three part article on the subject today. Their “Top Ten tips for Degenerate NFL Bettors” includes “Don’t bet on Andy Dalton at #9 and, my personal favorite (at number 3 on the list): Don’t blow your whole bank roll in week one!

For more NFL betting tips read Dan Podheiser’s full NFL Betting Preview.

Check back here next week when our own NFL blogger, Francis Kelly, looks at NFL rookies to watch this season.

 

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Teamwork will make the dream work for Golden State

NBA Golden State Seth CurryBasketball and statistics have forever been bedfellows. For decades, box scores showed each player’s basic stats: minutes, field goals attempted (and made), free throws attempted (and made), fouls, rebounds, assists and points. Those numbers, while almost entirely focused on the offensive end of the court, were able to give a rudimentary overview of a player’s basketball efficiency. Nowadays, as befits our modern sporting landscape, statistical evaluation of a player is suitably advanced and wide-ranging. Rather than cold, hard numbers, tallied by someone sitting at the side of the court, equations and algorithms conspire to give a more analytical, mathematical assessment of the production of NBA players and teams.

Such analytics will tell you that the 2014/15 Golden State Warriors are one of the best NBA teams of all time, and heavy favourites to win the NBA Finals against the narrative-laden Cleveland Cavaliers. They are accurate assessments that reflect the strength of this team, and they are more than enough to persuade someone to bet on the Warriors to win the title (as I did in January with the price still 6-1). But ultimately, this team must be seen to be believed, and that’s why I insist that anyone reading watches the NBA Finals, especially those who have perhaps seen a bit of NBA action but ‘didn’t think it was for them’.

The Warriors are led by the league’s MVP Steph Curry, as exhilarating on the court as Lionel Messi is on the pitch, while equally as humble (and much more entertaining) off it. The comparisons continue: like Messi, Curry is no maverick, privileging team ethic and hard work over individual glory or ego. Yet crucially, and just like the mesmerising Messi, Curry has both the remit and the ability to blow the minds of spectators and boggle those of opponents, to make blink veteran viewers who think they have seen it all, and, this season more than ever, the skinny kid with the weak ankles (who must also be known as the Greatest Shooter of All Time) has done so again and again. It’s not just about Curry. The Warriors have wheeled, dealed and drafted their way into just about the strongest, deepest roster that is feasibly possible in a salary-capped league. They have two former All Stars coming off the bench, for goodness sake.

Of course, since LeBron James hit the peak of his powers in 2007, his mere presence on a team has been enough to take it to the NBA Finals on six out of nine occasions. The best player since Michael Jordan, LeBron is still operating at a completely transcendent level in all aspects of the game, and the ridiculously simple advantage of ‘having LeBron’ cannot be under-estimated, nor perhaps quantified. Unfortunately, with a supporting cast of teammates that often seem to find themselves wearing casts, LeBron’s current level of basketball – which both basic and advanced statistics will tell you represents potentially the best NBA post-season performance of all-time – will still not be enough to take himself, and his hometown team, to glory. LeBron’s unrivalled set of skills and will to win should be enough to avoid a sweep, but despite the cult of the individual often taking precedence within the media, basketball is, of course, a team game, and as one of the best teams of all time, I expect the Golden State Warriors to win the series either 4-1, or 4-2.

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Ali Maxwell sports betting blogger

ALI MAXWELL is about to graduate with a degree in French, and is looking to enter the world of Broadcasting and Sports Media, specifically focusing on basketball and English and European football (soccer). Follow him on Twitter.

Matchbook on the ball with charity football tournament

Right_To_Play_MatchbookMatchbook, the leading sports betting exchange, is supporting a corporate charity football tournament this Wednesday, June 3, at Stamford Bridge – the west London home of newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea FC.

Matchbook is sponsoring the Plate Trophy at the Right To Play World Cup – an event that raises money for sports and play activities that teach youngsters from around the world essential life skills to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease.

The tournament will feature 24 teams of up to 12 players each competing in five-a-side and then seven-a-side group games before an 11-a-side final takes place on the famous pitch.

Matchbook’s senior campaign manager, Danielle Desroches, said: “Through our sponsorship, we are supporting 1,000 extra children taking part in Right To Play programmes twice a week for a whole year.”

Desroches said that the sponsorship of the good cause tallies with Matchbook’s core values – namely to deliver the purest betting experience to the customer, with low commission rates, attractive odds and high volume liquidity.

“Every day at Matchbook we strive to deliver the best betting experience to our community of sports lovers, by committing to our goal of giving you more,” Desroches added. “On June 3, through our support of the Right To Play World Cup, we want to give more to those who need it most.

“As an organisation that experiences the importance that sports can play in everyone’s lives, we have a responsibility to ensure everyone can experience those joys.”

Members of the public, as well as the families of those competing, are invited to attend the event.

Can Spartans upset top US college basketball teams?

Underdog Spartans could beat Kentucky in college basketballEven though the Kentucky Wildcats have been a strong favorite to win the US college basketball championship in Indianapolis since March Madness began, bookmakers say there’s been a surprising number of people betting on the underdog Michigan Spartans to win.   Why is that?

It’s partly because you stand to win a helluva lot more if you get lucky on an underdog. There’s not a lot of money to be made on an obvious favorite. But perhaps more people, deep down, identify more with underdogs than with favorites.

By Tuesday it’ll be a done deal.  For now, it’s anyone’s game.  Well, it’s the Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Duke Blue Devils or maybe even Michigan Spartans game.

“The Wildcats first have to beat the Wisconsin Badgers. That could be harder than they think,” said the sportsbook manager at AllYouBet.  “Meanwhile, Michigan State takes on Duke.  I say, if Tom Izzo can get his number 7 seed team this far it’s certainly possible the Spartans could go all the way. A lot of guys that bet on them early seem to think so!”

AllYouBet sportsbook has attractive odds on the semi-final and final games this weekend. Kentucky, at -149, is currently favored to win the championship on Monday with Wisconsin at +450, Duke +325 and the Spartans are +800. (Odds as of today are subject to change.) Bonuses and a free bet offer continue through the weekend.

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US college basketball: 3 no. 1 seeds, 1 dangerous underdog

US college basketball betting Intertops SportsbookI wish I could tell you who to bet on as the Final Four finals in US college basketball take place this weekend in Indianapolis.  But even though the field has been narrowed down from 96 to the Final Four, it’s still a tough call.  The Kentucky Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils – three number one seeds and one dangerous underdog.  Anybody’s game.

The Kentucky Wildcats began as the obvious but the Wisconsin  Badgers have looked good in the tourney so far and there is no reason why they couldn’t eliminate their rival early. Michigan State and Duke is  a battle between two of the highest-profile coaches in the game. Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski, each capable of taking their boys to victory.

Final Four bets at Intertops Sportsbook“Our players really know their hoops,” said the sportsbook manager at Intertops Sportsbook. “We’ve had some heavy action on the Spartans to surprise in the South from the word go. Many customers who bet on Michigan State to win it all at odds of +5000 will be facing a nail-biting Easter weekend now!”

“Early upsets mean that none of our customers had a perfect March Madness bracket, but the $25,000 prize we put up will be split between the top 25 entries.”

Intertops is running a Final Four Free Bet contest on its Facebook page.  Post your tip and you could win a $100 free bet.


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To win outright:
Kentucky -150
Duke +325
Wisconsin +450
Michigan State +800
(Today’s odds are subject to change.)


Even for Top Seeded US College Basketball Teams, One March Madness Loss Can Mean its Over

US college basketball betting in March MadnessAs US college basketball competition begins in earnest this week, it comes as no surprise that the University of Kentucky is the overall No. 1 seed in the Midwest as Kansas hangs on to a No. 2 seed despite losing in the Big 12 title game. In the East, The Cleveland Cavaliers ended up at No. 2 in what could be a very unpredictable bracket. Duke is the favorite in the South but  Gonzaga and Iowa State could yet have a word or two to say about that. When a single loss means it’s all over, no one should get too comfortable.

It’s early days, but at this point Kentucky (+120) is favored to win the Championship on April 6th in Indianapolis followed by Wisconsin and Arizona (both +700).

AllYouBet, an American-style online sportsbook, has attractive odds on all NCAAB championship games as well as a couple of great March Madness bonus offers.

Until April 7th, AllYouBet is adding an extra 50% bonus (up to $100) to all deposits. Basketball bettors can claim this sportsbetting bonus by entering coupon code MMBONUS15 when they deposit. Everyone that wagers a minimum of $1000 on the Final Four will receive a $100 Free Bet on April 8th.

As March Madness Begins, Early Wagering Suggests Notre Dame and Gonzaga Could be Teams to Watch

March madness bonuses and bracket contestWith Selection Sunday behind us US college basketball betting is picking up at online sportsbooks this week.  64 teams are competing in regional tournaments hoping to be one of the Final Four that goes to Indianapolis April 6th.  Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin and Villanova are all top seeds, but it’s early days. Anything can and does happen during March Madness.

“At 34-0 for the season Kentucky is obviously the best in the country and quite possibly the best college basketball team we’ve seen in many years,” observed the sportsbook manager at Intertops Sportsbook.  “Outside of the top four, early wagering would indicate that Notre Dame and Gonzaga could be teams to watch.

So, it’s Bracket Week.  Got it all figured out already? Intertops Sportsbook will pay $25,000 for a perfect bracket – 63 correct picks. Entries can only be accepted up to the start of the second round games on March 19th, so you don’t have long to make your selections.  If you wager $1,000 or more there, be sure to  claim your $100 Hoops Free Bet on Monday, March 30th.


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Intertops  will add 20% to one deposit (available until March 25th only).


MVP is Popular Pre-season NFL Bet with Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers Seeing Most Action

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‘MVP’ and ‘Playoff Contender’s popular pre-season NFL bets

The NFL regular season may not start until next week but online sportsbooks are already seeing lots of NFL betting action. One of the hottest bets so far is on MVP. Favorites Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are seeing the most action.

“Naturally we are seeing lots of action in the ‘To Win Super Bowl’ market, with the Seahawks (+550) favored to go back-to-back,” said AllYouBet’s oddsmaker. “We have also seen huge volume in the MVP market, with Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers getting a lot of the action.”

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NFL Bet — MVP Odds

Peyton Manning +225
Aaron Rodgers +600
Drew Brees +650
Tom Brady +1000
Andrew Luck +1800
Russel Wilson +2200
Jay Cutler +2500

NFL odds are quoted by AllYouBet.ag and subject to change.

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Another NFL bet that’s getting lots of action so far is Who Will Make the NFL Playoffs? American-style sportsbook AllYouBet.ag favors the Denver Broncos (-714) and New England Patriots (-500) Last season’s Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, can be backed at -400.

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The regular season begins next Thursday, September 4th when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, and both will hope to still be in the mix in February when Super Bowl XLIX comes to Arizona.

 

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The Gamblogger gambling blogLARRY COLCY (TheGamblogger) is one of the editors of BettingInstinct. He talks mainly about poker and casino games in his gambling blog and on his YouTube channel but can’t help but get caught up in sports betting during World Cup, Super Bowl and March Madness.

DEF LEPPARD TO PERFORM AT NFL WEMBLEY GAME

NFL in London!!!

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Rock legends DEF LEPPARD will perform the pre-game show at the first of this year’s three NFL International Series games on Sunday September 28, when the Oakland Raiders host the Miami Dolphins.

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Def Leppard, who have sold 100 million albums worldwide in a career spanning three decades, will showcase some of their biggest hits before kickoff of the NFL’s ninth regular-season game to be played in London since the International Series began in 2007.

The band’s lead singer, Joe Elliott, said: “Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final, I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for ‘our’ football so I’m really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game and of course soaking up the excitement of the actual match. I can’t wait!”

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Who’ll Make the NFL Playoffs?

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NFL regular season begins next week

The NFL regular season doesn’t even begin until next week and already one of the hottest NFL bets is “Who’ll Make the NFL Playoffs”? The Denver Broncos (-714), New England Patriots (-500) and Seattle Seahawks (-400) are obviously favorites. According to early odds on NFL playoff bets, so are the San Francisco 49ers (-303), the Indianapolis Colts (-222), and the Green Bay Packers (-200). Odds on other teams and dozens of other NFL odds and props are posted and regularly updated at the world’s original online sportsbook, Intertops Sportsbook.

The 2014 NFL Regular Season opens on September 4th when the Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers. The defending Super Bowl champions enter this campaign at +550 favorites to go back-to-back. Intertops Sportsbook expects the hosts to start with a win over Green Bay, with the money line at -5.

The visitors will be out to improve on last year, when they went 8-7-1 in the regular season but lost out to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game.

“The Seahawks dominated last year’s Super Bowl, and we expect them to be in the mix once again this year,” said Intertops’ oddsmaker. “Green Bay shouldn’t cause their opponents too many problems in theory, but the NFL can always throw up surprises.”
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To Win Super Bowl XLIX

Seattle Seahawks +550
Denver Broncos +600
San Francisco 49ers +700
New England Patriots +800
Green Bay Packers +1200
New Orleans Saints +1200
Indianapolis Colts +2200

All NFL odds quoted are as of today at Intertops.eu and are subject to change.
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To celebrate the start of the 2014 season, Intertops is offering a special 20% kickoff bonus up to $100 for anyone who makes a deposit by 10:20 ET on September 8th. You can also qualify for a huge $500 free bet on NFL by wagering $5,000 or more on the NFL regular season at minimum odds of -200.

All odds quoted are as of today at Intertops.eu and are subject to change.

 

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The Gamblogger gambling blogLARRY COLCY (TheGamblogger) is one of the editors of BettingInstinct. He talks mainly about poker and casino games in his gambling blog and on his YouTube channel but can’t help but get caught up in sports betting during World Cup, Super Bowl and March Madness.