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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Golf Odds: Free-For-All at 2017 British Open

The 2017 Open Championship, aka the British Open, begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. This major has produced nine different winners over the past nine years, and the odds board for this year’s tournament promises another highly competitive contest. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler are +1400 co-favorites at press time; Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm are close behind at +1600, followed by Sergio Garcia at +1800.

Because the Open is regularly held on links-style courses, golfers with European Tour experience tend to outperform their PGA Tour brethren. Spieth tied for fourth at this event during his magical 2015 season, but has struggled to recapture that glory. Fowler has likewise failed to live up to his breakthrough 2014 campaign, although he is coming off a fifth-place tie at the US Open.

Johnson remains No. 1 on the World Golf Ranking, but his game has been off since he hurt his back just before the Masters in April. With all this chaos, a proven winner like 2010 Open champ Louis Oosthuizen (+5000) may be worth a look further down the odds list; Oosthuizen also finished tied for second in 2015 after losing the playoff to Zach Johnson (+8000).

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Golf Odds: No Clear Favorite at 2017 British Open

Just about anyone can win the British Open, and this year’s odds list is tightly packed with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler tied as +1400 co-favorites, just ahead of Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm at +1600. Sergio Garcia is close behind at +1800. Action begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale.

Johnson is still the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, but he’s struggled ever since hurting his back just before the Masters; Spieth and Fowler have seen better days, as well. There should be some betting value in this field with proven Open commodities like 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen at +5000.

2017 Super Millions Poker Open Underway

The 2017 Super Millions Poker Open is off to a running start at Bodog Poker. The first events on the 105-tournament schedule have already been completed; there are three more tourneys on Thursday’s schedule, with a total of $34,000 in guaranteed prize money waiting to be won.

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Thursday’s action kicks off at 8:03 PM ET with Event #18, the $20,000 Gtd Super Stack, where players start with 5,000 chips in their stacks. Event #19, the $10,000 Gtd at 9:03 PM, starts even deeper at 10,000 chips. No-limit Texas Hold’em is the name of the game for both tournaments. As a general rule, if you’re going to go all-in with a big stack, make sure you’re drawing to the nuts if you don’t already have the best hand.

The night wraps up with a very special tournament: the only fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo event on the SMPO schedule. Event #20 at 10:03 PM ET is a $4,000 Gtd Turbo with starting stacks once again set at 10,000 chips. Fixed-limit is the classic betting structure for Omaha Hi/Lo; the Turbo format will keep the action rolling as the blinds go up and more of those giant stacks get pushed into the middle.

2017 Super Millions: Two Cards or Four?

The 2017 Super Millions Poker Open is already underway at Bodog Poker, and the action continues Thursday with three tournaments paying a combined $34,000 in guaranteed prize money. The first two events at 8:03 PM and 9:03 PM ET are no-limit Hold’em, followed by this year’s only fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament at 10:03 PM.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MLB Odds: Cubs Carry Momentum into Series with Braves

The Chicago Cubs came out of the All-Star Break with momentum, sweeping their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles, while scoring 27 runs in the process. They’ll look to keep that momentum going in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The Cubs face the Braves at 7:35 PM ET in a matchup between John Lackey and Sean Newcomb. Lackey has struggled this season, with home runs being the main issue. He’s allowed at least one home run in 14 of his 17 starts and given up 24 home runs in 98.2 innings of work. Last season, he allowed just 23 in 188.1 innings pitched. Ricky Nolasco is the only pitcher in the majors to have allowed more dingers this season.

Lackey will face Newcomb, the Braves’ rookie starter who has had some challenges of his own. The Braves have dropped four of Newcomb’s six starts. After an impressive month of June where he posted a 1.48 ERA, Newcomb has given up 11 earned runs in just 7.1 innings of work in his last two outings.
Coming into this series, the Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 against the Braves, with seven going over the posted total. Offense could be the theme once again if the pitchers on both sides continue to struggle.

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MLB Odds: Lackey Leads Cubs into Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs will look to pick up a win in Atlanta on Tuesday evening when they send John Lackey to the mound. He has had enjoyed success against the Braves in recent outings.

Lackey has made three starts against the Braves over the last three seasons. He’s lasted 18.1 innings in those outings while posting a 2.45 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP, holding the Braves to a .239 batting average. Lackey has struggled this season, though. The key for him has been home runs. The Cubs are 3-0 when he doesn’t give up a home run, but are 6-9 otherwise.

MLB Odds: Jays Need Stronger Pitching in Beantown

It looked like the Toronto Blue Jays would vault back into the American League East race after getting all their injured players back in the lineup. Instead, their vaunted pitching staff has taken a tumble, and the Jays (42-48, –14.20 betting units) are fighting to stay out of the basement. They’ll visit the first-place Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.

JA Happ (4.42 FIP) is one of those unlucky pitchers for the Blue Jays. They’re just 4-7 in his 11 starts for a loss of 4.48 units; Happ has played well since missing six weeks this spring with inflammation in his throwing elbow, but Toronto has spoiled that good work by dropping three of his last four appearances, despite Happ allowing only five earned runs in 23 innings.

The Red Sox were expected to send Doug Fister (5.91 FIP) to the mound Tuesday, but Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports that Fister will not make that start, after his services were required during Saturday’s bizarre 16-inning loss to the New York Yankees. Fister pitched 2.2 innings of relief and took the loss after giving up three runs in the final frame.

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MLB Odds: Happ Looking for Help in Boston

JA Happ (4.42 FIP) has pitched reasonably well for the Toronto Blue Jays this year, but he hasn’t been getting much help; the Jays have lost three of Happ’s last four starts, and they’ll be in tough this Tuesday (7:10 PM ET, SNET) when they visit the first-place team in the American League East, the Boston Red Sox.

Happ’s most recent start was Toronto’s last game before the All-Star break, a disheartening 19-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Happ gave up two earned runs, but was tagged for the loss after the Jays (42-48, –14.20 betting units) committed three errors.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Entertainment Odds: American Century Championship

Mark Mulder was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the early Aughts. Turns out he’s pretty good at golf, too. Mulder is the two-time and reigning titleholder at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, and he’s the +400 favorite to make it three in a row starting this Friday. Tony Romo (+425) and Mardy Fish (+550) are the other top contenders.

It’s very rare for a non-athlete to win this three-round tournament; soap opera star Jack Wagner (+1400) is the only one to accomplish this feat since the inaugural event in 1990, and he did it twice, in 2006 and 2011. That’s bad news for Justin Timberlake (+6600), a 4-handicap golfer who will play Lake Tahoe for the third straight year. Romo and Fish have yet to win the Classic, but Romo is a 0-handicapper who has plenty of time for golf now that he’s no longer the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. So does Fish, who retired from the men’s tennis circuit in 2015; he was an avid golfer growing up, and he won the Celebrity division at last year’s Diamond Resorts Invitational – before finishing second behind Mulder this year.

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Entertainment Odds: Mulder Goes for Three

Former All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder has been tearing up the celebrity golf scene since officially retiring in 2010. This Friday, he’ll defend his crown at the leading tournament on the celeb circuit, the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe. Mulder is +400 to win, followed by Tony Romo at +425 and Mardy Fish at +550.

Like Mulder, Romo plays to a 0-handicap. The former Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback is making his return to Lake Tahoe after back trouble caused him to sit out the previous four years. Romo finished second in three straight tournaments between 2009 and 2011.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MLB Odds – Can the National League Stop the American League Winning Streak?

The 88th MLB All-Star Game takes place on Tuesday in Miami. The rules have changed and now the winning league won’t get home-field advantage in the World Series. Even so, the National League will still be trying to stop a four-year losing streak to the American League.

The American League will have 18 first-time All-Stars, led by Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners leads the AL with eight All-Star appearances. For the nod of starting pitcher, Cleveland manager Brad Mills could go with Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox. Sale is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA, leading the AL in innings and strikeouts. The National League has 10 first-time All-Stars while the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper are all starters.

Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals has eight All-Star appearances to lead all NL players. Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs would like to start Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Kershaw started on Sunday, so that’s a quick turnaround. Maddon could go with Washington’s Max Scherzer, who is 10-5 with a 2.10 ERA. Scherzer leads the NL in innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA.
The NL has won just three times and tied once with the AL since 1997.

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MLB Odds: Miami, National League Host 88th All-Star Game

Miami hosts the All-Star Game for the first time on Tuesday. The American League will go for their fifth straight win over the National League.

The American League won 4-2 last year in San Diego, which helped the Chicago Cubs in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians because it gave them home-field advantage in the critical Game 7. However, this will be the first year since 2002 in which the winning league doesn’t get home-field for winning the All-Star Game. The managers will be Brad Mills of Cleveland, who is filling in for Terry Francona (surgery) and Joe Maddon of the Cubs.

Monday, July 10, 2017

MLB Odds: Jays Start Second Half in Motown

The Toronto Blue Jays (41-47, –14.29 betting units) could use a break. They ended the unofficial first half of the regular season Sunday afternoon with an embarrassing 19-1 loss at home to the top team in the American League, the Houston Astros (–125). After pausing for the All-Star Game, the Jays return to action Friday night with a road tilt against the Detroit Tigers; first pitch is at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet.

Aaron Sanchez (6.38 FIP) has already been penciled in to start for Toronto. Sanchez was one of the best pitchers on the junior circuit last year, but blisters and a split fingernail have limited his effectiveness this season and sent him to the DL on three separate occasions. In his most recent return, Sanchez was rocked by the Astros for five earned runs Friday night in just 1.2 innings of work.

Maybe Sanchez can get his groove back against the Tigers, who had yet to announce a starter at press time for Friday’s contest. The Tigers enter the All-Star break at the bottom of the AL Central standings, and current Detroit hitters have a combined .513 lifetime OPS versus Sanchez at 10-for-52 with zero home runs.

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MLB Odds: Sanchez Gets Another Crack in Detroit

Aaron Sanchez (6.38 FIP) and the 41-47 Toronto Blue Jays have had their struggles this year, but they can start the second half of the regular season with a bang when they visit the Detroit Tigers Friday night. Game time is 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet.

The Tigers head into the All-Star break in the American League Central basement, and Sanchez has limited current Detroit batters to a .513 lifetime OPS. However, Sanchez has been bothered by blisters on his throwing hand, limiting him to just six starts thus far; Toronto went 2-4 (–2.44 betting units) in those starts.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Soccer Odds: Mexico, USA Top Gold Cup Futures

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (or CONCACAF, for short) will crown a new champion this month at the Gold Cup. Mexico won the Cup when this tournament was last held in 2015, and they’re +120 favorites to defend that title at press time, just ahead of the United States at +140. Costa Rica are third on the list at +700.

There aren’t any true soccer powerhouses in the CONCACAF region, but Mexico is pretty close at No. 11 on the World Elo Football Ratings and No. 17 on the FIFA rankings. Team USA is No. 25 in Elo and No. 22 according to FIFA; these two teams have a win, a loss and two draws over their past four matches against each other, including a 1-1 draw last month in Mexico City.
Costa Rica (No. 29 Elo, No. 19 FIFA) could play spoiler when the Gold Cup kicks off Friday in New Jersey – the US being the host country. There are 12 teams in this tournament, and of the three groups involved, Costa Rica faces the softest competition in Group A. They’ll play Honduras (+2000), Canada (+3300) and French Guiana (+15000) in the Group Stage.

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Soccer Odds: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Two years after their controversial win at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico are the +120 favorites to defend their title when this biennial tournament kicks off Friday night at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. The hosts from Team USA are a close second at +140; Costa Rica trail in third at +700.

According to the FIFA rankings, there isn’t much difference among these three teams, but the World Elo Football Ratings tell a different story. They have Mexico at No. 11 in the world, followed by the States at No. 25 and Costa Rica at No. 29.

2017 Super Millions Poker Open Schedule Released

The Super Millions Poker Open (formerly the Summer Millions) returns to Bodog Poker on July 15, with $2.5 million in guaranteed cash money up for grabs. The schedule for this summer’s hottest tournament series has been released; the official count is 105 events, up from 70-plus last year, and it all leads up to the $300,000 Guaranteed Main Event on August 13.

2017 Super Millions Poker Open Schedule Released

This year’s schedule includes five SMPO Special tournaments, one for each Sunday during the festival, with $110,000 in guaranteed prize money and giant starting stacks of 12,000 chips. These will be no-limit Hold’em tournaments, as will the Main Event and most of the other tourneys on the schedule. You’ll also find fixed-limit Hold’em, and both pot-limit and fixed-limit versions of Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo. Qualifiers for the Super Millions are already underway at Bodog Poker; you can “satellite” into the SMPO for as little as 55 cents. Direct buy-ins for the Super Millions range from the $5.50 Turbo Rebuy on July 26 to the big kahuna, the $450 Main Event. There’s something for every player, from Knockouts to Hyper Turbos and everything in between. Qualify for your SMPO seat today, and we’ll see you on the felt.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MLB Odds: Jays, Yanks in Midseason Funk

The Toronto Blue Jays (37-44, –16.17 betting units) have lost eight of their last 10 games, falling back into last place in the American League East. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees (43-37, –3.68 units) were on top of the division standings before going into a 5-14 tailspin. They’ll try to sort things out Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium; first pitch is at 1:05 PM ET on Rogers Sportsnet and the MLB Network.

The Jays are expected to send Marco Estrada (4.10 FIP) to the mound Wednesday. He’s pitching about as well as he did last year (4.15 FIP), but with his BABIP rising from .234 to .327, Estrada has led Toronto to 3.92 units in losses on a team record of 7-10, including 1-5 in his last six appearances.
Michael Pineda (4.26 FIP) is up for New York, and he doesn’t look nearly as good as in years past, but the Yankees are still 0.50 units in the black after winning 10 of Pineda’s 16 starts. Giving him 6.94 runs of support per game helps; the over is 12-4 behind Pineda this season, and a tasty 7-2 in the Bronx.


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MLB Odds: Jays-Yankees in the Big Apple

Two struggling AL East teams will meet this Wednesday (1:05 PM ET, SNET) when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays (37-44, –16.17 betting units) have lost eight of their last 10, while the Yankees (43-37, –3.68 units) are 5-14 since the middle of June.

Marco Estrada (4.10 FIP) is expected to pitch for Toronto opposite Michael Pineda (4.26 FIP). The Jays have lost five of Estrada’s last six starts; New York is 2-4 behind Pineda during the same span, driving the over to the pay window every time.

MLB Odds - Yankees Host Blue Jays in AL East Clash

The American League East is tight from top to bottom. The spotlight is there on Wednesday, with the New York Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of a three-game set.

Toronto is expected to start Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.86 ERA), who lasted 4.1 innings in a 4-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in his latest outing. He allowed two runs on two hits with three strikeouts, but Estrada walked seven in 94 pitches. Estrada is 4-3 in 12 games (11 starts) against the Yankees with a 4.21 ERA, including a 1-1 record in two starts this season with a 6.75 ERA.

Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.05 ERA), meanwhile, took the win for the Yankees in a 13-4 victory in Houston in his latest start, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings, striking out three and walking none. Pineda has a 2-4 mark in three starts against the Blue Jays with a 3.52 ERA. In his lone start against Toronto this year, he was knocked for five runs on 10 hits over five innings in a loss.

Coming into this series, the two teams had split their last 10 meetings, with six going over the total. This includes a four-game set in Toronto last month, in which both teams won twice, and two contests went over the total.

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MLB Odds: Estrada, Pineda Meet in New York

Wednesday’s MLB schedule kicks off in the Big Apple. The New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays in the final matchup of their three-game set.

Toronto’s Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.86 ERA) is looking to put a miserable June behind him. He was 0-4 with a 9.11 ERA last month. The Jays will nonetheless send him to the hill in New York. The Yankees’ Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.05 ERA) was slightly better in June, going 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA. Pineda’s home/away splits show that he’s better at home (6-2 in nine starts, 2.91 ERA), so that’s a good sign for New York. Estrada is 2-4 in nine road starts with a 4.83 ERA.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cycling Odds: Froome Favored at Tour de France

The 104th running of the Tour de France starts this Saturday, July 1st, and while this marquee event has been riddled by scandal over the past 20 years, it remains an international spectacle and the most important event on the cycling calendar. Kenyan-born Chris Froome, now competing for Britain and Team Sky, is the +125 favorite at press time, followed by Australia’s Richie Porte at +180.

Froome is a three-time champion at the Tour de France, winning in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He hasn’t fared too well on the circuit this year, recording a fourth-place finish at the Critérium du Dauphiné warm-up in early June. Froome won this event each year before taking down the big race. Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang was this year’s champion; he’s on the Tour de France oddsboard at +1400.

Porte placed second in Dauphiné, just 10 seconds behind Fuglsang, but he has yet to win the Tour de France – or any other major event on the circuit. However, the Tasmanian native did win the young rider classification in the 2010 Giro d’Italia, and he was briefly ranked No. 1 in the world last year after joining BMC Racing Team. Porte finished fifth at the 2016 Tour de France.

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Cycling Odds: Can Froome Defend His Tour de France Crown?

Three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is the +125 favorite to defend his title starting this Saturday, but after placing fourth at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné warm-up event, does he still have the legs to win cycling’s biggest race?

If not, Richie Porte (+180) is waiting in the wings. The pride of Tasmania is still searching for his breakthrough victory after winning the young rider classification in the 2010 Giro d’Italia; Porte was second at Dauphiné, 10 seconds behind Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang (+1400). Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is also in the mix at +1400.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Get Ready for the 2017 Super Millions Poker Open

It’s almost time for one of this summer’s biggest poker festivals. The Super Millions Poker Open (formerly the Summer Millions) starts July 15th. There will be over 100 tournaments on the SMPO calendar, up from 70-plus in 2016, and the guaranteed prize pool has been bumped up from $2.3 million to $2.5 million. Judging by how popular last year’s SMPO was, many of these tournaments will double, triple or even quadruple their guarantees.

You don’t have to wait to lock down your seat at the Super Millions, either. Qualifiers start Thursday, June 29, giving you multiple ways to get into the SMPO at a fraction of the cost. This is a great way to secure a place in the Main Event, which has $300,000 guaranteed up for grabs at a regular buy-in of $450. Whatever your bankroll, experience level or “flop” game of choice, there’s a tournament for you at this year’s Super Millions.

Qualifiers start as little as 55 cents, so if you’ve been looking for a way to play the Main Event on August 13 and win a piece of that $300,000 guaranteed minimum, start firing up those satellites, and we’ll see you at the SMPO tables.

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Qualifiers for the $2.5 million guaranteed Super Millions Poker Open (SMPO) get underway June 29th. Official SMPO events are running from July 15th until the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, August 13th.

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Are you ready for a poker explosion? The Super Millions Poker Open (formerly the Summer Millions) is just about here; the biggest online poker festival of the season begins July 15, but the fireworks start Thursday with the first SMPO qualifiers. You can satellite your way into the Super Millions for as little as 55 cents.

Once you’re in, you’ll have a crack at $2.5 million in guaranteed prize money – that includes $300,000 for the Main Event on August 13. Many of these tournaments at least doubled their guarantees at the 2016 SMPO. We’re expecting the same this year.

Monday, June 26, 2017

MLB Odds: Can Strasburg Keep Cool Versus Cubs?

Are the Chicago Cubs back on the winning track? They’ve won three straight series to get over .500 at 38-37; that still leaves the Cubs 16.15 betting units in the red for 2017, but it also puts Chicago within 1.5 games of first in the National League Central. They’ll try to close that gap this week at the expense of the Washington Nationals (45-30, +0.84 units), who are miles ahead of the pack in the NL East. Game 3 of their four-game series in DC goes Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET on the MLB Network.

John Lackey (5.54 FIP) is one of the big reasons the defending World Series champions are still playing catch-up. The Cubs are 7-8 in Lackey’s 15 starts for a loss of 5.10 units; however, the veteran righty has performed better of late, allowing just one earned run over six innings in each of his last two games.

Lackey will be matched against Stephen Strasburg (3.19 FIP), one of the top pitchers in the majors. Washington is 11-4 behind Strasburg this year for 4.21 units in profit, but he’s struggled in back-to-back home games pitching in hot weather, which remains in the forecast for Wednesday.

MLB Odds: Can Strasburg Keep Cool Versus Cubs?

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MLB Odds: Cubs, Nats Collide in DC

Stephen Strasburg (3.19 FIP) is one of the top pitchers in the game, but he’s had some trouble lately with the heat in DC. He’ll be on the mound for the 45-30 Washington Nationals this Wednesday when they welcome John Lackey (5.54 FIP) and the 38-37 Chicago Cubs; first pitch is 7:05 PM ET on the MLB Network.

The Nats are 11-4 (+4.21 betting units) this year with Strasburg on the mound, but he’s wilted in back-to-back home games during this heat wave, which is expected to continue throughout the week before the rain starts to fall.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Entertainment Odds: Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark

On July 23rd, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will come out of retirement – to race a great white shark. It’s all part of the latest Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. The exact details of Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White (8 PM ET) have yet to be released, but the shark is a –1200 favorite at press time, while Phelps is trailing at +600.

If this turns out to be a “fair” race with no handicap applied to the shark, then the shark should prevail, fins down. Phelps, arguably the greatest swimmer of all-time, was measured at a peak velocity of six miles per hour back in 2010. A typical great white has a cruising speed of 20-25 mph.

However, the shark won’t know it’s in a race. How will it respond to the starting gun? 
That might not be an issue. Great white sharks “breathe” through their gills, so they always have to be in motion to get oxygen in their system. Getting the shark to move toward the finish line is another matter. And will this race be live or on tape? We’ll find out what the Discovery Channel programmers have up their sleeve this Friday.

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Entertainment Odds: Michael Phelps Is Racing a Shark

It’s time for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, and they’re kicking things off in style Friday, July 23rd at 8 PM ET by having 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps race a great white shark. The shark is a –1200 favorite at press time.

Phelps (+600) was measured at a top speed of six miles per hour back in 2010. Great whites travel at 20-25 mph. But depending on the parameters of July 23rd’s race, Phelps might be able to pull it off – will the shark even answer the starting gun, and will it move toward the finish line?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fifa Confederations Cup first stage final - odds and lines

There's some fantastic Soccer taking place this week with the final of the Confederations Cup to look forward to in Saint Petersburg on Sunday.

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If you’re new to baccarat, it involves betting on one of three outcomes: a Player win, a Banker win, or a Tie. Keep in mind, you’re not considered the Player. Rather, you’re an observer betting on which side you think will win. The game is completely automated; all you’ve got to do is choose how much to bet and who to back.

So how does the Player, Banker or Tie win in baccarat? The Player and Banker are each given two cards face up; more cards may be drawn depending on the scores. The Player draws more cards if she has a hand between zero and 5. The Banker draws another card if his hand is 0-2. If the Banker has a hand between 3 and 6, he may draw another card depending on his opponent’s score. The actions are dictated by the game chart. At the end of the round, the side that’s closer to 9 points wins.

The baccarat point system is unique. Aces are worth 1 point, cards 2-9 have face value, and everything else is worth zero. You won’t be expected to add up the cards while playing – the game will do that for you, but for your information, the value of a hand is determined by adding up all the card values, and if the number exceeds 9 (is a two-digit number), you drop the first digit. For example, if a hand consists of a 9 and 6 (which adds up to 15), you drop the first digit, creating a score of 5 points.

Wins are recorded via two special game features. The Bead Plate and Big Road visually represent the outcome of each round in a simple format that allows quick and easy viewing even on small screens. The Player, Banker and Tie are color-coded beads, so you can spot patterns quickly and adjust your bets. The Road Map is also color-coded, and includes bonus symbols, such as the dragon’s tail, for good luck.

Baccarat is a fun way to get into table games. There isn’t a lot of strategy involved, so you can step up to the table faster and with more confidence than you could with blackjack or craps. And without the velvet ropes and high betting minimums, online baccarat is expanding the exclusive club – and you’re invited.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MLB Odds: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence in Mets-Dodgers Matchup

The 2017 season has gotten off to a lousy start for the New York Mets (31-37, –14.14 betting units). It won’t get any easier when they head West for a four-game series with the impressive Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26, +7.56 units). Game 3 of that series is Wednesday night, beginning at 10 PM ET on ESPN.

Most of New York’s troubles can be traced to injuries in the starting rotation, but promising lefty Steven Matz (3.39 FIP last year) is expected to start Wednesday’s game. This will be his third start of the season; Matz had his breakout 2016 campaign cut short by a bone spur in his left elbow, but he’s pitched quite well since making his return, allowing five earned runs in 14 innings with just one walk.
Fellow southpaw Rich Hill (5.31 FIP) isn’t having much success following up on his surprise results from 2016. The Dodgers have split his eight starts for a loss of 1.78 units, but Hill didn’t make it past the fifth inning in any of those games. He might still be bothered by a blister on his left middle finger that has already landed him on the 10-day DL twice this season.

MLB Odds: Lefty-on-Lefty Violence in Mets-Dodgers Matchup

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MLB Odds: Can Matz Save the Mets in LA?

Injuries have kept the New York Mets (31-37, –14.14 betting units) from being all they can be this year, but they expect to have Steven Matz on the mound for Wednesday’s game against fellow southpaw Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26, +7.56 units). First pitch from Chavez Ravine is 10 PM ET on ESPN.

Matz (3.39 FIP last year) will be making his third start of the season after recovering from elbow surgery. The struggling Hill (5.31 FIP) has already been on the 10-day DL twice this year with a recurring blister on his left middle finger.