When You Need a Break from Laying Bets, Here’s Two Games to Play

Don’t look at the title and write us angry emails, folks: we love sports betting as much as anyone else. Betting on the little matches is just as satisfying as going for the big championship wins. However, there comes a time where we like to spread our interests out, and that’s where other game ideas come to the surface. We’ve been checking out the selection of games to choose from at, and we absolutely love it!

See, you have a lot of options, but let’s just start you off with two:

1. Roulette

Roulette is one of those games that always get featured in the movies, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t play it as well. Roulette is thrilling because you get to watch the big wheel spin around and around. Will you be a winner, or will you have to spin again? Some people claim to have roulette systems that can make them a winner every time, but we’ve never seen any of these claims actually be the case.

2. Jackpot Slots


We’re not just talking about out of reach jackpots, or slot games that are faded and not very interesting. We’re talking about full color games that have rich soundtracks and special effects to them. Jackpot slots also have another feature that should get your interest: the chance to win huge amounts of money! What would you do with your winnings? You can go ahead and start dreaming, because real people have won several big jackpot slot games. Many of these games also have a progressive feature, which means that the pot gets even bigger as people don’t win the big prize! How high will it go before someone’s the lucky winner? We don’t know, but we do know that you should go over to and try to make sure that it’s you!

There are plenty of other game ideas to check out. If you’ve already placed bets, then it’s not like you have anything to lose. You can do sports betting and check out a new place to play at the same time. Don’t worry, we do the same thing all the time and have expanded our experiences tenfold in gambling. Why not see if you can do the same thing?


Will Professional Sports Survive the Concussion Epidemic?

The National Football League (NFL) should be commended for the initial steps it has taken to address the issue of concussions. Rejecting the short-term and potential long-term consequences of concussions is an out-of-date concept.

As recently as 2006, the NFL published literature minimizing the impact of concussions. In fairness to them, there has been a marked increase in our understanding of concussions over the past 10 years. Have the actions undertaken by the NFL to address concussions been proportionate to our increased knowledge in this field?


Enrollment in ‘Pop Warner’ Football reportedly declined by 9.5% between 2010 and 2012, and concern regarding head injury was cited as the primary reason. In the current issue of the Journal, Hotz et al (pages 11-16) have reported their find-ings in high school sports, including football.

For a league with current annual revenue of $9 billion and a projected target of $25 billion per year by 2027, has the NFL invested sufficiently in a nationwide education and awareness program to protect the brains of children and, ultimately, their own sport from itself?

The NFL deserves credit for instituting rule changes to address concussions. What is the right balance of protecting the integrity of the game and the health of its players? Has the NFL done enough to care for retired players suffering the consequences of head injury? Does the lack of guaranteed contracts in the NFL create a culture conducive to players reporting concussions? Is it the responsibility of the NFL to invest in independent clinical research? If so, is the NFL providing sufficient funds to address objective measures to diagnose concussions (eg, neuroimaging, biomarkers), and therapeutics for the short and long-term impacts of concussions?

The challenge surrounding concussions are systemic to our society (school boards, workers boards, insurance industry, various sports, etc); however, in the current issue of the Journal, we have approached concussions from the perspective of a game close to our hearts. I watch the NFL every Sunday religiously – Monday and Thursday too, if possible. I am expecting my first son in the next few months and I am looking forward to introducing him to the sport I love.

It is unfair to be overly critical of the NFL when they have taken several positive steps to address concussions. The NFL is a powerful machine that has the ability, if it chooses, to play a major leadership role in the discussion surrounding concussions beyond football.

Although this message is focused on football – every athlete participating in a major sport is susceptible to concussions – hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, etc. Will other professional leagues that devote less attention to this issue at this time be proactive?

Professional sport is a business. Children look up to professional athletes and develop their love for the game watching their favourite players. The ultimate solution requires a balance between the importance of health and safety and profitability. It is imperative that the leagues maintain fiscal responsibility to ensure the quality of the product remains high.

Would it make sense for the major sports leagues to work collaboratively in the scientific arena of concussions? The five major sports leagues could jointly develop a global concussion education and research program with the output reaching every child’s classroom. The shared infrastructure would lower overhead costs for the respective leagues. This solution provides compassion toward children and professional athletes while maintaining fiscal responsibility for shareholders – a win win.

I believe football and other sports will survive; however, it is imperative that the aforementioned issues be tackled head on… no pun intended.

Commissioners Goodell, Bettman, Silver, Manfred and Blatter, the time is now – each of you has the power to be instrumental in protecting the brains of children across the globe – what a legacy to leave!

Dr. Neilank Jha is a neurosurgeon and the head of Konkussion Inc- a concussion treatment program in Toronto. The full whitepaper, “Solving the Concussion Crisis: Practical Solutions”, can be viewed here.

For interview requests with Dr. Jha, please contact Jordan at Toronto PR Firm Grey Smoke Media.


Sports Handicapping Is a Process – Rise to the Challenge!

If you want to make money by placing bets on sporting events, you have to realize something really fast: sports handicapping is a process. You have to rise to the challenge, even thought hat’s more difficult than doing what most people do: bet form the gut. They go on their feelings, what ex-players have to say, what the media thinks, and what their friends think. Let’s be honest: how much sports information does the average person really know? They don’t think about statistics or wins or the condition of the field at every single game for the last 2 years of a team’s life. But sports handicappers think about these things all of the time.

Sports Handicapping

If you’re going to last long as a bettor, then embracing sports handicapping is definitely the thing that you’re going to have to focus on. Instead of going with your emotions, you’re going to go with numbers instead. That’s the best way to stay profitable for the long run, because you have a greater chance of winning. Is anything guaranteed? Not at all. You can still win even if you do all of the right things. But that doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen. What if you were to win?

Well, you can spend your winnings on something that you always wanted to purchase, but you would be a lot better off if you were to put your winnings back into more bets. This is what we like to refer as bankroll management. Some of your winnings have to drive the next generation of bets, otherwise you end up running out of money eventually. If you run out of money because youíve spent all of your winnings, then you’re going to have to start from scratch when it comes to building your bankroll again. That just wouldn’t make sense, and therefore it makes more sense to build from the ground up the right way, so that you donít have to constantly reinvent the wheel.

This tip applies no matter which sport you’re interested in handicapping. You can talk about football, basketball, NFL games…it’s really all the same in terms of the mental focus you need to success. Don’t believe us? Give it a try: dig into the principles of sports handicapping, and then test them out in real time. Start small and work your way up for the best chance at winning consistently. It’s better to rack up a lot of small wins than hit the big one and yet be unable to replicate your results ever again. Good luck!


Daily Fantasy Sports – Gambling or a Game of Skill?

Ever since a Draftkings employee inadvertently released information on what players were drafted the most in the NFL earlier in the year, there has been a lot of discussion as to whether or not these sites should be considered gambling sites. One side of the spectrum suggests its pure luck to win any money, while others believe it’s a game of skill. While I see and understand both sides, here are my thoughts on Draftkings, FanDuel, Daily Yahoo Fantasy, and all the others out there.

Consider the Lottery Approach

When you watch the commercials on television, most of them revolve around becoming a millionaire. Entering these contests typically cost at least $20 to enter. If you play on Draftkings, there are 343,500 entries at $20 a pop.  The company pulls in $6,870,000 and pays out $6 million. Yes, this is for one contest that runs from Sunday at 1pm thru the Monday Night Football game. When you consider the thousands of contests offered just for the NFL, it’s a pretty big money maker for Draftkings.

Daily Fantasy Sports

In this particular event there are a total of 75,500 spots paid, with the lowest win set at $30. Your goal is to pick the best team possible in hopes of beating everyone else. Truthfully, the chances of winning the $1,000,000 first place prize is a lot like the lottery. Instead of picking 6 numbers exactly right, here you are picking 9 players that score the most points. I’ve been doing this for about 3 weeks now, and there always seems to be two players that don’t score enough to put me near the top.

Just last week my first 3 players averaged 38 points apiece, and things were looking good, but all it takes is one player to score 17 points (which would normally be a great game in fantasy) to end up at the bottom of the pile. The tournament I play in on Sunday’s is a smaller $3 entry fee, but with 575,000 entries. There are more payout spots, but for less money and you’re competing against more entries. Last weekend I won $7 for a Sunday hoping I was going to win the $100,000 first place prize.

So does this sound like gambling to you? Well, take a look at the other side.

Consider the Game of Skill

When you play the lottery, you either pick the numbers yourself or they are randomly generated for you. The odds are based on the overall number of entrants. There is no rhyme or reason to picking 6 numbers, but some people will tell you they are successful playing the lottery because they increase their own odds. This could mean they spend a lot of time researching how often numbers come up and what combinations seem to happen the most. [Read more…]


Horse Racing Bets – The Key to Big Wins at the Track!

If you’re like most people, you can’t make it down to the race track all the time. Maybe once or twice a year you travel to see a big race, but you usually just catch them on television. No matter how you decide to watch all of the races, the key here is to make sure that you’re betting regularly. A regular betting cycle will give you the best chances on making a profit. Otherwise, you just end up feeling frustrated and confused. When you put all of your bankroll on one race, that’s the exact reaction that you are setting yourself up for. We see this during the height of Derby season, but it shows up in other races too.

Horse Racing Bets

The key here is to make horse racing bets part of a regular routine, and then dig deep into the world of horses. You should learn how they’re bred, what trainers do, how they bring out the best in the horse. Knowing more about horses than others will help you pick the very best ones, rather than just going on what some sports commentator thinks. Horse handicapping comes down to superior knowledge, not necessarily expensive tools. After all, the spirit of betting has been around for a long time.

How hard is that horse competing in the overall racing cycle? The same horse that seems to have no rest and little preparation isn’t a top contender, while the horse that seems to never be in a race until the very last minute isn’t a good bet either. It’s better to have a cross between the two extremes: a well rounded horse that has a well known trainer and stable. Not every horse owner really understands the sport. Some are just in it for fame and glory, rather than really trying to get the maximum potential out of each horse.

Want the best path to success? Bet online. We know that it sounds very straightforward, but sometimes the best solutions come from the most straightforward thinking. Getting online gives you the best odds, a great community to chat with as you bet, and the more information possible. You won’t have to risk missing a race, either. Online sportsbooks are here to stay, so check them out today!


Sports Betting Tip: Underdogs in the NFL

In the media coverage of the NFL, there is a great deal of emphasis on the best teams in the league. There is usually a debate about which of the top teams in the league have the best chance at reaching the Super Bowl. While it is only natural for the media focus to be centered around the elite squads in the NFL, the bettor must have an open mind when it comes to the 32 teams in the league. In some ways, the media hype surrounding the glamour teams in the NFL may actually help a savvy bettor.

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NFL Betting Popularity

Because of the tremendous popularity of the NFL, sport betting sites see more action on this sport than others. In addition to the professional bettors, there are a lot of NFL fans that will wager on the games. Generally, most fans or casual bettors will wager on the favorite to cover a point spread. Because of these bets, many NFL lines will be shaded towards the favored team.

There are instances where it can be difficult for the oddsmaker to draw any action on an underdog. While it isn’t too hard to draw equal interest in a matchup between two squads that are both competitive, a mismatch on paper will draw some predictable bets. However, the fan’s logic of riding a favorite can be misguided in many ways. Favorites win more often than not in the NFL. In a typical NFL season, favorites will win straight up anywhere from 60-65 percent of the time. However, favorites aren’t any more likely to cover a point spread than an underdog over the course of a season.

Covered or Favorites : A Look at NFL Betting Strategies

In many recent seasons, underdogs have actually covered at a slightly higher rate than favorites. The general fan may rely too much on the past to anticipate future outcomes. As the new season has started, many casual sports bettors will assume that success or failure from a prior year will be repeated. Obviously, there are some franchises that are fairly consistent. In the last decade, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts were Super Bowl contenders more often than not. Still, many other teams were more inconsistent.

Since 2001, many different NFC franchises have represented the conference in the Super Bowl. This parity indicates how difficult it can be to maintain a high level of play in the NFL. [Read more…]


How to Bet on Preseason NFL Football

The beginning of the 2015-16 NFL football season kicks off August 9th with the NFL Hall of Fame game. The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Steel City. It sounds like an exciting game to wager on during the regular season, but betting on preseason games is a bit different. Here are a few tips to help you make the most educated wager:

Keep the Bet Small

It’s exciting to finally have American football back on television, but don’t be tempted to go crazy the first preseason game. It’s always important to understand how a preseason game works before you place a wager. After all, preseason is all about fine tuning each team’s action plan for the season.

NFL Preseason 2015 Bet

This means the starters usually play the 1st quarter and the 3rd quarter, and then the back-ups and 3rd stringers play the rest. It allows the players to build chemistry, get all the kinks out of the way, and it even helps decide who will be on the final 53-man roster. We recommend betting no more than 30% of what you would normally play.

The Offseason

This is where most of your research will come into play. Take for instance the Pittsburgh Steelers. Troy Polamalu retired, their defense has basically been overhauled with new talent, and their 1st string offense could be the best in the league this year. You won’t be seeing Big Ben playing for an extensive period of time, because he’s the centerpiece of their offense.

Then you have to take a look at the Minnesota Vikings. They dealt with Adrian Peterson’s antics the entire offseason, the franchise is sold on keeping Teddy Bridgewater as the mainstay quarterback, they acquired deep threat WR Mike Wallace, and said goodbye to several defensive players; including Jared Allen.

Expect to see WR Antonio Brown and WR Mike Wallace get a few chances downfield. If any of them connect, this could be a surprising “Over” line to wager. It’s surprising, because the first game of the preseason typically isn’t a high scoring affair. In fact, over the last 5 years; the average total points during was 31. In fact, the game that went over was the New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins in 2013’s Hall of Fame game (44).

The Backup Players

One area you also need to research is the back players. This goes far deeper than the quarterbacks. Even though we would side with Shaun Hill who is probably one of the better back-ups in the league, the running backs and defense will be just as important. Don’t worry too much about the wide outs except for the first-stringers, because none of the back-ups will “really” make an impact. [Read more…]


Making Money Betting on Sports with Increased Knowledge

Becoming a successful sports bettor, or even a professional, requires a substantial amount of knowledge. Since American football is one of the most wagered sporting events around the world, let’s use it as our first example. It’s important to realize this is much more than simply cheering for your favorite team or going with the “sexy” pick.

Studying the Wager

It all begins with understanding the rules of the wager. For instance, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos play Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens in week 1 of the 2015 NFL season. Taking an educated guess, by the time the line comes out, it will most likely be somewhere around 7 1/2 points (DENVER -7 1/2 Baltimore). If you are just starting out as a sports bettor, taking Denver and giving the points means, they will need to win by 8 points in order for you to win the bet.

Betting on Sports

There are several ways to bet on a professional football game like:

a. Spreads
b. Teasers
c. Parlays
d. Money Lines
e. Props

If a sports bettor doesn’t understand how each one of these work, there is a good possibility he or she will lose money. I could break down each one of these down for you, but you can read the instructions on any online betting site before you get started.

Knowing more about the Teams

The next step is learning as much as possible about the teams, heading into the first game of the season (or whatever time of year you are betting). In our example, both of these teams have had several changes during the off-season. One if not more of these changes could make the difference in the upcoming wager. For instance, John Fox is no longer the coach of the Denver Broncos.

Anytime a new head coach comes in, there are bound to be changes. Whether it’s to each game’s plan of attack, the offensive and defensive playbooks, hiring in new coaches in other areas of the team, and the list goes on and on. I hate to admit it, but about twenty years ago I wagered on the San Francisco 49ers and lost big. Why? One of the biggest reasons is because their quarterback was hurt and couldn’t play (at the time the quarterback was Steve Young, so maybe even longer than 20 years). [Read more…]


Andy Murray Sparks Wimbledon Hopes with Madrid Mastery

As the last winning point thudded home in Madrid and Andy Murray celebrated jubilantly with his close-knit team, the Scot achieved something he had never dream possible: beating the master, Rafael Nadal, in a clay court final.

Up until 2015, Murray – despite bagging an extensive collection of silverware in his career – had never won a tournament on clay before. And he had certainly never come close to beating perhaps the sport’s finest ever clay court specialist along the way.

It is his poor resume on the surface that led many pundits and bookmakers to write Murray off, and it’s possible that his success came as a surprise even to him.

So what has been the secret to this thrilling upturn in form?

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Wedded Bliss

Earlier this year, Murray was betrothed to his long-term partner Kim in a ceremony in his native Scotland.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that the world number four’s form has improved so markedly, as he also picked up the Munich Open title in April.

And after claiming that momentous win over Nadal in the Madrid Open, Murray was seen scrawling ‘marriage works’ in fluorescent green ink on a Spanish TV camera covering the action.

Let’s hope the honeymoon period carries over to June and the start of the grass court season.

Wimbledon Bound

Of course, just prior to the most famous tennis tournament of them all comes the French Open, one of four Grand Slam events in the calendar.

With his recent upturn in form on clay, Murray may well fancy his chances of progressing pretty deep into the tournament, although he won’t be amongst the bookmakers’ favourites – that honour will fall to the likes of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.

Instead, the Scot and his team will be looking ahead to Wimbledon, the jewel in tennis’s crown on the famous grass of the All England Club.

And there is plenty of cause for optimism too: Murray has reached the quarter-finals – at the very least – of the tournament in his last seven visits.

In 2012, he looked on course for his Grand Slam win after taking the first set against Roger Federer, but would eventually succumb to the Swiss sensation.

However, he didn’t let that defeat get to him and returned the following year – once again battling through to the final. This time he took on his nemesis Djokovic, and in a surprisingly one-sided conclusion he took the title in straight sets; thus becoming the first Brit since Fred Perry in 1936 to lift tennis’s ultimate prize.

He suffered a painful loss to Grigor Dimitrov in 2014 following surgery to mend a long-standing back injury, and so in 2015 will be looking to make up for lost time.

And with his new wife watching on from the stands, who’s to say that Murray won’t lift the Wimbledon trophy for a second time.


UEFA Champions League

With this season’s UEFA Champions League now at the quarter-final stage, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have emerged as clear favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy in Berlin.

With the draw panning out the way it did, there can not be much surprise that Bayern Munich, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, are fancied by many to lift the Champions League in 2015. There can be little doubt that Bayern will overcome Porto over two legs and progress to the semi-finals. Barcelona have a somewhat more difficult task against Chelsea’s conquerors, Paris Saint-Germain. The two teams have met four times in the Champions league recently, without too much to separate them. However, with the second leg to be played at the Camp Nou and the great form they are in, Barcelona should have enough to progress.

Champions League

Italian giants Juventus, will be delighted with their draw and should have enough to defeat Monaco over two legs. Pulling away at the top of Serie A, Juventus can really focus on the Champions League and should be able to prevent Monaco from causing another upset in the competition.

Easily the most anticipated tie, is the meeting between last year’s finalists, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Despite losing the final to their rivals last season, Atletico Madrid have a fantastic recent record against Real Madrid. Out of their last 8 meetings, Real Madrid have not managed to defeat Atletico once, inside 90 minutes, yet with many, remain as clear favourites to progress to the semi-finals. Despite sitting fourth, some 9 points off the leaders Barcelona, Diego Simeone and his team, have the beating of Real Madrid and consolidated that, with a tremendous 4-0 victory over the Champions League holders in La Liga, at the start of February.

Furthermore, Real Madrid are struggling for form at the moment, losing three of their last four matches and there seems to be no sign of them turning that corner. With the first leg to be played at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, Carlo Ancelotti can not afford a repeat performance of their 4-0 defeat, otherwise the tie could be over before the second leg even takes place.

With the retention of their La Liga title seeming more and more unlikely, as Barcelona continue to dominate, come mid-April, Simeone may decide that it’s time to concentrate on progressing in the Champions League.

At this stage of the competition, it’s difficult to pick a winner but with the know-how of defeating Real Madrid and the experience of reaching the final last season, Atletico Madrid have what it takes to lift the UEFA Champions League in 2015.