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Add Some Fun to Your NFL Betting with Season Wins

Season betting is something that’s always been around, but more punters are taking notice of it. As the name implies, they give you the power to take a stand on the number of games a team will win throughout the season. Keep in mind that these are regular season wins, rather than preseason or playoffs. It covers a much narrower window than you might imagine.

Those that love season bets tell us that there’s value in them because they are heavily influenced by market sentiment. People bet with their emotions rather than win numbers and logic. So if you’re a numbers/logic punter, then you have the upper hand. If you have a team that has a strong brand name and reputation, they’re actually weaker than the underdog teams. Good teams are made up of players that do a fantastic job of getting things done, but those players can be traded to other teams. With free agency, players don’t even have to wait on trades anymore. They can do the trading themselves, moving to where they feel the grass is greenest. If a team can’t afford a player, they will move on. So your good team can turn sour, if it’s riding on the wave of one or two key players.

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One of the easiest ways to take advantage of the season wins wager is to get terrible teams that were awful last season and see if they’ve done any shopping of their own. This is the first line defense for a bad team that has a bit of money to spend. They will spend it getting players that they feel have the most value in raising the team’s profile and hopefully, their winning records as well.

Don’t get too tied up into season wagering. It’s supposed to be the type of bet that you do with your friends in order to tease each other for the rest of the season. Every “W” in your camp makes you feel good, and every “W” in their camp gives them something to tease you about. Good friendly bets are part of the camaraderie found in NFL betting, but you have to play in order to win!

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A Few Overlooked Statistics In NFL Football

Ready to jump right into betting on all of the big NFL football games? Then you need to make sure that you understand NFL statistics. Some punters aren’t big on learning all of the stats, preferring to just look at which teams look good for betting on. That’s a whimsical approach to what could be serious money. Are you sure that you want to give it any less than your most focused effort? It can take some time to learn the stats, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. We’ll go over a few stats with you, and then see about giving you the best advice to get you started.

1. Number of Touchdowns

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At first, it might not sound like this is an important statistic. But you would be off base on that. Remember that touchdowns are part of scoring, and scoring is how we determine the point spread. Touchdowns are worth of a lot of points, and that’s always something to think about.

Case in point: Look at Denver with Peyton Manning. Denver knows that Peyton Manning puts up a lot of points. Pitted against a weak defense, they’re going to have a higher point spread because of Manning’s sheer ability to put up a lot of points. But against a strong defense, you’re going to deal with a much tighter spread. It’s really all about the spread when it comes to betting on NFL football.

2. Yards

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Teams that have good running attacks when they play against a team that doesn’t have good run defense will rack up a ton of yards. So studying the number of yards your chosen team is known to collect can lead you to find whether the team is worth betting on or not. What if the underdog listed in the matchup has great yardage abilities, but is overlooked by the crowd? This is just one more reason why “the wisdom of crowds” might not be to your advantage as a punter.

3. Defense

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A lot of people pick their teams based on offense, but what if you looked at your picks through the lens of good defense? The Pittsburgh Steelers have had great defense over the years, but their defense has suffered as players have been traded to other teams. The Detroit Lions have a great defense this year. Defense is an overlooked factor, and it really shouldn’t be. The right defense can stop an aggressive offense more than people think.

Overall, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking at the numbers. The numbers can pull you away from your token favorite, but you have to ask yourself this: do you want to make money, or do you want to claim so much loyalty that it ends up crippling you? Think about it and try to make better bets!

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NFL Season Is Here – Bring on the Parlay Bets!

The NFL season is off to a running start, with plenty of teams going head to head. We love watching all of the big games, but betting on them is even sweeter. If you’ve already done some point spread betting, then you’re ahead of a lot of other people. But what about when you’re ready to take on a little bit more risk than the standard bet brings?

Remember that with higher degrees of risk, we have higher areas of value. We can get bigger hits to our bankroll when we take on calculated risks.

Here’s what happens with a parlay bet: you are placing two or more bets together, and you have to have all of those bets win as a GROUP. That’s the reason why parlays are risky: you have to have all of your teams win, or you don’t get any money back.

Parlay Bets

So if it’s so risky, why do people bet this way? The odds can be a lot higher, sometimes nearly 3 to 1! If you were to bet on the Packers, the Eagles, and the Steelers, you would have to have all of them beat the spread on their individual games. If that happens, when you get the parlay odds. But what happens if one of your teams has a tie game? That’s a “push”, and you get lower odds. But if one of the teams above doesn’t beat the point spread, then you’re in for trouble. You don’t get any money for that bet at all.

Parlay betting is for advanced punters, in our opinion. If you want to take on a little more risk and add some flavor to your betting, then this is definitely a great way to do that. But if the idea of losing money turns making you turn green, then maybe you need to stick with straight bets. critics of parlay betting say that they don’t care for the system because it doesn’t give you great odds, and you would be better off making a bunch of straight bets. Sure, but where’s the thrill? There’s a psychological rush in knowing that we’re doing something a bit risky. We’re drawn to risk, and we always will be. [Read more…]

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The Glorious Rise of NFL Football Betting in the UK

ESPN recently posted about the rising popularity of NFL betting. However, serious punters have been taking on NFL bets for a very long time, and many sportsbooks are already set up to handle these bets with no problem. What the reporter fails to realize is that betting is betting. If there’s a hungry market, there will surely be bets.

Do people really believe that only Americans watch the NFL games? Football by American rules is a completely different game from European football, but it still represents a huge market that’s only going to grow. Football has a time honored tradition in the United States, with plenty of people lining up to bet on the games that matter to them. It would be a very smart decision to look very closely at the NFL games playing this season, if you haven’t already. You always want to make sure that you’re looking at new opportunity to spread your bankroll around. Betting on the same teams that you’re used to can get really boring. Expanding out into NFL betting gives you something new to think about, and new is always good.

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If you want to jump in on the growing trend, here are a few tips on what you should do.

First and foremost, going to a great sportsbook is critical. Going to the wrong sportsbook can leave you with bad odds, bad support, and a world of terrible options. But if you go to a reputable sportsbook or online casino that offers sporting bets, you’ll be in the best position to make money. Odds will be different across the board. Looking at who has great odds and great support is the best way to go. Itís tempting to limit yourself only to physical sportsbooks, but that wouldn’t be a good idea either. What if you’re not feeling well and you don’t want to show up? It’s better to look at going with an online sportsbook where you know that you don’t have to leave home at all to get what you want.

Building the right foundation from the beginning is really important. If you’ve never played at the sportsbook before, you can usually collect some free bets. While they aren’t much on their own, they’re a great way to stretch your bankroll. Looking over at your options gives you plenty of chances to win real money. [Read more…]

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Why Ignoring the Underdog in Sports Betting is a Terrible Idea

No matter what sport you’re tuning in to watch right now, one thing is clear: there will be a favorite, and there will be an underdog. The natural inclination is to bet on the favorite, because that will lead to money in your pocket, right?

Wrong. There are favorites that lose all the time. Underestimating the underdog can actually cause you to lose a lot of money. We talk to people that wouldn’t even dream of having the underdog in the lineup for betting, and we can’t understand that perspective. You see, it makes complete sense to think about the underdog as more than just a lamb going to the slaughter.

There could be weaknesses with the favorite that no one is looking at. For example, if the favorite has had players with injuries, they might not fully be back to the same standard they were playing at before they got hurt. Getting hurt changes your mental focus a great deal. So it’s possible that the body is healed but the mind needs a little more time. There can be incredible pressure to perform. Even though a team gets paid whether they win or lose, some players worry about getting traded to other teams, or losing their contract altogether. So the stakes have never been higher.

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One other thing the underdog might have are new players. New players can be hit or miss. If they’re good, then they can raise up morale across the team very quickly. However, if they’re not doing so well, you might have to wait for future evaluation until you know that they’re a solid pick.

Everyone picks their teams differently. Sometimes the favorite really deserves to be the favorite, but often times you could make a lot of money by looking at the underdog a bit more closely. Some people just bet on what’s popular and never think any deeper than that. But if you’re trying to really stand out, then you have to go beyond what other people are doing at every turn.

If you already have a system that’s working for you and making you money, then this guide may not sound like much. But if you’re stressed out that you’re not making as much pocket money as you would like, then these tips may serve you better.

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4 things we learned from Atleti’s win

1) Atletico are no pushovers

After the departures of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois and David Villa, many expected Atletico to still be up there in the La Liga race but eventually finish behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, based on their recent league win and Spanish Super Cup triumph over Los Blancos, it looks like they’re more than just one season wonders.

With some impressive signings, it’s even possible that this Atletico team could achieve more than Diego Simeone’s side of 2013/2014, staking a claim as one of Europe’s best sides.

2) Squad depth

When Diego Costa got injured in the Champions League final back in May, Koke aside, Atletico really lacked a player who could create something out of nothing. Squad depth however, isn’t an issue anymore at the Vicente Calderon.

At the Bernabeu, Atletico were able to call on Antoine Griezmann and Arda Turan off the bench – both of whom who made decisive impacts in Atletico’s first ever back-to-back win at Real Madrid. Simeone was notably happy:

“What I am most pleased about today is that the players who came off the bench did what we were expecting of them and did it well.”

And with the likes of Alessio Cerci, Jesus Gamez and Cristian Ansaldi still to make their debuts, Atletico are well packed.

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3) Moya taking his chance

In what was seen as a backup signing, Miguel Moya has certainly taken advantage of Jan Oblak’s injury problems. The Slovenian – the most expensive goalkeeper signed in La Liga for €16 million – was seen as the eventual successor for Thibaut Courtois but it could be that Moya, the former Getafe man, is Simeone’s new man between the sticks.

With some great performances, a quick acclimatization, and a confident voice, Moya has settled in well at Atletico and it would be harsh for him to have to relinquish the starting spot if Oblak were to be fit and ready to go.

The Spaniard made impressive saves against Real Madrid and as it stands, has conceded 3 goals in 5 games.

4) Atleti could actually be Real Madrid’s kryptonite

Before the game, Raul Garcia made a claim that Atletico Madrid knew how to beat Real Madrid:

“Atletico know how to play against Real Madrid and we can beat them. We have shown that. The only time in recent history where we took the wrong approach was in the Copa del Rey last season.”

It was a risky thing to say – perhaps with the intention of phasing Los Blancos – but Garcia was proved right as Atletico made it yet another win over their rivals. It just shows what a great job Simeone has done with this team that they are finally a thorn in their neighbour’s side.

The funny thing is, Real Madrid fans held a banner in 2011 saying “Derby rival wanted,” and since then, Atletico have won 3 out of the last 4 games at the Bernabeu. Lesson? Be careful what you wish for.

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LvG already under big pressure

Former Liverpool player and manager, Kenny Dalglish said it perfectly:

“Louis van Gaal may have had difficult starts at Bayern Munich and Barcelona – but nothing like this. I don’t know how much pressure the Dutchman was actually under at those clubs but this, at Manchester United, might just be the most extreme pressure he has ever experienced.”

While some United fans would want to disagree with that, Dalglish hasn’t said anything wrong. After the disaster year that followed David Moyes’ managerial stint, Old Trafford was crying for a saviour. After rejecting Jose Mourinho a year earlier, who better than the Chelsea manager’s old mentor, Louis van Gaal to rectify all that’s gone wrong?

While the Dutchman drew plenty of plaudits and did well to steer Holland to a third place finish in the 2014 World Cup – when many were expecting them to finish behind Chile and Spain in the group – it has also massively increased the expectations on the former Bayern manager.

Louis van Gaal

It’s fair to say many expected him to hit the ground running – with no Champions League football either, van Gaal could solely focus on the league; something which has helped Roma, Juventus and most recently last season, Liverpool, with the decrease in fixtures.

However, it’s been anything but. United lost their opener at home against Swansea City while drawing with Sunderland away after taking the lead. To add insult to injury, League One side, MK Dons thrashed United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.

It was always going to take time but not even the most pessimistic United fan would have expected a winless first three games of the season. To make matters more worrying is the fact that United have spent quite a lot this season – £59.7 million for Angel di Maria, £30 million for Luke Shaw and £28.5 million on Ander Herrera. And they might even spend more with the rumours of Arturo Vidal.

With these transfers, it’s interesting to note that Moyes never got his targets or spent this much in the summer preceding his first season, having an inferior squad to van Gaal. Sir Alex Ferguson also once mentioned £34 million being too much for one player – Eden Hazard in particular.

Of course, di Maria hasn’t played yet and the 3-5-2 formation could take time, but do United really have time on their side? With just two games in, they’re already 5 points behind the leaders and face a tricky away tie to Burnley. Confidence is already pretty low and another setback could have big consequences – van Gaal is already under big pressure.

Moyes never lost a game by more than 3 goals and van Gaal has already done that in his third game. He has the mentality, experience and personality to get United back on track but if things keep going this way, at what point do we stop defending the Dutchman?

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Who Will Claim The Super Bowl Ring This Year – Bet and Then Find Out!

The NFL preseason is almost over, giving us plenty of excitement. Sure, preseason is fun because you get to see who’s really taken summer training to heart and who hasn’t, but let’s be honest: there’s nothing like the official season. This year, the official season starts up right on September 4th, a few days after Labor Day. So, how do you get ready for an excellent season of football? You need to start by looking at all of the teams that are playing. But what does that really mean?

Well, you have to step back and look at how football teams are organized during the official season. You have two conferences and multiple divisions within the NFL league. The two conferences are the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference). When you start looking at statistics, being able to narrow things down by conference and later by division will help you make better bets. Spreading your bets around is a good strategy when you get started, to increase your chances of winning. The worst thing that you can do is to get to a sportsbook and just “throw it all” on one team and hope for the best. Sharp football betting fans know better than that.

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You also have different divisions within each conference. This keeps things pretty organized. You can lay out your bets per division, or you can focus on multiple divisions. It’s really up to you. You have four divisions within each conference: North, South, East, and West.

Sounds good, right? This can add quite a bit of spice to your normal NFL season, but you still need to pick a quality sportsbook. Going online for your sportsbook needs is good because you get to skip all of those office pools that usually don’t pay out very well. There are always a few hurt feelings when the results come in. Working with a professional sportsbook cuts all of the hurt feelings out of the picture entirely. We recommend allpro sportsbook, because they go above and beyond to make sure all players are comfortable. Support is only a few clicks away, and they strive to resolve any problems quickly. The interface is slick enough to meet your needs, but you can’t see any winnings if you don’t dive in and place your bets.

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MMA and UFC Betting Puts Cash In Your Pocket

When MMA fights first came out, they didn’t hold a lot of appeal with the mainstream audience. They were considered too bloody, and they were dismissed as being a fad that would go away quickly. Dana White, one of the major players in the UFC world, worked to rebrand the sport as being about performance rather than just bloodsport. This was something that turned the sport into a truly global phenomenon. But you probably know all of that. You want to figure out whether out not betting on UFC events will put cash in your pocket.

The answer is yes, but there are conditions to it. You see, you can’t just bet from the gut. If you’re just getting into UFC matches, you need to study the contenders closely. Going with whoever the media likes means that you could blow money on the wrong events, leading to a lot of problems later down the road.

First and foremost, look at the odds in the marketplace. Sportsbooks are designed to make money, but they can also help you make money. You just need to calculate the odds as best you can, and then look at which picks can make you money. If you’re looking at each player, then you should be able to make smarter matches.

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Playing at an online sportsbook gives you benefits. It’s not just about bonus hunting, either. You get the benefit of being able to watch some of the games live as they happen. If you don’t have an expanded cable subscription that lets you view the games, some sportsbooks will let you view a stream. They have a license for the ability to do this, so you’re not in danger of violating any copyright laws checking out the game.

There will be bets you make that end up not coming to pass. If a contender gets injured or otherwise can’t finish the round, you want to be assured that the bet is either going to be cancelled out, or made in your favor. Every sportsbook has a set policy on how they’re going to handle this, so make sure that you look it up on their site. There are just too many sportsbooks for us to tell you how this is going to be. Even if we could, you’ll find the information changes very quickly.

The key here is to study as much historical data as possible. As the UFC fights come and go, we’ll continue to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of every player, as well as giving as much background as possible. We hope you’ll stay tuned!

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Tennis, Golf, Football – It’s a Big Betting Season Right Now!

Watching sports is okay, but being able to bet on them is even better. We’re big sports fans who make different wagers depending on what’s happening in the sports world. Tennis? No problem. Golf? Too easy. Football? Always.

Why not join us? There’s a big betting field out there, and there’s always room to make a little more money. You don’t have to feel like you’re racing against every single person.

If you’re going to jump into the game, there are a few things that you might want to do.

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First and foremost, you need to find a sportsbook that you can trust. We’ve written on the subject before, but this advice bears repeating. Playing at the wrong sportsbook is frankly going to make you pretty pissed off! We’re tired of seeing people waste money at the wrong ‘book, and it’s time to do your homework. Look at reviews to find a sportsbook that you’ll love coming back to over and over.

Here’s a hint: look at the bonuses too. No, we’re not true bonus hounds by any stretch of the imagination. What we are is simple: punters that love betting as much as watching all of the games. Getting a little incentive to make wagers isn’t a bad thing. If it’s wrong, well…we really don’t want to be right!

So, at this point, you have some options. You can always look at getting the biggest upfront bonus, or you can look at getting something that’s going to keep recurring over time. In our opinion, you want to look at promotions that will continue to accrue even if you aren’t a high roller. That would make the most sense, honestly.

Finally, look at the sports that you’re really interested in. Every sportsbook will do promotions based on something interesting, but if it’s not what you want bet on, what’s the point?

Some sportsbooks will do live feeds of the games, in case you want to watch from your computer. There are also mobile versions of sportsbooks that you can take the betting fun with you. We like those because we can chill at a friend’s house, watch the big games, and then make our wagers throughout the day.

It’s really that straightforward. Why not look into it today? You just never know how much you’re going to win until you play!