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5 Advantages Las Vegas Sports Bettors Have Over Everyone Else – Part 2

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In part 1 of this series, you learned about many important advantages Las Vegas sports bettors have over everyone else. In part two I cover four additional advantages. 2 – A Competitive Market Means Competitive Odds One happy byproduct of the sheer variety Las Vegas bettors enjoy is how the confluence of competition produces the Read more…

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5 Advantages Las Vegas Sports Bettors Have Over Everyone Else – Part 1

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Between 1949 and 2018, the only place in the nation where Americans were permitted to wager on sports was Nevada. Blessed with a monopoly over the country’s betting action, the Silver State’s legal casino and sportsbook industry flourished over that span. By 2017, Nevada’s bookmaking operations accepted $4.87 billion in wagers while collecting $248 million Read more…

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List of States Offering Legal Sports Betting Continues to Grow

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America was fundamentally changed on May 14 of 2018, when the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case of Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The case originated in New Jersey, where both voters and lawmakers approved several attempts to legalize sports betting in the Garden State. But after then Read more…

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5 Reasons Why the Horse Racing Track Is Better Than the Casino – Part 2

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In part 1 you learned why the horse track is better than the casino because you get to experience the race in person and how you can avoid the temptation of slot machines at some tracks. Here in the second part, I explore three more reasons why the horse track is better than the casino, Read more…

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5 Reasons Why the Horse Racing Track Is Better Than the Casino – Part 1

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Spring is in the air, which means the month or so between early May and mid-June will see horse racing jockey it’s way back into the national consciousness. Starting on May 4 with the Kentucky Derby, followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 18 and the Belmont Stakes on June 8, casual fans and hardcore Read more…

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Examining the Specter of Fixed Games after the NBA’s Tim Donaghy Scandal

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For fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA), villains are all part of the spectacle. L.A. Lakers fans might have loved him, but Kobe Bryant was Public Enemy #1 in 29 other NBA arenas during his storied career. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has become infamous for his icy staredowns during the halftime Read more…

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How to Bet Over Under (And Win)

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One of the most interesting bets offered by sportsbooks is the over-under bet. I thought it would be fun to write a post that was basically the biggest, most complete guide to how to bet over-under. I also thought it would be fun to include advice about how to win money placing these kinds of Read more…

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How to Bet on Basketball in Vegas

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If you want to gamble on sports in Las Vegas, and if basketball is the sport you love most, this is the post for you. It’s a complete guide to how to bet basketball in Vegas. And here are some Las Vegas sports betting basics: Some aspects of betting on basketball in Vegas are the Read more…

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How to Make Parlay Cards

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Before you can learn how to make parlay cards, you need to have a good understanding of what a parlay is and how it works. I cover parlay bets, especially football parlays, in detail in the beginning of this post. I offer advice about how to actually make the parlay cards later in this post, Read more…

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Why You Should Be Fearful of Tennis and Soccer Betting

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Match-fixing is one of the biggest fears of both gamblers and sports leagues. Gamblers fear that they’ll be duped into making a bad wager by not knowing that a match is fixed. Leagues face even higher stakes, because the integrity of their sport is compromised when betting scandals happen. The Chicago Black Sox scandal of Read more…

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How Do You Play Football Squares?

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I’ve seen football squares played in multiple ways, especially during the Super Bowl. I used to play with my buddies from work on a regular basis. I also hung out in a neighborhood bar that always hosted Super Bowl squares. These are the rules for the football squares games I’ve always played in: Football Squares Read more…

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11 Sports Betting Strategies for Beginners

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When you look for sports betting information online, you find a bunch of articles about the basics, like how to read lines and where to bet. You also find a few pages about advance betting techniques and systems. But few pages are available that help you advance from the beginning to the point where you Read more…

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5 Tips for Predicting a Preseason World Series Winner

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Throughout its lengthy history, Major League Baseball has been generally hard to predict. Baseball is an inherently unpredictable sport, and games are often decided by even the slimmest of margins. One unfortunate bounce here or a missed call there could go a long way toward determining a team’s fate in a given season. Just like Read more…

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Top Ten Federer Moments – Never Count the Maestro Out

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If you’re a follower of tennis, chances are you’ve heard of a guy named Roger Federer. Needless to say, he’s pretty good at the sport. After an incredible comeback, one that got him two Grand Slams and a handful of other Masters titles, all his critics have been silenced. At the ripe age of 36, Read more…

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Why the Goalie Is the Backbone of a Soccer Team

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Soccer can be cruel sometimes. You often see midfielders and forwards earn the big bucks and receive the lion’s share of the love of the supporters. Sure, they provide a lot of entertainment with their skill and goals are considered to be the bread and butter of soccer. However, you need more than that if Read more…

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Horse Racing Betting Myths Busted

The Top 4 Misconceptions about Betting on Horse Races that Need to Be Dispelled

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Every form of gambling is rife with superstitions and myths, safety nets which seem to offer people putting their money at risk some semblance of control over an unpredictable outcome. Blackjack aficionados are often blinded by the “third base” theory, a silly idea suggesting that the player who acts last determines whether or not the Read more…

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The Greatest Dynasties in Professional Sports

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You either love them or you hate them. The opinions of best teams and individuals in the history of professional sports are so polarizing because some folks get fed up with their continued greatness. Then you have the loyal fans who stand by them no matter what. Some people just get tired of seeing a Read more…

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The Lazy Sports Bettor Guide

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The traditional way for sports bettors to try to make money is by handicapping games and looking for value on the offered lines. While finding good lines is important for every sports bettor, handicapping can be hard. Sportsbooks invest a great deal of time into getting good lines, because they make money by doing so. Read more…

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3 Old Time Sports Betting Tactics That Still Work Today

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Pull up any news source you prefer and it won’t take long to find a story about sports betting going mainstream. Ever since May of 2018 – When the United States Supreme Court ruled to repeal a 26-year old federal ban on sportsbooks operating outside of Nevada – the floodgates have opened. Seven states have Read more…

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How to Fake Your Way Through a Round of Golf

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I have a confession to make. I am a pretty awful golfer. There, I said it. For most people, this isn’t that big of a deal. This was the case for me as well before I made my transition out of the poker world and started my own business. You see, I played poker professionally Read more…

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