May 23, 2006

NBA PLAYOFF TOTALS GOING OVER  - The old saw is that NBA playoff games are defensively oriented, half court affairs with a lot of low scores and UNDER totals. This year at least, the reality is completely opposite. Through the games of 5/19 (where both games went UNDER) NBA playoff totals stand at 38 OVER 26 UNDER and 4 PUSH. That's a 59.3% OVER clip with 8 of the L12 and 13 of the L19 NBA playoff contests eclipsing the posted total

May 22, 2006

AMERICAN IDOL WINNER INSIDE  - First note that this is simply another play. Just because this is the big American Idol finale, and just because we REALLY like this play, doesn't mean you should go out and empty your accounts on it. It's just another play, lumped in with the many any player will make over the course of the year


May 15, 2006

PREAKNESS PICKS!! - Barbaro was dominant in the Kentucky Derby, winning by 6 ½ lengths. While many horses are passing on the Preakness, the nine horse field could still mean a tough run for unbeaten Barbaro. This prop initially opened with Barbaro at -130, but after moderate two-way action, there’s been more bettors favoring the horse capturing the second leg of the Triple Crown.

May 15, 2006

THE HANDICAPPERS ALMANAC PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER FROM NETPROPHET SPORTS!! In this edition we'll take a look at a huge scandal that has rocked the European sports world, take a look at a baseball team to keep an eye on in the coming weeks, examine the Stanley Cup futures lines and give you a special offer on sports service exclusively for Bettorsworld visitors.

May 11, 2006

FREE MONEY IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS???-The second round of the NBA Playoffs is underway after a (mostly) uneventful first round. In all premiere events such as the NBA playoffs, many sportsbooks try to post as many proposition bets as possible to tempt players into their book. For a savvy player who does his homework, many of these offerings are almost free money to be picked up off the ground just by bending over.

NBA 2ND ROUND PLAYOFF PREVIEW-San Antonio vs (4) Dallas: It sure looks like this year's Spurs are not the invincible team they were last season. Even with such depth on their roster, they allowed the much underdog Sacramento Kings a chance to come back and tie that series up. If the Kings actually hung on and won that nail-biter in game 2, things would have looked a lot more different. Sacramento would have been up 3 games to 1 and would have probably had a chance to close the series out.......

May 10, 2006

THE HANDICAPPERS ALMANAC FOR WEDNESDAY-With apologies to the late Flannery O'Connor for brutalizing the name of her classic short story ("Everything that Rises Must Converge"), note that the NHL totals which started the playoffs with a strong OVER tendency have gone in a different direction since our last column.......

May 6, 2006

OSCAR DELAHOYA PLUS THE DERBY!! -The toughest guy in the world with a nine figure ATM balance, Oscar De La Hoya returns to the ring against one of the more colorful fighters in the game, Ricardo Mayorga. At least that's the plan--at the pre-fight press conference Mayorga claimed that he wasn't going to fight unless he got the same eight million bucks......


May 5, 2006

KENTUCKY DERBY PICKS -For many gamblers, Saturday’s 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby will be the most exciting two-minute period of the year. Many anticipate the race because small wagers can pay huge returns – last year, a winning Superfecta (where the bettor picks the top 4 horses in the correct order of finish) paid over $100,000 for a stake amount of just $1!

SPORTSINTERACTION OFFERING KENTUCKY DERBY REFUNDS!! -The Roses smell even sweeter this year if you’re a Sports Interaction customer because we will refund your bet if your horse finishes second in the Kentucky Derby. So if you still believe that nobody remembers who finishes second, remember this: with Sports Interaction, Every Second Counts. Now get in the action at Churchill Downs for the Derby and cheer your horse home even if it’s for second place!


May 1, 2006

KENTUCKY DERBY AND TRIPLE CROWN ODDS -With the 132nd Kentucky Derby taking place this Saturday at Churchill Downs, leading Internet race and sports book has released odds on "The Run for the Roses" as well as odds on any horse completing the elusive Triple Crown. Now that early Derby favorites First Samurai and Stevie Wonderboy have withdrawn from the race, has calculated odds on 21 potential entries for the first leg of the Triple Crown.

ANOTHER LOOK AT GAS PRICE WAGERS -With the recent upsurge in the price of gas I was hoping that there would be another opportunity to bet on petroleum markets. Pinnacle pioneered the "price of gas" props last year during the price spike after Hurricane Katrina, and my clients were able to turn a nice profit on the wager. This year, however, the only book to step up and take action on the price of gas has been


April 29, 2006

NASCAR, NHL TOTALS AND AMERICAN IDOL BETTING -All covered in this installment of the Prophets Handicapping Almanac!  - I'm not one to suggest that a "fix" might be in the offing, but I do expect NASCAR to give Dale Earnhardt, Jr. every benefit of the doubt during the Aarons 499 race this weekend. Junior is honoring his late dad's induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame this week by running a black paint scheme on his Chevy at Talladega


April 27, 2006

BETTING THE NBA PLAYOFFS SERIES -After a grueling 82-game regular season, the NBA playoffs are finally here, which is one of the busiest betting events every year. During the post season many sharper players shift their focus from sides and totals to something easier to beat: playoff series wagers.

April 25, 2006

THE PROPHETS HANDICAPPING ALMANAC -Olympic Sportsbook is offering a variety of prop bets on the 1st round of Saturday's NFL draft. One involves the number of players chosen from USC, with an OV/UN of 4 Trojans going in the first round. The UNDER -130 looks like the right side here.

April 19, 2006

BASEBALL BETTING STRATEGY -With Major League Baseball in full swing, there are many wagering options available to the savvy player. One that is often overlooked is the run line bet, which is the MLB equivalent of an NFL 1.5 point spread. While nearly every player, professional or otherwise knows what the ‘3’ in the NFL is worth, far fewer understand the value of the ‘1.5’ in baseball.


April 14, 2006

SPORTSBETTING THEORY- A few months ago, right before the Al Pacino/Matthew McCohnehey sports tout film "Two For the Money' was released, a friend asked me if I thought that it would do for sports gambling what "Rounders" did for poker. Without having seen the film, I said "no"......MORE

2006 NFL SEASON WIN TOTALS - STRATEGY - The season kicks off in less than 5 months from now when the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins in a Thursday night match-up. Pinnacle Sports has already posted lines on every game in week 1 courtesy of our in-house team of odds makers who’ve handicapped the games and created the lines. But as a player, how does one handicap the first week’s games and find an edge this far out?


April 12, 2006

NBA PLAYOFFS - DOWN TO THE WIRE- Phoenix (Pacific) - Amare came back for a couple games and is now done for the rest of the season including the playoffs. However, throughout the season, the other cast members have done a great job filling in for their star center/forward.....more inside!


April 10, 2006

HOW TO CHOOSE A HANDICAPPER- One of the advantages of being a sports handicapper is that I don't have to find someone else to do it for me. Seriously, I don't envy you people. Sports handicapping is one of the few industries I can think of where a majority of the "professionals" are either incompetent or downright crooked.


April 6, 2006

CBS Sportsline's Sports Gambling Hatchet Job: The Prophet Provides a Refuation-Every year during the Final Four at least one major media outlet runs a hysterical anti-sports gambling story "planted" by the NCAA. It's a traditional rite of spring, like the azaleas blooming at the Augusta National Golf Course or the swallows returning to San Capistrano.

AMERICAN IDOL BETTING-No other “event” at Pinnacle Sports has been growing as fast as wagering on American Idol. It has turned into a huge betting event with reasonably high limits and all sorts of profit-making potential for sharp bettors. At the Pinnacle Sports book, the action on this year’s series has increased five fold over the last installment of the hit show and now compares to the Masters in terms of handle.


April 1, 2006

PINNACLE SPORTS TO CHANGE BUSINESS MODEL-Admits Error In Offering Reduced Juice On All Sports - Leading online sportsbook today announced that the company will be changing its’ business model by no longer offering reduced juice wagering on sporting events......More inside!!!