Archive for November, 2008

Lucky Week 13: NFL Free Picks

November 28, 2008

I have 5 picks this week, taking the Titans, Panthers, Bucs, Steelers and Texans – it starts on Thanksgiving continues on Sunday and finishes off Monday Night. Lets keep the winners going in Lucky Week 13.

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Is the Betting Webmaster Safe With the ‘Right’ Affiliate Program?

November 25, 2008

Casino Affiliates Fear For Their Profits as the Credit Crunch Affects Online Services

November 24, 2008: Since warnings of the Credit Crunch began, consumers have been far more cautious with their money. This in turn is having a negative impact on the online affiliate program; especially those related to gambling and casinos and the webmasters who invest in them.

This outcome stems from the golden rule with Internet marketing; that if an online product is marketable then it will sell during good times and bad. Unfortunately a casino and sports betting affiliate program is considered somewhat of a ‘luxury’, which consumers are reluctant to make room for in their budgets. This industry has been hit hard.

Yet online sports betting giants Bet OT have come up with a solution for webmasters who would like to invest in their affiliate program, but who think that it won’t work or they can’t afford it. The answer is in profiting from the players’ losses, at up to 50% per month.

Instant Cash is becoming the most popular affiliate program online” says Bet OT founder and manager Frank Fennel, “affiliates can make money immediately without the long waiting of weeks and months.”

While betting might be a ‘luxury’ and dispensable pass time for the money-conscious, it’s still popular and consumers will never stop making losses. It might seem brutal but the early webmaster gets the wealthy worm when they sign up to an affiliate program like that of the Bet OT ‘Instant Cash‘ program and profits from those losses. There are plenty of reasons for potential affiliates to sign up, including the $100 bonus upon joining, sign up players being ‘theirs for life’ and personal web pages on the BetOT.com website.

The world of Internet marketing welcomes online affiliate program ‘Instant Cash‘ from sports betting website Bet OT this season. This new program has brought the struggling webmaster a new and successful way to get a return on investment, even in such troubled economical times.

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NCAA Football bettors all over Ball State

November 24, 2008

The Western Michigan Broncos visit the No. 15 Ball State Cardinals in a MAC West clash on Tuesday night (7 pm ET, ESPN2).

The teams have split the past 10 meetings, each winning five, but Ball State has a 6-4 ATS edge over that span. The conference rivals last met on Oct. 20, 2007, when Ball State won 27-23 as a 1-point road favorite. The score went under the total of 68.5.

The Cardinals are an 11-point favorite at Sportsbooks.

Public Betting Trends show bettors are backing Ball State big time, with 74 per cent of wagers placed on the game on the Cardinals as of Monday night.

In their last game, the Broncos’ Tim Hiller completed three touchdown passes to pace a 27-17 win over Toledo in Week 12. The Broncos failed to cover the 15-point spread and the score went under the total of 53.5.

Nate Davis threw four TD passes in leading Ball State to a 31-24 victory over Central Michigan in Week 13. Ball State covered the 6.5-point spread and the score fell under the total of 62.

Western Michigan (9-2 SU, 5-5 ATS) has won three straight, while Ball State (11-0 SU, 8-2 ATS) has won 11 straight.

Over/under bettors should note that the total has gone over in five of Western Michigan’s past six on the road, but has gone under in five of Ball State’s past six.

Western Michigan is 4-2 ATS in its past six. Ball State is 5-0 SU in its past five overall and at home, and 8-2 ATS in its last 10.

Bettors backing Spartans to cover big spread at Penn State

November 20, 2008

The 15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans visit the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions in NCAA Football action on Saturday (3:30 pm ET, ABC).

Penn State has been the dominant team over the past 10 meetings, going 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS. But the Nittany Lions lost the last time the teams squared off, 35-31 as 3-point road favorites on Nov. 17 last season.

Penn State is a 15.5-point favorite at Sportsbooks but NCAA bettors are backing the Spartans to cover the big spread. Almost 64 per cent of bets placed on the game are on Michigan State, and 67 per cent of over/under wagers are on the Over.

Javon Ringer had two touchdowns for Michigan State in a 27-7 win over Purdue in Week 11. The Spartans covered the 10-point spread, while the score fell under the total of 53.5.

Derrick Williams ran for one TD and caught another as Penn State beat Indiana 34-7 in Week 12. The Lions did not cover the 35.5-point spread, while the score went under the total of 56.

Michigan State is 9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS and has won three straight. Penn State is 10-1 SU and 6-3-1 ATS.

The total has gone over in six of the past eight meetings. Penn State is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings at Penn State.

NCAA Football Betting: Ball State at Miami (OH)

November 10, 2008

The No. 17 Ball State Cardinals put their undefeated record on the line when they visit MAC rival Miami (OH) Redhawks on Tuesday night (7 pm ET, ESPN2).

Ball State (9-0 SU, 7-1 ATS) is 5-0 SU in MAC conference play while the Redhawks (2-7 SU, 3-5 ATS) are 1-4 SU.

The Cardinals are a 17.5-point road favorite at Sportsbooks.

The Redhawks have won four of the past eight meetings (the teams had a tie game in 1996) and five of the past seven. But Ball State has the edge against the spread, going 5-3 ATS over the past eight. The teams last met on Aug. 30 last season when the Redhawks edge the Cardinals 14-13 as 4-point road dogs.

Last week, Nate Davis threw four TD passes and ran for another as Ball State beat Northern Illinois 45-14 in Week 11. Ball State covered as 9.5-point faves and the score went over the total of 47.

The RedHawks suffered their first loss to the Buffalo Bulls in 11 meetings with a 37-17 defeat in Buffalo last Tuesday night. Buffalo covered the 8-point spread and the score went over the 50.5-point total.

Ball State is 5-0 SU in its past five, 5-1 SU in its past six on the road, and 4-1 ATS in its past five on the road. Miami (Ohio) is 2-4 ATS in its past six, 1-4 SU in its past five at home.

On the injury front, Ball State WR Dante Love (head) and DE Justin Woodard (leg) are out for the season, while Miami OL Bob Gulley (elbow) is questionable and RB Thomas Merriweather (ankle) is probable.

Frank Calls on Bush Administration to Delay Internet Gambling Regulations

November 10, 2008

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2008
Contact: Steve Adamske (202) 225-7141 or Heather Wong (202) 226-3314

Frank Calls on Bush Administration to Delay Internet Gambling Regulations

Rules to take effect on January 19; Bush promised end to “midnight regulations”

Washington, DC-House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) today wrote to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Board of Governors Chairman Ben Bernanke asking them to postpone issuing regulations pursuant to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act.

Frank wrote, “I am deeply disappointed to hear that your agency is proceeding with what I consider to be unseemly haste in issuing regulations implementing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This midnight rulemaking will tie the hands of the new Administration, burden the financial services industry at a time of economic crisis, and contradict the stated intent of the Financial Services Committee.”

The full text of Chairman Frank’s letters as follows:

November 10, 2008

The Honorable Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
Secretary
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am deeply disappointed to hear that your agency is proceeding with what I consider to be unseemly haste in issuing regulations implementing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This midnight rulemaking will tie the hands of the new Administration, burden the financial services industry at a time of economic crisis, and contradict the stated intent of the Financial Services Committee

As you know, at our April hearing, the testimony of your representatives and the industry indicated that it would be particularly difficult to craft workable regulations to effectively enforce the statute without having a substantial adverse effect on the payments system. Subsequently, my colleagues and I introduced legislation (HR 5767, later HR 6870) that would prohibit the implementation of these flawed rules and replace them with a formal rulemaking process that would define the term “unlawful internet gambling,” something the proposed rules fail to do. HR 6870 was passed by the Financial Services Committee on September 16.

The proposed regulations, like the underlying UIGEA statute, fail to define the term “unlawful internet gambling,” leaving it to each financial institution to reconcile conflicting state and federal laws, court decisions and inconsistent Department of Justice interpretations when determining whether to process a transaction. Furthermore, some of the information needed to make this determination would likely be unavailable to banks because customers or financial institutions in foreign jurisdictions will likely be unwilling or unable to provide it.

I strongly urge you to delay implementation of these major, and deeply flawed regulations to permit the incoming Administration the ability to review the consequences of such a significant policy decision, rather than unfairly being denied that opportunity.

BARNEY FRANK

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November 10, 2008

The Honorable Ben S. Bernanke
Chairman
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
20th & C Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20551

Dear Chairman Bernanke:

I submit to you the letter I sent to Treasury. I realize that the implementation of this flawed statute is not a task you requested. I also appreciate the candor with which your representative answered the questions at our hearing, confirming that this is an impossible task. There is no evidence that these issues have been in any way overcome. I strongly urge you not to burden the new Administration with administering a statute which cannot be carried out

BARNEY FRANK

NCAA Football bettors like Texas Tech and the Over in Big 12 showdown

November 6, 2008

The No. 9-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the No. 2 Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 showdown on Saturday (8 pm ET, ABC).

Texas Tech has a 6-4 SU and ATS edge, although the Cowboys won the last meeting 49-45 on Sept. 22, 2008. Oklahoma State was a 5.5-point home dog.

The Red Raiders are a 3-point favorite in Sportsbooks NCAA Football Betting Odds and the total is 73.5.

Public Betting numbers show that 62 per cent of point-spread wagers on the game are on Texas Tech, and 62 per cent of over/under bets are one Over.

Last week, Dez Bryant caught four touchdown passes and Zac Robinson passed for 395 yards as Oklahoma State rebounded from its first loss by routing Iowa State 59-17. The Cowboys covered the 30.5-point spread and the score went over the total of 61.5.

Texas Tech managed a 39-33 win over Texas in Week 10, as 3.5-point underdogs. The 72 points fell just under the total of 72.5.

Texas Tech (9-0 SU, 4-2-1 ATS) has won nine straight. Oklahoma State is 8-1 SU and 8-0 ATS.

Oklahoma State is 5-0 ATS in its past five and 9-1 SU in its past 10. The total has gone Under in six of Oklahoma State’s past seven on the road. Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in the past five meetings at home against Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech DT Rajon Henley (leg) and RB Aaron Crawford (toe) are questionable, while WR Michael Crabtree is probable.

NCAA Football bettors like Hokies, Under in ACC battle

November 5, 2008

The No. 23 Maryland Terrapins take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in an ACC conference battle on Thursday night (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Virginia Tech is a perfect 2-0 SU and ATS against the Terrapins. The teams last squared off on Oct. 20, 2005, a 28-9 Hokies win as 10-point road favorites.

The Hokies are a 3-point, -140 moneyline favorite at Sportsbooks. The over/under is 42.5.

Public Betting information indicates 67 per cent of point-spread bets on this game are on Virginia Tech, and 59 per cent of over/under bets are on the Under.

In the Terrapins last game in Week 9, Obi Egekeze kicked a 20-yard field goal with six seconds left to pace a 27-24 win over North Carolina State in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Terrapins failed to cover the 12-point spread and the score was under the total of 66.5.

Also in Week 9, the favored Hokies lost 30-20 to Florida State, failing to cover the 6.5-point spread. The score went under the total of 44.

Maryland (6-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) has won two straight, while Virginia Tech (5-3 SU, 2-5 ATS) has lost two straight.

The total has gone under in five of Maryland’s past six on the road. Maryland is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in its past six. Virginia Tech is 13-2 SU in its past 15 at home.

Maryland LB Adrian Moten (wrist) is out indefinitely and RB Da’Rel Scott (shoulder) is listed as questionable.

Virginia Tech QBs Sean Glennon (ankle) and Tyrod Taylor (ankle) are both questionable, as is DE Steven Friday (ankle).