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Betting the 2009 Academy Awards: Part 2

February 19, 2009

Betting on the Academy Awards has become one the most popular forms of prop wagering. In Part 2 of a three-part series, we highlight some of the lesser, yet still-important, Oscar award categories for the 2009 Academy Awards.

While there are no betting odds for the following categories, you can bet on the top categories – including Best Picture and Best Actor – at your favorite sportsbook.

The 81st Academy Awards take place Sunday at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Foreign Film: “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Germany; “The Class,” France; “Departures,” Japan; “Revanche,” Austria; “Waltz With Bashir,” Israel.

Well I have to admit I have not seen any of these Foreign Films and will guess that Revanche out of Austria will win.

Animated Feature Film: “Bolt”; “Kung Fu Panda”; “WALL-E.”

Now these I have seen and both Kung Fu Panda and Bolt were entertaining, especially the 3D Bolt but my hat goes off to WALL-E for the unique tale and overall look of the film.

Art Direction: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Duchess,” “Revolutionary Road.”

This is a real hard category because I loved The Duchess and Benjamin Button’s look, Changeling was good too, not so happy with Revolutionary Road.  However, The Dark Knight stands taller than the rest.

Cinematography: “Changeling,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Okay.  Slumdog Millionaire will probably take this category but my money is on The Dark Knight as the cool dark look of the film made audience members feel uneasy through the movie and that is what theatre going is all about.  Make us squirm.

Sound Mixing: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”

This is difficult to pick because I get immersed into the films so deeply I hardly notice the sound mixing and that is the sign of great sound mixing.  With that in mind I choose The Dark Knight even though Wanted and WALL-E stand out here too.

Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “WALL-E,” “Wanted.”

Because this is one of the few categories Iron Man got nominated for I pick it to win.  I still can’t believe that it was not nominated in more categories. Dark Knight is a close second.

Original Score: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat; “Defiance,” James Newton Howard; “Milk,” Danny Elfman; “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman; “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman.

I love Danny Elfman and he deserves to win and the unique score for Slumdog Millionaire was great.  Yet I believe the Oscar will go to Thomas Newman for WALL-E because the songs in this animated feature are catchier than the others.

Original Song: “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam.

Even though the odds are in favor that Slumdog Millionaire will win (two songs), I still think Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman was catchier, plus I am a Peter Gabriel fan.

Costume: “Australia,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Duchess,” “Milk,” “Revolutionary Road.”

No brainer here – The Duchess hands down.

Betting on the 2009 Academy Awards

January 28, 2009

Betting on the Academy Awards has become one the most popular forms of prop wagering. In Part 1 of a three-part series, we highlight the top Oscar award categories for the 2009 Academy Awards, and betting odds for the nominees.

The 81st Academy Awards take place Feb. 22 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Best Picture: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The hype for Benjamin Button is everywhere with Brad Pitt smiling and enticing his fans and the voters. However, Frost/Nixon has good performances by both lead actors. Where the hell is The Dark Knight or Iron Man? If the academy wants to increase viewership, they need to nominate movies the public is paying to see. My prediction is that Slumdog Millionaire will be triumphant due to the unique look and licensing of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ – I mean the producers have the money to lobby hard.

Oscar betting odds at Sportsbooks have Slumdog Millionaire as the favorite at -300, followed by the Curious Case of Benjamin Button at +350, Milk at +500, Frost/Nixon at +1000, and The Reader at +1200.

Director: David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Gus Van Zant, “Milk”; Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”; Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Ron Howard is a genius and it shows in Frost/Nixon, I just don’t think there is much more he could do with two guys stuck sitting across from each other and he’s already won a Director’s Oscar. David Fincher did an amazing job with Benjamin Button but something seemed missing. I hope Danny Boyle wins because Slumdog Millionaire was a great way to tell a story and he made sure it translated internationally.

Academy Award betting odds at Sporting bet have Danny Boyle as a -250 favorite followed by David Fincher at +333, Ron Howard at +1200, Gus Van Zant at +1600, and Stephen Daltry at +1600.

Actor: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”

This is a hard one. Mickey Rourke is fantastic as The Wrestler but the academy may still hold animosity to the legendary actor. After the Homosexual marriage vote fiasco I don’t think Sean Penn has a chance and so my pick is Richard Jenkins in The Visitor. Jenkin’s an actor who has been in a million movies & TV shows and is always good and The Visitor is really his movie, it’s impossible to imagine any other actor pulling that character off.

Mickey Rourke is a -110 favorite in Oscar betting lines at Sporting bet. Sean Penn is at +150, Frank Langella is +700, Brad Pitt is +1400, and Richard Jenkins +4000.

Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

Even though I am a huge fan of Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet I have to vote for Angelina Jolie for two reasons. First, her acting in Clint Eastwood’s movie Changeling is her best part since Girl Interrupted. Second, she is overdue since she hasn’t won an Oscar since 2000.

Academy Award betting odds at Sportsbooks have Kate Winslet favored at -125, followed by Anne Hathaway at +160, Meryl Streep at +350, and Angelina Jolie and Melissa Leo, both at +1000.

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, “Milk”; Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”; Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road.”

This is another hard category to choose from. Josh Brolin acts just like Nixon (I remember watching the actual Frost/Nixon interview and this version is so realistic you’d think he was Nixon. I loved Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, how could you not like him as a black man. Philip Seymour Hoffman is original and chooses roles that make you want to sit up and notice but everyone knows that Heath Ledger deserves the Oscar for his take on The Joker in The Dark Knight. I still can see his face when I close my eyes and plus, Ledger deserves it (he won’t be able to be nominated again).

Betting odds at Sporting bet  have Heath Ledger as a huge favorite at -2000. Philip Seymour Hoffman is +1800, while Josh Brolin, Michael Shannon, and Robert Downey Jr. are all +2000.

Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler.”

Even though Marisa Tomei acted the hell out of The Wrestler, Penelope Cruz made Vicky Cristina Barcelona her own. Mind you I would have voted for Kiera Knightly but she was not nominated (which just shows you the academy isn’t on top of its game).

Penelope Cruz is a -138 favorite at Sportsbooks. Marisa Tomei and Viola Davis are +350, Taraja P. Henson is +1200, and Amy Adams is +1600.

Public going with Florida Gators in BCS title tilt

January 6, 2009

No. 1-ranked Florida Gators battle the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Thursday (8:15 pm ET, FOX).

Florida is a 3.5-point and -170 moneyline favorite at Sportingbet. The over/under is 70.5. Public Betting information shows 58 per cent of wagers on the game are on Florida.

The Gators (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the SEC Championship while the Sooners (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the Big 12.

Florida won the inaugural BCS Title Game two years ago, beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14.

The Gators’ only loss this season came against Ole Miss in September, a 31-30 setback. Otherwise, the Gators have rolled over most opponents, including one-sided road wins over Tennessee (30-6), Georgia (49-10) and Florida State (45-15), as well as LSU (51-21) at home.

Florida captured the SEC championship with a 31-20 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide to earn a spot in the national title game.

Florida scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Florida failed to cover the 10-point spread and the score went under the total of 54.5.

The BCS National Championship will be Florida’s 18th straight bowl game and 36th bowl appearance overall (16-19).

Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with a 62-21 butt-kicking of Missouri.

It was the Sooners’ third-straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma covered the 16.5-point spread and the score went over the total of 79.

Just like Florida, Oklahoma has had just one loss this season, a 45-35 setback to Texas on Oct. 11. The Sooners rattled off seven straight wins after that loss to end the season and wrap up the Big 12 championship.

The Sooners have won seven national titles since 1950 with the latest coming in 2000. and boast of a 24-16-1 all-time bowl record. The team is making its 10th straight bowl appearance, but has struggled in the postseason of late, losing two straight bowl games and four of the last five overall.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

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Wildcats favored over No. 16 BYU in Las Vegas Bowl

December 16, 2008

The NCAA Football bowl schedule officially kicks off Saturday with four games, including the No. 16 BYU Cougars facing the favored Arizona Wildcats in the Las Vegas Bowl, the only matchup involving a Top 25-ranked team.

Arizona is a 3-point favorite with -105 juice at Sportsbooks. The Wildcats are a -145 moneyline favorite at Sportsbooks, and the over/under total is 61.5.

The game is being played at Sam Boyd Stadium (8 pm ET, ESPN).

The teams have split their past two meetings, while BYU has covered the spread in both games. They last squared off on Sept. 1, 2007, when the Cougars won 20-7 as 3.5-point home favorites.

In their final game of the season, BYU (10-2 SU, 3-8 ATS) was beaten 48-24 by Utah as 7-point underdogs. The score went well over the total of 55.

Arizona (7-5 SU and ATS) beat Arizona State 31-10 in their regular-season finale. Arizona covered the 10.5-point spread and the score fell under the total of 49.

On the injury front, BYU tight end Dennis Pitta (MCL) is listed as probable for Saturday.

BYU is 20-2 SU in its past 22 games, but 1 -7 ATS in its past eight. The total has gone over in four of BYU’s past five. Arizona is 11-5 ATS in its past 16.

BYU is a 3-point underdog, with -115 juice, and a +125 moneyline dog at Sportsbooks.

Bettors like underdog Alabama in SEC title game

December 1, 2008

The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide meet the No. 4 Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome (4 pm ET, CBS).

Alabama is undefeated (12-0 SU, 8-0 SEC) while Florida has lost just once this season (11-1 SU, 7-1 SEC).

The SEC champion is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.

The teams are even over the past six meetings, each winning three times. Alabama has an edge against the spread, covering four of those six tilts. The teams last met on Sept. 30, 2006, when Florida won 28-13 as 15.5-point home favorite. The score went over the total of 40.

NCAA Betting Odds has the Gators as a 9.5-point favorite. About 56 per cent of bets on the game are on Alabama, according to Public Betting information.

John Parker Wilson threw for 135 yards and one touchdown to lead Alabama to a 36-0 blowout of Auburn on Saturday. The Tide covered the 14.5-point spread and the score went under the total of 40.5.

Tim Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for 80 yards and another score, to pace Florida to a 45-15 win over Florida State in Week 14. The Gators covered the 17-point spread and the score went over the total of 53.5.

Alabama is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. Florida is 5-0 SU in its past five overall.

Alabama RB Roy Upchurch (neck) is questionable for the SEC championship. Florida WR Percy Harvin (ankle), QB Cameron Newton (ankle), DE Duke Lemmens (neck), and Matt Patchan (MCL) are all listed as questionable.

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 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.


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.

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.