David Purdum will be doing a series of profile pieces on personalities in the sports betting industry throughout baseball season. Here's his first feature on one of Covers.com's favorite bookmaker, Bob Scucci.
They’ve got the best quarterback in the conference in Geno Smith, NFL-caliber weapons around him and a rising coaching star in Dana Holgorsen, who knows how to outscore teams. Not a lot of teams win with defense in the Big 12. That's just West Virginia's game.
The NFL season is months away, but the betting has begun. And the embattled New Orleans Saints remain the story. Tuesday, shortly after the NFL released its schedule, BetOnline.com opened the Saints as 6-point home favorites versus the Redskins. On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook hung Saints -11, creating an eye-popping middle and some frantic line movement.
Both the MGM and LVH SuperBook have taken more than twice as many bets on USC to win the 2013 BCS title than any other team.
A successful Las Vegas businessman and an advocate for sports betting, Gary Payne founded the International Sports Betting Association in January. Four months later, the ISBA has more than 3,000 members from across the planet.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are co-favorites to win the U.S. Open. Yes, that’s the same pair who imploded over the weekend at Augusta.
Let’s try to take a clear-eyed look at the Masters and the ingredients that will help us turn a profit this year.
The money in Vegas believes Tiger Woods is back and is investing in him at a pre-sex scandal rate. At +450 (9/2), Woods has emerged as the betting favorite in what is already a record-setting Masters for the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino SuperBook.
For Nevada sportsbooks, the NCAA tournament is their “One Shining Moment.” Not even the almighty Super Bowl can compete.
Since the opening Thursday, favorites are 34-25-1 ATS in the NCAA tournament. The chalk covered in three of the four Elite Eight games, with three of the weekend’s games also going over the total.
The biggest movement came on the totals for each seminal. Kornegay posted 134.5 for the Kansas-Ohio State over/under, but immediately received what he called “significant money” on the over. The SuperBook was already up to 136.5 within an hour of opening.
Obviously, there are a lot more factors that go into Sevransky’s handicapping, weather, for example. But strike percentage is a starting point.
Second-seeded Ohio State has emerged as the second favorite to win the NCAA tournament, ahead of top seeds North Carolina, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Heading into Sunday's games, favorites were a lofty 24-15-1 ATS during the first three full days of the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats, the No. 1 overall seed and clear-cut favorite to win the NCAA tournament, have the worst record against the spread (12-20-1) of any team in the field of 68.
The offshore sportbook, like it’s done throughout the season, was first to market with lines and saw a flurry of instant action that lit up Twitter and caused pointspreads to move dramatically in some cases.