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2018 College Football Team Season Win Totals

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2018 Regular Season Wins - Air Force Falcons    

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Akron Zips

Over                                         4½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4½         (-150, 2/3)

 

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2018 Regular Season Wins – Air Force Falcons    

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Akron Zips

Over                                         4½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4½         (-150, 2/3)

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Alabama Crimson Tide        

Over                                         11         (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       11         (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 10½ since original release)     

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Appalachian State    

Over                                         8½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       8½         (-150, 2/3)

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Arizona Wildcats    

Over                                         7½         (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       7½        (+125, 5/4)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arizona State Sun Devils     

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arkansas Razorbacks            

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arkansas State Red Wolves               

Over                                         8½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Army Black Knights               

Over                                         7           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       7          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Auburn Tigers          

Over                                         9           (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       9          (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ball State Cardinals            

Over                                         4          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       4          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Baylor Bears        

Over                                         6          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       6          (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 5½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Boise State Broncos              

Over/Under                               10

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Boston College Eagles         

Over                                         6           (-180, 5/9)

Under                                       6          (+140, 3/2)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Bowling Green Falcons        

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Buffalo Bulls               

Over                                         6½         (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       6½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – BYU Cougars             

Over                                         5           (-170, 10/17)

Under                                       5          (+140, 7/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – California Golden Bears      

Over/Under                               6½  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Central Florida Knights        

Over                                         9½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       9½        (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Central Michigan Chippewas            

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018Regular Season Wins – Charlotte 49’ers            

Over                                         3½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       3½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Cincinnati Bearcats               

Over                                         5          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Clemson Tigers       

Over                                         10½       (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       10½      (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Coastal Carolina         

Over                                         4          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       4          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018Regular Season Wins – Colorado Buffaloes               

Over                                         4½         (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       4½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Colorado State Rams            

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Connecticut Huskies             

Over                                         3          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       3          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Duke Blue Devils    

Over/Under                               6

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – East Carolina Pirates        

Over                                         3½        (+135, 27/20)

Under                                       3½         (-165, 20/33)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Eastern Michigan Eagles         

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida Atlantic Owls         

Over                                         8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       8½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida Gators          

Over/Under                               8

(Note: their win total has went up from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida International            

Over/Under                               5

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida State Seminoles      

Over                                         7½        (-190, 10/19)

Under                                       7½        (+155, 31/20)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Fresno State Bulldogs            

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Bulldogs    

Over                                         10½       (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10½      (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Southern Eagles

Over                                         5½         (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       5½        (+125, 5/4)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia State Panthers       

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets             

Over                                         5½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Over/Under                               3½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Houston Cougars    

Over                                         8          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Illinois Fighting Illini            

Over                                         4          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Indiana Hoosiers    

Over                                         5          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Iowa Hawkeyes      

Over                                         7½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       7½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Iowa State Cyclones             

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kansas Jayhawks    

Over                                         3          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       3           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kansas State Wildcats          

Over                                         6           (-170, 10/17)

Under                                       6          (+140, 7/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kent State Golden Flashes

Over                                         2½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       2½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kentucky Wildcats 

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UL Monroe Warhawks 

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – LSU Tigers  

Over                                         7          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs      

Over                                         7          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       7          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Louisville Cardinals               

Over                                         7           (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       7          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Marshall Thundering Herd 

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Maryland Terrapins               

Over                                         5           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UMass Minutemen

Over                                         5½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Memphis Tigers      

Over                                         8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       8½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Miami Hurricanes  

Over/Under                               9½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Miami Ohio Redhawks     

Over                                         6½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       6½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Michigan Wolverines           

Over                                         9           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       9          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Michigan State Spartans     

Over/Under                               9

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders      

Over                                         7          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       7           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Minnesota Golden Gophers              

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Mississippi Rebels 

Over/Under                               6

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Mississippi State Bulldogs 

Over/Under                               8½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Missouri Tigers       

Over                                         6½        (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       6½        (+125, 5/4)

(Note: their win total has went down from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Navy Midshipmen 

Over                                         7           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Nebraska Cornhuskers  

Over/Under                               6½

(Note: their win total has went up from 6 since original release)           

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Nevada Wolfpack  

Over                                         6           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       6          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – New Mexico Lobos

Over/Under                               4  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – New Mexico State Aggies

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – North Carolina State Wolf Pack       

Over                                         7          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

(Note: their win total has went down from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – North Texas Mean Green

Over                                         8          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Northern Illinois Huskies   

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Northwestern Wildcats       

Over                                         6          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       6          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Notre Dame Fighting Irish  

Over                                         9½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       9½         (-140, 5/7)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ohio Bobcats           

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ohio State Buckeyes            

Over                                         10½       (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10½      (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went up from 9½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma Sooners

Over                                         10          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10         (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went down from 10½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma State Cowboys

Over                                         8          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       8          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Old Dominion Monarchs     

Over/Under                               5½  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oregon Ducks          

Over                                         8½        (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       8½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oregon State Beavers         

Over                                         2½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       2½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Penn State Nittany Lions    

Over/Under                               9½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Pittsburgh Panthers              

Over                                         5          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       5           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Purdue Boilermakers           

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Rice Owls  

Over                                         3           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       3          (+120, 6/5)  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Rutgers Scarlet Knights       

Over                                         4          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – San Diego State Aztecs        

Over                                         8½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – San Jose State Spartans       

Over                                         2½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       2½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Alabama Jaguars       

Over                                         4           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       4          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Carolina Gamecocks

Over                                         7½        (-180, 5/9)

Under                                       7½        (+150, 3/2)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Florida Bulls

Over                                         8½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       8½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – SMU Mustangs        

Over                                         5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       5½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Southern Miss Golden Eagles           

Over                                         6½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       6½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Stanford Cardinal   

Over                                         8          (-165, 20/33)

Under                                       8          (+135, 27/20)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Syracuse Orange    

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Temple Owls           

Over                                         6½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tennessee Volunteers        

Over                                         5½        (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5½        (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas Longhorns    

Over/Under                               8½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas A&M Aggies 

Over                                         7          (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       7          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – TCU Horned Frogs  

Over                                         7½        (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UTEP Miners             

Over                                         2½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       2½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

Over/Under                               5

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas State Bobcats

Over                                         3½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       3½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas Tech Red Raiders       

Over                                         6          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Toledo Rockets       

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Troy Trojans             

Over                                         7½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       7½         (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tulane  Green Wave     

Over                                         5½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       5½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tulsa Golden Hurricane       

Over                                         4           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       4          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UAB Blazers    

Over                                         7½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       7½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UCLA Bruins              

Over/Under                               5½

(Note: their win total has went up from 5 since original release)           

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UNLV Rebels  

Over                                         6          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – USC Trojans              

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Utah Utes  

Over                                         7           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Utah State Aggies  

Over/Under                               7½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Vanderbilt Commodores    

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Virginia Cavaliers   

Over                                         5          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       5           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Virginia Tech Hokies             

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wake Forest Demon Deacons          

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Washington Huskies             

Over                                         10½      (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       10½       (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Washington State Cougars 

Over                                         6½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       6½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – West Virginia Mountaineers             

Over                                         7          (-200, 1/2)

Under                                       7          (+160, 8/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers         

Over                                         5           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5          (+120, 6/5)  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Western Michigan Broncos

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wisconsin Badgers

Over                                         10         (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       10          (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wyoming Cowboys

Over/Under                               6½

 

Note: North Carolina data not provided as team is under investigation

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Five Teams With Favorable Futures Odds

So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now, but even if you’re successful you won’t get paid out for those bets

So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now, but even if you’re successful you won’t get paid out for those bets until the new year.

Futures odds are available all over the internet to those who think they know how certain teams will fare in 2018. We’ve combed through those numbers to identify five particularly enticing teams that might be worth gambling on this summer.

Chicago Bears (+10000 to win the Super Bowl)

Every season several previously feeble teams rise up and become contenders. Last year at this time, only a handful of teams had lower Super Bowl odds than the Los Angeles Rams, who went on to lead the league in scoring in an 11-win, division-winning campaign.

The 2018 Bears look a lot like the 2017 Rams. New high-energy head coach who is considered a quarterback guru and an offensive genius. Second-year franchise quarterback widely expected to take a big leap forward. Several shiny new offensive weapons for said quarterback. And a sneaky amount of defensive talent.

The Rams didn’t win the Super Bowl last year and the Bears are extremely unlikely to do so in 2018, but it’s rather astonishing that only two teams offer more value on the Super Bowl futures market. A $100 bet on them to make a miraculous run would yield $10,000, which might be worth a shot.

Seattle Seahawks (+6000 to win the Super Bowl, +400 to win the NFC West)

The Seahawks have suffered so many losses this offseason that their odds to win the division title have plummeted and their odds to win it all are borderline comical. Only 10 teams have worse odds to win the Super Bowl than a team that did exactly that only a few years ago, with the same head coach and same franchise quarterback.

I wouldn’t expect the Seahawks to be favored to win anything now that the Legion of Boom has essentially been dismantled, especially because the offense could still have plenty of trouble protecting and supporting quarterback Russell Wilson. That said, Wilson is still one of the best players in football and a preseason MVP contender. He and Carroll could easily overcome a tough offseason, and betting on that could be fruitful considering how oddsmakers and the public have reacted to a tough run in Seattle.

If you think a Super Bowl run isn’t going to happen in the tough NFC, at least consider those tempting division title odds. The Rams could easily come back to earth after a breakout season and the 49ers have yet to prove the team can do what it did last December for an entire season.

Los Angeles Chargers (+1000 to win the AFC championship)

The Chargers are actually favored to win the AFC West, and they certainly have the talent to beat conference favorites New England or Pittsburgh. 

The Patriots have endured a tumultuous offseason and look more vulnerable than they have in years, while the Steelers are so reliant on their three key offensive players that all it would take is one big injury to remove them from contention. With this possibly being Le’Veon Bell’s last season in Pittsburgh, the team chemistry could take a hit compared to years past.

The Texans and Jaguars both have better odds than the Chargers to win the AFC title (+800 each) but Houston is in for a boom-or-bust year based on what happens with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, while Jacksonville is a major wild card, as long as Blake Bortles is their quarterback.

The point is the AFC is wide freakin’ open, and the Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. They’ve got a quarterback who’s been elected to seven Pro Bowls, one of the best pass rushes in football and plenty of game-changers on both offense and defense.

That makes them a worthwhile bet at +1000, but the NFC is so much stronger than the AFC that I wouldn’t push my luck with their +2400 Super Bowl odds.

Carolina Panthers (+3500 to win the Super Bowl)

How is it that 16 teams — including the 49ers, Chiefs, Giants and Cowboys — have better Super Bowl odds than the Carolina Panthers? Carolina came close to winning the damn thing just a few years ago. Quarterback Cam Newton was the MVP that year, while head coach Ron Rivera was coach of the year for the second time in a three-season span. Outside of that Super Bowl loss to the Broncos, the Panthers lost one game all year.

They haven’t won a playoff game since, but they did make it back to the postseason last year and Football Outsiders ranked them as the ninth-most efficient team in football.

Christian McCaffrey should only get better, superstar linebacker Luke Kuechly appears to be healthy and Newton is Newton — one of the most uniquely talented matchup nightmares in the league.

I wouldn’t expect the Panthers to remain at +3500 for long.

New Orleans Saints (+1800 to win the Super Bowl)

Nobody in the NFC South has high futures odds because the division is so strong as a whole, but it’s still ridiculous that the Saints have lower Super Bowl odds than six other teams, and identical odds to a Texans squad that won just four games last year.

In terms of DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), the Saints were the best team in the NFL last season. Their future Hall of Fame quarterback had the highest completion percentage in NFL history while leading the conference in yards per attempt and passer rating. New Orleans also became the first team in nearly half a century to possess both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year. The Saints were just one crazy play from a berth in the NFC Championship game and if Diggs doesn’t make that play, the team’s odds would be significantly lower.

That historically kickass rookie class should only make a larger impact in 2018, and now they’ve added a first-round pass rusher (Marcus Davenport), one of the best slot corners in the game (Patrick Robinson), a steady new starting linebacker (Demario Davis) and an intriguing new receiver (Cameron Meredith) to the fray.

Regardless of what the odds say, this team is right there with the Patriots, Steelers, Eagles, Rams and Vikings.

Brad Gagnon has covered the NFL since 2007 and is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America, despite the fact he actually lives in Canada. The Toronto-based sports journalist’s work can also be seen at Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Awful Announcing and The Guardian. He can be found on Twitter @brad_gagnon

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Football Contests of Old Helped Create Today’s Massive Sports Betting Popularity

The post Football Contests of Old Helped Create Today’s Massive Sports Betting Popularity appeared first on SportsHandle.

As US gambling legislation produces new sports betting states and markets for legal sports wagering, more and more prospective bettors will have the long-awaited opportunity to join one or more now-legal “cash

The post Football Contests of Old Helped Create Today’s Massive Sports Betting Popularity appeared first on SportsHandle.

As US gambling legislation produces new sports betting states and markets for legal sports wagering, more and more prospective bettors will have the long-awaited opportunity to join one or more now-legal “cash entry” football betting contests.

Such contests have a rich and vibrant history in the world of sports wagering and continue to occupy a somewhat understated historical position in the massive explosion of sports betting interest and wagering that followed.

Credit for the first high-stakes, football betting contest in Nevada is generally given to the late Julius “Sonny” Reizner, as described by Arne K. Lang in his book “Sports Betting and Bookmaking –An American History, “an affable and impish man in his mid-fifties (in 1978) who appeared in TV ads that captured his personality, bringing the vibe of a good neighbor to an industry in need of facelift.”

NFL Betting Contest Origins and Impact: ‘Friendly Frank’ Popularizes the ‘No Spreads’ Contest

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Also emerging in that year in Las Vegas was a mass-appeal, no-spread football contest called “Friendly Frank’s Pick the Pros” at the Royal Inn and the Barbary Coast, operated at the time by current South Point owners Michael Gaughan and partner Frank Toti. The entry fee ran $100 with a cash prize of $25,000 for the entrant picking the most winners over the course of the NFL season. The entrant who picked the fewest number of winners received $5,000.

Forty years later, many elements of Reizner’s contest are an integral part of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, and the Gaughan/Toti concepts are still in play at most of the Boyd Gaming casino/resorts in Las Vegas.

Reizner, almost always nattily attired in a sport coat and tie, ran the hole-in-the-wall book at The Castaways, one of the early hotels in Las Vegas. The Castaways, along with the Stardust and the Union Plaza, casinos marked the beginning of the migration of the standalone sports and racebook into mainstream Las Vegas, with designated spaces inside prominent hotel/casinos on the Strip and Downtown.

Strictly confined to NFL games, Reizner’s brainchild wasn’t inexpensive to enter: $1,000 when it began in 1978, with a prize fund growing each year. The first year of Castaways’ event, the winner was Gary Austin who defeated 55 others and who took home $42,000 and the title “Castaways World Champion of Pro Football Handicapper.” (I invite you to read up about the controversial Austin at your leisure.)

Eight years later, in 1986, $137,000 was up for grabs in the contest and in 1987, The Castaways advertised a $250,000 prize pool. Known and trademarked as the “Pro-Football Handicap,” the contest was a promotional home run for Castaways and Reizner in particular and sport betting in general.

Reizner gave out extra money for early entrants who won and even ran a preseason contest with a $50.00 entry fee at The Silver Slipper, a sister property through which he promoted his Castaways’ event.

Legacy of The Castaways’ Contest

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The Castaways was shuttered in July 1987 and demolished soon after to make way for the construction of The Mirage, which opened in 1989, on the prime Strip frontage. Despite The Castaways’ rich history — it was once owned by Howard Hughes — most remember it for the pioneering football contest conceived by Reizner.

The high price to enter The Castaways contest ($1,000) was significant and it utilized a point spread. The robust entry fee and big-buck prize pool made sure only the serious players took part. However, the ancillary benefit came when Reizner would post the various plays and consensus plays of the entrants for the public to see.

There was great interest in the plays of entrants like professional gamblers Lem Banker, Jim Feist and Austin. Both serious and casual players would come to the book when the plays were posted to see what games Banker, Feist and the others liked on Sunday and would then go to the windows to bet many of the NFL teams the entrants endorsed.

The significance of the contest can be viewed on a number of levels. It increased interest in betting, it created foot traffic for the casino and it served as the forerunner Westgate’s Supercontest (formerly known as the Hilton SuperContest and the LVH SuperContest), in which the 2017 winner took home $1.3 million.

[Also See: Breaking Down The 2017 Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest Winner’s Picks]

Just like football coaches, if a scheme works, others will play copycat. Nearly every other Nevada sportsbook took a page from Castaways and Reziner’s contest and Gaughan’s, including Caesars Palace, The Imperial Palace, Circus Circus and its other outlets including the Excalibur. In Reno, the Cal-Neva as well as other sportsbooks gave Northern Nevadans a chance to get in on what was becoming a highly competitive segment of the sports betting business. Entry fees varied and so did the rules. Some had point spreads, others did not.

Local taverns also began contests, offering up cash and prizes to customers who picked the most winners each week. A perfect card against the point spread and including some totals, especially on the Monday night game could net a participant $10,000. Newly opened casinos in Mississippi in the 1990’s also began contests, and just like the local taverns, entry was free to avoid any problem with state regulators. A contest was also offered at least one Trump property in Atlantic City. Because it was free to enter, as were contests at Nevada taverns, it was not illegal.

Making Contests Bigger and Better

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Over the years, some sportsbooks targeted casual players by lowering the entry fee and guaranteeing a bigger prize pool that offered bigger money for weekly winners, as well as total regular season handicapping performance. Gaughan and Toti opened up the football contest for everyone by gradually reducing their initial $100 entry fee and emphasizing that no point spread was used. Now, even the most casual player could get involved and dream about the “Pick the Pro’s” big cash awards, if you were the lone weekly winner or if you had the most wins at the end of the season.

Entrants soon found out that even without the point spread, picking NFL winners is infinitely more difficult than it appears.

When Gaughan sold the Royal Inn, his hugely popular contest moved to the Barbary Coast on the Las Vegas Strip and as Gaughan and Toti’s Coast Casinos expanded to include the Gold Coast, Suncoast and The Orleans, this contest and the one offered by Station Casinos became a bonanza for the weekly and season-long winners as well as for the casinos because of the high player traffic they generated.

Local Las Vegans saw contest hysteria ramping up throughout the 1980’s and beyond as the all the major local-centric operators, which included Boyd Gaming, as well as Stations Casinos and Coast Casinos, targeted residents through these contests.

All of the properties gearing their marketing towards locals rewarded the best handicappers with multiple entries costing less money with a chance to win as much as $25,000 in a weekly contest as well as a prize in the $100,000 range for the most wins over the course of the regular season. Just one entry in one of these contests could be as low as $25.00 for the entire season. Often, if a player bought four, they received a fifth one free.

In the 1990’s it was not uncommon at a Station, Coast Casino (before its merger with Boyd) or a Boyd property to have long lines late on Friday night as the bowling leagues wrapped up for the evening and the bowlers would adjourn to the sportsbook to put in their selections.

The contest concept spread to free contests for employees at many casino/resorts and was used as a team-building incentive and further helped plant the seeds for today’s massive sports betting handle in Nevada.

The season-ending prize was based on total wins, thus requiring entrants to visit the casino each week to enter. If you missed a week, it was impossible to win the big, year-end prize because a “no play” was considered a loss.

Stations took the contest idea to a new level with cash prizes for the player(s) with the most losses and those who came closest to having half correct and half wrong, calling it “Fiddle in the Middle.” Stations for several years offered a free house option as first prize for the most winners, if the winner wanted that instead of the cash. That’s right, you won an actual house if you wanted that instead of the cash.

Syndicates created teams of entrants coaxing friends and relatives to enter and would submit hundreds and even thousands of entries each week, a practice technically against the rules, but impossible to enforce.

Today, contests remain in vogue in and around Las Vegas. Participants usually are required to use a kiosk to make their bets, thus making syndicate action a little less significant. However, just as when they were conceived forty years ago, it takes more than a little luck to win.

The Westgate’s SuperContest even promotes the option of proxy play, in which an entrant can designate a friend or a proxy service to make the plays in place of the registered entrant. Using a proxy allows an entrant to visit Las Vegas to register and then make the selection from another state or country.

If there’s a way to make a contest bigger and better, Las Vegas will think of it.  


Next time in Part II: what you need to know and consider when entering a new “cash entry” football contest where you live.

Robert H. Mann, a 31-year resident of Las Vegas, is the industry writer and columnist for Gaming Today newspaper and GamingToday.com. His opinions are his own and may not reflect those of Sports Handle.

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Examining Brent Musburger’s Expected Return to Broadcast Booth With Raiders

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Brent Musburger is apparently the new radio voice of the Oakland Raiders. However, a spokesperson for the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) has declined, in an e-mail and telephone conversation with Sports Handle, to

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Brent Musburger is apparently the new radio voice of the Oakland Raiders. However, a spokesperson for the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN) has declined, in an e-mail and telephone conversation with Sports Handle, to confirm or deny their afternoon host and managing editor’s new position.

It’s believed Musburger’s VSiN program, My Guys in the Desertwould continue with the veteran sports personality as host, even if he accepts the new job.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal citing unnamed sources says the 79-year-old Hall-of-Fame broadcaster will replace longtime Raider radio voice Gary Papa. The Raiders are expected to relocate in Las Vegas in time for the 2020 NFL season. A new $1.9 billion stadium for the team near the Las Vegas Strip is currently about 15 percent complete, but is expected to be ready in time for the move.

Legendary Broadcasters Brent Musburger Expected Return to Radio Broadcast Booth With Oakland Raiders, Soon-to-Become Las Vegas Raiders

Industry observers speculate the delay in a formal announcement could be the result of the possibility of the NFL’s need to examine the specifics of Musburger’s deal with the team. In his prominent role at VSiN, Musburger is now a major advocate of the growing business of sports betting.

The NFL has laid out its “core principles” on the expanding enterprise of sports wagering now underway thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May, which overturned the federal law essentially banning Nevada-style sports betting in the other 49 states. The league calls for consumer protections, for protections of its intellectual property, and would prefer a federal framework for sports betting, as opposed to regulation by the separate states. The league’s longstanding policy prohibiting players and team employees from wagering on its contests is unlikely to change. 

With respect to Musburger and the NFL Compliance Plan — consider the third and sixth bullets from the document dated January 2018 and signed by Commissioner Roger Goodell:

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Section K of the NFL Compliance Plan

Compass Media Networks has exclusively managed the Oakland Raiders’ radio broadcast rights since 2010. It’s unclear if Musburger would face any restrictions in terms of real or perceived gambling content in his new role or even if he could cross promote or advertise the Raiders’ games on VSiN and the VSiN broadcasts and products, such as its newsletter, during the Raiders’ broadcasts.

VSiN, which began operations in February 2017, is not a gambling site. Its stated mission when founded by Musburger’s brother, Todd Musburger and his son Brian Musburger, is to provide “actionable” information for prospective bettors. It is located at the South Point Hotel Casino Spa in Las Vegas and provides its information via video and voice streaming and over the Sirius/XM satellite radio network.  

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Players’ Claim of ‘Serious Consequences’ of Sports Betting Is A Hail Mary

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Professional athletes are hungry for competition and compensation, and they’re now seeing the same thing as leagues, owners and gaming businesses. With an expansion of legal sports wagering taking root in

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Professional athletes are hungry for competition and compensation, and they’re now seeing the same thing as leagues, owners and gaming businesses. With an expansion of legal sports wagering taking root in the U.S., players want a nice piece of the sports betting pie.

But same as the leagues that employ them, players’ unions for the major professional sports organizations are seeking some cut of the revenue based on a faulty, self-serving premise. The leagues, of course, are asking for a direct cut of sports betting revenue based on a claim in two dozen states for a poorly-received request for a sports betting “integrity fee” or “royalty.” Now, the players’ associations are taking the position that legal sports wagering poses a pernicious threat to athletes.

As reported by ESPN’s David Purdum, Casey Schwab, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), said last week of expanded legal wagering: “There are serious consequences, particularly for the athletes. Because of those consequences, the athlete’s voice must be heard, particularly as we contemplate sports betting in the country.”

With The Number of Legal Sports Betting States Set to Increase, Now All of a Sudden Players’ Unions Change Claim ‘Serious Consequences’ Afoot.

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NFLPA president and free agent lineman Eric Winston

Per Purdum, Schwab said the unions are concerned foremost with player privacy, data and their public perception — moreso than sports betting monetization opportunities. But now after years of being public figures, of having injury reports an accepted reality and of having reporters in their faces, for the players associations to now get amped up is ridiculous. When it comes down to it, nothing will be changing for the players or players’ unions in a world with expanded legal sports betting.

Wagering on games and specific player events has long existed in the form illegal wagering (a humongous market that will continue to exist), regular fantasy sports and daily fantasy sports. With a legal sports wagering expansion, it’s business as usual for the players. They will not be required to do anything differently. They want a piece of the pie — and naturally they would, business is business —  but their argument is a Hail Mary and Aaron Rodgers isn’t at quarterback.

The argument is an extension of an April joint statement put out on behalf of all four of the major pro sports leagues. They wrote:

“The time has come to address not just who profits from sports gambling, but also the costs. Our unions have been discussing the potential impact of legalized gambling on players’ privacy and publicity rights, the integrity of our games and the volatility on our businesses.”

The unions are making an obvious emotional appeal.

The above “consequences” position boils down to the claim that fantasy sports and bettors already “dehumanize” athletes on social media after games, per NFLPA president Eric Winston, and that expanded legal sports wagering will exacerbate that.

Meanwhile, the widely accepted (and celebrated) reality is that fantasy sports and sports betting has helped explode the popularity of NFL games. There is empirical evidence on this front, and as a consequence, the engagement has helped generate incredible NFL TV contracts that increase every cycle (ditto for the other major U.S. pro leagues).

Numerous players have embraced fantasy sports and encouraged fantasy players to draft them, while some appear on fantasy-focused shows. Former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Chargers tight end Antonio Gates guest starred on FX’s “The League.”

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Jones-Drew now co-hosts “NFL Fantasy Live.” And of course, the NFL provides its own platform for fantasy football and a plethora of fantasy sport content. If players truly have a problem with player privacy, data and their public perception, they should take it up with The Shield.

On the legal front, the notion that “publicity rights” would prohibit certain wagers or data usage on has been litigated in federal court in a fantasy sports context. The case reached the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which found that information from sports contests is part of the public domain, and therefore that MLB team owners and the players’ union could not bar names and stats from being used commercially.

In the sports betting context, unions will try to distinguish wagers such “proposition bets” — for example the number of receptions Antonio Brown would have in a certain game. It’s a losing argument that will provide as much leverage as a single palm against a sled stacked high with 45-pound plates.

What about injury reporting and privacy? First of all, they were created for people wagering on sports. The league freely provides the information and if that’s now objectionable, unions can try to negotiate it away with the leagues. Nevada bettors, bettors in Europe and those wagering in other “offshore” jurisdictions where wagering is legal have been relying on this information for a long time. Why the sudden claims of privacy issues?

The availability of such information is part of being a public figure and a professional athlete. Injury reports are crucial information for fantasy sports, sports wagering, and likewise people who don’t give a damn about either. Before season-ticketing-holding Joe Fan shows up at Heinz Field, he wants to know if Ben Roethlisberger is going to be suiting up.

Players for a long time have accepted that certain health information, even the kind they probably would prefer keep private, is part of the deal. In the past, leagues have disclosed everything from weird injuries (it’s always MLB players, such as the Clint Barmes deer meat incident) to mental illnesses to quasi-health matters like domestic disputes.

Players have long gotten booed off the field for bad performances because they’re just bad performances — not because they failed to go “over” on a reception total or otherwise doom a wager. Everyone is subject from criticism at work. Getting booed is part of the game.

Ultimately, the Claim of “Serious Consequences” Is About Money.

“There needs to be a way for those of us, the players and the owners who create this game, to enjoy some of that revenue,” said NBA Players’ Association executive director Michele Roberts in an interview with ESPN’s Dan Le Batard in March. “We haven’t yet aligned ourselves to the extent we are, but I certainly don’t disagree that’s a conversation worth pursuing.”

And back to the NFL, said Schwab: “I look at the landscape for commercial opportunities, and I don’t see a pot of gold.”

[Also See: Pittsburgh Pirates Take Sports Betting ‘Integrity Fee’ to Whole New Level]

This conversation about sports betting needs to be had between the leagues and players during the next negotiations of their collective bargaining agreements. The NFL CBA discussion is expected already to be  a contentious round of talks with a work stoppage regarded as likely.

The leagues may not find an overflowing pot of sports betting gold, but they are in the process of selling “official data” — player performance data, that is — to sports betting operators. There will be more partnerships and sponsorships to be had, TV contracts will become more valuable and the pie will invariably grow, and player salaries along with it.

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British Open Projections

The field for the 147th British Open is set at the historic Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus Scotland. We’ve modeled over 1500 statistics tracked by the PGA, for every tournament dating back to 2004 and how each stat contributes to what we can expect from players on this stage, at this tournament. It’s a complex

The field for the 147th British Open is set at the historic Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus Scotland. We’ve modeled over 1500 statistics tracked by the PGA, for every tournament dating back to 2004 and how each stat contributes to what we can expect from players on this stage, at this tournament. It’s a complex web of information that can only be properly analyzed by a machine, yet yields some objectively surprising results.

This year’s British Open is no exception as the model is calling for Webb Simpson (125/1 odds) to make a run into the Top Ten at least.

Some surprises:

Back-to-back US Open winner Brooks Koepka (22/1) inside the top 5.
Webb Simpson (125/1) and Phil Mickelson (66/1) inside the top 10.
Emiliano Grillo (100/1) inside the top 15.
Kevin Na (175/1), Luke List (125/1), and Ryan Moore (150/1) inside top the 25.

Perhaps just as surprising are golfers that may underperform this week. Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood don’t make the top 10 cutoff. Alex Noren, Francesco Molinari who finished T2 at TPC Deere Run last week, and Sergio Garcia are all projected outside of our top 25.

Notable left-outs:

Rory McIlroy (16/1) and Tommy Fleetwood (20/1) finishing outside the top 10.
Alex Noren (30/1), Francesco Molinari (33//1), and Sergio Garcia (28/1) all finishing outside the top 25.

A few more points of note:

Top 5:

It’s fascinating that Dustin Johnson gets the call for top ‘dawg from both the oddsmakers and the model. No question he is the best player in the world right now but it’s been a few years since DJ really contended (2011) in this tournament – and at a different course – Royal St George’s. He does have a pair of Top 10’s in 2012 and 2016 and has made the cut every year since 2009 (his first Open).

Justin Rose, not that his name doesn’t come up every year for this tournament – just that his style of play is generally considered to be different than the players on either side of him (Johnson and Koepka).

Speaking of Koepka, few are calling for him to win at Carnoustie though he does show up inside the top 5 here…

Jordan Spieth, although winning this tournament last year – has not put up the best numbers of his already memorable career the past few months. Frankly, I’m a little surprised the numbers bear this out…

Perhaps the third least surprising name to see on this list (aside from Johnson and Rose) is Rickie Fowler, aka Mr. Consistency, aka the Perennial Contender, aka always the Bridesmaid. Rickie almost always brings his A-game, and the data suggests it suits this course well. Curious to see if this is the year his major championship drought comes to an end.

Top 10:

Webb Simpson might be the most surprising pick on this list. Clearly, the model likes something about his game this year and the way he is set up for this tournament. A career-low 61 to open at The Greenbrier (his last start), T10 at the US Open a month ago and earning his 5th career victory at The PLAYERS were each separated by missed cuts.

Top 25:

For a guy with short odds, Rory McIlroy to be projected outside of the top 10, which really speaks to the consistency (or lack thereof) of his game this season.

Other notables:

No love from the model for Matt Kuchar, Scotsman Russel Knox, Adam Scott, Ian Poulter, or Louis Oosthuizen.

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Pat Ross – Contributor to National Football Post & sports nut with training in statistics, machine learning, and data analysis from Galvanize – Seattle campus. Alumni of University of Colorado and University of Washington. Occasional boater, skier, and golfer.

The Golf Engine Description
In golf, a pro matches up as much with the golf-course as another competitor. Which is why any attempt to predict the outcome of a golf tournament, must take into account the nuances of the course.

Beyond conjecture made by the golf pundits, analyzing past and present data through the use of math can more accurately project future performance.

In this model, we use machine learning to evaluate 1,500 different statistics for every golfer on the PGA tour over each tournament since 2004. The analysis of this massive dataset allows gives us an opportunity to predict players that are sitting on low round scores.

Projected Rank Player Odds
1 Dustin Johnson 12/1
2 Justin Rose 16/1
3 Brooks Koepka 22/1
4 Jordan Spieth 20/1
5 Rickie Fowler 16/1
6 Webb Simpson 125/1
7 Justin Thomas 22/1
8 Jason Day 33/1
9 Phil Mickelson 66/1
10 Jon Rahm 20/1
11 Henrik Stenson 28/1
12 Emiliano Grillo 100/1
13 Paul Casey 40/1
14 Patrick Reed 35/1
15 Rory McIlroy 16/1
16 Tommy Fleetwood 20/1
17 Bubba Watson 80/1
18 Tiger Woods 22/1
19 Kevin Na 175/1
20 Hideki Matsuyama 50/1
21 Bryson DeChambeau 125/1
22 Luke List 125/1
23 Ryan Moore 150/1
24 Tony Finau 100/1
25 Charles Howell III 500/1
26 Patrick Cantlay 100/1
27 Marc Leishman 45/1
28 Zach Johnson 100/1
29 Francesco Molinari 33/1
30 Brian Harman 150/1
31 Branden Grace 40/1
32 Pat Perez 250/1
33 Brandt Snedeker 150/1
34 Matt Kuchar 80/1
35 Chez Reavie 500/1
36 Jimmy Walker 250/1
37 Chesson Hadley 500/1
38 Rafa Cabrera Bello 125/1
39 Gary Woodland 250/1
40 Kevin Chappell 400/1
41 Xander Schauffele 150/1
42 Patton Kizzire 1000/1
43 Charley Hoffman 150/1
44 Brendan Steele 500/1
45 Byeong Hun An 200/1
46 Cameron Smith 200/1
47 Louis Oosthuizen 80/1
48 Ian Poulter 66/1
49 Charl Schwartzel 200/1
50 Adam Scott 125/1
51 Andrew Landry 500/1
52 Peter Uihlein 250/1
53 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 200/1
54 Tyrrell Hatton 40/1
55 Thomas Pieters 75/1
56 Bronson Burgoon 500/1
57 Satoshi Kodaira 1000/1
58 Kevin Kisner 400/1
59 Matt Jones 500/1
60 Retief Goosen 300/1
61 Russell Knox 66/1
62 Russell Henley 200/1
63 Jhonattan Vegas 750/1
64 Paul Dunne 150/1
65 Jason Dufner 250/1
66 Stewart Cink 250/1
67 Padraig Harrington 200/1
68 Anirban Lahiri 400/1
69 Jason Kokrak 1000/1
70 Austin Cook 500/1
71 Beau Hossler 250/1
72 Ernie Els 750/1
73 Keegan Bradley 300/1
74 Adam Hadwin 500/1
75 Daniel Berger 200/1
76 Abraham Ancer 1000/1
77 Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1
78 Kyle Stanley 200/1
79 Dylan Frittelli 200/1
80 Jonas Blixt 500/1
81 Julian Suri 250/1
82 Kelly Kraft 1000/1
83 Michael Kim 300/1
84 Shane Lowry 150/1
85 Sergio Garcia 28/1
86 Ryan Armour 400/1
87 Shubhankar Sharma 500/1
88 Ryan Fox 125/1
89 Jazz Janewattananond 500/1
90 Alexander Levy 300/1
91 Matt Wallace 400/1
92 Ross Fisher 200/1
93 Matthew Southgate 125/1
94 Fabrizio Zanotti 1000/1
95 Danny Willett 150/1
96 Yuta Ikeda 1000/1
97 Martin Kaymer 200/1
98 Bernhard Langer 750/1
99 Cameron Davis 300/1
100 Lee Westwood 125/1

Data courtesy of Bovada.

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Player Props – Most Receiving Yards 2018 Season

Player to Record the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Antonio Brown (PIT)                      4/1
Julio Jones (ATL)  
Player to Record the Most Receiving Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Antonio Brown (PIT)                      4/1
Julio Jones (ATL)                          5/1
Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)           13/2
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)            13/2
Kennan Allen (LAC)                    12/1
Michael Thomas (NO)                12/1
Adam Thielen (MIN)                   18/1
Mike Evans (TB)                         20/1
T.Y. Hilton (IND)                         22/1
Davante Adams (GB)                 25/1
Amari Cooper (OAK)                  25/1
A.J. Green (CIN)                        25/1
Doug Baldwin (SEA)                  33/1
Tyreek Hill (KC)                         40/1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN)        40/1
Stefon Diggs (MIN)                    50/1
Josh Gordon (CLE)                    50/1
Golden Tate (DET)                     50/1
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)                 66/1
Devin Funchess (CAR)              66/1
Allen Robinson (CHI)                 66/1
Juju Smith-Schuster (PIT)          66/1
Robby Anderson (NYJ)              80/1
Brandin Cooks (LAR)                 80/1
Michael Crabtree (BAL)              80/1
Pierre Garcon (SF)                     80/1
Alshon Jeffery (PHI)                   80/1
Sammy Watkins (KC)                 80/1
Marvin Jones (DET)                   100/1
Cooper Kupp (LAR)                   100/1
Jarvis Landry (CLE)                   100/1
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)        100/1
Robert Woods (LAR)                 100/1
Field                                            28/1
Data courtesy of Bovada.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Player Props – Most Rushing Yards 2018 Season

Player to Record the Most Rushing Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)                     9/2
Le'Veon Bell (PIT)                      11/2
Player to Record the Most Rushing Yards in the 2018 Regular Season
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)                     9/2
Le’Veon Bell (PIT)                      11/2
Todd Gurley (LAR)                       6/1
David Johnson (ARI)                  13/2
Leonard Fournette (JAC)           15/2
Dalvin Cook (MIN)                       8/1
Kareem Hunt (KC)                      17/2
Saquon Barkley (NYG)               10/1
Melvin Gordon (LAC)                 20/1
Jordan Howard (CHI)                 22/1
Devonta Freeman (ATL)            25/1
Jay Ajayi (PHI)                           33/1
Alex Collins (BAL)                      33/1
Derrick Henry (TEN)                  40/1
LeSean McCoy (BUF)               50/1
Joe Mixon (CIN)                        50/1
Derrius Guice (WAS)                 66/1
Jerick Mckinnon (SF)                 66/1
Kenyan Drake (MIA)                  80/1
Alvin Kamara (NO)                    80/1
Ronald Jones (TB)                    100/1
Marshawn Lynch (OAK)            100/1
Lamar Miller (HOU)                   100/1
Rashaad Penny (SEA)              100/1
Field                                            33/1
Data courtesy of Bovada.

Ted works more on the business side of National Football Post while contributing the occasional article. He graduated with honors in Marketing and Economics from Seattle University. A lifelong fan of Boston sports teams and avid cyclist Ted can be found on one of Seattle’s bike paths when not watching sports.

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Another Wave of Casinos Apply to Join New Jersey Sports Betting Picture

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Wary of getting stuck on the sidelines for football season’s kickoff, five new applications arrived on Monday for a New Jersey sports betting license.

According to the Associated Press, the state’s

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Wary of getting stuck on the sidelines for football season’s kickoff, five new applications arrived on Monday for a New Jersey sports betting license.

According to the Associated Press, the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) received two applications for brick-and-mortar licenses and three for mobile sports wagering before a Monday deadline. DGE Director David Rebuck previously announced a deadline in connection with football season to allow state regulators enough time to evaluate applications.

While the DGE did not identify the applicants, CDC Gaming Reports has learned that the applications came from Caesars Entertainment — to offer retail wagering at Harrah’s and Bally’s in Atlantic City. In addition, Ceasars applied for licensed to offer mobile sports wagering at all three of its Atlantic City properties, the other being Caesars Atlantic City, which would be “serviced” by the adjacent Bally’s. The other identified applicant is Golden Nugget, which applied for both retail and mobile wagering.

New Jersey Sports Betting Scene Set to Add Ceasars Entertainment Properties, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, All Looking to Get Up and Running Before Football Season

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The remaining applicants likely came from a pool of Hard Rock Atlantic City (seeking to partner in some way with bet365), Tropicana, Resorts Casino or Freehold Raceway.

“I fully expect that by Aug. 1 we will see additional properties up and running,” Rebuck said.

The application fee for the sports wagering certificate is $100,000 and there’s a five-digit difference in tax rate on sports wagering revenue: revenue derived from in-person wagering is taxed by the state at 8.5 percent while mobile wagering faces a 13 percent tax.

We know a bit about the Golden Nugget’s sports betting plans. Shortly before the Supreme Court struck down the federal law allowing this sports betting land rush, Churchill Downs Incorporated and Golden Nugget Atlantic City announced a partnership to offer sports betting and online gaming markets.

Potential licensees yet to apply will not entirely miss the boat for the college football and NFL seasons: the DGE will just not make any promise to give a rubber stamp before kickoff or any week in particular.

So far in NJ sports betting, Monmouth Park and Ocean Resort Casino have sportsbooks up and running with operations managed by William Hill; also the Borgata, owned and operated by MGM, went live on June 14 like Monmouth Park. And this past Saturday, Meadowlands Racetrack in northern New Jersey cut a ribbon, introducing the first FanDuel Sportsbook.

[Also See: Odds Shift in Race for Operator Dominance in Legal U.S. Sports Betting Market]

Revenue for operators and the state so far has been pretty good. Through just 17 days of operations in June Monmouth and Borgata plus three days at Ocean, the total handle registered $16.4 million with a $3.5M win by the books (on a cash basis that counts futures wagers as revenue at the time of the wager), with $293,000 revenue yielded by the state. The FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands, pricing controversy aside at its debut, saw over $1 million in wagers in its first weekend.

So far no facility has rolled out mobile wagering, but that is expected to happen in the coming days.

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FanDuel Sportsbook Launch is Another Legal Sports Betting Milestone

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The metamorphosis from daily fantasy to sports betting operator became complete on Saturday when the FanDuel Sportsbook launched at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on the same premises as MetLife Stadium,

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The metamorphosis from daily fantasy to sports betting operator became complete on Saturday when the FanDuel Sportsbook launched at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on the same premises as MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets. FanDuel will remain in the DFS business, but this new sports betting opportunity in the U.S. is much bigger with the vast majority of the market yet to be captured.

A nervous excitement pulsed through the recently-remodeled Victory Sports Bar & Club where 10 ticket windows were staffed by employees wearing collared shirts emblazoned with a FanDuel Sportsbook patch. Some of the employees at the New Jersey sportsbook are brand new hires who received about two weeks of intensive training prior to Saturday.

“I was actually able to sleep last night,” Meadowlands Racetrack General Manager Jason Settlemoir said before the facility opened. “The first thing I do in the morning is turn the TV on and I saw ‘FanDuel Sportsbook set to open’ up at Meadowlands Racetrack. When I came in it was everything I envisioned for this part of it, so I’m excited and ready to go.”

FanDuel Sportsbook Launches at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey On Same Grounds as Giants and Jets’ MetLife Stadium and Only 8 Miles From New York City

Executives and officials on hand for the occasion included Matthew King, appointed CEO of FanDuel in November 2017; also lawmakers Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29th District), Senate President Pro Tempore, and Assembly Member Ralph Caputo (D-28th District), a co-sponsor of the bill that legalized sports wagering in the state.

These, and other officials, offered remarks from a podium at the front of the house about an hour before the sportsbook opened to the public.

“We have a great opportunity here in the State of New Jersey to preserve and create jobs and provide dollars for vital programs that our citizens needs,” Caputo said from the lectern. “This is an economic shot in the arm. And this will be ongoing revenue — not a one shot deal.”

The deal began exactly one month ago on June 14 when Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. became the first sportsbook to open, under the direction of operator William Hill. The MGM-owned Borgata began taking bets shortly thereafter in Atlantic City. Together those two properties (with some help from three days of wagering at Ocean Resort, also operated by William Hill), generated $3.4 million in gross revenue (on a cash basis accounting method). New Jersey collected $293,000 for the state.

This all comes after New Jersey won its Supreme Court case Murphy v NCAA in May against the NCAA and major pro sports leagues. The two parties together had blocked efforts to legalize for a decade under the now-extinct federal law banning sports wagering outside Nevada, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

“[Legal sports betting] is going to make something that’s been in the shadows and taking place illegally, and make it legal,” said Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman Jeff Gural.

Resources and Training From Paddy Power Betfair, and Their Selection as a Partner

The Meadowland has been preparing for this moment for a while. So has FanDuel, whose acquisition by the powerful Ireland-based bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) was completed just this past week.

PPB has been instrumental in preparing the FanDuel Sportsbook for launch but FanDuel serves as the face of the collective operation. The abundance of signage around the property makes that clear. The sportsbook will be undergoing an expansion and remodeling before football season that will increase the number of ticket windows, televisions and more.

“The betting software is good, it’s simple, quick and accurate,” one ticket writer said. “I like it. “ But no doubt there are some jitters. One employee who booked a $500 wager was “almost shaking,” he told a colleague.

“We’re leveraging the entire global resource base,” FanDuel CEO Matt King told Sports Handle, regarding the collaboration between FanDuel and PPB. “We have their expertise helping to build the mobile app. We’re also using their pricing and their risk-management. And what that means for fans is that we’re going to be able to offer more markets, more bet types than really anybody else out there.”

King is mindful that while the U.S. sports betting opportunity is tremendous, the competition for market share will be fierce. FanDuel beat fellow DFS giant DraftKings to the initial punch, but DraftKings is in the game too as they partnered with Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, which is expected to begin operations before football season.

“This is going to be a very competitive market,” King said. “We think that we’re in a great position because The FanDuel Group is the largest online gaming operator by almost a factor of two. And we think that’s an incredibly powerful position when coupled with the resources we have with Paddy Power behind us.”

Speaking of Paddy Power, there are questions around the industry about why U.S.-based sportsbook operators appear to be idling as European companies make inroads in the U.S. market.

“We put out a request for proposals and received seven or eight,” Gural said of their selection of PPB/FanDuel. “Mostly from abroad.” He said the process of choosing their partner, which has now formed the FanDuel Group, took about a month.

Engaging Clients and Fans Online and in Retail.

One patron at the sportsbook came from Philadelphia just to take in the scene. He didn’t realize until he got there that this was a FanDuel sportsbook.

“Oh really?” he asked. “I think it’s good business, especially in this area. You’d think that’s the logical step for [FanDuel]. They kind of made DFS legal, so once legalized, it’s easier for them jump into this.”

“I don’t even know what I’m wagering today,” said his friend, who hails from Garfield, about nine miles north of the Meadowlands in New Jersey. “I just want to see what the similarities are here to Las Vegas, see what the lines are like. I might play some World Cup.”

Another open question is how the leagues will embrace legal sports betting, or create distance from it. The leagues have been pushing for a controversial “integrity fee” or “royalty,” in which they would take a percentage off the top of all wagers booked legally in states that would grant them such a request. But so far no state has imposed such a cost upon its licensed operators.

The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands is in a unique position given its proximity to an NFL stadium, MetLife. ESPN’s David Purdum reported that there has been talk about a shuttle between the stadium and the sportsbook.

“We’re deep in the conversation of how this is going to work on a number of fronts,” King said. “We’re looking forward to being great partners in and around the area.”

On the digital front, FanDuel — which has operated exclusively online until Saturday — is close to introducing its online sportsbook product and mobile app.

“We’re weeks away from launching,” King said. “Obviously it’s important we do that with the regulators, so we’ve had people furiously working on it for more than six months, and we’re getting very close.”

Mississippi sports betting and West Virginia sports betting will be next to move. Both states are preparing operators to open up shop before football season. FanDuel also secured a partnership The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, which is one the Mountain State’s five licensed properties gearing up.

The U.S sports betting opportunity is vast, and the opportunity and experience in each state and venue will be at least a little bit unique. And ever changing.

“Greenbrier will be a bit different because they don’t have a facility quite like this,” King said. “It will be interesting to see in a lot of casinos that don’t historically have sportsbooks, how we end up outfitting them and what’s the right retail experience. There’s also going to be additional technology like self-service betting terminals that will coming out. So you’re going to see an evolution of our retail format over time.”

Indeed, the evolution has only just begun.

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