Paddy Power Completes FanDuel Acquisition, Forms ‘FanDuel Group’

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Just in time for Saturday’s grand opening of sports wagering at The FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands in northern New Jersey, Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) and FanDuel confirmed today that they have closed their previously announced merger. The new entity in the U.S. will be officially known as FanDuel Group, the company said.

The Meadowlands deal, in which FanDuel will operate and risk manage the sportsbook, marks FanDuel’s, first foray into Nevada-style, single-team sport betting. FanDuel is generally regarded as the number two Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) outlet, trailing only DraftKings.

The combination creates the largest online sports destination in the United States, according to the company. FanDuel will also operate The Meadowlands mobile sports betting operation in New Jersey when regulators approve their app and online platform.

FanDuel Sportsbook Set to go Live at Meadowlands Racetrack as Paddy Power Betfair Completes Merger of FanDuel, Combining Operations

the fanduel sportsbook's victory sports bar and club
Inside the Victory Sports Bar & Club at the Meadowlands Racetrack

PPB under its Betfair US umbrella and the FanDuel brand name, will also operate at Tioga Downs in New York, subject to enabling legislation in the Empire State, which may come in early 2019. There also remains the possibility that Tioga Downs and three other commercial casinos in New York can move forward with sports betting under a 2013 law. State regulators indicated they are crafting rules in accordance with that law but it’s as yet unknown if the casinos will get a green light.

Jeff Gural is owner/operator of both Tioga Downs and Meadowlands Racetrack. Tioga Downs has a casino element. The Meadowlands, near New York City, only operates as a racetrack.

[Also See: What to Expect at the Meadowlands’ FanDuel Sportsbook Launch]

FanDuel has also partnered with The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to provide sports betting services, expected to be available in late August or early September.

FanDuel CEO Matt King will serve as CEO of the newly-combined company and Betfair US. CEO Kip Levin will become President and COO, and remain in his role as CEO of TVG. TVG is a horseracing television network with about 45 million subscribers via cable, satellite systems and online. Paul Rushton, currently Commercial Finance Director of Paddy Power Betfair, will become the CFO of FanDuel Group.

The newly combined business says it will have a presence across 45 states, 8 million customers, and $265 million in annual revenue. As of now, the company is continuing operations at DRAFT, the distant number three DFS company, purchased by PPB in May of 2017.

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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 3 Picks

After a week that saw us get brutalized as much as the rest of the NFL betting population last week, NFL’s Week 3 provides an opportunity for us to get back on track. To recap how bad last week was for everybody: the 10 most popular team picks in the Vegas Super

After a week that saw us get brutalized as much as the rest of the NFL betting population last week, NFL’s Week 3 provides an opportunity for us to get back on track. To recap how bad last week was for everybody: the 10 most popular team picks in the Vegas Super Contest went a total of 2-8. Pretty much no one had a good week. However, there is plenty to like this week, at least on paper.

As always, remember that we’re ballin’ on a budget, so we have $20 to spend and we’re hoping to spend it wisely on five more games this week. We’re chasing our losses from last week, but that won’t be the case for long. This week, instead of going with three spreads and two over/unders, we’re going with four spreads and just one over/under. Without further adieu, away we go …

Packers -3.5 over Redskins (EVEN)

That extra half point is a fickle beast and I debated including this pick in the Week 3 column for that exact reason. With this game being in Washington, there are plenty of scenarios we could see play out where the Packers win by a single field goal and we lose this bet. However, after a frustrating game against the Vikings that they should have won, the Packers should be out for blood in their first road game of the year.

Aaron Rodgers may be on one leg, but he’s better than nearly every other quarterback in the league even with that being the case. Washington showed against the Colts that they are potentially inept on offense without any go-to playmakers. Alex Smith isn’t likely to turn the ball over, but the offense is also more likely to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns, which is reason enough to take Green Bay even money at -3.5 instead of -3. The bet: $3 for total payout of $6.

Bills +17.5 over Vikings (-115)

Don’t get me wrong, the Vikings will win this game handily, but 17.5 points in the NFL is a ton. You’re telling me Minnesota has to win by at least three scores to cover the spread. Is that possible? Of course. Is it likely? I don’t think so. Buffalo gets to play indoors and on turf and while they’re facing one of the best defenses in the league, they should be able to move the ball enough, if LeSean McCoy is healthy, to stay within 17 points.

At this point, it appears the Bills and Cardinals are the two worst teams in the league. Most would probably rank the Vikings as one of the best. On any given Sunday, though, I’m not giving the best team in football 17.5 points on the worst team in football. Minnesota could cover, but this line seems like an overreaction to the Bills’ comically bad start. The bet: $3 for total payout of $5.61.

Seahawks -1.5 over Cowboys (-110)

This is a real test for Seattle and it might define the rest of Pete Carroll’s tenure with the Seahawks. They sit at 0-2 after losing to two average teams in the Broncos and Bears. Both those games were on the road, though, and they finally get some home cooking in Week 3. This is a huge deal as Seattle traditionally has been an elite home team and an average road team. Over the last four seasons, the Seahawks are a combined 23-9 at home and 18-15-1 on the road.

Dallas is riding high off a 20-13 win over the Giants, whose offensive line looked terrible on Sunday Night Football. Nothing happened in that game to convince me that Dak Prescott is any better than an average quarterback, so he’s not single-handedly going to torch Seattle. Ezekiel Elliott might. The Seahawks’ biggest problem is they don’t have the number of playmakers on that defense that they used to and the offense is banged up. In the end, this game is do or die for Seattle. While they may not make the playoffs this season, they will keep some hope alive by turning away the visiting Cowboys Sunday. The bet: $3 for total payout of $5.73.

Panthers -3 over Bengals (EVEN)

With this bet being even money, there’s great value here. Carolina is back at home and in the last few years, we haven’t really seen the Bengals sustain any type of success. Cincinnati has not won three games in a row since it won its first eight games of the 2015 season. We know they will be without starting running back, Joe Mixon, which is a huge deal. Giovanni Bernard is a great pass catcher out of the backfield, but he’s simply not the same playmaker, every-down back Mixon is.

Carolina showed flashes on offense against the Falcons and being back in a comfortable home environment should help them. They know the NFC South is going to be as tough as always to win and a victory at home this week is vital. Getting that field goal advantage on the line is great, because it allows you some breathing room to earn a push if they do win by just three. The bet: $5 for total payout of $10.

49ers vs. Chiefs UNDER 57 points

You might look at this and scratch your head as the Chiefs just played in a game against the Steelers that reached 79 total points last week. Meanwhile, the 49ers reached a total of exactly 57 in their 30-27 win over the Lions on Sunday. San Francisco’s defense is nothing to write home about, but they have an extra week of film on rookie QB Patrick Mahomes that may take him down a notch. Kansas City’s defense is also pretty stout; they gave up a ton of points to the Steelers, because Pittsburgh was playing catch up and K.C. was playing bend-don’t-break defense.

You’d expect this game to be close, although through two games, I’m still not sure how good either of these two teams is. The Chiefs are at home, so you probably give them the nod in the game, but this has the feel of a 24-17 game, which leaves us 16 points beneath the under with plenty of wiggle room in case the game is a little more offensive than anticipated. This looks like the biggest lock of the week. The bet: $6 for total payout of $11.45.

Bonus picks: A couple other picks I like this week, but am not confident enough in to officially include in the column are: Colts +6.5 at Eagles (-110) and Jets-Browns over 39.5 (-110). Indy has looked good through two games and are visiting an Eagles team coming off a road loss to the Buccaneers. Carson Wentz is back under center for Philly, but how effective will he be? That’s a legitimate question mark and enough to make you consider taking the Colts as almost a touchdown dog. If that line moves up to +7 jump all over it.

In the Jets-Browns game, there’s plenty of reason not to bet. Reason No. 1 would be that you have to watch the game. After that, though, there’s actually plenty of reason to bet this over. Let’s say we anticipate a close game: 23-20 or 27-20 is entirely within the realm of possibility. Each of those types of scores would get us our over. We do run the risk that one of these offenses lays a complete egg, but with an over/under so low, it’s hard to resist taking the over. Plus, that will give you something to root for in an otherwise forgettable Thursday Night game.

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports reporter in Southern Oregon covering all sports, including Oregon and Oregon State athletics. He has been a national baseball writer for Bleacher Report and Rant Sports and has written two baseball books. He also specializes in sports betting analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School.

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Washington, D.C. Councilman Introduces Sports Betting Bill

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Against a backdrop of U.S. Congressmen proposing the idea of a federal framework for sports betting, a District of Columbia city council member has introduced a bill that would allow sports betting in the nation’s capitol. According to

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Against a backdrop of U.S. Congressmen proposing the idea of a federal framework for sports betting, a District of Columbia city council member has introduced a bill that would allow sports betting in the nation’s capitol. According to the Washington Post, Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced legislation that he says he is co-authoring with Democratic mayor Muriel E. Bowser and Democratic city councilman Phil Mendelson.

The bill has been referred to the Finance and Revenue Committee, of which Evans is the chairman. (Read the bill here.) The District is in a unique situation in that is it essentially a city-state and the 13-member City Council makes law in D.C.  Given the relatively small number of lawmakers, the process is more nimble than in a larger state governments. However, laws passed by the Council are subject to Congressional approval.

Should the District of Columbia legalize sports betting, it would be the first in the immediate region to do so. Maryland is very much a gaming state but did not pass sports betting legislation in 2018 that would have put the matter of legalization to voter referendum. The closest states with legal sports betting are Delaware — the first in the nation to roll out sports betting post-PASPA — and West Virginia, which took its first sports bet in late August.

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NFL Week 3: Over and Under Best Bets

 

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we're making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we're offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over of the week: Indianapolis Colts

 

This NFL season, with sports betting expected to be a more common and accepted practice, we’re making a point to look beyond point spreads and analyze often-neglected totals. As part of that approach, we’re offering up our favorite bet over and favorite under each week. 

Over of the week: Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles

Total: 47.5

This total is well below 50 because the Indianapolis defense is coming off a shockingly strong performance against the Washington Redskins, while the Eagles have yet to score more than 21 points this season. But the reality is the Colts defense is much more like the unit that surrendered 34 points on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, and the Philadelphia offense is due for a breakout performance. 

Look for an angry Eagles team to bounce back from a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a big number in quarterback Carson Wentz’s return to action. And on the other side of the ball, look for Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Co. to exploit a Philly D that struggled immensely in Tampa. 

There’s a chance the Eagles run away with this at home, but even that would probably enable Indy to rack up some garbage-time points.

Philly should hit the 30 mark, while the Colts should be able to score at least 20 points here.

Predicted score: Eagles 34, Colts 21

Under of the week: Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams

Total: 48

It’s not as though both of these offenses aren’t capable of scoring 30-plus points Sunday in the Battle of L.A., but it’s that both the Chargers and Rams look fantastic on the defensive side of the ball. 

A little too fantastic for that total of 48. 

With Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh dominating up front, the new-look Rams defense hasn’t surrendered a point in the last six quarters. Meanwhile, it’s obvious the Chargers can now be forgiven for surrendered 38 points to the out-of-control Kansas City Chiefs in their opener, because they smothered the Buffalo Bills offense on the road in Week 2, holding them to just 13 points before garbage time. 

The Bolts might still give up 24 here, but that strong secondary won’t be embarrassed again. They’ll stick around on offense, but they aren’t likely finding the end zone more than three times against Donald, Suh and Co. 

Predicted score: Rams 24, Chargers 18

Good luck, we’re all counting on you. 

Previous results
Last week: 1-1
2018 season: 2-2

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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Examining The FanDuel Sportsbook Ticketing Snafu Through The Eyes of Nevada

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Sports bettors in emerging markets are continuing to discover some of the vagaries of sporting wagering. Among them are situations when an “accepted” bet may not always be a bet, and what happens

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Sports bettors in emerging markets are continuing to discover some of the vagaries of sporting wagering. Among them are situations when an “accepted” bet may not always be a bet, and what happens to a “wins/losses” totals bet if a team ends up with a postponed game that’s not rescheduled.

FanDuel Sportsbook, operating at The Meadowlands Racetrack, has refused to honor a $110 live betting ticket on the Broncos to defeat the Raiders on Sunday — a wager that would have paid more than $82,000. The company says the extremely large odds on the bet were caused by an error in the oddsmaking process. “The wager in question involved an obvious pricing error inadvertently generated by our in-game pricing system,” a FanDuel spokesperson said in a statement. 

The bettor, who identified himself to News 12 New Jersey as Anthony Prince, made his wager over the counter at the sportsbook at the Meadowlands with Denver trailing the Raiders 19-17 late in the fourth quarter. The Broncos then arrived comfortably in field goal range, especially given the high altitude in Denver, when Broncos QB Case Keenum completed a pass down to Oakland 18-yard line. However, as FanDuel updated the live betting odds to reflect Denver as a -600 favorite the company says an error in the live-odds feed caused the Broncos to be posted as 750-1 (+75,000) underdogs to win the game. 

 

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Sports Betting And Injuries In College Football: Separating Good Information From Noise

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Many serious college and professional football bettors have long believed that it’s imperative to consider injuries before pushing the cash across the counter or hitting the “make bet” button on the phone

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Many serious college and professional football bettors have long believed that it’s imperative to consider injuries before pushing the cash across the counter or hitting the “make bet” button on the phone app or computer. Others believe bookmakers have built injuries into the offered betting lines, rendering monitoring of injuries a waste of time and effort.

Although injury information can sometimes be sparse or inaccurate, perhaps attributable to coaching gamesmanship, lots of experienced bettors believe when money is at stake, you’d better pay attention.

Right now in collegiate athletics, there is no conference that provides injury information on its players, in part due to concerns over privacy laws. However in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in May striking down the federal ban on full-fledged sports wagering outside Nevada, numerous coaches and NCAA athletic directors in major and minor conferences have signaled a tide turn and the possible if not likely future sharing of injury reports.

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William Hill Becomes ‘Official Partner’ of Vegas Golden Knights, First Deal of Its Kind

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The Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday notched yet another “first.”

In 2017 the Golden Knights became the first of the four major professional U.S. sports leagues to officially make Las Vegas

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The Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday notched yet another “first.”

In 2017 the Golden Knights became the first of the four major professional U.S. sports leagues to officially make Las Vegas their home and in June, it became the NHL’s first expansion team since 1968 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals (in vastly different circumstances), ultimately falling to the Washington Capitals 4-1.

This newest first involves the newest NHL franchise joining with bookmaker William Hill US — in a “landmark, multi-year partnership” the first-ever between a professional U.S. sports team and a sportsbook.

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NJ Man Says FanDuel Won’t Pay; Company Investigating

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A New Jersey man says he made a wager on Sunday at the FanDuel SportsBook at the Meadowlands Racetrack and that FanDuel won’t pay up. The bet, an in-game wager, would have paid $82,610 on

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A New Jersey man says he made a wager on Sunday at the FanDuel SportsBook at the Meadowlands Racetrack and that FanDuel won’t pay up. The bet, an in-game wager, would have paid $82,610 on a $110 wager and was made with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining in the Denver Broncos-Oakland Raiders contest.

According to a report from News12 in New Jersey, FanDuel says the ticket was a glitch and is looking into the matter. But the bettor, Anthony Prince, is all but demanding FanDuel pay out immediately.

“They said their system had a glitch in it and they’re not obligated to pay for glitches,” Prince told News12. “The other guy said, ‘You should take what we give you because we don’t have to give you [anything] at all.’ I said, ‘Wow, for real?’”

 

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‘Cover City’: Week 2 NFL Recap And Week 3 Preview With Andrew Melton

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

NFL Week 2 is now the books but there’s a lot to absorb from what occurred. The underdogs bit HARD with an 11-5 performance, and now Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot! On the podcast you’ll get perspective on that move on from a former Patriots linebacker.

Joining Rosenthal on Cover City to break it all down is Andrew Melton (@SnCDrew), a RotoRadar podcast host, professional gamer and motion capture athlete for EA Sports. Time codes for the episode follow below.


 
1:45 – Saints barely pull one out against the Browns and previewing their opponent for Week 3.
 
4:28 – Don’t look at the names. Why one quarterback is proving his value.
 
6:22 – Ryan Fitzpatrick hype. Is it real? Drew talks about some real life encounters with him.
 
10:57 – Bills are 17 point underdogs in Week 3. Why Drew still likes the Vikings to cover this spread.
 
14:52 – Giants embarrassment on Sunday Night. Why Eric thinks it might be time to hit the panic button.
 
17:49 – Dak Prescott could be one of the more overrated quarterbacks in the NFL.
 
21:05 – Andrew Luck is back and healthy. Drew weighs in on why he’s the total package, but why simple might be more.
 
23:55 – Eric locks in a contrarian “under” for Week 3.
 
26:06 – Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots. And a Super Bowl Champion joins the show!
 
28:30 – Matt Patricia against New England: A first-hand perspective for this weeks matchup.
 
33:55 – Team total for the Patriots this week. Drew reacts to our special guest’s comments and talks about game script.
 
39:15 – Aaron Rodgers vs. Kirk Cousins. Drew calls the Vikings one of the most overrated teams in the NFL.
 
42:55 – Was the hit from Clay Matthews roughing the passer? A vantage point from a NFL perspective.
 

 
Come back here Thursday for the full NFL Week 3 and a look at the Saturday college football slate. And follow us on Twitter at @ericports and @sports_handle
 
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Pro Sports Leagues Continue Full-Court Press on West Virginia Sports Betting Law

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What’s going on in West Virginia? Sports betting kicked off with a bang a the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races late last month, and just last week, the FanDuel Sportsbook

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What’s going on in West Virginia? Sports betting kicked off with a bang a the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races late last month, and just last week, the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Greenbrier Resort took its first bet. In between, the state’s lottery director inexplicably resigned and now the lottery’s managing general counsel, Danielle Boyd, isn’t immediately responding to inquiries.

And on Monday, acting lottery director Doug Buffington went before the Standing Joint Committee on Finance and fielded questions about the implementation the state’s sports betting law. The lottery rolled out “emergency rules” in order to allow the casinos to open their sportsbooks, but those rules were open to public comment and the lottery must address concerns. The public-comment period ended Sept. 7 and the lottery has yet to respond.

In fact, should it respond in the near future, it will do so without its long-time leader, Alan Harrick, who resigned unexpectedly and Boyd, who has reportedly been forced out of her position by the governor’s office.

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Where The Midwest Is at on Sports Betting Legislation

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In the first half of the year, midwestern states in general weren’t able to legalize sports betting, but some began to lay the groundwork for passable legislation to be crafted. For Illinois, Michigan

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In the first half of the year, midwestern states in general weren’t able to legalize sports betting, but some began to lay the groundwork for passable legislation to be crafted. For Illinois, Michigan and Ohio lawmakers, the summer months were all about learning, negotiating and educating with the goal of finding common ground.

While none of the three states has introduced any new legislation of late, all have the chance to legalize sports betting before 2019, or at the start of the 2019 session.

 

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Ballin’ on a Budget Week 2 Results

The law of averages caught up with us this week, folks. After a stellar start to the year, with a 4-for-5 Week 1, we suffered a setback going 1-for-5 in Week 2. There are a variety of explanations for why we lost in some cases and for some games, we’re still searching for

The law of averages caught up with us this week, folks. After a stellar start to the year, with a 4-for-5 Week 1, we suffered a setback going 1-for-5 in Week 2. There are a variety of explanations for why we lost in some cases and for some games, we’re still searching for answers. Let’s recap this hellacious week of NFL betting.

LOSS: Eagles -3 over Buccaneers (-110): Bucs 27, Eagles 21. We said that there was no way Ryan Fitzpatrick was going to duplicate his Week 1 performance against the Eagles, but we were very wrong. He threw for four more touchdowns and made the Philly defense look silly at times. We also couldn’t catch a break with the Eagles suffering a few injuries on the offensive side of the ball including feature back, Jay Ajayi. The Eagles never quite got into a rhythm until late and by that point, there was no way they were covering the three points we needed them to. Total win: $0.

LOSS: Patriots -2 over Jaguars (-110): Jaguars 31, Patriots 20. Please raise your hand if you said that Blake Bortles would outperform Tom Brady this week. Nobody should be raising their hand. There was no reason to believe Bortles was going to have the monster day that he did, throwing for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. It turns out the New England defense just isn’t very good and that Patriots offense is going to have to win some shootouts this year to be as dominant as it normally is. Facing a defense like Jacksonville, a recipe for disaster was created when Bortles hit his stride and had a career day. Total win: $0.

LOSS: Patriots-Jaguars UNDER 45 (-110): Jaguars 31, Patriots 20. Of course, piggy backing off of that, Bortles’ huge day also screwed our under bet. We were relying on the Patriots to win a low-scoring game. The fact they lost a relatively high scoring game flipped this from an under to an over. As it is, Just one touchdown separated us from the under; Jacksonville could have won 24-20 and we would have gotten the win. Again, though, Bortles’ big day was too much for us to overcome as the teams eclipsed the over/under by a single score. Total win: $0.

WIN: Panthers-Falcons OVER 44 (-110): Falcons 31, Panthers 24. Finally, something we got right! This one played out just about how we figured it would. Inside with each offense able to run wild, the second half turned into a shootout. The fact Atlanta took a two-score lead in the second half really helped, because then Cam Newton and the Carolina offense were forced into taking more chances. The comeback attempt came up just short as they tried to send the game into overtime, but it didn’t really matter for us, the over hits easily by two scores. Total win: $7.64.

LOSS: Giants +3 over Cowboys (-110): Cowboys 20, Giants 13. The final score would indicate a close game between these two NFC East rivals, but this one was never really in doubt. Dallas dominated from start to finish while New York scored a late touchdown. We knew neither of these teams was much good, but the offensive line play in front of Eli Manning was absolutely putrid. He’s regressing all by himself, he doesn’t need the help of the offensive line to speed up that process. Dallas really didn’t look all that great, but they controlled the tempo of the game and Manning was never able to get on the same page with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Sheppard and Co. After they barely missed covering against the Jaguars in Week 1, New York really missed the mark this week. Total win: $0.

WIN (BONUS BET): Colts-Redskins UNDER 45.5: Colts 21, Redskins 9. We didn’t include this in our $20 set of games to bet, but we did mention this as a bonus bet to make if you didn’t like one of the other ones. Hopefully you took that advice. Washington couldn’t muster much of anything offensively and as we know, field goals don’t win overs. Indy was content to milk the clock for most of the second half and that worked to our advantage. We won’t count this toward our overall season pot, but we’re hoping you took this game to make up for what was otherwise a really crappy week.

PIGGY BANK: $35.37 (-11.6% return on investment)

OVERALL PICK PERCENTAGE: 50%

We will go back to the drawing board and make sure we get ourselves back into the green. There will be a lot of kinks to work out in the first couple weeks, so hopefully we hit our groove headed into the stretch run of the season. Keep an eye out for our Week 3 picks coming out later this week.

Jacob Kornhauser is a sports reporter in Southern Oregon covering all sports, including Oregon and Oregon State athletics. He has been a national baseball writer for Bleacher Report and Rant Sports and has written two baseball books. He also specializes in sports betting analysis. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School.

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College Football Game Props: Look Ahead Lines

Props to Westgate Superbook for putting out "Look Ahead Lines" for many of the big college matchups on tap through November. These are fun bets for the recreational player that knows their favorite college football team. By placing a bet on a game in November, you get

Props to Westgate Superbook for putting out “Look Ahead Lines” for many of the big college matchups on tap through November. These are fun bets for the recreational player that knows their favorite college football team. By placing a bet on a game in November, you get to enjoy the ride of your team’s performance in anticipation of your November bet.

There are few things better in sports betting than having a better line than the general public and look ahead betting is one way to do it.

Date Teams Line
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 NOTRE DAME -11.5
WAKE FOREST
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 KANSAS ST
WEST VIRGINIA -17.5
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 NEBRASKA
MICHIGAN -17.5
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 WISCONSIN -4.5
IOWA
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 TEXAS A&M
ALABAMA -21
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 TCU
TEXAS -3.5
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 STANFORD
OREGON -1.5
Friday, September 28th, 2018 UCLA
COLORADO -10
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 OHIO ST -6.5
PENN ST
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 FLORIDA ST
LOUISVILLE -2.5
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 TEXAS -7
KANSAS ST
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 FLORIDA
MISSISSIPPI ST -9.5
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 USC -4.5
ARIZONA
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 STANFORD
NOTRE DAME -3.5
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 CLEMSON -21.5
WAKE FOREST
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 FLORIDA ST
MIAMI FL -8.5
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 NOTRE DAME -3.5
VIRGINIA TECH
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 LSU -3
FLORIDA
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 NEBRASKA
WISCONSIN -19.5
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 AUBURN -3
MISSISSIPPI ST
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 OKLAHOMA -9.5
@ DALLAS, TX TEXAS
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 WASHINGTON -18.5
UCLA
Saturday, October 6th, 2018 NAVY -3.5
AIR FORCE
Thursday, October 11th, 2018 TEXAS TECH
TCU -17
Friday, October 12th, 2018 ARIZONA
UTAH -11.5
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 WISCONSIN
MICHIGAN -2.5
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 MICHIGAN ST
PENN ST -7
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 TEXAS A&M -2.5
SOUTH CAROLINA
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 GEORGIA -7
LSU
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 WASHINGTON -5.5
OREGON
Thursday, October 18th, 2018 STANFORD -4.5
ARIZONA ST
Friday, October 19th, 2018 COLORADO ST
BOISE ST -28
Friday, October 19th, 2018 AIR FORCE
UNLV -3
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 MICHIGAN -3
MICHIGAN ST
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 OHIO ST -23.5
PURDUE
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 OKLAHOMA -7
TCU
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 MISSISSIPPI ST
LSU PK
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 USC
UTAH -4.5
Saturday, October 20th, 2018 ARIZONA -1.5
UCLA
Friday, October 26th, 2018 MIAMI FL -3
BOSTON COLLEGE
Friday, October 26th, 2018 WYOMING
COLORADO ST -1.5
Friday, October 26th, 2018 UTAH -7.5
UCLA
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 CLEMSON -15.5
FLORIDA ST
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 TEXAS
OKLAHOMA ST -3
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 WISCONSIN -11.5
NORTHWESTERN
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 TEXAS A&M
MISSISSIPPI ST -6.5
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 FLORIDA
@ JACKSONVILLE, FL GEORGIA -16.5
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 NOTRE DAME -16.5
@ SAN DIEGO, CA NAVY
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 FLORIDA ST
NC STATE -3.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 SYRACUSE
WAKE FOREST -3
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 PENN ST
MICHIGAN -6.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 NEBRASKA
OHIO ST -24.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 IOWA -6.5
PURDUE
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 AIR FORCE
ARMY -4.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 NOTRE DAME -9.5
NORTHWESTERN
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 ALABAMA -12.5
LSU
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 WEST VIRGINIA
TEXAS -1.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 OKLAHOMA -20.5
TEXAS TECH
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 BYU
BOISE ST -14.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 UCLA
OREGON -19.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 STANFORD
WASHINGTON -9.5
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 FRESNO ST -6.5
UNLV
Thursday, November 8th, 2018 WAKE FOREST
NC STATE -10.5
Friday, November 9th, 2018 LOUISVILLE
SYRACUSE PK
Friday, November 9th, 2018 FRESNO ST
BOISE ST -14
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 MIAMI FL -6.5
GEORGIA TECH
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 CLEMSON -13.5
BOSTON COLLEGE
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 TCU
WEST VIRGINIA -3.5
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 OHIO ST -10.5
MICHIGAN ST
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 WISCONSIN
PENN ST -1
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 AUBURN
GEORGIA -5
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 OKLAHOMA ST
OKLAHOMA -14
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 MISSISSIPPI ST
ALABAMA -17
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 OREGON
UTAH – 2?
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 FLORIDA ST
NOTRE DAME -10.5
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 MIAMI FL
VIRGINIA TECH -1.5
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 WISCONSIN -15.5
PURDUE
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 MICHIGAN ST -5.5
NEBRASKA
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 WEST VIRGINIA
OKLAHOMA ST -2.5
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 STANFORD -7.5
CAL
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 USC -7.5
UCLA
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 SAN DIEGO ST
FRESNO ST -6
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 MISSISSIPPI ST -8.5
OLE MISS
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 VIRGINIA
VIRGINIA TECH -16.5
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 NEBRASKA
IOWA -10.5
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA -5.5
SOUTH FLORIDA
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 HOUSTON
MEMPHIS -3.5
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 OREGON -20.5
OREGON ST
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 OKLAHOMA -5.5
WEST VIRGINIA
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 WASHINGTON -14
WASHINGTON ST
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 SOUTH CAROLINA
CLEMSON -21.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 FLORIDA
FLORIDA ST -4.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 NC STATE -6.5
NORTH CAROLINA
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 SYRACUSE
BOSTON COLLEGE -10.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 PURDUE
INDIANA -2.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 MICHIGAN
OHIO ST -9.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 GEORGIA TECH
GEORGIA -20
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 NOTRE DAME -3
USC
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 KENTUCKY
LOUISVILLE -7
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 KANSAS ST
IOWA ST -8.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 ARKANSAS
MISSOURI -14
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 TENNESSEE -1
VANDERBILT
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 AUBURN
ALABAMA -10.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 LSU
TEXAS A&M -1.5
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 ARIZONA ST -1.5
ARIZONA
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 BYU
UTAH -14
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 NEVADA
UNLV -4.5
Saturday, December 8th, 2018 NAVY -4.5
@ PHILADELPHIA, PA ARMY

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Super Bowl 53 Odds: Updated for Week 2

Super Bowl 53 Updated odds are here. Biggers movers with lower odds week 2 than week 1 include the Bears, Bucs, Dolphins and Jets, while Chargers, Falcons, Texans and Cowboys all regressed.

And, not surprisingly, the New England Patriots remain the favorite to win Super Bowl 53 at 6/1.

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Super Bowl 53 Updated odds are here. Biggers movers with lower odds week 2 than week 1 include the Bears, Bucs, Dolphins and Jets, while Chargers, Falcons, Texans and Cowboys all regressed.

And, not surprisingly, the New England Patriots remain the favorite to win Super Bowl 53 at 6/1.

Get this week’s game lines here.

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Martin is a data analyst that has been applauded for his ability to make the complex simple. He grew up on a farm in northern Vermont and spent his summers helping his mom lead llama treks at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Martin graduated from University of Vermont with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation he left Vermont to work for an educational nonprofit called City Year for two years, and followed that up by attending the data science immersive program at Galvanize in Denver. He is an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and spends his free time playing football and soccer.

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Get a Grip: The Week In Sports Betting & Sports: NJ Sports Betting Handle, Congress Coming & Much More

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It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of

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It’s information overload everywhere, and there’s not time enough to sleep and eat and stay fully apprised of what’s happening on this crazy blue dot of ours (two out of three ain’t bad).

Here’s the weekend Sports Handle item, “Get a Grip,” recapping the week’s top stories, and rounding up key stories in sports betting, gaming, and the world of sports at large. You may have missed them, and they are worth reading.

NJ Sports Betting Revenue Exceeds (Some) Expectations And Will Rise Much Higher; Feds May Get Involved In Sports Betting, But How; Much More

A lot to get here. Off the top rope: The NJ sports betting August revenue report came in on Wednesday and the results indicated what we expected: the Garden State market is going to get large.

In a month in which four physical sportsbooks operated throughout and four more for a portion of the month; with the DraftKings Sportsbook operating digitally for most of the month and two more digital launches in the final week, the total handle reached $95.6 million and total sportsbook gross revenue was $9.18 million. The books online — the vast majority by DK — generated $2.97 million on a $21.7 million handle. In retail, the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack led the way with over $3 million in revenue while no other property cracked $1 million.

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The Greenbrier’s FanDuel Sportsbook Opens Ahead of NFL Week 2

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West Virginia’s second legal sportsbook opened on Thursday when the the FanDuel Sportsbook at the The Greenbrier Resort and Casino took its first sports bet. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

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West Virginia’s second legal sportsbook opened on Thursday when the the FanDuel Sportsbook at the The Greenbrier Resort and Casino took its first sports bet. The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races opened Aug. 30.  The timing means the sportsbook is open in time for the second weekend of the NFL season. The Greenbrier is a unique circumstance in that is the only private membership-only casino in the U.S.  Only members and resort guests can enter the casino.

The Greenbrier, one of the most storied resorts in America, has long offered casino gaming at its Casino Club, a posh, high-end gaming venue. The FanDuel Sportsbook is more of the same with club chairs and 21 large-screen televisions. According to the sportsbook’s webpage, it will offer international dining options as well as live entertainment. Patrons are required to wear coats (men) and dresses (women) in the casino after 7 p.m.

Membership to the Casino Club is available through a membership to The Greenbrier Golf and Tennis Club, which costs $1,590 annually, by purchasing a home in The Greenbrier Sporting Club, or to registered hotel guests and, in some cases, convention attendees. The Casino Club opened in 2010.

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RotoRadar Podcast Episode 2

 

NFP is pleased to present On the RotoRadar. In partnership with RotoRadar, the podcast will dig deep into DFS advice with their experts as well as NFL best bets from professional sports bettor, Christian Pina. Pina

 

NFP is pleased to present On the RotoRadar. In partnership with RotoRadar, the podcast will dig deep into DFS advice with their experts as well as NFL best bets from professional sports bettor, Christian Pina. Pina will analyze which games are getting action and why, and provide opportunistic spots and angles including prop bets.

DFS analysts and experts include Cash Game Pro Analyst, OnceHarby went an amazing 18-3 last Season. GPP Pro Analyst, FadeToBlack has qualified for three FanDuel Live Finals. Handicapping Pro Analyst and @Ericsports

Time Stamps for Week 2 “On The RotoRadar” Podcast:

00:00 – Introductions
5:15 Eagles vs. Buccaneers
9:45 Texans vs. Titans
14:05 Colts vs. Redskins
19:10 Vikings vs. Packers
25:00 Browns vs. Saints
31:50 Chiefs vs. Steelers
37:00 Dolphins vs. Jets
38:50 Panthers vs. Falcons
42:45 Charges vs. Bills
45:30 Cardinals vs. Rams
46:50 Lions vs. 49ers
48:55 Raiders vs. Broncos
53:45 Patriots vs. Jaguars
55:10 Giants vs. Cowboys
57:45 Ravens vs. Bengals
1:04:20 Twitter Q&A
1:08:50 Closing Remarks

 

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NFL Player Props: Week 2

 

NFL Player Props for Week Two are here.

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NFL Player Props for Week Two are here.

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Martin is a data analyst that has been applauded for his ability to make the complex simple. He grew up on a farm in northern Vermont and spent his summers helping his mom lead llama treks at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Martin graduated from University of Vermont with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation he left Vermont to work for an educational nonprofit called City Year for two years, and followed that up by attending the data science immersive program at Galvanize in Denver. He is an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and spends his free time playing football and soccer.

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NFL Week 2 Props: First Head Coach To Be Fired

Every year someone has to be the first to go - so we are bringing you the odds on the first coach to be fired. It's interesting to note that of the seven new head coaches hired this year, only Mike Vrabel is on the bookmaker chopping

Every year someone has to be the first to go – so we are bringing you the odds on the first coach to be fired. It’s interesting to note that of the seven new head coaches hired this year, only Mike Vrabel is on the bookmaker chopping block.


Data provided by Bovada.

Martin is a data analyst that has been applauded for his ability to make the complex simple. He grew up on a farm in northern Vermont and spent his summers helping his mom lead llama treks at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Martin graduated from University of Vermont with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation he left Vermont to work for an educational nonprofit called City Year for two years, and followed that up by attending the data science immersive program at Galvanize in Denver. He is an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and spends his free time playing football and soccer.

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‘Cover City’: NFL Week 2 Picks And Breakdown With Christian Pina

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college

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Sports Handle is pleased to present Cover City: A Pro and College Football Betting Podcast, hosted by Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports). Rosenthal is a professional sports bettor who focuses on NFL and college football. He has wagered more than $25 million in the last nine years, getting banned from many sportsbooks along the way.

NFL Week 2 is Overreaction Week! Joining Rosenthal on Cover City to break it all down is Christian Pina (@ChristianPina), professional sports handicapper for Radar Sharp Edge, host of Inside Vegas and  Gambling Podcast content editor.

Time codes for the episode follow below. Enjoy.


1:40: Passing on the upcoming college football slate.

2:49: Carolina Panthers +6 at Atlanta Falcons: Disastrous red zone play-calling by the Falcons and a ridiculous Matt Ryan-Julio Jones stat. Falcons injuries and touchdown regression.

7:06: Eyeing Christian McCaffrey receiving prop bets.

7:51: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Line unknown, except in SuperContest. Discussing Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain status impact on Week 2.

12:06: Los Angeles Chargers -7.5 at Buffalo Bills: The Nathan Peterman era comes to an end. Joey Bosa out again.

14:48: Teaser leg of the week, making teaser bets and some principles to follow.

19:36: Eric pushes all in on Houston.

22:30: Doctor’s orders regarding Aaron Rodgers and what that means for the prop market in Green Bay.

23:35: Philadelphia Eagles -3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Keep on eye on the hook here. The guys love this game, buying low and selling high.

28:30: New England Patriots PK at Jacksonville Jaguars: You don’t get rich betting against the Patriots. Rules don’t apply and Christian leans under.

30:20: All in on James White in the prop market (assuming Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel are out).

31:42: New York Giants +3 at Dallas Cowboys: Pina thinks Dallas will be an under team all year and here, too.

34:36: Pina’s play of the week: Pittsburgh -4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs.

37:20: Whipping through some other games — stay aways with Los Angeles -13 vs. Arizona and San Francisco -6 vs. Detroit; Seattle +3.5 at Chicago (looking under).

45:33: Eric’s Top 5 picks for Week 2 in the SuperContest.


Come back on Monday for the NFL Week 2 recap and a look ahead to Week 3. Follow us on Twitter at @ericsports and @ChristianPina and also at @sports_handle.

Bonus! Check out this week’s episode of  ‘The NFL Handle’: featuring Robert Walker And Matt Perrault.

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AGA to Schumer: Sports Betting Doesn’t Need Federal Oversight

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“Additional federal engagement is not warranted at this time.”

Those words close the first paragraph of the American Gaming Association‘s latest volley in the discussion about the creation of federal sports betting regulation. The AGA, a

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“Additional federal engagement is not warranted at this time.”

Those words close the first paragraph of the American Gaming Association‘s latest volley in the discussion about the creation of federal sports betting regulation. The AGA, a national trade group, has been on the front lines in working with stakeholders to streamline the legislative process as sports betting becomes legal in more and more states.

On Thursday, it released a letter sent to Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (New York), in response to Schumer’s call for a federal framework that would, among other things, require sportsbooks to use “official” league data and would allow the professional sports leagues a voice in determining what kinds of bets could be placed. The letter is intended as a reply to Schumer’s staff, which requested additional information from the AGA following an Aug. 2 meeting.

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