College Football Opening Game Previews

Finally! The long-awaited college football season is upon us as the first games of the year will get underway today. Of course, as there always are early in the schedule, many of the games should be fairly lopsided contests, but here are two games you certainly won’t want to miss out on watching or betting for Thursday.

#9 South Carolina at Vanderbilt

Expectations are high for the Gamecocks in 2012, as they enter the opening game with their highest preseason ranking in school history at number nine. South Carolina had its best season ever a year ago as it finished 11-2 and with Marcus Lattimore, arguably the nation’s best tailback returning, there’s no reason to think that the Gamecocks can’t compete for an SEC title this year.

If Lattimore stays healthy, he will likely be among the best backs in the country again

However, there is concern regarding Lattimore’s health. He missed the final six games of last season due to a knee injury, which is the kind you don’t want as a running back. To dismiss this concern, head coach Steve Spurrier told ESPN that Lattimore will be ready to go and he intends to get him the ball 25-30 times in the opener.

Vandy is coming off a 6-7 season and will be at home against South Carolina. The Commodores will be hungry for an early season upset and they know it’s possible because they’ve done it before. Vanderbilt beat the Gamecocks in both 2007 and 2008. South Carolina was ranked 6th in the country at the time of the 2007 loss.

I can see Vanderbilt hanging tough in this one during the first half, but South Carolina should pull away late and cover the -7 point spread. If Lattimore is back to top form, like Spurrier claims, then expect him to wear down the Commodore defense on the way to a double-digit Gamecock road win.

Washington State at BYU

Jeff Tuel will lead the new Wasu offense


BYU, a team that won 10 games last year, at home against a team that went 4-8 in 2011 seems like a pretty easy call, but not so fast. Washington State has been a team with a lot of buzz this summer and is on many people’s lists as a potential surprise team in 2012. With a new head coach with a history of success in Mike Leach, the WSU Cougars are expected to come into the opener with a new offensive philosophy focused on the air attack, a similar offense he employed as the head coach at Texas Tech.

The concerns for Wasu are pass protection and defense. Washington State gave up 38 sacks last year, so if it wants that air-raid offensive to be effective, that’s something it will have to reduce. The defense is also a question mark, as the Coug defenders allowed over 30 points per game in 2011.

That will be the side of the ball BYU will look to exploit with returning quarterback Riley Nelson. Nelson has 19 career touchdowns to seven INTS in 12 games as the starter for Brigham Young University. BYU’s other strength is in pass coverage, as the team only allowed 13 passing touchdowns (one per game) last season. If BYU can hold Wasu to only one TD toss today, that will spell trouble for the visiting team.

This isn’t the highest profile game of the day or the weekend, but it’s one that makes for juicy betting action. The spread currently favors BYU by 12 points and although I like BYU to win this one in a shootout, I think Washington State will make things closer than that. Look for Washington State to at least cover the +12 spread and possibly even win outright against the moneyline.

Educational Sports Betting Tip Clips from the Pros

Your neighbor, your best friend, your bartender, and your spouse all believe they know the most important factor that will undoubtedly decide the outcome of the next big game. And when you’re betting on sports, it’s hard not to fall under the influence of so many diverging opinions.

However, do you really want to trust your money to a group of people that really know nothing about sports, or sports betting? Of course not; you would rather hear what the pros of the game have to say. It turns out, many pros are more than happy to pass along their secrets. Below are a collection of clips from sports betting pros with their best tips to help you win big:

PRO: Rich Allen

Rich Allen, known as the Sports Betting Professor, offers an example of finding trends that consistently win over the course of a season. In this case, he discusses NBA basketball. Based on his statistics: bets on underdog NBA teams that are given 11 1/2-13 1/2 points were winning at a whopping 82% rate last season.

The tip is an excellent reminder that sports bettors need to pay attention to trends that develop throughout a season and to take advantage by betting accordingly.

PRO: Bob Akmens

If you’re betting from across the pond, then this is probably the clip for you. The tip from sports-betting pro Bob Akmens is simple: Soccer–football to the rest of the English-speaking world–is, by far, the best sport to wager your money on.

The reason? Soccer is played on every single continent in the world, except Antarctica, of course. That means, throughout the year, on any given day, there are matches being played somewhere in the world. This gives bettors hundreds to thousands of chances to choose a winner.

PRO(s): Mark Winstanley, James Willoughby, Tom Segal, Matt Williams, Dave Nevison, Andrew Barr, and Ben Hutton

This clip provides a comprehensive overview of major principles to consider when betting on horse racing, offered by myriad pros. There are the philosophical tips, such as trusting and standing by your instinct over the urgings of others and having the courage to put all your money down on the race’s big-price horse.

Other tips are more practical like disregarding trends, which are really unscientific; concentrating on what the horse can do and not the jockey or trainer; not betting the favorites; and always considering the conditions of the track. Best of all, you’ll learn that betting with a major hangover is never a good idea.

PRO: Hollis “Harvard” Barnhart

Most people don’t start betting on college basketball until March Madness arrives along with the customary office pools, but in this clip, pro Hollis “Harvard” Barnhart explains why you should start months sooner.

Barhart makes the case that in few sports is home-court advantage more important than in college basketball, especially in January when students return from break. This puts visitors at a major disadvantage, which means that you should bet on the favorites at home. Also, by January, teams have their lineups set, and the hoops pretenders have been weeded from the pack.

PRO: Robert, from

This sports betting tip clip comes from Robert in the land down under and is about betting on the sweet science: boxing. The fact is most bouts feature mismatches, with a heavy favorite. Thus, there is very little money to be won by betting the favorite since the odds are so poor.

Instead of betting on the winner, place bets from round to round to make money throughout the match. This betting style is perfect for matches featuring a big-time favorite where a knockout is likely. Just simply bet on which round it will take place. And if it doesn’t happen then, there is always the next round in which you can double up and win your money back.

PRO: Bettor University

Coming from a professor at Bettor University, this lecture is comprised of numerous tips to educate students eager to learn the finer points of betting on tennis. Tournaments dominate the world of tennis which means you have more elements to consider than just the players.

When reviewing the seedings, keep an eye on top players that have low seeds simply due to an injury or personal hiatus that’s kept them from playing and has moved them down in the rankings. Take into account the surface of the court as some players thrive on some surfaces better than others.

For example, Rafael Nadal has dominated clay courts in his career. When betting on head-to-head matches, research the past encounters between each player and pay close attention to the length of their previous matches; fatigue plays a major role in tournaments.


Sporting matches and competitions are full of many different factors that can greatly affect the outcome. They range from the location of the event to the contestant’s psyche to the weather–plenty of things to consider when sports betting. It’s up to the bettor to decide which factors hold the most weight and bet accordingly. But if they need help deciding, they should always seek the advice of the real sports betting pros.

Sports Betting Snacks That Will Soothe Your Nerves

There are more legal gambling venues in the U.S. than there were just 20 years ago, and the most popular form of betting is on sports.  If you are putting money on a game, you should ensure you are cool, calm, and collected. Choose what you eat wisely and you will find foods that can soothe stress, improve brain function, or at least offer a comforting munch to calm nerves.

Whether analyzing picks, or trying to stay unruffled while your fortune hinges on a field goal, snacks can come in pretty handy throughout the sports betting day. From the health nuts to the nervous grazers, to the traditional eaters and quirky eaters, there are four kinds of sports betting munchers. Which type of snacker are you?


CONSUMERS: Health Nuts and Nervous Grazers

PEAK SNACK TIME: If you’re sports betting, nuts make you think clearly at critical moments

NUTRITION: 100-200 calories per ounce; good source of protein and Vitamin E; low cholesterol

Not a Big Rock Candy Mountain, but a healthier climb.

Most pubs and bars have obligatory bowls of nuts. Peanuts, walnuts, and almonds are high in vitamin E, which can help counter memory loss, helping you remember which dogs never cover the spread. If you are analyzing your picks, go for the almonds; they are full of phenylalanine, a brain-boosting chemical.

Considering the hygiene habits of some people, it is best to commandeer a bowl of nuts for yourself and your friends. Another option is to bring your own small container, and share your treat selectively.


CONSUMERS: Health Nuts

PEAK SNACK TIME: Boosting mental capacity, veggies should be eaten before placing a bet

NUTRITION: Negligible calories (close to zero for celery); high fiber; no fat

Your mom told you to eat these, remember? It’s best to skip the dip.

In trendy and health-conscious Marin County, north of San Francisco, even the sports pubs have to cater to the local tastes; the Wipeout Bar & Grill is noted for its vegetable platters. The carrot brings you brain-boosting beta carotene while celery dishes up the fiber, big time.

The boron in broccoli positively impacts short-term memory and proper blood-sugar levels, all conducive to a soothing feeling of wellbeing. Avocados, whether eaten in slices or guacamole, are full of the mono-unsaturated fat that helps promote healthy blood flow, and helps improve circulation for better brain function.

 3. FISH

CONSUMERS: Health Nuts

PEAK SNACK TIME: Fish is an ideal snack for sports bettors who lose, to soothe anxiety

NUTRITION: High protein, low fat; omega-3 nutrients; always a wide selection

You don’t have to catch it yourself, but it might make you a local hero.

Seafood in general is a stress reducer due to omega-3 fatty acids, but such fatty fish as salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines are among the best sources of it. Studies consistently show that omega-3 fatty acids reduce anxiety, are good for heart health, and contribute to lower blood pressure – all of which are conducive to that cool, calm, collected feeling that sports bettors need to achieve.

The fish portions of tuna melts, sandwiches, salmon burgers, and even calamari are all healthy. You should be careful how much mayo, melted cheese, or fries you add to the meal, to keep it healthy.


CONSUMERS: Nervous Grazers

PEAK SNACK TIME: During the height of excitement, these snacks will give you something to crunch

NUTRITION: High fat, carbs, and sodium; little nutritional value; 120 calories per ounce

Album from the 1970s, price from the 1930s.

The Germans and Swiss who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1800s brought pretzels to America, and to this day Pennsylvania manufactures 80% of pretzels sold in the US. Eating carbohydrates (especially without protein) can impart a calming affect depending on the kind, amount, and time of day.

Pretzels, crackers, and chips made with ingredients low on the glycemic index can provide a serotonin release, which will give you calm and focus while chasing away that sluggish feeling.  Soft pretzels may even slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream (not an excuse to drink more, pal).


CONSUMERS: Nervous Grazers

PEAK SNACK TIME: Popcorn (and chocolate!) are a perfect snack for calm bettors who pace themselves

NUTRITION: 1 cup popped corn without butter, 30-50 calories; with butter/chocolate, 100+; high fiber, low cal

Traditional popcorn is only one of a zillion varieties now available.

For Nervous Grazers seeking comfort along with good auditory feedback, popcorn is among the best sports betting snacks available. If you don’t drown it in butter or soak it in caramel, it could even make the Health Nut list.

For maximum effect, though, you can flavor your popcorn with your favorites, from sweet (sugar, cinnamon) to snappy (chili powder, onion salt). Some people enjoy chocolate sprinkles on their popcorn, while others like to eat chocolate separately. Either way, these two treats are sure to go well together.


CONSUMERS: Nervous Grazers and Traditional Grubbers

PEAK SNACK TIME: These good eats soothe nerves; eat them during critical game plays

NUTRITION: 60 calories per ounce; almost half the calories are fat; great source of potassium

If they’re sort of orange, they’re sweet potato fries, not Mickey D's.

Potassium is essential for higher brain functions like learning. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure, making it important in the prevention of heart disease and hypertension. For people experiencing stressful mental states such as anxiety and fear (like sports bettors watching a game), potassium has proven to be an excellent stress-reducer.

All potatoes have potassium, but sweet potatoes have more of this – and won’t spike your blood sugar like white potatoes, which are sometimes called “sugar bombs.”


CONSUMERS: Traditional Grubbers

PEAK SNACK TIME: Clearing the brain, these messy snacks are best for after-game consumption

NUTRITION: Bone-in full wing, avg. size, 35-40 calories baked; good protein, low fat; sauces extra

“Utensils? Who needs utensils? They had to talk me into using a plate!”

Chicken wings, barbecued and otherwise, are official sports eats. Lovers of traditional pub grub and “heartland cuisine” have crafted an almost endless variety of chicken wing sauces, from spicy and sweet-‘n’-sour, to honey-glazed to flame-inducing hot.

The chicken will give you good protein for energy, and the mustard and horseradish varieties will also keep your head (and sinuses) clear. Once again, the basic item is healthy enough, but the sauces and breading add fat and carbs.


CONSUMERS: Traditional Grubbers

PEAK SNACK TIME: Giving you energy and a mess, these snacks are best before the game

NUTRITION: 2 ribs (app. 4 oz.) with sauce, 240 calories; high in fat and carbs; good protein

There are other things you can add to BBQ, but this "good ol' boy" recipe is pretty popular.

BBQ isn’t just prized by lovers of traditional American grub. It has become almost a religion for some people. Throughout the U.S. there are scores of regional styles and specialties, with Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis, the whole state of Texas, and other regions, claiming supremacy.

Protein gives you energy, but the taste and effect of good BBQ pork is almost magical to BBQ lovers – they get downright happy noshing ribs! Sometimes comfort food is the most soothing thing of all.


CONSUMERS: Quirky Eaters

PEAK SNACK TIME: A half-time treat to gross out your friends, squid eyes reinvigorate you

NUTRITION: About 30 calories per ounce; low fat and sodium; good source of protein

If "you are what you eat," these just might give you X-ray vision.

In Korea and other Southeast Asian countries, as well as U.S. cities where immigrants from that region have settled, one of the quirkier sport pub snacks is squid eyes. Somewhere between crunchy and chewy, at least they don’t stare at you like the eyeball soup Indiana Jones was served on one of his adventures.

This snack is packed with protein for energy while you watch the game, and has the added advantage of being an instant conversation starter—or  ender, depending on whom you’re talking to.


CONSUMERS: Quirky Eaters

PEAK SNACK TIME: These heavy, messy treats are ideal for those not sports betting, merely observing

NUTRITION: 1 wonton with cream cheese, 120 calories (60% from fat); some protein

Chinese pastry flowers stuffed with cream cheese? Delicious Asian-American comfort food!

It makes no sense to have boring snacks at the sports pubs where the action (on field and off) is being followed intently by bet-makers and bet-takers. There may never be a four-star “sports cuisine,” but cream cheese wontons and other quirky, upscale treats can bring a little cachet of uniqueness to sports betting snacks.

The wontons strike a great balance between crispy and soft, and the delightfully decadent taste and feel slow the action of a game down—f or a moment, anyway!


Fact is, there are good, healthy, brain-boosting and calming munchies for sports bar denizens of every kind, no matter what kind palate they have. These are just a few of the best sports munchies, for the quirky, the health-conscious and the typical eaters.

7 Funniest Sports Bets People Actually Make

Wherever there is a sporting event, there are people willing to lay money on the outcome. What happens when the final score isn’t enough to satisfy the cravings of the hungriest gambler? If there’s one thing gamblers are good at, it’s getting creative. People are willing to bet on anything and everything in order to make a few bucks. The following are some of the most bizarre sports bets ever made.

1. The Super Bowl Coin Toss

The biggest event in professional sports sees thousands of dollars won and lost each year before the game even starts. Las Vegas is willing to take odds on just about anything, as the Super Bowl coin toss bet clearly highlights.

Not only do gamblers bet on how the coin will land, they also bet on which team will win, and what they will elect to do. Like an appetizer before the main course, betting on the coin toss helps curb the appetite of the hungriest gamblers.

 2. The Color of the Gatorade Dumped on the Winning Coach

Just as the coin toss serves as a gambler’s appetizer, this bet serves as the gambler’s dessert. While this bet would have once been easy money (as Gatorade was orange for the first ten years of its existence), the recent explosion of color varieties actually makes this an interesting wager.














Betting on the color to come out of the Gatorade bucket during the game-winning celebration gives one final fix to those who hate to say good night. From the looks of it, blue and yellow flavors are the safest bet.

3. Jersey Number of the Player to Score the 1st Touchdown

Most wide receivers have numbers in the 80’s, which means it’s a good bet that two competing teams could be fielding players wearing the same number. Instead of choosing which player will score first, some gamblers bet instead on which jersey number will be the first to reach the end zone.


















While the likelihood of this bet being made differs from match-up to match-up, in some games it can make for an interesting bet. From the images above, it does seem like the 80’s are a safe bet!

4. Turtle Racing

Sometimes betting on professional sports isn’t enough, which is why some gamblers turn to betting on made up sports. Popular at county fairs and among hobos, turtle racing has a surprisingly large following.

Performed by placing turtles in the center of a circle, writing numbers on their shells and seeing which turtle will walk out of the circle first, turtle racing was an incredibly popular betting sport before the great depression. Although it is no longer as popular as it was when Hoover was in office, turtle racing will always be a quick way to make a wager.

5. Beer Pong

What started as a game played by college kids with no money could soon turn into a way for teams of adults to make a fortune. Bally’s in Atlantic City now offers beer pong tournaments for anyone looking to win a boatload of money, or get hammered trying.

Although it may be difficult to get a game that blatantly endorses alcohol on the air, many experts believe professional beer pong to be the next big thing in professional sports. Although that may be years away from happening, it may be a good idea to begin training immediately.

 6. Number on the Saddlecloth of a Winning Horse

Though it may seem safe, betting the odds and evens in horse racing is not the same as roulette. Although many races have the same number of odd and even numbered horses in the running, the favorites are scattered throughout.

In any given race there could be a much higher likelihood of an even or odd numbered horse crossing the line. Though the odds are never high enough to make a fortune, betting the saddle numbers is a fun and easy way to play ten horses at once.

7. Who Will the MVP Thank First?

If you just won the Super Bowl, who would you thank first? Some thank coaches, some thank families, and others thank Jesus; every MVP thanks somebody first, and where there’s a choice, there’s a bet. Vegas lays odds on just about everything, and for those who are too compulsive and crazed not to have money riding on every facet of the sport, there are bets accepted on the MVP speech. And if you don’t see the option you want, many oddsmakers will come up with custom odds for the unlikely person you think they might thank!

It’s hard to say, but we’d like to put $50 on “Disneyland.”


 Although sports betting is straightforward, there are a number of bets made each year that seem to defy logic. It seems as though any possibility for variation is a possibility for a bet, and with sports betting being one of the highest grossing industries in America, there is always someone to take your bet.

Gamble Like a Polyglot: How to Get In on International Games

Gambling is part of the human tradition. We’ve come a long way over the years, using various inventions and creative spirit to come up with new and entertaining ways to gamble. Each culture has added its personal touch, developing both games and a casino gaming culture. But what is the modern gambler to do when they speak only one, maybe two languages?

Join the ancient tradition of gambling. It's what our ancestors would want.

Well, you have a few options. Option one is you can learn 27 languages like my grandpa (true story), opening up all the mysteries of the foreign gaming experience — in fifteen years, when this learning pursuit is complete. Option two is to hire a translator. Option three is to visit online casinos in foreign countries that provide support for English-speaking users.

Here are six ways you can get in on international games, gambling like a polyglot, without the decade of foreign language learning.

Before you get started. . . .

There are a few things you’ll want to do before diving into the international gambling experience. Before anything else, you’ll want to look at the casino laws for the country where the online casino is based. Developing a big bankroll only to have it locked in place because you can’t legally withdraw it — well, that’s right up there with having to saw off your own arm.

If you want to be involved in sports betting abroad, please, for the love of badminton, make sure you understand the games you’re betting on, and don’t gripe about “wacky regulations.” Their game—their rules. No one observing lacrosse wants to hear how the game could be improved (much less from one of us “Yankees.”)

This game involves guessing the amount, weight, and region of the fruit.

Next, take a look at the actual games you want to play. Part of the appeal of international gambling is the ability to bet on lesser-known games. From wagers on races or sports unique to the region, to games like “big six wheel” or “fan tan” that are impossible to find in the U.S., the possibilities in foreign countries will blow your mind.

The problem is, if you don’t understand the rules first, they’re also likely to blow right through your bank account. Once you’ve done your basic research, you’re ready to get started on gambling your brains out in casinos and sportsbooks abroad.

Sports Betting for Sports Fanatics

You might believe that you are truly a sports fanatic, but until you know the subtle differences in baseball regulations in every foreign nation, can you really claim to be an “expert” bettor? Sports betting can be fun, but aside from what some would call “wonky” games, there are also a lot of rules that are slightly altered from country to country.

Cricket, rugby, badminton, lacrosse, and soccer are all big games abroad. If you want to compete for big bucks, these are the sports that draw real players. In the UK and in Europe, games can end in a tie, which complicates betting for innocent travelers. Make sure you understand how that may impact your bets.

During the World Cup alone, there are 60 games to bet on for soccer, each including prop bets, fun, and locally-brewed beer if you are lucky enough to visit in person. Live betting, which is now becoming popular in the US, is big business for sports books abroad. Odds change throughout the game, with quarters, halves, and even individual plays becoming the source of large wagers. To get in on the action, a bettor must thoroughly understand the dynamics!

U.K. & Australian Casinos: The Easy Way Out

Just like at home, except, with models.

If you’re looking to “test the waters” of international gaming, UK casinos are great. They will give a fun cultural twist to the games you know, introduce you to a couple games that don’t come stateside, and give you an opportunity to cry out “bollocks!” or “blimey!” while you lose.

Some of the top-rated UK and Australian casinos available to U.S. visitors include:

  • Australia’s Casino Classic, famed for its one hour of free gambling upon signup, and a $500 starting bonus, this site is one of the few online casinos that allows U.S. players.
  • The UK’s Ladbrokes Casino brings the experience of this popular offline casino onto the web, offering the full range of possibilities (casino games, poker, bingo, etc.), not to mention “live gaming,” where an actual dealer will play out the cards.
  • The UK’s Gala Casino is famed for its ever-popular Bingo (which is as much a hit among the British as it is among old people), not to mention solid graphics and excellent customer support.
  • Australia’s is a great site for online sports betting, which is quite popular with vegemite eaters. Make sure to visit the Australian Rules section before browsing each of the sports for betting available on this site.

Ready to stop being a scared little coward and move into some foreign casinos that are in a non-English culture? Good. Let’s move on.

Hungary’s Villento Casino

All those bright lights without cab fare and bird flu.

The people of Hungary are very clever; since normal gaming laws in the country wouldn’t allow U.S. visitors, this group set up their registration with the Canadian Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

There’s full English support (and support for just about any other language spoken in Europe short of Latin), but you’ll also find all the standard extras you’d expect from a casino (free startup money, free play signup bonuses, a loyalty club, a huge diversity of games, and secure software).

Expekt: Live Gaming from Sweden

The laws for online gambling in Sweden create a unique gaming experience. Primarily this is because the Swedish government doesn’t want to trust casino operators who are developing software, suspecting that foul play embedded in the code would simply be too hard to detect.

Their mandate, then, is to have “live gaming online,” such as webcam blackjack, live baccarat and roulette, and much more. Expekt is one of the strongest collections of live games around, and features a number of excellent promotions and a variety of games you’re less than likely to find in the U.S.

English support is available.

Latvia’s Unibet

Another live casino, Unibet allows players to actually see the cards coming down, offering a greater sense of a casino’s actual excitement. This time, however, it’s being done across the world in the Baltic nation of Latvia. Players gather from all over the world, and you can expect to find interesting gambling opportunities — including wagers on crazy foreign sports, like ice hockey.

Pantasia Online

Based in the Netherlands, this online gaming group has a strong focus on quality games and professional service, including for its English-speaking users. This is an especially strong choice for those who want big startup bonuses (Pantasia offers a “lucky seven startup,” giving you up to $777 in matched deposit bonuses and $7 just for signing up), and those who enjoy playing slots.

Researching Your Own Casinos

Research foreign casinos: it's like alchemy, only with less accidental deaths.

Believe it or not, we didn’t go out and compile a list of every single foreign casino you can play at. To help you find casinos in countries not listed here, however, we can outline a basic process for you to follow.

  • Use one of the accepted online lists of foreign casino sites, or do a search for “online casino [country name]” in a major search engine.
  • Once you’ve uncovered a possible casino, check its language support, currency support, banking rules, legal regulations, what gaming regulation industry the group is registered with, and what awesome stuff they will give you for signing up.
  • Register, play, and support the North American economy by bringing in foreign investments via your bankroll.

This process, especially due to all the legal red tape, can be somewhat tricky. However, playing in foreign casinos is very doable, and offers you a long list of incentives. From the greater diversity in games, to the opportunity to web-flirt with people who have a sexy foreign accent, to the unique approach to casinos on the whole, you’ll find an enticing set of opportunities.


There are few ways to feel like a world explorer with so little investment; as a virtual polyglot gambler. Best of all, you can even make money during your cultural experience.

Any Friday is a great Friday for betting on sports!

First of all, wishes you a happy Friday, and hopefully a long weekend filled with plenty of great sports action and lucky sportsbook and online casino wagering. For this writer however, Friday comes as a little bit of a tragedy, at least for my NHL sportsbook wagers placed earlier this week. Not only did my parlay bet get busted by a late goal on Thursday, but my wager for Friday taking the Colorado Avalanche to win was for nothing; one great shootout as the hosting Phoenix Coyotes held out 12 rounds before they finally gave in didn’t mean anything as the Detroit Red Wings got blanked against Calgary, and the 1-0 points total wasn’t anywhere near enough to get over the total points for the evening.. Now I will admit that it stings just a little to lose in such a fashion, however, I was fortunate enough to be wagering in our featured online sportsbooks with money I had previously won off the ‘house’, making the loss not nearly so painful. Besides, now it’s just an excuse to get right back up, and win some money this weekend on all the great college basketball action. As per usual, just getting to choose from almost one hundred Saturday bets can get any sports fan excited for the weekend.

To ease my pain just a little, I’ve taken the rest of Friday night to kick back in our featured online casinos. Going with Texas Hold ‘Em as my game of choice on , I’m hoping that my cold streak on the ice will turn into a hot one on the tables.  Being one of my favorite online casino games, Texas Hold ‘Em is a great time, especially when you have the opportunities to keep antes low and play many hands. Taking advantage of the multitude of wagering, you can get a huge bang for your buck playing in the online casinos. If you want to go big and play large ante poker, it’s offered for you on’s online casinos reviewed on site. Conversely, if you are looking to learn new games, or just trying keep your money around longer, playing for small antes can raise your experience, and will definitely give you more bang for your buck. Sometimes it isn’t all about winning, but how much you can learn from the bets placed.

I’m taking that philosophy to the tables, in the hopes that I can get back some more of the house’s money, and get a little more training in patience. It’s easy to get on the online casinos and bet away, hoping for a win streak that will put you chip count at a sustainable level. It’s another thing altogether to wait out the cold streaks, and take advantage when you get the cards you’re looking for.  Either way, playing cards in our featured online casinos is always exciting. The diversity of the game has players coming online from all over the world, making for exciting action, and interesting exchanges on the tables. Someone once said, ‘It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose�its how you play the game’. When you place wagers on our online sports betting sites and featured casinos found at, you can learn the skills needed to come out on top more often, and for bigger paydays. For this guy, playing online has been an exciting experience, win or lose. Regardless of the ups and occasional downs, playing in our featured online casinos, or placing wagers on our featured sportsbooks is always a good time.

Aaron G.

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