SUPER BOWL SPORTSBOOK BETTING REVIEW

Super Bowl is right around the corner; in offices all around the US people are drawing up their office pools. But for the serious gamblers, the Superbowl means more than just betting on the final score. Some people bet on the coin toss, the color of the Gatorade poured on the coach, or even what song the “The Who” will play at half time. This infographic goes over some of the WTF bets that are placed each year and some basic info for newbies that want to learn how to bet on the Superbowl correctly. On the site we have some great sportsbook reviews if you’re looking for a trustworthy place to show off your newly learned skills.


Super Bowl Sports Betting Review

FROM THE SPORTS HISTORY BOOKS: KENTUCKY DERBY

The famous Kentucky Derby is staple of the American history since 1875. Every year Americas gather in Kentucky to celebrate the event by partying, dressing up, and betting on the horses. There is a long history behind the Kentucky derby, take a look at the infographic and get inside look at the most famous horse racing event in America.
Who knows, maybe you will learn so much you will need to find online sports betting site to drop some cash on.

From The Sports History Books: Kentucky Derby

From the Sports History Books: FIFA World Cup

With the 2010 World Cup a recent memory, the hype is still alive. So with all the discussion still focused on soccer, it’s time for the average American to educate themselves. If you aren’t sure where each team stands, or How the USA is looking for 2014, or who the best teams have been in the past, look no further. We’ve assembled all the beginner information that everyone should know about the world cup, and placed it here. Read on, and feel prepared for all the FIFA discussion on the horizon.


Super Bowl Sports Betting Review

HISTORY OF SPORTSBOOKS IN AMERICA

In the United States a sportsbook is a place where a gambler can wager on various sports competitions, including, golf, basketball, horse racing, etc. The method of betting varies with each sport and type of game. It wasn’t always that easy to walk into a casino and place a bet. Hell, you couldn’t even find a sportbook reviews before. Below is brief history of what America has gone through to bet on sports.


March Madness: Sports Facts, Stats, & Betting

A GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING

Luck is a tricky a thing; sometimes it’s on your side and sometimes it’s on the house’s side. The only problem with this concept is you never know whose side luck is currently on. Usually the bigger the the risk the bigger payout right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. Below are some stories of miraculous wins, and unbelievable losses and everything in between. These stories will definitely make you think twice when placing your next bet at any sports betting sites.

The Story: In the summer of 2009, the Delaware Senate passed a controversial piece of legislation. In order to help offset their state’s nearly 800 million dollar budget deficit, and with a little prodding from the governor Jack Markell, the senators made the nearly unanimous decision to allow, and tax, limited sports betting throughout their state. It was hoped that the move would generate roughly $50 million dollars in the first year alone.

One fortunate man (whose name has not been released) living in Delaware decided to make good use of this freedom. The man made his way to the local sportsbook, The Dover Downs, and purchased two tickets. One cost him $100 and the other cost him $20. Both were ten-team parlays. In order for a ten-team parlay to pay off, you must make a pick of ten different teams playing on separate occasions against separate opponents. Every single one of your picks must win. If even one of your teams loses you win nothing. Those are some rough odds.

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More specifically, the odds of you picking the right team every time (assuming the chance is fifty fifty for each game) are about 1 in 1,024. Which means that any gambling institution would be happy to offer you, say, 960/1 odds. Which means if you bought a ticket for $100 dollars and somehow you won, you would end up with. . .

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That’s right. Our anonymous hero chose ten different winning teams and went on to win $96,000, only a couple of months after gambling was declared legal. In terms of sports gambling $96,000 isn’t an enormous amount, but the fact that it only took this guy two months to sucker punch Delaware in the money bags makes him cool.

The Story: Choosing ten different teams correctly at the same time is clearly not easy. We’ve established that. And for people that want to take it even one step further, the fifteen-team parlay offers a stupidly difficult bet to win. But for some people, “stupidly difficult” isn’t enough. For some people, only the ridiculously, unspeakably, Jesus-stumpingly difficult will do.

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People like that are really left with two options: either move to Britain, or just kick ass on every American bet you can find. One Las Vegas resident (who also did not want to release his name) decided to try just that.

The man had already bested the ten-team parlay, which officially makes him a gambling hero, and was looking for bigger game. He found a casino that offered the fifteen, laid down his money, and went about his business. He only actually paid five dollars for the ticket, but we’re going to assume that he just understood on some level that he only needed a five dollar bet to make us all feel like dumbasses for spending our money on food.

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Every day afterward more of his picks came in winners until, in the end, he was left with a winning, fifteen-team parlay ticket. He turned it in for $100,000, did the hundred thousand dollar dance, and probably moved to Britain.

Nebraska Fumbles

The Story: Billy Baxter is a big name in gambling. An inductee into the Poker hall of fame, winner of several large Poker tournaments, and a notable sports bettor as well, Billy Baxter is a big name.

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Mostly this is because the man has made about $2,100,000 in tournament money over the years and has seven poker world series bracelets, but it’s also because he is notoriously good at winning bets that he really ought to lose. Like the one he placed on the 1984 Orange Bowl.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers were an undefeated, universally feared football phenomenon. They had already embarrassed most of their opponents, putting seven touchdowns on the board in one quarter against Colorado, and were looking for blood. Miami was none of those things. So, obviously, Mr. Baxter put $10,000 on Miami.

The game was a tight one. Miami grabs a lead in the beginning and fights hard to keep it the rest of the game. The Cornhuskers fight back, however, and by the end of the fourth quarter are only down by seven. With under two minutes left in the game, Nebraska moves the ball within thirty yards of Miami’s goal and then runs three unsuccessful plays, putting them at fourth down and eight. Suddenly, out of the backfield comes Turner Gill, the quarterback, apparently running himself. Just as he takes a hard hit and falls, we notice the option, and the back with the ball charging down the sideline. One 24 yard run later, Nebraska is only down by one.

At this point the game is Nebraska’s. They only need to score the extra point to tie the game and cap off one of the greatest seasons of college football ever. Unless there was some kind of more complicated, extremely difficult way to earn two points instead of just one. It’s not like earning two points instead of one would have any impact on anything, but then they wouldn’t have to just settle for a tie.

Nebraska gave up the kick and ran the two point conversion. It didn’t work.

1984 went down as a public humiliation for Nebraska. What should have been theirs slipped away with one bad call. But, on the bright side, Billy Baxter made off with $130,000. Some people are a big deal for a good reason.

King Cadmus

The Story: Back in the late eighteen hundreds there weren’t a whole lot of recreational opportunities. You could sit quietly in your rocking chair, or whittle, or shine your shoes for Sunday service, but aside from that, the only fun to be had in 1890 could be found in the bars or at the horse races.

George Ellsworth Smith, better known as Pittsburgh Phil, understood this concept. The man was a long time gambler of the horse races, and was known to spend several days and hundreds of dollars (a lot of money at the time) at the tracks at a time. One day, Phil decided, as so many great gamblers one day do, “why the hell not?” and put over a thousand dollars (really a lot of money at the time) on a wimpy, underdog horse named King Cadmus for 10 to 1 odds.


Now the thing about “why not” is that it doesn’t pay off very often, but when it does pay off it pays off like a Colombian cocaine empire. When King Cadmus made it first past the post Phil collected a whopping $143,000. Adjusted for inflation, that equals roughly $3,384,629.49 today. We like to imagine that he used the money to get people to stop calling him Phil when his name was George.

Queensland Backfire

The Story: Whether we Americans want to believe it or not, rugby actually attracts a lot of attention in some parts of the world. The governments of Scotland, New Zealand, Wales, Australia, and South Africa, among others, all acknowledge Rugby as one of the most popular sports in the country. We assume this is why:

In fact, one European man actually loved rugby enough to place a $700,000 bet on his team, the Queensland Maroons, to win at the famous rugby match called the Origin Opener. The maroons were heavy favorites in the match and I’m sure the man was excited to just sit back, enjoy some warm beer, and make a few thousand dollars while watching his team.

Instead, the man got to sit back with his beer and watch as his team was absolutely dominated by the underdog. New South Wales came out fiery, and by the end of the game was ahead by eight points. Sure, the loss was disappointing for Queensland, but for the guy who lost $700,000 on a sure bet, it had to be devastating.

A Lot For A Little


The Story: There’s almost nothing better than getting something for nothing. Buying a pizza with your friends for five bucks is fun. Pretending you forgot your wallet and getting your friends to buy a pizza for you is even better. Going out and renting a DVD is fun. Staying home and downloading that DVD on bit-torrent is even better. See the pattern?

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If you can’t get something for nothing, however, your next best bet is to get something for almost nothing. That pizza is still going to be good if you have to donate the change in your pocket, and that DVD is still going to be fun to watch even if you have to shell out a dollar to a Redbox somewhere. The same applies in gambling. You’re never going to find a casino that wants to pay you for nothing. The best you can hope for is luck like Ron Nicholson’s.

Mr. Nicholson, probably without hardly remembering he did it, once bought a four pound ticket for the Tote Scoop 6 race. That’s a four pound ticket. In London they make four pound bets on whether the toast will burn in the morning. The only thing they have more of in Britain than four pound bets is Harry Potter impersonators.

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So when Mr. Nicholson found out that his ticket was a winner, we doubt he was too excited. After all, how big can you win with a four pound bet in London? Apparently, really really big. For his modest investment of four pounds, Nicholson walked away from the tracks with nearly a million and a half dollars. A million and a half has never seemed so cheap.

Saved By The Spread

The Story: If you’re going to put up a solid million dollars for any kind of bet, you had better know what you’re doing. You need to really understand what you’re betting on, you need to really understand whom you’re betting against, and you need to really understand the very nature of gambling.

Bob Stupak understood. As the owner of several casinos, builder of the Stratosphere, and long-time Vegas player, Stupak understood gambling just as well as almost anybody. So when Superbowl 23 came around and Stupak decided to lay a million dollars on the Bengals to come up with a win, he wasn’t too worried by all of the second guessing and scared attitudes around him. He had a good spread, he knew the team was up to it, and he could feel it was time. He wasn’t worried.

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In the end, the Bengals lost the game. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice on the same team were simply too much for Cincinnati to handle and, with a historic last quarter push, the 49ers beat the Bengals by four points. For most of us, putting a million dollars on an underdog team that loses by four points in the last three minutes is justifiable grounds for sobbing like a twelve year old with crack withdrawals. But Bob Stupak wasn’t worried.

You see, Bob really knew what he was doing. Before the game even started, he had set himself up with a nice enough spread that four points didn’t mean to him what it would to us. Bob still walked away with a million dollars in prize money, after betting on a losing team. No wonder the guy’s never worried.

Risky Business


The Story: There are only two situations in which taking an enormous risk can be rationally justified. The first situation is one driven by necessity. If every possible outcome of doing nothing is worse than the consequences of taking the huge risk, then you have nothing to lose. The other situation is one driven by greed. If the possible payoff of the risk is big enough, then it may be worth taking.

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Obviously gambling is the kind of risk that’s driven by greed. You don’t lay down the dollars unless you think that somehow you might make a whole bunch of money. This is why people tend to avoid really difficult bets, but it’s also why we avoid the overly easy bets as well. There’s no sense in risking my ten dollars for the possibility to win twelve dollars no matter how good the odds are. I’d only be making two dollars, and there’s a chance that I could lose my ten dollars. It’s just not worth it.

Now multiply that example by 240,000. That’s what it would take for you to put, like one anonymous man did, 2.4 million dollars on a bet that could only win you about $300,00. That’s not to undersell 300,000. Anybody would love to have $300,000.Most people would trade the hot Hermione up above for the $300,000. But the fact is, the chance to win $300,000 is just not worth the chance to lose a 2.4 million.

The man did actually win, as everybody expected him to, so I suppose we should keep our mouths shut, but the moral of this story is obvious: even if you look like a smoking hot young actress, most people will still sell you for $300,000.

Go Big!

The Story: Remember how we already talked about how New Zealanders like rugby? Well, it turns out that I somewhat understated the case. Apparently, New Zealanders sincerely and whole-heartedly love rugby.

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: And they have good reason to. Their team, the New Zealand All Blacks, is one of the fiercest, most terrifying rugby teams in the world. They consistently are ranked number one in the world and they start every game with the same bone-chilling tribal ritual:

So when one anonymous New Zealander placed $4.2 million dollars on the All Blacks to come up winners at the 2007 World Cup, I doubt it was a gamble in his mind as much as it was just a demonstration of confidence. A very expensive demonstration of confidence.

During the first match, the man’s faith seemed well placed. The All Blacks erupted out and slaughtered the Australians. Both spirits and hopes were high as the team made its way into the second match.

And then things started to fall apart. Known for their ability to choke at the most inopportune times, the All Blacks felt that they couldn’t disappoint the fans. Seven minutes into the second game New Zealand had already given up easy points to the other team. By the end of the match, after several more catastrophes, the whole world was laughing at New Zealand. You see, the most feared rugby force on the planet had lost to France.

The man lost his $4.2 million dollars. Because his unstoppable team of blood-thirsty Maori warrior lost to the French. You gotta wonder when it’s time to give up and move to Australia.

Canadian

The Story: So here we are. The ultimate sports betting story. And it begins, just as you might expect, with a man who didn’t really understand “odds,” “probability,” or “not ever ever going to happen in a million years.”

This anonymous bettor was not interested in ten team parlays. He wasn’t fazed by fifteens. He just wasn’t concerned with all of the “ordinary” impossible bets. So instead he went and found a casino that offered him exactly what he was looking for: an absolutely sure way to lose money.

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What the man found is called a Canadian, or a Super Yankee. For explanation purposes, understand that a “double” is a two-team parlay. A “treble” is a three-team parlay and a “four-fold” is a four-team. A Canadian, then, is a combination of 10 doubles, 10 trebles, 5 four-folds plus an accumulator. You read that right. The Canadian is insanity.

But, from a cozy padded room somewhere, our anonymous hero got to watch as his insanity paid off. One team after another, good pick, good pick, good pick. . . . it was a good day to be nuts.

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In the end the lucky man won over five million dollars. It is still considered one of the most astounding bets of all time, and has surely inspired tons of copycats. Unfortunately, only real crazy is that lucky.

AN IDIOT’S ONLINE GUIDE TO BETTING ON SPORTS

Are you interested in Online sports betting but scared of losing money? Or maybe you’re just curious about how betting Online is different than betting at traditional sportsbooks? These ten tips can help you be sure that you’re placing the best bet that you can, and will also help you avoid the common mistakes of Vegas veterans who move sports betting sites. No mater what your experience, this list can help you be the most potent Online sports gambler possible.

The single most important thing that any person can do before starting to gamble is to understand their budget. People who understand and respect their budget will be able to gamble for fun, possibly make some money, and live a healthy normal life afterward. On the other hand, people who do not understand their budget run the very real risk of spending more money than they can afford while gambling, possibly putting themselves in serious financial jeopardy. Three basic rules to always live by are:

  1. Know exactly how much money you currently have access to.
  2. Know exactly how much of this money you can stand to lose gambling and set it aside, separate from the rest. In the world of sports gambling this reserved money is referred to as your “bankroll.”
  3. Never EVER, under any circumstances, bet with money that isn’t in your bankroll.

These may seem like fairly common sense measures, but much of the pain associated with gambling could be spared if people were willing to live by these rules.

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Sports gambling, when done correctly, should be a mentally involved process. A great sports bettor will be constantly running over team stats, betting odds, and possible outcomes the entire way through the betting process. This is very hard to do while intoxicated. For some reason, it seems that alcohol may occasionally impede rational thought:

This is not to say that you can’t have a beer while you watch the game. It’s alcohol intoxication, not alcohol in and of itself, that will make you a lousy bettor. As long as you understand your limits please, drink up.

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Gambling, of any kind, can be broken down to an essential foundation of the bettor vs. the house. That’s the bettor (you), versus the house (sports betting site). You versus them. Every time. When you make money, the house loses money and when the house makes money you lose money. That’s why the game works.

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While it may seem intimidating at first, you can actually use this fact to your advantage. After all, once you’ve identified your opponent you can begin to search him/her for weakness. And exploit that weakness.

The house does have the advantages of almost limitless funds, dedicated sports researchers, and odds stacked in their favor. But you have the luxury of specificity. In order to maintain their reputation as being popular and legitimate, most sports betting sites will always offer bets on whatever sports are currently being played. This means that they have to spread their focus over a huge variety of statistics, names, and odds from across all fields. This is their great weakness.

If you are willing to focus your attention on only one sport at a time, you can gain an edge on the house. By hyper-focusing on only one sport you will be able to learn far more than the house expects you to be able to, and possibly more than the house itself. This puts you in a very nice position. By focusing, and by being a niche bettor, you give yourself the best chance you have to be a winner.

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After you’ve decided which sport you’d like to bet on, it’s research time.You probably already know most of the stats of your favorite teams and that should help, but to be a truly effective sports bettor it’s important to have an understanding of as many teams as possible. This means keeping up with trades or injuries, digging around the Internet for data, and finding as many expert opinions as you can. Try to find, and remember, at least this data about as many teams as you can:

  • Team ranking (if available)
  • Season wins/losses/ties
  • Key players
  • Any injuries, suspensions, or other handicaps
  • General reputation among experts (Keep in mind that this is the least concrete data you’ll need to gather. Know the “expert opinion” but don’t rely on it)

Once you have this basic data understood, it’s up to you how much further you’d like to go. Each sport will have specific statistics that are more important to the game than others and it’s up to you to try to find and make sense of this data. Always remember though, that the more you know about the sport the better you’ll be at betting on it.

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In sports betting, a “line” refers to the current odds or point spread for a particular event. In other words, the line tells you exactly how hard it’s going to be for you to make money on any certain event. Obviously then, it’s crucial to find the best one available.

Lines are set by betting sites based on recent betting patterns and numerical data about the teams involved. That numerical data clearly will not change, regardless of which site you visit, but the recent betting patterns of each individual site can vary greatly. This creates real discrepancies between the odds offered by different sites, sometimes to the extent of a two or three point difference (which is a lot in sports betting).

To find the very best line it’s important to do some research. Most of the sports book sites that you can find on multiple review sites have at least some credibility. Look through some of them, try to get a feel for each site, and pick a few that you feel comfortable with. If you worry about computer security, here are a few tried and true sites that you can visit:

After you know which sites you’re going to be using, start comparing the odds. If they fluctuate from day to day, don’t be worried. That’s natural. That’s why we’ve included this step. Eventually, as you become more familiar with betting, you should have several sites that you frequent, and you’ll be able to always find the best line.

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Many online betting sites will offer special rates occasionally. Parlays (bets in which two conditions must be satisfied before a dividend is paid), teasers (a more complicated kind of parlay), and risky bets will often boast odds that seem too good to be true. This is mostly because they are.

We’ve already discussed the dynamic of “you versus the house” so, keeping that in mind, ask yourself why the house would be offering you such good odds. Is it probably because you’re going to make more money, or is it probably because they’re going to make more money?

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That’s right. Most of the “great deals” that you’ll find on sports betting sites are statistically less likely to make you money than a normal, straight bet. This is not to say that these deals can’t pay off very well. They can. And they do now and then. As a regular bettor, however, you will lose much more money playing these bets than you would if you stuck with straight bets.

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Everybody knows that the home team wins. People are inspired to play their best in their own stadiums. At home, most teams have an energy and drive that they just don’t have out on the road. This can be really good news for sports bettors.

If you like an underdog, don’t hesitate to place the bet when they play at home. In fact, the underdog at home is one of the best bets that you can place in the sports world. If ever any team is going to pull the big upset, it’s a fired up underdog at home.

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Most of the bets placed on the underdog will come from, at least moderately, skilled sports bettors, since they feel more comfortable ditching the “sure bet”. And since skilled sports bettors usually know exactly what they want from the beginning of the day/week, those bets will usually be the first ones placed.

On the other hand, the inexperienced or unskilled bettors are much more likely to pick the favorite. They also tend to wait until the last minute to place their bets since, generally, they don’t like to spend very much time on the gambling process.

What this means to you: If you want to play an underdog, bide your time. Wait for the favorite to get played up late by everyone else so you can maximize your odds. If you want to play the favorite, go for it early. Try to place your bet while the pros are all putting their money on the underdog.

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As mentioned earlier, a parlay is a bet in which two conditions, rather than just one, must be met before the bettor wins. There are two major types of parlay: the point spread parlay and the money line parlay.

A point spread parlay can simply be thought of as one bet made on two different teams. Rather than simply betting that one team will win, I bet on two separate teams to win, and both must win before I am paid by the book. For example: instead of placing a bet on the Lakers to beat the Nuggets, I would place a bet on the Lakers to beat the Nuggets and the Magic to beat the Cavaliers. If either of the teams I picked lost, I would lose the bet.

A money line parlay operates slightly differently. I still make my pick of two different teams, and they still both have to win before I’m paid, but instead of simply making one straight bet with straight odds, I essentially make two bets that end as one. My initial amount, say ten dollars, is placed on one game, whose winner I have already picked. If my pick is right then I win a certain amount, say twenty dollars, based on the odds offered for the first team. That money is then all placed on the second game I chose. If I win this game as well, then I take the initial winnings, compounded by the odds offered for the second team, say fifty dollars.

For example: I pick the Chargers to beat the Saints and the Packers to beat the Vikings. I place ten dollars initially and the Chargers win. Since the Chargers were clearly going to win I only got odds of 2:1 so I end up with twenty dollars. This money is then immediately, without coming back to me, placed on the Vikings game. Since the Packers are playing at home against Favre, they rally and also win. This time my odds were better, say 4:1, because the Packers weren’t supposed to win. In the end I make seventy dollars.

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Sounds pretty good right?

Wrong.

Parlays do not pay off very often. The only reason that you’re being offered such great odds for that parlay is because the book knows that it’s almost definitely not happening. A good book knows that the occasional parlay will pay off big for some lucky guy, but only after hundreds of other parlays fail for hundreds of other people. You are probably one of the hundreds. Just always remember:

Parlays have been the downfall of better gamblers than you!


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Nothing poses more of a threat to calm, analytical, and productive gambling than rage.

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An angry gambler is easily manipulated, doesn’t pay enough attention, and makes decisions without thinking. An angry gambler feels like they have something to prove. An angry gambler loses money.

It’s obviously important then, to be able to recognize when you’re feeling frustrated or angry.

Unfortunately, while caught in the rush of betting this can actually be harder than you’d imagine. If you’re worried about not noticing, just watch yourself for these physiological warning signs:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Flushed face
  • Clenched knuckles or teeth
  • Anxious twitching
  • Furrowed brow

Many people will just assume that these sensations are a part of gambling, but they shouldn’t be. If you notice any of them in yourself just take a few deep breaths, do something to relax your mind, and be sure not to place any bets.

FAMOUS SPORTS BOOKS BY STARS

Most athletes never even consider writing a book. Sure, some of them will release a memoir or an autobiography, but only after their career is over and nobody actually cares. Very few of them actually sit down and try to tell their story. Given this fact, if we want to know what an athlete’s story might look like, we have to use our imaginations. Since most of us can’t just rip entire books out of our imagination, we decided it would be fun to just imagine what already famous books might look like, with the touch of an athlete’s brush. Check out these sportsbooks re-imaginings, and try not to get offended. Everything below is one hundred percent imagined.

New Moves – by Mike Tyson

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As by Mike Tyson

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Literature’s most beautiful monster is back again. Fighting for his love, his family and, above all, his dignity, Iron Mike knows that he mustn’t succumb to his lesser instincts. But when the scent of blood comes calling, will he have what it takes to say no? Or will he be lost forever to shame of his most animals impulses? Plus, lots more rock-solid, glistening bodies. We know how much you guys love that.

The Real Story (June, 1997)

Marley and Me – by Michael Vick

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As by Michael Vick

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This year’s greatest action hero has everything he needs. He’s got guts, he’s got power, he’s got anger, and he’s got…a cute fuzzy face? Join Marley, the meanest special agent to ever fake his way through the CIA training camp, on his hunt to find the man that made him. Will Marley catch his tormentor? Will he finally be able to exact his revenge, or will absolution slip through his fingers one more time? Only time will tell.

The Real Story (April, 2007)

Rape: A Love Story – by Kobe Bryant

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As by Kobe Bryant

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“Rape: A Love Story” is Kobe Bryant’s touching remembrance of one lost night in the summer of 2003. The music was loud, the drinks were ever-flowing, and the shorties were making sexy all over the dance floor. It was a grand night for some “love.” Lose yourself in the feel good romance of the year, and find out why Kobe was so sure she’d wanted it too.

The Real Story (July, 2003)

Running With Scissors – by Plaxico Burress

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As by Plaxico Burress

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In today’s world of drugs, terrorism, violence, and poverty, parenting is more important than ever before. Without a fundamental understanding of the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, safe and dangerous, a child could grow up to do any number of stupid and/or dangerous things. Plaxico Burress wanted parents to understand this. He wanted parents to really understand the paths to consequences. After all, it may start as running with scissors, but it ends with admitting that you shot yourself.

The Real Story (November, 2008)

Going Rogue – by O.J. Simpson

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As by O.J. Simpson

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O.J. Simpson’s “Going Rogue” offers a terrifying glimpse into a simple, deviant mind with great political ambitions. Sick and tired of the “elitists” in the government, Simpson has outlined what he calls a simple but effective solution: “break outta this joint, find those sons of bitches, murder them with a six dollar extension cord, then smoke some victory crack.” The plan is, essentially, to “go rogue.” Along with cutting taxes, stopping emigration, and repealing gun control laws, this is Simpson’s basic plan for dealing with everything from Islamist extremism to illegal Japanese whaling. It may not work every time, but at least he’s not some clueless redneck cheerleader, right?

Real Story #1 (1994-1997), Real Story #2 (September, 2007)

The Ten Biggest Mistakes That Can Leave Your Life Smoldering Like a Smashed-Up Escalade – by Tiger Woods

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As by Tiger Woods

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In his first ever self-help book, Tiger Woods offers us a look at his own personal strategy for complete public humiliation. “It’s not enough these days to simply have an affair,” Woods tells us. “These days you need to shoot for the stars. Porn stars. And lots of ’em.” While most of the book is centered on the most effective ways to woo cocktail waitresses, plenty of useful information is available to the non-philanderer as well. For instance “Remember, if you ever find yourself in trouble with the wife, just run your escalade into everything you can reach. That’ll help.” It’s really no wonder we respect the Tiger so much.

The Real Story (December, 2009)

The Audacity of Dope – by Barry Bonds

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“The Audacity of Dope” by Barry Bonds is revealing in the way that only an autobiography can be. Think that Bonds shot up dope because he wanted the fame? Do you think it was about the money? Or do you think he was just tired of being constantly outclassed by better athletes? Surely that could cause even the most noble among us to cheat, shoot dope, and lie about it under oath. However, as Bonds himself finally makes clear, “It wasn’t the money or the status. I was just regrettably unaware of how small this shit would make my balls.” Catch all of the shocking secrets inside!

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A GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING

Betting on sports can very confusing, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, there is a chance you will lose it all. A big part of sports betting is understanding the lingo, how odds work, and an overall understanding of placing bets.  Check this awesome guide to betting on sports; who knows you might actually win something. You can even check out our reviews sportsbook betting sites and see if you can put some of the sports knowledge and our guide to use.

8 Famous Sports Stars With Big Betting Losses

Athletes often make some of the most prolific gamblers around. A star athlete’s competitive nature, easy access to liquid funds, and familiarity with the realm of sports all make sports betting a natural attraction. Because of the obvious potential for foul play, however, athletes have long been forbidden from betting on their own sports and, in almost all cases, any sports at all.

Obviously this prohibition is not 100 percent effective. Athletes continue to gamble and, like most gamblers, continue to lose. When star athletes lose, however, it’s always on a much grander scale than most of us can imagine. Not only do the stars often lose incredible sums of money on their bets, they also risk career-ending scandals whenever they play. This has led to some of the most astounding consequences that gambling has ever produced. We’ve found the eight most extreme examples of this phenomenon and compiled them here.

John Daly

John Daly is the closest thing that professional golf has to a “bad boy.” He has been married to four different women (one of whom he claims attacked him with a steak knife), been disciplined by the PGA 11 times for “conduct unbecoming a professional” (once for teeing off of beer cans during a pro-am), and been ordered by the PGA to enter an alcohol rehabilitation center seven times (once for passing out drunk in front of Hooters). Yes, in a community that prides itself on modesty and restraint, John Daly is straight up rock-star.

So when Daly revealed in his autobiography that he also had a gambling problem that was on the brink of ruining him, nobody was very surprised. In typical obsessive fashion, Daly had somehow managed to accrue what he estimated was $50-60 million in gambling debts over the course of 12 years. His habit was so bad at one point that he claims to have once lost $1.65 million in five hours playing mostly $5,000 slot machines. Even for a man who drank a fifth of Jack Daniels every day for a year, that’s excessive.

$20-$60 million

Although most of the evidence suggests that Daly probably lost closer to $20 million than $60 million, the debt was still significant for Daly. It was significant enough, in fact, that he was forced to pay back much of it by making paid public appearances at courses across the nation. For a golfer that has won as many times as Daly, resorting to paid appearances as a source of income suggests a real need for cash. While he may have avoided the wrath of the establishment, Daly seems to have fallen prey to gambling in the most traditional sense.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley has never shied away from holding controversial opinions. Dubbed “Sir Charles” by his team mates, the hall-of-famer was known for his willingness to give commands and make his viewpoints public. This first came off the court in the early ’90s when Barkley, with no elaborations, told parents all over the world “I am not a role model.” He claimed that parents had a responsibility to be role models for their own children, and that allowing kids to idolize basketball players for more than just athletic ability was inherently wrong. While we can see now that he’s clearly right, it caused quite a controversy at the time, and resulted in many parents claiming that it was actually Barkley being irresponsible. He didn’t care much.

Even after almost twenty years, it would seem not much has changed. After mentioning his own $10 million gambling losses while defending John Daly in an ESPN interview, Barkley quickly became a central figure in the larger debate over excessive gambling. And, to no one’s surprise, he has embraced the controversy with open arms. Rather than hiding from the possible blow-back, Barkley has embraced the exposure as a chance to justify his, and several other wealthy celebrities’, gambling habits.

$10 million

“Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem but I don’t consider it a problem because I can afford to gamble,” Barkley claimed in the interview. He continued, “I’m going to continue gambling. I like to gamble. It’s really nobody’s business, because it’s my own money, I earned it.” Experience has taught us that Barkley’s wisdom will eventually shine through, but for now most are skeptical. After all, even for a super-star $10 million is a lot to lose gambling.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is possibly the greatest basketball player to ever live, and one of the greatest athletes to ever play any sport in America. His dunks, his defense, and his gravity-defying leaps all secured his position as one of basketball’s legends. Jordan’s success, however, was not simply due to his inhuman athletic abilities. There was a psychological aspect to Jordan’s game that was at least as important as his legs. While all of his team mates were tired, discouraged, or simply in a slump, Jordan was constantly motivated by his fierce competitive nature. No matter what the situation, he would continue to play harder than any other player for one simple reason: he couldn’t stand to lose.

While on the court, this tendency toward radical competitiveness was a godsend. It kept Jordan motivated, and encouraged some of his most stunning highlights. Off the court however, it left Jordan unfulfilled. Without someone or something to compete against, he couldn’t get his rush. In order to combat this, Jordan turned to two things: video games and gambling. By betting against other people in games or on sports, especially ones in which he was participating, Jordan was able scratch his competitive itch in a socially acceptable way.

$1-$3 million, Reputation, Privileged Status

Unfortunately for Michael, being a great athlete does not automatically make a person a shrewd gambler. Over the years, Michael has achieved millions of dollars in gambling debt, including a debt to one man that once reportedly totaled over $1.2 million, and one to a known cocaine smuggler for $57,000. The monetary value of these lost bets (mostly on golf games) is astounding in its own right, but the pain didn’t stop there. After Jordan’s habit was revealed, his status as a golden, untouchable hero of American society was trashed. He lost sponsorships, lost his reputation, and lost the respect of millions of fans. Some even speculate that Jordan was asked to retire early by the NBA commissioner because of the gambling allegations.

Pete Rose

Pete Rose’s fall from grace might just be the most famous cautionary tale available for athletes who want to gamble. In the early 1970’s Pete Rose could do no wrong. He was one of the leaders of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine, he earned the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year and Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” award, and tied Willy Keeler’s single season record for longest winning streak (44 games). Pete Rose was the bee’s knees.

After his illustrious career as a player, Rose turned to managing his team. He spent five years at the helm of the Reds, and in that time oversaw the fifth most wins of any manger in franchise history. He seemed set to transition from being one of the greatest players of all time, to being one of the greatest managers. That is, until it was revealed that he had been placing bets on baseball games his own team was playing in.

Reputation, Career, Legacy

In the space of only a few months, Rose’s reputation was torn to shreds. After a full investigation into the allegations, Rose eventually admitted to betting on 52 Reds games in 1987, when he wagered a minimum of $2,000 a day. He voluntarily accepted a permanent place on baseball’s ineligible list, and resigned in shame. The ordeal has cost Rose his spot in the baseball hall of fame, separated him from his passion, and even prevented his number from being retired. For a few bets, Pete Rose was forced to give up everything he had worked for.

Michael Vick

At one point in time, nobody in professional football was as exciting as Michael Vick. Fresh out of college, Vick was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons as the number one pick of the 2001 NFL draft. He almost immediately began performing up to expectations, and soon was even surpassing them. He rushed better than most running backs, threw great arcs as a habit, and commanded his team like no one else could. Vick was more fun to watch than almost any other player in the league since nobody knew what to expect from him.

Then, in the summer of 2007, everything changed. Federal investigators entered Vick’s estate in early April, and on inspection found evidence of a dog fighting/gambling ring. Over seventy dogs, mostly pit bull terriers, some of which were said to be noticeably injured, were seized along with physical evidence. Kennels were discovered, co-conspirators came forward, and eventually Vick had no choice but to come clean. He admitted his involvement with the organization called the “Bad Newz Kennels,” and struck a plea deal with the prosecutors.

$130 million, Career, Reputation

For his direct involvement with, and his gambling on, the dog fighting circuit Vick was sent to prison for about two years. In addition, he lost his $130 million contract with the Falcons, lost almost all of his endorsements, and was banned from the professional football league for several years. In more familiar terms, Vick essentially lost the equivalent of  over three hundred Ferarri Enzos in the space of months. Perhaps if he had just stuck to betting on people, he could have gotten lucky and ended up like Pete Rose.

Rick Tocchet

Rick Tocchet entered the NHL primarily as a fighter. It was his job to avenge hard hits or bad calls against his team by throwing off all of his equipment and punching the offending player until the referees were able to push him into a penalty box. After a few games in the professional league however, Tocchet began to hone his hockey skills and, within a couple of years, became a respected, valuable power forward. In the prime of his career he helped lead the Flyers to a Stanley Cup, and was a four-time NHL all-star player. After retiring from play in 2002 Tocchet turned his attentions toward coaching, taking a place as assistant coach with the Grizzlies before settling in the same position with the Coyotes in 2005.

A year after signing with the Coyotes, Tocchet was served with a criminal complaint in which he was implicated as one of the ring-leaders of a nationwide illegal gambling organization. The complaint alleged that Tocchet was the main financial backing for the organization, as well as an active gambler within it. Tocchet denied the claims vehemently, even going so far as to file a civil suit against the state of New Jersey for defamation of character. He lost his own case and, after several other co-conspirators came forward, eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling.

Career, Reputation

Tocchet was sentenced to two years probation by a New Jersey state judge, avoiding jail time in exchange for his guilty plea. In addition, he was banned from the NHL, and became the butt of every joke in the sports broadcasting world during the following months. Eventually he was allowed back into the NHL as the assistant coach of the Lightning, but after a recent poor season was let go. Many doubt he will resurface in the NHL.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is not a name you hear very often in America. As a striker on a soccer team in England, his appeal doesn’t really cross the pond. In Great Britain on the other hand, Wayne Mark Rooney is almost as big as a sports star can get. He was a starter for Manchester United at age 19, he has won the Premier League three times, and for his 2009–10 season he was awarded the title FWA Footballer of the Year. If you follow English soccer even a little bit, you know who Wayne Rooney is.

So when the story broke that Rooney might have a compulsive gambling problem, it spread like wild fire. First it was simple stories of Rooney spending days at the dog tracks and gambling away most of his paycheck, or entering a casino and blowing through £65,000 in the space of two hours. After a little more investigation however,  it was soon discovered that the star footballer owed roughly £700,000 in gambling debts to various bookies, and was struggling to pay it off. Soon Rooney was at the center of a scandal that had him facing off against his coach, collectors, and public opinion all at once.

£1 million

Luckily for Rooney, the Brits have always had a much more liberal view of gambling than the Americans. Rooney was never suspended, and was even helped by his agent and his team to settle his outstanding debt. He has agreed to keep the gambling in check and faces severe penalties if he fails to do so. He did lose almost £1 million while gambling, but compared to the consequences that American athletes face for gambling, that’s hardly a slap on the wrist.

Art Schlichter

When Art Schlichter was playing for Ohio State he showed as much potential as any other player in the college league. He was a three-time contender for the Heisman Trophy, he led the Buckeyes to within one point of a national championship in 1979, and he left the school as its career leader in total offense. He was the kind of player that coaches loved and Sports Illustrated put on its cover page. So when he finished his tenure at the university, it was only to be selected as the fourth round draft pick of the Baltimore Colts (who moved to Indianapolis 2 years later) in 1982.

As his story gained more and more attention however, Schlichter began having trouble keeping his demons secret. His gambling addiction, which had been growing throughout his time at Ohio State, was no longer something that could be ignored. His frequent bets on football games and horse races were a secret to none none of those close to him and by mid-season had already cost him his entire signing bonus. The problem only got worse and more public as time went on, and eventually peaked  during the 1982 NFL strike during which Schlichter managed to rack up $700,000 worth of gambling debt. The Colts released Schlichter, and the NFL had him suspended.

Family, Career, $2-$30 million, Livelihood, Reputation

Schlichter has, by his own admission, has committed over twenty gambling felonies in his life, has served a combined total of over ten years in jail, and has lost almost everything he earned playing football and speaking on the radio. His wife left him after FBI agents raided their home looking for stolen money which she alleged Schlichter gambled away. He later said that he hit rock bottom in 2004, after he was caught gambling in prison. He was placed in solitary confinement for four months. If anyone knows what it’s like to lose big, it’s Art Schlichter.

Gambling Law In The US: What’s Next?

Every state has its unique traits and qualities that citizens like to discuss, bantering about who lives in the greatest piece of the nation. Want to add state-specific trivia to your tableau of tidbits? Find out which state is the best for online sports betting, which is a liberal abode for bettors, and which states are a bad bet for any gamer. From trivia concerning the number of poker players online in the US, to the percentage of men who favor gaming in Atlantic City, you can gather an odd assortment of facts from the infographic below.

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Gambling Law In The US: What's Next?