California Chrome Odds On Favorite to win Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown

The Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday with California Chrome the odds-on favorite to win the Triple Crown.

California Chrome drew the No. 2 post-position this week for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. As of early, Thursday morning, California Chrome was the 3 to 5 favorite for the race scheduled for a 6:52 pm ET post time.

Wicked Strong did not race in the Preakness following a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby and is the second choice in Saturday’s race at 6 to 1.

Wicked Strong has raced twice at Belmont Park as a two-year finishing a strong second in September of 2013 in his debut before winning for the first time in October of 2013.

On the other hand, California Chrome will be racing at Belmont Park on Saturday for the first time. All of the 11 horses to complete the Triple Crown had raced at least once at Belmont prior to the Belmont Stakes.

Unlike in the two previous races in the Triple Crown, trainers favor having an inside post for the race.

According to data obtained on Bovada and, 11 winners of the Belmont Stakes have started in the No. 2 spot, with the last, Tabasco Cat 20 years ago.

Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown, also was in the No. 2 post-position when he ran off to a 31 lengths win back in 1973. That day Secretariat set the Belmont Park track record that still stands today.

This race is considered by trainers to be a jockey’s race. The length will seem like a marathon for the horses, which makes the postposition not as much of a factor.

Tonalist is third in betting at 8 to 1 for the race, according to betonline and topbet. Tonalist did not race in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness and has only four races in his career. However, the horse won its last race on May 10.

For some, the biggest threat to California Chrome winning the Triple Crown is Ride on Curlin. The horse is currently 12 to 1 and is the only other horse besides Chrome to enter all three events of the Triple Crown this year.

Ride on Curlin was seventh in the Derby and second in the most recent Preakness. Curlin, his father, was third in the Derby in 2007, first in that year’s Preakness and finished second in the Belmont, losing out to Rags to Riches the filly.

The mile and a half race is longer than any entrant in the race has run during their careers and longer than most will run again.

On trainer said it is difficult for anyone in the Belmont field to say the mile and a half on a dirt track is their horse’s strong suit.

The Field for the 2014 Belmont Stakes

No. 1 – Medal Count 20 to 1

No. 2 – California Chrome 3 to 5

No. 3 – Matterhorn 30 to 1

No. 4 – Commanding Curve 15 to 1

No. 5 – Ride on Curlin 12 to 1

No. 6 – Matuszak 30 to 1

No. 7 – Samraat 20 to 1

No. 8 – Commissioner 20 to 1

No. 9 – Wicked Strong 6 to 1

No. 10 – General a Rod 20 to 1

No. 11 – Tonalist 8 to 1

California Chrome Looks for the Next Leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness

California Chrome is a very heavy favorite in tomorrow's Preakness Stakes.

The 139th running of the Preakness Stakes takes place tomorrow in Maryland and with just 10 horses in the event, the possibility for a Triple Crown winner increases ever so slightly. California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby winner from two weeks ago, has opened as a 3-5 favorite making the thoroughbred a very popular pick to win tomorrow.

The Preakness is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The Kentucky Derby is a raced at a length of a mile and a quarter while the Preakness is run at a length of a mile and 3/16. Of note in this race is this; the Kentucky Derby is the “Run for the Roses,” the Preakness Stakes are the “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.”

1. Dynamic Impact, 12-1 – Jockey Manuel Mena; enters with at 2-2-0 in six races. Has won his last two races.

2. General A Rod, 15-1 – Jockey Javier Castellano; enters with a record of 2-2-1 in six races and comes off his worst finish of the six which was 11th at the Kentucky Derby.

3. California Chrome, 3-5 – Jockey Victor Espinoza; enters with a record of 7-1-0 in 11 races. The Kentucky Derby winner has now won five straight races and six of his last eight. Also the first California-bred horse to win the Derby.

4. Ring Weekend, 20-1 – Jockey Alan Garcia; enters race 2-2-2 in his last seven. Had planned to run at the Derby but spiked a fever a week prior and didn’t run. Has two wins and places in last four races.

Could Rosie Napravnik make history with a win at the Preakness?

5. Bayern, 10-1 – Jockey Rosie Napravnik; enters race at 2-0-1 and took second at the Derby Trial Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert has won five Preakness Stakes with his last victory coming in 2010.

6. Ria Antonia, 30-1 – Jockey Calvin Borel; enters race at 2-1-0 in eight races. Borel has one career Preakness victory which came in 2009. Last race for the filly was a 6th place in the Kentucky Oaks. She is the 54th filly to run the Preakness and only five have won before with the most recent being Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

7. Kid Cruz, 20-1 – Jockey Julian Pimentel; enters race at 3-1-0 in five races. Named for New York Giants’ receiver Victor Cruz. Horse has won three of his last four races including his most recent at Pimlico. This is just Pimentel’s second mount at the Preakness.

8. Social Inclusion, 5-1 – Jockey Luis Contreras; enters race at 2-0-1 in three races. Although experience is small, horse is very talented. Contreras has no victories in Triple Crown races. 85-year-old trainer Manny Azpura has won over 3,000 races but this is first time at the Preakness.

9. Pablo Del Monte, 20-1 – Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez; enters race at 2-0-2 in six races. This is Sanchez’s first ride in the Preakness. Has not won since October of last year.

10. Ride On Curlin, 10-1 – Jockey Joel Rosario; enters race at 2-2-4 in ten races. Rosario won the Dubai World Cup and the Kentucky Derby in 2013. Trainer William ‘Bronco’ Gowan has not won a Triple Crown race.

My Prediction: The added length is always a concern for trainers as the Triple Crown scene shifts east to Pimlico from Louisville. It’s extremely hard to look past California Chrome here. He is on a tremendous streak and was relatively unchallenged at the Kentucky Derby. At 5/1, Social Inclusion is a really interesting horse.

An 85-year old trainer from Venezuela  winning his first Triple Crown race would make for some great theater, but how will the horse react to such massive stage? It’s also hard not to like Bayern. Bob Baffert’s experience with this race is essentially unrivaled. Take California Chrome to win the second leg with Bayern taking second and Ride On Curlin to finish third.

Your Saturday Smorgasbord of Sports

Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
Rask was the definition of a brick wall in holding the powerful Pens to just two goals in four games.

Every Saturday and Sunday I find myself often with many choices of what to write about. This dilemma often occurs the most at this time of year with so much going on with playoffs, baseball races and even horse racing. So I figured why not just cover them all? Here is your Saturday Smorgasboard of sporting events for today.

National Hockey League – The Boston Bruins defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins was not out of the realm of possibilities prior to the start of this series. How they defeated the Penguins is what is truly amazing when you think about it. The Bruins completed a shocking four-game sweep of the top-seeded Pens last night with a 1-0 win in Boston to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

If you had told me that Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jerome Iginla would be held without a single point in this series I would have said you’re crazier than Amanda Bynes. That’s exactly what happened though. Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask was beyond phenomenal allowing just two goals over four games. With Chicago up 3-1 in the Western Conference, the B’s can only hope that series ends soon. As hot as they are right now, time off just wouldn’t be good right now. For the record, I had the Pens in six. Ouch.

National Basketball Association – I’ll have a lot more to say on game two coming up tomorrow, but there are two really interesting trends facing off with each other going into tomorrow night. The Heat with James, Wade and Bosh have three prior times lost game one of a playoff series only to bounce back and sweep the next four. The Spurs meanwhile are 4-0 in the NBA Finals when they win game one of the series. In other words, something’s gotta give.

The Belmont Stakes are today and offer plenty of good action.

The Belmont Stakes – While the Triple Crown is out of the question once again this year heading into today’s Belmont Stakes in New York, there is still some great wagering action available for you. Kentucky Derby Winner Orb is listed at 3/1 while Preakness Winner Oxbow is listed 5/1. Revolutionary had a morning line of 9/2.

If you’re looking for a long shot today then I really like Midnight Taboo who is listed at 30/1. This Todd Pletcher-trained horse was sired by Thunder Gulch who has a Derby and Belmont victory to his resume. Although rather inexperienced with just three races, Taboo has a first and two second place finishes.

If you’re looking for my call on this one though I have hard time not seeing Orb and Oxbow finishing on the board although I’m not going to say who the winner will be.

Major League Baseball – A month ago, there was a legitimate race in all six divisions. Now? Not so much. In the NL East, the Atlanta Braves have stretched their lead to 6.5 games over Washington while in the NL Central, the Cardinals have opened up a four game flead over both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. In the West, the Arizona Diamondbacks have a 2.5 game lead over Colorado but the last place Dodgers are just seven games out with a lot of ball to be played. If they can get their pitching right and keep riding rookie phenom Yasiel Puig’s clutch hitting, they could get right back in it.

In the American League East, Boston is back on top by two games over the Yankees, three over Baltimore and 3.5 over the Tampa Rays. I fully expect this division to go down to the wire. In the Central, the Tigers have finally grabbed a little breathing room with a 3.5 game lead over Cleveland and in the West, the red-hot Oakland A’s ha


137th Preakness Stakes Marks Second Leg in Exciting Triple Crown

Horse Racing continues to be an exciting addition to online sports betting in the month of May, and for today’s 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, get set for yet another great showdown at another historic horse racing venue with post time starting at 6:18 PM ET tonight!

The odds-on favorite at 3/2 odds for the 9.5 furlong race today at the Intertops Sportsbook is legendary owner/trainer Bob Baffert’s entry Bodemeister, who was also the favorite heading into the Kentucky Derby just a few weeks ago. Bodemeister broke strong in the Derby’s cluttered field of 20 horses, but was overcome down the final stretch by a surging I’ll Have Another, who had the kick to break away from the pack and cross the finish line in 1st place. What will be interesting for Bodemeister today is whether he can get off to another fast start, considering that nearly half of the horses running are new shooters, horses that didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby. There is a slight advantage for those 5 horses who didn’t have to deal with the stress of running in the crowded Derby field just two weeks ago, and if Bodemeister is held up from the start out of the number 7 post, he may not be able to have the final push towards the finish line. Bodemeister has to avoid being pushed to the inside rail, but if jockey Mike Smith can get off to a good start on the shorter track at Pimlico and the pack keeps the pace relatively subdued, this horse could end up proving skeptics wrong with energy in reserve to make the final push he couldn’t muster at the Derby.

I’ll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby Winner, comes in as second favorite at 9/4 odds to win the Preakness. The final stretch of the Derby showed just what this horse is capable of, coming out of the middle of the pack to snatch victory from the grasp of Bodemeister. One concern, same as those around Bodemeister, is whether the two-week turnaround time from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness will have a negative impact on his race today. After scoring a small victory banking on I’ll Have Another to show in the derby, we like this horse to be amongst the top two finishers, and many will hope to see him win to have a chance to grab the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

Went the Day Well is another one of the favorites at the Preakness, with 6/1 odds to win at Intertops Sportsbook. Went the Day Well was hampered by a tough No. 13 starting position in the Kentucky Derby, and finished nearly 3 lengths shy of I’ll Have Another. However, with a field half as large in the Preakness, and a shorter distance giving an advantage to this quick colt, a good start out of the more favorable No. 5 post today could find Went the Day Well. Remember, this horse is trained by Graham Norton, who won the Kentucky Derby last year with Animal Kingdom. Expect a strong finish for this horse, and a great chance at least for a place in the top three.

Creative Cause rounds out the favorites for the Preakness Stakes, getting 7/1 odds currently at Intertops Sportsbook. Finishing 5th in the derby, the one main concern for this horse is the amount of travel that he’s endured since, going from California to Kentucky, back to California and then to Maryland for today’s post time. However, with 4 wins in 9 starts and a shorter track lying ahead of him, Creative Cause could be a good possibility to show in today’s race, running right in the middle of the pack at the No. 6 post. Note however that Creative Cause has not been able to overcome a race when Bodemeister or I’ll Have Another is involved, so expectations of a win today for this colt should be tempered.

The Long Shot: Cozzetti. This horse has been talked up a bit for his excellent training under Dale Romans, who won the Preakness last year with Shackleford. While Cozzetti is primarily a turf horse, Trainer Dale Romans has insisted he’s running even better on dirt right now, though includes his own skepticism in saying, “I don’t know if he’s good enough to win, but he’s going to run a big race.” With odds falling on Cozzetti to 40/1, this horse running from the far outside post at No. 11 could be an exciting inclusion to your betting ticket today.

Make sure to take a broad look at all 11 horses that are entering the field for this historic race at Pimlico Race Course for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, as the short 1.18-mile course will see the action and excitement grow to a fever pitch in just a few minutes. Betting on horse racing is always a great addition to the sports betting options at one of the best reviewed sportsbooks found here, and with the Preakness being one of the three top events during the year, make sure you’re included in the all the excitement today.

138th Kentucky Derby Field Packed with Talent, Great Sportsbook Betting Options

Ladies break out your big hats, Gentlemen grab your cigars and put on your best suit. Today is one of the finest days for horse racing, as the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby from the historic Churchill Downs gets set to run this afternoon with a massive pack of potential winners entering the starting gates.  For betting on sports, this thrilling 20-horse race will feature one of the widest fields of potential winner, with great odds on brilliant horses available at any one of the <a target=”_blank” href=””>best online sportsbooks reviewed here</a>. Let’s take a look at the entrants, spot some great looking odds, and hone in on the best horses to put money on before the horns blow and the race gets underway!

Heading to the <a target=”_blank” href=””>Intertops Sportsbook</a> today as the featured online sportsbook of choice for the granddaddy of horse racing, find competitive lines for all the major contenders in this race with just a few clicks of a button. ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’ features some excellent bets to be had, and here are some of our most-watched horses heading into the race with post time set for 6:24 PM ET:

Top of the List: Bodemeister, 4/1 odds.

If you are familiar with horse racing, you’re familiar with the Baffert name, with the stables owned by Bob Baffert producing 3 derby winners and countless other champions. Bodemeister is named after Baffert’s 7-year old son Bode, and this horse can truly fly. However, Baffert has yet to win a Kentucky Derby with one of his horses getting the morning-line favorite, so third time could be the charm here. Sitting in the number 6 post, the 3-year old could become a champion provided he gets out away from the pack early on.

One-to-watch: Gemologist, 13/2 odds.

Drawing the 15 post towards the outside, Gemologist will put an undefeated streak on the line for trainer Todd Pletcher, who has two horses running today (the other being El Padrino, one stall over, at 20/1 odds). With two horses running side-by-side, this will be interesting to see if Pletchers’ horses can mount a combined attack from the outside. A huge note here to consider; due to the size of the field, an additional gate will be used, creating a gap between No. 14 and No. 15. It doesn’t seem like much, but with 20 stampeding horses coming out of the gates, an early free window could allow Gemologist to get out ahead of the crowd and be a serious contender down the stretch.

Fastest horse with best odds: Hansen, 14/1 odds.

Hansen, named after his owner Dr. Kendall Hansen, may be a horse to keep an eye on heading into the stalls. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, and the biggest career earner in the pack with $1.5 million under the belt, will have to get out of the pack early on to keep pace with the leaders. With a number of deep-closers in the pack, Hansen’s race could depend on how the pack as a whole starts off. If the pace is reasonable and doesn’t get pushed too fast at the beginning, Hansen will be in contention down the stretch. If some of the quicker-starting horses set the tone and this horse stays in lock-step, there could be potential for Hansen to be overcome down the stretch by those horses that wait back and stay out of the early squabble for the lead. Either way though, at 14/1 odds, this proven winner could be a great pick for Derby bettors today.

Jockey to Watch: Calvin Borel, riding Take Charge Indy, 12/1 odds.

Calvin Borel always has to be considered a lucky addition on top of any horse, as he’s won 3 of the past 5 Kentucky Derbys. Riding Take Charge Indy, a horse that is a descendant of Seattle Slew (one of only two horses to win the Triple Crown since 1977), there is a lot to like about this combination. However, with odds decreasing as more horse racing noobs flock to the Borel name ahead of post time, and with TCI finishing in the money just twice in the last 4 races, it’s a big gamble to make considering the talent in this field today. Nonetheless, if Borel can get to the inside rail position after getting out to a good start, the 12/1 odds start looking very good. This could be a great pick as well if you’re playing conservative and TCI to place or show today.

Best-looking Long Shot: Daddy Long Legs, 20/1 odds.

The odds are dropping fast on this horse, who started with a 30/1 billing. Daddy Long Legs will start the race from the No. 1 position, which while having produced 12 winners (the most in history for any position), has only seen two champions crowned in 50 years from that spot. History is also against this colt, as no European-trained horse has ever won, but could this be the year that two trends are snapped? With a field packed with talent across the board and a good start essential, there’s no reason why DLL couldn’t be a long-shot winner, provided he gets out of the gates quickly. One thing that could work in his favor; he’s been in Dubai recently, where the heat is overwhelming. With race-time looking to be hot and humid (around 85 degrees, 70 percent humidity), this could be a major factor to watch for.

There’s plenty of research available on the horses in today’s historic running of the Kentucky Derby, so make sure to utilize all the information out there to help you hone in on a great pick for today’s Run for the Roses. No matter who you wager on, you won’t want to miss out on this once a year event, so grab a Mint Julep, join some friends for the big race, and enjoy the fan-fare of one of the greatest sporting events ever!

Saturday’s 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic Hosts Record Numbers for Shot at $5 Million

Called the Super Bowl or the World Series of Horse Racing, the Breeders’ Cup Classic gets ready for action this Saturday, November 5th at Churchill Downs, with a record 193 horses pre-entered for the 27th running of the race to crown the year-end champion. With a flood of quality entries in the field this year, it’s just about anyone’s race to win this coveted showdown, however plenty of stand-out horses dot the landscape of this race, making for exciting options for betting on horse racing at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here. As has become almost tradition for wagering on horse racing, the first-in-line sportsbook at holds our bets for the biggest races of year, and looking to stick with what has worked well, I’ll return to the Bodog Sportsbook to place my wagers on the top picks ahead of Saturday’s race day action. Make sure to check out not only the betting lines for the headline race on Saturday, but also for the 14 races scheduled to precede it, all-in-all with $26 million on the line in one of the biggest weekends on the horse racing calendar.

No doubt attention has been focused on just a couple of favored horses in the grand finale of the Breeders’ Cup Classic set for Saturday evening, but with two days of racing ahead, there’s plenty of opportunities to wager not only on the most popular and those horses most expected to win the big race on Saturday, but also great chances to cash in on any number of races taking place ahead of Saturday night. Bodog Sportsbook makes it especially easy to take a look at each and every race available, with all the odds posted for every qualifying horse available today and through the rest of the week. Simply click into the Futures option under featured races and behold everything from Juvenile Sprints to the Ladies’ Classic, to the Cup Classic on Saturday with all odds neatly laid out before you.

Breaking in to details on some of the favored horses set to race this weekend, we’ll take a look at the horses with the top odds for race day, and try to spot some good picks for winners on Saturday.

Uncle Mo – 7/2 favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Bodog Sportsbook. Last year’s champion at Churchill Downs in the Juvenile Cup, Uncle Mo has come under some scrutiny after not coming to the track for Tuesday’s normal work-out session, however trainer Todd Fletcher has stated openly that the 3-year old favorite is good-to-go for race day despite continued concerns over the animal’s health (liver problems kept him out of the Kentucky Derby), and likes the No. 12 starting position that allows the horse to get out of the gates and stay outside the pack early. Despite the heavy favorite and being arguably the most talented horse in the field, many question whether the mile and 2 furlongs race may be too long for Uncle mo, but we’re expecting a top-3 finish at the least from the horse that owner Mike Repole says has ‘never looked better, never trained better’.

Havre de Grace – 9/2 odds to win at Bodog Sportsbook. Also racing outside at the No. 10 post, Havre de Grace is the filly with the highest odds in the Cup Classic, and seeks to become just the second filly to win this race, and also the third straight to be named Horse of the Year. Finishing 3rd in the Ladies’ Cup last season, Havre De Grace looks to be a good bet in this race based on her ability to set the cruise control over a longer distance (check for videos of her 2011 win at the Woodward Stakes for a glimpse at what great pace looks like). If Havre de Grace can get out of the gates cleanly a sit at pace behind the horses getting out of the gates quickly (and if she can last the mile and a quarter distance), this talented girl could become the horse of the year by weekend’s end with a win.

So You Think – At 5/1 odds, this horse out of Aiden O’Brien’s stable is the most feared by Todd Pletcher, Uncle Mo’s trainer. With the middle of the pack stall five entry, the Australian is a good horse to take a closer look at, winning 8 of 11 career races at a distance of a mile and a quarter. Among the horses with under 10/1 odds, this could be the right one to pick on race day.

Stay Thirsty – Sharing the stable with Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty is also under Todd Pletcher, and could also be a factor on Saturday but with much better odds at 14/1. Winning at the equally-long Travers Stakes in Saratoga this year, Stay Thirsty will sit at the No. 9 stall near the outside with Uncle Mo, and personally I think he’ll have a better chance at maintaining pace over the longer distance than his stablemate will. A relative outside shot on the betting lines, with 14/1 odds, this could end up being a great payday for anyone putting him to place or better.

Ruler on Ice – With 20/1 odds, many are calling ROI the best underdog shot of the Cup Classic this year. Again, this horse has excelled at longer distances, and coming off 8 straight races of placing in the top-3, expect him to post a good performance in this race. It’s definitely a gamble to expect this horse to breakout at Churchill and nab a win on the mile and a quarter track (he did however sneak away with a win at the Belmont Stakes, a mile and a half track), but with such favorable odds, this underdog is as good a shot as you’re going to get.

With so much talent in the field for the 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, make sure to research all the available information about the horses entered for this exciting race, but also make sure to delve a little deeper into the other 14 races scheduled at Churchill Downs, in what will no doubt cap off another great year of horse racing and wagering. Count on the best online sportsbook at to provide all the betting lines and all the up-to-date odds right at your fingertips, and have fun wagering on one of the oldest sports in the world!

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.

2011 Kentucky Derby on Intertops Sportsbook, Along with Premier League Soccer, NBA and NHL playoffs

As the weekend gets underway bright and early, already we’ve had some exciting competition in English Premier League Football, as Manchester City was overcome by Everton 2-1 to leave space for a 4th place battle and a possible Champions League spot for next season. Aside from a few middle table battles which featured Bolton vs. Sunderland ending in a 1 goal victory for the visiting Sunderland and snapping Bolton’s five game home win streak, the match we’re turning to in the later afternoon game pits Tottenham Hotspur at home against bottom-table dweller Blackpool, as Spurs fight against Manchester City for 4th, and Blackpool holds on to chances of securing a stay in the top football league in England. Aside from the action in Europe on the pitch today, which also features an exciting Serie A clash between AS Roma and AC Milan and a La Liga showdown where Sevilla FC battles Real Madrid as Sevilla look to jump into Europa League position with a home win today. With these great football battles early on, followed up with another packed day of Major League Baseball and NBA and NHL Conference Semifinal playoff action, there’s no doubt you’ll find something worth a wager on at one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed on our website. For today’s foray into the sporting world, we’ll pick out the sportsbook (read the review of for placing top sports bets this morning and afternoon, and hope for some exciting competition taking place throughout the day.

On the playoff docket for this evening, the action continues in the NBA Playoffs as the Boston Celtics get their turn to host on home court for Game 3 of their series with the Miami Heat. After dropping two games on the road as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all but dictated the outcomes of Games 1 and 2, the Celtics will need a better, more lively game plan in the face of the talented and determined Heat side. As is usually the case in these must-win games in the playoffs, good teams need to be able to lean on their stars, and in this case, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will need to step up at home, play some quality defense, and shut down the Big Three’s attack with contested possessions on every play. Intertops Sportsbook puts the game tonight in favor of the Celtics -3 and -160 the Celtics have gotten a little old, or if they can still compete and come back in this series. While being a tad reluctant to wager on Boston against the confident Miami, we’ll go out on a limb and look for the home team to secure a win covering the points today. Next up for the NBA playoffs, look to another exciting match-up in Game 3 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies, with the series even and so far and everything up for grabs. With the Grizzlies on home court, where they’ve been solid both this playoff season and during the regular campaign, once again they’ll turn to their big men tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to provide the bulk of the scoring, something the Thunder effectively cancelled out during Game 2. Looking to get their form back in front of a rawkus home crowd, expect a tighter game scoring-wise as defense will be on the minds of both teams, and we’ll side with Memphis to eek out a win on better inside-the-paint play, rebounding margin and team defense.

On to action for the NHL tonight, the Vancouver Canucks bring the series against Nashville home as the Canucks look to close out the series against the Predators on their home ice, after winning 2 games on the road and taking a decisive 3-1 advantage in the Western Conference Semifinals. Vancouver, unsurprisingly is a -205 favorite to win, providing the bulk of the offense in all games to date, and playing better defense as a whole, however the stingy Pekka Rinne and the Preds defense always provides a bit of a wrench in the gears for taking the Canucks at -1.5 goals, which they just squeezed off in the dying seconds of Game 4 to win 4-2. However, tonight at home feeling energized to quickly close out this series, expect the Canucks to come out attacking in all aspects of the game like they did in Game 1, with more goals dropping as they figure out the tall Finnish goalie on the other end. No doubt this should be a great and energy-charged game to watch tonight, with Nashville just not having enough to compete with the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler, and the host of talented Canucks skating at home.

With a host of Major League Baseball games set to kick off this afternoon, take a gander over the online sports betting lines for a number of key match-ups made available for your sports betting pleasure. As always, with 15 games on the line for Saturday, there’s a host of great bets to get involved in, especially with series like Colorado vs. San Francisco in play, St. Louis heating up hosting the Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland and Los Angeles battling onwards, and the Yankees and Rangers clashing in Texas tonight. Last but certainly not least, make sure to check over the odds for the Kentucky Derby set to run this afternoon, as this grand old horse race is one of the most exciting sports events to get involved in, whether or not you follow horses on a regular basis. Look for plenty of action today and every day at one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, and for today, join us for some wagering action at, one of the oldest, most-trusted sports betting websites found on the internet.

Aaron G.

Sunday Horse Racing Action, plus Football, of Course!

First off, we wish you a happy football Sunday, and thank you for checking out Instead of being dragged out of the house and forced to shop like the millions of other people, let’s be honest?would you rather be shopping today, or spending time placing some bets online, and watching some great sports match-ups? No reply is needed; I already know your answer, especially if you’re anything like me.  This weekend, I have gotten a little bet crazy, and have dispersed a total of five bets across all the sportsbook websites that I have thus far signed up for. I just couldn’t bring myself to pass up any of the games offered this weekend, and since all the featured online sportsbooks and casinos have offered such a wide variety of perks, bonuses and options, I had to spread the wealth around a bit.


Now since I have the luxury of writing this after most of the games have played out, I can give you an immediate report of my accomplishments across our featured sportsbooks. Unfortunately for me, this was not one of those weekends I’d like to remember. For the morning game involving the New Orleans Saints and the Washington Redskins, I ventured over to to place my first bet. Needless to say, one completely disappointing appearance at home by the Saints, and my bet was a bust. That’s okay, because my second bet, placed on more than made up for my early loss.  I took a three team parlay (three has worked out to be a very manageable bet, so I’ve strayed little from this type of parlay) going with the Patriots, Packers, and Jets, all of whom came through with flying colors. Now granted none of these teams were featured as underdogs on any of our featured sportsbooks, but the parlay gave me enough money to basically crack even for the day so far. has been my lucky horse so far this winter, as far as sportsbooks and online casinos go. Not only have I been lucky with a few underdog bets, but the casino has been extremely favorable to me (The small ante, no-limit tables are my favorite, allowing you to not have to wager much to play, but still get into some heavy action when the time is right). Pittsburgh strolled in and gave Carolina a thrashing, and Tennessee pulled off an upset against the Jaguars, who were favored after their route last week against Indy. This added up to give me one happy Sunday, even if the rest of my bets didn’t pay off at the other sportsbooks. I want to reiterate again how simple and easy to use is for its patrons. The simple website design, well laid out betting options, not to mention the great casino, make this one of my most favored online sportsbooks and casinos.


Now my simple bets on and have not yet fully completed, but are well on their way. I took a two team parlay on, taking the St. Louis Rams over the Oakland Raiders, and the Denver Broncos over the Cardinals. Both these games are well on their way to over, and it look as if banking on simple bets with favored teams, while not lucrative, maybe a wise choice for slowly building a bankroll. With that being said, my last bet of the day used on matches the Eagles against the Giants, and is in danger of becoming a bust as I write. The Eagles are driving late, down 1 point?and have just scored. I’m going to have to leave you and watch the remainder of this game.


Nonetheless, today is a great day for sports and a great day to check out your options at all of our featured sportsbooks and online casinos. I hope that your Sunday has been as relaxing as mine, and that all your bets come through in the clutch. Thank you always for using, and I wish you all happy betting!



Aaron G.