Will Blues and Wings Improve Goal Making?

They’re not even in the same conference anymore, but the St. Louis Blues (27-15-7) and the Detroit Red Wings (23-14-8) have plenty of action filled history between them. The former Norris Division rivals will meet again this Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena; NBCSN has the coverage starting at 8 PM ET.

The Red Wings were moved to the Eastern Conference in 2013, where they currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division despite a goal differential of minus-5. The Blues, still in the West, are in third place in the Central Division with a plus-3 differential. St. Louis has won four of its last five games, but remains 6.54 betting units in the red against the puck line. That’s still much better than last-place Detroit (–16.08 units).

Putting the puck in the net has been problematic for the Wings. They’re scoring just 2.46 goals per game, down from 2.82 goals last year. The Blues have likewise fallen from 2.91 goals per game to 2.57 goals. The under has been profitable for both teams as a result: 21-15-9 for Detroit and 24-18-7 for St. Louis. However, the Wings prevailed 4-3 (over 5, –105) in overtime when they met in November.

Lucky Twins and Peek-a-Boo On The Way

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(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – January 20, 2016) – All Slots Online Casino has celebrated the beginning of a new year with the introduction of two new online slot machine games along with one new mobile slot machine. The online slots are Lucky Twins and Peek-a-Boo and the mobile game is Untamed Giant Panda.

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New SkillOnNet white label solution on show at ICE 2016

Come and get your own white label casino from SkillOnNet at ICE.

(Press Release) London, January 2016 – SkillOnNet will be presenting one of the most comprehensive casino white label products on the market plus all new features when exhibiting at ICE next month. On display as well will be the latest build of their hugely successful mobile casino platform.

The company, best-known for its prolific production of proprietary slots and running a string of successful consumer-facing online sites off its own casino software, is currently rolling out a number of joint ventures in regulated markets including a first foray using their Schleswig Holstein License.

Operators visiting them on stand N6-222 ExCeL will be able to acquire a new casino for themselves or license the full suite of online casino games via the SkillOnNet  B2B service.

As well as producing over 80 slots games under the new GVG label, they aggregate content from leading suppliers including WMS, Amaya ,NextGen, edict/Merkur , NetEnt and Microgaming.

Delivering live casino games with Evolution Gaming and Xpro the live casino products now account for a sizable chunk of the Group’s revenues.
With an unprecedented range of slots, table games and live products new white label partners can expect to have the same back up and support given to SkillOnNet popular web-based casinos including SlotsMagic, Playmillion, Megacasino, EUcasino and newly launched DrueckGlueck.de.

But it will also be available via partnerships that will allow operators to benefit from SkillOnNet’s B2C expertise, as well as their licenses in Malta, Schleswig Holstein, Denmark and the UK.

As a result, the company’s Andy Andrew is looking forward to welcoming delegates to their stand.

He said: “Our recent agreements give us one of the best portfolios of games anywhere in the betting and gaming world. I’m sure that that, coupled with our experience, will be very attractive to operators both old and new. We are looking for Partners who are great at Marketing and want to take advantage of our Licenses and expertise.”

Added Andrew “Our growth has been spectacular on both the B2C and B2B sides, but we are still hungry for more so we hope to speak to as many delegates as possible to see how we might be able to help grow their businesses.”

SkillOnNet has a background in creating games with cutting edge graphics and design and providing software via a first-class development and distribution service, in addition to proprietary back-end systems, that power some of the world’s biggest online casino operators.

Added Andrew: “ with so many markets opening up and so many reaching maturity that we can help in, not just from a licensing point of view, but also when it comes to taxation and some of the other issues that make territories tough nuts to crack.”

“We’re in an almost unique position of being a successful operator and supplier in numerous countries and can offer joint ventures that can help operators be much more profitable. We can’t wait to discuss opportunities at ICE”

Playpen a new micro stakes version of The Cage released

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – January 13, 2016 – Here’s to doing damage at the tables without doing damage to your bankroll. Americas Cardroom today announced The Playpen, a micro-stakes time-based cash game in tournament format modeled after The Cage. The Playpen, a survival-based event that lasts just 52 minutes, will run Sundays and Wednesdays for the next two weeks.

“We’re excited to bring the thrill of The Cage to players with much smaller bankrolls,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “For just $10+0.50, players can experience the edge-of-your-seat action offered weekly in The Cage without doing damage to their bankroll. It’s the same do-or-die excitement that Cage players are familiar with, all for the price of a couple beers.”

The Playpen is based on The Cage, Americas Cardroom’s time-based cash game that runs every Wednesday at 7pm ET. Just like The Cage, The Playpen arms players with 1,000 starting chips. And much like The Cage, after players bust out, it’s game over (there’s no opportunity to buy back in). However, unlike The Cage where the buy-in costs $1,000+50 and each chip has a $1 cash value, The Playpen costs just $10+0.50 to get into and each chip is worth a penny.

When players enter The Playpen, they’ll have 52 minutes to survive the tables. The Playpen consists of four levels with increasing blinds and antes along the way. The first level features 5/10 blinds. The second level jumps to 10/20 and adds a 1 unit ante. And levels 3 and 4 feature 15/30 blinds with 2 unit antes and 25/50 blinds with 3 unit antes, respectively.

When the clock hits zero, all remaining players receive cash for their remaining chip stack. That means a player who finishes with 20,000 chips would win $200. Just like The Cage, The Playpen will likely see multiple big winners.

The lower buy-in and faster structure of 13-minute levels means that Americas Cardroom is able to offer The Playpen on a more frequent basis. At launch time, The Playpen gets underway Sunday 17th and 24th at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm and Wednesday 20th and 27th at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm (all times ET).

High Five Tournament Series

The High Five is Americas Cardroom’s signature 5-day online poker tournament series, first launched back in 2013. This year’s series gets underway on January 20th and runs through January 24th. The schedule includes a total of $840,000 in guaranteed prize money, including a $420,000 Main Event on Sunday Jan. 24th at 4:00pm ET. Games offered include Texas Hold’em, PLO and PLO8.

Three Online Poker Players Pop $100,000 Jackpot

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – January 11, 2016 – Who needs a Powerball ticket when you have online poker in the US? Americas Cardroom today announced that three players have shared in a $100,000 prize pool after popping the biggest jackpot possible in the online poker site’s popular Jackpot Poker offering. The $100k jackpot is the second one in a matter of eight months.

“What a way to start off the year,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “Only 11 days into 2016 and we’re already on track to fulfill our resolution to hand out more money than ever before. Congratulations to Wesman5 on winning the largest chunk of the $100,000 prize pool.”

Wesman5’s $75,000 victory came moments after he bought into a $40 Jackpot Poker game at Americas Cardroom alongside VHPP and Monokini1965. In Jackpot Poker, the final prize pool is determined after all three players take a seat at the table and can be worth as much as 2,500x the buy-in.

Jackpot Poker tournaments are 3-player Hyper Turbo Sit & Go’s that last an average of 7 minutes. Poker players can enter for $2 and play for up to $5,000, enter for $10 and play for up to $25,000, or enter for $40 and play for up to $100,000.

Seconds after sitting down, the prize was revealed to be the largest possible at $100,000. While many Jackpot Poker games are winner-take-all, unless a deal is made the $100,000 jackpot is split between 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (75%-15%-10%).

Monokini1965 was the first to bust, securing his $10,000 reward for finishing 3rd. After some back and forth play between Wesman5 and VHPP, the two faced off in an all-in moment where the board revealed 5h, 5d, Qd, 6s, 7d. With Qc, 7h, Wesman5 took down the Jackpot Poker game, besting VHPP’s Ks, 6d.

This is the second $100,000 jackpot to hit in less than eight months. On May 22nd, poker players: ambiance, thfp, and madman1024 shared in a $100,000 jackpot after buying into a $40 Jackpot Poker table.

High Five Tournament Series

The High Five is Americas Cardroom’s signature 5-day online poker tournament series, first launched back in 2013. This year’s series gets underway on January 20th and runs through January 24th. The schedule includes a total of $840,000 in guaranteed prize money, including a $420,000 Main Event on Sunday Jan. 24th at 4:00pm ET. Games offered include Texas Hold’em, PLO and PLO8.

High Five Poker Tournament Series Coming Back With $840K Guaranteed

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – January 7, 2016 – Get ready for sky-high bankrolls and players who feel like they’re on Cloud 9 for five straight days. Americas Cardroom today announced the next edition of the High Five, an online poker tournament series with $840,000 in guaranteed prize pools, spread out through five daily events for five straight days.

We’re excited to bring poker players more of what they want with our $840,000 High Five poker tournament series this January,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “Our big series includes a $420,000 guaranteed Main Event. And in keeping with all things 420, we intend to pause all games at 4:20pm each day so players can take a courtesy break, whatever that might entail. We don’t judge.”

The High Five is Americas Cardroom’s signature 5-day online poker tournament series, first launched back in 2013. This year’s series gets underway on January 20th and runs through January 24th. The schedule includes a total of $840,000 in guaranteed prize money, including a $420,000 Main Event.

On the schedule each day are five separate online poker tournaments. Games offered include Texas Hold’em, PLO and PLO8. Games available include regular, 6-max, mega stack turbo, hyper mega stack, and various other events. The High Five culminates with a $420,000 guaranteed Hold’em tournament at 4:00pm ET on January 24th. The tournament costs $420+35 to get into.

Buy-ins for tournaments in the series range from $2+0.20 to $420+35. Satellites for several tournaments have been added to the Americas Cardroom daily schedule to help players secure seats in several events for less.

OpenBet Signs a New Lucrative Multiple Year Deal

Omni-channel supplier extends partnership first formed in 2001

(Press Release) LONDON, January 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OpenBet, the world’s leading software provider to the sports betting and gaming industry, has renewed its license, development and support agreements with Sky Betting & Gaming.

OpenBet will continue to provide Sky Betting & Gaming with its online and mobile sports betting platform for a further five years. The operator has full independence to innovate and differentiate by building its own customer interfaces on the OpenBet platform. This partnership has allowed the two firms to build on key strengths and enabled record performance for Sky Betting & Gaming.

The deal extends the companies’ long-term relationship. OpenBet has supplied the Leeds-based operator since it was formed in 2001.

Richard Flint, Chief Executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, said: “OpenBet has been an integral component of our business since day one. Against ever-changing regulatory frameworks and fast-moving technological developments they continue to deliver. The OpenBet platform gives us the flexibility to create a first class sports book that fits our brand and our players’ needs.”

“The fact that Sky Betting & Gaming has renewed for an additional five years is a statement of their firm commitment to OpenBet,” said OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill. “The deal reflects both the confidence Sky Betting & Gaming have in our ability to support their growth and the outstanding relationship maintained by all of those working on their development team.”

BYU vs. No. 22 Utah

College football’s bowl season begins Saturday with five games, anchored by a compelling “Holy War” Las Vegas Bowl matchup between the Brigham Young Cougars and the No. 22 Utah Utes. Kick-off from Sam Boyd Stadium is at 3:30 PM ET, with Utah favored by three points as we go to press. That line has held steady since the open back on December 8.

The Cougars (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) will be playing their last game under head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who took the top job at Virginia two weeks ago. They’ll be trying to snap a four-game losing streak against Utah (9-3 SU, 5-7 ATS); the Utes have covered each of the last three meetings for coach Kyle Whittingham, a BYU alumnus who, legend has it, swore never to lose again to his alma mater.

That could be a tough task this Saturday. Utah is playing without running back Devontae Booker (4.7 yards per carry, 37 catches), who was lost for the year to a torn meniscus in Week 11. The Utes’ offense has been sluggish ever since, splitting a pair of games straight up at 0-2 ATS with both games going under the posted total.

All Slots Casino Announces Four New Games

Happy Holidays Leads the List of December Games at the Online Casino

(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – December 10, 2015) – In time for the holidays, All Slots Online Casino has just launched four terrific new online slot machines. All Slots invites you to enjoy the holidays, enjoy your presents, and enjoy the new online casino games.

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Clippers vs Bulls in Battle Between 2 Over Rated Teams

Two of the NBA’s most unprofitable teams will lock horns this Thursday (8:00 PM ET, TNT) when the Chicago Bulls welcomes the Los Angeles Clippers. At press time, the Bulls lead the Eastern Conference in red ink at 11-7 SU and 6-12 ATS; the Clippers (12-9 SU, 7-12-2 ATS) are in much the same boat out West.

Despite their reasonably similar records, these two teams couldn’t be much further apart. The Bulls are fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency (97.1), while the Clippers are sixth in offensive efficiency (104.1). Neither team is particularly good at the other end, but Chicago’s offense (97.5) is awful at No. 26 overall, thanks in part to former league MVP Derrick Rose and his personal Offensive Rating of 86.

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The Clippers are in the middle of the table defensively at No. 18 overall, giving up 101.8 points per 100 possessions. Josh Smith (100 Defensive Rating) has given support at this end of the floor, but otherwise, the new players Los Angeles brought in during the offseason have been disappointing. The Clippers also have one of the worst back-up guards in the league, Austin Rivers (8.7 PER), playing 24 minutes a night for head coach/father Doc Rivers.

‘Ahundredollars’ Takes Biggest Prize in Million Dollar Sunday History.

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – December 7th, 2015 – His online poker name is ahundredollars, but the Million Dollar Sunday champion is waking up this morning with a lot more money in his pocket after taking first place in Americas Cardroom’s $1 million guaranteed poker tournament. With a first place prize of $200,000, ahundredollars has won the biggest payout in the history of the Million Dollar Sunday.

“We’ve seen a final table deal negotiated in every single Million Dollar Sunday tournament we’ve held so far, but the final table players would have none of it in Sunday night’s big event,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “Congratulations to ahundredollars on his big win, and to Otter Nation and CantEvenRead, who won $111,000 and $73,800 for second and third place finishes.”

The Million Dollar Sunday was the Main Event in the OSS V, a 10-day tournament series that kicked off on November 27th and included $2.6 million in guaranteed prize money. Past Million Dollar Sunday tournaments saw final table deals, which forced a lower payout for the chip leader. For example, while $200,000 had been guaranteed for first place in a Million Dollar Sunday back in September, JohnLegend walked away with $104,883 after negotiating a deal with the remaining players at the table.

As expected, last night’s Million Dollar Sunday featured a significant overlay of $101,500, offering players exceptional value. But while the Million Dollar Sunday did overlay, the OSS V featured a number of guarantee-beating tournaments.

What’s more, with additional traffic flooding the online poker room during the 10-day series, a number of other signature tournaments saw significant prize pools. For example, yesterday’s Sunday Special featured a $200,000 guarantee (normally $115,000!) and finished with a prize pool of $201,600.

Poker players looking to get into the next big tournament at Americas Cardroom don’t have to wait long. The Sunday Special returns this weekend with at least $20,000 earmarked for first place.

No. 10 North Carolina vs. No. 1 Clemson

The Clemson Tigers (12-0 SU, 5-7 ATS) are the top-ranked team in college football, but they might not even make it into the College Football Playoff this year. First, they have to beat the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS) in Saturday’s ACC title game. Clemson is a 5-point favorite at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Kick-off is at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.

As well as the Tigers have played this year, they’ve had a hard time beating the spread, dropping the cash in their last four contests. The Tar Heels, on the other hand, are 4-1 ATS over their past five games. The stat gurus at FiveThirtyEight give Clemson a 57% chance of winning Saturday’s matchup, which suggests the Tigers “should” be favored by 2.5 or three points on neutral ground.

In what should be a close game, North Carolina’s superior special teams could make the difference. The Tar Heels rank No. 12 in this category on the Fremeau Efficiency Index, while Clemson is No. 76 out of the 128 FBS programs. Saturday’s forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures around 50 degrees at kick-off.

Free Tournament Bucks for the Million Dollar Sunday

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – December 1, 2015 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and one US-facing online poker site is starting to look like Santa. Americas Cardroom today announced a series of free giveaways to every player at Americas Cardroom, designed to help poker players get into December 6th’s Million Dollar Sunday and put more cash in their pockets. The Million Dollar Sunday gets underway on Sunday, December 6th at 5pm ET and features a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000, with $200,000 earmarked for first place.

“The holidays are around the corner and Christmas is coming early in the form of big payouts and all kinds of free stuff,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We want to see more players win seats in Sunday’s $1 million guarantee, so we’ve put together a promotion that will stuff everyone’s stockings with Tournament Bucks.”

The MDS Golden Ticket Giveaway promo works that every day between December 2nd and 6th, online poker players are invited to log into their Americas Cardroom account and claim $2 in free Tournament Bucks. There is no catch other than that players must redeem the free Tournament Bucks by 5pm ET each day limited to five thousand redeems per day. Those who redeem the Tournament Bucks can use them exclusively for entry into any Million Dollar Sunday On Demand Satellite or Super Satellite.

The Million Dollar Sunday gets underway on Sunday, December 6th at 5pm ET and features a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000, with $200,000 earmarked for first place. The big Sunday tournament is part of the OSS V, the fifth installment of Americas Cardroom’s Online Super Series, which is now underway. The OSS V features an unprecedented $2.6 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Grizzlies Host Spurs in Southwest Showdown

The top two teams in the Southwest Division lock horns Thursday night (9:30 PM ET, TNT) when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs were in first place at 14-4 (11-7 ATS) going into Wednesday’s action, while the Grizzlies have shaken off a slow start to move into second at 11-8 (9-10 ATS).

Memphis will have the advantage of an extra day’s rest after coming from behind to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 on Tuesday. That’s eight wins in the last 10 games for the Grizz at 6-4 ATS, all since acquiring back-up point guard Mario Chalmers from the Miami Heat.

The Spurs will be playing less than 24 hours after hosting the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. They’re 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS in their last dozen games; on November 21, San Antonio beat Memphis 92-82 as an 8-point home chalk, even though LaMarcus Aldridge sat out with a sprained ankle. Aldridge is back and healthy for the Spurs, but the Grizzlies are still waiting for Brandan Wright (knee) to come off the injured list – Wright hasn’t played since November 9, and there’s no timetable for his return.

Hoosiers Head To Duke To Take On Blue Devils

Two of the top teams in the country meet at Duke on Wednesday. The Duke Blue Devils have won four in a row, and they’re preparing to host the Indiana Hoosiers on December 2. The Hoosiers are trying to recover from some early season stumbles.

The Hoosiers are now 5-2 after finishing up the Maui Invitational with losses in two of their final four games. They lost to UNLV and Wake Forest along with a win over St. John’s, but the loss to UNLV was particularly troubling. Indiana turned the ball over 21 times in that game, and if they’re going to be a national contender, that simply can’t happen. The good news is that Indiana got back on track on Monday by crushing Alcorn State 112-70.

The Duke Blue Devils are 6-1 and have won four in a row since losing to Kentucky. They thrashed Utah State 85-52 at home in their latest outing, and Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard scored 22 apiece for the Blue Devils. Despite Duke dominating Utah State, they had a troubling 15 turnovers.

Duke has won three of their five meetings with Indiana, who did manage a one-point win in the Sweet 16 in 2002. Their last meeting came in 2006, when the Blue Devils won 54-51 at home.

No.2 Alabama at Auburn

It’s never a dull moment when the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers meet at the Iron Bowl. This is arguably the most important rivalry game in college football, although this year, the Tigers (6-5 SU, 3-8 ATS) haven’t been keeping up with No. 2 Alabama (10-1 SU, 6-5 ATS). At press time, Auburn is a 14.5-point home dog on the NCAAF odds board.

Saturday’s game (3:30 PM ET, CBS) won’t be the first time Auburn has been a double-digit Iron Bowl home dog. That was the case in each of their last three games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, with the Tigers going 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS. In 2013, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards on the final play to give Auburn (+10) a 34-28 victory and ruined Alabama’s unbeaten season.

The Tide have already lost 43-37 to the Mississippi Rebels (+8 away) this year, but they can still make the College Football Playoff with a win over Auburn and another win over the Florida Gators in the SEC title game. Alabama is the +150 favorite on the FBS Championship futures market, and RB Derrick Henry is the –200 favorite to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

Rangers, Islanders on Wednesday Night Rivalry

Bragging rights in the Empire State will be up for grabs this Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, NBCSN) when the New York Islanders host the New York Rangers. So far, the Rangers are having the better season at 17-6-2, but the Islanders are just six points back in the Metropolitan Division at 13-8-4. This will be their first meeting of the year.

The Rangers skate into Wednesday’s game with two injuries of note: centre Derek Stepan (six goals, six assists) is out for the next four to six weeks with broken ribs, and defenseman Kevin Klein (three goals, three assists, and +11) is uncertain to play after he strained a muscle in Monday’s 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes (+175 away).

Over in Brooklyn, the Islanders are relatively healthy coming out of Monday’s 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche (+140 away). Usually it’s the Rangers who do the damage against the puck line; they’re up 9.54 betting units on a 13-12 ATS record, while the Islanders are 2.00 units in the black at 13-12 ATS. The Blueshirts have a goal differential of +0.84 this year, and their crosstown rivals are at +0.48 through the first 25 games of the regular season.

Expect Bigger Prize Pools In The Next Online Super Series

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – November 30, 2015 – With 23 events now in the bag, the Online Super Series V (OSS V) is proving to be one of the most successful tournament series yet. With 20 of the 23 events seeing bigger than expected prize pools, online poker players across the United States and around the world are gearing up to make the $2.6 million online tournament series the biggest one in Americas Cardroom’s history.

“The OSS V is off to an incredible start and we’re really excited about the next seven days,” stated Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris. “We already witnessed a spectacular finish to Sunday’s $500,000 Guarantee, but there’s so much more to come, including a $1 million Guarantee this Sunday, December 6th. We can’t wait to see how things unfold at the tables.”

The OSS V kicked off on November 27th and features $2.6 million in guaranteed prize money, spread out over daily tournaments with big prize pools and buy-ins as low as just 27 cents. On Sunday night, OSS Event #18 featured a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000.

The big Sunday tournament concluded with a final table deal negotiated between RunTheKarma ($72,038), Rampage22 ($60,122), and x0JustingBieberx0 ($50,240). The three online poker players played it out, with an additional $10,000 earmarked for the eventual winner, which turned out to be Rampage22.

With 1,613 entries feeding $403,250 into the prize pool, the tournament ultimately saw an overlay of $96,750. However, most OSS V tournaments so far featured final prize pools that eclipsed the original guarantees, including: Event #1, whose $10k guarantee ballooned to $15,850; Event #12, whose $15k guarantee moved up to $21,600; and Event #16, whose $50k guarantee jumped to nearly $66,000.

The 10-day series continues with a full week of big tournaments for bankrolls of all sizes. Available tournament formats in this year’s Online Super Series include freeze-outs, re-entries, re-buys, and add-ons.

The OSS V resumes today (November 30th) with $37,000 in guaranteed prize money on the schedule. The series concludes on Sunday, December 6th with a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament where $200,000 is earmarked for first place. Satellites for the OSS V are now live at Americas Cardroom.

Flyers, Islanders Renew Patrick Division Rivalry

They’ve done battle in the Patrick Division. They traded blows in the Atlantic. Now the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders are in the Metropolitan Division, and their 40-year-old rivalry continues this Wednesday night (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN) in Brooklyn.

Philadelphia (7-9-5) is only four points behind the Islanders (10-8-3) in the Eastern Conference standings, but there’s a much larger gap in quality between the two teams. New York has a plus-6 goal differential, while Philadelphia is second-worst in the NHL at minus-22. The Flyers are tied for last in scoring with 38 goals after 21 games. They’re in the Bottom 10 in the league in goals against, shots against, power-play percentage and penalty-kill percentage.

The Flyers also have another injured player to worry about. Centre Sam Gagner suffered a cut above his eye after he landed on his face during Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes (+115 away). Gagner is listed as questionable to face the Islanders; centres Ryan White (upper body) and RJ Umberger (foot) are already out for Philadelphia, as is defenseman Mark Streit (groin). Former first-round blueliner Thomas Hickey (lower body) is expected to miss the game for the Islanders.

Michigan, UConn Battle in the Bahamas

The Battle 4 Atlantis tips off on Wednesday in the Bahamas, and the marquee matchup of the day brings two college bluebloods together. Michigan takes on Connecticut, who has started the season 3-0.

The Wolverines were ranked 24th in the country before they lost 86-70 to Xavier at home on Saturday. They handled their first two games against Division-II Northern Michigan and Elon, but the Wolverines were outrebounded 47-29 by Xavier. However, Michigan has a star in senior G Caris LeVert, who scored 29 against Xavier and is averaging 19.3 points through the first three games.

The Huskies are 18th in the country after an 83-58 rout of Furman. Senior forward Shonn Miller led the way with 18 points for the Huskies, who held Furman to 34.5% from the field. Senior point guard Sterling Gibbs tops the Huskies with 15.7 points per game.

These schools have met twice in the past, with the Huskies winning 69-61 in 2009, while Michigan won 68-63 the following year. The home team won in each game.

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