NL Playoff Picture Wide Open as Giants Host Brewers

The San Francisco Giants are wrapped up in a four-horse race for the final two wild card spots in the National League playoff picture. This weekend they’ll play host to a worthy opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers. Nothing beats betting on Major League Baseball in the playoff stretch.

While the Giants are caught up in establishing their superiority over the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates (all separated by just two wins as of press), the Milwaukee Brewers will set out to do the same.

Unlike San Francisco, which will have to rely on a wild card berth, the Brewers are in a good position in the NL Central. The Brewers are 14/1 to win the World Series and are 65-68 against the spread. The Giants sit at 66-66 ATS. By almost all measures the two teams are equally paired, as is often the case heading into the Major League Baseball postseason.

The Giants have won the World Series twice in the past five seasons, and the Brewers in contrast are coming off of a two-year drought. The upcoming set between two potential postseason contenders could shed light on how it might unfold.

Seahawks and Packers Take Spotlight in Thursday Night Debut

In little over a week, the Seattle Seahawks will set out to officially reprise their roles as Super Bowl champions. The titleholders will kick off the new campaign as hosts to the Green Bay Packers in Thursday night’s opening week matchup. They’re 13/2 to win a second consecutive ring, making them an intriguing NFL betting option.

The Seahawks have established themselves as a defensive powerhouse over the past few seasons, and that’s partially because of cornerback Richard Sherman. Seattle went 11-5 against the spread last season and steamrolled the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl Championship.

This year, the Seahawks have a target on their backs, and teams like Green Bay will take advantage of that. The Packers were just 7-9 against the spread in 2013, and they barely managed to sneak into the postseason.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been in Seattle’s position before. With 10/1 NFL odds heading into the season, the Packers could even repeat their 2011 success.

Rookie Race Starts with Jabari Parker

The early frontrunner to win this year’s NBA rookie of the year award is Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker. The former Duke star is 3/1 to take the award. With nothing but opportunity awaiting him in Wisconsin, Parker’s ability to put points on the board and grab rebounds could make him a popular NBA betting option for individual props.

Parker joins a Bucks team that needs a clearly defined leader. While Parker will have some support from John Henson and Larry Sanders, he will be responsible for scoring.Parker averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.1 RPG in his only year of college. He enters the pros as a polished rookie who is ready to contribute immediately.

Parker will face stiff competition from rival Andrew Wiggins. The latter is regarded as less refined, with a higher ceiling but less of an immediate impact. Regardless, Wiggins is 4/1 to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. He is second on the list.

The third player on the list is at risk of being overlooked. Nerlens Noel was the No. 6 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft but missed all of the 2013-2014 campaign on account of a knee injury. Noel is a defensive-oriented player out of Kentucky (think Anthony Davis) and could quite likely swat enough shots to make an impact. Fittingly, Noel is 6/1 to win Rookie of the Year, which makes him an intriguing third option.

6 New Daily Feeders for the Winning Millions Poker Tournament

(Press Release) San Jose, Costa Rica – August 18, 2014 – It turns out there are a million ways to get into Winning Millions – at least it’s starting to look like it. Americas Cardroom announced an expanded satellite schedule for its highly anticipated $1 million guaranteed poker tournament schedule for this December. Just added to the schedule are six satellites that feed into the nightly $100+$9 satellite and another nightly satellite was added for just $15+$1.50 that guarantees at least one seat in the Winning Millions tournament.

“The response to Winning Millions has been incredible,” stated Michael Harris, spokesperson for Americas Cardroom. “While we’ve only launched our satellite schedule a few weeks ago, we’re expanding it to help more players win a seat and grow the prize pool beyond the $1 million guarantee.”

Scheduled to get underway on December 14th, Winning Millions is a Texas Hold’em tournament featuring a $1 million prize pool – the first of its size and scope since early 2011 for US players. Poker players can buy directly in for $500+$40 or win their spot through a satellite.

The Winning Millions satellite schedule is packed with a number of daily events that feed into two nightly satellites with $100+$9 and $15+$1.50 buy-ins. They both pay out at least one seat in the Winning Millions $1 million guarantee on December 14th. Poker players can also win a spot in the $15+$1.50 qualifier through daily freerolls at 10:00am and 1:30pm.

New to the schedule are daily 10:00am, 12:30pm and 1:20pm ET tournaments with $5+$0.5 buy-ins that pay out a seat in the $100+9 satellite. Players will also find $1+0.10 satellites at 3:15pm, 6:15pm and 7pm ET that feed into the same $100+$9 satellite. For those who don’t find a satellite that works for them, Americas Cardroom has also included Sit & Go’s running constantly from as low as $24+$1.20.

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Big Names Front and Center as WGC Returns

Fresh off of a victory at the British Open, Rory McIlroy (6/1) is the early favorite to win the third World Golf Championship of the season. McIlroy leads all golfers in the days leading up to the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, but he won’t be the only big name vying for the honors.

Also in the running will be defending champion Tiger Woods. He has had a forgettable 2014 campaign with a high of 25th place in just five events. Injuries have sidetracked his bid to reclaim the throne as the PGA’s best golfer.

Woods is 14/1 to win the WGC tournament (ahead of contenders like Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson), and he is third overall. Between McIlroy and Woods sits Australia’s Adam Scott (10/1 to win).

It’s been an interesting year for those in pursuit of the FedExCup. Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar have powered themselves into the top three positions. Despite the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 rankings, the three are just 50/1, 33/1 and 28/1 to win the Bridgestone Invitational.

With Sterling Officially Out, Clippers Welcome Distraction-Free Season

The Donald Sterling saga is officially over, so the Los Angeles Clippers can get back on track. With no shortage of racially-charged distractions last postseason, the franchise failed to live up to their NBA odds. To make matters worse, they haven’t been particularly impactful this offseason. Now with all the Sterling drama in the past, the club can redeem itself and return to the league’s elite.

On paper the Clippers are a force in the west (12/1 to win the NBA championship). However, the truth is that they have stayed relatively stagnant while other teams around the league have improved.

Chris Paul (19.1 PPG, 10.7 APG) and Blake Griffin (24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG) will return to the Clippers, a team that went 46-35-1 against the spread last season, but if they want to cause damage in a grueling conference, they’ll have to show that they can handle teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game set.

Considering the competition they’ll face in 2014-2015, the forecast looks rough, but don’t overlook the fact that six months ago the Clips were as intimidating as any team in the west. Now that Sterling is officially out of the picture, anything can happen.

Red-Hot Angels Face Judgment Day in Four-Game Tigers Series

The Los Angeles Angels are one of two clubs to have hit the 60-win mark by this time in the summer, but that doesn’t secure them a spot in the postseason. The Angels are heavy favorites to claim an American League wild card berth, but they still trail the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. Such is life in Major League Baseball. The MLB betting community should take note.

Winning seven of their last 10 games, the Angels have established themselves as a dominant force in their division. Led by third year wunderkind Mike Trout (.309 batting average, 76 RBI and 24 home runs) the Angels are 9/1 to win the World Series. This weekend they’ll get the opportunity to prove that they deserve those odds.

If L.A. has truly turned the corner and emerged as a contender, they’ll have no problem hosting the Tigers. The Angels are just 26-27 against the spread when playing at home this season, so pay special attention to how they respond in the first game of the four-game set on Thursday.

There’s a lot riding on how Los Angeles fares over the next few weeks. If they’re going to seriously contend for a title, they’ll have to continue pushing forward.

Instant Underdog Miami Makes for Compelling Betting Option

Newton’s Third Law reveals that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. When it comes to betting on the NBA, such an observation is worth repeating. Everybody under the sun has discussed how the addition of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers makes the franchise a legitimate title contender, but we shouldn’t dismiss how the rest of the league is reacting.

While the Cavs have shot up to the top of the sportsbook (3/1 to win the NBA championship), the Miami Heat, who reigned supreme there up until the day of the Decision, has fallen down the list.

The Heat managed to retain Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade while adding solid fringe stars like Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts, but is that enough for basketball fans to take a wager on the team’s 25/1 odds of going all the way?

The offseason definitely wasn’t a success in South Beach, but the team shouldn’t be ruled out as an Eastern Conference contender. Consider them a team in limbo while the landscape of the league readjusts in 2014-2015. Take advantage of the uncertainty by betting on the NBA before the dust settles.

Brewers Bank on Break to Quell Losing Streak

Well rested and ready to power through the final stretch, the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to bounce back in their first series after the All-Star Break. Prior to the hiatus, things went from bad to worse for the NL Central leader. They’re still 16/1 to win the World Series, but can Ryan Braun and company fortify their division lead before it’s too late?

The Brewers emerged as unlikely contenders in the beginning of the 2014 campaign. As months passed, they refused to let up. The team has high expectations to live up to after their temporary foray as this season’s best team.

It’s quite possible that Milwaukee is a legitimate contender but is simply experiencing a dry spell. It’s also possible that their initial success was a flash of luck. Either way, their MLB odds are bound to shift depending on their weekend series against the NL East leading Washington Nationals.

Pull up a seat as the rag tag group of Jonathan Lucroy, Scooter Gennett and Carlos Gomez push the limits of this franchise’s capabilities.

No Shortage of Contenders for Upcoming British Open

Golf fans are readying themselves for the Open Championship set to take place at the Royal Liverpool. Despite many high-profile stars attending the event, there is no obvious betting favorite. Members of the golf betting community may struggle as choosing the correct winner will require a little bit of luck and an intense knowledge of the game.

The sheer number of contenders scheduled to compete at the Open Championship serve as a reminder of why we love the game as much as we do. High profile stars like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlory will be out there pushing for success, but the sportsbook owes them nothing and neither do you.

In fact, the golf odds available for this year’s British Open are a bit surprising. Adam Scott currently leads a well-balanced field, but he’s only 12/1 to outright win the Open Championship. Reigning champion Phil Mickelson is just 20/1 to win.

Woods (18/1) and McIlroy (16/1) are worth consideration given their reputations, but so are FedExCup point leader Jimmy Walker (80/1) and former Open Championship winner Darren Clarke (200/1).

With so many worthy contestants, this year’s third major championship is ripe for the plucking. The plethora of legitimate betting options makes the golf odds all the more appealing to fans looking to weigh in on the tournament. Think you know how it will all unfold?

Cincinnati-Pittsburgh Clash Displays Central Depth

While the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals get much of the credit for NL Central division’s prestige, they’re not the only clubs capable of dealing damage in 2014. This weekend both the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will collide, showing what the other contenders are made of.

The Cincinnati Reds are 25/1 to win the World Series. That’s not bad for a team that, on paper, isn’t even second in its own division. Ranked third behind the aforementioned Brewers and Cardinals, the Reds are still a solid contender in a competitive division.

Trailing division leader Milwaukee by just 2.5 games, anything can happen for Cincinnati. This weekend they’ll face a test with the Pirates who sit just two games behind them. With four contenders separated by a total of 4.5 games, and two wild card berths available in the National League, there will be a heated race down the stretch.

Naturally, both critics and MLB betting experts alike will be eager to see Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in action against one another. Think you know how the NL Central will unfold?

Germany Awaits Final Opponent

They played without Neymar, but don’t think that the goal scorer’s presence would have quelled Germany’s relentless offensive attack in the semifinals this week. Falling in dramatic fashion by a 7-1 score line, the host nation stepped aside as the Germans took the lead. Germany is -150 to win the World Cup.

Now charged with the task of handling either Argentina or the Netherlands, Germany has to figure out how to thrive down the stretch. Every World Cup, the German squad winds up on the contending shortlist, but they haven’t managed to win since 1990.

Their drought could end this year. Can Thomas Müeller, with five goals and three assists to his name, continue to pace the German juggernaut program? Those are questions the soccer betting community must answer.

Germany pushed ahead of Brazil early in their semifinal showing and never looked back. Can they replicate the feat against a team that isn’t reeling from the loss of their superstar?

There’s only one way to find out.

No Clear Favorite Down World Cup Final Stretch

We’re nearly a month into World Cup action, and the field has shrunk to four. With just two rounds remaining, host nation Brazil and three of the finest international soccer programs will square off for quadrennial bragging rights. Will the semis and finals unfold as the World Cup odds suggest?

Leading the pack of contenders are Lionel Messi and Argentina. They are +240 to win the World Cup, and those odds are no doubt influenced by the fact that they won’t have to tackle Germany or Brazil in the semifinals. The Argentinians will hope to ride the contributions of their superstar, who has already tallied four goals in five matches.

Brazil and Germany are both +250 to win the cup, and they are two of the most formidable squads soccer fans have seen in a while. Over the course of the World Cup, Germany has looked every bit the familiar contender it has always been. The Germans can now make a push for their first championship since 1990.

Brazil, in contrast, won it all back in 2002 and hopes to follow that up with a 2014 victory in honor of recently injured teammate Neymar, who will miss the remainder of the tournament.

Rounding out the top four are the reigning runner ups – the Dutch. The Netherlands defied soccer odds en route to the World Cup finals in 2010. Can they do it again in 2014, and would they even qualify as underdogs?

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Casinos offers Tons of Free Spins In “The Slots Cup” World Cup Promotion

Press Release – June 2014 – Test your World cup football skills to play online slots for free!

This is what popular casinos EUcasino, CasinoRedKings and SlotsMagic are hoping many of their players will do when they launch their innovative World Cup prediction game on the 11th June, one day before the World Cup kicks off with the first game between Brazil and Croatia.

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(Press Release) TA XBIEX, MALTA–(Marketwired – June 05, 2014) – The 1991 Blockbuster Film Is Now a Feature-Packed Online Slot at All Slots Casino

The war between man and machine reaches new heights with the launch of the Terminator 2 online slot at All Slots Casino. Featuring the iconic characters and action-packed scenes from the hit movie, this new game from Microgaming, in partnership with Studiocanal S.A., captures the excitement of the big screen with thrilling features and huge payouts of up to $440,000.

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French Open King Nadal Faces Challenges in 2014

While Rafael Nadal’s stranglehold on clay surface success begins to ease up, a hungry field of ATP competitors is ready and waiting to take his place on the throne. Don’t get us wrong, Rafa remains the tennis betting favorite with 5/4 odds of winning the French Open, but he has had some vulnerabilities exploited in 2014 already.

Having most recently fallen to chief rival Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open earlier this month, Nadal will need to scramble if he intends on reestablishing himself as the overwhelming favorite whenever the conversation turns to clay. He’s looked effective on clay this season, sure, but he’s also looking uncharacteristically mortal.

At the French Open he’ll face stiff competition from not only Djokovic, but also less heralded tennis betting options like Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov. Is the Big Four Era on the verge of collapse?

Could those relatively new names, or perhaps even Nadal’s fellow ATP veterans like Roger Federer, Andy Murray or countryman David Ferrer spoil his bid for a ninth win at Roland Garros in the 10 seasons?

It’s time to find out.

Spurs Eye Redemption, Second Consecutive West Crown

Still reeling from their tragic collapse down the stretch in Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are hell-bent on getting back and righting their wrongs. On Wednesday, Tim Duncan and company will look to take a two-game lead over Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With their slight lead in the Western Conference Finals and their 5/4 odds of winning the NBA championship, the Spurs are league favorites in the sportsbook. The veteran club’s display of poise in Game 1, coupled with Miami’s unexpected loss to Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, have fans and critics reconsidering the San Antonio team whose window many thought had closed for good this time.

Trailing in the series, OKC has 13/2 odds on the NBA Futures, not bad for a perennial contender with the league’s MVP on roster. Can Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook find a way to keep the Thunder in the series and return to the Finals? Let’s not forget that it was Oklahoma City who fell to Miami in the Finals in 2012 before San Antonio fell in 2013.

Get an idea of what to expect in the West – and whether or not either of these squads could beat the Heat when push comes to shove – at Game 2 this Wednesday.

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