In sports betting, just like in all other aspects of life, it pays to shop around.
Sportsbooks often offer different odds on the same games, for two main reasons. Certain sportsbooks cater to certain types of customers (for example, Bodog and Sports Interaction attract mostly recreational players who like to bet favourites and overs), so they adjust their odds accordingly. Also, sportsbooks will usually move their odds in order to ensure they have equal action on both sides, and the action on each side will differ by sportsbook.
Generally speaking, Pinnacle Sports and 5Dimes offer the most accurate lines in the industry. In fact, Pinnacle Sports prides itself on having the sharpest lines in the business because it welcomes the biggest and best sports bettors in the world. If good bettors are betting at your sportsbook, it’s not difficult to quickly determine where the smart money is going on each game.
This makes it fairly common to find some real discrepancies in odds offered at your sportsbooks, and also makes it essential to have accounts …
The best online sportsbook out there just got better.
Pinnacle Sports has finally added the biggest thing it’s always been missing — a mobile site ideal for BlackBerrys, I-Phones and other smart phones.
I would estimate I use my BlackBerry to place at least half of my bets, and I use Pinnacle Sports for the majority of those. Before, Pinnacle Sports’ full site used to load up on my phone, which meant it took a lot more effort and time to place my bets. Now, it’s a breeze.
There are a few things in particular that I really like about the new Pinnacle Sports mobile site.
For starters, when I used to log in with my user name and password, the website’s software would refresh my screen after each entry. The mobile site allows me to enter both user name and password without the screen refreshing, allowing me to log in much more easily and quickly.
Another perk of the mobile site is line changes. Pinnacle Sports adjusts its lines constantly, and my bets were …
Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that his side can shock favourites and defending champions Spain to reach the final of Euro 2012.
The Real Madrid ace’s three goals in his last two games have fired Portugal into the last four, where they are +175 underdogs at Bet365 to end Spain’s bid for a third consecutive major title.
And the former Manchester United star sees no reason why the Spaniards, -225 favourites at Bet365 to reach the final and +162 to lift the trophy, cannot be overcome in Donetsk.
He said: “Our objective now is to reach the final. Why not? There’s greater pressure on other sides in this tournament and we’ve been able to progress without excessive expectations.
“We’re improving and that’s important. There is great unity in our squad, we’ve a good team spirit and that helps.”
Portugal will be without injured striker Helder Postiga for the clash with Spain, with La Roja midfielder Cesc Fabregas aware that his side need to take their neighbours seriously.
He added: “Portugal will be very difficult. They have strong …
The National Hockey League playoffs aren’t the only hockey postseason action you can be betting on.
Sports Interaction also offers season-long betting on the Canadian Hockey League, which includes the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The sportsbook will of course offer Memorial Cup betting later this year as well.
Check out Sports Interaction if you are interested in betting on some CHL hockey this spring.…
If you’ve ever played Proline, you’ve likely been tempted by the bigger payouts offered by the V+ and H+ columns.
Proline’s V+ and H+ mean different things in different sports. In hockey betting, it means either the visiting or the home team is required to win by two goals or more. In baseball betting, the team you bet on has to win by two runs or more. In football betting, that spread is inflated to over a touchdown.
You likely realize there’s a tradeoff with taking the fatter odds on the V+ and H+ bets. It’s far less likely for teams to win by those margins in sports, so you’re a lot less likely to win your V+ and H+ picks. That explains why you get a bit extra on your bet.
But how much extra should you be getting when you take the V+ and H+ bets?
Here’s the answer: Way more than Proline is offering you. Often more than double what Proline is offering you, in fact.
I found this out today when …
So online sports betting is coming to the province of Ontario, and perhaps the rest of Canada?
Please excuse us while we yawn.
Even with the recent passing of legislation that will allow the government to offer single-game wagering in Canada, we don’t see much advantage in it for sports bettors who already prefer using online sportsbooks.
If you’re at all familiar with Proline, you know that the provincial lotteries stack the odds against us. Not only does Proline require you to bet a minimum of two games (and most often three) at a time (known as a parlay), it also doesn’t pay you even close to what you should be paid if you win all your games.
Don’t expect things to change that much once the government starts offering single-game wagering, either.
Las Vegas sportsbooks typically offer point spread betting with a “juice” (or vigorish) structure of -110. In other words, you need to lay 11 to win 10, or 110 to win 100, and so forth. At that juice structure, bettors need …
As if betting on March Madness wasn’t fun enough already, Sports Interaction is offering even more reason to get in the game.
For every bet ($25 or higher) that you place on the NCAA basketball tournament at Sports Interaction, you’ll get at least one ticket into three cash bonus draws.
Sixty-eight cash bonuses of $50 will be awarded in the first three rounds of the tournament. The Sweet 16 will feature 16 cash bonuses of $100, while the Final Four draw will have one grand prize of $5,000.
Any single NCAA tournament or NIT bet between $25 and $49.99 will earn one ticket towards the draws. If you parlay the bet, you’ll get two tickets. And if you make your wager on Sports Interaction’s mobile betting site, you’ll earn twice the amount of tickets you’re entitled to.
The number of tickets you’ll get increase if your wager does. On any single NCAA tournament or NIT bet you make between $50 and $99.99, you’ll get three tickets (six for a parlay, six if you bet …
Remember when the Super Bowl was known as the Super Bore? Well, not anymore.
Even if this year’s big game between the Giants and Patriots turns into a blowout, there’s plenty of other things to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout Super Bowl XLVI.
Here’s a list of prop bets available at Bodog that can make even the national anthem and halftime show exciting:
Odds to win MVP
Tom Brady 13/10
Eli Manning 9/4
Rob Gronkowski 8/1
Victor Cruz 12/1
Hakeem Nicks 14/1
Wes Welker 15/1
Aaron Hernandez 15/1
Ahmad Bradshaw 22/1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 22/1
Jason Pierre-Paul 30/1
Deion Branch 35/1
Brandon Jacobs 35/1
Mario Manningham 35/1
Danny Woodhead 50/1
Antrel Rolle 75/1
Justin Tuck 75/1
Jerod Mayo 100/1
Kyle Arrington 100/1
Devin McCourty 100/1
Osi Umenyiora 100/1
Vince Wilfork 100/1
Jake Ballard 100/1
Chad Ochocinco 100/1
Lawrence Tynes 100/1
Stephen Gostkowski 100/1
How long will it take Kelly Clarkson to sing the National Anthem?
Over/.Under 1 minute 34 Seconds
What will Kelly Clarkson wear …
Over the years, we’ve come across plenty of ads for sports handicapping services.
Touts, as they’re commonly known, seem to be in a shouting contest as they try to convince you that they have all the inside information on this game and that their pick is a virtual (here comes the dreaded word) lock.
In reality, a lot of these handicapping services are scams.
But not all of them are. In fact, there are a few out there that can help you make a lot of money in the long run.
The key is to find those services that are transparent about their long-term records. Rather than telling you that they are on a 70% run over their last 10 picks (which sounds great, but you could easily flip a coin 10 times and have it land on heads seven times), the good services will show you that they have won 56% of their picks over the past two years. Try flipping a coin a thousand times and see if that coin still lands on …
You might have heard the B.C. Lions are favoured by a full touchdown to win this weekend’s Grey Cup over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Sure, that’s what the television and radio stations will tell you, and possibly the newspapers as well. But that’s not entirely true.
While the Lions are indeed favoured by seven points at almost all sportsbooks, there’s one place you can bet the Leos without having to lay the full touchdown. And, as a nice bonus, it’s at one of our recommended sportsbooks.
Bet365 is offering the Lions -6.5, which is obviously a major advantage for anyone who wants to bet on British Columbia this weekend on its home field. (This line was available as of Monday afternoon, and may or may not have changed depending on which team is drawing the most action.)
Even though there’s a big difference between a 6.5 and 7-point point spread, it’s not uncommon to see sportsbooks offering different odds on the same games. SportsInteraction, another of our recommended sportsbooks, is a favourite of …