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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Turkey Cooking and Hawaii Bowl Betting

Since its the holiday season, I won´t be talking too much about sports until after Christmas is over, except maybe for the Hawaii Bowl BABY!!!

That´s right, Hawaii will be facing Notre Dame at 8:00pm ET on Christmas Eve. So I hope that everyone will enjoy their families and a win for your Hawaii Bowl betting on December 24, 2008! As a gift for putting up with my Christmas Eve Dinner Turkey cooking tangent, you get to see my picks for the Hawaii Bowl so keep on reading.

This Christmas Eve, I´m having my family over. All of my relatives and guests are contributing to the Christmas Eve feast like a pot luck dinner but as the host, the main course is my duty.

Thus, cooking the turkey is up to me. Now, I´ve never cooked a turkey before so it will be a challenge to have a nice juicey turkey for dinner while placing a few choiced bets on the Hawaii Bowl with several sportsbooks(You can´t put all of your eggs in one basket, plus, I´m looking for a certain line).

So I´ve been doing a bit of digging on the internet and I have to say that most of these websites that show you how to cook a freaken turkey must think you are Wolfgang Puck or that Rachel Ray gal. As a fast food microwave dinner kind of guy, I couldnt tell you the difference between poaching and a bain marie.

After hours of looking and reading, I finally found the perfect site that teaches you how to cook a turkey in simply layman´s terms and with pictures to boot. No fancy recipe, just showing you how to cook the darn turkey. If you are a single old fart like me that sucks at taking directions but want to learn how to cook a turkey then got to:

Now, back to the Hawaii Bowl.

There is no doubt in everyone´s mind that Notre Dame has more talent than Hawaii but the Fighting Irish have been choking on the Bowls since 1994. On top of that, this season they have been breaking in a new coach and a new offensive line up.

So the lines makers have given Notre Dame a spread of -2 which is a blessing in disguise because the bookies are greatly overestimating Notre Dame.

So take Hawaii at +2

I am also taking the under at 45 because Notre Dame has had consistency problems running the football so I expect it to be a low scoring game.

My strategy, is to put up a 2 team parlay with one book and place straight bets with a couple of other books on the Hawaii at +2 and if I can find one sportsbook with the right line, I´m gonna take Notre Dame.

Enjoy the holidays.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Betting on the Browns was a Big Mistake

Well, NFL week 15 was a bust for me.

My last bet was on the Cleveland Browns at +15 and they not only disappointed me but they made me lose money.
I had figured that after such a losing streak and they would get some will power but I was wrong. Maybe I should get out of betting on the NFL and just stick to soccer because so far, this NFL season has been horrible for me.

On an off topic note, here is an interesting article I found about last weekend´s EPL Matches about EPL Betting and how betting on the draw really paid off for some people.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Liverpool vs Hull game recap

This match ended up being one of the better matches for this Saturday´s EPL matchups.

for Hull who were trying to advance in the overall standings it was a disappointing match with a 2-2 draw againt Liverpool FC.

In the 22 minutes of the match, Hull City came out strong scoring at the 12th minute mark and the 22nd minute mark. However, Liverpool fans were not disappointed to see their club come back from a 2-0 deficit when S. Gerrard came back with a goal followed by another goal 8 minutes later by S. Gerrard again.

I wish I had taken a parlay on the over and a draw but instead just place a wager on the draw because had the over/under for the game at 2.5.

So the top 3 seats in the EPL are now:

1. Liverpool
2. Chelsea FC
3. Manchester United

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

College Bowl Betting Preview

It´s December and along with the holidays, the partying, the gifts and the good is the college bowl betting. The college bowl odds are not up yet but here is a preview of what to expect for the first set of college bowls.

EagleBank Bowl - RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
  • Date/Time - Dec. 20, 08 at 11:00am
  • Who - Wake Forest vs Navy
  • Game Expectations - Wake Forest has Skinner who has a good completion ratio of 62.8 however, Navy has an overall good team meaning with excellent marks in rushing yards so I expect the game to be a high scoring one.

New Mexico Bowl - University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM
  • Date/Time - Dec. 20, 08 at 2:30pm
  • Who - Colorado State vs. Fresno State
  • Game Expectations -

MajicJack St. Peterburg - Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Date/Time - Dec. 20, 08 at 4:30pm
  • Who - Memphis vs South Florida
  • Game Expectations - Florida will choke

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl - Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
  • Date/Time - Dec. 20, 08 at 8pm
  • Who - BYU vs Arizona
    Game Expectations -

As the lines come out, I´ll give you my best pick for free as a holiday gift! So don´t be shy about sneaking in a bet over the holidays.

Technology is great because it allows me to sneak my bets in without anyone noticing during the holidays. Now that most bookmakers have mobile betting and Live wagering, I just have to go take a pee break, no need to call I just get online with my Palm Pilot and Bam, my bet is in baby!

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

The fight for legalizing Internet gambling

After years of fighting the bible belt and the christian coalitions, there may be a silver lining for one online gambling venue. The poker Industry has been gaining ground in their efforts to legalize online poker according to this article,

Of course, its not a surprise considering that Poker has often been romanticized in movies like, "Rounders" and"Maverick" and lets not forget the TV shows where the men always have their "Poker Night". Thus, Hollywood and televsion have given people and even politician the feel that poker is not really gambling but rather a respected game of skill where one uses his intuition, intelligence and atsuce to win.

On the other hand, you have every other gambling movies that portrays any other kind of gambler from Blackjack to sports bettors and horse bettors as degenerate outlaws who would rather losse their families and jobs to place that one last bet.

I say it´s a good step towards legalzing online gambling but will the the Poker Players Alliance keep up the fight online gambling battle after online poker has been legalized?