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Monday, September 21, 2009

Asian Handicap Betting - Coming to America

With the world Cup less then 9 months away, I thought Asian Handicap Betting would be a good topic. I actually wrote an article about Asian Handicap betting for this Sports Handicapping Website in order to give people time to prepare for the World Cup 2010 Betting.

Here is a quick recap of the article I wrote:

the basic rules of Asian Handicap got rid of the draw by putting a handicap of x.5 as well as adding more advanced features like Quarterball/Split Line Handicap and many other features. A full explanation of Asian Handicap can be found on this website, http://www.handicappertracker.com.

Asian Handicap is now growing in popularity in Europe and has begun to make its way into the heart of U.S. bettors due to the increased popularity in football or Soccer in America and the more attractive odds it offers. More and more U.S. gamblers are asking their bookies to adopt Asian handicap and sports betting websites like www.betphoenix.com have now become in a sense Asian bookies.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Finally, NFL Betting Season is almost here

Finally, NFL betting season is right around the corner. 9 days to be exact.

I personnaly bet on the pre seasong NFL games however, I never give out handicapping picks for them because, well, hey are very hard to figure out.

One of the reasons is that no one is going to go all out on these games since they are just a warm up for what is to come.

Second, these games don't count towards a team's ranking meaning why would a team want to risk injuring their players for a warm-up game.

And these are the main reasons that my stats are useless right now.

So keep reading because I will have some great NFL sports handicapping picks for you next month.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Baseball Betting Tips

Today after watching my daily doze of baseball I realize that I want to share a new wisdom, that I discover and that I see that has great Value for us the true sports fans,,,,


Traditionally, finding value through pitching matchups and home underdogs has been the key to winning with Major League Baseball. So called wiseguys have consistently beaten the books for more money in baseball than any other sport

Without the standard point spread that accompanies basketball and / or football, the devoted baseball handicapper often times much simply pick the games victor. In general, this allows for fewer bad beats or backdoor covers.

Most sites offer two options when playing a given team to win. Those options are the money line and the run line (-1.5 runs). In my mind this always made it difficult to bet a favorite. I either had to lay a big number betting the favorite to simply win or risk a one run victory to get any value.

I want to bring your attention, however, to a third option that has been offered in some books which I will let you know soon!!! . So we can all enjoy the benefits that this brings for us the Players.


But back to the third option and betting favorites.

This third option I'm referring to is very simple. If you play at X Site, then its been staring you in the face every time you make a wager. When you want to play a favorite, you simply buy half a run back from the 1.5 run spread. In essence, this approach allows you to merge the two lines and find a nice value-laden number in between the two.

Let's say the Yankees are -175 to win outright and paying +125 to cover 1.5 runs at home against the Orioles. You love the pitching match up and recent trends and just cant? envision New York losing this one. Just as you’re ready to lay that juice and play it safe, that +125 run line is calling your name.

Alas, I found a way to get the best of both worlds. Instead of going for the "underdog" run line, we buy a half a run at X Site and get the Yankees -1 at -118. If the Bronx Bombers do win on 1, then we simply push with our wager. If the Yankees lose and the play of the day fall flat, then we didn’t have to lay 1.75 to 1 only to see our starting pitcher get roughed up in the first three innings.

Admittedly, this is nothing revolutionary. But when laying the juice with favorites (which in my opinion is an inevitable part of betting baseball) I think this option offers a nice middle ground and may save you some of those nasty headaches when your home favorite wins by 1 lonely run.

So stay tuned for more Wisdom ahead !!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So Many Sportsbook to Choose from

Since I started this website about sportsbook rants, people have been emailing me about which sportsbook I personaly use.

Sicne I am tired of answering these emails, I will tell you which sites I use.

I am a bit reluctant to mention the sites I use sicne I do not want to advertise websites. Especially if an issue occurs and you lose money with them but what the heck.

My sportsbook of choice are the following:

Pinnacle Sports - This one is a rock. I mean they pay on time and they got discount lines, asian handicap and discount juice.

BetJamaica - Another very reliable book. Their lines are up fast and they always pay out even if you take them for a big chunk of cash.

BetPhoenix - A newcomer in the business compared to the firs two but they are solid as they come.

So here is my list and you can find more informatin on good sportsbook at a website I co-own as well as get great sports handicapping information. Just go to www.handicappertracker.com

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March Madness Sports Handicapping

Its March Madness Sports Handicapping time again because we are only a day away from the hottest NCAA sports tournament. This year, the winning teams are more less as expected according to this March Madness Sports Handicapper.

he top 3 teams that will win the whole shabang this March Madness season according to the best sports handicapping dude(that would be me) are as followed:

Marquette Golden Eagles - This is the underdog that is on fire. With 8 wins in a row, the Golden Eagleswant that title and are all pumped up for it.

Even though they are ranked #14 in the country, they do have 3 strong players that average over 15 points per game. Its a long shot but its well worth risking a few bucks on that team.

Georgetown Hoyas - The mighty Hoyas have had some tough competition but they still managed to take the #6 spot in RPI. They have a strong solid team with a coach that has some battle experience in March Madness Playoff this team is one to lookout for.

Oklahoma Sooners - Even though basketball is a team sports, Blake Griffin averages 22 points per game along with a whopping 13 rebounds per game. Combined with Austin Johnson this team has got the players to make it to the end.

The Sooners are my top pick but they will definitely make it to the Final Four.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Skiurlaub in Tirol

"Skiurlaub Tirol" is a German word that literally translates to skiing holiday in Tirol. Tirol is a region of Austria and Italy as well as a village in the province of of Bolzano-Bozen.

For those who have never heard of this place and why I am mentioning skiurlaub tirol is because it is the perfect place for a skiing vacation.

As a professional traveler and skier, I am always looking for new places to go relax and have fun in the snow. I have to admit that I had never before heard of Tiro until a friend of mine from Austria visit him for an invigorating vacation in Tirol for some, "skiurlaub".

At first, I was a bit skeptical due to it being located a continent away. It seemed like a lot of money to spend just to go on a sky trip when I can just go to Colorado which is only a few hours away from my home in Las Vegas.

After doing a bit of research, I found out that Tirol is a great little place in Austria that offers many historical attractions and is perfect for as they say, skiurlaub as well as enjoy a rich culture ingrained in medieval history.

Once I arrived in Tirol, I was breath taken by the beauty and charm of this quaint village. The people were very friendly and most knew enough English to facilitate my stay.

I stayed in this great skiing lodge where the employees were very helpful in pointing me in the right direction as to what to see. Things like:

  1. Market Day in Tirol´s Old Town
  2. The Kasermandl
  3. Kaunergrat Natural park
  4. and many more
If you are looking for a skiing vacation abroad, I highly reccomend that you consider going to Tirol for some Skiurlaub!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Starting a Sportsbook in Costa Rica

Starting and owning a sportsbook in Costa Rica has been a question that many people have emailed me about lately. I am not a sportsbook owner so I am not sure why people have been asking me about it but I do have some knowledge about what is necessary to open a sportsbook in Costa Rica.

The first thing you will need is money. Owning a sportsbook in Costa Rica is just like any other business and you will need starting capital. How much you will need will depend on many factors such as:

  1. Betting Limits
  2. Post Up or Credit
  3. Hours of Operation
  4. Full Juice or Reduced Juice
  5. Staff
  6. Office
  7. Cost of Server
  8. Cost of Software
  9. Website Designer
  10. Programmer
  11. Banking Options
The Second thing you will need is a website and the sportsbook software.

The third is a dedicated Server to host your sportsbook. A regular server will only take you so far and the software needed needs a lot of space as well as a database.

The fourth is a good banking system. Its useless to own a sportsbook if you can´t take money in and out.

The Fifth is the staff. If its a small sportsbook and you intend to do all of the customer service by yourself then you can get away with just a lines manager and a programmer.

The Sixth is you need to register a company.

These are all of the things I can thinnk of right off the top of my head but since I wanted to make a decent post I actully did some research on how to open a sportsbook in Costa Rica and found this company that can help get you started. So here is the link to get you started on your way to Owning a Sportbook in Costa Rica: http://www.blindmonkeymedia.com/sportsbookcreation

From what I understand, this company offers consulting on how to open a sportsbook in Costa Rica and can provide you with the software, help you with getting the company registered in Costa Rica, getting office space, banking, website design and everything involved in opening your own sportsbook in Costa Rica.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Finally, I found the right marketing company for me!

A few weeks ago, in a blog post titled, "Online Marketing Professional Services on the internet", I wrote about looking for an online marketing company in costa rica. My main issue was finding an affordable company that could handle the website design programming and SEO located in Costa Rica.

They are plenty of companies in Costa Rica but only a few where they have a staff that understans and speak perfect English. Communication is key when hiring a marketing or web design company because how will you know that they understand what you want if there is no communication?

Well, this is what I got out of BlindMonkeyMedia. After a week of getting to know them and discussing my website plan. They came up with a great concept that met all of the criteria I was looking for along with some great insight from them as to how to make my future website more competitive.

I was impressed by the amont of time they spent with me even though I was not even a client of theirs yet. So I must say that I give them 2 thumbs up and will reccomend them to anyone willing to listen to the rantings of an old man.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2010 World Cup Qualifying Starting with CONCACAF

For the 2010 World Cup, three or four teams from the CONCACAF Region will make it to South Africa to take part in the 2010 World Cup and represent their country´s pride and honor.

There are 35 countries in CONCACAF, but only three or four of those teams will advance thru 4determining rounds to see which teams will make the cut

The first two rounds being a single-elimination format.

The first round consists of eleven games between the teams ranked #35 to #14 by the official FIFA Rankings. The winners advance to the second round to play another single-elimination game agains the remaining 13 teams.

The twelve winners of the second-round matches advance to the third round. Here, the twelve teams are divided into three groups of four, where each team plays the other team one at home and once away. The top two teams in each table advances to the fourth and final round.

The final round consists of the six remaining teams in a single table. Once again, each team will play a home and away match against every other team in the group. The top three teams get an automatic birth to the World Cup. The team that places fourth has a home-away playoff with the fifth-place team from the South American Region for a spot in the World Cup.

This year, the top three teams according to the May 2007 FIFA Rankings were Mexico, United States and Costa Rica. All three of those teams advanced. USA and Costa Rica advanced rather easily, while Mexico struggled in the third round and ended up advancing due to goal differential.
Honduras (ranked #4) and Trinidad & Tobago (#6) also advanced to the final round. #20-ranked El Salvador was the surprising final team.

The dates for the final round have been announced, with the first games of the round being played on February 11th. Asian sportsbooks will no doubt have USA and Costa Rica as heavy favorites throughout. Mexico will also be favored the majority of the time, but their spotty play may worry some online football bettors.

Costa Rica has looked the sharpest of the remaining countries, winning all six games in the third round and finishing with a goal differential of +17. The United States finished with five wins and one defeat, while Mexico struggled with three wins, two losses and a draw.

The matches set for February 11th have Costa Rica opening at home against Honduras, USA hosting Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago travelling to El Salvador.

The World Cup is the most watched event in the sporting world so don´t let people fool you when they say the Super Bowl is the most watched event.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pearland Photography Studio Services

Pearland photography studio services are hard to find if you are looking for quality customer service. Why in the world am I writing about pearland photography services?

ha ha ha, well, its because I happen to be in Texas right now and in the Pearland area which is where my cousin lives. I happen to be there to watch a basketball game but I will get into that later.

Anyway, I happen to mention photography services because I thought that since I rarely visit Texas and when I do I rarely visit my cousin that I would get them all a nice professional family portrait.

I wandered the streets of the Pearland area for hours lookig for a decent photography studio and every shop I went into, the customer service was awful or the prices where outrageous. Desperate to find a good shop, I turned to the internet and found this website for Pearland Photography, called, Kayumangi. What a name I tell you but I found out through the, Marius Lardizabal that it means the brown race and is a philippino word.

So after finding his site, I made an appointment to meet him and after talking shop with Marius, he gave me an excellent rate and even added a 10% discount since I was an out of towner and it was for a gift. He appreciated that and when it came down to the photography shoot with my cousin´s family he was very professional and very patient. Especially with the little one.

I reccomend to anyone in the Pearland area that is looking for a photographer to visit his shop. You can find more information about the photography services that he offers by going to www.kayumangi.com. Whedn you do go for a photgraphy session, let him know that Frank sends his regards!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Online Marketing Professional Services on the internet

I have been looking for an online marketing professional services on the internet without too much luck. Not that I was not able to find an online marketing company but more like I was having problems find the right company.

What I am thinking of building is a website where sports bettors can get unbiased sports handicapper statistics. Where a handicapper would place their picks on my website and the website would autiomatically grade their picks and show all sports bettors the results.

Well, I ain´t too good at website design, website programming, that online marketing stuff and that SEO stuff.

So I began my search looking for a company and man, they sure are a lot of companies out there. My problem was not getting ripped off.

Luckily enough, I found this article on www.diggs.com called, "SEO Services: Choosing the Right SEO Company which really helped me out and lead me to this website called, BlindMOnkeyMedia(what a name) that offered all of the services I was looking for. A kind of one stop shop for me.

This in turn led me to this page, Online Marketing Professional Services Available for Internet Businesses which lists all of their services. So I tohught, what the hell, lets see if that company actually does what it preaches.

So I sent them an inquiry. lets see what will happen when they reply to me and if those online marketing professionals are the real thing.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cheap Real Estate in Costa Rica

I started doing a search for cheap real estate in Costa Rica after a recent trip to to this lush and wonderful paradise country. I was curious about moving there because the natives are educated and friendly, American goods are available, the weather is perfect and the cost of living is cheap in comparison to the United States.

After quite a bit of research contacting several real estate companies in Costa Rica I came to this conclusion, real estate in Costa Rica is cheap.

The question though is why is it so cheap?

The main reason is that Costa Rica is in Central America and even though it is considered an Industrial Country, the infrastructure of Costa Rica is at least 50 years behind the United States.

On top of that, Costa Rican economists have predicted that Costa Rica is entering a recession making prices of real estate in Costa Rica even cheaper.

How cheap is Costa Rica real estate though? Here is an example to show you the cheap prices of Costa Rican real estate.

A home in the Atlanta, GA area priced at $500,000 USD will cost you in Costa Rica around $125,000. Looking at these real estate prices,if you are looking to retire and own your own home in the United States then Costa Rica is the perfect place to buy and invest in real estate.

Thus even if you sold your home in the United States at 25% loss, you would still come ahead after buying some of Costa Rica´s cheap real estate. In addition, the cost of living here is cheap when compared to the United States.

For example, the cost of living in Costa Rica is around $300 per month if you want to live like a local. If you plan on living like an American with American Food then you will probably need around $1,500 a month to live the good life(if you a house).

For an extra $500 added to your monthly budget, you can hire yourself a maid/cook.

The drawbacks to cheap real estate in Costa Rica is the change in lifestyle, the process of moving there which includes a lot of paperwork and being away from family and friends.

In the end, if you have the money and want cheap real estate and a low cost of living then Costa Rica is the place for you. All it takes is the will to move to a small country the size of West Virginia that is located in Central America

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

BCS Championship Game Betting - Florida as the Favorite?

BCS National Championship Game betting is just around the corner. Fans and bettors are eagerly waiting for some Orange Bowl Betting action where on January 8, 2009 the Oklahoma Scooners(1) will take on the Florida Gators in Miami, FL.

Lines makers and football handicappers all agree that the Gators are the favorite team to bet on with a spread of -4. Bookmakers are expecting that this BCS Championship Betting matchup will be a high scoring game as well with an over/under of 69.5.

Even though the Sooners are ranked no 1, why is everyone choosing Florida as the favorite? Some say its because this season, the SEC has destroyed the BIG 12.

The big thing going for Florida is their 12-1 at home record. However both teams have each crushed their competition with some hig scoring action with the Gators averaging 50 points in the their last 9 games.

The Sooners aren´t that far behind themselves in term of point scoring with an average of 60 points per game in for their last 5 games.

The concensus is that the Florida will cover -3 but if you can find a line on the Sooners at +4 then grab it and bet on it.

for the over under, even though the smart money says to go on the over, I´m going to go on a limb on that one and say that the under is where the betting money is at.

Whichever team you decide to put your BCS Championship betting money on, don´t miss out on this game which will air on FOX at 8:15PM ET.

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