Since I have been a professional handicapper going on ten years now, along you way you invariably pick up winning trends and formulas that allow you to remain successful and continue keepeing the public's trust that your giving them the correct plays to bet on so that in the end, they come out on top.This line of work is one that can be very up and down and all you have to know is pretty much summed up by the movie For Love Of The Money starring Al Pachino. We as pro handicappers do live and die by the result of games and if you don't pay attention, it could swallow you whole. The difference between those who flame out in this business and those who succeed is all about preparation and evaluation. All over the Internet you see companies boasting about their 80 percent success rate of picking winners and so forth. I am here to tell you that you should stay clear of any place that makes this type of bogus claim.Those who are established in this business such as myself(I have had my … [Read more...] about Professional Handicapping Advice Part 2 Making Correct Football Picks
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One unique aspect of college basketball is that the sport covers both the fall and spring semesters. This means players that are ineligible for the first half of the season are often available in late December.Below is a look at the five biggest impact players who have recently joined their teams over the past month.MARCUS WILLIAMS - Connecticut (Guard)Williams led the Huskies in assists last season (7.3 apg), but was suspended the entire first semester for his involvement in a stolen laptop computer ring. Williams returned to action on January 3rd and the Huskies lost outright at Marquette, 94-79, as a 10-point road favorite.Connecticut has since gone 4-0 SU (2-2 ATS) with Williams in the lineup and he leads the team in assists (7.8 apg), is second in steals (1.8 spg), and is third in scoring (11.2 ppg).GARY NEAL - Towson State (Guard)Neal is a 6-4 guard that transferred from LaSalle and he made a huge debut on December 21st when Neal scored 28 points in a narrow 80-78 home loss … [Read more...] about Second Semester Eligibility = Impact Players
Pittsburgh's upset of Indianapolis coupled with Denver's disposal of two-time defending Super Bowl champion New England proved to be a knockout blow to the public over the weekend, sending many parlays and teasers tumbling along with futures tickets.Last week, Stardust Race and Sports Director Bob Scucci forecast a New England-Carolina Super Bowl to the Professional Handicappers League, believing heavy favorite Indianapolis would stumble on the road to Motown, site of the NFL's 2006 showcase.Monday, Scucci crowed to the Las Vegas Review-Jounal, "If I felt there was a time for the Colts to be ripe for the picking, it was this game, and I said it before the game."Patrick Daugherty, a Stardust night shift supervisor, and Robert Jaynes, the Stratosphere Tower's race and sports director, agreed bet shops enjoyed a better Saturday than Sunday, which wasn't chopped liver either."A lot of teasers were blown with Indy," Daugherty declared, referring to Pittsburgh's stunning 21-18 victory over … [Read more...] about NFL Playoff Action Good for Vegas Books
As we near the midpoint of the NBA regular season, injuries are playing a major role for most teams. This is the case tonight as both TNT national TV games have key players missing.The Knicks will likely be without point guard Stephon Marbury for the second straight night, while the Kings could possibly be without three of their top four scorers. While injuries are important, their effect on the pointspread is often overrated as both the Knicks and Kings covered the spread in their past games, despite playing short-handed.Below is a look at both national TV games this evening.DETROIT at NEW YORK - 8:05 pm ET (TNT)The Pistons were one win away from winning back-to-back NBA championships last season and they appear to be the team to beat this year. Detroit improved to 31-5 SU with an easy 117-89 win at Atlanta last night. The Pistons were able to rest their starters as they entered the fourth quarter with a 22-point lead.Detroit already beat New York at home, 106-98, as an 11 … [Read more...] about Steve Merril’s NBA Fullcourt Report (Jan 19)
Professional Handicappers League member (ProCappers.com) Bryan Leonard is the type of gambler who puts his money where his mouth is.Before the season started, Leonard went around the valley entering every major contest he could: $1,500 to get into the Las Vegas Hilton SuperContest, $1,000 for Palace Station's Gambler's Challenge, $250 for Leroy's College Challenge.Leonard also was one of 16 individuals who were invited to participate in Leroy's inaugural Money Talks competition at the Riviera Hotel and Casino, one of Leroy's more than 60 sports stores throughout Nevada.Money Talks contestants had to pay to play: $2,500 each. Leroy's added another $10,000 for a total jackpot of $50,000.The winner earns $40,000, the runnerup $10,000.Leonard went 4-3 and had a plus $700 bankroll to defeat veteran sports gambler Chicago Pete Ventrella, who was 2-4 (with Monday night's Seattle-Philadelphia game pending) and $1,060 in the hole.As a finalist, Leonard is assured of collecting at least second … [Read more...] about Money Talks – And So Does Leonard!