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COACH ‘O’, JOE BURREAUX & THE #1 RANKED TIGERS

On October 29, 2019, in Sporting News, by Bobby Goodspeed

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No one saw this one coming.  Sportscasters first started noticing the LSU football team after they beat the favored Texas Longhorns in the first game of the season.  OK, that was a bit of a surprise, but the Tigers usually put up good football teams.

But those who watched carefully began to see a different type of LSU team than we were all used to.  The first thing that stood out was just how fast the offense was moving after the ball was snapped.  Boom, boom and the play was over with a nice gain recorded.  Then, before you knew it, they line up and do it again! Wow!  This is not the LSU Tiger football team that we have grown accustomed to seeing over the past 20 years or so.  Not at all.

Everyone in Baton Rouge loved Les Miles. ‘The Hat’ won hearts and minds all round ‘Cajunland’.  What he didn’t win was enough football games to suit the avid fans in South Louisiana using an outdated offensive scheme that should have been shelved years ago.

You will notice that Coach Miles is no longer stuck in that old rut now that he is the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks.  It may take a couple of years, but watch out for the Jayhawks under Les Miles in the future.

Along comes Coach Ed Orgeron, a genuine Cajun from South Louisiana, who convinced the powers that be at LSU to give him a shot at the head coaching spot, something which Orgeron had coveted all his life; and the rest is history, with the story still unfolding. In just his second full season as head coach, LSU just got named the number one team in the nation on the Associated Press poll, the first time the Tigers have been in that position since LSU won the national championship way back in 2007.

Ed Orgeron was savvy enough to surround himself with some of the smartest assistant coaching talent in the NCAA, anywhere.  He brought in offensive innovator Joe Brady from the New Orleans Saints to aid OC Steve Ensminger with the passing game and he kept defensive guru Dave Aranda on the other side of the ball.

Then Coach ‘O’ got very lucky. Way up in Ohio a young man named Joe Burrow realized that he was never going to get a chance to play football on the level he desired if he stayed at Ohio State, so, he decided to transfer and in 2018 ended up in Baton Rouge as starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers, who in 2019 are suddenly contenders for the FBS National Championship and Joe Burrow is one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy.

LSU remains undefeated so far this season along with Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Penn State.  Of course the biggest game of the year will occur on November 9th when Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide will host the LSU Tigers and Coach ‘O’ in Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on what we hope will be a balmy clear afternoon for the much anticipated contest.

Alabama has dominated LSU for the past several years and the inability to beat the Crimson Tide is said to be one of the main factors that led to the dismissal of Les Miles.  Needless to say, if Coach ‘O’ manages to beat Saban and the Tide in 2019, he will probably secure his position at LSU for at least the next decade.

Both teams have a bye week before the big confrontation so that the drama will have a chance to reach the boiling point by kickoff time on Saturday. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is nursing a high ankle sprain he suffered during the Tennessee game for which he has had a minor ‘tightrope’ surgery and remains questionable for the LSU game.

Backup Tide quarterback Mac Jones started in place of Tua for the Arkansas game and completed 18 of 22 passes for 235 yards in the air and 3 touchdowns, all with no picks.  Not too shabby for a backup!  If Tua can’t go, the Tide will still be in good hands for the contest.

Joe Burrow will be ready.  He has learned the playbook as well as how to eat Gumbo, Jambalaya and Etouffee, and is even rumored to be considering changing his last name to Burreaux!

This November 9th is shaping up to be one of the great SEC games of all time!

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BOOKIE 101: GETTING STARTED

On October 24, 2019, in Bookie Advice, Gambling Headlines, PPH Reviews, by Bobby Goodspeed

BOOKIE 101: GETTING STARTED

A local bookies’ business is built on trust.  Nobody ever really trusted a sports book anyway.  After several years of experimenting with sending money out of the country to off shore sports books, most players are eager to find themselves a reliable local guy who can provide dependable quality access to wagering and then be there with their payout and a smile when they win.

If you have been considering the possibility of becoming a local bookmaker, on whatever level, there are a few things that you should consider going in.

The very first thing that you have to do is to be very careful as to how you go about getting started. To be a successful Bookmaker requires that you walk that fine line between being a social animal, so that you attract enough players and gain their trust……and being a somewhat secretive animal that keeps a low profile and stays out of trouble.

FYI. Making money in the bookie business is not based on luck…..well, not to any great extent anyway. To be sure, luck enters into the equation on a fairly regular basis, but you can’t base a business on luck alone. Bookies make their living on the interest traditionally charged on each wager called the “juice” or sometimes the “vig”.  Usually that amounts to 10%.

Today’s savvy Bookie will affiliate himself with a service provider known as a pay per head company which will give him, and all his players, access to worldwide wagering options either on his mobile device, phone or the Internet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You as an agent working with Host PPH will be able to access, right on your personal mobile device, all of the required reporting to keep on top of your business at all times without carrying around all that troublesome and incriminating paperwork ever again. With 29 individual reports breaking down every aspect of your business, today’s local bookie working with Host PPH can keep track things to a far greater degree than ever before using the old ‘little black book’.

It is very important that the Bookmaker new to the game take the time to look around and find the right pay per head service for him. Don’t make the mistake of jumping for the cheapest price available. Cheap is not what your players are looking for. Cheap will keep you up at night and constantly on the phone. Is that really what you are looking for?

Check to see how long the PPH company has been in business.  For example, Host PPH has been working exclusively with professional bookmakers like you for almost 20 years now and today works with hundreds of bookies and services tens of thousands of daily players.

Beware that there exist so called pay per head companies that are offering full pph service for a cheap price but who simply do not have the infrastructure necessary to provide what they promise. Find a company that has been around for awhile. Better still, find a company that someone you know and trust is already using and is happy with, like Host PPH.

Be very sure that you do not contract pay per head services with a company that also runs a sports book as well.  Your customers will be calling into the same call center and be offered free plays and bonuses that you are probably not in a position to offer, and then they end up stealing away some of your best players.  It happens all the time, so, take care.

Remember, the product and service that your pay per head service provides is what your clients will see as representing you as a Bookmaker and a business person. Quality software and quality service attract quality long term clients who appreciate a hassle free, friendly, high quality wagering service from his local bookie and that’s just what he will get when you contract with Host PPH.com.

Make the call today, have your questions ready, and find out what a difference Host PPH can make in your business, and in your lifestyle.  866 601 4678

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TIP OFF TIME FOR THE NBA

On October 22, 2019, in Gambling Headlines, Sporting News, by Bobby Goodspeed

TIP OFF TIME FOR THE NBA

The new NBA season gets underway on Tuesday evening with a bang when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 pm PST at the Staples Center, which is currently the home of both LA franchises for the time being.

Both teams have undergone some significant changes during the off season and the ‘City of Angles’ is ripe with anticipation for the games to begin.  Most famously the Lakers traded away some valuable future pieces to get big man Anthony Davis away from the New Orleans Pelicans to team up with LeBron James in hopes that the Lakers will at last achieve the necessary quality of chemistry to return the team and the franchise back to its glory days of old.

The Clippers, on the other hand, went out and recruited NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from the Toronto Raptors as well as All Star journeyman forward Paul George to make up another dynamic duo to take on the mighty Lakers with James and Davis waiting at center court.

But the intercity big boy basketball battle began with the preseason during which the Clippers played only 3 games; and they lost all three of those games scoring only an average of 91.3 points per game, which is surely not what Head Coach Doc Rivers or owner Steve Ballmer had in mind to kick off the season.

The Lakers managed to get in 6 games during the preseason and split then 3-3 averaging 107.3 points per game, which is not bad, but which falls a bit short of the 125.6 points per game put up by the NBA leading New Orleans Pelicans, who played 5 preseason games and went undefeated, 5-0.

Tragically for the Pelicans and for basketball fans everywhere, Zion Williamson, the first round draft pick that has given the New Orleans NBA franchise such hope for the future, sat out the final game of the preseason with what he thought was just a sore knee, but ultimately the injury was a torn right lateral meniscus which has already been surgically repaired.

The very popular young Zion is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks of the regular season but hopes to be back on the court for the Christmas NBA games.  Las Vegas oddsmakers will have fun figuring out how to adjust the lines this season.

While Paul George will be out of action for the Clippers until November with a shoulder injury, Doc Roberts still sports a formidable roster with guards Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams as well as Landry Shamet and the big center Montrezl Harrell returning.  They also have 7’7” ‘Mostar Man’ Ivica Zubac from Mostar, Bosnia to contend with who is a handful for any defender on any team anywhere.

The addition of six time NBA All Star forward/center Anthony Davis is expected to infuse new life into the sagging Lakers franchise and give the uber-talented LaBron James somebody to play with on somewhat the same level.  It should be fun for Lakers fans to watch this duo develop and surely a blast for James, who was clearly frustrated out on the court last season.

LeBron told reporters, “Opening night is great.  For me, it’s like the first day of school.”  All around the NBA there are similar sentiments going around locker rooms everywhere as professional basketball players, young and not so young, get ready to tip off yet another exciting season of blistering NBA action.

Tip Off is Tuesday evening at 5pm PST when the Raptors host the Pelicans, listed at -7, in Toronto and then at 7:30 PST with the Clippers hosting the Lakers as 3 point underdogs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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THE WORLD SERIES MEANS ACTION

On October 21, 2019, in Gambling Headlines, Sporting News, by Bobby Goodspeed

19 WSTHE WORLD SERIES MEANS ACTION

For decades Major League Baseball’s annual World Series was the most wagered on sporting event of the year. Way before the first TV sets showed up in American homes, local bookies enjoyed unprecedented action during the World Series each year.

Instead of big screen TVs everywhere, the local pub would always have a good quality radio turned up loud so that patrons could listen to the baseball games, on which most of them had wagers with their local bookie, who was probably seated down at the end of the bar by the pay phone.

Never mind that these days it’s the Super Bowl which has taken over as the most wagered on sports event of the year, the MLB seven game World Series is still one of the greatest sporting events of the year and a huge wagering opportunity for bettors everywhere, especially for baseball fans.

Team and individual props abound on wagering menus ranging from the number of home runs hit to how many pitches that the starting pitchers will throw. The list goes on and on and bettors across the land all have their personal favorites to lay down wagers on.

The 2019 World Series will open at Minute Maid Park in Houston when the Astros host the Washington Nationals to kick off this year’s Fall Classic.  Houston begins the World Series at -235 to the Nationals +195 as a price for the whole best of seven game series.

For the opening contest on October 22, the Astros will start their ace pitcher Garrit Cole and are still favored at -200 to Washington’s +170, even with one of the toughest pitchers in the game today on in mound in Max Scherzer for the Nationals. The over and under for the first game set at 6.5 runs and with these to first class pitchers going up against some world class hitters, that bet could go either way.

The Houston Astros, fresh off of their game six walk off victory supplied off the bat of Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth inning over the New York Yankees, will be back home among their faithful fans to take on the Washington Nationals, who should be well rested after taking care of the St. Louis Cardinals in a four game sweep in the NCLS.

The Astros, who are probably still buzzing from their victory over the Yankees, won a franchise record 107 games this year with 55 losses while the Nationals came in as the National League Wild Card team with a record of 93-69.  On paper the Astros look like the better team, after all they were World Series Champions just year before last when they defeated the Dodgers.

So the Washington Nationals are going into the 2019 World Series as underdogs, but historically, lots of underdogs have ended up winning the World Series over teams who looked better on paper.  It’s what’s in the heart that counts, not what’s on the paper when the World Series rolls around this time of the year.

But the coveted ‘home field advantage’ also goes to the Astros by virtue of their impressive 107 games won this year so that the first two games will be played in Houston, then a day off for travel, then three games will be played at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. in a much different, outdoors and colder, environment from the enclosed park down in Texas.

If the best of four games is still not decided, the whole show will move back to Minute Maid Park in Houston to decide the final outcome and the winners of the 2019 World Series.

Bettors everywhere will have good reasons to consider betting the under seeing as the starting pitching matchups listed for the first three games will be featuring six of the best major league pitchers on the planet today.

After Sherzer and Cole go at it on Tuesday we will get Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander on Wednesday and then Zack Greinke vs. Partick Corbin when the series moves up to Washington D.C. on Friday.  That line up has already won 5 Cy Young Awards and is eye candy for true pitching fans.

This is looking like it has to potential to be one of the best MLB World Series in recent memory.

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TALLADEGA

On October 18, 2019, in Sporting News, by Bobby Goodspeed

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NASCAR these days runs on all kinds of tracks from the half mile short tracks at Dover and Martinsville to the big two mile plus tracks at Daytona and Kansas.  But the biggest, the baddest and the most anticipated track of them all is down in Alabama at Talladega.

They have been racing, and trading paint, at Talladega for the past 50 years and the 2.66 mile tri-oval track has undergone some drastic improvements over the years; which is a good thing, because Talladega is still one of the fastest venues on the NASCAR schedule each and every year.

So much so that Talladega runs under what NASCAR calls restrictor-plate-racing. This means that all entries are restricted by a handicapper device installed on the engine of the car to restrict its top speed from being achieved.

What that works out to on race day is that all of the cars participating in the race at Talladega will be running at almost the exact same top speed, which is known to be a contributing factor in those spectacular multi car crashes we see so much of on TV.  It’s one of the major attractions of NASCAR racing.

NASCAR’s big wrecks seem to be the most interesting part of the race for the guys presenting the clips for Sports Center etc.! That’s often all we see on TV.  Thankfully the technology for protecting the drivers in these often horrific pileups has advanced to the point that it is seldom that the drivers are actually injured, even though it often seems like no one could have survived the 200 mile an hour crashing and flipping and smoking and burning mess we see on TV.

The grandstands at Talladega will hold about 80,000 avid race car fans with room for an additional 95,000 or so in the infield where campers and trailers of every description are parked for the duration of the festivities in what ends up being one huge tailgate party every year at the annual Talladega race.

The tri-oval track was built in 1969 on the site of the former Anniston Air Force Base, which is actually located in the small city of Lincoln, Alabama, just outside of Talladega by the France Family and their International Speedway Corporation. NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. wanted to fulfill his dreams of building a track for USA stock cars to compete on that was longer than the big one at Daytona, which is 2.5 miles around.

The big track at Talladega turned out to be a 2.66 miles, or 4.28 kilometers, long oval track which has become one of the mainstays of American Stock Car Racing.  It was known as the ‘Alabama International Motor Speedway’ up until 1989 when the facilities name was changed to the ‘Talladega Superspeedway’, which sounds much cooler anyway.

With its banked turns and three long straightaways, speeds of over 200 miles per hour are regularly achieved at Talladega with NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace holding the track record of over 216 mph back in 2004, before the restrictor plates were used at Talladega.

For 2019 the pole sitting favorites to win at Talladega are Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, both listed at 9-2 going into the weekend. However, this years’ NASCR points leaders Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano are right on their heels at 6-1 with only six races to go in the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs.

The stakes are high at Talladega!

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