Did Colin Cowherd Win? Lots of Love for Eagles and Other Underdogs in Week 3

Colin Cowherd loves underdogs for his Blazin’ 5 Week 3 picks which include the Eagles, Dolphins, Bengals, and Washington.

Colin Cowherd has yet to get the “blazin” fires burning. But it appears he has found a spark in Week 3 with multiple games he loves. Cowherd gushed about his love of underdogs including the Philadelphia Eagles this week. Is he dreaming or “is this burning an eternal flame.”

Whether you following or fading Cowherd while making your wagers at PA sports betting apps, we track his picks here all NFL season.

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What Cowherd said about the Steelers

Cowherd after the Steelers X-x loss to the :

“What happens when the quarterback (Ben Roethlisberger) looks really old in Week 2. Pittsburgh is in a bad place. They had a quarterback who was shot at the end of last year. They have no succession plan. The division is getting much better. You saw it coming for a decade.”

What Cowherd said about the Eagles

He said what basically every Eagles follower already knew about their ex-quarterback.

I just think this might be who Carson Wentz is… He’s big, strong, talented, reckless and injury prone.”

On the Dallas Cowboys, Cowherd said,

“I’m very confused on that Dallas coaching. They survived Mike McCarthy. Great win for Dak and company.”

Colin Cowherd’s 2021 Week 3 NFL picks

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Washington (+7) vs. Buffalo Bills

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Buffalo 24, Washington 23

Cowherd said:

“Like it, I love it. I bet this Monday night and got 8.5 points. The number isn’t as good now. Nobody is fooling anyone in this game. McDermott and Rivera used to coach together in Carolina. Heinicke may not be great but he completed 70% of his throws in three games he started. They have excellent receivers, a decent running game, and Washington will be able to move the chains. Buffalo’s offense is totally out of sync. This is way too many points.”

New Orleans Saints vs. New Engalnd Patriots (-2.5)

Colin’s pick: Patriots

Colin’s final score: Patriots 27, Saints 20

Cowherd said:

“Like it, I love this. We got the Saints living out of a hotel for another week. This is too much chaos. I know exactly what I get with the Patriots. The Saints, first week great, last week terrible. New England’s defense is fantastic. They are No. 2 in the league and have 5 INTs, most in the league.”

Cincinnati Bengals (+3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Colin’s pick: Bengals

Colin’s final score: Bengals 27, Steelers 24

Cowherd said:

“Like it, I love it. Big Ben, not 100%. He hasn’t been good when he is 100%. The Steelers are the only team in the league with a bottom-three grade for passing and running. They can’t do anything right. The Steelers defense is suffering because of it. They are on the field too long. They are the 4th worst pass defense in the league. T.J. Watt isn’t healthy. Joe Burrow last week, worst game as a pro, he bounces back”

Miami Dolphins (+3.5) vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Colin’s pick: Dolphins

Colin’s final score: Dolphins 26, Raiders 23

Cowherd said:

“I got a better number. But I really like Miami here. Raiders are the 38th NFL team to start with three-straight games against teams that won 10+ games the previous years. None of them went 3-0. The Dolphins are coming off a humilating loss. Teams that get beat by 30-35 points, 62% of the time come back to cover the next week. The Raiders can not run the ball.”

Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Colin’s pick: Eagles

Colin’s final score: Eagles 24, Cowboys 23

Cowherd said:

“Love this. Jalen Hurts has the second-most rushing yards as a quarterback in the league. He is averaging 7.8 yards before contact. Hell of an offensive line. Their defense, as long as it’s healthy, has played way better than expected. The Cowboys are surrendering a lot of big plays (12). I’m calling an upset.”

Colin Cowherd 2021 Blazin’ 5 overall record: 4-6

2021 NFL Week 3 lines

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Did Colin Cowherd Win? Week 2 Picks Steelers, Eagles and Chargers Zap Blazin’ 5

NFL Week 2 Blazin’ 5 by Colin Cowherd picks include the Eagles and Steelers. Hurts will be too mobile for the 49ers to handle.

It’s been a subpar start to the 2021 NFL season for Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5. In Week 2, his record mirrored Week 1, as he went 2-3.

Despite ripping both teams in his season-long predictions, Cowherd picked the Philadelphia Eagles (+3) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5) to cover. The Eagles lost 17-11 and the Steelers were upset by the Raiders.

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What Cowherd said about the Steelers after Week 1

Cowherd after the Steelers 23-16 win over the Bills:

“The Steelers think I am always picking on them. Pittsburgh is so good in the defensive front seven. They will completely disrupt you. Big Ben averaged 5.9 per attempt. He is not accurate or efficient. He looked old. They can’t run the ball. What are they going to look like in Week 17? I don’t see the traits. It’s going to win them 8 or 9 games.”

What Cowherd said about the Steelers after Week 1

Cowherd tweeted:

“Can’t believe I’m saying this but …. The Eagles have look so good today. Buttoned up. Sharp. I need to sleep on this. My world has been turned upside down.”

Colin Cowherd’s 2021 Week 2 NFL picks

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Before he started giving out his predictions for Week 2, he doled out this betting advice:

“My belief in betting is to take points, especially if you have a confident quarterback. Fan’s belief is to take favorites. This week was a weird week. If you looked at the initial lines, I liked almost every favorite. I almost never take all favorites.”

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New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers (-3.5)

Colin’s pick: Panthers

Colin’s final score: Panthers 28, Saints 23

Cowherd said:

“This is the Saints second straight road game. They are living out of hotels. The Matt Rhule effect, since the start of last year Carolina has had the fewest three-and-outs in the NFL with Bridgewater and Darnold. This is a really well-coached offensive team. They run it and don’t let you run it.”

Actual final score Panthers 26, Saints 7

Did Colin win? Yes

Los Angeles Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts (+3.5)

Colin’s pick: Colts

Colin’s final score: Colts 27, Rams 26

Cowherd said:

“You know my rule, well-coached good teams that play like crap always bounce back. Colts were awful last week. Jonathan Taylor has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in five of his last seven games. How do you beat the Rams? You take the Ball out of Sean McVeigh’s hands. This offensive line was pushed around last week and rebound. The Colts have lost eight straight Week 1 games. They’ve won Week 2 in each of the last three seasons.”

Actual final score: Rams 27, Colts 24

Did Colin win? Yes

San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Colin’s pick: Eagles

Colin’s final score: Eagles 24, 49ers 23

Cowherd said:

“This is an interesting game, you know I was down on Philadelphia. But Philadelphia is at home for the opener. Mobile quarterbacks have given the Niners trouble through the years. Jalen Hurts moves around. The Eagles defense against the high-powered Falcons totally shut them down. They couldn’t move the chains with a veteran quarterback, star tight end, star wide receiver and good o-line. Philadelphia was 3-for-3 in the Red Zone. The line play for the Eagles was the secret sauce last week. The Niners lost their best cornerback for the year and it looks like the Eagles have a couple stars at wide receiver. Upset.”

Actual final score 49ers 17, Eagles 11

Did Colin win? No

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5)

Colin’s pick: Steelers

Colin’s final score: Steelers 30, Raiders 23

Cowherd said:

“You know I don’t like big numbers but like it…I love it. Short week for the Raiders and they have to travel across the country. The defense in Week 1 was relentless against an offensive line that’s as least as good or better than the Raiders. No quarterback in the league struggles more under pressure than Derek Carr and Matt Ryan. Carr was 1-9 with a pick. The relentless Steelers defense will own the Raiders. This is my favorite bet of the week.”

Actual final score Raiders 26, Steelers 17

Did Colin win? No

Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)

Colin’s pick: Chargers

Colin’s final score: Chargers 33, Dallas 27

Cowherd said:

“The sharps like the Cowboys. Yes, Dallas will probably be the home team. Dallas has multiple injuries up front. In the backend of the secondary, multiple injuries. They didn’t sack Brady and they only got two hits on him. Justin Herbert against a better defensive front was unbelievable on third down. With more time to throw and a worse secondary…I like the Chargers. The Chargers are on a 5-game winning streak. The Cowboys are 0-17 since 2019 scoring less than 30 points.I don’t think they are going to have the ball enough.”

Actual final score Cowboys 20, Chargers 17

Did Colin win? No

Blazin’ 5 Week 2 record: 2-3

Colin Cowherd 2021 Blazin’ 5 overall record: 4-6

2021 NFL Week 2 lines

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Did Colin Cowherd Win? A Subpar Start for Blazin’ 5 As He is Bit by Lions Pick

Colin Cowherd returns with his Blazin’ 5 and “Boom Bet” boost at Fox Bet Sportsbook PA for the 2021 NFL season. Here’s his Week 1 picks.

Let’s blaze it up again. Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 returns for the 2021 NFL season. It will be the third year PAOC has tracked Cowherd’s NFL picks.

  • 2020 Blazin’ 5 record: 38-38-2
  • 2019 Blazin’ 5 record: 42-41-3

Cowherd’s season-long predictions called for the Philadelphia Eagles to finish 3-14 and the Pittsburgh Steelers to be below average. Before Cowherd revealed his Week 1 picks, he basically made excuses for 2020.

“I feel better about Week 1 today then I did at Week 1 a year ago. If you bet football last year it was a throwaway year. It was a ridiculous year where no one had information. Sometimes you were better off taking favorites which is which is what gamblers never do. I was mostly lousy last year. I got a preseason this year so I can see what I am getting.”

Colin Cowherd’s 2021 Week 1 NFL picks

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Pittsburgh Steelers (+6.5) vs. Buffalo Bills

Colin’s pick: Steelers

Colin’s final score: Bills 27, Steelers 24

Cowherd said:

“At the beginning of last year the Steelers were healthy. They are healthy now. They led the NFL in QB hits they led in most sacks and allowed the fewest sacks. The Bills’ offensive line is just okay. The Bills defense is third-worst in the Red Zone. The Steelers offensive line is in transition. The Bills haven’t shown an ability so far to take advantage of that because the d-line is their weakness. Proud organizations who get humiliated at the end of the year like Pittsburgh did come back focused with a vengeance. I think this is a potential upset. I have the Bills winning on a late field goal.”

Actual final score: Steelers 23, Bills 16

Did Colin win? Yes

New York Jets vs. Carolina Panthers (-4.5)

Colin’s pick: Panthers

Colin’s final score: Panthers 27, Jets 20

Cowherd said:

“I’ve shifted on this because of new information. The Jets strength is their denfensive front and they’ve had multiple injuries the past few weeks. This Jets offense…Zach Wilson’s NFL debut, he’s inheriting a mess. Christian McCaffrey is healthy and only three teams in the NFL including Carolina had three receivers with over 1,000 yards. Carolina’s o-line isn’t great but I don’t think the Jets banged up team can expose it.”

Actual final score: Panthers 19, Jets 14

Did Colin win? Yes

San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions (+7.5)

Colin’s pick: Lions

Colin’s final score: 49ers 26, Lions 24

Cowherd said:

“Upset alert. Can we stop saying Jared Goff is terrible. In the history of No. 1 picks, he has the second-highest passer rating ever behind Peyton Manning. He also has D’Andre Swift, they have a star running back. All this kid (Goff) has heard for the past six months is how terrible he his. Many believe the Lions’ strengths are their d-line and their o-line. He’s got a star running back and some stuff to work with. Bad teams don’t know they are bad in the first week. What is Dan Campbell going to do? Jimmy Garoppolo lost confidence more than once in the preseason. He’s not the same Super Bowl Garoppolo. Upset alert. Detroit will give them everything they can handle.”

Actual final score: 49ers 41, Lions 33

Did Colin win? No

“I don’t know what I was thinking with the Lions. I got too cute. That’s the last time I will be taking the Lions this year,” Cowherd tweeted at halftime when the Lions were down 31-10.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Washington Football Team (-.5)

Colin’s pick: Washington

Colin’s final score: Washington 27, Chargers 20

Cowherd said:

“This will be the best defensive front Justin Herbert has ever faced. Washington is completely stacked up front. Chase Young as a rookie had 7.5 sacks and ten tackles for losses and is only getting better. A rebuilt Chargers o-line could be good, do I think it will be in Week 1? Western teams who travel east for an early game is never easy. They have a new coach. First year NFL coached in Week 1 are a combined 1-12-1 over the last three years. Tough opener for the Chargers.”

Actual final score: Chargers 20, Washington 16

Did Colin win? No

Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5)

Colin’s pick: Chiefs

Colin’s final score: Chiefs 44, Brows 26

Cowherd said:

“It was 6.5 so I feel I kind of got a break with this line. Kansas City has the best September coach in the NFL. The Chiefs have won 6 straight openers. In September, Mahomes has thrown 32 TDs and no picks. The Browns are interesting. When they figured out Stefanski’s culture they were good at the end of the year but they were the only team with a winning record with a minus point differential (-11). This is not a good spot for them starting at Arrowhead against a team that was humiliated in the Super Bowl.”

Actual final score: Chiefs 33, Browns 29

Did Colin win? No

Colin Cowherd 2021 Blazin’ 5 record: 2-3

2021 NFL Week 1 lines

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Colin Cowherd’s 2021 NFL Predictions: He Hates the Eagles and Says the Steelers are Over

Colin Cowherd makes predictions for the 2021 NFL season for team records, playoffs, wish list and why he hates the Eagles and Steelers.

Before he gets the Blazin’ 5 fires burning, Colin Cowherd makes season-long predictions. Last year, Cowherd picked the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East (they didn’t). This year, his expectations are flipped. Cowherd expects the Eagles to finish 3-14 which would put them tied with the Houston Texans for the worst record in the NFL. Ouch.

He doesn’t expect much out of the Pittsburgh Steelers, either, as he sees an 8-9 record and no playoffs.

“When legendary quarterback go into their last year, and I think this could be Ben’s last year, it generally doesn’t end well,” said Cowherd. “I feel like the Steelers have wasted so many years. There were opportunities in the AFC. The years of Pittsburgh winning that division and championships are over.”

Is Colin Cowherd a sports betting svengali or is he about as accurate as a $5 fortune teller on the Atlantic City boardwalk? Last year, he was below-average, correctly picking three of eight of the division champs and two of the six wild card teams. Some of his other forecasts fell flat especially when he predicted the Ravens to go undefeated, the Steelers to go 7-9, and the Eagles to win the NFC.

Here are his bold predictions for the 2021 NFL season.

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Colin Cowherd’s AFC Predictions

Cowherd’s thoughts on team records and final standings. Also followed by favorite to win the division at BetMGM pa sportsbook.

AFC East

  1. Buffalo Bills 12-5
  2. New England Patriots 11-6
  3. Miami Dolphins 10-7
  4. New York Jets 5-12

Favorite at BetMGM: Bills -150

AFC North

  1. Cleveland Browns 11-6
  2. Baltimore Ravens 10-7
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-9
  4. Cincinnati Bengals 6-11

Favorite: Ravens +115

AFC South

  1. Indianapolis Colts 10-7
  2. Tennessee Titans 8-9
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-13
  4. Houston Texans 3-14

Favorite: Titans -110

AFC West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 12-5
  2. Los Angeles Chargers 10-7
  3. Denver Broncos 8-9
  4. Las Vegas Raider 7-10

Favorite: Chiefs -275

Cowherd’s hot takes on the AFC

“Moving the Patriots from 10 to 12 wins.”

“I do not think Carson Wentz plays 17 games. I think he plays 13 or 14 and I worry about him and Eric Fisher at left tackle.  They had a weird camp with weird vaccination stories. They are my best team in this division but I have my doubts about Wentz staying healthy.”

“You bet big when you want to win big. I generally play $10 bucks a hand but I know I’m not coming out of there buying a Bentley. The Dolphins are reportedly the front runners for Desean Watson….they are telling you that Tua is a $10 bet at the blackjack table. They don’t think they can win big with Tua.”

“Zach Wilson will finish in last place and struggle. He’s in the toughest situation.”

AFC Playoff predictions

  • Chiefs
  • Bills
  • Browns
  • Colts
  • Patriots (Wild Card)
  • Ravens (Wild Card)
  • Chargers (Wild Card)

Colin Cowherd’s NFC Predictions

NFC East

  1. Washington Football Team 10-7
  2. Dallas Cowboys 9-8
  3. New York Giants 7-10
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 3-14

Favorite: Cowboys +135

NFC North

  1. Green Bay Packers 10-7
  2. Minnesota Vikings 9-8
  3. Chicago Bears 7-10
  4. Detroit Lions 4-13

Favorite: Packers -165

NFC South

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-4
  2. Atlanta Falcons 9-8
  3. New Orleans Saints 8-9
  4. Carolina Panthers 8-9

Favorite: Buccaneers -200

NFC West

  1. Seattle Seahawks 12-5
  2. Los Angeles Rams 11-6
  3. San Francisco 49ers 9-8
  4. Arizona Cardinals 8-9

Favorite: Rams +190

Playoff predictions

  • Buccaneers
  • Seahawks
  • Packers
  • Washington
  • Rams
  • 49ers
  • Cowboys

Cowherd’s hot takes on the NFC

  • “Everybody has a team they like more than the gambling community. I like Washington. Four first rounders on the front line. It’s a weaker division. Of course I worry about Fitzpatrick but there is something called a trading deadline.”
  • “Here’s what Vegas thinks of Matt Stafford.…Vegas has the Lions over/under at 5. Not a half game better with Jared Goff. The Rams won ten games last year with Goff. The Rams over/under with Stafford is 10.5. Vegas does not buy Matt Stafford as a savior.
  • “I can’t get past the Giants offensive line. It’s bad. I think the Giants offensive line unravels an otherwise pretty darn good roster.”
  • Jimmy Garoppolo has lost his confidence: “I think the game is in his head right now and I don’t know if it’s solvable. It wasn’t for Carson Wentz until he went to Indianapolis.

Colin Cowherd’s 2021 NFL Wish List

Love him, and you hope that Colin gets everything on his list like Veruca Salt. Hate him, and you’re waiting for the oompa loompas to have a number prepared when each one fails. Colin Cowherd put out his Wish List for the things he wants to see happen this season.

1. Sam Darnold to flourish. 

“No QB in the league has played with fewer Pro Bowlers than Sam Darnold. I root for young people who got a series of dysfunctional bad breaks entering the league.”

2. Justin Fields to succeed in Chicago

“It’s a great sports city and they’ve never had a quarterback who has thrown for 4,000 yards.”

3. Joe Burrow to stay healthy

“Like Darnold, I’ve never seen a young QB take a beating like Burrow. If you aren’t rooting for Burrow you don’t have a heart. This kid got crushed last year and then he had an awful injury.”

4. Eagles to implode

“I’m rooting for the Eagles to absolutely implode. I don’t like meddling bosses. Doug Pederson arguably out coached Belichick in the Super Bowl…they leak stuff, and treat him like garbage. After games on Monday the owner would reportedly come in and tell him what plays to run. A brutal situation. Carson Wentz…they leaked he was a bad guy. Every source I have said they never heard that. I believe Pederson is a good coach and Wentz is a good quarterback. Jalen Hurts found out last year when they pulled him late in the season. I root against meddling dysfunctional organizations and the Eagles are a mess.”

5. Packers to make the playoffs

“It’s good for Fox and my company. But I want to see them go on a little bit of a losing streak in November. It is great theater.”

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Cheers! March Brings Welcome News Of Drink Service Return And Big Jackpot Wins At PA Casinos

March brought welcome news of the return of alcoholic beverage service (April 4) and big jackpots for several PA casino patrons.

Cheers! Drink service on the gaming floor and bar seating returned to casinos in Pennsylvania on April 4.

Coronavirus mitigation measures nixed drinks at casinos since March 2020, and over one year later, patrons can now sit at the bar, servers can offer alcoholic drinks to guests at slots and table games, and you do not have to order food in order to get a drink.

The announcement came in March and these jackpot winners at Pennsylvania casinos had lots of other reasons for a celebratory toast.

March definitely came in like a lion for the winners, especially some of the six-figure winners listed below.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Some other March jackpots at Rivers Philadelphia:

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Some other March jackpots at Rivers Pittsburgh:

Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia

A $144,477 Four Card Poker jackpot at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Other jackpots at Harrah’s Philadelphia:

Live! Casino Philadelphia

In March, Live! Casino Philadelphia saw its neighbors, the Sixers and Flyers, welcome back a limited number of fans to home games.

The newest casino in PA casino welcomed jackpot winners, too.

Mark D. won $208,744 in one day at Live! Casino Philadelphia. It looks like he won them on about nine different slot machines. Mark’s average bet on most of the jackpots was $250.

Other jackpots at Live! Casino Philadelphia:

Live! Casino Pittsburgh winners

A $45,009 winner at Triple Red Hot 777. 

More jackpots at Live! Casino Pittsburgh:

Valley Forge Casino

March proved to be a mighty month for some lucky guests at Valley Forge Casino.

Wind Creek Casino

Other jackpots at Wind Creek Casino:

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Other jackpot winners at Mohegan Sun Pocono:

March Jackpots at other PA casinos

Mount Airy Casino:

Hollywood Casino:

Parx Casino:

Some other Parx jackpots in March:

March was Problem Gambling Awareness month

March was Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and others upped their efforts to educate and raise awareness about the effects of gambling disorders.

Some resources and responsible gambling tools include:

  • The PA Self-Exclusion program now allows individuals to ban themselves from iGaming, Fantasy Contests, and Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs.
  • www.ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov, a new website dedicated to addressing problem gambling, with information and links to identify a potential gambling problem and find help.
  • The PlayPause program from GeoComply and Conscious Gaming allows individuals to self-exclude from online casino sites across state lines. This important RG tool debuted in PA at BetMGM in late December 2020.
  • Options for participants to limit online play or their spending at operator websites. That includes fantasy contests, online casino games, online poker, and/or online sports betting.

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February Filled With Jackpot Winners At PA Online, Brick-and-Mortar Casinos

The shortest month of the year packed plenty of action for casinos in Pennsylvania.

February featured the arrival of Borgata online casino in Pennsylvania with over 150 games.

All land-based casinos in PA, after being closed about a third of the year in 2020, are now open and operating at reduced capacity with enhanced heath and safety protocols.

Also, there were lots of jackpot winners who found “hot” machines during a snowy February in Pennsylvania.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Divine Fortune welcomes another winner

Steven K., from Furlong, PA, is a regular player at PlaySugarHouse.com. Divine Fortune, the popular progressive online slot game, was the first game he ever played on the app, but he hadn’t played for over two years when he gave the game another go in February.

He was rewarded with a wonderful welcome back prize. The project manager hit the Divine Fortune jackpot with a $3 bet, winning $259,550 while playing at home on his phone.

“I started screaming and ran downstairs to my wife to show her,” he explained. “And then my phone died! I had to get my laptop out and make sure it was real.”

As for plans for the prize, Steven said he would discuss options with his wife and would like to set up a foundation to help single mothers so their kids are able to play sports.

This is the 19th Divine Fortune jackpot winner since its launch in 2019 on Rush Street Interactive’s two online casinos in Pennsylvania, BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com.

“We love when our players win life-changing jackpots,” said Mattias Stetz, COO of RSI, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com.  “This is one of many recent Divine Fortune jackpots which proves our players can win big, even when placing small bets.”

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

A $57,097 Grand Jackpot on Lightning Cash.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia also posts jackpots on their Instagram stories. Follow the hashtag #ReelWinningsatRivers

Some February winners we spotted in our Insta stories were:

  • $28,8823 at Caribbean Gold
  • $20,000 on Ultimate X Poker
  • $13,771 on Quick Link

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Harrahs Casino Philadelphia

Lightning strikes for a lucky Harrahs Casino player who won a $93,829 jackpot at Lightning Link.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Live! Casino Philadelphia celebrated their official grand opening during the week of Feb. 4 with local sports celebrities, theatrics, and fireworks.

The newest casino in PA  casino welcomed jackpot and other winners, too.

Binh N. of Philadelphia, PA won a 2021 Lexus RCF Sport in a promotion to sign up in advance for a Live! Rewards Card.

Some Feb. Jackpot winners at Live! Casino Philadelphia:

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Wind Creek Casino

Mount Airy Casino

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Here’s a reason to scream. Hitting a $55,000 jackpot on Screaming Links at Mohegan Sun.

Other jackpot winners at Mohegan Sun Pocono:

Other February Jackpots at PA casinos

Hollywood Casino

Dan and Janet won $157,706.49 on HollywoodCasino.com. They visited Hollywood Casino and picked up their “big check” from General Manager. Dan Ihm.

Hollywood Casino Feb. jackpots:

Parx Casino

March is Problem Gambling Awareness month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and others are ramping up efforts to educate and raise awareness about the effects of gambling disorders.

Some resources and responsible gambling tools include:

  • The PA Self-Exclusion program now allows individuals to ban themselves from iGaming, Fantasy Contests, and Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs.
  • www.ResponsiblePlay.pa.gov, a new website dedicated to addressing problem gambling, with information and links to identify a potential gambling problem and find help.
  • The PlayPause program from GeoComply and Conscious Gaming allows individuals to self-exclude from online casino sites across state lines. This important RG tool debuted in PA at BetMGM in late December 2020.
  • Options for participants to limit online play or their spending at operator websites. That includes fantasy contests, online casino games, online poker, and/or online sports betting.

Your Guide to Live Dealer Games at PA Online Casinos

Live dealer games finally arrived at PA online casinos. Here’s a look at how they work, and where you can play them in Pennsylvania.

The much-anticipated live dealer games are now available in Pennsylvania.

Live dealer give players the chance to play casino table games, at home in real time with a live dealer. The most common options are blackjack, roulette and baccarat.

These games are transmitted from a remote studio and live-streamed to computers and mobile devices. A dealer, just like if you were at a casino, deals the cards.

Some reasons players prefer live dealer:

  • Social interaction
  • Slower pace
  • More entertaining than playing against RNG (random number generator)
  • Trust playing a live dealer more than RNG

These games in PA are provided to casino operators via a partnership with Evolution Gaming. To get a feel for the games, see the demo video from PlayUSA provided below.

Here are some online casinos in Pennsylvania that feature live dealer and a list of their selection of games, which are available on iOS, Android and desktop.

BetRivers online casino

The BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse library features low- and high-stakes Blackjack games (with side bets such as 21+3 and Bet Behind).

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

DraftKings Casino

Players in PA can access DraftKings Casino through the standalone casino app, the DraftKings sportsbook app or via desktop.

DraftKings live dealer selections in PA so far include:

  • DraftKings Blackjack 1: Min bet $100/max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min bet $30/Max bet $2,500
  • Backjack 2: Min bet $50/Max bet $5,000
  • Blackjack 3: Min bet $250/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 4: Min bet $50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 5: Min bet 50/Max bet $5000
  • Blackjack 6: Min bet $30/Max bet $2500
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min bet $1/Max bet $5,000
  • Roulette: Min bet $.50/Max bet $2,000
  • Auto Roulette: Min bet .10/max bet $10,000

FanDuel online casino

Live dealer games for FanDuel can be accessed through through the standalone app, the FanDuel sportsbook app, or via desktop.

FanDuel games selection:

  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Slingshot Roulette: Min .10/Max $10,000
  • Blackjack Table 1: Min $25/Max $5.000
  • Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack Table 3: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 4: Min $250/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 5: Min $50/max $5,000
  • Blackjack table 6: Min $30/Max $2500
  • First Person Lightning Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000
  • First Person Blackjack: Min $1/Max $5,000
  • First Person Roulette: Min .20/Max $10,000

Bet MGM online casino

BetMGM live dealer:

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette
  • American Auto Roulette
  • First Person Roulette
  • First Person Lightning Roulette

Borgata PA casino

Borgata online casino is the sister site of BetMGM, which launched in PA in partnership with Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

The site has live dealer offerings including:

  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • American Roulette

Caesars Casino

Live dealer at Caesars online casino:

  • Live Blackjack Table 1: Min $30/Max $2500
  • Live Blackjack Table 2: Min $50/Max $5,00o
  • Infinite Blackjack: Min $5/Max $5000
  • Live Roulette: Min. 50/Max $10,000)

Unibet

Live dealer at Unibet online casino:

  • Infinite blackjack: Min $5/Max $5,000
  • Blackjack 1: Min $30/Max $2,500
  • Blackjack 2: Min $50/Max $5,000
  • Roulette: Min .50/Max $10,000
  • Auto routlette: Min .10/Max $1,000

Hollywood casino

Live dealer choices at Hollywood online casino:

  • Blackjack Live (6 tables)
  • Infinite Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Lightning Roulette
  • First Person Blackjack

Description of Evolution Studio’s Live Dealer Games

Here’s a description of the live dealer games from Evolution Studios.

First person Lightning Roulette: In every game round, one to five randomly generated lucky numbers are struck by lightning and have random multipliers of between 50x and 500x applied.

First Person Roulette: The classic single zero game from a first person perspective.

Blackjack Live: Touted as the “fastest live dealer blackjack in the world.” There are seven seats at each live table. An unlimited number of players can also “bet behind.” Live dealers interact with players throughout the game and deal “real” cards. Bets are placed through an interface as players try to achieve a hand that’s closer to 21 (without going over) than the dealer’s hand.

Players also have the choice of:

  • Full screen video
  • Optional insurance
  • Double down
  • Split pair bets
  •  21+3 and Perfect Pairs Side Bets
  • Pre-Decision and Bet Behind added-value features

First Person Blackjack: A first person view of the table (pictured, right). It includes the usual Blackjack bets and Perfect Pairs and 21+3 side bets. In addition, the player has a choice of five hands in each game round. You can place a bet on one hand or multiple hands.

Infinite Blackjack: An unlimited number of players can all play on the same seat whereas standard Blackjack tables have 7 seats.

Tipping dealers at online casinos

When you are playing live dealer games, you can tip dealers just like you would at a brick-and-mortar-casino.

Click on the “hamburger menu”and you will see an option for tipping. The dealer’s name will appear and you’ll be given an option of what amount you would like to tip.

Live dealer demo from Golden Nugget NJ

If you would like to get a look at how live dealer games work, check out this video from the PlayUSA YouTube channel.

PA Casino Players Ring in the New Year with Big Jackpot Wins

These PA online and land-based casino players started the year off right with big jackpot wins at slots and table games.

As temperatures dropped, January jackpots raised the spirits of a number of lucky Pennsylvanians.

All casinos in Pennsylvania reopened on January 4 after closing for a few weeks in December to slow the spread of coronavirus. A new year brought a new casino to Pennsylvania. Live! Casino Philadelphia opened for preview days ahead of its official Feb. 4 grand opening. With the slots turned on and the games “live,” the casino handed out its first jackpots.

Whether casinos were closed or if players didn’t feel like braving the cold, many found big wins at PA online casinos, which are always “open.” In December, a player at Hollywood Online Casino won $537,000, the biggest jackpot win ever on the site.

Here are some players who started off 2021 with jackpot wins.

This is not a complete list of jackpots.

Harrah’s Philadelphia

What a way to ring in the New Year. A $111,864 Four Card Poker jackpot.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Two Dancing Drums jackpots at Rivers Pittsburgh:

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Philadelphia announces some of their jackpot winners on their Instagram stories. Vincent S. won $33,600 at All-Star Poker II.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Martino C. won Live! Casino Philadelphia’s first big jackpot when he hit for $48,000 on the Double Diamond slot.

The first jackpot at Live! Casino Philadelphia was for $2,600 at China Shores.

Mount Airy Casino

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Wind Creek Casino

Wind Creek online casino winners:

Parx Casino

A $53,186 jackpot at Lightning Cash.

Other jackpot winners at PA casinos

The Meadows:

Hollywood Casino:

Presque Isle Downs:

Please note, these results are not common. PAOC reminds readers to always set limits and play responsibly.

Lead image via Live! Casino facebook page.

Colin Cowherd Whiffed on Ravens, Eagles and Steelers in 2020 NFL Predictions

Colin Cowherd went 40-41-2 on his 2020 Blazin’ 5 NFL picks, but also predicted Ravens to go undefeated, Eagles to win NFC East, and Steelers to struggle.

The NFL’s regular season ended but checking on Colin Cowherd‘s choices has not.

Each week, PAOC posts  Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks and analysis then reviews them on Monday (or Tuesday). The host of “The Herd” and one of the personalities used to promote the Fox Bet sportsbook app posted a 40-41-2 record for the 2020 NFL season.

Before the NFL kicked off, Cowherd made a number of predictions.

How did they turn out?  We kept the receipts (the Tweets) and compared what he said to what actually happened.

Cowherd’s preseason predictions

  1. The Raiders went 8-8, a one-game improvement from 7-9 in 2019.
  2. With Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay, the Patriots finished  7-9, their worst record since 2000.
  3. Before he went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 11, Joe Burrow threw for 2,688 yards, 13 TDs and 5 INTs. He was on pace to break Andrew Luck’s rookie record (4,374) for most passing yards.
  4. They did not but the Ravens (11-5) are on a five-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.
  5. Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome leg injury in Week 5 and the Cowboys finished a below-average 6-10.

Colin Cowherd’s 2020 NFL Playoff Predictions

Cowherd went with the chalk for his NFL playoff predictions.

Cowherd’s preseason picks and Fox Bet odds

AFC Playoff predictions:

AFC East: Buffalo Bills (+115) favorite
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens (-188) favorite
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts (+110) favorite
AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs

To make playoffs:

Denver Broncos: No (-200), Yes (+162)
Cleveland Browns: No (-154), Yes (+130)
Los Angeles Chargers: No (-188), Yes (+150)

AFC playoffs:

AFC East winner: Buffalo Bills
AFC North winner: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South winner: Tennessee Titans
AFC West winner: Kansas City Chiefs

Wild Card teams:

  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Baltimore Ravens

Cowherd correctly picked two of four AFC Division champs. He picked one of three Wild Card teams. 

NFC playoff predictions:

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles (+150)
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings (+160) favorite
NFC South: New Orleans Saints (-111) favorite
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers (+110) favorite

To make playoffs:

Green Bay Packers: Yes (-138), No (+115)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes (-225), No (+180)
Seattle Seahawks: Yes (-143), No (+115)

NFC East Winner: Washington
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC West: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Card:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Chicago Bears

Cowherd correctly picked one of four NFC Division champs. He picked one of three Wild Card teams. 

Cowherd’s other NFL predictions

Ravens will go undefeated

DraftKings offered the market for six teams. The Ravens’ odds to go 16-0 were +2500; only the Kansas City Chiefs (+2200) had better odds.

According to Cowherd, there are three “great rosters” in the NFL this year: San Francisco, Kansas City and Baltimore.

“I’ve never said this in my life, [but] Baltimore is the two scariest things in football: stacked and pissed,” he said. “Lamar Jackson is the only MVP in my lifetime where people have said the following year they think he will regress. Half the league doesn’t buy into Lamar Jackson.”

The Ravens finished 11-5, and the Chiefs 14-2.

Eagles are the class of the NFC East

LOL. The Eagles finished last in a historically awful NFC East.

Patriots will struggle

Cowherd said the Patriots were going to be a “really bad football team” and win 5 or 6 games. The Patriots exceeded Cowherd’s prognostication (7-9).

Trubisky trouble

Cowherd said it was time for the Bears to admit they whiffed on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and move on.

This looked like an early, easy layup for Cowherd when Trubisky was benched during Week 3 in favor of Nick Foles. But Trubisky got the job back when Foles was injured at the end of November. The 8-8 Bears visit New Orleans during Wild Card weekend as 10-point underdogs.

Wrong on the Steelers

Cowherd forecasted  a 7-9 record for the Steelers.

He continued disrespecting the Steelers calling them the “worst 11-0 team ever” back when they were still undefeated. Pittsburgh won the AFC North and will host the Browns in the Wild Card round as 6-point favorites Sunday night.

Lead image via The Herd YouTube channel.

December Jackpot Winners Find Luck Online and At PA Casinos

The month of December produced dozens of big jackpot winners across Pennsylvania, at land-based casinos and online gaming sites.

Casinos in Pennsylvania closed again in mid-December to slow the spread of coronavirus and reopened on Jan. 4.

Pennsylvania players had luck before the shutdown and online in December. A player at Hollywood Online Casino won $537,000, the biggest jackpot win ever on the site.

The “sun” shined on one lucky Mohegan Sun player twice as he won a pair of jackpots.

December was merry and bright for the following jackpot winners at PA online and retail casinos.

BetMGM online casino launches in PA

BetMGM online casino officially made its entrance into Pennsylvania in December. It’s the state’s 13th interactive casino.

The welcome offer for new BetMGM customers includes $25 in freeplay and a 100% deposit match up to $1,000. In addition, they are having a “party.” For BetMGM’s PA Launch Party Sweepstakes promotion, players earn entries for every $20 wagered on slots or table games.

BetMGM’s online casino arrived with a robust (for PA) library of games. It has:

  •  120 slot titles
  • 8 types of roulette
  • Game King Video Poker and Let it Ride
  • Baccarat
  • Jackpot slots Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods

BetMGM’s online casino is available in PA via Android, iOS and desktop (casino.pa.betmgm.com).

Play At BETMGM Casino Now With Free $25 On Sign Up

Note: The following is not a complete list of winners from the month of December. 

Hollywood Online Casino biggest jackpot

An online casino in player in Pennsylvania got a not-so-scary surprise when he was playing Halloween Jack at Hollywood Online Casino.

On December 16, Randy won $537,000 at a Halloween Jack slot game.

“This has been our biggest jackpot win so far,” Rich Criado, general manager of iCasino for Penn National Gaming, said in a news release.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Mohegan Sun Pocono

Wind Creek Casino

Wind Creek online casino wins:

Parx Casino

Hot stuff! A $105,576 win at Great Balls of Fire.

Other jackpot winners at PA casinos

Mount Airy:

Harrah’s Philadelphia:

Presque Isle Downs:

Please note, these results are not common. PAOC reminds readers to always set limits and gamble responsibly.

Lead image via Rivers Pittsburgh Twitter.