The PGA Farmers Insurance Open Kicks Off With Top Names & Big Bet Opportunities

The PGA Farmers Insurance Open kicks off on Wednesday, January 26. Big bet opportunities with the top-ranking golfers competing.

The PGA continues the California stretch of their 2022 schedule this week as they head to Torrey Pines, in La Jolla, California for the Farmers Insurance Open.

The PGA has altered their traditional Thursday through Sunday tee times due to Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship doubleheader. The first round of the Farmers Insurance Open will tee off on Wednesday, January 26 with the final round concluding on Saturday, January 29

The winner of the Farmers Insurance Open will also receive 500 FedExCup points.

Farmers Insurance Open Winner Odds – Top 10 Favorites

Top Ranked Golfers Create Action for Sports Bettors

The tournament features some of the top names in the sport, with 17 of the top 25 ranked golfers teeing off. 

Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, and Bryson DeChambeau, all ranked in the top 10 in the Official World Golf rankings, will be hitting the links at Torrey Pines

Other notable names that will be teeing off this week are Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, and Phil Mickelson

With all the talent entered in this tournament, there will be an opportunity to find plenty of value in the PA sports betting market. Check out the odds on your favorite PA sports betting apps to see what bets you want to make.

Which PGA Golfer Should Get Your Bet?

Two of the first things that I look at when betting on the PGA, are recent form and course form. The recent form is obviously how the golfer has performed in his most recent outings. Course form looks at how a golfer performs on that specific course. 

Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm, the number one ranked golfer in the world, will be playing in his third tournament of the calendar year, and can be considered a “horse for the course.”

  • He finished second at the Sentry Tournament of Champions shooting 33-under par and finished off this past week at the American Express with a 14-under par, tied for 14th, nine strokes back. 
  • Rahm opened as a +750 favorite on BetMGM and has a good history at Torrey Pines, having won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017, taking second place in 2020, and finishing T7 last year.
  • He also won the 2021 U.S. Open which was held at Torrey Pines.
  • DraftKings Sportsbook also posts “To Finish” props, which gives you an option to bet on a golfer to finish in the Top 5, Top 10, Top 20 or even Top 40.
  • You can get plus money on Rahm to finish in the Top 5 (+160). A bet on Rahm to finish Top-10 will cost you -125. 

Hideki Matsuyama

Looking at players with strong recent form, Matsuyama has also had a solid start to the 2021-2022 season.

  • He fired a 23-under at the Sony Open in Hawaii two weeks ago, defeating Russell Henley in a playoff.
  • Matsuyama also finished 13th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a 21-under par and also won the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP back in October. 
  • Matsuyama is currently listed at 21-1 on FanDuel, however, in his last two outings at the Farmers Insurance Open, he placed 53rd and 45th. 

Jason Day

If you want to look a little farther down the PA sports betting odds board, you can take a look at Jason Day, who is a two-time winner at this event and has five Top 10 finishes.

  • DraftKings is offering Day at 100-1 odds.
  • However, Day has missed the cut three times since 2013.

Brandt Snedeker

  • Another two-time winner Brandt Snedeker has the longest odds of former winners, currently sitting at 110-1 on DraftKings. 
  • Snedeker won the tournament in 2012 & 2016.

Other Notable Golfers

Defending champion Patrick Reed (50-1 at DraftKings), Marc Leishman (40-1 on DraftKings), and Justin Rose (66-1 on BetMGM) are all former winners of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Leishman is an interesting consideration to finish in the Top 10. Along with his 2020 win, he has a pair of second-place finishes (2010, 2013). You can bet Leishman at DraftKings +500 to place Top 5, +250 to finish Top 10, and +110 to finish Top 20.

Phil Mickelson is a three-time winner here at the Farmers Insurance Open, however those three wins came over 20 years ago (2001, 2000, 1993).

  • Phil finished T30 at the Sentry two weeks ago, but this past week, Phil shot an uninspiring 7-over par and missed the cut.
  • While Phil doesn’t have a lot of recent success here, aside from a 2nd place in 2011 and 14th in 2017, he also has five missed cuts or withdrawals since 2012.
  • Phil does have 13 Top 25 finishes and has made the cut in 22 of 30 appearances.
  • You can get 160-1 odds on the leftie at FanDuel. 

Other notable odds to win:

  • Justin Thomas (12-1 on DraftKings)
  • Xander Schauffele (17-1 at FanDuel)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (22-1 at DraftKings)
  • Dustin Johnson (22-1 at DraftKings)
  • Brooks Koepka (36-1 at FanDuel)
  • Jordan Speith (40-1 at BetMGM)

PGA Odds – Farmers Insurance Props & Head 2 Head

DraftKings doesn’t just offer individual player odds for this week’s tournament, you can also play several props. 

  • Will there be a Playoff? Yes is +300 and the No is -450.
  • Will there be a Hole in One? Yes, is -200 and the No is +140. I call this one the “No Fun Bet.”
  • You can also bet if there will be a Wire to Wire winner at 12-1 odds. 

DraftKings also has matchups for your betting pleasure. 

The trio of John Rahm (+120), Justin Thomas (+210) and Xander Schauffele (+230) are grouped together in a matchup. 

If you would rather have all three of them in your pocket instead of picking one to finish better than the other two, you can get a nice juicy price of +275 if either of them wins the tournament. 

The folks at FoxBet have a bunch of head-to-head matchups as well that you can take advantage of. The option to bet a tie is available for every matchup at 16-1. 

  • Dustin Johnson (-105) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (+100)
  • Xander Schauffele (-118) vs. Bryson DeChambeau (+110) 
  • Jon Rahm (-138) vs. Justin Thomas (+130)
  • Jordan Spieth (+100) vs. Brooks Koepka (-105)

You can also bet ties at 16-1 for each matchup. 

With so many different ways to bet on golf, it’s the perfect bridge to get us through the week and into the weekend, just in time for the NFL Conference Championships. 

When Is The Best Time To Place a Sports Bet? Well, It Depends…

The best time to place a sports bet? The earlier the better? That last-minute gut feeling? In-game odds shark? Here’s our advice…

It’s the most simple, complex, and yet most significant word in the lexicon of legalized sports betting.

“When” – As in “when is the best time to place a bet?”

It’s become an intriguing question in an age for which the answer has changed. Timing a bet is no longer simple.

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Is There A Best Time To Place A Bet?

The initial answer:

  • Whenever one feels the price is fair, the outcome is realistic, or, best yet, whenever one perceives an edge.

The deeper answer:

  • It’s important for a bettor’s research to reveal a feel for a game now that PA sportsbooks have substantially enlarged the board.
  • When all of one’s hunches line up, that’s the “when” it’s probably the best time to place a bet.

There is no longer one sports betting line for a game. There are close to 500 possibilities for just one NFL contest. Multiply that by 16 games and one can peruse up to 8,000 choices in any NFL week.

This allows more sports betting options but requires a gambler to narrow the choices. This is a big part of determining when to play.

Drilling Down to The Sweet Spot

The new array of choices, born from competition among books, requires due diligence to determine the moment of a bet launch.

Let’s start with the NFL…

See The Game First

It’s best to first have an opinion on the game first and then seek the line.

Examine the teams straight up, as if everyone would play, and incorporate a slight home-field advantage for the host team.

Come up with the score you think is possible if both teams played to the level you think they should.

Then see the line. If there is a considerable disparity, there is your edge. If there’s a Grand Canyon-like disparity, say a touchdown or more, there’s a good chance you missed something like an injury or suspension. Recalculate.

This is no different than reading a Racing Form and watching a post-parade to determine one’s opinions in a horse race. Or, for that matter, interviewing job candidates in the business world.

The Early Bird

A good time to unload some of the bankroll is Sunday night for the following week’s games.  Books have just posted them based on power ratings and data. 

These lines have likely not been addressed yet by big-money “sharp” players, a historical dynamic. They are waiting to make one big pop.

For decades prior to PASPA repeal, serious Las Vegas gamblers paid for the privilege of standing in line on Sunday night to get the first shot at newly-posted odds for the following week.

 They immediately started wagering, giving the books a guide to how “sharp” bettors viewed the game. Operators adjusted the line and it often stayed near that new spot the entire week. The betting odds throughout the week were referred to as “The Line”.

There’s no more “The”. Lines are numerous and volatile. That’s why it’s important to hone in on one you like.

Shop The Sportsbooks

BetMGM and FanDuel are usually one-half a point difference on the early NFL lines than DraftKings. This is perfect for a bettor. One book has the underdog +3. Another has the same at +2.5 and you like the favorite. Go where you have the edge.

Here are some examples featuring a variety of NFL divisional round betting odds:

The Mid-Week Move

When spreads fluctuate throughout the week, injuries are often involved. 

Quarterbacks are usually worth three points to the line. Exceptions like Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers can be eight or nine points. Has the line moved too much either way according to your expectations? This can be a time to buy-in. 

A general guide on injuries: a player listed as doubtful will rarely suit up, a player listed as questionable usually will, but at reduced capacity. Hamstring and high-ankle sprain injuries are punitive. Rib injuries are bad too. Players may perform through these, but their output may be a bit low.

The Late Move

This is where data intersects with instinct. The absence of Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens moved the line in the neighborhood of four points when it was announced on game day in a couple of games this year.

But here’s what savvy bettors realized: Tyrone Huntley is nearly as good as Jackson. He runs nearly as well as Jackson and throws a better deep ball. With Jackson out, the Ravens covered the spread in one-point losses to the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers. The Jackson injury news had helped keep the lineup, making the Ravens attractive.

Weather belongs in this category too.  December games involve rain, wind, and snow. Wind changes totals (over/under bets) the most.

The “when” question for the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills game a few weeks back was prominent. 

Three days before the event, the over-under was roughly seven points higher than at kickoff. Wind gusts of 40mph reduced the effectiveness of both offenses. It was in the forecast three days earlier but didn’t hit the lines until one day before the game.

Sharp bettors rode the under into a payday.


This is “when” on steroids for many gamblers. American bettors are catching up to the European phenomenon, in which perhaps 75% of all wagers occur in-game.

Here’s the in-game betting reality: you can’t get ahead of the books. The key to finding value is to make a leap of faith.

Here are two examples:

When the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Los Angeles Chargers a couple of weeks back, they trailed 14-13 in the fourth quarter. The favored Chiefs were at +240. That made no sense until you realized the Chargers were at the Chiefs 1-yard line, about to punch it in.

One play later, the Chargers fumbled. The Chiefs recovered. Great time to jump on the Chiefs now, right? But the books denied it. That game came off the board almost faster than the fumble came out.

 One moment later, the Chiefs were -135.

Result: that bet had to be made when the Chargers had the ball, and that would have been a tough bet to make. Anybody who made the wager prospered, however. The Chiefs did win in overtime.

Last year, the New York Mets were playing the Boston Red Sox. New York was +340 at DraftKings in a tie game and the Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning. The pitcher threw a double-play ball, the Mets get out of the inning and their odds plummeted to -120. Two outs, 220 basis points. That’s living on the edge.

The reward was playing the Mets when the bases were loaded. The risk was that an extra-base hit would have broken the game open against them. They later won.

These are tough decisions for players. The books anticipate faster than the gamblers can.

How to contest it: think longer. Some oddsmakers advise watching one complete series in a football game. See which team looks like it showed up and then make a moneyline or spread bet.

What’s In Your Database? Patterns.

This may be one’s best ally in determining “when” to bet. Patterns reveal insight that only you have and should be trusted regarding how you bet.

Watch enough games, interpret enough past performances and you will see a pattern that says “I have seen this game before.”

It can be anything.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ slow first halves, followed by strong second halves, became betting opportunities in recent weeks. Take opposite teams to win each half. It worked three weeks in a row.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are just average, but they went 6-0-1 in their last seven home games, all low scoring. They were suddenly playing a Cleveland Browns team that was eliminated from the playoffs this past week.  It was Ben Roethlisberger’s last game at Heinz Field.

Where was the value? Pittsburgh won the race to 10, 15, and 20 points. Their 26-14 triumph provided separate winning bets at all three junctures, ranging from +125 to +175 across the books. It was a good bet to make, along with the moneyline.

Some Hunches Are Hidden Gold

New England quarterback Mac Jones looked as poised as the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott when the New England Patriots lost an overtime game to become 2-4.

But the Patriots had found something. And so did bettors who sensed this team was ready to break out. They went on to win, and cover, for seven subsequent weeks. What kept the line down was that the Patriots were perceived as a mediocre team based on record. But they were really a strong team and betting lines eventually reflected that. But for seven weeks, Pats bettors had some ride.

That’s the advantage of instinct over data. Data is no match for momentum.

The Information Base for Other Sports

Think patterns.

NHL – When the TIME is just right

The NHL is all about props. For several games, Conor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers tallied at home. With that hook, a bettor can time other wagers around it.

  • McDavid to score first was roughly +800 across the books. 
  • To score last (empty-net goals?) was bout the same.
  • Or to score anytime was +100 or +105.
  • For him to score and the Oilers to win in 60 minutes often paid in the +300 range.

That worked much of last season and early this year. And then suddenly, he grew cold. That’s what happens.

NBA – Who is playing? Who is sitting?

The best time to place a bet on NBA games is usually right before tip-off. There is a tangible “when” bet here.

Check the injury reports in the final hour before the game. Players coast through the season and just decide not to play some nights. This affects over-under, moneylines, and totals.

There’s an element of “catch up” here too. Personal example: I rode the over on many NBA games in the 205-212 range for the early part of the season. It did well. Many games have since been pushed up into the 225-235 range.

I can’t get a feel for it now. That’s no-bet territory until I match up more patterns.

MLB – Use Futures to Help Isolated Bets

When it comes to baseball, the best time to place a bet usually depends on isolation. Make some season-long win-total props at the books and watch the patterns of the teams. Patterns do emerge.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, for instance, have a scheduling quirk. They play many four-game series.  Their season-long pattern was often to split the first two games of a series and win the final two. If you watch it long enough and feel confident, that can be wagered into.

The Colorado Rockies were a bad road team and an awesome home team last season. One profitable angle was to take them to win each individual home series. The “when” in this case, was before the first game.

Best Time To Place A Bet? – SIZE MATTERS

Across the books, the question of when to bet has never been important, and never more individualized. But the bigger one’s database, the better the chance to find an opportunity.

One can peruse numerous websites to get someone else’s pick. One can subscribe to handicappers who charge for their five-star selections and if that helps, fine.

But the real edge, the inside track, is the one individual bettors create for themselves. That guides the “when”.

Good luck with yours.

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NFL Playoff Promo: $5 Free Bet At FOX Bet Just In Time For Wild Card Weekend

FOX Bet is giving customers a Free Bet to use for the Saturday Wild Card games. Here’s how you can claim this bonus.

The NFL regular season has come to a conclusion and now we’re heading into the playoffs. It’s a popular time for bettors to get in the game and FOX Bet Sportsbook PA is offering a sweet little incentive for customers. If you’re a customer and would like some extra coin, read on below for the details of how to get it.

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To celebrate the start of the 2022 NFL playoffs, FOX Bet is hooking up all customers with a $5 Free Bet that can be used on Saturday’s Wild Card Games.

It’s simple, sign up at FOX Bet, opt-in & claim your $5 Free Bet.

The PA sports betting app promotion period runs from through Saturday, so make sure you claim your bet before the game’s kickoff. There are two on Saturday, so you’ll have a couple of options of how to use that $5.

Wild Card Weekend NFL Betting Odds

Playoffs Commence On Saturday

The NFL is heading into what they’re calling Super Wild Card Weekend, which will be slightly different this year. There is just one team with a bye in each conference, so we’re going to see six other teams in action. We’ll see two playoff games on Saturday, three on Sunday and then – for the first time ever – we’ll have a playoff game on Monday night since the league expanded to the new 14-team format.

For the Saturday games that apply to this promotion, you’ll have two options and both games are rematches. The Las Vegas Raiders will visit the Cincinnati Bengals in the early game. The two teams squared off in Week 11 and the Bengals routed the Raiders 32-13. The Raiders played an undisciplined game, racking up 77 penalties and having two turnovers. They also had no answers for the Bengals ground game, which picked up 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries.

As for the late game, it will be the third meeting of the season between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. The Pats won the first matchup 14-10, which was in Buffalo under extreme inclement weather.  Three weeks later, the Bills rolled the Pats 33-21 in New England. The team that dictates the pace of play here will likely win.

Make sure you claim your $5 Free Bet. Feel free to use it on point spreads, moneylines, totals, and much more, but whatever you bet on, make sure you use it as you’ve got nothing to lose!

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Box Pools Are Still A Huge Hit At Most Super Bowl Parties – But Why?

Super Bowl squares, Super Bowl boxes or block pools, whatever you may call them, are still a favorite activity for anyone hosting the big game

Whether you refer to them as Super Bowl squares or boxes… block pools are still a very popular Super Bowl party betting activity.

This long-standing tradition among Super Bowl parties across the country can be a great way to get everyone excited to watch the game, even those who don’t care much for football.  There’s no skill involved, it’s just the luck of the draw. That’s why it’s so popular among seasoned gamblers and non-bettors alike.

It’s usually all in good fun and some organizations even use such pools as a fundraiser.

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Are Super Bowl Squares Legal in PA?

Although Super Bowl squares or block pools are a fun and exciting addition to any Super Bowl party, they could be considered illegal. Super Bowl squares are legal in most states, as they fall into the category of social gambling. But, it all depends on location, how many people are involved, the ages of the party-goers, and a whole list of other considerations.

But if you’re not sure about the legality of it all and don’t want to risk it, or none of your friends are throwing a Super Bowl bash this year anyway, we have you covered. Fortunately, DraftKings features a very legal Super Bowl Squares option of their own…

DraftKings PA has put its own unique spin on the traditional Super Bowl favorite. DraftKings’ Squares is free to play and features a prize pool of $55,000.

If you’re interested, go sign up at DraftKings Sportsbook and select your FREE square for the Super Bowl 55 contest.

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How to Play a Traditional Super Bowl Squares Pool:

  • Super Bowl squares require participants to place their name or initials in one or more of 100 squares on a 10-by-10 grid.
  • After every block is purchased, the numbers 0-9 are randomly assigned along with the vertical and horizontal squares.
  • The last digit in each team’s score for the quarter is the winning combination. And it can’t be handicapped.
  • The player ends up with a number like Kansas City Chiefs 7, Philadelphia Eagles 3. They are the player’s numbers for the entire game.

If the score in any quarter ends in a Kansas City 7 (like 7, 17, 27) along with any Eagles number of 3 (3, 13, 33 etc.) the player collects the pot for that period. They are great numbers to have, but others are real longshots, like anything with 2 or 5.

This is why participants are often allowed to buy more than one b, as insurance for drawing bad numbers.

Super Bowl Square Numbers with the Best Odds to Win

Throughout the years, these numbers have paid most often:

  • 1st Quarter – 0,0
  • 2nd Quarter – 0,7 – 0,3 and 3,7
  • 3rd Quarter – 3,7
  • 4th Quarter – 4,7

This is going to change in the era of two-point conversions.

More Chances To Win

There is a new winner in every quarter and each score changes both the lead and the contenders. Whoever has the number for the next looming score change suddenly takes a new interest.

Payouts occur after each quarter. The fourth quarter and final game total are often combined, creating a terrific payout.

Edge-of-Your-Seat Scenarios

You have the right number with one play left in the quarter. A pass goes into the end zone. You root for an incompletion. The person with the winning ticket that reflects a touchdown, roots for the score.  The two of you might even be in the same room.

Game Variations

Super Bowl Minutes. This happens in the big-dollar pools.   Money is paid for every minute you have the right numbers. This can only happen with a rich pool, but some have this feature.

Pass the Cup. More randomness, keeps everyone involved.

  • It starts with everyone putting a certain dollar amount in a cup.
  • Order is created to determine how the cup will be passed.
  • Then, names are drawn to determine who starts with the cup.

With each change of possession, the cup passes. The last one holding the cup wins the pot.

Some pools feature a football rather than a cup. And it keeps everyone connected. Possession can change in the last couple of seconds.

Strategy? None. just choose the right seat.

Personal Box Pool Flashbacks

These cover small, medium and large Super Bowl betting pools. All the money taken in was paid out to the winners.

Super Bowl 7, Garo’s Gaffe.

Miami Dolphins 14, Washington Redskins 7

Four projected scenarios in the last couple of minutes.

The Miami Dolphins led the then Washington Redskins 14-0 late in the game.  They went for a field goal.  The player with Miami 7, Washington 0 prayed for the kick to be good to forge a 17-0 final. The player holding the Miami 4, Washington 0 wanted it to miss.

The participants in each outcome braced for the big play.

The kick was blocked, but it led to Garo Yepremian’s infamous attempted pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

One player rooting for the kick to miss screamed in delight when it was blocked and then unfurled a string of expletives as the unlikely touchdown changed the outcome.

Now the pool came down to Miami 4, Washington 6. If the extra point was missed, that combo would come out. If it was good, Miami 4, Washington 7 would win.

The player with Miami 4, Washington 6 prayed for the missed extra point that never came and the gambler who had Miami 4, Washington 7 said he had it all the way.

But he couldn’t keep a straight face.

Super Bowl 21 – It Paid Not to Watch

New York Giants 39, Denver Broncos 20

My buddy, a big Eagles fan, rode Big Blue to Big Green.

Snow had started to blanket Southern New Jersey when the Giants and Denver Broncos met in this Super Bowl.

By halftime, it was a big night for this player. He pocketed $500 in the second quarter with the numbers 9 for the Giants, 0 for the Broncos. He got the breaks. First, the Giants recorded an unlikely safety. Second, Big Blue kept the Broncos out of the end zone when Denver had first-and-goal from the 1. The Broncos settled for a 23-yard field goal. And missed it.

Twenty-three yards!

The Broncos led at halftime 10-9 and he had a winner.

Early in the fourth quarter, with more snow coming, he decided to visit the bar running the pool to collect.

He drove over without listening to the game and took his time because of road conditions. That forced him to arrive after the game ended.

But he didn’t get $500. He was handed $1,500.

Unbeknownst to him, the Giants had scored a late touchdown and kindly missed the extra point, prevailing 39-20. He won the second quarter, fourth quarter, and the game total with a string of unlikely events.

The Giants hooked him up twice, once on the losing end and once on the winning end of the score.

Who says Eagles fans can’t root for the Giants?

Super Bowl 30 – The Pain of the Game

Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17

This was a $100 box and a $10,000 top prize. It was in the hands of a gambler well into the fourth quarter. He had Pittsburgh 7, Dallas 0. The Cowboys led 20-17 with four minutes left.

Pittsburgh had the ball. This guy needed a stop, but he got too much. It was an interception deep in Pittsburgh territory.


Dallas worked the ball down the field as he paced the floor in torment. He knew what was coming, but hoped against hope. Nobody made any comments in deference to his pain.

We suffered with him and the dagger was driven in about a minute later.

The player took it like a pro, better than most of us would have.

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Looking to score an easy (and big) win? DraftKings PA sports betting app has you covered as they’re offering all new customers a bet $5 win $200 promo.  Want a piece of the pie? Read on for more details:

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The offer started on December 27th and there are only a few days left. This is available for a limited time until January 10th.

If you do win your bet, you’ll not only collect $200 but you’ll also win your original bet too. For example, if you bet $5 to win $4, you’ll get your $5 stake back, your $4 in profit, and then $200 from the bonus as well, so it all stacks.

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College Football, NFL Regular Season Winding Down

If you’re looking to use this special on college football, there is just one more game to do so as the College Football Playoff National Championship Game is coming up on Monday, January 10th. After that, college football will be dormant until September.

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Monday’s big game is a rematch between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs were the No. 1 team in the country for the longest period of time this season and they only lost once.

However, that one defeat came at the hands of the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship Game. We’ll see if the Bulldogs have learned from that loss and can make the necessary adjustments to rebound.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to bet on the NFL, it’s the final week of the regular season this Sunday. You could always try to bet something easy – or something that looks easy – like the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the moneyline. The Colts need a win to clinch a playoff spot while the Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL record-wise.

The Colts are a 15.5-point favorite in this spot, so we’ll see if they can deliver. They lost at home as a sizable favorite against the Las Vegas Raiders last week.

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How Did Football Fans Bet on the Super Bowl Before Sports Betting Was Legalized?

One aspect of the Super Bowl that causes excitement is the ability to bet. But what did fans do before sports betting was legal online in PA?

Super Bowl sports betting euphoria, measured in billions of dollars for each game, pre-dates the legal wagering age.

That’s why it has staying power. Even now with the ability to legally bet on sports online in PA.

The estimated $4.5 betting totals of recent years – much of it illegal – does not even include the action people improvise amongst themselves. That’s the “recreational” wagering in office pools and through competition with each other.

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If 100 people wager on a Super Bowl squares pool, for example, and funds are divided among winners, there is no book and no official revenue. But there is enormous volume.

Here’s a retrospective, coupled with some personal experience, to offer a glimpse of the historic Super Bowl betting feast.

When it Comes to Super Bowl Betting, Everybody Has “A Guy”

That’s what Eagles great Ron Jaworski told me when asked how former NFL players felt about the age before legalized betting. People could always find a bet. A large chunk of Super Bowl wagering involved an illegal book or bookmaker.

Everybody had a source for their bets.  It usually meant finding a bookie or placing a wager with a friend in Las Vegas, who put it down for you at the sportsbooks.

This type of action still contributes to the projected totals of illegal Super Bowl betting.

Super Bowl Betting – SB Squares

The public made its own entertainment and still does, primarily through Super Bowl squares, blocks, boxes, or whatever else you may call it. Variations of this format and numerous creative pools underscore the sentiment of action on the big game.

This popular pool bonanza, constructed on low, medium, and large entry-fee formats, creates multi-level gambling interests.

Super Bowl blocks, or squares, offer no strategy, thus enabling beginners to have the same chance as savvy veterans.

DraftKings Sportsbook PA has even put its own unique spin on the traditional Super Bowl favorite. Squares is free to play with a prize pool of $55,000.

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MVP Draw

Put names in a hat of possible MVPs before the game. Each person draws a name. Whoever has the winner collects.

And there may be a gazillion others.

Super Bowl Betting Social Scene – Props

This is one of many scenarios involving Super Bowl parties.

I took 30 of the Vegas Super Bowl props and devised a props competition. Everything from the coin toss to the first play from scrimmage to, first and last team to score. One point was awarded for each correct prediction and the highest number of points prevailed.

It kept everyone involved until the final whistle, because outcomes changed dramatically in the final two minutes, regardless of the score.

Many of the participants knew little or nothing about football. But they all had a stake in the game some barely watched.

We always tossed in a couple of gimmes like “would so and so cheat” or would “so and so” cash a ticket.

We paid down to five places. Nobody was ever out of it.

That’s the beauty of the social Super Bowl fabric. There’s a pool for everybody.

Although patrons enjoy 500 different props, halftime shows, Gatorade side wagers, and bets on top commercials today, they fended well for themselves beforehand.

This created the Super Bowl’s iconic impact. Most viewers want to get involved, even for a few bucks.

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Killer Crossovers: BetMGM & Unibet Feature Paired Sportsbook/Casino Promotions

Crossovers are an essential part of sports. Now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves.

Crossovers are an essential part of sports.

Allen Iverson had a great one. Michael Jordan used one to beat the Utah Jazz for his sixth championship. And some athletes have even crossed over off the court.

Jordan and LeBron James made SpaceJam films. Shaquille O’ Neal made both music and movies. Damian Lillard raps.

And now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves. But in this realm, the crossover is an incentive that pairs MGM sportsbook and UniBet casino promotions.

BetMGM Sportsbook & Casino: $20 for $10

BetMGM is one brand that has a crossover promotion live now. Players who bet $10 or more on the BetMGM Sportsbook can get $20 Freeplay at the BetMGM Casino. The offer is valid every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9th.

Here are the rest of the details.

  • Sign in to your BetMGM account every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9, 2022.
  • Opt into the Ten for Twenty promotion.
  • Once opted in, wager $10 or more on BetMGM Sports to get your free bet.
  • Earn $20 free play on BetMGM Casino after you bet the required $10 on BetMGM Sports and the wager has been settled.
  • In order to receive the $20 free play bonus, all bets for this promotion must be placed and settled on the same promotional day on which the player opts-in.

Unibet offers Fun-day Sundays and Mondays

Over at Unibet, the site features some excellent crossover promotions for football fans, including “Eagles Sunday Fundays”. On Sundays, players who wager at least $25 in the Eagles-branded blackjack Unibet casino game can get some extra money in the sportsbook.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Wager $25+ cash on Eagles Blackjack, then receive a free $10 sportsbook bet.
  • Promotion Period: Sundays each week from 12:01 AM EST – 11:59 PM EST.
  • Players can only qualify once per week.
  • Qualifying players will receive their sportsbook free bet the following Tuesday at 5:00 PM EST.

In addition, Unibet’s “Hail Mary Mondays” can help parlay players earn some bonus cash for every touchdown scored on Monday Night Football. The details are below:

  • Bet a minimum of $25 cash on a single game parlay bet for select Monday Night Football games.
  • Win or lose, you will get a $2 casino bonus(s) for every Touchdown (TD) scored.
  • Eligible games for this promotion will be specified. Play all 4 full quarters to be eligible.
  • Eligible players will be able to see their casino bonus(s) within 72 hours.

Monday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns has an over/under of 41 points, setting up a number of potential bonus payouts for Unibet’s parlay players.

Check your favorite sportsbook or app for additional crossover promotions

Many other sportsbooks have also offered crossover promotions as well, so check back often for new deals and incentives. Because you don’t need YouTube highlights of Jordan or Iverson to find some great crossovers.

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps have some right here, so now you have exactly what you need.

And combined with the right player, they can be a winning move.

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Which NFL Teams Were The Best Bets Against the Spread In 2021?

Which NFL teams were the best against the spread in the 2021 calendar year? We’re examining who provided the most bang for your buck.

The New Year is the perfect time of year to reflect some exciting NFL betting. 2021 has come and gone, and now we can look back through the last calendar year and see which teams were the best against the spread, and which delivered the most winnings for sports bettors.

With that in mind, let’s review the best ATS teams in the NFL in 2021.

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Dallas Cowboys

ATS Record: 12-4

The Dallas Cowboys are 12-4 against the spread through 16 games. Part of this is due to the Cowboys being in the NFC East. The Cowboys thrashed the NFC East. Now we just have to see what happens with their next game vs the Philadelphia Eagles.

Their closest game was a game at Washington in which they took a huge lead and survived a bad second half. They later annihilated the Washington Football Team on Sunday Night Football.

Beyond their division, though, the Cowboys have done other things to attain such a good record against the spread this season. They won in Minnesota against the Vikings when Dak Prescott was injured and backup Cooper Rush had to fill in at quarterback. Dallas also won at the New England Patriots and Mac Jones.

Green Bay Packers

ATS Record: 12-4

The Packers are 12-4 against the spread at most PA sportsbooks. Aaron Rodgers has been his normally excellent self, leading the Green Bay offense to big drives whenever the Pack Attack has really needed something from him. Rodgers remains an equation-changing quarterback in the NFL, a guy who has lost none of the mustard on his fastball.

His instincts and reflexes are top-notch. This is why the Packers have fought past their opponents and handled their business with relative ease. Even when the Packers seemed to be in trouble, Rodgers has risen to the occasion. He beat the Arizona Cardinals on the road when the Packers were missing several important players.

Green Bay beat the Los Angeles Rams, other Super Bowl contenders, and other possible playoff teams with a lot of talent. Beyond the obvious wins against the Lions and Bears, the Packers have beaten the more competitive teams on their schedule as well.

It also has to be said that if the Packers had not won at San Francisco early in the season, they might not have become such an ATS juggernaut this year. That game was a real tone-setter for the Packers as they moved forward with their 2021 journey, which is now carrying into January.

Detroit Lions

ATS Record: 10-6

The 10-6 record the Detroit Lions have against the spread has to rate as one of the bigger surprises in the NFL this season. The Lions are an enigmatic team. What has helped them to win 10 games against the spread is that expectations were so low. Nevertheless, they had to rise above those expectations. They do that two-thirds of the time (10 of 16).

The Lions beat the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. They tied the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road. Those were three obvious covers since the Lions have been an underdog in all of their games, but the Lions have covered the spread in seven other instances this season.

Lions for real?

To be more precise, the Lions have covered the spread seven times in games they lost straight up. Why are the Lions able to do this? Why are they able to cover so many times? A few answers come to mind: First, Dan Campbell takes a lot of risks. The Lions faked two punts against the Los Angeles Rams and converted both. That kept the ball from the Rams and enabled the Lions to shorten that game, which they very nearly won.

The Lions often play with nothing to lose. The other part of this is that the Lions play a lot of close games in which they do just enough to lose. Like a bad team, they find a way to make the losing play, but the other part of the equation is that they put themselves in a position to win.

They just don’t finish the job very often. The Lions have such a well-established identity as a bad team that people forget they actually compete well. This team just doesn’t win, competitive but not successful, and they battle, but they don’t play smart

These are the kinds of distinctions and points of differentiation people need to make – and take note of – when understanding why a team with only two straight-up wins is so successful in covering the spread.

“The Lions are going to lose” is a safe bet. “The Lions are going to lose against the spread” is not a safe bet. Moneylines, not ATS, provide a situation in which betting against the Lions is smart. Know the difference between the two.

Indianapolis Colts

ATS Record: 10-6

The 10-6 ATS record of the Indianapolis Colts comes from their 1-4 start, but everyone wrote them. People thought Carson Wentz was going to struggle on a lot of Sundays. But he didn’t. People did not expect the Colts to win eight of 10 games straight up.

Coach Frank Reich has really overachieved with Wentz. A lot of people are surprised that the Colts can run the ball so well even though Wentz’s inconsistencies make opposing defenses load up the tackle box to try to take away Jonathan Taylor. Everyone knows Taylor is getting the ball, but the Colts still run the ball well. That leads to a lot of games in which the Colts cover the spread. It’s very impressive.

The other part of this story is that the Colts are simply beating good teams in games with very small point spreads. They beat the New England Patriots when favored by only two points, close to a pick’em game. They beat the Arizona Cardinals as a two-point underdog. Winning up-for-grabs games certainly elevates the Colts’ overall ATS profile, as it would for any other team which did the same thing.

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Looking at the Eagles Postseason Odds After Week 16

On the first day of Christmas, the Eagles gave to me…Control of their playoff destiny.

On the first day of Christmas, the Eagles gave to me… Control of their playoff destiny!

It was ugly at times, depressing at others, but overall enjoyable and got the job done. No, not Christmas with in-laws. But what are the Eagles playoff chances?

The Philadelphia Eagles took a major step forward towards the 2021 postseason Sunday with a 34-10 pasting of a dysfunctional New York Giants team.

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Eagles Playoff Chances

Currently, the Eagles have a 72 percent chance to make the playoffs entering Week 17 on and a 68 percent likelihood on ESPN.

  • The Birds now sit at 8-7 and are in the lead for the final wildcard spot with two weeks to play.
  • For a team that sat 3-6 just seven weeks ago, clinching a playoff spot a week before the season ends appeared implausible.
  • However, if the Eagles win next week in Washington, the Vikings lose in Green Bay, and either the Saints drop to Carolina or the 49ers win over the Texans next Sunday, that will complete the NFC side of the postseason bracket. 

Surprisingly, only one of the major PA sports betting apps have “To Make the Playoffs” markets open on Monday, the 27th. Mind you, there are only six spots of the 14 currently clinched, with five on the NFC side.

No one has been eliminated from contention in the AFC North. Even had the Dolphins lost on Monday, there would still be 12 teams in contention for the final six AFC spots.

  • DraftKings has priced the Eagles at Yes: -250 and No: +200.

Yes, the Eagles have feasted on inferior competition during their current three-game win streak. Yes, it probably should be six straight but for that disastrous outing against the Giants that appeared to be happening again during Sunday’s lackluster first half. They don’t count style points for postseason qualification. Just win the games.

Is Jalen Hurts Ready For This?

One thing has stood out to me with quarterback Jalen Hurts’ play in the two games he won in five days. For a first-year starter to come back from missing time due to injury, it’s key to look for adjustments in play. It appears he has taken a step forward with making throws to the sidelines, or at least outside the numbers.

Hurts made some impressive throws to tight windows against Washington and added a few more against New York. Of course, the highlight catches came from his college teammate Devonta Smith, first in the early stages against Washington, then the second-half score that seemed to seal the Giants’ fate on Sunday.

It helps to have a receiver with incredible body control, which obviously boosts confidence. 

Throws outside the numbers to Dallas Goedert, Jalen Reagor, and others are a necessary step to the evolution of the Eagles offense. For a run-heavy team like Philly, having that ability to spread the field and challenge boundary defenders gives the Eagles balance and more options.

Is that safety creeping towards the box to stop the run? Maybe he thinks twice if two or more receivers are stacked on a side. 

Getting to the playoffs would be a huge gratification for Hurts and rookie head coach Nick Sirianni. However, for the team to do ANYTHING in the playoffs, they must execute. No more drops. Limit the penalties and missed tackles.

Hurts must protect the ball when scrambling (he may still be favoring that ankle with his decisions to stay in the pocket). If they make it, it’s likely a trip to Dallas in a 2-7 match-up. The Cowboys are balanced and seem to have their defensive issues from last year solved.

A postseason win in Big D would help solidify Hurts’ incumbency and perhaps convince the team to build around him, instead of bringing in an aging, more established name under center. 

Colin Cowherd’s Week 16 Blazin’ 5: Joy Taylor Fills In With Her Favorite Five

Colin Cowherd and Joy Taylor Week 16 Blazin’ 5 picks ATS from the Fox Bet sports betting app betting odds.

Colin Cowherd is enjoying the Christmas holiday on the slopes with his family.

Although he didn’t make any NFL Week 16 picks, he left some stocking stuffers as the season headed into the home stretch

Joy Taylor, Cowherd’s co-host on “The Herd” filled in for him on Friday and did her Favorite Five.

Every week, we track Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks so you can decide whether to follow or fade when making your wagers at PA sports betting apps.

Colin Cowherd Blazin’ 5 Week 16 NFL picks (Joy Taylor’s Favorite 5)

The Herd with Colin Cowherd is a sports talk radio show on Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 airs Fridays on The Herd at 1 p.m. EST.

Cleveland Browns (7-7) vs. Green Bay Packers (11-3)

“The Packers are great at home (6-0) and they are favored by 7.5 and I do think they will cover. The Browns are coming off a really bad COVID week and are getting a lot of people back. The Browns have been held to under 20 points in four of their last five games. This is a year where Baker has really struggled and Aaron Rodgers is leading the MVP race. This is a major mismatch.”

Indianapolis Colts (8-6) vs. Arizona Cardinals (10-4)

“The Colts lead NFL in +14 turnover differential and have the No. 1 scoring offense since Week 4 with 31.4. ppg. Jonathan Taylor has been the story of this team. The Cardinals who were tearing the league up are 3-4 in their last seven games and Kyler Murray has struggled since returning from injury.

Buffalo Bills (8-6) vs. New England Patriots (9-5)

“Belichick owns the Bills and the Patriots have the No. 2 scoring offense since Week 7. However, I do think this will a much more competitive game and look much more different than the one they played earlier in the season. I think the Bills need needs the game more than the Patriots. I think I’m going to go with Patriots -2 but I think it’s going to be a great matchup.”

Baltimore Ravens (8-6) vs. Bengals (8-6)

“The AFC North is wide open. The winner of this game will be first in the AFC North but the Ravens are coming off of three straight losses. I think this is the Bengals game and we don’t know what the situation is with Lamar Jackson so you are going to have to pay attention to that. I think this is the Bengals (-3) game.

Miami Dolphins (7-7)  vs. New Orlean Saints (7-7)

“I am excited for this. The Dolphins are on a six game winning streak. Tua is playing really well. The Saints are banged up and their top two quarterbacks are out. They are coming off a shutout of the Bucs. Their defense is incredible competitive.”

Cowherd’s Week 15 Blazin’ 5 record: 2-3

Colin Cowherd 2021 Blazin’ 5 overall record: 32-39-1

NFL Week 16 betting lines

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