The Future is Now: Esports Betting Arrives in NJ. Pennsylvania Looks To Be Next.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced legislation that would legalize esports betting in Pennsylvania statewide.

The future is here.

Earlier this week, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement gave approval to the Esports Entertainment Group to accept bets on competitive video games or esports. According to an article by WBGO, the London-based Esports Entertainment Group (which also has an office in Hoboken, NJ), launched its betting platform after a five-day “soft play” period in late January.

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Customers placed bets on people playing Call of Duty, League of Legends, and other games. Additional games, such as Kings League II, the Overwatch League, and FIFA are expected to be added in the near future.

“As far as we know, we are the first esports focused gambling site to go through the regulatory approval process in the North American market,” Grant Johnson, CEO of the Esports Entertainment Group, said in an article by the New Jersey Business Magazine. “We believe that being the first movers [in the market] matters.”

Esports could generate millions for New Jersey this year

Johnson said he hopes that EEG will generate $1-$2 million in revenue for New Jersey in the first year of esports wagering.

The New Jersey Business Magazine article also noted that globally, the esports market is expected to be valued at $205 billion by 2027.

Those numbers, combined with the strength of esports among the critical 18-35 male demographic, have caused many others to take notice.

Is There Esports Betting in Pennsylvania?

In June of 2021, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced legislation that would legalize esports betting in Pennsylvania statewide. However, that legislation has yet to be approved.

Much like the expansion of sports betting in PA, it’s likely esports betting will also gain a greater foothold in the United States over time.

If approved, Esports betting in Pennsylvania could prove to be a force. A recent article on PennLive cited data from the Action Network that placed Pennsylvania at No. 3 among the other states in terms of earnings from esports tournaments.

If esports betting in Pennsylvania is approved, that revenue stream will only grow larger. Esports tournaments may place a premium on locations and PA sports apps that can offer betting alongside their event.

And there’s no doubt that esports tournaments and leagues will expand significantly in the years ahead.

The future of esports is bright.

And the future is now.

Nevada is poised to take a prominent role in esports betting

According to an article by CDC Gaming Reports, the Nevada Gaming Control Board appointed a seven-member committee last month that will provide recommendations to expand and streamline esports wagering. At present, Nevada casinos must get approval from the Gaming Control Board to accept wagers on any esports tournament.

That process has significantly stunted the growth of esports betting in one of gambling’s most fertile environments. However, the new committee has plans to make Las Vegas a prime destination for esports tournaments and more.

“I know how amazing esports are and they’re outpacing every traditional sport,” Paul Hamilton, a Las Vegas resident, who was appointed to the esports Committee, said in the CDC article. “What I would like to see happen is that when people want to place a wager, they can go into (any sportsbook). On one side are the NFL lines and the other is the Overwatch League. I think over the next five years, you’re going to see a lot of people feeling comfortable in the growth in that space. In 10 years, I can see them side by side without any question at all. It’s already happening, but we’re just going to open the gates and make sure it’s done right.”

The NBA is a leader in esports

Some of America’s professional sports leagues are also investing in esports. At present, the NBA seems to have taken the largest leap in embracing them.

In January, the Esports Entertainment Group renewed its partnership with NBA 2K game publisher Take-Two for the NBA 2K League.

According to its website, the NBA 2K League, which first began in May of 2018, is a professional esports league featuring the best NBA 2K players in the world. It is also the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

The 2K League started with 17 teams. Since then, it has expanded to 24, most of which are affiliated with an NBA franchise. (The only exceptions are the Gen G. Tigers in Shanghai, China, and DUX Gaming, a Spanish organization).

To date, the 2K League Champions have been affiliated with:

  • New York Knicks (2018)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (2019)
  • Washington Wizards (2020, 2021)

Much like the real NBA, the 2K league also holds tryouts and drafts to recruit new talent. This season, Wizards District Gaming (22-6) and T-Wolves Gaming (21-7) lead their respective conferences. The Philadelphia 76ers GC sits in fifth in the Eastern Conference at 16-12.


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Sportsbooks in PA Are Supplying Plenty of Betting Action For The 2022 Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics are set to get started this week. We’ve got a full rundown on how to bet on this epic event.

If it feels like we just recently had an Olympics, you’d be right. Remember, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo became the 2021 Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now about six months later, we’re about to dive into the 2022 Winter Games.

Although there’s no tennis, basketball, or golf in the Winter Games, there are still plenty of exciting events to wager on. Sportsbooks in PA are going to have plenty on the menu, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular events and the ways you can bet on them.

Betting on the Winter Olympics: Most Popular Sportswinter olympic betting

Ice Hockey

Usually, ice hockey is the sport that attracts the most action at the Winter Olympics but things could be slightly different this year. That’s because the NHL has decided not to send its players to Beijing, so we’re not going to see the professional stars represent their country like we normally do. That being the case, it’s going to be much tougher to handicap these games.

Taking a look at the United States rosters, some of the names we’ll see include:

Drew Helleson, David Warsofsky, Nick Perbix, Jake Sanderson, Matty Beniers, Kenny Agostino, Ben Meyers, Aaron Ness, Andy Miele, Matt Knies. Not exactly household names.

If you’re wondering what you’ll be able to bet on, most of the best PA sports betting apps will have lines for each contest (moneylines, puck lines, and totals), you’ll be able to bet futures at FanDuel among other books, (who’ll win the event) and there will be live betting for every contest.

Curling

Curling has always been popular in Canada but it stormed into the mainstream in the United States in the last Winter Games when John Shuster and the Americans won a medal for their country for the first time ever. It had never been done before that. Now he’ll be looking to smash some more records in 2022.

If you haven’t gotten into curling yet, you should check it out. It’s one of the most entertaining sports in the Games and there’s lots of strategy to it.

Figure Skating

If you’re betting on figure skating, always watch out for that Russian judge. Jokes aside, this is one of the most artistic sports on the ice. You’ll be able to bet on all of the individual events (men’s and women’s) and then also the pairs.

This is one of the sports where there will be some decent information out there on the competitors, which might help you make some good betting decisions.

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Of course, the likes of Chloe Kim and Shaun White have made this one of the more popular sports for Americans to keep an eye on. Not only can you watch the snowboarders compete in various races and slalom, but you can also see them get some big air off jumps and in the halfpipe. There are all sorts of ‘wow’ moments on the snowboard, so make sure you tune in. And get some money on the riders to make it extra entertaining.

Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the faces of the American team heading to Beijing and there will be plenty of pressure on her to win at least a medal. She’s also going to be favored – or among the favorites – at her events.

In general, alpine skiing is all about the need for speed, and DraftKings has a variety of betting choices to put you in the center of all the action. If that excites you, tune in to see the skiers flying down the mountain at blistering speeds.


Medal Props

Medal Over-Under

While it’s sometimes hard to figure out what’s the best bet on a micro-scale – since the athletes are amateurs and we don’t always have a ton of information on each competition – an easy bet is zooming out to a macro scale and betting on each country’s performance.

Sportsbooks will post over-unders for medal count for each country, which gives you the opportunity to bet whether a country will win more or less than that mark. For example, if the United States’ medal count over-under is set at 101.5, you can decide whether they will have 102 medals or more and go over, or 101 medals or less and go under the number.

If you do your homework, you’ll typically find some good value with these props.

Medal Leader

One of the most popular Olympic props at BetMGM, and on the board at other sportsbooks in PA will be betting on which country will finish with the most medals. How this works is you’ll see every country on the board and then you choose which country you think will finish atop the board. For example, if you see the United States at +300, a $100 bet will pay $300 in profit if they do, in fact, finish the 2022 Winter Olympics with the most medals.

If you’re betting on this prop, you can look at historical data to see which countries do well. Also, keep in mind that you can usually bet a prop that focuses solely on gold medals as well (who’ll win the most golds), so if that’s your preference, that’s also an option.

American Athletes To Watch At 2022 Winter Olympics

  • Shaun White – Snowboarding
  • Chloe Kim – Snowboarding
  • Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine skiing
  • Nathan Chen – Figure skating
  • Jessie Diggins – Cross-country skiing
  • Taylor Gold – Snowboarding
  • Elena Meyers Taylor – Bobsleigh
  • Erin Jackson – Speedskater
  • Alex Ferreira – Freestyle skiing
  • David Wise – Freestyle skiing
  • John Shuster – Curling
  • Chasey Josey – Snowboarding
  • Emily Sweeney – Luge
  • Vicky Persinger/Chris Plys – Mixed doubles curling
  • Carlo Valdes – Bobsledding
  • Breezy Johnson – Alpine skiing
  • Kallie Humphries – Bobsledding
  • Jason Brown – Figure skating
  • Jamie Anderson – Snowboarding
  • Brock Crouch – Snowboarding
  • U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team

Can I Legally Bet On The 2022 Winter Olympics in PA?

Yes, as long as you’re in a state that has legalized sports betting, like Pennsylvania, and are over the age of 21, you’ll be able to bet on the 2022 Winter Olympics in PA. However, keep in mind that different sportsbooks will have different offerings.

Some sports betting apps in PA will have more bets than others, so take your pick.

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Will There Be Fans At The Events?

There will be fans at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing but the ones attending the events can only be locals from mainland China. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger and that’s impacting a lot of issues in terms of attendance. Beyond that, there are some political rifts ongoing, which we won’t fully delve into, but that’s also attending which countries and entities go to Beijing.

From a betting perspective, expect the Chinese athletes to have a decent home-field advantage with the audience backing them strongly. Other athletes won’t likely get the same cheers.


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The Exciting Super Bowl History of our Two Keystone State NFL Franchises

With Neither Pennsylvania NFL team in SB 56, let’s look back at some of the better times involving the Super Bowl History of our PA teams.

The dawn of Super Bowl 56 prompts a flashback of the Keystone State’s rich Super Bowl history. With both PA teams making an early exit in this year’s playoffs, we wanted to cheer ourselves up a bit by looking at some of the better times when it comes to our Pennsylvania NFL teams and the big game.

Super Bowl 56 Betting Lines

Before we jump into the history of the Eagles & Steelers, we have compiled a list of the best betting lines at the top online sportsbooks in PA for those interested in betting on Super Bowl 56 in PA:


Super Bowl History – Keystone State of Champions

While the Pittsburg Steelers and  Philadelphia Eagles rarely play one another by virtue of being in different conferences, many Pennsylvania fans follow both teams.

They were once actually the same team.  The 1943 Steagles combined Philadelphia and Pittsburgh players, because World War II had diminished the pool of available athletes.

In the spirit of Steagles and for the pleasure of all Pennsylvania football fans, here’s a look at each team’s Super Bowl history. Let’s take a look back at the final scores, location, opponents, dates, attendance, and even the actual point spreads of these historic games.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-2 in the Super Bowl, with their last triumph coming in 2009.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-2, with their victory coming in one of the most visually pleasing games ever.

Super Bowl IX – Steelers vs Vikings

  • Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
  • Tulane Stadium – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • January 12, 1975; Attendance: 80,997
  • Super Bowl 9 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -3

Projected as a low-scoring game because of Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain and the Vikings’ Purple People Eaters defense.

Dwight White scored the first-ever Super Bowl points for Pittsburgh. He notched the first tally of the game, a safety.

Game MVP Franco Harris had a nine-yard touchdown run for the Steelers. This would be the first of four Super Bowl triumphs in the 1970s


Super Bowl X – Steelers vs Cowboys

  • Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
  • Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
  • January 18, 1976; Attendance: 80,187
  • Super Bowl 10 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -7

The game featured three unbelievable catches by game MVP Lynn Swann, all bombs.

 One was a grab between two defenders as he tight roped to stay in bounds.

The second was the famed Levitating Leap, in which he maintained concentration after the pass was tipped by a defender, and he came down with it.

The third was Pittsburgh’s final touchdown, a 64-yard catch putting Pittsburgh up 21-10,

Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw was knocked unconscious on the play and did not return.

The Steelers had to survive a last-second Hail Mary and end-zone tip to secure their second straight Super Bowl triumph.

A lasting image among Steelers faithful is Jack Lambert throwing Cliff Harris of the Cowboys down in the third quarter. Harris was taunting kicker Roy Gerela, who had just missed a field goal.


Super Bowl XIII – Steelers vs Cowboys

  • Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
  • Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
  • January 21, 1979; Attendance: 79,484
  • Super Bowl 13 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -4

Known in Las Vegas as Black Sunday, when the books got muddled. The game opened at Pittsburgh -3.5 and Steelers bettors jumped on it.  The line expanded to Pittsburgh -4.5 and Dallas gamblers lit it up. The line came back to Pittsburgh -4. Bettors on both sides collected and the books were shellacked.

As for the game, Pittsburgh gained a 35-17 lead on two touchdowns by John Stallworth, one from Lynn Swann and Rocky Bleir, Dallas scored twice late to make the game look closer.

Swann had 124 yards and Stallworth 115. They became the first teammates to have 100 yards of receiving in the same Super Bowl.

Bradshaw threw for four touchdowns and was named MVP.


Super Bowl XIV – Steelers vs Rams

  • Steelers 31, Los Angeles Rams 19
  • Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • January 20, 1980; Attendance: 103,985
  • Super Bowl 14 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -10.5

Again, showing they were a great fourth-quarter team, the Steelers overcame a 19-13 fourth-quarter deficit with two touchdowns. One was a 73-yard hookup between Terry Bradshaw and John Stallworth.

The finale was a one-yard touchdown run by Franco Harris with 1:49 remaining.

Bradshaw won a second straight game MVP award.

This cemented Pittsburgh’s status as the team of the 70’s. Although their subsequent slogan “One for the Thumb in ‘81”, the goal for a fifth Super Bowl ring, they had a remarkable decade.


Super Bowl XXX – Steelers vs Cowboys

  • Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
  • Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ. 
  • January 28, 1996 Attendance 76,347
  • Betting Line: Dallas -13.5

The Steelers covered +13.5 and did come back from a 20-7 deficit to crawl within 20-17 on a Bam Morris touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

But a late pick-by-game MVP Larry Brown set up Dallas for a putaway score.

It was the first Super Bowl loss for the Steelers.


Super Bowl XL – Steelers vs Seahawks

  • Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
  • Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
  • February 5, 2006; Attendance: 68,206
  • Super Bowl 40 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -4

Two Super Bowl milestones for Pittsburgh.

Running back Willie Parker exploded for a 75-yard scoring run, the longest in Super Bowl history.

Antwaan Randel El, who played quarterback while in college, later became the first wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass. After Willie Parker took a pitch from Ben Roethlisberger and handed it off, Randle El hit game MVP, Hines Ward, for the 43-yard putaway score.


Super Bowl XLIII – Steelers vs Cardinals

  • Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
  • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
  • February 1, 2009; Attendance: 70,774
  • Super Bowl 43 Betting Line: Pittsburgh -7

Take your pick of phenomenal plays.

Was it game MVP Santonio Holmes’ six-yard catch in the corner of the end zone for the eventual winning score?

Or was it the incredible 100-yard interception return by James Harrison on the final play of the first half? That boosted Pittsburgh’s lead from 10-7 to 17-7.

Steelers fans won’t mind the debate. What a choice.


Super Bowl XLV – Steelers vs Packers

  • Green Bay Packers 31, Pittsburgh Steelers 25
  • Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tx
  • Feb. 6, 2011. Attendance 103, 219
  • Super Bowl 45 Betting Line: Green Bay -3

The Steelers clawed back from a 21-3 deficit, pulling withing 28-25 on a Mike Wallace fourth-quarter touchdown.

Mason Crosby added a late field goal for Green Bay.

In a matchup of future Hall of Famers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not intercepted but Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger was, twice. One went for a touchdown.


SUPER BOWL HISTORY: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

While their SB history may not be as impressive as the Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles have an impressive NFL history or their own. You be the judge.

Super Bowl XV – Eagles vs Raiders

  • Oakland Raiders 27, Eagles 10
  • Superdome, New Orleans, La.
  • Jan. 26, 1981. Attendance 76,135
  • Super Bowl 15 Betting Line: Eagles -3

Known for big plays and missed opportunities.

An interception by eventual game  Rod Martin set Oakland up for the first score.

Later, Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rodney Parker but the score was nullified by an illegal motion penalty on wide receiver Harold Carmichael and the Eagles ended up being forced to punt.

Rather than being tied 7-7, the Eagles remained behind.

With the Eagles trailing 24-3 in the second half, Martin picked Jaworski again in Oakland territory.

Super Bowl XXXIX – Eagles vs Patriots

New England Patriots 24, EAGLES 21

Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Feb. 6, 2005. Attendance 78,125

Super Bowl 39 Betting Line: New England -7

One of the few Super Bowls tied at halftime, 14-14.

Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Terrell Owens kept the Birds in it, but they came up just short.

The game is noted for the deliberate nature of an Eagles drive that chewed up much of the fourth-quarter clock when they trailed 24-14. They got the score but failed with the ensuing onside kick.

Irony: the Patriots got a touchdown from Mike Vrabel, now the coach of the Tennessee Titans.

The Patriots became the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls.

And they almost did it again the following year until…

Super Bowl LII – Eagles vs Patriots – You Want Philly Philly?

  • EAGLES 41, New England Patriots 33
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb. 4, 2018. Attendance 67,612
  • Betting Line: New England -4

The Eagles’ first Super Bowl title will be forever immortalized by the Philly Special.

Game MVP Nick Foles became the first quarterback to ever catch a Super Bowl touchdown. Cory Clement to Trey Burton to Foles slipping out of the backfield is one of the most iconic plays in Super Bowl history.

But there’s more.

The Eagles and Patriots set a Super Bowl record for combined yardage, 1,151, fewest punts (one), the most yards gained by a team (613) for New England) and most points scored by a losing team.

By standards of Philadelphia Eagles fans, it is about as perfect as a game can get.


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Em-V-Biid? Odds Continue To Move For 76ers Star

76ers Embiid, best in the NBA: At BetMGM, the Joel Embiid MVP odds line have gone from +3000 to +225 or better in less than 2 weeks

We are witnessing what could be one of the best single-season performances in the history of Philadelphia pro sports. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been playing at a historic level over the past two months, almost single-handedly keeping the Sixers in playoff contention.

People have taken notice. For example, at BetMGM Sportsbook, Joel Embiid’s MVP odds have gone from +3000 on the 15th to +225 or better as of the 31st. 

  • Jan 15: +3000
  • Jan 19: +1200
  • Jan 20: +900
  • Jan 24: +500
  • Jan 26: +325
  • Jan 28: +260
  • Jan 31: +225

Joel Embiid MVP Odds – Look Who’s On Top

Here are the current numbers on Embiid at the leading sports betting apps in PA:

The team has seen injuries and COVID has decimated the lineup, while #1 overall pick Ben Simmons continues to sit out in hopes of a trade. Embiid has somehow managed to elevate his game and help develop the team’s young talent. 

Watching him night after night is like a highly-skilled artist on the highest stage. If there was some way to combine the tear-inducing beauty of Pavarotti’s voice with the physical aspect of Bret Hart in his WWF run, that might be the closest analogy we can make to what #21 does night in, night out.

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Shaquille O’Neal and former 76ers legend and current NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, both agree:

“That man right there is playing better basketball than anybody in the world.” – Charles Barkley

“The baddest guy in the league right now is Joel Embiid.” – Shaq

This season, he has averaged 28.9 points per game, along with 4.3 assists, both career highs. The play goes beyond the quantitative. He is a big man who can bang inside, shoot the mid-range, and fire from outside. 

The biggest knock against Embiid has been his availability. Last year he finished second to Nikola Jokic in Denver.

Voters penalized him for the injuries and “load management” games he skipped. This season, without Simmons, Embiid has been in 37 of 49 games, with his longest absence linked to COVID-19 in November.

Of course, it helps when LeBron James sits out a game and doesn’t run the risk of undercutting Embiid on a dunk like he did last year in Philly, which cost the center some games in 2021.

Embiid got that receipt, don’t worry fam.

Against the Los Angeles Lakers, Embiid had a poor shooting night (9-20) and even missed five free throw attempts. However, he finished with seven assists, the most since he had seven against San Antonio. He’s become a facilitator, which has helped the development of second-year guard Tyrese Maxey, along with other role players.

What happens to Embiid’s MVP odds now that we’re in the era in NBA when every superstar i practicing load management?

Only time will tell.

What’s Next for Embiid and the Sixers?

While the Sixers are fifth in the East, they’ve tied with the Brooklyn Nets for tops in the Atlantic and only two games behind the Miami Heat for first in the conference. This is going to be a wild finish after the All-Star Break. If Embiid stays healthy, the Sixers can easily gain ground, win a second division crown, and certainly make a run. If he stays healthy, he will certainly earn the MVP award. 

When (or if)  he does win, it will be the third time a Philly basketball player has won MVP in the same twelve-month span as another athlete in town did as well. In 1960, Wilt Chamberlain won as a Warrior, followed by Eagles QB Norm Van Brocklin sweeping the NFL MVP rankings (there were multiple awards given out by various groups at that time) following the team’s third league championship. Mike Schmidt won consecutive National League MVP honors in 1980 and 1981, bookending Julius Erving’s award in 1981. Could Joel join his buddy Bryce Harper in that rare pantheon?


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NFL Championship Sunday: How to Keep the Action Going All Day Long

We’ll cover all the wagers and odds at Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks to maximize your betting action throughout NFL Championship Sunday.

Two games. That’s it. It’s NFL Championship Sunday.

The weekends that were filled with football on every channel and every hour are gone. There was no NFL game Thursday – and Monday won’t have one either.

Saturday is empty. All you have are two games on Sunday.

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NFL Conference Championship Weekend – Live Odds

The Bengals and Chiefs play at 3 p.m. at CBS. The 49ers and Rams follow at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.

One day and two games is all you get, so you better make the most of it.

And that’s where we come in.

We’ll cover all the wagers and odds at Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks to maximize your betting action throughout Championship Sunday. With the right plays, you can keep the excitement flowing all day long.

Let’s take a look at the DraftKings betting lines.

Bengals vs. Chiefs – AFC Championship Betting Lines

Cincinnati and Kansas City just played earlier this month, with the Bengals securing a thrilling 34-31 win in the game’s final seconds.

In Sunday’s game, DraftKings Sportsbook has the Chiefs as 7-point favorites, with a moneyline price of -365. Cincinnati is +280 on the moneyline and the game’s over/under is 54.5. But both those bets will take nearly four hours to finish.

A faster way to get your fix on Sunday is to bet on the first scoring play of the Bengals and Chiefs game. DraftKings Sportsbook has six options for that wager. Here are the numbers:

  • Home touchdown: +125
  • Home field goal: +380
  • Away touchdown: +310
  • Away field goal: +425
  • Home safety: +8000
  • Away safety: +8000

And if you want to double-down on early-game excitement, most of the top sports betting apps in PA also has pricing posted for the game’s first touchdown scorer. Here are the odds for the game’s prominent players:

  • Joe Mixon: +650
  • Travis Kelce: +650
  • Tyreek Hill: +700
  • Ja’Marr Chase: +850
  • Jerick McKinnon: +1000
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire: +1200
  • Byron Pringle: +1200
  • Tee Higgins: +1200
  • Patrick Mahomes: +1600
  • C.J. Uzomah: +1600
  • Tyler Boyd: +1800
  • Mecole Hardman: +2200
  • Demarcus Robinson: +2500

As the game moves toward the half, another way to extend the excitement is to place a wager on the halftime odds.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the halftime numbers as follows:

(As of 1/27)

Halftime Spread: Chiefs -4.5 (-110)/Bengals +4.5 (-110)

Halftime Moneyline: Chiefs -250/Bengals +200

Halftime Total: Over 27 (-110)/Under 27 (-110)

Bengals vs. Chiefs – Second Half Betting Options

In the second half, you can keep the action going with some single-game parlays and yardage props that can give you something to root for on almost every play.

In fact, DraftKings has a risk-free Single-Game Parlay promotion for each game. Players who opt-in and place a pre-game Same Game Parlay can get a Free Bet in return (up to $25 for each game).

In the DraftKings app, visit the Conference Championship game odds and just slide the Same Game parlay toggle to the right to see the options for building a SGP (Same Game Parlay). Wagers on TD scorers, player, team and game props are all eligible for the SGP and can really boost your return if you choose correctly.

Here are a few of the game’s yardage props for your consideration:

Passing Yardage Props
(As of 1/27)

  • Joe Burrow: Over 286.5 (-115)/Under 286.5 (-115)
  • Patrick Mahomes: Over 293.5 (-115)/Under 293.5 (-115)

Passing TD Props

  • Joe Burrow: Over 1.5 (-205)/Under 1.5 (+150)
  • Patrick Mahomes: Over 2.5 (+105)/Under 2.5 (-140)

Rushing Yardage Props

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Over 37.5 (-115)/Under 37.5 (-115)
  • Joe Burrow: Over 8.5 (-125)/Under 8.5 (-105)
  • Joe Mixon: Over 56.5 (-115)/Under 56.5 (-115)
  • Patrick Mahomes: Over 28.5 (-120)/Under 29.5 (-110)

Receiving Yardage Props

  • Byron Pringle: Over 37.5 (-115)/Under 37.5 (-115)
  • C.J. Uzomah: Over 35.5 (-120)/Under 35.5 (-110)
  • Ja’Marr Chase: Over 87.5 (-115)/Under 87.5 (-115)
  • Joe Mixon: Over 27.5 (-115)/Under 27.5 (-115)
  • Tee Higgins: Over 71.5 (-110)/Under 71.5 (-120)
  • Tyler Boyd: Over 39.5 (-115)/Under 39.5 (-115)
  • Tyreek Hill: Over 77.5 (-115)/Under 77.5 (-115)
  • Travis Kelce: Over 76.5 (-115)/Under 76.5 (-115)

49ers vs. Rams – NFC Championship Betting Lines

In the late game, the Los Angeles Rams are 3.5-point favorites over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are -180 on the moneyline and the 49ers are +155. The game has a total of 45.5 points.

Once again, you can get the action going early with a wager on the game’s first scoring play or first touchdown scorer. Here are the odds for first, last, and anytime TD scorers in the Rams-49ers contest (Keep in mind you could also use Anytime TD scorer as a leg in your single-game parlay).

First-Last TD Scorer Odds

(As of 1/27)

  • Cooper Kupp: +500
  • Deebo Samuel: +650
  • Cam Akers: +750
  • Elijah Mitchell: +850
  • Odell Beckham, Jr: +900
  • George Kittle: +1100
  • Tyler Higbee: +1300
  • Brandon Aiyuk: +1600
  • Van Jefferson: +1700
  • Sony Michel: +1800
  • Jauan Jennings: +2200

Anytime TD Scorer Odds

  • Cooper Kupp: -150
  • Deebo Samuel: -110
  • Cam Akers: +115
  • Elijah Mitchell: +120
  • Odell Beckham, Jr: +140
  • George Kittle: +175
  • Tyler Higbee: +210
  • Brandon Aiyuk: +260
  • Van Jefferson: +280
  • Sony Michel: +300
  • Jauan Jennings: +360

The Rams and Niners have already played twice this year, with San Francisco winning both matchups (27-24 on January 9 and 31-10 on November 16).

In the most recent game, a home game for the Rams, Los Angeles led 17-3 at halftime before faltering. In the November game, the 49ers led 21-7 at halftime.

The halftime odds for this Sunday are as follows:

Halftime Spread: Rams -3 (-105)/49ers +3 (-115)

Halftime Moneyline: Rams -170/49ers +150

Halftime Total: Over 23 (-110)/Under 23 (-110)

49ers vs. Rams – NFC Championship Yardage Props

Lastly, a yardage prop bet can often carry your betting action deep into the second half. Here are some selected yardage props for San Francisco and Los Angeles:

Passing Yardage Props
(As of 1/27)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo: Over 232.5 (-115)/Under 232.5 (-115)
  • Matthew Stafford: Over 279.5 (-115)/Under 279.5 (-115)

Passing TD Props

  • Jimmy Garoppolo: Over 1.5 (-105)/Under 1.5 (-130)
  • Matthew Stafford: Over 1.5 (-240)/Under 1.5 (+175)

Rushing Yardage Props

  • Cam Akers: Over 63.5 (-115)/Under 63.5 (-115)
  • Deebo Samuel: Over 39.5 (-115)/Under 39.5 (-115)
  • Elijah Mitchell: Over 69.5 (-115)/Under 69.5 (-115)
  • Jimmy Garoppolo: Over 2.5 (-110)/Under 2.5 (-120)
  • Matthew Stafford: Over 2.5 (-125)/Under 2.5 (-105)

Receiving Yardage Props

  • Brandon Aiyuk: Over 48.5 (-105)/Under 48.5 (-130)
  • Cam Akers: Over 18.5 (-115)/Under 18.5 (-115)
  • Cooper Kupp: Over 101.5 (-115)/Under 101.5 (-115)
  • Deebo Samuel: Over 53.5 (-115)/Under 53.5 (-115)
  • Elijah Mitchell: Over 10.5 (-120)/Under 10.5 (-110)

A few of those wagers packaged together should provide plenty of action this Sunday.

But after this weekend, only the biggest game remains.

The NFL season is almost over.

And that might hit you on Sunday, when there are only two games.

So you might as well make the most of them.

Opinion: Ortiz Headlines Hall Of Fame 2022 Class, MLB Legends Get Shunned By Biased Writers

David Ortiz was the lone inductee in the MLB Hall Of Fame this year. Is MLB Hall Of Fame voting becoming too personal & petty?

Major League Baseball has a new Hall of Fame class. The votes have been counted up and David Ortiz is the headline act. Meanwhile, for an umpteenth consecutive year, the likes of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling all failed to make the 75% threshold – this time in their final year of eligibility for the MLB Hall of Fame. Many fans are mad, and they should be.

Why are we still using the same group of biased old-school sportswriters who seem to become increasingly petty every year? This year’s MLB Hall of Fame voting results prove more than ever, this system is outdated and flawed. Let’s take a closer look at Ortiz’s HOF selection and the writers who decided to pass on more deserving players.

Who Are These Writers Who Vote & Should This System Change?

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Jayson Stark is known as one of the few MLB HOF voters to remain unbiased and professional

In case you’re wondering who is on this clandestine committee who gets to pick and choose who goes to the Hall of Fame, it’s actually a group of voting members in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). This year, there were 394 ballots submitted and players need to receive 75% of the votes, so that meant that they had to have 296 votes this year.

But a bigger question is who are these so-called Guardians of the Galaxy?

  • Are they people that we should, in fact, entrust with who gets enshrined?
  • Or is this an archaic system that needs to be changed to fit modern times?

In truth, many people feel that a change is coming. For many years, the writers of the BBWAA didn’t take analytics into account, so some players were left behind even though the game had become more advanced. That’s slowly changing now, though.

And now some are wondering just how fair they are treating some of the legends of the game like Bonds, Clemens and Schilling. This group seems quite biased against them – especially since guys like Bonds shunned much of the media for many years.

Is this their way of paying him back or is this a statement towards players in the steroid era? It’s hard to say. But, even Derek Jeter knows this to be true.

It does feel odd – maybe even uncomfortable – that a set number of writers, maybe who are a tad too full of themselves at times, get to choose who gets inside the pearly gates and who misses out. Is there really no better system?mlb hallf of fame ballot

At the end of the day, many other leagues do the same. For example, the NFL has a Selection Committee that makes the call and almost everyone there is in the media in some way. They just make their picks, though, while the baseball writers do a vote that gets publicized. It’s probably not the best system but it’s all we’ve got for now.

  • We can’t have former players voting because they’ll be biased.
  • We also can’t have league personnel and current coaching staff involved, because they’ll be biased too.
  • And we surely can’t have fans voting to make this important decision because we know how that will end up.

So what should be done? I’m not sure exactly, but things need to change.

Ortiz Makes The Cut In First Go – MLB Hall of Fame

This was the first time around that Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was on the ballot and he got enough votes to be welcomed to Cooperstown. Ortiz received 77.9% of the votes. It’s not a huge surprise as he had 541 home runs in his career and only 34 other players in the game have ever created more runs. And by the way, each of those 34 players are in the Hall of Fame.

The main question with Big Papi is did he do enough in the field? If you take a look at his Wins-Above-Replacement (WAR), it might make you think that he doesn’t deserve to be there. After all, he was a designated hitter and he didn’t do much – if anything – in the field. However, the DH is a job in baseball and Big Papi wore it about as well as anyone we’ve ever seen.

What really cemented not only Ortiz’s invitation to the Hall but also his legacy was his performance in the playoffs. He was one of the most clutch hitters in the game when the lights were brightest. He batted .289 in the playoffs with 17 home runs, 61 RBI’s, and 51 runs. And don’t forget that he was one of the most instrumental players in overturning the Boston Red Sox curse. In one of the most critical playoff series in franchise history – the 2004 ALCS against the rival New York Yankees – he batted .387 with three jacks and 11 RBI’s – two of which were walk-offs – in seven games.

The main concern here is that Ortiz was linked to Performance-Enhancing Drugs but most of the voters overlooked that. It’s a bit difficult to explain when you see who didn’t get in.

2022 MLB Hall Of Fame Voting Count


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Bonds, Clemens, Sosa & Schilling Don’t Make The Cut

Two of the players who are most synonymous with PED’s – Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens – didn’t make the cut. It was their 10th and final year in the running, so that was it. Curt Schilling, one of baseball’s greatest pitchers of all time is another MLB legend who was on his last year eligibility and didn’t make it. But why? He never had any ties to steroids or cheating. Is the MLB Hall of Fame voting becoming too personal and do the writers who actually place the votes have too much power? We think so.

It is a bit surprising that Ortiz eased in right away and he had issues but these players did not. Each of these three players are legends in Major League Baseball. If there ever was a book written on the game with all of the seasons in it, these would be main characters. Many players used PED’s in the “Steroid Era” but only a few are being scapegoated.

Which Players Have Future Hopes?

Ortiz was the only inductee this year but many players don’t make it on their first go. That’s likely going to be the case with a number of players and the early voting shows that.

Scott Rolen received 249 votes, which was 63.2% of the vote. That’s a really good sign and he’ll probably make the cut either next year or shortly after. Andruw Jones and Todd Helton are basically in the same category. Jones and Rolen should continue to get strong love from the analytics community, which is only growing.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Carlos Beltran next year. There have been questions about PED’s and he was also busted in the sign-stealing incident of the Houston Astros. We’ll have to see what the voters decide to do with him.


Featured image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, Steven Senne, Pablo Monsivais – AP

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect PlayPennsylvania’s position.

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Betting Props, Daily Offers & Exclusive Odds Boost for January 27, 2022

Almost every PA sports betting app offers a variety of daily offers and sportsbook promos in PA, but sometimes you miss them because of their quick turnover rate. So, let’s take a look:

BETMGM – NBA & NHL Cross-Sport Parlays:

Cross-Sport Parlay: 76ers & Penguins both to win (+135)

    • Joel Embiid looks to continue his MVP campaign, and a win versus LeBron James and the Lakers on national television could help cement him as the voting favorite.
    • In his last four games, Embiid is averaging 42.5 points per game and 12.8 rebounds.
    • With a win, the 76ers can tie the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the Atlantic Division. 
    • Winners of six straight and 10 of 12, the Penguins host the expansion Seattle Kraken. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.4 goals per game, while the Kraken are allowing 3.6 goals per game, tied for 29th in the league.

NBA Parlay: Lakers & Warriors both to win (+450)

    • LeBron and the Lakers travel to Philadelphia for a date with Joel Embiid and the 76ers. The Lakers are currently ninth in the Western Conference at 24-24 but are getting healthier with Anthony Davis returning in their last game.
    • The Warriors will look to build on their current three-game winning streak in the nightcap of the NBA Thursday night doubleheader on TNT. The Warriors have been bitten by the injury bug of late and will be without Draymond Green (back) and Andre Iguodala (hip) while still working back Klay Thompson, who recently returned from a 941-day stretch without a game.

DRAFTKINGS – Lakers vs 76ers:

  • Lake Show: Lakers to win by 10+ points (+425)
    • Can LeBron and the Lakers blow out the 76ers? If the Lakers are able to work the ball down low to Anthony Davis and get Joel Embiid into foul trouble, maybe they’re able to name their own score. 
  • Who won the trade?: D’Angelo Russell & Andrew Wiggins to combine for 40+ points (+190)
    • The Warriors and Timberwolves struck a deal swapping these two before the 2020 trade deadline. Russell is averaging 19.1 points per game this year while Wiggins is averaging 18.1 points per game. 
  • Cover Boy: Jack Hughes to record 2+ points (+450)
    • Hughes and the Devils travel to Tampa to take on the Lightning. He has registered a point in four straight games and in nine of his last 11 game

FANDUEL – Australia Open Action:

  • Odds Boost: Rafa Nadal to Win 3-0 in sets (+340)
    • Nadal is seeking his second career Australia Open title and will face off against the seventh-ranked player in the world Matteo Berrettini. Nadal, the fifth-ranked player in the world, won the Australian Open in 2009 and is seeking his 21st Grand Slam title.

FOXBET – Embiid Dunks on Betting Props:

  • Bet Boost: Pulisic to score and USA to win (+160)
    • The Central Pennsylvania native is the new face of USA soccer. Pulisic has scored a total of 17 international goals in his career but has only scored once in this Final Round of World Cup Qualifiers.
  • Triple Your Money: Joel Embiid & Karl-Anthony Towns 1+ Dunk Each (+200)
    • If you need some extra incentive to watch the NBA Thursday Night Doubleheader on TNT, then this Bet Boost might be the way to do it. Everyone loves to see the big man slam it down, and if both Embiid & KAT can give you one each, then you win.

BET RIVERS – All-Around Action:

  • Grand Salami: Over 65.5 Total Goals Scored in All Thursday NHL Action, Including OT/SO (+100)
    • Love the Grand Salami. Why bet one game, when you can bet them all with BetRivers Sportsbook in PA? There are 10 games slated for tonight and if we can get some goals from some of the heavy favorites, we’re looking at you Carolina, Pittsburgh and Tampa, then we can get the Grand Salami to hit.  
  • Upset Alert?!: Minnesota to Win versus #16 Ohio State and O138.5 Total Points (+525)
    • The Golden Gophers have come back down to earth after their 6-0 start to the season when they host the Buckeyes in Big Ten action. Ohio State enters tonight with a two-game winning streak after falling to Wisconsin last week. Minnesota holds a 6-3 record at home this year.

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Almost every PA sports betting app offers a variety of daily offers and sportsbook promos in PA that are different from all the other Pennsylvania online sportsbooks. We’re talking about the ever-changing, limited-time-only promos that can only be used on specific games or a specific sport that same day.

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These offers tend to be very popular, but they only last for so long. It’s hard to separate the best from the rest in time to take advantage of the offers you prefer. So, we are going to take a look at the hottest props, parlays & odds boosts that are being offered to us by several of the top sportsbooks across the state of Pennsylvania.

All of these offers are for games that take place today, Wednesday, 26 2022. So if something jumps out at you, don’t hesitate to make your move!

BETMGM 

Visit BetMGM Sportsbook to take advantage of these daily promotions:

  • Cross-Sport Parlay: Blackhawks & Bulls both to win (+210)

    • The Chicago Blackhawks travel to Detroit trying to snap a four-game losing streak. Detroit Redwings won the first meeting back in October by the final of 6-3. Chicago has struggled with a 7-12-4 road record this year, while Detroit is 13-6-3 at the Little Caesars Arena. 
    • The Bulls host the Toronto Raptors in a battle of Eastern Conference foes. Chicago is looking to get back to full strength with several contributors on the shelf. Zach LaVine returned in Chicago’s previous game and DeMar DeRozan should return after resting on Monday.
  • Cross-Sport Parlay: Nuggets & Avalanche both to win (+195)

    • Denver Nuggets will play game two of their current six-game road trip traveling to the Barclays Center to square off with James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets. Denver looks to build on its two-game winning streak and 7-3 record in their last 10. Brooklyn has dropped two straight and will be without Kevin Durant (knee) and Kyrie Irving (ineligible). 
    • The Colorado Avalanche have been the hottest team in the NHL, earning points in 13 straight games, winners in 12 of their last 13. During their seven-game win streak, the Avs have limited their opponents to just nine goals, including three shutouts. Boston is kicking off a three-game road trip tonight and currently sits 4th in the Atlantic Division.

FOX BET

Visit FOX Bet Sportsbook to take advantage of these daily sportsbook promos in PA:

  • Bet Boost: $20 Bet Pays $110 – Nikola Jokic & Caris LeVert 1+ Dunk Each (+450)
    • Jokic, the reigning MVP, should have plenty of opportunities, with Durant (knee) and Paul Millsap (personal) out. LeVert is having a strong year, averaging 18.5 points per game. In his last 10 games, LeVert is playing an average of 33.9 minutes per game.
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  • NHL Odds Boost: Florida Panthers or Tampa Bay Lightning to win 2021/2022 Presidents’ Trophy (+340)
    • The Panthers (63 points) and Lightning (61 points) currently sit first and third overall in the NHL in Points. Both teams have played 43 games and so have the New York Rangers, who are fourth, with 60 points. Second in the NHL in points are the Colorado Avalanche, who sit with 61 points but have three games in hand. The Avalanche is also on an impressive run, winning 12 of 13.   

DRAFTKINGS

Visit DraftKings Sportsbook to get in on these popular sportsbook promos in PA:

  • Odds Boost: From Downtown – Devin Booker to record 5+ Three’s (+550)
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  • Odds Boost: Bing Bong – Julius Randle to record 20+ points & 10+ rebounds (+475)
    • Boosted up from +400, Randle has only achieved this in three of his last nine games. Randle is more than capable of this feat, as he had a stretch in late December where he hit this in five of six. 
  • Odds Boost: Selke a Hart and a Norris – Patrice Bergeron, Nathan MacKinnon & Cale Maker over 3.5 combines points (+120)
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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. 


Feature image credit: Chris Carlson – AP

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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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.

In-Game

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.


Featured image credit: Steven Senne – AP