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This week marks the Tour Championship, which culminates the FedEx Cup. Our friends at Bodog have put up more props this week than they normally do. Here are some that we were looking at that could be profitable.
Every year sports books offer wagers on college football team regular season wins. You can bet over or under a certain amount of games, and conference championships and/or bowl games do not count. They are a fun way to wager that give you action all season. Sometimes it backfires due to injuries, as was the case with Oklahoma last season. The Sooners were a top 5 team and projected to get 10 or 11 wins and compete for a National Title. Of course everyone remembers what happened in the first game last season. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford was injured against BYU. The Sooners lost that game and never recovered. They ended up with a disappointing 7-5 season before beating Stanford in the Sun Bowl. And by the same token, teams such as Iowa came out of nowhere and won 10 games last season. Here are 5 win totals I like. Odds are courtesy of Bodog, who offers a ton of college football betting options this season.
The NBA Draft takes place on Thursday night from Madison Square Garden. Like virtually everything else in the world these days the draft is interesting at least in part because you can bet on it. Bodog and 5Dimes are both among several books that are offering a full range of NBA Draft props. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ones:
You could say that Stephen Strasburg had the best major league debut of any pitcher in the history of the MLB. There were only two pitchers, J.R. Richards (in 1971) and Karl Spooner (in 1954), who recorded more strikeouts in their debut than Strasburg did Tuesday. Strasburg had 14, Richards and Spooner 15 each.
The World Cup is just around the corner, and momentum is definitely building among the betting public. I expect that betting volume is going to be very high for this tournament because North American exposure and anticipation is as high as it has ever been, and betting options will be available in more places and in more shapes and sizes than ever before. While people are looking at futures and the first game odds, they likely aren’t looking at the huge number of prop bets that are available yet. That means that now is a very good time to look at these props because the value hasn’t yet been bet out of them. Here are five types of bets that are worth looking at right now (these props are taken from Bodog, but most books have a range of similar options):
I want to take a look at some of the Super Bowl props that I find interesting. Before I do, though, I want to make it clear that I think props are good for a bit of fun, but absolutely nothing else. They are worth playing for entertain, but if you are looking at them as a serious bet then, in my eyes, you are fooling yourself. They are a gamble, and the Super Bowl is all about gambling, so have at it. Just be sure to shop around for the best odds. Here are five props that I like:
Player to win MVP – Santonio Holmes (+1500) – Looking at all the possible players, this is the one I like best. Holmes is Pittsburgh’s best chance at making the type of acrobatic play that MVP voters love. I don’t necessarily think he will win, but his price best reflects value. For less value I don’t mind the idea of playing both QBs, either. It would return a profit either way.
Player to score first TD – Tim Hightower (10/1) – There are a lot of ways that this game could play out, but one is that Arizona’s offense could find a way to move early on and then punch it in when they get close. If that happens then Hightower would likely get the score. The chances of that happening seem better than 10/1 to me.