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Casino-Gaming :: Odds and Odds Movements

That is, bet on those teams which are being bet heavily on.

You can tell that most of the public are betting on a team when the price and odds on the team gets less favourable. There the bookies go again. Take note of heavy action where odds or prices have big movements.

UEFA Match Day: 17 Mar 2005

Sporting Lissabon vs Middlesbrough 2.05 0 : 1/2 1.85

Valencia was 6th and Getafe 13th on the Primera Liga table.

The bookies need to let the public win sometimes.

Although the position that bookmakers take in public relations exercises is that they stand to make the most when there is an equal amount of bets on both teams in a match, the reality is that sometimes bookmakers think that a certain outcome is likely and use the odds as a psychological tool to draw the public into betting on the team they think will lose.

EPL Match Day: 19 Mar 2005

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 2.05 0 : 1 3/4 1.85

Take note however, that on any matchday, there is seldom the case that all the favourites fail to clear the handicap, even when the public is betting heavily on them. It is up to you to identify them based on researching the usual factors and the odds. This is not for every match so just be on the lookout for unusual activity.

Valencia had just lost their last game and Getafe was getting known as a giant-killer, beating Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao and drawing with Deportivo and Real Betis recently the previous four games. Sometimes, the big odd movements are caused by these parties (less often) and not by the betting public.


Score? Chelsea 4, Palace 1.

Chelsea was giving the same 1.75 handicap to West Brom the previous EPL fixture and won the game 1-0 with a single goal from Didier Drogba. Also, sometimes the big bookies intentionally let the public have a good week or two (rarer and rarer though) -to let losses wipe out the smaller bookies and throw off anyone who’s on to their game. When? When the action is low. Naturally, punters shied away from backing Chelsea this time, afraid of a similar scoreline with another relegation struggler, Crystal Palace.

Knowing that the memory of this was still fresh in the minds of punters, bookmakers posted the same opening handicap for Chelsea the following week at 1.75.

We reason, ‘Hey, if they’re that good, I would have heard more of them, right?’

- Beating the Big Boys at Their Own Game! Background

Example 1.

Normally, the bookie likes to lay traps on favourites and popular teams which the public likes to bet on.

Study the movement of the odds. Ever notice how top teams quite often (not always) beat bottom ones by small margins? Chelsea won 1-0.

Sporting 1 Boro 0..

When you see odds like these, you first have to recognize certain factors outside the movements of these odds. The very high and rather rare handicap of 1.75 given by the bookies seemed to confirm this fact.

The bookies met two objectives with this match. The bookie is seducing you to bet on the underdog.

Example 2

As always, when unsure, lay off.

You have to question just why Valencia was giving a one-ball handicap when Getafe was in hot form. Study it over two or three days. Some will clear and some won’t most match days. If everyone there seems to say they are betting on one team but the betting odds prove that money is being poured on the other, you will know that the heavy betting is not done by the Joe Publics. A one-ball handicap was a lot to give for a separation of just 7 places.

How do you tell if people have fallen for the trap?

We do not know what the bookies know but the final score?

This is the psychological function of the odds used to the fullest by the bookmakers to fool the public. Try not to get trapped in this hidden but vicious cycle.

As the public likes to bet on favourites most times and these favourites do not lose or draw often enough for the bookmakers’ appetite, it makes sense that they use this psychological function mostly in Asian Handicap odds. Hone your analytical skills and try to think like the bookie. Well, if so, why were the bookies so kind as to award Boro a 1/2-ball handicap?

Well, we do not know the answer to that but we know that when a relatively well-known team is given a 0.5 handicap by a less-popular team, everybody bets on the popular team, confident that they can at least draw with the ‘obscure’ team.

Valencia vs Getafe 1.975 0 : 1 1.925

Final Score: Valencia 3 Getafe 1

The Other Parties Involved

Odds and their movements present a unique opportunity to gauge what the bookie thinks and how the markets react to them. Punters missed this opportunity to win from betting on their favourites but they noticed the scoreline and regained their confidence in the favourite again. Check for Class, Form, Motivation and other factors as described in THE GUIDE.

Exploiting the Odds

Sporting Lisbon had won the previous reverse fixture 3-2. However, there are other parties around – big timers with inside knowledge, betting syndicates, match-fixers, etc who are not necessarily friendly to the bookie.

Not much movement in the odds (above) to suggest heavy backing of Valencia by the public to warrant such a handicap.

Valencia vs Getafe 2.00 0 : 1 1.90

There is no such thing as a foolproof method. This is where the public can lose if they bet on favourites who win by just goal. So look out for favourable opening or early odds on these teams which eventually climb to normal levels when the match is about to start. Sporting Lisbon is a fine team from Portugal but relatively unknown when compared to Middlebrough even though they have produced some of the best known names in football currently like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. Expectations was that Chelsea would trash WBA, who was a relegation struggler.

Note: For the study of odds movements, we approach match analysis with a conspiracy theory kind of angle and assume that bookmakers have insider knowledge or are almost able to know outcomes of games based on connections or highly qualified handicappers, researchers etc on their payroll or both. Punters were sure Boro would go all out to win this match to avoid disqualification from the UEFA Cup. (This take some experience and study.)

Verdict: Bet Valencia


How do you make sure that the heavy betting is by these big boys in the know? Check out the forums. If the top of the table-team is giving a ½ ball handicap to the number two team in the table, it is usually too high. When you see little action on popular favourites from the odds movement and the asian handicap is reasonably high against the favourites, you might choose to bet on the favourites then. A check with the odds confirm that prices on Middlesbrough are getting lower. Some of them even bet on Palace, evidenced by slightly dropping prices on the underdog, thinking perhaps Chelsea were losing their form.

People tend to bet on teams they know and think of less heard-of teams as not up to par. In this case, go with the flow of the betting. Chelsea was then leading the table with 8 points more than the nearest contender for the title, Man U. Punters lapped this up, confident of a sound trashing of WBA by Chelsea and bet on Chelsea despite the high handicap.

Considering how the bookie always wins from the general betting public in the long run, it is wise to piggyback on the bookies’ predictions by considering how they market the odds.

Remember that mastering this is something of an artform and takes some time and experience to get good at. Check for large trends once or twice a day for three days and check the odds a last time an hour or two just before the match.

SPL Match Day 20 Mar 2005

On the whole, however, it is a very accurate way to predict winners based on the number of winning bets this has produced for some pro-bettors.

Check match facts against the odds movements. Is there something that most of the public wouldn’t know? If the non-favourite team exhibits traits that could help them win (or draw) or if the favourite team has some factors going against them, bet on the underdog just like the bookie, when the betting public is going heavy on the favourites. This was even though they had won their previous game. Sometimes, even the bookies/big boys make mistakes or events occur which have not been expected.



That was the most common scenario. When you see particularly heavy betting on weak teams, check the various factors and if you realise there’s no reason for it, be aware of such ‘big boy’ action going on.

Example 3


Middlesbrough, in that season, was an upper mid-table team in the English Premier League, the most popular league worldwide.

You can tell what the bookie is trying to achieve from the early odds. They confused the public with the same handicap and the same team at different times and the favourites won heavily without much betting on them

Casino-Gaming :: Video Poker Machines – How to pick the right machine and win.

Find a single deck video poker slot machine.

Just because you are playing video poker with a 97% payback or higher, doesn’t mean you will win, it just helps increase your odds of winning.

The single game video pokers are becoming outdated and hard to find repair parts for. A Bally Game Maker is a 10 game touch screen platform where you can mix, slots, table games and keno. It will show you what the odds of the game are by looking at the “Full House” and the “Flush” payouts. That is a 10 is next to the “Full House” and a 7 next to the “Flush” on the legend. Perfect play is considered while playing all the odds so you get the best cards dealt to you at the right time and making the right decisions while playing. Get all of your classic video poker games with this slot machine. It is a very stable platform and is becoming popular oversees because of its age.

The best possible payout would be what is called a 10-7 video poker slot machine. It is a 31 game touch screen with all the classic video poker games, several slot games, keno games and blackjack.

Video Poker Slots are the best odds game for a player that enjoys the personal confines of a slot machine, not a blackjack or poker table. For in home use, they offer ample poker choices and in many cases slots, keno and blackjack to keep you interested.

. If you can, stay away from these machines. This is a payback percentage of 100%. But when looking for a video poker machine, you need to look for the best odds machine which will be found in the video poker legend.

How do you win at the casino? The best answer is to not play or to buy a used video poker machine for your home game room.

However, there is one sure way to have the best odds when playing slot machines at a casino. More likely to be found are the 9-6 video pokers or less. Most of these are multi game video poker plus some extra games.

The IGT PE Plus multi-game video poker is a five game video poker. The best bet is the newer multi-game platform video pokers. You also need to remember that a machine with a payback percentage of 100% or any percent is based on perfect play.

Another way to enjoy playing video poker is to purchase a used video poker slot machine. You only want to pay attention to these two indicators when one coin is registered. There are many different types of machines that you can purchase.

The legend is found just above the cards on the screen. But the IGT Game King is aptly named and is the King of all the video poker machines. Typically you can find the higher payback video poker machines on a bar top in the casino, but this is not always the case. Choose from IGT PE Plus, Bally Game Makers, and IGT Game Kings. A 9-6 video poker slot machine is around 99% payback while the 8-5 are 97.3%

Horse Race Betting – 10 Golden Rules by Roger Knight

Otherwise your betting will go nowhere.

3) Be flexible in your approach

I said in part one that you shouldn’t bet with emotion. Take time to analyse an unexpected defeat and you may well see that a good opportunity is still just around the corner whilst the less wise majority have given up on him.

Keeping records is ESSENTIAL. Keep a check on yourself and always try to be honest if you ever feel that betting is running away with you. Also, there’s no thrill in putting your financeal future, or even your family’s financial future on the line.

9) Plot a strategy

When using any horse racing system or horse racing tips, here are ten rules that will put more money in your pocket and keep it out of the hands of the bookies.

There is more than one way to win in betting. Better still ‘though, cut out the “fun” bets altogether. It doesn’t mean you have to be happy to lose it. However, there are opportunities when you can see that others are doing exactly that.

If everyone else knows what you know then you can be sure the prices for your “sure bet” will be at their lowest. So punters will then start backing ante-post on emotion only. Don’t bet on whims. Ultimately there’s far more fun in consistently winning than haphazardly losing.

6) Bet only in situations where you think you have an edge.

1) Never bet more than you can afford to lose.

To put it another way – just know when to STOP. It should be obvious, but never bet on your favourite soccer team just because you are desperate to see them win. At the same time, however, do not close you mind to other possibilities. Without keeping records you are shooting in the dark. Once you start staking amounts you can’t afford to lose your judgement will inevitably be affected. The odds of winning the UK national lottery are 14,000,000 to one – but almost every week someone wins it. The only way to stand a chance of winning over the long term is to have a consistent plan and to use a dedicated betting bank that contains no more money than you would be prepared to lose entirely in the worst of circumstances.

2) Remember there are no certainties. . It is regarded as highly unlikely that the moon will crash into the earth tomorrow – but it is not impossible. It infuriates punters, but they only have themselves to blame. So you need to make sure you are not thrown by turnarounds you were not expecting. Look for horse races or other bets where you think the odds on offer are more than they should be for the true likelihood of winning – call these “Value Horses” – and you’ll have profits to be proud of over the longer term.

In times when everyone is looking for instant gratification there are plenty of times where punters are too easily deceived by a single good performance. Experiment to find the approaches that work for your betting and then spend enough time with them to let them work over time. That doesn’t mean you should be inflexible but do bet in a structured way.

Betting on situations when you have an emotional envolvement is to be avoided at all costs. Among the free systems we’ll send you from freehorseracingsystems.com you may well find two or more methods that, when combined together, give you the magic edge.

If you study probability you will learn that absolutely NOTHING is impossible. Your bets should be guided by the VALUE that you can get from a win. If you want to watch a race or a match for the enjoyment of the game then do that without betting on it. The most successful punters have no emotional involvement in the outcome of a sport. If you ever feel you need councelling help to get back in control, take it sooner rather than later.

7) Don’t let strange results throw you.

Decide on the maximum wager you feel comfortable with. On race day however, you may well find better value with other runners.

That should be blindingly obvious – but sadly too many amateur punters just take a risk, hoping that this one will be the big win they need. If you can use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or similar then that can help you to easily analyse profitable statistics. When things go wrong – as sometimes they WILL then you will live to fight another day.

10) Enjoy your betting

As I said in part 1, there is no such thing as a certainty. Of course it’s tough to have to write down those painful losing bets when you’d prefer to forget them, but if you want to make a long-term success of betting you need a record of your failures as well as your successes. No matter how big a cert something looks, never bet your last penny on it. A long losing run tells you you should change your system. You can profit from the folly of others.

Get a strategy and stick to it. Often the press will start writing up the chances of a two year old racehorse for the following year’s Derby or Guineas after only one or two good performances. You can start to build up a picture of the bets that work for you and those that don’t. If you are following a really good race horse that gives you great expectations and he meets an unexpected defeat, don’t let that one event put you off backing him in the future. You may make a modest profit this time but betting this way over the longer period will never bring you a consistent profit. Week in week out, favourites that have been beaten last time out come home on their next outing. An approach that works for one punter may not work for another. It also means you won’t have the possibility of a double disappointment if your favourite team loses and you also lose a bet.

5) Don’t bet on emotion

4) Keep a record of your bets

If you place small bets for fun on weekdays then at least try to take your weekend bets as a serious business with heavier wagers. There are many approaches you can study to back, lay, trade, arbitrage, bet in running, use software to enhance trading or staking. Not just what you think is the likelihood of a win. Just that you can afford to lose it if the worst should happen. If not then at the very least a dedicated paper notebook should be there to do the job.

8) Look for situations where others are betting emotionally.

On soccer, London teams are often at shorter prices than the should be simply because so many of the country’s fans live in the capital and will emotionally back their home sides. Be prepared to stop and take stock. Betting should be a pleasure – but not an adrenaline rush. However much you may feel you are on to “a good thing”, only ever commit a small proportion of your available funds to it. If you’ve followed the other rules ‘though you won’t gave got into a situation where you are painfully losing money. Scientists only talk in probabilities

Make Bets That Assure You A Win

Losing with a small amount will not be a disaster,you can easily make other bets with more excitement and fun.

The real of of online soccer betting is not as simple as the flip of a coin which lets you decide outcome of the match. Generally people get excited and make bets for larger amount all the time,this can lead them to debts because bankroll emptied quite early. Both of the teams have unbeatable good players,but then you should make bets after doing plenty of research work,don’t just stick to one,play smartly.

As the grand soccer world cup 200 is gearing near, players have great opportunity to try hand in making lucrative bets. Many times you might be very close to win,but end up losing. However, despite of being an unpredictable affair betting lets you make huge money within a short span. Make sure you have maintained a betting limit , instead of wagering with hefty bucks, play with a small amount many times. Online betting websites are a great source which provide players with enriched betting odds, higher stakes and array of bets for novices as well experienced punters. Here you get trusted and reliable statistics, tables, betting tips and latest results that relates to football betting. You can also take a look on online lives scores of the matches and take the reviews of expert’s punter

Make your thoughts clear had have a strong base to make the most of this soccer betting season.

. It’s quite visible that Spain and Brazil are hot favorites for this soccer season, with presence of other teams,you need to carefully analyze their individualized performance and then place bets. Websites guides players about recommendable bookmakers, betting tips, free bets and bonuses which let the players to have a unique betting style.

Online-betting.me.uk provides all information that you require for placing winning soccer bets. Managing your betting amount is a crucial part to consider while you are placing soccer bets.

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All of us are aware that betting is a risky affair,this unpredicted event can take you to deep profits and at the same time you can lose also. Website offering betting tips have plethora of tips along with a statistical analysis that guides you and let you focus on the certainty of the bets at stake. It is essential to make a strong by soccer betting,you do not easily lose your calm and play with utmost patience.

The money making strategy in soccer betting is all about taking advantage from the information available,the more you are acquainted with latest trends the more you have chances of making as much money as you can. Making money from soccer betting is all the matter of taking advantage from the information

Casino-Gaming :: Sports Betting Using Offshore Sportsbooks

Offshore betting

is proving to be a safe, secure, customer-friendly, billion-dollar industry, complete with

sportsbooks and online casinos.

If you don’t know which sportsbooks are quality, well run businesses, visit a few gambling

websites. You will find that offshore betting is an easy alternative

for Americans that like to wager but do not necessarily have the resources to travel to Nevada

every weekend. In addition, I recommend to record all your offshore

betting transactions in a log to track performance, betting trends, and any information you may

need to look back on someday.. With more

offshore betting sites being established, customers are winning with nice bonuses and

freebies as companies duke it out to win new business. If you don’t know which books are quality,

well run businesses, locate a gambling website which lists some of the superior offshore

sports betting books. I suggest that the offshore betting online portal only promotes 3 or 4 of

the best and most secure offshore sportsbooks that accept US players. In addition, the fact that you

can wager, 24/7, from anywhere in the world online or over the phone gives the offshore

sportsbooks a big advantage over the walk in environment. Bet offshore and make

a wider variety of picks at anytime of day from the comforts of your La-Z-Boy. I personally bet at

only 2 sportsbooks daily since I find the odds given are very competitive. The positives of offshore betting are hard to

ignore, whether via Internet or telephone. However, make sure that the offshore sportsbook does accept US players. Remember,

the point of gambling on sports is to have fun. Betting offshore from home also allows the bettor to shop

around for the best lines, which encourages bettors to have accounts at different sportsbooks.

Bonuses as well as seasonal promotions and a variety of wager limits are all advantages

to playing with an offshore sportsbook rather than a land-based sportsbook.

Every year, more and more serious bettors flock to Internet sportsbooks like 5Dimes Sportsbook,

BetUS, and BookMaker Sportsbook. The offshore sportsbooks make the wagering experience

more convenient and pleasurable because of the instant access along with a much larger

betting menu and high wagering limits. Instead of piling the

kids into the minivan for a road trip to Las Vegas, consider the offshore sportsbooks for

convenient, hassle-free betting from the comfort of your home computer. Still, the customer is still king, and successful offshore

betting sites recognize this. The offshore sportsbooks make

the wagering experience more convenient and pleasurable because of the instant access

along with a much larger betting menu and high wagering limits. After you have registered for an account, you are going to need to deposit

funds into the offshore betting account. Nothing beats the thrill of betting in a Las Vegas sportsbook, but offshore betting is an easy

alternative for many Americans that like to wager but don’t necessarily have the resources to

travel to Nevada every weekend. I do know that on my website, I offer a sportsbooks section which lists some of the

superior offshore sports betting books that I personally bet at daily.

After you have found the book that suits your betting needs, you are going to need to sign up

for an account. In addition, the 2

sportsbooks that I use offer fast payouts and have great customer service. In addition, make

sure that it is a quality sportsbook that is secure.

Betting offshore from home also allows the sports bettor to shop around for the best lines,

which encourages bettors to have accounts at different sportsbooks. Fortunately there is a lot of easy information to be found on just about

every sportsbook on the Internet.

Leave it to good old-fashioned competition to improve the betting industry. And offshore sportsbooks offer the sports

bettor a complete playing and entertainment experience.

Most of the offshore betting parlors offer 1 free payout a month. With more

offshore betting sites being established, customers are winning with nice bonuses and freebies

as companies duke it out to win new business

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How the Sports Betting Line is Made by RJ Bell

Why the Line Changes

How the Opening Line Is Made

What Is the Line Trying to Accomplish?

The opening line is the first line created by the oddsmakers, which is then sent out to sportsbooks. Reasons for such adjustments include:

Since the oddsmaker’s ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account. People think it’s much more complicated, but it’s not.”

Power ratings are the oddsmaker’s value of each team and are used as a guide to calculate a “preliminary” pointspread on an upcoming game. In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action. Stated another way, they want to create a line that half the people find appealing to bet one way while the other half find it appealing to bet the other way (known as ‘dividing the action’).

Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor (called juice or vig – typically $11 bet to win $10).

The last step in the line-making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line “feels right.” This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture.

Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) is the world’s premier oddsmaking company and the most respected authority on making the lines.

Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time.

Experts working for the individual books having a strong opinion on the game

“The main objective is that our clients get equal action on both sides,” Seba said.

“The #1 thing for us is to make a line for each game that creates good two-way action.

The purpose of these adjustments, like all line adjustments, is to more equally divide the betting action. Of course there is an entire method to the madness on how the opening line is created. Seba explained that it all starts with each oddsmaker creating a line on each game based upon their own personal approach. If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC -7, then an adjustment up to -7.5 or -8 would be made in response to the public’s expected USC bias. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4-5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro & college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game. Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process. “We’re not trying to pick the team that covers the spread, we’re trying to make it a coin flip, a tough decision (for the bettor). Examples of non-game factors that would require an adjustment to a team’s power rating are key player injuries and player trades.

Moving the line is the oddsmaker’s effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor’s decision. Mike Seba is a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. Also, adjustments are made after reading each team’s local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches & players are thinking going into the game. For example, the public might have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC. By necessity their approach is very research-oriented and concise, since with millions of dollars at risk there is little margin for error.

RJ Bell

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. Oddsmakers at LVSC are professional sports junkies who love what they do and would probably do it for nothing if you asked them, but they do get paid for it. We do this by drawing from past experiences and applying them to current situations. If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job.”

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Once a game’s power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team’s most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent. Of the 4-5 oddsmakers, generally the 2 most respected opinions are weighed more heavily by the Odds Director before he decides on the final line. This usually includes having up-to-date power ratings on each team.

“You either have a passion for it or you don’t,” Seba said. Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an “adjusted line.”

Once the opening line is released by LVSC, the individual sportsbooks decide if they want to make any adjustments before offering it to the public. The power ratings are adjusted after each game a team plays.

For example, if the pointspread on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 ½ to try and attract money on the favorite. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line.

A round-table discussion among the 4-5 oddsmakers involved in making the line for each sport is then conducted and a consensus line is decided upon by the Odds Director before it is released to the sportsbooks.

There is a common misconception that point spreads represent the oddsmakers’ prediction of how many points the favorite will win by.

Individual books having players who consistently bet with certain tendencies (such as an extreme bias toward favorites or toward a certain popular team like USC)

Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event-related factors such as player injuries or weather. That is not the case at all – their intent is NOT to evenly split the ATS result between the teams; rather, their goal is to attract equal betting action on both sides

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