We are now at the stage in the World Cup when all 32 teams are playing the third and final group fixtures. Getting the World Cup betting information is what we are here to share with you.The top two teams in each section qualify for the knockout rounds and the first stage is matches in the round of the last 16. After the round robin format in the first round whereby each team plays the other three teams in the group the World Cup now becomes a knockout competition culminating in the final. It takes 48 matches to reduce the field from 32 to 16 teams. There are now 16 matches in the knockout rounds and that includes a playoff for third and fourth place.
If scores are tied after 90 minutes there is a further 30 minutes of extra-time. If there is still a stalemate ties are settled with a penalty shootout and both teams take five penalties. Sudden death penalties then apply if the teams cannot be separated. It is cruel to lose on penalties but this is still the fairest way to decide the outcome of Cup matches. One team progresses to the next round and the other team is eliminated. The schedule does not allow for replays even if the final is a draw. A penalty shoot out is still based on skill but the best team does not always progress. Continue reading
The 118th U.S. Open kicks off this week in Southampton, New York. This tournament is one of the four Major Championships of the year, and it is one of the most exciting parts of the PGA season. We’re now far enough into the season that some clear favorites have emerged for this championship, but we’re also early enough that anyone can win. Part of the nature of golf is that even an average professional golfer has an outside chance of winning on any given day, and at a Major, anything is possible.
Before you place your bets, read over our quick guide to figuring out which golfers and which bets are positive value, and which ones you should probably stay away from. While we can’t predict the future, we can look over the current values on some of the more popular bets and help you to figure out from a mathematical point of view which ones provide opportunity. Continue reading
Sports betting can be a time consuming and complex venture. There’s a lot of possibility for profits, but there’s also a lot of possibility for losing your money. After spending hours of your time researching, losing money is the last thing that you want to do. That’s where Sports Trader comes in. By taking a unique approach to sports betting, Sports Trader doesn’t ask you to make those hard betting decisions, but rather to choose a system and invest your money.
This concept is a tough one to grasp at first but thinking about it like the stock market is a helpful comparison. Let’s say you find a mutual fund that has had a really impressive track record over the last several years, so you invest your money in it. You are not the one making the decisions regarding which stocks are a part of that fund—that’s up to the fund manager. The systems on Sports Trader are similar to this. You choose the system or systems that you wish to use, and the bets are given to you. In this regard, you see all of the benefits of winning bets, but don’t need to put in the hours of research to pick each one individually. Continue reading
The Kentucky Derby is going to be held on Saturday, May 5th, this year. This is one of the biggest races of the year, and it is always the one that attracts the most amount of media attention. The Kentucky Derby is the first of the three Triple Crown races held for three-year old thoroughbreds, and it’s one of the most heavily bet on races every single year. If you’re thinking about placing a bet, we’ve put together a small preview for you. It’s still too early to know the Derby field for certain, but at this point in the year, a few main contenders have stepped forward. More information will be available as the lineup for the race is determined.
Right now, one of the most talked about horses is Magnum Moon. Magnum Moon won the 2018 Arkansas Derby, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious Kentucky Derby prep races. A win in this race has solidified his entry to Kentucky and has also given him the spotlight. Magnum has won all four of his career starts, but Arkansas was by far the most competitive field that he has seen. The heavy traffic at the beginning of the race was akin to what he will experience during the Derby. He battled through this, and once he took the lead he never gave it up. Magnum is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has a reputation for training some of the best horses in the world. Continue reading
The Masters kicks off on Thursday, and with it, one of the most exciting events of the year if you’re a golf fan. This is the first Major tournament of the year, and it is always one of the most anticipated events on the PGA Tour. This is also one of the biggest weeks of the year when it comes to sports betting. As you get ready to place your bets, it’s important that you educate yourself in order to give yourself the best chance possible of winning. Here, we’ve taken a look at a few of the top ranked golfers for the weekend with the hopes that we can help boost your odds of picking a winner
Dustin Johnson: Johnson is the number one ranked golfer at most sites going into The Masters. That means that he’s going to be a low value bet and that you’re likely to spend too much on him. Now, that might not necessarily be a bad thing as the general consensus is that he’s dominating the PGA right now. However, the downside of choosing Johnson is that if he does win, you won’t win as much as you probably deserve. Unfortunately, the odds point to him disappointing rather than surprising here. That’s just the nature of being the number one guy—there’s only one place that you can go from there. Your bet is likely going to be better used somewhere else. Continue reading
The Open Championship kicks off this Thursday, the third of the four Major Championships of the PGA Tour. If you’re going to be placing a bet, it’s always smart to look for overlays, and forget about bets that don’t have great payouts, even if the golfer is hot. Pro golf is one of those sports where even a great golfer doesn’t have a sure chance of winning a Major. Not only are most of the best golfers in the world entered, there’s such a high amount of variance in a single tournament that even an outsider could surprise us and win.
Before you lock in any bets at Bovada, be sure to read over our value play analysis. Hopefully this will help you to conceive of a better betting strategy and improve your chances of winning money. Continue reading
According to the Las Vegas sportsbooks, the favorite to win the PGA Tour Championship is now Dustin Johnson. This is no surprise to us, especially considering how consistent he has been this season and that fact that he is at his peak performance right now on top of that. What did surprise us was how little most sportsbooks are paying out for him if he wins. The odds that are returned to you if he is the winner stand around +450 right now. That’s not nearly as bad as they could be, but in a field with this much depth, we expected at least another +150 on top of this.
For Johnson to be a worthwhile bet, he needs to have a better than 22 percent chance of winning this tournament. While he’s certainly performing at a much better level than others here, there’s very little chance of him being able to hold off the likes of Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth over the course of a large number of samples in a tournament setting like this. So while Johnson is a great bet, he’s not great enough at +450 to be a consistent choice. We’d really like to see him at +600, although a price of +550 is probably safe on him. Continue reading
The 2016 NFL season is about to kick off! This season promises to be exciting, and after all of the events of last postseason and the summer, this is one of the most highly hyped football seasons in recent history. If you don’t know who the favorite team is to win the Super Bowl this year, you’re definitely not alone. Let’s take a look at what the sports books say, and whether or not those are good choices for your own betting.
Right now, many books have the New England Patriots listed as the favorites to win the Super Bowl. This is a bold call, especially as Tom Brady is suspended for a portion of the season. The line is +750, on average, which is actually a pretty fair number. The reality is, even with Brady missing some of the season, he’s not sitting out long enough to take away New England’s chances of making the playoffs. Continue reading
Thursday, July 28th, marks the beginning of the PGA Championship, held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. The Championship will be held on the Lower Course, and this is one of the nicest, most beautiful courses in the U.S. Whether you’re going to the course itself to watch, you’re planning on watching it on TV, or if you are just going to put together a fantasy golf lineup and then watch the results pour in, this is one of the biggest Championships of the year, and the talent pool here is the best we’ve seen all year.
Much of this is because of the huge amount of money up for grabs here. The purse stands at $10 million, which is tied for the largest purse of the season with the other two U.S. based Majors, The Masters and the U.S. Open Championship. Continue reading
Starting on Thursday, June xx, the U.S. Open Championship kicks off. This four day tournament is the second Major Championship of the 2016 PGA Tour, and the field looks a lot more uncertain than it did last year. Last year, after his stunning performance at The Masters, Jordan Spieth was a strong favorite going into the U.S. Open, but that’s certainly not the case this year. Let’s take a look at who the sports books like, what the payouts are if they take the win, and how you should approach your own bets.
Right now, the overwhelming favorite for this tournament is Jason Day. The consensus return on him is currently +700. Following closely behind him are Spieth and Rory McIlroy, at +800 and +850, respectively. All of these seem like great deals, especially because of how dominant they are or have been. There are concerns with all three of them, though, and it’s hard to see at first glance which, if any, are going to be good bets, and which are throwing your money away. Continue reading