5 Best 2019 MLB Win Totals Bets – Take the Phillies OVER 84.5 – SportsBettingDime.com

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Rhys Hoskins and the Phillies should be formidable in 2019. Photo by Ian D’Andrea (Wiki Commons) [CC License].
  • BetOnline has released 2019 win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams
  • The Phillies are being criminally undervalued at just 84.5 wins
  • Oddsmakers are also overlooking the Reds despite the team’s aggressive offseason overhaul

Spring Training is still one month away, but that hasn’t stopped the oddsmakers at BetOnline from peeking into their crystal balls and predicting the win totals for all 30 Major League Baseball teams.

The Houston Astros lead the way with 96.5 wins, but the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees aren’t far behind at 95.5 wins each. Bringing up the rear are the lowly Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins, both of whom are expected to lose 95 games or more.

Top 5 2019 MLB Win Totals

Team 2019 MLB Win Totals at
BetOnline (01/23/19)
Houston Astros 96.5
Boston Red Sox 95.5
New York Yankees 95.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 94.5
Cleveland Indians 90.5

We’ve examined all of BetOnline’s projections and have found five win totals that you should pounce on immediately.

Philadelphia Phillies (84.5 Wins)

The 80-win Phillies fell far short of postseason glory in 2018, but there’s reason to believe their luck will change this year. For starters, Philadelphia has added some serious star power with the acquisitions of All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Mariners, and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen from the Yankees.  Both players are professional hitters who add plenty of pop to Philly’s lineup.

Management also strengthened the team’s bullpen by signing free agent reliever David Robertson to a two-year deal. The former World Series champ was 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA last season with the Yankees, and held opponents to a minuscule .183 batting average. He should work wonders for a club that ranked 18th last season in bullpen ERA.

Those three signings have already made Philadelphia’s offseason a success, but the club isn’t done wheeling and dealing just yet. Philly is also still in the thick of the Manny Machado and Bryce Harper sweepstakes. The franchise has gobs of money to spend and either player could easily account for an additional 10-12 wins. Get the Phillies at 84.5 wins now while you still can, before they land their man and oddsmakers raise their projected total.

Pick: Over 84.5

Cincinnati Reds (77.5 Wins)

Few teams have undergone a more aggressive makeover this offseason than the Reds, and that’s a good thing, since they stunk worse than a beer and bratwurst fart last season. Cincinnati swung for the fences on December 21st by acquiring All-Stars Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Wood from the Dodgers for Homer Bailey and a pair of prospects.

The deal cost them a small fortune, but immediately upgrades their roster in several areas of need. Puig, in particular, should shine at Great American Ballpark after years of playing in cavernous Dodger Stadium.

The Reds have since bolstered their rotation by landing Sonny Gray from the Yankees. The 29-year-old right-hander wilted under the bright lights of New York, but should flourish playing in a smaller market again. Expect him to reagain his All-Star form from 2015 when he went 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA for the Athletics.

Pick: Over 77.5 

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Atlanta Braves (83.5 Wins)

Few pundits expected the Baby Braves to win 90 games in 2018, but now that we know what they’re capable of a six-game slide seems nearly unthinkable.

If all goes according to plan, Atlanta will benefit from a full season from NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., who didn’t join the Braves until April 25th. Fellow first year phenom Ozzie Albies should also be significantly better, which is a terrifying thought for opposing pitchers.

The two players will be joined by three-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, who finished fourth in NL MVP voting in 2018, and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson, who signed as a free agent on November 26th. That’s an impressive core, and it should be enough to keep the good vibes going in the Peach State.

Pick: Over 83.5

Boston Red Sox (95.5 Wins)

No one expects the Red Sox to shatter last year’s franchise record of 108 regular season wins, but surely the defending World Series champs can muster 96 victories. After all, Boston is returning the same formidable lineup that led the Majors in hits, doubles, total bases, RBIs, batting average, onbase percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. Oh, and they’ll also have former AL MVP Dustin Pedoria back at second after a year of rest and rehabilitation. His presence should make the league’s most lethal offense even more deadly.

The only real question mark is who will close out games, as Boston and free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel are still miles apart in their negotiations. Fortunately the Red Sox have some quality arms in Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier, and manager Alex Cora is likely to experiment with a closer-by-committee approach for much of the season.

Pick: Over 95.5 wins

Seattle Mariners (74.5 Wins)

You’ll have to excuse Mariners fans if they’re feeling a little glum. Seattle completely eviscerated their 89-win team during the winter by unloading All-Star reliever Edwin Diaz, All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, All-Star infielder Jean Segura, All-Star pitcher Alex Colome, lefty ace James Paxton, and (pause for breath) hard-hitting cather Mike Zunino.

The last time we witnessed a fire sale of that magnitude was a year ago when the Marlins shipped off their starting outfield for a bunch of prospects and a rosin bag. The result was a 14-game swing as Miami went from 77-85 to 63-98. Expect a similar scenario in the Northwest this year, only with a lot more rain and a lot less palm trees.

Pick Under 74.5 wins 

Uganda| President Yoweri Museveni bans sports betting – RegionWeek

Sports betting: Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered that no new licenses should be issued to sports neither betting companies nor renewing of permits for the existing ones.

According to Minister of State for Finance, Mr. David Bahati, the President gave the directive saying that gambling has diverted the attention of the youth from hard work.

“We have received a directive from President Museveni to stop licensing sports betting, gaming and gambling companies. The President has now directed the board which has been regulating them. From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licenses when they expire,” Mr. Bahati revealed on Sunday during a church service in Rugarama Hill in western Kabale town.

He cited the negative impact of betting on the youth as the main motive behind the presidential directive.

“From now onwards, no new companies are going to be licensed. Those which are already registered, no renewal of licenses when they expire,” he added.

The Minister was speaking to a church congregation in the western town of Kabale. He insinuated that church leaders who have been against sports betting can now praise the Lord because their prayers have been answered.

Sports betting continue to gain a stranglehold across most parts of Africa. Young people are usually seen camped at centers especially placing bets on football games in the English Premier League, UEFA Champions Leagues and other top football leagues.

The Ministry of Finance spokesman, Mr. Jim Mugunga, said he was unaware of the president’s directive but added that he does not doubt it.

“I don’t know but since it was said by a minister, quote him. That’s good news,” Mr. Mugunga said.

More than 70 percent of Ugandans are engaged in various forms of gambling

Reports say that In 2016, Uganda’s National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board revealed that more than 70 percent of Ugandans under 30 are engaged in various forms of gambling and they spend an estimated Shs150 billion ($40.52 million) annually on gambling. The board licensed 16 betting companies in 2017 and collected Sh35 billion in taxes accrued from gaming operations in the 2017/2018 financial year.

It set a revenue target of approximately Sh45 billion in the 2018/2019 financial year or even more than Sh100 billion due to the introduction of a centralized monitoring system that allows it track every transaction logged by the punters in all gaming outlets. However, with the recent decision by the government, its revenue target will be impossible to achieve.

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Harrah’s Philadelphia to launch sports betting operations this week – BettingUS

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Chester is set to launch sports betting operations on Tuesday, becoming the sixth operational sportsbook in Pennsylvania.

The Harrah’s sportsbook will open to the public from 2 pm on Tuesday. Tuesday’s launch will be a soft launch as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) requires all new sportsbooks in the state to go through a 48-hour test period.

As long as the launch is successful, the Harrah’s sportsbook will be fully operational for Thursday 24 January.

In a statement, Chris Albrecht, Harrah’s Philadelphia Senior Vice President & General Manager, said: “We are excited to bring sports betting to Delaware County and allow our guests from the tri-state area to experience our property in a whole new way.

“With our gaming offering, live harness racing, our event center, award-winning restaurants and now the sportsbook, Harrah’s Philadelphia remains a must visit destination in the Philadelphia region.”

The Harrah’s sportsbook will accept wagers on a variety of sports including basketball, football, hockey, soccer, baseball and college athletics.

The sportsbook is located at the back of the casino floor and features 11 high-top tables, 19 lounge seats, over 45 large screen TVs and a bar.

Christian Stuart, EVP of Gaming & Interactive Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment said: “The launch of retail sports betting at Harrah’s Philadelphia is another exciting milestone, showcasing Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to leading this expanding industry. The Harrah’s Philadelphia offering is fully integrated into Total Rewards, so customers can easily earn and redeem points for all Caesars amenities worldwide.”

Last week, the South Philadelphia Turf Club became the fifth venue in the state to launch sports betting operations.

The sportsbook at the South Philadelphia Turf Club is powered by Kamni and is located within walking distance of various stadiums where sporting events are held on a regular basis

The opening of the sportsbook at the South Philadelphia Turf Club came exactly one week after Parx Casino launched sports betting operations.

What legal sports betting in the US means for offshore sportsbooks – The Capital Sports Report

By The Capital Sports Report Staff

Until fairly recently if you searched for legal online betting in the US you’d probably find yourself presented with a huge array of legal offshore businesses. All of them are eager to take your money and you may even win some of it back.

However, times are slowly changing. In May 2018 the Supreme Court decided that paspa was not a valid bill. The bill was created to prevent the spread of sports betting in the US, arguably to prevent game rigging.


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Prior to the bill, the only states that had commercial gaming were Nevada, New Jersey, and South Dakota. In fact, the bill only allowed sports betting in states that were already practicing it; Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.

At the current time, every state has the right to decide its own position regarding sports betting, specifically online. Of course, this means the law will be different in each state you visit, while online sports betting may be legal in a state this doesn’t automatically mean that you can do it online at home! You’ll need to check the rules to see if you have to visit the casino or what other factors are relevant.

It’s important to be aware of the states where you can place bets legally and to remember that an app that works in one state may not work in another.

How It Affects Offshore Sportsbooks

Sports betting is legal in most of Europe, including the use of online apps. The power of the internet makes it possible for any US resident to access these sites and places bets, regardless of the laws applicable in the state where they reside. Of course, this doesn’t make it legal!

Option 1 is to use a VPN which disguises where you are actually resident, allowing a US resident to place bets in Europe while appearing to be from Europe.

Option 2 is to place bets with an online sports betting app that is permissible in the US. But, you’ll need to verify they have a genuine license to do this; if they don’t and they refuse to pay out your winnings you’ll have no way to get your money.

As sports betting becomes more prevalent legally in the United States there will be less need or demand for the offshore sportsbooks. This is good news for the customer as you’ll be able to use legal sites and your bets will be protected.

Unfortunately, this won’t be such good news for the offshore sportsbooks as they will be a less attractive option to anyone hoping to make a few extra dollars on a game.

The real issue will be whether playing on an illegal site leaves you vulnerable to prosecution. In reality, there are very few consequences when using an offshore sportsbook. If this situation changes as legal sports betting in the US increases then many offshore betting businesses are going to feel the pinch.

But, as always; check the local rules before you play.

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Esports Betting Market Set to Explode to a Total Value of $12.9B by 2020 – Casino.Org News

Esports is already the fastest-growing sector in the rapidly expanding sports betting market, and its piece of the pie is only going to get bigger in the years ahead.

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The biggest esports competitions can generate prize pools in the tens of millions. (Esportsbets.com)

According to research done by NJGames.org, the total amount bet on esports competitions is expected to hit $12.9 billion by 2020. Compared to the $5.5 billion bet on esports in 2016, that number would mark a 134 percent increase in just four years.

To put that $12.9 billion figure in perspective, the total
handle for sportsbooks in Nevada on all sports was about $4.8 billion in 2017.

“The growth of e-sports is based on overall viewership and the amount of money that curiosity generates is huge,” NJGames content manager Onur Unlu told the South China Morning Post. “Sponsorships, larger prize money, advertising will all be larger as the interest in esports increases.”

For the uninitiated, esports are video game competitions
featuring teams of players battling against one another, often for large sums
of cash, and often in front of huge live audiences.

Last year’s Dota 2 Championship in Vancouver featured a $25
million prize pool and attracted tens of thousands of fans.

Compare that to prize pools in some of the most recent
events in major sports:

PGA Sony Open – $6.4M

PGA Tournament of Champions – $6.5M

ATP Sydney International – $528,910

US Open Tennis Tournament – $47M

World Series of Poker – $62M

Just Not in Massachusetts

While betting on the sport is expected to explode in the
years ahead, none of that betting will be taking place in Massachusetts, at
least, not legally.

State Governor Charlie Baker announced the intention to file a sports betting bill this week, but bettors won’t be able to place a wager on any esports competition, in addition to college and amateur sports.

When New Jersey introduced its sports betting bill in 2018,
it initially vowed to disallow any betting on “electronic sports, and
competitive video games.”

However, after some outcry from the community, state legislators later amended the bill to allow for esports betting – as long as all the competitors in the competition are over 17-years old. But as many of the best esports players in the world are in their early teens, that severely limits the options.

The Seedy Side

It’s not as simple as sitting back and watching the betting money roll in, however.

Issues surrounding match fixing and fraud are significant
concerns for the esports industry, perhaps even more so than in the traditional

According to the head of the ESports Integrity Coalition, Ian Smith, cheating and match fixing is “incredibly widespread” in the industry.

He adds that, unlike tennis, golf, and football, esports has
no single governing body, making it difficult to organize and work against

Expect growth paired with a plethora of growing pains in the
years ahead.

Matched Betting: How to Generate Guaranteed Profits Through Sports Bets – thesportsdaily.com

Are you a huge sports fan? Did you know you can put your love and knowledge of sports to use to earn some real cash? You may have heard of matched betting, but what you probably don’t know is that there are certain matched betting techniques and strategies which you can put to use, and when combined with strong knowledge of sports teams, earn a steady, guaranteed income.

In this article we look at how matched betting works, and how these techniques can be applied to sports betting to earn a tidy income.

What is Matched Betting?

Matched betting is a specific strategy which involves placing a “matched bet” against another bet, hence the name. It is not gambling, because it is not banking one way on a result, but rather a special technique which means you will get a guaranteed result, regardless of the result.

Matched betting leverages the free bets given out by online bookmakers. Bookmakers give sign-up offers, or free bets or incentives, usually around £10 each to new members. They also give “reload” offers in similar amounts, which are issued to existing customers to encourage them to place more bets. Matched betting takes advantage of these offers to place bets both ways on a result, meaning a guaranteed profit no matter the result.

Let’s take a look at how this works.

How Does Matched Betting Work?

In this process you would start by using a free offer of £10 from an online bookmaker to place a bet. This is called your “lay bet”. At the same, you place a bet , also of £10, on another betting exchange, on the exact opposite result as the lay bet. This is called the “matched bet” and must be at the same odds as the lay bet.

This means that, whatever happens in regards to the result of the bet, you will gain £10 at the end of the day.Or more accurately, you will have £8 or £9 as most bookmakers will allow a maximum pay out of 80-90%. Of course, this isn’t a huge profit, but when you repeat this process over and over you can earn a significant amount of money. With hundreds of online bookmakers continually releasing more free offers, you can also use this strategy to bring in regular, sustained income.

People how apply this strategy regularly overtime and are willing to dedicate some time to it report earning between £600 and £1000 a month from matched betting. This amount largely depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate to researching and placing bets. Check this matched betting guide for more information on how to apply effective matched betting strategies over time.

How Can Matched Betting Be Used With Sports Betting?

One of the most common ways to apply the matched betting strategy is on bets on sport match results. The English Premier League, for example, offers great potential for profits through matched betting. This league has a season which runs from August toMay and with 38 matches in total across the season, with bookmakers taking bets on all. Particularly at the beginning of the season, bookmakers release a high number of free offers to encourage people to bet on the Premier League. Of course, this is  great asset to matched bettors, as more free offers can mean more profits!

If you want to make a sustained income through matched betting on sports matches, your best strategy is to pick at least two sports with opposite seasons. So if you are focusing on betting on the Premier League through winter, and MBL or Cricket in the Summer. It is also a good idea to stick to two or maximum three sports niches to let you focus and build up your knowledge in those niches.

Do I Need Particular Skills for Matched Betting?

Matched betting as a concept is relatively simple, however in order to maximise the profits you are able to make it is worthwhile building a few skills in this area. Knowing the basics of how online bookmakers work is essential, and having knowledge of sports leagues and schedules is also helpful.

Luckily, there are a number of tools and resources online which can help you to do this, as well as some great online communities of other matched bettors. By participating in these communities, for example through online forums, you can share tips, get advice and learn about risks and dangers to watch out for. These places are also a great source of information when it comes to learning about the latest reload and special offers.

With a little knowledge, time and effort, you could turn your passion for sports into a tidy side income thanks to matched betting techniques and strategies.