2019 IIHF U20 World Juniors Quarterfinal Odds and Picks – SportsBettingDime.com


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Logan Cockerill and Team USA take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Photo by @detroitnewsnow [Twitter]
  • Sweden and Russia take perfect 4-0 records into the World Junior Championship quarterfinals
  • Canada (3-1) and the USA (3-0-1) are the No. 2 seeds
  • Defending champion Canada also lost one preliminary-round game at last year’s tournament

As Canada seeks to become the first back-to-back winner of the World Junior Championship since the Canadians won five in a row from 2005-09, they will be following a familiar path.

Canada also entered last year’s medal round as a second seed with one loss on its resume.

Playing on home ice in Vancouver, Canada remains the favorite to win the tournament, but the Canadians have lost two of the last three World Juniors that they’ve hosted.

Though Russia and Sweden enter the playoff round as unbeaten No. 1 seeds, it’s been a long time since either the Russians (2011) or Swedes (2012) were champions of this event.

Finland vs Canada Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at
Bovada
Finland +250 +1.5 (-105) O 6.5 (-110)
Canada -345 -1.5 (-125) U 6.5 (-120)

*All odds taken 1/1

Start Time: 6:30pm EST

Despite losing its final round-robin game 2-1 to the Russians, Bovada still lists Canada as the +110 chalk to win the tournament.

Canada has never failed to win a medal in this event when playing on home ice – six gold, four silver, two bronze.

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The loss to the Russians marked the first time Canada has trailed in the tournament. Canadian captain Maxime Comtois shares the tourney lead with five goals.

The Finns whipped Canada 5-2 in a pre-tournament game, but the Finns are 0-11 all-time in the world junior tourney when facing Canada in Canada. Forward Eeli Tolvanen, favored to lead the world junior in goals, is still without a tally.

Pick: Canada (-345), under 6.5 (-120)

Czech Republic vs USA Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at
Bovada
Czech Republic +265 +1.5 (EVEN) O 6.5 (-105)
USA -375 -1.5 (-130) U 6.5 (-125)

Start Time: 8pm EST

Following up their four-goal third-period rally in a 5-4 overtime loss to Sweden, the USA handled the Finns easily 4-1 to finish with a 3-0-1 mark in pool play.

Forward Ryan Poehling leads the tournament with eight points and shares top spot with five goals. Jason Robertson (1-5-6) and Joel Farabee (3-2-5) give Team USA three of the top eight scorers.

The Czechs have been one of the biggest disappointments of this World Junior tourney.

Filip Zadina, who scored seven goals last year, is still without a goal. Martin Necas, who shared the 2018 scoring lead with 11 points, shows 1-2-3 totals.

Pick: USA (-375), over 6.5 (-125)

Slovakia vs Russia Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Slovakia +450 +2.5 (-105) O 6 (-110)
Russia -800 -1.5 (-115) U 6 (-120)

Start Time: 10:30pm EST

The unbeaten Russians have allowed a tournament-low six goals in four games.

The Slovaks have surrendered 14 goals, most of any medal-round qualifier.

Switzerland vs Sweden Odds

Teams Moneyline Puck Line Total at Bovada
Switzerland +650 +3.5 (-160) O 6 (-115)
Sweden -1400 -3.5 (-120) U 6 (-115)

Start Time: 4pm EST

The Swedes are champions of pool play, with 48 consecutive victories. But they are 13-14 in the medal round and five players missed their last game due to illness.

Switzerland’s Philipp Kurashev shares the tournament goal-scoring lead with five.

Pick: Switzerland (+650), under 6 (-115)



Eagles Enter Playoffs with Worst Super Bowl 53 Odds; Is There Any Value? – SportsBettingDime.com


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Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles have the longest odds to win Super Bowl 53 when they enter the playoffs against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. By Tech. Sgt. Charles Walker (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • The NFL Playoffs kick off on Sunday with the Wild Card round
  • With the longest average odds, do the Eagles present Super Bowl value?
  • Which longshot team is the best bet?

Seven teams enter the 2019 NFL Playoffs with 1000+ odds to win Super Bowl 53.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the biggest underdogs with average odds of +3100. Do the Eagles present Super Bowl betting value?

Super Bowl 53 Odds

Team Odds at
Bovada
Odds at
BetOnline
New Orleans Saints +250 +250
LA Rams +400 +500
Kansas City Chiefs +470 +450
New England Patriots +650 +600
Chicago Bears +700 +800
Baltimore Ravens +1300 +1400
LA Chargers +1500 +1600
Dallas Cowboys +2500 +2500
Houston Texans +2500 +2500
Seattle Seahawks +2800 +2500
Indianapolis Colts +3000 +2500
Philadelphia Eagles +3500 +2000

*For more options please follow the link in the table. 

Can Foles Re-Capture Playoff Magic?

Last year Foles took over for an injured Carson Wentz and led Philly to becoming Super Bowl Champions.

Foles has been thrust into a similar situation this year and has again responded with a 4-1 record in five starts. While two came at the beginning of the year, Foles has led the Eagles to three straight wins over the Rams, Texans and Redskins.

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The Eagles as a whole have run off five wins in their past six with their only loss coming in a 29-23 overtime defeat to the Cowboys in Week 14.

There was some concern Foles could miss out on the Wild Card game against Chicago after he left yesterday’s game with bruised ribs. However, Head Coach Doug Pederson announced on Monday that Foles will be ready to start against the Bears.

Can the Eagles do it? The team responds to Foles and they definitely have the experience to know what it takes for a long playoff run.

By the Bears choosing to play their starters and beat the Vikings they were essentially calling their shot and saying they preferred to play the Eagles. That could be used as extra motivation by Pederson.

The Eagles are only 3-4 on the road and have beaten just three teams with a winning record this year.

But repeating as Super Bowl champs is no easy task.

As the NFC’s sixth seed, they’ll be on the road for the duration of the playoffs. They’ve also been on the road for three of the past four weeks meaning they very well could run out of gas soon.

The Eagles are only 3-4 on the road and have beaten just three teams with a winning record this year.

Bet On The League’s Hottest Team At Long Odds

While the Eagles have only lost once in the past six weeks, over in the AFC the Indianapolis Colts have only lost once since Week 6.

After a 1-5 start, the Colts became just the third team since the merger to make the playoffs by going 9-1 in their next ten games.

The Colts are riding a four-game winning streak which included a 24-21 road win against the Texans. This week they’ll travel to Houston once again for the Wild Card round as 2.5 point dogs.

Indy’s seventh-ranked offense is also tied for eighth in net yards per play. Should they advance to face Kansas City, both teams will boast a potent offense, but Indy will hold a big advantage defensively. The Colts are ranked 11th in YPG on defense while KC are 31st.

I think repeating as champs will be too tough for the Eagles. At average odds of +2800, Indy looks a good bet to stay hot and make a deep run.

No matter which longshot bet you like, keep in mind you can often make a larger return in the playoffs by taking a moneyline rollover approach. That is betting a team to win on the moneyline each round and re-investing your winnings into them winning again the next game.

With lower seeds likely being priced as dogs throughout the playoffs, the resulting payout will likely be larger than a single futures bet. It also gives you the option to keep your winnings if your feelings on the team change during the playoffs.

Best Longhot Bet: Indy +3000 (Bovada)



Sports gambling, moving casinos will make gaming big part of upcoming legislative session – Indianapolis Star


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The Indiana General Assembly’s upcoming session will involve gaming issues more than anytime in years, including bills on legal sports gambling.

“I think there are a lot of issues that are rather extraordinary for this year,” said Phil Sicuso, an Indianapolis attorney who moderated a panel discussion previewing the issues facing lawmakers. 

Sen. Jon Ford, R-Indianapolis, agreed. 

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“I think that in this session, clearly, we’ll have a lot of discussion on different areas in gaming,” Ford said.

Sports gambling, charity gaming, location of casinos, tax rates, and policies on “free play” promotions are the issues 

They are issues that could affect the seven companies that own casinos or racinos in the state. Matt Bell, president of the Casino Association of Indiana, stressed consistency and stability as attracting investment.

“The challenge before policy makers is, how do we make sure Indiana is positioned to succeed in a 21st Century environment while at the same time acting in a way that recognizes and values the investments that have been made by operators and communities across our state,” Bell said. 

Ford, however, stressed being competitive with neighboring states. 

“It’s time to have these frank discussions,” he said. “We want to be as consistent as possible, but also, the gaming industry is changing, and changing around us.”

Sports gambling

Ford and Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Terre Haute, will introduce bills on legal sports gambling.

A year ago, Morrison’s bill drew national attention because it included an “integrity fee” that gave sports leagues a cut of the action. Ford’s bill did not have that.

For the upcoming session, Ford said, the House and Senate bills won’t be much different. He did not disclose details.

Ford said the most important aspects of his bill will be allowing wagering on mobile devices and keeping taxes low. Both of those issues have the potential of keeping bettors in the illegal market rather than bringing them into legal betting that generates revenue for the state, according to testimony a legislative study committee heard in October.

There is a long list of questions that would have to be answered about how sports gambling would work in Indiana.

Moving casinos

The legislature would have to agree to allow a license holder to move the location of a casino, something Ford advocates. 

“From an economic development standpoint, we need to really think about the Gary licenses and whether we are best using our state assets — in terms of the licenses — at the locations where they’re at now,” Ford said. “It’s my belief that if we’re going to be a gaming state, let’s be a gaming state and maximize our revenue. I personally believe moving the licenses is a way to do that.”

Ford later clarified that he advocates moving one of the two licenses from Gary. Spectacle Entertainment, which includes a Terre Haute businessman, plans to acquire Majestic Star’s two Gary casinos.

Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said she hopes to have an investigation finished in time for a ruling on Spectacle Entertainment’s ownership application in March.

Other casinos will likely oppose moving properties.

“Conversations about moving licenses makes my members nervous and it makes the industry nervous, because that’s the kind of change that can challenge a solid investment,” Bell said. “Regulatory certainty and market stability have been so important  to our growth in Indiana.”

Charity gaming

Tait called current state law covering charity gaming “confusing.” The games such as bingo and charity casino nights are a $500 million industry in Indiana. 

In an environment of legal casino gaming, charities have struggled staffing events.

“Our goal is not to advance policy,” Tait said. “It’s to simplify and modify the charity gaming statute. We want charities to be able to succeed and to raise money to further their charitable purpose.” 

She called the changes “technical” and “fiscally neutral.”

The bill would ease rules on people who work at the charity events. They currently must be members of the charitable organization for 90 days. That would be cut to 30. The people working at the events would still be prohibited from receiving compensation. 

The bill would also allow increased prize limits in charity gaming.

Tax rates

Indiana casino taxes increase at certain levels of adjusted gross revenue.  

“Is it more profitable for an operator to stay under a threshold and enjoy a more lenient tax rate?” Bell said. “I would like to see policy that invites investment, invites profitability. It can be argued that a graduated tax rate has an adverse effect on that.”

There is potential to adjust the graduated tax. There’s also potential for taxing table games at a different rate in an attempt to attract new players from the Millennial generation.

“They enjoy a more social atmosphere,” Bell said. “Table games provide that environment to some extent. So taking a look at the way we tax that activity may well make sense to the overall strategy of drawing additional patrons into our casino properties.”

Ford, however, wants to make sure all casinos benefit.  

“For some of our smaller properties, lowering the table game tax may not have a significant impact,” he said. “We have to take a holistic approach.”

‘Promotional play’

Promotional play, or “free play,” is when a casino offers, say, free pulls of a slot machine lever. That’s taxed after $7 million annually in promotional plays at a casino.

“It’s perhaps the most effective marketing tool we have,” Bell said of promotional play. “In states where those caps have been extended or lifted, there has been a corresponding increase in play.”

Ford said it’s an issue to discuss. 

“When you look at the whole Midwest, other states are moving on this,” Ford said. “I’m not saying we should do that here in Indiana, but it’s something we ought to talk about. One concern I would have is if it gave one casino an advantage over others.”

Call Mark Alesia at (317) 444-6311. Follow him on Twitter: @markalesia.

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High-Rollers Boost Baccarat Revenue In Nevada By 50% – Latest Casino Bonuses


High-Rollers Boost Baccarat Revenue In Nevada By 50%

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has come out with last month’s figures, reporting solid performance in two divisions. According to the document, casinos across the state have increased their revenues thanks to baccarat and sports wagering… wait, what?

However, despite the amazing results, November’s proceeds did not exceed $1 billion, as previously published for the month of October.

Interestingly, the figures released on Thursday show a 6.4% rise compared to the last year’s statewide gaming revenue report, totaling exactly $967.2 million. As an illustration, the market earned $1.06 billion one month earlier.

Baccarat High-Rollers

As expected, the biggest part of last month’s gains was acquired on the Las Vegas Strip. The growth was measured in all divisions, but the Sin City’s performance rose 10% or $534.5 million, mostly due to the increased number of high-rollers in baccarat and sports betting. Their wagers sent revenues up 50.6 percent year-on-year, reaching almost $100 million.

This isn’t the first time baccarat claimed the table game vertical. Although blackjack is considered as one of the most popular games, it actually generated about two-thirds of the game’s October tally. The report reads that other card games, including craps and roulette exposed slight increase between 5% and 13%, while slots amassed whopping $634.9 million.

Baseball Falling Behind In November

Following baccarat’s success, the state’s sportsbooks have also had an incredible month, tripling the revenues to $27.1 million. Nevertheless, it seems that November represents a sort of a jinx for baseball, as sportsbooks lost around $11.5 million on these wagers during the same period in 2017.

Other categories, such as football, augmented the stats by 69% or $18.45 million while NFL and basketball accumulated 61% or $10.75 million respectively. As a comparison, New Jersey’s regulated sports betting market achieved a revenue of $21.4 million in November, which is an impressive result, given the fact that the state’s iGaming environment has been active for only a few months…

Nevada definitely continues to be the country’s leader in single-game wagering, and it remains to be seen if other territories will follow its example. Equally important, a study conducted by Eilers&Krejcik, boutique research firm, has shown that New Jersey’s revenue could dethrone the Silver State by 2021, and become one of the biggest sports betting markets in the United States.

Head of sports and emerging verticals at the research company, Chris Grove, commented:

“The market by the end of the NFL season will dwarf the market as it stands today. You’ll have at least double the amount of online operators, near-permanent retail sportsbooks at most properties, and an industry-wide marketing machine fully engaged.”

What is your opinion? Leave a comment below and make sure to join the discussion with other members.

Source:

“Nevada casino November boosted by baccarat, sports betting”, Peter Amsel, calvinayre.com, December 27, 2018.



Harry Kane Listed as the Favorite to be EPL's Top Goalscorer in 2018-19 – SportsBettingDime.com


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Spurs’ striker Harry Kane currently finds himself tied for second in EPL scoring with last year’s winner Mohamed Salah. By Brad Tutterow (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • Tottenham’s Karry Kane is favored to lead the Premier League in goals scored this season
  • Does current leader Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stand a chance?
  • Which players offer the best value to win the EPL’s Golden Boot?

Last year’s top two Premier League scorers are once again at the top of the charts with Tottenham’s Harry Kane the leading favorite to finish as top goalscorer.

Kane finished two goals behind Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah last season and the two are currently tied with 12 goals this campaign.

Odds To Score Most EPL Goals

Player Goals Odds at
Bovada
Harry Kane 12 +225
Mohamed Salah 12 +275
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 13 +275
Sergio Agüero 8 +1000
Eden Hazard 10 +1600
Raheem Sterling 9 +3300
Alexandre Lacazette 6 +5000
Anthony Martial 8 +5000
Callum Wilson 8 +5000
Jamie Vardy 6 +5000
Leroy Sané 6 +5000
Sadio Mané 7 +5000

*For a full list please follow the link in the table. 

Will It Come Down To Kane And Salah Again?

Though each of their teams offer a bevy of scoring threats, Kane and Salah both account for nearly 30% of their team’s goals. However, at the halfway mark of the year, neither are on pace to reach the heights they did a season ago.

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Kane and Salah are on pace for 24 goals, well below the 30 and 32 they scored last year, respectively.

As long as they can avoid injury, there’s no reason not to think the two will be battling for top spot at season’s end. Each will be relied upon heavily as Liverpool and Tottenham are involved in the title race at 1-2 in Premier League standings.

Each are also currently in-form with Kane scoring three times in his past two games and Salah twice in the same time frame. Salah also scored a hat trick earlier this month versus Bournemouth.

Aubameyang Leading EPL Goals Race

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made the move to England and Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga last season.

The Gabonese striker has been well worth the investment as he leads Arsenal and the league in scoring with 13 goals. Of late he’s scored three goals in the Gunners’ past two matches.

Only playing in 13 EPL matches last season meant he wasn’t among the contenders for top goalscorer. However, he scored ten goals in that short time and had scored 13 more for Dortmund prior to the move.

Aubameyang is no stranger to scoring races, as he topped the Bundesliga with 31 goals in the 2016/17 season and finished second the year before with 25.

Hazard Joins EPL’s 100 Goal Club

With two goals on Boxing Day against Watford Eden Hazard has now scored 100 Premier League goals. It also brought him into fourth place in the EPL scoring race.

If you were concerned with Hazard leaving Chelsea midseason, he’s recently announced he’s putting off any transfer discussions until the end of the season, meaning the Chelsea star still has time to make up ground on the top three.

Who Wins The EPL Golden Boot?

Salah and Kane will keep getting their share of chances as they’ve taken the second and third most shots in the EPL with 65 and 63.

Kane’s annual goals tally has continued to rise during his career growing from 21, 25, 29, and 30 last season.

His price has shortened over the past few weeks, but I like Aubameyang with slightly longer odds of +275 and the current lead in the scoring race to win the Golden Boot.

The three favorites are only two-to-three goals ahead of the second tier players in the odds, meaning the real value could still come from looking a little deeper.

Hazard at +1600, or a player from the the EPL’s highest scoring team Man City, could be worth a look. Both Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero are well within striking distance.

Finally, a huge longshot could be Everton’s de Andrade Richarlison, who’s fifth in league scoring with nine goals. However, the Brazilian forward is nowhere near the favorites with massive odds of +10000.



Committee chair: Sports betting likely addressed in budget – Times Union



Comprehensive regulations for sports gambling could be adopted in the state budget, according to incoming Senate Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee Chair Joe Addabbo.

Legislation creating a framework for sports gambling died in the Capitol this year when state legislators left Albany for the summer, and the Gaming Commission has held off promulgating any of its own rules in the subsequent six months.


Last week, Addabbo introduced legislation laying the groundwork for sports gambling in New York. The bill reflects the changes that stakeholders agreed to at the end of the legislative session, during the unsuccessful bid to get a law adopted after the Supreme Court opened the door to sports gambling.

While the Senate Democratic Conference, which assume the majority in January, has never embraced gambling with the same affection as Senate Republicans, Addabbo anticipated the need for additional revenues without raising taxes would weigh heavily on their decisions.


“I do think sports betting will be done in the budget,” he said.

It’s not clear where the Assembly Democrats stand on the issue, as they  “raised significant issues” in June, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is “not a big fan of gambling.”

If sports gambling is addressed, providers will want to offer it on mobile platforms, which would likely run afoul of the state constitution. Addabbo acknowledged that “online gaming is going to be the issue” moving forward, and wants the state to address the challenge head on.


“I don’t want to go around the hurdle,” he said. “We need to clear the hurdle.”