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Cantor Gaming Releases 2014 NFL Win Totals

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Cantor Gaming has set a new record with the earliest release of NFL win totals in recent Vegas history. To give you a sense of just how early this release is: the MGM was the first to release NFL win totals in 2011 and those lines hit the board in July. There isn’t a 2014 NFL schedule… Read more »

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The Difference Between Mutual Funds and Pregame

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RJ Bell, CEO and Founder of Pregame, provided answers to our questions about Pregame’s transparency. In his answer, Bell compared Pregame’s level of disclosure to the mutual fund industry’s disclosure. In his words: I’m proud of the fact that our promotion approach is no different than the typical mutual fund. When a fund outperforms the… Read more »

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RJ Bell, Pregame CEO, Responds to Questions

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Yesterday, we posted six open questions for RJ Bell, the Founder and CEO of Pregame.com. Bell sent us the following written response, which we are publishing it its entirety with no edits. Our original questions are in italics. 1. You’ve written that you’re more transparent than other major pick-sellers but Right Angle Sports, the most… Read more »

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An Open Interview For RJ Bell, Pregame Founder and CEO

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RJ Bell is the most-quoted sports betting personality in the country. He is the Founder and CEO of Pregame.com and the Founder of FreePicksByEmail.com. He’s regularly referenced by many major media companies including Bloomberg, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. And he has a particularly friendly relationship with Colin Cowherd,… Read more »

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The Changing Relationship Between Mainstream Media and Touts

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In 1991, Rick Reilly wrote an outstanding article in Sports Illustrated that exposed a number of pick-sellers as scammers. In the article, titled “1-900-Ripoff,” Reilly captured the tout industry with the opening sentence of the second paragraph: In a world of cheats, cons, grifters, swindlers, carnival barkers and people you would not want to change… Read more »

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Opening Lines for 2014 MLB Season Win Totals: Dodgers Top the List, Astros in the Basement

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Late last week, the Atlantis Casino in Reno was the first sports book to release regular season win totals for every major league baseball team. Today, the LVH SuperBook became the first Las Vegas-based book to release totals for each team. Both books have the Dodgers with the highest win total: 92.5 at Atlantis and… Read more »

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Terrible Tout Write-Ups: On Sample Size and Strength of Schedule

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In what will be a recurring feature, we’ll be highlighting particularly terrible tout write-ups. This won’t be an easy task, of course, as there will be a lot of candidates to wade through. But, this initial ‘winner’ is a runaway. Marco D’Angelo is the General Manager of Picks at Pregame.com. In his page on Pregame,… Read more »

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David Frohardt-Lane Wins the 2013 LVH SuperContest and $557,850

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He won $75,000 when he won the 2011 Cantor Football Handicapping Contest by going 54-32-4 ATS. It turns out that was just an appetizer. Today, David Frohardt-Lane, a Chicago-based trader, won the 2013 LVH SuperContest and the grand prize of $542,850. And, since his SuperContest ATS win rate is over 67%, he’ll win a $15,000 bonus… Read more »

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Week 15 NFL: Picking Every Game Against the Spread

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It what may (or may not) be a recurring feature, here is an attempt at picking every NFL side for the week using Pinnacle’s lines. These picks are informed by our model (which went 48-35-2 in the 2011 SuperContest and 44-41 in the 2012 SuperContest  for a 92-76-2 (54.7%) overall record) and other factors. Keep… Read more »

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Oddsmaker Adam: A Pick-Seller with a Bad Reputation

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If you’re on Twitter and follow a lot of the sports betting community, you may have bumped into “Oddsmaker Adam.” His LinkedIn profile claims he’s an “Oddsmaker/Odds Compiler” at Paradise Games. A Twitter follower sent us his article exposing much of Oddsmaker Adam’s background. We had been tipped off about Adam’s background before but hadn’t… Read more »

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