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Manhattan Scores 5 ‘Meaningless’ Points in Final Second: Worst Beat in College History?

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March 11, 2013: for many sports bettors, it’s a date that will live in infamy. It’s the date that marks what may well be the worst beat in the history of college basketball. Iona was a 4 point favorite over the Manhattan Jaspers. With :28 left, Iona made two free throws to take a 6… Read more »

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President Obama Won $15 on Golf Bet With Tiger (And Broke the Law Doing It)

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Last weekend, President Barack Obama played a round of golf together at The Floridian in Palm City, Florida. The foursome also included U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and course-owner Jim Crane. As is common, the foursome set up a $5 Nassau bet. Obama and Woods teamed up to play against Kirk and Crane. With a… Read more »

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Bookies in Taiwan Are Taking Bets on When Cancer Patients Will Die

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The Daily Mirror describes it as “the sickest bet in the world.” And that’s an apt description. Bookies in Taiwan are now setting odds and taking bets on when terminally ill cancer patients will die. They gather details on a patient’s condition. They visit the hospital. They talk with the family. And they set a… Read more »

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A Record Year: Nevada Sports Books Won $68M on Football Bets During 2012

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On December 31, 2012, the LA Times declared that Vegas sports books took a “staggering” financial hit from the NFL regular season as “bettors handed Nevada sports books their worst year in memory.” Well, their memory must be very, very bad. We immediately pointed out how that article was dead wrong citing Nevada Gaming Commission reports… Read more »

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Super Bowl XLVII: Most Heavily Bet NFL Game of All Time

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Last year, Nevada sports books accepted $93.9M in bets on the Giants/Patriots Super Bowl. It was the second most heavily bet Super Bowl of all time. The most heavily bet Super Bowl ever was the 2006 match-up between Pittsburgh and Seattle which generated $94.5M in betting action. But there’s a new record. Nevada sports books… Read more »

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Halftime Clevage, Jay-Z and Harbaugh Hugs: The 22 Strangest Super Bowl Prop Bets For Super Bowl XLVII

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The Super Bowl is, well, the Super Bowl of sports betting. And as interest in the game has grown, sports books have responded by offering more and more proposition bets. Last year, we highlighted the 21 strangest Super Bowl prop bets which included madness like: will Kelly Clarkson show her belly button (she didn’t) and will… Read more »

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NFL Media Handicapping Challenge: Conference Round Results

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After 20 weeks and 95 picks , we have a tie on our hands in the first-ever WagerMinds NFL Media Handicapping Challenge. Just like the Harbaugh brothers, the fate of  both ProFootballWeekly‘s Mike Wilkening and ESPN Radio‘s Chris Vernon will be decided on February 3rd. Both contestants are tied with 50 wins a piece, but Wilkening owns… Read more »

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Super Bowl Line: San Francisco (-5) vs. Baltimore (49.5)

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Yes, it’s going to the Harbaugh Bowl. After the 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons and the Ravens upset the Patriots as 8 point underdogs, Super Bowl XLVII is set: it’s San Francisco vs. Baltimore. This is the first time since 1997 that both road teams won the conference championship games.  Pinnacle, the largest offshore sports… Read more »

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NHL Season Long Plays: Short the Rangers, Long the Bruins

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The abbreviated NHL season begins as 26 teams will open their 48 game schedule today. This season will be a different kind of animal, as not only is it a shortened schedule but there’s also no inter-conference play. The conventional wisdom is that this shortened schedule will hurt Western Conference teams who have extensive travel… Read more »

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NFL Media Handicapping Challenge: Divisional Round Results

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Last week Pro Football Weekly’s Mike Wilkening took the lead in the first annual WagerMinds Media Handicapping Challenge by edging out ESPN Radio’s Chris Vernon. This week the roles have been reversed. Vernon took a one game lead heading into Conference Championship weekend. Vernon went 3-1 in the divisional round with his only loss coming… Read more »

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