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Betting On NFL Alternate Lines

If you love to bet on football, I am sure there have been times when you absolutely loved a game based on its posted point spread whether you were betting on the favorite or the underdog. Hopefully your hunch was right and you cashed in on a big unit play, but you could have really made some serious money if you would have bet on that same game using an alternative line.
The closer we get to kickoff for most NFL games, the top online sportsbooks with release alternative betting lines for the games. An alternative betting line is a combination of a pointspread and a corresponding money line based on how many points the original line is moved one way or the other.

For example, if you look up the current point spread for this Monday night’s New York Giants at Minnesota game you would find that most online books have the Vikings’ favored at home by four points with the standard 10 percent commission on a straight bet. The first alternative line you might find would have Minnesota favored by 6.5 points with a corresponding money line of +125 for the Vikings and -145 for the Giants. The spreads increase from there all the way up to Minnesota -9.5 points at a +185 money line with the betting odds on the Giants plus the 9.5-point spread set at -215.

Betting alternative lines are very similar to betting on exotics such as pleasers and teasers in a parlay bet, but you are only betting on the outcome of one game. That is why they can be a very lucrative bet when your confidence level for a pick is at its highest. Using our example above, if you are absolutely sure that Minnesota is going to win that game by at least a touchdown, you can bet the alternative line at 6.5 points to try and earn a +125 return on your $100 bet as opposed to just laying the four points at a $110 risk on a $100 wager.
The same betting opportunities also exist with an alternative betting line for the total. Taking this same game, the total is pretty much set at 42.5 points for -110 bet to win $100. Depending on how you see things playing out, you can try and enhance you return by going either higher or lower on this total line. By lowering the total line to 40.5 points, the new money line on the OVER has been set at -145 with a money line of +125 for a play on the UNDER. If you decide to go higher on the total line, a play on the OVER at 47.5 points would return +155 on a $100 bet. You would have to risk -175 to win $100 betting the UNDER at 47.5 points.

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Once again, betting alternative lines on a total all comes down to your confidence level in what you believe to be the final score. If you are sure that this game is going to turn into a low-scoring battle then you might want to go as low as you can on the alternative total line. If you see this game turning into a high-scoring shootout, then you want to go the other way.
One betting tip to keep in mind is to not force the issue when it comes to betting alternative lines. You should always do your due diligence handicapping any matchup to try and determine the actual outcome. When the conditions are right one way or the other on a point spread or total line is when the alternative line option should come into play.

Breaking the Bookie – How sharp Players Do it

Betting football should be a moneymaker this year. Are you tired of beating your head against the wall every single season and walking away on the losing end? Stop the madness. There are tricks to this trade and every football better out there needs to know them.

Betting on football is a $50 billion industry in the US. Gamblers spend a boat load of money. How much of the $50 billion are you seeing in returns to your bank account? Las Vegas has set the standard for high flying sports bookies, and with hundreds of offshore sports books, the gambler is never at a loss for options.

The average gambler sees a return of somewhere in the 45% mark. According to sports writer and bestselling author Michael Konik, most players will pick around 50% (win 50% of the time). Now, when you add juice to this equation, this adds up as a loss. To beat the juice, a player should be winning close to 52-53% of the time.

Are you winning at least 55% of the time?

If not, listen up. Here are some great tips in your pursuit of finally beating the bookie and banking some big money.

  • The number one rule in sports gambling that must never be broken-have a budget, set a budget going into this season. If you don’t; your dead! Do not go over your budget. No matter what, this is not a fast and lose rule. Going over budget leads to the poor house and very quickly. Setting a budget means never playing scared money. You know how much you earn and you know how much you can spend on your hobby; sports gambling.
  • Never ever, under any circumstance, chase bad bets. We all make bad bets, it happens to everyone at some point, even sharp players. If everyone made great bets; Vegas would cease to exist. Stop chasing bad bets. It will kill your bank roll and for sure put you over budget. Chasing one bad bet leads to chasing another and yet another. Don’t do it. Walk away, regroup and come back another day. Keep yourself in the season.
  • Have more than one sports book in your portfolio. Ever sharp player and every smart gambler knows this. Leave your options open. Shop around, get the best lines available.
  • Bet on football games that have value. Stop spending money on Dallas simply because they are on TV, or USC.
  • Stop betting like a rookie. Rookies bet on their favorite teams. The city they grew up in or moved to as a kid or where they went to college. Stop it right now! This will break you and break you quick. Stop betting on a hunch or a gut feeling.


If you want to beat the bookie this year you had better do your research and know the teams that you will be betting on. Gambling is an investment and you don’t want to throw your money away. You probably have neither the time, energy, or the patience, to do the proper research that it will take to gain the knowledge needed to kill it this year.

Hire someone that does. It’s that simple. Hire a professional that picks football games for a living. They consistently win. They will consistently help you win if you listen to them. They live for football, it’s what they know.

It’s your year if you want it to be or you can finish another season winning about 45% 0f the time. The choice is yours. Have fun and good luck.

Making Pay Per Head Player Reports Work for You

Running your own independent sports bookmaking business can offer any number of challenges given the unpredictable nature of the Internet sports betting industry so having the right Pay Per Head service by your side can make all the difference in the world.

Modern technology has been able to level the playing field between the private bookie and the large offshore sportsbooks operating online, but you need to know how to put these advances in sportsbook management solutions to work for you. Control is one of the most important aspects of long-term success in this industry and real-time information is one of the best ways to achieve this goal.

Today’s top price per head providers have all made the necessary investments in their online sports betting software packages to help keep independent bookmakers like yourself well ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing business environment. However, it is up to you to make the most of everything they have to offer to get the most out of the weekly per head fees you pay.

A great starting point is through the backend access to your PPH service’s online gambling software. There are literally dozens of different business reports that you can put to work for you. Starting with something as basic as creating an individual account profile for every one of your betting customers, this is where you can begin to create that level of control needed in a business of this nature. These account profiles can include any credit and betting limits that you want to put in place to help protect your overall bottom line.

Player reports that track daily, weekly and monthly betting activity on an individual account basis are another great way to get a solid handle on your overall bookmaking business. Just like a professional sports handicapper studies trends and tendencies of a particular team, you will be able to uncover betting patterns and habits of individual players over a certain course of time. These patterns and habits can actually be used to your advantage as an independent bookmaker in terms of tailoring your betting offerings to meet your customer’s needs.

As mentioned, this can be valuable real-time data that is only available because of the high level of sophistication in your Pay Per Head service’s sports betting software. Another goal of any private bookie is to eliminate surprises that could lead to some unwanted negative exposure. Using player reports as well as other tracking reports for all the daily activity coming in is a great way to monitor your overall operation. You always want to stay way out ahead of things so you can act on additional opportunities as opposed to reacting to issues that are suddenly out of your control.

It does take a certain amount of discipline to use your PPH service’s reporting capabilities on a consistent basis, but this type of attention to detail is vital to not only the day-to-day operations, but to the long-term financial health of your business. The best course of action is to get into a daily, weekly and monthly routine of carefully analyzing the information that is going to have the biggest impact on things such as cash flow, profit and your overall bottom line.

You need to embrace technology to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment. An overload of information can be intimidating at times; however developing the ability to put this information to work for you is vital to your continued success as an independent sports bookmaker.

Bet World Cup of Hockey and Other Events

Sometimes ideas like to Bet World Cup of Hockey do not appear on our radar until we take a deeper look at them.  Merry Monday and it is awesome to see everyone back here again at BookieStar.  Today we are in the midst of this entertaining hockey event.  Endorsed by the NHL, this trumps the usual parade of preseason hockey games we would be in.  Instead we get six countries and two geographical zones assembled to battle one another.  The cases are polarizing as in strengths and weaknesses.  So let us look at the advantages of betting on these and other events right now at BookieStar.

Bet World Cup of Hockey : Fade USA

Eight teams in two groups form this tournament.  Format is similar to soccer as in top two of each group advance to the knockout stage.  USA is in the same pairings as Canada, Czech Republic, and Team Europe.  Already the USA has lost to all the players assembled without a country in the Europe designation.  One of the better bets for this event is the under in totals for the USA.  They will not score a lot and they get stubborn in preventing play on the other end.  With Coach Tortorella, they are overly defensive with not enough chemistry to pull it off here.

Pre Season College Basketball Tournaments

So many events that the young men in college can play in these days.  Used to be Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico were the venues.  Now every major region has them with conferences large and small.  Here is where the knowledge of your local teams can pay off big time.  Follow the recruiting and remember the talent from last year.  Biggest secret about college basketball and football is that the linesmakers are over worked.  Too many games to put lines out on.  There are big mistakes each week to pounce on by the sports handicapper.

So load up at your favorite sportsbook.  We prefer Americas Bookie because we can relax when we bet there.  Rock solid reputation on paying winners eases our minds so we can just pick winners.  Enjoy the World Cup of Hockey and get ready for those College Basketball tournaments that are just right around the corner.


NFL Schedule Week 2 : Bookends for Profit

Best bets abound in NFL Schedule Week 2 for ideal profit potential.  Wow what a great opening week to the regular season.  Glad to see everyone survive and hopefully flourish here at BookieStar.  Today we look at the bookends of the following week of action.  Thursday night football and the MNF finisher are saturated with potential to make us big bucks.  Let us find out what games these are and which side to wager right now.

NFL Schedule Week 2 : Jets at Buffalo

By accessing our all in one reference site at NFL Schedule Week X, we see that the Jets visit Buffalo to start things off.  Both teams are 0-1 and feeling the pressure from the surprise New England win at Arizona.  While the Bills offense sputtered, the Jets just gave the game away vs the Bengals.  Kicking miscues hurt them massively.  These same NYJ got to sack Andy Dalton seven times.  With the porous nature of the Buffalo offensive line, the spread went from +2 1/2 on the Jets to a pickem.  NY has all the momentum in this one compared to the Bills.  Bet the Jets to give the best chance at winning.

Carson Wentz Can Not Repeat

FCS qb plays out of his mind in his rookie debut for two touchdown tosses.  Disclaimer is that it came against the Browns.  Bears were respectible in a loss at Houston.  Here a -1 on Chicago is already at -3.  Notice a pattern with the sharps in these two games?  Their logic is spot on.  Bears will show that the Eagles quarterback has a ways to go at Solider Field.  Monday Night Football bet to win is the Bears minus the points to end the week in the right direction.

NFL Schedule Week 2 is a site that has all the games for each and every week in a pleasing format.  Easy to scan and ascertain the lay of the land at this site.  That is why we have it bookmarked in our browser.  Good fortune today and we will see you next time here at Bookie Star.


Reviewing Best Bets for Progress as a Sports Handicapper

One of the best ways to make progress as a sports handicapper is by Reviewing Best Bets.  Great to see one and all on this Labor Day.  Today, we are looking at the growth one can make as a bettor.  Not the bottom line but in making better decisions. Now history can not be relived but we can learn from those instances we nailed on the head or got horribly wrong.  We will do this by looking at my pattern of thoughts and how I can improve going forward from Week One of the 2016 College football season.

Reviewing Best Bets : Facing Your Losses 

Easy to revel in the circumstances where you got it right.  We are conditioned to be results orientated in life and as such winners make the day much brighter.  So I got Houston covering the spread correct and raked in the money.  How about my losses?  This is where you can really see not only improvement but shore up the leaks in your wagering plans.  For example, I took Hawaii plus the 40 1/2 points on the notion that Jim Harbaugh is old school.  His coach Bo would have hardly ever run up the score.  Alas, he is his own man and in modern times.  He had no compulsion from spanking them 63-3.  Easy lesson learned but what about my other missteps.

Infatuation with Programs and Leagues

The near past clouds my judgment and causes me to be lazy.  This is hard to say.  I take shortcuts and boy did it cost me on Monday Night.  FSU won 45-34 and covered the spread against Ole Miss.  Seminoles did so despite a horrid 2nd quarter. My reasoning for this game is that here is basically the same team that beat the Crimson Tide each of the last two years.  Bama wins national championship and demolishes USC.  SEC at the top is still an elite conference.  Stopped right there.  Now whether I could see anything else is not the question.  That I did not look is the issue at hand.  Hard to lose a wagering unit because I was just anxious on this “sure” thing.

That is why with NFL Schedule Week 1 and other quality websites, I spend more time on them now.  Going to valuable sites for information about the sports I bet can rarely be a time waster.  Some people suffer from indecision but I wager to say that more of use could use a little less impulse in our life.  DO a little bit more work and reap the rewards at Americas Bookie.  Good fortune and we will see you next time here at Bookie Star.

College Football Opening Weekend Greatest Ever?

Hard to quantify if it is the greatest ever but the 2016 College Football opening weekend is providing some great entertainment and profit potential.  Welcome back everyone to BookieStar this Labor Day Weekend.  Already in the afternoon we have had some key upsets with many hours and in fact days of betting in the opening weekend.  Let us look at whom did well and whose balloon is already deflated for the season.

College Football Opening Weekend: Arrival of Houston

One loss Houston last year arrived for their opener verses Oklahoma as a possible contender outside the Power 5 for playoff consideration.  Oddsmakers had them at +9 on the Cougars and the betting public ran with it getting Oklahoma to -13 in some markets like Americas Bookie.  Well when you have a once in a decade type play like the following, the momentum of Houston was too much to overcome.

Thanks to Curtis88 for posting this on Youtube.

With the 33-23 win, the money Houston bettors were dancing in the street with their +425 payout on their faith in the Cougars.

Ritual Sacrifices

Ohio State and Michigan seem to be in an arms race for the Big Ten title.  Escalations are already in progress in the non con portion of their schedules.

  • Ohio State pastes a 77-10 win over Bowling Green
  • Michigan showed some mercy in the 4th and slowed up to only win 63-3

Brand name schools that could run the tables to meet each other late in the season.  OSU has to contend with a wounded Sooners squad in two weeks.  Big Ten did suffer a name brand setback with Western Michigan nicking Northwestern 22-21 early on.

We have not even gotten to the later games.  Alabama vs USC Saturday night.  Fighting Irish visit Texas on Sunday Night.  Labor Day ends with Ole Miss visiting the Seminoles of Florida State.  Hard to say if this is the greatest start ever but even us bettors with multiple screens to watch were hard pressed to keep up this weekend.  Good fortune in your wagering ventures and we will see you next time here at Bookie Star.



2016 College Basketball : Dismiss Depth?

Recognizing trends for the upcoming 2016 College Basketball season could allow the sports investor to reap profit right from the start.  Great to see everyone back together again at Bookie Star.  Today, we are going to cover an antiquated theme for college basketball.  Is depth really that necessary to get the program you follow to the promised land?  Big non con wins, conference championships, and a deep run in a post season tournament are the goals of almost every program.  Let us see if one can hitch their wagon to just a star or two and reap rewards for their prolonged ride in 2016?

2016 College Basketball : How to Combat Star Power

Most teams that are facing an opponent superior in talent or firepower resort to almost the dog and pony show of college basketball.  Most rely on aspects like oustanding three point shooting or pressure defenses to create imbalances.  Almost to morph the game into some hybrid where traditional talent does not come through.  This is where the armada of three star talent recruits used to come in.  This why the Colorado State, Boise State, and all the other up and coming mid majors used to make their mark.  It allowed them to compete very well but the recipe for that is changing in modern basketball.

Why this Change in 2016?

Over the past and future months, Bookie Star is presenting a series of pieces on the upcoming trends in sports.  College football we spent looking at the Big Ten for profit. Some cases are specific and others like this go more into general theory of the sport.  The problem is that there is no blueprint in creating depth.  More importantly is that one failure in a three star recruit can dispel the competitive nature of a team much more than the depth of the star laden team.

This has been seen even more as of late with the final four.  Only Notre Dame could be considered an outsider and based on their name, they can get whom they wanted.  Nova had those stars whose wagons where hitched onto offensively.  Kansas and North Carolina are impervious to all but the hottest of shooting teams.  The ways to imbalance a game are decreasing as top tier coaches at big schools are busting the superior depth notion of the mid majors.  Good fortune in your sports wagering and go for the teams with two established stars that are sophomore level or beyond this season.



NFL 2016 is Almost Here

Excitement all of this nation as NFL 2016 is almost here.  Great to see everyone here again at Bookie Star.  Our bread and butter is almost on our dinner tables.  The reason we work hard all week.  NFL Sunday brings our favorite professional football teams to do battle 16 times.  For a lucky few franchises, every game is worthwhile.  Others see early eliminations and rebuilding years.  However when one wagers on the game, any game jumps up in meaning.  Find out how each week becomes oh so relevant when the pursuit for profit is placed into the equation.

NFL 2016 : Welcome LA

Rams opened up their LA experience at home and allowed Dallas to run in the opening kickoff 101 yards for a score.  The home team would eventually rally to beat the Cowboys 28-24 but the early struggles when the starters were in produced a bad omen.  Teams do not get to be in the position to draft prized rookies like Goff without many weaknesses.  Do not be worried because this is where the spread comes in.  Oddsmakers attempt to level the playing field by giving one team extra points to start the game.  With this boon, longshots have better chances of cashing.  Ten point losses that have most fans drowning their sorrows can still produce profit if we have that ticket with +11 in our pocket at game’s end.

How Do We See What the Market Offers?

Diners have menus in which customers see what can be ordered.  For quality sportsbooks like Americas Bookie, they have live lines.  Market prices on spreads and totals.  Clickable history to see which games are hot and what direction they are headed.  Your one stop source to see which games have the best chance to cash in your estimation.  One screen, all the games, and a universe of wagering options on Sunday does the Americas Bookie with their live lines offer their clients.

Good fortune in your preseason watching.  You can bet on the games right now.  Deposit at Americas Bookie.  Wager not only the NFL but all the major sports leagues all across the globe.  Good fortune in your ventures and we shall see you next time here at BookieStar.



Profit on 2016 College Football : Big Ten

Not only betting but to profit on 2016 College Football is the goal of many fans all over the United States.  Welcome back everyone to Bookiestar.  Today, the Big Ten is set firmly in our sights.  A Power Five Conference with not only intrigue but some very polarizing situations.  Non conference games are the main vulnerability of the top teams in this conference in terms of a historical perspective. We will examine some of the top teams and when to ride them all throughout the season for the betterment of our bankrolls.

Profit on 2016 College Football : Harbaugh’s Time?!

How do we tell a program is all about the headlines or the progress they have made?  Michigan surged last year to a double digit win total culminating in a bowl win.  Since then, coach Jim Harbaugh has shown his social media talents by using it to his full advantage.  In the course of one year, he has convinced incoming freshman that the Wolverines are one of the places to be if you want to go to the pros.  How are they best doing this?  The offensive line is the cream of the crop in the Big Ten.  Imitation is the best form of flattery as they are trying to emulate the Crimson Tide’s long lasting advantage.  Look for them to be solid bets in ML situations but can not cover spreads like 40 points against Hawaii.

A Weak West

Iowa is going to be hard pressed to duplicate their success last year.  They do have to thank the schedule makers as they have the following rivals all at home.

  • Northwestern
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Nebraska

With no Ohio State, they have the perfect storm but are not going to get a sniff at this.  Truth be told, the west is fodder for the stacked east.  Ohio State, Michigan, and yes still the Spartans of Michigan State are much better than any team our of the West.  Inter divisional matchups feature those three teams should sweep aside anything that the Big Ten West has to offer.

This is how one would break down most any conference.  Find one that you like or has a geographic appeal to you.  Look at the games and lines each week at Americas Bookie.  Specialized knowledge of your favorite conference can pay off big time.  Why?  Because the linesmakers have to put out prices and spreads on most every game.  Selective wagering gives you the advantage in college football.  Good fortune and we will see you next time here at BookieStar.



Extensive Sportsbook Ratings and Reviews

Come August there is a definite need for Extensive Sportsbook Ratings and Reviews.  A place where not only you can hang your hat but glean valuable information on sports, wagering trends, and optimal shops to place bets at.  Good Afternoon and thank you for checking back in with us at BookieStar.  Today, we will let you in on one of the valuable resources that we use to make informed sports wagering decisions.  When our first cup of coffee in our hand, we head to the bookmarks section of the browser and go to Ask the Bookie.

Sportsbook Ratings and Reviews : US Market

Now is the time to get topped off in your sports betting accounts at your book.  Summer Games instills a patriotic feel to the money we collect on medal winners.  Soccer starts on Thursday with the host nation Brazil taking the field.  Combine all of this with baseball and CFL action and profit can start right now.  However, the main event is almost here.  NFL betting begins with the Hall of Fame Game on this Sunday, August 7th.

Need for NFL Betting House : Americas Bookie

In the reviews, Americas Bookie is spoken of very highly.  We verified their research and came to the same conclusion based on the following criteria.

  • Established and consistent payout history
  • Over a decade of being in business
  • Plentiful Promotions
  • Extensive wagering offerings
  • Quick and responsive customer service

All of the facets that allow a sportsbook to shine bright when pitted against their peers.  We want good lines, time to think about them, and the assurance that the money is ours when we submit a payout request.  We have to worry about the results on the field but not in the aftermath of collecting our due profits at Americas Bookie.

So sit back and enjoy the Summer Games.  Hall of fame with Green Bay and Indy this Sunday the 7th.  Learn how to get into two $3,000 Last Man Standing contests right now.  All of this value right now for your fall NFL wagering.  Good fortune and we will see you next time here at APEX Football.


Free Prizes Propel Sportbook Betting Experience

Free Prizes and other perks provide the sports bettor with not only additional equity but a place to hang their hats to call home.  Good Morning and welcome back to BookieStar.  Today, we examine methods to increase the satisfaction that people get from betting on the NFL.  We are talking about deriving meaning from any game on the schedule.  Most of us have had to dread those games in which a 1-3 vs an 0-4 is in our market.  With sports betting and free prizes, now every date on the schedule can be a banner day.  Let us look at how contests like the Last Man Standing get our pulses pounding at the end of our work weeks to revel in the NFL Sundays.

Free Prizes : Americas Bookie Last Man Standing Contest

Let us take for example the sportsbook America’s Bookie.  They have been around for a decade and provided a rock solid financial institution where people can wager, win, and get paid.  That is an important factor but how often does one get excited about doing business with places like a bank.  You know you get paid.  However where the solid becomes the extra ordinary is when they use imagination to propel the customer experience.  It creates a win-win situation in which loyalty is created and the customer is in the game most every week.  This is the basis for the appeal of free prizes like the Last Man Standing Contest.

$3k Reward System Twice

Here is how it operates.  Customers who invest and deposit $400 in their online accounts gain an entry into the contest.  It is possible to get up to three distinct entries with a deposit around $1k. Not only do you get the normal free play perks on that but the LMSC.  Here a player picks a team he thinks will win straight up regardless of spread.  Win and move on.  Your team loses and that entry is eliminated.  Last person standing walks away with the entire $3k prize.  There is even another contest that opens up at Week Five for those that stumble and fall early on.  All the details for the Americas Bookie Last Man Standing Contest is linked here.

This is just one of the ways to reward your play at the sportsbook.  Yes, rock solid payments provide a place to visit and wager.  Promotions, creativity, and superior customer service is where people call home to bet all season long.  Discover all the reasons why the discerning handicapper in the United States calls Americas Boookie home for NFL Betting every year.