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Network Gold Key Club
The Gold Key is on an amazing run this season, starting 28-11-1, and winning 25 of the last 31 games for 81%! – Jim Hurley
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Kelso - Watch & Win College Basketball Go 3-0
Basketball usually is a bit on the light side on Friday nights but not this time around because of a college schedule loaded with tournament games from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to Charleston, SC and Kent, OH—and most of them are on nationally TV. – Kelso Sturgeon
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Salinas Friday Football and Basketball Triple
With four games on the Friday schedule, including the Kent State/Buffalo make-up, Tony Salinas can cherry pick the best sides and totals in order to guarantee you a STRONG BANKROLL HEADING INTO SATURDAY. – Tony Salinas
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Jim Hurley’s Network wins because we’re a complete team. Our stat handicappers crunch every number that has predictive value. Our computer programmers run all that data through the most state-of-the-art simulations in the business. Our basketball people watch as many games as possible to find personnel mismatches that may not be accounted for by the Vegas spread. And last but not least, our Vegas pipeline tells us what the smart money is thinking. It all puts us ready to strike the oddsmakers while they’ve got their points down! – Jim Hurley
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THERE’S PLENTY OF MONEY TO BE MADE IN EARLY-SEASON HOOPSFor professional handicappers like myself, the NBA and college basketball tips off at the perfect time. The football season is kicking into high gear and I’m rounding into peak form. – Wayne Root
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There are 4 games on the College Football schedule Friday night as well as dozens of TOUGH FOR VEGAS TO RATE College B-Ball matchups. Fortunately this means that MR. RIGHT NUMBER Richie Baccellieri can do what he does best – Richie Baccellieri
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THERE’S PLENTY OF MONEY TO BE MADE IN EARLY-SEASON HOOPSFor professional handicappers like myself, the NBA and college basketball tips off at the perfect time. The football season is kicking into high gear and I’m rounding into peak form. – Wayne Root
Kelso - Showdown Friday! Mountain West Game Of Year
There is no dispute the Mountain West Conference is having an off year but that does not make it any less attractive for bettors. – Kelso Sturgeon

The Vegas Sports Masters


Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Tony Salinas

Tony Salinas arrived in Las Vegas over two decades ago fresh from the family ranch in Texas, looking for the next winning thing. After all, he'd always been a winner back home... captain of the football team, State Champion tennis player, point guard for the district-winning basketball team, and Texas Calf Roping Champion in both high school & College.


Tony was an immediate hit, winning the $85,000 Castaways Challenge of 1980, and has never looked back. Tony is the proud winner of over a dozen handicapping contests, including two years ago when he beat out 226 other rivals to take the title in the $135,000 Hilton Superbook Handicapping Championship.

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.

Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Blog Headlines

How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 12

Almost a full schedule this weekend in pro football, as only Carolina and Pittsburgh are sitting out with byes. Those are the last two byes of the season. So, we’ll have complete 16-game NFL cards from Thanksgiving Weekend forward.

Here’s how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting Sunday and Monday action thus far this week. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules.

CLEVELAND AT ATLANTA: Very little interest in this game thus far. Atlanta opened at -3, the standard value of home field advantage. Both teams need the win in their respective playoff races,…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…Wisconsin/Iowa

Saturday’s college football schedule isn’t exactly a blockbuster. But, there as a game in the 3:30 p.m. ET TV window that’s “sneaky” big in terms of its potential impact on what happens down the road. That’s the Big 10 matchup between Wisconsin and Iowa. How did THIS game suddenly become important?

*Wisconsin will play in the Big 10 Championship game against Ohio State if they win out. The Buckeyes need another big win to vault them into the Final Four…so they NEED Wisconsin to look great this week against Iowa and next week against Minnesota. It’s already clear now that Ohio…

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Wayne Root: Will Tom Coughlin Get Fired Before Rex Ryan?!

For most of this season, it’s been generally assumed the Rex Ryan’s days are numbered as head coach of the New York Jets, while Tom Coughlin has earned enough goodwill with the New York Giants that his job was safe at least during the team’s initial transition to their new West Coast offense.

But, heading into this Sunday Night’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s now possible Coughlin won’t last as long as Ryan. Or, that both will be fired at the end of the season.


Current Records

NY Giants 3-7

NY Jets 2-8


This Week’s Opponents

NY Jets (+4.5) at Buffalo

NY Giants (+3.5) vs.…

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The NFL Report


Last weekend there was plenty of buzz regarding the fact that there were four games pitting teams against one another with .667-or-better win percentages - the first time it happened this late in a season in eons.

Now, turn around one week later and you’ve got three marquee matchups (we’ll get to them in a moment) but all the other games on this NFL Week 12 card either sport one or even both teams…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: A Gold Mine Weekend Awaits

I can’t recall heading into a November weekend seeing so many big edges on the football board. Sure, the week before Thanksgiving is often a dead spot for disheartened football teams. But, on this particular November weekend of 2014, there are countless towel tossers who are also dealing with bad local weather.


That means…

Low spirits

Uncomfortable or poor weather conditions

Poor preparation in the days leading up to their game


I’m always emphasizing the importance of THE MOTIVATION FACTOR to you here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. I’m not going to get specific today…but I strongly encourage each and…

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How Sharps are betting Thursday and Friday Football

We have a busy late-week schedule, with four football games Thursday Night (one in the NFL and three in the colleges), and then a college tripleheader on Friday Night. You know what seven is a lucky number here in Las Vegas! Let’s hope that this lucky seven brings good fortune.

Here’s how sharps have been betting the games so far this week. Matchups are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule…

KANSAS CITY at OAKLAND (Thursday-NFL): Most stores opened at Kansas City -7, though the earliest shops up had it at -6.5. That was quickly corrected…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Chiefs/Raiders

Even though the Kansas City Chiefs are playing some of the best football in the NFL in recent weeks…and their Thursday Night opponent Oakland is winless through 10 games...we just learned a few nights ago that playoff contenders can’t take anything for granted!

The Pittsburgh Steelers almost lost to the Tennessee Titans!

Like Tennessee, Oakland is a team that needs to lose more than it needs to win right now in terms of building by the draft. Like Tennessee, Oakland is starting a rookie quarterback who’s shown to this point that he’s in over his head. And…like Tennessee…Oakland is a home underdog…

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Network Notebook: NBA TV Preview…Spurs/Cavaliers

You know this was a game that the NBA wanted to use as a November showcase….the defending World Champion San Antonio Spurs visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers early in LeBron James’ return season…on ESPN…and the Spurs aren’t scheduled in a back-to-back!

Sorry, Greg Popovich…you can’t ruin everything by resting your veteran stars in a fatigue situation. There is no fatigue situation! Barring injury news between the time we right this and game time…we’re going to see two important teams squaring off with about as much as intensity as you can have this early in the season.

Is it a preview of the 2014-15…

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How Sharps are betting Tuesday and Wednesday MAC Football

I know a lot of you are more focused on the college basketball extravaganza today than MAC football. The full day hoops schedule really didn’t allow for comprehensive market coverage. I’ll provide some general tips at the end of this report. We’ll gradually work in more basketball when football winds down.

Today I’ll look at early sharp betting in the Tuesday and Wednesday college football. Then, we’re back Thursday to cover a busier than normal late week schedule. There aren’t any truly marquee college football matchups Saturday…so we’ll put that on the shelf until Rivalry Week on and around Thanksgiving. Our…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops TV Twinbill

Yes, they’ve been playing college basketball for a few days since the season officially tipped off late last week. But, they haven’t been playing basketball like THIS! It’s going to feel like March Madness in November when ESPN televises the following doubleheader Tuesday Night from Indianapolis:

Michigan State vs. Duke

Kentucky vs. Kansas

That’s the Preseason #1 team (Kentucky) facing Preseason #5. And, perennial November warriors Duke (Preseason #4, and known for peaking too early!) vs. perennial championship threat Michigan State (Preseason #19, known for peaking when it MATTERS!).

All four teams have already taken the floor in tuneups. Duke toyed with Presbyterian and…

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Wayne Root: USC/UCLA Rebuilding a Great Rivalry

Rivalry week is still technically during the days around Thanksgiving because that’s when most of the big time college rivalries take place. But, the one I’m most excited about in terms of the Las Vegas angle takes place this coming Saturday when USC takes on UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Hollywood baby!

This week’s college schedule is pretty light in terms of National Championship drama. That’s allowed USC/UCLA to jump to the front of the line in terms of marquee value. And, my home town of Las Vegas might as well be a suburb of Los Angeles in terms of…

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Ther NFL Week 11 Newsmakers




Want to hear something funny?

Shortly before Sunday Night’s prime-time game between the New England Patriots at the Indianapolis Colts we noticed the “props rundown” on a wagering-related website and darn if they didn’t have projected numbers for just about everything from “over/under” receiving yards by Patriots WR Brandon LaFell to how many touchdown passes Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck would throw to whether or not…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping College Basketball

November is arguably the single best month for serious sports bettors because the daily schedules are jam-packed with great opportunities.

*In football, you now have a treasure trove of information on all the college and pro teams. You know who the PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS are. You regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping know how to incorporate THE MOTIVATION FACTOR into the mix in a way that oddsmakers can’t really defend against. It’s easy to find blowout covers.

*In basketball, oddsmakers and the public are still way behind the curve in the NBA (which you’ve already seen…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Pittsburgh/Tennessee

It’s been a horrible season for the Tennessee Titans, who seemingly through in the towel on 2014 when they gave the starting quarterback job go rookie Zach Mettenberger out of LSU. Mettenberger wasn’t one of the hotshot high draft picks (though he’s taken a lot more snaps so far than Johnny Manziel!). You got the sense that Tennessee was already thinking about the 2015 draft when they gave the reigns to Mettenberger.

They sure haven’t played like a team with a burning will to win the last two times out…

*Tennessee (+3.5) lost to Houston 30-16 (trailed 27-3 and 30-9)

*Bye Week

*Tennessee (+10)…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…N. England/Indy

While much of the AFC playoff picture is a muddled mess, it’s very clear who the three frontrunners are in the minds of the market. Denver continues to be priced like a Super Bowl favorite. That will continue to be true even though they lost a recent road game at New England. Behind then are those very same Patriots…and then the Indianapolis Colts.

That means that Sunday Night’s Patriots/Colts game will match two of the best three teams in the AFC, two of the best teams overall in the NFL, and possibly a pair that is destined to face each other…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Philadelphia at Green Bay on FOX

Since the Eagles have maintained top form even after losing starting quarterback Nick Foles to injury, their game Sunday afternoon at Green Bay has been moved into the showcase TV window. Most of the country will watch the Eagles/Packers game on FOX before settling into the prime time powderkeg of New England at Indianapolis.

Is this a playoff preview? Could the Eagles and Packers square off in the NFC Championship game a couple of months down the road?

There are certainly other teams in the discussion. But, you have to admit that things are looking pretty good for the Eagles and Packers.



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3 Key Topics For NFL Week 11




The Cleveland Browns have not been in the playoffs since 2002 - and they’ve not won a post-season game since the 1994 season (see Cleveland 20, New England 13).Check the here-and-now standings, though, and the Browns are an AFC North-best 6-3.

The Arizona Cardinals have been to one Super Bowl in their history (see 2008 season) and haven’t so far as won a playoff…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…FSU/Miami

Even though the mainstream media is hyping Mississippi State/Alabama as the game of the day (previewed yesterday here in the NOTEBOOK), it’s actually Saturday Night’s Florida State/Miami game on ABC that has the tighter pointspread…and has the greater chance of inflicting an earth-shattering result on the final brackets.

Florida State’s strength of schedule is so soft compared to other contenders…that they might not make into the brackets as a one-loss team. They would surely drop behind TCU given the caliber of TCU’s loss and a few of their wins. And, there’s nobody left on Florida State’s schedule that’s going to boost…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 11

The schedule picks up a bit this week in the NFL. There are four bye teams, which is down from last week’s six. Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and the NY Jets are off. You’ll recall that Dallas and Jacksonville played in Europe last week. The Jets winning right before the bye may have saved a few jobs.

I’ll run through each matchup in official Nevada rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules.

HOUSTON AT CLEVELAND: Cleveland has stayed solid on the key number of -3. It tells you a lot about the relative skepticism of the Browns as a playoff…

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How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s College Blockbusters

This Saturday’s card isn’t quite as loaded as last week with games influencing the national title race. As more teams fall out of the mix, fewer games will influence the rankings. But, we do have one of the most important games left this season when #1 Mississippi State visits #5 Alabama. And, #2 Florida State is in a real danger spot in prime time at Miami.

I’ve picked out five games to study this weekend, adding in two games that loom very large in the Big 10 race as well as the Auburn/Georgia game that could tell us a lot about…

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Friday Fun and Games
Another Network 2-0 Football night on Thursday with the 'Fins over the Bills and Cal covering vs. USC! NBA wins with the Bulls Outright over Toronto





By Jim Hurley:

Ladies and gents, here’s a real quickie heads-up when it comes to the almighty Las Vegas numbers this year as it pertains to the College Football world:

We head into tonight’s American Athletic Conference tilt between…

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Network Notebook: College TV Preview…Miss. State/’Bama

Shots were fired this week when the playoff selection committee told Alabama in no uncertain terms that luckily surviving an overtime game at LSU wasn’t going to be enough to keep them in the top four. TCU’s impressive win over Kansas State vaulted the Horned Frogs temporarily in the final spot in the championship brackets. “Hey ‘Bama, impress us” was very clearly the message from the committee.

And that chance to impress comes right away! This Saturday #5 Alabama will host #1 Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS. Certainly THAT would…

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Wayne Root: How Bad Weather Helps Football Underdogs

You may have noticed that big money starts to hit the football board on UNDERDOGS whenever bad weather is in the forecast. If you’re walking around Vegas sportsbooks when this is happening, you’ll inevitably here “squares” talking excitedly because the favorites they want to bet just got cheaper. Sometimes the public does win in those games, but over the long haul…weather influences DO favor underdogs.

And, that’s coming to you from THE KING OF UNDERDOGS, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!

I want to make sure you understand that because weather could often be a factor in both college and pro football from this point…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Five games to get to in our late-week report, highlighted first by the very important NFL showdown Thursday night matching the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. We’ll cover all the Thursday and Friday action for you in this report…then come back Friday for TWO separate reports. The first will deal with a handful of the most important college football games on Saturday. Then, we’ll post our weekly look at the full weekend NFL card a few hours later.

Let’s jump in with Thursday and Friday night football. Games are presented in Nevada rotation order so you can make notes in your…

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Thursdays Hot Topics




Folks, we’ve been saying it for years and years now ...National Football League teams/organizations really blow it by not having top-quality backup quarterbacks on their rosters.And - as everyone knows - more than half of the NFL’s 32 member teams already have been forced to resort to playing a second- (or third-) string quarterback at some point in the year.

Check out the results as we head into…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Playoff Distractions

Week 11 of the NFL season kicks off Thursday Night when the Buffalo Bills visit the Miami Dolphins. You’ve already been hearing it…but you can get ready for A LOT MORE talk in the coming weeks about how the playoff picture is shaping up. The media loves stuff like that because it makes so many games seem important. For handicappers, and for many NFL players, it’s just a distraction that can get in the way of performance.

You regular readers know I believe THE MOTIVATION FACTOR is very important in football. We talked about that last time regarding bowl eligibility in…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bills/Dolphins

It’s hard to call Thursday Night’s nationally televised NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins a playoff game. Only six teams from the AFC will make it. The Bills and Dolphins are currently tied with San Diego for ninth place. Yet, the race is so tight right now that it’s a virtual playoff game in the sense that the winner will still be alive for a shot at the Super Bowl and the loser becomes a distant longshot.



6-4: Pittsburgh and Baltimore (tied for seventh)

5-4: Buffalo, Miami, and San Diego (tied for ninth)


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Midweek Report


So let’s hear it for the College Football Playoff committee folks - we say they got it right by leapfrogging TCU over Alabama for the #4 spot in this week’s rankings and we honestly don’t have a major problem having one-loss Oregon hurdle past unbeaten Florida State for the #2 spot either although that’s pretty much a moot point considering #1 plays #4 and #2 plays #3 in the upcoming playoffs.

Still, there’s…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Rockets/T-Wolves

Hey, you know it’s going to be a fiesta when the NBA plays in Mexico City Wednesday night for the Houston Rockets/Minnesota Timberwolves game that will be internationally televised by ESPN. Let’s see if we can make some dinero while we watch!

The Houston Rockets are playing so well out of the gate that many pundits are thinking that losing Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons actually made them better! The addition of Trevor Ariza helped make up for those absences. And, you do see a more balanced, functional approach this year with James Harden in full control of the offense, while…

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How Sharps are betting Tuesday and Wednesday MAC Football

There’s a chance for weather to be an issue in all four of the Tuesday and Wednesday games this week as a cold snap affects the Midwest and Northeast. Might be some rain in the mix too. So, monitor lines in the hours before kickoff. The general public typically doesn’t bet games like this. So, any significant line moves will be “sharp” moves.

I should point out first that the Wise Guys hit the Unders at offshore openers right off the bat. This was likely because of the weather forecast rather than quants coincidentally getting math grades on all the Unders.…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Spurs/Warriors

The San Antonio Spurs looked like they had evolved basketball to a whole new place in last season’s playoffs. They rolled through the West with only a few hiccups. Then, they embarrassed the Miami Heat in a one-side Finals so badly that LeBron James changed teams!

But, THIS season, the Spurs are struggling out of the gate with an old team that’s been hobbled by injuries and seemingly disinterested from bringing peak intensity. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors…under new head coach Steve Kerr…have been fantastic. Golden State was getting so much respect in the Vegas line after their first few games…

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Wayne Root: Finding Early Season Upsets in the NBA

This is my first chance to talk about the NBA this season. Part of the reason I wanted to delay my first post is because I didn’t want to remind oddsmakers about the strategies that always make my clients so much money! But, now that we’re a couple of weeks in, the market has had a chance to adjust to teams who have turned out to be much better or much worse than expected.

You see, early season NBA (and college hoops coming up) is a dream world for underdog bettors like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT. You regulars know I don’t bet…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Importance of Bowl Eligibility

We’re at the point in the season now where many mid-level college football teams start thinking about bowl eligibility. The superpowers don’t really care about that. They entered the season dreaming bigger dreams, and barely celebrate at all once they’re assured of at least playing in a bowl. But, there’s a certain class of team that will crank up THE MOTIVATION FACTOR when trying to clinch a bowl. Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and handicapping need to weigh that in their process from this point forward.

What kind of teams are we talking about?

*Programs who have struggled…

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The Biggest Losers From NFL Week 10



Okay - you ask - who exactly were the “biggest losers” in NFL Week 10 action?

For starters, try the NFL Betting Underdogs who finished Sunday’s action a dreary 3-8 ATS (against the spread) and we wonder just how many folks “teased” the likes of Denver/Arizona/Seattle/Green Bay in the late afternoon/evening game ... talk about your easy pickings!

But the real “biggest losers” we’re referring to here…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Panthers/Eagles

This week’s Monday Night Football attraction isn’t exactly an NFL blockbuster. But, there will be plenty of intrigue because nobody knows for sure how Mark Sanchez will perform as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles!

Everyone knows his past. He was ill-suited to the New York Jets offense, which may be so poorly designed that hardly anyone could succeed with it! But, Sanchez didn’t help matters with poor decision-making and a tendency to stumble under pressure. With the Eagles, he’s been given the keys to a car that runs much better, and may be exactly what he needs to save his…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Bears/Packers

The first time the Bears and Packers met this year, it was visiting Green Bay whose season was supposedly on the line after a 1-2 start. Now, Chicago’s season is definitely on the line because that first meeting was a double-turnaround that launched Green Bay to greatness while blowing the Windy City’s heroes way off course.

Green Bay has won four of its last five games, and will be positioned to be a force in the postseason if they can extend that run Sunday Night and keep things rolling. Chicago has floundered so badly that fans are now calling for the…

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Wayne Root: Should Idzik and Ryan be Fired by the Jets?

We may be hours away from the firing of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, and general manager John Idzik. New York hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday before embarking on its bye week. If the firings are going to happen, that’s the OBVIOUS spot on the schedule because the team would have the most possible time to recover and adjust before taking the field again November 23 on the road at Buffalo. The new regime wouldn’t play a home game until Monday Night December 1 in Miami.

Will it happen? I’m not the guy to ask. SHOULD it happen?!…

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The Week 10 NFL Report




It’s always fun - and a bit telling too - to discover what National Football League teams do in their first games back from their byes and so let’s share some of the Jim Sez know-how here:

So far in this here-and-now 2014 NFL season, teams are a rotten 5-9 ATS (against the spread) in their post-bye games for a shoddy .357 winning rate.

Wait a second ...Aren’t NFL teams supposed to benefit…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Ohio State/Michigan State

It’s such a down year in the Big 10…that the only regular season game on the entire conference schedule that’s created any buzz is this Saturday Night’s battle between Ohio State and Michigan. And, that involves a team that lost a home game to lousy Virginia Tech!

This is “the game of the year’ in the Eastern Division of the Big 10. Wisconsin and Nebraska will probably be playing the “game of the year” in the West (though Iowa and Minnesota could derail that, making the race even less relevant in the process). Ultimately, the Big 10 championship game will feature…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 10

After having so many huge games to talk about in our prior college report, it’s a bit of a letdown to talk about the NFL this week. The only game qualifying as a true marquee matchup in terms of importance and star appeal is San Francisco at New Orleans. There are many other games that will obviously impact the crowded playoff picture in both conferences. Chief among those are Kansas City at Buffalo (oddsmaker humor), and Miami at Detroit.

There are six bye teams this week, which created a reduced schedule. Sitting and watching games with the rest of us will…

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How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s College Blockbusters

As promised, I’m back with a special Friday report outlining what’s been happening with sharp betting in all of this week’s college football TV blockbusters. I’ll present the games in Nevada rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules. Just be aware that the starting times have become jumbled because of national TV commitments. It’s Baylor/Oklahoma that actually kicks the day off in the earliest TV window, even though the prime time affair matching Alabama and LSU comes first in the rotation that was based on original scheduled start times.

I’m going to talk about the six games that…

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Network Notebook: College Football TV Preview…Baylor/OU

We’re devoting our Friday edition of the NOTEBOOK to the most exciting early kickoff on Saturday. That’s the projected shootout between #12 Baylor and #15 Oklahoma that goes at noon ET (9 a.m. in Las Vegas) in Norman. We’ll come back with you tomorrow to run JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats in the much anticipated prime time battle in the Big 10 featuring #14 Ohio State and #8 Michigan State.

Though TCU and Kansas State will play after Baylor/OU ends with more at stake in terms of the conference championship and possibly the Final Four brackets, it’s this Bears/Sooners matchup that…

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Why The Saints Are Tough To Beat At Home

There are home-field advantages in the National Football League ... and then there are really home field-advantages.

Say hello to the New Orleans Saints!

The NFC South leaders head into Sunday’s Week 10 tilt against the somewhat fragile San Francisco 49ers (4-4) having won all three of their home tilts this year inside the Louisiana Superdome and note the Saints (4-4) have covered two of the three home wins.

This year’s home sked looks like this so far for the Saints:

In Week 3 they downed 10-point underdog Minnesota 20-9;In Week 5 the Saints failed to cover the 11 ½-point price in a 37-31…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Remember Discipline!

It’s weekends like this that can cause “square” bettors in Las Vegas to go broke! I want to emphasize to each and every one of you students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping that you need to stay disciplined when the media is buzzing about an exciting schedule.

Yes, there are some fantastic games set for TV action this Saturday in college football. And, there will be both Saturdays and Sundays (and a great Thanksgiving this year) where wall-to-wall football will be unleashing its siren’s call luring you in to make bets. You need to remember the…

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How Sharps are Betting Thursday and Friday Football

Not a busy schedule this week for Thursday and Friday action. But, we do have a very important game in the tight AFC North race when the Cleveland Browns visit their state rival the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday Night. The three college games are truly for hardcore bettors, which means action will mostly be “sharps vs. the oddsmakers” because the general public will be waiting for all the marquee college games set for Saturday.

On that note, wanted to let you know up front that I’ll have a special report going up midday Friday on sharp action in select college football showcase…

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Network Notebook: NFL TV Preview…Browns/Bengals

It’s been ages since anyone was talking about the Cleveland Browns playing with first place on the line in a November matchup. But, that’s what’s at stake in Thursday Night’s “Battle of Ohio” between they and the Cincinnati Bengals that will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. Though, Pittsburgh is in the middle of the mess too…and could theoretically be part of a three-way tie Friday morning.



Cincinnati 5-2-1

Pittsburgh 6-3

Cleveland 5-3

Baltimore 5-4

If Cleveland scores the road upset, we’ll have three teams at 6-3 (plus a momentarily superfluous tie for the Bengals). Pittsburgh would have a chance to grab sole…

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The Jim Sez Midweek Report


THE NFL UPDATE: IT’S BROWNS-BENGALS IN KEY THURSDAY NIGHT CLASH  Let’s face it, folks: It’s fun to kick around this whole College Football Playoff (CFP) system with as many as 10 or 11 teams “still alive” for those four playoff berths at year’s end but the Southeastern Conference - the mightiest of them all - stages its own death march on a weekly basis and we’ll dig into the league’s biggest games shortly in today’s edition of Jim Sez.


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Network Notebook: NBA TV Preview…Clippers/Warriors

Oddsmakers and sharps have been giving a lot of respect to the Golden State Warriors so far this season…but it hasn’t been enough! The Warriors have covered every game, and have put quite a distance between themselves and market expectations already. Does that mean that Golden State has replaced San Antonio as the best in the West, and therefore the entire NBA?

Wednesday Night’s nationally televised game against new archrival the Los Angeles Clippers may tell us a lot about that. Many pundits were picking the Clippers as the breakthrough team in 2014-15 because they had their ownership issues behind them…

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How Sharps are Betting Tuesday/Wednesday MAC Action

Las Vegas bettors love having football on the schedule in the middle of the week. The Mid American Conference will step into the limelight with Tuesday and Wednesday action over the next three weeks (and Tuesday games all month!). I’ll have special reports every Tuesday morning Las Vegas time (lunchtime on the East Coast) through November to talk about sharp action in these prime time TV games.

Here’s what’s happened so far in this week’s quartet…

BOWLING GREEN AT AKRON (Tuesday): If you haven’t been following the MAC this year, these are the two teams at the top of the East Division…

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Network Notebook: NBA TV Preview…Cavs/Blazers

It was assumed before the season started that LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to be the best team in the Eastern Conference. But, how would they stack up if they had to play in the West? Are the Cavs truly one of the best teams in the whole league? Or, just the watered down Eastern Conference?

Our first glimpse at the answer to that question comes Tuesday Night when the Cavs visit the Portland Trailblazers in a game that will be televised nationally by the NBA Network. Portland was a solid playoff team last season (before running into…

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Lockett leads No. 12 Kansas State over WVU

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Snowstorm cancels Buffalo-Kent State football

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Gators seek redemption in bout with visiting Warhawks

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Utes seek turnaround against visiting Highlanders

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Marshall comes calling on No. 7 Louisville

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