United States Vs. Belgium World Cup Prop Bets From William Hill

United States World Cup Soccer
United States Soccer

Whether you’re interested in the World Cup or just interested in sports betting these are the William Hill prop bets available for the US vs. Belgium match on Tuesday.

I don’t bet soccer (or football or futball or whatever you want to call it) but I really enjoy the World Cup. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the World Cup more than expected this year. This is my first World Cup in Vegas and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the excitement during the games in the various sportsbooks I’ve visited.

Are there any worthwhile prop bets here?

UNITED STATES VS BELGIUM: TO ADVANCE TO QUARTERFINALS
BELGIUM -180
UNITED STATES +160

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United States Vs. Germany World Cup Prop Bets From William Hill

United States World Cup Soccer
United States Soccer

Whether you’re interested in the World Cup or just interested in sports betting these are the William Hill prop bets available for the US vs. Germany match on Thursday.

I don’t bet soccer (or football or futball or whatever you want to call it) but I really enjoy the World Cup. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the World Cup more than expected this year. This is my first World Cup in Vegas and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the excitement during the games in the various sportsbooks I’ve visited.

Are there any worthwhile prop bets here?

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY MATCHUP
GERMANY -160
DRAW +180
UNITED STATES 17/2

TO WIN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP
GERMANY 7/2
UNITED STATES 35/1

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY HALFTIME/FULLTIME RESULT
GERMANY/GERMANY +140
DRAW/GERMANY 3/1
DRAW/DRAW +425
USA/USA 9/1
DRAW/USA 12/1
USA/DRAW 14/1
GERMANY/DRAW 16/1
USA/GERMANY 18/1
GERMANY/USA 45/1

WILL THOMAS MULLER SCORE A GOAL?
YES +140
NO -170

WILL UNITED STATES OR GERMANY SCORE IN THE FIRST 30 MINUTES?
YES -115
NO -115

WILL BOTH UNITED STATES AND GERMANY SCORE A GOAL?
YES -115
NO -115

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY: TOTAL GOALS SCORED
OVER 2.5 -110
UNDER 2.5 -110

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY: FIRST GOAL SCORED
GERMANY -230
USA +240
NO GOAL SCORED 19/2

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY: TOTAL CORNER KICKS
OVER 10 +105
UNDER 10 -135

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY: TOTAL MATCH CARDS
OVER 3.5 +115
UNDER 3.5 -145

UNITED STATES VS GERMANY 1ST HALF ONLY
GERMANY +115
DRAW +120
UNITED STATES 6/1

United States Vs. Portugal World Cup Prop Bets From William Hill

United States World Cup Soccer
United States Soccer

Whether you’re interested in the World Cup or just interested in sports betting these are the William Hill prop bets available for the US vs. Portugal match on Sunday.

I don’t bet soccer (or football or futball or whatever you want to call it) but I really enjoy the World Cup. In fact, I’ve been enjoying the World Cup more than expected this year. This is my first World Cup in Vegas and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the excitement during the games in the various sportsbooks I’ve visited.

Are there any worthwhile prop bets here?

PORTUGAL VS UNITED STATES MATCHUP
PORTUGAL -110
DRAW +250
UNITED STATES +310

TO WIN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP
PORTUGAL 40/1
UNITED STATES 40/1

TO WIN GROUP G
GERMANY -1500
UNITED STATES 6/1
PORTUGAL 35/1
GHANA 75/1

TO WIN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP TOP GOALSCORER
CRISTIANO RONALDO 14/1
CLINT DEMPSEY 150/1

PORTUGAL VS UNITED STATES HALFTIME/FULLTIME RESULT
PORTUGAL/PORTUGAL +180
DRAW/DRAW +375
DRAW/PORTUGAL +425
USA/USA 6/1
DRAW/USA 8/1
PORTUGAL/DRAW 12/1
USA/DRAW 12/1
USA/PORTUGAL 25/1
PORTUGAL/USA 40/1

WILL CLINT DEMPSEY SCORE A GOAL?
YES +280
NO -350

WILL PORTUGAL OR UNITED STATES SCORE IN THE FIRST 29 MINUTES?
YES -115
NO -115

WILL BOTH PORTUGAL AND UNITED STATES SCORE A GOAL?
YES -125
NO -105

PORTUGAL VS UNITED STATES TOTAL GOALS SCORED
OVER 2.5 -110
UNDER 2.5 -110

TOTAL CORNER KICKS
OVER 10.0 -105
UNDER 10.0 -125

TOTAL MATCH CARDS
OVER 4.0 -110
UNDER 4.0 -120

PORTUGAL VS UNITED STATES 1ST HALF ONLY
DRAW +125
PORTUGAL +145
UNITED STATES 19/5

United States Vs. Ghana World Cup Prop Bets From William Hill

United States World Cup Soccer
United States Soccer

Whether you’re interested in the World Cup or just sports betting these William Hill prop bets for the US vs. Ghana match on Monday (3p Eastern, 12p pacific) are interesting if not different. I don’t bet soccer (or football or futball or whatever you want to call it) but I enjoy the World Cup. It’s one of the few sports events I can enjoy without money at risk.

Are there any worthwhile prop bets here?

UNITED STATES VS GHANA MATCHUP

GHANA +160
UNITED STATES +185
DRAW +215

TO WIN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP

UNITED STATES 50/1
GHANA 175/1

TO WIN GROUP G

GERMANY -175
PORTUGAL +230
GHANA 9/1
UNITED STATES 10/1

TO WIN 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP TOP GOALSCORER

ASAMOAH GYAN 100/1
CLINT DEMPSEY 150/1

UNITED STATES VS GHANA HALFTIME/FULLTIME RESULT

DRAW/DRAW +300
GHANA/GHANA +330
USA/USA +400
DRAW/GHANA +450
DRAW/USA +540
GHANA/DRAW +1400
USA/DRAW +1400
USA/GHANA +2800
GHANA/USA +3000

WILL CLINT DEMPSEY SCORE A GOAL?

YES +280
NO -340

WILL JOZY ALTIDORE SCORE A GOAL?

YES +300
NO -360

WHO WILL SCORE A GOAL FIRST?

GHANA -105
UNITED STATES +125
NO GOAL +650

WILL UNITED STATES OR GHANA SCORE IN THE FIRST 35 MINUTES?

YES -115
NO -115

TOTAL CORNER KICKS

OVER 10.5 +110
UNDER 10.5 -140

WILL BOTH UNITED STATES AND GHANA SCORE A GOAL?

YES +115
NO -145

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Keith Olbermann Sets The Record Straight About Soccer And Gambling And Drinking

I usually find Keith Olbermann to be an obnoxious blowhard but every now and again he says something that I agree with. Last week he took issue with the New York Times calling soccer a trend in America. Deadspin picks apart the article too. The article is in the fashion section and should have focused on fashion a little more – not the game itself. Regardless, KO is on point here.

Keith Olbermann on soccer: “If you couldn’t drink or gamble there would be more people on the field than in the stands”.

Fox Sports 1 Bringing Point Spreads To The Masses

Fox Sports 1 Point Spreads
Fox Sports 1 Showing Point Spreads

Fox Sports 1 launched as a 24 hour all sports network last week. While CBS and NBC have launched 24 hour sports networks in the past year it looks as if Fox Sports 1 will be the greatest challenger to ESPN. ESPN is the largest all sports network with the most history so each network has to carve their own niche with sports fans. NBC Sports Network has focused its programming around the NHL, NFL, Premier League and fringe sports like cycling while CBS Sports Network seems to be a minor league sports network filling much of its programming with lesser tier college football and college basketball.

Fox Sports 1 will be a home for NFL, UFC, college football and soccer spillover from regular Fox programming. I’m assuming that they’ll integrate MLB into next year’s shows. Fox Sports 1 seems to have the most upper tier programming to take some market share from big brother, ESPN. In addition to strong major league sports they have a strong roster of former professional athletes and professional broadcasters for their regular TV shows (hello Charissa and Erin).

Mainstream sports media has tiptoed around gambling in the past even though it plays a large role in popularity of certain sports – especially football. One way that Fox Sports 1 is differentiating itself from ESPN is not hiding from gambling – at least not hiding from the fact that gambling exists. Fox Sports 1 has point spreads displayed when they run upcoming matchups on their bottom line or side bar (above). This isn’t just for football as they had betting odds for the UFC fights last weekend.

Fox Sports 1 Bottom Line UFC Odds

I haven’t noticed any of the talking heads on Fox Sports 1 speaking about gambling directly but this is the first time that I can remember seeing a TV network using point spreads all day long, not just for pick segments.

I’m curious to see how they incorporate point spreads into football wrap ups. Discussing ATS (Against The Spread) records along side of straight up records would really open the door to sports betting discussion. As a sports bettor and fan I would love this.

Body Photo: 30 FPS 

Let’s Relegate Vegas Casinos Like The Premier League

EPL Football Logos
EPL Logos

The Premier League begins this weekend and all of the discussion about it got me to thinking how we can implement a similar relegation and promotion system with Las Vegas hotels and casino.

In brief, if a team performs poorly in the Premier League they’re relegated to a lesser league and if they perform better in the lesser league they step up to play with the big boys in the Premier League. If you’re really curious about specifics of the Premier League system this Yahoo Answer should do the trick.

The Las Vegas casinos aren’t all in competition with each other (Wynn and Circus Circus don’t compete for the same customer) so it makes relegation a little difficult. It may make sense to relegate by class. So perhaps there’s a Las Vegas luxury hotel league with an upper and lower tier as well as a budget and middle class league. Here’s my breakdown of the leagues from strip area properties.

Luxury
Aria
Bellagio
Caesars Palace
Cosmopolitan
Encore
Mandarin Oriental
The Palazzo
The Venetian
Vdara
Wynn

Middle Class
Flamingo
Hard Rock
Mandalay Bay
MGM Grand
The Mirage
Palms
Paris
Planet Hollywood
Rio
Treasure Island
Tropicana

Budget
Bally’s
Casino Royale
Circus Circus
Excalibur
Gold Coast
Harrah’s
Hooters
Luxor
LVH
Monte Carlo
New York New York
The Orleans
Palace Station
The Quad
Riviera
Silver Sevens
Stratosphere

Now to separate each league into two tiers or divisions. I’m breaking the divisions down by the hotel/casinos I think are better and worse. Division A features the newer cleaner hotels that have a casino while Division B features older, dirtier or hotels without a casino.

Luxury

Division A
Aria
Cosmopolitan
Encore
The Palazzo
Wynn

Division B
Bellagio
Caesars Palace
Mandarin Oriental
The Venetian
Vdara

Middle Class

Division A
Mandalay Bay
MGM Grand
The Mirage
Palms
Planet Hollywood

Division B
Flamingo
Hard Rock
Paris
Rio
Treasure Island
Tropicana

Budget

Division A
Bally’s
Gold Coast
Harrah’s
Luxor
Monte Carlo
New York New York
Silver Sevens
Stratosphere

Division B
Casino Royale
Circus Circus
Excalibur
Hooters
LVH
The Orleans
Palace Station
The Quad
Riviera

So, why are we doing this incentive and relegation for hotels and casinos?

There has to be an incentive to move up from Division B to Division A. I propose that casinos in the lower tier are penalized with the potential to make less money.

Division A hotels can charge any resort fee that they want and have any gaming rules they want. There is one caveat with this structure. Division A properties would have to disclose all additional fees upfront. None of this hidden fee crap. It’s my league. 🙂

This would mean that only half the casinos on the Vegas strip would have resort fees and half would be allowed to have 6:5 blackjack. Not every Division A hotel would implement a resort fee or bad gaming rules because that may cause them to lose customers and get relegated to a Division B.

I’d somehow like to reward good housekeeping and customer service but I’m not so sure how to quantify them. There’s still some work to do here but I think we’re off to a good start for the Premier League season. Tweet or leave a comment with any ideas to make the Las Vegas Premier League more awesome.

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World Cup Odds

I present you with odds to win the FIFA World Cup that begins this week.  I know less about national teams than I do about the specific leagues, which isn’t much.  Because of my lack of knowledge here I would stick with the favorites, but that’s no fun.

The USA at 80-1 could be fun, but no team from this side of the world has ever won the World Cup so I don’t see that as a reality.  Here are the odds from sportsbook.com all based on a moneyline of 100.  For example Argentina is 6.5-1.

Algeria +75000
Argentina +650
Australia +17500
Brazil +450
Cameroon +12500
Chile +8000
Denmark +12500
England +700
France +2000
Germany +1200
Ghana +12500
Greece +25000
Holland +900
Honduras +100000
Italy +1600
Ivory Coast +5000
Japan +60000
Mexico +8000
New Zealand +250000
Nigeria +15000
North Korea +200000
Paraguay +10000
Portugal +2800
Serbia +5000
Slovakia +40000
Slovenia +50000
South Africa +15000
South Korea +30000
Spain +375
Switzerland +30000
USA +8000
Uruguay +12500