Football Handicapping Services

Free Handicapping Sports Service Guide – How to compare and choose the best football handicapping service

Step 1 – Do you need pSports Bettingrofessional help?
Not everyone should hire a football handicapping service. Some people are adept at handicapping their own football games. If you have the time (and skill) to dig in on your own to analyze games and situations, and you do well on your own (55%+), then it may not makes sense for you to spend the money to purchase football picks from someone else.

Others don’t have that kind of time or energy to invest (pro services spend 50 hours + per week analyzing games). But, a service may still not make sense. If you are betting small amounts, then it may not make financial sense to hire a handicapping service. You need to consider the ROI you expect to get and factor in the cost of a service. Generally, if you are betting $ per game or less, it may not make sense to purchase picks unless you are losing a lot on your own. Remember you have to cover the cost of the service through your winnnings.

But, if you are losing on your own, due to lack of time to invest in handicapping or just lack of skill, a football handicapping service can help you lose less or actually start winning. The best services can even help winners win more.

Step 2 – How to compare football handicapping services
Let’s say you have decided you want professional help. How do you compare services? How do you choose which service on which to spend you hard earned money? Here’s a checklist to consider: Continue reading

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Spanish La Liga Season Preview

The 2010/2011 Spanish La Liga season begins this weekend, so here’s everything you need to know about every club competing in the division ahead of the new campaign.

FC Barcelona

Last season; Champions (31-6-1)
Most goals; Lionel Messi (34)
Most assists; Xavi (14)

Key Ins
David Villa (Valencia), Javier Mascherano (Liverpool), Adriano Correia (FC Sevilla)
Key Outs
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan – Loan), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Dmytro Chygrynskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Rafael Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Martin Caceres (FC Sevilla – Loan)

Coach; Josep Guardiola
Key player; Lionel Messi
Player to watch; Pedro

Barcelona had a near-perfect campaign last term, but there’s been some big-name departures. Toure leaving is the main blow but Mascherano replaces him. Beyond that, the main core of the side which led Barca to the title remains. The question is, is there enough hunger to hold off Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid? With players like Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta along with new man David Villa it’s hard to say no. Continue reading

Back To Football

Every player, coach and fan is ready. Super Bowl 2010

The NFL returns this week. It’s “Back to Football” time. That means the next five months will be packed with the sizzle and suspense that comes only with the National Football League.

Everybody is ready for the unique unpredictability of the NFL. And every team enters the new season with hope.

Last year, 65 percent of the games were within one score (eight points or fewer) in the fourth quarter. Fourteen percent were decided in the final two minutes or overtime. And for the 14th consecutive year, at least five teams made the playoffs after missing out the year before, including the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints.

All the anticipation that started with the NFL Combine last February, heightened by the NFL Draft in April, and peaked with the opening of training camps in July comes to realization this weekend. It’s time to get “Back to Football.”

As the 2010 NFL season kicks off, it comes packed with changes, quests and questions:

CAN THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION SAINTS REPEAT?:

It’s tough. It’s happened only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. But the Saints are up for the challenge. “It’s going to be difficult to repeat,” says New Orleans quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV MVP DREW BREES, “but we embrace that challenge. We’re in the business of winning and we have an opportunity to create a legacy here that’s not just about one championship. We see what we have here and it’s something that can be really special.” Continue reading

NFL Betting Season

NFLGonna have to go with the handicappers on this one. A recent ESPN The Magazine poll had 29.6 percent of NFL players who responded (anonymously, of course) picking New Orleans to repeat. But I’m looking around at some of the biggest names in sports gambling, and the Saints are nowhere to be found.

I’ll tell you who keeps popping up on their radar screen, though: the Minnesota Vikings. And the Super Bowl betting odds are moving in that direction: The Vikings have tightened up from 11-1 at the open to 10-1, while the Saints have dropped from 7-1 to 8-1.

Lo and behold, these are the two teams who will open the 2010 regular season this Thursday night at the Superdome. This is Week 1, so the lines are a bit uncertain – some have New Orleans laying 4½ points as we go to press, others are at -5 or -5½. The incumbent champions are definitely getting the benefit of the doubt here. Early market reports show 79 percent of NFL bettors pounding New Orleans on the pointspread; however, 74 percent prefer Minnesota at around +200 on the football money line.

You could argue that the Vikings should have won the last time they met. That was during the 2009 NFC Championship Game, when they lost to New Orleans 31-28 in overtime as 4-point road dogs. Most people will remember Brett Favre throwing an interception with under a minute to play in regulation and the ball tantalizingly close to field goal range. The Vikings and Saints had traded touchdowns up to that point, swinging away like a pair of heavyweight boxers. New Orleans won the coin toss in overtime and delivered the final blow – an anticlimactic jab, really, courtesy of kicker Garrett Hartley from 40 yards out. Continue reading

Casino opposes Frank legislation

Some of the largest land-based casinos in California have issued a statement voicing their opposition to proposed legislation from US Congressman Barney Frank over concerns that players may have been misled by speciaCasinol interest groups receiving funds from illegal offshore gaming operators.

Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation And Consumer Protection And Enforcement Act was recently passed through the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 41 to 22 and seeks to regulate online gambling in the United States to counter the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) legislation of 2006.

However, California’s Commerce Casino has expressed its opposition to the legislation and has been joined by the state’s Bicycle Casino, Hawaiian Gardens Casino and Hollywood Park Casino.

“Poker players deserve to know the real facts, so let us be clear,” read a statement issued by Tom Malkasian and Haig Papaian, board members for Commerce Casino. Continue reading