What is a Circled Game Mean in a Sports Betting Event?

Visitors to Las Vegas or online sportsbooks may come across some games on the betting board that will have special rules attached in the betting. Such games will be circled on the betting board. A red box means that the line is “circled” and subject to reduced betting limits.

Often time’s sportsbooks will circle games on the betting board due to injuries to impact players. NFL teams competing on Sunday’s must submit their injury reports on Friday and provide updates on Saturday. In recent years the NFL adopted a rule forcing teams to disclose on Wednesday through Friday who missed practice and who had limited work during practice. The best practice for sports betting professionals would be to browse individual team websites that post the injury and practice information about the health of their players.

The injury reports have been very accurate in recent years because the NFL wants to protect the integrity of the league because inside information on injuries could be exploited. So teams have been very forthcoming about the health of their players. Injuries to impact players like the starting quarterback, running back and impact wide receivers will cause Las Vegas and online sportsbook to circle the game on the sports betting board until their status come game time is determined. Sharp sports bettors follow the best practice of shopping individual sports books to shop for the odds that are best set on the side they want to bet on.

Sometimes Las Vegas or online sportsbooks may miss important injury information on teams and a smart bettor may bet into a good betting number that favors the bettor. Professional gamblers look for knee, foot and ankle injuries to running backs. A running back who is not 100% healthy and playing with ankle, foot or knee injuries will see their average yards per carry often fall well below their average. This puts the offense in second and third and long situations or what is known as obvious passing situations. Defenses who know the pass is coming can adjust into pass coverage creating less space for the wide receivers to run routes making a pass completion by the quarterback much more difficult which raises the possibility of a turnover. With a capable back up running back it is often better for a team to not play a running back that sports ankle, knee or foot injuries. Many professional sports bettors will look to play against a team who is starting an impact running back who is playing with an ankle, foot or knee injury.

If inclement weather is forecasted for the site of an outdoor game a sportsbook will circle the game and bettors will have betting limits reduced on the game up until about an hour until game time. Wind can factor greatly in the passing game and the best practice for professional sports bettors will look to play under in college and pro football if the betting line has not already been bet down. There are times when the professional has the inclement weather information before the Las Vegas or online sportsbook and this is a scenario when they make advantage bets.

Many sports bettors will find NBA games circled on the Las Vegas or online sports betting board. Often times an NBA team will report a mild ailment from a player in their rotation and list them as questionable or doubtful. Smart betting professionals will tune into NBA team’s pregame show 30 minutes prior to the start of the game to get specific injury information about teams impact players on their rotation. In the NBA if an impact player is lost to injury the replacement player will often step up and the team will have point spread success in the first game the team plays without their impact player in the lineup.

A line may be circled when factors other than game play (e.g., injuries or weather conditions) could affect the outcome of the game. As many bookmakers don’t have enough information on the game and can’t accurately balance the action as it comes in, circled lines can’t be added to a parlay. Some online or Las Vegas sportsbooks may have too much action on one side of the game and even with a line move they cant attract action on the other team. Most sportsbook business models are set to attempt to balance trade on all games and protect their bottom line. Most sportsbooks try to attempt to have all of their lines un-circled. The red box may be removed closer to the start of the game.

10 Lottery Playing Tips for Florida’s Daily Fantasy 5 Lottery Game

The Florida 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 Lottery Game is one of the best lottery bets you can make anywhere. The odds of matching all 5 winning numbers in the next Fantasy 5 drawing are 1 in 376,992. The odds of matching 4 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 2,432 and the odds of matching 3 of 5 winning numbers are 1 in 81.07. Compare Florida’s Fantasy 5 odds to the millions to 1 odds of a 6-number lotto drawing or a 4+1 number mega-money drawing. Top Fantasy 5 prize winners over the past 5-years have won as much as $350,000 in a single drawing and, on those days when there were no top prize winners, players who matched 4 of 5 winning numbers have won as much as $1,150 in a single drawing. Players who match 3 of 5 winning numbers typically win $10, and those players that match 2 of 5 winning numbers win a free Fantasy 5 ticket for the next drawing.

Lottery games such as Florida’s Fantasy 5 are based on a random selection of numbers. It is impossible for any person or any computer software to predict which numbers will be drawn in the next drawing. It is for this simple fact alone that you shouldn’t waste your money on lottery software, lottery wheels or other lottery strategies like those promoted all over the internet. Most self-described lottery “experts” selling such lottery products all advise against playing lottery terminal generated “quick picks”. Fact of the matter is that of all the Fantasy 5 jackpot tickets over the past 5+ years (3,989 jackpot tickets), almost 50% were “quick picks” (1,971 “quick-pick” jackpot tickets)

The best ways to improve your chances of winning 3, 4 and 5 number Fantasy 5 cash prizes are to identify, select and play those number combinations that have historically been drawn more frequently over a long period of time than those number combinations that have rarely been drawn over the same period of time. In other words, play the proven percentages.

A great resource that identifies the 2, 3, 4 and 5 number winning number combinations of 1,825 Florida Fantasy 5 drawings from July 16, 2001 (the start date of the 5/36 Matrix Fantasy 5 game) through July 15, 2006 is the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”, which is offered at [http://www.freefantasy5lotterytips.com] for $12.95. The “Report” was published by BESTRACS Consulting, LLC, a firm that has compiled all the Florida Fantasy 5 winning number combinations for the past 5-years. The “Report” includes easy to read tables that accurately depict the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn over the 5-year period; the number of times each of the 36 numbers was drawn in each of the 5 positions of the winning number combinations (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th position); the number of times each possible 2-number combination (each possible pair) was drawn; all the 3-number combinations that “hit” 7 or more times over the 5-year period; all the 4-number combinations that “hit” 3 or more times over the 5-year period; high/low and odd/even winning number combination ratios; other winning number combination percentages and more.

The “Report” does not definitively tell you which numbers or number combinations to play nor does it suggest any definitive lottery playing strategy or the amount of money to play – it just represents the actual trends of the winning number combinations and number patterns over the 5-year period and calculations derived there from.

The “Report” also includes the winning number combinations from July 16, 2006 through the end of most current previous week as of the date the “Report” is ordered.

The following are some of the playing Tips that are easily derived from the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”:

1. Play 3-odd/2-even and/or 2-odd/3-even 5-number combinations. Such odd/even combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,208 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 66.19% winning percentage).

2. Play 3-low (numbers 1 through 18)/2-high (numbers 19-36) and/or 2-low/3-high 5-number combinations. Such combinations jointly “hit” a total of 1,226 times over the 5-year period (equates to a 67.18% winning percentage).

3. Play number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”2-35″) with other numbers that “hit” frequently and with “long shot” numbers. There are several of these “winning pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

4. Play consecutive number pairs that “hit” frequently over the 5-year period (i.e.”30-31″) with your other numbers. There are several of these “winning consecutive number pairs” identified in the “Florida Fantasy 5 Lottery Facts Report”.

5. Do not play 5-number combinations that “hit” previously over the 5-year period. Only two of the same combinations repeated over the 5-year period.

6. Do not play the same 4-number combinations repeatedly. Only 32 4-number combinations repeated more than two times over the 5-year period.

7. Do not play 5-consecutive number combinations (i.e. “5-6-7-8-9”). No such 5-consecutive number combinations “hit” over the 5-year period.

8. Do not play “all odd number” or “all even number” combinations. “All odd number” combinations “hit” only 55 times over the 5-year period (a 96.99% losing percentage) and “all even number” combinations “hit” only 49 times over the 5-year period (a 97.32% losing percentage).

9. Do not play “all low number” (1 through 18) or “all high number” (19 through 36) combinations. “All low number” combinations “hit” only 41 times over the 5-year period (a 97.75% losing percentage) and “all high number” combinations “hit” only 42 times over the 5-year period (a 97.70% losing percentage).

10. Always include a few “quick picks” in with your daily Fantasy 5 plays.

Craps, a Table Game That’s So Mis-Understood Is Easy to Learn and Play – Here’s How

Many players avoid the casino game of craps at first because the large oval shaped table with numerous betting options seems a bit intimidating to table game players. Craps is actually easy to learn and fun to play, and here’s how:

Start at a five dollar minimum table. You’ll usually find them during non-peak hours. I recommend a buy-in at least 20X the table minimum. A button on the table will read ON or OFF. When it is in the OFF position, place your money on the table and ask the dealer for $5 chips. You will see seasoned players making various wagers. The most popular is the PASS LINE bet. Place a chip(s) in that area in front of you. When you hear the dealer shout “COMMIN’ OUT” that’s when the excitement starts and the designated SHOOTER will toss two dice. Here are the wagering choices:

Pass Line

If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first roll, you win even money. If a 2, 3, or 12 appear, you lose. Any other number, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 becomes your POINT. A dealer will mark the point number with the ON button indicating game in progress. In order for you to win, the shooter must roll the point number before he or she rolls a 7. If a 7 appears before the point, the house wins. No other numbers matter on this wager, no matter how long it takes. The game will end only if a point or 7 is rolled.

Odds Bet

This is a wager every pass line bettor should take advantage of because it pays off in TRUE ODDS and has no house edge. If a point number is rolled, you will have the opportunity to take odds on that bet by placing an additional wager behind your pass line bet. Most casinos allow a double odds bet. For example, let’s say 4 is the point. There are three ways to win with the 4: 3 and 1, 2 and 2, or 1 and 3. However there are six ways to lose with a 7: 4 and 3, 5 and 2, 6 and 1, 3 and 4, 2 and 5, 1 and 6.Thus, 6/3 is a two to one payout. Your $10 double odds wager will earn you $20 plus your pass line bet if you win.

Don’t Pass

A very small percentage of players use this option. It works the exact opposite of the pass line. Here you are betting that the shooter will lose the roll. A wager on the don’t pass line will win if the come out shooter rolls a 2 or 3, push (no win/no loss) with a 12, lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. Odds bets are available however your chances of winning are greater than losing, so you have to lay the odds instead of taking them. If a point is rolled such as 4, you win if a 7 is rolled first. This time 3/6 is a one to two payout so you would have to put up $20 to win $10 plus the don’t pass wager.

Be forewarned that only about 2% of players play the don’t pass, AKA wrong bettor. You will not have many friends at the table when betting wrong.

Come Bets

Come bets work the same way as a pass line bet but can only be made after a point is established. A 7 or 11 wins, a 2, 3, or 12 loses. Any other number becomes your come point and must be rolled before a 7 for you to win. You can also take true odds on your come point after the dealer moves your chip(s) to the appropriate number box. This wager is independent of the pass line wager and your come point may be other than your pass line point. Thus, if the shooter makes his or her pass line point, the game ends but your come point wagers remain active. If a 7 is rolled during the next come out roll, you lose the come bet but your odds are returned to you.

Don’t Come Bets

This play works the same way as a don’t pass wager after a point is established. You may also lay true odds. You want the 7 to be rolled before the don’t come point. Here is the one big exception on a don’t come bet: should the shooter win his or her pass line wager, and the don’t come point is made on the next come out roll, You not only lose your wager but your odds bet as well.

Place Bets

A wager on one or more point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10). The bet(s) win if the number repeats before a 7 is rolled and lose if a 7 appears first. Payoffs are: 6, 8- pays 7/6, 5, 9- pays 7/5, 4, and 10- pay 9/5.

Buy and Lay Bets

A buy bet is the same as a place bet except you pay a five percent commission to the house when you make the bet but you are paid in true odds if you win. Payoffs are: 6, 8 pays 6/5, 5, 9 pays 3/2, 4, and 10 pay 2/1. A lay bet is the exact opposite of the buy bet. You must bet more to win less because your chances of winning are greater than losing.

Good Luck!

Connecticut Classic Lotto Game Odds and Prize Payouts

CT Lottery describes its Classic Lotto game as “Connecticut’s game of choice.” Why would it be considered the state’s game of choice? Probably because it has decent payouts, coupled with great odds when compared with some of its big games like Powerball and Mega Millions. This article examines the odds and prize payouts of CT Lottery’s Classic Lotto game.

Classic Lotto is a 6/44 game. That means that to win the jackpot, you must match all 6 numbers out of a possible 44. The odds of matching all 6 numbers are exactly 1-in-7,059,052. How much do you win for matching all 6 numbers? That depends on the size of the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $1 million and keeps increasing if it is not won.

How high can the game’s jackpot grow? The jackpot could potentially rise above $10 million. However, in recent years, $10 million has been the ceiling. A woman named Charlotte Peters won a $10 million jackpot from Classic Lotto on December 2, 2008. Other notable winners in the last few years include:

  • Marilyn Citron, of Mystic, won $9.7 million on January 1, 2010.
  • James and Jean Seitz, of Torrington, won $5.5 million on March 18, 2008.
  • Elsie Febo Carmona, of Waterbury, won $2.4 million on July 7, 2009.
  • Jeri Buonincontra, of Stratford, won $2.3 million on May 13, 2009.
  • Mona Cappuccio, of Newington, won $2.3 million on March 20, 2009.
  • Fotios Vokolos, of New London, won $1.6 million on January 30, 2009.

As you could see the sizes of the jackpots vary.

Aside from the jackpot, the Classic Lotto game offers a few more prizes. Here is the list of the other prize payouts, along with the odds of winning:

  • Matching 5-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-30,961) wins a prize of $2000.
  • Matching 4-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-669) wins a prize of $50.
  • Matching 3-out-of-6 numbers (1-in-42) wins a prize of $2.

The overall odds of winning any prize in are 1-in-39.3.

As you can see, the Classic Lotto game offers decent prizes and the odds are relatively good. So if you live in the great state of Connecticut, be sure to pick up a Classic Lotto ticket. You never know when you will be a big winner!

The Daily Derby is a Unique Lotto Game From the California Lottery With Good Odds of Winning

Usually, when you think of lottery games, you think of numbered balls being drawn at random. That is the case with the majority of games, but some lotteries try to be different. California Lottery is one such example. They have a lotto game that is totally unique and it is called Daily Derby.

Daily Derby is a mock horse racing game. To play the game, you pick which horses in a mock race will finish first, second, and third. As well, you pick the winning time for the horse that comes in first. The winning time could be anywhere between 1 minute, forty seconds to 1 minute, 49.99 seconds. Of course, no actual race takes place. Instead, California Lottery will randomly choose the results. You win the grand prize if you correctly choose the trifecta (pick the winning positions of the three horses) and correctly choose the winning time of the horse that places first. The grand prize could be anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The odds of winning the grand prize are 1-in-1.32-million. Those are pretty good odds for winning a lottery jackpot!

Daily Derby also offers lower tiered prizes. You can win prizes for correctly choosing the trifecta (minus the winning time), correctly picking the first two positions, correctly picking just the first position, and correctly picking just the winning time.

What I love most about this game is the fact that it is different and unique. It is based on a form of popular entertainment, horse racing, and turned into a lotto game. It is truly an innovative product from California Lottery.

So if you live in the state of California, be sure to try the unique Daily Derby lotto game. It costs $2 to play and the odds of winning are pretty good. You could also win some great prizes.

When Can Betting Wrong Be the Right Choice? Only in the Casino Game of Craps

Craps strategy for the Wrong Bettor could be the right choice since your chance of winning the roll increases when the shooter sevens out. (Loses the roll). A wrong bettor is usually in the minority and not very welcome at the table. Only about 2% of bettors bet against the shooter.

Wrong Bettor Strategy

Start by selecting a lower minimum table, such as a $5.00 one, and buy in for $120 which will give you a reasonable play session. Ask the dealer for 20 five-dollar chips and 20 one-dollar chips. When the dealer announces the new game by shouting “comin’ out”, place the five-dollar chip on the Don’t Pass Line. Then place three one-dollar chips on the table, directing the dealer to put two-dollars on any seven (payout is 4 to 1), and one-dollar on the eleven, also called the yo’ (payout is 15 to 1). These two plays will keep you in the game on the Come Out roll with the following possibilities:

If the Shooter Rolls:

7 – you win 8, lose 6

2 or 3 – you win 5, lose 3

11 – you win 15, lose 7

12 – you lose 3, the $5 bet pushes

4,5,6, or 8,9,10 – lose 3

The five dollars remains on the Don’t Pass Bar. For example, if a 4 is rolled, your five-dollars is still active. The 4 becomes the point number. As a wrong bettor, you want the 7 to be rolled before the 4, in order to collect your wager.

The Odds Bet

When you place an odds bet as a wrong bettor you’re laying odds instead of taking odds because your chances of winning are now greater than losing. However, it will cost you more to lay the odds.

For example, there are 6 ways to win with a 7: 4,3; 5,2: 6,1: or 3,4: 2,5; 1,6. The three ways to lose with a 4 are 3, 1; 1, 3; or 2, 2. In other words there is a 1 to 2 payoff. You will have to lay $10 odds to collect $5 true odds. The total line bet is $15 ($5 on Don’t Pass; $10 on odds) total win is $10. ($5 for the Don’t Pass, $5 for the odds.)

When you lay your odds bet, place it off center atop your Don’t Pass wager chips. This tells the dealer that you are laying single odds against the point number 4.

Some casinos only offer single odds to wrong bettors. If you are interested in playing double odds, check with the dealer first. It’s advisable to remember that laying double odds as a wrong bettor can become quite expensive, depleting your buy in quickly.

True odds against other point numbers are:

Point Numbers True Odds

4 and 10 – 1 to 2

5 and 9 – 2 to 3

6 and 8 – 5 to 6

While a wrong bettor puts up more to win less, the risk to benefit advantage is that you can win more often.

Odds Strategy

Lay odds bets against the point numbers 4, 5, 9, or 10 only. The 6, 8-point strategy is played differently.

Place Betting

After you lay your odds bet, put $12.00 on the table and tell the dealer to place the 6 and 8.Each time a 6 or 8 is rolled before a 7 you’ll be paid seven-dollars. Press up one time so that you have $12.00 on each number. These numbers are as important to you as a wrong bettor as they are to the right bettor. You want Lady Luck to drop her 6’s and 8’s before your seven is made or the point number is rolled.

If the shooter sevens out, you’ll collect your Don’t Pass wager, but will lose the 6, 8 place bets. If the shooter makes the point, you’ll lose the Don’t Pass wager. The place bets remain on the felt and are still active.

6 and 8 Point Strategy

If the 6 or 8 becomes the point on the come out, use a different strategy. For example, if the 6 is the point, make a $6.00 place bet on the 8. This time do not lay odds. Hedge the point by asking the dealer to make a Hard Way bet on the 6. The hard way is one way only, in this instance a 3 and 3. The hard ways are proposition bets that I don’t normally recommend but in this case, it could be a good hedge.

This bet pays 9 to 1 and the payout is $45 if the shooter makes the point the hard way. Your Don’t Pass wager will lose.

Keep in mind that craps is still a game of pure chance and is best viewed as simply a form of entertainment. When the dice do not confirm your hunches, leave them to play another day.

Good Luck when playing, right or wrong!

Sports Betting Odds – Know Your Odds of Winning Each Game!

Sports betting odds, the best odds out there of any gambling opportunity, guarantees you at least a 50/50 SHOT at winning every single game! Sports betting odds are definitely hands down the best way to make a stable income working from home. Now, if you are a hardcore sports fan, you may think you can win better than 50% of all your games, but if you don’t spend at least 8 hours a day analyzing all angles, trends, weather conditions, injuries, match ups, etc… that goes into choosing each and every winning game, than you should leave it up to the professionals.

There are plenty of professional handicappers out there that analyze sports betting odds at least 8 hours a day and can guarantee you a winning percentage of 80% or better. That is incredible and if they have a proven track record to back it up than you should definitely go with them. Most professional sports handicappers that are legit and have a proven track record won’t charge an arm and a leg for their picks. You can find a professional sports handicapper for a reasonable cost.

After you choose your sports handicapper, it is time to find a sports book that will give you a nice signup bonus. There are plenty of sports books out there that will give you at least a 100% first time sign up bonus such as bet Jamaica, Sportsbook, and even Bodog. These sportsbooks are legit and make depositing, wagering, and cashing out extremely easy. Almost all the sportsbooks today allow you to bet right in the comfort of your own home, on your phone if you’re on the go, or even allow you to call their 1-800 number and wager on the game that way. No matter where you are or what time it is, you can always find a way to bet on your next game when the sports betting odds are right!

Cashing out also has never been so easy! All you have to do is hit withdrawal and your funds will be immediately placed in your bank account within 3 business days! By being able to cash out so fast, you can minimize your losses and maximize your profits. If you have a professional sports handicapper that you trust, you can build a solid bankroll and eventually quit your 9-5 boring day job and become a professional sports bettor. There are plenty of people out there today that bet solely on sports as a means of income! You can be the next one. It is an incredible life to live and such an adrenaline rush, but you’re putting your money in the right hands with a proven track record of wins. Winning at least 80% of your games overtime is quite a feat. You can build a serious amount of income in as little as a few months depending on how much you’re willing to risk. Sports betting odds can be challenging, but finding someone that can beat the odds over 80% of the time is a MUST! I wish you the best of luck!

Why Roulette is the Ideal Game for Online Casino Novices

Roulette does not have the best odds of success and is like other games of chance such as craps, slots, or baccarat where the odds are in favour of the house and always will be.

It is however; a game of glamour and to play roulette gets us into a different world and is pure escapism.

You can also pick bets that are close to the house edge and once you know them, you will have as much chance of winning as anyone else.

If you play roulette you get a simple game that’s fun, glamorous and exciting, it’s therefore a great game for seasoned players and complete novices.

Roulette History and Tradition

When most people think of casinos they automatically associate it with roulette and it is of course, hard to imagine a casino without a roulette table!

There is no other casino game that reflects the glamour of gambling more than roulette. It has quite rightly has become known as “a game for kings and queens”

The movies have reinforced this image further. From the café in Casablanca, to James Bond coolly betting all on a single number, reflect the glamour and mystique that surrounds roulette.

Roulette is Exciting

If you play roulette, you will know how exciting it is. As you watch the ball spin quickly and then the flush of anticipation just before the ball settles, you get an unrivalled buzz of excitement that no other casino game can match.

Roulette is Easy to Play

This is why newcomers and even seasoned casino players like roulette. Sure, you can make more money in blackjack and poker, but is it as exciting?

This is why experienced players still play roulette as a light relief from the more profitable yet, mentally tougher casino games such as card games.

Of course, the simplicity of roulette also makes it a great place to start for novices.

Roulette is Not Just for the Rich

Roulette had an image of just being for the rich, but the spread of online gaming has altered this perception entirely.

Anyone can now play and if you play online you don’t even have to dress formally to come to the table!

Just sit back with a few beers, play roulette, and experience it in your own home.

How to Win at Roulette

If you play roulette correctly, you will find that the odds are not so bad – you just need to know the right table to play and the right bets to place.

Firstly, play the European roulette wheel with a house edge of just 2.7%; you also need to play bets with low odds.

For example, if you were to only bet black or red you would win just under half the time and this will allow you to often walk away from a roulette session a winner.

There is also one bet you can place with a house edge of just 1.35%; and we explain this at our web site.

How to Manage Your Money

If you play roulette, you will need to set aside some fun money – not money set aside for the school fees or housekeeping! This must be money you are prepared to lose, and when it’s gone, that’s it – no chasing losses!

So, there you have it, a quick introduction to the world of roulette – a fun, exciting and glamorous game.