Just four days before the ‘Game of the Century’ featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide hosting the LSU Tigers in Tuscaloosa on Saturday afternoon, the College Football Playoff, or CFP committee has come out with the first version of their version of how the national rankings should look in Division I NCAA Football this year.  Remember that this early draft is from a committee and it has been widely speculated that ‘a camel is a horse designed by a committee’.

Keeping that in mind, the committee has decided that the Ohio State Buckeyes should be the number one team in the land, even though neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches Poll has the Buckeyes in the lead.  Note that the voters in these two polls are some of the most up to date, sports savvy writers and coaches in the game of football anywhere.

So, Ohio State comes in at number one in the CFP rankings and LSU holds down the number two position while the Alabama drops to number three; and a surprising Penn State team grabbing the final spot in this final four.  Clemson fans must be distraught with indignation while Penn State guys are counting their blessings.

Of course all of this will change weekly with the results of the games coming up in the next five weeks of NCAA Football action. Oddly enough, the winner of the LSU-Alabama game won’t move up much, and the looser won’t move down very much.  There is still a lot of football after this weekend to decide first the SEC championship, and eventually the national CFP title.

Ohio State will host the University of Maryland as 43.5 point favorites, so, the Buckeyes are likely to remain undefeated after this Saturday’s action.  In the other battle of the undefeated, the #4 ranked Nittany Lions of Penn State will visit the #17 Minnesota Gophers in a contest which will take place in TCF Bank Stadium up in Minneapolis as 7 point favorites.

The #5 ranked Clemson Tigers visit North Carolina State as 32 point favorites and the #6 Georgia Bulldogs will host 5-3 Missouri as 16.5 point favorites.  But the big one will be down in Tuscaloosa where dignitaries, hall of famers, famous alumni and maybe even the President of the United States will be there to watch as the #3 ranked Crimson Tide takes on the #2 ranked Tigers.

Major questions concern the availability of Alabama quarterback, and Heisman Trophy contender, Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a high ankle sprain during the recent Tennessee game.  Head Coach Nick Saban has declared Tua a game time decision and says that his team will be OK one way or the other.

The Tigers, on the other hand, have just lost the services of star starting linebacker Michael Divinity, ‘for personal reasons’, at least for the Alabama game. LSU Head Coach Ed Oregon is hopeful that his Tigers can defeat the Tide for the first time since 2011. If nothing else, this game will go a long ways towards deciding the SEC West this year.

Before the CFP rankings came out, this game was between the #1 team and the #2 team in the country according to the AP Poll.  Some might think that the Buckeyes being awarded the number one ranking by the CFP committee could take a little of the glamour off the LSU-Alabama game, but don’t try to sell that to anyone in the SEC.

So, Roll Tide & Geaux Tigers!  Oh what a game this shall be.



A local bookies’ business is built on trust.  Nobody ever really trusted a sports book anyway.  After several years of experimenting with sending money out of the country to off shore sports books, most players are eager to find themselves a reliable local guy who can provide dependable quality access to wagering and then be there with their payout and a smile when they win.

If you have been considering the possibility of becoming a local bookmaker, on whatever level, there are a few things that you should consider going in.

The very first thing that you have to do is to be very careful as to how you go about getting started. To be a successful Bookmaker requires that you walk that fine line between being a social animal, so that you attract enough players and gain their trust……and being a somewhat secretive animal that keeps a low profile and stays out of trouble.

FYI. Making money in the bookie business is not based on luck…..well, not to any great extent anyway. To be sure, luck enters into the equation on a fairly regular basis, but you can’t base a business on luck alone. Bookies make their living on the interest traditionally charged on each wager called the “juice” or sometimes the “vig”.  Usually that amounts to 10%.

Today’s savvy Bookie will affiliate himself with a service provider known as a pay per head company which will give him, and all his players, access to worldwide wagering options either on his mobile device, phone or the Internet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

You as an agent working with Host PPH will be able to access, right on your personal mobile device, all of the required reporting to keep on top of your business at all times without carrying around all that troublesome and incriminating paperwork ever again. With 29 individual reports breaking down every aspect of your business, today’s local bookie working with Host PPH can keep track things to a far greater degree than ever before using the old ‘little black book’.

It is very important that the Bookmaker new to the game take the time to look around and find the right pay per head service for him. Don’t make the mistake of jumping for the cheapest price available. Cheap is not what your players are looking for. Cheap will keep you up at night and constantly on the phone. Is that really what you are looking for?

Check to see how long the PPH company has been in business.  For example, Host PPH has been working exclusively with professional bookmakers like you for almost 20 years now and today works with hundreds of bookies and services tens of thousands of daily players.

Beware that there exist so called pay per head companies that are offering full pph service for a cheap price but who simply do not have the infrastructure necessary to provide what they promise. Find a company that has been around for awhile. Better still, find a company that someone you know and trust is already using and is happy with, like Host PPH.

Be very sure that you do not contract pay per head services with a company that also runs a sports book as well.  Your customers will be calling into the same call center and be offered free plays and bonuses that you are probably not in a position to offer, and then they end up stealing away some of your best players.  It happens all the time, so, take care.

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opening-day-2019TIP OFF TIME FOR THE NBA

The new NBA season gets underway on Tuesday evening with a bang when the Los Angeles Clippers host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 pm PST at the Staples Center, which is currently the home of both LA franchises for the time being.

Both teams have undergone some significant changes during the off season and the ‘City of Angles’ is ripe with anticipation for the games to begin.  Most famously the Lakers traded away some valuable future pieces to get big man Anthony Davis away from the New Orleans Pelicans to team up with LeBron James in hopes that the Lakers will at last achieve the necessary quality of chemistry to return the team and the franchise back to its glory days of old.

The Clippers, on the other hand, went out and recruited NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from the Toronto Raptors as well as All Star journeyman forward Paul George to make up another dynamic duo to take on the mighty Lakers with James and Davis waiting at center court.

But the intercity big boy basketball battle began with the preseason during which the Clippers played only 3 games; and they lost all three of those games scoring only an average of 91.3 points per game, which is surely not what Head Coach Doc Rivers or owner Steve Ballmer had in mind to kick off the season.

The Lakers managed to get in 6 games during the preseason and split then 3-3 averaging 107.3 points per game, which is not bad, but which falls a bit short of the 125.6 points per game put up by the NBA leading New Orleans Pelicans, who played 5 preseason games and went undefeated, 5-0.

Tragically for the Pelicans and for basketball fans everywhere, Zion Williamson, the first round draft pick that has given the New Orleans NBA franchise such hope for the future, sat out the final game of the preseason with what he thought was just a sore knee, but ultimately the injury was a torn right lateral meniscus which has already been surgically repaired.

The very popular young Zion is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks of the regular season but hopes to be back on the court for the Christmas NBA games.  Las Vegas oddsmakers will have fun figuring out how to adjust the lines this season.

While Paul George will be out of action for the Clippers until November with a shoulder injury, Doc Roberts still sports a formidable roster with guards Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams as well as Landry Shamet and the big center Montrezl Harrell returning.  They also have 7’7” ‘Mostar Man’ Ivica Zubac from Mostar, Bosnia to contend with who is a handful for any defender on any team anywhere.

The addition of six time NBA All Star forward/center Anthony Davis is expected to infuse new life into the sagging Lakers franchise and give the uber-talented LaBron James somebody to play with on somewhat the same level.  It should be fun for Lakers fans to watch this duo develop and surely a blast for James, who was clearly frustrated out on the court last season.

LeBron told reporters, “Opening night is great.  For me, it’s like the first day of school.”  All around the NBA there are similar sentiments going around locker rooms everywhere as professional basketball players, young and not so young, get ready to tip off yet another exciting season of blistering NBA action.

Tip Off is Tuesday evening at 5pm PST when the Raptors host the Pelicans, listed at -7, in Toronto and then at 7:30 PST with the Clippers hosting the Lakers as 3 point underdogs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



For decades Major League Baseball’s annual World Series was the most wagered on sporting event of the year. Way before the first TV sets showed up in American homes, local bookies enjoyed unprecedented action during the World Series each year.

Instead of big screen TVs everywhere, the local pub would always have a good quality radio turned up loud so that patrons could listen to the baseball games, on which most of them had wagers with their local bookie, who was probably seated down at the end of the bar by the pay phone.

Never mind that these days it’s the Super Bowl which has taken over as the most wagered on sports event of the year, the MLB seven game World Series is still one of the greatest sporting events of the year and a huge wagering opportunity for bettors everywhere, especially for baseball fans.

Team and individual props abound on wagering menus ranging from the number of home runs hit to how many pitches that the starting pitchers will throw. The list goes on and on and bettors across the land all have their personal favorites to lay down wagers on.

The 2019 World Series will open at Minute Maid Park in Houston when the Astros host the Washington Nationals to kick off this year’s Fall Classic.  Houston begins the World Series at -235 to the Nationals +195 as a price for the whole best of seven game series.

For the opening contest on October 22, the Astros will start their ace pitcher Garrit Cole and are still favored at -200 to Washington’s +170, even with one of the toughest pitchers in the game today on in mound in Max Scherzer for the Nationals. The over and under for the first game set at 6.5 runs and with these to first class pitchers going up against some world class hitters, that bet could go either way.

The Houston Astros, fresh off of their game six walk off victory supplied off the bat of Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth inning over the New York Yankees, will be back home among their faithful fans to take on the Washington Nationals, who should be well rested after taking care of the St. Louis Cardinals in a four game sweep in the NCLS.

The Astros, who are probably still buzzing from their victory over the Yankees, won a franchise record 107 games this year with 55 losses while the Nationals came in as the National League Wild Card team with a record of 93-69.  On paper the Astros look like the better team, after all they were World Series Champions just year before last when they defeated the Dodgers.

So the Washington Nationals are going into the 2019 World Series as underdogs, but historically, lots of underdogs have ended up winning the World Series over teams who looked better on paper.  It’s what’s in the heart that counts, not what’s on the paper when the World Series rolls around this time of the year.

But the coveted ‘home field advantage’ also goes to the Astros by virtue of their impressive 107 games won this year so that the first two games will be played in Houston, then a day off for travel, then three games will be played at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. in a much different, outdoors and colder, environment from the enclosed park down in Texas.

If the best of four games is still not decided, the whole show will move back to Minute Maid Park in Houston to decide the final outcome and the winners of the 2019 World Series.

Bettors everywhere will have good reasons to consider betting the under seeing as the starting pitching matchups listed for the first three games will be featuring six of the best major league pitchers on the planet today.

After Sherzer and Cole go at it on Tuesday we will get Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander on Wednesday and then Zack Greinke vs. Partick Corbin when the series moves up to Washington D.C. on Friday.  That line up has already won 5 Cy Young Awards and is eye candy for true pitching fans.

This is looking like it has to potential to be one of the best MLB World Series in recent memory.

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