If you like to wager on sports, or perhaps you have clients who like to wager on sports, the month of October offers more wagering options than at any other time of the year. Some sports are just getting started and some are winding down to the nitty-gritty playoffs.

For bookmakers everywhere, this is their high season year after year.  The principal reason for that is the All-American sport of Football featuring both the NFL and NCAA action.

There is an ongoing discussion among Football Fans over whether the best action is found on the professional playing field of the National Football League, or on the spirit infused college campuses across the nation when, the as yet unpaid, student athletes vie for conference and national championships and bring in billions of dollars in revenue to their respective schools.

Some lean toward the professionalism of the NFL, while others thrive on the spirit generated in the NCAA football games.  Whichever you choose, the good news is that you can wager on either or both.  You can even include them in a parlay and bettors far and wide are inspired to place multiple bets each weekend that NCAA & NFL football is in action on their TVs.

For example:  There is a huge game in the SEC this Saturday when the AP #7 Florida Gators travel to Baton Rouge to take on AP #5 LSU in Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening.  Both teams are undefeated going into the contest and anyone who watched Florida topple Auburn last week might wonder at the +13.5 points being given to the Gators against LSU.  Obviously the Tigers are good, but that’s a lot of points.  Expect bettors to jump on it.

Even mighty AP #1 Alabama is only giving +17 points to AP #24Texas A&M playing at Kyle Field in front of a boisterous pro Aggie crowd while the AP #2 Clemson Tigers will be hosting a so far luckless Florida State team as 27 point favorites.

Out West the NCAA action will center on the confrontation when still undefeated AP #6 Oklahoma goes down to visit the Texas Longhorns, whose only loss was to LSU early in the season. The AP #11 Longhorns will be 11 point home dogs against the Sooners.

In the NFL the New England Patriots are still undefeated, what else is new? Of course the Pats are favorites, once again, to win Super Bowl LIV.  On the other hand, after all the hoopla about the Cleveland Browns this year, they appear to be a flop with quarterback Baker Mayfield at the helm.

Worse yet, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets are all still winless.  The Redskins just fired long time head coach Jay Gruden in an effort to improve while the sooner the Jets get rid of Greg ‘effect the head’ Williams, the sooner that team can start to heal.

On the pleasant surprise side, if you are from Louisiana at least, we have Teddy Bridgewater who heard his name chanted and echoed through the Superdome in New Orleans after an outstanding stand-in performance against Tampa Bay in which he threw 4 touchdown passes. TD Teddy!

The Chiefs Patrick Mahomes continues to impress at home even in defeat throwing for 321 yards and one touchdown against a stubborn Colts defense which only gave up one 2nd quarter touchdown to one of the most potent offensives in the NFL.  The final score on 19-13 was 23.5 points under the predicted 55.5 and Indianapolis won the game as 11 point dogs. Go figure!

Opening night of the National Hockey League’s new season got underway with a bang in St. Louis when the Washington Capitals took the defending Stanley Cup Champions into overtime and came away with a 3-2 win to kick off the season. If you can keep up with that little fast moving puck, wagering on NHL action can be fun and exciting.

Then of course we have post season major league baseball.  This is the greatest time of the year for Americans’ favorite pastime and one of the most popular times of the year to wager on baseball.  Once the playoffs are underway, it’s anybody’s race, regardless of their previous records.

The favorite Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a one game winner-take-all game with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday to try and continue their dream season.  Meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals are battling it out with the Atlanta Braves to determine who will move on to the NLDS and take on the winner of the Dodgers vs. Nationals series.

Many would like to see a World Series featuring the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees have already punched their ticket to the ALDS game against either the Houston Astros or the feisty Tampa Bay Rays.

Still on the wagering board we have some good PGA Golf matches featuring the Houston Open and the big annual NASCAR blowout at Talladega down in Alabama plus the NBA is just getting started as well and we always have 24/7 Soccer matches to wager on.

October surely is the best time of the year for bookmakers everywhere!



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There is only one place to start.  Jameis Winston!  The one that no one saw coming was the former Florida State quarterback putting up 385 passing yards and 4 touchdowns…on the road against a highly regarded Los Angeles Rams team as 9 point underdogs, and beating the previously undefeated Rams at home.

It just could be that there is some ‘mojo’ working between new head coach Bruce Arians and the hitherto fore under achieving quarterback from Bessemer, Alabama who has been good, but not great, ever since taking over the reins at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers five years ago.

A grand total of 95 points were scored in that game in Los Angeles.  Bettors who took the over cleared their wager by 46.5 points!  The Bucs took home a much needed victory to bring the team back to .500 at 2-2 while Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff put up an amazing 517 yards throwing 68 passes in the losing effort at the LA Coliseum.  It was the Rams first loss of the year.

It was the Saints defense which came up surprisingly big against a highly rated Dallas Cowboys team featureing quarterback Dak Prescott, the fearsome Ezekiel Elliot and the illusive Amari Cooper in the Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday Night Football.

The Saints went in as 2.5 point underdogs and ended up winning the contest by only 2 points after holding the mighty Cowboy offense to only 223 yards passing and no passing touchdowns.  Ezekiel Elliot did bull his was across the goal line for one TD, but was limited to just 35 yards rushing all night by the stubborn New Orleans defense.

Bettors who took the under 47 points were laughing all the way to the cash out window as both teams together managed to only put up 12 points all evening in one of the best defensive football games we have seen in a while.

Teddy Bridgewater, who is stepping in for Drew Brees at quarterback, was careful and effective throughout the game passing for 193 yards and completing 23 of 31 passes to 8 different receivers with WR Michael Thomas making 9 grabs for 95 yards.  The Saints won without scoring a touchdown as young place kicker Will Lutz was responsible for all 12 points on 4 successful field goals.

Then there are the Cleveland Browns.  A lot of fans, both in and out of Ohio, had started to give up a little on the Browns this year and their young boisterous quarterback Baker Mayfield. After going 3 and 1 in the preseason the Browns were hit and miss when the regular season got started losing to lowly Tennessee and allowing them to put up 43 points in the first game.  Then they beat the Jets on the road but lost to the Rams when LA came to Cleveland.

However, the fan base is revitalized now after the Browns went out to Baltimore to take on the Ravens as 7 point dogs and came away with an outright win by a final score of 40-25 with Mayfield passing for 342 yards while former Georgia Bulldog running back Nick Chubb proved to be the difference maker rushing for an impressive 165 yards on 20 carries and scoring 3 rushing touchdowns in the Cleveland victory.

The Browns and the over 47 was the winning wager of the day with underdog Cleveland taking home the victory and both teams together putting up a grand total 65 points.

NFL fans are excited to see what surprises are in store for us next week!



The early games have been costly for the NFL in general and for several key players in particular. Both Drew Brees of the Saints and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers sustained significant injuries which have taken them off of the playing field for the foreseeable future.

Both All Pro quarterbacks are central to their teams functioning on a high level and both teams are rated highly in the competition for supremacy in the NFL this season.  However, both the Steelers and the Saints have had to reassess their respective strategies while sports writers and announcers everywhere are speculating on what head coaches Mike Tomlin and Sean Payton will do to compensate for the loss of their ever so dependable, long established star quarterbacks.

Replacement quarterbacks Mason Rudolph for the Steelers and Teddy Bridgewater for the Saints were thrown directly into NFL action on Sunday as the Steelers went out to San Francisco to face the 49ers with Jimmy Garoppolo finally getting underway as the 9ers QB.

Although Pittsburg ultimately lost the matchup 24-20, Rudolf did throw for 2 touchdowns with one pick and showed some real promise, giving a ray of hope to Steeler fans that all was not lost when Big Ben went down.  San Francisco went into the game as 6.5 point favorites but did not cover the spread.  Bettors who picked the under 44.5 won their wagers by .5 point!

The New Orleans Saints, on the other hand, went on a long road trip all the way up to Seattle and played outdoors in a chilling rain….and still beat the Seahawks outright on their soggy home turf by a final score of 33-27.  Seattle was favored by 4.5 points and ended up losing to the Saints by 6 in one of the more exiting games of the day.  Over bets won by 16 points!

Teddy Bridgewater, standing in for Drew Brees, passed for 177 yards, completing 19 of 27 and tossing two touchdown passes and zero interceptions.  Bridgewater himself went through a horrendous knee injury three years ago after making a hot start with the Vikings.

The revitalized Saints defense accounted for a touchdown on a recovered fumble-runback by Vonn Bell and then Deonte Harris had a beautiful 53 yard punt return that electrified Saints fans everywhere.

But the battle royal of the day turned out to be between two of the top rising young quarterbacks in the National Football League, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and the highly touted Lamar Jackson, the guy that the Ravens released Joe Flacco for in Baltimore. And the game did not disappoint in the least.

Mahomes threw for three touchdowns and 374 total yards as the Chiefs held off the determined Ravens. Lamar Jackson himself racked up 267 yards, only to lose by a final score of 33-28, hitting the Vegas line of -5 for the Chiefs right on the nose and going over the projected 52 points.

The other youngblood quarterback getting a chance to shine on the big stage last Sunday was Daniel Jones of the New York Giants who was the controversial first quarterback to go in the 2019 NFL Draft at 6 overall as the eventual replacement for 38 year old Eli Manning.

Obviously the Giants have high hopes for the former Duke QB as they treated him to a four year $25.6 million contract with a nice fat $16.7 million signing bonus, not too bad right out of college.  However, Giants fans could breathe a sigh of relief after young Mr. Jones led his team to a 32-31 come-from-behind victory over Jamis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going in as 5 point dogs.

Then there is the story of the guy in Atlantic City at a William Hill book at the Ocean Casino Resort who placed a big bet on the Cleveland Browns to cover the 3.5 point spread against the Los Angeles Rams.  A really big bet because, when the Browns failed to cover the spread due to some controversial actions both on the field and from the sidelines, the bettor ended up losing a cool $506,000, over a half a million bucks.

The Rams Browns matchup was the most highly wagered on game of the 2019 so far, but most of the action went to the Rams who won the game 20-13 and covered.

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