IS RISK MANAGEMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR PPH SERVICE?

host logoIS RISK MANAGEMENT INCLUDED IN YOUR PPH SERVICE?

Does your PPH Service include expert risk management? Probably not, unless you are lucky enough….or smart enough…to already be affiliated with one of the top ranked price per head companies in the industry like Host PPH located down in sunny Costa Rica where wagering on sports has always been legal and licensed.

Why do bookmakers enlist the services of a price per head company in the first place if it is not to put their business into the hands of professionals with years of experience dealing with bookmakers just like you? It comes down to a matter of trust and bookies who have been working with HOST PPH Services for some time now sleep well knowing that their business is in good hands and that there is always someone helpful to talk with should anything unexpected come up.

The idea is to have on staff only seasoned professionals with decades of experience in the wagering industry. As you might guess, in this rather specialized business, it is not an easy task to assemble a team of experts dedicated to keeping their clients happy and making money.

Bookies are usually pretty smart guys and gals. They have to be. They wouldn’t stay in the bookie business for very long if they were not pretty sharp themselves and adept at staying on top of the action.

But there always seems to be that one guy who gets hot and beats you silly week after week and you can’t figure out how he’s doing it. That’s where a sophisticated ‘Risk Management’ specialist can come in and save your cookies. The solution may not be quick and easy, but it will be a solution….and that particular drain on your hold percentage will be brought under control.

There is an easy way to check it out. Call your current service and ask them to review the action of a couple of players who have been getting the best of you lately and see what the tell you. Do they have a solution for you? Do they even know what you are talking about?

Avoid any company offering PPH services which also runs a sports book as they will quickly become competitors for you own hard won clients. Stick with the specialists and get it done right the first time.

Of particular interest to bookmakers is in finding that special PPH Service like Host PPH, that not only offers expert ‘Risk Management’ advise but also includes their own professional lines movement department that works hard to keep the lines that you and your players see just as sharp as possible at all times. If you have been in the business for any length of time, you know very well that feature alone will put money in your pocket at the end of the week.

Call the friendly agents down at Host PPH at 866 601 4678 and let them show you how working with a truly first class pay per head service can do for you.

THE PRESIDENTS CUP UNDERWAY DOWN UNDER

presidents cupTHE PRESIDENTS CUP UNDERWAY DOWN UNDER

Professional golfing fans worldwide eagerly await the famous Ryder Cup Competition which pits the best golfers from the European circuit against the top pros from the United States of America every two years.

A lesser known, but very similar, event takes also place biennially, this time featuring the best of the American golfers on the PGA tour against the whole rest of the world, excluding Europe.  It’s called the Presidents Cup and has only been around since 1994; and has so far been dominated by the teams from the USA.

For 2019 the big event is taking place down under at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.  Unlike normal golf matches where the guy with the lowest score wins, both the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup tournaments use a format known as ‘match play’, which even some seasoned golf fans still have difficulty grasping.

Match play uses a format known as ‘Foresome’ aka alternate shot golf. Each hole is played by two teams of two players each, but only two balls. The players take turns shooting until the ball is sunk, and team members also take turn teeing off on alternate holes. Each hole scores a winner and a loser.

In Presidents Cup competition the ‘Foresome’ format is alternated with the ‘Fourball’ format, which once again consists of two teams of two on each hole, but this time each player plays his own ball and the lowest score among the two counts for the team on that hole.  ‘Fourball is also known as ‘best ball’.

Basically match play involves pitting two players from each side and determining winners and losers after each hole is played. Each team consists of a Captain, this year Tiger Woods for the USA and Ernie Els for the International Team, who then selects 4 players, in addition to the first 8 automatic selections, plus two alternates and 3 assistants.

To date the teams from the USA have dominated the Presidents Cup competitions and with 12 or the top 24 ranked golfers in the world on the USA roster, it appears that they will be the favorites going into the matches once again in 2019. The top eight slots are won by the 8 golfers who have accumulated the most FedExCup points between the 2017 and the 2019 BMW Championships.

Tiger Woods, as team Captain, has the next four picks and well and naming the alternates and of course his assistants.  This year’s Team USA consists of Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau making up the top 8 FedExCup leaders, then Tony Finau, Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed as the personal choices of team Captain Tiger Woods.

Captain Woods also named Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker as his assistants for the tournament and Chez Reavie and Kevin Kisner as the alternates should anything happen to one of the principals.

Legendary South African golfer Ernie Els captains the International Team for 2019 and once again the top eight spots on the roster were won by the leading golfers on the International tour between August 2018 and August 2019.  They are Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Li Haotong, Pan Cheng-tsung and Camaron Smith with the Captain’s selections consisting of Jason Day, Jazz Janewatananond, Justin Harding and Corey Conners.

Some of the greatest golfers on the planet will be in Melbourne for this great competition.  Those lucky enough to be in the galleries will witness some truly legendary links heroes in action.  But there is no purse money awarded to the winners of the Presidents Cup Tourney, no millions of dollars in prize money, no fancy sports cars given out.

Instead, all proceeds from the event will go, as they always do, to charities nominated by the players, the captains and the captains assistants.  So far the Presidents Cup events have raised over $32,000,000 for charities around the world.

LSU SWEEPS SEC HONORS

LSU SECLSU SWEEPS SEC HONORS

Joe Burrow and his receivers worked out together over the summer down in Baton Rouge in 90+ degree heat and humidity until they stated to click like a well oiled machine.  Burrow was throwing passes before his intended receiver had even made his break. It was magic. They knew that they had something special, but hardly anyone else even gave the LSU Tiger football team a passing thought before the season began.

Then the Tigers of LSU beat the Texas Longhorns in Arlington for the season opener and sports writers commented that was ‘pretty good’, and how’s about that Burrow guy, eh?  But that was only the beginning for Coach Ed Orgeron and his revamped Bayou Bengals. Check out LSU with a RPO offense!

‘Coach O’ quietly put together a coaching staff that rivaled any in the land and the players bought into their programs and training, and the Tigers went on the win game after game until, on November 9th, they came up against Nick Saban and the mighty Alabama Crimson Tide, a team which LSU had not defeated since 2011.

It was the most watched college sporting event of the year, and it was a hell of a game with a total of 87 points scored and the Tigers coming out on top by a final score of 46-41.  Then everyone took notice, and LSU entered the discussion for the final four to compete for the national championship.

With that same victory over Alabama, Coach Orgeron probably secured his position in Baton Rouge for years to come, and that is a good thing as Oregon is a true native of south Louisiana. A bit gruff and perhaps not always socially acceptable, but ‘Coach O’ has become one of the most beloved figures in the state of Louisiana today.

The SEC has also rewarded Coach Orgeron, who is in his third season as head coach of the Tigers, with their coveted ‘SEC Coach of the Year Award’, which takes on a special meaning considering that the honor is voted on by all the coaches in the SEC.  Senior quarterback Joe Burrow also won the top honor from the leagues’ coaches with the ‘SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award’.

Burrow also finds himself in the enviable position of being the front runner in this year’s Heisman Trophy race, actually Joe is out front by quite a bit.  Coach Ed Orgeron is also a likely candidate for the coveted ‘Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award’ as well as the ‘George Munger Coach of the Year Award’.

Along with Joe Burrow at quarterback, 5 other players on the LSU squad were named to the SEC First String Team.  They include Clyde Edwards-Helaire at running back, Ja’Marr Chase at wide receiver, Lloyd Cushenberry III at center, K’Lavon Chaisson at linebacker and Grant Delpit at defensive back.

Finally, wide receiver coach and passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who has been credited to a large degree for the positive changes that have come to the offensive side of LSU football this year, was named the winner of the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in college football.

And so finally, after LSU went undefeated at 13-0 for the season and had soundly beaten a highly touted Georgia Bulldogs team by a final score of 37-10 in the SEC Championship game, and the Wisconsin Badgers had out played the then number one ranked Ohio State Buckeyes throughout the first half of their game, the CFP Committee broke down and conceded that the LSU Tigers should be the number one ranked DI college football team in the nation.

Ohio State was then relegated to the number two spot and will face number three ranked Clemson as 2.5 point underdogs in the Fiesta Bowl out in Arizona on December the 28th. This is a replay of last year’s matchup.

By virtue of their victory over the Baylor Bears and Georgia’s loss to LSU, the Oklahoma Sooners were awarded the fourth and final spot in this year’s CFP semi finals, which is also played on December the 28th in Atlanta at the Peach Bowl, when the Sooners (+13) will try to tame the number one ranked Tigers of LSU.  The winners of these two semi final games will meet for the CFP National Championship on January 13th down in New Orleans.

THE NBA STARTS SECOND QUARTER ACTION

nba smTHE NBA STARTS SECOND QUARTER ACTION

While it seems like this year’s NBA season has just gotten underway, in reality they have just passed the quarter pole already. Some teams are right about where they were predicted to be while others have exceeded expectations so far this NBA season, while others have fans scratching their heads in wonder.

Take for example the Golden State Warriors. They have been a dominate force in professional basketball for the past several years now under the leadership of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but Curry has been out with a broken hand since December the 6th and won’t be back on the court until the first week in March, if everything goes well with his rehab.

Concurrently Golden State is also without the services of their other star shooting guard Klay Thompson, who went down back in late October with a knee injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Without their star point guard and their star shooting guard, the Warriors have fallen all the way down into the cellar of the NBA West with a miserable record of 20 losses and only 5 victories in the entire first quarter of the season.

Over in the NBA West, the competition is turning out to be the battle for Los Angeles as both the Lakers and the Clippers, who are both playing out of the Staples Center in downtown LA, just keep on winning.  The Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis are dominating the floor early in the season and look like the team to beat for anyone having postseason aspirations.

When the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA lottery for the draft last year and ended up with Duke All American big man Zion Williamson, oddsmakers were giving them a pretty good chance to be in competition in the NBA West this season.  Then Zion went down with a torn right lateral meniscus during preseason practices and has missed all of the Pelicans games to date.  Despite the outstanding efforts of Jrue Holiday and young Brandon Ingram, New Orleans is only slightly better than Golden State so far with only 6 wins to 18 losses.

The Milwakee Bucks on the other hand are blowing everyone away on a 15 game win streak that shows no sign of slowing up at all.  The Bucks now sit at 21 and 3 and are currently projected to win 61 games this season.  Not surprisingly, the Boston Celtics follow close behind with 17 wins and 5 losses but are projected to win only 53 times this year.

The team that no one saw coming is the Miami Heat who are cruising right alongside the Celtics with 17 wins to 6 losses.  The 76ers of Philadelphia also have 17 wins as opposed to 7 losses, but everyone expected them to be near the top of the heap with Ben Simmons and company.  The defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors are still struggling a bit with 16 wins and 7 losses.

Another surprise this season finds the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the basement over in the NBA East.  Both teams just cannot seem to get it going this season in spite of their strong rosters.

Leading the NBA’s front running Milwaukee Bucks is MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo who is averaging 31 points a game and has his team in great shape at the start of the second quarter of play.  Other contenders for the Most Valuable Player on the NBA courts so far this season are the amazing Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks who is averaging nearly a 30 point triple—double and perennial all stars James Harden of the Houston Rockets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The NBA rookie of the year was expected to be a close race between Zion Williamson of the Pelicans and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, however, with Williamson out of the action so far, Morant has little, if any, competition for the annual honor.

Obviously it is still very early in the NBA season and way too soon to make any predictions as to which team will be on top when April the 15th rolls around and it’s time once again for the annual NBA playoffs, known simply as ‘The Finals’, to begin in the spring time.

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