PRO BASKETBALL HIGH JINKS MOVES TO ROUND TWO

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Now we are getting down to the real nitty-gritty part of the playoffs.  The first rounds went pretty much as expected as the match-ups were fairly one sided to begin with, not so for the second round. Now we get to the cream of the crop.  Now there are only 8 teams left in competition for the 2019 NBA Championship.

The Houston Rockets found that out right away as they were beaten on the road by the number one seeded Golden State Warriors, even though the Rockets outscored the Warriors by 3 points in the final period.  Both James Harden and Kevin Durant scored 35 points during the contest.

Golden State did have a bit of a rough go against Doc Rivers’ LA Clippers taking them all the way to game six before moving on after a see-saw series.  Finally it took Kevin Durant scoring 50 points to defeat the Clippers in the final game against the Warrior’s in-state rivals.

The Milwaukee Bucks whipped the Detroit Pistons handily in a four game sweep that left them among the top contenders after the first round.  They came into game one of the second round on their home court and full of confidence, only to be defeated by a determined Boston Celtics team which beat the favored Bucks by 22 points, 112 to 90.   The Celtics swept four straight from the Indiana Pacers to take round one.

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Orlando Magic at home for the opening game of the first round.  Then the Raptors turned it around and won the next four games straight to take round one and move on to meet Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers who, just like the Raptors, lost the first game of the first round series to the Brooklyn Nets, and then went on to win four games straight and move on into the second round.

The only series to go the full seven games in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs was between the Denver Nuggets and Coach Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs, and it was a heavily contested series from the tipoff with the Nuggets finally grinding out a win in a low scoring 90-86 game seven.

The final round of eight is called the Conference Semifinals and will require another seven games for each series to determine which teams move on the Conference Finals, or the NBA’s Final Four.  The dates for the Championship rounds have not yet been determined but will take place in the first week of June with the NBA Draft beginning on June 20.

 

 

 

ROUND TWO OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

NHLLet’s face it.  Round one of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs didn’t go exactly as the ‘experts’ predicted.  Bettors who bet the dogs generally did well, especially those lucky few who bet the Columbus Blue Jackets to beat the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning. Even better if they picked Columbus to win in four.

So now the Blue Jackets will be in the playoffs for the very first time and face none other than the venerable Boston Bruins, who may be just a little tired after going the full seven games to finally defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5 to 1 and take the series.

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals also went the full seven games with the Carolina Hurricanes and then played out two overtime periods before the Hurricanes finally defeated the Capitals 4 to 3.  So, once again we have the upstart Carolina team going up against the legendary New York Islanders who just swept the Penguins of Pittsburgh in four straight matches.

Over in the Western Division the Nashville Predators fell to the Dallas Stars after game six went into overtime in which Dallas prevailed. So the number one seeded Predators are eliminated and the Stars will go on to meet the St. Louis Blues who also battled a full six games with the Winnipeg Jets.

The Colorado Avalanche just barley sneaked into the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year and drew the Western Conference leading Calgary Flames for the first round of play.  The Flames trounced Colorado in the first game 4 to 1, then however, the Avalanche won the next four games in a row to move on to round two.  Bettors who picked that one did quite well.

In an evenly matched series between two of the strongest teams in professional ice hockey, the Vegas Golden Knights took the San Jose Sharks to a full seven hard fought games, the final two going into overtime, before finally conceding victory to the Sharks who will move on to face the over achieving Colorado Avalanche in round two.

And what a great bunch of matchups we have going for the second round.  All are close with no runaway favorites showing. Good luck with this one!

The Blues of St. Louis are at -140 taking on the Dallas Stars. The Boston Bruins are at -135 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The New York Islanders are listed at only -140 against the first time Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks are also listed at -140 taking on the Colorado Avalanche.

So we are off on another seven game series to determine which four teams will advance to round three where the going gets even faster and harder than is already is.  Gear Up & Enjoy!

THE 2019 KENTUCKY DERBY PRIMER

CHURCHILL DOWNSThe noble sport of horse racing reaches its peak each spring time on the first Saturday in May with the running of the annual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, far and away the sports’ most glamorous and publicized event of the year.

Best of all, the Kentucky Derby is just the beginning of a series of three races during May and June.  Each race is longer than its predecessor and therefore becomes more of a question of endurance for horse and rider, not to mention the guy with a big bet down on a certain long shot.

The horses are 3 years old and called thoroughbreds. They are some of the most beautiful animals on the planet are there in Kentucky to strut their stuff while vying for the first leg of horse racings’ biggest prize, the Triple Crown.

All a horse and jockey has to do is win the Kentucky Derby, against some of the fastest horses in America, on a mile and a quarter track in what has become known as the ‘Run for the Roses’.  The winner is immediately rewarded with a huge wreath of bright red roses which is draped across the horses’ neck as photographers and journalist feast on the spectacle.  The winner’s circle at Churchill Downs is truly mecca for all whose lives are wound around those beautiful horses.

The best way to really get a feel for these magnificent animals and their caretakers is to get yourself a paddock pass and spend an hour or so just walking around the horses soaking up all the sights and sounds and smells of the area where horse racing’s finest are prepped for the big race coming up.

If you have never been to a racetrack early in the morning, and you can find one that will let you in, by all means go.  There is a peacefulness around a track early in the morning as horses are taken out for exercise and a feeling of serenity before the coming storm pervades.  Saratoga Springs track in upstate New York is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth in the early morning.

After the Kentucky Derby, remaining contenders for the Triple Crown go on to the Preakness Stakes which is a mile and three sixteenth and run at Pimlico Race Course outside of Baltimore in Maryland and then on to the Belmont Stakes, the longest race at a mile and a half, in Elmont, New York to complete the cycle.

Few horses have done it, for to win all three races is something very special indeed.  Since it all began in 1875 only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown, and those are the stuff of legends like American Pharoah from 2015 and Justify the 2018 winner. Will 2019 yield number 14?

QUALITY PAY PER HEAD SERVICE IS WORTH MORE

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The Pay Per Head Service industry is becoming ever more popular with professional bookmakers each year, and for good reason.  Working with a quality PPH service can make you more money with less work and worry.  The savvy bookie will do his or her due diligence before choosing which company is best for them.

Often times in life, it’s the things that we think of as bargains that end up being way more expensive in the long run than it would have cost to go ahead and get the better quality product in the first place.  This holds true for Pay Per Head Services as well.  A quality PPH company can change a bookies life for the better, whereas a cheap PPH company can turn into a nightmare quickly.

If you look closely at the available price per head services being offered to bookmakers these days you will quickly begin to see them divided into at least four categories.  It pays to take some time and study the available options before making a commitment.

The first would be the smaller companies that are sincerely out there trying to do a good job at a competitive price but just do not have the infrastructure to keep up.

The key word in this industry is redundancy, and that takes time and costs money to set up.  The old expression, “God bless the child that has his own” goes double in the Pay Per Head industry.

Next there are the fly-by-night outfits out there promising the world at a super low price but knowing full well that they will not be there for you when the going gets tough.  They may mean well, however, if they are dependent on outside services to keep their business running, they are bound to suffer down time which is bad for their clients and completely out of their control.

What the prudent bookie will want to avoid at all costs are the companies offering a price per head service which also run a sportsbook.  Think about it. These companies are in direct competition with you for your clients and historically have a record of luring good clients away from local bookies with bonuses, specials and glitter.

Then we have the rarest of them all, the few Pay Per Head companies like Host PPH.com with almost 20 years in the business.  The folks at Host have taken the time and made the investments in state of the art equipment and a highly trained professional staff that dedicates itself to keeping their clients happy, out of trouble and making money.

Of course the quality companies are going to have to charge a little more in order to give you better service.  That holds true in almost any business. However, you will find, at the end of the month, you will end up with a greater hold percentage than you would have at the cut-rate shop…..and have happier clients as well!

Don’t take a chance with your business.  Remember, what the price per head company you work with puts up online for you will be representing you to your players.   These days players are looking for high quality, friendly ease of access to wagering with no hassles and no delays.  Provide that for them, do your payouts and collections with a smile, and they will keep on coming back for more.

 

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