There were 25,000 fans crowded around the greens and most of them were there to try and catch a glimpse of just one particular golfer at the 2019 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, that would be four time Masters winner and overwhelming crowd favorite Tiger Woods.

Stepping onto the lush campus at Augusta National after not having won a PGA major in over 11 years, Tiger Woods was not the favorite. In fact he teed off at 14 to 1 but there were myriad other wagering opportunities including match-ups and live betting on each hole.  It was a great day for bettors!

2019 was the first of Tigers five Masters Tournament victories where he did not hold the lead at the end of 54 holes, after the third day of tournament play.  Then he bogeyed the 4th & 5th holes and deflated the hopes of his many fans. But they hung in there, and so did Tiger Woods.

The final day of play started with impending thunder storms predicted, but another kind of storm had arrived at Augusta National.  Even halfway through the final round most golf fans didn’t really think that Woods would win. Tiger’s doing great, he will place well, but he can’t win. Can he?

Tiger didn’t even take over the lead until the 16th hole.  That’s when the buzz started.  You could feel it even watching on TV.  A combination of tension, excitement and absolute wonder took over the Augusta National Golf Course after the 16th hole and it built until Tiger finally holed the winning putt on the 18th green a short time later and the buzz became a roar.

Never in most of our living memories has any one sports figure garnered such a following and delivered in such a huge fashion as Tiger Woods did at Augusta National this year.  Awesome and spectacular seem inadequate for the occasion; plum damned inspiring is what it was.  What a comeback!

Even the guys at William Hill U.S. SportsBook in Las Vegas stepped up to congratulate Tiger Woods on his impressive victory, although their smiles might have been a bit painful as they were handing over a check for $1,275,000 to a bettor who had put down $85,000 on Woods to win the Masters at 14-1.

It is almost too ironic that the man who placed that 85 grand on Tiger Woods claims that it was the first time he had ever wagered on sports in his life.

The sportsbook released a statement to the press, “It’s great to see Tiger back.  It’s a painful day for William Hill-our biggest loss ever-but a great day for golf”.



STANLEY CUP 19The Stanly Cup Playoffs are once again underway. Our fastest, hardest hitting and most brutal popular team sport takes to the ice to determine which is the best team in the National Hockey League for 2019, and the competition is tight as always.  Of the 31 teams in the NHL, only the top 16 are still in competition for North America’s oldest professional sports trophy.

These guys don’t fool around.  They go at each other with big sticks in almost comically padded uniforms and sharpened skates on slick ice at high speed.  It’s not always pretty and the action is at times so quick that even the most dedicated fan can’t follow the little black dot out on the ice called the ‘puck’ which both teams chase back and forth and up and down until someone knocks the thing into a goal which is guarded by a guy in even still more padding known as a ‘goalie’.

The object of the game is to put the puck into the netting which is protected by that goalie.  The puck itself is only 3 inches across and only one inch high.  It is made of galvanized rubber and is very hard. Actually, the puck is made even harder before each match by being frozen to reduce bouncing on the ice.

To the players and those close to the sport, the puck is known as the ‘biscuit’ and their main goal is to put the ‘biscuit in the basket’ while trying to keep from being slammed into the side wall by what must look like a freight train coming at you on the ice.

Now the rules say that the players are supposed to use those big sticks only to bat the puck around the ice and into the net, however, more often than not, the sticks land on players from the other team.  For this Hockey has what is called a ‘penalty box’ to which a player who has gone too far and broken some rule, or another player.  The penalty is timed and then the offending player is allowed back out on the ice and into the heat of the action.

It takes a lot of good old fashioned strength and endurance to play professional ice hockey.  These playoffs are best of seven series and go on until the first part of June, that’s a long world series. But then, Hockey is a tough sport.

So we are off again on another quest for the Stanley Cup.  With so many games to be played with so many unpredictable outcomes, the situation is ripe for wagering on all levels.  Have at it!


HAPPY BOOKIETaking your neighborhood sports bookie business out of the local sports bar and onto the Internet is a big move, probably one of the most important decisions that a local bookie can make. But, look around you. One by one, local bookies are making the transition to a quality pay per head service company to provide attractive wagering options to their clients while assisting them with the everyday details of the business such as record keeping, grading games and keeping the lines sharp.

 HOST Pay Per Head Service has been around for almost 20 years now having evolved over time to meet the needs of the local bookmaker and his players.  Back in the 90’s, many bettors started to drift away from the ‘local guy’….drawn by the glitz and glamour of the Internet and all those flashy options and glossy pictures offered there.

 The average local bookie just could not compete.  The offshore sports books were even offering incentives in the form of sign-up bonuses and free plays that the local guy simply could not match and stay in business. Then some very wise people came up with the idea of a service company that provided to the local bookie all of the modern wagering options offered by the big offshore companies.  That’s how HOST PPH came into being.

 The idea quickly caught on.  Both bettors and bookies liked the new system under which the bettor could stay with his trusted local guy and still access world-wide wagering options around the clock.  The only thing that the bookie was left to do was his collections and payouts…..and perhaps a little discreet recruiting.

 These days there are many options available for providing price per head services. Some, like HOST PPH, are very good….some not so good….some downright awful.  The savvy bookie, thinking about making the switch, is obliged to do a thorough check of the companies he or she is considering before making the decision on which service to work with.

 The first thing to consider is the people involved.  Since a lot of your dealings with the Pay Per Head service will be done over the phone, get them on the phone.  Ask the hard questions and get the information you need before making a move.  Are you able to communicate with the agents comfortably? If your questions are not answered to your satisfaction, look elsewhere.

 Finally, check out the software.  Is it easy to access and presented in an attractive manner?  Most of all, is it dependable?  Players these days are demanding high quality, dependable 24/7 access to wagering and a friendly face to meet up with and settle up……working with a quality outfit like HOST Pay Per Head Service offers the best of both worlds!


MLB LOGONow hold on a minute. That’s not the way it was supposed to go.  Early MLB Power Rankings had the Yankees, the Red Sox and the Astros at the top of the heap. After just 5 games, Boston has only racked up one win, the Yankees lost 2 of 3 to the lowly Orioles and Houston has already lost 3 of their 5 games.  What’s going on?

Obviously it’s way too early to draw any lasting conclusions to these wacky opening series of games.  We still have 140 something games to go!  However, it is a bit puzzling how things could start off so upside down.

Recalling last season, the Dodgers started off 16-26 and spirits were lower that Chavez ravine. They ended up 92-71 and won the National League pennant.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets got off to a great 11-1 start and ended up winning only 71 games and losing 85.  So let’s not put too much stock in the first few of weeks of major league baseball action.

What did get every ones attention was the Dodgers dropping four straight games to the Cardinals in St. Louis.  The Dodgers’ prolific offense sputtered almost to a halt and the expected excellence of the rotation never really solidified as Los Angeles got swept for the first time this year.

Not a lot of bettors wagered for that to happen, especially after the Cardinals had just been beaten 3 out of 4 games by the Milwaukee Brewers.  But that’s baseball and obviously we are off on another totally unpredictable MLB season.

The poor Yankees are in a hospital zone early on this year.  In mid April they have 12 players on the IL (formally the DL).  The latest causality is catcher Gary Sanchez who is now out with a left calf strain, which, for a catcher, is a shut down injury.

No one had any optimistic projections for the Mariners, but here they sit at 13-2. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Seattle baseball, but someone forgot to tell the Mariners.

The Houston Astros were predicted to be a powerhouse in the American League West, but, 15 games into the season, the Astros trail division leading Seattle by 4 games.

Las Vegas oddsmakers still show the Astros having an 83% chance to reach the post season while the Mariners are only at 54%.  But it’s a long season with lots of great baseball games left to play.  Anything can happen before September rolls around again, so enjoy the ride!

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