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With summer in the rear view mirror, the final tennis Grand Slam tournament is underway. The US Open will play until September 10th. You can get into the action with single matchup bets, live in-play betting and updated odds to win.
No. 8 Washington State Huskies State (-30.5, 52) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights | 8:00 PM ET | September 1
Junior QB Jake Browning threw 43 touchdowns last season to lead Washington to the College Football Playoffs. He will start the season with swagger and I expect the .
Utah State Aggies at No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (-27.5, 48) | 9:00 PM ET | September 1
Wisconsin’s defense allowed only 15.6 points per game last season despite facing a brutal schedule. A strong Badger defensive unit will put on a show at home facing a team that went 3-9 last year.
Kent State Golden Flashes at No. 5 Clemson Tigers (40.5, 51) | 12:00 PM ET | September 2
With a National Championship under its belt and the departure of Deshaun Watson, you may think laying off of Clemson may be the smart choice, but not in week 1.
Maryland Terrapins at No. 5 Texas Longhorns (-17, 56) | 12:00 PM ET | September 2
The Tom Herman era in Texas starts at home facing a Maryland team that’s trending up. What Herman does on offense is sensational. The rise of Houston is the proof. But can he have the Longhorns in mid-season form in Week 1?
No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (-3.5, 44.5) at No. 17 Florida Gators | 3:30 PM ET | September 2
HC Jim Harbaugh will need to fill the gaps left from the departure of several stars via the NFL draft. Harbaugh is a master recuirter and players love playing for the former NFL coach.
Western Michigan Broncos at No. 4 USC Trojans (-27.5, 58.5) | 5:15 PM ET | September 2
USC is currnetly the favorite to win the because they have future NFL franchise QB Sam Darnold running the show. Western Michigan will keep it close early, but don’t have the weapons to keep pace with a monstor Trojan team.
No. 16 Louisville Cardinals (-26, 67.5) at Purdue Boilermakers
2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson will make a case for being a top NFL draft choice next season on the field for Lousiville this season. The Boilermakers have won no more than three games in each of the last four years.
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-7.5, 49) | 8:00 PM ET | September 2
This is the first time since 1986, two-Top 5 teams meet in the first weekend of College Football. Each of those two times the higher ranked team won.
No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers (-4.5, 53) at No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies | 7:30 PM ET | September 3
West Virginia’s 10-win season in 2016 was its first double-digit season win total since joining the Big 12 in 2012. They are a running team which is comfortable entering any stadium while imposing their rhythm and playing style.
No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers (-4, 56) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | 8:00 PM ET | September 4
The Volunteers’ may be ranked 25th, but they are not expected to stay ranked this season and a road game versus Georgia Tech may be the first tile to tumble.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, undefeated Floyd Mayweather will finally take on Irishman Conor McGregor in a boxing match.
It seems like forever ago since the odds opened with Mayweather at -2500 and McGregor at +1100. Since then, consistent support has driven the price down to its current line of Mayweather -570/McGregor +435.
The total rounds for the fight is listed at 9.5 rounds over +135 and under -155 and currently is at under -200/over +170.
If you’re just about ready to place a wager on Saturday’s quickly approaching Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor boxing matchup, and you’re looking to maximize your chances of cashing in, then you need to know all about the the odds changes that have taken place since the fight was announced, over two months ago in addition to the reasons why each fighter could potentially come out on top.
Thankfully, that’s where I come in with some expert betting advice. Now, with Saturday’s big fight almost here, let’s get started. Mayweather and McGregor are set to square off on Aug. 26, live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Mayweather Vs. McGregor Fight Odds
What: Floyd Mayweather (49-0-0) vs Conor McGregor (0-0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Moneyline: Mayweather -460 vs McGregor +410
Total Rounds: 9.5
Watch: Showtime PPV
Mayweather is currently a -460 favorite to beat McGregor who is a +410 underdog. However, the odds on this bout have changed dramatically since last November when Mayweather could be had as a -2200 pick against McGregor who was once a +950 underdog.
By March, the odds had changed to make Mayweather a -1200 pick with McGregor moving to a +650 underdog. However, the latest changes in the odds have come over the last few days since it was announced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that the pair would use 8-ounce gloves instead of the required 10 oz. gloves.
Both fighters had submitted a written appeal to fight with 8oz gloves instead. Mayweather has already won a bunch of matches in his career using 8 oz. Gloves while McGregor also preferred the lighter gloves since he is used to the fingerless, 4oz gloves typically worn in MMA.
Now that you know about the current odds and how much they’ve changed since this matchup was just being mentioned as a possible pairing, let’s get on to the reasons why each fighter could actually walk away victorious.
Why Bet Floyd Mayweather To Win At -460
There’s a bunch of great reasons to back Floyd Mayweather Jr. in this bout, like the fact that he’s never been beaten in 49 professional fights and is arguably the greatest defensive fighter of all-time. There’s also the fact that Mayweather Jr. is the only ‘real’ boxer in this affair while McGregor will be trying to make the transition from MMA star to stand up boxer only.
Floyd Mayweather also has a huge edge in experience and tactical knowledge and likely won’t even open himself up to the possibility of being caught by a tide-turning power shot from McGregor.
Why Bet Conor McGregor To Win At +410
The best reasons to bet on Conor McGregor is that he’s much younger and stronger than his opponent in this fight. Unfortunately for him, youth and punching power won’t decide the outcome of this fight as much as experience and savvy.
Still, with legitimate knockout punching power, there’s always the chance that McGregor lands a lucky punch to stun Mayweather Jr. and the boxing world as a whole. There’s also the fact that McGregor has absolutely nothing to lose in this bout and should come out swinging since everyone expects him to fall to Mayweather just based on the fact that he’s not really a boxer.
Mayweather Vs McGregor Megafight Pick
It’s going to take a superhuman effort from Conor McGregor to beat the almost untouchable Floyd Mayweather Jr. Having said that, I just don’t see the unbeaten champ opening himself up to taking any really hard shots from McGregor that could ruin his chance to both, tie Rocky Marciano with a perfect 50-0 record – and finish his career with an unblemished record.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be able to get the win based on experience and his far superior knowledge and technical skills. While I’m no huge fan of Mayweather’s, he’s by far, the right pick to win this matchup, even if it does cost you a pretty penny to back him!
First, the NBA released the schedule for the upcoming season and that means you can make even more basketball bets. The big surprise? A more relaxed schedule to avoid teams resting marquee players for nationally televised games. Each team playing at 100% is great news for NBA bettors.
The 2017 PGA Championship takes place this week from August 10 through August 13. Jordan Spieth, fresh off his Claret Jug win in The Open Championship, has been installed as the 7/1 co-choice favorite along with Rory McIlroy.
Odds & Picks To Win The 2017 PGA Championship
What: 2017 PGA Championship
When: Thursday-Sunday, August 10-13, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 AM ET
Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Quail Hollow Club
Watch: TNT & CBS
Stream: TNT Overtime | CBS Sports
The Oddsmakers’ Picks To Win The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy 7/1, Jordan Spieth 7/1
McIlroy is one of the favorites because, well, it’s Rory McIlroy. Rory played great in his last 2 tournaments. He shot a 275, -5, at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Then, he shot a 273, -7 at the WGC-Bridgestone last week. Rory’s tightener at the WGC-Bridgestone means he’s got a shot.
Spieth won The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale with a 268, -12. Spieth tightened his game up at the WGC-Bridgestone with a 276, -4. Both golfers deserve their favorite status.
But, I don’t recommend wagering on either golfer. The reason is that it’s difficult, for me at least, to swallow less than double-digit odds on any golfer to win a PGA Tournament, much less win a major PGA Tournament.
The Sharp Pick To Win The PGA: Rickie Fowler 16/1
Eventually, Fowler’s going to take home the trophy for one of the PGA’s majors. He could take home the PGA Championship trophy this week. First, Rickie’s form has been fantastic. He finished fifth at the U.S. Open, third at the Quicken Loans National, twenty-second at the U.S. Open, and ninth at the WGC-Bridgestone.
But, that’s not the real reason to like Fowler going into this week’s PGA Championship. The real reason to like Fowler is that he often hits the ball well at Quail Hollow. Quail Hollow is the site of this year’s PGA Championship Tournament. Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in 2012.
The Long Shot Pick To Win: Justin Rose 28/1
Rose’s form is a mess. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open. At Royal Birkdale, Rose finished in fifty-fourth place after shooting a 284, +4. At the WGC-Bridgestone, Rose shot a 288, +8. He finished in sixty-third place.
Why, then, do I like Rose as a possible longshot play to win the 2017 PGA Championship? Rose was only a stroke off from last year’s Wells Fargo Championship winner. Rose shot a 280, -8. If he can rediscover some of that Quail Hollow magic this week, he could win.
Updated Super Bowl LII odds are out. The Patriots are still the favorites. But there are a few contenders to keep an eye on.
Odds & Picks To Win The Super Bowl
Odds as of July 26.
Super Bowl LII Odds
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Jets
San Francisco 49ers
The Oddsmakers’ Pick To Win Super Bowl 52: New England Patriots 5-1
New England should be the favorites. Even without Rob Ninkovich, the defense is going to be just fine. The real story is the offense, which added a big-time playmaker in former Saint WR Brandin Cooks for Tom Brady to exploit.
Why then have the odds drifted from 5/2 to 5/1? I think a lot of it’s due to the Patriots’ schedule. In addition to playing the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins on the road, New England has road games versus New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland, and Pittsburgh. That’s 5 incredibly tough road games.
5 to 1 are better odds than 5 to 2. It’s still not high enough for me to back the Pats.
The Under The Radar Pick To Win: Atlanta Falcons 12-1
What’s wrong with the Atlanta Falcons? Granted, their schedule is no cakewalk. The team did get better during the off-season, though. What I’m excited about seeing is how Dan Quinn’s defense takes hold in the Athens of the South. Atlanta’s offense should, once again, be one of the top units in the NFL.
But, man, Quinn really put some assets towards the D. DE Takkarist McKinley could be one of the best defensive ends in the NFL within 2 to 3 years. He should be a starter midway through this season. Drafting ILB Duke Riley in Round 3 was a steal.
I think Atlanta’s a smart bet and I’m a huge New Orleans Saints fan. So, you know it gives me no pleasure to write that.
The Value Pick: Philadelphia Eagles 40-1
The Eagles made 3 moves that makes them 40 to 1 odds to win the Super Bowl . First, Philly signed WR Alshon Jeffrey. The Chicago WR has as much talent as any WR in the NFL. Second, the Eagles drafted DE Derek Bennett from Tennessee. The man has a non-stop motor.
Third, the Eagles drafted CB Sidney Jones from Washington in Round 2. Jones, if he’s healthy, should be one of the best DBs from this draft class. Oh, yes, there’s a fourth thing. In Round 3, the Eagles drafted CB Rasul Douglas from West Virginia.
Douglas is tearing it up in training camp. I’m telling you, watch out for Philly. They can win the NFC East, which means they’ll make it to the playoffs. From there, you never know what might happen.
The 2017 NFL season here. Already, odds are out on this year’s MVP. Terrific Tom Brady, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history, headlines the field. I write more about Terrific Tom. I also analyze the smart and long shot picks. Check it out!
NFL MVP Odds & Picks
2017 NFL MVP BETTING ODDS
Tom Brady (NE)
Aaron Rodgers (GB)
Derek Carr (OAK)
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Dak Prescott (DAL)
Russell Wilson (SEA)
Matt Ryan (ATL)
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)
Cam Newton (CAR)
Andrew Luck (IND)
Drew Brees (NO)
David Johnson (ARZ)
Marcus Mariota (TEN)
Le’Veon Bell (PIT)
Antonio Brown (PIT)
Julio Jones (ATL)
Carson Palmer (ARZ)
Sam Bradford (MIN)
Matthew Stafford (DET)
Eli Manning (NYG)
Philip Rivers (LAC)
Adrian Peterson (NO)
Jameis Winston (TB)
Kirk Cousins (WSH)
Alex Smith (KC)
Ryan Tannehill (MIA)
Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)
JJ Watt (HOU)
Rob Gronkowski (NE)
Khalil Mack (OAK)
TY Hilton (IND)
Von Miller (DEN)
Andy Dalton (CIN)
Carson Wentz (PHI)
Joe Flacco (BAL)
Marshawn Lynch (OAK)
LeSean McCoy (BUF)
Blake Bortles (JAX)
DeMarco Murray (TEN)
The Oddsmakers’ Pick To Win MVP: Tom Brady +450
Brady was spectacular last season. He didn’t start playing until Week 5. He only threw 2 interceptions. He threw 28 TDs. There are plenty of reasons to believe that Terrific Tom comes out and dominates this season from beginning to end.
But, I’m worried about 2 things. First, the Patriots’ schedule implies that Brady has a much tougher time under center this season than he did last season. Second, when is Terrific Tom going to slow down? When it happens, it could happen quickly.
+450 odds are just too low to make a decent buck.
The Smart Pick To Win: Russell Wilson +1200
I prefer Russell Wilson at 12 to 1 odds. Wilson has a desire to play in the NFL for 25 years. What it means is that Russell must keep himself in shape. Not only that, but I love signing Eddie Lacy. Lacy is the type of running back that should help Russell big time.
When Wilson has time, he’s as good as any quarterback in the NFL. I’ve got the feeling Seattle bounces back with a huge season. If they do, it will be because of Russell Wilson.
Russell’s MVP chances rest on an offensive line that played below par in 2016. Again, if Russell gets any time in the backfield, he’s as good as any quarterback in the NFL. I believe Pete Carroll has shored up the Seahawks’ offensive line. I think Russell is a smart play at 12 to 1.
The Long Shot Pick: Ezekiel Elliott +2000
I get it. Zeke might be suspended for 2 to 4 games. As of today, though, July 30, Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t been suspended for a single game. He’s almost a shoo-in to lead the NFL in rushing. I also believe that Dak leans more on Zeke as a receiver this season.
There’s just no reason not consider the best offensive player in the NFL for the league MVP. He plays behind the best offensive line. His QB is dynamite. The defense isn’t bad. The owner, Jerry Jones, backs up his players.