Betting Dork with Gill Alexander
Gambling experts from Pregame.com discuss the biggest sports betting news each weekday, with an emphasis on advanced Sabermetric stats - plus big game analysis, free picks, and Las Vegas betting stories - hosted by Gill Alexander.
Betting Dork: 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Season Handicapping Special Part 2

Applying their weekly NFL handicapping approach toward uncovering any inherent betting edge in spreads, Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Dave Essler take aim at the 2011-12 College Football Bowl Season, in what is becoming a bonafide annual Betting Dork tradition.  With 35 games in all, Part 2 tackles matchups from December 30th through the BCS National Championship on January 9th.  First, the fundamental tenets of capping at this time of year are outlined.  Then, the seeking of a gambling advantage within that context begins, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (December 28, 2011).

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Betting Dork: 2011-2012 NBA Handicapping Preview

Once a Pregame Pro and always an NBA bettor, Dan Bebe rises from the ashes for an appointment listen with Host Gill Alexander.  Bebe fleshes out his fundamental NBA handicapping tenets, including multiple revenge angles, situational road trip spots, and flying into the mountain time zone on the second day of a back-to-back.  Plus, what was the 50 game lockout season of 1998-99 like and how might it inform our betting in the upcoming 66 game 2011-12 campaign?  Which group of teams did the schedule makers protect?  Plus, the NBA win totals with the best value, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (December 21, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 16 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Their Sunday evening fall routine coming to a close, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander discuss the NFL playoff picture, assess next week's betting lines, and highlight the rare opportunity to take advantage of correlated parlays, something specific to this time of year, on Sunday's Betting Dork (December 18, 2011).

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It starts off like any other week.  Host Gill Alexander welcomes back NationalFootballPost.com NFL Analyst and Writer Joe Fortenbaugh to the weekly roundtable to break down this weekend's matchups from a betting perspective, with Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner.  Then, after no mention of Tim Tebow is made in the first 16 minutes, audio glitches begin. When the talk finally gets around to the New England Patriots at Denver Broncos, the audio returns to its pristine form, only to suddenly cut off when the chronically Tebow-fading D'Angelo steps up to the mic.  Divine intervention?  You be the judge.  Oh.  That, and the Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals at St. Louis Rams, and Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans, the big favorite most likely to lose outright, and game with least value on the spread.  But if it's a full dissertation on the Pats/Broncos line movement you want and the single most definitive Tebow stat there is, this is the place to be, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 16, 2011) 

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Betting Dork: 2011-2012 College Football Bowl Season Handicapping Special Part 1

Applying their weekly NFL handicapping approach toward uncovering any inherent betting edge in spreads, Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Dave Essler take aim at the 2011-12 College Football Bowl Season, in what is becoming a bonafide annual Betting Dork tradition.  With 35 games in all, Part 1 tackles matchups from December 17th to December 30th.  First, the fundamental tenets of capping at this time of year are outlined.  Then, the seeking of a gambling advantage within that context begins, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (December 14, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 15 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Live from Las Vegas, Host Gill Alexander makes a point to get in his weekly conversation with Pregame Pro Dave Essler, so that, among other things, the full scope of another Tim Tebow miracle can be fully fleshed out.  Then, it's on to trying to determine what Week 15 lines will look like and where the value might lie, on Sunday's Betting Dork (December 11, 2011).

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He is a contributor to ESPN Insider as a statistical consultant to Fightmetric, the sole provider of advanced stats to UFC and looks at MMA from a handicapping perspective.  In his spare time, John Candido puts his metrics to use on the NFL front, both in the Hilton SuperContest in which he currently finds himself placed in the top 100 on the leaderboard and now on the weekly NFL preview pod with Host Gill Alexander.  Alongside Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the quartet break down the St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks, NY Giants at Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills at San Diego Chargers.  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game provides the least value on the spread.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (December 9, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The Halftime Wager Approach Revisited

Just like old times, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner checks in with Host Gill Alexander, and the topic certainly demands it.  This time the two rehash their annual dissertation on everything you need to know about betting the 2nd half of games, including isolating discrepancies between 2nd half lines and game lines, key 1st half stats to consider, and what the action booked prior to the game starting and the action expected to be booked for the 2nd half has to do with it all, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (December 7, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 14 NFL Guessing Lines Show

While everyone watches Sunday Night NFL Football, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander are already looking ahead and engaging in their preliminary analysis of next week's numbers.  The goal, as always:  to uncover intrinsic value embedded in those lines and to convert it into cash, on Sunday's Betting Dork (December 4, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 13 Preview

They are three amongst the exclusive group that meets every Tuesday in Las Vegas to break down football from a betting perspective, and once again, Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo, Vegas Runner, and Bryan Leonard drop in on Host Gill Alexander to make it a Friday affair in the NFL.  On the morning of his appearance in the semifinals of the $48,000 Cantor Gaming Football Showdown, Leonard joins the regulars to break down the San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, and Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings.  Plus, the quartet discuss the Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots and the biggest spread in four seasons, the biggest favorite most likely to lose outright, and the one game on the board that each feels provides the least value.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (December 2, 2011).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander convene for their weekly kneejerk reactions to NFL matchups, with an eye towards pinpointing value.  Feel free to play along at home with Sunday's Betting Dork (November 27, 2011).

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It's that time of the week.  Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander attempt to pinpoint what NFL lines will be for Thanksgiving week, only to discover the inevitable discrepancies that occur between the projected and actual lines.  But, that's the point.  Play along with Dave and Gill in their quest to find betting value, on Sunday's Betting Dork (November 20, 2011).

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Betting Dork: Nick Bakay, NFL MegaPod Week 11 Preview

At one time, he was ESPN's singular acknowledgement of sports betting, and now Nick Bakay checks in with Host Gill Alexander inside a haven in which the NFL can't silence him.  Among other things, the writer/actor/funnyman has given us Kevin James' "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" and the voice of a talking cat on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch", but all the while the diehard Buffalo Bills fan's written word has appeared on ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, and NFL.com, as his love of the NFL and point spreads has never waned.  Along with straight-from-Vegas Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the quartet discuss the Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles at NY Giants, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings, and more.  Key insights and angles for your NFL weekend, on Friday's Betting Dork (November 18, 2011). 

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It's the only way to start your week capping the NFL.  Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander deduce what each believes the line ought to be for all 14 NFL games this coming weekend and then compare it to the actual lines that neither has seen before this moment.  As always, the goal: to discover inherent value in specific lines, on Monday's Betting Dork (November 14, 2011).  

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 10 Preview

This week, it's all about three familiar voices.  Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo, Vegas Runner, and Johnny Detroit get together with Host Gill Alexander for the top-rated end-of-week NFL roundtable.  By now, you know the drill.  The Week 10 version of the most thorough pro football handicapping pod you'll find features the Thursday night game, as well.  Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots at NY Jets, St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks, and Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  These games and more are examined from any number of angles, on Thursday's Betting Dork (November 10, 2011)

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander take their educated stabs at the upcoming weekend's NFL lines in an effort to uncover inherent betting value.  What they find is perhaps the oddest collection of NFL lines for a given week in recent memory.  Play along on Sunday's Betting Dork (November 6, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 9 Preview

ViewFromVegas creator and weekly ESPN.com columnist Dave Tuley pays a visit to Host Gill Alexander and the weekly NFL roundtable to offer his insights on Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic and the Hilton SuperContest.  And, of course, it's the NFL drill with Pregame Pros Vegas Runner and Johnny Detroit.  Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans.  These games are examined in depth, along with discussion on other NFL Sunday tilts.  Plus, the quartet gets into the LSU/Alabama showdown, on Friday's Betting Dork (November 4, 2011). 

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It's everyone's favorite handicapping exercise, guessing NFL lines (in Week 9 style), in an effort to uncover betting value. Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander take their shots with a rant thrown in for good measure.  If we're not careful, we just might learn something too, on Sunday's Betting Dork (October 30, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 8 Preview

Their combined experience in the sports betting business would be classified under senior citizen status.  That's how long Pregame Pros Joe Gavazzi and Marco D'Angelo have been at it.  Today, Host Gill Alexander has the privilege of exploring that 60+ years of knowledge as it applies to the Week 8 NFL slate.  San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos.  Those games and more are the focus of Friday's Betting Dork (October 28, 2011). 

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Betting Dork: Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports & Vegas Runner on the Week of Strange Betting Lines

The NBA, NFL, MLB, and College Football are all represented on this one.  First, Marc Spears, NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, drops in on Host Gill Alexander for a discussion on the current pulse of the NBA lockout.  Then, its Vegas Runner, back in the fold on a somewhat odd week in sports betting, as lines across sports merit further analysis.  Whether the NFL, MLB, or College Football, VR breaks it all down, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (October 26, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 8 NFL Guessing Lines Show

It's the only way to begin your NFL Week 8 handicapping process.  Play along, as Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander tackle each and every one of this week's NFL matchups in an effort to uncover betting value, on Sunday's Betting Dork (October 23, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 7 Preview

The who's who of sharp NFL handicapping minds keep dropping by, as Senior Editor and Handicapping Writer for Pro Football Weekly, Mike Wilkening, checks in with Host Gill Alexander and show staples Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to slice and dice the Week 7 NFL slate.  Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers at NY Jets, St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions.  All are discussed from varying betting angles, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 21, 2011).

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It's that time.  Everyone's favorite Sunday evening interactive weekly ritual is in full effect as Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Dave Essler dive into Week 7 lines, taking stabs at the numbers in an effort to unearth value.  It's all packed into one show, along with a plethora of conversational tangents.  As always, you're invited to play along, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 17, 2011).  

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 6 Preview

Whether inside the pages of Gaming Today, on vegasinsider.com, or through a host of other outlets, you'll find the work of Micah Roberts throughout the sports betting community.  Today, Roberts checks in with Host Gill Alexander as part of this weekly NFL staple, with Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner taking their positions, as always.  Miami Dolphins at NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions, Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills at NY Giants, New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Those games and the rest of the NFL slate is broken down, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 14, 2011).

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Betting Dork: When Scalping is Disguised as Middling

Unscripted as always, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander for a discussion that covers an array of betting topics, including what's really going on in a certain betting situation that, on the surface, looks to be a strange middle by pro bettors, but is actually something quite different.  Then, VR lets us know about his new line movement prediction blog, his College Football leans, and his method of looking at the MLB Postseason through the prism of historical probabilities, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (October 12, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 6 NFL Guessing Lines Show

It has become an end-of-football-day ritual.  Before the Sunday Night game has even concluded, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander fire away at the coming week's NFL lines in an effort to uncover inherent betting value.  As always, you're invited to play along in what should be everyone's preliminary exercise in handicapping the NFL slate, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 10, 2011).

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This one is special.  Although most of us will never be lucky enough to be attend the Las Vegas Tuesday meeting, this pod gets us as close as we'll ever come to being inside the room.  Pregame Pros Bryan Leonard, Vegas Runner, and Marco D'Angelo, each weekly participants in that famous weekly get-together, join Host Gill Alexander to share their insights on this weekend's NFL board.  Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills, NY Jets at New England Patriots.  Those games and more are sliced and diced on Friday's Betting Dork (October 7, 2011).

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Betting Dork: Todd Fuhrman, Senior Race and Sports Analyst, Caesars Entertainment

While many from the sportsbook side of things have come on the show before, none quite make you feel as though they're here to help in the same way that Todd Fuhrman does.  From his vantage point at Caesars Las Vegas, the Race and Sports Analyst drops in on Host Gill Alexander to deliver equal parts Betting 101 and College Football handicapping.  From his take on what a competitor like Cantor Gaming brings to the sports betting landscape, to dispelling the pervasive myths on what makes one sharp or square, to even offering up his exclusive college football pick of the week, this isn't the evil face of your mom and dad's sportsbook, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (October 5, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The 2011 Week 5 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Dave Essler wake up Monday morning, and like robots, immediately tackle Week 5 NFL lines in an effort to unearth a betting edge.  It's equal parts dedication and instinctive handicapping reflex urge, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 3, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 4 Preview

Gill Alexander moderates the NFL handicapping meeting of the minds, which is highlighted this week by the participation of NationalFootballPost.com Vice President and Writer, Joe Fortenbaugh.  Alongside Pregame Pros and regulars Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, what results is another spirited breakdown of this weekend's pro football slate.  Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NY Jets at Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders, NY Giants at Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles.  Those games are discussed extensively, along with commentary on others.  It's how we roll on Friday's Betting Dork (September 30, 2011). 

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Betting Dork: Andrew Garrood, Executive Director, Las Vegas Sports Consultants/Cantor Gaming, Redux

There are many who can give you a sense of the present, but there are only a select few individuals who can give you a true sense and snapshot of where the sports betting landscape is actually headed.  In his return to the show, LVSC Executive Director and Midas Algorithm Lead Developer Andrew Garrood joins Host Gill Alexander to discuss the continuing evolution of the industry in Las Vegas from his vantage point behind the scenes at the Cantor Gaming property, The M, with an influential reach that carries clear down the Strip.  It's a wide-ranging exchange that covers the mindset behind Cantor Gaming releasing all 256 NFL Regular Season lines way back in June, and much more.  It's all on Thursday's Betting Dork (September 29, 2011).

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It's their Wednesday meeting about the Tuesday meeting.  Betting market expert Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander first discuss how perception will play a big part in betting lines headed into the MLB postseason before diving into VR's experience at the renowned Las Vegas handicappers Tuesday meeting and the insights it provides.  Plus, VR serves up one of his premium plays for the upcoming College Football weekend for free.  It's exclusive, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (September 28, 2011).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander make educated guesses at what this week's lines will be.  As always, the aim is to uncover value inherent in the spread and to turn it into cash at the betting window.  It's your weekly must-listen pod, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 26, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 3 Preview

It's not often that one gets to eavesdrop on close to 100 years of handicapping experience chatting up a weekend's NFL schedule. But that's exactly the case on this week's MegaPod, as Host Gill Alexander welcomes Pregame staples Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner and first-time guest Joe Gavazzi, a Pregame Pro himself bringing over 30 years of capping experience to the table. Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans, NY Jets at Oakland Raiders.  All are discussed, along with the big favorite most likely to lose outright and the single most desperate team of Week 3.  It's all packed into Friday's Betting Dork (September 23, 2011). 

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Betting Dork: Vegas Runner Unscripted on Boxing, Bookmakers, and Wiseguys

Host Gill Alexander and Vegas Runner convene for their Wednesday conversation and riff on a potential Mayweather v Pacquiao megafight, and how wiseguys and bookmakers approach the current sports betting market with football in full steam and the MLB regular season winding down.  Plus, VR provides 4 free college football leans, while Basewinner stops by to deliver his MLB plays of the day, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (September 21, 2011).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander convene to take their best stabs at what this week's NFL lines will be, all in the name of discovering a betting edge.  Find out where value exists, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 19, 2011).

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The Week 2 panel is set and ready to dive in to all of the action.  This week, Pregame Pros Vegas Runner and Johnny Detroit drop in on Host Gill Alexander to give their thoughts on a host of NFL games.  St. Louis Rams at NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions.  All of these matchups and more are discussed, including which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which team is most desperate heading into its Week 2 tilt.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (September 16, 2011).

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Betting Dork: Week 2 NFL Totals Adjustments: Warranted or Overreaction?

There's not much we haven't heard about the betting ramifications of the Utah @ USC game Saturday night, but what actually set off the chain of events?  Host Gill Alexander gets into it with Vegas Runner before VR drops the knowledge on Week 2 NFL Totals adjustments being made by linesmakers.  Plus, insights on Mayweather v Ortiz, free College Football picks, and 3 free MLB plays from Basewinner, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (September 14, 2011).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander take calculated guesses at what this coming week's pro football spreads ought to be, learn what they actually are, and discern value, pinpointing the most exploitable lines along the way, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 12, 2011).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Week 1 Preview

It has finally arrived.  The first weekend of the NFL season is upon us and in what has become a bit of tradition this time of year, Fridays mean NFL MegaPod.  Today, in the 2011-12 inaugural edition, Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner join Host Gill Alexander for a look at a host of this weekend's NFL games, all with your betting dollar in mind.  Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys at NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings at San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NY Giants at Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, and Philadelphia Eagles at St. Louis Rams.  All are discussed on Friday's Betting Dork (September 9, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The NFL Super Bowl Futures Exclusive with Vegas Runner

Three seasons ago, he called the Steelers.  Then two seasons ago, it was the Saints.  Finally, a year ago, he picked the Packers. Now, wiseguy Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander to reveal his NFL Super Bowl Futures plays for the 2011-12 season as he looks to cash his fourth consecutive season.  That's the headline on a show that also includes intriguing college football betting line insights from VR involving Auburn and Georgia, and a quartet of free MLB picks from Basewinner, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (September 7, 2011).

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Betting Dork: Do NFL Lines Get Tighter as the Season Progresses?, MLB Betting Stats

NFL betting lines get tighter as the season rolls on into its later months, right?  Well, not so fast, says Vegas Runner who joins Host Gill Alexander for their regular Wednesday chatfest.  And VR has come with numbers to support his position.  Plus, VR serves up a free MLB pick for tonight, free plays in the final week of the NFL Preseason, and a few freebies in College Football.  Then, it's sabermetrician Basewinner's turn.  He and Gill delve into their final MLB betting stats segment of 2011 with a look at the best money line (home/road splits) and run line clubs in baseball, the best and worst money starters, the most reliable over and under umpires, the best starters in terms of baserunners allowed per 9IP, and the best and worst clubs and starters during the 1st inning this season.  It's all topped off with literally a handful of underdog MLB plays tonight from Basewinner.  Sit back and enjoy Wednesday's Betting Dork (August 31, 2011).

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Betting Dork: Dr. Bob, Dr. Bob Sports

There is no one that statistical handicappers hold in higher esteem than the renowned San Francisco-based Dr. Bob.  Judging by the length of this show, you can certainly count Host Gill Alexander among them.  Dr. Bob (Bob Stoll) joins Gill to examine his math-driven approach to capping college football, including the two-pronged nature of his situational/technical analysis and mathematical model.  Included in their chat: when might it make more sense for each approach, situational or mathematical, to take precedence over the other, and what type of situational analysis that cappers often cite as predictive actually never works. Then, it's a full-fledged 2011 College Football Preview, with Dr. Bob citing specific teams that will be better or worse than public perception would have you believe in the coming season.  Plus, which member(s) of the national media might be the most consistently wrong when it comes to college football analysis, and an opening week lean or two, to boot.  It's all on a can't-miss Betting Dork (August 30, 2011).

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Betting Dork: The Astros Phenomenon and other Line Move Case Studies

Spurred on by an "Interpreting the Tweets" segment that sheds light on the different causes of line movement in 2 preseason NFL games, Wiseguy Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander and expounds upon the "Astros Phenomenon", providing even more food for thought on what you may need to consider when trying to decipher line moves on your own.  Plus, Basewinner serves up his MLB play of the night amidst other random baseball ruminations, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (August 24, 2011).

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Betting Dork: 2011 NFL Team Win Totals Part Deux, Fantasy Football Advanced Metrics Sleepers

Last week, they each named their three favorite NFL team win total plays for the coming season.  This week, Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander continue that exercise by naming more best bets in the category and find that they isolate the same three additional teams, but disagree on which side to take on one of them.  Plus, VR offers up his two favorite NFL Preseason plays of the week.  Then, before Basewinner gets a chance to deliver his four MLB plays of the day. Gill comes through with his annual sabermetrics-inspired Fantasy Football segment and takes a look at the NFL advanced metrics of Yards per Route Run and % of TD carries inside the 10 with an eye toward uncovering 2011 Fantasy Draft sleepers.

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Betting Dork: Dave Mason, Sportsbook Brand Manager, BetOnline.com

Host Gill Alexander once again dips into the offshore well and welcomes the very open and generous BetOnline Sportsbook Brand Manager Dave Mason for a wide-ranging discussion centered on the perspective of the book itself.  How does BetOnline handle sharp bettors?  What sport have bettors taken advantage of and, as a result, given this particular shop the most fits in 2011?  The answer may very well surprise you.  What is March Madness 3-way betting?  What MLB and NFL teams create the most exposure for BetOnline?  What are the three components at play in setting their lines?  All of this and so much more on Thursday's Betting Dork (August 11, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:15pm EST

Betting Dork: 2011 College Football and NFL Team Win Totals

And now, football really is finally here.  Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander chat it up on what VR plans to do all the way live from the sportsbook floors in Vegas this fall, then segue into an extensive discussion on more than a dozen teams in both college football and the NFL and why each believes those selected will go over or under their win total number for the 2011 season.  Plus, which NFL preseason lines look the juiciest this week, beginning Thursday night.  And it wouldn't be complete without Basewinner's free MLB picks.  It's all on Wednesday's Betting Dork (August 10, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Betting Dork: The Shift from Offshore to Vegas, Cappers Roundtable

Wiseguy Vegas Runner checks in with Host Gill Alexander to discuss how bettors and syndicates are reacting to offshore book closures, and why it's a good thing.  Plus, the two discuss why all line movement is not created equally, what to keep in mind when considering the notion of returning starters when capping College Football win totals, and why Tito Ortiz and a certain MLB club find themselves on VR's overvalued list this week.  Then, Pregame Pros Dave Essler, GoodFella, and Dwayne Bryant discuss the upcoming NFL preseason and regular season, and offer up MLB leans on tonight's board, with Basewinner in the anchor position with his sabermetrics-inspired MLB plays of the day.  It's all on Wednesday's Betting Dork (August 3, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:36pm EST

Back on their regular Wednesday schedule, Wiseguy Vegas Runner hangs out with Host Gill Alexander for some good ol' fashioned interpreting of the tweets, including a blackjack clarification and what truly makes the NFL preseason a haven for sharp bettors, a notion that might be particularly true this August.  VR also reviews his Value Top 10.  Then, out of his lab in Arizona, Basewinner joins Gill for their monthly MLB betting stats review, complete with free plays for today and beyond, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (July 27, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

Betting Dork: ESPN WSOP Coverage, Cappers Delight

With a slew of Pregame.com MLB cappers in the midst of impressive streaks, GM of Picks Marco D'Angelo stops by to discuss the collective baseball prowess before getting nudged by Host Gill Alexander into a discussion on ESPN's innovative coverage of the World Series of Poker.  Then, it's a couple of those hot cappers themselves, as Dave Essler drops by with the most elusive Pregame Pro of them all, GoodFella.  Plus, free MLB picks from Basewinner, on Friday's Betting Dork (July 22, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04pm EST

Betting Dork: Global Blackjack Project, 2011 Sabermetrics All-Star Rotation

It's the dead of summer and the slowest month of the sports betting calendar year, but this pod is a special one.  First, Wiseguy Vegas Runner hangs out with Host Gill Alexander as the two discuss the dream of an epic international blackjack assault on casinos.  Plus, VR offers up his first ever Market Meter and his thoughts on capping MLB the week prior to, and directly following, All-Star week.  Then, Basewinner joins Gill and gives an exclusive look into his BsR (Base Runs) numbers in both the AL and NL with home/road and vLHP/vRHP splits included.  And, in his annual midsummer segment, Gill selects his 2011 Sabermetrics All-Star starting rotation with an eye toward converting those names into a betting advantage.  Free MLB picks too, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (July 6, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Betting Dork: Klitschko v Haye, MLB Betting Stats

Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander hook up for their weekly chat, covering blackjack strategies, the state of Vegas, and yes, actual sports betting.  Today, VR provides unique insight on Saturday's championship fight between IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye.  Plus, in what has been an indispensable staple of this podcast from its inception, Gill and Basewinner discuss a myriad of baseball betting-related stats, including the best and worst money line (home/road splits) and run line clubs in MLB, the most reliable over and under umpires, the best and worst money starters in MLB, the starters who yield the least baserunners per 9IP, and the best and worst 1st inning clubs and starters in the game, as well.  Plus, free MLB picks throughout.  It's all on a mammoth Wednesday edition of the Betting Dork (June 29, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

Betting Dork: Sean Patrick Griffin, Author, "Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen”

From the time the NBA betting scandal was first reported in mid-2007 through the late 2009 release of the book from the referee at the center of it all, the media and public were transfixed by all things Tim Donaghy.  But until the publication of “Gaming the Game”, there had been no examination of the true architect of the entire real life drama.  Author Sean Patrick Griffin joins Host Gill Alexander for a wide-ranging exchange about the central figure of the scandal, Jimmy “Baba” Battista, the many questions pertaining to the NBA and Las Vegas sportsbooks that still surround the saga, and whether it’s likely that similar improprieties exist throughout the sports world.  Plus, Donaghy claims are debunked, on an instant classic edition of the Betting Dork (June 23, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Draft Props, Square Blackjack Behavior, 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

It's triple threat time, as Host Gill Alexander welcomes a trio of guests covering a myriad of sports.  First, wiseguy and podcast staple Vegas Runner runs through his arsenal of square-ish blackjack behavior designed to keep security at bay.  Then, VR lays out a few MLB clubs that have made this week's Value Top 10 list before putting his 17-3 MMA/Boxing record on the line with his pick in Saturday's middleweight title fight between Felix Sturm and Matthew Macklin.  Plus, Gill welcomes Fox Soccer Channel's Temryss Lane as she gives her thoughts on Team USA's chances in both the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2011 Womens World Cup set to get underway this weekend.  It's all brought home by Pregame Pro Mike Hook, who serves up his top 4 NBA draft props for tonight, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (June 23, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

Betting Dork: Bomani Jones, "Around The Horn", ESPN

With an ever-increasing omni-presence on "Around The Horn", "Jim Rome Is Burning", and "Outside The Lines" on ESPN, not to mention hosting "The Morning Jones" weekdays on Sirius Satellite Radio, Bomani Jones has parlayed a consistently contrarian view of mainstream sports thought into his own rising star.  Today, he stops by to chat with Host Gill Alexander about the riots in Vancouver, Michael Jackson, why the LeBron hate is unjustified, which teams will be in the NBA Finals if there's a season next year, and the perils of Wikipedia pages.  Plus, with interleague play upon us, he of the +100 unit season, Basewinner, serves up 3 free MLB plays, on Friday's Betting Dork (June 17, 2011). 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Betting Dork: How to Win at Craps, NHL Game 7, U.S. Open Betting Menu

It's a one-two punch as Wiseguy Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander for another one of their signature wide-ranging betting conversations, this time even delving into the only true winning strategy at the craps table.  That precedes actual sports betting talk on the NHL Finals Game 7 clash between the Bruins and Canucks and the shifting MLB betting market now that the NBA is over.  Plus, VR provides two free MLB picks, as well.  Then, in his triumphant return to the show, Pregame Pro Mike Hook comes out of his self-imposed golf-focused exile and lists all of the key props that he'll be playing on this weekend's 111th U.S. Open from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (June 15, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Betting Dork: Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Dirk and LeBron, Belmont Stakes Preview

He has checked in from all over the country during these NBA Playoffs, and now, in his final appearance of the season, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports joins Host Gill Alexander from Dallas as the two put this series in its startling context, from the mysterious disappearance of LeBron James to the remarkable finishing team that is the Dallas Mavericks to the legacy of the Dream Team.  Then, from the man who gave us Animal Kingdom prior to the Kentucky Derby, Pregame GM of Picks Marco D'Angelo checks in with his 2011 Belmont Stakes Preview, highlighting six horses, including the one that will win it.  Plus, free MLB Picks with Basewinner, on Friday's Betting Dork (June 10, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

Betting Dork: 5 Sport Betting Relay of NBA, NHL, UFC 131, Belmont, MLB

What an NBA Finals it has been.  Host Gill Alexander and Wiseguy Vegas Runner examine from a betting perspective what is turning into an epic series between the Mavericks and Heat.  Then, VR gets into two sports he covers for Gaming Today, as he looks for value in the NHL Finals, as the Bruins and Canucks series gets interesting, and serves up some free picks for UFC 131.  And from the man who gave us Shackleford in the Preakness, we get the horse getting mid-week buzz leading up to this Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.  Plus, Gill and VR revisit the wisdom of betting MLB Run Lines, on Wednesday’s Betting Dork (June 8, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Betting Dork: Heat Check with Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports, MLB Trimester Report

Dateline: 3:20am, Miami.  Just in from the aftermath of Dallas’ amazing Game 2 comeback versus Miami, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports gets on the horn with Host Gill Alexander to discuss just what went wrong for the Heat.  Then, Pregame GM of Picks Marco D’Angelo breaks down the first third of the MLB season and pinpoints which specific clubs hold value moving forward.  Plus, free Friday MLB plays from Basewinner on Friday’s Betting Dork (June 3, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA, NHL Finals Betting Analysis with Vegas Runner

They’re just two guys sitting around talking about what two guys talk about.  But it just so happens that when Host Gill Alexander and Wiseguy Vegas Runner chat, eavesdropping could very well translate to cash in your pocket.  VR reviews how he nailed the NBA Finals pre-series line movement and discusses market perception leading up to Game 2.  Then, it’s hockey talk, as VR discusses the keys to profiting from the NHL Finals.  And yes, MLB talk, to boot.  It’s all on Wednesday’s Betting Dork (June 1, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Collapses, MLB Betting Stats Fest

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports hangs out with Host Gill Alexander and ranks the NBA Conference Championship meltdowns prior to offering up his NBA Championship pick.  Then, it’s a veritable MLB stats barrage, as Gill and the sabermetrically-inclined Basewinner delve into the best and worst money line clubs (home/road splits included), run line teams, moneyline and over/under starters, home/road and over/under umpires, top baserunners/9IP starters, top 1st inning scoring and run prevention clubs, and the best/worst 1st inning starters.  Got all that?  Good.  It’s all on a jam-packed Friday edition of the Betting Dork (May 27, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm EST

Betting Dork: Sportsbook Domain Seizures, 2011 MLB Totals, UFC 130

Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander meet up for their Wednesday morning chat and discuss yesterday's revelation of a federal grand jury indictment and Maryland-based Homeland Security Investigations operation that resulted in, among other things, the seizure of Bookmaker.com and other sports betting domains.  What does it all mean and is it time to panic?  Plus, after that dust settles, it’s some actual sports betting insight from the man who gave us Shackleford as the Preakness winner last week.  Interpreting a tweet about MLB totals, the Value Top 10, and VR steps up yet again with three underdog UFC 130 picks, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 25, 2011). 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Betting Dork: Sharp Lines versus Soft Lines

Wednesday's have become synonymous with the best in free-flow sports betting talk and today is no different.  Wiseguy Vegas Runner stops by for his weekly chat with Host Gill Alexander as the two get into VR's tweets and Value Top 10, among a smorgasbord of topics.  To wit, negative variance, why information-based bettors aren't always on the same side of a line, the difference between sharp lines and soft lines, and what horses you should keep a special eye on at the Preakness.  Plus, some free MLB leans, as well, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 18, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:56pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Rumors, MLB Facts

Menage a trois in LA?  Sniping in OKC?  Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears checks in once again with Host Gill Alexander to reveal actual locker room insights on both matters, along with serving up other NBA takes.  Then, it's back to the diamond with Basewinner as the sabermetric duo examine run production on a per club and league basis.  4 free MLB plays top it off, on Friday's Betting Dork (May 13, 2011). 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Betting Dork: Elihu Feustel, Author, “Conquering Risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall Street”

It doesn't get much better than this.  A professional sports bettor and Managing Partner of Rogue Markets, Elihu Feustel has used statistical models to exploit sports betting markets to great success.  Today, he drops in to chat with Host Gill Alexander about an array of topics, including the specific sports he targets, debunking the John Morrison scam, and what offshore books are the most reliable.  But, that's just the appetizer.  Feustel recounts riveting gambling stories, from getting a phone call from an offshore book requesting that he no longer make certain bets, to staring down a sportsbook operation and security at a Vegas casino property in order to cash thousands of dollars in winning tickets.  Plus, what does the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act have to do with abetting terrorist activity?  Yes, it goes there, on an instant classic edition of the Betting Dork (May 12, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Betting Dork: Vegas Runner on Fight Night, Scamming Comps, Brain Farts

Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander press record on their conversation every Wednesday to see what they can capture, and once again, they're all over the place.  VR describes his Pacquiao/Mosley fight night experience and offers tips on how you can get comped by Vegas hotels, even if you have no history with specific properties.  Then, if you think wiseguys don't make mistakes, think again.  VR recounts his painful, yet amusing Kentucky Derby botching.  Plus, Value Top 10 teams and Free MLB Picks to boot, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 11, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

Betting Dork: The MLB Betting Stats Lab

There are numbers you can find elsewhere and there are others that you simply can't find anywhere else.  Host Gill Alexander and Basewinner delve into both on these categories with a baseball betting stats extravaganza.  The top MLB over/under umpires, the umps most likely to favor home clubs, the starters who yield the fewest baserunners per 9 innings pitched, the clubs who are most and least proficient scoring in the 1st inning, the teams who do the best job of preventing 1st inning scoring, and the starters most vulnerable in the opening frame.  It's all packed into this one, with free MLB picks too, on Friday's Betting Dork (May 6, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

Betting Dork: 137th Kentucky Derby Preview and Picks

Horse Racing expert Marco D'Angelo drops in for his annual extensive Kentucky Derby preview and examines the many tenets of his approach, including weighting the significance of the three different types of horses entered, post position, jockeys, recent performance, and trainers, while isolating 6 horses in this year's Run for the Roses that form the group from which he'll be making all of his plays come the first Saturday in May.  Plus, he reveals his betting strategy for the Derby.  Then, before Marco goes on his Derby media blitz, he has an exclusive conversation with Host Gill Alexander about the possibility of a Triple Crown winner, and how inefficient a sport horse racing truly is. It's a debate you won't hear anywhere else, on Thursday's Betting Dork (May 5, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Betting Dork: Blackjack, Pacquiao, and the Run for the Roses

It's a veritable smorgasbord of gaming stories and angles, as wiseguy Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander to recount his latest blackjack experience before segueing into a sports betting buffet.  From pinpointing currently overrated and underrated NBA teams to offering up an MLB Free Pick, that's just the precursor to betting advice on the Manny Pacquiao v "Sugar" Shane Mosley bout in Vegas this weekend and revealing the names of two horses that renowned race bettors on the strip are buzzing about leading up to this Saturday's Kentucky Derby.  It's all on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 4, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Conference Semifinals with Marc Spears/Yahoo!, MLB Stats

It's a podcast for both basketball and baseball bettors alike, as Yahoo! Sports NBA expert Marc Spears takes his usual guest spot with Host Gill Alexander and gives his thoughts on the upcoming NBA Playoff Round 2 series, with an additional inside revelation as to what Pau Gasol admitted to him about the Lakers v Hornets Round 1 series.  Plus, on the heels of his 5-0 MLB ATS performance last Friday, Basewinner is back with 5 more free picks in baseball, but not before he and Gill review the top MLB money line (with home/road splits) clubs, run line clubs, and starting pitchers from a betting perspective, thus far in 2011.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (April 29, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Betting Dork: Jeffrey Ma, Author, “The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business”

Host Gill Alexander welcomes legendary MIT blackjack team member and the inspiration for the main characters depicted in “Bringing Down the House” and “21”, Jeffrey Ma, to the show, resulting in a fascinating discussion on all that Ma has been up to in the years since, and the insights culled along the way.  From dispelling blackjack’s biggest fallacy to his takes on Malcolm Gladwell, sports markets, and sports betting, Ma weaves compelling stories to illustrate his points.  It’s an instant classic, on Thursday's Betting Dork (April 28, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Betting Dork: The Sports Betting Market Expertise of Vegas Runner

Wiseguy Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander are back at it again, interpreting tweets and talking Value Top 10.  Through it all, if you're not careful, you might just learn something.  Among the nuggets uncovered: how understanding the market can take you off a losing bet (despite initial temptation), what inside information should inform a key UFC 129 play for you on Saturday, what the most exploitable NFL Draft Props are at Sportsbook.com and Bodog, and which of VR's undervalued NBA squads are still getting no respect from square bettors.  Plus, a slew of MLB total plays, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 27, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

Betting Dork: MLB, UFC 129 Free Picks Onslaught

Have at it, bettors.  Out of the lab just long enough to offer up capsules for each and every MLB game on the schedule, Basewinner joins Host Gill Alexander for their indispensable Friday baseball betting board breakdown.  Whether confirming your lean, countering your lean, taking you off of a game, or just making you think twice, one shouldn't place a MLB wager tonight without taking advantage of this eavesdropping opportunity.  Plus, Aaron, or Unassail from the Pregame Forums, stops by a week in advance to give his UFC 129 thoughts.  6 Free plays in MLB, and a few more in UFC, all on Friday's Betting Dork (April 22, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Betting Dork: Betting Concepts Free Flow with Vegas Runner

Every Wednesday, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander get together without any preconceived notion of what they're going to talk about, and seemingly every week, betting gems are revealed.  Today, in addition to delving into VR's Value Top 10 and interpreting tweets about what bettors' expectations shouldn't include when purchasing line services, the exchange highlights the unique enhanced value of cross-sport parlays this time of year and the math behind why laying big money shouldn't always scare one away, including on a game tonight.  Free NHL, MLB, and NBA picks are included, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 20, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

Betting Dork: NHL Betting 101

In the first-ever Betting Dork show dedicated exclusively to hockey, Host Gill Alexander welcomes Pregame Pro Denver Money and Pregame blogger Brandon Watson, hosts of their own NHL-focused podcast, to discuss their betting approach on the ice.  With the NHL Playoffs in full swing but with plenty of hockey still to go, there's plenty of money to be had this spring away from the diamond and hard court.  How does NHL handicapping specifically tweak for the postseason?  Does line movement matter?  Does Power Play efficiency factor in?  Which teams and goaltenders have what it takes to advance the furthest?  What current advanced statistic might evolve into a highly predictive metric?  All of those questions and more are answered on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 19, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Playoff Projections from Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports

In an NBA/MLB tag team podcast, it's nothing but a plethora of picks as Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports checks in from the airport on his way to Oklahoma City and offers up his NBA Playoff picks, and advanced statistics numbers cruncher Basewinner comes out of the lab just long enough to give us his baseball analysis for today's entire slate.  Host Gill Alexander soaks it all in, on Friday's Betting Dork (April 15, 2011).  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Betting Dork: Point Shaving, MLB Offensive Efficiency, Reluctant NBA Lines

NCAA Basketball, NBA, MLB, and NHL.  It's all on this one.  Pregame Pro Vegas Runner drops the knowledge on Host Gill Alexander from a Vegas Strip perspective on the USD point shaving scandal, then segues into his formula for calculating MLB offensive efficiency.  Plus, VR talks about what to expect from NBA lines today, and even includes an NHL Playoff series lean and MLB free pick to boot, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 13, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

Betting Dork: Andrew Garrood, Executive Director, Las Vegas Sports Consultants/Cantor Gaming

In a wide-ranging exchange, Las Vegas Sports Consultants Executive Director and lead developer of the Midas Algorithm, Andrew Garrood, joins Host Gill Alexander to discuss a number of sports betting industry issues.  From financial market parallels, to the current state and future of in-running wagering, to the greater context of what the M hopes to accomplish in welcoming wiseguy action, what's revealed is an exciting snapshot of where the sports betting landscape is headed, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 12, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

Betting Dork: MLB Expert Free Picks

Baseball handicappers STL Sharp, Dave Essler and Basewinner discuss Washington Nationals at NY Mets, St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins at Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays at LA Angels, and Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners with Host Gill Alexander, on an MLB Free Play Bonanza, on Friday's Betting Dork (April 8, 2011)

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

Betting Dork: Vegas Runner's NL Futures Play of the Year

Pregame Pro Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander discuss two key sports betting concepts, defining the sharp bettor and flat v tiered unit betting.  Then, from the man who gave us the Packers and Steelers as two of his futures bets before the NFL season, VR unloads his MLB National League Futures Play of the Year, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 6, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Betting Dork: The Masters with Mike Hook

It's the first major of 2011 and perhaps the most beatable.  Host Gill Alexander welcomes Pregame Pro and golf guru Mike Hook to map out a buffet-size smorgasbord of plays for The Masters.  From a trio of solid plays to win it all, to sleepers, to Top 5 and Top 10 picks, to head-to-head cherry-picked selections, all the way to the most exploitable props, this is about as indispensable a listen as it gets for bettors looking to cash in at Augusta, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 5, 2011). 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:10pm EST

Betting Dork: Chad Millman, ESPN The Magazine, Behind The Bets Podcast/Blog, ESPN.com

You may know him best from his "Behind The Bets" podcast or blog on ESPN.com, but Chad Millman takes some time off to chat with Host Gill Alexander about what still amazes him about wiseguys after all these years and what still leaves him skeptical.  Plus, does he feel more drawn to old school research handicapping methods or to the more statistically driven approach?  Then, Gill dives into additional MLB wagering fundamentals, including what could be considered the Holy Grail of all sports betting, on Monday's Betting Dork (April 4, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Betting Dork: MLB Opening Day 2011 Props and Picks

Michael Perry, Senior Manager and Oddsmaker at Sportsbook.com, joins Host Gill Alexander and provides insight into a number of not-often-shared sportsbook facts, including which teams leave his shop most exposed in the NCAA Final Four, and to exactly what extent.  Plus, he offers up some interesting MLB props available at his site, as well.  Then, with MLB Opening Day upon us, Gill and Basewinner offer up notes on every single ballgame on Thursday and Friday, including a few free picks thrown in, on Thursday's Betting Dork (March 31, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:51am EST

Betting Dork: Vegas Runner on the Sports Betting Industry

On a rare Betting Dork, it’s an “Interpreting the Tweets” segment run amok.  Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Vegas Runner discuss a number of sports betting related sidebars, including the importance of shopping around for the best lines and how bettors can make more informed decisions about which cappers to follow and how they react to them.  Plus, VR talks Final Four.  It’s a fiery Wednesday Betting Dork (March 30, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Betting Dork: How to Win $10,000, Free NIT Pick, Guessing NCAA Title Game Lines

Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and JR O'Donnell bring years of handicapping experience to the table, as they share their thoughts with Host Gill Alexander on college basketball.  Included are Marco's Free NIT Play of the night, their thoughts on the Final Four matchups, and the two pros' best stabs at all the potential betting lines for the NCAA Championship Game.  Plus, how you can win $10,000 betting on MLB, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (March 29, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Prospects, American Idol, Fantasy Baseball

It's a Dork mash-up.  First, Yahoo! Sports NBA expert Marc Spears hangs out with Host Gill Alexander to give his take on the pro prospects of Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette, and Harrison Barnes.  Then, it's American Idol betting talk with Tara in South Carolina.  And for good measure, Gill dispenses some 2011 Fantasy Baseball draft guidelines with some sleeper thoughts thrown in.  There's something for everyone, on Friday's Betting Dork (March 25, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

Betting Dork: Sweet 16 Bracketology

So, how are those brackets looking?  Whether you're still alive in your 2011 NCAA March Madness brackets or just plain ol' toast at this point, Sweet 16 brackets gives everyone new life.  Pregame Pro Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander and goes through all the games in detail, following the unveiling of his new weekly feature, The Value Top 10.  It's all on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 23, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Betting Dork: Sabermetrics 101 and The MLB Sabercapping Approach

Last show, it was all about the mechanics of setting helpful guidelines for first-time baseball bettors.  This time, it's about the ingredients that go into an advanced stats driven MLB handicapping approach.  Once again, Basewinner joins Host Gill Alexander to break it all down on Monday's unapologetically super nerdy Betting Dork (March 21, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

Betting Dork: Baseball Betting 101 and 2011 MLB Futures

Host Gill Alexander coaxes sabermetrician, Basewinner, out of his lab to discuss the guidelines that will help first-time MLB bettors have a profitable and enjoyable experience in their first foray into betting baseball.  Plus, which 2011 World Series futures bets have the most value, which teams' win totals are of note, and who has the best odds to win the MLB Home Run crown?  It's the annual "Introduction to Baseball" episode, on Thursday's Betting Dork (March 17, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57am EST

Betting Dork: The 2011 NCAA Bracketology Special

Ya gotta love the Madness!  Pregame Pro Vegas Runner joins Host Gill Alexander to discuss NCAA Tournament handicapping angles before turning their attention to the real matter at hand, filling out brackets.  If you haven't quite filled yours out yet and are looking for any reason to finally pull the trigger on those particularly dicey Thursday and Friday games, listen in as the two fly through 32 ballgames and hone in on what will ultimately separate the men from the boys.  It's all about Bracketology, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 16, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

Yahoo! NBA expert Marc Spears drops through for his regular visit and gives his thoughts on the team in each conference that he feels has a legitimate shot at pulling off a first round playoff series upset, given the right matchup.  Plus, Dan Bebe touches on when NBA regular season betting value all but disappears and how to fight against confirmation bias, on Friday's Betting Dork (March 11, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

Betting Dork: NCAA Basketball Free Picks Coast-to-Coast

Host Gill Alexander welcomes Pregame Pro Mike Hook from an undisclosed location on the California coast, and what results is a stream of free plays.  First, Mike offers up one of his standard free college basketball picks and then drops a pick that was intended to have been a paid play.  Listen in to grab it.  Plus, Pregame Pro JR O'Donnell stops through to offer up a freebie or two on Conference Week, as well, from just outside of Philly.  In between, from Chicago, it's Sam Clayton with Big Ten insights.  Oh, and some Dorkapalooza talk, as well, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 9, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Betting Dork: NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Week

Host Gill Alexander is back and firing up a very passionate Vegas Runner.  VR breaks down all things conference tourney week in the NCAA, including the amazing reluctance of books to release lines any earlier than they have to, the unique importance of varied scheduling, and the attention that should be paid to teams in must-win situations. Plus, a free pick and early Big Dance betting insight.  It's college basketball's most quirky and exploitable week, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (March 8, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

Betting Dork: Getting to Know Dave Essler

In the midst of a stellar college basketball handicapping season, Dave Essler joins Host Gill Alexander for his first appearance on the show.  Giving insights into his daily approach and which teams he feels are underrated, Dave also sheds light on what his feelings are on a Pregame Convention in Las Vegas in August.  Get to know the man, on Monday's Betting Dork (February 28, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA Trade Deadline Aftermath

With a flurry of NBA trade activity in the books, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports and Host Gill Alexander wax on about Prince and Dave Chappelle before getting around to putting all the pro hoops transaction madness in perspective.  Which teams were the winners and losers, and which player move isn't getting the publicity it deserves?  Plus, Pregame Pro Dan Bebe applies betting angles to all that has gone down, both for tonight and beyond, on Friday's Betting Dork (February 25, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Betting Dork: From Bookie Bets and Steam, to Billy Walters and The Kosher Boys

It starts innocently enough between Pregame Pro Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander with just a simple discussion interpreting VR's tweets about bookie bets and steam.  Next thing you know, it's a trip down Las Vegas sports betting memory lane.  How did outfits like Billy Walters' Computer Group and The Kosher Boys operate?  And how do their tactics put what the average bettor does today on a daily basis in proper perspective?  It's all on Wednesday's Betting Dork (February 23, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

Betting Dork: The Most Beatable NFL Combine Props

Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Mike Hook practically trip over themselves getting to their respective accounts as they assess a select group of NFL Combine proposition wagers being offered by square books that offer nothing short of mega-value.  Plus, where to find college hoops value down the stretch, Carmelo, and UFC 127 picks, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 22, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Betting Dork: NBA All-Star Weekend Props

TiSB Host and Pregame Pro Dan Bebe drops in for a mano a mano with Host Gill Alexander, as the two review some pro basketball developments from the previous week before diving into a straight up quest for NBA betting value.  Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest, Rookie Challenge MVP, and All-Star Game MVP odds are fleshed out from every possible angle with an eye towards cashing, on Friday's Betting Dork (February 18, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

Betting Dork: The Halftime Wager Approach

Pregame Pro Vegas Runner drops the knowledge on Host Gill Alexander, with a dissertation on everything you need to know about betting the 2nd half of games, including isolating discrepancies between 2nd half lines and game lines, key 1st half stats to consider, and what the action booked prior to the game starting and the action expected to be booked for the 2nd half has to do with it all.  That, plus breaking down VR's tweets, and a college basketball and NBA lean for the night, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (February 16, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Betting Dork: Great Moments in Gambling History

There are certainly too many such moments to be included in just this one list, but Host Gill Alexander goes down memory lane, nonetheless.  Relive all of the quirky details that made these 7 moments across 3 sports some of the best or worst and certainly most exasperating for bettors in modern sports history.  Of course, whether each moment qualified as one of the best or worst depended on the side or total backed.  It's the true essence of the highs and lows of sports betting, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 15, 2011).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm EST