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.

In part 2 of this annual special, Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pro Dave Essler continue their quest to uncover inherent betting edges in spreads in the 2012-13 College Football Bowl Season. With 35 games in all, Part 2 tackles 17 matchups from December 29th through the BCS National Championship January 7th between Notre Dame and Alabama. It's the podcast episode that'll take you into the New Year, on Thursday's Betting Dork (December 27, 2012).

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A finalist now for a second consecutive season in the Cantor Football Showdown and therefore already in the money two years running, Bryan Leonard stops by to hang out and talk Week 16 betting with fellow Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, and Host Gill Alexander.  A bevy of games are discussed, including the San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, and more.  As always, the panel answers the question of which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which matchup and spread on the slate is the single most unattractive to bet.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (December 21, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012-2013 College Football Bowl Season Handicapping Special Part 1 with Reese Waters of ESPNU's "UNITE" & Dave Essler

One of the pod's favorites, Reese Waters of ESPNU's "UNITE", checks in with Host Gill Alexander and weighs in on living the dream in Bristol while serving up his best bets this time of year.  Then, the fundamental tenets of capping at this time of year are outlined as Gill and Pregame Pro Dave Essler apply their weekly NFL handicapping approach toward uncovering any inherent betting edge in spreads they can find in the 2012-13 College Football Bowl Season. With 35 games in all, Part 1 tackles matchups from December 15th to December 29th.  It's a a bonafide annual tradition, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 14, 2012).

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They love him so much, they're having him back on for a record-setting third regular season appearance on the flagship roundtable podcast for NFL handicapping.  As always, National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner on the MegaPod, while weighed down with a bevy of trends designed to giving you a betting edge this weekend.  The NY Jets at Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants at Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals are among the matchupus broken down.  Plus, the Betting Dork's standard go-to questions are answered: which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and if forced to bet a side in each game on the slate but one, which is the spread that you shouldn't bet under any circumstance.  Let the fun begin, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 14, 2012).

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Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pro Dave Essler give betting perspective to the full slate of Sunday games, replete with playoff possibilities.  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 10, 2012).

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It's always a blast when Pregame co-owner Johnny Detroit joins the crew.  As always, Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner hold court and break down this week's NFL betting board.  Houston Texans at New England Patriots, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NY Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns are among the games discussed.  Plus, whicih big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game should you steer clear of entirely, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 7, 2012).

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While everyone watches Sunday Night NFL Football, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander are already dissecting a rollercoaster of a betting afternoon and 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 2, 2012).

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It is the ultimate point spread database and, by any measure, a premier handicapping tool.  Spreadapedia comes to the MegaPod as founder Jason Weingarten and developer Steven Steinman drop in on Host Gill Alexander and show stalwarts, Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner.  Among the games discussed are the NY Giants at Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos, and Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs.  And, of course, the trademark questions are answered: which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game would you steer clear of entirely.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (November 30, 2012).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander hook up for their weekly kneejerk betting line reactions to NFL matchups, with an eye towards pinpointing value.  Play along at home with Sunday's Betting Dork (November 25, 2012).

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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.  Play along with Dave and Gill in their quest to find betting value, on Sunday's Betting Dork (November 19, 2012).

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There's no doubt that the MegaPod is partial to certain guests.  Include Pro Football Weekly's Mike Wilkening on that list.  With his emphasis on handicapping the NFL, Mike complements Host Gill Alexander and the show's staples, Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, to a tee.  The crew breaks down the Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos.  As always, the answers to the questions of which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game is least bettable are revealed, on Friday's Betting Dork (November 16, 2012).

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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 week and then compare it to the actual lines that neither has seen before this moment.  As always, the goal: to isolate a betting edge, on Sunday's Betting Dork (November 11, 2012).  

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Covering sports betting as an editor for Sporting News' Linemakers, inside the pages of Gaming Today, or as a contributor to vegasinsider.com, Micah Roberts is a fixture in Las Vegas.  He's also a regular on the Gill ALexander-hosted signature NFL betting roundtable pod.  Along with Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the quartet discuss the Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NY Giants at Cincinnati Bengals, and more.  Plus, the MegaPod's go-to closers: which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and the game you should avoid entirely.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (November 9, 2012).

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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.  Play along on Sunday's Betting Dork (November 4, 2012).

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Pregame co-owner Johnny Detroit gets the call this week (add Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner) and what results quickly devolves into a hijinx-filled look at the NFL slate from a betting perspective.  Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars are among the games discussed.  Plus, which game would you avoid betting entirely?  Throw in some baseball talk, and it's your Friday Betting Dork (November 2, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012 NFL MegaPod Week 8 Preview

It's one thing to be a female sports fan.  It's another to be attractive.  But it's a whole new level to add serious sports betting knowledge to that mix.  Well, Kelly in Vegas brings all of that to the table.  From hottiehandicappers.com, Kelly joins Host Gill Alexander, along with Pregame mainstays Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, to discuss a slew of Week 8 NFL games from a betting perspective.  San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions, and New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys are among the games examined. Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which game should you avoid betting altogether, on Friday's betting Dork (October 26, 2012).

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The National Football Post covers everything football, but when it comes to handicapping the NFL, specifically, writer and analyst Joe Fortenbaugh makes that his exclusive domain there.  Back again with Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down the Week 7 slate, he comes armed with numbers, as always.  The quartet covers the Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins at NY Giants, Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans.  Plus, the weekly questions of which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which game should one avoid betting entirely are answered, as well. It's just another rock-solid NFL MegaPod, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 19, 2012).

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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, including Gill's diatribe on the real definitions of "sharp" and "square", and the sliver of games that ultimately matter most.  As always, you're invited to play along, on Sunday's Betting Dork (October 14, 2012).  

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It has become a must-listen for anyone handicapping the NFL on a weekly basis, replete with a who's who of handicapping guests.  Heading into Week 6, it's par for the course, as professional sports bettor and the very feisty Ted Sevransky, better known as Teddy Covers, joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down this weekend's NFL slate of games.  Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals are among the games examined, and the panel isolates the one game you should avoid betting at all costs. It's all on an ornery Friday Betting Dork (October 12, 2012).

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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 Sunday's Betting Dork (October 8, 2012).

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He won the 2010 Hilton SuperContest with a mind-blowing flourish on that season's final weekend, and now champion Richard Stand joins Host Gill Alexander to give perspective on that achievement and insights on this weekend's NFL board.  Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner are aboard, as always, to break down the Houston Texans at NY Jets, San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, and more.  Plus, which huge favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which game should bettors avoid, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 5, 2012).

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The pennant races are over and the MLB Playoffs are set with the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and St. Louis Cardinals vying for the title.  Now, as they've consistently done all season long, author and baseball betting fund manager Joe Peta, Baseball Prospectus writer Paul Sporer, and Host Gill Alexander examine the postseason like no one else, finding value in teams and starters alike, where others do not.  Putting the postseason in unique context, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (October 3, 2012).

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Part deliberate dedication and part sheer handicapping reflex, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander convene for their weekly Sunday evening stab at the following week's NFL lines, preceded by numbers to support why more often than not, those very lines are incidental, on Sunday's Betting Dork (September 30, 2012).

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Typically, Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander are joined on the NFL weekly roundtable by a member of the betting industry or mainstream media.  Or often times, the panel is filled by another famous professional gambler.  Even comics have joined for the single most downloaded weekly series in U.S. sports betting exclusive podcast history.  But this week is different, and even more special.  Brian Grayson had always had entering the Hilton (now LVH) SuperContest on his bucket list.  But for awhile, Brian didn't know if he'd ever be able to do that, let alone enjoy his wife, two girls, and third child on the way.  Once riddled by cancerous tumors, today, after having his foot amputated and 15% of his lung removed, Brian is cancer-free, is in the SuperContest, and joins the MegaPod, as well, to do something that all of us take for granted.  Simply, to talk football.  Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers at NY Jets, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons.  Which is the big favorite most likely to lose outright and which game should you steer clear of at all costs?  It's all on a very special Friday Betting Dork (September 28, 2012).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander dispense the single biggest piece of sports betting advice they can muster, then go ahead and make educated guesses at what this week's lines will be anyway.  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 Sunday's Betting Dork (September 23, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012 NFL MegaPod Week 3 Preview

You can find him inside the pages of Gaming Today or as a key cog of both Sporting News' Linemakers and vegasinsider.com, but we love him for his recurring "Betting Dork" appearances.  Micah Roberts, a staple of the sports betting journalism industry, joins Host Gill Alexander as part of this weekly NFL panel, with Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner taking their positions, as always.  Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans at Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers, NY Jets at Miami Dolphins.  Those games and the rest of the NFL slate are broken down, including which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game(s) you should steer clear of at all costs, on Friday's Betting Dork (September 21, 2012).

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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 Sunday's Betting Dork (September 16, 2012).

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Senior Editor and Handicapping Writer for Pro Football Weekly, Mike Wilkening, drops in on Host Gill Alexander and show staples Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down the Week 2 NFL slate.  Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles are among the tilts discussed from a betting perspective.  Plus, key trends are highlighted involving the New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, and Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots games.  Which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game(s) you should stay away from at all costs, on Friday's Betting Dork (September 14, 2012).

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Betting Dork: The 2012 Week 2 NFL Guessing Lines Show

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 9, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012 NFL MegaPod Week 1 Preview

Host Gill Alexander kicks off the 2012 season by welcoming back NationalFootballPost.com writer and analyst, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to the podcasting world's flagship weekly roundtable to break down opening weekend matchups from a betting perspective. Games discussed include the San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints, and Buffalo Bills at NY Jets.  Plus, the crew identifies the big favorite most likely to lose outright.  The NFL is finally here in full swing, on Friday's Betting Dork (September 7, 2012) 

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Betting Dork: Fantasy Football with Mike Clay, Pro Football Focus, NBC Rotoworld

Director/Managing Editor at ProFootballFocus.com and NFL Writer at NBC Rotoworld, Mike Clay joins Host Gill Alexander in an effort to maximize the impact and minimize mistakes in your mid- to late round fantasy football draft picks.  It's all through the prism of advanced stats, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (August 28, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012 MLB 3rd Quarter Report with Joe Peta

It's the final regular season baseball podcast of 2012, but with 40 games left of betting value to exploit, author and baseball betting fund manager, Joe Peta, joins Host Gill Alexander and makes it his business to give you the 4th quarter's betting edge.  The Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Royals, Athletics, Angels, Pirates, Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres are all discussed.  Plus, it's the pod's staple of exclusive MLB betting stats, including the best/worst money line (home/road splits), best/worst run line, and best/worst run production/prevention 1st 5 innings and 1st inning clubs.  And, Gill and sabermetrician Basewinner discuss the single most reliable over and under umpires in baseball this season, the former of which is behind home plate tonight, and the ballgame for which the betting stars have aligned tonight in the 1st inning betting category.  All of that and Basewinner's picks, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (August 21, 2012).

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Betting Dork: NFL Betting Trends w Joe Fortenbaugh, National Football Post & PGA Championship w Kirk Chamberlin, Cantor Gaming

It's that time of year.  Writer of the "Vegas Hotline" column at The National Football Post, Joe Fortenbaugh joins Host Gill Alexander to kick off the football betting season with heavily researched trends designed to inform your 2012 NFL win totals and futures wagers.  From 3 key metrics to the curse of the 10-win season to what both turnover differential and points per game fluctuations can tell us, if you haven't begun to think about the upcoming season yet, continuing to ignore these findings will be at your own financial peril. Plus, Kirk Chamberlin of Cantor Gaming delivers his 2012 PGA Championship selections, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (August 7, 2012).

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Betting Dork: The Fantasy and Betting ATM with Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus

No one knows fantasy baseball better than Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus and PaulSporer.com, and inherent in that advice has come some of the most instantly convertable-to-cash betting advice this podcast has known.  Today, Paul returns to chat with Host Gill Alexander about the implications of MLB's trade deadline moves and who the biggest candidates for improvement and drop-off are on the mound moving forward for the rest of this season.  And from the man who gave us the Fade Derek Lowe ATM machine since his last guest spot, we get this episode's equivalent, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (July 25, 2012).

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A pod favorite from the preseason and quarter mark of 2012 MLB, Joe Peta, author of the forthcoming book, "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", drops back in on Host Gill Alexander just past the halfway point of the season, to give his unique perspective on some choice clubs. But first, Mark Cuban floated a sports betting hedge fund idea over 7 years ago and we've seen Centaur Galileo's Fund come and go since, but you might be very interested to hear what our guest is up to in Las Vegas right now, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (July 17, 2012).

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Grantland.com writer and podcast host Jonah Keri drops in on Host Gill Alexander at the All-Star Break to track his 2012 MLB spring training divisional picks and team win totals bets, and to discuss whether or not he beleives the Pirates and Nationals are for real.  Then, as tradition dictates, Gill and Basewinner review midseason betting stats, including the best and worst money line (home/road splits) and run line clubs in baseball, the most reliable over/under umpires, the best/worst run production/prevention first 5 inning and 1st inning clubs, and the best/worst 1st inning starters (OBPA).  Plus, the 2012 Sabermetrics All-Star rotation, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (July 10, 2012).

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Betting Dork: The Blackjack Experience with Vegas Runner

It's a follow-up conversation to last year's popular blackjack pod from Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander.  This time, VR updates us on his organized team blackjack play, and then launches into specific useable information that anyone traveling to Vegas can apply at the tables, serving to reduce house edge, increase comps, and enhance overall experience, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (June 26, 2012).

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Betting Dork: Lee Phelps, Host, "The Punt", William Hill Football Podcast, on Euro 2012 & the 112th U.S. Open

This one is fun.  Skyping across the pond with Euro 2012 in full swing, Host Gill Alexander welcomes William Hill Football Podcast Host Lee Phelps to discuss an array of mutual curiosities, including why the British have such low expectations of England's prospects on the international football stage, and the many differences in the gambling cultures of England and the United States.  Plus, in a week dominated by both Euro 2012 and U.S. Open Golf, where might the betting value currently lie in both events?  Lee offers up his thoughts on both, including which nations might still be the most intriguing futures plays in the former, and which two European golfers ought to be on your radar on the latter.  Plus, Premier League value and boxing thoughts, as well, on Monday's international Betting Dork (June 11, 2012).

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Betting Dork: Pacquiao/Bradley & 144th Belmont Stakes

With a big time prize fight and horse race slated for the weekend, who says one can only bet on baseball and basketball this time of year?  First, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner drops in on Host Gill Alexander and, let's just say, the two don't tend to script things.  From Electric Daisy to Twitter pics to nail appointments for men, VR and Gill eventually get around to discussing the merits of betting on the Pacquiao/Bradley fight and where the value might lie within, as well as engaging in a free flow on interleague baseball and the NBA Playoffs.  Then, in their continuing series, Pregame Pro Marco D'Angelo and Pro Football Weekly's Mike Wilkening break down Saturday's Belmont Stakes with an eye toward whether or not I'll Have Another can pull of horse racing's 12th Triple Crown, on Thursday's Betting Dork (June 7, 2012).

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Betting Dork: MLB Triple Play: Interleague, Fantasy, Betting Stats

If it's baseball you like, there's something for everyone in this 3-in-1 pod.  Author Joe Peta leads off and helps Host Gill Alexander put interleague play into proper perspective.  Then Baseball Prospectus' Paul Sporer delivers the fantasy goods and isolates the pitchers and hitters (both major and minor leagues) that you should have on your radar moving forward in 2012 and which ballplayers might be due for a regression to the downside.  Then, in what has been a staple of the podcast, Gill and Basewinner run through a menu of MLB betting stats, including the best and worst money line (home/road splits) and run line clubs in baseball, the most and least profitable starters, the most reliable over and under umpires, the best and worst first 5 inning clubs, and the best and worst 1st inning clubs and starters.  Plus, Basewinner's picks of the day, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 30, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 2012 MLB Quarterly Report with Joe Peta

Author of the forthcoming book, "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", Joe Peta joins Host Gill Alexander to shed light on baseball's biggest stories at the quarter pole of the 2012 season using underreported barometers like defensive efficiency and BABIP. What's really going on with the torrid starts of the Orioles and Dodgers, and are clubs like the Tigers, Nationals, and Blue Jays really what they appear to be?  Plus, since they're all about putting things in perspective, the Facebook IPO gets put in its proper context, as well, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 23, 2012). 

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Betting Dork: NBA Playoffs & 137th Preakness Stakes

With the second round of the NBA Playoffs in full swing, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports joins Host Gill Alexander live from Oklahoma City to discuss whether the Lakers, Sixers, or Clippers have any shot of advancing, and whether the Heat is really in trouble.  Plus, with the second leg of Horse Racing's Triple Crown in front of us, Pregame Pro Marco D'Angelo and Pro Football Weekly's Horse Racing buff Mike Wilkening give their Preakness insights, on Thursday's Betting Dork (May 17, 2012).

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Betting Dork: 138th Kentucky Derby Preview and Picks

Horse Racing expert Marco D'Angelo (he who called the Derby win of 30-1 shot Animal Kingdom last year) and Pro Football Weekly racing aficionado Mike Wilkening drop in on Host Gill Alexander for this annual extensive Kentucky Derby preview. The many tenets of horse racing handicapping are examined, including weighting the significance of the three different types of horses entered, post position, jockeys, recent performance, and trainers, while isolating the horses in this year's Run for the Roses that form the group on which bets will be made come the first Saturday in May.  And yes, the long shot of choice is discussed.  Plus, analytics on the Triple Crown and breeding that will change your thinking on the sport. It's a discussion you won't hear anywhere else, on Friday's Betting Dork (May 4, 2012).

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Betting Dork: The 2012 NFL Draft with Mike Wilkening, Pro Football Weekly Senior Editor & Handicapping Writer

Typically, pro football scribes shy away from the verboten topic of betting.  But there are exceptions, and Pro Football Weekly Senior Editor and Handicapping Writer Mike Wilkening is most certainly one of them.  Mike joins Host Gill Alexander to offer up his three best 2012 NFL Draft proposition bets (# of QB's selected in the 1st Round, who will get picked with the #6 pick, when will Brandon Weeden will get selected) and what pitfalls you want to avoid along the way, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 25, 2012).

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Betting Dork: Vegas Runner's 2012 MLB World Series Futures Bets

The annual ritual is here.  Sports betting market expert and Pregame pro Vegas Runner drops in on his old podcast stomping grounds and gives Host Gill Alexander an exclusive on his 2012 MLB World Series futures bets.  Long shots, mid-range shots, and value-laden shorter shots are all included.  Plus, Gill outlines early season 1st inning and first 5 inning statistics, and sabermetrician Basewinner drops in to offer up his best MLB bets of the day, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 17, 2012).

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

Betting Dork: Bomani Jones, "Bomani & Jones", SBNation, "Around the Horn", ESPN

After a string of betting and fantasy focused baseball podcasts, Bomani Jones of SBNations's "Bomani & Jones" and ESPN's "Outside the Lines" hooks up with Host Gill Alexander for a freeflow on all sorts of modern day beefs and falls from grace.  Bomani v Darren Rovell, Jalen Rose v Skip Bayless, Piers Morgan v Toure, Ozzie Guillen v His Own Mouth, and Bobby Petrino v Truth.  It'll all make sense once you listen to Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 11, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Betting Dork: Joe Peta, Part 2, Author, "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball*", with 2012 MLB Team Totals

Author of the forthcoming book, "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", Joe Peta drops back in on Host Gill Alexander for the second straight week to discuss the value of isolating non-repeatable occurrences in handicapping, why bullpens are not as predictive as other facets of baseball, and the impact of MLB scheduling.  Plus, what started as a trickle of 2012 MLB team total thoughts last week turns into a torrential downpour, as fresh off their discussion of the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals in Part 1, Joe and Gill analyze the prospects of the Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, and Arizona Diamondbacks, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 3, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am EST

Betting Dork: Joe Peta, Author, "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order"

Author of the forthcoming book "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", Joe Peta might just be the type of guy Host Gill Alexander would have tried creating from scratch if he had a lab and his last name were Frankenstein.  That is, if Peta hadn't existed already.  Ironically buoyed by an accident that turned his life upside down, Peta brings a fresh and inventive viewpoint to handicapping baseball and among other unique MLB revelations, offers up a sampling of his best team totals bets for 2012 through the prism of "cluster luck".  Then, it's part two of the 2012 Fantasy Baseball Preview, as Paul Sporer gives his most overvalued and undervalued skill position players for this week's draft and/or auction, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (March 27, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

Betting Dork: Baseball Betting 101 and 2012 Fantasy Baseball Overvalued/Undervalued Starters

For whatever reason, baseball remains the sport that amateur bettors are most reticent to play.  Host Gill Alexander's yearly crusade is to combat that unsound thinking.  In this annual segment, Gill welcomes sabermetrician Basewinner to outline the basic tenets of MLB betting for the uninitiated, and to make the case for why the sport is the single most profitable and rational in which to immerse onself from a betting standpoint.  Then, fantasy baseball geeks, your time has come.  No one has written more extensively on starting pitching throughout MLB heading into your 2012 fantasy draft or auction than Paul Sporer.  He stops by to share his views on who some of the most overvalued and undervalued starters are in the majors, headed into Opening Day 2012, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (March 20, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Betting Dork: The 2012 NCAA Bracketology Special with Vegas Runner and Dave Essler

No show on television or on-line breaks down the madness quite like this.  Pregame Pros Vegas Runner and Dave Essler dissect all 32 second round 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament matchups from an ATS standpoint, while Host Gill Alexander provides game theory you should consider for your office pools and advanced stats that will help you gain an edge.  What are the 4 characteristics that all National Champions have shared since 2000, and what 7 teams in this year's field possess them?  What 8-9 matchup features the widest difference in BPI and which features up the two squads who are ranked closest by this metric?  Which are the most overrated and underrated teams in the field, according to BPI?  All of those answers and more, on Tuesday's annual March Madness edition of the Betting Dork (March 13, 2012).

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

Betting Dork: Jonah Keri, Staff Writer and Podcast Host, Grantland.com, on 2012 MLB Team Totals

Author of "The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First", Jonah Keri of Grantland.com loves all things baseball, and as it turns out, all things baseball betting.  To that end, Keri checks in with Host Gill Alexander and riffs about MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the wonder of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, and yes, his best value plays for 2012 MLB team totals.  Then, podcast staple Basewinner and Gill trade their top MLB team totals and futures wagers for the season, along with assessing a few MLB player props, as well, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 7, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

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

Editor-in-Chief of ESPN The Magazine, writer of the Behind the Bets Blog for Insider on ESPN.com, and the host of the Behind the Bets podcast for ESPN.com, Chad Millman chats with Host Gill Alexander about the current Analytics Issue of ESPN The Mag and the place of magazines in the sports media landscape, in general.  Plus, the two sports betting pod hosts discuss their reactions to, what else, listener habits of betting pods.  Then, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner checks in to discuss the tenets of betting NCAA College Basketball Conference Tournaments, from money influx to scheduling to motivation to stats, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 28, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Betting Dork: Reese Waters, Comic, Grantland.com, formerly of "The Daily Line", Versus

Formerly on Versus' now-defunct "The Daily Line" and now with his own podcast at Grantland.com, Comic Reese Waters drops in on Host Gill Alexander for a free-flowing exchange on most anything that comes to their minds, most of which comes with a betting bent.  Topics include the odds on NFL teams landing Peyton Manning, thoughts on HBO's gambling-focused series "Luck", who is in the wrong in the Darren Rovell (CNBC) v Richard Sandomir (New York Times) Twitter war, the NBA's wacky 2012 Slam Dunk Contest, and the odss in the Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories in the 84th Academy Awards.  It's all on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 21, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

Betting Dork: Marc Spears, Yahoo! Sports, NBA Insider Stories, Dan Bebe, NBA Midseason Betting Report

It's the NBA from both an insider's and outsider's vantage point.  First, Yahoo! Sports NBA Insider Marc Spears drops in on Host Gill Alexander to recount tales from the NBA road, highlighting Jeremy Lin and shedding light on what NBA travel is really like. Then pro bettor Dan Bebe hangs out and examines key ATS betting numbers from the season's first half, including how teams have really done on their third game of back-to-back-to-backs, how huge favorites have fared, and which refs have been trend-spotted.  It's all on a packed NBA edition of Monday's Betting Dork (February 13, 2012).

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

Betting Dork: David Purdum, Covers Columnist, The Man Who Interviewed The Man, Billy Walters

He is the mythical figure in the sports betting world, as reclusive as he is respected.  Suffice it to say, Billy Walters simply doesn't grant that many interviews.  But with the words, "David, this is Billy Walters", Covers.com columnist David Purdum instantly became one of the chosen few.  Purdum joins Host Gill Alexander to discuss all that surrounded that moment, from the events that led up to it, to the subjects that really moved Walters himself, to the lasting impressions Walters made, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 7, 2012).  

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

Betting Dork: Michael Perry, Senior Manager, Oddsmaker, Sportsbook.ag & NFL MegaPod Super Bowl Props Edition

Friend of the pod, Michael Perry, Senior Manager and Oddsmaker at Sportsbook.ag, drops in on Host Gill Alexander for an open, honest, and revealing discussion regarding industry-related issues and matters specific to Super Bowl Props season.  Why did Sportsbook.com stop taking new U.S. customers 8 months ago?  What Super Bowl Prop is akin to a sucker bet?  How are MMA lines really set?  These questions and others are answered.  And in a Betting Dork podcast exclusive, a major breaking news announcement is made.  Plus, in our final roundtable of the NFL season, Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo, Vegas Runner, and Bryan Leonard stop through before heading to the Tuesday Meeting to weigh in with their favorite props and thoughts on Super Bowl XLVI itself, between the NY Giants and New England Patriots.  It's all on Tuesday's news-making Betting Dork (January 31, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Betting Dork: The Vegas Lifestyle Show: A Man's Guide to Sin City

An authority on betting market analysis, Pregame Pro Vegas Runner checks in with Host Gill Alexander to explain what's going on with Super Bowl betting line movement.  Then, Marc Meltzer of vegaschatter.com, part of the Conde Nast Digital Network, stops by to discuss the best Sportsbooks, places to play Blackjack, Steak Restaurants, Night Clubs, and Strip Clubs in Sin City.  It's a man's guide to las vegas, on Wednesday's betting Dork (January 25, 2012). 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Championship Round

It has been a 4 man show all season long, but it started with this trio: Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, and Host Gill Alexander.  As a tribute to that initial format, the three keep the circle tight and dissect the Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (AFC) and the NY Giants at San Francisco 49ers (NFC) from every conceivable betting angle.  It's the last NFL MegaPod hurrah of the year before the super-sized Super Bowl Props edition.  Plus, VR gets into a UFC and ESPN-related Twitter war.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (January 20, 2012).

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

Micah Roberts of Gaming Today, vegainsider.com, and "Linemakers" on Discovery/Velocity returns to Host Gill Alexander's end-of-week NFL handicapping think tank, alongside Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner.  The four discuss the New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, and NY Giants at Green Bay Packers from every angle imaginable, in a must-listen betting primer, on Thursday's Betting Dork (January 12, 2012). 

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

Betting Dork: Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders, ESPN2's "Numbers Never* Lie" & NFL MegaPod Wild Card Round

This one is bursting at the seams.  First, Aaron Schatz, Creator and President of Football Outsiders (footballoutsiders.com) and panelist on "Numbers Never* Lie" on ESPN2, joins Host Gill Alexander for his annual NFL Playoff pod visit.  From a discussion on All 22 footage to dissecting this weekend's upcoming NFL Playoff games, it's all about unearthing the discrepancy between public perception and the truth based on and advanced metrics perspective.  Then, it's our weekly MegaPod format, with Mike Wilkening, Senior Editor and Handicapping Writer for Pro Football Weekly, joining Gill and Pregame Pros Marco D'Angleo and Vegas Runner.  No stone goes unturned for NFL Wild Card weekend, on Fridays' Betting Dork (January 6, 2012).

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