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: 2013-2014 College Football Bowl Season Handicapping Special Part 2

The Power Rank creator, Ed Feng, and Pregame Pro Dave Essler sit back down with Host Gill Alexander to break down the balance of the Bowl schedule from a betting perspective. With 35 games in all, Part 1 examined the first 17 matchups from December 21st to midway through December 30th.  Now, the trio picks up midway through the 30th and takes you all the way through the BCS Championship between Florida State and Auburn. It's the holiday season gift that keeps on giving, on Monday's Betting Dork (December 23, 2013).

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Uh oh.  It's the return of Pregame co-owner Johnny Detroit.  Let the hijinx ensue.  Host Gill Alexander welcomes back Johnny and, of course, MegaPod pillars Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down this weekend's NFL betting board in a fashion that you won't quite find anywhere else.  That we can assure you.  The crew examines the entire slate, but keys in on the Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, and NY Giants at Detroit Lions.  And, our two staple questions are answered, as well.  Which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game is the least bettable of the bunch?  Plus, VR makes a promise, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 20, 2013).  

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Betting Dork: 2013-2014 College Football Bowl Season Handicapping Special Part 1

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  College Football Bowl season is here and Host Gill Alexander reviews the fundamental tenets of capping during the 35 Bowl, 17 day stretch.  Then, creator of The Power Rank, Ed Feng, and Pregame Pro Dave Essler apply their inherently different approaches to uncovering any betting edge in the lines. With 35 games in all, Part 1 tackles the first 17 matchups from December 21st to midway through December 30th.  It's a a bonafide annual tradition, on Monday's Betting Dork (December 16, 2013).

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The NFL's flagship sports betting podcast series marches on into the home stretch of the regular season with Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner.  As always, a who's who of industry and handicapping experts makes it complete.  This week, former casino owner and bookmaker for 30+ years, Chris Andrews of againstthenumber.com and the premier handicapping tool, SHARPS, returns to the roundtable, breaking down the Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks at NY Giants, Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, and more matchups from a handicapping perspective.  Plus, VR's rant on the Seahawks and Gill's on the Redskins, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which game should you stay away from at all costs, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 13, 2013).

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A professional sports analyst and bettor who wrote his senior thesis at Yale on the inefficiencies in the MLB betting market, Rufus Peabody worked at Las Vegas Sports Consultants prior to co-developing the Massey-Peabody rankings, and his work can be seen weekly these days in the Wall Street Journal and at The Linemakers/Sporting News, as well.  Occasionally, he'll even slum it here.  And by that, we mean, hit the bigtime.  Rufus sits down with Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner in a feisty breakdown of this weekend's board, including the Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers.  Plus, the panel isolates the big favorite(s) most likely to lose outright and the least appealing game(s) from a betting standpoint, on Friday's Betting Dork (December 6, 2013).

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The band is back together.  The first return guest in the 2013 MegaPod series, National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh hangs out with Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to complete the quartet and weigh in on all things betting for the upcoming NFL weekend.  The San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams, and Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins are all discussed, among other matchups, as are the big favorite most likely to lose outright and the game(s) to be avoided.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (November 22, 2013)

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 11 Preview

Creator of The Power Rank (thepowerrank.com) which seeks to enlighten through sports analytics and its accompanying visualization, Ed Feng now adds Grantland, Sports Illustrated, and Advanced NFL Stats to his resume of work.  Now, he can include the MegaPod.  Ed joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner on the weekly panel to break down the NFL board, including the New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers at NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, and more.  And it wouldn't be the MegaPod without isolating the big favorite most likely to lose outright and the game(s) you shouldn't be betting at all, on Friday's Betitng Dork (November 15, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 11 NFL Guessing Lines Show

While you're still digesting all of yesterday's NFL results, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander are already looking ahead and engaging in their preliminary analysis of next week's numbers.  And fresh off a week during which his technical analysis translated to cash for those who took advantage, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams makes the show complete with another batch of trends.  Uncovering intrinsic value embedded in lines in an effort to convert it into cash, always the mission on Monday's Betting Dork (November 11, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 10 Preview

It is a record that may never be broken.  In 2011, the four-member Sans Souci team won the Hilton SuperContest with a remarkable 72.5% win rate.  Now, for the first time, team member and LVH SuperContest weekend co-creator Brady Kannon joins his Pregame counterparts Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner on the MegaPod.  Host Gill Alexander navigates the crew through the Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, and more.  Plus, the panel votes on which favorite of more than a touchdown is most likely to lose outright, and which game on the board begs for a pass, on Friday's Betting Dork (November 8, 2013).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander hook up for their weekly kneejerk reactions to just-released NFL betting lines, with an eye towards pinpointing value.  Then, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams offers up a trend or two that provides additional context, on Monday's Betting Dork (November 4, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 9 Preview

A pioneer and giant in the industry, Dr. Bob sits down with Host Gill Alexander, making his return to the industry's flagship NFL betting podcast series.  Along with the show's weekly pillars, Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the quartet break down this weekend's NFL board, with special treatment given to the Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints at NY Jets, and Tennessee Titans at St. Louis Rams.  Plus, you know the drill.  The panel chimes in on which big favorite is most likely to lose outright (there is consensus) and which game is the least bettable from a sides perspective.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (November 1, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 9 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander take a preliminary look at the upcoming weekend's NFL lines in an effort to uncover inherent betting value, while Gill and ESPN Insider Evan Abrams both provide details that dovetail on two specific teams next weekend, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 28, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 8 Preview

Once a year, they go guestless just to remember where they came from.  This is that week.  Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner examine this weekend's pro football menu, looking to unearth angles you may not have considered.  The Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos, and San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars (at Wembley Stadium in London) are among the games discussed.  Plus, as always, the big favorite that's most likely to lose outright and the game you should want no part of, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 25, 2013).

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Simply put, he's one of the show's favorites.  2010 SuperContest Champion Richard Stand rejoins Host Gill Alexander for the ultimate breakdown of this weekend's NFL betting board.  Along with linchpin Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the crew tackles the Minnesota Vikings at NY Giants, Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots at NY Jets, and much more.  Plus, the staple questions are asked, as well.  Which large favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game is the most unbettable (side-wise) of the bunch, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 18, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 7 NFL Guessing Lines Show

It's that time.  Everyone's favorite Monday morning interactive weekly ritual is in full effect as Host Gill Alexander and Pregame Pro Dave Essler dive into Week 7 lines, looking to unearth value.  It's all packed into one show, along with a plethora of conversational tangents, including Gill's diatribe on results-driven commentary in the Saints-Patriots game, historical ATS data on +2.5 dogs, and a fabulous intradivision trend, among others, from ESPN Insider Evan Abrams, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 14, 2013).  

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 6 Preview

From Pro Football Talk to The Linemakers of Sporting News to NBC New York, Mike Wilkening's opinions on professional football can be accessed far and wide.  Back at his old stomping grounds on the MegaPod, though, it feels like he never left his chair on the panel.  Mike joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down the Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, and, of course, the Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos.  Other games are touched on, as well, along with the burning questions of which big favorite this weekend is most likely to lose outright and which game you should steer clear of.  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (October 11, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 6 NFL Guessing Lines Show

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.  Plus, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams provides key trends to be aware of for the coming week, on Monday's Betting Dork (October 7, 2013).

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A staple on the show for years, National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh occupies his rightful spot next to Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, as Host Gill Alexander leads the weekly breakdown of games.  The NY Jets at Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts are just among the many matchups discussed through the prism of the betting line.  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose and what game should you want no part of, on Friday's Betting Dork (October 4, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 2013 MLB Playoffs Preview w Baseball Prospectus' Paul Sporer

The MLB Playoffs are set, with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Cincinnati Reds all vying for a World Series title.  Now, podcast favorite Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus joins Host Gill Alexander for one final time in 2013 to provide his unique perspective on the clubs, pitchers, and matchups of October.  Inside the MLB postseason, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (October 1, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 5 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Part dedication and part handicapping reflex, Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander convene for their weekly value-seeking stab at the following week's NFL lines, followed by ESPN Insider Evan Abrams' added layer of trends, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 30, 2013).

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Already having proven himself with spot-on analysis in Betting Dork golf podcasts this past summer, professional bettor Rufus Peabody of Massey-Peabody Analytics drops back in on Host Gill Alexander to provide insights on this weekend's NFL games through the prism of his NFL rankings.  Along with Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, the quartet delve into the Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans, NY Giants at Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, and more, all the while challenging each other in the process.  Plus, the big favorite that's most likely to lose outright and the game should you pass on entirely, all on Friday's Betting Dork (September 27, 2013).

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Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander look to uncover value inherent in next week's spreads and turn it into cash at the betting window.  As always, they provide context and look to Cantor's opening lines from May to help provide just that.  Plus, in his weekly segment, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams delves into the betting numbers, shedding additional light on no fewer than 5 matchups, including the Week 4 Sunday and Monday primetime games.

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Betting Dork: 2013 NFL MegaPod Week 3 Preview

Providing trends on this season's Betting Dork: NFL Guessing Lines series of podcasts, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams pulls double duty and joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner on the MegaPod this week, as well, providing technical analysis to the proceedings.  Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys are just some of the matchups discussed, along with the Trend of the Week relating to teams playing their first home game in Week 3 as favorites (Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins).  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game should you avoid at all costs, on Friday's Betting Dork (September 20, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 3 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander convene for their weekly NFL lines ritual, all in the name of trying to isolate a betting edge.  Plus, ESPN Insider Evan Abrams drops by with his 5 best trends of Week 3.  Begin your weekly pro football handicapping process, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 16, 2013).

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It's the most powerful NFL database there is, bar none.  Spreadapedia can inform many of your NFL wagers or just as importantly, help you determine which matchups you should stay away from.  Today, one half of the Spreadapedia braintrust, Jason Weingarten, joins Host Gill Alexander and stalwart Pregame Pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to break down this weekend's NFL board, including the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills, and others.  Plus, the single most powerful NFL trend of the week, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright, and which game should you steer clear of  It's all on Friday's Betting Dork (September 13, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 Week 2 NFL Guessing Lines Show

Pregame Pro Dave Essler and Host Gill Alexander share what their guesses were on this coming week's pro football spreads, all the while attempting to discern value and pinpoint the most exploitable lines along the way.  Plus, the college football line that leapt off the page for Dave, and the unabashed effrontery of Brent Musburger, on Monday's Betting Dork (September 9, 2013).

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And they're back.  The NFL's flagship sports betting podcast series is once again in full effect with Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, primed to attack another season of NFL lines.  And, as always, a who's who of industry and handicapping experts will join the fray on a weekly basis, as well.  Former casino owner and bookmaker for over 30 years, Chris Andrews of againstthenumber.com and the premier handicapping tool, SHARPS, joins the roundtable for Week 1, breaking down the Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins, NY Giants at Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, and more matchups from a handicapping perspective.  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game should you stay away from at all costs, on Friday's Betting Dork (September 6, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 2013 MLB 3rd Quarter Report with Joe Peta

It's the final regular season baseball podcast of 2013, but with roughly 40 games left of betting value to exploit, author and pioneer of the cluster luck hit sequencing statistic, Joe Peta joins Host Gill Alexander to give you the 4th quarter's betting edge. Which clubs are overvalued and which are undervalued today, and most likely, moving forward, on Monay's Betting Dork (August 19, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Joe Fortenbaugh, National Football Post on Fantasy Football Strategy/Sleepers and Season Win Totals

Give them any excuse to talk fantasy football and they will.  National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh and Host Gill Alexander discuss fantasy strategy and sleepers as you head into your 2013 drafts.  Plus, Joe offers up his 6 favorite NFL season win totals plays, on Monday's Betting Dork (August 12, 2013).

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Betting Dork: MLB Derivative Stats Show, Redux

Host Gill Alexander and sabermetrics expert Basewinner return for an encore of their wildly popular segment, breaking down the most and least profitable money line clubs in baseball (home/road splits), the best and worst run line clubs, the most reliable totals umpires, the best and worst first 5 inning and 1st inning teams (including runs produced and allowed), and the best and worst starters in the 1st inning, all designed to provide and edge with your MLB wagers, on Friday's Betting Dork (August 2, 2013).

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Last year, Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus stopped by to chat with Host Gill Alexander around this very time of the MLB season and delivered the goods, spurring on mass down-the-stretch fades of the accidents waiting to happen that were Derek Lowe, Aaron Cook, and Henderson Alvarez.  Now comes the 2013 edition at the 100-game mark.  Skill position fantasy players are highlighted, as are underachieving starters, before the list of starters destined for trouble (our fade targets) are isolated, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (July 23, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Jonah Keri, Grantland.com and the 2013 Sabermetrics All-Star Rotation

Jonah Keri of Grantland.com drops in for his annual All-Star Break spot with Host Gill Alexander to review his preseason season win totals play while isolating which clubs have been the most surprising thus far.  Then, Basewinner checks in for the annual podcast ritual of naming the bizarro 2013 Sabermetrics All-Star rotation with an eye towards cashing in on the quartet moving forward, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (July 16, 2013). 

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Betting Dork: The Blackjack Annual with Vegas Runner

Once per year they get together and a blackjack conversation breaks out.  This is that time.  Advantage player Vegas Runner and Host Gill Alexander discuss VR's blackjack evolution, how casinos have ruined the game and how they could fix it, how to avoid tells while counting, and where the best places to play in Vegas are for players of all levels.  Plus, actual audio of VR getting backed off, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (June 25, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 113th U.S. Open Preview with Dave Kelner of William Hill and Professional Bettor Rufus Peabody of Massey-Peabody Analytics

Riding the high of a wildly accurate Masters Preview podcast back in April, host Gill Alexander welcomes fellow host Dave Kelner from William Hill's golf podcast to highlight golfers with value at this week's U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club at Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  Then, from the perspective of a European to that of an American quant, Rufus Peabody of Massey-Peabody Analytics and a professional bettor in his own right, lets slip a name or two in the field who you just may want to put your money behind.  It's all about exploiting the betting markets of the second golf major of the year, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (June 12, 2013).

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Betting Dork: MLB Derivative Stats Show

So many types of baseball wagers, so little time to analyze.  Host Gill Alexander and sabermetrics expert Basewinner break down the most and least profitable money line clubs in baseball (home/road splits), the best and worst run line clubs, the most reliable totals umpires, the best and worst first 5 inning and 1st inning teams (including runs produced and allowed), and the best and worst starters in the 1st inning, all designed to inform your future wagers, on Thursday's Betting Dork (May 30, 2013).

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Author of "Trading Bases, A Story about Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", Joe Peta checks in with Host Gill Alexander and isolates which MLB clubs have over- and underachieved to date, through the prism of cluster luck. What's really the truth about the torrid offensive starts by the Cardinals and Indians, are the Astros really this bad, and what's the key component necessary for beating the Tigers?  Other teams are discussed, as well.  Plus, what do some prominent folks in MLB front offices have to say about fantasy and betting on baseball?  The answers may surprise you, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 22, 2013). 

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Betting Dork: The Fantasy & Betting ATM with Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus & 138th Preakness Stakes

Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus may be a fantasy guy, but his fantasy insights convert oh so nicely to solid betting advice, as well.  Listen in as he and Host Gill Alexander engage in one of their epic metrics-focused conversations, highlighting the starting pitchers who have outperformed their component stats to date.  Then, Pregame pro Marco D'Angelo and Pro Football Talk's Mike Wilkening serve up their picks for the second leg of Horse Racing's Triple Crown, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (May 15, 2013).

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Betting Dork: 139th Kentucky Derby Preview and Picks

Horse Racing expert Marco D'Angelo (he who called the Derby win of 30-1 shot Animal Kingdom two years ago) and Pro Football Talk 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.  Plus, analytics on the Triple Crown that might change your opinion on the likelihood of history being made this year, on Thursday's Betting Dork (May 2, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 NFL Draft with Joe Fortenbaugh, National Football Post

It's not something you can do in Las Vegas, but offshore, betting the NFL Draft offers major value for those who simply dedicate themselves to the information gathering of the cause.  Fortunately for us, National Football Post's Joe Fortenbaugh has saved us a lot of time, condensing his thoughts, best prop bets, and strategies into one conversation with Host Gill Alexander, designed to help you make the most of this week's spectacle, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (April 23, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 77th Masters Preview with Lee Phelps of William Hill and Professional Bettor Rufus Peabody of Massey-Peabody Analytics

A tradition unlike any other.  Betting on the Masters.  First, host Gill Alexander welcomes back fellow podcast host Lee Phelps from William Hill's "The Punt" to highlight golfers with value at this week's Masters Tournament at Augusta.  Then, from the perspective of a European to that of an American quant, Rufus Peabody of Massey-Peabody Analytics and a professional bettor in his own right, lets slip a name or two in the field who you just may want to put your money behind.  It's on a rare golf edition of the Betting Dork (April 9, 2013). 

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Betting Dork: Bill Krackomberger, Professional Sports Bettor

It's an episode of "The Aggravated Gambler", as professional sports bettor Bill "KrackMan" Krackomberger joins Host Gill Alexander and gets some things off his chest about the state of bookmaking in Las Vegas.  Lest you had any doubt about certain things that happen in Las Vegas sportsbooks, Krackomberger sets the record straight, with candid insights on in-game betting at Cantor, practices at Station Casinos, the view from the top at William Hill, and safety in Vegas itself, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (April 3, 2013). 

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Betting Dork: Jonah Keri, Grantland.com on MLB Season Win Totals, Vegas Runner & Dave Essler on The Sweet 16

Covering all things baseball for Grantland.com, Jonah Keri drops in on Host Gill Alexander for his annual March podcast appearance and offers up his thinking on what led him to his one and only MLB season win total play in 2013.  Then, Pregame pros Vegas Runner and Dave Essler are back for a second straight week, this time to provide their ATS perspective on all eight Sweet 16 games in the NCAA Tournament, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 27, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2013 NCAA Bracketology Special with Ed Feng of The Power Rank, Reese Waters of ESPNU's "Unite", Vegas Runner, and Dave Essler

No show on television or on-line breaks down the madness quite like this.  Ed Feng of ThePowerRank.com handles the advanced analytics, Reese Waters of ESPNU's "Unite" handles the not so advanced analytics, while Pregame Pros Vegas Runner and Dave Essler dissect all 32 second round 2013 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 6 teams in this year's field possess them?  It's our annual March Madness edition on Wednesday's Betting Dork (March 20, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Joe Peta, Author, "Trading Bases, A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball" on 2013 MLB Season Win Totals

In a return to his old stomping grounds, Joe Peta, author of the newly released "Trading Bases, a Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order", takes a break from his press tour and joins Host Gill Alexander for his ninth appearance on the pod in a little less than a year, this time with his book available to all and with 2013 MLB Season win totals on his mind.  It's baseball nirvana on Tuesday's Betting Dork (March 12, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus, 2013 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Guide

Fantasy baseball geeks (and baseball bettors), it's time to rejoice.  No one has written more extensively on starting pitching throughout MLB heading into your 2013 fantasy draft or auction than Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus.  He sits down and chats with Host Gill Alexander about the most overvalued and undervalued starters in the majors, headed into Opening Day 2013. It's information that directly applies to fantasy, but converts beautifully to betting value, as well.  That, and some World Baseball Classic and MLB futures talk, as well, on Thursday's Betting Dork (March 7, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Chad Millman, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN The Magazine, on The Analytics Issue; Paul Sporer, Baseball Prospectus, on Fantasy Baseball

It's Analytics Week, and that means Chad Millman, Editor-in-Chief of ESPN The Magazine, and host and writer of the Behind The Bets podcast and blog, respectively, at ESPN.com, makes his yearly visit with host Gill Alexander to engage in a breakdown of the Mag's annual Analytics Issue and teases what's to come on the gambling panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference this weekend.  Then, let the fantasy baseball talk begin.  This week, Paul Sporer of Baseball Prospectus highlights the most overrated and underrated position players you should be aware of for your upcoming draft, on Tuesday's Betting Dork (February 26, 2013).

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Betting Dork: New Jersey Sports Betting and Billy Walters w David Purdum of Linemakers.Sporting News, Baseball Betting 101 w Basewinner

The biggest story in the industry these days is New Jersey's fight to have sports betting legalized.  The biggest, most successful sports bettor in the United States is Billy Walters.  Only David Purdum of the Linemakers at SportingNews continues to cover both, on top of Governor Chris Christie's fight to have sports betting legalized in his state, and with exclusive access to Mr. Walters himself.  David drops in on Host Gill Alexander as the two try to put New Jersey's fight in perspective.  Plus, what does Billy Walters have to say about Ashton Kutcher's claim that he fronted a large betting syndicate?  How did Walters fare on the Super Bowl?  And why doesn't Walters bet baseball?  Then, in their annual ritual, Gill and sabermetrician Basewinner outline why betting baseball ought to be king, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (February 20, 2013). 

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Betting Dork: Charmane Star on the Adult Film Industry, Debating NBA Analytics with Yahoo!'s Marc Spears

If you ever had a few minutes to sit down with an adult film star, what would you ask her?  How many burning questions would you have, and could you fit them all in?  Well, Host Gill Alexander gets that very opportunity as Charmane Star checks in from L.A. to set the record straight in a revealing and humanizing discussion.  Sports betting can wait.  Then, Yahoo!'s NBA expert Marc Spears joins Gill for a midseason chat that evolves into a fascinating exchange that highlights the chasm between mainstream and analytics perspectives.  It's all on a very unique Wednesday edition of the Betting Dork (February 13, 2013).  

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Super Bowl XLVII Props Edition

It all comes down to this.  Before the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers square off in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, enjoy the final NFL MegaPod of the season, replete with game and prop analysis.  First, Micah Roberts of The Linemakers at Sporting News and other industry media outlets joins Host Gill Alexander and Pregame pros Marco DAngelo and Vegas Runner to break down the game itself and to pore over the best value on the board among Super Bowl game-related proposition wagers.  Then, for the non-Vegas bettors, Greg Finn of WagerMinds checks in with his thoughts on the most exploitable exotic props on the board, as well.  There's something for everyone, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (January 30, 2013).

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Betting Dork: The 2nd Annual Vegas Lifestyle Show: A Man's Guide to Sin City

Planning a trip to Las Vegas?  Let this be your guide.  Host Gill Alexander, Gaming Today's Marco D'Angelo, and man about town, Vegas Runner, take off their handicapping hats and are joined by Marc Meltzer of vegaschatter.com, part of the Conde Nast Digital Network, to discuss the best Sportsbooks, Steak Restaurants, Nightclubs, Shows, and Strip Clubs in Sin City.  The Super Bowl's not for awhile.  In the meantime, enjoy a man's guide to Sin City, on Wednesday's Betting Dork (January 23, 2013). 

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It's the ultimate pointspread database that Host Gill Alexander has quoted often on the show this season.  Now Spreadapedia creator Steven Steinman returns to the panel in the flesh, as a perfect complement to Pregame professional handicappers Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner. With just the two Championship games to discuss -- the San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons in the NFC and Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots in the AFC -- no stone is left unturned, on Friday's Betting Dork (January 18, 2013).

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Betting Dork: NFL MegaPod Divisional Round 2013

It's the dean of all sports betting podcast series, and when Pregame co-owner Johnny Detroit drops by the MegaPod, it's like handicapping at a frat party.  Alongside Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner, Host Gill Alexander navigates the mayhem through the Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons, and Houston Texans at New England Patriots.  Make no mistake, the betting insight remains second to none and rules the day.  The laughs are gravy, on Friday's Betting Dork (January 11, 2013).

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Betting Dork: Aaron Schatz, Football Outsiders, ESPN.com Insider & NFL MegaPod Wild Card Round w 2010 SuperContest Champion Richard Stand

This one is super-sized.  Making his annual pre-playoffs appearance, Aaron Schatz, creator of Football Outsiders and Insider at ESPN.com, joins Host Gill Alexander and offers up his thoughts on a number of topics, including the 1991 Redskins and Bill Polian's recent anti-Moneyball remarks.  That's all before offering up his best NFL futures bets for next season and which game he sees as the best bet this weekend, based on his advanced metrics. Then, it's MegaPod panel time as 2010 Hilton SuperContest champion Richard Stand returns to the roundtable alongside Pregame pros Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to give his insights on the Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts at baltimore Ravens, and Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins.  It's all on a Friday Wild Card edition of the Betting Dork (January 4, 2013).

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