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2008 General Sports Betting Article Archive

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All-Time Greatest Point Spread Finishes - No. 2
by Josh Nagel - 12/23/2008

There are games in which you are convinced a coach knows the pointspread and is doing what it takes to cover it. There are other times when you wish he would do just that.
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Sports Betting Poem
by Vegas Sports Informer - 12/23/2008

Vegas Sports Informer turns a holiday classic into a sports betting poem.
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All-Time Greatest Point Spread Finishes - No. 3
by Josh Nagel - 12/15/2008

This game ended up being a turning point in the careers of high-profile players from each team for different reasons, and they both went on to accomplish great things. Why it was memorable: It was perhaps the wildest conclusion of a total in college football history.
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Sports Betting Tutorial
by Spencer Patton - 12/02/2008

Sports betting has evolved a long way since the days of shady bars, smoky casino rooms, and broken kneecaps. Sports betting is easy, relatively straight forward, and useful as much for personal knowledge (being able to tell your friends what the spreads are on games they are watching) as it is for personal investment, if you know what you are doing.
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All-Time Greatest Point Spread Finishes - No. 4
by Josh Nagel - 12/01/2008

Last year's Lakers-Spurs NBA playoffs series felt eerily similar to the days of the Kobe and Shaq Lakers, when they seemed to pound the Spurs mercilessly whenever the clubs met in the playoffs.
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All-Time Greatest Point Spread Finishes - No. 5
by Josh Nagel - 11/27/2008

The wild finish between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers two weekends ago, which ended in the first 11-10 score in NFL history, was one of the most memorable point-spread-defining endings in recent memory.
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Best Movies About Sports Gambling
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 11/17/2008

Often time the sports gambling movie genre gets lumped in with all gambling movies. While the market has been flooded over the years with movies about poker, casinos and just gambling in general, movies about sports gambling are few and far between. Many movies have passing mentions of sports betting but few fully dive into the world of sports gambling. I have ranked the top three best movies about sports gambling.
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Best Sports Betting Record
by Doc's Sports

Doc's Sports was founded by Doc back in 1971 and is one of the few services that have been able to withstand the test of time. The company has always followed three main principles of hard work, honesty, and enjoyment. Doc is still the president of the company and has the final say in every selection that Doc's Sports releases. Even though Doc had the best sports betting record in the nation for 19 years running, he has still run the company with the same principles he started with nearly four decades ago.
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Things to Bet On
by Spencer Patton - 11/03/2008

For all of you action junkies out there… this one is for you! If you just can't get enough action, or you are like me and want to find value in any line out there, here are some suggestions of things to bet on:
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Sports Book Rules - Las Vegas Sports Betting Rules
by Doc's Sports

When unforeseen events occur such as weather, power outages, or any other unanticipated event once the game has started, many people wonder how that will affect the wager. If an event has not started, all wagers should have no action and be refunded. But if the event has started and is interrupted and not completed it gets a little more complicated. The following will examine the special rules for each sport and give you a better idea of what to expect should the event not be completed on the same night.
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Kontinental Hockey League Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 10/23/2008

If you like the betting opportunities that hockey has to offer, there is no reason to limit yourself to just the NHL. There are other leagues full of solid talent to bet on, and lots of online books you can bet on them with. Chief among the options is the KHL, or the Kontinental Hockey League. This league, in its first year of operation, replaced the Russian Super League. It ambitiously wants to be the best hockey league in the world.
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BodogLIVE Review: Betting for Adrenaline Junkies
by Robert Ferringo - 10/22/2008

The concept of in-game betting is certainly not a new one in the World of Gambling. However, the recently activated BodogLIVE program has taken the concept to a new level and has stimulated a volcano of gambling options for amateurs, action junkies, and expert bettors alike.
Read more about Bodog Live Betting.

This Week in Betting, A to Z
by Trevor Whenham - 08/31/2008

Each week Doc's Sports will take a look at the sports betting world in an A-Z format.
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Parlays Should Mostly Be Avoided
by Trevor Whenham - 08/28/2008

Football season is here, and that means that many of you will be tempted to bet parlays. The schedules and nature of the sport make parlays very attractive to many football bettors. Most seasoned and successful bettors, though, generally avoid parlays because they don't provide the best means of making money over the long term. You need to decide for yourself if parlays are the right things for you or not. The advantages they present for you may very well outweigh the well-documented setbacks. The important thing isn't to use or avoid parlay bets at all costs.
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Record Keeping Important Factor In Handicapping
by Trevor Whenham - 08/28/2008

If you want to do just one thing this season to make yourself a significantly more successful bettor with minimal effort, what would you do? Learning to handicap better would be one thing, but that's much easier said than done. Developing better money management skills is never a bad idea. The single biggest, and easiest, impact you can make, though, is by improving your record keeping.
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Setting Goals For Football Season
by Trevor Whenham - 08/28/2008

The football season is about to start. If you aren't ready for it you can burn through your bankroll before Donovan McNabb has his inevitable season ending injury (I put the over/under at Week 6, by the way). Before the insanity of the season arrives, it's a very good idea to take some time and set some goals for what you want to accomplish as a bettor during the season. This is a great way to get focused for the long, tough season, and it gives you a better chance of staying on track and avoiding costly errors.
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Finding the Right Football Contest
by Josh Nagel - 08/27/2008

It's that time of the year when every football fan, no matter how passionate, is looking to book some action for the upcoming season. Some play free fantasy football for the pure entertainment value, or throw down a few bucks at the weekly NFL office pool.
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Usain Bolt More Impressive Than Michael Phelps?
by Trevor Whenham - 08/27/2008

What is there to possibly say about Usain Bolt that hasn't already been said? The guy is an incredible freak of an athletic specimen, and I have been having a constant debate with myself since the end of the 200m as to whether his accomplishments are more impressive than Michael Phelps'. For the record, I lean towards yes, but not with much conviction given the immensity of the challenge of figuring it out and the enormity of what Phelps did in his own right.
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Betting Strategy For a 7-Game Series
by Trevor Whenham - 08/24/2008

If you are a baseball, basketball or hockey bettor then sooner or later you are going to have to develop a betting strategy for 7-game series. They are an inevitable, and exciting, part of the postseason in all three sports. If you just treat them like any other set of games, though, then you are heading for trouble. Expensive trouble. The structure of the series, the pressure, and the rewards of experience all provide unique challenges for handicappers. Here are six tips to help you develop your own betting strategy for 7-game series.
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Sports Betting Hints
by Trevor Whenham - 08/23/2008

Whether you are a new sports bettor or a seasoned one, chances are pretty good that you're getting excited about football season. For many people, baseball season is too long ad monotonous to keep their attention, so they keep their betting money mostly in their wallets until football season rolls around. That leads right into college basketball and the heart of the NBA season, and before you know it it's summer again. If you are one of those people who needs to get themselves into, or back into, betting shape again, here are eight sports betting hints you will want to keep in mind; they could be the difference between a winning season and an expensive one:
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NFL Top Salary - Highest Paid NFL Player
by Trevor Whenham - 08/23/2008

You don't really need to feel too sorry for any NFL player on payday. Even the most lowly of rookies is guaranteed to make $285,000 so they aren't poor by any means. Some players, though, make more money than many small countries.
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NFL Salary Cap Rules
by Trevor Whenham - 08/23/2008

The NFL salary cap is one of the most confusing things in all of sports. The actual NFL salary cap rules aren't that complicated, or at least they don't seem to be, but the application and discussion of them as they are applied by teams is enough to put anyone to sleep. In this age when everyone is so concerned about the economics of sports, the salary cap is discussed at least as much as statistics or the play on the field. There's not much we can do about that, but at least if we understand the basic NFL salary cap rules we can understand a bit of what people are talking about.
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2008 US Open Tennis Predictions
by Christopher G. Shepard - 08/22/2008

The draws have been selected for the 2008 US Open Championships which will have players ready to serve for the fourth and final leg of the Grand Slam Series from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 as another Nadal-Federer final is possible. However, we won't see another Williams-sisters Final slam thanks to the new WTA rankings that has the sisters potentially meeting in the quarterfinals.
Read more about US Open Tennis Predictions.

2008 US Open Odds
Doc's Sports

Below lists the 2008 US Open Odds. The Championship is being played in New York City. Eighteen courts will be used for the tournament in Flushing Meadows with the major match taking place in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
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NFL Facts
by Trevor Whenham - 08/21/2008

NFL fans love NFL facts. At least some do. If you are one of them then this article is for you. Here is a collection some useful NFL facts, and others that you probably don't need to know. Just because you don't need to, though, doesn't mean you don't want to. Without further ado, onto the NFL facts:
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NFL Schedule Formula
by Trevor Whenham - 08/21/2008

Most football fans don't put too much thought into where the schedule for their favorite teams come from or how it is determined. They just look at it when it comes out, celebrate the easy games, moan about the tough ones, and get ready for the season. The NFL schedule formula used to determine which teams play when, though, is a surprisingly complicated formula. It doesn't really matter to sports fans or bettors in the grand scheme of things, but it's still good to know how these things work. Here, then, is the NFL schedule formula. It is obviously subject to change, though the current formula will be used at least through the end of the 2009 season.
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How Sports Betting Works
by Trevor Whenham - 08/21/2008

Once you understand how sports betting works it's really not that complicated. For someone who is new to it all, though, it can seem overwhelming. If you are a sports fan who is interested in making some bets, you should make sure to get some basic knowledge first. If you just throw your money around blindly without really knowing what you are doing then you will make mistakes and you'll lose money. Here, then, is a basic introduction to how sports betting works. How to pick winners is another thing entirely.
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Biggest Story in Sports - Michael Phelps
by Trevor Whenham - 08/20/2008

It's not hard to figure out what the biggest story in sports this past week was. In fact, if anyone argued that it was anything other than the stunning dominance of Michael Phelps then they have a screw or six loose. Unless you have been living under a rock, and it would have to be a really big one, then you know what Phelps has done - the swimmer won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics to beat Mark Spitz' longstanding and once-thought unbreakable record of seven set in 1972. Along the way, Phelps set world records in seven events, and had to settle for just an Olympic record in the eighth. Needless to say, this guy is pretty good.
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Phelps Should Dominate, But No Betting Value
by Trevor Whenham - 08/04/2008

Most people pay attention to swimming about once every four years, but when an athlete is dominant and in form it can be a captivating sport. Michael Phelps is in such a place right now - perhaps more than any other competitor ever has been. Not only did he manage to qualify for eight different events at the U.S. Olympic Trials, perhaps the deepest and toughest event in the world outside of the Olympics, but he never lost a single race. He won every single qualifier and meaningless warmup race that he had. He's truly a machine. Not only that, but he will be a favorite, if not the favorite, in all eight of his races in Beijing.
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This Week in Betting, A to Z
by Trevor Whenham - 07/28/2008

Each week Doc's Sports will take a look at the sports betting world in an A-Z format.
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Olympics Basketball Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 07/23/2008

I'm a Canadian. That means that I'm able to approach this year's Olympic men's basketball tournament with some objectivity and detachment. After all, Steve Nash is the only real basketball talent we have now that Rick Fox is an actor and Jamaal Magloire decided that he would rather not be good, and Nash didn't play in the qualifying tournaments, so we didn't stand a chance of making it to Beijing. I feel lucky that I can be objective about this tournament because it seems pretty clear that no one else is. That's pretty much the only way that you can explain why Sportsbook.com has the U.S. favored at 1/5 to win the tournament.
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Predictions for Olympic Medal Race Props at Bodog
by Trevor Whenham - 07/22/2008

The Olympic Games in Beijing are still a couple of weeks away. That means we have lots of time left to brush up on our table tennis, synchronized swimming and archery knowledge so that we can get as much action down as possible. Before we work on becoming that much of a degenerate, though, we should take some time to concentrate on the bigger picture. The race to win the most medals at the games is always hotly contested, but even more so this year. The Americans have won the most medals of any country in each of the last three Olympics, but China is playing host, and they are determined to be the host with the most. Bodog has several different props dealing with medal counts for the games. Here's a look at two of the more interesting ones.
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NFL Playoff Tree
by Doc's Sports

If you have found this page you are most likely looking for an NFL playoff tree. Doc's Sports NFL playoffs tree will be updated after every round of the NFL playoffs. Doc's has been a sports information leader since the early 1970s and our winning NFL football picks have made us a household name. Check out our Insider's Page for more information on picks packages.
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College Football Handicapping - College Football Handicappers
by Doc's Sports

Here at Doc's Sports, college football is King. Our college football handicapping methods have been honed and carefully crafted since the early 1970s when Doc started his service with a pad, pen, telephone and a dream. Here we are almost four decades later and Doc's Sports is known as one of the most trusted and well-respected college football handicappers in the nation.
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Sports Betting on the Web
by Robert Ferringo - 07/01/2008

Back in The Day - when disease-free meant that you didn't have the flu (or polio) and odds and wagers were tabulated on the dusty chalkboard in the corner - sports gamblers really were at the whim of two men: the sportsbook owners at Las Vegas casinos or the iron numbers of their local bookie. In many corners of this fine nation the smoky back room bookie still has a corner on the market. However, given the omnipresence of the Internet in this country, sports betting on the Web has forever altered the landscape of gambling.
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NFL Office Pool Picks
by Doc's Sports

If you have reached this page you are most likely looking for NFL office pool picks. NFL office pools are extremely popular during the pro football season - who doesn't like to have a rooting interest in the weekend's games - and everyone likes to make a little extra money. Here at Doc's Sports we are all about helping you put a little extra cash in your wallet. We understand not everyone follows the NFL seven days a week during the regular season but that is our job, and with almost three decades experience at picking NFL games, we are one of the best in the business.
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Tutorial for Soccer Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 06/25/2008

The concept of betting on soccer isn't very familiar for a lot of North American sports bettors, but it doesn't need to be nearly as scary or confusing at it seems. The sport is unfamiliar to many, and occasionally boring, but the basics of betting on it are essentially the same as the 'normal' North American sports with only a few small twists. Like any sport, it can be lucrative and full of value opportunities if it's approached with care and knowledge. If you are interested in betting on the other kind of football but don't know where to start then this will help - a tutorial for soccer betting.
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2008 Wimbledon Predictions
Christopher G. Shepard - 06/20/2008

The draws have been selected for the 2008 Wimbledon Championships set to serve from June 23 to July 6 as five-time defending Champion Roger Federer will have to face Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic if he wants to return to Centre Court. There is a possibility for an all-Williams' final on the women's side if defending Champion Venus Williams can get by No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic.
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2008 Wimbledon Odds
Doc's Sports

Because of the overwhelming requests last year we've compiled a page dedicated solely to Wimbledon odds for betting Wimbledon 2008.
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Choosing a Baseball Sports Book
by Doc's Sports

There are a number of things to look for when choosing an online baseball sportsbook that you would like to use for baseball betting. From securing 10-cent lines to making sure you get the best rollover bonus, there are several things to consider as you try to find a book that's right for you. Don't be lazy! This isn't something you should put off, like your taxes or paying your child support. This is actually important and a little work on the front end will save you a whole lot of time, money, and trouble in the long run.
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2008 French Open Odds and Predictions
by Christopher G. Shepard - 05/23/2008

News that Justine Henin, 25, retired from the sport she dominated as a perennial No. 1 when she was healthy, and as a three-time winner of the French Open, has dampened Belgium's enthusiasm for this slam, but has done little to quell the celebration in Paris of the 80th year of Roland Garros.
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2008 Champions League Final Preview
by Trevor Whenham - 05/20/2008

For North American sports fans European soccer can be incredibly confusing. Not only do teams play in their regular league, but they also play in ongoing tournaments like the Champions League that seem to never end. On top of it all, the players on the teams regularly go to join their national squads to play in friendly matches or to qualify for the World Cup or regional championships. It seems like keeping on top of it all could be a full time job.
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This Week in Betting, A to Z
by Trevor Whenham - 03/03/2008

Each week Doc's Sports will take a look at the sports betting world in an A-Z format.
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Gambling Gift - Gift Idea for a Gambler
by Doc's Sports - 02/05/2008

Looking for that unique gift idea for a gambler? This is a common issue for some when it comes to buying gifts for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or Father's Day. I mean, there are only so many ties, sweaters, or other standard Man Gifts that you can give over the course of a relationship before you become as lame as your weak present.
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This Week in Betting, A to Z
by Trevor Whenham - 01/28/2008

Each week Doc's Sports will take a look at the sports betting world in an A-Z format.
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Sports Betting Money Management System
by Robert Ferringo - 01/15/2008

Would you believe me if I told you that the key to being a successful sports bettor is only partially about how much you know about sports and wagering? A critical component of sports betting involves intelligent money management and finding an approach that best fits your goals as a sports gambler. How you manage your bankroll will not only dictate how you play, but also how long and how much profit you earn while doing so. The following will explain my thoughts on the best sports betting money management system.
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Spread Betting Explained
by Jason Shimberg - 01/15/2008

Doc's Sports offers spread betting explained in a way that is easy for even novice bettors to understand. The definition of point spread is the predicted scoring differential between two opponents as quoted by a sports book. The point spread is also called the line. If you have have bet a sporting event in the past, but have never bet on the point spread this will ease the process and explain how it works.
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Australian Open History
by Christopher G. Shepard - 01/14/2008

If Roger Federer wins his fourth Australian Open title in five years at Melbourne Park this January he'll need to win two more Championships to tie Australian Roy Emerson and seven more to tie Margaret Court for the all-time singles record Down Under.
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Australian Open Odds and Betting Analysis
by Christopher G. Shepard - 01/10/2008

Sports investment powerhouse Sportsbook.com has released their 2008 Australian Open Odds and, not surprisingly, Roger Federer is the favorite to win for the men's side and Justine Henin is the favorite to win for the women's side as tennis' Grand Slam season begins at Melbourne Park from Jan. 14-28.
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Betting Resolutions for the New Year
by Trevor Whenham - 01/04/2008

It's the beginning of a new year. That means that we have to make a bunch of resolutions. In almost every case those resolutions will either be completely broken or forgotten within a couple of weeks, or else there was never a chance of sticking to them in the first place. You can't get into a gym right now, but give it two weeks and the places will be ghost towns again. In the spirit of the season, here are my five betting resolutions for the new year. Like everyone else, I likely won't stick to any of them, and I will forget most of them by the time the Celtics lose again, but that's beside the point. Without further ado:
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Ten Best Betting Moments of 2007
by Trevor Whenham - 01/04/2008

Another year is in the books. As a sports bettor you have to always have an eye on the future, but if you aren't tuned into the past then you are going to make costly mistakes. This is the time of year to look back on the highs and lows of the past year to identify what worked well and what you need to avoid. Sports betting is something that most people do for fun, so it's also very important to look back at the times where everything went exactly as you wanted it to.
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