Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Betting Preview

March 18, 2024

After a great week of conference tournament action, and a final goodbye to the Pac-12 conference, the Men’s NCAA Tournament field is set. On Tuesday, the first of 67 games tips off.

First Four

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we have the First Four, as eight teams compete in four games for the right to play in the final field of 64 teams.

The first game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, is between Wagner and Howard. The winner will be the 16th seed in the West Region and play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Thursday. Wagner is in the tournament for the first time in 21 years, while Howard was a 16-seed last year and lost to Kansas.

The second game Tuesday night is for the 10th seed in the Midwest, as Virginia takes on Colorado State. BetUS.com has the Rams of CSU two-point favorites to advance to the first round on Thursday and play the 7th-seeded Texas Longhorns.

Wednesday’s games feature two other similar battles – Grambling and Montana State play as 16-seeds, with the winner playing the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, Purdue. Colorado and Boise State are 10-seeds, and the winner there will play No. 7 Florida in the South. Grambling is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since moving to Division I. The Bobcats of Montana State are in the Big Dance for the third straight year.

Final Four Betting Odds

Purdue is the top seed in the Midwest, and college basketball online sportsbooks have the Boilermakers as the heavy favorite to win the region. They are paying +165, while No. 2 seed Tennessee is at +350. The Creighton Blue Jays are the No. 3 seed, and they are +400 to make the Final Four. Kansas is the four-seed and Gonzaga is the five, but it is the Bulldogs who have the fourth-shortest odds in the region at +700.

North Carolina is the top seed in the West Region. However, the newly opened online sportsbooks in the Tar Heel State do not have them as the favorites to advance to the Final Four. UNC is second at +230, and Arizona is first at +190. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 matchups for the West Region take place at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Baylor is the third-seed and pays +700. Alabama is No. 4 and paying +900 to make a Final Four run.

The defending champion Connecticut Huskies are the top seed in the East Region, and they are big favorites to win it, paying +105. Auburn is the No. 4 seed, and their odds for the Final Four are +380. Iowa State is the two seed, but Iowa retail sportsbooks have them as the third-most likely team to advance. A Final Four bet on the Cyclones pays +400. Illinois, the three seed, is +750.

To no one’s surprise, the Houston Cougars were given the top seed in the South, and they are favorites to win the region at +140. Duke is next, with No. 2 seed Marquette trailing them. Wisconsin retail sportsbooks have the Golden Eagles at +550 and the Blue Devils at +450, despite Duke being just the fourth seed. Kentucky is the No. 3 seed and they are paying +700.

Five versus Twelve Upset

When you fill out your bracket this week, you do have to pick at least one No. 12 seed to beat a No. 5 seed. Otherwise your bracket is incomplete. Or at least ignoring the history of this matchup.

The No. 12 seed is 53-99 all-time in the first round, which is a winning percentage of .349, and at least one 12-seed has won in 17 of the last 22 tournaments.

Bovada.lv provides the odds for the four matchups this year:

No. 12 McNeese State vs. No. 5 Gonzaga (-6.5)

No. 12 UAB vs. No. 5 San Diego State (-6.5)

No. 12 Grand Canyon vs. No. St. Mary’s (-5)

No. 12 James Madison vs. No. 5 Wisconsin (-4.5)

Along with the bookmakers rating James Madison with the best chance for the upset, so do the numbers. JMU is one of just four teams this year to win 30 games – they finished the season 31-3. They also head into the first round matchup with the Badgers on a 13-game win streak.

Roulete Betting Strategies Explained – How to Win at Roulet?e

Roulette is a game of chance.

It is played by dropping a ball onto a spinning wheel, which rotates rapidly.

Players may bet on numbers or colors, or both, the odds of winning are not statistically better than if they choose their own numbers.

The game originated in the 18th century France.

Roulette is a game of chance. It is one of the most popular games played in casinos all around the world.

It is believed that roulette was invented in 18th-century France, by Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and physicist. He envisioned it as an experiment to solve gambling problems at his father’s gaming house.

The game consists of spinning a small ball around on the edge of a table, which leads to its eventual fall into one of 37 or 38 (depending on where you play) numbered slots on the table surface. As it falls, the player bets on whether or not they think it will land in one of these slots (or if they will tie).

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Premier League Betting Preview: Who you got this weekend?

Liverpool and Man City picked up midweek wins to keep the Premier League title race extremely interesting.

With the Reds in EFL Cup final action on Sunday, City and third-placed Arsenal have the chance to cut Liverpool’s lead with wins this weekend.

City travel to Bournemouth on Saturday evening, while Arsenal host Newcastle a few hours later.

Elsewhere, there’s a huge game at the bottom as Crystal Palace host Burnley in Oliver Glasner’s first match in charge of the Eagles. Will he make a winning start?

As always, we’ll have great offers on all the action, including Nicole Holliday’s picks, Enhanced Odds and much more. And, if you’ve not used it already, don’t forget your Epic Boost is available before you get a new one on Sunday.

To get you ready, let’s look at three of this weekend’s Premier League matches… 

Brighton v Everton

Amex Stadium

Saturday, 24th February @ 15:00

Brighton crushed 10-man Sheffield Utd 5-0 last weekend. Will they be too strong for another struggling side when they host Everton? The Seagulls are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League home games (W5 D5).

Everton continue to look over their shoulders after a dreadful run of form. The Toffees are on the longest winless run in the division (8) and haven’t scored in their last three away games. Get 23/10 on a Brighton win to nil.

All might not be lost for Everton, though. The 11/4 odds on an away win could be worth a look. The home side hasn’t won any of the last six Premier League meetings between these two sides, with Everton winning on their last two visits to the Amex.

With Everton’s form and Brighton’s thirst for goals, it might be worth considering the 9/4 on the Seagulls scoring three or more. Nine of their 10 league wins this season have seen them score at least three times.

If Everton are to score in this one, a corner looks to be their best chance. Only Arsenal (11) have scored more from corners than the Toffees (10) this season. Dwight McNeil is their main corner-taker, registering three assists from them. Get 9/2 on the winger getting another.

Arsenal v Newcastle

Emirates Stadium

Saturday, 24th February @ 20:00

After their surprising late defeat to Porto in the Champions League, Arsenal will hope to bounce back and stay in touch with Liverpool and Man City in the title race.

The Gunners welcome Newcastle to the Emirates, a fixture they have dominated in recent years (W10 D1). It’s 8/5 Arsenal win and both teams score.

Newcastle got the better of Mikel Arteta’s side in November, winning 1-0 thanks to Anthony Gordon’s second-half strike. They’ve not done the double over Arsenal since 1994/95 and are 6/1 to do so this weekend.

Bukayo Saka is sure to play a key role for Arsenal. He’s been on fire recently. Get 5/4 on Saka to score at any time and 7/4 on him to get an assist. The England forward has scored six goals in his last four games, netting back-to-back braces against West Ham and Burnley.

Should Gordon net in this game he would become just the second player to score home and away against Arsenal in a single Premier League season after Peter Beardsley. Gordon is 8/1 to score the first or last goal.

Wolves v Sheff Utd

Molineux

Sunday, 25th February @ 13:30

Things are not looking good for Sheffield Utd. The Blades are rooted to the bottom of the table and don’t seem to be able to stop the goals going in.

It’s 9/1 on Wolves scoring over 4.5 goals in the match. No side has lost more Premier League games by a margin of 5+ goals in a single season than the Blades (5 – equal with Derby in 2007/08).

So, how will they fare at Molineux? Well, Wolves are unbeaten in their last eight home games against Sheffield Utd (W4 D4). They’re odds on to win, while the Blades are 5/1 to claim three points.

However, the Blades have only led for 183 minutes this season and Wes Foderingham has only kept one clean sheet, while conceding 63 goals. Wolves to win to nil is 6/4.

Joao Gomes netted twice in Wolves’ 2-1 win at Spurs last weekend. He’s 11/2 to score at any time. Pedro Neto set up Gomes’ second, his ninth assist of the season. We’ll pay out at 7/4 if he moves into double figures.

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December 2023 New York Sports Betting Revenues Hit More Records

January 5, 2024

December 2023 was yet another record month for the New York sports betting market, according to the last New York State Gaming Commission revenue release covering 2023.

The Empire State capped of its year at the top of all U.S. sports betting markets, with an all-time high $188.3 million in gross gaming revenue.

However, the $2.04 billion in total wagers for December did not quite beat November’s national record handle of $2.109 billion. While November saw more wagered, it also saw the second-lowest monthly hold for operators, as New York state bettors took the ‘books to the cleaners.

The house bounced back in December, though, as revenues tidily beat the previous monthly high of $166.3 million, set in October 2023, by 13.2%. The figures also showed a substantial 32.8% increase from December 2022’s $141.8 million.

To top it off, it was the third consecutive month that New York bettors have wagered more than $2 billion, underlining the growing popularity of the largest U.S. sports betting market going into 2024.

All of that translated into significant tax contributions for the state. Sports betting in New York generated more than $96 million in taxes for December, and more than $861.8 million for the year 2023.

FanDuel and DraftKings Dominate Competitive Landscape

FanDuel emerged as the front-runner in the market for the month, stretching its lead over DraftKings, with $93.6 million in revenue from $834.5 million in bets.

That news comes as FanDuel’s owner, Flutter Entertainment, is in the final stages of moving its stock listing from London to the New York Stock Exchange.

FanDuel’s main rival, Boston-based DraftKings, followed in second for December with a revenue of $65.2 million and a handle of $773.4 million.

Caesars maintained its third-place position, with $15.9 million in revenue from $202.0 million in bets.

Other notable contributors included BetMGM with $8.1 million in revenue, and Rush Street Interactive with $3.1 million.

Losses and Taxes

Despite these successes, two operators, Bally Bet and Wynn Interactive, reported losses in December.

Outside of Nevada retail sportsbooks, Wynn Interactive’s WynnBET is only available for New York and Michigan sports betting after closing up in eight states in late 2023. Both markets are under review by the operator.

Considering it has now made a loss for two months in a row in the nation’s largest market — the first operator to do so, no less — things aren’t looking good.

This performance has led some business figures to speculate that WynnBET’s New York license may prove attractive to Penn Entertainment’s shiny new ESPN Bet.

Meanwhile, Bally Bet, only re-opened in November 2023 after closing down for several months to upgrade the service, retained last place as least-popular sportsbook in New York.

It didn’t capitalize on its profitable November and fell to a $252,000 loss – although it did improve its overall handle, which rose to $6.6 million.

Operators in the nation’s biggest market are also charged its highest sports betting tax rate at 51%. They also can’t deduct promotional spending, as they do in many states.

That meant sportsbooks actually took home $92 million in revenues in December, and the New York tax authorities took $96 million.

It may not be sports betting – but another big win worth celebrating happened in New York gambling in December. Brookyln resident Wayne Murray beat unbelievable odds to win his second $10 million New York lottery jackpot in two years.

Maine Sports Betting Rules Nearly Finalized for November Launch

October 4, 2023


Regulators in Maine have passed one of the final steps in getting ready for its legal sports betting market launch between November 5 and 15. The Maine Gambling Control Unit (MGCU) has sent the proposed adopted rules to the Attorney General’s office for final legal checks and eventually approval.

Once approved, the Secretary of State’s office will take approximately three to five business days to post the adopted rules.

The law legalizing Maine online sports betting was signed by Governor Janet Mills in May 2022. It granted potential for mobile betting licenses exclusively to the state’s four federally recognized tribes. There will be 10 licenses for Maine retail sportsbooks issued. That includes two left open for the Maine casino venues Hollywood Casino Hotel Bangor and Oxford Casino & Hotel.

“So, I just grab that same package that everybody’s signed off on, and I just take that over to the Secretary of State’s Office,” said Milt Champion, executive director of the MGCU.

“And once they publish it for adoption, then we’re good to go. And at that point, anybody that’s submitted an application request for a temporary license, which is part of the requirement, then I will start kicking out licenses that day.”

Navigating Through Regulatory and Ethical Waters

Three of the four licensed tribes, the Mi’kmak Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, and the Penobscot Nation, have opted to collaborate with Caesars Sportsbook as their management service provider.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has yet to choose an online operator partner, but it is unlikely to be also Ceasars. BetMGM has submitted an online operator application, so it is rumored that they will be second legal online sportsbook in Maine.

BetMGM has also applied for on-track-betting licenses at two Maine horse racing tracks, in Waterville and Sanford.

Whatever sportsbook operator does enter the state will have to adhere to the state’s specific rules. Notably, one rule is prohibiting bets on games involving Maine colleges. In 2023, several Massachusetts retail sportsbooks have already been fined for breaking that particular rule.

While wagers on national tournaments like March Madness will be permissible, outcomes for Maine-based schools, such as the University of Maine and Bowdoin College, will be off-limits to bettors. This measure aims to safeguard the integrity of local educational institutions and their sporting events.

New England Sports Betting

The introduction of sports betting is poised to be a substantial revenue generator for Maine, with projections ranging from $3.8 to $6.9 million, according to a 2017 Oxford Economics Analysis commissioned by the American Gaming Association.

Maine joins the ranks of New England states allowing legal sports wagering, alongside Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Vermont legalized sports betting this year and is expected to launch in 2024.

However, Champion says the MGCU did not pay any extra attention to their neighbors sports betting efforts, but instead looked further afield across the U.S.

“We worked our rules from six to eight other states nationwide, some of which were Colorado, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming, and Mississippi,” he said.

Euro 2024 Odds: Betting Predictions and Picks

Euro 2024 will be held in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024. We’re in the early stages of qualifications with no more than two games being played per side.

In total 24 will participate in the tournament, and 23 of those sides will come through the qualification process. As hosts, Germany automatically qualifies. 

We’re a year out from one of soccer’s most important tournaments – and with lots of qualifying matches left to play – but let’s take an early look at the odds board and who’s favored to win.

Odds to Win 2024 Euro

Odds to win Euro 2024
Team Odds
France +500
Germany +550
England +600
Spain +750
Portugal +1000
Belgium +1200
Italy +1200
Netherlands +1400
Denmark +2000
Croatia +3500

Odds as of June 13

Why Is France Favored to Win Euro 2024?

On an international level, the French are the second-best side. Les Bleus were runners-up at the 2022 World Cup. On that World Cup journey in Qatar, France took out some strong European opponents.

They bested Denmark 2-1 in the group stage (the Danish hold the ninth-best Euro odds), Poland in the Round of 16 by a score of 3-1 (Poland is at +5000 for Euro 2024) and then France dispatched the English 2-1 in the Quarter-Finals (England is third on Euro odds board).

Through the short qualification period, France is 2-0-0 with a +5 goal differential while keeping two clean sheets with wins over Ireland and the Netherlands. 

Star power is another big factor to consider, and the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge have the biggest star of them all in Kylian Mbappe. The PSG forward has no flaws in his game and dominates at every level. 

In Qatar, Mbappe scored the most goals (8), lead the tournament in goal-creating actions with 11 (five more than the next best-player) and was third for goal-creating actions per 90 (1.74). When it comes to unlocking a game there’s no better player in Europe or even the world than Mbappe.

Euro 2024 Value 

France enters the tournament as slight favorites, what sides have greater value and have a chance to win instead of the favorites?

Germany

The hosts are just behind France on the oddsboard at +550. Because of their host status, we don’t have any sense of the form their in. They haven’t played any games because they don’t need to qualify.

If not for a shock 2-1 loss to Japan in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, Germany would have likely gone much further. They bounced back from that defeat to the Blue Samurai with a 1-1 draw with a strong Spanish side before dismantling Costa Rica 4-2 to close out their tournament. 

The Germans will hope that youngster Jamal Musiala builds off a strong World Cup where he was credited with 7.67 shot-creating actions per 90 and an even better 22-23 Bundesliga campaign where he scored 12 goals and had ten assists for Bayern in his 19-year-old season. The kid is only going to get much better.

England

The English are the top-ranked side in Group C of Euro qualifiers with wins over Ukraine (2-0) and Italy (2-1).

Gareth Southgate’s side is winning games they should (against Ukraine) and those where they’re second best (vs Italy). Against the Azzurri, England only had 42% of the possession and 42% of the shots, they even went down a man in the 80th minute thanks to a Luke Shaw red card and still won 2-1. 

With Southgate’s contract over in December of 2024, this will likely be his final major tournament. His sides have come close to glory a few times but never won a title. Sadly for the three lions, their returns have been diminishing for the last few years.

England Under Southgate
Tournament Finish
2018 World Cup 4th
2022 Wold Cup 6th
2020 Euro Runner-Up
2019 UEFA Nations League 3rd
2021 UEFA Nations League 9th
2023 UEFA Nations League 15th

2024 Euro Dark horse

Every Euro tournament has its dark horse. A team comes out of nowhere and makes a deep run and upsets the landscape. 

In 2020, that was the Swiss who finished third in Group A and made it to the Quarter-Finals after beating France in the Round of 16.

Who should you have your eyes on in 2024?

Netherlands

The Dutch are no strangers to this competition. They won it once in 1988 and placed third four times. That last third-place finish came in 2004. 

At the 2022 World Cup, the Flying Dutchmen finished fourth with the third youngest squad in the competition. They had an average age of 26. Forward Cody Gakpo was a revelation with three goals in five matches for the Oranje in Qatar. 

There’s a lot to like about Holland. At +1400, keep an eye on their qualifying. 

Croatia

The Croatians are at the top of Group D with four points in two qualifiers. Remember, they finished as runners-up at the 2018 World Cup and then third in Qatar. Never discount Croatia at a major international tournament. With +3500 odds you could make $350 on a $10 bet backing them this early. That’s very tempting. 

Last Five Euro Winners

Last 5 Euro Winners
Year Team Opening Odds
2004 Greece +15000
2008 Spain +450
2012 Spain +250
2016 Portugal +1800
2020 Italy +700

 

Favorites typically win this tournament. They have deep squads overflowing with some of the most talented players in all of Europe. But every few years a dark horse goes all the way and is crowned Kings of Europe.

At +15000 Greece, and those who bet on them, haven’t yet forgotten about that tournament in 2004.

Last Five Euro Runners-Up 

Last 5 Euro Runners-Up
Year Team Score
2004 Portugal Lost 1-0 to Greece
2008 Germany Lost 1-0 to Spain
2012 Italy Lost 4-0 to Spain
2016 France Lost 1-0 to Portugal*
2020 England Lost 3-2 to Italy**

*After extra time
**Game tied 1-1 after extra time, ended 3-2 in penalties

The Euro finals are a low-scoring affair. Over the last five tournaments, three or more goals have been scored only once. It’s worth exploring the UNDER when the Final comes up in July of 2024.

How to Read Euro 2024 Odds

At any soccer betting site, you’ll see futures odds laid out like so:

  • England +500
  • Belgium +550
  • France +550
  • Spain +700

If you were to make a traditional straight-up bet, the favorite would be shown with the minus sign (-). In cases like these where there is no clear front-runner, the country with the lowest odds is the fave even if they’re all represented with the plus sign (+) which is generally used to demonstrate underdogs.

Let’s say you’ve looked at the group schedule and think Belgium is going to dominate and make it all the way to the top. A $100 bet would give you a payout of $650 – your original money is returned coupled with your winnings of $550.

Our Odds Calculator is a tool that will tell you how much you’d win based on the offered odds and amount bet.

What is a Futures Bet on the Euro Championship?

A futures bet is a wager made far in advance of a big event. Here, the bet is on the quadrennial Euro contest. It can be said that most bets are made prior to a sporting matchup, but futures can be placed weeks, months or even years in advance. In fact, as soon as the last championship is won, new odds will be released.

The odds will shift as the group stage gets closer and continue to move until right before the final is played on July 14, 2024, at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. If you see odds you like, take them to get the most value on your bets (should you win).