Look, Hillary’s got her share of critics. We don’t fear the future; we shape it, we embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own. Because you’re who I was talking about twelve years ago, when I talked about hope – it’s been you who’ve fueled my dogged faith in our future, even when the odds were great; even when the road is long. She knows what’s at stake in the decisions our government makes, what’s at stake for the working family, for the senior citizen, or the small business owner, for the soldier, for the veteran. We don’t look to be ruled. That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.
And most of all, I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together – black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag, to this big, bold country that we love. She knows their dream is quintessentially American, and the American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.
We put policies in place to help students with loans; protect consumers from fraud; and cut veteran homelessness almost in half. That’s why our military can look the way it does, every shade of humanity, forged into common service. Faith in America. That’s what leaders do.
I hope you don’t mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man. They’ve seen her work. I was worn out. The things we try to teach our kids.
These are the things Hillary knows. But until you’ve sat at that desk, you don’t know what it’s like to manage a global crisis, or send young people to war. Addressing such a big crowd.
We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer; our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation. Hillary Clinton is respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve. That’s what happens when you’re the kind of citizen Teddy Roosevelt once described – not the timid souls who criticize from the sidelines, but someone “who is actually in the arena…who strives valiantly; who errs…but who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement.”
America has changed over the years. We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, and then hold them accountable until they get the job done. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that together, That We, the People, can form a more perfect union.
Thank you, everybody. Hillary knows, too. That’s what I see.
But I promise you, when we keep at it; when we change enough minds; when we deliver enough votes, then progress does happen. My grandparents knew these values weren’t reserved for one race; they could be passed down to a half-Kenyan grandson, or a half-Asian granddaughter; in fact, they were the same values Michelle’s parents, the descendants of slaves, taught their own kids living in a bungalow on the south-side of Chicago. And she understands that most issues are rarely black and white. America isn’t about “yes he will.” It’s about “yes we can.” And we’re going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that’s what the moment demands.
That’s the America I know. And we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. It’s the courage of the young soldier from Arizona who nearly died on the battlefield in Afghanistan, but who’s learned to speak again and walk again – and earlier this year, stepped through the door of the Oval Office on his own power, to salute and shake my hand.
So, 12 years ago, tonight, I addressed this convention for the very first time. That’s right. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. If you want someone with a lifelong track record of fighting for higher wages, and better benefits, and a fairer tax code, and a bigger voice for workers, and stronger regulations on Wall Street, then you should vote for Hillary Clinton.
After decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil. And I hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. And they were Scotch-Irish mostly, farmers, teachers, ranch hands, pharmacists, oil rig workers. That’s what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny and our GIs to liberate a continent. He will make Hillary a better President. And that’s what Hillary Clinton understands. And tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me. We can do that.
If you want to fight climate change, we’ve got to engage not only young people on college campuses, we’ve got to reach out to the coal miner who’s worried about taking care of his family, the single mom worried about gas prices. Let’s keep it going.
Yes, we can. And then they try to clean it up. And who somehow hasn’t aged a day.
That work involves a big choice this November. You can read about it, you can study it. Meanwhile, Donald Trump calls our military a disaster. He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election.
After all that we’ve achieved together. These values could travel to Hawaii; they could travel even to the other side of the world, where my mother would end up working to help poor women get a better life. Humility; responsibility; helping each other out. After a century of trying, we declared that health care in America is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody.
And it’s got me thinking about the story I told you twelve years ago tonight, about my Kansas grandparents and the things they taught me when I was growing up. Let me tell you, eight years ago, Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me. That is America. And that, in the end, may be the biggest difference in this election – the meaning of our democracy.
And that is another bet that Donald Trump will lose. Hillary knows we can insist on a lawful and orderly immigration system while still seeing striving students and their toiling parents as loving families, not criminals or rapists; families that came here for the same reasons our forebears came – to work, and to study, and to make a better life, in a place where we can talk and worship and love as we please. And even in the middle of crisis, she listens to people, and keeps her cool, and treats everybody with respect. It can be frustrating, this business of democracy. But Hillary’s been in the room; she’s been part of those decisions. And there is only one candidate in this race who believes in that future, and has devoted her life to that future, a mother and grandmother who’d do anything to help our children thrive; a leader with real plans to break down barriers, blast through glass ceilings, and widen the circle of opportunity to every single American – the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.
All of that is real. They tell voters there’s a “real America” out there that must be restored. It’s been you. That’s what matters. Feel the Bern.
I know, the same cannot be said for me. Don’t boo, vote. That’s what Hillary Clinton understands – this fighter, this stateswoman, this mother and grandmother, this public servant, this patriot – that’s the America she’s fighting for.
She knows that for progress to happen, we have to listen to each other, and see ourselves in each other, and fight for our principles but also fight to find common ground, no matter how elusive that may sometimes seem. Party of Lincoln. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate. Look, we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s precisely this contest of ideas that pushes our country forward.
And what my grandparents understood was that these values weren’t limited to Kansas. Not bad, just more mature. That’s our birthright – the capacity to shape our own destiny. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. It doesn’t matter to him that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s not actually offering any real solutions to those issues. We get frustrated with political gridlock, and worry about racial divisions; we are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. We are challenged to do better; to be better. It’s what gave women the courage to reach for the ballot, and marchers to cross a bridge in Selma, and workers to organize and fight for collective bargaining and better wages.
It’s every American who believed we could change this country for the better, so many of you who’d never been involved in politics, who picked up phones, and hit the streets, and used the internet in amazing new ways that I didn’t really understand but made change happen. I understood that after all these years, she has never forgotten just who she’s fighting for.
So if you agree that there’s too much inequality in our economy, and too much money in our politics, we all need to be as vocal and as organized and as persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election. After the worst recession in 80 years, we fought our way back. It’s the painting I keep in my private office, a big-eyed, green owl, with blue wings, made by a seven year-old girl who was taken from us in Newtown, given to me by her parents so I wouldn’t forget – a reminder of all the parents who have turned their grief into action.
That is America. We are not a fragile people. Through diplomacy we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, we opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our children.
But I was filled with faith. In fact, it doesn’t depend on any one person. True things. You are the best organizers on the planet, and I’m so proud of all the change you’ve made possible.
And if you’re rightly concerned about who’s going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world – well, the choice is even clearer. Tim Kaine is as good a man, as humble and committed a public servant, as anybody that I know. And through countless acts of quiet courage, America learned that love has no limits, and marriage equality is now a reality across the land. They didn’t admire braggarts or bullies. Instead, what they valued were traits like honesty and hard work. She has been caricatured by the right and by some on the left; she has been accused of everything you can imagine – and some things you cannot. They live on in each of us. I love you back. She is fit and she is ready to be the next Commander-in-Chief. We meet our commitments. He suggests America is weak. But these values that my grandparents taught me – they haven’t gone anywhere. The America I know is decent and generous. So tonight, I’m here to tell you that yes, we still got work to do. She knows that sometimes during those 40 years, she’s made mistakes, just like I have; just like we all do. A lot’s happened over the years. And the reason he’ll lost it is because he’s selling the American people short. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits, and unpaid workers, and people feeling like they got cheated.
But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican – and it sure wasn’t conservative. America is already strong. I was so young that first time in Boston. He must not hear the billions of men, women, and children, from the Baltics to Burma, who still look to America to be the light of freedom, dignity, and human rights.
Time and again, you’ve picked me up. This isn’t an idea by the way that started with Donald Trump. She’s been there for us – even if we haven’t always noticed. Our troops have pounded ISIL without mercy, taking out leaders, taking back territory. I know his family, I love Anne, I love their kids. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. He will be a great Vice President. And while this nation has been tested by war, and it’s been tested by recession, and all manner of challenges, I stand before you again tonight after almost two terms as your president to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before. And she has the judgment, the experience, and the temperament to meet the threat from terrorism. What makes us American, what makes us patriots, is what’s in here. We brought more of our troops home to their families. Things that last. When the other side refuses to compromise, progress can stall. You fell for my brilliant wife and partner, Michelle, who has made me a better father and a better man, who’s gone on to inspire our nation as first lady. See my grandparents, they came from the heartland; their ancestors began settling there about 200 years ago. Do not quit. Thank you for this incredible journey. Trust me, I know. That’s how change happens.
If you want more justice in the justice system, then we’ve all got to vote – not just for a President, but for mayors, and sheriffs, and state’s attorneys, and state legislators. It’s been peddled by politicians for a long time – probably from the start of our Republic.
Below is the full text of President Barack Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016.
It’s the small business owner in Colorado who cut most of his own salary so he wouldn’t have to lay off any of his workers in the recession – because, he said, “that wouldn’t have been in the spirit of America. We doubled our production of clean energy. That’s what happens when we try. Sure, we have real anxieties – about paying the bills, and protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We’ve seen deficits come down, 401ks recover, auto industry set new records, unemployment reach eight-year lows and our businesses create 15 million new jobs. Just ask the Marine who proudly serves his country without hiding the husband that he loves. The generous, big-hearted, hopeful country that made my story, that made all of our stories possible. And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America.
But after it was all over, I asked Hillary to join my team. And if you doubt that just ask the twenty million more people who have health care today. I came to realize that her unbelievable work ethic wasn’t for praise or attention – that she was in this for everyone who needs a champion. I have to say this, people outside of the United States do not understand what’s going on in this election. And if you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You met my two little girls, Malia and Sasha, now two amazing young women who just fill me with pride. You know, you know, there’s been a lot of talk in this campaign about what America has lost – people who tell us that our way of life is being undermined by pernicious changes and dark forces beyond our control. That’s why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own. We’re not a frightful people. Well, America’s promises do not come with a price tag. And now I’m ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen. He’s not really a facts guy, either. So this year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me – to reject cynicism, and reject fear, and to summon what’s best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation. That democracy doesn’t work if we constantly demonize each other.
She will finish the job – and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. And no matter how daunting the odds; no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits.
Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice? If so, you should vote for him. That’s why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. Supporters can grow impatient, and worry that you’re not trying hard enough; that you’ve maybe sold out.
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America is already great. Not yes she can, not yes I can. Hello, America. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump. She knows that this is a big, diverse country, she has seen it, she’s traveled, she’s talked to folks. That’s what they believed in.
Now, Hillary has real plans to address the concerns she’s heard from you on the campaign trail. I don’t know if they had their birth certificates–but they were there. They knew these values were exactly what drew immigrants here, and they believed that the children of those immigrants were just as American as their own, whether they wore a cowboy hat or a yarmulke; a baseball cap or a hijab.
And she knows, she knows that acknowledging problems that have festered for decades isn’t making race relations worse – it’s creating the possibility for people of good will to join and make things better. He’s just offering slogans, and he’s offering fear. We battled for a year and a half. And look, I’ll admit it, maybe I was a little nervous. It’s not just a choice between parties or policies; the usual debates between left and right. God bless the United States of America.
Hillary’s still got the tenacity she had as a young woman working at the Children’s Defense Fund, going door to door to ultimately make sure kids with disabilities could get a quality education. More work to do for every American still in need of a good job or a raise, paid leave or a decent retirement; for every child who needs a sturdier ladder out of poverty or a world-class education; for everyone who hasn’t yet felt the progress of these past seven and a half years.
Some were Democrats, but a lot of them, maybe most of them, were Republicans. Hardy, small town folks.
That’s right. And we’ve got to work with police and protesters until laws and practices are changed.
That’s the Hillary I know. My time in this office it hasn’t fixed everything; as much as we’ve done, there’s still so much I want to do. But for all the tough lessons I’ve had to learn; for all the places where I’ve fallen short; I’ve told Hillary, and I’ll tell you what’s picked me back up, every single time. She was a little surprised, some of my staff was surprised, but ultimately she said yes – because she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us. She’s worked closely with our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military. They’re as strong as ever; still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith. How could I not be?
It’s the letter I keep on my wall from a survivor in Ohio who twice almost lost everything to cancer, but urged me to keep fighting for health care reform, even when the battle seemed lost. And every time I thought I might have that race won, Hillary just came back stronger.
He cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, tells our NATO allies that stood by our side after 9/11 that they have to pay up if they want our protection. Those bonds of affection; that common creed. The American people.
Hillary Clinton is that woman in the arena. Because they know Hillary. She’s got specific ideas to invest in new jobs, to help workers share in their company’s profits, to help put kids in preschool, and put students through college without taking on a ton of debt. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten; parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities that we had.
That’s who we are. She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards in heels. My girls remind me all the time. Hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; the audacity of hope.
And then there’s Donald Trump. This is a more fundamental choice – about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary’s tough. They didn’t respect mean-spiritedness, or folks who were always looking for shortcuts in life. They really don’t. I see engineers inventing stuff, doctors coming up with new cures. It’s always been about what can be achieved by us, together, through the hard and slow, and sometimes frustrating, but ultimately enduring work of self-government. People are hurt by the inaction. We’re not done perfecting our union, or living up to our founding creed – that all of us are created equal, all of us are free in the eyes of God.
I see people working hard and starting businesses; I see people teaching kids and serving our country. Yes we can. That’s where the criminal law is made. And that is not the America I know.
And through every victory and every setback, I’ve insisted that change is never easy, and never quick; that we wouldn’t meet all of our challenges in one term, or one presidency, or even in one lifetime. And my grandparents explained that folks in these parts, they didn’t like show-offs. But if you’re someone who’s truly concerned about paying your bills, if you’re really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow, and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn’t even close. Democracy works, America, but we gotta want it – not just during an election year, but all the days in between.
She’s still seared with the memory of every American she met who lost loved ones on 9/11, which is why, as a Senator from New York, she fought so hard for funding to help first responders to help the city rebuild; why, as Secretary of State, she sat with me in the Situation Room and forcefully argued in favor of the mission that took out bin Laden.. And, and it’s true. Thank you. Just like my dear friend and brother Joe Biden has made me a better President.
America, you have vindicated that hope these past eight years. It’s not new to her. “It’s the conservative in Texas who said he disagreed with me on everything, but he appreciated that, like him, I try to be a good dad. If you want to protect our kids and our cops from gun violence, we’ve got to get the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, who agree on background checks to be just as vocal and just as determined as the gun lobby that blocks change through every funeral that we hold. She’s still got the heart she showed as our First Lady, working with Congress to help push through a Children’s Health Insurance Program that to this day protects millions of kids.
America has never been about what one person says he’ll do for us. But as I’ve traveled this country, through all fifty states; as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I’ve also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America.
God bless you. And I know Hillary won’t relent until ISIL is destroyed.
And that’s why I have confidence, as I leave this stage tonight, that the Democratic Party is in good hands. And for four years, I had a front-row seat to her intelligence, her judgment, and her discipline. It’s fair to say, this is not your typical election. Hillary knows we can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the worry black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work; that we can honor police and treat every community fairly. Wow, you’ve changed so much, daddy. The Donald is not really a plans guy. They weren’t limited to small towns. We bear our burdens and that’s one of the reasons why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office.
You know, nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office. But she knows that’s what happens when you’re under a microscope for 40 years. I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, not constrained by what is, ready to seize what ought to be.
The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. Apparently, he doesn’t know the men and women who make up the strongest fighting force the world has ever known. By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.
Ronald Reagan called America “a shining city on a hill.” Donald Trump calls it “a divided crime scene” that only he can fix. She understands that even when you’re 100 percent right, getting things done requires compromise. And, by the way, in case you were wondering about her judgment, look at her choice of running mate
The public comment period to protest the proposed regulations ends on Aug. Gov. Sports gambling is illegal in most states.. The complaint also names David Rebuck, assistant attorney general and director of the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, as well as Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission. Chris Christie for signing a law in January that permitted betting on college and professional games at casinos and racetracks.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is trying to block New Jersey from allowing sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and at racetracks around the state.
First Published: August 7, 2012: 12:19 PM ET
They said sports gambling “would irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition.”
The governor’s office was not immediately available for comment.
The complaint says the state is violating a federal law “enacted by Congress in 1992 in order to halt the spread of gambling on sporting events in the United States.”
The Division of Gaming Enforcement published its proposed regulations for gambling at casinos and racetracks on July 2. 31, according to the complaint.
The NCAA, along with the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, filed a complaint in New Jersey federal district court on Tuesday to try to block state officials from authorizing sports gambling.
The document says the regulations will go into effect within the next two months, at which point casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks throughout the state can apply for sports gambling licenses.
“Gambling on amateur and professional sports threatens the integrity of those sports,” said the NCAA and the sports leagues in court documents.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association and some of the most prominent sports leagues in America are trying to keep sports betting out of New Jersey.
The Madden games feature realistic graphics and fun gameplay, but some football enthusiasts prefer games that focus more on simulating actual NFL football games.. The results are based on actual NFL stats, so the results are accurate from a statistical standpoint.
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Action! PC Football
When it comes to modern football video games, nothing compares in popularity with the Madden series produced by EA Sports. Strategy focuses on the gamer calling formations and various plays. The database of players dates back to the 1950s, so players can also simulate historical seasons.
This simulation has been around since the days of DOS, and gameplay is largely the same as it was 20 years ago. The list below features five of the best simulation games.
Second and Ten
This game features both a professional version and a college version.
The video below demonstrates what gameplay looks like:
This is the newest game on the list, and it has promise. One purchased, users can download an extensive amount of content, including files to cover past seasons. Each year, the company sells million of copies each year. Players can simulate individual games as well as entire seasons or multiple seasons. Action! PC Football focuses more heavily on the game simulation and is widely regarded for the designer’s thoroughness in creating the game.
Barcode Games: Professional Football Simulator
There are several other simulations available, including the following:
Solecismic Software first produced Front Office Football in the 1990s as one of the first simulations to focus on management aspects of football rather than actual gameplay itself. Later editions added the ability to call plays, but the game’s main focus has been on the front office aspects (hence, the name).
Although the related Baseball Mogul has been more popular, Football Mogul has been around for an entire decade. The game has gone through many enhancements focusing in both general management aspects of gameplay as well as the simulation part of the football games themselves. These are known generally as text-based simulations. Older versions of the game tended to get hampered by flaws in the interface, but the newer versions of the game have improved these flaws and shortcomings.
The best simulations do not focus on graphics at all. Some are purchased and downloaded, while others are played online. The game features a number of options that allows players to simulate seasons and more
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These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”
And where does all that money go? .
Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs.
“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”
9. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”
Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.
Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”
“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”
Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses.
So, how much are we gambling each football season?
Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.
“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world.
“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years.
While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. “Teams play inspired ball at home.
“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”
2. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned.
“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005). Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day.
Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.
8. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”
Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”
“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”
Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”
Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books.
“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,'” Konik says. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”
But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.
But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”
1. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”
“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”
So, how much should you bet a game?
However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies.
“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”
So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”
And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”
Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”
6. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet
A little advice first though; make sure to take a couple of rolls of quarters and some single bills with you, as this will allow you to drink on the cheap.
There is some fantastic daytime musical entertainment in the casino’s and bars that line the Strip, all of which are free for anyone to go in and watch. And then there are the chapels; hidden among the drive-thru wedding places and chapels that have fat Elvis marry you, there are a few real gems. Many of them have really cool little features inside, such as gondola rides at The Venetian, and an indoor thunderstorm at Planet Hollywood, but it’s actually fun to just take a peek into some of the shops. Gambling is a lot like love; you can’t win if you don’t take a chance. Sure you may roll snake eyes every once in a while, but there is also the chance that you will find blue eyes that you would be willing to stare into until you draw your last breath.
A lot of huge celebrities visit Vegas regularly, especially on a big fight night, but by day your best chance of cozying up to a star is to get your picture taken with one of the look-a-likes. It’s best to get down there a day or two in advance so that you don’t have to stress about it on your big day.
The Vegas Strip looks totally different without the neon glow, but if you take your time to stroll up and down the street, you can see a lot of things you would otherwise miss at night.
The magic of Las Vegas truly is at night though, and if you want a special moment with your loved one, where you can seem to feel as though you are the only people there, despite being surrounded by a throng of tourists, then I suggest the water show at the Bellagio Hotel. If you are looking to save time as well as money, then try to locate a chapel that is close to city hall, as you will have to take care of all your marriage licenses and paperwork, then drop it off at the chapel. If you would like to have a drink while you dance, then hit the nearest slot machine, drop a few quarters, and wait for the waitress to come and take your order. There are Elvis’s everywhere, but keep your eyes peeled and you might just land a cool photo op that will fool your friends.
A Little Romantic TimeVegas by night.
If you are looking for a perfect way to get out of the desert heat for a bit, then it’s fun to explore the inside of the hotels. That doesn’t mean that the new happy couple should split whatever money they have left and go their own way. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy some of the city’s sins, and the easiest way to do that is with a spot of gambling. People tend to think of Las Vegas as a place that comes alive at night, with nothing to do during the daytime but sit and gamble. There are those who would choose to play it safe, and never take the chance at rolling the dice, but where’s the fun in that. Las Vegas hotels will up their rates for the weekend, which means that you can get a great hotel like the Luxor at an incredible price if you are willing to forego the weekend.
A Little Fun After The Wedding.Eat, drink & hang with the stars.
If you are heading to Vegas with the sole purpose of getting married, then you are missing out on a great opportunity to have some fun. I understand that doesn’t necessarily make it free, but it’s a lot less than you would pay at the casino bar.
It’s always best to wait until the last night to have some gambling fun, as you know exactly how much money you have left at that point, and it’s wise to never bet more than you can afford to lose. Instead, I recommend finding a slot machine game that is fun (Monopoly is my personal favorite) and then sitting side by side and playing together.
A newlyweds guide to Sin City.
Las Vegas is a city that’s not exactly known for its romantic side, yet hundreds of thousands of people flock there very year to tie the knot. This offers a great opportunity for you to test your haggling skills, as most shop owners are more than willing to negotiate a price on anything in their store. Booze is free as long as you are gambling, but be sure to give the girl a tip when she brings it. There are a lot of unique stores located inside the Las Vegas hotels, and they never ever seem to be crowded. That perception is generally spoken by people who have never been, or whom partied a little too hard at night and missed everything that the daylight hours had to offer.
The same rules apply for flights, and a Monday departure will not come anywhere near as expensive as a Friday or Saturday flight. Best of all, they will put together a package that includes flowers, video, photos, a limo ride to and from your hotel, and even a live internet feed so that family can watch, no matter where in the world they are located. Vegas vacation packages tend to either run from Thursday to Sunday or Monday to Thursday, with the latter costing much less. It’s amazing what you can find, and maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to find a great, affordable piece of art that looks just like your new bride. The hotel is beautiful in itself, but when the music starts to play, and the water starts to dance, it becomes a moment that truly encapsulates the romance of Vegas, and perhaps explains why so many are drawn there to wed.
A Little Gambling AdviceSave it till the end.
Heading to Las Vegas to get married is a wholly different proposition than going there with a bunch of the boys, or girls, and the goal becomes avoiding trouble rather than seeking it out. If you are not dead set on a weekend wedding, then you can save some money tight of the bat. It may seem odd that a city that sells itself on sin should open its arms to those looking to make an honest woman out the one they love, yet they keep on coming, and when you really think about it, getting hitched in Vegas isn’t such a crazy idea.
A Wedding & Honeymoon All In One
Las Vegas is actually a great place to get married for the couple who are on something of a tight budget. Folks in Vegas can’t resist a newlywed, and you’ll have no problem talking them down, especially if you gush about how beautiful your new wife is.. The show runs every 15 or 20 minutes, and the key is to get there early so that you can get a spot near the front