2013 OSGA College Bowl Bonanza is UP!

Posted by on 20 Dec 2013 | Tagged as: Promotions

Our annual Bowl Contest is underway and we have had a huge response so far!

The OSGA College Bowl Bonanza is all new this year with a new name and new software. The entries take just a few minutes to complete and the contest is free to enter. Check it out at http://www.osga.com/contestcentral.html. The deadline for entries is 2PM on Saturday, December 21.

This year the annual BCS Bowl Contest from OSGA is bigger and better than ever. In its 11th year, the pick’em-style contest includes 35 bowl games and has a prize pool of $1450. This contest is Against the Spread. OSGA has massaged the point spreads to make every game half-point decisions to avoid pushes. Players simply pick the winners of each bowl game (ATS) and then the correct score of the BCS Championship game as a tie-breaker. Points are awarded for each win and this year players can pick five ‘Key Games’, so everyone has a chance right up until the National Championship game between Auburn and Florida State.

There is NO FEE to enter the OSGA 2013 College Bowl Bonanza and this year the prizes are again HUGE. The GRAND PRIZE of $500 is in Ca$h. The Runner-Up gets $250 cash. This years places 3 through 10 also get prizes – 3rd Place gets a $250 Free Bet at Elite-rated Bet Phoenix and more cash and sportsbook prizes are up for grabs. Check the rules for the complete prize breakdown.

This contest takes just a few minutes to enter and there is No Entry Fee. Check it out at http://www.osga.com/contestcentral.html. The deadline for entries is 2PM on Saturday, December 21. GOOD LUCK!

Contest Season at OSGA

Posted by on 06 Dec 2013 | Tagged as: Promotions

We have been running contests for our visitors for nearly 15 years and we keep getting requests for more, especially from our Members. This year we are using new software and though there have been some bugs and glitches, we have been able to give more to our visitors and Members.

At this time of year we have several contests going on and in 2013 we have offered more free football contests than ever. Unfortunately for more than 100 players, this is the last weekend for our first ever College Football Pick ‘em.

Each week players chose 10 out of 15 hand-picked college football games. Players chose ten games Against the Spread and assigned ‘confidence points’ to their selections. This contest challenged players to not just pick winners, but to grab the most points possible by assigning the highest point values to their favorite games. There were several weeks where the player who picked the most winners, did not have the most points. So far, contest sponsor SportsBettingOnline has given away over $3000 worth of free play betting money. They have done an excellent job crediting players, usually within a few hours. Good Luck to all players in the final week of the College Football Pick ‘Em.

This past weekend we ran our first-ever Members-Only Thanksgiving Weekend Pick ‘Em. This contest was a tremendous success for our members who picked pro football games on Thanksgiving and Sunday and College Rivalry games on Friday and Saturday, 20 games in all. This contest paid the top 5 winners and had a very unique occurrence. The top prizes were cash prizes and top sportsbooks WagerWeb and GTBets sponsored the rest of the prizes. Unfortunately, for one of the winners, GTBets refused to let him play as he was from the Bayou state and GTBets doesn’t accept players from Louisiana. So WagerWeb stepped up to the plate and gave away an additional prize. And, GTBets paid the prize that was left on the table to the next finisher. Thus we had 6 winners and a special thanks to WagerWeb and GTBets

Our annual Pro football contest, the OSGA Progressive Pick ‘em, is chugging along. The progressive prize of $100 a week in cash that builds each week was hit by two players back in week 8. Each winner got a check for $400. The current progressive prize is again back up there again at $600. In addition, weekly winners are given a $100 free Play at elite-rated BetOnline. To date BetOnline has given away over $1200 to contest winners.

Finally, the OSGA Members-only squares contest is entering its 14th week. The contest is setup as a simple free squares game with a $25 VISA gift card going to the halftime score winner and a $50 one sent to the player who has the square that corresponds to the final score. Every week the board is filled with OSGA Members who get to pick 5 squares for the MNF game. Unfortunately for members, a few weeks have had blank squares as winners. But prizes are double for next week’s winners! Members can simply get the weekly contest password by logging into the Member Zone or can grab it out of the weekly Member newsletter.

Good Luck to everyone who has participated and those still alive in our contests. Next up is our College Bowl Pick ‘em and with our new software, look for something special after all of the Bowl games are announced!

What Games will YOU be Playing when NJ Starts Online Gambling?

Posted by on 15 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: Promotions

USGAMINGSURVEY.com needs your opinions!


This survey can ensure that you get what you want out of online gambling in New Jersey.

In two weeks games will begin in New Jersey online for the first time and your 2 cents can make a difference in how many sit & go games you get to see, how many high dollar tournaments are offered, and how low the rake will be. You can influence the types of slots, mutli-hand blackjack games and even bingo!

Give just 5 minutes of your time to help New Jersey start-up online poker, black jack and slots games and help yourself in the process.

If you have already taken this survey, thank you. If not, as a reward for just 5 minutes of your time, you get a free shot at a brand new iPad Air! As a gambler, a free entry to a huge prize is a low, no risk, anonymous investment.

New Jersey residents, click here to help get the game right. This survey and prize are only open to New Jersey residents, so your opinion counts!

Head to usgamingsurvey.com today before this opportunity ends!


Florida St Vs Miami Betting Odds, Preview, and Information

Posted by on 01 Nov 2013 | Tagged as: Bar Stool Betting

Host and Bar Stool Scarecrow Randy Mann gives us the skinny on the Florida State Seminoles vs Miami Hurricanes College Football Betting match up.  This game is fittingly being played out this Halloween Weekend because it is a Monster Match up.  This long time rivalry game will ride into kick off with both squads undefeated for the first time in years.  As much as a rivalry game as this is, it will amount to much more than in-state bragging rights for either squad.  Both teams are positioning themselves for a possible BCS Title run at a make or break moment in the 2013 season.  To get to the big game, the winning team in this affair will need to impress the BCS gods.  This means you can expect to see some fireworks once the whistle blows this Saturday.

This game re-emerging on the national stage in importance and having BCS Title implications is like a blast from the past re-make of your favorite 80’s song.  To give an idea of just how fun this college football rivalry was over the years, let’s take a quick look back at some of this matchups storied history: 1987 Going for the win instead of a tie FL St Loses to Miami, 1989: FSU Beats the Reigning National Champions,1991: Wide Right I, 1992: Wide Right II, 2000: Wide Right III, 2002: Wide Left, 2004 Orange Bowl: Wide Right IV.  The fact that you can Wikipedia this stuff tells you all you need to know.  As fun as this series was, both teams checked out for a bit on the national stage.  Right as we thought this rivalry game had become not much more than just another spread to bet or an afterthought…welcome back!

Speaking about betting, Oddsmakers currently have the Florida St vs Miami betting odds set with the Seminoles listed as a 3 touchdown favorite.  At first glance, the Miami value is looking pretty nice right now.  However, the Seminoles are sporting Heisman front runner Jameis Winston who is not so much Johnny Football flashy as he is Peyton Manning efficient.  Barely out of diapers, the Red Shirt Freshman gunslinger and dual sport star has the ability to short circuit a scoreboard with precision passing in the time it takes to get from the couch to the fridge, grab a beer, and get back to the couch.

Now, without further adieu…let’s turn this match up over to our friend and fellow betting mate Randy to get the low down on this Halloween Weekend Monster matchup.



NCAA Football Odds Provided by BetDSI

Is Betfair being blocked from entering New Jersey Online Gambling Market?

Posted by on 23 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: The Rumor Mill

When the Rational Group attempted to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino in an effort to enter the New Jersey poker market several casinos as well as trade groups including the American Gaming Association cried foul, arguing that no company that catered to the U.S. market after the passing of the UIGEA should be allowed to sell their product stateside. Their cries seemed to be heard as the Atlantic Club reneged on the sale and the Rational Group has been on an uphill climb since attempting to get back into the market. The Rational Group eventually set up a partnership with the Resorts Casino Hotel but to date a license hasn’t been granted to them and rumor has it that the “bad actor” clause, which was passed in Nevada, may soon be announced by the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) in New Jersey as well which will shut out the Rational Group from applying for a New Jersey license either as an owner or partner for 10 years. If that occurs, the Resorts Casino Hotel will have to find another partner. Bwin.Party, which has partnered with Borgata, and 888 Holdings which has partnered with Caesars also offered their products at one time to the American market but they have been excused for “their crimes” after paying a fine and withdrawing from the U.S. market immediately after the passing of the UIGEA.

The one company that has applied for a license and has many a bit upset, however, is Betfair. The U.K. sporting exchange giant and the owner of the TVG horse racing network has partnered with Trump Plaza to offer online poker and likely casino games as well. While the partnership has never been confirmed officially by Betfair or Trump, Betfair has already begun acting like it’s a done deal. In fact Betfair even went ahead and launched letsplaynj.com and betfairnj.com before even getting the go ahead from the DGE. The websites are effectively a sneaky way to build up a database by allowing New Jersey residents to leave their names and email addresses after answering a few questions and in return they are given a chance to win prizes including an all expenses paid trip to London.

But not everyone is happy about Betfair entering the market including a lawyer for a major sports league who I made contact with a few years back who doesn’t believe that Betfair has any business entering the U.S. market for any “real” gambling since their products are all about sports betting.

“If Betfair wants to offer horse racing then that’s their business but with real gambling it should be limited to American casino companies that have never attempted to offer sports betting outside of Nevada. Sports betting is a plague in the U.S. and the last thing we want is a company that we know will be petitioning to offer sports betting in America from gaining any type of real presence. I can only speak for myself but I’m sure my colleagues would agree.”

Ironically when I asked if I could use his name in this article he answered “not now but that may change shortly,” which seemed a bit odd since one would think that he would want his viewpoints known publicly. Nevertheless I agreed to his request.

But it appears that some Atlantic City casino owners are also unhappy about Betfair entering the market and are attempting to block their entry by petitioning the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) from agreeing to the Trump/Betfair license. I spoke to one casino manager who was adamant that personally he wanted to see Bwin.Party, 888 Holdings and even Gamesys blocked from getting a license in New Jersey because they are foreigners but he realized that only Betfair has a chance of being stopped at this point since the DGE already agreed to the Borgata/Bwin.Party partnership and that Caesars is too powerful to block their partnership but he believes Betfair is still in play because it is still known as a predominantly sports betting company. Nevertheless he is leaving it up to the lobbyists to take up the cause.

“As far as I’m concerned the New Jersey market should be opened to American companies only and I have a real issue with casinos that are partnering with foreign businesses,” he told me. “But at the same time the casinos have to tread gently. We realize the issue is a sensitive manner because it also involves free trade but I’m confident that in the end New Jersey residents will shop American and play with the 100% American labeled companies.”

Like the lawyer from the sports league he also said he didn’t want his name used right now for fear it could be held against him in his company’s quest to get a New Jersey license if he is seen to be challenging the DGE publicly.

I tried to contact someone from the AGA and someone from the DGE for a comment but never received a reply from either.

Online gambling starts November 26 in New Jersey. Hopefully, NJ residents get to play with the best and brightest Internet wagering companies.

Manning is in the House: Colts-Broncos NFL odds

Posted by on 18 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: Behind the Lines

The Indianapolis Colts have done a fine job of adapting to life without Peyton Manning these past two seasons. This Sunday they’ll have to face the music when they host the future Hall of Famer and his Super Bowl favorite Denver Broncos. Not only do the Broncos hold the 7-point advantage on the NFL lines heading into Week 7, they’re the top team on the Super Bowl futures at Elite Rated Bovada at 5/2 (+250).

Two weeks ago we told the story of how the public this year has loved betting on the Broncos, not matter what the spread. The public has also been hammering the over betting total, forcing the line to go up and up every week in the Broncos games. the biggest disparity in this game is the Colts are 4-2 cashing the under this season, while the Broncos have gone over the total in all six of their games. However, this week their opponent is also a home underdog, always a great betting scenario. Especially if you throw in this fact: the Colts are a perfect 7-0 SU and ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog, including just two weeks ago when the Colts shocked the number two Super Bowl favorite, Seattle Seahawks in Indy, 34-28.

According to Elite-rated BetOnline.ag about 66% of the early action is on the Broncos (-6.5). However, as has been widely reported, the Broncos took about 80% of the action last week against the Jaguars and failed to cover. In fact, the Broncos have not cashed for bettors since their 52-20 blowout of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.

Their 0-2 records ATS in October  is due to the terrible pass defense of the Broncos who are 32nd in the league. Many pundits say their #1 ranking against the run is the flip side of that coin but when teams are getting blown out week after week, they tend to abandon the rush.

Let’s face the facts before we plunk down money on either of these teams. Both clubs have been average against the number this season, each posting 3-3 ATS marks. The Colts posted impressive upsets of San Francisco and Seattle, but faltered last week. The Broncos are 6-0 but have not made bettors very happy so far this season.

Though players have been hammering OVER in the Broncos games, the total for Sunday night has been going down since it opened at 56.5. Some of the reasons? The Colts defense has allowed just 16.3 points per game this season and so far has yielded just over 200 yards per game against the pass, good enough for 5th in the league. The Colts also know that they way to beat Peyton Manning is to keep him off of the field. Everyone expects the Colts to run Trent Richardson all day and use that to setup their pass game. If they are successful, this game goes under the inflated total. Since it’s already down to 55.5 at some sports betting shops, grab it at 56 if you agree. Or head to a Las Vegas sportsbook where 57 is appearing on tote boards all over town.

The current NFL odds point to the visiting Super Bowl contenders as favorites in the contest, but with an inevitably fired up Colts crowd behind them, Andrew Luck and company could play spoiler.

Check back every week for more from Behind the Lines.

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