Final Four brings the conclusion of the OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge

Posted by on 03 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

The NCAA Final Four takes place on Saturday and marks the beginning of the end of the 2014-2105 college basketball season. It also signals the final two days of the OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge. Right now ‘jakesbombers’ leads the field with a whopping 103 points. Like most of the other top players on the leader board, ‘jakesbombers’ has the entire Final Four correct, but unlike many of the closest competitors, he has Wisconsin winning it all.

‘Alex’ is right behind the leader with 102 points, but does not have the entire Final Four correct, listing Gonzaga as one of his choices.

Five players are tied for 3rd place heading into the Final Four with 99 points. What is shocking is out of these five, only ‘mike191′ and ‘DAllas12′ have Kentucky winning it all. ‘teresad’, who has led for much of the tournament, is currently tied for 9th with ‘stacyca’ and both still have a shot at the Grand Prize of $250.

Remember, the OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge, hands out prizes to the Top 10 places. Elite-rated BetOnline is the lead sponsor of the contest and they will be handing out 2nd and third place prizes, betting accounts with low rollovers and a minimum deposit. They also will be giving out $25 free bets to places 6-10, which are still wide-open.

Best of luck to everyone who entered the 14th annual OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge. And, good luck to Michigan State, Duke, Wisconsin and Kentucky and everyone who has open wagers on them!

OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge continues with Sweet 16 action

Posted by on 26 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

The 14th Annual OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge continues this weekend with Sweet 16 and Final 8 action. Right now ‘teresad’ leads the field with 52 points. Right behind her are ‘titusott’ with 51 points and ‘kevint’ and ‘stacyca’, who are tied for third place with 50 points. All of them but ‘kevint’ have Kentucky winning it all.

In fact 88 players picked the Wildcats as their tourney champion and rightfully so, as they close in on a historic 40-0 season. Last weekend Villanova crashed and burned with a poor shooting performance against N.C. State. This loss all but crushed the chances of 10 players who had ‘Nova picked to win it all (including 3rd place holder ‘kevint’) . Still, 22 players have Wisconsin and 20 players have Arizona, both teams that have at least a chance of beating Kentucky.

In the opening round three teams were the catalyst for busting many brackets. Of course, the #1 seeded Villanova Wildcats crushed those 10 brackets, but many players had the Baylor Bears and Virginia Cavaliers going deep in their brackets. Early chatter surrounding Iowa State caused many other players to push the #3 seed forward in their brackets and now suffer the pain of choosing an over-hyped Cyclones squad to go deep. Michigan State has helped out many players and 2 players have the Spartans to win it all. Surprisingly, only 7 players picked #1 seed Duke to win the Big Dance. No one picked UCLA!

Players in the OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge can head to the contest homepage and click on reports to see how much of a chance they have at winning the grand prize of $250 ($500 for OSGA Members). Though the field is starting to narrow, over 40 players still have a reasonable shot at the grand prize and most still have a chance to get into the top 10 . . . and the prize pool.

Best of luck to everyone with their pools and March Madness wagering!

Make your Picks for the 14th Annual OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge!!

Posted by on 16 Mar 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

The 14th Annual OSGA NCAA Tournament Pool is up and ready for your selections! This year’s Prize pool features a huge pile of cash, a bunch of Free Bets and much more.

It is time to put your bracketology in play. The 2015 OSGA NCAA Tournament Pool pits regular joe’s against professional handicappers; OSGA members versus wiseguys and everyone against the bookie. We make it even easier by giving you the two play-in games that start the tourney on Tuesday night. That’s right, you can get your picks in right up until Thursday 3.19 at noon!

Check out the entire Prize pool here and Enter for Free Today.

Grand Prize: Registered OSGA Members – $500 Cash / Non-Members $250. Prizes are being awarded to places 1-10 and OSGA members are eligible for 2X Cash prizes throughout the tournament. Free bet prizes are sponsored by Elite-rated BetOnline!

Fill out your bracket today at http://www.osga.com/ncaabb-contest2015/OSGA-2015-NCAA-Tourney-Bracket-Contest.html.

OSGA VIP Members get Double Prizes for all contests. Click here to max out your prizes!

Pinnacle Sports may withdraw from grey markets to get UK gaming license

Posted by on 24 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: The Rumor Mill

It has been widely reported that Pinnacle Sports was bought on the weekend by an unidentified party. There is little known about the sale other than Alternative Trading Partners, a Las Vegas based mergers and acquisition firm, issued a notice to Pinnacle shareholders about the sale and disclosed that the buyers are somehow connected to England.

For those unfamiliar with Pinnacle Sports, the company made a name for itself because of extremely high limit, low vigorish betting. It created a niche with bettors around the world but especially in the U.S. where big time bettors could wager obscenely large amounts on major sports like football and basketball. That changed for Americans in 2007 when Pinnacle withdrew from the U.S. market. The exact reasons for this decision were unknown although it is suspected the feds warned Pinnacle to exit or face a sting like the one that happened with BetonSports management. Consequently Pinnacle managers looked at the whole situation and decided they had too many U.S. assets and far too much to lose to take the gamble. It is also well known that banks indicated they would no longer deal with the company as a result of the UIGEA. At the time of the exit Americans represented over 60% of the company’s action. Without U.S. customers Pinnacle changed their focus to Asia and Europe although they still had a sizeable Canadian customer base and the result was a slight change in Pinnacle’s strategy. Limits shrank, hold expanded and U.S. sports offerings dropped off. To this day Pinnacle has stopped offering NASCAR which they apparently deemed unprofitable and of no interest to their new customer base even though many Europeans and Canadians still like to watch and wager on the sport.

Despite the exit from the U.S. market the company still flourished but was met with another setback in 2012 when Michael Colbert, a Cantor Gaming sports book vice president was charged with illegal online gambling and apparently used Pinnacle Sports to place the bets. According to the complaint filed by prosecutors, Pinnacle Sports served as a high-tech “wire room” where bettors and their agents placed wagers and maintained accounts. Pinnacle denied any direct involvement but 2 shareholders in the company settled with the feds on seemingly unrelated charges and one left the company altogether shortly thereafter. Allegations, nevertheless, still stuck with the company which would come back to haunt them when applying for a UK Gambling Commission license as they were forced to cede an Alderney gaming license they hoped to use to expand in Europe.

Nothing further was heard about Pinnacle until late in 2014 when I received a copy of a memo released to Pinnacle employees following a company meeting which indicated that all prior owners and shareholders had left the company due to failing health and just a desire to pursue new endeavors. Only one shareholder stayed on board but apparently with a minor role. The company was sold for all intents and purposes to a Swedish businessman with a connection to the Asian market who became the main shareholder. Whether this is who Alternative Trading Partners is referring to or whether it was sold again after that is unsure but there’s a good chance that individual is still the one at the helm. One notable line from the memo was as follows:

“This is a new beginning in all respects we are in a positive transition mode. We can take opportunities to ensure our business is compliant, sound and ready for growth. We can take advantage of opportunities with our new “clean” start and ensure long-term success of the business and grow to its full potential with our current momentum.”

Not long after the release of this memo, Pinnacle withdrew from the UK market citing new UK regulations and the inability of the company to meet the new requirements. It’s well known that Pinnacle was seeking a UKGC license prior to the new regulations so more than likely the company withdrew hoping that they could indeed come back with a new “clean slate” and acquire the license claiming that they are no longer associated with any of the old management and have withdrawn from both the U.S. and UK market as soon as there was an indication of the new laws. It’s uncertain why Pinnacle is so anxious for the UKGC license since it doesn’t appear that many of their clients are from the UK but more than likely they feel that a UKGC license will be more highly valued in Asia and Europe which will open up the doors to other legal markets should laws change. The current license from Curacao obviously doesn’t carry the same clout, particularly in the Eastern Hemisphere.

If this is indeed what Pinnacle has in mind, they likely will have no issue with paying the tax from UK bets to the UK government as required by terms of the license but they will have one problem and that is the requirement that in order to keep the UKGC license a company must justify their presence in grey markets if more than 3% of their revenue comes from any of those jurisdictions and they have to show they are adhering to local laws if less than 3% of revenue comes from grey markets. It’s not certain what percentage of Pinnacle’s revenues come from individual countries but it can be safely assumed that more than 3% of revenue come from each of China and Canada which Pinnacle still happily caters to. In fact I know personally of 3 individuals who actually moved to Canada for the sole purpose of being able to bet with offshore bookmakers unimpeded including Pinnacle. If that’s the case Pinnacle must decide what’s more important to them their current customer base or the UK license. If this was the old/original ownership the decision would be fairly straightforward but with a new European ownership and a new focus it may not be so clear cut. This is especially true with Canada which likely accounts for a much smaller customer base than China does and which is outside of the Europe/Asia new focus area.

Consequently one shouldn’t be surprised that if the company announces it is withdrawing from certain grey markets like Canada as soon as they are given any indication that they have the green light for a UKGC license.

OSGA Announces Winners of Super Bowl Contests

Posted by on 02 Feb 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

We would like to congratulate “HalC” for winning the OSGA Super Easy, Super Bowl Contest. HalC beat out over 200 contestants to win the $200 CASH Grand Prize.

HalC did get lucky in winning the grand prize. He hit 6 of the seven proposition bets and had the Patriots winning the game, which was the main caveat in winning a prize. He had a total of 45 points which met the criteria for the first tie-breaker, which was closest to the total without going over. However, “RoxanneH” pulled in with the exact some score and also hit 6 prop bets. So, we had to go to the second tie-breaker which was the number of first down by the winning team. The Patriots had an amazing 25 first downs and HalC had 23 to RoxanneH’s 12. Thus, HalC collects the $200 Grand Prize and RoxanneH is eligible for the $150 Free Bet at Elite-rated BetOnline.

The Super Easy, Super Bowl contest did have one player who hit all 7 prop bets, “MaryS”. Unfortunately, MaryS had Seattle as her Super Bowl champ and her hopes for collecting a prize were dashed when Russell Wilson was intercepted on the goal line with just 26 second left in the game. But once again our great contest sponsor, BetOnline, is going to award MaryS with a $100 Free Play as a ‘Bad Beat’ prize! BetOnline is not just a great online sportsbook, but they come through time and again for players in our contests, this time going above and beyond with an extra prize!

In addition, the Super Easy, Super Bowl contest awarded OSGA members who correctly picked six of the seven props correctly with a $50 Visa Gift Card. HalC also cashed on this one as did “TerrenceF”. Unfortunately, TerrenceF just missed taking the Grand Prize from his fellow member, but had a total of 55 points going over the first tie-breaker.

In addition this was the second year that we offered the Super Bowl Squares contest for Members. Congratulations are in order for “DanT”, who had the correct square for the final score of Super Bowl XLIX and will receive $200 courtesy of OSGA.

We are extremely happy to see OSGA members cash in on the great contests that we offer throughout the year. The extra contests and prizes awarded to members are one of the biggest benefits of OSGA membership and are a benefit that truly pays members back. In 2014 OSGA gave away over $4,000 to members via contest winnings and we expect to do more this year for our members. Get on board today with an OSGA membership to become eligible for great prizes and exclusive contests.

OSGA Free Super Bowl Contests

Posted by on 29 Jan 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

Free Super Bowl Contest
This year we are again offering two free contests for Super Bowl XLIX – our “Super Easy, Super Bowl Contest” for all OSGA visitors and the Super Bowl Squares for OSGA members. Now in its 8th year the “Super Easy, Super Bowl Contest” has contestants pick the winners of seven prop bets and then the winner and correct score of the Super Bowl. As a tie-breaker players will also have to choose the number of first downs the winning team has in the Big Game.

ENTER TODAY! CLICK HERE!

PRIZE: The winner of the SUPER EASY, SUPER BOWL Contest will receive CASH. This contest features a Top Prize of $200 and a runner-up prize of a Free $150 Bet at BetOnline.ag. This contest is for both OSGA members and non-members. In addition, any OSGA member who correctly identifies six of the seven prop bet winners, will be eligible for a Free $50 Visa gift card.

Become a Member Today! ENTER the contest today! CLICK HERE!

This is the second year OSGA has offered a Super Bowl Squares contest just for members. This year we bumped up the prizes so that the prize pool for the contest is at $400 and the final score pays out $200 alone! OSGA members can login to the Member Zone for the password to this great Members-Only offering. To ENTER this great free contest today, become a Member!!

OSGA has all the Super Bowl betting information you need! In addition to the free contests, check out original articles from top handicappers, free picks and more insights on the Big Game right here.

Enjoy Super Bowl XLIX.

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