Royal Baby Betting: Odds Favor a Girl

Posted by on 23 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Bets and More

Bookmakers in the UK were probably salivating when the news came out that Prince William and Kate Middleton were going to have another baby. The news was followed by online bookmakers offering odds on the Royal baby’s birth. And currently there are odds up for everything from the sex and name to the date and weight of the latest Royal.

Royal baby betting is no joke. UK books like Ladbrokes and William Hill have had odds up for months and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power and others have even go so far as to put “Royal Baby Betting” on their main wagering menu. Rumors abound that Kate is expected to go into labor any day now, so odds have been cut dramatically on the Royal baby being born over the weekend. UK bookmakers have slashed the number down to less than 10-1 for any day between now and Monday, with Friday being the favorite at 3-1 (+300).

The couple haven’t found out if they’re having a boy or girl but an overwhelming number of bets have been placed on a girl. In the “Name of Will & Kate’s Second Child” prop bet, Charlotte was the early betting favorite at 4/1, as rumors swirled that Kate was going to name their first baby girl after the middle name of her sister, Pippa. But, bettors now think she will be called Alice and have bet that name down to anywhere from 5/4 at Bet365 to 2-1 at 888 and 32Red. Charlotte is still the second choice of bettors at anywhere from 4-1 to 6-1. is the only U.S.facing sportsbook we could find that lists Royal baby betting odds. They have female listed right now at 1-2 (-200) and the favored name of Alice sits at 9/5 (-180). Other popular girls’ names are Charlotte at 6/1, Victoria at 10/1, Diana (for obvious reasons) 12/1 and Alexandra at 14/1. Arthur is the top choice for a boy’s name and is currently listed at 8/1 and Phillip is listed next at 20/1.

UK bookmakers saw millions in action when the couple had their first child in 2013. Bookies said at that time that the birth of the first child to William and Kate was the biggest novelty (non-sporting) market of all time. Back then Alexandra (7/4), Charlotte (5/1) and James (8/1) topped the odds but most smaller bets came in on Diana. Royal Baby gamblers got a surprise when the birth was announced: an 8-pound, 6-ounce baby boy. But they did nail the name for a boy as George was the favorite “from day one” and closed at 2-1.

The good thing about Royal baby betting is that there are odds offered right up until the birth. When George was born William Hill reported over £50,000 worth of bets on the name after Kate went into labor!

Bet on the birth of the Royal Baby at Bovada, who has provided the odds for the child’s name below.

Royal Baby 2 – What will Will and Kate name their 2nd baby?

Alice        7/4
Elizabeth   6/1
Charlotte   6/1
Victoria    10/1
Alexandra  14/1
Arthur      14/1
Diana       16/1
Mary       16/1
Phillip      18/1
Catherine    20/1
Albert        25/1
Charles       25/1
James        25/1
Margaret     25/1
Frances       28/1
Richard      28/1
Caroline     33/1
Francis      33/1
Henry       33/1
Isabella     33/1
William     33/1
Alfred      40/1
David       40/1
Grace       40/1
Sophie      40/1
Spencer    40/1
John         50/1
Frederick   66/1
Georgina   66/1
Michael    66/1
Oliver       66/1

OSGA Announces Winners of 2015 NCAA Tournament Challenge

Posted by on 07 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Promotions

Well the madness is over and what a great championship game it was!!! It is time to crown the winner of the 2015 OSGA NCAA Tournament Challenge.

‘jakesbombers’ took the lead during the Elite 8 round and did not relinquish it, despite having Wisconsin as his NCAA Champion. He finished in 1st place with 135 points to take the Grand Prize of $250 courtesy of OSGA. Unfortunately for ‘jakesbombers’ he is not an OSGA member or he could have collected double the prize and received a check for $500!

So many players picked Kentucky, that this contest was wide open once the ‘Cats lost in the Final Four. Ironically the 2nd place finisher also had Wisconsin in the Final. “Hold em’ managed to get 131 points for the 2nd place prize – a $250 Free Play from Elite–rated BetOnline. The top prize for a player who picked Duke went to third place finisher “DueTime’. “DueTime ended up with 128 points, good enough for a $100 Free Play from BetOnline.

In all only 7 players had picked Duke to win it all and places 4 and 5 were awarded to more winners who had Wisconsin. ‘tonky’ placed 4th with 125 points and ‘tmoore’ ended up with 120. Neither player is an OSGA Member and thus they get the 1X prizes or $75 and $50 respectively.

It really got interesting for the standings once we got to 6th place. Places 6 and 7 were tied with 119 points. Then the next several spots were all tied with 115 points. This meant that places 8-12 were also tied, and though the stated contest prizes were only available to places 1-10, our excellent sponsor, BetOnline, decided to give the same prizes for places 6 through 10 to the 11th and 12th place finishers as well. All players are eligible for a Free ‘no strings attached’ $25 bet at

For bragging rights, ‘beastmodejr’ and ‘Dawk20’ tied with 119, but ‘beastmodejr’ was closer to the final score of the championship game, the 1st tie-breaker. Both players had Duek as their champion and both are eligible for the $25 free bet at BetOnline. “Dawk20’, a regular in the OSGA contest offerings, ‘colem65’, ‘mike191’ and ‘irbyjenn’ each had 115 points and are also eligible for the free $25 bet.

This was the 14th year for the OSGA NCAA Basketball Challenge and again this year the standings flipped and flopped from day-to-day and even game-to-game. We enjoy bringing these contests to everyone, but wish we had seen an OSGA member cash-in with one of the biggest benefits of membership, 2X prizes in all of our contests. We also want to thank one of the longest supporters of our free contests, BetOnline, who not only does a great job for bettors, but for our contests as well.

Players should check back often for more free contests and we urge players to enroll in our annual football contests come September. In 2015, OSGA is committed to offering more contests, with more great prizes for all members, fans, friends and visitors.

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!

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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.

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