Fulham Fan is the Luckiest Man Alive Right Now

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

It really doesn’t suck to be Matt Ahrens right now. Why? OK, yes, his Fulham English Premier League team did lose 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but he got a pretty good consolation prize: He got to hang with 37 Bodog Girls before and during the game there and won a trip for two to Las Vegas with all accommodations and spending money thrown in.

Here’s what happened: For the past few weeks, the Bodog Girls were entering soccer fans to win tickets to that Fulham-Spurs’ game. Long story short, there were 37 lucky winners who got to meet in a Fulham bar – Perseverance Bar just off the Putney Bridge — before the match with 37 Bodog Girls. All 37 winners got go on the pitch at halftime with his own Bodog Girl, where one winner was randomly chosen in  a human roulette wheel. That was Matt.

Ahrens, 28, and originally from Essex, was understandably happy, even doing a sprint down the pitch.

“The smile hasn’t dropped from my face and I don’t think it will do for a couple of days at least,” he said. “After I’d gone off on my run, my mates wondered why I hadn’t tried re-enacting a Klinsmann dive!”

So who is going with him to Vegas?

“I’m here with one of my mates so I think he’s going to be leaning heavily on my shoulder,” Matt said.

You know, assuming he doesn’t ask the Bodog Girl.

So do you really need any other reason to join Bodog?

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MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010
It wasn't the pitching dual everyone was anticipating, but San Francisco Giants fans left Game 1 happy with a 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies get another tough pitching matchup with Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez was dominant against the Atlanta Braves in the last round, tossing seven innings, giving up one run in a 3-2 win over the Braves.
The question is will the Giants' bats come alive? They did Saturday against arguably the best pitcher in the majors, Roy Halladay. Cody Ross hit two home runs, while Juan Uribe and Pat Burrell chipped in an RBI each.
Tonight the Giants bats will be dealing with Roy Oswalt. His regular season ERA was solid, but the right-handed pitcher gave up 3 runs — two of them home runs — against the Cincinnati Reds in the last round of the playoffs.
Hit the field in your own way. Be a player and bet on Giants/Phillies in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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NHL Scoring Leaders Not Who You Would Think

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

Sidney Crosby

With just over one week of real NHL action underway, it's far too early to tell who will maintain their early pace and who will not, some components of the young season seem unlikely to keep up while others seem downright absurd. But that's not to say it can't be fun to take a look at how we got to where are at this early point in the season.

Four players sit tied atop the league leader board in goals scored, and they're not who you think. If you would have guessed Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, or Dany Heatley, you would have been wrong. Clarke MacArthur, on the other hand, and you would have won big.

After scoring just 16 goals through 81 games with the Sabres and Thrashers, MacArthur has erupted for five goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs' first four games. The surprising production has helped lead the Leafs to their first 4-0 start in the last 17 years.

The list also includes a pair of Chicago forwards. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, you ask? Meh, close on the second one. Both Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have managed to tally five times so far, Hossa in six games, Sharp in just five.

The last of the four players that make the cut on the list is Buffalo Sabres' center Derek Roy. Roy, through six games, is making an early case for a career year. If he can keep up the pace on which he has started, his 2007-08 tally of 32 goals and 49 assists could be within reach.

As the 2010-11 season continues to develop and change, we'll be more likely to see the usual culprits back at the top of the pack (Ovechkin has four goals, by the way), but that's not to say that what MacArthur, Hossa, Sharp and Roy have done isn't impressive.

For player props, NHL futures and individual game odds, be sure to check out the Bodog Sportsbook, maybe you can cash in on these unexpectedly fast starts out of the blocks.

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John Tavares Returns With Goal

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

John Tavares

Don't look now, but the New York Islanders are sitting atop the Atlantic Division standings with six points in five games, tied with the 2008 Stanley Cup champion Penguins. With John Tavares now back in the line up for New York, you could argue that their prospects will only look brighter.

The Bodog Sportsbook doesn't necessarily seem to think so, giving the Islanders 100/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup next June. But that's not to say that the club can't rally for a playoff spot.

Though they might not keep the Penguins, Devils and Flyers in the rear view mirror all season long, the continued development of Tavares will pace a young club fresh off a victory over the Colorado Avalanche. What will really help them in a potential playoff stretch is that if the Isles haven't been able to win an game outright, they scrap for the overtime point.

Just five games into the season, they have done so twice.

The club will continue to hold its own until it welcomes back the health of veterans Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit. If they can pick up where they left off last season and Tavares continues to show that his early season concussion was but a blip on the radar (he scored a goal in his return), things could be looking up for the struggling franchise.

Think the Bodog Sportsbook is a little harsh in their expectations? Daring enough to put money on an Islanders Cup run? I wouldn't, but that's not to say they can't be good bets in individual game play.

For individual game odds, NHL futures for all teams and enough player props to tide you over on quiet days like today, check out Bodog.com.

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NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

This game is all about the departure of Randy Moss. The Patriots win and all is well in New England. They lose and people will question whether the decision to let Moss leave was a smart one; for the short term and long term.

With the Pats at home NFL odds have listed the Patriots as -3 favorites in the game, but it’s the Baltimore Ravens that have been the favorite thus far in the AFC. With a league that has been filled with parity through five weeks, the Ravens seems to have separated themselves from the pack and look like contenders.

Despite missing superstar safety Ed Reed, Brady needs to brace himself for another tough day on offense. Ray Lewis is still dominating in the Balitmore defense and the Ravens have helped push the Total Under in 11 of the last 15 games against the AFC.

A Ravens upset will rest on the shoulders of Joe Flacco however. The third year pro has been mediocre, throwing five touchdowns but also five picks.

Be a player and pick winners in the Bodog Sportsbook!

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NFL Betting Preview: New York Jets at Denver Broncos

by Best Betting on October 17, 2010

The New York Jets are riding high after winning three in a row behind their dominant defense and surprising offense.

Oddsmakers have confidence in them too. Despite being at Denver they've opened the Jets as -3.5 favorites in the Bodog Sportsbook.

After a rough start to his second season Mark Sanchez has been flawless in his last three. He's had eight touchdowns no interceptions and has been picking apart defenses.

The heralded Jets D will be have a tough afternoon with Kyle Orton. Orton, once considered a backup QB at best, has burnt defenses for over 1700 yards already on the season. And though Darrelle Revis has been listed as active he is nursing a hamstring injury. The Jets can be attacked through the air.

Be a player and bet on the Jets/Broncos in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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Giants Take Down Phillies In Game 1

by Best Betting Sports News on October 16, 2010

Tim Lincecum picked up the win in Game 1

Thanks to a pair of home runs from Cody Ross, the San Francisco Giants have defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their National League Championship Series. The 4-3 win came despite the Phils sending Roy Halladay to the mound.

Now with the Hall of Fame lock and weekly no-no threat in the rear view mirror the Giants can breath easier heading into Game 2.

Pitching for the Giants in the game was ace Tim Lincecum who ran into trouble late against Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz.

Over the course of the evening the game was as close as the final score indicates, with both teams exchanging individual runs in the third and a pair in the sixth. The difference is that the Giants were able to score in the fifth as well.

Prior to the match up, the Phillies had 27/20 odds of winning the World Series, chances only rivalled by those of the New York Yankees. The Giants, on the other hand, had odds of just 5/1. With Game 1 in the books and the Giants in the lead, those are certainly bound to change as the two clubs prepare for the next game of the series.

Speaking of the Yankees. In Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, the Bronx Bombers watched in horror as the Texas Rangers won their first home playoff win in franchise history, a 7-2 victory powered by a two-run blast at the hands of David Murphy.

Now with the series knotted at one game a piece, their favorable odds of winning the Series will drop as the Rangers prove they’re not ready to surrender to the defending champs.

Think you know baseball? Now’s as good a time as any to bet on the World Series. With the ALCS tied and the Giants ahead over Philadelphia, October baseball will be at its best.

For MLB futures, individual game odds and props, check out Bodog.com.

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Vokoun Posts Shut Out As Panthers Crush Lightning

by Best Betting on October 16, 2010

Tomas Vokoun and the Panthers earned a 6-0 shut out

The Florida Panthers obliterated the previously unbeaten Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, behind a shut out performance from goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun stopped all 29 shots he faced on the night, allowing his team to go forth with a 6-0 victory.

The win bumps the Panthers to 2-2-0 while tarnishing the promising start of the season for Steven Stamkos and Tampa Bay. Before Saturday's match up, Stamkos had scored four goals in just three games – all of them Tampa Bay wins.

David Booth led all scorers on the night with a pair of goals and one assist as the team rang in their home opener with style.

Though the Panthers looked like giants on the night, they'll have their work cut out for them grabbing a playoff spot in the East. The Bodog Sportsbook currently gives the club just 100/1 odds of winning the Stanley Cup. Regardless, the lopsided victory is enough to satisfy Panthers fans for now as the welcome their team home following a three game western Canada stint.

With the loss, the Lightning fall out of a group of just five teams who entered the night without a regulation loss. With decent 28/1 odds to win the Cup, they'll look to bounce back and start churning out some more wins. In addition to scoring at least one goal in each of the team's first three games, Stamkos had also scored in seven straight, dating back into last season.

Think the Florida Panthers can maintain the dominance they showed at home tonight? Try keeping tabs on their NHL futures at Bodog.com, if you think they're capable of making noise, you might not find better odds than you have now of cashing in big with the Cats.

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Joe Thornton Signs Three Year Extension

by Best Betting on October 16, 2010

Joe Thornton has just signed a three-year extension

The San Jose Sharks have come to terms on a three-year contract extension for newly-appointed team captain Joe Thornton. The announcement of the decision came Saturday prior to the club's late night tilt with the Atlanta Thrashers.

After filling in for the Sharks in the leadership role vacated by retired Rob Blake, Thornton will look to lead San Jose back to the top of the Western Conference standings. Over the course of his five and a half seasons with the franchise, Thornton has constantly flirted with the 90-100 point range.

In 2009-10, Thornton finished with 20 goals and 69 assists. This year, with forwards Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Devon Setoguchi all contributing on offense, Thornton could eclipse that mark. His career high, 125 points, came in the 2005-06 season where he was shipped from the Boston Bruins out west.

Through their first two games of the 2010-11 campaign, both abroad versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Sharks have gone 1-0-1. The remain one of four teams without a loss in the young season.

General manager Doug Wilson will happy to Thornton's offensive production and leadership locked up for three more years as the 30-year-old power forward continues to gel with his All-Star teammates. The San Jose Sharks have 12/1 odds of winning the 2011 Stanley Cup, according to the Bodog Sportsbook.

Think the Sharks are deserving of such high praise? Was locking up Thornton for three more years a good decision? That's for you to decide. For all your NHL betting needs, from individual Sharks game odds, to NHL futures and player props, be sure to check out Bodog.com.

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MLB Betting Preview: San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies

by Best Betting on October 16, 2010

The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies collide in what will be one of the greatest playoff pitching matchups ever.

The Giants start Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young winner boasts a 16-10 record and 3.43 ERA. On the Phillies side is Roy Halladay. Coming off the first playoff no hitter since the 50s the 2003 Cy Young winner has a 21-10 record with a 2.44 ERA.

"It’s going to be a tremendous matchup," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday. "You have two of the best pitchers in the game. We have all the respect for Halladay. Tremendous command in the strike zone, great stuff, great competitor. And, we have a good one going, too. Two different styles. Their guy’s probably a little bit more conventional than Tim with his unique delivery. But when it comes down to it, he’s in the same position. They have four-plus pitches they can throw at any time with good command."

Oddsmakers are expecting a pitcher's dual, MLB odds have the Total at 6 while giving the Phillies a -169 advantage.

Throw a strike of your own. Bet on Giants/Phillies in the Bodog Sportsbook.

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