Soon after the birth of the World Wide Web in 1993, Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade & Processing Act of 1994 allowing the licensing and launching of online casinos in that same year. Online gambling sites were in their infancy, but they were popular with gamblers from around the globe due to their accessibility and convenience. Not to be outdone by the online casinos, the first sportsbook was launched online in 1996 by Intertops. The online gambling revolution was now in full swing and just 4 years later an estimated 2,000 online gambling sites covering casino games, poker, bingo and sportsbetting were online and taking action.
The explosion of online gambling was now large enough that it was displacing real world casino and sportsbook revenue as well as action for local bookies. Why would a bettor want to be limited to wagering options with their local bookie when they had the entire world of sports available to bet online at anytime of the day or night at their fingertips.
With the luck he’s been having lately, sports bettor Dave Oancea should probably drop by the nearest store and pick up a lottery ticket. However, he doesn’t really need the money at the moment. Oancea has raked in close to $2.75 million dollars in the past couple of weeks on sports betting. He took home about $2.5 million by backing the Kansas City Royals to capture the World Series and then won another $240,000 by betting on Holly Holm to upset Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title in their UFC showdown on November 14th.
Oancea said he was going to bet just $10,000 on Holm, but then decided to double up and lay down $20,000 on the 12-1 underdog. It was a good move since the 35-year-old preacher’s daughter knocked Rousey out cold in the second round of their UFC 193 tilt in Melbourne, Australia. The odds on Holm dropped to 8-1 just before fight time, but Oancea made his wager earlier at 12/1. Holm, who’s now 10-0, stopped the previously undefeated Rousey (12-1) with a well-placed kick to the head which was followed up by several painful punches.
Yesterday we were not even close to win our bet as we picked the under in one of the highest svoring NBA games of the season. With that loss we are now back on negative figures for the year but we’ll turn that around over the week as we have some exciting picks coming up.
For the first time since we started our daily picks we will be taking our play of the day for the NHL where we like the Chicago Blackhawks at home against the Minnesota Wild. BetUS are offering a great odds for the Blackhawks on the moneyline here as we are getting +160 (2.60) for the Blackhawks -1.5. This means the Blackhawks will have to win with two goals or more in order for our bet to be good.
Our Bet: Chicago Blackhawks -1.5 against the Minnesota Wild
We have to start out by giving ourselves some credit today for our pick yesterday in the game between the Jets vs. Steelers. We said earlier in the week that we liked the Jets +4 but found an even better line as BetUS offered the Jets +7.5 in exchange for a lower return. After the game was over we were really happy that we went with the +7.5 line rather than the +4 line since the Steelers won 24-19. Now we are really looking forward to posting our Super Bowl XLV betting picks over the coming days.
Today we will be resorting back to the over/under lines in the NBA for our play of the day as we like the under 219.5 points in the game between the Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Our Bet: Under 219.5 points scored in the NBA game between the Rockets and the Timberwolves.
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