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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MLB Picks, April 30th

There are a couple games on today's MLB menu that look tasty.

$20 on San Francisco (Hudson) [-1.5 @ +130] over San Diego (Erlin)
Hudson is 3-1 with a tidy 2.19 ERA this season. Erlin is 0-3 with an 8.44 in his last 3 starts. The Giants are 5-1 in their last 6. 
$10 @ +140 on Milwaukee (Miller) over St. Louis (Garza)
Miller is 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA in his last three trips to the bump. Garza is 1-1 with a 5.21 in his last three. The Brewers have won 5 of their last 6 games. The Cardinals are 1-3 in their last 4.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                  ($25.50)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,474.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MLB Picks, April 29th

One AL game is worth a peek.

$10 on Detroit (Verlander) [-1.5 @ +120] over ChiSox (Quintana)
Verlander is 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA this season. Lefty Quintana is 0-2 with a 4.76 in his last 3 outings which includes a 6 inning/ 3 run stint against the Tigers in his last start. The teams split a 4 game series earlier this month in Detroit. The White Sox have won 3 of their last 4 games. Detroit is 5-1 against left-handed starters this season.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                  ($15.50)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,484.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Monday, April 28, 2014

MLB Picks, April 28th

One game looks good on a short MLB menu today.

$30 @ +120 on Colorado (Morales) over Arizona (Miley)
A battle of left-handers tonight in the desert. Morales takes the horsehide for the Rockies, bringing a 2-0 record and a 1.29 ERA in his last 3 starts to the party. The Diamondbacks give the ball to Miley, who is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in his last 3 outings. At home this season, Miley is 1-2 with a 6.35. The Mountain Men have won 7 of their last 10. The Snakes are a dismal 2-13 at home this year.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                  ($51.50)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,448.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

MLB Picks, April 26th


Quite a few games are interesting on today's schedule.


$20 on NY Mets (Mejia) [-1.5 @ +165] over Miami (Slowey)
Mejia is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA this season. Slowey is 0-0 with a 4.63 in his last 3 outings. The Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 games and the Marlins are 1-3. Miami is 1-9 on foreign soil this season.
$14 @ -135 on Philadelphia (Lee) over Arizona (Arroyo)
Lefty Lee is 1-2 in his last 3 starts, but has a 1.57 ERA. Arroyo is also 1-2 in his last 3, but his ERA is a lofty 11.20. The Phillies have won 4 of 6 and the D-Backs have won 3 straight. Arizona is 2-11 at home and are 1-6 versus left-handed starters.
$11 @ -110 on the UNDER (7) San Diego/Washington
The UNDER has cashed 4 straight times with Eddings calling the plate. 
$12 @ -115 on the OVER (9) LA Angels/NY Yankees
The OVER is 4-1 in Umpire Gibson's last 5 behind the dish. 
$12 @ -115 on the OVER (8.5) Detroit/Minnesota

The OVER has covered in Bellino's last 3 calling balls and strikes. 





Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($28.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,472.00



Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.



All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.


Good luck!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Baseball Picks, April 25th

Three games look good today.

$24 (-1.5 @ -115) on Oakland (Chavez) over Houston (Peacock)
Chavez is 1-0 with a stellar 1.38 ERA this season. Peacock is 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA. The A's have beaten the Astros 4 times this year and 7 straight going back to last season. Oakland has won 5 of their last 6 road games and Houston has lost 8 of 9 at home.
$12 @ -110 on Toronto (Buehrle) over Boston (Peavy)
Buehrle is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA this season. Peavy is 0-0 with a 3.33 in 4 starts. Both teams have lost 3 of their last 4.
$15 @ -145 on Atlanta (Santana) over Cincinnati (Bailey)
Santana is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA. Bailey is 1-1, 5.75. The Braves have won 4 of 6 and the Reds 4-5.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($47.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,453.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MLB Picks, April 24th

A couple over/under bets are all I can find today.

$12 @ -115 on the OVER (7) St. Louis/NY Mets
The OVER is 6-2 in the last 8 games with Porter calling balls and strikes.
$11 @ -110 on the UNDER (7.5) Kansas City/Cleveland
The UNDER is 5-0 in Gibson's last 5 behind the dish.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($45.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,455.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MLB Picks, April 23rd

One game is worth a gander.

$11 @ -110 on the OVER (8.5) ChiSox/Detroit
The OVER is 4-1-1 in home plate umpires last 6 games behind the dish.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($55.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,445.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texas Lottery Chronicles- "Cash Club"

Due to overwhelming demand from angerisagift (whose ovaries are on overload), it's time for another epic scratch off lottery ticket update.

The fifth ticket in our chronicle series is titled "Cash Club." The ticket has 12 games, with a grand prize of $100,000. Nice!


Odds of winning a prize on the ticket is about 4-1 against, but I'm 0 for 4 thus far, so this must be the one...right?

The object of Cash Club is to match symbols on any of the games to win the prize. If you get a "club" symbol, your prize doubles, and if you're lucky enough to get a "stack of cash" symbol your prize triples!

Let's get started, shall we?

There are four lines with three games per line, so I'll scratch one line at a time and see if anything hits.

Games 1 thru 3 didn't provide any matches, with $1,000 the largest prize. Where's the "stack of cash" symbol when you need it? On to line 2.



After scratching off the second line, I not only didn't match any symbols in any of the games, I now haven't matched any of the 12 symbols showing.


This is getting depressing.

Line 3 is revealed and now we are a perfect 0-18 on matched symbols. BOO!!!


Time to take a look at our last chance...line 4.

Well, well, well, game 10 finally provides a cash. Two lemons are revealed for a $10 win.


FINALLY!

Hopefully, it's the start of better things to come.

Think I'll take it in ones. Make me feel richer :)

Tickets                        5
Winners                      1
Investment             $25.00
Winnings                  $10.00
Net                        ($15.00)

MLB Picks, April 22nd

Several games are worth a peek today.

$28 @ -140 on Detroit  (Verlander) over ChiSox (Leesman)
Verlander is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA this season. Leesman is making his first start of the season. The Tigers have won 3 of their last 5. The Sox have won their last 2 after dropping their previous 4.
$27 @ -135 on Milwaukee (Gallardo) over San Diego (Kennedy)
Gallardo is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA this season. Kennedy has struggled and brings a 1-3 record with a 4.12 ERA to the party. The Brewers are an impressive 15-5 on the young season and pitching has led the way.
I've spent a little more time studying the plate umpires for the games and have a few I think are worth betting today.

$11 @ -105 on the OVER (7.5) Houston/Seattle
The OVER is 10-1-1 in the last 12 games with Barry behind the dish.
$11 @ -105 on the UNDER (7) Cincinnati/Pittsburgh
Danley has a tight strike zone as indicated by his 16-3 UNDER record in his last 19 games.
$11 @ -105 on the UNDER (10) San Francisco/Colorado
Davidson called games are 6-0-1 in his last 7 calling balls and strikes.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($58.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,442.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Basketball Picks, April 20th

The Rockets and Trailblazers tip off their playoff series tonight.

$20 @ -200 on Houston over Portland (to win series)
The Rockets match up well against the Trailblazers and have beaten Portland 5 of the last 6 times they've met. That includes a 3-1 record this season. 

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $138.25
Current Bankroll                           $1,638.25

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hockey Picks, April 19th

One playoff game looks good.

Pittsburgh (-175) over Columbus
Pittsburgh has won 7 straight over the Blue Jackets. Columbus is 4-2 in their last 6, but has never won a playoff game. Pittsburgh is 3-2 in their last 5.
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                       $46.00
Current Bankroll                           $1,546.00

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, April 19th

A couple of today's games look profitable.

$40 on Cincinnati (Cingrani) [-1.5 @ +115] over ChiCubs (Jackson)
The Redlegs have won 4 of their last 5 and have beaten the Cubs in 14 of the last 18. Chicago has lost 5 straight, only scoring 9 runs in that span. Cingrani gets the start for Cincy, bringing a 2-1 record with a 2.60 ERA. The Cubs give the ball to Jackson, who is 0-3 with a 6.19 era this season. The Cubs are 18-43 in their last 61 games.
$10 on Oakland (Kazmir) [-1.5 @ +105] over Houston (Oberholtzer)
The A's have won 5 of their last 6 while the Astros have dropped 5 straight and 38 of their last 51. Oakland has beaten Houston 4 straight times. Kazmir gets the nod for the Athletics, sporting a 2-0 record with a 1.40 ERA. Houston gives the ball to Oberholtzer, who is 0-3 with a respectable 3.50 ERA.


Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    ($8.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,492.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Friday, April 18, 2014

MLB Picks, April 18th

One game on today's MLB docket is worth a peek.

$30 on LA Dodgers (Greinke) [-1.5 @ +125] over Arizona
The Dodgers are 5-0 versus the D-Backs this season and have won 6 straight dating back to last season. Greinke toes the slab for LA, bringing a 3-0 record with a 2.76 ERA. Arizona has dropped 6 straight and are 4-14 on the season. The Snakes send Miley to the bump with a 2-2 record. He's lost both starts against the Dodgers this season. Pinnacle and 5Dimes haves the best price on the game.

Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $22.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,522.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MLB Picks, April 17th

One game looks good on today's MLB lineup.

$24 @ -120 on Atlanta ( Wood) over Philadelphia (Burnett)
The Braves have won 5 straight games, the last 2 over the Phillies, and are 35-17 in their last 52 games as a favorite. Atlanta gives the horsehide to Wood who is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA this season. The Phils counter with Burnett who has struggled in his last 2 starts, posting an 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA. He has walked 12 hitters in the last 2 games. I would play the run line in this one, but Wolf is calling the plate today. The UNDER is 13-5-1 in his last 19 behind the dish, so expect a low scoring game. 5Dimes.eu has the best line.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $46.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,546.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hockey Picks, April 16th

The NHL Playoffs crank up today. One series that starts today looks good.

$48 on Pittsburgh (-240) over Columbus (to win series)
$18 on Pittsburgh (-175) over Columbus
The Penguins are 5-0 against the Jackets this season. Columbus has not only never won a playoff series, they've never won a playoff game. That is all.
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                       $35.50
Current Bankroll                           $1,535.50

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MLB Picks, April 15th

One game on today's MLB schedule is worth a peek.

$10 on NY Yankees (Tanaka) [-1.5 @ +105] over ChiCubs (Hammel)
Masahiro Tanaka takes the ball for the Pinstripers. Tanaka is 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his two starts this season. The Cubs send Jason Hammel to the bump. Hammel is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA this season. New York has won 3 of their last 4 and Chicago has lost 3 of 4. PinnacleSports.com has the best price on this one.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $46.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,546.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vegas or Bust Poker League Wraps Up Another Season

Our Vegas or Bust Poker League wrapped up its second season last Friday. I have been fortunate enough to win first place both times.

I finished third in our April tournament, but the two seats to the WSOP were decided last month, so play was a little looser than in most of our tourneys.

I am tentatively planning to play in Event 56 on June 29th. Ms. Duck and I will arrive in Vegas on June 23rd and head home on July 3rd or 4th. It's longer than we usually stay, but since Ms. Duck has been out of work for over a year, we don't get to come but once a year, and only then if I win the league. (Of course, if my Full Tilt money comes through, that would be enough to fund several trips. Fingers crossed on that one!)

So, if any of you scribes and angle-shooters will be in town the end of June, let me know so we can get together.

Our final league standings are HERE if you're interested.

Till next time, win the flips.

Friday, April 11, 2014

MLB Picks, April 11th

Several games are tempting on today's MLB schedule, but only one made it thru our filters.

$11 @ -105 on Detroit (Porcello) over San Diego (Cashner)
The Tigers are off to a quick start for manager Brad Ausmus (former Astro BTW) at 5-2. Rick Porcello gets the nod. Porcello is 3-0 with a tidy 1.59 ERA in his last 4 starts. The Padres send Andrew Cashner to the hill. Cashner is 0-1 this season, but has pitched well, sporting a 2.25 ERA. San Diego has dropped 6 of 8.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $57.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,557.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MLB Picks, April 10th

One NL game looks good on today's schedule.

$13 on Pittsburgh (Cole) [-130] over ChiCubs (Wood)
The Bucs send Gerrit Cole to the bump. Cole is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last 7 starts and is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Cubs. Chicago counters with Travis Wood who is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in his last 4 outings. Against Pittsburgh, Travis is 4-5 with a 3.35 ERA in his career. The Pirates lead the season series 3-2.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $47.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,547.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MLB Picks, April 9th

Two games on the MLB schedule are worth a peek.

$20 on Colorado (Nicasio) [-1.5 @ +130] over ChiSox (Johnson)
The teams split the first two games of the series. The Rockies send Nicasio to the bump, who gave up 1 run in 7 innings in his first start this season. Johnson surrendered 7 runs in 4+ innings in his initial start of the year. The Rockies have won 3 of their last 5 while the Fish have dropped their last two. Bookmaker.eu has the best line on this one.
$10 on Washington (Zimmermann) [-1.5 @ +120] over Miami (Hand)
Zimmermann gave up 1 run in 5 innings against the Braves in his first start. Southpaw Hand is making his first start this year and is 2-10 with a 4.91 ERA in 15 career starts. The Nats have won 5 of their last 7 and the Fish have dropped their last two. TheGreek.com has the best price.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                    $9.00
Current Bankroll                                        $1,509.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MLB Picks, April 8th

A couple games look good on today's MLB docket.

$20 on San Francisco (Hudson) [-1.5 @ +160] over Arizona (Cahill)
The host Giants are 3-1 against the D-Backs this season and have won 4 of their last 5. Arizona is the opposite, losing 4 of 5. Hudson takes the ball for the G-Men, having won 5 starts in a row dating back to last season. Cahill toes the slab for the Snakes. In his last 3 starts he is winless with a 5.15 ERA. 5Dimes has the best line on this one.
 $13 on Atlanta (Harang) [-130] over NY Mets (Colon)
Harang gets the nod for the Braves, bringing a 1-0 record after throwing 6+ innings of shutout ball in his opener. The Mets counter with Colon, who is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Atlanta has won 4 of their last 5 and NY has won 2 of 3.
Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                   ($10.00)
Current Bankroll                                        $1,490.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Baseball Picks, April 5th

Baseball season is back bay-bee! Let's get started.

One game looks pretty good on today's schedule.

$10 @ +130 on Cleveland (-1 1/2) over Minnesota
The Twins can't get anyone out so far this season, giving up 28 runs in 4 games. The Native Americans have won their last 2, outscoring their opponents 13-6.

Starting Bankroll                                       $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                                       $0
Current Bankroll                                        $1,500.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"April Fools Dad!"

When I opened our office Tuesday morning and walked into the reception area, I noticed the door to my office was closed. I never leave it closed, so I started looking around the reception area to see if our computer and other electronics were still there. Nothing seemed to be missing, so I eliminated a break-in and proceeded to s-l-o-w-l-y open the door to my office.

This is what I found.


My first thought was, "What the hell?"

Then I realized it was April Fool's Day and I had been visited by my two kids, who had blown up all the balloons you see here, plus the ones you don't see on the back side of my desk.

It was pretty funny, but took a while to clean up. There were a lot of balloons to pop and a lot of rubber to sweep up after murdering the colorful spheres. Although the tidying up was a time consuming project, I couldn't help but think about how long it took M2 and Sonny Boy to blow up all these balloons, just to get a giggle from their Dad. That's pretty special folks, and that's one of the things that makes having a family so worthwhile.

Both my kiddos are doing well, with my daughter working on her Masters in Psychology. She has attended several seminars in the last few weeks, presenting her research projects. The picture below is her latest from last week. The hand gesture is a "school thing."


Sonny Boy is nearing his undergrad degree, also in psychology. He's tutoring at the school and working at Toys-R-Us on weekends.


Although they've grown into adults and I'm proud of them both, I still picture them as much younger and in need of dear 'ol Dad's direction and advise. Maybe not so much anymore.

But, if they think enough of me to pull off this April Fool's prank, I must have done something right :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Basketball Picks, April 2nd

One NBA game is worth a peek.

$11 @ -105 on Chicago (-2) over Atlanta
The Bulls are a respectable 18-18 on the highway this season. They have beaten the Hawks 5 straight times, including 3 times this season. Atlanta has lost 6 of their last 7 and Chicago has won 4 of 5.
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $127.75
Current Bankroll                           $1,627.75

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Basketball Picks, April 1st

One game on tap tonight looks good.

$21 @ -105 on SMU (-3) over Clemson
The Ponies have won 3 straight after being denied by the NCAA selection committee. The Tigers have also won 3 in a row and defend the perimeter better than anyone in the country. Can SMU win in the paint will determine which team moves on to the finals of the NIT.
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $107.75
Current Bankroll                           $1,607.75

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!