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postheadericon How to win your bets this year in the ncaa tournament

How to Win Your Bets This Year in the Ncaa Tournament

In this article we are going to take a look at how to bet the NCAA Tournament and hopefully win with your brackets this year. First off, for the novices out there, betting against the spread and the points total are the two main forms of collage basketball betting. Making these types of wagers will give you the best chance of winning on a consistent basis.

When the first round of the tournament starts this is your best chance of winning your bets. For example, a #1 vs. #16 seed or a #2 vs. #15 seed can be prime bets for the spread. The listed spread in these games average between 20 to 30 points. The #1 and #2 seeds 95% of the time win the game but the spread at the end can be smaller because since it is a blow-out and half way through the second half the coachs pull out all the starters and put in the bench warmers to finish the game.

Another fun way to bet the NCAA Tournament is to make futures wager on who you think is going to win the whole thing. Most online sportsbooks provide players with this option. For example, UCLA is currently the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament in Las Vegas. The Bruins are listed ar 7-2 odds. This means that a wager of $100 dollars will pay 3.5X if the Bruins go on to win it all. We like to look for a little bit more value with these futures wagers as rarely does the favorite come through. For example, Tennessee os having a great year and is listed at 12-1 odds. If your small wager comes through on the Vols, you’re going to have quite the nice little payday.

Most popular way to celebrate March Madness is to get involved in your Office Pool and determind who will survive by picking each game starting with the opening rounds all the way through the championship game. Monday morning every person cut out the brackets from their sports section. Everybody involved puts in $20. The person with the most wins by the end of the tournament wins the pool. The first teams that you need to look at that are the “Fraud Teams”, these teams will go out eary. For example the #1 “Fraud Team” this year is Duke. They were seeded at 2 when they really should be no higher than a 4 seed. Next teams you look at are the “Chalk Teams” the teams that are expected to win and win by the spread. For example, all your #1 seeded teams in each region are going up against the #16 seed team, no #16 seed team has ever beaten a #1 seed. Then work your brackets from their. Keep an I on the games that have the #12, #13 and #14 seeded teams involved, these are prime upset picks.

Good luck and have fun this March. For more tips to help you make your selections in the Big Dance this year.

postheadericon George savell – older riders in bmx racing

George Savell – Older Riders in Bmx Racing

Tom Price in Western Australia, located 1547 kms from Perth, is a mining town surrounded by expanses of iron ore hills in every direction. It’s also the hub for the dads club at the local BMX track, which is enjoying some attention as a place where the dads are giving it a go.

George Saville, who claims to be fast approaching 40, had never ridden a BMX before. The thought of riding to keep fit was appealing, particularly upon moving to Tom Price where he’d heard about the infamous dads club. His two sons, Jacob (10) and Ethan (8), are keen riders and had been hitting up the Karratha track for some time. Like many young riders, they were very supportive when it came to their dad giving it a go.

“The dads looked like they had the same fitness level as myself and were pretty much the same age” George says. “So I thought, well this looks all right”.

When he first hit the track, he found that he couldn’t make it around the whole track without having to take a rest.

“Then we got on the gate for the first race. There were seven new dads who’d never ridden before and Kero (Club President), who’s been riding for several years and when he was a kid. The adrenaline started pumping and we all blasted out of the gate and I made it two thirds of the way around the track. When I went through the rhythm section for the first time ever, I found it a bit harder than it looked. I came straight off, knocking the guy next to me down” he laughs.

George had a ACL ligament replaced in his left knee twelve months ago and is still recovering. He finds that his right leg does all the work and by the time he’s at the end of the track, it feels like it’s on fire. So apart from his knee feeling sore after a race, he pushes the matter aside and is keen to get back on to the track, doing it for the dads. He doesn’t have time for excuses.

The kids think it’s great when the mums and dads hit the track. It’s something for them to cheer about and many dads realise how hard it is for the kids.

“I love the people I meet, new friends, the fitness and the best thing is the fun you have”. All the dads are loving it with the bonding strengthening as they share the sport together. “Some people are worried about looking stupid by falling off” George says. “Everyone falls off some time but you’re going to miss out if you don’t give it a go”.

George bought a strong bike that was heavy because he wasn’t “slightly built” with the safety gear and spent $800 all up. Now he just needs to focus on making it full speed around the whole track.

“I just want to encourage everyone to give it a go and it’s all about fun” he adds.

BMX racing in Australia appears to have an increase of older riders, which is fantastic for the kids and the sport. With the attention on the Olympic Games debut, the sport can only grow. So parents, get out there and have some fun!

Delphine Jamet

postheadericon History of the belmont stakes

History of the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the final race of the American Thoroughbred Triple Crown series of races and is known to horseracing fans by many different names. The Belmont Stakes of often referred to as the Test of the Champion for many different reasons. One of the reasons why the race is referred to as the test of the champion is that it is the longest race of the Triple Crown series at a mile and a half, or twelve furlongs. Another reason why the Belmont Stakes is such a challenge is that the horses that are running in all of the Triple Crown races will be forced to run three races in six weeks, which is a very grueling task. Another reason why the race is such a challenge is that most of the horses in the race will never have raced at such a long distance and are not experienced enough to be able to maintain their endurance for such a long race.

The first Belmont Stakes was run in 1867 and since this time, there have only been three fillies to ever win the race. History was made in 2007 when Rags to Riches became the first filly to win the prestigious race in over one hundred years. Currently, the Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park in New York; however, this has not always been the case. The very first running of the Belmont Stakes took place at Jerome Park, which was located in The Bronx. The race was held at this location until 1905, when it was moved to its current location. The prestigious race was held at Aqueduct Racetrack during the years of 1963-1967 while Belmont Park was undergoing renovations.

Unlike the other Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes was not run for two years due to anti-betting legislation that was passed in New York during the years of 1911 and 1912. Another interesting fact that makes the Belmont Stakes different from the other Triple Crown races is that it was run in the English style of racing with right hand turns until 1921.

In 1973, Secretariat set several records running in the Belmont Stakes that still hold to this day. The first record that he set was the world record time for the distance of a mile and a half. He also set the record for the largest margin of victory at thirty one lengths.

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