Monday, March 29, 2021

Elite Eight

And now we have eight teams remaining in the NCAA Mens Tournament. As I review my Sweet Sixteen selections, I was 5-3. In my predictions before the tournament I have 4 teams in the hunt. They are Gonzaga, Baylor, Houston and Arkansas. Here are my picks to get to the Final Four.

Houston over Oregon State:  Oregon State was rattle by the defensive pressure of Loyala Chicago. They eventually settle down and took control. Houston will apply the same intesity and be able to score. The Cougars have allowed their opponents in the tournament to shoot a combined 39% from inside the arc. This continues. Houston -7.5 and 129.

Baylor tops Arkansas: Baylor was impressive in their second half against Villanova. They forced turnovers and were able to attack the rim. They did not shoot well from outside so that must improve against the Razorbacks. Arkansas survived against Oral Roberts. They fall to the Bears. Baylor -8 and 148.

Gonzaga over USC: Gonzaga continue to dominate everyone. But the Trojans are playing exceptional right now. This should be the best game of the Elite Eight. High scoring with a run by the Zags at the end to pull it out. Gonzaga -8.5 and 155.

Michigan defeats UCLA : Michigan has history going for it. No team ranked as low as UCLA has ever made it to the Final Four. The Bruins were in the play in game. I will ride with that stat and see the Wolverines move on. Michigan -7.5 and 136.

I had Gonzaga and Baylor in my picks for the Final Four at the start of the Madness. 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Sweet Sixteen

The Sweet Sixteen is set. Not exactly how I envisioned it. But that is the beauty of the tournament. Let's look ar the matchups and try to get an Elite Eight.

Gonzaga beats Creighton: Gonzaga is the most explosive team and have scored over 80 points in both of their games. Creighton does not have enough firepower and must play exceptional just to hang around. Bulldogs -13.5 and 158.

Oregon over USC: Oregon controled Iowa and never let them in the game. I expect the same again when they play the Trojans. Should be a high scoring game. Ducks -2.5 and 139.

Alabama destroys UCLA: Alabama is the 2nd best team in the tournament right now. They will shoot exceptional from distance. Bruins run out of the gym. Bama -6 and 145.5

Michigan defeats Florida State: Michigan is deeper and more talented. They wear State down in a close game early and pull away late. Wolverines -3 and 143.5.

Houston over Syracuse: Houston will solve the Cuse zone and dominate the glass. Defensively sound enoughto hold Buddy Bonheim under 20 points. He has to get 25 or more for Orangeman to stay in it. Cougars -6 and 140.5.

Loyala Chicago beats Oregon State: Loyala control the tempo and wins this game. I can't go against Sister Jean after she prdicted the win over Illinois. Pac 10 have been impressive but styles dictate a Ramblers win. Ramblers -6.5 and 125.

Oral Roberts upsets Arkansas: The high powered Golden Eagles continue their impressive run and defeat the Razorbacks. Oral Roberts +11 and 159.

Baylor over Villanova. Nova is tournament ready and surprise me to get this far without Collin Gillespie. Baylor is too strong and will wear the Wildcats out. Bears -6.5 and 140.5.

My bracket that I selected prior to the tournament needs wins from Baylor, Houston,Gonzaga, Alabama and Arkansas to stay in the hunt. In making my selections, I looked at how the teams are playing now. If you view the entire remaining teams as a reseed then it is easier to evaluate the field. When you get to the Elite Eight I would look at the higher seeded team winning in each game. So they will be one or wo more upsets left before the Final Four.  To quote Jay Z, "Choose One".

Hopefully your teams will be on to the next one and meet in the Elite Eight. Follow me on Twitter where I discuss #sportsbetting and #gaming entertainment.  Check out my articles in Bettors Insider and in the January edition of Igaming player

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Battle for Philadelphia Gaming: Round One

The official opening of Live Casino & Hotel in South Philadelphia expanded the gaming casinos in this region to five. They include Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino, Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino and Resort. Each of the existing venues has it's own niche. It was a competive and comfortable environment with 4 players. Philadelphia's population of 1.5 million people can accommodate gaming and entertainment for 4 casinos. Live Casino is betting that 5 casinos can coexist and they will be the premiere destination. 

The revenue in Pennsylvania Gaming dropped by more than 20% in 2020. This was largely due to the closing of casinos due to COVID -19. Traditional land-based casino revenue nearly halved. Pennsylvania's casinos racked up approximately 1,500 closure days, or 33% of the days the casinos would have operated normally. Slot-machine revenue fell by $1 billion to $1.3 billion, while table games revenue fell by $400 million to $500 million. However, internet gambling shot up 17 times from $34 million in 2019 to $566 million, and sports betting more than doubled to almost $190 million.

These numbers give two conclusions. The first is the appetite for online gaming is substantial. There is a tremendous opppotunity because of sports betting to introduce new customers to your gaming operation. The second conclusion is that due to limits on capacity, each of the two casino in Philadelphia is on even ground. The relaxing of the food and beverage restraints will level the playing field equivalent to the venues outside the city limits that were able to continue those operations with safety protocols in place.

So each property in the Philadelphia region has the opportunity to rearraign it's share of the market. Some people see competition as a threat. I look at it as an opportunity to improve your game. Identify your strengths and shore up your weaknesses. Find ways to energize your staff and reconnect with your customers. COVID has made managing a gaming operation extremely challenging. One of the best owners I ever work for told me you can't be afraid to try new stuff. It's time.

                                                                      Time is Now

The challenge is there for all 5 casinos. The bell just rang! It's Round One!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tribute to 3 Trail Blazers:

The month of January saw 3 iconic Black trail blazers transition from this earth. In the spirit of Black History Month, I want to acknowledge each of them. 

John Chaney was the legendary coach of Cheyney State and Temple University. Coach Chaney gave opportunities to inner city youthsto play Division One Basketball. He was one of the few coaches that would recruit  prop 48 players that were declared ineligible as freshmen. This rule was later changed because it was found to be discriminatory against black students because of the use of standardize testing that had cultural bias against minorities. Coach Chaney was a father figure to many of his players. He was instrumental in making the Atlantic Ten one of the top conferences in the country. 

Hank Aaron was the home run king of Major League  Baseball. He was able to surpass Babe Ruth record that has stood for decades. As he approved 714 home runs, he was besieged with hate mail and death threats. He kept the mail but never allow it to deter his pursuit of the record. He was playing in the deep South where discrimination was prevalent and a norm. Aaron was named to the MLB Hall of Fame and is still considered one of the best baseball players of all time.

Cicely Tyson was an actress and fashion model. She was known for her portrayal of strong black characters. Tyson refused to play stereotypical roles that demeaned people of color. Her stance cost her money and acting opportunities. Tyson felt it was more important to be a credit to her race and give an example of setting a standard that others could follow. She was nominated for an Oscar, won Emmys and NAACP Image Awards thru out her career that spanned 7 decades. 

If you think you are going threw it, think about the real struggles that these trailblazers went thru. Each of them raise their voices so you could be heard.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Super Bowl Contest

The Super Bowl 55 Contest is here. Are you ready to win some NFL gear?  This is going to be fun and easy. Here are the steps. 

Enter for a chance to win one of five prizes of sport apparel, worth approximately $200, collectively. The merchandise is from the NFL Shop and Fanatics.

Restrictions: Must be over 21 years of age to submit an entry. No entries from any social media accounts that appear to be created solely for the purpose of this contest will be considered.

Start date is 1/31/21 at 9:00 AM  and the End date for submitting entries is Sunday 2/7/21 at midnight.

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Follow @GamingguyM@KeshisCuties on Twitter. Tweet your best question pertaining to Super Bowl 55. Tag two people with your question along with GamingguyM & KeshisCuties. If you don't have a question, you can submit a GIF or a Meme. We only ask that you do not submit multiple entries. We pick the best one submitted. No profanity or inappropriate comments will be considered. Think PG-13. 

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Follow @SmartResponsibleGaming on Instagram. Post your best photo or video pertaining to the Super Bowl. Tag two people with your photo or video along with me. We pick the best one. This contest is not sponsored or associated with Instagram.  Only one entry per this medium.

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Become part of my LinkedIn Network. You can share my post to your network and leave a comment on my post. Give your Super Bowl prediction of the winner and the total points scored in the game. The tie breaker is the order of your comment. Example, if your comment is third and someone that has the same prediction as you is the fourth to answer, you win because you answered and shared before they did. You must share and comment to be considered. Only one prediction and total points entry per person.

                                                                    The prizes include


Pick the one item you want of these 5 and it will be shipped to you, if your entry is selected. You can enter on each social media platform to increase your chances of winning. So if you have a Twitter account and a Instagram page, you can submit something on both.  I almost forgot the most important thing. This contest is free!  Good Luck and enjoy the game!

Winners will be announced on Monday, February 8th. All entries must be submitted by midnight on February 7. The same day as the Super Bowl.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

The Metro Report: Sports Betting in New York, Washington DC & Philly

Since the advent of Sports Betting the coverage of the New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia markets are essential to prognosticators. So I will expand with my Gaming Guy News minutes into the 3 top cities on the East Coast.

The Sixers are leading the Eastern Conference with a 13-6 record. They defeated the Lakers on Wednesday 107-106. The Sixers got the test they needed to pass to show they are legitimate contenders for the championship. The wins over Boston earlier in the season were good but Jayson Tatum did not play in either game.  Joel Embiid is one of the names mentioned as a top candidate for MVP along with Lebron James. Doc Rivers should receive some consideration for Coach of the Year if the Sixers win more than 50 games. In games that Embiid does not play, the Sixers are 0-4. Embiid is listed as questionable against the Timberwolves. The Sixers are favored by 7 and the total is 224.  The Timberwolves are one of the worst teams in the league so the Sixers should handle them. 

The Brooklyn Nets have a record of 12-8. They have won 3 straight and are 7 -3 over the their last 10 games. Kevin Durant is leading the league in scoring while James Harden is leading in assists.  The Big Three is working at an optimum level offensively.  They lead the league in scoring with 119.8 per game. They are also number one in field goal percentage. They are a work in progress defensively. They are 26th in points allowed. Most of their games trend over. The Nets play the Thunder tonight and they are -9.5 with the total set at 231.5.

The Washington Wizards are continuing to struggle with a 3-11 record. They are last in defense. The Wizards are 4th in points per game. So a change in defensive philosophy is required. They may have to become more creative by trapping the opposing team's top scorer or play a zone to force the opponent to shoot from outside. The Bradley Beal trade rumors continue. I would like to see him and Russell Westbrook stay put. The Wizards have missed several games due to Covid protocols and not having enough players available to dress for the games.  This indicates that guidelines were not adhered to. The Wizards are at home tonight against the Atlanta Hawks. They are getting 4 and the total is 234.

The New York Knicks have a record of  8-11. They are 4th in the league in rebounding. They allow the fewest points to be scored against them. However, they struggle to score over 100 points a game. That equates to 47% of their 19 games. When  they play a team that is ranked in the top 15 defensively this is a trending under play on how many the Knicks will score as a team. The Knicks play the Cavaliers tonight and they are +1.0. The total is 208.0.

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The Eagles have selected Nick Sirianni as their new head coach. Sirianni most recently served as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons in Indianapolis under Frank Reich, who became the Colts' head coach after helping the Eagles win Super Bowl LII. In that role, the up-and-coming NFL coach played a major part in helping Indianapolis reach the postseason in 2018 and 2020. This week Duce Staley decided to to go to the Detroit Lions as their running back coach.  This disappointed some Eagles fans who wanted to see him as the coach to replace Doug Pederson. The Eagles have the 6th pick in the NFL Draft and are projected to pick Jaylen Waddle from Alabama.

The Sports Betting Business in Philadelphia is getting a new member. Live Casino is joining the action with Fan Duel as the sports platform provider. Since most of the wagers from competitors are coming from the online betting via mobile and tablet apps, it will be interesting to see who does the best job regionally marketing their retail location. Competition bring creativity. The existing Casino Operators include Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Parx Casino, Valley Forge Resort and Casino and Harrah Philadelphia.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Metro Report: Sports Betting & Sports Business in New Jersey , New York and Philadelphia

Since the advent of Sports Betting the coverage of the New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia markets are essential to prognosticators. So I will expand with my Gaming Guy News minutes into the 3 top cities on the East Coast.

The Nets are playing well with the addition of James Harden. Harden had a triple double in his debut with the team. He finished the game with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. Brooklyn has won four games in a row. This has been accomplish without Kyrie Irving. Irving has been apart from the team for the past 7 days for personal reasons. While there are questions as to if this group can co-exist together there is no doubt that they are a popular choice to win the NBA championship. The odds of the Nets winning the NBA Championship before the Harden trade was +250. The odds are now +130.

The Sixers are expecting Joel Embiid to return tonight. He has missed the last two game with a sore knee. The team has indicated the injury is not serious. The team is always precautious with Embiid and Ben Simmons. In this season with so many games in a short period of time this is a prudent path. Load management is being exercise with most of the NBA marquee players, The Sixers faced the Celtics for the 1st time this season. Celtics eliminated the Sixers from the playoffs last year. The Sixers are -5.5 and the total is 216.5. 

The Wizards are rumored to be entertaining talks to trade Bradley Beal. Beal is leading the league in scoring. Several teams that have been listed as a possible destination include the Lakers, Celtics and the Sixers. The Nets have teams looking at adding a player that would give them a big three. This would make the Wizards a rebuilding team. There would be  uncertainty as to if Russell Westbrook would want to buy in to that type of situation. The Wizards have the 2nd worst record in the NBA Eastern Conference. 

The Eagles are still involved with their coaching search. Josh McDaniels is the hot name that is being cited this week. McDaniels met with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Sunday. Unless the Eagles are waiting to interview someone that is involved with a team still in the playoffs, McDaniels would seem like the front runner because of his championship resume. 

The Jets have announced Robert Saleh as their new head coach.  Saleh is best known for his role as defensive coordinator for the Niners during 2017 thru 2020. The Niners defense was feared during most of that period and led them to an appearance in the Super Bowl. Jets could be in a position to make a run at Deshaun Watson. Watson is seeking a trade from the Texans. 

Sports Business: Pennsylvania and New Jersey reported casino revenue was down 22% &17% in 2020. Tax revenue from gaming in New Jersey increased in 2020. The revenue from online gaming impacted the Garden State in a positive way. The taxes on internet wagering are slightly higher than bets made at the casinos. This trend shows a growing propensity to play poker, tables games, slots and wager on sports online. New York is strongly considering moving into the online gaming space. 

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