Weekly Video Interview with SEC Country

By Raphael Esparza – Friday September 23, 2016
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Saturday some huge SEC Football games are on the betting board. Check me out on SEC Country as I breakdown the weekend SEC games with Brandon Adams.

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Can Tim Tebow Make a Successful Move to Professional Baseball?

By Efrain Valerio – Monday August 15, 2016
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Just when everybody thought Tim Tebow sportsman’s career was over, the former Heisman Trophy winner and one-time NFL quarterback announced that he has plans to chase a career in professional baseball.

In case you’re wondering, this is not a case of Tebow following an odd dream and picking up a sport he’s never played. According to his agents Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan, the 29-year old has been working out in Arizona and Los Angeles to hone his hitting and fielding skills. Despite his promising career as youngster, Tebow, who currently serves as ESPN broadcaster, has not played on a full-time basis since 2005 when he made the All-State baseball team in Florida and hit .494.

Tebow was competitive enough to make to the Big Leagues and was nearly drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, but he decided to play football for the Florida Gators, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and appearing on BCS National Championship-winning teams during the 2006 and 2008 seasons. Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and also played for the New York Jets. He had a brief gig with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, but was released by both teams prior to the start of the regular season.

“Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures,” commented Tebow’s football agent, Jimmy Sexton.

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Can Tebow Make it to the Big Leagues?

As expressed by ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Tebow already notified his current employer, ESPN, about his decision and said that he is planning to hold a special workout later this month where all 30 MLB teams are invited to observe him.

It all looks like a great change for Tebow, but his chances of landing a deal with big league club are thin. He’s 29 years old and that’s too old by pro baseball standards, and even if a team shows some interest, there are some questions regarding his future in the Major Leagues. Online betting site MyBookie.ag is already setting its sights on Tebow and released a series of props and odds on his potential move to the MLB.  You can check them out right here:

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 WILL TIM TEBOW PLAY AN OFFICIAL MLB GAME IN 2017?

YES: +400

WILL AN MLB TEAM SIGN TIM TEBOW FOR 2017 SEASON?

YES: +185

TIM TEBOW FIRST PLATE APPEARANCE WILL RESULT IN:

STRIKEOUT: +150

GROUND OUT: +200

FLY OUT: +250

WALK: +350

HIT BY A PITCH: +500

HIT: +450

HOME RUN: +850

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Updated 2016 MLB Futures after the Trade Deadline

By Raphael Esparza – Tuesday August 2, 2016
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Monday late afternoon the MLB Trade Deadline passed and all I have to say is get ready for two months of great baseball by the contending teams. The last 30 days the tops teams in Major League Baseball got better and wouldn’t shock me to see those teams pull away in their divisions.

In the American League I only see four teams that can represent in October and those teams are the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays. The National League is a different story as I only see three teams that could be going to the World Series and those teams are the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and Washington Nationals.

With the last day of the MLB regular season ending Sunday October 2 these next couple of months will fly bye and you still have time to jump on some MLB Baseball futures. Offshore sports book MyBookie has updated their MLB futures after the chaos Monday afternoon and the list is below.

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Odds to Win the 2016 World Series – Provided by MyBookie

Current Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks            500-1

Baltimore Orioles                     16-1

Boston Red Sox                         13-1

Chicago Cubs                         +300

Chicago White Sox                   55-1

Cleveland Indians                 +650

Colorado Rockies                   200-1

Detroit Tigers                            34-1

Houston Astros                         24-1

Kansas City Royals                   90-1

Los Angeles Angels                400-1

Los Angeles Dodgers                15-1

Miami Marlins                          25-1

New York Mets                         28-1

New York Yankees                   90-1

Pittsburgh Pirates                    55-1

San Francisco Giants             +500

Seattle Mariners                       45-1

St. Louis Cardinals                   35-1

Texas Rangers                         +650

Toronto Blue Jays                     12-1

Washington Nationals             +600

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Odds to Win the 2016 American League Pennant – Provided by MyBookie

Current Odds
Baltimore Orioles                   +650

Boston Red Sox                      +450

Chicago White Sox                   30-1

Cleveland Indians                 +260

Detroit Tigers                            8 -1

Houston Astros                      +750

Kansas City Royals                  50-1

Los Angeles Angels               220-1

New York Yankees                  37-1

Oakland Athletics                  350-1

Seattle Mariners                       25-1

Texas Rangers                        +275

Toronto Blue Jays                  +450

Odds to Win the 2016 National League Pennant – Provided by MyBookie

Current Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks         500-1

Chicago Cubs                         +130

Colorado Rockies                   100-1

Los Angeles Dodgers             +500

Miami Marlins                          13-1

New York Mets                         15-1

Pittsburgh Pirates                    25-1

San Francisco Giants             +290

St. Louis Cardinals                 +850

Washington Nationals          +300

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Updated 2016 World Series Odds – Second Half MLB Baseball

By Raphael Esparza – Thursday July 14, 2016
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MLB Baseball All-Star break is over and now the contenders will be looking to improve their team for the rest of the dog days of summer. The rest of the month you will see teams either become buyers or sellers and now that the All-Star break is over we will see more meaningful games on the diamond.

Looking at standings in both leagues I see around 10-12 teams that could win the World Series and all of those teams will be looking to improve their squads. It should be a great second half of MLB Baseball and with some teams being serious contenders and others trying to be serious contenders, the second half of baseball will be fun to watch.

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Here are odds on the current 2016 World Series provided by MyBookie.ag. I listed their opening odds that were posted in November of 2015 and their current odds as of Thursday July 14.

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Odds to Win the 2016 World Series – Provided by MyBookie 

Arizona Diamondbacks          (Open) 26-1   (Now) 90-1

Atlanta Braves                          (Open) 60-1   (Now) OFF

Baltimore Orioles                     (Open) 26-1  (Now)  11-1

Boston Red Sox                         (Open) 12-1  (Now)  11-1

Chicago Cubs                             (Open) +500  (Now) +300

Chicago White Sox                   (Open) 26-1    (Now) 32-1

Cincinnati Reds                        (Open) 45-1    (Now) OFF

Cleveland Indians                    (Open) 13-1    (Now) +900

Colorado Rockies                     (Open) 120-1  (Now)  90-1

Detroit Tigers                            (Open) 18-1   (Now)   33-1

Houston Astros                         (Open) +900 (Now)   18-1

Kansas City Royals                   (Open) +700 (Now)   20-1

Los Angeles Angels                  (Open) 14-1    (Now) 200-1

Los Angeles Dodgers               (Open) +650  (Now)    16-1

Miami Marlins                          (Open) 45-1   (Now)    28-1

Milwaukee Brewers                 (Open) 45-1   (Now)  OFF

Minnesota Twins                     (Open) 22-1   (Now)  OFF

New York Mets                         (Open) +650 (Now)   14-1

New York Yankees                   (Open) 12-1    (Now)   55-1

Oakland A’s                               (Open) 33-1   (Now) 200-1

Philadelphia Phillies               (Open) 200-1 (Now)  OFF

Pittsburgh Pirates                   (Open) +850  (Now)   33-1

San Diego Padres                    (Open) 400-1 (Now)  OFF

San Francisco Giants              (Open) 12-1    (Now) +450

Seattle Mariners                      (Open) 16-1   (Now)   28-1

St. Louis Cardinals                 (Open) +700  (Now)  28-1

Tampa Bay Rays                     (Open) 40-1   (Now)  110-1

Texas Rangers                         (Open) 12-1   (Now) +750

Toronto Blue Jays                  (Open) +600 (Now)   14-1

Washington Nationals           (Open) +700 (Now)  +750

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NBA: 2017 Golden State Warriors Betting Props

By Raphael Esparza – Monday July 5, 2016
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An hour didn’t even pass by before Westgate Las Vegas Superbook posted odds on the upcoming Golden State Warriors NBA season. It’s no secret now that Kevin Durant has chosen to go to the Bay and team up with two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Last year the Golden State Warriors go 73-9 to break the regular season win record but couldn’t bring home the trophy so adding Kevin Durant should make a very interesting 2017 NBA Season.

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Westgate Las Vegas Superbook NBA Golden State Warriors Betting Props

2016-17 Regular Season Wins – Golden State Warriors
68.5 Over -110
68.5 Under -110

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Will the Golden State Warriors Win 74 or more Games 2016-17 Regular Season
YES +300
NO -360

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – Updated Odds

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By Raphael Esparza – Sunday July 3, 2016
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Monday will mark the 100th edition of the contest in Coney Island, New York at the corner of Surf and Stillwell street and too me there is nothing better on the tube then watching Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. I can remember working in Las Vegas sportsbooks on the 4th of July and every year the public would want this contest on the big screen with sound.

Earlier in the week I posted an article on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest read here and now not only have odds have changed but also other sports books have added additional betting props. Thanks to MyBookie, Bovada, and 5Dimes for providing these numbers and like I said in my first article I still believe Joey Chestnut gets his ‘Mustard Yellow’ belt back.

Updated Betting Odds From MyBookie.ag

Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Joey Chestnut

63.5 Over +100, Under -130

Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Matthew Stonie

63.5 Over +125, Under -155

Updated Betting Odds From Bovada

Men’s Championship Head-to-Head Winner

Matt Stonie (Open -140) – Now +100
Joey Chestnut (Open +100) – Now -140

Public all over Joey Chestnut as he opened +100 and now he is the favorite -140.

Men’s Championship Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Winner

65.5 Over -140, Under +100

This prop opened at 63.5 (Over -160) total hot dogs eaten by winner and quickly bet up to 65.5. A bit shocked at this number now and maybe I will take a look at the UNDER 65.5.

Women’s Championship Head-to-Head Winner

Miki Sudo (Open -250) – Now -300
Sonya Thomas (Open +170) – Now +200

My feelings stay the same here as Miki Sudo has no problem beating Sonya Thomas.

Added Betting Odds From Bovada

Men’s Championship Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Dan “Big Cat” Katz

11.5 Over +100, Under -140

Men’s Championship Will Dan “Big Cat” Katz win the competition

Yes 75-1

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Betting Odds From 5Dimes

Men’s Championship Total Hot Dogs Eaten by Winner
61.5 Over -400, Under +280
63.5 Over -275, Under +195
67.5 Over +140, Under -180
69.5 Over +350, Under -530

Men’s Championship Head-to-Head Winner

Joey Chestnut -1.5 +120
Matt Stonie +1.5 -160

Joey Chestnut -3.5 +325
Matt Stonie +3.5 -475

Joey Chestnut +1.5 -245
Matt Stonie -1.5 +175

Joey Chestnut +3.5 -750
Matt Stonie -3.5 +450

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Odds to Win 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year

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By Raphael Esparza – Saturday July 2, 2016
Email: raphael@docsports.com
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The NBA Draft is in the books and NBA Free agency has started so why not think about who will shine in the NBA this fall. Bovada sportsbook have posted odds on who will be the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year and there is some great value on the betting board.

Ben Simmons from LSU was drafted number one by the Philadelphia 76ers and of course he is the favorite but I smell an underdog winning the trophy. Some great young talent will be on the court this year playing on some bad NBA teams and wouldn’t shock me to see Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield, or even Kris Dunn outshine Simmons.

Odds 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year – Provided by Bovada

NBA Rookies                                    Odds
Ben Simmons (PHI)                           +300
Brandon Ingram (LAL)                     +600
Buddy Hield (NO)                              +650
Kris Dunn (MIN)                                +800
Joel Embiid (PHI)                               10-1
Denzel Valentine (CHI)                      14-1
Jamal Murray (DEN)                          16-1
Thon Maker (MIL)                              16-1
Taurean Prince (ATL)                        16-1
Wade Baldwin (MEM)                       20-1
Marquese Chriss (PHX)                    20-1
Jaylen Brown (BOS)                          20-1
Dregen Bender (PHX)                       20-1
Caris LeVert (BKN)                            20-1
Malachi Richardson (SAC)               25-1
Brice Johnson (LAC)                         25-1
Jakob Poeltl (TOR)                            28-1
Domantas Sabonis (OKC)                28-1

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Long shots to look out for! Caris Levert if healthy will get tons of playing time for the Brooklyn Nets and at 20-1 looks very tempting. Denzel Valentine at 14-1 for the Chicago Bulls is another player that will be getting some major minutes and could put up some nice numbers.

Overall betting on the NBA Rookie of the Year is always a crap shot because who knows how these kids are going to adjust on the NBA lifestyle. NBA teams spending crazy money on free agents is something you need to look at before throwing down on which rookie is going to take home Rookie of the Year. Roster spots and NBA Summer League are good tools to look at before you throw down some cash on these young kids!


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2016-17 NHL Hockey Future Odds

By Raphael Esparza – Monday June 13, 2016
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NHL Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have the Stanley Cup all summer long and it didn’t take long for Las Vegas to post odds on the upcoming NHL season. Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has posted the 2016-17 NHL Stanley Cup and odds to win both Eastern and Western Conference. The defending champs Penguins opened up at 8-1 while the Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Cup at 6-1. Just think the 2017-18 NHL Future odds will have a Las Vegas team on the betting sheet. Just saying it out loud still seems weird.

Odds 2016-17 Stanley Cup – Provided by Westgate LV

NHL Team                                         Odds
Chicago Blackhawks                          6-1
Washington Capitals                         8-1
Pittsburgh Penguins                         8-1
Tampa Bay Lightning                       12-1
Dallas Stars                                        12-1
Anaheim Ducks                                 12-1
Florida Panthers                               14-1
Los Angeles Kings                             12-1
St. Louis Blues                                    14-1
San Jose Sharks                                 12-1
Montreal Canadiens                         14-1
New York Rangers                            25-1
Minnesota Wild                                 20-1
Nashville Predators                          25-1
Edmonton Oilers                               30-1
Boston Bruins                                    30-1
New York Islanders                          30-1
Columbus Blue Jackets                     30-1
Detroit Red Wings                             40-1
Philadelphia Flyers                           40-1
Ottawa Senators                                50-1
Calgary Flames                                  60-1
Winnipeg Jets                                     60-1
Colorado Avalanche                          60-1
Buffalo Sabres                                   80-1
New Jersey Devils                             100-1
Arizona Coyotes                                 80-1
Vancouver Canucks                          100-1
Toronto Maple Leafs                         100-1
Carolina Hurricanes                          100-1

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Eastern Conference                     Odds
Washington Capitals                         7-2
Pittsburgh Penguins                         7-2
Tampa Bay Lightning                       5-1
Florida Panthers                               7-1
Montreal Canadiens                         7-1
New York Rangers                            12-1
Boston Bruins                                    15-1
New York Islanders                          15-1
Columbus Blue Jackets                     15-1
Detroit Red Wings                             20-1
Philadelphia Flyers                           20-1
Ottawa Senators                                25-1
Buffalo Sabres                                   40-1
New Jersey Devils                             50-1
Toronto Maple Leafs                         50-1
Carolina Hurricans                            50-1

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Western Conference                  Odds
Chicago Blackhawks                          11-4
Dallas Stars                                         6-1
Anaheim Ducks                                  6-1
Los Angeles Kings                             6-1
St. Louis Blues                                   7-1
San Jose Sharks                                 6-1
Minnesota Wild                                 10-1
Nashville Predators                          12-1
Edmonton Oilers                               15-1
Calgary Flames                                  30-1
Winnipeg Jets                                     30-1
Colorado Avalanche                          30-1
Arizona Coyotes                                 40-1
Vancouver Canucks                          50-1

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Straight Bet Talk Interview Jessica Kleinschmidt EP42

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Straight Bet Talk EP37 Interview with Steve Rychel

Doc’s Sports Service and podcast show Straight Bet Talk present Raphael Esparza and Alan Harris. Guest for episode 37 is Steve Rychel from Cageside Submission. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @VSIdocsports & @StraightBetTalk and I highly recommend following Alan Harris @BigKatSports. If you are looking for Free Sports picks this busy weekend just Click Here and you will receive $60 of Free Member Sports Picks. No Obligations – No Credit Card – No Salesmen

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