Only 109 games to handicap in College Football today!!! Sweet:)

3:30 Update

One game tonight in College football :

#10 Notre Dame


Betting is 65% on the road favorite with the line moving from -4.5-106 to -4.5+105. Very close to a reverse line move favoring texas. Chris has the line at -4 which does complete the reverse line move. In addition, the top 25 teams tend to be overrated with the line, in particular, 9 through 25.  Variables and models that I use for plays, however, are neutral. But the above to me would mean if your thinking about Notre Dame you might want to sit this game out.

I am passing on the game.


Now these are the Saturdays I remember. Nothing more fun than scouring over 100 college football games for value on a Saturday morning:)

On Friday we had two 1 unit plays. In MLB Minn -104 lost 4-11 and in College Football our 1st play of the season won easily with Ball State +6.5 winning the game 31-21!

We also had 5 big move games:

Cleveland -207

Pitt -187

St Louis -119

Baltimore -119

Detroit +134

With the closing lines:

Cleveland -290

Pitt -176

St Louis -137

Baltimore -141

Detroit +129

Four out of five went our way with Cleveland moving .83!!!

Over the offseason for baseball, I am going to take a serious look at my model to see if it can be given much more weight than my other models. Right now I give most equal weight as they are based upon different factors. We will see:)

So far today I have sent out 2 Big Move Games. These are typically sent out between 4:00 and 5:00 AM PST.

I received the following emails that I feel are instructive for all:

“what are the big move games? Are they what the heavy  sharp talent or public $$$?”

My Response:

“These are games that based on what I look at have a good chance of the lines moving our way. It’s designed for people who also handicap on their own.

For example with San Fran +135. If you are handicapping and come up with the dog you would want to wager on the game right away. If you’re looking at the favorite however then you would wait.
These have been fairly accurate with some pretty big moves happening from time to time. When I put (middle) after the game that means I think it has excellent chances of a middle
It’s new but something I noticed last year with one of my models. This season it was even stronger so I started putting these out.”
Another email:

I\’ve followed you on here prior to you going subscription-only (frankly, I\’ve wondered for years why you hadn\’t done this sooner). I am interested in a monthly subscription however I do not use PayPal due to a prior security issue I had with them and I am not on Twitter. Do you have options where I can receive picks in real-time via email or text? Thank you.”

My Response:
“Thanks for joining us! Remember at any time that you have any questions at all feel free to send me an email.
Things for you to do now:
1. Follow @rick_sports
2. send me your twitter name
3. send me your cell phone number with the carrier and I will add you to the backup SMS …I do not suggest you only use that but if you do not have twitter and do not plan on getting it you will get all the plays via SMS if it’s working. That’s why I like to have 2 backups!!!
4. Read the must read portion of the site with the idea of incorporating the betting techniques into your routine on these plays. I can not stress enough that you use the bet sizing techniques that I recommend. Unless you’re a seasoned professional gambler there is no other way to bet these plays.
It’s very hard to predict the number of plays per week for me. You can go back to the site and get a reasonable idea but my techniques get fine-tuned periodically which most of the time results in fewer plays. Not always however as often times I uncover some positive EV in areas I had not been looking at.
So, I do not promise any number of plays. Whatever they come to that is what they are. MLB this season has had almost 400 plays. But it’s going to be far less with College and Pro football primarily because the # of games is dramatically less.
I hope that answers most of your questions. And again do not hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions or complaints. Or for that matter accolades:)
As to PayPal I understand your concern. But I have had no problems with PayPal myself and I have used them ever since they opened up for business. “
Let me mention one last thing. If you’re a positive EV gambler the only thing you need worry about is Variance. And based upon my experience variance breaks many fine gamblers whose techniques are incredible but they play higher than they should. I will not get into why but it’s a fact that most gamblers regardless of their ability in the game of choice that they pick to indulge in let variance take them out.
Most gamblers attribute it to bad luck:)  There is no such thing as bad luck in gambling. It’s variance pure and simple. So knowing that you need to pick a bet sizing technique that reduces your chances of being taken out by variance. IT IS NOT OPTIONAL,ITS MANDATORY!!!
I could give out 70% winners and if you do not handle variance you’re going to end up busted or impatient and either have to quit or decide to quit. The sad part is that handicapping and wagering are fun, challenging and profitable endeavors.
So to make this short:
1. read the must read portion of this site
2. pick a bankroll size
3. Pick a % amount to wager on, either 2% or 2.5% depending on your tolerance for risk. 3% is too high except for the few that have 0 money issues. Like Buffet or Gates. 
This is by far the most important thing I can tell you about gambling. After years in the poker rooms of Vegas, I can tell you that it’s remarkable how few gamblers even consider this.
Ok…Back to handicapping for me. Going to be a busy day.
Good Luck Today
RickJ’s Handicapping Picks

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