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Don’t tase me, bro!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I think this was more about a heavyset cop running out of breath than a fan posing any real danger to the players…

Talking about Bet the House on WGN-TV….

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Bracket this.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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*Nov 20 - 00:05*

Below you’ll find my bracket for the NCAA tourney. I know some fans like to fill out several different brackets, but I sink or swim with the same picks in every pool I enter. (For amusement purposes only, of course.)

As I’m getting ready to promote Bet the House, I’ve already seen a few criticisms from folks saying it’s irresponsible for me to write a book ‘celebrating’ gambling. I don’t know if any of these people have actually read the book—-but either way, I’m wondering if they all refuse to participate in NCAA po0ls on moral grounds.

If you copy my selections and you do well, you’re welcome. If you tank, whoops! Sorry about that. I’ve done pretty well the last couple of years, but let’s face it, there’s a lot of luck involved in these things. I tried to pick a few key upsets, but you don’t want to get too clever. In the end, the cream usually rises.

Good luck!

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Almost time to Bet the House.

Monday, February 15th, 2010

From Publishers Weekly:

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Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance Richard RoeperChicago Review (IPG, dist.), $19.95 (272p) ISBN 978-1-56976-247-9

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Roeper (Sox and the City) was inspired by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me to do his own 30-day challenge: “every day for 30 days, I would risk at least $1,000” gambling. From craps and blackjack, to slots, off-track betting, poker tournaments, online poker, the lottery, and more, he gives a day-by-day account, with wins and losses, such as “Day 8: Bankroll: + $4,980.” Shuffling a full deck of anecdotes, movie references, and memoir moments, Roeper deals in such topics as gambling addiction, high rollers, casinos of choice, Indian gaming facilities, celebrity and charity poker tournaments, luck vs. strategy, and sports upsets. Amid dreams and desperation, he recalls, “I have had insane fun and I have experienced freefalling, dangerous lows in various gleaming casinos on the Strip.” As a film critic, Roeper is certainly aware that his entertaining book could easily be adapted into an equally entertaining high-stakes movie. (Apr. 1)

Let it ride.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

After a sparkling first day of wagering on the Breeders Cup races last Friday, I fell back to Earth on Saturday, with a couple of close-but-no-cigar specials.

The 2009 Breeders Cup

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In the Classic, I had all my money on Gio Ponti, and there was a moment at the top of the stretch when I thought it might happen—-but the remarkable Zenyatta roared to a thrilling victory, with Gio Ponti finishing second.

4 Zenyatta Smith M E 123 7.60 5.60 3.80
7 Gio Ponti Dominguez R A 126 9.20 6.60
5 Twice Over (GB) Queally T P 126 7.00

Now then. Had I done a Win-Place-Show bet on Gio Ponti, I would have realized a nice profit. But as a casual horse player, I’ve never been a big fan of hedging my bets, so to speak. I want my horse to win baby win! If he comes in second, so be it.

My only regret is that I finished the weekend -$250. Had Gio Ponti pulled off the upset, I would have had at least several hundred in profits, and all of that would have gone to charity.

Ah well. Had a great time betting online with TVG.com and watching the races at Bull & Bear.

Cheers,

RR

I’ve got the horse right here…

Friday, November 6th, 2009

UPDATE:

OK, here are my pics so far, as placed on TVG.com. I’m still open to suggestions.

6th race: $30 to win on #10, Justenuffhumor. $5 Exacta Box, 10-11.

7th race: $50 to win on #4, Bullsbay. $5 Exacta Box, 4/7.

8th race: $25 to win on #7, Spanish Moon. $5 Exacta Box, 7/8.

9th race: $100 win on #7, Gio Ponti. $10 Exacta Box, 1-7.

On my way to the Bull & Bear to watch the proceedings…

UPDATE: I had the last two winners in Friday’s Breeders Cup races: Informed Decision and Life is Sweet.

Breeders Cup Horse Racing

Heading into today’s races, I’m up $222—-and remember, any profits realized for the weekend will be donated to charity. (See below). I’m going to start lining up my picks and making my bets at TVG.com, and later this afternoon I’ll be heading to the Bull & Bear to watch the races.

A few weeks ago, the Illinois Racing Board gave the go-ahead to three companies to host online sports betting operations. In other words, your home computer is now an OTB, if you’re so inclined to bet the ponies.

I now have an account with TVG.com, and I’m going to be placing wagers on the Breeders Cup races today and tomorrow. Your tips and hunches are welcome!

TVG website

My opening bankroll is $500. Here’s the deal: If I end up realizing any profits today and tomorrow, 100 percent of my winnings will be donated to the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation.

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The RICF provideds comprehensive medical, dental, social services and substance abuse care for all racetrack workers and their families. It’s a terrific organization.

I’m putting $30 to win on Cloudy’s Knight in the 3rd today. More bets to come.

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Ball boy nearly as fast as Johnny Knox.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Sports headline of the future.

Monday, August 17th, 2009

 

Sports headline of the future
Aug. 18, 2090:
MINNESOTA–The Minnesota Vikings have been secretly conducting talks with Brett Favre about a comeback, according to well-placed sources.
“It’s no secret we need help at the QB position, and Favre is one of the all-time greats,” said a Vikings executive. “Why wouldn’t we explore every option available to us?”
A call to Favre’s agent was not returned.
Favre has been the subject of speculation nearly every year since he retired from the New York Jets in 2009. He died 14 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped a steady stream of rumors and reports about an imminent return.
“So he’s dead, so what?” said the Vikings executive. “There’s no expiration date on greatness.”

Aug. 18, 2090:

 

MINNESOTA–The Minnesota Vikings have been secretly conducting talks with Brett Favre about a comeback, according to well-placed sources.

“It’s no secret we need help at the QB position, and Favre is one of the all-time greats,” said a Vikings executive. “Why wouldn’t we explore every option available to us?”

A call to Favre’s agent was not returned.

Favre has been the subject of speculation nearly every year since he retired from the New York Jets in 2009. He died 14 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped a steady stream of rumors and reports about an imminent return.

“So he’s dead, so what?” said the Vikings executive. “There’s no expiration date on greatness.”

From the home office at the Metrodome, Mark Buehrle.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Phillies cheer for Wise and Buerhle. Pretty cool.

Friday, July 24th, 2009

 
 
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