Have you ever played roulette and missed a bet because the dealer waved his or her hand over the layout and said, “No more bets”? Or got shut out at the race book window because you waited until post to place your bet?
Well, believe it or not, it happens to parlay card players, too.
Many of us short-shooters love to take a shot with the parlay cards, playing eight- or 10-teamers for a couple of bucks each. Maybe it’s Friday night and you’re with your regular “beers and parlays” crew after work and you are grinding over the cards, discussing the games, putting different combinations together, and finally head to the window with your cards.
After waiting 10 minutes it’s finally your turn and the writer starts to run your cards through the machine. Of course one of them just won’t take and after a few tries the writer looks at it and politely says, “Sorry, # 123 and 124 are off all the cards.”
Don’t get upset if this happens, you’ve just been handed a great opportunity to make a profitable straight bet off the board. Just two weeks ago the Bears/Dolphins game came off the cards as the Bears who were -3.5 on the half-point card jumped to -7. When this happens, just go and take the points. You will be very surprised at the number of wins you will get and as for the parlay cards, just have the writer take off the game, if you played an eight-teamer it comes down to a seven-teamer, etc.
Last week we eked out a winning week, going 3-2. But if you followed my advice in the Ohio State game and played Purdue on the money line at +550, the week was very good.
NC State at Syracuse (+2): We have two of these bubble-bursting plays this week; we love betting against teams who have lost their first game of the season, the Wolfpack fit the bet against team losing their first game last week. SYRACUSE
UAB (-16.5) at UTEP: Sticking with the hot team here as the Blazers have won and covered five in a row, using a great smothering defense, we will lay the lumber. UAB
Georgia (-7) vs. Florida (at Jacksonville, FL): Georgia will be our second bubble-bursting team of the weekend as they suffered their first loss two weeks ago when getting hammered by LSU, the extra week off won’t help as they have gone an ATS money losing 2-11 with extra rest. FLORIDA
Texas Tech at Iowa State (-3.5): Like this Iowa State team more and more each week and loved their huge win vs. West Virginia two weeks ago. This will be our trend game of the week as the Cyclones have gone 8-0 SU and ATS when favored at home by 10 or fewer points. IOWA STATE
Clemson (-17) at Florida State: The second-best team on the country vs. Florida State, which will get frustrated and have no determination. The ‘Noles will lose their cool once Clemson gets the lead, so we will be laying the wood on the road. CLEMSON
Last week: 3-2