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You leave home and make three, yes, three left turns. You’re back at home and two men with masks are waiting. Who are the two men?

Well, if you didn’t think the fans in Tar Heel land were upset reading my column, think again. GamingToday is read all over the U.S. and we do hear from our readers, good and bad. We always respond.

I did get some good vibes back and the Heels responded with a narrow OT loss on the road at Duke at a ridiculous number of +8.5. Then on Saturday they crushed the Yellow Jackets by 29 points. We look for them to do more damage as the conference tournaments start next week.

Our UNLV Rebels got a huge win in The Pit at New Mexico, so right now all is good and you will hear no ranting by this writer this week. We will be covering all the conference tournaments on line with our daily selections at www.gamingtoday.com. You can get a VIP membership on the cheap by calling us at 702-798-1151 or going online.

There are great things going on in Vegas as we head toward March Madness. Station Casinos will again host their very popular $50,000 Last Man Standing contest, which we will delve into more in next week’s issue as well as some other contests. Yes, Virginia, there will be parlay cards for the first week of March Madness.

The question in every handicappers mind is can anyone beat Kentucky? We almost saw LSU do it, so there is a possibility as a team could come out red hot and Kentucky could toss in a clinker.

My buddy Syl Valella told me not to count out Wisconsin, but the last time Mr. V had a winner was back in 1986 when he bet Ferdinand to win the Kentucky Derby and the Shoe got him home paying $37.40. I think Syl is still holding onto some of that cash.

On Wednesday, Mississippi State will host the NBA-looking Wildcats and could catch them looking ahead to a home game with Arkansas this Saturday in Lexington. We will be taking all the points with the Bulldogs at home on Wednesday.

The pitchers and catchers have hit the road for spring training baseball and if you are like me this is a very exciting time. I am a futures bet junkie and one of the first plays (besides the Derby) is on the Seattle Mariners as they look for some redemption for their irate fans after losing the Super Bowl.

If this were 25 years ago we could probably get 40/1 on Seattle but after the Minnesota Twins won at 200/1 in 1987, times have changed.

Sports books no longer offer those juicy odds except in the futures, which usually amounts to more tickets in the losing stack but sometimes we must take a shot. There are a lot of reasons to look to the Great Northwest for a postseason bet. The Mariners at 15/1 odds are led by “King Felix” Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and righty closer Fernando Rodney. A lineup led by Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Austin Jackson and the new additions of Nelson Cruz and Rickie Weeks could bring a championship West.

In addition, the win total was posted at 84.5 and this bettor was all over the OVER with the dismantling of the Oakland A’s and the aging of Angels starters Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The Mariners could be the cream of the crop in the AL West.

Papa Loz asked me the question I started this column with and the answer is very simple: The two masked men were the catcher and the umpire, you are out!

Just get out and make some of those future bets as they do last a long time. You just may be walking around lucky and not even know it.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at Ric[email protected].

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