Sportsbooks Making A Push for World Cup Betting Action

The Greatest Show in Soccer is less than a week away, and the gambling action is starting to heat up as well. Bookmakers are salivating over the five-week tournament, and pulling out all the tricks to drum up business. Bitcoin books in particular are pushing the envelope. New to the bookmaking game since the bitcoin world is just now becoming mainstream, these bitcoin books are offering high-dollar contests to attract new customers.

Nitrogen Sportsbook (Nitrogensports.eu), one of the elite bitcoin sportsbooks in the world, is one of those bitcoin books with a lucrative contest. Nitrogen is planning on giving away up to 20 bitcoins in their contest. In addition to a handicapping contest, Nitrogen plans on running trivia contest throughout the tournament, giving away bitcoins in the process.

 Anonibet is offering 22 bitcoins in their World Cup contest. The Granddaddy of Bitcoin books, in business since 2011, Anonibet will give away a 10 bitcoin first prize to the player who has the most winning accumulative odds at the end of the World Cup. Smaller prizes will go out to the second and third place finishers.

 Billions of dollars are expected to be wagered on in this year’s World Cup. While the vast majority of this action will go through traditional sportsbooks, bitcoin books are hoping to grab a piece of that action. “It’s a great way to get our name out there,” says one bitcoin sportsbook rep. “We are the wave of the future as far as sportsbooks go, and having a solid tournament will show we mean business.”

Yankees Small Underdogs on the Road In Kansas City

New York Yankees (+120) at Kansas City Royals (-130, 7.5 O/U )

The Yankees are having trouble scoring runs. New York, 31-31 on the season, haven’t scored more than four runs in a game since May 27. Injuries have taken a toll. Carlos Beltran has been ineffective since coming off the disabled list. Mark Teixeira is hitting just .176 in his last 16 games. Derek Jeter, one of the least productive players in the major leagues this season, has just three hits over his last 26 at-bats.

Left-hander Vidal Nuno takes the mound tonight for the road team Yankees. He is 1-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA. Nuno had gone three straight starts pitching at least six innings until tagged him for two runs on six hits before not making it out of the fifth inning. The Yankees, 4-5 in his starts, have gone over 44% of the time in those starts.

The Kansas City Royals will send left-hander Jason Vargas out as their starter; he has a 5-2 record so far in 2014. Vargas worked eight strong innings at St. Louis on Wednesday, giving up just two runs on nine hits and two walks. He got a no-decision in an extra-inning loss. In only three of 13 starts has he given up more than two earned runs. The Royals have gone over the total in 36% of his starts. Forecasts are calling for 68°F temperatures with winds blowing at 13 mph. The humidity will be around 78%. There is a 60% chance of precipitation.

New York Yankees versus Vargas: 30 years old left-hander, 6’0” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, curve,

Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 87.7: 2014 velocity, 86.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 86.7

Runs per game (league ranking), 9 (4.37 per game) : Home Runs, 11 (44 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 3 (.264) : OB%, 8 (.326) : Slugging, 7 (.417)

      Walks, 21 (3 per game) : Strikeouts, 23 (7.4) : Stolen Bases, 9 (30 SBs)

      Last seven games, 29 (.587 OPS) : Last 14 games, 30 (.596 OPS) : Last 28 games, 27 (.649 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 21 (.692 OPS) : Versus lefties, 19 (.709 OPS)

          Home, 9 (.734 OPS) : Away, 23 (.666 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 12 (.755 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 28 (.598 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 22 (.692 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 22 (.691 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 23 (.683 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.725 OPS)

                    First five innings, 13 (.725 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 26 (.653 OPS)

                      Kansas City Royals versus Nuno: 25 years old left-hander, 5’11” 195 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, curve, changeup

                      Fly Ball, Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 88: 2014 velocity, 88.6: velocity over the last two weeks, 88.6

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 23 (3.91 per game) : Home Runs, 30 (20 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 11 (.255) : OB%, 22 (.308) : Slugging, 28 (.359)

                          Walks, 23 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 30 (5.5) : Stolen Bases, 6 (32 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 16 (.726 OPS) : Last 14 games, 21 (.672 OPS) : Last 28 games, 26 (.650 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 25 (.665 OPS) : Versus lefties, 24 (.658 OPS)

                              Home, 27 (.661 OPS) : Away, 24 (.664 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 28 (.563 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 20 (.656 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 27 (.669 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 24 (.678 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 21 (.657 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 28 (.661 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 20 (.665 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 24 (.684 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 30 (.614 OPS)

                                          Rangers In Trouble, Take On Kings in Critical Game 3

                                          The New York Rangers haven’t trailed in regulation time yet in the Stanley Cup Finals. That’s good news most of the time. But the Rangers inability to put the LA Kings away have left New York down 0-2 heading into Game 3 at Madison Square Garden tonight.

                                          “We just didn’t get the bounces in overtime,” says Mats Zuccarello. “We’ve got to limit our mistakes. Hopefully the fans will be behind us and give us a good boost.”

                                          Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault had this to say at Sunday’s news conference:

                                          QUESTION: How concerned are you with Richards’ game in Game2? Do you feel changes might be necessary as far as the forward alignment?
                                          VIGNEAULT: I mean, I’m sure Brad, with his experience, knows that their whole line needs to be better. If you look at the stats on that night, it obviously wasn’t one of their better nights.
                                          But they’re veteran guys. They’ve been around. They can evaluate their game real well. I’m sure they’re going to have a good bounce back game tonight.

                                          QUESTION: Take a look at the success of the fourth line, the way they got the puck in, cycled. Is that a message if you keep it simple you’ll have more success?
                                          VIGNEAULT: I would say to you that our three lines last game did exactly that. They got pucks below the top of the circles. We spent a lot of time in their end cycling pucks, getting pucks on the net, getting opportunities.
                                          Chance-wise we’re right there with them. We played some good hockey. We got a little bit unfortunate in that last third period. But, you know, we’re right there. We feel real good about our game. Going to be a great night to be hockey fans tonight.

                                          QUESTION: Marty St.Louis said it took him a while to get comfortable in this lineup. When did you see him get comfortable and what did that look like to you?
                                          VIGNEAULT: Marty is real dominant on himself. When he got here, offensively he wasn’t producing to the pace he was used to, the way he wanted to.
                                          He was doing a lot of other things real well. He was playing, in my estimation, the right way. When you play the right way, you give yourselves a chance. Even though he wasn’t on the score sheet, our team was doing what’s important: we were winning a lot of hockey games.
                                          When we got into the playoffs, he was still playing the right way, found a way to get on the score sheet. Obviously you only get to this stage if your top players are doing that.

                                          QUESTION: After the way Game1 ended, was Girardi’s Game2 even more impressive?
                                          VIGNEAULT: I personally wasn’t impressed in the sense that I knew that’s how he was going to respond. Dan has got a lot of mental capabilities. He got unfortunate there.
                                          We seemed, in the first two games, to have a couple of those bounces not go our way. Things always even themselves out.
                                          With the right effort, the right attitude, they say if you work hard, luck will come with you. Well, we’re working hard, working our butts off here. Very confident we’re going to have that same type of effort tonight and are going to be real good.

                                          QUESTION: If you’re down 2-0, coming home, sometimes the urge is to do too much. What is your message to the guys, not to do too much out of their element?
                                          VIGNEAULT: We have to hold serve, and we know that. But we know our game and we know the way to play. When we do that, we’re a good team.
                                          We have done that for the most part throughout this series. But even though we’re playing hard and we’re playing the right way, they’re a great hockey team.
                                          I mean, it’s been nine periods of real good hockey so far. Could have gone one way or the other. They’re up 2-0. Give them full credit. We’re going to try to make this a series tonight.

                                          QUESTION: It was a tough a game for Brad Richards. Do you have the same expectations you have for Dan in Game 2?
                                          VIGNEAULT: Without a doubt, Brad is a veteran player. I know he’s going to respond real well. I’m confident that’s what he’s going to do.