SBR Takes a Look at Nitrogen Sportsbook

Nitrogen Sportsbook continues to make some noise in the bitcoin sportsbook market. Sportsbook Review recently looked into Nitrogen and gave its stamp of approval. Key points from the SBR’s story:

1) Nitrogen opened in late 2012 as a typical sportsbook. They added a bitcoin deposit option in March 2013, then moved exclusively to bitcoins after launching NitrogenSports.eu in November 2013.

2) Nitrogen’s headquarters are located in San Pedro, Costa Rica, with their marketing offices located in Canada. Their software was designed in-house.

3) There are no future plans to add fiat currencies as deposit/withdrawal options. Other digital currencies are being looked at, however.

4) Withdrawals are near-immediate, taking on average 30 seconds to process. In most cases, the withdrawals are automated. There are no limits to a payout request; Nitrogen says they routinely process transactions worth $25,000.

5) Nitrogen does not require user names, allowing anonymity to its customers. Hand in hand with this anonymity is a lack of deposit bonuses; bonus whores have no need to open multiple accounts using multiple names because bonuses are non-existent.

6) Nitrogen offers a wide range of sports betting: over 50 international soccer markets, tennis, cricket, rugby, combat sports, volleyball, and all American sports markets including props.

7) SBR has Nitrogen rated as a B, a relatively high grade for a book under two years old. “Nitrogen’s entire model rests on its ability to move bitcoins. If it can hold player confidence with immediate transactions its business is likely to grow. A slow-pay within this model will have an instant impact and all SBR and fellow players the ability to draw conclusions rather quickly.”

Bitcoins are the future when it comes to internet gambling. While fly by night companies may see bitcoins as a great way to get untraceable funds, sportsbooks like Nitrogen are using the quick payouts as a tool to build their reputation. A sportsbook is only as good as their last payout, and 30 second payouts, unheard of prior to bitcoins, put Nitrogen in the elite circle of bitcoin sportsbooks.

ESPN’s Thursday Night Football: Favored Cowboys Host Texas Tech

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys will open their Big 12 Conference schedule at home with a Thursday night game against Texas Tech. The Cowboys have blistered Texas Tech in recent years, averaging 59 points a game over the last three meetings. They have beaten Tech five straight times, including last year’s 52-34 win at Texas Tech.

Texas Tech will head into the game missing their defensive coordinator. Todd Wallerstedt was suspected of being under the influence of a unknown substance when he reported to work last Monday. He resigned days later. Linebacker coach Mike Smith takes over the defense.

“He’s been making a few changes, just by the way we line up,” linebacker Sam Eguavoen said. “We’ll play faster. There’s a little less in the game plan now, so we’re going to be looking less to the sideline to know what we do next. It’s going to be more on-the-fly stuff. I like that better. It’s less thinking. You have a base plan in your head and you can just read and react to the offense.”

Although Smith will become the seventh coordinator to call Tech’s defensive signals since the start of the 2007 season, Eguavoen said this transition does not feel as drastic as some others because the Red Raiders will continue with their 3-4 alignment and terminologies.

“This is just a minor change, really,” said Eguavoen, a senior. “I feel like we’re more hungry. I trust coach Smith. I trust my teammates. We’re going to get it done this week.”

Texas Tech is 2-1 straight up and 0-3-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 33.3 points per game, and giving up 36.7 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Texas Tech is averaging 170.3 rushing yards per game on 29 attempts, 5.9 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 43 times per game for a total of 327 yards, averaging 7 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Texas Tech has gained 498 total yards per game on an average of 72 plays.

On defense, Texas Tech is allowing 433 yards per game on 84 plays for a 5 yards per play average. They have given up 12 yards per point so far this year. Texas Tech’s opponents have run the ball 69% of the time, and are averaging 5 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 50% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 135 passing yards per game (5 yards per passing attempt).

Oklahoma St is averaging 38 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 24 points a game to its opponents. They have a 2-1-0 record against the spread, with a 2-1 straight up record.

Defensively, Oklahoma St’s opponents are averaging 111.3 rushing yards per game on 36 attempts, a 3.1 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 31 times per game for a total of 241 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Oklahoma St’s opponents have gained 352 total yards per game on an average of 67 plays.

On offense, Oklahoma St is averaging 440 yards per game on 73 plays, for a 6 yards per play average. They are averaging 12 yards per point so far this year. Oklahoma St runs the ball 58% of the time, and are averaging 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 55.9% of its passing attempts, good for 264 passing yards per game (8.5 yards per passing attempt).

Notre Dame Football: Irish Favored by 12 At Syracuse

Notre Dame will face another test Saturday, going onto the road for the first time this season in an quasi-ACC matchup against Syracuse. The Fighting Irish, 3-0 on the season, are 12 point favorites. Facing a huge October 12th matchup against #1 Florida St., Notre Dame must win impressively; a one-loss Notre Dame team still has a shot at advancing to the four-team playoff if they take care of business in their other 11 games. Coach Brian Kelly talks about this week’s game at his press conference:

COACH KELLY: Obviously we very much appreciate the opportunity to be part of this ACC conference. The challenges that we’ll have each and every week playing in such a great conference, Syracuse is going to be another challenge for us, coming off a great offensive performance led by Terrel Hunt. Coach Shafer has done a great job of bringing this program along in a short period of time. For us it’s going to be a battle.
Playing at MetLife Stadium on national television will get everybody’s attention, and looking forward to a great college football game.
We know what’s in front of us as we play in an ACC conference. From top to bottom, you’re going to have to be ready to play each and every week. Excited about it. Excited about our relationship with the ACC. Really ready to get going.

Q. What are some of the biggest challenges that you believe you’ll have with Syracuse from what you’ve seen on film?
COACH KELLY: I think any team that runs the ball effectively and as efficiently as they have, you have time of possession, field position, those things obviously play a huge role in the outcome of football games. It certainly didn’t this past week. But it’s really an anomaly for somebody to really control statistically the game and not win it. I think that’s the first challenge.
Then defensively Coach Shafer does a great job, along with Coach Bullough of bringing pressure and taking the football away. Their scheme obviously, Hunt, the quarterback, then defensively the pressures they bring you, you have to stay out of third down or you’re going to have your hands full. I think those two things pose a great challenge.

Q. As far as Terrel Hunt, what can you say about his talent and how your defense needs to prepare for him?
COACH KELLY: Anytime you’re facing a quarterback, it’s difficult because of the scheme. When the quarterback runs the football, you have to commit an extra player in there and that creates great opportunities for play?action pass and one?on?one throws. That’s the bind you put our defense in, when you have a dual?threat quarterback. Terrel gives you that concern when he steps onto the field. Not only do you have to defend him as a runner, his size makes it a big concern. He’s obviously going to get some great one?on?one opportunities, as well.

Q. Is this team better than you thought it was going to be in any certain area, your own team?
COACH KELLY: We knew that this was a year where we had some young, athletic players going in. I think what we’ve been able to do, I don’t know if ‘surprised’ would be the word, but one where we’re pleased, is that we have taken care of the football. Our turnover/take away is outstanding. That is a huge predictor in success.
With a young, athletic football team, which we knew we had, we knew we had to play mistake?free to be successful. We’ve done that very well. We have taken care of the football. We’ve taken away the football.
If there’s one area with a young, athletic football team that you hope and you would be pleased early on in your first three games, it would be that turnover/take away that stands out to me.

Q. Is there one area that you’re still kind of seeking a little more consistency on three games in?
COACH KELLY: I think from a defensive standpoint, very thin in the back end of our defense, the safety play is one where we’re still evolving there. I think from an offensive line standpoint, there’s still room for growth. We think we’ve got some good players there, but development and growth on the offensive line and at safety.

Q. Coach, two years ago you found plenty of success against some of the current ACC teams with Everett under center. How has he grown as a player and how are you a different team when he’s playing well?
COACH KELLY: Well, I think knowledge of the offense. We really kept it very simple for him and played to the strength of our defense two years ago. We really tried to find ways not to put him in difficult situations offensively. We controlled the game by running the football, play?action shots down the field, punting the football. That was probably the extent of our offense. Playing to the strength of a very good defense.
This year we’ve got to score points. So Everett now has to be a play?maker for us. We didn’t ask him to be a play?maker really two years ago.
So maturity, understanding of the offense, and really putting him in that role of being the play?maker is the difference from two years ago.

Q. Talk about playing a game around the NewYork City area.
COACH KELLY: We love being back in New York. It’s such a great area. We have so many subway alums. Our brand is very strong in the New York area. We were there for the Pinstripe Bowl, well received. First time a college game had been played in the New York Yankee Stadium when we played Army there. It’s always been a great area for us. We have a great following there.
Certainly it’s a home game for Syracuse. We respect that they’ll have a great crowd there. But we think we’ll have a lot of Notre Dame fans there.
We relish the opportunity to be back on the East Coast and in New York, to play in MetLife Stadium, it’s a great atmosphere for these kids to play in. To play in a nationally televised game, it just adds to the excitement.

Q. You’ve been off for a week. What have you been working on?
COACH KELLY: The first thing is when you look at a bye week this early in the season, sometimes you don’t want to lose momentum in your season. For us, we needed to get some guys healthy, number one.
Number two, we needed to look internally at some things we were doing with our offensive line.
Finally, we really early on, it was an opportunity for us here at Notre Dame to really make sure we’re on top of things academically.
Those are the three things we try to focus on. We practiced for a couple days, gave our kids an opportunity to really focus on their schoolwork, too. We try to hit all those three things over the bye week.

Q. The fact that Notre Dame is affiliated with the ACC, not a member, I wonder if it impacts your recruiting at all? Do you change at all to take advantage of the relationship with the ACC?
COACH KELLY: We think so. I think from my perspective, one of the things when Jack Swarbrick was looking for the right fit for the athletic department, our football program, the ACC gave us a footprint from a recruiting standpoint which was extremely appealing to us.
Now, we still have a strong recruiting alliance on the West Coast, certainly the Midwest is one that we’ll always recruit. We really were excited about opening up a foothold or at least an opportunity to recruit in the Carolinas and recruit that East Coast seaboard from areas where we’ve been before, but adding Virginia, the Carolinas, all the way down to Florida, which for us, we thought it was a great opportunity.
We think that the recruiting footprint for the ACC was the best situation for us.

SBR Takes a Look at Nitrogen.eu

Nitrogen Sportsbook continues to make some noise in the bitcoin sportsbook market. Sportsbook Review recently looked into Nitrogen and gave its stamp of approval. Key points from the SBR’s story:

1) Nitrogen opened in late 2012 as a typical sportsbook. They added a bitcoin deposit option in March 2013, then moved exclusively to bitcoins after launching Nitrogen.eu in November 2013.

2) Nitrogen’s headquarters are located in San Pedro, Costa Rica, with their marketing offices located in Canada. Their software was designed in-house.

3) There are no future plans to add fiat currencies as deposit/withdrawal options. Other digital currencies are being looked at, however.

4) Withdrawals are near-immediate, taking on average 30 seconds to process. In most cases, the withdrawals are automated. There are no limits to a payout request; Nitrogen says they routinely process transactions worth $25,000.

5) Nitrogen does not require user names, allowing anonymity to its customers. Hand in hand with this anonymity is a lack of deposit bonuses; bonus whores have no need to open multiple accounts using multiple names because bonuses are non-existent.

6) Nitrogen offers a wide range of sports betting: over 50 international soccer markets, tennis, cricket, rugby, combat sports, volleyball, and all American sports markets including props.

7) SBR has Nitrogen rated as a B, a relatively high grade for a book under two years old. “Nitrogen’s entire model rests on its ability to move bitcoins. If it can hold player confidence with immediate transactions its business is likely to grow. A slow-pay within this model will have an instant impact and all SBR and fellow players the ability to draw conclusions rather quickly.”

Bitcoins are the future when it comes to internet gambling. While fly by night companies may see bitcoins as a great way to get untraceable funds, sportsbooks like Nitrogen are using the quick payouts as a tool to build their reputation. A sportsbook is only as good as their last payout, and 30 second payouts, unheard of prior to bitcoins, put Nitrogen in the elite circle of bitcoin sportsbooks.

Louisville Favored Big Over Wake Forest: Coach Bobby Petrino’s Press Conference

Despite not knowing who is going to play quarterback on Saturday, Bobby Petrino and his Louisville football team are 21.5 favorites at home against Wake Forest. Louisville got their first road win of the year thanks to a 34-3 win at FIU on Saturday. Now Petrino turns his focus to Wake Forest for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU.

Petrino’s Weekly Press Conference:

COACH PETRINO: We’re excited to be back home after two games on the road, looking forward to playing a Wake Forest team that we respect a lot. I think our guys are just going to be excited to be back at home. Hopefully we’ll have a great crowd come out.

Q. Bobby, wonder what the excitement is like for you going into your first ACC game here, going against a coach who is experiencing the exact same thing?
COACH PETRINO: We’re excited about it. Like I said, it’s good to be back home. We have a little bit of history with Wake Forest, the fact we played them in the Orange Bowl. It’s fun to go against those guys again, some players we’re really familiar with.

Q. I know you just released your statement late last night about Will. What is kind of the challenge that you face when you’re not quite certain about whether or not a guy is going to play the week of a game?
COACH PETRINO: Yeah, I think just like with every other position, when you have situations like that come up, you have to prepare the next guy, get him ready, then his backup ready. If Will is able to come back and play, that would certainly be a bonus for us.
He did not practice yesterday. He did receive treatment, has improved a little bit. So it’s just a situation where we’ll wait and see how it goes here later on today.

Q. Obviously we all asked you a lot of questions about Reggie throughout the course of camp and into September. How has he looked since he came back? Does he seem like he’s kind of back fully focused in on you guys or is he still struggling with his dad?
COACH PETRINO: I mean, he seems great. He’s very motivated. He’s excited. I think he had a very, very difficult week dealing with the tragedy of his father, all that goes with that. We were in constant contact with him that entire week. He hated not being able to go to the game last week because his teammates are a big part of his life.
He was excited Sunday when he came back to meetings, practice. He’s done a very, very good job.

Q. Coach, a little bit deeper into Wake Forest, what you really believe those main challenges are going to be from what you’ve seen on film.
COACH PETRINO: I think the challenge for us is going to be to work hard at moving the ball on a consistent basis, being successful on first down, getting to third?and?short, third?and?medium. They’ve done a very good job with their dime defense, stopping people on third downs. That’s a huge challenge for us.
Then I think for our defense, we just need to play fast and aggressive, really control the line of scrimmage. If we control the line of scrimmage, we’ll have a chance.

Q. As far as if you don’t have Gardner ready to go, how confident are you in his backups, what they can bring to the table?
COACH PETRINO: I think we’re excited about having Reggie back. He was in a good contest throughout the fall with Will. He’s played in the games. He’s run a couple touchdowns in, threw the ball for a touchdown. We’re excited that he’s been back with the team after the death of his father.

Q. If you have to turn to Reggie this week at quarterback, how much does that change the look of the offense, given this is an offense that’s a work in progress?
COACH PETRINO: One of the things we’ve always done a good job of, in order to get our quarterbacks to play well, getting the other 10 guys around them to perform well and play at a high level. We’re working at it. We’re not where we need to be yet. But certainly our players have done a nice job in practice in concentrating and focusing, putting in a lot of effort. We still have a ways to go.
Reggie knows our offense. He understands the things we’re trying to do with it. He’s been in the games and experienced it. So hopefully if he’s the guy, he’ll come out and do a good job for us.

Q. Bobby, talk about this game coming up against Wake Forest, what you see on film that might be a challenge on Saturday.
COACH PETRINO: Again, like I said, they’re a very good defensive ball club. They have a defensive front that’s very active. They can rush the passer. Their linebackers run to the ball and tackle well. They have two really good corners that I think are there all?time leading consecutive game players. So they have a tremendous amount of experience and play really well on defense.
Offensively they have a young quarterback who showed his competitive spirit in the great comeback last week for them. Really we have to go in, try to stop their offense, get the ball back, try to get some consistency with our offense.

Q. How is the development of your sophomore quarterback Will, his maturity, all that stuff?
COACH PETRINO: I mean, he’s been good. He’s a great worker. He really studies the game. He understands it. He’s had some really good moments. He’s had some moments where we struggled with some decision making and accuracy.
But basically it’s been the entire offense, all 11 guys doing their job together, hasn’t allowed us to be consistent yet.

Clemson Football: Dabo Swinney’s Weekly Press Conference

Clemson, fresh off a hard-fought 23-17 overtime loss to #1 Florida St., will host North Carolina this Saturday. The Tigers are 14 point favorites, but Coach Dabo Swinney isn’t taking the Tar Heels lightly. Below is a transcript from this week’s press conference.

COACH SWINNEY: First of all, really excited about getting back in the valley. We have three weeks in a row here we’re going to be at home, really excited about that, getting to spend a little time with our home crowd.
Also obviously coming off a disappointing loss, but really proud of the resiliency of our team, how they bounced back, their attitude and focus on what they still control, not necessarily what is behind us.
It’s been a good few days for us, and looking forward to, again, a tough challenge this week. North Carolina presents a lot of challenges. Got a couple quarterbacks. This is the fastest team we’ve seen as far as their operation, tempo, snap the ball. Three really good backs. Big wideouts. 6’3″, 6’4″. They present some problems from an exotic coverage that you really need to be tuned into.
Moving forward into this ACC schedule, it doesn’t get any easier. Again, we look forward to getting back on the field this weekend and see if we can play a little bit better.

Q. We’ve heard how special Deshaun Watson is over the last couple months. Comparisons are Manziel and Winston. What has allowed Deshaun to have the kind of success he’s had 10 months out of high school?
COACH SWINNEY: His DNA, first of all, just who he is. His maturity. He’s way mature beyond his years. The other thing is where he came from. Coach Miller up there at Gainesville, that’s a great program in Gainesville, Georgia. They did a tremendous job in developing Deshaun, that’s for sure. He came in here with a very strong foundation, especially in what we do. That’s why it was such a good fit for us.
Deshaun committed to us his sophomore year in high school. He was very in tune to what we do before he ever got here. He’s been coming up here forever, it seems like, coming to our camps.
Then what he did in high school, he was a starter at 14 years old in the ninth grade. A four?year starter, all the experience that he got, the training he got, especially in the mechanics of what we do offensively, that helped him.
Obviously coming in in January, being able to get the spring under his belt, it was big for him.
The biggest part of it is just his DNA, how he’s been raised by his mom. He’s a special guy.

Q. On the other side of the ball, are you feeling more comfortable with McKenzie and Gary out there at corner, and then Martin playing nickel when he’s healthy?
COACH SWINNEY: I feel real good about our secondary. I said that before the season. I felt that was going to be the most improved part of our team, and it certainly is. It’s not just those guys. We have some really good depth, other good young guys that haven’t had as much opportunity yet, like an Adrian Baker, Marcus Edmond, and Ryan Carter, that we’re excited about, as well.
We got good depth there. Cordrea Tankersley is another guy we’re high on. Martin Jenkins looks like he’s going to be out with a mid foot sprain. We have a ton of confidence in him. Gary is playing well. McKenzie just keeps getting better and is going to continue to get better.
Just good depth overall. They’ve played very well. We got to keep that up.

Q. Looking at your running game, your quarterbacks have gotten involved in this last game that you had against Florida State, what have you seen from their rushing attack? Are you getting what you want out of them or is there more to be had?
COACH SWINNEY: There’s plenty more to be had. These first three games we’ve been figuring some things out. I think whether it’s getting the right combination up front in our offensive line, who does what the best, those are all things that we’re kind of getting some guys experience, Adam Choice, Wayne Gallman, guys that haven’t played at this level. All those things after three games I think are coming together for us. We’ve done some really, really good things.
Some of the running game we have, it goes down as passes. Y’all see it in the stats as passes, but it’s part of our running game. We look at it differently than y’all do. Some of our shovel things, some of our speed motion, some of the screens that are built into our run game, things like that, that’s all part of our running game. So it’s all based on taking what the defense gives you.
But as far as just specifically our backs and our quarterbacks, our offensive line, there’s a lot more to be had. I think we’ll continue to improve there.

Q. You talked about the team bouncing back from the loss against Florida State in overtime. What did you see in the resolve of the team that you were able to hold the No.1 team in the country, without their starting quarterback, what positives did you take away from that loss?
COACH SWINNEY: I mean, just about every indicator that we try to measure as far as winning we hit. But we lost. You give Florida State credit for that because they took advantage of some opportunities and they hung in there.
The way our offensive line played, the way our defensive line played, controlled the line of scrimmage, to hold the No.1 team in the country to minus 12 yards rushing in four quarters…
This is a great football team with an entire senior offensive line, a bunch of great backs, and a great All?American tight end. For those guys to not be able to run the football against us, that was a huge positive. It was a big positive.
Then the way our guys competed on the back end. Obviously we were disappointed with the big play we gave up there. But they competed much better, played with a lot more confidence on the back end. So there were so many positives.
We made some big catches in the game, our receivers made some huge catches. The play of Deshaun Watson. There were so many positives in the game that we can take away.
Obviously we wanted to win it, but at the end of the day you have to give Florida State credit, they won 19 in a row, and they found a way to win. That’s what great teams do, that’s what we have to do. We have to start finding ways to win those games instead of losing them.

Q. With Watson now as your quarterback, how do you think it will affect the offense, change the look of the offense going forward?
COACH SWINNEY: I mean, we do kind of what we do. I mean, certainly each player has different strengths. But as far as the structure of our offense, that won’t change a whole lot. We might prioritize a few things a little differently depending on who’s in the game. But structurally not much change.

Q. In terms of deciding this is the time of the season to make this call, pull this trigger, was it something that became apparent to you, was there a certain moment to make the switch?
COACH SWINNEY: It really had nothing to do with practice. It was simply what happens in the game. As I said many times, I mean, you’re evaluating quarterbacks at this level, especially when you have competition, you have a guy that won the job in the spring, won the job clearly in fall camp. But you could see Deshaun was greatly improving daily.
We committed to play him. But you never know until you get into games how guys are going to respond, perform. The first two games Cole played really well and so did Deshaun. We went into the game with the same mindset. They practiced well. When Deshaun came in?? we missed a touchdown opportunity with Cole, a play he’s got to make for us. When Deshaun came in, he sparked us, continued to play well. We made the decision, Hey, let’s see where this young man can take us.
E played a great game. He was the player of the game. That’s really simply what happened in the game is what has given him an opportunity. As we told him, he doesn’t have a lifetime contract either. It’s still a game of performance. You have to perform. We have to try to win each and every week.
It’s not like Cole Stoudt all of a sudden is the worst quarterback in the country, at the bottom of the list. This is a very tight situation. Deshaun is going to earn the start. He’s going to have a chance to keep the job, but he has to play well. Cole is still going to have an opportunity to play because he can give us an opportunity to win and he deserves to play.