Gambling Twitter, fueled by its contempt for the advertising industry, flexed its muscles last week, mocked the Vegas Golden Knights for partnering with a bet-pick-sell service, and celebrated when the relationship waned just three days its establishment has ended.
On Wednesday, the Knights named UpickTrade the team’s Official Picks Service Partner and promised to promote the company on social media platforms and on boards along the ice rink in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UpickTrade sells betting picks, including those for the NHL, for $ 89 a month. The deal was billed as the first sponsorship agreement between a Mexico-based company and an NHL club, and the first partnership between a professional sports franchise and a pick seller.
The Knights posted the announcement on Twitter – a tweet that has since been deleted – and sparked a firestorm of criticism from the bookies and bettors community that make up Gambling Twitter.
“Is this a joke?” Professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody asked on Twitter after seeing the announcement.
“”[I] thought this was an onion story, “added Robert Walker, a longtime Nevada bookmaker who now works at US Bookmaking, in a tweet.
The Knights closed the deal on Saturday.
“My job here is done,” tweeted Keith Fridrich, another seasoned bookmaker and critic of the Knights deal, on Saturday night.
You don’t often see the bettor and bookmaker unite, but that’s how despised the advertising industry is. In fact, there may be no profession with a worse reputation than being a pick seller. Of course, not all freebies are dirty and to the point. Picks are just content that consumers can use to decide whether to buy them. However, the industry’s reputation is based on decades of bad actors using unscrupulous tactics such as: B. Fake records, sell both sides of games, and claim to have inside information. Almost anything is nonsense, a ploy to convince naive bettors that the advertisement of the day has the secret sauce to success in the world of sports betting.
In the end, it’s likely a lesson the Knights and all sports teams and leagues have learned about a part of the betting world that requires extreme caution. It’s also testament to the impact that gambling has on Twitter.
“Of course they should have ended this partnership,” a professional bettor told ESPN, “but if there wasn’t social media, they probably never would.” – – David Purdum
What was Vegas thinking ?: It was a decision so monstrous that one really wonders how it got so far in the first place. How many Golden Knights executives have signed this up? Has anyone raised a concern? I’m all for innovation and thinking outside the box, but you also need to read the space and understand why stereotypes exist. And the last thing you can have is suspected shadiness, even if everything is ethical and well-intentioned. Additionally, you live in Vegas and should understand the narrative as some other franchises may be relying on your de facto expertise.
Sports betting legalization has achieved faster corporate adoption than I expected as we approach the three-year limit since the 2018 US Supreme Court ruling. The leagues are open and have embraced this new territory while admittedly welcoming ad revenue. Most importantly, leagues and teams have shown that partnering with game operators does not compromise the integrity of the games. But there are limits to this, and looks play a role, especially in this new era, which is still so young. The partnership with an advertising service, especially with such a documented checkered track record, should never have reached this point. – – Doug Kezirian
In fact, it was another fun week in the world of sports betting. Here you can see Doug Wzirian, sports betting analyst at Daily Wager and Chalk, and David Purdum, sports betting reporter.
Super Bowl betting investigation in Tennessee: The Tennessee Lottery is up Investigating alleged illegal bets on the Super Bowl with two of the state’s four licensed sports betting. A lottery spokesman told ESPN that its investigation had uncovered violations of state and federal law. As a result, 74 betting accounts were closed and some pending bets were voided prior to the Super Bowl. A lottery investigator said last week that bets were placed by “a group of individual accounts” and “another group of accounts used by one.” [individual]”Match-fixing or spot shaving is not believed to be the focus of the investigation. Further details were not disclosed as the investigation progressed.” David Purdum
Look ahead to look ahead: Old-school handicappers love situational handicap, and there’s arguably no better betting angle than legitimate spots where teams look past an opponent … a.k.a. In college hoops, a popular tactic is to have Duke and North Carolina pale in-game before their rivalry matchup, especially if they are big favorites.
They both worked together earlier this season. On February 1, Duke lost as an 11-point favorite in Miami. The Blue Devils fell to ATS 1-10 in their last 11 games in this particular situation and have ATS 16-33 in their last 25 regular seasons. On February 2nd, UNC lost double digits as a street favorite in Clemson thanks to 17 sales.
The next rivalry game is scheduled for this Saturday at Chapel Hill. Previously, Duke will play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday and should be favored by two points. The Tar Heels visit Syracuse tonight as a one-point favorite. – – Doug Kezirian
Lose Notable Bet: William Hill US reported that on Saturday he made a $ 80,000 bet on Baylor (-200) to beat Kansas, a huge bet on college basketball. The Jayhawks have turned the previously undefeated Bears 71-58 on their heads. – – David Purdum
Notable winning bet: On February 3, a Nevada bettor with William Hill US placed a $ 110,000 bet on Canelo Alvarez to defeat Avni Yildirim at odds of -4,000. Alvarez finished Yildirim on a third round TKO, and the bettor won $ 2,750 net. – – David Purdum
Bright lights: The Brooklyn Nets are stepping up an NBA postseason narrative about stars that glow when the lights are at their brightest. Will a team be able to beat three future Hall of Famers in a best-of-7 series? In the regular season, Brooklyn dominates the marquee games, and they do much of that damage without the entire trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving intact. The nets fell to the Dallas Mavericks on ABC on Saturday. Brooklyn fell 11-2 both directly and against distribution in nationally televised games. Durant and Irving did not play. – – Doug Kezirian
Trendy overs: At some point, the odds makers will catch up with the New Orleans pelicans and nets. It hasn’t happened yet, however, and the public continues to ride the sauce train. The Pelicans ended 23-4-1 in their last 28 games, including nine of their last 10. The nets ended in their last 29-22-7; However, the sub has joined in four of the last five. Both Brooklyn and New Orleans are fighting defensively and have heavy crime, but for some reason the odds makers are missing the totals. – – Doug Kezirian
Who’s laughing now ?: Social media was full of criticism and ridicule when BetMGM announced it had won a $ 10,000 stake on the Washington Wizards to win the NBA title at odds of 500: 1. A $ 5 million payout is certainly tempting, but this team sat outside the playoff race and closer to the draft lottery than a championship talk. Since that bet, the Wizards have set a 5-2 record of disgruntled wins against the Denver Nuggets (twice), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. BetMGM currently has the wiz at 400-1. – – Doug Kezirian
NBA Odds Update: Heading into All-Star Week, the Utah Jazz had better chances of winning the NBA title than any other team. After opening at 42-1, the Jazz are now +950 at FanDuel.
The Lakers remain the consensus favorites and have attracted more than twice as much money as any other team in the BetMGM title odds pool.
LeBron James is the consensus favorite to be named the regular season MVP. More than 32% of MVP bets at PointsBet are on James. – – David Purdum
Ping pong punting: $ 11.8 million was wagered on table tennis with Colorado Sportsbook in January. That’s more than the $ 9.6 million bet on hockey and more than the soccer, college football and MMA bet put together in January, according to the Colorado Treasury Department. – – David Purdum