Ted Forstmann’s bad bet | Fortune.com March 12, 2017

There’s Sutton’s college-sports unit, which Sutton says is on track. Agate’s charge “defies logic and common sense,” they wrote. (Forstmann denies the existence of any such agreements.)

In April 2007, Agate says he learned that the IRS was coming after him for $1 million from the revenue that Agate Printing seemed to be generating thanks to the checks coming in from Forstmann’s gambling. “When you go out the door, you will pass a very big guy with a gun. His demands appeared to amount to less than $10 million — small potatoes for a billionaire like Forstmann but an unwanted nuisance nonetheless.

A month later, on Oct. “Which just annoyed the living shit out of me,” Forstmann says. “But it achieved in the press a biblical patina.” In December the court threw out Agate Printing’s case and placed the matter in arbitration. Forstmann is also seeking arbitration against Agate for violating the terms of the 2009 settlement.

What about the appearance of poor judgment in making bets on sports at the same time that he owned IMG? “I never thought about it that way,” he says. Agate’s main claim was that for years Forstmann had agreed to protect Agate Printing against unspecified “future liabilities” and had agreed to steer some printing business his way, but had failed to do so. After Agate declined the offer, and then declined a higher offer, of $300,000, Forstmann’s lawyers allegedly told him he was on his own. Forstmann, the once-peerless buyout king, is the chairman and CEO of IMG Worldwide, the sports, media, and fashion powerhouse he bought for $750 million in 2004 with the last of his buyout firm Forstmann Little’s institutional private equity funds. This time, cleverly exploiting a loophole, Agate threatened to sue Forstmann with Agate Printing as the plaintiff, since the settlement did not properly bar Agate Printing from suing Forstmann in the future. In exchange for those services, Agate claimed, Forstmann verbally agreed to “personally indemnify” and “hold harmless” Agate Printing from any tax liability arising from the checks and wire transfers Forstmann and IMG made to his company to cover Forstmann’s gambling losses and escort services. Forstmann sees these ventures as the future of IMG as the agency moves from being strictly agents to principals in the business. Cohan, contributor

Last spring, in his office in the GM Building, 45 floors above Fifth Avenue, Ted Forstmann, now 70 years old, began wooing Ben Sutton. “This may be some bad word use, but if you made me bet on whether it was or was not accurate, I would bet a very big number. (Agate, in turn, alleges that he passed the money on to bookies in Nevada and Costa Rica.)

The legality of sports betting is complex. “And I said that to him then: ‘We need to do this.’” They shook hands and started to put the deal together; Sutton would become the head of the newly renamed IMG College.

By the end of July, IMG had announced the purchase of ISP Sports for around $100 million (Sutton won’t confirm the price). (In an interview at presstime, Agate told Fortune that he only asked Forstmann to “honor promises” he had made.)

In February 2008, in a lawsuit filed in state court in California, Agate claimed Forstmann breached an agreement to compensate him for not getting the Next Level stock and then filed an amended complaint that resembled the one he filed in September 2010. He prefers to talk about all the opportunities IMG has in front of it. Forstmann says he was incredulous the suit could be refiled in another state, but his lawyers told him he should settle because the release of the bets could be embarrassing. The new policy does permit employees to gamble legally on other sports in which IMG has a role as long as the employees comply with rules and laws pertaining to such bets.

The details of Forstmann’s alleged behavior contained in Agate’s second complaint go beyond betting and are plenty sordid. 11, IMG closed on its acquisition of Sutton’s company. The next day, Agate filed an amended complaint that included a bombshell allegation: that Forstmann had used Agate’s company as a betting conduit through which he made hundreds of individual wagers, totaling as much as $7 million, on a plethora of sporting events over eight years.

The allegations immediately made headlines — mainly for the charge that on June 9, 2007, Forstmann had bet $40,000 that IMG client Roger Federer would defeat IMG client Rafael Nadal to win the 2007 French Open the next day. “In my life, I’ve kind of lived by the mantra ‘Do the right thing the right way at the right time,’” Sutton says. IMG was the enemy and, if anything, Sutton wanted to buy IMG’s college business. He is an ex-narcotics detective in the Bronx. For the first time, Forstmann says, Agate threatened to include a copy of Forstmann’s betting records. And now he’s arrived here.”)

Forstmann says Agate acknowledged he had “hit rock bottom” last April, writing to him in an e-mail, also included in Forstmann’s court papers: “I was evicted from my three previous residences, my car was repossessed, my residence has been burglarized three times (twice while I was hiding in the next room), resulting in a substantial financial loss. According to Forstmann, Agate was asking for $4 million but agreed to take $575,000. (Of course, by betting for Federer in 2007, Forstmann was necessarily betting against IMG client Nadal.)

Agate’s allegations go on, claiming the disagreement with Forstmann led to the dissolution of his marriage and his business, and ultimately required him to seek “professional counseling and therapy from a clinical psychologist.”

A l0ng and complicated history

Not surprisingly, Forstmann has a different perspective on his James Agate problem, which can best be summarized as a feeling of being “extorted” by a desperate man. Even if you believe Forstmann’s version of events — a California judge has pushed the dispute between the two men into arbitration, which has yet to begin — the whole episode is unsavory and has lasting ramifications. Agate’s documents suggest Forstmann’s last college-sports related bet — $2,000 on March 31, 2007, that Ohio State would win its NCAA basketball tournament game — was two months before IMG entered college sports. Agate says he did not receive his shares and was upset Forstmann didn’t come to his defense in a subsequent arbitration. (“I’ll tell you how nuts this is,” Forstmann explains, escorting a visitor out of his office. “People like Mr. “You don’t think that the fact that you’re making a bet is going to get into the newspapers.”

Forstmann says he hopes the media attention on his betting will now subside. True or not, it doesn’t look good.

By William D. Generally speaking, betting for nonparticipants is often legal, but it varies by state. For the first time since Agate filed his allegations against Forstmann, Fortune stitches together the multitude of Agate’s accusations against the billionaire, which date back to litigation in 2008 (and involve disputes that go as far back as the late 1990s). Agate alleged that on the night before the final match Forstmann had spoken to Federer by phone and obtained “inside information” from him and then increased the size of his bet three times. He says he grew up playing games for money, a skill that helped him get by in his post-college years. “There was a period of time in my life when I actually got along by my wits that way, by playing cards and backgammon and golf and so on [for money],” he says. (Agate says he’s lived in four homes in that time and the others were investment properties; in response to the other allegations, he says, “I am an open book.”) Forstmann says a friend in law enforcement, concerned by Agate’s e-mails, urged him to hire an armed guard for protection. There are many factors, including who made the actual bet, how, where, and with whom.

Legal or not, after Forstmann bought IMG, which represents major sports stars, and then kept placing bets through Agate — often on IMG’s clients — his gambling fairly reeked of poor judgment. His relationship with “Aggie,” as he called him, started in Los Angeles, where Agate was a member of several golf clubs but Forstmann was not. “I am on the side of right here,” he said before hanging up, “and another complaint is coming.” Unfortunately for Teddy Forstmann, he could probably bet on that.

–William D. Cohan is a Fortune contributor and author of a forthcoming book on Goldman Sachs.

Additional reporting from Daniel Roberts

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. There’s IMG’s new joint venture to create basketball and soccer leagues in India, and similar partnerships in Brazil and China. This time, Forstmann says, he gave him a few choices for paying up: start a charity and name Agate to run it (“That’d be like putting the fox in the chicken coop,” Forstmann deadpans); start a real estate company and put Agate at its head; or sponsor him to play on the World Series of Poker tour. 3, in the wake of the allegations, to implement at IMG the “anti-gambling policy” that prevents any employee from wagering on college sports of any kind. Betting on college sports sounded wrong to him. It’s not at all accurate,” he told Fortune. (Agate confirms the list “sounds familiar.”)

At that point Forstmann hired private investigators, who revealed, as Forstmann detailed in court filings, that Agate had dozens of addresses in the past 20 years and 19 judgments and liens filed against him, and that he owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. The Tennis Integrity Unit has said such betting violates its rules but that Forstmann’s betting occurred before its creation; an NCAA spokesperson says Forstmann is not under its jurisdiction “but that the expectation is that those providing services to the NCAA will not wager on sports.” While Agate, by all accounts, including his own, seemed to grow increasingly desperate and unstable, Forstmann has come around to the view that he made a mistake; he has since instituted a ban on college-sports gambling at IMG.

But the broader story and perhaps Forstmann’s bigger mistake seems to be this: Somehow, while living the glamorous life of being Teddy Forstmann — making deals, jetting around the world, playing golf, and dating celebrities (he has recently become embroiled in a tabloid custody battle between model, actress, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, his current companion, and Adam Dell, the brother of Michael Dell, over their infant daughter) — he became involved with a somewhat questionable, highly litigious character whom a basic gut-check should have told him to avoid. (In the end, defending champion Nadal won the match in four sets, and Forstmann lost his bet.)

Was my sports bet legal?

Much has been documented about Agate’s allegations against Forstmann, and while the truth is still murky, one thing is indisputable: Thanks to his former golfing buddy, Forstmann, a lifelong gambler — both literally and figuratively — has m88 found himself back in the limelight and in the center of an unwelcome scandal. “That’s how I paid the rent.” He says he can now afford to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of perfectly legal bets. I have been kicked out of both golf clubs and no longer play golf. They were minor bets. Agate claims that when his lawyers pressed them further, Forstmann’s attorneys intimidated Agate’s attorneys, causing them to quit.

Agate also claims Forstmann bet “several times against” Tiger Woods, also an IMG client, to lose to Vijay Singh, another (now former) IMG client and onetime friend of Forstmann’s. The gist seems to be that Forstmann has always liked to gamble on sports, on card games, on his own golf matches — the words “I bet you” are part of his everyday vernacular — and for years used Agate to help him make bets on all kinds of professional and collegiate sports. As its cash flow nears $200 million, by Forstmann’s estimates, IMG’s value has risen beyond the $750 million he paid for it to closer to $4 billion or $5 billion, ensuring that Teddy Forstmann’s tombstone may ultimately read the way he says he’d hoped it would: THANK GOD HE DIDN’T QUIT! — a reference to the fact that many people thought he was washed up after Forstmann Little lost over $2 billion investing in emerging telecom companies a decade ago.

Which means Forstmann remains a very wealthy man. Reached on his cellphone in early January, Agate did not want to talk long. (Forstmann Little owns around 85% of IMG, with Forstmann himself owning an unspecified chunk of that piece.) Sutton now had his own future and his family’s riding on Forstmann and IMG.

But in the beginning of September, while the Justice Department was reviewing whether the combination of ISP Sports and IMG violated antitrust laws, something unexpected happened. Agate wanted Forstmann to honor his indemnity agreement and pay the IRS.

In September 2007, according to the lawsuit, Forstmann’s lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis offered to settle the dispute by giving Agate $10,000 per month plus the payment of his medical bills and country club fees for a year. Forstmann was served the lawsuit, plus a copy of the still-unfiled complaint with the betting records, two days later on a Saturday in the parking lot of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, near his home in Southampton, N.Y.

A few weeks later, hearing nothing from Forstmann, Agate filed the amended complaint with the betting information. “I take him at his word,” Sutton told Fortune. Forstmann says he preferred to bet through Agate, whom he has known since 1988, rather than make bets through a bookie or in Las Vegas. “I said, ‘I want to know everything.’” Forstmann reassured his new partner he had done nothing wrong and had not gambled on college sports since becoming active in the college-sports business. Without the money he was hoping to get from litigation, Forstmann says, Agate started asking him for financial help. “I never thought about it at all. Agate said Forstmann separately promised to give Agate Printing lucrative contracts. Sutton took most of it in enough IMG stock to make him one of the nine largest shareholders in the privately held company. 27 court filing, citing Forstmann’s phone records. “I asked Ted,” Sutton said. “I trust him on that and believe him.”

Sutton was further heartened by Forstmann’s decision on Dec. Over the course of two lengthy interviews, Forstmann did his best to try to put the matter behind him, acknowledging the bets but repeatedly describing them as financially insignificant to him, merely recreational and simply a way to spice up an otherwise drab weekend.

But the story that emerges from Agate’s court filings and from Forstmann is plenty complicated — not unlike the lives of the two men themselves. But the unanswered question is why Forstmann was involved with Agate at all.

Accusations go beyond betting

When Ben Sutton read the allegations about Forstmann’s rampant betting, he called him for an explanation. “No such call ever happened,” Forstmann’s lawyers wrote in an Oct. All hell broke loose.

Forstmann says he believes some of the data — but not all — that Agate released is inaccurate. As the trees in Central Park outside the window were starting to bloom, Forstmann told Sutton that IMG wanted to buy ISP Sports, the regional college-sports licensing and agency business Sutton started in North Carolina in 1992.

Forstmann’s idea was to merge ISP Sports with IMG’s three-year-old college-sports business to form a national sports-marketing company that could offer big advertisers access to the growing ranks of consumers addicted to college sports. I am still massively in debt to the government …” This time, Forstmann decided to call Agate’s bluff: There would be no payoff.

That’s when Agate gave a copy of the proposed suit to gossip website TMZ. The Suttons had a great time, and Ben Sutton was particularly impressed by the interaction between Forstmann and his sons. The making of a bet in California or New York can be legal, but the taking is not necessarily. (Forstmann blames his high-priced lawyers for this mistake.) Agate again threatened to reveal Forstmann’s betting. Sutton was especially worried that Forstmann might have been betting on college sports at the same time IMG was representing college-sports programs. Sutton’s ISP, with its lock on the Southeast market, was key to Forstmann’s plan to build a national footprint.

The strategy was classic Forstmann: visionary, opportunistic, and persuasive. “It’s just the ramblings of an insane person,” Forstmann says.

A few months later Agate decided to drop the case against Forstmann, but soon he was back with news he was going to sue him in New York. Forstmann as the lottery,” Forstmann’s public relations firm said in a statement. In addition to acting as Forstmann’s “betting conduit” during their 20-year relationship, Agate alleged he also was responsible for plying Forstmann with “dates and interludes” with “escorts, models, and other people” — men to play golf with him and women for unspecified purposes. He said he loaned Agate a total of around $50,000 over the years and “never expected to get it back — and never got it back.” (Agate says the only loan he took from Forstmann was for $15,000 and that Agate took the amount off what Forstmann still owed for gambling losses.)

Their relationship began to change in 2007, Forstmann told Fortune and has detailed in filings in response to the lawsuit, as Agate’s financial situation became more dire. In interviews with Fortune and elsewhere, Forstmann has acknowledged betting on Federer to win the match but says he did not speak with the tennis star beforehand. Even so, Sutton was impressed by Forstmann’s knowledge of the college-sports market and his vision for the combined businesses.

What sealed the deal for Sutton, though, was Forstmann’s invitation for Sutton and his son to attend Wimbledon in July with the never-married Forstmann and his two adopted South African sons, Siya and Everest. Forstmann claims Agate’s original beef with him dates back to the Internet bubble, when Agate claimed he was promised a 5% stake in Next Level Communications, a lucrative IPO Forstmann was involved in through his ownership of General Instrument. Forstmann says Agate was “not very smart” and “not really fun to be with” but that he was a good golfer and could always organize a game.

Agate was always scrambling for money, Forstmann says, and would occasionally hit up his rich golfing buddy. Forstmann acknowledges he used poor judgment. Allegations of sports betting and more have cast a pall on the buyout king’s comeback. That’s the end of it.” Agate got his money, Forstmann says, “for doing absolutely nothing except being an extortionist.”

But days after Forstmann made his last payment to Agate, in April 2010, as detailed in his court filings, he got an e-mail from Agate wanting more. “He always had financial difficulties, like a lot of young guys that are up and down, up and down,” Forstmann says. They were to make boring Sunday afternoons more interesting.” He says his French Open bet was simply a way to root for Federer.

That wasn’t good enough for one blogger, who called Forstmann the “Pete Rose of tennis.” And the seriousness with which Forstmann is taking the dispute is evident in his replacement in this situation of Sard Verbinnen, his longtime PR firm, with Mike Sitrick, one of Wall Street’s favorite crisis managers.

Truth be told, Forstmann has been betting his whole life. But he says he agreed, to “just make it go away forever.” Forstmann signed the agreement on April 2, 2009, demanded a letter of apology, and thought, “Well, fuck it. Forstmann’s lawyers said he never would have bet against Woods since IMG represented him and would benefit if Woods won tournaments. James Agate, a scratch golfer, printing company owner, and one of Forstmann’s former Los Angeles golfing buddies, filed a civil suit in California state court accusing Forstmann and IMG of some behavior that got Sutton wondering about the deal he had just made.

In the suit — which, of course, anyone can file along with the requisite filing fee — the 49-year-old Agate (pronounced AG-ett) said Forstmann and his companies IMG and 24 Hour Fitness (the other remaining company in Forstmann Little’s portfolio) had breached promises Forstmann had made to him and his defunct company, Agate Printing. Agate look at people like Mr. But James Agate has proved nothing if not a persistent foe. After all, he was the private equity mogul who had made billions for his investors — and himself — buying and selling companies such as Gulfstream Aerospace, General Instrument, and Topps; he was also the guy who had persuaded the family members and estate trustees of the late IMG founder Mark McCormack to sell the company to him.

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Don’t Be a Square: 10 Tips for Betting on Football March 6, 2017

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But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”

“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker.

Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. “Teams play inspired ball at home. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites.

Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says.

1. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

10. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

2. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

And where does all that money go?

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

5. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

8. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline.

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets.

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

4. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

7. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners.

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years.

“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas.

6. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005).

Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl.

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and m88 a little more sharp in your picks this season.

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

3. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

9. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned.

So, how much should you bet a game?

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games.

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved.

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

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“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says

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Online blood work: No doctor’s visit required February 28, 2017

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Which is precisely what concerns some medical professionals. Steven Lamm, director of men’s health at NYU Medical Center, told FoxNews.com.  

Blake Snow is writer from Provo, Utah, where he lives with his family.

They work like this: A user selects and pays for a blood test, which range from basic heart and nutrient health to detailed diagnostics of metabolic functions and reproductive hormones. “In focusing on day-to-day emergencies and long-term illness, we haven’t done a good job at prevention and wellness.    

A wave of online blood labs, including Wellness FX and DirectLabs, and are changing the way consumers diagnose, understand and treat their own health concerns. Blood is pulled, and then the results are emailed and uploaded to the user’s account a day later.

But I really didn’t care.

The obvious answer is cost. “It’s equivalent to thinking you can get health care by reading Men’s Fitness. Like pharmacies offering services at lower costs than traditional doctor’s offices, online blood work aims to reduce the cost of health care. “Furthermore, we encourage our patients to share their results with their own physician or one of the hundreds of telehealth physicians and practitioners in our network.”

Users can click each biomarker for more information and recommendations on how to improve  health. Even Lamm admits as much. WellnessFX succeeds in doing this in an easy-to-read and course-corrective way. There’s a reason doctors go to school for 15 years.”

“It is commonly accepted that better patient engagement produces healthier patients, and we expect to see more changes to increase patient empowerment,” Kean said. “Why not go to your doctor and why do people feel they can’t?”

Lamm, however, remains skeptical.

“I don’t see self-prescribed blood work lowering the cost m88 of health care,” Lamm said. Admittedly, I have no idea what “alkaline phosphatase” is or does, but the site says I needn’t worry because my level is green as opposed to red, which represents an area of concern. Health insurance isn’t required.

Kean disagrees.

Whatever your view of consumer-prescribed healthcare, somewhere along the line our nation may have collectively forgotten how to watch its own health.  

“In those cases, the person is immediately notified and given a plan of action by a licensed physician,” Kean said. That, too, distresses me.”

Once a test has been ordered, users schedule an appointment at a local testing center, such as LabCorp.  

“The medical establishment certainly shoulders a lot of the blame,” he said. They hook you with a $30 test in hopes you’ll order an eventual $600 in unnecessary tests. And users, like me, can do it all without sitting in waiting rooms, removing their pants or incurring expensive bills for routine wellness checks.  

While WellnessFX officials are quick to note that “every test is ordered and results are reviewed and interpreted by a licensed physician,” I tested the site and didn’t interact with a doctor at all during my experience. For instance, the blood test I recently took through WellnessFX cost $80 less and two fewer hours than a similar test my wife was ordered to take by her ob-gyn– at the exact same LabCorp facility.

“Some of these websites are trying to do the right thing, but I’m skeptical about their interpretation of results,” Lamm said. “Right now I think it’s a business opportunity; that’s what bothers me. For each biomarker tested, results are noted with green, yellow or red flags to indicate their degree of normalcy.

“It distresses me to see consumers doing this independently or separate from their health care professional,” Dr. Or, at least, the appearance of one. It may be empowering for patients, but it’s a false sense of empowerment.”

In other words, online blood tests remove the middleman. I did see a physician’s name on the blood order and assume he looked at my results before emailing them to me.

I just wanted to know how to improve my basic health. Prices start at $30 for basic tests analyzing for factors like blood sugar and basic thyroid function, to over $1,000 for tests examining reproductive hormones and inflammation markers. While I was empowered by the information, not everyone is a fan of online blood tests.

James Kean, founder of WellnessFX, emphasizes that a doctor paid by the site reviews every online test, while adhering to a strict protocol for flagging critical values. 

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NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting | Reuters February 2, 2017

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But the U.S. states except four.

Lesniak believes it is up to the state to determine whether sports gambling can occur and said the wagering will jump-start New Jersey’s sagging gaming revenues.

In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state.

“I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to placing the first legal bet in the state of New Jersey on a sporting event next Sunday,” Lesniak said.. the proliferation of state-sponsored and approved sports gambling in Atlantic City casinos and at New Jersey racetracks will cause immediate and irreparable harm” to the sports leagues,” the lawsuit said.

“How can that be determined when Las Vegas is taking bets already, every single day? The NFL has three games at Wembley Stadium (in London) every year where people are betting right across the street from the stadium.”

“In order m88a to get an injunction, the leagues have to show that they will be irreparably damaged if Monmouth race track starts taking bets on sports sporting events on Sunday,” New Jersey State Sen. But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation.

The National Football League and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events.

But the sports leagues sued, saying it violated a federal ban on the activity in all U.S. Raymond Lesniak told Reuters in a telephone interview.

The new law allows sports betting at state-licensed casinos and racetracks. The federal court sided with the leagues, so the state appealed. Monmouth Park, a thoroughbred race track in Oceanport, is planning to offer sports betting on Sunday.

In a statement Friday after signing the legislation Christie said: “I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, leaving the lower court ban in place.

Voters approved the idea of legal sports betting in 2011 and the following year Christie signed a bill allowing the wagering.

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; editing by Andrew Hay)

They claimed that the law violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.

“If the 2014 Sports Wagering Law is not declared unlawful..

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Top 10 casino hotels worldwide August 19, 2016

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At The Valley of Waves water park, you can test your mettle at the Temple of Courage water chute, and at the Outdoor Adventure Centre, activities such as quad bikes, archery and tribal dancing await. For more information, visit www.trumptaj.com 

Top 10 Value Las Vegas Hotels 

CHINA

PUERTO RICO

Ibiza Town

Ibiza Gran Hotel

Best known for its jet-set tourism and exuberant nightlife, Ibiza is the perfect spot for a casino. The resort’s gaming space is the largest in the world at 534,000 square feet, with approximately 500 gaming tables and 2,000 slot machines. Further relaxation includes unwinding in your decorator suite or indulging at the full-service spa. Although The Palazzo shares facilities such as Canyon Ranch SpaClub with The Venetian, it also houses top venues of its own, the most notable being Mario Batali’s Carnevino, Wolfgang Puck’s CUT and Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10. But it’s the 115,000-square-foot casino that’s the real draw here. When you’re not striking it rich, you can relax with a spa treatment, gourmet meal or shopping spree in one of the hotel’s exclusive boutiques. For more information, visit www.venetianmacao.com 

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Let’s admit it. As for the suites, they define pampering, with their sunken living rooms, marble-appointed bathrooms and palatial décor. Two excellent golf courses include one from Gary Player, and the highlight of the four luxury hotels is the fantastical Palace of the Lost City. For more information, visit www.harrahsneworleans.com 

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MONACO

Atlantic City

Trump Taj Mahal

At this 51-story casino hotel, the extravagant world of Trump-orchestrated excess begins with larger-than-life stone elephants and 70-plus minarets. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Though you can spend 24/7 placing bets, the hotel has more to offer, including a shopping mall, health and wellness center and entertainment that includes headliners from Asia and around the world. And what better place to roll the dice and find out than a luxury casino resort or hotel? Naturally, we’ve included old favorites such as Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, but you’ll also find a few surprises here, including one in Egypt and another in South Africa where guests can enjoy a water park and night safaris. For more information, visit www.marriott.com 

San Juan

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

Beautiful beaches and blackjack — welcome to the pleasures of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. For more information, read our complete hotel review of The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan

New Orleans

Harrah’s New Orleans

Right in the center of revitalized New Orleans, this casino hotel offers stylish accommodations with spectacular views of the Mississippi River and downtown skyline. Its two-level Regency Casino Mendoza unites elegant European ambience with personal service to create an atmosphere that lures in glamorous gamblers from around the world. Best of all, you can savor a setting adjacent to Pilanesberg National Park with night safaris and game drives in search of lions, elephants and more. But you don’t need to place a bet in order to take advantage of everything this property has to offer. Grandeur is the defining design element, from the Austrian crystal chandelier in the center of the lobby to the Atlantic Ocean views from many of the 2,010 guest rooms. One of the largest casino hotels in the world, it offers every opportunity to double your money and your fun. For more information, read our complete hotel review of The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino 

ARGENTINA

SPAIN

Macau

The Venetian Macao

Modeled after its sister property in Las Vegas, The Venetian Macao is just one of the many impressive casino hotels that are giving Macau world-class status as a gambling mecca. Needless to say, of the many hotel-casino choices you have when visiting Las Vegas, this one is a sure bet. Classy and understated (words not often used to describe gambling joints), Casino de Ibiza is a stylish venue that suits its Ibiza Gran Hotel setting. Whether you ante up in the exclusive high limit gaming salon, place a bet in the smoke-free poker room or simply toss a few coins into the slots, you’ll relish the action at this impressive property. The odds are sure to be in your favor when you stay at any one of these Top 10 Casino Hotels.

SOUTH AFRICA. EGYPT

Top 10 Sexy Las Vegas Hotels 

Monte Carlo

Hotel de Paris

Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. Adorned with a collection of modern Spanish art, the hotel offers the added appeal of a great location, overlooking Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea. This massive place is all about bigger-is-better. And with more than 340 slot machines, fans of the one-armed bandit can keep busy round the clock. At some point in life we all want to know if Lady Luck is on our side. For more information, visit www.sun-city-south-africa.com 

Las Vegas

The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

Connected to its sister property The Venetian by the Grand Canal Shoppes arcade, The Palazzo is a lavish destination that manages to offer a boutique-like atmosphere. Anchored by a guest palace built in 1869, this Marriott gracefully blends old and new, melding its historic building with two modern towers to offer 1,087 guest rooms and suites, fifteen restaurants and six acres of palace gardens, all on an island in the middle of the Nile. For more information, read our complete review of Hotel de Paris 

Mendoza

Park Hyatt Mendoza

An elegantly restored, nineteenth-century Spanish colonial façade greets guests at this luxurious property, overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia. The variety of table games includes all the usual suspects, as well as punto y banca, a local variation of baccarat. As for its indulgences, you’re invited to explore them all, beginning with the premier wine list offered at Le Bar Américain. When not romancing Lady Luck, you can head out to explore the island’s varied attractions, including El Morro Fortress, El Yunque Rainforest and the Bacardi Rum distillery. For more information, visit www.mendoza.park.hyatt.com

Cairo

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

An Egyptian casino named after an eleventh-century Persian poet … Although the city of Mendoza is known for its nearby vineyards and Andes’ ski resorts (which can be seen from some of the guest rooms), this hotel gives visitors plenty of good reasons to stay in town. Best of all, the atmosphere is pure Ritz-Carlton: classy and elegant, with hints of Puerto Rico’s early colonial style. Additional entertainment includes the nearby Superdome and on-site Masquerade nightclub, featuring an ice bar and soaring media tower. why not? Omar Khayyam is famous for immortalizing life’s pleasures: “A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou.” Enhance these essentials with an exclusive gaming establishment reminiscent of an old-fashioned men’s club and day trips to the Pyramids of Giza, and you have Cairo’s most well-rounded luxury holiday. Its 3,000 suites each have a minimum of 750 square feet of space, and if you can drag yourself away from your lavish split-level accommodation, take time (and lots of it) to explore the casino. This all-suite hotel’s European-inspired casino features everything a gambler’s heart could desire, including a race and sports book, high limit salon and 112,000-square-foot poker room showcasing hand-painted frescoed ceilings. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion. The hotel’s casino brings gaming to your front door, with roulette, blackjack, mini baccarat and let-it-ride games. After a decadent meal at Le Louis XV — Alain Ducasse, we suggest you dress up (ditch the shorts and flip-flops) and head for Place du Casino’s legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, a Belle Époque landmark that served as a setting in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. Not only does it have 24-hour gambling (card games, slots, roulette, baccarat, craps), it has a theme: Mardi Gras. Located on eight lush acres surrounded by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this property pairs sophisticated décor with a casual setting and more than just the expected high-end spa, picturesque pool and fine dining. For more information, visit www.ibizagranhotel.com 

Sun City

Sun City Resort

A premier South African gambling destination, the extravagant Sun City resort features two casino areas with slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, The Salon Prive for high-stakes games and a gaming school with free lessons on technique and table etiquette. So prepare yourself for round-the-clock revelry, whether you’re at the tables or out on Bourbon Street, which is just a short stroll away. Gaming tables, slot machines and Texas hold ‘em tournaments provide plenty of action after days spent lounging with fellow pretty people in the hotel’s pools

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Tackling vices one by one, Philippines president targets online gaming | Reuters August 18, 2016

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This is out of control.”

The Philippine gaming industry is one of Asia’s most freewheeling, attracting scores of online foreign companies over the last decade to set up servers aimed at overseas punters, and has lured investments of billions of dollars in casino resorts.

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MANILA/HONG KONG After unleashing a crackdown on drugs, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is turning his guns on a booming online gaming industry, abruptly scrapping one firm’s 13-year monopoly this week and denouncing its billionaire chief as a corrupt oligarch.

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That will add to the flashy properties of Melco Crown’s City of Dreams Manila and Philippine billionaire Ricky Razon’s Solaire property, controlled by Bloomberry Resorts Corp, which have already opened.

“With the strong and repeated pronouncement of the president, there is no choice,” Andrea Domingo, head of Pagcor, the state regulator of casinos and online gambling, told Reuters. “It’s business as normal for now,” said Joe Pisano, chief executive of Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technologies, based in the capital, Manila.

But Duterte’s position on online gaming hosted in the Philippines for bettors from overseas remains to be clarified, Pisano added. These operators, forbidden to accept bets from locals, have been allowed to keep operating. Last week, Duterte, nicknamed ‘the Punisher,’ singled out Philweb’s chairman, Roberto Ongpin, one of the richest men in the southeast Asian nation, as an example of an oligarch who benefited while the poor suffered.

“It is not quite clear what the president really wants and what the endgame is.”

Philweb’s shares lost more than 50 percent to hit lows not seen since 2008 after Ongpin resigned last week, telling shareholders he hoped his action would help get the company’s license renewed.

Philweb has started winding down operations and is working with Pagcor to retain the jobs of its 5,000 employees.

Until recently, Filipinos could gamble in licensed online cafes, as well as casinos, but Duterte refused to renew the exclusive license of the operator of more than 300 such cafes, Philweb Corp, after its permit expired on Wednesday.

The Philippines is the base for most Asian international online gambling operators, who hold licenses issued by its Cagayan economic zone.

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“As we wind down the operations over the next few days, we will have to assess what that means for our operations in the short term,” its president, Dennis Valdez, told reporters.

“I doubt if anyone expected what happened,” said a former top official at Pagcor, who asked not to be identified as he was not allowed to speak to the media.

Annual economic losses from halting Philweb’s contract and closing down e-bingo outlets would be about 10 billion pesos ($214 million), said Pagcor, which is a gaming operator in addition to its role as regulator.

. “Electronic gaming can never take credit for that.”

Duterte declared war on online gambling soon after being sworn in on June 30, saying, “Online gambling must stop. However, as the Philippines looks to boost tourism, its burgeoning market for integrated casino resorts, touted as a new Asian hotspot after Macau and Singapore, is unlikely to be targeted, industry executives and Pagcor said.

Pagcor is also looking into the activities of the Philippines’ special freeport zones that issue licenses to foreign online gaming firms, Domingo added.

Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada is expected to open a $3-billion casino resort in Manila’s Entertainment City by year end.

“We are there to bring in foreign tourists and foreign dollars,” said a Manila-based casino executive who declined to be named, as he was not authorized to speak to the media. It has sprouted here and there

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The Next Billion Dollar Opportunity? August 17, 2016

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Concerns over social responsibility will have some consequences on investment considerations in the market. Overseas, online betting is generating an estimated $32 billion in annual revenue — nearly the size of the United States casino market. Investors include Jeff Bezon’s, Founder of Amazon, and Eric E.

MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming Corp, its partner in the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, have arrangements with Bwin.Party, which runs Internet gambling from Gibraltar.

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No one seems more qualified to exploit the opportunity than social gaming company, Zynga, with their established user base, expertise in driving engagement and virality, and iterative data driven product development process.

In addition, some large public equity investors, such as hedge funds, have policies against investing in gambling related companies and some general and limited partners of venture capital and private equity funds have similar policies, which could reduce liquidity in private markets. Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chariman.

Rational Group, the Isle of Man-based company that operates PokerStars, the world’s leader in real-money online poker, acquired the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, one New Jersey’s 12 licensed casinos and will obtain and NJ Casino license with the transaction.

Some large companies have policies against involvement with gambling, which reduces exit opportunities for companies in the business.

In the U.K., Zynga has partnered with Bwin.Party to offer games such as “FarmVille” slots for real-money betting.

Chris DeWolfe, a co-founder of the pioneering social site Myspace, is launching a gaming studio with a gambling component.

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie recently signed a law allowing Atlantic City’s casinos to run websites that take bets on games such as blackjack, slots and poker, but require bettors to be physically present in the state.

Many believe that online gambling will soon become as simple as buying an e-book or streaming a movie, and that the convenience of being able to bet from your couch, will present incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Betable allows social game developers to add real, working gambling mechanics to their games.

Given the lengthy licensing process and regulatory concerns, new entrants are looking to partner with currently existing casino operators. Delaware recently passed similar laws. Juniper Research estimates that betting on mobile devices alone will be a $100 billion worldwide industry by 2017.

If online gambling laws continue to be relaxed across the United States, it could represent a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors. They’ve already hired an executivefrom 888 Holdings, a gambling company, begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts, and have applied for an operator license in Nevada and expect to launch their first real-money gaming products in international markets in the first half of 2013. Nevada’s law, signed on February 21st of 2013, lets land-based casino operators offer online poker only.

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6,000-1 odds for Charles Barkley to win celebrity golf tournament August 8, 2016

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As of Thursday afternoon, 10 bets had been placed on Barkley to win the tournament at the sportsbook at Harveys casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Cudney has been setting the odds for the celebrity tournament since the mid-1990s. Former MLB pitcher Eric Gagne (5-1) has attracted the most money as of Thursday.

Leicester City overcame 5,000-1 odds to win the English Premier League, so surely lovable long shot and noted horrendous golfer Charles Barkley has a chance at this week’s American Century Championship celebrity tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nevada — a 1 in 6,000 chance.

Curry’s teammate Andre Igoudala and Curry’s father, Dell Curry, are also in the field, each listed at 30-1.

“I would love to play great golf, but I think it’s probably not going to happen for me, man,” Barkley said.

Barkley is 6,000-1 to win the tournament, which tees off Friday at Edgewood Golf Course. “But I’m a little too old to be trying to take sports serious — I’m out there to relax and have a good time.”

Barkley finished 90th out of 91 golfers at last year’s tournament, besting model Kim Alexis by two points and coming up just 178 points shy of champion Mark Mulder, the former major league pitcher.

“I think they use them to get autographs,” Harveys sportsbook manager Dave Cudney said of the bets on Barkley.

Barkley has finished last five times in his 20 appearances in the tournament. He’s by far the biggest long shot in the field, with slightly worse odds than Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who are each 3,000-1.

Mulder and professional tennis player Mardy Fish are co-favorites at 3-1. Golden State point guard Stephen Curry (6-1) has attracted “by far and away” the most bets, Cudney said. But a few risky folks believe this is his year, or, more likely, simply want a souvenir betting ticket on the NBA Hall of Famer. He says the largest bets on the tournament have been in the “$10,000″ range, but most are small bets, especially the ones on Barkley, who didn’t exactly ooze confidence about his game in a June press conference promoting the tournament.

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Las Vegas Odds, Sports Scores, Betting Lines at ScoresAndOdds.com for Arena Football, Canada Football, MLB Baseball August 7, 2016

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6,000-1 odds for Charles Barkley to win celebrity golf tournament August 6, 2016

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He says the largest bets on the tournament have been in the “$10,000″ range, but most are small bets, especially the ones on Barkley, who didn’t exactly ooze confidence about his game in a June press conference promoting the tournament.

Curry’s teammate Andre Igoudala and Curry’s father, Dell Curry, are also in the field, each listed at 30-1.

Barkley finished 90th out of 91 golfers at last year’s tournament, besting model Kim Alexis by two points and coming up just 178 points shy of champion Mark Mulder, the former major league pitcher.

Leicester City overcame 5,000-1 odds to win the English Premier League, so surely lovable long shot and noted horrendous golfer Charles Barkley has a chance at this week’s American Century Championship celebrity tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nevada — a 1 in 6,000 chance.

Barkley has finished last five times in his 20 appearances in the tournament. As of Thursday afternoon, 10 bets had been placed on Barkley to win the tournament at the sportsbook at Harveys casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.. Golden State point guard Stephen Curry (6-1) has attracted “by far and away” the most bets, Cudney said. But a few risky folks believe this is his year, or, more likely, simply want a souvenir betting ticket on the NBA Hall of Famer. He’s by far the biggest long shot in the field, with slightly worse odds than Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles and comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who are each 3,000-1.

“I would love to play great golf, but I think it’s probably not going to happen for me, man,” Barkley said. “But I’m a little too old to be trying to take sports serious — I’m out there to relax and have a good time.”

“I think they use them to get autographs,” Harveys sportsbook manager Dave Cudney said of the bets on Barkley.

Cudney has been setting the odds for the celebrity tournament since the mid-1990s.

Mulder and professional tennis player Mardy Fish are co-favorites at 3-1. Former MLB pitcher Eric Gagne (5-1) has attracted the most money as of Thursday.

Barkley is 6,000-1 to win the tournament, which tees off Friday at Edgewood Golf Course

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