NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs or MLB

So with the Cletics taking the first game over the Cavs, is it time to rethink your overall betting strategy?  Does home court make a difference and how important are those injuries to Boston?  Perhaps it’s coaching that makes the difference.

When it comes to handicapping experts have their own strategies and many of those betting tips are highlighted each weeknight on SportsXradio.  You’ll be able to find the archives up on the site a few hours after the show.

For more on the NBA playoffs, NHL games and MLB overnights, tune in and listen and be sure to follow @SportsXradio @BetsLikeAGirl and @SportSXMichelle on Twitter.  After all, you may just #getlucky !

And the Winner is . . . #MarchMadness On Deck

So it’s about that time when I pick a winner for the ‘Bets Like A Girl’ segment on SportsXradio and tonight I decided to reach out to the great state of Kansas and a friend and KU alum who follow the Jayhawks religiously to help me decide which team will come out on top tomorrow.  Here’s what he said, “Well, historically KU has owned KSU.” He went on to say KU is 195-93 vs KSU, and Bill Self (KU’s coach) is 31-5 vs KSU, and KU has won 7 straight vs KSU.  KU doesn’t have an answer for Dean Wade defensively.  Udoka didn’t do much time when they played last time. He had 5 pts and 3 rebs in 18 minutes, and KU won by 14 at their place.

So with that, I went to investigate a bit more about the Jayhawks and learned about the origin of the name, which lead me to Google ‘John Jay’ and read about his marriage to a girl with the last name Livingston.  Only none of this has much to do about anything, other than John Jay seems to have been a pretty good guy.  And so this is why, the best best for tonight will be KU!

Do you know what a Jayhawk is?

Chasing Deuces

The past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about video poker.  So much that I have actually been contemplating writing about my vision of playing Deuces Wild in various different casinos, and creating a blog called ‘Chasing Deuces.’ Call it a vision, or just a gut feeling, but I have been feeling like I might just get lucky if I pay attention to the game, do my homework, and create a strategy and today my luck paid off, and I won enough money to pay off a credit card bill that was scheduled to be paid off before the summer.

When I first started playing video poker I was not a fan of this game.  I would play Bonus Poker Deluxe, which would pay out $100 for four of a kind, with Jacks of Better as your lowest winning denomination.  Since you need at least three of a kind on Deuces Wild, it felt like it was more difficult only I actually think it’s one of the best games, when it comes to excitement and gaining a competitive edge over the casino.

Accounting to several sources, Deuces Wild does provide a player an edge but that’s only when the player is making the mathematically correct choices.  So you see, if you do your homework, and follow a strategy, you might just get lucky.  Below are some rules to follow:

-Never let go of a deuce

-Never hold on to any single card unless it’s a deuce

-If you have four deuces on the first draw, keep the four and draw a new card.  Discarding one and coming up with an Ace, can make a huge difference.

-If you have three deuces, start from the top and work your way down until you find the choice that applies to you:

-Keep a wild royal flush

-Keep five of a kind

If you have two deuces consider keeping a wild royal flush, five of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind, four cards to the wild royal flush, four cards to a straigh flush . . .

Otherwise, draw three new cards.

If you have only one deuce you keep a wild royal flush, five of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind, four cards to the royal, full house, four card straight flush, three of a kind, four cards to a straight flush with one gap, four cards to a straight flush with two gaps, keep A34 suited, A35 suited, or A45 suited always with the deuce, keep three cards to a royal with no ace, three cards to a royal with a flush with an ace, keep the deuce and draw four more cards.

If you have no deuces then you should keep a royal flush, four cards to a royal, a straight flush, four of a kind, full house, three of a kind, a flush, a straight, four cards to a straight flush, three cards to a royal flush, one pair, four cards to a flush, three card straighflush, TQ suited or JQ suited, four cards to a straight, or five new cards.

Of course, as much as one would like to say that gut feelings and hunches do not pay off, for some folks they do, so you need to follow your own intuitive guide.  Only it helps to do the math and know the tips that pros know:

-Always hold a deuce

-Always prefer a pair to a four card straight or to a four card flush

Truth be told, when it comes to betting like a girl, the overall meaning is to do the math, but add your gut and whatever will be will be.  If you feel you should ignore all the rules and tips then by all means, do so.  You might just get lucky!

Good Luck!


Photo taken 2/15/2018 by @SportSXMichelle after inserting $20, betting MAX and winning!

Harvard to Cover

Tonight’s picks given out on @Sportsxradio include: Harvard -2 to cover (men’s hoops) during the upcoming matchup against Columbia University.  The first turnover in the Super Bowl to be an interception rather than a fumble.

For fun, but no wager #TeamRuff to cover in the Puppy Bowl.

Betting on Bama, was worth the risk

For the past five years or so I’ve paid attention to the odds in Vegas, and I’ve learned a lot about the art of handicapping. What I know for sure is, just like in most things, when you do your homework; you’ve got a better chance at being successful. Of course, that does not mean you’re guaranteed a win but at least when you lose, you’ll know that you gave it your best shot. Nothing are certain and even the best of the best can end up on the losing side of the bet.
Take last night’s national championship game between Alabama and Georgia. Georgia was winning for much of the game, and I had a ticket with Alabama’s name on it. Throughout the game, I could have second guessed myself and wondered why I chose the side I did, but I had done my homework and I would not have bet differently even if given the chance to do it all over again. When I put my money down on Alabama, I felt that I had done my homework and felt confident they had a good chance to cover the four-point spread.

I gained a new found respect for Alabama last night.  Not once did I waiver, and I would not have traded in my ticket either.  Sure there were times when it looked like they would lose the game, and in the end they did not cover but they did win the game, missed a push by just one point, and played the second half with a hunger I had not seen from this team, ever.  I had, over the years, grown to dislike Alabama because I am a fan of underdogs and thought Nick Saban always won, a bit like the Yankees.  That’s the main reason I did not bet against him, but last night he showed me something that caused me to be glad Alabama won, and it had nothing to do with betting.

Last night, Nick Saban showed that he cared about the lessons, the team, and I think even he was surprised that at the end of the game it wasn’t so much about the score but the feeling he got when he knew he had done his best.  Sure this site is about betting but truth is there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’ve done your best.  So in life, and in sports betting, do your homework, be mindful and know that there’s always that chance that you might not come out on top.  Only, if you stay humble and don’t get over-confident, and do your homework, there’s a good chance you’ll walk away feeling good.

Remember to bet with your head and not over it unless you can afford to lose your shirt!



This just in from Pamela Michelle aka @SportyDiva #NFL #Saints

If you listened to last night’s segment of BetsLikeAGirl, you already know Pam’s on the Saints this weekend.  Here’s why:

“The Jets and Saints are both coming off of losses last week.  The Jets were shut out in Denvery, and lost quarterback Josh McCown for the rest of the season, after he suffered a broken hand.  The Saints let their Thursday night game in Atlanta slip away when Drew Brees was intercepted in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining, when they were down by just three points.  New Orleans must take care of business against a Jets team that will be lead on offense by Bryce Petty a quarterback making his fifth career start.  The running game might be a key for both teams.  The Saints’ running back, Alvin Kamara has cleared the concussion protocol after suffering a concussion last week in the game against the Falcons, and is expected to play against the Jets.  For the Jets Bilal Powell will have to come up big as the Jets lead rusher.  Especially with Matt Forte (knee) and Elijah McGuire (ankle) are dealing with injuries.  Even if either plays on Sunday, they figure to be limited to some degree.  New Orleans hasn’t exactly shut down teams on the ground.  The Saints have allowed either of their 13 opponents to run for more than 100 yars.  They are 5-3 in those games, but also are coming off their best showing against the run.  I like the Saints to cover and predict the score to be Jets 34- Saints 10.” – Pamela


I knew it was going ‘Under’ the minute he spoke about history …

So I just finished watching the Army – Navy game and although I had predicted the total going over 44 before the snow fell, I have a feeling that it was going to fall under, the minute Andy Iskoe brought up the history of the games.  In doing my preparation for the BetsLikeAGirl, segment this week, I had focused on Ohio U and the upcoming bowl game in the Bahamas, and so when I realized I needed to pick a game that was going to take place this weekend, I did a quick anaylsis of the Army-Navy game, but failed to check the history of the historical matchups.  As I was sharing my thoughts during the segment, Andy brought up the history of the matchup, and I felt that I should have incorporated this into my analysis.  In fact, I wanted to change my mind, and say, “Wait, I think the game is going to go under, based on what Andy just shared, but that would be so like a girl to change her mind …” So I kept quiet, and stuck with my pick for the game, all the while thinking, it’s going to fall under!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @SportSXMichelle and @BetsLikeAGirl and share your thoughts about the picks!