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Tip off the NBA playoffs with a 50% bonus & $250 parlay contest

OddsMaker is a US-friendly casino, poker room, and sportsbook. From a single wallet, you can conveniently transfer your stake between the casino, poker room, and sportsbook as you would like.

Through March 31, 2017, OddsMaker is offering a 50% bonus on deposits with a 20x sportsbook rollover.

The Promotion Code “50hoops” entitles the member to a Real Money Match Bonus of 50%.

Example: If you deposit $500, you will receive a $250 real money match bonus. All bonus money given to you will be located in your Casino and Sportsbook Account as real money. The offer cannot be combined with other existing promotions. The promotion can only be claimed once. In order to cash out you must rollover the deposit plus the bonus 20 times.

Remember to redeem the promo code BEFORE making your deposit. Offer expires May 31st, 2017

In addition, if you have at least $100 in your account, you can participate in their free $250 parlay contest.

Simply pick the games listed with the points, and go 5/5 and cash in $250. Although your Funds will not be debited, you need to have a minimum balance of $100 in your real money account to place the free parlay.

If you like sports other than the NBA, OddsMaker offers a full range of betting options on all the popular (and not-so-popular) sports. Along with $10 free bets offered on various sports on various days, keep a look out for 20% reload bonuses on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

One drawback for US players — they only offer bank wire and checks as withdraw methods, with fees from $45-$55. However, once you achieve Gold VIP status, checks over $500 are sent at no charge.


Payout Methods and Fees at Top US-Friendly Online Sportsbooks

So, you picked the Chicago Cubs to the MLB World Series?

Or maybe you’re rolling with an Alabama Crimson Tide winning streak in NCAA football and want to take some of your winnings off the table?

Whatever the case, when you’ve finally made some profit at your online sportsbook, payout fees can cut into your winnings. You want to minimize the payout fees, and get your money as quickly as possible. For players in the United States, the two best options are Bitcoin and Checks.

Listed below are the top US-friendly online sportsbooks, along with the fees for using Bitcoin and Checks as a payout method.

Bovada : 50% Bonus on signup
Method Min Max / week Fee
Bitcoin 100 9500 FREE
Check 50 3000 FREE (1/month),
50 thereafter
Intertops : 20% Bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Bitcoin 100 2500 FREE
Check 150 3000 50
BetOnline : 25% bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Bitcoin 20 5000 2%
Check 500 2500 25/35/50,
Top Bet : 50% bonus on signup
Method Min MAX / WEEK Fee
Check 200 2500 40

Be aware that there are many Bitcoin wallets available, and there may be a charge of between 1% – 4% to transfer funds from Bitcoin to your linked checking account, Paypal account, or other linked account.


Great deal for new BetOnline sportsbook members

October is such a great time for sports in the United States. With the MLB Playoffs in full swing, the NFL division races starting to take some shape, and the excitement of NCAA football, nearly every day provides a chance to make a bet and add a little more flavor to your days and evenings rooting for your favorite teams.

For October 2014 only, BetOnline is offering a 50% bonus for new members. This is double the normal deposit bonus that they normally offer, and is a great way to:

  • Add another sportsbook to your list so you can shop for best lines, or
  • Get started with a reputable online sportsbook.

The minimum deposit that you must make to get the bonus is $50. In order to get the maximum bonus, you’ll want to make a $2000 deposit and get a $1000 bonus. Most credit cards are accepted. In any event:

  • You must use a link in this post to signup at BetOnline, and
  • Enter promo code OCT50 when making your initial deposit.

The bonus comes with a 10x playthrough, meaning that you will need to wager 10x your deposit before you can request a payout. For a deposit bonus this big — 50% — this is a reasonable playthrough requirement. There are others terms and conditions, so be sure to read up on them before making your deposit.

Speaking of payouts, BetOnline offers several methods. For players in the United States, they offer:

  • Person-to-Person (e.g. Western Union, MoneyGram) for payouts between $50 and $900. However, the fees are very high for this type of payout ($34 – $180). (You may be interested to note that you’ll find these high fees at any online sportsbook for a Person-to-Person payout; that’s because the fees are set by the processor, not the sportsbook.)
  • Checks for payouts between $500 and $2500. Checks must be deposited at a bank (not a Check-And-Go or similar store), and carry a very reasonable fee of between $25 – $50 which you determine by how quickly you want the check delivers (slower is cheaper).
  • Bank Wires for your really big payouts, up to $15K each. These carry a fee of up to $75 charged by BetOnline, plus your bank fees to accept an international wire transfer (could be free, but is typically around $30).

MLB Playoffs: Oakland A’s @ Kansas City Royals

Oakland is in a real funk, and Kansas City is rejoicing over their first playoff appearance in 25+ years. Tonight, these two teams meet in a one-game, winner-take-all, wild card playoff game to advance in the 2014 MLB Playoffs.

While the odds on this baseball game are different at different online sportsbooks, you’ll probably find that the odds are about -105 on either side.

Kansas City (89-73) will send James Shields to the mound against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester. The Royals went 5-2 against the Athletics this year, but both of their losses came against Lester.

Look for Lester to hold the Royals to under 3 runs, but the A’s offense will be nowhere to be found. I like the Royals in a low-scoring game — perhaps 4-1.



Super Bowl Bet – Take NY Giants +3

That’s my pick for the Super Bowl. Let’s keep with Eli’s hot hand.

Check out these top-rated online sportsbooks, all of which accept US-players.

Various Super Bowl promotions are available at each of these online sportsbooks.


100% Sportsbook Bonus at

So — we’re about three weeks into the 2011 MLB Baseball Season. How’s your favorite team doing…? 4-12 or 12-4?

If you’re like me and a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, you’re pretty happy at the top of the National League Central Division, coming off of a 11-2 pounding of the Pirates on Saturday, a game that included the team’s first grand slam of the 2011 season.

Regardless of how your team is doing, I hope that your sportsbook betting season is in full swing. If not, it’s time to get started with a great offer from one of the top-rated US-friendly online sportsbooks, Oddsmaker. It’s a 100% match bonus, up to a grand. You must use bonus code OCGD100 when you sign up at the sportsbook in order to be eligible for this promotion.

  • Minimum deposit of $50 and maximum of $1,000.
  • Only New members are eligible to claim this offer.
  • Bonus money cannot be played on or transferred to poker.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offers.
  • In order to cash out you must rollover the deposit plus the bonus 20 times.
  • General Terms and Conditions will also apply.

Use your sportsbook bonus to bet on the MLB season, the NHL and NBA playoffs, and countless number of other sports and entertainment events.


    The 4 Best Online Poker Sites for US Players

    I’ve been playing poker online for several years now. Based on my experiences, feedback from others, and news reports (both good and bad), here is my list of the 4 best online poker sites for US players.

    1. Doyle’s Room – Free and easy credit card and e-wallet deposits, fast and free e-wallet withdrawals (express check withdrawals are $50), and their unique bounty tournaments set this poker room apart from the others. Doyle’s Room operates on the Cake Poker network, the 4th-largest poker network open to US players in terms of number of players. They also have a pretty good casino, too. Accepting players from 47 states (KY, WA, LA are barred), Doyle’s Room is a great choice for playing poker online. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 110% bonus up to $550.
    2. Full Tilt – There is always a lot of action at Full Tilt, the 2nd-largest poker network in terms of number of players. E-checks are free for depositing and withdrawing, so that’s a real bankroll saver. Also, thinking back to when I first opened an account with Full Tilt, their initial deposit bonus was generous and straightforward to clear. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $600.
    3. PokerStars – The granddaddy of them all, PokerStars is the largest poker room in the world — it’s about twice as big as Full Tilt. The PokerStars lobby is full-featured, yet still easy-to-use; the tabbed interface and filtering options allow you to customize its display of just the cash games, tourneys, and poker variants that you want to see. Freerolls abound at PokerStars. E-checks are free for depositing and withdrawing. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $600.
    4. Poker – This is one of 70+ rooms in the growing Merge Network. While I suppose that one room on the network is as good as any other, also has a sportsbook, racebook, and casino, which is convenient if you like to bet sports, play table games, and win at some video poker. Their initial signup offer is simpler than it sounds: $10 rake = 800 VIP points = $10 free money released to real money account. Current online poker promotion for new players: Get a 100% bonus up to $1000 + 14 days of entries into a daily $500 freeroll.

    Great Weekend for Sports

    Here’s what I have my eye on this weekend. head on over to Intertops to check out the lines.

    • Saturday
      • ALCS Game 6: Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox. Shilling goes for the Sox, and is looking to rebound from his poor start earlier in the series. He looked awesome against the Angles, but the Indians seems to have him figured out. Can he take the Sox to a deciding Game 7? Or will the Indians take the series and face off against the streaking Colorado Rockies in the World Series?
      • UFC 77 – Hostile Territory: Cincinnati Ohio native Jorge Gurgel takes on Alvin Robinson in a featured bout. Gurgel is looking to revenge an earlier defeat at the hands on Robinson. And then there is the main event, featuring Rich Franklin taking on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. Should be a great evening of Ultimate Fighting!
    • Sunday
      • Tampa Bay @ Detroit and Chicago @ Philadelphia look to be two of the more evenly-matched games on the Week 7 NFL schedule. I’m picking both of the home teams in these two games.