Beating The Book with Gill Alexander (podcast)

Joe Peta, author of "Trading Bases, a Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball* (*) Not necessarily in that order” and writer for Chalk at ESPN.com takes a break from his actual job crunching numbers and joins Host Gill Alexander for another in a long line of appearances on the pod, this time with an exclusive preview of his 2017 National League and American League Season win totals best bets.  Then, fantasy baseball geeks (and baseball bettors), it's time.  No one has podcasted more extensively on starting pitching throughout MLB heading into your 2017 fantasy draft or auction than FanGraphs writer and podcast host, Paul Sporer (RotoWire, MLB Network).  He sits down and chats with Host Gill Alexander about some of the most overvalued and undervalued starters in the majors, headed into Opening Day 2017. It's information that directly applies to fantasy, but converts beautifully to betting value, as well.  It's baseball nirvana once again, plus a little bookmaking with MGM Resorts International VP of Race & Sports, Jay Rood, all on Wednesday's Beating The Book (March 29, 2017).

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We've got the madness covered like no one else.  Peter Keating, Senior Writer at ESPN The Magazine, joins Host Gill Alexander and does what he does best, isolating the best Giant Killer candidates in this week's NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.  Plus, VSiN’s Matt Youmans and Jonathan von Tobel analyze each first round matchup through an ATS prism, while Adam Stanco of the Pac 12 Network gives his thoughts on the 32 teams you should advance to Round 2 in your brackets.  It's our annual March Madness edition on Tuesday's Beating The Book (March 14, 2017).

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And so, it comes to this.  Before the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, enjoy the final NFL MegaPod of the season, replete with game and prop analysis. MGM Resorts International VP of Race & Sports, Jay Rood, joins Host Gill Alexander, WagerTalk.com's Marco DAngelo, and Ace to give insight from behind the book on game and props betting behavior, while the panel breaks down the game itself and offers up what it sees as the best value on the board among Super Bowl game-related proposition wagers.  For the non-Vegas bettors, Gill offers thoughts on the most exploitable novelty props on the board, as well.  There's something for everyone, on Tuesday's Beating The Book (January 31, 2017).

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It's the only non-sports betting episode of the calendar year, but for some, it's the most anticipated.  If you're planning a trip to Vegas, let this be your guide.  Host Gill Alexander, Marco D'Angelo, and man about town, Ace, take off their handicapping hats and are joined by Marc Meltzer of Covers.com and a variety of Vegas websites to discuss the best Steakhouses, Sportsbooks, Nightclubs, and Strip Clubs in Las Vegas.  The Super Bowl's not for awhile.  In the meantime, enjoy a man's guide to Sin City, on Wednesday's Beating The Book (January 25, 2017). 

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Half of the Massey-Peabody Analytics team and ESPN Predictive Analytics expert, as well, Rufus Peabody joins Host Gill Alexander in breaking down both the NFC Title Game (Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons), and the AFC equivalent (Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots).  Of course, WagerTalk's Marco D'Angelo and the sports betting diaspora's Ace are here to give their Vegas perspective, as well.  It's a Championship Round episode of Beating The Book (January 19, 2017). 

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Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis and the Sharp Football Analysis Podcast joins Host Gill Alexander and offers up his thoughts on an array of topics, including whether the new extra point rules in the NFL have had an impact on the key betting number of 7, and what some of the most commonly and falsely promulgated narratives are in today’s NFL. Then, it's MegaPod panel time as EV Bettor of Dr. Bob Sports and his gaudy 71% ATS record on NFL sides this season returns to the panel alongside WagerTalk’s Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to give insights on the Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans at New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs, and Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys.  It's all on a supersized Thursday Divisional Round edition of Beating The Book (January 12, 2017).

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Making his annual NFL postseason appearance on the pod, Aaron Schatz, Creator and Editor-in-Chief of Football Outsiders and Insider at ESPN.com, joins Host Gill Alexander and offers up his thoughts on a host of topics, including his under-the-radar team to watch for betting value next season, based on his advanced metrics.  Then, it's MegaPod panel time as South Point Hotel Casino Sportsbook Director Chris Andrews is a fish out of water, returning to the roundtable for the first time in a few years alongside WagerTalk.com's Marco D'Angelo and Vegas Runner to give insights on the Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans, Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers, and New York Giants at Green Bay Packers.  Plus, Story Time, to boot. It's all on a supersized Wednesday Wild Card edition of Beating The Book (January 4, 2017).

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Already having won the Wynn Eliminator Contest ($100,000) and Palms Contest in 2011, and now adding to it the win in the Station Casinos Last Man Standing ContestLas Vegas Cris drops in on Host Gill AlexanderWagerTalk.com's Marco D'Angelo, and Vegas Runner to break down this coming weekend's NFL lines.  Included on the docket are the Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, and other matchups, as well, all approached from a handicapping perspective.  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game should you stay away from at all costs, on Thursday's Beating The Book (December 29, 2016).

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Known for their prowess in baseball over the years but now applying their same approach to the NFL and experiencing similar success, particularly with in-game wagering, Mike of DataBaseWinner.com drops in on Host Gill AlexanderWagerTalk.com's Marco D'Angelo, and Vegas Runner to break down this coming weekend's NFL lines.  Included on the docket are the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders, and other matchups, as well, all approached from a handicapping perspective.  Plus, which big favorite is most likely to lose outright and which game should you stay away from at all costs, on Thursday's Beating The Book (December 22, 2016).

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All good things must come to an end.  In this, the final Guessing Lines episode of the seasonSouth Point Hotel Casino Sportsbook Director Chris Andrews looks to isolate value in the coming week's NFL betting lines, as he and Host Gill Alexander run through each game on the Week 16 slate.  Then, it's the finale in the wildly popular Story Time series, which concludes with Jimmy Vaccaro providing an intimate account of a day that began like any other, but ended with his integral involvement in uncovering the worst point shaving scandal in modern day American sports betting history, on Monday's Beating The Book (December 19, 2016). 

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