Meet the Experts
Over 100 years combined handicapping and betting experience
Over 100 years combined handicapping and betting experience
Ali Burns was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and moved to Las Vegas, NV, at the age of 14. It is in Las Vegas that her love for college basketball began to blossom into a passion for all sports. Ali first began taking stats on college basketball during the 94-95 season, which would later become a profession.
In 2006 she was hired onto the UNLV Basketball Statistics Crew, at Thomas and Mack arena, where she still works today. Ali started handicapping sports in 2002 and continues to use her analytical skills to successfully handicap and wager on many sports.
Specializing in college basketball and major league baseball, she provides educational content for the ESBNetwork and hosts Coulda Woulda Shoulda, a handicapping tutorial developed to educate and inform sports bettors.
"Boston Bob" Courtney was born in Chelsea, MA, and grew up north of Boston. Boston Bob has been an active participant in sports all his life and was an All-American high school basketball player.
Since 1975, Boston Bob is a proven professional sports handicapper, moving to Las Vegas in 1990. He has made numerous sports radio appearances, including his best show that aired on Extra Sports 570. Bob correctly picked the Texas Longhorn upset over the USC Trojans, for the college football national championship.
Boston Bob has been handicapping and betting sports all his adult life, and has worked in Las Vegas sportsbooks including the Stratosphere, Venetian and South Point. His specialty is the NBA, is probably biased toward the Celtics, but handicaps and bets most other major sports.
I’m Eric McCafferty, and I’m an Advantage Player.
Yeah, that’s a real thing. I was about 10 years old and leafing through a Psychology Today magazine in a doctor’s office, when I came upon a small chart called Blackjack Basic Strategy. For those of you unfamiliar, the chart is a graphical representation of the mathematically correct way to play every blackjack hand you could be dealt. Well, that sure was interesting!
Flashing forward to my college days, I was a poor kid but a good student. I also had a gig working in the college library. This was in the infancy of the Internet, you know, way back in the early ‘90s. I remembered that blackjack chart from years earlier and looked up Basic Strategy on the Internet. Holy smokes, do you know that there are card counting systems that follow along with Basic Strategy? That epiphany changed my life! And, I could find card counting books on the library computers and even order them from other libraries! An Advantage Player was born!
Sadly, because there are so many suckers out there playing blackjack, many of the good games have gone away. Not because those games were getting beat, but because the casino owners know that suckers will play any lousy blackjack game they are offered. What does this have to do with handicapping and wagering on sports?
Advantage Play, my friends. If you have a basic knowledge of how a game is played and like to figure things out, a bettor can find an advantage over some of the lines offered by the sportsbooks. We only bet when we have the Advantage! I wagered online for quite a few years, even winning the Bookmaker Streak Contest, in 2016, with a payout of $25,000! Alas, they cheated me by making up a new rule and paid me $2,500. That does not happen in Las Vegas, NV. So, now I spend a lot of time in Nevada!
I handicap sporting events every day. And I still play blackjack. There are lots of resources out there to educate yourself, but it’s not one-stop shopping. And no one will ever just give you the Keys to the Kingdom. So, some friends and colleagues of mine developed this website to help you out and make this website the one-stop you will ever need to learn how this works.
There is a lot of free content to get you started. As you progress, we have Advanced Content on the premium portion of the website. You will find these very valuable. If you don’t have the time or skill set to handicap on your own, we will also have picks available for a small fee.
I like to call this Modern Day Alchemy - making money out of information and intellect.
Welcome, have a look around and let me know how I can help – Cheers!
Greetings from Las Vegas, still the Sports Betting Capital of America! My name is Mel Taylor, but you can call me “Mayday Mel”! Why? Because I will be saving your betting asses from those disastrous picks and parlays that’s draining your bankrolls. Also, I will provide a perspective of things from “Behind the Betting Window”, and let you know which side is getting the money.
I moved to Las Vegas from L. A. in 2005 and stumbled on sports betting in 2009. I was having dinner with my son and some friends discussing college football. My friends were at the dinner table working on a “parlay” for the next day’s (Saturday) games, when I asked what they were doing. They told me that they were putting together a parlay in college football. After explaining to me what a parlay meant, I advised them on teams to pick and my sports betting/handicapping career was launched.
As a lifelong Alabama Crimson Tide fan, I initially focused on the SEC. However, I have been able to find value & profit in smaller conferences in college football, situational matchups in the NFL and NCAAF, and early /late line movements in the NHL and MLB. I will release both quality free picks and profitable premium picks each week. My motto, “convert that ticket into cash!’ So, I’ll do the homework and you can, “meet me at the window to cash!”
Spike Thomas, a 1987 graduate of Indiana University, has dedicated his life to high level performance and results in athletics, coaching, business and business management, and gaining the all-important advantage over the casinos. A high school athlete and a 25 year football, basketball, volleyball, and tennis coach, Spike’s competitive nature and will to win and succeed helped lead his charges to a high school football state championship, a high school basketball district championship and two final fours, and an AAU state champion and two time national AAU tournament qualifier. Spike has international coaching experience as well - he took a high school all-star basketball team to mainland China to compete in sanctioned tournaments against college and club teams.
Spike’s drive for success continued in his business career. As a sales representative and regional manager. he was commended and awarded for achieving quarterly and yearly revenue goals 17 different times by various organizations by implementing a model of discipline, hard work, and perseverance that led to success and profitability for the organizations he represented.
Over the course of his life Spike has always been infatuated with the gaming industry. This infatuation began early for Spike as he would accompany his father from the age of 11 to horse tracks in the Midwest where he learned about handicapping and how to read the Racing Form. Always wanting the edge, Spike became a student of advantage play and money management at the track and casino, and this passion became a philosophy on how to stop casinos from imposing their will and their advantage on their patrons which causes them to lose big. Beating the casino through advantage play - and showing others how to do it - is a driving force in Spike’s life.
What can you expect from me?
"I have studied and worked tirelessly to endorse and articulate a set of advantages and educational topics that will help you gain an edge at the casino or the track. Whether it is table games at a casino, playing the horses, or sports wagering, my experience with advantage play models, money management tips, and education on proper gaming methods will give YOU the advantage - and this drives me every day."
"My secrets on advantage play (plus many other helpful and educational ideas for proper gaming) will help you get the edge you need. I look forward to serving YOU in this needed capacity. I have seen with my own eyes far too many players lose money needlessly when some minor changes would make them advantage players and make them profitable!! I am a proven winner in all walks of life - it is time for me to help you WIN!!"