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JasonEvans
03-19-2019, 02:09 PM
Ooops, probably should have started this a day ago.

Go here to sign up: https://contests.covers.com/OfficePools/5b11823d-ad46-44bd-9141-aa1500f8f885
You will need the password which is: GoDuke

Rules are simple... make wagers (100-500 units) on the spread and the O/U on ANY NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME. Do not bet on any NIT or other games or I will tell covers to kick you out. I'm serious... make one wager on the NIT and I will remove you from the contest.

Any questions?

-Jason "we can bet tonight's play-in games... so get moving!" Evans

Troublemaker
03-19-2019, 02:12 PM
Haha, I actually was typing out a PM to you to get this going.

Thanks, Jason!

Much excite!

budwom
03-19-2019, 02:20 PM
happy to note we have opened as 35 point favorites vs Whomever (TBA, actually). Not sure I've seen that before.

JasonEvans
03-19-2019, 02:34 PM
Please make sure you only bet the FDU/Prairie View and Temple/Belmont games today. There are a lot of NIT games listed and if you bet them you will get in trouble with "the man."

thedukelamere
03-19-2019, 03:03 PM
Even simple rules are too complicated for me...

https://thumbs.gfycat.com/FaintDiligentBream-size_restricted.gif

Troublemaker
03-19-2019, 05:58 PM
Even simple rules are too complicated for me...

It's redemption time, dukelamere! Bet on some NCAA tourney games -- I'm sure you'll be able to follow the rules.

Bob Green
03-19-2019, 06:14 PM
I'm in! :cool:

Thanks for running all these contests, Jason. They're a whole lot of fun plus they build camaraderie among posters. It gives us something else to do besides argue over minutes, stats and cinder blocks.

BandAlum83
03-19-2019, 06:48 PM
To keep it fun and interesting and since there are sooooo many games, can we keep going without a limit on how deep in the hole we might be?

NYBri
03-19-2019, 08:28 PM
To keep it fun and interesting and since there are sooooo many games, can we keep going without a limit on how deep in the hole we might be?

Agree! 😎

BandAlum83
03-19-2019, 11:02 PM
Agree! 😎

Lol, I always flame out and you are always near the top!

duketaylor
03-19-2019, 11:12 PM
I'm in!! Now I can show how poorly I can pick!!

BandAlum83
03-19-2019, 11:30 PM
OMG! Temple almost fouled the end of the game with Temple to the over from what was a not so high scoring game! Down 11 with 88 seconds left, it turned into a foul-fest and 16 points were scored in the last 88 seconds. They fell 4 points shy of what should have been a safe o/u and still lost by 11. That would have royally pissed me off!


16 POINTS IN 88 SECONDS!

JasonEvans
03-19-2019, 11:59 PM
There is no downward limit in the contest. You can keep picking even if you lose 20,000 fake bucks.

Bob Green
03-20-2019, 04:47 AM
Several folks including yours truly off to a +1,000 start. :cool:

Troublemaker
03-20-2019, 06:49 AM
People better get in here. You don't want us to get so far out ahead that you can't catch up later.

I guess we find out whom the true degenerates are this week. There's normal society -- "Hold on, I have to fill out my bwackets first!" -- and there are those of us who need to lay the (fake) lumber on Prairie View vs Fairleigh Dickinson.

Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15
03-20-2019, 06:53 AM
People better get in here. You don't want us to get so far out ahead that you can't catch up later.

I guess we find out whom the true degenerates are this week. There's normal society -- "Hold on, I have to fill out my bwackets first!" -- and there are those of us who need to lay the (fake) lumber on Prairie View vs Fairleigh Dickinson.

Ugh. I decided to jump back in after a year off, but can't remember my username. I reset my password but if anyone can look at an old leader board and see what permutation of my DBR name I used, I would be appreciative.

Troublemaker
03-20-2019, 07:03 AM
Ugh. I decided to jump back in after a year off, but can't remember my username. I reset my password but if anyone can look at an old leader board and see what permutation of my DBR name I used, I would be appreciative.

You are "MtnDevil", my friend.

Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15
03-20-2019, 07:10 AM
You are "MtnDevil", my friend.

So creative, I am!

Thx.

JasonEvans
03-20-2019, 08:16 AM
Several folks including yours truly off to a +1,000 start. :cool:

I'm calling it. The contest is over and the person at the top of the leaderboard should be praised by all of you as the winner and the picking genius.
https://i.ibb.co/9NbpdzH/Capture.png

-Jason "I keed, I keed" Evans

thedukelamere
03-20-2019, 11:34 AM
After octuple-checking to make sure my selections were for the correct and legal games this evening, I'm in.

I'm just hoping that North Colgate Central University isn't playing the Next Dimension Scarlet Unicorns in the Chesapeake Bay Invitational tonight, because I'm really looking forward to this year's Final Four and I won't be able to enjoy it if Jason puts a hit out on me after a third DG strike!

BandAlum83
03-20-2019, 11:36 AM
I'm calling it. The contest is over and the person at the top of the leaderboard should be praised by all of you as the winner and the picking genius.
https://i.ibb.co/9NbpdzH/Capture.png

-Jason "I keed, I keed" Evans

I should be crowned degenerate victor for maxing out bets in the first 2 of the first four games!

HereBeforeCoachK
03-20-2019, 11:42 AM
I was tied up after 1 yesterday until late at night......so the late contest posting made me miss some of the EZ money in the first round...like UNCG over the Camels.......

So I think Jason should spot me 500 of his easy winnings....:cool:

Troublemaker
03-20-2019, 11:51 AM
I was tied up after 1 yesterday until late at night...so the late contest posting made me miss some of the EZ money in the first round...like UNCG over the Camels...

So I think Jason should spot me 500 of his easy winnings...:cool:

You were lucky. Remember the rules in Jason's first post in this thread -- only bet on NCAAT games. Not NIT, CBI, etc.

HereBeforeCoachK
03-20-2019, 11:56 AM
You were lucky. Remember the rules in Jason's first post in this thread -- only bet on NCAAT games. Not NIT, CBI, etc.

Oh heck you're right....keeping these "first four" games straight versus NIT is a key to the first week here....

Bob Green
03-20-2019, 06:34 PM
I bet the Over (134) in the NCCU at NDSU game. In the nightcap, I took Arizona State (-1.5) over St. John's.

Bob Green
03-21-2019, 04:55 AM
The Play In games are in the books and I finished 4-0 (+2,000). Not shabby...

I've already placed several bets on today's action including one I wish I had not made as I jumped on Syracuse to beat Baylor before learning Frank Howard was suspended. Oh well, perhaps the Orange will be motivated to play hard and secure the win without Howard. One can hope.

BandAlum83
03-21-2019, 02:27 PM
So I'll take a push (win the o/u, lose ATS and -50) on the Louisville game.

If yale can keep this close (down 9 now) and it goes to FTs, there is still hope for my Yale +7 and Over 158

BandAlum83
03-21-2019, 02:52 PM
So I'll take a push (win the o/u, lose ATS and -50) on the Louisville game.

If yale can keep this close (down 9 now) and it goes to FTs, there is still hope for my Yale +7 and Over 158

Good job by Yale to keep it close and beat the spread. 154 total points though. Another push for me.

I'm 6-6, -300 now

Mediocrity rules!

BandAlum83
03-21-2019, 03:55 PM
It's uncanny. 7 games / 14 max bets now with the Auburn game in the books, and I am....wait for it.....



7-7, -350.

I am the Master of Mediocrity!

Phredd3
03-21-2019, 09:14 PM
I'm a newcomer to the world of the degenerates, and there is no room for mediocrity. I am solidly in dead last, and I may be out the back door by the end of the day. (I realize the back door rule is suspended for the duration of the tournament, but it just gives a very clear picture of how I'm doing.)

BandAlum83
03-21-2019, 09:31 PM
14 games

14 wins
14 losses

14x50vig

-700

Pretty sure the end of this block of games has me headed to 16-16, -800


But the leaders are in reach. Maybe I can go 8-0 tonight and pick up 4,000

HereBeforeCoachK
03-21-2019, 09:32 PM
14 games

14 wins
14 losses

14x50vig

-700

If they gave points for consistency...........:cool:

BandAlum83
03-21-2019, 09:44 PM
14 games

14 wins
14 losses

14x50vig

-700

Pretty sure the end of this block of games has me headed to 16-16, -800


But the leaders are in reach. Maybe I can go 8-0 tonight and pick up 4,000

Spoke too soon. 14-17-1, -2,350

HereBeforeCoachK
03-21-2019, 10:31 PM
Spoke too soon. 14-17-1, -2,350

I don't even want to look - dadgum Villanova and St. Mary's stopped scoring....then Nova let them creep within 4 at the buzzer.....line was 4.5. Dadgum you Nova.

Bob Green
03-22-2019, 05:04 AM
I am 6-6 (-300). Thursday was a bad picking day so I need to up my game today.

duketaylor
03-22-2019, 11:52 AM
Hate that iíve been right (i suck). Bet the ranch today, on the way to OBX for the weekend. MP 13.6
Might get on a boat tomorrow.
Go DUKE!!!!

JasonEvans
03-22-2019, 02:09 PM
After day 1 I am plus 1650 and in first place... this is sorta funny cause I am doing terrible in all my pools.

richardjackson199
03-22-2019, 02:20 PM
There is no downward limit in the contest. You can keep picking even if you lose 20,000 fake bucks.

I accept the challenge. :cool:

-5000 was too easy

Bob Green
03-22-2019, 02:21 PM
I just bet 500 FMU on Virginia (-22) to cover. After what happened last tournament, my thought process is Virginia will be motivated to jump all over Gardner Webb from the start and never let up.

Additionally, I bet the O/U in the four games involving ACC Teams:

1. Under (130) Virginia vs Gardner Webb
2. Over (149) Duke vs NDSU
3. Under (166) North Carolina vs Iona
4. Over (126) Virginia Tech vs Saint Louis U.

I really sucked yesterday so today has to be better. Right? :rolleyes:

BandAlum83
03-22-2019, 02:28 PM
I'm off to a good start today +1000 on Iowa/Cincy, which is good, because I will be taking -1100 on the Oklahoma / Miss debacle.

-jk
03-22-2019, 03:44 PM
I just bet 500 FMU on Virginia (-22) to cover. After what happened last tournament, my thought process is Virginia will be motivated to jump all over Gardner Webb from the start and never let up.

Additionally, I bet the O/U in the four games involving ACC Teams:

1. Under (130) Virginia vs Gardner Webb
2. Over (149) Duke vs NDSU
3. Under (166) North Carolina vs Iona
4. Over (126) Virginia Tech vs Saint Louis U.

I really sucked yesterday so today has to be better. Right? :rolleyes:

UVa sphincters tightening...

-jk

JasonEvans
03-22-2019, 09:18 PM
Ugh, brutal desperation three gives NDSU the back door cover.

Phredd3
03-22-2019, 09:24 PM
There is no downward limit in the contest. You can keep picking even if you lose 20,000 fake bucks.

More than halfway there. Can't lose quite as much tomorrow, but I'll keep plugging away.

Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15
03-22-2019, 11:38 PM
Confirmed: my best play is not to play.

du_bb1
03-23-2019, 08:56 PM
self reporting-got carried away with UNC-Greensboro-forgot they were NIT. On the right side it does keep
me from embarrassing myself any further.

Good luck to all !

richardjackson199
03-23-2019, 09:20 PM
self reporting-got carried away with UNC-Greensboro-forgot they were NIT. On the right side it does keep
me from embarrassing myself any further.

Good luck to all !

There were alot of NIT games mixed in there, so it was a little tricky. Not up to me but I'd give you a pass to keep playing if it was. It's just for fun.

Bob Green
03-24-2019, 08:08 AM
JasonEvans still sitting atop the Leaderboard at 19-13-1 (+2270).

I've got a long ways to go if I'm going to catch up because I'm at 11-12 (-1100). My performance to date has been underwhelming.

HereBeforeCoachK
03-24-2019, 08:29 AM
Good Lord....I am 17-9 (over 65%) on O/U and yet in 18th place...if that tells you how my Spread bets are going. Comically awful. To make it worse, I've bet more confidently ATS than O/U, so I'm losing my 500s and winning 200s 300s and so on.

JasonEvans
03-25-2019, 09:48 AM
http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/26356002/betting-favorites-made-history-round-32


For the first time since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, all 16 betting favorites won in the Round of 32, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Three times, in 2009, 1995 and 1991, the favored team had won 15 of 16 games in the Round of 32, but this was the first year in which the chalk went undefeated.

And let's all here it for this degenerate!!


Duke, the No. 1 overall seed and consensus tournament favorite, had the closest call. The Blue Devils survived two potential go-ahead baskets by double-digit underdog Central Florida in the final seconds on Sunday. It was a fortunate ending for Duke backers, including one bettor who placed a $50,000 money-line wager on the Blue Devils to win straight-up at -1,100 odds. According to bookmaker William Hill U.S., when Duke prevailed, the bettor won a net $4,545.45.

JasonEvans
03-25-2019, 09:49 AM
Hmmm... cream rising to the top ;)

https://i.ibb.co/FBjVDrd/Capture.png

Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15
03-25-2019, 10:05 AM
I'm not doing badly, sitting barely in the negative, but it does confirm that my best move is not to play.

peterjswift
03-25-2019, 10:36 PM
I...uh...forgot about this contest since the first day.



This has worked out very well for me. My only wish is that I would have remembered it in a few weeks, and not today.

devildeac
03-25-2019, 10:49 PM
Hmmm... cream rising to the top ;)

https://i.ibb.co/FBjVDrd/Capture.png

WTH is richard"loser"jackson doing resting in 2nd place?

;)

duketaylor
03-28-2019, 10:52 PM
More than half of the top 10 aren't even playing games tonite, that's lame. I just don't get it. Defeats the purpose/point of wagering on the tourney.
I know I'm sucking, but at least I'm trying. Two very ugly games on now, glad I guessed under.

Bob Green
03-29-2019, 04:53 AM
My poor performance continues as I am 15-18 (-2400) after Day 1 of the Sweet 16.

JasonEvans
03-29-2019, 09:19 AM
More than half of the top 10 aren't even playing games tonite, that's lame. I just don't get it. Defeats the purpose/point of wagering on the tourney.
I know I'm sucking, but at least I'm trying. Two very ugly games on now, glad I guessed under.

Sorry, I looked early and did not see anything I liked. I am having a real trouble at this point picking with my head and not my heart. For example, my head tells me UNC to cover the 5.5 tonight but my heart just cannot bet on the Heels. I ignore the head when it comes to Duke and I am taking the Devils to cover the 7 against Va Tech. The only other bet I like so far is under 147 in the MSU-LSU game.

-Jason "I've got a lead and I would hate to give it up by making bets when others are sitting out... that feels like leading in a race and then running backwards" Evans

HereBeforeCoachK
03-29-2019, 11:08 AM
More than half of the top 10 aren't even playing games tonite, that's lame. I just don't get it. Defeats the purpose/point of wagering on the tourney.
I know I'm sucking, but at least I'm trying. Two very ugly games on now, glad I guessed under.

Well I was pretty high up the standings in the reg season, but man, this NCAAT has been humbling.....and time got by me yesterday, but I jumped back in today with foolish 500s all over the place.

Phredd3
03-29-2019, 11:56 AM
Didn't pick yesterday, and I'm probably out of range of anything but last place, but I can't make up ground (or achieve a backdoor record) if I don't make picks, so my hat is back in the ring. I picked VT to cover, but if they don't, I'll be plenty happy with that.

JasonEvans
03-29-2019, 04:11 PM
Didn't pick yesterday, and I'm probably out of range of anything but last place, but I can't make up ground (or achieve a backdoor record) if I don't make picks, so my hat is back in the ring. I picked VT to cover, but if they don't, I'll be plenty happy with that.

Considering you are at an almost unfathomable $13000 in losses, I am thrilled to see that this is your pick ;)

-Jason "on the other hand if ever anyone was due for a hot streak, it is Phredd" Evans

richardjackson199
03-29-2019, 04:53 PM
WTH is richard"loser"jackson doing resting in 2nd place?

;)

I warned y'all that I'm going to start making my picks and then flipping them before submitting! :cool:

I'll find a way to lose this thing yet, Dadgummit!

Phredd3
03-29-2019, 05:21 PM
I'll find a way to lose this thing yet, Dadgummit!

Actually, even if I'm perfect from here on out (and I highly doubt that), I don't think anyone can take the loser spot away from me. You don't have enough games left to lose this thing.

Bob Green
03-30-2019, 01:40 PM
My pitiful performance now sits at 17-20 (-2500). Perhaps I can get on a hot (lucky) streak and claw my way back into the black. One needs to have a goal.

Today's bets:

1. Gonzaga (-4.5) over Texas Tech
2. Over (139.5)
3. Purdue (+4.5) over Virginia
4. Under (127)

For the record, I will be rooting hard for Virginia to win the game but not cover.

richardjackson199
03-30-2019, 03:05 PM
Actually, even if I'm perfect from here on out (and I highly doubt that), I don't think anyone can take the loser spot away from me. You don't have enough games left to lose this thing.

Dadgummit! Like Roy said in his post-game presser about 20 times, it's all my fault. I wish I could have been better for you. He also threw in the third-person reference. So RichardJackson199 sucks right now at losing.

Phredd3
03-31-2019, 01:14 PM
Dadgummit! Like Roy said in his post-game presser about 20 times, it's all my fault. I wish I could have been better for you. He also threw in the third-person reference. So RichardJackson199 sucks right now at losing.

Actually, you know, my last three days combined are positive. Barely positive, but positive. VT did cover, which helped. They also lost, which helped even more.

rasputin
03-31-2019, 11:12 PM
Well, Jason, twenty bucks separate us.

rasputin
04-09-2019, 12:51 AM
Cameron Blue won our fake betting contest, overtaking me tonight. Jason is 3rd. Congrats CB.

rasputin

CameronBlue
04-09-2019, 01:00 AM
Cameron Blue won our fake betting contest, overtaking me tonight. Jason is 3rd. Congrats CB.

rasputin

Well, gosh, I didn't prepare anything so I just don't know what to say. (Seriously, thanks.) I think the lesson here is that if you gamble long enough for the law of averages to make you a winner, you've gambled far too long. I'm truly impressed by NYBri and a couple of others who seem to have a much better system than mine, which involves random guessing.

Indoor66
04-09-2019, 08:14 AM
I think the lesson here is that if you gamble long enough for the law of averages to make you a winner, you've gambled far too long.

Actually, if you gamble long enough you are guaranteed to be a looser. :p:(:cool:

richardjackson199
04-09-2019, 12:28 PM
Well, gosh, I didn't prepare anything so I just don't know what to say. (Seriously, thanks.) I think the lesson here is that if you gamble long enough for the law of averages to make you a winner, you've gambled far too long. I'm truly impressed by NYBri and a couple of others who seem to have a much better system than mine, which involves random guessing.

Exactly. But any true degenerate knows, "I just gotta get back to Even!" "I can feel that hot streak coming now." I'm now 3-3 on pie bets.

Of course any true degenerate also knows to give a little selective reporting when the Mrs. asks for your balance sheet. 3-3 on pie bets sure, but I'm 0-2 on beer bets. And that doesn't include Devildeac's beer consult fees which I still owe. I can't even figure it with the juice:

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/e8647a0d-ce15-4f43-9b35-15958f6d78eb

:cool:

HereBeforeCoachK
04-09-2019, 02:25 PM
Actually, if you gamble long enough you are guaranteed to be a looser. :p:(:cool:

Hah, but not 100% true for everybody. In gambling that is pure chance....yeah.....but gambling with skill, ie, picking games, playing poker, there are people who are way ahead in their lifetime. The vast majority, however, are under water.