Behind the Bets with Doug Kezirian
UFC Without Fans : 5/28/20
Doug Kezirian visits with Matthew Holt, CEO of U.S. Integrity, to shed light on how leagues are strengthening their oversight. Plus, they break down the upcoming UFC card (3:28) and explain how certain betting strategies benefit from fights without fans.
Tiger vs. Phil II: 5/21/20
Doug Kezirian chats with ESPN caddie Michael Collins about the upcoming charity golf event; discussing the odds and prop bets for Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Betting On Ping Pong : 5/14/20
Doug Kezirian chats with a pro bettor on the delightful world of table tennis and how the sport has become so popular within the betting community. They discuss the best live betting opportunities (24:37), the biggest pitfalls to avoid (27:29) and their favorite players to watch (30:12).
NFL Player Prop Bets: 5/7/20
Doug Kezirian is joined by numbers gurus Preston Johnson and Mike Clay to offer analysis and top plays on NFL player prop bets for the coming season.
NFL Draft Prop Bets : 4/20/20
Doug Kezirian crunches the NFL Draft prop bets with Caesars top oddsmaker Jeff Davis (1:38) and VSiN's Matt Youmans (29:11). They discuss their best plays and also which odds have seen the biggest movement.
College Football Win Totals : 4/15/20
Doug Kezirian is joined by the Daily Wager crew of Chris Fallica, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh to break down CFB season win totals and futures in the Power 5 conferences.
Gambling on Sports When Sports Are Shut Down: 4/14/20
Ukrainian table tennis. League of Legends. Madden computer simulations. These were not the options you were expecting to see on your gambling apps come springtime. But since all major sports were shut down in mid-March, sportsbooks in the U.S. and offshore are seeing a wide array of unconventional betting lines serve their starved clientele. "Daily Wager" host Doug Kezirian joins the show to tell us about the stranger sports gambling options being offered, as well as the heightened interest in the NFL Draft, and the impact of a live sports hiatus on the industry as a whole.
No Sports, No Betting? : 4/3/20
Doug Kezirian chats with ESPN Chalk reporter David Purdum about the current state of the sportsbook industry and the pandemic's economic impact on Las Vegas, as well as the betting futures of both esports and simulated video games.
Embracing Gambling : 3/6/20
Doug Kezirian hosts in front of a live audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and is joined by Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and sports analytics guru and "Bet The Process" co-host, Jeff Ma. They discuss numerous topics from how sports leagues are embracing gambling and how media can better serve fans in the growing space.
Baseball Is Back : 2/28/20
Doug Kezirian previews the MLB season with Buster Olney (2:42), discussing season win totals, teams that may surprise or fall below expectations, and intriguing odds for individual awards. Plus, oddsmaker John Murray shares sharp and public plays. (44:06)
Let's Talk NBA Storylines: 2/18/20
Doug Kezirian chats with pro bettor Erin Rynning about NBA storylines entering the season's second half. They discussed the top teams against the spread (4:57), Rookie of the Year odds (10:51), MVP odds (22:05), and where to find value on adjusted season win totals (24:36
The Greatest Upset: 2/12/20
Doug Kezirian visits with pro bettor Preston Johnson on the nuances of modeling, certain narratives and why the small-ball Rockets are mathematically fascinating. Plus, oddsmaking legend Jimmy Vaccaro shares stories about booking the historic upset of Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson on the 30-year anniversary (42:00)
Vegas Wins Again: 2/5/20
Doug Kezirian puts a bow on the Super Bowl with oddsmaker John Murray and also tackles some NBA topics with pro bettor Preston Johnson (27:30).
It All Comes Down To This: 1/28/20
Doug Kezirian previews the Super Bowl with ESPN legend and "The Swami", Chris Berman, ESPN writer Bill Barnwell and Las Vegas oddsmaker John Murray. They all weigh in with a pick on the game and plenty of prop bets.
Zion's Back : 1/22/20
Super Bowl betting has begun. Oddsmaker John Murray joins Doug Kezirian to discuss early action. (45:11) But first, Doug chats with professional bettor Erin Rynning about Zion's debut and other NBA topics (3:28) and with VSiN's Matt Youmans about the college basketball landscape. (19:04)
Championship Weekend: 1/16/20
Doug Kezirian breaks down the NFL conference championship games with oddsmaker John Murray and his best pays (8:10). Also, UFC analyst Chael Sonnen explains why Cowboy Cerrone has betting value against Conor McGregor at UFC 246 (3:00)
Monster Football Weekend: 1/9/20
Doug Kezirian previews a monster football weekend with oddsmaker John Murray and VSIN's Matt Youmans (32:30). They have analysis and plays for NFL Division weekend and the CFP national championship, including Doug's favorite play on the title game.
Wild Card Weekend: 1/2/20
Doug Kezirian visits with oddsmaker John Murray to recap a wonky Week 17 and all season-long bets. Then they breakdown Bills/Texans and Titans/Patriots (11:10). Followed by Vikings/Saints and Seahawks/Eagles on Sunday (18:40). Finally, the Baby Bankroll Bonanza as Doug is making a comeback against Murray (29:00)
Final Stretch of Bowl Games: 12/30/19
Doug Kezirian visits with VSIN's Matt Youmans and oddsmaker John Murray (33:40) to break down the remaining bowl games and offer their top picks.
Careful betting week 17: 12/26/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by oddsmaker John Murray to break down the wonky Week 17 lines and how the unknown status of some players impact the odds.
College Football Bowl Games Prievew Round 2: 12/24/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by VSIN's Matt Youmans and oddsmaker John Murray (26:50) to discuss the second group of bowl games. They also break down the CFP semifinal games and offer their best plays.
Ugly Favorites: 12/19/19
Doug Kezirian previews the Week 16 card with oddsmaker John Murray, discussing how all the playoff scenarios impact the point spread and which games will decide the sportsbooks' bottom line. Also, Mike Clay offers three prop plays (44:20)
Bowl Games Are Here: 12/18/19
Doug Kezirian analyzes the first wave of bowl games with VSIN's Matt Youmans and oddsmaker John Murray, discussing significant line moves, weather issues and potential flat spots (33:20)
Don't Call It A Comeback: 12/12/19
Doug Kezirian visits with oddsmaker John Murray to break down a Week 15 card full of flat spots, perceived mismatches and must-win situations. Mike Clay also chimes in with a few prop bets (52:00)
Hanging Around: 12/5/19
Doug Kezirian visits with oddsmaker John Murray to discuss a rough primetime game for sportsbooks and the key games for the coming weekend. Plus, Mike Clay offers two prop bets (47:45)
Championship Week: 12/4/19
Doug Kezirian picks some conference title games with professional bettor Paul Stone. Plus, Doug visits with oddsmaker John Murray ahead on where the main action entering the final CFP Rankings (29:00).
MVP Odds: 11/27/19
The handicapping starts early on this holiday week. Doug Kezirian discusses key NFL games with oddsmaker John Murray and how Lamar Jackson's MNF performance is impacting the futures market.
Rivalry Week: 11/27/19
Doug Kezirian chats with oddsmaker John Murray shares sharp plays he's seen this week. Plus, ESPN analytics guru Brad Edwards to discuss the marquee CFB rivalry games as well as intriguing handicapping scenarios (23:50)
Par For The Course: 11/21/19
Doug Kezirian recaps One parlay bettor nearly turns $20 into $50K. Oddsmaker John Murray recaps a winning NFL weekend for the public and looks ahead to the coming weekend. (3:50) Plus, Mike Clay remains scorching hot with prop bets (50:00)
Educating The Next Generation: 11/20/19
Doug Kezirian shares his favorite college football plays with professional bettor Paul Stone, who also offers his top four plays. Plus, oddsmaker John Murray relays what sharp plays he's seen from respected bettors (35:00)
False Alarm: 11/14/19
Doug Kezirian recaps a huge NFL weekend for sportsbooks with oddsmaker John Murray and looks ahead to significant games for the upcoming weekend. Plus, Mike Clay tries to stay hot after a 5-0 record on prop bets.(50:20)
Style Points: 11/13/19
Doug Kezirian discussed all the intriguing college football lines with oddsmaker John Murray and professional bettor Paul Stone (29:11). Ohio State is laying 50 points in conference play and lowly Northwestern is laying 40 points. Also, how much do "style points" factor into handicapping?
New Rules: 11/7/19
Doug Kezirian chats with oddsmaker John Murray about the NFL Week 10 card and discuss a surprise move by Bill Belichick that impacted all sorts of odds. Plus, Mike Clay looks to stay hot with his props. (45:50)
Matchup of the Century: 11/6/19
Doug Kezirian offers some plays with VSiN's Matt Youmans, as they highlight the best situational handicaps. Plus, oddsmaker John Murray shares plays from behind the counter (33:15)
Mr. Executive Director/Champion: 10/31/19
Doug Kezirian welcomes oddsmaker John Murray to discuss the upcoming NFL card and why the Patriots/Ravens game will likely be the season's most heavily-bet game. Plus, Mike Clay offers five prop bets (47:30)
Joe Burrow for Heisman?: 10/30/19
Doug Kezirian visits with professional bettor Erin Rynning for a light college football card, discussing the value on fading teams like Northwestern and Maryland. Also, oddsmaker John Murray shares play from respected bettors (36:30)
Sorry Tuco: 10/24/19
Doug Kezirian previews the upcoming NFL weekend with oddsmaker John Murray, discussing how point spreads continue to be decided by questionable coaching and dramatic endings.
Bet The First Half: 10/23/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by professional bettor Erin Rynning to discuss the college football card (3:00), and they also preview the upcoming NBA season (58:50). Plus, oddsmaker John Murray also joins for some sharp college football plays (34:00)
NBA Is Finally Here: 10/21/19
Doug Kezirian previews the NBA season with ESPN analytics gurus Kevin Pelton and Andre Snellings. They discuss season win totals, MVP odds and Rookie of the Year longshots.
Tuco : 10/17/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by oddsmaker John Murray to break down the NFL card and discuss which teams' power rankings have changed the most. Also, Mike Clay weighs in with his best prop bets (1:03:00)
CFB and NBA Preview: 10/16/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by professional bettor Preston Johnson to break down Week 8 of the college football season and also preview the upcoming NBA season with plays on win totals, futures and season prop bets. (44:00)
We Need Smarter Coaches: 10/10/19
Doug Kezirian visits with oddsmaker John Murray, handicapping the entire NFL card and discussing how questionable kicking decisions impact betting lines.
Kicking Is For Losers: 10/9/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by VSiN's Matt Youmans to break down the college football card. Oddsmaker John Murray also joins the show to offer plays from behind the counter (37:30)
NFL Week 5 Preview: 10/3/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down the Week 5 card with oddsmaker John Murray. Also, Mike Clay offers four prop bets for the primetime games (53:16)
CFB Week 6 Preview: 10/2/19
Doug Kezirian chats with professional bettor Erin Rynning about some CFB sides and totals that catch their eyes. Also, oddsmaker John Murray offers plays from behind the counter, and analytics guru Brad Edwards shares what he found with a deep dive into some of the nation's top teams.
NFL Week 4: 9/26/19
Doug Kezirian previews the Week 4 card with oddsmaker John Murray, highlighting two undefeated teams as home underdogs and whether the Cowboys will pass their first true test. Plus, Mike Clay with seven props.
CFB Week 5 Preview: 9/25/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down the college football card with VSiN's Matt Youmans, discussing the big favorites and also offering plays in the Pac-12 and Big Ten. Plus, oddsmaker John Murray shares sharp plays from behind the counter.
The Public Loves Road Favorites: 9/19/19
Doug discusses the historic spreads with the Dolphins and Jets. Oddsmaker John Murray previews week 3 in the NFL. Plus, ESPN's Mike Clay has prop bets (42:55)
CFB Week 4: 9/18/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by Phil Steele as they break down a handful of games. Plus, oddsmaker John Murray (26:15) joins to discuss questionable coaching decisions and which teams have received early sharp action.
NFL Week 2: 9/12/19
Which teams warranted the biggest adjustments? Doug reacts to week 1 with oddsmaker John Murray and previews week 2. Plus, Mike Clay (41:40) offers up 5 prop bets
CFB Week 3: 9/11/19
Doug Kezirian visits with professional bettor Paul Stone to break down this weekend's college football card. Also, oddsmaker John Murray shares some sharp plays.
NFL Week 1: 9/5/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down the Week 1 card with Westgate oddsmaker John Murray and offers his top plays (1:39). Mike Clay also shares his 5 best prop bets for the opening weekend (46:00).
CFB Week 2: 9/4/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down the Week 2 college football slate with VSINs Matt Youmans (1:44), John Murray of the Westgate SuperBook (30:30) and analytics guru Brad Edwards (44:
CFB Week 1: 8/28/19
Doug Kezirian offers picks and breaks down the college football Week 1 slate with Phil Steele, VSINs Matt Youmans and Vegas oddsmaker John Murray.
NFL Bets for 2019: 8/22/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down his favorite NFL bets for the upcoming season. Mike Clay also offers his top plays and John Murray of the Westgate shares insight from behind the counter.
CFB Bets For 2019: 8/14/19
Doug Kezirian offers his best College Football bets for the upcoming season. VSIN's Matt Youmans and ESPN analytics guru Brad Edwards join as guests to offer their insight and plays.
NBA Season Win Total Preview: 7/25/19
Doug Kezirian and Preston Johnson take on NBA season win total bets, giving us the teams to avoid and the ones with value.
Kevin Durant's Injury Impact: 6/11/19
Doug Kezirian reacts to Kevin Durant's injury with professional bettor Preston Johnson. How does the injury impact the odds for Game 6, the NBA Finals series price, free agency and the 2020 championship odds?
NBA Finals Preview: 5/28/19
Doug Kezirian and Preston Johnson preview the NBA Finals, discuss how they're handling the Kevin Durant situation and how that factors into their decision making process.
NBA Conference Finals Preview: 5/13/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by Brian Windhorst and professional bettor Preston Johnson to preview both NBA conference finals and Doug has picks for the series and opening games.
NBA Semifinals Value Plays and Derby Preview : 5/1/19
Doug Kezirian offers plays for upcoming NBA playoff games with pro bettor Preston Johnson (2:21). Plus, Doug visits with longtime bookmaker Johnny Avello about the Kentucky Derby and they discuss optimal betting approaches for this field (32:00).
NFL Draft Props : 4/23/19
Doug Kezirian discussed NFL Draft pop bets with oddsmaker John Murray, highlighting the largest line moves and value plays. Plus, they break down the NBA post-season with plays for series prices (29:00).
NBA Playoff Breakdown: 4/11/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down the opening round of the NBA Playoffs with professional bettor Preston Johnson. They explain why the Raptors offer great value in the East, why the Sixers still have giant question marks and why Denver is unfairly being dismissed.
Masters Preview: 4/9/19
Doug Kezirian is joined by Westgate golf oddsmaker Jeff Sherman to discuss The Masters, handicapping the value of certain players to win it, assessing the favorable matchups, and why Tiger Woods has an advantage in certain situations.
Final Four Preview: 4/3/19
Stanford Steve and the Bear recap the Elite 8 and preview the Final Four action. Plus, the Bear does a Masters deep dive (24:00).
Final Four Breakdown: 4/3/19
Doug Kezirian chats with VSIN's Matt Youmans and oddsmaker John Murray about the Final Four, breaking down the matchups, totals and props. And they also explain how a pedicure can lead to a free T-shirt.
Sweet Sixteen Preview : 3/27/19
Before a conversation with ESPN CBB analyst Sean Farnham (26:00) Stanford Steve and the Bear recap the first two rounds of the chalk heavy 2019 March Madness and look ahead to the Sweet 16 round.
Tourney Breakdown: 3/27/19
Doug Kezirian breaks down everything we know from the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament with Westgate SuperBook oddsmaker John Murray and VSIN's Matt Youmans.
MLB Win Totals: 3/26/19
Doug Kezirian visits with Buster Olney and oddsmaker John Murray to discuss MLB win totals and preview the entire season.
NCAA Tournament Preview : 3/19/19
Stanford Steve and the Bear break down the entire 2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket with picks, prop bets, and great tips for the NIT.
NCAA Tournament Preview : 3/19/19
Doug Kezirian goes dancing with Westgate SuperBook oddsmaker John Murray (3:00) and VSIN's Matt Youmans (30:00). They break down all the NCAA Tournament action, including games and prop bets.
"Daily Wager" Debut : 3/13/19
Doug Kezirian visits with professional bettor Preston Johnson about his new role on "Daily Wager" (8:45). They also break down the conference tournaments with futures and specific games (16:00).
Daily Wager & The Lakers' Demise: 3/6/19
Doug Kezirian welcomes new producer Daniel Dopp as they discuss ESPN's new sports betting show, "Daily Wager". Plus, oddsmaker John Murray shares sharp college basketball and MLB, as well as the Lakers' demise.
February Madness: 2/27/19
Doug Kezirian visits with VSIN's Matt Youmans to discuss college basketball teams they're buying and selling in March. Plus, they have plays for tonight and this coming weekend. Also, ESPN MMA Insider Brett Okamoto breaks down the UFC 235 card and offers some good value plays.
Post All-Star Break NBA: 2/20/19
Doug Kezirian convenes with professional bettors Erin Rynning and Preston Johnson to discuss NBA betting storylines for post All-Star break, including the Lakers' odds to make the playoffs, the futures market for the Warriors, "market correction" on pricing for individual teams and how to handicap "tanking" teams.
Super Bowl Recap : 2/6/19
Doug Kezirian recaps the Super Bowl with oddsmaker John Murray to learn why the house only had a modest win and which prop bets provided the biggest losses.
Super Bowl Preview: 1/31/19
Doug Kezirian welcomes three guests for a stacked Super Bowl preview. Odsdmaker John Murray shares what prop bets have drawn action from pro bettors (2:00). Bill Barnwell offers his insight and also shares some props that have caught his eye (1:07:00). Plus, former NFL executive and VSiN's Michael Lombardi breaks down the match-up (40:05).
Mina Kimes : 1/29/19
Doug Kezirian chats with ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes on the evolution of the gambling conversation in the NFL. They preview Super Bowl LIII and discuss some worthwhile prop bets.
Super Bowl Prop Bets: 1/24/19
Doug Kezirian hosts from Las Vegas ahead of the giant prop bet unveiling. He visits with SuperBook oddsmakers on how props have grown, good value this year, and what do expect from the Super Bowl point spread.
NFL Conference Title Preview : 1/16/19
Doug Kezirian chats with oddsmaker John Murray about sharp action for NFL conference championship weekend. Plus, VSiN's Mitch Moss joins to discuss an insanely profitable hockey betting trend, and the two also go down memory lane (32:11).
UFC Fight Night 143: 1/15/19
Doug Kezirian previews Fight Night 143 with UFC Insider Brett Okamoto. They discuss some value plays and how media interviews can help with handicapping.
NFL Divisional Round Preview : 1/9/19
Doug Kezirian recaps a thrilling Wild Card weekend, and oddsmaker John Murray explains why the favorites might provide the value for the Divisional Weekend 30:00). Plus, John explains how Clemson would not be favored in a rematch with Alabama (57:00).
National Championship Preview : 1/4/19
Stanford Steve and the Bear discuss the National Title game including their money line picks, individual player prop-bets and much more.
NFL Wild Card Preview : 1/2/19
Doug Kezirian chats with oddsmaker John Murray on why the Alabama/Clemson point spread is lower than the original line for this match-up (24:00). They also recap a wild bowling season (3:32). Plus, the playoffs are here and we have three home favorites of less than a field goal (43:25).
UFC 232 Value Plays : 12/28/18
Doug Kezirian is joined by ESPN UFC Insider Brett Okamoto to break down the UFC 232 card and brainstorm value plays.
NFL Week 17 Preview : 12/27/18
Doug Kezirian breaks down the Week 17 card with John Murray of the Westgate SuperBook. They brainstorm the various playoff scenarios and how they uniquely impact the point spread (22:07).
Bowl Picks: Dec. 28 - Jan. 1: 12/27/18
Doug Kezirian is joined by Phil Steele to discuss picks for the main stretch of bowl games (2:34). Plus, John Murray of the Westgate SuperBook shares the action of the wise guys (42:30).
Bowl Bonanza Part 3: 12/26/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear get into the third installment of the Bowl Bonanza with picks for all the games including the CFP Semi-Finals.
NFL Week 16 Preview : 12/20/18
Doug Kezirian visits with John Murray of the Westgate SuperBook to discuss how oddsmakers handle games with playoff implications and those with quarterback injuries.
Bowl Bonanza Week 2: 12/19/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear go through the second week Bowl games offering picks and sound advice through the Christmas holiday.
Bowl Picks: Dec. 19-27: 12/19/18
Doug Kezirian visits with Phil Steele for picks and analysis. Also, John Murray shares sharp action for bowl games through the Christmas holiday (30:00).
Bowl Bonanza: Week 1: 12/12/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear discuss the first week of Bowl Season offering some picks and sound advice. Plus, answer some of your Twitter questions. (54:00)
NFL Week 15 Preview : 12/12/18
Doug visits with oddsmaker John Murray to preview an intriguing NFL card, discussing line moves and sharp plays. Plus, Phil Steele offers picks for the first day of bowl games (1:06:41).
NFL Week 14 Preview : 12/5/18
Doug Kezirian chats with John Murray of the SuperBook to recap CFB championship weekend, Heisman betting and NFL Week 14. How is the sportsbook positioning itself with certain NFL bets this weekend (26:16)?
Week 14 Preview : 11/28/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear get you ready for Championship weekend with picks and a super condo-steamer. Plus, discuss the CFP rankings and make predictions.
CFB Week 14 Preview : 11/28/18
Doug is joined by handicapper Phil Steele & oddsmaker John Murray to discuss conference championship games (23:45). Plus, Mike Clay offers 3 NFL props (46:21).
NFL Week 13 Preview : 11/27/18
Doug Kezirian recaps a successful weekend in the Bonanza with John Murray of the SuperBook, as they also preview Week 13 spreads. Plus, former podcast host Andrew Feldman reflects on a pivotal moment for the poker world: Chris Moneymaker's Main Event win at the 2003 World Series of Poker (1:16:50).
Week 13 Preview : 11/21/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear get you ready for the Thanksgiving Day games and the entire Week 13 slate with picks and parlays. Plus, Brad Edwards joins.
CFB Week 13 Preview : 11/20/18
Doug previews the CFB season's final weekend with Phil Steele, who offers 5 plays and analysis of the marquee rivalry games. Plus, the SuperBook's John Murray shares the perspective from behind the counter (36:42). They also discuss Tiger/Phil and Chuck/Tito.
NFL Week 12 Preview : 11/20/18
The SuperBook's John Murray joins Doug to recap a wild and historic MNF game. They also preview the NFL triple-header on Thanksgiving and the rest of the Week 12 card.
NFL Week 11 Preview : 11/15/18
Doug Kezirian previews a high-profile and historic MNF game with John Murray of the SuperBook in Las Vegas. They also anticipate line movements on a few games. Plus, Mike Clay breaks down 8 prop bets (1:07:53).
Week 12 Preview : 11/14/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear are joined by oddsmaker for the Westgate Superbook Ed Salmons to discuss interesting lines and Tua's Heisman odds. Plus, Week 12 picks.
CFB Week 12 Preview : 11/14/18
Doug Kezirian visits with Phil Steele and John Murray (1:15:02) to discuss the upcoming CFB card. Plus, Matt Youmans of VSIN offers college and NFL plays, while weighing in on the early college hoops season (53:19).
NFL Week 10 Preview : 11/8/18
Doug Kezirian chats with John Murray of the SuperBook to recap how the house got housed on Sunday, while also discussing how NFL coaches should learn from crisis negotiations. They then look ahead to the Week 10 lines. Plus, Fantasy Insider Mike Clay weighs in on prop bets (1:01:06).
Week 11 Preview : 11/7/18
Sanford Steve and the Bear react to the week 2 CFP rankings then make their Week 11 picks, including a steamer!
CFB Week 11 Preview : 11/7/18
Doug Kezirian gets 5 plays from Phil Steele and they also break down other high-profile college football games. Plus, John Murray of the SuperBook shares plays from wise guys (19:20). And is Duke basketball beatable?
NFL Week 9 Preview: 11/1/18
After an eventful week of Hue Jackson fired and the Bills relegated to Nathan Peterman, Doug Kezirian breaks down the NFL card with John Murray of the SuperBook. Plus, they both look to make a big move in the Baby Bankroll Bonanza (43:00). Plus, Mike Clay gives out 5 props (1:02:38).
Week 10 Preview: Greg McElroy: 10/31/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear are joined by ESPN CFB analyst Greg McElroy to discuss Bama-LSU and many other Week 10 match-ups. Plus, the Bear offers a Breeder's Cup deep dive.
CFB Week 10 Preview : 10/31/18
Doug Kezirian previews a loaded slate of games with Phil Steele (1:36) and John Murray of the SuperBook (30:00). Plus, analytics guru Brad Edwards weighs in on Alabama/LSU and why some teams are not worth longshot odds to win the CFP (1:04:19).
NFL Week 8 Preview : 10/25/18
Doug Kezirian recaps some head-scratching coaching decisions with John Murray of the SuperBook, as Vegas experienced the worst NFL Sunday this season. They also break down the Week 8 card, which potentially features a "square dog" (48:00). Plus, Fantasy Analyst Mike Clay weighs in on the prop bets (59:36).
Week 9 Preview: Todd McShay : 10/24/18
Before Stanford Steve and the Bear make their Week 9 picks, including a steamer, they are joined by ESPN CFB analyst Todd McShay (8:56).
CFB Week 9 Preview : 10/24/18
Doug Kezirian welcomes back Phil Steele for 5 college football picks, fresh off his 4-1 ATS performance. Plus, John Murray of the SuperBook shares sharp college plays (32:43) and they also discuss NBA and World Series betting (1:09:50).
NFL Week 7 Preview : 10/18/18
Doug Kezirian is joined by Westgate's John Murray, who explains why the Patriots & Bears will offer the biggest split between professional and public bettors (1:02). Plus, Mike Clay lays out the four NFL proposition bets that have caught his eye (1:00:13).
David Pollack & Week 8 Preview: 10/17/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear are joined by ESPN CFB analyst David Pollack to preview the Oregon vs Wazzu matchup and much more. Plus, week 8 picks and stories from Pullman.
CFB Week 8 Preview : 10/17/18
Doug Kezirian is joined by Phil Steele, who gives his top 5 college football picks (1:22). Plus, they break down the 3 ranked matchups on the card. Also, John Murray of the Westgate shares early action from professionals but also the danger of "headfakes" (42:46).
NBA Season Win Totals : 10/12/18
Doug Kezirian discusses NBA season win totals with NBA Insider Brian Windhorst and professional bettor Preston Johnson. They participate in a "fantasy draft" and choose over or under for all 30 teams.
NFL Week 6 : 10/11/18
Doug Kezirian recaps a fun middle with Westgate oddsmaker John Murray and looks ahead to the Week 6 slate (1:45). Why are the Patriots favored over the Chiefs and why will that game have a reverse line movement? Plus, Fantasy Insider Mike Clay returns to continue his success with prop bet analysis (1:02:00).
CFB Week 7 : 10/10/18
Doug Kezirian breaks down the Week 7 card with Phil Steele, who offers picks and analysis for the weekend (1:45). Plus, analytics guru Brad Edwards assesses the weaknesses of Alabama and Georgia, while sharing optimism on Michigan (31:32).
Week 7 Preview : 10/10/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear are joined by SEC CFB analyst Cole Cubelic to preview the UGA-LSU matchup and do an SEC conference breakdown. Plus, week 7 picks including a true condo steamer pick.
BONUS: UFC 229 : 10/4/18
Doug Kezirian chats with UFC Insider Brett Okamoto to preview the UFC card. Brett shares why his gut says that Conor McGregor will upset Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Behind the Bets with Doug Kezirian: NFL Week 5: 10/4/18
Doug Kezirian is joined by John Murray of the Westgate. They recap a compelling Week 4 and look ahead to the Week 5 slate. Plus, Fantasy Analyst Mike Clay discusses prop bets that are catching his attention (49:00).
CFB Week 6: 10/3/18
Doug Kezirian welcomes Phil Steele to break down his 5 top plays (2:20). Plus, the Westgate's John Murray shares plays from professional bettors (22:20). The two also discuss the MLB Playoffs and the marquee UFC fight with Conor McGregor (51:51)
Week 6 Preview : 10/3/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear are joined by former Sooner and current ESPN CFB analyst Dusty Dvoracek to preview Texas-Oklahoma. Then, make their Week 6 picks including the Red River Showdown.
NFL Week 4: 9/27/18
John Murray of the Westgate joins Doug Kezirian to review a wild NFL Week 3 and look ahead to the coming weekend (23:50). Plus, ESPN Fantasy Analyst Mike Clay breaks down some prop bets (1:46).
CFB Week 5: Matt Youmans: 9/26/18
Doug Kezirian breaks down the CFB card with Matt Youmans of VSIN (1:59) and John Murray of the Westgate (25:57). How will Stanford and Oregon each respond? How are oddsmakers handling Alabama's new-found offensive explosion?
Week 5 Preview : 9/26/18
Before Stanford Steve and the Bear make their Week 5 picks, ESPN College GameDay's Kirk Herbstreit joins the show to discuss Ohio State-Penn State, the Clemson QB drama and so
NFL Week 3: John Murray : 9/20/18
Doug Kezirian looks ahead to Week 3 with John Murray of the Westgate. They discuss some unusual spreads, such as the Browns as favorites (6:40) and the Bills as 17-point underdogs (14:38). Plus, both try to bounce back in "Baby Bankroll Bonanza"(40:00).
Week 4: Bruce Feldman: 9/19/18
Stanford Steve and the Bear welcome The Athletic CFB reporter Bruce Feldman to discuss the Week 4 slate and more. Plus, this week's picks and Bear's travel plans.
Week 4 Picks: Matt Youmans: 9/19/18
Doug Kezirian reconnects with Matt Youmans of VSIN for college football picks (1:48). John Murray of the Westgate also weighs in with sharp picks (28:34). They also discuss the FanDuel fiasco and the high exposure of the Golden Knights (35:40) .
NFL Week 2: John Murray: 9/13/18
Doug Kezirian chats with Westgate oddsmaker and director John Murray to recap a wild Week 1 and look ahead to Week 2. Plus, both celebrate a winning debut for "Baby Bankroll Bonanza".
CFB Week 3 Picks: 9/12/18
Stanford Steve and Chris "Bear" Fallica are joined by Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples to discuss the biggest games of the week, he helps Stanford Steve find some good eats in Austin, TX and much more (2:34). Plus, the guys give their picks for Week 3 of CFB (30:00).
CFB Week 3: Murray & Edwards: 9/12/18
Doug Kezirian visits with John Murray of the Westgate, who provides sharp action from behind the counter (2:14). Plus, Doug gleans wisdom from ESPN analytics guru Brad Edwards, who also explains why we should expect a high-scoring Alabama game and should not trust LSU's offense just yet (22:30).
NFL Week 1: John Murray: 9/6/18
Doug Kezirian breaks down the NFL Week 1 lines with John Murray of the Westgate Las Vegas (2:00). Plus, they introduce a new segment: "Baby Bankroll Bonanza" (22:45) and more.
CFB Week 2: Youmans, Murray & Vaccaro: 9/5/18
Doug Kezirian revisits with Matt Youmans of VSIN, picking college football games for the coming weekend (1:56). John Murray of the Westgate also returns with numbers from behind the counter (21:14). Plus, Doug debuts a new segment with Vegas icon, Jimmy Vaccaro (34:00) and more.
Week 2: Jim Donnan: 9/5/18
Stanford Steve and Chris "Bear" Fallica are joined by former Georgia Head Coach Jim Donnan to discuss the biggest games of the week, stories from his coaching days and much more (2:34). Plus, the guys give their picks for Week 2 of CFB (31:48).
Mike Tirico : 8/29/18
Stanford Steve and Chris Fallica are joined by NBC Sports' Mike Tirico to discuss the Michigan-Notre Dame match-up (2:38) then break down the entire week's action.
CFB Kickoff: Youmans, Murray and Edwards: 8/29/18
College Football is back. Doug Kezirian picks games with VSIN's Matt Youmans (2:23). John Murray of the Westgate shares sharps' more notable action (40:42). Plus, ESPN's Brad Edwards relays his findings from analytics and research (57:13).
Aaron Schatz : 8/20/18
Doug Kezirian chats with Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders to preview the season (17:20). Aaron explains why his metrics suggest the Colts, Cowboys and Dolphins will exceed expectations and why Jacksonville and Carolina should regress, in addition to other prognostication. Plus, Ben Fawkes shares his experience of covering U.S. betting history in New Jersey.
Week Zero Preview : 8/20/18
Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica get you prepared for Week Zero, break down the SEC with Laura Rutledge (18:09) and the Power 5 with Rece Davis (35:00).
PAC 12 and ACC Breakdowns: 8/14/18
Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica take the conference breakdowns to the PAC 12 and the ACC with some help from CFB analysts Brock Huard (1:20), and David Pollack (29:00).
Conference Previews: Big 12 & Big 10: 8/9/18
Steve and Chris preview the entire Big Ten and Twelve conferences with some help from ESPN CFB analyst Greg McElroy.
Ed Salmons: 8/8/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes discuss the PGA Championship (12:00), NFL week 1 lines (21:30) and much more with the head oddsmaker for the Westgate LV Superbook Ed Salmons.
Preseason Over/Under : 8/2/18
Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica offer their favorite over/under season win total picks for the 2018 College Football season.
Phil Steele & David Purdum : 8/2/18
Before a conversation about the NBA teaming up with MGM to progress sports gambling with David Purdum, (45:30) Doug & Ben preview the 2018 College Football season with Phil Steele, (12:30) discuss Tiger-Phil and much more.
Buster Olney: 7/19/18
Ben Fawkes is joined by ESPN MLB Insider and "Baseball Tonight Podcast" host Buster Olney to discuss how sports betting will affect the MLB. (5:55) Plus, John Murray joins to discuss the British Open, some '96 Bulls vs '18 Warriors hypotheticals and more. (33:00)
LA-Bron : 7/3/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes discuss Lakers props and futures now that LeBron James has arrived, (11:20) the World Cup knockout round handle, (33:50) and more with John Murray.
Taylor Twellman: 6/28/18
Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica discuss the Knock-Out Round with ESPN Soccer analyst Taylor Twellman then look ahead to the CFB season a bit. Plus, Taylor has tips for betting the MLS.
U.S. Open & World Cup Preview: 6/13/18
Stanford Steve and Chris 'The Bear' Fallica break down the U.S. Open (2:00) and recap the Belmont (18:00). Plus, ESPN's Brad Edwards stops by to talk about the World Cup (21:30) and the guys give you some parting thoughts on some early CFB lines (50:00).
Road To The World Cup : 6/12/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes break down the World Cup and share some value plays with former professional soccer player and ESPN FC analyst Stewart Robson (7:25) then Westgate's John Murray shares sharp U.S. Open bets and updates the liability of this month's major sporting events (38:00).
Delaware Sports Betting And The Stanley Cup Final : 6/5/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes discuss the State of Delaware's inaugural day of sports betting with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell , (6:37) then discuss the Stanley Cup Final, (24:14) NBA Finals odds (27:45) and more with John Murray.
Finals Fever: 5/30/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes discuss Vegas Golden Knights odds and prices with John Murray, (6:50) break down NBA Finals valuations with professional bettor Erin Rynning and more. Plus Ben breaks down his Europe trip.
NBA Series Prices And VGK: 5/23/18
Doug Kezirian discusses the book's liability with the Vegas Golden Knights and NBA playoffs with John Murray, (1:35) NBA series prices with pro bettor Erin Rynning (25:25) and updates on sports betting in New Jersey and Delaware with David Purdum (44:10).
Brent Musburger, VSiN: 5/21/18
Adam Schefter talks to Brent Musburger about the impact of the new gambling laws, his legendary broadcasting career, how NFL football will fare in Las Vegas and much more.
Preakness : 5/17/18
Steve Coughlin & Chris Fallica do a complete deep dive of the 143rd Preakness Stakes including takeaways, who to pick, and some trivia. Plus, a first look at the College Football 2018 numbers. (22:00)
Bets Are In : 5/15/18
After months of anticipation, the Supreme Court has made a ruling on sports betting! Doug & Ben welcome David Purdum and Ryan Rodenberg to explain what it all means. Plus breakdown the latest NBA playoff action. (1:10:22)
Conference Finals Preview : 5/10/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes preview the NBA conference finals with John Murray (12:31) and pro bettor Erin Rynning (37:00). They also update the Golden Knights story (18:06), which included Doug's SportsCenter trip to Las Vegas.
Derby Deep Dive: 5/3/18
Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica do a Kentucky Derby deep dive including predictions, total "throw out" horses, favorites and much more. Plus, Bear weighs in on the Jets Draft selection (48:00).
Draft Recap & NBA Playoff Breakdown : 5/2/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes discuss NFL season win totals & playoff props (8:00), adjusted NBA playoff series prices (32:00) & Kentucky Derby (41:40) with John Murray. Pro bettor Erin Rynning also breaks down the NBA post-season (47:00).
Home Stretch! : 4/24/18
Doug and Ben discuss the highly anticipated SCOTUS ruling and when it may come, give NBA playoffs updates and offer an intense NFL Draft preview position by position.
Not Your Average Round 1: 4/19/18
Doug and Ben recap the Golden Knights sweep and sportsbook liability, offer some NFL Draft nuggets and recap of NBA playoffs with Erin Rynning.
Herbie & The Bear: 4/16/18
Adam welcomes Kirk Herbstreit & Chris Fallica to discuss their perspective on the top players in this year's NFL Draft, their role in ESPN's draft coverage and more (:31). Plus, the return of #AskAdam (21:09).
NBA Playoff Time : 4/12/18
Doug and Ben welcome Nick Bogdanovich and Professional bettor Erin Rynning to preview the NBA playoffs, throw out some predictions, and recap the Masters.
The Masters : 4/3/18
Doug and Ben welcome the Las Vegas Westgate Superbook's Jeff Sherman to put a bow on the NCAA National Championship then preview The Masters with Chris "The Bear Fallica including Tiger Woods performance predictions.
MLB Opening Day; Final Four: 3/28/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes break down the Final Four odds and all things baseball with opening day around the corner. ESPN Baseball Insider Tim Kurkjian joins and gives his outlook for a variety of teams and MLB futures. Plus, Derek Carty talks about the fantasy edge for MLB and John Murray provides the sportsbook perspective on MLB, Final Four and more.
What A Weekend : 3/19/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes react to the lines after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Vegas handicapper Matt Youmans joins and gives Sweet 16 picks. Plus, the books have already opened on a potential Mayweather-McGregor MMA fight. John Murray provides the sportsbook perspective on that and more.
Bracketology : 3/13/18
Back after a short break Steve Coughlin and Chris Fallica break down the entire NCAA bracket, make some picks, discuss some props and discuss where they agree and disagree. Plus discus some of Chris' upcoming travels including Vegas.
Tournament Kickoff : 3/13/18
Doug Kezirian & Ben Fawkes dive deeper on the NCAA Tournament. Vegas handicapper Matt Youmans gives out picks. John Murray provides the sportsbook perspective. Researcher Mackenzie Kraemer also provides some bracket tips.
Championship Week chalk : 3/8/18
Before a Championship Week breakdown with John Murray, Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes recap the NFL combine, discuss the Supreme Court ruling we are patiently waiting for, all the NBA odds and more.
Things Are Brewing: 2/28/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes break down college basketball games and futures with VSIN's Matt Youman. Buster Olney also joins to discuss MLB season win totals and other prop bets.
NBA Futures & All-Star Game: 2/21/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes discuss future odds in the NBA, All-Star Game betting and tanking with Westgate's John Murray. They also touch on World Series' futures, March Madness and more as they take questions from the Twitter world.
MLB Totals & NBA Futures: 2/14/18
Doug Kezirian is riding solo on this Valentine's Day episode as he welcomes on both Jason Simbal and John Murray to discuss MLB win totals, NBA futures and a little Olympics.
Goodbye, NFL: 2/6/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes recap the Super Bowl and put a bow on the NFL season with guests John Murray and David Purdum.
Super Bowl Part 2: 2/1/18
In their second Super Bowl episode, Ben Fawkes and Doug Kezirian go over the latest news and prop bets heading into Sunday's Eagles-Patriots matchup with John Murray and David Purdum.
Super Bowl Part 1: 1/30/18
In their first of two Super Bowl episodes this week, Ben Fawkes and Doug Kezirian talk to Chris Berman and Bill Barnwell about player props and who they expect to win.
Prop Bets Are Out: 1/26/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes recap the Conference Championship games from a betting perspective and take an early look at Super Bowl prop bets with John Murray of Westgate and Aaron Schatz from Football Outsiders.
Conference Championships: 1/18/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes continue their NFL Playoff discussion with both John Murray and Mike Sando.
Divisional Round: 1/10/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes discuss the College Football Playoff National Championship and then break down the NFL Divisional Round with John Murray. Later, Mike Sando also joins for another perspective on the NFL matchups.
One More: 1/5/18
Stanford Steve and The Bear bring you one last college football pod of the season with a breakdown of the National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
Wild Card Weekend: 1/3/18
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to John Murray about the CFP semifinals and then break down Wild Card Weekend.
New Year's Six: 12/28/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear bring you their last pod of 2017 with a breakdown of the NY6 bowls, including Clemson-Alabama and Georgia-Oklahoma.
NFL Week 17: 12/27/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to John Murray about the CFP and the final week of the NFL regular season.
Week 16 & A Little Extra : 12/21/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes break down the lines for NFL Week 16 with John Murray and give us their brief (yet extra) take on CFB, NBA and more.
More Bowls Please: 12/21/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear are back with their second look at the bowl games through the New Year. Happy holidays to all of our listeners!
NFL Week 15: 12/14/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to Jimmy Vaccaro about his time as a Las Vegas bookmaker for over four decades (14:09) and then dive into a breakdown of the Week 15 NFL slate (31:12).
Let The Bowls Begin: 12/14/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear begin their breakdown of the bowl games by giving you some of their favorite picks throughout the first several days of matchups.
Supreme Court/Week 14: 12/7/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes recap the Supreme Court case in New Jersey with Ryan Rodenberg and David Purdum (7:24). Then, John Murray joins to break down the Week 14 NFL slate (27:33).
The Bets Vs USA: 11/30/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes speak to David Purdum about the big Supreme Court case that will shape the state of sports betting in America, break down all the week 13 action and much more.
CFB Champ Week : 11/29/17
Stanford Steve and Chris 'The Bear' Fallica break down the Championship weekend in CFB, their common and uncommon games including which team they both think have a great chance to upset the CFP top 4 and more.
CFB Week 13: 11/21/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear get your Thanksgiving week going on the right track with a comprehensive breakdown of all the college football action this weekend.
NFL Week 12: 11/21/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to John Murray about the Celtics' unbeaten run and a little college basketball and football before diving into the Week 12 NFL slate (18:29).
NFL Week 11: 11/16/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes welcome John Murray to talk a little college basketball and NBA before diving into a breakdown of all the lines across Week 11 in the NFL.
Let Down Spot? : 11/15/17
Stanford Steve and Chris 'The Bear' Fallica break down Week 12 of the college football season including USC vs UCLA, can Miami cover in a possible let down spot vs Virginia and more. Plus, the guys run through their common and uncommon games.
Week 10 NFL/Early NBA: 11/9/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to John Murray about how much Eric Bledsoe is worth to the Bucks (5:28), the Heisman race (8:14) and the Week 10 NFL slate (11:56). Then, Erin Rynning joins the guys to talk about the first few weeks of the NBA season (51:18).
CFB Week 11: 11/8/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear break down Week 11 of the college football season with their common games and wild card picks like only they can.
Handicapping the Breeders' Cup: Part 2: 11/2/17
Will Arrogate return to form in the Breeders' Cup Classic? We break down that race, plus the Filly & Mare Turf, Sprint, Juvenile, and Turf.
Handicapping the Breeders' Cup: Part 1: 11/1/17
In the first of our Handicapping the Breeders' Cup shows, we break down the Dirt Mile & Distaff (Friday) and the Turf Sprint and Filly & Mare Sprint (Saturday).
NFL Week 9: 11/2/17
Doug Kezirian and Ben Fawkes talk to John Murray about the World Series (11:15), if the NFL trade deadline had an impact on any futures (19:50) and the Week 9 NFL slate (23:13). Later, David Purdum joins to recap World Series betting and discuss his story on a DFS player who won a million dollars on DraftKings (1:01:35).
CFB Week 10: 11/1/17
Stanford Steve and The Bear share their initial thoughts on the CFP rankings and then break down their common games (8:39) and wildcard picks (20:14) for Week 10. Plus, stick around after as the guys drop some knowledge on the Breeders' Cup (59:59).
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