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QUALITY PAY PER HEAD SERVICE IS WORTH MORE

The Pay Per Head Service industry is becoming ever more popular with professional bookmakers each year, and for good reason.  Working with a quality PPH service can make you more money with less work and worry.  The savvy bookie will do his or her due diligence before choosing which company is best for them.

Often times in life, it’s the things that we think of as bargains that end up being way more expensive in the long run than it would have cost to go ahead and get the better quality product in the first place.  This holds true for Pay Per Head Services as well.  A quality PPH company can change a bookies life for the better, whereas a cheap PPH company can turn into a nightmare quickly.

If you look closely at the available price per head services being offered to bookmakers these days you will quickly begin to see them divided into at least four categories.  It pays to take some time and study the available options before making a commitment.

The first would be the smaller companies that are sincerely out there trying to do a good job at a competitive price but just do not have the infrastructure to keep up.

The key word in this industry is redundancy, and that takes time and costs money to set up.  The old expression, “God bless the child that has his own” goes double in the Pay Per Head industry.

Next there are the fly-by-night outfits out there promising the world at a super low price but knowing full well that they will not be there for you when the going gets tough.  They may mean well, however, if they are dependent on outside services to keep their business running, they are bound to suffer down time which is bad for their clients and completely out of their control.

What the prudent bookie will want to avoid at all costs are the companies offering a price per head service which also run a sportsbook.  Think about it. These companies are in direct competition with you for your clients and historically have a record of luring good clients away from local bookies with bonuses, specials and glitter.

Then we have the rarest of them all, the few Pay Per Head companies like Host PPH.com with almost 20 years in the business.  The folks at Host have taken the time and made the investments in state of the art equipment and a highly trained professional staff that dedicates itself to keeping their clients happy, out of trouble and making money.

Of course the quality companies are going to have to charge a little more in order to give you better service.  That holds true in almost any business. However, you will find, at the end of the month, you will end up with a greater hold percentage than you would have at the cut-rate shop…..and have happier clients as well!

Don’t take a chance with your business.  Remember, what the price per head company you work with puts up online for you will be representing you to your players.   These days players are looking for high quality, friendly ease of access to wagering with no hassles and no delays.  Provide that for them, do your payouts and collections with a smile, and they will keep on coming back for more.

 

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2019 NBA PLAYOFF MERRY-GO-ROUND

Here we go again.  The top 16 teams of the NBA square off in a 6 week long annual festival of professional basketball in the USA called ‘The Playoffs’. Although basketball is now played almost worldwide at the professional level, the National Basketball Association Playoffs are considered to be the games in which the best team in the world is crowned champions.

It takes awhile. Each tier consists of a best of 7 series with travel days after two or three games so that each team plays at least two games before their own home crowd.  Normally they will play two games in the city whose team has the best overall record, then take a day for travel, play two game away, take another travel day and finish off the series at home, if necessary.

The powerhouses in the West should come as no surprise to anyone who follows professional basketball. The Golden State Warriors led by Seth Curry with an All Star supporting cast are once again the odds on favorites to win the NBA crown for 2019.  As a matter of fact, the Warriors are the only NBA team going into the finals with negative numbers at -250.

James Harden’s Houston Rockets seem to be the only other team in the West expected to be there for the final rounds of the playoffs this year.  Las Vegas oddsmakers are listing the Rockets as +200 to win the Western Conference Championship and just +380 to win it all. That places them third behind the Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks with only the Toronto Raptors remaining under +1000 at +650.

Among teams making a strong showing at the beginning of the playoffs are the Boston Celtics who have just taken four games straight from Indiana to eliminate the Pacers for this year. The Philadelphia 76ers have so far looked very strong beating the Brooklyn Nets 3 out of the first four games and sitting pretty to advance to the next round.

The Toronto Raptors are also off to a good start taking 3 out of 4 from the Orlando Magic after losing the first contest by three points. As expected, the Milwaukee Bucks have taken 3 in a row from the Detroit Pistons and sit poised to advance as well.

The Warriors are out in front of their instate rivals LA Clippers though the Clips did take game two 135-131.  Golden State is expected to move on along with the Portland Trail Blazers who are 3-1 up on the Oklahoma Thunder after the first four games of the series.

What’s missing this year?  For the first time in 14 years the NBA Playoffs are proceeding without super star LeBron James.  Loads of pro star power still on the court, but no LBJ!

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STADIUM FOOD ARRIVES AT THE CUTTING EDGE

Remember back in the old days when ‘going out to the ball park’ meant eating hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy.  You couldn’t even get a cold beer at most ball parks.  Sporting events were sort of like camping trips where everyone dressed up warmly and fans often resorted to bringing their own food and beverages, especially ‘beverages’.   

Stadiums were mostly cold grey concrete structures everywhere under the seats and facilities were basic….at best.  Guys with strong arms used to carry Cokes….in glass bottles….up and down the rows of fans….they sold you a coke, poured it into a plastic cup and lugged the empty bottles away.  How times have changed!

In the past ten years or so, America has gone ‘foodie’ crazy.  Chefs have become international celebrities and cooking shows can be found at almost any time of the day or night. This sudden food consciousness has given rise to a significant upgrade in the quality of food that most of us consume daily. 

So the folks running Levi’s Stadium outside of San Francisco have raised the bar up a couple of more notches with what will be available to eat at their new beautiful stadium.  In fact, they have dedicated over 17,000 square feet of space in the new stadium to feeding the sports fans in style. 

If you follow the food magazines, you have probably already heard of Chef Michael Mina.  The Michelin stared Chef has been featured in such prestigious publications as Gourmet, Food & Wine and Bon Appétit as one of the best and most original young Chefs in the country.   

As it turns out, Michael Mina has been a huge San Francisco 49er fan for many years…as well as a season ticket holder since 1991.  When the team moved into its new facility the stadium managers brought in the popular Chef and gave him 17,000 square feet to work on with only one guideline…..”Make this place awesome”…..so he did just that.  

 Levi’s Stadium probably now has the most exotic, most varied….and most expensive…. stadium food of all the existing NFL stadiums today.  That was their goal to start out with.  Where else can a season ticket holder purchase a $5,000 a year tailgate pass that allows them to graze among several first rate restaurants there at the stadium and enjoy a wide variety of gourmet grub at each stop.  

 Now $5,000 may seem a bit high for a single season pass, but, remember, the deal includes all that you can drink as well.  So, for some dedicated fans, it may turn out to be a bargain in disguise.

Actually, what transpired in Levi’s Stadium as the ‘cutting edge’ of stadium food has now become the norm in many upscale stadiums across the country, even to the point of holding food festivals and competitions before big sporting events.  Chefs everywhere are competing with each other weekly to see whose next presentation can be more outrageous than their last, which was already pretty outrageous!

So, Bon Appétit, and don’t forget the Tums!

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DRAFTING FOR THE FUTURE

It’s time once again for the annual National Football League Draft of eligible players coming out of colleges and universities from across the United States and around the world.  This year the ceremony will take place in Nashville, Tennessee on April 25-27, where 111 pro football hopefuls, the largest number of applicants ever, have announced their intentions to throw their respective hats into the ring and see what the market will bear.

The majority of those applicants have been living in dormitories on meager allowances deemed appropriate by the Mark Emmert and the NCAA but which everyone else knows is not nearly enough to ever feel secure with.  Now they are facing the possibility of changing all that for themselves, and usually their families as well into what most people only entertain as fantasy, an NFL contract. Some will go home rich, others will be bitterly disappointed.

In order to be eligible for the NFL Draft, a player must be out of high school for at least three years.  The deadline for upperclassmen to declare for the draft expired on January 14, 2019.  So the stage is set.  Everyone knows who, when and where, but endless speculation abounds about who goes where and in what order.  It’s already been going on for months.  The Mock Draft. An incredible amount of time and energy seems to go into this glorified guesswork.  It surely takes up a lot of space in print, perhaps too much.

One thing fixed on the agenda is the draft order.  It might seem a great thing to have the number one draft pick.  But what that actually means is that your team was the absolute worst team in the entire NFL last year, hardly a worthy distinction. But that is how parody is built in professional sports and it works to keep the teams on a more or less even keel and avoid allowing the team with the most money to buy the best players.

Now the NFL Scouting Combines are over and done with and the seemingly endless discussion of who should go where become moot.  It‘s time for each team to get down to the nitty-gritty task of actually picking the best available young player for their particular team.  It’s no easy job and each team employs specialists for the duration of the process. Millions of dollars are spent.

The Arizona Cardinals have the dubious distinction of having the first pick in the draft for 2019 followed by the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Jets and Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.  Due to the complicated practice of inter-team trading of draft picks, some teams, like the New Orleans Saints, do not even have a pick in the first round this year because they traded it away last year.

All the speculation and guesswork go out the window on April 25 when Commissioner Roger Goodell steps up to the podium and announces that the 2019 NFL Draft is officially underway.

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FIRE ON THE BAYOU

In the aftermath of the suspension of LSU head basketball coach Will Wade right before the SEC tournament, Joe Alleva, who served as athletic director for the Tigers for the past eleven years, will step down from the AD job at LSU to take up a position as ‘special assistant’ to LSU’s president F. King Alexander going forward.

Alleva has been under fire for quite some time in Baton Rouge over various issues including the firing, in mid season, of head LSU football coach Les Miles in 2016 which, at the time, was an unpopular move for many Tiger fans. Alleva was loudly booed at the first basketball game after Will Wades suspension.

Now the powers that be at LSU have decided to reinstate Will Wade as basketball coach and let Joe Alleva move on.  The decision to return Will Wade came two days after the long awaited meeting between Wade and LSU officials which was also attended by NCAA officials.  The successful second year basketball coach denied any wrong doing and apparently answered all questions satisfactorily.

The Tiger basketball team, which was eliminated in the third round of the NCAA finals this year by Michigan State, remains in a state of flux as most of the LSU players from last year have now announced themselves available for the upcoming NBA draft.  They have until the end of May to withdraw that availability and return to LSU for next season, which would make LSU fans very happy indeed.

It is speculated that the reason that so many of them declared for the NBA was because of the instability of the coaching situation at LSU.  With the return of Will Wade, hopes are high that most of last year’s young team will be back on the court for the 2019-2020 season.  Who knows how far the Tigers could have gone in ‘March Madness’ had Wade been allowed to be with them there at courtside.

It is still not clear weather Wade violated NCAA rules or not in the disclosed FBI wiretap. On the advice of his former lawyer, Wade refused to meet with LSU officials at time of the incident, which ultimately led to his suspension.

Will Wade along with Arizona coach Sean Miller have been subpoenaed to appear in federal court in late April to testify about other college basketball irregularities in New York, although neither has been formally charged with any wrong doing.

Somehow we have made the transition from shady basketball recruiting practices being a NCAA problem to now having become the basis for criminal violations involving the FBI.  It seems like those folks would have more important things to do.

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TIGER ROARS

There were 25,000 fans crowded around the greens and most of them were there to try and catch a glimpse of just one particular golfer at the 2019 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, that would be four time Masters winner and overwhelming crowd favorite Tiger Woods.

Stepping onto the lush campus at Augusta National after not having won a PGA major in over 11 years, Tiger Woods was not the favorite. In fact he teed off at 14 to 1 but there were myriad other wagering opportunities including match-ups and live betting on each hole.  It was a great day for bettors!

2019 was the first of Tigers five Masters Tournament victories where he did not hold the lead at the end of 54 holes, after the third day of tournament play.  Then he bogeyed the 4th & 5th holes and deflated the hopes of his many fans. But the hung in there, and so did Tiger Woods.

The final day of play started with impending thunder storms predicted, but another kind of storm had arrived at Augusta National.  Even halfway through the final round most golf fans didn’t really think that Woods would win. Tiger’s doing great, he will place well, but he can’t win. Can he?

Tiger didn’t even take over the lead until the 16th hole.  That’s when the buzz started.  You could feel it even watching on TV.  A combination of tension, excitement and absolute wonder took over the Augusta National Golf Course after the 16th hole and it built until Tiger finally holed the winning putt on the 18th green a short time later and the buzz became a roar.

Never in most of our living memories has any one sports figure garnered such a following and delivered in such a huge fashion as Tiger Woods did at Augusta National this year.  Awesome and spectacular seem inadequate for the occasion; plum damned inspiring is what it was.  What a comeback!

Even the guys at William Hill U.S. SportsBook in Las Vegas stepped up to congratulate Tiger Woods on his impressive victory, although their smiles might have been a bit painful as they were handing over a check for $1,275,000 to a bettor who had put down $85,000 on Woods to win the Masters at 14-1.

It is almost too ironic that the man who placed that 85 grand on Tiger Woods claims that it was the first time he had ever wagered on sports in his life.

The sportsbook released a statement to the press, “It’s great to see Tiger back.  It’s a painful day for William Hill-our biggest loss ever-but a great day for golf”.

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HARD AS A HOCKEY PUCK

The Stanly Cup Playoffs are once again underway. Our fastest, hardest hitting and most brutal popular team sport takes to the ice to determine which is the best team in the National Hockey League for 2019, and the competition is tight as always.  Of the 31 teams in the NHL, only the top 16 are still in competition for North America’s oldest professional sports trophy.

These guys don’t fool around.  They go at each other with big sticks in almost comically padded uniforms and sharpened skates on slick ice at high speed.  It’s not always pretty and the action is at times so quick that even the most dedicated fan can’t follow the little black dot out on the ice called the ‘puck’ which both teams chase back and forth and up and down until someone knocks the thing into a goal which is guarded by a guy in even still more padding known as a ‘goalie’.

The object of the game is to put the puck into the netting which is protected by that goalie.  The puck itself is only 3 inches across and only one inch high.  It is made of galvanized rubber and is very hard. Actually, the puck is made even harder before each match by being frozen to reduce bouncing on the ice.

To the players and those close to the sport, the puck is known as the ‘biscuit’ and their main goal is to put the ‘biscuit in the basket’ while trying to keep from being slammed into the side wall by what must look like a freight train coming at you on the ice.

Now the rules say that the players are supposed to use those big sticks only to bat the puck around the ice and into the net, however, more often than not, the sticks land on players from the other team.  For this Hockey has what is called a ‘penalty box’ to which a player who has gone too far and broken some rule, or another player.  The penalty is timed and then the offending player is allowed back out on the ice and into the heat of the action.

It takes a lot of good old fashioned strength and endurance to play professional ice hockey.  These playoffs are best of seven series and go on until the first part of June, that’s a long world series. But then, Hockey is a tough sport.

So we are off again on another quest for the Stanley Cup.  With so many games to be played with so many unpredictable outcomes, the situation is ripe for wagering on all levels.  Have at it!

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MAKING THE TRANSITION TO QUALITY PAY PER HEAD SERVICE WITH HOST PPH

Taking your neighborhood sports bookie business out of the local sports bar and onto the Internet is a big move, probably one of the most important decisions that a local bookie can make. But, look around you. One by one, local bookies are making the transition to a quality pay per head service company to provide attractive wagering options to their clients while assisting them with the everyday details of the business such as record keeping, grading games and keeping the lines sharp.

 HOST Pay Per Head Service has been around for almost 20 years now having evolved over time to meet the needs of the local bookmaker and his players.  Back in the 90’s, many bettors started to drift away from the ‘local guy’….drawn by the glitz and glamour of the Internet and all those flashy options and glossy pictures offered there.

The average local bookie just could not compete.  The offshore sports books were even offering incentives in the form of sign-up bonuses and free plays that the local guy simply could not match and stay in business. Then some very wise people came up with the idea of a service company that provided to the local bookie all of the modern wagering options offered by the big offshore companies.  That’s how HOST PPH came into being.

 The idea quickly caught on.  Both bettors and bookies liked the new system under which the bettor could stay with his trusted local guy and still access world-wide wagering options around the clock.  The only thing that the bookie was left to do was his collections and payouts…..and perhaps a little discreet recruiting.

 These days there are many options available for providing price per head services. Some, like HOST PPH, are very good….some not so good….some downright awful.  The savvy bookie, thinking about making the switch, is obliged to do a thorough check of the companies he or she is considering before making the decision on which service to work with.

 The first thing to consider is the people involved.  Since a lot of your dealings with the Pay Per Head service will be done over the phone, get them on the phone.  Ask the hard questions and get the information you need before making a move.  Are you able to communicate with the agents comfortably? If your questions are not answered to your satisfaction, look elsewhere.

 Finally, check out the software.  Is it easy to access and presented in an attractive manner?  Most of all, is it dependable?  Players these days are demanding high quality, dependable 24/7 access to wagering and a friendly face to meet up with and settle up……working with a quality outfit like HOST Pay Per Head Service offers the best of both worlds!

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TOPSY-TURVY START TO MLB FOR 2019

Now hold on a minute. That’s not the way it was supposed to go.  Early MLB Power Rankings had the Yankees, the Red Sox and the Astros at the top of the heap. After just 5 games, Boston has only racked up one win, the Yankees lost 2 of 3 to the lowly Orioles and Houston has already lost 3 of their 5 games.  What’s going on?

Obviously it’s way too early to draw any lasting conclusions to these wacky opening series of games.  We still have 140 something games to go!  However, it is a bit puzzling how things could start off so upside down.

Recalling last season, the Dodgers started off 16-26 and spirits were lower that Chavez ravine. They ended up 92-71 and won the National League pennant.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets got off to a great 11-1 start and ended up winning only 71 games and losing 85.  So let’s not put too much stock in the first few of weeks of major league baseball action.

What did get every ones attention was the Dodgers dropping four straight games to the Cardinals in St. Louis.  The Dodgers’ prolific offense sputtered almost to a halt and the expected excellence of the rotation never really solidified as Los Angeles got swept for the first time this year.

Not a lot of bettors wagered for that to happen, especially after the Cardinals had just been beaten 3 out of 4 games by the Milwaukee Brewers.  But that’s baseball and obviously we are off on another totally unpredictable MLB season.

The poor Yankees are in a hospital zone early on this year.  In mid April they have 12 players on the IL (formally the DL).  The latest causality is catcher Gary Sanchez who is now out with a left calf strain, which, for a catcher, is a shut down injury.

No one had any optimistic projections for the Mariners, but here they sit at 13-2. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Seattle baseball, but someone forgot to tell the Mariners.

The Houston Astros were predicted to be a powerhouse in the American League West, but, 15 games into the season, the Astros trail division leading Seattle by 4 games.

Las Vegas oddsmakers still show the Astros having an 83% chance to reach the post season while the Mariners are only at 54%.  But it’s a long season with lots of great baseball games left to play.  Anything can happen before September rolls around again, so enjoy the ride!

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MODERN SOFTWARE MAKES BOOKMAKING EASY

Today’s software for wagering on sports has now evolved to fill the needs of bookmakers of all sizes and requirements.  Throughout the almost 20 years that Pay Per Head services have been in operation, sportsbook software providers have continually upgraded their products through constant research and by listening to online bookmakers across the country, and then fine tuning their sports betting software to their clients’ needs and wishes.

The software presented to your players must be up to date and of the very finest quality if you want to keep them coming back for more. After all, what your players see and hear from your PPH Service represents you and how you handle your business. That is exactly what a good Pay Per Head Service like HostPPH.com provides for both its clients and their players.

Modern online betting services present easy to understand, user friendly software that gets them onto the wagering interfaces quickly and allows them to place their wagers with a minimum of time and effort.

The bookie reporting software page will provide you the bookmaker with all of your record keeping information in real time so as to eliminate the need to carry around that incriminating ‘little black book’.  A really good Pay Per Head Service will offer a multitude of reporting options for you to choose from depending on how you like to run you business.

If a quick overall view is all that you are looking for, the reports will be there for you. If you prefer to micro-manage your business, those options are also available for you. Modern betting software even allows an agent to move his own lines be they sides, totals or money lines. You can even hide whole games as well as the sides, totals and money lines and then put them up whenever it suits you best. In short, becoming a bookie has never been easier.

For your players, today’s expanded mobile options allow them an even faster connection to the betting page. The wagering software employed today cuts directly to the wagering platform, with no buzzers, bells, ads or distractions.

Today’s savvy bookie will always have a good personal contact to back up all of that cutting edge sports betting software. The best pay per head sportsbook providers will always have a friendly and knowledgeable personnel available to you or your players to speak with directly in English should the need arise as part of their online betting service.

Make the call today, become a HOST pay per head bookie and let go of all that work and worry!