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Jeff Ma

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Bringing Down the Bookie Week 13

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 9:09 AM

Tough couple weeks led me to take a week off for Thanksgiving. Hope to get back on the winning streak this week. My record sits at 27-23-4 and Dr. Bob's at 29-25. So I'm winning by percentage points.

On to this week's picks...

BOISE STATE (-38) 50 Utah...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 11

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2010 | 3:37 PM

Another mediocre week for myself going 1-4 to bring my overall record to 27-19-4. Dr. Bob went 2-2 to bring his record to 26-23.

Dr. Bob is crushing it so far in basketball and is faring better on his paid picks than he is here. 

On to this week's picks....

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 10

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 3:22 PM

Tough week across the board as Dr. Bob goes 2-3, bringing his record to 24-21. I went 1-4, bringing my record down to 26-15-4.

As always all of Dr. Bob's analysis can be found on his website.

On to this week's picks. Here's Dr. Bob's...

AIR FORCE (-32)  48...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 9

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 4:50 AM

Another good week across the board as Dr. Bob goes 3-2 again bringing his record to 22-18. I went 4-1 bringing my record to 25-11-4. Hopefully, somewhere someone is betting on our games.

As always, you can see all of Dr. Bob's picks on his website, Dr. Bob Sports.

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 7

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:28 PM

Solid week all around as Bob goes 3-2 bringing his record to 19-16. He's taking this more seriously each week as he gives more and more of his pay picks to try and chase me down. To see all of his picks go to Dr. Bob Sports.


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Statistics Lie and So Does Eric Karros

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 12:57 PM

At the conclusion of last night's Giants massacre of the Rangers, the Fox team looked for any tidbits of hope for the Rangers future.

Eric Karros decided that it was time to invoke statistics. "The Rangers have not lost a game to a visiting lefthander since August 29th," he...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 7

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 9:39 AM

While Dr. Bob is just treading water so far in this competition (going 2-3 last week to bring his record to 16-14), he is killing it for his paid customers. You can check out his site. I had a good week last week going 3-0-2, bring my record to...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 6

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 11:58 AM

Came back to earth last week going 1-4 bringing my record to 14-9-2, while the good Doctor went 4-1 bringing his record to 14-11.

Dr. Bob is actually offering up some of his best bets on HuffPost but to see the rest of his best bets go to...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 5

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 2:42 AM

So a 5-0 week leaves me 13-5-2 and hoping someone is actually following my picks... Dr. Bob went 3-2 bringing him back to .500 at 10-10... Thinking Cyrus.

On to this week's picks... First from Dr. Bob...

VANDERBILT (-26) 42 Eastern Michigan 10

The one thing that is keeping...

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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 4

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 12:12 AM

Tough week as both Bob and I went 2-3. My record goes to 8-5-2... while Dr. Bob is treading water at 7-8.

These are five of Bob's strong opinions. He has seven additional Best Bets this week which you can see at his site.

Dr. Bob's picks...


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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 3

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 9:01 PM

Another 3-1-1 showing for me last week bringing me to 6-2-2 for the season. Dr. Bob evened his record at 5-5 with a 3-2 week. 

On to this week's picks. Here are Dr. Bob's...

FLORIDA STATE   (-19)  41   Wake Forest  17

I went against Wake Forest last week...

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Bringing Down the Bookies: Week 2 NFL Picks

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 11:02 PM

Week 1 in the Dr. Bob versus House Advantage Challenge saw me take an early lead with a 3-1-1 performance versus Dr. Bob's 2-3. You can review our picks from last week here. As always all of Dr. Bob's free analysis can be found at


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Bringing Down the Bookie: Week 1 Football Picks

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 12:47 PM

In my new book, The House Advantage, I profile one of the brightest minds in professional sports gambling, Dr. Bob.

Bob and I have been friends for the last few years but of course both have a competitive side to us. So sitting around having lunch last...

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Maybe the BCS Isn't So Bad

(35) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 3:03 PM

As I watched the amazing game last night between the Boise State Broncos and the Virginia Tech Hokies, I couldn't help but laugh a little inside and relish the fact that our president hasn't yet been able to "throw his weight around" and we still have no playoff system...

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Who Sleeps in Fantasy Football?

(4) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 1:46 AM

During my recent book tour, I found myself at Bloomberg prepping for an interview about sports entrepreneurs (which I suppose I qualify as). As we discussed the interview, the producer gave me a preview of the questions he was going to ask.

Although most centered on my blackjack...

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Lies, Damned Lies and Unemployment

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 8:13 PM

In my new book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, I have a chapter where I discuss how the media uses "statistics" to lie. This is obviously not a novel concept as we know from the following age old Mark Twain quote, "There are...

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Is Investing in the Market Gambling: Answering the Age Old Question

(5) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 4:08 PM

During my recent House Advantage book tour that brought me to places like MSNBC, Google and TechCrunch, one question kept surfacing: Is investing in the market like gambling at blackjack?

The broader version of this question is a common one and for the most part has...

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A Christmas Carol - Silicon Valley Style

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 5:15 PM

In the last two weeks, my book tour brought me to Microsoft, Google and Facebook. I joked to friends that I was having my Ebenezer Scrooge moment and visiting the Ghost of Technology Past, Present and Future.

Appropriately my first visit was to the Future and Facebook. This was...

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Why Bobby Valentine Should Stick to Sandwiches

(15) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 2:28 PM

During last night's ESPN Sunday Night broadcast between the Cubs and Cardinals, we were subjected to a nauseating four hours of commentary by Bobby Valentine.

Valentine obviously knows a ton about baseball having experienced success as both a player and manager, however neither of those roles has made him...

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Business Lessons from a Card Counter

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 10:39 AM

When I started writing The House Advantage, I realized that blackjack is the poster child for data driven decision making. The rules never change.  The information is perfect.  Human irrationality has no impact on the results i.e the dealer must act in a predictable manner at all times. Every...

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