Sept. 17 - 40 Dime Under UCF-Louisville loss
Sept. 16 - 20 Dime Teaser Football Team and Over won
Sept. 15 - 60 Dime Cardinals (+145) won
Sept. 14 - 30 Dime Cardinals (+150) won
Gus Augustine's Rating System
My best bet is a 50K round-robin, quadruple, gazillion, bet your life's savings lock.
Are you f@%king kidding me?
This is really simple:
A 100-Dime play is my normal Max Wager.
That's the cream of the crop.
A 50-Dime play is worth 1/2 as much.
A 25-Dimer is worth 1/4 as much.
Now a rating system is only as good as your bankroll allocation, or money-management skills.
If you have a $100 to play today, and I have a 100 Dime play, then you should bet all $100 on it.
If I have a 50 Dimer, then you should wager just $50.
Let's take it a step further and talk about how you allocate your bankroll over the course of a week:
If you have $500 to wager for a week, then you divide by 7 days and that gives you around $70 (rounding down) as a daily max wager. So in this case, a 100 Dimer is worth $70 with a 50 Dimer being a $35 investment.
What happens if I win?
You can either pocket the profit or add to the pot, increasing the wager size.
What happens if I lose?
Your max wager remains the same initial $70 because you did the math and spread your bankroll across those 7 days to start the betting week.
Who Is Gus Augustine?
I would bet that I've been doing this longer than most of you have been gambling.
I turned 60 in 2020 and I've been a professional sports bettor and handicapper since I was 25-years-old.
How this business has changed over the years. Back in the day, I can remember turning on my TV Saturday and Sunday mornings and watching all these 800-number telephone touts pitching games with their endless "Absolutely Free" come-ons. Then it was the local 976-numbers, where guys were selling picks for as little as $3.00. That gave way to the 900-number craze where suddenly the same plays were being sold for up to $99 because phone companies were taking a cut of the pie. And then Al DeMarco, who I didn't know at the time, came along and created the online internet industry back in the late 1990's.
I've made my money over the years as an investor and my cultivating a group of players that has grown through referrals and my reputation. Guys drop out, naturally, whether they're winning or losing because that's the nature of the beast. But I made a nice living over the years because I did this every single day; I wasn't one of these bums who took a vacation after the Super Bowl or took the summer off after March Madness was over.
I love three things in life: my wife, any kind of pasta (much to the chagrin of my waistline) and making money. I tell anyone the first love I earned, the second I can buy and the third I've got to work my ass off for. But they're all worth it, and the payoff at end is what makes it all worthwhile.
Iowa State (-30) at UNLV
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I'll lay the points with the Iowa State Cyclones on the road against the UNLV Rebels, as this will be ugly when all said and done.
This is one of those games I would normally suggest playing in the first half, but the problem with the Rebels is they've shown us two different teams, one that showed up in the second half, and then one that showed up in the first half on the road at a ranked opponent.
In both, they failed.
And since Iowa State is in after a stinging lost to in-state rival Iowa, the Cyclones will be looking to take their aggression out on the hapless Rebels, who lost their starting quarterback Doug Brumfield and could be without him for awhile.
Sources in Vegas revealed it was a concussion, and later there were other sources who said Brumfield remained under close watch in Tempe, as he couldn't return to Las Vegas.
Waiting in the wings is Tate Martell, but there's no telling if Marcus Arroyo will pull the trigger, or use Justin Rogers, who has proven to be a horrible option under center.
If Martell plays, it will be an interesting dynamic, and it wouldn't shock me to see the total flair. But I still think inside Allegiant Stadium, with a reported 20,000+ Iowa State fans coming for this one, I am siding with Brock Purdy and that explosive offense to respond to last week's loss.
1♦ IOWA STATE
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Complimentary NFL Winner
Las Vegas at PITTSBURGH (-5')
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Good for the Las Vegas Raiders, and their incredible effort against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. Just, wow! Now the hard work comes. The Raiders will have taken Tuesday off, worked Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before traveling that night. A short week with an even more banged up lineup, having lost a couple of players during the game, and an exposed offensive line that needs work, this is going to be tough.
The Pittsburgh Steelers did a great job in shutting down the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen, and now have their home opener against what will be a punch-drunk Raiders team after that miraculous win. I'm not taking anything from the Raiders and the work they've done to prepare for this season, but the Steelers showed us their mettle last week and will be another tough test from the AFC North.
The Raiders' offensive line now faces a guy I think will contend for Defensive Player of the Year in T.J. Watt, who was disruptive against the Bills and made Allen uncomfortable throughout Sunday's game. There was also linebacker Melvin Ingram, who fit in nicely to Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme, rotating with Alex Highsmith while keeping Watt's legs fresh.
Derek Carr's veteran stripes were proven Monday night, but traveling cross-country for an early kickoff on an early week after playing a physical Ravens team is a tall task. And with Josh Jacobs out for this game, it'll be tough on the rushing attack to balance things out for the Raiders.
Steelers get the dub here.
Based on 1♦ to 5♦