Update -

I received a very nice email from the father of this week's recipient that I wanted to share with you because as I've always said, without YOUR help this little community of caregivers I created doesn't exist.

".....I'm not sure how you found about Ellie, but my wife and I appreciate your assistance in getting this adaptive bike to give her some independence and allow her to ride a bike out on the street with her friends and use during therapy sessions. It is much appreciated and I just wanted to take the time to thank you for your generosity."

If that doesn't make your day, I don't know what will.

And, it goes without saying....if you haven't donated yet, please do!

Now the details.....

The Charity Play of the Week scored again last night (Monday) courtesy of Jeff Benton, who hit his 50 Dime Winner # 4 in a Row, his CBI Total of the Year on the UL Monroe-Loyola game Under the Total. This is the fifth time in six weeks you've gotten a $99 pick for FREE that cashed courtesy of the Charity Play of the Week and now I'm asking you to do your part once more and make a difference in the lives of strangers in their time of need.

This is the third time this month I'm asking you to make a contribution in order to help Ellie, a five-year-old girl from Georgia, who suffers from Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a rare genetic disorder that hinders her ability to walk without assistance and talk. She currently uses a walker in addition to wearing braces. Her family and friends have started a campaign to purchase a Rifton Adaptive Tricycle that will aid in her mobility while strengthening her muscles. 

Here's a picture of the bike they hope to buy with your assistance:

This little girl, Ellie, can't walk on her own. I personally gave $500 already to the cause and I'm going give another $250 this week because I want her family to meet their goal. All I'm asking you to do is give something to make her life more rewarding and fulfilling. It can be $5 or $500; I don't care. Just give.

Here's the link to make a donation:

Once you arrive, click on the orange "Contribute" button on the right side. 

Donations are being accepted via Pay Pal or by credit card.

After filling out the donation details page, you click on the "Pay with PayPal" link in orange at the bottom right. You will see both options after clicking the "Contribute" button. On the very next page you will be given the option of logging into a PayPal account OR paying with a credit or debit card by clicking on that link.

I began the Charity Play of the Week Promotion in March of 2012 because I felt that I could create a community of givers from those that gamble using my advice and that of the handicappers at this site. 

The word "gambling" has many negative connotations, but I always believed there was some greater good that could be accomplished while enjoying what we do for recreation. And the accompanying positive karma is something we call could use in all phases of our lives.

Since the program's inception, I have given away over $5-million (yes, MILLION) worth of selections at the site. And the response has been overwhelming because you have helped so many strangers in need of financial assistance. 

That is what building a community of givers is all about. 

Again, this is an honor-based giveaway. I don't know who you are or whether you actually give. Ultimately, you have to look in the mirror and judge yourself. As I've said repeatedly, I believe stuff like this creates good karma, and that's something we can never have enough of in life.


Al DeMarco,
General Manager



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Over the 25 years I've been doing this, one of the biggest misconceptions I've encountered from customers is their belief that winningpercentageactually matters in this business. Bottom line is that a straight-up winning percentage means absolutely nothing when your handicapper - such as myself - releases rated selections. Read further and you'll understand why.


I use the "dime" rating system, going in 5 dime increments, generally keeping those plays between 5 and 50 dimes. Yes, that's a wide range, but truth be told, I usually max out around 30 dimes, rarely venturing into the rarefied air toward 50 dimes unless I've built a substantial bankroll. Doing anything different would be irresponsible bankroll management on my part and a total disservice toward you, my clients.


I like to keep it simple from a money-management system so my customers can always know exactly how they should beallocatingtheir bankroll in proportion to the rating I assign to a selection.


Obviously, a 50 Dime play is five times stronger than a 10 Dime release and twice as strong as a 25 Dime pick.


And each day when you see my compiling or mentioning my NET profit figures, keep in mind I've computing them based on the following formula:


Net Profit = Wins - Losses- Vig


Of course let's not forget my golden rule of gambling: Never bet more than you can afford to lose. No rating system - including mine - is effective unless you pay attention to that rule. By heeding my advice you can never fall into a financial abyss from which there is no escape.


A question gamblers always pose is "How much should I be playing?" Obviously, there is no set, firm answer, but my advice would be to follow my money management system and base the size of your wagers on a percentage of your total bankroll.


Let me explain further...


Take your total bankroll - the amount you can afford to lose in an absolute worst case scenario on a single day. Let's say it's $400 on a college football Saturday. And on that Saturday I release a 50 Dime play and two 20 Dime picks.


Let's do some quick math...I've got atotalof 90 dimes of action on the table (one 50 dime play and two 20 dimers).  You've got amaximum one-day bankrollof $400. Simply divide the $400 by the 90 dimes and you've got a per dime wager of $4.44.


Now it's time for some simple multiplication. If a dime is worth $4.44, my 50 Dime rated release equals approximately a $222 wager on your part. And my two 20 Dime rates picks equal approximately $88.88 wagers each. Add everything back up and you've got your initial $400 bankroll all over again.


This obviously all applies to a single wagering day. It's up to you to figure out how to allocate your bankroll over the course of a week or month.


Now, back to how inconsequential winning percentages can be: Let's say I have a 50 Dime play and three 10 Dime releases on an NFL Sunday. If I win the 50 Dime play and go 0-3 with the 10 Dime releases, my overall record is a dismal 1-3 but my net profit is a healthy 17 dimes. Conversely, let's say I lose the 50 Dime play and go 3-0 with the 10 Dime releases. My overall record is an impressive 3-1, but my net profit is a negative -25 dimes.


Which would you prefer, the losing record and winning day, or the winning record or losing day?


Believe what you want, but I'm telling you the truth: Winning percentage means nothing in this business as the above illustration will prove time and time again. Of course, crafty salesmen masquerading as handicappers can spin gold using the second scenario, but I feel it's my job to educate you about what is the TRUTH in this business - whether you become my customer or not.

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