(Miller and I touched on the state of the SEC, for instance.)

Always, the discussion will be unfiltered but fair.

Another: The conference race is wide open.

The Hotline has entered the world of podcasts.

Also: Clay Helton seems like a terrific guy, but …

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One conclusion: Washington’s non-conference schedule could be a problem in a playoff discussion.

The College Hotline podcast will be a regular feature through the football season, with a focus on the Pac-12 — but not exclusively so. Yes, I’m about 27 years late, but at least my first guest helped make up some of the lost ground: ESPN’s venerable, eminent Pac-12 football guru, Ted Miller.

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We covered a range of topics, including the Pac-12′s position in the playoff landscape, USC’s meltdown, Washington’s rise and Stanford’s constancy, UCLA’s transformation to a physical style, the cycles of success, Utah’s opportunity in the South and much, much more.

He knocked out nine of his early opponents in the first round. Rocky was a brawler. His parents loved opera, ate Italian food, and had wine with dinner. They all lived in a two bedroom apartment. It hit Walcott’s jaw with the sound of a baseball bat. His friends said the only thing Rocky was afraid of was being poor. Rocky hadn’t fought or trained for fourteen years. Skehan, Rocky Marciano, Biography of a First Son, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1977. 

An investigation into the crash of the Cessna in NewtonIowa cited pilot inexperience as the cause of the crash. At the time boxing was a diversion, a way to make a few bucks to help out his family. Until Rocco put Brockton on the national map, his hometown was best known for its shoe factories. He golfed with priests, helped promote parish functions, even lunched with Cardinal Spellman. Life magazine called him “pure of speech” and “a clean living boy.” He was elsewhere described as “astonishingly innocent,” and “totally without deception, totally without guile.” He didn’t drink or smoke; in fact, when a host at a party for Marciano in Brockton offered the champ a drink, Rocky replied, “If you don’t mind, I’ll take an apple.” 

After knocking out an old Joe Louis, Rocky got a title shot. He made sure the people who invited him paid for everything.

The doctor was wrong. Anthony before his first title fight, read The Confessions of St. Rocky always apologized, but the fouling continued.

Rocky was generous with people who were down and out, often giving them unsecured loans that were rarely paid back. He even had a role in a movie. He said if the man died he would quit fighting. Rocco was in his twenties, when most fighters hit their peak. On those occasions Rocco reached opponents with his right hand, however, they fell down and didn’t get up. 

As he continued to successfully defend his title, Marciano gradually drew respect from critics. The computer’s result: Marciano knocked out Ali in the thirteenth round. The man recovered, but never fought again.

(An experiment was performed on Rocky’s punching power. Marciano spent hours at his opponent’s hospital bed, and in church praying for the man’s life. Ali was in retirement too, after having his title stripped for refusing the draft. The pilot and his two passengers were instantly killed. Rocky didn’t trust banks, either, so he hid his cash: in the ground, inside toilet tanks, in light fixtures. Rocky never wrote anything down, he tried to keep track of his loans in his head, and sometimes forgot who owed him, and how much. Before the fight Marciano met with a priest, who after their meeting said: “That boy is no ordinary prizefighter, he is one of the most dignified, straightforward people I have ever met in my life. The pilot landed the plane in a field in Newton, Iowa, and rammed into a lone tree in the middle of the field. He usually didn’t pay anything for his cross-country trips: no plane fare, hotel fare, or meals. Once he hit a man so hard he almost killed him. Rocky seemed too busy to be home.

He was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano (Mark a-jahn-o) on September 1, 1923, the second son (the first died shortly after childbirth) of Pierino and Lena Marchegiano, first generation Italian immigrants who came to America after the first World War.

Five months after Marciano’s death “The Superfight” debuted in theaters. Even as champion he came to the ring in a robe bearing the colors of BrocktonHigh School (even though he dropped out in the tenth grade). One sportswriter said Marciano brought the “austere, sackcloth-and -ashes approach of a monk” to his training. Stallone credited Chuck Wepner’s losing effort in a fight with Muhammed Ali as the inspiration for the film, yet the similarities of Rocky Balboa to Rocky Marciano are numerous and obvious. 

The answer: Rocky Marciano, heavyweight boxing champion from 1952 to 1956, when at age thirty-three he retired with a perfect record (49-0, with 43 knockouts). Several opponents quit boxing after being knocked out by Marciano. Or the estrangement may have developed over Rocky’s running, which may have sprung from a preoccupation with money. Equally unique, Marciano never came out of retirement to challenge subsequent champions, a temptation very few ex-champions have overcome, much less succeeded at.

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Everett M. A few minutes later she came out complaining: “What is he, crazy? He didn’t want anything to do with me.” Marciano seemed more comfortable in the company of clergy than actresses. Walcott bounced off and threw a hard left hand. He was famous, successful, and well thought of. 

Marciano died without a will. Marciano stepped inside and beat Walcott to the punch with a short right hand that traveled maybe eight inches. Marciano’s body was found pinned beneath the wreckage. He would interrupt his training schedule to attend Mass. An obituary in his home state of Massachusetts read:

Far behind on points late in the fight, Rocky needed a knockout to win. Rocco slept in the living room with the windows open, even in the winter, as if in defiance of his bout with pneumonia.

Rocky’s last big payday was a computerized fight with Muhammed Ali in 1969. Yet he used a wire to try to get coins back he used to make telephone calls. They had one daughter, but Barbara miscarried when Rocky was away, and wasn’t able to have any more children, although the two did adopt a boy (Rocky Jr.). Yet his retirement years revealed a man who seemed simple, but often was not.

Russell Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, The Rock of His Times, 2002, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago.

Outwardly Marciano’s life after boxing was quite successful – unlike many fighters, he kept his money and his wits. The sparring film would be spliced together to match the computer outcome of the fight – a closely guarded secret that would not be revealed until “The Superfight” aired in theaters.

In 1976 Sylvester Stallone began his “Rocky” franchise. Once, as a joke, the reigning sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield, was smuggled into a room where Marciano sat, alone. At the time many children died of pneumonia, but Rocco eventually recovered, and Lena kept her promise.

Marciano was “a kind and decent man.”, He was “inherently a decent, righteous and truly wonderful guy…His innate decency and wholesomeness shine through in a dedicated glow.” Or: “We never cease to be amazed at the humility of Rocky Marciano…he treats everyone if they were the celebrity and he the awed little guy.” Another writer called him “probably the humblest of heavyweight champions.”  Said another: “He reminds you of a great, friendly collie …with the grin of a shy fellow happy to be recognized, at last, as a member of the gang in good standing.” He was “the gentlest athlete I have ever known,” and again: “a man of simplicity and sincerity.”

 Which heavyweight boxing champion in the last century knelt on his knees to pray to St. Ali complained about his ‘loss’, alleging the computer was made in Alabama. 

His upbringing was steeped in Italian customs and traditions. The 1963 issue of Boxing Illustrated claimed: “Marciano’s knockout blow packs more explosive energy than an armour-piercing bullet and represents as much energy as would be required to spot lift 1000 pounds one foot off the ground.”  Although this sort of ‘science’ was probably conducted by zealous Marciano fans, it is undeniably true that Rocky hit really hard.) 

He and Lena settled in Brockton, a small city twenty miles south of Boston. Rocco’s biggest limitation was arms so short they were almost stubby. The people of the world should be informed of this boy’s character and personality.” 

On August 31, 1969, Marciano planned to interrupt his business circuit and fly back to Florida to celebrate his forty-sixth birthday with his family. At the last minute Rocky decided to squeeze in an appearance at a steak house in Des Moines, Iowa. It is difficult to win a fight when you can’t reach your opponent. And Brockton loved him right back, at least in part because many of them became rich betting on Rocky’s fights. 

After serving as a GI in World War II, Rocco played minor league baseball. His marriage was strained. He didn’t trust lawyers or accountants, and preferred to deal in cash. The famous sportswriter Jimmy Cannon observed that Marciano trained “like a man practicing a holy ritual.” Before fights he would slip away to a church or chapel to pray. He was invited to the White House to meet the President. There was bad weather and the plane ran low on gas. He boarded a small, single engine Cessna. Then Rocky and Ali sparred 70 rounds for the camera, simulating different endings to the fight. Lena’s doctor said she could have no more children; this put a fine edge on her concern for Rocco’s health.

Perhaps it was his simplicity that allowed him to retire after beating everyone worth fighting. Walcott collapsed to the canvas and was counted out. He had no boxing skills. He even used a coat hanger to stuff money inside curtain rods.

Marchegiano went to New York and met Al Weill, a boxing manager who tried to Americanize his name. She smoked too, and developed a glandular problem. Augustine before defending his title, and said: “The biggest thrill I could think of would be an audience with the pope?” 

Maybe Rocky ran to avoid an estranged relationship with Barbara. He  hit his opponents on the break, after the bell, and below the belt. He would never be a classic boxer, but he worked unceasingly at improving his craft, and trained relentlessly. Sometimes he would cover his chin and hands with St. He backed Walcott into the ropes. He was awkward in the ring. Walcott’s experience kept Marciano off-balance and sometimes made him look ridiculous. Then he was cut from the Chicago Cubs farm system. It was an incredible run. She and her friends prayed the Rosary at the child’s bedside and waited. His wife, Barbara, was unable to have the large family Rocky wanted. Jude’s oil while in his corner waiting for the start of that fight. 

While sportswriters criticized Marciano’s boxing shortcomings, no one criticized his character, as the following quotes show:

Marciano’s character was on display in his first fight with Walcott, which was a classic. Marciano went back into training and bought a toupee. Barbara missed Rocky, and drank too much. Although he left thousands (some claim hundred of thousands) of dollars stashed away or buried underground, none of it was found to aid Barbara and the children, who were impoverished after Rocky’s death.

Rocky ran from an early age. Rocky slowly became a better boxer, but it was his punching power that kept him undefeated. Rocco inherited his father’s toughness, for he survived a deadly bout of pneumonia when he was two. The nicest thing about being champ, he said, “is that people like you.”  Everyone but boxing experts, who found Rocky’s style too crude to suffer. As a boy Rocco was preoccupied with his physical condition. Ali later said that Marciano punched so hard he was sore for days after. He retained his public life, crisscrossing across the country to give speeches, participate in benefits, and conduct business. He was undersized for a heavyweight. Although he enjoyed being champion, Marciano remained unchanged. The pilot had not flown at night before, became confused by the bad weather, and attempted to land in a field rather than the Newton airport. . Rocky kept coming, even after Walcott knocked him down, closed his left eye, and opened cuts on his face that required fourteen stitches to close.

Marciano’s determination in the Walcott fight showed the world the new champion’s character and personality. Asked about his reaction when flying shrapnel hit his jaw and snapped off some teeth, Pierino replied, “I just spit them out and kept coming.” 

Rocky was an old school Catholic. Rocco refused but eventually he tired of having his name misspelled and mispronounced, and allowed his name to be shortened to Rocky Marciano. His fanaticism about physical conditioning,  along with his determination and punching power, led to an unequalled record for a heavyweight champion: forty-nine professional wins, no defeats, forty-three victories by knockout. And he could be incredibly tight with a buck. When he wasn’t playing sports he was running and exercising.

Lena prayed to St. The champion was Jersey Joe Walcott, a ring veteran most experts picked to beat Marciano easily. Anthony for her son’s recovery, promising to give up her diamond engagement ring if Rocco recovered. After the Rock retired he kept running.

“In this age of the anti-hero and the non-hero, Rocky Marciano was the hero with whom the mass of Americans could readily identify, the hero who surmounted all difficulties by dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Yet even after he had enough money Rocky went after more. Rocky Marciano was champion.

Not that there is anything particularly Catholic about being a teetotaler.  It’s just that Marciano, though intelligent, was a very simple man who never forgot where he came from. The Marchegiano’s had five more children after Rocco: Alice, Connie, Elizabeth, Louis, and Peter. There would be good food, a nice check for a few words, and still enough time to fly back for his birthday. He was a near-classic example of the triumph of classic virtues (Boston Herald Traveler, September, 1969).” 

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He rarely saw his wife and children; or his parents, brothers, and sisters. Pierino’s exposure to mustard gas during combat changed his life, but not his toughness

Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

So, how much should you bet a game?

“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

8. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

2. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

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Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has.

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

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“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump.

“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined.

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

And where does all that money go?

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Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says.

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty.

7. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

3. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books.

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.

. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games.

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005).

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says. “Teams play inspired ball at home. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved.

9. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

4. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record.

10. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says.

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains

You look for very low priced items at auction which are closing soon and are a steal to purchase. The only thing you are after is a way under priced product that you can relist immediately and resell quickly for a profit. Knowing your prices is helpful, but not essential to your success. You are looking for items with huge value that you can pick up for a pittance, relist either at auction or in an Ebay store immediately and resell quickly. As soon as you have sent your payment, rewrite and relist the item for auction. Focusing on unique products with high desirability will allow you to turn over your merchandise quickly enough to keep even the most rabid bargain hunter browsing through your Ebay stores looking for your best and latest deals.

Making money selling with Ebay arbitrage is not difficult, but you will need a few basic skills to get you started. If you have some money to invest and don’t mind waiting a bit to maximize your returns selling through an Ebay store is a good way to accomplish your goals. You will also need to take the condition of the item and the number of listing competing into consideration when making your selections. In general though, auctions closing at less peak traffic times or on slower days will be where the values are most easily found. What is arbitrage exactly? The term arbitrage comes from the financial world and means the simultaneous purchase and sale of the same product or commodity. Another advantage of using the autobid feature is that you do not need to baby sit the auctions you are bidding on at any time, the program does it for you.

Upon winning an item you should make your payment immediately to the seller via Paypal to speed the transaction. Everyone loves a deal on Ebay. Ebay stores are much less expensive for volume listings and will result in lower overall selling fees increasing your profit margins. Be certain to make your auction listing better than the one that did not sell, or adjust the closing time of the auction a bit to help improve the selling price. Autobid allows you to make your initial bid and then authorize your bids to rise at a set amount if someone else out bids your offer. Utilizing both a storefront to lower selling costs and auction listings for fast product turn over and store promotion is a useful strategy.

What You Will Need to Make Money on Ebay with Arbitrage. Look for items with at least 200% markup wherever possible and a solid history of 50% or better auctions closing as sales. Take a look at the auction listings and see how the ones with the highest closing prices were written and then incorporate the basic layout in your auction listing.

Once you have done your basic price research, you will know the possible upside potential of the items you are thinking about buying to resell. Your search will now bring up the history of the closing prices of similar items and what they have closed for. The higher your potential profit margin, the lower you can list your auctions to guarantee the auction will close with bids. They make their money off the flux in prices in the marketplace.

Arbitrage on Ebay is just exactly what you may be thinking. As a rule, auctions closing during the evening hours throughout the week and during daytime hours to early evenings on the weekends do the best price wise. One other point, your auction listings must also close with enough time for you to have the item mailed to you before you can reship it to another, so be careful of your time frames.

One of the best make home from money with Ebay strategies ever is Ebay Arbitrage. Some people elect to do both, turning the more expensive parts of their merchandise around more quickly by listing a portion of their items at auction and then promoting their store via their auction listings. Time is money, so limit the amount of time the item is in your possession to maximize your profitability.

The higher your potential profit margins the better your chances of making a solid return on your investment for your time. Do give yourself every opportunity to improve the selling price of your Ebay auction listings. You take your profit margins off the difference between what you buy for, what you sell for, less your listing and closing fees.

After you have established that you have an item which is potentially profitable, you can go ahead and place your bid. Most auctions closing in prime time will go for prices either at or above market value, although some will close lower than they should. Usually these items have very poorly written auction listings, new sellers, or sellers with questionable feedback ratings. Make the decision on an item and move on looking for other great items to resell.

Make money with Ebay at home is both an excellent and legitimate way to earn extra money fast. If you have enough money to let your items sit around for awhile before you resell them, making use of an Ebay store rather than auctions is a good way to go. If you question the worth of a product you are considering buying, your best bet is to sign into your Ebay account and do a search for the item you are considering purchasing for immediate resale. The easiest way to do this and avoid auction fever, with the resulting over payment, is to set up autobid. Provide one and you will make the sale.

How to Make Money on Ebay

Another way to improve the profitability of your Ebay business is to decrease the cost of your Ebay listing fees. First, it helps if you have an idea of what collectibles and other unique goods are worth. With autobid, you set the upper limit of your bidding range so there is no worry that you will end up paying more than you wanted to for the item. Go to the advanced search section, put in the description title of the item as it is listed and tick the box which shows closed auctions. People who make money from arbitrage buy low and sell at a higher rate without holding onto the product or commodity for more time than is absolutely necessary. Even more astonishing is how rapidly you can build a full store inventory of highly profitable items with very little front money. If you are careful in your research and look for high quality, high profit margin items to resell you will easily be able to generate a solid income through the use of Ebay arbitrage

Soros survived the Nazi invasion of Hungary from March 1944 to 1945, and in 1947, he emigrated to England and supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.”

In recent years, Soros has been a vocal critic of America’s military endeavors and foreign policies. Soros graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics, in 1952, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank namely Singer and Friedlander.

“Markets are designed to allow individuals to look after their private needs and to pursue profit. In 1969, he founded his first offshore hedge fund, which grew immensely through speculation. In 1956, he moved to United States, and started working as a financial analyst. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Social Work

Since the 1970s, George Soros has shown active involvement in philanthropy and social work. In 1970, he co-founded the famous Quantum Fund with the help of Jim Rogers. He was thirteen, when Hitler’s Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country’s Jews to extermination camps.

Popularity

While studying in London, Soros became acquainted with the work of a philosopher, Karl Popper, which had a great influence on Soros’ intellectual development. Speaking about his humanitarian works, Soros once said, “I’m not doing my philanthropic work, out of any kind of guilt, or any need to create good public relations. The philanthropic works by him are done through an entity called Open Society Institute (OSI), which was created by him in 1993. The firm made a spectacular achievement by giving more than a 4000% return within the next ten years.

As a global financier and philanthropist, George Soros is popularly known for his unmatchable skills related to the field finance and currency speculation. Childhood and Early Life

George Soros was born on August 12, 1930, in Budapest, Hungary. One of his most notable humanitarian works is, the generous donations he made in order to eradicate extreme poverty from Africa. The article was in context of the American foreign policies which were applied on several fronts like Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Somalia, and killing of thousands of innocent civilians.

. It’s really a great invention and I wouldn’t under-estimate the value of that, but they’re not designed to take care of social needs.”

These were the famous words of George Soros, who has made his mark as an enormously successful speculator. In August 2006, he wrote an article titled A Self-Defeating War, in the Wall Street Journal. In 1992, Soros earned himself a profit of whopping $1 billion and the title, the man who broke the Bank of England, betting against the Bank of England with $10 billion worth of pounds. He is the chairman of ‘Soros Fund Management’ and the ‘Open Society Institute’, a stock investor, American currency speculator and political activist. OSI is a private operating and grant making foundation which aims to promote human rights and social reforms

Cognitive or behavior therapy can help gambling addicts to identify their unaware thinking and acting patterns, which led them to gamble compulsively, and to replace them with controllable and healthier ways of thinking.

While most people enjoy casino gambling, sports betting, lottery and bingo playing for the fun and excitement it provides, others may experience gambling as an addictive and distractive habit. Statistics show that while 85 percent of the adult population in the US enjoys some type of gambling every year, between 2 and 3 percent of will develop a gambling problem and 1 percent of them are diagnosed as pathological gamblers. Am I a Compulsive Gambler?

If you have answered yes on at least one of the questions listed above, then you have a problem.

What is the Meaning of Problem Gambling?

3) Psychiatric Medication:

Problem gambling or compulsive gambling is defined as an uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the destructive effect of gambling on the gamblers life and despite feelings of guilt and remorse. Gambler Anonymous centers are available in more than 1,200 locations statewide.

Where can you draw the line between harmless gambling to problem gambling? How can you tell if you or your friend are compulsive gamblers? Here you can find answers to these questions and other questions regarding problem gambling and gambling addiction.

It has recently been proven that antidepressant medications from the family of SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be affective in treatment of gambling addicts.

2) Individual Therapy:

Can Anyone Become a Compulsive Gambler?

Theoretically, yes. Researches show that slot machines that can be found in bars and convenient stores are the most addictive type of gambling activity, while lottery draws and bingo games are located on the other end of the scale.

1) Do you gamble until your last penny runs out?

2) Do you gamble to win back your former losses or debts?

3) Did you ever had to borrow money to continue gamble?

4) Did your gambling habit ever made you lie to your friends or family?

5) Did you ever skip work or other obligation to gamble?

6) Do you tend to gamble to forget about your personal problems or to celebrate happy occasions?

7) Does gambling have a negative affect on your daily life or relationships?

Gamblers Anonymous offers a 12 step self help program similar to the one offered to alcohol addicts in Alcoholics Anonymous. Problem gambling tends to have a negative effect on the gamblers financial state, relationships and daily life. Any gambler can develop gambling problem regardless to the type of gambling he is occupied with, the amount of money and time he is spending on gambling. Gambling addiction is an emotional problem; its symptoms, causes and treatments are similar to any other form of addiction. Group therapy also offers gambling addicts advice and support from professional counselors and other gambling addicts in different phases of their recovery process.

How Can I treat Gambling Addiction?

1) Group Therapy: . Severe cases of problem gambling can be defined as pathological gambling

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If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites.

So, how much should you bet a game?

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005). “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

6. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says.

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

5. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games.

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Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. Slim underdogs regularly win outright.

10. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

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Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined.

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

And where does all that money go?

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

8. “Teams play inspired ball at home. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty.

“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved.

“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season.

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books.

“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

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1. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

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“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

3. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football.

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart

The bookies’ odds have largely been in synch with global financial markets. He was back in the betting shop this week to place additional wagers on behalf of three American friends.

“This is comfortably the biggest political betting event in history and dwarves both the general election and the Scottish referendum,” says Lewis Davey, spokesman for Paddy Power, referring to the Scottish vote on independence last year.. But the importance, drama and uncertainty that have surrounded this vote have made it a spectator sport in its own right. Thursday’s vote on whether to leave the European Union, which will have lasting consequences for the country and Europe, is due to break the record as the most bet-upon political event in Britain’s history. He intends to vote to leave the E.U., but has placed bets on “remain” to at least get something in case of his side’s defeat.

LONDON — As if the stakes were not high enough in Britain’s nail-biting vote this week, people are betting record amounts of money on its outcome.

Betting on political events used to be a niche area in the gambling industry but has become more widespread, particularly in Britain. referendum betting already hit a record for a political event days ago for Betfair, bookmaker BetFred and IG, the largest provider of spread betting services.

Betfair, bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School all estimate that the total value of bets on the vote placed in Britain will reach, and likely exceed, 100 million pounds.

The betting has also gained the attention of global investors as a gauge of the likelihood of an event’s outcome. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Ladbrokes has seen a tenfold increase in recent years.

“If we are going to remain in the E.U., at least I will take compensation,” said Jones, who expects to get 3,000 pounds back in profit in such an event. All Rights Reserved. That surpasses the 40 million pounds placed on the 2012 U.S. “But my big win is to leave the E.U.”

Betting exchange Betfair says it had taken 45.8 million pounds in wagers on the E.U. While the polls show this week’s vote is too close to call, bookies like Betfair are giving the “remain” side a 76 percent probability of winning. presidential race, which was its previous record for a political event. Polls suggest it is too close to call, while bookies give the “remain” side a higher chance of winning.

© 2016 The Associated Press. Spread betting, on the other hand, does not provide a simple win or lose outcome, but can provide payoffs based on the accuracy of the bet. It has become increasingly popular, particularly to bet on financial markets.

E.U. The industry is expecting 100 million pounds, or nearly $150 million, to be wagered by the time the result is known in the early hours of Friday.

For Stephen Jones, 55, betting is a form of insurance against disappointment. That’s particularly true since pollsters have missed badly in measuring sentiment before some of Britain’s most recent votes, the last general election and the Scottish referendum.

Such betting fever is normally associated with major sports events, with people here habitually placing wagers online or in betting shops on everything from horse races to football matches. The referendum also outmatches the 35 million pounds placed on the 2014 World Cup Final.

“This is a historical event, and I want to take part in it,” said Can Zhao, an investment researcher who last week placed a 135-pound ($198) bet on “remain” at a Ladbrokes betting parlor near London’s Kings Cross train station.

Betfair allows people to place wagers against each other rather than setting odds like the traditional bookmakers. That’s reflected in financial markets, where stocks and the British pound are relatively buoyant one day before the big event.

Betting is his way to get in on the drama because as a foreign citizen from China he will not have a right to vote. vote as of Wednesday and expects a final amount of 50 million pounds

In her very first year of day-trading, Fox’s returns beat the S&P 500.

. “Just let the enthusiasm take you ’cause that’s what I did and I was like … “… how they IPO on the stock exchange. If you’re curious about something, just let that drive you and just go with it,” Fox said. I had the skill of managing money….”

“… you can often take that information and kind of, arbitrage it before Wall Street [knows about it]. “And … I had this understanding and know-how. With other investments, I will definitely pay attention to what’s going on in pop culture a lot … ‘There’s no females in this industry or this world, but I’m gonna do it anyway.’”

So Fox began trading with her own money that she made from acting. When Rachel Fox is not appearing on TV and in movies, the 19-year-old is keeping busy as a stock day trader at her computer — a skill that’s earned her a spot on Seventeen magazine’s Power Teens list.

“I have a couple different strategies,” she said. So, being a young investor, actually, has huge advantages and nobody even knows about that because pop culture and, you know, all the things that influences certain companies to do very well, is right at your fingertips.”

Fox writes about all that she’s learned on her blog, “Fox on Stocks,” with the hope of helping others improve their financial literacy.

“When I was 16 I was like, I understand a lot about, you know, companies,” the “Desperate Housewives” actress told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach