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PokerWorks is a poker site, but poker and sports betting have one thing in common and sort of go together. There is a reason many poker rooms are sited close to the sports book in most casinos. Like poker, sport's betting is one of the propositions available where the player can actually have the edge. Not too surprisingly most of the edge comes from one option. In both "games" the player can evaluate the situation before he puts his money in or choose not to play and pass/fold or fold without making a bet. In poker we look at our cards and exercise the option to fold, and in sports betting we look at the match-up and choose to pass on that game. Winning players only play when they have the edge.

For me the Football season is only now starting. I seldom bet any games before the 4th game of the season, and never bet on the preseason or first two games. Last years team is not playing this year. Detroit and Washington aren't as good as they appear right now and San Diego and New Orleans aren't that bad. I've found that four games are usually enough for me to develop a good read on this year's teams. I approach sports betting like poker and don't bet many games, and will probably only bet 10-12 all year, but I've only had one losing season in the last 25 years.

I remember the old days when I had to hustle bets with friends, or the local bookie, and I had a telephone account with an international bookie in the U.K. 20 years ago, but now like many bettors I rely on my Internet Sports book. Now, like the casinos of Las Vegas, most Poker sites have a partner sports books, or most sports books have poker rooms. The most well known is probably BoDog but there are others.

Bodog was a sports book first, and opened their poker room later. The Sports book has always been good and, although the client is a bit clunky, the BoDog Poker room has some of the softest games and best tournament overlays available today. Their weekly 100k tournament often has a 20-25% overlay.

Sportsbook.com is another excellent sports book with a good poker room. This poker room tends to be populated by sports bettors so the action can be loose and wild. Right now they are offering a free "office pool" contest with a prize pool of 100k for a perfect week against the spread. It might be improbable but it is free and you can't win if you don't play.

William Hill, Ladbrokes, and CanBet are all sports books that also have very good poker room with lots of action, but sadly they aren't open to Americans.

These aren't the only sites but they are the ones where I have an account. Many may feel that there is no reason to have more than one bookie, but I've found that the odds at bookies can vary significantly, and like poker sites it is always best to shop the odds. That silly .5 points can mean a lot in a close one. Why not use a site that can cater to both of our betting needs?

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