1st Annual DFW Gambler Bracket Challenge

March 16, 2011

Since this is the first year our blog has been in existence, we are hosting our First Annual DFWGambler.com Bracket Challenge. We think it will be a great opportunity for our subscribers, readers, and our Twitter followers to get together and compete to see who can pick the best bracket. With that being said, here’s answers to all the questions you might have.

What do I need to do to sign up?
This first bracket challenge will be no strings attached. You don’t even have to sign up for a subscription or RSS feed to participate. (Though we’d love it if you did) You simply have to join our bracket, make your picks and pray your knowledge of college basketball will earn you the title of the First Annual DFWGambler.com Bracket Challenge Champion. All we ask is that you are a citizen of the United States over the age of 18.

What’s the password?
The password is gorangersgomavs

What is the deadline?
The deadline to enter our bracket challenge is March 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Is this your typical bracket challenge?
No. To make things interesting the bracket scoring has been set up as “Add Seed” where the points equal the seed number of the winning team added to the weight for the given round.  For example, if 16th ranked Boston University beats #1 Kansas, instead of earning just 1 point for that pick, the player will receive 17 points. This should make it really exciting for those of us who love to see the underdogs come out on top.

Round Weight Bonus
Round 1 1 Add Seed
Round 2 2 Add Seed
Round 3 4 Add Seed
Round 4 8 Add Seed
Round 5 16 Add Seed
Round 6 32 Add Seed
Add Seed – Points equal the seed number of the winning team added to the weight for the given round.

 What will I win?
Despite exhaustive research on the subject, we were unable to put together a set of ironclad contest rules for this year’s bracket challenge that would shield us from all potential litigation. This being said we are unable to offer any prizes to the winner outside of the bragging rights that you won our very first, in what will hopefully be, many bracket challenges to come. Therefore, this is NOT a contest or a sweepstakes. Hopefully, by next year we will be able to put together a set of contest rules that will allow us to clean out the prize closet and reward our readers with prizes. For the group rules, click on “Group Rules” once you have registered for our bracket.


Super Bowl Monday Hangover Cures

February 7, 2011

I cannot tell you how many times I woke up on a Monday after the Super Bowl feeling horrible due to the copious amounts of alcoholic beverages I consumed starting with the light beers that went down easy at the beginning of the first pre-game show, the shots I took during the game itself through the final whistle and the cocktails sipped on late into the night while discussing the every aspect of the previous night’s game. Clearly all these drinks culminated into an excruciating hangover that would have brought the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson to his knees.

Thankfully, due to the bad weather and physical ailments, this year I attended no Super Bowl parties and am available to share my plethora of hangover remedies.

Hair Of The Dog Remedies
My favorite hair of the dog remedy is the standard Bloody Mary. The tomato juice or V-8 masks the taste of the alcohol nicely. Get a 12 ounce can or bottle of V-8 (preferred) or tomato juice. In a 16 ounce glass pour two shot glasses of Vodka in first. Follow this by a half a glass of ice. Then pour in your V-8 or tomato juice. Stir the indgredients around. If you’re planning to drive, I suggest you parcel it out into two drinks with a shot of Vodka in each.

My second favorite hair of the dog remedy is the classic Screwdriver. Take out that 16 ounce glass and bless it with two standard shot glasses of Vodka. Next, fill it half way with ice cubes. Fill the glass with orange juice and stir. Once again, if you have to drive, split this into two drinks.

Virgin Remedies
My first choice is the widely available Vitamin Water flavor Revive. Down at least two of these ice cold miracle workers and you are sure to feel significantly better within an hour.

Gatorade is another miracle worker, but is most effective when complemented by water. Gatorade actually helps your body to absorb H2O faster and that will, in turn, shorten the length of your hangover.

Believe it or not, greasy foods will soothe your nasty hangover. The best of said foods is bacon. Bacon serves to replenish your body of everything your self-destructive Super Bowl binge depleted from your system. This of course does not include water. Therefore, hydrate while you’re crunching on the best a pig has to offer our breakfast plates.

WinStar Here I Come

November 20, 2010

I’m going to head up to WinStar today. I’m planning on playing Baccarat, Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Slots and checking out the OTB. Be sure to follow me on Twitter where I’ll be updating you on my trip. If you have any advice on the games I’m planning to play or any advice pertaining to WinStar, I’d love to hear from you.

Vernoy “The Professor” Calisse

Congratulations Texas Rangers!

Rangers Advance To The ALCS!

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers on their splendid defeat of the gritty, gutty, Tampa Bay Rays! I must admit I was very dissappointed as I left Game 3 on Saturday and really started to sweat when we lost Game 4, but still held out hope for tonight’s final game of the ALDS. My dreams of the Rangers making it to the ALCS were finally realized with some outstanding pitching from Cliff Lee and a home run from Ian “The Fine Human Bein”‘ Kinsler that will go down in Texas Rangers history. Thank you Rangers for making a lifelong fan’s dream come true! Go Rangers! It’s Time! I’ll be Doin’ The Claw all night!

Support the Texas Rangers and Army Special Forces
In the spirit of popular dance anthems like “Teach Me How To Dougie” and fan jams like the Dallas Cowboys’ “To The Bowl Ya’ll,” Texas Rangers fan Randy Jones has put together an anthem for the 2010 season called “Do The Claw.” Proceeds from the song will benefit the families of the U.S. Army Phantom Trackers who will be leaving Fort Hood to do battle with terrorist forces in Afghanistan in early 2011. Check out the video on YouTube.

Show your support for Texas today with this Rangers gear. Check out these reviews:

Texas Rangers Kolder Can Holder

Texas Rangers Inflatable Chair

Will Texas Tech Upset The University of Texas Longhorns?

Texas Tech Upset of The University of Texas Longhorns?
There has been a great deal of speculation in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Sports Media this week questioning whether or not the Longhorns will be able to beat the Red Raiders in Lubbock this Saturday.

Here’s my take on this match up. Wow! Texas Tech beat a greatly improved but still unproven SMU team by 8 at home. Then they blew out an abysmal New Mexico team. If you can’t tell by now I’m being sarcastic.

Match Up: Longhorns Blow Out The Red Raiders Candle
The Red Raiders do have a lot of returning lettermen, but they’re still returning to Tech. Only by using faulty logic can one use this as a factor in the outcome of the game this weekend. By choosing to take this into account as something that will greatly affect the outcome of the game, one fails to take into consideration the outstanding recruiting efforts carried out by Coach Mack Brown and The University of Texas Football Program. The only players Tech has that don’t play for the Longhorns are those who were not hot enough prospects coming out of high school that they could ever hope to earn a starting spot at UT. This being said, the returning letterman at Tech amount to nothing more than players who would be back ups if they chose to play for the Longhorns. Come on, how many Pop Warner players aspire to play for Texas Tech and out of the small percentage that do, how many keep that mindset all the way through high school and make it a consideration for where they choose to play college football if they are athletically inclined to do so? I give it a liberal .03% off all high school prospects and 1% of Texas high school prospects. So to be honest, the match up in this game amounts to not much more than the Orange and White scrimmage. Also, remember the Texas Longhorns are #1 with players turning pro with 40 players currently on NFL Rosters.

Margin Of Victory
Texas Tech is coming off a road blow out of a lackluster program. Big deal. I think this serves as an advantage not for the Red Raiders, but for the Longhorns. The University of Texas is walking into Jones Stadium with something to prove, not with the idea that they are pre-determined for victory. The unranked Red Raiders think that by beating two unranked teams they’re in position to upset the number 6th ranked team in the country. They’re sadly mistaken. The University of Texas beat Rice and Wyoming. Now these weren’t great teams and the margin of victory didn’t bide well in the BCS Super Computer, but they won those two games and at no point in those games did the Longhorns struggle. UT will outscore Tech in every quarter just like they did against Rice and Wyoming. Beating SMU by 8 points is no indication that Texas Tech has any hope of steamrolling The University of Texas.

Home Field Advantage?
Yes, the Red Raiders are playing at home. That will work to Tech’s advantage, but will by no means slow the Texas Longhorns down. The Horns play at a 50 thousand plus stadium at every home game. Sure, they’re dealing with Tech’s home team fans, but the Longhorns are still used to huge stadiums full of fans. There will be plenty of UT fans that travel for the game and when the Red Raiders aren’t getting’ it done, the Longhorns will be able to enjoy the silence.

I’m not going to predict a score, but merely a spread. I like The University of Texas Longhorns beating the Texas Tech Raiders by 8 points or more. If Tech pulls off a win it will be due to sheer luck.

105.3 The Fan’s Arnie Spanier has Tech beating the Longhorns 34-24. Be sure to let him know what you think when the Longhorns prove him wrong.

–Vernoy “The Professor” Calisse
DFWGambler.com Staff Writer

Click here for the ESPN Preview of this game.

Click here for the Vegas.com Las Vegas Sportsbook Odds on this game.

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Nobody Owns Us

To Our Loyal Readers,

I know that we get a lot of people who connect to us because of our tweets. I want all those people to know that we receive no monetary compensation for our promotion of any of the Casinos, Poker Leagues, Bingo Halls or Lotteries about which we provide information on Twitter. That said, rest assured that we never promote any establishment or service that we have not or would not patronize ourselves.

That being said, we would love to hear about both your positive and negative experiences that relate to any of the establishments about which we Tweet.

There may come a time in which we receive compensation for the advertising of gambling related establishments and services. When or if that time comes, we will be completely forthright about any relationship we might cultivate with any gambling related products, services or establishments. Until then, rest assured that we are not influenced by anything outside our own passion for gambling action as it relates to our beloved DFW Metroplex.

Vernoy “The Professor” Calisse
DFW Gambler Staff Writer

Published in: on August 22, 2010 at 4:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Blown Calls

Blown calls, whether they cost a bettor money, ruin an athlete’s or team’s monumental achievement are becoming far too common in sports. It’s one thing to lose a game when the team doesn’t play to its full potential or when they are clearly outmatched by their opponent, but blown calls tarnish the reputation of the respective sport in which they have been committed.

Baseball has already lost scores of fans and perspective fans due to steroid scandals and the player strike. The inability to of on-field officials to make reliable calls has further tarnished the reputation of America’s greatest sport. Galarraga’s no-hitter only scratches the surface of a growing problem in Major League Baseball.

The national pastime is not the only sport affected by this trend in lackluster officiating. The USA was knocking on the door of a monumental win in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but were struck down by a clearly bad call from a referee. This call setback the popularity of soccer among American sportsfans at a time when the potential for interest in the sport seeing a huge spike was imminent.

If this trend continues, all sports will suffer. No fan wants to invest all that time watching and cheering for their team only to have victories and achievements taken away unfairly by the very people who are their with the sole purpose to ensure a sporting contest is played fairly.

Stephen “Longhorn Man” Austin
DFWGambler.com Staff Writer

Published in: on June 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Can USA pull off a win against Slovenia?

Ok, so the Lakers are NBA Champs again and I was rooting for the Celtics. It doesn’t really matter since I had Boston +7. Since my favorite team, the Mavericks, has long been finished with the playoffs I didn’t really care about the game outside the small wager I had on the game.

Now the World Cup is a whole different story. I’ve never been a huge soccer fan especially having grown up here in Texas where football is king and the Horns and the Cowboys are royalty. Hell, the Oilers got a better draw than most MLS teams and the earned them a one way ticket to Tennessee. I really didn’t think I was going to be to interested in it until I watched the US tie England. I felt as though the tie was almost a metaphor for the U.S.’s struggle with British Petroleum. A hard fought battle with no clear winner.

Of course I don’t see our match up with Slovenia as a struggle for anything other than bragging rights and keeping that small glimmer of hope alive that we might just win it all. I know we’re looking for a miracle, but being a lifelong Texas Rangers fan, I’m used to holding out hope no matter what the odds. I’m just praying that USA doesn’t blow a clearly winnable match the way the Rangers start blowing 3 run leads after the All-Star Break.

I don’t know a lot about European Football handicapping, but I do know the US looked good against the Limeys. The way I see our godsend appears to be the goalie Tim Howard. Other than that we need to score with more authority than, to paraphrase Happy Gilmore a soft “tippy, tap, tap, tapparoo” goal like the only one we managed against England. Last, but not least the U.S. must chill out with the yellow cards which when added up equal a game suspension.

Who would I take in this game? The USA, not because I feel like rooting for them is the equivalent of rooting for our country, but because I honestly think us Yanks have a superior team. I don’t think that Slovenia really showed much against Algeria; they really struggled to win. I love an underdog, but I’ve got to take the USA, especially if I can get even money at a watching party. Go USA!

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