We Were the Only Ones on the Steelers
Wayne Root: We Were the Only Ones on the Steelers!
Contrarian handicapping sure made us a fortune this past weekend, as my clients and I cleaned up with underdogs and cheap favorites in both college and pro football. But, the game I may be most proud of is Sunday’s PINNACLE play on Pittsburgh (+) over Indianapolis. The whole world was on Indianapolis...but WAYNE ALLYN ROOT knew the wrong team was favored!
When I saw that the game had opened Indianapolis -3, I was scratching my head. That meant the oddsmakers thought the Colts were six points better than Pittsburgh on a neutral field. Give me a break. Better? Sure they had a better record in the standings, but six points better? I know Indianapolis had just crushed Cincinnati the prior week. But, the Bengals were exhausted after playing a five-quarter tie against Carolina. That was a laydown game and the Colts were there to run up the score.
Pittsburgh wasn’t going to lay down with a 4-3 record and so much on the line!
Amazingly, money kept pouring in on Indianapolis anyway. Both the general public and many of the Wise Guys here in Las Vegas had decided that Indianapolis was the hot new team...and Pittsburgh was a pretender about to be embarrassed. It’s hard to move an NFL game off the key number of three. The line here not only did that...but lifted up to -3.5 and -4. Free money! I couldn’t believe my eyes. A bad opening line was made even worse by misguided money.
Once the game began...it was obvious we were on the right side. The relatively passive Indianapolis defense that doesn’t focus enough on pressuring quarterbacks let Ben Roethlisberger do whatever he wanted. Pittsburgh just kept marching down the field, on the way to a 35-20 halftime lead. The “market” had projected a final score of 26-22 for the Colts. The Steelers were two touchdowns better than that in just a half!
The carnage continued after the break, with Big Ben making a run at history before finishing with 522 passing yards. Pittsburgh won 51-34. Total yardage was 639-448. This time me AND the sportsbooks were counting our winnings because we both were rooting for the same side. The biggest exposure for sportsbooks all weekend was on this game because the sports betting world had lost its mind. You definitely want to be contrarian to people who have lost their minds!
Cincinnati over Baltimore was another case of an “upset” call that was easy because the wrong team was favored in the first place. The local “sharps” moved that game from the right opener to the wrong side of pick-em. We also took advantage of all the skepticism about New Orleans to score an easy prime time winner on the Saints. And, that was all on the heels of a PINNACLE play Saturday on Kentucky that got the money, and an upset call on LSU over Ole Miss.
I’m really seeing the ball well right now...which seems like something I say EVERY YEAR at this time. Stop waiting until Monday to find out what you missed!
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I’m the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the “Walk of Fame” here in Las Vegas. And, I earned that star by betting against the flow of popular opinion. When “squares” have lined up on the wrong side, my clients and I are there to take advantage. And, given odd developments in what’s been happening with the so-called sharps this year and last, I’m now often betting against the flow of what used to be respected money. Thanks for all the free points! We didn’t need them when Pittsburgh covered by THREE TOUCHDOWNS. Hey, it gave us a chance to remind everyone that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT IS THE SMART MONEY!
I’ll be back to talk more football later this week. October was a month worth celebrating, but November is going to be even better! That means it’s time for YOU to go to W.A.R. alongside WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!
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