John Reger

John Reger

Sports Betting  |  LAS VEGAS

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Journeyman journalist John Reger is in the Vegas sportsbooks chasing down the latest shift in the world of sports betting and all things odds-related. He previously worked as a sports writer for the Orange County Register in California and is the author of Wit and Wisdom of Golf (2001) and Quotable Wooden (2012), among other books.

Kevin Harvick won at Bristol on Saturday night, and continued his firm grip on the top spot in the NASCAR Cup Championship Playoffs. (Image: Getty)

Harvick has Firm Grip on NASCAR Cup Championship

With Kevin Harvick’s victory at the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, he put more distance between himself and his competitors in the race for the NASCAR Cup Championship. The victory in Bristol marked Harvick’s ninth win of the season. More importantly, the 44-year-old now has a […]

Bryson DeChambeau overpowered Winged Foot Golf Club to win the US Open with long his long drives, but he also had more than bombs off the tee. (Image: Getty)

Power Struggle: Are Bryson DeChambeau’s Long Drives Ruining Golf?

With Bryson DeChambeau dominating the final round of the US Open, partly because of long drives, his victory came with an immediate debate. Was DeChambeau’s length off the tee an unfair advantage? Should gamblers now back bombers in every major championship? DeChambeau, who was fetching 28/1 odds to win before […]

The 49ers scored early and often against the hapless New York Jets in NFL Week 2 action, paying off well for gamblers. (Image: USA Today Sports)

NFL Betting Recap: Sportsbooks Roughed Up by Favorites in Week 2

The favorites gave bettors a victory in Week 2 of the NFL season as they helped parlay cards cash, some for big money. The favorites were just 6-7 against the spread in the second week of the season, but were 12-1 straight up. The only favorite that didn’t win in […]

Dustin Johnson now has odds of 13/2 to win the US Open, which begins Thursday at Winged Foot Golf Club. (Image: Getty)

Dustin Johnson’s US Open Odds Drop Again, Now at 13/2

The US Open begins Thursday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, and the odds have dropped again for favorite Dustin Johnson. The winner of the FedEx Cup saw his odds at DraftKings go from 9/1 10 days ago to 13/2 after winning the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour […]

Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky engineered a fourth-quarter comeback to upset Detroit and burn NFL Week 1 bettors. (Image: AP)

NFL Betting Recap: Colts, Lions Upsets Burn Bettors in Week 1

Sportsbooks scored minor wins against gamblers in NFL Week 1, as bettors wagered against Jacksonville, Chicago, and Washington, each of whom pulled off upsets. The Colts losing to Jacksonville was the biggest blow to bettors in Week 1 of the NFL season. William Hill reported 79% of the tickets were […]

Louisiana-Lafayette shocked Iowa State, 31-14, one of three upsets the Big 12 suffered in Week 2 of the college football season. (Image: Getty)

College Football Betting Recap: Big 12 Flounders in Week 2

The Big 12 was one of two Power 5 Conferences in action on Saturday, but Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State might have wished for a postponement in Week 2 of the college football season. All three of those teams were upset by far inferior squads. Kansas State and Iowa […]

Quarterback Kirk Cousins will lead the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in both team’s opener. (Image: Getty)

One Bet, $100: Minnesota Will Expose Green Bay’s Flaws

Geen Bay had more offseason turmoil, and in their season opener against Minnesota presents far more instability than gamblers should be comfortable with accepting. That is why with my NFL Week 1 One Bet, $100 I am taking Minnesota against Green Bay, and giving away the 2.5 points. The line […]

Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and New England’s Cam Newton are on different teams as they begin NFL Week 1’s 2020 season. (Image: Getty)

NFL Week 1: Will Tampa Bay, New England Succeed with Brady, Newton?

NFL Week 1 is upon gamblers, and with no preseason games, information on how teams will perform on Sunday has been almost non-existent. This will be the first time to see them in action, so handicap at your own risk. There are several marquee NFL Week 1 games, including Seattle […]

Kyle Busch has a solid record at Richmond raceway, and hopes Saturday’s race can break his winless streak. (Image: Matt Thacker/NKP)

One Bet, $100: Kyle Busch Dominance at Richmond Will Pay Off with Win

Kyle Busch has been the most dominant NASCAR driver at Richmond Raceway over the years, but he is also currently in a major winless streak. Busch has not won a race in 2020, the slump stretching back to the final race at Homestead-Miami, when he won the Cup Series Championship. […]

Clemson opens its season on the road against Wake Forest and is a 32.5-point favorite. (Image: Sideline Carolina)

One Bet: $100: Clemson Should Score Early, Often on Wake Forest

Clemson loves to score, and it should be on display Saturday when they face Wake Forest. The team showed that last year when they averaged more points per game than all but three other teams. The Tigers averaged 26.2 points per game, and with Clemson playing 10 of 11 games […]

Steve Stricker won the Sanford International in 2018, and is the favorite to win the tournament again. (Image: Getty)

Steve Stricker the Favorite at Sanford International as Golf Fans Return

The PGA Tour Champions picks up after a two-week break with the Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday. The tournament will be unique in that it will be the first PGA Tour event with fans in the galleries. Having crowds, even if they’re […]

Dwayne Haskins has been named the starting quarterback for Washington, but in an unusual NFL prop bet gamblers can bet on whether he gets benched this season. (Image: AP)

Unusual NFL Prop Bets: How Many Players Get Arrested?

NFL proposition bets are always big business for sportsbooks, but while traditional props are often popular, there are enough unusual wagers to keep even the most die-hard fan busy. Sportsbooks are offering everything from how many interceptions Cam Newton will throw this season to who will be the first player […]

Austin Ernst has a victory and a fifth-place finish in her last two events, but is a longshot to win the ANA Inspiration. (Image: USGA)

One Bet, $100: Austin Ernst Undervalued at ANA Inspiration

Women’s golf doesn’t get a lot of attention from either gamblers or sportsbooks, and I might have found a hidden gem in Austin Ernst at this week’s ANA Inspiration. That’s why with this week’s One Bet, $100, I’m employing a split bet on the American golfer. I am going to […]

Joel Dahmen is one of three golfers that played in the BMW Championship that is entered in this week’s Safeway Open. (Image: Getty)

Shopping for Victory at PGA Tour’s Safeway Open

Most of the golfers who are playing in this week’s Safeway Open had a nice little break, since all but Joel Dahmen, Brandon Steele, and Kevin Streelman didn’t make the BMW Championship two weeks ago. Those three failed to advance to last week’s Tour Championship, so everyone entered in the […]