Gambling and Sports Betting News Wire - July 18 2019

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Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Thursday July 18, 2019.

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Poker Pro Pleads for Police Footage After Misplacing Bag With $9K

A misplaced bag, surveillance tapes that police won't make public, and $9,000 in missing cash are at the crux of a petition for release filed by the Florida Civil Rights Coalition on behalf of $25K SHRP High Roller winner Aaron Mermelstein.

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Updated Open Odds Exclude Tiger, Leader Holmes Pays $3300

JB Holmes sat atop The Open Championship leaderboard after Day 1 but oddsmakers don't think highly of his chances.  They have him paying $3300 for every $100 bet or $330 for every $10 bet ahead of Day 2 play, with the betting window closing just before 2 am ET early morning Friday (or overnight Thursday).

Holmes drove the downwind 374-yard fifth hole to 12 feet for a two-putt birdie, and he ended with a 5-iron into the wind to 15 feet for a final birdie and a 5-under 66.

"You just have to accept the conditions over here and not get too greedy," Holmes said.

Odds to Win The Open Championship (Upd. After R1)
961001     Brooks Koepka         +450     
961002     Jon Rahm         +650     
961042     Field (any other player)         +800     
961003     Tommy Fleetwood         +1200     
961004     Justin Rose         +1400     
961006     Shane Lowry         +1600     
961005     Patrick Cantlay         +2200     
961007     Webb Simpson         +2200     
961009     Sergio Garcia         +2500     
961008     Tony Finau         +2500     
961014     Dustin Johnson         +3300     
961012     Henrik Stenson         +3300     
961011     JB Holmes         +3300     
961013     Jordan Spieth         +3300     
961015     Rickie Fowler         +3300     
961010     Tyrrell Hatton         +3300     
961018     Alex Noren         +4000     
961016     Lee Westwood         +4000     
961022     Hideki Matsuyama         +5000     
961019     Jason Day         +5000     
961020     Justin Thomas         +5000     
961017     Louis Oosthuizen         +5000     
961021     Matt Kuchar         +5000     
961023     Dylan Frittelli         +6600     
961024     Bernd Wiesberger         +8000     
961025     Eddie Pepperell         +8000     
961026     Kiradech Aphibarnrat         +8000     
961027     Robert Macintyre         +8000     
961035     Erik Van Rooyen         +10000     
961030     Kevin Kisner         +10000     
961028     Matthew Fitzpatrick         +10000     
961031     Romain Langasque         +10000     
961029     Ryan Fox         +10000     
961032     Branden Grace         +12500     
961033     Patrick Reed         +12500     
961034     Paul Casey         +12500     
961040     Cameron Smith         +15000     
961041     Charley Hoffman         +15000     
961037     Lucas Bjerregaard         +15000     
961038     Rory Sabbatini         +15000     
961036     Russell Knox         +15000     
961039     Xander Schauffele         +15000   

'Dr Doom's' Dire Crypto Exchange Warning as Bitcoin Begins Another Climb

The price of bitcoin was on the rise again, up 8.7% over the past 24 hours after a drop to $9250.  The price had climbed as high as $10800 during the late afternoon Thursday Eastern Standard Time.

The turnaround comes on a day when "Dr Doom" issued his dire warning.

Few have been as outspoken against bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as Nouriel Roubini, a professor of economics at the New York University Stern School of Business and known as "Dr Doom" for his pessimistic outlook, who has recently stepped up his feud with Seychelles-registered bitcoin and crypto exchange BitMEX, suggesting it, and other major bitcoin exchanges, are involved in "systematic illegality."

"BitMEX insiders revealed to me that this exchange is also used daily for money laundering on a massive scale by terrorists and other criminals from Russia, Iran, and elsewhere," Roubini wrote in a blog post. "The exchange does nothing to stop this, as it profits from these transactions."

The Price of Bitcoin Had Fallen Following Congressional Testimony re: Facebook's Libra

GoT Record Emmy Nominations and 1/6 to Win Best Drama Series

- Outstanding Drama Series

Game of Thrones  1/6
Killing Eve  9/2
Better Call Saul  8/1
This Is Us  10/1
Ozark  20/1
Pose  20/1
Succession  25/1
Bodyguard  33/1
All Emmy Odds

Tiger Tracker

Tiger Woods entered this week's Open Championship at 18/1 odds. For the books, the best scenario would be for Tiger to play well into Sunday then ultimately lose.  A competitive Tiger means a flood of bets coming in on the 2019 US Masters winner after each day of play.

Sadly, Woods isn't even remotely competitive starting Day 1.

Things could be far worse.

From the Express:

The 15-time major champion could be seen grimacing on his backswing.

Those grimaces reappeared throughout the front nine as Woods went in at the turn five-over par.

And some fans on social media were beginning to fear Woods’ chronic back injuries from years gone by were starting to take affect.

One fan tweeted: “His back is stiff-something is definitely wrong-he needs to stop hurting himself more and WD”

So Far Books Have to Be Delighted With Rory Day 1 Implosion

As the early favorite to win this week's British Open, Rory McIlroy looks like the favorite to have the worst performance.

McIlroy stepped up to the tee on his first hole and proceeded to rip a drive way out of bounds, hitting a fan in the stomach and breaking her cell phone.

The Open Championship Leaderboard and Opening Odds

The Open Championship leaderboard ahead of mid-afternoon play in Great Britain appears below along with some fantastic odds for those who may have bet one of these golfers, assuming they hold strong over the next four days.   ALL ODDS TO BE UPDATED AFTER DAY ONE IF NOT ALREADY LOCKED IN HERE

Pos    Player    R1    Thru    Total    
T1        S. Lowry    -4    F    -4    
T1        R. MacIntyre    -4    17    -4    
T3        A. Norén    -3    F    -3    
T3        S. García    -3    F    -3    
T3        W. Simpson    -3    F    -3   

The leader, Shane Lowry, would  pay out $6600 on a $100 bet with a victory.

Robert MacIntyre would pay out $15000 on a $100 bet should he go onto win Sunday.  Even a $10 bet would pay out $1500 on MacIntyre with a win.

Alex Norén would pay out $12500 on a $100 bet.

Of course Sergio Garcia's odds were much shorter, but he would pay $5000 for every $100 bet.

Webb Simpson pays $6600 for each $100 wagered.

Our Free Picks Record July 18

2019 MLB Record: 17-12-2 (58.6%) - No Plays Over -160

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 7-5 (58%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

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