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Scott Pritchard - About Me

Scott Pritchard, founder of PritchardsPicks, has been with VegasInsider.com for several years and has been featured on weekly radio shows in Las Vegas. Scott headed West to "Sin City" in April of 1993 after having his own radio sports show in Aurora, Illinois for seven years, covering the Chicago professional sports teams.

Scott has been one of our top handicappers throughout the years as he epitomizes continuity and consistency. Pritchard has often said "every sports bettor will make more money betting sports by perfecting four key skills: Patience, Discipline, Money management skills and the ability to Shop and recognize value." During the 2011-12 College Football season he went an incredible 17-0 and 24-2 including 11-1 in Bowl games, all ATS. This, after he won 16 straight baseball games betting favorites, dogs and totals June 14-28 in 2011. Scott has done exceptionally well in many Las Vegas sports books NFL handicapping contests, recording Top 10 finishes across the board last season.

His work ethic is second to none and is very passionate about what he does. Scott is the consummate professional and wagers on every game you see posted on VI.

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NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Scott Pritchard
Posted 09/29/2014 at 10:56 AM

I love this time of year. You can bet college and pro football and major league baseball as the pennants are at stake. It is a good time of year to be a sports fan. It is even better if you can make some money predicting the outcome of these games. Easier said than done. I have been betting spo rts professionally for 30 years and see opportunity each and every day. As my friend and mentor Lem Banker has told me on more than one occasion “they play the Star Spangled Banner every day”. Lem is an icon in this town and is loved by everyone. Let’s talk baseball. Who do you like to win this year’s World Series?

What a loaded question. People often ask but that is a question right up there with “What is the meaning of life?” I think the answer to both questions is the same, “it depends”. I could make a valid argument for any one of a number of teams but ultimately as a sports bettor you want to find value. Everyone likes Kershaw and Greinke of the Dodgers but do you want to lay over 2 dollars as a big favorite? Laying big lumber in baseball long term is a losing proposition.

Short term anything is possible but it is a bad habit to get into. Each team has strengths and weaknesses. I will share of few of my thoughts. The Las Vegas sports books have made the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels the favorites to get to the World Series.

I understand why but I am not sure I want to lay the juice in betting these two teams. You and I both know the key to making money betting sports is to “see it” before it happens and capitalize on it by betting your opinion at the bet window. A little advantage goes a long way.

Let’s address the American League first.

The Angels have talent each and every year and for the first time in forever they actually played up to their potential. I love their offense up and down the lineup, solid defense and outstanding bullpen. The concern is no ACE pitcher to carry them through. In a short series you have a tremendous advantage if you have an ace or two. The Dodgers have two. The Detroit Tigers have outstanding starting pitching and a TERRIBLE bullpen. If you want to gamble on the Tigers only bet them for the first five innings. I like the makeup of the Baltimore Orioles as they have been solid and consistent all year. They can beat you in so many ways, the long ball, good defense and an outstanding bullpen. The concern for them in the same as it is for the Angels, no star ace in the hole starting pitcher who could dominate 3 games in a 7 game series.

Let’s talk National League.

I have been on the Washington Nationals all year and have made good money. They simply do not lose as long as they score at least 4 runs. Two killer exceptions hurt me financially as not once but twice this team BLEW a six run lead. OUCH. I hate it when that happens. I like their starting pitching but still cannot trust the bullpen. The Cardinals are in the thick of it once again and are proven winners. The Dodgers can flat out pitch. Let’s gamble.

It is a great time to be in Las Vegas and put your money where your mouth is. Before you BET it make sure you GET it. I am talking about being very selective and finding real value. I am a value guy and like obscure not too sexy or high profile teams. I look for under valued teams.


Value has sold me on the O’s in the American League and my buddy Larry Johnson likes the Pirates in the National League. I should point out that Larry sells time share for a living but he knows baseball.

Good luck.

Now go see the cashier. 

FULL STORY

NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Scott Pritchard
Posted 09/22/2014 at 10:46 AM

What have we learned up to this point about the NFL season? I guess it would be to expect the unexpected. It is like this each and every year making the NFL so much fun to watch and so challenging to handicap. After three weeks of action only three teams remain unbeaten, the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Denver Broncos have been perfect also.....0-­3....vs the point spread after losing a road game in Seattle this past weekend. Denver’s defense is better than last year(anything would be an improvement). Although their defense looked pretty weak in the overtime drive against the Seahawks offering little or no resistance.

The Bengals for the past few years have had some talent but always find a way to screw things up, I see the same thing happening this year especially with Marvin Lewis as head coach. This guy has never won anything ever.

The Eagles are off to a good start even though they have trailed by at least 10 points in each of their wins. Good teams don’t fall behind week in and week out. It is asking a lot of this team to continue to do so. I would not take this team too seriously either.

That leaves us with the Arizona Cardinals. Wow, what a defense. They looked impressive sticking it to the San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday. They have managed to do this with a back up quarterback. Will this continue? In a word, heck no. The Cardinals are in a very challenging division with a very hard schedule.

Weeks from now no one will remember or care that these three teams are 3­-0. What matters in Vegas is who is 3­-0 vs. the point spread.

The San Diego Chargers have been a pleasant surprise having gone 3­-0 vs the number up to this point while the Bengals have cashed out three times as well.

On the other side of the coin the Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay have combined to go 0-­9 ATS.

I guess we should all tune out former All Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez who said before the season the Broncos would go 16-­0. I called him out in this column at the time and will call him out again now. He should of stuck with playing the game and not predicting it.

As a friendly reminder when it comes to sports betting you will want to be “on the move early or against it late”.

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ACCOLADES AND DOCUMENTED RECORDS
2013-2014 NFL #3 Guarantee Leader: +615
2012-2013 NCAA FB #2 Percent Leader: 61%
2012-2013 NCAA FB #2 Guarantee Leader: +605
2012 #3 MLB Money Leader: +2,276
2012 #3 MLB Underdog Leader: +1,906
2011-2012 NBA #3 Totals Leader: +590
2011-2012 NCAA BK Percent Leader: 63%
2011-2012 NCAA BK #2 Guarantee Leader: +1,712
2011-2012 NCAA BK #2 Totals Leader: +1,532
2011-2012 NFL #3 Totals Leader: +663
2011-2012 NCAA FB #2 Percentage Leader: 62%
2011-2012 NCAA FB #3 Guarantee Leader: +410
17-0 NCAA FB Run: 11/26/11 - 1/7/12
2011 MLB #3 Money Leader: +2,886
2011 MLB #2 Underdog Leader: +1,706
16-0 MLB Run: 6/14/11 - 6/28/11
2010-2011 NCAA BK #2 Percent Leader: 56%
2010 MLB #3 Underdog Leader: +2,471
2009-10 NCAA FB Percent Leader: 67%
2009-10 NCAA FB #2 Money Leader: +2,354
2009-10 NCAA FB Guaranteed Leader: +1,891
2009-10 NCAA FB Totals Leader: +1,019
2009 MLB Over-Under Leader: +2,278
2009 MLB #2 Guaranteed Leader: +1,638
2008-2009 NCAA BK #2 Guaranteed Leader: +645
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