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BTSC Bookie: Betting each of the NFL conference championship games

It’s time for the BTSC community to show they could cash in betting on NFL football games, this time in the playoffs

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It is time for the Conference Championship installment of BTSC Bookie! This is a chance for the BTSC community to collectively choose games in which to place an imaginary wager of “BTSC Bucks.” Each week I will remind everyone of the rules before voting on specific bets and the type of wagers we want to do next week.

Before I get into the procedure of things, I want to remind everyone that gambling addiction is a serous problem numerous people face. Like many things in life, gambling can be a fun and safe exercise if done in moderation, while obsessive gambling can have destructive and life-altering consequences. If you or anyone you know is suffering from a gambling addiction, help is available HERE.

The Process

  • We will start with $500 in BTSC Bucks for the season. If we bust, we may borrow from the BTSC Bookie, but will have to pay 20% interest each week it isn’t paid. It’s a steep price, but there are consequences to failure.
  • Games this week will be betting in various options for each conference championship game.
  • There will be 4 betting options for users to place a vote on three different scenarios. The values are as of Tuesday evening and they are locked in throughout the voting. The polls will run until Sunday at 3:00 PM. The top result for each game will have a $50 wager placed.
  • Choices will be against the spread or the moneyline for each game. A third choice will be the over/under for both games.

Last Week’s Wager

For Divisional Weekend, we went 2-2 yet again. But due to the commission on the bets, we ended up losing money for the week. We started off rough picking the Vikings to stay within 7 points of the 49ers so we lost our $50. On the other Saturday game, the overall vote was for the Titans to stay within 10 points of the Ravens. With the commission of -120, we only earned $41.67 on the game, but the joy of watching the Ravens lose was the real prize. On Sunday, the majority of the action was on the Chiefs to win by at least 10 points with a commission of +100, so we managed to earn another $50. Unfortunately the Seahawks not staying within four points of the Packers lost the $50 right back. In all, we lost $8.33 for the week.

Week 18 Balance: $1,231.33

Week 19 Net Gain/Loss: -$8.33

Week 19 Total: $1,223.00

Conference Championship Options

Here are the options for the Conference champonship betting exercise. Each game will have both options for betting against the spread, the moneyline. A third option will be for over/under from both games. If you want to play your own game, leave your choices in the comments below and keep track of your total throughout the season.

For this week, payouts are listed in parenthesis. We will place a $50 on the top vote getter for each choice for a total of $150. If you wish to vote more than once, clear your “cookies” on your browser and vote again.


Which wager do you want to place on the Titans vs Chiefs game?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Titans (+7.5) at Chiefs (-115, 49%)
    (26 votes)
  • 39%
    Chiefs (-7.5) vs Titans (-105, 51%)
    (31 votes)
  • 8%
    Titans (+290) straight up over Chiefs
    (7 votes)
  • 17%
    Chiefs (-350) straight up over Titans
    (14 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now


Which wager do you want to place on the Packers vs 49ers game?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Packers (+7.5) at 49ers (-110, 47%)
    (28 votes)
  • 38%
    49ers (-7.5) vs Packers (-110, 53%)
    (30 votes)
  • 10%
    Packers (+280) straight up over 49ers
    (8 votes)
  • 15%
    49ers (-350) straight up over the Packers
    (12 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now


Which OVER/UNDER wager do you want to place for Sunday?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Titans & Chiefs OVER 52.5 (-110 58%)
    (29 votes)
  • 20%
    Titans & Chiefs UNDER 52.5 (-110 42%)
    (14 votes)
  • 23%
    Packers & 49ers OVER 45 (-110 57%)
    (16 votes)
  • 14%
    Packers & 49ers UNDER 45 (-110 43%)
    (10 votes)
69 votes total Vote Now