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BTSC Bookie: Betting each of the NFL wildcard games

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

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It is time for the Wildcard Weekend 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 wildcard game.
  • There will be 6 betting options for users to place a vote on each playoff game. The values are as of Tuesday evening and they are locked in throughout the voting. The polls will run until Saturday night at 4:35 PM. The top result for each game will have a $50 wager placed.
  • Games will have all the different lines as an option.

Last Week’s Wager

For Week 17, we finished the regular season strong. The first option of $100 was the Baltimore Ravens staying within 2 points of the Steelers for a payout of -110. With the Steelers falling 28-10, we earned an extra $90.91 toward our season total. The second choice was $50 on the Kansas City Chiefs to win by 8.5 points over the Los Angeles Chargers for a payout of -110. With Chiefs winning by 10 points, it gave them the number two seed in the playoffs and earned us $45.45. The final wager was on the Indianapolis Colts to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, and since the Colts fell in decisive fashion the specifics are not as important as our loss of $25. So for the week we earned $111.36 which gave us a regular-season total of +$742.40.

Week 16 Balance: $1,131.04

Week 17 Net Gain/Loss: +$111.36

Week 17 Total: $1,242.40

Wildcard Options

Here are the options for the Wildcard Weekend betting exercise. Each game will have both options for betting against the spread, the moneyline, and over/under. 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 game for a total of $200. If you wish to vote more than once, clear your “cookies” on your browser and vote again.


Which wager do you wish make on the Bills vs Texans game?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Bills (+2.5) at Texans (-105, 52%)
    (16 votes)
  • 24%
    Texans (-2.5) vs Bills (-115, 48%)
    (24 votes)
  • 20%
    Bills (+125) straight up over Texans
    (20 votes)
  • 12%
    Texans (-140) straight up over Bills
    (12 votes)
  • 7%
    OVER 43.5 total points (-110, 50%)
    (7 votes)
  • 19%
    UNDER 43.5 points (-110, 50%)
    (19 votes)
98 votes total Vote Now


Which wager do you wish to make on the Titans vs Patriots game?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Titans (+4.5) at Patriots (-105, 58%)
    (22 votes)
  • 30%
    Patriots (-4.5) vs Titans (-115, 42%)
    (29 votes)
  • 14%
    Titans (+195) straight up over Patriots
    (14 votes)
  • 13%
    Patriots (-225) straight up over Titans
    (13 votes)
  • 11%
    OVER 44 total points (-110, 59%)
    (11 votes)
  • 7%
    UNDER 44 total points (-110, 41%)
    (7 votes)
96 votes total Vote Now


Which wager do you wish to make on the Vikings vs Saints game?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Vikings (+8) at Saints (-110, 41%)
    (9 votes)
  • 41%
    Saints (-8) vs Vikings (-110, 59%)
    (34 votes)
  • 6%
    Vikings (+330) straight up over Saints
    (5 votes)
  • 21%
    Saints (-410) straight up over Vikings
    (18 votes)
  • 18%
    OVER 49 total points (-110, 70%)
    (15 votes)
  • 1%
    UNDER 49 total points (-110, 30%)
    (1 vote)
82 votes total Vote Now


Which wager do you wish to make on the Seahawks vs Eagles game?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Seahawks (-1.5) at Eagles (-110, 61%)
    (35 votes)
  • 20%
    Eagles (+1.5) vs Seahawks (-110, 39%)
    (18 votes)
  • 20%
    Seahawks (-130) straight up over Eagles
    (18 votes)
  • 5%
    Eagles (+110) straight up over Seahawks
    (5 votes)
  • 4%
    OVER 46 total points (-110, 53%)
    (4 votes)
  • 9%
    UNDER 46 total points (-110, 47%)
    (8 votes)
88 votes total Vote Now