The following article is from Stan Sharp as told to (and
posted by) a Pregame.com staff writer. We have convinced Stan to sit
for an occassional interview that we'd convert into an article.
Stan Sharp took the time to discuss some of the Key Line Moves this week as we will call this series "Inside the Steam"
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Houston @ Tulsa
Tulsa Opened +3 now -1
For the second week in a row Stan notes that the Wise Guys are betting against Houston. Stan notes that the line has now crossed and Tulsa is the favorite. The Wise Guys have bet Tulsa hard and Stan says because they continued to bet the Tulsa side on Tuesday the line went as high as Tulsa -2.5. At that point Money came in on Houston bringing this line back to Tulsa -1 which is where Stan believes this line will stay. The Sharps do like the Tulsa side but the way they worked this line they have action on Tulsa +pts and Houston +pts. This was a classic position game by the Wise Guys hoping for a 1 point game. Stan's take the Wise Guys have action on both sides but are holding more Tulsa action.
Colorado St @ UNLV
Colorado St Opened -2.5 now +1
Stan notes that this is another classic case where the Wise Guys will end up with money on both sides and both times they will come away getting points. They bet UNLV as a Home Dog right away grabbing the best numbers they can get. This forces Vegas to move the line and make UNLV the favorite and then the public jumps UNLV thinking they are following the sharp bettors in Vegas and moves this line even more. By Saturday you will see the Wise Guys come back in and grab up Colorado St as a dog. Stan notes that this buy back will come late as this game will get a lot of late night action in Vegas as the Hometown UNLV team will get more money from local bettors on Saturday Night. The Wise Guys will buy Colorado St back with in the final 90 minutes before kick off. Stan says this is not True Steam but just the Wise Guys setting up a great spot for themselves to try and middle.
San Diego @ NY Giants
NY Giants Opened -3 now -4.5, -5
Stan notes that the money came in hard on the Giants in this one and this one a True Steam move where the Wise Guys just felt Vegas made a mistake with opening this game at -3. With the Giants losing 3 in a row and looking very bad in the losses for this game to be bet this hard this early shows just how bad of a number the Wise Guys feel this line was. Stan believes you could see this game get as high as 6 and if it hits 6 the Wise Guys may buy back some San Diego action at +6 but clearly they like the Giant side here. The Giants are True Steam.
Stan Sharp is a Professional Bettor in Las Vegas that has won 57.5% of his plays over a 31 month period. Stan only bets one game a day
but the work begins early in the week as Stan monitors how the lines move and why the money is being bet the way it is.