Use Sports Books to Place Your Online Bets

If you enjoy online gambling, you are probably familiar with sports books. When you bet on different sporting events throughout the year, a sports book is used to keep track of your bets. Wages are usually paid after the event. There are various ways online sports books can give you the best wages possible.

Choose Your Bets

When you visit an online sports book, you’ll notice that the current season’s sport is featured. The sport is then broken down into the teams, players, and upcoming games. This helps you determine what wage to place in your sports book for the games. You can look at various sports being played from the site’s menu, and choose the sport you’re currently interested in placing a wager on. You can even look ahead to upcoming seasons of your favorite sports.

Check Out the Odds

Along with the individual sport’s information, you’ll also see a list of odds. This will help you decide who to place your wage on for each game. Odds are generally updated throughout the week, some even daily. You can keep track of the odds day-to-day until it’s time to place your bets.

A Day at the Races

Sporting events are not the only type of bets you can place in online sports books. If you enjoy racing, you can use them to look up the odds on upcoming horse races. You’ll be able to keep track of different horses, harnesses, see upcoming races, and check out featured races.

Play Casino Games

Some Sports Book websites also have online casinos, and feature craps, blackjack, and other casino games. There are various tournaments held throughout the year, and you can simply sign up for a tournament and place your wages on the website.

Ante Up

Online poker is also a popular feature of sports books. Check out upcoming games, place your wages, and earn bonuses along the way.

Collect Your Winnings

Once your game is over, you can easily collect your wages from online sports books. You’ll have to sign in to your account, and then you can check on your winnings and have them sent to you. If you’re new to online betting sites, you’ll have to create a user account first. Make sure you use a username and password you’ll remember, but be careful not to let it be something too common.

Online sports books are quick and simple to use. They’ll help take the guesswork out of placing your wages on your favorite games.

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The Best Books Written by Sportsmen and Sportswomen

While it may come as a surprise to many people, sports celebrities really do have relevant, real things to say that don’t revolve entirely around sports metaphors. Some of the more surprising entries on this list are a young football star who also authors children’s books, a motivational book by a disgraced world champion cyclist, and a sports memoir by one of the most celebrated novelists in America. All of these books are penned by people who are or were athletes. Some are funny, some painful, and some just outright strange. Here are the top seven books written by athletes!

1) Paper Lion

by George Plimpton

This riotous memoir of a literary type trying to make the third string for the Detroit Lions football team (I’m not even going to get into all the problems with that idea) is not a boy makes good story by any stretch of the imagination. What makes this book great is Plimpton’s candid and vivid description of life in the locker room, a place most fans will never get to see outside of television.

2) The TJ Series

By Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has made a big name for himself in UK football as the youngest player ever to be signed to the notorious Arsenal team from the Saints. He quickly added being the youngest player, at only a couple of months after his seventeenth birthday, to be invited to the England national football team. Bringing his experience as a striker to a quartet of children’s books with lessons such as perseverance, physical fitness, and the power of friendship and teamwork, Walcott proves that athletic doesn’t mean unable to communicate.

3) It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back To Life

By Lance Armstrong

When this book came out, readers and reviewers alike raved about the inspiring story of Armstrong’s fight against testicular cancer and his determination to win. However, the allegations of doping that have dogged Armstrong for a decade and a half finally exploded earlier this year, transforming an inspiring story into a punch line worthy of comedian Robin William’s sketch in “Live at the Met” supporting Armstrong and resulting in the stripping of numerous awards and accolades Armstrong had “earned.” It’s not about the bike, Lance? Truer words may never have been written.

4) Mary Lou Retton’s Gateways To Happiness

By Mary Lou Retton

In terms of sheer likability, impeccable personal conduct, and recognizability, Mary Lou Retton may well be the most popular female athlete ever to grace the planet, never mind the gym mat. Her transition from star athlete to wife, mother, and motivational speaker was capped off by gaining her author credentials. In Gateways To Happiness, Retton relies heavily but not entirely on athletic metaphors to discuss topics such as time management, adhering to a plan, and never giving up. This highly rated book is a must have not just for the content, but for the charmingly accessible way it’s written.

5) My Losing Season

By Pat Conroy

While the name may not mean much to you, odds are you and/or your wife have seen The Prince Of Tides, starring Barbara Streisand and Nick Nolte and based on Pat Conroy’s book of the same name. Conroy takes a trip back in time to The Citadel, one of the most respected military academies in America, for an inside look at cadet life both on and off the court. Featuring a clueless coach and the stiff upper lipped command staff and cadets themselves, this book is an unflinchingly honest look at a place most writers consider taboo to write about.

6) I Can’t Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan On The Pursuit of Excellence

By Micheal Jordan

Having a list like this and not giving a nod to the Duke of Dunk would be like talking about chefs and omitting Wolfgang Puck or Gordon Ramsay. In this short but memorable book, Jordan dissects the rules he lives (and plays) by, including tips on how to beat self-doubt and conquer fear, the importance of focus, and how to both lead and follow. This book is a must-have for anyone who’d like to get their team motivated by a man who has built an empire on doing exactly that.

7) You Cannot Be Serious

By John McEnroe

To round out the list comes this offering from the undisputed Bad Boy of Tennis. (Pre-McEnroe, the world thought there was no such thing!) This brutal, candid, funny, and honest dissection of his racquet-hurling antics on the court and his erratic behavior in his personal life is by turns savage and charming, just like “Johnny Mac” himself. While it’s not exactly motivational reading, this book is still worth giving an afternoon or two, especially on a day when you just “pulled a McEnroe.”

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