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Gambling Addiction Enabler: Anybody Have the Balls to Bet Money on the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Winner?

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MiddleEasy passes along the helpful info that at least one online sportsbook,, is offering a prop bet on who will win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, even though only two quarterfinal matches are actually scheduled at this point. Interestingly, some of the numbers have wildly inflated since they were first posted at the beginning of the week. Check out the latest figures below. If you’re an MMA betting noob, the ‘+’ figure means that you would make that many dollars in profit for a $100 wager.

FEDOR EMELIANENKO +160 [opened at +125]
FABRICIO WERDUM +1400 [opened at +700]
ANTONIO SILVA +1800 [opened at +900]
SERGEI KHARITONOV +2000 [opened at +1400]
BRETT ROGERS +2200 [opened at +1900]
SHANE DEL ROSARIO +3000 [opened at +2400]
VALENTIJN OVEREEM +3500 [opened at +2600]
LAVAR JOHNSON +4000 [opened at +3200]
RAY SEFO +4500 [opened at +3600]
FIELD (any fighter not listed, which would include Chad Griggs and Gian Villante) +5000

Some thoughts…

- Don’t ask us why Werdum and Silva have suddenly become twice as profitable as they were a few days ago. Either 2betdsi screwed up their math in the beginning (possible, at least in the case of Silva), nobody is betting on those guys (unlikely, at least in the case of Werdum), or they know something we don’t (always a danger with these cutthroat offshore gambling bastards). Maybe they just forgot to factor in that Werdum is coming back from elbow surgery.

- Fedor Emelianenko might be the worst bet of the bunch. He has the lowest return on investment. Injuries to his fragile hands and contract disputes could steal him from the bracket before he reaches the finals. And don’t forget he’ll have a hell of a tough fight in the semi-finals, possibly against the guy who beat him last June.

- A bet on Werdum will multiply your investment by 14; we’d call that the best bargain on the list. If he could catch Fedor with a submission, he could catch anybody. And keep in mind that he already holds wins over the three other guys on his side of the bracket.

- Betting on Josh Barnett is risky because of drug/licensing issues, but he’s certainly the on-paper favorite to make it through the right side of the bracket, and could theoretically score an upset in the finals. I kind of look at him and Alistair Overeem the same way — their chances to win are good, but the betting payoff isn’t. It’s like I always say when it comes to MMA betting: Go stupid or go home. Speaking of which…

- On the last edition of the Bum Rush, Chad half-jokingly (we hope) suggested that Shane Del Rosario will go on to win this tournament — by split-decision in the finals, to be exact — due to all the chaos that could befall the tourney along the way. Del Rosario will have to get past Lavar Johnson before he’s even qualified to be in this tournament, but who knows, maybe he’ll have his Steve Jennum moment when all is said and done. ‘+3000′ means that a $5 spot on SDR would net you $150 in profit. Just saying.

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Richard A. Cota- March 19, 2013 at 5:20 am
The addiction of gambling is not good. Because as a entertainment it was good but as addiction it was bad. Thousands of men and women come to that realization every day. A lot of people assume that it is almost a complete copy of alcoholism or other more widely recognized compulsions. While it does share some similarities, it is in fact quite distinct and unique.
Most of the site are available for entertainment gambling is
Gooner- January 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm
+2000 on Kharitinov ? yes please

I can see him getting past AA and the winner of Rogers / Barnett.

And you never know with injuries beyond that.
Lane31- January 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Fedor all the way!

Fedor “many times people have sized me up. If they think that they have found what my biggest weakness is, let them try to take advantage of it.”
cecils_pupils- January 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm
^^they are alternates in case of injury or M-1 contract intervention.
DangadaDang- January 13, 2011 at 11:43 am
I'm confused, why are all these other fighters (Sefo, Valentijn, etc) not listed in the bracket?
RwilsonR- January 13, 2011 at 9:34 am
-8000 odds on whether this tournament actually takes place with the fights as have been advertised.

And damn, Kharitonov looks pale in that picture! Shave his head, and that motherfucker will probably conduct electricity like Powder.
JaredB- January 13, 2011 at 9:21 am
Arlovski and Barnett are looking pretty good at that money.
FlashinLeather- January 13, 2011 at 8:53 am
It really makes no sense to make any of these bets, with the risk of injury you are much better off betting the night of the fight, just bet overeem each of the 3 times he fights (if he makes it to the finals) and keep betting the whole stack each time, you will likely get better than +200 at the end of the day

@noname +5000 means if you bet $100 you win $5000, so RNS is right, a $1 would pay $50
RearNakedSpoon- January 13, 2011 at 8:46 am
$1 would get you $50 I believe.
budsellers- January 13, 2011 at 8:41 am
if they had odds for "no winner/cancelled tourney/strikeforce goes bankrupt" i would lay $1000 on that!
noname- January 13, 2011 at 8:26 am
I'm I understanding these odds right? A $1 bet on Chad Griggs and Gian Villante would pay $5000 if either of those two men win!?
Morningwood- January 13, 2011 at 8:17 am
completely off subject because this subject bores me. Has anyone watched "The Fight Science?" Not sure if it's new or not. But, some very cool facts about martial arts strikes as well as anatomy weaknesses of the human body.

C yUo Next Tuesday!
Almost South- January 13, 2011 at 8:13 am
@Kimbos Bread: Weeeee have a winner!
Kimbos Bread- January 13, 2011 at 8:08 am
All bets over $100 on Brett Rogers come with a free tire change.
Travis.Logan- January 13, 2011 at 8:08 am
I cant find any where WHEN this tournament is gonna take place. Does anyone know when this is going to happen?
ccman- January 13, 2011 at 7:51 am
What are the odds none of the original 8 even fight in the final?

(Sounds of cashing in 401k and second mortgage on the house). I'm thinking that's the bet.
The Oracle of MMA- January 13, 2011 at 7:39 am
Ubereem seems to have the best drug test science behind him. The Oracle picks Mr. Horse Meat to go all the way.

Making a bracket that doesn't have a Fedor vs. Ubereem final is why Strikeforce will never be as powerful and influential as that other company.
destinationblood- January 13, 2011 at 7:39 am
@ben gotcha...yea thats true, I wonder what happens to all that cash when strikeforce folds and the tournament never finishes

@mediocre, you're a miserable prick!
DeepHalf- January 13, 2011 at 7:39 am
wow, those are some screwed up odds. Throw 20 bucks on anybody north of +1000 and just parlay the favorites in quarters, eg: Fedor and Overeem to win their quarters.
BONGTAR- January 13, 2011 at 7:32 am
I'm putting a hundy on ALL of them. See baby, i play dangerously, I play to lose.

Like the time in Vegas I got drunk and played roulette betting on both odd and even, black and red. Free drinks and you only really lose when it hits green. Girl, I'm no cheapskate!!
LOKI- January 13, 2011 at 7:21 am
This is the first and last time you could ever make money betting on Fedor. Fuck it throw a C on it.

Cardio has never been an issue for him, he hasnt seen a second round except Rogers in 5 years, I dont see anyone here as a real threat to him and yes that includes Werdum and Barnett both of whom dont have near his level of striking or the ability to take him down.

They also very much dont like to get punched in the face.

Only worry is paper thin skin leads to another TK sittuation.
MediocreThreat- January 13, 2011 at 7:14 am
Obviously, Destinationblood hasn't been paying attention to the SF heavy-weight drama
ben- January 13, 2011 at 6:48 am
@ destinationblood: Because they'd have to win three fights for you to get your money.  Think of it as a parlay bet, with a lot of added chaos.And one thing I forgot to mention: Since we don't know when this tournament could end, it could a loooong time before you get your winnings...
Eyes red as Fedor- January 13, 2011 at 6:40 am
Overeem says save your money for the horse track.
destinationblood- January 13, 2011 at 6:37 am
I dont get it, why isnt anyone a true favorite?