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The Wager Wire: Week 8

We had the gambling equivalent of a Hail Mary caught for a touchdown last week!

“One of these weeks,” Brian kept telling himself, “I’ll get one of these stupid parlays to pay off.”

Well, it finally happened, in a week where he was about to drop into the red. A three-way parlay paid out almost $100, and a really good week for most of our degenerates means that this is right back to being anyone’s game.

Now, let’s see if some of that luck can find its way to Cody, who could use a break or two now that he’s almost $40 behind the field.

The Wager Wire Bank

Bettor Last week profit/loss Current balance
Bettor Last week profit/loss Current balance
Brian -$25.00 -$17.23
Zeke -$60.00 $126.85
Kevin -$33.00 $139.67
Cody -$50.00 $61.88
Andrew -$15.00 $122.10
Jake -$20.00 $4.71

So, how do your friendly neighborhood bookies see today going? Let’s find out. All odds are from Bovada and were correct as of the time the bet was recorded.

(By the way: we moved the column to Sunday this week because the Canes game was the only one on the schedule on Friday. We’ll be back to normal this coming week.)

Banker’s Bonus!

The banker is in a celebratory mood after the Canes broke their long losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Friday. To calelebrate, he’s giving everyone a free $10 single bet or parlay this week, no strings attached!

This Week’s Bets


  • Hurricanes to win -2.5: Let’s toast these Jersey jobbers. +320 odds, $5 pays $16.
  • Parlay: Islanders -1.5, Jets/Sabres over 6.5, Blues +2.5. I can’t see the Wild beating anyone right now, Buffalo and Winnipeg should score easily and I don’t trust the Blues to beat Nashville outright but man have they gotten good all of a sudden. $10 pays $57.26.
  • Free bet: As you’ll see in a second, Andrew took all the favorites straight up, so I’m one-upping him and will take the over in every game on the schedule. Over 5.5 on MIN/NYI and STL/NSH; 6 on TB/FLA, CAR/NJD and COL/BOS; 6.5 on TOR/NYR, WPG/BUF and DET/CHI. Let’s goooo!! $10 pays $1,469.35 (!!!!!!)


  • Hurricanes to win: -140 odds, $15 pays $10.71.
  • Parlay: Hurricanes -1.5 and over 6. $5 pays $23.16.
  • Free bet: All of the favorites! Canes, Blackhawks, Preds, Bruins, Isles, Jets, Leafs, Lightning. $10 pays $527.98.


  • Hurricanes to win -1.5: +195 odds, $10 pays $19.50.
  • Parlay: Flames, Jets, Lightning -1.5. (Ed. note: this bet was placed prior to the Flames/Canucks game on Saturday night.) $10 pays $68.
  • Free bet: Hurricanes to win by 2. +700 odds, $10 pays $70.


  • Parlay: Hurricanes -1.5 and Lightning -1.5. $10 plays $72.60.
  • Maple Leafs to win -2.5: +260 odds, $20 pays $52.
  • Free bet: Lightning, Jets, Bruins, Predators to win. $10 pays $62.73.


  • Hurricanes to win in regulation: +115 odds, $10 pays $11.50.
  • Parlay: BOS/COL over 6, TOR/NYR over 6.5. $10 pays $25.14.
  • Free bet: Predators, Blackhawks, Lightning to win. $10 pays $36.30.