Bitcoin Fantasy Golf: Scottish Open & John Deere Classic

This week is a little different than most on the golfing tour schedule as our sights are set on the Open Championship next week. So this week, some players will be taking a break from tournament action to travel and/or prepare for the Open.

We’ve posted a variety of games this week including two fantasy pools, and also a bunch of pari-mutuel pools where users can wager on the results. Click this link to view available contests

Some of the stars are using this week’s Scottish Open to prepare for next week’s Open Championship. Fowler, Stenson, and Adam Scott are teeing it up this week in Scotland. Rory will also play the Scottish Open, and we wonder whether he can get back to form and look for a decent finish in this year’s Open, where the fans will be on his side.

We’ve posted a fantasy for the Scottish Open with a limited list of players to draft. We’ll update scores at least once per day, but the scores will not update in realtime.

Back in the states, Berger and Zach Johnson will play the John Deere. Jordan Spieth will skip the tournament this year and travel overseas. Dustin Johnson is also taking a bye week.

We have posted a full field fantasy contest for the John Deere, with real-time scoring.

The US Women’s Open will be played at Trump Bedminster this week as well, and LPGA fans can place a wager in our winner progressive pool.

0.68838289 Bitcoin Jackpot Awarded

CoinRoster has paid its largest Progressive Jackpot to user holeinone. This user was the only bet placed on Si Woo Kim to win the Players Championship. Kim went on to win the tournament, so a bet of only 0.001 made by holeinone won the entire pool and the progressive which totalled 0.68838289 bitcoins worth $1,260.02 USD at the time of writing.

This latest win shows how savvy users can find profit opportunities in our weekly golf pools. Each week CoinRoster will post a pool on who will win this week’s PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. If there were no bets on the winning outcome, the entire pool minus a rake is carried over to the next week and is put up for grabs again. In the case of this large win, the progressive had rolled over for the past few weeks, and so the amount of the progressive jackpot became large.

 

LPGA Kingsmill Championship

This week the LPGA stops in Williamsburg Virginia for the Kingsmill Championship. This event is part of the meat and potatoes of the LPGA Tour season which will criss-cross the US over the next several weeks leading up to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the year.

We have posted a pool on who will win the Kingsmill Championship. Some of the world’s best are in the field including Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu, and Lexi Thompson. Other players to consider include veteran Christie Kerr, as well as young stars such as In Gee Chun, Lydia Ko, and Minjee Lee. The progressive jackpot has carried over this week, which causes opening odds of 16.5 on each player in the field.

Players Championship Preview

This week CoinRoster is extra excited for the Players Championship because the progressive on our weekly winner’s pool is the highest its ever been. Last week, no user bet on Brian Harman, the eventual winner, so our progressive jackpot rolled over to this week and now stands at 0.236702 bitcoins!

One way to play this progressive is to check the odds on a sports book, then compare the odds on the sports book to the odds in our pool. For example, if the odds for Rickie Fowler are 22 at the sports book and the odds in our pool are 120, then you’re getting much better odds in our pool and our users are getting an edge.

Since the value of the progressive is so high this week (230x the minimum bet) there are lot’s of opportunities on the middle ranked players. Certain players who might be 50 to 1 odds might give our users more than 200x their wager.

This week the PGA Tour stops at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championships, 7,189 yards, par 72. Already lauded as a course that plays no favorites and deftly tests all parts of a player’s game, the Stadium Course offers two new tests this year for the game’s best players. The narrow water hazard between Nos. 6 and 7 has been expanded into a rectangular lake, removing several trees in the vicinity. More significant is No. 12, which has been turned into a drivable par-4 with both fairway and green sloping toward a new water hazard on the left. What hasn’t changed is the hole that receives the most attention – the iconic 17th, measuring 137 yards over water to a green connected only by narrow rear pathway.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and newlywed No. 2 Rory McIlroy join defending champion Jason Day to headline what is annually the year’s strongest roster. The lineup features 24 of the top 25 in the current world rankings and 55 of the top 60. Bernhard Langer, 59, is the oldest player in THE PLAYERS field for the third consecutive year. The Hall of Famer will make his 26th start at TPC Sawgrass, getting in by virtue of last year’s victory at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. One additional berth is available for the winner of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, if he hasn’t already qualified.

Johnson, owner of three straight wins before the Wells Fargo Championship, could use an uptick at TPC Sawgrass. Before last year’s share of 28th, his previous seven starts had yet to yield a top-30 finish. Johnson has broken 70 just once in an opening round – a 68 in 2014. New Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia, the 2008 PLAYERS winner, makes his first start since Augusta National. It’s been 14 years since he missed a cut at TPC Sawgrass – but the past two Masters winners (Jordan Spieth, Danny Willett) missed THE PLAYERS cut after slipping on the green jacket. McIlroy tees it up in competition for the first time as a married man, wedding Erica Stoll in a lavish affair 2 ½ weeks ago at Ashford Castle in Ireland. The reigning FedExCup champion has finished outside the top 10 just once anywhere since East Lake, failing short of knockout play at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

TREB Toronto Housing Price Betting

The Toronto Real Estate Board has released housing price data for April 2017. The CoinRoster benchmark price, which is used to settle our housing market, is the City of Toronto Single-family Detached price, which in April was $1,226,300. The April price represents a rise of 4.64% over the previous month, which is another huge monthly rise.

With recent measures from the Province of Ontario released recently, the market is wondering whether the next month’s prices will be lower. CoinRoster users can have their say by participating in our housing markets. Click here to view our current housing price pools.

Wells Fargo Championship Preview

The excitement is building at CoinRoster for the Wells Fargo Championship this week because our progressive pool on who will win the tournament carried over from last week and now stands at over 0.10 bitcoins. This progressive amount will be awarded pro-rata to the users who wager on the winner of the tournament winner in addition to the amount bet in the pool itself this week.

The value of the progressive at 0.10 btc with a minimum wager of 0.001 btc means any player with less than 100.00 odds should be in play. For basic strategy, we suggest our users start is checking the odds posted on odds checker and comparing those odds to our winner’s pool. For example, at the time of writing, most sports books have the odds of Jim Furyk of about 80.00, but he is currently priced in our pool at 133.00, and no users have bet on him, a bet at the minimum amount of 0.001 btc represents a positive expectation for a sharp user.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson, back from missing the Masters after a freak stairs accident, heads a roster that features six of the top 20 in the present Fedex Cup rankings. No.10 Adam Scott and No.13 Jon Rahm also will test Eagle Point. Sweden’s Alex Noren, currently No.12, will make just his second U.S. start at a stop that’s neither a major nor a World Golf Championships event. He reached the quarterfinals of the WGC Dell Match Play. Former U.S. Amateur champ Curtis Luck makes the Wells Fargo Championship his second start after turning professional. He missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open.

Phil Mickelson tries once again for his first Wells Fargo victory, despite 11 top-12 finishes in 13 previous visits. The Hall of Famer was runner-up to McIlroy in 2010, beaten out by the youngster’s closing 62. Five of the previous seven defending champions have not been around on Sunday. McIlroy tied for fourth last year, while Derek Ernst held a share of 30th in 2014.

The LPGA stops in Mexico this week for the Lorena Ochoa Match Play. This is the first year the format has been changed to a match play, and the tournament also a new spot in the schedule. The tournament will feature Inbee Park and Ariya Jutanugarn as well as veteran American Christie Kerr who has been playing inspired golf recently. Our LPGA progressive carries over from the previous week to provide extra incentive. LPGA fans will be delighted by the “legends match” four legendary LPGA Tour players will compete in public exhibition matches. Host Lorena Ochoa, a 27-time LPGA Tour winner who will be enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame in September, will be joined by Hall of Famers Juli Inkster (Class of 2000), Annika Sorenstam (Class of 2003) and Se Ri Pak (Class of 2007).