Drafting Statistics Are Now Available

We’re happy to announce a draft counter is now available for CoinRoster fantasy contests. Once a minimum number of users is met, a draft count statistic will be listed next to each player’s drafting price. The draft counter shows the number of times each player has been drafted to a roster in that contest.

How can this statistic be used? If you’re unsure of who to draft to your lineup, check out who other users are drafting as a cue to which players might be the most popular picks.

Most fantasy sports platforms don’t allow users to know the drafting % prior to the event, but at CoinRoster, we want to challenge this logic. We’d like to find out how publishing this information to all users equally changes the game strategy. If you’re an advanced user who believes they can find an edge by having access to drafting data prior to the event, we invite you to try your strategy on our site. If you’re new to fantasy sports, we hope that the drafting statistics can help you build a roster without having to undertake any complicated handicapping process.

French Election Betting Opportunities

The first round of the French presidential election is coming up soon and our pool for French President at CoinRoster is swelling. There are four candidates with a reasonable chance of winning: Emmanuel Macron, Francois Fillon, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Melenchon. Macron has the best chance at about 50% and Melenchon has an outside chance at about 7%. The first big hurdle will be making the run-off by winning 1st and 2nd on April 23rd.

Check out the latest odds in our pool.

Buying Bitcoins at CoinRoster

We’ve noticed our friends who enjoy playing fantasy sports, usually aren’t familiar with bitcoin. Many of them don’t own bitcoins and are unsure of how to purchase some. Since CoinRoster is a bitcoin fantasy sports site, our users require bitcoins to play our games. The following post explains how a CoinRoster user in Canada can buy bitcoins for their account.

After opening your CoinRoster account, and verifying your e-mail address, visit the “My Account” page and spot the green “deposit” button on the left side menu. Clicking this button will bring you to a screen with two choices. If you would like to purchase bitcoins, click on the “Canadians, click here to user Interac Online” button.

To help our users buy bitcoins, we use a Canadian payment processor called QuickBT that complies with FINTRAC regulations and will work with most major Canadian banks such as RBC Royal Bank and Scotiabank.

To use the QuickBT payment method, fill out the amount of bitcoins you want to purchase, and you will be provided with a quote of the cost. To continue, fill in your 10 digit Canadian phone number to confirm your identity, receive a phone pin and enter this code in the space provided, enter your e-mail address, and then submit the form using the Interac Online button.  This will bring you to a banking page where you choose your bank and then enter your details. The payment will be processed and your bitcoins will be sent to your CoinRoster account.

It could take up to 24 hours to process your bitcoin deposit, but we usually credit your CoinRoster account within a few minutes. After that, you’ll be able to use your bitcoins to play games, and withdraw your bitcoins to another bitcoin address whenever you like.

Currently, we also have a promotion that provides new depositors with a 100% match on their first deposit. You’ll be required to bet the bonus amount 20 times before you can withdraw it, so if you’re a smart player, this is a great way to jump start your bitcoin bankroll.

Click here to open your CoinRoster account and make your first bitcoin deposit.

NHL Playoff Preview

Tonight is the first night of the NHL playoffs and hockey fans can’t wait for the action to start. Who has the best chance of winning the cup?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the least likely to make it to the second round. They are facing the Washington Capitals who are one of the favourites to win the cup. Also, even if the Leafs beat the Capitals, they will face either the Blue Jackets or the defending champion Penguins, so its going to be a tough slog for the Leafs to get far this year.

In the Western Conference, the San Jose Sharks might be without their veteran center Joe Thornton. The Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks have the best chances of making it to the finals. The Wild will be led by their defense and goalie, and the Blackhawks will be led by superstars like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

At CoinRoster, we’ll be having nightly fantasy contests and also adding prop pools and series based pools.


Playing the Masters Odds

The Masters is my favorite golf tournament of the year. Since the Masters is played on the same course each year, there is something special about the tournament unlike any other major. The history of the tournament and the quality of the field are just a couple of the many things that make the Masters the most respected golf championship.

For golf fans who pay attention to the betting odds, the Masters provides a smorgasbord of opportunities. Here are some tips and tricks that CoinRoster users can apply to their own betting this year.

A good place to start for surveying the Masters odds is an odds aggregator website like Odds Checker.  Here you will find a list of many different bets with the odds from a variety of British sports books including 3 exchanges such as Betfair. Users can view the odds of a particular outcome for a particular book, but also see the highs and lows, as well as the average and median prices. A basic statistical analysis is an important starting point to finding value in the odds.

This year, the favourites are DJ at 7.00, and both Rory and Jordan Spieth at around 9.00. These three players combined represent a 36% chance of winning.

On CoinRoster, the tournament winner pool is the largest pool we offer. The fun thing about golf betting is anyone in the field has a chance, and so there are many longshots to choose from. This provides an opportunity for a sharp bettor to find value in the nooks and crannies. At the time of writing, Rory has implied odds of 12.3 in CoinRoster’s pool, so he might be worth keeping an eye on as the pool nears its closing time.

Since past champions are invited to play, but are very unlikely to win the Masters, they are listed in our winner’s pool too. If you’re a fan of Bernhard Langer, and also think he has a shot at winning, you can get more than 13 million to 1 odds in our pool right now, even though he is listed at 500.00 on many sports books.

The middle tier players might be the best place to look for value though. Players like Paul Casey who most books have around 45.00 is not that popular with golf fans, and so he is listed in our pool at more than 13,000 to 1.  So is Andy Sullivan and Brendan Grace.

When betting with a pool format, be aware of how much your bet will impact the pool. Consider the size of your bet relative to the total pool size. A rule of thumb method to size your bets in a pool format is to determine the odds you would like to receive and then find a player currently in the pool with those odds. See how much is currently bet on the player with the odds you are trying to copy and then use that amount as a guide to how much you’d like to bet. As a betting pool grows, the odds morph and change, and as a sharp bettor, you need to consider a betting strategy that temps other bettors while at the same time protects your stake in the pool.

When assembling your fantasy roster, use the odds posted for the cut markets. Go to a sports book who posts odds on whether various players will make the cut, and compare those odds versus the price of the player in the fantasy draft pool. Volatility and portfolio strategy are important factors to consider when assembling fantasy lineups. A team of Sergios will have a different expected outcome than a team of Kuchars if each has the same price in the draft pool. The Sergios are probably better for a Jackpot paytable and the Kuchars are probably more suitable for a Double-Up because one is much more volatile than the other.

We hope you enjoy Masters week and we look forward to refining our system for users going forward.

PGA Tour Fantasy Golf Puerto Rico Open & Match Play

This week is a split week for the PGA Tour as there’s a WGC event along with both a stroke play tournament each being played. The Puerto Rico Open has a shallow field with most of the top players teeing it up in the WGC Dell Match Play. Even so, a few of the top players, such as Stenson, are taking this as a by week altogether and skipping both events.

We’ve posted two pools that users can join. There is a fantasy golf pool for the Puerto Rico Open and a pari-mutuel pool for the Dell Match Play. In the future we hope to have a bracket game available, stay tuned.

NCAA March Madness Bitcoin Betting Pool

In case you need another place to bet on March Madness NCAA Men’s Basketball, we’ve posted a pool for who will win with the choice of 4 of the top ranked teams along with a field bet.

You can view the odds on our pool, or login to your account and place a bet by following this link.

At this time, there is about a 45% chance that either Duke, Gonzaga, UNC, or Villanova will win the NCAA Championship.  The odds implied for any other team from the remainder of the field is 55%.

Fantasy Draft PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational

After our first test game last week, we have posted another Double-Up fantasy contest with a 0.002 btc entry fee this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win, and he is priced for value on our draft list.

The Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge, 7,419 yards, par 72. A rustic golf outpost on Orlando’s rural outskirts got a major boost in 1965 when Arnold Palmer proclaimed it the “best course in Florida” upon his first visit. Over time, Palmer eventually bought the place and made it his winter base. The PGA TOUR arrived in 1979, when the old Florida Citrus Open relocated across town to “Arnie’s Place.” Laid out in 1961 by Dick Wilson, Palmer’s constant tinkering over the years has left no doubt about whose stamp it bears. Bay Hill’s closing trio of holes often yields a dramatic finish, most notably Robert Gamez’s stunning 7-iron holeout at No. 18 to vault past Greg Norman in the 1990 edition.

The Field: Jason Day, the final champion to have that special greenside moment with The King, defends his title against a roster that includes a dozen others from the top 25 in the world rankings. Hideki Matsuyama and Henrik Stenson are other top-10 entrants. … Korean pro Jeunghun Wang, with three European Tour wins in the past 10 months, makes his second start on U.S. soil. The first came at last year’s PGA Championship. Also, world No. 11 Alex Noren tees it up on these shores for the first time since Baltusrol. … John Daly, now a PGA TOUR Champions regular, returns to Bay Hill for the first time since 2006. He might be best known around the place for the 18 he carded at No. 6 in 1998.

Storylines: Palmer’s absence from his beloved tournament will hover over the week, an occasion for both sadness and joy in his legacy. Attendees at Bay Hill will see a new bronze statue of Palmer, positioned to overlook the first and 10th tees. Host duties will be shared by a golf foursome – Annika Sorenstam, Graeme McDowell, Peter Jacobsen and Curtis Strange – plus former Homeland Security chief and Palmer confidant Tom Ridge. … Day tees it up for the first time since the West Coast, where he had two top-12s in four starts but was 64th last time out at Riviera. … Stenson, an Orlando resident who lives some 45 minutes away, returns in quest of his first Bay Hill victory. He’s been no worse than fifth in the past three years.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. (GC), 2:30-6 p.m. (NBC).

Conservative Party Leadership Odds Update

The CBC is reporting that the front-runners for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership are Bernier and O’Leary according to an index that predicts first ballot results. The index takes into account a number of factors such as fundraising and polls. With limited polls and other predictive data available, these types of data releases provide some quantitative substance that can be used to predict the outcome of the race.

The index also predicts there will be no winner on the first ballot. The eventual winner of the race for leader will likely be determined by which candidate can trade up during election night.

CoinRoster has posted a pool where users can predict the outcome of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race. User can bet on the candidate(s) they believe will be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. The pool can be found here.