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.