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Grading Reform & Fairness

Oskeim Sports recently implemented a Live Odds Feed from Sports Options containing point spreads from A-rated sports books as independently determined by Sports Book Review.  The purpose of the live odds feed is two-fold: (1) it provides visitors to the site with the ability to shop the betting market for the best lines; and (2) it will be used to set strict line parameters with respect to the picks released by Oskeim Sports and how those picks are graded in its Pick Archive.

In an effort to promote grading fairness, all sports picks released by Oskeim Sports must use a point spread that is readily available at the majority of the sports books contained in the live odds feed at the time the pick is sent to clients. For example, the live odds feed currently publishes lines from six sports books: 5Dimes, Bookmaker, Bovada, BetOnline, Heritage and SportsBetting.  My intent is to add a seventh sports book (Diamond or JustBet) in the near future.

Therefore, every pick released by Oskeim Sports must use a point spread that is available at a minimum of four of the sports books contained in the live odds feed, effective October 15, 2015.

Oskeim Sports’ Industry-Leading Grading Reform:

  • The use of lines that are not readily available to the betting public will not permitted;
  • The use of lines that are only available at a minority of sports books is prohibited; and
  • Clients will be given an opportunity to place wagers on all games released at the lines specified by Oskeim Sports.

The use of rogue lines and/or stale lines is far too prevalent in the handicapping industry and effectively undermines the interests of sports bettors.  Handicappers claim wins on games in which 90%+ of their clients lost because they used fabricated lines at the time of release in order to inflate their records.

Clients of Oskeim Sports will be empowered with the knowledge that all sports picks made by Oskeim will continue to be graded fairly with readily-accessible point spreads at the time of release.  Clients will further be protected by the fact that the picks they receive (and corresponding point spreads) will be widely available upon receipt.

Oskeim Sports is known for setting new industry standards that puts the interests of sports bettors first.  Oskeim Sports’ Grading Reform is the first of its kind in the handicapping industry and further distinguishes it from the competition. Honesty and integrity are not just buzz words at Oskeim Sports.  They are a way of life.