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Kurt Boyer's Biography

Kurt’s sportswriting adventures have branded him a foremost expert on football, soccer, basketball, hockey, prize-fighting, and dozens of other competitions around the world. His editorials, rankings, and news reports have appeared in MSN.com, Yardbarker, and Bleacher Report. A rich writing style and eye for historical and cultural angles have helped him create a truly unique voice in online handicapping.

A 38-year-old resident of SoCal, Kurt boasts a seemingly boundless knowledge of the sports universe that has manufactured winning prediction records in FIFA, March Madness, English Premier League matches, and the Olympic Games. On the gridiron, he posted a 61% success rate on ATS and point-total picks during the 2017-18 NFL and FBS seasons.

Kurt successfully touted Villanova to win the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and also nailed four out of four moneyline, goal-total, and proposition bets in the World Cup final between France and Croatia. He also specializes in international baseball, predicting months in advance that an underdog Team USA would win its first World Baseball Classic in 2017.

Kurt claims to have never found a website more committed to in-depth predictions and entertaining coverage than Legit Gambling Sites. “Most handicapping pages post odds, a few thinly-explained picks, and a whole bunch of systems and math,” he explains. “LegitGamblingSites.com is a publication for the real fan who also likes to bet once in a while.”

He holds a special place in his heart for high school football, in which his blogging persona “The Gridiron Geek” has been compared to legendary sports humorists like Lewis Grizzard and Patrick McManus. His favorite casino game is baccarat, and he hopes someday to learn the “foolproof” system used by Evelyn Tremble in Casino Royale.

Kurt’s other interests include music, history, politics, and classic television. His cat, Patricia, is in charge of his apartment.

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Kurt Boyer's Articles

Women’s World Cup: USWNT vs Sweden Moneyline and Over/Under Predictions

When coaches make unorthodox or unpopular decisions, it’s a rare opportunity to gauge their true worth to an organization. Fans are used to watching skippers make conventional choices all the time, saying things in press conferences like “Every decision we make on behalf of the Indianapolis Colts is a decision on behalf of the Indianapolis […]

5 FBS Coaches Whose Teams are Excellent Against the Spread

The biggest problem college football underdogs have in trying to get the attention of bookmakers and gamblers is that every week, every FBS game, everybody has to favor somebody. It’s like Michael Wilbon says about head coaches who aren’t always effective (or unbeaten) but get promoted to jobs in the Power-5 anyway. “Everybody has to […]

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NFL Preseason Odds: 6 Sleepers Who Could Win Super Bowl 54

All sports gamblers who actually like sports (i.e. the non-miserable people of the world) are guilty of fan bias – among other forms of bias – whenever they handicap the odds. You can’t get away from it. For instance, I personally try to take an “ambivalent” view of professional sports, not that I don’t care […]

Copa América 2019: Futures Odds and Best Underdog Pick

Every so often, my San Diego friends and I take the obligatory 5 or 15 minutes to complain about there being no Major League Soccer club in the Plymouth of the West. San Diego is minutes from the USA-Mexico border. Kids walk around the beach with soccer balls instead of yo-yos and hacky-sacks. My housekeeper […]

Handicapping Man City’s Odds to Win a 2020 Quadruple

When I first heard about the concept of “forecasting” Las Vegas lines, I thought it was almost a kind of paradox. Why would you want to handicap an outcome against your own “odds” when the bookmaker and the betting public are ultimately your opponents anyway? That’s like drawing-up a defense and then preparing your team […]

How to Handicap College Sports in the Coming Era of Paid NCAA Student-Athletes

I’m always struck by the simple, clean logic of great athletes and sportsmen. For instance, Jack Nicklaus was never the smartest guy in the world from a book-learning point of view. Big Jack’s claim to fame was his understanding of simple, basic truths, and his iron-fisted adherence to them. When other golfers complained about a […]

Trump 2020 Update: Comparing General Election Odds Around the Web

Smart political gamblers may have more advantages than ever before. It’s strange how the Trump era has taken pundits’ minds almost completely away from facts, logic, and analysis. Whether you like President Trump or not, everyone can admit that his style is somewhat loose on facts (or at least less-measured than usual when quoting loose […]

Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors: Vegas Lines and Predictions for Game 6

Skin. O’. The. Teeth. The Golden State Warriors were battered, spent, and frustrated by the 2nd half of Game 5 in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors carried a 3-1 series lead into the contest on Monday night. Leonard would post a double-double as Nick Nurse’s squad engineered a late rally. Weakened by yet another […]

2019 United States Open: Head-to-Head Predictions and Best 3-Balls Wagers

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a problem with our site’s golf blog. That probably strikes you as a weird thing for me to say at this point, having written years’ worth of major-championship links content into the Legit Gambling Sites golf archive. But I realized that a lot of the posts were […]

Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues Game 7 Preview and Gambling Odds

I joke often about how sports gambling lingo treats all of Las Vegas (or an entire bookmaking apparatus) like a person. What does Las Vegas think? Who does Sportsbook X “like” to win? Obviously, Sin City isn’t a hive-mind and “sportsbook” is an abstraction. So neither can actually think, or like anybody. Insert cheesy pun […]

When Betting the Occasional Parlay Makes Sense

A running thread in my blog posts involves weighing the fun-quotient of any gambling system or style against its likelihood of scoring a profit. I suppose the best angle of all would be if a person knew everything about sports and handicapping but cared not a whit for watching the games or following the news, […]

5 Underdog MMA Combatants to Gamble on in 2019 and 2020

“MMA,” as in Mixed Martial-Arts, and “UFC,” as in the dominant MMA promotion, can almost appear to be synonyms sometimes. People use the acronyms interchangeably, like “NFL player” and “football player” or “NBA superstar” and “guy who is good at basketball.” But we’re making a mistake when we do that, because, like all competitions, UFC […]