iBet Football Pro

Pssst… I got a hot tip on tonight’s Monday Night Football game… it’s gonna be an UPSET! Miami’s gonna win!

Well on second thought, this is a pretty bad example since the NY Jets are only favored by 1 point which basically makes this game a tossup. Even iBetFootball PRO will tell you “DO NOT BET!!!” this game because it’s just too close to predict. What it does recommend, however, is that you take the Over which is 36 because iBetFootball is predicting the final score to total 39. Still pretty close, but hey it’s called gambling for a reason, right?

iBetFootball makes its predictions based on past game data, so in theory it should become more accurate as the football season goes on. How accurate was it this past weekend, you ask? Well, let’s see…

Here’s what iBetFootball predicted would happen yesterday vs. what actually happened yesterday. Note that “Recommendation accurate?” assumes that you’re obeying the app’s suggestions.

Baltimore favored by 9 over Cincinnati
iBF’s prediction: Baltimore wins by 6.1
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: Baltimore 14, Cincinnati 17
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? n/a

Buffalo favored by 6 over Cleveland
iBF’s prediction: Buffalo wins by 8.8
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: Buffalo 3, Cleveland 6
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? n/a

Carolina favored by 3.5 over Washington
iBF’s prediction: Washington wins by 3.6
iBF’s recommendation: BEST BET: Take Washington +3.5
Actual result: Carolina 20, Washington 17
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? Yes… barely!

Pittsburgh favored by 10.5 over Detroit
iBF’s prediction: Pittsburgh wins by 3
iBF’s recommendation: BEST BET: Take Detroit +10.5
Actual result: Pittsburgh 28, Detroit 20
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? Yes

NY Giants favored by 16 over Oakland
iBF’s prediction: NY Giants win by 16.4
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: NY Giants 44, Oakland 7
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? n/a

Minnesota favored by 9.5 over St. Louis
iBF’s prediction: Minnesota wins by 18.6
iBF’s recommendation: BEST BET: Take Minnesota -9.5
Actual result: Minnesota 38, St. Louis 10
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? Yes

Philadelphia favored by 14.5 over Tampa Bay
iBF’s prediction: Philadelphia wins by 16.4
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: Philadelphia 33, Tampa Bay 14
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? n/a

Dallas favored by 9 over Kansas City
iBF’s prediction: Dallas wins by 5.5
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: Dallas 26, Kansas City 20 (OT)
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? n/a

San Francisco favored by 2.5 over Atlanta
iBF’s prediction: San Francisco wins by 8.6
iBF’s recommendation: OK BET: Take San Francisco -2.5
Actual result: San Francisco 10, Atlanta 45
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? No

Arizona favored by 5.5 over Houston
iBF’s prediction: Arizona wins by 0 (tie game, I guess)
iBF’s recommendation: OK BET: Take Houston +5.5
Actual result: Arizona 28, Houston 21
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? No

New England favored by 3 over Denver
iBF’s prediction: Denver wins by 11.7
iBF’s recommendation: BEST BET+: Take Denver +3
Actual result: New England 17, Denver 20
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? Yes

Jacksonville favored by 3 over Seattle
iBF’s prediction: Jacksonville wins by 1
iBF’s recommendation: Do not bet
Actual result: Jacksonville 0, Seattle 41
Correct winner predicted? No
Recommendation accurate? n/a

Indianapolis favored by 3.5 over Tennessee
iBF’s prediction: Indianapolis wins by 9
iBF’s recommendation: OK BET: Take Indy -3.5
Actual result: Indianapolis 31, Tennessee 9
Correct winner predicted? Yes
Recommendation accurate? Yes

So here’s the breakdown correctness for one Sunday with iBetFootball Pro:

OK Bet: 1 of 3
Best Bet: 3 of 3
Best Bet+: 1 of 1

Total bet recommendation record: 5 of 7

Winners predicted (straight up):  8 of 13

Over/Under predicted: 8 of 13 (sorry, not shown above cuz I’m lazy)

I’m impressed by those Best Bets! Now, it’s impossible to expect any iPhone app to be right 100% of the time and there will be weeks when there are massive upsets galore, ie: Seattle totally spanking Jacksonville, but if yesterday’s games are any indication of how well this app can do then I’m pretty much sold. I’m especially impressed that it correctly chose Detroit as a Best Bet against Pittsburgh… I’ll bet a lot of football know-it-alls in Vegas very smugly assumed the Steelers would kick the Lions in the balls and then take their lunch money, but that clearly didn’t happen.

Notice that there’s a difference between Best Bet and Best Bet+. Only one game yesterday was designated as “+” and it was another game that a lot of people probably had the wrong gut feeling on. Even I thought New England would be able to win that game by at least a touchdown! Shows how much I know.

As an app, iBetFootball is kind of rough around the edges and not much to look at, but if you’re using an app like this all you should care about is results. Will it do this well every week for the rest of the season? It’s impossible to say, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing to be aware of is that there are three versions of this app but iBetFootball PRO is the only one that does all the statistical legwork for you! The non-pro version ($2.99) lets you input game data yourself, but if you’re going to get this app just spend the extra $3 for pro… unless you really enjoy inputting game stats for 14 games a week! Ugh. No thanks.

If you’re big into gambling on NFL games, I’d definitely recommend this app but I’d also suggest giving it some small tests first. Before you go and wager your kid’s college fund on all the Best Bets, try betting small for a couple of weeks and see how you do. I’d hate for anyone to get their ass kicked in the sportsbook and start screaming f***ing IAR and that stupid betting app! Use this app, but also use your head, and hopefully you’ll have a fun and profitable football season!

iTunes Link – iBetFootball PRO
Version 1.0
Reviewed on iPhone 3G OS3.1

2 Responses to “iBet Football Pro”

  1. mark bollinger Says:

    my ibetpto football is not responding for up-dates. please correct


  2. mark bollinger Says:

    Un able to receive updates


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