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Beat 'Em

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Type of Program: NFL Game Picker
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/NT
Company Name: Tip Top Software
Version: 4.1
Price: $39.00
Installed Size: 1.3megs


Beat 'Em is a program that aids you in picking winning football teams. The program automatically figures the Line (how many points a team is favored by), Power Ratings, Vegas Projections, and who is the Favorite taking into consideration the previous scores, home field advantage, and how well the team did over or under what they were expected to do. It will keep track of your picks too. If you disagree with the computers figures you can change them. You can enter the scores each week or you can download them from the website after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

This program is highly configurable which can take a little bit to figure it out or you can just leave it like it is and do the updates each week in that case it is really easy to use. The display shows the teams who are playing, the line, scores, home field advantage, favorite power rating, underdog power rating, and Vegas Projections. The favorite team is listed first and the home team name is in all capital letters. The Vegas projection is figured by (home field advantage + underdog power rating) -(favorite power rating + line). If you are keeping your own files instead of using the weekly updated file you will need to enter any post season games.

This program has an excellent tutorial which will explain every thing in plain english so you will be up and going in no time at all. Having never gotten into lines, power ratings, projections, and so on I had no idea what they were until I went through the tutorial so I learned quite a bit just going through that. This program is shareware so you can take advantage of the 30 day free trial to see for yourself how impressive it is.

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Reviewed by Zonia Heath -

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