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You May Soon Be Able To Bet On The Olympics And Oscars

December 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (7)

There are some who say if people could legally bet on lab rats running through mazes, they would. While not that extreme the South Point has petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow some non-traditional bets in their sportsbook. Execs are asking that wagering be allowed on events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee as well as non-athletic events like the Oscars and the Heisman Trophy winner.

According to ESPN.com, the Westgate SuperBook and William Hill have sent Nevada Gaming Control official letters of support. There will be a public hearing to discuss the issue February 26.

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Why We're Not Digging The Renovated Sportsbook At Caesars Palace

Where: 89109
December 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | Comments (10)

Caesars Palace is the latest to squeeze the regular guy out of sportsbook. The resort's recently(ish) renovated sportsbook is less of a remodel than it is gentrification. By that we mean, the sportsbook added a bar to make the tired old space look new.

If you remember the glory days of the Caesars Palace sportsbook, you probably recall the giant space with lots of seats where anyone could watch the games. Fast forward to 2014 and that space has been enhanced (read: drastically reduced). The sportsbook is now blocked off by a bar and the actual sportsbook TV screens haven't been replaced. The majority of seats inside the sportsbook are reserved for Diamond and Seven Stars Total Rewards members or people spending large sums of money on booze. This makes Caesars' sportsbook accessible to about 5% of Total Rewards members.

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At The Venetian Sportsbook, Seats Can Require Hefty Wagers

October 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (8)

The sportsbook at the Venetian is one of the biggest and best in Las Vegas. The bright screens and comfortable seating draw a lot of people. Additionally, the Venetian is one of the biggest hotels on the Vegas Strip. The crowd on the weekend to watch and wager on football games has the sportsbook bursting at the seams.

The large crowd is a major part of what makes watching football at the Venetian sportsbook so great. Unfortunately, there are less than 15 seats inside the Venetian sportsbook that are open to the public. The rest are reserved for the biggest CG Technology customers who wager $500 or more per game. The more you wager, the better your seat.

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Rumblings From G2E

October 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (7)

The expo floor at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) is where the focus is for casino visitors because of all of the shiny new toys. What you may not know is that G2E is much more. In addition to the expo, there are seminars and speakers. One of the goals is that the casino, hotel, food and beverage businesses can educate each other on the state of their business. Much of the discussion is inside business speak, but there are a some nuggets of information the average casino visitor will find interesting.

Fantasy Sports

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren stated that his company is “considering investing in fantasy sports leagues.” Murren went on to say that MGM Resorts already sponsors fantasy sports events and has been incorporating elements into slot machines.

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Westgate's SuperBook Offering Reduced Juice On Thursdays

September 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Most of the time we see a "deal" by a casino for gamblers, it's usually a bad bet. New bonus bets are often employed by casinos to take our money. They're a business and that's their prerogative. That's not the case with a deal we discovered by Westgate. Right now, sports bettors will get reduced juice when placing bets at the Westgate sportsbook Thursday afternoons.

Juice is sometimes called commission or, more commonly, vig, which is short for vigorish. When placing most football bets, the juice is usually -110 on a point spread. This means you’ll have to bet $110 on a game to win $100. The juice here is 10% for the casino. Reduced juice means that the sportsbook is lowering that juice/commission/vig. This is a legit discount.

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Boyd Gaming Unleashes A Sports Betting App In Time For Your Next $5 8-Team Parlay

September 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (7)

Back in July, Boyd Gaming announced they would have a mobile sports betting platform. Last weekend they made good on that promise and launched B Connected Sports. You can sign up for an account and deposit funds at these six Boyd Gaming locations in Las Vegas - The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam's Town, California and Fremont (Main Street Station doesn't have a sportsbook). You can also sign up and fund your accounts at Eldorado Casino and Jokers Wild Casino in Henderson.

The B Connected Sports sports app is available for iPhone and Android (direct download here). While aesthetically different than the CG Technology, NV Sports Book, Station Casinos and William Hill sports betting apps, they’re all fairly similar. B Connected Sports operates very smoothly but there is one strange operational quirk. Yeah, we’ll call it a quirk. B Connected Sports only works if you have wifi on your phone turned OFF. The other apps recommend using wifi so this is a bit strange.

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If You're Not In Westgate's Football SuperContest, You May Want To Prepare For 2015

September 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

It’s already time for football bettors to plan for the 2015 NFL season. The SuperContest at Westgate is the largest and most popular in Vegas. In fact, SuperContest grew almost 30% this year and should only get bigger in 2015. Not everyone, however, has the $1,500 entry fee laying around so you might want to planning for next year’s contest now.

Mainstream media coverage on ESPN has helped SuperContest become popular, but that’s not the only reason. The prize pool returns 100% of the money entered which is awesome. Over 1,400 people entered the SuperContest this year and the grand prize winner will receive more than $700,000. Prize money also will be rewarded to 30 runner-ups. That's all awesome, too, but the biggest reason SuperContest is growing is that you don’t have to be in Las Vegas to make your weekly picks.

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TAG Bar Adds Mobile Betting Stations For Football Season

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September 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

TAG Sports Bar & Lounge at The LinQuad Hotel may be the best spot on the Vegas Strip to experiment and enjoy new and different imported and craft beer. But, it's best not to forget it's general purpose as a sports bar and lounge.

Located on the southern side of the casino (the one closest to the Linq mall), there are TVs throughout the bar as well as different gaming options. And now, just in time for football season, a mobile sports betting window that's open Thursday through Sunday. Instead of making the 45-second walk to place your bets at the sportsbook you don't need to leave the bar, at all.

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Registration Opens Soon For LVH's SuperContest

June 24, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (3)

The most popular football contest in Las Vegas begins taking entries Tuesday, July 1. The SuperContest at LVH may not be the biggest football contest in Las Vegas because of its $1,500 entry fee, but that’s what makes it the most popular. Last year’s winner David Frohardt-Lane from Chicago,won $542,850. Not bad for $1,500. In addition, he won a bonus prize of $15,000 by picking over 67% of the games correctly.

SuperContest pays out 100% of the winnings to the top 30 people who guess the most games correctly. Here's how it works: you have to be 21 to enter and, each week of the NFL season, you have to pick five games against the spread. It’s that simple. It might sound obvious but you have to register before the season begins to participate.

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Highlights From Golden Nugget's Release Of College Football Point Spreads

June 13, 2014 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

To quote the great Michael Bruce Buffer, ”It’s TIIIIIIIIIIME.”

Today marks the beginning of the college football season even though we’re still a few months from kickoff. This afternoon, Golden Nugget released point spreads for what they consider the 200 college football games of the year.

Bet limits are $1,000 and, since many professional gamblers sit at the Golden Nugget sportsbook waiting on the release of the point spreads, you can expect certain lines to change pretty quickly. The college football games of the year will still be available to bet at Golden Nugget even if some of the point spreads are different than the openers listed below.

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We're Less Than 100 Days From College Football And One Week From Point Spreads

June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

College football season is less than three months away! That means it’s time for football bettors to get ready for the season. Earlier this week, CG Technology (Cantor Gaming) released their season win totals for college football. (See SEC totals, here.) That’s just the appetizer, however, for early college football betting.

Friday, June 13 will mark the eighth consecutive year Golden Nugget will be the first sportsbook to post college football games with points spreads. They will release point spreads for 200 games. Football is, by far, the most bet on sport in casinos and college football gets a good amount of that money.

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Don't Be So Quick To Show Off That Big Sports Bet

May 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (9)

When we're having a good time, we like to tell others. There's nothing wrong with that. Winning is fun. While it may not be the coolest thing to do, gamblers like to show off when they win. We may share pictures of the purple chips we received after hitting a jackpot in Mississippi Stud Poker on Facebook or maybe we can't believe we finally got a Royal Flush in video poker and Instagram'd it. Or, perhaps, our long shot at the sportsbook just won and we tweet out a shot of the betting ticket.

Unfortunately, showing off one of these wins is not like the others. When you hit a sweet jackpot in most games, you’ll immediately receive your winnings. When you win big at the tables, you can just head to the casino cage and cash in your chips. If you hit a machine jackpot $1,200 and above, you'll get paid cash right on the spot by a casino employee. However, you don't have to be in the casino when you win a sports bet. This is where showing off your winnings can get complicated. In the time between showing off your winning sports betting ticket and actually claiming your winnings, someone can jump ahead of you and take it.

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