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Major League Baseball Blackouts Keeping Some Teams Out Of Sportsbooks

April 13, 2015 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (14)

The baseball season is only a week old and weíre already hearing complaints about the awful Major League Baseball blackout rules in Las Vegas.

Blacking out a game is the practice of keeping games off local TV. Most blackout policies exist to protect local broadcasters from competition by out-of-market networks that carry different teams. Even though Las Vegas isnít home to a Major League Baseball team, itís still, for some reason, considered to be a home market for way too many different teams. Those teams include the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Aís, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres.

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Here's How To Wager On Baseball

April 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

The first pitch of the new Major League Baseball season was thrown last night in Chicago (the Cubs lost to the St. Louis Cardinals). The season is now in full swing with games stretching into tonight.

Wagering on baseball is different than betting on football or basketball since baseball games don't use a point spread. When you wager on a baseball game, you're mostly going to bet the money line. Money line wagers mean all you have to do is to pick a winner. If you pick the winning team, you get paid, but not the traditional -110 ($11 to win 10) you would with point spread sports. Since money line betting is different from what most people are used to, it's always nice to have a refresher.

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Great Scott! A 1989 World Series Prediction Is Driving Sports Bettors Crazy!

March 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM | by | Comments (8)

The 2015 Major League Baseball season is almost upon us and now is the time for sports bettors to get their pre-season World Series picks in. Itís an especially exciting time for Chicago Cubs fans. After recently signing starting pitcher Jon Lester, this may be the Cubs best chance at breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat in years.

If youíre not the type to believe in curses, perhaps density destiny is more your style. If thatís the case then, before making any wagers, you may want to consider that the outcome of this yearís Series was predicted more than 25 years ago.

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Shop Around For The Best Gambling

March 26, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (11)

Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isnít all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isnít true. Not only do many casinos offer different rules, odds and returns for games, you may even find different rules and odds for the same game under the roof of a single casino.

A casino may offer blackjack with different odds depending on if you're by the door, in the high limit room or in the party pit. This can be the case with other forms of casino gambling, from betting on sports to video poker.

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Virtual Horse Racing In The Works

March 17, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (7)

You may have heard the Nevada Gaming Commission authorized wagering on the Olympics last month. What you may not have heard is that it also approved virtual horse racing the same day.

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May 2 May Be The Busiest Sports Betting Day Of The Year

March 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

The first weekend of May is always a great time to be in Las Vegas. As the weather turns from winter to spring, that weekend will bring Cinco De Mayo parties, the Kentucky Derby, and a big boxing match. This year, that weekend should bring more action than usual to the sportsbooks.

You may have heard that Manny Pacquiao will go head-to-head with Floyd Mayweather in the "Fight of the Century" that weekend. It's expecting to bring in almost as much revenue as the Super Bowl.

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Your Chance To Win Free Entry In Westgate's SuperContest

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March 3, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Good News: If you own an iPhone, you can win a free entry to the Westgate football SuperContest (worth $1,500) beginning with this season's college basketball tournament.

Bad News: If you own an Android phone, youíll have to wait until summer†to attempt to win a free entry.

Yesterday, Westgate and Gamblino (a mobile gaming company) announced a partnership to expand the reach of the SuperBook's annual SuperContest. In case you didnít know, the SuperContest is the worldís largest and most renowned pro football handicapping competition. This partnership is a big deal for the SuperContest as Jay Kornegay, Vice President of Race & Sports for Westgate, has been looking to expand the contest every year in a way similar to how the World Series of Poker†has grown.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Betting Odds

March 2, 2015 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (5)

You donít have to be a fan of boxing to know that Floyd Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao†in the "Fight Of The Century" May 2 at MGM Grand. The boxing match took five years to come together and people are stoked. As previously detailed, hotel room prices have skyrocketed for the weekend. Tickets havenít gone on sale†yet, but brokers are already offering tickets for up to $10,000. Yowza.

Whenever thereís a big fight, sportsbooks are quick to make odds available. In fact, odds for this fight have been appearing off and on for the past couple years while the fight was negotiated. Here are the current odds from Station Casinos:

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You Can Now Bet On The Olympics In Las Vegas

February 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (3)

In December, South Point petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to amend regulations to allow wagering on the Olympics in their sportsbook. Last week, that petition was recommended unanimously for approval. A final thumbs up was awarded this afternoon. The decision is effective immediately.

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Would You Rather Wager At Sportsbooks Or With Fantasy Sports?

February 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (6)

Whether you agree or disagree that sports wagering and fantasy sports, especially daily fantasy, are gambling, theyíre similar enough to have a comparative discussion. This week, Bloomberg wrote†that fantasy sports websites are positioned to become legal online gambling sites in the future. Fantasy websites tend to argue against that statement since they want to keep their noses clear of online sports gambling which isnít legal in nearly as many states as fantasy sports.

Right now, fantasy sports is living in an online space similar to where online poker was 12 years ago before Black Friday shut down most poker websites in America. The online poker boom was great for poker players†in Las Vegas. Just about every casino opened a poker room because of the popularity explosion.

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NFL Season Win Totals Are...

February 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Football has more money wagered on it in Nevada than all other sports combined. The NFL makes up a majority of football betting. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that sportsbooks are always looking for ways to keep football front and center. Last week, CG Technology (formerly Cantor Gaming) released season win totals for the 2015 NFL season that is scheduled to begin September 10.

Obviously, these are early wagering opportunities so limits are smaller than you may find during the NFL season. Like with other early season win totals, these bets will change†rather quickly with a few wagers on one side or the other. If youíre not familiar with season win total wagering, you can bet over or under the totals below.

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Major League Baseball Season Win Totals

February 16, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (4)

It may already feel like spring in Las Vegas, with temperatures in the 70s for the past two weeks, but itís still a little while away. As someone who grew up on the east coast, I didn't need the weather to get warm to tell me what's just around the corner. All I needed to hear was that†pitchers and catchers were reporting to spring training. That happens this week!

The Philadelphia Phillies are the first team to report to Major League Baseball spring training in Florida this Thursday, while the Oakland Aís will be the first team to report to spring training in Arizona on Friday. The first games arenít until March, so you still have time to plan a Vegas/Arizona combo trip. This is a great trip for any baseball fan.

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