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The Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos in the Big Game last night by a score of 43-8. The game wasnít even that close, but that last score by Seattle made bettors who bet over 47.5 happy as they cashed in on one of the more popular bets. Thatís probably the only solace for many as the sportsbooks did brisk business and cleaned up with a Seahawks win. Sportsbooks took in close to a record $99 million in bets on last yearís Super Bowl. All indications are that, this year, they took in 3%-5% more for a new record.
The more money in play usually means the more casinos win. With a short underdog (2.5 points) winning this year, they stand to profit even more since only about 35% of the money bet was on the Seahawks.†The night didnít start off all that well for the sportsbooks, though, as the first score was on a safety. The few people that placed that bet scored a payoff of anywhere from 50-1 to 60-1.
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Last year, a simple tip on skipping the line at sportsbooks during March Madness came in handy for many readers. And, it will likely do the same for many others when it comes to this weekend's Big Game.
So, what's the tip? Betting with your mobile phone is the quickest and easiest way to get a bet placed with a sportsbook.†Over 60% of people in the US own a smartphone†and, chances are that if you're in Las Vegas for the Big Game, you'll have one with you. You won't get a "free drink" ticket if you wager with an app, but if you're at an all-you-can-drink Big Game party, that probably doesn't matter. Not waiting in lines when you're in Vegas is the best way to have the most fun.
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Betting on the†
Super Bowl Big Game†has grown almost every year over the past decade for two reasons. Obviously, the increased popularity of the game is a major reason for general growth of the sports, but prop bets (prop is short for proposition) have become more popular every year.
When†William ďRefrigeratorĒ Perry scored a touchdown for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX†it woke gamblers up to the potential for big wins with prop bets when he cashed a 20-1 prop bet for some people. Prop bets have become so popular that there are now around 400 prop bets at most sportsbooks†for the Big Game. Almost half of the money wagered will be on prop bets. Thatís serious.
The prop bets you can make with sportsbooks in Las Vegas are based on the action on the field. The
silly†fun prop bets, like ďwhat color gatorade will be poured on the winning coach?,Ē are only available online. Those aren't legal in Nevada. The point spread and total were released over a week ago but, as you'd imagine, it takes some time to come up with another 400 prop bets so it took some time for them to be released. They're out now and we're ready to get down! Letís take a look at a few of the legit prop bets that the William Hill sportsbooks made available on Friday.
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With each passing day, the possible answers to that ages old, often rhetorical question -- wanna make a bet? -- increasingly becomes "okay, where and how much"?
Poker fans can already bet on the final table of the WSOP and while money can't be wagered on the Oscars (in a land-based casino, at least), the wonders of Internet have made wagering on that independent darkhouse film a reality.
Now, Munich-based BetTube is betting you want odds on all those YouTube vids you're already watching. The premise: win by predicting which YouTube videos will go viral. The catch: While hopes of real-money wagering is very much in the plan, the beta version offers play money only.
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Downtown Grand is a beautiful hotel. The hotel happens to have a casino. The casino is beautiful because itís new, but itís not very big and doesnít feel very comfortable for a gambler. But, letís begin with the good news.
Limits on table games are $5 (during the day) as the property's opening week kicks off. Blackjack pays 3:2 as itís clearly marked on all tables. The small casino only has about 10-14 table games with about half being dedicated to blackjack. All games are dealt from a shoe which is nice, too.
We didnít get to check all the video poker machines, but we saw 7/5 Bonus Poker available on most. Many are connected to a Royal Flush progressive which helps increase returns to a better level. The high limits room has better 8/5 Bonus Poker games, but youíll have to do so on $1 3-play games there (that's $15 per game with max credits). These arenít the worst video poker returns, but theyíre not the kind of returns that will make Downtown Grand a destination for video poker players.
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The NFL SuperContest at LVH is the largest and most popular football contest of them all. The contest's popularity stems from its ease of play (you pick five games against the spread), prize pool and national media attention.†The SuperContest has received record-breaking entries each of the past few years and the prize pool is now in the million dollar range. Since all of the proceeds are returned to participants, the winner of this yearís contest will likely see a grand prize somewhere around $500,000 with a total of $1 million to be shared among the top 30 entrants. Not too shabby for a contest.
The LVH has long said that theyíd like to see the entrants and prize pool grow similar to the way World Series of Poker has grown. That may not happen until sports betting is legal in other states, but the SuperContest is reaching some form of critical mass right now. There are more amateur sports bettors joining the contest in hopes of winning big money than ever before. The growing prize pool and mainstream mediaís acceptance and promotion of sports betting (Fox Sports 1 is now promoting games with point spreads) will only help the SuperContest.
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Another week. Another players club changes. This time, itís the Palms. The biggest change to Club Palms is that there are now five different sports-inspired tiers: Club Palms (everyone), Pro, All Star, MVP and Hall of Famer. The calendar year for Club Palms began on September 1 so youíll be able to discover what your tier is the next time you visit the casino.
Cantor Gaming operates the sportsbook at Palms and, in most casinos, you canít earn comps when placing wagers with them. However, you can at the Palms by giving the ticket writer your Club Palms card before making wagers.
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We've done it again. Football season is finally here and so is VegasChatter's Guide to Everything Pigskin in Las Vegas.
Bookmark this at-a-glance guide for the latest on where to party, who's got the hottest specials, betting advice, and more. We'll be updating it all season long. Find out everything about football in Vegas by just scrolling down. Interested in a specific hotel or company? Then click on the links below to jump right to that section. Know of something we've missed? Shoot us the info and we'll throw it in!
If you want to pick a winning team based on more than what city you like better (hey, don't knock it. We've won a football pool with that strategy!), this year we've expanded our list of phenomenal resources from six to nine. From The National Post to Beyond The Bets, make sure you know them all by checking here.
Pick a gaming company and it's likely got a football contest for you. Here's a run down of the biggies:
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Okay, NFL fans, simmer down now. We know. It's almost here. So, where in the hell is our 2013 Guide to Everything Pigskin in Las Vegas? It's dropping tomorrow. And, it's chockfull of details on parties, contests and specials all around town. In fact, we need to cram in five more parties we just learned about today.
Until then, William Hill is sharing its most up-to-date "futures, season win totals, player futures and player match-up props." A rep says these odds are available at all their Nevada locations and the William Hill app, but - for most - only until Sunday. Here's some of the highlights below. If you want to know something specific, ask in the comments and we'll pass it along!
Pro Football Player Futures
MOST PASS YDS 2013 REG SEASON:
6401 D BREES 3/1
6402 M STAFFORD 11/2
6403 P MANNING 6/1
6404 T BRADY 10/1
6405 T ROMO 18/1
6406 A RODGERS 9/2
6407 M RYAN 12/1
6408 A LUCK 18/1
6409 C PALMER 50/1
6410 RTHLSBERGR 40/1
6411 M SCHAUB 30/1
6412 E MANNING 12/1
6413 J FREEMAN 75/1
6414 S BRADFORD 50/1
6415 C NEWTON 45/1
6416 J FLACCO 50/1
6417 A DALTON 75/1
6418 P RIVERS 45/1
6419 J CUTLER 20/1
6420 M VICK 75/1
6421 R TANEHILL 75/1
6422 A SMITH 75/1
6423 M FLYNN 50/1
6424 KAEPERNICK 60/1
6425 R WILSON 60/1
6426 R GRIFFIN3 40/1
6427 FIELD 75/1
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Sportsbooks are always giving us new ways to bet. And now, the sportsbooks of Caesars Entertainment are offering NFL fans a nice payout on correctly predicting win/loss records.
Caesars Entertainment sportsbooks now allow bettors the option to bet the exact total of wins for any of the NFL's 32 teams. Each line is set with a round number and the player can wager the over, under or exact. For example, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers line is set at 8 wins. The over pays +140, under +120, and exactly +280.
One of the cool yet strange things about Las Vegas is the ability to gamble anywhere in the city. At first, it seems strange to walk into a supermarket or gas station and see people playing video poker and slot machines, but after stepping back and realizing that you can't do this anywhere else in the country, it can seem kind of cool. If there's gambling in places where children can walk into, you can bet that most bars outside of casinos even have some form of gambling. Most bars have video poker and, until recently, many had sports betting kiosks.
These sports betting kiosks look similar to an ATM machines but allow you to wager on games just like you would if you were at the sportsbook. The kiosks are convenient for people who would like to bet a few bucks on a game that may be on at the bar. However, Nevada lawmakers are now prohibiting sports betting kiosks in pubs and bars that have restricted licenses.
Sports betting kiosks at bars weren't much of a money maker for the operators (about 1/3rd of 1% of money won by operators), but they reminded people that they could bet on sports without being in a casino. Kiosks were also the best option for non-tech savvy or older sports bettors that didn't want to make the trip to a casino. Losing a couple hundred of these kiosks will bother the people that used them, but it will probably just make the move to mobile sports betting for the masses happen quicker.
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The SuperContest had 745 entries in 2012 which broke the previous record of 517. The prize pool is based on how much money is generated by the number of contestants. So, if the amount of entries increases again, so will the prize pool. Past winners of the SuperContest have collected $207k, $220k, $303k, $259k, $310k, and $447k, respectively. The Top 30 contestants win money.
Rules for the contest are simple, with one major restriction: