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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. It’s 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 you’re not the type to believe in curses, perhaps
density destiny is more your style. If that’s the case then, before making any wagers, you may want to consider that the outcome of this year’s Series was predicted more than 25 years ago.
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Unless you gamble frequently, you may not realize it isn’t all the same. To the non-gambler, blackjack is blackjack is blackjack. Gamblers know that isn’t 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.
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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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.
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, you’ll 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 didn’t know, the SuperContest is the world’s 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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You don’t 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 haven’t gone on sale yet, but brokers are already offering tickets for up to $10,000. Yowza.
Whenever there’s 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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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.
Whether you agree or disagree that sports wagering and fantasy sports, especially daily fantasy, are gambling, they’re 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 isn’t 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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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 you’re not familiar with season win total wagering, you can bet over or under the totals below.
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It may already feel like spring in Las Vegas, with temperatures in the 70s for the past two weeks, but it’s 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 A’s will be the first team to report to spring training in Arizona on Friday. The first games aren’t 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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Two movies headed to a theater near you will focus on casinos and illegal sports betting.
Based in Las Vegas, Wild Card is about a down-on-his-luck degenerate gambler played by Jason Statham. The movie (trailer below) looks like your typical Jason Statham movie set in and around casinos. Besides gambling and typical Statham ass-kicking expect to see lots of Vegas in the background.
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By now you probably (hopefully) know the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champs, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. The point spread in the game went off in many Las Vegas sportsbooks as a pick ‘em so the Patriots covered the spread. The game also went over the total which was somewhere between 47 and 48, depending when and where you wagered. The win and total score ended up in a four-way teaser win for bettors. Usually, when sports bettors win, the result is bad for casino sportsbook operators. In the case of the Big Game, it wasn’t entirely good for bettors or bad for the sportsbooks.
With a huge menu of prop bets available sportsbooks may have been able to eek out an overall win. Prop wagers make up the majority in Big Game bets at the Westgate SuperBook while they only make up about 15% of Big Game wagers at Wynn. Every sportsbook operator offers a different number of prop bets so the results will vary. William Hill released almost 700 and here are some of the results of their more popular prop bets: