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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. 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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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.
Formerly located right in the heart of the casino floor, situated between some blackjack tables and slot machines, the old setting wasn't as much of a poker "room" as it was a poker "area." The new location, now sandwiched between the Earl of Sandwich (couldn't resist) and the sports book, is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the main casino and the result is a much calmer, quieter setting. The old location was just feet away from the casino's raucous party pit, which gave the poker room the reputation as one of the noisiest in town after the sun went down and the go-go dancers started doing their thing. Some people don't mind a noisy room, but if you're like me, a little peace and quiet goes a long way when it comes to doing battle at the poker tables. The new room doesn't have the library-like feel of the room at the Wynn, but it is quite a bit more mellow in its new spot.
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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March Madness keeps Las Vegas sportsbooks hopping. The first four days of the NCAA basketball tournament have rivaled the Super Bowl in the amount of money wagered. Something to consider is that the Super Bowl is one huge game while the first two days of March Madness each have 32 games from 9 a.m. until about 10 p.m. Things slow a little on Saturday and Sunday with only 16 games each day.
It's very possible the money wagered on the first weekend of March Madness will surpass the Big Game. It's already being estimated that more than $9 billion will be wagered on March Madness worldwide ($240 million in Nevada) and over 40 million people will fill out tournament brackets.
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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.
The next time you visit the sportsbook at Bellagio you'll see a different space then youíre used to. The sportsbook just wrapped up a renovation in time for one of the busiest sports betting weekends of the year, March Madness.
Much of the older desk seating that was used for horse bettors has been removed, allowing for a more lounge or living room-type atmosphere with couches and comfortable leather chairs and couches like you see at The Mirage and Aria. In addition, Bellagio's sportbook is the next within the MGM Resorts family to install†the InteractivePro tables. They were introduced to The Mirage sportsbook last year and also can be found at MGM Grand now.
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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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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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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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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This morning at the ICE Conference in London, GTECH announced that theyíve signed a deal with MGM Resorts for a mobile sports betting and gaming solution. If the name GTECH sounds familiar, itís because theyíve agreed to purchase American slot manufacturer IGT. The deal isn't finalized yet so this is still a GTECH product.
This is a multi-year agreement that will provide enhanced sports betting technology at ten MGM Resorts properties in Nevada. They are expected to begin a phased deployment in the third quarter of 2015, pending regulatory approvals. In other words this should be available in time for next football season. GTECH will modernize MGMís sports betting offerings to include live in-play betting, and enable you to place sports betting wagers via mobile anytime, anywhere in the state of Nevada. In addition, GTECH will provide real-money, on-premise mobile casino and slot games.