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Opening Lines For Week 1 Of NFL Season Available

April 22, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (4)

Whether youíre a gambler or a fan, thereís no more popular sport than football. Over the past few years, the NFL has stretched their off season so that we donít go more than a few weeks without talking about the league.

This almost daily NFL calendar may be a little overbearing for some, but the majority of people seem to love any excuse to talk football. Heck, the media is talking about a 3rd string quarterback signing a one-year contract like itís big news.

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Planet Hollywood's New Sportsbook Restaurant, Ringer, Off To A Good Start

April 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

The Planet Hollywood sportsbook had undergone some renovations this past March, including some major ones to the bar area. (I first noted it a few weeks ago as a tip to VegasChatter. I am now one of the team's newest contributors.)

During that same trip, my friends and I were able to check it out and see how they were faring during their first weeks of operation. The weekend that we were there was the first round of the NCAA 2015 tournament, and the new restaurant, Ringer, and book were undergoing a trial by fire, as the crowds associated with March Madness and spring break were present in full force.

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Westgate SuperBook Hopes To Offer Mobile Wagering Before Year's End

April 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM | by | Comments (4)

On the latest episode of ESPNís ďBehind The BetsĒ podcast, Jeff Sherman from the Westgate SuperBook mentioned they're working on offering mobile sports wagering. They hope to have it available by end of the year.

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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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Casino Owner Derek Stevens Loses $1 Million Bet

April 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (12)

Last week, we told you about a $20,000 wager made by Derek Stevens, owner of the D and Golden Gate casinos in Downtown Vegas. It was placed on Michigan State to win the NCAA basketball tournament could have netted him a cool million bucks.

Stevens was on just about every media outlet you could imagine talking about the ďMillion Dollar BetĒ until game time where he hung out at Long Bar inside the D to watch the big game. If you were at there over the weekend, you could have even taken a photo with a giant replica of the ticket (shown above).

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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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Casino Owner Derek Stevens Could Win $1 Million If Michigan State Wins March Madness

March 31, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

On December 5, Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate casinos in downtown Vegas, placed a $20,000 wager on the Michigan State Spartans to win the NCAA Basketball Championship at 50-1 odds. He placed the bet at the Golden Nugget. As March Madness comes to an end, Stevens stands to score one million if Michigan State can win their last two games.

On Saturday, April 4, Michigan State will play Duke at 3 p.m. (PT) in the first, national semifinal game. If the Spartans win, they will take on the winner of Kentucky vs. Wisconsin who play later that evening. The final game is scheduled for Monday, April 6 in Indianapolis.

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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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Changes At PH Poker Room, Sportsbook

March 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (9)

From the "in case you missed it" department, we recently learned the poker room at Planet Hollywood has changed locations. Thanks to reader Mario F. for the heads up and the photos.

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.

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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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Don't Spend March Madness In Line

March 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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