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Big weekend for Las Vegas with Mayweather-Pacquiao and Kentucky Derby

04.28.2015     08:00 AM     Printer Friendly
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Las Vegas oddsmakers feel that Saturday's Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will provide a boost to their handle on the Kentucky Derby.


''We've got a hook nobody talks about," he told the Newark Star Ledger this weekend in reference to how his book at the South Point seeks to offset the potential of ‘smart money’ failing to roll in on the fight. "The Kentucky Derby. They will be sitting in the sports book at 6:30, half of them freakin' drunk and they are going to be running around in a festive mood, and they are going to bet the Derby just to have something to do until the fight. I would bet we might just set a Derby record."






Tags: Boxing Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao Las Vegas




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs update

04.27.2015     08:26 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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We’re midway through the opening round of the NBA Playoffs and the Eastern Conference still looks noticeably weaker than the West, just as it was during the regular season.  The Cavs weren’t really tested in their sweep over Boston, facing a Celtics team that probably would have struggled to won 30 games against a Western Conference slate.  Atlanta is 0-3 ATS in its first three games against the Nets, looking nothing like the team that dominated the East for extended stretches before the All-Star break.  The Bulls blew a chance to close out their series with the Bucks with a sweep, unable to seal the deal in the closing minutes of Game 4. And while Washington has looked every bit as good as any of the other Eastern Conference contenders, there’s still a lingering stink from the Wizards second half struggles and Randy Wittman’s consistent failures at getting his teams to overachieve.

So which of those four teams (assuming the Hawks don’t blow the series against the Nets) is truly elite, capable of winning at least two more series to make it to the Finals?  Cleveland is the prohibitive favorite to come out of the East, Read more



Tags: NBA Teddy Covers Las Vegas




Who's coming up with the scratch to see Mayweather-Pacquiao?

04.23.2015     08:01 AM     Printer Friendly
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Las Vegas residents have two options for sporting entertainment on Saturday, May 2. You can take in a Las Vegas 51s game for around $12 or take a small step up in class and pay as much as $7,500 to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather duke it out at the MGM Grand. Your call.


Tickets for the MGM Grand Garden Arena are priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500, not including applicable service charges, and will go on sale at 3 p.m. ET Thursday via Ticketmaster. They are limited to four per household. There are $10,000 tickets, but they are not among the roughly 500 tickets being made available to the public out of the roughly 16,000 tickets.






Tags: Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao




The NHL in Las Vegas doesn't appear to be a good fit

04.22.2015     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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FiveThirtyEight.com's Nate Silver gives his take on why an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas is an awful idea.


Our 2013 analysis estimated that there are just 91,000 NHL fans in metro Las Vegas. That’s tiny even by comparison to the six smallest NHL markets that I mentioned before, which have between 146,000 (Nashville) and 279,000 (Tampa) hockey fans. And it’s well below Seattle’s 241,000 or Quebec City’s 530,000 fans.



 







Tags: NHL Las Vegas




NFL Gambling News: Las Vegas' Westgate posts Week 1 pointspreads

04.22.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly
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It wouldn't be mid-April without NFL Week 1 lines. Courtesy of Las Vegas' Westgate Sportsbook. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 10
Pittsburgh at New England -6 O/U 53

Sunday, September 13
Green Bay -4 at Chicago O/U 50
Kansas City at Houston -1.5 O/U 43
Cleveland at NY Jets -1 O/U 41
Indianapolis -3 at Buffalo O/U 48
Miami -2.5 at Washington O/U 44.5
Carolina -4 at Jacksonville O/U 43.5
Seattle -3.5 at St. Louis O/U 44
New Orleans at Arizona -2.5 O/U 48
Detroit at San Diego -2 O/U 46.5
Tennessee at Tampa Bay -3 O/U 42.5
Cincinnati -3 at Oakland O/U 44.5
Baltimore at Denver -4 O/U 53
NY Giants at Dallas -5.5 O/U 50

Monday, September 14
Philadelphia -1.5 at Atlanta O/U 53.5
Minnesota at San Francisco -3.5 O/U 42




Tags: NFL Las Vegas




Money on Pacquiao has Mayweather now less than a -200 favorite

04.03.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly
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The betting handle for next month's Mayweather vs. Pacquiao continues to climb according to various Las Vegas oddsmakers. The price on Mayweather though continues to drop with less than -200 widely in Vegas and offshore.


"Public on the dog," said Art Manteris, sportsbook director of Station Casinos and a boxing expert. "Some of the best sports handicappers and guys I respect the most are on the favorite. I'm just not sure I agree with them this time."






Tags: Boxing Floyd Mayweather Manny Pacquiao Las Vegas




Reid set to retire but still fighting for online gambling ban

04.03.2015     08:04 AM     Printer Friendly
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First, the good news. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid recently announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. Now the bad news. Said term runs to January 2017 and in the meantime, Reid appears hellbent on making sure online gambling doesn’t “poison” America.


“Well, we will see what the legislation does — we will see what the House does,” Reid said when asked if he supported Adelson’s push for a complete ban. “But I think, for the state of Nevada, online gaming is not the direction we should go.”









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NCAA Tournament Gambling: Bettor stands to win $1 million on Sparty

03.31.2015     07:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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This is pretty impressive. Not that someone made the bet but that a Las Vegas sportsbook actually took the action.


"In my nine years at this sportsbook, I never accepted a bet that could result in us paying $1 million," Miller said. "The most I've ever seen won here was a $100,000 parlay."






Tags: College Basketball Michigan State Spartans Las Vegas




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Bettors gear up for Final Four

03.30.2015     08:17 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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The dust has settled from the madness that is March, with only four teams still standing in the NCAA Tournament.  And frankly, since the insanity of that opening Thursday morning when top seeds were falling like flies (Baylor, Iowa State, SMU), this tournament has not seen a bevy of upsets. 

In fact, the Vegas favorite advanced in 48 of the last 54 Big Dance games (48-6 SU, not ATS) since midday on the opening day of the tourney.  For only the second time this century, three #1 seeds reached the Final Four.  In this week’s Wiseguy Report I’m going to try to answer the question that everybody is asking: can anybody beat Kentucky; winners of 38 consecutive ballgames since the start of the season.

Since Kentucky is the most hyped team in recent memory, I’ll start with the Wildcats first.  Yes, this team won the title in 2012, going 4-2 ATS in the process during the Big Dance.  Yes, they reached the championship game last year; an undervalued commodity in March as they covered all four pointspreads on the way to the Final Four.  

But this year’s Kentucky team has simply gotten too much Read more



Tags: College Basketball Kentucky Wildcats Wisconsin Badgers Duke Blue Devils Michigan State Spartans Teddy Covers Las Vegas




First weekend in May promises to be huge for Las Vegas

03.30.2015     07:20 AM     Printer Friendly
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If you're into sports betting and thinking about making a trip to Las Vegas the spring, the first weekend in May looks to be ideal. For starters you have both NBA and NHL playoffs in full swing. Then there's the Kentucky Derby. And to close out the evening one of the biggest fights in history with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.


“Other than Super Bowl Sunday, the single day will be as big as we’ve written in years.  Look for May 2 to be approaching the Super Bowl handle on Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s saying a lot.”






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