Sportsbooks In Vegas Crush The Public In Week 1 Of The NFL Season

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Casinos in Vegas have sportsbooks because they make money. Sportsbooks did great business in the first week of the NFL season. Underdogs were 10-3 against the spread (!) and 7-6 straight up in the first week of the NFL season.

Underdogs winning almost always favors the casino. While there are more educated sports bettors they still make up the minority of sports bettors.

From Linemakers:

“This was the best opening day we’ve ever had here,” said Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller. ”Just about every game we needed came through for us beginning with our biggest, the Falcons, and then the rest just followed suit like the Browns, Dolphins and then the Panthers. It wasn’t a good day for those that bet parlays.”

Note, it’s never a good day for parlay bettors. Casinos win over 35% of parlay wagers.

From Vegas Insider:

Wins by the Miami Dolphins (33-20 vs. the New England Patriots), the Atlanta Falcons (37-34 in overtime vs. the New Orleans Saints) and Buffalo Bills (23-20 in OT at the Chicago Bears) as dogs set the tone for a great day, according to Jay Kornegay, the (WestgateSuperBook’s Vice President of Race & Sports Operations.

From Covers:

Carolina was the biggest win for us, beating the Bucs,” Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage, tells Covers. “That, then the Bills and the Bears tied for second. A short third was the Falcons beating the Saints.”

This sounds like a big win for the sportsbook operators but it could have been bigger. The Jacksonville Jaguars jumped out to a 17 point lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, who were favored by 10 or 10.5 only to lose by 17. Thankfully I teased this game to 17.5.

The first week of the NFL season was fun to watch and fun to bet. There was too much early game action for me to consider heading out to a sportsbook to watch. I had a single wager on the Tennessee Titans, a 7 team tease and my first two daily fantasy football games (more on this later) to track. I couldn’t handle tracking this much action in a public setting.

On to the next one…

The League Kicks Off Wednesday On FXX

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The League kicks off its new season this Wednesday, September 4, at 10:30pm on a new station called FXX. If you’re not familiar with the show “The League” is semi-scripted show about a group of (mostly) guys in a fantasy football league. The show features on of my favorite comedians, Nick Kroll, and a handful of other funny guys. There are plenty of not-so-random appearances by NFL players throughout each season (You’ll see that in the preview below).

“The League” is easily one of my favorite shows on TV. The skill involved with being a comedian in a semi-scripted TV show allows for the actors to show real, off the cuff, talent. While fantasy football is the backdrop of the show the non-football scenes shouldn’t be discarded. One of my favorite characters from last season was Gina Gibiatti played by Brooklyn Decker. The character had nothing to do with football but was crudely brilliant.

To say I’m excited for the show is a bit of an undersell. I’ve been binge watching the first few seasons of “The League” for the third or fourth time on Netflix for the past week. You can find DVD’s and streams from all seasons of “The League” on Amazon.

FXX is a new all comedy channel from Fox. FXX will also be showing “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. It’s taking over the station that was formerly Fox Soccer so it’s probably not located anywhere that you’d find a random comedy channel. FXX has a website for you to locate the station. In Las Vegas you can find FXX on Cox channel 335 for the time being and there’s no HD available for FXX in Las Vegas (BOO!).

Here are some previews for the new season of “The League” and you can find a lot more previews and teasers on the FXX Facebook.

Rafi Domination League (Rafi is possibly the best TV character created in the past 10 years.)

Preview with everyone on the show and some NFL players

 

Walk Up Sportsbooks In Vegas

Over the past year or so there has been an influx of walk up sportsbooks in Las Vegas casinos. Most recently Cantor Gaming has introduced a walk up sportsbook at The Palazzo and another at Palms.

The walk up sportsbook at The Palazzo is all about convenience and access. Lagasse’s Stadium is located in the basement of the casino and typically only to be found by people seeking it out. It’s also a relatively long haul for someone staying at the hotel since it’s located on the opposite end of the property. The walk up sports betting desk at The Palazzo is in the center of the casino and will catch the casual sports bettor as well as people that are leaving the casino and don’t want to forget to place their bet.

On the surface, the Walk up sportsbook at Palms is a little more curious since the actual sportsbook is only a 90 second walk away. However, the sportsbook is out of site in the corner of the casino that’s more for Vegas locals then tourists. This walk up section is located near the hotel elevators and table games where the tourists and gamblers are. Again, this will reach casual sports bettors.

William Hill has self-serve sports betting kiosks at bars across the whole state of Nevada and offer the ability to bet on sports outside of a casino without even dealing with people.

Even though sports betting only makes up a small part of a casinos bottom line it is growing in awareness with these non-traditional placements. Don’t be surprised that these walk up sportsbooks and kiosks replace actual sit down sportsbooks in the future.

As fantasy football and betting with apps continue to grow in popularity sportsbooks are being filled with people that aren’t generating any income for the casino or sportsbook. Unless all sportsbooks and/or casinos get into the fantasy football business (like Cantor Fantasy) why would a casino dedicate their real estate to people not spending money with them? They won’t.

 

Station Casinos Football Contests – Week One

A few years ago I realized that the only fun for me in fantasy football was the draft. I was egged into a couple fantasy leagues the past couple of years, but hardly paid attention. This year I finally cut fantasy football out of my life and I feel much better for it. I was stoked just to bet on a couple of NFL and NCAA games a week and be done. However, over the past couple years I’ve been hearing about these football contests at the casinos so I considered entering one. One contest turned into seven, so my time that I used to devote to fantasy football will now be given to these contests.

There were lots of options but, because I am new to contests, I didn’t plan on dropping $10k on the world famous Hilton SuperContest. I ended up choosing Station CasinosLast Man Standing” contests for a variety of reasons. The “Last Man Standing” contests are only $25 each and end as soon as I lose a game (which could be this week). There is an NFL and NCAA contest and since I’m researching both each week anyway, I figured that I would do both and I’m doing two of each so I have a total of four entries for “Last Man Standing.” The other reason is that Red Rock Casino is down the street (and my home casino) from my house so putting in my picks is easy. This contest is simple. Pick one game from a list made up every Wednesday against the spread per entry. Done.

The other contest I ended up joining was the “My Great Giveaway” Contest. This was also a $25 contest and I purchased two and I got a third entry for free. All fees are returned as slot dollars at the end of the season so this is, theoretically, free.  This contest involves just picking winners and there are a lot of prizes beyond cash.

I’m stoked for football season and having a few bucks riding on the games doesn’t hurt. Much like in the past contests I’ve done, I’ll be listing my picks for “Last Man Standing” only. I look at the “My Great Giveaway” as more pot luck than skill. Since I have Free Picks and Fun for my sports content, I’ll post picks there weekly instead of here. I’ll also tweet the info if you follow me.

This will be the only blog that will go on both AC2LV and Free Picks and Fun, so keep your eyes peeled. Here are my picks for the week if you’re still reading.

Last Man Standing – NFL

  • Eagles – 4.5
  • Bucs -1.5

Last Man Standing – NCAA

  • Miss State – 6.5
  • Iowa -7.5
  • I wanted to go with Ohio State, but the game wasn’t on their list.