Topgolf Las Vegas Opens at MGM Grand May 19

Topgolf Las Vegas

I’ll be visiting Topgolf at MGM Grand for the media preview tonight but figured I’d share the press release with some info in the meantime. Here are my quick takeaways from the press release: There will be a mobile sports book and video poker.

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See press release below.

LAS VEGAS – May 17, 2016 – Topgolf® Las Vegas opens its doors to locals, tourists, golfers and non-golfers alike Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m., bringing the city a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.

 

Sitting on eight acres just behind MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Topgolf is the only entertainment venue of its kind, boasting 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas, a concert venue, VIP suites, five bars, special event spaces, a comfort food-inspired menu with creative beverage offerings, a Callaway Fitting Studio, a Topgolf retail shop, and more. Spanning four levels and 105,000 square feet, the Topgolf flagship location in Las Vegas stands as the biggest Topgolf venue to date.

 

“Topgolf is thrilled to bring a whole new kind of entertainment to the Las Vegas Strip,” said Topgolf CEO Ken May. “There truly is no other place like Topgolf in Las Vegas — or anywhere else for that matter. Our flagship venue is the product of nearly four years of hard work and reimagining what the Topgolf experience could be like. We can’t wait to welcome our fans and new guests from all over the world to play at Topgolf.”

 

At the heart of Topgolf, guests will find interactive golf games in the hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, featuring lounge-style seating and HDTVs. Golf games can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, tracking the accuracy and distance of players’ shots through Topgolf’s microchipped golf balls.

 

Each level at Topgolf Las Vegas boasts additional areas to play – from cornhole and shuffleboard to everything in between – as well as various seating areas to hang out, have a cocktail or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the multiple views around the Las Vegas valley and the famed Las Vegas Strip. A mobile Sports Book located in The Yard, the main hub of Topgolf Las Vegas, allows sports fans to place a bet while taking in all the action on one of the venue’s numerous oversized screens. The Yard also serves as home to Topgolf’s main entertainment venue showcasing both national acts and local. The Birdie Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience with a small stage perfect for acoustic performances, standup comedy and more.

 

The venue is expected to serve upward of one million guests in its first year of operation and has already created more than 850 full- and part-time positions. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge. For cabana and VIP reservations, please contact lasvegasevents@topgolf.com.

 

Topgolf Las Vegas is located at 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109. For more information about Topgolf, visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas, facebook.com/topgolflasvegas or @topgolflasvegas on Twitter and Instagram.

Rory McIlroy Wins The British Open. His Dad Wins A Sweet Bet!

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Gambling outside of America is a different animal. Last weeks blog post about overseas gambling should give you an idea about how big sports betting is overseas. The bet Rory McIlroy’s dad made with Ladbrokes should confirm sports betting’s popularity for you.

When Rory McIlroy was 15 years old his father and some friends placed a bet that he would win the British Open within 10 years. Ladbrokes only took a £200 bet on the 500-1 shot. Converted to dollars that’s only $341. This was the last British Open Rory McIlroy could win for his father’s bet to pay off. Boy did it pay off!

The $341 USD bet on Rory McIlroy  will pay out $171,000

BOOM! If Rory McIlroy was American his father wouldn’t have been able to make this kind of bet legally. As sports betting continues to grow and expand in America bets like this will become legal.

Even though I don’t think that this is the kind of bet I would make I can’t wait until it’s possible that I could make the bet. I think long-term wagers like this would be very popular. The general public would eat up the opportunity to bet on a player like Jameis Winston or any other popular college football player winning a Super Bowl today if they could.

Photo: The Star

Golf Is The Worst

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson

Betting on sports probably makes up the majority of my gaming. I usually play video poker, craps and blackjack when I’m in a casino but with apps from William Hill and Station Casinos (I don’t bet with Cantor Gaming) I can bet on sports anywhere and I do.

Baseball is my game of choice when I’m at the sportsbook. I’ve loved baseball for my whole life. I play multiple games a week, in part, because it’s nice having a little action while I’m watching the games. When football season gets here I’ll be playing college and pro and when the NBA season kicks off I’ll play that. All of these sports give me a major sport, that I enjoy, to wager on all year around.

I step outside of the sports that I like every now and again when there are major events that I know I’ll be reading about and be curious to watch. I’ll wager on March Madness, Daytona 500 and some of the major Golf tournaments throughout the year. This year I bet on Jason Day to win The Masters. He hung around for the entire tournament and forced me to watch the whole tournament before finally losing. I had a bet on Graeme McDowell to win The British Open and he was out before the first day was even over. Losing stinks but I was able to enjoy my weekend.

Last weekend, at the PGA Championship, I had Henrik Stenson (25-1) and he made me miserable. I couldn’t turn away from the tournament but I couldn’t watch it because I didn’t really care about anything but my bet. He was in and out of contention all weekend making me curious enough to stay near a TV so I could always keep an eye on the bet. The odds for most of these players are somewhere between 20-1 and 50-1 so there is potential to collect a nice win on the line.

I used to play golf pretty often but haven’t played in a while. At this rate I’m not sure I’ll pick up the sticks any time soon. The longer it is since the last time I played golf the less interested in watching the pro game I am. Still, I have a little curiosity about gambling on these tournaments because it’s nice to hit a relatively long shot regardless of my enjoyment watching the game.

Betting on golf can be awful because of that. If my player has an awful first day or two then I have no hope to win my bet. If the player does well I’m stuck watching. Wagering on golf a lose-lose proposition – especially because I can’t pick a winner.

Betting on golf can be great for some people who enjoy the game because you can spend 4 days in a sportsbook rooting for a $5 bet which may pay as much as $500. I’m not one of those people and I think I’m done betting on golf…until the next time I can bet on Jason Day at 20-1. Damn, I think I’m already back.

Photo: CBS 

Super Bowl XLVI Prop Bets – Mixed Sports

It’s time for the Super Bowl! The Super Bowl means lots of betting options. Besides betting on the point spread there are hundreds of prop bets available for both the New York Giants and New England Patriots. I’m breaking the up props to make it easier to read. I’ll share my plays before the game.

Check Bet Online for current odds. They have pretty good sign up bonuses too if you’re not already a member.

Here are the mixed sport prop bets. These bets include both teams in the Super Bowl as well as some individual players against teams and players from NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL and golf. These bets are real and a little more confusing than traditional game and team bets. Read carefully because there is definitely opportunity here. The odds below are from LVH and accurate as of the date released, the info comes via Vegas Insider :

NBA
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WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Lakers/Jazz–February 4, 2012) Prop closes at 6:00 pm Pacific
KOBE BRYANT (LAL) POINTS +0.5 -110
PATRIOTS POINTS -0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Thunder/Spurs–February 4, 2012) Prop closes at 5:30 pm Pacific
KEVIN DURANT (OKC) POINTS+REBOUNDS +6.5 -110
TOM BRADY (NE) LONGEST COMPLETION -6.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Nets/Knicks–February 4, 2012) Prop closes at 4:30 pm Pacific
CARMELO ANTHONY (NY) POINTS +1.5 -110
GIANTS POINTS -1.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Nets/Knicks–February 4, 2012) Prop closes at 4:30 pm Pacific
DERON WILLIAMS (NJ) POINTS+ASSISTS +2.5 -110
BRANDON JACOBS (NYG) RUSHING YARDS -2.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Nets/Knicks–February 4, 2012) Prop closes at 4:30 pm Pacific
KNICKS 1ST QUARTER POINTS -0.5 -110
GIANTS POINTS +0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
RAY ALLEN (BOS) POINTS +14.5 -110
PATRIOTS POINTS -14.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
PAUL PIERCE (BOS) POINTS -3.5 -110
PATRIOTS 1ST HALF POINTS +3.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
KEVIN GARNETT (BOS) POINTS -0.5 -110
TOM BRADY (NE) 1ST HALF COMPLETIONS +0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
CELTICS POINTS -14.5 -110
ROB GRONKOWSKI (NE) RECEIVING YARDS +14.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
RAY ALLEN (BOS) 3 POINT FIELD GOALS MADE +0.5 +130
TOM BRADY (NE) TOUCHDOWN PASSES -0.5 -150WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
RAJON RONDO (BOS) POINTS +3.5 -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS 2ND QUARTER POINTS -3.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
GRIZZLIES+CELTICS 1ST QUARTER POINTS +9.5 -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS POINTS -9.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
LARGEST LEAD BY: GRIZZLIES OR CELTICS +0.5 -110
LARGEST LEAD BY: GIANTS OR PATRIOTS -0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
BRANON BASS (BOS) POINTS -0.5 -110
DISTANCE OF FIRST TD PASS OF SB XLVI +0.5 -110
**(If No TD Pass–All bets are refunded)
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Grizzlies/Celtics–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:00 am Pacific
RUDY GAY (MEM) POINTS +6.5 -110
GIANTS POINTS -6.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
LEBRON JAMES (MIA) POINTS +1.5 -110
PATRIOTS POINTS -1.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
LEBRON JAMES (MIA) POINTS+REBOUNDS+ASSISTS -3.5 -110
DEION BRANCH (NE) RECEIVING YARDS +3.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
LEBRON JAMES (MIA) FREE THROWS MADE +0.5 +120
WES WELKER (NE) RECEPTIONS -0.5 -140 WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
LEBRON JAMES (MIA) POINTS+REBOUNDS+ASSISTS -3.5 -110
ELI MANNING (NYG) PASS ATTEMPTS +3.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
CHRIS BOSH (MIA) POINTS +4.5 -110
ELI MANNING (NYG) COMPLETIONS -4.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
CHRIS BOSH (MIA) POINTS+REBOUNDS -1.5 -110
TOM BRADY (NE) COMPLETIONS +1.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
RAPTORS+HEAT POINTS +99.5 +115
ELI MANNING (NYG) GROSS PASSING YARDS -99.5 -135
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
HEAT 1ST QUARTER POINTS +2.5 -110
PATRIOTS POINTS -2.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
HEAT 3 POINT FIELD GOALS MADE +0.5 -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS TOUCHDOWNS -0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Raptors/Heat–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
RAPTORS/HEAT MARGIN OF VICTORY -2.5 -110
DISTANCE OF FIRST TD PASS OF SB XLVI +2.5 -110
**(If No TD Pass–all bets are refunded)

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NCAA BASKETBALL
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WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Michigan/Michigan St–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
MICHIGAN POINTS -5.5 -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS POINTS +5.5 -110WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Michigan/Michigan St–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
TIM HARDAWAY JR (MICH) POINTS +2.5 -110
AHMAD BRADSHAW (NYG) LONGEST RUSH -2.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Michigan/Michigan St–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
DRAYMOND GREEN (MSU) POINTS+REBOUNDS +10.5 -110
DISTANCE OF FIRST MADE FIELD GOAL OF SB XLVI -10.5 -110
**(If No Field Goal is made–all bets are refunded)
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Michigan/Michigan St–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
MICHIGAN+MICHIGAN ST POINTS -51.5 -110
ROB GRONKOWSKI (NE) RECEIVING YARDS +51.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Minnesota/Nebraska–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
MINNESOTA POINTS +13.5 -110
WES WELKER (NE) RECEIVING YARDS -13.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Minnesota/Nebraska–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
NEBRASKA POINTS +26.5 -110
VICTOR CRUZ (NYG) RECEIVING YARDS -26.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Northwestern/Illinois–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 12:00 pm Pacific
NORTHWESTERN+ILLINOIS POINTS -27.5 -110
GIANTS RUSHING YARDS +27.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Northwestern/Illinois–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 12:00 pm Pacific
JOHN SHURNA (NW) POINTS+REBOUNDS +1.5 -110
TOM BRADY (NE) COMPLETIONS -1.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Michigan, Michigan St, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Illinois–
February 6, 2011) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
BIG 10 TEAM POINTS -63.5 -110
TOM BRADY (NE) GROSS PASSING YARDS +63.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Miami FL/Duke–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 12:00 pm Pacific
AUSTIN RIVERS (DUKE) POINTS +10.5 -110
GIANTS POINTS -10.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Miami FL/Duke–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 12:00 pm Pacific
MILES PLUMLEE (DUKE)+MASON PLUMLEE (DUKE) POINTS +6.5 -110
PATRIOTS FIRST DOWNS -6.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Miami FL/Duke–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 12:00 pm Pacific
SETH CURRY (DUKE) POINTS +2.5 -110
PATRIOTS 1ST HALF POINTS -2.5 -110
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GOLF
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WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Sergio Garcia must tee off in the Qatar Masters 4th round
on Sunday, February 5, 2012, and complete 18 holes.
4th round must be completed by February 5, 2012 for action.
Prop closes at 9:00 PM Pacific Time on Saturday, February 4, 2012)**
SERGIO GARCIA 4TH ROUND SCORE -21.5 -110
BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS (NE) RUSHING YARDS +21.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Lee Westwood must tee off in the Qatar Masters 4th round
on Sunday, February 5, 2012, and complete 18 holes.
4th round must be completed by February 5, 2012 for action.
Prop closes at 9:00 PM Pacific Time on Saturday, February 4, 2012)**
LEE WESTWOOD 4TH ROUND SCORE +9.5 -110
AARON HERNANDEZ (NE) RUSHING+RECEIVING YARDS -9.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Phil Mickelson must tee off in the Phoenix Open 4th round on Sunday,
February 5, 2012, and complete 18 holes. 4th round must be completed by
February 5, 2012 for action. Prop Closes at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
PHIL MICKELSON 4TH ROUND BIRDIES -0.5 +105
GIANTS PUNTS +0.5 -125
**Official Punts
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Nick Watney must tee off in the Phoenix Open 4th round on Sunday, February
5, 2012, and complete 18 holes. 4th round must be completed by February 5,
2012 for action. Prop closes at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
NICK WATNEY 4TH ROUND SCORE -13.5 -110
LONGEST GROSS PUNT BY: NYG OR NE +13.5 -110
**(If no punts—all bets are refunded)
**Must be an official punt
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Barclays Premier League soccer match Aston Villa at Newcastle.
Prop closes at 5:30 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
ASTON VILLA+NEWCASTLE GOALS PK -120
TOM BRADY (NE) TD PASSES PK EVEN
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Barclays Premier League soccer match Manchester United at Chelsea.
Prop closes at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
MANCHESTER UNITED+CHELSEA GOALS +0.5 -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS FIELD GOALS MADE -0.5 -110
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Barclays Premier League soccer match Manchester United at Chelsea. Wayne
Rooney must play in match.
Prop closes at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
WAYNE ROONEY (MAN UTD) GOALS PK +250
BRANDON JACOBS (NYG) TOUCHDOWNS PK -300
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Dutch Eredivisie soccer match AZ Alkmaar at ADO Den Haag. Jozy Altidore
must play in match.
Prop closes at 9:45 AM Pacific Time on Saturday, February 4, 2012)**
JOZY ALTIDORE (AZ) GOALS PK +190
DEION BRANCH (NE) TOUCHDOWNS PK -220WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(RBS 6 Nations rugby union match Wales at Ireland.
Prop closes at 7:00 AM Pacific Time on February 5, 2012)**
WALES+IRELAND POINTS +0.5 -110
DISTANCE OF FIRST MADE FG OF SB XLVI -0.5 -110
**(If no FG is made–all bets are refunded)
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NHL – HOCKEY
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WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Bruins/Capitals–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:30 am Pacific
BRUINS SHOTS ON GOAL -3.5 -110
PATRIOTS POINTS +3.5 -110
**Official Shots on Goal
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Bruins/Capitals–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:30 am Pacific
TYLER SEGUIN (BOS) SHOTS ON GOALS PK -135
TOM BRADY (NE) TOUCHDOWN PASSES PK +115
**Official Shots on Goal
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Bruins/Capitals–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:30 am Pacific
BRUINS+CAPITALS GOALS -1.5 +110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS TOTAL QB SACKS +1.5 -130
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to game total
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Bruins/Capitals–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 9:30 am Pacific
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (WAS) POINTS PK -155
ROB GRONKOWSKI (NE) TOUCHDOWNS PK +135
**Ovechkin Points(Goals+Assists)–Shootout Goals excluded
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Flyers/Rangers–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
FLYERS+RANGERS GOALS +0.5 -110
VICTOR CRUZ (NYG) RECEPTIONS -0.5 -110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to game total
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:**(Flyers/Rangers–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
CLAUDE GIROUX (PHI) POINTS +0.5 -110
TOTAL FUMBLES LOST BY: GIANTS+PATRIOTS -0.5 -110
**Giroux Points(Goals+Assists)–Shootout Goals excluded
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Flyers/Rangers–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
MARION GABORIK (NYR) SHOTS ON GOALS +0.5 +105
GIANTS PUNTS -0.5 -125
**Official Shots on Goal
**Official Punts
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Flyers/Rangers–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 10:00 am Pacific
BRAD RICHARDS (NYR) POINTS PK +110
ELI MANNING (NYG) INTERCEPTIONS PK -130
**Richards Points(Goals+Assists)–Shootout Goals excluded
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Jets/Canadiens–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 11:00 am Pacific
JETS SHOTS ON GOALS -1.5 -120
TOM BRADY (NE) COMPLETIONS +1.5 EVEN
**Official Shots on Goal
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Jets/Canadiens–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 11:00 am Pacific
CANADIENS GOALS PK -110
GIANTS+PATRIOTS TOTAL FIELD GOALS MADE PK -110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to game total
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Jets/Canadiens–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 11:00 am Pacific
JETS+CANADIENS GOALS -0.5 -130
ELI MANNING (NYG)+TOM BRADY (NE) TD PASSES +0.5 +110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to game total
WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Jets/Canadiens–February 5, 2012) Prop closes at 11:00 am Pacific
JETS+CANADIENS GOALS -0.5 -110
GIANTS 1ST QUARTER POINTS +0.5 -110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to game total

 

Masters Golf Odds

Every now and again I’m going to pull info from one of the other sites in the ECG fam and the Masters gives me a good excuse to use a post from Free Picks and Fun.

I’m not so up on golf, aside of knowing Tiger Woods hasn’t won since he got busted for cheating on his wife, but I will always watch the Masters. The Masters is always a sign that the spring is upon us.

Sometimes I have a hunch, but I’ve been out of the loop this year so I don’t think I’ll have a play. The odds are below from sportsbook.com. All odds are based on +100 so, for example Adam Scott would be 60-1. Click on any player to get to sportsbook.com or click the other partners below.

Aaron Baddeley +2500
Adam Scott +6000
Alex Cejka +25000
Alvaro Quiros +10000
Angel Cabrera +10000
Anthony Kim +3000
Ben Crane +12500
Bill Haas +10000
Bo Van Pelt +10000
Brandt Snedeker +8000
Bubba Watson +2500
Camilo Villegas +15000
Carl Pettersson +20000
Charl Schwartzel +10000
David Toms +12500
Davis Love III +15000
Dustin Johnson +2000
Edoardo Molinari +15000
Ernie Els +8000
Francesco Molinari +8000
Fred Couples +7500
Geoff Ogilvy +6000
Graeme McDowell +4000
Gregory Havret +25000
Heath Slocum +15000
Henrik Stenson +15000
Hunter Mahan +2500
Ian Poulter +5000
Jason Bohn +25000
Jason Day +10000
Jeff Overton +12500
Jerry Kelly +25000
Jim Furyk +6000
Justin Rose +3000
KJ Choi +7000
Kevin Na +20000
Lee Westwood +2000
Louis Oosthuizen +10000
Lucas Glover +12500
Luke Donald +2500
Mark Omeara +25000
Martin Kaymer +2000
Matt Kuchar +2500
Miguel Angel Jimenez +15000
Mike Weirv+20000
Nick Watney +1500
Padraig Harrington +4000
Paul Casey +3000
Peter Hanson +15000
Phil Mickelson +550
Retief Goosen +6000
Rickie Fowler +5000
Ricky Barnes +10000
Robert Allenby +12500
Robert Karlsson +10000
Rory McIlroy +2000
Rory Sabbatini +6000
Ross Fisher +15000
Ryan Moore +6000
Ryo Ishikawa +15000
Sean OHair +10000
Sergio Garcia +6000
Steve Marino +8000
Steve Stricker +4000
Stewart Cink +10000
Stuart Appleby +15000
Tiger Woods +800
Tim Clark +12500
Tom Watson +25000
Trevor Immelman +8000
Vijay Singh +8000
YE Yang +10000
Yuta Ikeda +25000
Zach Johnson +8000
Field (Any Other Golfer) +1500

Did Charles Barkley Lose $100K Gambling For A Few Hours?

Greenbrier Resort opened this past weekend in West Virginia and they threw a star-studded party where they paid some famous people up to $100,000 just to show up.

A mix of sports icons and entertainment stars — Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Jessica Simpson, Brooke Shields, Lionel Richie, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Jane Seymour, Debbie Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus — showed up Friday night at the luxury resort in West Virginia.

Celebrities seems to matter to some people.  I’ve met enough to be not be phased by their stardom.  Anyway, one of the celebrities in attendance enjoyed the casino a little too much.

The only real player of the night was Barkley. “Blackjack, roulette, craps — I play it all.” We spotted the basketball great in the high-roller section a little after 11 p.m., sitting next to (Jim) Justice and Shields at a blackjack table with a rack of $50,000 in $500 chips in front of him.

Justice was casually tossing $100 chips in front of Shields. “I can’t play,” he said. “All I can do is help.” He left shortly after, but Barkley wagered until about 2 a.m., rumored to have lost all the money — if it was even his, or part of his appearance fee. Whatever.

Charles Barkley likes to gamble and has never hid that fact.  I actually saw him playing a few years ago at Venetian.  He’s probably the most famous person I’ve seen on the floor gambling with the “common folk.”

What he chooses to do with his money is his call.  I always like to think that the money someone else is playing is their equivalent to mine.  So if someone is gambling a $100 chip I like to think that it’s their equivalent to my $10/$25 chip.  Truthfully, I don’t care what how much other people gamble.  It’s not my business. Enjoy yourself, Chuck.


Moneyline Odds Basics

I like to bet of sports and baseball season is all about moneyline betting.  Things are just getting rolling in baseball so I figured it would be a good time to touch on what a moneyline is.  Moneyline betting is basic for me because I bet on sports regularly, but I get asked often “what’s up with the pluses and minuses.” I’ll break it down as easily as I can.

Moneyline is a simple bet as there is no worry about point spreads.  You’re just picking winners.

The moneyline is based around $100.  For example, +200 means you will win $200 if you bet $100.  If the moneyline is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100.  I’ll get a little more specific:

Favorites
Moneyline favorites usually come with a minus next to their name.  For example if the Yankees are -190 you would have bet $190 to win $100.

Underdog
The underdog usually has a plus next to their name.  For example if the Red Sox are +150 against the Yankees you bet $100 to win $150.

It’s pretty simple when you’re looking at head to head moneyline sports bets.  The same form holds true if you’re betting on a race or multi-participant event (golf, NASCAR, etc.)

Tiger Woods -150
Phil Mickleson +500

Clearly Tiger Woods is favored over Phil Mickleson.  Mickleson is 5-1.  Pretty long odds.  A $150 bet on Tiger would give you returns of $100, while $100 on Phil would return $500.

Moneyline betting doesn’t take center stage for all sports.  Basketball and football are more about the spreads while baseball and hockey are more focused on the moneyline.

Hopefully this helped simplify how to make a moneyline bet.

Odds For The Masters

The Masters begins tomorrow morning.  I won’t be touching this with a 10 foot poll.  As of now Tiger Woods is just 3 1/2 – 1.  Those are not odds I like.  I prefer larger odds. I haven’t thought about golf all year so I have no idea who I’d choose.

Odds from Sportsbook.com are below.

Adam Scott +6000
Alvaro Quiros +10000
Angel Cabrera +5000
Anthony Kim +2000
Ben Crane +20000
Ben Curtis +12500
Bernhard Langer +20000
Brian Gay +15000
Camilo Villegas +2500
Chad Campbell +8000
Chris Wood +25000
David Duval +10000
David Toms +10000
Ernie Els +1200
Fred Couples +3000
Geoff Ogilvy +3000
Graeme McDowell +10000
Henrik Stenson +5000
Hunter Mahan +5000
Ian Poulter +3000
Jerry Kelly +25000
Jim Furyk +2500
John Merrick +25000
John Senden +12500
Justin Leonard +8000
KJ Choi +6000
Kenny Perry +8000
Kevin Na +15000
Lee Westwood +2000
Lucas Glover +10000
Luke Donald +6000
Mark OMeara +50000
Martin Kaymer +5000
Matteo Manassero +50000
Michael Campbell +30000
Miguel Angel Jimenez +15000
Mike Weir +6000
Nathan Green +20000
Nick Watney +5000
Oliver Wilson +15000
Padraig Harrington +1500
Paul Casey +3000
Phil Mickelson +1000
Retief Goosen +2000
Ricky Barnes +15000
Robert Allenby +8000
Robert Karlsson +12500
Rory McIlroy +3000
Rory Sabbatini +10000
Ross Fisher +8000
Ryan Moore +8000
Ryo Ishikawa +15000
Scott Verplank +15000
Sean OHair +5000
Sergio Garcia +5000
Shingo Katayama +15000
Soren Hansen +15000
Soren Kjeldsen +25000
Steve Flesch +15000
Steve Marino +10000
Steve Stricker +2000
Stewart Cink +8000
Thongchai Jaidee +25000
Tiger Woods +350
Tim Clark +5000
Todd Hamilton +50000
Tom Watson +25000
Trevor Immelman +10000
Vijay Singh +5000
YE Yang +10000
Zach Johnson +6000
Field +1000 (Any Other Golfers)

Betting on Golf? The Masters Odds Are In

I was looking for a game to bet on sportsbook.com while watching the Final 4 this weekend.  While looking around I decided to check on odds for the Masters, which begins on Thursday.

Tiger Woods is, obviously, the favorite.  What intrigued me was the odds for the players that aren’t Tiger Woods.  Sportbook.com has the following odds:

Aaron Baddeley     +10000
Adam Scott     +5000
Andres Romero     +6000
Angel Cabrera     +8000
Anthony Kim     +3000
Ben Curtis     +12500
Bernhard Langer +15000
Boo Weekley     +12500
Brandt Snedeker +12500
Bubba Watson     +8000
Camilo Villegas +3000
Carl Pettersson +15000
Chad Campbell     +12500
Charles Howell III +15000
Charley Hoffman +10000
Chez Reavie     +25000
Colt Knost     +25000
DJ Trahan     +15000
Daniel Chopra     +20000
Davis Love III     +15000
Ernie Els     +3000
Fred Couples     +10000
Geoff Ogilvy     +2000
Graeme McDowell +15000
Greg Norman     +20000
Heath Slocum     +20000
Henrik Stenson     +6000
Hunter Mahan     +8000
Ian Poulter     +8000
JB Holmes     +15000
Jeev Milkha Singh +10000
Jim Furyk     +4000
John Merrick     +20000
Jonathan Byrd     +25000
Jose Maria Olazabal +15000
Justin Leonard     +10000
Justin Rose     +6000
KJ Choi     +6000
Kenny Perry     +6000
Lee Westwood     +8000
Lucas Glover     +20000
Luke Donald     +6000
Mark Calcavecchia +20000
Mark Omeara     +25000
Martin Kaymer     +15000
Michael Campbell+25000
Miguel Angel Jimenez +15000
Mike Weir     +5000
Nick OHern     +20000
Nick Watney     +4000
Oliver Wilson     +20000
Padraig Harrington +2000
Pat Perez     +15000
Paul Casey     +4000
Peter Lonard     +25000
Phil Mickelson     +700
Retief Goosen     +3000
Robert Allenby     +8000
Robert Karlsson +8000
Rocco Mediate     +10000
Rory McIlroy     +4000
Rory Sabbatini     +10000
Ross Fisher     +15000
Ryan Moore     +25000
Ryuji Imada     +15000
Scott Verplank     +20000
Sean OHair     +5000
Sergio Garcia     +2000
Soren Hansen     +20000
Stephen Ames     +12500
Steve Flesch     +15000
Steve Marino     +20000
Steve Stricker     +5000
Stewart Cink     +6000
Stuart Appleby     +8000
Tiger Woods     +175
Tim Clark     +8000
Todd Hamilton     +25000
Tom Watson     +25000
Trevor Immelman +10000
Vaughn Taylor     +25000
Vijay Singh     +5000
Zach Johnson     +5000
Field (Any Other Golfers) +2500

I know a little more about golf than I do NASCAR, which I took a chance on betting for the Daytona 500 earlier this year.

Unless you’re betting on Tiger Woods or Phil Mickleson you will find pretty big payout potential with everyone else in the field.  I know a few of these golfers and I will place a few small bets after doing a little research during the week.

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