March Madness Opening Lines From William Hill

March Madness at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

William Hill just released their opening point spreads for the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament aka March Madness. These are already adjusted from some openers released online and in other Vegas sportsbooks (CG Technology was first to release in Vegas).

Expect these lines to move again – some before the night is over. Enjoy!

HAMPTON VS MANHATTAN
MANHATTAN -7.5 (-110)

OLE MISS VS BYU
BYU -2.5 (-110)

ROBERT MORRIS VS NORTH FLORIDA
NORTH FLORIDA -2 (-110)

BOISE STATE VS DAYTON
DAYTON -3.5 (-110)

WOFFORD VS ARKANSAS
ARKANSAS -7.5 (-110)

HARVARD VS NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA -9 (-110)

GEORGIA STATE VS BAYLOR
BAYLOR -8 (-110)

NORTHEASTERN VS NOTRE DAME
NOTRE DAME -12.5 (-110)

TEXAS VS BUTLER
TEXAS
-1 (-110)

LAFAYETTE VS VILLANOVA
VILLANOVA -23 (-110)

LSU VS NC STATE
NC STATE -1.5 (-110)

PURDUE VS CINCINNATI
CINCINNATI -1 (-110)

UAB VS IOWA STATE
IOWA STATE -13.5 (-110)

UCLA VS SMU
SMU -2.5 (-110)

STEPHEN F AUSTIN VS UTAH
UTAH -6 (-110)

EASTERN WASHINGTON VS GEORGETOWN
GEORGETOWN -8.5 (-110)

TEXAS SOUTHERN VS ARIZONA
ARIZONA -22.5 (-110)

OHIO STATE VS VCU
OHIO STATE -2.5 (-110)

BELMONT VS VIRGINIA
VIRGINIA -17 (-110)

GEORGIA VS MICHIGAN STATE
MICHIGAN STATE -5 (-110)

ST. JOHN’S VS SAN DIEGO STATE
SAN DIEGO STATE
-2.5 (-110)

BUFFALO VS WEST VIRGINIA
WEST VIRGINIA -4.5 (-110)

VALPARAISO VS MARYLAND
MARYLAND -4.5 (-110)

ALBANY VS OKLAHOMA
OKLAHOMA -13 (-110)

NEW MEXICO STATE VS KANSAS
KANSAS -12 (-110)

INDIANA VS WICHITA STATE
WICHITA STATE -5.5 (-110)

COASTAL CAROLINA VS WISCONSIN
WISCONSIN -19 (-110)

OKLAHOMA STATE VS OREGON
OKLAHOMA STATE -1 (-110)

WYOMING VS NORTHERN IOWA
NORTHERN IOWA -7.5 (-110)

CAL IRVINE VS LOUISVILLE
LOUISVILLE -9 (-110)

NORTH DAKOTA STATE VS GONZAGA
GONZAGA -17.5 (-110)

DAVIDSON VS IOWA
IOWA -2.5 (-110)

March Madness In Las Vegas Is Better Than The Super Bowl

Florida Gulf Coast International Dunk
Dunk City

I’ve loved March Madness for years but this year I’ve spent much less time watching college basketball. In fact, I didn’t watch a single NCAA basketball game this year. I was looking forward to the NCAA basketball tournament less then I have in years.

Times changes things everyone and everything. I thought my time with the March Madness had passed but it hasn’t…it’s changed. I don’t think I’ll ever care much about the regular season of college basketball but March Madness is something entirely different.

March Madness in Las Vegas is bigger and better than the Super Bowl.

I don’t care about sportsbook handles, revenue or facts on whether or not this, financially, is true. I know what I see. The vibe in the sportsbooks is great for the Super Bowl but it cannot match the intensity of March Madness. First of all college basketball fans are, generally, younger than NFL fans. Second, there is much more action to watch and to bet.

The first weekend of March Madness has 16 games on both Thursday and Friday with as many as four games on at once. When half the teams are eliminated there are still 8 games on Saturday and Sunday with 3 (maybe 4) happening at once. At the same time  there may be some NBA or NHL games on smaller TV’s in the sportsbook.

The Super Bowl is one game with no competition. The crowd in Vegas for the Super Bowl is a little older and more subdued. After this weekend I realize that Vegas is what keeps me interested in March Madness. The first weekend of March Madness is now the single best time for the sports fan to visit Las Vegas.

Florida Gulf Coast University is one of the many reasons so many people love sports. The story is great and dunks like this one would have broken twitter last year. Thankfully twitter doesn’t break down as much. This dunk made me jump out of my seat.

Photo: USA Today

Football: Don’t Forget The Situation

I’ve noticed that the situation (not the guy above) is playing a larger role in football betting than ever before. This may not be anything new but I’m noticing it more often now.

Baseball is my number one love in life and baseball is probably my favorite sport to bet on. That’s followed by the NBA. I think I like the grind of the long seasons. Football (college & pro) betting stresses me out because most of the games are on the same day and it falls 3rd on sports I like to wager on.

That said, I may still enjoy the football season more as a fan. Strange, I know. Here are some examples of the situation playing a role in football winners and losers:

  • Home teams on night football games. This is something that goes back to Monday Night Football when I was growing up and carries over to Saturday Night college football games along with Thursday & Sunday night NFL game.
  • NFL non-conference road games. These games matter less to better NFL teams because they weigh a little less in playoff tie-breakers. Teams can be ripe for an upset or not to cover the spread when playing in this situation.
  • Look-ahead games. This is similar to the example above, but seems to effect colleges more. Last week’s USC loss to Arizona may have been because they were looking ahead to a bigger game this weekend against Oregon.

There are more examples of situations playing a role in football betting and I’m noticing myself looking at the schedule more than ever to see if there are games that are a place where a team may not have their head in the game.

This may not be anything new to experienced sports bettors, but it is relatively new to me. I’d rather the games be more about data like baseball and basketball but it seems the mental part of football is a bigger part of the game than ever and it’s something to pay attention to.

Even if it’s nothing especially new, I figured I’d share my revelation. If you know of other situations we should look out for leave a comment below or tweet me and I’ll pass it on.

photo: VH1

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

 

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.

The Madness Begins!

March Madness is upon us.  It’s time to get those brackets filled and bets ready!  The matchups were just announced and the only thing I recall is Utah State being my top fav for a first round upset (over Crazy Eyes, Frank Martin and Kansas State). Here’s a quick tease of everything.

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I’ll have more when I look at the lines and matchups more in depth.  Follow me on twitter for specific picks.  If you don’t have the March Madness on Demand App, get it here.  If you need a March Madness bracket, go here.  Here are some sportsbooks: Sportsbook and Bookmaker.