Saturday, July 9, 2016

Olympic Betting

A push in the late 1990’s led to a 2001 bill that attempted to ban betting on amateur sports.  The Amateur Sports Integrity Act, S. 718 was introduced to the 107th Congress.  While it was ultimately unsuccessful, it did lead to a time when betting on some amateur sports, like the Olympics, was banned.  A compromise was reached where betting on the Olympics would be banned, but bets could still be accepted on amateur collegiate sports.  Some analysts believe that betting on college sports accounts for up to 40% of the take of Vegas sports books.  Strangely enough, it appears that the attempted ban on college betting was part of the catalyst to allow betting on all college sports, which allowed Nevada sports books to start taking bets on UNLV games around 2001.

In 2015, South Point Casino initiated proceedings that would allow Nevada sports books to once again take bets on the Olympics.  This initiative was successful so for the first time in several years, you can bet on the summer Olympics in Nevada this year. William Hill US does have the summer Olympics listed on their website as a category of sports on which you can bet.  Some of the bets the books have in Vegas right now include bets on who will win the gold medal in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor volleyball, men’s rugby and will Usain Bolt win a gold medal.  The reason there are not more Olympic bets available is that it’s still a little early.  The final roster for the US men’s basketball team was just announced a couple weeks ago and we still don’t know if Bolt is going to run at these Olympics because of a recent injury.  

Will Olympic betting be a major boon to Vegas sports book?  Probably not and here’s why

  1. Is the interest there?  For the big events like men’s basketball and some track and field events, absolutely.  However, there are so many events that not many know of or care about.
  2. Football season starts about one month after the Olympics.  If sports bettors are planning a trip around an event, its likely they will wait until they can for a weekend that offers NFL and NCAA bets.
  3. The potential lack of value bets.  I have not seen any specific odds, but on several events, the outcomes are all but predetermined.  In 1992, the US men’s basketball team was such a lock, you would have had to bet $75 just to win $1.

If you are going to be in Vegas during the Olympics or just before they start, go ahead and stop in a sports book and see if they having lines up.  Throw $20 on Uzbekistan in fencing or bet on the US men’s basketball team to cover an obscenely large spread.  Olympic betting is back for the first time in several years and the opportunity will only come around every 2 years.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

In Game Wagering

        In game wagering is a recent phenomenon. Currently, Cantor gaming is the largest company offering in game wagering.  William Hill also offers in game wagering.  There is no paper ticket involved.  You either download the app on your smart phone or tablet or most properties will let you use a tablet they have after you pay a deposit fee that is returned to you when you give the tablet back.  Inquire at the sports book if they have in game wagering to make sure the property you are at offers it.

       You pre-load money onto your account and then just grab on and try to hang on.  Now you have access to real time bets.  Lets say a team is attempting a 25 yard Field Goal in a game.  While the kicking team is running onto the field, a box will pop up on your tablet screen with options similar to these: Made FG -700, missed FG- +400.  If you can choose that bet before the kicking team snaps the ball, you can bet on that while its happening.  These bets pop up ALL THE TIME.  You could bet on every play of a NFL game almost.

        You can bet on if the drive will end in a TD, FG, punt or turnover.  You can bet on Free Throws, if you are quick enough, while the shooter is stepping up to the line.  The odds change during the game to reflect the score.  If its the third quarter and a team is losing 35-14, the Moneyline on them, which may have started out at -125, could now be up to +750 because of the number of points they are down and the time left.  If they start to make a comeback, the Moneyline will adjust in real time back down.  If they keep getting blown out, it will continue upward.  Its like the Grecco player tracker but for sports betting, not casino security.

       So go out and download the app (which will only work if you are located in Nevada by the way) or get a tablet from the book.  Sit down at a video poker machine at a bar to double down on your degeneracy.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week 7 Can't Lose Picks

Week 7

Patriots -3.5 @ Jets
49er's -3.5 @ Titans
Broncos -6.5 @ Colts

Browns +10 @ Packers
Bears +1 @ Redskins
Cowboys +2.5 @ Eagles

Sunday, October 6, 2013

NFL Can't Lose Picks Week 5

Week 5

Chiefs -1 @ Titans
Jaguars +11.5 @ Rams
Giants -1 vs. Eagles

Broncos -7.5 vs. Cowboys
Cardinals +1 vs. Panthers
Seahawks -1 @ Colts

Sunday, September 29, 2013

NFL Can't Lose Picks Week 4

Week 4

Redskins -3 @ Raiders
Steelers +3 @ Vikings
Colts -9.5 @ Jaguars

Broncos -10.5 vs. Eagles
Bears +3 @ Lions
Seahawks -3 @ Texans

Saturday, September 21, 2013

NFL Can't Lose Picks Week 3

Week 3

Bears -1 @ Steelers
Ravens +1 vs. Texans
Vikings -6.5 vs. Browns

Cardinals +9 @ Saints
Falcons +1 @ Dolphins
Seahawks -19 vs Jaguars

Saturday, September 14, 2013

NFL Can't Lose Picks Week 2

Week 2 2013

Ravens -6 1/2 at Browns
Broncos -4 1/2 at Giants
Bengels -7 at Steelers

Jets +12 at Patriots
Titans +9 at Texans
49ers at Seahawks -3