Inside Las Vegas
by Vegas Sports Informer - 09/14/2007
Here we go with my new idea to tell the rest of the world what is going on in the Las Vegas sports books. I gamble and I live here in Sin City, so I have the inside scoop of what the Vegas books are doing and thinking. I have many contacts inside the industry, so now I'm ready to tell the betting public what I know.
This weekend starts Week 2 of the NFL and Week 3 of College football. What I've heard around town is that Week 1 in college was a bloodbath for the Vegas books. Last Saturday was somewhat positive for the bookies in college as a heavy road favorite Wisconsin team was in town to play UNLV. Wisconsin was a 25-point road favorite and only won by a late touchdown.
Week 1 NFL started off well for the morning games but the afternoon games and the late NBC game killed the Vegas books. Three out of the four favorites won in the late NFL games. I know no one saw this last weekend, but Roger Federer won his fourth straight U.S. Open in Tennis. Everybody says that Tiger Woods is the most dominant person in his sport, but I beg to differ. Federer is and will be the best Tennis player to ever play his sport when all is said done.
This weekend in college football the big matchup is not the battle of the 0-2s (Notre Dame at Michigan), but USC at Nebraska. USC opened at -8.5 and quickly got bet up to -9.5. I will not be surprised if this number goes to 10 as California residents will be in town to watch and bet this game.
There are two more contests on the board that are "can't miss": Tennessee at Florida and Arkansas at Alabama. The Tennessee game should provide some good offense, especially if you are a Florida fan.
In the NFL the talk around Sin City is the huge NBC game between San Diego at New England. Everybody in the sports world knows that New England got caught taping and stealing signs from the NY Jets sidelines last week. The team was fined $250,000 and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered New England to give up next year's first-round draft choice if the Patriots reach the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if they miss the postseason. This evening game should have a playoff feel and I wouldn't be surprised if San Diego comes out with a road victory. Other NFL games providing a buzz on The Strip: New Orleans at Tampa Bay and Arizona at home against Seattle. For some odd reason the Vegas locals are looking at Arizona to upset Seattle at home.
Also, don't forget that baseball is almost over and we still have some great division battles. No one wants to win the NL Central and both wild cards are still up for grabs. And we do have a Game 5 in the WNBA Finals if anybody cares. Game 5 is in Detroit and this game is for the WNBA Championship. Who needs to watch NFL Football on Sunday when you have the last game of the WNBA season?