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Long-suffering Cubs the consensus favorite in preseason MLB futures markets

The Chicago Cubs, title-less in more than 100 years, are the favorites to win the 2016 World Series, and their odds are shrinking. In its most recent MLB futures update, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Cubs listed at 4-to-1 to win the World Series and 2-to-1 to win the National League pennant. The Dodgers, […]  More

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Super Bowl 50 smashes record with $132 million wagered in Nevada sports books

A record $132.5 million was wagered on Super Bowl 50 at Nevada’s sportsbooks, the state’s gaming commission reported Monday, breaking the previous record by a significant margin. And books won a healthy share of that total, holding $13.3 million for a win percentage just north of 10 percent. The previous mark, $119.4 million, was set two years […]  More

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‘No complaints’ from sports books after underdog Denver tops Carolina in Super Bowl

The dust is still settling on the biggest sports betting day of the year, and the early returns indicate the underdog Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Panthers yielded a modest win for the sportsbooks. Carolina was the runaway pick among early bettors, accumulating up to 90 percent of the action through last Wednesday at some […]  More


DraftKings is now (mostly) live in the UK

DraftKings’ long-awaited launch in the United Kingdom has finally become a reality, albeit in a partial form. Originally slated for an October launch, the leading daily fantasy site went live Friday, but is only fully reachable via mobile app. The desktop version is apparently still in the works, and currently, the UK site only allows players […]  More

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When it comes to the Super Bowl, public betting action carries more weight

Some might argue that the simplification of all betting action to sharps vs. the public creates a false dichotomy. Without even considering the market manipulation of syndicates, sophisticated gamblers are not a homogeneous behemoth, betting in perfect unison—and neither, for that matter, are recreational bettors. But that doesn’t mean sports books view all incoming money […]  More

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Prop betting now accounts for 60 percent of Super Bowl handle at Vegas’ biggest book

The Super Bowl has long been the most wagered-on sporting event in America. In Las Vegas alone, nearly $115 million was bet on last year’s game, a total that’s estimated to be a tiny fraction of the overall amount wagered when illegal betting is also factored in. It could be even higher this year, and increasingly, more of […]  More

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Las Vegas sportsbooks see ‘bandwagon’ effect as Super Bowl money pours in on Carolina

Prior to the NFL championship games, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook offered Carolina at minus-3 against Denver in a Super Bowl look-ahead line but found relatively few takers. A little over a week later, the line is up to six in some places—including Westgate—and may climb higher as money continues to pour in on the […]  More

Super Bowl 50

For Las Vegas sportsbooks, seven-figure bets an annual part of Super Bowl mania

Super Bowl 50 kicks off at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday afternoon, but 500 miles to the southeast, the action around the big game is already picking up. Since the matchup was made official a little over a week ago, the point spread has bounced from Carolina minus-4 to as […]  More


CG Technology sports books planning to bring back Golden State Warriors 73-win prop bet

Sensing a growing demand, Las Vegas sportsbooks are considering re-offering a prop bet on whether the Golden State Warriors will surpass the NBA record for single-season wins. After recently taking it down, Jason Simbal of CG Technology said the company was planning to bring back the popular bet Tuesday or Wednesday at the nine race […]  More


Public coming out strong in support of favorites in NFC, AFC championship games

For the second straight weekend, it looks like Las Vegas sports books will be pulling for the underdogs, as the vast majority of support so far is coming in on the side of the favorites in the NFC and AFC championship games. The action was similar last weekend, and no underdogs came through, dealing Vegas a […]  More