5X the action Golden Nugget college football GOTY

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Last Friday, for the ninth consecutive year, the Golden Nugget sportsbook offered odds on their “college football games of the year,” which gave bettors their first look at any kind of numbers for the upcoming season.

Director Tony Miller said the action was “Awesome!”

The Nugget had just gone through their first wave of action where three windows were open for nothing but wagers on the games of the year; $1,000 limit and bettors could take five whacks at games of their choice per window visit, then go to the end of the line and bet again if they liked.

“We took in a lot of action, about five times as much as we took last year at the same stage,” said Miller who was expecting another run of action later on Friday night.

“There was definitely a difference of opinion with a few bettors on the lines we posted and they hammered the numbers pretty good.”

The team that was routinely bet against the most was Boise State. Bettors took Washington +13 all the way down to +8.5 in Boise’s season opener on Friday, Sept. 4. They also took home teams against the Broncos at Colorado State from +12 to +10.5 (Oct. 10) and Utah State +9.5 down to +6 (Oct. 16).

“The funny thing about Boise State is that we actually dropped their rating a bit before posting the numbers,” said assistant manager Aaron Kessler, who helped set the numbers with Miller and the Gold Sheet’s Bruce Marshall.

Other teams bettors found attractive were going against Arkansas and Missouri. BYU and Auburn also saw plenty of support in their games offered and bettors were also excited about taking Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines against Ohio State in the regular season finale on Nov. 28.

“We had Ohio State -16 at Michigan and they took the Wolverines all the way down to +13,” said Miller.

College Football season win totals were posted at CG Technology on Monday. CG became the first sportsbook in Las Vegas to post 2015 college football season win totals and took immediate OVER action on three teams – Colorado (5 wins), Michigan (7.5 wins) and Illinois (4 wins).

“Those are the only ones we’ve had multiple wagers taken on,” Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management at CG said last week. “I can understand the logic behind Colorado and Michigan, but I’m still wondering about Illinois.”

The early limit on win totals for CG Technology books at the Hard Rock Hotel, Tropicana, Cosmopolitan, Venetian, Palazzo and Silverton is $1,000. Those who want more are encouraged to ask. Also, limits will likely be raised after numbers settle from early moves.

Ohio State has the largest number set at 11 wins OVER -165. Alabama was set at 9.5 OVER -135 and the new era of UNLV football under new coach Tony Sanchez begins with a number at 2.5 OVER -125.

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Follow Micah on Twitter @MicahRoberts7 Contact Micah at [email protected].

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