Barcelona favorite to win UEFA Championship

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I usually don’t report on anything that has to do with call girls, but a story reported by the Smoking Gun caught my attention when it involved a former U.S. Olympian who had been selling herself in Las Vegas over the last year for $600 an hour.

Suzy Favor, who participated in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, admitted it all to the online site and it became official after a series of tweets from Favor herself.

The former Wisconsin All-American – who has a Big Ten female athlete of the year award named after her – is married and has a seven-year-old daughter. Her husband is a lawyer in Madison, Wis. and they live quite comfortably. Favor, 44, and her husband were apparently having some marital issues, but the husband – her college sweetheart – reportedly knew what she was doing.

Favor had been a regular motivational speaker for major companies throughout her career, but it’s likely most will follow Disney’s lead and sever all ties with her. One of the strangest parts about the whole story is she was telling her “John’s” her real identity, despite using an alias. Did she think this would stay quiet, or was she just dying to reveal to everyone her secret side?

It’s a bizarre story, but one that had me remembering prostitution in Clark County is illegal. I had almost forgotten because the county allows all the advertising on the Strip via free girly magazines, nudey trading cards and obnoxious billboards on trucks that drive up and down Las Vegas Blvd. But that’s not really illegal, because they’re just phone numbers to private dancers, right?

LVH posts CL odds

The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw was announced Thursday and the LVH Super Book immediately reposted their odds with Barcelona as the 7-to-4 favorite to win the final match scheduled to be played May 25 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

One of the most interesting matchups in this round will be Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid. Real Madrid is listed at 4-1 by the LVH while Manchester United is 12-1.

Another classic matchup pairs AC Milan with Barcelona. AC Milan is listed at 80-1 to win it all.

Random thoughts

You know things are getting tight within the government regarding illegal gambling when an NFL Survivor League is being taken down. A Missouri court seized over $200,000 in a league that had been run on-line for over 17 years, citing an infringement upon the Wire Act of interstate wagering. 

Ten percent of the winnings were set aside for charity from the pool, just as they had done every year, and there was no monetary gain, but they got caught. Through Week 15, there were 20 people still alive in the contest. Be careful betting out there. At least your man is within state lines. 

There is almost no lower feeling than being asked by a bartender at a local bar in Las Vegas to move from a seat you have been sitting at, because a person has requested to play the machine in front of you. It gets even worse when you see the person fling in a $5 bill and then park himself there, as if that is an admission price to get himself in. 

I realize the local chain of bars want people playing machines, but I also would hope they would value my business from the food and beverage end. I sit at the bar to watch games and somehow I don’t feel duping the bartender with my own $5 bill of play is the way to go. 

Have you got the feeling that maybe Ravens coach John Harbaugh is envious of his brother Jim. First: For having the ability to take on criticism for a controversial midseason QB change. Second: Actually having a quality quarterback to plug into the system. 

There seems to be that missing gamer gene in Joe Flacco that QB’s such as Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have. Had Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor been a little more talented at the position, Harbaugh might have made a move already.

There was a recent tragedy that took place in a hotel and I was appalled by the way the public relations department handled the situation – distancing themselves from the victim because they were not a hotel employee, and being so insensitive to the victim’s family. Shame!

Remember when Las Vegas had shows with dinners? I’m talking nice lobster dinners, while being able to watch your favorite entertainers. Everyone was dressed up. The Maitre D sat you up closer if you gave him a $20 bill. Lots of class, those were the days.

Michael Gaughan is running a promotion at his South Point Hotel for December that is hard for anyone in town to beat. $2 drinks. Any drinks. Anything at the bar: $2. They don’t remove the Patron, Gentleman Jack or Jagermeister bottles for the promotion, either, nor do they give a short pour. It’s just like every other day, except $2. Gaughan is the last of the Mohicans in Vegas.

While Adrian Peterson is running after Eric Dickerson’s all-time rushing record, it’s only fair to acknowledge a player lodging in one of our Las Vegas facilities for his accomplishments. Although this player isn’t staying at one our hotels. He’s in jail. 

All crimes aside, the fact that O.J. Simpson was able to rush for 2,003 yards in a 14 game schedule during the 1973 season is still one of the greatest accomplishments in football. He was a beautiful blend of speed, power and grace…you’ll notice I didn’t use slasher as a description. William Hill has been posting an assortment of odds on Peterson over the past five weeks.

The Immaculate Reception took place 40 years ago in Pittsburgh and I heard a lot about it from several people, all of whom were from Pittsburgh. They all also happened to be, or were, bookmakers in Las Vegas. Check out this lineup of Pittsburgh’s finest: Jimmy Vaccaro, Art Manteris, Chris Andrews, Bert Osborne, Rick Herron and Jack Franzi, just to name a few. 

The Lions have lost seven games in a row, and while coach Jim Schwartz got them to the playoffs last season, you could argue that it was his coaching that kept him from contending this season. Between not knowing simple rules coaches should know, and not getting an offense that features Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson to win more than four games is reason enough to question his leadership. 

The Lakers beat the Warriors Saturday night for their fourth straight win. They also covered the spread, surprisingly, which makes them a winner against-the-spread in only seven of their past 21 road games. Stave Nash played in that game and they looked better. However, Dwight Howard still looks lost.

Offshore Betting risky

Despite BetIslands.com being touted as a top sports book by Sports Book Reviews (SBR.com), a supposed off-shore watchdog site, the book closed shop and ran off with $1.5 million of bettors accounts. Unlike Nevada, where there is a true watch dog called the Gaming Control Board, bettors that took a shot with this make shift operation have no recourse.

William Hill college football contest

Bettors still have until Dec. 29 to enter the $20 college football contest. Over $15,000 in prize money is available to the bettor who picks the most games against the spread correctly.

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Contact Micah at [email protected].

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