Inside Wagers

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New NFL bet at M Resort has lower vig

My dear departed mom would always say we needed to stretch the buck to make ends meet, but at 5 years old, I just didn’t understand what she meant.

How do you stretch a buck? Cantor Race & Sports at the M Resort knows. They have come up with an ingenious way for the player to stretch his betting buck by offering a bet called Inside Wagers.

If you are a small or big bettor this is for you; instead of laying the usual -110 on the NFL games your “vig” will be reduced to almost nil and the point-spread will not change.

Now this is how it will work. Starting on Thursdays (you will need to sign up and make an account deposit), there will be betting “windows” on each NFL game. Say a game is -7 -110; they will put up a line maybe like this: -7 -101/+7 +101, and the same with the total and the money lines (which may be the best value of all).

Say a money line on a game is -280 on the favorite and +220 on the underdog. Well, you will be able to bet either side at a line that could look like this: -260/+260. So whether you are betting the chalk or the dog you get to stretch your buck.

How does Cantor make any money on the deal? They will be charging the bettor a small transaction fee for each bet, which will max out at 2½ percent.

Now, during those betting windows, everyone may not get their bets in or they just may get a portion of the bet down, but they will be notified after the session what amount, if any, they got down on the game. Obviously the bettors who bet the earliest in the session will receive the bigger chunk.

So, if you like to get some bang for your buck, get out to the M Resort, open an account and, as I always say, read all the rules before you get involved. Have questions? Check with capable Mike Colbert behind the counter; he’ll explain things.

Upset City

Last week it was the No. 1 Buckeyes losing at Wisconsin. Which undefeated team will get dumped this week?

Well, it won’t be Oregon but the new No. 1 BCS team, Oklahoma, will have their hands full playing the undefeated Missouri Tigers in Columbia.

Nebraska will try and rebound against the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater. Two undefeated teams square off in Auburn: the 7-0 LSU Tigers play the high scoring Auburn Tigers. The No. 6 BCS rated Michigan State Spartans travel to Evanston, Illinois to play the rested Northwestern Wildcats.

You can still find Michigan State at around 50-1 to win the BCS and if they can get by this week and get a win at Iowa, they could just get there and that 50-1 may be worth taking a shot at.

Now, let me try and think this BCS thing out; if the only two remaining undefeated teams are Boise State and TCU, the BCS championship game will have the lowest TV ratings in its history. That could happen as Boise’s toughest games will be Hawaii at home, Fresno State at home and maybe the toughest will be at Nevada.

The Horned Frogs from TCU will need to win at Utah and that looks like the only shot for them to lose. Well that’s what it looks like so let’s take a look at a few key games this week.

Friday

South Florida +8 at Cincinnati: The BCS No. 1 ranked Oklahoma was very fortunate to get the win at Cincy, and South Florida just does not have the guns to score enough points to stay close as the young Bearcats are on the improve. CINCINNATI -8

Saturday

Wisconsin +6 at Iowa 12:30 PM (note time change): Just another perfect storm game of the week as the Badgers have been celebrating the win over Ohio State all week and just will not be able to get up against the 5-1 Hawkeyes in Iowa City; just dig deep and lay the -6. IOWA -6

Purdue -23 at Ohio State: Don’t know the state of mind of the Buckeyes but do know that coach Tressell is one of the best when it comes to revenge and Ohio State has revenge in mind in this game as the Boilermakers beat the Buckeyes in West Lafayette last year as a 13-point dog, 26-18. Buckeyes roll. OHIO STATE -23

Michigan State -6½ at Northwestern: I really like the Spartan team as they look to be focused with wins over Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois; a win here and a win at Iowa the following week and look out BCS. MICHIGAN STATE -6½

Oklahoma -3½ at Missouri: This will be a great game to watch as we have two 6-0 teams battling, but sometimes destiny just steps in and this may have happened to Oklahoma as they were life and death to beat Air Force and they should have never won at Cincinnati; even Utah State gave them a battle. We will travel with destiny and take the Sooners. OKLAHOMA -3½

Nebraska -5½ at Oklahoma State: This game baffles me as the game really looks like a pick game as the Cowboys have tremendous scoring ability and the Cornhuskers may be in a funk after last week’s debacle. OKLAHOMA STATE +5½

Washington +7 at Arizona: I like the late start in this game as I just may need it to get even. HC Mike Stoops of the Wildcats is one of the best revenge coaches in the game and he will have his team fired up in this night contest to atone for last year’s 36-33 loss in Seattle. ARIZONA -7

LSU +6 at Auburn: We have 7-0 Auburn vs. 7-0 LSU Auburn with wins over Mississippi State, Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky and Arkansas. Auburn gets big time revenge from last year’s 31-10 drubbing at Baton Rouge, another game you can dig deep and take your shot. AUBURN -6

In the NFL, Big Ben got me last week but here are a few more 14 point dogs we can play on this week. The Browns, who looked like the point spread winner in Pittsburgh, are getting two TDs from the Saints and the Bills are getting two TDs from the Ravens, who are coming off a tough loss.

Don’t forget the big – and I mean really big – Breeders’ Cup seminar at Palace Station, 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 in the race book – free food and cocktail service and some great Breeders’ Cup talk and, of course, a few winners along the way.

 

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