Olympics loses interest without being able to wager

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My intention was to see as much of the Olympics as I could from beginning to end, but I soon realized after the pageantry of the opening ceremonies was over, it was back into my regular routine of just watching baseball over the weekend.

“What happened?” I asked myself while watching pieces of the canoe slalom on a very late Sunday night.

I had been so enamored with Queen Elizabeth II in the opening ceremonies, showing a playful side to her no one had ever seen before, I figured I’d be bunkered in for the weekend watching hours of coverage on all channels. How could you not get fired up with David Beckham, James Bond and Sir Paul McCartney also playing brilliant roles?

I came to the realization my attention span was steered elsewhere for multiple reasons, beginning with no betting in Nevada to keep up with some of the events. Whether betting or not, odds always tell a story before an event happens. They tell us what is supposed to happen based on past trends and analysis from the sharpest minds at their craft.

The fun of following along with the odds in a sporting event is to see what outcome occurs, compared with what was predicted, with the most interesting angles emerging being those that defy the odds and persevere, otherwise known as the longshot.

Now, I could have easily gone to one of the British bookmakers’ websites and followed along, but without being available in Nevada, it seemed rather pointless.

Another revelation that also hit me as to why I didn’t watch as much Olympic coverage as intended was I was less informed. Like many people in the world, I find myself rarely reading newspapers. I’m relying on the Internet to pick and choose what to read, rather than accidentally running into news like I used to as little as four years ago.

My Google news page gives me all the top stories that happened, but my horizons weren’t broadened to read things like the confusing NBC television coverage on multiple channels. Perhaps if I read newspapers, the coverage wouldn’t be so difficult to understand.

It’s only a click away on the Internet, but a choice I have to make. Apparently the more interesting personal choice was to see what baseball teams have the best and worst batting averages over the last two weeks.

As much as I hate to admit it, I am less smart than I was four years ago when regularly reading the newspaper. I’m intelligent in the things I want to be, while in the process dismissing so much more going on. And without odds attached to a sporting event, it’s far less appealing.

So, to better keep up with my initial intentions of following this year’s Olympics from London, I will take it upon myself to grab a USA Today daily and, to make it even more interesting down the stretch, print out some odds from the English books.

It still would be simpler for Nevada to book the Olympics, but my plight wouldn’t carry much weight on the Nevada Gaming Control Board agenda.

LVH Super Weekend

Leave it to Jay Kornegay to come up with one of the more clever football promotions recently seen in Las Vegas.

The LVH Super Book director is killing multiple birds with one stone on a weekend of festivities scheduled for Aug. 24-25. Not only has Kornegay intertwined a handicapping seminar with the sharpest minds in the industry, but he’s also tied in his famous Super Contest with a day of golf and giveaways.

At the end of the events, Kornegay will hold a free reception on Saturday night, open to the public, where he raffles off three Super Contest entries valued at $1,500 each. All Super Contest contestants signed up to that point will receive five raffle tickets. All those who participate in the golf outing ($95 entry fee) will be issued two raffle tickets. The third way to obtain raffle tickets is by making $25 future book wagers with a maximum of five raffle tickets given out.

For a $125 investment in future wagers, bettors have a great chance at gaining entry into the most prestigious sports handicapping contest in the world. And with some luck, the initial $125 in future wagers could also become winners.

We’ll include more details of this great event as the date gets closer.

Nick steps up

William Hill’s Nick Bogdanovich made an immediate impact when taking over the U.S. bookmaking operation two weeks ago just by the type of odds offered. He immediately lowered the theoretic hold on all future wagers offered at the merged sports books of Leroys, Cal-Neva and Lucky’s.

In addition, Bogdanovich also offers daily alternative run lines in baseball where you can bet the underdog wins by 2 or more. You can also lay -2½ runs with the favorite. They’ve also got baseball series prices available twice a week. It was also a pleasant surprise to see odds on the NASCAR Nationwide series and Formula-1 races over the weekend.

More William Hill

Next week we’ll go more in depth with all the football contests occurring around town. It’s worth noting now that William Hill will be offering two contests, one for pro and another for college.

The prize money offered is rumored to be close to what Station Casinos and Coast Resorts have for their wildly popular pro football contests.

An official announcement is expected within the next week.





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