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It’s 79 days to first college football game

Being a very open minded person, I decided to give the World Cup a break and make a few bets and try to watch a few games.

I found out there are several ways you can bet the Cup; you can even bet on a tie (or should I say “draw”) and get some good odds, which looks like a good way to go – you know 0-0, 1-1 outcomes in those very ho hum exciting games.

I decided to go in with my counterpart here at GamingToday and go for some big odds and play a World Cup Soccer parlay card that Lucky’s put out. We spread our bets out over five days and put in a six-team parlay for $25 with a potential return of $850.

Our first game, Argentina -1, which went off at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, was great for me as I am up and around. So I got a coffee at Palace Station and a good seat to watch the fast and furious action; but there was little as Argentina got an early goal and that was that as they won 1-0.

At least ties just push (rather than lose) so our card was still alive, although it dropped down one level, from a six-teamer to a five-teamer (which effectively slices the potential payoff in half).

What really got me was the incessant buzzing. It sounded like a swarm of bees and was so annoying; why I asked myself? I guess these games get so boring the fans use these little horns that make this obtrusive noise throughout the game. Why don’t they just talk to each other or go get a beer? The score will be the same when they get back; in fact they could go have lunch, have their car washed and get a Swedish massage and the score would still be the same.

I could have gone and gotten a bottle of wine and some red paint – as my house does need a little touch up work. I could have painted and had a few glasses while watching it dry.

Next week I just may go out to the M Resort and take a shot at live play on the Cup. Maybe that is the answer; if not I will just enjoy myself and watch the paint dry.

How did the rest of our parlay card go? Well our next game was Serbia -½ against Ghana, two powerhouse teams. Ghana I think won on a penalty kick and we never got out of the box with our parlay card as the Serbs went down in another exciting 1-0 match.

Bring on the football parlay cards is all I have to say. (Only 79 days until the first college football game!)

One good thing was that Palace Station was offering $1 Bud Lights and $1 hot dogs, and if you were there early as I was, you could also get a $2 breakfast “sangwich” as they say in Pittsburgh.

Speaking of Pittsburgh, I was there a week ago and the fans are not happy with Big Ben, but they do want a shot at the 2015 Super Bowl, since they are going to have a cold weather game the previous year in New Jersey. If you have never been in Pittsburgh it is a great city with great food and hotels, and it is just 39 miles from Steubenville.

With the economy like it is in Vegas, some race books have started charging for Racing Forms, which is one of their biggest expenses and has been forever.

Some have put a one dollar charge on the Form and I have seen players get extremely upset about paying the one buck. I think that it is a bargain; if you go to the race track you pay $5 to drive your car in the lot, another $5 to get in the gate, another $5 to purchase a Form, $1 or 75¢ for a program, and if you want a beer it’s $7. If you want something to eat, forget about it.

If you go to your favorite race book you pay zip to park, zip to get in, zip for a beer or a cocktail, zip for a program, and you can even make a sports bet.

I just do not understand the beef. And speaking about beef, if you play you can earn points and get a beef sandwich comp.

There is no better place to bet horses than in Nevada, so pay the lousy buck and shut up or go to the track and really get fleeced.

In a previous column I wrote how the Cincinnati Reds were a good future bet. So far things are looking good as they sit atop the National League Central and continue to hold off the Cards.

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