Vegas bookmakers have a rough evening thanks to Cowboys

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Way to go bettors! You got the best of the Las Vegas sportsbooks the past two weeks and have them reeling with the bosses having to answer silly questions from executives upstairs about what’s going on.

For the fourth consecutive week the books found themselves at the mercy of the Patriots and losing big to the game, which set up a do-or-die Sunday night matchup where they needed the Eagles to win outright at Dallas to save the day.

In both cases the bettors came out as the winners, and when throwing in Oakland’s 30-24 overtime win at Tampa Bay it was a rough three-team parlay paying 6-to-1 odds the books couldn’t recover from.

Prior to the Sunday night kickoff, CG Technology VP of risk management Jason Simbal said they were “break-even on the day” but any combination was a “six-figure loss except for a straight-up Eagles win.”

The only late positive for Simbal’s seven books was the Cubs winning Game 5 of the World Series, 3-2, over the Indians to force a Game 6 Tuesday night. But it didn’t erase the big Cowboys win, who were favored by 5 and won 29-23 in overtime after trailing 23-13 in the fourth-quarter.

It was almost the same story for Jay Rood’s 10 MGM Resorts sportsbooks across the Strip.

“We’re up small right now,” Rood said before the Cowboys game, “If Dallas comes through with a cover, we’ll a lose a little on the day.”

The favorites ended up going 7-4 against-the spread with only two underdogs winning outright. The Over went 8-3 on the day, with two of them aided by the three overtime games. Most bettors love favorites and they also adore the Over in any game of any sport.

The big game that got the bettors’ party started Sunday was the Patriots’ 41-25 win at Buffalo as 6-point favorites. It was the root game to almost everyone’s parlay and teaser. The Bills beat the Patriots, 16-0, in Week 4 – without Tom Brady playing. Since Brady has come back from his season opening four-game suspension he’s covered all four starts – with none being close – and the Patriots are now 7-1 ATS overall.

So what are the books going to do to moving forward to neutralize the Patriots, who they’re already increasing well over the true point spread?

“The Patriots have a bye this week, so maybe that will slow some of the momentum,” said Westgate SuperBook VP Jay Kornegay. “They keep covering the number and bettors love that, and I can see why they load up on them every week. They’re the best team in football.”

In Week 10, the Patriots get a visit from the Seahawks, but despite the quality of the opponent, you can expect the Patriots number to be inflated.

“We’ll make more adjustments on them,” said Kornegay. “We’re used to runs like this with the popular teams bettors like and what we have to do to counter that popularity.”

That adjustment is likely to be an even higher luxury tax placed on the point-spread we’ve seen on the Patriots the last few weeks. Instead of Patriots -5 for that game, you may see Patriots -7.

CG Technology opened spreads on every game in April and the Patriots were only -2 at the time.

Yes, the Patriots are very good. But so are the Raiders late in games.

Are you kidding me with David Carr! Between his situational running and calm nature late in games, he reminds me of John Elway. I can’t wait till they make Las Vegas their home.

The Raiders have now won and covered all five of their road games, and all of them were in the Eastern time zone. Because of their 31st ranked defense, the Raiders’ power rating hasn’t been adjusted too much, meaning their spreads are going to remain relatively low for such a popular team.

And how about Dak Prescott, who struggled for the first three quarters, but came up huge when it counted! Prescott will start next week at Cleveland and then who knows after that. Tony Romo is waiting to take over his team, but it just seems like a bad move momentum-wise after six straight wins and, most of all for bettors, six straight covers.

Las Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White says Romo is a 2-point upgrade over Prescott, which would make the Cowboys and elite NFL team right under the Patriots and equal with the Seahawks. Dallas is 8-to-1 to win the Super Bowl at the Westgate.

The books sweating Week 8 wasn’t finished following the Cowboys win because carry-over risk into Monday’s Minnesota/Chicago game was multiplied with all the popular teams covering.

“Cowboys and Over was dirty bad,” said Station Casinos sportsbook director Jason McCormick, “and will make the Vikings (risk) very scary on Halloween.”

The Vikings were -4.5 to -5.5 at several books, depending on overall risk. Again the books have to root for an awful team to decide their fate. The good news sprinkled into a bunch of bad for the books is that Bears QB Jay Cutler made his return to the starting lineup after being injured in Week 1. Or maybe it isn’t. Kenny White says he’s worth nothing to the number.

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