Next big football betting seminar set for Sunset Station
August 30, 2016 3:02 AM
by Eileen Di Rocco
If you haven’t noticed the extra little spring in almost every Las Vegan’s step these days you haven’t been paying attention. People seem to be smiling a bit more, acting a little friendlier, even whistling a tune as they go about their daily tasks.
What is the cause of this strange phenomenon that is likely also occurring across the country? We can explain it in one word – football!
Yes, the NFL preseason has brightened the days of its fans, and those who crave college action got their first taste this past Friday when the California Golden Bears trounced the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 51-31, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Of course, to make wise choices when it comes to laying down your betting dollars, you need to get as much perspective from the experts as possible. And you have the perfect chance to do that tonight at Sunset Station.
The legendary Bruce Marshall of The Gold Sheet will be there with his unique and colorful brand of analysis. He will be joined by iconic TV personality Hank Goldberg, Bernie Fratto, host of Rebel Extra, Todd Fuhrman from Bet the Board, and GamingToday’s very own Andy Iskoe.
Brian Blessing, host of Sportsbook Radio (1400 AM, KSHP), will be moderating and of course Chuck Esposito, Sunset’s director of race and sports, will be there.
In addition to getting some solid advice on the upcoming season – both NFL and college – you will also get a chance to meet with former pro players such as Eddie Payton, Robert Braxile, Lewis Tillman, Rodney Phillips, Vernon Perry and Rick Upchurch.
As an added bonus, two people attending the seminar will win five free entries into Station Casinos’ pro football Last Man Standing contest. The contest offers a guaranteed minimum of $75,000 (aggregate) and all you have to do is pick one game against the spread each week. If your game wins you move on to the next week.
The seminar will be held in Sunset’s Club Madrid room, 5:30-7:30 p.m., tonight (Aug. 30). It is free to attend and you are sure to get a wealth of information.
CONTESTS GALORE! With the debut of the football season come parlay cards and contests. One of the most interesting is South Point’s new Super 17 Progressive Jackpot. The price is right – just $10 per entry, and there is no limit on how many times you can enter. Of course you need to make a selection on each of the 17 games and propositions, which could be anything from football to baseball to basketball, hockey or even soccer. If you get all 17 correct – you win!
The jackpot starts at $250,000, and if there is no winner, 50% of all wagers made that week will be added to the next week’s progressive jackpot.
Station Casinos offers several options to players, including Last Man Standing College and Last Man Standing Pro. Each has a $25 entry fee with a fifth entry free if you buy four. The prize is a $40k minimum guaranteed for college and $75k minimum guaranteed for pro.
Station’s Reno satellite property, Baldini’s, is offering a free contest with $500 in weekly prizes and a trip to the Rose Bowl as a grand prize. The Wildfire properties here in the Las Vegas valley are also offering this contest to patrons.
If you want to play with the big boys, you might want to enter the Westgate SuperContest, which only requires you to pick five games each week. The entry fee is a bit steep, $1,500, but the rewards are big if you win. Last year’s winner took home over $900k.
All the details and official rules for these contests can be found at the sportsbooks sponsoring them, so stop in, check it out and enter. As Richard Saber says, you could be walking around lucky…
GET WELL wishes go out to GT columnist Phil Hevener as he recuperates from an unexpected illness. We miss you, Phil, and hope to have you back reporting “Gaming Insider” info real soon.
BETTING HISTORY: We received a complimentary copy of Arne K. Lang’s new book, “Sports Betting and Bookmaking: An American History” and can’t wait to read it. Arne, a former GT staffer, has a keen interest in sports, betting and history so this seems like the perfect subject for his latest tome. To give you a taste of that history, Arne has written a special article just for GamingToday readers exploring the precarious existence of some of Nevada’s old-time bookmakers. Look for it in next week’s special NFL issue.
See you around town.