Books offer variety of contests, promos

Aug 30, 2005 3:32 AM

With the 2005 college and pro football season just around the corner, sports books are jockeying for position with their season long contests and promotions.

While there should be plenty of contests to satisfy players, Nevada regulators are warning players that paying for a proxy is against the law.

"You can’t do it for payment ”¦ in those cases it’s treated like messenger betting," said Bob Boehmer of the Gaming Control Board. "We’ve arrested or detained people in the sports book who are using cell phones and can be shown to have accepted payment (for making a bet on behalf of someone else or turning in a contest entry)."

In addition to the contests listed in the accompanying chart, many Nevada sports books feature promotions, parlay cards and unique bets this season.

The El Cortez, for instance, offers NFL bets with only a 5% vig, as do several other casinos, often on Thursday night or other select days. Some include the Las Vegas Hilton (3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursdays), and Arizona Charlie’s (both locations) and the Stratosphere (Thursday nights).

This year, the Hard Rock came up with a unique "Man vs. Beast" prop bet to win the Super Bowl. Basically, they divided NFL teams into two groups, Man and Beast. At press time the Man bet was +170 and the Beast was -200.

"Beasts" include teams with animals in their name (Rams, Eagles, Bengals, Dolphins, etc.), while the rest are characterized as "Man" teams — Giants, Saints, Cowboys, Texans and Patriots.

Arizona Charlie’s and the Stratosphere offer season-long specialty bets, such as NFL season passing and rushing champ, and NFL vs. college total wins.

The Stardust will publish a myriad of parlay cards, including teasers and its popular Ultimate Challenge reverse teaser.

The Imperial Palace brings back its popular Sunday football parties (free) featuring food, drinks, giveaways and more.

At Jerry’s Nugget, race and sports bettors can qualify for a breathtaking Harley-Davidson motorcyle during the football season.

And online bettors will like the parlays, teasers, props and more offered at intertops.com, which gives away a free $20 intro bet.