Not so perfect ‘Rocks’ again

Nov 15, 2005 1:46 AM

The "Not So Perfect" parlay card has become a popular play this NFL season at the Hard Rock.

"We actually started the card three years ago as a way of giving people a chance to get paid, even if they didn’t hit all their selections," said race and sports director Jamie Shea. "The card was not used last year, but I decided to bring it back this year and our customers have really responded positively."

The card has now become one of the resort’s most popular parlay plays. The "second chance payoffs" begin at 2-for-1 when customers hit 5-of-6 selections. Hitting 8-of-9 teams pays off 15-for-1 and 9-of-10 will bring back 25-for-1.

"People hit it every week," Shea said. "I think the card’s popularity has exceeded the regular teasers and ranks along with the half-point cards. We’re thinking about doing a similar Not So Perfect card for March Madness to take advantage of the NCAA basketball tournament."

Players must pick at least six teams on the card to qualify for the 5-of-6 category. The top payout is 400-for-1 if you click on a perfect 10 selections. A 6-for-6 will pay 30-for-1.

Here are some of the ups and downs that caught our eye in sports futures payouts, courtesy of Caesars Palace.

”¡ The NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks have risen to 50-1 odds to win the league title after opening at 8-1.

”¡ The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are now 8-1 to repeat after opening at 9-2. And, the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes are down to 4-1 after opening at 8-1 to win the Stanley Cup.

No edge in colleges:

Unlike the NFL, playing the favorites does not translate into dollars at the betting window.

This past weekend, the breakdown was dead even between faves and dogs at 23-23-1. There were 17 outright upsets on the weekend college card, including Oklahoma State as a 22-point dog against Texas Tech.

By the way, the Hilton has USC -6½ vs. Texas in the Rose Bowl.