Bookies OVER joyed!

January 30, 2001 7:25 AM
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The sports books scored a touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday — thanks to three TDs in a minute-span during the third quarter.

"We would have been killed if Baltimore and the under came in," a Boyd sports book manager said. "The over helped us."

The Baltimore Ravens scored two of those three touchdowns en route to a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at Tampa Sunday.

One Boyd sports book manager said their casinos handled about $2 million on the game. He added, "We took in more than we paid out."

Mandalay Bay sports book manager Hugh Citron said his book did well.

"It was a good day for the house," he said. "The crowd was huge. The lines were long all day, from 8 a.m. on."

Reports Monday estimated $70 million was bet legally in Nevada.

As for the closing lines, the Ravens were –3 or – 2.5 at Las Vegas casinos. Most had the Ravens –3. The Barbary Coast was one that closed at – 2.5.

On Sunday, the over moved up to 33.5 at just about all casinos. That came up from 32 at one point. On Friday, the Luxor had Ravens –3 and the over-under at 32. Also that day, The Mirage had it Ravens –3 and the over at 33.

Local bars were not busy (maybe because the Super Bowl parties were filled), but Torrey Pines Pub, where area Giants’ fans drink up, was packed. The Draft House, a Green Bay Packers bar, was busy, but not packed.

Most casino tables were filled Sunday before the game. One Golden Nugget dealer who got off shift at noon said, "I went through eight hours of hell."

At the Imperial Palace, tellers were posting up the results of the more than 130 prop bets around 9 p.m. Lines were seven to 10 deep for each teller.

If you were wondering how Manchester United goals (against West Ham) went against Ravens touchdowns? Score a gooooooooal for the Ravens. Manchester was shut out, while the Ravens converted four touchdowns.

A big disappointment in the props: those linked to Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O’Neal.

The center sat out Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks with a foot injury. Those bets were refunded.

Boxing Matches

Kostya Tszyu (WBC) is a –450 favorite against Sharmba Mitchell (WBA), who’s +325, for the WBA/WBC junior welterweight title Saturday night at Mandalay Bay.

Those odds, posted by Harrah’s, don’t stop there.

There is a prop bet on whether the fight will last the full nine rounds. If it goes nine (or it doesn’t), it’s –120 either way.

In the WBA heavyweight championship March 3 at the MGM Grand, Evander Holyfield is –180, while Johnny Ruiz is +160.

In the WBC featherweight title fight Feb. 17 at Mandalay Bay, Erik Morales is –450, while Guty Espadas is +325.

Autotote Available in Area Casinos

Autotote self-service terminals, which are a computerized way of betting on horse racing, are available at Sunset Station and at the Plaza.

There are two in the Sunset sports book. Assistant sports book manager Kim Crawford says about 30 of 200 regular bettors use them regularly, so they haven’t exactly caught on.

"Most don’t want to use them," she said. "It takes time for people to use them. People like that personal touch. They like to talk to the tellers."

The terminals are 10 feet off to the left of the teller area.

To use the terminals, a winning ticket is slid in, the screen pops up and bettors key in who and what they want to wager.

"I think more people would use them, but they aren’t sure how to," Crawford said.

Upset of the week

That goes to Jennifer Capriati, who defeated Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3, in the Australian Open women’s final Friday night. Capriati was +600 at one casino.

Gold Coast, The Orleans staying open longer

After football season, Gold Coast and The Orleans sports books are looking at the possibility of staying open 24 hours a day, year round, according to sports book manager Bert Osborne.

Previously, the books stayed open 24-hours during football season and on all weekends. After the end of football season, the books will be open at all times, according to Osborne.

"There are different ways of getting (the lines)," Osborne said. "Everything we get is pretty solid."