Money heavy on Holyfield in WBA Title fight

Feb 27, 2001 7:41 AM

Money has been pouring in on champion Evander Holyfield in his WBA heavyweight title fight against John Ruiz, the No. 3 contender, Saturday night at Mandalay Bay.

Holyfield opened at –200, with Ruiz at +170. Now, Holyfield is –225, while Ruiz is +190.

"It’s been about 95 percent of the money on Holyfield," said Nick Bogdanovich, race and sports book manager at Mandalay Bay. "People think Holyfield can’t lose the fight. The majority of the money will come on Saturday, partly because we’re hosting the fight."

At Harrah’s Las Vegas, betting has been somewhat similar. Holyfield opened at –180 and is now –220. Ruiz opened +160 and is now +180.

"We’ve got more money on Holyfield by about 3-1," said Mary Anne Masaitis, Harrah’s sports book manager. "This is one of the more popular fights. We’ll get a lot more over the weekend."

Back at Mandalay, there’s a prop bet if the fight will go 12 rounds. Even money is played if it goes 12, while if it does not go 12, it’s –130.

"We’ll have a bunch more props by this weekend," Bogdanovich said.


XFL betting still kicking

While TV ratings have slumped on the Xtreme Football League, betting on the league hasn’t, according to Masaitis.

"We’ve been taking in as much as an NBA basketball game," she said. "(Betting) is not really dropping off. It’s staying about the same."

The Las Vegas Outlaws’ and Los Angeles Extreme’s games are bet more heavily.

"Wagering on home games (in Las Vegas) has been going up," Masaitis said. "The (Extreme) betting is up with people coming in from California."


NASCAR futures refunded, based in St. John’s, Antigua, will refund all Dale Earnhardt Sr. wagers.

According to a press release, said it’s paying its respect to Earnhardt Sr. and the sporting world by refunding all futures on him to win the Winston Cup championship.

The seven-time Winston Cup champion was killed Feb. 18 in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.


Parimutuel’s open

According to Patty Jones of the Nevada Parimutuel Association, the Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Futures are open in Las Vegas. Pool 1 has come and gone. Pool 2 is March 8-11 and Pool 3 is April 5-8.


Losers’ & winners’ contest

In one area contest, you can pick losers and win. Imagine that.

At Boulder Station every Tuesday, there’s a weekly race contest where contestants enter for $10 and try to pick a horse that does not finish first, second or third at races from Philadelphia Park.

If any contestant’s money runs out first, they win the pool. The prize pool will start at $500. All entry fees are returned. Entries are unlimited. In case of ties, the prize pool will be divided equally.

For those who like picking winners, there’s a free contest at the Plaza each Friday at 9 a.m. Contestants pick winners from Santa Anita races. Only first place is paid $1,000 and only one entry per person is allowed.


NFL division odds

Imperial Palace has released its NFL Division futures odds.

The biggest favorite to win a division is the St. Louis Rams at 2-5 in the NFC West. The New Orleans Saints are 5-2. In the NFC East, the Washington Redskins are the favorites at 4-5, followed by the New York Giants at 5-2. In the NFC Central, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a 6-5 favorite, followed by the Vikings and Packers, both at 5-2.

In the AFC, the Tennessee Titans are the biggest favorites, at 4-5 to win the Central Division. The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are next at 8-5. In the East, the Indianapolis Colts are the favorites at even. The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are at 5-2. In the West, the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos are 6-5 favorites.

All division winners are determined by tiebreakers. Teams must play 16 regular

season games.

MLB division odds

While we’re on division odds, Imperial Palace has released its Major League Baseball odds.

The biggest favorite is the Atlanta Braves in the National League East at 1-3. The New York Mets are second at 8-5. In the N.L. Central, the St. Louis Cardinals are the favorite at 4-5. The Cincinnati Reds follow at 9-5. In the West, the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are both favorites at 9-5.

The New York Yankees are a 1-2 favorite to win the American League East. The Red Sox follow at 3-2. In the A.L. Central, the Cleveland Indians are a 4-5 favorite.

The Chicago White Sox are at even. The Oakland Athletics are a 4-5 favorite, while the Texas Rangers are next at 9-5.

Teams must play 150 games. There’s action despite name changes or relocation.