Vegas gears for NASCAR

Feb 27, 2007 3:31 AM

With a week off before the Las Vegas event of the year rolls through again, this might be a great opportunity to familiarize the growing number of NASCAR bettors with what’s available at each property.

HILTON: Jay Kornegay and Ed Salmons are putting odds to win and matchups on just about everything that races on live television. The wagering menu includes the Nextel Cup Series, Busch, Trucks, Indy Racing, and Formula One. The Champ Car series makes its season debut April 8 on the streets of Las Vegas. The Hilton joins Station books offering the fairest theoretic hold on their odds to win indexes in the Vegas. The hold percentage of 32-to-38 percent is very good in a 30-to-40 driver option.

STATIONS: The books have been offering a full plate in auto racing for quite a few years. Jason McCormick’s menu includes odds to win in every major American racing series. Matchups and props are offered in the Cup Series. There are plans for more wagering options in local races that cater to the demand. Station venues are the only books to offer NHRA Drag Racing odds each of the years the series has visited Las Vegas. Another nice amenity is being able to wager from your computer on all auto racing odds using the Sports Net system.

CAESARS: (includes all Harrah’s properties) Chuck Esposito and David Grisar offer Nextel Cup and Busch odds to win weekly. They stand out, along with Hilton and Leroys, for offering NASCAR matchups before any practice or qualifying session. Caesars has the distinction of accepting the largest matchup wagers on a weekly basis. And, it’s by quite a margin! Grisar releases his odds immediately after the previous week’s race ends on Sundays. A nice feature for those visiting, who like to cash and reinvest before leaving.

SOUTH POINT (includes El Cortez): Bert Osborne will be doing odds to win weekly on the Nextel Cup and Busch Series. To be competitive with the market, they’ll offer Cup matchups early Sunday mornings on race day. They would but can’t do the Craftsman Truck series since Brendan Gaughan has major ties to the casino.

LEROYS: Bob Smith operates the only book in Nevada to offer win, place and show wagering weekly in the Cup races. Unlike the horses, the figures are all booked so your price never changes. Bob is a true diehard NASCAR fan. In addition to the odds to win wagers, Leroys offers 4-to-10 matchups each week prior to any practice session. They intend to print odds on other racing events when local, such as the Busch or Truck races.

COAST: Bob Scucci intends to offer Nextel Cup Series odds to win and 3-way matchups on a weekly basis. For the major events, several more props and matchups will be available on public demand and interest. The Busch and Truck series will be offered only when racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

MGM/MIRAGE: Weekly odds to win prices are available on the Nextel Cup. Jay Rood has had the Vegas race up for a few weeks. They do an excellent job at maneuvering and tweaking certain driver’s prices, while also being extremely fair with their hold percentage. The value makes it a must stop for bettors looking to shop for the best driver prices.

WYNN: John Avello and his NASCAR savvy crew led by Doug Castaneda and Chris Chavez mix up their Cup odds to win prices on a weekly basis, enticing the bettor the re-evaluate some of their initial strategy. Avello is one of the pioneers of the NASCAR auto racing odds-to-win format. I’m sure he couldn’t even begin to imagine what he was he was starting, but we thank him for getting the ball rolling, or rather, the tires.

NUGGET: Tony Miller is a huge NASCAR fan. He’s offering strictly an odds-to-win format in the weekly Cup events. Local events such as the Busch race next week will have odds, along with an assortment of propositions for the Cup race.

FYI: Knowing Richie Bachielleri at the Palms, assume you’ll get very fair hold on the Cup odds to win. And, expect a few matchups by race day. Palms has always been known for having some very clever NASCAR prop. The Charlies and Stratosphere properties also have always offered Nextel Cup odds-to-win prices.

Viva, Montoya!

For the third consecutive year, the NASCAR Busch series will visit Mexico City for a road course event. Nine Cup drivers have confirmed participation for the event.

Juan Pablo Montoya should arrive with Beatles-type fanfare.

Not only will Montoya be well liked by all, but he will also be the overwhelming favorite to win the race. It would be a surprise if he didn’t.

The question is what will the books put up as his price? I would think that anything beyond 9/2 is extreme value.

Here are some confirmed drivers for the event: Montoya, David Reutimann, J.J. Yeley, David Ragan, Carl Edwards, Jason Leffler, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle and Boris Said.