While the "Sugar" Shane Mosley-Shannon Taylor WBC welterweight title fight was the main attraction on the Caesars Palace card Saturday night, the real story with betting came on the undercard heavyweight match between Lance Whitaker-Oleg Maskaev.
Whitaker opened at +200 and closed at 140. Maskaev opened 250 and closed at even. Whitaker won by a second-round knockout.
"It was real good two-way action," said Caesars Palace race and sports book manager Chuck Esposito. "It flip-flopped twice. A lot of people liked Whitaker, and a lot of people liked Maskaev."
On March 7, Maskaev was 170 and Whitaker +130.
In the main event, Mosley won by a fifth-round knockout to retain his title because Taylor did not come out for the sixth. He opened 2000 and closed 1800. Taylor opened +1400 and closed +1200.
"There was some money on Mosley and there was some money on Taylor," Esposito said. "Some people liked Taylor because hes a tough kid."
Caesars also offered a prop on how long the fight would last. "Will go seven full rounds" opened at even and closed 140. "Will not go seven" opened 140 and closed even.
"There was some good action on the round-by-round prop," Esposito said. "It was a good event for the property. The crowd was fun. It was a tremendous night."
Esposito said the NCAA conference tournaments drew solid action. The biggest game of the weekend for bettors was the Duke-North Carolina ACC championship game in Atlanta. Duke opened 5 and closed 5Â½. Duke won, 79-53.
"The (weekend) games went real well," Esposito said. "There were a lot of upsets and that sets the tables for Thursday and Friday."
Paris March Madness
Paris Las Vegas will hold a free "March Mania" viewing party of the NCAA tournament Thursday through Sunday in the Le Theatre des Arts. Its open to Ballys/Paris compensated players. If theres room, the party will be open to the public.
Food and cocktails will be available.
"Usually both (Ballys and Paris) sports books are packed, so this is a good way to watch the games," said Ballys/Paris race and sports book manager John Avello.
NCAA hockey odds
There is a God!
Well, maybe theres just a hockey god. NCAA hockey championship odds are available. At Ballys/Paris, Michigan State is a 2-1 favorite to win the national championship, which is April 7 in Albany, N.Y.
North Dakota and Boston College are 5-2 to win the title. Michigan is 4-1. Odds are changing. Wisconsin opened 3-1, but is now 12-1.