Imperial Palace is ready for Week 1 of NFL season

May 16, 2001 1:22 AM

Can you believe it?

The National Football League season is right around the corner.

Well, as they like to say in that commercial, "Not exactly."

But NFL Week 1 lines (the season starts September 9) are already posted at the Imperial Palace sports book. About three weeks ago, the IP posted lines for sides on those games (no totals). The book has been posting the early Week 1 lines for about eight years and has done it on its own.

The lines will stay up through the opening kickoff but will be adjusted for trades or signings. And IP race and sports book director Jay Kornegay will be keeping his fingers crossed.

"We keep our eyes on the lines, and when they are posted [throughout town just prior to the season] we hope we’re in line with them," he said. "The draft will play a small role on those lines. We pretty much go by last year’s results, signings and what teams have done in the off-season."

IP sports book manager Ed Salmons said money on Week 1, compared to other weeks, is between double and triple the amount because of the early lines.

So what do the lines look like?

The Minnesota Vikings opened -9 against the visiting Carolina Panthers and now are -8. The defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens are -10½ against the visiting Chicago Bears.

The home-standing Green Bay Packers are -5 against the Detroit Lions. Monday night has the Denver Broncos -7 against the visiting New York Giants.

Eleven games have had movement since they opened. There are $1,000 bet limits on the early lines. Parlays are allowed, but teasers are not.

Kornegay said tourists and wiseguys both play the lines. Tourists who come to town over the summer are targeted because most won’t be around for Week 1.

Imperial Palace’s Week 1
National Football League lines:
Favorite Line Underdog

10 a.m. (PST) games

VIKINGS 8 Panthers
RAVENS 101/2 Bears
Colts 1 JETS
Patriots 2 BENGALS
BILLS 31/2 Saints
Seahawks 6 BROWNS
Buccaneers 71/2 COWBOYS
Raiders 1 CHIEFS
1 p.m. games
JAGUARS 5 Steelers
Rams 31/2 EAGLES
49ERS 61/2 Falcons
Redskins 21/2 CHARGERS
5:30 p.m. game


Monday night game
BRONCOS 7 Giants