"We’re rocking and rolling said Jay Rood, head of race and sports operations for the MGM MIRAGE properties. "The pace has been pretty brisk today. Everyone is in the groove now. "
The MGM MIRAGE properties locally (MGM, Mirage, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Treasure Island and Circus Circus) opened with Pittsburgh -7 and stuck with that number. "I think we are a little surprised at the amount of Cardinals money that came in, but a lot of people living here know Arizona," Rood said. "Personally, I’m looking for the game to go under the 46½ we’re posting."
If you were looking for 6½ and Arizona, there were plenty of places around town to find it.
"We have gone back and forth between 7 and 6½," said Bert Cirincione, race and sports manager at Aliante, the newest of the Station Casinos properties. "Most of the early money came in on Arizona, but now we are seeing some Pittsburgh money. As far as the props, my favorite is LeBron James -1 against Pittsburgh Steelers total points."
The line also varied between 6½ and 7 at the Suncoast, where betting was steady and extra room needed to accompany the crowd in the sports book.
"We were 6½ the first thing this morning and part of yesterday," said Eddie Ricca, Suncoast’s race and sports director. "Personally I think 7 is the number. We just made it 7 (-120) for Pittsburgh. I think having the Giants in the Super Bowl would have attracted a bit more action, but I’m pleased with how things are going."
And being a contrarian this day, Ricca likes the over.
"I think there will be a lot of scoring," he said. "I know it’s going against the grain since the Steelers have the best defense. But, I think Pittsburgh will score often and Arizona has the offense to stay with them."