When Tiger Woods wins, so do the
“Most people bet Tiger,” said Eddie
Ricca, race and sports book manager at the Suncoast. “We had a brisk handle.
The Masters is the biggest event in golf and it came up in the nick of time for
The Masters provided a nice volume in
what would have been a slow weekend with baseball just starting and both the NBA
and NHL gearing up from postseason play later this week.
“It definitely helps being located in
Summerlin, where there are so many wonderful golf courses and a lot of
interest,” Ricca said. “With all the marketing, Tiger is well exposed. He
has drawn a lot of the younger players into the game. People tend to bet Tiger
because he is familiar to them.”
Woods opened at 3-1 in most casinos,
including Suncoast, and was bet down to 2-1. That type of price is unheard of
for anyone in golf except Tiger. For example, Las Vegas Sports Consultants
opened Phil Mickelson at 6-1 for this week’s PGA Tour event at Hilton Head,
S.C. You can bet most of the other top players at 10-1 or more.
“I don’t think the interest will be
as great for the Heritage,” Ricca said. “However, I do think the betting
will be spread out more and it will be a more interesting event from that
standpoint. The volume will be a tad lower, but I don’t think the dropoff will
be that much.”