The writing was on the wall, even if the spread wasn’t.
Even in preseason, some lines don’t seem right. Harrah’s had its doubts, so the 49ers-Redskins contest was ignored for a few days.
"There was no line on the game during the week," said Rio race and sports director Dave Pemberton.
However, by Saturday, a line did go up at Rio, a satellite book to Harrah’s.
"They (Harrah’s) get their warnings from Roxy’s (Americasline.com)," said Pemberton. Some games get a bad feel and that was one of them. We left it off the board for that reason."
The hedge was accurate. But bettors’ demand won out and a line was posted. The 49ers opened as a 2-point favorite at most Las Vegas books and off-shore, but later reversed with Washington as a 3-point selection. The Redskins won easily, 38-7.
"We had some action on the preseason, but most people find it hard to bet on teams with guys that might not play when the regular season starts." Pemberton said.
Bettors 1, House 0.
WNBA slam dunked
The pro women’s basketball league made a big deal about Lisa Leslie and her history-making slam dunk. It looked more like a Greg Ostertag push.
"I didn’t even see it," said Pemberton. "We have had lines on the WNBA all year, but the response has been mixed. Arena football and the CFL has had more interest, especially the Grey Cup."
Bighorn did OK
TV ratings may have hit an all-time low for last week’s Battle at Bighorn, but the special golf event was a nice winner for Rio.
"We did pretty well," said Pemberton. "We had someone make a $1,000 play on Trevino and Garcia. He had a couple of yellow chips and wound up transferring it to us. It makes things interesting when someone goes for the underdog."
CLOSER: If that Leslie shot was a jam, we’ll take the jelly.