Sports betting from the comfort of your Las Vegas residence just got a lot easier.
Station Casinos, in conjunction with Cox Communications, is now offering a program called the Sports Connection. This software allows the customer to wager on sports from a personal computer utilizing a Cox high speed Internet connection.
The system is far superior, faster and simpler than using their dial-up program, which is still available.
I don’t want to sound like a commercial, but I have been using the high speed cable software for about two weeks and am happy to report no problems. I am not getting "booted" off the program, not experiencing getting "locked" in the middle of making a bet and those annoying "error" messages are a thing of the past.
There are no problems with telephone modems that don’t answer, or slow connections once you do get hooked up. The high speed modem gets right through and allows the bettor to navigate through the many available sports with great ease.
The main menu allows you to check your balance, undecided wagers, last deposit and last withdrawal.
The sports offered for wagering include pro or college football, baseball, hockey, pro or college basketball, boxing and auto racing.
Also included in the betting menu are proposition and future bets, halftime bets, money lines, parlays and round robins.
The account can be opened at any of the Station Casinos, and the original deposit can be as low as $100. The minimum wager is $10, but you can’t bet more than $2,000 on any given day.
"We think this will give more recreational bettors the opportunity to wager from home," reported Palace Station sports book manager Micah Roberts. "More people now have high speed Internet access."
In addition to placing wagers, the Sports Connection program also offers real-time scores, team and player statistics, game breakdowns, injury reports, weather conditions and up-to-the-minute news.
"This is as close to one-stop-shopping as sports gamblers can get," continued Roberts. "You don’t have to go to any other site, because everything is right there at your fingertips."
There are two schools of thought regarding the use of an overhead scoreboard at boxing matches.
If Oscar De La Hoya would have known that Shane Mosley was gaining points on the judges’ scorecards that quickly during last Saturday’s title fight at the MGM, do you think he would have fought the last three rounds any differently?
I always have been of the belief that the last few rounds of a fight would be more exciting if the combatants knew how they stood on the judges scorecards. They have a scoreboard for everyone to see in all the other sports, so why not boxing?
I suppose the other side can argue the judges would leave themselves open to criticism by the fans during the fight. In addition, if a fighter was way ahead on the judges’ scorecard with just a few rounds remaining, maybe he would stop fighting and simply dance around the ring.
It also takes away the suspense at the end of the fight when the ring announcer reads the results of the judges’ decision.
What is your opinion?
Barry Daniels can be reached via e-mail at [email protected]