Downtown books set
year-longNFL lines

Sep 7, 2004 4:09 AM

For the first time in Nevada, football bettors will be able to bet the entire 17 weeks of pro football games starting with Week 1 of the NFL season.

Beginning this week, the Plaza and Las Vegas Club sports books will set the line for every game throughout the entire NFL season.

Thus, fans will be able to place bets on their favorite teams for any game at any point in the season in just one visit to the two downtown casinos.

"We’re definitely stepping into uncharted territory," said Lou D’Amico, race and sports book director for the Plaza and Las Vegas Club. "We’re committed to offering our customers innovative wagering opportunities and we feel this is a great way to start."

Point spreads for NFL regular season games are ordinarily posted just a week before the game.

The Plaza and Las Vegas Club recently consolidated their sports book operations under D’Amico, who previously worked in similar positions for Caesars Palace. The Plaza and Las Vegas Club, along with the Gold Spike and Western hotels were purchased by Barrick Gaming from Jackie Gaughan.

"Until now, the only future wagering on the NFL was on things like the Super Bowl, the Conference Championships and the over-under proposition on total games won," D’Amico said. "This takes NFL and team sports future wagering into a whole new realm."

That realm includes being able to bet on all 256 of the NFL’s regular season games. Each game beginning this week will have a point spread, which is valid at the time of the wager and will remain in effect for the bettor regardless subsequent line moves.

"Adjustments to the point spread will be ongoing, just like they have been traditionally for games that were posted on a week-to-week basis, and our customers will be able to make multiple wagers on the same game to take advantage of shifts that might occur," D’Amico said. "But more importantly, this will allow NFL fans who visit Las Vegas to be able to wager on any game without having to make a return trip. We’ll even accept winning tickets by mail."

D’Amico, a Brooklyn native who moved to Las Vegas with his family in 1975, said posting a season’s worth of NFL lines is part of the task of establishing a successful gaming brand in the most competitive gaming marketing in the world.

"Establishing a successful sports book in this town is a challenge, and I believe this new NFL wager is the beginning step in meeting that challenge," D’Amico said.

With the new NFL season kicking off this week, D’Amico said he is confident that the point spreads his book will offer will accurately reflect future realities, even for games that are months away.

"I’ve got some real pros working on establishing the spreads, people who’ve been doing this for years," he said. "Obviously you can’t program in things like injuries and weather conditions, but other than for these kinds of variables, I don’t anticipate the spreads moving all that much."