Even without Tiger Woods, US Open betting handle was roaring

Jun 21, 2011 3:10 AM

Despite Tiger Woods not participating, the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book reported record U.S. Open handle.

The figures didn’t match the monster proportions seen for the Masters, which has betting open on it all the way back to the previous year, but having a tournament stand alone on it’s own with the public is quite impressive.

There was a lot of uncertainty around Las Vegas sports books that perhaps bettors wouldn’t be as excited for the event without Woods. Rory McIlroy’s blowout win won’t show great ratings for television, which muddies the actual impact of having no Tiger.

However, the bet windows are a good barometer to show the game moves on, with or without him, showing there is just as much appeal either way.

The Hilton posted their British Open odds on Monday with McIlroy the 6-1 favorite followed by Lee Westwood (10-1), Luke Donald (15-1) and Tiger Woods (15-1). The large opening odds on Woods are the highest he’s ever been for any major. The Open will take place at Royal St. George’s Golf Club beginning July 14.

Leroy’s Mobile Betting

I saw the Leroy’s account wagering in action over the weekend for the first time and was quite impressed. A buddy of mine was making his bets Saturday from his Android and everything offered at the sports book board was clearly on display on his phone.

For as little as a $100 deposit, anyone can have this type of convenience themselves.

CWS Action

Most sports books in Las Vegas are offering daily odds for the College World Series games in Omaha. Defending champion South Carolina is the favorite to win again, but the Gameocks had a scare on Sunday as Texas A&M tagged their star pitcher Michael Roth for four runs early.

It would have been the fifth straight time the Gamecocks would have lost their opening CWS game, but they battled back to get the 5-4 walk-off win. South Carolina has now had the last three walk-off wins in the CWS dating back to last season.

Mariners Super Prospect

A day before the CWS started, a former star of the series, Dustin Ackley, made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners. Ackley hit in all three games against Philadelphia and helped the Mariners take the three-game series. On Saturday, Ackley hit his first career home-run in the Phillies’ only win.

Ackley is playing second base and will hit seventh in the lineup, at least for now. He’s going to be a very good major league hitter and should find himself hitting second or third for quite a few years to come.