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Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens Staring In New Vegas Show

From Renegade Instagram

“Renegades” featuring Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, and Terrell Owens will open at Caesars Palace on January 25, 2018. The show will take place at the tiny Cleopatra’s Barge. The idea of a tell-all show with these guys sounds like an amazing train wreck that I might need to see.

You might have access to meeting the guys at the show. Additionally, you might find Canseco in the poker room. There’s more information in the press release below.

Press Release:

New interactive show allows fans to get up
close and personal with sports legends including
Jose Canseco, Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens and Jimmy King

LAS VEGAS (December 20, 2017) – The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. No subject is off-limits as legends recount stories from their playing days to tabloid-making headlines and beyond. Hear directly from the greats as they share their eyewitness accounts of the biggest sports stories in history, while getting your chance to play the role of sports reporter lobbing questions at the athletes during the show’s panel roundtable finale.

The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. **Please note that Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate athletes every three months.

A two-time World Series champion, Jose Canseco is best known by millions of fans around the world as the “Godfather of Steroids.” He spent 17 years in the Major Leagues “bashing” baseballs into the upper decks of stadiums and accomplished such impressive accolades as Rookie of the Year, American League MVP, six All Star Game appearances, 462 career homeruns, and became a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. As a controversial best-selling author, reality star, mixed martial arts enthusiast, competitive senior softball player, avid bowler, identical twin, and extreme long drive hitting golf ball philanthropist, you never know what the self-proclaimed “King of Twitter” will say or do next.

Jim McMahon is as well known for his on-the-field performance as he is for his off-field antics, including mooning sports writers when they asked about the status of an injury to his buttocks, and entering his first public event with the Bears holding a beer. Best known at times for being the controversial Chicago Bear who clashed with his coach, Mike Ditka, and NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, McMahon earned two Super Bowl rings in 15 pro seasons with seven teams, the first win with the Bears in Super Bowl XX where he was the starting quarterback, and the second with the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. He was also the star of the Bears’ rap video, “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” in which he proclaimed “I’m the punky QB known as McMahon.” He played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American in 1980 and 1981, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. McMahon retired from the NFL following the 1996 season and has since worked as a restaurant owner and motivational speaker, and is also dedicated to supporting U.S. troops and veterans.

Jimmy King is most famous for his time spent on the famed University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five, considered by many to be “the greatest class ever recruited” as it was the first time all five starters were freshmen. King, along with Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship games as freshmen and sophomores. However, most of their wins and both of their Final Four appearances were vacated due to some of the players accepting money and gifts, compromising their amateur status. King played all four years at Michigan and averaged 15 points per game as a senior in 1995, and went on to play 12 years of professional basketball. Besides a having a thriving business career, over the last 20 years Jimmy has spent much of his time working with non-profit organizations that mentor youths in the Detroit area.

Philanthropist, entrepreneur, fitness expert, model, motivational speaker, humanitarian, loving father and the NFL’s six-time Pro Bowler Terrell Owens is a man on a mission. His extraordinary skills on the gridiron and elite athleticism raised the bar for wide receivers in the league. Owens is credited with being one of the most exciting and electrifying players to ever play the game, with 1,078 Receptions, 15,935 yards, and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15-year career. Owens has garnered countless awards and accolades for his work on and off the field, including six Pro Bowl appearances, five time Associated Press All-Pro, recorded five seasons with 13 or more touchdowns, and the first to score a touchdown in seven straight “Monday Night Football” games. On September 15, 2008 in yet another remarkable Monday Night Game, Owens moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time career touchdown list. While he was one of the best players of his era, Owens also created a significant amount of controversy during his professional career, and also attracted attention for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations and rifts with teammates. Owens’ work on the field is only mirrored by his accomplishments off the field including partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association which is near and dear to his heart.

Martin Montana began his comedy career in Boston, performing at a bowling alley … showbiz! He then spent several years in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles. The co-creator of the web series “Middle Grown,” Martin has also written and acted in sketches on Funny or Die. In 2014 he began voicing the talking orange slice known as “Wedgehead” for the beer Shock Top in a series of hidden camera unscripted ads. The campaign immediately went viral with over 10 million views, expanding into television commercials for both Canada and the U.S., including a Super Bowl commercial in 2016. He can be heard on SiriusXM satellite radio, was a semi-finalist in NY’s Funniest Stand Up Competition, has been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, and has performed at a Washington Nationals baseball game.

Eric Jordan Young first came to Las Vegas in 1993 for the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s all-roller skating show, “Starlight Express.”  He starred in the Las Vegas production of “Rock of Ages” from 2015 through 2017 and appeared in over 2,300 performances of “Vegas! The Show.” Young earned a BFA with honors in Musical Theater, graduating from Ithaca College in 1993 and has appeared in a number of Broadway productions including “Chicago,” “Ragtime,” “Seussical the Musical” and “The Look of Love,” as well as several other off-Broadway and touring companies. Eric is currently the Resident Director of “BAZ a Musical Mash-Up,” now appearing at the Palazzo Resort and Casino and is currently performing in Las Vegas’ newest production, “The Cocktail Cabaret” at Caesars Palace.

Renegades is co-produced by Rich Lenkov, Michael Speyer and Jordan Fiksenbaum. “You think you know these athletes’ stories, but trust me, you have no idea!” said Lenkov. “Renegades will offer the most unique entertainment experience on The Strip, where some of the most infamous names in sports will take you through the highs and lows of their careers in an intimate setting.”

Renegades will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 25. **Please note that Terrell Owens will not appear in the shows from January 25 through February 4. Tickets are $75 and $100, with a VIP package available for $300 which includes VIP seating, a photo, merchandise and a meet and greet with the athletes in Montecristo Cigar Bar after the show. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. PST and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com. Find Renegades on Facebookand follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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Scenes From Topgolf Las Vegas

Topgolf Las Vegas

Topgolf

I was lucky enough to get an invite for media night at Topgolf Las Vegas at MGM Grand. I have an article coming on Covers so I’ll save details until then. In brief think Topgolf a must-see for anyone who likes sports and sports betting. Golf is sort of secondary as you’ll see in the photo gallery below.

I’m sharing here in case anyone missed the fun live on snapchat and almost live on twitter. Enjoy the pics!

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NBA In Las Vegas

NBA Summer League

Summer League

Every year the Las Vegas media goes gaga when any professional sports team or league mention anything related to Las Vegas. Last night excellent sports writer, Marc Spears from Yahoo, dropped a few nuggets about the NBA and Las Vegas that will probably excite the locals.

1. NBA Awards in Las Vegas

2. Mid-Season NBA Tournament possibly in Las Vegas

3. No NBA team coming to Las Vegas (or anywhere)

Las Vegas should be happy with the Summer League and a possible awards show (Vegas already hosts NHL awards) and move along with any dreams of getting a team to call their own. I’m curious about this potential mid-season tournament. That sounds really interesting.

The NHL on the other hand may be a different story…

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The League Kicks Off Wednesday On FXX

The League TV Show

The League

The League kicks off its new season this Wednesday, September 4, at 10:30pm on a new station called FXX. If you’re not familiar with the show “The League” is semi-scripted show about a group of (mostly) guys in a fantasy football league. The show features on of my favorite comedians, Nick Kroll, and a handful of other funny guys. There are plenty of not-so-random appearances by NFL players throughout each season (You’ll see that in the preview below).

“The League” is easily one of my favorite shows on TV. The skill involved with being a comedian in a semi-scripted TV show allows for the actors to show real, off the cuff, talent. While fantasy football is the backdrop of the show the non-football scenes shouldn’t be discarded. One of my favorite characters from last season was Gina Gibiatti played by Brooklyn Decker. The character had nothing to do with football but was crudely brilliant.

To say I’m excited for the show is a bit of an undersell. I’ve been binge watching the first few seasons of “The League” for the third or fourth time on Netflix for the past week. You can find DVD’s and streams from all seasons of “The League” on Amazon.

FXX is a new all comedy channel from Fox. FXX will also be showing “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. It’s taking over the station that was formerly Fox Soccer so it’s probably not located anywhere that you’d find a random comedy channel. FXX has a website for you to locate the station. In Las Vegas you can find FXX on Cox channel 335 for the time being and there’s no HD available for FXX in Las Vegas (BOO!).

Here are some previews for the new season of “The League” and you can find a lot more previews and teasers on the FXX Facebook.

Rafi Domination League (Rafi is possibly the best TV character created in the past 10 years.)

Preview with everyone on the show and some NFL players

 

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Fox Sports 1 Bringing Point Spreads To The Masses

Fox Sports 1 Point Spreads

Fox Sports 1 Showing Point Spreads

Fox Sports 1 launched as a 24 hour all sports network last week. While CBS and NBC have launched 24 hour sports networks in the past year it looks as if Fox Sports 1 will be the greatest challenger to ESPN. ESPN is the largest all sports network with the most history so each network has to carve their own niche with sports fans. NBC Sports Network has focused its programming around the NHL, NFL, Premier League and fringe sports like cycling while CBS Sports Network seems to be a minor league sports network filling much of its programming with lesser tier college football and college basketball.

Fox Sports 1 will be a home for NFL, UFC, college football and soccer spillover from regular Fox programming. I’m assuming that they’ll integrate MLB into next year’s shows. Fox Sports 1 seems to have the most upper tier programming to take some market share from big brother, ESPN. In addition to strong major league sports they have a strong roster of former professional athletes and professional broadcasters for their regular TV shows (hello Charissa and Erin).

Mainstream sports media has tiptoed around gambling in the past even though it plays a large role in popularity of certain sports – especially football. One way that Fox Sports 1 is differentiating itself from ESPN is not hiding from gambling – at least not hiding from the fact that gambling exists. Fox Sports 1 has point spreads displayed when they run upcoming matchups on their bottom line or side bar (above). This isn’t just for football as they had betting odds for the UFC fights last weekend.

Fox Sports 1 Bottom Line UFC Odds

I haven’t noticed any of the talking heads on Fox Sports 1 speaking about gambling directly but this is the first time that I can remember seeing a TV network using point spreads all day long, not just for pick segments.

I’m curious to see how they incorporate point spreads into football wrap ups. Discussing ATS (Against The Spread) records along side of straight up records would really open the door to sports betting discussion. As a sports bettor and fan I would love this.

Body Photo: 30 FPS 

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UFC #1!

I don’t like MMA or UFC and I didn’t watch UFC on Fox this weekend, but I follow a lot of people that do on twitter. Many are boxing writers who also cover MMA. Writers and normal people alike were commenting that the UFC fight on Fox lasted only a minute. Meanwhile, I was waiting for the Manny Pacquiao fight to begin while I was watching the Oregon destroy Stanford in football. Anyway, I don’t know many people from back east that care for MMA, but since I moved to Vegas I realized that there is a lot of pride in the MMA thing.

UFC is partially owned by the Ferritas brothers who also own Station Casinos. UFC came to prominence in Las Vegas before the rest of the world began catching on. People here treat UFC like their little brother that they helped build up. Like with just about everything in Las Vegas, the locals are very protective of their little brother. However, it may be time where big brother has grown up and entered the real world. Michelle Steele (that can’t be a real last name) from Bloomberg News reported that almost 6 million people watched UFC on Fox. I don’t know the TV world, so I asked if that was good and evidently it is good. Very good.

Meanwhile, if 1 million people watched the Manny Pacquiao fight, that would be considered good. I will always have a soft spot for boxing and don’t see myself ever getting MMA, but there’s a connection that UFC has been making for years with fans that cannot be denied as the UFC has grown from a $2 million business to $2 BILLION business in 10 years. Not bad.

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Vegas Strip Sportsbooks Destroyed You

I like to bet on sports, but I tend to stay away from the Vegas Strip when it comes to sports gaming since I live down the street from Red Rock Casino.  Also, if it decides to work, I can use my netbook to bet online legally.

At the end of May and into the beginning of June I had one of my worst strings of sports gaming.  In fact, it was so bad I stopped betting after a week into June.  I figured time would do me some good to stay away and I was right.  Thankfully, I’m back to normal now peppering my losses with wins.

Looking at the gaming numbers from May, it seems as if I’m not the only person who did poorly with sports.  In fact, while casinos on the Vegas strip improved almost 30% in overall gaming income in May they destroyed sports bettors!

Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip chalked up a 28.9 percent jump in winnings in May, the biggest increase since February 2010.

The gain was led by baccarat, up 129.7 percent, and by the sports books, which saw a 511.7 percent jump.

The casinos improved by 500% in May (year over year) which means bettors lost 5 times as much this May as they did last year!  That’s a shocking number to look at but the only thing this says to me is that the smart bettors aren’t doing much sports gaming on the strip, which wouldn’t be much of a surprise to me.  The strip is mostly tourists who mostly bet with their heart and not their head.

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Daytona 500 Odds

It’s the Super Bowl of NASCAR, Daytona 500, this weekend and odds are out from my friends at sportsbook.com.  The odds are changing regularly, so check sportsbook.com for current odds.

Below are odds for both winners and top 3 finishers.  I don’t know NASCAR very well, so I’ll probably throw something on a top 3 finish like I did a few years ago when I placed Clint Bowyer who came in fourth place.  I’ve called Bowyer “My man Clint” since that day.

My early lean is to Kurt Busch, but it’s still early for me.  I’ll watch ESPN and Speed and probably just tweet any play I make.  Click any driver to get to sportsbook.com.

WINNER

AJ Allmendinger +5000
Bobby Labonte +10000
Brad Keselowski +4000
Brian Vickers +3500
Carl Edwards +2000
Clint Bowyer +1500
Dale Earnhardt Jr +600
David Ragan +5000
David Reutimann +3500
Denny Hamlin +1500
Greg Biffle +2500
Jamie McMurray +1200
Jeff Burton +1500
Jeff Gordon +800
Jimmie Johnson +1200
Joey Logano +2000
Juan Montoya +2500
Kasey Kahne +3000
Kevin Harvick +700
Kurt Busch +1500
Kyle Busch +800
Marcos Ambrose +10000
Mark Martin +3000
Martin Truex Jr +4000
Matt Kenseth +3000
Paul Menard +6000
Regan Smith +10000
Ryan Newman +3000
Tony Stewart +1000
Field (Any Other Driver) +3000

TOP 3

AJ Allmendinger +1500
Bobby Labonte +3000
Brad Keselowski +1200
Brian Vickers +1000
Carl Edwards +600
Clint Bowyer +450
Dale Earnhardt Jr +180
David Ragan +1500
David Reutimann +1000
Denny Hamlin +450
Greg Biffle +750
Jamie McMurray +350
Jeff Burton +450
Jeff Gordon +240
Jimmie Johnson +350
Joey Logano +600
Juan Montoya +750
Kasey Kahne +900
Kevin Harvick +200
Kurt Busch +450
Kyle Busch +240
Marcos Ambrose +3000
Mark Martin +900
Martin Truex Jr +1200
Matt Kenseth +900
Paul Menard +1800
Regan Smith +3000
Ryan Newman +900
Tony Stewart +300
Field (Any Other Driver) +900

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Super Bowl Game Prop Bets

I love Super Bowl Prop bets. I usually break them down by segment – each team, game, silly, etc. and share my favorites later in the week after I’ve had time to marinate with them. You can see where I’m leaning on Vegas Chatter, but I’ll go way more in depth with everything here.

Today we’re going to start with complete game prop bets. Take a look at the options from our friends at Sportsbook.com. Note: click anything below to head over to sportsbook.com.

Coin Toss
Heads -101
Tails -101

Super Bowl XLVTeam to Win the Coin Toss
Steelers -105
Packers -105

Super Bowl XLVTeam to Receive the Opening Kick
Steelers -105
Packers -105

Steelers vs Packers – Will Either Team Score in the First 6 1/2 Minutes of the Game
Yes -120
No -110

Steelers vs Packers – Team to Score First
Steelers -105
Packers -125

Steelers vs Packers – First Score of the Game will be
Touchdown -170
Any Other Score +140

Steelers – Total Points
Steelers Points
Over 21.5 (-115)
Under 21.5 (-115)

Packers – Total Points
Packers Points
Over 24 (-115)
Under 24 (-115)

Steelers vs Packers – Longest Touchdown of the Game
Over 44.5 (-115)
Under 44.5 (-115)

Team to Score LAST
Steelers -110
Packers -120

Will Either Team Score 3 Straight Times w/o Other Team Scoring
Yes (Conversions Excluded) -180
No (Conversions Excluded) +150

Will Either Team Score in the Last 2 Minutes of 1st Half
Yes -260
No +200

Will Either Team Score in the Last 3 1/2 Minutes of the GAME (If Game Goes To Overtime Yes is the Winner)
Yes -155
No +125

First Touchdown of the Game will be
Passing Touchdown -220
Any Other Touchdown +170

Team to g FIRST 1st Down of the Game (Excludes Rurns/Penalties Does Not Count)
Steelers -115
Packers -115

Team to g FIRST 1st Down of the 2nd Half (Excludes Rurns/Penalties Does Not Count)
Steelers -115
Packers -115

Shortest Touchdown of the Game (Fumble Recovery in the Endzone Under Wins/Includes all Rurns) (NO TD-NO ACTION)
Over 1.5 (+105)
Under 1.5 (-135)

Total Touchdowns Scored in the Game
Over 5 (-115)
Under 5 (-115)

Longest Made Field Goal of the Game (NO FG-NO ACTION)
Over 43.5 (-115)
Under 43.5 (-115)

Shortest Made Field Goal of the Game
Over 25.5 (-130)
Under 25.5 (even)

Total Field Goals MADE by Both Teams
Over 3.5 (+160)
Under 3.5 (-200)

Will Both Teams Make a 33 or Longer Field Goals (If No FG – NO WINS)
Yes +155
No -190

Distance of FIRST Made Field Goal of the Game (If No FG – No Action)
Over 33.5 (-115)
Under 33.5 (-115)

Total Sacks by Both Teams
Over 5 (-125)
Under 5 (-105)

Distance of FIRST Punt of the Game (Must be an icial Punt) (No Punt-No ACTION) (Rurn Yards Does Not Count)
Over 44.5 (-115)
Under 44.5 (-115)

Total Punts by BOTH Teams (icial Punts Only)
Over 9.5 (+110)
Total Punts
Under 9.5 (-140)

Team with the Most Penalty Yards (Declined Penalties Does Not Count)
Steelers -155
Packers +125

Team to Use Coaches Challenge First – Excludes icial Challenges
Steelers -115
Packers -115

Over/Under Jersey Number of Player to score First Touchdown
Jersey Number of Player 1st TD
Over 59.5 (-115)
Under 59.5 (-115)

Over/Under Largest Lead of the Game (After Conversion Attempt)
Over 13.5 (-130)
Under 13.5 (even)

Total Kick Rurns by Both Teams (Rurns Only – Excludes Touchbacks/Out of Bonds/Fair Catches)
Over 9 (even)
Under 9 (-130)

Team to Commit the 1st Penalty (Declined Penalties Does Not Count)
Steelers -135
Packers +105

Team to Score LAST in the 1st HALF
Steelers -105
Packers -125

LAST Score of the 1st HALF will be (Conversions Does Not COUNT)
Touchdown -115
Any Other Score -115

Will there be a Safety
Yes +700
No -1200

Will there be Overtime
Yes +650
No -1100

Will the game be Decided by Exactly 3 Points
Yes +325
No -450

Will the Team that Scores First Win the Game
Yes -170
No +140

Total Interceptions Thrown by BOTH Teams
Over 2.5 (+180)
Under 2.5 (-240)

Total Fumbles Lost by Both Teams
Over 1.5 (+110)
Under 1.5 (-140)

Will Either Team Make a Field Goal in the 1st Quarter
Yes -110
No -120

Will The Steelers Score a Touchdown in the 1st Quarter
Yes +125
No -155

Will The Packers Score a Touchdown in the 1st Quarter
Yes +115
No -145

Will there be a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown
Yes +140
No -170

Will there be a Successful 2 Pt Conversion
Yes +400
No -600

Will the Game be Tied after 0 – 0 (Tie Dermined after Extra Point or 2 Point Conversion)
Yes +110
No -140

First Turnover of the Game will be
Interception -140
Fumble +110

LAST Score of the GAME will be (Conversions Does Not Count)
Touchdown -200
Any Other Score +160

Will One Quarter be Scoreless – 1 Quarter will have 0 – 0 Score (Overtime Quarters Count)
Yes +200
No -260

Total Number of Different Players to have a Pass Attempt (2 Pt Conversion Do Not Count)
Over 2.5 (+180)
Under 2.5 (-240)

Total Yards by Both Teams
Over 666.5 (-115)
Under 666.5 (-115)

Total Number of Different Steelers to have a Rushing Attempt (Conversions Does Not Count) (Kneeldown is a Rush Attempt)
Over 4.5 (+160)
Under 4.5 (-200)

Total Number of Different Steelers to have a Pass Reception (Conversions Does Not Count)
Over 7.5 (+150)
Under 7.5 (-180)

Total Number of Different Steelers to Score – Includes Kickers (Safy Does Not Count) (Includes 2 Pt Conversions)
Over 3 (-170)
Under 3 (+140)

Steelers – Will they Score a Rushing Touchdown
Yes -200
No +160

Steelers – Will they Score a First Half Rushing Touchdown
Yes +150
No -180

Steelers – Total First Downs
Over 18 (-115)
Under 18 (-115)

Steelers – What will Happen First (Includes Safety) (oficial Punt Only)
Steelers Score +125
Steelers Punt -155

Steelers – Will they Score in All 4 Quarters (Overtime is NOT Included)
Yes +270
No -350

Steelers – Total 3rd Down Conversions MADE (Conversions by Penalty Does Not Count/Overtime Does Not Count)
Over 5.5 (+115)
Under 5.5 (-145)

Steelers – Will they Convert a 4th Down Attempt (4th down Conversion by Penalty Does Not Count)
Yes +140
No -170

Steelers – Total Rushing Yards
Over 109.5 (-115)
Under 109.5 (-115)

Total Number of Different Packers to have a Rushing Attempt (Conversions Does Not Count) (Kneeldown is a Rush Attempt)
Over 4 (-160)
Under 4 (+130)

Total Number of Different Packers to have a Pass Reception (Conversions Does Not Count)
Over 7.5 (+120)
Under 7.5 (-150)

Total Number of Different Packers to Score – Includes Kickers (Safy Does Not Count) (Includes 2 Pt Conversions)
Over 3.5 (-130)
Under 3.5 (even)

Packers – Will they Score a Rushing Touchdown
Yes -110
No -120

Packers – Will they Score a First Half Rushing Touchdown
Yes +180
No -240

Packers – Total First Downs
Over 18.5 (-115)
Under 18.5 (-115)

Packers – What will Happen First (Includes Safy) (icial Punt Only)
Packers Score +120
Packers Punt -150

Packers – Will they Score in All 4 Quarters (Overtime is NOT Included)
Yes +210
No -280

Packers – Total 3rd Down Conversions MADE (Conversions by Penalty Does Not Count/Overtime Does Not Count)
Over 5.5 (+110)
Under 5.5 (-130)

Packers – Will they Convert a 4th Down Attempt (4th down Conversion by Penalty Does Not Count)
Yes +160
No -200

Packers – Total Rushing Yards
Over 78.5 (-115)
Under 78.5 (-115)


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Catching Up with the Strip

One thing I’ve noticed since I moved to Las Vegas is that my raging on the strip is kept to a minimum and it makes sense.  The strip is there every day and while I pop in almost daily I haven’t had much to drink or gambled much.  That changed last weekend when my friends from back east were in town for what used to be my annual year end trip.

I first took this trip almost 10 years ago when I learned that rooms are only at about 25% capacity the week before Christmas.  That meant cheap rooms, flights, easy dinner reservations and anything else I wanted.  I still recommend this weekend to any traveler.

I slept little and the waking moments are still very fuzzy this weekend.  Still, I had a great time. I’m piecing together notes (you’ll see doubles) and will slowly share everything either here or on Vegas Chatter.

  • Planet Hollywood – Great views, bad AT&T data, horrible housekeeping, pleasure pit, creepy dudes taking pictures, diamond lounge, assassins, Blondies will always rule,
  • Caesars – Dinner @ Rao, Worst Blackjack EVER.
  • Aria – CSM should die.
  • Sports betting – Bad with a side of dreadful
  • Cosmopolitan – Tall, skinny, pretty. Small sportsbook. Holsteins amazing. Lotsa cool. Lotsa people to hate w/o knowing (hipsters, douchebags).
  • Hard Rock Casino – Great Blackjack, roomy and empty.
  • Palazzo/Venetian – Love Palazzo, not Venetian. CUT really good, but too much rub. Legasse fun as always, lots of drink tickets. Taqueria Canonita @ Venetian ok.
  • Gambling – The better looking the BJ dealer, the better I did. My magic machine was mediocre. I’d play Caesars Pussy Cat Lounge rules before CSM @ Aria.  Sports betting was dreadful in the end.
  • Strip Walking – So many people walking, nobody going inside the casinos!
  • Sleep – Who needs it?!
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