The American Century Celebrity Golf tournament takes place Jul 17-19 in Lake Tahoe. With a player list including the likes of Jerry Rice, Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, and Charles Barkley plus easy access to the golfers the autograph hounds will be out in full force.
Harrahs and Harveys are the hosting properties and they decided to offer a sheet of bets – some involving participants that may be real tough to handicap. Add to that the fact that there is absolutely nothing that would prevent the players or their friends from making bets on or against them and you get a weekend that could be pretty interesting for those who can get in some action. Pete Rose is not on this years players list but sounds like it would be an event right up his alley.
All lines were created by Harvey’s sports book and all wagers the first two days of betting, no matter what the amount, had to be approved. Taking bets on such unknown quantities PLUS taking wagers from the actual players participating sounded like it was worth looking at – so we did.
Soap opera actor Jack Wagner, a 2-time champ here, is matched up vs Bronco General Manager and Vice President John Elway. Elway is a regular participant in the event but will be arriving last minute, having just finished up with the Demaryius Thomas contract signing. Wagner has been here all week and has been competing in this tourney for a decade. Wagner finished 4th last year and regularly finishes in the top 10. Elway is a pretty good golfer but it appears Wagner is a notch above him and will have played a couple rounds on the course before the tourney starts. At -130 head-to-head vs Elway it was a bet I was comfortable making.
The non-standard scoring system penalizes those who have bad holes.
A double bogey or worse results in a loss of two points.
The complete Stableford scoring system is as follows:
Double Eagle +10
Double Bogey -2
Once a player double bogeys that’s it. They get -2 and the hole ends there so it doesn’t get any worse. Some players have no shot at finishing in the positive. Charles Barkley, for example, finished the 2014 event with a score of -98. That means he double bogeyed 49 of the events 54 holes. The 5 holes he did not double-bogey he bogeyed so he never earned a plus score on any hole in the 3 rounds of competition. By clicking on the individual players on the linked leaderboard you can see that golfers hole by hole score for the 2014 event.
This sheet should be in the bins at S NV Harrahs properties but they are definitely in the computer so using the bet numbers listed will enable someone in Las Vegas to bet on the event.
Once again, bets may need supervisor approval and no max bet limit has been established.