December 2015 Sports Book News

The NCCA thinks that their college football playoffs taking place Dec 31st will change the way many Americans look at ringing in the New Year. How it plays out in Las Vegas will be very interesting as the games are scheduled during the hours leading up to, and including, those occupied by all the big New Years Eve parties. Will big screens and betting stations be a part of those parties or will new events be created to accommodate football fans? We’ll update the New Years Eve events as they are announced.
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Word is that once the college Bowl games are over that the Westgate will become the 10th sports book to offer mobile betting. These things often take more time than anticipated to launch but if the Westgate can stay on schedule, that would make this years Super Bowl a very interesting event. If Westgate props are available on the mobile application that may alter the way a lot of big prop bettors structure the 10-day stretch from first posting to kickoff.

Already firmly established as the clear leader in Super Bowl proposition betting, it would almost certainly create a record-shattering handle for the Westgate and for the state of Nevada on prop betting. With the biggest NFL contest in the world, the unveiling of a completely remodeled SuperBook and the implementation of mobile betting there’s no question which property will have the #1 sports book in Nevada for 2016.

It’s down to the Final Four in the $2000 buy-in Friday Football Showdown at the Golden Nugget.
87 entrants participated in the 1st year of the top-heavy, open to the public contest and over the next three weeks it will all be decided in three head-to-head matches. The previous four years the contest had been by invitation only and consisted of 16 entrants with every week being head-to-head single elimination. Rules, standings and contestant picks are available at the
Golden Nugget website

The pairings for the Final Four are:

#1 seed Jonathan Rice vs #4 seed Marc Moore
Dec 4th

#2 seed Paul Stone vs #3 seed Anthony Curtis/Frank Betti
Dec 11th

The Finals take place Dec 18th and include week 15 of the NFL season along with all the currently lined Bowl games. First place is $118,500 and 2nd place is $41,500.

The extensive college bowl season kicks off with five games on Dec 19th starting with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl in the afternoon. BYU will be one of the participants in the Las Vegas Bowl and it will be the final game for head coach Bronco Mendenhall before he heads for his new job at Virginia. All totaled there will be 41 Bowl games plus three All-Star games. The final college bowl game of the season is Jan 11th for the National Championship and the All-Star games take place Jan 23rd and 30th. The busiest bowl day of the year is not Jan 1st this year, it’s Dec 26th when six games take place.

In October LVA/LVAS contributed to research being done by award winning columnist and author Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated. The topic was the Super Bowl in Las Vegas and the article is scheduled for SI sometime near the conclusion of the NFL regular season.


The top entry a month ago stood at 36-7-2, an 83% win rate. Heading into December things have settled down and prior to Week 13 play the top entry is 42-17-1 for 71.18%. Nine entries are currently hitting 67% or better while 55 entries failed to submit picks for week 12. Current SuperContest Standings

In late November the Peppermill barred a number of sports bettors from using their mobile app.
Word is that it was casino accountants and not the sports book itself that made the decision to exclude players deemed unprofitable customers for the house. Some of those on the outs had given relatively little action at times and were merely ahead by a certain designated amount. That amount was as low as $10,000 for some players which is not a whole lot if they were betting $500-$1000 per play. Most players were told they were still welcome to place bets in person and that comps earned would be honored.


Getting barred from mobile betting at William Hill is not a new thing. Between requiring a
players card when betting live and closing mobile betting accounts of winning players, they’ve been very pro-active when it comes to trying to exclude bettors who don’t fit their idea of what a good player should be. In previous barrings you were paid either in person or by check. Now it seems that just getting paid is not exactly a sure thing. We’ve heard of at least one instance where a player was denied payment of ANY of their balance – not even the amount of the deposit.
The accusation was that the player violated the Terms Of Service agreement by allowing another person to bet from their account. At last report the issue was being handled by Nevada Gaming.

Having your sports bets count for comp credit is a nice perk. With returns ranging from .1% to .67% your comps can add up fast depending on your bet size and where you’re playing. The other side of the coin appears to be that your play can dilute your theoretical worth to the casino and negatively affect your mail offers. Mobile betting apps that throw your sports comps into your primary comp bucket can significantly reduce your daily average and cause a drop in your overall casino rating.

The places most affected appear to be Aliante and the Atlantis in Reno. Both run off the same software and both incorporate sports action into your overall players card points. A noticeable drop off in player mail has been reported by several who bet on those apps. The Peppermill, Stations and Coasts also co-mingle sports play with casino play. It’s not yet known whether play on those three apps will affect your casino rating.

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