Las Vegas Odds
If asked where would you find the gambling capital of the world, even those not particularly well informed, would very likely opt for the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas. It is a natural conclusion to come to in a city that doesn't even allow a visit to the bathroom without being greeted by slots. The misconception however is that the Vegas gambling culture is just about Casinos; granted they are the the pull for the tourists, but there is plenty more betting opportunities which do not involve the 4 suits, or the roulette wheel.
I have for a long time been stricken by the bug which draws me towards any sort of sports betting and I have become hooked by what I call the Las Vegas odds syndrome. My problem is that although I have a grasp of the different sports, my understanding of Las Vegas odds betting systems does not share such comprehension. That is why I was thankful that I was introduced to the extremely informative site ScoresAndOdds.com. Their choices are far reaching, as you would expect from a scores and odds website, but it is the breadth of knowledge which they were able to convey, which left the biggest impression on me.
Las Vegas odds all appear to originate from the Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC), a body which seem to dictate to all the bookmakers the way to which a contest should be swayed. I don't think they do anything particularly different to that which I, or any reasonably attuned gambler would do in all honesty; it is just that they employ and probably pay huge salaries to people to do it for them! We, like them, would factor in all sorts of key issues during our scrutiny and analysis. It may well be that I would reach a similar conclusion to Las Vegas odds, but following my visit to ScoresAndOdds.com and gaining a insight into how the odds were calculated, I was left scratching my head several times at their decisions.
Sure enough, injuries, potential weather conditions and previous meetings are very much taken into account, but equally important to me are the débutante players and old players returning to their former clubs, none of which the LVSC seem to consider. This would initially leave me believing I had to change my line of thought, but a further look at ScoresAndOdds.com and their 'How To' section, convinced me to back against the LVSC spread and stick to my initial strategy.
The Las Vegas odds cover so many sporting events it is a gamblers paradise. My chosen sport is soccer, but I have to say I have had a dabble at most of the others over a period of time, as temptation proved too great. I have a loyalty to both New York City and Chicago, so had a special interest in the teams from those cities, and studied ScoresAndOdds.com to reach a decision on which teams to follow.
In the NFL it came down to a straight choice between the NY Jets and the NY Giants, it was fascinating reading the website's betting trends. When it came to MLB the Las Vegas odds seemed to suggest that the stronger sides were the Chicago pair - the Cubs and the White Sox, but again my liking was towards the New York teams – the Yankees and the Mets.
I was intrigued to find betting opportunities amongst the Las Vegas odds for hockey's NHL and the AFL of arena football. Neither sport had ever entered my thought processes before, due to their lack of coverage, but being the optimist I am, I had to have a little flutter – the fact that I won't be revisiting either, will probably confirm how I got on! I did have a little more success at NASCAR, a sport with a considerably higher percentage of betting options than I had imagined. I was particularly impressed with the Las Vegas odds on a match up bet on both drivers, which kept me interested right to the finishing line.
Two more rarely seen sports bets were for the spreads on college football and basketball; so rare in actual fact that they couldn't even temp me – but it is refreshing to see the chance is there, and no doubt it is only there because of popular demand.
One of the most popular sports on any site is horse racing and after studying the Las Vegas odds and comparing them with the information gleaned from ScoresAndOdds.com, I have continued to take an on-going interest and regularly can be found with my head buried in the form pages, trying to find justification for the Las Vegas odds at places such as: Belmont and Churchill Downs.
It surprised me to find that other odds were provided by places like Hilton, Mirage, Wynn's and Caesars only after the LVSC had released their odds. They also deviated very little, but I guess that is to be expected if they are reliant and subsequently acting on the same information.
My reason though to have a smug sense of self satisfaction was the sport of golf, for which I took advantage of the Las Vegas odds provided and used my knowledge of the greens, to pick out not necessarily the tournament winner, but find the daily leader with a little help from ScoresAndOdds.com. I might not be able to afford membership at the exclusive courses, but it certainly feels good when you find that small success.