Perhaps more amazing than owners voting 31-1 on Monday in favor of allowing relocation for owner Mark Davis and his Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas was that gambling was barely mentioned before ballots were cast.
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The Review-Journal’s Adam Hill and Todd Dewey compete with handicappers Kelly Stewart, Doug Fitz and Paul Stone in a contest covering NCAA Tournament games Thursday and Friday.
Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens will win $1 million if Michigan captures the national basketball title after making a $12,500 futures wager at 80-1 odds at the Golden Nugget.
Favorites went 2-6 against the spread Sunday as UCLA and Kansas were the only ones to cover.
Wynn Las Vegas’ John Avello has made a living handicapping sporting events for 30 years. But for the past 23, one of the great joys of his life has been setting so-called “fun odds” on pop culture phenomena.
Wisconsin’s 65-62 win over No. 1 overall seed Villanova on Saturday was the biggest upset of the NCAA Tournament and cost a bettor at the South Point $50,000 on a losing Wildcats-Gonzaga money-line parlay.
Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens bet a total of $352,000 on the first round of the NCAA Tournament, wagering $11,000 to win $10,000 on each of the first 32 lines posted by the South Point on Selection Sunday.
Jawun Evans buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oklahoma State in its 92-91 loss to Michigan, a 2½-point favorite, and the otherwise meaningless shot covered the spread for Cowboys backers.
Review-Journal betting reporter Todd Dewey will be writing a live blog Friday on the second day of the NCAA Tournament from the Westgate sports book.
There weren’t any bad beats in the NCAA Tournament’s first 16 games — other than the intentional foul that cost Vanderbilt a win over Northwestern.