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  1. How Do the Cowboys Make Gamblers Feel?

    RJ Bell

    What word best describes how Cowboys bettors are feeling? The strongest adjectives — "devastated," "crushed" — still fall short. The typical sports bettor is adamant that he is on the wrong side of a disproportionate share of bad beats. M...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  2. Vegas Weekend Recap: Sharp vs. Square

    RJ Bell

    When the first sportsbook report hit my inbox Monday, the question "How did your book fare in the NFL?" was answered with "great." The same question, in the next email, was answered with "horrible." These extremes alternated throughout the day, and a...

    Blog | November 27, 2013
  3. Vegas Weekend Recap: Why Do So Many Sports Bettors Lose?

    RJ Bell

    "The house always wins" is an often-used phrased, and when it comes to sports betting — over the long run, in aggregate — it's true. Bettors must risk $11 to win $10, and though that equates to a seemingly surmountable 52.4 percent win pe...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  4. Vegas Weekend Recap: Alabama Comes Through Again

    RJ Bell

    Perhaps the most impressive current Las Vegas stat is that Alabama has been favored in 51 straight games. Wow. The last time the Crimson Tide were underdogs in a college football game was in 2009. Not only has Bama been favored in every game since, b...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  5. Vegas Weekend Recap: How Times Have Changed

    RJ Bell

    The sports world was buzzing on Sunday after the Lions' last-second comeback win against the Cowboys. The final touchdown didn't affect the point spread, since Dallas was a 3-point underdog and lost by only one. A decade ago, that would have meant th...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  6. Vegas Weekend Recap: A Bright Spot on a Bleak College Football We...

    RJ Bell

    Bettors suffered their worst loss of the football season this past weekend. When talking to bookmakers in the aftermath, I didn't really sense joy, but rather lingering irritation that it took so long to book their first monster win. Bettors throwing...

    Blog | October 16, 2013
  7. Vegas Weekend Recap: Ohio State's $100 Million Cover

    RJ Bell

    Bettors watching games at Vegas sportsbooks tend to go wild in response to the smallest successes (such as getting a first down in the second quarter). Some combination of the booze, cash, lack of sleep, and location strips away society's niceties. T...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  8. Vegas Weekend Recap: Could Alabama Beat Jacksonville?

    RJ Bell

    "Jacksonville is the worst NFL team I have ever seen," says Golden Nugget bookmaker Aaron Kessler. Not many people in Vegas disagree. Nine-point underdogs at home last week against the Colts, the Jags were supported by an extremely positive trend: Ho...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  9. Vegas Weekend Recap: The Boys in the Desert

    RJ Bell

    Many rightly fawn over the accuracy of the betting market. It's the stuff that memes like "Vegas knows" are made of. But the "boys in the desert" exceeded even the most outsize expectations this week in college football, with the point spread favorit...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  10. Vegas Weekend Recap: Johnny Football and a Boxing Judge

    RJ Bell

    Last weekend we had a major boxing match, a huge college football game, and a full slate of NFL games, including one of the most anticipated clashes of the regular season. The consensus estimate is that Vegas saw a 50 percent increase in sports betti...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  11. Vegas Weekend Football Recap: The Bettors Get Crushed

    RJ Bell

    "I have been in this business since 2000, and this was one of the best NFL kickoffs sportsbooks have experienced," said's Mike Perry. And he said that before the favored Texans failed to cover on Monday night against the Chargers &#8212...

    Blog | September 11, 2013
  12. If He Goes Down, We Go Down: NFL Injury Value in Vegas

    RJ Bell

    If Las Vegas voted for MVP, a quarterback would win every year. We explored the oversize impact of Johnny Manziel's season of uncertainty, and I reported about Las Vegas sportsbooks freezing in their tracks when Tom Brady limped off the practice fiel...

    Blog | August 28, 2013
  13. How Does Someone Bet on the NFL Preseason? Glad You Asked

    RJ Bell

    I love when bookies are scared. This happens when bettors have the best of it. Small betting limits and large point spread movements are telling signs of a scared bookie. And no major sport has smaller limits or larger point spread movement than the ...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  14. NFL Futures: Vegas Is High on Niners, Seahawks, and Broncos, Low ...

    RJ Bell

    The NFL is king. Any Grantland reader knows that. But in Las Vegas, the National Football League's dominance requires an even stronger description. According to Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill sportsbooks, NFL Futures betting is 20 times bigger than co...

    Blog | August 05, 2013