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Jayhawks leave tournament early, taking large number of tickets down with them

25 March 2014
One day, maybe in the near future, Andrew Wiggins might rise as an NBA star. But the freshman guard went one-weekend-and-done and never had his shining moment in the NCAA Tournament. Wiggins went out with a whimper Sunday morning as Kansas got knocked out. By mid-afternoon, Wichita State was the first No. ... (read more)

Public heavily backing Broncos at sportsbooks

20 January 2014
After briefly being cast in the underdog role, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are Super Bowl favorites. At most Las Vegas sports books, the Broncos are 1-point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. The total opened 48. The Seahawks opened as slight favorites, but the line shifted after bettors showed strong support for the Broncos. ... (read more)

Old-school deal lands sports book operator Jimmy Vaccaro new gig

19 August 2013
LAS VEGAS -- In the old days, when Jimmy Vaccaro first rolled into town and there were fewer rules and Las Vegas was more like the Wild West, it was easier to get deals done. Everything seems too corporate and consolidated now. Bookmakers once were mavericks with colorful personalities and a willingness to gamble. ... (read more)

Brunson still in contention for poker title

12 July 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Amid a constant rattlesnake buzz of chips being shuffled and stacked around the crowded room, Doyle Brunson sat quietly and studied the cards from under a white cowboy hat. The stars are falling by the wayside at the World Series of Poker. Brunson, 79, still was hanging on late into Thursday night. ... (read more)

Super Bowl generates nearly $94 million in betting handle

7 February 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A Super Bowl that ended in disappointment for Tom Brady and the favored New England Patriots did not result in an upset of Nevada's sports books, which continued to win. The state's wagering handle of $93.9 million represented the second-largest total in history, and the 184 books held ... (read more)

Revised college football score leaves Vegas sportsbooks confused

12 September 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- On the opening Sunday of the NFL season, one of the hottest topics in Las Vegas sports books was a college football game from Saturday night. Michigan's thrilling upset of Notre Dame was an instant classic, to be sure. But about two hours after the conclusion of Utah-Southern California, a score change created mass confusion. ... (read more)

Nevada sees slight Super Bowl handle increase

10 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- On the field, where Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to an upset victory, the Super Bowl featured a surprising finish. At Nevada sports books, the results were more predictable. The statewide wagering handle of $82.7 million represented a slight increase from the game's 2009 handle, and the books posted a win for the 14th time in 15 years, holding 8.3 percent. ... (read more)

Super Bowl, sportsbook tour live up to hype

8 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- No event in sports is preceded by more hype than the Super Bowl. Some years, the buildup leads to a big letdown and a blowout. Early in the morning, I'm sensing this game will be a good one. One aspect of the Super Bowl that never disappoints is the scene at Las Vegas sports books. ... (read more)

Underdog bettors profit as Colts fall

8 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Instead of seeing more magic from Peyton Manning, we watched as the Super Bowl took a surprising twist. It was a fall from grace for the NFL's favorite quarterback. It was the rise of Drew Brees, and the return of the New Orleans Saints who took the field in September, October and November. ... (read more)

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