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I broke even, and I don't know how

Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by Vegas Insight, Dec 23, 2016.

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  1. Vegas Insight

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    I don't bet sports a lot, and I'm wrong 80 percent of the time on 50-50 propositions. When I was in Vegas over Halloween I wanted to bet on the Monday night game (Halloween night). It was the Bears hosting Minnesota, and I was sure the Vikings would avenge their previous loss. I was wrong. I'm glad I never got around to betting the game. Of course I wanted to bet on the Falcons on the Thursday night game (Atlanta vs. Tampa, I think) and didn't. Bottom line, I would have been even, essentially, had I bet them equally. That's better than I ever do.

    When I'm not in Vegas, however, and a friend happens to be going, I like to send cash with him or her and get a little action from afar. I bet more on sports when I'm not in Vegas than I do when I'm in Vegas.

    A couple of weekends ago I sent $50 with my buddy, who was staying at Excalibur. I decided to bet half of my cash on the Lions/Bears halftime spread and the other half on the final, both on Detroit. Detroit covered the first half, but not the final. So I split, and expected to get about $48 back. I hadn't talked to my buddy since that weekend, and finally called him earlier this evening.

    My buddy has been to Vegas twice. This was his second annual work conference. He's not a gambler, and doesn't seem all that excited about visiting Vegas on the company dime. (He's from Wisconsin and watched the Packer game in his room that Sunday afternoon, as he's sensitive to the smoke in the casino.) I gave him instructions on how to place my bets on Sunday morning, and he did.

    On Monday he took both of my tickets to the sports book. He was certain I had only won one bet, but given he had never bet sports, he turned in both tickets, as he didn't want to make a mistake and throw away a winning ticket. He was given $50 in return for the tickets.

    That confused me. Shouldn't the payout been $50 minus the juice on a $25 win? What am I missing?
     
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    Maybe he bet the money line ?
     
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    Both could have been even $ bets vs. -110 or some such. Make the cash.
     
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    Probably not a candidate for Vegas party animal of the year, but it was very nice of him to check/cash your tix for you!

    All I have riding on the Vikes vs. Pack game today is a 12-pack of pop with my Dad.
    Too bad purple #28 is out. We were going to come up with an AP fumble drinking game! :beer:

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    Could be that the bet you won was +100 for your side and -120 for the other side. The books often adjust the juice as a first step before changing the line by a half point.
     
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    this seems the likely scenario
     
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    If you are wrong 80% of the time, next time make all your pick like usual but bet the opposite way. cant lose!!
     
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    The first half line for that game was floating around -4.5 even

    if you were in at -4 the juice was around -125
     
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    It has been tempting to pull a George Costanza.

    The Lions led at the half and won the game, and I had them on both tickets, so I have to think my buddy got it right, he bet on the Lions to cover the half and final. The first half was covered, the final wasn't. This is one of those mysteries I may never solve.
     
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    When I go to Vegas for Super Bowl I make some bets for coworkers and I always text them pictures of the tickets that show exactly how much they will collect if they do.
     
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    You likely had -4 at even...bet 50 profit 50
     
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    my buddy was lucky to have a cell phone. he has no facebook account, no cell phone of his own and little interest in casinos. he had his wife's old cell phone, and we talked sunday morning, but that was it. the battery was crappy and it wasn't really worth him taking it. had i been able to reach him, he would have taken my sunday money and bet on the Patriots on monday night to cover the spread (final only), so i would have made money, but i digress.
     
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