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?