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Books Book Bets On Coming Gridiron Season

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 7th September 2005 11:24pm
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Gamblers have a saying: "The next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing." Just ask Bob Scucci, race and sports book manager for the Stardust resort and casino.

Sports bettors wagered $2.1 billion in Nevada's licensed sports books in 2004.

If there's one person responsible for the betting lines during the 2005 NFL season that kicks off tonight, it's the 41-year-old Scucci. Around 5:30 p.m. PT every Sunday, Scucci is the first legalized bookmaker to post the "Las Vegas Line" point spreads for the next week's NFL games followed by legal and illegal bookies around the country.

Those opening lines spread at Internet speed to other major sports books in Nevada; online "offshore" books in the Caribbean, Canada and Europe; TV and newspapers and finally amateur bettors playing football pools.

Millions of bettors "hammer out," or adjust, those starting point spreads. But it's Scucci who analyzes the collective wisdom of oddsmakers such as Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) and puts the first numbers up to bet.

[ Steelers are gonna take it all. - Ed ]



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