We pass thru another week in the sports world and plenty has gone by in the world of sports wagers. The Boston Red Sox have officially been crowned the kings of MLB with their 4-1 beatdown of the overwhelmed Dodgers. We are passing thru the halfway point as Week 8 has now past in the NFL's season and Bills fans are still throwing sex toys at the Patriots. The NFL trade deadline actually saw a minor frenzy of moves compared to years past. The college gridiron saw week 9 pass by with Texas officially signing away its playoff aspirations by losing to unranked Oklahoma State. And the NHL season has passed thru the 12 game point with the Nashville Predators currently leading the league with 20 points. Let's dive right in and take a quick look around the industry in this week's Gambler's Report.
The Red Sox Roll
The Boston Red Sox brought their passionate fans another World Series title. Preseason punters were also rewarded for their loyalty by cashing +1100 tickets. They entered the series with the Dodgers as -165 favorites. The Red Sox are currently the shortest odds to take down the title next year at +650. They are followed by the Houston Astros at +700, Los Angeles Dodgers +800 and the New York Yankees +800. The Red Sox look to return a loaded team that just won 108 games and dominated the postseason, sounds like a recipe for success.
Louisana Looking At Betting
The Bayou state lawmakers will look into sports betting legalization next year. Sen. Norby Chabert said, "If we don't address it, the world will be way out ahead of Louisiana and we're going to be lagging behind." Sen. Danny Martiny plans to again file legislation to create a path to legalized sports betting. They are going to be looking to keep up with neighboring Mississippi that already has enacted legalized sports betting within the state. Hoping they can get this together as it would be nice to sit at the Harrahs in downtown New Orleans and fire on a few games.
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Another NFL Losing Sunday For Vegas
Vegas had another losing Sunday with NFL action as Joes and Pros alike were often able to come out on the plus side. South Point sportsbook director Tim Fitzgerald was quoted on Sunday night, "Worst Sunday of the season so far. Not a bloodbath but a solid loser." The books took a beating especially with the Jets and Giants early and closed out Sunday getting walloped with squares and sharps hammering the New Orleans Saints. Don't feel too bad for these books as I'm sure they will recover. Nevada sportsbooks have not had a losing month statewide since July 2013.
Once again, a quick look around the industry shows pretty much everything going according to plan with the major books and known minor books with no real complaints. Final check around October payout reports shows most payouts being made within stated time frames. And I've posted it before but will state it again, Bitcoin remains the fastest and most efficient way to both deposit and receive funds with timeframes often quoted in hours as opposed to days and weeks. Always make sure you do your due diligence before depositing with any offshore book or taking any bonus.