Friday, February 26, 2010

Las Vegas Says No to Olympics

In a ban traced back to 2000 state law prohibits Nevada casinos from accepting wagers on the Olympics.  I think this has more to do with the fact that Olympic athletes are there to win medals and represent their countries.  There is no motivation to fix anything for these athletes when there is little money incentive to win.  If Vegas can't control the fix then it's not worth accepting bets and possibly losing for once.  I wonder how the off-shore and local books that take this action are doing.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Athletes Banned for Doping

A day before the Vancouver 2010 Olympics began the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned more than 30 athletes from competing.  Names of the banned have not been released at this point.  Pre-Olympic testing is pretty thorough and effective as some athletes didn't even show up.  Looks like WADA has done a good job of keeping the cheats out of the 2010 winter Olympics but I'm sure some athletes will still try to beat the system for any advantage they can get.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

U.S. Cyclist Floyd Landis in More Hot Water

U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis was already stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory and banned for two years.  Now an international arrest warrant for Landis has been issued by a French judge.  Landis is suspected of data hacking at a doping laboratory.  Landis previously used the hacked files for his defense against him doping.  He tried to prove the lab mishandled the tests but in actuality he might have been part of the data hacking to cover up his results.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic Doping

The women's U.S. relay team from the 2004 Athens Olympics is being investigated by the International Olympic Committee for doping.  This team could be stripped of its gold medals if evidence of doping is found.  Hope the 2010 Vancouver Olympics are controversy free.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nevada Casinos Clean House Again

The Vegas Super Bowl domination continues. Nevada casinos took in $82.7 million in bets at 182 sports books for Super Bowl XLIV and came out on top with a net profit of $6.86 million. So over twenty years Nevada casinos have now profited off the Super Bowl an astounding eighteen years!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Las Vegas Rules the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl handle in Nevada has been tracked since 1991.  How many years do you think they have lost money on this mega event? Two, that is correct two!  In 1995 Nevada casinos lost a whopping $396,674 and a bit more in 2008 at $2,573,103.  You're going to tell me that casinos in Nevada are going to profit 17 years and lose peanuts in only two years.  With millions of bettors betting different sides, totals and props it would be virtually impossible to have that kind of winning trend unless something was fixed.  People love sports and way too much money is made off of it and that is why it never will be truly exposed for what it really is the biggest fraud on the planet.  Good luck on your bets and squares this Sunday!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Shady Clubs in Golf

The PGA has instituted a new groove rule this season with clubs.  Wedges with square grooves are now illegal per the PGA.  Wedges with square grooves allow players to spin the ball easier in places such as the rough.  There is a loophole that is being contested which allows players to use clubs made before 1990 due to a lawsuit by club maker Ping.  If not made before 1990 all players must now use clubs with V-shaped grooves.  Several players including Phil Mickelson have been accused of using these now illegal square grooved wedges or using the prior to 1990 loophole clubs.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Running of the Bulls

Can an average Chicago Bulls team below .500 go on the road and win 5 straight in one trip?  I guess any team can get hot but you have to question the quality of these teams.  Going into the January 22, 2010 game the Bulls were a pathetic 4-15 on the road.  First victim the Phoenix Suns on January 22nd who had a 16-4 home record.  Second victory at the Houston Rockets who were 13-5 at home, the next night in which the Bulls arrived after midnight.  Next shocker at the San Antonio Spurs on January 25th who owned a 17-8 home record at the time.  The Bulls fourth straight road victory came on January 27th at the 12-9 home record of the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The final victim was the New Orleans Hornets on January 29th who possess a 16-4 home record.  The Bulls were point spread dogs in each game and won outright in each game.  The Chicago Tribune determined the odds of winning all five of these games based on Las Vegas money lines to be 486-1 or a 0.2% chance of occurring per their sports section article on January 30, 2010.  The Bulls have not won 5 straight on the road in one trip since early 1997 or a more believable Michael Jordan era.  Further research finds that no team in NBA history has beat five straight teams with winning records on the road during the same trip.  Was the FixBA getting too much money line action in Las Vegas against the Bulls who are notoriously bad on the road?