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Miguel Cotto turns up heat readying for Manny Pacquiao
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009
On orders from Miguel Cotto, the heat was turned way up inside the Pound 4 Pound Gym on La Cienega Boulevard this week.
The biggest stories in World Series of Poker
A win by the World Series of Poker’s chip leader would rival that of Moneymaker’s breakthrough, but Ivey is also compelling
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Before the start of the 2003 World Series of Poker, I recall seeing Chris Moneymaker’s name on the list of entrants at the old Binion’s Horseshoe downtown and marveling that someone would have the temerity to compete in the tournament under such an outlandish pseudonym.
Mike Tyson shows talent ringside, on the mike
The former champion turns in a surprising performance as a commentator for TI bouts
Monday, Nov. 2, 2009
The most surprising and delightful performance of Saturday night’s fight card at Treasure Island was not Yonnhy Perez’s upset victory against Joseph Agbeko in an outstanding bantamweight title bout in the main event.
Of King and King Kong
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009
Renowned promoter’s return to Las Vegas features 118-pound title fight
Don’t sleep on Manny Pacquiao, trainer warns
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009
The term “to throw out” in sports prognosticating means to dismiss a particular result as fluky.
Even obscure pros have passionate fans in eclectic Vegas
Mention of early 20th-century Welsh boxer sparks vivid memories
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
People come to Las Vegas from all over, and they bring their allegiances with them.
Odds have Yankees as favorite, but don’t bet on a Phillies sweep
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009
The five most recent World Series have lasted only 22 games combined — three sweeps and two that ended with Game 5.

Don King says bantam bout to bring ‘glory’ back to Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
It stands to reason Don King would invoke the memory of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” another late-October boxing match, in hyping Saturday’s show at Treasure Island on the Strip.
Legend’s final chapters to have Vegas viewpoint
Newark’s Jerry Izenberg is still writing, from his home in Henderson’s hills
Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
His long friendship with Muhammad Ali has given Jerry Izenberg countless cherished memories.
Cotto faces test of size, sizzle
Fighter will likely need to pair big knockout power with his weight advantage to topple Pacquiao
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
In the most hotly anticipated fight of 2009, welterweight Miguel Cotto likely will have to synthesize two qualities — strength and knockout ability — to score an upset victory against Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand. Cotto’s best hope is that his natural size advantage could neutralize the firepower of Pacquiao.
Yearbook gives readers ideas for college hoops bets
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
Treasured by bettors for its well-researched reports on every Division I team, the annual Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has arrived at the Gambler’s Book Shop in Las Vegas (1550 E. Tropicana Ave.).
Reassessing the spreads
It’s time to check on how teams have performed against expectations
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
Andy Iskoe, the veteran Las Vegas author and sports handicapper, has long espoused a technique in football betting that entails examining each team’s record against the point spread about one-quarter to one-half of the way into the season.
Beware faltering relief
Phillies enter series as ’dog, expert says for good reason
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
The Philadelphia Phillies, the defending World Series champions, are aiming to become the first National League team to repeat since the Big Red Machine of the mid-1970s.
Houston Rockets expected to fall, cream puffs to rise
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Three of the NBA’s bottom feeders — the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards — are due for the league’s most substantial improvements this season.
Fighting toward a finish
Chad Dawson looks forward to his last match, seeing more of his wife, kids
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
Chad Dawson has spent so much time in Las Vegas preparing for prizefights that he has come to think of the desert city as his home away from home.
Ivey’s popularity trumps his chip count
Friday, Oct. 9, 2009
If the odds on the final table of the World Series of Poker were based solely on the number of chips each player has, Phil Ivey would be a long shot.
Betting lines set for UFL openers
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
This week in baseball
Who’s favored, and by how much, in today’s extra game and beyond
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
The Minnesota Twins opened as a minus 155 favorite (risk $1.55 to net $1) against the Detroit Tigers (plus 145), with an over/under of 8 1/2 runs, in today’s “Game No. 163,” a one-game playoff to determine which team will face the Yankees in baseball’s postseason.
Putting Cinderellas to work
How betting BCS busters can pay at the sports book
Friday, Oct. 2, 2009
They’re being called Cinderellas, party crashers, BCS busters and, depending upon where your loyalties lie, possibly some unprintable terms.
An NBA season to top last year's? Unlikely, if you believe the odds
Sports book odds say the Lakers or another leading team won’t top last season’s best win total
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
The Cavaliers and the Lakers were the class of the NBA during the 2008-09 regular season, with Cleveland winning 66 of its 82 games and L.A. winning 65. This week, all Lucky’s sports books in Nevada posted a selection of proposition wagers linked to the forthcoming NBA season, scheduled to begin Oct. 27.

Full of quirks, Bob Stupak refused to go out ‘calling’
Monday, Sept. 28, 2009
The Bob Stupak I’ll remember liked to talk about sports betting and gambling exploits.
When the game is on the line
Sports handicapper puts his faith in three of the NFL’s top power backs
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
The three NFL running backs who provide the most value to their team, according to Las Vegas sports handicapper Joe D’Amico, are Brandon Jacobs of the Giants, Michael Turner of the Falcons and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings.

Oddsmakers unmoved by the Maple Leafs’ move for more scoring
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
When Toronto acquired Phil Kessel, one of the NHL’s most promising young scorers, in a big trade with Boston last week, it was a signal that Maple Leafs management is serious about making a playoff run this season.
Bet on it: Manny Pacquiao will be next to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
With his engaging smile and handsome face, Oscar De La Hoya exudes the aura of a gifted salesman, a top producer. It has served him well as he has built his company, Golden Boy Promotions, into a major force in the boxing business since its inception eight years ago. This was a tough sell, though. De La Hoya was trying to convince an assemblage of irascible boxing types late Saturday night at the MGM Grand that Shane Mosley, rather than Manny Pacquiao, would make a better opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Mayweather’s next fight.
Confidence abounds
Each a multiple former champion, Mayweather and Marquez face off
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009
Floyd Mayweather Jr., a six-time world champion in five weight divisions, does not deny that tonight’s headliner matches two of the best boxers in the sport.
Spoiling for a good fight
Marquez camp wants to see Mayweather in top form
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Boxing insiders who try to make a case for an upset victory by Juan Manuel Marquez in Saturday night’s showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. invariably point to Mayweather’s absence from the ring of nearly two years.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. emulates boxing greats in return
Mayweather’s hiatus from ring has a couple of historical parallels you might not recall
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
When comparisons are drawn between Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s hiatus from boxing and other memorable comebacks in the sport, names such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman usually come up right away.
Oddsmakers: Mayweather will top Marquez in decision
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s self-imposed 21-month hiatus from boxing has not discouraged oddsmakers or the betting marketplace from making him a heavy wagering favorite in his return to the ring Saturday.
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Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009
Father is back in Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s corner
Ice thawed, Mayweathers enjoying camp
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009
Floyd Mayweather Sr. looked and sounded tired and acknowledged he felt a bit rundown. It was late on the night that Mayweather’s fighter, Ricky Hatton, had scored an 11th-round technical knockout of Paulie Malignaggi in November at the MGM Grand.
Chicago Bears long shot at any odds
Expectations for Bears overinflated with new QB, handicapper says
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
Already a trendy team among NFL prognosticators, the Chicago Bears officially became a chic pick when Sports Illustrated predicted they would reach the Super Bowl.


HBO playing up drama
Network again turns to ‘24/7’ series ahead of Marquez-Mayweather
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
The sixth installment of HBO’s “24/7” franchise, this one designed to generate interest in the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez fight scheduled for Sept. 19 at the MGM Grand, has developed quite a following among boxing insiders.
Apt picks for a sports betting hall of fame
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
No one has bothered to establish a hall of fame for sports bettors. Howard Schwartz wants to correct that oversight. Schwartz informally introduced a list of 14 potential candidates for a sports betting hall of fame last week at a gathering of sports handicappers, poker players and other gambling figures at his store on East Tropicana Avenue.
A radical theory for next trip out to sports book
Local bettor says: Just bet on college football’s best teams
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009
College football bettors, particularly those in Las Vegas, tend to exhibit symptoms of hipper-than-thou syndrome. They take pride in their knowledge of the most obscure teams and conferences that appear on the betting board. They would no sooner back a so-called public team, a top BCS title contender, at the window than they would wear a sandwich board proclaiming, “I’m a square.”
Meet-and-greet at Gambler's Book Shop
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Statement match
Roger Mayweather not shy about touting nephew as world’s best fighter
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the guest of honor, arrived fashionably late for a barbecue lunch outside his Chinatown boxing gym Wednesday.
Breather from bravado
Two fighters separately offer refreshing breaks from braggadocio
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
Before his fight against Juan Diaz last week in Houston, Paulie Malignaggi told anyone who would listen that the judges at the Toyota Center would show a bias in favor of his opponent.
Poker show 'Face the Ace' shuffles, redeals
Live audience in Vegas will have bigger role in TV program hosted by actor from ‘The Sopranos’
Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
When “Face the Ace” made its premiere on NBC this month, its launch was accompanied by a drumbeat of provocative buzzwords.
Lem Banker talks life, love and betting sports
Lem Banker, famous for his gambling prowess and celebrity friends, weighs in on the state of sports betting and tells his underdog love story
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009
On their first date, the gambler and the beauty queen went to the races at Monmouth Park on the Jersey shore. Delores Vicario, who went by Debbie, was a model in New York’s Garment District and a showgirl at the Riviera hotel in Havana. Lester Banker, who went by Lem, was still a small-timer, though he would go on to become the most celebrated professional sports bettor in Las Vegas.
Minor conferences, and other factors in football bets
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009
To find attractive betting spots, sports handicappers often gravitate toward teams and conferences that tend to play outside of the national media spotlight. The high-profile leagues draw so much attention, and so much information on them becomes widely available, that the betting lines on their games end up being largely accurate, according to the handicappers’ mind-set.
Rematch of draw has one fighter heavily favored
Friday, Aug. 21, 2009
Indonesia’s Chris John has been installed as a solid betting favorite of minus 330 against Rocky Juarez in their Sept. 19 rematch, lending credence to the view held by boxing fans who believe Juarez was fortunate to escape with a draw in their first fight in February.
If bettors think they’re above this football seminar, they likely need it
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
The Vegas Insider football handicapping seminar, scheduled for this weekend at Red Rock Resort, appeals primarily to beginning and intermediate-level sports bettors. This is an ideal target audience, considering those two groups encompass just about all of us.
Against Donaire, Concepcion overweight, over the line
Fighter who lost despite excess poundage has the nerve to taunt victor who came in under the limit
Monday, Aug. 17, 2009
In a year’s worth of boxing cards, you won’t find a fighter who showed more — well, we’ll be polite and call it chutzpah — than Rafael Concepcion did this weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Donaire: Same champion, different weight
Nonito Donaire wins WBA interim super flyweight title
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
Follow tonight's WBA interim super flyweight championship fight round-by-round between Nonito Donaire Jr. and Rafael Concepcion at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
'Pinoy Power 2': Top Rank plays up national pride
Series modeled after ‘Latin Fury’ puts Filipino fighters in spotlight
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009
Presented by Top Rank, the fledgling “Pinoy Power” series of boxing cards was designed to showcase Filipino fighters in many of its bouts. It follows Top Rank’s popular and successful “Latin Fury” series, which spotlights Hispanic fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Juan Manuel Lopez.
Why lines predict more wins than are possible
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
In Las Vegas, where bettors wager on the over/under of the number of each NFL team’s regular-season victories, the projected cumulative total of victories for the league always comes in a bit higher than 256.
Updated betting lines, props on PGA Championship
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
Teaser bets: When, where you should pay to tweak spread
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
In a chapter on NFL teasers in his 2001 book “Sharp Sports Betting,” author Stanford Wong makes a compelling case that certain forms of football teasers are “playable” while others should be avoided, depending on the odds offered by the casino.
Nonito Donaire: Super fly wants to be Bruce Lee of boxing
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009
Nonito Donaire has a world championship belt on his boxing resume, along with a 4-0 record in title fights.
Yes/no wagers on future winners gain foothold in casinos
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009
Every so often, sports gamblers or oddsmakers make a push for “yes/no” betting lines as the wave of the future.

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