The public has spoken. Since the Carolina Panthers qualified for Super Bowl 50, Las Vegas casinos have seen an avalanche of money in support of Cam Newton and company. But how are the bookmakers and professional bettors reacting to a line that rose from -3 1/2 to as high as -6?
That’s the topic we explore this week on the Professor Vegas Sports Betting Podcast.
Joining in with his opinion on the Big Game is bookie Jimmy Vaccaro, of the South Point Hotel and Casino. Vaccaro, who has been behind the counter taking bets in Vegas since Super Bowl IX in 1975, also reflects on how far Super Bowl betting has come in the last 40-plus years. Jimmy V also weighs in on the popularity of prop bets and explains how Vegas casinos lost huge amounts on a Super Bowl XX proposition involving William “Refrigerator” Perry and how it started the interest in that type of wagering.
Two noted handicappers offer their analysis of both the game and prop bets. Brian “Sherwood” Steinberg of Sportsqagers.ca and Raphael Esparza of Docsports.com lend their insight with betting picks for the Panthers-Broncos matchup.
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