Where the action is: Sharp money shows at off-strip books

Jan 30, 2013 |
The Las Vegas Strip is the betting Mecca when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. But if the crazy crowds aren’t your scene, there are plenty of perfect places to wager off the strip.

We talk to Aaron Kessler, sportsbook supervisor at the historic Golden Nugget, and Bert Osborne, sportsbook manager at South Point Hotel, about the action coming in at their off-strip books heading into Super Bowl Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers (-3.5, 47.5)

The tourists are starting to pour into Sin City for the biggest betting weekend in sports. Oddsmakers admit that the Super Bowl line is not made for the professional gamblers but for the average bettor, which books on the strip will see plenty of come Sunday.

Away from the Las Vegas Strip, sportsbooks are dealing similar lines but are very wary of the wiseguys moving from shop to shop, searching for the best value on Super Bowl XLVII.

“You see the same faces, the same people, the big bettors,” Kessler says. “Those guys looking for half a point here and half a point there, they’ll go across town to get it.”

Those sharps looking to score the extra half points may head to South Point, where Osborne has upped his Super Bowl XLVII spread to San Francisco -4 after dealing -3.5 – like the majority of Las Vegas books – for the past week and a half.

“I’m doing a little fishing expedition,” says Osborne. “We just went to four to test the water since I’m seeing (bets) trending toward the 49ers. Is it just a few guys trying to clean up all the 3.5’s out there or is this the way it’s trending?”

Osborne says the San Francisco money is beginning to show up, especially Tuesday when some larger wagers came in on the favorite at 3.5. That swung the bet count in favor of the Niners, which he expects will be the trend as kickoff draws closer.

As for the total, early action pushed the number down to 47.5 after opening as high as 50 points in Las Vegas. With the public poised to parlay the favorite and the over, both Osborne and Kessler predict the total will rise before close.

“You have to think it’ll go up. It always does for games like this,” says Kessler. “I would be surprised if it weren’t up to 48.5 at some point.”

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