The Latest from: Patrick Everson

Patrick Everson is Covers' man on the scene, which means he's usually in the middle of the action at the biggest and best sportsbooks in Las Vegas. Patrick not only talks with some of the sharpest bettors and most renowned oddsmakers in town but also profiles you - the average bettor - with his popular "Scenes from Sin City". Who knows? The next time you're visiting a Vegas book, for Super Bowl or March Madness, you might just bump into Mr. Everson.

What's worth more to NBA playoff oddsmakers: Rest or rhythm?

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

As we enter the second round of the NBA playoffs, teams like Cleveland will be well rested after sweeping its first round opponent while other teams will be coming off grueling series battles. How do those situations impact the oddsmaking for series and Game 1 prices? We talk to Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM Resorts.

As the puck drops on the second round of the playoffs, books fear these NHL teams

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:02 PM ET

The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs get underway this week and there is a trio of teams still alive that could hand the bookmakers a big loss if they were to win the Cup. We're talking NHL futures odds with Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas.

Early betting action on NFL Week 1 causing some pointspread movement

Apr 23, 2017 - 10:20 AM ET

Covers checks in on which NFL Week 1 matchups are drawing the most early betting interest, with insights from Tony Miller, sportsbook director at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas; Ed Salmons, sportsbook manager at the renowned Westgate Las Vegas Superbook; and Scott Cooley, odds consultant for offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu.

Busy NBA Sunday showing sharp and public money on all sides

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The NBA provides a Sunday buffet of four more playoff games, with the first item on the menu featuring the defending champion going for a four-game sweep. Covers checks in on where the action is for the quartet of contests with Scott Cooley, odds consultant for offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu.

"Pros vs. Joes" games highlight Saturday's NBA Playoff betting action

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Four first-round NBA playoff series continue today, with two games in the East and two in the West. Covers checks in on where the action is with Peter Childs, risk management supervisor for offshore shop Sportsbook.ag, and Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip.

NFL schedule release gets ball rolling on football betting odds

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:16 AM ET

Now that the 2017 NFL season is out, expect plenty of football betting odds to follow. We talk to Jason Simbal of CG Technology about the process oddsmakers go through when making season win totals, game odds, and Week 1 numbers once the NFL schedule is official.

Bettors tread lightly when it comes to postseason spread and totals trends

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Every postseason, be it NBA or NHL, glaring betting trends begin to show up. But while books keep an eye on these happenings, it seems bettors don't wager accordingly. We talk to Jason Simbal of CG Technology in Las Vegas about how books and bettors treat postseason trends and patterns.

Bettors react quickly to Rondo injury, causing Game 3 line to jump the fence

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The NBA playoffs’ most surprising team got a jolt this morning, with bettors and oddsmakers quickly having to adjust accordingly. Covers checks in on where the action is for tonight’s three matchups, with insights from oddsmakers right on the Las Vegas Strip and offshore.

Spring games have Vegas looking ahead to college football betting odds

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

College football programs are hosting their spring games in preparation for the upcoming season. That has books and bettors thinking about the CFP National Championship futures odds. We look at the top favorites and live long shots with Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at The Mirage Las Vegas.

It's a classic Sharps-vs-Squares split in one Eastern Conference showdown

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Two of the NBA’s best teams look to put strangleholds on their first-round playoff series, as part of tonight’s three-game slate. Covers checks in on where the action is with Matthew Holt, COO of CG Analytics in Las Vegas.

Sportsbooks are playing it cool when it comes to posting NFL season win totals

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

NFL season win totals are one of the most popular futures markets, and also one of the toughest to book. Sportsbooks have taken a beating on NFL win totals in recent years, which is why most operators are taking their sweet time when it comes to the 2017 numbers.

Books bracing for plenty of movement once Durant's status become official

Apr 18, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Tonight’s NBA playoffs action includes three Game 2s – one in the Eastern Conference and two in the Western Conference – along with some concerning news on one of Golden State’s superstars. Covers checks in on where the action is with a pair of offshore books.

Baseball betting doesn't get any better than in-game live wagering

Apr 18, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Looking to spice up your MLB betting? Try live in-game wagering, which allows you to bet on just about every pitch of the ball game. We talk to Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at The Mirage Las Vegas, about how baseball bettors can take advantage of this unique market.

Vegas oddsmakers aren't awestruck by the unpredictable NHL playoffs

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs have already produced some crazy results, with powerhouse teams like Washington and Chicago going down in their series. We're talking NHL odds with Johnny Avello, executive director of race and sports at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Vegas bookies are ready for public to "Zig Zag" during NBA Playoffs

Apr 16, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The opening weekend of the NBA Playoffs was packed with surprises, including a strong showing from road teams. We're talking to Johnny Avello of the Wynn Las Vegas about how bookmakers will react to those results and brace themselves for the always-popular "Zig-Zag" theory.

Bettors fading Celtics after tragic death of Thomas' sister

Apr 15, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

Four more NBA first-round playoff series get underway Sunday, with the top seeds in each conference among those taking the floor. Covers checks in on where the action is with sportsbooks on the Las Vegas Strip and offshore.

Las Vegas says that NBA's Eastern Conference title is Cavaliers to lose

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be the No. 2 seed in the East but in the eyes of Las Vegas bookies, LeBron & Co. are the team to beat. We're talking NBA Eastern Conference odds with Jason Simbal of CG Technology inside the Cosmopolitan sportsbook.

Six teams that sportsbooks really don't want to see win the NBA Championship

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The pursuit of the 2017 NBA Championship begins in earnest Saturday, when the puck drops in four of the eight playoff series. Covers checks in with the oddsmakers on six teams they don’t want to win the title this time around.

Road to the NBA Western Conference title goes through Golden State

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The Golden State Warriors are hands down the favorites to not only win the NBA Finals but dominate the Western Conference playoffs. We take a look at the opening round series and Western Conference futures with Jason Simbal of CG Technology.

How are NBA playoff odds different from the regular season lines?

Apr 11, 2017 - 11:00 PM ET

The NBA Playoffs are about to tip off and oddsmakers treat postseason lines differently than those nightly regular season spreads and totals. We get inside the oddsmaker's head when it comes to postseason odds thanks to Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at The Mirage Las Vegas.

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