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

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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Posted by flyguybry21
1 year ago

Sf-3.5 all day!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by winnerwinner99
1 year ago

Balty...ty very much
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Posted by RapeStove
1 year ago

As long as we are on a betting site......Cappin Collernick takes the ca$h
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Posted by veronica27
1 year ago

i must add that if we were judging by appearance at the qb position ? yeah hands down you take the guy with the tats and bigger biceps and multi dimensional arsenal of what he can do (run forest run ! ) .. he does look like a monster and why buck that ? well , is more than just the qb position right .. but .. had to add that . GO RAVENS ! JOE TO RAY TO BOLDEN this would be so much better if it was rodgers vs brady .. gauging strange or obscure matchups = books dream come true .. or not . i think so .. really dough ? this matchup seems pretty even given all things considered .. if it is on the up and up and if one man does not totaly give it away for either team . gl prediction >> not ready to make an actual final tally but when I am it should be close .. is too much hype with these 1 game events .. when you think you feelin it ? yeah you just not gonna feel it right out the gate maybe .. it takes time to matriculate .. then bring it .
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Posted by veronica27
1 year ago

gotta love the "live in the moment experience with this" talk of the spread .. seems it should finish close .. or does it .. haha really though ? spot betting is where its at ... unless you have a lot of $ to play with .. then just drop it and lay back and wait . no way you would not be able to get a better line on either team after the game has started .. this I am sure of .. all this 3.5 / 4 talk .. livin in the moment and actually believing the hype .. yes always classic , and never truly overrated . GO BALTY OR GO SF ! ? HONESTLY ? TAKE THE PUP ON THE ML AND + THE PTS .. note : when people play with the 2 names ? sf , they actually think of montana and young , rice .. this is just how the mind is conditioned .. beast name/history and heritage .. all in all it is just 50/50 either way .. so is not rocket science . reputation and word association are why people lost on philly all year , dallas , etc , lakers ? the graph will turn but by then ? most jump off the wagon .. gl
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Posted by MoneyTalks789
1 year ago

23-24 ravens in the final drve
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Posted by Ice4Blood
1 year ago

hotdamn85... i actually made the exact same score prediction when it was 17-7 Atlanta... it was obvious! you're not psychic...
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Posted by warcameagle56
1 year ago

Baltimore & OVER for me.Hope everybody has a great Super Bowl weekend..My top 10 fav Super Bowls..99-Rams/Titans..01-Patriots/Rams...03-Patriots/Panthers...97-Broncos/Packers..08-Steelers/Cards. 90-Giants/Bills 1978-Steelers/Cowboys..1988-49ers/Bengals..2009-Saints/Colts..2007-Giants/pats....
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Posted by hotdamn85
1 year ago

when the score was 17-7 i told my friends the final score would be 28-24 ( NFC championship game) i cant for see the score for niners/bal but i do think torray smith gets at least 1 TD and KAPERNICK throws at least 1 INT.
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Posted by xmatt21x
1 year ago

this is tough ! i think the numbers are right could go either way #'s dead on too, but leaning over
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Posted by nc1capper
1 year ago

Corner me up, it's SF & the OVER for me
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Posted by nc1capper
1 year ago

"Corner me up, it's SF & the OVER for me"