Logans.com bookmaker, Michael Perry, takes time away from the sportsbook to answer bettors' questions from an oddsmaker's perspective.
Neil (Vegas): How was the action on last weekend’s two mixed martial arts events? The sport has been growing in popularity with mainstream fans, but a night like Saturday probably generated a lot of betting action too. How did the books fare?
Michael Perry: Most books did well on both the UFC & Afflication events. In particular, we did well on the Affliction main event, using one of the highest numbers out there on Fedor (-450). We did almost as well on -600 fave Anderson Silva. Both men needed a combined 90 seconds to defeat their opponents, so it wasn’t even a sweat for us.
Michael Perry: I don’t know about the sport to give a confident tip right now, so I just IM'd a buddy, and he said this year’s race is Cadel Evans to lose. So depending what day it is when you read this, good luck to you.
Michael Perry: Yeah, not surprisingly, the brunt of our players are on
Marvin (LA): What are the big betting events for the Olympics?
Michael Perry: When talking Summer Olympics, men's hoops will always be numero uno with the betting public. Now we are offering what USA Men's basketball player will lead the team in scoring average. (
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Keith (DC): With the addition of Jason Taylor to the defensive line of the skins can they compete in the stacked NFC East and are they a good value bet at 6-1 to win the division?
Michael Perry: I do like the Skins at 6-1 for the division. They are only a 3 ½-pt underdog against the Super Bowl Champion Giants on the road, so they seem to be getting respect from the oddsmakers.
Michael Perry: I would be very surprised if the Saints can’t win that pretty sorry division. They have made some very nice offseason moves (Johnathan Vilma for a 4th rounder, a bargain, in my eyes). Shockey will bring odds down to 8/1. Still not bad odds in a Conference that seems wide open after the Cowboys.
Michael Perry: Both the Brew Crew and Cubbies will be active until the trading deadline (July 31). I dont see anything done until after the weekend at least. The Cubs are getting Alfonso Soriano back, and if he struggles early, look for them to make a push for often traveled Jose Guillen from K.C.
Michael Perry: No problem Harry. I think we have seen the biggest trades of the season already. There may be a No. 2 starter on his way to a contender, or a so-so outfielder (like Guillen).
Michael Perry: Honestly, I will be shocked if this team loses a single contest. They have one of the best motivators in the game (Coach K) leading them. I'm a big fan of their selections at point guard (Chris Paul, Derron Williams, and Jason Kidd). No more surprises this Olympics.
Michael Perry: Possibly, if there is a bad case of food poisoning in both the Chinese and
Joel (San Fran): How much action will the book take on the Olympics? Is it a good event to pad your payroll on?
Michael Perry: Action on the Olympics isn’t too heavy at the moment. It will pick up once we approach the opening ceremonies. For example, in track and field, once people find out how certain racers are doing in their trials, then we will see more money come in. Remember if there are any events you think we should be offering, please feel free to let us know.
Michael Perry: Might have to put up a prop on will either USA mens or womens team lose a game at Olympics, because I don’t think the ladies will lose a single game either.
Michael Perry: Now Danica Patrick and Milka Duno are duking it out (at least yelling and throwing towels at each other), it certainly makes things a bit more interesting. Expect to see race matchups between these two feisty little vixens in the near future now as well.