Caesars Palace Sports Book Weekly Update
By: Ryan Mercier
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Caesars Palace Senior Race and Sports Book Analyst Todd Fuhrman made another trip to the studios at DonBest.com to talk about the latest sports wagering topics.
There is only one major focus this week, of course, as it is Championship weekend in the National Football League.
First up on Sunday will be the AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Currently on the Don Best odds screen at Caesars, the Pats are favored by a touchdown and the total is 49½.
Something is a little off with that spread, however, and Fuhrman is quick to point that out. The Ravens may have been only about a 4-point underdog in the regular season in this same situation. Factor in Tom Brady’s dismantling of the Denver Broncos last week along with Baltimore’s struggle against the underrated Houston Texans and that all adds up to an inflated number.
New England is also working against a pretty strong postseason trend. Teams that score 40 or more points in the playoffs are 3-19 against the spread the following week. Bettors only have to look to last week to find evidence when the New Orleans Saints fell to the 49ers.
Speaking of San Francisco, they will be playing host to the New York Giants at Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship. Right now the total is 42, down from 45, with the Niners -2½.
While anything can happen in the world of sports and sports betting, do not count on that number moving to San Fran -3. If it does move, count on it swinging in favor of the Giants.
Also for this week’s matchup in the NFC, look for rain to be in the forecast which could cause some sloppy footing.
Plenty of chatter is afloat in Vegas about big futures money on the G-Men to win it all but Fuhrman suggests that Caesars will not be heavily affected with that outcome. That being said, New York is last on their list in terms of which team they’re rooting for.
On the flip side of that list, patrons may catch the Senior Analyst rocking a loud purple jersey.
Finally, it’s never too early to look ahead to the future and Caesars already has odds out for next year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots and Green Bay Packers are co-favorites at 7/1 while both Fuhrman and Kenny White had the same idea for a sleeper choice, the Houston Texans at 10/1.
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There are 16 full service race and sports wagering windows with private windows for high-action wagering at the Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book. The seating area contains more than 60 private booths with individual personal 12-inch flat screen monitors as well as six 10-foot by 14-foot big screens, four 42-inch and eight 48-inch plasma screens to cater towards sports fans. For the horse race lovers, a separate area with 48 race seats adjacent to the private booths also has personal TV monitors accessing 14 live racing feeds. For the high-rollers, there are 22 VIP tables with three plush seats and a personal monitor to create a more personalized experience.