Vegas bookies enjoying a winning streak so far in football

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“We’ve had nothing but people betting on sports.”

The rise in sports betting has been steady over the past 10 years, though bookies say this year may end up having the biggest increase of all. That was true last Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings won outright against an Atlanta Falcons team that had been bet up from a 3-point favorite to a 6-point pick.

That football is big business in sports books comes as little surprise. “That could change drastically, but so far, so good.”

What he didn’t think was that anyone would bet serious money on it.

“If New Jersey gets it, Pennsylvania is going to get it, and California and New York will want it,” said Nick Bogdanovich, the oddsmaker at William Hill U.S., which operates dozens of sports books in Nevada. “There are casinos and lotteries and horse tracks in every state so what is one more form of gambling. That’s because football remains as popular as ever, and a new generation of younger bettors seems to have embraced it with enthusiasm.

“As convinced as you are that they won’t win, it’s still awfully hard to lose them all,” Vaccaro said. The sport accounts for more than half of all sports betting revenue at the books, which won some $202 million last year on record wagering of $3.6 billion.

“The handle has been fantastic and it’s continuing to grow,” said Johnny Avello, who runs the sports book at the Wynn. “But it’s been the best I’ve seen for quite a while.”

Indeed, the longstanding stigma against sports betting seems to be fading away, particularly now that daily fantasy companies offer online wagering that is strikingly similar to the proposition bets put up in sports books.

That’s good news for the only state — at least for now — that allows full-fledged betting on sports. “I told them to write it up.”

And if New Jersey is successful in its current effort to join Nevada in offering sports betting, the market will only grow.

“I don’t gloat about it because it can change,” said Vaccaro, who helps run the sports book at the South Point hotel-casino.

Some proof, perhaps, that people will bet on anything. Even better is that the bookies are doing better than the guys on the other side of the counter so far this year.

. But Vaccaro doesn’t mind risking a $25,000 payout in a football season that has proven quite profitable so far for most of the legal bookies in this gambling city.

Jimmy Vaccaro thought he would offer bettors a little fun — and a long-shot chance at some real cash — when he put up a proposition this week at 25-1 odds on the Jacksonville Jaguars going winless this season.

“You win those type of games it puts you in a great position for the rest of the day,” he said. “But wouldn’t it be funny if they beat the Skins on Sunday? Then I’d have to come up with something different to keep things interesting.”

Technically, that’s true, though the skill of the best handicappers is what limits sports books to about a 5 percent average win on money bet. Luck plays its part, too, though the bettor who put $1,000 on the Jaguars becoming the first team since the 2008 Detroit Lions to go winless through an entire season may be stretching his a bit too far.

“We had it up for about two hours and a kid came in and wanted to bet $1,000 on it,” Vaccaro said. And this one is the one you have the most chance of winning.”

That was double the betting done in legal sports books just a decade ago, and all signs are this will be the biggest football season ever.

At the South Point, Vaccaro said the house has won every week of the NFL season, mostly because some key games that drew heavy action broke the right way

BAM! It’s Off To The Race & Sports Book….Emeril Style

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They have them in other places. But a Sports Book? No idea.

In case you didn’t recognize him, that very happy man aboveleft is Emeril Lagasse. There are 105 hi-def TVs, including two custom-built 103-inch plasma screens and a 9 x 16 video wall. With lots of amenities.

. There are poker machines, a nifty computerized blackjack game and lots to eat — from very casual to full gourmet meals.There’s also, overlooking The Strip and the pirate show at Treasure Island just across the street, plenty to watch.

It is because of the Sports Books here that Super Bowl weekend is the busiest one of the year.

Lagasse’s Stadium is not a place to play games. Specifically, it is a Sports Book. I knew what Off-Track Betting (OTB) is because in New York that is common and — being my father’s daughter — I do like the ponies at Triple Crown time. Rather, it is a place where one can find a form of gaming. Looks like the Palazzo bet on a winner.

Lagasse’s Stadium boasts private luxury boxes that open directly onto the Las Vegas Strip.

The 24,000 square-foot space — very wisely — has features that will please both bettor and non-bettor. There are billiard tables, gaming consoles and a DJ booth.

The Sports Book is usually comfortable — tables, chairs, a nearby conveniently located bar and lots of TV screens and big LCD scoreboards. The people who staff them are usually quite willing to explain such arcane concepts as the “point spread” to people who — as I was — are clueless. But what I describe below is very impressive.

The philosophy there seems to be the same that led to the creation of lounge entertainment 50+ years ago. But, remember, this is Las Vegas so, of course, the most spectacular sports book anywhere is here and it’s Lagasse’s Stadium.

It is very smart planning.

I didn’t know what a sports book was until I moved here. (Haven’t been in all of them, so I cannot be any more definitive.) It is where anyone wishing to bet on any sport and for which a person can place a bet can go and bet. I am not a regular at all. But, with lounge acts playing practically all night, the wives had something to do and weren’t bored. The line was out the door. At that time, most gamblers were men (probably still are) and the wives would get bored waiting around for them and would coax them away from the tables. Thus, husbands could spend the night at the tables.

Now, the sports book is not unique to Las Vegas. You find people carrying odds sheets, newspapers and other publications dealing with sports.

To celebrate the opening, celebrities from the worlds of both sports and entertainment walked the “Green Carpet.” Among them were Entourage actors Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon, Warren Sapp, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, Olympic Gold-medalist Bruce Jenner, race car driver Danica Patrick.

Lagasse, a Boston native who is a self-confessed “sports junkie” got the festivities going with a hearty “BAM!” Two days later I happened to be near there and took a peek. The photo was taken last Friday when he hosted the grand opening of Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo Las Vegas.

In his sports book, Lagasse offers the same thing.

So, what I’ve learned is that a Sports Book is a feature of just about every casino in town. So, while players can bet, they can also find white-tablecloth service and the best of Emeril Lagasse’s food.

2009-09-30-emeril.jpgNote: I don’t work for the Palazzo and only tend to go there either to see a show or take visitors to the shops

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Ed McMahon hailed the arrival of Johnny Carson from behind the “Tonight Show” curtain for 30 years and it never got old. “D’oh!”

A forehead-smacking Homer Simpson popularized it, other residents of Springfield have said it at one time or another and the Oxford English Dictionary even deemed it worthy of an entry.

“Oh, my God! They killed Kenny!” — Stan and Kyle, “South Park”

“Book ‘em, Danno.” — McGarrett, “Hawaii Five-0″

“Did I do that?” — Urkel, “Family Matters”

1. “Who are you wearing?”

When Joan Rivers first took to the Golden Globes red carpet to ask stars about their designers, the E! host spawned an infotainment genre and turned celebrities into walking billboards.

“Everybody lies.” — House, “House”

. “Yada, yada, yada.”

The ultimate show about nothing gave us more than its fair share of catchphrases, but this “Seinfeld” signature uttered by Elaine to gloss over a bad date and favored by George’s felonious girlfriend is still really something.

“Who’s your daddy?” — Keith, “Veronica Mars”

“I’m listening.” — “Frasier”

“You look mahvelous.” — Fernando, “SNL”

“Jane, you ignorant slut.” — Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin, “Saturday Night Live”

6. “And that’s the way it is.”

Long before the advent of cable news, revered newsman Walter Cronkite closed his nightly broadcast with these iconic words. “The tribe has spoken.”

Reality TV has spawned countless elimination catchphrases, but Jeff Probst’s final words to the ousted “Survivor” competitors are the perfect blend of camp and cool.

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“Who loves ya, baby?” — “Kojak”

4. “How you doin’?”

We can’t imagine how many times Joey Tribbiani’s best pick-up line was tried out by “Friends” fans during the show’s heyday, but it’s safe to say no one said it better than Matt LeBlanc.

“No soup for you!” — The Soup Nazi, “Seinfeld”

“I’m Rick James, b*tch!” — Rick James, “Chappelle’s Show”

“Yabba dabba doo!” — Fred, “The Flintstones”

“Eat my shorts.” — Bart, “The Simpsons”

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” — “Friday Night Lights”

“Good night, John Boy.” — The Walton family, “The Waltons”

“Nanu-nanu.” — Mork, “Mork & Mindy”

9. Just ask Jack Nicholson.

“Well, isn’t that special?” — The Church Lady, “SNL”

“Make it work.” — Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” 

“Resistance is futile.” — The Borg, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

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“Aaay!” — Fonzie, “Happy Days”  


“Sock it to me!” — “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”

“Make it so.” — Picard, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

“Bam!” — Emeril Lagasse, “Emeril Live”

“De plane, de plane!” — Tattoo, “Fantasy Island”

“Bazinga!” — Sheldon, “The Big Bang Theory”

“Kiss my grits!” — Flo, “Alice”

“Is that your final answer?” — Regis Philbin, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

“Baby, you’re the greatest.” — Ralph, “The Honeymooners”

“Stifle!” — Archie, “All in the Family”

“Will you accept this rose?” — “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”

“To the Batmobile!” — “Batman”

“We’ve got a situation.” — Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino, “Jersey Shore”

“Live long and prosper.” — Spock, “Star Trek”

“This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.” — “Mission: Impossible”

“God will get you for that.” — Maude, “Maude”

“Ruh-roh!” — Astro, “The Jetsons”

“Holy crap!” — Frank, “Everybody Loves Raymond”

2. “Come on down!”

“The Price Is Right” contestants have been rushing the stage for more than 40 years upon hearing this command, most famously uttered by Johnny Olson.  

“Cut it out.” — Joey, “Full House”

“Dy-no-mite!” — J.J., “Good Times”

“It’s a good thing.” — Martha Stewart, “Martha Stewart Living”

These indelible and infinitely quotable words spoken by our favorite TV characters and personalities are forever etched in our brains. “It’s gonna be legen — wait for it — dary.”

He’s a one-man one-liner machine, but our favorite Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) quote on “How I Met Your Mother” brilliantly captures his bro-vado. 

5. “What’choo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”

Gary Coleman’s unforgettable delivery of Arnold Jackson’s trademark line on “Diff’rent Strokes” made it the go-to phrase when you just had to tell a pal he was speaking nonsense.

“You hear that, Elizabeth? I’m coming to join you, honey.” — Fred, “Sanford and Son”

3. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“The thrill of victory and the agony of ­defeat.” — Jim McKay, “Wide World of Sports”

“Tenk you veddy much.” — Latka, “Taxi”

“You’re fired!” — Donald Trump, “The Apprentice”

“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” — Jan, “The Brady Bunch”

“Let’s be careful out there.” — Esterhaus, “Hill Street Blues” 

“Just one more thing…” — Columbo, “Columbo”

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” — “Adventures of Superman”

8. And we understood we’d just seen and heard everything we needed to know.

“Dude.” — Hurley, “Lost”

“Danger, Will Robinson!” — Robot, “Lost in Space”