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Proposition? You bet

Bettors obviously ignore the odds because proposition bets are all the rage during Super Bowl Sunday. Dozens of off-beat bets are up for grabs at South Shore casinos for the duel between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in San Diego.

Proposition bets, or “prop” bets, are where wagers on a particular aspect of the game are made such as who will score the first and last touchdowns of the game — has become something of a phenomena, where even the most novice gamers can get on the action, sports book managers say.

“Prop betting is always good,” said Harveys Resort Casino sports book manager Steve Schorr said on Tuesday. “Each year is different, but this is a major Super Bowl.”



Most casinos in Northern Nevada offer some form of prop betting. At Stateline, the major places to place prop bets are Harveys Resort Casino, Caesars Tahoe and the Horizon Casino Resort. Lakeside Inn and Casino will do limited proposition bets.

South Shore resident Ed Mosur, who was at the sports book at Harveys on Thursday, said he’s looking to place at least five bets that will range from $5 to $20.




“It’s not like straight betting on the game. That’s pretty intense. The prop bet is fun because it’s all pure speculation. It’s a lot like betting horses,” the Tampa Bay fan said. “A lot of these bets you will know by halftime if you won or not.”

For Schorr and Caesars sports book manager Paul Peterson, the Super Bowl Sunday prop phenomenon has grown more and more popular over the years. The reason, they say, is because it calls for creative guesswork and a basic knowledge of both team’s strengths and weaknesses.

At Harveys, bets are under way on which team will score not only first, but last, and how they will score. Will the Raiders or the Buccaneers score the first touchdown with a pass, a run, a field goal or a safety?

Among the bets are:

n First pass of the game, will it be complete or incomplete?

n Will Jerry Rice score a touchdown?

n Total points scored in the game.

n First player to score a touchdown.

n Exact number of points scored by both teams.

n The first scoring play.

n The last scoring play.

At Harveys on Thursday, Sacramento resident Daniel Phan said he would play it straight on Tampa Bay and take the under. He hadn’t decided on whether to play the propositions.

The draw at Caesars over Sunday’s Super Bowl are creative bets blending other sports odds with the Super Bowl, Peterson said.

For example, one bet is what will be Houston Rockets Yao Ming’s total points scored and rebounds against the Chicago Bulls be vs. the Oakland Raiders total points scored in the Super Bowl.

Golfers will appreciate another innovative Super Bowl question such as: What will Phil Mickelson’s final round score at the Phoenix Open be vs. Jerry Rice’s total receiving yards. Which will be the higher total?

“There’s a buzz that’s created. People like to work out those puzzles,” Peterson said.

The writers of such questions for Caesars comes out of their home office in Las Vegas, Peterson said. They look for just about anything they can come up with and put a number to that which will correlate somehow with the Super Bowl, he added.

And of course, all odds are subject to change.


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