Super Bowl XXV: What do you want to bet it’s going to be a good time? |

Super Bowl XXV: What do you want to bet it’s going to be a good time?

Pam Cosmo Gooch

Two weeks ago the Baltimore Ravens slammed the Oakland Raiders 16-3 and the New York Giants annihilated the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 in the conference title games. The stage is set for this weekend’s Super Bowl XXXV. Is anyone not betting on this game?

Whether it is parent vs. child, co-worker vs. co-worker or grandma vs. grandpa, the Super Bowl seems to transcend the normal boundaries of behavior. More likely than not, most people bet at least a dollar on the game with someone.

The casinos are counting on it. Every resort has something special going on. With the highways expected to be clear and the excitement running high, this weekend is expected to be huge.

Nowhere is it more special than at the new Lakeside Sportsbook. This is their first Super Bowl since its new sports bar and restaurant was created. With over 25 televisions and a 52-inch high-definition TV, Lakeside’s patrons’ eyes may be focused on an assortment of screens. One dollar baskets of chicken, tacos, draft and micro-brew beers, hots dogs and $2 cocktails will be featured.

Ron Tipton, the Sportsbook Manager explained the betting procedure: “There are game bets, halftime bets, and quarter bets. A bet can even be placed on whether a quarter is tied or not.”

The Ravens are 3-point favorites.

The point spread means that if you bet that the Ravens will win, they must win by at least 3 points for the win to count. It is kind of like a handicap.

Bettors can forget about the point spread and bet which team will win by wagering on the money line. On Tuesday, the money line was $1.35 for the Giants. For every dollar bet if the game is won by the Giants, the bettor will be paid $1.35.

The over/under, or total points scored is 33. Bettors can choose if the sum of the teams’ scores will be over or under 33 points.

But a proposition bet that the combined Giants and Ravens’ score will be at least 40 1/2, $10 would win $25.

Total points scored by the Ravens will end in 0-4 or 5-9? The minimum wager is $2. Get 3 for 3 and you win $6.75 for $1. Fifteen for 15 pays 20,000 for 1.

There are goofy bets at several places, but especially at Harveys Resort Hotel and Casino. It has a progressive $46,547 Super Bowl Jackpot. Proposition bets are listed on a five-page handout.

Some interesting “props:” 49ers’ wins in 2001 vs. Ray Lewis’ tackles in the Super Bowl, Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR wins vs. number of touchdowns in the game and San Jose Sharks wins vs. Shannon Sharpe’s receiving yards.

“It’s not the matchup everyone wanted,” Harvey’s Race and Sportsbook supervisor Geoff Lannert said. “But hopefully no one will be sleeping at halftime. The proposition bets should keep people awake.”

Horizon Casino Resort is planning a party with an NFL silent auction, a disc jockey, football prize giveaways, $1 pizza, hot dogs and a football pool.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is planning two big by-invitation-only parties for its Diamond and Total Rewards players. Spokesman Steve Schorr is expecting a “different type of Super Bowl with two outstanding teams more defensive than offensive.”

Caesars Tahoe is opening its convention center doors to the public for a free Super Bowl party. The game will be shown on two giant television screens. Kickoff is at 2:15 pm.

Even Bill’s Lake Tahoe Casino which does not have a sportsbook section will be having a special promotion. The game can be watched on 10 televisions at their Roadhouse Bar and Restaurant. Food specials will be featured. Bowls of chili or clam chowder carved out of round sourdough bread loaves and $1.50 hot dogs will be available.

“We are looking forward to a fun weekend,” said Mike Traum, the marketing manager at Bill’s. “The Super Bowl brings fun and excitement for everybody.”

With all the specials on food and snacks, what are the chances that New Year’s diet resolutions will be still be intact by the end of the weekend? All bets are off.

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