At the end of July, I put together my much-beloved (at least by me) recap of the bets I'd plunked down in Vegas for the 2012 NFL season. I updated that list with three more small bets in my next column, but with a full month left in Vegas before I moved back East, I found a few more opportunities for action. In some cases, that meant getting additional bets down on some of my previous targets, but I also found some new targets for action.
Last week, we noted with excitement that the Cantor Gaming sportsbooks in Las Vegas had posted lines for the first 16 weeks of the NFL season. In our hearts we longed to see the team over/under lines get posted for public consumption. It's the first great look of the year into how the betting public really feels about the league's teams, and it was actually a spot of improbable profit for us last season. Last year, since we weren't living in Vegas, we could only dream about the joy of seeing a fresh year's lines go live and sprinting out to the casino to get our action down.
On Wednesday morning, we were awoken by a flood of joyful texts from fellow degenerates. Cantor had pushed the first set of over-under team bets onto the boards in their Vegas books. Was it like Christmas? Well, it was like Christmas if you were to wake up, run downstairs, and give your money to someone to then get gifts eight months later. While an offshore bookmaker had published lines with small maximum bets beforehand, the Cantor sportsbooks at the Venetian, Palms, Tropicana, and other Vegas casinos were again the first ones to get one of the year's most tantalizing opportunities up for action.