LAS VEGAS--It was a Sunday in the middle of the 1995 football season at Caesars Palace. Rich Baccellieri and I were camped at the betting control console behind the counter monitoring the wagering action when one of our regular professional bettors inquired about betting The Masters. The customers name was Darrell and he hailed from Alabama. He was, and still is, triple-sharp when it comes to betting golf.
Now we had a good rapport with our patrons, so after Richie and I looked at each other, Richie pointed to the 12 windows with 20 plus people in line and the betting boards saying, “Darrell, it’s November and the Masters is five months away. Isn’t there enough up there for you to choose from?!” In his deep southern drawl Darrell replied, “I’m already down on these and waitin’ fer halftime. I’m just lookin’ for some extra action. Besides, ya’ll got the Super Bowl & World Series up, so why not the most popular golf tournament?”
“Your point is well taken," I said.
Golf handle was very light back then, but we did notice an uptick for the Masters every year. The other three majors had interest as did the Las Vegas Invitational, which was played on and just off The Strip. Customers would also inquire about head-to-head matchups and we would accommodate them.
Darrell’s points were right on. Like then, the Masters' handle is the highest of any golf event we book. But unlike then, the future book is posted during the summer in many locations. There are many more head-to-head matchups and proposition wagers (such as these posted at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas):
Par 3 with most accumulated birdies over four rounds: #16: -250; #6: 13-5; #12: 12-5; #4: 15-1.
Par 5 with most accumulated birdies over four rounds: #13: 7-5; #8: 4-1; #15: 2-1; #2: 210
I hope you get to the South Point this week or in the near future. Stop by the VSiN studio adjacent to the sports book and say hello to the team. You’ll see Jimmy Vaccaro, Chris Andrews, Brent Musburger, Gil Alexander, Amal Shah, Matt Youmans, Pauly Howard, Mitch Moss, JVT, me and the entire VSiN team. You may even get a chance to meet Darrell.
Vinny Magliulo is oddsmaker for the Vegas Stats & Information Network. You can follow him on Twitter @VSiNVinny.
Here are the latest Masters odds at the South Point.