Missing Playoffs

Sportsbooks Have Yankees Missing Playoffs

The most popular sports gambling sites on the web are betting the NY Yankees will not make the playoffs this season. Now that the MLB All-Star game is over and the 2nd half of the season gets underway, the playoff stretch will begin as the top contenders try to separate themselves in the next three months.

Star players going on the DL, an aging pitching rotation and several other American League clubs enjoying great seasons, have many believing this will be the 1st season the New York Yankees miss the playoffs under Joe Torre. After originally opening as favorites in Spring Training to make the postseason for a 12th straight season, Pinnacle Sports lists the Yankees as underdogs to make the 2006 MLB playoffs.

The largest sports gambling site on the Internet, Pinnacle Sports opened betting with the NY Yankees as a 5/8 favorite to be playoff-bound again this season. Within less than 2 weeks, sports bettors flocked to the site backing another Yankees postseason appearance, which moved the odds to an overwhelming 2/9 favorite.

Ten Cent Horse Bet Turns Into $21,000 Win

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The woman, whose name has not been released by the state gaming commission, made two 10-cent Superfecta wagers Friday on a race being simulcast from the Hollywood Park track in Englewood, Calif.

“One of them won,” said Chris Locking, general manager at Sports Creek. The woman returned to the track Monday to cash her winning voucher. “Pretty good return for 10 cents, isn’t it?”

In an effort to lure patrons, Locking said, many tracks nationwide have introduced 10-cent “gimmick” action like the Superfecta, which requires gamblers to pick the four top-finishing horses in correct order.

“It’s been very successful,” he said. “Twenty-thousand doesn’t happen every day but on a regular basis you’ll see people winning $70, $200, $500 on a dime bet.”

Sports Betting

Time to Offer Sports Betting in Atlantic City Casinos

With slot parlors soon to open in Pennsylvania, it’s time New Jersey let Atlantic City expand its sports gambling options. It now appears that the first Pennsylvania slot machine parlors could open this year. The gambling competition for Atlantic City, a vital part of the South Jersey economy is creeping closer.
If New Jerseyans and state lawmakers want to see Atlantic City keep a leg up on the competition in surrounding states while bringing needed additional money into state coffers, and they should, Trenton ought to allow gamblers to bet on sports in Atlantic City casinos.
Pennsylvania gambling regulators came to a decision on slot machine distributors Wednesday that could allow for the first slot machines in that state to be up and running before year’s end.
Delaware has had slot machines in its horse racing tracks for several years now. And in West Virginia, state lawmakers are discussing allowing table games such as blackjack and poker at racetracks that already have slots.
Atlantic City draws visitors from all these states and others along the East Coast that have allowed or expanded gaming options in recent years.
If Atlantic City is to keep luring visitors from outside New Jersey, it must offer attractions not available at racetracks and casinos in neighboring states. The wide array of new stores, restaurants and night clubs that have opened in the wake of the Borgata’s 2003 arrival and recent expansion are one new draw that appears to be working.
But the city’s casinos must also be able to expand their gaming options.