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How Did People Place Sports Bets Before Modern Sportsbooks Existed?

December 31, 2019

This is a question that many don’t think to ask because they assume the modern parlor style sportsbook has been around since the dawn of Las Vegas. But that simply isn’t the case. The modern sportsbook set up really isn’t that old at all, just 45 years to be exact. Gambling in general was legalized […]

Former Mobster Discusses Fixing Games

December 19, 2019

68 year old Michael Franzese is a former member of the Colombo crime family in New York. He has had a life full of any and every mobster activity you can imagine. He did a lot of time in prison as well and is now on the up-and-up. He gives interviews freely today and actively […]

Largest Home Underdog Spreads in NFL History

September 23, 2019

What is the largest point spread for a favored team on the road? That is latest question being inspired by the 2019 Miami Dolphins, a team so bad that they are breaking all types of records in the betting world. It is no secret that Head Coach Brian Flores and owner Stephen Ross are tanking […]

Cowboys vs Dolphins Line One of the Largest of All Time

September 15, 2019

The Miami Dolphins may have overdone it with their “Tank for Tua” campaign. They may have possibly created one of the worst teams in the modern football betting era. In week one they got steam rolled 59-10 by the Baltimore Ravens and today they got smashed 43-0. This last score being their worst shutout in […]

Super Bowl Betting History

January 24, 2019

As Super Bowl 53 approaches, we figured what better time to look back at some Super Bowl betting figures from the past. For this article, we will be using stats and figures gathered by Las Vegas Sportsbooks, because they have been reporting to and monitored by the state of Nevada since 1991. Since 1991, sportsbooks […]

Largest NFL Point Spreads Ever

September 17, 2018

Updated September 19, 2019 Also see Miami +19 at home vs. Patriots (week 2 of the 2019 season) A few recent tweets stated they have never seen a spread this big in the NFL. But, those of us who have been in the business for any length of time know that there have been bigger […]

Point Shaving in Sports Betting History

January 27, 2014

The title names this scandal a candidate for one of the worst events in sports betting history and that’s because the point shaving scandal of 1951 was one bad.  Here we’ll take a closer look, describing the events which caused this to be such a well-known event in the history of sports betting. The many […]

History: The Cronje Affair and the Sportsbook

January 20, 2014

Though the Cronje Affair actually occurred in 1996, it was not made public until 2000.  In short, what happened was that there was a man by the name of Hansie Cronje who was the captain of a national cricket team in South Africa.  He was approached by a sportsbook by the name of Sanjay Chawla.  […]

Sports Betting in History: Rumors of Wrongdoing: The 1906 Sports Betting Scandal

January 2, 2014

Sports betting has been around for almost as long as there have been sports to bet on. While no one knows for sure exactly when the first bet was placed on a sporting event, what we do know is that sports betting can make watching any match more fun, raising the stakes and allowing you […]

The History of Sports Betting in America

November 25, 2013

America has a long history with sports and from the very beginning there has been sports betting action whenever people were engaged with competitive athletics. America was built by risk-takers – men and women who travelled across the ocean to a new world they hadn’t ever seen, determined to build a better life. This attitude […]