benjamin eckstein buffet bite

Benjamin Eckstein’s Buffet Bite

LAS VEGAS — Do the math!

Three-team 10-point teasers are usually a substantial edge for the Sportsbooks, but after Week 1 of the NFL preseason, betting ANY three-teamer was MONEY IN THE BANK. I’ll let you do the math, but if you added 10 points to every total on the NFL board, EVERY game went OVER! Check your totals for Week 2 if you wanna PLUMP up your bank account. Of course, the bookies have adjusted, but there are some DELICIOUS spots for your consideration.

Now let’s get our EAT on!

Specifically, buffets!

When we moved to Vegas back in the late ’80s, our first buffet was at Circus Circus for dinner, and if I remember correctly, it was like $5.99 per person. Not saying that the food was Michelin Star quality, but for $5.99, and feeding all four Eckstein animals, it was stunning. So, I’m feeding my entire family steaks, appetizers and desserts for like 24 bucks.

Flash forward to 2022 and you can’t even get a breakfast buffet at most joints for less than a $20 bill. And if you are going to one of the high-end spots on the Strip, like the Bacchanal Buffet at Sportsbook Palace, you’re looking at $79.99 per. So, for me to bring my family, let’s round up to $80, and that’ll be 320 bones to get in the door. Probably gonna have to check my equity line at the bank to see if this is doable.

Don’t forget to bring an extra 15 bucks with you to pay for parking. Unless you’re a Platinum Club member, or a Nevada resident. Then it’s a freebie. Be happy to lend you my driver’s license for only $10!

And if you’re still not on the John Harbaugh MONEY TRAIN, it was ROCKING again this past Thursday night against the Titans. The Ravens closed as a 3-point favorite and covered easily with a 23-10 W. So, if you have not heard, and you are sitting, Harbaugh’s kids are now on a 21-0 straight-up preseason run, and 19-1-1 against the spread!!!

However, you’re gonna have to pay a VERY STEEP price to bet Baltimore. Normally, this line would be around -3, maybe even -3.5. But since the bookies are anticipating a FLOOD of money on the Ravens, the line opened at -7, but has dropped to -6 or -6.5 depending on where you shop. Any takers???

If you’re wondering about the world of NFTs or NILs, check out this from down in Louisiana. Myles Brennan was locked in a three-way battle to win the quarterback job at LSU with Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier. Apparently, Brennan was told that he would NOT get the job, and has decided to walk away from football. He signed a handful of NIL deals with a number of companies, including Raising Canes. Wonder if he is still gonna get FREE chicken wings???

Not sure if you follow the Premier League, but we had a spectacular handshake/pull me/push me event at the end of the Chelsea/Tottenham game. Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte went nose to nose – well, almost, Conte is a head shorter – and it was fabulous. Waiting for the odds on a projected fight, and thinking that after showing his heavily muscled guns to the press, Chelsea’s Double T is the obvious choice.

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He is beloved by most, when he picks Sportsbooks, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email... [email protected].

Back to Top