LAS VEGAS - BURN BABY BURN!!!

Not talking fire, but a sweet new table game called 21 Burn Blackjack. You can find it at most online casinos, like Wild Casino, and there is a delicious twist from the normal blackjack. As always, you get two cards from the dealer, but, if you don’t like your second card, you can BURN it! You have to make a ‘burn wager,’ which is gonna be equal to half of your original bet. The twist when making the ‘burn bet’ is, if you get any ace, the dealer will give you back 2/1 odds. But, if you should rock an ace of spades, then you’re looking at a 7/1 payout. Like most everything else, the house has a pretty good edge with the ‘burn bet,’ but MAN, it sure is fun and worth a handful of chips!

SAHARA AIN’T ONLY A DESERT!!!

If you’re coming to Vegas, and wanna chomp and some pretty cool food, find your way to the Sahara Hotel and then to Chickie’s and Pete’s Sports Bar. And if you’re coming in November, you can take a bite out of Pete’s Turkey Dinner Burger, the burger of the month. Here’s what your taste buds will savor. A smashed turkey burger patty mixed with special seasonings, cranberry orange aioli, shredded lettuce, Swiss cheese, crabby sweets and cinnamon maple sauce. And all for 18 bucks. Of course, if you’re from Philly, where Chickie’s started, you know that they became famous for their Crabfries. Pete’s signature fries are tossed in a secret blend of spices and served with two sides of their famous, one-of-a-kind white creamy cheese sauce. They’re also a partner with the Eagles. Maybe one of the reasons why the Iggles are now 8-0!

WINNERS ONLY!!!

Not exactly winners only, but we are on a SWEET 13-3 run. Looking to plump up the wallet this afternoon on the ice in Colorado and gonna rock the Avalanche over the Blue Jackets.

Does not get any better than #1 vs. #2 tomorrow. If you’re looking at the AP Top 25, then Georgia is your #1. If you’re looking at the College Football Playoff Rankings, then Tennessee is your #1. Respect the defending National Champion Bulldogs and the 8-0 record, but gotta look at the lack of quality teams on the schedule. With the exception of Oregon, the slate is NOT very impressive. We’re talking Samford, Kent State, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn and Vanderbilt. The Volunteers have also had a few cupcakes, like Akron, Ball State and UT-Martin, but they have also posted wins over Alabama, LSU and Kentucky. And if the Dawgs secondary is gonna be generous, like they were against Kent State (68% completion rate) and Missouri (63% completion rate), it could be a long day. Why? Two words. Hendon Hooker. Double H is now the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and is putting up STAGGERING numbers. Hooker has completed 156 of 219 passes, which works out to 71%, for 2,338 yards, with 21 TDs and ONLY 1 INT! And the Dawgs will be without their leading pass rusher, LB Nolan Smith. Might not be an outright upset, but since the Vols have covered seven of eight, gotta buy the snowman and take plus eight to the bank

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 www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email... ben@americasline.com.

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