LAS VEGAS — PERFECT PAIRS BLACKJACK!!!

As I start to swim in the shallow end of the online casino games, found a delicious little variation on a theme, Perfect Pairs Blackjack. Now you know I don’t count cards, but this Perfect Pair action is right up my alley. It’s basically blackjack with some VERY interesting side bets.

So, you know the drill. You get two, the dealer gets two, but now you can make a side bet on pairs. If you get a pair with different colors and different suits, your payoff is 5/1. If you get a pair of the same color but different suits, the payoff is 10/1. If you get a pair with the same color and same suit, the PERFECT PAIR, then sit back and watch the dealer slide you a STACK of chips at odds of 30/1.

Of course, the odds of hitting a PERFECT PAIR are one in 59, if you’re playing with an eight-deck shoe. We understand that the house has the edge as they do in every table game, but a couple of PERFECT PAIR hits during the evening would pay for dinner, a show and maybe a room. If you’re sitting on your patio, playing at an online casino, then you’ll probably be able to cover your cost of WiFi for the year.

PHONE BOOTH BOXING!!!

Going from perfect pairs to a perfect boxing match, inside a FREAKIN’ PHONE BOOTH! It’s called Punch Box, and it takes place in Russia, inside a traditional English red phone booth.

Watched video of a fight between Ivan Chugov and Pavel Molchanov. Pavel had a little MMA experience with an 0-2 record, while they couldn’t really find any info on Ivan. Well, they’ll need to look harder because Ivan DESTROYED Pavel in FIFTEEN seconds! Did not see any odds on this fight, but as the popularity grows, you know someone is gonna post numbers, and I’ll be studying like a lunatic.

WINNERS ONLY!!!

Can I get some cream with my coffee? Looking at Baltimore and Dean Kremer over the Astros tonight. Obviously, Houston is the superior team here and barring a dramatic collapse will probably be the No. 1 seed in the American League. But Baltimore is still fighting for the third wild-card spot, and we really like what Kremer has brought to the table.

DON’T like what Jose Urquidy has brought to the table for the Astros. He has been PULVERIZED the last two times out, allowing 17 hits and 12 earned runs in only 11 innings. YUGE OUCH! Gotta splash some cash on the O’s.

And of course you’re looking to make a few potatoes tomorrow on the college football board, and we’re gonna recommend UNLV -3 points over Utah State. Marcus Arroyo’s first two years in Vegas were rough, really rough, winning only two and losing 16. But the Rebs have already won two games this season, and they finally have some talent.

QB Doug Brumfield was 21-of-27 passing for 211 yards and picked up another 100 on the ground against North Texas last week. But the YUGE shoutout goes to RB Aidan Robbins, who gobbled up 227 yards on the ground with three TDs. Vegas for the money!

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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