LAS VEGAS — SPIN THAT WHEEL!!!
For those just stepping up to the table, or opening your computer/phone to play at an online casino, make sure you know which game suits you best. Roulette is one of my favorite games to play, both at bricks-and-mortar and online, and there are a few different ways to spend/win money.
You have American roulette, European roulette and French roulette. And according to the house edge, European roulette at just 2.63 percent is your best chance to bulk up your bank account. Why? European roulette has just one 0 pocket while American roulette has two zeroes.
That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the house edge is. European’s edge as we mentioned is 2.63 percent while the house edge for American roulette is 5.26 percent. If you’re playing roulette, hang with Europe!
Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is opening a second location of his Las Vegas chicken restaurant Big Chicken and bringing his fried chicken sandwiches, mac and cheese, and milkshakes to the valley. O’Neal opened the first Big Chicken in Las Vegas in 2018, located near the Virgin Hotel. The new Big Chicken is located at 9595 West Tropicana Avenue.
They’ll serve sandwiches like the big and sloppy with mac and cheese, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic barbecue aioli. But my favorite is the Shaq ATTACK, with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno slaw and spicy chipotle barbecue sauce. We understand that Shaq’s Big Chicken now has more than 150 locations on the drawing board, and he might be looking to take down that Colonel guy from Kentucky!
Gregg Popovich is already on the Mount Rushmore of NBA coaches, and Steve Kerr will be as well. Sadly, Pop’s Spurs are sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference with a 13-29 record and have only one win in their last seven games. However, where it matters most, in the WALLET, San Antonio has covered five in a row and seven of the last eight.
Shockingly, the Warriors are sitting under water at 20-21, but there have been a ton of injuries. There has also been a TON of UGLY on the road, where Golden State has struggled to a 3-16 mark. Not gonna call for the outright upset, but at plus a SNOWMAN with the hook, even a +9 at some shops, gotta tickle Pop for the money!
Tomorrow, we hit the wild-card round and will drop a few pennies on the 49ers over the Seahawks. Yeah, my son laughed at me when we drafted the Niners with our first pick in the fantasy draft. He kept laughing when the 49ers opened the season at 3-4 and lost their No. 1 and No. 2 QBs, Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo.
He was HYSTERICAL when they inserted Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy, into the mix. Well, he AIN’T laughing anymore. San Fran has ripped off TEN straight wins and covered eight. That’s 80 percent, BAABBBEEE! Speaking of percentages, Purdy is hitting on almost 70 percent of his passes, and has 12 TDs against just three INTs. He should have all his weapons ready to go, and that will be a YUGE problem for Seattle.
Also noticed that the Niners LOVE to run it up at home. The last five in Santa Clara have been easy breezy wins. They beat the Saints 13-0, the Dolphins 33-17, the Bucs 35-7, the Commanders 37-20 and the Cards 38-13. My calculator tells me that is an average winning margin of almost 20 points per game, and more than enough to cover the 9.5-point spread.
Not gonna get crazy because Seahawks QB Geno Smith has some chops, but gotta roll with the 49ers. In the late game, if the line is still Chargers -2.5, we would look the other way, grab the Jaguars, and buy the hook to +3.
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...firstname.lastname@example.org.