LAS VEGAS - VEGAS XL!!!

Had to brush up on my Roman numerals and the chart tells me XL is 40. But it’s the online casino game that we’re talking. You open up the Vegas XL online slot and the main screen has a jet plane, a golden vault, a high end sports car, a gorgeous dealer, as well as an ace, king, queen, jack and 10. Very cool looking, fun to play with a 96% RTP (return to player). Keep an eye out for the gorgeous lady with the brown hair because she sends you the biggest prizes. If you get five of these ladies, you’re looking at a 400x payback. WOW!!!

CAN’T BEAT THE HOUSE!!!

Nevada sportsbooks won $70.7 million bucks in September, the second-most lucrative month ever for the state, behind only November of 2021 when they pocketed $72.0 million. That’s a sweet win, but take a guess what the BEST win percentage was? If you guessed Pai Gow Poker at 24.7%, nah. If you guessed Let It Ride at 27.8%, nah. If you guessed Keno at 29.9%, nah. If you guessed 3-Card Poker at 31.3%, nah. If you guessed Sports Parlay Cards at 42.3%, go right to the head of the class. Yea, PARLAYS! That’s why the big boy sportsbooks continue to pound the same game parlay advertising. Every time they see a parlay come in, you can see a little drool dripping down the side of their mouth!

WINNERS ONLY!!!

Heard that they were still playing baseball. Something called the World Series. We know that the big bad Astros are perfect at 7-0, and the Phillies squeezed into the playoffs with the last Wild Card. We know that Justin Verlander will stroll into the Hall of Fame five years after hanging up his cleats. But lets look at the 7-0. Houston beat a decent Seattle team three times and a Yankee team with a TON of holes four times. Neither of those teams had the lefty firepower to combat the Astros heavy right-handed staff. Philly DOES! Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber can BOMB! Bryce played only 99 games but had 18 HRs and 65 RBI, while Kyle played 155 and had 46 bombs and 94 RBI. Speaking of bombs, we’ll take a small taste of the first player to hit a home run prop wager, and drop a few chips on J.T. Realmuto as a very generous 12/1. As always, we’ll stay very small in the opener so we can take the temperature of the series, so we’ll just tickle the Liberty Bell!

Gotta roll over to the college football board tomorrow and throw down on South Carolina over Missouri. Love what Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer is doing down in Columbia. He turned around a pathetic program that was 2-8 in 2020, and guided Carolina to a 7-6 record with a win over North Carolina in the Mayo Bowl. My FAVORITE bowl name if you’re wondering. However, the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl also has a special place in my heart. Back to business. This season, the Gamecocks are 5-2, with four straight wins. Mizzou is 3-4 which ain’t horrible, but the wins have come against Abilene Christian, Louisiana Tech and Vanderbilt. Not exactly top tier teams! Chalk up a YUGE win for South on Homecoming Weekend.

And because I’m a little frisky and wanna fatten up your wallet, jump to the NFL card on Sunday, and grab the Seahawks -3 points over the New York Giants.

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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