LAS VEGAS — SOLITAIRE!!!

Yeah, you know it, you’ve played it thousands of times, and now you can try to win some cash at a casino.

You probably don’t need a refresher on how to play. Some call it Klondike, while in England they call it Patience. Not only do you need patience, you need luck. There are a number of variations, like Thumb and Pouch, King Albert, Batsford, Somerset and Westcliff.

Did a quick survey for you and found out that the people who like solitaire also like the “Halloween” movies, hot-air balloons, blindfolded ax throwing and noodling. If you have not heard of noodling, it’s fishing for catfish using your bare hands. Of course, that’s a small sample size and it’s only my FAMILY!

SLAP ME!!!

You’ve probably seen the videos online from Russia with two dudes, or two ladies, trying to slap the brain matter out of each other. Funny to a point, then you start to worry about the health and well-being of the contestant that looks like they’re in a standing COMA!

Well, looking to be first, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted last week in Vegas to oversee slap fighting. Why? Eventually, you will be able to BET on it.

The Power Slap League is managed by the UFC’s head honcho, Dana White. Discussing the potential risks, including concussions and brain damage, White told his critics, “The bottom line is, in a boxing match, guys get hit with 300-400 punches in a f------ fight. These guys are going to get hit with three slaps. For these morons to be talking all the s--- that they are about the athletic commission, the athletic commission did the right thing. So did we.”

Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s chief business officer, said they spent a year working with commission officials to develop rules for the league, kinda like those used in MMA. They’re talking about using mouth guards and earplugs, and which parts of the face can be slapped. And they’ll also consider blood testing, brain scans and on-site medical staff. Brain scans, huh.

If you’re not familiar, slap fighting is exactly how it sounds. Professionals hit their opponent with open-handed slaps. The winner is determined by who can handle the pressure of the slaps the longest. And star power is on board. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Logan Paul teamed up to create the Slap Fighting Championship back in March.

I have been slapped once, by my 13-year-old granddaughter, and it was totally by mistake. However, I’m thinking about throwing down to get some revenge, maybe.

WINNERS ONLY!!!

Before we get to the winners, here’s a YUGE shocker. Aaron Rodgers is a double-digit underdog against the Bills. Rodgers has NEVER, EVER been a double-digit dog in his ENTIRE CAREER! You buying???

Now a look at the odds to win the MVP of the World Series. Of course, Bryce Harper and Yordan Alvarez are the favorites but also have the shortest odds. So, we are looking for a bigger payday and gonna throw a handful of chips at Rhys Hoskins at 20/1. Rhys had a fabulous series against the Padres, with four HRs and seven RBIs. Also gotta have a ticket on one of the Astros and it’s gonna be Yuli Gurriel at 30/1. Yuli isn’t the big bomber like Alvarez, but he did hit .400 against the Mariners in the ALDS and .333 against the Yankees in the ALCS. Rhys & Yuli 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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