Ecks-Rated Tales From Vegas

Ecks-Rated Tales From Vegas: Circa Millions, Tattoos & Lox

Another MILLION is on the line here in Vegas, this time, it's at the Circa Sportsbook downtown.

Some details.

You gotta be in Vegas to register by 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, September 9. After that, you can head home but need to find a local proxy to put your picks in every week. In an earlier column, we recommended, and still LOVE those guys.

You're gonna cough up $1,000 to enter, and can grab as many as five entries per person. You make five NFL picks against the spread each week. There is $6 million guaranteed in total prizes, with a cool million dollar first place prize. They also award $300,000 per quarter for best record, which is every 4-5 weeks.

And maybe my FAVORITE part of the Circa experience is, what they're calling the BOOBY PRIZE. If you suck, and I have at times, and wind up with the worst record, it'll be worth ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BUCKS!

And if you suck second best, $50,000 bones is your prize. There are a few other contests in town and if you're interested, hit my Email,, and I'll send you back the info.


If you're looking for some ink when you come to town, we found one SWEET deal at Koolsville Tattoo.

It's quick and easy, so you can get right back to the sportsbook. Select a design, hand over your IDs, consent forms and a $10 bill. And in less than 30 minutes you'll walk out with some very cool ink. You could stroll out of the sportsbook at halftime, hit Koolsville, and be back in time to watch & bet the 2nd half!


I'm not planning on any ink this season, but could be talked into it depending on how many winners we find, or, how many bad beats find us!  


Hussong’s Cantina at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place here in Vegas has launched Teachers & Tacos, continuing through the month of September.

All teachers with valid school IDs can take advantage of specials including: a free signature beverage with the purchase of an entrée, a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée, and a free non-alcoholic drink with the purchase of an appetizer.

How about a FREE drink loaded with alcohol? And how about Tacos for Teachers ALL ACROSS NORTH AMERICA!!!


Over the last few centuries, numerous handicappers have touted their LOCKS or GUARANTEED games. Even told you they would refund your money if it lost, or, give you the rest of the season free.

DON'T get reeled in. Try me. It's FREE!!! Ecks has LOX that goes on a bagel, NOT guaranteed, but should fatten up your wallet.

Looking at the college football board on Friday and gonna snap up Kansas -3 points over Illinois. A new sheriff came to town in 2021 by the name of Lance Leipold. Sadly, he inherited a broken team from Les Miles that went OH & NINE in 2020.

In '21, Leipold was still under water at 2-11, but the tide started to turn last season. The Jayhawks picked up six wins and even went to a bowl game. With 10 players returning on the offensive side, Kansas busted a move on Missouri State in the opener, posting a 48-17 win.

And that was without star QB Jalon Daniels. Jason Bean stepped in and was money, completing 22 of 28 (79%) for 276 yards, with 2 TDs and NO interceptions. So, either way, the Jayhawks are covered, or should we say, WILL cover! Gimme some ROCK CHALK 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 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

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