Ecks-Rated Tales From Vegas -- Money

Ecks-Rated Tales From Vegas: Wanna Win A Million & Don't Live In Vegas???


You don't live in Vegas but you wanna jump into one of the MILLION DOLLAR football contests. Is it possible? Is it legal? Can you enter from outside the United States? Yes & yes & yes.

You MUST be in Vegas before the season starts to register and you need a proxy. But after that, you can go back home to Fargo, Moose Jaw, Sydney, Helsinki or Reykjavik and still play every week.

The folks that put in your picks every weekend, the proxies, are your lifeline to the big bucks. We've been in Vegas for 35 years and seen the growth of these contests, as well as the various proxy services. You need to do your homework and check out the various proxies, but if you're asking, we would recommend the guys at

Matty and Toni have been running this proxy service for 15 years, and without a doubt, they are the CREAM OF THE CROP. How do I know this? Well, a few years ago, before Circa entered the contest field, I sat with Matty and Toni every single Saturday at the Westgate SuperBook, and watched. They are as honest and hard working as you will find. They charge a flat fee of $199 bones, and that covers the entire 18 week NFL season.

And unlike some others, they DO NOT require that you give them a percentage of the winnings. They have seen their clients win over TEN MILLION bucks. And if you don't believe me, you can ask my guy Brent Musberger, who LOVES them.

Still plenty of time to get involved in one of the contests, and we will preview a few next week.


Tiger Woods might not be playing competitive golf at the moment, but his biz is BOOMING!

He is getting set to open PopStroke, 36 holes of championship-level putting greens, a two-story restaurant, four full-service bars and the obligatory outdoor beer garden. There are a handful up and running in Florida, Texas and Arizona if you wanna check it out. The two 18-hole courses are built entirely with synthetic turf, incorporating fairways, bunkers, and rough just as you would see on a traditional golf course.

Not sure if Tiger will caddy for you, but sounds like a PHABULOUS time out with the fam!


Back in the day, we bet sports. Now we bet the WORLD! We bet on Kim Kardashian's next. We bet on the Oscars, the Emmys and Grammys. We bet on darts. We bet on bicycle races. We bet on the next James Bond. And we also bet on politics.

The Republicans are gathering at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee tonight, home of the Bucks, for their first presidential debate of the cycle. And NO, Giannis will NOT be attending.

Eight candidates will take the stage, while Donald Trump will be getting ready to surrender in Atlanta. It'll probably be Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott and Doug Burgum. Not gonna roll out a bet on any of these guys to win the debate, but there is a delicious prop that should be EASY MONEY!

The prop is, which candidate will be the first to criticize Trump. Christie is favorite at even money, and this is as close to the LOCK OF THE CENTURY as we have ever seen. NONE of the others will dare to shoot any poison arrows at The Donald, so if you can find the prop, dust off your 401K and go ALL IN!!!


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 [email protected].