The two largest unofficial partners of the NFL are teaming up this year thanks to Station Casinos Inc. This season they will become the first Las Vegas sports book to take bets on players’ fantasy statistics. Station Casinos Inc. is the fifth-largest sports book in the country and owns and operates several hotel and casino properties throughout Las Vegas including the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa.
This definitely adds a new and fun element to gambling on football games. It gives fans the chance to wager on players they think will put up big fantasy numbers each week. The sports book will compile all of a player’s projected statistics together and then set an over-under line based on the following scoring system. A touchdown is worth 6 points, 1 point for every 30 passing yards and 1 point for every 10 rushing yards. 24 players, 8 QB’s, 8 RB’s and 8 WR’s, will be available to bet on each week. The book will change the players who fill the 24 spots each week.
The Associated Press is reporting that in week one Donovan McNabb has a fantasy line of 16 and Terrell Owens has a fantasy line of 14. It will be interesting to see if this catches on this year. It has a chance to take off because it combines the two most popular activities surrounding NFL games: Gambling and Fantasy Football.