He arrived as an experienced gambler and feasted on novices at the poker tables during his early years in town, but he openly admits that he was a "total square" when it came to sports betting and had lost his fair share on parlay cards to a local bookmaker back home.
He was determined to make it as a professional gambler, though, if only to prove his doubters back East wrong. By April , 10 months after he moved to Las Vegas, he was flat broke and in need of a break. He got one when he stumbled into a professional betting syndicate that took him under its wing and taught him how to win.
Ahead of the football season, Cowboy Erik was at a barbecue with his new business partners and asked if there were any money in betting parlay cards. The group had a handful of members. They split up duties and agreed upon set percentages of revenue. In a time before convenient mobile internet, one member would be responsible for staying home to monitor point spreads around the market and relaying the updated lines to the rest of the team, who were on the road bouncing from book to book.
In Week 2 of the NFL season, Erik's first as part of the syndicate, they hit the parlay card jackpot. All their advantage plays won. The cat has been out of the bag about stale number parlays for a long time, and while the strategy happens in Vegas, it certainly hasn't stayed there.
In fact, perhaps one of the most efficient and lucrative parlay scores ever played out at a racetrack in Delaware during the NFL season. The Delaware Lottery began offering parlay cards on professional football in To start, parlay cards were offered only at the state's three racetracks. There were some early bumps for the lottery's parlay operation. Andrews and a buddy played at Delaware Park on a weekly basis.
They would arrive at the track Sunday morning, grab a handful of cards and then head back out to Andrews' black BMW Coupe to plug the point spreads into a spreadsheet on a laptop and calculate the edges. The driver's seat was too tight for the laptop, so Andrews would crawl into the back seat and do the figures while his partner stayed in the front seat. Normally by a. ET, they had landed on their final teams. They'd wait until around 11 a.
At a. If you have a Sharpie marker, you just kind of blot it down in each circle. That makes the cards go a lot faster. By noon, they headed to the window. For experienced sportsbook ticket writers, sloppy markings on parlay cards are a common annoyance. Andrews' cards, thanks to the Sharpie, were easy to feed into the machine. It went quickly, and prior to the 1 p.
Cowboy Erik would be jealous. Back in Vegas, it's p. He's pretty exasperated at this point and resigned to the fact that his parlay playing days are coming to an end. The hustle is dying. Some believe parlay cards altogether might be on their last legs in the rapidly evolving sports betting landscape in the U. Some of the European companies that are running sportsbooks in the states with sports betting already don't offer physical parlay cards.
MGM sportsbooks in Nevada now offer what are called dynamic parlay cards, featuring barcodes that update the point spreads on the cards automatically when the bet is placed at the counter. The physical cards themselves I could see disappearing, but the type of wager, parlays, will always be a part of our operation. Las Vegas oddsmaker Dave Sharapan says that despite some obstacles, parlay cards are without question good for the books.
At the same time, you can't just set them out anymore and run them when someone comes up. That's for sure. Erik says it was easier to get more parlays in play as recently as five years ago. He and a partner used to go back and forth between sportsbooks at the Gold Coast and The Orleans in downtown Las Vegas and get thousands of dollars down on 40 or so parlay cards in just a few hours.
The books were more receptive then. Sometimes, he'd don a costume, maybe something as simple a pair of sunglasses or a change of shirt. The disguises are more about distracting the teller and reducing suspicion than they are about protecting one's identity. These days, they are so wary of anything that I don't think the disguises really help that much anymore. Once they look at the card and see you've played a few games that the numbers have moved, you could be dressed as Moses, and they're not going to take it.
I got this one, too,'" he says as he heads to the betting counter. No dice. A supervisor comes over and turns down all but one of his four three-teamers. Erik is not pleased. I'm trying to win," he says incredulously to the supervisor and turns away in disgust. Back in the parking lot, Erik is visibly frustrated.
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