Late last week, William Hill CEO Ralph Topping confirmed that his company planned to offer non-sport prop bets at their recently acquired Nevada sportsbooks upon the approval of their licensing. At the time, it looked like they’d be the first to take advantage of the gaming regulation changes to allow non-sports proposition but they’ve been beaten to the punch. On Wednesday, Wynn Resorts posted a series of props on the main event of the World Series of Poker and in the process became the first Nevada sportsbook to offer non-sports wagering since 1980.Ticket writers at the Wynn said there had been a ‘decent’ amount of interest in the props on an otherwise sleepy summer day in the sportsbook. The Nevada Gaming Control board had previously fielded some inquiries about taking action on non-sporting events but the Wynn props are the first to actually reach the sportsbook window. According to Wynn Race and Sports Director Johnny Avello, the process took around a month while the NGC investigated the legitimacy of the event and its susceptibility to ‘inside information’ wagers. Avello said that he’d accept bets up to $10,000 on the propositions—not coincidentally, that’s the buy-in amount for the WSOP main event which in theory at least deters participants from ‘taking a dive’.The World Series of Poker begins at noon Pacific on Thursday and once the first hands are dealt betting at the Wynn will be closed. Under the revamped WSOP format the nine finalists will return to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino for the ‘final table’. Avello said that based on the interest in the current batch of proposition wagers that the Wynn will likely take action on the outcome of the final table.
Nevada Gaming Commission sources suggest that there are no other non-sport betting events pending approval, but that will certainly change in the coming months—and particularly once William Hill takes control of their Nevada books early next year. Non sport wagers on entertainment and politics are very popular in Europe, and William Hill wants to make them a staple in the Silver State as well. As they grow in popularity, you can expect the cumbersome process of gaining regulatory approval for events to be streamlined as well.
The World Series of Poker Prop Bets offered by the Wynn are as follows:
Player From Which Group Will Last The Longest:
New School Group -105
Old School Group -115
New School: Matt Affleck, Patrick Antonius, Eric Baldwin, Jonathan Duhamel, Tom Dwan, Peter Eastgate, Bertrand Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Michael Mizrachi, Scott Montgomery, Annette Obrestad, John Racener
Old School: Billy Baxter, David Benyamine, Chris Bjorin, Andy Bloch, Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham, Freddy Deeb, Barry Greenstein, Dan Harrington, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Matusow, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel
Will At Least One Of These Players Finish In The Money? Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham, Erik Seidel
Will A Woman Finish In The Top 40?
Will At Least One Of These Seven Men Last Longer Than Any Woman? Humberto Brenes, Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negranu, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel
Will The Champion Be Born Before January 1, 1984?
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