Lake Tahoe – Your Oakland Raiders are very popular team among NFL bettors this year.
I got the opportunity to speak with Dave Cudney, the manager of the Harrah’s-Harvey Race and Sports Book while covering the terrific American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
I told Cudney that I was hearing the Raiders were a hot bet. His eyes popped.
“We set the odds and they kept getting bet on the Raiders,” Cudney said. “And they haven’t stopped.”
Cudney said the Raiders usually get a lot of action in Reno and Tahoe because of the proximity to the Bay Area. Many folks bet with their hearts. But this year is different.
“Everybody is betting them, just not the local Raiders’ fans,” Cudney said.
Cudney said a reason why Oakland is a bettor’s favorite may because of Jon Gruden. The Chucky factor runs deep.
The Raiders were a major failure in 2017 and it doesn’t matter in the eyes of the bettors. They see many 2018 victories on the horizon.
Cudney also said he thinks Las Vegas has already “adopted” the team that is coming to Sin City in 2020. He said the same thing happened with the Golden Knights of the NHL.
“Vegas is betting the Raiders,” Cudney.
I know this, RaidersSnakepit.com readers, I’m sure you hope all the bettors fil their pockets in 2018.