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Super Bowl in Las Vegas Brings Reported $1 Million Bet

Adam Meyer, who has the license plates, “Bet on Me,” on his Bentley, has supposedly been approved for a whopping $1 million Super Bowl bet at the M Resort.

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Where are the Super Bowl Parties in Las Vegas? Everywhere!

Why spend thousands of hard earned dollars to go to Miami when you catch all the action literally everywhere in Las Vegas for a comparative mere pittance? 

Apparently, thousand of people are of the same persuasion. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority anticipate 278,000 people to visit Las Vegas this weekend- that’s a whopping 13.5 percent increase from last year’s visitor totals.  The nongaming impact from all those visitors is expected to be up 2.4 percent to $89.7 million. 

So, why don’t you see advertising on Las Vegas’ Super Bowl activities?  It’s simply because of the National Football League’s half-baked and business-choking stance against sports betting, the league has threatened legal action against Las Vegas casinos that use the Super Bowl name in their promotions of parties and events surrounding Sunday’s game. But that hasn’t deterred casinos from promoting “Big Game” activities at their properties or kept Super Bowl bets from becoming a major draw at local sports books. 

Station Casinos, South Point and The Orleans, for instance, will show the game in a ballroom that is open to the public. NFL rules do not allow companies to charge admission to rooms where the game is being shown. 

Las Vegas casinos also can have free but private viewing parties for invited guests and VIPs away from the sports book. 

Station Casinos, which owns 10 Las Vegas casinos, are holding viewing parties for invited guests and are offering $1 hot dogs and $1 Budweisers. 

The Las Vegas Hilton is also having a huge viewing party. 

The Palms will hold its football viewing party for VIPs in its Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite where guests can relax and shoot hoops during breaks in the game. 

The Hard Rock Hotel, which just opened 824 new hotel rooms and 40,000 square feet of new casino space, is having a public party in Wasted Space and a party for invited guests at The Joint. 

For Boyd Gaming Corp., whose properties include Sam’s Town, The Orleans and Suncoast, this weekend is one of the biggest on its winter calendar. 

“It’s far more than just the sports book,” Boyd spokesman David Strow said. “On Sunday, you’ll be able to see the game pretty much in every nook and cranny of the casino.” 

MGM Mirage is also expecting a big weekend even without a lot of extra hype. The gaming company said it has sold out or is near selling out at its 10 Strip properties even though it is not holding any special game-day parties or promotions, other than offering free T-shirts at Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s with $25 parlay bets. 

Nothing boosts business at Las Vegas sports books like the Super Bowl.  With a record haul predicted for the contest (previous article on Feb. 4, 2010 by Las Vegas Backstage Access), still wagering has never reached the elusive $100 million mark.  It has steadily increased over the years, from around $50 million in 1989 (when the San Francisco 49ers nipped the Cincinnati Bengals) to $71.5 million in 2002 (when the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams) to a record $94.5 million bet on Super Bowl XL in 2006, when Pittsburgh beat Seattle.   Maybe this will be the year?

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Las Vegas Women’s Pro Tackle Football Team Looks for Good Smashers

The Las Vegas Showgirlz, Las Vegas’ only semi-pro female tackle football team, is recruiting for the 2010 season that begins in April. 

Tryouts will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ed Fountain Park near Vegas Drive and Decatur Boulevard. 

The team, which plays its home games at Faith Lutheran High School, competes in the Women’s Football Alliance, a national league comprised of 50 teams from the United States and Mexico.

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Locomotives Steam into Las Vegas

The Las Vegas entry in the new United Football League will be called the Locomotives.

UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue recently announced the name and unveiled team uniforms of silver, blue and white. The name was selected after reviewing more than 30,000 fan entries.

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel will coach the Locomotives, who will play San Francisco in the league’s first game on October 8.

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Arena Football League Championship Game Comes to Las Vegas

Culimanting the Arena Football League season play of 25 football teams competing around the U.S., the 10th anniversary season championship game will be held for the first time in Las Vegas this Saturday at the Orleans Arena. 

The Arena Football League 2’s (af2) ArenaCup championship game is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, pitting the American Conference Champion Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will face off against the National Conference Champion Spokane Shock. 

To help create a memorable experience for Las Vegans and out-of-town fans alike, af2 and the Orleans will host a variety of events before and after the title game, including a bowling tournament on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orleans Bowling Center for $9; a poker tournament at the Orleans Poker Room on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a 65 buy-in.  

A fan fest will also be held at the Orleans Arena Executive Lot on Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  A post-game party is on Saturday, sponsored by Raven Magazine, will be in the Orleans Big Easy Lounge from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m., FREE 

All events take place at The Orleans Hotel and Casino and the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue.  ArenaCup tickets are on sale now, and are priced at $17.50, $32.50, $45 and $60 inclusive of tax and fees. Ticket and event information is available by calling 702-284-7777 or visiting www.orleansarena.com.

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J.P. Losman to be Face of UFL Football in Las Vegas

It’s just J.P. Losman– he had a 62.3 quarterback rating last year, a statistic in which he’s actually managed to get worse with every year he’s been in the league — but, nevertheless, this could be a significant moment for the UFL and for Las Vegas.  Losman has put pen to paper and officially become a member of the Las Vegas franchise on a one-year contract. JPLosman

Unless Michael Vick signs, Losman is probably the UFL’s marquee player. That may sound sort of like being named the coolest guy camping out in line for Star Wars tickets, but everybody’s got to find a home somewhere. At the end of the day, J.P. Losman is still getting paid to play professional football, and that’s still pretty sweet. 

Jim Fassel, the coach in Vegas, seems pretty psyched about the move. 

“Listen, if he’d have went back to the NFL and sat on the bench this year, then he’d have been no better off next year. Whatever anybody thought about him, they’d still say the same thing. Nothing would’ve changed. Instead, you go in this league and you play. The risk you take is you don’t play well. But if you’re an aggressive person, you say ‘I’m going to play well, people are going to see me, and maybe I can erase some of those negatives that were in the past, and a lot of people will say, wow, look at him play now. He’s a new guy.'” 

The UFL’s inaugural season will last six games and conclude on Thanksgiving weekend. Say Losman plays well over those six games, and an NFL team is looking for someone to fill in for an injured or ineffective quarterback, then Losman could look pretty good, or at least less rusty than someone who’s been doing nothing since last season. 

And if Losman doesn’t play well, then he probably ends up sitting at home, unemployed, which would leave him exactly where he was when he started. So why not take a chance, get coached up by Jim Fassel, and learn by playing, rather than sitting?

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O.J. Simpson Memorabilia Headed to Court, Online Auction Block

The footballs, jerseys and framed photographs that put O.J. Simpson in a Nevada prison are now in the hands of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and then likely headed for the auction block.

Today, a court hearing dealing with the items confiscated from Simpson is scheduled in Santa Monica, California.

The items will most likely be auctioned on the Internet shortly to help satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful-death judgment against Simpson in 1997. 

Simpson’s attempt to retrieve the items by leading a handful of cohorts in a bungled stickup of memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas resulted in his being sentenced last year on armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges. 

Simpson is serving 9 to 33 years but on Monday he asked the Nevada Supreme Court to let him out of prison while it decides whether to overturn his conviction.

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