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In Football, The House Always Wins... Right? Right?

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I hear there is some sort of big game on this weekend. I wouldn’t know as down here in hillbilly land Florida we've been preparing for the Annual Southeastern Flower Show -- you could call it the Super Bowl of Southern horticulture.

What's that? The actual Super Bowl is on? Dang, my hydrangeas will miss out.

It's a big weekend in Vegas for the casinos and the corporations that own them: Las Vegas Sands (LVS), Harrah’s (HET), MGM Resorts International (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN), Boyd Gaming (BYD), and Stations Casinos (STN) all seem poised for a very profitable weekend.

The house always wins. Well almost always...

Public information drawn from the Nevada Gaming Control Board shows that in 9 of the past 10 years the house won; to the tune of nearly $80 Million on the Super Bowl alone. Vegas made huge profits on every Super Bowl this decade, barring the shock upset of the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in 2008.



Like all good bets, each side makes sense

Some Las Vegas sports-book operators are predicting a record $100 million bet on the Super Bowl 2011. A few are less optimistic. Payment processing issues and reduced marketing could result in stagnant growth online. With the economy as a whole improving ever so slightly, bookmakers are keeping their fingers crossed.

Modern Day Gladiators

And if giant men clad in modern day armor smashing into each other isn’t enough blood sport for you, we can always remove the padding and stick them in a cage. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is in Vegas this weekend as well at the MGM owned Mandalay Bay with UFC 126.

So this weekend, football, fighting, or flowers? I know at least one man will be as torn as I am in which endeavor to chose...
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