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For a writer to say that “the heavily regulated Las Vegas sports books can offer basically only wagers on who’s going to win and by how much” (Cheap Seats, “Bet! Buh-Buh-Buh-Bet! Bet!,” 1/23) suggests that obviously he has never been there on a Super Bowl weekend. Bets are offered on: who will score first, how many yards will Player X or a team make, the number of interceptions by a team—most anything you can conjure up.
I don’t think it has anything to do with illegality, but rather is because Vegas wants the action to be equal on both sides and collect the “vigorish”—and doesn’t like bets that can be one-sided.