Jim's (old) Vega$ Futures
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Jim's (old) Vega$ Futures

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Howdy! I've been fortunate enough to visit Sin City (aka Las Vegas) 3 times. Other than playing blackjack, one of my favorite things to do is to bet on sports. I've had moderate success so far. I enjoy betting "futures"...long term bets on major sporting events such as the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc. My biggest coups so far? The Super Bowl. In my trip before Super Bowl XXXI, I bet on the Packers at 6-1 odds. Green Bay won. In February 1997, I bet on Denver at 10-1. Of course, Denver beat the odds in Jan 1998.

I just returned from Vegas, and made a slew of future bets. The Imperial Palace seemed to have the widest selection of futures. This page shows the futures I have over the next year. I'll try and update it as I win/lose the bets. Wish me luck!

1998 Olympic Men's Hockey Gold Medal
2/15/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
USA 2-1 $5 $10 -$10

NCAA Men's Basketball Champions
3/30/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
North Carolina 9-2 $5 $22.50 -$5
Kansas 6-1 $5 $30 -$5
Florida St. 60-1 $5 $300 -$5
Syracuse 100-1 $5 $500 -$5

Stanley Cup 1998
6/25/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
Flyers 9-2 $10 $45 -$10
Penguins 20-1 $5 $100 -$5

1998 NBA Finals Champions
6/30/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
LA Lakers 9-2 $10 $45 -$10

1998 World Cup Champions
7/12/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
England 6-1 $5 $30 -$5

1998 Golf Major Victory (Masters/US Open/British Open/PGA)
4/12/98,6/21/98,7/19/98,8/16/98
Player Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
F. Couples 4-1 $5 $20 -$5
D. Duval 9-2 $10 $45 -$10
N. Faldo 5-1 $5 $25 -$5
B. Andrade 30-1 $5 $150 -$5

1998 World Series Champions
10/26/98
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
Dodgers 8-1 $10 $80 -$10
Angels* 15-1 $10 $150 ----- *Note: Bet is for AL Championship
Red Sox 38-1 $5 $190 -----

Can he make it 3 Super Bowl victories in a row? Here are my Super Bowl XXXIII picks!!!

1999 Super Bowl Champs (XXXIII)
1/31/99
Team Odds Money Invested Win Payout Net Gain/Loss
Steelers 10-1 $10 $100 -----
Patriots 20-1 $10 $200 -----

There they are! I seem to have bet on teams I really don't care for (Steelers, Pens, Syracuse, UNC). Perhaps that's good news that I chose to bet on them despite that. Only time will tell. In an ideal world, all Philly, PSU, and USA teams will win their respective championships. In an ideal financial world, I can now stand to make up to $405. In reality, I'll be thrilled to make back the initial $125 investment.

Current Status (including money wagered): -$125

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