Here is one of the ways I make money living in Las Vegas. Now I'm obviously a huge Heat fan so I have to be careful of following my heart and not my head but this was too easy.
At three online sites 75% of the money was on Dallas.
At the Casino I had been following the line on the Mavs-Heat game since it opened at Miami -3'. By tip-off it actually went off as a Pick'em. Hmmmmmm the public is all over Dallas which is very interesting.
At the $200NL table I engaged everyone in some basketball conversation and all the donkeys liked Dallas. Some hockey fan kept going on and on about Shaq being washed up, and the others talked about the Western Conference and how Dallas was too up-tempo for Miami. I asked about the Mavs collapse in Game 3 and about Nowitzki choking from the line with 3 seconds left and everyone agreed that neither was a choke. I asked about possible momentum swinging the Heats way and they all agreed that there was no momentum and Miami got lucky. I asked who they would rather have Wade or Nowitzki and they all agreed that Nowitzki was easily the better player.
Now I watched them all play and donk off chips to each other. I eventually stacked the two most vocal Mavs proponents, of course they bought in with small stacks, when I only had TP and they couldn't lay down second pair weak kicker. I made one last attempt at saying I think the Heat will win this game and they all said no way. So I cashed out all the chips I took from them added with my buy-in, combined that with what was in my pocket and put it all on Miami. I made sure to stop back by the table and show them the ticket and the amount I put on Miami and thanked them for contributing with both their money and their feedback.
I then headed home to watch Miami hand Dallas their asses. What a game, Nowitzki was still tight-assed from Game 3 and Wade showed who the real superstar is.
Man I love Vegas. Tomorrow I can cash a big ticket, get Carmen a few special somethings for her birthday which is on the 23rd, and hope to score at the tables all weekend long and continue growing that bankroll.
BTW I played in the WWDN not and went out on the first hand with pocket Aces. You can't win them all but you can win the really important ones.