Las Vegas bettors are backing the Raiders

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The mecca of American sports betting is experiencing a dynamic that has played out in other locations, for decades. In Las Vegas, the locals are wagering with their hearts, not their minds.

Via Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders are “runaway leaders at sportsbooks in tickets and money wagered to win the Super Bowl.”

As the Raiders prepare to start their season with a rematch of their Week 18 epic against the Chargers, folks in Las Vegas are putting their money on the home team.

“We’ve already seen early action on the Raiders’ point spread and money line against the Chargers,” Red Rock Resort sportsbook director Chuck Esposito told Dewey. “There isn’t anything involving the Raiders that they’re not backing.”

It’s a common problem for those who set the odds and take the bets. I’ve told the story before; my dad was a bookie in Steelers Country. He hated the Steelers, because everyone always bet on them, especially in the ’70s. And the Steelers routinely covered the spread. Even as the lines moved and the value swung to the other team, people kept betting the Steelers. And they kept covering the spread.

Whatever happens with the Raiders in 2022, it’s safe to say a small portion of the Las Vegas population will be rooting against them, each and every week. That’s one of the basic realities of bringing a team to town. The bookies will end up hating them, eventually.

17 responses to “Las Vegas bettors are backing the Raiders

  1. Carr has proven himself, The offensive weapons have proven themselves, the Dline has proven themselves. The biggest question for the Raiders is the back half of the defense. Perryman had a career year and didnt get the accolades he deserved but outside of that our LB core has to step up. The secondary has been almost completely retooled, Hobbs who excelled in the slot will be playing alot of outside corner this year. Just need the defense to be average and were a playoff team.

  2. They better get friendly with some out of town books. Might need to lay some of that action off.

  3. The Chargers are going to crush the Raiders Week 1. The Raiders’ OL is in shambles; their secondary subpar. They have a new coach and a new offensive scheme to learn. The Chargers have continuity with their coaching staff and scheme. Herbert is entering his third season after breaking records his first two. The Chargers upgraded their OL and it is elite. They also upgraded significantly on defense, their Achilles heel last season. Herbert threw for nearly 400 yds and 3 TDs on the Raiders’ defense in Week 18 last year. Look for Herbert to pick up where he left off in Week 1. The Raiders won’t be able to keep up. The Chargers should win by 2+ TDs easily.

  4. You don’t have to be a Las Vegas Raiders fan to appreciate Hunter Renfrow. Players like him are my favorite guys to follow. Hunter wasn’t exactly born with blazing speed,size and strength,but what he lacks in borne natural ability,he makes it up with sheer determination,hard work and pure savvy.

  5. DraftKings and Fan Duel’s willingness to allow parlays that vegas would never ever allow, paired with the ability to get from your couch will take down vegas and I will love every second of it.

  6. Herbert had 212 yards in a frantic 4th quarter trying to play catch up.

    He had 383 in a game with a full 10 minutes of OT also.

  7. I have no faith in that coaching staff and LA has virtually 7 new starters on defense. Raiders by a FG.

  8. humb0lt says:
    September 4, 2022 at 11:27 am
    The Chargers are going to crush the Raiders Week 1. The Raiders’ OL is in shambles; their secondary subpar. They have a new coach and a new offensive scheme to learn. The Chargers have continuity with their coaching staff and scheme. Herbert is entering his third season after breaking records his first two. The Chargers upgraded their OL and it is elite. They also upgraded significantly on defense, their Achilles heel last season. Herbert threw for nearly 400 yds and 3 TDs on the Raiders’ defense in Week 18 last year. Look for Herbert to pick up where he left off in Week 1. The Raiders won’t be able to keep up. The Chargers should win by 2+ TDs easily
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    Derek Carr

  9. Las Vegas is the 25th most populous US city with There over 600,00 residents here with new Raiders fans so I’m not surprised.

  10. Josh McDaniels already proved what a horrible coach he is in Denver.

    Josh McDaniels lost the veterans on this team when he started Jacobs in a HOF pre-season game.

    Bet the HOUSE on the chargers week one and sit back and collect money all year betting against the raiders.

  11. The fanbase feels great about the offseason they just had, plus you get great odds if you bet on them to win the Super Bowl. If they made it to the AFC Championship and say, faced the Bills, that would be a tough one, though.

  12. The Raiders 1st in revenue.

    1st in football fans hearts.

    The greatness of the Raiders is in the future.

  13. Humb0lt is always chatty this time of year, but you can’t find find him with an Amber alert come playoff time. He even brags about the loss that bounced his team out of the playoffs last season.

  14. humb0lt says:
    September 4, 2022 at 11:27 am
    The Chargers are going to crush the Raiders Week 1. The Raiders’ OL is in shambles; their secondary subpar. They have a new coach and a new offensive scheme to learn. The Chargers have continuity with their coaching staff and scheme. Herbert is entering his third season after breaking records his first two. The Chargers upgraded their OL and it is elite. They also upgraded significantly on defense, their Achilles heel last season. Herbert threw for nearly 400 yds and 3 TDs on the Raiders’ defense in Week 18 last year. Look for Herbert to pick up where he left off in Week 1. The Raiders won’t be able to keep up. The Chargers should win by 2+ TDs easily.
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    Man if only the Chargers could get the Raiders in a win and in playoff scenario, loser goes home and simply crush them that would be awesome. Oof. Never mind. It probably wont be the Raiders this year but some other team will win the lucky prize of pulling the rug out from under the Chargers season. happens every year.

  15. Of course the raiders will win! Staley will go for it on 4th and 35 from their 10. or call a timeout when his team could have gone to the playoffs! what a joker!

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