2018 Gambling Olympics: Line Movement Reveals a New Favorite

Jul 06, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

The Highlights

  • Odds on MyBookie for several of the events in the inaugural Gambling Olympics have moved.
  • Brandon Adams (+400) is now the overall favorite, taking the spot from Peter Jennings (+450).
  • Pete Manzinelli has seen crazy movement in the Beer Pong event, going from +800 to +100.

The 2018 Gambling Olympics is a two-day, 12-person contest taking place in Las Vegas on July 9-10. The buy-in is $2,500; the winner gets $10,000, second place gets $6,000, third place gets $4,000, and the winner team takes home the remaining $10,000.

Before, during and after the Gambling Olympics, we will provide extensive coverage via participant profiles, event breakdowns and live in-person analysis. Be sure to follow all the action in the Gambling Olympics section of the site.

Line Movement at MyBookie

Last week, MyBookie provided odds for every event, both individual and team, as well as a few side bets. Since then, some numbers have been hammered by Gambling Olympics sharps. Yes, you heard that right. The sharps have spoken. Here’s what’s happened since opening.

Individual Title Odds Shakeup

Shield your eyes, Peter Jennings, because you are no longer the favorite. After opening at +600, “heavy action” on Brandon Adams, according to MyBookie, has forced them to move him to +400, overtaking Jennings at +450.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, quite literally nobody is betting on Pete Manzinelli. Poor guy. He’s moved from +900 to +1400.

Now Who Da Manz at Beer Pong?

The one event that’s had the craziest line movement is easily Beer Pong. Interestingly enough, action has been on a guy who’s had exactly zero people bet on him to win the individual title: Manzinelli.

Earlier in the week, an oddsmaker at MyBookie stated in a very Manz-like fashion, “After reading Manz’s profile on the ActionNetwork I realized how wrong I waz to dog him in the Beer Pong Event. Gamblerz agreed, forcing his oddz to move from +800 to +150 and leaving me hoping that Manz dipz in to the sauce before the event. Luckily, hiz gold dollar sign necklace givez me hope that thiz will happen.”

Manz has since moved even further, to +100.


Bettors Believe in Bales’ Connect 4 Skills

The Connect 4 individual odds were one of a handful that initially opened with everyone at +600. Despite this level playing field, folks believe that Jonathan “The Thinker” Bales is smarter than the rest and have bet on him accordingly.

According to MyBookie, Bales has twice as much money wagered on him as everyone else combined. Yowza! This has caused him to move to +500. Will he win? Will he like the nickname I just invented for him? Only time will tell.

Levitan Gaining Ground on Adams in Tennis

One of the highly anticipated side wagers is the tennis “match” between Adam Levitan and Brandon Adams. Though folks think Adams is the man to beat for the overall title, they don’t have too much faith in his ability to win 6-0, 6-0 vs. Levitan. With 75% of the action on Levitan thus far, MyBookie has moved him from +120 to +110, with Adams going from -160 to -150.

Team Odds Have Stayed Put

There has been no movement on any of the team-based odds as of yet. Team Jennings remains the favorite at +125, though Joe Holka thinks Team Bales (+160) is the upside play, and Ian Hartitz believes Team Levitan (+200) could win eight events.

Check back for more Gambling Olympics coverage leading up to the event!

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