Stoked for the Oscars. My man at the Wynn, Johnny Avello, closes the sportsbook down for a few hours tonight, and has a BRILLIANT Oscar party. They got a little red carpet, they take pictures, and you fill out a sheet picking the winners of a bunch of categories. And they give away some SWEET prizes. If you’re in town, come by and say hello. As for the betting angle, Vegas does not take wagers on the Oscars, yet, so you would have to hook up somewhere else, wink, wink. Basically only one competitive category, Best Actor, and it’s a tight race between Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), the favorite at 4/5, and Denzel Washington (“Fences”) at 6/5. Back in 2002, we liked Denzel to win for “Training Day,” and he did, and like him in a small upset against Affleck the younger. Throwing down an imaginary half a Benjamin with my guy. Kinda morbid to bet on ‘In Memoriam,’ so we won’t, but if we did, it would be Debbie Reynolds at 4/1.
Now we’ll drive down to Florida and spread some cash around on the Daytona 500. Mentioned that my knowledge of NASCAR is akin to my knowledge of French, which is minimal, after taking it for like seven years in junior high and high school. So, I reached out to the Ecks & Bacon nation, and got tons of Emails. THX y’all. Gonna go with a few suggestions from Larry the LOVE MACHINE, and try my guy, Dale Jr. at 7/1, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano at 10-1, Chase Elliott at 15/1, and the long, long shot is Ryan Blaney at 50-1. Since this is the first outing for the LOVE MACHINE, just gonna drop a $10 spot on each driver.