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The Floor is Open for Bets at the USA 7’s

I was passed some very interesting and enjoyable information today. It seriously put a big old grin on my face.

For all of the moaning and moral “high-roading” that has been done in recent years regarding tying gambling to rugby in America, it’s nice to see that the premier event in American Rugby, the USA 7’s, have succumbed to the Dark Side. Maybe I’ve become a little bit jaded, because I’ve recently been in close contact with the group, Grand Prix Sports & Entertainment, trying to launch a professional sevens competition linked to betting. Maybe I’m just a realist that sees the value in the idea.

Either way, over the last few years every American rugby news site has taken their turn hammering away at the insane thought of having gambling associated to rugby. Oh no! Not gambling… think of the kids! How dare anyone think of having a group tied to gambling associated with college rugby or youth rugby. Nevermind the fact that college sports thrive on gambling. If you’re skeptical, check out the betting lines in the morning newspaper or on all of the major sports websites.

After years of wondering what the fuss was all about, you can imagine my pleasure in seeing the USA 7’s, now conveniently located in Las Vegas, offering up lines for the tournament this weekend.

Yes, the same USA 7’s that are also running collegiate, high school, and even middle school brackets at their Las Vegas Invitational tournament.

To that I say… good for you USA 7’s! They are a business and smart business is smart business. It’s Las Vegas, it’s a great sport for betting, why not do it?

Bets are being taken through the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Sportsbook. For more information, click here.

By the way, the USA is coming in at 18 to 1, but I’m really digging Kenya at 12 to 1. They’re well overdue due to win a tournament and they always get big support in the USA.

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This entry was posted on February 9, 2010 by in Club Sevens, Editorials, International Rugby, IRB.

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