John Reger

John Reger

Sports Betting  |  LAS VEGAS

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Journeyman journalist John Reger is in the Vegas sportsbooks chasing down the latest shift in the world of sports betting and all things odds-related. He previously worked as a sports writer for the Orange County Register in California and is the author of Wit and Wisdom of Golf (2001) and Quotable Wooden (2012), among other books.

Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani is watching his odds for both the Cy Young award and MVP drop early in the season. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Jumps to Top of AL MVP Odds

With each game it seems like Los Angeles Angel Shohei Ohtani gets better, and sportsbooks are taking notice. The Japanese free agent has seen his odds to win the American League MVP plummet since the beginning of the season. BetDSI had the two-way player at +10000 before the season began […]

Drew Doughty prepares to deliver a check to William Carrier that was ruled an illegal hit to the head. (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Kings Task to Even Series Tougher With Drew Doughty Suspended

If the Los Angeles Kings are going to even the best-of-seven NHL Playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights, they will be doing it without Drew Doughty. The team’s star defenseman was suspended Thursday by the NHL for a hit to the head of William Carrier in the teams 1-0 […]

Pittsburgh is trying to win the Stanley Cup for the third consecutive year. (Image: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Five Questions Needing Answers for First Round of NHL Playoffs

The NHL Playoffs begin on Wednesday and all eight games expect to have some level of intrigue. Some of the storylines include the Pittsburgh Penguins trying to win their third consecutive Stanley Cup and the Vegas Golden Knights trying to keep its magical season alive. The favorite to win the […]

Dustin Johnson has not played in the RBC Heritage since 2009, but is the 8/1 favorite to win. (Image: Getty)

Dustin Johnson Should Take Advantage of Weak RBC Heritage Field

Call it the Masters hangover, as several top players have decided to take the week off and not play in the RBC Heritage tournament. Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-ranked golfer, is the only player in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings that is entered. After Johnson the […]

Jordan Spieth, left, and Rory McIlroy are two of three favorites to win the US Open at Shinnecock Hills in June. (Image: Getty)

Johnson, McIlroy, Spieth Favored to Win US Open

With one major championship completed it is time to speculate who will win the next, and three golfers are the top picks to win the US Open. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are 9/1 favorites to win the nation’s championship in June at Shinnecock Hills in June, according […]

Conor McGregor is led out of jail in handcuffs after his arrest last week in New York City. (Image: Reuters)

Oddsmakers Place Conor McGregor Prop Bets After Tirade

The aftermath of Conor McGregor’s tirade in New York City last week has left the UFC fighter’s future in doubt, but internet sportsbooks are speculating what is next. BetDSI and Bodog are two sites that have put prop bets concerning the consequences of the Irish fighter’s conduct. The 29 year […]

Vegas Golden Knights Forward Ryan Reaves and the rest of the team is expecting a physical battle against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

NHL Playoffs Set, Nashville Stanley Cup Favorites

They have been the favorite of oddsmakers late in the season, and now that the NHL Playoffs are set to begin on Wednesday, the Nashville Predators are maintaining that status. Bovada has the Western Conference winner at 7/2. has them listed as the 9/2 favorite. Tampa Bay, which begin […]

Patrick Reed began as a 60/1 longshot to win the Masters Tournament at Augusta National. (Image: Getty)

Patrick Reed Makes Oddsmakers Happy with Masters Tournament Win

Some in the golf world have found Patrick Reed a polarizing figure, but those that operate sportsbooks are quite happy with the Masters Tournament winner. Several of the facilities reported that they made a profit on golf’s first major championship. Reed was not the first choice with fans at Augusta […]

Under that splash of water is Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani, being doused in celebration after hitting his first home run. (Image: AP)

Winners and Losers in Wild Opening Week for 2018 Baseball Season

Seven games into a 162-game season and already players and teams are distinguishing themselves. Major League Baseball’s opening week gave fans a glimmer of what’s ahead, as some players showed they were ready to live up to the hype, while others are already facing harsh criticism from fans wondering whether […]

Giancarlo Stanton walks back to the dugout after one of his five strikeouts on Tuesday. (Image: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post)

Giancarlo Stanton Swings and Misses in NY Yankees Home Debut

New York Yankee fans gave a loud Bronx cheer to Giancarlo Stanton in his home debut after the slugger struck out five times on Tuesday. He had more whiffs in that one game than he had in his previous four. It was an indication there will be no honeymoon period […]

Rickie Fowler is a 22/1 longshot at the Masters this week, but could be one of those that jumps ahead of the favorites and wins the major championship. (Image: Getty)

Could a Longshot Be Your Best Bet for Winning the Masters?

With the glut of favorites clogging the top of the betting board for the 2018 Masters Tournament, which starts Thursday, it might be smart for bettors to set their sites on a longshot to win at Augusta National. These golfers further down the list at sportsbooks feature attractive odds of […]

Duke lost three of its five starters from the 2018 team, but is a favorite to win the 2019 NCAA basketball championship. (Image: AP)

Duke Early Favorite to Win 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

Duke is the favorite to win the NCAA Men’s basketball championship in 2019, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, even though the Blue Devils will be losing several starters. They’re listed at 5/1 to triumph in next year’s March Madness. Defending champs Villanova opened as 8/1 picks, the same […]

The eyes and ears of bettors are on Tiger Woods to see if he roars. But he's not the only player in a red shirt to have people thinking green.

Tiger Woods King of Masters Prop Bets, But Other Fun Options Could Pay

It’s hardly a shock that the majority of Masters prop bets would involve Tiger Woods, but there are still plenty of others to choose from that could prove more lucrative. While the speculation on how Woods will fare, other favorites at the Augusta National have been lumped into an interesting […]

Villanova’s Dominic DiVincenzo is mobbed by teammates after the team won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Villanova Dominates Michigan in NCAA Tournament Finals, 79-62

It isn’t that Villanova won its second NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in three years, it’s how overpowering they were in doing so. Monday’s 79-62 victory over Michigan was just the coronation after ruling over all of their competition throughout March Madness. The Wildcats won all six of their games by […]

Tiger Woods has won the Masters four times and is one of the favorites to win this week. (Image: Getty)

Tiger Woods Says He’s Ready for Masters, Some Sportsbooks Agree

Tiger Woods could hardly contain his excitement on his website about returning to the Masters for the first time since 2015. Even though the four-time winner hasn’t played at Augusta in three years, many sportsbooks have him as the favorite, and the 42-year-old golfer returning to the game after his fourth […]

LiAngelo Ball has declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, but many believe he will not be selected. (Image: Getty)

Oddsmakers Don’t Expect LiAngelo Ball to Get Picked in NBA Draft

LiAngelo Ball wants to play in the NBA, but not everyone’s sure he’ll be drafted. That didn’t stop the 19-year-old from declaring his intentions to make himself eligible for the June 21 draft. Ball’s agent Harrison Gaines told ESPN on Tuesday that his client was entering the draft and would […]