Vegas handicappers, celeb picks for Super Bowl 50

Newton’s athletic ability will ultimately pull out the win by the slimmest of margins.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 23, Broncos 20

Mark Dufty, Jerry’s Nugget race and sports book director

“I think the Broncos can keep it close defensively and am counting on Manning to manage the game intelligently and avoid mistakes. The line has gone too far now, so I’m going to bet on the Broncos, and hopefully I’ll get plus-6.5. Long-shot Jerricho Cotchery named the MVP.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos, 24, Panthers 21

Vince Neil, Motley Crue lead singer and former owner of Las Vegas Outlaws (Arena Football League)

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 23

Luke Rockhold, UFC middleweight champion

“Although Peyton Manning’s overall ability may only be 70 percent of what it once was, the experience factor is still at 100 percent. Manning will keep the Broncos in the game with his brain and not necessarily his arm.

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 23, Panthers 20

“The Panthers pack more big-play firepower, but the Broncos’ top-ranked defense can do enough to contain Newton. Then I’ll watch the game with enough drinks until I’m seeing 44 players on the field and hope for the score to fall in the middle.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 20, Broncos 16

Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal sports betting writer

“Will Carolina complete an almost perfect season or will Denver give Manning a fairy-tale finish? The eyeball test says Carolina, as there’s nothing about the Panthers not to like. I think the Panthers take the lead late and hang on, not to mention that Panthers by one to four [points] and under looks like it will be the best case for us out here in Vegas.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 27, Panthers 17

Tony Miller, Golden Nugget race and sports book director

“[This is] the best defense Carolina has played all year, the most pressure they’ve faced all year, and Carolina is away from home, where they crush everyone.”

“[I’m] guessing that the second half will be wide open and that a late field goal will win it for the Broncos. They’ve been killing teams and taking over games, and I expect nothing less in this next matchup.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Denver 23, Carolina 20

Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill U.S. 1 defense and the all-around know-how from Peyton lead to a surprise finish in a historic Super Bowl.”

“Newton is on a roll, and even though Denver has a great defense, they won’t stop his momentum.”

“I see this game closing at Carolina minus-4.5, so there is value with taking the six points that are currently out there for Denver. ONJ is betting them to win, so I follow her lead. In the end, this season’s MVP, Cam Newton, will do just enough for the Panthers to win the Lombardi Trophy.”

Spread: Opened Carolina -4; now Carolina -5.5

Total: Opened at 45 points; now 45.5

“I think Denver’s defense can go down as one of the top 10 in NFL history, and Phillips will have his best game plan for Cam and the red-hot Panthers.”

Against the spread (ATS) pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 20

Chris Berman, ESPN analyst

ATS pick: Broncos

Score: Panthers 23, Broncos 21

Jason Simbal, CG Technology VP of race and sports

. They have everything: the top offense in the league, and the defense is awesome. The Broncos’ defense forces the Panthers into two critical turnovers, as they are not comfortable playing from behind.”

All lines courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, unless otherwise noted. I like Carolina to win, but on a neutral field, this line looks a little high.”

“This will be a relatively defensive game in my opinion. But my gut tells me that the No. Olivia picked out her ensembles, and Cartier added its trademark panther bracelet to top off “the look.” The next night, the Carolina Panthers won, and ONJ now says it’s an omen for them to go all the way. There are a lot fewer scenarios in which the Broncos win. Great offenses and defenses should make for another great game.”

“Denver’s defense humbles Cam, but the Panthers’ defensive line dominates the trenches, allowing Luke Kuechly to roam the field as he tackles his way to the MVP.”

Public Consensus pick: 72 percent picked Carolina

John Avello, Wynn Las Vegas executive director of race and sports 

Below, Chalk gathers responses from professional handicappers, celebrities, Vegas bookmakers and more on how they see the game playing out.

“Superman will come and he will shine. Denver’s defense should be able to keep it close, but I think Cam will do something special to get the win.”

“The Broncos will get off to a good start and put some doubt into the Panthers. Logo represents team picked to cover the spread. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware will alter the explosive offense of the Panthers.”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 20

Robin Leach, host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” current blogger at

“I’ve already bet Carolina minus-4, but I’m a mercenary when it comes to betting. director of trading

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 21, Broncos 20

Tony Nevill, Treasure Island race and sports book director

ATS pick: Carolina

Score: Panthers 35, Broncos 17

Marc Nelson, Aliante Casino race and sports book director

“My friend Olivia Newton-John was invited by Cartier to pick out jewelry to wear when she was named Woman of the Year two weeks ago. I’m trusting Nationwide will be on his side.”

Score: Panthers 28, Broncos 23

Jay Kornegay, Westgate Las Vegas VP of race and sports operations

ATS pick: Carolina

Score: Panthers 27, Broncos 21

Ed Malinowski, Stratosphere

“Giving Wade Phillips two weeks to prepare for Newton is the key. I just think that the Panthers are too much right now. (aka Rounding Again), 2015 SuperContest champion at Westgate Las Vegas

“The Broncos’ defense can slow the game down and they’ll be running the ball, so I can see a low-scoring game, but I think the Panthers come back and win it in the end.”

ATS pick: Panthers roll — no score given

Jay Rood, MGM Resorts International VP of race and sports

“Broncos lead a very low-scoring affair into the fourth quarter 13-6, when Carolina puts up 10 unanswered points to win on the last drive with no time on the clock, 16-13.

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 16, Broncos 13

James S. Six just sounds reasonable!”

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 20, Broncos 16

Bob Scucci, Boyd Gaming director of race and sports book operations

Oscar Goodman, former Las Vegas mayor, mob lawyer and Bombay Sapphire Gin spokesman

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 24, Broncos 20

Art Manteris, Station Casinos VP of race and sports book operations

ATS pick: Denver

Score: Panthers 24, Broncos 20

The Super Bowl is the biggest American betting event of the year, and everyone has an opinion on which team will win — and cover — the game.

“Denver puts up a much better fight than what bettors think, as Peyton will keep the Broncos in the game

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Golf Handicap & Course Management by Kevin Phillips

Now if you stood on that tee and said to yourself it’s a par 5 how would you feel then? I am sure you would be more relaxed and think that’s not hard I can do that, and that is exactly how you should approach every hole you play.

This great game of golf is hard enough without putting undue pressure on yourself. In Jim’s case there is only one hole on the golf course that he is expected to par and that is stroke index 18 the easiest hole on the course. Just to put you in the picture The 13th Hole at our golf course is a 368yd par 4 with a stroke index of 2. Look at each hole on your golf course in a different light. BIRDIE …. . So every time you stand on that tee and think about making 4 you are making it harder for yourself. I hope you get my drift here because it’s an important part of managing your game.

I know it goes against the grain but it will make each hole seem easier and allow you to play with more confidence and relax. It is for me I said but what’s your par? He looked at me with a vacant stare so I proceeded to put him out of his misery.

What you should do is make out a personal scorecard relative to your handicap. This is where good course management and thinking comes in to play.

I knew Jim to have a mid to high handicap so I asked him exactly what it was he was playing off these days, I play off a 17 handicap he said. It’s a Sunday morning in the Pro Shop at my Golf Club and I am handing out scorecards for the weekly golf competition, when in walks Jim, a club member bemoaning his luck on the golf course. A par 4 on the course where you have a stroke means 3 shots to reach the green and 2 putts. So I asked Jim what do you think your par is for that hole? It’s a par 4 Kevin you know it is, he replied. Now you have your new way of thinking with regard to par you will be surprised at how much easier it is to play each individual golf hole. Manage your own game better by thinking correctly and your course management will improve along with your enjoyment of the game. Think this way and you will be pleasantly surprised how many times you make an actual par, which in your case means … If your golf course has a par of 70 and your handicap is 15 then your par for the course is 85. I asked him what’s wrong and he replied that they should dig up the 13th hole. Draw up your own personal scorecard.. I can never make a par there he says, it always messes up my scorecard along with a few other holes I could mention.

Your par for that hole is 5 not 4, with your handicap you can take a 5 and still not lose anything in relation to your handicap. How much easier is that on the mind? With a nod of thanks and a gleam in his eye Jim wandered off to the bar to join his friends and have a well-earned drink.

And therein lies the problem most mid to high handicap golfers have, they are not playing their own game they are trying to play scratch golf. NOW !!

I finished off by saying to Jim think about your approach to the golf course now! Standing on par 3’s that now become par 4’s .. Instead of getting out the driver on these tough longer holes and then messing up because you feel you must try to get a par, take clubs you are more confident with