West Virginia sports betting fans view a stacked wagering lineup this weekend.
And it starts early, with Thursday action playing a prominent role.
Besides the revitalized PGA Tour and NASCAR circuits for online sports bettors, the Mountain State has something most gamblers envy. It sports two live thoroughbred horse-racing meets.
A look at what to bet this weekend begins with Hollywood at Charles Town Races. The track runs Thu-Sat at 7 pm. and Mountaineer follows Sun-Tue at 7 p.m.
Horse racing, golf, and a rare NASCAR double-dip headline the weekend betting at WV sportsbooks.
Welcome back WV horse racing and fans
The Charles Town track allows fans beginning Thursday night.
Back to the races! Beginning Thursday, 6/25, we’ve reopened the 1st floor of our grandstand to spectators for live racing and simulcast. First race post time is at 7:00PM! Enter through the East Garage. All guests must be 21 or over. For more information: https://t.co/XndaqGhWDL pic.twitter.com/E8Izc0Uc7w
— Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races (@HollywoodCCTR) June 24, 2020
For the horse racing crowd:
- There will be one entrance
- Customers will be temperature checked
- Floor decals and signage will outline the social distancing guidelines
And all of it will be strictly enforced.
Much to love for horse betting fans
Leading jockeys, large fields, and the unpredictable nature of claiming-level horses come together.
This is an interesting weekend to assess leading jockey Arnaldo Bocachica. He is the cream of the riding crop and is listed on four mounts Friday and Saturday.
But he will have his hands full in some races.
Bocachica’s first mount on Thursday, Bullgrats, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. But he’s 1-for-18 lifetime. The horse has been in the money half the time but struggles to win. Barnstorm and Arya Peaceful loom as legitimate threats in the opening race.
If you’re a Bocachica fan, you get a good jockey on your horse. If you want to bet against him, you will receive reasonable odds because he’s often overbet.
Bocachica and J.D. Acosta, the third-leading jockey, provide an interesting angle. They are listed on separate horses in many of the same races on Thursday and Friday. Keep their horses in mind for exacta combinations.
The Thursday card has field sizes ranging between seven and 10 horses. On Friday, there are two races with 12 entries and one with 11. There should be nice trifecta and superfecta payouts in those events.
Combining claiming-level racing with large fields is the recipe for a nice score.
NASCAR back to back this weekend
There are two NASCAR Cup Series events this weekend.
The Pocono Organics occurs Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. And the Pocono 350 happens Sunday at 4 p.m. on FS 1.
This weekend two-pack follows one of the great finishes in NASCAR history.
Ryan Blaney won Monday’s Geico 500 by .007 seconds over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. It was Blaney’s first win of the season, second straight at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway and the fourth of his career.
Blaney returned +1200 at DraftKings Sportsbook to triumph and +350 for a Top 3 finish.
Blaney pulled into third for the Nascar Cup Series standings. They reveal that Top 10 drivers can be counted on to perform well, but notching consecutive victories are difficult.
This makes most drivers attractive as Top 3 and Top 10 finishers. There have been nine events since NASCAR returned with a flourish on May 17.
Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski own two wins apiece.
Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Blaney have one.
Current driver standings:
- Harvick, 490 points
- Joey Logano 467
- Blaney 465
- Elliott 458
- Keselowski 441
Four of the top five drivers are with Ford. Here are the manufacturers’ standings:
- Ford 484 points
- Toyota 452
- Chevrolet 443
At DraftKings, Kyle Busch and Harvick are Saturday’s co-favorites at +500.
Blaney is +1100. No driver has won back-to-back events since NASCAR returned.
Elliott, Truex, and Hamlin are between +700 and +750. Logano represents good value. The second-leading points getter is +1100.
Want to administer your own Ford mini-competition?
On Saturday, Harvick is +170, Keselowski +300, and Logano and Blaney are +450 to be the top Ford driver.
This is always a nice side play. It provides a small pool of contestants, reasonable odds, and the prospect of a race within a race.
Watch for Sunday’s odds as the race approaches. Betting is usually scant on one event until its preceding competition is finished.
PGA: Can Simpson Repeat?
- What: Travelers Championship
- When: June 25-28
- Where: TPC River Highlands — Cromwell, Connecticut
- Watch: The Golf Channel, 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Do hot streaks carry over? We’ll find out this week when RBC Heritage champion Webb Simpson heads to the Travelers in Connecticut.
Simpson triumphed at the RBC Heritage with birdies on five of the last seven holes.
According to DraftKings, Simpson is:
- +1800 to score a repeat victory
- +400 to finish in the Top 5
- +188 to land in the Top 10
The favorite is Justin Thomas at +1100. Rory McIlroy is right behind at +1200.
Other notables include Bryson DeChambeau at +1400 and Jon Rahm at +1800. For the first time in three tournaments, McIlroy is not the favorite at DraftKings.
FanDuel Sportsbook has an imaginative collection of win odds and props.
McIlroy is the favorite here +1200. DeChambeau and Thomas are +1300 and Simpson is +2200.
First-round leader? A total crapshoot, but some big names include:
- DeChambeau at +2600
- McIlroy at +2900
- Thomas at +3100
Interesting PGA betting options
Here’s a fun, interesting prop.
FanDuel isolated the 10th hole with a long list of participants. Par for most of them is in the vicinity of -300. Birdies or bogeys are in the +500 range.
Now you can handicap something beyond the golfer. You can evaluate the hole.
The 10th hole considered the second hardest at the TPC River Highlands course. This is a narrow par 4 that requires a long, straight tee shot that avoids the large oak tree on the left side of the fairway.
From there, a downhill approach shot leads to a long, narrow green that slopes from front to back. The stroke average is a little above 4, suggesting some good players will struggle.
Stash this in your back pocket.
A golfer who has stayed under the radar, in terms of odds, is Tyrrell Hatton. He doesn’t play every week and it’s possible he’ll be overlooked on the board when he returns next week.
Hatton won the last tournament prior to the COVID-19 shutdown. He skipped the first one back and finished fourth last week in the Heritage.
He is scheduled to skip this week too and return for the Rocket Mortgage Classic next week. Hatton will probably be a good price when he does.