Leonard Fournette a Favorite as Vegas Begins Heisman Betting

Leonard Fournette (Photo by David Grunfeld, Nola.com |The Times-Picayune)
Leonard Fournette (Photo by David Grunfeld, Nola.com |The Times-Picayune)

People love betting on the Heisman Trophy. Now, they can do it in Las Vegas.

After a decades-long ban, Nevada Gaming Control granted approval for the state’s regulated sportsbooks to offer wagering on the Heisman Trophy, arguably one of the most popular awards in sports and an extremely popular wagering option offshore.

Station Casinos’ sportsbook received approval from the NGC on Sept. 11. On Oct. 5, Station’s vice president of race and sports opened betting on the first odds to win the Heisman Trophy ever in Las Vegas.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette opened as an 8-5 favorite and did little to hurt his chances with a 158-yard performance, featuring an 87-yard touchdown run in the Tigers’ 45-24 win over South Carolina. Georgia running back Nick Chubb had been tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin as the second favorites at 7-1. Chubb however suffered a knee injury against Tennessee on Saturday and will be taken off the board.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (8-1) had attracted the most overall bets, Station’s sportsbook director Jason McCormick said, but Fournette had attracted the most money.

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David Purdum