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Sportbooks Score Big with Masters Tournament

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LAS VEGAS - When Bubba Watson tapped in his putt to win a playoff and the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament, it ended a terrific weekend of golf and a fantastic weekend at the books.

"This was the biggest golf tournament, wagering wise, in the history of golf betting," said LVH Race and Sportsbook Vice President Jay Kornegay.

A lot of the interest had to do with Tiger Woods, who entered the tournament with a lot of hype after ending his winless drought at Bay Hill.

"It all surrounded Tiger," Kornegay said. "With all the bets that came in on Tiger, this definitely made it the biggest wagering tournament in history."

LVH, the standard bearer when it comes to golf action, more than doubled its handle from a year ago, even though Watson was a pretty popular choice prior to the tournament at 40 to 1 odds.

"Bubba wasn't our best result, but it was okay. It was okay. I think we would have done a lot better if Louis (Oosthuizen) would've won. I'm not gonna' even try to pronounce his second name," Kornegay joked.

If you thought the twists and turns in the final 18 holes were exciting, imagine watching the odds makers in the back room at LVH - where they had in-game wagering.

"Odds are changing literally, every five to seven seconds, ‘cause that's how often a contender is making a shot," Kornegay said.

The books got their shot last weekend, and it was a hole-in-one.  

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