Matt Jacob

Matt Jacob


The local freelance writer has penned Vegas Seven's “Going for Broke” column since the publication debuted. Jacob has been a professional handicapper for five years, and prior to that he worked as an editor at Las Vegas Life and a sportswriter and sports copy editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Going for Broke

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State

Oddsmakers Post a Perplexing Point Spread for One of This Week’s Marquee Games. Is it a Trap?

Newsflash for you kids out there: Once you hurdle—make that gingerly step over—the 40-year-old barrier, you start piling up losses at a rate double that of the Oakland Raiders. Among other things, you lose your patience, your memory, your energy, your hair, your metabolism, your memory and your ability to sleep through the night without waking up to use the bathroom. Read More

Going for Broke

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

How the Mighty Have Fallen

I could take this occasion to thump my chest after producing yet another winning week, this one a 6-1 effort. I could also choose to risk separating my shoulder by excessively patting myself on the back after ending September at 18-10 (that’s more than 64 percent winners, kids!). Read More

Going for Broke

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Snap Judgments from Week 1

If there were Ten Commandments for NFL wagering, coming in at No. 2—right behind Thou Shalt Not Bet on Roger Goodell Speaking the Truth—would be Thou Shalt Not Jump to Conclusions Following Week 1. Then again, I’ve never been the religious type. So … let’s cannonball to seven conclusions following Week 1. Read More