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Guy bets $1,600 on Rory McIlroy to win Masters after seeing McIlroy’s face in his pastry

rory-mcilroyRory McIlroy is a popular pick to win the 2014 Masters, which is not a surprise considering he is one of the best golfers in the world. But at least one guy didn’t need the World Golf Rankings or past tournament results to tell him to bet on McIlroy. He saw it in his breakfast.

According to the Irish Daily Mirror, a college lecturer and golf fanatic named Rob Price wagered $1,600 (€1,200) on McIlroy to win the Masters after a Danish pastry he ordered looked like the 24-year-old golfer. It sounds insane, but I can actually see what Price is talking about.

Price said he was going to put about $150 on McIlroy to win anyway but he had to bet big when Rory’s face was staring back at him.

“It’s got to be a sign – Rory’s face on a piece of food from his girlfriend’s home country,” Price said. “My mates have had a giggle and think I’m mad, but if I pocket €14,400, I’ll be the one laughing.”

For those of you keeping track in US dollars, €14,400 is roughly $20,000. Don’t forget, McIlroy’s fiancee Caroline Wozniacki is from Denmark (that means she’s Danish). That’s another sign Price took into consideration. While Price’s bet certainly qualifies for our growing list of crazy sports bets, we’re rooting for him.

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Nevada casinos made record $19.7 million profit on Super Bowl

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Peyton Manning making it to the Super Bowl and losing was the best thing that could have happened to Las Vegas. Manning has a cult following across America, which let to millions of dollars being placed on the Denver Broncos as 2.5-point favorites. They didn’t quite manage to cover the spread, and the end result was record Super Bowl profits for the state of Nevada.

As the Associated Press reported on Monday, gamblers wagered a record $119.4 million on Super Bowl XLVIII. The public lost in a big way as the majority of bettors backed Denver, leading to $19.7 million in profits for Nevada sportsbooks. The previous record for Super Bowl profits was set in 2005, when casinos made $15.4 million.

Had it not been for a few unlikely plays, the house would have made even more money. Anyone who bet on a safety got 8:1 odds, and those who bet on a safety being the first play of the game got somewhere in the neighborhood of 60:1. We already showed you one gambler who won $25K on the Broncos giving up a safety to start the game. The two-point conversion Denver converted late in the game also paid out 5:1.

“The safety is no longer in my vocabulary,” Wynn sportsbook manager Johnny Avello joked.

Casinos also made out on the over/under, where the total was set at 47.5. Most bettors — likely taking the potential for nasty weather and a ferocious Seahawks defense into consideration — took the under. The total ended up being 51.

As any logical person could tell you, the house always wins. Nevada sportsbooks have only come out on the losing end of the Super Bowl twice in the past 20 years, the last coming when they lost a record $2.6 million after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in 2008. Their profits from this year alone more than covered that hit.

Bettor won $25K on Super Bowl safety after winning $50K on same play in 2012

Jona-Rechnitz-Super-Bowl-betOn Sunday night, we shared a story with you about a lucky gambler named William Hill who won $1,275 by placing a $25 bet that the first offensive play of the Super Bowl would be a safety. Sorry Mr. Hill, but you have nothing on New York’s own Jona Rechnitz.

According to TMZ, Rechnitz placed a $500 wager at 50:1 odds that the first play of the game would be a safety. He ended up winning $25,ooo that he is planning to donate to two separate charities.

Does Recnhitz’s name and story sound familiar? If so, it’s probably because he made a similar bet in 2012 when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. When Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in his own end zone and the Giants were awarded a safety, Rechnitz turned $1,000 into $50,000. Rechnitz, a Giants fan, also donated that money to charity and said he was going to give $5,000 of it to the charity of Brady’s choice.

TMZ describes Rechnitz as a “successful NYC real estate mogul,” so it’s possible he makes a ton of prop bets and loses a lot of money. Even if that is the case, he deserves credit for donating the cash to a good cause. Keep doing your thing, Jona.

Floyd Mayweather Jr: I did not bet $10 million on Broncos in Super Bowl

Floyd MayweatherA rumor began floating around the internet last week that Floyd Mayweather Jr placed a $10 million bet on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl. If the rumor was true, Mayweather would have lost a ton of money on Sunday night. However, the undefeated champion insists that was not the case.

“Congratulations Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl!” Mayweather wrote on Instagram Sunday night. “For the record, I did not bet $10 million on the Broncos. As a matter of fact, I didn’t bet at all. I can’t control what rumors that are put out there. Good or bad publicity keeps me relevant. The only thing I would bet $10 million on is myself. From the looks of my record, I’m a guaranteed win!”

Mayweather also wrote on Twitter that he would have bet on the Seahawks if he did place a wager.

Had the Broncos won the game, I guarantee Mayweather would not have taken the time to squash the rumor. We have seen Floyd win plenty of money and lose plenty of money on games in the past, but there have also been several phony rumors about bets he never made. He usually bets a few hundred thousand at a time, not several million.

As a side note, I find it difficult to believe that Mayweather didn’t bet on the game at all. That doesn’t sound like him. What bet did you really lose, Floyd? Over? Under? First half line? Let’s see the real ticket.

Bettor wins $1,275 on first score of Super Bowl XLVIII being safety

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Mark Cuban did not win $20 million betting that the first score of the Super Bowl would be a safety like he initially claimed, but one lucky bettor picked up a cool $1,275 on the outcome.

William Hill tweeted the betting slip for someone who struck gold on the 50:1 bet, placing a $25 wager to net $1,275 and profit $1,250. The person appears to have placed the bet at Four Queens, which is an establishment in Downtown Las Vegas.

Now how’s this for some craziness? RJ Bell at Pregame.com says this is the fourth time in the last six Super Bowls that there was a safety. The previous 42 Super Bowls only had five.

So what does this teach us? Why not sprinkle your money around on everything when it comes to Super Bowl prop bets! You’re sure to hit on at least one! (and lose a ton of money in the process)

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Pro Bowl ended with a bad beat for gamblers

Antonio-Cromartie-Pro-BowlThe only way that anyone could possibly have a rooting interest in the Pro Bowl is if you gambled on the game. Otherwise, it is known for being one of the most meaningless and boring sporting events of the calendar year. For those who did place a wager on Sunday night’s game, the ending was incredibly nerve-wracking.

Team Rice entered the game as a 1.5-point favorite over Team Sanders. The final score of the game was 22-21 in favor of Rice’s team, but should they have actually won by more?

With just seconds remaining, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker attempted a 67-yard field goal that would have given Team Sanders the win. The kick came up short and Team Rice’s Antonio Cromartie fielded it in the end zone. Players and coaches began flooding the field after Tucker missed the kick, but Cromartie decided to weave through the crowd and return the kick the other way.

Technically, the ball was still live. Terrell Suggs chased after Cromartie but was unable to catch him before he reached the end zone. Cromartie’s field goal return should have given Team Rice another six points and been enough to cover the spread, but the score did not count for whatever reason.

As Shutdown Corner noted, 60 percent of the Pro Bowl gambling money was placed on Team Rice. Team Sanders wound up covering the spread after Cromartie’s touchdown was not acknowledged. A gambling controversy surrounding the Pro Bowl? Now we have seen it all.

Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles betting line moved 9 points in one day

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Can you remember the last time you saw a betting line for an NFL game change by nine points in one day? I don’t, but that’s what happened with the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles line on Monday.

The Cowboys opened on Sunday night as -2.5 point favorites at home against Philly. It’s a huge game between the teams as the winner takes the NFC East, and the initial line had the Cowboys favored at home.

By the time most other sportsbooks set their lines for the game on Monday around noon, the Eagles were favored by 2.5 or 3 points (full line movement here). Hours after the news that Tony Romo would be out the rest of the season with a herniated disc broke, the betting line was readjusted with the Eagles listed as 7-point favorites.

To recap:

- Cowboys favored by 2.5 points Sunday night
- Eagles favored by 2.5-3 points Monday afternoon
- Eagles changed to 7 point favorites Monday evening after Romo news

That’s some major line movement, and it leaves some questions. Here’s my biggest question: did the line move from Dallas by 2.5 to Philly by 2.5 (a 5-point swing is huge) because the wiseguys thought Philly was the better team, or because they knew about Romo’s status? How deep in the know are they? I wouldn’t doubt it if they had the news before the rest of us.

All I know is that if you got the Eagles +2.5, you’re looking pretty good right now. We’ll see how the $10-million backup Kyle Orton does in place of Romo.

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