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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)

Image via Twitter/WilliamHillUS

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.

Tip via Geno

Arsenal fan reportedly lost his house in wager, could have won his friend’s wife

ArsenalIn case you need to be reminded, soccer fans do some pretty insane things. Soccer fans who have gambling problems are even more dangerous. Just ask Arsenal fan Henry Dhabasani, who supposedly made a life-altering bet with a friend before the Arsenal-Manchester United game last weekend.

Dhabasani, who is from Uganda, reportedly has three wives and five children. According to The Mirror, he made a bet with his friend Rashid Yiga that Arsenal would beat Manchester United. Man. U won the game 1-0, which reportedly resulted in Dhabasani having to give Yiga his house. Yes, his house. The wager was said to have been put in writing and witnessed by community leaders in the town where the men live.

The Mirror added, via The Ugandan Observer, that a group of Manchester United fans stormed Dhabasani’s house after the game and forced his wives and children to leave. Had Dhabasani won the bet, he would have been entitled to Yiga’s car — a Toyota — and his wife.

Is this story true? All we can do is pray that it is not. We were under the impression that turning $100 into more than $25,000 with a 23-team parlay was an insane sports bet. This alleged wager puts that to shame.

Bettor wins $54,000 on 18-team parlay

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Anyone who places an 18-team parlay with a sportsbook must really like their sportsbook. You’re going to lose that bet almost every time. You might as well take your money and hand it to your bookie or rip it up and throw it away. Unless, of course, you’re one of the luckiest people alive.

As you can see from the screen shot above that @BenHanten shared with us on Twitter, a gambler capped off a successful 18-team parlay on Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys. He wagered on mostly moneylines starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves and hit every, single, one, of, them.

The only thing we can think of more impressive than this might be that woman who won $100K by risking only $5 on a 15-team parlay last year that included point spreads.

H/T RJ Bell

Brent Musburger shouts out gamblers after Ohio State covers spread on miracle touchdown

Ohio State covered the spread against Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston on a miracle touchdown on the last play of the game, making for one of the most memorable bad beats in sports betting history. And of course the most point spread savvy broadcaster in the business (save for Al Michaels), Brent Musburger, was there to call it all. Naturally, Musburger gave a shoutout to all the gamblers who won or lost on the fluke play.

Let’s set the scene for what took place.

Northwestern was down 34-30 and had the ball at their 8-yard line for a 3rd and 18 with five seconds left. They essentially had one last play to try scoring a touchdown to give them the win. They decided to run a hook and lateral play, but it was busted up by the Buckeyes and the ball ended up loose after a few attempted laterals. The Buckeyes dove for the ball in the end zone and recovered with no time left on the clock to give them a touchdown and a 40-30 victory.

Ohio State was favored by anywhere from 6-7 points at most books, so the last-second defensive touchdown gave them the cover.

“And you know what? There are some folks who are celebrating and others who are saying ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’” Musburger said immediately.

“There are some numbers crunchers … oh ho ho,” Musburger said with a laugh.

“Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness,” he said in disbelief.

Kirk Herbstreit knew what Musburger was talking about, but he avoided the subject. Brent was all over it.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, 80 percent of bets were on Ohio State for the game, so that touchdown turned a ton of losers into winners. If you’re an LBS fan, hopefully you were on the winning side.

And if you liked that video, you’ll love this one from Al Michaels two years ago.

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Floyd Mayweather wins $200K betting on Johnny Manziel

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won $200,000 betting the first half line in the Texas A&M-SMU game on Saturday, and he shared the news with a fantastic tweet.

Mayweather posted his betting slip and noted that he was able to make money off Johnny Manziel’s brilliance, even though the Aggies QB cannot cash in on himself because of NCAA rules:

Floyd Mayweather moneyManziel went 14-of-21 for 244 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 102 yards and a TD. A&M led 32-6 at halftime, easily covering the 17.5 point line.

A&M made hundreds of millions last year in fundraising thanks mostly to Manziel reviving the program, and you have people like Mayweather cashing big sports betting tickets thanks to the Heisman Trophy winner’s brilliance. Yet the kid gets investigated for making a few grand by signing autographs. Something ain’t right there.

Oh, and Mayweather shared a winning betting slip on Twitter? So what else is new. Wake me when he shares photos of the hundreds of thousands he also LOSES. Nobody wins all their bets. Well, nobody except Doc Brown.

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