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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)

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