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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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How a phony Floyd Mayweather $5.9 million bet rumor went viral … again

Floyd MayweatherEvery so often before a big sporting event, rumors leak out that Floyd Mayweather has wagered millions on the game.

The rumors start with unreliable sources who have zero proof. And both prominent rumors have started from the exact same source.

Last year, a known rumormongerer on Twitter named “Incarcerated Bob” said that Mayweather wagered $3 million on Michigan +14 against Alabama football for their Sept. 1 game. Alabama won 41-14, so if that were true, Mayweather would have lost $3 million the game.

Mayweather told Jim Rome in March that the most he has won betting on a game was around $1.1 or $1.2 million, and that the most he recalled losing was around $1 million. He specifically said he lost around $900,000 on the Seahawks-Packers Monday Night Football “Fail Mary” game.

People seem to conveniently forget all this information when those unfounded rumors pop up.

Another rumor came up on Monday via some Twitter handle I’d never heard of. The Twitter account is called “Vegas Gambling Steam,” and what do you know? The Twitter account is “IBN affiliated,” which means it’s affiliated with the same Incarcerated Bob character. The rumor later was written up by Incarcerated Bob on his own website. Nice formula — hype up a rumor on one of your Twitter accounts, write about it on your other, and watch the clicks file in.

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Kansas’ national championship odds went to 10:1 after Andrew Wiggins decision

Andrew WigginsHow big was Andrew Wiggins’ announcement that he plans to attend Kansas in the fall? Big enough to drastically lower the odds of the Jayhawks to win the national championship next season.

The Las Vegas Hilton had Kansas at 25:1 to win the national championship as of Monday, assistant sportsbook manager Jeff Sherman said. They lowered that figure to 15:1 prior to Wiggins’ announcement, and further dropped it to 10:1 after the announcement, per Sherman. One thing you’ll note is that the Hilton altered Kansas’ odds the night before the announcement. Either they knew Wiggins was going to Kansas, or they were just taking a precaution.

The Hilton now has Kansas with the second-lowest odds to win the title. Kentucky is the favorite at 4:1. Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, and defending champion Louisville are all 12:1. North Carolina, which Wiggins also considered, is 15:1.

Bovada also released its odds for the national championship, and they have Kansas at 11:2, which is slightly behind the 5:1 figure for Kentucky, and much stronger than the Hilton’s odds.

Not bad for a team that lost all its starters. This kid must be something special.

H/T The Linemakers
Photo: Instagram/Andrew Wiggins

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he lost $900k on Packers-Seahawks Hail Mary

Floyd Mayweather Jr. used to love posting pictures of his winning sports betting tickets on Twitter and Instagram, but the joke was that he never posted any losing tickets. He clearly wasn’t being real with his fans, because a) if he were really winning hundreds of thousands by the day, sports books would stop taking his bets and b) anyone who is betting halftime lines as frequently as Mayweather does is surely losing more than he’s winning.

When Mayweather finally posted a losing ticket on Twitter, it was only for the amount of $100,000, which was a fraction of the amount of money he led us to believe he was winning.

During an interview with Jim Rome, Mayweather was finally put on the spot about his sports betting, and he admitted he has lost some large sums on games.

Mayweather was the interview subject for “10 questions” on “Jim Rome on Showtime” which aired a new episode Wednesday night. He was asked about his biggest gambling win and loss.

The boxer estimated that his biggest winning ticket was for $1.1 or $1.2 million, though he did not specify the event. He also guessed that his biggest loss was $1 million. He then elaborated.

“I lost when Green Bay … Seattle Seahawks threw the pass at the end. I lost 900 grand,” said Mayweather.

Rome asked Mayweather how pissed he was at the outcome, which was generated by replacement officials. Mayweather shrugged and answered, “It comes with a territory.”

Mayweather made some other interesting revelations during the interview. He said if he hadn’t gone into boxing, he hopefully would have gone to college at Harvard and gotten a degree in business. When asked about the one thing he doesn’t mess with — a question inspired by Kobe Bryant saying he doesn’t mess with bees — Mayweather answered “married women.”

It was no surprise that Mayweather was the first interview subject for the second season of Rome’s Showtime show; Mayweather recently switched pay-per-view networks from HBO to Showtime, so it was a good opportunity for the network to promote two of its newest and biggest stars.