Charles Barkley lost money betting on Packers-Seahawks game and is angry

Charles Barkley is well known for his gambling habit, so it’s no surprise to learn that he lost money betting on the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday night. He also has little tolerance for nonsense, so it’s no surprise to hear that he was ticked about losing money on a bogus call.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this mad in my entire life. I got robbed [Monday] night,” Barkley said during an appearance on “The Mike Missanelli Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Tuesday.

“I’m just angry. I love to gamble, I can live with winning and losing, but I don’t ever want to get jobbed like I did [Monday] night. I’m going to give you a quick synopsis. Everybody is going crazy over the catch, but I got screwed on the roughing the passer, I got screwed on the pass interference, I got screwed on the interception and I found out today that they actually have a real official in the replay booth who could’ve overruled that? I got screwed four times and that makes it even worse.”

Barkley also blasted the league for not caring about the fans.

“You think the guys that play with the replacement officials are concerned about the fans or the integrity of the game? These guys are all about the cash bro,” he said. “These guys don’t care about the fans! They used replacement players! This notion that these owners are worried about the integrity of the game, I’m like, wait a minute, a few years ago they used replacement players. You think they’re worried about replacement referees? You think you’re going to get an Aaron Rodgers off the street? Or Tom Brady off the street? They got players off the street to play football and the players came across the picket line.”

Barkley wouldn’t say how much money he lost on the game, but he did confirm it was “five figures.” What I wouldn’t give to be next to him as he saw his money go up in flames. There are few things in life more entertaining than a gambler melting down after losing money, and there are few people more entertaining than Charles Barkley. It would be the perfect storm.

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Blown call costs gamblers $150 million-plus, Sportsbook.com refunds Packers bets (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Deadspin pointed out that the website Sportsbook actually runs two separate sites — one that services the United States and another that services the rest of the world. Conveniently enough, bets are only being refunded through the site that Americans do not use.

Losing a wager because of a Hail Mary is a tough enough pill to swallow without the replacement officials making it even harder. The Packers were 3.5-point favorites at most major sports books and on most gambling websites Monday night. Green Bay had the spread covered until Golden Tate’s phantom reception won the game for Seattle, and ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that the blown call shifted at least $150 million in wagers worldwide. After refunding all lost Packers bets, the gambling website Sportsbook.com can no longer be included in that figure.

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Floyd Mayweather finally posts a losing sports bet ticket (Picture)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has become known for sharing tales of his sports betting exploits as much as he is known for flossing his wealth via social media. But for all the winning tickets he’s shared via Twitter and Instagram, there was always one thing missing: his losing tickets.

Nobody who bets as frequently as Floyd seems to, and on as many random sporting events as he does, wins as often he leads us to believe he does, which is all the time. Nobody wins all the time. If Floyd won all his bets, he’d have no need to continue fighting, but he does. He’s not Biff Tannen here.

So after Floyd denied the “rumor” that he lost millions on Michigan’s season-opening defeat to Alabama, people became outraged and demanded he admit he loses bets. Floyd must have read Hot Clicks who said he was banned for never admitting he loses, because he finally posted a losing bet ticket on Sunday.

Mayweather shared that he lost $100,000 betting on the Lions in the first half of Sunday’s 27-23 win over the Rams. Of course he also shared two tickets showing that he won $350,000, so he still looks like an expert.

I could be wrong, but I’ll go out on a limb and guess that there’s a stack of losing tickets from Sunday that he’s not sharing. But thanks for finally sharing a losing bet Floyd. This isn’t boxing where an undefeated record is easier to maintain.

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Bettor reportedly won $105,000 on $3,000 Texas State over Houston wager

The opening week of college football is typically filled with upsets, mainly because not even bookmakers know what to expect from certain teams who have lost players and are bringing in new recruits. One of the bigger upsets of the weekend came when little-known Texas State threw a 31-10 beating on Houston. The Cougars went 13-1 last season and easily defeated Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl, so very few expected Texas State to come out on top. As always, there was at least one fortune teller who predicted the outcome.

According to VegasInsider.com, William Hill was one of the few sports books to offer a money line on the Houston-Texas State game and gave Texas State 35-to-1 odds. One brave bettor decided to throw $3,000 on Texas State and was likely quite pleased when the risk turned into $105,000.

Either he or she was feeling very lucky or just has a lot of money to throw around. Unlike the woman who reportedly won an astronomical amount of money by betting 10 cents on a horse race or the guy who won thousands by betting $70 on Ernie Els, $3,000 is a lot of money to risk on something that is in all likelihood not going to happen. A lot of people say you have to bet big to win big, and I guess that’s exactly what the Texas State supporter decided to do. Smart bet? I think not. Amazing result? Absolutely.

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Russell Wilson effect? Seahawks now favored Week 1 vs. Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals opened as a 2.5-point favorite against the Seahawks for their Week 1 game, but the line has switched by five points — the most of any other Week 1 line — and Seattle is now favored in the game. The Seahawks are favored by 2.5 points most sports books, and favored by 2 points at other places. The line change can be attributed to factors related to each team.

Arizona has gone 1-3 in four preseason games, and their first-team offense has been unimpressive. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are competing for the starting quarterback job and neither player has fared well. Their offensive line also seems porous, which is not making the job of the quarterbacks any easier.

Seattle has gone 3-0 in the preseason and looked impressive scoring 101 points. Third-round draft pick Russell Wilson (pictured) has played brilliantly and was named the starting quarterback after going 35-of-52 (67.3%) for 464 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He’s also run for 150 yards and a touchdown and appears to be a dynamic playmaker.

Bettors are so high on Seattle and down on Arizona that they’ve flipped the line five points. Arizona (8-8) actually finished a game better than Seattle last season, but the sports books still thought Seattle was the better team entering this season. We know that based on the opening line that favored Arizona by 2.5 points; home field advantage is worth at least three points in NFL games.

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Gymnast Sam Oldham’s grandmother loses her bet that he would win gold because Great Britain won as a team

Sam Oldham may have been a long shot to win a medal in London, but that didn’t stop him from accomplishing the feat. The 19-year-old and his fellow Team Great Britain gymnasts defied the odds and won the bronze in the men’s team event, marking the first time since 1912 that Great Britain medaled.

Oldham’s grandmother, Linda Aldred, was so confident in her grandson bringing home a medal that she bet the equivalent of about $8 on it with 200-to-1 odds before the Games began. After watching Oldham and Team GB win the bronze, she assumed she was not only the world’s proudest grandmother but also about $1,600 richer. According to The Telegraph, the bookie Aldred placed the bet with will not honor the wager because Oldham did not win a medal as an individual.

“I went back to the shop and I asked if my bet was finished and they said it was and the bet was void as Sam had won the medal as part of a team not as an individual,” Aldred explained. “I was stunned. I am really happy Sam won, it is more the principle than the money, but I could have used the winnings to pay for my ticket to see Sam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

Aldred has taken her complaint to The Independent Betting Adjudication Service and the organization is looking into it. She said that her husband (Sam’s grandfather) was a betting man so she figured she would place the bet in his honor.

If the bet was for Oldham to win a medal and Aldred didn’t skip over any fine print, the bookie should honor it. If the action clearly stated that she was wagering on Oldham to win an individual medal at the London Olympics, there’s probably not much that can be done. Then again, if a bookie can refund bets like these just because the outcome was painful, maybe Aldred should get her $8 back.

Sports book refunding Adam Scott British Open bets because it was such a bad beat

Anyone who took the 40-to-1 odds on Adam Scott to win the British Open before last weekend must have been feeling great about their wager entering the final four holes of the tournament. Even if you put a measly 10 bucks down you probably would have already decided what you were going to do with your $400 when Scott had a four-shot lead over Ernie Els. As we know, Scott collapsed and Els came back to win. The good news for those who bet on Adam through SportsBettingOnline.ag is that the loss won’t cost them a thing.

As Geoff Shackelford pointed out, SportsBettingOnline announced Monday that they will be refunding any bets that were placed on Scott since he choked so badly.

“With so many of the favorites including (Tiger) Woods not cashing, it was a good day for sportsbooks,” head oddsmaker Dave Johnson said. “But that wasn’t the case for those who dropped money on Scott. We feel it’s our duty to refund the players for taking such a bad beat. His collapse was historic and we know the bettors who had him must feel as awful as he does.”

It’s still painful just to break even after thinking you had the bet wrapped up, but breaking even when you should have lost is a nice consolation prize. Heck, Scott even had his name stenciled on a medal for engraving. As Johnson mentioned, the sports books made plenty of money. Aside from this lucky gambler who made a fortune on him, not many bettors wagered on Els to win. Refunding people’s money is a smart PR move that gets people talking about the site.

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