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Floyd Mayweather Has Won $854k Betting on Sports Since Christmas Eve

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is notorious for betting millions on sports. He reportedly bet and won over $1 million on the Patriots to beat Tim Tebow and the Broncos. Since then, he seems to have cashed in big, though we don’t know how much money he’s lost because he hasn’t posted those tickets.

Floyd went on a tweeting spree Wednesday to show off his gambling exploits. According to the tickets Floyd posted on Twitter, he has won at least $854,000 betting on sports since Christmas Eve.

Here’s the recap of his winning bets:

12/24 Won $347.8k on 49ers -1.5 vs. Seahawks (won 19-17)

12/27 Won $136k on Purdue -1 over Western Michigan (won 37-32)

12/28 Won $38k on Texas -1 in the first half against Cal (won 7-3)

12/30 Won $31.5k on Bulls +0.5 first half against Clippers (won 57-51)

12/31 Won $72.7k on Auburn +1 first half against Virginia (won 28-17)

1/2 Won $27k on Houston -3.5 in first half vs. Penn State (won 24-7)

1/3 Won $200K -4.5 on Bama basketball vs. Georgia Tech (won 73-48)

Here’s a look at all his winning tickets:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Reportedly Made $1 Million Betting on Patriots Over Broncos

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s gambling exploits are legendary. The man says he wins and loses millions on a given betting weekend. From the sounds of things, he was mostly up a few weeks ago.

Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says Floyd bet $1 million that Tim Tebow wouldn’t have a prayer against the Patriots in Week 15. The Pats rolled to victory 41-23, easily covering the 6.5-point spread.

This is good news for Floyd. Now he can afford to pay his $2,500 court fine for domestic violence. With bets like this, he also should be able to afford payments on his $300,000 Mercedes and $50,000 customized iPod.

We all know I’m just bitter because Doc Brown had the Broncos plus the points.

Thanks to Deadspin for sharing the report.

Video: Al Michaels Calls Gamblers ‘Friendly Degenerates’

Al Michaels is a fantastic play-by-play broadcaster. One of the things sports fans love about him is his awareness of the point spread and over/under totals for games he’s calling. He knows that gamblers are the few people still watching games that are blowouts.

One thing, Al, those gamblers don’t enjoy being called “friendly degenerates.”

The Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith touchdown pass made the score 34-14, pushing the total to 48. The over/under line was set at 45, so the TD meant the game hit the over. If you’re a friendly degenerate, we hope you had the over.

‘Pete’ Stands to Win $10,000 from a $10 Bet if Colts Go 0-16

Are gamblers taking low-risk, huge-reward bets and coming close to winning them more often these days, or are we just hearing more about it? I’m sure it is the latter, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable to read about. Before we begin, let us note that for every @Pistol_Pete82 or rabid Cardinals fan who could win huge money through extremely unusual circumstances, there are millions of knuckleheads who might as well rip up their money and flush it down the toilet. That’s why the house always wins and will always win.

All that being said, according to the gambling website Beyond the Bets, a man named Pete took a 1,000-to-1 prop bet before the season began that the Colts — with Peyton Manning’s future in question — would go 0-16 on the year.  Pete placed only $10 on the bet and is five losses away from making $10,000.  Here is a picture from his iPhone that was posted on his Twitter page as proof.

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Hawaii Point Shaving Investigation: Spread for Utah State Game Moved 6 Points in 3 Hours

The Honolulu Police Department said on Tuesday that they are not opening a criminal investigation of alleged point shaving regarding the University of Hawaii football team because of a lack of information.

The school’s president says the office of admissions received an anonymous letter on November 3rd alleging point shaving by members of the football team. The timing of the letter coincides with suspicious movement concerning the point spread for one of Hawaii’s games.

Covers.com points out that the point spread for the Hawaii-Utah State game opened with Hawaii favored by 7.5 points, and as much as 9 in one book. Three hours later, the line was down to 3.5 everywhere.

“There was some wise-guy buzz about that game even before these allegations surfaced,” Covers reports.

The Wynn casino in Las Vegas reportedly opened with the line at 7.5 Sunday night and it dropped to 3.5 Monday morning.

The only thing we can think of that would cause a move like that is either wise guy money, or key injury news concerning a quarterback. Hawaii’s quarterback Bryant Moniz played the entire previous game and played the entire Utah State game, so that explanation does not hold up.

As for the actual game, Hawaii blew a 28-7 halftime lead and lost 35-31. They’re 5-6 on the year and 4-7 against the spread.

Denver Post Writer Jim Armstrong Loses Job Over Sports Betting Scandal

Jim Armstrong, a former Denver Post sports writer and columnist, has lost his job with the newspaper after it was learned that he bet on sports.

Armstrong was one of several people who bet on sports through a local bookmaker that was pinched. Some of the bookie’s clients had weekly limits as high as $50,000. The person who is alleged to have run the operation, Daniel Dinner, is a 70-year-old who has been doing it for nearly four decades.

Armstrong left The Denver Post Friday after being with the paper for 27 years.

“Readers have to believe and trust that all of us at The Denver Post cover events impartially and without a stake in the outcome,” said Gregory L. Moore, editor of The Post. “We take this very seriously.”

Say Armstrong were writing about baseball, but only betting on basketball. Would that affect his coverage? There are some fair questions to be asked, but when you’re involved with illegal activity that can alter the way you do your job, it’s grounds for dismissal.

Let me just say that I’m glad the sports radio networks where I worked didn’t have the same standards. If they did, half the people on staff would be out of work.

South Carolina Fails to Cover Spread After Taking Safety on Last Play

South Carolina screwed many bettors Saturday when they decided to run out the clock on the game’s final play by taking an intentional safety.

The Gamecocks were up 14-10 and favored by 2.5 or 3 points in most sports books. They had a 4th and 12 with four seconds left in the game, and the ball at their nine. Instead of attempting a play, or kneeling down (the clock would have stopped and the ball would have been turned over on downs), they did the smart thing and had their quarterback run backwards until the four seconds ran off the clock.

Time expired on the final play, but the intentional safety counted in the final score. South Carolina ended up winning 14-12, screwing anyone who had the Gamecocks giving the points. It was the probably the smartest play for South Carolina, even if it hurt gamblers. Covers.com says 69% of bettors had the Gamecocks laying the points, so the move hurt a lot more people than it helped. And once again, Steve Spurrier is making many more enemies than he did in his press conference earlier in the week.

Thanks to The Wiz of Odds for the heads up