There were some who were much happier about Kansas’ win over Seton Hall in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday than others.
Kansas beat Seton Hall 83-79 to advance to the Sweet 16. They had the game in hand in the final seconds, leading Seton Hall to begin sharing some goodbye hugs. But before the buzzer sounded, Myles Powell threw up a three-pointer that went in to help the Pirates cover the spread.
The outcome of the Super Bowl was a nightmare not just for the New England Patriots and their fans, but also for most sportsbooks. There was so much money bet on the Philadelphia Eagles either via the point spread or the moneyline that most books were hoping for a Patriots win.
Of note, there were several huge seven-figure bets placed on the Eagles that gamblers were able to cash on.
William Hill sportsbook took a lost of over $4.6 million on three massive bets on the Eagles alone. 54 percent of their bettors were on the Eagles side of the spread, and 75 percent of moneyline bettors were on the Eagles and received favorable odds.
.@WilliamHill reports it lost $4,634,782 on the three huge bets on the Eagles. Overall, the sportsbooks saw bettors hit on 54% bets placed on the spread, 75% of the money-line tickets on the Eagles), and total 56% of bets placed on the over.
Jay Rood of MGM sportsbooks says they lost over $4.5 million on one individual ticket where a better placed $3 million on the moneyline on the Eagles and cashed with odds of at least 3:2.
Jay Rood of @MGMRaceSports just confirmed that the $3 million #SuperBowl bet MGM books took was on the moneyline. Bettor got that wager in range of +150/+180. That means bettor won between $4.5 million and $5.4 million. @Covers#IBetTheBigGame
Treasure Island in Las Vegas says the outcome was “horrible” and “disastrous.”
Per @TIvegas Tony Nevill on #SuperBowl outcome: "This was a horrible outcome, and one of the few times where props were so disastrous that it ruined the whole day." Likely reflects mood of many sportsbooks. @Covers#IBetTheBigGame
Whenever an underdog wins a major event, sportsbooks tend to lose money because of the liability they face due to the long odds. In this case, the Super Bowl did not go their way, though we doubt anyone will shed a tear for them.
Genie Bouchard was so confident in the Patriots not coming back to beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl last year that she agreed to a relatively high-stakes bet with one of her Twitter followers. As it turns out, Tom Brady’s most remarkable performance to date may have been a great thing for the tennis star.
After Bouchard declared Atlanta victorious in Super Bowl LI, a man named John Goehrke tweeted at her asking her to agree to go on a date with him if New England came back and won. We all know what happened to the Falcons’ 28-3 lead, and Bouchard remained true to her word by going on a date with Goehrke to a Brooklyn Nets game.
Fast-forward to this year, and the story is still being written. On Monday, NFL Canada asked Bouchard if she and the same gentleman would like to attend Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. They accepted the invite.
While the whole thing seems like a PR stunt from NFL Canada and Bouchard, there may be more to it than that. Bouchard and Goehrke have been spotted in public together multiple times since their first date after the Super Bowl. Back in December, TMZ spotted them hanging out together on a beach in Miami. Bouchard sent these tweets at around the same time:
The overwhelming consensus among NFL reporters seems to be that Tom Brady’s hand injury is not a major concern and the Patriots quarterback will play on Sunday, but the sports gambling world is clearly viewing the situation a lot differently.
Since Brady injured his throwing hand in practice on Wednesday, the gambling line for the AFC Championship Game has been steadily shifting. Prior to the injury, the Patriots were a nine-point favorite over the Jaguars. Following Brady’s second straight practice wearing gloves on Friday, the line was moving much closer to a touchdown.
According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, Las Vegas insiders believe Brady’s hand injury is a legitimate concern for the Patriots.
Multiple private sources telling me … Tom Brady's hand injury is WORSE than the mainstream thinks.
(I would not be surprised if #Patriots drop to -7 in the near-term.)
In addition to the line shift, the total for the game had also been bet down from 46.5 to 45 at some sportsbooks as of Friday afternoon.
No team in the NFL is tougher to get a read on with injuries than the Patriots, and Brady was no help at his bizarre press conference on Friday. The extent of the injury is unknown, but professional gamblers obviously feel it is going to negatively impact New England in some way.
The New Orleans Saints were big losers on Sunday, but they did help some people despite blowing their NFC divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Saints were leading 24-23 after kicking a field goal to take the lead with 25 seconds left. They looked to be sure winners as Minnesota faced a 3rd-and-10 situation from their 39 with 10 seconds left and no timeouts.
But the story didn’t end there. The spread for the game was Minnesota -5.5, meaning despite leading by five, the Vikings were not covering the spread. NFL rules require teams to attempt extra points after touchdowns, even if there is no time left on the clock. But instead of kicking to go up 30-24 and cover the spread, the Vikings kneeled on the ball.
So the Vikings’ miracle touchdown may have helped them win, but it didn’t help most Minnesota backers cover the spread.
Carson Wentz is helping the Philadelphia Eagles make history in the postseason, and the star quarterback isn’t even going to play a snap.
The Eagles, who earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC after winning the NFC East division and finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, opened as a 2.5-point underdog for Saturday’s divisional round game against the Atlanta Falcons. According to David Purdum of ESPN.com, that is the first time a No. 1 seed has opened as an underdog in the NFL playoffs.
The Falcons, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, pulled an upset over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday. Given the way Atlanta looked and the way Nick Foles played over the final two games of the regular season, it’s no surprise the Eagles are an underdog for next weekend’s game. Westgate Superbook oddsmaker Ed Salmons believes Philly would have been as much as a 6.5-point favorite with Wentz.
Even with the home team getting points in a playoff game, Salmons says most of the bets have been on the Falcons.
“The early action, it’s pretty much all on Atlanta,” He told ESPN. “The public is going to bet Atlanta.”
Foles took over as the starter for Philly when Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL in early December, and he looked extremely shaky to close out the season. There was even some talk that he could be benched for the playoffs, but Doug Pederson put that to rest.
Doug Pederson gave a large segment of sports bettors quite a Christmas gift on Monday night.
Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles struggled for most of the night at home against the Oakland Raiders and appeared to have no shot at covering the 10-point spread in their game. They got a field goal to take a 13-10 lead in the final minute. And just when you thought that would be the final score, the Eagles gave hope to bettors who backed them to cover the spread.
With 3 seconds left, the Raiders ran a final play to try and win the game. They tried to use some laterals but Derek Barnett picked up a fumble and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to make it 19-10.
But the story doesn’t end there! By rule, even though time had expired, the Eagles had to attempt an extra point. Had they elected to kick, they likely would have won 20-10 and pushed on the spread. Instead, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson kneeled on the extra point, keeping the final score at 19-10.
Since the point spread was 10, those who had the Raiders and the points still came out winners, which was the outcome that should have happened all along. At least this will not be another entry to our long list of bad beats.
Just when you thought the “Monday Night Football” game between the Chiefs and Redskins was over, and when you thought Washington beat the spread and the game was going under, some craziness happened.
Kansas City kicked a field goal with four seconds left to go up 23-20, essentially winning the game. They had to kick off though, and Washington tried to run a bunch of laterals to move the ball down the field. It didn’t work, and Kansas City recovered the ball and ran in for a score:
What makes this so interesting is that Kansas City was favored by 6.5 to 7 points at many sportsbooks. The last TD ensured they covered the spread. The over/under line, which is also frequently bet, was anywhere from 47 to 49 points at many books. The score took the game from under to over at most books, killing things for most who had the under.
But the madness doesn’t end there!
By rule, teams need to attempt an extra point after scoring. The Chiefs could have kicked to make it 30-20, which would have made the total go over 49 and surpass the total at almost all books. Instead, they decided to kneel out the final play.
If you had Washington and the under, we feel your bad beat pain!
The Oakland Raiders have a better chance than any team not named the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season, at least according to Las Vegas.
David Purdum of ESPN.com reports that more bets have been placed on the Raiders to win the Super Bowl than any other team this offseason. As a result, Oakland’s odds of capturing the NFL title have moved to 6-1 from their opening line of 20-1. The Patriots, who are listed at 3-1 to win the Super Bowl, are the only team with better odds.
At the 108 Nevada sportsbooks owned by William Hill, nearly twice as many bets have been placed on the Raiders to win it all than any other team. Purdum notes that they also top the list at Caesars Palace, Station Casinos, South Point, Westgate Las Vegas and CG Technology. The same can be said for division title bets, where the Raiders have taken more action to win the AFC West than any other team from any division.
The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2019, and merchandise and billboards are already popping up all over the area. However, Westgate assistant manager Ed Salmons believes the action on the Raiders is more about value than the franchise’s impending move to Sin City.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with the Las Vegas angle,” Salmons said. “Last year, the Raiders played really high-scoring games, and they started covering spreads. That is just the dynamic of a public team.”
The Patriots are the overwhelming favorite to win the AFC once again. Beyond that, there is a huge difference in opinions. Many feel that the New York Giants will be the strongest team in the NFC, but the NFL is always filled with surprises. Heck, one of the most popular bets during the offseason became irrelevant, so you never know what will happen over the course of several months.