- The $500,000+ wager was the largest NFL bet of the year and in recent memory.
- The bettor risked $506,000 on the Cleveland Browns +3.5 over the Los Angeles Rams.
- Despite the bettor losing, the sportsbook still lost money on the game, as all action was on the Rams.
CLEVELAND – Bad beats and stories of such rule the sports betting world. Last-minute scores, clock-expiring field goals, or unbelievable turnovers are the central focus of many bettors as the reason why their bet did not result in a payout.
On Sunday, one bettor was stricken with a situation that isn’t considered a bad beat, but definitely can be categorized as a high-emotion, last-second, wager-deciding play.
With $506,000 on the line between two bets, a bettor at Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City was hoping for the Cleveland Browns to cover the 3.5-points they were given against the LA Rams.
The Browns were playing at home and coming off a 20-point victory on Monday Night Football over the New York Jets. All signs pointed to building momentum for the first time this season.
However, the Rams had a different mindset, coming into the game at 2-0 and ready to continue their winning streak.
How Did The Bet Play Out?
The Browns entered the fourth quarter leading 13-10, but the Rams were driving and in the redzone. After a six-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff, the Rams took the lead 17-13 – just outside of the bettor’s line.
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The Browns continued the quarter with three additional drives, resulting in a turnover on downs, a punt, and a last-minute interception in the endzone. In total during the 4th quarter, the Browns ran 20 plays for 81 yards but scored no points to help the bettor cover.
Losing by seven (a field goal was made by the Rams before the Browns’ punt), the Browns went to 0-2 at home on the year. But the loss didn’t hurt the bettor more than the Ocean Casino Resort itself.
From The Sportsbook Side Of Things
According to the Action Network, this was the largest bet on the NFL of the year and in recent memory of the William Hill spokesperson. However, even with the $506,000 the book brought in from the heavy risking Browns bettor, the books still took a loss for the night.
“This result was still horrible for us,” said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill’s director of trading. “This game was a massive handle and we took all Rams from -2.5 to -4. And almost everything we took live was on the Rams.”
The “regular customer” will likely be back but may think twice about laying something substantial down on the Browns again. But then again, USAOnlineSportsbooks.com knows all it takes is one big bet to break even.
Michael spends most of his time betting on over/unders and analyzing algorithms in attempts to beat the book. His focus on statistics comes from an early understanding of mathematics as well as knowledge of opportunity costs. Michael enjoys playing basketball and reading about the NBA whenever he has the free time. When he is not writing, he can be found in Mississippi hitting the sportsbooks and enjoying a margarita… on the rocks, no salt.