Wouldn’t we all like to win 150 to 1 on a wager? One lucky bettor did just that at the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands on Saturday, hitting eight-team and 10-team parlays.
The bets were mostly on college football, with $1,200 bet on the eight-team and $800 bet on the 10-team. The second parlay had the same college football bets as the eight teamer but added two NBA moneyline bets on the Celtics and the Jazz. The $2,000 wager scored a massive payday of almost $300,000.
One customer hit us for nearly $300k on two parlays here at the Meadowlands yesterday. The odds on both parlays winning were at around 90/1 and 233/1. Congrats to the lucky winner 🔥 pic.twitter.com/y9xNtiffVL
— FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands (@FDSBMeadowlands) October 28, 2018
There was no problem with the NBA games. The Celtics beat the Pistons 109-89 and the Jazz topped the Pelicans 132-111.
In college football, the first few games went well. Washington State beat Stanford (+2.5) 41-38, California (+12) beat Washington 12-10, and San Jose State (-2.5) rolled to a 50-37 win over UNLV.
Tulane (+1) won outright 24-17 over Tulsa, and Syracuse (+2) kept things going with a 51-41 victory over North Carolina State. Mississippi State (-1.5) and Florida International (-3) both had decisive wins to keep the parlays alive. The Bulldogs won easily over Texas A&M 28-13 and the Panthers beat Western Kentucky 38-17.
Luck of the Irish?
One game on the parlay stood out and proved troublesome – Notre Dame. The Irish were a big 22-point favorite over Navy. It looked like smooth sailing for the Irish, who led 27-0 at the half. But a second-half rally by Navy looked like it might send these two tickets to the garbage bin.
By early in the fourth quarter, the Midshipmen had cut the lead to 37-22. The parlay win certainly looked in doubt. But a 22-yard pass from Ian Book to Miles Boykin helped the cause, bringing the score to 44-22. Navy drove deep into Notre Dame territory late in the fourth quarter and the dreaded “garbage time” touchdown looked like it might be a killer. But an interception by Jalen Elliott helped seal the win.
Notre Dame didn’t cover, but the parlay leg was a push – keeping the rest alive and ultimately a winner. The official payout on the eight-team parlay was $108,612.93 and $187.633.52 for the 10-team – a total of $296,246.45.
That late Irish interception was a six-digit savior, but there was one footnote to that game. The Midshipmen scored a meaningless 2-point conversion on their last touchdown. If they had kicked the PAT, that parlay leg would have hit as well – and paid out even more.
Digging the underdogs
If you’re a PAC-12 football fan, it was quite an interesting weekend with all five betting underdogs winning outright. Sports Illustrated notes that a $100 parlay bet on those underdogs to win would have paid big dividends to the tune of almost $117,000.
If Arizona holds on to beat Oregon (Wildcats are up 30-8)—a $100 bet on a ML parlay of every Pac-12 underdog on Saturday's slate (Arizona, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State and Cal) would have net you a whopping $116,806.63. Seriously.#ConferenceOfUnderdogs
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) October 28, 2018
Even a $10 bet would have been a nice score. If only … ?
Golfing greatness scores six-figures
Not all the big winners have been betting football recently. Golf.com reports that one lucky Irish bettor made a €10 parlay bet with BoyleSports bookmaker over the weekend on two golfers, Xander Schauffele and Cameron Champ. The bet would pay out more than 1,000-1, and was certainly a longshot.
To win, Schauffele had to win the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, and Champ had to win at Sanderson Farms in Mississippi. You know what happens next, but winning wasn’t easy.
“Schauffele looked like a longshot with just two holes to play, but birdied 17 and 18 to force a playoff with Tony Finau,” the site notes. “He birdied the first playoff hole to hoist the trophy.”
Champ had a four-shot lead on Sunday, but struggled on the first nine holes with Corey Connors surging for a share of the lead. But Golf.com notes that Champ “turned on the jets, making birdie on five of his last six holes to win by four.”
This time, the luck of the Irish prevailed and he scored €10,950 (about $12,400). Cha-ching.
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