Live Sports Betting: Bettor’s Mobile Predicament at Kansas vs. UNC

Written By Eli Hershkovich on April 5, 2022
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Attending the 2022 college basketball title game between Kansas and UNC was fantasy-turned-reality. But from a live sports betting perspective, it was a near nightmare. Let’s recap the real madness from inside Caesars Superdome.

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Live Sports Betting: National Title Game

In an arena that’s built for a NFL game, sitting further back in the 100 level isn’t necessarily ideal — especially if you’re planning on live sports betting. So I purchased a ticket in the 300 level with a half-court view, as seen in the photo above.

Throughout Kansas against North Carolina, in which UNC covered as four-point underdogs, I honed in on FanDuel and BetMGM sportsbooks. While I toyed with some others, their main interfaces weren’t loading during any media timeouts.

During the majority of stoppages, both sportsbook’s odds boards displayed just like normal. The issue came after putting a wager into one of their bet slips.

For instance, the Jayhawks were around a seven-point favorite for the second half. Although I considered middling my UNC +4 bet, there was a prolonged wait before it popped up in my slip. An error message then arose at each one, forcing me to close out of the app completely.

Walking around empty parts of the stadium didn’t help much. Even when a media member gave me the arena’s WiFi information, there was a significant connection lag.

Despite being able to place some small bets via a couple of texts, an event with nearly 70,000 fans wasn’t very conducive for live sports betting. Shocking.

Most Outstanding Player Award

During and even shortly after the Super Bowl, I noticed that the MVP market was live on FanDuel Sportsbook app. The same was the case for the MOP metal, which surprisingly went to Jayhawks wing Ochai Agbaji.

Agbaji, who scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, was +480 at halftime to take home the trophy. Meanwhile, David McCormack, who most thought should’ve won the honor, was +2200 at that juncture. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center tied for a game-high 15 points, including the game-winner with 1:21 to go.

But like I shared leading up to the Final Four, the voting closes with roughly 10 minutes left. McCormack’s counterpart Armando Bacot, who became the first player in NCAA tournament history to manufacture six double-doubles, sat at +100 with 20 minutes remaining. If the Tar Heels won the title, Bacot undoubtedly would’ve claimed the award.

This live market is a prime example of where the industry is headed with more in-game options. Soon enough, we may see “next basket” props for college basketball games of this magnitude.

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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