What a mess in Mexico. The field at Estadio Azteca is apparently unplayable since it was torn up nine days ago by a concert. On Tuesday, the National Football League made the decision to move the Nov. 19 Monday night game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams to LA.
The players and teams had voiced their concerns about the field and safety, and you can hardly blame them looking at the pictures and videos.
“It’s not fair to risk our health,” a prominent player told ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 10, 2018
Booking the bets
In what is expected to be one of the biggest betting games of the NFL season, the Rams opened as a 2.5-point favorite over the Chiefs at many sportsbooks across Nevada, New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. A record total of 64 points was initially posted at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas on the expected shootout before settling at 63 at a majority of the sportsbooks.
As a result of the move, bets placed at sportsbooks are now void at a majority of locations, per house rules.
House rules from the South Point in Las Vegas state:
IF GAME SITE CHANGES OR DATE OF THE EVENT CHANGES, ALL BETS PLACED AT THE FIRST GAME SITE OR FIRST DATE OF THE EVENT HAVE NO ACTION AND WILL BE REFUNDED.
Bettors may simply ask for a refund at the South Point sportsbook and other books where the bet is void.
However, at the Golden Nugget, sportsbook director Tony Miller said, “tickets are action because the game is still being played on the date it was scheduled.”
The online screens at the sportsbooks went blank following the news, and then a number of books quickly reopened action on the game. Westgate SuperBook and South Point in Las Vegas posted Rams -3.5. William Hill reopened the Rams a 4-point favorite with a total of 64. In New Jersey, FanDuel Sportsbook voided all bets and then set a new line at Rams -3.5. Other sportsbooks have since followed with most at Rams -3.5.
The over/under is 63.5 or 64 total points.
“We already wrote a lot of money on the over,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said. “I just know come Monday night, we’re going to need the under.”
For bettors already in action on the game before the location change, many will get a full refund. No harm no foul from the upheaval. Some bettors, like that who got a ticket at the Golden Nugget, are locked in at Rams -2.5 or Chiefs +2.5.
But you’ll want to check with your sportsbook about their house rules on venue changes.
The disturbance and disorder caused by the venue change to the Coliseum won’t affect most bettors, who can still cash in. Betting early on the reposted line and total may benefit Rams and OVER the total bettors as the money flows in on the favorite in an expected shootout.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams will play Monday, Nov. 19 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles with kickoff is at 8:15 ET and 5:15 local Pacific time. It will be the first Monday Night Football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles since Oct. 28, 1985, when the Los Angeles Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 34-21.