Bookmakers : 'By far our worst Sunday of the season'



Jun 10, 2021
Texas A&M's upset of Alabama produced the biggest win of the college football season for sportsbooks, BUT Sunday was a different story."Today has been by far our worst Sunday of the season," John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas, told ESPN on Sunday night.Craig Mucklow of Caesars Sportsbook said his book lost seven figures on Sunday.
· Favorites went 10-4 straight-up and 8-6 against the spread Sunday. There were nine overs and five unders.

· Books got crushed on the Packers' 25-22 overtime win over the Bengals. Here's why: Professional bettors jumped on the Bengals when they opened as 3.5-point underdogs, eventually driving the line down to 2.5 by kickoff.

Meanwhile, the betting public loaded up on the Packers. At DraftKings, 87% of the money wagered on the spread was on Green Bay. At PointsBet, there were more bets on the Packers minus the points than there were on any other team. The action was lopsided on Green Bay everywhere.

So, when Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby, who missed three straight field goals earlier in the game, finally connected on a game-winner in overtime, the books lost all the bets to the professionals who took the Bengals +3.5 and also all the bets from the public on the Packers -2.5.

"We got middled," said Jeff Stoneback, director of BetMGM sportsbooks in Nevada. "There was that earlier money on the Bengals, and then the public late today and yesterday was betting the Packers -2.5."

"It's been a strong Sunday for bettors, with Crosby, in particular, eventually, doing the public a favor and getting the Packers to cover -2.5, the most popular bet of the early slate," said Jay Croucher, head of trading for sportsbook PointsBet.

"The Bengals outright could've really helped us limit the damage," Murray of the SuperBook said.

· Caesars Sportsbook reported taking six bets of $500,000 more on Sunday games:

$600,000 on the Buccaneers -600 money line (Won)
$550,000 on the Buccaneers -550 money line (Won)
$500,000 on Eagles +3.5 (Won)
$500,000 on Broncos -1 (Lost)
$500,000 on Vikings -7.5 (Lost)
$500,000 on Bengals +3 (Push)

· The Titans covering the spread in a 37-19 win over the Jaguars was the second-best game for the betting public.

· The three early games that attracted the most-lopsided point spread action (money wagered) at BetRivers sportsbooks were: Buccaneers, Titans and Packers. All three covered the closing spread.