2018 Gambling Olympics: Bales, Adams Add $7,000 in Side Bets

Jul 10, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

The Highlights

  • On Day 1, Jonathan Bales and Brandon Adams bet $1,000 on one throw of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Bales won.
  • On Day 2, Adams has the chance to win his money back with a $1,000 best-of-seven RPS rematch.
  • Bales and Adams also have side bets on most of the other Day 2 events for a total of $7,000.

As if it weren’t exhilarating enough to play for the chance to win a $10,000 first-place prize in the Gambling Olympics, yesterday Jonathan Bales and Brandon Adams upped the ante by wagering $1,000 on a one-throw game of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Bales won.

 

It’s a New Day

Today, they are doing a best-of-seven rematch for $1,000.

On top of that, they have $6,000 in additional side action on the Yahtzee, Daily Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting, Blackjack, Poker and Rock-Paper-Scissors challenges.

  • Adams risks $1,000 at +110 in each of the six events. Bales risks $1,100 at -110.
  • Whoever places higher in an event is the winner.
  • If the winner finishes first in the event, he gets a $1,000 bonus.
  • If the loser finishes last in the event, he pays a $1,000 penalty.

Side Bet Analysis

Although Adams entered the Main Event as a +400 favorite, at the end of Day 1, he was dead last in the standings. He might be a bigger underdog than his +110 odds suggest. Here’s how he and Bales did yesterday in the events that they are wagering on today:

  • Daily Fantasy Sports: Bales – 6, Adams – 10
  • Sports Betting: Bales – 7, Adams – 12
  • Blackjack: Bales – 2, Adams – 11/12
  • Poker: Bales – 4, Adams – 2
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Bales – 6, Adams – 9

On Day 1, Bales finished higher than Adams in four of five events. In the one event in which Adams had the superior showing, Bales still had a top-four performance.

Bales legitimately has a chance to sweep the side bets.

Check back in throughout the day to follow along with the action. We’ll update this article periodically as the side bets are settled.

UPDATES

Yahtzee: Adams and Bales both made the finals and played each other for first place and $2,100. Additionally, Peter Jennings won $4,000 by backing Adams in side bets.

Rock-Paper-Scissors: Adams wins $1,100 with a second-place Rock-Paper-Scissors finish. Bales places 10th.

Blackjack: Bales beats Adams with a fourth-place finish in Blackjack for $1,000 (Adams is 11th).

Poker: Adams finishes first in the Day 2 Poker tournament, earning another $2,100 from Bales, who finished sixth.

Sports Betting: Adams ranks 11th on the day; Bales, sixth, which is good enough for $1,000.

DFS: Bales evens the score a little more with a first-place showing. Adams finishes seventh. Bales wins $2,000

Rock-Paper-Scissors (Best-of-Seven Rematch): Adams wins. $1,000 to the victor.

RESULTS

Adams: Wins $6,300 in Yahtzee, Poker and two Rock-Paper-Scissors props.
Bales: Wins $4,000 in Blackjack, Sports Betting and DFS props.
Total: Adams nets $2,300.

It’s lucky for Bales that he took first in the Main Event. If he hadn’t, his side action would’ve cost him the majority of his winnings.

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