Adam Duvall Home Run Ruling Costs Prop Bettor Big Money
Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images. Pictured: Adam Duvall
A.J. Geesey usually throws $5 or $10 on parlays hoping they’ll hit for a couple thousand dollars.
On Wednesday night, before going to bed, Geesey felt like making what he calls an “F It” Bet.
He put $50 down on Houston Astros DH Yordan Alvarez, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. and Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall all to hit a home run in a parlay. He saw that it would net $10,543 and went to bed before games finished.
When he woke up, Geesey texted his friend, Justin, telling him he was one homer short of a payday.
“Did you see what happened?” Justin asked. “Duvall actually hit a home run.”
A confused Geesey then looked up the video.
In it, Duvall’s home run barely clears the wall, though it was not immediately apparent if Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Jake McCarthy had grabbed it or not. Duvall, sure that it was gone, ran the bases and actually passed his teammate Austin Riley, resulting in an out.
The official scorer: A two-run single.
This was weird but Adam Duvall did just hit another home run. pic.twitter.com/SH9UFyvrPH
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) September 23, 2021
“I mean it was a home run,” said Geesey, understanding that FanDuel, where he placed his wager, scores bets on how they are officially scored. FanDuel spokesperson Kevin Hennessy confirmed as much.
Another losing bettor shared his lost parlay from Duvall on longshot discord chat “kiilKenny’s Moonshot” as did someone who placed a bet at BetMGM. BetMGM paid out Duvall home run props.
BetMGM spokesperson Elisa Richardson said it was manually scored by the book as a bad beat because it was such a rare occurrence.
This isn’t the first time there has been controversy in prop bets. In the NBA Playoffs, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton was caught in debate between an official ruling of a rebound or steal, which cost bettors betting on a double-double.