Rovell: The Bettor Sweating $660,000 & The Other Huge National Title Bets

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Jan 13, 2020, 04:20 PM EST

Monday, Jan. 13 Updates

We’re tracking all of the big bets and notable news from sportsbooks all over the country in the run-up to the Clemson-LSU national championship game. For the latest odds on the game, check out this story.

5:30 p.m. ET: William Hill’s Nick Bogdanovich reports that they just took a slew of big bets, including a $275,000 bet on LSU -5, which would win $250,000.

Bogdanovich said they also took a pair of $77,000 bets on Clemson at +5.

“The handle is great,” Bogdanovich said. “My prediction is that we’re going to need Clemson small when all is said and done.”

3:20 p.m. ET: With the NFL Conference Championship betting market opening up on Sunday night, it’s no surprise to see some huge national title bets being parlayed with NFL sides.

One deep-pocketed bettor at DraftKings is risking $350,000 on a moneyline parlay with LSU and 49ers. The bet would profit $333,760 if both teams win outright.

2:40 p.m. ET: One bettor in Las Vegas is very confident in the Clemson Tigers. MGM Sportsbook told The Action Network that they took $660,000 from the same bettor in three separate bets. The deep-pocketed punter put $220,000 on Clemson +5, $220,000 on Clemson +180 and, for good measure, $220,000 on Clemson to cover the first-half spread (+3.5). For those keeping score at home, that’s a total of $660,000 tied up in Dabo Swinney’s side.

The MGM Sportsbook at Beau Rivage in Mississippi is also seeing significant action on the game, which isn’t surprising considering its proximity to SEC Country. One bettor played $107,000 on the Clemson moneyline (+185), while another bettor hit LSU -5 for $400,000.

The Westgate SuperBook in Vegas reported that it took a $79,983.45 bet on Clemson +5. That wager would net $71,983.45.

And over in Indiana, FanDuel reports that a bettor at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana, hit the Clemson moneyline (+170) for $100,000. If Clemson wins, that bet would net $170,000.

Here are some other notable bets at FanDuel:

  • $33,000 on LSU Moneyline at -225 to return $47,666
  • $30,000 on Clemson +5.5 on the spread at -110 to return $57,272
  • $20,000 on Clemson Moneyline at +170 to return $54,000
  • $1,120 on Joe burrow under 365.5 passing yards at -112 to return $2,120.

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1 p.m. ET: The early action for the College Football National Championship game between LSU and Clemson was one-sided. It seemed like a sure thing that LSU (-5) would be an overwhelmingly popular favorite.

The Bayou Bengals are definitely still the more public side, but the betting splits have begun to even out a little bit.

Last week, LSU was getting three out of every bets according to our market-wide data. That number has dropped to 63% as of 12 p.m. ET on Monday as it seems pretty clear that Clemson support has begun to show up around the betting world.

According to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, 59% of the spread bets and 61% of the money is on LSU, while 83% of the moneyline bets and 59% of the money is on Clemson. As for the total, 56% of the bets are on the Under, which currently sits at 67.5, but 69% of the money is on the Over.

There haven’t been any eye-popping bets at the SuperBook, yet, but they did take $55,000 to win $50,000 on LSU -5 as well as $26,700 on Clemson +6 (-120) to win $22,250.

According to the SuperBook they’d break even on futures bets if LSU wins but would come out a solid winner if Clemson hoists the trophy.

PointsBet’s Patrick Eichner reports that LSU currently makes up 70% of the spread handle but 80% of the moneyline action is on Clemson.

“We’re currently LSU-heavy on the side,” Eichner said. “But a bit heavier Clemson on the moneyline. We’re rooting for a close LSU victory.”


Tuesday, Jan. 17

Most of the money for the 2020 College Football National Championship won’t start showing up until Friday, but there’s already been some notable action for LSU vs. Clemson. And it’s pretty clear who the public likes in this one.

According to our market-wide data, LSU is getting 75% of the bets as 5.5-point favorites over Clemson for Monday’s National Title Game. It’s hard to argue with the betting public on this one as LSU has looked unbeatable for most of this season.


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Tony DiTommaso, the director of Risk Management at CG Technology, told the Action Network that they took $200,000 on LSU on Tuesday afternoon from the same player. DiTommaso said the bettor put $110,000 (which is the limit at CG) on LSU -5.5 and then another $90,000 on LSU -6. If both bets cash, the punter would net $182,000.

DiTommaso noted that LSU is getting most of the support at CG Technology and that didn’t change after the book adjusted LSU from -5.5 to -6.

William Hill is seeing one-way action on the spread and total. According to their data, 82% of the tickets and 89% of the money is on LSU and 64% of the bets and 77% of the dollars are on Over 69.5.

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