180K on the Moneyline?! How Rams Loss Cost Bettors Big

Dec 17, 2018 04:00 AM EST
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  • The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off their biggest upset since 1985, with a 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.
  • The Rams' loss made for a disastrous day for a few bettors, who wagered big money on the LA moneyline.

For some, picking the Rams to win straight up against the Eagles on Sunday Night was just free money.

It didn’t turn out that way, as the 13.5-point underdogs handed the Rams their third loss of the season in a 30-23 victory on the road.

The biggest bet we could find was at the Mirage, where one bettor put up $180,000 that would have won $20,000 if the Rams prevailed, confirmed the Mirage’s Scott Shelton. Shelton said that same bettor also bet $55,000 on the Rams to cover as 12.5 point favorites.

Yikes.

William Hill got a $70,000 bet on the Rams moneyline on Saturday, which came in on their app in Nevada, the company’s spokesman Michael Grodsky told The Action Network. The bet would have won $10,000 if the Rams won.

Jay Kornegay of the SuperBook at the Westgate in Las Vegas said that they also took a -700 moneyline bet for $22,200 that would have netted $3,171.

What does recent history tell us about how sure of a bet the Rams winning should have been?

This season, there have been 11 teams that have been favorites of 13 points or more. Only two of those teams lost outright — the Minnesota Vikings to the Buffalo Bills (27-6 in Week 3) and the Green Bay Packers to the Arizona Cardinals (20-17 in Week 13).

Covering is a harder task. Coming into tonight’s game, NFL favorites of 13 points or more in 2018 went 6-5 against the spread.

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