Sunday Week 10 was a great day for bettors as NFL favorites covered eight of the 11 games, including the final four, which cleaned out all the cash at every sports book cashier cage.
“We got crushed,” said Jeff Stoneback, MGM Resorts sports book hub manager. “Things started out great in the morning where we won a couple big games with the Jets and 49ers, but then it was all downhill from there as favorite to OVER occurred in all three afternoon games and then things got even worse when the Packers covered along with the total going OVER.”
No sports book was safe from the public assault. Six-team parlays from the afternoon games popped all over the place paying at 40-to-1 odds, and with extra money in their pockets, they attacked the Sunday game with even more confidence, aggressive playing the 13-to-5 two-team favorite to OVER parlay.
“It was brutal,” said Station Casinos sports book director Jason McCormick. “That favorite to OVER combo in the afternoon and evening twisted the book to a big loss. They started that momentum on Saturday night with Alabama and Oregon covering. Eagles tonight will compound a very bad weekend.”
William Hill’s Nick Bogdanovich summed up their weekend in one word calling it a “burial.”
It’s a helpless feeling for the books knowing there’s nothing they can do to stop the bettors’ tidal wave and knowing the type of losses that will occur.
“Jay (Rood) and I were walking out to our cars after the Packers game started and they were already up 7-0 nothing, and he said, “Watch, I’ll get home and it will be 21-0.” Sure enough, when I got home it was 21-0 and then they just kept piling up more points.“
Green Bay led 42-0 at the half and ended up winning 55-13, which easily covered the spread that started at -7 and climbed to -9 by kickoff. Bettors had no problem laying 13 with Denver at Oakland and the Broncos won, 41-17. The Cardinals continued to roll with the NFL’s best record by covering 7 points at home against St. Louis, 31-14. And faith in Seattle paid off as they covered 9 points in a 38-17 win against the Giants.
All four of those teams have been some of the more popular public teams. And the books are fortunate their other new favorite team – Pittsburgh – didn’t cover.
“I have never seen an NFL game with a 13-to-1 ratio on tickets until Sunday with the Steelers,” said Stoneback. “Maybe in college football, but never in the pros. If the Jets don’t win the game, we would be talking about another Black Sunday in town.”
The Jets won 20-13 to end a seven game losing streak, which ended the Steelers’ three game win and cover streak. The Steelers had also gone OVER the total in their past three games, all of which were at home.
“We had sharp money on the Jets, which kept the Steelers number down at -4, but that was about it,” said Stoneback.
If the Eagles covered (-7), several more five- and six-team parlays will be cashing all over town.
Congratulations bettors. Job well done!
Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Follow Micah on Twitter @MicahRoberts7 Contact Micah at [email protected].