March Madness has finally cooled off at the books after the people got completely buried on the weekend by the bookmakers.
Reports are nearly all books said how great the past four days were for the casinos. One major moment I witnessed at The Linq sportsbook this past Friday was when Michigan, who was laying -2 to -2.5 points, had a four point lead over Oklahoma State with four seconds left. OSU’s Jawun Evans came down and swung the result to the books with a 3-pointer, giving the Cowboys the cover in a 92-91 loss.
A room full of people who had been cheering were silenced and only a few select bettors jumped with excitement.
However, for those who bet Michigan by 1-5 points in USFantasy, those free throws solidified the win and the 3-point miracle didn’t matter, as Michigan 1-5 points paid $11.40 for $2. Considering the Wolverines -2.5 for the game only paid $10 for every $11 it would have been at least a great backup plan. $31 ($11 on the spread and $20 on the fantasy bet) would have won at least $70 after pari-mutuel pool adjustments, thanks to the USFantasy bet. It pays to play both ways, people.
This week’s NASCAR race from Phoenix was a shocker as a late caution gave Ryan Newman the win, but it was Kyle Busch in the third place finish that won the Prop No. 1 in USFantasy, $23.60 for $2; as well as a $127 exacta with Brad Keselowski. Newman won Prop No. 2 at $32.60 for $2 and his place payout of $26.60 for $2; the exacta was $174.40 with Kyle Larson who took second in the race.
I unfortunately had Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in an exacta box. They finished 2, 3, 4, 7 in Prop No. 1 just missing an exacta payout. I also had $2 to place on Daniel Suarez in Prop No. 2 and he finished, you guessed it, third.
USFantasy will have some more March Madness props this week. NASCAR and golf are already up and ready for betting.