Will Jim Harbaugh Bolt Michigan for Bears or Colts?

jim-harbaugh-michigan-bears-coltsThe Michigan Wolverines’ season began promisingly, with a 4-0 start and wins over Florida and Air Force. It was beginning to look like coach Jim Harbaugh was turning Michigan back into a storied program.

The Wolverines have since stumbled, though, with losses to Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Following a 24-10 loss to the Badgers, they sit at 8-3 going into a rivalry game with Ohio State.

The truth is that Michigan is a good team. Good enough to dominate the likes of Cincinnati, Maryland, Purdue, and Rutgers. But they’re just not on the same par as elite Big Ten teams.

This much was evident from last Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. The Wolverines played well for about 30 minutes, keeping the game locked at 7-7.

But then the Badgers finally started putting points on the board. The Wolverines fell behind 21-10 at one point and never had a chance to catch up from there.

This is just the latest big game that Michigan has failed to win. And it has many wondering if Harbaugh has his eyes on other jobs since things aren’t coming together at Michigan.

Harbaugh’s 4-Year Rule

jim-harbaugh-stanfordLooking back at Harbaugh’s other stints, he stays at a gig for four years before moving on. I doubt this is by design – it’s just his coaching history.

The San Francisco 49ers, Stanford Cardinals, and University of San Diego are all jobs where Harbaugh stayed for four years. He’s now in his third year with the Wolverines, meaning it won’t be a surprise if he leaves soon.

The 53-year-old coach never ended any of his previous jobs with a bad record. Even when he was forced out of the Niners job, his team finished a respectable 8-8. His tenure there only ended because of a contentious relationship with the front office.

But so far, his time at Michigan has been a disappointment due to a lack of defining victories. Wolverine faithful were hoping for the second coming of Bo Schembechler 2.0. But they haven’t gotten Lloyd Carr up to this point.

“This is Michigan football right now,” writes the Detroit Free Press’ Nick Baumgardner. “A team that’s not ready to sit at the big table. A coaching staff that has a lot of questions to answer. A program that’s got a long way to go.”

Will Harbaugh be Fired at Michigan?

Michigan is as passionate about football as any major program. And they expect to be in the conversation for the national championship every year.

Unfortunately, they haven’t been on the national radar since the 2006 season, when Carr guided the program to an 11-2 finish. The aftermath has seen Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke fail to keep the school’s winning tradition.

Harbaugh has been better than his two predecessors, finishing with a 10-3 record in each of his first two seasons. But at 8-3 with Ohio State coming up, the needle isn’t moving in the right direction. If Harbaugh loses to the Buckeyes this Saturday, he’ll be 1-5 against the school’s rivals.

Would Michigan would ever fire their coach if he can’t beat rivals? The answer is likely no, as long as he keeps winning 9-10 games a year.

However, the reality is that Harbaugh is still in demand in NFL circles. It seems more likely that he’ll simply walk to a new job while he’s still a hot commodity than get fired.

Chicago Bears are a Possible Destination

jim-harbaugh-bearsThe Chicago Bears were never expected to do well this season. But they started off as a feel-good story, going 3-4 with a largely untalented roster.

Chicago has since fallen to 3-7 amid a three-game losing streak. And it’s very possible that the team will fire head coach John Fox, who’s 12-30 with the team so far.

If the Bears job opens up, it would definitely tempt Harbaugh, who quarterbacked Chicago throughout the late 1980s and early 90s.

He’d start a rebuilding process with a highly touted young quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky. And the Chicago fan base would likely be patient after several years of losing.

Chicago Tribune columnist Bernie Lincicome wrote about how having Harbaugh as the coach carries more appeal than just potential wins:

“While there is no indication Harbaugh would leave his alma mater for the Bears or any other pro job, his name always appears on any wish list, whether it is a columnist’s or an owner’s.

“That is the benefit, or the curse, of being interesting, something John Fox certainly is not. Nor are most coaches in the NFL. The Bears have not had a conversation piece as coach since Mike Ditka.

“Harbaugh turns the volume up wherever he goes, and the noise around the Bears has been something between a whisper and lullaby.

“Not that it matters, but there is also the real benefit that Harbaugh actually can coach, that he has a way with quarterbacks, having been a half-decent one himself.”

The Colts are Another Possibility

Harbaugh could also find himself going to another former NFL team that he played for in the Indianapolis Colts. This has just as much to do with reuniting Harbaugh and Andrew Luck as it does previous coaching accomplishments.

The two formed a very successful pairing at the University of Standard. And as long as Harbaugh can put up with bungling Colts owner Jim Irsay, everything would be golden if Luck returns from a lingering shoulder injury.

Staying in Michigan?

harbaugh-michiganThe one thing that might prevent Harbaugh from leaving Michigan early is that it’s his alma mater. This, and the fact that he has unfinished business at Ann Arbor are good reasons to stay.

One more important point here is that Jim Harbaugh is football’s highest-paid coach at $9 million. No college or NFL coach is within $1 million of this amount.

However, it’s hard to overlook the fact that he’s still a candidate for multiple NFL jobs. And he may start his 4-year leaving tradition one year early if/when the Bears and Colts come calling. Fox will likely be fired in Chicago, while Indianapolis will probably do the same with coach Chuck Pagano.

These talks will only intensify if Harbaugh loses to the Buckeyes a third straight time. According to our GTBets line, Michigan is an 11.5-point underdog at home. And Ohio State has plenty to play for because they still have an outside shot at the College Football Playoff.

We’ll probably learn far more on this situation within the coming weeks.

Buffalo Bills in Major Trouble after Nathan Peterman Disaster

sean-mcdermott-billsBuffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott made a controversial move when he benched starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman. And McDermott justified the move by saying, “We are made for more than 5-4. And I’ve come here to be more than 5-4.”

The first-year coach’s “calculated risk” backfired in the worst way possible as Peterman played terribly in his first-career start. The University of Pittsburgh product completed 6-of-11 passes for 66 yards and five interceptions.

This is the most interceptions ever thrown by a quarterback in one half since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. And McDermott mercifully yanked Peterman at halftime and instilled Taylor back into place. The end result was a 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Obviously this was a bad decision in hindsight, and it gave Buffalo no chance to compete against LA. But the unfortunate thing for the Bills is that this dilemma could cause an even bigger downward spiral.

Bills’ Schedule Only Gets Tougher

doug-peterman-billsIt would be one thing if the Buffalo Bills’ schedule got easier from here. But the reality is that it gets far more difficult over the last several games this season.

The Bills, who’ve been dominated during their three-game losing streak, face the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) and the New England Patriots next (8-2). Based on the way things have been going lately, Buffalo is going to be big underdogs in both games.

They’ve been outscored 135-55 over the past three losses. This is the most points ever allowed in a three-game span in franchise history. Additionally, this is the fourth-most points allowed within three games since the merger.

McDermott’s Message Falls Flat

tyrod-taylor-billsIt seems like forever ago when the Bills were 5-2 and being talked about as one of the AFC’s top teams. Now they sit at 5-5, and it’s questionable if they can even finish the season at .500.

McDermott was calm after the team lost 34-21 to the New York Jets in Week 9. But he showed far more urgency after the Bills lost 47-10 to the New Orleans Saints.

Still qualified for an AFC Wild Card berth at 5-4, McDermott made the baffling decision to bench his starter in favor of an unproven rookie.The coach wanted to show that this wasn’t last year’s regime, and Buffalo would no longer settle for mediocrity. But this team might wish for mediocrity by the end of the season.

Sign of Things to Come?

Much of McDermott’s focus has been put on the quarterback in recent weeks. But it’s the Bills’ defense that has been falling flat.

They gave up 37 points to the Chargers in the first half, which is the most for the team in 40 years. The devastating loss not only puts the Bills at .500, but it also pushes them out of a Wild Card spot after Baltimore’s victory over Green Bay.

McDermott tried spinning the situation favorably by saying that “all teams go through this.” But it’s hard to write this losing skid off so easily when they’ve been historically bad.

Perhaps this would be understandable if Buffalo were a rebuilding team like the Cleveland Browns. But they fired head coach Rex Ryan in the offseason last year because he failed to make the playoffs in two seasons. Now, it doesn’t look like McDermott is moving the team any closer to this goal in 2017.

How can Buffalo Fix their Issues?

tyrod-taylor-lesean-mccoyGoing back to Taylor at quarterback isn’t going to fix the Bills’ problems. After all, the defense hasn’t been able to stop anybody lately.

In fact, Buffalo was unable to force a punt from the fourth quarter of the Jets’ loss to the third quarter of the San Diego game. Adding this up, the Jets, Saints, and Chargers went 22 consecutive possessions without having to punt. And in these possessions, the three opponents scored 10 touchdowns, made seven field goals, missed one field goal, fumbled one time, and took knees to end the half three times.

The defense’s biggest problem has been stopping the run game. They’re allowing 212 yards on the ground over the past three contests.

Buffalo was hoping that Peterman would help the team get into a rhythm with short passes. And by moving the chains consistently on each drive, the defense would be more rested and able to stop the run. However, what really happened is that Peterman threw some really terrible passes that put the defense in even worse spots.

What’s Ahead for Buffalo?

Not long ago, McDermott was guiding a 5-2 team and included in talks for coach of the year. Now he’s stuck answering questions about why he made such a baffling quarterback move. What’s more is that he’s got to find a way to fix this defense as the schedule heats up.

Odds are that Buffalo can win at least two more games this season with Taylor at quarterback. But any hopes of making the playoffs are long gone after this recent losing streak.

Everybody in Buffalo wanted to avoid another lost season. But as it looks right now, the Bills will simply be playing for pride over the last six games of the year.

Jameis Winston Under Investigation for Groping Uber Driver – How Does It Affect Bucs?

jameis-winston-bucs-injuryThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had a good season. They’re in last place in the NFC South with a 3-6 record, and starting quarterback Jameis Winston is out with an ailing shoulder.

As bad as things have been for Winston and the Bucs, they might get worse now that he’s accused of groping a female Uber driver.

The NFL is currently investigating the 23-year-old over an alleged incident that happened in March 2016. ESPN reports that NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the “allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have.”

NFL executive Lisa Friel interviewed the Uber driver to get more information on this matter.

“The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston,” Friel wrote. “The league takes allegations of this nature very seriously and has opened an investigation into this matter.”

Winston Denies Allegations

Jameis Winston claims that the “accusation is false” through a statement. Here’s what he had to say:

“A news organization has published a story about me regarding an alleged incident involving a female Uber driver from approximately two years ago. The story falsely accuses me of making inappropriate contact with this driver. I believe the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her.

jameis-winston-uber-driver“The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately. At the time of the alleged incident, I denied the allegations to Uber, yet they still decided to suspend my account.

“I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false. While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”

Uber Driver Explains Alleged Incident

The Uber driver declined to give her name. But she did speak with BuzzFeed News about the alleged incident.

She said that she picked Winston up around 2am on March 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winston then asked her to go through a fast-food drive-thru on the way to the destination.

The driver said that Winston reached over and grabbed her crotch for 3-5 seconds in the drive-thru. He took his hand off after she verbally objected.

She reported the incident to Uber afterward. And an Uber spokesman told ESPN that the “behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong. The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident.”

jameis-winston-tampa-bayWinston was in Scottsdale for Kurt Warner’s “Ultimate Football Experience” to help out with the camp. And Winston’s rep, Russ Spielman, reiterated that his client is innocent.

“We categorically deny this allegation,” Spielman told his client. “It is our understanding the Uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately. The only reason his name is being dragged into this is that his Uber account was used to call the ride.”

No Police Report Filed

A spokesperson for the Scottsdale Police Department said that the driver “did not call us or file a report with us.” The Phoenix Police Department was also asked about the incident and said that they weren’t contacted by the Uber driver.

The Buccaneers organization is investigating the incident. Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter said that he “just found out” about the story.

“We take these matters seriously and are fully supportive of the investigation that is being conducted by the NFL,” read a team statement.

Second Time Winston Has Dealt with Sexual Assault Allegations

jameis-winston-week-7-injuryWinston famously dealt with a sexual assault situation while quarterbacking Florida State in 2012. A student there claimed that Winston forced himself on her, but he said it was consensual.

The Tallahassee police investigated the matter despite charges never being filed. And they ultimately closed the case in December 2013, right before Winston won the Heisman Trophy.

The accuser, Erica Kinsman, filed a civil suit against Winston in 2015. He countersued, and the matter was settled out of court in 2016.

Kinsman sued Florida State in January 2016 over how they handled the complaint. The school paid her $950,000 and began holding five years’ worth of sexual assault awareness programs. In exchange, the university didn’t have to admit wrongdoing in the case.

Will Winston be Suspended by the NFL Over the Uber Driver Complaint?

Winston isn’t currently practicing due to his shoulder injury (AC joint). This leaves Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter for yet another week.

Fitzpatrick was uninspiring in his first start against the New York Jets last week, completing 17-of-34 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But he did enough to help get a 15-10 win over New York.

The 34-year-old veteran thinks that Tampa Bay has the talent to go on a long winning streak. But this will be hard if Winston continues to sit since he’s the franchise quarterback. And it’ll only be tougher if he gets suspended.

It’s difficult to say whether or not Winston will ultimately be suspended. After all, the NFL just started investigating the matter. But it’s certainly not unfathomable when considering that the league suspended Ezekiel Elliott for a domestic violence incident when the Columbus Police Department didn’t find any substantial evidence.

Winston hasn’t been a lot better than Fitzpatrick this season. But part of this is because he tried playing three games with his AC joint problem. That said, downgrade Tampa Bay’s chances of winning if Winston gets suspended and/or continues to remain sidelined with an injury.

Study: Twitter Is Secret to Winning Live Wagering

live-wagering-soccerNew research shows that Twitter activity can help bettors successfully win profits with live wagering.

The study, which was conducted by the UK’s University of East Anglia (UEA), discovered that the positive tone of tweets can indicate which team is more likely to cover live soccer wagers.

According to UEA’s website, researchers poured over 13.8 million tweets during the English Premier League season. They then compared these tweets to live wagering prices at a leading online sportsbook.

The university discovered that if the combined tone on Twitter was positive for a specific team, then they’re more likely to produce a successful live bet.

Tweets are especially helpful after a red card has been issued or a goal has been scored. The tone from this content can help assess the implications moving forward in a match.

UEA Wanted to Measure Forecasting Ability of Social Media

uea-uk-study-sports-bettingVarious firms are already using social media as a way to forecast future results. And the university wanted to determine the accuracy of social media as a forecasting tool. They accomplished this by measuring the aggregate tone for all tweets surrounding each EPL team.

The research has been published in the journal Economic Inquiry, and it was carried out by Dr Alasdair Brown, UEA’s School of Economics, and colleagues from the Universities of Dundee and Reading, and Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr. Brown, who’s a senior economics lecturer, told UEA the following:

“The modern forecaster has a number of tools at their disposal. In particular, prediction markets and social media have proved extremely popular.

“We know that prediction markets, such as Betfair, generally lead to accurate forecasts, and outperform individual experts and polls in many settings. However, we wanted to find out if social media has anything to add. Can we combine probability forecasts from prediction markets with social media output to improve our predictions?

“We find that Twitter activity predicts match outcomes, after controlling for betting market prices. Much of the predictive power of social media presents itself just after significant market events, such as goals and red cards, where the tone of Tweets can help in the interpretation of information.

“In short, social media activity does not just represent sentiment or misinformation. If sensibly aggregated it can, when combined with a prediction market, help to improve forecast accuracy.”

More on the Live Betting Findings

epl-live-wageringThe UEA team used a number of betting strategies to determine the degree to which social media can predict live wagering outcomes. Using a strategy that factors in sportsbook commissions and uses the positive tone on specific teams, UEA earned an average profit of 2.28% on 903,821 bets.

This is a very impressive when considering that the average online better loses 5.41% on EPL live wagering (according to UEA research).

Dr. Brown said these are significant returns when considering the size of the EPL market and the volatile nature of live betting.

The only goal that the study didn’t accomplish is determining if tweets are helpful before a goal is scored. UEA was unable to find a correlation between a positive Twitter tone and making successful bets prior to a goal being scored.

Twitter Is a Very Helpful Live Wagering Predictor

“These results fit in with recent evidence that social media content can be useful as a forecasting tool,” Brown said. “For example, there is evidence that social media output, both on Twitter and on financial message boards, predicts future stock returns.

“At first glance this may be surprising, as we might think that an individual in possession of valuable information would bet or trade first, and post later. However, if we think that valuable information is dispersed among a number of individuals, then we might understand why social media content leads market prices, as it does in this study and elsewhere.”

Dr James Reade, an economics expert who co-authored the study, also spoke about the findings.

“This is a real ‘wisdom of crowds’ kind of outcome,” said Reade. “It says that if we listen to the right parts of the crowd, we can gain more information and make better predictions.

“It’s great for football fans, who always want to know what others think of their team. Betting prices, allied with the general mood on Twitter, can give a really accurate picture of where a match is going, in real time.”

Georges St-Pierre Betting Favorite over Conor McGregor

georges-st-pierre-conor-mcgregorGeorges St-Pierre is fresh off a victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. And UFC President Dana White has already announced that Robert Whittaker will be GSP’s next opponent. But sportsbooks are offering lines as if St-Pierre were preparing to fight Conor McGregor.

This is the fantasy fight from a fan’s perspective because McGregor is coming off a boxing match against Floyd to Mayweather Jr. And St-Pierre is one of the most-famous fighters in mixed martial arts. They’re also both titleholders, with GSP holding the middleweight belt and McGregor holding the lightweight belt.

The betting line on St-Pierre vs. McGegor is more fantasy than reality right now. But major sportsbooks currently have GSP at -150 and McGregor at +120.

georges-st-pierre-michael-bispingThis sets up St-Pierre to be a favorite if the fight were to take place tomorrow. However, -150 doesn’t put St-Pierre as a massive favorite in the octagon. And it’s nothing like the long odds that McGregor was facing when he boxed Mayweather.

Both fighters are really talented. But if there’s a major reason why St-PIerre has an edge, it’s because the fight would take place at welterweight (170).

St-Pierre (185) and McGregor (155) sit at 30 points apart. McGregor would have to unnaturally gain 15 pounds, while St-Pierre would have the easier cutting process.

Chances of McGregor vs. St-Pierre Happening

Currently, the idea of Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre has mainly been something for the media to discuss. St-Pierre hadn’t fought in four years before beating former middleweight champion Michael Bisping. The Montreal native didn’t waste any time shaking off the ring rust, choking out Bisping in the second round.

conor-mcgregor-training-mayweatherNow he’ll fight interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker some time next year. St-Pierre must win this fight in order to make a potential McGregor match more attractive. And he’s currently favored at sportsbooks (-160) against Whittaker (+130).

St-Pierre is contractually obligated to take on Whittaker next. But according to MMA Weekly, St-Pierre’s coach, Freddie Roach, wants his fighter to drop down in weight in the future. And this would make a McGregor/St-Pierre match far more plausible.

“I think I would like to go to the lower weight division, back to the weight that he’s more comfortable with and more used to,” said Roach. “But the thing is, that might not be available at this point. We do need to work that out with the promoter.”

Who will McGregor Fight Next?

With GSP already having his next fight booked, all eyes are on McGregor and who his next opponent will be. White is supposed to announce who the Irishman will face later this week.

“That’s all this week,” said White. “We’re working on that [UFC 218 main event]. I have to have it done by the end of the week.”

Yahoo Sports reports that money may be holding up McGregor’s return to the UFC.

“(The UFC has) got to entice me now because I came from a billion-dollar fight, so they’ve got to entice me with something,” McGregor said. “I want equity. I want ownership. I want to be true partners in this, similar to the way I was in the Floyd fight. I was a promoter and I was a fighter.”

“That must continue for me to continue. Otherwise, I’ve got many entities and many other interests that I can carry on.”

White also noted that the money McGregor earned in the Mayweather fight is making negotiations more difficult.

“That’s what he wanted to do (fight at UFC 219),” White explained. “But when you make friggin’ 80 million bucks, things change. You never know. I said that before the fight. You make that kind of money, it can change you.”

In summary, McGregor and St-Pierre will be doing their own things in the short-term future. And there’s quite a weight difference between them at the moment.

White has indicated that he’d like to put McGregor up against Tony Ferguson. Assuming he wins this match, then perhaps we can start talking more seriously about a GSP and McGregor fight.

Houston Mattress Store Loses $10 Million on World Series

gallery-furniture-astros-betThe 2017 World Series is one of the best ever from a fan-fare perspective, with the Houston Astros beating the LA Dodgers in seven games. But it was an even bigger World Series from a betting perspective thanks to two amazing stories.

Let’s cover these stories, including a $10 million mattress promotion gone wrong and a gambler winning $14 million. We’ll also discuss how betting records fell during this year’s World Series.

Houston’s Gallery Furniture Makes a Losing $10 Million Bet

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, offered an unbelievable promotion during the World Series. He guaranteed a refund on any mattress purchase over $3,000 if the Astros won the World Series. The deal was so good that it brought people out of the woodwork to purchase expensive mattresses.

“It’s one of the most expensive purchases I’ve ever made,” attorney Barry McFadden told ESPN after purchasing a $13k Tempur-Pedic bed. “But I figured I was getting outstanding value, given that it was basically a $13,000 free play, since I was going to buy it anyway.

“Plus, [McIngvale’s] efforts after [Hurricane] Harvey were just unbelievable. So we decided to buy one from him, because of everything he’s done.”

McFadden was also one of many mattress purchasers who considered hedging their purchase by wagering on the Dodgers. In McFadden’s case, he wanted to bet $5,000 on the LA Dodgers in case the Astros lost.

mattress-mack-world-seriesMattress Mack ended up getting burned for $10 million in refunds when Houston pulled out a 5-1 victory in Game 7. McIngvale hedged his bets by wagering a combined $1 million on the Aststros winning at “four or five” Vegas sportsbooks.

Given that Houston won, he at least recouped one-tenth of his $10 million loss. Of course, he also got the mattresses at wholesale value and will only take a $10 million loss in terms of retail value.

Despite losing out on his mattress promotion, McIngvale is taking everything in stride. He plans on hosting a refund party at his store in December.

“I’m just so happy for the city and for the Astros,” he said. “After the hurricane, we needed this.”

Bettor X Wins $14 Million on World Series

Last week, we discussed a mysterious bettor nicknamed “Sir Let It Ride,” who won $14 million by betting on six World Series games. He went 6-for-6 and let his winnings ride each time. Allegedly an Eastern European man around 30 years old, he decided not to bet on Game 7 after earning the $14 million profit.

astros-betting-world-seriesNicknamed “Bettor X” by ESPN, he make large wagers at CG Technology, MGM Resorts, South Point, Station Casinos, Westgate SuperBook, William Hill, and Wynn.

Little is known about the lucky winner. But reporters did find that he’s normally a strong UFC bettor who hadn’t wagered on baseball in the past. He won 11 straight UFC bets from September through the first weekend of October. And the anonymous man won yet another 6 straight on the World Series.

Bettor X notably increased his wagers after each game as the World Series moved along. By Game 6, he put $8 million on the Dodgers (-126) to win. Sometimes Bettor X would just give his winning ticket back to the sportsbook and let his full winnings ride.

The man also took any odds he could get on occasion. For example, he made five separate bets on the Dodgers in Game 4 at odds of +110, +105, even money, -105, and -110. Bettor X risked $400,000 combined by making these wagers.

“He just wanted to get down on certain games,” said Johnny Avello, executive director of the Wynn race and sports. “He didn’t care what the number was. He just wanted to get down. And he just didn’t lose.”

“The market price would be -110, and the guy would be laying -140” said Jason Simbal, vice president of risk at CG Technology. “And the guy would be laying -140.” Bettor X made wagers as large as $800,000 across several sportsbooks for Game 6.

vegas-cg-technology“We have thresholds that we’re willing to take risk to,” Simbal explained. “We have a general idea about how much money we’ll be able to get back on the other side, so we were giving him as much as we could to get us to that number.”

Bettor X’s action helped to boost the amount of money being wagered on the World Series. For instance, CG Technology took $1 million in bets on Game 6 – more than double what they handled for Game 7 of the Cubs-Indians World Series. And it’s little secret why with how much Bettor X was risking around town.

“I remember guys going on runs before, but not to this extent,” said Avello.

Biggest World Series Ever in Terms of Betting

Bettor X wasn’t the only person who made the 2017 World Series a memorable one. Many other people wagered on this event, making it the most heavily-bet World Series of all time.

wynn-sportsbook-world-seriesSportsbooks did their best to adjust odds and try to get equal action on both sides of lines. But some oddsmakers like Avello weren’t always successful.

“I had myself in some really terrific spots, just great, great positions,” Avello said about the Wynn’s lines. “Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of them.”

CG Technology also suffered, losing six-figure amounts on the first six games. Other sportsbooks reported losing millions of dollars over the entire series.

“It was an ugly, ugly World Series,” Avello said.

We won’t know the official betting numbers until the end of November. But it’s likely that tens of millions were bet at Nevada sportsbooks, and much more was wagered at online sportsbooks. Avello said that he’s never seen this much money bet on a World Series in his 30+ years in Vegas.

It’ll definitely be difficult for next year’s World Series to top what happened this year. After all, the perfect storm of events happened, including the mattress deal that created bet hedging along with Bettor X’s massive action.