Not too many people expected the New York Jets to win in their season opener on the road against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night.
One bettor was so confident that he laid down a bet on the Lions to win straight up, to the tune of $40,600!
Brutal: A bettor bet $40,600 on the Lions to win straight up last night at South Point in Vegas. Would have won $14,000. Lost $40,600. (Via @JimmyVaccaro)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 11, 2018
The money line odds reflect how little confidence sportsbooks had in the Jets coming away with a victory as well. The $40,600 only nets you a profit of $14,000 which again reflects those weak odds.
It's understandable how much of a slam dunk this game seemed to be. The Jets were starting a rookie quarterback on the road in Sam Darnold. The Lions offense has been highly touted all offseason and their defense has some of the best playmakers in the league in Ziggy Ansah and Derrius Slay Jr.
Every piece of conventional wisdom has the Lions winning this game in a landslide. Unfortunately, much of the time, sports betting throws conventional wisdom right out the window. The game was a landslide, just not in the right direction for this bettor.
A few times a year you hear about these huge or crazy bets being made and lost in heartbreaking fashion. You feel for the guy, everyone knows that feeling of a gut-wrenching loss on a game you were absolutely sure of the result. Although not everyone knows what it feels like to lose $40K on it.
Hopefully, it's all relative though and $40K to this guy is the same as $40 to the average Joe. If not, then looks like rent's gonna be a little late next month.
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