Christmas came a few days early for two NFL bettors.
They cashed in on a $200 parlay at 95/1 odds over the weekend, calling the New York Jets’ upset over the Rams along with Cincinnati’s win against Pittsburgh. The bet was placed by Michael Kipness and his business partner at the William Hill sportsbook at Harrah’s in Las Vegas, according to Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
New York was a 17-point underdog in its 23-20 win against Los Angeles. The Jets pulled off the biggest upset in the last 25 years of the NFL and were listed at 11/1 on the money line in the parlay.
“The main reason we liked the Jets as 17-point ‘dogs was because it was the greatest trap game,” Kipness told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The Rams were coming off an emotional win over the Patriots, and they had the 0-13 Jets and then a look-ahead game against Seattle this weekend that could determine the division winner.”
Cincinnati completed the parlay with its 27-17 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Bengals led 17-0 at halftime, cashing a separate parlay for Kipness. It was a $200 first-half money-line parlay on the Jets (+475) and Bengals (+370) that paid out $5,205 (26/1).
“Monday’s game was even better,” Kipness said. “You had the Steelers not playing well going into this game. This was the standalone Monday night game. For the Bengals, this was their Super Bowl. This was a double-digit home division ‘dog playing with same season revenge.”
Pittsburgh got the ball back down by just one touchdown late in the game, but veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw four straight incompletions.
Kipness wasn’t the only bettor happy to see New York pull off the upset over Los Angeles. Brian Wood, a New Jersey-based bettor, cashed a $100 ticket on the Jets’ first win of the season to be against the Rams in Week 15, according to David Purdum of ESPN.
He placed $100 wagers on the Jets first win to come in Weeks 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 back in September. Wood hedged his bets in the first few weeks prior to cashing in for $12,000 over the weekend.
He also jumped into first place in the DraftKings Pro Football Pick’em National Championship—a contest with a $1 million first place prize. Wood needs to go 4-1 with his picks this week to likely lock up first place.
“If it ends up coming down to one game, it’s going to be crazy, because I don’t have enough liquid capital to hedge at a certain point,” Wood told Purdum. “That’s going to be a really uncomfortable position if it comes down to having $750K on the Monday night game. There’s nothing I can do at some point. I just have to hope it goes my way.”