Parlays that mix-and-match different leagues are fairly common. Bettors love weekend-long parlays that include college football and NFL on the same ticket.
However, parlays that intertwine the NFL, MLB and NASCAR are probably…pretty rare. Circa Sports—who has been shaking things up by posting college football openers before any offshore books on Sundays—took a parlay that included all three of those sports this weekend.
A bettor placed a $90, four-team parlay that included the New York Jets +7 (-115), the New York Yankees +1.5 (-150), any other player to score first in the Steelers vs. Chargers game (+600) and Ryan Blaney to win Talladega (+1400).
Blaney’s photo-finish win meant a payout of nearly $30,000 for the Circa Sports bettor on Monday.
The Jets kicked off the parlay with a sweat-free cover against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. New York led the entire game, including a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. Dallas made a late charge, but the first parlay leg was never in question.
Sunday night is when things really got dicey. By taking the ‘field’ to score the first touchdown in the Sunday Night Football game, the bettor needed an unconventional touchdown or a backup to record the first score.
Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers obliged, as he fumbled the ball and Pittsburgh’s Devin Bush returned it nine yards for a scoop-and-score TD to complete the second leg of the parlay.
Next up were the New York Yankees, who had a chance to extend their ALCS series lead to 2-0. The Yankees came up short, as the Houston Astros evened the series with an extra-innings win. However, the parlay simply needed the Yankees to cover the +1.5 on the run-line, so the walk-off from Carlos Correa meant the parlay was one leg away.
The final leg of the wild four-teamer was a longshot by itself. Ryan Blaney was 14/1 to win the 1000bulbs.com 500 at Talladega on Monday. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were co-favorites at 9/2 and Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson and Joey Logano followed at 6/1.
Blaney came through, though, beating out Ryan Newman (28/1) by 0.007 seconds in one of the closest finishes ever in a NASCAR race. The four-team parlay cashed, resulting in a $29,355.65 payday for the fortunate bettor.