Sports bettors are generally not able to play a role in the outcome of a bet—outside of making noise at an event.
So when Yuri Andrade saw offshore sportsbook Bovada offering a prop for a fan to run on the field at the Super Bowl, he claims to have taken advantage of an opportunity. Andrade ran across the field during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.
After he was identified by multiple media outlets, Andrade claimed to have made a $50,000 wager at +750 odds on the prop, which would have cashed for $375,00. He told Tampa radio station WiLD 94.1 that he got several friends to set up accounts and place the bets.
Well, Andrade would have needed more than a few friends for his story to be valid. Bovada was taking a maximum of $1,000 per bet on the prop and the line moved all the way to +175 by kickoff—meaning he would have needed somewhere in the ballpark of 100 different people making the wager to get anywhere close to a $375,000 payout.
Andrade has already dug himself a hole. He originally said he placed the bet with a legal sportsbook in Las Vegas, but Vegas sportsbooks did not offer that specialty prop.
Bovada has reported “betting irregularities” with the prop, though. The offshore sportsbook released a statement to multiple media outlets.
“Our players have always trusted us to ensure the integrity of all props offered in our sportsbook,” the statement said. “We will continue to make sure that any publicity stunts or ill-intended behavior cannot adversely affect the outcome of a player’s wager.”
The betting line for the prop opened at +500, but most of the initial bets were on ‘No’ streaker. Late money came pouring in on ‘Yes,’ according to the Bovada spokesman. It reached a peak of +750 before closing at +175.
The offshore sportsbook has chosen to refund ‘No’ bettors based on the “betting irregularities.” They are also going to honor some of the ‘Yes’ bets, but only the ones that they deem were not part of the “irregularities.”
“All of our players are on a level playing field, so if you bet ‘NO’ on this market we’re going to refund your bet. Additionally, we’re honoring all those ‘YES’ wagers we’ve determined to have had no part in the betting irregularities. We’ll be reaching out to all those players impacted by this event shortly.”
Andrade said he had a second person run on the field first as a distraction. Both Andrade and his friend were arrested and charged with criminal trespass on Sunday night. He was out on a $500 bond by Monday morning.
He has a 15-year criminal history, which includes marijuana charges, traffic citations and multiple felony arrests, according to The Athletic. Andrade once spent three years in jail.