Detroit’s late cover helps BetMGM bettor win $2.3 million

Matt Prater buried a 48-yard extra point to lift the Lions to a 23-22 win at Atlanta.

A Las Vegas bettor had quite the NFL Sunday with BetMGM.

The bettor placed 23 NFL wagers, totaling $2.56 million. He came out on top, winning a net $2.3
million, according to David Purdum of ESPN.

Jeff Stoneback, director of MGM sportsbooks in Nevada, described the bettor as “an established
player who’s played with us for years.” One of the major tipping points of the day came when
Atlanta running back Todd Gurley tried to fall short of the goal line, but wound up scoring a
touchdown.

Detroit went the other way and scored a game-winning touchdown as time expired. The bettor
had $805,000 on the Lions in a series of bets that all got to the window as winners on the last-
second play.

“That was a big, big swing for us,” Stoneback told ESPN. “That was a seven-figure swing
[against the house].”

A different swing went in Vegas’ favor on Sunday afternoon when Cleveland kicker Cody
Parkey missed an extra point at the end of the game. Baker Mayfield had just thrown a game-
winning touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones to take a 3-point lead with 11 seconds left,
but Parkey missed the extra point.

The spread closed at -3.5 in that game, so Cincinnati backers got the cover. Purdum reported a
seven-figure swing in favor of the house for DraftKings and a six-figure swing in favor of the
house for Station Casino books in Nevada.

Overall, it was a good day for bettors. Green Bay, Kansas City and Tampa Bay all came through
with blowout wins, cashing tickets for the public. One game the public missed was Dallas’ loss
to Washington, where the Cowboys were blown out in a contest that closed as a pick ’em.

According to Purdum, 79% of the money bet on that game was on Dallas. There has been more
money bet on Dallas than its opponent at William Hill sportsbooks in six of their seven games.
The Cowboys are now 0-7 against the spread.

“The public has just kept betting Dallas,” Johnny Avello, DraftKings sportsbook director, told
ESPN. “But I think that’s probably over. They’ve burned all their money.”

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