A Bettor Made An All-Time Bad Bet On A 200/1 Favorite In Tennis


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Anybody who regularly finds themselves wagering onspomts knows the pain of taking a loss. It happens to all of us. Sometimes the losses come in truly ridiculous ways. Sometimes they come in games where we thought there’s no chance we would ever lose.

Still, most of us have never experienced pain like one bettor who thought they’d make a quick buck on a massive tennis favorite. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out so well for them.

The bettor decided that yesterday was a good day to place a wager on Alexander Petrov as a -20000 favorite in the ITF USA 32 tournament. Petrov had won his first two matches in the tournament while only losing a total of 4 games.

Yesterday didn’t go quite so well for him. Petrov lost to Tobey Boyer in 3 sets, dropping the 3rd set 6-1 and losing this bettor $2000.

Bettor loses $2000 on Alexander Petrov, who was a 200/1 favorite

Let’s just be honest about this bet. It was a terrible bet from the second they hit the button to confirm. The potential return on this wager would have only been $10. That is a .5% return on investment. It’s hard to see how that is ever worth the risk on something as random as low-level tennis.

Bettors regularly find themselves putting in wagers with steep odds and low ROIs. There are bets on Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes every time they fight. Those lines are usually viewed as bad values just because sports can sometimes be random and those lines never get anywhere close to -20000.

Sometimes, when you lose a bet, you have to just face the fact that you made a bad one. Laying -20000 odds on low-level tennis will always be one of those times.

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