Seeing as how this is an article about gambling I’m going to ahead and wager that the person who dropped $100 on Syracuse to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament at William Hill Sportsbook in Las Vegas was probably a Syracuse fan and not some genius gambler who knew that the Orangemen were destined for a deep run this year. I’ll also wager that the dude who dropped $100 on Syracuse at 1,000-to-1 odds was crapping in his pants while Syracuse came from behind to beat the Virginia Cavaliers and advance to the Final Four.
According to ESPN’s David Purdum, the fan placed his bet at the Westgate SuperBook on January 13th when the Syracuse Orangemen were listed at odds of 1,000-to-1 to win the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. There were actually four bets placed that day at the Westgate SuperBook, but in total only $135 were spent, and we know that one of the bettors spent $100 on Syracuse to win it all (with the three other bets totaling $35).
On Jan. 13, the Westgate SuperBook had Syracuse listed at 1,000-1 to win the NCAA tournament. Even though the Orange were struggling at that point, some folks had faith. The Westgate booked four bets, totaling $135, at that price, including a $100 ticket that would pay $100,100.
Syracuse was only listed at 1,000-1 for a week at the SuperBook before being trimmed down to 500-1 on Jan. 13. That was still an attractive price to a few bettors. In fact, the same bettor who put $100 on the Orange at 1,000-1 odds also took them at 500-1 twice at $50 a pop. The bettor has put all three tickets up for sale for $6,069 at Propswap, a Las Vegas site that acts as a secondary market, allowing people to buy and sell tickets from Nevada sportsbooks.
Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports at the Westgate and a 20-plus-year Vegas veteran, said he could not recall a 1,000-1 bet ever cashing. Auburn was 1,000-1 during the 2012-2013 college football season and reached the championship game before falling to Florida State.
If you have the balls to buy one of his 500-to-1 tickets for $50 you can head on over to PropSwap.com, a secondary market site for the selling and trading of sportsbook tickets.
The guy with the $100 1,000-to-1 ticket wasn’t the only one crapping his pants during the Syracuse vs. UVA game though. This dude got PAID last night:
He spent $350 to win $5,250 and cashed in big time. Of course those winnings pale in comparison to the possible $100,000 pay day the Syracuse fan stands to win if the Orangemen of Syracuse can win two more games.
Again, that bet was placed at the Westgate SuperBook and not William Hill US. These are the longest odds that Syracuse was ever given from the William Hill SportsBook:
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