Ravens-Browns crazy final play sways millions at sportsbooks
It looked like the thrilling Monday night matchup of AFC North rivals would end in a 45-42 Ravens win over the Browns. Sure, if you took the over, you were sitting pretty early in this high-scoring back and forth affair, but the spread was very much in question until the end, and then beyond what looked like the end.
After Justin Tucker hit a 55-yard field goal that gave the Ravens a three-point lead, the Browns would get the ball back with two seconds left on the clock. Surely they couldn’t go 75 yards on some wild hook and ladder, multilateral rugby looking like play to win it, could they? Well, no, but no one thought they could somehow go backward 25 yards from umpteen lateral attempts resulting in a safety. On the surface, a loss is a loss, right, three points, five points, who cares. Well, those who had the Browns to cover might have a problem with that take.
The Ravens opened as low as a 0.5-point favorite early last week with a line that grew mostly to -3 to as high as 3.5 points by kickoff. So the pointless safety to end the game changed this one from likely a push or a Browns cover to an undisputed Ravens cover with the five-point victory.
According to ESPN, significant money poured into books when the line hit Browns +3.5, which, remember, would have been the result without the 2-point safety finale. They went on to say another sportsbook took a $126,000 bet on Baltimore -3. The final play took that bet from a push to a six-figure payday in a matter of seconds. FanDuel sportsbook director John Sheeran said the Ravens covering was as costly as a seven-figure amount.
The bad beat isn’t going to stop FanDuel from taking care of their wagering enthusiasts. The sportsbook is refunding all pre-live, straight spread bets placed on the Browns +3, +3.5, and +4.5 from last night’s game. The total refund will be $750k and will appear in customer’s accounts on Tuesday in site credit.
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