Almost nine months after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports and Las Vegas books scrambled for content, COVID-19 continues to create challenges for bookmakers and bettors.
South Point took sharp action on Atlanta but it was overwhelmed by public money on Las Vegas, which was the most popular pick in the Circa Sports Million II contest.
In the $1,000-entry Circa Survivor contest — in which entrants pick a winning team straight up every week or get eliminated — Thanksgiving Day is its own contest week.
Sportsbooks notched their third big winning Sunday in four weeks, cashing largely on five outright upsets, with the Broncos and Texans two of the biggest decisions for them.
There are countless cases of unranked teams being favored over ranked teams and ranked teams being favored over teams ranked above them in the college polls.
Cleveland bettors, including one at BetMGM sportsbook in Las Vegas who wagered $100,000 on the Browns -4 over the Houston Texans, were dealt a bad beat.
Despite Las Vegas sportsbooks losing on the Raiders, they had one of their best days of the season, as underdogs went 8-4 against the spread with five outright wins.
Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence will miss his second straight game Saturday when the Tigers play at Notre Dame. But No. 1 Clemson still is favored to prevail.
Books won big again Sunday as underdogs went 8-3 ATS with six outright wins heading into Cowboys-Eagles on “Sunday Night Football.”
Three of four popular favorites in the afternoon games covered the spread and went over the total, as the Buccaneers, Chiefs and Chargers cashed tickets for bettors.