A line of sharp bettors quickly pounced on what they perceived as vulnerable numbers as others in the Westgate sports book simply looked up in wonder at the extensive buffet of wagering options on Super Bowl LII prop bets.
There are 948 Super Bowl LII prop betting options at William Hill sports books, which is up from 814 last year.
Gun Runner, the 4-5 morning line favorite, drew post position 10, a major disadvantage in a 1 1/8-mile race where the horses enter the first turn almost as soon as they break from the gate.
If, as expected, a federal ban on sports betting is lifted in the coming months, the NBA wants sports books to pay the league 1 percent of the money wagered on its games as an “integrity fee.”
Last year’s Super Bowl was a prop bettor’s paradise as several popular wagers cashed, including the overtime prop at 7-1 for the first time in Super Bowl history.
Several Las Vegas sports books on Monday posted the first wave of the ever-popular Super Bowl prop bets, which Westgate sports book director Jay Kornegay estimates make up more than half of the Super Bowl betting handle.
One William Hill bettor lost a $250,000 wager he placed on the Patriots (-7) Saturday in Southern Nevada and another lost a $500,000 bet he placed Sunday at William Hill’s location at the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas.
The Westgate sports book opened the Patriots as 5½-point favorites over Philadelphia, with a total of 47½.
The Eagles are 3-point home underdogs to the Vikings, and handicapper Micah Roberts (Sportsline.com) said the line is out of whack for the second straight week.