Push costs sports bettor thousands

If a tie is like kissing your sister, then for one Delaware man on Sunday night a push must have been like getting kicked in the groin by the entire family.

The state sponsors sports betting, but gamblers can wager only on parlay cards. One option is a 15-team, ties-lose card that pays 20,000-to-1.

The unidentified man in question played a 15-team parlay for Week 4 games last week, but because there were only 14 games because of byes and no totals betting is permitted, one game had to be selected from Week 5 action.

The bettor won all 14 games last week, and in the carry-over game he had the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. At the time he placed the bet, the 49ers were 3-point underdogs to Philadelphia.

So the man waited all week and then through all the games Sunday for the prime-time game to come around to see if the 49ers would cover and win him $100,000 on his $5 wager.

The Eagles won, 27-24.

Because ties lose, all the correct selections of the previous week amounted to absolutely nothing.

Of course, if the bettor had known what he was doing, he still could have won some serious coin.

As it turned out, Michael Vick got hurt in a game in which the Eagles looked terrible in Week 4 and the line settled with the 49ers as 3-point favorites. That scenario left the man with a perfect hedging opportunity.

He should have figured out a way to get to Las Vegas or open an offshore account to place a large wager on the Eagles at plus-3 or on the money line, leaving himself a good chance to win both bets while also ensuring he would win a tidy amount of money either way.

According to a Tuesday story in the Philadelphia Daily News, the man instead created his own system of hedging.

The newspaper learned that he placed four separate $1,000, three-team parlays in Delaware on Sunday, taking each side in two separate games, along with the Eagles to guarantee hitting one three-teamer. The one winning ticket returned $7,000.

In the end, the bettor’s $5 investment netted him a win of $2,995.

Not quite kissing your sister, but not exactly making out with the homecoming queen, either.

■ WHO DAT KID? — Drew Brees has taken to Twitter to ask his more than 270,000 followers for a little help with a major decision.

“My wife is due any day now with baby boy #2. We have a few names picked out but haven’t decided yet. Looking for “b” names. Suggestions?” he posted. “We are looking for boy names starting with a “b” that are uncommon. Not in most baby name books. Thanks to all for any ideas.”

He probably should have asked at a time when he wasn’t coming off an ugly performance in a loss to the Cardinals.

Brees and wife Brittany named their first son Baylen, but if disheartened Saints fans have anything to do with it, the second could be named Bumbling or Befuddled.

■ FAVRE CLEARED — The NFL said it’s investigating the voice mails and lewd text messages allegedly sent by Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre to former New York Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.

There really isn’t anything to investigate. There’s no way all of that information could have been sent by Favre and actually reached its intended receiver.

COMPILED BY ADAM HILL
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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