Bellagio’s mistake could be the biggest loss in sports betting for Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in winning bets placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday may be the biggest loss in sports betting in Las Vegas history on bets made after the start of Event. Seven longtime Las Vegas bookies don’t remember a bigger loss, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But each oddsmaker took a beating on previous posts and said it was a fairly common phenomenon in the books.

According to an ESPN report, Sunday bets were allowed to be placed because incorrect tee times were posted on some Korean and Chinese baseball games due to a manual entry error.

Almost all of the approximately 50 wagers were placed on self-service kiosks at the Bellagio between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. when the games in question started at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Among the bets, there was a $ 250 10-legged parlay that paid over $ 137,100.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is said to be investigating the matter. Whenever there is a dispute over $ 500, state books are required to contact the board of directors, which investigates and makes a decision that the books must abide by.

“It happened to all of us,” said Westgate sports betting director John Murray. “I think all sports betting, probably since the beginning of time, has dealt with this at some point.

“We have had subsequent situations where our employees put the wrong time or entered the wrong number or forgot to close something. It’s manual entry and humans will make mistakes. ”

Robert Walker, director of sports betting operations at USBookmaking, is still haunted by his past duties during his tenure as director of sports betting at MGM Resorts from 1996 to 2008.

“I still haven’t overcome some of the mistakes I made at the Mirage 20 years ago,” he said. “There is no worse feeling than when you see a bet on a game already started.

“I lit up at halftime before. If you don’t manually close the half-time line, they continue to bet and they did. ”

Walker said a college football bettor had once placed the $ 3,000 halftime bet on the state of Louisiana at the end of the fourth quarter, so that the bet could not lose.

“Once I saw this bet fall on the ticker in the fourth quarter, I was mortified,” he said.

Sports betting blocked the collection receipt while Walker went to the MGM Grand to explain his mistake to the bettor.

“He told me the story they didn’t know and they were fans of LSU. But yet you are watching the match, “he said. “But it was 100% my fault. They were guests of the casino, so at that time I pulled over with them and it was a mistake we had to eat. “

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