LAS VEGAS – The nearly quarter-million dollars in winning bets that were reportedly placed at MGM Resort last Sunday may be the biggest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas history at games made after an event began.
Seven longtime Las Vegas bookmakers can’t remember a major loss, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. But every oddsmaker has taken hits on previous posts and said it is a fairly common occurrence in books.
According to an ESPN report, Sunday’s bets were allowed because incorrect start times were published on some Korean and Chinese baseball games due to a manual entry error.
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Almost all of the approximately 50 bets were placed at self-service kiosks at Bellagio between 01:30 and 03:00 when the games in question started at 01:00 and 02:00.
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Among the bets was a $ 250 parlay, 10-legged that paid more than $ 137,100.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board is reportedly investigating the matter. Anytime there is a dispute over $ 500, the state books are required to contact the board, which conducts an investigation and decides the books must follow.
“It’s happened to us all,” said Westgate sportsbook director John Murray. “I think every sports book has probably dealt with this at some point in time.
“We have had previous situations where our employees set the wrong time or entered the wrong number or they forgot to close something. It is manual input and people will make mistakes. “
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Robert Walker, USBookmaking director of sportsbook operations, is still haunted by having previously been posted during his term as MGM Resort’s sportsbook manager from 1996-2008.
“I still haven’t come across any 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 that has already been started.
“I’ve been on fire for some half-time. If you don’t close the half-time line manually, they bet all the time and that’s what they did. “
Walker said a college football player once placed a $ 3,000 half-time bet on Louisiana State late in the fourth quarter, when the game couldn’t lose.
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“When I saw that game coming over the ticker in the fourth quarter, I was killed,” he said.
The playbook locked the ticket out of cash while Walker went to the MGM Grand to explain his mistake to the player.
“He gave me the story they didn’t know and they were LSU fans. But you still watch the game, he said. “But that was 100% my fault. They were guests at the casino, so at that time I was one-sided with them and it was a mistake we had to eat. “
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