When the Giants were 4½ games away, a season-high, in the NHL West on April 17, they had 60-1 long shots at BetMGM to win the division.
Las Vegas sports betting has taken hold all season for the heavily favored Dodgers to overtake their rivals. But San Francisco never wavered and dealt a blow to the books on Sunday when it finally clinched the division title on the last day of the season.
“The Giants winning the division were painful,” said Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading for Caesars Sportsbook. “It was six digits.”
BetMGM has lost several six figures to San Francisco, which won a franchise record 107 games to edge Los Angeles (106-56) by one game and soar through its season winning a total of 74½ games with a huge 32½ games.
“They weren’t expected to be successful,” said MGM Resorts director of trading Jeff Stoneback. “A lot of times people bet on teams when they have a good start and the teams fade away. But the Giants never faded.
San Francisco will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series opener.
The Giants are the 6-1 second pick at Westgate SuperBook behind the 3-1 favorite LA to win the World Series after opening 300-1.
The SuperBook took a $ 1,000 bet to win $ 300,000 (300-1) and a $ 1,000 bet to win $ 200,000 (200-1) on San Francisco to win it all.
“It was so unexpected,” said Randy Blum, director of SuperBook. “If the Giants win the pennant and the World Series, we would be losing seven figures.”
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Caesars also lost a bundle on his MLB home run point guard accessory when Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored in his last two games to tie Royals wide receiver Salvador Perez for the major league lead with 48 each.
“Guerrero equalized for the lead on the circuit was also painful. He was a popular selection, ”Mucklow said. “It was six figures easily. Not as bad as the Giants but it was up there.
Under the standard rule in the books in the event of a tie, bettors who had Guerrero and / or Perez to lead the majors in the circuits will win half of their bet. Perez was 200-1 at the end of August, with seven homers behind Angels star Shohei Ohtani.
Blum said the SuperBook took no bets on Perez until it released a home run title odds update on September 22, when Guerrero was a tied favorite and Perez was +175. .
A Caesars punter bet $ 115,000 to win $ 100,000 over the Yankees against the Red Sox in Tuesday’s American League game at Fenway Park.
Gerritt Cole will start for New York against Nathan Eovaldi of Boston.
The winner will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, which begins Thursday.
The Houston Astros are the ALDS -130 series favorites over the Chicago White Sox (+110), and the Milwaukee Brewers are the NLDS -155 series favorites over the Atlanta Braves (+135) .