Las Vegas Wins Big on Aggies Cover


To the typical football fan, Texas A&M’s final touchdown with 15 seconds remaining in its 49–42 loss to Alabama on Saturday was a meaningless score. To those who bet on college football, on the other hand, it was anything but.

Johnny Manziel’s four-yard scoring pass to Malcome Kennedy successfully covered the 8- to 9 1/2-point spread that the Crimson Tide were favored by. According to Jeff Sherman, the assistant manager of the Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook, about 55 percent of the bets before kickoff were for Alabama to cover, meaning that most sports books came out on top.

“It was the biggest game of the day,” said Nick Bogdanovich, the director of trading at sportsbook agency William Hill, in an interview with Darren Rovell. “When you add up what we made and you figure another book made $500,000, you’re definitely in the millions.”

Just call him Johnny Point Spread.


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