Nearly $ 250,000 in winning bets were placed at the Bellagio after an event kicked off in what is arguably the biggest sportsbook loss in Las Vegas history
- On June 28, bets at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas were able to place bets on baseball games in Korea and China that had already started
- The actual start times of the games were typed incorrectly in the newsstands
- A total of 50 bets were placed on self-service kiosks at the Bellagio between 1:30 AM and 3:00 AM PST, when those games started at 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM
- A winner scored $ 137,107.38 on a $ 250 parlay with 10 legs
- The Nevada Gaming Control Board is now investigating the matter
- Seven bookmakers in Vegas say they can’t remember a bigger loss than this
The Bellagio casino may have suffered the greatest loss of sportsbooks in Las Vegas history, after nearly a quarter of a million dollars in winning bets were placed on baseball games after they started.
On Sunday, June 28, bets were allowed to be placed on international baseball games in Korea and China after the games had already started due to incorrect start times due to a manual entry error, according to ESPN.
In total, 50 bets were placed on self-service kiosks at the Bellagio between 1:30 AM and 3:00 AM PST, when those games started at 1:00 AM and 2:00 AM.
A winner scored $ 137,107.38 on a $ 250 parlay with 10 legs.
The Bellagio casino may have suffered the greatest loss of sportsbooks in Las Vegas history when it placed nearly a quarter of a million baseball betting bets after they started. A view of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Vegas above
All four KBO games, part of Korea’s official baseball league, that were involved in the betting started at 1am and ended just before 4am.
Part of the bet was on the game between NC Dinos and Doosan Bears, broadcast on ESPN, which broke the Dinos scoreless in the fifth inning at 2.28am. They eventually won 5-0. A bet on the game would have had a good chance of cashing due to the time the game was in progress.
It is not known how many gamblers were able to successfully redeem tickets before casino officials realized the mistakes.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board is now investigating the issue of determining whether the books should consider the bets valid or not. The Gaming Control Board must be notified when there is a dispute over $ 500.
“A trading error was identified and corrected this weekend. We are working with the Nevada Gaming authorities to do this, ‘said ROAR Digital, who manages BetMGM, in a statement.
Seven old bookmakers in Vegas say they can’t remember a greater loss than this, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A KBO League, the national football league of Korea, is a match between the Doosan Bears and the Hanwha Eagles on July 5 in Seoul, South Korea. US Sportsbooks Only Started Offering International Baseball Bets Due to Coronavirus Pandemic and American Sports Gap
However, past mistakes after posting are quite common in the world of sports betting, which occurs when a sportsbook employee enters the wrong start time for games or enters a typo.
“It happened to all of us. I think every sports book has probably dealt with this at some point since the beginning of time, ”John Murray, the director of Westgate sportsbook told the Journal.
“We’ve had post-situations in the past where our employees entered the wrong time or number or forgot to close something. It’s manual entry and people are going to make mistakes, ”he added.
Experts say that dealing with sports betting abroad is particularly difficult due to the different time zones and days.
Bookmakers say it is a common practice to provide gamblers of the past with the option of taking the winnings from the casino along with a permanent ban or forfeiting and returning the earnings at any time.
Robert Walker, the USBooking director of sportsbook operations, said that when the Gaming Control Board gets involved, it often takes the side of the gamblers.
‘We had [the GCB] come out several times. We were usually contradicted, ”Walker said.
US Sportsbooks has only just started offering bets on international baseball because of the coronavirus pandemic and the interruption of American sports.