Down in the Sunshine State, there were some wild betting storylines this past month that put the Florida gaming scene at the front of the betting world. Per a recent article from ESPN, last week, a bettor with Hard Rock casino’s newly reopened online sportsbook in Florida won $5.5 million on a four-leg, same-game parlay on a four-leg, same-game parlay on the Houston Texans-Cincinnati Bengals game. SBS will go over the details of that parlay later in this report. Moreover, Hard Rock’s online sportsbook in Florida has been closed for two years, while a legal battle played out all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since reopening earlier this month, a source familiar with the action said million-dollar bets have not been uncommon.
For this article, SBS will be going over what to look for from the latest gaming news coming from SBS and also more notes about Florida wagering.
According to the article, the four legs on the parlay were: 1) the Texans to beat the Bengals, 2) the game to go over 44.5 points, 3) Texans running back Devin Singletary to score a touchdown, and 4) Singletary to go over 51.5 rushing yards. Singeltary ended up rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown, and the Texans kicked a field goal on the final play for a 30-27 win over the Bengals. It resulted in one of the largest parlay payouts ever reported by a U.S. sportsbook, according to ESPN. However, it wasn’t even the wildest bet of the first week of legal betting’s return to Florida as that honor fell to a midweek MAC football game.
Earlier that week, a bettor in Florida placed two bets totaling $1,546,000 on a one-win Kent State team against Bowling Green. These bets specifically were: $1.12 million on Kent State +10.5 (-115) and $426,000 on Kent State money line at +325. However, Bowling Green won 49-19.
Per the same report, Jon Chapper, senior director of communications for Hard Rock Digital confirmed the bets to ESPN. However, he declined to disclose whether they were from the same player who won the $5.5 million parlay. Chapper said the type of large bets that had been placed this past week – including on lower-profile games were consistent with the wagering that the sportsbook had seen when it was open for roughly a month in November 2021.
Chapper also noted that “with such a large and diverse population, nothing is ‘low profile.’” He would go on to say in the article “We see great interest in wagers across our deep betting markets. That said, we’re always performing due diligence, especially on large wagers.” Hard Rock also reported last week taking a $1 million bet on the Detroit Pistons (+8.5) against the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this month. The 76ers won 114-106.
After you are all squared away getting caught up on the latest gaming news coming from the Sunshine State, make sure to check out the variety of resources for you at SBS. Of course, for even more insights on the topic at hand, our Florida sports betting guide is a must-read page where you can learn more about the latest happenings in the state as it relates to betting. Conversely, if you are interested in some more insights about maximizing your bets, then make sure to check out the best bonus betting sites rundown. On this page, you can find a catalog of the latest welcome bonus offers available. Finally, if you are someone who is always on the go, our best betting apps breakdown is a fantastic resource to learn all about the perks of mobile betting and staying on top of the action.