Ah yes, the Las Vegas gamblers best friend, and his biggest enemy - meaningless touchdown. Vegas gamblers know it all too well. It can put a smile on your face or make you want to yell at the 55” big screen TV in the sports book while you vent your frustration towards players who you know can’t hear a word your saying.
“A "meaningless" touchdown at the end of the Texas A&M-Alabama game swung an estimated $5 million in bets across sportsbooks in Las Vegas, Jeff Sherman, assistant manager of the Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook told ESPN.com on Saturday.”
Sports books closed with Alabama at anywhere from 8- to 9½-point favorites.
Gamblers who bet the Crimson Tide were getting ready to celebrate and collect their cash after Jalston Fowler caught a 5-yard pass from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron with 2 minutes and 28 seconds left in the game that gave Bama a 14 point lead.
However, A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wasn’t just going to roll over. The never say die Manziel threw a touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy with 15 seconds left in the game and made winners out of those who bet on A&M to cover the spread.
Alabama wins 49-42, but Vegas gamblers who bet on Texas A&M +7.5 points were thanking Johnny Football as he helped the A&M gamblers collect, but it was the sports books who were more elated with the last second touchdown because a lot more cold hard cash was wagered on Alabama than Texas A&M.
Vegas made millions off of that last second meaningless touchdown, but not from my selection.
That half point meant everything, and we squeaked it out in the end!