Sportsbook manager praying for Dolphin cover in MNF
Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook manager Jay Kornegay is praying for the Dolphins to cover tonight’s 7 p.m. ET home game.
The Patriots, always a public favorite, have drawn so much action both in the game and on parlay cards that it’s put the sportbook in a precarious spot.
“I’m going to church, so I think that could help,” Kornegay told Covers.com Monday afternoon. “The parlay liability on the Patriots tonight is insane. We’re pretty much at the mercy of that game.”
More than 90 percent of the action has poured in on the Patriots. The Hilton opened them as 4-point favorites way back in April, and they were 6.5-point favorites a week ago. The number has moved to 7.5.
“At 7.5 we’re getting equal action, but that’s not going to put a dent into what has already accumulated,” Kornegay said.
This one game has the potential to ruin a fine opening weekend for the books.
“We had plenty of underdogs cover, a few win outright,” Kornegay said. “Unfortunately, we’ve got an issue with the Patriots. It seems like every bet is going to the Patriots.”
Many players took the Patriots, at 6.5 or 7, as the final leg on their parlay cards.
“If a guy hits the last leg on a 3-teamer with the Patriots, he wins 600. If he loses, we win 100,” Kornegay said. “It feels like a landslide where we can lose a lot but not really win a lot.”
In the late game, Denver is drawing most of the action and has been bet up from -1 to -3 (-120) at most books.
MGM Mirage sportsbook manager Jay Rood, noting the Raiders’ injuries at receiver, told Covers.com that “it might be more of a play against Oakland than it is for Denver.”
Rood added that if the betting pattern continues, he’ll consider moving the line to 3.5. You can already find 3.5 if you look around.