While the Bills pulled a monumental upset in beating the Minnesota Vikings, the lesson to remember is that Vegas almost always finds a way to come out ahead.
The Bills were 16.5- to 17.5-point underdogs, depending on where the wager was made, and won 27-6 in that largest point-spread upset in the NFL in 23 years. The Vikings were an 18-1 to 20-1 money line favorite.
"Even though it was a 'big' upset for most, we would categorize it as a good game but not great," a spokesman for the Westgate SuperBook told The News on Monday. "The general public usually doesn’t feel comfortable laying all those points and stay away from those games. In addition, it was a lightly bet game."
At the Mirage, director of trading Jeff Stoneback said Bills-Vikings "was by far our biggest game of the day."
There were some who took the plunge on just that game and others who had the Vikings as part of parlays.
A bettor at the SuperBook wagered $9,000 on the Vikings at -2,000 odds. He would have won $450. According to ESPN.com and the Las Vegas Review-Journal,. William Hill took an $18,000 straight up money line wager on the Vikings. A win would have made $1,000.
The South Point book took two $1,000 money line wagers on the Bills at +1,200 and +1,100. The wins made $12,000 and $11,000.
“It would’ve been better for us if the Vikings had won the game,” South Point sports book director Chris Andrews told the Review-Journal.