Those of you who placed bets on Monday night’s national championship game were either thrilled or horrified by Clemson’s last-minute touchdown.
The play did not have an effect on the game’s result, but it did shift $10 million in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.com‘s Darren Rovell.
VegasInsider.com listed the final line as Alabama -6.5, meaning fans who placed money on Alabama needed the Crimson Tide to win by at least seven points to “win” in Vegas. If a person placed money on Clemson, they simply hoped that Alabama would 1) lose or 2) win by six points or fewer.
So, with 0:12 left in the game and Alabama leading by 12, Vegas bettors were a bit nervous as Clemson attempted to score from the Crimson Tide 24-yard line.
Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson found Jordan Leggett in the end zone, Greg Huegel kicked the extra point and the final score — 45-40 — shifted the Vegas “win” from Alabama bettors to Clemson bettors.
“It was enormous for us,” Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook race and sportsbook manager Ed Salmons told Rovell. “It’s just like the Super Bowl. You want the favorite to win because there are a lot of underdog bets on the money line, but you don’t want them to cover the spread. So it worked out perfectly for us.”