NFL Week One Busy Weekend for Sportsbooks Across US, Casinos Report Win

Posted on: September 9, 2019, 09:22h. 

Last updated on: September 9, 2019, 12:59h.

Week one of the NFL season is in the books, and for the first time in US history, legal sportsbooks took action on the games in more than a dozen states across the country.

NFL week one betting Browns
The Cleveland Browns upset loss to the Tennessee Titans was one of the major NFL week one headlines. (Image: Jamie Sabau/Getty)

Oddsmakers told ESPN that Sunday was a “decent day,” as the house came out on top on what was a busy kickoff to the most popular betting season in America. However, some bettors fared quite well in week one.

The most notable win came on a $30,000 wager placed at the PointsBet book in New Jersey. The sports betting operator features a twist on how its NFL gambling works, allowing bettors to win (and lose) 1x their bet per point away from the spread.

In this case, the bettor risked $30,000 on the Ravens spotting the Dolphins six points. The maximum win/loss was set at a whopping $600,000. With Baltimore defeating the lowly Dolphins 59-10, the PointsBet wager was multiplied by 43 for a total haul of $1,290,000. But because the max win/loss was $600,000, the bettor takes home that amount. Not bad for a Sunday.

Week One Wins

The Ravens delivered sportsbooks a loss on Sunday, as casinos reported lopsided action on Baltimore. Caesars said 93.7 percent of the money it took on the game was on the favorite.

A Philadelphia fanatic wagered $45,000 at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas on the Eagles beating the Washington Redskins straight up on -450 odds. The bet – which didn’t look good early on, as the Eagles trailed 17-0, net $10,000 after Philly managed to come back and win, 32-27.

DraftKings took a $100,000 mobile wager in New Jersey on the Indianapolis Colts (+6.5) and Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5). The Colts covered in overtime 30-24, but the Jags failed to cover in their 40-26 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

PointsBet offset some of its $600,000 loss after the Buffalo Bills topped the home team New York Jets, 17-16.

Browns Bust

The hype surrounding the Cleveland Browns was massive entering the 2019-20 season. Hopes are high for the team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.

The hype was short-lived.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota tossed three touchdown passes in his team’s 43-13 rout of the Browns. Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield was picked off three times in the final 15 minutes in what was a dismal opening week showing.

Everybody is going to throw this in the trash,” Mayfield said of the loss. “I think that is good. I know what type of men we have in this locker room.”

“Quite frankly, I do not give a damn what happens on the outside. I know how we are going to react. I know what we are going to do. We are going to bounce back. We have a Monday night game coming up, so we do not really care. We are ready to go,” the second-year star said.

The Browns – along with the Chicago Bears – attracted the most Super Bowl action prior to week one at multiple sports books. Both teams began the season with a loss.