Did you bet on Draymond Green player props Sunday night? If you did, you might’ve been one of the people who cashed in huge.
Klay Thompson returned to the Warriors lineup for the first time since the 2019 NBA Finals, but that wasn’t the only notable event ahead of Golden State’s game against the Cavaliers. Green aggravated a calf injury in pregame warmups but decided to start the game ceremoniously with Thompson’s return being so monumental for the team. Green’s intention, though, was to leave the game after just a few seconds. Seems innocent and warm-hearted enough, right?
Well, not in today’s legal sports betting environment.
At 8:31 p.m. Sunday night, the Warriors and some media outlets tweeted that Green would be on the court for the tip-off and then removed from the game. The game was set to tip at 8:40 p.m. In those nine minutes, sports bettors rushed to their apps to bet ‘under’ on Green’s player props, many even tying multiple props together in same game parlays.
Knowing that Green would start — but not play for more than a minute — was a massive opportunity for sports bettors. Some made “life-changing money” on Green ‘under’ props and same game parlays, as some sportsbooks were slower than others to catch on.
Twitter sports betting personality, Joey Knish (@JoeyKnish22) said, “DK left this up under SGP significantly longer than anywhere else. So I’m sure their liability is significant and are looking for a way out. FD has stricter limits on this stuff and pulled it faster, hence easy decision to pay (and get good PR). Hope ppl get paid.”
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This result was horrific for several books, including FanDuel, Caesars, BetMGM, and PointsBet, as bettors hit same game parlays into the six figures. DraftKings, in fact, lost over seven figures on Green player props, per ESPN’s Dave Purdum.
“Industry sources estimated DraftKings paid out more than $1 million on the Green props, with payouts across the sports betting market believed to be in the multiple millions,” Purdum writes. “The majority of the liability came from bets that were placed within the last 10 minutes before the game tipped off.”
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Also, it would not surprise some around the industry if books decided to ban bettors who took advantage of the news.
The Draymond Green situation is not necessarily unique. Information travels fast, and sometimes bettors get it before the books. We’ll be watching the ripple effects.