FanDuel Pays Out $20 Million to Sports Bettors in NFL Week 2

FanDuel offered 200-1 odds on a highly unlikely prop bet, but this time around, luck was on the punters’ side.
FanDuel Pays Out $20 Million to Sports Bettors in NFL Week 2
September 27, 2023

Prop bets have surged in popularity in the last couple of years, and US sportsbooks are in a fierce race to outdo each other by serving these unique markets and different bets.

FanDuel shook things up during NFL Week 2 by rolling out a special 200-1 odds bet: “Every team in the Sunday twelve afternoon matches to make at least one field goal.” Statistically speaking, this bet had a 0.5% chance of succeeding.

The reaction coming from the sports bettors was like a blitz, with more than 20,000 customers pouncing on the opportunity. Eventually, it caused the odds to plummet down to 130-1 just before the Sunday kick-off.

While most bets were from small-time punters, a few high-rollers decided to spice their Sunday afternoon with jaw-dropping wagers. And, by the time the last game was in the books, that 0.5% turned into 100% as the highly improbable proposition came through.

If you are interested in these types of bets and have a FanDuel Sportsbook account, head to the main lobby, look on the left for different tabs, and select “Red Zone Specials.”

Unique markets and prop bets should start appearing there on Wednesday morning, mainly starting with the Thursday Night Football game. FanDuel also has a generous welcome bonus for new customers — you can open a new betting account here.

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Sunday Kickers Displayed Outstanding Form

Field goals started raining down in the afternoon slate of 1 PM matches, with fourteen teams hitting the three-pointers relatively early. Bettors’ nerves were tested by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, who slotted their field goals against the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders in the last quarter!

The second batch of Sunday games saw the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Washington Commanders, and Denver Broncos all nailing their field goals.

The stage was set for the one final missing piece. Arizona Cardinals scored an early field goal, so the only remaining team on the huge wager was the New York Giants.

Graham Gano launched a 34-yard field goal for the Giants with only 19 seconds left to be played, adding some incredible drama to the mix. He made the kick and forced FanDuel to dish out more than $20 million to bettors who backed this prop bet.

Ironically, their rival sportsbook, DraftKings US, had the same bet priced at 30-1 a couple of hours before the kickoff — a reminder that in the world of sports betting, timing can be everything!

BetMGM Could Also Be in Trouble if the Dolphins Keep Winning

A savvy sports bettor at Aria Casino has made two daring wagers totaling $160,000 just three days before the NFL Week 3 Sunday matches. His first bet was $100,000 on the Miami Dolphins to win this season’s Super Bowl at 13-1 odds, with a potential payout of $1.3 million.

The second bet of $60,000 backed the Dolphins’ star quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, to lift the NFL MVP award at 5-1 odds, with a potential to win the $300,000 wager.

Just a couple of days later, the Miami Dolphins had one of their best performances in years, unleashing offensive fireworks and securing a convincing 70-20 victory against the Denver Broncos. This extended Miami’s winning streak to three games, making them look like super-serious title contenders.

Also, Tagovailoa’s phenomenal performance (23/26 completions, 309 yards, and 4 TD) has made him the +325 favorite to capture his inaugural MVP award.

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