Last-minute injuries are very often the fear of bettors. Then, sometimes, they can become a gold mine. This was the case Sunday evening, for the meeting between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.
All lights were on Klay Thompson, who was making his return. During the warm-up, Draymond Green felt a little discomfort in the calf. He therefore decided not to play this match.
Finally, he did not specifically forfeit. As the interior still wanted to be on the floor for the return of his teammate, he started the game, then fouls Darius Garland, who was also waiting for him with the ball in his hands. In the end, he only “played” for seven seconds before joining the bench definitively.
It could have remained an anecdote, but some bettors have been very clever. Indeed, the announcement around Draymond Green – he will play for a few seconds – was delivered at 8:31 p.m. As the game started at 8:40 p.m., bettors immediately took advantage of this news to place dollars on the stats of the triple champion.
Millions of dollars won by bettors
As Draymond Green was only going to spend a few seconds on the field, he was bound to be far from his average points, rebounds and assists. The precious minutes between the announcement and the start of the match therefore allowed bettors to step into the breach and bet big.
“The situation around Green was unique”, reports for ESPN Kevin Hennessy, an executive of FanDuel, an online betting site who reacted before the start of the match. “But our teams always keep an eye on the information of the meetings. »
Thus, some betting sites have had time to react, but others have not. Those who didn’t react still honored the bets and the winnings, when others like DraftKings launched inquiries. Finally, this site also paid and also reimbursed bettors who had bet on a “classic” match by Draymond Green, not knowing that he would not play the entire game.
Losses for sites that have not canceled Draymond Green’s odds, such as DraftKings for example, since the majority of bets on the Warriors player’s performance were taken within ten minutes before the game, would be in the millions of bucks!