The chaos we all hope for did not pan out during college football’s championship weekend.
Top-ranked Alabama rallied to win the SEC title over No. 4 Georgia. No. 2 Clemson rolled to the ACC crown. No. 3 Notre Dame didn’t even play. And Oklahoma moved up to No. 4 with a Big 12 championship win over Texas.
Without the College Football Playoff committee even having to announce it, the CFP field was set. No chaos. No fun.
Though it did settle, and one particular customer reaped the rewards of controversy.
Wilder-Fury ends in a draw
In America’s first heavyweight pay-per-view title bout since 2002, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury did not disappoint at the Staples Center.
The fight went the distance. Wilder sent Fury to the canvas several times, including once in the 12th round. Fury’s stamina took over, allowing him to outbox his opponent for longer stretches.
As a result, the judges ruled a split draw: 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.
At FanDuel, the moneyline did not include a draw option. Customers who wagered on either fighter received their money back “per market rules,” according to the sportsbook, as a draw means no result.
In the decision market, however, which features offerings on whether either fighter will win via a knockout or decision, those wagers were considered losses as a draw option existed.
One FanDuel bettor, taking action at the Meadowlands Racetrack retail sportsbook, laid down $5,000 on a draw, a wager that faced 33/1 odds. The payout: $165,000.
FanDuel and sports bettors will likely get another crack at a Wilder-Fury fight. The contract for Wilder, after all, included a rematch clause if he lost. Although the draw does not automatically trigger a do-over, Fury noted afterward that “100 percent, we’ll do” a rematch.
FanDuel Sportsbook is already paying out CFP futures …
Before championship Saturday even arrived, FanDuel was paying out futures bets on Alabama to win the College Football Playoff national championship.
Heading into the SEC title game, the Crimson Tide stood at -250 to win the CFP championship, which takes place Jan. 7. After the committee revealed the matchups (No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame), those odds remain the same at FanDuel.
Still, bettors who took Bama to win the title before 5 p.m. EST Nov. 30 at Meadowlands can cash in, early payouts that near a combined $400,000 when taking parlays into account.
“Alabama’s historic and seemingly inevitable march to Levi’s Stadium deserved a history-making gesture to our customers,” FanDuel Group CMO Mike Raffensperger said in a Friday press release. “While the college football season has not had too many surprises, we wanted to surprise our customers today, thank them for their loyalty, and prove there are More Ways to Win on FanDuel.”
… but it still welcomes action
While FanDuel began paying out Alabama futures, it still offers moneylines for the national championship.
As noted, the Tide enter the playoffs at -250, followed by Clemson at +240. Oklahoma stands at +1400, and Notre Dame at +1600.
The sportsbook also pegged itself as the first to set up a potential national championship line between Alabama and Clemson, a matchup that would be the third in four years should it come to fruition.
The early market opened with Alabama as an eight-point favorite, though the Tide now sits at -4.5. A Bama victory pays -210, while Clemson features a +170 moneyline.
If a meeting between the two top-ranked teams does not transpire, all wagers will be voided and customers will receive their money back.
Monday Night Football boosts
The last Week 13 game of the NFL season pits two NFC East rivals against one another.
The Philadelphia Eagles enter as 6-point favorites, according to FanDuel, with playoff hopes on the line for the defending Super Bowl champions.
In honor of the game, FanDuel offers several odds boosts for bettors.
For the market of players to score the first touchdown of the game, Philly RB Josh Adams sits at +700 (up from +550), and Washington RB Adrian Peterson stands at +1,300 (up from +1000).
An Eagles win by 10 or more points, meanwhile, pays +160 (up from +140).