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FanDuel's Mistake

A bettor's tale: Sometimes the books make mistakes ... and they'll pay up

FanDuel made a big mistake this past weekend, but doesn't every single bettor approach their picks with a premise that the line is off?

Mob wins, FanDuel pays out $82K bet

Scott Van Pelt updates why FanDuel is paying a bettor who won $82,000 on a data error. SVP says, "if I'm you, I would tighten up my algorithms."


FanDuel runs reverse, pays $82K for disputed bet

Saying sports betting should be fun, FanDuel has changed course and decided to pay $82,000 to a man who capitalized on a mistake by the company. FanDuel also will add $1,000 apiece to the accounts of 82 randomly chosen customers.

College football

Best CFB national title, season win total, Heisman bets

Our experts give their top CFB value bets for the 2018 season, including title, Heisman, over/unders and more.

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Title bets, over/under projections for top 25 CFB teams

What are the best preseason college football bets? Stanford Steve, Chris Fallica and Phil Steele preview ESPN's top 25 teams.


NFL fans flood Meadowlands for sports betting

Jac Collinsworth is on the scene at the Meadowlands to see NFL fans place legal sports wagers during the New York Giants preseason opener.



Is it finally time to bet on Tiger Woods?

Whether you believe Tiger will win again or not, public backing has removed all value in betting on him. Doug Kezirian dives into why.

NBA win totals

Are the Lakers, Sixers overvalued in Vegas?

Kevin Pelton identifies the biggest value differences between his projections and the Westgate's opening-win totals.

Which NBA win totals are on the mark?

Doug Kezirian breaks down the over/under win totals set by the Westgate Las Vegas SportsBook of some of the NBA's best teams.



What you need to know about the NBA's new gambling partnership

The NBA became the first American sports league to team up with a sportsbook operator. But what does the partnership with MGM mean?

MGM deal with NBA is a win for sports betting

Doug Kezirian is happy MGM got validation of a partnership with an organization as prominent as the NBA.


Transcript of Adam Silver's 'sports betting announcement'

Adam Silver announced a historic partnership with MGM on Tuesday, making it the 'official gaming partner' of the NBA and WNBA. Here's what he said.

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Future of sports betting series

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    What will a legal, fully mature sports betting market look like in the U.S.? Where will fantasy sports fit in? Here is our seven-part series on the future of sports betting.

Sports betting legalization

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    Where do we stand in the move toward the legalization of sports betting in the United States? Here is ESPN Chalk's one-stop shop of all relevant content, now that the Supreme Court has struck down PASPA.

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    All you need to know before making your picks. PickCenter's data comes from two main sources: TeamRankings and numberFire.