While fans across the land were enjoying Monday night’s scoring festival between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams, sportsbook owners in Las Vegas were gritting their teeth with each passing touchdown.
ESPN reports that Vegas sportsbooks took a beating on the game, with a ‘seven-figure’ loss on the over, which going in was 64, still an amazing number, but one that the Chiefs and Rams passed easily, combining for a total of 105 points in the 54-51 Rams win.
Michael Grodsky, spokesperson for William Hill, which has 108 sportsbooks in Nevada, told ESPN the game was a “healthy seven-figure loss” for the book, with 69 percent of customers betting the over.
The game had opened and closed at 64, the highest over/under in an NFL game since at least 1986, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The previous highest total in ESPN’s database was 62 in a November 2000 game between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers, which the Rams won 34-24.
The Rams opened last weekend as consensus 1-point favorites at Las Vegas sportsbooks, and the line was bet up to Rams -2.5 last Monday before being taken off the board due to uncertainty about where the game would be played. The game was ultimately moved to Los Angeles following concerns about the field condition at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.
It will be interesting to see if these two teams happen to find a way to meet again in the Super Bowl what the over/under on the game would be, and if Vegas runs it up to even 70-75 just to try and get their huge loss from Monday night back.