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Ever Wondered What The Bets Were That Made The Bookies Pay Out?

Landing winners is what makes sports betting so popular. However, finding out information on which bets made at bookmaking sites proved to be most lucrative for punters can be tricky. Fortunately, some bookmakers now make this information available to selected partners and we’re lucky enough to be one of them!

The bookmaker in question is DraftKings Sportsbook and their regular emails provide a wealth of informative data. This includes details on which bets from the previous evening were the ones that saw punters pocket the most cash.

So if you have ever wondered which bets were the ones that saw the bookies handing out cash to lucky winners the most, then this is the article for you.

A Typical Day For DraftKings Sportsbook

As an example, let’s look back at the data for Tuesday 2nd March 2021. That day saw a number of NBA matches being played, as well as a selection of NHL matches. Let’s focus first on what were the bets that hit the bookies bank balance the hardest on Tuesday.

  • James Harden to Record a Triple-Double – +260
  • Luka Doncic Over 2.5 3’s Made – -143
  • Brandon Ingram First Field Goal Scorer – +600
  • Nikola Vucevic Over 25.5 Points Scored – -152
  • Kyrie Irving Over 2.5 3’s Made – +102

As you can see, most of the winning bets made on the NBA were relatively short priced, with the Brandon Ingram First Field Goal Scorer bet being the longest odds bet at +600.

What is worth remembering with the data here is that it is not the longest odds bets that often cost the sportsbooks the most money. Generally fewer people will back longer odds bets, but more will back shorter priced options as they tend to have a much better chance of success.

The greater number of bettors backing these shorter priced bets can often make these bets more expensive for a bookmaker if they come in.

That seems to be the case with what has happened with Tuesday’s NBA bets, but is that the case across all sports?

Which Bets Made The Money In The NHL?

So we can see which were the successful markets to back in the NBA on Tuesday, but there were also some successful bets from the NHL games played that day too.

DraftKings provided data on the five most popular winning bets for customers on the NHL and they were as follows:

  • Brett Pesce to Score A Goal – +4000
  • Samuel Girard to Score the First Goal – +3300
  • Samuel Girard to Score a Goal – +600
  • Max Pacioretty to Score At Least 2 Points – +335
  • Elias Pettersson To Score At Least 2 Points – +275

What is interesting here is that the top two bets listed were considerably longer odds than the other bets and all the winning NBA bets made on the night, which tends to suggest that some wise punters realised that there was a good chance for Pesce to score or Girard to score the first goal.

For punters, this shows that sometimes it isn’t the most obvious, shorter priced odds bets that can make a bookie pay out. Cherry pick your longer odds betting carefully and you can also make them pay out some larger value wins too.

If the luck is with you of course!

Who Was The Biggest Winner On Tuesday Night?

One of the best things about this data is that you not only get an overview of which markets paid out to punters, but on occasion you will also find out some of the longer odds bets that inspired punters have managed to land on that date.

This happened on Tuesday night when one lucky punter made a 7-selection parlay bet from matches in the CBB and NBA.

Their selections were:

  • FIU +17.5
  • Radford 1H ML
  • James Harden to record Triple-Double
  • Nikola Jokic Over 11.5 Rebounds by Player
  • PHI 76ers ML
  • Kristaps Porzingis to Record a Double-Double
  • Lonzo Ball Over 25.5 Points & Rebounds & Assists

For a $75 stake, this lucky player landed a win of $10,538.72 when this parlay came in!

As you can see, there is an immense amount of interesting data generated every day from bookmakers and it is intriguing for punters to know which bets the bookies paid out on as it gives you a good idea of what other bettors were backing that day too.

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