Auburn fan misses out on $50,000 payday

An Auburn fan was 13 seconds away from a $50,000 payday before Kelvin Benjamin snatched a Jameis Winston touchdown pass out of the air to secure Florida State's first BCS title in 14 years.

ESPN reported, last January Mark Skiba's father, while on vacation in Las Vegas, placed a $100 bet on Auburn to win the national title at 500/1 odds. And if not for the last second touchdown he would have cashed in.

Skiba had planned to hedge his bet heading into Monday night's title tilt, but as gametime approached he backed off. With the spread continually moving in Florida State's favor, Skiba would have had to bet a large sum of money against Auburn to even out the action.

Skiba also said he felt weird betting against Auburn and eventually made the decision to let the bet ride and that he regrets nothing.

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Posted by garretdoherty
3 months ago

should have laid on on betfair inrunning or online books-madness
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Posted by toddwins
3 months ago

I get the fact that the hedge would be expensive and all, but the guy said he didn't want to "jinx" his team by betting against them. Shut the front door! Thinking that your individual actions are going to have an effect on the game, a game that you have no direct involvement in, is the first sign of mental illness.
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Posted by coddfish
3 months ago

I think it's a bit cruel to call the man a fool. Who knows what his circumstances are? He made a "hunch" bet and almost got paid off a huge sum. Even though there was no cash reward, he sure got his money's worth for his $100 bet IMO.
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Posted by rebelair95
3 months ago

If he was thinking of hedging his bet. The guy should of been in a Vegas book waiting to bet the halftime. He could of hedged a little on Florida St -8 1/2 in the second half and not laid the enormous moneyline on the whole game.
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Posted by vegasflyer1
3 months ago

Don't be so hard on the guy, he was definitely out of his comfort zone with the amount he would have to wager. Florida State was 8-1 on the money line and 25000 would return about 3125 plus his 25000. I know as a retired race and sportsbook writer that there is not too many people that understand in-game wagering and if your planning to hedge, you better have your numbers right. Hopefully, he laid some more on Auburn+10.5. After all, how many people would have turned down Alabama getting 10 if they would have made it.
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Posted by bb2198
3 months ago

I know it said before game he would not hedge , assuming due to high fla state money line. but he was in vegas. If he wasnt prepared and did not bet fla state ingame down 14-3 and then 21-3 he is a fool..
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