The NFL Draft Round One created a record-setting handle in New Jersey for PlaySugarHouse.com, and a host of first-round surprises late last week. Both manage and bet counts on just the first day of the three-day event were already triple last year’s numbers for the entire draft.
76 percent of all sports betting handle at PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey has been betting on the NFL, according to the service. While there was some betting on futures and non-draft props, the vast majority was wagering on the draught.
The day’s biggest bet was a bet of nearly $5,000 on the first wide receiver selected to be Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb. In reality, the most common bet of the whole night was Lamb being the first receiver to be taken. Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy were third behind Alabama wide receivers.
The Las Vegas Raiders took Ruggs as the 12th overall selection, which was a first-round surprise. Jeudy was selected 15th, by the Denver Broncos, and the Dallas Cowboys took Lamb 17th. Ruggs owned the player’s fastest time in the NFL Combine. In a special trifecta wager, Ruggs returned + 400 as the first receiver taken and combined with Jeudy and Lamb to pay bettors + 650. It allowed the bettor to pick, in exact order, the top three receivers taken.
The New York Giants have created the first and biggest first-round betting surprise by taking Georgia’s offensive tackle Andrew Thomas as the fourth selection. He was around + 1000. The Giants were supposed to take either Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs or Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons into that position. In wagers to be picked in the Top 5 overall, Wirfs and Simmons both had been highlighted.
The famous prop was drafted for second quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.
Most players have won at this bet. The Miami Dolphins took Tagovailoa fifth after the LSU quarterback Joe Burrow became the first player to be picked in the draft. This also rewarded bettors who pegged him for Miami’s takeover.
Another widely common feature was the number of wide receivers selected during the first round. The bet was under the 5.5 limit. The over took, as it was 6.
One bet that earned good play was for taking over 0.5 running backs in the first round. This bet won in the first round at the final pick with Clyde Edwards-Helaire heading to the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs.
In round 1, offensive linemen became very popular. The over / under opened at 5.5, but advanced to 6.5 near the night draft, with the line closing at 6.5 above -200. Seven linemen have been drafted, which reward the over bettors.
Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com said:“This was an outstanding opening night for the NFL draft. We are delighted with the strong wagering action and how bettors supported many imaginative prop bets. They really prepared well for the draft and they weren’t afraid to bet heavily on some long shots.”