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Confessions Of A Sports Handicapper... What Is The Worst Bad Beat You Have Ever Had? 621 views

If you have gambled on sports long enough, inevitably you have had some games that you were pretty lucky to cash in on. Like taking an under in a football game and the total was 43 and they scored 35 in the first half and somehow by the grace of god, maybe the wind pushed a couple FG attempts off target and/or teams kept turning the ball over after a long drives into the redzone. But somehow some kinda of way you were able to cash your ticket on that under when the clock hit 0:00. Those are great and its always nice to feel like you dodged a bullet.

However if you have wagered on sports long enough you have also fallen victim to the other side of that coin as well. In fact I think its safe to say you can probably remember your worst bad beat even more vividly than your luckiest victory. Where you were at, what you were doing and how in your head you were already spending the money you knew was "in the bag". You may even suffer from some sort of PTSD because of it to this day! AND you probably curse the name of the guy or the team that pulled the rug out from under you every time you hear the sound of their name.

Now I would like to say that I dont want to open any old wounds for anybody, but that would be a flat out lie! Because thats exactly what Im asking you guys to do. I want you to share some war stories and give us a peek at some of your worst scars. I would like you to share with the Pick Monitor Community the baddest beat you have ever had and please spare no details. Feel free to even share personal details in your story that tie into the situation as well. The juicier the better!!!

I would like to start collecting stories and memoirs to share with others and possibly turn this into something bigger like maybe a podcast or even a book. I believe that most people can relate more to shitty occurrences than good ones and sharing stories like this can help people realize that they we are not all doomed for failure, because shit happens to everyone. Plus it might be kind of therapeutic at the same time... Anyways if you have a good story please share

If you are hesitant to share because you feel that it could hurt someone or incriminate yourself, I totally understand you can also share via email. I will honor your confidentiality if you send your story to my email and we can figure out the best way to avoid getting anyone in trouble.

Lets hear what you got!

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about 20 years back in grade 12 my friend and I each deposited $250 into an intertops account at the start of the football season. I will be the first to admit at that time my bankroll management was completely non existent but we did set a budget of $50 a game (WAY too high) which only lasted the first week before we started betting half our account on one game. Well by week 4 we were on quite a wild and very lucky winning streak and had turned the $500 into almost $4000. At this point we really went crazy betting on just about any sport we could find but luck was still in our side. We passed $5000 then 6 and 7 and 10 and up to over $15,500. Without know any better we had really been pressing our luck and we decided to press it some more. There was a monday night game that we both loved. It was Denver against Oakland and Oakland was favored at -3.We loved Oakland. We also like the total to go over 45.5. We the level of common sense most 19 year olds have we decided to play a parley for $5,500 to win $14,500 on OAKLAND-3 AND OVER 45.5 POINTS. To really magnify the insanity of this bet I was making $5.50 an hour working at a country general store at the time but non the less he had our parley bet. We decided to watch the game at Dave and Busters but a few hours before game time we both decided to watch the game separately at our own homes. I think the reality of this bet was a lot for us to handle. The nerves quickly wore off when Oakland scored on its first offensive drive and then ran a pick 6 back to go up 14-0 within the first 5 minutes. In fact once again nothing could go wrong. By the half time whistle the score read Oakland 35 and Denver 10. My phone rang the second the whistle went. It was my friend saying ok lets go watch the second half at Dave and Busters. So we met there with 3 or 4 minutes gone in the 3rd quarter. We sat in the Dave and busters large auditorium showroom that used to play monday night football and eagerly awaited the next score that would win us over $14,000. Anything would do it. A TD, a FG even a safety. We only needed half a point to win. To our horror the 3rd quarter went scoreless as did the first 10 minutes of the 4th and when denver was stopped near the 50 with under 4 minutes left we both knew what this meant. We sat there in total silence as Oakland called run after run taking the clock all the way down to 0:00. We needed half a point at half time to win and the second half went scoreless. Not a single point in an entire half of football in a game that saw 45 points in the first half which is still the 5th most scored in one half.

We quickly realized no only had we not won $14,000 but we had lost $5500. In retrospect it may have actually been the best thing for us because we didn't bet again for the next few days and when we spoke for the first time after the game we very quickly agreed to cash out everything. Our run was over. there was no topping that parley and neither of us liked how that loss made us feel. It wasn't until the cheque cleared in my account and i went there with my friend and handed him $5,000 cash that any of this became even slightly real to me.

Still to this day that is the largest bad beat i have ever taken Emotionally. Also one of the most fun football season and better runs of my life so 20 years later I wouldn't change a thing about it. No wait ....thats a lie. I would Take the $14k.


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Great story! @SHF106 Well written. That kinda shit sticks with you for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing

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In 2012. I had either a 3 or 4 team teaser going needing one last team to come through, No.1 Bama. All they needed to do was win, well of course they didn’t. Julio Jones if I’m not mistaken doesn’t complete a catch as the final seconds of the game draw near that was all she wrote. From potentially winning 1,000 to losing about 1,400 was my fate. Did not help either that I was a bank teller at the time making a whopping 11/hr. In addition, the main culprit behind this travesty Jonny Manziel ends up being a bust in the NFL. The sad irony is that the teaser was indeed needed as Bama had very little chance in covering the spread yet the name held true as I undoubtedly was teased

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Have to talk about the ending of that Cardinals/49ers game. Had the Cards +10 with my book. Was feeling like a genius after the first few possessions. They were up 16-0! Had a feeling the 49ers would come back though, because they are a good team and they don’t give up. Fast forward to... With less than 2 min to play in the game and AZ up by a field goal I knew it wasn’t 100% in the bag. I knew there was still a way to get screwed over so I wasn’t necessarily counting my money, but I was calculating the odds of not winning this ticket and the odds had to be like 1% or less, but I knew that if 49ers scored a field goal to tie it and the game goes to OT and it wouldve been a lock... well just as I was thinking and hoping for that to happen the Niners score a TD, but hey that’s ok the Cards would need to throw a pick 6 with seconds left to go in the game to screw my ticket over being down by 4 now with a 10 point spread. Can happen (and it has happened to me before with the Titans last year) but it’s not likely cuz usually a team will be smart about it and take a knee or run out of bounds or something, SEE: Marlon Mcree ruin the Chargers chance at a SB in 2004. So Cards have the ball with like 6 seconds left. First play Kyler Murray throws an incomplete pass and now there are only 2 seconds left on the clock. Next play (the last play in regulation) he throws to Larry Fitzgerald who catches and throws a terrible backwards pass to no one in particular and the ball falls to the ground for somebody, anybody to just fall on it. A huge scrum ensues at around the 20 yard line and magically the ball squirts out of a pile of like 5 guys and gos further backwards to inside the 5 yard line. A couple guys bat the ball around and one of the defenders for the 49ers picks up the ball and walks it in for a TD with zeros on the clock... UGH! Gotta say I was not counting my chips 15 min prior to this happening, but if you would’ve told me that this was gonna be how I got robbed I would not have believed you. I suppose I can be thankful that they did not kick an extra point because I was still able to claim a push on the game... but this ABSOLUTELY qualifies as a bad beat and will o down as one of the worst I have ever been a part of.
Let me know if you fell victim to this game too... or if that helped you

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Dave, that certainly qualifies as a bad beat. I've had dozens similar to that over the last 30+ years of betting, but your story reminds me of one in particular.

I don't remember the year, but Ohio St was playing at Northwestern many years ago, and it was the first time a game was on national TV at Northwestern in a long time - maybe ever. Brent Musburger, a Northwestern alum, and Kirk Herbstreit were calling the game. I had Northwestern +7, and they were winning the game comfortably for 3 quarters. Ohio St started making their comeback late 3Q, and took their first lead by 4 points with under a minute left in the game. After the kickoff, Northwestern had the ball deep in their own end with only seconds remaining. They ran a quick out pattern and the receiver ran out-of-bounds around the 20 yard line with zeros on the clock. Game over. I win right? Nope. They put 1 second back on the clock for one more play. Northwestern threw a screen pass and started lateraling the ball, which ends up rolling around on the ground. After getting hit and kicked about a dozen times, the ball rolled backwards into the endzone where Ohio St fell on it for a touchdown, so they won by 10.

This was back when ESPN employees were not allowed to use gambling terms on the air. Lee Corso was once reprimanded for using the word "cover" on Gameday, so he used to say "closer than the experts think" instead of saying "cover." When Ohio St fell on the ball in the endzone Musburger said, "Some people are saying I can't believe what I just saw." You could hear in his voice he had money on his school. Herbstreit didn't have a clue what he meant, saying Ohio St had the game won anyway. Musburger had to explain it to him without using gambling terms.

At the time, I was dating a bartender in Las Vegas. We met years earlier on the night when Boise St beat Oklahoma in a bowl game. It was the first time Boise was given a chance to play in a big name bowl. We both had Boise plus the points (can't remember the line), and everyone else in the bar had Oklahoma. Hey a hot chick who bets on sports and knows more about football than most guys in the bar. No way I was letting her get away! Boise won the game on a hook and lateral play with seconds on the clock.

Well after the Northwestern game, I didn't hear from her. Calls went straight to voice mail. Something must be wrong. The next day she calls from a friend's phone and tells me she has to get a new phone because she threw her phone into the TV at the back of the bar when Ohio St fell on the ball in the endzone. She can be a real firecracker when agitated. Days later she had to go see her boss. She explained what happened, and he said yeah I had those M'fers too! She didn't get fired.



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Good story Eppley! I remember the game and if I'm not mistaken they show the highlight of it once in awhile on ESPN with the famous Ohio St fan with his face painted with that look of like "WOW! Did that just happen!?" on his face. It almost looked like the Ohio St fan took the points in that one too LOL.

Funny how the bad beats stick more than the lucky wins. Its almost like we take our luck for granted and hang on to the times we git screwed over more... or maybe thats just me

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I had Arizona +10.5 yesterday, and thank god they don't kick the extra point, otherwise that would have made the list of all time bad beats.

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My worst bad beat ever was a hockey game. There was under a minute left in the game, the team I bet on was up by 1. A delayed penalty was called against the other team, and I was like yes! Last minute with a man advantage. The goalie was pulled on the delay, and the guy passed it back into his own empty net. Then the other team went on to win in OT. I'll never forget that one.

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RenoChazz that's an amazing way to lose. The team isn't even allowed to score during the delay as the puck is dead as soon as they touch it. You had to have something like a 99.999 chance of winning.


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@RenoChazz yeah man, that is pretty bad. So far I gotta say you win the worst bad beat award. If you watched that live it had to be a kick in the nuts to see it happen. Kinda made me feel better about my Cardinals game yesterday. So thanks for that lol

I even had to double up on the tokens I normally give on a good post for that one

Edited 11/18/19 at 5:17PM by SportsDave - No reason listed.

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damn this thread needs to have a warning label on it! Warning: these posts may cause fear and anxiety so do not read within 1 hour of watching a game you bet on. Lol. I mean after reading this stuff I'm gonna still be nervous if my team is up by 50 points.

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Cincinnati -1 against UConn NCAA Basketball March 11, 2016. Cincinnati was up 88-85 against UConn with less than a second remaining. UConn has no timeouts remaining, so Jalen Adams of UConn goes for a 3/4 court shot and he unbelievably makes it to send it to a 4th overtime. Cincinnati would then go on to lose the match outright.

Edited 11/18/19 at 6:40PM by Bobbywins1721 - grammar.

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Needed under 130.5 in the Boise State basketball game right now. It's in double OT and the score is at 128 with 4 minutes left. Ouch this one hurt.

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a few months ago im at a sportbook in russia and there is an old guy sitting next to me.He made a live bet that sochi (team owned by putin) game wouldnt go into overtime. Sochi was down 3-0 going into the 3rd period. throughtout the 3rd period sochi ended up scoring 3 goals somehow -lots of bad calls and penelties. they ended up winning in OT.

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I had Clemson +3 against TCU yesterday for NCAAB. It was looking like a sure loss, but Clemson miraculously came back. Any TCU backers yesterday on here had a bad beat.

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I was on the same side as you on that one Bobby. I needed the over too, but they couldn't quite get there, needed one more OT.

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The most upset I remember being after a bad beat was, 2008 Iowa/Iowa St. Had Iowa -13. With a few minuets left, Iowa winning 17-3, Iowa St works the ball inside Iowa's 5 yard line, then fumbles the ball away. I'm thinking I just survived an Iowa St backdoor cover. Iowa runs the ball up the middle 3 times for no gain. Punting from their own 3 yard line, with 42 seconds on the clock, the coach instructs the punter to step out of the back of the end zone. Final score 17-5 Iowa. I've stopped watching games when I have money on them because of this.

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I had a 5 team parlay to win $500..Last leg of the parlay I needed Georgia to win straight up vs #7 Auburn..Georgia was leading 38-37 with 43 seconds left. Auburn has the ball at their own 20 yard line..It's 4th and 18...Nick Marshall of Auburn chucks it up, two Georgia defenders go for the pick and it bounces off the hands of both defenders and right into the hands of Auburn and he runs in for the easy TD..Not sure if I've ever recovered from that.

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