FanDuel mistakenly takes a long-shot bet, refuses to pay off

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As legal sports betting expands across America, more bettors than ever before are placing legal wagers. And in theory, that should make gambling more reliable: A bookie might disappear and stiff you if he owes you a small fortune, but a legal, regulated business shouldn’t.

Unfortunately for a bettor in New Jersey, legal, regulated businesses don’t always pay off either.

FanDuel accidentally listed the Broncos at 750-1 odds at one point during Sunday’s game, and a fan who noticed that put in a $110 bet. The Broncos won, which should have meant the bettor was owed $82,500.

But FanDuel says it obviously didn’t mean to list the Broncos at such long odds, shouldn’t have accepted the bet, and won’t pay it off.

“The wager in question involved an obvious pricing error inadvertently generated by our in-game pricing system,” FanDuel said in a statement.

The bettor, Anthony Prince, says when he tried to collect his $82,500, he was offered $500 and skybox seats for three Giants games. He says a FanDuel employee told him he was lucky to get even that.

“The other guy said, ‘You should take what we give you because we don’t have to give you [anything] at all.’ I said, ‘Wow, for real?’” Prince told 12 News New Jersey.

It’s easy to see where FanDuel is coming from: If some glitch in a system accidentally lists odds at 1 trillion-to-one, and someone wins a bet at those odds, it would seem silly to say FanDuel should be forced to declare bankruptcy because of a glitch. But it still feels like Prince is getting a raw deal. He placed a bet. FanDuel took his money. And then they informed him they weren’t paying. What good is legalizing and regulating betting if problems like this can’t be prevented?

151 responses to “FanDuel mistakenly takes a long-shot bet, refuses to pay off

  1. FanDuel is right. Typos resulting in pricing errors happen in the real world. They happen in grocery stores, financial markets, etc. Anthony Price is a moron if he thought those were real odds.

  2. It’s no different than a slot machine in a casino errantly hitting the jackpot. They won’t pay out either. That’s just one downside to gambling, the house can make mistakes, the player can’t.

  3. I see both sides here. 3 games of skybox seats and $500 ain’t too shabby tho. I wonder what the amount was that he should have won had there been no error. . . .

  4. Why am I having a hard time believing that if the roles were reversed and he lost the bet that they wouldn’t have any problem overlooking the glitch and just keeping his money?

  5. “But it still feels like Prince is getting a raw deal. He placed a bet. FanDuel took his money. And then they informed him they weren’t paying.”
    ================================

    I believe FanDuel and the relevant law says they only need to pay the corrected odds. The true odds would’ve netted Mr. Prince $18 on the $110 bet (ie payout of $128), so the offer of $500 plus 3 game skybox tickets were well above that standard.

    Obviously, it was an incorrect odds since they corrected it within a minute on the system.

  6. perfectly legal, ive seen glitches on slot machines pay out two or three time what there maximum is set at(i.e. jackpot should be $1500, even displays the $1500- as the jackpot but when you spin it is paying out at the higher amount,the owner is only required to pay the real maximum as long as they fix the machine when notified of the issue. 750 to 1 odds is most defiantly a damn glitch that this person caught and tried to exploit knowing it couldn’t be right

  7. Fan Duel should lose their license in the state of NJ. They should have systems in place that before accepting the money actually verifies the best/odds is not an outlier. And they should immediately refund his money. I do not think they should be forced to pay off a bet in the same way glitches in Airline reservation systems should not allow you to fly first class to China for 10 dollars. But it is pretty clear that the systems employed by this entity are not adequate.

  8. They advertised a certain line which drew attention and action from a bettor. The company should have software that will only allow certain bets to be input, such as anything over 50:1 go to supervisor, 100:1 goes to manager. Every retail business has these constraints. Wake up and offer more for your mistake

  9. I dont gamble enough to know the law behind this type of situation, but it seems a lot like if there is a banking error. If you deposit a $250 check but the bank accidentally gives you $250,000 you don’t get to keep that.

    He noticed the error, tried to take advantage of it, come on, just take the skybox seats and enjoy the game!

  10. Fanduel then attempts bullying the customer, who is to say that the 750:1 odds was not a mistake but an enticement. Fanduel lost the bet – pay

  11. Fanduel is second to none they go above and beyond for their players! i speak from experience its the only site I use it clearly was an error and he was offerd a compensation to make him more then whole 500$ plus sky box seats to 3 giants games.in the words of dmx stop being greedy!

  12. If some glitch in a system accidentally lists odds at 1 trillion-to-one, and someone wins a bet at those odds, it would seem silly to say FanDuel should be forced to declare bankruptcy because of a glitch

    ———

    I totally disagree. They need to own whatever they put out there. I don’t buy the ‘system glitch’ excuse, in this instance or any other. It’s either a data entry error or an incorrect algorithm.

    ‘System glich’ is a freaking cop out.

  13. should pay him. It was the listed bet. If I am in a store and they label something with the wrong price…guess what…

  14. Im not american, but in Brazil that is the law. If the price of a product is clearly wrong (like a car that cost 30k going for 3k because someone typed wrong) the retailer doesnt need to Go trought the Deal, only give back what the customer paid). I think its Fair.

  15. So if I make a $1000 bet with Fan Duel and lose I can say my computer glitched and I only wanted to make a $1 bet? It’s only fair right? This guy will get his money and there’s a million lawyers wanting the case.

  16. I would stay away from the FFL sites for real betting. I had draftkings rip me off too. Not to this level. Now I use Caesars. Site is not great, but they have been in the business and know what they are doing.

  17. Well, so much for FanDuel. Obviously a dirtbag organization. It was their mistake, the error won’t cause them any lasting harm or force them into bankruptcy, so what’s the problem….pay the man. I would be curious to see if FanDuel’s errant policies are in writing somewhere for the bettor to actually read before he planks down his money. Much akin to a blackjack dealer ‘busting’ and then telling the people at the table he made a mistake by turning over that last card. Give me a break.

  18. willyalistentothis says:
    September 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm
    FanDuel is right. Typos resulting in pricing errors happen in the real world. They happen in grocery stores, financial markets, etc. Anthony Price is a moron if he thought those were real odds.
    ————————————-
    In most states, stores showing pricing errors are required to honor them…

  19. It was 750-1 odds that induced the bet in the first place. FanDuel is taking a win-win scenario here, which is wrong. If the bettor loses, FanDuel enticed the bet with great odds, and they keep the money, and if the bettor wins, they say “glitch, we don’t have to pay.”

    While some might say the bettor would have lost anyway if the odds were accurate, so it doesn’t matter. That view is flawed because at lower odds, the bettor might not have made the bet in the first place to lose.

    This is just wrong.

  20. If this how they want to play then customers should not have to pay until after the game and have the right to say it was a mistake when they lose and not pay, just like this crooked company.

  21. I always knew these daily fantasy sites were a scam and this proves it! They should have an employee checking the odds generated by their pricing system before they are posted on the website and not rely on an obviously flawed software to post the correct odds.

    This will end up getting settled in court. FanDuel will not stay in business for much longer if bettors have to continually take the company to court to get their payouts!

  22. I would have told them they should have hired better developers for their in game odds. I could see this ending in a lawsuit. Of course it’s gambling so I am sure the rules are rigged in the houses favor.

  23. 750 to 1 being “obviously erroneous” is subjective. There were times in that game where Denver was an enormous underdog to come back, who is to say what those odds should have been? They put up a line, did not honor it.

  24. so ive read of casino’s not paying off on glitches in slot machines…now online betting? what’s next claiming a dealer didn’t mean to give a player blackjack on a large bet….

  25. I’m curious what Florio’s perspective is on this. I believe the fact that they accepted the bet and took his money creates a legal binding contract. They owe this man $82,500.

    There are incredibly, incredibly simple protections that should already be written into their code to avoid mistakes like this from becoming executed bets. Something as simple as any bet greater than X:1 odds has to be manually approved by a FanDuel employee. It’s actually shameful that their service does not already have those protections.

    If I were FanDuel, I would pay this man $82,500 and take it as a very expensive lesson in complacency.

  26. I get both sides of this issue.
    But seriously, what an integrity hit suffered by FanDuel.
    How can you honestly trust them with any wager you make or payout information they post in the future.
    I don’t blame this bettor for shining as much attention as possible on this issue.
    How else is he going to get a fair compromise?

  27. LOL at all these noobs to sports betting. Clearly the line was wrong, and the employee was right that he’s lucky to be getting what he is.

    Standard practice to invalidate the bet. Surprised they didn’t do it and return his $110 to him when they caught it.

  28. This guy got fleeced by Fan Duel, but in the long run Fan Duel and Draft Kings will probably notice a huge downswing in bettors. If you can’t (or won’t) pay off a winning bet, no one will want any part of you, mistake or not.

  29. Fanduel is trying to ripoff prince. Those were legit odds during the game because it looked like the Raiders were going to win by double digits in the second half. So the bookie tried to entice gamblers with insane payout odds because the bookie thought the broncos would never have made that comeback in the fourth quarter to win the game with keenum. I bet you that’s the first time this “mistake” has ever happened. It’s bs. It’s a lie. Prince better take them to court and Sue them for twice the amount he was robbed. They better pay or lose in court and pay alot more.

  30. Personally,….. I had issues with FanDuel while playing daily fantasy baseball. And I argued my point to which they lied in response. I got stuck with a “late scratch pitcher” for a west coast game that I attempted to change about half an hour prior to 1st pitch.
    They had it locked. They told me it wasn’t locked and is against their policy to do so. BS.
    I closed my account and withdrew my funds that same day. Crooks !

  31. Their attitude alone I’m gonna side with the bettor. Initially I was with fanduel, but if your gonna talk to the guy like that. Screw that I’m taking you to court…

  32. It’s fair and legal. If an obvious error is made, others shouldn’t profit from it. Same in eCommerce. If a Sony 70” TV is for sale for $1.00, it is an obvious glitch – it doesn’t mean you get the tv for a dollar. The company shouldn’t and won’t ship it to you. No need to cry foul and pout and throw a temper tantrum because you didn’t get something at an unfair price.

  33. doggz109 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    If he had lost that bet…..they would have taken his money in a second. The negative publicity from this is going to cost them more than the 80k.

    No it won’t. People who donate money to fanduel are too dumb to know that gambling rarely/never pays off

  34. Anyone who thinks this error was 100% preventable and FanDuel is not legitimate because they allows the error to occur has clearly never been a software developer or held any business responsibility regarding digital technology. Your lack of knowledge should be a reason to ask and learn, not to assume you are right.

  35. Fan Duel should not be allowed to take bets on games, anyone who bets with them is risking betting with a rookie bookie. These idiots made money in 1-week Fantasy Football by unfairly and illegally advertising it, they then got away with it and parlayed into Sports Betting. Casinos have to be furious about it. Bet with a real sports book, they don’t make mistakes on their odds, and if they did, they’d honor it.

  36. Has FanDuel ever called a customer after he lost his wager and said “we made a pricing error when you placed the bet, so here is your money back, because we wouldn’t have paid you anyway?”

    Crickets.

    So now they better pay up.

  37. The sky box seats usually sound good but how did they pick the Giants? Yuck. Who wants to see Eli getting sacked and continually making those 11 year old schoolboy faces? Give him tickets to see Carson Wentz. That’s like giving him a suit case full of gold…..

  38. The pricing being wrong is one thing. Accepting the bet is something else. At that point it should be a contract. Wrong or not. If he lost they wouldn’t have corrected the mistake despite the fact he wouldn’t have placed the bet most likely if the odds were correct. This could be perceived as intentional. Place fake odds, don’t pay off on wins and accept money from losses. That’s a scam.

  39. So there was a system error that cuased a glitch and was corrected. He should have been immediately refunded his bet. Instead of correcting the issue they let it play out. They should have to pay out on the bet because they did not correct it when they found the error. It’s a simple process, but they allowed the bet to ride out the game from that point, although it was corrected in minutes. They intended to keep his money regardless of the odds, so they should have to pay out.

  40. I’m wondering, if the bettor mistakenly clicked $1,000 instead of $100 and lost would Fanduel still collect or accept the guys excuse when he says “it was an accidental click.”

  41. Gambling is a sin……

    Gambling has a loser no matter the outcome of the bet

    Gambling has it own addiction factors that causes people great pain

    Now a legal system is put into place and everyone jumps on board and it doesn’t pay off…..

    Did I mention it is a sin….. this is the tip of the ice berg and I know I will get 100″s of thumbs down…..

  42. If they cancelled the bet PRIOR to the game, I get it… That’s fair and I’d be on the side of FanDuel. If, however, they failed to realize the outstanding bet at those odds and waited (whether intentionally or through negligence), that’s some straight BS. Businesses honor mistake advertisements all the time.

  43. this is why there is such a thing as LIABILITY INSURANCE.
    this is bogus and i hope all gamblers and daily fantasy players take heed
    and remember this when thinking about making a deposit with these folks.
    i assure you ive made a decision to not trust them on the fantasy side. they havent screwed anyone yet but what if they say Kamara was mispriced at $7600 OBVIOUSLY and should have been $9500 so noone with Kamara wins.
    sounds impossible but so does a sports book not paying a wager.
    LIABILITY INSURANCE folks, it covers what ails you

  44. Just curious – how does FanDuel or any other entity go about establishing that the odds were listed in error or that some other betting error occurred that would relieve them of having to pay out?

  45. kh1140, standard practice you say. ok lets roll with it but they didnt even let him know when they found the glitch, they waited til the contest was decided and they lost.
    that is NOT standard practice in any legit business

  46. “It’s fair and legal. If an obvious error is made, others shouldn’t profit from it. Same in eCommerce. If a Sony 70” TV is for sale for $1.00, it is an obvious glitch – it doesn’t mean you get the tv for a dollar. The company shouldn’t and won’t ship it to you. No need to cry foul and pout and throw a temper tantrum because you didn’t get something at an unfair price.”

    Yes a pricing error doesn’t entitle you to purchasing at that price. However if they take your money for that TV and come back with a 25 inch black and white tv telling you that this is all your entitled to, that is a different story. They took his money and didn’t refund it when they found the error. So they should have to pay out, since not refunding his money is legally agreeing to the error.

  47. $500 and 3 Giants tickets was the offer….I would have said how about you drop the Giant tickets and I’ll take $400.

  48. It’s fair and legal. If an obvious error is made, others shouldn’t profit from it. Same in eCommerce. If a Sony 70” TV is for sale for $1.00, it is an obvious glitch – it doesn’t mean you get the tv for a dollar. The company shouldn’t and won’t ship it to you. No need to cry foul and pout and throw a temper tantrum because you didn’t get something at an unfair price.
    #################
    Bad example. Your argument is correct if they only if the refusal to sell occurs BEFORE money changes hands. In this instance Fandrool agreed to the transaction by accepting the bet AND his money.

  49. “It’s easy to see where FanDuel is coming from: If some glitch in a system accidentally lists odds at 1 trillion-to-one, and someone wins a bet at those odds, it would seem silly to say FanDuel should be forced to declare bankruptcy because of a glitch.”

    I don’t think it’s easy to see where they’re coming from at all… They built and own their betting system. If something goes wrong, that’s their problem. Assuming their system isn’t an utter piece of crap and they have failsafes in place, this shouldn’t be a common problem. And if an $80,000 payout forces FanDuel to declare bankruptcy, that in and of itself is a BIG problem.

  50. They didn’t just take the bet, they didn’t catch it through execution; probably found problem on the ledger where algol flagged it for human eyes.

    If they don’t have any malfunction clause or payout ratio/odds clause etc. in the ninety page Terms of Use I’m sure user agreed to…well, that’s collectively an expensive mistake and they get to eat it.

    Florio’s ‘trillion dollar payout’ scenario should be a live grenade for the industry; just like lava you can drink it…once. That kinda liability would properly motivate.

  51. I bet $600 bucks on the Ravens once with an online casino which was purportedly regulated by a gambling commission on an indian reservation, lol. After winning the bet they said my account accidentally got deleted. Of course, this isn’t news to anybody who has gambled online.

  52. This is like when slot machines “erroneously” trip the jackpot. The bettor is SOL, and might be lucky to get a free night at the Casino hotel, and a gift card for a steak dinner.

  53. Why would anybody place a $110 bet during an ongoing game? That’s just dumb. But Fanduel should pay off, mistake or not.

  54. If he would have lost the bet, could he have gotten a refund after the fact?
    I don’t think so either
    Oh those unintended consequences of legalizing sports betting. It was going to happen at some point to someone

  55. A similar glitch occurred in a Japanese brokerage house on a stock quote and the business was forced to eat over $6 million. They didn’t try to weasel out like Fan Duel. Fan Duel cannot rewrite the rules after the fact. They had both the opportunity to refuse the bet in the first place, buy business insurance just in case, either way, they owe the money. I’m betting that a civil lawsuit in a court would agree with the fan in this case.

  56. Which is exactly why you are required to take a business ethics class in college to graduate with certain degrees…sometimes ancillary costs are a lot more than actual costs

  57. I don’t know the first thing about sports betting, betting in general is a concept totally foreign to me. If I saw those odds I’m not sure it would even register as being grossly out of line. If I decided to bet on a whim and then was told, “Obviously it was a mistake”, that wouldn’t mean much to me.

    Pay up. You decided to be a business that preys upon people’s addictions in a way that’s rigged to nearly always benefit you. Boo hoo about your error.

  58. “While some might say the bettor would have lost anyway if the odds were accurate, so it doesn’t matter. That view is flawed because at lower odds, the bettor might not have made the bet in the first place to lose.

    This is just wrong.”

    THIS! It’s not a matter of we’ll just pay you what it should have been because the bet likely isn’t made at all at the ‘should have been’ odds. But they would have kept his money all the same had he lost. The least they could do is offer him a good ‘mistake’ payoff…offer him $8250…10%. A tiny dent to FanDouchel, but still an impressive take for the dude. They’re not even offering him 1%.

  59. If I made a million dollar bet at 20-1 and it should have been 19-1 does that constitute a valid error on their part also?

    Because the payout on the million is still very large for 1 odds #, do they say “Nope, it should have been 19-1, you aren’t getting a million.”? Using the logic of people here, they could deem every losing bet on their side of bet to high by 1 or 2 #s.

    Don’t say it’s different. If there are no rules, my scenario is perfectly valid.

  60. If Im Fan duel I would just pay that out. Sure its a big score for the guy, but to their income its a pittance. And instead of it being a huge tarnish to their reputation they could instead hold it up as an example of a guy making a big score on Fan duel. That in fact would pay more than $83k in advertising value. Turn a negative into a positive.

    Then at the same time put tighter controls on their systems and look over their aggreement wording to make sure they aren’t so exposed going forward.

  61. I don’t know what the terms are when you sign up for the site but that is a big factor on if he should get more or not. Most casino’s have a clause saying errors favor them.

  62. A lawsuit is coming to FanDuel. What FanDuel is doing is a bait and switch. If you buy a car and the sticker price says $10, the dealer can’t turn around and say it’s $10,000. Sue the pants off of FanDuel.

  63. The fact they offered 3 games in a skybox and $500 is evidently and objectively an omission of their guilt.

    This guy will have lawyers knocking on his door offering free service to get their name in the tabloids, no problem.

    Prince finna come up.

  64. Happens all the time – banks in particular. Well established precedent. Guy should take what they offer, say thank you, and enjoy that he has a funny story to tell about a fan-duel typo.

  65. One factor I do not see mentioned is that fan duel did not notify the bettor as soon as the glitch was discovered. Obviously, they caught the error within minutes otherwise a ton of people would have tried to collect. Why didn’t fan duel contact him right away (before the game ended) and advise the bettor of the error and that they would honor the bet at the intended odds. They waited until he tried to collect to inform. That right there is acting in bad faith. If they have the tech to spot and correct the error right away they should be able inform their customers just as fast. If he would have loss or not tried to collect…they would not have even referenced the glitch. That comes off as very shady on the heels of legal betting just getting legalized.

  66. Also – with regard to “system error” … there’s no such thing. Calling this a “system error” is like Trump being correctly quoted and calling it, “Fake news!”

    The system was coded by a team of human programmers and a person was in charge of that programming team. You can bet that those people haven’t been hearing the phrase “system error” this week.

  67. Angel Valle says:
    September 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Fanduel is second to none they go above and beyond for their players! i speak from experience its the only site I use it clearly was an error and he was offerd a compensation to make him more then whole 500$ plus sky box seats to 3 giants games.in the words of dmx stop being greedy!

    ——-

    So how long have you worked for FanDuel?

    They will ultimately suffer more through lost revenue than if they paid the bet…

  68. He tried to get over on them and lost. Mistakes happen. Like when somebody lists that Corvette classic for $2000. Good luck getting that home.

  69. Just like hitting a super jackpot on the slot machine, and then the casino says it was a machine malfunction and won’t pay!

  70. “They will ultimately suffer more through lost revenue than if they paid the bet…”

    They could have also turned it into good publicity and traffic to their site if they paid it and let everyone know they did despite the mistake. Then people would be showing up looking for more mistakes…and while they’re there, maybe they place some bets themselves.

  71. Now that this story is out there, the public relations nightmare and the fallout should be a nice chunk of revenge for this guy, if he doesn’t settle for something less. Fan Duel, Draft Kings…all rigged for the betting public to lose. I’ll stick to my weekly “Pick 5” pool.

  72. Footballpat says:

    “The bad publicity isn’t worth the $82,500 to keep quiet about it”

    EXACTLY. I am about to share this article on social media as I’m sure countless others have already done. Good job, FanDuel. Because you decided to stiff this guy (to try and save yourself $82,500), you have generated over a million dollars (millions?) worth of negative publicity and social media coverage.

  73. Ten years of Super Bowl tickets for two (between the 20-yard lines and not in the upper section), plus airfare, hotel and transfers, or a suite for 5 Super Bowls plus airfare,
    hotel and transfers…yes. Anything less…no. Three games to any NFL location…hell no. Otherwise, you listed the odds, he placed the bet, you accepted the money, he won…pay up, then go out of business.

  74. kenmasters34 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    They should have invalidated the bet before the game began, otherwise, they should pay him.
    ===

    So basically your saying you don’t know the story. It was an in-game bet involving odds that change by second depending on the game situation. He made the bet right before the Broncos kicked the winning field goal. The incorrect line was posted for a total of 18 seconds.

    By the way, he’s not the only person affected by this. Other people made bets and were dealt with the same way. He just the only one making a stink because he either doesn’t understand how gambling works or he just wants his 15 minutes of fame.

  75. FanDuel’s own system and software created and advertised overwhelming betting odds. One fan took notice and made his bet accordingly.

    1) At no time did FanDuel attempt to alert the fan and correct the odds between the bet and the start of the game.

    2) At no time did FanDuel attempt to alert the fan and correct the odds during the course of a 3.5 hour game.

    This was not a typo or human error. It was created using the company’s proprietary software that generated the odds. They made the mistake and need to own it.

    This was not like a broken slot machine. If the slot machine publicly advertises the max payout as $1,500 and $15,000 comes out, the casino can show the discrepancy.

  76. Hi, lived in Vegas for 8 years. There is a reason casinos are required by law to keep as much cash on hand as they do. Meaning if everyone in the casino placed the same bet and won, the casino has to be able to pay. The reason is they have to have enough money to pay out every single person that wins a bet at any given time. If a bet is posted and a ticket is given, the law requires the casino to pay it. This was also the plot of Ocean’s 13. Same thing with slot machines. If they refuse to pay a win, and can’t prove you cheated, the gaming control board can pull their license.

  77. Would they have refunded his $110 had the Broncos lost? Probably not. The bet never even would have been flagged or noticed and he wouldn’t have known any different. They should have honored this one. I daresay $80K has become a drop in the bucket for them, maybe I’m wrong.

  78. Glitches happen more times than you would think in casinos and their written policy is not to pay and this has been supported by court rulings in their favor. I would think FanDuel has similar language in their long disclaimer statement that no one ever has any interest in reading.

  79. They don’t owe him squat. Their terms and conditions would state they can cancel any bet/play at any time with their own discretion. By playing you accept those terms. Happened to me on another site when Julio Jones over/under was incorrectly stated as rushing yards. If you asked that person if they had any inkling there was an error when placing the bet, would be hard for them to say no with a straight face. Dangerous precedent but it’s the way it goes.

  80. I wonder how they prove that it was, in fact, a glitch in their system. Does the system operate without supervision of an employee? Was anyone fired for this? Because if someone was fired or disciplined, that would imply some negligence on the part of the employee, and thereby the company. And if someone was disciplined, that means that the error was preventable, and if it was preventable, they should honor their odds with the bettor.

    Gambling is ill advised and gamblers should accept their risks. But that doesn’t mean that people should suddenly be able to weasel out of contracts. This is not an errant payout on a slot machine where the gambler has no idea what the odds of winning are. The odds are right in front of his face, acknowledged by both sides, and one side is refusing to honor its commitment because for once it got caught at a disadvantage.

  81. $82,500 is a small price to pay to avoid all of the negative press they will receive by not paying out.

    Honestly, this could have a relatively low-cost lesson for them if they hadn’t screwed it up.

  82. FanDuel has now changed its tune and is paying it off.

    Reminds me of Seinfeld, if you replace “reservation” and “hold” with “bet” and “payout”

    Agent: I know why we have reservations.

    Jerry: I don’t think you do. If you did, I’d have a car. See, you know how to
    take the reservation, you just don’t know how to *hold* the reservation and
    that’s really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody
    can just take them.

  83. There was honor among men when you filled out your white sheet and handed it to your bookie. Now that sports betting is legal and regulated, there is no honor.

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