ESPN host wins nearly $300K on NFL Draft prop bet involving Georgia's Tyson Campbell
The pick of Georgia safety Tyson Campbell to the Jacksonville Jaguars to open the second round of the NFL Draft helped an ESPN host win six figures on a prop bet.
ESPN “Daily Wager” host Doug Kezirian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he partnered with a pro bettor on April’s draft, and it paid off in a big way. Kezirian won almost $300,000 on a prop bet.
He made multiple wagers totaling $3,500 to win $297,800 on Campbell to be the first safety taken in the NFL draft on an index prop at BetMGM.
How the story unfolded is the pro bettor, who remains anonymous, had tipped off Kezirian that Campbell’s draft stock was rising. His draft position over-under opened at 60½ and closed at 46½ at Circa.
Kezirian benefitted from a technicality. Kezirian said he was looking to bet the under on Campbell when he noticed that the Georgia cornerback was listed as a safety on the BetMGM prop while every other book listed him as a corner.
“I had to do a double take,” he said. “There are always a few different subtleties between books. MGM had two guys on their corner index that were listed as safeties at Circa. I just thought, at 100-1, it was a worthwhile play.”
Kezirian also was aware of the market around Campbell, and the limits of each book.
Kezirian said he knew the kiosks wouldn’t accept wagers that pay out more than $25,000, so he made a series of $200 bets that paid $20,000 each.
“I just bet it multiple times and spread it out over the span of like 90 minutes,” he said. “I bet a bunch at 100-1, and then the odds started to move. When they moved it to 50-1, I stopped.
“When I came home, it was 25-1, and by morning Campbell was removed from the index.”