Scenes from Sin City: Double the sweat for Jets’ fan winning parlay

Each week during football season, Covers writer Colin Kelly will be in the Las Vegas sportsbooks profiling bettors just like you, sharing their Sin City stories, big wins, bad beats, and all the fun stuff that’s supposed to “stay in Vegas.”

It’s hard enough to win a two-team parlay under normal circumstances. When one of those teams is favored, but trails by 10 entering the fourth quarter, that certainly doesn’t help.

When the other team is arguably among the worst in the league, that’s generally not beneficial either. And when both teams end up in overtime, you really need a lot of things to break your way to cash that ticket.

On Sunday, everything broke Charles Blair’s way at the South Point sportsbook.

Charles Blair was all smiles at the South Point after hitting a two-team parlay that included his Jets.

The New York Jets, laying 2.5 points against the New York Giants in a Big Apple battle, scored the final 10 points of regulation to force overtime, including a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brandon Marshal with just 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Then the Jets got a field goal to take the lead, and watched the Giants miss a field goal in claiming a 23-20 victory.

The San Francisco 49ers, catching six points at Chicago, got a stunning 44-yard touchdown run from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to tie the game at 20 with under two minutes remaining. Then the Niners got an equally stunning 71-yard TD pass from Gabbert to Torrey Smith for a 26-20 outright victory.

And Blair turned $50 into $180.

Blair had to endure two overtime game to cash in his $180 winner.

“Unbelievable,” said Blair, a Jets fan who lives in Brooklyn and was in Las Vegas for the weekend. “It was the wildest finish for the Jets, and Fitzpatrick came through. I actually felt better once the Jets tied it, because they trailed the whole second half.”

Blair said he’d turned his attention to the Jets-Giants OT, which was going on simultaneous to the 49ers-Bears extra frame. When he glanced back over to the Niners game, he saw Smith racing to daylight to clinch half his ticket.

“I was gonna win that game as long as the Bears only got a field goal,” he said. “But to see him run it in for the score, you know half your bet is in the book, and you’re just waiting for the other half.”

Then he watched normally reliable Giants place-kicker Josh Brown go wide left. Brown had made his previous 29 field-goal attempts.

“They have a great field-goal kicker,” Blair said. “For him to miss it, it was wonderful.”

Blair added that the atmosphere at the jam-packed sportsbook made the two overtime victories even sweeter.

“It’s the best atmosphere in the world when it’s going in your favor,” he said. “That was my only ticket for the day.”

He admitted it’s hard to pull the trigger on his favorite team, but he made it work out on this day.

“They’ll lose you more money than they’ll win you,” he said. “I really couldn’t believe they were favored today, but being a Jets fan, I couldn’t go against them.”

Colin Kelly is a Las Vegas-based contributor for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @ColinPKelly29.


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