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Notable Bets: 21 wild wagers from 2021

As we enter the final week of 2021, let’s review some of the wise, wild and outright weird wagers that stood out this year.

We begin in Carteret, New Jersey, where a 64-year-old bettor was sweating what could be the largest win of his betting career.

1. In the history of Caesars Sportsbook, 112 25-leg parlays have cashed. None of them, though, was anything like the 25-teamer Kevin LaRose hit on Dec. 11.

Typically, successful 25-leg parlays are loaded with giant money-line favorites that dramatically reduce the payouts. According to Caesars Sportsbook, the most a 25-team parlay has ever won was $3,400.

LaRose’s 25-teamer paid $237,553.11 off a $25 bet. You can see the legs here.

The parlay featured 15 money-line bets — 13 in college basketball, two in the NBA — and 10 spread bets in college hoops. LaRose identified his teams in the morning but didn’t place the bet until around 3 p.m. Daily Wager

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The parlay began with UCLA beating Marquette, survived a scare with Richmond overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat Toledo and eventually came down to a showdown between Wyoming (-8) and Utah Valley State.

After a day of construction work and sushi, LaRose settled down with his wife, Ann Marie, for the stretch run. The couple tracked the score online. Wyoming led by 12 at the half. Utah Valley State opened the second half with a 20-5 run to take the lead. But the Cowboys answered and maintained at least a 9-point lead in the final minutes en route to a 74-62 win.

"We had a bottle of wine ready," LaRose said. "We stayed up until 4:30 in the morning. I couldn’t sleep anyway, bro. I put the [sportsbook] screen on, after we won the bet. It says, ‘Congratulations, you won $237,000.’ I took a picture of it with my phone. I’ll keep that picture."

2. A bettor with FanDuel placed an $8, 12-leg parlay featuring each match result of the final day of the Ryder Cup in September. The unidentified bettor, who is based in Illinois, nailed every result, including both ties, as Team USA sealed the victory. The bettor won $966,290 off the $8 wager.

3. In Week 9 of the NFL season, a bettor with FanDuel correctly predicted the exact score on the Sunday night and Monday night games on a $1 parlay that paid $54,471. The bettor had the Cowboys to beat the Vikings 20-16 at odds of 270-1 and the Chiefs […]

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