How Bettors in the Know Cashed In on ‘Game of Thrones’ - The New York Times

How Bettors in the Know Cashed In on ‘Game of Thrones’ - The New York Times

You never see 2-to-9 odds— that really tells you something’s going on,” said Bill Krackomberger, a professional sports bettor based in Las Vegas.

Even if you did come across odds like that, he said, the measly payout would make for a bad gamble: “How can you bet on something like that, anyway? You’re getting pennies on the dollar.”

It’s hard to know for sure who might have leaked the details. Employees at television providers and streaming services in the more than 150 other countries that broadcast the show had a legitimate need to see episodes before airtime, and thus might have been able to make an informed wager. But they would have seen the episodes only about a day in advance, and bets on Bran to win had spiked well before that.

Some anonymous leakers used Reddit to provide details of episodes of the series before they were broadcast, including Bran’s ascension and Jon’s stabbing of Daenerys in the finale. One Redditor who got some key details right said their source was a relative who had worked on the show. [Read More]

Published @ May 21, 2019

How Bettors in the Know Cashed In on ‘Game of Thrones’ - The New York Times

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