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Punter gets Super Bowl proposition bet included in William Hill sportsbook

February 6th, 2013 / lee
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How many people get the chance to have a suggested proposition bet placed into the market options at a major betting site, for a major sporting event? Well that is just what happened to Reno, Nevada resident Mike Smith, who answered the call of online betting site William Hill, who threw down the challenge to its customers through Facebook and Twitter to put their creative betting heads into gear.

William Hill encouraged their followers on the social media platforms to come up with an idea for a unique wager. The NFL showcase finale, which was Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Superdome between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers had already seen a massive amount of markets open on it. Punters flocked to get their money down on markets such as the scorer of the first touchdown, whether the first points in the game would be from a field goal or a touchdown, who the MVP would be, and of course, trying to cover or beat the points spread. William Hill wanted to find a unique bet to add to things.

The Super Bowl was watched by around 112 million viewers from across the world and an estimated £6 billion was taken globally on one of the biggest spectacles in sport. But betting site William Hill wanted something different and offered a cash prize as well as the prestige of having the proposition bet included in the bookies’ sportsbook, for the suggestion that they liked the best from over 100 entries. Mike Smyth from Reno came up with the idea of “Will Alex Smith take a snap from center?” The odds are -700 for “no” and +500 for “yes.”

San Francisco’s quarterback Smith was replaced halfway through the regular season by Colin Kaepernick, but Smyth wondered if he would get into the game at some point, and suggested the bet. The lucky punter said “Some 49ers fans would like to see Alex get a snap, some would not,” Smyth said in a release. “Who knows? An equipment malfunction for Kaepernick could get him in the game, or if they’re up big at the end of the game, it’d be a classy move by (coach Jim) Harbaugh to get Smith on the field. And with Harbaugh, you never know, he may have some special package designed for Smith to throw the Ravens off.”

Smith never made it onto the field of play, as the Baltimore Ravens took the championship match. As underdogs, the Ravens had blitzed the first half of the contest, and managed to hold off a superb comeback from Kaepernick and the 49ers in the third quarter, but the San Francisco comeback challenge fell short.



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