At Sportsbetting.com, heads or tails doesn’t matter. You can bet both and earn yourself a guaranteed profit.
The catch? There isn’t one. Or at least that’s what they say.
The online sportsbook is offering heads at +102 and tails at +102. The prop listing falls under the headline “Guaranteed win coin toss,” and sure enough, customers are free to bet either side.
Marketing ploy? Could be. Potential scam? Another possibility.
Tuesday morning, I contacted a customer service representative to ask about the “guaranteed” offering. I also asked for the limits that would be applied to this particular bet.
“No catch,” the rep said. “Limits can vary. You will have to check after 12 p.m. ET and by testing it out on the site.”
When told that I did not have an account and that my inquiry was merely a curiosity, the customer service rep refused to provide further details.
“It’s not a secret,” the rep said. “As I said, it can vary. So it’s not a direct answer.”
“Can you give me an approximate range?” I asked.
“You have to test out the site,” the rep said. “I don’t have that info. It varies. And would not want to misinform you.”
From there, I told the rep that I was completely comfortable with being misinformed, that I had no intention of actually placing this wager, and that, again, this was merely a curiosity.
Finally, mercifully, she caved.
“OK, I’ll test it for you,” the rep said. “But as I said, the limits right now will change after 12 p.m. ET. What line are you interested in?”
I told her “tails.” Then again, what difference does it make?
“This bet exceeds the limit of $150,” the rep said. “See, the limit now is not that great because the overnight limits are on. As I said, not guaranteed.”
So basically, the coin toss is guaranteed but the details aren’t.
Here’s a guarantee: I will never, ever deposit at this crappy book. Why? Because if you request a payout there, the odds of getting paid are far worse than +102.
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Here’s a listing of juice applied to coin toss props at various sportsbooks:
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