Doug Kezirian of ESPN wins $58K in William Hill school contest

Doug Kezirian has struck once more.

The ESPN sports activities betting insider who gained nearly $300,000 on an NFL draft prop final yr lately gained $58,333 within the William Hill School Decide’em soccer contest.

Kezirian, a Las Vegas resident and former KTNV-13 sports activities director, claimed two of the highest 5 locations in a area of 411.

William Hill paid $89,000 to cowl an overlay within the $1,000-entry contest, which assured money prizes of $500,000 for entrants who made eight picks in opposition to the unfold for 10 weeks off a chosen menu of faculty video games.

Kezirian went 6-2 ATS within the remaining week to complete in a tie for third at 51-29 (64 %) on his high entry, which paid $37,500. He went 4-4 within the remaining week on one other entry to complete in a tie for fifth at 50-30 (62.5 %), which paid $20,833.33.

A contestant with the alias Accorsi tied for first with a 52-28 ATS file (65 %) with an unidentified entrant, they usually cut up $325,000. An try and contact the co-champions was unsuccessful.

Hoping for extra

Ending one sport out of first place — and about $100,000 extra in prize cash — was a bit bittersweet for Kezirian.

“The competitor and gambler in me will all the time marvel what may’ve been,” he stated. “I’ll inevitably torture myself for a second when reflecting on a decide or two down the stretch. However I’ll do it with a smile.”

The competition ended Nov. 12, when a Wake Forest cowl would’ve propelled him to first and third place. However the Demon Deacons misplaced 36-34 to North Carolina as 3½-point favorites after turning the ball over on their remaining three possessions.

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman fumbled on fourth-and-3 on the Tar Heels 10 with 8:59 left and threw an interception in North Carolina territory with 4:20 to go.

Kezirian used the competition alias Tyson Arthur. The primary title was in tribute to Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell. The latter is his canine’s title.

Huge prop victory

A number of days earlier than the 2021 NFL draft, Kezirian positioned $3,500 in wagers as much as 100-1 at BetMGM sportsbook at Bellagio on Campbell to be the primary security taken within the draft. When the Jaguars chosen Campbell — who was listed as a cornerback at different books however as a security at BetMGM — with the primary decide of the second spherical, Kezirian gained $297,800.

“Tyson was actually my first child,” stated Kezirian (@DougESPN). “He bought me the bankroll to do a variety of the contests.”

Kezirian rallied down the stretch to complete within the cash within the William Hill contest, which paid the highest 10 locations.

“I wasn’t on the leaderboard till a pair weeks to go,” he stated. “After I went into the ultimate week, I used to be tied for fourth and seventh and needed to complete within the cash.”

He went on a 17-2-1 ATS run to take the lead within the Circa Friday Soccer Invitational, a contest with 16 handicappers, and used lots of the similar performs within the William Hill contest.

The previous host of ESPN’s “Every day Wager” present stated there have been a number of keys to his success.

“I take heed to the folks on our present. I preserve my ears open,” Kezirian stated. “You’ll be able to’t take dangerous numbers, particularly as a result of it’s all half-point spreads within the contest.

“For me, it’s about situational handicapping. In case you can single out an edge from a story or play beginner psychologist, then you possibly can have an angle. I used to be handicapping effort and stuff like that.”

It additionally helps to be fortunate.

“The dangerous beats need to be minimal if you’re making an attempt to outperform different people who find themselves 20 video games above .500,” he stated. “To be a worthwhile winner could be very totally different than successful a contest, the place 65 or 66 % is what’s wanted.

“You must get scorching and get fortunate, which is what I did down the stretch.”

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at Comply with @tdewey33 on Twitter.

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