PointsBet Refunds Titans Bettors After Gostkowski Misses
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Tennessee Titans bettors who had to endure watching Stephen Gostkowski miss four kicks in the team’s 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos Monday night will be getting a reprieve from PointsBet.
All Titans backers who had single spread bets (-2.5 or -3) in full were refunded by the PointsBet “Karma Kommittee” after Gostkowski shanked three field goals and an extra point in Tennessee’s victory. Before kickoff, more than 80% of NFL betting tickets and about 65% of the money was on Tennessee to cover, according to PointsBet.
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“Being bettor friendly has always been a staple of the PointsBet philosophy,” PointsBet Communications Director Patrick Eichner said in an email. “When we first entered New Jersey in 2019, we made a name for ourselves by refunding all bettors on the wrong side of the blown pass interference call in the Saints-Rams NFC Championship game. We’ve never wavered from that mentality.”
Gostkowski entered the Week 1 matchup as the NFL’s fifth most-accurate field goal kicker in the history of the league (87.4%). He dropped to ninth after his third miss but managed to take the eighth spot (86.06%) after his winning 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the game.
According to Next Gen Stats, Gostkowski had a 1 in 1,804 chance (0.06%) of missing three field goals and at least one extra point.
“He missed three field goals — something he’d never done before in his 15-year NFL career — and an extra point, leaving 10 points on the board,” Eichner said. “It’s only right for PointsBet to have the back of bettors who took Tennessee.”
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