At least one CFL fan hit the jackpot betting on the first week of the 2021 CFL season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ fan Kyle Pastulovic tweeted on Sunday that his friend had parlayed bets on the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks, both of whom won in upset fashion this past weekend.
A parlay is when a bettor places multiple wagers (game lines, moneyline picks, prop bets, etc.) under one umbrella. The odds of each bet are multiplied together to create a single high-risk, high-reward bet that will only pay out if all individual elements are successful.
Toronto and Ottawa entered Week 1 as substantial underdogs against Calgary and Edmonton, respectively, with both teams carrying odds of 3.25 on moneyline. This means a wager would yield winnings 3.25 times larger than the initial bet.
When parlayed, the bets paid out a total 10.56 times the initial wager of $100, which is why Pastulovic’s friend was able to win over $1,000 on a two-part parlay.
The Argos surprised the Stampeders when they erased an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to win 23-20 at McMahon Stadium. Calgary is tough to beat at home and the game featured an uncharacteristic interception from two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell in the final minute of the game.
The Redblacks shocked the football world when they defeated the Elks by a score of 16-12 despite recording just 127 yards of offence and six first downs. It was the worst passing performance by a winning CFL team since 1992, which shows just how unlikely the team’s victory was.