Last Saturday's game between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder was not only hard on fans for the latter, but on gamblers as well. This is because the small change the NBA made on Stephen Curry's points on that game had a big effect on gamblers in Las Vegas.
Last weekend, the Warriors led by Curry proved that storybook-like comebacks are very much real after the team tied the series 3 to 3 in Game 6. Before this, the Warriors was trailing behind OKC since the first game of the Western Conference semifinals.
But, aside from the come-from-behind run, it was also an impressive night for Curry after he scored 29 points in the game. But, on Sunday, his day got a little bit better after the NBA corrected his total points in game six. Instead of 29, he was actually credited for making 31 points, according to USA Today.
The 2-point deficit came from the floater which was also his last basket for the night. Instead of attributing it to Curry, it was mistakenly credited to Draymond Green. Although this may seem like a small adjustment, it could have big repercussions on last Vegas betters.
On the night of Game 6, Curry over-under in Las Vegas was 30.5. This means that those who betted for under won since the athlete was originally credited for scoring 29 points. However, after the NBA made its slight tweak to 31, those who sided with over are technically the winners.
The same issue happened back in 2011 after a football game between the University of South Carolina and Utah. That match ended with the former securing a 17-14 victory. However, after reviewing the game, the officials noted that the total points made by the University of South Carolina were actually 23.
However, since the betting industry in the U.S. doesn't have the exact guidelines to address issues such as this one, it is not clear how book directors handle instances like this.
According to Jay Kornegay, the sports book director for Las Vegas Hilton, only the house can settle this matter.
"Vegas is split on this," he told the Los Angeles Times. "It's all up to the house rules, and even how you interpret those rules."