Week 17 may just be a formality for teams that have already secured entry into the NFL playoffs, but it's just another day at the office for online sports bettors looking to pick off value and make sure that they get the best of it with their online sportsbooks of choice.
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Week 17 is also a time when bettors may look to take advantage of parlays. For instance, if the Redskins beat the Giants as expected, the Green Bay Packers are in a situation where they must win the NFC North by beating the Detroit Lions later that evening in the week 17 and regular season finale of 2016. In the event that the Redskins lose, Green Bay could qualify as a six seed and may be less inclined to play with the same intensity. This is a thought process handicappers at SBR Forum typically go through when analyzing week 17 games.
Parlays with a degree of correlation typically have lower limits than entirely unrelated events. The infamous case of Sportsbook.ag (SBR rating D-) confiscating over $150,000 in bettor winnings involved parlays determined to be too correlated for the liking of the betting site.
Parlay bettors in general have done especially well, both in Las Vegas as well as at online sportsbooks, as favorites have hit at a clip that has made bookmakers exceedingly uncomfortable as profit margins have gone down slightly thanks to bettors taking advantage of this exotic and wildly popular wagering method.