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Worst Betting Bad Beats in 2019

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Since rolling the calendars into 2019, we've already seen a handful of incredibly painful bad beats in the world of sports gambling. Here's a dynamic list of the worst bad beats since Jan. 1, 2019. 


Last Updated: Feb. 5, 2019

1. Kentucky Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies

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Date: Jan. 8, 2019

Sport: NCAAM

Spread: Kentucky (-12.5)

Final: Kentucky: 85 | Texas A&M: 74


Up 14 points with seemingly 30 seconds remaining, Kentucky held the ball for the entire 30 seconds of their final possession, with both teams believing the game had ended when the buzzer sounded. However, upon closer examination by the officiating crew, there was actually a 0.8-second differential between the shot clock and the game clock. That time was added back to the game clock, and Texas A&M's Savion Flagg chucked a meaningless heave from halfcourt and absolutely nailed it to lead his Aggies to a cover. 

2. Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Date: Jan. 5, 2019

Sport: NFL

Spread: Cowboys (-2.5)

Final: Cowboys: 24 | Seahawks 22


Despite numerous lead changes going into the fourth quarter of this NFC Wild Card matchup between the Cowboys and Seahawks, Dallas held a 10-point lead over the Seahawks with less than 80 seconds remaining. However, the Seahawks went on to score a touchdown to cut the lead to 4. With their kicker injured, they went for a 2-point conversion and made it. Game over, cover over. 

3. Butler Bulldogs vs. Seton Hall Pirates

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Date: Jan. 9, 2019

Sport: NCAAM

Spread: Seton Hall (-2.5)

Final: Seton Hall 76 | Butler: 75


With just three seconds remaining in this Big East showdown, the Pirates were nursing a four-point lead at 76-72. But Butler's Kamar Baldwin wasn't ready to give up on the game just yet, nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead his Bulldogs to a cover and 76-75 final whistle. However, the buzzer beater gets worse with context. Prior to the last-second swoosh. Baldwin was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc on the night. That's right, the only deep ball of the game that Baldwin got to fall was the last-second prayer that killed sports bettors riding Seton Hall as 2.5-point favorites. 

4. No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma Sooners

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Date: Feb.5, 2019

Sport: NCAAM

Spread: Iowa State (-3)

Final: Iowa State 75 | Oklahoma: 74


With 3.5 seconds remaining, Iowa State's four-point lead was cut to just one in a 75-74 final by a controversial 3-point buzzer beater from Oklahoma's Jamal Bieniemy. The shot fell as what appeared to be a clean bucket, however, upon closer examination, the ball was actually still in Bieniemy's hand when the buzzer sounded. But the play wasn't reviewed nor was the final score corrected. 


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