To celebrate Pinnacle’s 20th anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest events by betting volume in Pinnacle’s history. Why were these events so popular to bet on? Did you bet on any of these events? Here are the top five most popular betting events at Pinnacle over the last two decades.
5. Brazil vs. Germany – 2014 FIFA World Cup
In one of the most infamous games in the history of the World Cup, Germany ran riot against hapless hosts Brazil, going 5-0 up in the first 30 minutes. The game finished 7-1 as Germany inflicted Brazil’s worst ever World Cup defeat and their first competitive home defeat in 39 years.
Before the game, no team in the history of the World Cup had conceded five or more goals before half-time in a semi-final. It was also the first time that a team had scored seven goals in a World Cup semi-final. Miroslav Klose’s goal in the 23rd minute broke the record for most goals scored by an individual at the World Cup, overtaking Brazil’s Ronaldo with 16 goals.
As you would expect with home field advantage, Brazil opened as favourites for the match at 2.50 with the Germans available at 3.36 (the draw was 3.09). By the time the game kicked off, Germany had shortened slightly to 3.19 with Brazil drifting to 2.61. Interestingly, the Total was set low at 2 goals with 1.80 odds on the over.
4. New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks – 2015 Super Bowl
Tom Brady’s New England Patriots beat the best defensive team in the league that year in the form of the Seattle Seahawks to capture their fourth NFL Super Bowl. The Patriots had to come from a 10-point deficit in the final quarter, a feat that had never been accomplished before, to eventually win the game 28-24 having been originally down 24-14 as the fourth quarter commenced.
Seattle had a chance to win the game in the final moments but quarterback Russell Wilson elected to throw the ball for a touchdown attempt rather than score via star running back Marshawn Lynch – a decision that was labelled one of the worst calls in Super Bowl history.
The Seahawks’ defensive sturdiness saw them open the Super Bowl 49 betting as the Money Line favourites (priced at 1.719) with the Patriots available at 2.26. The opening Handicap was 3 points and the Total was set at 49.5. The Money Line odds were a lot closer by the time the betting closed with the Seahawks at 1.885 and the Patriots 2.02 (the Handicap also dropped to 1 point with the Total Points mark ending at 47).
3. Germany vs. Argentina – 2014 World Cup
Germany triumphed over Argentina to secure their fourth World Cup after a tightly contested affair was settled by Mario Gotze’s extra-time volley. Bettors who wanted Argentina to win (especially those who bet on them at 7.37 to win the World Cup) would have been cursing Gonzalo Higuain after he missed a big chance in the early stages of the match to put his team ahead.
Germany were one of the favourites heading into the 2014 World Cup (as short as 4.96 on the eve of the tournament) and became the first European side to win the World Cup on South American shores and joined Italy with four World Cup victories each – only Brazil (five) has more.
The Germans were pre-match favourites for the final itself (opening at 2.36 and closing at a slightly longer 2.48) with their opponents available at 3.27 initially before closing at 3.33. However it was the draw (available at 3.44 when the markets opened) that turned out to be the bet to make as it took 120 for the result to be settled.
2. New York Giants vs. New England Patriots – 2012 Super Bowl
Peyton Manning’s brother Eli led the New York Giants with an MVP performance to defeat the New England Patriots and claim their fourth Super Bowl title. It marked the first time that both teams fielded a quarterback who had won the MVP award in a Super Bowl in the form of Eli Manning and Tom Brady.
Brady ended up on the losing side despite breaking a Super Bowl record of 16 completions in a row. His counterpart Manning also set a record by becoming the first quarterback to open the Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions.
The Patriots came into the game as favourites priced at 1.58 compared to the Giant’s 2.53. However, bettors didn’t seem too confident of how dominant the Patriots would be as they closed at a slightly longer 1.671. Meanwhile, the Giants shortened to 2.37 – the Handicap dropping to 3 points also shows that bettors were more drawn to Eli Manning’s team.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - 2011 Super Bowl
At the number one spot, it is yet another Super Bowl with this classic encounter in Dallas, Texas between two historic NFL franchises in the shape of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Both teams came into the game with a rich winning history, with the Steelers having the most Super Bowl victories with six (a record that still stands today) and the Packers having the most NFL championships.
Over 100,000 were in attendance at the AT&T Stadium to witness the favourites Packers (who opened at 1.752 and shortened to 1.694) defeat the Steelers 31-25, with an MVP performance by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers being pivotal to their success.
It was clear that bettors were backing the Packers to lift the Lomabardi trophy, as the Steelers opened at 2.20 but then drifted to 2.33 as the game began. The Handicap also moved to 3 points by the close and the Total 44.5. This game became the most watched television broadcast in American history at the time, with an average viewing figure of approximately 111 million.
What do these events tell us about Pinnacle and its customers?
There is a clear pattern among the biggest events by betting volume at Pinnacle, as its international soccer matches and the NFL Super Bowl that dominate this category.
While the size and importance of these occasions means they appeal to a wider betting audience - the available betting limits for these events is also the reason why there is so much money put down, as we offer the best margins and the highest limits.
Pinnacle has famously set $1,000,000 limits in the past for the World Cup and the Super Bowl isn’t far off. The fact that bettors also have the option to re-bet at Pinnacle as many times as they want also means it should come as no surprise that these are the most popular events in terms of betting volume.
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