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David Purdum, ESPN Staff Writer 368d

Biggest-bet Army-Navy game ever

College Football, Army Black Knights, Navy Midshipmen

More money was bet on the Army-Navy game than on any other single event Saturday and produced the biggest loss of the day for some Las Vegas sportsbooks.

The game attracted three times more action than what was bet on the Golden State Warriors-Memphis Grizzlies tilt, the second-biggest game on the board Saturday in terms of betting handle.

"It was our biggest decision," CG Technology sportsbook director Jason Simbal said of the Army-Navy game. "We lost."

Army ended a 14-game losing streak against Navy, upsetting the Midshipmen 21-17 as 5-point underdogs.

Navy opened as high as an 11-point favorite. The line dropped sharply throughout the week as the Midshipmen's injury situation became clearer.

"We had a couple guys, in-house, betting Army pretty good," said MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood. "We didn't do well on that."

Rood said with Army-Navy being the only FBS football game on the board Saturday it generated significantly more handle that it would have on a normal, full Saturday slate.

"If you would have had Army-Navy on a full slate of games, it would have been less than a six-figure decision. But since it was by itself, it was a little bit over that."

Westgate SuperBook assistant manager Ed Salmons said the handle on Army-Navy at the SuperBook was comparable to some of the most heavily bet games on a normal Saturday.

"I would say it was the most heavily bet Army-Navy game that I've seen here," Salmons said.

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