This past weekend saw the NFL draft take place in Philadelphia. With over 250 000 spectators and Las Vegas bookmakers having their expectations exceeded, this event was a great success.
The year of 2017, marked the very first time that Vegas sportsbooks were permitted to offer proposition bets on the NFL draft. It is said that it was close to not happening at all, with Vegas sportsbooks eagerly awaiting the approval from the Gaming Control Board, which they only granted a month prior to the event.
What Did This Approval Mean For Bookies?
Bookies have gone into a state of frenzy, with the first few bets being drafted in the first round. The most popular bets at many casinos are, “how many quarterbacks would be taken in the first round” as well as, “how many players from a particular college”.
Where are the Aussies?
Even though there weren’t any Australian’s that were taken into the draft. Aussie Bettor Cameron Johnston of Ohio State was signed as an undrafted free agent, by the Philadelphia Eagles, shortly before the draft came to an end.
Johnston is seen to be the eighth Aussie in the NFL. With Solomon Thomas being taken as third pick of the draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Jarryd Hayne’s previous team.
Johnston, the now 125kg, 191 cm defensive lineman had moved to Australia, specifically Sydney, at the tender age of two. Having spent five years living in the Harbour City, Johnston says that his recollection of his time there was a happy one.
It is said that Johnston and veteran Donnie Jones will be put head to head in a bid to win the punting starting position. The Eagles offer plenty of punting opportunities. With a $41 chance to win the Superbowl this season.
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