Dustin Johnson’s Masters Withdrawal Sets Las Vegas Sportsbooks at Odds Over Refunds
Dustin Johnson had been the hefty pre-tournament favorite to win this week's Masters competition in Augusta, Georgia.
Charley Hoffman's near-historic opening round at the Masters was largely overshadowed by favorite Dustin Johnson's dramatic slip up.
But on Wednesday evening, just hours before the round that is first Thursday, Johnson possessed a freak fall at his rental house. The planet's number one ranked golfer had been wearing socks whenever he slipped on wooden stairs, fell, and injured his back.
Las Vegas sportsbooks took more bets on DJ than every other player in the field. On afternoon, after saying he was going to try to tee it up, Johnson explained his body simply wouldn't allow him and he informed tournament officials he was withdrawing thursday.
The news headlines brought to light the importance of reading the small print in Vegas when placing a recreations bet. A few books said bets on Johnson would not be refunded, while other people opted to go back money.
Westgate's SuperBook, South Point, Wynn, Golden Nugget, and Station Casinos said bets on Johnson is refunded. But MGM, Boyd Gaming, Caesars, CG Tech, and William Hill sportsbooks told bettors to count their losses.
'At most sportsbooks, action is action. Doesn't matter if Dustin Johnson showed up at the tee that is first even hit a ball,' ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted.
Johnson had won his past three tournaments, and was unques