Dustin Johnson's Masters Withdrawal Places Las Vegas Sportsbooks at Odds Over Refunds

Dustin Johnson's Masters Withdrawal Places Las Vegas Sportsbooks at Odds Over Refunds

Dustin Johnson ended up being 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 first round on Thursday, Johnson had a freak fall at his rental home. The planet's number one ranked golfer ended up being socks that are wearing he slipped on wooden stairs, fell, and injured his back.

Las Vegas sportsbooks took more bets on DJ than just about any player in the industry. On Thursday afternoon, after saying he had been likely to try to tee it, Johnson explained his human body simply wouldn't enable him and he informed tournament officials he had been withdrawing.

The news brought to light the importance of reading the small print in Vegas when placing an activities wager. A few books said bets on Johnson would not be refunded, while others opted to return money.

Westgate's SuperBook, Southern Point, Wynn, Golden Nugget, and Station Casinos said bets on Johnson would be 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 make a difference if Dustin Johnson showed up at the tee that is first even hit a ball,' ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted.

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