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Feb. 11 marks the the anniversary of Buster Douglas 42-to-1 upset vs. Mike Tyson, one of the biggest longshot victories ever in head-to-head competition. But as with all upset tales, Douglas over Tyson has taken on a life of its own after that Thirty years later, there is plenty to clear up about the 42-to-1 odds story. 1. All sportsbooks offer odds on when Tyson will knock out Douglas, but only one Mirage offers bettors the chance to bet on Tyson or Douglas straight-up. We were booking Tyson fights and, as he continued to crush people, underdogs were going from 6-to-1 to 8-to-1, recall Jimmy Vaccaro, head bookmaker at Mirage at the time. At some point, it like what point in offering it anymore. Its like, who would offer moneyline on Centenary vs Alabama if theyre 65-point underdog? The most popular bet across Vegas was for Tyson to drop Douglas and end the fight in either Round 2 or 3. 2. Anything offered above 10-to-1 would have made Douglas the biggest heavyweight underdog of all time. Prior to Tyson-Douglas, greatest underdog to win the heavyweight title was James Braddock, known to many as Cinderella Man, beating Max Baer in 1935. Braddock was 10-to-1 underdog. Pre-fight clippings are hilarious to read now because they are such cold take, none colder than Orlando Sentinel columnist Brian Schmitz, who, in his column the day before the fight, wanted to charge fight promoter Don King with fraud. Write Schmitz: When youre trying to persuade people to believe Douglas has a chance, false advertising is encourage, if not time-honor tradition fight racket. 4. No matter how high the Mirage raise odds, bets on Tyson keep coming in. With Douglas at 27-1 and Tyson at 1-27, Vaccaro said he got bet on Tyson. It was 54 000 bet to win 2 000. He then raised it to 31-1 on Douglas and 1-31 on Tyson. I get something like 93 000 bet on Tyson to win 3 000, Vaccaro say. It was seen as such a sure thing. Vaccaro said what made his position so unique was that, unlike so many of his other compatriots in Vegas, he didnt have to check with executives upstairs to make these moves. He had authority to do them himself. 5. Douglas was offered at 42-to-1, but the bet was never made at that price. Bettor do take Tyson at 1-to-42. I take 1 500 bet from old wiseguy at 38-to-1, Vaccaro say. I remember him saying to me, No fighter deserves that much respect. ' Vaccaro said the biggest bet he received on Tyson was 168 000 to win 4 000. He told me he be back to collect his money, Vaccaro say. He obviously didnt come back. 6. Signs that Tyson was vulnerable were there. They were just ignore. Tyson came to Japan a month before the fight and didnt want to train. All I was interested in was partying and fing women, Tyson would later say.

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