Homers on this odyssey: Chad ‘Rex’ Beyers is a fortunate man


LAS VEGAS — The magnificent odyssey of Westgate SuperBook threat supervisor Chad “Rex” Beyers continued via a latest 72-hour window in typical unscripted, roller-coaster vogue, simply how he likes it.

He savored seeing Billy Troutman — his finest buddy from grade faculty in Indiana, the place they may spot the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on the opposite facet of the Ohio River — within the nationwide highlight.

Troutman is tight with thoroughbred coach Brad Cox, whose Important High quality received the Belmont Stakes final Saturday. NBC cameras captured Troutman bear-hugging Cox.

With out encouragement from Beyers, Troutman won’t have witnessed, in individual, Cox’s first triumph in a Triple Crown race.

The hectic sports activities weekend stored Beyers and 4 or 5 different Westgate threat specialists busy, gauging and pricing traces, adjusting numbers.

Beyers noticed an anomaly in a Mets-Padres sport that may show worthwhile. Golf would ignite controversy. Late Sunday, he watched “an unbelievable heater” within the Excalibur cube pits.

On Monday morning, he believed he discovered worth with the Royals, at +143 (threat $100 to win $143), in opposition to the Angels in Anaheim.

“When you may have a job that isn’t truly a job, however a pastime that you just receives a commission for,” Beyers mentioned, “that’s what all of us ought to try for.”


Beyers, 44, extrapolated baseball figures early final Saturday morning and was half-stunned to search out Mets ace Jacob deGrom at +120. The Mets had been in San Diego. He made the wager.

DeGrom owned a gaudy 0.71 ERA. The Padres began Joe Musgrove, architect of the franchise’s first no-hitter April 9 in Texas.

Savvy baseball bettors have lengthy light hurlers of their subsequent begin after tossing a no-no due to the extra pitches required for such a complete-game masterpiece and the emotional toll of constructing historical past.

However Beyers famous an extension of these doldrums for the six pitchers who’ve thrown no-hitters this season. Musgrove received solely two of 9 begins after his gem. That sextet went a mixed 7-11 in its subsequent 29 post-no-no begins.

“Guys who’ve thrown no-hitters,” he mentioned, “have changed into shells of themselves.”

Beyers influenced the SuperBook, opening the Mets at -130 (guess $130 to win $100). “A superb sweat for my pocket,” he mentioned of his private funding. The Mets received 4-0.

He’s bullish on the Mets, Rays, Astros and Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling, bearish on the Cubs and White Sox. He doesn’t count on the historic fee at which inherited runners are scoring in opposition to Twins relievers to proceed.

On Might 31, Beyers publicized a place, however his Twitter followers needed to be fast. 4 minutes earlier than the primary pitch, he questioned the Yankees being favored over Tampa Bay. The Rays received 3-1.

“I assumed, ‘Effectively, I’m going to guess this.’ Had no cause to not share it. I attempt to assist. However there’s sufficient unhealthy stuff that goes alongside . . . like at present.”


Earlier than the near-football-field-length SuperBook screens final Saturday evening, Beyers laments his store’s publicity on the Nets, who blast the Bucks — and can accomplish that once more in Sport 2.

The Twitter “unhealthy stuff” to which he refers is golf. Just a few hours earlier, Jon Rahm withdrew from the Memorial, which he was main by six strokes after three rounds, due to a constructive coronavirus check.

Nonetheless, DraftKings, William Hill and others paid patrons who had guess on Rahm, regardless of his withdrawal, to win the tourney — a curious however not unusual advertising and marketing ploy.

“A nasty precedent,” Beyers mentioned. “You may’t pay Rahm and pay whoever else wins, too.”

Ironic, many trade veterans say, as a result of William Hill, specifically, is infamous for axing winners. I personally require greater than two arms — and I retain all 10 digits — to rely acquaintances that Hill has barred after mere $300 wins.

His opinions acquired some social-media blowback — what doesn’t? Just like the SuperBook, Circa Sports activities didn’t reward Rahm backers. Circa director Matt Metcalf wrote that consistency, not subjectivity, is important to a store’s popularity.

“It’s clearly a loser,” Beyers mentioned. “It’s proper in [our] home guidelines. We’re extra involved about you betting right here since you’re going to get a good worth, that you just get a good restrict.”


Beyers was 13 when he first attended Churchill Downs, made his first guess on these ponies two years later. He was a senior at Clarksville Excessive, enjoying for father-coach Rick Beyers, when sweat first fell from him in torrents in 1995.

He had so idolized hoopster Rex Chapman that “Rex” grew to become his nickname, how most know him at present. He had two free throws from a technical foul in a sectional playoff sport at Jeffersonville Excessive.

Ninety % of a crowd of 5,000 cheered for the house crew. Boos rained down upon him. Some even howled, “Dad-eee’s boy! Dad-eee’s boy!” as he stood on the line, no one else within the lane.

“Made one, missed one,” Beyers mentioned. “I used to be rattled, not going to lie. I used to be 18.”

Monday, an off day, he researched Euro 2020, the grand soccer event that began Friday. He deliberate to “sweat the Royals” that evening. The Angels would win 8-3.

“I sweat every part, however I prefer it,” mentioned the person whose profession has landed him in Hawaii, England, Gibraltar and Costa Rica. “That’s why I like the enterprise. The odyssey has taken me the place it has, and I’ve no complaints.”

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