Morning sports update: A Steelers fan placed the first bet at a new sportsbook … on the Patriots

"I wanted to bet $20,000, but they weren’t prepared for that much."

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Duron Harmon, center, celebrates his interception in the end zone against the Steelers in December 2017. –AP

The Celtics are at home Friday night against the Hawks (7 p.m.), while the Bruins are in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins (7 p.m.).

The Patriots also travel to the Steel City, with kickoff against the Steelers set for 4:25 p.m. Sunday.

A Steelers fan made the first bet at new sportsbook … on the Patriots: Pennsylvania joined seven other states on Thursday to have legalized sports gambling with the opening of a sportsbook at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

The first bet was placed by 38-year-old David Eldridge, a lifelong Steelers fan. It all sounds fairly in-step with what would be assumed, except for the details of Eldridge’s (and Pennsylvania’s) first legal bet. As Darren Rovell of Action Network explained, Eldridge bet $11,000 on the Patriots to cover a 2.5 point spread against the Steelers — his favorite team — in Sunday’s game.


“Over the last 15 years, I’ve gotten burned too many times,” Eldridge said of the Steelers to Rovell. “I just hope it’s not one of the three games a year they show up for.”

If the Patriots cover, his $11,000 will net $10,010 in winnings. Eldridge explained his confidence in a favorable outcome for his position (and the Patriots).

“I wanted to bet $20,000, but they weren’t prepared for that much.”

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