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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Roma's odds to reach UCL semis were 'too long' to take bets at Vegas book

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Roma came back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to defeat Barcelona on away goals as they advance to the Champions League semifinals.

Roma's chances to overcome Barcelona and advance to the Champions League semifinals were so long that a prominent Las Vegas sportsbook did not even take bets.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which touts itself as the world's largest sportsbook, had Roma at +360 to beat Barcelona in the second leg.

But with the Italian side needing to score three goals to go through, and Barcelona having only conceded three in their previous nine Champions League games this season, the odds were too long.

"It would have been in the neighborhood of Barcelona 1/100 and Roma 20/1 to advance prior to today's match," Westgate manager Jeff Sherman told ESPN.

So at those odds, to win a measly $100 on Barcelona going through, a bettor would have to place a $10,000 wager, but Sherman added: "We don't offer prices when they get above -5,000 in soccer." 

ESPN researcher Mackenzie Kraemer contributed to this report. 

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