The bets are coming in fast as Super Bowl 53 kickoff nears between the favored New England Patriots (-2.5) and Los Angeles Rams. Historically, more than 70% of the bets on Super Bowl are made in the 24 hours leading up to kickoff. And like a poker tournament nearing its conclusion, the stakes have risen and “all-in” bets are being made with both the Patriots and Rams taking seven-figure wagers to win Super Bowl LIII.
MGM takes a $2 million bet on the Rams
An anonymous bettor that made multiple million dollar bets and won on last year’s Super Bowl and World Series is at it again. Known as “Bettor X”, he’s placed three moneyline bets on the LA Rams totaling $3.8 million. One of those was made at the MGM in Las Vegas, as reported by ESPN gambling reporter David Purdum.
The $2 million Super Bowl bet placed Thursday @MGMRaceSports was on the Rams moneyline at +120. There have been two reported million-dollar-plus bets on the Super Bowl at this point; both on the Rams moneyline. MGM bet was first-reported by @beatingthebook.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) February 2, 2019
That $2 million moneyline bet on the Rams (+120) would net that bettor $2.4 million with a Rams victory. Along with that $2 million bet and the additional $1 million plus on the Rams, William Hill US also took a $1.5 million moneyline bet on the Rams (+120).
Other noted bets on the Los Angeles Rams include:
- CG Technology: $300,000 on Rams moneyline
- South Point: $300,000 on Rams moneyline
- William Hill: $132,000 on Rams +3. Same bettor bet $132,000 on the total OVER 56.5 and $132,000 6-point teaser Rams and OVER
Despite more sharp money betting under the total, most sportsbooks will need UNDER the total as many public parlays/straight bets are tied to the OVER.
New England Patriots taking most bets
The initial flood of betting on the Patriots more than 10 days ago moved the opening line from pick ‘em at most sportsbooks to Patriots -2.5. That’s where the line is holding steady this weekend and game day at a majority of sportsbooks including FanDuel Sportsbook in New Jersey. The Patriots are taking more than 70% of the spread bets at many sportsbooks leading into Super Bowl LIII.
FanDuel says 83% of the moneyline bets are on New England, and 75% of spread action is also on Patriots. FanDuel also has most prop action on Patriots players to win MVP, score first and most touchdowns.
Not to bet outdone, New England has taken its share of big bets, including a $1 million wager at MGM.
Other noted bets on New England Patriots include:
- South Point: $220,000 on Patriots -2.5
- Westgate SuperBook: $120,000 on Patriots -2 (bought ½ point).
- MGM: $220,000 on Patriots -2.5
Westgate notes they have not taken as many six-figure bets on this year’s Super Bowl, but “a lot of $20,000 and $30,000 bets.”
“A Patriots victory by 1 or 2 points could produce “our best Super Bowl ever,” says MGM representative Scott Shelton. MGM took three different customer bets for a combined $1.9 million on the Patriots money line.