It’s not the biggest bet that a Vegas book has ever taken on a Super Bowl, but it’s not every day someone plunks down seven digits on the NFL’s biggest game.
The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs against the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LLII, now less than two weeks away. Then again, they were underdogs in both of their playoff games to this point this season, so maybe that’s made some people confident they can prove the naysayers wrong one more time — including one person who’s willing to back that assertion up with a lot of money.
How much money? Try a “multi-million dollar bet” on the Eagles. That information comes courtesy of Gill Alexander, a VSiN personality and host of the Beating The Book podcast.
After Alexander teased the possibility that one of the largest (but not the largest) wagers in Super Bowl history was in the works, he found out later on Wednesday that the bet had been made.
It’s not immediately apparent if the bet was made against the spread, though it’s likely it was on the moneyline. The spread at most Vegas books with the Patriots as 5 to 6 1/2-point favorites, though lines have been moving toward the Eagles and could end up with the Patriots as only four-point favorites by this weekend.
There have also been rumors that the huge bet the MGM accepted was made by the “let it ride” bettor who won nearly $14 million on a series of correct bets on this year’s World Series before sitting out Game 7, though that could just be the stuff of gambling legend too. Casinos don’t make the names of their customers public, so unless the person who went all-in on the Eagles chooses to go public, we might not ever know for sure.
In any case, it’s a remarkable wager and means at least one person will be singing “Fly Eagles, Fly” as loud as any season ticket holder at the Linc two Sundays from now.