Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 31-26 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
- Plenty of money has already come in on Super Bowl 55
- The largest bet so far has been $3.46 million
- See the biggest bets placed on either the Buccaneers or Chiefs below
Betting on the Super Bowl is as American as apple pie. However, not every American is betting millions of dollars on the Super Bowl. Two people have placed seven-figure wagers so far, both on the same team. There have also been a handful of six-figure wagers placed on Super Bowl 55.
Whether you’re here to tail/fade the sharps or just look at these massive risks in awe, do not let these numbers encourage you to make any bet that’s outside of your bankroll. Only risk what you can afford to lose.
Now let’s get into these major wagers. (As more six-figure wagers trickle in over the weekend, we will continue to update the table below.)
Biggest Bets Placed on Super Bowl 55
|Bet||Type of Bet||Amount Wagered||Potential Profit|
|Buccaneers +3.5 (-127)||Spread||$3,460,000||$2,724,409|
|Buccaneers +3.5 (-115)||Spread||$2,300,000||$2,000,000|
|Chiefs -3 (-120)||Spread||$520,000||$433,333|
|Buccaneers +3.5 (-115)||Spread||$345,000||$300,000|
|Under 56.5 (-110)||Total||$205,000||$186,363|
|Chiefs to Win (-180)||Moneyline||$180,000||$100,000|
|Chiefs -3 (-120)||Spread||$120,000||$100,000|
|Chiefs -3.5 (-115)||Spread||$115,000||$100,000|
|Chiefs -3.5 (-110)||Spread||$110,000||$100,000|
|Chiefs to Win (-165)||Moneyline||$100,000||$60,606|
Simply betting a large amount of money does not make you a sharp. However, many of these bettors have jumped on a sharp trend in appreciating the significance of a 3-point spread vs 3.5-point spread. You’ll notice all bets on the Buccaneers are at +3.5.
MATTRESS MACK IS BACK
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale flew into Colorado late last night and wagered 3.46 MILLION on the Bucs +3.5 😳#SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/Zna8dDZ5Av
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) February 4, 2021
Although, it does appear Mattress Mack, the bettor who placed that massive $3.46 million wager, got in a little late and had to buy that extra half-point. While the spread in the Super Bowl opened at Kansas City -3.5, most sportsbooks now list the Chiefs as 3-point favorites on Sunday. Mattress Mack placed this bet at DraftKings in Colorado.
The other Bucs +3.5 bettor, who has the second-biggest wager at the time of writing this ($2.3 million), saw his number and pounced back on January 29, not wanting to give the line an opportunity to come down to three. This bet came in at BetMGM in Las Vegas.
🚨 Major Wager Alert 🚨
A bettor in Vegas just placed a $2,300,000 bet on the Bucs (+3.5)
The wager would win $2 mil 😳 pic.twitter.com/Es8JdFXugi
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) January 29, 2021
The under 56.5 bettor also seems to have gotten a good line, again at BetMGM, as we’ve seen the total drop as low as 55 this week. It has come back up to 56 or 56.5 now, depending where you look. But 56.6 seems like the highest this number will get.
Notable Big Game wagers so far at William Hill:
$520,000 on KC -3 (-120) @WilliamHillNV
$120,000 on KC -3 (-120) @WilliamHillIL
$100,000 on KC ML (-165) in NV
$98,000 on TB ML (+145) in NV
$82,500 on KC ML (-165) in IL pic.twitter.com/pvFuKOPG79
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) February 4, 2021
The bets I am surprised to see are the two Chiefs moneyline bets. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and predicting line movement can be very tough at times. So it’s hard to fault someone for jumping on an early line at -180 odds, now seeing that it’s as long as -159.
Printable Super Bowl 55 Props Sheet
What surprises me is that these bettors weren’t willing to lay the three points with Kansas City. In Super Bowl history, the team who wins the game is 46-6-2 against the spread. But I guess they must have wanted to rule out the push and didn’t feel it was worth just buying an extra half-point to get the line down to 2.5.
Plus, I’m not laying six figures on the Chiefs to cover the spread. So who am I to criticize them, right?
Enjoy the big game and bet responsibly!
After working in TV, Matt turned his focus towards numbers, specifically odds. He has been with us since 2016 and serves as SBD’s Editor-in-Chief, credited with creating our futures trackers, SBD’s score predictor, SBD Sharp, and his own model for calculating NFL SOS, among other products.