Update: Mattress Mack earned $3.16m on February 8, following a $3.46m bet he placed on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning Super Bowl LV on Sunday. The game ended with the Bucs defeating the Chiefs 31-9. The Houston businessman’s wager is reputedly among the largest Super Bowl bets, and the largest-ever on the game.
Backing the Buccaneers
With the 55th edition of the Super Bowl fast approaching, famed sports gambler Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale has his money on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
McIngvale placed a $3.46m bet on Tom Brady’s Buccaneers, who are getting 3.5 points in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Houston-based furniture store owner traveled to Colorado to place the bet Wednesday, locking in his wager on DraftKings’ mobile sportsbook.
DraftKings posted a short video on its Twitter page showing Mattress Mack’s journey to Colorado:
Speaking with Fox 26 this week, McIngvale said the multimillion-dollar wager forms part of a promotion for his furniture store, Gallery Furniture. He is offering to refund any mattress purchase over $3,000 if his bet wins.
The prolific sports gambler stands to earn more than $2.7m on the wager. Explaining how he picked the bet, he described Tampa Bay as a team “loaded with talent.” He also labeled Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady as “the greatest football player of all time.”
Brave bets and big losses
McIngvale achieved notoriety for his multimillion-dollar sports bets, but these haven’t proven particularly successful. He first became well-known in 2019 after losing $11.6m betting on the Houston Astros to win the World Series. Again, the bet formed part of a Gallery Furniture promotion offering free $3,000 mattresses.
Mattress Mack placed the Houston Astros wager with four different sportsbooks spanning across New Jersey, Nevada, and Mississippi. He stood to win a total of $19m in profit, but the Astros lost four games to three to the Washington Nationals that year.
Super Bowl LV fever
According to research posted by the American Gaming Association on Tuesday, 23.2 million Americans plan to bet a total of $4.3bn on this year’s Super Bowl LV. Of those bettors, 7.6 million intend to wager online – an increase of 63% from 2019 levels. Respondents favored the Kansas City Chiefs, with 56% siding with the Missouri-based team.
As a result of the Super Bowl’s popularity, a number of US operators have seen some large bets this year. Barstool Sports took to Twitter on Friday to announce a $150,000 wager placed through its sportsbook in Detroit, Michigan:
And on January 30, a mystery bettor reportedly placed a $2.3m wager on Tampa Bay through BetMGM’s mobile sportsbook.