While Super Bowl Sunday is undoubtedly one of the greatest days of the year for Americans all across the nation, it also kind of sucks, given the fact that it’s the last football game of the season. And when football ends, so does football betting. The 2016 season was my rookie year in the world of gambling and let me tell you, I can’t wait to get my sophomore season started.
There’s still one final game of the year, which means there’s one final chance to get in on some NFL action. No matter if you’re heading into the big game with a winning or losing record, the Super Bowl is your chance to close out the season on a positive note and get some momentum rolling into March Madness.
While some people like to spread out their wagers across multiple bets, we’re going to take a look at all the big dogs who went all-in with massive bets. From Birdman to Barkley and Vegas legends to Birdman again, these are five of the biggest bets ever placed in the history of the Super Bowl.
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Billy Walters Bets $3.5 Million On The Underdog Saints – Super Bowl XLIV (Saints 31, Colts 17)
Heading into Super Bowl XLIV, it seemed as though every football enthusiast on the planet favored the Indianapolis Colts to beat the New Orleans Saints… Except for sports betting legend Billy Walters. Like any good gambler, Walters had an elaborate set of stats that he would use to pick his winners. When he plugged in all the metrics for the Super Bowl, his stats gave him the New Orleans Saints as the favorites, so he went with the Saints and won BIG.
Walters placed $3.5 million on the underdog Saints, which he claims is the biggest bet he’s ever placed.
Birdman Bets $1 Million On The Packers Because Of Lil Wayne – Super Bowl XLV (Packers 31, Steelers 25)
Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman reportedly placed a $1 million bet on the favored (-3) Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV simply because his ex-BFF Lil Wayne is a huge Packers fan.
However, there was no proof of Birdman actually possessing the million dollar ticket other than a simple “just cashed in a milli” Tweet following the Packers’ victory. We’ll have to take him at his word.
Birdman Bets Another $5 Mil On The Giants – Super Bowl XLVI (Giants 21, Patriots 17)
A year after (allegedly) winning $1 million on the Packers, Birdman again made headlines at the books when the following year he foolishly wagered $5 million on the Patriots.
Birdman challenged anyone to come and match his bet. Of course, fellow rapper and serial gambler 50 Cent hopped into the fray, although 50 only placed $1 million on the underdog Giants at +2.5. As we all know now, it was 50 Cent and the Giants that walked away winners.
Mr. Las Vegas Takes Home $1 Million In The ’80s – Super Bowl XXIII (49ers 20, Bengals 16)
In 1989, Bob Stupak, who was better known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” put a cool $1 million on the Cincinnati Bengals (-7) against the San Francisco 49ers. Although the Bengals may have lost, Mr. Las Vegas was able to cover by just one point.
According to legend, Stupak hedged his original wager at halftime with a smaller bet on the Niners. That’s how the pros do it, baby.
Charles Barkley Bets On The Patriots Before They Were A Powerhouse -Super Bowl XXXVI (Patriots 20, Rams 17)
Hall of Fame basketball player and even better announcer Charles Barkley caused a controversy in Las Vegas after Super Bowl XXXVI over a decade ago. Barkley bet $550,000 on the New England Patriots, who were massive 14-point underdogs to St. Louis. Barkley then placed another $50,000 on the money line. The Pats won 20-17, winning both bets for Barkley.
It was later discovered that Barkley didn’t have a sufficient line of credit and hadn’t signed a marker, but was still allowed to place the bet. The Mandalay Bay didn’t want to pay Barkley, but the outspoken NBA star demanded his winnings of nearly $800,000.
Mandalay eventually caved and Sir Charles cashed out a fat $800,000.