Jim « Mattress Mack » McIngvale went viral last week for his massive stake of $ 3.46 million with the Buccaneers against the Super Bowl 2021 spread due to the Buccaneers’ 31-9 win pays $ 2.72 million against the Chiefs.
« Tampa Bay is full of talent on both sides of the ball and is led by the greatest soccer player of all time in Tom Brady, so I’m betting heavily on the Bucs who have overcome tough matchups in the postseason, « McIngvale said in a pre-game bet statement.
McIngvale flew to Colorado to place that seven-figure stake on his phone using the DraftKings Sportsbook app from Colorado Springs Airport, as Texas has yet to legalize gambling.
The Buccaneers were three-point underdogs on most sports betting, but McIngvale paid for « the hook » or the extra half-point to bring the spread to 3.5 points, which meant the Buccaneers had the game just had to keep within a field goal for him to hit bet. The move, which experienced bettors have often frowned upon, cost him -127 strength.
The purchase of the additional half point didn’t matter in the end, as the Buccaneers defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion by 22 points.
« I think it’s great. Apparently Tampa Bay was playing teriff, » said McIngvale of Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston. « The happiest thing for me is that so many customers were excited to see this game with their families. Receive a free mattress and made the right choice to shop with us during this promotion. Our customers believe in us and trust us.
McIngvale, 69, lives in Houston, Texas and owns the Gallery Furniture retail chain. The Mississippi native also returned in 2019 after wagering $ 11 million on the 2019 Astros-Nationals World Series as part of a store promotion. He co-wrote a book in 2002 called « Always Think Big » and is known throughout the community for his philanthropic endeavors.
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