MGM bettor places ‘seven-figure wager’ on Patriots

One Las Vegas bettor doesn’t always gamble, but when he does he goes, perhaps literally, for broke.

Per the Sporting News, the MGM Resorts International sports book in Nevada took a “seven-figure wager” on the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLIX.

That’s a lot of coin. Consider: MGM did not receive a million-dollar bet on last year’s Super Bowl, according to Profootballtalk.com.

“Our room (the sports book at the Mirage) is pretty full right now, and I don’t know if it’s because of the rain,” MGM Resorts VP of race and sports Jay Rood told The Linemakers on Sporting News on Friday. “But we started to see big crowds arrive yesterday, and the volume with the basketball action was outstanding. We had a pretty good night.”

In a spread that could go either way, Vegas has the Patriots as one-point favorites to defeat the Seahawks.

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Zack Kelberman
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