Mattress Mack puts his money where his mouth is

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals have a large and undying fanbase. After years of suffering through horrific regular season play and quick first-round exits in the playoffs, both the city and franchise couldn’t be happier with where they currently find themselves. But while the Bengals have earned the trust and belief of their fans, no one is believing in them more than a certain bettor.

Jim McIngvale, otherwise known as “Mattress Mack”, has once again dug deep into his pockets to take a chance that can pay off in a huge way. The audacious and well-known bettor has placed $4.5 million on the Bengals to knock off the favored Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.

Mack made sure his bet went through

The story of how Mack placed his bet is an intriguing one. Currently residing in Houston, Texas, Mack jumped into his car and headed over the border into Louisiana. Once there, he drove into a gas station and pulled out his phone. Having complete faith in the Bengals and what they’ve been able to accomplish thus far, Mack laid $4.5 million, the largest mobile bet in sports betting history, on them to win it all at +170. Meaning, if the Bengals find a way to reign over the NFL world on Super Bowl Sunday, Mack will add a substantial amount of money to his bank account – $7.7 million to be exact.

Although placing mobile bets are normally as easy as 1, 2, 3 – Mack reveals that due to the amount of money he was putting up, he was forced to take a bit of a different approach.

“I had to make like twenty $200,000 bets to make it work,” said Mack during an interview with ESPN. “But I want to thank Caesars for taking it.”

Mack’s confidence in Cincinnati stems from their ability to laugh in the face of oddsmakers. In two of their three postseason appearances, the Bengals were considerable underdogs against both the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite playing on those previously mentioned team’s home turf, the Bengals and quarterback Joe Burrow, in particular, confidently marched up and down the field to win both games by three points.

If Burrow lights another game winning cigar at the end of the Super Bowl, Mack will add to his riches while attempting to offset his losses. The reputable bettor has lost more than $12 million in bets on various teams such as the Houston Cougars men’s basketball team to win the NCAA title, the Houston Astros to win the World Series, and Essential Quality to win the Kentucky Derby.

Mack will be hoping that his luck will be different this time around.

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