‘The public had a good day’: Bettors win big on Chiefs, Taylor Swift

Patrick Everson

FOX Sports Betting Analyst

For the past two weeks, there’s been all sorts of Super Bowl betting chatter about the public masses backing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Well, the Chiefs gave the people what they wanted, although it took overtime to do so.

And that was a double-whammy for most bookmakers. Still, following K.C.’s 25-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Circa Sports director of operations Jeff Benson took it in stride.

“Chiefs and OT were very disappointing. However, as always, the lights will come on in the morning. Nobody, including my own mother, feels bad when the house loses,” Benson said.

Benson and a few other oddsmakers help recap an exhilarating finish to Super Bowl LVIII and the 2023-24 season.

Circa Millions

Prior to kickoff Sunday, it was a booming day at Circa Sports in downtown Las Vegas, just a few miles away from Allegiant Stadium. Vegas was hosting its first Super Bowl — though definitely not its last. And bettors were packed in, firing away.

Two bettors in particular fired in a big way at Circa. One placed a $1 million wager on Chiefs +2, and another put $1.1 million on 49ers -1.5. The latter was tied for the largest reported Super Bowl bet. Between that Chiefs bet and a plethora more tickets and money on the Kansas City spread and moneyline, Circa would’ve preferred the $1.1 million Niners bet to cash.

But Circa was hardly alone. Pregame, John Murray, executive director of The SuperBook, said:

“We need the 49ers. We want it to be a low-scoring game, not just to go Under on the total, but props will do better if it’s a relatively boring game,” Murray said.

At the end of the third quarter, Murray had almost exactly what he wanted — a 13-10 game, albeit with the Chiefs leading. But ultimately, the contest went to overtime tied at 19 and, with 47 points by game’s end, wound up surpassing The SuperBook’s closing total of 46.5.

Plus, the public…


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