Everyone loves a little mystery don’t they? From D.B. Cooper, JFK’s assassination, Zorro……all so mysterious. Since we have the Super Bowl coming up, there is another intriguing character making headlines.
He goes by the name of Bettor X.
Who Is Bettor X?
Well nobody knows who this person is of course. At least not the media. In fact, I’m not even totally sure Bettor X is a male but all of the articles I’ve read refer to X as “he” so we’ll go with it.
But let’s focus on what Bettor X does. X makes big bets on sporting events, and so far, has won big.
According to an ESPN article, the now famous bettor started the run with 11 straight UFC bets.
Bettor X gained publicity after putting huge money on the 2017 World Series. He bet on games 1,2,3,4, and 6. He bet big on the first game, and let the winnings ride on each game thereafter.
And nailed each game that was wagered on to the tune of over $10 million total! Obviously impressive money, but even to guess 5 of those games correctly in a very evenly matched series is phenomenal.
Bettor X And Super Bowl Wagering
The mystery man is back for the Super Bowl! Reports are that he has several million dollars in various bets all riding on the Eagles winning the game. Not just covering the spread, but outright winning. Ballsy! I’m not sure I would be so courageous especially with the way lady luck always seems to shine on the Patriots.
Americans are estimated to wager $4.76 Billion on this year’s Super Bowl. The numbers are expected to break last year’s mark due to the popularity of the teams and also the stronger economy. I hope none of these people are among the many who can’t cover a $1,000 emergency!
Another interesting tidbit is only 3% of the betting money is being wagered in Vegas. The overwhelming majority is being placed with offshore sportsbooks or local bookies.
Bettor X Is Fascinating, But I Dislike Gambling
As much as I love reading about famous gamblers and bettors, I don’t do it often myself. In fact on the rare times I do, Mrs. DS has to bail me out. As in, I’ll lose $20 on a penny or nickel slot machine and she’ll win $20 to balance us out. Big stakes, I know! I think we’ve been to a casino three or four times total and have neither won or lost big. One time we won just enough to buy ourselves a pizza….winning! It was a great moment.
And I’ve never bet on individual sports games. Not counting fantasy football or the occasional March Madness bracket of course. They are far too unpredictable to wager on in my opinion. Just when you think a game is a lock, an upset happens. Certainly folks who have addictive personalities should keep far, far away.
I know such a guy personally who got himself in trouble with sports betting while in his early 20’s. His mom and dad actually had to sell some land to cover his losses. Awful deal. On a good note, I did run into him recently after many years and he seems to have his life back on track. He must feel terrible about what his parents had to do.
Let’s See How He Does!
I have a feeling Bettor X might be giving back some of his millions this weekend, but you never know. I’ll certainly be thinking about him during the game. Can you imagine the stress? There is always a chance he could be a billionaire and losing (or winning) a few million bucks isn’t a big deal I suppose.
Even though I don’t condone the behavior, I’m kind of hoping he keeps his winning streak and his legend grows. However as we know, luck typically runs out after awhile.
As for me, I’ll be watching the big game stress free. Not only do I have zero dollars riding on the game, I don’t really care for either team. When you cheer for a team that hasn’t been good since 2002, the Super Bowl is typically pretty relaxing. But since I’m watching it, hopefully it will be competitive all the way until the finish.
After all, we’ll need something to talk about on Monday while we are supposed to be working.
Question for the readers- Have you heard of Bettor X before? Do you have any Super Bowl wagers this year? As always, thank you for reading and commenting!