One bettor really believes in the Bucs

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Long shots are in fashion, thanks to Leicester City’s 5,000-to-one upset by winning the English Premier League title. At least one bettor has plunked down a nice chunk of money on a far more plausible proposition for the upcoming NFL season.

Our friend and former colleague Mike Wilkening (who was the de facto in-house gambling guru) passes along this item from the potential future home of the Raiders.

Two days ago, someone placed a $9,000 bet at the William Hill Sports Book in the Tuscany Casino. The bettor took the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl, at 60-1 odds.

If the Bucs win it all, the payout will be $540,000.

Tampa Bay improved from 2-14 in 2014 to 6-10 in 2015. Despite the firing of coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs seems to be moving in the right direction, with budding franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. And while a Super Bowl run seems like it’s a couple of years away, someone out there is willing to plunk down $9,000 on the proposition.

34 responses to “One bettor really believes in the Bucs

  1. that’s a dumb bet. a waste of money.

    going from not making playoffs to winning SB ?? virtually impossible.

    it’s usually a stepwise progression. make playoffs. win playoff gm. then we’ll talk about SB.

    also you have to look at path to playoffs, ie divisional competition. I doubt TB knocks off caro this yr for div, so they are looking at WC. which means they are competing against nfc west, seat-ariz loser, and nfc north, GB-minn loser. maybe they take ariz’s playoff spot. but I see GB or minn getting a WC spot.

  2. Worked for Mickelson, betting the Ravens coming off an 8-8 season and winning 540k. Takes guts to make the big score.

    Not so much in the stock market.

  3. These are all sucker bet unless you can bet them the other way too. Meaning you can bet $540,000 to win $9,000 if the Bucs don’t win the Super Bowl.

  4. i can think of alot more ways to give up 9000…. not one is to a money hungry casino

  5. You think thats crazy?

    There’s a whole packer fanbase that thinks their team is good!

  6. Well obviously for most of us if you have 12 grand in your checking acct or so, then laying 80 percent of your capital on a team with no chance (albeit young and talented) to win the superbowl would be profoundly stupid. But 9 grand is probably nothing to this guy and thats the reality. Stupid is relative. And this is exactly how rich people get richer. Whether its stocks, real estate, gambling. Its ALL a gamble. Gotta pay to play, playa

  7. I saw a guy’s ticket for the Rams at 200-1 $20 SB win. Then the greatest show in Turf happened and that must have been a sweet trip back to Vegas for him.

  8. Not unprecedented since that Ram team made a similar big jump from the year before to winning the Super Bowl; however, they added a HOF piece in Faulk in that off-season prior. I don’t see any such addition to the Bucs, and I think the HC hire was mediocre at best in Koetter. Mike Smith as the boss again would have been a better way to go imo, but I guess that would have been awkward.

  9. People don’t make bets because they are likely to happen. They make bets based the likelihood of it happening compared to the payout. A bet like this usually placed in combination with a myriad of other bets.

    Let’s say, for example, he bet multiple favorites to increase his odds of a healthy payout, and placed this bet as a long shot within his portfolio of bets. That’s how people get rich…in gambling and in life… you place some safe bets with moderate payback (a 9-5 job) and take the gravy and make riskier bets (stocks…or options…or starting a new business).

    While there’s a chance he has $9k to “throw away” is because he was born into it, there’s a chance he has $9k to “throw away” because he knows how to place bets in a portfolio of bets to increase his chances of a life changing return.

  10. The irony is that someone that can afford to drop $9000 on a bet like that probably won’t even care that much if he wins. Half a million is a lot, but if you have 9 grand to throw around, you probably are sitting on at least a few million.

  11. Well, it’s his money, and I certainly wouldn’t have made that bet. My money comes too hard to throw it away like that.

  12. Crazier things have happened. I don’t own a crystal ball. My guess is not a rich person, but someone who could afford to lose 9 grand, but 540 grand would give them a good life/vacation.

  13. tjacks7 says:
    May 21, 2016 3:02 PM

    I remember my first beer.

    So do I, well my first taste of beer was a Rehingold when my Dad was watching a Yankees game ( ugh ) but my first actual beer was a Schlitz ( back when they were good ) left over from a weekend cookout, good times.

  14. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if the bettor was Lovie Smith?
    He knows the coaching should be better than last year, so what the hell??

  15. May 21, 2016 1:06 PM
    that’s a dumb bet. a waste of money.
    going from not making playoffs to winning SB ?? virtually impossible.

    It’s been done within the last 5 years and at least 3 times in the last 16. The Giants missed the 2010 playoffs and went off at 28-1 to before the 2011 season. We were in Vegas when they lost to the Skins in week one. They dropped to 150-1 before we left. I was up several grand on the trip and dropped $500 in found money on them and $250 on the Rangers. I wish the heck it had been 5 large. Virtually impossible? Not hardly. Damned unlikely the Bucs will do it? Absolutely.

  16. maybe this guy is from the future and knows something. If the bucs win it all im finding out who this guy is and watching his bet for the next season !

  17. If you’re going to throw away your money, you might as well bet on the vikings.


  18. Not a dumb bet if you do it every year and you’re not an eagles fan. If the bucs win once at those odds before year 60, he wins

  19. I’d throw a hundred on it…. But $9k?? Whoever he is, he’s loaded, and if he bet on the Bucs, he was probably LOADED

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