Gambler heavily invests in KC’s Watkins; BetMGM takes $2.3M bet on Bucs

Sammy Watkins is hoping to return to the field at Super Bowl LV after missing three games with a calf injury.

There are more ways to attack the Super Bowl as a bettor than any other event all year.

A William Hill customer in New Jersey has chosen a very specific angle. He is expecting a big day from Kansas City wide receiver Sammy Watkins, according to bets reported by VSiN’s Ben Fawkes.

The bettor placed a $6,666 wager on Watkins to score the first Chiefs touchdown at 15/1 odds. It would cash for just shy of $100,000 if Watkins comes through.

He also placed a $4,000 wager on Watkins to score the first touchdown of the game at a 25/1 price tag—giving him another shot at a six-figure payout. The bettor’s final prop is $1,000 on Watkins to win the Super Bowl MVP at a longshot number of 200/1, which would return $200,000.

Watkins is certainly an under-the-radar candidate for all three props. He has not played since Dec. 27 due to a calf injury. However, Watkins is expected to be ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

He caught 37 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns during 10 games this season. Watkins went through pre-game workouts prior to the AFC Championship, but he was unable to go. He was a limited practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday last week before sitting out of Friday’s action.

Last week’s Super Bowl betting action also brought the biggest bet thus far. A BetMGM customer in Nevada placed $2.3 million on Tampa Bay +3.5 (-115).

“This was a bet we were very happy to receive,” MGM Vice President of Trading Jason Scott said. “BetMGM had previously written several 6 figure bets all on KC & the public is certainly behind Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. This big Bucs bet has helped balance our book.”

One bookmaker is surprised that BetMGM is happy to take a wager of that size. Dave Sharapan, a former veteran bookmaker at CG Technology, expects that to be the largest reported Super Bowl bet.

Nevada sportsbooks set an all-time record for football betting handle in 2020. Only time will tell if this year’s Super Bowl handle is another milestone.

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