This weekend the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will battle in Super Bowl 55.
Super Bowl 55 is just hours away, and it is a matchup for the ages, as Patrick Mahomes leads the Kansas City Chiefs into battle, looking for their second straight Super Bowl title. Standing in their way is the most successful playoff quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, leading his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some of the biggest names in poker are betting on in the big game, and not just on which team is going to cover the spread.
Two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and current World Poker Tour commentator Tony Dunst says that he is holding off on betting the game, for now, content to wait and see how the line moves closer to the contest on Sunday.
“I don’t have a side yet. I want to wait and see if the Bucs get more points approaching the game.”
Dunst is leaning towards the underdog and said that while he hasn’t bet on the game yet, he did go to the casino and place a bet on Tom Brady to win the MVP award, getting good odds too, at +230.
“There’s a decent gap between Bucs money line price and Brady MVP…but if Bucs win, I think Brady is a massive favorite to win MVP considering how spread out their offense is and how much QBs are favored for the award,” Dunst said.
Dunst also added that he will likely bet all the unders on Kansas City wide receiver Byron Pringle, under the condition that Sammy Watkins ultimately plays, which he is expected to do at this point. According to Dunst, “If Watkins plays, Pringle may not see a touch.”
David ‘ODB’ Baker
Another multiple bracelet winner, David ‘ODB’ Baker proved he is a man of many talents in 2020, when he and fellow poker pro Mark Gregorich took down the Las Vegas Super Contest. They also finished tied for second in the Circa Sports Million. All in all, the duo took home nearly $800,000 total.
Of course, Baker is ready to make some bets on the final football game of the season. For the die-hard New England Patriots fan, it was a bit difficult to hide his bias towards the former Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady.
“I think the (Tampa) defense and the running game lead the GOAT Brady to title number seven! I think this is a tight one and I don’t have a ton of confidence. Buyer beware I’m a huge Brady fan and want to see the GOAT get another,” Baker said.
However, unlike Dunst, Baker decided to go a bit off the board with his MVP pick, instead opting for a player who has been on fire in the playoffs, and is also getting great odds.
“Anyone can pick the QBs as an MVP but I want to go off the board. I’m seeing MVP odds at over 30-1 on Playoff Lenny [Leonard Fournette] and I will take a longshot here. I also really like the overs on all Fournette props. I think they will feature the running game and attempt to limit Chiefs possessions. If the Bucs fall down early you don’t have to worry about Lenny getting pulled as he is the passing down back anyway,” Baker said.
So that’s two poker pros on the underdog in this one, but one player who disagrees with them is 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker. While the avid sports bettor said that he didn’t have any player props yet, he was rather straightforward when asked who he thinks will win the big one.
When asked to elaborate, Moneymaker was once again kept it short and simple.
“Mahomes and Kelce.”
To be fair to Moneymaker, he’s not wrong. The dynamic duo will likely be the determining factor in the outcome of the game, one way or the other. If the Bucs are able to slow the big tight end down, it will stymie the effectiveness of Mahomes. But if the two are able to hook up all night, it will be a long day for Tampa Bay and their backers.