By Ben Sullivan
Just a day before tonight’s Super Bowl kickoff, four reported million-dollar bets have been placed in Vegas on the underdog Eagles.
A bettor at William Hill placed a $1 million money-line bet on the Eagles at +155 odds. If Philly pulls the upset over the Pats, the unnamed bettor would net a $1,550,000 profit.
Earlier in the week, William Hill reported taking a $1.6 million bet on the Eagles +4.5 and another $1 million money-line bet on the Birds. Last week, MGM’s sportsbook reported taking a “multimillion” bet on the Eagles.
The Patriots were 4.5-point favorites over the Eagles yesterday at most sportsbooks. They opened as high as 6-point favorites two weeks ago, but the majority of the early action, especially the largest bets, have been on the Eagles.
On Friday night at Caesars Palace sportsbooks, 61.4 percent of the point-spread bets and nearly 70 percent of the money that had been wagered was on the Eagles. The action was even more lopsided at William Hill, where 85 percent of the money on the point spread was on Philly.
The largest reported bets on the Patriots were in the six-figure range. MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN that the largest bet he had taken on the Patriots was a “mid-six-figure” money-line bet.
The sportsbook at the South Point casino also reported taking a six-figure bet on the Patriots.