LAS VEGAS – The mania that has become Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor has finally crossed over into the political arena. Well, more like Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.
With Vegas casinos expected to be on the hook for a record collective betting handle of over $ 50 million, the world of online gaming has taken the niche of prop betting to an entirely new level, where ESPN is reporting that totals could hit the $ 80 million mark. Online sites are even taking money on President Trump’s performance on fight night.
Unlike traditional sportsbooks, where prop bets can be place on the round and minute of a Mayweather or McGregor stoppage, online site Bovada, which is based in Antigua, offers a number of more outrageous bets, like how many tweets will President Trump send out on fight night (the over/under currently sits at 6.5). Given the POTUS’ penchant for blasting out 140 characters at a time, Bovada is favoring him on the over at minus-155.
An interesting wager can be placed on whether or not McGregor will throw an elbow in the fight. He’s currently favored to keep it clean inside the ring at minus-700, but the bet pays out huge if “Mystic Mac” goes rogue, and would net betters $ 2,000 for placing a $ 100 bet.
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“Game of Thrones” heavy hitters Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane have also made it onto the Mayweather vs. McGregor prop bets in a fantasy tag-team bet. Gamers can choose either main eventer and a brother to win their fights (still no word if the Cleganes will go at it during Sunday’s “GOT” season finale). Ironically, McGregor and 6-9 actor Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who plays “The Mountain,” have trained together. They are also the biggest dog in the scenario at plus-1200, while a pairing of Mayweather and “The Hound” are favored at minus-165.
Wagers can be placed on how long it will take Demi Lovato to sing the national anthem (she’s even money right now), whether or not Lil’ Wayne will wear a shirt during the walkout (surprisingly he’s a minus-160 favorite to keep his top on), and if either fighter will lose their mouthpiece in the ring (Bovada’s rates those odds at plus-275 that they’ll keep the gumshields in).
Also interesting are the comparison bets that rank fight stats to other sports. Will there be more knockdowns by McGregor or home runs by Giancarlo Stanton when the Marlins face the Padres on Saturday? (Bovada favors Stanton at minus-300/plus-200) And, will the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight go more rounds, or will there be more strikeouts by Madison Bumgarner, Cole Hamels or Sonny Gray? (Hamels pays out best among the three at plus-180).
With such a massive prop betting scene popping up around the biggest fight in history, both Mayweather and McGregor are putting on a show that will raise profiles and boost egos. Now who will have the larger entourage and who will take longer to walk out to the ring? Bovada is favoring Mayweather on both.
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