Morning Briefing: No one took Rams’ Super Bowl loss harder than this ‘poor’ person
It looks like the roll Bettor X was on has come to an end.
Late Saturday night, MGM Resorts reported taking a $2-million money-line bet on the Rams. The bet was made at +120 odds, meaning the person could have won $4.4 million.
According to sources at the MGM, the bet was made by “Bettor X,” the same person who once went on a run of good bets that began with the 2017 World Series through last year’s Super Bowl. Bettor X also made two more bets on the Rams totaling $1.8 million, the Action Network’s Darren Rovell reported.
Whomever the bettor is, they have asked to remain anonymous. They won $10 million betting the World Series between the Dodgers and Houston Astros, then won about $15 million on various bets on last year’s Super Bowl. All told, the mystery person walked away with $25 million.
Why would anyone who recently won $25 million wish to remain anonymous? Let me know who you are. My poor kids, who have gone years with no new clothes as we scrape together the money needed to send them to college, would love to meet you.
Dancing with the Stars
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t seem too worried before the game. He was seen dancing with Cardi B and Meek Mill on stage at an impromptu concert at the Fanatics Super Bowl party late Saturday night in Atlanta.
Kraft’s version of dancing involved hopping on one foot and pointing his fingers, sort of like a nightmare version of the Hokey Pokey.
Super Bowl scam
While you were watching the Super Bowl from the comfort of your home (or sports bar), a family in Georgia was being torn apart by that same game.
Ketan Shah promised some friends and family he could get them great seats to the Super Bowl. He collected more than $750,000 from them. Come game time Sunday, no tickets, and Shah had disappeared.
Among the victims was Shah’s own mother, who gave him $36,000. She’s the one who called the cops.
Another victim, Minish Shah, told television station WSB in Atlanta of what Ketan Shah promised him. “It was a similar promise to all the other people who bought tickets. One hundred level seating with access to the concierge lounge and a few pre-parties,” said Minish, who’s not related to Ketan. “I find the whole situation kind of bizarre, and hopefully, there will be some kind of logical explanation.”
Ketan Shah also took out a $500,000 loan against the family business days before he disappeared.
“Right now, what we know of is just slightly over three quarters of a million dollars scammed out for Super Bowl-related stuff,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles, a Gwinnett County police spokesperson, told WSB. “It’s not that he posted some ad and random people are contacting this guy for tickets and being scammed. He’s known these people for many years. One of them, he’s known his whole life because it’s his own mother, and he’s taken advantage of them.
“We’d certainly like to get his side and see if there’s something more, some trouble that he’s been in. It’s a very odd situation that you would take people this close to you and scam this kind of money, especially this large of an amount, and then just disappear.”
Ketan Shah’s wife, Bhavi, told WSB she does not know where her husband is.
“He’s been roaming all over the town,” she said. “I really don’t know where he is now. I really don’t, I’m sorry.”
Halftime best and worst
The best halftime commercial was the Alexa commercial with Harrison Ford and the dog. The worst one was that long halftime commercial with Maroon 5. I’m not sure what they were selling, but other than Travis Scott and Big Boi, that whole ad was horrible.
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