It turns out NFL legend Tom Brady wasn’t the only one betting on himself to win at Super Bowl LV.
It turns out Tom Brady wasn’t the only one betting on himself to win at Super Bowl LV.
According to rumours swirling around on social media, a streaker made $374,000 (AUD $483,213) on a bet – after placing a wager that someone would streak during the Bucs’ win over Kansas City.
In the fourth quarter play was halted temporarily when a man wearing a pink leotard jumped the fence and made a run for it.
“Some guy has run on the field – some guy with a bra,” said NFL commentator Kevin Harlan during the match.
“And now he’s not being chased, he’s running down the middle of the 40, arms in the air in a victory salute.
“He’s pulling down his pants. Pull up your pants, my man – pull up those pants. Pull up your pants, take off the bra and be a man.
“The players, with hands on hips at the other end of the field, are looking at him and shaking their heads and saying, ‘why oh why is this taking place in a Super Bowl?'”
From here the story gets a little murky. Reports suggest the man, Yuri Andrade,placed a bet on himself and used a friend as a decoy to make a run for it. Not long after the brazen act, a leaked DM conversation on Twitter claimed the 31-year-old won big after posting bail.
The message read: “Met the Super Bowl streaker at J. Alexander’s Restaurant while having lunch before leaving Tampa.
“He bet $50,000 on a prop bet at +750 that there would be a streaker at the Super Bowl.
“His buddy went out first as a diversion so he didn’t get caught as quickly as his friend.
“Cost him $1000 to get out of jail so he cleared $374,000 on the bet. No s–t.”
However, many in the gambling world doubt the story exists and claim the stunt was all part of a marketing campaign for X-rated website Vitaly Uncensored, which was scribbled on the front of the man’s leotard.
Gambling news websites have thrown cold water on the rumours, suggesting bet providers would argue that a streaker, by definition, is a person who runs naked through a public space. Andrade was not naked when he made his dash even though most reports have used the term streaker to describe him.
Gambling insiders say that a bookie backing such a large wager would not let this sort of technicality slide, especially when there’s a suggestion the person placing the bet played the system.
Also other reports say its unlikely Andrade would have been able to gamble such a large sum of money on a prop (novelty) bet .
“A lot of hullaballoo today about the #SuperBowl streaker purportedly making a $50K bet at +750 that there would be a streaker during the game,” Pat Everson, a senior writer for the gambling website Covers, posted to Twitter.
“Per a global-market sportsbook spokesperson:
“No book in their right mind would take $50K limits on that. Nowhere close.”
Kelly Stewart, another reporter who covers the gambling beat under the handle @KellyInVegas, also downplayed the rumours of the bet being placed, saying no bookie would take a $50,000 prop bet, adding that it can be difficult to get $200 on such a wager.
There’s no evidence that Andrade placed the bet and without a receipt it’s difficult to buy the story. That doesn’t mean we won’t see a spike in prop betting and streakers at next year’s Super Bowl.