Numerous poker pros turned into betting sharps as the fight drew closer. McGregor’s brash talk during the press conferences helped him gain numerous fans and people willing to bet on him.
Mayweather’s odds dropped from -2200 when the fight was announced to -400 in the week leading up to the match. The reason why is because sportsbooks needed to even out the action in case McGregor won.
This opened the way for sharps to make bigger profits by betting on “Money” Mayweather. Going further, everybody expected Money to win the fight over McGregor, who was in his first-ever boxing match.
Poker pro Andrew Moreno explained that Mayweather offered such a +EV situation that he wagered 50 times his previous largest bet.
“It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about piling all the money in at like an 80% favorite,” said Moreno. “That’s all I can do. The rest is up to the poker gods, or, the judges.”
WPT announcer and poker player Tony Dunst also made the largest wager of his life too.
“You’re getting it good, and it doesn’t mean you can’t lose,” Dunst explained. “It’s just you see a spot that you think is favorable to you, that is advantageous, so you just try to take it, and you cross your fingers you don’t lose.”
McGregor Made this a Better Fight than Many Expected
Other poker players who put their bets on Mayweather included Bill Perkins, Brian Rast, Max Silver, and Scott Seiver. And all of their wagers came through as Money delivered with a 10th-round knockout. But the poker pros had plenty of reason to worry in the early potion.
McGregor made this a compelling fight by winning some of the early rounds. It wasn’t until the 7th round and beyond that Mayweather truly began working over his opponent.
Poker Tweets on the Mayweather, McGregor Fight
Gotta be sharp to make your largest ever bet on a sport you don't watch. #MayweatherVsMacgregor
— Tony Dunst (@TonyDunstWPT) August 27, 2017
If Mayweather loses this fight the high stakes poker scene is going to become the mid stakes poker scene
— gN Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker) August 27, 2017
If bitcoin crashes and Mcgregor wins tonight we might just see the end of poker
— Max Silver (@max_silver) August 26, 2017
Should I bet my life savings on Mayweather? I don't know if it's incredibly irresponsible or incredibly responsible.
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) August 27, 2017