Mayweather or McGregor? The entire sports world will come to a standstill this Saturday night as the once-in-a-generation boxing talent of Floyd “Money” Mayweather puts his perfect record at risk against the biggest superstar the UFC has to offer in “The Notorious” Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
With a fight – nay, a spectacle – of this magnitude, there is plenty of money flowing into the Vegas sportsbooks from those looking to get some additional “action” to the action inside the ring. It’s the kind of big money event that many in the poker community look to take shots on, so we surveyed the #pokertwitter landscape to find out where the edge seeking pros are hoping to place their bets and pad their bankrolls.
3 words. ALL. IN. MAYWEATHER
— David Williams (@dwpoker) August 24, 2017
David Williams, the 2004 World Series of Poker runner-up, is not alone in hoping to put it all in on Mayweather. As of Friday morning, Mayweather was a -550 favorite (different bookmakers may offer different odds). In poker terms, the sportsbooks are declaring this fight to basically be an vs all in preflop scenario.
That’s a situation poker pros, like 2015 Super High Roller Bowl champion Brian Rast, are looking for all day, every day.
Who wants McGregor at +400? ???? I’m all about that Mayweather. ????. Get at me and let’s bet.
— Brian Rast (@tsarrast) August 22, 2017
Pokershares.com founder Mike McDonald already put his #TimexMoney in play.
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) August 19, 2017
According to ESPN, at the Westgate Superbook, while MacGregor was way ahead when it came to the number of bets (twelve wagers for every one on Mayweather), Mayweather has a huge edge on the average amount of the bets being placed (over $8,000 for Mayweather vs. roughly $212 for MacGregor). In fact, it’s been reported that there have been multiple million dollar bets being placed on Mayweather.
Looking for some Mayweather at -500 if anyone has access to better prices and wants to arb lmk!
— Aaron Jones (@aejonesleggo) August 24, 2017
The only certainties in life are death, taxes, and mayweather winning tomorrow. #freemoney
— Dan Ott (@danott11) August 25, 2017
Not everyone in poker is on the May-train. Fintan ‘EasyWithAces’ Hand, PokerStars Online Pro and prolific Twitch broadcaster, can’t help but back his fellow countryman in McGregor.
I tried my best. Honestly. I just can’t doubt Conor anymore though. Logic is out the window. Letting the heart rule.
Conor by KO inside 3.
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) August 17, 2017
Although, Hand tweeted that he wasn’t planning on putting any money on the fight.
That’s not to say there is not big money being put on McGregor, in fact quite the opposite. As of Friday night Vegas was still at a “seven-figure” liability should McGregor pull off the upset. (Or the conspiracy theories of a “fix” so the pair can run-it-thrice come to pass.)
So where exactly is the smart money? Former poker pro Jonathan Aguiar offers his opinion.
The Mayweather/McGregor fight is going to be one the greatest wealth redistributions from squares to sharps in world history.
— Jonathan Aguiar (@JonAguiar) August 24, 2017
But before you follow suit and back up the truck on Mayweather, Brett Ritchey would like to remind us of the fates of a number of recent favorites.
The “sharpest” positions of the last year were Hillary, Falcons, and now Floyd ????
— Brett Richey (@BrettRichey) August 25, 2017
Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place this Saturday night on Pay-Per-View with the main card starting at 6 pm (9 pm ET).