A 'Mitch Trubisky for MVP' bet got too rich for Las Vegas: 'Is everybody drinking, like, Soldier Field water or something?'

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO – Mitch Trubisky isn't the favorite to win the NFL Most Valuable Player Award, but he's the most popular pick among bettors in Las Vegas.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has sold more tickets on Trubisky winning the 2019 MVP, initially at 200-1 odds, than any of his NFL peers, according to Jay Kornegay, vice president of race and sports book operations.

Caesars Palace has seen similar action. And the Bears are generating Westgate's most Super Bowl bets too.

Westgate has taken so many Trubisky tickets in the last two weeks that it moved the line to 50-1. The small wagers -- between $20 and $100 -- typically indicate bets made by fans, most likely Bears fans, Kornegay said.

"I just want to know what kind of water you guys are drinking up there," Kornegay said. "Is everybody drinking, like, Soldier Field water or something? What the heck is going on up there?"

Orange Kool-Aid, perhaps?

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"Yeah, mixed with something else, I think," he said.

Trubisky represented 17% of the bets placed and 22% of the money wagered on the NFL MVP at Westgate, Kornegay said. The breakdown for the Bears winning the Super Bowl: 11% of the money and 10% of the tickets.

Kornegay acknowledged the Bears are a good team -- they're favored to repeat as NFC North champions -- but said Trubisky would have to put up "gaudy" numbers to have a realistic shot at MVP.

"I'm not sure you have all the weapons in line for (Trubisky) to accomplish that," Kornegay said, adding with a laugh: "I feel like I'm giving the Bears a lot of billboard material right now."


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