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James Franklin McIngvale, also known as "Mattress Mack", poses with fans prior to Game One of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
James Franklin McIngvale, also known as "Mattress Mack", poses with fans prior to Game One of the 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images via AFP.

It's no surprise that football wore the crown at the King of Sportsbooks in 2022 – but sports bettors across all sports flooded BetMGM Sportsbook in what was the most eventful year in history for the popular U.S. sports betting site.

From Mattress Mack's record-setting $10 million win on the Houston Astros to the red-hot betting interest in Aaron Judge's American League home run record chase, there was no shortage of headlines at BetMGM Sportsbook in 2022.

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Here's a look at some of the biggest sports betting headlines from BetMGM this past year (all sportsbook data insights provided by BetMGM):

Most Bet Events (Tickets)

🥇 Super Bowl LVIFebruary 13Rams 23, Bengals 20
🥈 AFC ChampionshipJanuary 30Bengals 27, Chiefs 24
🥉 NFC ChampionshipJanuary 30Rams 20, 49ers 17
NFL Season OpenerSeptember 8Bills 31, Rams 10
NFC Wildcard GameJanuary 17Rams 34, Cardinals 11
The MastersApril 7Scottie Scheffler
AFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Chiefs 42, Bills 36
NFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Rams 30, Buccaneers 27
NFL Week 2 - TNFSeptember 15Chiefs 27, Chargers 24
NFL Week 1 - MNFSeptember 12Seahawks 17, Broncos 16

The NFL dominated the list of most wagered-on events in terms of total tickets, led (of course) by the Rams' thrilling Super Bowl victory over the Bengals. Early-season marquee matchups are also sprinkled throughout this list, while the 2022 Masters represents the only non-NFL sports betting event on the list.

Most Bet Events (Handle)

🥇 Super Bowl LVIFebruary 13Rams 23, Bengals 20
🥈 NFC ChampionshipJanuary 30Rams 20, 49ers 17
🥉 AFC ChampionshipJanuary 30Bengals 27, Chiefs 24
AFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Chiefs 42, Bills 36
NFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Rams 30, Buccaneers 27
Men's NCAAB ChampionshipApril 4Kansas 72, UNC 69
NFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 2249ers 13, Packers 10
NFC Wildcard GameJanuary 17Rams 34, Cardinals 11
NCAAF ChampionshipJanuary 10Georgia 33, Alabama 18
AFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 22Bengals 19, Titans 16

When there's plenty at stake on the field, sports bettors follow suit – and that's readily apparent here, with the final three games of the NFL season joined by the college football and men's college basketball championship games. This reinforces the point that, once the calendar hits January 1, U.S. sports betting activity ramps up significantly.

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Most Bet Event by Sport*

NFLSuper Bowl LVIFebruary 13Rams 23, Bengals 20
NBANBA Finals (Game 6)June 16Warriors 103, Celtics 93
MLBHome Run DerbyJuly 18Juan Soto
NHLStanley Cup Winner FuturesJune 26Colorado Avalanche
NCAAFNational ChampionshipJanuary 10`Georgia 33, Alabama 18
NCAABNational ChampionshipApril 4Kansas 72, UNC 69
SoccerNetherlands - USADecember 3Netherlands 3, USA 1
Golf2022 MastersApril 10Scottie Scheffler
BoxingCanelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry BivolMay 7Bivol via UD
UFCUFC 272: Covington vs. MasvidalMarch 5Covington via UD
TennisAustralian Open Final - Nadal vs. MedvedevJanuary 30Rafael Nadal

*Listed by total tickets

We can learn a lot about sports betting trends by looking over this list. It combines those big events you would expect to see with surprising results like the MLB Home Run Derby and NHL futures wagers on the Colorado Avalanche to win the Stanley Cup. And USA's inclusion in the World Cup resulted in bets on that team representing each of the top three soccer results of 2022.

Most Notable Bets

🥇 Astros World Series Champion Futures+500$2 million$10 million
🥈 Super Bowl LVI: Rams 1Q -0.5+105$1 million$1.05 million
🥉 Super Bowl LVI: Rams 4Q -0.5-110$1 million$909,100
Super Bowl LVI: Rams 1H -2.5-120$1 million$833,000
Kansas State Big 12 Title Futures+1200$50,000$600,000
Eastern Conference Final: Heat ML+300$200,000$600,000
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5+110$500,000$550,000
AL Wild Card: Mariners ML+115$474,167$545,292
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5-105$525,000$500,010
NBA: Celtics -1.5-105$525,000$500,010

Nothing comes close to Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale's epic eight-figure pull on the Astros' World Series win – but I love the variety of sports betting markets here. We have three different Rams-specific Super Bowl wagers, a big bet on Kansas State to win the Big 12 championship as a live underdog, and a couple of huge bullets on consecutive Dodgers regular-season games.

Most Bet NFL Players*

🥇 QB Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengals
🥈 QB Patrick MahomesKansas City Chiefs
🥉 QB Matthew StaffordLos Angeles Rams
QB Josh AllenBuffalo Bills
RB Joe MixonCincinnati Bengals
QB Justin FieldsChicago Bears
QB Tom BradyTampa Bay Buccaneers
RB Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants
WR Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams
QB Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers

*Listed by total tickets

Quarterbacks are great prop bet targets given their high profile, and the number of available prop markets (particularly for the marquee options). Only three non-QBs made the list, led by Bengals running back Joe Mixon (who undoubtedly drew plenty of attention from sports bettors following his five-touchdown masterpiece in a Week 9 win over the Carolina Panthers).

Most Bet Players By Sport*

*Listed by total tickets


🥇 G Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors
🥈 G Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks
🥉 F Jayson TatumBoston Celtics

The NBA's most-bet players list is a who's-who of future Hall of Fame talent led by the two most popular guards in the league. Big men Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers round out the top five, with Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo just outside.

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🥇 OF Aaron JudgeNew York Yankees
🥈 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays
🥉 DH/P Shohei OhtaniLos Angeles Angels

Judge's historic home-run pursuit of the AL MVP award lands atop this list, with a pair of familiar names right behind him. NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt saw the fourth-highest ticket volume.


🥇 F Nathan MacKinnonColorado Avalanche
🥈 D Cale MakarColorado Avalanche
🥉 F Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers

The combination of star power, a Stanley Cup run and a thriving hockey betting base in the Centennial State led to MacKinnon and Makar dominating player prop plays in 2022. The third name on this list is no stunner, but Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad at No. 4 is a mild surprise.

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🥇 Scottie Scheffler
🥈 Justin Thomas
🥉 Rory McIlroy

Nos. 1, 2, and 8 in the Official World Golf Rankings make up the top of the most-bet list of PGA Tour golfers, with the third- and seventh-ranked golfers in Cameron Smith and Will Zalatoris rounding out the top five. In other words: Golf bettors tend to shop at the top of the odds list.


🥇 Rafael Nadal
🥈 Carlos Alcaraz
🥉 Daniil Medvedev

Alcaraz is almost certainly the Next Big Thing in tennis, while Medvedev became the first player outside the sport's "Big Four" to hold the No. 1 ranking since 2004. And yet, they still couldn't reach the sports betting appeal of Nadal, who continues to defy the odds (and his age) at 36 years old.


🥇 Israel Adesanya
🥈 Kevin Holland
🥉 Sean O'Malley

BetMGM's most-bet UFC fighter list for 2022 shows just how broad the sport's global appeal has become. Seven different countries are represented on the top-10 list, topped by New Zealand's Adesanya; only the U.S. (three) and Brazil (two) have multiple fighters among the top 10.


🥇 Canelo Alvarez
🥈 Gennady Golovkin
🥉 Tyson Fury

This might be the most predictable list of any that BetMGM provided (at least to those who follow the sweet science even casually). Alvarez-Golovkin III was one of the must-see fights of 2022, while Fury continues to generate significant betting interest as he has for years.

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP.

Most Profitable Players for BetMGM

🥇 Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
🥈 Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors (NBA)
🥉 Cooper KuppLos Angeles Rams (NFL)
Joe MixonCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Kevin DurantBrooklyn Nets (NBA)
Aaron JudgeNew York Yankees (MLB)
Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Tom BradyTampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Evan MobleyCleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Joel Embiid`Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)

Ohio won't adopt legal sports betting until Sunday, but wagers on in-state athletes were quite profitable for BetMGM Sportsbook, with three entries on this list. Kupp's injury-marred 2022 campaign left bettors wanting, while Judge likely disappointed users on a nightly basis in the games leading up to his record-setting home run.

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Most Profitable Players for Bettors

🥇 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
🥈 Jalen GreenHouston Rockets (NBA)
🥉 Justin FieldsChicago Bears (NFL)
Melvin GordonDenver Broncos (NFL)
Evan McPhersonCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Darius GarlandCleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Austin EkelerLos Angeles Chargers (NFL)
Matt RyanFalcons/Colts (NFL)
Anfernee SimonsPortland Trail Blazers (NBA)
Cam AkersLos Angeles Rams (NFL)

Those who believed in SGA's incredible breakout season and Fields' absurd weekly rushing totals were rewarded handsomely at BetMGM, which saw a near-even split between NBA and NFL liabilities on this list. It's nice to see Ryan make an appearance (anytime INTs, anyone), and hey – we even have a kicker! Ain't sports betting great?

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