You gotta love old school degens. How many people do you know watched every Super Bowl since its inception? How many people do you know bet on every Super Bowl since the first one back in 1967 when the Green Bay Packers battled the Kansas City Chiefs to determine which team was the best... from the NFL or the AFL?
Doyle Brunson, 86, was still in his early 30s when the first Super Bowl occurred. This was still back in his Texas road gambler days when Tex Dolly played the southwest circuit all over Texas and from the Mississippi River to Sin City in Nevada and whatever poker games he could find in between.
On Sunday morning, Tex Dolly tweeted that he never missed a Super Bowl and had anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000 on a side. If he didn't like a particular team, he'd bet the underdog. If he simply wanted action, he kept it small and bet $20,000. If he felt strongly about a side, he'd go higher and as much as $200,000.
"I've bet every Super Bowl ever played," tweeted @TexDolly. "My smallest bet was 20k. My biggest bet was 200k. I usually bet the underdog, including this year. Go 49ers."
Apparently, by the time the Super Bowl kicked off in Miami, Brunson had $175,000 riding on the Niners.
"I keep pressing my bet on 49ers," tweeted Brunson. "I'm up to 175k...I should bet 26k more where it would be my biggest Super Bowl play ever. Please no more calls."
The Kansas City Chiefs opened as a 1-point favorite (or -1). The San Francisco 49ers were getting one point or +1. By game time, the line shifted and moved to 1.5-points. Brunson got anywhere from +1 or +1.5 on the 49ers. They were the dog, but a small one at that.
The 49ers and Chiefs were deadlocked 10-10 at halftime. The Niners scored twice in the third quarter to take a 20-10 lead. The Chiefs were down by ten points with less than seven minutes to go, when Mahomes and the Chiefs stormed back. They'd scored 21 points in a span of five minutes while the Niners' offense sputtered. The Chiefs would go on to win 31-20. Mahomes earned Super Bowl MVP honors and the Chiefs won their first title in 50 years since they won Super Bowl IV.
The Chiefs fell behind early once again until Mahomes worked his magic. In the previous two playoff games, the Chiefs were in the hole in the first half. However, their QB Patrick Mahomes rallied the team and engineered consecutive comeback wins with sensational performances in the second quarter. The Chiefs erased a 24-0 deficit against the Houston Texans when Mahomes threw four touchdowns in the second quarter. The Chiefs locked it down in the second half and advanced to the AFC Championship. In the AFC title game, the Chiefs were down 17-7 late in the second quarter when Mahomes engineered another comeback with two touchdowns to take the lead 21-17 heading into halftime. The Chiefs locked it down once again and held on to beat the Titans to advance to Super Bowl 54 against the SF Niners.
Brunson loves a live dog, but he also felt defense was the key to winning titles. That's why he kept firing away at the Niners.
He explained, "Don't know who said it but....'Defense wins championships'. San Fran has 4 first round draft picks on their defensive line. My home was 90 miles from where Mahomes played college football so I know how good he is. Sorry Patrick!"
Tex Dolly faded a Texas kid, Mahomes, who played his ball at Texas Tech. Plus, he should have known from his own past that sometimes defense doesn't always win.
Brunson faded the 1985 Bears and bet $200,000 on the New England Patriots to beat one of the greatest defenses ever assembled. Tex Dolly totally shipped that cash away when the Bears destroyed the Pats. You'd figure he'd remember the lesson that Mike Ditka and the 85 Bears put on him. And this batch of SF 49ers are a solid defensive crew, but not even in the same league as the 85 Bears.
Alas, Tex Dolly took a loss. Albeit $175,000. But he didn't suffer the biggest loss. That happened to Mattress Mack. The furniture store owner from Houston donked off $1 million on the SF Niners moneyline at +120. If the Niners won the Super Bowl, Mack would have banked $1.2 million. As is, he lost three straight bets fading the KC Chiefs which totaled $3 million since the playoffs began.
I've bet every Super Bowl ever played. My smallest bet was 20k. My biggest bet was 200k. I usually bet the underdog, including this year. Go 49er's.— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) February 2, 2020