Mattress Mack is now big TCU back with $1.5 million bet on Frogs

Published on: January 4, 2023, 02:48 am.

Last updated: January 4, 2023, 02:59.

The TCU Horned Frogs have one more box to check off in a magical 2022 season by defeating the heavily favored Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff title game. And if they accomplish that goal, Jim McIngvale’s sports betting legacy is sure to grow.

Mack mattress
Jim McIngvale was seen before a game in the 2022 World Series. The furniture magnate known as Mattress Mack could earn $5.5 million if TCU beats Georgia. (Image: Houston Chronicle)

McIngvale — also known as Mattress Mack — bet $1.5 million on the Horned Frogs to host the top-seeded SEC Champion Bulldogs in the Jan. 9 championship game. The bet is on the money line, meaning he only needs TCU to win to collect a nice payout, as at odds of +370 a TCU win would mean $5.5 million for the Gallery Furniture boss .

Georgia, which beat Ohio State in the Peach Bowl to advance to the title game, opened as a 13-point favorite against TCU and there was a move to -13.5. However, it looks like money came in for the Horned Frogs, as Boyd Sports has Georgia -12.5 and Wynn Sports Nevada has Georgia -11.5 at this point.

TCU began the season picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 Conference and at 200-1 (bet $10 to win $2,000) to win the CFP title. The Horned Frogs beat Michigan in the Fiesta Bowl to advance to the title game, where they are the biggest underdog in the CFP era.

The Mack mattress beats the Texas team again

Mattress Mack has a documented history of capitalizing on the success of Texas teams – both college and professional – and turning those teams’ big-game appearances into big betting opportunities that are tied to promotions for its stores.

McIngvale is just two months away from winning $75 million after betting on the Houston Astros to win the 2022 World Series. This is the largest single-game bet in US sports betting history and was placed in May many sports betting houses.

So big was the Astros’ win that it’s seen as the reason several sportsbooks weren’t profitable in the fourth quarter of 2022.

While his bets on professional teams frequently draw attention, he has bet $1 million on the Houston Cougars to win the NCAA men’s basketball title in 2021. It remains to be seen, but another big bet on Houston is possible this year, because the team is currently ranked. No. 2 in the country.

Mack Mattress is offering a great TCU promotion

Of course, McIngvale’s big bets are aimed at driving traffic to his two Houston-area stores and Gallery Furniture’s website, but TCU’s bet has shoppers on his side.

In a recent social media post, Mattress Mack is luring potential buyers by saying that if they spend $3,000 or more on Sealy, Stearns & Foster or Tempur-Pedic mattresses before the CFP title game, he’ll give them double their money back if TCU wins.

And like Mattress Mack says, shipping is always free.

Disclosure: Todd Shriber is a graduate of TCU.

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