BetMGM Sportsbook 2022 Year in Review

betmgm sportsbook 2022 year in review

It’s no surprise that football took the crown at the King of Sportsbooks in 2022 – but sports betting across all sports swamped BetMGM Sportsbook in the busiest year in the popular US sportsbook’s history.

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

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Here’s a look at some of BetMGM’s biggest sports betting headlines over the past year (all BetMGM sports betting data insights):

Most betting events (tickets)

????Super Bowl LVI13th FebruaryAries 23, Bengal 20
???? AFC ChampionshipJanuary 30thBengal 27, Chiefs 24
???? NFC ChampionshipJanuary 30thRams 20, 49ers 17
NFL season openerSeptember 8thBills 31, Rams 10
NFC wild card gameJanuary 17thAries 34, Cardinals 11
The master7th of AprilScottie Scheffler
AFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Chiefs 42, Bills 36
NFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Aries 30, Buccaneers 27
NFL Week 2 – TNF09/15Chiefs 27, Chargers 24
NFL Week 1 – MNF12th SeptemberSeahawks 17, Broncos 16

The NFL dominated the list of most-betted events in terms of ticket totals, led (of course) by the Rams’ thrilling Super Bowl win over the Bengals. Early-season marquee matchups are also scattered on this list, while the 2022 Masters is the only non-NFL sportsbook event on the list.

Most Betting Events (Handle)

????Super Bowl LVI13th FebruaryAries 23, Bengal 20
???? NFC ChampionshipJanuary 30thRams 20, 49ers 17
???? AFC ChampionshipJanuary 30thBengal 27, Chiefs 24
AFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Chiefs 42, Bills 36
NFC Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 23Aries 30, Buccaneers 27
Men’s NCAAB Championship4. AprilKansas 72, UNZ 69
NFC Divisional Playoffs22nd of January49er 13, Packer 10
NFC wild card gameJanuary 17thAries 34, Cardinals 11
NCAAF Championship10. JanuaryGeorgia 33, Alabama 18
AFC Divisional Playoffs22nd of JanuaryBengal 19, Titans 16

When the stakes are high on the field, sportsbooks follow suit – and it’s evident here when the last three games of the NFL season are joined by the men’s college football and men’s college basketball championship games. This reinforces the point that once the calendar hits January 1st, there will be a significant spike in sports betting activity in the US.

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Event with the most bets by sport*

NFLSuper Bowl LVI13th FebruaryAries 23, Bengal 20
NBANBA Finals (Game 6)June 16thWarriors 103, Celtics 93
MLBHome run derbyJuly 18thJuan Soto
NHLStanley Cup Winners FuturesJune 26thColorado Avalanche
NCAAFNational Championship10. January’Georgia 33, Alabama 18
NCAABNational Championship4. AprilKansas 72, UNZ 69
SoccerNetherlands – United States3rd of DecemberNetherlands 3, USA 1
golf2022 champions10th of AprilScottie Scheffler
boxesCanelo Alvarez vs Dmitry BivolMay 7thBivol over UD
ufcUFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal5. MarchCovington via UD
tennisAustralian Open final – Nadal vs. MedvedevJanuary 30thRafael Nadal

*Listed by total tickets

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

The Most Notable Bets

???? Astros World Series Champion Futures+5002 million dollars10 million dollars
???? Super Bowl LVI: Rams 1Q -0.5+1051 million dollars$1.05 million
???? Super Bowl LVI: Rams 4Q -0.5-1101 million dollars$909,100
Super Bowl LVI: Rams 1H -2.5-1201 million dollars$833,000
Kansas State Big 12 title futures+1200$50,000$600,000
Eastern Conference Finals: Heat ML+300$200,000$600,000
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5+110$500,000$550,000
AL Wildcard: 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 win in the Astros World Series win – but I love the variety of sports betting markets here. We’ve got three different Rams-specific Super Bowl bets, a big bet on Kansas State winning the Big 12 championship as a live underdog, and a couple of huge scoops in back-to-back Dodgers regular-season games.

Most NFL Players*

???? QB Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengal
???? QB Patrick MahomesKansas City bosses
????QB Matthew StaffordLos Angeles Rams
QB Josh Allenbuffalo bills
RB Joe MixonCincinnati Bengal
QB Justin FieldsChicago Bears
QB Tom BradyTampa Bay Buccaneers
RB Saquon BarkleyNew York Giants
WR Cooper CoupLos Angeles Rams
QB Aaron RodgersGreen Bay packers

*Listed by total tickets

Quarterbacks are great targets for prop betting due to their high profile and the number of prop markets available (especially for the marquee options). Only three non-QBs made the list, led by Bengals running back Joe Mixon (who no doubt drew a lot of attention from sports bettors after his five-touchdown masterpiece in a Week 9 win against the Carolina Panthers).

Players with the most bets by sport*

*Listed by total tickets


????G Stephen CurryWarriors of the Golden State
????G Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks
???? F Jayson TatumBoston Celtics

The NBA’s most-betted roster is a who’s who of future Hall of Famer talent, led by the league’s two most popular guards. Big men Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers round out the top five, while forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sits just outside.

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???? BY Aaron RichterNew York Yankees
???? 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue Jays
???? DH/P Shohei OhtaniAngels from Los Angeles

Judge’s historic home run for the AL MVP award lands at the top of this list, with two household 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 oiler

The combination of star power, a Stanley Cup run, and a thriving Centennial State hockey betting base saw MacKinnon and Makar dominate player prop plays in 2022. The third name on this list isn’t crazy, but Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad at No. 1. 4 is a slight surprise.

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???? Scottie Scheffler
????Rory McIlroy

Ranked 1st, 2nd and 8th in the Official World Golf Rankings make up the top of the PGA Tour’s most popular golfers, with third and seventh placed golfers Cameron Smith and Will Zalatoris rounding out the top five. In other words, golf bettors tend to buy 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 of the sport’s ‘Big Four’ to hold the No. 1 ranking since 2004. And yet they could not match the sports betting appeal of Nadal. who continues to defy the odds (and his age) at 36.


???? Israel Adesanya
????Kevin Holland
???? Sean O’Malley

BetMGM’s list of top-capping UFC fighters for 2022 shows just how broad the sport’s global appeal has become. Seven different countries are represented on the top 10 list, led by Adesanya from New Zealand; Only the USA (three) and Brazil (two) have multiple fighters in the top 10.


???? Canelo Alvarez
???? Gennady Golovkin
???? Tyson Fury

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

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

The most profitable players for BetMGM

????Joe BurrowCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
???? Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors (NBA)
???? Cooper coupLos Angeles Rams (NFL)
Joe MixonCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Kevin DurantBrooklyn Nets (NBA)
Aaron RichterNew York Yankees (MLB)
Karl-Anthony-CitiesMinnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
Tom BradyTampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Evan MobleyCleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Joel Embiid’Philly 76ers (NBA)

Ohio won’t introduce legal sports betting until Sunday, but betting on domestic athletes has been quite profitable for BetMGM Sportsbook, with three entries on that list. Kupp’s injury-ravaged 2022 season left bettors wanting, while Judge likely disappointed users in games leading up to his record-breaking home run every night.

Editor’s Note: Hey Ohio! Welcome to legal sports betting. Check out the best Ohio sports betting sites and the best Ohio sports betting promotions!

The most profitable players for bettors

???? Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderOklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
???? Jalen GreenHouston Rockets (NBA)
???? Justin FieldsChicago Bears (NFL)
Melvin GordonDenver Broncos (NFL)
Evan McPhersonCincinnati Bengals (NFL)
Darius garlandCleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
Austin Thank youLos Angeles Chargers (NFL)
Matt RyanFalcons/Colts (NFL)
Fernee SimonsPortland Trailblazers (NBA)
Cam AkersLos Angeles Rams (NFL)

Those who believed in SGA’s incredible breakout season and Fields’ absurd weekly totals were handsomely rewarded at BetMGM, which saw a nearly even split between NBA and NFL liabilities on this list. Nice to see Ryan show up (anytime INTs, everyone) and hey – we even have a foosball! Aren’t sports bets great?

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