Although the participation of politicians in Vegas or other casinos is not advertised, they can be seen enjoying the thrill of sports and betting that comes along with it. There are several instances in which you can see congressmen, mayors, governors and other politicians engaging in friendly sports bets at online sportsbooks or physical betting stores. The only difference is that the politicians do not wager money but other special products that originate from their respective states such as food, wine, dishes etc. This is the reason why their involvement in sports betting is often seen as a friendly interaction and a pure source of enjoyment for them. Let’s check out some of the leading examples of wagering done by politicians in some of the best blackjack and roulette games online and offline both:
1. Stanley Cup: Capitals vs Knights (2018)
Towards the beginning of the NHL season of 2018, Eleanor Holmes Norton made a bet with Dina Titus on who would win the match. Since it was a big game, their bet got quite a lot of popularity among the masses. The two politicians agreed to send gift baskets with state specific goodies when the results were announced. As the Washington Capitals won the match and created history, Norton received gifts from Titus. The goodies basket included t-shirts, chocolates and other products from the popular businessmen of their region.
2. Super Bowl LII: Patriots vs Eagles
In the Super Bowl 52, the bet was made by Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey with Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. The bet was made on local beers by these Massachusetts and Pennsylvania senators. Warren and Markey backed the Patriots and promised a basket of the famous Massachusetts brewed beers. On the other hand, Casey and Toomey backed the Eagles and promised to send Philly Cheesecakes and beer from the local breweries in case they lost. The Eagles were the underdogs of the season and won the match over the Patriots. The Massachusetts senators delivered the goods as promised.
3. NFL Playoffs: Vikings vs Saints (2018)
Although betting for cash is serious business in the sports betting industry. But when you are betting goodies like cakes and ice creams, it is also an equally lucrative option. These were exactly the stakes that were set by Amy Klobuchar and John Neely Kennedy. The bet was made on an NFL game between Vikings and Saints in 2018. The wage by Klobuchar involved the Purple Flower ice cream and Kennedy promised to give the Louisiana King Cake if he lost the bet. The efforts of Stefon Diggs helped the Vikings in winning the game which ultimately meant that Klobuchar had won the bet. The ice cream was definitely delivered and enjoyed.
4. NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors vs The Cavaliers
In 2015, the NBA finals was the hottest topic of discussion in the US. Some big bets were definitely seen in sportsbooks. But the highlight of the betting season was the bet between Rob Portman of Ohio and Dianne Feinstein of California. Apart from this, Sherrod Brown and Barbara Boxer also made bets on who will win the match at the end. The stakes were coffee and beers from some popular manufacturers in their respective cities. Senator Boxer’s confidence on her favourite team paid off and The Warriors won the game. It was the first time that the Warriors had lifted the trophy in their name.
The above instances share insights into the times that Senators and popular politicians could not stop themselves from participating in the madness and the excitement that is generated by different games over time.