Rovell: My Multi-Million-Dollar Bet Against Tony Romo


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Sep 27, 2019, 10:19 AM EDT
  • Tony Romo closed with 50,000-1 odds to win the 2019 Safeway Open, which prompted Darren Rovell to make a bold bet against the former Cowboys QB.
  • But things haven't quite gone to plan, after Romo opened the tournament with his best PGA Tour round ever.

It’s Friday and I’m nervous.

Because I didn’t expect to be here.

You see, on Wednesday, I was going back and forth with oddsmaker Jeff Sherman at the Westgate. Tony Romo was prepping for another PGA Tour start, this time at the Safeway Open, and anytime that happens, there’s always a lot of chatter around his long odds to win.

And on Wednesday afternoon, those odds were eye-poppingly long: 50,000-1.

While Romo is a great golfer, he’s not a pro. For fun, understanding there was really no liability, Sherman was trying to get someone — anyone — to nibble at that price.

Sure enough, the “so you’re saying there’s a chance” crowd arrived. Within a couple hours, three tickets for a total of $30 — or $1.5 million in liability for the Westgate.

It might not surprise you, but I’m an adrenaline junkie. Noticing that Twitter was kind of slow. I tweeted:

And I mean it. If Romo wins, I’ll have no choice but to disappear from your timelines forever.

This is, quite simply, the biggest bet I had ever made. Sure the odds are long, but the consequences are great.