Bally’s AC GM Makes Super Bowl Bet With Bally’s KC GM

Written By Bill Gelman on February 9, 2023 - Last Updated on April 10, 2024
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When a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl takes place, a little trash talking between the competing cities or states is common ground. Politicians from opposing sides are known for making the occasional friendly bet.

However, we don’t typically hear about casino GMs from rival cities making such a wager. That is until now.

Bally’s Atlantic City sent out a press release announcing a friendly bet between Bally’s Atlantic City GM Michael Monty and Bally’s KC GM Michael Donovan. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Bally’s AC is prime Philadelphia Eagles country. Bally’s KC is of course prime Kansas City Chiefs territory.

Super Bowl odds will not come into play in this Battle of the Bally’s Mikes. It’s a straight-up wager done via social media. So it will not matter if the point spread moves from Eagles -1.5 before kickoff.

The Bally’s Mikes set friendly Super Bowl challenge terms

Call 2023 one of those special years where two Bally’s properties get to see the NFL teams representing their respective markets facing each other in a Super Bowl.

“It was a good opportunity to have some fun and leverage the excitement from both our local teams being in the Big Game,” Monty said.

When Monty and Donovan set the terms of their friendly wager, there was no trash talking. However, whatever is being said behind the scenes will stay between the two Mikes.

Here is a look at Donovan and Monty making their friendly bet via a Bally’s Facebook post:

If Jalen Hurts and the Eagles end up being victorious, the team at Bally’s Kansas City will be challenged to eat Philly cheesesteaks while wearing cheesesteak hats.

But if Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs win the Big Game. the Bally’s AC team will be challenged to eat the World’s Best BBQ from the new world champs.

Ironically, prior to leaving for the midwest, Donovan spent time in the Atlantic City casino market. His most recent role was chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Ocean Casino Resort.

Monty is liking his chances that the Bally’s KC folks will be enjoying some cheesesteaks next week.

“I don’t know if it’s really a punishment, but I am confident that next week the KC team will be eating cheesesteaks while wearing cheesesteak hats,” Monty said.

However, Monty also briefly lived in Missouri just outside of Kansas City. He is familiar with that famous “KC BBQ cuisine.” So if the Chiefs end up winning the Super Bowl, Monty’s prefers the combo platter. We’re talking brisket, ribs and pulled pork.

Bally’s Atlantic City gearing up for the Big Game

Popular foods aside, Atlantic City casinos are expecting an extremely busy weekend. And there will be no shortage of Big Game viewing options.

Monty The Yard’s Big Game party is selling well. The special event is $60 per person. It gets you a guaranteed seat, tailgate buffet and open bar from halftime through the end of the third quarter.

Food, drinks and betting will also be available just off the casino floor inside the FanDuel Sportsbook.

And the fun times at Bally’s AC could extend into Monday.

“The Monday after the Super Bowl has turned into a de facto holiday, so the weekend is picking up strong,” Monty said. “We have a few spots left so get your rooms and dinners booked before we sell out.”

Hotel and dinner reservations can be made via the Bally’s Atlantic City website.


Photo by Wayne Parry/AP
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Bill Gelman has been reporting on the NJ gambling market since 2018, right around when the Garden State launched sports betting. Bill transitioned from lead writer for PlayNJ and NJ Gambling Sites to his current role as managing editor in 2020. Besides offering in-depth analysis on NJ gambling market trends and news, Bill regularly sits down with Atlantic City casino industry executives to offer readers exclusive interviews and comprehensive coverage. Bill received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College. He has contributed to other Catena Media sites including The Lines, Legal Sports Report, PlayPennsylvania and PlayCanada.

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