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A Look Back at the 1.2 Million Dollar Sweat

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: January 11, 2022, 5:44 pm ET

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Monday night marked Georgia’s first national championship in college football in 41 years. It was a night when former walk-on Stetson Bennett took his place among the Bulldog immortals with his second-half heroics. It was also a night when Marco Piemonte turned a $30,000, 5-leg parlay with PointsBet into just north of $1.2 million thanks to the play of Bennett and the rest of the Bulldogs.

Piemonte spent the game in a suite at Lucas Oil Stadium with a handful of people including his buddies from back in Chicago and Vaughn Dalzell (@VmoneySports), a sports betting analyst for NBC Sports EDGE.

“The atmosphere was electric inside and outside of the stadium. The Georgia faithful traveled big-time…and they were loud,” said Dalzell.



Before the game, PointsBet was offering Marco an opportunity to cash-out his bet for over $600K. He never considered taking the offer.

“Mama did not raise a cash-out loser,” was how Piemonte responded to the pre-game offer.

“It was amazing to see how calm Marco was the entire night,” said Dalzell. “He consistently said he was 70% sure Georgia was going to win and was always so relaxed about the whole thing. Truly amazing.”

Marco’s convictions were tested, however, as Alabama scored first and consistently led throughout the first half and into the third quarter. With each Crimson Tide scoring drive, PointsBet offered Piemonte another opportunity to cash-out. Marco never wavered in his belief in the Bulldogs, though. He rejected the offers without hesitation.

“The whole deal or no deal aspect of the event just ratcheted up the intensity in the suite,” recalled Dalzell. “Marco always seemed to stay pretty chill about it all, but just about everyone else in the suite was sweating it.”

The below graphic speaks to the amount of the offers from PointsBet and the timing of said offers.



Georgia did not take their first lead until late in the third quarter, but there was little time to exhale, let alone celebrate, as Alabama stormed back and reclaimed the lead five minutes into the final quarter.

“As I said before, Marco never wavered,” recalled Dalzell. “His conviction in his bet and Georgia carried him.”


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The Bulldogs did come back and ended up cruising to a 33-18 victory. They climbed the mountain and were the best in college football this season. Head coach Kirby Smart alluded to a sizable party in Indianapolis following the win. Piemonte certainly had a right to throw a similar bash in the Amateur Sports Capital of the World, but he was headed back to Chicago to see his wife and three daughters.

“I am a girl dad, and I am looking forward to seeing them and giving each a kiss,” said Piemonte. “My friends in the suite all work at the car dealership with me, and we all need to work in the morning, so we’re just driving back to Chicago.”

Certainly happy, but surprisingly calm, Piemonte is on to the next parlay. Was this a fluke? Was it pure luck? It does not really matter as the check will cash regardless. Here is an interesting note to close on though. Maybe he was so calm because he felt as if he was playing with house money. Rumor has it, this was his third million-dollar payout of the last 12 months.

Maybe a good sweat was actually no sweat at all.



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