I think we can all agree that this year’s Super Bowl, for lack of a better term, sucked ass.
There wasn’t much to get excited about when it came to the action on the field unless you’d dropped some money on the many prop bets that were posted before the game or were constantly monitoring Super Bowl squares you’d initialed prior to kickoff.
A Buffalo man named Robert Brandel was one of the many people to run a pool during Super Bowl LIII and it wasn’t a cheap one—he charged $500 per box, which meant there was a total of $50,000 on the line.
Unfortunately for Brandel, none of his boxes hit, which was particularly problematic because he’d made up a number of fake names in the hopes of increasing his chances of winning but failed to hit any numbers when everything was said and done.
Thanks to his poorly thought-out scheme, he was on the hook for the majority of the money that he was supposed to pay out, and according to WGRX, he decided to come up with an even more poorly thought-out solution to get out of paying the people who’d actually won:
Troopers say they were called to the Tops parking lot at 3949 Lockport-Olcott Road February 27 for a report of a man found tied up in a vehicle.
They say they found Brandel in a blue Ford F-150 with a rope tied around his neck attached to the headrest and his hands and duct tape around his ankles.
Troopers say Brandel told them that on February 25, he picked up two men that were involved in his Super Bowl squares. He claimed they entered his vehicle with a pistol and took $16,000 cash he had from the Super Bowl squares. He then claimed the man made him drive around the area against his will and tied him up in the back seat and left him in the parking lot.
Troopers say their investigation discovered Brandel’s story was fake and that he had been running a $50,000 payout for the Super Bowl pool.
They say he made up names on the squares in hopes of winning and take home most of the winnings, and wasn’t able to make most of the payouts.
Bold strategy, Cotton. It’s a shame it didn’t pay off.