Here Are Three Insane Sports Bets That Made Three People Very Rich Against All Odds
Wake up, throw on your least wrinkled shirt, pat down your cowlick, go to work, throw some pennies at your retirement account, go to sleep, rinse, repeat. This is the track most of us are on, especially those of us on fixed incomes. If we’re lucky, in 40 years, we’ll have accrued enough money to pay for our mounting medical costs and what’s left we’ll have to shell out to our shithead grandkids who will never know the value of a hard-earned dollar.
This can be a disheartening cycle and sometimes it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees, which is why our generation has put a premium on instant gratification. Why store all our nuts away for when we’re 65 and our nuts are dragging on the floor when we’re scratching and clawing to take care of ourselves in the present?
For those of you caught up in this conundrum, here are three examples of people inordinate amounts of money in the blink of an eye. Hopefully this inspires hope.
A Drunken Golf Bet Turned Gold Mine
For professional poker player Erick Lindgren, his $300,000 payday came as the result of a drunken bet he made with his buddies the night before in Las Vegas.
Fellow poker player Gavin Smith bet Erick $50,000 that he couldn’t shoot under 100 for 72 holes of golf in one day at one of Sin City’s most difficult courses in the blistering 108 degree heat carrying his own bags. Gavin, a decent golfer, accepted the bet. Once others got wind of it, his phone started ringing and the pot ballooned up to $300K.
Lindgren teed off shortly after 6am and for the first three rounds was barely able to keep his score under 100 for each. By the fourth and final round, Lindgren was showing sure signs of heat stroke–at one point he succumbed to the heat and laid down on the fairway, his ears ringing and vision blurring.
Lindgren was somehow able to secure a 94 on the last round to locked things up and fatten his wallet by $300,000. He even lost 10 pounds in the endeavor. Double score.
This story is Shooter McGavin Approved.
The St. Louis Cardinals Unlikely 2011 World Series Run Allows One Man To Move Out Of St. Louis.
On the evening September 12, 2011 following a 6-5 loss in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals were five games back from a wild card spot with a measly 15 games left in the season.
Following the L, an unidentified man walked up to a sports book teller at the MGM Grand and put down $250 on the Cardinals making the World Series at 500/1, and another $250 on them winning the whole thing at 999/1.
A perfect storm of a historical Cardinals run, a huge choke job by the Atlanta Braves, and upsets of the Phillies and Brewers, the man pocketed $125,000 going into the World Series against the Rangers.
The Cardinals erased a two-run deficit in an elimination game in Game 6 to beat the Rangers in 7, winning the World Series.
The payout for the unidentified lucky man: $350,000.
I take a sick and twisted pleasure in the stress of watching that series likely took a few years off this guy’s life.
Clueless Woman Backs Into $100,000 On 15-Team NFL Parlay
Relax, social justice warriors, I’m not saying she’s clueless because she’s a woman, I’m saying she’s clueless because she was unaware of the rudimental basics of betting on football.
Back in December 2015, a 26-year-old Las Vegas resident named Tayla Polia pocketed a cool $100k on a 20,000-to-1 ticket for week 15 of the NFL season. Her bet: Five dollars. That’s 500 cents.
Vikings -5, Falcons +3, Texans +1, Chiefs -8, Redskins +1, Patriots -14, Cardinals -4, Giants +5, Seahawks -14, Packers -3, Chargers -2, Steelers -6, PIT/DEN OV 45, Bengals -4, Lions +3.
The kicker here is that after the Giants lost 38-35 to the Carolina Panthers, Tania thought that since she picked the Giants to win, she came up one game short of winning any money. She had to call the sports book she made the bet with to inquire about how she won if she picked a losing team. The man on the other line explained to her the basics of point spreads and that the Giants covered their 5-point spread, thus maker her 10,000,000 pennies richer.
“I somehow drove back home to tell my boyfriend in person,” she told CBS Sports. “Of course, he didn’t believe me.”
Of course he didn’t.
No, no sweetie. You’re rich now.
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