Bettor on the brink
The FanDuel sportsbook bettor who stands to win $557,000 on a $26 parlay is now within touching distance of the payout. France beat Morocco 2-0 in the semi-final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday to put the bettor one game away from the life-changing sum.
a perfect seven-leg parlay
Only Argentina could prevent Daniel Forte from a perfect seven-leg parlay, with the South American nation due to play France in Sunday’s final. Bleacher Report betting took to Twitter to share a photo of Forte with Winners Only Wednesday host Greg Ivory at Circa Sports in Las Vegas after France’s hard-fought victory over Morocco:
Forte backed France at +650 ahead of the World Cup tournament – at the time representing the same price as England and longer odds than Brazil. Going into Sunday’s game, however, France is the odds-on favorite to lift the Jules Rimet trophy, with DraftKings offering -120 on France to win and +100 for Argentina.
A stressful watch
Overall, Forte’s seven-leg parlay has odds of +2,145,172, so its no surprise that the bettor is feeling the heat with each game. France’s semi final on Wednesday was no different, despite the reigning champions ultimately disposing of Morocco with relative ease.
Théo Hernandez gave France an early lead, but as BR Betting shared via Twitter, Forte was practically begging for a second goal cushion before half time:
While Morocco remained brave and full of fight, the North African nation simply couldn’t put the ball in the net. France substitute Randal Kolo Muani ultimately killed the game off in the 79th minute by tapping in a deflected shot from PSG star Kylian Mbappe and making it 2-0.
Cash out or let it run?
Forte’s $26 parlay has taken him on a wild ride sports bettors can only dream of. The wager features everything from March Madness, to the Stanley Cup, and the English Premier League:
Forte has also had his opportunities to cash out. FanDuel offered the bettor an $80,000 cash-out option before the soccer tournament kicked off and then $83,000 after France beat Poland in the knockout stage. He turned down both.
According to Action Network, a FanDuel source has confirmed that Forte now has a cash-out option of $283,538.82.