Mattress Mack is back with the Astros
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, America’s favorite high roller, dropped $1.9m on the Houston Astros to repeat as World Series champions Saturday.
the largest payout in sports betting history
McIngvale won an astonishing $75m last year when the Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to claim the world title. That was and remains the largest payout in sports betting history.
This time around, his $1.9m wager, placed at +600 odds, will net him $11.4m in profit if it hits. As is custom, he promised free furniture to customers at his Houston, Texas Gallery Furniture store if the Astros pull off the repeat.
The bet comes shortly after Mack lost roughly $4.05m in bets when the Houston Cougars dropped out of March Madness with an 89-75 loss to the Miami Hurricanes in the Sweet 16. But just a couple of months ago, he shared in a video on social media that part of being a gambler is resiliency.
McIngvale tends to double down on his bets and place even more on his favorite team as time passes. That’s how he achieved his $75m payout on the Astros last year after starting with a $3m bet at +1000 odds.
According to BetMGM, the Astros are the favorite to win the World Series at +600. The Atlanta Braves (+750), New York Yankees (+800), and Los Angeles Dodgers (+800) are next in line, and last year’s runner-up, the Phillies, are +1600.