- William Hill took a $2 million wager on the Houston Astros to win the 2021 MLB World Series in October.
- Odds for the team were at (+1000) when famous sports bettor Mattress Mack placed his bet on Tuesday.
- Should the Astros win the World Series, a national record payout of $22 million would be in the books for the U.S. sports betting industry.
HOUSTON – Jim McIngvale, better known as “Mattress Mack” in the sports betting world, put down a $2 million bet on Tuesday for the Houston Astros to win the 2021 MLB World Series.
The wager was made via a William Hill mobile sportsbook in Indiana. McIngVale’s native Texas does not yet have sports betting platforms of their own for the 70-year-old gambler to use.
Mattress Mack has been making headlines for years as being a high roller and overall famous sports bettor, win or lose. This particular bet has the chance to become history in the making if it wins.
The Mack Attack
McIngvale was pleased that the mobile sports betting platform William Hill accepted such a sizeable wager on a futures bet. The furniture store owner is known for placing huge bets on all teams in Texas. He is the epitome of a diehard Texas fan and sports bettor.
MLB betting is huge, especially when it comes to the World Series. The odds on the Houston Astros to win were at (+1000) when the bet was placed, making for a payout of $22 million on a single wager should Mattress Mack win. That would be a historical record for a payout on any one bet made with a sportsbook in the United States.
“This is a potentially historic bet, and it’s one that we love to take,” said Eric Hession, Caesars Entertainment co-president of sports. “We pride ourselves on our flexible limits in our sportsbooks and sports betting apps. This wager certainly makes baseball season a little more exciting for us, and we’re looking forward to seeing how that plays out.”
Caesars acquired William Hill in April.
The Outlook For The Astros
The Houston Astros currently hold the best record in the American League with 45 wins and 28 losses for the season. They’re sitting pretty in the number one spot in the league.
Since Mattress Mack made his bet, their odds for the World Series have dropped to (+900) which would have equaled a lesser payout if the gambler would’ve waited to place his bet any longer.
Regulated sports betting in the United States continues to grow in popularity and sportsbooks across the nation will be covering the MLB World Series with tons of bets on the event when the time comes on October 26.
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Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.