Before Tiger Woods’ hit a tee shot at the Masters last week we told you about a gambler who put $85,000 on Tiger to win said Masters.
And then Sunday night we told you about how that gambler won $1.2 million for that bet, because Tiger, of course, won his fifth Masters.
Well, now we know who that gambler is… he’s 39-year-old James Adducci who’s from Wisconsin who collected his winnings in Las Vegas on Monday.
Oh, and this was his first-ever sports bet. Because, of course.
The New York Post has some details on why he made this bet:
He’s the 39-year-old Wisconsin day trader who had a premonition so strong that Tiger Woods was going to win the Masters that he made his first sports bet — a whopping $85,000 in cash at 14-1 odds.
“It wasn’t about the odds for me,” James Adducci told VSiN’s Brent Musburger on “My Guys in the Desert.” “My reasons for thinking that he was going to win were more personal, about where he is at in his career and his life.”
Well, those feelings paid off and then some, as it was the biggest payout ever by William Hill sportsbook.
Adducci, who’s $25K in debt with mortgage, car, and school loans, sold some Amazon stock to make this happen.
The wager was “everything I had that I could afford to lose,” Adducci told Golf Digest. “I just thought it was predestined for him to win.”
Funded by the sale of some Amazon stock, Adducci took a backpack full of cash from a Las Vegas bank to the William Hill sportsbook in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in a rideshare, sitting alongside a mother and daughter on the way in order to “save $2.”
“This is a story for the ages,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “Tiger climbs back to the top, and a guy from Wisconsin, on his first sports bet ever, wins over a $1 million betting on him. We congratulate both James and Tiger on their epic wins.”
He also shared some plans for the money and how his wife was cool with making an $85,000 bet on a golfer.
“Golf was so special for my dad and I,” he said. “To see Tiger win a major tournament for the first time in front of his kids meant a lot to me.”There are already some plans in the works for the massive windfall — aside from his father’s request for some frozen custard. Adducci and his wife, who had little opposition to his big bet — “She said to me, ‘I can’t stop you from doing this, because if he wins, I’ll never forgive myself.’ She’s a keeper.” — will pay off most of their debts and invest in some new garage doors.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Things sure don’t go this way when I bet on sports.
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