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Mattress Mack backing the Houston Astros with major bet

22 Jun 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- One bettor is swinging for the fences with a historic World Series futures wager on the William Hill App.

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale placed a $2 million bet today on Astros 10/1 on Caesars Entertainment’s William Hill Indiana Sportsbook App. If Houston were to win it all in October for the second time in five years, the total payout would be $22 million. That would be the biggest reported potential payout in U.S. sports betting history.

“It’s very cool that William Hill took that large of a futures bet,” McIngvale said. “Kudos for Caesars for stepping up and taking a big bet on the William Hill Sportsbook App. I’ve done a lot of bets with William Hill, and they’ve always been great to me. The execution has always been great.”

At 10/1, the Astros have the fifth-lowest World Series odds—only trailing the Dodgers (+360), White Sox (+700), Padres (+850) and Mets (+850). Houston was listed at 22/1 on Opening Day (1 April), tied for the eighth-lowest odds.

Before today's games, the Astros were tied for MLB’s second-best record at 44-28 and possessed the best run differential in baseball at +120.

Despite their strong play, the Astros have received just 3% of the total number of tickets among all 2021 World Series future bets at William Hill U.S. That ranks 14th among all MLB teams, with the Dodgers tops at 8%.

“This is a potentially historic bet, and it’s one that we love to take,” said Eric Hession, Co-President of Sports for Caesars Entertainment. “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.”
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