Ben Verlander was joined by Houston Astros super fan Jim McIngvale — more affectionately known as “Mattress Mack” — on a recent episode of “Flippin’ Bats with Ben Verlander.” McIngvale discussed his historic $75 million sports betting win after the Astros won the 2022 MLB World Series.
Mack, an owner of Gallery Furniture and a beloved figure in the Houston community, hit it big on the Astros after spreading his bets among several sportsbooks, taking home some of that money in a wheelbarrow.
“This man is a legend,” Verlander said. “He’s hysterical. He tells some incredible stories, and he has an incredible story himself: the generosity in this city, what he’s done with the Houston Astros and the money he’s won…it’s pretty incredible. So this is a real blast.”
Here’s what Mack had to say about both Houston and his big win!
Verlander: When did you start betting on the Astros?
Mac mattress: “Back in 2017, the only place you could legally bet on sports was [Las] Las Vegas, of course, or New Jersey, so I didn’t bet futures like I did this year. I bet per game, per series. … I had to fly [around] and betting on individual series, individual games, which was much more difficult than betting 10-1 on the series in June.”
V: Do you have to go to multiple different places or is there one place that says, ‘We’ll take all your bets!’?
MM: “Caesari [Sports] takes a lot of big bets, so they had the Astros up 10-1 in June, and [other casinos] had the Astros up 12-1. I’m no genius, but I figured the Astros won the American League Championship Series five out of the last five years, and they had a good chance of making it this year. I bet $1 million dollars to win $12 [million]and I bet $3 million to win $30 [million] at Caesars, and that got the ball rolling. … He ended up with $75 million in legal bets … and almost all of the money goes back to the customers. It [has] It’s been a great ride and a lot of fun… watching your brother (Justin Verlander) and the Astros win all these games.”
V: I recently saw one of the coolest videos that I think has ever graced the internet, which is you with a wheelbarrow rolling your money on an airplane. How much was in that wheelbarrow?
MM: “That was a payment from MGM. … They paid $10 million dollars. … It looked nice to carry that money on the plane, but the only problem was money was so heavy that broke the front tire!”
V: Have the Astros worked with you back and forth over the years?
MM: “The Astros are the best sports partner you can find. … One thing about an Astros game, go there [and] you see people of all races, all colors, all creeds, all wearing orange and blue. Let’s forget our division… and we all unite for the Houston Astros. It’s a great community.”
V: What is one thing this offseason that you would like to see the Houston Astros do?
MM: “Sign your brother again!”
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