The one motive Scott Berry was in Las Vegas again in January was to function a sales space at a gross sales convention. An off-the-cuff gambler, he likes blackjack and craps however hadn’t gotten an opportunity to hit the tables on this work journey.
However earlier than his journey to McCarran Worldwide Airport to move dwelling, the St. Louis native made a number of fateful futures bets on his favourite groups — $400 on the St. Louis Blues to win the Stanley Cup at 250-1 and $100 on the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Collection at 15-1 — on the Caesars sportsbook at Paris Las Vegas.
4 months later, his Blues guess — which might win $100,000 — has a professional likelihood to money as St. Louis heads into Recreation 6 of the Western Convention finals with a Three-2 sequence lead over the San Jose Sharks.
“I guess with the center on this one,” Berry informed ESPN. “Earlier than I hit my flight I made a decision that had I been right here playing I most likely would’ve misplaced round $500, so I pulled that out of the checking account. My max withdrawal was $500, in order that was all I may take out. I put $100 on the Cardinals at 15-1 and dumped the remainder on the Blues.”
After wanting on the odds at a few sportsbooks (the Blues had been solely 150-1 at The Bellagio), Berry positioned the wager, received on the aircraft and texted his brother and father concerning the guess. With the Blues out of the playoff image in January, they weren’t as optimistic as Berry about St. Louis’ possibilities.
“Preseason, I knew they’d an excellent squad,” Berry informed ESPN. “However I am no professional. My brother and father are just a little extra risk-adverse than I’m. They most likely thought I used to be an fool.”
Berry mentioned he did not begin pondering the ticket had a professional likelihood to money till the Blues crept into the playoff image a number of months in the past. He has purchased tickets to each dwelling recreation all through the playoffs on StubHub.
By means of PropSwap, a third-party market not related to any casinos that enables bettors to purchase and promote futures bets, Berry has obtained a number of gives to purchase his ticket. He turned down a $20,000 supply for the ticket earlier than Recreation 7 towards the Dallas Stars … after which watched the sport within the stands with a possible $100,000 pay day using on the end result.
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“That was robust, most likely not the neatest transfer,” he mentioned. “Individuals had been attempting to speak to me in the course of the recreation, however I wasn’t actually responding. My face was as white as a ghost. After Pat Maroon, the St. Louis native, buried that purpose, I used to be in tears there for a sizzling minute. It was fairly emotional.”
Berry would not have a value threshold he is in search of in an effort to promote the ticket, as a substitute trusting his intestine and fandom to steer him.
“I am not a millionaire by any means; I may clearly use the cash,” he famous. “It is a kind of issues the place you are cussed and betting together with your coronary heart.”
Whereas his brother needs him to take the payout, Berry stays undecided, although he joked that he wants the cash to pay his StubHub charges. If the Blues make the Stanley Cup Remaining, he’ll “be there for as many video games as attainable.”
On Monday afternoon, Berry obtained a brand new excessive supply of $24,000.
“I heard about that Texas Tech man [in the NCAA tournament], and that was a disgrace,” Berry lamented. “I do not wish to be that man. I need this to have a cheerful ending.”