Man Bets $3.5 Million in Cash at Mississippi Casino

BILOXI, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Starkville native is betting big on the Houston Astros. On Tuesday Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale brought a briefcase containing $3.5 million in cash to the Scarlet Pearl Casino and put it all on the Astros to win the 2019 World Series. If Houston wins, his net payout on the bet would be $7.7 million. It’s the largest single bet in Mississippi sportsbook history. DraftKings at Scarlet Pearl opened last November as the first collaboration between DraftKings and a land-based casino. “Mattress Mack’ owns a furniture store in Houston and according to the store’s website is offering a “100% refund on your $3000 or more mattress purchase OR 150% of your purchase total back in store credit” if the Astros win their second championship. The Astros face Tampa Bay tonight in game 1 of the ALDS.


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