You’ve probably heard of him by now. “Mattress Mack” has made a name for himself by wagering millions of dollars on his hometown sports team the Houston Astros. This time around, he could win a whopping $36 million if the Astros win the World Series.
Jim McIngvale submit a $3.3 million bet on the Houston Astros winning the whole shebang, as they’re set to face the Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic starting this Wednesday, the 27th of October.
Global online gambling company William Hill says the winnings could be the largest payout in sports betting history. “It’s very cool that William Hill took that large of a futures bet,” McIngvale told KHOU.
“Kudos to William Hill for stepping up and taking that big bet. I’ve done a lot of bets with William Hill, and they’ve always beet great to me. The execution has always been great.”
Back in February, ‘Mack’ went viral when he won $2.72 million on a $3.45 million dollar wager on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl by more than 3.5 points. They went on to spank the Kansas City Chiefs with an embarrassing 31-9 final score.
“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, said in a statement. “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.”
McIngvale is a staple in the Texas community. Back in February when the deadly winter storm enveloped the state, ‘Mack’ transformed his furniture store into a shelter for residents who had lost power. He did the same back when Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the state of Texas, dumping several feet of rain in the area.
A Houston resident, McIngvale and owns the Gallery Furniture retail chain. The 70-year-old Mississippi native also caught many an eye back in 2019 when he slapped a $11 million bet on the 2019 Astros to win the World Series when they took on the Washington Nationals. Additionally, he’s co-authored a book titled, “Always Think Big,” back in 2002. He continues to be a pillar in his community and is widely known for his charitable efforts.