The Philadelphia Phillies allowed three 11th-inning runs to the San Francisco Giants and lost, 7-4, on Tuesday, May 31. It was their fifth straight loss – and third straight extra-innings loss – which came hours after Bryce Harper was scratched from the lineup and Jean Segura was lost for a projected three months with a fractured finger suffered earlier in the game.
The Phillies were 21-29, buried in NL East odds at the online sportsbook (+1500), and preparing to fire manager Joe Girardi, a move they officially made two days later. Chances of their first World Series appearance since 2009 were bleak, if not entirely dead.
For one BetMGM bettor in Colorado, that meant a $25 futures bet was also dead.
One week into the season, the bettor wagered $25 on an Astros-over-Phillies World Series. The odds were +250000, meaning the bet would pay $125,050.
Six-and-a-half months later, and five months after the Phillies were eight games below .500 en route to missing the postseason for the 11th straight season, that bet is alive and well.
And he isn’t hedging.
As of Tuesday, three days before the Astros host the Phillies in Game 1, the Astros are -190 to win the World Series. That same $25 wager would now pay $38.16 (including stake).
You’d have to wager $81,929.31 on the Astros at -190 to earn a potential payout equal to the amount on that bettor’s ticket:
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