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Crazy Cardinals Wager Wins Man $375K

Anonymous bettor shrugged off 999-1 odds
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2011 3:37 PM CDT
World Series Wager on St. Louis Cardinals Wins Man $375K
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates with fans after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 6-2 to win the series.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Think the Cardinals were a longshot to win the World Series last night? One man who didn't mind 999-1 odds in September made two $250 wagers—and won $375,000, Yahoo Sports reports. His bet for the conference series won him $125,000, and his World Series wager turned into another $250,000. The only sticking point: He hedged his bets by placing $100,000 on Texas to also win the World Series, so he's out a hundred grand.

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Bettors usually wage $10 or $20 on such odds, but this man had "stronger confidence" and "perfect timing," says the vice-president of MGM in Las Vegas. MGM accepted the bet when the Cards were several games out of the wild card last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. One sports blogger claims to have contacted the anonymous winner, but couldn't get an interview. "Can't imagine that a $250,000 richer man would want to lay low," the blogger tweeted yesterday. "Wuss." (Read more St. Louis Cardinals stories.)

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