A St. Louis Blues fan drawn to Las Vegas for a sales conference had to leave town before he could catch any casino time.
So, Scott Berry calculated he would’ve lost $500, and instead decided to place that amount on futures bets on his way out of town.
He headed to Caesars sportsbook at Paris Las Vegas, plopping down $100 on his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series at 15/1 — and $400 on the St. Louis Blues at 250/1.
“I bet with the heart on this one,” Berry told ESPN.
“Preseason, I knew they had a good squad,” Berry told ESPN. “But I’m no pro. My brother and father are a little more risk-adverse than I am. They probably thought I was an idiot.”
Improbably, the Blues have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they’ll face the Boston Bruins beginning on Monday. The Bruins just swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals and own home-ice advantage against St. Louis.
But the Blues have come a long way since Berry placed his wager in January, when the franchise was on the wrong side of the postseason cutoff in the standings.
The popular question for any big, long-shot futures ticket on the verge of cashing in 2019 is whether the ticket holder will hedge or even sell their ticket via PropSwap.
Berry got a $20,000 offer that he declined before Game 7 against Dallas in the second round of the playoffs, ESPN reported. He’s since received a new offer of $40,000.
The publication quoted him contradicting himself, simultaneously saying he wanted to “bet with his heart” for as long as possible, while also saying he isn’t wealthy and wants to walk away with some sort of profit.
According to Bovada, as of Thursday morning, St. Louis is a +135 underdog to win the series, with implied odds of 42.6 percent.
Time will tell whether Berry nets a six-figure payday, a lesser, hedged profit or only a big heartache.