St. Louis Blues fan Scott Berry put $400 on his team to win the Stanley Cup at the beginning of 2019, when the Blues were in last place in the entire NHL.
It was a bet made from the heart. Sure, Berry felt that the Blues were much better than last place, but he also really wanted his team to compete. He cared, emotionally.
It makes sense, given that context, that he declined to hedge or sell his futures ticket after Game 5.
With St. Louis up 3-2, someone on PropSwap offered him $75,000 for his 250/1 ticket, which he politely declined. Two games later, he pocketed $100,000.
Berry got everything from polite advice to emotionally slammed for not hedging on his rare opportunity. But he proved he’s more of a Blues fan than he is a professional sports bettor — a Blues fan with a dash of superstition.
“Once I put the bet down, I had this sixth sense kind of feeling that [the Blues would win the Stanley Cup] and if I hedged I thought it would suggest that I didn’t believe,” Berry told The Action Network after the Blues won Game 7.
Although Berry must have been squeamish with anxiety before the game, St. Louis hammered the Boston Bruins, 4-1, on enemy ice.
That capped the most upset-laden NHL playoffs in history, as most of the top seeds didn’t advance to the second round.
The NHL’s best regular-season team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, got swept in the first round. All four No. 1 seeds lost in their opening series.
According to reporting by The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, Berry plans to give some money to charity, buy his dad something nice for Father’s Day and invest a good chunk of his after-tax winnings.
It seems that these long-shot futures bets have become increasingly popular.
One bettor stood to win $300,000 if Texas Tech won the NCAA Tournament in April, but chose not to hedge his bet when the Red Raiders advanced to the championship game.
Another bettor earned more than $1.2 million on Tiger Woods’ victory at The Masters after betting $85,000 on what he described as a premonition.
Now Berry held another huge futures ticket and also chose not to hedge.
The true winner of the year may be PropSwap, a company that allows people to sell their tickets to the highest bidder — for a 10 percent fee. PropSwap has gotten enormous publicity and SEO value from all the news media mentioning their company.
Caesars sportsbook is the big loser, as the Blues cost them a hefty six-figure amount that goes beyond Berry’s big cash, according to ESPN.
Congratulations to Berry for cashing a six-figure ticket, something most of us will only aspire to do in our lifetimes.