Mystery Gambler Won $14M Betting on World Series

'Let It Ride' bettor picked winners of 1st 6 games; sat out Game 7
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2017 1:33 PM CDT
Mystery Gambler Won $14M Betting on World Series
Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel and Cameron Maybin celebrate after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Much like with the World Series itself, the end of a ludicrously gutsy run of World Series betting was a bit of a let down. Sport Illustrated reports an unknown gambler had successfully picked the winner of the first six games of the World Series, re-betting his winnings every time. RJ Bell, a Las Vegas sports gambling insider, dubbed the man the "Let It Ride" bettor and was chronicling his exploits on Twitter, according to For the Win. Bell claimed the gambler's bets were big enough to completely change the odds for the games, SB Nation reports. Before the start of Game 7, the Let It Ride bettor boasted approximately $14 million in winnings. He decided to sit the final game out.

For the Win states the Let It Ride bettor made "the right decision ... as lame as it is to admit." And Sports Illustrated believes he's earned his place in the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, should such a thing actually exist, Game 7 bet or no. Now the only thing left is to discover the identity of the gambler, whose final bet was $8 million on Game 6. He's reportedly an Eastern European man under the age of 30 who isn't a regular sports bettor in Vegas. His only previous bets were placed on UFC fights, all of which he won. He routinely took terrible odds for his bets, and people can't agree if that's a sign the Let It Ride bettor is actually a syndicate of gamblers or just a single, super unprofessional gambler—who walked away with $14 million. (More gambling stories.)

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