Houston furniture tycoon Jim McIngvale could win $36 million on World Series



Famous Texas gambler “Mattress Mack,” known for his bold multi-million-dollar wagers on his hometown sports team, could win $36 million on the World Series.

Furniture tycoon Jim McIngvale placed $3.3 million dollars in bets on the Houston Astros who take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. He reportedly placed the bet in Indiana.

According to William Hill, the spoils could be the largest payout in sports betting history.

“It’s very cool that William Hill took that large of a futures bet,” McIngvale told KHOU.

“Kudos to William Hill for stepping up and taking that big bet. I’ve done a lot of bets with William Hill, and they’ve always been great to me. The execution has always been great.”

McIngvale went viral in February after he won $2.72 million on a $3.45 million dollar wager on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win by 3.5 points when they routed the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.

“This is a potentially historic bet, and it’s one that we love to take,” Eric Hession, Co-President of Sports for Caesars Entertainment, said in a statement.

“We pride ourselves on our flexible limits in our sportsbooks and sports betting apps. This wager certainly makes baseball season a little more exciting for us, and we’re looking forward to seeing how that plays out.”

People select shirts and sweatshirts being given away at a Gallery Furniture store after the owner opened his business as a shelter for those without power at their homes Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houston
Jim McIngvale opened his business as a shelter for those without power at their homes, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houston, Texas.
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

During February’s deadly winter storm in Texas, McIngvale transformed his furniture store into a shelter for residents without power. McIngvale similarly opened up his stores for shelter following Hurricane Harvey, which dumped several feet of rain in the area. 

McIngvale, 70, lives in Houston and owns the Gallery Furniture retail chain. The Mississippi native also turned heads back in 2019 after wagering $11 million on the 2019 Astros-Nationals World Series as part of a store promotion. 

He’s additionally co-authored a book in 2002 titled, “Always Think Big,” and is well-known around his local community for his charitable efforts.


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