- The futures bet on the Blues was taken in January.
- Scott Berry shopped lines before discovering his best opportunity.
- Berry also placed $100 on the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series at +1500 (15-1)
St. Louis – The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in their franchise’s 52-year history.
Many will be celebrating through the streets of Missouri and Illinois but none more so than a lifelong fan, and now famed sports bettor, Scott Berry.
Berry took a chance on his hometown team when the Blues were last place in the NHL.
While in Las Vegas on a business trip, Berry took the $500 he set aside for gambling and put $400 of it on the Blues at +25000 (250-1).
The betting slip was submitted at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino – a Caesars property.
Berry claimed that he had first shopped lines, in order to find the best deal. Places like the Bellagio would have paid him out 40% less, or $60,000 at +15000 (150-1) odds.
The opportunities to hedge his wager become more and more pressing, as the Boston Bruins regained home-ice advantage twice in the series.
As a lifelong fan, Berry had no interest in hedging and decided it was $100,000 or nothing.
In an interview with Darren Rovell before Game 7, Berry explained his emotions.
“This whole thing the last month or so has been really just surreal for me. I’ve kept faith in these guys … and I’ve got full faith (tonight). I refuse to hedge.”
It turned out to be a smart decision to trust his instinct, as Berry could have lost anywhere from $750 to $50,000 in attempts to play both sides.