Mattress Mack Game by Game
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Imagine making it all the way until your late 60’s before you became a gambling junkie. That’s exactly what “Mattress Mack” did.
Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is a furniture store owner in the Houston, Texas area. Mack first rose to fame when he offered huge rebates and refunds to customers if the home town team won the World Series back in 2017. The Astros won it all that year and Mack had to pay out $10M in refunds. The silver lining was that he had placed some pretty sizable wagers on the Astros along the way and hedged his bet. Everybody wins right? Wrong.
In the almost five years since that World Series, Mack has made headlines for more promotions like the one which made him famous. But he has also made headlines for placing very large wagers on games which had nothing to do with Houston. For example, he placed a whopping $3.46M wager on the Bucs on last year’s Super Bowl. That one worked out in his favor. But heading into that game, he admittedly was already down over $13M betting on various games, including each and every game of 2019 World Series. If you recall, Houston lost that series to Washington despite having home field advantage.
We don’t have a verified record of all of Mack’s bets because only Mack, the IRS and God know the real scoop on that. But based on public information we surmise that Mack’s betting record is as follows:
2017 World Series (1-0)
Houston Futures Bet WIN (1-0)
2019 World Series (3-5)
Houston Futures Bet LOSS (0-1)
Individual Games (3-4)
2020 World Series (0-1)
2020 World Series Futures Bet LOSS (0-1)
2021 Combined (1-4)
College Basketball (0-1)
Houston NCAA Tournament Futures LOSS (0-1)
Kentucky Derby “Essential Quality” LOSS (0-1)
World Series (0-1)
Houston Futures Bet LOSS (0-1)
NFL Playoffs (1-1)
Titans Futures to win Super Bowl LOSS (0-1)
Bengals side vs Titans WIN (1-0)
2022 College & Pro Football (0-2)
Alabama National Championship Game Money Line LOSS (0-1)
Patriots Super Bowl Futures bets LOSS (0-1)
Grand Total Record (5-12)
Mattress Mack Super Bowl 56 Bet
Now Mack is back with his largest bet yet. A $4.5M+ in total bets on the Bengals moneyline odds to win straight up in the upcoming Super Bowl. The bet is said to have been taken by Caesar’s sportsbook in Louisiana (formerly William Hill US). Though, there is some speculation that there is an arranged deal between Mack and Caesars that he may not be on the hook for the entire amount.
Online chatter has speculated that Caesars cuts off players who bet much smaller amounts all the time so this has to be a publicity ploy of some sort. There is no proof of that claim. As of now, its just a super large wager on the Super Bowl by a furniture magnate turned degenerate gambler.
It could be argued that Mack has found a way to tie in a business promotion to most of these bets and that the publicity alone is worth the losses. However, Mack doesn’t sell furniture nationwide and this all looks like typical degenerate gambler stuff to us.