Sports betting: How did a $50 parlay with 2,579-to-1 odds turn into a six-figure winner?

Frank Schwab
·2 min read

Anyone who bets a parlay with seven teams is a dreamer.

You hope to hit all seven legs and get a huge payout. The win is especially large if you’re throwing some big underdogs on there. It’s not the way you should bet if you’re worried about things like bankroll management.

But, sometimes the lottery hits.

One bettor at MGM played an odd parlay on Tuesday. There were six teams from the Copa Libertadores soccer tournament in South America, and the Dodgers to win Game 1 of the World Series.

And $50 turned into $128,995.

A huge parlay hits

There were six matches in Copa Libertadores on Tuesday. If you’re going to build a seven-leg parlay when the NBA and NHL are done, the NFL isn’t playing and there are no scheduled college football games, you have to get creative. The bettor must have had a good read on the matches Tuesday, because he went 6-for-6.

That left the Dodgers.

The Dodgers were not a sweat after Cody Bellinger’s home run broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The odds on a seven-team parlay are usually 90-to-1. But that’s for seven legs that have even odds. Every single soccer winner on that parlay was getting plus odds. That pushed up the odds on the seven-team parlay to about 2,579-to-1.

Parlays are hard to hit. There’s a reason those brightly colored cards aren’t far from any sportsbook counter. But for one bettor, he has a pretty good story to tell for the rest of his life.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts scores past Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino in Game 1 of the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts scores past Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino in Game 1 of the World Series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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