Mattress Mack ended up losing $13 million in bets when the Houston Astros lost the World Series, but he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again. | Credit: Erik Williams/USA Today Sports
- Mattress Mack, a Houston-area furniture salesman, had around $13 million in bets on the Houston Astros. The winnings would have covered his losses in a furniture promotion he ran in conjunction with the team’s World Series aspirations.
- He spent much of the last month flying around the country to various sportsbooks, placing bets.
- But will losing all of that money keep him from doing it again?
For weeks, baseball fans have been hearing about a furniture salesman in Houston. He goes by ‘Mattress Mack,’ but his given name is Jim McIngvale. Before the postseason began and throughout the playoffs, Mattress Mack went a little crazy, placing bets on his local team, the Houston Astros, to win the World Series.
So, when Yuli Gurriel put the team ahead with a solo home run in the bottom of the second, he was happy:
Gurriel homers, Astros up 1-0. Mattress Mack: pic.twitter.com/a9ejGjO9TV
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 31, 2019
But when his team was down four heading into the bottom of the ninth, not so much:
“Mattress Mack” spent a lot of time & money flying around the country gambling to hedge his $20 million in liability from his “Astros win” promo.