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TechDawg2007
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Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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As James Adducci watched Tiger Woods' pursuit of history in the final round of the Masters on a 23-inch TV screen in a "tiny, jail cell-sized" room in his parents' house in a rural Wisconsin town, he had to continually wake up his father. His father, at age 82, and with significant health issues, maybe didn't fully grasp the gravity of what he was watching. Tiger was on his way to perhaps completing the best comeback story in sports history, but more importantly to the Adduccis, it would determine the outcome of a $85,000 wager he placed on Tuesday at a William Hill casino.

The younger Adducci, a 39-year-old self-employed daytrader, was a nervous wreck. He flew from Wisconsin to Las Vegas earlier in the week to place the wager, which he claims to be his first-ever bet on sports in his life. A man with a mortgage on his house, two student loans and two car loans decided he would take $85,000, which he said was "everything I had that I could afford to lose," and place it on Tiger. Why? "I just thought it was pre-destined for him to win," Adducci explained when reached on the phone on Monday afternoon.

Adducci describes taking the $85,000 cash out of a bank in Las Vegas after ordering the cash a week beforehand out of a business account comprised of some failed stock money. He sat in a shared Lyft ride, "so he could save $2," with a mother and her child, who were talking about how they were struggling to find the money to pay rent. "That was an awful feeling," he said. But with a backpack he had just bought at the local Walmart to hold the cash, he went from casino to casino to see who would accept the wager. After being turned away by two casinos, Adducci arrived at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, operated by William Hill, and after Director of Trading Nick Bogdanovich discussed with his boss, the sportsbook decided to accept the wager, which ended up being the largest individual payout on a futures bet in the sportsbook conglomerate's U.S. history.


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The $1.2 million is a portion of what sportsbooks around the world lost on Tiger winning his fifth Masters title. And the fact that significant wager came from a man from western Wisconsin makes this story even more unlikely.

Sitting with his father in a room that was previously his mother's favorite TV room until she passed away, Adducci and his father watched the roller-coaster round. He was "a nervous wreck" as Tiger went down by three shots after his bogey at the fifth hole. But he never lost faith, he said.

"A month before is when I knew I was going to do it," Adducci said. "I had been thinking a lot about this. I watched Tiger's performance at the Tour Championship, and things seemed to be going his way. I looked at how well he did there, and some other factors you can't put stats behind. It wasn't about the stats for me. The fact that this was going to be his first major in front of his kids, I was convinced he would win."

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Weeks before, he told his wife about wanting to place this wager, and though he faced a little opposition initially: "She said to me, 'I can't stop you from doing this, because if he wins, I'll never forgive myself.' She's a keeper."

And so as Francesco Molinari and Tony Finau found Rae's Creek at Augusta National's famed par-3 12th hole, Adducci had to wake up his father, a former caddie at Olympia Fields Country Club back in the day. He says his father didn't fully understand what was happening. His wife, back home, wasn't able to watch, as his family doesn't even have cable TV in the house.

So he texted her updates as he woke his father up. And he celebrated like a mad man, likely alarming neighbors in this tiny Wisconsin town (he asked not to name which town it was) with all the noise.

When it was over, his father asked him to go buy him some Culver's frozen custard, probably like many other conversations going on in Wisconsin homes on Sunday. But unlike any other, Adducci has cashed in on one of the biggest sports wagers in history.
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
I’m not buying that was his first bet ever


Cosmo
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
What a fricking idiot

For every guy that does irresponsible stuff like this and it pays off there are a million who get fricked


Cocotheape
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
“It was the first bet on sports I’d placed in my life”

Sure buddy


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darryljames30
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
Holy shit!!


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oleyeller
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
1- bull shite no one just ups and decides to make their first sports wager ever....a 85k bet on a golf future.
2- it likely wasnt even his money, he was just the pawn who placed the bet
3- Nice sob story how he was in debt, but had 85k of amazon stock.

Whole story screams bull shite. Still happy vegas caught that L though


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castorinho
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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I’m not buying that was his first bet ever
Yeah that's bull shite

William Hill taking this opportunity to advertise to recoup some of that money.


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WG_Dawg
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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he went from casino to casino to see who would accept the wager. After being turned away by two casinos


I mean...doesn't this seem like something you'd call ahead to research before flying out there and walking around with that much cash on hand?

Congrats to the dude on hitting big but after reading that article something seems a little odd about him


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auzach91
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life


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darryljames30
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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I’m not buying that was his first bet ever


Tell us how you really feel Walt....


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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
so he flew to vegas just to place this very first sports bet? sure thing James


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Jack Bauer7
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
so the guy who has never placed a bet decides to go ahead and place his first bet for 85k lol


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TxWadingFool
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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"a 39-year-old self-employed daytrader"


It will all be gone within a year, wife will probably leave him in 6 months to get what she can before it's gone.


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rockchlkjayhku11
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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His wife, back home, wasn't able to watch, as his family doesn't even have cable TV in the house.

this is dope except for the fact that it wasnt even on cable tv and there were like 10 other ways to watch.

something seems very, very off about all of this.


WG_Dawg
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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this is dope except for the fact that it wasnt even on cable tv and there were like 10 other ways to watch.

something seems very, very off about all of this.


they make it out to be a sob story about a guy hard on his luck

-they don't have cable
-he's watching in dad's basement on a tiny black and white TV in a jail cell sized room
-dad's health is failing, mom alreayd passed
-needs to uber pool to save $2


OOooooohhhhhh but yeah btw he was able to hop on a plane on a whim and fly to vegas and drop $85K on a bet


yeah ok jack.


McCaigBro69
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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they make it out to be a sob story about a guy hard on his luck


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they don't have cable -he's watching in dad's basement on a tiny black and white TV in a jail cell sized room -dad's health is failing, mom alreayd passed -needs to uber pool to save $2


To be fair, most people I know who live like that are the only ones who could pull out a significant sum of cash like that.


GeauxTigersGo
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
This guy sounds like a jackass


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moneyg
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
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What a fricking idiot


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WG_Dawg
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
Yeah I mean I get that a lot of rich people save money where they can, drive old cars, don't eat out much, make coffee at home, etc. etc. But damn they made it out like this guy only eats gruel and wears a potato sack. Just weird.


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Dr RC
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re: Gambler who won $1.2 million on Woods' victory: "I had never placed a bet in my life
So either he's one of the luckiest morons ever or he is lying through his teeth.
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