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Wisconsin man wins $1.19M on his first sports bet

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James Adducci flew to Las Vegas from his home in Wisconsin on April 9 with the notion of placing an $85,000 wager on golfer Tiger Woods to win the Masters. Woods had not won one of the four PGA major tournaments since 2008 and was at 14-to-1 odds when the bet was placed at the William Hill US sportsbook inside the SLS Las Vegas.

Adducci admitted his first-ever sports bet was a longshot.

"Golf was so special for my dad and me," Adducci said.

We know how it ended.

Woods' historic victory at the Masters Sunday in Augusta, Georgia, earned Adducci a $1.19 million payout. The win represented the largest golf payout in William Hill history.

The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory and his 15th major championship, his first since the 2008 U.S. Open, capping a remarkable recovery from debilitating injuries and embarrassing personal problems.

Woods triumphed in last year's Tour Championship, his first victory of any kind since 2013.

"This is a story for the ages," said William Hill US CEO Joe Asher. "Tiger climbs back to the top, and a guy from Wisconsin, on his first sports bet ever, wins over $1 million betting on him. We congratulate both James and Tiger on their epic wins."

Adducci returned to Las Vegas Monday to collect a $1.275 million check (inclusive of the $1.19 million payout plus the original $85,000 stake) at the SLS.

Back on August 13, Woods opened as a co-favorite at 12-to-1 odds (along with Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, and Rory McIlroy) to win the Masters.

William Hill US spokesman Michael Grodsky said the next largest payout on Woods winning the Masters heading into the weekend was a $2,600 wager placed on April 1 when the odds were at 13-to-1. The bet netted the gambler $33,800.

Before Sunday's final round started, Woods was available at 3-to-1 odds to capture his fifth Green Jacket, which is awarded to the Masters champion.

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sweetie7398's avatar - flower2
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Posted: April 16, 2019, 11:08 am - IP Logged

Awesome . Congratulations to the winner.

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    January 22, 2015
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    Posted: April 16, 2019, 11:11 am - IP Logged

    Nice win, no state taxes (there).

    How interesting that Indiana just prohibited on-line wagering like this.  A step back IMO, but that will get you a cup of coffee @ McDonald's.

      TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
      Brooklyn, NY
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      October 29, 2015
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      Posted: April 16, 2019, 11:28 am - IP Logged

      Congrats on the win.

      14 to 1. Nice pay-out

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        Fresno, California
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        Posted: April 16, 2019, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

        Congratulations to James Adduci for having the courage to place his bet on Tiger.

         America is the Country of Second Chances. Tiger has returned!  The President of these United States plans to award Tiger with the highest civilian honor. The Medal of Freedom. 

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          Raven62's avatar - binary
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          Posted: April 16, 2019, 12:44 pm - IP Logged

          It Was Hit It Big or Go Bust: He Got Lucky and Hit It Big!

          A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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            Posted: April 16, 2019, 6:00 pm - IP Logged

            I was in Reno during the U.S. Open in 1995 and Corey Pavin was 14-1 to win the tourney at the start of the 4th round on Sunday. Pavin was 2 strokes back and in 6th place at the turn and still 2 strokes behind Greg Norman after the 11th hole. Pavin was 100 to 1 odds before the tourney started and betters could still get 3 to 1 betting on Tiger at the start of his 4th round.

            Not that any state would book an $85,000 bet at 14 to 1 or anything even close, but hopefully one of these years state legislators will figure out how much money their state loses from not having sports betting.

              sully16's avatar - sharan
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              Posted: April 17, 2019, 6:54 pm - IP Logged

              It Was Hit It Big or Go Bust: He Got Lucky and Hit It Big!

              I Agree!