As the tributes continue to pour in for Tiger Woods, One man, James Adducci is in cloud nine, as he took a leap of faith betting with almost all the money he had on Tiger Woods.
James Adducci, a 39-year-old self-employed daytrader, had 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.
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.
Adducci explained the reason he took the risk, “A month before is when I knew I was going to do it, 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.”I just thought it was pre-destined for him to win”
Adducci said he took out 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.
Though he was broke, to save money he had to share a taxi ride with a mother and her child, “so he could save $2” after he arrived in Vegas he went from casino to casino to see who would accept the wager.
After being turned away by two casinos, before arriving at the one who 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.
As James Adducci watched Tiger Woods’ pursuit of history in the final round of the Masters he was a wreck, but he believed and finally won $1.2 million.
Woods won his fifth Masters title Sunday, overcoming personal and professional adversity to once more claim the green jacket.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has said he will present Tiger Woods with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for a civilian.