A Las Vegas gambler won nearly $2.5 million when the Royals won the World Series.
According to the Sporting News, “Dave Oancea, a Hawaii native and Las Vegas resident,” bet $100,000 total on the Royals to win the World Series at various casinos and sports books before the start of the baseball season.
He got as high as 30-1 odds at a few places and cashed in nearly $2.5 million when the Royals defeated the Mets last Sunday. Oancea posted photos of all of his winning tickets on this website.
“Futures is where the money’s at,” said Oancea, who said he won futures bets on the Ravens to win the 2012 Super Bowl and the Red Sox to win the World Series in 2013. “You just have to be patient. Nobody has the balls.”
He reportedly spread his bets around at “eight to 10 different sports books,” and John Avello, the “vice president of race and sports at The Wynn,” told the Sporting News that Oancea’s winnings are “legit” and his sports book “lost money when the Royals won the championship.”