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Wisconsin Man Pockets $1.2 Million on Tiger Woods’ Masters Victory

May 08, 2019

A Wisconsin resident won $1.19 million U.S. after betting on Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters, reported William Hill U.S.

American professional golfer Tiger Woods, who hadn’t won a major golf tournament in 11 years – due to personal problems and a string of back surgeries that posed a threat to his professional career – pulled out a victory at the 2019 Masters Tournament and took home a $2.07 million paycheck.

On April 9, James Adduci of Wisconsin wagered $85,000 on Tiger to win the Masters Tournament. The bet was made at one of William Hill’s Nevada sportsbooks at 14/1 odds.

On Monday, William Hill congratulated James Adducci on a “legendary” win.  

“James won $1,190,000 when Tiger Woods was victorious in the 2019 Masters Tournament,” tweeted the bookmaker.

The punter’s win marks the largest payout on golf in William Hill’s history.

Following the staggering win, 39-year-old self-employed day trader Adduci told Golf Digest that he took a plane from Wisconsin to Las Vegas earlier in the week to place his first-ever bet on sports. Adduci said that $85,000 was “everything I had that I could afford to lose.”

Shortly after the gambler’s betting triumph, Fox News reported that Adducci had been thousands of dollars in debt in addition to a house mortgage, two student loans and two car loans.

The 39-year-old carried the cash from Wisconsin to Las Vegas in a backpack bought at a local store. “I felt sick, knowing that I had $85,000 in my backpack,” said Adducci.

Adducci had attempted to place the bet at two other casinos in Nevada before it was eventually accepted at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Wednesday. Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill, earlier told The Action Network that he had to approve the wager with his boss, William Hill Ceo Joe Asher.

“When we were approached with this bet, it was above my pay grade, so I had to go to my boss,” said Bogdanovich. “Because we have such a large Masters pool this year, we decided to take it,” he added.

Tiger’s odds fell from 14-1 to 10-1 after the bookmaker accepted the bet.  

Sportsbook FanDuel reported on April 14 that Tiger’s “big” win was a $3 million windfall for FanDuel users.

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