Imagine getting a $25 free bet from the BetMGM sportsbook. It's not uncommon. It happens to thousands upon thousands of bettors every week in the USA. Now imagine taking an epic swing for the fences bet by using that $25 to predict the outcome of all 16 NFL games this past week for a payout of $727,000.
Now, if you can, imagine hitting 15 of the 16 bets accurately with only one contest left to go. The result you're waiting on? The Detroit Lions to defeat the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football in Lambeau Field. That's right: those Detroit Lions. The same team that was the first to go 0-16 in a season. The team that hasn't won a championship in 64 years. The losers who haven't won a playoff game since 1991 (when the first Bush was president).
Imagine that pain. Knowing you're going to lose out on all that money because you're pinning your hopes on a team whose odds of winning are worse than my loser brother-in-law finding and maintaining a job.
Then imagine the Lions getting molly whopped on national TV by the score of 35-17 due to a second-half collapse. All while the rest of the world knows your bet status. Why not take an early cash out? Well, you can't.
Because this was a $25 free bet, BetMGM doesn't allow early cash outs on wagers. You were all in, and now you're all out. That's pain. That's humiliation.
Thankfully, BetMGM stepped up to the plate and saved that gambler from a life of regret.
The gambler was given a $133,000 cash out after the fact, as what would have been his option had he wagered real money. No doubt sensing the good publicity, BetMGM stepped up and made the right call. The amount the punter won is pre-tax, but even still, it's better than nothing.
For those curious, the bets the gambler took this past weekend were as follows:
As of press time we didn't have a comment from BetMGM, but kudos to them for stepping up and helping a player that was no doubt feeling like he was being kicked in the nuts for two hours straight on Monday.