The Crazy Story Behind the $1.19M Tiger Wager: Winning Bettor Says It Was His First Sports Bet | The Action Network

James Adducci, a 39-year-old out of Wisconsin, is the man who shot William Hill’s sportsbook for $1.19 million after Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters.
Adducci told The Action Network’s Darren Rovell that he was 25,000 in debt only months before and funded the wager, in part, by selling some Amazon stock.
Adducci said it was his first sports bet and that he did not hedge.
It arrived in March to James Adducci out of nowhere.
Tiger Woods was likely to win the Masters.
What follows is a story comeback. No, it is even crazier. It does not even seem possible.
You see, William Hill has been paying out $1.19 million on Monday, the most the bookmaker’s U.S. branch has paid out on a single golf bet.
And it is paying it out into the 39-year-old Adducci, who states this was his first ever sports wager. He explained the only other bet he had put in his life had been with the now defunct site Tradesports that Arnold Schwarzenegger would win the 2003 recall election for California governor. Yes, Adducci stated he won that bet.
Hree different large Las Vegas sportsbooks confirmed independently they have no listing of Adducci ever placing a sports bet previously at their possessions.
Adducci said he didn’t understand how to place a bet and he surely did not have $85,000 on hand. Nevertheless last Tuesday afternoon, after the Wisconsin native took a trip to Vegas, he walked up to the desk in the sportsbook in the SLS Casino at Vegas and asked if he could get an $85,000 wager on Woods to win the Masters. (William Hill runs the sportsbook in the SLS, one of over 100 such locations for the company in Nevada.)
It had been the sportsbook Adducci said that afternoon he had visited. One sportsbook said was $4,000. Another, the Westgate, set the max at $10,000. He passed on both offers, hoping to place the lump sum down at the same book.

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