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Covers member could win $20,000 if Cardinals win NL Pennant

On September 6, the St. Louis Cardinals were 8.5 games out of the National League Wildcard. Most considered them dead, including Las Vegas sports books.

“St. Louis is one team we don’t want to see make the postseason,” MGM Mirage sportsbook manager Jeff Stoneback told Covers.com in September. “It looked like they were dead in the water a little while ago. We had them at 500-to-1 (to win the World Series) and we took some bets on them there. They’re the one team we’ll be rooting against for sure.”

After stunning the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cardinals open the National League Championship Series in Milwaukee Sunday and will have one 19-year-old college student pulling for them more than most.

On Sept. 8, Covers member Idothis dropped $50 on the Cards to win the National League pennant at 400-to-1 odds. He’s now in position to win $20,000 if St. Louis beats the Brewers.

“Never over ‘till it’s over,” said Idothis, who asked to be referred to by just his first name, Brent, after communicating with Covers.com.

Before placing the wager, Brent posted this thread, asking Covers forum cappers for their opinion on his wager. Hilarity ensued, as people lined up to blast his decision.

“All i can say is WOW!!!! I know stranger things have happened but that is literally throwing $50 bucks away....  Your money would be better spent putting 50 bucks on a Super Bowl matchup future than to put it on the Cardinals to win the NL when they won’t even make the playoffs,” one critic posted.

Fortunately, Brent didn’t listen. After analyzing the Cardinals’ remaining schedule, he placed the wager that now has him in position to lock in some profit by hedging.

It wasn’t a smooth ride and you can read the dejection in Brent’s post after the Cardinals dropped back-to-back games to the Mets and Cubs in the last week of the regular season.

“Last 2 losses were a dagger. No way STL goes 5-0 and ATL at least 2-3. Not with that awful-ass bullpen. It was worth the run though!” he posted Sept. 23.

Two weeks later, Brent is hoping that “awful-ass bullpen” can shut down the Brewers.

The Brewers opened as -137 favorites in the series over the Cardinals.

Editor's note: Covers.com has confirmed Idothis' ticket visually.

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Posted by wackycracker
2 years ago

Kick their ass brent----good luck
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Posted by lockofweek11
2 years ago

hope you win it all!
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Posted by Thin2Win
2 years ago

Just posted in the original thread on this but he is already down $4250 on this bet thanks to a couple failed hedges in the PHI-STL series....from everything I'm looking at now unless STL wins this series or it goes 7 games this bet could turn out to be a big loser....Obviously I'll be pulling for the Cardinals for this guys sake but I really think you should put the whole story out there if this is going to be a front page story...
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Good post and appreciate the update. Story is probably going to evolve game-by-game, and it would be devastating if his hedge went awry.
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Posted by Thin2Win
2 years ago

Thanks....would hate for the headline to change to: "Covers member loses 5-10k on a $50 futures bet".....although THAT would be one hell of a story.
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Posted by BillyO
2 years ago

have to cheer for the Cards - good luck my gambling brother.........
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Posted by trendon
2 years ago

The thread is the best part about this story. The arrogance and belligerence of people - who, by and large, have no more or less a fucking clue than anyone else, including this guy - is hilarious.
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Posted by golfgodks
2 years ago

you should of put 500 on it not 50 lol............i like your chances
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
2 years ago

Got to toss $5,000 on Brewers to guarantee some kind of decent return no? I mean $50 at risk....$5000 makes you a $4k winner (depending on price, maybe wait for Cardinals first win of series) or $16k winner....no brainer I think.
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Posted by boombaladi
2 years ago

great stuff! good luck brother....
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Posted by capone36
2 years ago

Im placing a $500 bet on the Cowboys game next week!!!!!!!
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Posted by capone36
2 years ago

good luck on the baseball bet hella story I hope the Cards win it fo ya again good luck
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Just to clarify, and I will add this to the story, Covers.com has visual evidence of the ticket. The MGM Mirage was offering the Cards at 500/1 to win the World Series around the same time, so 400/1 to win the NL was an appropriate number. Good luck to Idothis.
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Posted by 992life
2 years ago

I don't even give a shit about baseball. but i will be hoping for the cards to win. GO BABY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Idothis
2 years ago

Thanks to everyone who's pulling with me! As far as the haters go, shrug em off and count your money. I have the ticket so there's no phony shit on my end. It's all good Cdub lol lets beat the books!
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Posted by _keyser_soze_
2 years ago

Love haters like BluePhin who has nothing better to do but whine. He bet with his LOCAL from what I've read, and if Bluephinn knew anything at ALL about gambling he/she would know that locals have lines that differ a LOT. AND he started the thread when the Cards were well behind. For $50.
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Posted by jfig2299
2 years ago

I bought a powerball ticket yesterday. I could win 80 million.....wanna write a story about it?
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

Have you been able to hedge that powerball ticket?
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Posted by IlliniBill
2 years ago

I'm pulling for ya man!!
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Posted by ljm0926
2 years ago

Good luck! i think you hit it! I got st louis and texas in the world series! with Texas winning the chip! gl
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Posted by bluephinn
2 years ago

Dispute those odds..Typo and 40/1 perhaps, however 400/1 to win the NL pennant is a lie..I could not find any where near those odds and I looked when the Cards were 10 games behind....Pull the other one whilst maintaining such high journalistic integrity...
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

I have seen the ticket.
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Posted by Cdub03
2 years ago

I wonder who was that critic that said he had no chance???? LOL.... At least i got a quote in a covers article.... Rooting with him now along with most im sure..... The gambler in me is hoping he hits it... We are all here to make that almighty dollar... The "critic" in me hopes he does hit it because if my figuring out numbers is right, if they don't win the series he will be in the hole from hedging the wager.... This series starting Sunday will be the "first" time to hedge to actually make guaranteed profit..... BOL to I Do This!!!!
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

lol .. that would be awful if his hedge was inaccurate.
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Posted by cjl
2 years ago

If Carpenter pitches like he did in gm. #5 . you are 1 sep closer to 20 g
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Posted by David_Payne
2 years ago

"Hedging is to bet the other side when you have a big future wager that gets closed to cashing. For example, Brent bet some money on the Brewers in the series. That way, no matter who wins he is guaranteed to make a profit."