Houston’s Mattress Mack loses between $12-14 million on Astros bet

Houston furniture mogul Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale estimates that he lost about $13 million on his bet that the Houston Astros would win the World Series. McIngvale had been running promotions for Houstonians that if customers spent more than $3,000 on certain mattress purchases they’d receive a full refund if the Astros won the World Series.

If the Astros had won, his gambling winnings would have covered the cost of the promotion.

“I didn’t break even,” he told reporters. “My heart is broken, because I’m an Astros [fan]. I don’t bet with my wallet, I bet with my heart and the city’s heart is broken.”

He bet $5 million at the beginning of the playoffs and placed more large bets at casinos around the country as the Astros made their run.

McIngvale made a total of $6.2 million in bets at the Scarlet Pearl Casino in Mississippi — including $700,000 before Wednesday’s game.

McIngvale said he loves the Astros and is proud of the team.

“It was a great season for the Astros and somebody asked me if I would do it again tomorrow and the answer is: in a New York minute,” he said.

“The ball didn’t bounce our way. Kudos to the Nats, they played a great series and have a great team,” McIngvale, 68, said. “The Astros are a great team and had a great series. One team had to win and one team had to lose. It had to be us, but we will live to play another day.”



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