For most sports betting is nothing more than entertainment; a way to make an already exciting match even more exciting. But then there are sports betting stories that almost defy belief. Yes, sports betting is indeed entertainment, but it can also be a way for a lucky punter to turn a handful of cash into a new life.
These sports betting stories, although seeming outrageous, really did happen.
Jerry Emer Strikes It Lucky
Jerry Emer, otherwise known as @Paranormal_Bass on Twitter, drew attention for an incredibly lucky win in 2021. In Week 7 of the NFL Emer was down on his luck, reportedly down to his last $100. He decided to put the whole amount on the Eagles. Though, a win by the team looked unlikely.
By the end of a 5 leg parlay, in which the Eagles managed to storm to an unbelievable win, Emer turned his last $100 into $46,430. He got incredibly lucky, but that didn’t stop his Twitter account from going from 1,800 followers to 14,500.
Less Luck, More Research
While Emer got lucky, Thomas Martinez got rich using old fashioned hard work. Martinez, otherwise known as Humble Beast, raked in $78,000 using a betting formula. His first bet was on Rockets player Kenyon Marty Jr, who Martinez predicted would score 25+ points in a match against the Bucks. The bet won, bringing in $4,000.
But, importantly, Martinez is quick to explain that what he’s doing isn’t luck. He has made it clear that his formula is far more than simply looking at the latest NFL predictions, and then putting down a few bets. What the actual formula involves is unknown, since Martinez now makes a living selling picks to clients.
A Parlay Phenomenon
Marco Piemonte is a sports betting legend. Referred to as either Marco Parlay, or Million Dollar Marco, the car dealer has pulled off several unbelievable bets. In fact, in the course of just a single year, he has forced online sportsbook PointsBet to be very hesitant about accepting his bets. Why? Because Million Dollar Marco turned $65,000 into $2.9 million, then that $2.9 million into 8 million. All in the space of a single year.
According to Piemonte, there aren’t any secrets to his insane parlay bets. He explains simply that his father, a financial manager, taught him about smart investments at a very young age.
A Lucky Win Turned Twitter Community
The story of Kenny McAndress is perhaps the most interesting of all. McAndress put a simple $40 bet on a fairly standard matchup between the Hawks and the Bulls. Only, defying the odds, he managed to nail the Same Game Parlay, turning the $40 into $47,735.
McAndress didn’t claim anything other than luck. Even still, the win did transform his Twitter account into a bonafide nightly streaming community. As his Twitter followers increased, he introduced The Moonshot, a nightly stream that discusses the latest betting opportunities.
The stream gets hundreds of regular viewers. So, not only did McAndress score big, but he now also has his own popular streaming show.