A Game 7 in the NHL Playoffs is one of the most exciting spectacles to watch in all of sports. But for one sports bettor in Missouri, there’s a lot riding on a big decision before the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues drop the puck before their pivotal Game 7 on Tuesday night.
In January, a gambler at the Paris Las Vegas sportsbook made a $400 futures bet on the Blues to win the Stanley Cup at 250/1 odds. He now has a chance to win a cool $100,000.
However, the temptation to hedge the bet has come into play. The bettor recently reached out to PropSwap.com, an online marketplace where bettors can buy and sell betting tickets, to test the waters on a sale of the ticket.
An offer of $12,000 came in on Monday but was declined. PropSwap told TheLines Tuesday morning that the bettor is still listening to offers.
A longshot bet and unlikely scenario
At the time the bet was made, a Cup bet on the Blues brought odds of 250/1.
While we don’t know the exact date, we’re confident that it happened early January when the team was struggling. The Blues were 17-20-4 after a 3-1 loss to Dallas at home on Jan. 8 and a playoff appearance seemed unlikely.
Four days later, however, the team returned the favor and beat Dallas on the road 3-1. St. Louis proceeded to put together an historic second half.
For those unfamiliar with the Blues’ run to the Stanley Cup playoffs, consider the following:
- The Blues were dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3.
- The team then went on a tear – finishing the second half of the season with a 30-10-5 record and 65 points. That was good for a 45-28-9 with 99 points by the season’s end.
- From Jan. 23 to Feb. 19, the Blues won a franchise record 11 straight games. That’s the longest win streak in the NHL this season, broken by the Stars in Dallas on Feb. 21.
- That second-half success helped the team finish third in the Western Conference, six points ahead of Dallas.
In other words, even having a futures wager on the Blues alive at this point was a massive longshot. By comparison, the Stars finished in the top wild card spot in the conference at 43-32-7 with 93 points.
The teams are closely matched. At FanDuel Sportsbook, the Blues are a -140 home favorite on Tuesday. Hanging on to that futures ticket presents a tough choice.
Deal or no deal?
So what’s a bettor to do? PropSwap enables these types of betting tickets to be listed for sale. If it sells, the bettor earns a guarantee of a nice payday without the risk of losing it all.
The buyer of the ticket, in turn, gets a futures bet at much longer odds than he would get that team now. St. Louis is around 5-1 to win the Stanley Cup.
One PropSwap buyer believed the Blues have a good shot to raise the Stanley Cup and was willing to pay $12,000 to win $100,000 – in essence, the buyer earns a bit over 8-1. But the seller is looking for more.
What would you do? Some nice money in the bank is always good. But there will certainly be some regret if the Blues go on to win the championship.
Whoever holds possession of the ticket on Tuesday night, both will have plenty of interest in Game 7.