2018 Gambling Olympics: Over $5,000 Wagered on Impromptu Chugging Contest
- Day 2 of the Gambling Olympics has seen more than $10,000 wagered in side action.
- After dinner, Brandon Adams organized an unscheduled chugging contest in which he set the lines and served as the book.
- The first matchup was Scott the Three Donkeys Intern vs. BlackJack Fletcher. Although no one had seen Scott drink alcohol during the event, over $1,100 was placed on him, and he won in contested fashion.
On Day 1 of the Gambling Olympics, the participants eased into the event and put little side money into play. Aside from a $1,000 one-throw Rock-Paper-Scissors contest yesterday, there was no significant side action.
Today has been different. Jonathan Bales and Brandon Adams entered into a $7,000 multi-event prop, and the Bales-Adams Yahtzee championship game garnered over $6,000 in side action. The afternoon was littered with small but not inconsequential side bets related to overall performance and head-to-head matchups.
The action continued into the evening with a post-dinner chugging contest organized by Adams.
The Gambling Olympics house has a large marble-top bar, and after dinner Adams was in the mood to make use of it. He proposed a chugging contest. Here were his rules:
- He picked the matchups.
- He set the lines.
- He was the book.
- Minimum bets were $100; maximum, $500.
- After three bets on a side, he’d move the line 60 cents.
For the first matchup, he asked if there were any volunteers. He immediately got one.
Scott the Three Donkeys Intern.
Scott the Intern
Scott has a last name, but no one knows it. It might be “Intern.”
If you listen to The Three Donkeys podcast, you know that Scott is A) 6-foot-9 and B) basically the show’s producer. In fact, I’m right now suggesting that after his contributions to the Gambling Olympics, he be given the title “Scott the Producer.” Or maybe “Scott the Assistant Producer.” We don’t want him to get cocky with a fast promotion.
For the entirety of the Main Event, Scott has been responsible for scorekeeping, maintaining the standings, scheduling the events, ordering the food, etc. Bales, Peter Jennings and Adam Levitan might be the brains behind the Gambling Olympics, but Scott is the muscle. He’s the guy doing the tough work that needs to be done. He’s been tireless and focused. Whoever wins the Gambling Olympics, I hope he gives Scott a little tip. That’s all I’m saying.
Scott has been so dedicated to his position that, up until Adams suggested the chugging contest, Scott hadn’t even had a beer during the Main Event. So when he VOLUNTEERED for the chugging contest, the place erupted in cheers.
There was just one problem: One of us had to compete against him.
Scott vs. BlackJack
Adams picked BlackJack Fletcher, who’s a near-legendary consumer of alcohol. After sizing up the contestants for about 10 seconds, Adams made Scott +120 to win, and Bales immediately put $500 on him. Pete Manzinelli was second with $100. And Scott — SCOTT THE F—KING PRODUCER — was third with $100: #SkinInTheGame.
Adams moved the line on Scott to -140. It didn’t matter. Jennings put $280 on him, and I followed with $140.
In total, $1,120 was placed on Scott. There might’ve been $100 or so placed on BlackJack, but that doesn’t really matter, because — SPOILER ALERT — Scott won his matchup. Twice.
See for yourself.
— Peter Jennings (@CSURAM88) July 11, 2018
Even though his first chug with BlackJack was ruled a tie, he dominated with his second attempt, winning $1,140 for his backers.
Scott. The. Producer.
Bales’ $500 Bet
Why exactly did Bales place $500 on Scott? Here’s his rationale:
Scott is kind of quiet, but he volunteered to play, so he probably’s good and knows he can win, or he wouldn’t have come forward like that. And he’s big. He just looks like he can chug beer. And BlackJack doesn’t seem like a beer guy or a chugger. I’m not as confident on BlackJack, but I’m super confident on Scott. If I could bet $500,000 on him, I would.
Bales said that last sentence with a huge grin on his face, but he wasn’t joking. If Adams would’ve been willing to accept Bales’ action, he absolutely would’ve laid down half a million dollars.
Adams oversaw maybe another seven chugging matchups. None of them captured the excitement of the first one or generated as large of a handle, but overall more than $5,000 was wagered on the impromptu event before the second half of Day 2 kicked off.