Novice Bettor Has $318K Riding on Chase Elliott/Webb Simpson Parlay


Getty Images. Pictured: Chase Elliott and Webb Simpson

If Chase Elliott wins NASCAR’s Geico 500 at the Talladega Motorspeedway, bettor Shea Curran will have won more than 300 times the money he put in.

The 32-year-old sports bettor from Colorado bet on a Elliott/Webb Simpson to win parlay in each of the last two weeks.

Last week, Simpson didn’t make the cut at The Colonial, but Elliott was a Joey Logano swipe short of winning.

This week, Simpson won the RBC Heritage after entering the tournament just shy of 30-1. And Elliott is the favorite for the postponed Geico 500, which begins Monday at 3 p.m. ET. The parlay pays out north of 300-1.

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On June 15, Curran used a free $20 wager on his DraftKings account to bet Simpson and Elliott to win. A day later, he wagered $7.70 on the combination and, later that night came the kahuna — a $1,003.23 bet on the golf/NASCAR combination.

If Elliott wins the race today, Curran’s wallet is $318,948.30 larger.

DraftKings is offering $22,031.25 for him to cash out.

“I don’t come from money and that’s what is making me ride this out,” Curran told The Action Network. “But they make it pretty tempting to cash out. I mean you could just click that button!”

It’s even more tempting considering Curran lost his job at a startup that ran out of money in February. He went to Vegas with his girlfriend in March and won $5,000 at the roulette table. That became his piggy bank when Colorado launched sports gambling in May.

Curran says he’s not a big fan of golf or NASCAR and has never been to any events in those sports live, but began studying up and arrived on his favorites of Elliott and Simpson.

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Curran’s Sunday was not as eventful as you would think. After having one too many, he took a nap when Simpson had made the turn, thinking Simpson, who was -2 under the day, didn’t have much of a chance to win.

When he woke up, Simpson was in the driver’s seat, having birdied 15, 16 and 17 to take sole possession of the lead.

“When we won, I told my girlfriend that I felt super confident and I was going to ride it out,” Curran said. “She gave me a look, but she’s with me.”

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