From $600 to $105K: Meet the ‘Playoff Philanthropist’ Who’s Letting It All Ride on Philly

Jan 13, 2019 06:30 AM EST

USA Today Sports. Nick Foles, unidentified bettor

  • A bettor with the pseudonym "Playoff Philanthropist" turned $600 worth of Week 15 bets into $105,000 that he's now betting all on the Eagles.
  • Darren Rovell talks to the anonymous bettor about how they turned such a quick profit and why they're going all-in on Philly.

The ticket was shared by the most random of sources: Chef Andrew Zimmern.

After the Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on the “Double Doink” in last weekend’s wild-card matchup, Zimmern shared a ticket placed by someone he called the “Playoff Philanthropist.”

It was for the Divisional Round: A money line bet on the serious underdog Eagles to beat the New Orleans Saints on the road this Sunday.

The bet? $105,000 to win $441,000.

Zimmern said that this “Playoff Philanthropist” started with $600 in Week 15 on the Eagles and kept rolling it over. That yielded the $105,000 to bet this week.

Something wasn’t right. There’s no way that turned into that much money that quickly.

So we went to the Aria in Las Vegas, where the ticket was written. We wanted to know if it was authentic and if the people behind the counter could call the bettor and ask him or her if they were willing to talk to us.

No dice.

“We can’t even make that connection,” the guy behind the counter said. “We’ve lost customers that way.”

Well, we worked the phones enough that a couple hours later, we got a call. It was from the “Playoff Philanthropist.”

Darren: We know you don’t want to use your name, but how did you get here?

Playoff Philanthropist: Grew up in Queens, been gambling since I was 10…

Darren: Let’s speed it up. How did you become the “Playoff Philanthropist?”