Cash, Chips or Check? A Day in the Life of 2 Longshot Blues Bettors Collecting $150K
Darren Rovell. Pictured: Scott Berry
- Scott Berry and Brendan Chapel, two friends and St. Louis Blues fans, won a combined $150,000 (on just $600 in wagers) when their hometown team won the Stanley Cup.
- Darren Rovell tagged along on Tuesday as they flew from St. Louis to Vegas and collected their winnings.
LAS VEGAS — When you win $100,000 on a bet, how exactly do you collect it?
After weeks of turning down money to hedge out of his $400-to-win-$100,000 wager on the Blues to win the Stanley Cup, Scott Berry arrived in Vegas on Tuesday via a private plane with a wrestling style championship belt and his ticket.
The 31-year-old healthcare software salesman was flanked by his biggest supporters over the last couple of weeks, his Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother at Mizzou, Brendan Chapel, and his brother Tad, who lives with his family three doors down from Scott on the same cul de sac.
On Jan. 15, The Blues were 250-1 to win all. They had a record of 20-19-5 and had not shown much hope. But Berry was a crazy homer and thought he had gotten a steal with the odds on his $400 bet. So he went on the group text he has for the Dilly Dilly’s, the roller hockey team he plays on every Sunday, and sent a text to let people know it was 250-1 at the Paris Hotel.
It was 4:36 p.m. local time.
Chapel happened to be in town for work, as well. He saw the text. Three hours and three minutes later, Chapel was at the Paris sportsbook. He had settled on a $200 bet to net $50,000.
“My wife thought I was crazy and didn’t want me to bet,” Chapel said. “But then a beer or two in, you’re feeling pretty good for yourself.”
At the Paris, head bookmaker Bill Sattler wanted to know what the hell was going on. In his vast experience in Vegas, bettors wager on the longshots at the beginning of the season and rarely after that. Now two people have bet … the St. Louis Blues … in mid-January?
As the stories of Scott and Brendan became well known, so too did the people telling them to hedge. That includes loved ones.
“I wanted him to take the $17,000 early on when that was offered to him,” Tad, Scott’s brother, said. “If we did that and then they won, that wouldn’t be good.”
Chapel admitted he was freaking out. The two turned down $35,000 and $71,000, respectively, via PropSwap with the Blues up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Two excruciating, exhilarating games later, their blind faith paid off to the tune of $150,000 in winnings.
Chapel’s wife wanted the $35,000. So he made a deal with her: He gets to keep the $15,000 windfall to himself.
Now here they are, back in Vegas, after a quick flight from St. Louis on a private plane provided by Wheels Up.
Scott’s five-month-old ticket is fading. He protects it in a ziplock. Brendan has his in his wallet.
Sattler greets the duo as they enter The Paris.