Biggest Betting Payouts in Baseball

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It’s one of the most popular sports in the USA, and with that, baseball is often the subject of betting. Spectators and fans of baseball enjoy adding a bit of extra spice to proceedings by placing a wager here and there. And while winning massive amounts is uncommon, there have been plenty of occasions where it’s happened, with punters taking home big wads of cash.

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$14 million

It’s up to the winner of a significant cash return to decide whether or not to go public, and we can see why this individual chose not to as they scooped a mind-boggling $14 million when they correctly predicted the result of a 2017 clash between the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros. The lucky recipient is believed to hail from Eastern Europe and must have wagered a considerable amount to pocket such an outrageous return.

$2.5 million

Turn the clock back to 2015, and you will find the moment when Vegas Dave had a feeling that the Kansas City Royals would run out as the winners of the World Series. This tournament is covered by all the biggest bookmakers in the world, including Bwin, a brand that started off in Europe. Anyways, Vegas Dave’s belief was that strong, he wagered $140,000 on it being the outcome, and when his hunch turned out to be correct, it saw him receive a payout of $2.5 million. The gentleman also backed Holly Holm to beat Ronda Rousey in a UFC clash in the same year, pocketing an additional $200,000.


It may not be the biggest haul on the list, but it’s the most recent. In March, an insightful bettor decided to lump $30,000 on Shohei Ohtani to be named the MVP. And, believe it or not, at odds of 30/1, the bet has come in after Ohtani picked up the accolade. The result was unanimous, and it’s reported to be the most significant loss the MVP betting market has ever seen, with a Caesars Sportsbook due to approve the payout shortly. It’s thought that many others jumped on the odds, that were 60/1 at one point, but with smaller stakes.


We have another anonymous winner, and this time to the tune of $375,000, a life-changing sum of money to most people. The gambler, who withheld their name, was clever with how they bagged the prize, as it came via two $250 bets. St Louis to win the National League was bet one, and the second was for the Cardinals to be crowned winners of the World Series. We’re sure 2011 lives long in the memory for this punter and for MGM, who took the bet in Vegas.

So, as you can see, while you may not see prizes of these sizes won regularly, they are up for grabs if a bettor has luck on their side, even in 2021, as the MVP bet shows. Betting on markets such as who will win the MVP or the World Series is arguably the way to go, and small stakes can lead to massive returns.

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