From time to time a story comes along about someone actually taking it to the casinos, winning loads of money against all odds, smiling in the face of a stacked deck.
This week, there could be two. Depending on the results of a couple of baseball games.
* If you’re a fan of longshots, you’ve got to root for the St. Louis Cardinals to come back and win the World Series. It’ll net one devoted schlub a quarter-million dollars.
The fan, who wasn’t identified in the story I read, decided back in mid-September — when it seemed like the Cardinals had no shot of even making the playoffs, let alone going all the way — to put down $250 apiece on bets that St. Louis would win the National League Championship and then the World Series.
At the time Las Vegas’ MGM Grand listed the odds of those occurrences at 500- and 999-to-1.
Well since St. Louis is in the World Series, that means the fan already cleared $125,000 from that bet, and can pocket another $250K if the Cardinals can win games six and seven against the Texas Rangers.
* As if those odds weren’t unfathomable, even more amazing was the news that someone actually hit the $1 million 6-Card Bonus that Caesar’s Entertainment has attached to the carnival table game Three-Card Poker.
Yes, I know: a six-card bonus in a three-card game? Trust me, it can happen.
But to get this, you have to get a royal flush from ace down to nine, and have it be in diamonds. Which, apparently, someone got on Sunday at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, NJ.