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How betting $100 on the Indians’ 21-game streak could’ve made you a millionaire

For The Win logo For The Win 6 days ago Andrew Joseph

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It's always fun to look at improbable sports accomplishments and say, "If only I had bet on it, I'd be so rich!" Leicester City's 2015 Premier League title at 5,000-to-1 odds certainly comes to mind - that was easy money.

But let's say - in some crazy alternate reality - that you saw the Cleveland Indians' AL-record 21-game win streak coming and you decided to bet just $100 at the start. How much money would you have today? Well, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks, you'd be a millionaire.

Via the R.J. Bell, if some bettor had hypothetically placed a $100 bet on the Indians on Aug. 24 and let that bet ride through Sept. 13, this bettor would currently have $1,179,048. He broke down the bets in an incredible game-by-game chart.

The concept of "letting it ride" is basically an ongoing parlay. So while this bettor started with a $100 bet on Game 1, by Game 21, he or she would be putting $884,286 on the line. That would be a ridiculously risky - and borderline insane - thing to do when you started at $100. This bettor would risk losing out on everything with an Indians loss.

But, of course, hindsight never loses.

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