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‘Mattress Mack’ Says Free Furniture … If The Astros Win The World Series

If you’re bullish on the Astros winning the World Series, there might be some free furniture in it for you.

Houston furniture magnate Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale announced that his retailer Gallery Furniture will fully refund customers who purchase $3,000 or more of mattresses, box foundations or adjustable bed bases – including the Tempur-Pedic brand – if the Astros win this year’s World Series.

“It’s a great way to re-engage with our loyal customers and attract new ones,” McIngvale said. “We’re thrilled to be able to host such a fun promotion for Houstonians and give them another reason to get excited about our Astros this season.”

The Astros began Thursday with a 31-16 record, the best in the major leagues. The team was famously picked by Sports Illustrated three years ago to win the 2017 World Series, with that prediction moved up one season in April 2016. Alas, they missed the playoffs last year after ending a 10-year postseason drought in 2015.

Customers can visit any Gallery Furniture location in the Greater Houston area and out-of-town customers across the continental U.S. can buy mattresses online at GalleryFurniture.com, with home delivery within seven days.

McIngvale is no stranger to betting on the Astros. In 2014, he refunded $4 million to customers after the team didn’t lose 100 games for the third consecutive season.

Last year, McIngvale offered refunds on purchases of $2,000 or more to those who correctly guessed which party would win the presidential election. That resulted in $10 million worth of refunds.

Mattress Mack reveals how he’s doing post surgery

He shared how he’s doing now, how he broke the news to his family and the future of Gallery Furniture

HUOSTON– Just days after Houston icon Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale left a Houston hospital he and and his children sat down with KPRC Local 2 anchor Dominique Sachse to talk about the top secret surgery that stunned Houston.

He shared how he’s doing now, how he broke the news to his family and the future of Gallery Furniture.

"How are you feeling?" asked Sachse.

"Good. I feel good," said McIngvale. He added, "I don’t have, I still have a little energy drain, but I’m working on that."

Less than one week after heart surgery, Mattress Mack is back at work. But, the man we’ve seen for decades jumping up and down on television commercials flashing wads of cash, is now just a bit more reserved.

"I had a couple mini strokes back in May," said McIngvale.

Mack’s family knew about the strokes, but only his wife knew he had a hole in his heart and needed surgery. He kept it from everyone else, including his children.

"He decided not to tell any of us. So we knew just as much as the public knew," said Liz, McIngvale’s daughter. She added, "He didn’t want to worry us, concern us."

"Tell me how you found out about the surgery and your thoughts," Sachse asked McIngvale’s son, James.

James recalled the moment for Sachse.

"He called me shortly after it and word for word he said, ‘James I just had heart surgery, post it on social media.’ I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘I just had heart surgery. Post it on social media.’ I said, ‘Hold on, you just had heart surgery?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, but everything is fine. You know I’m okay.’"

Just like that, the news broke to his children and like wildfire to the rest of Houston.

Mack was flooded with well-wishes.

"How does it feel knowing so many people in this town truly care about you?" Sachse asked McIngvale.

"Well it feels great, you know obviously the feeling is reciprocal," said McIngvale.

Mack leaned on his faith to help him through the surgery.

"If it weren’t for the grace of God I probably wouldn’t be here and when I was on the operating table the other day it kind of, the seriousness came to life when the surgeon said I’m going to have this knife right around your heart," said McIngvale.

Before his health scare McIngvale already lived a clean lifestyle.

"Tell me some of the things you’ve done to stay healthy?" Sachse asked.

"I only eat green vegetables and fish and chicken and that type of thing. I only drink water," said McIngvale. He added, "I try to work out a couple hours a day, four or five days a week. But now the doctor says I can’t workout for two weeks."

"What are some of the other things the doctors have suggested post surgery?" asked Sachse.

"Just work a little bit less and obviously sleep is very important. I’m big on sleep. I’ve got a good mattress!" said McIngvale.

As the baton passes what’s next for Mattress Mack, Gallery Furniture and his family?

"He still comes into work, he still greets people. He sits at the front desk. Is that something that he just plans to continue to do here on out?" Sachse asked Liz.

"You know, I wish I could pull him away a little bit just to give himself a breather. But, no I think he’ll do it until the day he dies," Liz said.

"So you can’t stop can you?" Sachse asked McIngvale.

"I love to work. Work is who I am. That’s what i like to do. So we’re going to keep going, and keep trying to delight our customers and make the business better for everybody," said McIngvale.

Why World Series Game 7 is a big night for ‘Mattress Mack’

"Mattress Mack" Jim McIngvale breaks down how much money he’s put into betting on the Astros and how big of a fan he is of the team. (2:32)

You may have heard or read about a mattress salesman from Texas who is making large bets on the Houston Astros to win the World Series on a seemingly daily basis (we hit on this here). Who is Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale? Why is he making such large wagers? And what is this about some sort of a refund?

Don’t worry, we have all the answers to your questions in this handy FAQ, setting up a big Game 7 for ‘Mattress Mack’ and the Astros.

Who is ‘Mattress Mack’?

Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale is the owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston. He ran a promotion this year offering to refund purchases of mattresses costing $3,000 or more, if the Astros won the World Series. McIngvale says sales spiked when the Astros picked up starting pitcher Zack Greinke at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and then again over Labor Day weekend, when Justin Verlander tossed a no-hitter.

In 2017, when the Astros won the franchise’s first World Series, a similar promotion cost Mattress Mack more than $13 million in refunds. Sources told ESPN that year that McIngvale went around Las Vegas, sportsbook to sportsbook, placing more than $1 million in bets on the Astros to win the World Series at around 3-2 odds. Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a thrilling seven-game series.

How much would he have to refund?

While his potential liability on the refunds is growing by the day, estimates are that it’s north of $20 million.

What has he done to offset the liability?

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McIngvale enlisted the help of two high-level gamblers from Las Vegas to find American bookmakers willing to take giant bets. With just a few days left in the regular season, and the Astros around +220 to win the World Series at most sportsbooks, "Mattress Mack" partnered with Anthony Curtis and Frank Betti, two well-known Las Vegas sharps, to scope out which places in Las Vegas and New Jersey will take the biggest bet at the best price. He hoped to get $10 million down on the Astros to win more than $20 million to help pay for mattress refunds.

On Oct. 1, he placed one of the largest bets ever taken by a U.S. bookmaker when he bet $3.5 million on the Astros to win the World Series at the DraftKings sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. At +220 odds, the wager would pay a net $7.7 million.

It is the largest single wager DraftKings has accepted. "If the Astros win tonight, it will stand currently as our biggest single bet payout ever," DraftKings chief revenue officer Matt Kalish told ESPN.

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale places his $3.5 million bet at the sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Courtesy of DraftKings

Did he make other large bets?

Two days later, McIngvale was in New Jersey to place another large wager on the Astros to win it all. He bet $1.5 million at the same +220 odds at the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands. The wager would win $3.3 million and is believed to be the largest legal online wager in the state’s brief sports betting history.

McIngvale also recently placed a $200,000 World Series bet on the Astros +250 at the South Point in Las Vegas and has additional wagers for undisclosed amounts with Nevada bookmakers Caesars, MGM, Treasure Island and Circa Sports.

On Thursday, The Action Network reported that he’s flying to Mississippi to place another $675,000 on the Astros to win Game 7.

How much has he bet overall?

While not even ‘Mattress Mack’ knows the exact amount he’s bet on individual games in the World Series, along with futures wagers on the Astros to win, he has at least $11.6 million in play.

What has he learned

"I normally don’t take private jets" McIngvale told ESPN. "But because of the fluidity of the situation — the Astros win the price goes down, the Astros lose the price goes up — I’ve got to be able turn on a dime and get back before the game starts. I’m dreading seeing my American Express bill with these jet charges."

Would he do this again?

"I’ve had a lot of fun doing it," McIngvale told ESPN. "You know, I’m a marketing guy, and we’ve got millions and millions of dollars in earned media. The people of Houston understand that I’m 100% on the Astros’ side, and I’m pulling for my customers. That’s why I’m doing this."

Was he able to get down as much as he wanted?

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Mattress Mack said he originally was aiming to bet around $10 million on the Astros, but as the odds shortened, the amount grew close to $14 million.

"I would say 90% of what we wanted to get down, we’ve got," he said.

Who is he taking to Game 7 tonight?

He is taking a group of 30 kids from Sunshine Kids, a charity dedicated to children with cancer, to the game.

How will he collect the money if the Astros win?

He expects casinos and sportsbooks to wire the money to him.

Does he have a financial sweat tonight?

"No, not much," he tells ESPN. "As these Vegas guys have told me, I bet with heart, not my wallet, which would be more conservative. So, I’m 100% in on the Astros. When I walk into Minute Maid Park, I take about 2,000 photographs with all our customers there. I want to win so I can give these free to customers."

Today’s Good News: Mattress Mack Coming Through for Houston Again

Updated: April 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

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ByJoe Bianca

In every crisis, it’s possible to find examples of kindness and generosity, of people reaching out to help total strangers out of the goodness of their heart. To focus attention on the many people in the industry who have stepped forward to help those who have been impacted by the coronavirus, the TDN has launched a series that we hope will put a smile on your face during these difficult times. We’ll do our best to bring you a little bit of good news every day.

As a man known for his magnanimity as much as he is for his local television commercials in the Houston area or owning champion sprinter Runhappy, it was no surprise to anyone to see Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale doing his part to help the less fortunate members of his community during the unfolding coronavirus crisis.

Tuesday, McIngvale posted a video on Twitter showing a drive-through area in the parking lot of his Gallery Furniture store where he and employees provided free grab-and-go meals and supplies for thousands of Houstonians. McIngvale has also been arranging for deliveries of food and supplies to the elderly, many of whom are quarantined or isolated because of their high risk for infection.

The tweet had over 3,000 retweets and 11,000 likes in a day, and the replies from the people of Houston were universally gushing. “Build this man a statue,” one said, “Mattress Mack is Houston’s Mother Theresa. Amazing man,” said another. It’s hard to argue, considering the philanthropic impact McIngvale has continually had in the United States’ fourth-largest city.

A heavy donor to charity, McIngvale hosts an annual Christmas giveaway and launched the country’s first Mobile Stroke Unit in conjunction with a local hospital. He gained widespread media attention for opening his stores to displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey in 2018 and did the same for those stranded by Tropical Storm Imelda last year. Now, he’s got the backs of a wide range of coronavirus victims, particularly the elderly and children.

“We asked our customers through email, what could we do to help during this very strange pandemic,” McInvgale said Wednesday. “They said, without a doubt, help the children and seniors. The problem with children is that they’re out of school and so many kids from low-income families depend on school to have lunch. Meanwhile the seniors are locked in and can’t easily get food or supplies on their own.”

With the help of donations from Gallery Furniture’s customers, McIngvale has so far by his estimate delivered prepackaged nonperishable food and toiletries to about 10,000 seniors. At his drive-through food pickup area, where mostly parents come by with children, McIngvale says they’ve helped around 3,000 people a day going on eight days now with scenes of cheerful children blow kisses to McIngvale through their car windows. He also hosted a blood drive last Friday with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at the same location.

“People are frightened, they’re scared, and thank God we can be a light in the darkness for these kids and put a smile on their faces,” McIngvale said.

As for how long McIngvale and his customers will keep this up, despite the unknown duration of the crisis, McIngvale said, “We’re going to keep doing it as long as the pandemic is going. Who knows how long that will be?”

While most of America focuses on the physical precautions that can be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, McIngvale is also helping people to manage the mental toll of the pandemic.

“You should follow all of the medical advice, avoid crowds, wash your hands, but other than that you should go ahead and lead your life as much as you can, because otherwise the anxiety will overwhelm you,” he said. “My daughter is a trained anxiety specialist and we’re doing a lot of work with that part of it, we have videos on our website to help people with that.”

Assisting in times of desperation and displacement has become synonymous with the name Mattress Mack, and he boils down his worldview into one simple call for action.

“A couple of months ago they had a Democratic debate, and the moderators asked the candidates what their life’s motto is,” McIngvale said. “I thought that was a great question. My life’s motto is we all have a responsibility to our community and to provide for those in need. I’m gonna do that until the day I die.”

Mattress Mack’s grab-and-go lunch station is located at the 6006 N. Freeway Gallery Furniture location in Houston. You can learn more about how to help Gallery Furniture’s community relief effortshere.

Mattress Mack loses at least $11.6 million in Astros bets

HOUSTON, Texas — While many Houston Astros fans must now recover from the heartbreaking loss to the Washington Nationals that ended their race for a second World Series title in three years, they likely aren’t out the millions of dollars Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale bet on the team.

In fact, Mattress Mack made history as he placed some huge bets on the Astros, including $3.5 million that ranked as the largest bet ever taken by a U.S. bookmaker at the DraftKings sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, ran a promotion this year offering to refund purchases of mattresses costing $3,000 or more, if the Astros won the World Series. McIngvale says sales spiked when the Astros picked up starting pitcher Zack Greinke at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and then again over Labor Day weekend, when Justin Verlander tossed a no-hitter.

In 2017, when the Astros won the franchise’s first World Series, a similar promotion cost Mattress Mack more than $13 million in refunds. Sources told ESPN that year that McIngvale went around Las Vegas, sportsbook to sportsbook, placing more than $1 million in bets on the Astros to win the World Series at around 3-2 odds. Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a thrilling seven-game series.

How much would he have had to refund?

While his potential liability on the refunds is growing by the day, estimates are that it’s north of $20 million.

What did he do to offset the liability?

McIngvale enlisted the help of two high-level gamblers from Las Vegas to find American bookmakers willing to take giant bets. With just a few days left in the regular season, and the Astros around +220 to win the World Series at most sportsbooks, "Mattress Mack" partnered with Anthony Curtis and Frank Betti, two well-known Las Vegas sharps, to scope out which places in Las Vegas and New Jersey will take the biggest bet at the best price. He hoped to get $10 million down on the Astros to win more than $20 million to help pay for mattress refunds.

On Oct. 1, he placed his $3.5 million bet on the Astros to win the World Series at the DraftKings sportsbook. At +220 odds, the wager would pay a net $7.7 million.

If the Astros had won Wednesday night, it would have become DraftKings’ biggest single bet payout ever, chief revenue officer Matt Kalish told ESPN.

On Oct. 3, McIngvale was in New Jersey to place another large wager on the Astros to win it all. He bet $1.5 million at the same +220 odds at the FanDuel Sportsbook at The Meadowlands. The wager would have won $3.3 million and is believed to be the largest legal online wager in the state’s brief sports betting history.

McIngvale also placed a $200,000 World Series bet on the Astros +250 at the South Point in Las Vegas and had additional wagers for undisclosed amounts with Nevada bookmakers Caesars, MGM, Treasure Island and Circa Sports.

On Thursday, The Action Network reported that he flew to Mississippi to place another $675,000 on the Astros to win Game 7.

How much did he bet overall?

While not even ‘Mattress Mack’ knows the exact amount he’s bet on individual games in the World Series, along with futures wagers on the Astros to win, he had at least $11.6 million in play.

What has he learned

"I normally don’t take private jets" McIngvale told ESPN. "But because of the fluidity of the situation — the Astros win the price goes down, the Astros lose the price goes up — I’ve got to be able turn on a dime and get back before the game starts. I’m dreading seeing my American Express bill with these jet charges."

Would he do this again?

"I’ve had a lot of fun doing it,"McIngvale told ESPN. "You know, I’m a marketing guy, and we’ve got millions and millions of dollars in earned media. The people of Houston understand that I’m 100% on the Astros’ side, and I’m pulling for my customers. That’s why I’m doing this."

Was he able to get down as much as he wanted?

Mattress Mack said he originally was aiming to bet around $10 million on the Astros, but as the odds shortened, the amount grew close to $14 million.

"I would say 90% of what we wanted to get down, we’ve got," he said.

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