Gambling addictions can be downright awful for people suffering with it. We see these stories every year where somebody loses control and squanders away all of their life savings in various casinos, all while ruining their family and friendships along the way.
During the 2019 NFL season, the sports world was introduced to to a 23-year-old bettor and college kid named, Parley Patz. He ran into some extreme luck that netted him $672,000 on four parlays in three weeks.
Via Action Network:
“Last month, Patz hit a $1,800, 15-leg parlay for $239,000. This weekend, he hit a $7,000 13-leg parlay and won $333,000 when the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles.
When Patz turned 18 he says he opened an account offshore and bet $90 on Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao. He says he developed a big bankroll, took a break while in France for a year-and-a-half and came back and eventually lost it all.
About three years ago, he says he won a 12-team parlay and netted about $75,000, but it was on an illegal offshore site and only managed to get $12,000 out.
But it’s only recently that Patz landed on the radar of the sports betting world.
On Oct. 14, Patz says he bet $19,000 on the Packers moneyline. Green Bay won by one in regulation on a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired. “It really made me think about it,” Patz said. “Teams aren’t trying to cover, they are trying to win. And so it got me more comfortable with the moneyline.”
That’s when the run started.
On Oct. 27, Patz won $239,000. On Nov. 1, his $25,000 three-team parlay netted him $47,000. On Nov. 7, a $20,000 four-team parlay hit for $53,000. And then on Nov. 17, he won $333,000.”
These days, Ben Patz’s luck has run out as he has been charged with allegedly “threatening to carry out acts of violence against athletes and their families,” according to The Action Network, who cited U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.
U.S. Attorney Maria Lopez alleges that Patz used different social media accounts to send messages that were threatening athletes with rape and murder.
Patz lost $10,00 when he bet on the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, so he in turn sent a threatening message to New England Patriots stars Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
“The complaint also says that Patz sent a direct message to a Patriots player with the initials J.E. (likely Julian Edelman). “I’ll rape and murder your entire family.”
Patz also allegedly fired off a note to R.G. (likely Rob Gronkowski): “I will brutally rape and murder your family. … I will enter your home while you sleep and sever your neck open with a dull knife.”
His threats only got worse as he sent even more to professional and amateur athletes from various sports:
“On July 4, 2019, he sent an Instagram message to Toronto Blue Jays player F.G. (likely Freddy Galvis): “I will behead you n****r” and “I will gas your daughters and then sever their throats open with a dull knife.”
On July 20, 2019, an Instagram message allegedly from Patz threatened a player for the Tampa Bay Rays with initials C.R. (likely Chaz Roe): “Your family will be beheaded.”
That same day, a woman with the initials B.M. (likely Briana Miller), the girlfriend of a Atlanta Braves player with the initials J.D. (likely Josh Donaldson) got a message: “Your husband will be beheaded. I’ll enter your home while you sleep and end both of you.”
A week later, another Braves player with the initials M.F. (likely Max Fried) got messages from an account allegedly run by Patz: “I’ll behead you and your family. I’ll sever your neck open with a dull knife.”
Patz is facing up to five years in prison.