There aren't many people who can truly say they saw Texas State's stunning upset over Houston coming, but one of them lives in Las Vegas, and he's 120,000 richer because of it.
The William Hill Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas says a man placed a 2,000 bet on Texas State to beat Houston outright at 60-1 odds, earning him a payout of 120,000. Texas State, which was playing its first game as a member of the Bowl Subdivision, was a 34-point underdog. It was just the seventh 30-point underdog to win a game outright since 1980 according to RJ Bell, the founder of the sports betting Web site Pregame.com.
"When you turn a toothpick into a lumber mill," said William Hill bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro, "there's nothing wrong with that."
Vaccaro wouldn't reveal the big winner's identity, but said it was a customer he has known for more than 20 years -- one with a history of taking these kinds of long shots. He once beat Vaccaro for 220,000 on a fou...