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Inspiration4 commander Jared Isaacman places first-ever sports bet from space

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In space no one can hear you scream…..when one team in your 10-leg accumulator lets you down, though it looks as though sports betting has finally made it to the final frontier.

In a historic move, SpaceX’s Inspirtaion4 commander Jared Isaacman placed the first-ever sports bets from space last week when he wagered twice on the NFL with BetMGM Sportsbook.

The tech billionaire – who paid for the Earth-orbiting mission – trawled his way through the markets and lines on BetMGM while spinning weightlessly through various celestial bodies, proving that sports betting can be universally fun.

“This is a truly historic moment. Thanks to Shift4 Payments for the incredible honor of asking BetMGM to participate,” BetMGM chief revenue officer Matt Prevost said in a company statement. (Isaacman is founder and CEO of Shift4, a payment-processing company.)

Via a proxy bettor, Isaacman bet $4,000 that the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team would score at least 41 combined points during their game Thursday night, and another $4,000 on the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl this season.

Isaacman was able to thank the stars when the first bet landed, netting more than £3,600 when Washington beat the Giants 30-29. However, the Eagles aren’t expected to make a push for the Super Bowl this year and his second bet was considered a longshot from a long way away.

In fact, Isaacman got 66-to-1 odds on the Eagles, meaning he’ll collect $264,000 if the Eagles win it all.

It’s worth noting that Isaacman isn’t keeping any of the winnings for himself however. All of the proceeds with go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Indeed, the Inspiration4 mission aims to raise $200 million for the hospital, and Isaacman has already pledged $100 million of his own money toward this worthy cause, while BetMGM has also donated $25,000 to St. Jude.

“On top of the excitement of bets being made from space, we’re even more thrilled to be able to contribute and raise awareness for a great cause in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” Prevost said.

Inspiration4 is the first all-private mission to orbit the Earth. Isaacman and his three crewmates — Hayley Arceneaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski — launched on Wednesday night (Sept. 15) aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and they are scheduled to return to Earth on Saturday (Sept. 18).








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