A GAMBLING genius has won £240,000 – after cashing out his seven-team accumulator moments before France’s World Cup final defeat.
American Daniel Forte had backed Les Bleus to lift the trophy as part of a £21 bet he placed in March.
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He also tipped AC Milan to win Serie A, and Los Angeles FC to lift the MLS Cup.
Other spot-on selections included Golden State Warriors to win the NBA finals, Colorado Avalanche to win Ice Hockey’s Stanley Cup and Kansas to win the NCAA basketball tournament.
Forte stood to win $557,770 – £457,738 – if France completed the final leg of his acca with odds of 21,453-1.
But in an inspired decision, he opted to cash out for $283,583 – £240,000 – just hours before Didier Deschamps’ men lost on penalties to Argentina.
Which is a result that would have left the Nevada-based punter with nothing.
Forte said: “Thank God I cashed out.
“I’d be leaving on a stretcher with a heart attack otherwise.
“There was a lot of thought and a lot of talking to my family.
“We decided to take the £283K cashout, and change my life.”
Forte had to make an emergency 700-mile drive from Las Vegas to Arizona to cash out in time – as his app with online sportsbook FanDuel did not work in Nevada.