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Man shrugs off $10K loss on Rivers Casino's first sports bet

Jamie Martines
| Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, 5:51 p.m.
Gamblers place bets on various sports at Rivers Casino, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 after the North Shore casino’s sports book went live.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Gamblers place bets on various sports at Rivers Casino, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 after the North Shore casino’s sports book went live.

David Eldridge didn’t empty his piggy bank to place a $10,000 bet in favor of the New England Patriots ahead of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That helps explain why Eldridge, 38, of Gibsonia, didn’t appear to be fazed following the Pats’ 17-10 loss.

“That wasn’t even my largest gambling endeavor,” said Eldridge, who was one of five Pittsburgh-area residents to place the first legal sports bets in Pittsburgh last Thursday during the grand opening of the Rivers Casino sports book.

Eldridge, an entrepreneur who said he got his start with Verizon franchises, isn’t a professional gambler but he’s had some success playing poker and other games.

About $1.3 million worth of success, he said.

“It’s just a hobby. I just love to play poker, I love poker tournaments,” he said.

Eldridge, who insists he’s a Steelers fan despite betting against the home team, said he’s happy the Steelers won. His personal loss isn’t going to keep him away from the sports book either.

“Hoping I can recoup 25 bucks or so by selling the ‘first sports bet ticket at Rivers Casino’ on eBay,” he tweeted Monday.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, jmartines@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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