For Daniel DaSilva, the already tense twists of March Madness have proved even more gut-wrenching.
In February, the 36-year-old Las Vegas resident placed two $200 wagers on long-shot Syracuse to win the NCAA men's basketball championship. Syracuse snuck into the tournament as a 10th seed, only to win four straight games and reach the national semifinal.
If the Orange pulls out two more victories on Saturday and Monday, DaSilva stands to make a windfall. The tickets, at 300-to-1 odds and 250-to-1 odds, respectively, would pay out a profit of about $110,000.