No matter how outrageous an outcome seems to be, you’ll find a crazy person who bet it would happen. Often gamblers find themselves pandering to their own crazy understanding of chance, casting wagers which many might consider strange, impossible or often, a complete waste of money. Sometimes however, the stars do align, the bet pays off and it pays off well!
The Cliff Richard Bet
In 1989, one crazy Welshman claimed one the biggest payouts in betting history by placing a bet on almost entirely unrelated events. The anonymous individual placed an accumulator bet that included the prediction that Cliff Richard would be knighted before the year 2000. He also predicted that U2 would stay together and continue to release music until after the millennium and that the popular series Eastenders and Neighbours would continue to be part of the BBC schedule past midnight on the turn of the century.
The odds on this ludicrous bet were 6,479/1. The man paid a mere £30 for the bet and 11 years later he walked away with a payout of £194,400!
Xabi’s Incredible Goal
The year was 2006. A mad English football fan decided that it would be a good idea to bet £200 on 125-1 odds that Xabi Alonso, defensive midfielder for Liverpool, would score a goal from his own half during the season. The bookies were supremely confident that such an event would never happen. Unfortunately for them, Alonso scored against Luton Town from his own half earning the fan £25,000.
You can view the incredible goal above.
Life Savings on Red
Honestly, one of the craziest bets I’ve ever heard of tells the story of a young Brit, Ashley Revell, who travelled to Las Vegas and bet everything he owned and his life savings ($135,300) at the Roulette table. Apparently, Revell originally placed his bet on black with wide-eyed spectators speechless. At the final moment however, he moved his bet to red and doubled his money. With his winnings in his pocket, Revell returned to England to start up his own Internet poker site (after providing the dealer a healthy tip of course).
A Bet for a Bite
A Norwegian gambling website offered 175-1 odds that Suarez, famed football striker, wouldn’t be able to help himself from having a bite out of an opposing player during the 201 World Cup in Brazil. Suarez, who had already committed such an offence twice before, decided that dessert was definitely on the table that year and subsequently made 100 Norwegians much richer.
Some Breasts for a Bet
Toronto oddball Brian Zembic won a staggering $100,000 when he bet that he would get and keep breast implants for an entire year. It was 1997 when this bet was made and Brian is still enjoying his lovely bosom to this day. Brian has also one some other strange bets including $15,000 to live in a men’s bathroom for an entire month.
An Omen of Impossible Odds
Judy Higby had a premonition. She believed that the Grand National would not run in that year, being 1993. The bookmakers laughed off her attempted bet, saying that such an occurrence was impossible, refusing to take he bet. Needless to say, the bookies were heaving massive sighs of relief after the race was indeed cancelled that year after a series of false starts.
Now, as fun as it can be to bet on outrageous things, your chances of winning like some of the people above is probably slim. If it were me, I’d know that both my chances of winning and having some fun would be much better relaxing and playing over 700 games at Red Flush Casino. At least there I don’t need breast implants to win!