Every sports fan has predictions and guesses – who will get that goal, which team will win it all, when will a certain player come back from his injury. It’s part of what makes it fun to watch – trying to see if you can predict what will happen next. Given the fun of guessing who will win a match (or – to examine one of the weirdest popular Super Bowl Bets – guess what color Gatorade there will be at the big game) it’s really not surprising that sports bets are very popular with sports fans.
Some sports bets are just old fashioned fun between friends – perhaps your favorite team is playing against your friend’s favorite team and you’ve decided that the loser has to buy the next round of beer. More official sports bets generally require you to put your money where your mouth is. Many individuals are fairly conservative, putting a few dollars towards their chosen selection. However, in the world of professional sports, unpredictable outcomes or spurts of passion can sometimes yield crazy results.
There’s nothing guaranteed in the world of sports bets. Sometimes a fan will make a modest bet and will earn a few dollars for his trouble; other times, he’ll lose that ten bucks and perhaps have to sacrifice that last beer. Other times, however, the stars seem to align and an insignificant bet with incredibly long shot odds can end up giving a fan a payout of thousands of dollars. Sometimes, a fan’s passion can get the best of him and a sports fan of lavish means can end up squandering far more than he had planned on an athletic whim. Whether you find yourself winning or losing, sports bets are a fun part of the fan experience.
Most bets have fairly mundane results – and then there are these ones. Here are 15 of the craziest sports bets ever.
14 50 Cent on the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight
13 Papa McIlroy Bets On His Progeny
12 Nicole Grant
11 Gino DiFelice
10 Darren Yates
9 Jona Rechnitz
8 Richard Hopkins
7 Student Loan
6 Erick Lindgren
5 Cardinals Craze
Fans can have crazy optimism, and in the case of an unnamed St. Louis Cardinals fan, it sometimes pays off. A fan bet $250 that the Cardinals would make the World Series in 2011 with 500-1 odds. A little crazy, but all fans have blind faith in their team. He got so optimistic that he made an additional bet at $125, this time at 999 to 1 odds, that the Cardinals would win the World Series. Well, in an outcome no one would have predicted (based on the odds), the Cardinals ended up winning game after game and eventually took the World Series title that year. The fan won $375,000 for his belief.
4 Billy Walters
3 Germany/Brazil Blowout
2 2.Mayweather On Everything
1 Mick Gibbs
The year was 2001, and Mick Gibbs, a roofer from Staffordshire, made a teeny, tiny bet. He bet 30 pence (the equivalent of less than 50 cents) on a 15-fold accumulator bet. Gibbs had to somehow pick the winning team in 15 soccer games. It’s one of those things that no one ever expects to win, but at 50 cents, why not have a little fun and put in your predictions? The odds were 1,666,666 to 1 – absolutely insane. Though the odds were most certainly not in Gibbs’ favor, he managed to win anyway, and his teeny investment had a huge return of 500,000 British pounds.
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