The Most Unbelievable Sports Betting Wins Ever
We all dream about it because we carefully select the odds, pick our staff, set wagers, and see bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we fantasize that it also signals the win of a lifetime. Would not that be something?
For many lucky bettors, it’s more than only a sweet sports betting dream. We have a peek at a few of the most well-known and biggest wins in sports betting history.
Grandpa Makes a Bet to Beat Them All
Football is the UK’s most popular game by far, and when Harry Wilson was born, grandfather Peter Edward was convinced the boy was destined for glory on the pitch.
So sure in fact that, in 2000 (when Harry was still a toddler),” Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and placed a #50 bet (roughly $67) that the boy could play Wales, his national team. The odds were a small long shot at 2,500-1, but he was certain it would pay off.
Fast forward to October 15th, 2013, and 16-year-old Harry was sitting on the seat for Wales. In the 87th minute of this World Cup qualifier against Belgium, Harry was pulled in as a replacement for Hal Robson-Kanu.
Harry not only broke the record to become the youngest player to represent his nation on the pitch, but he also left his grandfather a wealthy man. The 13-year-old bet won his grandfather a clear amount of 150,000.
A Quick and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a comparable foresight when he had been observing his son, Evan, race a young Lewis Hamilton in a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a fast future before him, Hopkins put three separate bets on the rising racing celebrity.
The first was a #200 ($270) bet that Hamilton would win the Formula 1 until he turned 23, and also a further #100 wager that he could be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was so certain of his predictions, he put an extra third wager of #50 which Hamilton would achieve both.
Hamilton made Hopkins #40,000 wealthier when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 at age 22, and 50,000 wealthier when he clinched first spot at the Brazilian Grand Prix at 2008, at 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third bet bagged him another #75,000.
All Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most infamous sports bettor today is boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Renowned for his enormous sports stakes, he has been proven to reap countless thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. As the highest paid sports star of all time, he has plenty of spare money to play with.
In the end of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
His biggest bet so far was in 2014, when he bet a whopping $815,000 about the Denver Broncos to beat the New York Jets by a 7.5 point spread. A touchdown from the Broncos put them up by 14, clear of the vital points. At the conclusion of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
The Legend That’s Billy Walters
No listing of extremes in sports betting would be complete without mentioning Billy Walters. Before Billy Walters was given his 5-year prison sentence and a $10 million fine for insider trading, Billy was the most notorious sports bettor of time. His big stakes were so feared from the sportsbooks that he was banned from wagering.
Among his most impressive bets was around the 2010 Super Bowl, when he set down $3.5million on New Orleans Saints to beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints were the underdogs going into the game with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s stats and figures all pointed to the Saints since the favorites. He travelled , and it paid off. Nobody knows just how much Walter raked in exactly, but we are pretty sure that it was a hefty sum!
Charles Barkley’s Super Bowl Win
Taking his seat in the sport gambling hall of fame is that the NBA legend turned sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he is best-known because of his gambling losses (reportedly totaling nearly $30 million), it had been his big win after the Super Bowl 36 that caused quite a stir.
By wagering half a million on the underdog New England Patriots to beat St. Louis Rams, plus an additional $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won both stakes.
The controversy arose from the little fact that Barkley didn’t have enough credit in the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to cover the wager, and hadn’t signed a mark. Obviously, the sportsbook were reluctant to pay out, but finally gave in and Barkley banked his 800,000 win.
What is Your Biggest Win?
Ever make a wager that made you that the hero (or even the jealousy ) of your betting buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!