We all dream about it because we carefully select the odds, pick our staff, place wagers, and watch with bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we fantasize that it also indicates the triumph of a life. Wouldn’t that be something?
For some lucky bettors, it is more than only a sweet sports betting dream. We take a look at a few of the most well-known and greatest wins in sports betting history.
Grandpa Makes a Potential Bet to Beat Them All
Football is the UK’s hottest sport by much, and if Harry Wilson was born, grandfather Peter Edward was convinced the boy was destined for glory on the pitch.
So sure in fact , in 2000 (when Harry was a toddler), Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and placed a #50 bet (roughly $67) the boy would play Wales, his national team. The odds were a bit of a long shot 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 the World Cup qualifier against Belgium, Harry was pulled in as a substitute for Hal Robson-Kanu.
Harry not only broke the record to become the youngest player to represent his country on the pitch, but he also made his grandfather a rich man. The 13-year-old wager won his grandfather a clear amount of 150,000.
A Fast and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a comparable foresight when he had been watching his son, Evan, race a youthful Lewis Hamilton at a go-karting track. Convinced the youthful Hamilton had a fast future ahead of him, Hopkins put three separate bets on the climbing racing celebrity.
The first was a #200 ($270) wager that Hamilton would acquire the Formula 1 before he turned 23, and a further #100 wager he would be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was so certain of his predictions, so he placed an additional next wager of #50 that Hamilton could attain both.
Hamilton made Hopkins #40,000 richer when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 at age 22, and 50,000 wealthier when he clinched first spot from the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008, in 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third wager bagged him another #75,000.
All of Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most notorious sports bettor today is boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Famous because of his massive sports bets, he’s been proven to reap hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single occasions. Since the highest paid sports star of all time, he’s got lots of spare cash to play .
At the end of the 4th quarter, Mayweather gathered 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 with a 7.5 point spread. A touchdown by the Broncos put them up by 14, clear of the vital points. In 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 awarded his 5-year prison sentence and a $10 million fine to insider trading, Billy was the most infamous sports bettor of all time. His big bets were feared from the sportsbooks he was actually banned from wagering.
Among his most remarkable bets was around the 2010 Super Bowl, when he put down $3.5million on New Orleans Saints to beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints were the underdogs entering the game with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s stats and figures all pointed to the Saints since the favorites. He went , and it paid off. Nobody knows just how much Walter raked in precisely, but we’re pretty sure it was a hefty sum!
Charles Barkley’s Super Bowl Win
Taking his seat in the sport betting hall of fame is that the NBA legend turned sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he’s best-known because of his betting losses (reportedly totaling almost $30 million), it was his big win following 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, and an additional $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won the two bets.
The controversy arose from the small fact that Barkley did not have sufficient credit at the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to cover the wager, and had not signed a marker. Obviously, the sportsbook were reluctant to pay out, but finally gave in and Barkley banked his 800,000 win.
What’s Your Biggest Win?
Ever make a bet that made you the protagonist (or the envy) of your gambling buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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