The Most Unbelievable Sports Betting Wins Ever
We all dream about it as we carefully select the odds, select our team, set wagers, and watch with bated breath. As the final whistle blows, we fantasize it also signals the win of a lifetime. Wouldn’t that be something?
For many lucky bettors, it is more than only a sweet sports betting dream. We have a peek at a few of the most famous and biggest wins in sports betting history.
Grandpa Makes a Future Bet to Beat Them All
Soccer is the UK’s hottest game by far, and when Harry Wilson was born, grandfather Peter Edward was sure the boy was destined for glory on the pitch.
So sure in fact , in 2000 (when Harry was still a toddler), Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and put a #50 wager (roughly $67) the boy could play Wales, his national team. The chances were a bit of a long shot 2,500-1, but he was sure it would pay off.
Fast forward to October 15th, 2013, and 16-year-old Harry was sitting on the seat for Wales. At the 87th minute of this World Cup qualifier against Belgium, Harry was hauled in as a replacement 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 guy. The 13-year-old bet won his grandfather a clear sum of #150,000.
A Quick and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a comparable foresight when he was observing his son, Evan, race a young Lewis Hamilton at a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a speedy future ahead of him, Hopkins placed 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 bet that he could be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was certain of his predictions, that he put an additional 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 the age of 22, and 50,000 richer when he clinched first spot in the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008, in 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third bet bagged him an additional #75,000.
All of Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most notorious sports bettor today is boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Famous because of his enormous sports stakes, he has been known to reap hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. Since the highest paid sports star of all time, he’s got plenty of spare cash to play with.
At the conclusion of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
His biggest bet so much 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 from the Broncos put them up by 14, clear of the vital points. At the end 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 notorious sports bettor of all time. His enormous stakes were so feared by the sportsbooks he was actually banned from wagering.
Among his most impressive bets was on the 2010 Super Bowl, when he set down $3.5million on New Orleans Saints to beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints were the underdogs entering the match with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s figures and stats all pointed to the Saints as the favorites. He went , and it paid off. No one knows how much Walter raked in precisely, but we’re pretty sure that it was a hefty sum!
Charles Barkley’s Super Bowl Win
Taking his seat in the sport betting hall of fame is the NBA legend turned sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he is best-known for his betting losses (reportedly totaling nearly $30 million), it was 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 a further $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won both 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 mark. Obviously, the sportsbook were loath to pay out, but eventually gave in and Barkley banked his $800,000 win.
What’s Your Biggest Win?
Ever make a wager that made you that the hero (or the jealousy ) of your gambling buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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