We all dream about it because we carefully select the odds, select our staff, place wagers, and see bated breath. As the final whistle blows, we emphasise it also signals that 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 take a look at a few of the most famous 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 when 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 still a toddler), Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and placed a #50 wager (roughly $67) that the boy would play for Wales, his national group. 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 hauled 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 bet won his grandfather a tidy sum of #150,000.
A Quick and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a similar 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 speedy future before him, Hopkins placed three separate bets on the rising racing star.
The first was a #200 ($270) wager that Hamilton would acquire the Formula 1 until he turned 23, and an additional #100 bet that he would be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was certain of his predictions, that he put an extra third wager of #50 which Hamilton would attain both.
Hamilton made Hopkins #40,000 richer when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 at age 22, and 50,000 richer when he clinched first place in the Brazilian Grand Prix at 2008, at 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third bet bagged him another #75,000.
All of Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most notorious sports bettor now is boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. Famous because of his enormous sports stakes, he has been known to reap countless thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. Since the highest paid sports superstar of all time, he has plenty of spare money to play with.
In the conclusion 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 necessary points. In the end of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
The Legend That’s Billy Walters
No list of extremes in sports betting would be complete without mentioning Billy Walters. Before Billy Walters had been awarded his 5-year prison sentence and a $10 million fine for insider trading, Billy was the most infamous sports bettor of all time. His enormous bets were feared from the sportsbooks that he was actually banned from wagering.
One of his most impressive 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 going into the game with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s figures and stats all pointed to the Saints as the favorites. He travelled , and it paid off. No one 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 game betting hall of fame is the NBA legend turned into sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he’s best-known because of his betting losses (reportedly totaling almost $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 the two bets.
The controversy arose from the small truth that Barkley didn’t have enough credit in the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to cover the bet, and hadn’t signed a mark. Obviously, the sportsbook were loath to pay out, but eventually gave in and Barkley banked his 800,000 win.
What is Your Biggest Win?
Ever make a bet that made you that the hero (or the jealousy ) of your gaming friends? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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