All of us dream about it because we carefully select the odds, select our staff, set wagers, and see bated breath. As the final whistle blows, we all emphasise it also indicates the win of a life. Would not that be something?
For many lucky bettors, it’s more than just a sweet sports gambling dream. We take a look at some of the most famous and greatest wins in sports betting history.
Grandpa Makes a Future Bet to Beat Them All
Soccer is the UK’s hottest sport by much, and if 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 to the bookmakers and put a #50 bet (roughly $67) the boy could play Wales, his national group. The chances were a small long shot at 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 the 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 wealthy man. The 13-year-old wager won his grandfather a clear sum 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 young Lewis Hamilton in a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a speedy future before him, Hopkins placed three separate bets on the rising racing celebrity.
The first was a #200 ($270) wager that Hamilton would acquire the Formula 1 until he turned 23, and a further #100 bet he would be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was certain of his predictions, so he placed an additional third bet of #50 which Hamilton could attain 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 place from 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 bets, he has been proven to reap countless thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. Since the highest paid sports superstar of all time, he has lots 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 on 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 necessary 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 gambling 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 infamous sports bettor of time. His big stakes were feared from the sportsbooks he was banned from wagering.
Among the most impressive bets was on 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 match 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 how much Walter raked in precisely, but we are pretty sure it was a hefty sum!
Charles Barkley’s Super Bowl Win
Taking his seat in the game gambling 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 around 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 in the small fact that Barkley did not have enough credit in the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to pay the bet, and hadn’t signed a marker. Obviously, that 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 that the protagonist (or the jealousy ) of your betting buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!