We all dream about it as we carefully pick the odds, select our team, set wagers, and watch with bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we fantasize that it also signals the win of a life. Wouldn’t that be something?
For some lucky bettors, it’s more than just a sweet sports gambling dream. We have a look at a few of the most famous and biggest wins in sports betting history.
Grandpa Makes a Bet to Beat Them All
Soccer is the UK’s most popular game 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 could play for Wales, his national group. The chances 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. At the 87th minute of the 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 tidy sum 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 at a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a speedy future before him, Hopkins put three separate bets on the rising racing star.
The first was a #200 ($270) bet that Hamilton would acquire the Formula 1 before he turned 23, and also an additional #100 bet that he would be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was so certain of his predictions, he placed an extra third bet of #50 which Hamilton could 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 in 2008, in 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. Famous because of his enormous sports stakes, he has been proven to reap hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single occasions. As the highest paid sports star of all time, he’s got plenty of spare cash to play with.
At the end 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 by 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 list of extremes in sport betting would be complete without mentioning Billy Walters. Before Billy Walters had been given 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 banned from wagering.
Among the most remarkable 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 entering the game with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s figures and stats all pointed to the Saints since the favorites. He travelled with it, and it paid off. No one knows just 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 that the NBA legend turned sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he is best-known for his gambling losses (reportedly totaling almost $30 million), it had been his big win following 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, and a further $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won both stakes.
The controversy arose from the small fact that Barkley didn’t have enough credit at the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to cover the wager, and hadn’t signed a mark. Obviously, that the sportsbook were loath 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 hero (or the envy) of your betting buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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