Weirdest bets in history

Betting is now a major pastime; whether it’s passing a few spare minutes or sitting down to a poker game, and with so many online casinos offering dizzying welcome bonuses, what is there to stop you? However, if the likes of www.galacasino.com are a little too strait-laced for your tastes what can you do?

There are all sorts of novelty bets out there – you just need to ask your local bookie. It can be whether your kid will be a footballer, who will win the next election or how many days the latest fad celeb marriage will last. It’s all worked out on probability statistics, so essentially you can bet on anything. After wading through some of the most unusual bets in history we’ve come up with our favourite three.

A Welshman’s Accumulator

In 1989 an anonymous Welshman placed an accumulator bet at his local bookies on three different situations. He was offered odds of 6479/1 that they would all come true, promptly paid in £30 (£10 to each situation) and went on his way.

The novelty bets he placed were these: that Cliff Richard would be knighted before the year 2000, that U2 would stay together past the year 2000 and that Eastenders and Neighbours would stay on the BBC until at least 2000. After 11 years he wandered back into the bookies with a faded betting slip asking that he could collect his winnings – they came to £194,400, the largest ever payout on a novelty bet.

Iowa Bet

Renowned high-stakes gambler John ‘World’ Hennigan is known just as much for his betting ability as he is for his infamous night life in Vegas. After some particularly hair-raising shenanigans, friends bet him $100,000 that he could live in Des Moines, Iowa; the place they considered the most boring ever. The bet was duly accepted with the usual macho pride and ‘this will be easy’ attitude, but after just 2 days Hennigan returned to Vegas with his tail between his legs and paid out his bet to his friends.

Life Savings Bet

You’d have to be crazy to sell everything and bet your entire life’s worth, right? Well Kent resident Ashley Revell, aged 32, bet his life savings in 2004 on a single turn of the roulette wheel. Placing £76,840 that the ball would land on red in a Vegas casino he won a cool £153,680.

Casinos can definitely be lucky for some, but we certainly wouldn’t suggest betting your life – if not for the sole fact that your wife might not be too happy. What are the weirdest bets you’ve ever placed?

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