We all dream about it as we carefully pick the odds, pick our staff, place wagers, and see bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we fantasize that it also signals that the win of a lifetime. Would not 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 greatest wins in sports gambling history.
Grandpa Makes a Future Bet to Beat Them All
Soccer is the UK’s hottest game by far, 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 a toddler), Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and put a #50 bet (roughly $67) that the boy would play for Wales, his national group. 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 bench for Wales. In the 87th minute of this 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 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 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 in a go-karting track. Convinced the youthful Hamilton had a fast future ahead of him, Hopkins placed three different bets on the climbing racing star.
The first was a #200 ($270) wager that Hamilton would win the Formula 1 until he turned 23, and also an additional #100 bet that he could be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was so certain of his predictions, so he placed an additional next bet of #50 which Hamilton could attain both.
Hamilton made Hopkins #40,000 richer when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 at age 22, and #50,000 wealthier when he clinched first spot in the Brazilian Grand Prix at 2008, in 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third bet bagged him another #75,000.
All Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most infamous sports bettor now is boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Famous because of his enormous sports bets, he’s been known to reap hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. As the highest paid sports superstar of all time, he’s got plenty of spare cash to play with.
In the conclusion of the 4th quarter, Mayweather gathered a cool $1.4 million!
His biggest bet so far was in 2014, when he bet a whopping $815,000 on the Denver Broncos to beat the New York Jets by a 7.5 point spread. A touchdown by the Broncos put them up by 14, clear of the vital points. In the conclusion of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
The Legend That Is Billy Walters
No list of extremes in sports gambling would be complete without mentioning Billy Walters. Before Billy Walters had been 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 that he was banned from wagering.
Among the most remarkable 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 stats and figures all pointed to the Saints as the favorites. He travelled with it, and it paid off. Nobody knows just how much Walter raked in exactly, but we are pretty sure that it was a hefty sum!
Charles Barkley’s Super Bowl Win
Taking his seat in the sport gambling hall of fame is that the NBA legend turned sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he is best-known because of 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 on the underdog New England Patriots to beat St. Louis Rams, and a further $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won the two bets.
The controversy arose in the small fact that Barkley didn’t have enough 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 is Your Biggest Win?
Ever make a wager that made you the hero (or even the jealousy ) of your betting buddies? Tell us about it in the comments below!