All of us dream about it as we carefully select the odds, pick our team, place wagers, and see bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we emphasise it also indicates that the win of a life. Wouldn’t that be something?
For many lucky bettors, it is more than just a sweet sports betting dream. We take a peek at a few of the most famous and biggest wins in sports gambling history.
Grandpa Makes a Bet to Beat Them All
Football is the UK’s most popular game by far, and when 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 to the bookmakers and placed a #50 wager (about $67) that the boy could play 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. In 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 left his grandfather a rich man. The 13-year-old wager won his grandfather a clear amount of 150,000.
A Quick and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a comparable foresight when he had been watching his son, Evan, race a youthful Lewis Hamilton at a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a speedy future before him, Hopkins placed three different bets on the climbing racing star.
The first was a #200 ($270) wager that Hamilton would acquire the Formula 1 until he turned 23, and also an additional #100 bet that he could be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was certain of his predictions, so he placed an additional next wager of #50 which Hamilton could achieve both.
Hamilton made Hopkins #40,000 wealthier when he won the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 at the age of 22, and #50,000 wealthier when he clinched first place in the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008, at 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third bet bagged him an additional #75,000.
All Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most notorious sports bettor today is boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Renowned for his enormous sports bets, he has been known to reap hundreds of thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single events. As the highest paid sports star of all time, he’s got lots of spare money to play with.
At the end 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 with a 7.5 point spread. A touchdown from 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 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 bets were so feared by the sportsbooks that he was actually banned from wagering.
One of his 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 game with the Colts looking unbeatable, but Billy’s figures and stats all pointed to the Saints since the favorites. He went , and it paid off. Nobody knows just how much Walter raked in exactly, 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 sports announcer, Charles Barkley. While he is best-known because of his betting losses (reportedly totaling nearly $30 million), it was 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 an additional $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won both stakes.
The controversy arose from the small fact that Barkley didn’t have sufficient credit in the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to cover the wager, and hadn’t signed a mark. Of course, that 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 protagonist (or the jealousy ) of your betting buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!