All of us dream about it because we carefully select the odds, select our staff, set wagers, and watch with bated breath. Since the final whistle blows, we all emphasise it also signals 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 a few of the most well-known and greatest wins in sports gambling history.
Grandpa Makes a Future Bet to Beat Them All
Soccer is the UK’s most popular game by much, 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 still a toddler), Mr. Edwards went into the bookmakers and put a #50 wager (roughly $67) that the boy could play for Wales, his national team. 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 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 left his grandfather a wealthy man. The 13-year-old bet won his grandfather a tidy amount of #150,000.
A Fast and Furious Future Bet
In 1998 Richard Hopkins had a similar foresight when he had been observing his son, Evan, race a youthful Lewis Hamilton in a go-karting track. Convinced the young Hamilton had a fast future ahead of him, Hopkins placed three different bets on the climbing racing celebrity.
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 could be World Champion by 25. Hopkins was certain of his predictions, so that he put an extra next bet of #50 that Hamilton would achieve 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 from the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008, in 24. This meant that Hopkins’ third wager bagged him an additional #75,000.
All Mayweather’s Sports Bets
The most notorious sports bettor now is boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Famous because of his massive sports bets, he has been proven to reap countless thousands (sometimes even millions of dollars) on single occasions. As the highest paid sports superstar of all time, he has lots of spare cash to play with.
At the end of the 4th quarter, Mayweather collected a cool $1.4 million!
His biggest bet so far was in 2014, when he bet a whopping $815,000 about the Denver Broncos to beat the New York Jets by a 7.5 point spread. A touchdown from the Broncos put them up by 14, clear of the vital points. In the end of the 4th quarter, Mayweather gathered 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 awarded his 5-year prison sentence and a $10 million fine to insider trading, Billy was the most infamous sports bettor of all time. His big stakes were so feared from the sportsbooks that he was banned from wagering.
One of the most impressive bets was on the 2010 Super Bowl, when he set 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 stats and figures all pointed to the Saints as the favorites. He travelled , and it paid off. Nobody knows just how much Walter raked in precisely, but we are pretty sure that 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’s 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 on the underdog New England Patriots to beat St. Louis Rams, plus a further $50,000 on the moneyline, Barkley won both stakes.
The controversy arose in the small fact that Barkley did not have sufficient credit at the Mandalay Bay sportsbook to pay the bet, and hadn’t signed a mark. Of course, 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 wager that made you the hero (or the envy) of your betting buddies? Tell us all about it in the comments below!