It is commonly known that Las Vegas is the place where one can legally bet on almost anything, as long as the books offer the proposed bets. Players love putting their money on odd bets, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the sports betting ban, we may see more bizarre bets being offered in states competing for sportsbooks. Weird bets are not exclusive to Las Vegas. The UK is also in on the action.
Here is a collection of some of the weirdest, strangest and most outrageous bets ever made:
- 1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Las Vegas, posted odds when the American satellite faltered Skylab, it was about to crash into the earth. Odds were set on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 in the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000 / 1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000. / 1 that would crash into El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia on 1/30.
- 1980: from the popular television show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Bets were taken at the Castaways Hotel with odds from each cast member prior to the season-ending Cliff Hanger episode, but the Gaming Control Board ordered to stop all bets because someone had to have a script that knew the answer. .
- 1981: In the midst of the ongoing controversy over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm his identity. The Union Plaza sportsbook was quick to jump on the proposal train of who would be in the coffin. Odds were posted of: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s killer), or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gambling commission terminated it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.
- In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.
- UK sportsbooks also offered 1,000 / 1 that Tiger Woods would become president of the United States and 5,000 / 1 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would marry.
- A London resident named Matthew Drumbell made a 1,000,000 / 1 bet that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he survived? No pun on the man’s name.
During Super Bowl week in Las Vegas, millions of dollars are thrown through the betting terminals to bet on one’s favorite team and some odd bets as well. Here are some of the previous Super Bowls prop bets:
Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or spoil one or more words from the National Anthem? How long will it take you to sing it? Over / Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will your belly show bare when you sing it?
· If quarterback Tom Brady’s son appears on television during the game, will he wear a Tom Brady jersey?
How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on television during the game?
What will be the celebration of the first touchdown? A ball spike, a dance, lying on the floor, a pole dunk, a kneeling Tim Tebow, or kissing a cheerleader?
What color Gatorade will be thrown on the head coach of the winning team? Yellow, orange, clear, red, green, blue? (Yellow was the favorite).
Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his postgame interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, Anyone? (Teammates were the favorites.)
So there you have it. I wonder what weird bets await us for the next Super Bowl. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.