It’s commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers love to put their money on bizarre wagers, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports betting, we just might see more uncanny bets being offered in states that bid for sports books. Weird wagers aren’t unique to Vegas. The U.K also gets in on the action.
Here’s a collection of some of the most bizarre, weirdest, wackiest wagers ever produced:
1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Vegas, posted odds when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was going to crash into earth. The odds were put up on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 into the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000/1 to get a hit in miniature Rhode Island, as well as 10,000/1 that it would crash in the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia at 30/1.
1980: From the popular TV series Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were shot at the Castaways Hotel with chances on every cast member prior to the season ending cliff hanger event, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a halt to all gambling because someone had to have a script which knew the answer.
1981: Amidst the continuing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the tomb of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book at the Union Plaza was quick to leap on the proposition bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Because of concerns about the virtue of such a bet, the gaming commission put a lid on 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 bookmakers also provided 1,000/1 that Tiger Woods would become President of the US and 5,000/1 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would wed.
A London resident named Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000/1 wager that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he lived? No pun intended on the man’s name.
During Super Bowl week in Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to wager on one’s favorite group, and some bizarre bets also.
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or wreck one or more words in the National Anthem? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare stomach be revealing when she sings ?
· If Quarterback Tom Brady’s son is shown on TV during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady Jersey?
· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the match?
· What will be the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dancing, lay on the floor, a goalpost dip, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?
· What colour Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach? Yellow, orange, clear, red, green, blue? (Yellow was favorite.)
· Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his post-game interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, No one? (Teammates were the favored.)
So, there you have it. I wonder what weird wagers await us for next Super Bowl? I guess we’ll only have to wait to find out.