It is commonly known that Vegas is the place where one can legally bet on just about anything, given the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers love to put their money on weird wagers, particularly around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports betting, we just may see more uncanny bets being offered in countries that bid for sports publications. Weird wagers are not 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 made:
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 upon where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 to the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000/1 to get a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000/1 that it would crash into the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia in 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 episode, but the Gambling Control Board ordered a halt to all betting because someone had to have a script which knew the answer.
1981: Amidst the ongoing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the tomb of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was going to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book in the Union Plaza was quick to jump on the proposal bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Because of concerns about the merit of such a wager, the gambling commission put a lid on it.
In the united kingdom, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and yet another 500/1 which Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.
UK bookmakers also offered 1,000/1 that Tiger Woods would become President of the US and 5,000/1 which Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would wed.
A London resident called 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?
During Super Bowl week in Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to bet on one’s favorite team, and some bizarre bets as well.
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or mess up one or more words in the National Anthem? How long will it take her to sing it? Will her bare stomach be revealing when she sings it?
· 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 game?
· What are the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dancing, lay on the ground, a goalpost dip, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?
· What color 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 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.