Five of the Strangest Bets in the History of Gambling



  • A Welsh punter beat the odds of 6,479/1 with a strange novelty bet in 1989. He gambled £30 that in the year 2000, U2 would still be a band, EastEnders and Neighbours would still be on the BBC, and Cliff Richard would be knighted. Ladbrokes paid out £194,400 in one of the biggest novelty bet payouts ever.
  • In 2014, a Norwegian gambling website offered odds of 175-1 that Uruguayan football star, Luis Suarez would bite someone in the World Cup. Given the striker’s penchant for such a thing, 167 punters took the bait. Suarez took the bite and made some very happy Scandinavians.
  • Brian Zembic is a high-stakes gambler and magician, who developed a reputation for taking on any bet. In 1996, he agreed to have breast implants and keep them for one year in return for $100k. He grew accustomed to his new friends, and decided to keep them.
  • In 1980, William Lee Bergstrom arrived at a Las Vegas casino with two suitcases. One contained $777k, the other was empty. He bet the $777k on a single roll of a dice – the largest bet in the history at the time, and he won. A friend, Ted Binion, said Bergstrom had intended to kill himself if he lost – after borrowing most of the money for the bet – but instead ended up travelling the world for several years.
  • A grandfather saw his 18-month-old grandson kicking a football about and decided to put £50 on him one day playing for the Wales national team. Peter Edwards cashed in £125,000 when grandson Harry Wilson eventually became the youngest player to ever play for Wales, aged 16.


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