It is commonly known that Vegas is the place where one can legally wager on just about anything, given the books provide the proposal bet(s). Gamblers like to put their money on weird 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 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 produced:
1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Vegas, posted chances when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was going to crash to earth. The chances were put up on 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 in the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia in 30/1.
1980: From the popular TV show 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 stop to all betting because someone needed to have a script which understood the answer.
1981: Amidst the ongoing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was going to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book in the Union Plaza was quick to leap on the proposition bandwagon on whose body will be in the coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a wager, the gaming commission put a lid on it.
In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will affirm that Elvis is still alive and yet 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 which Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would marry.
A London resident called Matthew Drumbell put a 1,000,000/1 bet that the world would end before the year 2000. Naturally, 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 bet on one’s favorite team, and some weird 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 ground, 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 following Super Bowl? I guess we’ll just Have to wait to learn.