It’s commonly known that Vegas is the place where one can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers like to put their money on bizarre wagers, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports gambling, we just might see more uncanny bets being offered in countries 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 chances when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was about to crash into earth. The chances were set 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 for 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 show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were shot at the Castaways Hotel with odds on every cast member before the season ending cliff hanger episode, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a halt to all betting because someone needed to have a script that understood the answer.
1981: Amidst the ongoing 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 jump on the proposal bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Because of concerns about the virtue of such a wager, 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 affirm that Elvis is still alive and yet another 500/1 that 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 that 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. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he lived? No pun intended on the man’s name.
During Super Bowl week at Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to wager on one’s favorite group, and some weird bets as well.
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or wreck one or more words in the National Anthem? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare belly be revealing when she sings it?
· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the game?
· What will be the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dance, lay on the floor, a goalpost dip, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?
· What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach? Orange, orange, clear, red, blue, green? (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 favorite.)
So, there you have it. I wonder what bizarre wagers await us for next Super Bowl? I guess we’ll only have to wait to find out.