It is commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, given the books provide the proposal bet(s). Gamblers like to put their money on bizarre wagers, particularly 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 publications. Weird wagers aren’t unique to Vegas.
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 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 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 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 before the season ending cliff hanger event, but the Gambling Control Board ordered a stop to all gambling because someone needed to have a script which understood the answer.
1981: Amidst the continuing 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 onto the proposal bandwagon on whose body will be in the coffin. Because of concerns about the merit of such a bet, the gambling commission put a lid on it.
In the united kingdom, it was 500/1 the FBI will affirm that Elvis is still alive and yet another 500/1 which 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 wed.
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 cover him if he lived?
During Super Bowl week at Vegas $ millions are tossed across the gambling terminals to bet 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? Will her bare stomach be revealing when she sings ?
· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the match?
· What are 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? Orange, orange, clear, red, blue, green? (Yellow was favored.)
· 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 bizarre wagers await us for following Super Bowl? I guess we’ll only have to wait to learn.