‘s commonly known that Vegas is the place where one can legally wager on just about anything, given the books offer the proposition 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 countries that bid for sports publications. Weird wagers are not unique to Vegas.
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 to earth. The odds were put up on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 into the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000/1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, as well as 10,000/1 that it would crash into the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia at 30/1.
1980: From the popular TV show Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were taken at the Castaways Hotel with chances on every cast member before the season ending cliff hanger episode, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a stop to all gambling because someone needed to have a script that knew the answer.
1981: Amidst the ongoing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book in the Union Plaza was quick to jump on the proposition bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Odds were posted for: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s assassin) or an empty coffin. Due to 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 united kingdom, it was 500/1 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 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would marry.
A London resident called Matthew Drumbell placed 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 survived?
During Super Bowl week at Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to wager on one’s favorite group, and some weird bets also. Here are some of Super Bowls’ past prop bets:
· Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or wreck one or more words in the National Anthem? How long will it take her to sing it? Over/Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare stomach be revealing when she sings ?
· 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 dance, 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, green, blue? (Yellow was favored.)
· 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 weird wagers await us for following Super Bowl? I guess we’ll only have to wait to find out.