It’s commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposal bet(s). Gamblers love to put their money on weird 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 states 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 odds when the faltering U.S. satellite Skylab, was going to crash into earth. The chances were set 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, and even 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 shot at the Castaways Hotel with odds 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 continuing 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 leap on the proposition bandwagon on whose body will 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 bet, 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 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 wed.
A London resident called Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000/1 wager 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 at Vegas $ millions are tossed across the gambling terminals to wager on one’s favorite team, and some bizarre bets as well.
· 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 belly be revealing when she sings it?
· 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 game?
· What are the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dance, lay on the floor, a goalpost dunk, 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 favored.)
· Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank 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 just Have to wait to learn.