It is commonly known that Vegas is the place where you can legally wager on just about anything, given the books provide the proposition 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 are not 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 to 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 to get a hit in miniature Rhode Island, and even 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 series Dallas: “Who shot JR?” Wagers were taken 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 halt 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 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. Odds were posted for: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald’s assassin) or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the merit of such a bet, the gaming commission put a lid on it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.
In the UK, it was 500/1 the FBI will affirm that Elvis is still alive and 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 named Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000/1 wager that the world would end before the year 2000. Naturally, who would be left to cover him if he lived?
During Super Bowl week in Vegas $ millions are tossed across the gambling terminals to bet 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? Will her bare belly be showing 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 game?
· What will be 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 colour Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team’s head coach? Yellow, orange, clear, red, blue, green? (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 bizarre wagers await us for following Super Bowl? I guess we’ll just Have to wait to find out.