5 Craziest Gambling Bets

We’ve had a lot of serious news to report and comment on lately.  It’s made me a little crazy.

Speaking of crazy, today let’s take a break and look at some of the craziest bets ever made. I’m not talking about taking insurance on a Blackjack hand, I mean seemingly insane.

Here are some of the craziest bets ever made – but I’m sure there are a lot more and a lot crazier!

1) Ashton Griffin, laid out 3:1 odds on himself of being able to run 70 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours, meaning if he’d lost, he would have paid out 3x the bet. By some miracle, he pulled this off, won $300K, and avoided having to shell out $900K and finished the 70 miles with 45 minutes to spare!

2) It’s almost impossible to decide which of legendary gambler Archie Karas’ bets was the craziest. The man came to Vegas with $50 in his wallet and grew that stake to a staggering $17 million over the course of three years. Whether he was playing pool or poker, Karas’ three-year streak is widely regarded as the most insane in Las Vegas history. By the end, after being banned from the poker tables at most casinos, Karas was just taking $100,000 bets on single dice rolls. And yet, just a year after that, he’d lost it all the same way he earned it.

3) Man Who Got Breast Implants on a Bet – This one, of course, is almost mythic by now, but we couldn’t not include the craziest bet ever made, bar none. Magician and high-stakes gambler Brian Zembic bet in 1996 that he would get breast implants and keep them in for a year for $100K wager. The craziest part of this story is that Zembic apparently became so enamored with his “additions,” he never had them removed.

4) Some people come to Vegas to find a mythic transformation, to leave behind everything of their old life and be born again in the fires of chance. Ashley Revell sold everything he owned, emptied his bank account and put every penny he had—$135,000—on red. One spin of the wheel later and he’d doubled his money. He gave a $600 tip to a dealer and walked out of the casino a rich man.

5) In Vegas, people will bet on just about anything. 1979 saw a great example, as El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan decided to start taking bets on where space station Skylab’s wreckage would fall to Earth when it re-entered the planet’s atmosphere. Jackie laid odds on everything from New York City to the El Cortez itself (which paid out 10,000 to 1), but the final resting place of the downed satellite ended up in Australia.

What are some of your craziest bets? Send us a comment @NETimeGambling.com .

Binbin

5 Craziest Gambling Bets

We’ve had a lot of serious news to report and comment on lately.  It’s made me a little crazy.

Speaking of crazy, today let’s take a break and look at some of the craziest bets ever made. I’m not talking about taking insurance on a Blackjack hand, I mean seemingly insane.

Here are some of the craziest bets ever made – but I’m sure there are a lot more and a lot crazier!

1) Ashton Griffin, laid out 3:1 odds on himself of being able to run 70 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours, meaning if he’d lost, he would have paid out 3x the bet. By some miracle, he pulled this off, won $300K, and avoided having to shell out $900K and finished the 70 miles with 45 minutes to spare!

2) It’s almost impossible to decide which of legendary gambler Archie Karas’ bets was the craziest. The man came to Vegas with $50 in his wallet and grew that stake to a staggering $17 million over the course of three years. Whether he was playing pool or poker, Karas’ three-year streak is widely regarded as the most insane in Las Vegas history. By the end, after being banned from the poker tables at most casinos, Karas was just taking $100,000 bets on single dice rolls. And yet, just a year after that, he’d lost it all the same way he earned it.

3) Man Who Got Breast Implants on a Bet – This one, of course, is almost mythic by now, but we couldn’t not include the craziest bet ever made, bar none. Magician and high-stakes gambler Brian Zembic bet in 1996 that he would get breast implants and keep them in for a year for $100K wager. The craziest part of this story is that Zembic apparently became so enamored with his “additions,” he never had them removed.

4) Some people come to Vegas to find a mythic transformation, to leave behind everything of their old life and be born again in the fires of chance. Britisher Ashley Revell sold everything he owned, emptied his bank account and put every penny he had—$135,000—on red. One spin of the wheel later and he’d doubled his money. He gave a $600 tip to a dealer and walked out of the casino a rich man.

5) In Vegas, people will bet on just about anything. 1979 saw a great example, as El Cortez owner Jackie Gaughan decided to start taking bets on where space station Skylab’s wreckage would fall to Earth when it re-entered the planet’s atmosphere. Jackie laid odds on everything from New York City to the El Cortez itself (which paid out 10,000 to 1), but the final resting place of the downed satellite ended up in Australia.

What are some of your craziest bets? Send us a comment @NETimeGambling.com .

Binbin

35 of This Year’s Super Bowl Prop Bets

thIt’s Super Bowl Sunday soon.  I always look forward to the food, the ads, the libations…..oh, yeah, there’s a football game, too!

Another great thing about the Super Bowl is the many “Prop Bets.”  What are prop bets you ask?  Prop bets, or “proposition bets” are bets made regarding the occurrence or non-occurrence during a game (usually a gambling game) of an event not directly affecting the game’s final outcome.  Seemingly prop bets got their start with the “fridge.”

The "Fridge."

The “Fridge.”

No not the refrigerator containing all those delicious snacks and brews, but William Perry who was called “the fridge.”  As a lineman, it became quite a surprise to have him line up as fullback and run the ball for a TD, a played called by then Bears coach Mike Ditka during the regular season in 1985. It became the first major proposition bet in the Super Bowl that year if he was going to rush for a touchdown.  Thus the prop bet was born!   Nowadays, prop bets may account for as much as 40% of the $100 million wagered on Sunday’s Super Bowl.  Here are some of this years prop bets:

PRE-GAME PROPS

1 – Length of Luke Bryan’s singing of the national anthem?

  • Over/under     2 minutes, 9 secondsdownload

2 – What will Luke Bryan be wearing while singing the national anthem?

  • Blue jeans                                 1/2
  • Any other pants or shorts     3/2

3 – Will any Patriots or Falcons player be seen kneeling during the national anthem on the live television broadcast?

  • Yes          +150 (3/2)
  • No           -200 (1/2)

IN-GAME PROPS (NON-COMPETITION)

(from kickoff to final whistle, live Fox broadcast only, halftime and commercials don’t apply)

4 – How many times will “Trump” be said on TV during the broadcast?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 times

5 – How many times will “deflate” or “deflategate” be said on TV during the broadcast?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 times

 download-16 – How many times will “Matty Ice” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     2 times

7 – How many times will “Gronk” or “Gronkowski” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     3 times

8 – How many times will Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over/Under     2 1/2 times

download-29 – How many times will Giselle Bundchen be shown on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Over     1 1/2 times     +110 (11/10)
  • Under  1 1/2 times      -150 (2/3)

10 – Will “Houston, we have a problem” be said on TV during the live broadcast?

  • Yes     5/2
  • No      1/4

11 – If the Patriots win, will Tom Brady, Bill Belichick or Robert Kraft be seen shaking the hand of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on TV?

  • Yes     -180 (5/9)
  • No      +140 (7/5)download-3

12 – Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first?

  • God 2/1
  • Team/Teammates 2/1
  • Coach 9/1
  • Family 9/1
  • Owner 9/1
  • Donald Trump 20/1
  • Doesn’t mention anyone above 5/2

images13 – Which song will Lady Gaga play first during the halftime show?

  • Born this Way 9/4
  • Bad Romance 5/2
  • Edge of Glory 6/1
  • Poker Face 10/1
  • Just Dance 10/1
  • Any Other Song 11/10

14 – What color liquid will be poured on the winning coach?

  • Clear 3/1
  • Lime|Green 3/1
  • Orange 3/1
  • Yellow 3/1
  • Red 6/1
  • Blue 15/2
  • Purple 12/1

IN-GAME PROPS (ON-FIELD)

15 – What will the first offensive play of the game be?

  • Run      -150 (2/3)
  • Pass      +120 (6/5)

16 – Will either team score in the first 6 1/2 minutes?

  • Yes -140
  • No +120

17 – Will there be a flea flicker attempted?

  • Yes  5 /1
  • No   1/9download-4

18 – Will there be a missed extra-point kick?

  • Yes   +270
  • No     -330

19 – What will the shortest touchdown be?

  • Over/Under     1 1/2 yards

20 – What will the longest touchdown be?

  • Over/Under    49 1/2 yards

21 – Total touchdowns by both teams?

  • Over/Under     6 1/2

22 – Largest lead by either team?

  • Over/Under     16 1/2 points

images-123 – Will there be overtime?

  • Yes     +700
  • No      -1100

 

 

24 – Will the game be tied after 0-0? (This doesn’t make sense to me – to you?)

  • Yes     +110
  • No      -130

25 – Will there be a lead change in the 4th quarter?

  • Yes     +320
  • No       -380

26 – Will there be a kickoff return for a touchdown?

  • Yes 6/1
  • No 1/10
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27 – Will New England’s Julian Edelman have a rushing attempt?

  • Yes     +150
  • No       -170

28 – What is the total number of punts by both teams?

  • Over/Under     7 1/2

29 – What will Atlanta’s Matt Ryan throw first?

  • Touchdown pass     -310
  • Interception            +260

nfl_nfc_logo_atl-808px30 – Will the Falcons score in all four quarters?

  • YES     +145
  • NO       -165

31 – Will either team score in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the game?

  • YES     -160
  • NO      +140

32 – Will either Tom Brady or Matt Ryan have more than 415 passing yards to break the Super Bowl record?panthers-falcons-matt-ryanNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Yes     4/1
  • No      1/7

33 – Will Matt Ryan win the regular season MVP and Super Bowl MVP?

  • Yes     3/1
  • No      1/5

34 – Will any player other than Brady or Ryan attempt a pass?

  • Yes     3/1
  • No      1/5

35 – Will both teams combine to score 76 or more points to break the Super Bowl record?

  • Yes     11/2
  • No      1/10

I’m sure there are more since this post was written. The Super Bowl seems to bring the craziness out in America.  I wish both teams good luck.

GO PATS!

Binbin