Five Novelty Bets
can bet on almost anything these days and that is
backed up by some of the markets offered in the novelty
betting at Oddschecker, with examples such as
reality TV, celebrities, Royal Family and politics.
This is a serious subject and many punters are not
taking these markets seriously enough. There has been
some stunning mega novelty bet wins down the years
and we will highlight five of the biggest and weirdest.
5 Event Accumulator
in 1989, a man from Wales asked for the odds of five
separate events happening before the end of the
century. Those events were Cliff Richard to be knighted,
Neighbours and Home and Away had to still be shown
on UK TV screens, EastEnders still had to be shown
on UK TV and the rock band U2 still had to be active.
All of these events came to pass and this £30
accumulator paid out a whopping £194,400 defying
odds of nearly 6500-1.
on Family Members
proud granddad called Peter Edwards placed £50
on the fact that his own grandson would one day play
for the Wales national team at football. He was offered
odds of 2500-1 and in 2013, this bet came to pass
when his grandson Harry Wilson was selected to play
for Wales in a crucial World Cup qualifier against
Belgium. This selection netted the winner £125,000
from his £50 wager.
Strange Football Bet
year was 2006 and one football fan decided to have
the most unusual wager. He asked for odds on a Liverpool
midfielder scoring a goal from his own half of the
pitch at some stage during the season. He was quoted
odds of 125/1 and he duly bet £200. During the
season, Xavi Alonso scored from his own half in a
game against Luton Town and this lucky punter won
an amazing £25,000.
abreast of the Situation
it comes to fantasy bets, you don't really get much
stranger than this next example. It was 1997 and one
Canadian punter bet on themselves to not only get
breast implants, but to actually keep them for a full
year. So what's the big deal? The big deal is that
the person in question was a man called Brian Zembic
from Toronto in Canada. He not only got the implants
and kept them for a year but he still has them to
this day. For the record, Zembic won a huge sum of
your Teeth into it
all like to chew on something nice but few of us ever
chew on another human being. This was the strange
bet being offered by Betsson in 2014 that the Uruguay
player Luis Suarez would at some stage of the 2014
World Cup take a bite out of an opponent. Now Suarez
had a history of biting opponents and so the bet had
offered odds of 175/1 and over one hundred punters
in Norway placed numerous wagers on this actually
happening. Sure enough Suarez took a chunk out of
an opponent in a match against Italy and the betting
firm were forced to pay out tens of thousands of dollars
to their amazed but happy customers.
firms are becoming increasingly active with novelty
betting. They are also aware of the fact that some
punters may be privy to inside information as well.
It is clearly the case that many novelty bets can
be manipulated to a large extent and betting firms
factor that in with regards to the odds that they
offer. It still remains the case however that the
novelty betting market is a fast and growing one in
the betting industry.
Sampson is a full time professional poker player,
coach and writer. He is also an ex-croupier and professional
card counter. With years of experience at both gaming
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